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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Song Joong Ki & Song Hye Kyo Tied the Knot Today

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(photo not mine)

Song Song Nuptials
Date: October 31, 2017
Venue: Shilla Hotel, Seoul, South Korea

Thoughts of loneliness for my departed love ones were overtaken by the thought that my favorite Korean Drama couple, Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo got wedded today.

This is my number one and only news as of today. lols!

I was already a big fan of Song Hye Kyo way back many years ago in her drama Autumn Love. She became more amazing and sweetly beautiful in the 2016 drama Descendants of the Sun.  She had a great acting chemistry with Song Joong Ki, that after the drama ended, many had DOTS hangover and wished them they become couple in real life.  Their “acting” was so real that one can easily sense, they are a couple in the drama in real life.  The BTS videos on you tube can make one feel so kilig of their chemistry.

DOTS is the first drama I watched with Soong Joong Ki and i right away liked him.  In an instant, I suddenly go gaga over him and his female lead. Bagay man gud kaayo sila!  Because of that, I did not miss watching his newest movie, Battleship Island.  The thing he worked on right after DOTS.

Both of them have no drama coming up yet.  But during the early news of their engagement, it was mentioned that Hye Kyo will retire from work.  Whatever be their plans, the millions of fans will support them!

I really wish them forever happiness, gazillion of love, and true commitment for each other.

Travel Tales

I had this Facebook status a year ago.  Thanks to FB for reminding me what were the thoughts i’ve shared on Facebook. lols!  Oh well, this got me thinking, so I thought of making a post of it.

2014 granted me a trip to the US
2015 granted me my FIRST SOLO BIRTHDAY trip (Macau) and Barkada trip to Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam) and Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
2016 granted me a spring fling with South Korea
2017 pwede JAPAN naman? (I am dreaming of having FUN in JAFUN)

I’ve been to Mainland China, HK, China, Bkk Thailand and KL Malaysia, HCM, Vietnam, and PP, Cambodia years before 2014.

I am thanking God for all these travel blessings and yet I am claiming that this Jafun wish will also come true.

These trips are not free. Flying out of the country is not cheap even if your back and forth tickets only cost less than a thousand pesos. All these places were possible because of hard-earned money.
I am not financially rich, but I am rich with WILL.
As said, “if there is a WILL, there is a way.”

I am really wishing I am somewhere than making this status. lol!
Gotta catch some pokemons now. ^&^

Fast forward to 2017. It is the middle of the year yet I do not have any pending travel anymore.  Why? Because the Lord granted me a trip to South Korea this year.  Who would have thought i’d make it back to Seoul this Year of the Rooster. 🙂

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The highlight of the visit to Seoul this year were:  traveling with a big group, the day trip to DMZ and the benchmarking tour at Sahmyook Medical Center (Sahmyook Adventist Hospital).

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