Solo Trip: Puerto Prinsesa Palawan 2015 – Half Day Tour

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This is supposedly a “barkada” getaway, but as the the travel date near, one by one, is starting to have their “thing” and I was left “the last man standing”. Instead of cancelling the trip, I did push for it, and I told myself this is the opportunity for me to check one of my bucketlist “to travel solo someplace I’ve never been“. I have a few doubts on this trip, since I’ll be traveling alone. Of course, the expense, since I’m alone, I have to shoulder all the expense all by myself TT_____TT and I have no one to depend on this trip but myself. Anyways, those are just my concern, but with determination I just did it. I packed my bags, go and just make it work.

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[GYEONGGI-DO] Petite France

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On the way going to Nami Island, you can visit Petite France as well, which ever do you prefer to visit first via HopOn-HopOff (Gapyeong Tourist Bus)

If your a die hard fanatic of K-dramas, you’ll know where this place has been featured. Petite France serves as French cultural village. It also features flowers, star and Little Prince.

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Birthday Dinner @ Mitsuyado Sei-Men Jupiter Makati

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Since it’s a special day for me. No diet can stop me, from trying this restaurant. It’s a no holds bard day for me.. bwahahaha! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Your wish is my command! that’s what he said, since we rarely eat out in Makati area. I did grab this opportunity to try this restaurant which has been on my list for quite a while already.

Mitsuyado Sei-Men is a ramen/tsukemen restaurant. I was first attracted with their interiors which resonates the old street of Japan. (kahit man lang sa picture kunwari nasa Japan narin ako. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ ) Interiors are simple and yet they bring a Japan vibe to it.

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[SEOUL] Trick Eye Museum

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If you happen to be around Hongdae, you may want to drop by Trick Eye Museum. The Trick Eye Museum is an art gallery with paintings that are painted in 2D but gives an illusion of a 3D. Visitors are able to interact with the different painting giving them the feel they are part of the painting. (so don’t be shy to act your part.) We arrived at the Trick Eye Museum around 7pm, good thing that the museum is open until 9pm. We snap, act and do our part as if we are one with the paintings. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

The museum is divided to three course, the Trickeye Museum – Ice Museum – Carnival Street.

~ The iCe Museum ~

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[GYEONGGI-DO] Nami Island

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Nami Island is also one of the most famous tourist spot in Korea, it’s where the famous Korean Drama of Winter Sonata is located. If you watched it, you know what I mean. Nami Island is located in Gyeonggido. We took the Hop On – Hop Off bus from Petite France, until we reach Nami docking port.

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[SEOUL] Hello Kitty Cafe

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We wouldn’t pass visiting a Hello Kitty Cafe when in Seoul. We had a hard time finding the place around in Hongdae, good thing there’s a map of Hongdae area in ur guesthouse and we have located the other Hello Kitty which is a couple blocks away from Hongik University. We just followed the map and found the Hello Kitty Cafe. ( I think this is the 2nd branch in Hongdae)

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[SEOUL] Review: Gstay Residences

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So finally we’re on our last accommodation of our trip. I was able to get a FREE one night stay thru one of travelswithahobo promo contest, but we did stay for 2 nights with them. You can reserve a room thru their website and a confirmation will be sent thru your email. No need to pay for downpayment.

After our stay at Kpopstay Guesthouse and with our experience with their subway (not advisable if you have heavy luggage) we opted to take a cab going to G-stay Residences.Β  Check in was fast and reliable since I did not bring any proof of my claim they easily acknowledge my claim hehehhehe.. After paying for the additional stay they have given us our key to our room.

From all of the accommodation that we stayed during our Korea trip, I like G-Stay the most, the room is spacious enough for us to move around and open our luggage, the bed is spacious and comfortable and really perfect for those cold nights. We have mini ref where we can store our beverages andΒ  mini stove if ever we wanna cook, but no pots or pans though.. ahhahha! There’s also a washing machine in case, you need to wash some clothes which we also did not use. But still I love the place, I would definitely stay here again.

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Review: Purple Fountain Courtyard Inn Puerto Princesa Palawan

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It’s my first time to travel to Palawan and to travel solo. I don’t know what to expect but I must admit its a good feeling to have finally travel solo. Since it’s my first solo trip, of course I have to make sure of my safety hihiihih… I may have over budget for my accommodation but its worth it! I booked a standard room with FREE breakfast and complimentary pick-up from the airport.Β  When I arrived I was greeted by one of their staff and we headed back to the hotel.

One minor issue with them is during my booking, they have provided me with a different computation for my room reservation. I have deposited 50% for the reservation of the room and availed of their Underground River Tour. This was easily settled and corrected by the person who is in charge.

When I got to the hotel, friendly staff greeted me with a big smile. After explaining the policy I was sent to my room for the next 3 days.

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[SEOUL] Review: Kpopstay Guesthouse Seoul Korea

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For our second guesthouse, we stayed at Kpopstay Guesthouse near Hongdae and just walking distance from Hongik University. You might be wondering why transfer from one place to another. I would like to think it’s strategic since our planned itinerary is also in those areas, and we can explore the place whenever we want andΒ  just a walking distance to Hongdae, where night life is just around the corner. Kpopstay is located to a more quiet area in Hongdae, so you don’t have to worry about the noise around the area.

I have been wanting to stay in one of their dorm rooms since I have learned about their guesthouse. I contacted them directly and booked, mixed dorm rooms which cost around 25,000won/per night/ per head which is also a good deal because it also include FREE breakfast. Once I have confirmed our booking, no need to pay immediately, you can pay once you have checked-in with the guesthouse on the day you of your arrival.

We had a struggle finding the place when we get off the subway station (Hongik Station, Exit 9) and imagine we’re dragging our heavy luggage on steep slopes.Β  But with a little help from our Korean chingus, we easily found the place, even some of them struggle to speak English, they still try their best to help tourist find their way. ^_____^v Kamsamnida!

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Estimated Travel Expense for an 8-Days trip in Seoul

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I’ll share my travel expense during my 8-days trip to South Korea. Food and transportation can be expensive, but if you can find a way to lessen your expense, that would be great. There are pros and cons when it comes to your expenses in traveling to Seoul in particular, like for food, I find their food quite expensive, for a street foods you have to at least shell out 2,000 to 5,000 (80 to 100 pesos) and for a regular meal, it would cost you around 8,000 to 10,000 won per head that’s like 300 – 400 pesos in Philippine money. But in terms of tourist spots and shopping there are a lot of discount coupon that you can use, you just have to check for promos in KTO and VKTO site, that’s where I got my discount coupon for the theme park and other tourist spots.

I also got to save 1 night stay at Gstay Residence, when I joined one of their sponsored contest for Facebook (lucky me!). hehehe! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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