finally, we have arrived!@Nogodan church, Mt Jiri, Gurye

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From Yeoju, it took us another whopping 4 hours bus ride to Gurye where Nogodan church was located. The journey was quite tiring for with our bodies, with the constant adjustment to the freezing cold weather outside and the overly heated temperature inside.

After several on and off naps, and a few head bangs on the side window, we finally arrived! …at the dinner place, not far off from church.

As I stepped outta the bus…shaves of white ice and some hardened blocks of ice were seen on the ground and pavements. Whee! Even though I didn’t get the chance to see snow falling from the sky, but at least I got to touch them from the ground.

Our meal was at a restaurant located at a rest area, chicken chop! Yums! Loved the sauce and salad. The trip also brought great physical blessings to the restaurant owners here. The place was packed by PKJI overseas congregation members.

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Once we finished our dinner, we hopped on the bus for another 10-15minutes ride and we were finally here!

Nogodan church, was formerly a hotel but now converted into a place of worship for those who love the Word of God.

It was beautiful, beyond words. The ground floor cafe was surrounded by giant, brightly lited white chandeliers, bulbs individually polished clean by he church members. Amazing! Wood carved chairs and tables of different shapes and sizes were displayed and used at the fellowship area. Before you walk in, you can see a beautiful rack of all the books written by our beloved Sr. Pastor Rev. Abraham Park, the books that made my heart break down to open and receive Christ.

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The sanctuary was beautiful. Wooden benches for the congregation to sit in at services and for prayers.

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It was pretty awesome that the local church members prepared a lot of refreshments and eg: coffee, cookies, drinks, fruits for supper/tea, and you can have that at every floor!

They really put their heart on to preparing for guests, even the fruits were nicely cut and placed inside plastic cups. It was a way also to teach us how we shall serve to guests in future when they visit The Lord’s Covenant Church!

After supper, we headed back to the dorm and rested. Early morning lectures tomorrow!

A must-have buttery crunchy experience@Paul & Paulina 폴앤폴리나, Seoul

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I always try to never miss the chance of dropping by at Paul & Paulina Bakery,폴앤폴리나 I am in Seoul. My first experience of it was at Hongik, at the top slope up the hill from the women’s university. The pungent whiff of buttery aroma reached me nose even from below. I could not erase the euphoric moment of landing my first bite upon the crunchy buttery, fluffy layers of the croissants.

I loved the fact how the staff gave immense amount of free samples to the queuing patrons outside and that method really worked as everyone was super gluttony and greedy by the time their turn came and they would buy just about everything that was sampled to them.

I was so thrilled to know they opened the second branch just nearby Namusairo. Wow, killed 3 birds with one mouth! Teeheehee.

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I’ve tried many, many, many croissants, even the ones in the famed Paris. Surprisingly, the best croissant for me is the one that comes from Seoul, Paul & Paulina. Crossing even above Tiong Bahru Bakery, in Singapore.

I sat just at road side on those brick layered plants and happily devoured every buttery bit of this out-of-the-world croissant!

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Of course, not forgetting the chocolate croissants. Photos really can’t filly justify how awesome these pastries were. Can you see each nicely baked layers of the fluffy, yet crunchy buttery deliciousness?

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The chocolates they used were good quality bitter sweet chocolates, evelating its quality to a whole new level. Once your teeth sinks in, those warm melted chocolate just burst inside your mouth. I’ve became a die hard fan of P&P every since my love at first bite in Hongik.

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After a fulfilling croissant eating escapade, we walked around the touristy filled palace surroundings and they were all brightly lited with these purple pink blossoming beauties!

Paul & Paulina 폴앤폴리나 , I’ll see you soon at winter! Sends exciting thrilling shivers down my spine just imagining myself eating the perfectly baked warm buttery croissants below zero degrees temperature. 🙂

It is also listed in CNN’s as top 7 best bakeries in Seoul. You can read more at this link: http://travel.cnn.com/seoul/eat/seouls-7-best-french-bakeries-883832/

I can’t find the exact address of Paul & Paulina’s branch at Gwanghwamun, but it is just within walking distance from Namusairo. Just ask around after a good cuppa there, and you’ll be there enjoying the buttery greatness in no time!

Address below is for the original branch at Hongik :
Paul & Paulina (폴앤폴리나)
마포구 서교동 344-6
344-6 Seogyo-dong Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea