#Kbeauty Time !

This is one product i strongly recommend to you. I realized my skin became better and quite good. Even hubby also agreed.

The only “constant” product i have been using religiously everyday is this one liao ! I switch between Renecell and Hera’s toner+emulsion but this is one thing i apply EVERY NIGHT before i go to bed.

Doctorcos – Snow White Water Glow Mask

One bottle cost about KRW 19,000 if i remember correctly.  My Korean housemate recommended this to me and i instantly fell in love with it. It works like the Laneige water sleeping pack but this one has alot of functions (whitening+pore tightening+hydrating). I downloaded the Korean home shopping app. So one day i was watching the live TV on my phone on the way to work and saw this on promo. So i immediately screen shot it and asked my MIL for help to buy and she passed it to me when we met in Taiwan in March for holiday. 1 box of 4 bottles + 4 tubes. I used finish 1 now and it took me 1.5 months to use up 1 tub.

I really like this one alot. It is not greasy and because i bought the set , they gave me a free brush ( the brush for mask ) so that i can use it to apply on my face instead of digging my fingers into the tub.

Some people asked me : “Won’t you stain your pillows when you sleep ?”

Well , i apply sleeping masks at least 1-2 hours before bed time. This is so that there is some time for the mask to absorb into the skin. Of cos abit of it will be “transferred” to my pillow case but it doesn’t really matter to me.

This sleeping mask makes my skin looks more radiant and dewy. Also i can see my skin become abit fairer also. This one is going to my holy grail !

You can find this in Gmarket but im not sure if there are sellers who ship them to SG. I cannot find this in Olive and Young too. So you may want to check online if you want to buy. This is a popular brand and apparently sold millions of bottles. The brand have different types of masks and creams but this is the best seller.

Im going to my 2nd tub liao !

I am also trying a new moisturiser. Will review after i used it for at least 2 weeks.

#Smartlady

Shucks , i had fever, sore throat and flu again last week 😦 Just recovered like 2 weeks plus ago ? And now again…

I did alot of portfolio reviews and resolving shortfalls lately..so my appointments took quite long like 2-3 hours.  Talk non-stop alot…Plus the weather is very hot…so i had a bad throat infection which lead to fever.

It’s been almost 3 months since i last blogged about #Smartlady. Coincidentally , some of my clients are readers of my blog ! I didn’t know that ! SG is too small. My clients referred them to me because their friends were looking to enhance their insurance and savings/investment portfolio. They mentioned that they enjoyed reading Smart Lady posts. They didn’t know it is me when their friends gave them my number too until they saw my whatsapp picture. So they requested that i blog more on Smartlady because it helps them to look at things in another perspective. I didn’t know that #smartlady posts have such an impact on some of you because i just blog from my work experiences and also cases i encountered recently. But im glad that it helps and thank you all for reading this humble space of mine. I will try to update more. Maybe once a week ?

Well ,the last time i blogged about #Smartlady was in Jan ? After that i was quite busy with alot of work and portfolios. Such that i have alot that i want to share but i cannot find the time to draft it down here. I haven’t been updating here often because i kept falling sick and have alot of backlogs and meetings to fulfil when i get back to work after my MCs.

Just a few days ago , i was preparing a Death Claim document…it hit me that i should blog about #Smartlady. Will do a #Smartlady on savings next !

Well for the last 3 months , i have worked alot of portfolios for women (age between 22-35). Some are working , some are stay-at-home-mum and some are still schooling in university. My female clients prefer a female adviser because they find female advisers comfortable to talk and confide to especially when you talk about child birth , husband problems or female body parts.

From my clients whom i spoke to and from what they told me about their friends , most of them don’t really depend on their husbands to take care of their financial portfolios (insurance/savings/investments). Some are even attending workshops or classes to learn more about finance and trading so they can make passive income.  Even some stay at home mums are doing saving plans bit by bit with the allowance they were given. Because they are not working , they have to make their money work for them instead of saving in a bank.

Recently i spoke to a lady with a medical issue. She is 28 and asked me to take a look at her portfolio and advice on her shortfall. So we started from the basic..which is insurance before we look into her endowments and investments. So i took a look at her portfoilo. There are 1 term insurance, 2 endowments and 1 accident policy. She has no critical illness coverage. And with her current medical issue , it can lead to something serious if relapsed. That is why she is relooking into her portfolio. She told me that her friends “strongly recommend” her to BUY TERM and INVEST THE REST.  The reason is because Term plans are cheap. No doubt Term plans are cheap (death term plan). Her dad’s friend who was an agent recommended a whole life insurance. But due to peer pressure, she followed her friend’s advice to go for death term insurance. So now she has a medical problem , she was afraid that it will worsen and want to add critical illness coverage which she lack of. But she knows with her condition now , it is very hard to get it fully covered. She is only 28. Still young and has a long way to go.

She told me her advice to young people is  “Do what you think is good and right for you. Do not follow others blindly… you can ask for suggestions and opinions but just don’t follow blindly. Go seek professional advices. “

When she told her friend about her medical issue, that friend just ‘disappeared’ and may have blocked her from whatsapp. She doesn’t blame her friend because it is her decision to follow her friend’s advice. But she was just disappointed that her friend “disappear” on her just like that.

Besides knowing what you want and what you need, you must also know WHAT YOU HAVE.

I got a call to process a death claim from someone close i know. A family member just passed away and the whole family doesnt know what he has. When a person pass away, his/her family will be busy mourning, grieving and settle all the funeral matters. After the funeral , the hospital bills , debts,  loans or letters will start coming in which the family has to settle. And that is when everyone will be checking on the insurances or endowments policies etc the deceased bought when he was alive. Hoping there are claims that can be made to help to ease the financial burden.

Sometimes the deceased’s family members doesn’t know what he/she has and they have to end up going to every single company to check. It takes alot of time and energy especially when you are still grieving. Yes, whatever is in the bank account of the deceased belongs to the family. but all the loans , medical bills etc will all also go to the family members who are still living.

So it is good that you keep your files and documents properly. Let your family members know what you have and make the documents easy to find. Because sometimes in the case of emergency or when you need $$ for medical bills , these documents can help you alot. Insurance companies will not know if you are diagnosed with illness or death or not unless you submit the claims with your supporting documents. So maybe you can submit a claim but you forgot or don’t know if you have or not and ended up not claiming. There are also deadlines to submit some claims.

Imagine you are in coma or unconcious, nobody will know what you have. You may be healthy and active now but you won’t know what will happen in the next 20/30/40/50 years later. Anything can happen to anyone. The youngest one i know was a 22 year old with brain tumour. His headache persisted for quite while and only when his vision turned blur then he go for check and realized there was a tumour.

It is also important to know WHAT YOU HAVE.

I had done reviews for some clients’ old portfolio. Some mistook their endowments for life insurance which they can claim when they are down with criticaill illness and some have accident plans that can claim for sports injuries but they were not aware that they can claim. Only after i explained then they realized that. I guess the reason is because their advisers never meet up to review often or for years so all were forgotten. Some thought their life insurance covers criticail illnesses but there was not and it covers only death. Some had late stage critical illness but no early stage. Most young students or working adults have insurances which their parents bought when they were young but most i met only covered for death and whereas some have coverage of about $35,000 only which is not sufficient.

So know what you have , how much you have and what they are for is important.

Maybe some of you don’t find it a need to look at these things now.
But trust me, with people around me facing financial difficulties because of illnesses or death , clients whom i did the claims for and people whom i have spoke to with medical illness , don’t wait until things to happen then look into these things. Because it will be too late. Especially when it comes to insurance which has sensitive medical underwriting.

For the last 2 months , i have been doing alot of reviews and resolving the shortfalls for my clients’s insurance and savings portfolio. So all these are based on my experiences.

If after reading this post and you realized you don’t know what you have and what they are for ? It is time to dig them out.

#SGAHJUMMA 

Some of my close friends asked me how come i have so much free time and energy to cook ?

My reply to them was :

You think is i am so free and bo eng meh ?

Seriously , being a Financial adviser doesn’t mean i am very free and very nua. I have my fix working hours. I start my day at 930am and all the way till it ends at 10pm on some days. On good days, i will end about 6 or 7pm.

Thought my hubs is pretty health conscious and he eats alot and looking at the way he eat when we eat out, it looks super unhealthy. He can drink and finish the entire pot of steamboat soup. So i try to cook at home as much as possible. I am quite sensitive to MSG so too much msg can give me a very bad migraine for several days. Yes it is that serious.

So how did i manage to cook even though i end my day at 7pm on good days ?

Well , i made the sauce in advance. And i always have packets of pork , chicken , onions and garlic at home on standby. I try to avoid frozen meat but sometimes really bo bian…esp on weekdays where i don’t know what time my day will end. Only on weekends i will go to the supermarket or wet market to buy fresh meat to cook for the day.

I will sort them into many small plastic bags. 1 bag for 1 meal. So i do not need to thaw everything and just use how much i need.

So, how to make the sauce ? What sauce is it ?
Well , if you go to Korean restaurants often , you will see the dish Dak-bokk-eum-tang (닭볶음탕).  It is a spicy chicken stew dish (Chicken + potatoes + carr0ts).  Well , i pre-made the sauce and it can be cooked with anything ! Lean meat, chicken, baby octopus etc etc. The sauce is super easy to make.

If you were to order this from Korean restaurants , it will cost between SGD 45- SGD 65 depending on the size. But if you were to cook it at home , it will cost you less than SGD 10.

So how to make the sauce ?

1.  2 to 3 table spoons of Korean Red Chilli Paste

2. 1.5 table spoon of Korean Red Chilli Flakes

3. 1 table spoon of Korean soya sauce

4. 1 table spoon of minced garlic

Just mixed all the above in a bowl !

I made enough to fill up a small bottle so that when i get home , i just need to throw the meat and use a spoon to scoop sauce instead. My hub doesn’t know how to cook so it is easy for him also. Sometimes if i know i will be back home late the next day , i will season the sauce and the meat together and put them in a plastic bag. So my hubby can just throw it into the pot and let it stew… that’s it.

Dak-bokk-eum-tang (닭볶음탕)

Btw, this is not the final. I just added in the potatoes so still looks very soupy. The sauce will be slightly sticky after that.

This is super easy to cook. A Korean friend of mine who works at a Korean restaurant gave me the recipe. My MIL’s recipe too cheem and i cannot find some stuff in SG…so i shall stick to my friend’s.

How to cook Dak-bokk-eum-tang (닭볶음탕)

You need chopped chicken parts (i like wings and my hubs like drumsticks so i bought only these 2) , 1 green chilli, 2 potatoes chopped into pieces, 1 onion cut into slices, 1 carrot chopped into pieces and the sauce i mentioned above.

Heat the pan with oil.

Add the sauce (ingredients mentioned above) into the pan and let it sizzle.  If you are like me who doesn’t like too “meaty” taste, you can add a few ginger slices.

Once the sauce sizzles and heat up , add in the chicken parts and mix with the sauce together.

Once the chicken parts turned slightly golden brown , add a cup of water to boil.

You can choose to add boiling water or make your own Korean stock with kelps and anchovies. I prefer to add the korean stock ( kelps+anchovies) instead.

After the water boiled , add in onions and let it stew and boil for about 30 minutes.

After 30minutes , add in the potatoes and 1 chopped green chilli and stew it for the next 30-40 minutes.

Sprinkle roasted sesame seeds for dressing and ready to be served !

It’s  been 3 weeks since i went MIA-ed..

First 2 weeks of April was horrible. I had high fever twice in a week. So i spent the 2 weeks resting at home and trying to recover asap. First fever was 39.6 degrees before it dipped to 38.8 and went up to 39 again. The feeling was horrible. Went to the hospital for test and check ups and fortunately it was not dengue and just a viral infection. So i spent the first week recovering from 2 fevers and the 2nd week recovering from flu. When i was recovering , i had flu and sorethroat….. sorry for the rant here..but the first 2 weeks was feeling like hell….:( And last week was to make up my postponed appointments and backlogs to settle. Finally i had time to blog today.

It’s spring now and i am missing the weather and the cherry blossoms in Korea. I didn’t go back this spring..will be going back in Autumn instead of 2 weeks.

If you are heading to Korea to catch the cherry blossoms , one place you have to go to is Jinhae. It is 45mins car ride from Busan.

This place is famous for its cherry blossoms and it is always packed with tourists and locals.

My first spring and cherry blossom experience was in 2015 – April and it was my virgin trip to Jinhae. It is a small and quaint city.

Here are some things you can do in Jinhae

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I miss the weather and i miss Busan. Can’t wait for October to go back there again !

#Kbeauty time !

I have not gone for any facial or laser treatments for a year and some of my clients and readers asked how did i maintain the good skin and still keep it good ?

I did my own “facial care” at home. I got my own peeling sets and starting to use more derma skin care brands. But i am also still using HERA toners and emulsions , eye-gel and cell-bio essence ! Their waterin eye gel is good and i have been using the toner, emulsion, eye-gel and cell-bio essence since 2013 !

I mask my face everyday and apply sleeping mask to hydrate my skin overnight in the air-con room. It is all about discipline and the right type of product. Also , i remove make up and cleanse my face thoroughly. And i exfoliate my skin once or twice a week with SkinFood Black Sugar Scrub. I guess that is why i do not have black heads.

I was really busy these days and sometimes i will forget. So i wrote on a post-it note and paste on my dressing shelf. Lol my housemate paste step by step yoga exercise steps on her wall to remind herself to exercise ( she is trying to lose weight ) whereas i paste skincare steps on the wall. Haha !

This is a new brand name im going to recommend : ReneCell (www.renecell.com)

My female Korean housemate recommended this brand to me. That was how i got to know this brand. Did some research and it was selling like hot cakes especially one of their Placen Filler Magic System creams.

It is a high end Korean derma skin care brand.

A 11 steps set cost KRW 1,100,000 !

I finished my old bottle of toners and in need of new one. So my bro-in-law got it for me and brought it to our Taiwan trip to pass it to me! YAYY !

ReneCell Multi-Peptide Toner

It is a hydrating toner and also supposed to provide firmness to the skin with its peptide ingredient.

With a spray noose. So you need not worry about over-spilling.

So here comes the review !

I bought it at KRW35,500. I was expecting it to be a little more serum like since it is marketed as a hydrating toner. The ones from Hera are more ‘serum-ish’ so a small amount will do to apply and spread around your whole face.

The texture for this toner is more “watery” so it gets absorbed very fast into the skin. And the watery texture means i need to spray quite abit inorder to spread it all my face. So does it have any hydrating factor ? Maybe it does get absorbed deep into the skin because it is like water. But my skin is abit dry these days ( i work in air-conditioned enviroment and i sleep in aircon roomeveryday..my hubby cannot stand SG’s hot weather. The fan or aircon is always on and blowing at us ). So i need to spray more. But it works for me. Because my essence and serum are quite thick in texture. So a light and fast absorbing toner will be more compatible. This also will work well on combination skin. I switch my toners between this and the HERA aquabolic moisturizing toner. HERA toners will never fail me. On days my skin felt really very dry , i will use the one from HERA.

This toner reminds me of the one from CNP. Texture is similar.

Should you buy ?

Yes..if you like the CNP toner ( which works and feels similar ) , you will also like this !

ReneCell Absorber Hyaluronic Serum

  

Bought this at KRW48,000

This is quite expensive and i saw alot of people carted it out and has alot of good reviews. There are 3 serums available. Vita C Face Serum , Recovery serum and Hyaluronic serum.

30ml for KRW 48,000. So i am quite careful when i use it. Lol i try not to pump out too much.

The texture is very smooth and i really like it. It moisturises my skin and easily absorbed. No wonder it has alot of good reviews !

Should you buy ?
Yes..if you have oily skin, maybe you need to go for other serums instead.

I will definitely want to try the other creams and serums next time !

Im back from Taiwan ! I missed the cold weather. I tried to blog about the attractions to visit in Busan but the wifi was too weak in the hotel and i am unable to login to wordpress. But here it is …

Previously , i blogged about places to go for shopping in Busan.

You can refer to the link HERE : https://peonykiss.com/2017/02/26/13218/

Here are some attractions in Busan which i have been to and some are not that touristy places.

1) Taejongdae

How to get there ?

From Busan Station, take Bus 88 or 101 and get off at Taejongdae Cliff Bus Stop.

 

 

 You can visit the lighthouse , National Maritime Museum and take a stroll and instagram worthy picture at Sinseondae Cliff.

On clear days , you can see Japan’s Tsushima Island from the observatory.

2) Haeundae and Gwangali

How to get to Haeundae : Haeundae Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 5, 7

How to get to Gwangalli  :  Gwangan Station (Busan Subway Line 2) and exit 3 or 5

Haeundae is the most famous and popular beach in Busan and Korea. It’s long coast is one of the reason why is really packed during summer. I went there once during summer and omg..so many people in the water and the beach is soo crowded until finding a perfect spot for tanning is so difficult.

At Haeundae , you can find the clubs , restuarants and bars so hyped up at night.
Haeundae has a stretch of restaurants serving really nice Duae-Ji-Kuk-Bap (Pork Soup + Rice ). There are also restaurants serving fresh sashimi that goes straight from the tank to your plate on the table.

At Haeundae, you can take a walk along Haeundae’s traditional market.
How to walk to Haeundae Traditional Market :  Haeundae Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 3.
Go straight along Gunam-ro.

Actually when you walk along the stretch of 500m from exit 5 Haeundae station down to the beach , you will pass by the entrance of the market already. So you can pop by the market first to grab some finger food or street food to munch before continuning to walk towards the coast.

 

Gwangalli is famous for its bridge. The bridge looks really beautiful and you can see the whole coast of Haeundae and Gwangalli on the bridge.

There are also alot of seafood resturants at Gwangalli.

From Haeundae , you can walk to Dongbaek Seom (Dongbaek Island) . There are alot of small huts around for you to take a break and enjoy a relaxing city or sea view.

How to get to Dongbaek Seom ?
You can see Chosun Westin Haeundae Hotel along Haeundae beach. Walk towards the hotel and you will see a road behind the hotel leading to Dongbaek Seom. There is a signage there. So you will not miss it.

The path leading to the island.

At Dongbaek Island.

Millak Waterfront Park is connected between Haeundae and Gwangalli beach. This stretch has alot of local seafood restaurants.

You can do it the local way. Which is to go to the seafood market place at the park to choose the type of sashimi fish you want , the ahjumma will slice it for you. Do ask for take away. They will include wasabi , soya sauce and a Korean sauce. Go to the 711 store beside to buy a can of beer or whatever beverages you want and sit along the platform steps with the locals . Enjoy your sashimi, the seaview and fresh air like a local.

Oppa and his friend chosing my favourite sashimi fish !

Eat like a local here !

3) Oryukdo 

How to get there : Kyungsung Univ./Pukyong Nat’l Univ. Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 5.
– Upon exiting the station, make a u-turn, and turn right at the corner.
– Go straight about 100m to arrive at the bus stop.
– Take Bus 27 or 131 and get off at Oryukdo SK View Back Gate Bus Stop.

I have only been there once but i was not in a good condition ( food poisoning ) so no pictures.

“Or” means 5 and “Yuk” means 6 in Korean. So depending on the day and the tide, it may appear to be five islands or six islands.

Here is a picture i managed to grab from google.

4) Hwangnyeongsan Mountain 

How to get there ?

Take a cab up the mountain from Yangjeong Station.

It can be quite a walk so wear a comfortable sneakers or sport shoes. Best to go at night because it is the most beautiful.

After a long day of shopping or touring around other attractions and you want to go to somewhere quite and enjoy the scenery at night ? This will be a good place for you. We prepared tea in vacuum flask , went up the mountain , find a good spot and sit down to relax and enjoy our tea.

 

Beautiful citylights in Busan.

 

5) Gamcheon Cultural Village 

How to get there ?

Goejeong Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 6.
– Take local bus Sakha 1 or Sakha 1-1 to Gamcheon Elementary School Bus Stop.

Or you can cab from Nampo-dong after your shopping or meal.

This cultural village is also known as “Santorini of Korea” with its colourful houses. At this place , you can buy sovenirs , experience and see the old Korea and how people in the 1960s live.

You need to queue to take picture with the Prince statue. This phototaking spot is about 10 mins walk from the entrance of Gamcheon Village.

 

 

 

You can rent the traditional school uniforms or hanbok for KRW6,000 and take a stroll around the cultural village to take photos , have your meals and a cup of coffee/tea.

We rented the traditional 1960s school uniform. Comes with a cap for the guys but Mr Shin’s head too big lah..no size available lol. There are street food and beautiful coffee houses. You can take a stroll , enjoy the view and walk into the quaint little coffee houses or shops to shop around.

6) Dalmaji-gil

How to get there ?

Quite complicated via public transport ( bus ) so you can just cab from Haeundae because it is further up abit from Haeundae.

Good place for coffee , cafes and abit atas restaurants. Best time to visit during Autumn and Spring. Because you can just sit in the cafe and enjoy the cherry blossom and golden maple trees during Spring and Autumn respectively.

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I like Dalmaji-gil. Really good place to chill out and walk under the cherry blossom trees !

If you want to go for onsen & jjimjibang (Korean sauna) with a great view , you can find many jjimjibang at Dalmaji.

Recommended one by Mr Shin is Hill Spa. He goes there often with his friends.

This is the ocean view onsen at Hill Spa.

There is a barber shop , cafe , fitness , sauna and onsen at Hill Spa.

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7) Gimhae Lotte Premium Outlet

Actually this is a shopping place which i forgot to add in the previous blog post !

There is one at Busan and at Gimhae (outskirt of Busan).

How to get there to Gimhae Lotte Premium Outlet ?

Alight at Hadan Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 3 or 4.
Take Bus 220 to Lotte Premium Outlets (the last stop).

How to get to Shinsaegae Premium Outlet in Busan ? 

Alight at Jangsan Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 7
Take Bus 182 and get off at Busan Premium Outlets bus stop.

I bought all my sneakers from the outlets. Got my best new balance buy at KRW 39,000 whereas it is retailing at SGD 120 in Singapore !

8) Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

How to get there ?

Haeundae Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 7.
Take Bus 181 and get off at Yonggungsa Temple Bus Stop.

But i will suggest just to cab from Haeundae. Not very expensive and is more convenient.

Only simple street food and no restaurants. So i will suggest you have your meal already at Haeundae or other place before cabbing over. Great view, fresh air and beautiful monuments to see !

This temple was built in 1376. Ready to climb 108 steps to see the rare view of a temple along the shore line !

Busan , South Korea is my 2nd home.

Busan is where my husband is from. It is also the 2nd largest city in Korea and well known for its long coast – Haeundae beach.

People in Busan speaks their dialect and they also can speak standard Korean too. So you do not need to worry about it. It is just like our Teochew , Hokkien , Cantonese etc. In Korea, they also have their own native dialects. But everyone can speak standard Korean which is the Seoul dialect.

Beside the beaches, Busan is famous for its specialty food like ……

Fish cakes (O-Muk  어묵)

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Fresh and live sashimi  (회)

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Mil-myeon (a kind of spicy cold noodles  밀면 )

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Pork Soup (Dwaeji Gukbap 돼지국밥) 

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These are the must have food!
If you like the restaurant Yooganae in Singapore, you should visit its flagship in Busan. It is a Busan brand and yes it tastes must better in its homeground.

We just had our wedding in Busan in Oct 2016. We go back twice a year usually during Spring and Chu-Seok (Autumn). Some people asked me how many days should they stay in Busan ? Some told me that there is nothing much and just need a full day or two will do. To be honest , if you really want to tour around Busan and its outskirts thoroughly , you need at least 5 days. Just like Seoul , if you want to visit historical places or amusement parks , you need to travel to the outskirts which is about an hour or two via bus/car. There are alot of things to do , eat and shop in Busan. Just that you need to know where and how to get there.

Let’s start with SHOPPING first. And will go on to attractions later !

These are the places i go and the more popular places among tourists.

Places to Shop in Busan !!!

1) Nampo-Underground shopping centre
How to get there : Jagalchi Station (Busan Subway Line 1) Exit 8. Left side of Exit 8
This underground shopping centre linked up Jagalchi Market and Gukje Market.

As usual, underground shopping centres are common sight in Korea. You definitly will not missed it. The moment you come out from gantry and turn left or right , you can see many shops lined up all the way to street level.

I just briefly walked past this stretch before so no pictures here. But it something similar to that of Seomyeon underground shopping centre but i prefer to shop at Seomyeon underground instead of Nampodong underground.
2) Gwangbok Cultural and Fashion Street 
How to get there : Nampo Station (Busan subway line 1), Exit 1
Turn right and walk along Gudeongno22beon-gil st for 2 blocks
Busan is famous for the fish cake and Ttaebokki (spicy rice cake). So this entire street you can find alot of streetfood and fashion shops. Crowded place so becareful of your belongings !
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The street stalls are inbetween 2 rows and blocks of fashion shops. So you can eat and shop at the same time. If you are going there as a couple , the guys who are bored with shopping can indulge in the street food while your gfs shop inside the shops.
Clothings are cheap and you can find basics at KRW 10,000 and coats at less than KRW 50,000 during SALES.
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The famous Gukje Market is just 1-2 lanes away. So they are linked up together. At Gukje market , you can find vintage stuff and traditional. Whereas at Gwangbok fashion street , you can find more fashionable stuff.
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3 ) Gukje Market
How to get there : Jagalchi Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 7.
– Go 30m, turn left, and walk straight 5min to arrive at the market.
Gukje market has a long history and you can find alot of shops selling vintage , used and traditional korean wares.
Nothing much there but more of a look-see look-see place. I just briefly walked through and go to Bupyeong market.
This place goes all the way back to Korean war. Where many Koreans fled to Busan and they opened stores and sell their wares for a living. If you are interested to know more about its history , you can watch this movie which was a big hit and was filmed in Busan. It featured a couple of popular places in Busan and abit about its history.
Movie name : Ode to My Father (국제시장)

4) Nampo Street
How to get there : Nampo-dong Station (Busan Subway Line 1)
My favourite place because this is the “Myeongdong” of Busan. Busan Tower is also located here.
Busan tower is like the “Namsan Tower” in Busan. Something similar. You can find an escalator that goes up along the Nampo-dong shopping stretch.
Really crowded and alot of your favourite Korean skincare and beauty brands here.
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You can also find street food lining up before the entrance to Nampodong.
That is me “hiding” at one of the street stalls because it was really cold during winter. The soup is free flow and keeps me warm.
1 stick of odeng cost about KRW 1,000 and the soup is free flow.
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You will not miss this famus Hoddeok. Long queue and it is just outside an Aritaum stall. Haha..that is how i remembered where it is.
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Nampo-dong shopping street is really crowded and bustling at night. Lots of shopping.
 Beauty, skincare , fashion shops , international brands and cafe etc. Pretty big place and 1 night to shop here is not enough for me lah.
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Come of the MRT and you can find a huge Lotte Department Store selling my favourite brands like Hera , Sulwhasoo , Primera , Laneige , Amore Pacific , S:UM37 etc etc.
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5) Seomyeon Underground Shopping
How to get there : Seomyeon Station (Busan Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 12
I can shop the entire day here. Both underground and street level. This place is really awesome. Same as Gangnam station. Clothings are cheap also.
I will suggest that if you see anything that you like , just buy because it is a verrry long stretch and difficult to go back to find the same store again. Somemore it has 2 sides/lanes. I shop here pretty often for clothings because they are cheap.
6) Seomyeon Shopping Street
How to get there : Seomyeon Station (Busan Subway Line 1)
This place has alot of good food and great shopping. I also shop here and have my lunch/coffee here.
If you prefer quality clothings , buy from those shops at street level but it will be abit more expensive.
*For 4) and 5) , alight at Seomyeon station. Come out of station immediately is the underground shops and go to street level is 5) already. Also Lotte Department store is just above MRT.
It can get very hyped up and bustling at night. Alot of youngsters. I have 4 of my favourite fashion shops but i cannot remember the names except i know how and direction.  I cut and perm my hair here to.
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You can find the Medical and Beauty street at Seomyeon too. That is where all the plastic surgery clinics, aesthetics clinics , hair salons and nail salons are.
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7) World’s largest shopping mall in the World – Shinsaegae
How to get there : Centum City Station (Busan Subway Line 2)
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They have a rooftop garden spa and jimjibang ( korea’s version of onsen ) and you two can go there and relax , shop and have some coffee. Next to it is Lotte and also Homeplus supermarket and Lotte supermart for you to shop and buy things.
Tax refund is also immediately. It is near the Tiffany or Gucci boutique. Bring your passport when you shop here so you can get your Tax refund immediately when you go to the customer service centre. Super good service here.
Details of spa here :
8) Busan University Shopping Street of Youth
How to get there : Busan National University Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 1 or 3
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Didn’t managed to take pictures here because i went at night so i just grabbed this from the google.
Because this is a common gathering place for uni students , you can find cheap food , restaurants and fashion shops here.
Pretty good buy ! Managed to grab some cheap and good basics here ! And you can find skincares going on sales too.
That’s about it.
Will add on the list if i go to any interesting places again !
Will work on Attractions in Busan soon !