Jurassic World Exhibit!!!

So the most usual exhibit came to South Korea and is still currently going on. I mean I saw the advertisement for it on the subway and several bus stops, so apparently it seems to be a big deal. “What is it?” You may ask. Well, if you didn’t read the title, it is the Jurassic World Exhibit.

The exhibit was by the Gimpo airport, way out of the way, but it is probably one of the few spaces in Korea they can meet the energy and height requirement for the dinosaurs.

The gift shop was outside and had some nifty stuff. What they don’t tell you is that a lot of the merchandise comes from Universal Studios. You didn’t hear this from me.

The exhibit was split into a few parts, show casing dinosaurs, the DNA lab, among many other things. A lot of it was in Korean so Ali Just glossed over it.

The entrance was similar to that of the movie. There was some connection between the movies (both park and World Series) and also as an educational theme park.

There were many dinosaurs that were animatronic this bad boy was the first one you see as you walk in. It has scars from being attacked by other dinosaurs. The models were really detailed and quite realistic.

This bad boy was just a neck and a head but still took up a lot of space. It was one of the few dinosaurs where you could see the rope. Still, the feel of the zoo was apparent.

The T-Rex enclosure was one of my favorites. The noise and the lights added to the atmosphere. Hell, even the kids crying was a very nice touch. The kids were real and in my group.

Hammonds were the big bad of the movies. They had incubators, fossilized ambers of mosquitoes where they extracted the different DNA of the dinosaurs, and even an egg chamber. The eggs had QR codes that can tell you what dinosaur would hatch. They even had a create your own dinosaur. Mine is currently being emailed to me, so when it comes I will post it.

The T-Rex skull fossil was great to see as well. It was so big, it was bigger than most of the children in my group. I wanted to get a side by side comparison but no parent would allow it. My sisters better step up their baby making game.

Also there was a guy who allowed you to pet a baby Dino. He seemed so happy. Must have been the best job.

After the lab was the gyro sphere trail. If you remember from the first Jurassic world movie was the safari like tour, but the destroyed and endangered part.

Seriously. My photos doesn’t do this place justice at all. The ones I am posting are the cream of the crop.

There was also a raptor (my favorite Dino) enclosure. It was blue from the Jurassic World movies, but I couldn’t get a good photo or video. The adult male next to me kept pushing and shoving me out of the way so his kid could see. Plus the poor lighting killed that part of the experience.

Overall, I would have to save it was worth my money. It was a great experience to see dinosaurs and learn a little about them as well.

If I were to make a recommendation, go on a weekday to avoid the family crowd if you like photo ops.

Outside was a dinosaur theme cafe. It was really cute, and kind of pricy. I wish I ate there because everything looked so delicious. Maybe I’ll come back again before the exhibit leaves.

Peace!

Osaka Adventure: Cup Noodle Museum

One thing is found on my trip was that a cup noodle Museum exist near Osaka. I accidentally found an ad, but I managed to convince my friend to go.

So we hopped on the train and arrived 30 minutes later. We went right when it opened and it was still busy and crowded. Like other people had the same idea too.

Outside the Museum is a statue of the inventor standing on a cup noodle. It’s pretty cool, and I regret not learning his name. In the immortal words of Hiro Mashima, “Whoops!”

Since we didn’t have a reservation, one part of the Museum was closed off to us. It just an expanded upon experience of one of the parts of the Museum.

The Museum is split into two part, an exhibition showcasing the history of instant noodles, and a make your own cup noodle.

Look at this old school noodle making house.

Along one wall of the exhibit, it shows what cup noodles are currently in circulation, and what noodles were out in the past. It even showed the very first cup noodles!!!

Seriously. It went from the floor to the ceiling. The perfect chance to use the Panoramic feature of my iPhone and I didn’t use it. It’s tough being part of the 1% (I am really not part of it.)

The other side of the wall started from conception to execution.

We even got to see the inside of the cup of noodles!!!

Did you know it doesn’t touch the bottom? I didn’t until this trip. My mind is forever blown.

Instant cup noodles also went to space. Yay for the astronauts!

After exploring the exhibit, we got to make our own cup noodles. It’s fun and only cost 300 Yen.

Look how crowded this part was too, at 10 in the morning. That is when the museum opened!

First you buy your cup from a vending machine, because it is Japan.

Next you clean and sanitize your hands because you are a filthy animal. Don’t try to hide it. You know you don’t wash your hands when you leave the restroom. You disgust me.

Then we can decorate our cups. My friends and I got down to business.

Her cup came out better than mine. One Piece represent!!!

Finally comes the fun part. You put your noodles in your cup, choose a broth, and FOUR toppings. I got curry broth, my friend got tomato chili. She can handle spicy, I cannot.

The last part is really cool. They put the lid on it and then wrap it in a plastic bag. They put it into that machine on the far right of the picture. It applies heat to the bag and that how the cup gets shrink-wrapped. I enjoyed that part more than I should.

This is a model of the candle I bought from the gift shop. I haven’t set fire to it yet, so I am not sure how it smell. There is no indication on the box.

If you ever get the chance to visit, I recommend it. It’s a short amount of time spent at the place, but over all it is quite fun. You can make your own memories and have a delicious souvenir. However, you only have one month to eat it before it expires. So you better not save it.

Until next time,

Peace!

Update

Will update soon.

Been busy working and studying for certifications. I did have a small vacation last week and will post pieces of it soon. It will be under the title Osaka Adventure.

Haven’t you been to Osaka before? Yes. It’s kind of a summer tradition at this point. Haha

Peace!

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.

Peace!

Plenty of Fish

Last Sunday a friend invited me to go to the aquarium with him. Now, I’ve been putting it off because my experience has taught me aquariums are small and not that interesting. Here or anywhere in the world for that matter.

After much convincing we went to the Aquarium in Lotte World mall. I somehow keep coming back to this mall for different things and reasons. One would think I would have done everything here by now.

The entrance fee was ₩30,000 ($30 USD) per person. Luckily, we ate at the mall and got a 30% discount. He got an extra 10% for some reason he wouldn’t tell me.

The actual aquarium was kind of big and a bit more interesting than one would expect. The species of fish was quite varied

They even had a touch tank. My friend and I played a starfish stacking game with the ones in the tank and were asked to stop. Over all it was a decent experience and I cans see why many families comes to visit and many couples go on dates there.

Peace!

SM TOWN MUSEUM – SHINEE FOCUS

The first week of May was Golden Week. At least in Japan. Don’t tell anyone I told you this, but Golden Week is a string of four holidays that take place within a week at the end of April or beginning of May. Scandalous information, I know. The point is, my old university friend, who is teaching English in Japan (like me and Korea), came over for a visit. 

Due to some unforeseen circumstances at my school, I was unable to take time off to see her. I was only able to see her on the weekend. She also traveled with a friend. I was a bit peeved by her friend, because she wouldn’t let me and my friend have some one on one time. Don’t get me wrong, I do understand how travel with people works. However, sometimes people want a lunch or something to catch up with their friend they haven’t seen in a long time. That is neither her nor there. 

As you may remember, I mentioned going to the SM Town Museum for Jonghyun memorial. I didn’t have time to explore the rest of the museum. So when she came, I was super excited. She as much into Shinee as I am, and been needed an excuse to come back and explore.

SM Town has many parts. There is the gift shop and the cafe, which I have covered in my previous post. I didn’t feel the need to take pictures of them this time. The cafe was a little different. I was a bit bummed the capsule machine didn’t get restocked with Shinee junk. BOO SM TOWN! BOO!

There is also the museum, which I will cover in a little bit. Finally there is the theater. It has a hologram musical, but special plays, etc. get rotated in. The tickets are HELLA expensive. So I will save up and go back for that. So maybe this post will be a part of a trilogy. 

So the museum is laid out strangely. It is two floor. Well a floor and a half. It shows a timeline of the label and their artists, a detailed history of some artist and their work, what a backstage dressing room looks like, some costumes and outfits, recording studio, sample dance studio, etc. They also have a “special” exhibit that shows something special that is going on or has recently happen. 

Since I am posting this from my phone app I cannot adjust my pictures and their placements just yet. So bear with me. I will come back and edit it. Until then, enjoy everything I posted below.

Peace!

Shinee’s nearly complete discography laid out with the bonuses and everything.
I am going to try to find the album that has this art work. I need it in my life.
Who could forget the Lucifer video and that backless vest?
From Sherlock. I am bothered because the name of the newspaper isn’t capitalized. 
Super Junior.
Girl Generation. I love the Gee film dance strip. I should have taken a better photo.
Recording Studio

This makes me burn with the intensity of 1000 burning suns. This happened the bay before I arrived in Osaka last year. If I new what was going on, I would have went and gone to Japan earlier.

Tee Hee