A #SEOULgood experience: The top tourist spots in Korea that you can visit in 5 days!

It’s no secret that Filipinos are obsessed with Korean culture.  Everyone’s been going crazy after the best of Korean pop culture, food, fashion, and more – and we just can’t get enough.

So, friends and all my avid readers, let me share with you our 5-day autumn-winter wonderland with complete itinerary, tips and cost breakdown to help you plan your own trip to Korea soon.

Tip: DIY your own application so you don’t need to pay for any agency fee and plan your itinerary.

(BTW, Thank you so much, Erika Shallaine Yu for making our itinerary. You the best!)

We flew via Cebu Pacific Air and arrived at Incheon Internation Airport at 10:45pm (Philippines is 1 hour behind). Traveled via train going to our Hotel guesthouse in Yeonnam-dong, Seoul, South Korea.

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Space Torra, Yeonnam-dong, Seoul, South Korea

Rooms are equipped with air conditioning, heating and free WiFi. A daily breakfast is provided. Room rate for 5 days: 260,600 won

Tip: Buy a T-Money card. If you plan to be in South Korea for couple of days or more and need to take the subway or bus often, a T-money card would be advantageous in terms of savings. If you are flying into Incheon airport, you can grab a card at a convenience store just after arrivals.

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Price: 8000 won , T-Money Load 50000 won

What can you do in Korea when you only have 5 days? Here you go!

DAY 1: Nami Island, Petite France

Travel to Nami:

Admission fee:  8000 won

 

Walk: Space Torra to Hongik University (8 mins)
Train:[Gyeongui Jungang Line] Hongik Univ. Station to Mangu Station (15 stops)
Train: [Gyoengchun Line] Mangu Station to Gapyeong Station (12 stops)
Bus: Gapyeong City Tour Bus (Course A) to Nami Island Station (6000 won)
Walk: Nami Island Station to Gapyeong Wharf (2 mins)
Ferry: Gapyeong Wharf to Nami Island
Travel to Petite Fance:

Admission Fee: 8000 won

Right after exploring the picturesque Nami Island. We ride a taxi going to Petite France. (Forgot the cost of this cab ride. sorry.)

DAY 2: Everland, Gangnam District

Travel to Everland:

Admission Fee: 54,000 WON

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Walk: Space Torra to Hongik University
Train: [Line 2] Hongik Univ. Station to Wangsimni Station (11 stops)
Train: [Bundang Line] Wangsimni Station to Giheung Station (25 stops)
Train: [EverLine] Giheung Station to Everland Station (Exit 3) (13 stops)
Shuttle Bus: Everland Station to Everland

Travel to Gangnam District:

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Shuttle Bus: Everland to Everland Station
Train: [EverLine] Everland Station to Giheung Station (13 stops)
Train: [Bundang Line] Giheung Station to Jeongja Station (7 stops)
Train: [Shinbundang Line] Jeongja Station to Gangnam Station (6 stops)

DAY 3: Bukchon Hanok Village, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Secret Garden, Deoksugung Palace, N Seoul Tower, Myeondong District

Travel to Hanok Village

Walk: Space Torra to Hongik University
Train: Hongik Univ. Station to Euljiro 3-ga Station (6 stops)
Train: [Line 2] Euljiro 3-ga Station to Anguk Station (Exit 1 or 2) (1 stop)
Walk: Anguk Station to Bukchon Hanok Village (10 mins)

Travel to Gyeongbokgung Palace 

Integrated Palace Ticket: 10,000 won (This ticket is all in one package)

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Walk: Bukchon Hanok Village to Gyeongbokgung Station (10 mins)

Travel Deoksugung Palace

Walk: City Hall Station to Deoksugung Palace (10 mins)

Travel to Secret Garden

Travel to N Seoul Tower

Observatory tower Fee: 10000 won

 

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Observatory: N Seoul Tower by night

Gyeongbokgung Palace to N Seoul Tower
Walk: Gyeongbokgung Palace to Gyeongbokgung Station (11 mins)
Train: [Line 3] Gyeongbokgung Station to Chungmuro Station (Exit 2) (4 stops)
Bus: Namsan Circular Shuttle Bus No. 02
Daehan Cinema – N Seoul Tower (6 stops)

We ride a Cable Car going down from N Seoul Tower.
Adult Ticket One-Way: 6,000 won

Travel to Myeondong: 

Bus: Namsan Circular Shuttle Bus No. 05
Namsan – Myeong-dong (6 stops)

Shopping! and Food Trip time!

DAY 4: Haneul Park, Ewha Womans University

Travel to Haneul Park

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ENTRANCE IS FREE!

So if are around the the Seoul World Cup Stadium. Follow the big road and turn left to cross the street at the 4-way intersection. You’ll see the Haneul Park signage at the parking lot.

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There is a shuttle bus station that you can use to the top. We buy a ticket from the ticket counter which costs KRW 3,000 for round trip. Alternatively, you can take the zig-zag stairway, which precisely 291 stairs to finally arrive at Haneul Park.

Travel to Ewha Womans University

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Train: [Line 6] World Cup Stadium Station to Hapjeong Station (3 stops)
Train: [Line 2] Hapjeong Station to Ewha Womans University (3 stops)

DAY 5: Flying back to PH

Travel to Airport

Shout out to these gorge girls who are with me on this trip! Thank you Mother Krishka Lorenz Ramos & ‘Pachuchay’ Erika Shallaine Yu for making our adventure really special!

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As the ball celebrates the 25th anniversary of Star Magic, I’ve seen some of the most impressive gowns ans suits in local red-carpet last year and also seeing some celebs I’ve worked in the entertainment industry.

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We all know that this is the highly anticipated Star Magic Ball, which will gather over 300 of the country’s brightest stars in the biz.

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Here are some photos Behind Closed Doors:

Star Magic Ball 2017

As the ball celebrates the 25th anniversary of Star Magic, I’ve seen some of the most impressive gowns ans suits in local red-carpet last year and also seeing some celebs I’ve worked in the entertainment industry.

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We all know that this is the highly anticipated Star Magic Ball, which will gather over 300 of the country’s brightest stars in the biz.

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Here are some photos Behind Closed Doors:

WEEKEND WARRIOR: How to survive a weekend alone

Do you really like spending time alone? Because for me being alone can be extremely intimidating. I know most of us hates to be alone and left out with our closest one. And also this might leave you feeling depressed, scared, or vulnerable.

Before the weekend comes, I felt a bit sad and thinking what will I do of being with no one… Well, honestly I am the type of person who loves to have a companion , but this time I’ll be spending all by myself on a weekend. So quite depressing, and this had thinking to do something fun and also embrace my freedom and by that I started  to feel better about not having anyone around me.

Basically, I’ll be blogging about my weekend experience… I hope you enjoy reading this article and help you also to deal living alone for the first time.

Here are a few fun things you can do if you’re bored and alone this weekend:

On a Friday evening, ( This is considered to be part of the weekend. ) I’ve been thinking some few things to do in the next morning…

Number 1 Watch Movies or Series. I Lined up the series that I’ll be watching the whole day.  I chose to watch #CheeseintheTrap, a Korean-drama series, Which I started watching it around 10am and finished it at almost 3am on Sunday morning. Trust me It’s really fun, you’ll get giggles and feel the vibes of love and kilig!

Number 2 Prepare a meal for yourself . I think this is the fun thing to do, I went out to the supermarket, grab a few things to prepare my own lunch, Snack (Meryenda) and dinner. ( And guess what? Didn’t eat rice for lunch and dinner… HAHA ) I had some instant noodles, finger food and soda… (Yeah, some of my friends knew that I don’t drink soda but for boredom sake, I had to break one of my golden rules…)

Number 3 Buy yourself a cup of coffee. I went out to the nearest coffee shop, near in my apartment and ordered Flat White Latte and I continue watching in the shop, stayed for like 2 and half hours and head for home. 

Number 4 fix your room. After watching the K-drama series… I’m still wide awake and this is due to the coffee that I had in the coffee shop. Then I decided to fix my closet and room.

Number 4 Get out and exercise. ( Health is wealth. ) On a Sunday morning… woke up arround 9am (I know It’s late…) and have to be productive so I planned to get out in the room and do this and have a an instant breakfast which I bought in the supermarket the last day. (Super tipid… and the good thing is I didn’t spend some money on a weekend. )

Number 5 Read Inspirational or Spiritual books. So, yeap, I’m very into this stuffs these are some of the books I really love to read a side from comic, romance, drama and more… The book that I have always loved to reading is about “The Power Of Positive Thinking” written by Norman Vincent Peale. That’s why there’s no room for me to the negative vibes.

Number 6 Listen to your favorite songs. Did you know that scientists have confirmed that listening to your favorite songs literally reduces your risk for heart disease and it improves your health? ( I did a quick reasearch on this.  haha)

Number 7 Free-writing. (It’s optional.) Since my Sunday is about to end, As I was about to tweet my weekend summary, I decided to write a blog post and summarize my weekend.

 

Thank you for reading this post! Ciao!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#EBLOGGERSBALL2017: The 2nd E! Bloggers Ball in all of Southeast Asia

The country’s top social media influencers literally lit up the night at the E! Bloggers Ball 2017.

 

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I was so overwhelmed and a little nervous when I got the invite to attend the E! Philippines Bloggers Ball. Of course, I enjoyed the night at City of Dreams Manila and learned so much from other bloggers, vloggers and fashion icons.

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Every one’s dilemma after getting a party invite will be their outfit, So here’s my combo for the ball that might help you for your next event!

So, here’s my pick; For the top, I wore a turtleneck in black and tucked it in to look on point and complemted with a coat to keep a cozy yet a formal look . To make it more stylish, I picked this High-waisted Striped Trouser. For the shoes, I chose to wear Chelsea boots because they always make a strong statement. 

 

 

E! is the biggest source for Hollywood news and fashion trends. With this, top bloggers, vloggers, personalities and representatives from the online fashion industry all gathered at the 2nd E! Bloggers Ball in all of Southeast Asia.

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The #EBLOGGERSBALL2017 theme, Vapor Lights, the guests are treated with a night of good food, fashion and music revelry.

 

Here’s the glimpse from the ball:

So Since I don’t have a boyfriend yet, I brought one of my best buddies, Heintje Mendoza to the ball.

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I’m happy to celebrate the Fashion Month with my friends (Bloggers) in ABS-CBN, Merphi Panaguiton and of course Heintje Mendoza.

 

Although the ball was full of fun and surprises, the highlight of my night was probably when I met makeup vlogger, Raiza Contawi as she was one of the reasons why I was super excited to attend.

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It was so nice meeting other bloggers last night. Here are some of them!

Danah & Stacy Gutierrez of Plump.ph, Dee Gee Razon, Haley Dasovich, Kim Cruz of MYX, Raiza Contawi, Chino Liu.

 

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Thank you to E! Philippines for having me! Happy to meet new friends, it was great to spend the evening with them. Special thanks to Merphi and Heintje for my photos!

#WhenInAntipolo: Pinto Art Museum

I always wanted to see this place as I’ve heard that this is a must visit place… So I did. I invited my two friends to go with me on a weekend, to at least roam the most talked about museum in Antipolo, Rizal.

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The white-washed walls are complimented by brown staircase and other minimalist details.

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The most used area of the Pinto Art Museum is the picturesque roof deck.

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This museum becomes a favorite hang out place of millennials because of its picturesque place and it has a different kinds of art from photography, paintings, to contemporary arts, sculptures and art installations by various local artists.

 

HOW TO GET THERE?

Pinto Art Museum is located at 1 Sierra Madre St., Grand Heights, Antipolo, Rizal. Our option is to ride an FX bound for Antipolo then ask the driver to drop you off at Ynares Sports Arena. From there, you can hire a tricycle to get you to museum. BTW, It is open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM from Tuesday to Sunday.

Once you’ve arrive at the museum, you first have to register, log your name and pay Php 200.00 as entrance fee. Students and senior citizens have discounts provided that they have their ID’s with them. Upon entering the museum, you have to leave your backpacks at the package counter near the entrance, then after that, you can now enjoy roaming around the museum. Take note, no food and pets are allowed inside the Art sanctuary.

For those who seek a day out of the bustling noise in the city, there’s place in Rizal, specifically in Antipolo, where you can appreciate both nature and art.

 

Here’s a glimpse of Pinto Art Museum:

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Sculptures everywhere!

Pinto Art Gallery

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Pinto Museum Art Collection

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Indigenous Arts

There are different collections of Bulul comes from different sizes.

Cafe Rizal

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After feeding our eyes with all the artsy stuff, it’s time to satisfy our hungry stomach at the Pinto Art Museum’s Cafe Rizal.

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The ambiance of the restaurant is superb.

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And lastly thank you to my friends for joining me in this day tour! Love you guys big time!

 

 

Trip Diary: A SUMMER DESTINATION WITH MY EXPAT FAMILY

I would like to take this moment to write this blog and share the memories that happened during the vacation of my family here in the Philippines.

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It has been 5 years since the last time I saw them, they all migrated in different countries; Australia, UAE and Italy. The last time they were here is when I was in my sophomore year. So, yeah. I won’t go in details and be emotional in this blog. Continue browsing this post and look what we made during our short stay in Boracay–only four days – but we loved the Island


There’s no need to describe the place (Boracay Island), because the whole world knows that it’s a beautiful haven of fun here in the Philippines.

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Here’s what we had August 8-12.

WELCOME to Alta Vista De Boracay…

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Photo courtesy to Tito Arjay Alcos for this awesome panorama shot.

Well, my wish came true and we finally went! We were so happy to stay in Alta Vista de Boracay —– it was such a memorable, fun trip. I seriously didn’t want it to end. We were pampered and relaxed, and yes, we slept and ate so well, we all had the best time together, which made us doubly happy.  Bora is such a magical place for us, we’ve created more happy memories that will last a lifetime.

The arrival…

 

First day in the morning… Some were still napping and others were prepping up for the day’s adventure.

The Majestic infinity pool!

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Photo courtesy to Tito Arjay Alcos

It is pretty hard to top a beach like Boracay, but I have to say, this infinity pool at the Alta Vista De Boracay may prove to be competition. The pool is just gorgeous, and with a view like that you really can’t go wrong. This is a great alternative if you get tired of swimming in the ocean.

The awe-mazing sunset!

This has to be my favorite reason as Boracay has the most beautiful sunset ever! I can never get enough of it, and I really made time to watch it every single day.

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Purple skies sunset on Boracay

A warm and golden sunset.

Here are some of the best things to do in Boracay Island with family that we experienced on our short visit.

BORACAY ISLAND HOPPING TOUR:

Crocodile Island, Crystal Cove Island, Puka Beach, Ilig Iligan Beach, Punta Bunga Beach

Here’s the video before we started the island tour: CLICK ME!!!

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Enjoying the calm-crystal water at Puka Beach.

    Paraw sailing…

Take a rest for a moment and enjoy the sounds of the wave of the ocean.

 

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Seas the day by looking up the beautiful island.

Take a walk at the island’s powdery white sand and clear blue waters.

SNORKELING

It was a fantastic way to spend the day. We loved visiting some of the other beaches and enjoying pretty decent snorkeling spot.

Fresh buko in the middle of the sea.

PARASAILING..

Photos courtesy to Tita Anna Marie Tamayo-Transfiguracion

BANANA BOAT…

You may also watch the Banana Boat Nae Nae dance edition HERE: CLICK ME!!! 

FLYING FISH (Unfortunately, I haven’t got a photo of this activity. )

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Boracay’s Grotto…

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A visit to the beach is not complete if you miss seeing the Blessed Virgin Mary’s grotto and take a picture of the beautiful image on top of the Boracay Rock in Station 1.

GETTING AROUND BORACAY…

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STOLEN:  It seems like we have a new rising loveteam in the making. Meet #AceNie! Would they be the next #KathNiel?

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You may watch the video HERE: CLICK HERE!!!

Halowich: The best soft-served mango ice cream in Boracay…

Since day 1, we’ve been seeing a lot of people with this yellow stuff in a plastic cup and immediately got curious. Just pass through D’Mall, look for a line and surely one of them lines will lead to Halowich. Such a tasty and creamy treat!

Try King Corn Boracay…

Also we snacked on corn on a cob while at the beach.

Boracay’s Nightlife…

The Island is well-known for its vibrant, seven days a week nightlife. There are many different nightlife venues to choose from – from wild parties, to bars, to lounges with live music…

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The two were busy with their smartphones.
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Hashtag how to smize like a pro.

So, before heading to a nightlife in the Island, we had a quick photo shoot with my cousins and my kapatid.

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Ashley – Adrian – Eros; my co-millennials.

Photo credits to Tita Anna Marie Tamayo-Transfiguracion

Short story of what happened that night. Me and my Tita Annie were drunk AF! So much memories and a moment that will last for a lifetime. Watch the video HERE: CLICK ME!!!

Play Beach Volleyball with Locals…

As you walk along Boracay Beach, especially in Station 2 you will see people playing volleyball, most are local Filipinos who live on the island, however don’t be surprise if you are walikng down the beach and someone playing the volleyball ask you to join the this fun activity.

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And this happened. Who do you think would win? The Expat or the Locals? 

Jonah’s Fruit Shake & Snack Bar

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A trip to Boracay would not be complete without ordering fruit shakes from Jonah’s, which has practically become an institution. There’s nothing like a tall order of refreshing fruit shake to quench your thirst from the extreme heat.

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At the moment:  Chillin’ while looking at the picturesque island.

 DELIGHTFUL SEAFOOD AT D’ TALIPAPA

Special thanks to the vendor of this who pushes us to have a photos with their fresh sea creatures.

And while waiting for our mouthwatering food, It seems this lil’ one is hungry for our dinner.

Literally a wet market, D’ Talipapa is a place where you can buy fresh seafood or meat and have it cooked in one of the market’s restaurants that offer the service.

Meet a lovely creature…

And probably you’ll meet a new friend… A cutie dog who lived in the island.

Boracay Sand Sculpture

Anyone who has been to Boracay would definitely have at least one snapshot in the the beach with the sand sculpture in the background.

It was our last day in Boracay and we were decided to make the most out of it! We still had time to swim until we were negra and negro and buy pasalubongs. There were no more scheduled activities. If not swimming, we were just lounging by the beach, eating and drinking.

The last day…

To sum up, our short-stay in island has been really a magical and unforgettable one. We can’t wait to be back here anytime soon!

At the airport…

Here are the photos before the take-off.

It’s not goodbye, it’s see you soon, Boracay! Thank you for the fun and amazing experience! 

For the highlights of our Boracay Trip, here’s the video made by my Tita Annie: CLICK ME! CLICK ME! 

 

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