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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Sugbo | 2016

Titas of Bacolod go on a trip.

We were thinking of going out of the country this year but since election period is nearing, some of us (that’s you and me, Mika) have to stay put. This was initially supposed to be a Vigan trip, I’m not really sure how we ended deciding on Cebu. Two were flying in from Manila and the rest of us hitched a ride with Aissa’s brother to Cebu. We left round 1AM because we took long at McDonald’s. When we arrived at San Carlos City, we missed the 3AM trip. Rode the 5AM and docked at Toledo port round 7AM I think.


From Toledo, it normally takes an hour and a half to Cebu (via SRP) but everyone decided to pass by Simala first. The Marian Shrine they say is miraculous, people flocking the place to ask for intercession. When we got in, my first impression was wow, this is some theme park. People were swarming. I felt like the essence of the place was lost because it somehow became a tourist spot.

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But anyway, I lit my candles and said my prayers. I thanked God for a safe trip and wonderful weather.

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As we were about to leave, we found out that these two got engaged. Somewhere between the bustling of people, wiping statues and lighting candles, he popped the question and we saw her jump hug him. Congratulations Manong Jun and Tin!

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Saw this yellow moth at the banyo. Luck? Sign?

Arrived in Cebu quarter past 12, I think. Had lunch and got drunk on coffee. At this point, I haven’t had any sleep.

When those from Manila arrived, we went to Ayala to do some shopping of course. It was just right across the hotel we were staying at, how convenient.

After shopping, we had dinner at Brique,

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and vino at Maya.

Aissa wanted to go clubbing (hahaha I’m not kidding) but the rest of us titas just wanted to chill. This was at Crossroads. Last time I was there, Vudu still existed (lol). So long ago.

Beach please.

When we decided with Cebu for this year, we planned to just go to the beach. When February neared, we found out that there was a long weekend so we grabbed that so for those of us working won’t be filing leaves anymore. First place we checked was Shangri-la but it was fully booked, so was Bluewater, because well the long weekend was Chinese New Year. Most of the hotels were full so we opted to stay in Cebu then a day trip to Mactan. Checked and decided on Movenpick since their day pass was cheaper compared to Shangri-la (add about 2,000 and you already get a room).

Movenpick Hotel, Mactan Island Cebu 
Day Pass: P2,500 – beach, pool, game room, lunch buffet and ice cream

Place is nice, beach is small though. Weather was perrrrrfect.

They accommodate a maximum of 100 people per day for the day tours and we were lucky enough to have availed since they did not accept reservations for walk-ins and when we called earlier, they only had 5 slots left. We arrived round 11AM and welcomed ourselves with ice cold beer.


Somewhere in this parallel universe, sunlit skin and names in grains.


Story of the fortune cookie

We were finishing lunch and I noticed Guada had a fortune cookie. So I got up and got one. When I opened it, it was empty, no fortune paper inside, whatever that is called. So I went to get another one and when I opened it, it still had nothing in it! Guada got up and got herself another one just to check if it would also be empty but when she opened it, it had paper in it. So I went the last time and got another random fortune cookie. This would be my third cookie. And when I opened it, it had this.

How weird that all three would be in the last cookie I randomly get. Oh and unlimited mimosas.

We stayed until sunset and went back to the hotel when the beer and mimosas were starting to kick in.




Went to Rico’s for dinner but they ran out of lechon so we went to Zubuchon instead in Escario. Hit the Casino after and it was so full! All those people (including us) trying to get lucky because it’s Chinese New Year. Did a few slots and had a beer at the bar.

Homebound.

Before heading to the port, we passed by S&R to buy some junk to bring home (lol). Lunched at Bigby’s because everyone was missing it. All its branches in Bacolod has closed.

And another fortune cookie. Feels of the moment.

Arrived in Toledo and what’s new, we missed the 4PM trip. Killed time at McDonald’s and took the 6PM home.

Half a face because I’m all red and sunburnt.

Sugbo, bye for now.

xx

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Happy Hearts | 2015

So every February, me and my friends agree to go to some random place together, either just here or out of the country. Haven’t joined them since forever but was fortunate enough to tag along this year.

This year they decided on Baguio.

Took the last flight out to Manila.

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Took the 3AM bus to Baguio.

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We made it to Baguio in less than 6 hours.

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Day 1

Caught up on some zzzs and had lunch at Cafe by the Ruins. They serve organic food and beverages. No junk here.

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We then went to see the Philippine Military Academy. Just so we get to see it I guess especially for the first timers (haha).

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Flowers were just sprouting all over. Lots of pretty.

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We had hot chocolate in the afternoon at Choco-Late de Batirol at Camp John Hay. Temperature went as low as 17C. Must try the traditional blend Chocolate de batirol, bibingka and turon de langka.

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Dinner at the Forest House. Loved their chicken skin!

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Day 2

Good morning! It’s Valentine’s day! ❤️

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Started the day lining up at Good Shepherd. Must try their ube jam, strawberry jelly and chocolate crinkles.

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Had our lunch at Pizza Volante and went to the market after to buy pashmina shawls and blankets.

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We also went strolling at Burnham park and munched on a lot of street food. It’s Panagbenga festival the whole month of February so the park was full of floral displays.

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We also had our picture taken with Doglas, the largest St. Bernard in Baguio (so they claim).

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Went to the spa and had our Valentine’s dinner after at Mario’s. Food is really good. Going to the spa was interesting too (haha).

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They also had this treat for the ladies.

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And to sum it all up, s’mores by the fireplace.

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My Valentine’s dates 😘

Day 3

Pack up to go back to Manila.

Strawberries sell at Php150.00 per box!

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Last stop…

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Time to get lucky!

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Day 4

Went shopping and had dinner with my loves at Clawdaddy before flying home to Bacolod the next day.

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I may not be lucky in the romance department but I am very much fortunate with family and friends. I did not receive flowers or chocolates or whatever on Valentine’s day and it’s okay. This is enough, they are enough.

Until the next February adventure!

xx

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Additional bonus: Talked with my kids (via Viber) and they showed me their grades. I was one happy Momma. This has been the best Valentine’s treat I’ve had in years. Thank you God!

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