[New] Live Chatbot

In May 2020, Ethan had built a chatbot for his 2 other websites, E-Store and E-News(Telegram Channel) and he decided to try to add this chatbot to this website. 

This chatbot is hosted on tawk.to.

Chat with Ethan, and do note if you do not get a slot, Please do understand as there is only one person behind the chat.

Try it Below!

https://tawk.to/seoulbusan

t.me/enewssg/664

COVID-19 Update!

Its Been about 2 years since we have finished Our ride.

I have seen many places that we travelled to, turn into Ghost town’s. One Example is Daegu . Cases Surged there, and South Korea was engulfed by it.

In Singapore, the government has been tackling it well, and we are now going through something called a Circuit Breaker. Its Like a Lockdown, But not so serious.

Everyone’s Lives have changed. It Really Does not Matter where you are. Town’s Countries and cities have all Changed. New York. Seoul. Bangkok. Berlin.London. wherever you may be, the Coronavirus has definitely changed your daily life.

But don’t forget that you should still exercise ( if possible ), take a breath outside and connect with your friends through video calling.

Don’t get yourself too bored.

I have found a Drink I wanted to make, (here) and even started a telegram channel that Bring you news from CNN, Straits Times, SCMP , CNA and Mothership all to you in one Place!

I Hope all of you are well, and make sure to #staysafe Wash your hands and only go out when neccecary!

Ethan’s View 2: The next cycling trip!

At the end of this amazing cycling trip, daddy said that we should go on another cycling trip following a river in Europe. The route crossed 4 countries , Germany(5d), Austria(10d), Slovakia(23h) and Hungary(4d).

And that has become a reality! The whole Liew Family has went on the Danube trip, for about 14 days. we had visited many countries, learning about WWII history, How its like to live in Europe and getting to try the local food.

read about the new blog and find out more here.

See you in the next blog!

Ethan’s Final Review

I really will treasure this trip with me and daddy, it means a lot for us. We bonded together for the whole day (except the toilets) and we learned about each other. The combination was great for us – Train and Bike. I personally think that every Kid at this age should have a retreat like this.

” I really treasure this trip with daddy, and I will always remember it. Forever”

Korail 2: Ethan’s View

I rose slowly from Toyoko-Inn , only really rising when daddy said train. We grabbed a juice and coffee before going off to Boejon station.

We arrived at Boejon station. We saw our Mugunghwa Train! We immediately went to car 4 and placed our bikes there . Our train looked liked the KTM!That was a nicer car. We also had a eating car that was not in operation.The doors in the newer car looked different to the ones in the older cars.I wrote a postcard to Tally and we would mail it to her soon.The eating car door shown above. placeholder://This is a walk through of the eating car.The newer car interior looked nicer compared to the older one. placeholder://I also did a walk through video of the newer car. The Toilet was also noticeably nicer.

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12 Ethan’s View ( ❗️LAST DAY❗️ )

Yay! We were off to a great start to the end of our bike trip! But not the end of Korea. It was a nice cycle through the city, and we went through two major bridges. I was anxious to finish the last day! We passed a nice sculpture and took a picture of it!

We finally reached the certification center, it was in a park which had a mini amphitheater. The place has a selfie area! So cool! Daddy took so many pictures. It felt like an hour! We ride from there to our hotel (Toyoko Inn) at Busan station. We had a break there and had ramen and tonkatsu. We went to the ticketing station to book our Mugunghwa train to Seoul.

We saw a free booth and we went to the lady who (thank goodness) spoke simple English. Daddy sat down to talk to her while I saw a brochure of a KTX. I took out a extra piece of paper at the bottom of the bag that I kept. It was calming and I was finally finished with cycling …

Then as I finished the drawing and was going to try to read the KTX map, Daddy called me and he explained to me the situation. The mugunghua trains that departed from here could not take bikes. The lady then explained to us we could take bus up or we could cycle to the next station where the mugunghua trains can take bikes. Little did we know there was a train called the E train which would go to Seoul . But in the end , I felt that this way was the best . The station where the train would end would stick to me for a Long time … . She said we could go to boejon station and take it Cheongnangyi in Seoul. Later made plans En- Route to make Cheongnangyi the main station for us. It had many metro lines and a wide variety of trains were some of the reasons.

We decided to get a KORAIL pass to make the journey easier. We booked the train with no extra cost and headed to the hotel to cancel our booking and change it to the other toyoko inn nearer to the station. We made a online reservation as there was a promotion in all the hotels (Toyoko Inn Busan) and we got a 20% discount. We used the mode of transport we used for the last 12 days to the hotel. But in the city, things were different and daddy took extra caution .

Halfway, we saw a lady who was selling things on a motorised scooter! Not too far away, a McDonald’s was in sight! It was the first I saw in Korea. We passed through tunnels under Gancheon (where we would later go) and Busan tunnel . After Cycling out of the main part (I think) we finally arrived at the hotel. We got a Room and then after asking the lady how we should go to Gancheon village. She recommend us to take a bus, and so we did. There were bus bells on the ceiling !

We arrived at the village and got a matcha ice cream and a Korean snack that daddy liked. We later found out that the residents fled here during the Korean War. It was in the hillside and not to near the capital at that time ( kaésong )

We explored the city for a hour before going back. We saw the 144 steps to see stars and a swing.

If you see a white mark on the tree, it’s where the swing hits the tree. The bus Drivers were crazy and they went full speed down. We passed he At the hotel entrance, there was a booth where we got pork ! Ee went to a place that we saw while Cycling to the hotel . We got in queue, and we did not know it would take ~~25 mins. But the dinner was worth the wait. It was good! (and relaxing because the guy cooked for us) On the way back, we saw a convenience store and got my 2nd favourite ice cream. Back in the hotel we opened up the box and the ice cream, and enjoyed the happiness…My favourite ice cream! We finished the cycling, now on with the trains!

VIDEO LINK:

https://youtu.be/6jdfrpmFvC8

11 Ethan’s View*️⃣

We woke up happily and hit the road.

I changed into a higher gear and went speeding along past daddy. At one point, we found one of those light batons used by police.

I saw this sign , ancient tombs of Haman. What???????

Did Haman from the book of Esther in he bible die here? Well, Korea must have been a nice place for him …

Any way , we stamped our passports at the booth and cycled away.

This was the day where I took the GIF of the water . These types of bridges don’t exist in Singapore, the authorities would be afraid that somebody would fall over the bridge…

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We climbed a moderately steep hill and enjoyed the downhill Soon after .

We stopped by the side of a road to see a beautiful flowers 🌺 .

We passed by this beautiful cafe with a English speaking lady-Yay!

We sat in a rattan hammock and enjoyed the break .

We orders a matcha latte ,coffee, and what the lady called. A holey bread( I don’t know to spell it ) . It was good and we had fuelled up.

We hit the road again , little knowing that this would be the day where. we would cycle the most , (94km) . When we came up a small hill, we saw a small town and a restaurant where we had lunch . There was a old lady who ran the shop ,but she could not speak English . Thankfully she gave me a sample and it was great !

The dish came with rice cakes and fish slices and slightly Chili soup which I did not taste the Chili.

A private restaurant by the way…

After restaurant we went through this sleepy town and we saw a bicycle!

Now who’s pulling the trailer… We cycled further south and we saw a cat! We entered the city again with the big roads! Those giant roads …. The cycle path suddenly had like 10X of people more! Even though we were squeezed between the highway and the other roads , they used the Spaces wisely (unlike singapore) and it was quite nice . We were in the heart of Busan and oh , our ride was almost ending! We found our nice hotel and we could not find the entrance! We eventually found it and we were reavealed to a nice hotel! We settled in and cycled out to dinner to this place called OKKUDAK . I kept o getting confused with another matcha shop that we would later encounter called OSSSULOC . It was a great place !( both) and we got stuffed with their chicken . Below is the poster of the shop.

Can You Guess what we ate?

We finished dinner happily and we cycled back with lots of fried food. When we got back , I checked my phone and I saw a message about a new bus service that was very useful to me !

After that We finished up P2P and said goodnight .

Our trip is coming to a end ,or is it…

10 Ethan’s View

We left Daol Hotel and cycled down the nice path with the autumn leaves 🍁🍂 🍃 .

We cycled down this bridge and saw the view of the river.

Daddy had bought beef yesterday from the butcher and he had planned to cook some lunch. Splendid! But he forgot one thing… the wooden chopsticks ! Daddy located a CU nearby and we got the chopsticks and an ice cream! Daddy also spotted a fat kitty (above)

We cooked up beef and it was fantastic .

The spam went really well with it .This was where we cooked.

The place was nicer than daddy expected.I went really fast on this stretch.

After climbing a steep section of incline we reached a rest stop.walls of plants surrounded us.

Fun fact:Daddy dropped his phone there.

we saw what daddy said was a aqueduct.after entering a town, we saw a man laying down the things we always see at the side of the road.

after coming to town , daddy found out motel and we followed his maps. We saw a nicer and newer one next to it and settled with it. We saw a machine and was immediately satisfied. We checked in and settled down . After that , we went around for dinner . We saw a fried chicken shop and said no , but after going through almost every shop, we decided to go for a stew.

it was simple cheap and good. The people were (as always) Friendly.

I wanted to wear the bathrobe so I did . Daddy chipped in and we both wore it for P2P. But he did not wear it to sleep. Do you think he should have wore it? Answer in the comments section, aye or nay .

09 Ethan’s View

We woke up and left Ten Motel and we ate a mushroom soup we bought a few days ago and left.

On the way we passed this nice cosy cafe. We wanted to stop there but it was closed.

We cycled close through a building, through a amazing tunnel and out to this nice broad walk which led us to the next center and lunch. It was next to a bridge and a cafe which spelt cafe wrongly. We would see that cafe again in the city.

I had a bun and daddy bought a decent coffee at the nearby vending machine . We crossed the bridge after that and cycled to our next break.

On our break, we met a nice old man who does Long distance walking with his Wife . Wow!

After the break, we soon arrived at the next certification center . Daddy even made a video of it!

We found a CU and went on a budget and had instant udon with our apples! I made a cute apple picture. The top is Ethan(me) and the bottom is Daddy. CU is where we bought our udon and reminded me of the soups we have in 7-11 back at home!We had a scrumptious lunch and left the store.

We came across this switchback hill and conquered it step by step. We had a short break too. we passed through wildflowers and plantations to get to our final destination, Dalseong. Daddy actually wanted to go to the next town but I said no because I was getting tired and I made the right decision. Now I know it’s OK to say no.Our first thing we saw in Dalseong was a helicopter field .

The next thing we saw was a school , then a factory , then a Hyundai these site. Daddy said if I was at the school , and he worked in the factory, he could meet he for lunch!

“Hi sonny , you want to come over for lunch today?”

yes that would be great!”

Alright then , see you at Paris Baquette at 1pm”

Daddy saw something interesting up ahead and we went to take a look. It was a old house!

We ventured into town and it was really empty. It was easy to find our hotel and it looked new. The name of our hotel was called daol Hotel. It sounded like an Indian word!

The hotel looked pretty new. It was also unmanned at the hotel desk. At the hotel a vending machine replaced A person at the counter. One of the cleaning staff came out the ask us whether we wanted an overnight room. He told us that you could only get a overnight room after 6 PM. We said thank you and headed off to a Paris baguette that daddy found on Naver maps. We decided to hang out and kill time there till 6 o’clock. The Paris baguette was in the more residential areas and there was more food there. We decided to go there for a barbecue grill for dinner that night. At the Paris baguette , I had a jelly stick and a ice cream lolly. After that we cycled down to our hotel and got a cheap and good room. At the hotel we had a free coffee and they also provided us with instant noodles, A microwave and free water .

The hotel interior was beautiful . we found a room easily and entered

The room. I also did a video of the tour of the room.(not ready)

Daddy used Naver maps to find a nice grill with a free coffee machine. We had a piece of beef and pork which was excellent. After dinner we were stuffed and took a lazy ride back to the hotel. We washed up showered and did P2P and called it a day.

08 Ethan’s View

We woke up, packed up and ate a persimmon. We cycled back to the bridge where we branched off and continued down south to Busan. Along one bridge, we stopped to have a nutritious breakfast on a bridge .

Breakfast was Apple and seaweed.

Daddy Threw the appple seeds in the soil and I thought to tell daddy but I did not ” shall you ever see an Apple tree when you come back, know it was most likely grown by you.” We packed up and went to the stamp booth a few hundred metres away from where we ate breakfast#2 . After we stamped our booth, We enjoyed the scenery while Cycling There were lots of plants there growing too! I stopped because I was so tired climbing that slope!

This was one bridge we passed. Daddy loves taking selfies. That’s the close up view from the bridge . Another selfie daddy took.after a steep hill daddy helped me fix my derailer.

We passed many mountains that also looked like they were painted .

Daddy kept on telling me that I loved taking to myself.?Thats my way to pass the time.

We passed a river museum . The river must be very popular .

We went through a park and it was really nice. e planned to have beef today because Koreans love chicken and we hardly ate any other meat. We saw a few beef stores and even a goat bulgogi shop.

We finally settled with this beef shop.

I loved it, even though it was not really barbecue . It was kind of like a stew, which I also liked . The Flavour was like Japanese sukiyaki so it was familiar to me.

I looked up to see the group having barbecue beef! However we got this and it was very goodThis was me looking at the mountains.We also cycled some parts on the road, like this.Daddy even took a risk of taking a picture at the traffic lights.

We stopped at a CU store for a snack. CU is my favourite convenience store in Korea.

We found this matcha roll and we happily ate it .Daddy got a lotus tiramisu and I got a milk flavoured pororo drink.

We passed through a town called Gumi! Daddy loves taking photos of me taking a photo of something.We stopped for a milkshake at the Gumi Certification Center convenience store. It was so hot inside the store for the first time we sat outside.

This was a thumbnail (size) of a daddy selfie. We passed through a tunnel and came out to scenic views .

These selfies like the one shown below are ones you should really treasure. Daddy got many screen cracks from it.

This was a bus . It was supposed to be Bus 197 bus it was blanked out due to the camera in daddy’s phone.

We accidentally went on a detour and saw a mini library . Unfortunately it was locked.

We decided to press on to the further town, which daddy found a nice accommodation there .

we saw this very big e-scooter that would get somebody a big fine.

we cycled even during sunset and went to the next town .This was The beautiful sunset we encountered in our journey.

We arrived at a stamp booth and stamped our stamps there. two youths helped us take some pictures too!

I also noticed this booth had a door and a old map ! What a interesting booth.

it was even located in a building! We followed the cycle path to our next destination . We followed the highway there. At a point , daddy pointed to a bridge and told us that we are going to stop there. I was quite happy. What a day of Cycling! We turned off and nearly went the wrong way! We passed a few convenience stores and daddy navigated the back streets of the city to our motel. even though it had a corny name(Ten motel) we stayed at it. We found out for the first time that the fat strings that were hung up were actually automatic doors! It was so mesmerising! The layout was different and the reception was different. It was on the second floor(2F) . On 2F daddy used Google translate while I checked out the amenities!

  1. Free ice creams
  2. Free microwave
  3. Free coffee machine
  4. Free bottles of ice for your free drinks upstairs!

We went up to our room and it was fantastic! We would never Guess how much daddy would love this dinner tonight. We went on to the main road a stones throw away from our motel. There was a beef shop that made me hungry the second I came into 3 meters radius with it but daddy was searching for something else . Anyway, we had beef last night, right? We saw this popular shop and decided to take a peek. It’s menu showed pork. Daddy was like:”ok! This one ! It looks good!”And he chose it, just by the menu. Believe me , it was the The BEST dinner in Korea!

The best part was the rice cakes. Daddy loved pork after that. It looks good right?

Daddy also ordered a beer which he took it back to the hotel room to drink.

I also took a selfie of myself. We retreated to the hotel for ice creams and a nice hot shower. We did P2P ready for an upgrade? And we talked about…yes…How babies are made. We finished it then daddy went to pack up while I heard a peek of the girls session. In the end we went to bed and had a goodnights rest and prepared for tomorrow’s Cycling as shown below.

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