city guide, seoul

semi-failed night in seoul

seoul travelwhenever i’m back in seoul, it’s become our ritual to get together to catch up over a nice food and a drink. and this particular night we decided we were going for interstellar, dinner at a nice italian restaurant then to see the led rose festival at ddp.

IMG_20141116_003503IMG_2130IMG_2107 copyplan numero uno: success!

we came out of the movie with our jaws down to our feet. the movie was brilliantly perplexed. in a good way.

IMG_2108 copyplan numero dos: success!

we went to a restaurant called pané crema in daehangno (alley near kfc) which i never knew existed but glad we tried cos it was one of the most pleasant meals i had thus far.

IMG_2112 copyIMG_2113 copyIMG_2115 copyIMG_2117 copyIMG_2119 copythis may look like your typical korean stew but no, it’s actually a spicy seafood risotto.. lol

IMG_2120 copythis. was. the. bomb. diggity.

IMG_2124 copyspicy cream pasta in a bread bowl. it had a nice balance with a burst of spiciness here and there.

IMG_2127 copyIMG_2129 copyIMG_2154 copyplan numero tres: fail!

IMG_2158 copyso our original plan was to go see this beautiful led rose festival that was happening in ddp in dongdaemun.

IMG_2157 copybut guess what! they decided it was best not to open the led lights for the night (for safety reasons) due to mass crowd that gathered around to see the marching of pikachus earlier that day. i don’t know if i was more angry at the pikachus or ddp. so yes, you can google images of led rose festival ddp if you’d like to see how it looks with the lights on. beautiful i have to say!

IMG_20141117_002345so the small yet very heavy tripod i was carrying around the entire day was all for nada. and this was me desperately wanting to make it count.

IMG_2166 copyIMG_2169 copyIMG_2170 copyso inside there were these shops or boots with creative/unique design items that were being sold and displayed.

IMG_2187 copyand out of nowhere was this piano. and this girl walked to the piano, sat her boyfriend down next to her and started playing like freakin’ beethoven reborn! would’ve been so proud if i were him.

IMG_2213 copyIMG_2214 copyso that is a wrap!

despite the pikachus ruining our plan, it was a good, gooooood night overall. hope you guys had a lovely thanksgiving!

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  • Reply tanicr

    great pics, looks like you had a lot of fun! xx
    Instagram @littleprettymess

    November 29, 2014 at 12:34 am
    • Reply annie lee

      aw, i sure did :) thanks for dropping by!

      November 30, 2014 at 12:07 pm
  • Reply Stephanie Jade Wong

    I love all your photos! ^.^ Btw, you’re in my blog post today! Check it out here:

    November 29, 2014 at 1:49 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hehe thank you so much you’re always too sweet stephanie!! <3 really appreciate it :)

      November 30, 2014 at 12:08 pm
  • Reply gail

    I love Interstella too! It was really deep, wasn’t it!? WOW look at those yummy dishes! This is why I love being in Asia!

    November 29, 2014 at 1:52 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hii gail!! yes, it was indeed VERY deep haha! i agree, you can never have too much of asian cuisine ;)

      November 30, 2014 at 12:09 pm
  • Reply Neng Neng

    How can you be angry at Pikachu! :p

    November 29, 2014 at 7:23 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hahaha i know right? sighh.

      November 30, 2014 at 12:12 pm
  • Reply Feline Creatures

    Oh that spicy seafood rosotto, my tummy, oh Lord I can’t help but get really hungry reading your posts Annie! haha~ looks like a fun outing with your friends the stadium is lovely so cool and futuristic! I would love to see the LED rose festival in person one of these days! My Seoul must-see list is growing by the day ;) xo~ Lena

    November 29, 2014 at 8:58 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hahaha! oops i did it again didn’t i lena :P it sucks i didn’t get to see the lights on but it was beautiful nonetheless.. it was my first time in that building! pretty cool :) hehe i would love to visit chicago one day too.. but it seems so far away~ T_T

      November 30, 2014 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply gabe1990

    those cremas look so amazinggggg again ur blog is so nice Anniee!!!!

    November 29, 2014 at 2:26 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hahaha it was VERY creamy but yummy :D

      November 30, 2014 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply Sandhya

    Annie, Great photos as usual. Yummy food. My mouth is watering looking at the spicy risotto!

    November 29, 2014 at 3:27 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hehe thanks sandhya! that risotto was so good!

      November 30, 2014 at 12:18 pm
  • Reply Linda

    What a lovely series of photos! :)

    November 30, 2014 at 12:40 am
    • Reply annie lee

      aww thanks linda! <3 really appreciate it :)

      November 30, 2014 at 12:18 pm
  • Reply funkyfashion007

    You always take amazing pictures! That food is really making me hungry! :)

    November 30, 2014 at 1:12 am
    • Reply annie lee

      teehee :) thanks love! so sweet of you!!

      November 30, 2014 at 12:19 pm
  • Reply laurenpickens

    I think playing an instrument is such an attractive skill to have as well! It’s definitely on my checklist for the perfect boyfriend lol
    Great post Annie <3

    November 30, 2014 at 3:15 am
    • Reply annie lee

      i know right lauren?? but the sad reality is that.. chopsticks is the best i can get at piano. haha! :P

      November 30, 2014 at 12:22 pm
      • Reply laurenpickens

        Hahaha I can pull off Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star!

        November 30, 2014 at 11:13 pm
  • Reply jangjooncha

    now I’m hungry…great photos!

    November 30, 2014 at 6:22 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hahaha yay mission accomplished :P

      November 30, 2014 at 12:22 pm
  • Reply Julie Feng

    Looks like so much fun! Especially that tableful of carb heaven, hahaha! :)

    November 30, 2014 at 9:12 am
    • Reply annie lee

      julie now that i look back you’re totally right. tableful of carb heaven HAHA! yikes. hitting the gym now! lol

      November 30, 2014 at 12:23 pm
  • Reply April Nunez

    I always love looking at your photos! You inspires me so much to study well so that I could go to places you have been. :)

    and that spicy pasta creme in a bun? it’s definitely the bomb. Was it really spicy? :D

    April of:
    IG: @beybiapril

    November 30, 2014 at 4:25 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      it was just the right amount spiciness april. my gosh i wish you could try it! so delish! aww that is so sweet of you to say. i really hope you have the chance to see the beautiful cities one day april! :)

      November 30, 2014 at 9:54 pm
  • Reply sso1128

    I remember that spicy cream pasta in a bread bowl from your instagram! That got everyone’s taste buds hot and bothered for a while there…. lol!

    November 30, 2014 at 6:33 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hahaha! that’s right which i kinda sorta secretly enjoyed seeing… shh :P

      November 30, 2014 at 9:58 pm
  • Reply avenuecamilla

    I’m sorry one of your plans didn’t work out but everything else sounds so great! I wish I had been able to hear him play the piano!! Also, I really love your coat :)

    November 30, 2014 at 11:17 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hey camilla! i wish i recorded a video or something. it was so beautiful! <3

      December 2, 2014 at 4:56 pm
  • Reply Poonpo

    well , what i think is , its really superb :)

    December 1, 2014 at 12:24 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      awww that’s so sweet of you :) you are superb!

      December 2, 2014 at 4:58 pm
  • Reply Melisa

    You did it again, you always share such amazing photos, especially food, and make me hungry always :) Such great photos dear. You are so adorable. Have a great day.Kiss, Mel

    December 1, 2014 at 4:58 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      haha aw mel, you’re the sweetest! thank you so much, really appreciate it love! xx

      December 2, 2014 at 5:00 pm
  • Reply Shirley Tay (Blackswan)

    Love the shots, Annie! Gosh, I’m here at the wrong time…… I’m hungry now! Lol!
    Have a great week, dear! xoxo
    Luxury Haven

    December 1, 2014 at 10:20 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hahhaha aw shirley, i totally know what you mean!! you too have a lovely one love!! xx

      December 2, 2014 at 5:03 pm
  • Reply Mitzie Mee

    Stupid pikachus! *what are pikachus btw?* I’m also really fascinated by people who know how to play an instrument. maybe because I don’t have an ear for music myself? PS: love that spaghetti bomb:)

    December 2, 2014 at 4:35 am
    • Reply annie lee

      oh nooo sanne they’re the short, chubby yellow creatures in pokemon!! hahaha it was one of my favourite childhood cartoons to watch :P that spaghetti bomb, i’m craving so much right now!!

      December 2, 2014 at 5:08 pm
  • Reply Colibri

    Great pics! Love your blog.

    December 2, 2014 at 5:18 am
  • Reply janandjot

    I really liked Interstellar too. Those pictures of the food look so good, mmm. I have heard of the Rose Festival, but now I must google it to see what it is, it sounds like it would have been really nice. I need to visit Asia asap! Looking through your post it looks so nice :) Janet

    December 2, 2014 at 8:48 pm
  • Reply Naeun

    Haha I thought that risotto was kimchi jjiggae for a second! It looks sooooo good though…I just had dinner but I just wanna eat again! Your photos always do this to me lol. It still looks like you had a blast even though the led lights didn’t come on! :) xx

    December 3, 2014 at 5:16 pm
  • Reply hcyip

    Well, the DDP still looked really great. I went there when I visited Seoul earlier this year, but the plaza wasn’t open yet so I could only see it from outside. It seems very impressive though the government spent a ton of money on it.

    December 12, 2014 at 12:06 am
  • Reply Ryan

    Haha, at least you didn’t try to see the Pikachu AND the LEDs, only to find out BOTH of them were cancelled ㅜㅜ. Seems like a pretty decent day still!

    March 23, 2015 at 8:04 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      ouch that sucks big time! i’m sorry about that.. haha next time lets do some more research before heading in!

      March 24, 2015 at 9:25 pm
  • Reply Amy

    Seoul really interests me, I hope I can go one day! The food looks awesome!
    x GNAR MOSH x

    May 25, 2015 at 2:38 am
    • Reply annie lee

      i hope you can too amy! it’s pretty amazing i have to admit ;)

      May 28, 2015 at 4:29 pm

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