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

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

McCoy’s Brick Oven Pizza

For our second night in Palawan, we saw this restaurant that sells “brick oven pizzas” and it immediately caught our eye, not to mention our appetites.

Stepping inside the restaurant, the smell already got to us. It smells so amazing!! Fresh bread baking, and different kinds of herbs lingers in the air. We were so hungry that we could have ordered everything off the menu!! It was a pretty tiring day, after all.

Cute and cozy interiors!! Feels like hooome. ❤ Each table is different, by the way! 🙂

Even the plates are cute!! I swear I spazzed out when I saw these and immediately called dibs on the pink one with two flowers. Each one of us has a unique plate! ❤

Three pitchers of iced tea for the 12 of us! This was actually insufficient, and we had to order another pitcher.

Mojos for our appetizer! Perfectly crisp, though the gravy was forgettable. 🙂

Seafood Marinara! Too salty, blech. :p

Creamy Beef and Mushroom pasta!! This was heaven on a plate!!

What amazed me most was their pizzas!!! Their pizza sizes are THE SAME as Yellow Cab, but half the price! Their most expensive 18″ pizza is priced at P490 php only! Gaaah, can I live at Palawan now?

Hands. Down. The. Best. Pizza. I. Have. Ever. Eaten.
Their McCoy’s Special! Craaving for this! ❤

Had blueberry cheesecake for dessert, though we were too excited to eat to take a picture. 😦

Downsides: SERVICE WAS TERRIBLE. They just placed the plates of food on one side of the table, and just waited for us to move it to a free space. When we also asked for an additional pitcher of iced tea, there was no room on the table. She just stared at us while we moved the empty dishes that they were supposed to remove already. We had to call a waitress about 4 times before she got to our table. 😐

Last night in Palawan!

❤ 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! 🙂

We’re not a team. We’re a time-bomb!

I just got home from a movie date with my boyfriend!  I hope you’re all prepared for a bombard of The Avengers-related posts!!! So if you haven’t watched the movie, don’t worry. This post has no spoilers, I promise you!

So my boyfriend and I agreed on a “race” wherein the last one to arrive at the cinemas would get to treat the other ice cream. Cito, being the lazy asswipe he is, was the loser of our little game! Ha! In your face! 😛 ❤

So while waiting, I decided to treat myself to some Okinawa Basic Milk Tea from Infinitea. Since they don’t have egg pudding, I opted for no add-ons. Ugh, I hate pearls. Notice my shirt. *wink wink* (See post here)

When he arrived, we bought our tickets for the next show time! I called the cinemas beforehand and asked if a lot of people are going to be watching. Thankfully, the clerk told me that only a few were there. So we were lucky to get really decent seats!

First off, I apologize for the lousy shot. We were already in the cinemas when I forgot that we hadn’t taken any food shots! *face palm* This family-sized nacho salad is from our favorite movie-snack restaurant, Southern Flavors. Their quesadillas ARE TO DIE FOR. Trust me on this one!! ❤

After the movie, I felt fat after eating those nachos (and some of his french fries) so we opted for something healthy for dessert! Californiaberry nonfat frozen yogurt was definitely the way to go. Crushed grahams and fruit all the way!

Non-relevant: We saw this amazing book at Powerbooks while strolling around the mall! It’s the classic story of Pride and Prejudice – zombified! Being a total dork, I am definitely buying this the next time we hit the mall. Hilarious! 😀

I asked him to buy me cotton candy instead of ice cream. I adore the Barbie sticker! ❤

I am sooooo glad I have a wonderful boyfriend to share life’s sweet blessings with! He instantly turned gay the moment the movie started!! ❤

Read my movie review here!

❤ Cae

We live for the nights we’ll never forget with the friends we’ll always remember.

Last April 9, my senior high classmate, Shanille, celebrated her 18th birthday! All of our classmates were invited (though less than half came) and I knew that it’s going to be fun seeing them again after two years. The last I saw them was graduation! 😀

Sooo happy I got to see my girls again! 🙂

I miss pigging out on food and not be conscious about my body! Yummy food keeps screwing up my diet! 😦

Laughs all around! I remember my senior year in which every single one of us has a unique and hilarious laugh! One laugh would trigger another laugh, which would then trigger every other’s laughs all throughout the classroom! My tummy would always ache during one of our laugh fests! Yes, we were carefree and happy kids back then!

Boyfie ❤ Yes, we were classmates during high school!

Cito’s one of Shanille’s 18 roses! 🙂

A birthday is not complete without icing fights! Oh the joys of childhood!

With the birthday girl! Forgive me for being haggard-looking! This photo was taken at around 11 PM, and just minutes before going home. It was a crazy night!

Happy birthday beautiful! ❤

Ciao!

❤ Cae