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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 47,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 17 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Windstruck – Life Hacks from My Adventure in Korea

Snowvivor Korea 2014

Snowvivor Korea 2014

I was cleaning my old college files when I stumbled upon a reflection paper that my Communications professor asked us to write after watching A Walk to Remember. Though I can vaguely recall what I wrote, I felt that the what I have learned from the movie stayed with me until now. Then I realized that I needed to do my own reflection of the Korea trip before it was long gone. So I asked myself, did I bring home anything special aside from the boxes of Pepero? What has changed since I came back?

Everland

Everland

Life Hacks

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What Traveling in a Smaller Group Made Me Realize

The Many Faces of Melvin

The Many Faces of Melvin

Even in my wildest dreams, I never thought that there would come a time that I will be tagged in a same picture for five to six times. I honestly couldn’t believe that the people who were once strangers to me became some of my good friends.

City Tour

City Tour

April 9th early morning, I arrived at NAIA after an epic backpacking trip across Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. And since then, there was no stopping me. I felt that I needed to go on another trip. When Tikoy told us about a seat sale. I was hesitant. But I know one thing, I’d like to do another trip with Tikoy. So we booked a flight to Korea even without the assurance of an approved visa.

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Snowvivor Korea Day 5 – Serendipity

N. Seoul Tower

N. Seoul Tower

Day -1: Seoulmates

Day 0: Fire and Ice

Day 1: The Heir

Day 2: Finding Everland

Day 3: That Winter the Wind Blows

Day 4: Frozen

It was 6 in the morning. I couldn’t quite explain what I was feeling inside. Either I was sick or just too sad that it will be our final day in Korea. The days have gone too fast and I will be saving goodbye to this place that I only used to see in Korean dramas. I will be bidding goodbye to the people I met unsure of when I’ll see them again. It was bittersweet but I must move forward.

Locked in Love

Locked in Love

Tikoy knocked on our door and reminded us of the check out time. Mel and I were almost done with our preparation as we head out to Namsan Tower. I was really not feeling well. I guess the three of us in our room. I asked Tyx for medicine but she didn’t have any so I settled on what was on my medicine kit. I think we were able to consume whatever was left there. After we gave last-minute instructions to Mark and settled our plans for the rest of the day, we head out for the train station.

It was a cold morning. But not as cold as the previous days. The weather in Seoul might have felt that we needed warmth as we will soon bid goodbye to this lovely place – warmth to suppress all the cold feelings away.

We took the train to Myeongdong and it was an easy ride. We waited for bus 5 that took us all the way up to the N. Seoul Tower also known as Namsan Tower. We were dropped of at the bus stop and from there we hiked up to the entrance of the observatory. The observatory opens at 10am and we were there an hour earlier so I looked around and took a couple of shots of Seoul’s skyline. Seoul has captured my heart despite my short stay in the city. While we cannot understand most of what people were saying or what were written on the signs and billboards, I felt a connection that I did not feel in any other countries that I visited before. I felt at home. I guess this happens if part of your everyday life consists of Korean culture. It becomes a part of you somehow.

Seoul Skyline

Seoul Skyline

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Snowvivor Korea Day 4 – Frozen

Travel Factor Snowvivor Korea 2014

Travel Factor Snowvivor Korea 2014

Snowvivor Korea

Snowvivor Korea

Day -1: Seoulmates

Day 0: Fire and Ice

Day 1: The Heir

Day 2: Finding Everland

Day 3: That Winter the Wind Blows

I felt sick the moment I opened my eyes on our fourth day. Our room was unbelievably hot. When I decided to get up, Shiela was already finished with everything. Ang husay! I then decided to have a quick coffee and take a bath. After everything, I went out of the bathroom and as always, Mark was still in bed (consistent ka bro! Iba ka!). When he got out of bed, he had his breakfast and asked for coffee (e di tinanong ko, Kopiko o Nescafe?, he chose one of them, I won’t tell–bro code).

Few minutes later, Tikoy entered our room and asked if we were all set. When everyone was downstairs, we were off to the Ski Resort.

Ready na?

Ready na?

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Snowvivor Korea Day 3 – That Winter the Wind Blows

Next Travel Factor magazine cover

Next Travel Factor magazine cover

Candid

Candid

Day -1: Seoulmates

Day 0: Fire and Ice

Day 1: The Heir

Day 2: Finding Everland

One winter morning in Seoul. You heard people running from the corridor of your guesthouse. What was the commotion about? Then your phone beeped. You opened your viber and suddenly a photo appeared. (No you’re not in the movie One Missed Call.) It was a photo of two guys in their sandos and shorts outside the freezing weather. Hahaha. Crazy guys. Next time sa intersection naman ang photoshoot natin! 😀

I have crazy roommates

I have crazy roommates

This day was dedicated to the Korean drama Winter Sonata because we visited one of its famous locations – Nami Island. To tell you the truth, this was the day that Mel and I really thought most about. May photoshoot at theme so dapat maganda ang suot. Haha. My roommates and I were dressing up when we noticed that our clothes all looked the same. Matchy-matchy. Black coats with red scarves. Yung totoo, pinag-usapan ba natin to? Hindi ko alam napadalhan pala si Mark ng memo ng outfit ng room 303. 😛 When we all gathered downstairs they also noticed that we looked like students going to school in our uniforms – Hogwarts classmates! 🙂

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Snowvivor Korea Day 2 – Finding Everland

“You know that place between sleep and awake, the place where you can still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.” - Tinkerbell

“You know that place between sleep and awake, the place where you can still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.” – Tinkerbell

Group shot at the entrance

Group shot at the entrance

Day -1: Seoulmates

Day 0: Fire and Ice

Day 1: The Heir

They say that there’s a child in everyone of us. That you’re never too young nor too old to enjoy life’s own little pleasures – riding a carousel, taking a picture with a theme park mascot or buying rainbow-colored cotton candies. I guess this was the reason why we can never resist visiting theme parks everytime we travel. To bring out the child in us and just have fun.

Day 2 aka Everland day, marked my first full day in Korea. I arrived the night before, all alone, while the rest had their city tour. I was anxious and excited at the same time. I never had the chance to mingle or at least warm up (warm up? how apt!) with them. We just had our casual ‘his’ and ‘hellos’ and then parted.

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