Seoul Day 3

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Day 3 was spent at Lotte World which is not to be confused with Lotte Pepero. Well since they are both under the same parent company of Lotte… I won’t hold it against you. I really enjoyed myself at Lotte even though it pretty small there were a lot of rides. No seriously though, given the comparison with USS this place owns. There are about 10 rides in Magic Island which is outdoor versus the air-conditioned Lotte World which has about 5? My favourite ride would have been the swing, I forgot what it’s called but a group of adult male Koreans were humming “swing, swing, swing” continuously as they skipped towards the ride… awkward!

The usually greeting by the Lotte world staff would be “annyeong!” with hands out front, shaking left to right. It’s really comical and adds to the kid-like atmosphere of the place. Its kinda stuck in my head since I still do it now in Singapore. So… the next time you see me say “annyeong!” ~ ❤ I wouldn't recommend eating inside the amusement park since it's pretty commercial stuff and not really kind to your wallet. Since Lotte World is located inside a mall OMG?! just grab lunch before entering or some korean seaweed to munch on inside… yummy Ironically, Joy and I had japanese food in a korean themed park. I also had churros for the first time?! Major loser 😦 Honestly, I thought I wouldn't really enjoy a kiddish amusement park but it was really one of the best experiences I had in Seoul! I heard there's another themed park in Seoul… but maybe another time.

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5 moves for solid abs

Flat ab training tips:
1. Be slow and controlled
Don’t rush through your ab exercises, as this leads to sloppy form and muscles that are not fully engaged. Instead, make each rep count by performing your ab routine in a slow and controlled manner. Try counting to two as u ascend into an exercise and do the same as u descend.
2. Think small and tight
When training abs, think about your waist getting smaller with each rep. This will keep your mind connected to the muscle, so that your abs stay fully contracted throughout the exercise.
3. Pull belly towards your spine
Before you begin your first rep, think about pulling your belly button towards your spine. Doing so helps to engage the abs deeply so you can get the most benefit from each rep. And, if you push your abs out rather than drawing them in when you train, you may increase, rather than decrease, your waistline.
4. Relax the neck
Straining the neck while performing abdominals will decrease the amount of ab work you can comfortably complete. So, be sure not to mobilize your trunk by throwing your head forward or pulling on the head and neck with your arms. Instead, focus on solely using the abs to lift your trunk and shoulders. Throughout an exercise, keep your neck in alignment by pretending that u have a tennis ball under ur chin.
5. Pause and squeeze
At the top of your crunches and sit-ups, pause for 2 seconds to squeeze the abs a little tighter and then lower your body to the starting position. Doing so will ensure full contraction as well as increase the burn and effectiveness of the exercise.


1.Vertical scissors
Form: Lie on your back with your legs straight, your arms extended at your sides and your head lifted off the ground.
Routine: Lift both feet about 8 inches off the floor and alternate lifting and lowering each leg in a scissor-like motion. As one leg is lifted, the other should be simultaneously lowering. One lift and lower of each leg count as a rep.
Beginners: Place your hands under ur butt for additional support


2. Side plank
Form: Similar to a standard plank, place feet one on top of the other with your supporting hand on the floor and resting hand on your hip.
Routine: Lower hip to the floor and raise up to the starting position engaging the side of your abs.
Beginners: Instead of resting your weight on your feet u can alternate with ur knees.

 

3. Reverse crunch 
Form: Lay flat on your back and place your hands to your side, lifting your legs up to a 90 degree angle, keeping them straight.
Routine: Lift your butt up off the ground, pushing your feet towards the ceiling. SLowly lower and repeat.
Beginners: Place hands under butt for stability.


4. Holding leg raise plate
Form: Lie on your back and position yourself straight up in the air- your feet should be directly above your hips. Holding a weight that suits u best. The weight should be in line with your shoulders.
Routine: Holding the plate steadily, lower your legs to the ground- only lowering as far as you can keep you abs contracted and your back pressed into the mat. Slowly raise your leg back up to starting position. Inhale as u lower and exhale as you raise your legs


5. Plank glute raise
Form: To get into plank position, lay on your tummy on the floor. Keep your toes together and raise your body up onto your elbows. Keep forearms straight forward and elbows below your shoulders. Hold your torso completely parallel to the floor.
Routine: In plank position, slowly lift either leg towards the ceiling, keeping your leg straight. Lower leg back to the floor and alternate between legs for reps.

Seoul Day 1

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I wasn’t intending to go to Seoul this June holidays but my mum surprised me when she asked me to tag along on her work trip, thus I hustled Joy to come along. Being both BIG BANG fanatics, we kinda have a slight obsession with Korea. Think the crazy daydreaming has heightened to a new state of insanity after the trip.. as I seem slightly over the edge with my fantasy with Big Bang. I kinda love Exo now, ps Kai please be mine.
Arriving at 5pm korean time, it was pretty impossible to do anything so Joy and I ordered room service and wandered around Myeongdong at night. We both stayed at Lotte Hotel right next to the famous Myeongdong district, where cosmetics shops line every alley and go on for ages, similarly to staring at the horizon just that the sun is now switched with Lee Min Ho, GD, and other hot boy’s faces.
The entire trip was just Joy and I since my mum was busy working, still undecided if it was a blessing or a curse. 12am hunger pangs were satisfied with kimchi rice in seaweed wrapping ~yummy~

Day 2, was spent wondering around Gangnam, it was a long unnecessary train ride to the city about 40min… to be let down by the boring shopping experience in the main district of Gangnam. A friend then recommended to head to Sinsa to locate the store Low Classic. As lamely put, it was like the Haji lane of Korea just super sized. Ok, maybe more Tiong Bahru… With more apparel boutiques. I actually I really like Sinsa for the quaint cafes lying around every corner. This country is crazy for caffeine, a common sight which occurs at 10pm is a local sipping on coffee. Another plus point about Sinsa, is the cute boys. Not forgetting to mention, CUTE BOYS WHO MAKE COFFEE!!! ❤ So if u are a girl, please come here. You won’t regret it.