We only spent a night in Las Vegas after a day trip to Death Valley, so we didn’t manage to explore most of the vibrant Las Vegas Strip. We didn’t gamble (except my friends who had a go at the slot machines), but we managed to catch the Bellagio Fountains show, and dined at Gordon Ramsay BurGR.
On the way to LA, we had an 11-hour layover in Japan – and of course we made full use of it exploring Tokyo and savouring some yummy food.
The following quotes are taken from Looking For Me, a novel by Beth Hoffman, that really resonated with me.
‘Never tie your happiness to the tail of someone else’s kite.’
‘Believe me, if you let disappointments take you too far, you’ll end up getting lost. You’ll never find your way out of it.’
‘I thought about that old saying, how we can never go home again. But I think it’s more like a piece of us stays behind when we leave – a piece we can never reclaim, one that awaits our next visit and demands that we remember.’
‘Some people run toward life, arms flung wide in anticipation. Others crack open the door and take a one-eyed peek to see what’s out there. Then there are those who give up on life long before their heart stops beating – all used up, worn out, and caved in, yet they wake each morning and shuffle their tired legs through another day. Maybe they’re hoping for a change – a miracle, even – but runaway dreams and lost years hang heavily on their backs. It’s the only coat they know how to wear.
They’ve become accustomed.’
‘Sometimes it’s not what we hold on to that shapes our lives – it’s what we’re willing to let go of.’
‘We are the authors of our lives, and, through choice or circumstances, some of us leave our stories unfinished or untold.’
‘We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.’
If this cafe sounds familiar to you, that is because it is opened by 2AM’s Changmin! The Min’s (더 민스) officially opened its doors on June 17, the day right before I went to Daegu, so I had to visit this cafe! (Most people don’t know that I’m an official 3rd IAM ㅋㅋㅋ, but my bias is Jinwoon hehe!)
Haha Hoho Cafe (하하호호 카페) is a cafe located along the coast of Udo Island in Jeju. I happened to chance upon the cafe with my friend while riding on the ATV, where we stopped by to take some photos and waited for our other friends. This is probably one of the cafes in Korea I’ve ever been to with such a beautiful scenery.
Cafe de Seoyeun (카페서연의집) or Seoyeun’s House, is actually Seoyeun / Seoyeon’s (Han Ga In’s) house built by her first love, Seungmin (Uhm Tae Woong) in the Korean movie Architecture 101 (건축학개론). After the movie, the house was remodelled as a cafe, with some aspects from the movie still kept intact! I watched the movie on the plane 2 years back and it left a deep impression on me, so when news about the house being transformed into a cafe came out, I knew I had to visit this place. (Actually, I wanted to visit this place because Taemin went before as well hehe!)
This cafe is really inaccessible and out of the way (apparently it’s located somewhere along Olle route 5), but since we rented a car – we just had to key in the address into the GPS! Despite it being a rainy day on the day we visited, the cafe was quite crowded with Koreans – mainly couples and young families.