NAMI ISLAND : Spring 2016

The first time I travelled to Seoul, South Korea was during the Spring 2016.  There was so much places to see, but we have a little time and little money.

One of our favorite places during the trip was in Nami Island.

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We went there through a private car.  I guess we just want to make sure that we don’t get lost along the way, so to do that, we hired our friend Long Long’s services – a tour to Petit’ France & Nami Island with a side trip to the English Village – a destination that we were sure we cannot go if we take the public rides.  So if you will ask us how did we travel to Nami Island & English Village, well our answer would be, “we hired a private car.”

I thought I took so much photo with my camera during that Nami trip.  But my folder says the opposite – possibly the photos that I took are more on object rather than the view. It was spring time so the trees were not verdant green, some trees are even bald.  We only set 3 hours to roam the area – but in reality, I was not able to go around the whole place.  Our time was eaten away by taking photos.  Each of us has camera so we have our own takes and then we have “partner” takes – solo pictures must be taken with partners so that you could take turns.  That’s what really  happened to us.

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I got interested with these framed passports, ancient Korean coins,
and philatelic stamps — because I love stamps!
The big ancient coin is valued at 5,000 won and the smaller one is valued at 1,000 won.

I failed to ask if they have stamps for sale at the counter where we bought our tickets.
I wish someday I can by a Dual Passport or why not a Permanent Passport.

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At Gapyeong wharf.  We are in queue for a boat ride to the island.
Look closely at the roof rods — can you spot the Philippine flag?

Nami is a beautiful place all year round.  In another post, I will  be describing why I wanted to visit Nami and why I love Nami.

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This ferry starts to leave the Nami wharf as we were approaching the Island.
This is identical to the ferry we were on.

 

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The welcome sign with the wooden map of the island.

 

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I love this!  Nami is a must visit place for tourist from all over the world.
So they have this greetings in different languages right at the central pine tree lane.

 

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Because it is spring, the roads are dry and dusty and it is so obvious if you look down.
We suggest you look up to enjoy the beauty more the beauty of nature.

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This umbrella photo is from the first shop we saw while going up the main lane.  But I was not able
to go in to ask if those umbrellas are for sale.  The umbrellas depict the Nami Island in 4 seasons –
winter, spring, summer, and fall!  Even before I set foot in South Korea,
Nami Island visit in 4 seasons has been in my bucket list.

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The Song Museum
(to be visited in the future travels)

 

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Miniatures depicting Winter Sonata drama – a wooden version of the little snowman
Joon Sang and Yoo Jin made on their winter day date.

 

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Entrance to the Maple Lane but notice the dry road and the bare treetops —

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Maple trees with budding leaves although it look like it is bald.
The green trees behind are the Birch trees.

 

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The Unicef Hall. Just for my eyes only. No time to go in and check out.
Going in must be a must in the future trip.

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Bald  Metasequoia Trees

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“Lost girl” in Nami @ the Metasequoia Lane. ha ha ha

 

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Another shop that sells souvenir items.

There were several within the Island.  I just took photos because I know I do not have time to go in there and check their stuff. Although I went in to one to purchase a ref magnet and a couple of philatelic stamps.

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I wish I had time to write cards and post it here.  There are several postal shops in the Island.
I have to note that I should do this next time.

 

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Pretty tree!
I’d like to think that this tree stood poised in whatever season comes to the Island.
I’d like to guess that this angles will look very nice during the summer season.

Based on this post, you might say that it is not worth to visit the Island during the Spring.  For me, in spite it looks a little bit dull in many angles,  visiting it in spring is not a waste of time.  Nami Island is pretty in all seasons.  Each season brings out a different and unique beauty in spite the trees and many memorable spots look the same.

So here’s my last photo for this post, a photo I took as we left the wharf.

 

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Annyeong Nami!  Until the next time!

P.S.

I had more photos to share but I will do it in another post because those are more of Winter Sonata stuff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Wrap-Up

I would like to wrap-up my 2017 in few photos and few words (1545 exactly). lols!

January 

The new months started alright.  Work was alright and pressure was within limits.  Though I can remember the late nights booking for the AMCI Managers & Admin Korea trip scheduled for June 2017.

February 

The 65th anniversary of the hospital had its kick-off this month.   All the weekends from this month April was packed with activities attended by all workers – young and old!

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This was the venue of the kick-off. Our guests of the afternoon was the President of the SPUC, Elder Edwin C. Gulfan and our beloved Iligan City Mayor, Honorable Celso Regencia.

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I cannot forget this colorful decoration.  After the kick-off, group presentations were held at the back lawn of the Annex Building.

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Blessing the new hospital vehicle, a Montero, was also done this month.

The first wedding I attended for this year also happened on a February.  Rey & Swyt’s wedding in Butuan City.

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Rey & Swyt were married at Tamarind Church in Butuan City.

March

The month of March was SHINE – Sharing Hope, Health and Happiness to Neighborhoods Everywhere  Future Leaders Bootcamp held Saddle Ridge Camp, Dahilayan, Bukidnon.  If my memory serves me right, the training was attended by the 3rd and 4th batch of future leaders.

April

One major thing that happened during this month was the gala night.  The culmination of the 65th Anniversary celebration.
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The gala was held at Frosty Bites Garden Hall. It was a night where the workers came to attend looking so dashing and elegant in their evening wear.

May

The highlight for this month was my official trip to Manila.  My first errand was for our Hemo water analysis at East Avenue Medical Center – NLRC.   It is during this kind of trip that whoever goest to NLRC for the water analysis, he or she carries an icebox that make you look like you are selling some iced water or ice candy. lols!

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My 2nd & 3rd day in Manila was spent submitting korean visa application at the Korean Embassy in Taguig.   I applied for more than sixty persons.  I scheduled it for a day only, but time ran out for me, so I had to come back the next day for the remaining applications.

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The embassy as seen from across the street as I was waiting for a taxi to bring me to BGC where I would take a BGC bus that will drop me at the last stop (Telus building) and then it would be an easy walk down Ayala avenue.

The visa releasing schedule was after 3 days and after 5 days that was why I stayed in Manila for more than a week.  After the release of visa for the the first batch of applications, I had a Korean food treat. lols! It was a late lunch because visa releasing starts at 1:30 in the afternoon.

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The happy look after checking all passports of the first batch got the Korean visa.  Hindi halata na gutom. lols!

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I know that the weekend would be a drag as I do not have any errand to do. So I woke up early Saturday morning and caught a bus for Baguio City.  Geared with an overnight bag, a dslr , a phone,and selfie stick, I was so happy to begin my adventure.

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Together with the stuff mentioned above is a “thick face” to approach other tourists to take a photo of me. lols! I had lots of photos taken, 90% selfie lols! and the rest were kindly requested. (More details of this Baguio trip will be lar lar in my Travel Tails 2017 post.)

May was also a month to remember for AMCians because it was this month that the President Rodrigo Duterte visited the wounded soldiers as a result of the war in Marawi.

June

After the visa released, June came so fast.  Laag makes the days fly by so quickly.  As in super dali jud then the day came when the Korea Benchmarking time has to begin.  The groups left the Philippines via Mactan International Airport and Ninoy Aquino International Airport.  The day were the same but the flight time are different.  I joined the group that left Philippines (via Cebu) the last but kind of the big group.

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Flying the Philippine skies.

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Touchdown at Incheon Airport, South Korea.

A group stayed for 4 days, the most 5 days, and a few 6 days.  We were not accommodated in one flight due to the fluctuation of prices during the booking period.

Here’s us, Sabbath afternoon, a quick sight-seeing at Sahmyook University.

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photo credit: Edison

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photo credit: Edison

More about this in my later post – Travel Tales 2017.

July

One thing I cannot forget this month was — I turned 45!

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Then Robinsons opened to the public, feeling fortunate to witness the event. I also had the chance to see Daniel M up close 😀

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Daniel Matsunaga up close – a bit of an arm length away:

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And it was this month, my phone was stolen.  It got stolen while taking a jeepney ride from Robinson’s Place (opening event) to the center of the city.

Eat Iligan (2nd year), organized by Iligan Bloggers Society, Inc, also took place this month.

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August | September

These months were filled with holidays that later on we feel bored not going to work. lols! But one thing made the September exciting was we made a weekend trip of the Red Team (Mt. Kanchenjunga) to Alindahaw Lakewood Resort.

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It was a refreshing getaway in spite of the long distance travel. It would have been more fun if all the team members went with the trip.

The second wedding event I attended this year was of Lai and Josiah. Held at Mahogany Gardens. It was a nice and intimate wedding ceremony with family and few close friends.

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October

My October started with a 5-days Writing seminar at SPUC.

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It was then followed by the 2nd batch of in-campus SHINE Future Leaders Training.

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3 days of the end week of the month was spent on a quick trip to Zamboanguita, Negros Occ because one of our fellow worker (Uncle Bebe Candelario Davad) died.  We spent the last night vigil there as well we attended the Burial services.

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A quick trip to the beach before going up at the host’s house for lunch
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A pose for remembrance with the immediate family of the bereaved together with our accommodation host (Mrs. Gozo & Dolores)

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Another thing to note during this month was the wedding of  DOTS stars!   But at the of the month, the events reminded me of the movie A Wedding and a Funeral, because on October 30, a good Korean actor, Kim Joo Hyuk died at the age of 45 due to a vehicular accident.

November

November at work was kind of busy. Busy planning for the year-end program as well as in the preparation for the TUV-SUD audit.

December

This month was full of excitement for the hospital workers.  The Lord gave bountiful blessings to AMCI this year thus the Administration decided to surprise the workers with more financial blessings this year compared to the previous years. Thus, our year-end celebration’s theme is #SalamatAMCI2017. We owe all our blessings to the Lord so all our praises and thanks to Him.

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The door prizes thrilled everyone.  The longing of winning the grand prizes glued our butt to our seats until the end of the program.

December 17 was an important date for Meloy and Rex because it was their wedding day. I was chosen as one of the Peer Sponsors on their wedding day (the 3rd wedding i attended this year).
The wedding was held at AMCC campus church and the reception was held at Frosty Bites Garden Hall. The crowd was a mix of AMCI friends and MVC friends.

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Photo credit: Rona Guillena

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Confessions:

Personally, 2017 was a struggle. I am so thankful I survived!  There are 3 days more to go before 2017 totally says goodbye, but I am positive that this year shall pass and I will still be standing with an “okey” look.  Thank you Lord for every new day that has come to me.  It gave me hope to live for the next day.

I became so crazy with Korean dramas this year(sounds bad) but in a a way it helped me in dealing the (sad) monster inside me because the movies helped me make a good laugh as well as gave me a good reason to cry.  At some point, I become an irresponsible fan (happy about break-ups and irresponsible comments) but when a celebrity dies, I came to realize that for them to live happy, I have to accept whatever choices they make.

I cried for Kim Joo Hyuk’s death much more for the death of Kim Jonghyun.

Kim Woo Bin’s illness made me really sad for him and his career that from time to time I check YT for updates.  I look forward to his come back.

Lovelife for real is still zero.  Don’t wonder why.  Somehow I wish 2018 will be a kinder one for me when it comes to love found not love lost. lols!

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So this is 2017 in the personal and work life of Sunshinelene.

I wish everyone of you a prosperous and happy new year 2018!

Disclaimer:  Photos used in this post are mine (watermarked & non)
unless otherwise by someone below the photo.

 

Nostalgia (my 29th)

 

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I dunno if i have already shared this photo her in nostalgia.  But since it’s spring time in many parts of the world today I’d like to share this.  This is my favorite spring photo.  Taken in spring 2004 at the Chinese Botanical Garden in Shijiazhuang City.

I am glad i was taken a happy smile here but during this time I was sad because I was missing someone terribly.

Nostalgia (my 28th)

 

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This is Frank. He was one of my favorite one-on-one tutorial student in oral English. He is a manager of his own textile company which does business in Europe. He was introduced to me by his secretary, Mayra, who was one of my students in my adult class.

 

This is Myra.  She speaks English very well.  She just enrolled in my class so that she got the chance to interact with a foreigner in flesh.  =)

 

Frank’s Daughter

I think i named her Amy if not Sandra.  I already for got.

 

Anyway, we met twice a week.  We often have our meeting in big and nice restaurants.  We do free talk as our means of practicing their oral english then later, we order the food.  Aside from free food, They also pay me by the hour.