Dinosaur Egg Bingsoo 공룡알빙수 Dala 100% Chocolate in Busan

Okay, honestly, I’m not the best at blogging so I’ll just try to keep it short and simple. While I was down in Busan (second biggest city in South Korea) I went to visit Dala 100% Chocolate cafe in Seomyeon (서면). Supposedly the chocolate here is really popular although I came here for the Dinosaur Egg Bingsoo which is also called 공룡알빙수, 공룡 means Dinosaur and 공룡알 together means Dinosaur Egg, 빙수 is shaved ice, a popular dessert in South Korea. Since I went to Busan alone I ordered the Dinosaur Egg Bingsoo just for myself. I think it was 11,000won which is maybe around $10usd? The Dinosaur Egg Bingsoo came with a small cup of chocolate syrup, a hammer to crack the egg, and the

The Dinosaur Egg Bingsoo came with a small cup of chocolate syrup, a hammer to crack the egg, and the bingsoo itself, shaved ice on the bottom topped with chocolate shavings, other sorts of chocolate crunches and the egg. In the egg, there were some more chocolate with a scoop of chocolate ice cream and a chocolate dinosaur. In my personal opinion, I have a huge sweet tooth but this was overly sweet. I didn’t think the chocolate was that great, to me, some

In my personal opinion, I have a huge sweet tooth but this was overly sweet. I didn’t think the chocolate was that great, to me, some korean chocolates aren’t very rich, it’s a little tiny bit bland and tastes more of the oil rather than the cacao. So if you want to come to this cafe and looking for some real good chocolate, I wouldn’t recommend in ordering the dinosaur egg bingsoo, but if you want a good picture for the instagram or social media, then come with a friend and snap away.

I put the address that was provided on their facebook page into my navigator (naver) and turned out that it was wrong so I tried to follow directions that was from another blog but was still sort of lost. It’s right next to ESPACE cafe. From Seomyeon Station, I would get out from exit 6 and walk straight until you see NC Mall then turn right and walk two blocks the turn left on Jeonpo Cafe street and walk straight for a little more than two blocks then it should be on your left side. The cafe is quite small but has some nice interior.

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Micro LASIK in Daejeon, South Korea

Today I had my first surgery in Korea and it was LASIK. Honestly it wasn’t painful during the surgery but afterwards my eyes were in pain!! It was a struggle to keep my eyes open. I’ll edit the post soon with some more details and pictures. If you want a full detail of the procedure for the surgery, here’s an article I found that will be really helpful so you can get an idea of what’s it like under the laser. http://www.allaboutvision.com/visionsurgery/lasik.htm

If you are interested in getting LASIK then let me tell you my experience. Before you go to any eye doctor, definitely do some research and ask previous patients with their experience. I used Facebook as my source to find an eye doctor in Daejeon, I looked up LASIK/LASEK in the “Daejeon Peeps” group to see if anyone had experience and just went from there. For those who live around Daejeon (Sejong), I went to 밝은빛 안과 in Dunsan Dong. It’s literally right across from The Galleria Mall (TimeWorld) and it’s on the same side as Shoopen. But I would recommend going to at least two eye doctors to compare prices. There’s another eye doctor that’s across from Shoopen called 눈사랑 (Eye Love). For those who aren’t sure if you are qualified for LASIK/LASEK, I wasn’t sure either but if it helps, I have astigmatism in my right eye and my prescription (for contacts) on my left eye is -4.25, CYL/AXIS -0.75/170 and my right eye is -4.50.

Before you book an appointment for the consultation, ask if the doctor speaks english and for the price range. You cannot wear soft contact lenses at least 5 days before the consultation and same goes for the surgery. At the consultation, I did some eye test. After the doctor checks the eye test, he or she will explain to you the difference between LASIK and LASEK. My doctor explained to me with a slideshow on the computer because his pronunciation wasn’t perfect. Then the doctor will tell you which surgery is suitable for you. Luckily I had to get Micro LASIK which is less painful and only takes about a day for my eyes to heal. LASIK was 1.2 mil won and LASEK is 1.1 mil won. If you choose or have to do LASEK, I was told it would take 2-4 weeks for your eyes to heal.

Honestly, for the surgery, I wasn’t too scared. I actually wasn’t thinking too much about it until I was in the operation room. I was given tylenol before the surgery and they did some more eye testing. During the surgery, I didn’t feel any pain because my eyes were anesthetized. They had classical music on to calm me down but I still wasn’t really relaxed. Inside I was really nervous. Although I did feel calm when the doctor was telling me what he was doing like “I’m gonna be putting water in your eye.” and stuff like that and he told me that the surgery was going to be successful and said I was doing a good job. The procedure only took about 5 minutes for each eye!

After the surgery you won’t see clearly right away, definitely give it a few hours. I had to stay in the clinic room for about 20 minutes with my eyes closed after the surgery to rest. Luckily I had a friend with me because it was too painful to open my eyes. My eyesight started to get better about 4 hours later. I was supposed to go back to the doctors the day after surgery for check up, unfortunately I couldn’t make it because of my work hours. However if you feel like something goes wrong with the aftermath of the surgery, definitely call the doctor. Luckily me I had no issues and just went back to the doctors 3 days later. During my first checkup the doctor said my eye vision is 1/1 (which I think means 20/20) but I have to come back next week for another check up.

So here are the rules for LASIK after the surgery.
1. You will be able to wash your face, use shampoo, and take a shower after 5 days (I would suggest to shower in the morning before surgery)
2. You will be able to take a bath after a week, & use a sauna or a steam bath after a month.
3. You will be able to do basic makeup after 3 days. Both eye-liner & mascara are okay after 2 weeks.
4. You will be able to get a perm and dye your hair after a month
5. You will be able to do light activity such as jogging after a week.
6. No alcohol for 2 weeks & avoid heavy drinking for a month.

Day after surgery, I was able to wake up and see clearly, not right away though, takes awhile for your eyes to adjust. Please excuse my bare naked face.


Here are the eye drops that I had to purchase at the pharmacy right after the surgery. Total of these four costed me 27,820 won. The doctor will explain and give you instructions on paper of when to take them. I was also give eye goggles so I won’t rub my eyes during the night when I sleep.

LASIK eyedrops
lasik goggle

So it says that you’re not supposed to shower after 5 days but I actually washed my hair after 3 days cause I just couldn’t stand it being greasy. Just try to avoid having soap and water in your eyes. As for the face, I just used a wet towel to clean my face and again, avoid the eyes.

If you guys have any questions leave me a comment or message me 🙂

Apartment Tour in Sejong City, South Korea

Here is an old video of a small apartment tour in a new city that I’m living in call Sejong City in South Korea. The city opened in July 2012 and I arrived in Korea at the end of January 2015. The apartment that I am living in was one of the first few apartments that was built in the city and there are still many apartments being built. The newer the apartments the more nice it is 🙂

If you guys have any questions about South Korea or what it’s like living here or in a new city, message me or leave me a comment. Still trying my best to stay updated. Tomorrow I’ll be getting LASIK so I’ll probably be away for awhile. Anyways, Happy Chuseok everyone!

Dream Come True

I’m finally in South Korea and it’s not just for visiting. I LIVE here! 😀 Haven’t blogged for a while and really need to get back.

Back in university I have always been interested in the Korean culture because watching a bunch of Korean Drama and listening to K-POP. During and after university I have always wanted to visit South Korea, I wanted to go through the places I would see in the Korean drama. Then instead of saying I started doing. In June 2014 I took about a week off from work to go to South Korea and right when I landed and stepped foot into the country, I fell in love. I had a friend who was living in South Korea and met up with her for awhile. Honestly, to me, being in South Korea felt like as if I was in the Korean Drama. Things you see in the drama would be a lot like the things you see in the country (which makes sense since they are filmed there and I can say the same about America). After my vacation was over I told my friend how much I missed it there and how I envy her for living there. So she told me to just move here as well. It took me a month to convince myself to do so. And it took me about 7 months to actually make it happen, to pack my bags and say good bye to America and Hello South Korea.

So here I am today, 7 months later living in Sejong City, South Korea. Sejong City is south of the capital Seoul and it’s a brand new city. By brand new city I mean this area used to be all mountains 3 years ago and they knocked everything down and built a city. Crazy huh? But that’s just how South Korea is. They make a lot of new cities and Korea tends to build things very quickly. They built a convenient store near my apartment within a week!

There’s a little update on my life. I’ll try my best to keep you all posted and see how interesting my life is in another country 😉

-JenPhan

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