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Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangbuk-do » Gyeongju April 20th 2014

I need to snap out of my negativity and remember the reasons why I came to Korea in the first place. I love history. At least I think I do. Gyeong-ju is Korea's open air museum with lots of history. So I should be loving this experience. I picked Korea because Korean pop is very popular in the Philippines. Korean songs make it to the top of the weekly countdowns on the radio although nobody understands them. I love Korean movies. I love their type of humor. They can make you laugh without being rude and obscene. I'd hate to be one of those prissy tourists who always complain so I'll put on my happy face. That the landscape is not as stunning is not a problem. You don't get to choose where you're born and ... read more
Cheomsangdae Observatory
cherry blossoms

MISSING April 19th 2014

I left for Korea the same day that I arrived from Canada. Going to Korea first before going home was not an option because I had too much luggage. So I had to unload them in Manila. It’s spring in Korea and I would only be there for a few days so one backpack was enough. After wallowing in my depression and distributing the presents for my family, I slept a little then went back to the airport.Arriving at the Incheon airport, the prices confused me. It was more difficult to compute. 1 PHP=23.8 KRW. I had a much easier time in Canada in mentally computing 1CAD=40PHP. Maybe it’s because of this reversal that things seem more expensive. Or maybe because I was in the airport.I met Mindy and Savitha in the immigration line. They are ... read more
The smog.
Stopover. Those mountains should not be hazy.
My street.

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver April 17th 2014

There were two Korean girls sent to Canada by their father to study. He expected that after finishing their studies they will return home and have successful careers in Korea. The girls finished college, got jobs in Vancouver and became permanent residents of Canada. Their father was so depressed. Things didn't go according to his plan. The daughters felt guilty for their fathers depression. Sent him a ticket to Vancouver and enrolled him in a language school to learn English for one year. As his last day in Canada approached he told his daughters "I now know why you don't want to go back. It's okay. I understand now". It was my last day and I felt so sad to be leaving. On the way back to BC from Alberta I was homesick and wanted to ... read more
Downtown Vancouver at night
where they play hockey
Queen Elizabeth Park

There was a road accident and the bus was late. I was trying to catch the 9AM ferry but it looked like I wouldn’t make it. The bus that was supposed to take us to the port couldn’t make it so another bus that was meant for another route took us instead. There was an old chatty man on the bus. You know how they like to talk about their past adventures. There are times when you just wanna be left alone but out of politeness to the elderly you have to listen to them. The teenagers next to him had that job. The moral lesson that he stressed was “You can do anything you want. Just don’t get caught”. He’s been to jail several times. I don’t think the kids would take his advice. They ... read more
Cherry blossoms
Fairmont Victoria
view from the ferry

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff April 7th 2014

I’ve always wondered what -10C and lower would feel like. Now I know! I went to Lake Louise when the temperature was -13C. It was fine at first. I had a thermal jacket and warmers, sweater, bonnet and gloves. I hate winter clothes. I looked so big with all those layers. Dressing just to go out takes so much time. After about fifteen minutes my toes and fingers hurt. Even when I was wearing two socks on my feet and gloves on my hands. I wanted to go ice skating but I couldn’t bear the cold anymore. Good thing they had a bonfire there. The lake was still frozen in the first week of April. It’s already spring in BC. I don’t know if it is already spring in Alberta. But it certainly doesn’t look like ... read more
Elk crossing the street
Ice Castle!

North America » Canada » Alberta March 25th 2014

I wanted to see Lake Louise after the snow has melted like the one that I saw on a postcard. But alas, it’s already spring and the lake is still frozen. It’s the last week of March and I’m leaving in two weeks so I had to go. The drive to Banff took about fourteen hours. We drove through the highway that could take us straight to Alaska. It is said to be one of the most beautiful highways in the world. I saw a few signs that said US border. I looked out the window but I wasn’t sure if that was already the US that I was looking at. I only saw trees. I’m not sure if that already counts as seeing the US. I have since stopped thinking about how much money I’m ... read more
The Canadian Rockies
The Canadian Rockies
waiting shed.

North America » Canada » British Columbia March 20th 2014

Just because it's in the list of top ten things to do in Vancouver doesn't mean you should go. I went to Burnaby Village Museum. It's a replica of the old British Columbia. They have old houses, banks, grocery store, cinema, train station, train, etc. There were people in costumes assuming the identities of people who lived in the era that they were trying to portray. It was nice to see the antiques and stuff, but it was really just awkward. It was a place where parents take their toddlers. Yup, that kind of place. I was the only adult there that didn't have a kid in tow. The ticket attendant said I should really try the free carousel ride. What a depressing picture if I did. It would have been okay if I had a ... read more
old train
train station in burnaby village museum
old car

North America » Canada » British Columbia March 19th 2014

I've always thought I was the artsy kind. I used to paint and sketch when I was in grade school. I wasn't any good. I took music lessons and play piano, violin, viola and guitar. I never got past beginner level. Then I tried dancing and enjoy doing that until now but I can't dance without copying from the people around me in the studio. I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy Vancouver Art Gallery but since I'm already here and I heard entrance is by donation every Tuesday night, I went. I think the regular entrance fee is about twenty dollars. I gave a three dollar donation. And I think that's just about right. The first floor has paintings. I don't really know anything about paintings but I didn't see anything that I liked. I could ... read more
Vancouver Art Gallery
first day stash
Street food. They love Japadogs

North America » Canada » British Columbia March 17th 2014

Canada just keeps breaking the record of the most beautiful places I've seen. So today I went to Whistler village. It's where the 2010 Winter Olympics happened. They built it in the 1930's and bid for the olympics but it didn't happen until 2010. It's the most charming place I've ever been in my life! It's like im in a dream! Stopped by Shannon Falls on the way there. It was nice and all but really, what's the use if you can't swim and play in the water. It was cold so that was not an option. I went with a Filipino family that moved here two years ago. I used to teach their kids piano when I was in college. Plus with the Filipino hospitality they will take you somewhere. So weekends are booked with ... read more
First Snow angel
I'm a reindeer

North America » Canada » British Columbia March 16th 2014

It is every Filipinos dream to play in the snow. I live in a place where the "coldest" it could get is 20C in January or February. Now is the time to live that dream so off to Mt. Seymour I went. The first ones I saw were by the side of the road. Not exactly pretty. They were the snow that were brushed to the side of the road and salted. I don't know what the salt is for but that is a lot of salt if they had to put salt in the snow every winter. What a waste! They also put sand or something. Maybe so the roads wont be slippery. I have a tendency not to believe when the people telling me are not professional tour guides. That's just me. I was ... read more
Me Fake Skiing
Fake snow mobiling
Totem Poles in Mt. Burnaby

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