Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Hey SEOUL Sisters! (Day 6...The Last!)

It's our Day 6 (Nov. 20), and officially our last day in South Korea. It's really hard to leave this place because I've fallen in love with every little thing about this place. But yeah, I had to face the reality that I couldn't stay there for long, so we just made the most of our last day in Seoul.

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I will miss this place (Pastel's Apartment at 9th flr, Prugio Apartment, Hongdae)
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I'll miss our room (There are photos of those who have already stayed here)Photobucket
our photo upon arrival (stressed much haha)

For our last day, Thina and I just walked around the are (Hongdae) for some last-minute shopping. In a park near Hongik University, a concert was about to happen. But despite having a lot of girls waiting for the concert to start, the place was kinda quiet, which we found weird. Anyway, we also went to the 1st shop of Coffee Prince, the original filming location of one of my favorite Korean dramas, The Coffee Prince. Unfortunately, the place was under renovation. Tsk, that wasn't my lucky day. We also dropped by the Hello Kitty Cafe to buy tumblers. Then we headed back to the apartment, had some snacks, and headed to Incheon Airport. We took the subway 'coz that's cheaper and faster. The subway fare was around 3,850 won from Hongik University station to Incheon International Airport.
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Hello Kitty tumblers
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K-pop concert?
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1st Shop of Coffee Prince
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Yeah, it's Coffee Prince's actual shooting place!
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I wanted to cry tears of joy! haha
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so sad :(
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for me, it's so "magical" haha, I have to enter this place next time!
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Hongik University :)
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I just love Hongdae!
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goodbye Hongdae...goodbye Seoul :(
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ready to go


Before checking in, we filed for tax redemption at the Customs desk. So everytime you shop, remember to tell the cashier that you'll go tax-free so they'll give you a receipt for tax redemption. The customs officer just stamped our receipts then we headed to the check-in counter to check-in our luggage. Cebu Pacific is very strict when it comes to check-in time so better be there early. Also, make sure that you do not exceed your baggage allowance if you don't wanna repack all of your stuff in front of a lot of people at the check-in counters. It's advisable that you bring an extra bag (folded in your luggage) so in case you shop in excess, you can still have extra space either for check in or carry-on.  In my case, I brought my Giordano pouch that turns into a backpack. It's where I put some of the goodies I shopped wrapped with my jackets. I also brought an extra lock so I was able to check-in my backpack with my luggage so I didn't have a carry-on anymore. I'm quite good in packing because I always wanted to walk freely, without carrying heavy bags. Anyway, after entering the immigration gates, you can find the Duty Free shops. That's the world's best Duty Free, according to the banner I saw in the airport. Thina was able to buy a Long Champ bag for around Php 4,000 only. Anyway, it's also where you can find the tax redemption booths. The amount I was able to redeem was quite good so I just saved it to have it changed into Php when I get back in the P.I. And since I was so hungry by then, I just purchased a burger set meal for around 6,000 won. Then it's boarding time!

Total spending for the day for 1 pax:
1. Transportation - 3,850 won
2. Meal - 6,000 won
TOTAL: 6,850 won = Php 265

I can say that this has been my best travel with friends so far. Seoul is a happy place, that if only it would be cheaper, then I'll fly there spontaneously instead of Hongkong. It has exceeded my expectations. It made me love Korean dramas even more. It made me want to shift from my Apple iPhone 4S to Samsung Galaxy Note 2. It got me addicted to BB cream and other Korean beauty products.  It introduced me to a lot of new friends. You know, I just loved everything about this place and I really wanted to go back the soonest!

I just want to share some of my good finds:

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This one's yummy!:)

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the sleeping mask was effective for me, but the eye cream wasn't much
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The BB cream is only 8000 won (Php300) and the Finish Powder is only 9,000 won (Php 345) in Korea but they're priced this much in Skinfood in Trinoma (Manila, PHL)....that's more than 3 times the price! Although I love these products that much, I'd rather go back to Korea to shop haha! There, you get a lot for less. All worth it!:)

If you're into cosmetics and beauty products, try these brands: Dr. Jart, Skin79 (You can find them in Olive Young), IPKN (from Watson's), Too Cool for School, Tony Molly, Missha, Skinfood, Etude House, Nature Republic, and Face Shop. I got at least one product from almost every brand and I never shopped that much beauty products in my life!:))

So here's my estimated total spending for the trip in Php:
1. Airfare (via Cebu Pacific's promo fare) - 6,000
2. Accommodation - 6,000
3. Travel Tax and Terminal Fee - 2,170
5. Day 1 - 1,217
6. Day 2 - 1,580
7. Day 3 - 1,368
8. Day 4 - 3,635
9. Day 5 - 650
10. Day 6 - 265
11. shopping - 5,000 (amazing! haha)
TOTAL: Php 28,309 (Less the Airfare & Accommodation, it is safe to bring at least Php 17,000-worth of Pocket Money)

So those of you who think that travelling is expensive, keep reading my blog 'coz it shows that travel can be fun without splurging. I hope my Korea trip inspired you to travel more!:)

2 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed all your Seoul posts! My boyfriend and I are going in April, and reading about your experiences made me even more excited. We're also staying in Hongdae, and I can't wait to explore the area. I've been reading mixed reviews about the Hello Kitty Cafe, but we'll still check it out. The detailed information about your spending really helps too--at least I have an idea about how much I need to bring. :)

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    1. Sorry I missed your comment. Now this is a very late reply. But thanks! I hope you enjoyed Seoul too :)

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Hey SEOUL Sisters! (Day 6...The Last!)

It's our Day 6 (Nov. 20), and officially our last day in South Korea. It's really hard to leave this place because I've fallen in love with every little thing about this place. But yeah, I had to face the reality that I couldn't stay there for long, so we just made the most of our last day in Seoul.

 photo IMG_5591_zps7c163d43.jpg
I will miss this place (Pastel's Apartment at 9th flr, Prugio Apartment, Hongdae)
Photobucket
I'll miss our room (There are photos of those who have already stayed here)Photobucket
our photo upon arrival (stressed much haha)

For our last day, Thina and I just walked around the are (Hongdae) for some last-minute shopping. In a park near Hongik University, a concert was about to happen. But despite having a lot of girls waiting for the concert to start, the place was kinda quiet, which we found weird. Anyway, we also went to the 1st shop of Coffee Prince, the original filming location of one of my favorite Korean dramas, The Coffee Prince. Unfortunately, the place was under renovation. Tsk, that wasn't my lucky day. We also dropped by the Hello Kitty Cafe to buy tumblers. Then we headed back to the apartment, had some snacks, and headed to Incheon Airport. We took the subway 'coz that's cheaper and faster. The subway fare was around 3,850 won from Hongik University station to Incheon International Airport.
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Hello Kitty tumblers
Photobucket
K-pop concert?
Photobucket
1st Shop of Coffee Prince
Photobucket
Yeah, it's Coffee Prince's actual shooting place!
Photobucket
I wanted to cry tears of joy! haha
Photobucket
so sad :(
Photobucket
for me, it's so "magical" haha, I have to enter this place next time!
Photobucket
Hongik University :)
Photobucket
I just love Hongdae!
Photobucket
goodbye Hongdae...goodbye Seoul :(
Photobucket
ready to go


Before checking in, we filed for tax redemption at the Customs desk. So everytime you shop, remember to tell the cashier that you'll go tax-free so they'll give you a receipt for tax redemption. The customs officer just stamped our receipts then we headed to the check-in counter to check-in our luggage. Cebu Pacific is very strict when it comes to check-in time so better be there early. Also, make sure that you do not exceed your baggage allowance if you don't wanna repack all of your stuff in front of a lot of people at the check-in counters. It's advisable that you bring an extra bag (folded in your luggage) so in case you shop in excess, you can still have extra space either for check in or carry-on.  In my case, I brought my Giordano pouch that turns into a backpack. It's where I put some of the goodies I shopped wrapped with my jackets. I also brought an extra lock so I was able to check-in my backpack with my luggage so I didn't have a carry-on anymore. I'm quite good in packing because I always wanted to walk freely, without carrying heavy bags. Anyway, after entering the immigration gates, you can find the Duty Free shops. That's the world's best Duty Free, according to the banner I saw in the airport. Thina was able to buy a Long Champ bag for around Php 4,000 only. Anyway, it's also where you can find the tax redemption booths. The amount I was able to redeem was quite good so I just saved it to have it changed into Php when I get back in the P.I. And since I was so hungry by then, I just purchased a burger set meal for around 6,000 won. Then it's boarding time!

Total spending for the day for 1 pax:
1. Transportation - 3,850 won
2. Meal - 6,000 won
TOTAL: 6,850 won = Php 265

I can say that this has been my best travel with friends so far. Seoul is a happy place, that if only it would be cheaper, then I'll fly there spontaneously instead of Hongkong. It has exceeded my expectations. It made me love Korean dramas even more. It made me want to shift from my Apple iPhone 4S to Samsung Galaxy Note 2. It got me addicted to BB cream and other Korean beauty products.  It introduced me to a lot of new friends. You know, I just loved everything about this place and I really wanted to go back the soonest!

I just want to share some of my good finds:

 photo IMG_5615_zps604c319c.jpg
This one's yummy!:)

 photo IMG_5618_zpscf319b67.jpg
the sleeping mask was effective for me, but the eye cream wasn't much
 photo bbcream_zps970e190c.jpg
The BB cream is only 8000 won (Php300) and the Finish Powder is only 9,000 won (Php 345) in Korea but they're priced this much in Skinfood in Trinoma (Manila, PHL)....that's more than 3 times the price! Although I love these products that much, I'd rather go back to Korea to shop haha! There, you get a lot for less. All worth it!:)

If you're into cosmetics and beauty products, try these brands: Dr. Jart, Skin79 (You can find them in Olive Young), IPKN (from Watson's), Too Cool for School, Tony Molly, Missha, Skinfood, Etude House, Nature Republic, and Face Shop. I got at least one product from almost every brand and I never shopped that much beauty products in my life!:))

So here's my estimated total spending for the trip in Php:
1. Airfare (via Cebu Pacific's promo fare) - 6,000
2. Accommodation - 6,000
3. Travel Tax and Terminal Fee - 2,170
5. Day 1 - 1,217
6. Day 2 - 1,580
7. Day 3 - 1,368
8. Day 4 - 3,635
9. Day 5 - 650
10. Day 6 - 265
11. shopping - 5,000 (amazing! haha)
TOTAL: Php 28,309 (Less the Airfare & Accommodation, it is safe to bring at least Php 17,000-worth of Pocket Money)

So those of you who think that travelling is expensive, keep reading my blog 'coz it shows that travel can be fun without splurging. I hope my Korea trip inspired you to travel more!:)

2 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed all your Seoul posts! My boyfriend and I are going in April, and reading about your experiences made me even more excited. We're also staying in Hongdae, and I can't wait to explore the area. I've been reading mixed reviews about the Hello Kitty Cafe, but we'll still check it out. The detailed information about your spending really helps too--at least I have an idea about how much I need to bring. :)

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    1. Sorry I missed your comment. Now this is a very late reply. But thanks! I hope you enjoyed Seoul too :)

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