Land of the Morning Calm – Day 2

I’m really, really scared to continue this post series about my travel to Korea because I’m afraid that I wouldn’t put it to justice. Words can never explain how truly wonderful the world (and God) is, the taste of fine and exotic cuisine in my mouth, how the freezing cold makes me want to run to the nearest fireplace. And all of it seems like an excellent dream, passing away through my fingers. If only I could relive each day, this time with the people who are special to me. 🙂

Enough about rambling, and on to the trip!

In my previous post, I left behind a cliffhanger pertaining to something about waking up. My roommate and I actually forgot to set our alarms one hour ahead (A BIG TRAVELLING NO NO!) so when my alarm woke us up at 6:00, it was actually 7 in the morning and check out starts at 8! We clearly don’t have time to shower, pack our things and eat breakfast.

So when we headed off to PhyongChang Phoenix Ski Resort, I could definitely eat a whole cow. But what we ate for lunch was definitely worth those long starving hours.

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This dish is called Osam Bulgogi or Cuttlefish and Pork Barbecue which we ate in a restaurant near the resort called Myeongseng.  I don’t know if it’s because I’m terribly hungry but THIS DISH IS THE BEST I’VE EVER TASTED MY WHOLE LIFE. Asked for another helping of rice (with seaweed!!!) and another.. and another..

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After lunch, we headed to the Phoenix Ski Resort, rented our BIG ASS ski boots that went up to my mid-calf and HEAVY skis that are longer than me. We actually had to WALK in those boots, ride an elevator while carrying those skis. I think I broke my back all of a sudden.

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Friends and I looking adorbs in our ski gear!

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I look like a pig. Or a sausage. A sausage-wrapped pig.

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Well if you guys think that basketball, volleyball, or soccer is hard, wait ’til you guys get a shot at SKIING. Just attaching those damned shoes to the skis take a lot of work (and concentrated balance). Falling is definitely not optional, but a requirement. It’s definitely not fun if you don’t fall!

(By the way, I’m glad one of my friends, Jean Marie, didn’t suffer any major concussions after her, um, accident. 😦 I love you babe!)

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Yay, look at me! Skiing is actually fun if we push around and just glide but the real challenge was learning how to STOP. And climb the steep hill. But I did it and managed to get a few bruises along the way!

For dinner, we went to Hanwoo Village and ate Pork Barbecue. It’s actually a specialty because they were served raw and we were in charge of cooking them according to our preferences. The pork was marinating in a special sauce and we ate them with lettuce and rice. Yuuum!

When we got back to the resort (HELLO WIFI!), we were given 2 hours to rest and enjoy the hotel amenities. We were called back to the lobby and headed to Bruce Lee’s hotel room for the Korean Noodle Cooking Demo. But that supposedly educational cooking lesson, we ended up having a great party with our tour guide and tour escorts!

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We played these party games called Baskin Robbins (the game, not the ice cream), and something called Find the Spy? Haha! It was fun, childish, and awesome and our class was the last to leave the hotel.

I accidentally lost our room key though and had to pay 7,000 KRW (roughly less than $10). Boo. So that caps off my second day (and night) in the Land of the Morning Calm. Tomorrow, we’re heading off to SEOUL! Aaah, I can imagine the city lights, people and SHOPS already.

❤ C

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My baby boy turns into a big boy!

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Last October 3, my baby brother, Caehl (pronounced as Kyle) turned 7! We have an 11 year age gap, so he’s still very much young.
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So we had a Toy Story themed birthday party at the local McDonald’s. All of his classmates came, and every one of my family members are present!

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My brother with his girl friends! What a ladies man!!

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My best friends and I were in charge of reception. It’s our job to write the name tags and make sure that they really are guests of the party!

Games were fun and endearing and it brought out the inner child in all of us. It was absolutely crazy, and even the parents joined in the fun.

There’s this game called “I Spy” which was really a people-versioned Bring Me game. So when the “Pinakamagandang Teenager” was called…

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Well, happy to say, that my little cousins love their Ate Cae so much..

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Another game involves a balloon between the legs, a chair, and a sore bum. Because my friends got called in the game, we had to play with poise..

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Or whatever poise we could handle in this exciting but embarassing game.

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Being the last in line, I was the one who’s got to pop the damn balloon.

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Well, needless to say that my team won! Girl power!

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The cake and cupcakes, all made with buttercream fondant. Woody and Buzz Lightyear is still sitting in our fridge uneaten as we speak. Can you spot the difference/similarities between me and my brother’s name? 🙂

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Look at all the fat and cholesterol. I could feel my thighs getting bigger just by looking at it.

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My family and I are thankful for having a blessing in the form of Caehl showered upon us. Being an only child may have its perks, but nothing can beat the love of a sibling. Blood truly is thicker than water. 🙂

Growing up

As I’m nearing my last year in college (I can’t believe I only have 3 semesters left!), I realized an important thing that I should have realized years ago.

It’s less important to have a ton of friends, and more important to have REAL ones.

College is one step closer to the real world. Setting my priorities straight has made me realize that life is too short and special to spend it with people that sucks the happiness out of me. Real friends love you even if you’re not very lovable, and those people are the most meaningful people you’re going to meet in life. 🙂

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Spent my September 27 at SM North Edsa with the most amazing people!

Ate at Shakey’s, and of course, ordered the Monster Meal Deal because we were like, 11 or 12 at that time.

Kymie! She’s the most bangag girl I’ve ever met. During the morning, since our classes everyday start at 7 am, she would come in at around 7:20 and look like a ghost slapped the shit out of her. I’m sorry, but she’s anemic, and she still looks absolutely beautiful. 😀

Goofing off is one of the things I normally do, which makes me so happy that with them, I can show my true personality. In the past, I feel like I’m trying to fit in this world that I think I want to be in. But in reality, I really don’t fit in. God gave me these wonderful people that actually made up my own world, the one I truly belong to. 🙂

Went to eat dessert at Conti’s for the mouth-watering, heart-stopping, bad-ass mofo cake, Mango Bravo. Unffffff

Yes, I do look silly, huh? =)) People’s idea of beauty is so distorted in society that no one stops to look at the true idea of beauty. Beauty that comes from within is the most beautiful of all. 🙂 People fail to realize that physical beauty is not very important. I really really hate people who cover up or edit their faces in photos. So what if you look stupid in your photo?
YOU. ARE. BEAUTIFUL.

Riana! One of the craziest people I’ve ever met. She’s just this little ball of energy pent up inside her that seems to never go off, except when she’s in one of her moods.

Jeje pose! Ha ha! Good bye, for now!

I will really really try my best to update this rotting blog. There are so many blessings that I have received lately, and I can’t wait to share them with you guys! Hopefully, I could find the inspiration, and the time, to sit down and write. 🙂

❤ C

Sbarro

I was sick and feeling like crap these past couple days  so I couldn’t go online and update. But just last  Thursday, Cito took me on a dinner date at a nearby mall to cheer me up! But I guess that wasn’t such a good idea, huh? ‘Cause I got sick again the day after. 😦 But I still got to see and be with him though, and that’s worth it!! ❤

He bought me two books, The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan and That Kind of Guy by Mina Esguerra (local). I finished both in two days since I was bedridden and had to sleep for two days. These books kept my company!! Just look at the covers. They’re gorgeous!!! ❤ By the way, may I just say that Rick Riordan is one of my favorite authors, AND HE HAS DONE IT AGAIN. Amazing conclusion to an epic series!!!!

So he treated me at Sbarro and I thought he was going to order our usual White Cheese/Cheese pizza which I love, simply because, HEY, IT’S CHEESE. But he surprised me by ordering a slice of Chicago White Deep Dish. Okay, if I wasn’t so sick and pathetic, I would’ve wolfed down this pizza in 3 minutes. I looooove everything cheese and tomato-y! Plus it’s got pineapples and big onion cuts which I loooove, especially on Adobo!! ❤

A dish we never ever! get tired of: Baked Ziti with Alfredo Sauce.  We order this pasta every time we eat here, simply because it’s so incredibly good!!! The cheese just melts in your mouth and warm bread you can scrape your plate with. Ha ha. Man, I get hungry just thinking about it! Craving for Italian food right now!! ❤

Too bad I only managed to eat a few bites of food due to the fact that my appetite’s gone bonkers and the food’s threatening to come out. 😦

 I do look sick, don’t I? Still managed to smile because, to be honest, he makes me smile! He makes me feel alive and well, just the sight of him tingles my bones in a good way. Even when I’m sick, he still manages to turn my mood upside-down and make me deliriously happy! ❤

❤ Cae

Cheers to my best friend/partner-in-crime/role model/idol/superhero/greatest inspiration.

I’m not a good daughter, I’ll give you that. I rebel, I’m a spoiled brat, I sulk whenever I don’t get what I want, I curse, I give the stink eye, I throw tantrums, I slam doors, I talk back, I’m lazy. I’m normal. 

And my mom doesn’t deserve all that.  She’s everything you ever want in a mom. She’s the “cool mom”. My mom and dad got married at the ripe age of 22, so I have a wonderful set of parents that keeps up with the changes of our generation. They have cooler phones than I have. They both have Facebook accounts. My mom has Twitter, while I don’t. My mom blogs. Sometimes, she comes home at midnight due to parties and dinners with her friends. I’m blessed to have parents that wants to read The Hunger Games, loves The Avengers with a passion, and loves to buy me books because it means that they can buy books too.

My mom doesn’t deserve a daughter like me. I’m the complete opposite of her. Whenever we fight, she always starts with, “Nung bata ako.. hindi ako..” and it makes me feel ashamed to be her daughter, someone she’s not proud to have.

But you know what? I’ll be that daughter. The daughter with high grades, not for my sake, but to make my parents proud. Because that’s the daughter they deserve. Someone they can be proud of. 🙂

So to celebrate Mother’s Day, this is for you mommy!

Pitstop Coffee Shop

Before shopping for our groceries, we always eat somewhere special. My dad surprised us by saying he wanted to eat at Pitstop Coffee Shop, which is only a walking distance from our house. Since the food and the atmosphere are good there, we all agreed. It’s been months since we last went there, considering it’s only near.

Grabbed from Pitstop Coffee’s Facebook page.

From the logo itself, you’d already notice the restaurant/cafe’s theme. Yup, it’s all about cars! So if you’re a car junkie, going here would be a lot like heaven.

Starting at this point, I’m really really really sorry for the crappy photos. It seems like the camera wouldn’t cooperate that day. I hope you would all bear with me. 😦

The tables are made of glass inlaid with toy car collectibles for car enthusiasts. Every table has different models and designs! The shelves are filled to the brim with more cars and motorcycles! Wall decors are.. yep. You guessed it. Something to do with those vehicles we love polluting the world so much. 😉

Cute cutlery tray and coasters! Their presentation is INCREDIBLE. I swear, if I could only judge their restaurant just by presentation, they would pass with flying colors! Heck, they can even do latte art, as seen here, considering they’re only a small coffee shop.

Lemon and Raspberry iced teas with Über-cute stirrers!! Went crazy when I saw this. I wanted to take them home with me. 😦

Needed a caffeine fix, so I ordered a Toffeenut Mocha Frappe. It was too sweet though. Starbucks’ Toffeenut is better.

I got tired waiting for my food so I ordered a blueberry muffin from the cafe. One of the best muffins are found here, I swear. Their choco-chip is also to die for!!

Vigan Longganisa for meeeee. Yup, I guessed I was pretty hungry to order this. Didn’t get to finish it, though. 😦

My brother’s (Caehl) chicken fingers, fries and bread with pesto spread. One of the best pesto sandwich spread ever! Better than the ones in Cebu!!

Carbonara for daddy!

Pancakes (though it looks like a waffle, yes, they’re pancakes) with bacon and patty for mom!

Happy tummies!!! ❤ My brother was being a pirate because we’re trying to correct his “lazy eye”. 😦 Hey, look at the bright side, he looks 1000x cuter!! ❤

❤ Cae

A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.

So for our third and last day in Palawan, we toured Puerto Princesa and visited the major tourists attractions such as the Crocodile Farm and the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm. Sharing these blessings with my favorite people in the world made my vacation all the more fulfilling!

Our first stop was Plaza Cuartel, where they used to hold American prisoners during the World War II. There’s a monument stating the names of the prisoners, and the prisoners who were able to escape and lived to tell the tale. War makes me sad. 😦

After the plaza, we swung by Immaculate Conception church, and thanked God for being able to experience the wonder of His creations. Thank you, Lord!

 Our next stop:  Palawan Wildlife Rescue And Conservation Center or also known as the Crocodile Farm. 🙂

What greeted us at the main entrance was this big, genuine crocodile skeleton and skin!!! They told us that this certain crocodile died due to old age (he was like 65 years old) and stress. He accidentally killed a person, and the humans captured him. His skin has no commercial value anymore, because as crocs grow older, it’s skin grows thicker. I later learned that baby crocodiles were captured and killed for their precious skin!!! Vowed never to buy anything made from any skin. 😐

Caught in the act: Cito and Shae touching the thick skin! It felt.. thick. Lol!

I have never seen so many crocodiles in my life! This certain room (Hatchling House) has rows and rows and rows of crocodile-filled bathtubs! Cito was shitting gold by the time we exited. “If there’s anything I’ll love as much as I love monkeys, it will be crocodiles.” – Cito

We never really understood why he’s “our future”. Maybe he’s being romantic? Or telling us that the future of the world depends on crocodiles? Lol, we never listen to tour guides. Tsk tsk.

It’s a biiiiiiig one!!!

With a baby croc! ❤ Cito’s face = epic!

And a bearcat named Ella!

Before leaving the farm, we saw an open cage!!! Eeeeeeeekkkk

Next stop: Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm! Probably one of my favorite stops in the whole tour! We loved this quote. Prisoners are still human after all, and if God can forgive them, why can’t you? Everyone deserves another chance. It’s a complete community here! There’s a church, a post office, and various buildings where they hold events.

In this prison, the prisoners were separated by their crimes. They wear blue if it was a “minor” crime, and orange if they had a “major” crime. But regardless of their crime, they weren’t placed in jail cells nor are they behind bars. They were free to roam around the entire place! They were rehabilitated and were given a choice to “serve sentence” by farming, fishing, forestry, carpentry and making souvenirs! All the souvenirs found there are made by their hands!

The Iwahig dancing inmates. They were really entertaining to watch! They were all smiles, and watching them made my heart soar! I was really proud at how they managed to turn their life around, unlike people at urban cities, where even politicians are the bad guys. If I were to become President someday (hopefully), I would make all prison cells like this, instead of criminals who were abused and rotting inside jail cells.

Sooo.. what do you think? Think I’d fit right in? 😉

A cross in the middle of the farm! A quote can also be found here, “Life began in a garden.” referring to the Creation of Man in the Bible. It goes to show that no matter what your sins are, God will always be there to accept and forgive you, once you show full repentance. We all have to ability to start anew, live a new life, and strengthen our faith in God.

Next stop: Baker’s Hill! The smell of fresh bread in the morning, sigh. One of the best smells ever! We had a mini shopping spree here, because everywhere we look, we see DELISH!

Ham and Cheese Pandesal. HANDS. DOWN. The best thing I have ever eaten!! I can still remember my first bite, when the cheese just oozed into my mouth. Gaaaah, why are you only in Palawan!!!! 😦

Cheese bread!!! I looove everything cheese!

Tuna pandesal!

Some treats we bought! Brownies all around!!!

Would you like to have a bite on one of these scrumptious cakes?…

Oh well, too bad!! Ha ha ha ha. They look so pretty and realistic, I just want to take them home and let my Barbie dolls play with it! ❤

After satisfying our fill, our next stop: Binuatan Creations! One of Palawan’s proud makers of anything weaved!

Aww, look at me weaving! It probably takes me about 5 seconds to get to weave a piece of straw while for the more practiced ones, they take about 30 minutes to weave a whole bag!!! Mindfuck. It’s fun to watch them weave! It’s like magic! Lol. 🙂

Their shop, where you can buy all sorts of pretty bags and knickknacks! These were all handmade. I could never make such pretty things! I wish I were a little more creative. 😦

And yes, you have to go barefoot to get inside! Don’t worry, it’s squeaky clean!

Had lunch, halo-halo and mais con yelo at Noki Nocs after! It was a pretty hot day.. only to be raining at around 2 PM. So we slept the whole afternoon at the hotel until it’s time for our flight back to Manila. 🙂

Good bye Palawan!!! Every photo taken is taken from Gold Arcilla and Inna Olarte. ❤

❤ Cae