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Busan Diaries, October 2014

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Did you miss me? It has been close to a month since my last entry, and a week since I’ve returned from my three week adventure in Busan & Seoul. It was a whirlwind of days filled with eating mouth-watering meals, walking at least 14 kilometres daily, and meeting new friends from around the globe. Would I do it all again? Hell yes.

I considered making this a longer post, but I decided to keep it short and sweet instead. Here are my Busan recommendations:

  • If you’re seeking affordable, clean, reliable and convenient accommodation, look for my host in Busan, Jin! Here’s a link to the studio apartment – everything you see in the pictures are as is, and since it is a relatively new space, everything is clean and brand new, which we loved. Lots of fluffy towels, shower gel and shampoo were provided. We had our own washer, which made things very convenient, and the view from our window was amazing.
  • For coffee addicts like myself (and anyone else who can’t deal with Starbucks coffee), I found two spots with great coffee. The first is Bricks Coffee, near Seomyeon Station. Quaint, two-storey cafe – we ordered a cappuccino and a latte, and it was better than what I’ve had in any coffee spots in Singapore. Thumbs up.
  • The next is Kavan Espresso – also located near Seomyeon Station (12-14, Jungang-daero 680beonga-gil, Busanjin-gu, Busan). 4 storeys of great interiors, Kavan roasts their own beans and is the perfect hideout to chill with friends or a book for the entire day. 
  • If you’re looking for a good chunk of beef in the form of a hamburger, head to Fukuoka Hambageu. You get to cook your own meat on a heated small stone, and they serve the best quality Korean beef from Hoengseong. We had such a delightful time cooking our own meat, and since we ordered the lunch special, we also got a huge bowl of bibimbap to share. They have an outlet in Seoul as well, and the address is 333-29 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul.
  • For the mall rats out there, you must visit Shinsegae Centum City – the largest shopping complex in the world. Guys, it is so huge that it blew our minds. There’s a spa and ice rink in the building, with a driving range and even a dinosaur theme park/garden on the roof — so epic. It was also right next to the location for the League of Legends Quarters so we were there quite a bit.

All in all, for a first time visit to Busan, the city left a special place in my heart. I loved the daily walks to the train station, as we passed by tiny cafes and florists. The vibe is a lot slower than Seoul, but it also felt a lot safer and less rowdy than Seoul. My next post will be on Seoul, and since I spent 2 weeks there, expect more pictures! ;)

Keeping It Slow & Chill

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A couple of favorites from my Instagram recently – you can find me @hellokatetan.
I quite literally live in my black leather Birks on a daily basis – they go with everything, and make a mini skirt look a lot less mini. I call them my “Uncle” sandals and the only thing I can’t wear them with are boyfriend & mum jeans, which is fine by me. The weather in Singapore has been insane, and the heat is just suffocating, and that just means short hemlines and anything thin and easy. A pool would also do you some good, especially since I just headed to Bali for 5 days, which was not enough at all. I’m thinking of moving there for an unknown period of time – the vibe is extremely chill, and I love how effortless it is when dressing to head out.

CSHH – Caffeine Provider

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If you must know, a good cup of coffee (to me) is hard to come by. I’m not a huge fan of Starbucks as the coffee is usually burnt, and 70% of their menu is just pure sugar. My absolute favorite coffee joint in Singapore is Chye Seng Huat Hardware (CSHH). From the same people of Papa Palheta coffee, it is no wonder that the coffee from CSHH is so amazing. Papa Palheta roasts specialty coffees, and the various blends they come up with never fail to satisfy.

Why I love the coffee from CSHH so much? There isn’t that bitter after taste that most cappuccinos or lattes leave behind. Plus, there’s a chocolate-y deep velvet taste on your tongue as you savor the coffee in your mouth. My favorite part comes when I’m halfway through my cappuccino – I swirl and further blend the milk with my shot, turning my coffee to a light woody brown, allowing the taste to come out light and balanced.

I adore CSHH mainly for their amazing coffee, the top reason why the place is usually jam packed with people, even on weekdays. Two other reasons for their success would be the cafe interior’s relaxed vibe – lots of wood, metal, very modern yet rustic, as well as the delicious breakfast (seen above), french toast (the bomb) & sticky date cake.

CSHH is open Tuesdays to Sundays, 9am to 10pm.
Closed on Mondays, please remember this, & the kitchen closes at 5pm, which means coffee only after.
CSHH is at 150 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207563. 
Be prepared for a wait, or grab your order to-go if you’re there on the weekends!

Two other spots I get my coffee fix from in Singapore are working title along Arab Street (coffee comes a close second to CSHH, and the place is uber chill), as well as the Kith Cafe at Robertson (just this branch though!). Any recommendations?

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