• Seoulful Encounters 2017,  South Korea,  Travel

    Seoulful Encounters [Busan/Seoul 2017] – Arrival in Seoul and KTX to Busan

    In 2014, KORAIL began to offer KTX high-speed train connections from Incheon International Airport to Seoul, Daegu, Busan and other cities in Korea. However, the Incheon Airport KTX service has been suspended as of the end of March 2018. The main reason was that the demand was too low and ridership stayed far below necessary numbers.  This blog post was written when the KTX Incheon-Busan service was still available. Note that KTX Seoul-Busan is still open and very much available. I arrived in Seoul around 5 in the morning of April 17. It was still cold outside but the temperature inside Incheon International Airport was just right. I got a…

  • Seoul,  Seoulful Encounters 2017,  South Korea,  Travel

    Seoulful Encounters [Busan/Seoul 2017] – Family Fun Day at Everland thru Trazy.com

    Last April 24, my husband, 4 year old son, mom, dad, and I were able to visit Everland through the blogger sponsorship program of Trazy.com. It was such a great privilege to be sponsored to enjoy the world’s 4th biggest theme park – something that I have always wanted to experience along with my family. Trazy.com, a play with the words “travel” and “crazy”, is a one-stop travel booking site where you can easily find the latest, trendiest, and newest things to do in Korea at the best price – from travel activities, tours, performance and concert tickets, and even passes to beauty make-up experiences. Everything you need to know…

  • Seoul,  Seoulful Encounters 2017,  Travel

    Seoulful Encounters [Busan/Seoul 2017] – 10 Days in Busan and Seoul Spring Itinerary

    About a year or two ago, when we were talking about how we wanted to celebrate our respective 40th birthdays, my husband asked if I wanted to do a Europe tour, or visit the US again, or maybe throw a party. I said I just wanted a low-key celebration and a solo trip to Seoul to spend at least 2 weeks there and enjoy the place at my own sweet pace. Now, I finally just concluded my 10-day trip to Busan and Seoul. It’s the first time I traveled without my husband and son and while I frequently found myself being homesick and missing them during the first 6 days,…

  • Taiwan,  Taiwan Travel 2015,  Travel

    Taiwan Travel 2015 [Day 5] – Kao Chi at Yongkang Street, As Good As Din Tai Fung

    If there is one thing that I regret, it would be my failure to explore Yongkang Street while in Taipei. I cannot believe that I was not able to find time for Taipei cuisine’s mecca and home to the original Din Tai Fung! Yongkang Street is where you can find restaurants and cafes during the day and market carts and independent sellers at night. It’s where you can find any type of food be it Chinese, Korean, American, Italian, Japanese, and others. Next time, I will definitely devote time for Yongkang Street in addition to Raohe Night Market, Wufenpu, and a hot springs resort. Next time, next time. On our…

  • Taiwan,  Taiwan Travel 2015,  Travel

    Taipei Travel 2015 [Day 4] – Yehliu Geopark

    One of the things that I like about Taipei is that you don’t need to fly nor drive too far to experience its natural wonders. Unlike in the Philippines where it is so much effort to get to the best beaches especially considering that our transport system is, sadly, and it makes me cringe to say this, third world, it is the opposite for tourists in Taipei. Just an hour away from the city, you can see geological formations that, in my case, reinforced my faith and awe in the magnificent blessings of God. Frankly, it’s the same feeling I felt when I see beaches, or mountains, or even when…

  • Taiwan,  Taiwan Travel 2015,  Travel

    Taipei Travel 2015 [Day 3] – Shilin Night Market

    We can’t let our first night in Taipei pass by without visiting Shilin Night Market. We already experienced Fengjia (Fengchia) Night Market  in Taichung, and Ximending itself buzzes with street food carts and stalls so you might be wondering why we were raring to go to Shilin then. I don’t know exactly where the excitement came from as I have already read that there are better night markets out there. But it must be because Shilin is the largest and the most famous of all night markets in Taiwan. True enough, Shilin didn’t fail us with the variety of street foods we sampled! Word of caution: food porn after the…

  • Taiwan,  Taiwan Travel 2015,  Travel

    Taiwan Travel 2015 [Day 3] – Longshan Temple, Bopiliao Ancient Street, and Taipei 101

    We transferred from Taichung to Taipei on the 3rd day of our Taiwan trip via the High Speed Rail. Because it was lunchtime when we arrived at the Taipei Station, we decided to have our lunch at a hot pot restaurant there before going to Amba Hotel in Ximending. While it wasn’t really a tiring transfer, we decided to relax for a bit at the hotel before heading out to explore Taipei. What we initially planned as a quick rest turned out to be an oversleeping fest 😀 It was almost 5pm when we reached our first destination!

  • Seoul,  South Korea,  Travel

    New Korean Visa Requirements for Filipinos

      I have updated my Getting a Korean Visa blog post to include the new Korean Visa requirements for Filipinos which took effect last March 1, 2015. The requirements are not exactly new but more like a clarification and/or an expansion of existing requirements. For those of you who are traveling to Seoul, please take note of these requirements and hop on to my blog post and comments section thereof to know more.

  • Cebu,  Resorts,  Travel

    A Weekend At Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan

    I didn’t know that my relationship with the beach or even with pools and/or swimming in general will be rekindled. I grew up in a coastal town of Batangas where my family used to have a private resthouse just right in front of the beach. I somehow got tired of the beach in general and I ended up gravitating towards the the city life more. Who would have thought that one weekend with my baby is all it takes for me to fall in love with swimming once again? Last November 15-17, I went to Cebu with my in-laws and we had to choose between staying at Shangri-La Mactan or …

  • Heart and Seoul 2014,  Seoul,  South Korea,  Travel

    Heart and Seoul 2014 – Pojangmacha Experience in Jongno-3 ga

    This is part of a series of posts under the category Heart and Seoul 2014. I love Korean dramas and when I discuss this topic with my friends who are also into K-dramas, we always say that there are scenes that are generally common among those that we’ve watched.  And if there’s one that really stands out from my list, it has got to be a pojangmacha scene.

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