How to Apply for Korean VISA Part 2 (Embassy Application)

Here’s everything you need and don’t need to do: Double check your requirements.  Do this even if you’re sure you have everything ready. Again, paste your photos beforehand. If you’re the representative and applying for your family, you have extra requirements to take care of so it’s best to put them all in a nice envelope to keep them secure and just take them out when it’s your turn to get a number. Go to the Embassy early. I suggest you take a Grab/Uber if you plan on commuting. If you will bring a car, crank Waze on. The Embassy is just somewhat behind SM Aura along C5 road. You will know you’re there if you see a number of […]

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Korean Visa Application: A Detailed Guide for Filipinos (Part 1)

Dreaming to step foot in South Korea? Well, first things first. Seeing that many people have been scouring blogs after blogs and asking around for directions on how to apply–and get approved– a Korean VISA, I decided to pitch in a little and write a guide of my own. Here, I’ll give a step-by-step detailed guide and try to cover the most basic and even the wildest questions I had when we were applying. Let’s start! Prepare Ahead Yes, just like with anything, preparation is key. Note that single entry Korean VISA has a validity of 3 months from approval period so you don’t have to apply way before your planned travel date. Safest bet would be a month before.  […]

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How to Travel from Seoul to Busan via Bus

Thanks to the highly acclaimed Korean thriller movie Train to Busan, we now all know that the best and probably the most classic way to get to Busan from Seoul is through the Korean Train Express (KTX) or their very own bullet train. However, if you’re like us who travels on a budget then the bus is the way to go. It’s 1/3 of the price of the KTX and can still get to the destination in 4 hours or less! Why visit Busan? While Busan is getting more and more traction these days, there are still plenty of travelers who have yet to find it truly worth a visit. Why? I’m not entirely sure. But  for me, booking a […]

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South Korea Travel Guide – Day 1: Seoul’s Culture Tour

Traveling to South Korea as a Filipino is very challenging and exciting at the same time. Imagine… Not knowing how to speak Korean, and struggling to find good guides on how to travel South Korea as a Filipino. So naturally… We just hacked it! Read on to get a glimpse of my journey in SK, and how this blog post turned South Korea travel guide can help you when you plan your own trip there. 9 Days in South Korea – Here’s What Went Down To kick off our 9-day tour in South Korea, we decided to first explore the laid-back and cultural side of the bustling city of Seoul. With that in mind, I promptly did my research on […]

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Where to Stay in Seoul: Top Areas and Budget Hotels in Seoul Suggestions

I believe that every place in Seoul has a special thing to offer. But for first timers, this may also mean an additional struggle of deciding where exactly to stay. To help you out, I’m listing the top three areas that I feel are the best options for anyone who wants to maximize their trip in Seoul. Here goes: Myeongdong This is my top one for several reasons. First, it is near the shopping district. Knowing myself and my mom, I knew immediately that this spot is the best choice for us. If you want a place where skincare/makeup products, shoes, clothes, and street food are accessible by foot, don’t hesitate to book a hotel in this area. Second of […]

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The Best of Busan in 1 Day: Busan City Tour Bus

If you only have one or two days in Busan, what would you do? You have two choices. Either you do it the long way or choose to hop on Busan’s new offering for tourists: Busan’s very own city tour bus. Knowing that we have too little time to DIY, we decided to explore our choices while on our bus to Busan. Yes, we were a little too unprepared for the latter part of the trip. But thanks to a suggestion of a fellow traveler, we soon discovered a solution. How to Book City Tour Tickets We booked our tickets using the ever reliable Funtastic Korea website. A whole day looped tour will set you back by 12,000KRW or P557. […]

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Always and Forever, Lara Jean: Book Review

Finally, we reach the end. And while I should feel a bit nostalgic, I’m just really pleased that Jenny Han was able to finish strong. More often than not, series endings tend to feel a bit stretched and even rushed. But in Always and Forever, Lara Jean, every flip of a page felt like a chapter closing in—a story coming to a well-deserved end. Even if I seem to like a lot of main characters in the past, there are some that I truly despise and a numbered few that I get really fond of. I did not expect Lara Jean to be part of the latter but she is, and that feeling did not change when I read the […]

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Coldplay Live in Manila – A Head Full of Dreams Tour

After years and years of waiting—17 to be exact—Filipino fans finally experienced the much awaited Coldplay concert in the Philippines. And it was a true adventure of a lifetime! At exactly 9:07 p.m., the orchestra music signaling Coldplay’s entrance to the stage started along with a compilation video of various people introducing their world tour. Coldplay opened with A Head Full of Dreams accompanied by blasts of golden fireworks, crazy crowd, and their trademark xylobands. Indeed, the first song alone will leave you in awe. What a production! Coldplay didn’t waste time in singing the crowd’s favorite and followed the first song with Yellow. Filipino fans sang their hearts out in this one. Slow songs like The Scientist, Paradise, of […]

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Everything, Everything: A Book Review

Everything, Everything is the debut novel of YA best-selling author Nicola Yoon about Madeline “Maddy”, a girl with a rare condition known as the bubble baby disease. To be honest, the premise is so intriguing that anyone can easily be lured into reading this book. It is a book with promise but did not quite live up to my expectations. And while Yoon’s writing prowess was evident, her underwhelming conclusion was enough to convince me that this book failed to achieve what it could have set out to do. So much potential gone to waste. THE GOOD 1.) Maddy She’s awesome and pretty funny. She also survived her sickness for 18 years. Who has that much patience and tolerance for […]

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