Had a short vacation before I’d start my senior year at University. This year we went to Seoul, Korea. We didn’t really tour around much so I’m just gonna write about my observations/highlights of the trip.
First off, this entry cannot be considered Korean without starting off with a helping of kimchi...
As usual and when possible, I take the window seat during our flights and whenever I do, I really cannot put myself to sleep or take some rest. The view beside me would be too captivating and I’d find myself constantly staring at the sky immersed in deep random thoughts…
We had to walk way up a hill to get to the tower since the bus could only take us so far. When we arrived, my sister told me to take pictures of the flowers somewhere in the distance but I was surprised to find out they weren’t flowers at all.
There’s a countless number of locks with inscribed love dedications. If I recall this right, I’ve seen this in a koreanovela I’ve watched before. The tower seems to be a popular attraction for couples (you see them everywhere in Korea)! Korea seems to be the asian capital for dating imho.
Whenever we go abroad, we’re also official ice-cream connoisseurs. This time, Cold Stone Creamery beats everything we’ve tried. It’s originally a franchise from the USA but it’s also in Japan, Taiwan and China.
forgot the exact flavour names but they’re strawberry and yogurt ice-cream.
So cute it reminds me of Princess Hours/Goong.
The next day we went to Nami Island or Naminara Republic (yes, it’s a Republic!). The owner must be crazy rich to maintain this huge private island. It’s really so beautiful that it was the main setting for the filming of Winter Sonata.
My memory is so bad. The quality of these old photos are even better than the quality of my memory.
Going around Korea is actually fairly easy. There’s a city bus that comes every 15 minutes called the “Seoul City Tour Bus”. You just hop in and listen to the earpiece in the preferred language and wait for the stop where you want to go to. A ticket can get you anywhere in the city for the whole day, way better than the rush times when you’re in tours.
Because we traveled on Cebu Pacific, we were able to have more money for shopping (haha!). On the next days we just went around the area near our hotel, Myeong-dong Ibis, and did some shopping here and there. Loads of free stuff when you go around the Myeong-dong area so I suggest you stay there when you’re in Seoul! Just do a little “window shopping” and you get free facial masks that costs a valuable amount here in the Cebu. Lots of The FaceShop, Skin Food, Etude House, Hollika Hollika, Tony Moly (sounds like Holy Moly!) and Nature Republic.
Except for the fact that 120 film isn’t readily available to purchase around Cebu.
I bought some Ginseng bars (doesn’t taste that bad actually!) and Dragon’s Beard to bring home to my dad and friends.
Korea’s food is usually bland. Made me appreciate the tasteful food we have here more!
On my twitter account I twitted about being scammed on the streets. Sigh. A really simple toy-like thing that was hard to resist:
See how cardboard and strings stand/dance on their own!!
IRL how/why in the world would we make such a thing just for this toy? Pssh. Money wasted. Charged to experience.
So vacation’s over and it’s back to reality– OJT and senior year at university.