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Win A Trip For Two To Korea!

After all my travel diary posts from my Korea trip, doesn’t it want to make you go there and explore the cities yourself?? I actually miss the city and their food already! Can I just say, going to South Korea via AirAsia is really awesome. With their low fares, you definitely have more to spend for shopping and traveling around the country. It’s very important to be a wise spender, especially when traveling- you’ll really get to save a lot of money by booking through AirAsia. Also, since I’m done with all my Korea travel posts, I want one of my readers to experience it also. I’m giving you guys a chance to WIN A TRIP FOR TWO TO KOREA VIA AirAsia! I’ll only be choosing one winner so make sure you think of a nice answer! The mechanics are very easy, all you have to do is:

1. Like AirAsia on Facebook

2. Follow AirAsia on Twitter (@AirAsiaPH)

3. Tweet the reason why you think you’ll fall in love with Korea via @AirAsiaPH with the hashtag #AirAsiaInKorea

4. Comment below with your full name and Twitter account after.

Don’t forget the hashtag because I’ll be choosing the winner there! Contest promo is from July 21-28 only. I’ll be announcing the winner via my Facebook and Twitter account. Good luck guys! BMS.

Travel Diary: Seoul, Korea II

This is my fifth and last Korea travel diary. Sad, right? But I think I’ve pretty much shared with you guys my entire experience in Korea! We still had a full day tour before going to the airport at 6pm.

We went to Design Market and toured around the studio where the TV series “You Who Came From The Star” was shot. Yes, for those of you guys who are koreanovela addicts- you’ll love this post! I recently watched the series because of Camille and I am so into it. Now I sleep at 4am or 5am because I can’t stop watching it.

The props they used when Do Min Jun was in his Joseon Dynasty.

The carriage that was used when he saved the girl who was about to die. Okay, for those of you who haven’t watched it yet, I’m not ruining it- this is actually the start of the story! Haha. I really recommend you guys to watch it! I still get kilig just thinking of the series.

The shoes they they wore during the ancient days.

They had an area there where tons of cameras will go off at the same time and it creates a video with 3D effect (ala Matrix-style). I have a copy of the video but for some reason I can only view it online. It’s so amazing!

We were able to try “Tuho” too. It’s a traditional korean game that requires you to throw sticks into a large canister.

Here we go! Touring inside Do Min Jun’s room first. This is his bedroom. Wow! I wish he was actually there so I can hug him!! He’s so cute!

Do Min Jun’s living room.

His secret library where he keeps all his ancient books, paintings and diaries.

Cheong Song I’s room. Oh, how I wish my room looked this comfortable.

Her walk in closet that all girls must want to have.

I really enjoyed seeing the huge studio and I’m sure you guys would love seeing it in person too. Also, if you haven’t watched “You Who Came From The Star” yet, you have to watch it! HAVE TO.

We had lunch at N Table near Design Market in Dongdaemun and it was my first time trying shabu-shabu in Seoul. The taste is so healthy and delicious! It was buffet style so you can be the one to choose everything you want to eat.

What’s amazing is that aside from the food buffet area, they also have unlimited drinks, including beers, wine and champagne. Cool, right?

Last stop before rushing to the airport: N Seoul Tower, also called the Namsan Tower. It marks the highest point in Seoul.

I guess Koreans love to vandalise too. Haha.

Spotted the a sketch of the characters of “You Who Came From The Star” outside N Seoul Tower. That’s Do Min Jun and Cheong Song I!

Was lucky to see a show that was happening outside N Seoul Tower. We lacked time so I wasn’t able to see the entire program.

When we got to the top of the tower, I was out of words when I saw this magnificent urban view. It looks so busy and wonderful!

Each window says how far you are from a certain country. I’m 2,625.7km away from Manila.

You can also buy souvenirs too.

Been wanting to visit the Namsan Tower since my first trip to Korea and I’m so happy it happened. These amazing lock padlock trees are so nice to look at. It’s just like the one in Paris- write you and your loved one’s name and put it there.

That’s the end of my travel diary! Thank you again AirAsia and Korean Tourism Manila for inviting me to trip trip. I had so much fun. Now that you know where to go in Korea now, GET A CHANCE TO WIN A TRIP TO SOUTH KOREA VIA AIRAISA! If this got you interested, please wait for my blog giveaway post about it tomorrow. BMS.

Myeongdong

Ferrin and Gruss sunnies

Zara top

Charmed Life necklace

Abby Jocson bag

vintage skirt

Hermes cuff from Elitista Manila

Zara sandals

White, black and gold. Who can go wrong with this color combination? I know wearing an all white ensemble can by very hard, especially when traveling, but I risked it anyway! It was shopping/ fun day for us so I decided to wear this paired with gold accessories that are so beautiful. I know I'm really blessed given a job that I love so much, and I always believe that everyone can reach their goals as long as your aim for it- that is why I got this personalized locket from Charmed Life. Everything inside this little locket is important to me: love, traveling, music, etc. It's for me to always remind myself to keep and be inspired. I also wore this Hermes bracelet so my look can be more luxe. I know it's a very expensive bracelet, and it's always been my dream to own one. My dream came true when I found it at Elitista Manila. They sell brand new and used items that are definitely more affordable than the original price. They're very credible and even sent me the original receipt. Score for me! BMS.

Travel Diary: Seoul, Korea I

Seoul, South Korea. We’re finally here!!! After visiting traditional and cultural places in their provinces- now we get to visit the hip and happening places in the metro. I’ve already gone to Myeongdong the first and second time I went here but my heart still drops whenever I go to this place. You can call this place heaven if you love shopping!

They also sell street food in Myeongdong. Actually, you’ll see food stalls scattered everywhere. I tried their barbecue with mayo and peanuts before and it tasted delicious!

As you can see, I already have shopping bags with me! Lol. Us girls went crazy in American Apparel.

Hotdog with bacon. I wanted to try it but I was still full from breakfast. I’ll definitely try it the next time I go back.

In Myeongdong, you’ll find a lot of affordable items and it’s not just clothes they sell there. Most of the shops there are actually beauty shops.

Two guys outside a store playing around with face masks and pink bubble baths. That’s something you don’t see everyday.

I’ve always wanted to try this. It looks so yummy! I’m such an ice cream addict!

We went here during morning so there weren’t many people shopping yet. It took us about an hour and a half before we decided to have lunch somewhere.

After lunch, we visited Lee Moon Won. For those of you who love to take care of your hair and scalp- you’ll absolutely love this place!

The colours of their centre is so pleasant and welcoming. Lee Moon Won is a Korean medical doctor who holds both a doctorate and a masters degree in his field. He’s the founder/ creator of the clinic. They specialize in hair loss and scalp diseases. A lot of us girls love dying our hair, using a lot of iron tools and hair products like hair spray or wax to make our hairstyle look great and as a result, we don’t know it but because of all these things, we damage our hair. Don’t worry, Lee Moon Won is here to help us!

Everyone in our tour group was able to try some of their services, like scalp purification and hair treatments. I actually availed a lot of their services and I can tell you, they definitely know how to make you feel like a queen afterwards!

We were given teas to refresh ourselves while they talk about the background of Lee Moon Won. They showed us a quick powerpoint about how they started and even showed us some of their features internationally. We all saw a quick video of Jessy Mendiola visiting the clinic for ABS-CBN.

Lee Moon Won himself. I feel like a fan asking for a picture beside him! Haha. It was such an honor meeting him because he’s such an expert in this field. Imagine how many people he already helped. It’s honestly life-changing when you fix some of these problems, like hair loss or scalp diseases, for example. You’ll gain more confidence and be optimistic once it’s fixed!

I first tried the scalp purification where they ask you to go inside the room and lie down on a bed. After, they'll shampoo your hair and use different treatments to eliminate dead skin cell of the scalp by cleansing and scaling your scalp. It also removes all sorts of toxic substances. After they put the treatment in your scalp, you’ll feel a minty and cool feeling, then they start massaging your head (which is the most awesome feeling ever).

Aside from their services, they also sell their own shampoos, conditioners and serums. I got my own serum to help my hair and scalp be healthier.

I also got my hair dyed there and everyone is still complimenting my hair colour up until now. I just asked them to lighten my hair a bit and they got the hair colour I exactly wanted. In short, bongga sila! It’s a bit expensive (it cost around P5,000) but it’s really worth it.

I understand that it might be hard for you guys even if you guys would want to try Lee Moon Won out because they’re based in Korea, that is why they have an online consultation. Yes, you can talk to the doctors directly by scheduling an appointment online and tell them about your hair problems! Cool, right?

Our last agenda for the day: Han River Cruise. It’s located at Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul. Wow. A cruise. I feel so lucky! Seriously, thank you AirAsia and Korean Tourism Manila for this trip.

We arrived at around 6:45pm and while walking towards the ferry, I spotted these cool paintings and posts along the way. I’m sure a lot of people go here everyday to chill, eat and drink by the river. I mean, I would do it!

Here’s where you can buy your ticket if ever you want a tour or a buffet dinner cruise. Can I just say, I’m watching the Korean tv show “You Who Came From The Stars” and I’m so addicted. I also watched the episode where they did a dinner cruise and they did it in the Han River Cruise too! I’m so kilig!

I’ve never done a dinner cruise before and the experience was one for keeps! My outfit matched the interiors of the ferry too. The ferry lights at night and I think that’s stunning.

Unlimited food! Woohoo! Everyone ate almost everything that was in the buffet area. The food was great. We also didn’t have wifi inside the ferry, which I think is a wonderful thing because no one was one their phone. Everyone had a good time chatting and bonding.

The wonderful view of Seoul at night. What a breathtaking sight. I can’t wait to show you guys what I did on my last day in Korea. Till my next travel diary! BMS.

Day III in Korea

Day 2 was spent in another part of South Korea. We switched hotels the night before so we’ll be closer to our next destination: Namhansanseong Fortress (literally South of the Han mountain fortress). It’s located on Namhansan Mountain, Gwangju. We went there in the morning and were only given two hours to capture the beauty of this fortress.

This is what their bathroom looks like. It might look traditional on the outside but everything inside is pretty modern already.

The ceilings are so colourful! I wonder how long it took them to paint each and every roof inside the fortress..

When you get inside, you’ll notice the specific repeated colours they used for this castle.

Outside the King’s office, you’ll see a lot of pictures of the fortress itself taken during the olden days.

Namhansanseong Fortress has been added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites and I feel so luck to have visited this place. I always have a fun time visiting historical places because I get to learn a lot and I also gain more knowledge about the certain country.

The king’s bedroom. I can tell blue, red and green must be his favourite colours.

Couldn’t quite tell if this was a small door or a big window beside the king’s bedroom.

Namhansanseong Fortress was of course protected by the walls surround this entire castle. After touring around this beautiful place for hours, it was finally time for lunch! Our tour guide said the restaurant was near so opted to walk to get to the venue.

I really wish I could read these signs. They look so cool.

The houses and restaurants in this province are all so quaint! I spotted a lot of these while on our way to the restaurant.

We had Baeksuk for lunch. It’s a Korean dish where they boil or steam meat or fish to be cooked without any seasoning. It was my first time trying it and I love it because not only is it super delicious, it’s very healthy too! Imagine, it’s chicken steamed with plenty of water for several hours! They also served glutinous rice so we can further enjoy the meal.

After lunch, we moved to Suwon to visit Samsung Innovation Museum (SIM). This place is so futuristic and cool.

They toured us around and gave a discussion about the evolution of electricity and how technology evolved and grew bigger and bigger through time.

In this particular area, they showed us a video comparing two girls: the first one cleaning the house, washing the dishes and cooking without electricity and the other girl doing the same thing by using a washing machine, a vacuum cleaner, a stove and so on. It just goes to show how convenient it is for us these days to be having all these appliances lying around the house, thanks to electricity.

From big, black and white tvs to flat screen tvs. This is interesting.

This caught my eye. The first mobile phone in 1985 was sold for over $5,000 and it looked liked this. Imagine bringing this with you today hahaha! It’s even bigger than my bag!

Oh, how I wish I can buy this for my new place.

After our SIM tour, we were given free time to tour around the city.

These yellows ribbons are to pay tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol. It was indeed and tragic incident and this a sign of hope for their safety.

Next stop: Korean Culture Exhibition Hall. It’s located in Chongwadae Sarangchae. Inside this hall we spotted a lot of their Korean furniture and decorations.

Their museum looks so sleek! I love that the walls are all white so you can really appreciate all the antiques pieces more.

Presidents also give gifts to each other! These are some of the beautiful items that were given to the different Korean presidents. Usually, Presidents give a gift that represent their country- can you guess where this came from? It was from President Joseph Ejercito Estrada.

This one was given by Sergei Sidorsky, the Prime Minister of Belarusian.

Also spotted the statue of Admiral Yi Sun-Sin at Gwanghwamun, Seoul. He is one of the famous naval commenders back in the late 16th century because of his victories over the Japanese.

Love the carvings on the side.

After the day tour, we watched Drum Cats at night. It’s an all-girls cast and they’re all very talented drummers! You won’t notice it but you’ll find yourself clapping and dancing to their beats. Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to take any photos so we won’t distract the performers but you can view some of their performances online. They’re so good and entertaining! I highly recommend you guys to watch it in case you go to Seoul, Korea. And that’s the end of our day 2 tour. More travel photos soon! BMS.