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

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

Singing la-da-da-da-da, I’ll be there in a heartbeat.

The title of this post was taken from Simple Plan’s Summer Paradise, a really feel-good song, though the lyrics say otherwise. I’m currently on a hipster mood, downloading songs that are not too mainstream on YouTube (Ssh!). I actually discovered 20+ songs, some were recommended by my hipster of a boyfriend. But enough about me and my penchant for things geeky.

So as you can predict by now, my family and I always shop for groceries every Saturday. That would be considered as our “family day” instead of the usual Sunday (because we don’t go to Church, read about it here).

Here are some of my finds:

Totally spazzed out when I saw this! Perfect for cold nights!! I swear, it’s more comfortable than a bulky comforter. Though thinking about cold nights right now is like shooting the moon because of the scorching summer sun we’re currently experiencing.

Cutie nail cutter! I don’t know why, but my nails are super soft and sensitive so I can’t grow them long because they tend to chip and break. So this, along with it’s partner-in-crime, Mr. Nail File, are my nails’ best friends!

My new Candy Magazine School Planner! I had a lot of help with last year’s one, so it will surely help loads with this! It’s so adorable, and it’s from my favorite magazine! Candy is the best magazine for teens, in my opinion. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but because of this planner, I can’t wait for school!!

Meg Cabot is one of my favorite authors, and boy, am I glad to see this on National Bookstore’s shelves since I was looking for this in forever!! ❤

New Avengers shirt featuring Iron Man!! He’s easily my second favorite Avengers hero, and yes, it’s largely because of RDJ. ❤

Found these suuuper cute necklaces for only 30 php in National Bookstore of all places!!

New nail polish to experiment with and to add to my growing collection!

New things for my dorm! A floral plastic mug, pink plates, and a swirly apple green broom and dust pan! We love accessorizing and decorating our dorm with cute stuff!

And since we’re on the topic of awesome finds, here are pictures of my souvenirs from Palawan! Who knew people there can be so stylish?

Awesome bangles for only 100 php each! Red is my favorite color to accessorize with, and you can never go wrong with pearls!

Instantly fell in love with this floral hat the minute I laid my eyes on it. ❤

It’s more fun in Palawan, Philippines shirt! ❤

My favorite, “I explored Palawan” shirt! Palawan is very special because it was my first trip with my family! 🙂

Off to watch Dark Shadows with my parents!

❤ Cae

New babies!

Went shopping with my family today! Every Saturday is our family day because we eat out and shop for our groceries. Here’s what I bought:

I’ve always wanted these!!! I’ve got a penchant for raglans shirts because they’re not too girly, nor too manly. Perfect for casual dates or hanging out! Fortunately, Artwork has a big range of designs to choose from. You have to buy fast, because sizes are running out.

T-strap flats from Solemate!! Got these babies for only 300 php. ❤

Ha ha ha ha. Batman briefs for meeee! I love Batman with a passion! He’s the only superhero without any superpowers yet he still manages to be awesome. My other favorites are Hawkeye, Daredevil and Iron Man. Yes, I prefer heroes without superpowers. 🙂

New book! Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. I loved her Delirium series and I know this wouldn’t disappoint. I was hoping for three new books that were supposed to be released last May 1 but unfortunately, it hasn’t reached the Philippine shores yet (I think).

I just loooove the feeling of buying new school supplies! It gives off a positive vibe and reminds you that the summer vacation is almost over! Personally, I can’t wait for school, because this is my junior year in college!! This is the REAL DEAL. No more extracurricular activities, NSTP, or P.E. classes! This is our major year, and I expect that it will be difficult! I hope I can make it! 🙂

More about our Palawan trip soon!

❤ Cae

Jack’s Loft

After that tiring shopping spree, my mom and I decided to dine at Jack’s Loft which was also connected to My Thai.

My gorgeous mom and I.

We were sooo hungry. I haven’t eaten a bite the whole day (and that was already 7 in the evening!) due to the fact that I woke up at 2 in the afternoon then went to the mall straight away. I wanted to order everything off the menu!

 I was excited to share the Fishbowl Iced Tea with my mom! We were iced tea freaks and this “fishbowl” was cute!

We were losers because we weren’t able to finish the whole thing 😦

I was torn ordering between the Onion Rings and Jack’s Cheesy Fries! This was a good choice, though. The gravy was ah-may-zing! I had to order another batch because I just want to drink the whole thing.

My mom ordered a Shrimp Pad Thai from My Thai. Definitely yummy!

Philly Cheese Steak for me! My jaw ached from chewing though. The bread was kind of tough but the onions were delicious! I just love onions. 🙂

 Will definitely be coming back 🙂

Ciao!

❤ Cae

Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping.

Shopping with my mother is fuuun! I was always reluctant to ask my mom to buy me stuff because I know we weren’t rich, just well-off. Except for books. Books are always special to us, and sometimes I wouldn’t hesitate picking one off a shelf and begging my mom to “please, please, please!” buy me the darn book whenever we hit the mall.

Clothes and accessories are a different story altogether. Whenever I need to go to a party (birthday or otherwise), or any event, I guess that’s the only time that I would ask my mom to take me shopping, especially this time in my life wherein a whole lot of my batchmates were having their debuts!

So when my mom treated me to a shopping spree, wow, it’s a spree indeed! Trekked off to Festival Mall when my mom clocked off work.

Found these at a mini bazaar in the mall (And I mean mini bazaar. There are, like, less than 10 stalls)

 My mom and I bought shirts at Penshoppe! Hers was the ‘Born to Inspire’ shirt, which, in my opinion, is totally true. She inspires me to be the best I can be everyday. Mine is the v-neck shirt with sequined pocket. Pretty boring compared to hers but I love the detail!

Satin shorts at Bench. I just love the sequined waistband!

Pretty bow at the back!

A black sheer button-up top and tan satin shorts with scalloped details at Preppy!

A pair of floral t-strap sandals from Celine. Perfect for the beach! I can’t wait to try these at Palawan this summer. Gaaah

Coral lipstick from Etude House!
My mom said that I was always wearing pink and red lippies, so I decided to buy something orange-y for a change. (Oh and by the way, my horoscope at Candy Magazine said that a “scarlet lip stain” and “red items” are my favorites! Which is so true.)

 Striped top with a Peter Pan collar and a feather necklace from Genevieve Gozum!
GG will never fail to be one of my favorite shops to visit. Their products are affordable yet classy, and they always update their stocks with the latest trends!

New sunnies from Hawaiian Sun (found in Robinson’s)
My mom told me to buy that because I’d look like a gasp celebrity!

New bikini from Sassa!

 

A pair of pink and floral beach shorts, lace cover-up, and cutie patootie orange bikini tote bag! Izzo cuuuuuute. All from Robinson’s Dept. Store!

Cute heart-printed skirt at Candie’s! It was also available in pink, but I think the blue matches more clothes in my closet, thus more practical. I love the bow in the waistband!

More photos (where we ate, etc.) soon!

Ciao!

❤ Cae