Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Apsan Park (앞산공원)

Aside from KNU, another favorite place in Daegu would be Apsan Park. I've been here several times already, in several seasons (Autumn, Winter, and Summer). I remember the first time I came here in 2011 (see here). It was my first autumn experience and the foliage was either brown, red, or yellow. I came back in the summer of 2012 with a friend, then in the winter of 2013 with my family (see here), and in the autumn of 2014 with my travel buddy (see here). Now, on my fifth time, it was the summer of 2016.

It was still the same. I was greeted with lush greenery, numerous walking trails, and my favorite way of transportation going up the mountain, the cable car.

It was still summer but some maple leaves were a little excited about autumn.

I was literally on top of the world. It felt good but there's something more... I love solitude and really value my me-time but for some reason, in that moment while at the peak of Apsan, I felt a pinch of sadness. So, I guess, what I get from this experience -traveling on my own- is that it's liberating and enriching but at some point, it gets a little lonely, especially when going to places you've been to before with the people you love. But ultimately, it's still worth it and I'd do it over again.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

A Little Braver

Because I'm finally done watching the Korean drama Uncontrollably Fond...

Sharing this beautiful song from the official soundtrack.

When it gets hard
I get a little stronger now
I get a little braver now
And when it gets dark
I get a little brighter now
I get a little wiser now
Before I give my heart away

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Throwback: Sights and Scenes Around KNU

Even though I live in a tropical country, the months of December to February are pleasantly cold. And speaking of cold, I am currently nursing cough and cold. It's a bit crazy here, actually. There are days when it's rainy and so cold, then suddenly, the next day, the sun is shining so bright. As a consequence, my immune system is kind of lost and confused. He he.

I remember I still haven't finished up posting about my trip to South Korea last August. Sorry for being slow in the blogging department. So, here it goes:

After a day of exploring Busan, I traveled to Daegu the next day. As I said in my previous posts, Daegu will always be my home away from home. Every time I go to South Korea, I always make it a point to visit Daegu. And the first on my list is none other than Kyungpook National University (KNU), my alma mater during my Master's. The following are some of the sights and scenes around the campus.

KNU's North Gate

Went to my former laboratory. Finally got to meet my professor again.

This used to be my daily path from laboratory to the apartment.

Just couldn't resist taking a pic of this beautiful rose

KNU's Global Plaza

Manicured lawn and old-style Main Admin. Building. Such a lovely, lovely sight!

Even if it's already months, I still feel like all these just happened yesterday. And I'm suddenly missing KNU.

I still have lots of pics and I'll try to upload them next time.

Meanwhile, I'm off to buy myself some multivitamins.

Have a great and blessed week ahead dear readers! =)

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Supposed to be posted on January 3

Today is the third day of the year. It also marks the end of my holiday vacation at home for tomorrow I will be traveling back to Los Baños where I work. For me, every vacation means spending time with family but the hardest part is leaving again. But, such is life my friend. I feel sad but I don't want to be overcome by it. Okay, so before I start being too emotional, let's move on to other things. Let's talk about my favorite topic, that is -- how time flies.

Last time I check it was 2016 and now, we're in 2017. With the new year comes several resolutions in different aspects of our lives. But I don't want to do that this year. I actually don't want to expect much. I felt tired with my last year's major goal (which up to now is still hanging in the air) so I just don't want to pressure myself too much this year. I just want to take things slow and easy. I just want to live in the moment. 

One thing that I would love to do this year though is to focus on my health. Hopefully I could eat healthy and nutritious food more often and avoid skipping meals during the weekends. I also would like to exercise more and to be able to continue swimming. Gosh, I definitely miss swimming! I also would like to have a consultation with an OB/GYN because every time I have my period, for the last 12 years, I always have dysmenorrhea during the first day. I take pain relievers but I think now is the time to really see what's wrong. There's probably a hormonal imbalance but hopefully nothing serious. Also, I'd like to have a good state of mind, free from emotional clutter. And now that I'm getting older (I'll be turning thirty tomorrow by the way), I want to avoid being aggressive when it comes to dealing with unsuitable situation and people. I am hot-tempered and sometimes I can't control that so hopefully, this year, I would be able to minimize the damage. So yeah, that's all. 

Happy New Year guys!
Throwback to spending Christmas with family and relatives in 2016. Oh, hello self-timer!

My 95 year-old grandma

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Here's a random thought realization on the first day of 2017:

If you want to marry, marry someone who complements you, your attitude, and the things you believe in.

And if you don't find him or her in this lifetime, do not settle for less. Live life to the fullest even if you're on your own.

Friday, December 30, 2016


After a day of hopping in and hopping off in buses and going to different places, a well-deserved and hearty meal is a must for a tired traveler like me. For my second and last night in Busan, I had dinner with my roommate, a fellow solo traveler who is from France.
doing some saranghae pose the shop owner taught us

She is a vegetarian and I, well, I was craving for bulgogi (meat). She had soup and veggies while I had some chit chat with the shop owner bargaining for this and that. In Korea, if you go to bulgogi restaurants/canteens, there is a minimum amount of meat you can order. But since I was the only one eating bulgogi, that minimum order was too much for me. I think that minimum order can serve up to three people. After some discussion using my rusty Korean speaking skills, we came to an arrangement. In the end, I paid 20,000 won for my order. If I convert that to Philippine peso, it's about 1,000 pesos...Yes, 1000 pesos for just one meal! It's way expensive for me but then again, I was in Korea, so I'll just let it pass.
Having too many meat and being a slow eater, it took about two hours for me to finish (and I still got a few leftovers). But it's also nice because I got to talk to my newfound friend. We talked about so many stuff, from our personal lives to our perception of Korea and Koreans to politics. Since she only had a very light meal, we went to a nearby restaurant. We, then, continued our conversation over a glass of mekju (beer). And hey, I seriously missed the beer in Korea! It's light and refreshing.

It's almost midnight when we decided to go back to the guesthouse. It was a beautiful day indeed - being able to see Busan and meeting a newfound friend!

P.S. We exchange some phrases in our local language and I learned something new, French is so difficult! I don't know where they get a particular sound and how they execute it. Is it from the throat??? I know I sound silly but French is just a different level of speaking for me. Anyway, Bonjour!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple (해동 용궁사)

It was my third time going to Busan but it's my first time visiting the the breathtaking Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. It is located on the coast of the north eastern part of Busan. Since most temples in Korea are located in the mountains, rarely do you see a temple along the shore, so this is one of the very few finds. Even if you're not a Buddhist, it's perfect for people who just want to reflect. However, please take note that there are a lot of tourists coming here so you just have to find a spot if you want some peace and quiet.

Along the way, I found some people stacking beach stones.

So here's the view from afar. According to the site Imagine your Korea, the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple was first built in 1376 by the great Buddhist teacher Naong during the Goryeo Dynasty.

wishing well
They say one of your wishes will come true. Got two, so I'm really hoping one of them (or both) will be granted in the near future.

Haesu Gwaneum Daebul
Haesu Gwaneum Daebul (Seawater Great Goddess Buddha), Daeungjeon Main Sanctuary, Yongwangdang Shrine, Gulbeop Buddhist Sanctum (enclosed in a cave), and a three-story pagoda with four lions can all be seen looking out over the ocean. The four lions symbolize joy, anger, sadness, and happiness. The main sanctuary of the temple was reconstructed in 1970.

Here are some more lovely pictures:
view from the top

Since I'm alone and shy of asking other people to take photos of me, I just placed my cam somewhere and put on the self-timer. Haha!

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