Friday, April 20, 2012

Korea 2012 Expenses Revealed

**Sorry for the poor picture quality. I need to find out how to transform my excel sheet to jpeg still haha.

This is my TOTAL Expense for my recent Korea trip. As you can see, you can actually travel to Korea for around 20-25k ALL IN and that is if you limit your shopping/pasalubong and get a very good airfare deal :) Php 30,000++ for 6 whole days is not bad at all :)

NOTE: Check out my latest blog about Korea Expenses as of 2014 here.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

What's in my bag?

Because I'm no fashion blogger and I can't show you what I wore for the day, I will give you a sneak peak of my travel essentials instead :)

These are the things I bring inside my bag whenever I travel for international trip. I always bring a big "basura bag" because I prepare like a true Girl Scout ala Dora the Explorer ;)

[From left to right]

1) Apple Green Body Shop Kikay Kit
2) Transparent Apple Green Pouch (Free from Garnier)-- Medicine Kit, Alcohol, and Odor Away Drops...for "call of nature moments" ;) If you know what I mean... hahaha
3) Bag Organizer from Local Department Store--a must especially if you decide to bring a Longchamp (highly discouraged though, especially when travelling to 3rd world countries) bag because 1) it organizes your stuff and 2) based from experience (Bangkok mishaps), it can serve as a 2nd protection against slashing thieves.
4) Feng Shui Amulets--because I'm a feng shui guru as well ;) These key chains protect me while I travel around the world. *Ommm......
5) DLSU Rosary
6) Small pouches containing stuff like my passport, scanned IDs, flight itinerary, tour itinerary, and ballpen
7) Sunnies from Kate Spade
8) Ice Cream coin purse--to keep my maleta keys from vanishing
9) Petroleum Jelly
10) Earphones and Ipod (not in photo)
11) Tic-Tac Mints for extra sugar and in case my breath expires wahaha :P
12) Inflatable Neck Pillow from Daiso--because I'm cheap that way! whahaha Inflatable talaga! :))
13) Money Organizer from GH Tiangge--My wallet has 4 separate zippers so I can segregate my Dollars, Peso, other currencies and some coins. This is very helpful but oftentimes I get confused which zipper to open :)

So there! Vamonos! :D


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Commuter's Ultimate Guide to Full House

Who wouldn’t love the infamous superstar, Rain? He is one of Korea’s finest actors of his time who starred in various K-dramas such as A Love to Kill, Sang Doo! Let’s go to School and my all time favorite, Full House. Rain also appeared in some Hollywood films like Speed Racer and Ninja Assassin. He is a total performer and a chick magnet. Rain’s Full House drama is the first K-drama I watched and I fell in love with him and the Korean culture ever since.
The Full House shooting place is definitely a bucket list for K-pop lovers and coming to this house completes the K-drama/pop experience in Korea. Last March 2011, I wasn’t able to visit this magical house due to limited time but, a year after (2012); I made sure to visit this place.

While doing some research, I honestly had a hard time finding clear directions going to Sido Island (where Full House is) and most reviews would say that going there is really hard and full of hassle. But I say, it’s not that bad after all—unless you are willing to shell out USD 50 for a tour package as compared to our commuter friendly price of around KWN 12,800+ or Php 512 TOTAL. Thus, I provide you The Ultimate Guide to THE Full House for commuters.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Lotte World: A World Of Magic And Fantasy

Lotte World is the largest indoor theme park in the world and it is regarded as the “Disneyland” Koreanified. This is a nice place to be with your family and loved ones all year round because they are open 365 days from morning till evening. Thanks to the glass dome ceiling, you can enjoy the Adventure regardless of the weather.
How to get there? Going to Lotte World is very easy. Ride the subway going to Jamsil Stn. then exit at #4. Look for the signs going to Lotte World. You will know that you’re in the right place if you see the big replica of Trevi Fountain inside the complex—a photo opportunity where you feel like you’re in two places at once haha Rome meets Seoul :)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Everland, TINCOrbell’s Neverland

Tincorbell. This was my alias back in High School because of my love for Tinkerbell. I remember I would always write on our blackboard that “I do believe in fairies, I do, I do” and then my teacher would get mad at me (and some of my Disney princesses friends haha—shout out to my best friend CLERiel!) for vandalizing our board and wasting chalk—which I pretended it was pixie dust!
Talk about being childish or more like young at heart haha J but please don’t judge me right away! Being young at heart is totally healthy and it’s a beautiful thing! It means that you’re carefree, you know how to have fun, you have a youthful outlook and can laugh at yourself J So going back, being in Tinkerbell’s persona and finally experiencing Neverland err…EVERLAND in Korea for the first time was like a dream come true. Well, I’ve never been to Disneyland or Universal Studio and the only amusement parks I’ve been to includes Glicos in Quad 2, Star City, Boom na Boom and of course, Enchanted Kingdom. But that’s it…so can you imagine how giddy I was when my family and I went to EVERLAND?! One day was not enough being in the 4th largest theme park in the world. But just like my other posts, I’d like to share with you my happy experiences by giving information on how to get there, how to save money, and how to have a blast in Everland.
How to get there? There are many ways to get to Everland. You may check out their website and plot the nearest and most convenient way from your starting point but for us, we used the subway + bus because it’s faster and cheaper than tours.
Leave early from your area and go to Gangnam Station (Subway Line 2), exit at #10. Then, walk straight around 200m and look for the bus stop. NOTE! Remember the landmark around the bus stop so you will not get lost upon return.
Take bus no. 5002 to Everland. When you enter the bus, you can pay using T-money or cash for around KWN 2,200 (Php 88). If you chose to use T-money, make sure to “scan” again your card when going down. Travel time is about 40-50 mins.

Go down at Everland bus station (big parking lot) and transfer to Everland’s FREE shuttle service. Travel time from the station is about 5 mins. and the shuttle will drop you off exactly at the entrance of the park.

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