Perth Paradise and Sugar Beach, Sipalay, Negros: BB’s Summer Sweet Escape

Way back 2014 my girlfriends and I decided to finally check the underrated Sipalay on our travel bucket list. We were so thirsty for adventure and the beach vibe that time that we ended up spending our long weekend in a less crowded and not so popular part of Negros Occidental, the Sipalay. Continue reading “Perth Paradise and Sugar Beach, Sipalay, Negros: BB’s Summer Sweet Escape”

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Street Eats to Try in South Korea

Korean street foods

Whenever I travel I make sure that I try to immerse myself to the cultures and traditions of the place I visit. Though my travel buddy and I loves matching outfits and to eat our “baons” (packed snacks and canned goods) whenever we travel, as ‘turistas’ we always make sure that wherever we are, we try to talk to the locals, dress like the locals, and try the foods that the locals eat.

Speaking of foods, we are not that type of travelers who spends much for food alone. We always look for something cheap yet considered a ‘must try’ and of course something that could satisfy our cravings. So, when we were in South Korea we were worried how we could afford the foods there. Good thing is, many ‘pojangmacha‘ –street carts are found around the city that serves affordable and appetizing Korean flavors in bite size.

So, here are some of the most known street foods that you must also try in the streets of South Korea.

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1. Odeng (Eumok Tang)

These are fishcakes in skewers that are served best with hot broth. The broth that could cure hangovers is infused with gentle seafood and spring onions. You’ll surely love the taste of these skewers and its soup especially when the weather is cold. This is actually my street-eat fave.

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2. Korean Spicy Chicken Skewers (Dakkkochi)

This is a type of Korean chicken kebab on a stick. The spicy-sweet sauce adds a great taste to the grilled meat.

Tempura Prawns

3. Tempura Prawns

These are deep fried prawns wrapped in crunchy batter.

Baked cheese

4. Baked Cheese

Though it is called baked cheese, it’s more of a grilled mozzarella cheese and rice cakes since it’s prepared on an oiled griddle. It tastes pretty good fresh off the grill, but once it cools, it taste a bit like oily rubber. These skewers cost ₩3,000 a piece.

Gyeran-bbang

5. Gyeran-Bbang (Egg Bread)

This is sweet, hot, and fluffy little loaf of bread with a whole baked egg on top and a dusting of parsley. You can also see this in carts in the streets of Korea.

Korean Fish cake

6. Fish Cake (Eumok)

This deep fried rectangular skewer is made of ground white fish, potato starch, vegetables, and sugar.

7. Hweori Gamja (Tornado Potato)

Twisted potato, skewered, dipped in a light flour batter, deep-fried to a golden hue, tossed with a sprinkling of cheese powder, and finished with a blaze of sweet mustard sauce. This tornado will surely disappear in seconds. There are other flavors one can try like the barbecue, cheese, and plain salted.

8. Gimbap/Kimbap

This is the Korean street version of sushi roll wrapped with a seaweed (gim) and filled with steamed white rice (bap) and various ingredients such as kimchi, cheese, vegetables, pickles and meat. All the ingredients are rolled into the gimbap and serve in bite-size slices. This can be eaten as a on-the go snack or as a meal.

9. Tteokbokki (Spicy Rice Cakes)

This chewy rice cake is also called as teokbokki, ddeokbokki, topokki. If you hate spice, then skip this one. Tteokbokki comes with a sauce called gochujang, a sweet spicy red pepper sauce that is used extensively in Korean dishes. This can be served in a stick or a bowl with additional ingredients such as eggs, cheese, or noodles. 1 bowl cost ₩ 5, 000.

10. Boneless Chicken Feet (Dak-bal)

This boneless chicken feet is marinated and fried with a spicy sauce. It has a chewy texture when eaten. This one is very popular among Korean women because of its rich collagen that helps improve the skin.

11. Korean Grilled Cheese Lobster

Who said that good lobster rolls are serve only in fancy restaurants? Enjoy this delicious lobster grilled with cheese melted over the top at ₩15, 000 in the streets of Myeong-dong.

Isaac toast

12. Isaac Egg Toast

One of the most well known Korean breakfast in Seoul is Isaac toast. A long line of tourists and locals can always be spotted that lasts an hour queuing at Myeong-dong. This Korean Egg Toast comes with thinly shredded vegetables, spam and sprinkled with sugar at the end. Isaac toast serves up 7 varieties, including Bulgalbi at ₩ 3,200, Bulgogi ₩2,800, Hot Tteokgalbi ₩ 3,200, Hot Chicken ₩3,000, Steak Ham ₩2,800, Bacon Best ₩2,800 and Ham Special ₩2,400.

13. Korean Fried Chicken (Yangnyeom Tongdak)

KFC is usually called as chikin in Korea. Double-deep fried chicken pieces coated in a slick of sweet or smoky ‘gochujang’ chilli paste, roasted sesame oil, soy, garlic, ginger and vinegar. A stick usually cost for ₩3,000.

I had an opportunity to try every street food when I was in Seoul but the cash I brought was not enough to indulge in all the mouth-watering STREATS. I really regret not trying the grilled cheese lobster, Korean Fried Chicken, hotteok, and many other. So don’t make the same mistake ever. Bring extra dollars/won and make sure that your bank lets you withdraw cash wherever and whenever you like!lol

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Meet me in the yellow fields

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Annyeong! South Korea is one of the many countries that I’m dreaming to step my feet on. The reason of wanting to visit this country is mainly because of the influence of kdrama in my system. (Not to mention the many oppas that I’ve been wanting to meet in person😂)

I’ve been a big fan of korean movies and kseries for the past years (you’ll not be surprised if you’ll try to open my laptop and cp and see loads of kdramas). And this dream came true when my friends booked a ticket to SoKor last year.

My friend booked our ticket via www.cebupacificair.com and our travel period in SoKor was set April 9-18, 2018 just in time to witness cherry blossom festivals in so many places in SoKor. Before we got too excited about the trip, we first processed our South Korea Tourist Visa in the Korean Embassy in Manila (our friend was actually the one who processed our Visa as a group). Unluckily, 4/6 was denied of Korean Visa😭 and one of them was the one who processed it (ang shaket dba?). I’ll tell you the details about the visa processing on my next blog and the reason why they were denied.

Though only the two of us were approved by the Korean Embassy to visit South Korea, we decided to push through this trip (wala ng atrasan). My companion who’s also my very best friend and buwis buhay travel buddy for years added a plan in going to Busan. At first, I really didn’t know why she wanted for us to go there (bakit nga ba?🧐) frankly speaking I didn’t have any idea what Busan is famous of (there’s one pala, the movie Train to Busan which I enjoyed watching…whoa 🧟‍♂️🧟‍♀️are coming lol).

Okay, fast forward when we were already in Busan. On our first day we stroll around Haeundae and Gwanggali beach (I’ll post another blog about the trip in these famous beaches soon). The most exciting part was when we were travelling the next day via train going to Nakdong river where the CANOLA FIELDS are located. Yes! the canola fields, you read it right. There’s a vast of yellow fields in Busan too not just in Jeju island.

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Yuchae, commonly known as canola, is a flower that blooms during Spring time. Nakdong River in Daegu where this Canola fields are located is also famous for its cherry blossom festival during spring.

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Talking with each other much was not included in our train ride that day maybe because of lack of sleep and we we were dog-tired, but that mood was changed when the train was approaching Nakdong river. We could see the vast fields of canola flowers under that bridge and we were in great awe seeing hectares of beautiful yellow flowers. Our hearts was beating so fast becuase of the excitement that we can’t contain. We were actually running in going out the train together with the other turistas and locals who were also excited to go to the fields.

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On our way to the vast fields of canola flowers, we saw many tourist including pupils who were on their field trips. The weather was perfect. It was sunny and the chilly wind touched our skin. And when we arrived at the fields, I was speechless to be surrounded by the vast field of yellow flowers. We giggled and danced around while taking pictures all over the place. It felt so magical and I can’t contain the happiness that I’m feeling that moment. That was the very first time to see the vast fields of canola flowers and I didn’t regret adding this to my bucket list.

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Busan you are a stunner! I will surely not forget the feeling of pure happiness you gave to me.

How to get here

The easiest way to reach this yellow fields is if you have a car. Just use google map, use naver app or turn on your car’s GPS.

By subway and bus

Take Line 3, get off at Manpyeong station, and take Exit 1. From the bus stop take either Bukgu 3 (북구-3) or Chilgok 2 (칠곡-2) and get off at Nogok-dong Station (노곡동 역) bus stop.

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Not just an ordinary wedding.

This is the excerpt for your very first post.

Back in year 2006, the six of us were giggling while eating our icecreams under the shade of the trees. We were actually guessing who will get married first ( and no one really guessed it right).

It was the night (a magical night) when the lady in white gown made her dream come true. Aside from wearing her beautiful smile, the bride was in a beutiful beaded wedding gown that made her look so elegant. All heads were really into her when she walked down the isle that day until when she walked into the grand ballroom with her now husband.

This once in a lifetime event was also the reason for us to be reunited again. Sad to say that one member of the group was not able to attend😢 (hope to see you around ne). I was just so happy as the bride that all my friends were there to witnessed her wedding. Before the night ended, we occupied the dance floor and dance as if we were the only people in that room. And ended the night holding our heels. It was actually a blast! Congrats to one of the chillers! Looking forward for the next bride to be!👰