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    Tuesday, December 27, 2005
    Title : Review: King Kong
    Time : 10:23 pm

    Earworm: Heard 'em say~~Kanye West and Adam Levine

    with all the good reviews i had read, naturally my expectations were high. unfortunately, they were not met. nowhere near the spectacular blockbuster i was anticipating

    most people say the first hour on the boat was a drag. thats an understatement the whole movie was a lengthy monster fest. in fact, i preferred the first hour(tho the man next to me was already snoring lightly at this time) to the disgusting monster fest that peter jackson so gleefully unleashed onto the audience. the whole thing was over the top really. not one T Rex but three! and they did not perish when they fell down the ravine...no all THREE had to be snappin their jaws at female lead Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts) or getting pounded by Kong. then came the giant bugs and nasty man sucking worms (that was the most vomit inducing scene) swallowing lumpy's head whole. that's andy serkis btw. was expecting more of the humanesque expressions of Kong but that was minimal. he was attracted to Ann because she tap danced for him? I was not rooting for him at all. I was looking forward to the 'tragic' end.
    nonetheless there were some amusing scenes and humour interspersed. critics praised Watts for her acting but her expression to me was only of sadness. To quote Carl Denham(Jack Black), "You're the saddest girl I've ever seen!"
    and of course the special effects should be commended tho it was an overindulgence, so much so that it got tiresome. i am not one for monster flicks. it should be at least based on some human relationships. which i find lacking in this film albeit for the on and off romance between Ann and Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody). some loose ends were also not tied up. like the origin of Jimmy (Jamie Bell). what happened to the captain...etc
    so i was not impressed. peter jackson, you've come a long way down from LOTR(although it's not a very fair comparison). sigh.
    Rating: 2.5/5
    Monday, December 26, 2005
    Title : MTV:Mindless TV
    Time : 3:54 pm

    Earworm: Luxurious~~Gwen Stefani

    don't get me wrong, i like my mindless entertainment as it is. music videos, senseless fighting games (Marvel vs Capcom!), reality shows.... but this is too much, literally. MTV's My Super Sweet 16 features spoilt brats and bitches who love the limelight so and they have all the money in the world to do whatever they want like hire ciara to sing at their party. (US$30000 budget for party dress, total party expenditure: US$203000) all this extravagance points to the fault of the wealthy soft hearted father who indulges in the vain princess's whims and fancies and puts up with her even though she gets mouthy and inconsiderate, probably just puts on a sweet face to spurn more money off her dad. it makes me sick really. sick enough to wanna rot my brains with more programmes such as these, honestly.
    Sunday, December 25, 2005
    Title : call yourself an asian
    Time : 1:39 pm

    Earworm: Learn Chinese~~Jin

    try this out: www.alllooksame.com
    Wednesday, December 21, 2005
    Title : Chronicles of Korea
    Time : 4:07 pm

    Off to a bad start.. flight delayed for 2 hours!
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    2.45am: take off!
    9.45am: arrived at Seoul International Airport but missed our connecting flight to Jeju. itinerary all haywire. can't do anything on the first day.
    2.50pm: one hour domestic flight from Gimpo to Jeju
    staying at Honey Crown Jeju. had steamboat for dinner.

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    abalone porridge for breakfast. squint hard for the miniscule abalone
    It's snowing! first snowball fight on the way to the Mysterious Road which we can't go on coz of the blizzard anyway.
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    winter wonderland
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    sis loves licking snowflakes

    went onto Moksokwon park for some stone formations.
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    someone else's snowman inspired us to build one of our own...here it is!
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    looks kinda evil actually

    then to Manjang Lava Cave. not much to see inside there. just the usual stalactites and stalagmites and a few quirky formations
    steamboat pork for lunch.
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    kimchi-- a daily staple for Koreans. looks appetising, no? *once is enough for me*

    visited the folk village (slippery and slushy walk). were introduced some honey and other products that could supposedly predict your illness by their different tastes. like sweet means lung cancer, bitter- intestinal problem, sour- stroke. etc. im making the illnesses up anyway, like i'd remember all the pseudoscience.
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    the stone idols of Jeju island
    later it was a treacherous trek up sunrise peak which granted a spectacular view among the falling snowflakes nonetheless
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    parents and sis panting halfway up the hill.. yay, singapore PE training has done me good! im first one to reach the top. they persevered in the end too.
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    next came the Cheonyijeon waterfall, which was nothing to boast about really.
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    but the colourful leaves on the trees were beautiful
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    it was dark by the time we reached the stone dragon.
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    and the penetrating chill prevented us from exploring further.
    dinner was steamboat again!

    10.20am: Flight from Jeju-Gimpo
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    chicken stuffed with ginseng and glutinous rice. was the only chicken dish in the whole korea trip btw, a tad bland but otherwise ok.
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    looks like alien species

    Visited the MBC filming location of Daejanggeum, this korean drama based on the true story of a girl rising to become the first and only female physician to the emperor.
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    locked up...
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    jailbreak! these bars cant hold me in.. muahaha!
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    me giving my sis a spank!
    rented some traditional costumes(hanbok) to pose in. look like im pregnant. frozen smiles.
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    some 'warriors'
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    family pic
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    close up. haha wanna take our money's worth
    5.30pm: let loose in Doota! shopping centre.
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    got ourselves some earmuffs and waterproof gloves to protect ourselves from the cold wet snow. had a bite of their steaming finger food
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    7.20pm: yummy korean BBQ pork. Image hosted by Photobucket.com
    reminded me of the times at Seoul Garden, where i surely will have stomach ache after gorging myself. true enough, i had some queasiness in my stomach, perhaps stemming from paranoia.
    8.45pm: walking along the streets, most shops closed, a lot featuring western imports, streets lined with nighta clubo (how our tour guide pronounced it)
    9.30pm: checked into Hotel Victoria, rather cramped little room, and smells like there's something rotten in the fridge.eew

    9.30am:Gyeongbukgong palace. yawnsome history lecture which i was too cold to care for in the frosty weather, so went off taking some pics of the surrounding scenery though my fingers were already hurting from the cold, trying to escape the cold, which finally the National Folk Museum provided some welcome shelter.
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    three masketeers
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    what can i say, i love taking pics with trees =p
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    outside the national folk museum, with my animal sign. roar!
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    kimite- supposed to prevent nausea as the bus goes up winding mountain roads to reach everland. good for 48 hours. but i wouldnt know the effect since i fell asleep throughout the journey =p
    1.30pm: Everland Fantasy Land/theme park
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    Harry Potter in Korea!
    -went on the Human Sky (actually its just a cable car ride)
    -seal show all in Korean (sat thru it in a blur)
    -Safari world with Ligers (mix of tiger and lion!)
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    Liger: one of a kind in Korea
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    'omitofo' bear

    -had a go on the Snowbuster which is a wild ride down a snowy slope in a small yellow float. prone to veering off track, sliding backwards, headlong collisions and speeding into barriers
    -too bad the major roller coasters not working, went on a Kiddy Dragon instead.

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    me giving mona einstein a sip of hot chocolate
    5.45pm: after some souvenirs, off to the mountain road
    7.30pm: pit stop off the highway for some hot taters and ginseng drink
    9.00pm: nasty seafood in the mountains(??) no wonder it tasted stale
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    normal sight on korean meal tables
    10.30pm: Slept on tatami mats in Freya Apartments. spacious room, unfortunately my parents' room lacked heating, they were given an electric blanket instead

    9.20am: Autumn in my Heart filming location at Apa village. biting wind. went on the cable barge, supposed to visit the female lead's home but noone was in
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    10.30am: Seoraksan National Park. the wind was so strong that the leaves were dancing in the air
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    and i was propelled forward in a run by the strong gales! see my terrorist outfit.
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    roughing it in the wilderness =)
    2.45pm: Arrived at Mount Sorak, tried on some ski wear and rented goggles.
    3.45pm: off to Phoenix Park green condo
    6.45pm: surprise surprise--it's steamboat for dinner!
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    still some night action at the ski slopes

    8.30am: tried on ski equipment, them ski boots are heavy! hard to move in them. got on the escalator gingerly for fear of tripping over.
    10.00am: was already sweating in ski gear in spite of the surrounding snow, must be the heat from all the sunlight they're reflecting. first try on a slope was up with the tour guide mr. soon. the photographer had to help me into my skis too since there was no way i could balance on one foot in a ski as it will slide downwards, also i was so much a newbie then. without warning after i got my skis on, we pushed off with Soon stabilising me. it was a rush going down the slope definitely but not something i can do on my own anytime soon.
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    12.10pm: sorta got the hang of skiing, dad recorded our glory moments as well as hard falls.
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    me getting ready to go down the slope!
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    3 happy ladies after skiing
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    off go the heavy boots!
    4.30pm: visit to Walker-Hill Casino, no admittance under 20
    6.00pm: Korean War Memorial but the sky was already dark so it was hard to see the statues and fighter planes. moving figure of a soldier helping up a fellow comrade tho.
    7.30pm: Lotte World Theme Park. Lotte World is like this humongous megacomplex of shopping malls, hotels, theme parks, casinos...
    -waited a long 30 mins for the Flume Ride
    -Gyro Drop was not open by the time we went out to the outdoor theme park, so after persuasion on my sister's part, steeled myself to go onto the Gyro swing which is this monstrous contraption of swinging wheels. the cold wind cuts into my face like a knife when swinging back and forth and upside down. dare not open my eyes much tho when i did i saw a disorienting view of the gingerbread house in the theme park, the whistling winds also silenced my screams. nauseating aftermath.
    11.20pm: checked into Samwon Plaza Hotel

    9.00am: visited the Fifa World Cup football stadium, mum took pics with the photographer who is a ringer for Park Ji Sung.
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    cheering for a ghost team

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    mum and photographer. park ji sung is just the cardboard figure just next to him. =)

    10.30am: Boring shops galore. dad fell for one ''money making scheme''-- bought god knows how much US dollars worth of ginseng powder. went to a purple amethyst store too. and convenience store with a whole lot of assorted biscuits, kimchi flavoured seaweed (ick!)
    Finally, lunch was good ol' chinese food.
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    trust me they taste better than they look
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    well the noodles looks like a scene right outta fear factor actually
    all the tour members sick of Korean steamboat and were clamouring for some variety. mr. soon looked nonplussed when one auntie told him this was the best meal of the tour, quite insulting really.
    5.30pm: Departing for home sweet home.