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How to Get to Korea’s Top Tourist Destinations and Drama Filming Locations

Anneyeong haseyo!

Presenting my detailed itinerary of Korea’s iconic tourist spots and your all time favorite Korean drama locations!

I’m in love! Why?

Korea’s subway is so efficient that traveling is so less stressful and one other best thing about South Korean subway station is that directions to major tourist attractions are seen in the guide maps all over the station exits so finding it is easy.

So here are the subways station guide and detailed directions to my itinerary which I used for Korea.

1. Insadong is known for traditional Korean items and Korean pop merchandise. Score items for as low as 10,000 won and that’s a full year calendar of your favorite actor!

Our day ONE is more of walking. We only took the TRAIN once to Anguk station and walked from there to different location of our Day 1 itinerary. 

Subway: Anguk station

Directions: When you exit the station, you’ll see Insadong immediately.

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2. Bukchon Hanok Village is the filming location of Personal Taste and Hearstrings. The place is full of traditional houses but do take note that people actually live inside so bring quiet is needed.

Subway: Anguk station

Directions: From Anguk station, walk to the main intersection (you’ll know it is the main intersection since there are stoplights), cross the street to the other side and walk straight.

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Lee Min Ho is Personal Taste.
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That’s me outside his house!!! #kilig

3. Gyeongbukgong is one of the famous palaces in Korea and Cheo Wa Dae is Prime Minister’s house. You can’t go inside the actual house but there is a designated photo zone.

Korean dramas such as Chicago Typewriter and Goblin filmed some scenes here. For Goblin, the scene where they exited after the 1st visit in Canada was Gyeongbukgung Palace.

Disclaimer: My friend and I walked from Bukchon Hanok Village to the Gyeongbukgung (back exit). In my previous blog post HERE, an old lady helped us go there. From there, we just asked around.

Subway: Anguk station

Directions: Both places are of walking distance from the Anguk station

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That’s me in the main entrance
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Cheo Wa Dae photozone

4. Gwanghamun square is where you can see Admiral Lee Soon Shin – KDrama location. Korean dramas like Manhole shot their teaser here.

Directions: From the Gyeongbukgung palace, just walk right across and you’ll see Gwanghamun square

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They shot the scene (in the picture above) right behind me

5. Cheonggyecheon stream is also another Korean drama location. A lot of Korean drama were filmed here but Chicago Typewriter has one famous scene here.

Directions: Walking distance from Gwanghamun Square. Just go straight about 2 blocks away.

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6. The Deoksugung palace and Stone wall is the famous Korean drama location for hit drama Goblin. It took us a lot of time to look for the actual wall which is under construction but it was definitely work it!

This is the exact wall where Goblin met the Grim Reaper while he is inside his tea room and Goblin just passed by the area.

Directions: Just cross the street from Cheonggyecheon stream to Deoksugung Palace

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7. Seoul Museum of Art which is near the Deoksugung Palace is also a filming location for Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. We didn’t know at first and when my friend realized it, we took photos immediately!

Directions: While walking for the Deoksugung Stone Wall, you’ll see the red flower. That is the exact spot for the drama location.

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8. Seoul City Hall is the governmental building of the Seoul Metropolitan Government.

Directions: Just right across the Deoksugung palace

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9. Shinsegae mall is one of Kore’a biggest malls. Legend of the Blue Sea filmed some scenes around the main because Jun Ji Hyun is their mall endorser

Directions: From Seoul City hall, just walk straight to Myeongdong and you’ll see Shinsegae mall.

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10. Nami Island, Petite France and Garden of the Morning Calm are the top tourist destinations in Gapyeong. Nami Island is the filming location for Winter Sonata. Petite France is the cute and instagramworthy location of My Love from the Star and Garden of the Morning Calm’s popularity skyrocketed after hit drama Love in the Moonlight shot some scenes there.

Subway: Gapyeong Station

Directions: Take the shuttle bus upon exit from the station. Fare at 6,000 won which will take you to Petite France and Garden of the Morning Calm.

TIP: Keep your ticket because you’ll show that to the driver everytime you ride the bus. There is also a bus schedule in every stop so make sure to check it out. 

NAMI ISLAND

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PETITE FRANCE

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GARDEN OF THE MORNING CALM

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11. Plate B walnut restaurant is the cafe where they shot Strong Woman Do Bong Soon. If you watched the drama, you’ll know this is the cafe owned by the family of Bong Soon.

Subway: Sookmyung Women’s University, Exit 2 or 3

Directions: Just walk straight until you see Huam-dong Woori bank bus stop

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12. Myeongdong cathedral is the birthplace of Roman Catholicism in Seoul. They have masses in English at 9am for those who want to attend 🙂

Subway: Myeongdong station

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13. Yongdap pedestrian is the filming location of Goblin. This is the bridge where Sunny and Grim Reaper always meet.

Subway: Yongdap station

Directions: When you exit the station, you’ll see it right away.

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14. Gwangjang market is Korea’ first market. It is known as a tourist destination because of the affordable prices of authentic Korean food in the area.

Subway: Jongno 5 station

Directions: Just walk straight till you see the market.

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15. Jogyesa temple is the center of Korean Buddhism. The temple boats the religion widely. 

Subway: Anguk station

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16. Dongnimmun is a memorial gate in Seoul. Famous for its European structure, it is also known as the Independence Gate.

Station: Dongnimmun Station

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17. Sinchon Graffiti tunnel is a Goblin drama location and now current KDrama – Manhole is filming there. If you remember the scene where Grim Reaper and Goblin bought onions, this is the place where they shot the drama scene.

Subway: Sinchon station

Directions: When you exit the station, go down the stairs and turn left. Go down the stairs and you’ll see the tunnel

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18. Ewha Women’s University is a private women’s university in Seoul. The area surrounding Ewha offers cheap clothes fit the the student’s budget. Streetfood is also cheap in the area.

Subway: Ewha Women’s University station

Directions: From the graffiti tunnel, go back to the Sinchon station, go down the other side of the station and walk straight. You’ll see it after a couple of blocks.

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19. Han River and I SEOUL YOU

Subway: Yeouinaru station

Directions: Upon exit in the station, you’ll see it right away.

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20. Everland theme park

Subway: Jeondae Everland station.

Directions: Ride their shuttle bus going to the theme park.

TIP: You can also hop on a bus in Gangnam station in front of Giordano.
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21. Dalkomm Prugio is the filming location for the Korean mega hit drama Descendants of the Sun. The first episode coffee scene with Big Boss and and Wolf was filmed here.

Subway: Jeongja Station

Directions: This one is tricky. My recommendation is to follow the direction I used. When you exit the station, walk straight. On the 2nd block turn left and then when you see the end of the street, turn right. Walk straight and when you see the main road then make a left. About 10 minutes of walking and you’ll see Dalkomm Prugio. It is a big building and Dalkomm is very near main road.

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22. COEX and SM Town is the agency for SM artists like Girls Generation and Shinee. The building comprises of a coffee shop and a souvenir shop where you can buy Kpop merchandise.

Subway: Samseong station

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23. Starfield Library (right beside SM Town)

Subway: Samseong station

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24. Blossom Entertainment is the agency of Song Joong Ki

Subway: Gangnam-gu Office Station, Exit 3

Directions: The blogger who gave us directions is insane. He gave us complicated directions. This one is accurate. Upon exit of the station, turn right and go straight. You’ll see Tom and Toms and Pascussi. It is a smal building beside it. Name of the building is UNO building.

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25. Digital media city is a cutting edge media cluster. Inside it, you’ll see offices of Korea’s top 3 media companies – KBS, MBC and SBS. Star Park is also inside where you’ll see the hands of famous Korean stars. 

My recommendation is to visit MBC. They have a good exhibit of their TV shows. 

Subway: Digital Media City station

Directions: Upon exit of the station, just walk straight then in the end of the road, make a right. You’ll see Digital Media City inside.

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26. Heo Joon Jae house in Legend of the Blue Sea is actually an art museum. This is the exterior used as Heo Joon Jae’s house.

Subway: Myeongdong station (just below the Namsan tower).

Directions: Walk straight till you see the graffiti wall on your right and make a turn.

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27. Namsan tower and lovelocks – Boys Over Flowers drama location

Directions: From Heo Joon Jae’s house, go up to the bridge and walk straight (you’l’ see arrow leading to the lovelocks tower.

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28. Dongdaemun Design Plaza is known for its unique structure and LED flowers. Visit at night so you’ll see the LED flowers.

Subway: Dongdaemun Plaza  station

Directions: Just walk straight and then make a right

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29. Hello Kitty café inside Myeongdong carried Sanrio’s most famous character. From cakes to drinks, everything is so cute. But take note, it is expensive too. A drink must be purchased for you to enter the cafe for free.

Disclaimer: I forgot where exactly this is because I asked the local police to help me

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Hope my detailed itinerary, tips and directions helped you make your Korean trip memorable!

I loved Korea and I hope you read my story on my Korea trip here.

Thank you and happy reading!

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7 Day Itinerary for Seoul, Korea

Korean dramas. Korean fashion. Korean makeup. Korean language. Korean music.

It is everywhere. We were conquered and we let them conquer us.

Because they practically do everything awesomely!

  • Well written Korean dramas with a “kilig” romantic vibe plus a very gorgeous couple on screen
  • Handsome and insanely HOT guys on screen which makes us, fangirls, drool like crazy
  • Music that we definitely can’t understand but we just love to sing and listen to (my Spotify playlist is the evidence)
  • Their “weird” fashion that we can’t seem to comprehend but we surely follow
  • Plus the fact that they have gorgeous skin and we want to buy all their beauty products

With that being said, we just all wanna get a round trip ticket to Korea and visit all those Korean drama locations and tourist sites we see in the internet and in Korean dramas.

Finally, I got the chance to do so before my August 6 birthday.

Our itinerary was 9 months in the making. The initial draft was made by my friend and we discussed it over dinner when I was home in Iloilo last December. We planned this as a barkada trip with all 4 of us going to Korea but as 2017 came by, only two of us pushed through. Nevertheless, we were both happy to push through with the trip.

Korea is just so pretty and instagrammable and I must say Koreans are nice. People say Korea is expensive. Yes, I’ll have to admit but prices are reasonable. Their country is very organized and so is their transportation system.

Korea is a dream. A dream that came true.

Now I’m sharing my itinerary, budget and tips in order for you to make the most out of Korea:

VISA PROCESSING

Before you end up in Korea, you need to have a tourist visa. I got mine after 5 working days.

The Korean Embassy is in McKinley (right beside the MCKINLEY sign) in Taguig. You can commute or take the cab going there.

There are different types of VISAS you can get in Korea. I applied for a tourist visa for me and my friend.

TIP: If you travel in group, one person can apply the visa for all as there is no need for personal appearance. Visas in Korea for less than 59 days is FREE.

Requirements are as follows for EMPLOYED applicants: (this is what I followed)

  1. Completely filled up application form which you can download HERE
  2. 6 months valid Philippine passport
  3. Passport BIO page (Page 2)
  4. OECD stamps or visas (if applicable)
  5. Certificate of employment with the ff details:
    1. Company address
    2. Name of HR personnel
    3. Contact number (must be a landline number)
    4. Position in the company
    5. Hiring date
    6. Compensation
  6. Bank Certificate
  7. Bank Statement
  8. ITR Form 2316 (if you have no ITR, please make a letter explaining why you have NONE)
  9. Itinerary

TIP: They don’t include the itinerary in the list of requirements but always come prepared. I’ve read articles that some applicants were asked of their itinerary and hotel accommodation. I personally applied for our visa and I brought all our requirements including hotel accommodations, plane tickets and itinerary just in case. It always pays to be prepared.

Please take note that VISA APPLICATION is only during Mondays-Fridays. When you arrive there, you will be endorsed to a personnel sitting in a desk who will check your requirements if they are complete before you go to the consul.

I did not encounter any problems with the consul and was asked a few questions about my friend’s ITR which I answered in her behalf. After 5 working days, I got our VISA. Approved for SINGLE entry!

Visa application schedule: 8 AM – 11 AM only (TIP: Be there before 10am as the line is LONG)

Visa claiming schedule: 1PM – 4PM only

ACCOMMODATION

Everytime I travel with my friends or SOLO, I am always in charge of the tickets and the place to stay. I booked our hostel via booking.com. They have a loyalty program wherein if you’ll book 5 times with them, you get perks and a 10% discount.

The secret for hostels is to book early and to book the ones near bus or train stations to save on transportation costs. In Korea, booking hostels near subway stations always help. There are areas to consider when booking hostels. First, if it is near a touristy place, tendency is it is expensive and noisy. Second, if it is in a safe place. Korea is safe but check the hostel reviews before booking.

We were booked in Sunrise Inn Dongdaemun. It is near Exit 11 of Sinseoldong station. Just a minute’s walk from the subway station and near restaurants and convenience stores.

It is a private room with a queen size bed good for 2. We have our own CR and a small breakfast to go with it.

Original price is at 42,000 won per night (around 1800 pesos) but we got ours for a little over 1,000 pesos per night (good for 2 pax). Not bad, right?

PLANE TICKETS

Roundtrip plane tickets to Korea can sometime rise up to 9,000 per head. I got ours for 4,500 via Cebu Pacific which I think is cheap already since our budget for tickets is at 5,000 pesos.

Tickets can go low up to 2,300 if you got the PISO fare but you’ll really have to be talented and with quick hands if you wanna score cheap tickets.

MONEY

Money in Korea is called WON and usually for International travels, I have my peso exchanged in a money changer or banks to US dollars and then have it exchanged in the airport.

TIP: When you bring your USD in Korea, have few dollars exchanged only and make sure your money exchange is good for your trip to the city and a nice meal.

TIP: Have your money exchanged in Myeongdong. They offer really good rates!

In my case, I had 16 USD exchanged to WON and that’s enough for dinner, a T-Money  card and fare.

BUDGET

For Korea, depending on how your travel lifestyle is, budget is around 21,000 for me and my friend. That includes airfare and travel tax.

Below is the breakdown of expenses in PHILIPPINE PESO:

Particulars Expense
Airfare (July 27 – Aug 3) 4,500
Hostel 3,200
Travel Tax 1,620
Meals 3,000
Entry Visa to Nami 360 (8,000 won)
T-Money and Fares 1,800
Everland tickets (from Klook) 1540 (30 USD)
Raincoat (since it was raining in Everland) 315 (7,000 won)
Gyeongbukgung Palace entrance 135 (3,000 won)
Petite France 270 (6,000 won)
Garden of the Morning Calm 405 (9,000 won)
Shuttle Bus for visiting Nami, Petite France and Garden of the Morning Calm 270 (6,000 won)
Pasalubong 3,000
TOTAL: 20,415 pesos

My total expenses all in as seen in the table above is at 21,000 pesos. Not bad for a week long trip to Korea.

ITINERARY

As what I’ve mentioned above, our itinerary really took time. We wanted to visit a lot of places and make the most out of 6 days but that’s just too impossible to visit a lot of places in such a short stay!

Our itinerary is a mix of Korea culture and the new Korean trend which includes Korean drama locations. We worked hard in looking for all these Korean drama locations and got lost along the way (A LOT OF TIME ACTUALLY!) but we enjoyed the experience 🙂

Here is our detailed itinerary to Korea with PICTURES!

Day 0

My friend and I waited for each other in the Taft MRT Terminal and took the airport shuttle to NAIA 3. Our flight was delayed since it was raining hard in Manila. But our flight pushed through! YAY!

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Taking a selfie while waiting for our delayed flight
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Me and my friend goofing around inside the plane

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FINALLY WE ARE IN KOREA!!!

The moment we arrived in Korea, we inquired with the tourist center on where the AREX is and other things we need to know about Korea. We had our USD exchanged to Korean Won. I got 16 USD exchanged which is just enough for dinner and T-Money fare.

In order for you to go to Seoul, you can take a bus, a taxi or the subway. The cheapest way to do it is via a subway. We took the AREX to Seoul station and from there transferred to Sinseoldong Station to our hostel.

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TIRED BODY BUT HAPPY SOUL

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Inside the AREX to Seoul Station
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Inside our hostel room

We managed to find our hostel though we got lost at first. We asked around and was directed to the hostel by a store restaurant. It was raining so we had to run carrying our bags. We left our bags, bought our T-Money and dinner and stayed inside the room for our much needed rest.

Day 1

We started off Day 1 with less cash so we took the train station to Insadong and when asked the Tourist Center (they are everywhere in Korea) there where is the nearest money changer. She directed us to a money changer inside Insadong and along the way we saw a lot of KPop merchandise being sold.

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Simple look since I don’t use make up that much
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I have a huge crush on him since 2006 (My Girl)

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Insadong

After having our USD exchanged, we went to the Bukchon Hanok Village which is the filming location of Korean drama Personal Taste and Heartstrings.

We roamed around Bukchon Hanok Village looking for Lee Min Ho’s house in his drama Personal Taste.

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Walking for hours and still no Lee Min Ho’s house 😦

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OOTD pose for Day 1

And then after a lot of photos, finally! We asked a tourist officer near Bukchon Hanok Village where it is and he gave us directions and we found it. YAY!

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After Bukchon Hanok Village, we had lunch in a nearby restaurant and ordered chicken and tteokbokki

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After lunch, off we go to Samcheongdong Street and to Cheo Wa Dae which is the Prime Minister’s house. An old lady actually accompanied us to Samcheongdong Street! Her energy was amazing and we just followed her until we arrived in the street. 🙂

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While walking going to the Cheo Wa Dae, we were told we are already in Gyeongbukgung Palace. So we decided to take photos. LOTS of photos. Hahaha.

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Cheo Wa Dae photo zone (can’t come near the place)

This is the other entrance. Tourists are everywhere. This is probably the most famous palace in Korea.

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Everything inside is so Instagrammable!

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Flowers are still everywhere

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The other exit to the main square.
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Past meets the present
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Entrance to the main Gyeongbukgung Palace

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After Gyeongbukgung, we headed off to Gwanghamun square where it is also a famous KDrama location.

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Manhole filmed their teaser in the green grass right beside me

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Admiral Lee Soon Shin
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Finally, some rest!

We are headed off to try a new coffee shop in Seoul. We roamed around till we found PIE FACE and there isn’t a lot of people inside. We took a 1 hour break since we were both tired from all the walking.

Then we asked a nearby tourist center where the Cheonggyecheon stream is since it is also a famous KDrama location.

TIP: When in doubt, ask a nearby tourist center. There is a tourist center in every tourist spot in Korea and they speak English and they also give you a map.

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They say water in the Cheonggyecheon stream is therapeutic and we saw people dip their feet in the water.

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When you cross these stones from the other side without breathing, they say a wish will be granted.

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Tried our the gold mask

After the Cheonggyecheon stream, we went to Deoksung palace for quick photo op and to look where Goblin filmed some of their scenes.

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While looking for the GOBLIN filming location, we saw SEOUL CITY HALL Building 2 and this thing!

You will see this when you watch WEIGHTLIFTING FAIRY KIM BOK JOO. They filmed in here as well.

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And then finally we saw it! And I re-enacted the scene hoping the GOBLIN would come. But no GOBLIN. Sorry guys!

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After Deoksung palace, we walked all the way to the main building of the SEOUL CITY HALL and there was a MOVIE FESTIVAL happening!

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They’ll watch movies in these inflatables

After that, we won’t end the day yet. We walked to Myeongdong to check out Shinsegae Mall and the foundatin where LEGEND OF THE BLUE SEA filmed some scenes.

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This is where they filmed scenes of the Legend of the Blue Sea. Remember the scene where there were supposed to meet but Lee Min Ho was taken away by the police? Yes, this is the exact spot!

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Re-enacting the scene in case a Lee Min Ho may come haha

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We ended our day in Namdaemun and had dinner. I had bibimbap by the way.

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Day 1 over! Day 2, Nami Island – up next!

Day 2

Day 2, there was NO RAIN so Nami Island is awesome. We got lost in the train rides but after 30 minutes, we found our way! Yay! We took the train to Gapyeong station.

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Standing room only
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Standing room is the worst their trains can get

Upon arriving in Gapyeong station, we asked a tourist center how to get to Nami Island. We were told to ride a bus which charged 6,000 won. It’s a shuttle bus that will take you to Nami Island, Petite France and Garden of the Morning Calm and to subway stations near the area. They have a schedule so do check the schedule in the internet and ask the information counter in each place you’ll visit.

We started off with Nami Island. My friend told me to bring my passport which I did not pay attention to. But when I saw people paying the visa without any passport, I bought a ticket and was considered. So no need for a PASSPORT based on my experience as a Philippine passport holder.

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There’s a ferry which will take you to the island. Travel time is 5 minutes.

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Philippines represent!

Finally, we are in Nami Island. This place shot to stardom because of the hit Korean drama, Winter Sonata which was shot in the island.

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Philippines is everywhere!
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Spotted!

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The love story that shot Choi Ji Woo to stardom

I am telling you! Everything here is so INSTAGRAMMABLE!

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Me and my friend doing blogger poses
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OOTD pose for Day 2!

 

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Having lunch near the area where they shot Winter Sonata
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My favorite pose and PHOTO ever!
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Winter Sonata memories
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Art is everywhere

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We then took the ferry back and then rode the shuttle bus to Petite France.

TIP: Don’t throw away the ticket given by the driver. That will serve as your ticket throughout the trip!

Petite France is the filming location for My Love from the Star and Secret Garden. The place is so cute every corner is good for photo taking! Inspired by the book, the Little Prince, this place houses a numerous coffee shops and a hotel.

TIP: I got discounts for Petite France by checking our the Visit Seoul website. Original price for the entrance is 8,000 won and I got ours for 6,000 won only. That’s a 2,000 won discount!

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Millennial pink is LOVE
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Damn the musician in me haha

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After Petite France, we took the shuttle bus to Garden of the Morning Calm which is the filming location for the hit Korean drama, Love in the Moonlight, starring Park Bo Gum. We had a hard time looking for it but my friend is a huge Park Bo Gum fan so even if she told me that “Ako na lang maghahanap” since I am so tired already, I still helped her look for it since I wanna see the place myself.

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While waiting at the Gapyeong station for the train

After that, we were headed to Plate B walnut restaurant where Strong Woman Do Bong Soon filmed scenes here. This is the walnut restaurant owned by the family of Bong Soon.

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IMG_9086After the tiring journey of looking for the walnut cafe, we are headed to Myeongdong for some shopping and we took the bus for the first time 🙂

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Upon arriving in Myeongdong, Myeongdong Police Station greeted us! I have an amazing story with them on my LAST day in Seoul 🙂

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Myeongdong at night

While walking, we saw the famous Teddy bear from LINE!!! So cute and SO BIG!!

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Cutie meets a cutie

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Ended our day with a classic Korean dinner of soju and ramen

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Day 3

Sunday and Sunday for us Catholics is CHURCH DAY! We attended a 9AM mass in Myeongdong cathedral.

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A trip to Korea would be incomplete with trying their traditional outfit, the hanbok so we asked in the nearby tourist center and told us they have a free hanbok experience inside the Myeongdong Tourist Center – the bigger office near the hotels.

After looking for it where we almost got lost again (haha!), we finally found it.

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While waiting for out turn, we took photos inside. They have tons of Korean drama star standees inside. So picture taking is a MUST!!!

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Park Hae Jin

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Finally, it’s our turn! HANBOK TIME!

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You can also take photos using their photobooth machine and these are some of the photos. Not the best quality though.

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Then after that, headed off to Yongdap pedestrian where Goblin filmed Sunny and Grim Reaper’s scenes here. This is the meeting place of Grim Reaper and Sunny all throughout the drama.

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I can feel Lee Dong Wook’s presence I almost cried!!

Then we went for lunch in Gwangjang Market. The place had so many people and it is HOT inside but food is great!

Look at those Korean foods you see!! Yummy!

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Jogyesa temple is next on our list! This temple is the center of Korean Buddhism. This place is located near Anguk station.

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Since my friend and I are both KDrama fans, there’s a must to visit the Graffiti tunnel which is a Goblin drama location and now current KDrama entitled Manhole is filming there as well.

If you remember the scene where the Goblin and Grim Reaper walked while holding green onions – this is the tunnel where they walked!

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My kilig face!!!

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We also visited their very own “PARIS” which is the Dongnimmun Square. So FRENCH LIKE baby!

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Yoon Kyung Sang’s billboard in a subway station

Shopping time is up next! Ewha women’s university area is best for shopping since prices are fit for the students! Street food is also cheap and prices are much lower than Myeongdong.

We actually got lost AGAIN looking for the train station going to Ewha in Seoul station. We ended up taking photos while waiting there.

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Lotte outlets in Seoul Station

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We tried the Bugyeo-pang priced at 2,000 won for 10 pcs. My friend and I split the quantity and paid 1,000 won for 5 pcs.

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Took a photo with the Ahjumma who sells it

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We also tried the Korean egg tart for 1,000 only! Yummy!

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LINE FRIENDS all over EWHA!

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Shopping for the fambam

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Our day was supposed to end with the HAN RIVER and taking a photo in the iconic I SEOUL YOU but we got lost.

The information counter in Yeouido told us to go straight and we did and got lost. We wandered around the fountain and asked where I SEOUL YOU is. They said it’s on the left side and we walked for about 1 hour and there is no I SEOUL YOU in sight and we see no subway station at all.

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Yeouido Park

We went back to the police station to ask around. I have a habit of asking the police where I am if ever I get lost. When I entered, they asked me what happened and I showed them a photo of I SEOUL YOU. They looked worried when they saw me – they might’ve thought I was mugged because I looked for haggard and tired.

Nevertheless, they talked and brought us outside. I though they were gonna point us to the right way BUT they opened their police car and brought us there.

So yes, we ended up in a POLICE CAR in KOREA!! They brought to the place where you will see I SEOUL YOU.

And we just had to take a photo as a sign of APPRECIATION!!!

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FINALLY WE FOUND IT. DAMN HAPPINESS hahaha.

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The damn I SEOUL YOU took 2 hours to find and only 15 minutes for a photo op. Haha! But it was worth it. At least we got to see the Han River at night.

Day 4

Everland DAY!!! It was raining so hard and we had no umbrella. We were debating the night before if we should take the bus or the subway. We’ll make 3 transfers if we take the subway so we googled for buses going to Jeondae Everland (station) and we got one near Gangnam. We took the train to Gangnam and walked to the bus station.

The travel time took about 50 minutes and we are in Everland.

TIP: Book your Everland tickets via Klook. I got a 40% discount compared to when you buy it on the day itself plus if you download their app you get another 60 pesos off!

 

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They offer shuttle buses from the bus station to Everland.

Rain poured the moment we went out of the bus so we had no choice but to buy raincoats priced at 7,000 won in their gift shop so that we can roam around the place.

TIP: Buy tickets early to avoid the long lines! I bought mine in Klook which is 40% lower than when you buy tickets inside the place.

They have different zones in Everland. The map serves as the guide to what areas are best depending on what you want. We basically conquered all. Sulit ang bayad! Haha!

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Tried out the AR booth
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This is the result of the AR booth

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I was fighting off invaders of Korea haha

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Because of the heavy rain, I had wrap my phone is a transparent plastic hence some low quality photos.

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Tried their water rapids! Saya!

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BUMP CARS!!!

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OOTD for Day 4!
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Ayan wet look!!
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Feeling like a kid again

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Fit for a queen

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Lost Valley is where you’ll see elephants and the hippo and interact with giraffes 🙂

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FINALLY PANDA WORLD!!!

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My friend and I tried the SMILE GAME and I won haha! Sorry Twinkle 🙂

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After exploring the whole place, we took a cable car. It was my favorite ride. So stress free haha!

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And then off we go to our next locations! Everland was amazing!!!

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Our next location is the Dalkomm  coffee in Prugio City which is the drama location for Descendants of the Sun. This is where they shot scenes of the first episode and most dating scenes.

I ordered the famous Song Song choco stick which they had on their date.

P.S: I’ll do a separate post about it.

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The famous choco stick

These Goblin and Descendants of the Sun dolls are all over. We sat in the table that they used in the drama so these cuties are seen in that table.

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Waiting for Big Boss be like haha

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After having a quick coffee and photo op, off we go to SM Town, Starfield Mall famous for its Starfield Library and CO-EX.

SM Town is the bulding where they house the agency SM Entertainment which manages Kpop artists like SHINEE, Super Junior and Girls Generation.

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Inside Starfield Library

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We fell in love with the library then we took a tour of SM Town.

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Siwon is a regular here. All his photos are signed by him 🙂

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I am not really into Kpop and I only know a few Kpop arists but visiting this is so cool. I am a fan of Super Junior and SIWON 🙂

We ended our day looking for Blossom entertainment which Song Joong Ki’s agency. We got lost (AGAIN!). We just kept on walking and walking and got lost. I was tired I sought help from the police station and they brought us there using their police car. Hahaha.

I cried upon seeing his agency. So I left a note just to tell him I was happy for him. Happy he is getting married. Just like a true fan girl 🙂

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I was genuinely happy for him 🙂

Day 5 is KDrama day!

We spent half our day in Digital media city which is a KDrama location.

The Digital Media City also houses the offices of Korea’s 3 major broadcasting stations which is MBC, SBS and KBS. Up and coming TV network JTBC is also there.

For me, MBC is the best and they offer studio tours as well.

But before you see all these networks, check out Star Park just right outside. Star Park is like their own version of the Hollywood walk of Fame. The hands of their famous stars are engraved in one side of the road.

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Check out the hands of the famous Korean stars.

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Nam Koong Min of Falsify and Good Manager
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Jung Yong Hwa of CN Blue
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Standees of well love MBC characters
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Yoon Kyung Sang of Doctors
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Park Hyung Sik of Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
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Lee Min Ho is everywhere
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Nam Joo Hyuk’s star

The moment I saw Song Joong Ki’s star, I went crazy I had to do this pose.

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Song Joong Ki’s star

After Star Park, we went in the nearby MBC Building where they have exhibits of their famous shows like W: Two Worlds and We Got Married.

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KANG CHUL
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Dating stage na kami char hahaha

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Big Bang crazy
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Aaron Yan

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After exploring MBC, we went to SBS and saw nothing there. No exhibit at all so we went to KBS and upon arriving there, we were ushered to their Yeouido office for the exhibit and they offer shuttle buses for free. Just ask their front desk in Digital Media City about it.

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In there, we were able to try their radio halls, newscasting halls and even see the exhibits of famous KBS drama like Descendants of the Sun. They even have their own exhibit there. That was how famous the drama is.

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Song Joong Ki’s giant standee

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STOP!! Hahaha! Joke!
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Posters of famous KBS dramas
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Newscaster of the day

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We cant just stop.

Too much KDrama is within us so we proceeded to Meyongdong to look for the house of Heo Joon Jae house in Legend of the Blue Sea. The house is very near Namsan Park in Myeongdong.

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Waiting haha

After finding his house, we proceeded to see Namsan Tower and the famous love locks. Korean drama such as My Love from the Star and Boys over Flowers were filmed here also.

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My friend and I were both single but they place is so cute so we just keep on taking photos.

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I probably read something funny

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Our last itinerary for the day Dongdaemun Design Plaza known for the unique look of the structure. At night, they have super cheap products that is perfect for shopping! Their night market is until the early morning so you can shop till you drop!

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Dumplings for dinner

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The Dongdaemun Design Plaza is even better at night because of the LED flowers which opens from 6 pm till 12 midnight.

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Sad to say, good things come to an end.

On our last day in Seoul, we did a lot of last minute shopping since we did not have enough time for the past few days.

We scoured Namdaemun for cheap souvenirs and food. I got almonds for 5,000 won and they happen to be the cheapest I got.

I also went to Myeongdong for face masks as souvenirs and some make up. Friends in Manila requested for a few make up to be brought home so I checked each store for good ones. I bought one myself.

Then after walking for hours, I went to the Hello Kitty cafe located in Meyongdong.

THAT PLACE IS SO CUTE.

Food starts at 3,000 won and you need to buy 1 drink for you to stay in the place.

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Look at all the shopping bags behind me

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After a tiring day of shopping, we went home to pack our bags and then rode the AREX train to Incheon airport.

Here is how I look before arriving at the airport. Check out the boxes of Oreo’s and ramenbokki’s behind me.

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I have a funny story in the airport. When I saw a Ji Chang Wook standee in the arport, I just needed to take a photo with it.

Me: Can you take a photo of me with him?

Stranger: Him? (looks at the standee)

Me: Yes, him. He’s handsome right?

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This is the actual photo hahhaa

 

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I got 11 free face masks in Myeongdong alone
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Ramenbokki. An officemate asked me to buy this for her.

 

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My note to self while waiting for the plane to depart
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Happy girl in Manila already

Our trip was bittersweet. Upon arriving in Manila, I just want to book another ticket going back. But that would probably be for next year. I am so busy this year.

But as of the moment, I am planning two more trips this year and 1 early next year.

I’m excited 🙂

And I fell in love with Seoul.

How about you? Care to share your #SEOUL stories?

 

 

 

 

Posted in Life Lessons

No Fun in Bullying

Hi guys!

Lately, I’ve been thinking. How would you know you are being bullied? Is there a thin line between sarcasm, jokes and bullying itself?

Jokes are OK. As long as they don’t offend people. Seriously. When they say jokes are half meant, that is TRUE to the core. When JOKES offend people, it comes sarcasm and an act of BULLYING.

Sometimes people are blinded by the fact that they are already bullying people.

I, for one, is a victim of bullying.

Let me just start when I was in elementary. I studied in a private school, surrounded by rich classmates (parents are doctors, seamen, etc). My parents, aren’t that rich. I’d say AVERAGE. My dad is an engineer and he is earning more than enough to send me and my brother to a private school. We have a car but not as flashy as the ones my classmates have.

Plus! I looked like a NERD. I was a book nerd with glasses plus my mom’s pretty thrifty so I don’t get to wear shirts with MANGO and GUESS printed in it. They have really nice mobile phones. I had to work hard to get a mobile phone when I was in Grade 5. It was a prize for being in the honor roll.

I had to endure my elementary years like that. I had friends as well. People who love books like me but that’s probably where my aloofness started. I can see their effort to invite me to expensive activities but I just can’t keep up.

Probably they don’t like me because I am fit for their level. That was the mindset imprinted in my head.

Hindi lang talaga nila ako bet and I never gave the effort for them to like me. 

High school came in quick. My classmates also did the same on my first year up to my fourth year. I was even nominated and WON for class president on my 3rd year. I knew it was a joke but classroom elections are based on democracy and most of them voted me for fun, I think? Haha.

So on my 3rd year, I dedicated my time for my classmates. From co-handling our JUNIORS presentation and our extended JUNIORS presentation during the school week, I coordinated them all. My third year ended well. It started wrong but I wasn’t meant to be class president at all but I think I did well. So I deserve a pat on the back. It was maybe a good experience for me to do it.

On my fourth year, I was voted to be CLASS MUSE!!! CLASS MUSE of all people when I myself don’t even believe I was pretty! I remember the election during that time. Everything was laughing. They intended to vote for me as class muse since all class muses get to walk during the Parade of Nations as part of the UN celebration. Good thing, that didn’t even happen! Our annual Special Science class trip was scheduled in the same week so our class did not attend the UN festivities.

I was glad that is lessened when I was in college. There was minimal bullying.

Now that I’m working, I get bullied from time to time. But why do people bully others? Is it because of the temporary fun is gives them?

I’ve read an article on WHY people bully and probably it makes sense that there are really people who find pleasure in bullying.

I’m a victim of bullying. So here I am telling you that it’s not fun. You never know what emotional impact it brings to the people you bully.

Jokes are so OK. It makes people smile, it makes people laugh. But you should know when and where to strike a joke. Timing is everything in jokes but when timing if off and most especially if it embarrasses or degrades people, stop it. That is already bullying.

You are no different than me. You are not a GOD who can just pick on someone and make fun of them. You are JUST LIKE ME. So what’s makes you think you are superior than me?

And take note – when people say STOP THAT – it means stop. STOP BULLYING.

Whatever people look like, whatever shape they are, what they experienced on what they do – leave them be.

Imagine this – Would you want to see your kid suffer to depression or anxiety attacks because of bullying?

So I’m making a stand.

STOP BULLYING.

 

 

 

Posted in Life Lessons

So, Why Are You Single?

Yes, please. Answer me why.

Why are you single?

I’m sure there’s a reason why.

Were you broken hearted before and cannot move on?

Are you not the “ligawin” type and was never courted by anyone?

Or maybe you’ve used the all-time classic REASON

It’s my CHOICE

The third one is my answer. Common yes, but that’s the truth.

Even before, I wasn’t the “ligawin” type. I’m not the prettiest girl in the world with beautiful eyes or fair skin.

Physically, I’m morena. I’m not sexy either. I’ve been in a battle to lose weight because I love to eat and you know that food is LIFE. Haha.

But I’ve had my share of quite a few “dates” though none of them materialized into the next level.

Plus, I was always forward looking with my studies. I try to be in the honor list every year and get really good grades from time to time.

So in my head, it was always STUDY, STUDY, STUDY, spend time with the family and with friends as well.

So it never occurred to me that I needed someone.

That continued even when I was working.

So it’s really my choice. I was so focused on my goals that I did not want any distractions. I’ve had people around me who are happily married and some with kids.

But I never felt a tinge of jealousy because I came to a point that some things are not meant to be.

Maybe now wasn’t the right time.

People even make fun of my non existent love life and my friends kept telling me I should “fix” myself. Let me translate that to “put makeup”.

But I still don’t want to invest in makeup. I’ve got the basics covered – foundation, 1 good lippie and concealer and then I’m good to go. I can’t even do KILAY when everyone thinks KILAY is LIFE. But now, I’m starting to learn. Late bloomer ako! Hahaha!

But I’m happy. I’m happy being me. Being single. Being independent.

People will probably say, “Wala naman kasing nanliligaw sayo”.

Uunahan ko na kayo.

“Meron. Wala lang kayong alam”.

I maybe the type to share tidbits of my day in social media but I don’t share the personal stuff like the people I meet. I try to keep that to myself.

So what if you’re single? Whatever the reason is, may it be from a broken heart, I am sure you can move on. I can’t say more about this because I haven’t been there but hopefully, I won’t come to that but here are my best tips for you: watch Netflix all day, go out and eat cake, mingle with friends and watch Korean dramas. Trust me, you will move on eventually. Just follow Popoy and Basha’s eternal 3 month rule before you finally go out and date again.

Or so what if you’re not the “ligawin” type? You have friends and family to make up for that right? Don’t mope around and travel instead. You’ll never know what experiences traveling can offer to you.

And if it’s your choice, being single gives you the chance to explore what you wanna do in life. May it be cooking, traveling or weightlifting, now is the chance to do that. Being single means it’s your time to gain confidence and find you who you really are.

It’s a journey to self-discovery, self-worth and into loving yourself. You make your life rules as you go and no one can dictate how you do things. You are that strong independent woman.

Let’s end this my contradicting the title of my entry.

What’s not to love about single?

 

 

 

Posted in TRAVELS

DIY Jomalig Island Weekend Getaway

We all love the holidays. In any day, I take my most fruitful rest during a holiday.

Finally, another one came in.

This time we went to Jomalig Island.

Jomalig, or what the locals call HUMALIG is an island in the south of Quezon near the Polilio Islands. You can actually pass by the famous Balesin Island when you ride the ferry to Jomalig.

The place became famous for it’s gold-colored sand and blue waters. The popularity further rose because of the sandbar which disappears when it is high tide.

My friends and I took the journey to Jomalig on a weekend. We met up on a Saturday, April 29 in a mall in Ortigas and had dinner before we rode the van going to Jomalig.

How do you get there in Jomalig?

  • You can either ride a bus (Raymond bus) or a van to Real. We paid 250 pesos for the van ride. We opted to ride a van since it was a long weekend the bus lines are in demand. The terminal for the VAN is just beside the Raymond Bus terminal
  • The van will drop you off at REAL Port. From there, ride their ferry to Jomalig. Travel time is at 6 hours and fare is at 400 pesos. Bring food since the trip is long though some ferries provide food as well. #rasyonniMAYOR haha

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When you arrive in Jomalig, you’ll see the golden sand. It is so beautiful 🙂

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Our contact, Ate Lyra, was waiting for us in the port but since it was their peak season due to the long weekend, the lines for the habal-habal going to the home stay in long so we decided to walk with the permission of our contact. She gave us directions while sha stayed in the port to fetch her other guests.

Habal-habal ride is at 150 pesos per head

Sad to say, we got lost and ended up in the police station who noticed that we seem lost. They offered to help us and called for a habal-habal ride. We paid 70 pesos for the habal-habal ride.

We stayed in this place – they offer really good service! We paid 500 pesos for the room that fits 4 people.

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Room selfie 🙂

We took a quick rest and then had lunch! Since seafoods is abundant, we decided to do the PALUTO and got these awesome lunch for 90 pesos! Sarap! That’s adobong pusit and rice. We weren’t able to consume them so we had them stored for dinner.

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After having this delicious lunch, off we go for swimming! The water are so blue and the sand – it was so gold. We fell in love with the place 🙂

PS: They have electricity from 1pm to 5am so charge those powerbanks!

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What a day! We ended it with dinner over a few drinks 🙂

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The next day, we were supposed to swim and hit the beach before we leave but internal problems in ferry schedules and hearing news that a lot of people were stranded, we decided to take a bath and pack our bags instead.

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Waiting for the ferry under the heat of the sun!

We waited for our ferry and was back in Real by 3pm.

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Took the bus in Infanta back to Manila.

It was such a short trip! But I was still happy to be able to see the beauty of Jomalig.

#KiAdventures

 

Posted in TRAVELS

Calaguas Island and Baler Weekend Getaway

Holy Week. It is a religious happening in the world.

What makes the Holy Week so special aside from the fact that it is a time for reflection is that it is also a time for a vacation. That is a heavenly 4 day treat and most people really make the most of it.

Last year, I spent my Holy Week in the streets of Malaysia and Singapore. I blogged about it HERE.

Now, I spent some time in the Philippines. I’ve always loved beaches and how blessed we are to have a lot of it. This trip is all about the gorgeous Philippines and how to experience it.

My friends and I decided to go out of town for Holy Week and we want to do Calaguas.

It is so damn beautiful, you can see your feet and everything else underneath it.

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The clear waters. So damn gorgeous.

We got a travel agency to book everything for us since we are anticipating heavy traffic and full buses because of the pick season. We paid 3,499 for a 3 day, 2 night trip all in.

I was with my high school friends who happen to work in Manila as well.

The van ride took us 10 hours because of holiday traffic. Plus, when we arrived there we took a 2 hour boat ride to the island. Fare is at 500 pesos per head, one way. Better to be in a big group to save on expenses.

The moment we stepped out, we were amazed at its beauty. It’s so damn amazing.

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It was late afternoon and we have’t eaten lunch yet but seafoods is abundant in the area.

TIP: You can ask the sellers in the area where you can buy cheap sea food. You can have it cooked in the place where you are staying for a minimal fee.

After lunch, we went trekking. Entrance is at 20 pesos per head. Up above, you’ll see the beauty of the island.

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After admiring what’s on top of the mountain, took a quick dip in the cold water and yes, had a few drinks under the stars. Lying in the sand is everything 🙂

The next day, we woke up to the sound of the waves since we camped out in front of the beach. We aimed for the beach right at that moment.

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LOOK AT HOW WHITE THE SAND IS

After swimming, we had breakfast and received so much bad news. We had to leave the island. Why? There was an incoming storm. We were given the option if we want to stay, we’ll be given full meals (as in everything) but face the possibility of being stranded. We can’t afford to be stranded till Monday since most of us are regular employees with the need to go to work on a Monday.

We had to choice but to leave. Took the 2 hour boat ride again and then from there we decided to go to Baler instead.

Imagine a trip from the South (Bicol) to the North (Aurora). We are THAT AMAZING.

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Played cards while waiting for the boat
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One last photo

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From Vinzons, the van brought us back to Manila. We slept inside the van. We stopped by Cubao quickly to fetch our other tour mates and went straight for Baler.

BALER. It was my first time in BALER and I never thought it had so many wonders.

Baler is the country’s top surfing destination. 6 hours away from Manila, most people have a weekend getaway just to surf or go visit the beach.

TRIVIA: Baler is in Aurora. Aurora is the first name of the wife of former President Manuel L. Quezon.

Our first stop was a photo op in the iconic BALER signage. Seriously, the line is so long and I wondered why people are lining up so long for it. But so did we. Haha.

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BALER!

We then visited Baler’s iconic places. Starting off with the Museo de Baler.

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Intricate details
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Old school

After visiting the museum, off we go to the Ermita Hill and Rock Formations. The Ermita Hill is the tallest point in Baler. In the instance that the place gets hit by a tsunami, you can go to Ermita Hill and you’ll be safe.

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Unlimited Rock Formations

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Ermita Hill
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Goodness! Amazing view

After that, we went to the Ditumabo Mother Falls. We were to excited since it looked beautiful in photos. We hiked for about 20 minutes going to the Mother Falls. It was tiring since I’m not into hiking but you’ll pass through overflows from the Mother Falls and the water is so cold.

When we arrived there, the photos did not do it any justice. It was so beautiful beyond words.

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Wrapped in my swim suit

Ended our day in Sabang Beach for a quick surfing lesson.

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It was a South to North trip non stop! Slept in the van and probably spent most of our day in the van but it was so fun! We are #teamnosleep and #teamVAN

The Philippines is so gorgeous. Happy to be in this country 🙂

Enjoy the Philippines!

How about you? What’s your amazing Philippines story?

#KiAdventures

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Don’t Know What to Watch Next? My Korean Drama List: Part 1

Hi everyone!

Don’t know what to Korean drama to watch next? Are you confused of what to watch because there are so many options and Google isn’t helping at all?

Well. Well. Well. This one’s for ya 🙂

I am an addict. Not of drugs, weed or cocaine but of Korean dramas.

I have been practically hooked with Korean dramas since 2005.

It all started with this drama starring a hot and handsome actor and a story line that made me laugh so hard.

The first drama that got me hooked was My Girl. Starring Lee Dong Wook and Lee Da Hae, this drama is a blockbuster in Korea and in Asia. The popularity is so immense even in the Philippines. My Girl is about a Joo Yoo Rin (played Lee Da Hae) being followed and stalked by gangsters because her Dad owes money from these people. She’s an expert at lying at times if needed to act out just to get herself out of the situation. One day, she met hotel heir Seol Gong Chan who needed to find his cousin since that is the dying wish of his grandfather. He can’t locate the real cousin so he hires a fake one since Joo Yoo Rin looks like his rel cousin.

Adventure ensues as they both try to cover up the situation and make sure they don’t get caught. To add to the crazy adventure is Gong Chan’s ex girlfriend, tennis player Kim Se Hyun and his cousin Seol Jung Woo who ends up falling for Yoon Rin.

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This drama was crazy! To the point of no return. I was so hooked and in Filipino term “KINAIN NA NG SISTEMA”. After that, I watched more Korean dramas than I ever imagined. I have a list and I’d like to share that to you.

Disclaimer: These are dramas that aired from 2015 onward. My other list will be added in a separate blog. 

  1. Healer – starring Ji Chang Wook and Park Min Young

    • This drama is the first Ji Chang Wook drama I watched. He was so hot and his cuddles in this drama is so like heaven on Earth. Chemistry and story wise, it was good. After this drama, Ji Chang Wook became a household name in Korea.
  2. Unkind Women – starring Lee Ha Na and Kim Ji Suk

  3. Orange Marmalade – starring CN Blue’s Lee Jong Hyun

  4. School 2015 – starring Kim Soo Hyun

  5. Pinocchio – starring Lee Jong Suk and Park Shin Hye

    • Watch this drama guys! This is the first drama of PSH where she got a good kissing scene. This is well written and chemistry between the leads is amazing. Lee Jong Suk really does well in choosing his dramas. This drama was also Yoon Kyung Sang’s breakout drama.
  6. Girl Who Sees Smells – starring Park Yoo Chun and Shin Se Kyung

    • Honestly, I am not a fan of Shin Se Kyung but this drama is good. Story wise, just OK. But the thriller twists is amazing. Namgoong Min is someone to watch out for. He is a good villain in here.
  7. Producer – starring Gong Hyo Jin, Kim So Hyun and IU

    • Set in the broadcasting world with such a stellar cast, for me, this drama was also a SO-SO. I really just appreciated the chemistry between Kim So Hyun and IU. This was way back Dream High days.
  8. Birth of a Beauty – starring Han Ye Seul and Joo Sang Wook

    • Not a fan of Han Ye Seul and I haven’t watched any of her previous works but she is pretty. I was actually curious of the plot and her transformation from being the ugly and fat woman to the one adored by many. I did kinda relate y’know.
  9. Super Daddy Yeol – starring Lee Dong Gun and Lee Yoo Ri

    • I am a huge fan of Lee Dong Gun from Lovers in Paris. I actually rooted for him in the drama. This time, he plays a cute daddy so I gave this a shot.
  10. In Time With You – starring Ha Ji Won and Lee Jin Wook

    • This drama is the Korean remake of In Time with You which stars Ariel Lin and Chen Bolin. Being best friends for years and being there for each other all these time, why aren’t they together? Ha Ji Won has chemistry with both Lee Jin Wook and Yoon Kyun Sang (who stars in Pinocchio). Good drama for those into best friends turned lovers story.
  11. Ex Girlfriend Club – starring Song Ji Hyo

    • This drama is a disaster. I dunno why I watched it. Funny yes but that’s just about it.
  12. My Unfortunate Boyfriend – starring Yang Jin Sung and No Min Woo

  13. Oh My Ghost – starring Park Bo Young and Jo Jung Suk

    • Gosh. Park Bo Young is cute. This drama is so funny and her chemistry with Jo Jung Suk is sizzling HOT 🙂 MUST WATCH! I recommend this if you are starting since I am 101% sure after watching this, you’ll love more Korean drama.
  14. Yong Pal – starring Joo Won and Kim Tae Hee

    • I wonder why Joo Won is hooked to doctor roles and he ends up doing it so well. I liked this drama. His chemistry with Kim Tae Hee (who I always believed is just a beautiful face) is there. The story, acting and casting – perfect. I liked the thrill of this drama.
  15. She Was Pretty – Starring Hwang Jung Eum and Park Seo Joon

    • Hwang Jung Eum and Park Seo Joon came off from being siblings in Love Me, Heal Me to being lovers in She Was Pretty. I can relate to this drama since Hwang Jung Eum has a frecked red face and curly hair – typical unattractive woman and Park Seo Joon is so hot. Not to mention Choi Si Won who happens to be the 2nd lead is so awesome as the 2nd male lead. Like seriously, we all know he’ll never get the girl after all he did for her but HE GOT MY HEART!!! Ooooooh SI WON ❤
  16. Mask – starring Soo Ae and Joo Ji-hoon

    • This drama killed it. No more words. Just perfect chemistry and all. Soo Ae is amazing.
  17. Oh My Venus – starring So Ji Sub and Shin Mi Ah

    • Oh myyyy! What happens when a fat girl becomes sexy and falls in love with her trainor? Nice story and it was fun to watch. So Ji Sub is a good actor and whatever role you give him, he just does it well. And from being a gumiho, Shin Min Ah is 10,000 levels of cuteness.
  18. Remember – starring Yoo Seung Ho and Park Min Young

    • I don’t think there was a happy scene in this drama except when the 2 leads kissed. This drama was all about tears from beginning to the end but story is good and so is everything else. Namgoong Min is again an amazing villain. Seriously. Damn good actor.
  19. Cheese In the Trap – starring Park Hae Jin and Kim Go Eun

    • Park Hae Jin can pass off as a high school student and they do have chemistry. Kim Go Eun really acted well in this drama but they did not give justice to Park Hae Jin’s character AND the ending was just so lousy.
  20. One More Happy ending – starring Jang Na Ra and Jung Kyung Ho

  21. Descendants of the Sun – starring Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo.

    • NEED I SAY MORE? PHENOMENAL. 12494703_975822255807085_2505160906509184143_n
  22. Entertainer – starring Ji Sung and Kang Min Hyuk

  23. Beautiful Gong Shim – starring Minah, Namgoong Min and On Joo Wan

    • Namgoong Min is a villain in Remember and Girl Who Sees Smells but he makes our heart flutter in this drama.
  24. Doctors – starring Park Shin Hye and Kim Rae Won

    • Park Shin Hye can kick, do passionate kisses with Kim Rae Won and heal people. Doctors is her best drama to date. And Kim Rae Won – why are you so tall and cute? And why is Yoon Kyung Sang adorable as hell? I’m planning to watch this drama again 🙂
  25. Let’s Fight Ghost – starring Kim Soo Hyun and Ok Taecyeon

  26. W (Two Worlds) – starring Lee Jong Suk and Han Hyo Joo

    • #4. Comics. Story telling. Acting. Their chemistry and 10,000 kisses. This drama rocked 2016 🙂
  27.  Uncontrollably Fond – starring Suzy and Kim Woo Bin

  28. Another Oh Hae Young – starring Eric Mun

  29. Goodbye Mr. Black – starring Lee Jin Wook and Moon Chae Won

  30. The K2 – starring Yoona and Ji Chang Wook

    • Ji Chang Wook as an agent, soldier and bodyguard is more than enough to watch this drama. Yoona’s ramen scene here with Ji Chang Wook watching her on CCTV is one of the drama’s highlights AAAAANNND their kissing scene. Like 4 times. Argh. How did Yoona get so lucky?
  31. On The Way to the Airport – starring Lee Sang Yoon and Kim Ha Neul

  32. Jealousy Incarnate – starring Gong Hyo Jin and Jo Jung Suk

  33. Something About 1% – starring Jeon So Min and Ha Seok Jin

    • 2016 remake is the phenomenal drama of Kang Dong Won. These two leads have sizzling chemistry.
  34. Cinderella and the 4 Knights – starring Jung Il Woo, Park So Dam and Ahn Jae Hyun

    • Park So Dam is so kick -ass in this drama even though she had 4 hot guys to help her. Why are some girl just so lucky?! There were a lot of kilig scenes and “higop” kissing in here.
  35. Man Living in Our House – starring Soo Ae and Kim Young Kwang

  36. Introverted Boss – starring Yeon Woo Jin and Park Hae Soo

  37. Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim – starring Yoo Yeon Seok and Seo Hyun Jin

  38. Legend of the Blue Sea – starring Jeon Ji Hyun and Lee Min Ho

    • Mermaid. Past lives and past loves. Spain. Why do people love Spain? The K2 and Legend of the Blue Sea both filmed some scenes there. Jeon Ji Hyun is amazing as an actress and Lee Min Ho’s stares will kill you with “kilig”. This is 2016 highly anticipated drama because it is the comeback drama if Jeon Ji Hyun (last one was My Love From the Star 2014) and Lee Min Ho (last one was The Heirs 2013).
  39. My Wife’s Having an Affair This Week – starring Song Ji Hyo

  40. Secret Romance – starring Sung Hoon and Song Ji Eun

    • Sung Hoon’s chocolate abs and SUNG HOON himself. Nuff said.
  41. Goblin – starring Gong Yoo and Kim Go Eun

    • When you think Descendants of the Sun is the drama of year, Goblin will definitely give you a run for your money. Goblin is PERFECT. Just like Descendants of the Sun. Even the cinematography is good. Goblin and DOTS are both written by the same writer but with different directors but both are equally good. Lee Dong Wook babe is so good in here. He was my first KDrama crush and I was so happy he got to star in a good drama. Gong Yoo is GONG YOO. Talented, hot and amazing. Such a stellar cast and it is reaping rewards because of their hard work.
      • Lee Dong Wook did Hotel King and Blade Man is 2014, Bubblegum in 2015 which I dropped because I can’t stand it. Drama is so dull and I have NEVER dropped any drama ever. I can’t believe the first time I did it is a Lee Dong Wook drama. He had dramas every year. It just didn’t suffice.
  42.  Seven First Kisses – web drama starring Ji Chang Wook, Lee Min Ho, Park Hae Jin, Taecyeon, Lee Joon Gi, EXO’s Kai and Lee Jong Suk

    • Some girls have 2 guys after her. Some get 4 guys like Park So Dam in Cinderella and the 4 Knights and Ku Hye Sun in Boys over Flowers. But why does she get to “almost kiss” 7 guys?! WHYYY?!
  43. Chief Kim – starring Namgoong Min and Nam Sang Mi

  44. Missing 9 – starring Jung Kyung Ho and Baek Jin Hee

  45. Voice – starring Lee Ha Na and Jang Hyuk

    • Thriller dramas is a trend nowadays but this drama about Korea’s emergency call center is damn good. It depicts realistic scene of crimes committed and how to handle it. Plus, how Kim Jae Wook’s character became a revelation is also something to watch out for. Kim Jae Wook should star in a rom-com soon. He is damn good looking and such a great actor!
  46. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon – starring Park Hyung Sik and Park Bo Young

    • You’ll get hooked with Min Min and  Bong Bong’s cuteness. Not to mention cute and petite Park Bo Young stars as a women with extraordinary strength. Plus, the leads chemistry is so damn good people just want them to date. Add Ji Soo to the cast and you’re ON.
  47. Man to Man – starring Park Hae Jin and Kim Min Jung

    • This drama is my current obsession. Park Hae Jin is so sexy as a secret agent. I love the twists and the romance although at times it seem kinda off.
  48. Chicago Typewriter – starring Yoo Ah In

    • Yoo Ah In alone is enough reason to watch this drama. This drama is so underrated. The story was flawless as well as the cinematography. Korea, love this drama! Yoo Ah-In is amazing in this one 🙂
  49. Tunnel -starring Choi Jin Hyuk and Yoon Hyun Min

    • This drama is like VOICE reincarnation. I am always excited for the next episode. This drama is thrilling and kept me alert all the time. This drama rocked 2017. A good cast plus really good ratings plus the fact that the ending was really good.
    • UPDATE: There was a potential love angle but they did not dwell in it. But you will see from the ending that there really is the potential. I think all 3 main cast members were so amazing. I just read via soompi that the rating reached 6.5. This is now OCN’s best drama so far with the highest ratings!
  50. Whisper – starring Lee Bo Young and Lee Sang Yoon

    • Reunion dram for Lee Bo Young and Lee Sang Yoon who starred in a drama before. Twists are also happening and this is like deceit all the way. Lee Bo Young and Lee Sang Yoon and their overloaded chemistry is to watch out for!
  51. Secret Romance – starring Sung Hoon and Song Ji-Eun

    • Do you know what happens when you have a one night stand and then end up falling in love? Yes guys! This is what this story is all about. Just watch it please. Sung Hoon’s chocolate abs and immaculate kisses will kill you. Plus, chemistry is overflowing! Have you seen the video during their press meet where Sung Hoon just happened to be the perfect gentleman to Ji-Eun? It will kill you. So watch it!

ON GOING DRAMA

  1. Suspicious Partner – starring Ji Chang Wook and Nam Ji Hyun

    • This is Ji Chang Wook’s first rom-com and he did so well. People say he has that chemistry with Nam Ji Hyun but WHY CAN’T I SEE IT?! Hahaha!
  2.  Fight My Way – starring Park Seo Joon and Kim Ji Won

    • This is the story of my life and your life. I am sure of it. It’s about 4 individuals who really dreamed big but the those dreams took a back seta since they had to deal with life and pressures society.
  3. Lookout – starring Lee Si Young and Kim Young Kwang

    • If action and revenge is your cup of tea, this drama got heaps of it! So watch out for Lee Si Young’s action scenes 🙂
  4. The Best Hit – starring Cha Tae Hyun and Yoon Si Yoon

    • This drama is so funny! The star studded cast features struggles of adulthood and reaching for your dreams.

Oh my gosh! That’s 55 dramas in a span of 3 years so I am guessing I watch an average of 15 Korean drama in a year. I am so addicted but this is my healthy addiction. It keeps away the stress and brings in good vibes.

I’ll blog about my other list soon so watch out for it.

#KoreanDramas

#Koreandramalist

#Choices

#ChoiceofKia

Enjoy watching KDramas and let’s all be happy we have all those OPPAS.

How about you? What’s on your Korean drama list?

Share away you guys!

P.S: Hope I get to visit Korea soon 🙂 🙂

FYI: As I still have some dramas ongoing, this page will be updated so watch out for the updates.

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Opening Doors to New Adventures: How Traveling Changed My Life

It was 2006. My mom and I were talking in bed. I told her I don’t want a grand debut which I will be celebrating in the next 4 years. I told her I wanted to visit Hong Kong Disneyland instead for my 18th birthday. She agreed immediately knowing that I got my love for traveling from there.

She died in 2007. And that dream just became a dream. I held on to that promise. Though I still celebrated by 18th birthday with a simple dinner last 2010, I promised myself I’ll travel and lot and fulfill her dream for me.

Then it began.

It was 2014 when I first started traveling. It was in Hong Kong and Macau and I traveled with friends. Imagine – I did really fulfill my destiny by having Hong Kong as my first destination. Unfortunately, I did not end up in Disneyland. My friends wanted to do Ocean Park Hong Kong so I just ended up outside HK Disneyland. I promise myself I’ll go back in Hong Kong and visit HK Disneyland.

And then every year after that I travel abroad. Last 2015, I was in Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam and in 2016 I embarked on my first ever solo trip abroad in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Indonesia and I celebrated by post birthday trip in the streets of Bangkok and the ruins of Siem Reap.

This year, I’ll go and visit East Asia. Where in East Asia? It’s a big secret.

So why do I keep on traveling? Why do I stay up late at night just looking for promo fares? Why do I google and research on where to go next? Why do I keep making all these trips?

My answer – FULFILLMENT.

I am fulfilled whenever I ride an airplane and end up in another city. I am fulfilled whenever I pack my stuff to stay in a new city. I am fulfilled whenever I meet new people and ask them where they came from.

I am fulfilled whenever I score cheap tickets to anywhere that is within my budget. I am fulfilled when I see places I’ve only seen in TV and the internet. I am fulfilled whenever I walk in a street that is so uncertain and I may get lost.

Traveling became my therapy. My avenue for de-stressing myself. I work in a stressful 9 to 6 job and I encounter people I may not like along the way. Traveling became my patience in dealing with these people knowing that whenever I travel, I forget of all my work stress.

It also became my avenue to experience new cultures and try different cuisines.

It became an embodiment of a promise that I kept ever since my mom died. That I’ll keep traveling. Just like what she taught me. That I was never born to just sit in one place and that I was born for the explorer that I am. I am proud that I fulfilled that promise. It may not be HK Disneyland – but it became Asia and soon, the world.

Traveling changed my life by letting me understand that the world is. That I have to get out of my comfort zone in order for me to see the world. That traveling is also a teacher and is the best learning experience one will ever have. It may be expensive but the new things that you’ll get after traveling – priceless.

Traveling also helped me find myself and opening my soul. It also became my wholesome addiction. I save up to travel. I learned the DO’s and DON’T’s of budgeting so that I can provide for myself, for my family, for my little pleasures and for traveling. Never did I notice that my bank account just went up because I know which ones to prioritize when it comes to expenses and that I am proud of being that “budget traveler” and yes, a lakwatsera.

So now I try to travel international at least once or twice a year. I go out of the country a lot. But at the same time, I explore the beauty of this country. We have beautiful beaches and sights to behold.

Here what I discovered in my travels…

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That we have gorgeous sand dunes in Ilocos
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Central Market madness is cool
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Siem Reap’s Angkor Wat is unbelievable
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Petronas Towers is so pretty I can stare at it the whole day
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Saigon is CHEAP!!! Yes guys.. CHEAP 🙂
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Batam and their seafoods is yummy 🙂
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Gardens by the Bay in Singapore looks better in day and night.
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Wat Pho is instaworthy
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Awkward poses in the St. Paul Ruins is a MUST
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Friends who travel together to broke together – in Ocean Park Hong Kong
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Love in MACAU?
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That selfie with Singapore’s finest MERLION

And with all those photos, shall we do a quick headcount? 8 cities in Asia and 24 out of the 81 provinces in the Philippines. My target? To slowly enjoy all the world’s wonders. Slowly but surely, I open doors to new adventures.

Cheers!

 

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#WhyITravel

#TravelokaStories

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To My Ideal Guy

This post is written for that person who I know is worth the wait.

I’m 24 right now. I am single. I have been single since birth actually. Not that I am complaining. I have never been kissed, touched or hugged (with malice btw!).

Surrounded by friends who also happen to be single, I never felt like I need to have one. Whenever I talk to people, they just seem surprised why I never had one. There’s a reason for that.

First off, when I was in school, I was a geek. Literally. Consistent honor student, wearing glasses, reads a lot of books and writes for the school paper. My circle of friends were also geeks. I had crushes but they just ended up as my friends.

Second, my goals did not include getting one. I was so absorbed with my goals – graduating college, getting a job in a company I am proud of and traveling the world. I was having the time of my life and being single without any boyfriend to worry is just the way to be.

Third, I feel like the guys I like don’t like me while the guys I DO NOT like, like me. Weird huh?

Whenever I see couples walking around me, I feel uneasy. I’m used to third wheeling all the time but it is a different story when you are surrounded by friends.

And when I have friends who end up being in a relationship, it feels like a Hollywood dream come true. But I wonder what if it happens to me?

They say that for that to happen to me, I need to make an effort. So I did. I downloaded Tinder and OK Cupid. I tried to invest in clothes (believe me, I really did! Haha!) and now I use minimal make up though I still have to work on my kilay. So that’s already A++++++ for effort my friends! Hahaha 🙂

But I still don’t go out on dates. Or meet blind dates. Or recommendations from friends. I’m thinking what might the reason be and then I realized it is probably because of the fact I’m scared that I end up not satisfied or they end up not liking me. It is kinda off feeling like this when I haven’t met the person yet. In other words, I have yet to try a date. A formal one.

I’m hoping Mr. Ideal Guy will give me that date of a lifetime.

So who is that IDEAL guy? Well Logan Lerman isn’t so bad. He happens to be my Hollywood crush and I am so in love with his blue eyes.

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Or maybe Ji Chang Wook from Korean drama The K2 someone who can rescue me from being the damsel that I am.

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Or maybe it can be YOU.

You who will hold my hand when I’m tired from a whole day’s work. You who will make me laugh with all your pabebe and corny jokes. You who will offer to carry me bag and I won’t let you because you got yourself an independent woman. You who will bring me to all those foodie places I share to you via Messenger. You who will randomly text me – ANG GANDA MO TODAY – and I will believe it because you said it. You will keep me awake all night and it’s okay even though I’ll have eyebags the next day. You who will travel with me to explore the world. You who will bring out the best and worst in me. You who will love me so tenderly and be loyal to me even though I am not the prettiest girl in the world.

YOU. That person who is worth the wait. Where can YOU be?

I hope that when you come, you’ll be the person I hope you are. Someone who can handle the independent woman in me. Someone who can keep up with my weird mindset. Someone who can be with me when I’m hungry and randomly surprise me with pizza and chicken because I am craving for it.

I hope to meet you. Not now. Maybe when I’m ready. Because I know you’ll be worth MY WAIT.

XOXO,

Kia 🙂

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High School Friends: From Reel to Real

Warning: This is an emotional post.

Friends.

As defined is “a person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically exclusive of sexual or family relations.”

That is probably why we have the words – Best friend and Boyfriend. Oooh.

For me – I’ll define as friend as:

  1. Someone who stays true to you and will stand up for you no matter what
  2. Who is always there for you – even in spirit

I’ve had my fair share of friends. I’ve always believed that people come and go in our lives. My mom once taught me that friendship is never about the quantity but the quality of people in your life.

And I believe that.

When I was in elementary, I was the nerd. The geek. The average girl. My circle of friends involved the same people. And my Sports day activity includes CHESS! Hahaha! Talk about too much geekiness.

Fast forward to High School. This was the time when I struggled with how I make friends. I got my usual squad. My work activity group mates. My lunch mates.

During one of our group activities in 2nd year, me and friends called ourselves the LASSCHARMS. I don’t wanna post photos because really – we look so young and geeky. (Uy guys ang pabebe ng project na ito! Super!)

Issues came in. Back stabbing. High School drama. Cliques. Grades. Crushes. School plays. School projects. Late nights. Confrontations.

We had a fair share of that. We were young and reckless and basically we enjoyed those days when classes were suspended because of school events.

I even remember asking our classmate’s mom to process our PRISAA game excuses.

And most of all – we joined High school department’s cheering competition just so we can miss class. Hahahaha!

But still after 12 years, here we are. Soooo strong together…. Haha.

We still meet up. Even when we were in college. Different schools, different places but during life’s most important moments and reunions – we still make it possible for us to catch up and talk.

Even during meet ups, we talk about work, life, love life (if we have one) and then we still end up going back to the same high school experiences. The same high school memories.

We never changed. We are all working right now in different professions, different fields of expertise, different places but we still end up the same whenever we meet each other. We have this certain high school magic that never ceases.

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During Brooke’s 18th birthday in the beach
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CPU HS U-Day feels ❤

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Hotel sleepovers are my favorite
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All glammed up #prettified
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We even help each other for pre-debut shoots
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Birthday asalto and mandatory group photo
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We even travel together 🙂 Taken in Boracay last summer 2010
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Even graduating together in UP
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Going international as well with our trip to Hong Kong last 2014
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Reunion last December 2016
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Reunion last December 2015
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Reunion last December 2014
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Coz we missed each other so much
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Mowdeling haha
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My first year high school gang
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Watching an all-star basketball game together with celebrities
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Beach bums in Zambales
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Happy Birthday John!
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Super suki in fiestas of the highschool gang

We have been there for each other. In every activity, birthday, fiesta, reunion, weekend getaway, adventures, coffee dates, food trips.. everything as seen in the photos.

I was lucky to have these people with me

Whenever once of us is in town, we try to meet. It doesn’t matter if it is only for a few hours, we just make it happen.

People say that the people you meet in high school will give you the best friendships and it is true. Look at us.

We even lasted that 7 year itch in relationships. Mas matagal pa ng friendship namin kesa sa relasyon nyo ng jowa mo! Haha!

The gang no matter how distant we are – we will always be there for each other – guiding each other, wishing each other good luck, helping each other.

And I guess that is the true essence of a strong friendship. You fight, you get mad and that’s beautiful because we are normal people after all. A mixture of different personalities – “halo-halo” – but kind of just jived.

When you have friends who are for keeps, never let them go. Fight with them. Bully them but not below the belt. But always make up. And travel together. And make more memories together. And keepsakes. And photos. And experiences.

Just be stick together. Period.

So how about us #Newtonians09? When are we going international again? 

I miss you guys!