Korea Trip 2018: Day 14 – Seoul

This was from my second-last day in Korea in September 2018. Yes, as of the time of this post, that trip took place seven months earlier, but I’d been swamped with so much work that I hadn’t had the time to post all these photos. …


This also happened to be the Korean Thanksgiving weekend, my final two days in Korea during my two-week stay. There was obviously mixed feelings on my part… knowing that it was nice to return home soon – but also sad to be leaving.

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Just like my trip to Los Angeles back in August, I enjoyed the carefree “lifestyle” where I didn’t have to rush anywhere (other than to make sure I got to the airport early and also to not miss the tour bus every morning during the four-day tour at the beginning of this Korean trip).

On this final Saturday in Korea, N.H. took me out to enjoy the city of Seoul. It didn’t matter where we went; the important thing is we had a chance to hang out.

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We stopped by this booth which had a book of proverbs and customers could choose one from that book and have it written out in Korean. N.H. told the lady my name and they tried to figure out how to write my name in Korean too!

If I was asked what that proverb said and meant, haha, during that time and the week I returned home, I could recite it. But now, seven months later, it’s a blur. All I can remember is there was reference of the obstacle of snow in the path and how the successful person clears the path instead of waiting for it to be cleared.

Anyway, it’s something about being proactive instead of being passive – as far as I can remember.

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N.H. wanted to take me to a street food place but it was closed because of the holiday weekend. So, we had a change in plans… we also stopped by a bookstore near the subway station nearby.

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And then dinner time… unfortunately, I don’t usually eat a lot, and there was plenty of food…. My regret was that I didn’t eat more. This was really delicious. I hope I didn’t come across as not liking the food… because I really did. I just don’t usually eat that much.

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I don’t normally drink either… but this time, I gladly drank and I enjoyed every minute of it. This was, up to that point, the best part about my trip.

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But all good things must come to an end… this photo was taken near my hotel. This wrapped up the second and final Saturday of my time in Korea. And the next day – late afternoon on Sunday – would be the time to say goodbye and return home…

Jimmy John’s (Everett, WA)

During Labour Day weekend, N.O. and I went on a two-day trip to Everett, Washington, and on the second day we stopped by Jimmy John’s before heading out to a baseball game at Everett Memorial Stadium.

Jimmy John’s has a lot of interesting signage. So, I was looking around when we entered. Anyway, I went with the Spicy East Coast Italian on eight-inch bread.

N.O. ordered a different sandwich and with the chip/drink combo.

I would say the service was fast and friendly, and the sandwich and ingredients were fresh.

The chips that N.O. chose – BBQ flavoured chips – were really tasty. All in all, a great visit.

There is one thing that, now that I think about it, I regret not taking a photo of. On the large soda cup, there was a short story written on there, from top to bottom. It was this long rant about how by the time you finish reading the words, your sandwich would already be waiting for you.

There was also some interesting signage in the restroom – but I don’t have a habit of taking pictures in public washrooms, so I didn’t bother there either. But there were pictures of different types of personalities based on how you stood or sat – but I digress.

Bubble Waffle Cafe (multiple locations, Vancouver & Richmond & Burnaby)

I’d promised a post about Bubble Waffle Cafe ages ago, and here’s one finally.

Over the past year (or since November 2018, when I first downloaded its app), I’ve visited multiple locations of this establishment, including the one at the Vancouver Harbour Centre, the Burnaby Metrotown, and two Richmond locations at Lansdowne Mall and Richmond Centre.

First off, the one at the Metrotown is horrible. Rude staff who don’t even smile at you. One other thing is one time they very stupidly put the single piece of napkin on top of the container and the drink on top of that… meaning that when I was ready to eat the dish, the single piece of napkin they offered was all wet. Geniuses.

Another Metrotown experience was one time they didn’t put in the utensils. Again, geniuses.

On the other hand, the staff at the Harbour Centre are friendlier. Definitely better than the nonsense at the Teppan Kitchen located at the other end of the food court (where the guy was just plain hostile… for no reason at all).

Again, the experience at the Harbour Centre Bubble Waffle isn’t just a one-time thing; it’s multiple times.

In Richmond, at the busy Richmond Centre, I would say I’m not a fan. They are similar to the Metrotown location in that they don’t know how to smile. For the Lansdowne one, it’s hit and miss… although the last experience I had there has made me hesitant to return. But I digress.

This one here is the Hainanese Chicken Spicy Soup (C$9.95) at the Richmond Centre location. (I mention the location because the prices are different depending on which one you visit.) You get a free drink with every order, although if you wanted, say, iced lemon Coke, you paid an extra 50 cents, and so on.

Although it could potentially be messy eating this, it was spicy and delicious enough for me. I still say, though, customer service in the locations I’ve been to other than the Harbour Centre one, could be better. We’re all humans and we should all treat each other with respect, and for any of those employees to be blatantly giving attitude to customers is just plain wrong.

Hawker’s Delight (Re-Visit)

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I think the last time I’d been to Hawker’s Delight was five years ago (2014), and … things had changed by the time I re-visited in June of 2019.

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Well, when I say “things,” I guess I really mean the prices. Everything else seemed to be the same. While a typical rice dish was C$7.15 including tax back then, it was now over C$10.00.

I get it… prices go up. No biggie. The woman at the counter who took my order wasn’t friendly at all. Oh well, it is what it is. I was there for the food, and that aspect of it, which was the most important, didn’t disappoint.

But the prices and attitude did. (Oh, I took it to go.)

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Basically, you order and then pay for the item (in my case it was the Hainanese Chicken Rice), and you’re given a number, which is called out when the food is ready.

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Enjoy Cafe 1 Plus 1 (Richmond)

EC and I began hanging out for lunch during the brief time when the two of us were colleagues – and we often went to Enjoy Cafe 1 Plus 1, located near Westminster Highway and No. 3 Road.

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It seems to be very busy every Saturday early afternoon, but on Wednesdays when we go there, it’s more than half empty – and there’s also the after 3 p.m. special menu.

During this particular visit, it was a Saturday and the place was packed.

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For each meal, a free drink is included, and I normally order the cold lemon iced tea. On this visit, both EC and I ordered Vermicelli. 

EC’s came with chicken wings. Mine was Seafood Vermicelli.

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For EC and me, these visits to Enjoy Cafe are always to take time out from work to “enjoy” hanging out during lunch. That’s the most important aspect of these trips.

But – I’ll add that I probably won’t order seafood again… I’ll probably have something with meat next time. To me, EC’s dish certainly looked better than mine!