The Land of the Morning Calm – Day 4

 

 

For our fourth day in South Korea, we trekked to their most famous and largest theme park, Everland! Everland is famous for their highest wooden roller coaster (yes, it’s made of wood!) called the T-Express. Because it’s the winter season, we didn’t get to ride it since it’s closed. 😦 Oh well, I guess that gives me the perfect excuse to go back, right? 😀

 

Here are some pictures of our fun Everland experience! Due to the time constraints, we only got to ride two rides, the Jungle Safari ride, where we saw white tigers, normal tigers (lol), big brown bears and the only living Liger (lion + tiger). The lines were crazy long and the last ride we went to was the Double Rock Spin where we were flung (not gently, in fact) around and around in the air like dolls.

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After Everland, we went shopping to the most famous (and cheapest) shopping destination in South Korea: Myeongdong 🙂 Such great great finds!!!

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Can you spot me in these two pictures above? Lol

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Since Everland was a disappointing experience (long lines + short time allotted), the next Korean attraction we went to was by far the best! It was my favorite one in the whole trip. 🙂 Let me reveal what it is: THE NANTA SHOW!  

The musical has a simple back story of three cooks attempting to finish preparing a wedding banquet within a strict time limit while the manager installs his incompetent nephew among the kitchen staff. The show involves acrobatics, magic tricks, comedy, pantomime and audience participation. The unifying element throughout the musical is the use of traditional Korean samul nori music, which in this case in performed with improvised instruments, such as cutting boards, water canisters and kitchen knives. The performance is almost completely non-verbal. (c) Wikipedia

I truly had fun laughing and clapping and cheering!

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(Sneaked this shot, sshh!)

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The Nephew ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Last day in Korea tomorrow!!!!

❤ C

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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

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!

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.

One of the highlights of our trip! Introducing one of the new Seven Wonders of the World: Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park!

To get there, we had to travel by land for about 2 hours. It was a rough ride! Some parts of the road was bumpy and full of zigzags which makes it tough for people who easily gets dizzy. A random fact about Puerto Princesa: It’s the consistent winner of the ‘Greenest and Cleanest City’ according to Wikipedia (which is not a very reliable source, I know, but still)! 🙂

Ironic picture! We live in San Pedro, Laguna.. only to find it in Palawan too! 😀

Amaaaazing view! Which made our road trip not-so-boring and nakakabagot! Just look at that fog!!! Actually, Manila has the same kind. Only it’s called POLLUTION. Lol. I hate Manila. You could die young there. 😐 I live for fresh air in provinces! 

After arriving at the harbor, we waited for a few minutes for our boat that would take us to the Underground River. We look so happy! 😀

My friends and I, with our tour guide Ate Princess,  have a separate boat because one boat holds 8 people! The boat ride takes about 20-25 minutes, but the relaxing waves and breathtaking view makes it seem like 10!

Clear blue waters!!! There’s a little beach over there, and it was so isolated, we were speechless with shock as we stared at it! “I wanna live there.” – Cito

Alas, we have arrived! The Underground River was declared as a natural world heritage site by UNESCO in 1999. 🙂

Soooooo proud of my country!!! Kudos to all who voted! The Philippines are receiving a lot of negative vibes lately and it needs the right motivation for people to get off their asses and start doing their part in making our country a better place. We need inspiration!! Let’s do the beauty of our country justice!

Registration! Ha ha ha. Cito has the worst handwriting I have ever seen!

We’re now ready for our awesome adventure!!

They got separated because the boat can only hold 8-10 people. Boooo! 😦

Our tour guide (Kuya Ading) was funny as hell! I wouldn’t post his jokes here, as they wouldn’t make sense, thus won’t do them justice. Hey, did you know that a rock formation grows 1-3 mm a year? Yes, the rock formations inside are about 25 million years old!!! Here are some awesome rock formations inside the cave:

A t-rex head, and a crocodile head (at the back).

Two people hanging upside-down. 😦

Snoopy!!!! 

The “Sexy Lady” Lol 🙂

There are different “rooms” inside the cave. They were called “Fruits and Vegetables” and “Meat” rooms. The reason behind the names were because the rock formations found along that part of the cave were, yes, fruits, vegetables and meat! 😀 My favorite room was the “Cathedral”. We all had goosebumps because the rock formations were so detailed and vivid, you would’ve thought they were carved!

This is called the “Pegasus”, or the winged horse from Greek mythology.

“The Last Supper” on top of a giant “Melting Candle”!

“The Three Kings”

Other rock formations found there are The Blessed Mary, half of Jesus’ face which his nose appears to be bleeding, and an Angel. Nature and God truly is awesome!!

My seatmate throughout the ride!

Feeling fulfilled after the ride! Kudos to Kuya Ading for being a hilarious tour guide!

Happy and proud faces! Eco-tourism beats popular tourism in my book! This is what I was telling you in the past posts. I would rather experience something new and adventurous than lay in the sand doing nothing. Beaches are boring, and wouldn’t give you any sense of satisfaction and is only meant for relaxation. I want to spend my summer by being productive and fulfilled! I always get tears in my eyes whenever I see the beauty of my country. I want to become President so I can fix everything!!! 😦

Yes, it truly is more fun in the Philippines!!! ❤

Photo credits

More soon!

❤ Cae

Balinsasayaw Chicken Grill and Restaurant

For our first night in Palawan, we were craving for fresh seafood! After asking the hotel’s caretaker, we went to Balinsasayaw Chicken Grill, just a few minutes away from our hotel.

My initial reaction upon entering the restaurant was amazement. The ambiance was so romantic! The restaurant was a huge fairy-lighted garden with nipa huts that ranges from small (two people pax) and large (it can house about 8 people). Since we had a large company (we were 12 in all), we settled for a large table instead of the cute nipa huts.

With Cito and Gold!

Look at my baby brother looking all adorable! That shirt he was wearing was one of my favorites! The baseball was exactly on top of his biiiiig tummy (which I think was the point of the design)! ❤

Shakes all around! The names of the shakes were actually pretty funny. There was Macorn, which was a combination of mango and corn. It’s weird, but good!

Their specialty shake – Balinsasayaw Shake.

Bird’s Nest soup, or Nido Soup. The green and red pieces there were actually bell peppers, not carrots and chives.


Two big bilaos which consisted of heaven on banana leaves! Seafood galore!!! There’s lumpia, grilled chicken, and liempo for non-seafood eaters (like my dad. Boooo!) and grilled squid, crab, and shrimp for the seafood lovers (like everyone else on the planet). Seafood is, and always will be, my ultimate weakness. Dieting was long forgotten after this has been served!!

Fresh fruit for dessert! 🙂

The whole crew with big, happy tummies! 🙂

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.

Hello everyone! So I’ve failed to write for like, 5 days I think? Well, it’s because I’ve gone on vacay at Puerto Princesa, Palawan!

Palawan is actually one of the many summer destinations here in the Philippines. Tourism is at it’s highest in beaches and pools. Anywhere cooler, just because Manila is at it’s hottest weather! Who else here feels like they’re in a big oven and you just want to crawl inside your refrigerators? 😦

But don’t let it’s sands and waves get to you. Palawan is more than what meets the eye. Beaches and hotels are superficial. Subic, Boracay, and Batangas? They’re all the same. What we want to do is something new, something different. Anything NOT popular and superficial. You’ll soon get to see what we experienced in Palawan in the upcoming posts. 🙂

We got to airport at around 2 in the afternoon. Our flight was at 3:40 so we still have a lot of time to spare.

Me and my craaaazy friends! You already know Gold and Inna, and the one on the farthest right is Shae, who has been my friend for 13 years! When my parents asked who I want to bring on this trip, they were the first ones on my mind!

Sharing this experience with him made my vacation all the more fantastic! This trip is already looking up, just by the sight of him.

Meet my cousin, Meg! She’s my bestest friend ever!

The flight was delayed for an hour, and we had nothing to do to pass the time! 😦

Ha ha ha, look at Gold looking adorable!

When the flight pushed through, we were nothing but excited! You should be there when we scream, “Palawan, woooo!” People around us think we’re insane. Who knows? Maybe we are! 🙂

Once inside the plane! It was Shae’s first time.

It was also my baby brother’s first time! He’s so cute and quiet during the flight. 🙂

Just look at that sea! It’s soooo clear and blue, safe from pollution! Sigh. It’s like I’m nostalgic for places that I’ve never even seen. I want the old times back, back when we’re all neanderthals and there are no buildings!!! Ha ha. 😀

With my gorgeous mom. Touchdown: Palawan! It feels sooo good to breathe fresh air! ❤

Where we stayed for 3 days! Sotera’s Mansion!

Check out their Facebook page here.

The living room and kitchen.

Huge bedroom!

 More next time!

❤ Cae