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27 August 2015

Sumunjang (Royal Guard) Changing Ceremony @ Gyeongbokgung Palace, South Korea

By : Chha


If you are new to Gyeongbokgung Palace then i would suggest you to read the previous post first become reading this one. You can get the entrance fee, direction and some information on the Gyeongbokgung Palace from the previous post.

In Gyeongbokgung Palace they do have a few programs for their visitors or you can say, it is something like a performance. One of it is the changing of guards call the Sumunjang (Royal Guard) Changing Ceremony. So far i dont see any blog or travel post mention about the exact location where the guard changing ceremony will take place as there is so many gate in Gyeongbokgung Palace. We almost enter the wrong gate and almost miss the ceremony.

The Exact Location :

The Sumunjang (Royal Guard) Changing Ceremony is held at the Gwanghwamun Gate, which is the first gate to the Gyeongbokgung Palace but you will need to wait at the square which is the area where the tickets counter is. Meaning to stand after Gwanghwamun Gate and before Heungnyumun Gate.


Before the ceremony start, they will sound the Traditional Korean Drum as a sign that the ceremony will start. Each drum beat has it own meaning and things that they need to do.

Ceremony Procedure (Source) :
  1. The first drumbeat signal sounds and the relieving guard unit mobilizes towards Gwanghwamun Gate.
  2. The second drumbeat signal sounds and the relieving guard unit moves outside of Gwanghwamun Gate, and the chief of the relieving guard unit and the chief of the guard unit on duty perform an identification check.
  3. The chief of the relieving guard unit orders his unit to take their positions at the gate and the relieved guard unit mobilizes to the inside of the gate.
  4. The third drumbeat signal sounds and the chief of the relieved guard unit orders his unit to exit the vicinity.

Ceremony Participants (Source) :

Sumungun
Position: Keeper of the Royal Palace Gates
Duty: Responsible for guarding the palace gates

Sumunjang
Position: Chief Keeper of the Royal Palace Gates
Duty: In charge of guarding the palace gates and commanding the Sumungun

Sujongjang
Position: Deputy Keeper of the Royal Palace Gates
Duty: Daejonggo (Management of Large Bells and Drums)

Jongsagwan 
Position: Lieutenant to the Chief Keeper
Duty: Assistance to the Chief Keeper, and management of the gate book

Gapsa
Position: Armed Guardsman
Duty: Guarding the palace gate

Jeongbyeong
Position: Regular Guard
Duty: Private soldier of the Joseon's central army

Daejol
Position: Subordinate Soldier
Duty: Sentry of the palace gate

Jeollugun
Position: Jeollugun
Duty: Delivery of time for the royal court

Chwita
Position: Military Band Musician
Duty: Member of a royal military band




The Sumunjang (Royal Guard) Changing Ceremony is actually a very simple ceremony which takes about 20 minutes to complete but we feel that it is worth the time to actually witness the ceremony ourselves since we are already there, why waste it right ?

There is only 3 slots a day for the Sumunjang (Royal Guard) Changing Ceremony which is at 10:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.

Other than the Sumunjang (Royal Guard) Changing Ceremony there is still other programs available at different time such as the Gwanghwamun Gate Guard-on-Duty Performance at 11:00 am, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. The other one is the Sumungun (Gatekeeper) Military Training outside of Hyeopsaengmun Gate at 9:35 am and 12:35 pm.

Next (National Folk Museum of Korea) >>

Visited : April 2015
Season : Spring

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Posted Date : 27 August 2015
Posted Time : 9.09 pm

26 August 2015

Eco Life : Rengit Excelsa Coffee @ Bukit Mertajam, Penang

By : Chha

First and foremost, i would like to thank Mr Leow from Eco Life shop for inviting me over to Eco Life. It was really nice to be able to learn about how can we make our own great cup of coffee at home. So if you are a coffee enthusiast, then this will be really handy for you. Eco Life shop is not a coffee house but instead it is a retail shop selling local coffee beans and some simple to use equipment for you to brew your own great cup of coffee at home and have fun doing it.


The good thing about brewing your own cup of coffee at home is that you have the ability to brew the type of coffee which is most suitable to your own taste. Isn't it great to be able to have a cup of self brew coffee at the comfort of your own home by using our own country local grown coffee beans ?

23 August 2015

颠倒博物馆 (Upside Down Museum) @ Kimberley Street, Penang

By : Chha
你有没有很努力地锻炼你的手臂肌肉, 以便能轻松地做一个完美的倒立动作 ? 像这样 .... ?


惊讶吧 ! 哈哈 ... 我能在几分钟内做到, 哈哈哈 ! 以下你所看的不是相机在作怪哦 .... 不用担心, 你不需要去修理你的手机或电脑, 这个与你的手机或电脑没有关系, 一切完全正常操作 ....


是的, 你即将会看到的一切是上下颠倒的, 哈哈 ! 这间是新开的博物馆, 位于槟城的Kimberly Street, 里面的一切都是上下颠倒, 或在马来文我们叫做 Terbalik.



颠倒博物馆 (Upside Down Museum), 就在一周前, 2015年8月8日开张, 是槟城特点之一. 自从它在槟城的 Kimberly Street 开始营业, 颠倒博物馆 (Upside Down Museum) 就挤满了人潮.

22 August 2015

Gyeongbokgung Palace @ Seoul, South Korea

By : Chha

Visiting palace and gates seems to be like something that someone must do when visiting South Korea. Even the tour agency is promoting those few famous palaces in Korea. Hmm, well we did some scouting and found few famous palace but we don't have time to visit all, so we choose the most famous one which is the Gyeongbokgung (경복궁) Palace. Gyeongbokgung Palace is really a very big place. It takes us around 4 to 5 hours to walk through the palace taking photos, we did even skip some place but not much so we think 4 to 5 hours should be enough for you to visit Gyeongbokgung Palace. If you have plan to visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, then we would like to also suggest you to also visit :

Gwanghwamun Plaza (광화문광장)
Cheonggyecheon Stream (청계천)
National Folk Museum of Korea (국립민속박물관) - Inside Gyeongbokgung Palace
Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) - Food

As these place is near to each other.


19 August 2015

Magnum Cafe @ Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur

By : Chha


I guess everyone know by now that there is a Magnum Cafe in Kuala Lumpur. To be more specific, it is actually located in Mid Valley Megamall. Since they day it open i tried numerous times to go and try out the Magnum Ice Cream that they are selling there but every time i went, it's full with people lining up like a 'snake' from inside Magnum Cafe until outside of the cafe. I gave up waiting that is why it takes me so long before i can write my own review on Magnum Cafe, haha ! Well i still need to line up to get my ice cream even after so long Magnum Cafe has been operating in Mid Valley but at least this time the line is shorter, phew !




The Magnum Cafe is actually a two level cafe which i think not many people know, well i didn't, haha ! The first floor is where the long line up is. Lining up waiting for turn to get my customize Magnum Ice Cream.

Customize Magnum Ice Cream RM9.90


There is two type of coating for the ice cream that you can choose from, Chocolate Brownie or Classic Vanilla.


Then you may add 3 types of topping to it from the many many choices of topping. For me, i choose the Chopped Hazelnut, Culinary Rose Petals and Gold Nuggets.




Mix it together and put in on the ice cream, yay !


Now, lets go up to second floor. At first, i thought of going up to find a place, sit down and enjoy my Magnum Ice Cream, when i was trying to take the stairs up i was stopped by the staff there saying that the second floor is for Magnum Plated Desserts and Hot Food Only. Well, i end up ordering another plate of dessert so that i can sit at the second floor.







Ordering another dessert just to get up to the second floor for a seat sounds like a waste right ? But in this case, it is all worth it !

Magnum Triple Choc Cookie Skillet RM33.00
(Two vanilla Magnum bar covered with cookies, warm freshly baked triple chocolate cookie dough)

It takes them some time to prepare the Magnum Triple Choc Cookie Skillet but waiting in this type of comfortable and nice environment, i have nothing to complain .. haha !

The dessert is .. 1 word ! Perfect .. ! The outer layer is crunchy with thick taste of chocolate and the filling is still hot with melted chocolate. The chocolate is still in liquid form when i cut it open and it is flowing out on to the plate, really yummy ! If i were to give a 10/10 rating for food review, this is one of it !

Chocolate Flowing Out.


Rating :
Food : 10/10
Environment : 9/10
Service : 8/10
Hygiene : 8/10
Price : 5/10

Operating Hour :
Sunday - Thurs: 10.00am - 10.00pm
Friday & Saturday: 10.00am - 12.00am

Address :
Magnum Cafe
T-023, 3rd floor (nearby GSC Cinemas)
Midvalley.

Posted Date : 19 August 2015
Posted Time : 06.33 pm


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17 August 2015

Upside Down Museum (颠倒博物馆) @ Kimberley Street, Penang

By : Chha

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Have you been working out really hard to build that arm muscle of yours so that you can do a perfect hand stand ? Like this ... ?


Surprise ! haha .. I manage to do it in minutes, hahaha ! What you are about to see next are no camera trick .. don't worry, you can stop fixing your phone or computer now, there is no problem with your phone or computer, it is working perfectly fine ...


Yes, everything you are about to see is Upside Down, haha ! There is this newly open museum in Kimberley Street, Penang and everything inside it is Upside Down or Terbalik as in Bahasa Malaysia.



Upside Down Museum (颠倒博物馆), started operation just a week ago on the 8th of August 2015 is one of its kind in Penang. Since its opening in Kimberley Street, Penang, the Upside Down Museum (颠倒博物馆) is full with people visiting it.

16 August 2015

Kek Look Tong Cave @ Ipoh, Perak

By : Chha

When people tell me about Ipoh, the first thing that comes to my mind is the caves and mountains. I know Ipoh have more that what it looks but not being a local in Ipoh is kinda hard for me to visualize otherwise than to think of caves and mountains, haha ! There is this place call the Kek Look Tong Cave in the area of Gunung Rapat in the south of Ipoh.



13 August 2015

No1 Vegetarian Cafe @ Cannon Street, Penang

By : Chha

Have you ever face this problem where you wanted to visit a tourist spot but you can't find a vegetarian food and in the end you decide not going ? I fell you .. ! hehe .. !

Ever since the 'brother and sister on a bicycle' wall painting in Penang become famous, alot of people are flocking into this one small Armenian Street until even the Penang Authorities decided that the Armenian Street will be close from traffic on certain time for the convenience of tourist walking in and out taking photos and enjoying food. With Khoo Kongsi nearby, the 70's Ice Ball building up its fame and the wall painting in Armenian Street, to us, it is a must visit place for tourist visiting Penang Island.

Vegetarian ? No worry, I got your back (^.^)v *wink .. haha !


12 August 2015

Lunarich @ Gurney Paragon, Penang

By : Chha

Lunarich has always been in my list of 'restaurant-to-try' ever since I get to know of its existence at Bayan Baru. It takes me quiet some time to actually make an effort to go try it out. There is another Lunarich at Gurney Paragon. I am not sure is the one at Bayan Baru still operating but the one I went to is the Lunarich at Gurney Paragon.

10 August 2015

Pinky Piglet Land Updates [August 2015]

By : Chha

Well there are a lot of things about this blog Pinky Piglet Land that many of you might not know. Whether any of you realize that this blog does not belongs to only one owner or not it is all written in the About Page in this blog. Me as one of the co-owner of Pinky Piglet Land is not going to talk about the history of how this blog used to be as you can read it in the About Page, instead I am here to give you a glimpse of the future on how Pinky Piglet Land will be. Being part of Piglet The Hunter in Pinky Piglet Land is fun. Years of traveling and hunting for food as a team was truly awesome.


At times, it was not really about the post for the blog, it was more about two friends having fun while enjoying doing the things we love in hunting for food and traveling places together. Though the years accumulated seems short but it was an unforgettable experience in the journey as Piglet The Hunter. The hours of driving for a single meal, the race to get to places new and the search for the most hip and happening events in town and across the country has made this team up awesome.


Though it is sad to say that Pinky Piglet Land will not be the same anymore as the other Piglet is leaving the team in pursuing a different path away from Pinky Piglet Land and me as many of you may know me by my post name as Chha is given the responsibility to take over Pinky Piglet Land entirely though I feel reluctant at first. Well, anyway, here I am writing this first post as the sole owner of Pinky Piglet Land for the very first time.


Pinky Piglet Land blog will remain operational and you can still visit this blog for updates and review on the latest food hunt, traveling tips and entertainment. There might be some revamp on the page as we go along. Thank you all for the continuous support on Pinky Piglet Land, I will be writing my next post really soon and wish you all can visit this blog to view it and leave a comment or two, will reply to comment and message as soon as possible. Don't forget to LIKE Pinky Piglet Land's Facebook Page and Follow me on Instagram to get updates on my latest hunt.



Posted Date : 10 August 2015
Posted Time : 10.50 pm

08 August 2015

Ha Ha Siu Pan Mee @ Chai Leng Park, Penang

By : Chha

Ha Ha Siu Pan Mee has finally made its way up north from Selangor and is now in Penang ! Well, you read it right, Ha Ha Siu Pan Mee is not just a single Pan Mee shop in Penang but with other outlet in Selangor as well. Ha Ha Siu Pan Mee opening up in Penang is kinda like a good news for us because it add another place for us to eat at, haha ! Penang already have a few Pan Mee chain eating place, well we will see how this new one rank up .. we are not going to compare but will just give you an overall review of the Ha Ha Siu Pan Mee.


06 August 2015

Built Custom Burgers @ Nu Sentral Mall, Kuala Lumpur

By : Chha

Well you have heard of Subway in Malaysia right ? Not the transportation subway, is the food subway .. This next post is something similar but it is a burger. BUILT [Custom Burgers] allow you to customize your burger and choose the type of vegetables or meat and sauce that you want to be put in your burger.






We were kinda blur and confuse at first on how to place our order to BUILT [Custom Burgers] our own burger. The staff there is friendly so they explain to us and guide us through steps by steps of how to make our order. It is actually easy.


First, decide on whether you would like to have a combo set burger or just one single burger. The different is this. Single burger only is RM19 but if it is a combo set, there is burger + a side dish + drink for RM25.



Then you can choose the type of meat you prefer (Beef, Turkey, Chicken, Vegan Veggie) and the cheese (American, Swiss, Mozzarella).


BUILT [Custom Burgers] give you the flexibility to choose either to put the food into a Bowl or make it into a real burger with Bun. Then add it up with Topping, Sauce and for us we added sides order which is the Sweet Potatoes because we order the set combo.




The regular drinks here are bottomless, you can refill and refill and refill. You only pay the initial RM7 for the drinks the refill is free. While for the shake (Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry), it is RM12 per cup with no refill.



For those of you who would like to grab a quick bite while have the options to choose the type of burger you want, you can head on to BUILT [Custom Burgers] to have your customize burger built for you.


Piglets Rating :
Food : 6/10
Environment : 8/10
Service : 8/10
Hygiene : 9/10
Price : 5/10

Operating Hour :
Daily
10 am - 10 pm

Address :
Nu Sentral Mall
L4.10 Level Four,
Jalan Tun Sambanthan,
50470 Kuala Lumpur Sentral

Website :
http://www.builtcustomburgers.com

Posted Date : 06 August 2015
Posted Time : 12.08 am