Seoulsearching | 2017

Me and my crazies off to Seoulsearch!

But first… Brunch.

coffee

Off we go!

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One hour difference from PH, we arrived round 8PM-ish Korean time.

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1.5 hours from Incheon airport to our hotel. We stayed at Ramada Hotel in Dongdaemun and was greeted with -2C weather.

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Ate at Two Two Chicken near our place and off to a midnight hunt for bingsu. Unfortunately, to no avail.

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Check out their “paper” cups.

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It was a white and cold Valentine’s day ♥

Nami Island

Say hi to our Korean friend John lol.

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Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort

So fun sledding with kids (hahaha)

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Goldfish

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We booked a tour for Nami Island and the ski resort, can’t remember how much it costs but more or less it was almost Php4,000.

Bingsu search over!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Myeongdong

Shopping capital but Korea isn’t cheap. It’s nice that the subway station is very accessible where we’re staying.

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Let’s shop!

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Can’t escape these people

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Namsan Seoul Tower

Got lost going here (haha). Tallest tower in Seoul with a spectacular view. Cable car costs 8,000KRW and entrance to the tower is 12,000KRW.

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Gyeongbokgung Palace

But first, coffee.

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No drink, no upstairs.

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A must see when you go to South Korea, this is, they say, the most beautiful and the largest royal palace situated in the northern part of Seoul. It also houses the  National Palace Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum within the premises. Entrance fee is 8,500KRW.

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How their subway stations look like.

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After roaming around the palace, we went back to Myeongdong to lunch on some crazy ribs

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and street food!

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Went to Lotte Mart to buy some pasalubongs

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and strolled around the History and Culture Park a block away from our hotel.

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Who said we’re tired?

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Our last night with some ice cream and strawberries.

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Our flight the next day was 9PM so lazed around til check-out, had bacon burger, fries and chicken for lunch (away from all the kimchi), bought make-up and headed to the airport.

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Chance passenger for the 4:20a flight to Bacolod and they give me this seat. Awesome!

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No dull moments with my crazies, til the next Feb adventure!

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Photo credits: Aissa, Guada, Inna

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Where are you now?

Moalboal, Cebu

They say that one of the things you need to do before settling down is travel with your best friends. Well, none of us are settling down (me is a totally different story), we just like doing stuff and going places together, that’s all there is to it. Seascape before summer ends and getting that much needed vacation.

Jobelle, Joyce and Reggie were coming from Manila and taking the last flight to Cebu so me, to avoid waiting for them for too long, took the bus since most of the flights from Bacolod going to Cebu are really early. WRONG MOVE.

Weather was crazy and I swear, I’m never taking the bus again! It took almost 9 hours to get to Cebu! My ass and back was literally hurting from all the sitting.

So anyways, I hanged with my friends who’re in the city while waiting, did some catching up and grabbed me a few beers. Manila flight arrived round 3am (last flight from Manila is 11pm so they were supposed to arrive a little past midnight), I met Jobelle, Joyce and Reg at the airport and we left to go straight to Moalboal. Passed out the moment I got in the car. I think I must’ve been awake for almost 24 hours, don’t ask me why.

Day 1

We stayed at Blue Orchid Resort. The place is really nice with really friendly and accommodating staff.

While me and Jobelle were passed out, Joyce and Reg did some sick drone action. The things you do when jet lagged (lol). All things pretty.

Some sun finally!

Rented a boat in the afternoon and went on to search for Dory. Brought with us some cold beer too. The boat life, the good life.

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We got back to the resort at just around sunset, chilled by the beach and just enjoyed the scene.

Day 2

Joyce and Reg went to see the Whale Sharks in Oslob and left really early while me and Jobelle just hanged by the beach.

When they got back, we went on to do something new: Intro Dive. The things Jobelle make me do.

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Steve, the dive instructor, actually gave us a booklet about diving the previous day which we were supposed to read and answer in advance. Lazy me only got to read it that morning and found it quite confusing. Having to go through all those underwater signs and stuff made me anxious, I wanted out. But when he taught us the basics, it was rather easy. I just did not like all the stuff hanging on my back though. I had to like carry 25 kilos to the shore.

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Down we go…

Then this.

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It was totally different from what you see when snorkeling, this — you get to see super up close. Quite an experience! Felt like singing the little mermaid song. Thanks Steve!

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After dive happy hour!

Kiss from a sea hare. Bill said it squirts beautiful purple ink as defense if it feels like it’s being attacked. Hmmm…how to make it squirt.

Then this amazing sunset. Makes you just want to ditch life and get lost.

Decided to have dinner outside the resort so we took a pedicab to Panagsama. It was rather far.

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It was a strip of food stores and bars. The most popular one being Chili’s. But it was really crowded so we ate at the resto right beside it. I forgot the name of the place but it was empty so we had it all to ourselves, the food was really good, super busog! And the music from Chili’s was loud enough that we could sing and dance to it.

Day 3

Wouldn’t mind waking up to this every day. But then all things must come to an end. Jobelle, Joyce and Reg will be going to Boracay and Palawan after here. If I extend, I might not have a job waiting for me when I get home (haha).

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Went back to Cebu round 1pm, stopped by Carcar to buy some chicharon and checked in at Allure Hotel; went to Ayala to buy some drone batteries and hung out at John’s vape shop. It’s just opened recently, bout 3 weeks ago. Rcos Vape Shop. It’s at I3, where Bean Leaf used to be.

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Grabbed us some dinner at Sugbo Mercado. Lechon, Scallops, Siomai and Tipsy Pops!

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Slow night, no alcohol, just vape and lotsa laughs in between.

And yeah, I took the plane home. I didn’t care that I had to wake up really early to catch the first flight as long as I am not taking the bus.

That’s the majestic Mount Kanlaon, still spewing smoke and ash. Can’t wait for it to calm down so I could climb up this baby.

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Belle, Joyce, Reg, thanks for having me guys! It was awesome!

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Oh, we didn’t buy Bill beer. We have to go back.

 

Photo credits:

Joyce Ubas, Reginald Addae, Jobelle Nepomuceno

 

xx

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