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Korea Day 1

Hello friends, I’m baaaack. Did you miss me? <3 Pardon the katamaran. My creative juices simply refused to flow ever since we came back from the land of Kimchi, lol. Yan ang hirap kapag nagbabakasyon eh, even the mind goes blank. Anyway, I gave myself a deadline, forced my mind to cooperate, and finally started on our Korean adventure (and misadventures), so here we gooooo. I hope you’ll enjoy my chikaskwentos! :-*

Are you ready for a kwela koreanovela series featuring the GOppets? ;))

Briefer: Korea is in northeast Asia and became a country in 918. In 1948, it split into two countries: North Korea and South Korea. North and South Korea and their allies fought against each other in the Korean War.

South Korea has over 48 million people, and North Korea has more than 23 million. South Korea’s biggest city is Seoul, the capital of South Korea. The city has more than 10 million people and the region of Seoul has more than 21 million people. North Korea’s biggest city is Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. It has fewer than 4 million people.

Korean people speak Korean. Many people in South Korea study English and other languages in school. Korea is famous for its traditional food kimchi. 

Day 1. Our flight was scheduled at 3 in the afternoon. But morning of June 2, our departure date, I woke up to a dreadul news -NAIA was on lockdown because of the masaklap na kaganapan at the neighboring Resorts World Manila, omg! I really thought we wouldn’t be able to fly out anymore because of THIS.

Thank God the desperate gunman finally gave up his fight & everything was contained & sorted out. Anyareh pare? What is the world coming to? @_@

I assumed we will just take a small carry-on luggage each coz.. KOREA. What will we buy there, right? WRONG. Apparently, Korea is a shopping haven, take my word for it. Kulang pala ang tig-1 malaking maleta sa amin, pramis! @_@ Good thing the kids took their own initiative & brought big half-empty luggages in spite of my advice to carry light, lol. And Kap, knowing us, wisely brought 2 foldable luggages as his emergency back-up for his shopaholic family. ;))

Plane ride took 4 hours to reach Incheon, South Korea. We made sure to book the bulkhead seats way ahead of time coz Kap has panic attacks when confined in small spaces. As in FULL panic mode on, yung tipong magmamakaawang lumabas ng eroplano. Kalurkey.

Arrived with the moon shining brightly but apparently, Korea is a night city, so everything was still open even at 9 pm. 

Super appreciated the bulkhead seats, extra pay but so worth it the 4 hours we were on air. Btw, guess who were on board with us via CebuPac? Akalain mo yon? Nagba-budget fare din pala ang mga superstars? ;) Isabel Daza & her mom, former Ms. U Gloria Diaz, were among the passengers Korea-bound. Gloria asked me pointblank what places I recommend they visit.. uhmm.. it’s also my first time in Korea? LMAO.

When I first got hold of my share of Korean money, I was SO HAPPY! Aba, ang dami ko namang pera? Good mood ba si Kap my Kap? Naging instant milyonarya ako! Yun pala, pagpapanggap lang. :P Ang isang libong won, katumbas 43 pesos lang. Ahuhuhu. Kay sakit, kuya Eddie!

Back home, Ate was able to secretly book us a taxi limo so we didn’t have to worry about our ride to the bnb, thank goodness for that! Kamot ulo si Kap coz it cost 80,000 won (3,500 php) for a one-way, one-hour trip to the city. Eh kesa magpagulong-gulong kami with our maletas disoras ng gabi. 

Again, thank you Ate for your initiative of pre-booking a ride to the apartment. :-* I have a great fear of being mugged in a foreign country. Although in fairness, mukhang safe naman ang Korea, my impression from the short time we were there. Sobrang kampante ang kalooban namin unlike in Europe na takot agad kami pagsapit ng gabi hehe.

We were cooped up for so long in the plane as well as in the taxi that we had so much pent up energy after our ride. We decided to walk around a bit to stretch our legs after dropping off our luggages, and checked out our neighborhood before having dinner. Stores open at 11 am so we didn’t worry about ending our first day close to midnight, sleeping in way after the Korean cock crows, and starting our 2nd day late.

For our first meal, syempre naman, Korean BBQ all the way! After going around our neighborhood, we finally settled on this restaurant. Mukhang masaya sya at maaliwalas, so we went inside to fill our growling tummies.

I was complaining pa, how uncomfortable naman the seats. Yun pala, may purpose! Voila, it opens up & doubles as storage for your bags to prevent it from smelling like Korean stew & bbq the whole week. Magaling, magaling, magaling! ;)

The owner was so kind to assist his clueless customers on how to cook the CORRECT way. All along ang yabang ko, having my own griller at home, feeling expert na ako hehe. Oist, may ganito pala? Pwedeng ihawan ng itlog?! Instant omelette. Boss, pabili nga ng isa para maiuwi ko?

Taking his cue from the owner-slash-cooking-sensei, my Babyson tries his hand & acts as our chef for the night. ;) Saraaaap naman ng luto mo, anak! :-*

Walked off our heavy meal of meat, meat, and more meat after that very filling dinner. Takot bangungutin. ;)) Ended off with ice cream from the 24-hour convenience store located on the ground floor of our building.

The bnb Ate chose for this trip is ideal because of its location -just a few steps away from the subway. And right beside it, occupying the very same building, is a 24-hour convenience store. O yes, hindi nagsasaraAlam nya kasi takot akong mawalan ng tubig ever. :P That’s my main concern whenever we’d travel. “BILI MUNA TAYO NG TUBIG!” ;)) Plus a bakery next door pa so pwede ang pang-mabilisang breakfast kinabukasan.

Also, we had a “concierge” right below so if we needed to ask someone, there he is! ;) Sure, there’s a strong language barrier, but nothing that google translate can’t fix teehee.

My only gripe is that the apartment is reeeaally tight for a family of 5. Lokong Bok yan ah, sabi kasya ang 8 pax. 8 dwarfs maybe! @_@

Bok was really friendly & helpful. He assisted Ate in booking a taxi limo to pick us up from the airport and answered all her queries. He also gave us welcome drinks & snacks which we found on the kitchen counter upon arrival, and a pocket wifi that we could take along daily on top of the fixed wifi in the apartment.

Naturally, Kap & I got the bed kasi matanda na kami. The girls naman got the sofa which, when opened up, leaves only 2/3 of the couch sleepable -if that. The remaining 1/3 side is made of wood which made it very hard & uncomfortable to sleep on. That left my Babyson with just piled up duvets to sleep on in the spare room meant as a dining room. Kawawang bata. I wanted to buy him a mattress the next day kaso alam nyo naman itong si Kap my Kap, umiral na naman ang matagal na nyang sakit, hay naku! Magtiis daw ng konti. @_@ This pad is definitely NOT for a family of 5, more so 8 as advertised. 2-3 maximum.

Goodnight for now, tryin’a sleep in our uber crowded apartment. But I’m happiest when we’re in close confines because the kids are just a stretch away. Them, I can never get enough of. <3

(Yep, I maintained a daily diary on my phone while we were away so I don’t forget our activities to share with you later on -which is now. So please treat this as real-time, lol.) 

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  • Reply Candy

    Welcome back, Mommy Jane! Can’t wait for more of the GOppet’s Korean Adventure!

    Galing nun chair. Very innovative!

    August 1, 2017 at 8:40 am
    • Reply Jane Go

      Thank you dear Candy :-*

      August 1, 2017 at 8:53 am
  • Reply EllaWella

    Yeyy!!! You’re back to blogging!!! :)

    August 1, 2017 at 9:37 am
    • Reply Jane Go

      Thank you for the warm welcome back ella love! :-*

      August 1, 2017 at 10:29 am
  • Reply Med

    The land of kimchi is luv, luv, luv! Can’t wait to read more of your adventures and of course, your shopping escapade! Isip ako ng isip kung paano nakalusot kay Kap ang orange bag. I bet troloLOL na naman kami kapag nabasa namin.

    Welcome back to blogging. Namiss ko tumawa ng 8am.

    August 1, 2017 at 9:45 am
    • Reply Jane Go

      Hehe thank you Meding. Yes, Korea is super lhav I wanna go back soon!! Tara lets na kasi!

      August 1, 2017 at 10:28 am
  • Reply Neakynich

    Woohoo! Finally an update from your blog Ms. Jane! Missed reading your blogs. I am really waiting for your Korea adventures because when I go home on December, my family and I will be spending New Year in Korea.

    Looking forward to your next posts. :-)

    August 1, 2017 at 10:50 am
    • Reply Jane Go

      Thank you. :) You will so love Korea!! I will post jana’s itinerary at the end so you can use it as a guide if you like. :-*

      August 1, 2017 at 11:43 am
  • Reply Eula Mendoza

    Namiss kita! Super! Kahit na lahat ng posts mo sa fb nila like at nagcocomment din ako hehehe.

    August 1, 2017 at 11:24 am
    • Reply Jane Go

      Waaaah i love you dearly Eula!! :-* Thank you!!

      August 1, 2017 at 11:44 am
  • Reply Rose

    YEES!!! You’re finally updating again. I always love it when you post about your travels as a family. Gustong-gusto ko na tuloy pumunta ng Korea ngayon, to fully embrace the “kinain ng sistema” syndrome dahil sa mga K-dramas these days. Haha!

    August 1, 2017 at 11:45 am
    • Reply Jane Go

      Hahahahahaha oo nga because of our travel parang gusto ko tuloy mag-movie marathon ng mga koreanovelas lol. :))

      August 1, 2017 at 12:12 pm
  • Reply Jana

    Wow I can feel the passion in ur writing again!! The hiatus was gud for ü lah

    August 1, 2017 at 12:12 pm
    • Reply Jane Go

      Awwwww coming form my harshest but most honest critic, im touched. Thank you Ate!! :-*

      August 1, 2017 at 12:13 pm
  • Reply Mae

    Welcome back Mommy Jane. Im so ready to go to Korea with this blog. Waiting for the complete Korean Adventure of the GOppets for my reference.

    August 1, 2017 at 2:22 pm
    • Reply Jane Go

      Thank you for the love Mae!! And for sure you will love Korea! Will make sure to include our itinerary for your guide. :-*

      August 1, 2017 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply Erika

    Hello from Australia!! Namiss kita! Finally eto talaga inaabangan ko sa August. Same flight tayo Cebu pac din kami, nakakatuwa na madami pang open na resto at 11pm no? Ang daming korean resto dito! Abangan ko yung shopping post mo haha! May slight misadventure kami sa Korea kaya Japan pa din talaga kami hehe.

    PS. message me if you want anything from here ha? Next week uwi ko :-)

    August 1, 2017 at 4:11 pm
    • Reply Jane Go

      Huhu #goals namin yang australia. Kakainis ka uber jetsetter panay ang alis mo, sama mo naman kami next time hehe. Enjoy your oz adventure dear erika! :-*

      August 1, 2017 at 4:24 pm
  • Reply Erika

    Wish ko bakasyon kaso, business trip haha! Naku mother kailangan mo magbaon ng madaming kaperahan, at baka si Kap di pumayag dito, Ang mahal ng food huhu!

    August 1, 2017 at 5:44 pm
  • Reply Deanne

    Welcome back Ms. Jane!!
    Looking forward to the Korea trip series and also to Jena’s debut prep! For sure madaming fun and funny kwentos!

    August 1, 2017 at 8:56 pm
    • Reply Jane Go

      Yes promise thee but kwento right after the Korea series. Thank you Deanne for the war welcome back greeting! Damang-dama. Mwah!

      August 1, 2017 at 9:10 pm
  • Reply Marie

    Thank God that you’re back! I’m seriously getting withdrawal!

    August 2, 2017 at 6:15 am
    • Reply Jane Go

      Hi Marie. :) This comment just made my day. Thank you!! :-*

      August 2, 2017 at 7:04 am
  • Reply yeyen

    Yey! So happy that you’re back Miss Jane! Namiss ko na po ito ng sobra ehh! :)
    Looking forward din ako sa debut prep ng iyong bunso!

    August 2, 2017 at 9:16 am
    • Reply Jane Go

      Thank you Yeyen, my heart is happy to know I have been missed. 😘

      August 2, 2017 at 10:28 am
  • Reply Evel

    Welcome back, Ms. Jane!
    So happy to see you again!
    Surely missed you and your blog.
    Looking forward to lots of your kuwentos!

    August 2, 2017 at 9:44 am
    • Reply Jane Go

      Thank you Evel marami-rami tayong mapagku-kwentuhan. Thank you for the warm welcome. <3

      August 2, 2017 at 10:29 am
  • Reply CYR

    Welcome back Jane! I was seriously having withdrawal symptoms because of the “silence” in your blog. Happy to have you back and read about your kwento :)

    August 3, 2017 at 10:44 am
    • Reply Jane Go

      I’m so kilig. Thank you for my dose of sunshine today. <3

      August 3, 2017 at 11:24 am
  • Reply Grace Villanueva

    I miss u madam!!! finally meron kana po update!! welcome back madam and Goppets! love yah

    August 3, 2017 at 4:18 pm
    • Reply Jane Go

      Thank you for the love Grace! Appreciate you, mwah! :-*

      August 3, 2017 at 6:42 pm
  • Reply Photo Cache

    So glad you are back. I kept checking back here for new postings.

    August 9, 2017 at 11:26 pm
    • Reply Jane Go

      Hi Maria! :-* Glad to be back.

      August 10, 2017 at 4:59 am

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