Korea: Quick guide to claiming your tax refund at Incheon airport 2017

Claiming your tax refund in Korea has become even simplier than it was a year back because now, most shops offer IMMEDIATE tax refund on the spot, so you need not haggle around with a mountain of tax refund slips.


Your receipt will state very clearly “Immediate tax refund”

Remember to bring along your passport with you when you’re shopping to get the immediate tax refund. Otherwise, remember to request for the tax refund slips.

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However, there are still shops that don’t provide immediate tax refund, so here’s what you need to do to get your tax refund.

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Korea: Behind the scenes of a pre-wedding photoshoot at Bong Studio

Korea: Behind the scenes of a pre-wedding photoshoot at Bong Studio

I will have to say that Tyrell and I took a leap of faith signing up for a pre-wedding photoshoot package with a foreign company, without knowing much about the detailed process, nor meeting any representatives face to face. All communication was done via email only. We weren’t able to find any blog posts or information online about the actual process, but we jumped into it, which is not something we usually do. All I can say is that we have good faith in Korean studios XD

Here’s what you need to know and what it’s like to fly overseas and have a pre-wedding photoshoot with local Korean photo Studio, Studio Bong.

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What NO ONE TELLS YOU about how to pick a pre-wedding photography package in Korea

What NO ONE TELLS YOU about how to pick a pre-wedding photography package in Korea

 

Searching for a wedding photography package can be a rather grueling one. First of all, you need to decide on the country; should you take it locally or overseas? If overseas, which country? Should you fly a photographer overseas or engage a local? And then you need to know what to look out for when negotiating the package.
I think I’m going to get a lot of hate from the agents, but ah well, here goes. Here’s what nobody tells you about how to book a Korean wedding photography package in Korea.

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Korea: Day trip to the Jinhae Gunhangje cherry blossom festival

Korea: Day trip to the Jinhae Gunhangje cherry blossom festival

Attending a cherry blossom festival overseas is not as easy as it looks because the festival dates are different every year and only released less than a month before the actual festival. On top of that, cherry blossom festivals only last for about 2 – 7 days! The right timing is absolutely crucial but you’re at the full mercy of mother nature here.

So you can wait till the exact dates are confirmed before purchasing last minute tickets – but mind you, the flight tickets will be jacked up because this is the peak season and because its last minute. To get a better deal, it is recommended to book your flight tickets months in advance. image

Cherry blossoms in Korea
Korea has always been overshadowed by Japan when it comes to cherry blossom festivals. However, in the recent years, Korea has become a popular alternative to Japan for viewing the cherry blossoms. Why? No prizes for guessing that k-pop, Korean dramas, running man, beauty products (which have overtaken Japan imo) and even plastic surgery have been large contributing factors to this. There is much to do in Korea!

What is the Jinhae Gunhangje cherry blossom festival?
It’s the BIGGEST cherry blossom festival in Korea and is held at the navel port city, Jinhae, which is at the southern most tip of the Korean peninsula.

Its truly an experience to be in this beautiful cherry blossom filled city, Jinhae, basking in the festive atmosphere with both locals and tourists alike.

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Korea: Review on hair cut, dye & treatment at Cecica Hair Salon, Seoul

I’ve always wanted to see how it would be like to have my hair done in Korea. Korean girls always seem to have such healthy luscious bouncy locks that I’m so envious of.

After contemplating between Juno and Cecica hair salons, I decided to give Cecica a go because Juno is rather pricey.

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Korea: Top 10 Skincare and cosmetic beauty loots 2016

On my recent trip to Korea in April 2016, I brought back an additional 16kg of cosmetics and skincare. Somehow there’s always new product inventions and new brands popping up all the time, so there’s always something new to buy!
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Stocking up for 2 years worth baby!

Here are some of my favourite buys and newest innovations from Korea

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