I like attending conferences. It’s a great way to soak up inspiration when you need it, meet people, and just learn new things in general. That’s why when the Graphika Manila 2018 details were announced, I knew I wasn’t going to miss it this year.
I heard about this place a few months ago when a blogger post went viral. Being a fan of South Korean street food, I knew I just had to go there. I never really found the time to actually go, and had forgotten about it, to be honest. Until a friend shared it to me again and asked if we could try it. So we did.
About two and a half years ago, I wrote down a list of 5 countries I was going to visit for the next five years. I am on schedule so far and have visited two out of the five. I’ve been to Australia and South Korea in the last two years, this year would be Japan and/or US, and within the two years after that, Greece to visit Santorini. While that hasn’t happened yet, I have been lucky to have had the chance to visit a resort in Ilocos Sur that resembles the place and it’s called Vitalis Villas.
I’ll let you in on a secret. More than a decade ago, when I was a huge K-Pop fangirl (raise your hand if you started fangirling K-pop and K-drama oppas in the early 2000’s!), I really wanted to go to Korea to see my favorite Korean boyband, Shinhwa. While that didn’t happen, because I thought getting a visa was so hard, and basically because all my money went to merch, I made sure that now that I am a grownup, and I know that getting a South Korean visa is a breeze, that I would at least go there, if not to see my idols from the past, to at least do a DIY K-Drama tour.
I am not as hardcore a fangirl as I used to be, and I rarely ever watch K-dramas anymore (pffft, I just marathoned Black on Netflix. Teehee), but I thought it would be a great experience to check out some of the famous TV drama locations in Seoul on my second trip to South Korea.
If you are looking to go the beach to surf or swim and the usual Elyu and Baler choices have already been exhausted and you just want to go somewhere else, try San Narciso, Zambales.
San Narciso, Zambales is just about a 3-hour drive away from Manila. Zambales, generally, has a lot of beautiful beaches, one of which is my favorite, Potipot. Some years ago, Anawangin and Nagsasa coves became popular among local adventure seekers as well.
Truth is, you can’t. At least not the kind of long travels where you spend months or a year in a foreign country or out of town. It is physically impossible. Unless your company sends you on a business trip, and that’s not counted. If you’re stuck to a desk and your vacation days are limited, you can say goodbye to ever having long travels.
But having an office job doesn’t mean you can’t dream of getting away from time to time. Because, you definitely can!
I’ve been to Australia thrice, and I’ve always been meaning to write this post as I know a lot of you are wanting to know how to get an Australian Tourist Visa from the Philippines. So here it is.
This post will focus primarily on how to submit an application online as I’ve never experienced going through VFS Global. Also, this post rely heavily on my own experience of applying for a tourist visa. I am not an immigration expert, I’m merely someone who wants to share the process I had gone through when I submitted my own application.
Before traveling, one of the things I do is research on local transportation. It gives me a sense of confidence getting around Seoul, or tackling the streets of a foreign country knowing I know even just a little bit about what modes of transportation are available to me and how much they usually cost. This also allows me to set aside a more realistic budget and plan a more hassle-free trip. I was particularly more thorough during my South Korea trip, because OMG SEOUL! I felt like this was a long overdue trip (like, a decade overdue), and I wanted to be prepared for it as much as I could.
Hate crowds? Don’t go to MyeongDong. It is one of the major shopping districts in Seoul where tourists and locals flock to get some serious shopping done. But. If you love shopping and would want to experience Korean street food and get souvenirs on the cheap (and not-so-cheap), MyeongDong is heaven on earth.
So, how good had I been in 2017?
Considering all factors, really good. My 2017 was so great, it’s really hard not to be excited about how much better my 2018 is going to be if I keep the momentum. I went back to my resolutions post last year and these are what I listed:
I have done 2 out of the 4, and I am more than happy about that. I am still working on the other two, and 2018 is going to be the year I do them, while maintaining my progress on those I’d done in 2017.
This year, I’m writing only one: I will be more mindful of my actions in the sense that everything I do must have a contribution to what I want myself to become. If I don’t see a benefit to a particular activity, I won’t do it. It sounds so simple, yet it’s probably one of the hardest things I will ever do. We do so many things everyday and sometimes, we have gotten used to living in the present that it’s hard to look a few steps forward (especially me). I guess the first step is defining who I want to become, and then I’ll go from there.
Wish me luck! Happy New Year, everyone!