Category: Cafe

Man X Man: The Jang Mee

I am recently watching a brand new drama Man X Man for the sake of Park Haejin. He’s the one and only motivation that kept me going for this drama. Anyway, the last scene in episode 4 where Park Haejin and Kim Minjung kissed was a very pretty cafe, so I looked it up.







The cafe is called The Jang Mee, and it is located far far away in Paju (outside of Seoul). Travelling takes around an hour.



This is their afternoon tea set.

This is Tiramisu.

The chocolate latte looks so pretty. The bottle on the side is chocolate where you stir it into the latte yourself.

PP Seoul

During one of my Korea trips last year, I went to this rooftop cafe/bar that opened into the wee hours of the night: PP Seoul. It gives off the vibes that reminds me of PS Cafe.

Let’s start off with the interior. They wrote PP Seoul in traditional Chinese. So cute! And look at the window decal on why they have the letters PP in their cafe name.

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This is their indoor counter and bar.

Their outdoor view is amazing. I would recommend going earlier to grab the outdoor seat for a stunning view of the city.




My ordered drink.

Even the menu and marble table top are pretty.

I went in the night during the hottest time of the year, August. Yet the howling wind made me wish I had a cardigan to layer on my tank top. Now, I’m wondering if I should make a trip in the day again, and risk being fried under the scorching sun for my upcoming trip.

PP Seoul
3 Sowol-ro 44-gil, Yongsan District, Seoul
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Operating Hours:
Weekday 2pm – 12am
Weekend 1pm – 12am
Tel: +82 02-749-9195

Lucky Romance: Nolsoop Cafe

I’ve recently caught on another Korean drama called Lucky Romance (운빨로맨스), starring Hwang Jungeum and Ryoo Joonyeol. Yes, Ryoo Joonyeol who also acted in drama Reply 1988. So glad to see him having a drama of his own as a leading actor. While I was rooting on Park Bogum in Reply 1988 despite how cute Ryoo Joonyeol was, I’m so happy to be able to gush and cheer on him whole heartedly in this drama.

In the latest episode (episode 6), Joonyeol discreetly (not) followed Jungeum to a cafe and realised she was actually meeting Gary to convince him to be part of the game they are developing.
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I did some research on the cafe and it turned out to be a comics (they call it cartoon, but I think it’s more like comics) and books cafe. There are reading materials for you to read in a comfortable environment. When hungry, you can order food and drinks too. A good place to chill out with your friends and when there are awkward silences, fret not. Apart from digging into food, you can dig into the comics or books in your hands.

How to get to 놀숲

Hop on the subway to Jamsil Subway Station (잠실역) and take exit 3. According to Naver map, it takes 16min to get to this place. Come out from the exit and walk straight. Walk towards the direction of the red arrow below.
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Continue walking straight. There really isn’t any good landmarks along the way. Only some high rise apartments on your right. The view below is what you see on your left when you are walking straight.005
You will arrive at a cross junction. Cross the road to the opposite side and turn left.
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Walk straight and these are some of the shops you see. There’s Gong Cha bubble tea shop!
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Continue walking straight and you will arrive at the building below. This cafe has actually replaced the Caffe Bene you see in the picture below. Pizza Hut is still there though.
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A clearer close up shot below. When you arrive at the destination, you wouldn’t miss the signboard.
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From the picture below, you can identify the scene where episode 6 was filmed!
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Even the signages are cute! This sign says when climbing up the stairs, be quiet and careful.
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The sign below says it is very dangerous to lean against the railings, and that it is really very painful if you fall down.
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They even have blankets to keep yourself warm and cozy.
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Smoking room available if you require.
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Pricing for each person is as follows:
A: 2hours + Drink at 6,500won
B: 3hours + Drink at 8,000won
C: Full Day + Drink at 15,000won (Only available on normal days, maxed at 24:00hr)
D: 1hour at 2,400won (Every 10 minutes thereafter at additional 400won)
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놀숲 Nolsoop
1-3 Tae Ho building, Seokchon-dong, Songpa District, Seoul, Korea
서울특별시 송파구 석촌동 1-3 태호빌딩
Operating Hours:
Sundays – Thursdays: 10am – 2am
Fridays – Saturdays: 24hours
Tel: +82 02-420-9918

Descendants of the Sun: dal.komm Coffee [02]

I am back with another filming venue of drama Descendants of the Sun! I must warn you though, this place is not in Seoul either. Good news is this place can be easily accessible via subway as well, like the one mentioned in my previous post!

Episode 1 where Song Joongki and Jingoo sat down at a cafe after catching thief Kim Minsuk and sending him off to a hospital. The two of them each sat with a soft toy that Lee Kwangsoo wanted them to take, for them never to return to his shop. This is once again, another dal.komm Coffee outlet.

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How to get to dal.komm Coffee

Hop on the subway to Jeongja Station and take exit 2. Walk towards the direction of the red arrow below. 
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Come to this big junction and you will need to get to the diagonally opposite. So cross the road first.
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And cross the road again, to get to ACROTEL and turn right. 
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After passing T World telco company, cross the road to the opposite and turn left.
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Walk straight for a while and you’re almost there.
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There you are, this Prugio building is it.
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How the cafe looks like on the exterior.
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Another view of the cafe.
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Lets look at the interior.
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I personally like the interior design: guitar, speakers and everything.
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There are poster and standing board to confirm your suspicion that this is the very filming venue.
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While you here, you might want to order the drink Song Joongki was having: Honey Grapefruit (허니몽).
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dal.komm COFFEE
108 and 109, Building 3D, Prugio City, Bundang District, Seongnam City, Gyeonggi Province, Korea
경기도 성남시 분당구 정자동 푸르지오시티 3차 D동 108호, 109호
Operating Hours:
Weekdays: 8am – 11pm
Weekends: 10am – 11pm
Tel: +82 31-712-1581

Descendants of the Sun: dal.komm Coffee

If you have not heard about the new Korea drama “Descendants of the Sun”, you are definitely missing out. Starring Song Joongki and Song Hyekyo, episode 6 of this drama has already broken the viewership record of drama “My Love From the Star” last episode. Song Joongki has captured so many female hearts that there is now a term “송중기 효과 (Song Joongki Effect)”.

I am obsessed with this drama myself and I am too embarrassed to say how many times I have watched and re-watched the episodes so far. To distract myself a little, I went to search for the filming sites that had appeared in the drama so far. dal.komm COFFEE that I have previously introduced in Running Man episode last year, is the cafe that appeared numerous times in the drama.

Episode 2 where Song Joongki surprised Song Hyekyo by appearing near her house after he was back from his mission. They had a drink in dal.komm Coffee where Song Hyekyo named their differences and decided to end their brief relationship.

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How to get to dal.komm Coffee

Hop on the subway to Incheon National University Station (인천대입구역) and take exit 4. Walk towards the direction of the red arrow below.

Cross the road and keep walking straight.

The brown building says Central Park.


There you go, this building below under construction in the picture below. This photo was taken in year 2014.

The building is called Prugio and this is how it looks like now.
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Let’s look at this dal.komm COFFEE starting from the exterior.


There is a sign placed outside the cafe to tell you this is the exact filming venue.
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If you haven’t noticed by now, this cafe is located outside of Seoul. It is in Incheon. If you are seriously thinking of going to this place, perhaps consider eating Jjajangmyeon in Chinatown where Running Man filmed episode 249.

dal.komm Coffee
Level 1, Central Park Prugio, 23-5 Songdo-dong, Yeonsu District, Incheon, Korea
인천광역시 연수구 송도동 23-5 송도 센트럴파크 푸르지오 1층
Operating Hours: 8am – 11pm
Tel: +82 32-858-0504

It has been a while, Taiwan!

I went Taipei to attend a wedding last November. Re-visiting Taiwan wasn’t on my travel plan last year, but since it’s a close friend’s wedding, I just had to tweak my plan a little. I took the chance to meet up some old friends whom I haven’t seen in years. A couple I’ve known has opened a cafe and retail store. The place wasn’t hard to find at all.

Doesn’t the sitting area looks cozy and feels like you can sit back and relax in it all day? I love natural sunlight in a cafe. While we were there the whole time, they didn’t switch on any lights at all. This is how brightly lit up the whole place was.DSCF14551 The corner where my friend sat for hours and poured his heart and sweat to make shoes. The shoes can be customised at a very affordable price!DSCF14521DSCF14541 A cafe and retail store in one. The kitchen was open concept.  DSCF14511
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Since my last visit in November, my friends had since closed down this place to move on to a larger space. They are now newly opened in Shinlin! Do drop by for a visit if you have an afternoon to escape from the bustling city in Taiwan.

【takumi】職人專門所
Address: 台北市士林區福德路48巷12號一樓(Shilin Subway Station Exit 2)

Seoul Chillax

After the hectic concert days, it was finally down to our own itinerary for the rest of the trip. I got to meet a new Japanese friend with my travel mate and we hanged out together the entire day.

We started off the day with an early lunch at 별다방미스리 (Miss Lee Cafe) in Myeongdong.

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Does the restaurant name ring a bell to you? This is the restaurant where YongSeo couple (Yonghwa from CNBlue and Seohyun from Girls Generation) visited in We Got Married Season 2. They visited the store in Insadong, but this outlet in Myeongdong is more convenient in my opinion.

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We had the entire second floor to ourselves. I recalled the morning had just rained and it was a little windy out in the open on a Monday morning. The cozy second floor was a good refuge for us to sit back and drink hot soup.

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The interior is delicately decorated. A tall tree stands in the middle of the restaurant with handwritten messages hanging from the branches. There are pens and papers available for you to write yours too. I spent my time peeping at what other people wrote, while waiting for my food to be prepared.

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Our buzzer vibrates and it’s time to collect our lunch box with hot seaweed soup. I am so loving seaweed with rice. It’s like the best combination ever. If you stare hard enough, you might see the egg underneath the pile of seaweed.

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After taking pictures, close the lid back. Shake it like how Seohyun does in the animated GIF below. Shake it hard so your rice and dishes will mix well together.

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I opened mine and tadahh! It’s time to dig in! I couldn’t finish mine as much as I wanted to, I just couldn’t stuff anymore into my tummy. My friends managed to finish theirs though.

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We wandered around Myeongdong for a little, did some heavy shopping (coughs) and felt like it’s time to rest our heavy bottoms again. This time, we entered O´Sulloc Tea House. Never a big fan of Matcha flavoured products but the Fresh Citron Hot Green Tea I ordered was refreshing. Three of us couldn’t finish the Green Tea Bingsu on top of our drinks. It’s like having to drink 4 big cups for 3 of us. We were too greedy Teehee~

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Another day, I met up with my Korean friend near her house. With her moving near Konkuk University subway station, we can finally meet more often. It’s more legitimate to meet there since it’s now her neighbourhood and Yesung’s cafe Mouse Rabbit is situated there. I got to visit the new shopping mall Common Ground.

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This is also the place where Korean girl group SISTAR filmed their MV “Shake It”, a very addictive song. It’s after all summer when I visited, and war time between all the girl groups. My observation for this trip – amongst the girl groups’ comeback songs, “Shake It” is most popular and most played song for retail shops.

Why is summer the war time for girl groups? It’s the hottest time of the year where it’s valid for girl groups to wear less for performance, showing more skin to appeal to males. A comeback during this period would also allow sufficient time for the girl groups to promote their albums and songs til the year end awards where sales of the year is concluded. If this comeback schedule during summer time went well, the girl group might even slot in another comeback period before year end to boost their popularity. Hence, summer time every year is the comeback war amongst girl groups. This year alone, there are major groups comeback such as Girls Generation, SISTAR, APink, Girl’s Day, AoA… etc.

Back to Common Ground, it’s shopping mall within pop-up containers. Don’t worry, it’s air-conditioned. Spend an hour or two there but didn’t bring anything home with me. The prices there are too high-end. I guess I am more suited for cheap and good shopping at Express Bus Terminal Subway Station.

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My friend and I settled ourselves at a cafe called Dore Dore and ordered Oreo cake and fruit juices. Superman Returns Hwijae dad brought his twins Seo Eon and Seo Jun to this cafe before! Look at the adorable twins devouring their cakes.

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Our Oreo cake is so adorbs! Taste is not to our liking though, for both cake and drinks. I guess their dessert and drinks are Instagram worthy and stops at that.

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I wanted to write more, but it seems like my words quota has reached for this post. I am splitting my trip into so many posts that I’m starting to run out of puns for the world “Seoul” as title. I need ideas!

Continuing… July is Seoul Wonderful

The first day in Korea was indeed a busy day. Meeting with different people to pick up and exchange tickets for our Super Junior 6 Encore Concert.

We headed on to Chocolat BonBon, opened by Super Junior member Eunhyuk. A small and cozy cafe. Eunhyuk’s mum was there as a cashier when I visited. Glad to see customers other than fangirls visiting the cafe. It’s a sign that cafe is well accepted by public, isn’t it?

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We stayed for a while before hopping on a cab to the MOM House, a guesthouse in Myeongdong, opened by another Super Junior member Kyuhyun. The cab ride was so comfortable that I fell asleep beside the driver. It was a long long ride. Hooray to cheap cab fare in Korea! MOM guesthouse level 1 lobby was filled with fans when we arrived. Saw Kyuhyun’s dad making his round the guesthouse grinning at all the fans who met his eyes, and Kyuhyun’s mum mingling with fans she was familiar with. Occasionally hitting those familiar fans with her fist, and boy it hurts. That’s her way of showing her affection ^^

Kyuhyun’s mom walked over with a foreign fan and asked one of my friends to help her translate the letter. It was a fan letter to Kyuhyun. The foreign fan’s face was flushing red when the letter was translated to the mom. When letter was fully translated, Kyuhyun’s mom hugged the fan and said “I got it all now. I’ll pass this letter on to him. I fully understand now.” Haha~ So cute!

Made our way to the top level where there’s a sky garden. There’s even a BBQ pit. I wanted to take a photo of the beautiful place, but Kyuhyun’s dad saw us first and waved affectionately til we turned to leave. We were just giggling embarrassingly all the way until we stepped into the lift. I only managed to capture this post box below where fans can leave your letters in here and you can be sure the letters will reach the artist’s hands.

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As you can see, there are ways to pass your letters and gifts to the artists, as long as artists has family owned cafes, restaurants or shops. And going via this route, you can be sure the letters and gifts will definitely reach the artists. Alternatively, you can always pass the letters and gifts to the artists’ companies.

BEAST is coming to Singapore for fan meet next month. The fan site in Singapore is organising a donation drive for fans to contribute to fan projects. As long as money contributed is between $10 – $19, they will give you a Thank You card and help deliver your letter to BEAST. Putting the Thank You card aside, because we all really ought to be thanked for, as even the minimal contribution of $10 can buy us so many meals. There is a small hashtag indicated on the notice that states they will try their best to convey your heartfelt messages to the boys. In another words, there is no guarantee that your letters will even reach the members. If you are planning to make a trip to Korea yourself, I will suggest passing the letters yourself. At least you can be sure the letter you painstakingly wrote, is not going to end up in a rubbish bin in Singapore. Of course, if you are going to contribute to the fan projects regardless of the gifts, do go ahead. I’m just stating the obvious for those who are pinning high hopes along with the $10 – $19 they are putting in.

Back to my first day in Korea! A Korean friend brought us to dinner at 차들박힌 쭈꾸미, where we had spicy octopus. There was this long wait that it was probably an hour before 4 of us get seated. The meat and spicy octopus is good, but I still prefer the one I ate in Guri though (will post about this when I go again). The octopus is so spicy that towards the end, I couldn’t take another bite without cheese to neutralise the spiciness. It was a satisfying meal to end the night.

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A very fulfilling and tiring day, I’d say. After 24hours of nearly no sleep, I sinked into my bed and slept well. Next post: Concert day, a day I looked forward to so badly. Stay tuned folks!

Running Man EP249 Film Site: dal.komm Coffee

Not sure if you’ve watched the latest episode of Running Man, broadcasted on 31 May 2015. This is the episode that features UEE of After School. I was feeling bored from my drama film site research and decided to look for the cafe where Running Man held their introduction for this episode.

So full of sense covering the cafe name with their signature R sticker. A close up of how the logo looks like with the sticker.

The cafe dal.komm Coffee is located in Gwanghwamun, walking distance from the subway station. This cafe has a lot of outlets but my directions are pointing to the exact filming site of this Running Man episode.

Interestingly, Lee Kwangsoo is the ambassador for this cafe! Fans of Giraffe Lee Kwangsoo, you probably don’t want to miss this place. Visit the cafe’s website and you will be greeted with his face.


Their twitter header is him too!

The cafe interior looks very welcoming.


I don’t  know about you, but I have this particular keen interest in sofa chairs in cafe. After all, you are not going to sip down your coffee in 2min and leave a cafe. You probably would stay hours in your seat to chat with your friends, or even read a good book on your own. A comfortable chair is very important! Especially one with cushion is a bonus. Put it behind you and rely on it to protect your back or put it on your lap for ladies with short skirts.

How to get to dal.komm Coffee at Gwanghwamun

Naver map street view isn’t anywhere near HD so please bear with me on the quality of the pictures.

Hop on the subway to Gwanghwamun Station and take exit 6. Walk towards the direction of the red arrow below.

Walk straight and you will need to cross the road where Twosome Place cafe is.

I know you can’t really see from the glaring sunlight in the previous picture. Here’s another view. 
After crossing the road, continue to walk straight and keep a look out to your left. You will pass by Starbucks before getting to this dal.komm Coffee.

A proper shot of cafe exterior.

The item the Running Man members were having is the Honey Donuts. Priced at 5,500KRW and add another 2,000KRW for a scoop of ice-cream.

dal.komm COFFEE
Gwanghwamun Office, #163,1-ga Shinmunno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea 110-999
Monday – Friday: 7am – 11pm
Weekends: 8am – 10pm
Tel: +82 2-735-1744

April Korea Trip Continues… …

I recalled my trip to Korea last year April was actually the first time I went to Mouse Rabbit, the cafe opened by Super Junior member, Yesung. That’s right, my bias. Everyone has been raving about the cafe because Yesung was there most of the time, and the awesome fan service he gave by taking your orders over the counter. You get to talk to him and shake his hand even. Talk about up close and personal interaction!

There at the nearest subway station, Konkuk University subway station, there was a banner congratulating another Super Junior member, Hyukjae’s birthday. Coincidentally it was his birthday month. Putting up advertisements in subway stations by fansites is actually a norm in Korea. It may be expensive, but it goes to show how much fans are willing to go for their idols.

Mouse Rabbit exterior doesn’t look like this anymore, though. They removed the windows of the outdoor area you see below, and added railings. It’s going to be cold and chilling sitting out here in the winter. I recalled us talking to Yesung’s dad about our concern of sitting here during rainy season. He explained to us patiently that they had to remove the windows due to regulations, and nothing much they could do about it.


Breakfast alone at the quiet Mouse Rabbit is pure bliss. Sweet potato cake and black tea latte. I miss these 2 items so much… … … Even the serviettes design has changed.

Wearing my newly bought 574 New Balance that unfortunately gave me aching legs because I bought a size too small. I love this design so much and everywhere doesn’t have my size. Cries! This pair is now belonging to my mother. And so, my mum now has couple sneakers with my Yoseob my Beast! Humph!

Chanced upon this advertisement at Myeongdong subway station. Couldn’t hide my excitement because I was going to be part of this.

Attempted to get our SIM card in Hongdae and failed due to new regulations in place. Foreigners are no longer allowed to apply for SIM card from the 3 main telcos in Korea: SK Telecom, KT and LG U+. Bad news for us having to enter music broadcasting shows. Had to treat ourselves to a good lunch for the dejection we were feeling. Korean Black Bean Sauce Noodles (Jajangmyeon) and spicy seafood noodle soup (Jjampong). The seafood noodle soup isn’t spicy at all!

On the side, we also added sweet and sour pork (탕수육) but I’m too embarrassed to paste the photo in here. We poured the sweet and sour sauce over the pork. What were we thinking! We should have dipped the pork into the sauce to preserve the crunchiness of the meat. How could we make such a fatal mistake (shakes index finger).

Craving for icy cold cider in this hot weather.

And craving ever so badly for this grilled pork intestine (곱창구이). Chanced upon this shop (강남곱창이야기) in Myeongdong and it happened to be the filming site for drama Reply 1997!

Ending this post with a random selca taken during the same trip. One of those times I was alone in Mouse Rabbit, waiting for Yesung to arrive.