Wishing for a Seoul Evening

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  • The Namsan Tower (Summer 2017)

 

Last night, I posted this photo on my Facebook wall with the caption: “Dreaming for a Seoul evening.” After work, I took time to browse youtube going from one LMH vids to another. Then while listening to the songs of his My Everything album, I suddenly felt a very strong “missing Seoul” feeling that I could almost cry.

Well, I really have days like this especially during the seasons I visited South Korea – spring and summer for now.  I then wonder how would I feel when I can complete my bucketlist of being there for autumn and winter.  Maybe I will decide to relocate there. ha ha ha

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learning to Let Go

I went away for the weekend to go along with my daughter to another city for her second rotation.  It was not planned.  But since the school decided to let the students go on their own , anytime and any day in the week as long as they should be there before the Sunday orientation,  I then decided to go along with her and see to myself that she has settled well with her roommates in the room assigned to them.

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I did not mind going along and taking the long trip because I love to travel.  Opportunities like this makes my feet literally H A P P Y!

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Me and the happy girls!

For 2 nights, we slept side by side in the big bed.  On the first night, just the two of us while on the second night, Shaira was already in, so the 3 of us in the big bed.  I am suppose to travel back on the second night, but due to the strong rain, I decided to sleep in and wake up early the next morning.

The Sunday orientation was suddenly changed into a Saturday night schedule.  They reported at six in the evening and I thought they would be done in an hour or two. But nah, they came home past 10 in the evening with the news that they have to wake up early for the 5 o’clock bayanihan!   I do not know what to feel and react!  I just kept my cool and tried to look happy for them.  But really I cannot understand why they have to do the bayanihan on their first day before rotation.  Anyways, my plan to leave early the next day became definite.

Early morning came and the kids left for the hospital before I got ready to leave. I was not able to stick to my plan to wake up really really early. Ha ha ha. Lazy me! But indeed I did not feel like going home.  I had wished for a moment that I worked there so that I would stay there until their rotation is over.

I stopped daydreaming and left the house and I arrived at Ecoland terminal before the bus got full.

When the bus was about to leave, I tried calling the daughter.  Her phone just rang but she is not picking up.  I let it pass.  When the bus left, I called again. I just wanted to say that the bus has left and I am really going now.  Still the phone was not picked. I tried many times until the bus passed by the hospital, and still my call wasn’t picked.  I felt more sad than disappointed.  The fact that I am leaving her and we will not be together for some months hit me hard on the chest.  Then the tears started to fall fast.  I tried calling again while controlling a sob.  It took some time for me to feel better and stopped crying.

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Despite my tears, my sad feeling was never obvious to my seatmate – a lady who was excited to touch the clouds when they reach their destination.  My tears were hidden but I cannot stop blowing my nose. lols!

My mind then wandered to the time in the past when my mother brought during my first trip to Mountain view College for my college education. I can no longer remember if I cried when she left. But it made me wonder what she felt that time when she left me there.

I was already far from the city when the daughter called.  She said she tried several times to contact me but I was out of reached.  Possibly because of the signal in some areas.  She was laughing when she knew I cried.  She laughs while I cried!  Oh kids these days! lols!  She asked me why I cried.  And later she said, “stop crying na”.

The tears eventually stopped falling and I said to myself, I should start to learn the art of letting go of a child – because one day they eventually leave me and will have a life of their own.  I guess it is just easy to say it and think of it, but when the time comes, no matter how ready I would be, I will still bawl in tears.

Davao City is not really too far but it is farther than MVC and the daughter will not be home for several months.  So that explains my sudden sadness.  I then thought maybe I would make Davao my kitchen. lols!

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MMA Batch 1990 Mini Meet-Up

There was a call for a mini meet-up a week before the date of meeting.  It’s been awhile that us classmates from Iligan and Cagayan de Oro and somewhere in between had been together.  Though the guys from cdo often meet-up when they could. Mas ubay ubay man pud gud sila didto. 🙂 But Clyde and family were home for a vacation from Australia, so we met and spent time with each other.

Anyways, we had the get together at a new resort in Libertad called C Resort. Thanks to Jun Dy for introducing to us the place.  It was nice. The pool was an eyes candy.

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I have an eye for bursting colors so I took a lot of photos of the pool from the cabana where we lanay. Pools were suppose to be a place for swimming, but we preferred to lanay up there than enjoy the water and the sun down there. I start to think that maybe because of our age. lols! Nah they were just so busy catching up with each other.

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The place is amidst nature so it was a perfect place to unwind.  To me, Mr. Sun was just so harsh that time that I don’t wanna leave the place with roof. Init jud kaayo para nako.  I kept thinking of the cool waters of Timoga. ha ha ha

Anyways, after some hours of almost “endless chika” ay catching up diay, we went out of the cabana to take pictures together.

It’s good to be together in times like this.  I can feel that we still act and laugh like high school bunch, but it’s good.  I think if we don’t have a regular meet-up, we could drift apart since almost all of us have different jobs and different priorities.  If we don’t agree to meet then pwede na mag limutay.  Sound sad. But nah some guys in the batch are very active – so we will still meet-up from time to time.  Even if none from abroad comes home, we would still meet up.

Here are some of our group photos:

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Attendance checked:
Melody, Cristine, Lucille, Fermel, Ervin, Clyde, Eun Ae, Nelson, Meriam, Christina, Ariel.
That baby is the first apo of the batch.

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So this is all for now! Until the next time, which is soon. 🙂

Venue: C-Resort @ Libertad, Misamis Oriental
Resort entrance:  100.00
Pool fee: 200.00
Cabana’s fee: 1650.00