This trip was overdue since we (Mom, Aunt and her friends) were set to visit SK last June, but due to MERSCOV, the said trip was change to August.
The start of year 2015 was awesome for me since I, together with my sister and friend, went to Van Gogh is Bipolar restaurant. Then suddenly like a storm unpredictably in the night, things shift faster than a swift. Just like last Holy Week, devastating event took place in my life. Darkness hovered above my head. I won’t elaborate this one but I promise to you that because of this event, I’m so lost and I’m currently in the state of the undead even after my said trip to SK.
Fast forward, just last June, my aunt asked me if I want to join them (she and her friends) at their upcoming trip to South Korea (SK). Of course I was overwhelmed by her suggestion but at the same time, worried since 2 more weeks to go before their said trip and I don’t know if the Korean Embassy will grant me a Visa (since SK is one of the countries here in Asia aside from Japan with visa). Still, I try my luck. Yes, my mom has no problem since this will be her second time to SK so definitely she’ll be given a visa. June 22, the verdict came up. I was granted a three months visa entry, and my mom, well, multi-entry for five years. Wow, we’re so blessed!
Unexpectedly, the Korean government announced a MERSCOV outbreak so our trip was cancelled, but I’m not worried because my Aunt (who’ve been an expert with regards to traveling abroad since she’s been to almost all the countries in this planet earth) had already rebooked our trip to August.
I can’t contain the excitement I’m feeling when the month of August finally came. My mom packed everything that we’ll be needing even my clothes since she’s the one who’s used to traveling as well. Thank you Mom.
With all honesty, this trip was really a blessing since this was a gift from my other Aunt. Thank you so much Lord for those people. I know that they’re your angels sent to earth to share your love. I know that they can say to me anything that they want since this won’t be really possible without them; but I don’t care since I didn’t ask them for this one. They suggested and gave it to us (Mom and I) for free. If ever they will say something negative about this trip, I won’t listen and accept it. I will just let it to pass by; but I know they won’t say anything except if someone will poison their minds. Hopefully, nobody will do it.
Day 1: August 24
Back to my trip now, we left the perimeters of Philippines last August 24 by an Air Asia flight at around 7:00 am and arrived at the perimeters of South Korea at around 12:00noon. I’m so amazed because the airport of Korea is really amazing and nothing compared to NAIA’s terminal. Even my Mom and Aunt said that SK airport is the best airport among others (take note, they’ve been to European countries and Japan already). Wow! Upon our exit, we rode the service from my Aunt’s friend. Yes, she already made friends with Koreans since this is her 10th time visiting SK. I can’t even close my eyes because I’m so excited to see how SK looks like, and to my amazement, SK is really a good country.
We arrived at Nine Tree Hotel at around 2:00 in the afternoon. The said place is located at MyeongDong, Seoul. It is their shopping capital since all establishments are located in the said place. It was my first day and because of tiredness, we just slept in our hotel room.
Day 2: August 25.
We woke up early because our service will arrive at 9:00am. After eating breakfast at Coffee Bean, we immediately rode the van. It was raining that morning since a storm is passing by in Seoul. Travel time from Seoul going to Nami’s dock is estimated at 2 and a half hours. At the said dock, we rode a ferry going to Naminara Republic or more commonly known as Nami Island. When we arrived at Nami Island, if felt that we were in a KDrama. 🙂 It’s an island with complete amenities, establishments and commercial buildings. I can’t elaborate everything since this will take my whole post. I’ll just post pictures.
After we’ve been to Naminara Republic, since it was still raining, we went to Lotte Mall. According to Peter (my Aunt’s friend and our tour guide), Lotte Company is the biggest and most famous company in their country. Inside Lotte Mall, you can find National Folk Museum, Lotte World (theme-park), and luxurious shops. I won’t elaborate this one as well. I’ll just post pictures.
Day 3: August 26.
We woke up early because our service will arrive at 9:00am. After eating breakfast at Coffee Bean, we immediately rode the van. Good thing, it was not raining anymore. Hello Mr. Sunshine. 🙂 Our first activity: We went to Folk Village. Here, we watched cultural shows and went to experience the life of ancient Koreans.
Second Activity: We went to watch Nanta Cooking Show (SK’s popular live show that is shown to almost 32 countries in the world). The said show was located at MyeongDong so we just walked going back to our hotel. During dinner, we ate at Chicken and Beer restaurant.
Day 4: August 27.
Free day. My Mom and I planned to go to Lotte World, but unfortunately we didn’t get a chance. Of course, I’m somehow disappointed but I have to accept the fact that being in SK is already a blessing. My mom just went to shop and afterwards we went to Black 3D Trick Art Museum. Yes, it was so funny because in the Philippines we can also find a Museum like that and I think, ours is way better than them. You know what’s shocking? The idea of 3D museum originated from South Korea.
Day 5: August 28.
We woke up earlier than before and left at around 8:30am because today is the day we’ll be going to Naju, Korea to attend the 30th anniversary of the Weeping tears of our Blessed Mary. This time, my aunt rented a bus since Peter, together with his van, won’t be a necessity anymore since we were already 9 in the pilgrim’s group. It’s been almost a 3 and a half hour trip from MyeongDong to Naju Korea.
Upon arriving at the said place, my Mom and Aunt’s companions attended the Station of the Cross going up the mountain. Yes, I didn’t join this one because I can’t climb a mountain. Afterwards, we had dinner at a Korean Chicken Ginseng Restaurant. It was a traditional way since we sat on the floor.
Day 6: August 29.
We went to a restaurant to eat our brunch. I forgot the name. Today, is the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Weeping Tears of Mary Naju. It was an overnight affair so we left the celebration at around 10:00am the next day (August 30). Yes, sleep is not welcomed on that day.
Day 7: August 30.
We only slept for four hours since we need to clean up. At around 3 in the afternoon, we went to eat in this famous BBQ house. Afterwards, we went back to the mountain for the so-called foreign night celebration. Meaning, foreign pilgrims who were present that day will have a special night with Julia Kim (she’s the chosen one by Our Blessed Mary of Naju). We performed Bahay Kubo (Yes, impromptu). After the said feast, we went back to the pilgrim’s house at around 2 in the morning already. Yes, team no sleep.
Day 8: August 31 – last day.
At around 4 am (Yes, just two hours to pack all belongings), our service immediately arrived. On our way to Incheon International Airport, one of the tires of the bus busted, and thanks be to God because none of us got hurt. We wasted almost one hour because our driver needs to call for help. Meaning, we didn’t have a time to shop for “pasalubongs” or souvenirs already since we arrived at 10:30 in the morning; we have to check-in our baggage for web check-in was not applicable for us since I’m on a wheel chair (Yes, I won’t be able to walk inside the airport for it’s gigantic).
Afterwards, we ate lunch at Coffee Bean (no choice because of too much fatigue). And boom. Boarding time. I love that Air Asia’s on time during boarding.
Thank you for accommodating us for one week South Korea. Until next time. I’m really blessed and I want to extend my gratitude to you Lord and to blessed Mary; also to my angels (those people who made this trip possible).
Hopefully, if ever you’ll go to South Korea, don’t forget to include Naju, to your must-visit places to feel the blessings of Blessed Mary.
As promise 🙂
Day 1: Nine Tree Hotel
Day 1: Our Room @ Nine Tree Hotel
Day 1: MyeongDong Seoul Korea 🙂 Such a busy street.
Day 2: Going to Naminara Republic most commonly known as Nami Island
Day 2: Nami Island :))
Day 2: The Song Museum @ Naminara Republic
Day 2: UNICEF Hall @ Naminara Republic
Day 2: Winter Sonata Memories @ Naminara Republic #NamiIsland
Day 2: MDC 🙂 Jewel in the Palace, Jumong, etc. #KDramas #NamiIsland
Day 2: Raison Gallery #Love #Memories #NamiIsland
Day 2: National Folk Museum @ Lotte Mall
Day 2: Korean Ancestors #Ancient #LotteMall
Day 2: Olden Times #Ancient #LotteMall
Day 2: Noble’s Clothes #KingandQueens #LotteMall #Ancient
Day 2: Japanese Invasion #Ancient #LotteMall #SouthKorea
Day 3: National Folk Village @SouthKorea
Day 3: Nanta Cooking Show #FamousPlay #SouthKorea
Day 4: Black Trick 3D Museum #TheOriginal #SouthKorea #LittlePrince #HappyBirthday #DogLover #LostinKorea
Day 5: Famous Chicken Ginseng #TraditionalKoreanRestaurant #GoingtoNaju
Day 5: Namnae St. #OldKoreanHouses #TraditionalHouses #Koreanovelafeels #Night