Test of Will and Patience

Sometimes work really tests us to the core. How flexible you are, how patient you are, and how much you want to stay.

Do some of you guys often find yourself asking why? Or is it worth the pain and suffering?

I do. Multiple times.

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25th Birthday Wishlist

Wow. I am turning 25 this year. Effin quarter life, yo.

Speaking of my birthday, I am going to list down things here that I want to have/ happen on my birthday, wishing that someone reads this and surprises me. Hahahaha. (That’s sad. XD)

  1. Funko Pop – I recently bought 2 bookshelves, where I plan to place my books on one and the other shelf for funko pops as I really plan to start collecting this year. And I told Dennis to get me these for my birthday! Hahaha! Hi babe!! :)))
  2. Adidas NMD – Well, I do not expect anyone to give me this, I just want this one. Hahahaha. I mean, it’s super stylish and the colors are super nice. I currently have 2 Adidas Originals sneaks and they are both black and white, so I want a new one with a pop of color.Adidas NMD
  3. A small birthday party in a bar, with a live band playing. And I want my friends to be the one playing (calling Atrium bandmates, where you guys at?!). I just realized that I should have started planning this a year ago, so I might just throw this kind of party next year.
  4. Solo trip – As I mentioned in my Life Updates post, I was planning a solo out of the country trip, however something came up and I am not sure if I could still push through. I still wish I could though! I was originally planning on flying to Taiwan, and I still want to, it’s just that, if it’s not possible then a domestic solo trip would be just fine too.
  5. Time to reflect on my 25 years of existence. Where I was and where I am now. Where I want to be in the future. What goals I want to achieve. What new things I need to do/ discover. Basically, I want to be in tune with life. Be where I am supposed to be and be happy.

Wow, can’t believe that was it. My brain might just be blanking out right now, as I used to write so much on my wishlists! Haha.

Anyway, if I think of new things I will just update this post, I should probs sleep now, it’s almost 2AM. :D

xx

 

 

South Korea Trip 2016 (Part 2)

Wow, this post is so long overdue. I still have my Japan blog to do, and I’ll try to finish it all this weekend.

Day 5.

For our 5th day, we went to Gyeongbokgung Palace first. Locals and online reviews said that this is the most famous palace in Seoul. This is also where they shot most of the scenes in Jewel in the Palace and palace scenes from popular K Dramas.

It was really surreal as I only saw these places in TV. Not to mention that I really loved Jewel in the Palace and most of princess story K-Dramas like My Princess and Princess Hours.

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You could see girls there wearing Hanbok while taking pictures around the palace. Inggit is acoe. I should have rented that costume too! Huhu.

Anyway, the place was really big and was breathtaking. The palaces and rooms still stood up where they were exactly built and was reconstructed. It was like you were transported back in time.

We took a free English guided tour, and learned a lot about the history of the palace and of Korea in general. The tour guide was a sweet and patient Korean lady in traditional uniform as you can see in the photo below.

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We learned about who’s quarters should be nearer which royal family member. They also showed us how they heated the floors back then.

There was like a small hole at the side of each room where they put charcoals inside, this connects to sort of  vents inside the room.

The guide also showed us the royal kitchen where Jang Geum used to make meals and cook for the royals. We were too excited about this part! Haha.

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After a long walk inside the palace, our feet were so tired that we went to Namdaemnun Market, which is like the Divisoria of Korea and went on with walking AGAIN. Hahaha.

I did not get to take photos here as I enjoyed shopping too much. Haha.

 

Day 6.

Everland day!

Everland was like the Disneyland of Korea, and it is situated outside of Seoul. We had to take a 1 hour train ride to reach the area, and man, it was cold! Again, it was supposed to be Spring already, but it felt like winter! Hahaha.

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Family pic at the entrance of Everland! :)

There was a lot of fun rides here but I again, I was wearing the wrong outfit and I just want to go inside establishments as it was damn freezing! Hahaha. I was wearing shorts with tights inside (which is how some girls dress in Seoul, as I have observed). I told myself that my legs can take it, they are tough! But no… oh no… they froze like chicken legs. Hahaha

In the afternoon, there was also a parade just like in any other theme park. We sat ride beside the road and got to watch the parade up close.

There was also a big tree made out of flowers. This is part of their spring special. There was a garden full of wonderful and colorful flowers.

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It’s so big we can only take a picture of the bottom part. Haha

It was a perfect spot for a mini photoshoot so you can imagine how many shots we took from this place. ;)

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We spent a whole day in Everland trying to ride every single attraction. But because of the intensifying cold, we went home before dark.

Funny story though, at the train station, we kind of got lost as we cannot remember which line we took going to Everland. We spent about a good 30 minutes in the train station letting every train coming in pass by because we were not sure if that was the correct one. We did find it out though, and we got home a bit late.

Day 7. (Last full day!)

We didn’t want to tire ourselves much out on our last day so we saved a nearby trip for this day.

We went to Hongdae to go and have coffee at the Coffee Prince shop from the same named K-Drama from when I was still in highschool.

I was so excited as this was the place I wanted to visit ever since the drama exploded in the PH, about 6-7 years ago. Unfortunately……… the place was closed on that day, and I was so sad. I just had some pictures taken outside of the store though, which was not that bad.

After that, we went back to Myeongdong to spend the last of our Korean Wons and buy more pasalubong for friends and family back home.

I discovered this great BB cushion foundation from Missha which retails at 25.000 KRW. I loved this one so much that I asked a friend that also visited Korea a few months after to buy another one for me as I finished it all up so quickly.

I also got an Adidas Originals sneakers which was so cute and lightweight and retailed for about 3,000 Php.

While around Myeongdong, Julia and I tried more of the street food and they were all good! There was fried bananas, takoyaki, bread, fish cake (which is my favorite by the way).

By the end of the day we ate some more Samgyupsal, one last before we head home for Manila.

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Overall, it was an unforgettable trip and I really cherish the time we spent together as a family. Since as I mentioned, we are not always together at home, this was a one of a kind bonding experience that all of us enjoyed.

We did travel again abroad after this. We went to Japan for 8 days, which will be featured on my next blog posts! I promise to finish it by this weekend. :)

I did not detail everything here as I do not like to follow a format for this blog post. I wanted it to feel like I was simply telling a story. :)

If you have questions though, do not hesitate to hit me up and ask away.

Thank you for reading my extremely long blog post and bearing with my one year delay. Hahaha!

See you at my next post!

xx

Life Updates and Whatnots

Hello, hello!

Oh how I missed writing.

I am currently deep into my superhero shows obsession that I throw my blog and books in the side to watch movies, read articles, find the best comic books, and what ever to feed my obsession. Haha!

It is kinda hard at work lately as we are on a tight manning and recently changed management in our department, so you can imagine a ton of changes and adjustments going on. But I am actually surprised that I am more pumped and inspired to work lately. What is wrong with me? ;D

Anyway, I just want to list down random things here to update my very minimal blog followers. (Hi! My blog still exists! Hehe.)

  • I just got a vacuum cleaner for my condo and I have been wondering why I haven’t bought one for the last 4 years that I was living there. IT WAS MAGIC. <3
  • I am currently training for a managerial position at work. Just to be ready if ever a position becomes vacant. I was actually not really looking into getting this position as my colleagues and superiors know that I am really leaning more into training. But since an opportunity is up, I guessed I would just go with it, right?
  • I was planning an overseas solo trip for my birthday which looks like its scrapped now because of some unforeseen circumstances. I would still try to push for it, though! Never say never!
  • My mom’s 55th birthday is coming up and I am planning on maybe booking a staycation for the whole fam.
  • I want a week long vacation, wherein I would just stay at home for 2 days and then spend one whole day at a nice cozy coffee shop and do my errands. Cook lunch for the fam. Swim everyday. Read comics and books. And basically, just relax. I haven’t had a proper rest since January.
  • I know I always say this, but I really want to have the time to always write here. I am miserably failing with my 2017 NY Resolutions. *facepalm*
  • We have an upcoming trip to Cebu with my work friends and I am so excited!! This is our first trip together out of the main island that we are complete. #baksislife
  • By the way, what do you guys think about the new Spiderman movie? Because, I LOVED IT! The story was light, in contrast with Civil War where we first saw Tom Holland as Spidey. But IMO, we need that. ‘Cause all the movies are already heavy and we need one movie to balance things out. And besides, Tom was great as Peter and Spiderman! I loved Tobey and Andrew but that “young” feeling that you get from the comics was better portrayed by Tom.
  • Justice League is also coming out this year, and I recently saw a panel of the JL cast in the recent SDCC. It was a big turn off when Ezra Miller slightly threw shade over at Marvel, saying “Are there other comic houses? (other than DC)”. I seriously think they are not in the position to be talking trash as Marvel is the biggest in the Cinematic Universe business now. Get your shit together, Miller. (I still love you, though :))

I still have so much to talk about, but I will just post another entry with a more organized content.

Thanks for reading! :*

Lately

Work has been tough lately. Its not getting better. 

Even though you work your ass 12 hours a day (even if its supposed to be just 8 hours), they still manage to just notice the wrong details. Out of the hundred you have done right they just point out the wrong. 

Being in a situation like this makes you tired, lose energy and motivation. 

I always have a constant want of leaving work early and have a life. But it’s just not allowing me too, these days. 

I’m tired. 

And the first thing you see in the morning is an email asking answers for questions that are just so irrelevant. 

Seriously, you should start looking at the bigger picture here, dude. 

And we wonder why people leave, huh?

😪

Getting Married

Before you think of anything else, let me begin by saying..

I am not yet getting married. Chill. Title lang yan. This is merely me, talking about “getting married” in general.

I am turning 24 in a few days, and I remember myself about 8 years ago, telling myself that I want to get married by 24. But now that the big 2-4 is coming, I can tell you straight up, that I am not yet ready for marriage.

(Take note, not yet.;)

For some, 24 is just the right age, or the youngest you could get married. I actually agree with that, that’s the reason why I though about that crazy idea 8 years ago.

I have friends that are already married by 24, and not because they got pregnant. Like, legitimately, got married because they are ready.

Dennis and I often get this question: “Di pa ba kayo magpapakasal?”, from friends, colleagues, even family. Just last night, one of his friends asked us this. I was surprised by the question that my eyes widened, and we didn’t even answer the question.

Don’t get me wrong, its not that I don’t want to get married with Dennis, its just that I am not mentally, financially and emotionally ready.

Sometimes I find myself afraid. Afraid that I might never be ready. Or baka naman pag ready na ko, ayaw na niya, something like that. Haha. #paranoid

I don’t know when I will find myself ready. I actually want to have my own house first before I settle down. Yung, ready na lahat, magpapakasal ka nalang? Your mind, soul, body, emotion (and bank account!!!) should be ready.

I might be pushing myself too much, or maybe its because we don’t talk about it. It’s like a taboo topic in our relationship. Not because we don’t want to end up with each other, but actually, because of me. I try to avoid the topic as much as I could. Maybe something about my past that made me afraid to make plans together for our future.

But you know what, I think I am getting there. Maybe 24 is the age where you prepare yourself for marriage.

Maybe.

Who knows? :)

To my future husband: hopefully you already started saving up, to buy a house, to maybe build our own business. I hope you are preparing yourself too. ;)

South Korea Trip 2016 (Part 1)

안녕하세요!

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Gyeongbokgung Palace

It has been a great 8-Day trip. The best I have ever been to in my whole life!

As I mentioned in my previous post, it was my most anticipated trip for this year. And I am really glad we got to travel as a family, since we were most of the time never complete at home.

I will share with you all the places we went to, food we tried and all the great experiences as brief as I can. You know me, my mind thinks so fast, I don’t realize I have been typing so much. Haha.

Day 1.

Our flight was supposed to take off at 2:50PM, but Air Asia rescheduled it 2hours later. We touched down at Incheon Airport at about 10PM. When we left Manila, I was wearing this cute Banana Republic dress and boots. I have also brought my jacket with me as we were expecting a near 0 degrees at Incheon when we land. And boy oh boy, wrong day to not have decided to wear leggings. It was freezing cold!!! It was fun as well because we can see our breath fog up, and that never happens in here Manila (ofcourse). We went straight and hired a Jumbo Taxi to our AirBnb Accommodation. We met our host Charlie at the T-Mark Bus Stop and it was really nice of him to meet us at 12MN. After settling down, we went to sleep, tired from all the travelling. We want to be ready for our adventure the next day.

Day 2.

So we woke up late, and since we only have one bathroom, it took us quite a long time to get ready. We had lunch first at around 1PM at this really nice traditional Korean Restaurant, just one block away from the house. It was quite difficult to order (and basically ask your way around) because only a few people could understand English.

After our late lunch, we went straight to Myeongdong Cathedral to catch the Good Friday Mass scheduled at 3PM.

To our surprise, it was a Korean Mass! Luckily, mom brought her English Station of the Cross guide. And we got to follow the mass even when everyone was speaking in Korean.

After mass, we then explored the shopping heaven in Central Seoul, Myeongdong.

You can find the best korean cosmetics here, almost every corner has a Tony Moly, Nature Republic, Missha, Etude House and Banila Co. And they are sold there on cheaper prices than here in Manila. You can imagine that I went on a shopping spree. Hehe. :)

We then had dinner at a Korean BBQ restaurant. Tip for travelers though, they often try to sell you the highest priced in the menu. Do not fall for that! Haha. And if you want to catch the waiter’s attention, just say “jeogiyo” with conviction! ;)

Day 3.

Day 3 is Nami Island Day! Nami Island was the shooting location of Endless Love: Winter Sonata, which was a well known K-Drama in the Philippines about 8-10 years ago. Of course it did not disappoint, the place was very dreamy and scenic. Though the travel was kinda long. Watch out, lots of photos ahead. ;)

It was a tiring day and we went straight home after the walkathon adventure. Tired but fulfilled. <3

Day 4.

Since it was Easter Sunday, we attended the Easter Sunday mass early morning, at Myeongdong Cathedral. Look at the cute giveaways below!!!

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For this day, we scheduled a bus tour around the City. Some of it we have decided not to get off the bus and check out, because there are more places we want to visit and stay longer.

Our first stop was the US War Memorial. There we saw memorabilia from the Korean War. A lot of countries have participated including the Philippines. There were about more than 100 Filipinos that fought alongside Korea.

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The place was also scenic and has a history museum inside. From the ancient residents of Korea to the more present ones.

After the US Memorial was Namsangol Hanok Village. Basically these are traditional Korean houses that are kept as tourist spots. Here, you can dress up with traditional Korean clothing, which I think is really cool and fun!

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Dad, Alvin and Rainier was not down for a dress up sesh. Should’ve been a cool family photo! Sayang!

Next stop was N Seoul Tower. This is like the Burj Khalifa of Seoul, but shorter. We got to the observatory deck. It was so jampacked that we did not really stop by for too long.

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View from the top. Hi Seoul!!

Downstairs, they also had this love lock thingies like those in Paris. Its’ actually pretty cool!

 

*Please see continuation on my next post. :)