July 8, 2018

DIY Trip To South Korea

The Mendiolables South Korea trip is DIY. The adventure started from getting a Korean Visa. It was actually quite dizzying to do DIY Trip specially because I'm not really good at planning. I started reading blogs and other sites since February right after I booked our airline tickets at the travel fair.

Planning this trip meant a lot of reading and lack of sleep. DIY Trip is both exciting and stressful but John and I still prefer this kind of trip because we were not limited to stay in one place at a very short time. Most of my friends who bought a package said, they were mostly brought to shops and other places where they need to buy stuff.

I hope this article will be of help in case  you're doing a DIY Trip To South Korea with your family. 

Our Itinerary:

First and Second Day: Gangnam Area. Booked an AirBnB for May 5 to 7 (P4,700.00)

DAY 1 May 5, Saturday
4am     - Left home for NAIA
430am - NAIA
755am - Flight to Incheon
155pm - Arrived Incheon Airport
230pm - Rode bus going to Gangnam
4pm    - Checked in at Hanatogo AirBnB
6pm    - Visited Line Friends Store and Cafe and walking tour around Garosugil
9pm    - Back to Hanatogo AirBnB

DAY 2 May 6, Sunday

7am    - Woke early to travel to SMTOWN (spent most of the time lining up to enter the place)
12nn   - Walking Tour around Coex Mall
230pm-  Bongeunsa Buddhist Temple (15 minutes walk from Coex Mall)
430pm - Samneung Park  (25 minutes walk from Coex Mall)
7pm    -  Walking tour around K-Star Road
8pm    -  JYP
830pm - Big Hit
930pm -  Back to Hanatogo AirBnB

DAY 3 May 7, Monday
7am    - Check in at Namsam Gil House
830am - Heo Joon Jae's House (Legend of the Blue Sea K-Drama)
930am - N SEOUL Tower, Hello Kitty, Ssentoy Museum, Love Lock
430pm - Back to  Namsam Gil House to rest
7pm     - Kpop/Kdrama Merch hunting at Myeongdong Night Market
9pm    -  Back to  Namsam Gil House

DAY 4 May 8, Tuesday
930am - Deoksugung Palace
11am   - Changing of Guards
12nn    -  Bukchon Hanok Village
3pm     -  Changdeokgung Palace
5pm     -  Namsangol Hanok Village
7pm     -  Myeongdong Night Market
11pm   -  Back to  Namsam Gil House

DAY 5 May 9, Wednesday
7am     -  Check out at Namsam Gil House (left luggages c/o One)
830am  - Bus pick upt at Meoyondong Station Exit 2 for Everland
10am    - Everland
7pm     -  Back to  Namsam Gil House to get luggages
730pm -  Met a wonderful lady who walked with us til we see our way to Hotel Venue G
8pm     - Checked in at Hotel Venue G
9pm     -  Walking Tour at Chenggyecheon Stream
930pm -  Myeongdong Night Market
11pm   - Back at Hotel Venue G

DAY 6 May 10, Thursday
700am - Left Hotel Venue G
730 -  Myeongdong Catholic Cathedral
850am -  Pick up at Myeongdong Station Exit 2 for Garden of the Morning Calm, Petit France, Nami Island and Rail Park Tour
8pm Arrived Dongdaemun Station
8 to 10pm Walked around Dongdaemun Malls
1030pm Back to Hotel Venue G

Day 7 May 11, Friday
8am Check out at Hotel Venue G
930am Arrived Incheon Airport
1255 Flight back to Manila
340pm Arrived NAIA, Manila

May 5 to 7 - AirBnB
May 7 to 9 - Namsam Gil
May 9 to 11  - Hotel Venue G Jongno-gu

Nami Island

Sample Budget (Our budget):                                                                               
Pocket Money                                                                                                           P   200,000.00
Korea Airfare (two-way)  via Air Asia       -                                                                   55,398.00
  (inclusive of 25kls check-in baggage from Manila  to Incheon
    and 25kls check-in baggage from Incheon to Manila
Nami Island, Petit France, Garden of Morning Calm, Rail Bike                                    24,750.00
Everland                                                                                                                          12,485.00
Hotel Venue G                                                                                                                   6,368.00
Namsam Gil House                                                                                                           9,600.00
Hanatogo AirBnB                                                                                                             4,700.00
NSEOUL Tower, Ssentoy, Hello Kitty World                                                                  2,013.00
Cable Car (0ne way for NSEOUL Tower)
Pocket Wifi Rental for 7 days                                                                                           1,050.00
T Money Card  (we were not able to use because we rode taxis for 7 days
  (except the bus from  Incheon to Gangnam and  Jongno-gu to Incheon)                          625.00
  we used it for food in convenience stores.
Bus from Incheon to Gangnam                                                                                         2800.00
Bus from Jongno-gu to Incheon                                                                                        2800.00     
Entrance to Deoksugung Palace (2,000 won for 2 adults/1500won for 3 kids)                  350.00
                                                                                       TOTAL EXPENSES         P322,939.00

Gangchon Rail Bike

If asked which among the many tourist spots we visited in Korea I like the most, my answer would be Gangchon Rail Bike. I enjoyed the scenery, the fresh air and the leg exercise from pedalling. More than the Everland Theme Park, Gangchon Rail Bike is the most sulit experience in our 7 day DIY Trip to Korea. Gangchon Rail Bike operates everyday, every hour from 09:00 to 17:00. You can choose from either 2-seater bikes or 4-seater bikes. 

Address: 14 Jangteo-gil, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Province: Gyeonggi Province
Phone: +82 31-582-7788

July 7, 2018

Sizzling Plate Baguio

We did not have plans as to where to eat for dinner when we toured Tita Gaye, Gabe and Meeca in Baguio last April. For lack of time and energy we just went straight at Sizzling Plate Baguio because it's just walking distance from Azalea where we were staying.

The food may be a typical sizzling like the one served in Manila restos but we liked their service, mababait ang mga satff and even the supervisors and managers.

The ambiance is also nice. The serving size is actually big and the price is reasonable. Pwedeng balikan when we visit Baguio again soon.

Address: 86 Session Rd, Baguio, Benguet
Hours: Opens 10AM
Phone: (074) 442 4219

July 6, 2018


Planning a trip to Japan? Here the things needed to accomplish on applying for JAPAN TOURIST VISA WITHOUT ANY GUARANTOR/SPONSOR:

1.  Make sure that your passport is valid for 6 months prior to your intended travel date, with at least two (2) blank pages. Any broken lamination in your passport will NOT be accepted. 

2.  Fill up a duly accomplished Japan Visa Application Form. Print the Japan Visa Application Form in A4 size. You can either fill it out by hand or print.

3. Fill the form completely and properly. Do not forget your signature. Put Not Applicable or “N/A” in all spaces that are not applicable.

4. The sections that ask for airline and hotel name does NOT mean that you are required to book your airline and hotel beforehand because the embassy does NOT require applicants to book it before approval. Just write your intended airline to book with and the hotel that you plan to stay in. If you’re going to stay in different hotels, just pick one to write on the form. 

5. High resolution photo, with size 4.5cm x 4.5 cm with white background is needed to be pasted on the Japan Visa Application Form.

6. The Embassy of Japan in the Philippines does NOT accept direct applications (unless you have a very special or emergency case). Choose an accredited travel agency to process your Japan Visa Application. A Japan Visa is FREE, however, travel agencies have processing fees. I paid P500/person to the agency at the Travel Fair in SMX.

7. Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), formerly NSO, Birth Certificate must be an Original that has been issued within one (1) year. It must be acquired from the NSO main office or from Serbilis Outlet Centers nationwide. (This is NOT required for submission IF you have already been issued a Japan Visa before (old or still valid).

8. Baptismal Certificate  (must have complete address and telephone information of the church) and 
School Record (Form 137) (must have complete address and telephone information of the school) can be submitted in case your birth certificate is not available or if your NSO is of “Late Registration”, 

9. NSO Marriage Certificate is for married individuals. Make sure that it has been issued within one year. This is NOT required for submission IF you have already been issued a Japan Visa before (old or still valid).

10.  Bank Certificate. This must be an original copy from your bank which must be issued within the past 3 months.

11.  Proof of Income such as ITR (Form 2316/ 1700/ 1701/ 1702) original and photocopy in A4 paper.

12.  For employed, Certificate of Employment,  Proof of Income such as ITR (original and photocopy) in A4 paper.

13. For retired or senior citizens, submit your Bank Certificate and explain why you can’t submit an ITR. 

14.  For self-employed,  provide latest ITR (Form 2316/ 1700/ 1701/ 1702) original and photocopy in A4 paper.

15.  For applicants with own business, submit your Business Registration issued by DTI / SEC and the company ITR. If you do NOT have an ITR, write a simple letter explaining why you’re unable to submit it (examples: if you are a new business, a new self-employed person, you are being taxed in another country, etc.)

16.  For OFWs, Provide tax exemption form from BIR, Certificate of Employment (or contract of employment)

17.  For unemployed persons, it is best that you have a guarantor/sponsor who can provide an ITR.

18.  Visa processing normally takes 2-5 business days so just chill while waiting for the outcome of your application.

July 5, 2018

Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo

Having lice is one of the common problems many school kids face, specially during back-to-school season when lice transfer from one student to another.

Ugh, right? As a mom of three, aside from the school stuff my kids need, I make sure I keep it's a bottle of Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo at home to keep those stubborn lice away from my children's head. 

Lamoiyan Corporation’s Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo recently addressed this challenge and provided an easy solution for concerned mothers through its Kick-starting the Learning Experience workshop. Through this learning session, moms and daughters were given a fun bonding experience while at the same time picking up tips on how to keep those tresses flawless and expressing their personality and creativity.

There was a lecture on basic hair care, including ways on preventing head lice infestation, to teach the mothers on how to prepare well for the school season, especially in ensuring that their child’s health remains uncompromised by threats such as pediculosis or head lice infestation.

For school girls, fashionable hairstyles are the definite hype which is why there was a hairstyle tutorial that instructed mommies how to style preppy, easy-to-do hairstyles that their kids can pull off at school. 

To ensure that the day was one that both the moms and kids enjoyed, they were also treated to an educational tour at The Mind Museum to feed the kids with new learnings and experiences.

Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo, an affordable, non-toxic formula that is clinically-proven to kill lice and nits, hopes to not only help mothers maintain their children’s head lice-free, but to also provide the children with the opportunity to satisfy their thirst for learning.

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