South Korea 2017: Namsan Seoul Tower x Dongdaemun Market (feat. Wa Liter Coffee and Juice)

Namsan Tower

Annyeonghaseyo Seoul~

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The LG OLED Tunnel was fascinating. 💖  It was a mesmerizing experience seeing the stars, nature, and the city of Seoul being shown!

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N Seoul Tower chocolate 🍫

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Seoul is a beauty 💕

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This a one-of-a-kind restroom to use! Doing your thing while having a view of Seoul! 🤣 It was not embarrasing to take photos and to have a bit more time inside, thanks to the reminder posted 😋


Dongdaemun Market

Dongdaemun Market is the place to be for food, clothes, cosmetics, bags, fresh flowers and souvenirs!

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Lovely umbrellas!

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Wa Liter

It was a long walk around Dongdaemun Market and a refreshment is what we needed. We bought Iced Americano and Iced Matcha Tea from Wa Liter. It tasted really good! I love that local Korean cafés serve quality drinks.

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South Korea 2017: Petite France

October 31, 2017

Petite France is a famous attraction in South Korea and is known as the shooting site seen from My Love from Another Star, Secret Garden, and Running Man. It is a French-themed village where we experienced a taste of the French culture. The soft, pastel colored houses looked lovely! This was our next stop after Nami Island. 🙂

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Le Petit Prince ❤️

More than the charming facades, there are cafés, souvenir shops, and some houses that were used as a gallery for photographs, art pieces and antiques. We got to see real-life sample houses of a Madamoiselle and Monsieur.

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Sample house

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Madamoiselle sample house

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Madamoiselle sample house

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Monsieur sample house

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Monsieur sample house

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What I found interesting and cute is Mont Blanc Express which includes a finely-made diorama of a French village at the foot of a mountain.

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Mont Blanc Express

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I had a little background about Petite France before we went except that it was French-themed but then it was also a place springing with exquisite art.

South Korea 2017: Nami Island

October 31, 2017

It was another day for us to wake up early because we were going to Nami Island (and Petite France)! I was excited to see the colorful leaves of Nami and feel the autumn vibes! 🍁🍂

We rode a ferry going to Nami Island. You can go either by zipline or ferry. When we got there, colors of purple, orange and yellow vibrantly showed off. It’s a perfect place for a picnic or a walk to shake off stress.

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We took pictures in the famous Ginko Tree Lane and Winter Sonata film sites. My sister and I rented a tandem (couple) bike in which we got to see most of Nami. It was fun biking with such a refreshing environment around, and we biked through the Ginko Tree lane 😊 My sister was the front rider and she was kinda challenged maneuvering the bike because she said I was heavy. 🤔 Plus, I do not know how to ride a bike haha. We struggled at the start but we managed.

 

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Why do you have to write on them, Cesar and Czar 😓 😆

 

There is food available! They sell sausage and there are restaurants you can dine in. As for the weather, it was cold when we arrived in the morning but it got warm around 11am.

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My personal favorite in Nami aside from the Ginko Tree Lane was in its the north-east where there were many purple and orange trees. They were so pretty! It’s where the photo in my About page was taken. See them below:

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Before going back to our bus, we didn’t miss eating Dakgalbi for lunch. 🙂 Dakgalbi (spicy stir-fry chicken) is a combination of marinated chicken, cabbage, rice cake and other ingredients. There are lots of Dakgalbi restaurants in Gapyeong Ferry Wharf and our tour guide said that we shouldn’t miss eating Dakgalbi there besides visiting Nami Island! We ate at Mr. Dakgalbi and what I remember is it was 11,000won (495pesos) per head. The delicious dish got our bellies to the full!

Dakgalbi | (c) under500calories.com

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Nami surely was a beautiful poetry. 🧡

South Korea 2017: Everland

Everland is known as the largest amusement park in South Korea. A fun, clean and friendly outdoor park available for both kids and adults comprising of five themed zones – Global Fair, American Adventure, Magic Land, European Adventure and Zootopia – would surely make you pumped up! The theme park is a wonderful venue for  educational purposes and spending quality time with your friends, lover or family.

My mom booked a tour through klook.com. The voucher included the roundtrip transfer, Everland one-day pass ticket and English speaking staff. It was convenient since we received the tickets without lining up. 😀

We went on a Monday, 30th of October. It was not crowded and the weather was chilly.

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Impressive halloween designs – jack-o’-lanterns and eerie props greeted us. Aside from the halloween decors, flowers of various kinds bloomed and showed off their vibrant colors! It was a beautiful sight under a cold sunny day.  ☺️ And you may want to have a prosthetic halloween makeup done (not for free) before going around?

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There are good stuff to be shopped. For those who are into pens and highlighters, there’s Monami store so prepare money. 😉

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My mom was so excited to see the Pandas so we went first to Zootopia which include Panda World, Lost Valley Safari Adventure, etc. It was amazing to have a close encounter with pandas, rhinoceros, penguins, seals and much more!

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Sun bathing

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…it’s this close.

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Now, who wouldn’t miss one of the world’s steepest wooden roller coaster? I was frightened enough not to ride but I didn’t want any regrets of not being able to so I went for T-express!! We lined up at lunch time around 12pm and it took us an hour to have a ride. There were many people in line during that time but not so much when we passed by T-express in the afternoon at maybe about 4pm.

I didn’t feel very nervous (for a moment) while waiting in line because thankfully my sleepiness felt much stronger haha. I suggest that you don’t eat before riding T-express because it might cause you to feel nauseous.

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I closed my eyes at the first drop!! THE FEELING WAS LEGIT. It felt like I was going to puke out my organs! 🤢 Towards the latter part I managed to open my eyes and raise my arms 🤗

Everland side story

There was this good-looking oppa who was alone. He sat in front of us (and I wanted to ditch my sister so I can seat beside him lol). After the ride, we noticed he was wiping his eyes and immediately exited. Three possible reasons:

    1. He broke up with his yojachingu (girlfriend)
    2. Tears of joy or tears of fear
    3. Something went in his eyes

But we really think it’s reason #1!! Don’t cry anymore oppa!! There’s someone better for you! *watch out for me lol* ~~

 

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I will never be too old to ride a carousel 💕

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Various food stalls are of reach whenever hunger strikes. We ate at KFC and sadly they don’t have rice. 😢 Hashtag Filipino Probs. Nevertheless, fries compensated for it hehe. They also have food stalls that sell churros, coffee, ice cream, coolers, etc. Evermart which is similar to 7-eleven is available outside of the main theme park and re-entry is allowed. We didn’t get to know about this until we got home. 🤔

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Before night came, we took the opportunity to go to Rose Garden. This spot is Instagrammable, friends. 💖

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The night surely lit up. 🙂 It also became very cold. The sweaters and scarves we had weren’t enough to keep us warm but thankfully we bought hot packs. So make sure to bring with you enough warmers like gloves and thick jackets. What I know is that Everland is located at a high place that’s why it’s chilly moreover during the evenings.

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Zombie dance show

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Float parade

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Pyromusical and fountain show

I enjoyed Everland! Magic Garden and Zootopia were my favorites. I also liked that the place was kept clean and the staff were helpful with the directions. 😊

Waiting in Silence

There will be moments in our lives where God would make us wait. We are in excitement and in passion as we wait for the things we’ve prayed for – provisions, reconciliation, healing or restoration. But later, when it becomes too long, we get tired and bored since nothing’s really happened so far, just dull moments resulting to us becoming agitated. It becomes unbearable for us to wait anymore.

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. -Psalm 62:1 (ESV)

Yes, it’s not easy waiting but in Psalm 62:1, God is telling us to wait in silence. But what’s the meaning of silence in the said verse? The word ‘silence’ there equates to stillness and calmness. Waiting in silence means our souls wait in peace. When we have ourselves wait in silence (in patience and rest), we are telling God that “I am at peace because I know that He is at work; I am depending on Him that’s why I do not fret, with me aware that my own strength is never the solution to turn this situation around and I am still for I know and believe that He is sovereign, for He is God.”

From God comes our salvation, our breakthroughs. Look not in your situation since it’ll give you more frustration but when you look to God, on who God is – good, great and powerful, it’ll give you security and confidence. 🙂

 

 

Heavenly Father, for You I wait alone, for You I wait in silence. I ask for strength and courage, and for your peace to come into my heart and mind. I trust You and Your perfect timing because I believe You’re neither early nor late. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Hillsong Young & Free Live in Manila

Another night has ended and worshiping with Hillsong Young and Free was amazing! I’ve been so enthusiastic about them coming to Manila! I’m very engrossed with their fresh vibes, rad music ever since they produced their first album. Youth Revival, their 2nd album, was launched on February 2016 comprising 13 tracks and I really listen to it most of the time. Some of my favorites are ‘Trust’, ‘Falling Into You’ and ‘In Your Eyes’. #GuiltyPleasure XD  …Who wouldn’t want to listen to such songs?!! I’ve been singing and dancing with them through Spotify but last night I got to worship with them LIVE! 😀 The worship concert was incredible! I loved how they asserted the purpose and heart of Youth Revival. The concert being done, the music and the fans are all good but it isn’t about those. It is solely about Jesus and fulfillng the Great Commission. ❤

Personally I felt God’s presence ministering intimately. Pastor Peter Toggs, the youth pastor of Hillsong Church, interestingly shared about God and the fallen humanity. Starting off, he has encountered many young people who had experiences of going through a break-up and it felt like it’s the end of the world for them. He also whimsically shared the three types of how people tear up: the self-seeker (the one crying loudly to get the concern of others), the silent one and the hyperventilating one. XD Even Ptr. Peter experienced it when his girlfriend, who later apparently became his wife, broke up with him back then. (oh my they are so cute! was surprised to know Laura Toggs was already married! *yes, it didn’t show off she has a hubby* ^-^) He ran away, was angry and felt sad. With the said story, he related it to Genesis 3:1-9. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they ran away and hid because they were afraid. What did God do? He didn’t stayed in his place and got all furious but went near them and asked them where they are. God is so amazing, loving, compassionate and gentle. He never wanted us to be far away from Him that He was the one who initiated in fixing the greatest break-up of all time. We could never perform our way to God. Never. It is only through Jesus that we become a new, genuine and loved creation. We are flawed and imperfect yet loved and saved. ❤

I sang my heart off and danced hard for Jesus!! 😀 Thank you Hillsong Young & Free! 😀 Feel free to visit the Philippines again XD We’d be more than happy to see you~ 😀

 

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I only wanna sing if I sing with everything, if I sing to You my King
I can’t imagine why I would do this all for hype ’cause it’s all to lift You high