May 04

Not long ago FingerOnShutter had an assignment of going over to Seoul, South Korea to photograph a lovely couple, our dear friends, Ian and Lilian, for their couple/engagement photos. Because we’ll be away in another country, we have to be well planned and prepared ourselves so that we will be all set for it.  Soon the day has arrived and we were so excited to venture to a foreign country to create beautiful pictures for the couple. So off we went….

As if there would not be enough photoshooting throughout our time in Seoul, photoshooting actually began on our way there and were enjoying ourselves already.

Finally FingerOnShutter has arrived in Seoul….

After a long flight to Seoul and getting ourselves checked-in, it was only right to do the first on our list of things to do; food.

Before we went over, our peers were telling us how we would be suffering in terms of food. Because, they told us, Koreans all eat vegetables and kimchi, and that Koreans seldom eat meat.

How wrong they were. We were absolutely enjoying ourself in terms of food. This one below in particular… open air BBQ buffet.

Yes, open air. Both of us are not too fond of BBQ-ing during the day as both of us do not fancy heaty scenario too much especially back in KL, but it was different here in Seoul as it was about roughly 12 Celsius, and BBQ-ing out doors is heavenly!

And check out the meats!….. Vegetables were just there to make us feel less guilty hahaha…

Another stunning food that not able mention much is this, their special fried chicken. All we can say is we still crave these until today, and not to mention their 1L mug of Beer compliments well indeed! 

 

Here is our accommodation which is situated in Myeongdong, walking distance to lots of shopping and Namsan Tower which is also one of our shoot location.

It’s a Guesthouse, to our surprise it was very clean, super cosy and comfortable with heated floors to keep us warm during the cold nights. The staff too were extremely friendly and helpful as well, a much welcomed trait to us.

This is the common area where guests and hostel employees hang out.

We have a little kitchen, which reminds me a lot of our university days. Each day, they stock fresh bread for us, complete with peanut butter, jam and coffee making facilities. All on the house. A much welcomed facility, especially when you are still hungry after the entire day of walking (and sometimes running) or mid-night snack to help you settle.

Also included, are these delicious instant noodles. Very nice to eat while sitting outside in the chilly morning.

 

Within walking distant is the happening Myeongdong shopping area. Lots of retail shops, selling everything from clothing to shoes to fashion accessories and make up stuff. Oh.. and food stalls as well.

But not to digress, besides shopping and food, our primary objective is the photoshoot.

So we packed up our gears… and off we went. Here I am enthusiastic.. .

 

It was not long that the weight of our equipment starts to bear down on me.

Then Jason took over. We took turns through out the trip to lug that big suitcase along. We thought that it was a good idea to drag along in a suitcase. Trust us.. it is not a good idea at all.

After that we lugged our stuff on standard backpacks. Much easier to manage. This photo is taken while photoshooting on Nami Island, where the drama Winter Sonata was shot.

We went everywhere on train. The train system there seems to be quite comprehensive. It was easy taking the train. Maybe it was because of the weather there being cold, so it’s easy to walk.

So we took the train, we walked, and we did the photoshoot.

We took some photos of us.

We took some photos with the bride…

And tried to take a proper photo with the groom

During the photoshoot we had so much fun snapping away that we totally forgotten the time. Here we were about to have our late lunch near by our shoot location in Nami island. By the way, here’s the bride and groom. Lovely couple, very nice people and furnishing us with good food.

Somehow John caught a little bit of a cold/flu in the middle of the shoot, and also was really not feeling well due to the immense pain due to his feet. Apparently those Adidas shoes did not fit him well enough.

Or maybe it’s just the cold, but this bowl of hot soupy ramen and some medication really did picked him up!

Never a dull moment with these two.

 

Do excuse us.. we were in the land where Gangnam style originated.. could not help it.

A sign of a potential model, always aware that a camera is pointed at his direction.

Back to the photoshoot, this is one of the location we shot, Nami Island. It was located somewhere outskirts of town which requires getting up very early and a bit of a travelling. We were all excited to get to this location to create beautiful pictures even if it means less sleep.

So we took a train, then a short cab ride and then a ferry ride to the island itself.

This place really is a popular tourist destination and it was packed with people upon our arrival. Good thing is the island is huge to accommodate all…

and we found some nice locations for the photoshoot.

The location of the infamous first kiss.

We certainly had loads of fun photoshoot these two. They were fun.. pro active..

and loves the camera.

Before signing off, here a photo….

This was the final location… it was very cold. Both Jason and I were feeling cold; and the two of us are hot blooded people who thrives in cold environments. So when we were covered up like that with our jackets, you can safely assume that it’s VERY cold. And the poor bride was only in a little dress. But she is a tough one, she powered on and completed the photoshoot and we adjourned to have a final fried chicken and 1L beer to end the photoshoot in Seoul.

Check back again soon for photos from the photoshoot.…

 

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May 12

It has become somewhat an annual trip for us to hit Bangkok during one of their motorshows. First was Bangkok International Motorshow back in 2012. We have heard so much about the motorshow in Bangkok but did not had the chance to visit it until in 2012. We decided to ensure that we visit it that year. And so we did. The following year we skipped the motorshow but head to Bangkok Autosalon 2013 instead. And this year, it’s back to Bangkok International Motorshow 2014.

And so we packed our bags and left our big bulky DSLRs behind while we brought along our little mirrorless cameras and hopped on one of the flights to Bangkok.

The flight was only a short 2 hours, but it was a rather uncomfortable flight. This is not due to turbulence of anything like that, but rather a very noisy group of passengers. All of them, strangely had toilet tissue paper stuffed into their ears for reasons unknown to me. I did not bother to ask as well.

We actually love the little J1 camera. It actually performs rather well.

It was a 2 hours flight, and with nothing else much to do, we played around with the camera. We were trying to get some artistic angle just from where we were seated.

We stayed at our usual place, a nice little place called Lubd in Siam Square. The name Lubd means ‘sleep well’ in Thai. How appropriate! We like this place because of it’s close proximity to where we usually go. Places like MBK, Siam Centre and Paragon. Directly in front of the hostel is one of the train stations. It’s literally a stone’s throw away.

It’s not a dodgy hostel with dimly lit corridors. It’s a modern and chic hostel with clean rooms, sheets and more importantly, clean bathrooms and toilets.

While we were there, they had this spicy challenge. Eat 1 chilli within one minute, you get 10% discount. Eat 10 chillies within a minute, you get a 100% discount on room rates!! How cool (or hot) is that! Visit their website and social media as follows :

Facebook : www.facebook.com/LubdHostel

Website : www.lubd.com 

This is the view of the 4 bed dormitory. This is the room after 3 nights with 4 guys! So please excuse the mess.

This is another view from inside looking out to the door.

Each of us get our own electrical sockets, reading light and a place to hold our little items like chargers, phones or mp3 players.

Here’s Jason resting comfortably.

The first thing we did, right after check in, was to head out to the Japanese BBQ Buffet!!

It’s 2 hours of glorious meat and seafood offerings. There’s various types of pork and beef in various marinates. There’s also seafood like squid, salmon and prawns.

There’s other stuff you may order as well, like sushi and california rolls. Drinks are free flow as well. Here, there’s another level of menu where you can only order from if you have paid for the ‘premium buffet’. It includes other stuff like cod fish and snow crab. Maybe we should try that the next time.

This is the shopping mall where the BBQ shop is located. Somehow I cannot remember the name of the shop. But the shopping mall is small. Just a little circle type layout. You cannot miss that BBQ shop. This is located at Langsuan Road. Further down is another Jap BBQ Buffet called King Kong.

After dinner is obligatory visit to the 4-faced Buddha shrine. It’s conviniently located on the way back to the hostel. Yes, we walk. That way we can save money on transportation, as well as we can take in the sights and sound of Bangkok’s bustling city. There are also lots of street food along the way.

But if there is a need to go a little further, then the 4 of us is just the right amount of people to hail a cab and split the bill. Most of the time it’s cheaper per person and much more comfortable.. well.. comfortable to a certain extend considering the size of the 4 of us. hahaha

This is the infamous MBK. Kind of a one stop shop of everything Bangkok. It includes a food court which serves various local food, and various other shops selling various items including fashion, electronics, camera, make up as well as beauty products, from the branded and pricey to the cheap.

And we found something rather interesting while browsing around in Siam Paragon which is similar to places like Pavillion in KL. However, what is interesting it that they sell Thai street food here as well.

Seen here is the infamous grilled pork.

As well as other types of street food.

I think this is fish, but am not sure. Did not manage to try them as I was quite filled up.

Another view of the grilled pork. Of course the price here is more expensive compared to the ones you get by the roadside,

Yeah, I know it looks like something else. But I guess it’s sausage. Did not manage to try this as we were rather filled up by the time we got to this. Maybe the next round.

 

But what you get is a very comfortable environment to browse around and to munch on the snacks. Plus, being in a shopping mall, and an upmarket shopping mall, you can be assured of the cleanliness.

And considering that we were in Bangkok during the warmest time of the year, the air conditioned ‘street food’ area is much welcomed.

 

Another interesting dining experience is Sizzler’s.

Western cuisine, but with a spread of salad bar, complete with pasta and soup.

It’s wonderful break to enjoy some greens after consuming so much meat.

This is another must have in Bangkok; their soup noodles. Simple yet delicious!!

Yes, it’s rather strange to go all the way to the land of tomyam to have Japanese cuisine. But according to Jason, it’s the best Japanese curry rice, something which the curry rice here in cannot compare to. And they do serve pork curry rice as well besides the ones we usually find here which is chicken curry rice.

To me, it tastes.. well.. like any other Japanese curry rice, haha. But do give it a try, let us know how it is.

This is another place we would visit each time we are there in Bangkok, Swensen’s!! Why? Because it’s so much cheaper over there, and there so much more variety!

Oh… and guess who we bumped into! hehehe

This is all for now, a brief look into our general activities in Bangkok. Coming up would be our trip to the Motorshow itself. That post would be a very long post with tonnes of photos. So do check back.

Till then, happy week ahead!!

 

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