Petite France | Seoul Feb’13

So after we left Nami Island, we hopped onto the Gapyeong Tour Bus to head to Petite France! Probably the most convenient way to travel from Nami Island to Petite France! It was just a 20-25 mins bus ride. At the same time, you can also visit other places like The Garden of Morning Calm and The Cheongpyeong Lake. Unfortunately, we are only able to visit 2 places (Nami island & Petite France) due to time constraint, as you know the sun goes down very early during winter.

These are the dramas and shows that were filmed here!

Admission – Adult : ₩8,000, Children : ₩5,000.

Sleepy cat! I wonder if there’s any warmer inside that box, it was so freezing outside!

Having fun with the snow and we had a snow ball fight again! Lol

That’s the end for our trip here. Even the sunset look ultra beautiful here that made me wanna cry, knowing that we have to leave this wonderland the next day. =(     This place doesn’t disappoint me and now it planted some kind of poison in my heart. I was so addicted to this place ever since my first visit here, I don’t mind coming back again and again. Couldn’t stop thinking of Seoul everyday! You made my life complete~ ♥ I will definitely come back again but the next time I come back, I will stay for months! Promise-

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Nami Island | Seoul Feb’13

Itinerary for our last day in Seoul : Nami Island & Petite France.

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Nami Island and Petite France are both in the Gapyeong area. For convenience we took the Gapyeong Tour bus for just 5,000 which brings us around to a few attractions (including the Nami island & Petite France) and we can hop on and off limitless times as long as we’re able to catch the bus timings.

More information about the Gapyeong Tour Bus timing and route can be found here.

Directions :

(By Subway) Take the Subway to Sangbong Station and transfer to the Gyeongchun Line heading to Cheongpyeong Station and then take the Gapyeong Tour Bus at the bus stop located in front of Cheongpyeong Station. Alight at the Namiseom Dock and take the ferry to Namiseom Island.

Seoul Metropolitan Subway Map (here)

(By Shuttle Bus) There is 2 bus stop to board from Seoul to Namiseom Island
1) Insa-dong (Jonggak Station, Subway Line 1, Exit 3): Next to Tapgol Park
2) Jamsil Station (Subway Line 2, Exit 4): In front of Lotte Mart

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Wanna try bungee jump?

There is another way to get to Nami Island if you wanna try something more thrilling and special….. you can try the Zip-Wire! ₩38,000 includes the admission to Nami Island and ferry back.

Ok, in the end we chose the old fashion way to get to Nami Island. Haha.

Ice river…… Brrrrr~

           

Someone just took the ride on the Zip Wire!!! YahhoOoo~

           

I believe most people knew that Nami Island is famous because of the drama ‘Winter Sonata’ and its beautiful tree lined roads! 

This small little island is in the shape of a half moon.

 

You can get free post cards and post to any country you like at this information centre. But of cause you’ll have to buy the stamps!

Nice stamps for my own souvenir!

Lunch time~! Had our lunch at a country restaurant and they serves really nice local food!

Bibim Naemyun 비빔 냉면 (with Buckwheat Noodles) & Bibimbap 비빔밥 (with Barley Rice).

Gamja Jeon 감자전 (Potato Pancake) and Kimchi Jeon 김치전 (Kimchi Pancake).

           

 

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More pictures with the beautiful tree lanes!

           

My crazy friend planking here.

We had so much fun here taking nice pictures and the snow here seems to be very different from the city. It’s more powdery, fine and dry.

Sucha romantic and beautiful place. I never regret traveling all the way here! Oh well, have to leave Nami Island and move on to Petite France!! =)

           

Bye Namiseom~

Snow Sledding Fun at Ttukseom Hangang Park! | Seoul Feb’13

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It was the eve of the Lunar New Year. Most of the shops were closed in Korea (except those tourist attractions). So we headed to the Han River for some snow sledding fun! =)

Ttukseom Hangang Park have a year-round theme park that operates a swimming pool in summer, an amusement park in spring and autumn and a snow sledding hill in the winter. 

More information can be found here.

Directions:

Ttukseom Resort Station (Seoul Subway Line 7), Exit 2 or 3.

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Here we go…! Wheeeeee~!!! ^^

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Happily sliding down the hill until we were reaching the end I was like……… “AHHHHHHH~ OMG STOP STOP STOP!!!” Although the hill is not very high but it’s so slippery and we were going down REALLY fast!! It won’t just stop by itself and it will go straight to the wall BAMMM!!!! And it was PAINFUL if you hit on someone else while towards the end (luckily we wore thick enough so at least we have some cushion LOL) !! 

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Jjajiangmyun for lunch!!!

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Bbopki (뽑기), Traditional Korean Sugar Candy!

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Most vendors will stamp a shape in the centre of the candy and if you manage to eat everything around the shape without breaking it, you can get another Bbokki for free!

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Came in here to hide away from the freezing wind-chill!

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Had a fun filled day spent at the Han River~! Watched the sun goes down before we head off to our dinner!

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Beautiful Sunset~

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Have been taking their subway for so many times and this was my first time taking this train with all the seats facing the window. Looks like a scenic train.

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Korean BBQ for our Reunion Dinner in Seoul~!!! =) 

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Super shiok to have this during the winter and it taste even better with Soju! Mmmm~  I miss this so much now…. =(

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Gyeongbokgung and Insadong | Seoul Feb’13

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After 2 years, I’m back here to see you again! All covered with white snow this time! Beautiful~ ♥

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Paintings on the ceiling of Gwanghwamun Gate.

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Love this place~ I can wander around here for the whole day!

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Gyeongbokgung 경복궁, the largest Palace in Seoul!

Directions:

Gyeongbokgung Palace Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5.
OR
Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 2.

Admission:

Age 19~:  3,000 won
Age 7-18:  1,500 won

Operating Hours:

November – February: 09:00-17:00
March-May, September-October: 09:00-18:00
June-Auguest: 09:00-18:30

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Annyeong~ I will see you again! Moving on to Insadong! A cultural district where you can find all the traditional goods! It’s nearby Gyeongbokgung, about 10 -15mins walk.

Directions:

After walking out of this Gwanghwamun gate, cross this main road,  right after you crossed turn to your left then all the way straight (along the main road), follow the road signs and Insadong is at your right. You can hardly miss it, there is always many people walking towards Insadong and this place is obvious. Haha.

By Subway:

Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6.
Go 100m straight, then turn left.

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Tadaa~ Here we are! ^^

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Dropped by this hanok for our lunch! “That house of Insadong”.

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A very typical korean lunch….

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3 of them hiding from the wind chill and refused to step out. LOL

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Ssamziegil is just opposite the restaurant.

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A must try if you come here! The “Ddong Bbang” (Poop bun).

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Taking Purikura with Hanboks!!! Haha.

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Memories~

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Somebody shooting CF, I think. But I can’t see who was the celeb.

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Shopped a bit in Itaewon and then back to Shinchon for dinner! So happy with my new vintage cabin luggage! =))

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Chuncheonjip Dakgalbi Makguksu (춘천집닭갈비막국수) !

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This Dakgalbi restaurant is located right below of where we stayed! How lucky to have so many nice food all around our guesthouse! Sinchon is surrounded by universities and populated by students. So, many restaurant in this area, like Chuncheonjip Dakgalbi Makguksu (춘천집닭갈비막국수), serves really big portion with affordable prices! Their most popular dish is Dakgalbi, marinated boneless chicken in spicy red pepper paste stir-fry with sausages, cabbage and Ddukbokki in a big iron pan!! If you’re a big eater you may try adding cheese, ramen, udon or rice to it. After you’ve finished eating your Dakgalbi, order rice to stir-fry in the pan to soak up the extra, flavorful sauce! Awesome~!! ^^

Directions:

Sinchon Station (Subway Line 2), Exit 1.
Turn right onto the first side street (Hyundai Department Store).
Go straight for 130m and cross the street.
The restaurant is next to Changcheon Children’s Park (창천어린이공원).

Operating Hours:

Operating hours: Opens from 10am to 6am the next day.

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Did some grocery shopping at Lottemart before heading back to our guesthouse! Errr…. We were freezing outside while waiting for my dear friend to finish choosing her strawberries. LOL.

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Goodnight~!

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Ewha University and Hongdae! | Seoul, Feb’13

Today’s itinerary: Ewha Womans University for shopping and Hongdae for dinner. Super relax!

Spent our 2nd day shopping for extra clothes, to get ourselves prepared for the ‘going to be ultimate freezing cold’ weather during the next few days of our trip! 

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Here we go~!

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Ewha Womans University.

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Directions:

5 mins walk from exits 2 & 3 of Ewha Womans University Station (Subway Line 2)

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The shopping street is Right opposite of the university!!

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YAYY~~~!! SHOPPING!!!! And it’s SUPER CHEAP HERE!! Cheapest at SGD 5 !! OMG~ The qualities are even better than the ones in bkk/Taiwan! This is why I love shopping in Seoul so much! 

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Resting in a bubble tea shop and you see…. new jacket! Wuahaha~ So cheap!  

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Like a shopping heaven for cheap clothes~!

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Stopped by a small local shop, Bon Juk, selling porridge!  So I had Abalone Porridge and I love their porridge~! So thick and rich… Yummy! And it’s snowing outside! ^^

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Pumpkin Porridge.

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Hongdae~!!

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Finally here at Running Man HAHA’s Restaurant for dinner~!!! ^^

Pal Ja Mak Chang (팔자막창)

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Directions:

Subway: HongDae Station Exit 9 (Green Line).

Near to Sang Sang MaDang Building (a very unique looking mall/building).

It will take about 5 – 10 mins walk. If you think that you have lost your way, try asking direction for SangSang Madang and keep a look out of the restaurant.

Address: 395-17 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea (서울시 마포구 서교동 395-17)

Operation Hours: 5pm – 5am

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(팔자막창) Pal Ja Mak Chang = Pig’s Large Intestine

Had a super satisfied dinner with plenty of BBQ Large Intestines!!

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Perrrfectttt~! Love this!

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They do have other dishes and meats if you don’t like intestines.

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It snowed a bit in the afternoon and then started ice shower for the whole evening! Wet and freezing cold! 

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With this freezing weather yet we still couldn’t resist and to stop by a dessert shop for ice cream~!!!

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Mmmmm~ Some nice desserts to end our day!

Back to Seoul during last Winter! | Feburary’13

You just won’t get tired of traveling to the places that you love. Seoul is at the top of my list. I can go back again and again and still never get tired of this place.
Last winter I happened to find cheap tickets to Seoul, at first I thought of flying there alone for a winter break but end up Kelvin and 2 of my friends came along. So off we go 2 months after we booked the tickets! Still felt as excited as the first time I went to Seoul. I never felt that excited even when I  fly to Japan, Hokkaido and Taiwan. This is how much I love Korea~♥
On the first night when we touched down in Seoul, it started snowing!! We were welcomed by the beautiful snow flakes and slowly it turned into a white winterland! Although this not my first time seeing snow but I donno why I felt overwhelmed to see my favorite city covered with beautiful white snow! Seoul just couldn’t stop giving me beautiful memories and it makes me miss this place more and more! 
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Our room at JGuesthouse. Small but with good location, clean and cheap! (the bed is too hard for me though) It’s located in Shinchon, next to Hyundai Dept Store and just a 5mins walk to Shinchon Subway Station.
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We’ve got a washing machine, electrical induction stove, basin, a big fridge and a password door locking system! Oh and the floor heating system, love this! 
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Our first dinner at 맵당 Map Dang in Sinchon (just beside our guesthouse) ! Super spicy and Masitseoyo~!!
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Here’s the first picture of Charlene and Bridget! My bff and ex-coursemate. ^^
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This was his first time experiencing snow…. See! So happy! Lol Snow makes people happy~
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Trying to start a snow ball fight!
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1, 2, 3 START~!! And we got our gloves and coats all wet that night!! Damn freezing… no joke!
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Taken after our snow ball fight! We all had so much fun and it’s only our first night!! I wanna play again next winter! =))
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Can’t stop starring out of the window even when I’m in the indoors…. what a beautiful night! 
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Heavy snow throughout the night…. Snow went in my mouth, my nose, my eyes, my bag and my hood! Lol
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Don’t even bear to say goodnight~
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What makes me the happiest girl is when I wake up, checking out the view from our room’s window and see exactly what I have expected or dreamt of. This made my heart freeze for a moment. Maybe it’s beautiful only in my eyes but I don’t care! I miss peeping out of the windows regularly to check out all the frozen rooftops! Wan jeong ye-peu da~ ♥♥
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Exploring the bits of Seoul Part 2… START~!
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They were too excited because this is their first time here and so lucky enough to see snow on their first visit!
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Breakfast! I miss their whipped cream soooooo much~!! They have the best whipped cream that I ever had!
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Here we are at Bukchon Hanok Village!
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Directions:
Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 2.
Go straight for about 300m to arrive at Bukchon Hanok Village.
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Ah Sum scooping the ice on the road! LOL
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Find the photo spot to capture a perfect view of the Hanoks!
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Loving this place…. I love Hanok~! I’m gonna stay in a Hanok for 1 night on my next visit! =))
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At Tosokchon (토속촌) for lunch! This place is known for its signature Samgyetang (chicken ginseng soup).
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Address:
5, Jahamun-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
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Directions:
Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 2.
Go straight about 170m and turn left onto Jahamun-ro 5-gil Road.
Tosokchon (토속촌) is located 10m ahead on the left.
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Here we are! Gonna have our Samgyetang in a Traditional Hanok house. Love it~
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Yum yum~ Awesomely delicious! Wan-jeong Masitseoyo~! Super nice especially when you have it in the winter!
Those samgyetang selling in singapore is nothing compared to this and it is not expensive at all!! So generous on the ingredients and ginsengs! I can eat 10 bowls of this!!
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I will come back again just for their Samgyetang!
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Having fun after our satisfied lunch!
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Gyeongbukgung~ So nice to see you again! I miss you~^^
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It’s winter, so the sky is getting dark early and Gyeongbukgung has closed for the day! (We visited on the next morning though.)
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Cheonggyecheon Stream.
Take a stroll down Cheonggyecheon Stream allows you to pass by many tourist spots like Dongdaemun, Namdaemun,  City hall, Gwanghwamun, Seoul Plaza, Insa-dong Street, Gyeongbukgung and etc…
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Directions:
[Subway Stations]
Line 1: City Hall, Jonggak, Jongno 3-ga, Jongno 5-ga, Dongdaemun, Sinseol-dong
Line 2: City Hall, Euljiro 1-ga, Euljiro 3-ga, Euljiro 4-ga, Sindang, Sangwangsimni
Line 3: Jongno 3-ga
Line 4: Dongdaemun History & Culture Park
Line 5: Gwanghwamun
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Doing some crazy poses with the bff right at the middle of Cheonggyecheon Stream…. Haha!
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1, 2, 3, JUMP!!
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He still couldn’t get enough of the snow ball fight! Here’s a HUGE one! Haha!
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We decided to stop by and walk to MYEONGDONG~!!! My most favourite shopping street in Seoul! ^^ Feeling so blessed to be able to see you again! OMG! YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH I HAVE BEEN MISSING YOU MYEONGDONG~!!! I wanna cry! =’)
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DINNER TIME~^^ Some local food that I have been missing so much! Kimbab…..
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Fish cake…..
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Bibimbab….
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Kimchi Mandu…..
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And Sundubu Jjigae~!! (Spicy Toufu Stew)
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Annyeong baby~
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Street snacks!
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Within 2 hours of shopping.
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End of day 1 & 2.
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