“me”

“I am who I am. I’m weird, I’m lame, I run into things, I spill food, I trip, I scream about random & stupid stuff. But, I like it that way.”

-@thenotebookoflove

Korean Aficionado

First things first.
I’m not a Korean.

I’m a true blooded Filipino who was born and raised in the Philippines. I stayed momentarily in Europe and Singapore then eventually migrated somewhere in North America. Moreover, I’ve never been to Korea… and nobody paid me to write this. :p  However, if Koreans would like to treat me with an all expense paid trip to Korea… that would be awesome!  If given the chance, I want to see the Jeju Island, Seoul and the Namsan Tower.

Korean Hanbok

I can’t really understand why am I so hooked with Korean TV Series.. maybe because it’s an excellent stress reliever? Koreans make simple stories into a great feel good and charming series. I’ve finished watching five (5) series plus one (1) in progress. Every episode lasts for an hour and the usual series have 17 to 25 episodes.

Only Hearts of 19 has 160+ episodes. I’m now in the 95th episode but currently I stopped watching so that I can focus in writing entries for my blog site and at the same time, live my life like normal human being should do. :p

Until next time!  Aja!

flying

Europe…
A place that’s seem so far away…
It’s costly to fly and roam around…

It did not even cross my mind…
… I did not even dare to dream…
… I did not even plan to go there…

Out of the blue, a once in a lifetime opportunity knocked at my door… with no double take,  I immediately grab it no matter how tough the process (click here to read the travel for free entry)  was.

After going through the stages of the extensive rigid screening, I managed to clinch one slot. It’s quite a feat! It’s liken to a camel passing through the needle’s hole. Whew! Once I secured the slot, I wrote down my to do list.

Since I was a newbie in flying as well as going overseas, I asked my friend’s advice about the luggage preparation and the airport process. My friend told me that the check in luggage maximum weight is 30 kilos and hand carry is 10 kilos. She said it with conviction that I did not bother to double check. I bought a huge luggage to place all my stuff and opted to have one small bag for hand carry.

My father advised me to travel light and to just bring few clothes but I was already dead set in filling up that 30 kilos. With my checklist on hand, I filled my luggage with tons of clothes, heavy souvenirs, and other personal belongings as if I won’t be returning home anymore.I was too thrilled to remember that I will just stay there for three months. I felt like I will be staying there until the end of time.:p

Once done packing, I did a rough check on my to do list and I was confident that all is well. On the other hand, weighing the luggage totally slipped my mind. Ha! (Imagine what happened at the airport.. Check it out here -> luggage  … )

I was all set and ready to fly, fly away via KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.  My father, stepmom and sister accompanied me to the airport…  and we were extremely early! :p After going through the airport procedure, I finally boarded the plane. I was warned that when the plane prepares for take off, I will experience pain in the ears. So, I brought with me several pack of mentos.

Once seated, I kept popping in my mouth one mentos after another. And you bet, I was ready to fly.  To my amazement, I did not feel any pain. Ha! Is it because of the mentos?  (Hush hush… I heard that the pain can be felt if the airplane is not of “excellent quality”… Must be true huh? :p)

Curious on what happened at the airport? Check out my next article  -> luggage

Dutch angels

It’s the day of our Paris trip and we need to leave the hotel at 4a.m. in order to be at the pick up point on time. Boy, waking up at 3 a.m. and taking off at 4 a.m. during Spring is really tough (I wonder how it feels during the winter? brrrr!).

When we reached the train station, we had a problem getting the ticket from the ticketing machine. The machine requires card or coins and we only have paper bills. We cannot get it from the ticketing office either because it’s still closed.

We asked a Dutch couple (DC) if they have coins to change our paper bill and unfortunately, they don’t have. The DC were terribly concern but they were in a hurry because the wife, who happens to be a flight attendant, needs to catch her flight.

While the DC were waiting for the train, the husband, who is a lawyer, saw the train ticket inspector and discuss our plight with him. He explained that we cannot buy the tickets from the machine and we need to catch our trip to Paris.

Good thing the inspector understood our situation and allowed us to board the train without tickets. He said we’ll get the tickets in our destination. Normally, if you get caught without a ticket you will be fined or even worst, you will be put into jail. I guess, the inspector is a bit lenient to us because we were foreigners as well as students in Maastricht School of Management (MSM).

Bedankt (thanks) to our Dutch angels (DC and the inspector), we were able to reach the pick up point earlier than we have expected. It gave us time to take photos and grab a bite.:)

Next stop… the Eiffel Tower.