Heart and Seoul 2014 – N Seoul Tower via the Namsan Cable Car

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There are different ways to reach N Seoul Tower. Back in 2012 during my first time in Seoul, I went to N Seoul Tower via a regular taxi. We were dropped off at something that looked like a huge bus stop. From there, we painstakingly hiked up to the foot of the tower. Hiking for couch potatoes like me is a real struggle. I remember running out of breath by the time I had a view of the ticketing office. And even for those with regular exercise, hiking will still be a bit of an effort because the road is too steep. Imagine how amazed we were to see Korean elders hiking the same path, carrying heavy-looking backpacks, and chit-chatting on their way up! I am a multi-tasker but if there’s one thing I can’t  do, it would be to hike and talk at the same time! :P

On my visit last April 2014, I took the easier option which was to visit N Seoul Tower via the Namsan Cable Car. You’ll read a lot of blogs telling you how to reach the station either by subway or by bus. But the directions can be confusing because you’ll be on the lookout for a couple of things. Well, that plus the fact that you’ll need to do a long walk from Myeongdong station and we didn’t want to do that under the mid-day sun.

So for our group, we opted to get a taxi but instead of asking the driver to directly bring us to N Seoul Tower, we asked that we be dropped off at the Namsan Cable Car station. This proved to be much easier and cost/time efficient. The only downside would probably be the wait until you board the actual cable car but that’s nothing compared to hiking, right? From the time we arrived at the station, bought our tickets, and actually boarded the cable car, I estimate that it took us a little about 20 minutes.

Do not expect though that you’ll be completely free from walking if you take the cable car.  You will still need to take a few steps up through some wooden stairs but believe me, it’s nothing to fear about. It was definitely easy peasy.

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A Weekend At Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan

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I didn’t know that my relationship with the beach or even with pools and/or swimming in general will be rekindled. I grew up in a coastal town of Batangas where my family used to have a private resthouse just right in front of the beach. I somehow got tired of the beach in general and I ended up gravitating towards the the city life more. Who would have thought that one weekend with my baby is all it takes for me to fall in love with swimming once again?

Last November 15-17, I went to Cebu with my in-laws and we had to choose between staying at Shangri-La Mactan or  Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan. Good thing we decided to stay at Crimson because it was such a lovely place that I could not have anything but the nicest words about it. I literally fell in love with Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan that after the trip, all I can think about was that beautiful resort.

We came as a family of four couples with two babies and two nannies. Everyone in our group got the Deluxe Garden Rooms while I, my hubby and baby got to enjoy the Pool Villa. We paid a minimal amount for the nannies which included their own bed and breakfast buffet.

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Accidental “Me” Time

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So I went to the office today, stopped by Starbucks, and was refused entry because of the ongoing evacuation drill in the area. There’s a Starbucks at our office building and I grab my daily cup there before heading to work. I was shocked that I didn’t get any notice of the drill such that I wasn’t able to prepare for nor avoid it.

I demanded that I be allowed to go to our office instead but the guards won’t let me. They escorted me away from our office building and towards Makati Shang.

Okay, before I had Juancho, my rage meter would have skyrocketed already. But I was relatively cool about it this time (deserves a heavy pat on my back).

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Instead of whining, I decided to just have an early and quiet “me” time on a regular workday. As I am writig this post, I am enjoying my breakfast here in Makati Shang.

Got an Americano and French croissants, served hotel-style :) So sosy! :)

Guess I’ll be hanging out here until the drill is done. I hope that this is the start of a great day ahead.

Annyeonghaseyo! :)

Heart and Seoul 2014 – Palm Sunday at the Myeongdong Cathedral

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If you’re a Catholic and you’re in Seoul, you may want to know that there’s an English Mass celebrated at the Myeongdong Cathedral every Sunday at 9AM. The Myeongdong Catholic Cathedral is a beautiful structure made with bricks of different colors and shapes, and because it is a symbol for Myeongdong, is frequently visited by tourists.

We attended the Palm Sunday celebration at the Myeongdong Cathedral and we fell in love with their culture, their discipline, and how they celebrate Mass in general.

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Heart and Seoul 2014 – Myeongdong v.2, The Street Food Post

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This is part of a series of posts under the category Heart and Seoul 2014.

When I think of shopping in Seoul, Myeongdong is one of those places that will always come to mind. Back in 2012, I purposely went to Myeongdong to buy hoard cosmetics. Last April, I visited Myeongdong not so much to buy anything but mostly because I wanted to look at the various street food… again! Aside from cosmetics and clothes, one of the things you’ll enjoy in Myeongdong is the food scene. There are so may restaurants, cafes, fast food, and street food stalls. You definitely would not go hungry!

So come, scroll down, and let’s drool together :) There are so many food photos and I’m so excited! I don’t know where to begin!

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