About the Author

Hello, I’m Jenny! Welcome to thewander-lust.com where you’ll find a recollection of my travels, events and life’s experiences. Initially, this blog was established as a means to keep up with my own interests in capturing precious moments of my travels. I love taking photos and videos each time I visit a place. I enjoy editing and compiling all those captured scenes. But with time, and little effort this blog has evolved into something much more intricate and meaningful.

It’s definitely fun to go somewhere unfamiliar and escape from our daily routines for a while. I travel to discover and experience new cultures, taste new cuisines, and photograph artistic scenes. I’m the budget traveler type. I always do my research before any trip and make online bookings way ahead, well it worked for me in saving some penny. I make my own itineraries based on what I want to see and experience. I’m genuinely curious – I have a list of cities and countries I want to explore.

Do you prefer to see where the wind takes you? Or are you a stickler for a detailed plan? I would say, I love to see where the wind takes me. Although I make detailed daily itineraries but I don’t just strictly stick to my plans. I am flexible and spontaneous in a way. But I always make sure that I’m enjoying every bit of the trip.

Traveling isn’t a one-size-fits-all kind of deal. And that’s the way it should be.
What kind of traveler are you?

As I’ve already mentioned, I’m the budget traveler type yet the stylish one. It can always be tempting to throw your new outfits in your suitcase before you head off on your travels (especially if you can picture the perfect sunset shot of you wearing it on the ‘gram). I love playing with colors but most of the time, I stick to darker tones. When it comes to keeping stylish, dark colors – you’ll be able to wear them time and time again without noticing every single speck of dirt and dust. Mix it up with vests, shirts and long sleeves and you’ll have a seemingly limitless amount of outfit variations. After all, variety is the spice of life.

We’re all unique, what is one traveler’s idea of style heaven can be seen as another’s hell. Regardless of your fashion statement, comfort should always come first, and style will naturally follow. Imagine if you’re hopping around on long bus journeys then the priority is to feel comfortable and safe without strangely placed zips and buckles prodding you from all the wrong angles.
Always remember, travel style is in the eye of the beholder.

Your thoughts? ❤

Fell free to drop your comments or suggestions.
I always look forward to reading those even on the days I am swamped with work.

LONG TIME, NO POST! – A YEAR OF HIATUS

It’s been ages since I last blogged. The last time I checked was I got so caught up with the wedding planning of not just 1 but 2 weddings. But thankfully all done! Yaaas! Over a year ago since I last logged into my dashboard and wrote down my thoughts, travel stories, inspirations, and musings.
I never even realized that my domain has already expired. HAHA! Yes, that looong of hiatus!
But now, my fingertips are way too excited spilling some posts for my return.
And as for my come back, help me welcome my new site name,
thewander-lust.com former stylishwanderer.com

I’m on a mission to get back into my social media life, although I’m not going to set myself targets of blogging or Instagramming every single day, as I just won’t keep to that frequency because first things first I work full time. My job has and will always come first, it pays the bills, it’s what I’ve worked hard for and it’s what I am passionate about. However, I’ve slowly come to realize that it’s not the only thing that I should focus my time and energy on. There genuinely is more to life.

It is important to completely switch off, take time out, travel, go on a holiday or just spend a night in front of the TV, not the computer or phone. Having said that, there were so many things that happened to my life a few months back and I can’t wait to share it all here.

So now, let me fill this site again with the things that I love doing. Help me welcome myself back into blogging! Yahoo! HAHA I definitely will keep this site up-to-date. Yasss! I swear to that! :p And do welcome my vlog channel too but not at the moment yet.lol! Meanwhile, allow me to make a lot of catchup posts.

See you back here again!

Much Love,
thewander-lust.com 

What you didn’t know about Ewha Womans University-Fashion Street

Forget about other places, just head here!20161124_145336-011
Probably the best place to shop in Seoul. A fashion haven for young women. Shop here first before you shop anywhere else, which apparently is my biggest mistake when I was in Seoul. lol! I regret coming here on our last day in Korea, I should have done plenty of reading before the trip. Poor thing I never did! haha20161124_151916-011
Before you shop like crazy, start first with a brief walk to the outskirts of the Campus. Surely you’ll end up admiring everything that you see. From the exquisite compound and Architecture to the beautifully landscaped gardens. WOW. How I wish I studied there. Ewha Womans University is a private women’s university in Seoul. It is actually the World’s Largest Female Educational Institute and is one of the most Prestigious Universities in South Korea.20161124_150809-01120161124_151431-01120161124_151544-01120161124_151815-01120161124_151827-01120161124_152124-011And who says I’m too late for Autumn? :p20161124_152423-01120161124_152714-01120161124_152741-01120161124_152042-01120161124_152407-01120161124_152113-011

20161124_152727-011Autumn paints in colors that summer has never seen.

Coming out from the University is a shopping and food area. How convenient it is for students but I feel it’s more tempting (you may guess why) haha! The alleyways and streets are filled with usual shops you see elsewhere but there are many individual shops here and there which are more unique, chic and fab. Prices are really cheap. It’s easy on the pocket mainly because it caters mostly to Uni students.20161124_153229-01120161124_153331-01120161124_150718-01120161124_153048-011So if you are looking for a trendy fashion or more on cute K-style outfits which ain’t a pain on your budget. Don’t think anymore, this is the place to shop all you want. You can go as crazy as you never imagined yourself to be. haha! And of course, I bought a whole load of clothes at a very affordable price. You can disappear into 1 shop and come out like barely 5 minutes later with 1 or 2 plastic bag in your hand. I swear! lol Imagine seeing a shop that sells each bag at 10,000 KRW (428Php) regardless of design. BUY! haha And most of the clothing pieces are priced at 5,000 KRW (214Php). You can even get overall denim at 10,000 KRW which in my opinion is damn cheap. Oh My! Make sure you don’t get excess baggage when you head back home. :p20161124_153923-01120161124_153935-01120161124_181431-01120161124_172527-01120161124_172509-011Truly the shopping here is more fun and enjoyable. The clothing, accessories, shoes, bags and beauty products have more variety and are more cheaper than Myeongdeong district. There are also several restaurants, eateries and kawaii cafes! Replenish your lost energy before you go on for further shopping. lol!20161124_150741-011 I never had much photos for the shopping alleys since I got so busy (you probably know why) and realized that it’s already time to head back to our place for a dinner with other Airbnb guests. On another blog post is all about my awesome Airbnb experience at Comestay. Click the Link!

20161124_153227-012Overall, it’s a pretty fun experience to visit Ewha Woman’s University – Fashion Street. It’s one of my favorite areas in Seoul by the way. Definitely worth a comeback visit. Till I see you again!

Get there by alighting at Ewha Womans University station on Line 2 and then take Exit 2 or Exit 3. 20161124_150803-011

Love,

Stylishwanderer.com

Petite France: Korea’s attempt at copying European Town.

20161123_161718-01-01120161123_161857-01-011If you want to indulge into some European vibe while in Korea, then head on to visit Petite France. Nestled in the mountains overlooking Cheongpyeong Lake is a French cultural village.20161123_161013-01-01120161123_161503-01-02220161123_161503-01-01120161123_161509-01-011The bright-colored, small cluster French style houses give you a great photo op whilst enjoying the view of the opposite mountains.20161123_161145-01-01120161123_161145-01-021Everywhere is beautifully colored mimicking European architecture, however, most of the buildings are locked, empty/unused but certainly the view is amazing.20161123_162413-01-01120161123_162413-01-021

Le Petite France is based off the novel, The Little Prince. 20161123_155400-011Who can remember this poetic tale? (never-mind my not-so-dramatic pose) lol!

20161123_164252-01-011Its concept encapsulates ‘flowers, stars, and the Little Prince. The village contains a memorial hall dedicated to Saint-Exupery, the author of the celebrated French novel, Le Petit Prince (1943) and as such it is called the Little Prince theme park. It also has a gallery displaying sculptures and paintings, a souvenir shop, restaurant and cafe giving you a french vibe.20161123_160350-01120161123_164439-01-01120161123_160521-011Though the area is quite small but the sparkling brightness of those colorful houses are definitely appealing to the eye.20161123_162002-01-01120161123_162118-01-01120161123_162118-01-021 20161123_162101-01-02120161123_162101-01-01120161123_162116-01-011It will only take you an hour and half to see the complete grounds but if you are rushing and just really want to see the place without much photo snapping, then 40 minutes may be enough. Yes, that’s how small it is. 20161123_160843-01-011But it’s too impossible not to take great snaps here. (Isn’t it obvious in this post? lol. 20161123_161416-01-02120161123_161416-01-01120161123_161652-012Ooops! Even this Eiffel tower is petite. lol!20161123_160703-01-01120161123_160703-01-021It even became a famous tourist attraction when It was featured on many K-dramas and variety shows, such as Beethoven Virus, Secret Garden, Running Man and most recently, You who came from the Stars. 20161123_162707-01-01120161123_162434-01-011Ola! K-drama addicts, I know you guys are familiar with…myxj_20161126185905_save-01-011myxj_20161126185905_save-01-021Oh yeah, I just can’t stop taking photos from every corner. (forgive me)haha!20161123_162216-01-02120161123_162216-01-011And here’s more of my take! (like moooore) haha!20161123_160504-01120161123_160733-01120161123_164603-01-01120161123_164641-01-02120161123_164641-01-011

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Operating Hours 09:00-18:00 (Last admission: 1 hour before closing.) * Late night opening hour has been extended.

20161123_160013-011How to get there?
The subway journey from Seoul is 1 hour. From Cheongpyeong subway Station take the Gapyeong Tour Bus, you pay for a ticket and it works like a hop on, hop off bus at the destinations you want to go to. (including Nami Island, Le Petit France and Garden of the Morning Calm). But the shuttle bus has its own scheduled time. You might end up rushing in each of the place you visit though. Just a tip, better book a Tour Package (click link for more options), those include transport and entrance fees. It definitely will give you peace of mind. Trust me! Such a convenient way of exploring many places in 1 day. 20161123_165005-011And on your way out, just across the street is this cuteee coffee shop and CU (convenience store) 20161123_165040-01120161123_165110-011Been addicted to this drink though. Whenever there is CU, I always look for this. lol20161123_165609-011

Love,

Stylishwanderer.com

 

 

 

 

 

I left my Heart in Nami Island

Nami Island is an enchanting destination which should be on top the list of must places to visit when you are in Seoul.20161123_101656-01120161123_101944-01-011Located more than 60 km away from Seoul. This half moon-shaped tranquil isle has beauty and charm left unspoken. It combines Korea’s heritage with modernity, and really has a dozen to offer to every visitor. 20161123_120617-01120161123_120631-01120161123_120652-011It became even popular when it was used as the film site of the very famous Korean drama “Winter Sonata”. For those K-drama fanatics, I bet you guys have seen it! 20161123_114420-01120161123_114455-011

Welcome to Nami Island!20161123_114516-01-011

20161123_102640-01-011myxj_20161126000306_save-01-011myxj_20161126000306_save-01-02120161123_103043-011Perfect for a good walk along the picturesque tree lined roads and grass fields.20161123_113913-01-01120161123_113431-01-01120161123_113415-01120161123_103425-01120161123_103459-011 Isn’t it such a beauty!?20161123_102328-01[1].jpeg20161123_102334-01120161123_102413-01120161123_102440-02-01120161123_102450-01120161123_114230-01[1].jpegI came a bit late for the fall foliage though. Left a few red & orange leaves on some trees but damn is still majestic! I couldn’t imagine how stunning it would be like when the shades of red and orange paints the island in intense bright hues. Wow! What a magical and unique experience it would be.20161123_103926-01120161123_104446-01120161123_104824-01120161123_104047-02120161123_104054-01-011Oh Dear, it’s just too hard not to fall in love with Nami Island. I wonder how gorgeous it would also be in other seasons. The surreal snow globe scenery on winter and the Cherry Tree Lane transforms into ravishing pink on spring. I wanna go back please.. Oops! did I not mention summer? Oh well, I purposely!haha As I have lived all my life in a tropical Country, forgive me cause I’m not so fond of the greenery & the hot weather. lol!20161123_113753-01-02120161123_113753-01-01-01120161123_113818-01-011From any corner of this lovely Island, you’ll definitely have a romantic walk with your lovers or even with yourself alone.myxj_20161126000803_save-01-01-01120161123_104000-01120161123_113604-01120161123_113529-01-011For my fave spot, I’ll let the pictures do the talking!20161123_105634-01-01120161123_105634-01-02120161123_105713-01120161123_105931-01-01-02120161123_105931-01-01-01120161123_110351-01-011What an exquisite feeling to be walking here, relishing the views with cold cold breeze. But can you just imagine when these are filled with the shades of yellow, red and orange leaves painting the surrounding in intense bright hues? How amazing! 20161123_105825-01120161123_105832-01-01120161123_110238-01120161123_110104-01120161123_105726-01120161123_110714-01120161123_110045-01-01-01[1].jpeg

Let’s have some Nami Sausage! Yaay!20161123_112539-011

20161123_120201-01120161123_115017-011Time to bid farewell. I shall see you again Nami Island! My memories with you are awesome!

So here’s my Guide for you guys:

Admission fee to Nami Island is ₩8,000 for foreigners.  But it’s really best to book for a tour package. Trust me!
Here’s a few options you can book at Trazy.com for Nami Island Special20161123_1052490-011

To enter Nami Island you have to choose to ride either Ferry or the Zip Wire for a more Adventurous Seoul.20161123_101146-01120161123_101039-01120161123_101425-011Ferry: You can board the ferry that comes every 30 minutes. The ferry service is complimentary with the admission fee. The ferry provides a scenic experience and is the most common transportation for Nami Island’s visitors.20161123_100809-01120161123_100809-021Zip Wire: For adrenaline junkies, you can ride the 3,083 foot Zip Wire to reach Nami Island. The Zip Wire begins at the Zip Wire Tower. For ‎₩38,000, this Zip Wire brings you to Nami Island in less than two minutes. This attraction fee additionally includes the admission and a return ferry ride back from Nami Island.

How to get there?

There are three main ways to reach Nami Island if you take Public Transport — subway, train, and shuttle bus.

Subway: The closest station to Nami Island is Gapyeong Station.  To reach the station through the Seoul Metro System, get on the Gyeongchun line, which starts at Sangbong and ends at Chuncheon Station. You can pay for the subway ride using the T-Money Card or cash and it costs around ₩2,000. Usually, the subway trip duration is just over one and a half hour.

Train: A more comfortable method is to take the ITX  Train. Board the train at Yongsan station and exit at Gapyeong Station. You can book a seat online for ₩4,800. Compared to the subway, ITX train brings you to Gapyeong faster, only about 55 minutes.

Shuttle Bus: The shuttle bus reaches Nami Island directly from Seoul’s city center. Reserve a seat online and get on the bus at Insa-dong or Namdaemun Gate. The shuttle bus only comes once a day and the ride is about one and a half hours long. The shuttle bus costs ₩15,000 for a round trip ticket.

20161123_121418-01120161123_120819-011After more than an hour of travel from Seoul, you might be hungry. There’s an entire stretch of restaurants in front of Nami Island parking lot so you can have some brunch first before you take the Ferry or the Zip Wire to Nami Island or you can also opt to eat once you get back.

20161123_125525-01120161123_124544-011For you guys who want to maximize your day, I recommend taking a Tour Package since it will eat up all your time figuring out your way to reach your destination. There will be a couple of transfers and timing for those transport which is really time consuming and considering the fact that most Koreans don’t speak English, Mmm. I wish you Luck! lol.

The usual Tour Package includes a very convenient Transport and entrance fees. Also, the time they give you to visit each place is just nice to explore and feel the scenery. Trust me, it won’t be a rush Tour Journey. So for a Fuss Free day I suggest taking a Tour Package to visit Nami Island, Petite France and Rail Park or you can even include The Garden of the Morning Calm which in my case I didn’t since I was too late for the fall foliage and I was advised to skip it but if you’ll be there during Winter then it should be a must to visit to see the Night Illumination.

I guess this post is already too long! haha So I’ll be separating my superb experience of the 1 day Tour Package visiting Nami Island, Petite France and Rail Park! Click the link to book your one of a kind experience!

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Love,

Stylishwanderer