2015 Korea Trip – Part 2

When it comes to travelling, I’m no expert on the subject. Sure, I’ve been around to some places so tips and recommendations, I can do but I have no sense of direction and I’d get lost just going home, so backpacking on my own is a huge NO for me. But you know, getting lost is part of the adventure! At the end, you can just take a cab going back to your hotel/hostel/house (If you absolutely have to). We found ourselves getting lost from time to time in Korea, so google maps was our best friend during our stay there!

There was one night, we got lost in Hongdae cause we decided to take a stroll around at night, we ended up walking so far and we were so busy talking that we didn’t know where we were walking to! SMART! I know. But it was fun even though our feet hurt like hell when we got back to our hostel.

During our stay in Korea, we’ve had our fair share of setbacks. Like visiting a place to find out that they were closed for the day. CLOSED! We didn’t anticipate it cause they were all tourist spots. I’M TALKING TO YOU HANOK VILLAGE AND K-LIVE!! (huge sigh)

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And don’t get me started on the Seoul City Wall. LOL – It wasn’t closed but it was definitely confusing and we didn’t stay long due to the call of nature! Haha!

We also went to the Dongdaemun Design Plaza! There you’ll see different structures and a field of LED roses. It’s really beautiful at night. We hung out at some café just to wait for night fall so we can enjoy the view.

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Oh! I also finally got to visit a DOG CAFÉ! Yey! I wanted to visit a dog café the first time round but the people that I was with were no fun. The dogs were so cute and energetic! They were even able to train one of them to collect menus and bring it back to the counter! It was cool. Sad, I didn’t have a photo of that dog.

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You can also check out the Seoul Tower. It’s one of the most recommended tourist spots but be prepared to be in lovey dovey land cause most of the locals go there to date and what not because I have to say, the sight is beautiful. Also, if you’re afraid of heights.. Well.. Man up! It’s a must-see and must-experience — LOL. It’s also famous for it’s wall filled with locks “Locks of Love”. If you plan on adding your own locks, come prepared because they sell locks for about 4-5$. Oh! Plus, they also added tiles to the mix. Inside the souvenir shop, you can buy a tile and dedicate it to your significant other.  BUT, oh my friends, sadly, THE TEDDY BEAR MUSEUM CLOSED DOWN. 😦 I was so excited to go for another round but alas, it’s gone.

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There’s a lesson to be learned here.

  1. Always check the schedules of the place you plan to visit.
  2. Download a subway map of Korea on your phone (Taking the subway is way cheaper than a taxi)
  3. Have a back-up plan just in case.
  4. Always bring a portable charger because you’ll be using your phone a lot.

Well, I hope you guys learned from my mistakes. I have a part 3 and that’s the K-POP stuff, so if you’re into it.. Stay tuned! 🙂

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2015 Korea Trip – Part 1

This is such a late post! So I had the pleasure of returning to Korea last November 2015! It was definitely better than the last. Yes, this was my second time visiting Korea. Thankfully, I had amazing company.  My mom and friend were both cool with the plans, some didn’t go quite smoothly but what does really? No matter how much you plan your vacay, there’ll always be one or two things that would go wrong.

First on our list for day 1 was to visit the Trick Eye Museum in Hongdae. We had a solid 2 hours going around, taking pictures and playing around.

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After, we had lunch at Myeongdong where we tried their street food. YAAAAAS! Their street food tastes awesome! My mom went nuts for them. She kept buying whatever street food that looks good! We did a little bit of shopping as well. If you’re the type that love Korean skin care, it was like Christmas cause most of the Korean brands were on sale when we were there. I’m not one to binge shop skin care products but believe me, I wanted to.

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While we were there, we also met up with my bestfriend’s mom and her friend. We hung out until such time that they had to leave. Then we went around some more. It’s like in every street you’ll see skin care and makeup brands! But we just went to one side of Myeongdong. There are other streets that you can visit where they sell clothes and music. We just stayed in one place cause it was near the Nanta theater cause we had tickets to see the 7PM show.

NANTA IS A MUST-SEE GUYS!

Notice the the caps lock, bold, and underlined phrase. Haha! It’s one of the funniest comedy show, I’ve ever seen. You don’t have to understand Korean to see this show. It’s a playful mix of cooking (duh!), comedy, romance and audience participation. I absolutely love it!

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So this is just part 1 of our 2015 Korea trip! Stay tuned for part 2!

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Family Reunion!

This is such a late post but I’ll post it anyway. 😀
Better late than never, right?

So.. I just came back from Las Vegas last Jan. 6! (Really late post — who’s a lazy blogger? Lol)

I had the pleasure of meeting up with my cousins, aunts and uncles after being apart for years, even decades!

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We are definitely a big ass family. The picture above displays almost all (just those who could come) the members of my family in my MOM’S side! Yes, that’s just my mom’s side. I was so thrilled to see everybody and catch up! Although, I sort of forgot some of their names (I’m so sorry >.<) but not their faces. I’d be like “Hi! …Auntie!!!” then give a kiss and a hug 🙂

I love how almost every night, we’d have a full course dinner at someone’s house (mainly my relatives that actually live in Vegas) – they’d host home cooked dinners with different themes and I absolutely loved the Salmon! It was of course a bit awkward for me at first to warm up to some people since I haven’t seen some of them in AGES! But that quickly disappeared cause despite the time apart, it felt like we just saw each other the other day.

I miss them already T___T I wanna go back! Rawr!

I never got to see Ryan Higa as well :”> (Teehee) That’s a must when I return. LOL

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Travel Bug

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So my cousins from Las Vegas came to visit! They had a jam packed tour around the Philippines. Unfortunately, the young ones were sick of it and complaining about mostly wasting their vacation at the airport or in a car! Because it was so jam packed, they weren’t able to enjoy the places they visited. I’ve had my fair share of travelling and I just want to impart some knowledge especially to those who are first timers. 

 

First things first, RESEARCH! You can never get enough information about a country. Their religion, news, weather, etc.. You can ask a friend about their experiences and the places he/she went to. It’s always good to hear first hand experiences. With this, you know what to prepare for. Especially check out the weather in some places because it can get really cold and you don’t wanna be thinking “OMG I should have brought a thicker sweater.” — trust me, it ain’t a good feeling to be freezing and shivering from the cold.

 

Second would be to check out the places you want to visit when you’re in that certain country. Let’s face it, package tours are nice but they can be pricey as well and they don’t always bring you to the place you want to go. 

 

Third, always pack light. Make some room for shopping cause you know us Filipinos.. We always want to bring back a lil something for our loved ones left in the Philippines. I admit it, I love bringing back stuff since I’m an impulse shopper, especially when things are on sale. I just love it!

 

Fourth, map everything out! Remember when I mentioned that you might want to visit the places yourself? Well, if you decide to skip on the package tours, it would be best to research and map out the places you want to visit. It would be a huge waste of time if you’d be going back and forth and getting lost along the way.

 

Fifth, pack a lot of cash! You can never have too much. Since you have to worry about your food, accommodation, transportation, and of course some extra shopping money. It’s better to have some than being stuck in the middle of nowhere with no cash and no way to get back to your hotel. 

 

Lastly, ENJOY! 🙂

If you’re not a frequent flyer, it’d be such a waste if you don’t soak up as much as you can. Are you visiting for the beaches? Then go to every beach you could find (just make sure you have a lot of time).

 

Well… These are just some thoughts of mine. I’m not telling you to follow my every word. Also, it’s way better to experience everything yourself. 😀

 

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