SOUTH KOREA 2013 Day 2: MyeongDong Area

Just a quick summary of day 2: Myeongdong Cathedral, Paris Baguette, Myeongdong Shopping, N Soul Tower, Teddy Bear Museum, Lotteria, SPAO

I officially admire the weather forecast in Seoul. They said it was going to rain on April 6 and it actually rained! The whole day we were there, it was raining non-stop. Imagine the cold wind and freezing rain water.

With this arrangement, we decided to venture around one place with roofs to protect us from the cold rain.

At around 9am, we set out for Myeongdong Cathedral. Our original schedule was to attend Mass here on Sunday, but my relative invited us to attend one with Filipinos at Hyehwa.

MyeongDong Cathedral: taken from its patio

MyeongDong Cathedral: taken from its patio

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SOUTH KOREA 2013 Day 1: Arrival, Petite France, Nami Island, Jung-gu, Dongdaemun

A little over a year ago, I went to South Korea for 4 days and 4 nights (we arrived at night). It was an amazing trip, and it was one to cross out from my bucket list. I would love to go back, though, and vist the Boseong Tea Garden – yes I still want to visit that spot I swore I would visit but didn’t really have the chance to. In a longer vacation, maybe. But for now, on with the commentary!

On our arrival, it was surprisingly cold. From the airport, we went directly to our guesthouse which was located in Jongno-5. We took the Bus from the airport and alighted a good 3 minutes from the guesthouse. It’s called KimChee Dongdaemun Guesthouse and you can check more about them on this site. Note, however, that the area is filled with red-light bars. Although we didn’t witness anyone actually “selling” doors and windows were filled with erotic posters of women.

We had dinner (midnight snack) at the closest 24-hour restaurant, one that we did not bother returning to. HAHA. There were drunk men on the streets, but I guess the good thing about it is that they were just minding their own business. You know just… drunk-talking?

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Back from the Land of the Morning Calm

Apologies for the lack of drama reviews. I know I said I’ll post an extensive review of The Princess’ Man, but apparently, work got busier so I had to drop off on my review half way. But don’t worry; I’m still going to post it up once I’ve reorganized my schedule.

Next, I just returned from my trip to Seoul, South Korea (yes, the land of the K-Dramas and K-Pop) and I will also post about my adventures there. I’m thinking of merging my blogger account here, since that page doesn’t get as much traffic as this one. Plus it’s hard enough as it is to maintain one, what more if I’ll have two.

Worst case scenario is I drop them both – something that I don’t really want to do. Therefore, watch out for my travel posts here as well.

Lastly, I want to let all of you know that Seoul – or South Korea in general – hasn’t raised any higher alert level yet. If you plan on going there, go at your own risk. People will say it’s safe, and South Koreans are acting normal (like nothing is happening, and they have the least care in the world), but trust me, you never want to be caught in a battle or war in a country where too little people speak English.

Stay safe!

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Fall in Love with Endless Love III: Summer Scent

I’ve been sitting a lot these days, what with school over, and just finding and waiting for job opportunities. I realized that I have so much time in my hands, that I decided to use them by backtracking on old Korean dramas that really took Hallyu to the next level.

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I’m talking about the Endless Love series. I have finished watching Autumn Tale, and currently got some free time on my hands while waiting for the series to buff on YouTube. Anyway, I’ve already talked about a previous topic within the drama, and thought of putting up another one.

Time-tested love versus Fated love. I haven’t been in love; well, none that you can categorize under the two. And to be honest, I can’t quite put my finger on which among the two am I supposed to believe in.

People say, however, that the time spent by two people together does not determine the love they have for each other. Sometimes even, time also cannot determine how much two people know about each other.  I believe things like knowing about each other comes naturally. So does fate. Love that happened within the confines of Fate can never be forced, and it can never be helped.

Although practically speaking, love tested by time is usually the safest to go with. But that does not guarantee that Fated love can make any two people be less happier.

Similarities of Coffee and Love?

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I am currently watching Summer Scent, the third season installment of Endless Love, with Autumn Tale and Winter Sonata as its predecessors. I have finished watching Autumn Tale, but I still can’t bring myself into watching the second one (even if winter is my favorite season!).

Anyway, the first or second episode brought about a discussion of the two leads regarding the similarities of coffee and love.

When the topic was opened up, i couldn’t help but think, “They both end in ‘e’!” But of course, being a drama (and having a lot of viewers to boot) they gave out deeper similarities among the two, such as both being sweet and bitter, and having different varieties. Coffee and love also supposedly comes at different times, but they are best enjoyed hot. You also crave for more, especially in a rainy day/night. You start loving it when you get older, but you crave for that one special taste you have gotten yourself used to… they went on discussing numerous similarities between the two that I thought maybe there are really more to coffee and love than are the obvious.

I am starting to really enjoy watching dramas. It’s as if I hit two birds with one stone: I enjoy watching and learning a lot of different techniques regarding the life behind the lights and cameras, at the same time I learn about lessons in life – whether they be realistic or not.

Anyway, who would have thought that there would be more to  coffee and love than just ending with the same letter?