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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adventure Park @ Alindahaw Lakeview Resort

If you love taking pictures and you are checked in at Alindahaw Lakeview Resort, then you cannot stop clicking.  Our small group team went on  an overnight accommodation at the resort.  Many thought that it was not an ideal destination, thus, only few went with the group.

After traveling almost 5 hours in two types of weather – sunny and rainy, we reached the resort tired but excited.  The view and the surroundings were indeed a therapy.  It was what we needed for a weekend get-away destination.

After settling in for an hour, I decided to go down and walk around with my camera.   While others enjoyed the water swimming & kayaking, I spent time taking photos and relaxing in bed.  I have lots of photos taken but I wanna share some for you to enjoy. Somehow you will feel that you were with me there enjoying the view.

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We were accommodated at the dormitory. A cozy building built at their Adventure Park area.  They have many amenities for an adventure activity, but sad to note that they are not functioning as of now as they need still need a preventive job to ensure that they are safe to be used by their customers.  So for now, for your eyes only pa ang dating.

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I think the area is also ideal for an I-SHINE Bootcamp training site.

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If you go down on the zip line, you’ll end up at this area.

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The monkey stairs

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All these monkeys are showing off. ha ha ha

That Autumn Feel

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I saw several of these plants and their colors reminded me of a maple tree. Maple trees gave me Autumn feel. Si Gong Yoo dayon ang naa sa akong huna huna. lols

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This is not a maple leaf but the mix of colors reminded me of what Eun Tak said:

“If you catch a falling maple leaf, you’ll fell in love
with the person you are walking with.”

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This is not a maple leaf.
And I was not walking with someone
So, there no such thing as I will fell in love
during that moment.

 

 

IN PHOTOS : Lakewood Lake as Seen @ Alindahaw Resort

This weekend was spent reconnecting with nature.  The Kanchenjunga Group went out on a weekend trip to Zamboanga del Sur.

A convoy of 4 vehicles happily left Iligan City, excited to spend the Sabbath morning at Pagadian Center then later to proceed to Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur.

This is not my first time but still the picturesque view amazes me.

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The last time I came here was in 2014 during the AMCI Strategic Planning.  The place where we stayed was not yet up during that time.  This time, tourists can have the choice of being accommodated in a dormitory type accommodation.

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They have 3 houses for the dormitory type accommodation and it can accommodate up to 24 persons.  Though one has to walk up a bit (200 meters up) from the main area, but still it was okey.

If the visitor will have a hard time to make that walk, they can bring their vehicle up to the Adventure area gate and disembark from there.  Then the walk up 30 steps to the door of the dorm.

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Each dorm has its corresponding kitchen.  So the group can cook rice in an electric cooker and they can also conveniently grilled their meats.  The water supply was not a problem.

There are two rates in the dormitory accommodation.  Php 450 for a no free breakfast and no towel accommodation and Php 650 per head an accommodation with free breakfast and a towel.

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It was raining hard while traveling from Pagadian to the resort.  Fortunately, it stopped when we arrived in the site.  But after a couple of hours, it rained again!

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The view of the lake is so breathtaking.  Viewing it from different viewing angles inside the resort, the balcony view was not inferior.

In spite of the rainy afternoon, we caught a glimpse of the sunset mode. It was not a dramatic mixture of color, but it was enough to sigh a thankful praise to the Lord for giving us the opportunity to reconnect with nature, a pause of our hectic city life.

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Sunset means a day has ended and another day is nigh.

At the end of this day, I have so much to thank the Lord:

The protection and care during our travel,
The time spent at Pagadian Central Church,
The yummy FREE lunch,
The beautiful Lakewood place.

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