SOUTH KOREA 2016: Coffee shops and Fast foods

Here’s another entry for my South Korea tips for the beginner mid-budget traveler! Hopefully, this can help you in that first ever adventure to Seoul!

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[UPDATED] SOUTH KOREA 2017: Guesthouses in Seoul

EDIT: Updated March 2018

Since I began traveling mid-budget, I rarely stay at hotels. I’ve never stayed in a hotel in Seoul. But I loved staying at guesthouses.

Guesthouses, generally, gives you a feeling of community, like a home away from home – but not quite (depending on your perspective of home, I dare say). To begin with, I’ve stayed at three different guesthouses whenever I’m in town. This is because I still want to explore staying at different parts of town and find out which is the best neighborhood for me.

For this post, I’ll discuss each guesthouse based on the following criteria: proximity to nearest subway station, proximity to Airport Limousine Bus stop, breakfast, reception, toilet/bath, space, price, facility, night life, and shopping. These are the ten points I look at when choosing a hostel or guesthouse in general. This can be your starting point in choosing your guesthouse in Seoul. Or even in other cities.

To make comparing objective, I’ll give one (1) point if it’s positive, and zero (0) if it’s negative, and point five (0.5) if there’s both positive and negative, based on my experience. I will also give explanation as necessary.

So let’s get right down to each of them.

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SOUTH KOREA 2016: Dal.Komm and Songdo Central Park

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It was a good thing we arrived early morning at Incheon Airport. Despite the lack of sleep from a midnight flight, I was very much excited of the sub-zero temperature, and Carla was excited for her first trip overseas. So we deposited our luggage at the airport and left for the business district.

Songdo is a district in Incheon developed to be similar to New York as an international business hub. It identifies itself as a smart city having computerized a number of controls such as heating system, lighting, and can even report crimes remotely. And as it wants to follow the footsteps of New York, there’s also a central park.

The two reasons why we want to go here was basically the Song Triplets and Descendants of the Sun. From the map of the area below, you can see that these two places are very near each other you can consider that this particular branch of Dal.Komm belongs to the Songdo Central Park neighborhood. LOL

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Getting NBI Clearance (Batangas City Branch)

Hi Guys!

For this article, I am going to share with you the experience I had from getting my first NBI Clearance, written in an open letter.

The NBI Clearance is sometimes a requirement for when you travel abroad, and a mandatory requirement for people who plan on working abroad.

You can check the website of NBI for the instructions and request of clearance here. It is said that effective December 27, 2016, you can no longer transact without an online appointment.

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This article will be about my experience in getting my NBI Clearance from the Batangas City Branch.

Dear NBI Batangas City Branch,

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AirBnb: Why I decided to use this in Scotland (plus discount code!)

Hey guys!

Here’s another post for my UK 2016 series.

 

So we visited Scotland for 2 days and 1 night. And for the accommodation, we decided to stay at Susan and Andrew’s Top of the Royal Mile, a flat at Upper Bow, Edinburgh.

We initially had Ibis hotels in mind for this stay, but for our September 13-14 trip, we were booking this on September 10. It was really late and the hotel prices have skyrocketed. I remembered Mem saying that her friend used AirBnb in Paris and my Boss said he also used it in Scotland. One of my fangirl friends was also in Scotland the week before and her family also used AirBnb. So without thinking twice, I logged into AirBnb and searched available accommodations. Since I didn’t do any research on Edinburgh, I decided to use the station we’ll be alighting from (Waverley) and also my friend’s place (which, unfortunately, was no longer available) as reference.

Susan and Andrew’s flat seemed the perfect place, on the map.

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When we got to the flat, it indeed, was pretty much close to everywhere. The plan was only to explore Edinburgh city anyway, so this is a good location already.

The flat is pretty spacious. Were were 4 adults and the flat has 1 room. But you can easily pull off a bedroom with the common room. Take note though that we only have one overnight bag each.

There were also reading materials in the flat, and I found this booklet on the walking tours of Edinburgh. I decided to pick that one up because we’re not planning to leave the capital city anyway. And I have always loved walking through and to beautiful places so that wasn’t a problem.

If you’re planning to use AirBnb for the first time, please use this link. It will give you P1,517 ($30) in travel credit (and will give me the same amount too!). You’ll need to sign up to AirBnb to claim it.

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UK 2016: To come and immerse

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There’s a reason why, despite being bitten by the travel bug, I don’t travel to other places. I had my goal and long-time dream of setting foot in the United Kingdom. I’ve dreamed of it since high school and finally here it is, within reach.

On this post, I will share the summary of activities I did when I was in the United Kingdom. I spent a good 22 days there, and though most of the time I was only in my Aunt’s house, I was able to explore the generic tourist places.

  1. Harvester, a British Pub
  2. Hall Place
  3. Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, and the various trains of London
  4. Hop-on, Hop-off Bus, Cruising the Thames, and Chinatown
  5. Madame Tussauds, London Eye
  6. Wimbledon and Harrods
  7. Camden Town, Borough Market, Royal Albert Hall, Picadilly Circus, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  8. The Making of Harry Potter
  9. Taking the Train to Edinburgh
  10. Edinburgh, Scotland
  11. AirBnB and Why I Decided to Use It
  12. Abbey Road, Portobelo Market, British Museum

Also, you can find my application for visa over here.