Saturday, January 14, 2017

Philippines: Flavors of Taguig (2017)

The Cook by Hongleepark
Location: 1F, The Forum, 7th Avenue Corner Federacion Drive, Bonifacio Global City
Food: Spicy Chicken Steak Salad (chicken, seafood in homemade spicy sauce and veggies, 699php)
Cuisine: Fusion of Korean & Italian
Personal Preference: 8 out of 10.  Tasty, but pricey.



Sunday, January 8, 2017

Philippines: The Taste of South (2017)

Another year of tasting classic, fusion and amazing edibles served in the southern restauarnts of the metro!

Las Pinas

Another Story
Cuisine: American Asian
Food: Paella (395ph), Feta Cheese and dried berries (Feta Cheese and dried beriies with a balsamic viniagrette dressing and tossed assprted lettuce salad drizzled with candied walnuts. 295ph for solo serving can already be shared), Roast Pork Belly (Roast Pork Belly with mushroom gravy and applesauce with potato au gratin or buttered rice or mashed potatoes, 495ph)
Personal Preference: 10 out of 10.  The food is tasty.  The sauce used in pork belly, vegetables and salad are in rich flavor.  The ambiance the best!
Location: 2F inside Evia Mall, Daang Hari Road, Almanza Dos, Las PiƱas, 1750


Sunday, January 1, 2017

South Korea: Seoul: Namsan Tower (N Seoul Tower)


Cable Car
Others will prefer cable car to oversee the mountains and trees.  I tried it on 2011, but seems like the distance from the ground is not that high.  If you don't care about the budget, you can opt for this transportation.

Admission Fees 
Adults (Roundtrip): Individuals 8,500 won / Groups 7,000 won
Adults (One-way):  Individuals 6,000 won / Groups 5,000 won

Don't worry about the long walk to the cable car, there is "Ormi", sidewalk elevator. [Details here]



Buses
However, if you like a cheaper fare and wanted to experience the long winding road heading to the mountain top, you can take the bus.

Take the Namsan local bus 05 or Seoul City Tour bus
Closest subway stations: Myeongdong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 3.
Intervals: every 15 minutes
Operating hours: 7:30 - 23:30
Rates: 1,200 krw / 1,100 krw (using transportation card)

Closest Subway Station: (Line 3, 4) Chungmuro Station Exit 2 (in front of Daehan Cinema), (Line 3) Dongguk Univ Station Exit 6

In busy days of autumn, once you experience not moving traffic, just get off and enjoy the chilly weather outside as you hike for more steps to the tower.




Admission to the Observatory Deck:
Reference

Tip: Just in case the time you visited is with a foggy or cloudy weather, you can skip the observation deck since you'll not be able to see clear view of the skyline or cityscape.


For the lovely couples visiting the place, you can also locked your love by joining the massive love locks in the tower.

If you missed the exchange of guard in the palaces, there is a short guard ceremony being held on the Namsan Tower grounds.  They also provide photo-opportunities with the visitors.


For those wondering if the area has massive tourist volume, I may say yes, specially for the spring and autumn season.  Possibly least locals on winter due to the temperature, but may still be visited by multitude of tourists.  So just enjoy people watching and queuing on the ticket line and lift to the deck.

Drama Location
As seen in Boys Over Flowers, Return of the Superman with Song Il Gook and the triplets, Bromance (INFINITE L & Minseok - Windy May) and the latest for 2016 - Min Ho's "Legend...".

The Legend of the Blue Sea Ep 05 (Lee Min-ho), SBS - Nov 30, 2016

Itinerary: South Korea: Busan

Route: Manila, Philippines - Busan, South Korea (PUS)

Transportation Card:
You can still use your Seoul City Pass/T-money card in Busan.  In case you have a problem on re-loading the card, you can go to the nearest 7/11 or CU convenience store. However, more favorable is to use Bee Cash.

Subway Map link

Accommodation:
Toyoko Inn Busan Seo-myeon
Address: 614-865 666-8, Jeonpo-dong, Busanjin-gu, Busan
Map : http://toyoko-inn.com/e_hotel/00221/map.html
Hotel Review

Itinerary:
Thursday - March 29:
MRT Seomyeon to Jangsan: 1300krw=52php; 35mins
In Jangsan Station, find the Taxi Station to go to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple (10,000 Won (=400php))
-Optional: Haeundae Station for Haeundae Beach
-Line 2, Namcheon Station, Exit 2 for Namcheon Cathedral in Pusan
-Optional: Line 2, Gwangan Station, Exit 3 or 5, walk 5-10 minutes -  for Gwanggalli Beach
-Nampo-dong Station, Exit 1, for Busan Tower/ Yongdusan Park

Friday, December 30, 2016

Itinerary: Taipei, Taiwan

Accommodation: City Inn Hotel

Itinerary:

DAY 1: MONDAY (PM)
- touch down @ 13:10pm (Airport) @ Terminal 1 (Tentative Gate: B1, B3)
- BUY: easy card - 500NT
- Take BLUE and WHITE GUOGUANG BUSES (Western Route) going to Taipei - 120-150NT
- Check-in: City Inn Hotel
- MRT: Zhongshang Junior High School Station - for St. John Bosco Church
- MRT: Jiannan Rd Station Exit 3: Miramar (Ferris Wheel - 200NT)

DAY 2: TUESDAY
- CKS Memorial MRT (National Chiang Kai Shek Memorial, opens: 9am)
- NTUniversity (Gongguan MRT), checkout Esprit only if possible (opens @ 11:30am)
- Lunch @ Mr. J Restaurant (http://www.mrj-tw.com/)
- Dr. Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall
- Taipei 101 - 500NT
- NY NY; - Warner Village

DAY 3: WEDNESDAY
- Taroko Guided Tour (2000NT via http://old.taiwantourbus.com.tw/jtbusphp5en/index.php?act=toursdetail&ID=149&VideoID=193 )
- Dinner @ Modern Toilet

Optional:
- Short walk in Ximen
- Check Redplayhouse
Taroko National Park (above), Tomita Farm (below)

DAY 4: THURSDAY
AM: 9am - 1pm
- Taipei to Daxi Bus (Ta Shee Blooming Oasis and Tomita Farm) - 110NT
- Daxi to Ta Shee Blooming Oasis proper - Taxi: 160NT
- Ta Shee Blooming Oasis Entrance - 100NT
- Tomita Farm Entrance- 50NT

DAY 5: FRIDAY
- Go to MRT Shipai
- P.S. Bu Bu Restaurant (roughly 400nt/per head ; take off: Shipai MRT)
- Walking on Tianmu Area
- Fisherman’s Walking Area

Optional:
- Transportation Taipei-LeoFoo-Taipei (240NT)
- Taipei to LeoFoo Village (Entrance: 860NT)
- Mall Hopping: Wufenpu Mall, RT Mall, Go Living Mall

DAY 6: SATURDAY
- Hello Kitty Restaurant
- National Palace Museum (160NT) (take off: Shilin MRT)
- Taipei Story Land (near MRT Taipei Main Station) - 250NT (voucher 150NT)

DAY 7: SUNDAY
- Taipei Fine Arts Museum
- Taiwan Storyland
- Departure

Travel Date: October 19 (Mon) - 25 (Sun) 2009

Philippines: Taguig: Art ala Carte

Art ala Carte: An art exhibit and workshop of Kulay Diwa Gallery of Philippine Contemporary Art, currently being held in Ground Floor, Uptown Mall.  There's a wall dedicated for travel addicts, the famous landmarks that will keep you excited even by just looking at these art piece.


Saturday, December 24, 2016

South Korea: dal.komm

Another coffee brand that became more famous across the kdrama world is dal.komm.  I have not visited the actual location of where the drama were taken, but I got a chance to visit the one in Suncheon.  

dal.komm
Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do, South Korea
Food: mummy hotdog and peach ice tea, 7500krw
Personal Preference: 9 out of 10, expensive.  For the sake of re-living Descendants of the Sun, although this is not the actual location shoot, you'll be successful in hunting Jongki.  They have replays of DOTS on the video near the counter, his magazines were everywhere.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

2016 Nov: South Korea: Heyri Art Village

We have visited Heyri Village because it is nearby English Village Paju.  It just came along my research that this is one of the drama locations.

Autumn Trees
Coming from English Village, we walked from Gate 9 to Gate 4 (almost 30-45 minutes stroll), passed by the mountain side and saw a deer on the wild.


Friday, December 16, 2016

South Korea: Seoul: Insadong

Insadong is very close to Changdeokgung Palace, it a good stop for a market happening and for those who like to experience culture and buy traditional goods.



Saturday, December 3, 2016

Philippines: Flavors of Pasay

Philippines has been a fusion of Western and Oriental restaurants.  Enjoy those that listed below as seen in SM Mall of Asia (MOA).

Botejyu
Cuisine: Japanese
Food: takoyaki, grilled pork
Personal Preference: 7 out of 10.  The taste is good.  However, the location is on the secluded newly open area (might possible be lively as soon as the Galleon Museum becomes open).  Sanitation of the area is a concern.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

2016 Dec: Philippines: Metro Manila: Christmas Display

Here comes the season for the night lights and Christmas display on the streets, malls and buildings!


SM Malls

Has a theme of white Christmas, where instead of using big green trees, they have decorated the malls  with huge twigs, covered with white "as if snow" and decorative shining balls.  They have also added winter animal like deer.



Philippines: The Taste of South

Las Pinas
Ikkoryu Ramen
Location: Food Strip, Southmall
Food: chasu ramen, chicken karaage
Personal Preference: 8 out of 10.  Tasty and quick service.  Was able to accommodate us with house tea and roasted sesame seeds for the perfect taste of Japanese cuisine.


Thursday, November 17, 2016

5 Hotel Room Hacks To Make Your Stay An Awesome One

Whether someone is staying in a hotel for just one night whilst attending a work conference or staying for two weeks on holiday, it is important to make the most of it. There are dozens of ways to make the hotel stay more enjoyable, whilst saving both time and money. Use this helpful guide in order to learn some hotel hacks which people use all the time with lots of success.
Email The General Manager In Order To Leave A Complaint
Most people will email a generic hotel address in order to leave a review of their stay, or they will use a third-party site such as Tripadvisor to tell other web users about their time in their accommodation in Broome. However, it is a good idea to email the general manager of the hotel if the stay was less than satisfactory.
General Managers are eager to avoid bad publicity and they want to please any guests who may have some complaints about the hotel. If they receive a complaint in their inbox, they will be motivated to offer perks in the hope that the disgruntled guests will stay at the hotel again sometime in the future. These perks can include free upgrades to better rooms, complimentary vouchers for spa treatments, as well as discounts on room prices.
Get Last Minute Deals Cheaply With Coupon Websites
Some people might think that booking a room at the last minute will cause the Broome hotel room to be much more expensive than booking well in advance. However, last-minute deals at rock-bottom prices can be found by using specialist coupon websites. This can be a great way to save lots of money which can be spent on other activities during the holiday. Make sure to compare several discount websites before making a final decision on the desired deal.
Negotiate Over Long-Stay Prices
Some people will stay in hotels for a long period of time, whether they are working or on a holiday. Long stays can become expensive, so it is a good idea to negotiate a cheaper rate. Either ring ahead in advance of the stay or talk with the general manager on arrival. The most important thing to remember is that a cheaper price will be easier to negotiate if people tell the hotel manager that they will leave a positive review on sites such as TripAdvisor after the stay is finished.
Use Booking Sites With Loyalty Points
Certain booking sites offer loyalty points to people who place repeat bookings. Make sure to compare several booking sites in order to find one which offers these loyalty points. This will ensure that people save lots of money in the long-run.
Ask To See Different Rooms Before Checking In
The quality of rooms can vary in the same hotel. Some rooms may be dirtier than others or may broken fixtures. If the room is unsatisfactory, ask to be moved into another one.
Use this guide for some helpful hotel hacks.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

2016 Nov: Autumn Itinerary to Seoul v2


Note: If first time traveler to Seoul, please visit the detailed entry and guide on Itinerary for First-time Visitors


Accommodation:
Swanhouse in 156-2 Donggyo-Dong, Hongdae, Seoul, South Korea, 121-816
Hotel Review | Trip Advisor | Agoda

Food Review

Itinerary
Travel Date: Nov 09 - 13, 2016


Thursday
Gwanghwamun Square
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Insadong
Seoul Lantern Festival at Cheonggyecheon Stream

Friday

English Village Paju Camp
Hyeri Art Village
Ehwa University
Dongdaemun



2016 Nov: Seoul: Dongdaemun: Kyung Hee University

I never heard of this place, until I was looking for where to hunt autumn leaves in Seoul from instagram.  

Then I got interested as the place has Gothic architecture.  Bad that we were not allowed to go further in the campus, but given sometime go ahead and go further the castle like building which is the Hall of Peace.




Just 5 days after we visited the place, there was a kick-off of global hallyu awards ceremony, 2016 Asia Artist Awards, which was attended by Park Bo-gum, Kim Yoo-jung and more.