Sunday, July 24, 2016

Your Ultimate One Day Itinerary Guide to Yangpyeong

The Yangpyeong County
Photo Credit to Arman Carinan


Who wants to go to Yangpyeong?!?!?!?

And you be like…. What Yangpyeong?

Don’t worry, if you feel like lost and clueless at the mention of Yangpyeong, you are not alone. Unlike Seoul, Gapyeong and other cities in Korea, Yangpyeong is some kind of not really famous at least for the tourists. What we foreigners in Korea really don’t know is, there are places in Yangpyeong that you might be interested to visit.

Yangpyeong is actually a county in Gyeonggi Province. Not all of us know about this but this place played a significant role in the South and North Korean war because this was used to be a battlefield during that war. The good thing about this place is, it is only about one hour away from Seoul if you ride by train.

But what exactly can we do at Yangpyeong? Well, for a start, there are a lot. And with a lot I meant events, places and experiences. You can do paragliding, attend strawberry festival or visit Dumulmeori where the Bukhangang River and Namhangang river meet. However, what I am going to share to you is something you can do at this place in just one day. Of course obviously, you can’t do all the things I mentioned earlier because you just can’t do it in one day. This itinerary is for those who can only go to a day trip at a very minimal cost. This one day trip covers a visit to one of the most interesting cafes in South Korea, the Dreamy Camera Café, tour the Yangpyeong English Village and lastly, experience Railbiking.

Time: 10:00 AM to 11 AM

Activity: Travel from Seoul To Yangpyeong

First and foremost, you must plan how to go to Yangpyeong. Well, there are a lot of ways, but for the convenience of the travelers and tourists out there, I guess the easiest way is via the train. You may look at the Seoul Subway map and find the station called Yongmun Station. That’s where you should get off. It’s the last station of GyeonguiJongang Line. If you are coming from Seoul, it would take at least an hour to go there. If you are coming from other cities, then you may need to adjust the timeframe of this activity.

Cost: Fare- 2350 Won

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Time: 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Activity: Visit Dreamy Camera Café



Dreamy Camera Café is just near the Yongmun Station, but I made it a 30 minute timeframe so that you can adjust in case there’s a delay in your trip to Yongmun Station. From Yongmun Station, go to the Exit 1 and take a bus, but I don’t recommend a bus because it’s a 2 hour interval, it would cost you too much time. What I recommend is to take a taxi to “중원리 꿈꾸는사진기” , you can just show that to the taxi driver and they know where to take you.

Cost: Taxi Fare- 10,000 won

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Time: 11:30 – 1:30 PM

Activity: At the Dreamy Camera Café (“중원리 꿈꾸는사진기”)

Dreamy Camera Cafe

Have you seen a café in a shape of Rollieflex Camera? Apparently, this camera café is a star in Yangpyeong because aside from the fact that it’s in an outskirt of the city, people especially the foreigners still go there to chill, relax and enjoy the view. If you want to know more about this café, CLICK HERE to read our visit at Dreamy Camera Café. You can also check out the Dream Camera Café Facebook page if you have some enquiries or if you want to reserve ahead of time. The cafe is closed every Sunday and Monday.

Cost: For food, beverages or souvenirs(optional)- around 15,000 won

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Time: 1:30 – 2:00 PM

Acitivity: Travel to Yangpyeong English Village (양병영어마을)

Your next stop is at Yangpyeong English Village. It’s just near the camera café. To go there from the Dreamy Camera Café, you can ask help from the owner of the café to call a taxi for you that would take you to the village.

Cost: Taxi Fare- 5,000 Won

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Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Activity: Tour Yangpyeong English Village

Yangpyeong English Village


Famous as a shooting location of a Korean Drama series Boys Over Flower, Yangpyeong English Village will take you to another dimension. It’s an educational institution that has buildings, structures and ambiance like that of a British Country. The purpose of this village is to provide an English speaking environment to Korean students. While they do their classes and activities, people can just go to the village and tour because it’s interesting and it could pass as a tourist spot. You can CLICK HERE to read what you can expect about this village

Cost: 0 Won 

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Time: 3:30 to 3:45 PM

Activity: Travel to Yangpyeong Railbike

The railbiking at Yangpyeong is very near the English Village, but to avoid to get lost, you can call a taxi to bring you there.

Cost: Taxi Fare: 3,000 won

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Time: 3:45 to 6:00 PM

Activity: Railbiking

Yangpyeong Railbike

At Yangpyeong Railbike site, you can see magnificent view of Yangpyeong as you go biking along the old and abandoned railway. It’s a 6.4 km railway where you can bike and enjoy the experience. CLICK HERE to read what happened during our rail bike experience at Yangpyeong.

Cost: Bike rental depends on the type of bike- 25,000 won for couple (2 persons) and 32,000 won for group (4 persons)

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Time: 6:00 to 6:30 PM

Acitvity: Walk from railbike site to Yongmun Station

Yes, it’s just a walking distance so you don’t need to call a taxi from there.

Cost: 0 won

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Time: 6:30 PM
Activity: Homeward Bound

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Three places in one day!!! Not bad right? If you are going to total the cost, you can spend I think from 50,000 won up to 70, 000 won. It’s a very affordable and cheap trip in exchange of a memorable and priceless experience.

Now go, put that phone away, pack up and go to Yangpyeong!!!

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

“From Sketch To Screen” – The DreamWorks Animation Exhibit in Seoul

Are you familiar with Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, How to Train your Dragon, and Shrek? I am sure even if you live in the cave, you definitely heard of them. Yes, they are the animated movies created by DreamWorks. If you have watched one of the animated movies I mentioned, I bet you were entertained by the moving sketches. Who could resist the charm of Shrek? Or Po? Or even Toothless? But do you ever wonder how they were transformed from Sketches to moving characters in the movie?

Now, this is the purpose of DreamWorks Animation Exhibit in The Seoul Museum of Art or SEMA, to show to the people the process of making an animated movie. I for one is a fan of an animated movie. For those of you who are thinking that this kind of movie is just for kids, I dare you to think again. Maybe you haven’t watched one yet. There are good lessons we can get from it, lessons that are applicable not only for kids but also for adults. I am also curious about how they made this kind of movies. That’s why I was so interested to check out this exhibit, let alone it’s an exhibit of DreamWorks Animation.

The exhibit is at the first floor of the Seoul Museum of Art.  Tickets can be bought outside the museum, it costs 13,000 won for adults, 10,000 won for the teenagers and 8,000 won for children.

When you enter the exhibit, Melman’s butt from Madagascar will welcome you, and it’s funny how people take it as a photo opportunity.

A welcome scenario to DreamWorks Exhibit

When you look up, you will see Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon flying motionless below the ceiling. Don’t worry, as silly as it may seem, they are not the main star of the exhibit.

Tootless hanging from the celing


What you can really see inside the exhibit are sketches, sketches and sketches. Yes, a lot of sketches there is. Apparently, it’s entertaining how an artist develop one character in the movie. One second you see them sketching on a pad paper, and then booommm… the birth of a new character.

How to sketch a character in an animated movie the DreamWorks way


Aside from the sketches, I also spotted some masks used in some of the movies of DreamWorks. There are also 3D characters and models which they secured dearly in an aquarium. Visitors are not even allowed to touch the glass…. Boohoo… The 3D versions of the characters I used to watch in an animate movie are so cute and adorable. Toy collectors will surely love them, but it’s not for sale though. The 3D models are just for display and for the eyes only.

The small caricatures of our favorite animated characters


The colored paintings on display are also the stars of the exhibit. It’s just like a photo frame of some of our favorite characters in DreamWorks movie, except that it’s a painting and not a photograph.



Some old movie posters of some old movies are also on display. To be honest, I was not sure if I’ve seen some of them, all I know is that, I am not familiar about some movies. I like it though to see some stuff from the past. It’s good they were able to preserve some of these movie posters.




What calls my attention though was this pile of booklets. Upon closer inspection, these were not booklets but the actual storyboards of movies like Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and among others. One pile is equivalent to one movie. Just imagine how many pages of storyboard it takes to create one complete movie.




Another thing I like about the exhibit is they allow visitors to try the software used to animate, sketch and create an animation. It’s kind of a hands on and I somehow enjoyed that one.



For me, I think the whole concept of this exhibit is to stir the interest of not only the kids but also the adults in the animation industry. Who knows, you have the talent to sketch or make a story out of fictional characters. This exhibit can actually make you realize if you have the passion for this kind of film making. If you are not into this, the whole exhibit may bore you though, but it’s quite educational, so no time and money will be wasted for this event.

The DreamWorks Animation Exhibit runs from April 2016 up to August 15, 2016 only. The museum is just near the City Hall Station.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Filipino EPS Worker in Korea Won $10,000 in PAG-IBIG Expanded Raffle Promo



Two Filipino migrants in South Korea were the lucky winners of PAG-IBIG Expanded Raffle Promo. Ms. Anneth Bun-as of Geoje City won a MacBook Air while Mr. Joel Turingan, an EPS worker, won the grand prize of $10,000.

For those who don’t know yet, PAG-IBIG or “Pagtutulungan sa Kinabukasan, Ikaw, Bangko, Industria at Gobyerno” is a saving scheme organized by the Philippine government. This is open not only to the Filipinos residing in the Philippines but also to overseas Filipino workers. In fact they are promoting some PAG-IBIG programs for Filipinos living abroad. In South Korea, we also have PAG-IBIG Overseas program. If you wish to find out about this, you may contact the PAG-IBIG representative in South Korea, Mr. Dominic Leoligao.

Now, here’s the good news. Just like Ms Bun-as and Mr Turingan, you can have the chance to win up to 1 Million pesos in the grand draw because PAG-IBIG has Expanded RAFFLE Promo.



This raffle promo is open to all qualified members and active contributors of PAG-IBIG. The promo period has started last May 1, 2016 and it will end up to March 31, 2017. This raffle promo is for those who are remitting at least 600 pesos monthly to their upgraded PAG-IBIG 1 savings account. For every 600 pesos contribution per month, you will get 1 raffle entry which will qualify you for an electronic raffle and a chance to win 1 Million pesos on May 1, 2017. Aside from the 1 Million pesos grand prize, 20 units of Macbook Pro will be given away. Also included in the prizes are 25 units of Samsung S-7 Edge, two winners of 250,000 pesos and two winners of 500,000 pesos.

If you wish to join this raffle promo, go ahead and contact Mr. Dominic Leoligao. Here is his contact details:

Facebook: Dominic Leoligao
Mobile Number: 010-7145-0385
Office: Room 201 Philippine Overseas Labor Office
Philippine Embassy Seoul

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Beach, Train Station, Rail Bike, Sunrise Park and More at Jeongdongjin

When you travel, what would you like your travel destination to be?

For me, I would like it to be like a “one stop shop”. It’s good if you can really do a lot of stuff in one place because 1) It makes your trip, especially if it’s a long trip, worthy and 2) There will be no dull moment because you would be busy experiencing everything in just one place.

Now, that’s what Jeongdongjin can offer to its visitors. Jeongdongjin is located in Gangneung, Gangwondo, South Korea and it has a lot of things in store for the locals as well as for the tourists. We visited the place as part of the itinerary of Goh Travel Korea, a travel group I joined in. For the first part of our trip, you can check our visit at the Sheep Ranch at the nearby place in Gangwondo.

Jeongdongjin Beach


At Jeongdongjin, the first thing that you would notice is the smell. It smells like the ocean. The air, the cool breeze, the sound and the feels, you know and you will never be wrong that there’s a sea somewhere in the area. True enough, the white sand and the big waves of Jeongdongin Beach welcomed us as we arrived in the area. I kid you not, and I have to be honest, that this is the best and the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen in South Korea. I always said that Korea is not really popular with beaches. Seeing that I came from the Philippines where you can find the best beaches in the world, I could not be easily pleased with the beaches in South Korea, but Jeongdongjin beach, oh man, this is so awesome.

Sun Cruise Resort

Added to the attraction is this ship like hotel constructed at the top of the hill. Whatever you’re doing in the beach, whether you’re sun bathing, swimming, or just viewing, you can’t help but notice this beautiful architecture. I mean, who would build a hotel on top of the hill, and what’s ironic? It’s in the form of a ship. But I guess it works. It’s nice to look at and we really admire it.



Although we were thrilled and we enjoyed the beach despite the fact that we didn’t really swim, the beach is not just the only thing you can see at Jeongdongjin. We also tried the rail biking. I’ve tried rail biking before at Yangpyeong, but it’s a different set up at Jeongdongjin because the railway is located right next to the beach. We bike our heart out in the railway with the beautiful view of the sea and the cool breeze. It was summer when we went there, the sun was up and high, but we’re not really intimated because we enjoyed the air from the sea while we do biking. The rail bike is operated with a battery and we had to pedal at the beginning just to start it up, so after a few aerobics on the pedal, we let the batter do its work to make the bike run and we just rod, relaxed and enjoyed the moment.

Jeongdongjin Station


If there’s a railway for bike, there’s also a railway for the train. The Jeongdongjin Station is located right in front of the beach, so people can ride a train from anywhere in South Korea up to the Jeongdongjin Station and when you get off, welcome to the beach. I think, if all train stations are like this, I would not mind waiting for my ride because you wait with the view of the sea and air blowing right through your face because the beach is literally one tumbling away from Train Station. It’s so close that the station even made it to the Guinness World Records as the closest train station and tracks to a beach. The station is on the Yeongdong Line of Korail. If you want to go here from Seoul, you take the train from Cheongnyangni Station, it takes around 5 hours to travel from there.

Jeongdongjin Railbike platform


I heard that people go to this place because of the Sunrise. There’s actually a Sunrise Park in the area but since we went there at the midday, obviously we were not able to catch the sunrise. As what they’ve said, sunrise is very popular in the area. People especially the travelers sometimes intentionally travel from Seoul at midnight, and when they arrived at Jeongjongdin Station at dawn, not only the beach will welcome them but also the most beautiful sunrise in all of South Korea.
I like how there are a lot of cafes, restaurants and stores in the area too. It makes traveling to this place easier. You will surely never go hungry when you go to Jeongjongdin. People are also selling variety of seafood like dried squids. And people there are extra friendly to foreigners.


Restaurants and cafes at Jeongdongjin


If you are looking for a travel destination this summer, you might want to consider the Jeongjongdin. It is far from Seoul yes, but it’s all worth it.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

The Epic Water Battle of the Year at the 4th Sinchon Water Gun Festival

Who would have thought you can organize a festival for a water gun? Yes folks, that colorful toy guns that spit water especially made for kids has a festival in Korea. This festival is held annually in Seoul as a way to fight the heat of the summer. I actually attended last year’s celebration but I was just a bystander. I went to the venue just to watch. It was fun, but for me, it’s too childish and mature people like me should not join this kind of festival. Fast forward 1 year after that event, I found myself going to the venue with my Apollo water gun, rain coat, goggle and the determination not to get wet in the battle. In short, I attended the 4th Sinchon Water Gun Festival, not just a bystander, but a participant in the battle.





Thanks to trazy.com for organizing the registration for us foreigners. I booked for this a week before the event and for only 20,000 KRW, I got the whole gear for the water fight. The entrance to the festival is actually free, you can just go there with your water gun. What I like about registering to trazy.com is that they provided everything I needed including the use of changing room and a locker. It's a good ideas so people can just leave their bag while they get wet and wild in the battlefield.



The festival runs for 2 days but I attended on the second day. The whole road at the area of Yonsei-ro right in front of the exit 2 of Sinchon Station was blocked just to give way for this event. As soon as I arrived, I already felt the youthful vibe. The kids/millennial/teenagers were still preparing the battleground for the water fight, and I realized I was too early. I proceeded to the ticketing booth to claim my package. Since I was too early, there’s no long line yet. In fairness, everything's organized at the ticketing booth. No hassle in claiming or buying the items needed for the event. Water gun vendors are also everywhere in the area. Depending on the type of the water gun, you can buy from as cheap as 6,000 won up to 15,000 won.



The changing room is not really what I expected because it’s not actually a room. They just put up some tent where you can enter and change. The locker room is also not a room and not a locker either. It’s just an open steel divider installed in an open area where the staffs are in charge to assign a number to your belongings, put it in one big plastic bag and pile it up according to your locker number. But I just put away all my expectations. I just let it passed and went to the main event, the water gun fight!




In the middle of the road, there stands a big pirate ship, probably to give some hype. Apparently, the pirate ship is not just a props, it actually has an area where some entertainers in the festival perform. At the top of the ship, there’s the sound system, a DJ and camera men to document the event.
Of course, my favorite part is the battle ground. It feels so good to shoot people with water from my water gun without them getting offended. Try doing that at random people in the street and see if you will not get a punch or two. The downside is, while you are free shooting other people with water, they are also free to fire back at you, and of course, you are not allowed to get pissed off. No Killjoy here.



But it was fun, fun, fun. People were dancing and shouting and enjoying the splash of water from the fire truck. I was wearing a raincoat but I found it completely futile. At the end of it all, I was all wet but happy with the experience. Aside from the water gun fight, there’s also a DJ party right in front of the pirate ship where people enjoyed good music and more water.



I was too busy enjoying the splashing of water all over the area that I temporarily forgot it was summer and it was hot.  The Sinchon Water Gun Festival has proven that you don’t need to go to the beach to ward off the heat of the summer because you can actually have fun under the heat of the sun even in the middle of the city.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions About Working In Korea (For EPS workers)

My blogpost on How to Apply As Factory Worker in Korea has been flooded with a lot of questions about working in Korea. Some of the questions have been repeatedly asked and I can’t afford to answer all of it especially if it is a repeating question. So I decided to make a separate article about it and hope this answers some of the most common questions of people.

These are the questions usually asked by people who are interested in working in South Korea. Once and for all, I will provide an answer on this page. Please note that the answers to these questions are based on my experience, on the facts that I've read and from other people who know the whole application process. I have here only 10 questions, if your question is not included, you can always leave a comment below.





1.       Can I work in Korea even if I have a tattoo?

Apparently, this is the most asked question. A lot of people are wondering if it’s allowed to have a tattoo in Korea. I have friends who have tattoo, I have workmates who have tattoo and I know a lot of people working in Korea with a tattoo, so YES. You can definitely work in Korea even if you have a tattoo. But, but, but…. Medical examination is strict. You will undergo medical exam in the Philippines and in Korea. My point is, we know the risk of having a tattoo right? You can get contagious disease especially if the needle was not properly sanitized. If by any unlucky chance you acquired a disease because of that, you may not be able to work in Korea not because you have a tattoo but because you fail the medical examination. So you must be extra careful with that.

2.       When is the schedule of Korean Language Exam for EPS?

There is no definite schedule for this. Sometimes, it’s once a year, sometimes it’s twice a year and sometimes, none. The schedule of examination is announced by HRD Korea and the POEA in Manila will then disseminate the information and open the registration for the examination. Again, there’s no exact date for this. If Korea feels the need to hire foreign workers, then that’s the time they will schedule an examination and it could be at any time of the year. You need to watch out for the announcement.

3.       Do I need a certificate of Korean Language in order to take the exam?

The only requirement to take the exam is your registration number. Once you were able to register at POEA for the exam, all you need to do is get your registration number and show up during the examination. You don’t need to enroll in Korean Language centers. You can study for yourself or you can take crash courses in Korean Language. You don’t need a certificate to take the exam.

4.       How much is the salary of Factory Workers in Korea?

The basic salary of a factory worker in Korea to date is 1,260,000 KRW or around 40,000 pesos. That is the salary if you work 8 hours a day from Monday to Friday. But if there’s ovetime work on weekend and on a daily basis, you can get up to 2,000,000 KRW which is around 80,000 pesos in the Philippine money. The more you work, the more money you get.

5.       Will the company shoulder the food and accommodation?

This one depends on the company. It is not a requirement for them to shoulder your food and your accommodation. But usually, I think most companies in Korea, do shoulder the food and accommodation for the convenience of the workers. However, some companies may deduct a small amount from your salary for the electricity or water bill maybe. Although it’s stated in the contract that you have free accommodation, if it’s just small amount, like let’s say around 50,000 won, then just give it up. As for the food, they usually serve only Korean food. So expect a lot of veggies and kimchi. Just eat it, it’s healthy anyway.

6.       How long is the contract of an EPS worker in Korea?

Again, this one depends on the company who selected you. Some one year, some two years but mostly it’s 3 years. After 3 years, your visa will expired but it can also be extended for another 1 year and 10 months. If you happen to work in one company for straight 4 years and 10 months, you may go back to Korea as a sincere worker and you will work under the same company. That is if your sajangnim approves it.

7.       What is the usual work of an EPS worker?

Well you should not expect that much. As an EPS worker, you can’t afford to just sit and be pretty all day in the factory. This is a 3D environment. But not all is hard though. It’s just “paswerte-swerte”. Some workers assigned to hard jobs and others are for easy jobs. Usually, works in factory include operating a machine, packaging, QA and sometimes, janitor…. You must be flexible for this job.

8.       How much do I need to spend for the application process?

I have a breakdown of the expenses on my other post but I think you need to prepare around 40,000 pesos. This includes all the fees you need to pay at POEA, your plane ticket, you fare, medical exams and pocket money. Don’t worry, you will get back in one month time when you start working in Korea.

9.       Which agency should I go to apply as a factory worker in Korea?

None. There’s no agency for EPS. This is a government to government agreement which means all transaction from the registration up to the application must only be done in the premise of POEA in Manila. If there’s an agency offering a factory work in Korea, say NO immediate. There’s no authorized agency nowadays to hire Filipino workers for Korea. So beware!

10.   What if I don’t like my job or my company or my boss? What should I do?

There’s this thing called RELEASE. However, there are only three qualifications for a Release. First is if your company filed a bankruptcy, second if you were verbally abused, and third if you were physically abused. Other reasons such as you don’t like your job, or if it’s too hard for you, or if you don’t like the people you work with are not valid reasons for a RELEASE. You can only get a release if your Sajangnim or boss agrees to it. Otherwise, you can’t just leave the company as easy as that. So what you should do is to talk to your boss, state your problem, and who knows, he will grant you your freedom

For now, these are the 10 questions frequently asked. Maybe next time I can add more questions to this page. Or if you have other questions related to working in South Korea, you may add it up to the comment and I will try to answer as best as I could.

Thank you.
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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Art of Establishing FriendSHEEP at Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm (대관령 양떼목장)

Do you know the place called Pyeongchang in South Korea?

Pyeongchang is a city in the province of Gangwondo, and  if you don’t know about it yet, it’s the venue for the 2018 Winter Olympics. For the time being, Pyeongchang is just an ordinary place, in 2018, everybody will be talking about it and it will become special. Aside from the anticipated Winter Olympics, Pyeongchang houses a very important treasure that tourists and locals will surely love to visit, it's a place called Daegwallyeong Sheep Ranch.





Oh wait, a sheep ranch in Korea?

It's quite unusual right? It does exist and it's the only sheep ranch in Pyeongchang. I am not sure if there are other sheep ranches somewhere in South Korea, but this one is believed to be the largest and it is privately owned. The only downside is that it’s so far when you come from Seoul. We traveled more than 3 hours from the city. We traveled as a group, thanks to Goh Travel Korea for organizing the tour to that side of Korea because I think I'll find it hard to commute. It was such a long trip but when we arrived at the ranch, this view welcomed us.



For a second, I thought I was in New Zealand. Not that I have been there, it's just that, I saw photos of New Zealand and how it looks like with its green pasture and peaceful ambiance. The sheep ranch is so huge, it has an area of 195 k㎡ and it features more than 200 sheeps. We were just so lucky because we visited the ranch at the peak of its grazing season. The view of the sheeps roaming around the green plain is the common scene you can see in the area. Usually, grazing season is during late May to early October, so it is best to visit the ranch at this point of time.

What we did during our visit is that, we walked, we walked, we also walked and of course, we walked. Nothing beats the joy of walking in the green fields. We took photos here and there, we talked and laughed and we just enjoyed the serenity of the place.



The main event was to make friends with the sheep. The sheep in general are actually shy and timid. It's hard to make friends with them because either they are busy eating the grasses or they just don't like you. I've never had a close encounter with a lot of sheep before but the sheep at Daegwallyeong are extra friendly especially if you bring them gift, and by gift I mean the hay, the precious hay.



For some reason, I was jealous with the sheep because they don't do anything except to eat, to sleep and to stay cute for the curious visitors. All of them, small and big ones, were all bloated. What a joy to live in a green pasture, yeah? Some of the sheep are not lucky enough to enjoy the green grass because they’re actually caged in one area so people can just go to them and feed them with the hay. They’re under the mercy of the visitors; people just randomly feed the sheep they want to be friend with.  And as for the sheep, they don’t care who you are, where you from, what you did, as long as you have hay for them, they will be an instant friend for you.


I can’t get enough of the sheep and the view, but since we have consumed a lot of time already on our travel and we still have another place to visit in our itinerary, we need to end our friendsheep and move on. It was such a fun trip, it’s nice to get along with the sheep and we enjoyed the whole ranch experience.



We finished the sheep feeding tour at around 1 pm. We didn't know we spent a good more than an hour at the ranch. We were starving at that time so we decided to head on to the entrance of the ranch because there are restaurants and stores there. It's a good idea to put up food booths at the entrance of the ranch because feeding the sheep will definitely make you hungry. There are variety of food you can buy like Korean food, ttok and guess what, grilled lambs. But I didn't eat the lamb because I just befriended some of their family members, I feel guilty.... ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

If you want to go to this ranch, you can check the address:

483-32, Daegwallyeongmaru-gil, Daegwannyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do
강원도 평창군 대관령면 대관령마루길 483-32

For the commuters, you can take an intercity bus to to Hoenggye (횡계) from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal. From Hoenggye Intercity Bus Terminal, take a taxi to the farm. Taxi fare is about 8,000 won.

Admission Fees

[Individuals]
Adults: 4,000 won / Children & Teenagers (ages 6-19): 3,500 won / Seniors (ages 65 and above) & People with Disabilities: 2,000 won

[Group]
Adults: 3,500 won / Children & Teenagers (ages 6-19): 3,000 won / Seniors & People with Disabilities: 2,000 won



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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Mga Uri ng Pinoy Factory Workers sa Korea Memes

Disclaimer:  These memes do not intend to humiliate or mock the Filipino factory workers in Korea. I created these memes just for fun. We could not so serious all the time, right?

Ano ba ang galawang pinoy pagdating sa trabaho sa Korea?


Kanya kanyang personalidad, kanya kanyang pag uugali at higit sa lahat, kanya kanyang diskarte para mairaos ang isang araw ng bakbakan sa trabaho. Narito ang ilan sa mga memes na maaring makapagbigay ngiti dahil alam mong relate na relate ka dito. Alamin kung saan ka napapabilang.











































































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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Summer MUD-ness and SHELL-fie at Daecheon Beach (대천해수욕장)

You know it is summer when all roads lead to the beach!!!

I can’t argue when people say that beach is the primary choice of people to go to every summer. In Korea, there are a lot of beaches you can visit to celebrate your summer. I’ve been to Haeundae in Busan, Muchangpo and Daecheon beach.

At the seashore of Daecheon beach


This time, I am going to talk about the Daecheon Beach (대천해수욕장). It is actually located in Chungcheongnam-do Province. It is 3.5 Km long and 100 meters wide. I like the sands in this beach because it is not only white, it has also some sea elements like clamshells and starfish. When we walked along the seashore, shells and starfish are everywhere.

Picking up clamshells and starfish


Unlike most of the beaches we know, Daecheon beach doesn’t have blue waters. It’s not even as clear as crystal. It’s actually yellowish because of the abundance of mud. Yes, it’s a muddy beach, but don’t be afraid, it’s not a simple mud. The mud at Daecheon beach is rich in mineral which is good for the skin. In fact, people go to this place just to cover their body with thick mud as it helps improve the look of the skin. It even heals some skin disorders. Because of the popularity of its mud, Boryeong Mud Festival is celebrated in this beach every month of July.

Jump shot at the muddy Daecheon Beach


Since then, Daecheon Beach has become a tourist spot and people come not only during the festival, or summer, but all throughout the year. Aside from the mud, the shells and beach itself, people can also go to the parks near it like the Jogak(sculpture) Park or Dol (stone) park.

The giant stones (dol) at the beach

As for the accommodation, some people just put up some tent at the seashore. But if you want to stay overnight and sleep comfortably, there are a lot of inns, hotels and motels in front of the Daecheon beach. There are also restaurants, cafes and bars near the area. So basically, everything is available in the area.

To go to Daecheon beach, you can head on to this address:

123, Meodeu-ro, Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do
충청남도 보령시 머드로 123 (신흑동

If you will go there via public transportation, you need to get off at Daecheon Beach station, and from Daecheon Station or Boryeong Intercity Bus Terminal, take a bus bound for Daecheon Beach.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Walking Down Memory Lane of Korea’s History at The Independence Hall of Korea (독립기념관)in Cheonan

Cheonan City.

Known as the transportation hub of South Korea.

Famous for its Hodu Gwaja (Walnut cookies).

Not a major tourist destination.

But, it could be an amazing place to visit when you are in Korea.

Cheonan is more or less 2 hours away from Seoul if you travel via Subway, and if you are in Korea to travel, most probably you have no intention to go to this City.

But why I am promoting Cheonan?

It is because one of the most important museums in Korea is located in this City. I am talking about The Independence Hall of Korea(독립기념관). It is a big place, no, not big, it’s actually huge. If you have visited War memorial park in Seoul, it has the same sentiment as that but it’s way bigger and way intense when it comes to explaining about the history of Korea and how it gained its independence against the oppressors.

The Independence Hall of Korea
There are a lot of things to see in this place. The major attraction so far is the Seven Exhibition Halls. I also like the 4D theatre because you can watch a movie in 4D for FREE! There’s a monument of the Nation too, the Grand hall of the nation, the Grand Square of the nation, and a lot of other facilities that commemorates the struggle of Korea to achieve the freedom. As I’ve said, it’s a huge compound, and there’s much you can do in a large space. It took me the whole day just to explore the place. You just can’t go there and spend 2 or 3 hours because I tell you, that’s not enough. For a big place like this, you must be there for the whole day if you want to fully explore the area.

I think the heart of this place is actually on the 7 exhibition halls. I actually visited every single hall because I want to know the history of Korea. In the Exhibition Hall 1, I felt like I’ve entered a jewelry store or an antique shop because this hall displays artifacts of Korea way back 5,000 years ago. This was before the Joseon Dynasty. I can’t help but be amazed with the precious and history-rich artifacts in the building.

Exhibition Hall Number 1


The Exhibition hall number 2 is a little bit harsh. In this hall, I saw collections of historical pieces that tell a story about how Japanese invaded Korea in the 19th Century. In Exhibition Hall Number 3, I saw photographs and evidences of how Koreans organized movements to regain their independence.

Exhibition Hall Number 3


The exhibition hall number 4 on the other hand shows historical records about the independence movements that had been organized during the 1910s. One of the movements was the famous Independence Movement that Korea is celebrating every 1st of March. The Exhibition Hall number 5, I saw images and dioramas that tell story about the resistance of the Independence Movement. The Exhibition Hall Number 6 focuses on the movements against the Japanese colonial rule.

Exhibition Hall Number 6
And Exhibition Hall number 7 is kind of interactive hall because you can actually hear, feel and experience the history of Korea through the state-of-the art technology installed in the hall.


Exhibition Hall Number 7
The Indepence Hall of Korea is not just all about the 7 Exhibition Halls. Although for me, it’s enough attraction for a day tour, but there are still a lot of things you can do. The monuments are so awesome to see. The artificial lake is a good place to contemplate and the open area is big enough if you just want to walk around with overlooking beautiful natural scenery.



If you want to visit The Independence Hall of Korea, it is actually located at this address:
95, Sambang-ro, Mokcheon-eup, Dongnam-gu, Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do 
충청남도 천안시 동남구 목천읍 삼방로 95 (목천읍).

If you go there via public transportation, you can get off at Cheonan Bus Terminal or at Cheonan Station of Subway Line Number 1. Then take the  intercity bus bound for Jincheon (진천). You can get off at The Independence Hall of Korea (독립기념관, Dongnip Ginyeomgwan).

You can also take Bus numbers 400 or 402. A city bus tour is also available right in front of Cheonan Station. This tour bus will take you to The Independence Hall of Korea and to other tourist destination in Cheonan.

I guess The Independence Hall of Korea is a book in action because it tells story of how Korea regained it’s independence which plays a vital role in how it is today as a nation. The entrance free if absolutely FREE. For me, this is perfect for kids who are studying Korean history, but it’s also a good venue to visit if you are interested to learn about Korea in a not so boring way.
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