• Seoul,  Seoulful Encounters 2017,  South Korea,  Travel

    The Ultimate Guide To Getting A Korean Visa For Filipinos [Updated: September 2018]

    This is the Ultimate Guide to Getting A Korean Visa For Filipinos. Yes, applications should now be coursed through Embassy-designated travel agencies. But, the requirements are essentially the same. So, this guide, as updated, is still very much important and relevant. My only wish is that you would take time to read everything before you ask questions. This post is the most visited and the most active post in my blog ever since I first wrote about it in 2012. Six years later, and after many updates, it’s still here and very much relevant. If you want to jump directly to my posts about South Korea, you can visit it…

  • Autumn In My Seoul,  Seoul,  South Korea,  Travel

    Fall In Love With Fall: The Best of Fall Activities in South Korea

    I’ve seen South Korea in almost all seasons except summer. And of all the seasons, I am most in love with fall. I frequently visit South Korea during spring and while the flowers are beautiful when in full bloom, for me, they don’t beat the beauty of South Korea’s fall foliage. They’re breathtaking and they really prove that after winter, spring and summer, nature has really prepared for the grand finale. Autumn is my favorite of all seasons in South Korea. Here are some of the photos I took when I visited South Korea around October last year to attend Food Week Korea 2017. If you are going to visit…

  • Seoul,  South Korea,  Travel

    My Favorite Korean Convenience Store Finds

    There are a lot of convenience stores in Manila. That industry had a boom when the franchise fees/packages from the popular convenience store chains dropped. A lot of Filipinos with a few capital to spare also operated their own convenience stores because while it was hard work, it’s a very lucrative business and very scaleable too especially if you are in a great location. But no matter how many convenience stores there are in my neighborhood, I don’t think going there was ever a staple part of my day. I do visit them very rarely, and only when I want a quick snack but I can’t think of anything I…

  • Seoul,  South Korea,  Travel

    Cost Of Living In Seoul

    One of the things that we always consider when we travel is the budget, of course. It’s easy to budget the costs of airfare and accommodation because much of the information are pretty much declared in the websites or travel platforms. But we’re always left wondering about how much should we budget for food, or transportation for each day in our trip. I did a roundup of all the food that you can eat for 5,000won or less, and that should be helpful when you plan your meals in Seoul. But do take note that those prices were as of October 2017, and were based on the prices of food…

  • Seoul,  South Korea,  Travel

    Healing In South Korea

    In a country where competition is stiff, and everyone works hard to make a living, tired Koreans look for something that will soothe their bodies and minds. In a recent survey, it was discovered that almost half of Korean employees have less than 5 days of vacation a year! This is why there is a current growing popularity of nap cafes in South Korea, part of the industry called “fast healing.” Employees always look for something that will solve or provide them that much needed shut-eye, and this clamor has brought forth several businesses like cafes with sleeping pods, healing fairs, cinemas where you can sleep, and public convenience lounges.…

  • Seoul,  South Korea,  Travel

    2018 Spring Specials Roundup

    It’s Spring Time in South Korea! I can still remember my trip last year which was a little late for the spring festivals, but still very much within the season for which I luckily had the chance to catch the spring flowers in full bloom, especially the tulips in Everland. Seoul is beautiful all year round, and that’s a given. But thanks to spring and its comfortingly cool weather, Seoul becomes a great place for couples, friends, and families, to experience the outdoors. It is also during spring when a wide array of festivals and events celebrating the season happen throughout the country. I have carefully picked the best of…

  • Seoul,  South Korea,  Travel

    Seoul City Eats: Feel Full for 5,000 Won or Less

    I am very excited because in this post, I am going to talk about food in my favorite city of all, Seoul! Yeay! In this post, I’ll talk about all the cheap but delicious food that can make you feel full for 5,000 won or less. This is not a “where you should eat” post, unless I say so, because I don’t want to make any claim that a certain restaurant is the best in a particular dish or something to that effect. I’ll just share what I think you should eat when you are in Seoul so that you can also fully immerse yourself in Korean culture and not…

  • Random Thoughts

    My January 2018

    It’s almost the end of February and here I am, going to talk about how my January went and flew by. Another late post, yikes! To kick off the year, I unearthed my still usable but old undated planners. My relationship with planners is that I always update them at the start of the year but then I would lose the momentum and stop planning around April or May. I have collected Starbucks planners since they started issuing that around Christmas time but stopped in 2015 because it’s just a waste of money since I don’t get to fully utilize them. I spent thousands to get a Hobonichi planner for…

  • South Korea,  Travel

    Extraordinary Jeju Island

    Jeju Island is arguably the most beautiful place in Korea. It’s not called the “island of the gods” for nothing. Jeju Island was created entirely from volcanic eruptions that happened some 2 million years ago and is considered as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The island contains the natural World Heritage Site Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes. It’s the largest island and is a preferred holiday destination in Korea. It has gorgeous beaches and lush countryside, the hiking routes are well-mapped and have clear signages, there is an efficient bus system that connects the whole island, food is great, hotels and resorts offer top-notch service for…

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