Korea 2017 Day 6 : Suwon (Shoot location of Love in the Moonlight, Jewel in the Palace, and Running Man)

Started the day early again for our 6th day in South Korea because we headed for the neighboring city, Suwon.  Suwon is the capital and largest metro of the Gyeonggi-do province, which surrounds Seoul. From general knowledge, this city is not usually part of the top destinations for first-time visitors of South Korea, since you can already do a lot in Seoul.

So, what did I came here for? I first found out about Suwon in Running Man Episode two, where they visited the Hwaseong Fortress, Suwon World Cup Stadium, and World Cup Memorial. Suwon being a Running Man location was already enough reason for me to go, but I was even more convinced when I found out the location set for Jewel in the Palace and Love in the Moonlight (Moonlight Drawn by Clouds) was also found here.

Suwon’s cultural sites are pretty easy to visit as they are within the vicinity of the Hwaseong Fortress. Since we only had a day to spend here, I had to prioritize certain sites visit and took out museum stops. Before your trip to Suwon, I suggest to pin the sites you’d like to see. Then, get a map from the Tourist Information center near Exit 4 of Suwon Station that would help you get around the area.

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Our first stop was the Padalmun Gate, the southern gate of Hwaseong Fortress. This is the entrance used to get inside the Fortress. You have to pass-by this area since this is also the bus stop to Hwasong Palace.

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Padalmun Gate: This gate is unique as it’s the only one detached from the Fortress. The reason for this is that commerce took place around the Padalmun Gate area even before its construction, making it impossible to close the fortress in that area. (Credits: Korean Tourism Organization)

Next is the Hwaseong Haenggung (Hwaseong Palace). I wasn’t used to the word “haenggung” as all the palaces in Seoul were called “gung”, so I looked it up. Apparently, a “haenggung” is a temporary palace where the king and royal family retreated to during a war. Hwaseong Haenggung Palace is the largest one of these that was used during the Joseon times.

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From upper left to bottom right – Hwasong Haenggung entrance; first interior gate; martial arts painting at the side of the palace; King’s receiving area

We were lucky because we visited Hwasong Haenggung during their spring break season. We just found out that during this time, a lot of cultural places have promos or discounts for entrances to encourage people to visit. So we got in for free. Yehey!

NOTE: Our trip was from May 6-13. I guess if you want to have free entrances as well, you should go at this time. The downside of this schedule is that most likely there won’t be any cherry blossoms anymore as spring is already transitioning to summer.

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What I like about Hwaseong Haenggung is that they used the palace as a museum to show court life in the past. You’ll see lifesize figures of a queen being served, the king at his study, scholars studying, and kitchen staff.

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From upper left to bottom right: King’s stamp/seal – You’ll get to experience how to use the king’s seal; Memorial banquet – this is what they cook for memorial services; A diorama of a palace celebration; And the king’s throne.

Hwaseong Haenggung might be familiar for K-drama fans, as it is the filming location for the popular Korean period drama, “Jewel in the Palace”. Recently, it was also used by KBS to film the promotional video of “Love in the Moonlight” (also known as “Moonlight Drawn by Clouds”). It’s the one where Park Bo Gum was dancing to tune of “Boombastic”.

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Took a picture with Jang Geum and captain of Jewel in the Palace.

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This is where Park Bo Gum danced Boombastic for his Love in the Moonlight (Moonlight Drawn by Clouds) promo video.

Next, we visited the Yeonmudae Post at the edge of Hwaseong Fortress. It’s another Running Man location (hahaha), but aside from that, I wanted to go here because they had the Korean archery experience (Gakgung).

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Me, preparing for my archery lesson.

I recently watched the Korean drama, Hwarang, so this attraction is something I really wanted to try. I was really excited because the you only need to pay 2,000 KRW (Php 90-100) for a 30 minute lesson. You’ll have to set a schedule on-site. They only have a few slots per session. The lesson was short and after which, you get to shoot 10 arrows. I hit the target 3 times! (Yeah!)

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Information and timeslots of Korean archery (Gakgung) experience

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Hwaseong Fortress and Yeonmudae post that was featured in Running Man episode 2.

Before going home, we stopped by Suwon Stadium. This is also a Running Man location, a very famous one. Got to go inside as the entrance was open. There were staff cleaning the stadium and setting up goal posts. Preparations were being done for the FIFA U-20 World Cup that’s being hosted by South Korea this year from May 20 – June 11, 2017. Suwon Stadium is their largest stadium with a capacity of 42 thousand.

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Suwon Statdium being prepared for the upcoming FIFA U-20.

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Outside Suwon Stadium

That’s it for day 6. Annyeong! 🙂

5 Easy Steps to Renew your Philippine Passport

The Next Five Years

The Next Five Years

The requirement for travelling overseas is to have a passport. Whether it’s for vacation, business, or overseas work, you have to have a passport to be able to leave the country.

I’ve renewed my passport in 2011 using DFA’s electronic process. I did my research, followed the instructions on the DFA website, and got my passport renewed. I repeated the same process earlier this year and had no trouble.

When I had it renewed last March 2015, I was surprised that a lot of people are still confused with the process. Some just go to DFA, expecting that they can renew their passport within the day like the old times. I wasn’t expecting this because the system’s already in place for a couple of years and people should be informed by now.

So, to help others understand this process better (and also to guide me in my next passport renewal in a few years.. haha), I’ve decided to write this post. May this serve as a guide for a fast and stress free passport renewal!

1) Set your appointment online!

Ahhh, yes. The first step is to set your DFA appointment online. This is the most important step. Do not go to DFA or any of their satellite offices without an appointment. Your day will just be wasted because they do not allow walk-ins. I REPEAT. THEY DO NOT ALLOW WALK-INS.

Reminder: Confirmed appointment is a requirement for applying and renewal of passport. The DFA will not entertain applicants without valid appointments EXCEPT senior citizens, infants and minors below 1 year old, person with disability and OFWs. For OFWs, sufficient proof must be submitted such as a valid employment contract or OEC. (Source: DFA Passport Appointment Website) 

To set an appointment, you have to go to the DFA Passport Appointment website (https://www.passport.gov.ph/), answer the  the online form, choose the DFA office and the convenient date and time for your appointment.

DFA will send you an email afterwards. You have to confirm your appointment by clicking the link within the email. They will also send you a pdf of your passport renewal for and appointment letter that you have to bring on the date of your appointment.

Tips:

  • Schedule your appointment in the early morning slots, around 7:30am – 8:30am because the line is tolerable during that time. Plus, it’s not so hot when you line up outside the building.
  • Before scheduling an appointment, check your documents and see which requirements you still need to acquire. Take note of the timelines in acquiring those documents before you choose a date. Make sure you can complete the requirements prior to your appointment date. 
  • Don’t cram. Schedule your passport renewal months before your travel date. The earliest schedules available on the site are most likely 3-6 weeks away. If you add the processing period, all in all, the whole process including release and delivery takes about 10-12 weeks. Therefore, you cannot cram.

When I had to print a document I forgot during my appointment date, I noticed some OFWs were being conned by a travel agency in the building in front of DFA Aseana. They were paying the agency to book them an appointment which costs them about Php 300-500 (I don’t remember the exact amount).

These people were rushing and thought that the agency has connections which will allow them to do walk-in processing asap. However, these were just regular appointments with no special treatment and have the same waiting time as others who have booked the appointment at home. You can do this at home for free, guys. Do not be fooled.

2) Prepare your documents.

Once you have an appointment, you have to prepare all the documents needed for the renewal.

If you have a Machine Readable Passport (MRP) like me, you need to bring the original e-passport and photocopy of first (data page) and last page of passport. In addition to this, you need to bring a printed appointment letter and form, at least one (1) government-issued ID, and at least three (3) supporting documents.

The requirements vary depending on the latest passport you hold (i.e. brown and green passport (1995), MRP passport (2007)) and your status/circumstances (there additional requirements needed for married women, minors, Muslim applicants, and DOST scholars). Next time I renew, I’ll have an e-passport already, and will only need a photocopy of the data page as an additional requirement.

More details on the requirements can be read here: https://www.passport.gov.ph/requirements/passport-renewal.

Note: No need submit a passport size photo. Your photo will be taken on-site.

3) Show-up on your appointment date.

You need to be on site at least 30 minutes before your appointment time. If you have an afternoon schedule, there would be a long line. Which is why I recommend to have your appointment in the morning.

4) Go through the renewal process.

Since I had my appointment in the morning, processing was a breeze. I underwent the document checking, payment, and picture-taking in about an hour and a half. I don’t know how long the process takes if you have a later schedule. Maybe 2-4 hours max.

5) Pick-up your passport or have it delivered at home.

The last step, of course, is getting your new passport. I recommend to have it delivered at home to save time and vacation leaves (if you’re working) just to pick-it up. Delivery is less than Php 150 the time I renewed, so it’s pretty affordable. Just indicate that you want it delivered in the form and pay the delivery fee before you exit the office. It will be the last step.

If you still wish to pick-up the passport yourself, that’s up to you. They’ll inform you when it’s ready as they don’t have an exact timeline for this process.

That’s it! Hope this post would help you. Don’t forget to book your appointment months before your travel and have it in the morning for a less stressful experience. 🙂

It’s SEOUL Coming Back to Me Now

Annyeong!

Surprisingly, or not, I was able to come back to Seoul after a year. However, I was still not able to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom (as this is my ultimate Korea goal). 😦 But, I was able to visit more places this time! Horrah! 😀

So, if last year, I was able to visit Seoul during the Winter-Spring transition, this year, I came during the Spring-Summer transition. (When will I be able to arrive at the middle of a season? Sigh..) The weather was quite great. It wasn’t too cold or too hot, an average of 18 degrees Celsius.  AND it didn’t rain, like my last visit.

Now, without further ado, here are the places I went to on my second visit to Korea.

 

1) Petite France

The first area I went to is a village called Petite France. It wasn’t in my itinerary last year because I didn’t know about it. Haha.

It’s located near Cheongpyeong Dam and it’s usually included in bus tours as you will pass by here on the way to Nami Island. The last time I went to Korea, I took the subway and a local bus so wasn’t able to go here.

The village is inspired by The Little Prince and the French culture, and is popular as this had been shoot places of Korean Dramas such as “Beethoven Virus”, “Secret Garden” and “Man from the Stars” The kissing scene.. haha).

For more info, visit this: KTO – Petite France

Entrance of Petite France and the Eiffel Tower

Entrance of Petite France and the Eiffel Tower

More of Petite France

More of Petite France: (From top left) Main houses in Petite France with Man From the Stars photo stands; An antique shop; Little boy; The Ampitheatre, where puppet shows are held; And me with The Little Prince.

I’m really happy that this was in the itinerary since I’m dreamed of going to France since forever. This gives me a little taste of it. 🙂

 

2) Nami Island

Next, of course is the very popular Nami Island. This is also famous due to it’s exposure in the Korean Drama, Winter Sonata. Nami is a place for families, friends, and lovers (case in point, Winter Sonata), as it has facilities for camping, picnics, and water sports. For me, this place is best visited in Spring time where the weather is perfect and flower-bearing trees are in full bloom.

For more info, visit: KTO – Nami Island

Nami Island: (From top left)

Nami Island: (From top left) Ferry boat and Nami Port; Blueberry Ice Cream (must try); Entrance of Nami Island; Korean Barbecue for lunch; Me and the snowmen; Korean BBQ being cooked; Nami trees in summer; Selfie with Mervi, Sev, and Vix; Riverline Port (going to Nami)

 

3) Namsan Tower

Namsan Tower or Seoul Tower is radio transmission tower for several Korean networks. It was completed in 1971 but was only opened to the public in the 1980’s. It’ considered as a landmark of South Korea and you will often see it and dramas too many to mention. 😛

You can get here in two, ways. First, you ride a bus and they drop you off near the tower. Warning: you have to climb a long inclined plane which is okay if you’re althletic and young. Second, you take a cable car. You still have to climb but you can use steps can sit when you’re tired. My recommendation is to take the cable car because I’ve tried the first one this year, and I wasn’t happy about it.

Anyway, some of the sites here at Namsan Tower are Love and Locks and the observatory. I don’t have pictures of L&L this year as I had tons of it already from last time, but I finally got to go to the observatory and took some pictures.

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Namsan Tower: (From left)

Unfortunately, the Teddy Bear Museum at Namsan tower has already closed. I visited it last year so it was fine, but f you’re a Goong  (Princess Hours) fan, it’s a must visit. Not to worry, there’s another one in Jeju Island.

Here’s a tip: If’ you’re not on a paid tour, visit Namsan Tower on a Monday as all the tours are off that day. Some friends of mine weren’t able to get in on other days because of the volume of people visiting the place. Last time I went, it was a Monday and there was no crowd.

 

4) Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

The DMZ is the buffer zone or the border barrier between North Korea and South Korea. Tough this was included in the itinerary last year, we skipped this because there was a threat from NK during the time we went.

I got to visit the 3rd tunnel via monorail. It’s a tunnel dug by the NK to invade SK, but it was discovered. I also got a change to have a glimpse of NK through the telescopes at the viewing zones. It costs 500 Won.

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DMZ: (From top left) Me inside the monorail; Viewing zone; The 3rd Tunnel, FIFA Ball from the Korea-Japan World Cup; Viewing Zone entrance

 

5) Han River Cruise

This is one of the places I enjoyed the most because it’s the best way to see the colors of Seoul at night.  Aside from that, I got to ride the cruise I’ve been seeing in Kdramas for so long. Haha.

If you want to experience this too, I suggest you go here around 5:00pm to buy the tickets. The cruise starts around 5:30 or 6:00pm and will last about an hour.

Han River Cruise: (From top left) Bus mates group picture; Me at the Han River Cruise; Night view of the cruise; Yeouido business district

Han River Cruise: (From top left) Bus mates group picture; Me at the Han River Cruise; Night view of the cruise; Yeouido business district

For first time Seoul tourists, I suggest that you go to the Han River at night to see the colorful lights display. But if you’re a picnic kind of person, you might want to visit during the day.

 

6) Myeondong and Insadong

After the cruising and giving snowmen warm hugs at Yeouido, I went food tripping and shopping at Myeondong and Insadong.

So here’s the deal..

Myeondong is the shopping district. For those who enjoy splurging, this is the place to go. This is also a GREAT place to go food-tripping. The best street-foods are found here.

Insadong, is an arts and antique street. This is my favorite place in Seoul because the crafts you will find here are really interesting and unique. You can also shop here but there are more to choose from in Myeondong.

(From the left) Giving a warm hug; Pictures of with vendors; Shabu-shabu buffet place (forgot where)

Insadong Street

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Teastory: A tea museum we found on Insadong Street

 

7) Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace was the main palace of the Joseon dynasty. This is where the king’s throne was located and also the place where the royal family resided. You might have seen this if you watched Goong. I was a die-hard fan so I was really happy to be able to tour this place.

Last time I went, it was raining and it was so cold so I was only able to tour the throne and the garden. This time, some parts of the palace is being renovated. What’s good about this is that I was able to enter a different entrance and I was able to see more parts of the palace, especially the royal residences. I was also able to watch the guard-changing ceremony which usually happens in the morning.

Gyeongbokgung Palace grounds

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Open hallways; Guard-changing ceremony

 

8) The Bibap Musical

This is one of the funniest shows I’ve watched. I swear that this is worth it. Don’t worry, it’s a non-verbal performance so you would understand it. But better book a ticket on the English version so that the songs would be English.

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Bibap Musical

 

Below is a sample video of the show.

 

9) Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MoCA)

The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul is relatively new as it just opened in late 2013. There you could find interesting installments in different mediums featuring both traditional and contemporary art. Below are some pictures of my favorite installment, Home Within Home by Do Hu Suh.

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Home Within Home

If you plan to visit MoCA, I suggest that you allot around half a day to tour it. The place is really big and some installations are interactive so you might lose track of time, just like me. Haha. It’s easy to find as it is near Gyeongbokgung Palace. However, there is a minimal entrance fee as this is a private museum.

 

10) Trick-Eye Museum

This is one of the places Filipinos would definitely enjoy since we just love to take pictures, don’t we?

The Trickeye Museum is an art gallery with paintings created using ‘trompe l’oeil’ techniques that give each 2D art piece the illusion of being in 3D. So instead of merely viewing paintings (as in a typical art gallery), visitors can interact with the paintings, posing themselves just right so that they look as if they are part of the original work. Fun right?

However, since this is a small place, there’s usually so many tourists and you have to really really really be patient enough to be able take pictures in all the installments. Maybe it’s because I went here on a Sunday so just to be sure you would maximize your stay, better choose a weekday to visit this place to avoid the crowd.

 

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Trick-Eye Museum

 

11) Everland

I’ve been to a fair share of theme parks all over Asia, but not yet the ones in Japan and Disneyland HK (because it didn’t exist yet when I went there). And so far, this is my favorite. Below are some of my favorite features of the park.

They have a safari ride which lets you see the animals on their habitat. We got to ride a landrover bus (?). I don’t really know what it’s called. Haha. And it was so cool! (I sound like a child, but it was! Haha)

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Everland Safari

 

Everland also has a European Village where different foods from European countries are sold. Beside it is a BEAUTIFUL garden called, Four-Seasons Garden where you can take lots of pictures and pretend you’re in Europe. Hahaha

 

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Four-Seasons Garden

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Everland Park Grounds

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Fountain at Four-Seasons Garden

 

Another garden you will surely love is the Rose Garden. It’s another European-inspired garden where you’ll find different colored roses in full-bloom.

 

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Rose Garden: (from top left) Pathway to the garden; Heart-shaped rose installment; Red rose in full-bloom; Venus de Milo replica; Purple roses

Tip: Best time to go is Spring time. Weather is great and the gardens are so beautiful.

 

12) The War Museum of Korea

The War Memorial of Korea is found at the Yongsan Area in Seoul. It used to be the grounds of the Korean Infantry. On the grounds, you will be able to see the different vehicles used during the World War 2. And inside the museum, you will find different galleries on the war history of Korea.

There’s no entrance fee here so if you visit Seoul, consider going here. Caution, some exhibits are a bit sad so go here with a group if you’re emotional like me. 😦

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The War Memoria of Korea

 

So that’s it for my visit in South Korea. I might be coming back there again for the winter season as I plan on skiing with some of my cousins. I would love to hear your suggestions on other winter activities and places I haven’t covered on both my trips. 🙂

 

Calatagan: Family Bonding in Paradise

It’s August again, and it’s not just a month filled with tons of holidays, it’s also the month my sister celebrates her birthday! (Shouts “Happy birthday, Trisha!”)

For this year, our relatives from Canada, Tita Shie and Tito Bruno, are visiting. So to make it a “bonggang-bonggang” celebration, we had a family outing at Ronco Beach Resort in Calatagan, Batangas.

Here are some photos of our family get-together.

Ronco Beach Resort: Beachfront

Ronco Beach Resort: The Dock

Feliz at the dock

Tito Mar and Trisha

Of course, here’s my solo. 🙂

The Floating Nipa Hut

Ronco Beach Resort: Low Tide

Cousin Love: Tin-Tin, Mark, and Neye

Ronco Beach Resort: Night Time

Ronco Beach Resort: The Dock

Ronco Beach Resort: Infinity Pool

Ronco Beach Resort: Infinity Pool

No trip is ever complete without a jump shot! 🙂

Neye, the poser child for Ronco, just kidding. 🙂

Rescued some starfish from the low tide. Getting ready to throw them back to the sea. 🙂

The Famatigans (Mandatory Family Picture.. haha)

For more info about Ronco Beach Resort, visit their Facebook Page or contact 0917-537-2061.

Dropped Everything and Had Fun in Pampanga

Just before the summer ended, I was having a hard time with my life. Everything was just so chaotic and I have this life-changing event that I had to face in a couple of weeks. It was already taking a toll on me and I really needed to take a break.

It was a good thing that around that time, some friends from college invited me to have dinner. That’s when they told me they were meeting up with one of of our friends from Pampanga for the weekend to have some fun and catch-up. I was immediately up for it since this was the opportunity I was waiting for.

Boy, was I surprised when I found out we were going wakeboarding a few nights before the trip! I’m really not the kind of girl who’s into extreme sports, or any sport for that matter. The only extreme things I’ve done was river-rafting and zip line in Cagayan de Oro, and I was also with these people. Okay, I know those activities were more extreme than wakeboarding and I’ve done them already so that doesn’t make sense, but I’m really not into sports. Plus, I don’t really know how much it costs and if I could afford it.

The day of the trip arrived and I was rechecking what I packed the day before. I was torn between packing a change of clothes, if ever I decide to go wakeboarding, or not to, and just watch and take pictures. In the end, my peer-pressured self won, that evil brat, and I just threw in some clothes just in case.

I met up with Ejae, Betti, and Lea at Pedro Gil, near our old university, UP Manila. As usual, Ejae didn’t wake up on time and we were a little late (Yes, I had to write this down, Ejae, because you keep doing this. haha). After that, we took the LRT to Doroteo Jose station and rode a bus to San Fernando Pampanga.

Betti, Lea, Jill, Ejae, and me at Everybody’s Cafe, San Fernando Pampanga.

The bus stopped at SM San Fernando and we all alighted to finally meet Jill. We haven’t seen each other in a while so after all the hugging we did and stares we got from people passing around, Jill led us to her car and drove us to our first stop, Everybody’s Cafe.

Once we entered the restaurant, everyone was so excited to order Kapampangan specialties. We ordered a Kamaro (Cricket) dish, Pritong Palaka (Fried Frogs), Afritadang Kambing (Goat), and something normal, which was Lechon Kawali.

From the left: Pritong Palaka and Afritadang Kambing (at the back), Kamaro, and Lechon Kawali

Everyone tried all the dishes, except me, being the scaredy cat that I am. So I just ate Nilagang Kambing, which tastes like beef, by the way, and of course, Lechon Kawali (hahaha).

If you’re wondering what the frogs taste like, my friends told me it was like fried chicken. As for the crickets, I don’t really remember what they said about it, but what I do remember is that they finished the dish. They had the intention of buying some more but it that was the last plate the restaurant had. After our Kapampangan lunch, we stopped by Jill’s place to pick-up her things and headed straight to Angeles City’s wakeboarding park, Deca Clark.

Jill, me, Lea, and Betti at Deca Clark Wakeboard Park

Photo opp at the office while waiting for each of us to finish signing-up.

We arrived around 3:00pm but the park closes at 5:00pm so we only had 2 hours left. It turns out, the prices are pretty affordable. We paid PHP 600.00 for the 2 hours. If you avail packages with longer hours, rate per hour gets lower. And if you visit on a weekday, rates are cheaper.

Lining-up and waiting for our turn!

Ejae getting ready to wakeboard… and the handle just hit him on the face. (haha)

We had a good time trying out this sport, even we just fell off the board and lined-up again most of the time. Jill almost reached the end of the training course, and Betti can already turn the board around. I was in last place because I barely reached 1/4 of the pool (huhuhu). But even though that was the case, I still had fun.

Here’s our post-wakeboaring photos.

Rosario Church, Angeles, Pampanga

Finally, we ended our day by stopping by Rosario church to pray and thank the Lord for an awesome weekend with friends. 🙂

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Credits to Bettina Arriola for the title of this post.

Throwback Laoag

A few weeks ago, Ang Pinaka, a magazine show in GMA 7 featured the Ilocos Norte province in their episode, “Ang Pinaka Yummy in Ilocos Norte”. I enjoyed watching this episode because I have been to Ilocos Norte myself and saw some of the restaurants I visited in the show’s Top 10 list of the week.

This made me remember that I really haven’t posted my pictures from that trip, just a few shots for my Instagram account. So for the love of throwback Thursday, here’s Laoag and Bangui for ya! 🙂

NAIA International Airport Terminal 3

Balay da Blas Pension Home, our hotel for the night.

I ordered pasta from Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant for my first meal at Laoag.

Of course, our stay in Ilocos Norte would not be complete without trying their famous Bagnet! So we also had this for our first meal! 🙂

Also, don’t forget to try the awesome Ilocano Dishes and cakes from La Preciosa.

Drop by the town at night to see the beautiful fountain and city hall.

Drinking my morning tea at Balay da Blas.

Here’s another Ilocos specialty I found on my way back from research work, the Ilocos Empanada.

We transferred to Java Hotel during our 2nd night. I felt like I was in Aladdin because of the Persian inspired design.

Here’s a view of the rice fields, there are plenty of those in Laoag.

Do you see the spider?

We visited the TV Patrol set.

And for the weekend, we had a little side-trip to see the Bangui Windmills before going home.

Farewell, Ilocos Norte! I’ll be back soon to visit the other sites I didn’t get to visit. *ahem Pagudpud and the Lighthouse*

P.S. All photos taken using my cellpone camera.