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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

WiFi Korea - Pocket WiFi Rental in South Korea

I started doing my research when my guests requested for the best way to get connected in their trip in South Korea. There were so many options ranging from very cheap to very expensive and from very limited connection and to very reliable ones (but expensive!).

Those options:
  1. Buying an international prepaid calling card where you need a Korean line (mobile/landline/public phone) - very cheap with long call hours but no data usage
  2. Buying a Korean sim card + data but using your own smart phone - cheaper but still expensive
  3. Korea Phone rental + call + data - very expensive
  4. Renting a WiFi router - a brilliant option since you can also make calls from Viber, KakaoTalk or Skype but this will go down to the WiFi router's performance or connection
And then... I stumbled upon WiFi Korea website. They have the cheapest WiFi rental options!  

Side by side comparison:

WiFi Korea rentals - Deposit is USD100, rental per day from USD2.99 ~ 3.99 

WiFi Airport rentals - Deposit is from USD150 ~ 400, rental per day from USD5.00 ~ 10.00

The only hiccup is that they don't have a counter at Incheon or Gimpo Airport. However, that is countered by an online reservation instead which significantly cut down the cost.

You may do an online reservation on WiFi Korea website and get all your kit (as in the picture above) right on your doorstep when you reached your boarding ie. hotel or guesthouse with a very minimal service fee. No hassle, right?

The WiFi-Korea plans offered are:
  1. Everywhere Speed Pack - as the name says itself; you can get connected everywhere in Korea
  2. Urban Data Pack - get connected in most of the cities area and Jeju Island 

I had the opportunity to use both WiFi plans:
  1. Everywhere Speed Pack (ESP) - for a month
  2. Urban Data Pack (UDP) - for a day 

Both routers have long battery hours about 9 to 10 hours per day and you may connect to maximum 5 devices but the stark difference was when I entered a building or a passage underground - Urban Data Pack will get disconnected or poor reception.

The black - WiBro / UDP
The red - LTE / ESP

That explains the communication systems used behind the two. ESP used LTE - Long Term Evolution or 4G LTE while UDP used WiBro (Wireless Broadband or WiMax). However it still boils down to: 

"Neither technology is expected to replace Wi-Fi home networks and hotspots. For consumers, then, the choice between LTE and WiMax comes down to which services are available in their region and offer better speed and reliability." - by

You must remind yourself that the plans are used when you are on the move but when you want to do the heavy lifting jobs like uploading huge size videos or downloading movies; stick to your home or hotel's networks.

L-R: Josh and James.

By the way, I am very honored to be able to meet some of the people behind WiFi Korea personally - James and Josh. They are very young, skillful and equipped. Coming from various expertise in the industry, the team are still expanding and so is their business with a very clear vision and goal.

Get your fingers going to WiFi Korea website and remember to choose: Budget Travel 2 Korea to get your discount now! ^^

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Halal Burger and Pizza at Itaewon

Thanks to Syahidah; a Malaysian student in Korea whom I met in Salam Nuri in January 2014 for telling me about PB+ Pizza and Burger.

The first thing she told me "Sis, there is a new halal burger restaurant and the burger is only about 2,000 won in Itaewon!!" OMG! That's dirt cheap!

But........I just had three huge meal in the span of 4 hours that I refused to make myself a gluton! 

Mr Saddam (right in front - left), Feia, me and the rest of the Malaysians.

Note: Thanks to Mr Saddam - the owner of Korea Muslim Travel for footing the bill! May Allah provides more sustenance for him and make him among the people who is nearer to Allah. Amin.

Now in mid March, finally I could get hold of the burgers. Yummy! I am not really a fan of fast food like McDonalds and the equivalent but sometimes it is okay for me to indulge. 

Seriously, there is nothing fast about PB+ Pizza and Burger Joint. I still consider them as slow food. Why? The chef will only make the patty right after you make your order! Don't expect that you will get your burger as fast as in Lotteria or McDonalds. IMO, I feel the freshness of the patty because of that. 

The owner comes from Iran and he speaks fluent Korean and English. No problem at all in ordering your burger or pizza. I have yet to try their pizza though. 

Our Verdict

From L to R (upper) - Egg beef slice burger, Special beef slice burger
From L to R (bottom) - Chicken cheese burger, Shrimp cheese burger

Must try! The burgers just melt in your mouth. I seriously recommend to eat the burgers at the restaurant itself rather than take-out. So far I have eaten - triple layer beef burger, chicken burger and shrimp burger. 

I love triple layer beef burger the most, just because the beef patty tasted like real beef...hehehe. Heavenly delicious. Surprisingly, the burgers are still delicious even if you eat sin ketchup or the chili sauce provided. 

We love this restaurant so much that we had our dinner twice on two consecutive days! Plus...on both days we met many Malaysians...yeah!

A la carte meal starts from 2,500 won for burgers 
Set meal starts from 4,000 won for burgers
Pizza starts from 6,000 won for the small size

The soda drinks are refillable.

Our recommendation
You should try any beef burger in the menu! 

Our wish
They should have fried chicken. I am fine with them not having one but Feia likes fried chicken! Hahaha..

Contact details
Address: 서울 특별시 용산구 이태원동 18-27번지 (Seoul, Yongsan-gu, Itaewon-dong, 18-27)
Phone number: 02- 7904883 / 070-42035455

Opening time
From 11 am to 10 pm
Except for Friday starts after Friday prayer (2pm or 3pm)

How to go to PB+ Pizza and Burger restaurant?

Go to Itaewon Station, Line 6, Exit 3. Walk straight until you find Mr Kebab and then turn right. Walk up the hill until you find a T junction but don't stop, just walk straight until you find the restaurant on your right. PB+ Pizza and Burger restaurant is right in front of BoKwang Primary School. 

Walking distance is about 380 meters for 6~10 minutes.

Check the map below:

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