Wellness Destinations in Korea

Aside from K-Pop, K-Dramas, K-Food, K-fashion, K-beauty which includes cosmetic surgery, Korea is also known as a country rich in history, culture and tradition.  Korea has embraced modernity yet its identity remained intact. Have you noticed the stark contrast of the palaces, hanok villages and mountains compared to the high rise buildings in Seoul? Same is true with Koreans’ approach to health and wellness. While they have one of the best yet affordable medical technology, traditional oriental medicine is still widely practiced through the use of natural treatment methods.   Continue reading “Wellness Destinations in Korea”

Philippine K-Pop Convention 8

Philippine K-Pop Convention is one of the biggest event of the year for Filipino K-Pop fans. I had a great time when I first attended this event three years ago where Lunafly, LC9, A.cian and Boyfriend were the main guests. I enjoyed fangirling over Lunafly and since then, their songs and cover songs have been a part of my mp3 playlist. It was also fun to check out the booths of each local fan clubs where they sell various merchandises and albums.  I skipped joining this event for two years because I felt too old already haha! However, when we were tasked to cover this event as global correspondents for KPopChannel.TV  I was able to find an excuse to attend this event again!

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My Happiest Memory in Seoul

I have been to South Korea three times since 2015 and every trip is memorable because I have always had new experiences each time. Seoul will always be my happy place so wherever I go, whoever I’m with and whatever I do, I will  always be happy just by being there but if I were to choose only one, my happiest memory in Seoul so far was the time I spent with CNBLUE where my friends and I have experienced our best fangirling moments for almost 24 hours with our favorite Korean band! Continue reading “My Happiest Memory in Seoul”

EVENT: Visit Medical Korea Renewal Opening

Visit Medical Korea is going to start off 2016 with an event! The Korea Tourism Organization Tourist Information Center has been reopened to the public.  The Center includes K-Style Hub as well as the newly renovated Medical Tourism Information Center.

Share this event and congratulate them to get a chance to win prizes!  Copy your shared link(s) and upload your comment and your link in the website’s comment section and not on Facebook. To participate, check Visit Medical Korea official website! Good luck to all of us! :-)

Visit Medical Korea Renewal Opening Event
Visit Medical Korea Renewal Opening Event

To know more about medical tourism in Korea, please visit the following:

Visit Medical Korea official website:  visitmedicalkorea.com

Visit Medical Korea Facebook: www.facebook.com/visitmedicalkorea

The 2nd Seoul Kimchi Festival

Kimchi is undeniably a staple in Korean cuisine because no meal is complete without it as it is one of the main side dish which identifies the uniqueness of Korean food among others. It was not love at first bite for me years ago when I got curious by how it tasted through the various Korean television dramas I have watched, but I have grown to love kimchi through the years. For me, eating my favorite gogi mandu (dumpling) and kimbap (seaweed rice roll) taste better with kimchi.

I will call it luck that our autumn trip last November was scheduled just in time with not only one but two important cultural events for Koreans especially Seoulites.  We were able to attend the Seoul Lantern Festival 2015 on its first night on November 6 and the 2nd Seoul Kimchi Festival on its second day on November 7.

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The 2nd Seoul Kimchi Festival

At Gwanghwamun Square, there was a kimchi-making exhibit which also displays all the various ingredients for different types of kimchi as well as clay jars of different sizes that can get as tall as a grown man that I even had to ask our guide twice just to make sure I heard it correctly. I just cannot imagine how many kilos of kimchi they can keep in such a huge jar!

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Kimchi-making exhibit

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Seoul Lantern Festival 2015

It was my second time in Seoul and my first time touring my friends  in my happy place, the country which I would always want to go back to…South Korea. We were very fortunate that our travel dates coincided with the 2015 Seoul Lantern Festival so I took this as an opportunity to introduce to them one of the many colorful festivities which characterizes Korean culture.

The Seoul Lantern Festival started in 2009 for the Visit Korea Year and since then, it has been one of the major events in the city. Last year, the theme was “Shining World Heritage of Seoul.”  The theme for this year’s festival is “Illuminated Seoul Tour,” which features Seoul’s main tourist attractions such as Bukchon Hanok Village, Gwangjang Market and Jongmyo Shrine. Approximately 600 lanterns are on display along the stream which spans about 1.2 kilometers from Cheonggye Plaza to Supyogyo Bridge.

I was very glad that my friends are very open to my suggested itinerary so despite being tired from our almost 5-hour bus trip from Busan and despite the rainy weather, we still headed to the venue at Cheonggyecheon Stream to witness the event on its first night on November 6, 2015.

It was also my first time to see Cheonggyecheon Stream at night and if only it was not raining at that time and freezing cold, I would have loved to sit by the stream to just relax and enjoy the view of the beautifully crafted lanterns.

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Cheonggyecheon Stream
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LED tunnel at Cheonggyecheon Stream

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Feeling Lucky: Visit Medical Korea New Members Event

Medical Tourism is being actively promoted to encourage foreigners to get their medical treatment in South Korea which includes cosmetic surgery and skin care, medical screening, traditional Korean medicine, wellness and other medical services.

A month ago, I posted about Visit Medical Korea New Members Event. I followed them on Facebook, shared the contest’s details on my SNS accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google+) and signed up for membership.  I was not really expecting anything but after a few days, I received an email that I won the special prize JYJ autographed CD! I replied immediately and waited for the package to be sent to me. Waiting is such an agony especially when you are excited, right? Last Saturday I finally received it! Yehey!!!

The package comes with pamphlets of Visit Medical Korea
The package comes with pamphlets of Visit Medical Korea

JYJ is a South Korean pop group consisting of Jaejoong,Yuchun, and Junsu. I have listened to some of their songs as TVXQ because I have friends who are a big fan of them and I have watched the TV dramas and movies they were part of, mostly of Yuchun (Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Rooftop Prince, Missing You) and Jaejoong (SPY, Jackal is Coming). Continue reading “Feeling Lucky: Visit Medical Korea New Members Event”

Visit Medical Korea New Members Event

I came across this event while browsing through twitter and got relieved because there are still a few more days before the final day of this event on May 10, 2015. Hurry and sign up now! ^_^

Event Period: April 16, 2015 to May 10, 2015.

Who Can Join: Foreigners.

Winners Announcement: May 15, 2015.

How to Join:

1) Like Visit Medical Korea on Facebook.

2) Share the Visit Medical Korea New Members Event on your SNS (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).

3) Sign up as New Member.

4) Leave a comment under Visit Medical Korea’s Event Board with the link of your SNS address where you shared this event. Reminder: You can write only one comment with one ID.

Good Luck! ^_^

Visit the following links for further details:

http://english.visitmedicalkorea.com/

https://www.facebook.com/visitmedicalkorea