The Cebu Pacific – Metrobank Experience

I don’t really know what to do with this company. I tried to be reasonable, called them numerous times and still no resolution.

It started back in October 2015, I was paying for my grocery and a lady approached me asking me if I wanted to apply for a credit card.  Usually I would say no, I already have 2 active cards and I don’t need a third one.  This time however, it was a new card tie up with Cebu Pacific.  Since we travel with that airline sabi ko sayang naman ang points.  I can use that for work related expense.  She gave me a bag after my application and the transaction was done.

I waited for the card to be delivered. I thought I wasn’t approved, then I received a letter from the credit card company in December 2015 “Congratulations on your new credit card!”  I called the hotline and they told me, “Oh, your card is with us, we couldn’t deliver kasi wala kayo sa bahay”. I said that’s impossible my Mom is always at home. They scheduled another delivery in January.

I received this text at 6:40am

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To cut the long story short, the card was never delivered to our address. The card was finally delivered Feb 26th and I got a call that day that it was received.  I did get a separate call the next day Saturday while driving.  She said she was from Metrobank and I told her “please call me when I’m not driving, I received the card”. After that I never received a call from Metrobank.

Around March 4, I was at St. Luke’s Global, I decided to use the new credit card for an ensaymada purchase.  Low and behold the card wouldn’t go through. The next couple of minutes was pure horror. I called the credit card company and I was thrown around 3x to different people who wouldn’t tell me what was wrong with my card, all they could say was “Ma’am naka block”. Ha? bakit na-block? I got through one department called “concerned department” – kasi yan ang tawag nung 3 nakausap ko. So I found out the “concerned department” was the fraud department. Apparently last Feb 24 or Feb 25, there were multiple transactions made by the card via online purchases from android apps. The amount was Php 37,000 ($800). Take note, the card was received Feb 26th.  I asked them what to do and the answer was, “wait for the statement then file for dispute”.  I asked them to block the card permanently as my security is compromised.

I waited, no statement arrived. Called again Monday March 20, apparently they sent me a replacement card even if I asked to cancel the card permanently. I asked nicely, was there a misunderstanding with my request? This was the girl’s response:

“Ma’am, hindi pa po kasi naka-cancel ang card nyo kasi wala po kaming na rereceive na formal letter of dispute, kaya po kami nag padala ng replacement card kasi po automatic po yun sa mga accounts na hindi naman po permanently deactivated”

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  1. Hindi deactivated
  2. Hindi pa nagsimula ang invetigation process
  3. Hindi nila na solve ang problem ko

I gave her my thoughts..yes in Anger style and told them, I am convinced that the company has handled my issue poorly. Sagot sa akin:

“You don’t have to pay the expenses in the card, ma’am”. Hindi yun ang point ko.

Requested to expedite the statement of account which was promised to be sent out latest today. Nothing  parin. So ito nalang ako….

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Isipin nyo nalang my experience is not unique. Imagine how much theft the credit card company experience everyday. I actually feel bad for them, but the process isn’t robust.

Ending..waiting game nalang ba Metrobank?

Images: Inside Out licensed to Disney

2015 Peachtutu Recap!

Yes… after a long break from blogging, I am back! Woohoo! How is everyone? So many things have changed in the past 9-10 months of absence.  Where to start?

Work. I have moved on from my previous work as a home based sustainable investment back-end support manager to a very hectic but exciting front line expansion kickstarter. Sound savvy huh? I kinda like putting big words in my sentences, at least to me I sound cool (pagbigyan). It is true with everything that when you pray you have to be very specific.  I mean, downright specific to the detail of what you want. Like praying for that perfect steak (oh another topic!), medium rare, juicy but brown with a buttery flavor and a hint of garlic.  Back in May of 2015, I prayed to God, sabi ko “Lord, hanggang dito nalang ba ako?  I love working for my boss and our exceptionally amazing team. Pero, hindi ito ang gusto ng puso ko.Pwede po ba na bigyan nyo akong ng trabaho na science related, na hindi ko matatanggihan?” (ayaw ko na i-english kasi baka ma nosebleed ako). I was 34 then and I knew that my value as a potential new hire for a different company, more so a tech company will be close to zero. I still prayed and one day in June I received an fb message from a former boss. It really happened. That’s history. This new move has opened me to new challenges, extreme ones, torturous if I may add, but it also gives me a senses of satisfaction. When your initiatives start to work. When sales starts to pour in. When you get calls and you suddenly become a person who can help those who are in need. Hopefully whatever I am doing is going to result into something. So where did I move to? A genetics company! Yeah!

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Travel. So lucky to make Singapore my Quiapo from last year. I made tons of wonderful experience with old and new friends. Was it for work or vacay? Mostly work, but it was absolutely a fun experience.  I would not have imagined to feel familiar  in a different country. I loved the trains system, the clean roads, the safe environment and THE FOOD. It is an amazing place to live in.  I just wish it wasn’t that expensive.  Our go-to place was Baguio.  We just had to run away from the capital’s harsh pollution and intense heat in exchange for a couple of days of pine fresh air. My family won’t really mind if we just kept going back to the places we always visit, it is our second home. It is also a milestone that we were able to go on a roadtrip to Ilocos. Man the drive was crazy..I mean the drivers were crazy! It was a long land trip but the view from hopping to different towns are forever etched in my mind. From Laoag – Paoay – Pagudpud – Vigan, it was a memory to remember. Note: when in Vigan, its ok to pay a little extra for a nice room, we stayed in a hotel that was creepy..like old Spanish creepy with big cockroaches. What topped my must do list was when we headed to Cebu with my Aunt. It was an impromptu trip. Aside from the lechon, we traversed the southern part of Cebu which is Oslob. I know I will get hate from being part of the whale tourism in the area, but it was my first time to swim that deep … in open waters with gentle giants. I will post separate blogs on our travels. Don’t touch the whales, don’t wear sunscreen.

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Family. It is sad to say that we lost our Dad last year on Feb 3rd. It is also the reason why I withdrew from blogging. I kind of fell a part and was in denial of what had happened. My Dad was a diabetic who suffered due to complications from living an unchecked lifestyle. It is true, your body will be defined by how you live life and it was a lifestyle disease that got him.  My Dad was 78 when he passed and when you love someone dearly and you lost them, there will forever be a void in your heart. It doesn’t get fixed, its just a vacuum of sadness tucked somewhere in the chambers. I am not exaggerating this, it is the only way I can describe what I feel after loosing him. I miss him…

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Health. I am happy to report that my scans are all clear! I am going in my 3rd year in remission! But the flu got the best of me and bogged me down for 3 days… These super bugs are really nasty! Drink up on your vitamins! Yes, the peachtutu still runs!!!

Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 2.02.43 AMAs I celebrate my additional year in life, I have come up with a dream board which was an exercise to realize what you want your life to be. I only want one simple thing…a worry free no thinking of what else kind of happiness. This journey I devout myself to take as many loved ones as I can. I want to live and inspire people that no matter who they are or what they do your limitations are only as real as how you believe them to be. Trust in God, trust in yourself, work hard and no regrets.  Take it from me, a person who was once threatened of life. Let’s make our lives richer with love each day.

Cheers everyone! that’s my 2015 in recap. Let’s get it on Fire Monkey! I love you Mom!

Sharing: The Best Part Of Life Is Realizing Why It’s Better That Things Didn’t Work Out via Elite Daily

Everything dies; it’s the fate we are all arriving at, closer every day. Yet, at the same time, beauty is only as beautiful as it is mortal. Things that never die can never really be appreciated for their beauty, as they don’t beckon to be seen and loved before their end.

Things that never die, never really live. It’s living that is beautiful and as human beings, we know how to live life to the fullest.

We live life the best way anything can – we live by constantly making mistakes, constantly faltering, constantly changing our paths and directions in life, and constantly judging our each and every move. We live to blunder and to learn from our mistakes.

Making mistakes is a necessary part of life as they not only teach us, but they bring us a step closer to finding ourselves. Being human can make appreciating our lives difficult – many really do have difficult lives.

I’d even say that we all have a difficult life, as difficulty is a matter of perspective and our perspectives are always yearning for more beauty, more success, more prosperity.

The thing to keep in mind is that beauty, success and prosperity are only as good as their counterparts: the lack thereof. It’s the void that we feel moving along our path in life that allows us to truly appreciate what our lives become.

It’s having nothing that will allow you to appreciate everything. It’s failing miserably over and over again that will allow you to succeed. It’s struggling and losing that will allow you to prosper and find happiness.

Everything in your life must have happened in order for you to exist – every single, little thing. You would not be the exact same person if any of your past experiences were different. Even the littlest, most unpleasant things have a way of shaping us into the individuals we were always meant to be.

The greatest moments of clarity in your life will come when you look back at your journey and conclude that it was all necessary and that it’s all beautiful.

That moment you realize that your difficult youth was necessarily difficult.

It’s when we are youngest that we learn most. Life teaches us lessons with rapid regularity. The older we get, the less frequent these lessons become. From the day you are born, all the way through your 20s is when you will decide the person you will be for the rest of your life.

The things you’ve experienced, the things you’ve tried and seen have established the core person you are right now. One day you will likely look back at it all – all the fun and all the hardship – only to accept that it all must have happened, that it was all completely necessary.


That moment you realize if you hadn’t failed miserably, you would have never learned your lesson.

People fail all the time – often failing multiple times at the very same things. Failing is one of the greatest things in the world, as it reminds us how imperfect we are. It reminds us how much we need to learn in order to become the people we wish to be.

Some of your largest failures in life will become your greatest assets. Some day you will realize that if you had never failed, then you would have never succeeded.


That moment you realize that a broken heart has changed your life forever.

A broken heart – whether your own or otherwise – will change you forever. It will change the fabric of your being and will turn you into an entirely different person.

A broken heart is one of the most emotionally debilitating experiences in the world, only falling second to breaking the heart of the person you love.

Having your heart broken stays with you until someone else mends it, but breaking the heart of the person you love stays with you for the rest of your life. It can be a brutal misery, but believe me when I tell you that it’s a necessary one.


That moment you realize your “dream job” was never really your dream job.

It takes some people longer than others to arrive at their purpose in life – it’s not anyone’s fault, as finding our purpose in life is found just as much outside of us as it is inside of us.

But experiencing that moment of realization, of realizing that what you once thought was your purpose in life is not at all your true purpose in life, is one of the most beautiful feelings in the world.

Often we fail at either reaching or succeeding in our dream jobs because there is something more, something greater, waiting for us.


That moment you realize your best friends aren’t your friends at all.

Throughout life, we go through more friends than we go through pairs of jeans. Most of the people we once thought would be there to support us will one day abandon ship and leave us to drown.

Realizing that someone who you thought was your good friend is actually no friend at all is one of the most important lessons of your life. You’ll realize that it’s better not to have any friends at all than to have impostors.

And those friends who are your true friends you’ll learn to appreciate even more.


That moment you realize that being lost for so long was the only way to find the person you are meant to be.

If you are never lost, then you can never be found. If you pretend to have it all together for the sake of holding face then you will fail at life entirely.

You have to accept that you are lost and then find your way through the fog.

One day, assuming you never stop searching, you will find the person you were meant to be and you will accept the necessity of your lengthy search.


That moment you realize the love of your life was still waiting for you.

Human beings compare everything to the things they already know. Often we will find that something we thought was so incredible was actually quite common and un-special.

The person you thought was the love of your life may have only seemed so great because you haven’t met the real love of your life.

The day you meet the person you should spend the rest of your life with is the day you feel more alive than ever before – and probably more alive than you will ever feel again.


That moment you realize your world just fell apart entirely, and you’re still standing.

Life is incredibly complex – I’m not even talking about life as a whole, but each of our personal lives. There are so many aspects and so many details that make up who we are as individuals that it can be nearly impossible to hold everything together.

Sometimes holding it all together isn’t possible. Sometimes things are meant to fall apart and break. Sometimes the life you are leading is so far from the life you are meant to be living that losing everything is the only way you can make it out on top.

The moment you realize that not even loss itself can stop you, that sadness, despair, anger and fear cannot hold you back, is the moment you become perfect. Perfectly flawed, but perfect nonetheless.

Thanks Chuchay for sharing this!

Original article can be found at: Elite Daily

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Ang 32k, Bow!

It was 2012 when we joined our first 5km. I was in awe at the people who lined up at 4:30 am to run a 16km distance. My husband and I reacted with “wow ang tindi nila” expressions.  Imagine, gigising ka ng maaga para tumakbo?  Fast forward to 2015, we’ve become run junkies.  Not hard core but we do it for fun. A year of half marathons made us feel we were ready to level-up our game. Last March we finished the RU1-21km decently.  When RU2 opened its registration sabi ko kay OJ  “ano lakasan ng loob nalang? ” and our deal was sealed.

Part of our dream as running enthusiast was to make a marathon a reality. We took on the guidance of Coach Titus Salazar and would trek to Ultra MWF every week, rain or shine.  My husband was more religious, I wasn’t.  Work got in the way, sometimes, I wouldn’t feel well.  OJ told me, “paano ka na sa 32k, hindi ka nagprapractice?”.  I knew he was right, I wanted this but dreaded it the same time.  Mind and heart told me I can do it, but my legs which suffered a bad case of shin splint since Feb told me otherwise (buy shoes that works for you…learned it the hard way). Still no excuses….

Having a coach has improved us in so many ways.  I used to run my 21k in 3 hours but now I can run it in 2hrs and 40 min.  I will never look at stairs the same way again and you’ll get your speed with drills.  Feeling ko, kung wala kaming guidance from Coach, sa kangkungan na kami dadamputin.

Two weeks prior to race day, I was ill and I mean ill.  Having a bad case of diarrhea, that went on and off got me thinking. Itutuloy ko ba sya? Go lang? Kung di ko matapos, at least hindi sayang ang reg fee.  When the day before race came I was drowning myself with Pocari and water, LBM was at its peak 14x a day!!!  Nilalakasan ko lang talaga utak ko, replenish what is lost ang drama ko.  We slept early and woke up at 12:30 am, Sunday.  Our assembly time is at 2am and parking was already long.  I told my hubby to park sa MOA building carpark kasi I needed to go to the CR (for the 4th time since I woke up).  Aah… kailangan ko ng tubig! I was praying to God, “Lord, please wag po masyadong mainit, paulanin nyo na po wag lang po maaraw, at kung pwede lang po after the race na po ako mag CR ulit”.  Lining up made me feel numb, I did my usual warm up, stretch, run a bit but I know something is kulang.

We were part of wave 2.  At first ok lang, but feeling bloated kasi I took loperamide the night before was a bad idea.  The first 2 km went by smoothly, then I felt the first urge.  Natagtag! Dasal na ako ng dasal, Lord, kailangan iraos ko to, 12 mins palang ako tumatakbo. Come km 5, alam ko hindi ko na kaya, my body was rejecting pocari (nasusuka ako sa bawat sip), I knew water was the only safe way to rehydrate.

Somehow feeling ko pinapadalan ako ni Lord ng tulong at binibigyan ako ng encouragement.  People would say hi, talk and sometimes run beside me. They would say, “nakita kita sa RU1 ang bilis mo di kita mahabol sa 21k” (naks, di ko alam kung bola yun kasi di naman ako ganung ka bilis pero nakaka flatter naman). Some would make kwento saan saan na sila tumakbo or would high five just to say go go go! These people came in at the moment I was feeling like I want to run to the ambulance and give up.

I saw OJ and he was 2 kms ahead of me. Bilis nya! He was running my ideal time. Nilampasan ko ang City of Dreams, Buendia hanggang Paseo at nung pag-ikot ko sa u-turn last 5km…alam ko kaya ko syang tapusin in 30 mins.  Sadly, hindi ko nagawa dahil hinang hina na ako. Di ko na alam what to feel.  My legs were starting to cramp, nanlalamig at ang tindi ng sakit ng tyan ko.  Visions of me crossing the finish line collapsing wasn’t far from happening.  Still, I pushed myself. tapusin mo ito ng mabilis kung hindi aabutan ka ng sweeper bus!

It was the last 2 km and I was at the intersection of Buendia and Macapagal, I had to sit down, no medic in sight.  Nandidilim na paningin ko.  Then one guy told me, “Ate tayo ka na dyan 2km nalang”.  God, thank you for sending me angels!

That last stretch was where my interval training kicked in.  Sprint for 200 meters and walk the next 100.  I did that until I got to the final 200 meters where I just ran as fast as I can.  I was shaking..I don’t know where to look anymore.  The girl removed my tag, and gave me my medal.  I heard OJ call my name and that was the time I totally lost it and broke down.  All I can say is “ang sakit sakit ng tyan ko”.  We went straight to the carpark after receiving my finishers kit.

When we got home, I couldn’t eat, and I collapsed on the bed after taking a shower. I was staring at the medals weakly, and told myself, I did it.  Blackout.

It wasn’t the best, but who cares, it was my own. I made it happen. I raced it fair and square despite the many challenges.  I didn’t give up. Will I do it again? Of course, but not on a bad tummy! Congratulations to all finishers! You are your own champion! God speed!

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Shin Splint Ouch!

I haven’t been running the past few months as much as I want to.  Early this year I started serious run training with Coach Titus every MWF at Ultra.  My goal this year is to conquer my first marathon.  I want to be a legit runner, but like many goals it comes with challenges. I ran  two 21k back to back in February and it aggravated an injury…the horrible shin splint.  So what’s it all about?

image c/o pivotalpodiatry.com.au
image c/o pivotalpodiatry.com.au

By definition from medical definitions : Shin splints, are medically known as medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), refers to pain in the shins – the front lower legs. It is an inflammatory condition of the front part of the tibia. The pain is brought on by strenuous activity.

In short ang sakit ng legs ko, I can’t run.  Naka ilang hilot na si coach, wala parin. But even with this injury I still train, with a decreased load.  Therapy has no effect, I’m taking cataflam 140mg every time I run, but it’s still there.  Sigh….

Hard headed as I am, I love running and this injury doesn’t keep me away from making PRs  in the past three 21k runs.  My best time so far 2 hr 43 min! yeah!!! Whadda improvement!

There’s only this… I gotta ice-ice baby before I return to intensive training for the RU2 – for my first evaar 32k! Wagi!!!

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The Korean Adventure Day 2: Insa-dong, N Seoul Tower & Dongdaemon

Our tour ended at Insa-dong the popular haven of fashion, tea and antique shops in Korea.  This is the entrance arc to the fashion street.

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We didn’t sign up for the lunch tour and was very hungry.  I wanted to eat somewhere authentic, like a pancake or bibimbap place, but low and behold we ended up at KFC.  Kuya Oscar order rice but there wasn’t any in KFC Korea only biscuits. Carbo diet ba to!? I ordered the zinger burger and was kinda disappointed. It lacked the crunch and the spice that I was used to in KFC Philippines.

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There were lots of people in the streets, checking out bargain and cosmetic shops.  Insa-dong has multiple alleyways that leads to back streets filled with hole in the wall restaurants.  Too bad we found this after we ate at KFC. Lupit ni Ate sa background naka mini skirt.

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Shumi loving the street run. Feeling mowdel!

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There wasn’t really much to do, we’re not heavy shoppers, I mean I’m from Manila, I know a bargain when I see one. Not ready to spend cash on the first day…. (but on the first night…maybe! make-up!).  It was already 4pm and we wanted to catch the sunset at Namsan Tower. We wanted to take the train, but realize its better to take the cab, we might get lost.

Shumi enjoying her first cab ride in Korea. pouty pouty!

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We arrived! Namsan Tower/ N Seoul Tower! You have to ride a cable car to get to the top.  The cable car is on the third floor of the complex and the line was long extending to the stairs of the second floor. For a round trip it will cost you 6,000 won (250 php) for adults and 5,000 won (205 php) won for kids. IMG_3159You can opt to hike up the hill, but …. are you really sure?

N Seoul Tower is a hot tourist spot in Korea. Like the different sky towers, they have a revolving observatory and restaurant at the top.  We didn’t go up anymore, it will cost you an additional 9,000 won (370 php) per person just to view and separate fees for the restaurant and museum.  The view is already spectacular from the base.

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Seoul…oh Seoul…

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Locks of love!

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The steps where they shot episodes of Running Man!!! Breds baby!

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I sat down in the gazebo pictured above and took in the day and enjoyed the sunset. IMG_3188

N Seoul tower at night, me and Kuya Oscar, hong lamig na!!!

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What’s so funny was we had no idea it was a walk from our guest house.  Duh Namsan Guest house nga! We saved on cab/train fare and bought dinner at the convenience shop. Tipid mode talga kami!

The adults went out to explore the city at night.  We left the kids watching movies in their room and headed off to Dongdaemon Shopping complex…ito na!

We took the train from Myeong-dong station to Dongdaemon. It was close, about 3 or 4 stations away.  You wont miss it.  It would have been awesome to visit this place during day time.

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The popular creek that I often see on Dramas. Left and right buildings are all shopping malls.

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The MLFAS Exhibition/ spaceship like museum served as the set of the popular My Love from Another Star Drama. I wanted to go in but it was already closed.

IMG_3198Spent 4 hours in this district combing the streets for good finds, but ending in a shopping mall hoarding make-up.  Wasn’t able to take pictures, it was extremely cold and both hands were occupied. Ganun ako ka busy mamili. Swipe lang ng swipe!

Note: It is cheaper to buy in the malls than the streets.  If you would like to buy affordable  souvenirs go to Arirang Shop at Doota Mall, Dongdaemon.  I bought my make-up loot at Lotte Fitin, they have a whole floor of make-up shops.  It wasn’t as crowded as the ones in Myeong-dong and I guess that’s the reason why I got a lot of freebies! Yey!

Up next… Day 3 at  Nami Island and Petit France.

The Korean Adventure Day 2: DMZ

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When traveling, Google is your best friend.  Search multiple travel websites and compare prices.  There are tours that are expensive in one agency but cheap in another. Pick out tours that make sense for you and your companions. If you have kids, safety is the most important element in your choice.

On our second day, we chose to visit the infamous Korean DMZ (Demilitarized Zone). This is the hostile borderline between North and South Korea.  I find it interesting but sad at the same time.

We woke up early. Even with little sleep, we were all excited to check-out what the day had to offer. Namsan Guest house offers free unlimited noodles (instant), bread, jams and coffee the whole day.  This saved as a ton of food money, not bad!  We were fetched by a black van at 7 am via  Cosmojin Tours. The van brought us to join a bigger group, we signed up for the DMZ morning half morning experience.

It took us 30-40 minutes to get to our first spot, Imjingak Park. The guide informed us that this park is commemorative of the Korean war. Statues and small monuments reminds every visitor of the sacrifice that all Koreans had to bear, that one day there will then be again peace and unification.

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Can’t believe we were roaming around in a 2 deg weather!   There were patches of snow and ice on the ground and we were very careful not to slip. Hawakan ang mga bata!

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There are several local shops that sells food and other retail products. OJ bought some fish and chicken skewers. Its yumeeh!

IMG_3100We also bought new rainbox gloves and poki sticks for the little Ms. Piggy.

IMG_3101We only had 20 minutes to explore and if we were late, a mandatory dance infront of the whole group will be the punishment. Guess what, Kuya Oscar is the first man to Gangnam.

From Imjingak Park we headed to the actual DMZ area.  All visitors are not allowed to take pictures of the landscape and people beyond this point. Managed to take this before entering the zone. A security check is needed, a young military officer came up to the bus and inspected all our passports.  In Korea, all young men are required 2 years of military service even the celebrities.  The checker might be a KPop Idol and we wouldn’t know it.

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Our bus parked at the DMZ theater and exhibition hall. The parking area and the inside of the museum are the only areas people were allowed to take photos.

IMG_3116The DMZ is 250 km long, cutting the whole peninsula in half and 4 km wide.  Heavily guarded by the north and south, it is a place where nature is left to thrive on its own.  It must be the best wild life protected zone in the world.

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“Soldiers in action”

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This is the statue of the third tunnel.  We went descended 73 meters below the ground to see a tunnel that was dug by North Korea to use against the South. Sorry no pictures of the tunnel, I don’t want to go to jail. It was great exercise! Going back up was the challenge.

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DMZ Jump Shot, don’t huli me please!

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Our pack moved to Dora Observatory.  You can rent a telescope for 500 won to view the expanse of North Korea in all its glory. I was ale to see the the North Korean flag and the entrance gate to Kaesong Industrial Region.

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Another interesting stop is the Dorasan Train Station. This place is so much better than the Philippine’s airport.  It is one of the best well maintained transport facilities I have ever seen.

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I love the design and feel of it. This is the waiting area, high ceiling and well lighted.

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Dorasan Station is the only functional train station that connects South Korea to North Korea.  For now, it functions to service employees that works in the DMZ area connected via Seoul station.  Trips are limited, I am not sure if you can commute using this to visit DMZ.

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There were other spots that the guide pointed to us that as part of North Korea.  The guide said: “how would you differentiate between the land of North and South Korea? it is with their mountains. South Korea with its technology use different ways to power the nation.  North Korea uses trees, almost all mountains trees are chopped for firewood” Sad.

It was almost midday and the tour guide took us to visit an organic farm in the DMZ and an Amethyst shop in Seoul.  I wasn’t able to go down and see the fancy jewels, my little Boomie was knocked-out.  It was sunny and wonderful, but three layers of clothing is necessary.

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All in all, tour package cost us 38,000 won or 1,600 php per head.

Thank you Cosmojin for a wonderful and organized trip!

Up next second part of the day Insa-dong + Namsan Tower.

Celebrating Life! Two-years Post-Cancer Diagnosis

March 13, 2013, my life changed in the most unexpected way to a woman in her early 30’s.

ImageEven after two years of struggle, I can truthfully say that I am happy with my decision.  I took on the alternative road of quitting my stressful corporate work to being a work from home Mom. It is more challenging but fulfilling.  I get to spend more time with my daughter and earn for her future. My husband has been and will always be my stronghold. Family is the key to a successful cancer survival rate. I pray that all my fellow cancer survivors will be as lucky as I am, given another chance in life.

God is great!

xx Faye

Winter Adventure in Korea The Arrival

Our family planned this vacation as early as June 2014.  There was a seat sale by Citibank and who can resist going to Korea at 65% off.  In October, we applied for a Korean visa which was very easy to obtain.  I recently heard that the Korean embassy applied a stringent policy on visa applications starting this year.  People planning to go on vacation, plan smart.

Fast forward to our first ever Korean adventure, we were joined by my brother-in law’s family.  We were well ahead of our scheduled January flight which leaves at 3pm.  We wandered around and ate at Kenny Rogers.  The NAIA terminal 3 is a big improvement from the MIA which is undergoing massive renovation.  It still felt like a ghost town and pales in comparison to other international airports. The waiting area was pretty neat though!

Excited and casually waiting for our flight.

Our flight was delayed by 2 hours.  The airport in Manila has one runway….ONE, and due to air traffic, our 3pm flight was bumped to 5:30pm.  Instead of being pricks, we enjoyed ourselves by ordering airplane food and explaining to our kid how static electricity works.

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I was hoping that we’ll be able to see land during day time, instead we were greeted by the beautiful lights of Korea.  IMG_3073We arrived at Incheon very late, the airport was huge and this is what greeted us upon emerging from the tube.

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Amazing airport at 1 degree Celsius!  The airport is big and uses trains to transfer passengers to other terminals, this was new to us, when in doubt just follow the crowd.

OMGeee!!! May sumundo sa akin sa airport… Dominjo-shi!!!! Dala ko daw ba ang kaperahan para gastusin sa Korea! Yes sir! hahaha! Ang eye bags wagas!

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Time for my research skills to kick in.  First off, find our way to Myeong-dong! We booked our stay at Namsan Guest House and opted to take the bus rather than the train.  If you get lucky and your flight is not delayed, you can buy your bus tickets at the counter and take the 6015 outside of the terminal door 5. You won’t miss it. I’m telling you Myeong-dong is the place to be.

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The ride cost us 10,000 KRW (402 PHP) one way.  It was spacious, clean and comfortable.

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We arrived at Namsan Guesthouse at almost 12 midnight Korea time.  We were so hungry and found the place filled with traditional Korean barbecue houses.  Our eyes and brains could not really put food + price together and decided to eat at TwoTwo Chicken across Pacific Hotel.

IMG_3085For starters we ordered BEER…and was given the radish appetizer. Akala namin singkamas, ang asim!

IMG_3086We couldn’t decide what to order, and asked for the resto’s recommendation.  We had the original Two two fried, garlic and their popular spicy chicken dishes.  Kids loved the original fried chicken but I prefer the spicy one.  It is totally different from what we have in the Philippines (Bonchon, Kyochon , etc).  The flavors were very unique and addicting. Swak sa beer on a cold January night.

IMG_3089 IMG_3088 IMG_3087 Maybe it was the time but they had no rice when we visited, instead we ordered a plate of fries. Perfectly crisp, and salted nicely.

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They are open late and the place was full of young people, gimik place or after gimik hang-out?IMG_3093I love TwoTwo Chicken, a must try in Korea.  Chicken and beer anyone? What a way to cap the night!

Visit them at:

6-4 Namsandong 2(i)-ga
Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
p: +82-2-2275-2297

to be continued…..