Friday, April 18, 2014

Korea

What can I say? Korea was a dope trip. I won't be sharing my engagement photos here, but it is uploaded to my Facebook account. I won't be doing a full review about my trip. Instead, it will be more of a highlight.

Engagement Photos:
The process took almost three days. One day for choosing the dress and make up studios, another for the photo shoot itself and a half day for choosing pictures. Overall, the experience was fun. The photo shoot studio was super fake and ghetto, but the photographer did his magic. The photos turned out incredible and their lighting technique made a enormous difference in our pictures. I can't wait until I see the edited (photoshopped) version. I think Maria had more fun than me.

Nightlife:
The nightlife in Korea was insane. Shops and restaurants would be opened until 5am or later. Bars and clubs would be opened until 9am or so. I have no idea how people in Korea lived, especially the ones who worked in offices. The people who didn't work that Monday to Friday office hours lived a different lifestyle. Their day probably starts at 3 pm or 5 pm and doesn’t stop until the crack of dawn. Korea is a night owl city. Nothing exciting happens during the day. They wait for the old folks to go home before the young runs the city.

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Shopping:
I was ready to go home after five days. Shopping Seoul is magnificent for a girl in my opinion. Maria spent a lot of time in cosmetic stores, and there were an endless amount of stores and malls. In the first three days, I wanted to see every nook and cranny of Seoul to discover all the stores. It was impossible because a lot of businesses were hidden within alleys upon alleys. If I were to stay on the main roads only, I would have missed a lot of Korea. Seoul is huge metropolis city and everywhere you go it is like downtown. The population is extremely dense, and everything is built upwards. It was shocking to me at first, but it wears off. No matter where you are in Seoul, it is the same shopping experience.

Food:
The food was the best part of the trip. It was cheap, and we only had two or three awful meals while we were there. Luckily, we had Jason to show us around where to eat. Each day we had either two or three meals for lunch or dinner. It was very possible to live off of $50 per day on food for two people. There were a lot of street food, but that got boring for me quickly because it was the same food over and over. It was fascinating to see the same food vendors busy side by side even though they were serving the same food. This concept would never work in Vancouver. The same phenomenon happened with restaurants too. It is extremely common to walk by three or four restaurants that specialized in BBQ or fried chicken in a row and each restaurant would be busy. Alcohol was mad cheap. You can get drunk off of $10 - $20; if all you drank was local stuff. I miss the food the most since coming back home.

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Thank you Jason. This trip would not be possible without your help.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

First Customs: Jordan 11 Lows "Varsity" -> "Bred"

First of all!!! A HUGE SHOUT OUT TO THE HOMIE Sole Dr FOR DOING THIS CUSTOM. Hit him up for customs 604.Sole.Dr@gmail.com. Let him know I sent you.

I always wanted a custom, but I didn't know what I wanted. I saw him post up a job of Jordan 11 lows "Space Jam" and then I knew. I wanted a set of Jordan 11 lows in "Cool Grey", "Concord", "Space Jam" and "Bred" to match the original pairs. Big brother, little brother. I didn't want the "Space Jam" version because I didn't own the original pair. I thought about the "Cool Grey" version, but I wanted something that would turn heads. The "Concord" version was going to be released by NIKE this year, so I didn't need a custom for that. The "Bred" was going to be my first pair. I had to double up on the Jordan 11 lows "Cherry". There was no way I was going to send my only pair of Jordan 11 lows "Cherry" out for customs. NIKE better not release a version of the “Bred” in Jordan 11 lows.

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The Result:
It came back better than I imagined. I compared it to the original and everything was on point. The shoe is 100% wearable and the paint won't crack or split. I would avoid wearing it on a wet and or rainy day. The upper and shoelaces were dyed black and the patent leather were painted black. The shoe feels a little heavier than the original Jordan 11 lows. It is stiff because of the dyed upper. The sole were not compromised, and the grip is still intact. I found it mildly infuriating that the dye from the shoelace would bleed when I tried to tie my shoe. My fingers were black by the time I finished lacing them up. I can't wait to break them out for the Summer.

After
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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Lunch at The Fish Shack

The Fish Shack opened a while ago, and since I work in downtown again; I can finally start visiting restaurants that I have been keeping on a list. I'm a sucker for fish and chips, and fish tacos. This place satisfied my taste buds. My sister and I went there for lunch. The restaurant was spacious and felt like I was in a burger bar than anything else. We both ordered the lunch (box) special with calamari and a side of corn bread. I had the fish taco while my sister had the fish and chips. The lunch (box) special also came with salad or soup. We both chose soup; she had the New England clam chowder and I had the Manhattan clam chowder. The calamari were deep fried in strips. They weren't the rings, tentacles or body (? that kind of looks like a baby squid). The batter was light and was pair perfectly with the dipping sauce. The calamari had a light snap to it while maintaining that chewiness. The cornbread was super moist. It didn't choke in the middle of my throat. They also supply melted butter for that extra rich flavor. I would suggest trying half and half; otherwise, it's extremely filling and overwhelming. I had a piece of my sister's fish and chips, and it wasn't bad. The same batter was used on the fish, but it was a little soggy. The batter would fall apart when cutting the fish in half. The fish trapped in plentiful moisture and was fresh. All it needed was a dash of fresh squeezed lemon juice and dipping sauce. The New England clam chowder was superb. I couldn't taste any fishiness in the soup. The clam in the Chowder was not overpowering. I think this is one of the best Clam Chowders I ever had. The fish taco was delicious. The toppings barely fit on the tortilla because of the huge piece of fish. I would've preferred grilled fish instead of fried. Everything worked well together. The Manhattan clam chowder was more of a tomato soup than chowder (in my opinion). I couldn't tie in the seafood or clam. Perhaps, the naming is misleading, but I still loved it. It had a strong tomato stock with all the fixings and a hint of citrus to cut the deep fried fat in the food. I heard that dinner was a different story, but for what I had for lunch, I am extraordinarily content. I would come back and recommend others to try.

Do you like fishsticks?
What are you? A gay fish.

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* Calamari *
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* Corn Bread *
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* Fish and Chips (Lunch Box) *
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* Fish Taco (Lunch Box) *

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Dinner at Neptune Wonton Noodle

I haven't gone out for dinner with my mom for the longest time. I'm always busy when my mom has her days off. Luckily, a couple of things were on pause, and I took her out. I told her we can go anywhere she wanted. I wanted to treat her good. She didn't want to go far and chose Neptune Wonton Noodle. This was located inside the same restaurant as Neptune Seafood Restaurant. My first reaction was, "Ahh, are you sure mom? I heard that the restaurant wasn't doing that well, and people got food poisoning upon the grand opening". My mom reassured me, and we went. The restaurant looked like any other Chinese restaurant. What did stand out was their dessert display counter. Usually you wouldn't see that in Chinese restaurants; I found it weird, but I guess it worked because people were ordering desserts. We settled in and ordered a small Chinese appetizer that included jelly fish and duck tongue, Wonton Noddle, Beef Brisket Noddle, and Fried Salty Pork Chops. The menu didn't excite me, and I found it very plain. I didn't want to eat Chinese fast food items. The jelly fish was okay; it didn't have enough bounce or elasticity. The duck tongue was weird, and it was my first time eating it. I wasn't too fond of it. I had the Beef Brisket Noodle while Maria and my mom tried the Wonton Noodle. The soup broth was clear, and I hardly tasted the salt or MSG. The beef brisket could've used a bit more flavor. It felt as if the beef was boiled for too long and was not able to absorb any flavor. I found the noodles a bit weird; it was clumped together and was very hard to separate. Even while eating it took some effort to cut it. Maria took me that was how wonton noodles are supposed to be, but I thought otherwise. They should be clumped up but loose in my opinion. The Fried Salty Pork Chops were good, but I would've added a bit more spice to it. I personally didn't like the restaurant, but price wise, it was a good deal. I rather go to Bubble 88 or Pearl Castle around the corner, but if I wanted a late night (noodle + soup) fixing after drinking (in Surrey) I would stumble back.

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* Duck Tongue and Jelly Fish *
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