Monster Slime Cafe

This past week I have had a birthday. Happy birthday to me!!! Yes *pat on the back* I am making this about me. In case you are wondering, I am now pushing 30.

So last year my friend and I came across this cafe, but were unable to attend due to plans we already had. As a special birthday treat, she took me here to come and make slime.

I know what you are thinking, slime, isn’t that for kids? Well, technically it is, but when we went it was mostly adults and couples.

When you come in, you order and drink (if you want) and pick the kind of slime you want to make. If you look at the pink board there are eight different kinds of slime to choose from. Slime or slimes? Is it a countable noun? I know I am an English teacher, but some times I can’t brain.

Anyways, my friend and I chose different slime but the making process is the same. One could also paint a character as seen in the picture below.

As you can see from the two pictures above, after picking your slime you can choose “toppings” in different amounts to make your slime more fun. I didn’t, but my friend chose glitter. We left the cafe sparkly. Glitter is truly the STI of the art world. Don’t let other people tell you differently.

Once we sat down they brought out the supplies. The big container is the base of the slime. The small hearts to the side are the “special” ingredients for our slime. We also had spatulas to mix before taking it into our hands. At this point, they put some weird liquid like thing on our hands so I couldn’t take photos passed this set. Which makes me so angry because I saw a dog (through the window) on the roof of the building across the street and no one believes me!

So the basic process was this:

  1. Put clear liquid in the big container and mix with the spatula. First it becomes doughy, then pasty, then finally slimy.
  2. Take it out of the jar and mix in the “special ingredient” while playing with it in your hands. Make sure you thoroughly mix it together and make sure it doesn’t touch your clothes cause it will stick and stain.
  3. Add a fragrance. Mine smells like peaches. MMMMMMMMMMMM
  4. Play and have fun.


My slime (as seen above) is the magnet slime. It is magnetic and can slowly craw with the pull of a magnet. Plus it is dark, like my heart and soul.


My friend’s monstrosity as I call it, cause you know glitter. Her’s is the heat sensatitive slime. Its base is an orange-red color. The hotter it gets, it changes colors. It goes from red to orange to yellow. It is quite amazing.


This is the container to take it home. Isn’t it cute?

I wish I had more to say, but if you get a chance to go to Hongdae (in Seoul) stop by the Monster Slime cafe. It is a great way to have fun with your friends.


P.S. we passed by a vintage clothes shop on the way there, and saw this Spiderman. His butt is up and his batch is arched. Spiderman is a bottom.

New Year – New Change: One Piece Cafe

Happy New Years!

I hope this year finds you well.

Today marked the re-opening of the One Piece Cafe in Hongdae. To my surprise, it was under construction for the last half of November and the entirety of December. I try to go once a month because they constantly have new character inspired drinks. It was a dream for me to try everything on the menu at least once, but that dream now kicked the bucket. I have written on the One Piece Cafe here.

To my surprise, the cafe part of the cafe is gone. They kept the ship part, but overall it is now a gift/specialty shop. It is now called PLAY ONE PIECE in HONGDAE. I asked why the cafe part was taken off, and the lady whispered to me “the cafe wasn’t profitable.” I was shocked how up front and honest she was with me. Koreans are never direct about that kind of stuff.

This news makes me sad, because specialty shops don’t last long in Korea, especially Seoul. I must admit I was surprised that this place has lasted longer than two years. Anyways, I decided to take a tour of the “new” place.

When you enter, you reach a reception area, where they have some “themed” gifts. They were running a blind box promotion. You best believe I bought one (not a wise choice though). I opened it and got a Zoro figure (YAY!) but one I actually have (BOO!)

On the way to the “gift shop” area, there is a wall with One Piece characters, a photo booth, and a booth to play a demo of One Piece: World Seeker.

The gift shop surprisingly has less stuff for sale, but still a variety to offer.

The upstairs, which used to be the dining area, now displays figures, has a claw machine, and has a little more merchandise for sale.

The rest of the place still seems to be under construction. I’ll check again later this month to see the finished product.

Thank you for reading!


Stranger Things

As many of you may heard, Netflix opened up a pop-up zone for The Netflix Original Stranger Things. With Netflix’s growing business in South Korea, this pop-up is suppose to drum up interest for the new upcoming season. You can read more about it here.

I am not a fan of Stranger Things (child actors are so hit miss in terms of talent), but my friend is. She convinced me to check it out with her. Mainly cause my Korean skills are slightly better than hers. Slightly.

Outside is the gate and an art mural advertising the new season that starts on July 4th, US’s Independence Day. I miss buying and setting off fire works. There no greater feeling in the world than blowing up small parts of your home country to celebrate your freedom. I am not a terrorist NSA watch dogs.

When you go in the grounds there is a small kiosk where you register your phone number and number of people in your party. You are then assigned a group number and estimated time of your entrance. Despite the long line, we only had to wait fifteen minutes.

There is also a decent photo opportunity zone. It was too hot outside so I didn’t see a lot of people use it, like at all.

Before entering the building, you are given a map. There is a small stamp rally. You collect 11 stamps to get a raffle ticket for a prize. I won a face mask but my friend won a T-Shirt. That lucky duck.

The stamp rally is a little challenging to be honest. The instructions are in Korean only and the staff had limited English skills. But basically you take 11 different pictures and post to social media with certain hashtags. My friend and I didn’t have social media so we were allowed to just take photos and show them to a staff member.

Such photos include:

– the moving trash can

– rub spelled out in lights

– the bed room

The pop-up boasted about a trick-eye room, a mini museum, famous season two “sets” and an escape room. A frickin’ escape room.

Anyone who knows me knows I love escape rooms, despite not being smart enough for them. We went mainly for the escape room. However, you cannot register at the actual pop-up. You have to register online. My friend and I couldn’t find the website to register for it. Even the event staff couldn’t find it. We spent over an hour trying to find it, but eventually had to give up.

Overall, I would say that this pop-up isn’t worth the visit if you are coming to Hongdae just for it. Fans of the show will love it, so they might tolerate the crowd. I still had some fun. I got an experience to share and a nifty prize and sticker.

I like how my face mask actually has good English (A Netflix Original Korean Face Mask), but then again it is ran by Netflix itself, not some other group or individual (as some pop-up are not technically official).

The pop up on runs until July 7th, 2019. So, if you want to check it out, you better move fast.


Kakao Friends in Hongdae

Brrrr. It’s cold in here. There must be some Toros in the atmosphere. Seriously though, the weather and temperature have been rapidly dropping here in South Korea. Just today we got hit with a cold front bringing strong winds and icy chills. So much for Autumn.

Today I had a date in Hongdae. Now, I know it’s weird. Big T dating. Aren’t you a shy, awkward, introvert? Yes, yes I am. However, I’ve been trying to put myself out there and become more social. So we are taking a walk freezing our butts off on the good date turned decent and came across something peculiar.

Okay, not peculiar. I just think its weird, even though I am in Korea and it does kinda makes sense. We found a Kakao Friends Concept Museum. Let me clear things up for you, the reader, and me, Big T. Kakao Friends are sort of mascot characters used for advertising and the emoji/emoticon system on the popular Korean App, Kakao. Kakao is a messenging app, similar to Line, Telegram, etc. A concept museum is a museum which has and probably rotates different themes. At least to my understanding. Even though we aren’t particular fans of Kakao Friends, we decided to check it out to warm up and get out of the cold. Bonus points for it being free.

As we descended down the escalator we were greeted by a larger than life Ryan. Ryan is a popular Kakao character. It is kinda cute. We discovered the current concept: Kakao Friends Games.

So Kakao Friends Games are games made by the people of Kakao and also games they offer/host through the app itself. The threw games it offered were: Battleground, Kakao Racing (similar to Mario Kart and I don’t know the Korean name), and Black Desert (an MMO or RPG. One I never heard of).

The first area was for Battlefield. I never played it, but my students love it. I don’t care much for shooters outside of Overwatch (because its more cartoony and less realistic), but it looked pretty cool. The small area was set up like an area from the game I am safely assuming. It had a photo op area where you can take a picture in from of an explosion with gear, mainly a frying pan (someone explain it to me), from the game. I took a photo, but my date wasn’t exactly the best photographer.

It also had a one minute parachute drop VR simulator. It was hard to play and kinda worth the 30 minute wait.

The second area was the Kakao Friends Racing game. They had a small model track, and a photo op zone set up like a winner circle. I actually don’t know what it is called. Think of like the olympics where first, second, and third place are standing to get the medals. I picked up the trophy but wasn’t suppose to apparently.

The racing game was set up like Mario Kart at an arcade. The pedals didn’t work, on purpose, so the kart’s speed was set. All we could use were the steering wheel, the breaks, and the items. Still a lot of fun, but really hard to control. I won first place somehow. I really hope that wasn’t my good luck qoutant for the year.

The last area was for Black Desert Remastered. Still do not know what type of game it is. My Korean skills aren’t that great, and my date said they couldn’t really explain it well in English. Eh, wasn’t planning on playing it ever.

There was armor from the game dispalyed along the wall. In the middle there was a map of the game’s country and an interactive book. The book would change what was in the map depending on what page you were on. Wish I could read it to get a better understanding. It also had an AR photo zone where one could selected from one od 4 photo back drops. However, the timer was short. Plus it was a one and done deal, so my photo came out awkward. We all know I don’t photograph well.

The last area was a gift shop. Everything has a gift shop. Items from the games could be bought, along with the museum’s own junk. Also, if you played along with the QR quest, you could unlock in game rewards and get a special prize. I don’t use Kakao to play games, so I feel it really wasn’t worth it.

Overall, it was a good time. Great chance to get out of the cold and free stuff is always fun to do. Until next time.