Just a quick savings update with Chantel!
And also, HERE‘s a link to the blog I mentioned in the video 🙂
Keep an eye out for more vlogs coming soon… Itinerary vlog with Grace will be next 🙂
As promised, here is my latest Savings Update! Hope you savers have been doing well!
Since mid-February, I have been trying to save a minimum of $4000 for my Korean holiday! I have great news! I have just hit the $1k mark with ten months more to go until holiday time! Seoul, I can almost smell you!
So what have I been doing to save up, exactly?
Well, the Easter Holidays have just past and everyone had the opportunity to get away from school and work, and just have some family bonding time.
I worked during Easter Sunday so I could get holiday penalty rates of time and a half. I find that if you don’t have anything planned for a public holiday anyway, why not just work? Make a quick buck. I made sure I still had the time to spend with my family because of course, family matters. So instead of celebrating on Easter Sunday, we had dinner on Easter Monday instead with our extended family.
Since reaching the $1000 mark, I thought I’d reward myself a little bit. I think I’ll be doing that now every time I reach a certain threshold! I don’t want to be too much of a tightass! You’ve still got to have fun and reward yourself a little every time you achieve something worthwhile! Before I started rewarding myself though, I made sure to transfer a percentage of my earnings into my Netbank saver account so I won’t be tempted to spend it!
So my mates and I went out last night for dinner at Alrose Garden in Strathfield for some hearty traditional Korean dishes. Apparently the spicy food there is really, really hot so I took the coward’s way out and just ordered a Chicken Schnitzel instead. I didn’t get to take a picture but their servings are MASSIVE! My Schnitzel didn’t even fit on the plate!
All in all, the prices were really good in relation to how big their dishes are. The ambience was great, too, and they played K-Pop which was cool. 🙂
To continue on with the theme of big things, we went to Noggi afterwards to drown ourselves in their Frozen yogurt. We ordered the Groupi which is their largest serving and we demolished it in no time! Omnomnom!
Also, we went to China Town Friday Night Markets in the city. I bought some dragon beard candy and I was going to buy 4 Minute’s new mini-album Volume Up but I found that the internet sells it for much cheaper! So online shopping it is!
I won’t drag on any longer, but I wish you guys the best in saving! And just remember to live a little, and spend a little to reward yourself every once in awhile!
It’s almost Easter, guys! Meaning another season of spending, spending, spending!!
I don’t know about you, but my family are big on Easter. We love our chocolate, but more than that, we love giving chocolate! Usually, before Easter Sunday my family and I go out shopping to buy Easter Eggs, Bunnies, and Bilbies for each other.
But with the Easter season coming along, that’s more money spent for those who celebrate the season, so in order to save this year during Easter what I’ll be doing is buying cheaper eggs (Chocolate is still chocolate afterall) and what I’ve been doing in the weeks leading up to Easter is giving up a few favourite things. I’ve completely given up Easyway (so that’s a significant saving seeing as each of their delicious drinks will set you back $5 a pop) and I’ve gone hunting around Surry Hills (at Central in the City) finding cheap restaurants to eat at when I’m still hungry after munching down my packed lunches at uni. (McDonald’s now sell their garden salads for $2 for those concerned about diet).
Anyway, I have started planning on selling a few of my things over Facebook for cheap. Mostly just books (I’m an avid reader, you see) and probably other things that I don’t use anymore… probably even one of my guitars.
Right now, I’m still trying to convince myself to do it because it really is for the best. I mean, there is absolutely no more space left on my book shelves and selling a couple of things will leave my room with some extra leg room for everything I’ll be buying in Korea! 화이팅~!
Other than that, Saving’s going great! I’ve almost hit the $1000 mark and seeing as I only started saving a month ago, I’m very proud of myself. Also, I GOT THE JOB!! Woohooooo!! Korea, I shall see you soon!
Over the past few weeks, this has been the most common question I’ve received from my colleagues, my family, friends and just everyone really.
Of all the places in the world, why Korea?
Initially, Korea wasn’t high up on my list. I just got back from a 3 month holiday in the Philippines and during that time I brainstormed a few places my friends and I could visit next year. Top on my list were Boracay (Philippines) or the Gold Coast in Sunny Brisvegas. Both beautiful places with tropical climates. Neither one too far from home and both well within our price ranges.
So I messaged my friends on facebook to suggest my ideas… turns out since I was gone for such a long period of time (2 and a half months at that point), there were already ruminations about going to Korea! So there goes Boracay and the Gold Coast… but at the end of the day this was actually a lot more exciting for me. It’s a lot different to what I’m used to in terms of holidays. I’ve already been to both Boracay and the Gold Coast, both of which are summery beach places. I’m from Sydney so I could easily just drive down the coast to Bondi, but how often do I see snow?? Never! We’re going in February which most probably means snow! YAY!
My friends have been massive fans of Korean culture for a long time. Kpop, Kdrama, Kfashion – you name it.
I was fairly late to the entire Korean Culture boom when I got into it in 2009. Chantel introduced me to f(x)’s songs “Chu” and “La Chata”, and Cat introduced me to the Kdrama “My Girl” and I guess that’s what got the ball rolling for me. Also, during this time was the massive WONDERGIRLS boom and fortunately (or unfortunately?) for me I was holidaying in the Philippines (read: Asia) at this point and “Nobody” was playing on the radio, on TV, in shopping centres and everywhere, constantly. You’d think the radio DJ had fallen asleep and left “Nobody” on repeat.
Anyway, I guess from that point my interest in Korean culture started to grow. From there I started discovering my own favourite Korean related things (2NE1 and Big Bang anybody??) and basically, I developed an interest in all things Korean (which was fed by my slightly K-obsessed friends).
So now you know a little about my background in regards to Korean culture, still, why Korea?
Personally, I am going because I want a change. Korea is very different in terms of what I’m used to in terms of culture, climate and latitude/longitude. Korea will be my first holiday as an adult and by that I mean it’ll pretty much be the first time I’ll be away from Mommy and Daddy (aww) for such a period of time, and it’ll be my first non-family oriented holiday. I’ve been to other places but I’ve always gone with my family and I guess this upcoming holiday will be testing my independence and my ability to hold myself as an adult in the big wide world. This is my main reason for going.
Otherwise, other than the fact that my friends are going, I have many reasons for going… especially after discovering Eat Your Kimchi’s youtube channel last year singing praises for Korean life. If you haven’t met Simon and Martina of Eat Your Kimchi yet, I suggest you head over to their website now. NOW! (Just make sure you don’t have any work to do because I can assure you that you’ll be there for awhile.)
Anyway, Eat Your Kimchi have started a segment recently called W.A.N.K. (Wonderful Adventure Now Korea!) where they travel to different places to review it so I suggest you check that out if you intend to travel there anytime soon. Other than that, they have K-Pop Mondays where they review songs and they also have TL;DR for any of your (mostly) Korea related questions.
In their blogs they make Korea look so amazing, which I’m very sure it is! Pretty much everything they have reviewed is on our itinerary from Namsan tower to Se7en’s restaurant.
So I’m going to wrap this blog up now and in my upcoming posts I guess I’ll write a little about the places my friends and I plan to visit.
Are there any places in Korea that you recommend? Let me know in the comments below 🙂