April 5, 2017

I think I’ll start to rewind all the times hat I had in Korea especially in Seoul to keep my self remember the stories that created from living abroad there.

I always like Mexican food. In Seoul, plenty of good Mexican restaurants especially in Itaewon area. The first time I tasted Mexican food was in Korea and started to like them. Having the real Mexican food in Mexican restaurant in America gave me another better experience. These are some pictures from my last visit to Mexican food (Tomatillo Itaewon). Too bad it was still cold, otherwise horchata would make it perfect. Had a visit of this place with a friend who is currently living in UK to find his passion of life (right? :P). It was closed with a cafe visit (of course).



Summer in Jeju island

So, finally we went to Jeju island last summer 2016. This is my husband first visit to Jeju island since we live in Korea (2+4 years), for me is the second one (the first time you can check here) Tanya was really excited to go, because she already heard alot about this island from everyone. It was late July to early August and the weather was too hot. Booked a pension in Seogwipo area, rent a car, we spent 4 days there. Got a visit to Jeongbang waterfall, Mangjanggul cave, Woljeongri beach, Udo island, Camelia hill, Jeju Art Museum is Alive, and Ihotaeu beach. We didn’t really enjoyed the weather but happy to spend times at the beaches, views, and the food also.

Here are some pictures from the trip straight from my phone.

From Jeju 2015

Spring 2015, was the first time I visited Jeju island. This island is a Hawaii or Bali version of Korea, that’s what they say. I never really into coming to this island, but got a chance to go there because of a business trip.

Booked a place from Airbnb, I didn’t expect the place would be really nice with view of sea from the front, and a mountain from behind. The place name is Doldam Guesthouse, it is very recommended place to stay in Jeju. This place also serves home made hallabong (한라봉, a kind of orange primarily grown in Jeju) jam for breakfast.

I traveled around Jeju with a friend renting a car. This island is more convenient if we could drive along with a car. We visited some beaches, cafes, and market. The beaches are green-blue-ish color, which is very beautiful when the sun kiss down. As a tourism place, this island is quite nice. A break from Seoul sky scrapers to Jeju is another way to refresh. I feel everything moves slower in this place.

More pictures about my second trip to Jeju is here.  I will post more pictures in another blog soon (I wish).

Happy new year 2017! 

Let’s be grateful for our achievements in 2016, even tho I believe that 2016 is really something for most of people in the world.

Here is a kinda sum up of my year

Passed doctoral defense

We had so much fun on halloween

Autumn is still the best season

Winter wefie

Outdoor dinning on summer

Little devil

Lovely autum in KIST as usual

The little princess

Won an ipadpro!


I will have a new photo project this year, hope to be commited with this one. They will be posted on my instagram: @rikaty

This post belongs to the 200th of mine!

Dog Cafe Seoul [Bau House/바우하우스 dog cafe]

Here in Seoul, so many kinds of cafe exist with varieties of theme. Dog and cat cafe are the two theme cafe that famous in Seoul). My daughter wanted to go to dog cafe instead of cat cafe. I think she is still having the trauma from the cat bite back in my home. We paid a visit to one of famous dog cafe in Seoul, this one called Bau House dog cafe. Why dog cafe? because why not? We would never see this kind of cafe in our country.

This place is located close to hapjeong station (line 2 and 6). The place is quite huge in a basement. There are two part of this place, first one is smaller part for small dogs, and the other part is the big part for more bigger dogs. Dog owner could also come and bring their own dog just to play around with the other residents here.


The beverages here are blah and bit expensive, but it compensate the budget they need to spend to take care of those dogs, so it’s OK. We can also buy dog food here so the furry hair friends would love you even more.

I spent about more than two hours. It was not easy for Tanya at the beginning, she was afraid of the dogs. Took a while for her to get along, but finally she was successful in collecting the courage to play around. I guess we need to come here again once before we leave Korea. This place is fun!

Life between Ikseon-dong Alleys

Ikseon-dong is one of Seoul’s oldest area where you can find a hanok neighborhood. It is located in the center of Seoul, Jongno. This area has started to become hip between youngsters. Huge renovation to most of the hanok houses has turned this neighborhood into bar, cafe, restaurant, and cultural spaces while they keep the traditional sense. People might take some traditional tea after having lunch pasta in between the alleys.

I strolled some alleys last Sunday with drizzling rain.