Tuesday, April 30, 2013

[Jeju-do, Korea] Airlines / Flight options to Jeju

Recently, a friend asked about flights to Jeju. Jeju Airport is in fact an international airport and as such you need not necessary fly into Jeju from Gimpo (Seoul) or Busan or other domestic destinations.  And just for info, there is only 1 airport in Jeju.
These are the Korea-operated flights which I know that lands at the Jeju Airport.
1. Korean Air
2. Asiana Airlines
3. Jeju Air
4. Jin Air (a subsidiary of Korean Air)
5. T'way Airline
6. Air Busan
There are also other international flights that goes to Jeju such as:
1.  China Eastern Airlines (From China, Shanghai)
2.  Dragonair (from Hong Kong)
3.  TransAsia (from Taiwan)
Unfortunately, there is still no direct flights from Singapore to Jeju. These are the options for Singaporeans wanting to travel to Jeju:
1. Fly to Incheon International Airport, take the A'rex train that connects Incheon Airport to Gimpo Airport.  Take a domestic flight to Jeju from Gimpo Airport.
2. Transfer to Jeju from nearer countries such as Bangkok (Jeju Air, Jin Air, T'way Airline), Philippines (Air Busan, Jeju Air, Jin Air), Hong Kong (Jeju Air) or Taiwan (Air Busan, T'way Airline).  This way, you shorten the travel distance by avoiding going all the way up to Seoul, which is located at the northern part of South Korea, and then travel down to the southern tip of South Korea.  However, this option is feasible if you plan to depart from Jeju at the end of your trip.
3.  If you are in Busan or Cheongju, you can easily book a domestic flight via Jeju Air or Air Busan to Jeju.  If you are in the bigger cities such as Daegu, Gwangju, Jinju, Pohang, Ulsan or Yeosu, take the Asiana Airlines or Korean Air.  If you are in Gunsan or, Wonju, take the Korean Air while you are in Muan, Asiana Airline would be your only choice. 
There are many options available.  Have fun exploring!  Enjoy Jeju!

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Korean Fried Chicken - Nene Chicken at Star Vista [네네치킨]

Are you a fan of fried chicken?  Joining franchises like BBQ Chicken from Korea, a new kid has landed into the sunny island of Singapore.  That's really good news because Nene Chicken adopts a fast food concept which means it is more affordable. 
My friend was a little shy to pronounce "Nene" and particularly the dish Nene Pop since it sounded like the local way of saying boobs.  But really, there is nothing naughty about it since this is a Korean chain. Nene (네네)  means Yes Yes in Korean ;)
Though the fast food restaurant is a little cram, I prefered to eat the chicken when it is freshly served.  The waiting time was slightly long, maybe 10 mins, since the chicken is only fried upon ordered.  I ordered the Bulgogi Fried Chicken, Nenebap and Nenepop.  My favourite amongst these 3 is the Bulgogi flavoured fried chicken.  The chicken is tender, juicy and marinated just right.  Nenebap is a DIY mixed rice where you mix the salad vege, chicken with rice.  Nenepop is a little fun.   The popcorn-size fried chicken is placed in a small bowl on top of the soft drink.  This is convenient as a quick take away meal.

To experience the real Korean style of eating fried chicken, a small thrash bin is placed on each table for you to throw away the chicken bones.  It would have been perfect if you could have the fried chicken with beer.  The Koreans call it Chi-maek (치맥) which means chicken and beer.  This culture is so strong that there is an annual festival in the country.
Nene Chicken currently has delivery service but limited to selected areas in the West.  So in the meantime, since there is only 1 store, you have got to head down to Star Vista is you want to get your hands on the Nene ;p
Nene Chicken
1 Vista Exchange Green, Star Vista #01-24 Singapore 138617
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Tel: 6694 5489 | Delivery 6222 6363
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nenechickensingapore

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- Kkul Dak
- Korean Fried Chicken Culture

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Plain Vanilla Bakery at Holland Village

In the recent couple of years, the cupcake business has made a comeback in Singapore.  It used to be that the cupcakes were a home-based business, but these days, there are more shops being set up at shopping mall and estates such as Holland Village.  Cupcakes these days are look pretty and tastes good too!  Some cupcakes look so pretty that you would not bear to eat it.  For some, they look simple and perhaps, you would not hesitate that much before you take your first bite.

Plain Vanilla isn't plain and boring as the shop name may suggest.  Instead, it is almost the totally opposite.  There is a good choice of cupcake flavours and the icing. The cupcakes are baked to the right moisture.  If cupcakes are too small for you, check out their layered cakes!

Website: http://www.plainvanillabakery.com/
Address: Holland Village  •  34A Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277691. (Located on the second floor opposite Harry's Bar and above El Patio Mexican Restaurant & Wine Bar.)

Getting there: Exit Holland Village Station Exit B, walk along Holland Ave and turn right into Lor Liput.  Facing the food centre, turn right and walk along the pedestrian walkway.  You should pass by Pho Hoa, Tony & Guy Hair Salon before arriving at Plain Vanilla Bakery.

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Saturday, April 06, 2013

Godiva Chocolate

Godiva Chocolate is said to have come a long history, since it was first founded in the 1920s in Belgium.  In recent years, the company had been sold to companies such as Campbell Soup. 
I had recently tried the 85% cocoa chocolate bar and can't convinced myself that I am totally impressed with the retail price that I saw at the shopping mall.   In fact, the best way to get the chocolate might be at the airport duty free shops which costs less than half the retail price. Alternatively, join the Godiva club and purchase the chocolate online.  Your wallet hurts less these ways.
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