Thanks to KTO Singapore, I got to do a couple of things in Seoul which I never would have done if I had embarked on a trip to Korea myself.
On one of the days, we were brought to Beauté 101, which is a one stop beauty salon popular amongst Korean brides.
Instead of engaging their own makeup artist, hairstylist and manicurist from different places, they can get everything done and dusted at Beauté 101!
Lucky us got to get dolled up the Korean way (hair, makeup and nails!) and also learnt some interesting makeup tips from the Korean makeup artists. We all turned out looking a little different from how we usually do with our not-so-professional makeup routine and it took me some time to get used to my Korean looking made up face.
Getting my nails done!
I always feel like a princess whenever I do manicures. There’s just something about having someone take extra care to make your hands look good which makes me feel pampered.
Beauté 101 also houses a cafe area and you can have a cuppa while waiting for your friends to get all pretty. Or your travel partner can sit there while you get your gorgeous on. 😉
Duggi Tteok-bokki reminded me of sukiyaki.
All you can eat for just 10,000 won!
They have a soup base for you to cook noodles in, and you can dump your favourite ingredients into the pot as well. I guess it’s basically steamboat but Korean style?
This fishcake on skewer is my favourite!
I must have had like, what, 4 of these?
Wouldn’t say that it’s the best meal we’ve had during the trip but it was a unique experience for sure!
We very gamely took up the “challenge” of undergoing acupuncture treatments at Kwangdong Traditional Korean Medicine which were aimed at improving our bodies’ wellness and functions.
I couldn’t imagine having needles all over my face, so I opted for doing it on my back instead.
Not gonna lie, it hurt a little.
I think that was likely due to me being too tensed on top of my back being a sensitive area for me.
15 minutes into the treatment though, I started to relax and it felt really soothing.
It was as if the tension slowly seeped out from my body and I swear my body felt brand new after the entire treatment was done.
As for my travel buddies who attempted the facial acupuncture, all I could say is that they really have got plenty of guts. Haha.
I’m someone who can appreciate my caffeine but have never bothered to find out what goes into preparing a good cup of coffee.
Tried my hands being barista for a day and what can I say?
I think I shall stick to being a coffee drinker.
Everything has to be done in a very precise and timely manner.
5 seconds off and your coffee could potentially taste like crap.
We were all so stressed out trying to follow instructions!
Not very good apprentices, admittedly.
Thankfully, the owner of The Bean was very patient with guiding us along and ensuring that we don’t end up with awful coffees.
The most difficult part – latte art.
This look on my face says “OMG SHIT HAHAHA SOMEBODY HELP ME MY LATTE ROSE LOOKS LIKE ABSTRACT ART”.
I’m infinitely more appreciate whenever I see latte art on my coffee orders nowadays, that’s for sure.
We got to visit the six storey tall Sulwhasoo flagship store for a guided tour and a pampering spa session!
The moment we stepped in, we were floored – the luxurious decor which embodies the brand story of Sulwhasoo, the ambience which puts you in a relaxed mood for a bout of shopping, the visual merchandising, and not forgetting the professionalism of the staff who explained the history and introduced the star products to us.
We wandered around like a bunch unsupervised kids in a candy store, we were excited to try everything!
The staff generously urged us to apply all sorts of lotions and creams on the back of our hands.
There was a bewildering array of BB cushions and compact powders on display.
Everything looked so good and it was a true struggle to not walk out of the store with bags of makeup and skincare products.
By the way, all products in the store are subjected to tax rebates if you’re a tourist.
And if I may add, they are also extremely generous with samples.
Even our local tour guide sauntered out with two bags of products.
We were also treated to the Purifying retreat (150,000 won) – a foot bath, facial and massage treatment done using exclusively Sulwhasoo products!
I don’t exactly enjoy spas but this was amazing.
To be honest I didn’t remember what products they used on me but I remembered being treated like royalty and that I dozed off at some point of the massage.
Which is obviously no mean feat given that I don’t just fall asleep anywhere, anyhow.
Would definitely recommend this especially if you’re in need of a rejuvenating session after jostling with the other tourists in Myeongdong!