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My First Solo Trip to South Korea: Day 1

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On my way to the K-Star Road

Armed with just a backpack and a sling bag, I went to the airport to fulfill one of the items in my bucket list: To travel to another country alone.

Day 1: Agency hopping in Apgujeong Rodeo, COEX, Banpo Hangang Park

On April fools, I took the 7AM Airasia flight going to South Korea. After almost 4 hours of restlessness and one Jessica Zafra book, we landed at the Incheon International Airport. Touchdown Korea for the third time! First thing I noticed? Pinagpapawisan ako. No more freezing weather for me. Heh!

After going through the immigration, I immediately went out and looked for a money changer. I exchanged $20, just enough for my bus ride to Myeongdong. I decided to exchange the rest of my dollars near my guesthouse for better rates. As usual, I exited at gate 5 and bought my bus ticket.

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Backpacking 101

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Ticket for airport limousine

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Masungi Georeserve

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Masungi Georeserve 2016

Last February 13, 2016, I experienced a new adventure site located in Tanay, Rizal – the Masungi Georeserve.

“The Masungi Georeserve is a conservation area and a rustic rock garden tucked in the rainforests of Rizal. Masungi’s name is derived from the word “masungki” which translates to “spiked” – an apt description for the sprawling limestone landscape found within.” (http://masungigeoreserve.com/)

At Masungi, guests can experience nature, get to know more about floras and fauna, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains while going up and down rock formations and passageways made of intricately designed ropes and steel structures. It is packed with fun and a whole lot of adventure.

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Sapot (Web)

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The Nanay from afar

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4 Days 3 Nights South Korea Itinerary

Annyeonghaseyo! It’s been 3 months since I last blogged and over a month since I came back from my vacation in Korea and everything felt just like yesterday. How time flies!

Anyhow, just dropped by a bit to share with everyone the itinerary and budget that we used for my family’s trip to Korea. Considering that Korea is an expensive country to visit, I think our expenses were not a lot. Also, it was around Christmas season so I had a bit of liberty to spend a little more on food and souvenirs but still I think they were all worth it since we dined at famous restaurants in Myeongdong and brought home nice gifts for family and friends.

So here’s the itinerary that my family and I used. We didn’t get to stay there long so I just maximized the days we had in visiting places that I think they should see as first time visitors of Korea – Myeongdong, Namdaemun, Insadong, Gyeongbukgong, N.Seoul Tower, Nami, Petite France and Everland. I wish we still had time for late night shopping in Dongdaemun or an evening party or stroll in Gangnam, Itaewon or Hongdae but those places can wait. And yes, how can I forget the snow parks and Lotte World? But for now, here’s our simple itinerary packed with lots of beautiful and exciting places that I keep on falling in love with time and time again.

Budget per person (exchange rate 1,000 won=Php43):

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Korea Itinerary 4D3N

All in all, we spent around Php15,000.00 for the 4 days and 3 nights that we stayed in Korea. As for the flight, you can get as low as Php5000-Php7000 on seatsales from Cebu Pacific and Airasia. I got my flight tickets to Incheon last 2014 from Cebu Pacific for just Php7200.00 with additional 20kls baggage.

See? It’s not really that expensive to visit Korea. So if you are dying to visit the places where your favorite Idols and Kdrama stars shot their MVs, CFs, films or dramas or just want to experience snow, cherry blossom or autumn, start preparing your visa requirements now and keep an eye on those seatsales. Fighting!

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Passport Renewal at DFA SM Megamall (Update)

Last January 2015, I had my passport renewal at the DFA in SM Megamall. Unlike the last time that I experienced renewal for my Mom, this time the passport I renewed was issued in 2010 –  the most recent passport type that DFA is issuing. So I thought that a lot of you are interested in knowing the requirements. So here you go!

Before going to DFA, make sure that you have a scheduled appointment. They have a policy of no appointment no entry. You may select your desired appointment date using this site. Make sure that you have complete requirements before going to your appointment date.

Here are the requirements:

  • Personal appearance
  • Confirmed appointment  (sent through your email)
  • Duly accomplished application form (sent through your email)
  • No need to submit a passport size photo
  • Most recent expiring or expired passport
  • 2 Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity (original and photocopy)

As for the picture IDs, I brought my UMID (Unified Multipurpose ID) and company ID. Other valid IDs are your SSS ID, Driver’s License, School ID and Professional License. You may visit this site for the list of other valid IDs.

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Snowvivor Korea Day -1 – Seoulmates

Group shot at Nami Island

Group shot at Nami Island

“So, baby, now
Take me into your loving arms
Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars
Oh, darling, place your head on my beating heart
I’m thinking out loud
That maybe we found love right where we are
Oh, baby, we found love right where we are”

Napakanta ka no? That was my LSS for one week. What’s with this song? Nothing actually. Haha. I just can’t find the right words to start blogging about our trip. It felt like the counterpart of Free during our Indochina adventure. This song was on repeat mode on Mark’s laptop ever since I arrived in Seoul – for 4 nights!. 😛

Anyway, I think part of me was having a hard time because I wasn’t there on the first day of the tour – I know, SAYANG! Good thing I still got to have my own mini city tour. 🙂 So I’ll leave Day 0 and Day 1 to Mevin and start this post with Day -1 instead. Because the weather in Korea during our visit was negative, might as well start the blog with Day -1.

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