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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Monster Cupcake {몬스터컵케이} : Seoul

Happy Tuesday Y'all! 

A couple weeks ago, Matt and I took a quick day trip up to Seoul for a little adventure. One of the places we stopped was a little (and I mean little) cupcake shop. 

The theme of this shop is just as the name suggests- monsters. 
The decor was all out monster and horror. And the cupcakes were so beautifully decorated. If you  have a craving for some monster ade out of a blood bag- they have it. 

From what I heard- tiramisu is their best, but I don't like tiramisu- so we opted out of that one. I loved the look of all the cupcakes. It seems that a lot of the cupcakes are regulars and just a couple are switched out every week. 

I heard the red velvet was good, so I tried the red velvet Mummy, and Matt got the Jack Skellington Vanilla. Red velvet is my favorite flavor and I must admit this was not the best red velvet I've tasted. But these were the best cupcakes we've had in Korea. 

The sweets here in Korea are very different and often times don't taste like what we expect, but the vanilla cupcake and the frosting on both was delicious. 

I would come back here to buy cupcakes. I think I would try the dark chocolate or the mint. Maybe even strawberry. 

The shop is really small and there is not a lot of seating (as in just one little table inside and one outside)- but they do wrap up cupcakes to go in a durable little container if needed. 

This was definitely a go to shop if you're in the mood for a good cupcake and like themed shops. 

Basic Information: 

Hours- 12:00-10:00 pm 
Closed Mondays 
Cost: About 4,800-5,000 Won per cupcake 
Location: Off the line 6 (brown line). Noksapyeong station exit 2. (One station away from Itaewon) 
*Use the underpass to cross the street. Turn right down the street to the left as you come out of the underpass. Walk towards the large church. Cupcake shop will be on your left.*

**It's small, so be careful not to pass it.** 

Monday, January 26, 2015

A&M Project 2015: January

Happy Monday Y'all!

This year I thought I would document what Matt and I have been doing. I wanted to capture the little things that we do each month that usually go undocumented. I thought the best way to do this was via pictures. 

Here's how our January looked. 

Watching: A/ Friends on Netflix // M/ Hunter X Hunter on Netflix 

Playing with: A/ Crochet projects // M/ Inking techniques 

Wearing: A/ Cozy slippers, leggings, and my new socks // M/ New wooden bowtie with the Atlanta skyline etched in 

 Reading: A/ Outlander by Diana Gabaldon // M/ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling 

And that's that. 

I look forward to seeing how this project turns out. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Letters 66

Happy Friday Y'all! 

Woohoo for the weekend. 

Here is what we have been up to:

-Day trip up to Seoul last Saturday
-Ate some yummy Southern BBQ
-Found a pretty new purse
-Found a sweatshirt I have been looking for 
-Explored Seoul more
-Had dinner with a friend from BYU-Hawaii
-Had Family Home Evening for the 3rd week in a row
-Worked - boo
-Talked with my mom and my Abuela and Papa
-Went to see Night at the Museum
-Took a walk in the snow
-Finished watching Outlander and reading the first book of the series
-Continued to watch Friends on Netflix 

And that's pretty much it! 

Have a great weekend y'all. 

Love, Alex

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Oh, How I Miss Hawaii

Happy Thursday Y'all! 

Man it is freezing here in Korea. I like the cold, but why can't that perfect fall or early spring weather ever last long. It seems like the horrible heat of summer and the bitter cold of winter are the ones that stay around the longest. 

Because I am freezing on this lovely winter evening- I thought I would reminisce about the lovely time I was able to call the island of Oahu home for four plus wonderful years. 

Anyone else feeling ready for winter to say goodbye?

{if you missed any of our Hawaii adventures- fill free to catch up here}

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Seoraksan: Gwongeumseong

Happy Tuesday Y'all! 

If you remember- way back in October- Matt and I took a quick trip to Seoraksan for a little exploration. Since I am way behind on everything and I am still letting the blog slide- I thought I would share our experience with our mini hike to Gwongeumseong. 

We woke up bright and early and walked from our hotel (Hotel Seorak) to the main gate of the park (which was about a mile). There are buses that you can take, but the traffic was really bad so we thought it would be faster walking. 

We then hopped in line for our cable car passes. We were lucky and got on a cable car within 45 minutes of getting into the park. *The times for the cable cars are scheduled for about every 5 minutes. You buy a ticket for a certain time of the time. So if you want an early ticket time- get there early. The tickets do sell out.* 

Once you get to the cable car stop- there is a guest center with snacks and of course the views are pretty great. 

From here we could see the nearby city of Sokcho, which is where the intercity bus took us, and the East Sea. 

 You then have a mini hike to get to the Gwongeumseong. Once here, you can take pictures and walk around, or try your hand at climbing to the very top. 

I really didn't want to climb to the top. It looked a little sketchy and you had to use climbing ropes a little bit of the ways. So Matt went up by himself, and I stayed at the bottom. But then I kept seeing really old people make it up there, so I just went for it. I was really scared the whole way, but Matt was with me and helping me with each step. 

And I made it. I even bought a little medal to prove it. It was 10,000 Won well spent. 

From here you can see our hotel (the triangle looking one). 

Even though the park was really crowded because of the holiday weekend, we had a great time. The fall colors were so beautiful and the weather was great. There is plenty to see and do around the park. The park is huge. There are tons of hikes for you to do if you are into that. 

Basic Information
Location- Sokcho, Korea *Take an intercity bus for about $20 - then take a bus from Sokcho to the park 
Cost: Park admission- Adults 3,000 Won, Teens 1,000 Won, Elementary 500 Won 
Cable Car- 9,000 Won round trip *Children under 13 are FREE* 
Parking Fee: Between 2,000-9,000 Won depending on size of car

*There are many hotels in Sokcho and a few hotels within Seoraksan. If you are not going during a busy time- I would recommend just staying in Sokcho. There are more restaurants around the area and the commute is less than 30 minutes. 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Friday Letters 65 {On a Saturday}

Aloha and Happy New Year Y'all. 

Whew- it's a been a while since I last posted. I guess with Christmas and the New Year holiday and time off from work- I really wasn't in the blogging mood. But I'm here now and that's what counts. 

Here's what our last couple of weeks looked like. 

-Matt and I celebrated New Year's Eve at home watching t.v and playing possibly the longest game of Rummikub ever. 
-We had a three day New Year slumber party extravaganza with the Schmitt Family
-We played the game Headbanz numerous times over the weekend
-I bought two beautiful Korean ceramic vases 

-We put away our Christmas tree 
-Went back to work 
-Bought some new face products to try out
-Started writing in my new Hobochini daily journal
-Semi-planned a trip up north for an ice fishing festival 
-Lazed around and watched The Arrow and The Flash
-Watched Friends
-Practiced crocheting 

And that's basically been our lives these last couple of weeks. A whole lotta tv and game time.