Meeting over Galbi

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Last night, my husband told me that we will be eating out for lunch today with his friend. The word 'friend' made my ears perk up because he doesn't have much of a social I was glad to hear about it though. Not only will I be meeting someone from his social circle but we get to do something for the weekend,too! (I consider going out more productive than just lazing around at home!lol)

We met his friend in "Hanseon", a restaurant 5-minute walk from our apartment. I pass by this restaurant everyday and almost automatically, I would glance at the window glass where I can see a part of the restaurant teeming with customers (and drool because of the smell..hmmm)lol

I didn't just drool this time though, I also got to dig in :)

"Galbi" (갈비 or marinated beef/pork ribs) was the restaurant's specialty. People generally use soy sauce, rice wine, fruit juice, garlic, sesame seed, oil and garlic to make galbi's marinade. Like samgyubsal, it also goes with some vegetable leaf wrap, mixed soybean and red chili pepper paste and kimchii or other side dishes. I prefer galbi to samgyubsal because I like marinated meat and I was not disappointed this time...

It doesn't look so yummy here but it was!:) I wanted to eat every piece until the bones were clean but shyness took over.haha I wouldn't want to leave such a bad first impression to Asul's friend, would I?

Park Ji-Sung Made History

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I am not normally interested in watching sports games on TV. But since a lot of people around me are way way INTO it (particularly baseball and football), I felt the need to be at least updated to what's happening:)

I've watched in CNN Asia today the news about the victory of Barcelona in the Champions League. Though Park Ji-sung of Manchester United was on the losing side, he made history...

(Note: The article below was from KoreaTimes)

Park 1st Asian to Play in CL Final

Park Ji-sung of Manchester United became the
first Asian footballer to play in a Champions League final early Thursday
morning (Seoul time). The South Korean midfielder played relatively well but was
substituted in the second half as his team went down 2-0 to Barcelona.


Love ko 'to

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I indulged myself yesterday with McChicken, french fries and juice in Mcdonald's for lunch:)

It actually doesn't happen often because first, I decided to have a healthy eating habit as much as possible and second, it was not very cheap. I discovered something though. It was not until yesterday that I learned about the promo that McDonald's has, available during lunchtime (dunno how long it would be running though).

Originally, a set of meal with a burger, fries and drinks costs around 3700-4500 won. I was only about to order a set of cheese burger (because it's the cheapest!lol) but the cashier told me it was not included in the lunchtime promo. They have specific sets like McChicken, Bulgogi burger, Shrimp burger, etc... which each costs 3000 won! Hmm... not bad considering it has fries and drinks,too:)

I've had Korea's McDonald's burgers a few times already and all I can say is that they were incredible! They actually look like the pictures and were absolutely delectable. It's the same with Lotteria (Korea's McDonald's), too! I found myself comparing them to the ones back home which sometimes looked as if the buns were just slapped together (pero in fairness naman, the fries were good!lol ;)

hayy,.. charap charap!:)

Thoughts in the bus stop

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I was sitting in a bench while waiting for a bus when a "halmoni" (할머니 or grandmother ) sat beside me and later on asked me what time it was. Luckily, I have already memorized and used frequently the korean expressions for telling the time!lol... so I was able to answer her question. However, the conversation didn't end there! She continued to chatter and I felt dizzy trying to catch up!lol So, I told her "Hangug-mal jal mot heyo" which means "I can't speak Korean" (I knew this by heart now!) She then asked where I was from and I said I was from the Philippines. (That's from unit one... Introducing yourself !lol ) After that, she told me "Living in Korea is good, isn't it?" (well,.. more or less that's what I THOUGHT she said!lol)

This was not the first time that a Korean told me the same thing. I have met several Koreans and almost all of them either asked me what I thought about Korea or made sure that I have a positive perception of their country.

In almost a year that I have spent living here in Korea, one of the most distinct traits that I've noticed among Koreans is their strong love for their country. They are proud of who they are and they value what they have and what they do. (I can't count the number of times my in-laws mentioned how good a product is if it's made in Korea!)

I'm proud to be Pinoy (seriously!:) one of the reasons that I don't have any plans of changing my nationality) errrrr... but probably not as I wish that I could be more like the halmoni in the bus stop... sometime someday.


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I accidentally came across this movie, 21 (2008), last Saturday on Catch On movie channel after almost the whole day of devouring bits and pieces of news about the suicide of South Korea's former president Noh Moo Hyun.

21 is a movie inspired by the true story of the MIT Blackjack Team as told in Ben Mezrich's Bringing Down the House. It's about the brilliant MIT students who have mastered the art of card counting and took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings.

Now, i'm not particularly fond of math or anything that has something to do with numbers!lol and the only card games I know are "pares-pares" (or "pairs" wherein you just have to put down two cards of the same suit or numbers) and "pekwa" (wherein a player must bring down a single card at a time to complete a single or more decks of cards)

But what drew my attention to the movie was the said to be "math genius" characters portrayed in the film (though it wasn't that convincing). I majored in Special Education and movies highlighting exceptional individuals (such as The Miracle Worker, I am Sam, Little Man Tate, August Rush etc..) always make me interested so I gave it a shot.

In the end, I decided, I would very much prefer Ocean's Eleven though. It was not much of a wower. But it was fast-paced and quite interesting, for entertainment's sake, as well. Oh, and you'd be left hoping to learn how to beat the dealer,too!

"Blue and Me" Day

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May 21st is Couple's day or "Bubu-ui Nal" (부부의날) in Korea. "Bubu" means couple and "nal" means day. It was said to have started in 1995 to promote harmony at home.
I almost forgot about it until I saw a woman selling flowers, with a "bubu-ui nal" sign on her stand, outside the subway station when I was on my way home. It was another "first" for me and Blue so I decided to cook spaghetti for dinner... no brainer!haha But an achievement for me because of my poor culinary

Nowon-gu World Day Festival

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Instead of my Korean Language class yesterday, Wednesday, May 20th, we were invited to attend the "Nowon-gu Se-gye-ine nal Festival" (노원구 세계인 날 Festival ).

Nowon-gu (Gu means district) is a residential district of Seoul where we live. It's located in the northeastern part of the metropolitan. "Se-gye" means world and "nal" means day. (I guess I translated the festival's name quite literally!lol ) Festival by the way is "chugje" (축제) in Korean.

There were a lot of Koreans and "we gug in" (외국인 or foreigners) alike. Most of the foreigners I saw there, I assumed, were Asians and married to Koreans. I couldn't tell though how many Pinays were there because I normally find it hard to differentiate Pinays and Vietnamese (unless I hear them speak!;) )

I wasn't about to go there but I felt motivated because I was informed that the foreigners will be given a chance to make a phone call to their respective countries for free!

This was taken while waiting for the program to start. I was surprised to hear the song "Anak" by Freddie Aguilar being played in the background. A lot of Koreans know this song (including my husband!) Some other foreign songs were played as well.

An opening number which really kept me awake!:)

An awarding ceremony followed. These people were given recognition for being active in volunteer work. While I was taking this picture, they were being handed with certificates. I found it strange though that they were not facing the audience. My husband told me that's how it really is done! They just turned to face us when they were about to have their group picture taken (which, by the way, was EXTREMELY organized.. they even practiced before the program started:) I heard a Filipina named "Annaliza" being called on stage. I was just not aware how many Filipinos were awarded.

This was a performace of two Chinese nationals. At first, I couldn't understand what they were actually doing. I just saw them snap a big fan or their cape in front of their face and the audience clapped and "ooohh's" "and ahhh's" in amazement. It was almost half of the performance when I realized that they were changing their masks in just a heartbeart! One time the mask was white, and then red and then blue. Please excuse me, my eyesight is really poor now and I wasn't wearing my

This was the final performance. Aside from the cute pink skirt that she was wearing and the pink and yellow lights in the backdrop which complemented her skirt, I was blown away by her incredible performance. I would normally feel bored watching this type of musical but she was bursting with energy and she actually owned the stage. The audience loved her and asked her to play some more ( I actually thought I heard them shout "More"! I was probably hallucinating. )
The program was finished but I was running late for my other class so I wasn't able to stay longer to avail the free phone call. On my way out though, I received these giveaways. They were in a Lotte Department store plastic bag (probably sponsored).

There were two towels and a pen. Don't you just love free stuffs? I'm starting to be a sucker of them:)

It's a Small World

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I was on the subway on my way home last Tuesday when I accidentally bumped into someone I actually know. Now, THAT's not normal since I'm in a foreign country and I don't have that much acquaintances.

He was a student in the language center in the Philippines where I used to work as a part time tutor. His English name was Habi ( as in Homo HABIlis... seriously! I still find it funny how some Koreans choose their English names. I knew some Koreans who named themselves Friday, Bonaparte, Root (as in ugat!), and a couple named Sun and ) Habi still had this sleepy-eyed look which made it easier for me to remember him ( aside from his name!:) ) And he told me that I still looked just as I was before. He invited me to go meet his wife in Myeongdong but it was a bit late already and Myeongdong is like 45 minutes away from my home. We decided to meet some other time with my husband and his wife:)

It was really weird to see him pop out somewhere but it felt good just the same. Small world, indeed:)

Hair Talk

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Don't you just love Korean hairstyle? I particularly like TaeYeon's (of Girl's Generation) hairstyle here (top row, girl on the right) except the color! I was actually about to change my hairdo into something like this last year but my first step into "miyong sil" (미용실 or hairsalon) was a disaster!

I was reluctant at first to take this "big step" for my hair because I have always had it straightened practically my whole life (it was not much of a "crowning glory" for me you know and I just don't know what else to do with it) But my sister-in-law talked me into it and I gave in because I wanted to try something new anyway.

So here was the plan. I wanted my hair to be straight on the top and wavy at the bottom (ambisyosa!haha) It was quite expensive (for me!) around 120,000 won... but we haggled with the hairdresser and she finally lowered it to 70,000 won (which was actually the price of simply having your hair straight) She was quite persistent for a hairdresser and she assured me of how pretty it would look when it's done... and so the work began.

I was happy to know how scalp friendly their straightening cream here is. I didn't have any itchy or burning feeling (the way I did when I had my hair straight several times in a regular hairsalon in my home country) even if I got a tiny smudge on my face.

After that, the hairdresser used a digital perm machine to curl my hair. Unlike the normal perm, the digital perm uses a different kind of solution plus heat. It makes the wave in your hair prominent when it's dry and loose when it's wet. The normal perm on the other hand only requires a perm solution and it makes the wave prominent when the hair's wet and loose when it's dry.

After like almost three hours of working on it, when the hairdresser finally removed the first perm curler.... surprise! There was this frown on her face as she said "We an nawa?" (Why didn't it work?) And she removed another curler and another and a few more but the expected curl was just not there. In short, the three hours of labor was not able to make a single wave out of my hair! It was so funny how the hairdresser and a couple of customers waiting were talking in Korean (probably formulating hypotheses as to why my hair didn't curl!)

The ending? I still paid for the service but was asked to go back to the salon a few days later and simply had my entire hair straightened again... without extra charge!:)

Dental extraction jitters

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I have just received this text message from the dental clinic I went to this morning confirming my appointment tomorrow.

"Hyeon Chigwa imnida"
(This is Hyeon Dental Clinic.)

"Kepale Pibi-nim-e yeyag-eun 5-wol 15-il ohu
2 shi imnida"

(Capale Phoebe's reservation is on May
15th at 2:00pm.)


(See you.)

The dentist said my wisdom tooth has to be removed (the entire crown of the tooth is almost gone actually.. only a fragment has been left and it looked to be way deep in my gums!) I can't remember the last time I had an extraction (I would sometimes do it on my own when I was young!haha) and I'm nervous (more than I was the day before my wedding!) because I have a very low tolerance for pain.

Yay!... "eo tteok he?!" (어떡해, What should I do?)

Going earth friendly

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It's Wednesday! Aside from my korean language class today, it also means "je hwal yong" (재활용 or recycling)

People in our apartment building dutifully take out stuffs that can be recycled on Wednesdays. (It varies in other areas though like in my sister-in-law's apartment, where they do this every Thursday.) But I do have my lazy moments,haha (just thinking about going all the way down from the 13th floor to the front of our apartment... and besides we don't have much things to throw away since it's just me and my hubby at home) so I normally do this every other week :)

This is where we gather the boxes, cartons, and papers.

And this is where we separate the bottles, milk boxes (I have plenty of it!), yogurt bottles and containers, plastic etc. Each sack has tags indicating what to put in it. But until now, I don't remember what each word means so I have to peek first to know what's inside;)

The trash bins with blue cover (somewhere there in the middle:) are for the left over food (I was trying to look for some cats or dogs around to feed but didn't find any!haha actually they're not allowed in the building that's why:)

As for the "rest" of the trash, small things like tissue or candy wrapper, we can't just put them in a plastic and throw them somewhere. We need to buy this kind of plastic in the supermarket to be able to get rid of our trash. It doesn't cost that much but you could somehow think about lessening your garbage so as not to use up all the plastic you've got and buy again right away.

When it comes to shopping, a lot of Koreans bring their own bags so as not to pay for the plastic bags (they cost 50 won... there's really not so many free things in the world now,haha:). This is a bag from E-mart. Blue and I can actually get a 50won discount if we use this every time we shop there:) It's a very small amount of money... but I like hearing the word discount anyway:)

I had never really done these things until I came here... and it feels good somehow knowing they're tiny steps to saving the environment (naka naman!) :)

How about you? How earth friendly are YOU?

Do you feel sleepier when you get more sleep?

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I do! I can even sleep the whole day if you just let me. It's one of my hidden talents! lol

But it's a hindrance for me in so many ways. Like this morning, I was supposed to do some stuff, but right after my husband left for work and I finished doing the dishes, I sprawled on the couch with the remote control in my hand and CNN on TV. Before I knew it, I was in a deep slumber again:( Or sometimes, when I'm on the bus or the subway, I just close my eyes for a while and voila! I'm dozing off again!:)

Is it a medical problem or something? I'm definitely not narcoleptic (well, at least I haven't fallen asleep while cooking!) I guess, I just need to be more active in the morning. I think I should really go to a dance or yoga or aerobic class ( Here I go again,. haven't I said this for the nth time?haha )

hmmmmm... the weather's so gloomy today... it makes... me... want.... to... sleep....... again...

Veggies, anyone?

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Last Saturday, at 9:00 in the morning, my eyes were still half closed when my brother-in-law called saying we were about to go to the farm, right this instant, for a picnic!

This is one of my major complaints to my husband. I begged him to inform me at least an hour before if we're about to go out because I need PLENTY of time to prepare! Not that I'm so vain but I do have some simple rituals before leaving home unlike my husband who can just go out after putting on some clothes and not bothering to brush his teeth (ewwww! well, at least ONLY this particular morning!haha He'll kill me for this!)

Anyway, it was not his fault this time because he didn't know either that his family had some plans today. Knowing that my in-laws would be waiting, hindi na ko nag-inarte!haha I just washed my face, brushed my teeth, changed my clothes and put on my pink cap to hide my horrible hair!:) And go na kagad!:)

The said "nong jang" (농장 or farm) was located in Gwangju in Gyeonggi-do which was an hour drive from our home. It was not really the kind of farm that we normally think of... with cows, barns and all. It was just a wide piece of land and my sister-in-law owns a plot where she planted vegetables. Other people have their own plots,too. The government lend these plots for 50,000 won a year. Well, not too bad if you're into gardening.

This was the view from the hut where we rested and ate lunch. It was windy and I was so tempted to take a nap! But my in-laws were around!haha You can see a glimpse of my mom-in-law on the left and my brother-in-law on the right:)

And this is one of the vegetable plots near our cottage:) I saw my in-laws eat these veggies raw! After pulling them out from the soil and washing thoroughly, they went right straight to their... actually OUR tummies! (I had my fair share,too!) :)

And this is me and the sleepy head. Forgive my husband... he does this all the time!:)

We had "sam-gyub-sal" for lunch and the juicy strips of pork made me forget all about swine flu!haha

What's with the name?

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PHOEBE (FEE-bee) defined: derived from the Greek "Phoibe", a feminine version of "Phoibus" which means "the bright one". It is also associated with purity, radiance and the moon.

I was named after my mom's bestfriend (who, by the way, is now being called Ebot... hmmm... i need to think of a better nickname when I get older!). I used to hate my name when I was young primarily because people called me differently. You see, I grew up in a small town called Gumaca in Quezon province, which is in the Southern Tagalog Region, and my name's not very common (well at least in my hometown) So a lot of people struggled pronouncing it. Some called me "Pebe", "Pibe", "Poybi" ( and some koreans even mistook it for "Teebee" including my former student and my sister-in-law's husband!) It was just frustrating and funny at the same time!haha My family and friends settled for "Pebi" anway until I finished secondary school. The only people calling me "FEE-bee" were my English teachers in my four years in high school (which was just understandable). I guess even if my classmates already knew how it should be pronounced, they felt uneasy in actually saying it (so did I!). But when I went to college, I instantly felt comfortable since people around me seemed to have known my name all their lives. (I'm still "Pebi" to my high school friends though!haha)

Anway, just a few days ago, I had a new discovery about my name. Here in Korea, they pronounce my name as "Pibi" (피비). They don't have "F" in korean characters but instead of that they use "후" ( which has the sound of 'hu' something like "hureshi" 후레쉬 which is how they pronounce fresh ) It's complicated and it sounds weird with my name anyway,.. "hui-bi"???? (what IS that?!) so I usually introduce myself as "PIBI". But then, as my korean friend and I were talking about names, she told me that my name means "blood" and "rain". I had never thought about the meaning of my name in Korean until she brought it up. "Pi" (피) means blood and "Bi" (비) means rain. Bi, THAT I know of (who doesn't know Rain? a singer and the main actor in Full House) but I didn't know Pi could be that morbid!hahaha Is it a premoniton or what?haha I suddenly hope I do really have Phoebe Halliwell's power!hahaha

hmmm... I'm actually thinking of having a korean name!haha I wonder... Yumi? Yuri?... Sora... Hee Seung... Hyeon Jin... Jeong mi...

The Ultimate Seafood Experience

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My mother-in-law arrived in Seoul yesterday (she lives in Mokpo, a city in the southern area, 4 and a half hours away from Seoul.) and the whole family went out for dinner to celebrate her 73rd birthday. My husband's family likes "bonding" (their ties are pretty tight!haha but in a good way:)... a lot! We eat together at least once a month and his oldest sister usually cooks. We eat out on special occasions like this, though.

We had seafood this time. We went to "Tamrado Hwe Jib" (탐라도 회집) a seafood restaurant in Gongneung-dong. My husband told me that "Tamrado" is an old name of Jeju-do. "Hwe" (회) means raw and "jib" (집) means house (so it's a raw house!haha) The restaurant actually serves sashimi. I don't really LOVE seafood (as much as I love MEAT!) but I like it. And I feel so healthy just by eating them.

This is not the actual picture of the main dish... but they're pretty much the same. (forgot to bring the camera, plus the phone had low bat!) We had this one during our trip in Gangneung last year.

I actually enjoyed digging in the side dishes more than the main dish. There's plenty of them and they kept on coming! And they were not the usual side dishes like tofu, bean sprout, pickled radish etc, that they serve in many restaurants. There were salad, fish, squid and even a baby octopus (which was still moving when my husband stuffed it in my mouth! I wasn't aware of that till I felt something moving in my tongue! ewwww!)

The dinner's price was astronomical though. A table for four costs around 130,000 won! (and we had two tables!) But it was definitely worth it. I told my husband I wish we could go back there again... just the two of us. And he told me it would probably cost around 60-70,000 won.


too bad I wasn't able to take any picture! We definitely have to go back there!:)


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Last night, I fell asleep while waiting for my husband to finish using the internet.
We were both in the living room sprawled on the carpeted floor with our pillows. I insisted on waiting for him because I can't be on my own in bed now. It feels so weird not having him beside me.

I don't know how long it had been but while I was sleeping, I felt a hand stroking my forehead and after that I overheard my husband's voice saying "Thank you. I love you."

My heart smiled and I fell into a deep sleep.

The "Puto" Museum

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It was still early when we finished our tour in Changdeokgung so we headed to the "Tteok" Museum which is just a stone throw away. I'm definitely not a museum person but I thought they might give away some free tteok to those people visiting! (haha! I guess that makes me a certified "ajumma" (아줌마) now).

Tteok is korean rice cake or "puto" in the Philippines. I have seen plenty of tteok and they all looked quite the same to me. But this is the only time I learned that the variety of tteok differs according to how they are made. Some are steamed, some are pounded others are fried or boiled.

This is the first area of the museum (located on the second floor of the building). On display were the different types of rice cakes prepared on different occasions. There were so many of them so i didn't dare take a picture of each one. They all looked yummy though:)

A type of rice cake called "song pyeon" (송편) prepared on Chuseok (추석 or Thanksgiving day). I made some of this with my mom-in-law last year:)

The food for traditional rituals are shown on the third floor.

This is a life-size diorama of korean traditional wedding.

And this is an edible decoration during the wedding:) Made of fruits and other delicacies.

According to my husband these thingies are prepared when somebody turns 60 years old or when a couple is celebrating their 60th anniversary.

Our visit was quite interesting. I was a bit disappointed though because I didn't get my free tteok. I think they ought to do that to promote korean culture, don't you think?:)


Changdeokgung Invasion

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Yesterday was not an official holiday but thank God my husband didn't have to go to work (some people had to, like one of my friends who called me up to complain that she was at work today:( ) Anyway, this rarely happens (I mean, my husband having a day off on weekdays!:) ) so we definitely had to do something:) And going to Changdeokgung just came up since we were already in the immigration (as i've mentioned in my previous post) and it was in the same area anyway.

I am not really fond of history (especially Korean history mainly because I get dizzy when I read Korean names of people and places... and i don't remember them anyway!haha) but I have always been wanting to explore Seoul so off we went to Changdeokgung.

Changdeokgung (창덕궁, gung means palace) was originally built as a secondary palace to Gyeongbokgung in 1405 under King Taejong's reign and it served as the residence for many kings. It later on became the main palace until the time Gyeongbokgung was rebuilt (long after it was destroyed during the Japanese invasion).

This is Donhwamun (mun means door or gate) which is the main gate of Changdeokgung.

My husband and me!:) Pityur pityur while waiting for our turn. The guided English tour starts at 11:30.

The ticket costs 3000 won:)

And this is what you call invasion!haha There were lots of tourists of different nationals! Nakakalurkei!:) I saw some Indians, Chinese, Japanese, Americans at kung anik anik pa!:)

I wasn't actually reading.

This is Injeongjeon, the throne hall of Changdeokgung. This was where major ceremonies took place.

And this is Huijoengdang which was the king's bed chamber slash workplace. Note: king's bedchamber... hmmm, how come it was not the king AND queen's bed chamber? How did they make babies?haha My husband laughed and said that they slept separately and then the king slept with somebody else!:)

It seemed that the other tourists were wondering too! lol because somebody asked the guide
as to where they made their heir?haha Well, THIS was where they made their heir!harharhar Daejojeon, the queen's bed chamber! ayun na man pala:)
The king and queen wannabees!:)

After like an hour of walking around, we reached this very serene area which is located in what they called Secret Garden. The group took the much needed rest for like 10 minutes:)

We walked some more after that (luckily I was wearing comfortable shoes! I never thought it would be this exhausting... for me!haha haven't exercised.. i mean REALLY exercised for a long time!)

As thick skinned as I was ( and still am! ), I forced my husband to have my picture taken together with our guide. Isn't she cute?:)


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To start the holiday, Asul and I went to korean immigration to extend my visa. It will expire a month from now. It's a struggle for Asul to take time off from work so we didn't have time to do so (and me doing it alone is out of the question!)

We arrived at the immigration earlier than expected so we had to wait for awhile. The moment the door was opened, people rushed inside like it was a store having some sale!haha:) We needed not to wait again though because we already made a reservation online so we were the first ones to be entertained. However, we had a teeny tiny bit of a problem.

In November last year, we had "isa" (이사 or moving to another house or apartment). We used to live with my sister-in-law in the first six months of my stay here (and we finally moved out). The problem was we were supposed to report to the immigration that we changed our address 14 days after we moved. We only learned about it like a few days before our appointment in the immigration and Asul told me not to worry because they might not actually check it. But according to the employee, we have to pay some fine because of it. We were then directed to "shim sa gwa" (심사과, investigation department) to settle the matter.

The thing that made me quite anxious was the case of an Indian (he looked like one but im not sure) national who got there before us. Upon overhearing what they were talking about, Asul told me (in a hush whisper because we were just in a small office) that the Indian has to pay around 4 million won! Of course we don't know exactly his situation but I felt nervous. How much do we actually have to pay for? I calculated in my mind how long it has been since we moved and it's been exactly 4 months and 20 days (excluding the 14-day limit). What if we have to pay for a daily rate?haha I silently prayed that it won't be that much.

Fortunately, since it's our "first offense", the officer told us that we didn't have to pay for it this time. But we strictly have to follow the second time or else... well, I don't want to think about it but just to have a clear picture... within the first three months that you fail to report your change of address, it will cost you 100 000 won! and 200 000 won for six months! (I'm just so glad we're not talking about millions of won!) But it's still a lot of money. So I was so relieved we didn't have to spend anything for that. I guess they already knew not many foreigners like me (or even a korean like my husband) was aware of that rule.

The rest went well after that.

The best part though was when Asul showed a re-entry permit neatly attached to my passport (which by the way cost him 30 000 won). Since I'm not a Korean citizen (and planning to stay that way), I have to apply for a re-entry permit every time I go to my home country.

I'm going back to the Philippines this year!:)