Thursday, May 17, 2018

Batulao Hiking at 43


Second time to climb Mt. Batulao.
Hiking may not be my favorite activity.
But I am still doing it at the age of 43.


There are so many ways on how to reach Mt. Batulao and the different routes are -

a. Manila to Nasugbu
b. Quezon City / Cubao to Nasugbu
c. Calamba to Tagaytay to Nasugbu
d. Manila to Lemery to Nasugbu
e. Batangas City to Lemery to Nasugbu

Mainly, it depends on where you are coming from. In any event, alight at Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas. Buy the supplies at the jump-off point.


Again, hiking at the age of 43 may not be my favorite activity. But since my three companions would like to climb Mt. Batulao, then, I humbly obliged.

With me in this climb are Ana Marie, Vianca and Lyka. We started the hike at around 7:30 AM. 


Fee for the guide is P500.00 (Traverse is P800.00). Fee for the trike is P30/pax and we had to pay P30.00, P25.00 and P30.00 for the hike fee for each of the spot.


There are 12 peaks in the Mat. Batulao and after 1 hour, we reached  the traversing trail of old and the new trail. The old trail is quite complicated. So we decided to hike using the new trail.  


Normally, it takes 5 hours to complete the new trail. Three hours going up and 2 hours going down. It took us more than 5 hours since we had many stops along the way.


Along the trail, you will enjoy the view of the terrain of Mt. Batulao.


The rest reached Peak 12 but I decided to stay at Peak 10.


After waiting for an hour, the three descended.
 We decided to go to our last destination for the day.  


Last stop for the day was Caleruega.

We took souvenir pictures and went home.

Thank you guys for the hike! =)


Saturday, March 31, 2018

Six Days in Japan


It was 10 months ago when I last went to Japan.
That was May 2017 and I plan to visit Japan twice 
 on March and on December this 2018.

I simply cannot have enough of the beauty, grandeur, and splendor of Japan.

I traveled for 13 days in Japan and here is the link - 



Day 1 
Osaka Prefecture

From Manila, I boarded the Cebu Pacific flight to Osaka, Japan and we arrived ahead of time. Kudos to CebPac for this one!


The challenge was finding my former dormitory. I had two last year namely: Drop Inn  Osaka and Osaka Bee Hive. This year I chose the latter since it is more economical and the members of the staff are really friendly.


I arrived at the airport 7:45 in the evening. But I had to change my US Dollars to Japanese Yen and get my Japan Railway Pass. 


You can buy the JR Pass either online in Manila or in Japan. In Manila, you can go directly to the JR website or Klook. Within a week, it will be delivered to you by Federal Express. It is a lot cheaper buying in Manila online (14,800) than buying it in Japan (34,000 yen).

After being lost for almost an hour, I was able to find my stay for the night. 


Day 2
Osaka and Kyoto


The main reason why I went to Japan is to see the cherry blossom or Sakura!


And there are various places in Japan to see that annual event. But since I was in Osaka, the best and the most convenient place is to go to JR Sakuranomiya Station.

  
It was a sight to behold!


I roamed around the park for almost an hour. I had other plans for that day. But I decided seeing the sakura was already enough for the day.


I even took a nap under one of the trees in order to savor the event.
Taking pictures of the sakura became an addiction.


And after nearly 2 hours, I decided to go to Kyoto.


I took the Shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto. The ride was good only for nearly 25 minutes. I had to use the local train to Momoyama Station under the JR Nara Line (platform 8-10). The local train's ride was only for 10 minutes and after 4 stations, I alighted at my stop.


After again being lost for ten minutes, a Japanese helped me find my hostel. It was a 20-minute walk from the station.


Finally, Fusihimi Inari.
I paid 6,000 yen for 4 nights.
Ranked 8.9 by Booking.com and 8.5 by Agoda


Very minimalist.
My stay and my bed for four days.
The traditional way.

Day 3 
Tokyo



Another Shinkansen ride from Kyoto to Tokyo. This time the ride was 2 hours and 10 minutes. Everything was covered by JR Pass! Then I use the Yamanote Line (the lime green line, there are two green lines. Take the loop and you will never get lost in Tokyo).


I spent the whole day in Akihabara. I was planning to see the Tokyo palace and the Shibuya. But I was very much pre-occupied doing shopping in Akihabara!



And the best spot to do your gadget shopping is in this mall - Bic Camera!

Everything here is discounted and tax-free! You can buy G-Shock, Iphones, appliances Samsung gadgets, and even Anello bags.

After the shopping ended, I went home with a big smile and an empty pocket and a stressed credit card.

Day 4 
Mt. Fuji

This was the longest, most tiring and stressed day in Japan!
BUT was also the BEST DAY, a very fun-filled and adventurous day!

From Kyoto, again I boarded the Shinkansen to Shin-Fuji (without the JR Pass, life will be very miserable for me and expensive!)


Arriving in Shin-Fuji, I went to the Tourist Information and learned that there is a 2-Day pass for only 2,500 yen. I bought it and boarded the bus ride to Lake Kawaguchi. 


After 15 minutes, we passed Fujinomiya City. From this spot, you can already see Mt. Fuji! But the goal that day is to reach Lake Kawaguchi. The best place to see Mt. Fuji! There are numerous lakes along the way so be very ready with your camera or cellular phones.


After more than 2 hours, finally, Lake Kawaguchi.
Please note that there are only 4 schedule of buses that ply this route. Make sure that you know the schedule. Another thing, there are various lines here in Lake Kawaguchi, I took the Red Line since it is the nearest and fastest route I could see Mt. Fuji from an elevated spot. 


I boarded the Red Bus and alighted at the Rope Way. Single ride id 450 yen and round trip is 800 yen. There are various promotions here like for the combination of boat, train and rope way ride. Please inquire and avail the best promo for you.


Finally at the top and Mt. Fuji!

Here is the thing.
I arrived at Lake Kawaguchi 11:52 am.
The next ride is 14:07.
Bus ride to Rope Way is 10 minutes.
Rope way ride is 6 minutes back and forth.
I have  not yet included the long queue.
And I had to finish all those things in 2 hours!

After seeing Mt. Fuji, I boarded the rope way, alighted and run to the bus station!

I arrived there on time! Whew! =)

And you thought it was over??

I had to go to Shiraito Falls!


I alighted at the Shiraito Bus Station.


Trekked for nearly 10 minutes.


By the way, weather at Lake Kawaguchi was 12 degrees. By the time I reached Shiraito Falls, it was already 9 degrees and it was still dropping!

This is the most difficult part.

I have to wait for the local bus back to Fujinomiya station. Fare was around 650 yen. Then, arriving in Fujinomiya station, I boarded the local train to Fuji using the JR pass. Then, I boarded the bus to Shin-Fuji. Then, I boarded the Shinkansen to Kyoto. Then, the local train to Momoyatamo Station. Then walked for 20 minutes before reaching the hostel. It was already 9:45 pm when I arrived at the hostel. I left 4:30 in the morning.

Day 5 
Universal Studio
Osaka

I was tired. 
I did not want to go.
So I left Kyoto past 9:00 in the  morning.


There was only one destination - Universal Studio.


I paid 7,800 yen for this.
I was in Singapore 4 years ago and I did not do this.
I think Japan has a way of convincing me. =)

My favorite food here is the Turkey Leg (ate 3!)
I went to almost all the attractions!
No rides for me! Weak heart =(


 I arrived 4 pm in Kyoto and went inside a temple.

Day 6
Kyoto

In the making



Tips when in Japan
1. Buy the JR Pass.
2. Use the Willer overnight bus if you want to save in hotel expenses by sleeping inside the bus at night.
3. Food is quite expensive. You can buy affordable ones in 7-11, Family Mart or Lawson Station.
4. Visit the castles and temples
5. Stay in hostels or dormitories.
6. Bring a coin purse for your loose change and there will be a lot.
7. Ask for directions either at the Information Center inside the train station or the Tourist Station.
8. There are various trains - local, Shinkansen, subway and street cars.
9. The Shinkansen station is different from the local train (example - Shin Osaka is the Shinkansen station and Osaka Station is the local train station)
10. Travel light and bring a water.
11. Try the local food.
12. Walk left and stay left in escalators. 
13. Buy the JR Pass online, it is cheaper.
14. Be aware of the areas in the train station and inside the train. 
15. Japan is safe but please stay safe and be street smart.
16. Observe trafffic rules.
17. You can leave your bag in the hostel and travel the whole day and then get the bag later.
18. Bring medicine. I eat a lot and sometimes, I ate something different.
19. Make your itinerary at night by asking the front desk if your itinerary is feasible.
20. Laundry is cheap and very easy.
21. If the train door won't open, press the open button
22. Secure a map, mark your destinations, know how many stops, remember your stop and listen to the train operator announcing the stop or look at the monitor inside the train for your station.
23. If you need discounted food, try buying before the grocery closes, they will sell the food 50% off.
24. Ask first for the price of the food before buying.
25. Be silent inside the train or elevator.
26. Keep your trash and do not litter.
27. Enjoy the toilet.
28. Know the weather and bring the appropriate clothing.
29. Early morning walang breakfast, head for 7-11, Family Mart or Lawson.
30. If you want cheap food, go to the food section of a mall or grocery store.
31. Madaming kinds of passes in Japan, ask the train or bus station.
32. Almost all station ay may Information Counter, you will never get lost.



3 most important things
1. Never lose your passport.
2. Never lose your money.
3. Never lose your JR Pass.

Enjoy Japan!

Arigato gozaimasu for reading!

Sayonara!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Eksena sa Beijing


Eksena sa Beijing No. 1

Normally, I write about funny and humorous things in my travel. But I have used the taxi, train and bus rides here in Beijing. The train and bus are ok. But the taxi is a different story.
I arrived last night and temperature was -5 and feels like -7.
I was so cold and hurriedly boarded a taxi. I was charged 350 (should only be 150-180 Yuan).
Following day, I got lost and taxi was charging me 200 Yuan. Found another and was charged only 20 Yuan.
Going home after watching a show, I was charged 300 Yuan. After exchanging harsh words, I paid 70 Yuan.
In case you are wondering, 100 Yuan is Php800.
Now you know why!


Eksena sa Beijing No. 2Hot coffee pls

I was in 7-11 Beijing, I normally buy coffee in Manila either in 7-11 or Mini Mart.
I was roaming around looking for coffee. The staff noticed I was looking for something. He spoke in Mandarin. Again, what am I? Japanese? Korean? Now Chinese!?
Anyways, I replied...
Me: coffee pls. English pls
Staff: hot or cold?
Aba marunong si Kuya...
Me: hot
Staff escorted me to the shelf and was pointing to a coffee beverage.
Me: thats not hot
Stafff: it is!
Me: no, it is not
Staff touching it and showed me to touch it.
IT'S HOT!
Me: IT IS A MIRACLE!
Staff was confused
Malay ko ba na mainit yun🤔
And I touched all just to be sure!
THEY ARE ALL HOT!!!


Eksena sa Beijing No. 3Afraid but not anymore!
I travel alone.
I hike alone.
Climbing the Great Wall at a temperature of -12 (feels -15) is something.
It was an uphill climb and we are suppose to reach Tower 20. I was only in Tower 18 and I was already exhausted.
I am 43. Fat and not fit to this challenge. I felt anxious and perplexed. What if I something bad happens to me out here. I got separated from the group.
Then while walking, I read the sign!
"Rescue the telephone"
I need not worry!
They even rescue telephones here!



Eksena sa Beijing No. 4Slippery when wet
I was rushing towards the toilet since the Kung fu show was about to start and I had to answer a call of nature.
Entering the toilet, I read a sign which says - "carefully slide."
The question now is should I proceed with caution or follow it and slide carefully!?
I wonder 🤔


Eksena sa Beijing No. 5
I had a hard time listening to my tour guide today.
He speaks good English. But he speaks long and because of that the saliva accumulates at the end part of his lips. And sometimes it dries up!
Worst! It rains every time he speaks!
This is IBM! I tried evading the missiles! It was a good exercise though.
I did this without offending him. I was very polite (there were times I was about to give him a tissue).
Moral of the story: Always bring an umbrella!
NOTE - I was the only one to give a tip 

Eksena sa Beijing No. 6When it rains, it pours
Alam mo yung bago ka umalis ng Pinas, inayos mo lahat. Nag iwan ka ng focal person to supervise, decide and implement.
It turned out na while here in Beijing you still have to run the show.
Anyare!?
Pag ikaw nasa bakasyun tinetext, tinatawagan ba kita or may pumapalpak ba!?
Hay naku Inday! 😂

Eksena sa Beijing No. 7It's FREE! Or is it!?
Today's tour is probably the best in Beijing!
It is the City Tour!
First stop was the Forbidden City and then the Medical Center.
Before arriving at the center, our tour guide was bragging that we will get "FREE MASSAGE" and we can give optional tip ranging from 20 to 30 yuan, if we would like to give one.
We were also told that we will have free diagnose of our ailments using Chinese traditional medicine.
And we arrived at the center, while having our free massage, a bunch of doctors entered the room and the free diagnosis started.
Yup, we were told of our ailments and we were also told to buy the prescribed medicine otherwise our ailments will persist and get worst.
I was supposed to feel better and get cured. Instead, I almost FAINTED and DIED upon hearing the price of the medicine. It costs P5,000 per box and I have to buy 2 boxes!
Then, doctor went out disgusted and disappointed! NO SALE TODAY 😂
The masseur was applying his finishing moves and he said, "Finished!"
I said, Thank you.
He was staring at me and I stared back and said thank you in Chinese.
Masseur signals for money.
I thought it was FREE!?
YEAH RIGHT! TOUR GUIDE SUCKS!😁

Eksena Sa Beijing No. 9
Reaching Out
My flight back to Manila was slated 1:10 am but my last tour ended early around 5pm and after taking dinner I went directly to the airport.
I passed immigration, bought my favorite perfume and was proceeding to the boarding gate. I was already hungry. I tried to find a vending machine for water and food.
I was able to find one.
There was this woman with her child trying to buy from the machine but all her money was rejected by the vending machine. There were people seated who were watching the scenario.
She signaled that I can use it.
And so I did, the water and the wafer came out. After getting it, she again tried but it was a futile effort. I then approached them and offered my help. Still the money was rejected.
I can see from the look of the eyes of the child that she was already hungry.
I said goodbye with a heavy heart that I was not able to help them.
As I was walking away, I can see the child craving for food. The mother was helpless and forlorned.
The scenario was unbearable.
I went back and got an idea. I noticed that all the paper bills of the mother were either folded or crumpled. And so I talked to the mother and said that I will change her folded money to my money. She agreed.
And the vending machine worked. She got the food and I smiled and walked away. She signaled for the change of our money. I replied that it was nothing. And said that it was ok.
She insisted but she was not able to find 10 yuan. She has 20 yuan.
Again, I said itwas ok and signaled that I will be leaving.
She insisted to give me the 20 yuan. And she smiled and the child was now eating the food. I accepted the 20 yuan and turned my back and saw the reaction of the people seated, they were smiling at me and one of them gave me a thumbs-up sign.
It felt good this time leaving the mother and the child.










😎
😆





Saturday, December 30, 2017

Eksena sa Korea Series

Eksena sa Korea is a series of my adventures, funny moments, and experience in Korea.



Eksena sa Korea #1 
Information  Booth sa Incheon Airport

I showed the printout of my hotel made at booking.com. I did not speak.
Korean staff: (looking at me and continuosly saying something in Korean and then looking back at her monitor)
Me: (ano daw?!)
Korean staff: (speaking again)
Me: (now I know why) Am sorry, I am a Filipino, English please..

Pasado pala ako maging Koreano talaga hehehe




Eksena sa Korea #2
"A must-read"


It was 5am and I had to rush to the KTX (bullet train in Korea). I arrived past 11pm, woke up 4am and took a hot shower while the temperature outside Incheon was -3.
Anyway, I was freezing cold while I was walking towards the KTX station and upon arrival at the counter, I was told that it will open past 6am. Instinct told me that I had to eat first in order to have energy for the long travel ahead. And so I went to the convenience store.
A guy was mapping the floor while I entered the store. I bought my meal and my coffee. Problem was I did not know how to operate the coffee machine and the microwave because it was in Korean.
The guy (who was mapping the floor about early 20s) helped me throughout the ordeal and I was so thankful. In fact, he was also the staff on duty at the counter. And so out of my profound gratitude, I said...
Me: Sa rang ham ni da 🙏🏻 (with all the bow I could make)
Guy: (stared at me at disbelief, perplexed and scratching his head)
Me: (I guess he did not understand me, I was just being thankful! And so I repeated in again and again while leaving the store)

That afternoon I asked Youngjae Lee the Korean translation of "Thank You!"
And now I know why the guy was anxious and disturbed when I said - Sa rang ham ni da (which means "I Love You!")

YIKES!😜😂😖
Malay ko ba!?
They sounded the same
Hahahaha

Korean 101
Kam sa ham ni da
Thank you

Sa rang ham ni da
I love you




Eksena sa Korea #3
Train to Busan


I have no idea if I will go to jail for this. But the movie has left a permanent scar in my mind. And I had to do it in Busan.
But when I was in Busan, I forgot all about it.
Going to Daegu, I boarded the KTX (bullet train) from Busan to Dongdaegu. Departure time was 12:30 and I boarded 11:50. Nobody was there when I was inside the train. Then, the thought of the movie suddenly sinks in to my mind and this is the moment I was waiting for, nobody was there! And the camera rolled...
My acting was not that good because I was afraid I might get caught in the process. I know there is a CCTV inside the train but what the heck!! 😜😂





Eksena sa Korea  #4
Finding a Resto (enjoy this one)


From Daegu, I boarded the KTX to Seoul. The ride was good for almost 2 hours. I arrived at Seoul Station and asked for directions. But this time I was a bit slow getting the directions (I was tired) and so I ended up asking a lot of times and there was even a point when I was already exhausted and had to give up. Finally, after several attempts, I found the secluded hostel.
From the hostel, this time the endeavor was to find a place to eat. I WAS STARVING!
And so finally, I was able to find one. I had to peek and from the view outside, there were lots of customers inside. One thing I learned in the Philippines is that if the restaurant is pretty much occupied by the locals you can be sure of two things - (1) price is cheap and (2) it tastes great!
I was not able to understand the signage. For all I know the food here is REALLY GREAT!!!
And with all enthusiasm and gusto, I joined the long queue.
I begin to notice that a lot of people were seemed to be past the age of 50, distressed, mendicants and somewhat unemployed from what they appear to be...
They appear to be without any means of support.
I also noticed that they all have the same meal (they must really love this meal hmmm...it made me more hungry) .
And these people were beginning to STARE at ME..
All of sudden, a Korean woman at the top of her voice was staring at me at shouting something (even pointing her finger at me). Of course, being a good foreigner, I did not retaliate and smiled back.
I remained in the line. The people continued to stare at me. I did not mind it. But the Korean woman was getting into my nerves. She was still shouting!
Hello!! My pera po ako! Magbabayad po ako!!!
Then suddenly, everything sinked-in.
WHOA! =)
This is a feeding program for the homeless and the elderly!!
YIKES!!!!
I looked at EVERYBODY and said - ANNYEONG ASEO!!!!
I hurriedly went out bowing and bowing and repeatedly saying - ANNYEONG! (the only Korean greeting that I know)




Eksena sa Korea #5
Finding the rice


After my city tour, I went back to the mall and ordered my lunch.
Everything was in Korean. From the pictures posted at the wall of the resto, I tried to pic the best meal.
Hmmm. finally, I was able to select one!
I ordered and pointed at the meal posted at the wall. Problem was there were 5 pictures posted on the wall. And so from the counter, I had to walk back to the wall and point to the actual picture (while the rest of the customers were staring at me).
The staff was able to understand and I said with "rice" (again pointing at a bowl of rice).
After 10 minutes of waiting, I was called back by the staff (you have to get it from the counter and after eating you have to clean it on your own).
I seated. Looked at the meal and noticed that there was NO RICE!
I asked the staff at the counter.
Me: Where's the rice?
Staff: It's under

(All the utensils are under the table)
Me: (going back at the table and trying to look for the rice)
Futile effort
Me: Where's the rice?
Staff: It's under (Pointing at the meal)
Me: (took a peek inside the meal) nasa ilalim pala ng ulam

GUTOM NA NGA AKO  




Eksena sa Korea #6
What Parade?


On my 6th day in Korea, I booked, enjoyed, and finished the Seoul City Tour Bus with 22 stops. Last stop was the biggest palace in Seoul (it is very difficult to either say it or write, please do not ask).

Anyway, on with the story. Across the entrance of the Palace, a lot of people were celebrating something. Out of my curiosity, I walked across and saw people holding the flags of United States and South Korea. Without even asking what the occasion was all about, I joined the parade and marched with the Koreans. 

I had to ask for my own Korean flag as I strolled along the park with the Koreans (blending with the crowd). The Koreans were repeatedly shouting something and waving the flags and as an obedient follower, I tried to shout what they were shouting (without understanding what it meant) and likewise waving my own flag. I noticed that majority of the participants were war veterans. 

After nearly 10 minutes, coffee was served and meals were given to participants. I joined the queue and ate my "fair" share of the meal. Sumigaw din kaya ako!

Imagine, I got a free coffee and a light meal for attending the parade. =)

Note: The day commemorates the men and women who died while in military service or in the independence movement. On this day, a national commemoration ceremony is held at the Seoul National Cemetery. The day celebrates the promulgation of the Constitution of the Republic of Korea in 1948.


Eksena sa Korea #7
Breaking one's heart - "EXO"


I was happy I was able to finish early on my 6th day of my tour in Korea. I hurriedly went home and did blogging and posting in my facebook and instagram.

Past 6pm, I remembered something!!!

OMG! I forgot my niece's request (also inaanak) to buy her something and I scheduled it today. I again hurriedly fixed myself and out of nowhere it was raining (mixed rain and snow) and the temperature was dropping to 1 degree.

I had to this! Against ALL ODDS!

To make the story short, I went to Seoul Station and asked for directions on how to get there.

After given the direction, I went to Exit No.2 and proceeded walking to Line 4. It took me more than 10 minutes before I reached the track.

From Line 4, I boarded the train and alighted after 6 stops (or after more than 15 minutes onboard the train). I had to change Line and proceeded to Line 7. Again, I walked and this time it was more than 10 minutes. Reaching Line 7, I boarded the train and alighted after 7 stops (or more than 15 minutes). I walked again to Exit No. 6. And it was raining outside! I asked for directions on where SM Entertainment and after asking a good Samaritan, I was told of the precise location.

Finally, I reached SM Entertainment and went to Sum Cafe.

According to the instructions given by my niece, I have to go the cafe and asked for a "free copy of the album of Exo - Universe! Yup, You got it right! It's K-Pop!
She told me that it was given for "free."

(While onboard the train, I was already having doubts on whether it was free or not!? But I proceeded anyway.)

I went to the counter and hesitantly asked for a free copy of the album of EXO. At first, the staff was surprised about my request and after coming to her senses, she pointed to the Sum Market situated at the basement of SM Entertainment. In other words, IT IS NOT FREE!

If you were in my place would you buy at the market downstairs?

Out of love, I DID! =)

I did not want to break the heart of my niece and go home empty-handed. I bought the album (and even got 2 free posters). 

Exiting the store, I noticed that there was a multitude of Korean teens looking at a glass with all their cellphones' camera pointed to the glass. I guess a celebrity or a singer was inside. I tried to join the crowd but I remembered my cargo. It might be destroyed in the process of squeezing my way into the crowd. I decided to go home.

Walking again in the rain... But this time the smile was written all over my face. I told myself - "I will make someone happy in the Philippines." 

And I placed the package on my chest so that it will not get soaked in the rain..
Note - Bawal na po magpabili hehehe


Eksena sa Korea #8
Lip Balm


I was doing my review about Special Laws in the CPA Board Exam for May 2018. During the short break, I was approached by one of the reviewees that he recently went to Korea last November 2017.

He was kind enough to give me his reloadable card and told me that it still has a balance. He gave me tips to buy an inner wear in Uniqlo and a lip balm for the cold weather. Three days before my flight, I was able to buy an inner wear for the cold weather.

But forgot the lip balm.

The day before my flight, I went to Waltermart Tanauan and went to Watson to buy one. I told the saleslady to give me the cheapest and I was so happy to get one for only PhP69.00. I placed it in my pocket and then at home placed it my Deuter bag.

Fast forward..
Day Two in Korea


I woke early morning and because it was -2 around 4 am. I had to put the lip balm. I told myself - "Dapat madami nito para effective"

As I was passing the crowd, onboard the train, I noticed that the people were taking a glimpse of my face! Oppa!

At first I was flattered. But I saw my face in one of the mirrors on the train. My lip balm is colored PINK!!!!

And I placed too many on my lips!!! As in ang kapal!
SHINING AND SHIMMERING pa!


Oh Boy!

Oh girl pala hahaha




Note - I bought another one in Busan but this time the cost was KRW 2,500 or roughly PhP250.00.


Eksena sa Korea #9
In pursuit of a business proposal


Day 4 in Korea, a former student gave me a hint on buying something in Seoul and selling it in the Philippines.

I told myself - "Why not?"

Day 6 in Seoul
I saw an outlet store and remembered the proposal and with a positive outlook, I tried to make an inquiry.


The saleslady asked me what brand, color, shade and size.
She was asking so many questions.


Hello! Malay ko!
Hindi naman ako gumagamit nun!
Lip balm nga mali na, LIPSTICK PA!


Hindi na ako magbebenta ng LIPSTICK!



Eksena sa Korea #10
Shelter please


Seoul is one of the famous cities (if not the most famous) in the Philippines. My visit this 2017 was the second time I was given the chance of seeing Korea anew. This time I had more time and places to visit.

Day 6 of my Korean Tour
I went to Namdaemum Market (after going to SM Entertainment in Cheongdam Station to buy the EXO album).


As I was walking to the tunnel. It was raining. Mixed rain and snow.
I felt so cold. (I learned later that the temperature was -1)

I saw a man fixing something. 

In fact, as I proceeded further, I saw a handful of people doing the same.


I hurriedly went to the market. And to my disappointment, the stores were already closed. 
There was no night market. It was my intention to buy something as a souvenir.

After 5 minutes of walking, I reached the tunnel again.

The people are gone and all I see are small make-shift houses.

My heart broke.

This is their home.


I felt ashamed. I was disappointed for not buying the souvenir item and these people needed more.

They needed shelter. 

The temperature further dropped.
A cold tear fell as I was walking back to the hotel.