Monday, December 21, 2015

Back to Korea in 2016 | Pre-wedding Photoshoot!

Yes, 10 more months to Korea, again!

This time round, it'll be for our pre-wedding photoshoot. Ever since we know that we're gonna spend the rest of our lives together, I know that I want to go back to Korea for our photoshoot. For us, it's not just because we want a destination photoshoot, but because we knew each other there. Korea is of a great significance to us.

I've been doing some research on pre-wedding photoshoot in Korea. There are a lot of SG-based agents in SG such as k-wedding, Ido Wedding etc. I did my research on Kohit Wedding and Chungdam Studio instead.

Chungdam Studio

This is a highly-raved about studio when I read forums such as Perfect Weddings, Singapore Brides etc. I was a bit apprehensive because most people who posted about them has only 1 post count and no surprise on the only post they had. They recommended an English-speaking coordinator. I emailed her and she replies fast, and provides lots of details too. Prices start from SGD$4,000. Decided against them because I don't really like their style.

Kohit Wedding

This is a relatively new Korean-based agent. It's made up of a husband-wife team. Husband's a korean while the wife is a Hong Kong-er. They are very fast and prompt in replies, no problem when it comes to language so no worries about it.

Prices are relatively low, easily the cheapest around (on average). Of course it depends on the studios that you choose but the cheapest starts from ~SGD$3,000. To make a booking, all you gotta do is to pay 20% of the package price via PayPal and the remaining 80% will be paid to the bridal studio on the day of your photoshoot. They were my top choice.

SG photographers

I've been seeing a lot of Facebook posts about SG-based photographers heading to Korea for photoshoot and when I enquire about their services, it was quite expensive; starting from $4.5k onwards. The basic package which cost $4.5k DOES NOT include gowns and suits. I love some of their works, but it's way out of our budget.

The Louvre Bridal

I saw that The Louvre Bridal was having their Korean pre-wedding photoshoot packages promotion and decided to make an appointment to take a look. We started at 11am, and only left 2 hours later. They showed us the various photos from the 60+ studios that they work with. They were really beautiful and the photo album was of good quality.

Since we were there, we enquired about their AD/ROM package. They were very helpful and threw in a couple more discounts/add-ons. Gradually, they started to get a bit pushy, trying to get us to buy both pre-wedding + AD package. Granted it's an open date, but I didn't want to sign an AD package with the first and only bridal boutique that I've been do without doing enough homework.

We were there for a long time and we requested for some private time for discussion. I was a bit hesitant about taking the pre-wedding package as well because it was a little out of budget and I still had Kohit Wedding in mind. The coordinator eventually got their boss to sit down with us to discuss our concerns. They kindly agreed to let us pay in 4 instalments instead of 2 (for both packages).

Eventually, the boss understood my concern of the price difference between Kohit and themselves. She brought up a possible scenario of mistakes in my photo frame or photo album and there's nobody to help me to fight for my rights or worse still, the agent goes MIA on me.

Being a reputable bridal boutique and a partner of Korea Tourism Organization, I could trust them enough with my PS so we signed our PS package. They kindly allow us to think about the AD package. If we would like to, we can add-on the AD package at the same discounted rates with the add-ons by March'16. We'll also be going back in March to select the Korean bridal studio.

10  months to get ride of all my pimples, 10 months to slim down!

Really looking forward to going back to Korea again <3

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Korea Day 4: Nami Island + Cecica Hair!

Yes it's been two months since I last said I'm back and I'm terribly sorry. Haha. So much has happened since my last proper update! Can't wait to update everything here. Will continue my Korea trip from March =X

Day 4 saw us going to Nami Island! I've been there during our summer exchange'12 but A did not go, so I took this opportunity to visit the beautiful island again.

We woke up rather early and made our way down. There are a couple of ways you can get to Nami Island eg. taking a bus straight from Insadong (have to book in advance) or make your way over via public transport. 

We decided to take the train over. The route we took was: Ewha > Cheongnyangni Station > ITX 청춘 Train >  Gapyeong Station. It takes almost an hour from Cheongnyangni Station, so the additional trip from Ewha to Cheongnyani was about 20min. Total time taken: 1hr 30min (adding in waiting time)

Do your homework in advance and check out their train timings so you don't have to spend time waiting!

We took a cab from Gapyeong to Nami Island. There's a bus which could take you but it took a while and the cab fare was about SGD6+ so we just took the cab to save time.
The last time I came, I regretted not taking flying fox into Nami Island. This time round, it took me a while, but I finally persuaded A to try it. Guess what. There's a bloody 2 hour waiting time! It cost about 35SGD to take a what, 1minute trip into Nami Island and I have to wait 2 hour?! 

Did not go for it because waiting for a ride in for 2 hour is ridiculous, and we had a hair appointment scheduled for the afternoon.

Took the ferry instead..

Yes the rows and rows of trees <3
 And Nami Island became popular thanks to Winter Sonata.
 We picked a weekday so that there will be a smaller crowd.
 Still, quite a lot of people. 
 Korea | Singapore
 Because the flag won't stop flying, we made it look like A has super powers lollllll
 Spotted a familiar figure in Nami Island!
 There was a huge field, so why not take some self-timed photos? Lol.
 Wall made of crushed cans.
 It was very nice to just walk hand-in-hand, enjoying the weather and having a nice chat.
 Hello to our snack!
 Made our way back to Ewha for our hair appointment at Cecica Hair!

I've been to Cecica Hair back in 2012 and it was a random visit. Ces, Yilin and I were looking for a place for an haircut. Juno Hair was everywhere and we wanted to try something different. We spotted Cecica Hair in Ewha, looking very quiet. Without doing any research, we just walked in for their services. Loved it so much, that I told myself I'm going back to them when I go back to Korea.

Fast forward to 2015 and I totally forgotten what the salon is called. I only know where it is. Best still, I did not take photo of the exterior of the salon in 2012. Did a search and found its name, only to realize it's actually a very popular hair salon! 

Since my hair is so straight that even my mom thought I went to rebond my hair, I decided to go for a perm. It was about 130SGD for my mid-shoulder length hair. The service was awesome like before. Felt like a queen when the 3 of them were helping me :D Back in 2012, I had a haircut with the lady on my right. They know what kind of hairstyle I was looking for even though she did not really speak English.

Most of the customers in the shop were ladies. Okay, I think all of them were ladies except for A. He was a bit zzz when I booked him a slot too because he wanted to go back to Juno Hair. But he was very satisfied with his haircut! We were both served by the boss so all's good!

That's the boss, and he was the one that I was liaising with via emails before I went over. 

I emailed them in both English and Korean, and he replied with Korean. My minimal Korean couldn't help me so Google Translate saved the day.
Apparently, after 3 hours of perming, my hair is too darn straight for any curls to happen! >.< Despite that, I was still very very happy with my makeover, so was the happy boy next to me. The boss very very kindly offered a second perming session FOC just for me. I was very touched by his actions. He said that he wanted to try again and he was very apologetic even though it wasn't his fault! (Darn you hair, why you so straight?!) We arranged for a second session on Day 6.

Cecica Hair 쌔시카헤어
서울 서대문구 대현동 37-22 1st Floor Seoul, Seo Dae Mun Gu, Dae Hyun Dong 37-22 1st floor
Tel: 02-313-8956, 1455
Opening hours: Week days (11am – 9pm), Weekends (11am – 8pm)

Dinner was at a random HOF that we walked past in Sinchon. It was very crowded and noisy, but there were a lot of small cozy rooms available. Most rooms were occupied by either students or office people chilling after work.

 In Korea, nothing can go wrong with fried chicken and soju!