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Max’s Restaurant Offers Valentine Treats for Every Kind of Love

Tuesday, February 07, 2023

Max’s Restaurant, the iconic Filipino restaurant chain famous for its Sarap-to-the-Bones® Fried Chicken is celebrating the month of love with a special set perfect for a lovely date any time of the day. Since Valentine’s Day is near, it’s best to plan ahead and make sure a loved one — may it be a partner, best friend, or relative enjoys the occasion with a hearty meal. 

Max's Valentine's Bundle

Lessons From Korean Drama Start-Up

Monday, February 06, 2023

With Nam Joo Hyuk's nearing his military service, and Kim Seon Ho's recent successful Manila fan meeting, I am reminded of one of the hit pandemic Kdramas that flooded my timeline when it was still on-going on Netflix: Start-Up. Starring above mentioned actors with my favorite Suzy Bae, this is a story on young dreamers dealing with their own struggles in life and career. Very, very relatable no wonder it became so popular!

Aside from cheering on every successes of SamSan Tech, there are valuable life lessons that I picked up from this series. Actually there are many more lessons, but to start off, here are just 3 that I can connect to at the moment:

*No major spoilers in this post*

Lead cast of Kdrama Start Up

I had the chance to attend the special Zoom press conference for Disney+, featuring Super Junior's Lee Teuk and Ryeo Wook. They talked about a lot of things regarding their new documentary Super Junior: The Last Man Standing, and their career as Kpop idols. 

One of the most watched shows now on Disney+ all over the world, this documentary is not just a history of the Korean boy group from SM Entertainment, but also of Kpop. Even those who aren't fans will fall in love with Super Junior. As SuJu Leader Lee Teuk said, "At first, I am just happy to have this documentary that I can watch. But now that I've seen it, I hope more people will get to watch it."

Here are some tidbits from the Q&A which lasted around 45 minutes!

ASTRO Cha Eun Woo for Skechers

Thursday, February 02, 2023

Skechers, The Comfort Technology Company™ and a global leader in lifestyle and performance footwear, has announced top K-pop idol Cha Eun-woo as its regional brand ambassador. This partnership covers seven key Asia-Pacific markets for Skechers: Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Face Genius and AROHAs beloved Nunu as the new face of Skechers

TPB and DOT to join the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2023 in Indonesia

Sunday, January 29, 2023

The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines and the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) will join the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on 02-05 February 2023 to showcase what the Philippines has to offer to the international market and strengthen business relationships to further boost the country’s tourism.

Essential Car Accessories for Long Road Trips

Friday, January 27, 2023

There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to planning a long road trip. Even the smallest things, like what car accessories to bring, are important because taking the wrong items can make your trip less enjoyable. Some car accessories are also expensive so you want to make sure that your hard-earned money is put into something worthwhile; you can avail of online loans to supplement your budget, of course, but that makes it even more crucial to find the best products.

When we got back from Chuncheon, I knew I'll just be counting days till my flight back home. I thought I've already maxed out on Korea experiences in this trip, but surprisingly there were still a lot of things I was able to do! I was definitely exhausted by this time, but as a wise philosopher once said, sa Manila ka na lang magpahinga. 😂

Hoegi Pajeon Alley

I have a folder on my Instagram account called "Korea Bucket List" where I save anything that I come across my feed that I wish I can go to on my next Korea trip, and this includes the Hoegi Pajeon Alley. Months since I saved that post, I did not expect I'll actually be staying in Hoegi for this trip!

From Chuncheon, Paxie and I went down Hoegi Station and saw the signs leading to the 𝐇𝐨𝐞𝐠𝐢 𝐏𝐚𝐣𝐞𝐨𝐧 𝐀𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐲 where we had dinner.  Local students meet in this area for some 𝐩𝐚𝐣𝐞𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐠𝐞𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐢. Paxie and I shared a huge-sized, crispy, greasy, 𝐤𝐢𝐦𝐜𝐡𝐢 𝐩𝐚𝐣𝐞𝐨𝐧 (served with burnt cheese on top). So so hearty and good!

📍𝐈𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝗪𝐚𝐧𝐠 𝐏𝐚𝐣𝐞𝐨𝐧 (이모네왕파전), Hoegi Pajeon Alley, Hoegi Station Exit 1 ⁣

Imagining we were students in the nearby University of Seoul or Hankuk University and we just got out of class!

Seoul Forest

While it was still autumn, Paxie and I decided to visit the Seoul Forest. But before exploring, we were able to check out the new SM Entertainment building located in the same station. Then we had lunch in a container van style restaurant that sells Korean snacks. We ate outside al fresco style while people and dog watching. The weather was cool, but sun was also warm. It was indeed the most perfect weather to stay outdoors!

A quick stop at the new SM building in Seoul Forest. There are big screens running ads and MVs of SM artists just outside the building and in the lobby :)

Super yummy Korean food for lunch. I really enjoyed spotting random food places in Korea with Paxie!

Hot drinks in one hand on this cool day. This area across Seoul Forest is very artsy!

It was my third time to go to Seoul Forest, but my first time during this season. Golden leaves were falling from the trees, and locals were enjoying their time and taking photos--we even witnessed a beautiful pre-nup! Ang laki laki din pala ng Seoul Forest noh, time stood still while we walked and walked trying to spot the BTS landmarks (RM benches, tube from Love Yourself poster). Didn't notice that we were there for 4 hours already!

Recognize these spots, co-ARMYS? :)

Seoul Forest is glimmering GOLD during autumn


Also on the same day, Paxie and I spent our night in good ol' Myeongdong for my last minute pasalubong shopping and to meet Tracy.

We got lost while looking for an ATM, but also discovered an underground shopping center (not Myeongdong but Hoehyoen) that sells more LPs than Kpop albums. I used to stay in Hoehyeon area (New Sun Guesthouse + Pomato memories!), but haven’t seen these til now!  

Then we went to the usual Myeongdong street food stalls for dinner. So many vegetarian & even vegan options now, perks of touristy areas that most people try to avoid these days.

After our dinner, we stayed in a matcha cafe and talked non-stop for hours. I was hoping time will stop, but we had a bus to catch.

Will try to explore this Hoeyeon underground mall next time!

Tried this hot vegetarian mandou, and spotted my favorite strawberry mochi!

Touristy, but I still love you Myeongdong! :)

Cafe Onion

On my flight day, I had the courage to still fill my last few hours with meet-ups and shopping!

I finally tried the trendy Cafe Onion in Anguk, Seoul. Pastries lined up a long wooden table, so pretty but more importantly so delicious! No wonder lines are pretty long in this shop.

I also met up with my dear friend Marc, whom I met during my last Korea trip before the pandemic. Introduced him to my friends, and we talked non-stop about so many things--mostly about Korea and our favorite idols.

Been seeing this cafe on sns and finally got to try it! Thanks Marc for bringing us here!

Reunion with Marc over good pastries (not overrated at all!)

Yeolrin Songhyeon Green Plaza

After our brunch, I requested to visit a BT21 store, and the nearest one is in Insadong. We just walked from Anguk, and came across a park with beautiful autumn flowers cosmos. This is also the location that RM recently posted on his Instagram! We stopped for a while to take pics.

A little Namjooning on my last hours in Seoul

Line Friends Insadong

I only had the chance to “shop” last few hours before my flight. I was in full “tipid” mode for this long trip, that I tried the hardest to steer clear from my usual faves..Namely: ABC Mart, ArtBox, and Olive Young. I only got a few stuff in Daiso, Olive Young, some honey butter nuts in Myeongdong, postcards, and the MIN wood keychain as material souvenirs for this trip! Anyway, I was able to buy some habilins in Line Friends Insadong, and my sister even bought me a Chimmy stress ball for getting her RJ plushies!

A cool @callmemakeu Seoul trivia: shops in Insadong still has Hangul signages just like this Starbucks and Nature Republic! 

I know we have Line Friends in MNL na, but nothing like visiting one when in Korea. :) 

Cafe Camptong 

My final stop before getting my bags at the guesthouse and heading to the airport is *still* a BTS location! 

From Insadong, we took a cab to Gangnam to visit Cafe Camptong, where the HILARIOUS Run BTS episodes 118-119 were filmed! 

It was a quick pic-and-run for me though, coz inabutan na ng rush hour. I wasn’t able to check out the other floors anymore, but actually all is well… Akalain niyo, naka huling hirit pa ako before my flight!  

📍 Cafe Camptong, Apgujeong Rodeo Station Exit 5 (10-minute walk that felt like 30 mins sa nag hahabol ng flight lol)

Can't believe my last stop for this trip is still a BTS location! ❤

Heading Home

Always bittersweet heading to the airport for home. I decided to book a Kakao T (best app for this trip talaga) even though my total fare is about PHP 2500+. I was tired, I didn't want to be late, and my bags were extra heavy after 30 days of traveling. No regrets though, everything went smoothly at the airport. 

I remember posting on my IG Stories that I was too tired na para mag emote, haha. But sa totoo lang, if only I can still extend my trip again I would! But it had been a long journey already so I guess it was really time to rest. Nth time of saying good bye to Korea, and I still felt sad. Oh well, time to plan again for our next "comeback". :) 

Running back to my accommodation for my bags few hours before my flight, spotted this Lee Know subway ad :) 

Korea trip soon? Download the Kakao T (taxi hailing app) before your flight--a lifesaver!

Without even shopping a lot, check-in bags reached almost 37 kilos! Glad I pre-booked extra luggage allowance prior my flight.

But of course! Last meal in Korea was a Paris Baguette egg salad sandwich