• 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…

  • 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…

  • Seoul,  South Korea,  Travel,  Where to Stay in Seoul

    Where to Stay in Seoul: SAMCHEONG-DONG / BUKCHON

    This is the second location for my Where to Stay in Seoul series. The first location I wrote about was Myeongdong and you can read it here. As most of you know, Myeongdong is the ideal place for tourists specially those who are into shopping and street food. And even if that’s not your thing, it is still a good location to be at because if you have nothing to do in the evening, you can just cross over to the shopping streets and find yourself entertained by how busy that area is. Now moving on to this post, you may ask “Where is Samcheong-dong?” or “What’s there to see…

  • Seoul,  South Korea,  Travel,  Where to Stay in Seoul

    Where to Stay in Seoul: MYEONGDONG

    I’ve been getting a lot of questions about where to stay in Seoul. The thing is, there are many districts and neighborhoods in Seoul and each has its own charm. There is no single best place to stay at because there are many good options out there and the answer to the question really depends upon where you will stay, what you will do in Seoul, and how much is your budget. I am going to do a series on this topic but I will only cover, in the meantime, the areas of Myeongdong, Samcheongdong, Hongdae, and Gangnam in Seoul, and Nampo and Seomyeon in Busan. And my series will…

  • Seoul,  South Korea,  Travel

    Korean Winter Specials

    In cooperation with Trazy, Korea’s #1 online travel resource, I’m sharing with you their top Korean Winter Specials! The list is a combination of their best-sellers and newly launched packages that you are sure to enjoy. I have compiled their best of the best for your easy reference and the best part of it all: DISCOUNTS! Think of the best discounted travel activities in Korea, curated by real Koreans, based in Korea. Can’t get any better than that! Ski Resort Only Here’s the list of the popular ski tours that cater to various needs of ski tourists to Korea. The popular Vivaldi Park is especially loved by young people and…

  • Blogging University

    Blogging 101: My Blog’s Title and Tagline

    For our second assignment in Blogging 101, we were asked to revisit our blog’s title and tagline. Prior to my social media integration that I talked about in an earlier post, the title of this blog was “I Love. Therefore, I Cook.” It was something that I came up with when this blog was just all about my cooking adventures. And then my interests expanded and the title didn’t fit the contents of my blog anymore. I retained the blog domain because I somehow managed to establish a connection with my readers and that I’ve been getting a decent amount of traffic for searches that hit on “janiscooking” and Seoul.…

  • Blogging University

    Blogging 101: JanIsCooking, the Blogger and the Blog

    Hello! You might be wondering why I am posting about who I am and why I blog in between several backlog entries. This is because I decided to join Blogging University. Just consider it as my way of pursuing further learning. My name is Jan and I maintain this blog called Jan Is Cooking. I am a lawyer and I have been in this profession for 12 years now. I started blogging as a hobby way back in 2006 and have created a lot of blogs before but this is the only one that has stayed active for about 5 years now. I figured that the reason why my previous…

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