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Summer Special (Last Part)

When I travel, I usually pack my clothes on the day of departure because I didn’t want my clothes to crumple (too much). I think this is okay for short trips, but not for 2 or 3 week trip. I tried to do that for my 3-week Europe trip, and it was not good, it’s actually a bad move, I ended up bringing so much clothes which was a nightmare especially in Europe!! I lost weight (even after so much eating – too much pasta, pizza and gelato) from carrying my heavy large luggage while transferring from one city to another. We explored 6 cities in 4 countries within 3 weeks, I knew it was only by God’s grace that I was sustained with so much energy and strength, and I was definitely in good health, before, during and after the trip, thank and praise God for everything and for sending kind-hearted people who helped me carry my luggage when I needed it most! πŸ™‚

So on the day of the trip, I packed the lightest clothes, mostly white tops, because Bangkok weather was ranging from 32-36 degrees that time. I actually dreaded the hot weather but I just tried to prepare for it, I brought a big good old fan, facial mist, wet ones, towels, sunscreen, my good old Starbucks tumbler (which I always fill up with water), and extra shirts. Below is the photo of all the things I packed for the trip. On the day of return to Manila, I only had 1 shorts, 1 skirt and 1 sleeveless top which I was not able to wear, so I was really happy for doing a good job in my packing this time. πŸ™‚ By the way, I ended up not using the distressed jeans on the photo, I wore a lighter pair of jeans with floral stitches thrice during the whole trip! πŸ˜›

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Our 4th and last day was basically a travel/airport day, no more other agenda aside from checking out the nearby pool in our neighborhood which was less than a minute walk from our beautiful and big AirBnb, our happy home. We had hoped to atleast hang out by the pool and swim but we were so tired each night after a long day of travel so we didn’t have the time for some refreshing night swimming. Another thing that we ran out of time to do was to get some relaxing, must-needed Thai massage – definitely a must next time! πŸ˜‰

So on our last morning in Bangkok, we tried to capture some more remembrance of our happy home and lovely neighborhood. πŸ™‚

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group photo inside our lovely home on Day 1

I had managed to do an endorsement shoot in the morning for a newly discovered drink which became an instant favorite β™₯ Thanks for the sister for being my photographer! πŸ˜›

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Before heading to the airport, we had our yummy breakfast at a “fancy” street food stall near our home πŸ˜›

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Of course, I wouldn’t let this day pass without my milktea! I loaded up on milktea for 4 consecutive days!

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last milktea for this trip… until next time πŸ™‚

Before going back to our happy home to get our things, we had one last stop at 7-eleven. I would have hoarded lots of drinks (especially the collagen one, soooo good!) if only I wasn’t afraid of them accidentally spilling on my things! Next time, I should have a separate, durable bag for drinks alone! I ended up bringing home only 3 pouches of the collagen drink which I finished all in one day… πŸ˜›

Now, we’re ready to go and spend a few hours at the airport before our flight to Manila. The flight of Nikky, my brother and my sister was 5 hours earlier than Tet’s and my flight. So Tet and I had some time to window-shop, chill at Starbucks and chat a lot! πŸ™‚

By this time, you probably know that I collect Starbucks cards from the places I visit, and even from Philippines when I find the cards lovely and pretty. And my very thoughtful and generous friends give me Starbucks cards as pasalubong from their trips too. πŸ™‚ I find that they are the lightest souvenir that I can take home from my trips and also I get to enjoy a cup or two because when you “buy” the card, the cost of the card is actually consumable. πŸ™‚ The cards are free in some cities/countries too! Here are some recent additions to my collection, which are gifted by my sweet and supportive friends. πŸ˜‰

So for this Bangkok trip, getting a Starbucks card was part of the agenda. There were lots of Starbucks in Bangkok but we didn’t manage to visit most of them due to lack of time. I checked out one Starbucks branch, I forgot where, but I didn’t like the available cards so I didn’t get any. I thought I would get another chance to check out other branches, which I did, there were 2 or 3 branches inside the airport, I was able to go to 2 of them.

Tet and I went to the first branch after we had lunch with Nikky, Carlo and Kris just before they checked in.

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Another thing I really enjoy is trying out new drinks and pastries in Starbucks. I know these are not available in the Philippines, so I ordered and loved the new cappuccino blend and the green tea and red bean mascarpone. I had to check my Merriam Webster app to check what mascarpone means. πŸ˜›

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Β Β (mΓ€sβ€²kΓ€r-pō′nΔ•, -pōnβ€²)Β 

n.Β AΒ freshΒ softΒ ItalianΒ cheeseΒ withΒ aΒ highΒ butterfatΒ content,Β madeΒ fromΒ lightΒ cream.

My sister requested me to buy her a set of Starbucks demitasse, her collection. Sorry, I didn’t have a photo of it, but it’s a set of 2 mini-mugs with Bangkok and Thailand inscription on each, a good souvenir too. The first branch had no Starbucks card. So while getting the demitasse for my sister, I got tempted to get a cutie mini-mug for myself.Β β™₯

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I love the design and it’s very handy too. For souvenirs, I prefer something light and small. Btw, the demitasse is on the lower right corner of this photo, sorry, it’s blurred.

Maybe after more than an hour of chatting and chilling at Starbucks, Tet and I waited at the designated Terminal to check-in. After we got in,Β Tet and I walked a long mile to find the 2nd Starbucks only to find out that there were no cards too! 😩😭😫 So I tried to keep my cool hahaha and I was glad that I got a better remembrance from the 1st branch! πŸ™‚ Thanks much Tet for supporting me in my crazy pursuit though all in vain! πŸ˜› But seriously, thanks a lot for walking the long mile with me to find the Starbucks on the other end (of the world) from our boarding gate, and window-shopping with me! Really appreciate it. Kob kun kaa.Β β™₯

Now that I am about to close this 4-part series of my Bangkok posts, I would really like to take this chance to thank these 4 amazing, beautiful, lovely, fun-loving, easy going, generous, thoughtful, godly bunch! If not for all of you, I wouldn’t have a very special summer trip this year. I thank and praise God for our wonderful, glorious, short but sweet summer vacation. I am truly blessed to have visited Thailand for the first time with my Christian family and friends – that’s another reason which made this trip truly special.Β β™₯β™₯β™₯β™₯β™₯Β Where to next? πŸ™‚

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“Every good and perfect gift is from Above…’ – James 1:17

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Summer Special (Part 3)

P4280355Big. Enormous. Gigantic. Elaborate. Intricate. Beyond lavish.

These are just some descriptions I have for Grand Palace. It is very true to its name, grand is actually an understatement. I’ve traveled quite a bit and have seen quite a lot but it still blows my mind each time I see such elaborate, intricate, gigantic edifice of different forms, kinds, architecture and history. How in the world were they able to create those structures some hundred years ago (sans machines, technologies, electricity) with such accuracy, beauty, artistry and intricacy…

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On Day 3, we finally had the time to visit the Grand Palace. It’s a must see, never to be missed even on a hot day. But if ever I will go back with family or friends, I would prefer to go on a cooler weather. We were literally dripping with so much sweat because it was soooo hot, another underestimate. πŸ˜›Β We were there between 9:00am – 10:30am. The whole place, though it was grandiose, it was still unimaginably and amazingly filled with tourists!!

I tried to take photos though I could hardly see through my camera lens because the sun was up and so bright even with my sunnies on.
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Of course, the 🌞 didn’t stop us from taking group photos and videos and having some good laughs and blogger poses in between. πŸ˜›πŸ˜‚

As soon as we got out of the Palace, we beat the heat by rewarding ourselves with some ice cream. 😍

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Γ©té is a French equivalent of ‘summer,’ it’s pronounced ‘ay-tay’

Since Day 3 was our last full day in Bangkok, it was also our last chance to do some shopping.

We requested our driver to bring us to Platinum Fashion Mall, where we first had lunch at the foodcourt, I had the yummiest Thai soup (forgot how it was called), but I was too hungry to even take a photo of it πŸ˜› (sorry!) and then shopped. Since we had limited time, I bought first my friends’ requests and some souvenirs for family and friends.

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I got these keychains (and some cute elephant printed pouches) for pasalubong because I love that they are hand-made in Thailand (not in PRC). πŸ˜›

When my friends go to Thailand, I only have one request – Durian Chips. I would have hoarded these chips but they are expensive! The one in round container is almost P500 ($10)!!

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Aside from the Jim Thompson scarf, this lovely elphie wallet and a keychain were my remembrance from this wonderful trip. Really love these cuties. πŸ™‚

When my friends learned that I would be going to Bangkok, they all had the same word for me – shopping in Bangkok is cheap. So I kept it in my mind and heart πŸ˜› and managed to keep myself from buying anything from the time the flight was bookedΒ  until our trip to Bangkok – big milestone for someone who never failed to buy something new to wear for a trip (you know OOTD is life in IG). πŸ˜›Β Each time I got tempted to buy a top, or a pair of pants, or bag, or even accessories, I would instinctively tell myself β€œthat’s probably cheaper in Bangkok” and then I would walk away as fast as I could. πŸ€ͺ

So the day of shopping finally came, but by this time, I’ve ran out of my pocket money, my ATM didn’t work, so I borrowed a few bucks from my brother & sister!! Lifesavers! πŸ˜› So I depended on little cash and my creditcard but unfortunately, most shops don’t accept creditcard payment and some have 3% bank charge! But I still tried to go through each floor and looked for something to buy for momsy, my preggy sister and/or me. I managed to buy a dress and skorts (skirt/shorts) for momsy and nothing for me!! Amazing, such a breakthrough! πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜œ

So I had some affirmations about myself through this experience:

βœ…Β I’ve experienced this a few times – I would go home empty handed from mall wide sales.Β  It came to a point when mall wide sales don’t entice me anymore. I don’t and can’t force myself into buying something just because it’s on sale.

βœ… No fitting policy won’t work for me. I want to try something on and see if it looks good on me before I consider buying it.

βœ…Β Too many options, limited time and crowded malls have negative effect on my appetite to shop – which is actually friendly on my pocket. 😜

βœ…Β I would rather spend my money on food than things – I love to bring home some local goodies for my family and friends for them to try and taste. So I bought some locally produced coffee, milk tea, noodles, and snacks from Big C, a big grocery store near Platinum Fashion Mall.

Thanks to Eia for introducing me to this coffee brand (Khao Shong), I love it! πŸ™‚

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So that’s all folks for Day 3! We definitely had a grand and lovely time! On this day, my brother, sister and I wore our matching shirts! I got one for momsy, daddy and Matty too! πŸ™‚
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Summer Special… (Part 2)

Travelling is one of life’s best teachers. You learn about history, culture, language, you learn how to adapt, socialize, you realize that the world is big (and beautiful) and you are just a small (but blessed and special) part of it, you learn how to be grateful for what and how you are, you learn more about yourself and the family, friends, and even the strangers you are travelling with.

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On our 2nd day in Bangkok, our first stop was the Floating Market, another first and unique experience for us. Nikky was able to experience floating market in Bangkok, but on that day, our driver brought us to the first/original Floating Market which was far from the city center, between 1.5 – 2 hour drive. The Floating Market experience which lasts for about an hour costs 5,000 Baht. We were actually not expecting to pay anything for the Floating Market ride, unless we buy something, so we were quite shocked when we were told that the cost for the experience was 5,000 Baht! Anyway, we charged it to experience, appreciated that we had a wonderful and safe ride, the boat was made of sturdy and shiny wood and it was shaded/covered – we were protected from direct sunlight and heat! Lesson no. 1 – when offered with something, be it an experience, food, or anything, ask first how much it costs – when travelling, barely anything is for free! πŸ˜›

During the boat ride, we didn’t buy anything except food. πŸ™‚ One common denominator in our group is we all LOVE to eat!! We are very passionate about satisfying our gastronomic cravings. πŸ˜›

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We bought sticky rice, mooping (really tender, tasty pork barbeque), and some fruits πŸ™‚

After the Floating Market experience, our tummies were ready for lunch, yet another Thai lunch! πŸ™‚ Our driver brought us to Maeklong Train Station Market.

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Here’s what we had for Day 2 lunch πŸ™‚ – all soooo goood, yummeeehh and cheap too!! πŸ˜‰

And of course, a Thai meal wouldn’t be complete without….

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Thai Milk tea! πŸ˜›

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Another common denominator with this group is we all love taking photos and groupiesΒ β™₯Β 

After lunch, we tried to do some shopping around the Train Station Market, but it was too hot!!

Our next stop was Golden Buddha (Sukhothai Traimit). The Sukhothai Traimit Golden Buddha is the largest Golden Buddha Image in the world, it was made of pure gold, with a price value of 28.5 million pounds and ages over 700 years by now. It is a valuable treasure of Thailand and Buddhism.

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Outside the temple, it looks like this, photos below. We only went to the top floor. There’s a museum on the ground or 2nd floor but we didn’t go anymore.

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Our last stop for the day before dinner is another top favorite – Jim Thompson House Museum. Thank you Eia and Gill for recommending this. πŸ™‚ This is where you will learn something new, there’s a 30-40 minute guided-tour around the house museum – you will know who Jim Thompson is – you’ll learn a bit of history, your eyes will feast on all the rich, beautiful art collections inside, you will be refreshed with the greens and waters around. πŸ™‚ We all loved it!Β β™₯Β 

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James H. W. Thompson

After the guided tour, we went to the boutique where the Jim Thompson products are displayed and sold.Β My heart melt with all the beautiful silk products at the Jim Thompson boutique. I love the quality, the luxurious feel and the prints of the bags and scarves. It was love at first sight with thisΒ rice-large-silk-twill-hobo-bag but had to control myself from bringing it home, too expensive for me! πŸ˜›

But I knew from my meltingΒ β™₯Β πŸ˜› that I had to buy something as a remembrance from this trip, and it has to be from Jim Thompson.

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This beautiful scarf called for me and I happily gave in.Β β™₯β™₯β™₯Β On this scarf are all my favourite colours and more!

After my happy purchase, Nikky wanted to check out the restaurant inside Jim Thompson, so we did and we were happy to learn that all pastries were 50% off from 5-7pm! By that time, around 6pm, we were all exhausted, and loading up some sugar was a welcome treat with a beautiful, calming view of a big koi pond. πŸ™‚

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We loved all the cakes, sooo pretty and yummy!! πŸ™‚

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Pastries are always best with coffee so it’s high time for cappuccino – a break from Thai milk tea ;P

Before we called it a day, we took some photos with the Tuktuk inside Jim Thompson.

“Tuk-tuks or ‘sam lor’ (three-wheeled) used to be everyone’s favourite way of getting around Bangkok before the BTS, MRT and colourful taxis took over.”

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Bye for now, friends! Will share our Day 3 experience soon! πŸ™‚

Hope you learned something from our Day 2 adventures and enjoyed it as much as we did! πŸ˜‰

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Summer Special… (Part 1)

I’ve been blessed with another short yet definitely sweet and super fun trip this April. It’s a blessing because my favorite sister Kris, I only have one :), and favorite brother-in-law Carlo gifted me with a flight ticket to Bangkok. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much, you’re the best sister and brother to me! πŸ˜€ Thanks much too to Nikky for booking it for our group and taking good care of us all throughout, you’re the best! πŸ™‚

This trip, my 12th country, Thailand, is very special in more ways than one. Aside from being our first time to travel together out of the country, it’s also my sister’s first out of the country trip and she’s 4 months pregnant with the very first grandchild of our growing little family. πŸ™‚ It’s also the first time that we would get to travel with Kris’ and Carlo’s friends/churchmates, Nikky and Tet. πŸ™‚

So many firsts! So many things to be thankful for! πŸ™‚

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very grateful for these 4, we had so much fun together πŸ™‚

This photo was taken in Bang Pa-In Palace (Summer Palace), our first stop on Day 1 – 18 April – Ayutthaya Day trip. The backdrop is called Phra Thinang (Royal Residence) Aisawan Thiphya-Art (The divine seat of personal freedom). Of all the places that we explored, the Summer Palace is actually my top favorite, we took lots of beautiful photos on this very beautiful place.Β β™₯ IΒ loved that this place has pavilions and gazebos laid out in a garden setting, Western style-buildings, there’s Victorian feel to it, everything is just so lovely.Β β™₯

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Keng Boo-Pah Pra-Paht

After taking lots of photos and shortcutting our tour around the Summer Palace because it was getting too hot already, we were ready for my much awaited Thai milk-tea, and Thai lunch!! πŸ˜›

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All smiles – Thai milk tea isΒ β™₯

Here’s our Day 1 Thai lunch, all soooo yummmm!!

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first Thai lunch with our hospitable, generous kuya driver/tour guide πŸ™‚

After lunch, we were ready for another treat – Ayutthaya Historical Park-hopping all afternoon. πŸ™‚

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Thanks to my brother and sister for their GoPro, we’ve got lots of wide-angled photos and super funny videos. πŸ™‚

Next stop, one of the highlights, was our up-close encounter with a biggie but uber cutie elephant πŸ™‚

After our photo-op with cutie elphie, it’s time for my 2nd milk tea! πŸ˜›

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Too hot at 3pm!!!

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This was our last stop in Ayutthaya, we’re too exhausted to go inside, we took this photo from the fence πŸ˜›

That’s all for now for my first Thailand trip.

Posts on Day 2-4 will follow in the coming days, hopefully. πŸ™‚

Good night, folks!

Hugs from warm Manila πŸ™‚

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Europe trip highlights (Part 4)

Rome, Italy: 6-10 June

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I’ve found my first Europe travel buddy because of Colosseum. Why Colosseum? Caye’s main reason for wanting to go to Europe is because she dreams of seeing the Colosseum in its glorious glory. πŸ™‚ So when I first shared to her my dream trip, we’ve got an instant travel buddy in each other. πŸ™‚ We saved the best for last, we put Rome at the end of our trip. Kim also wanted to attend the Pope’s celebration of mass at the Vatican so we had to schedule our trip which would fall on a Wednesday, the day the Pope himself celebrates mass to the public.

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the humongous Vatican City

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In Rome, I have used the panoramic shot the most because everything is wide and humongous!! Just like the Vatican and the Trevi Fountain amongst others.

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the stunningly beautiful Trevi Fountain πŸ™‚

We ate lots of pasta, pizza and consumed so much coffee too, which we all enjoyed!

Coffee all day, everyday! πŸ™‚

On the last day, I needed to have gelato! I wasn’t able to eat gelato everyday because I’m too full from all the pasta, pizza and all the yummy meals we had, my tummy had no more space for dessert! ;P

This was us, in front of our AirBnB, on our last day. We loved our accommodation in Rome so much. It was big, clean and beautiful. The location was great too! πŸ™‚

Rome being the last leg of the trip, I thought, it was okay not to expect too much, anyway we already had the loveliest (more than) 2 weeks of travel, and I was kinda tired already that time, also trying to condition myself that I would leave my dream place in a few days… But lo and behold! God really spoils His children! Rome was sooo lovely!! Just like the rest of the places we’ve been to. I wanted to stay a bit longer, if only I could… It was easy to explore, and everything is sooo beautiful, I love it’s warm colours, it’s cool and sunny weather, the coffee, the gelato, everything… I will surely go back, someday, Godwilling. πŸ™‚ I can’t thank and praise God enough for blessing us with the most wonderful vacation in our beautiful dream place. HE is truly an awesome God and Father, always giving the best gifts to His children. πŸ˜€

Hope you enjoyed my photoblog! πŸ˜‰

Until my next adventure, more to come in 2018! πŸ™‚

Wishing you all the best of everything in the coming year! God’s best, always! πŸ˜‰

 

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Europe trip highlights (Part 3)

London, U.K.: 2-5 June

This part of our trip is all about meeting with family and friends. And that makes it so special and dear to my grateful β™₯.Β πŸ™‚

My cousin, Jel, and her family lives in London, she’s been inviting me to visit them since 2008, so I am really grateful and happy to finally have the chance to visit them and spend some quality time with them. πŸ˜€ My aunt, Jel’s mom, was there at that time too, so it was a great time to be in London. πŸ™‚

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Aside from spending time with family and friends, I also had the opportunity to attend the EveryNation church service at Hammersmith. Thanks so much to my dear cousin, Jel, for accompanying me. It meant a lot to me to be able to spend time with the Lord amidst the hectic schedule while on vacation. I am very grateful that my cousin took me to Hammersmith and had a wonderful, comforting time at the church. That Sunday, 4 June, the church invited theΒ Award-winning author Dr. Frank Turek (I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist,Β Stealing from God),Β to speak. We were so blessed to listen to his wonderful teaching about the truth of God’s existence amidst all the suffering in the world.

Because this is the London part of the trip, I made an exception on the number of photos to share. I hope you understand. πŸ˜€

Last part of the trip, Rome, will follow. It’s the last, but definitely, not the least. πŸ˜‰

 

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Some more Notes to self…

Yes, I’m still not over it, probably never will I… πŸ™‚

I realized I have missed out blogging about a few more important bits which will be quite useful for me to remember for my future trips (take note, tripS πŸ™‚) to South Korea, yes, not only to Busan, but to other parts of South Korea and probably to Japan.

I live in Manila, we don’t have spring, autumn and winter here. So if I would like to experience other seasons, the nearest that I can go to is South Korea and Japan. My first experience of spring is in Seoul in April 2011, while my first autumn experience was in Osaka & Kyoto in late November/early December of 2015. I am blessed to be able to go back to South Korea, to Busan just recently, but didn’t get to witness “autumn” colours as yet, but definitely felt the lovely autumn weather.

Spring, Seoul, 2011

Autumn, Osaka/Kyoto, 2015

It is likely that I will be going back to these countries because I love them so much for various reasons. I love the weather, the food (this alone is good enough reason for me to keep on going back), the beautiful sceneries, the courteous and disciplined people, the good quality of their products, and a whole lot more!

In every travel that we experience, we learn a thing or two, and we become a better traveler and a better person each time. The things that I learned in Europe are different from what I learned in South Korea. I have shared here some of the lessons learnedΒ during my first travel to Europe.

Today, I will be sharing some notes to self which I should remember by the time I’ll take that next trip to either Japan or South Korea.

Early November is a good time to go…

Some friends and even celebrities which I follow in Instagram went to Seoul this week and I actually wanted to go back on a whim! Their videos and photos are so beautiful, the food looks so yummy, I know they are, the weather is sooo cold, the colours are just so pretty and lovely… So I am praying and hoping to be able to go back to South Korea next year, most probably in early November, Godwillling. (The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps. – Proverbs 16:9). πŸ™‚

Bring a medium AND a small luggage

Well, I know I should always try to travel light but I’ll make an exception for these 2 countries because I honestly believe that’s it’s okay to hoard all the yummy food they have. πŸ™‚ I wasn’t able to do this recently because I only brought my small luggage. The medium luggage will be for my grocery shopping, not for my OOTDs. My clothes and all other knickknacks should fit inside my small luggage.

When I told my friend Ina that I would be going to Busan, she requested me to buy this pack of honey butter almond, she said it’s yummy. So I bought a few packs for my family and for Ina. I didn’t try it while in Busan, had I known how good it is, I should have bought moreΒ and tried to squeeze some more inside my luggage… (I love nuts. Thank you Ina, it’s because of you that I discovered this 😍). There are other variants, which are equally yummy. I tried the mixed nuts, it’s so good too!

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Try new drinks, both hot and cold…

As I have noted in my previous post, when in Starbucks, I should not only check out the available cards but also try their new hot and cold drinks from Day 1 of the trip so I get to try all by the end of the trip. πŸ™‚

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Find time to check out quaint cafes (they have the cutest cafes!), other food stalls, and eat all the berries and other unfamiliar fruits as much as possible… πŸ˜‰ I love berries and another thing I love about these countries is that they have the freshest fruits and veggies πŸ™‚

Always thank and praise God, allow Him to surprise you πŸ™‚

“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you …” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

I have probably said this before, but I’ll say it again, I thought 2017’s highlight would be my Europe trip, THE trip of the year, but God has His way of surprising and pampering His children in ways we couldn’t have imagined. I thank and praise God for our Busan trip as much as I praise and thank him for the Europe trip, they are both very special trips to me, cherished by my grateful, joyful heart. I give all thanks and glory to God for just blessing me with all good things. He knows I love to travel, and He delights in blessing me with wonderful experiences each time.

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Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above… – James 1:17 ESV