MY KOREAN ADVENTURE
Time flies so fast when you’re really having fun. We didn’t realize that we were on our one day away from our last day in Korea. I couldn’t think of any excuse not to stay in this wonderful country! Despite the harsh cold weather and the adjustment to the surroundings, i’m loving it! But of course I love the Philippines more, love your own!
Our fourth day in Korea was all about being free and becoming a kid at heart. We went to Everland (which is kind of like their Disneyland or the Korean version of Enchanted Kingdom here in the PH). We were all so excited because there was this roller coaster ride called the “T-Express” that the upperclassmen were talking about (the seniors who also had their tour in Korea). It’s a roller coaster made out of wood and it’s the highest ride in the park (not sure in Korea though). Unfortunately, when we went there to fall in line, the staff told us that it was temporarily closed because they were still removing snow from it and apparently warming it up takes a lot of time. So we decided to go to the Rolling X-Train instead, also a roller coaster. Because visiting a theme park wouldn’t be complete without riding on a roller coaster. It took us about 45 minutes before our turn since the line was long. The feeling when you’re already up there and it’s extremely cold and you feel like your soul is going to leave you anytime. That’s the thrill of it! We tried other rides, visited zoos (apparently they have penguins and seals and polar bears!). We had options where to eat but decided on the one where they had larger portions. Great thing was, the restaurant where we ate was purely self service (except for the service crew at the counter). We bused our own trays, threw the ice on a bin, place the cups and boxes on a container. Pretty cool. After that we decided to walk around more just to kill time since most of the rides were non-operational due to the snow. Sucks I know.
Despite the sad thought of not being able to ride the T-Express, we were all so excited because we now headed to Myeongdong! The Shopping Capital in Seoul! (if im not mistaken, please do correct me if im wrong). I did not waste a single moment and hunted for the one thing that I wanted every since I stepped foot in Korea. BACKPACKS! I was worried that I might not be able to find one, but lo and behold, Myeongdong was full of it! All shapes and sizes and different colors! And the great about it was that…it was only 10,000 ₩ (about 400 pesos) which was unexpected! I was able to haggle a bit since some of the stores I went to offered me two rucksacks at 7,000 ₩! All in all I bought a total of 4 rucksacks, 2 handbags for my mom and a purse for my sister. So imagine how crammed my luggage was after stuffing all those in it. My other classmates were obsessing over cosmetic stores while I was on the hunt for another thing…SOCKS! I bought loads of socks! The ones with characters on them! I bought a lot since I know they’re not available in the PH and besides they’re cheap (1000 ₩!). I bought my friends socks that had their favorite kpop artists on them.
After a seriously tiring shopping experience, we ate at this buffet restaurant inside this mall. I couldn’t eat properly because my body was still recovering from what I just did. I lterally searched everywhere for things that I could buy for friends and family, even got lost along the way and had a hard time retracing my steps. Good thing I knew that Zara was our meeting place. Not to mention the fact that it was below zero outside! Alas, I still had a few munches here and there.
As we finished our meals, we headed for a theater to watch the Cooking Nanta Show! When I looked at the itinerary prior to our arrival in Korea, I thought that it was just this usual cooking show where they demonstrate different korean dishes. Little did I know that it was a play! And a pretty damn good one! I wasn’t able to take a photo of the stage since photography and videography where strictly prohibited. Tip, if you’re visiting Seoul, make sure to include this in your itinerary! You won’t regret it! It’s an amazing show!
It was already late when we finished all our errands for the day. It was definitely tiring! When I got to the hotel, after having a soothing and really amazing warm bath, I spent half my sleeping time figuring out how to arrange my luggage and thought about how I could be able to fit all my things on a trolly, a backpack and an extra hand carry.