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Week Long Trip to South Korea – Part 2

Tonight let’s get some, and live while we’re young!” – One Direction

Annyeong hasaeyo! Hello guys!

There was some issues with the internet where we were staying along with the fact we were so busy that I had no time to post the rest of the trip updates in real time.

Anywhoo, onto part 2 =p

In my previous entry I went over my trip to Korea and where I’d be likely heading. Well, its my 3rd day now, and Abby surprised me with an amazing gift. As expected, she did not disappoint me. Can you guess what her surprise was? Read on to find out! *wink*

Around 8AM yesterday, my girl Abby woke me up while holding 2 medium-sized boxes. At first, I thought they were books and stuff, but it turned out they were actually costumes! Abby knows how fascinated I am with cosplays so she bought me a costume of my favourite Naruto character and she bought one for herself, too! I was a little confused, though. I thought she’d ask me to go on a date wearing those costumes. LOL. Just imagine how silly and funny that would be. Abby got us a ticket to a cosplay event in Seoul that was held yesterday afternoon and we joined the event as cosplayers. Another first time for me! Yay!

We started prepping up for the event at 9, with the help of Angelie, and we were ready to go at 12. I was dressed as my favourite ninja, Ino Yamanaka. Naruto fans would agree with me if I said Ino is the sexiest ninja in Naruto, right? Abby, on the other hand, was dressed as Naruto’s love interest, Sakura. For the benefit of my lovely readers who are cosplay-enthusiasts and/or Naruto fans, let me give you a lil info about our costumes, should you be interested to try them as well.

ino cosplay

Basically, Abby got both costumes from E-Bay. They are usually sold by set. Some of them include the footwear, while the others don’t. Sakura’s costume set also came with accessories like the gloves and dagger. Ino’s dress and shoes were sold separately. But, that’s not all. More than the dress and accessories, hair and make-up are more important. The funny thing is, I just found out yesterday that Abby has been watching cosplay makeup tutorials in YouTube in preparation for this day. She always goes the extra mile! Angelie helped us do our hair. Abby wore a cute pink bob-cut wig. Mine was less complicated, I just had to tie my long blonde hair into a ponytail to achieve the Ino hair-do.

And here comes my favourite part! To complete our cosplay looks, Abby even bought Sharingan contact lenses! Sharingan contacts come in different versions like mangekyou itachi, sasuke, kakashi, or madara, and are popular among cosplayers. You can’t possibly not look awesome while wearing them sharingan contact lenses! The great thing about them is that they’re suitable for all eye colours. Abby and I got exactly the same eye colours as Ino and Sakura, how cool is that? Disregarding the fact they’re not actually true to the anime/manga, they still look awesome.

We arrived at SETEC Center in Seoul at around 1 in the afternoon and I was amazed by the number of people who participated in the event. Most of them are teenagers, but that didn’t matter since our real age are hidden behind our costumes and makeups. LOL! They were not just Koreans, there were also foreigners like us! I saw familiar costumes like the Disney characters – you can’t possibly miss the phenomenal Elsa and Ana sisters, Luffy from One Piece, characters from RPG’s like Ragnarok and Star Craft, Pokemons, some are even dressed as KPop stars, and a whole lot more! Some people asked to take photos with us and we felt like instant celebrities. Indeed, it was a paradise of cosplayers and another check off of my bucket list!

I seriously still cannot believe that I’ll be on the plane back home again in a few hours. Time really flies when you’re having so much fun. Anyway, Abby and I had the best week ever and that is what’s important. Let’s live while we’re young, am I right?

Until then, Korea! Annyeong!~

Til next time, guys! Peace and love!



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Week Long Trip To South Korea – Visiting My Dear Abby

south korea

“For once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Hey, guys! How’s it going? As for me, I’m doing superb and I’m feeling really excited! Why, you say? Well, it’s nothing big but, I’M GOING OVERSEAS!

Yes! I’m going out of the country for the first time in forever! Anyone here who feels excited for me, too? I swear if it’s your first time travelling abroad, you’d feel really ecstatic that you couldn’t sleep and you just want to fast forward the days, just like what I’m feeling right now.

This is all thanks to the most wonderful girlfriend on Earth, my lovely Abby. She’s taking a week-long break from work, and instead of coming home, she decided to stay in South Korea so I could visit her and spend the vacation together. She knows that I have never been out of the country, therefore, it is a great idea for me to fly to Korea. I’m leaving in 3 days! And it seems like the heavens are favouring with me because my vacation leave was just approved yesterday! Hurray!

I’ve watched a few Korean TV dramas according to Abby’s recommendations so I know for a fact that Korea is a country that’s rich in culture and tradition. I want this trip to be worthwhile and I don’t know why but Abby left the itinerary in my hands. With that in mind, I did a little research about South Korea’s famous tourist spots and I did not expect to discover a lot!


Here are my top 5 picks:

Day 1 – Jeju Island

jeju island

Ugh. The beach would always be my first love. I will never forget the first time I visited Hawaii with my family. I’ve always wanted to go back since then, but never really got the time to do so. When Abby asked me to plan the itinerary, the first thing that came to my mind was Jeju Island. I knew about this place from the Korean shows I’ve watched before. Just thinking about soaking in the waters of Jeju makes me really excited. Plus the idea of watching the sunrise and sunset with Abby adds even more excitement that I think I might need some sleeping pills tonight. (LOL)


Day 2 – Bukhan-san National Park

Bukhan-san National Park

One of the many things that Abby and I love doing is mountain trekking. I did a research of the popular mountain hiking spots in Seoul and most of them takes a couple of days or more to reach the peak. Since my vacation time is limited to 5 days only (boo-hoo), Bukhan-san National Park is a perfect choice for a day of trekking. The idea of watching the beautiful city of Seoul from the mountain peak seems excellent.

Day 3 – Namdaemun Market

Namdaemun Market

Abby used to always talk about this place during her first 2 weeks stay in South Korea – shopping, eating delicious Korean food, and more shopping – why not?


Day 4 – Namsan Tower

Namsan Tower

If you ask me, I think this would be the highlight of my trip to South Korea. Have you watched the phenomenal Korean TV series “My Love from the Star”? Well, I did. At one point on that drama, the lead couple went to the Namsan tower where the ever famous “Locks of Love” is. It’s a place where couples hang their locks and throw the key away as a symbol of eternal love for each other. Okay! I know it sounds really cheesy, but if you do love your partner, then who cares?


As for Day 5, Abby got it covered. And as if I am not already super excited, she even told me that she has a surprise for me! And knowing Abby, she would never tell me what it is even if I beg. But I know for sure that it’s gonna be a special one coming from a wonderful and creative girl like her.

I think I need to count a thousand sheep to sleep tonight, and I’ll be doing it for the next 17 days. (LOL) And writing about my upcoming travel would not help, either, so this is it for now. If you have suggestions for amazing travel destinations, please do let me know in the comments so I could add it to my itinerary. I’ll try my best to update you, guys, while I’m in South Korea.

Have an awesome week ahead! Peace and love, always!



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