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Korea Photobook + Top 5 Memories

korea photobook

It’s been three months since I visited Korea but I still laugh at the memories we have created at that country. It’s already unforgettable since this is where I traveled solo for the first time – even if it was only for a short 1.5 days, but even more so when my friend and her family arrived. You’d probably seen her around in my blog since I travelled to Hong Kong and other local places with her.

I think this is a fitting way to start my Seoul Searching 2016 travel series, since I started to you guys how Hong Kong culture shocked me. I’ll just list down the five unforgettable moments we had in Korea.

Where the heck are the escalators?

I am not exaggerating when I say that I don’t remember seeing much escalators at Korea – I only remember the ones in the airport! Even elevators are rare – and they are hidden away. I haven’t climbed stairs like that since never. I probably climbed up and down more than 20 flights of stairs a day. I forgot what day it was when we decided to screw stairs and walked towards the elevator. The only ones in it besides us are the elderly. We were kind of huffing and puffing while the elders were all chill. Once we came out of it, we just burst out laughing. Yuna’s brother even pretended to have a hard time walking to justify our elevator trip lol.

Everland was really, really, really crowded.

Coming from someone who likes being in a mosh pit in a rock concert, the crowd at Everland surprised me a lot. We arrived around 4 PM, and the crowd was still insane. Everland is a huge theme park, but it’s still crowded as heck. I even got separated from Yuna and her brother when passing through a street that has a performance going on. I had to literally push my way out. I think I end up riding only three rides – and one was because a fast pass. That’s how many people there are.

We almost ended up sleeping in a train station.

Continuing our Everland adventure, it just made sense that the bus ride back home would have a long line. It was 10PM, cold as heck, and we haven’t had dinner. We decided to take a bus going to this other station rather than Gangnam since it has no lines. We thought it’ll only take half an hour or so, before finding out it’ll take around an hour. And the last train leaving the station will be in exactly an hour. I wasn’t able to sleep the entire bus ride and we ended up literally running towards the train station and inside the train. It closed just as we got in and slumped in our seats. My heart was racing so fast and we all just sighed loudly in relief. We would have ended up either sleeping at the station or paying outrageous fees for a taxi, if we didn’t make it.

FOOD.

Oh my god, guys. I could gush all day about Korean food. Even their McDonald’s bulgogi burger was amazing. I’m pretty sure I spent half of my pocket money on food alone. We even spent around 100,000 KRW at a barbeque dinner in Myeongdong and it was so worth it. After that delicious dinner, we then sampled the street food all over – it was our last night! We had the egg buns (forgot what it was called), mochi, seaweed, pomegranate juice, beef jerky, chicken skewers, ice cream, crepes, etc. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. My number one reason if I’ll ever go back is their food. And that’s the truth.

We almost wasn’t able to leave Korea.

We got to the airport early – around 8 AM when our flight is almost 1 PM. Still, we almost missed our flight! It’s so crazy. We roamed around the airport for a while and had a big lunch at one of the restaurants. We were mostly spending up our remaining Korean won so we really had a feast before we go. We spent so much time eating our food before we remembered that we’re still not checked in! And the line for the immigration was so long! We ended up sprinting towards the gate. And of course our gate is the farthest one out. I think we got there ten minutes before the plane closed. We took five minutes to catch our breath before going inside the plane!

The list might seem like complaints – except for the food one, duh – but these are the memories we laugh at when talking about our Seoul Trip. Sometimes, the misadventures end up to be the best travel stories. But honest to God, my anxiety levels was off the charts for #3 that I was so giddy when we finally arrived at our AirBNB around 1 to 2 AM and have convenience store food as dinner – FYI, their convenience store food are also amazing! No surprise there.

I’d also share to you guys my Korea photobook lay-out here as a preview for my future posts because I am officially starting my backlogs for my trip. Future posts will be about our autumn trip to Seoul, South Korea!

 

Have you been to Korea?

xoxo, Richel V.

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44 Comments

  • Reply
    Kelly Jessica
    May 6, 2017 at 8:03 AM

    Should I prepare my legs when I visit Korea? Huhuhu. Ang tagal pa ng 2018, kating kati na ako bumisita. Hahaha! Your stories are exciting me, Ate! Hihi.

    Also, I love the Photobooks!

    P.S. I hope you do a AirBNB blog post soon! I mean like, I wanna try AirBNB but I’m scared because it might also be a scam. Helpful tips sana! Hehe.

    xx,
    Kelly

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      May 8, 2017 at 10:30 AM

      Hi Kelly,

      My next post would probably be about my AirBNB stay last weekend. Hehe. I’ll keep that in mind! 🙂

      Yes, girl. Dapat nagcacardio ka na before ka pumunang Korea. Lahat kami sumuko – though ang dami rin naman kasing nakalagay sa itinerary namin ahhaha.

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    Rejoyce Canaynay
    April 17, 2017 at 10:06 AM

    I see escalators naman with stairs on the side. Hahaha! It’s the elevator that is hard to find especially going to the airport. Thank goodness they have a walkway for your luggage kahit struggle itulak ang 20kg luggage bag mo. Hahaha!

    No to Korean food! hahaha! Everything is so spicy! It’s a BIG NO NO for me! No spice pero maanghang. Mild lang pero maanghang. I definitely need to remember that anything orange in the menu is SPICY!

    I wanted to try the bus kaso we find it hard to do so, since n lang yung locations and directions sa mga stops. 🙁

    love,
    rej | rejcanaynay.com

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      April 19, 2017 at 10:48 AM

      Gurl, rare pa rin ang escalators. Haha. It’s a good thing that there was an elevator on the MRT exit near my hostel or I’d be hauling my baggage up and down two-three flights of stairs, lol.

      Hahaha! But their non-spicy food are soooo good! I love their chicken, and most street foods. And their bbq! Have you tried? It’s still the best for me. Definitely eating that again when I go back to Korea.

      I think I only used the bus for Everland since walang choice hehe. The rest are all trains and a looooot of walking!

  • Reply
    Pia
    February 20, 2017 at 10:20 PM

    Your photos look so good! Definitely going to plot a visit to Korea later this year or next year, now. Maybe the lack of escalators/elevators help keep Koreans fit? Haha! I’ve never been to Korea so I’ve never tasted authentic Korean food, but reading you gush about them really makes me want to go!

    http://pepperonipia.com

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      February 21, 2017 at 1:11 PM

      Yeah, we think so too! We probably would have lost a few pounds if their food weren’t so good. If I’m ask to what people can do in Korea, I’d probably say 1. go on a foodtrip and 2. buy lots of make-up. Haha!

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    Karen
    January 28, 2017 at 11:37 PM

    I haven’t been to Korea, but I hope I’ll visit it someday! I totally agree with you when you said the misadventures end up to be the best travel stories. It wouldn’t be a trip without the misadventures, I think!

    BTW, I love your new blog logo! 🙂

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      January 30, 2017 at 12:16 PM

      And the misadventures are the ones that always bring out a laugh!

      Thanks, tho, I changed my blog logo again. Hehe.

  • Reply
    About Bae
    January 28, 2017 at 10:51 PM

    Richel, the photos are beautiful!! I don’t know if it was your life long dream to go to Korea, but I’m so happy that you finally visited the country!! You put so much work in your photos and I’m so impressed. And you say you lack creativity? Girl, give yourself some credit. haha! Wish I could do the same with Jec and I’s photobook, a digital version, too, im just not sure how to!

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      January 30, 2017 at 12:32 PM

      Thanks, Bae!! My life long dream is a Eurotrip and to live in NYC, hehehe. Thanks, gurl! The editor I used was a life saver since it’s great for newbies. Haha! You can save it as a PDF. That’s what I did. Not sure if there’s any software for that.

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    Teesh Osita
    January 27, 2017 at 12:39 PM

    #1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! is literally my #1 complaint too!!!

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      January 27, 2017 at 1:03 PM

      If their food wasn’t so good, I was sure I would have lost some weight!

  • Reply
    Heide
    January 24, 2017 at 5:59 PM

    Your memories about Korea sure are funny, especially the one about the elevator. Haha… I’m planning to go to Korea, too, and I’ll make sure to try that McDonald’s bulgogi you are gushing about. 😉

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      January 25, 2017 at 1:17 PM

      Everytime my friends and I go, there’s always something funny to remember lol. Ugh. Now I’m craving for a bulgogi burger.

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    Mitzie Mee
    January 23, 2017 at 10:05 PM

    Aren’t the craziest memories the best? I’ve been to Korea several times, but it’s been very long since my last proper visit (more than just a couple of nights. Though tomorrow, I’m traveling to Korea, so your post was right on time!

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      January 24, 2017 at 1:02 PM

      You’re probably in Korea by now! Sweet! Can’t wait to read all about your adventures. 🙂

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    Mica
    January 23, 2017 at 9:53 AM

    It sounds like a great adventure! And although there were some scary moments it all worked out perfectly in the end – definitely a good trip when you have lots of stories to share 🙂

    Hope you have a great week ahead of you 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      January 23, 2017 at 11:26 AM

      I tend to attract weird experiences when abroad. Haha! My mom told me to stop travelling when I shared that we were almost left behind by the plane, lol. Have a great week ahead, Mica! <3

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    Kai
    January 23, 2017 at 8:26 AM

    Makes me wanna go to Korea af. I wanna see where their palace is, I mean yung lagi nila pinag taping-an ng Kdramas. Also, the beautiful Han river. 😀

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      January 23, 2017 at 11:19 AM

      Do it! The great thing about the palaces is magkakatabi lang sila! Hahaha! Wasn’t able to go to Han River though. Next time, hopefully.

  • Reply
    Danica Rama
    January 22, 2017 at 12:02 PM

    omg i love your Photobook!!! I even showed it to my sisters because they’re obsessed with Kdramas. I’ve read you used Photoscape to layout your photos, hooooooow? I mean the sizing and all? hehe 😛

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      Richel Vergara
      January 23, 2017 at 11:21 AM

      I just make them a square hahaha. Photobook PH has a software that helps auto-adjust the images so it was just a drag and drop after the editing in Photoscape. 😀 Does that make sense? lol.

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    Bia S.
    January 21, 2017 at 8:45 PM

    You’re so lucky to have been able to visit Korea already. That’s just one of the places that I wish to visit soon! I enjoyed viewing your photobook btw, very nice shots! What camera do you use?

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      January 23, 2017 at 11:25 AM

      Let me know if you do! I’d love to read your posts about it. <3 Most of the photos were taken with an iPhone 5S. Some of the shots were taken with my Sony A5000 - I was too lazy to keep taking photos with it, lol.

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    Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's
    January 20, 2017 at 8:41 PM

    My friends and I want to visit Korea together so badly! My roomie and I have never been 😮 We’re in the works of planning a trip in May 🙂 Your photo book is so charming! Do you usually make photo books for your travels? 😀 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

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      Richel Vergara
      January 23, 2017 at 11:10 AM

      Hopefully you guys get to go! 🙂 Thank you! This is the first one I’ve made but I’m currently in the works on making one for my past travels.

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    Andi
    January 20, 2017 at 12:15 AM

    Wow, you finally posted your Korea trip!! And the pictures are awesome and exciting!!! I dream to visit Jeju island actually. But wearing those traditional costumes is cool too and looks nice. I hope, when I visit, there will be escalators that day. LOLJK.

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      January 20, 2017 at 12:05 PM

      I want to give Jeju Island a try, too, and it’s a plus that it’s VISA-free! Haha.

      Low-key thinking that the reason Koreans are so fit is because they have to climb a lot of stairs, walk a lot + healthy food. Lol.

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        Andi
        January 21, 2017 at 12:02 AM

        Go for it na! (expecting Jeju blog soon)

        • Reply
          Richel Vergara
          January 23, 2017 at 11:08 AM

          Next year na! More on savings this year! Hehehe.

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    Tannya Aditya
    January 19, 2017 at 3:59 PM

    you surely had so many adventures in korea! i’m jealous right here! an you made a great photobook too. oh. amazeballs <3 the almost sleep in train station part got me freaked out a little. i feel you, man.

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      Richel Vergara
      January 19, 2017 at 5:28 PM

      Thank you, Tannya! <3 My stress levels was off the hook since I was in charge of the itinerary and was the one who suggested we take a different bus route. Hahaha! And I was mentally prepping myself to sleep at the train station since the taxi bill would be so high since we need to take two if ever. Hahahuhu.

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    renalexis01
    January 19, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    Hay, I would love to go to Korea someday! It’s becoming a dream now that I’m getting hooked with almost every Kdrama I watch. I hope I can go there soooon!!! And also, your photobook is adorbs!!! Where’d you get it?

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      Richel Vergara
      January 19, 2017 at 12:31 PM

      I’m not into KDrama much, but my friend is so we end up taking photos in cafes or locations where they shot. Haha. Thanks, Renee! I ordered it via Photobook Philippines and edited it using their software and Photoscape. I lowkey wish I know how to use Photoshop so it’ll be better. Haha.

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    Da Dominguez
    January 19, 2017 at 8:44 AM

    I really feel bad for not documenting our SoKor and Jeju trip back in ’14 and ’15. Yes, I had photos, but I wasn’t taking notes about the details! 🙁 Haha. But would definitely love to come back to that country! I share your sentiments with the escalators and elevators! It’s like they’re strategically placed so people won’t use them often. Haha

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      Richel Vergara
      January 19, 2017 at 9:59 AM

      I can remember little things – especially since my friend and I still talk about it so the memories are fresh! Haha. I want to give Jeju a try though. Do you have a blog post about that? 🙂 IKR! They’re literally at the ends of the corridors. But my lazy ass decided to walk horizontally than vertically so I always end up finding them if I’m too tired. lol.

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        Da Dominguez
        January 19, 2017 at 12:25 PM

        I wasn’t back to blogging at the time. 🙁 And since it’s more than a year ago, I vaguely remember some of the details (like the name of the restaurant we ate at, the amount we used for food, etc.). It sucks, I know. Haha.

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          Richel Vergara
          January 19, 2017 at 12:40 PM

          Awww. 🙁 To be fair, I don’t know any name of the restaurant we ate at, only the bbq one since we really searched that restaurant out haha.

  • Reply
    The Nerdy Me
    January 19, 2017 at 12:16 AM

    I love your photobook! It looks so pretty and amazing. Also, your little almost missed plane accident reminds me of my trip to Gdansk when we overslept our flight and had to find alternative way to go back home. It was a lot of stress because I had exam the next day, so imagine my anxiety 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      January 19, 2017 at 12:38 PM

      Thanks, Leta! Aww. That sucked that you missed your flight. My savings would probably curse me out if we ever did missed our flight. Our only option then would have been to get another flight. Our baggage would get home before we do. lol. Were you able to make it back in time for your exam? 😮

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        The Nerdy Me
        January 19, 2017 at 7:38 PM

        Yeah, good thing that we did get back home on time 🙂 But I promised myself to never ever hit snooze button before a flight, haha 🙂

        • Reply
          Richel Vergara
          January 20, 2017 at 11:23 AM

          Glad to hear you got back in time! But that would really be stressful, hahaha.

  • Reply
    louellalunas
    January 18, 2017 at 11:27 PM

    I LOVE THE PHOTOBOOK!!! Did you design it yourself? Stupid question. Hahaha. I mean did you do the layouts? Amazing!! Makes me want one too when I get to travel! Hahaha. I hope to see more of your photobooks, Richel!! <3 <3

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      Richel Vergara
      January 19, 2017 at 12:35 PM

      Thanks!! <3 Yeah, I was able to design it myself with the help of Photoscape. I wish I know how to use Photoshop!! That would have been cooler. Haha. Currently working on my Hong Kong and Singapore photobooks now. <3

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