Monday, September 25, 2017

Budget Travel: How much does it cost to travel to South Korea

Hi traveler!  You may be asking - How much does it cost for a trip to South Korea?  How much does it cost to eat in South Korea?  How much should I budget for a trip to Korea?  What would probably be your spending pattern in your upcoming Seoul Trip?

If you are in the middle of filling-up your visa application on Page 4 Section 10.1 Estimated travel cost, the quickest answer would be a safe estimate of 5,000php (100 USD) per day.

If you would like to know more details on budget planning, continue reading.  This entry was inspired by the recent inquiry in Trip Advisor.  Hopefully this can help you plan your budget for your trip.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

South Korea: Seoul Insider

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

Are you looking for destinations in Seoul that are considered on the next grid or those places that are less visited by the tourists.  Here's the list of rising places suggested by the group of local students behind Seoul_Insider.  They have categorized the places into 8 themes and you can contact them if you want local guides, visit their blog and instagram account for more information.

Rising Places
  • Ikseon-dong, Jongno-gu (Line 3 Jngno-3-ga Station, Exit 6)
  • Yeonnam-dong* / Yeonhui-dong (Line 2 Hongik Univ Station, Exit 3): a.k.a "Yeontral" if you have watched Battle Trip Episode 22 by Sam Hammington and Sam Okyere, 2016-10-08
  • Buam-dong (Line 3 Gyeongbokgung Palace Station)
  • Sangsu-dong (Line 6 Sangsu Station): near Hongdae
  • Seoul City Wall: seen in Strong Do Bong Soo
  • Gwanghwamun Square (Gwanghwamun Station Exit 1,2,8) [visited]
  • The War Memorial of Korea (Samgakji Station Exit 11, 12)
  • Jongmyo Shrine (Jongo Station Exit 8, 11)
Art Museum
  • D Museum (Line 3 Oksu Station, Line 6 Hangangjin Station, 10-20p)
  • Vinyl and Plastic (Line 6 Hangangjin Station Exit 3, Itaewon Station Exit 3, 12-24p)
  • Seoul Museum (Line 3, Gyeongbokgung Palace Station, 11-18p)
  • Arario Museum in Space (Line 3, Anguk Station Exit 3, 10-19p)
  • Common Ground (Line 2,7 Gunguk Univ Station, Exit 6)
  • Daehango* (Line 4 Hyewha Station Exit 2): Marrioner Park, as mentioned in The Best Hit
  • Jamsil Baseball Stadium (Line 2, 9 Sports Complex Station Exit 5)
  • Lotte World Tower* and Mall (Line 2, 8 Jamsil Station Exit 1, 2, 10, 11)
  • Bukhansan Dulle-gil (Seoul Trail)
  • Hanggang Park/River: for the I SEOUL U 
  • Hanuel Park* 
  • Seonyudo Park (Line 9 Seonyudo Station Exit 2)
  • The Natioal Museum of Korea (Line 4 Ichon Station Exit 2)
  • GOTO Mall (Express Terminal Bus Station Exit 8-1)
  • Gwangjang Market (Line 1 Jongno 5-ga Station Exit 7)
  • Galleria Department Store (Apgujeong Rodeo Road Exit 1,2,7)
Night Life
  • MADE Itaewon (Exit 2)
  • Club Cakeshop (Line 6 Noksapyeong Exit 3)
  • Club Mass (Gangnam Station Exit 10)
  • Club Arena (Line 3 Sinsa STtaion Exit 3, Line 7 Nonghyeon Station Exit 7)

Other Itineraries

For my further sample itinerary, expense, trip reports and PDF guides, please visit links below:

*Remember you still need to decide for yourself based upon your attraction and fascination over a place or activity.  As well as to consider the pace you want to have while traveling.  Planning too many targets on a day will either exhaust you rather than give you peace and joy on the culture and tradition.
Create your own road, rather than taking someone else's path.  
It can only be a road when one passes it.

Friday, September 8, 2017

2017: Philippines: Korean Film Festival

Thanks to Korea Cultural Center (KCC) Philippines, as they celebrate this year another Korean Film Festival. Six films will be seen in selected local cinemas for free. For complete event details, click here.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Travel. Enjoy. Respect

In support of the #TravelEnjoyRespect movement.

The Tips for a Responsible Traveller were developed by the World Committee on Tourism Ethics and are based on the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism.

Click here for complete text on Tips for a Responsible Traveller

  • Honor your hosts and our common heritage.Research your destination to learn about local customs, traditions and social conditions.
  •  Learn to speak a few words in the local language.
  • Support the local economy. | Respect all that makes an international destination different and unique.
  • Always ask before taking photographs.
  • Protect our planet. | Leave only a minimum footprint and a good impression behind. 
  • Support the local economy. | Respect livelihoods of local vendors and artisans by paying a fair price.
  • Be an informed traveler. | Take appropriate health and safety precautions prior and during your trip.
  • Be a respectful traveler.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Philippines: Flavors of Makati (2017)

Le Petit Souffle Restaurant
Location: Third Floor, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City 1210 (10:00 -

Friday, August 4, 2017

Philippines: Flavors of Taguig (2017) - Restaurants in Bonifacio Global City (BGC)

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.
Review on Tripadvisor

Friday, July 28, 2017

Train Travel Tips

Are you a bus rider or car owner in the metro? Are you curious on how to properly behave when taking the subways abroad?

Unlike Manila, neighboring cities like Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei, Seoul and Tokyo have very convenient subway transportation system. Below are some reminders you may need to consider when taking trains abroad.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

2017 May: Japan: Fukuoka: Hakata Gofukumachi Hostel Takataniya

Hakata Gofukumachi Hostel Takataniya
9-5 Nakagofukumachi, Hakata, Fukuoka, Japan 812-0035
博多 呉服町 ホステル 高谷家
博多区中呉服町 9-5, 博多, 福岡, 日本 812-0035
Email: takataniya[@]

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

2011 November: South Korea: Jeju: O’sulloc Museum

The O’sulloc Museum, located on Jeju-do Island near Seogwangdawon. The “o” in “o’sulloc”, means to appreciate and enjoy, and it also stands for the origin of sulloc, only sulloc, and of sulloc tea. [Source]

O´sulloc Tea House
Seoul-si Jung-gu Myeongdong2-ga 33-1

2014 Feb: South Korea: Secret Garden

"Secret Garden" is a special part of Changdeokgung Palace.

The course is to visit and view the previously off-limits area, but now open to public but still in limited thrice a day visit with 50 persons in a time, all strictly guided tours.  This area they say has very special meaning in ecological preservation as well as cultural properties protection. [Read More]  We were guided to walk along the grounds, excluding the main building parts of palace which are still off-limits.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Travel Mistakes You've Done So Far

Amateur tourists or seasoned travelers on short or long-haul flights heading to local or foreign destinations can possibly make mistakes during their trip.  We don’t want these simple mistake to bring bigger travel problems on our journey.  What’s important is learning from these experiences, knowing travel tips and learning how to avoid them.

Seoul: Getting lost is part of traveling!

Are you having a solo travel soon or visiting Seoul alone?  Are you heading to a foreign land for your lifetime adventure, but afraid in getting lost!  Don’t be afraid, getting lost is normal in traveling!

But, what you need to know as a traveler are the arrangements and assignments on hand before arriving to the place.  Here are some tips and survival guide for paranoid travelers and who are afraid in getting lost: 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Philippines: Flavors of Kapitolyo (2017)

Thai Dara
Location: Kapitolyo, Pasig

Food: pomelo salad (fresh pomelo tossed with shrimp, squid and lime dressing, 249php), pork satay (marinated grilled pork in sticks come with peanut sauce, 209php)