Memories in Cebu

People my age have already been to other cities and even countries with their friends or on their own. I have always envied them for being able to travel as often as they want to with their peers. Since I have a heart condition, I was never allowed to travel far without a parent or a sibling or a close relative to accompany me.

I have had made plans to travel with some friends but all of them have been cancelled either because of lack of funds, conflict in schedule or I was too chicken scared of asking my parents for permission because I already know that they would say no. I understand why. Of course, even I wouldn’t allow my sick child to wander in far places knowing they could get sick or faint or something while on travel and what would hurt most is that I wouldn’t be there to help my child when it happens. So yeah, I completely understand them that’s why every time I get invited to travel to some place, I automatically reject the invite because I was considering the feelings of my parents.

I thought I’d never get to experience what it’s like to go on a travel with just a friend. No parent or sibling or relative. But there was this Korean speech contest I wanted to join and the semi-finals was in Cebu. I wanted to join the contest not because of the prize which was a free trip to South Korea with a 30,000 pesos cash and a 5-day language course in Kyung Hee University (경희대학교). I joined it because I was hoping to set foot in Ateneo on the finals.

On the night when I asked permission from my parents, my dad was a little drunk then. I have joined the said contest last year and managed to grab the 3rd place so there was a high chance he would let me go…. if I had a blood relative to go with me but the problem is I had no one except a close friend. With a soft voice, I asked him if I could go to Cebu to compete in the semi-finals with my friend. I held my breath as I waited for him to say no followed by a very long lecture but surprisingly, he said yes and even offered to shoulder the expenses. I was like… Wow. I certainly did not expect that.

And so off I went to tell my friend of the good news. I went to a travelling agency to book our tickets. It was my first time to book my travel tickets so I felt like a responsible adult that time. (I’m pretty immature for my age. *nods*)

I couldn’t sleep a wink the night before. I was so excited to go on a new adventure but I was also feeling nervous because of the responsibilities that came with it. Since I have no blood relative with me, I would have full responsibility of myself. I was so worried something might happen and they blame me or my friend and would never allow me to go next time.

I left the house early and went to pick my friend up so we could go to the terminal together. We got on a van and traveled for 2 and a half hours to Ormoc where we will ride a boat to Cebu. My friend is a year younger than me but it felt like I was a minor who had no idea about things. She was teasing me for being too excited. I was trying to hide it but she could tell because I was talking too much. I have this tendency to talk too much, sometimes in a high pitch voice, when I’m excited.

Upon arriving in Cebu, we went straight to her place. It was a 2-bedroom condo and I liked my entire stay there. We dropped our bags and went to the mall to have lunch and buy groceries because there was no food in the condo.

With my cute and cuddly date, Mr. Teddy. ♡

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Then we went to Coffee Prince, a coffee shop owned by a Korean and most likely was inspired by the Korean drama “Coffee Prince”. Since I’m not allowed to have anything that has coffee in it, I went for the strawberry smoothie. By then, it was 3:00PM and I was trying my best to fight sleep off.

삼겹살!! ♡

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For dinner, we went to a Korean restaurant called Pearl. It was just a few meters away from Coffee Prince. We had samgyupsal (삼겹살), cold noodles (냉면), tofu stew (두부찌개) and a bunch of side dishes. Then we went home and I fell asleep while we were talking. Haha!

The next day, we went to Emporium Cebu, a shop that sells stuff by different online shops. It took me an hour to decide which of the wallets they had should I buy. Then we went to Ayala for lunch. We had lunch at a restaurant called Brique. We had pasta and their serving was big, we could barely finish our food. The taste was okay, nothing out of the ordinary.

Before heading home, we dropped by a Korean grocery store where I bought some of my favorite Korean snacks. Then we ate Korean ice cream while waiting for rush hour to end. Just as before we were about to leave, I got a call from my Korean friend who went from Tacloban to the airport in Cebu to get on his plane to Korea. But he missed it and he needed a place to stay so my friend offered to let him stay in her place.

When he arrived at the condo, I burst into laughter seeing his outfit. Usually, he gets all dressed up like some kpop idol flaunting their airport fashion but this time around, he was wearing a baseball cap, a short-sleeved polo shirt, a jogging pants and…. a pair of slipper. Not the flip flops that you normally see on magazines but a simple white slipper, the cheap ones people normally use at home.

He invited us to go out for dinner and some drinks. It was my first time to taste soju. I was forced. Haha! I took the shot glass filled with soju and dipped my tongue (like a dog would) in soju and I just shivered. It was too bitter and strong and I’ve only had a lick of it. He then poured it in my glass of beer. I don’t normally get tipsy with just one glass of beer but a glass of beer mixed with soju made my walks unstable.

When we got home, he asked me what I was planning to wear for the competition and I said I’ll just wear a shirt and a pair of pants. And he said no. He checked my bag if I had other clothes and he choose a dress but I told him I already wore it in the last year’s competition and he said it’s alright so I ended up wearing the dress he chose.


The next day, it was the day of the competition. My Korean friend left already since he didn’t want to miss his flight again. I went to the contest venue with my friend. I was the first to arrive so I was able to rehearse in front of the stage since there was no one except me and my friend and some staff. There were only 5 contestants but 2 didn’t make it. I was the first to deliver my speech. I was shaking and I was so nervous that I had a long pause because I was trying to remember the next line. I was able to recover and end the speech well though. But the 2nd contestant delivered her speech a little better than I did with mine so I was worried I’d lose to her. In the end, I was announced as the winner. I was so happy because I’d be able to go to Ateneo de Manila University for the finals.

After the competition, we went to the mall for some…. SHOPPING! I didn’t buy a lot. Haven’t had chance to take a photo of what I bought but I bought a white lacy top, a pair of black sandals (my friend got the same sandals but in white), some products from Etude.

I was craving for 떡볶이.

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A day before I had to go back, I spent the day with a friend from Cebu. She went to my place where we talked about our lives. I prepared jjamppong and we ate it while she waited for a friend’s text. They were supposed to meet up but her friend cancelled so we ended up going to Ayala to have milktea and Korean food. We ate at this place called K-Pub, a Korean restaurant with huge screens playing K-pop videos. We had yangnyeom chicken (양념 치킨) and ddeokbokki (떡볶이).

The next day, my friend had to stay for one more day so I had to go back alone. I was a bit scared to go home on my own but the experience wasn’t as scary as I had it expected it to be. It was actually quite fine being alone.

It was really fun travelling with a friend. I hope to visit Cebu again with her. It was really fun and I hope we get to visit the beaches in Cebu because I heard good things about them. Well, I have to save up for it first. Until the next adventure. Thanks for reading.

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13 Years of Friendship

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It’s Christmas time again which means it’s time when almost everyone books a plane ticket to visit their hometowns to be with their families and friends. It’s the season of the reunions. Since most of my high school classmates took a break from their work and returned from abroad, we decided to have a pre-Christmas and post-Christmas parties so we could relive the past by reminiscing memories together.

The pre-Christmas party was planned a day or two before so most of them couldn’t make it because it was on such short notice. I knew that because it had been so long since the last time we were together, we would be out until late so one of my closest friends and I decided to get a room in a hotel so we can stay out late for as long as we want without making our parents worry or wait up for us. It was a pretty decent hotel room. Perfect for a staycation. I wasn’t expecting much because of the price but it exceeded my expectations. I never knew hotels in our city were that good.

Since the dinner was still at 7PM, my friend and I decided to go to the hotel first to kill some time and also to freshen up before meeting our friends. We got so comfortable, we almost decided not to show up and just stay and unwind in the hotel instead because the rain wasn’t letting up. It took a few lazy sighs before we finally got out of bed.

We decided to do some catching up over Mexican food at a small rustic restaurant. It was so nice to see familiar faces which I haven’t seen in years. Some gained weight, some lost weight and some looked exactly the same. Unfortunately for me, I was one of those who gained weight. Lol. The funny thing though is that most of those who I haven’t seen in so long haven’t even left the city. But we all have work which kept us from seeing each other often. We updated ourselves with what’s new and what everyone does for a living. One of them is running for councilor in his town. Wow. I can’t imagine myself entering politics at such a young age.

After dinner, we went to the newly opened KTV next door. The rates were good. We could use the rooms for 3 hours and we could extend if we want to for a price, of course. The packages included a few buckets of beers and appetizers. The rooms were oh-so-good, it felt like I was in a KTV in Manila. The design of the interior of the room was so modern and minimalistic. We felt like we were living the life. We sang our hearts out, took turns in holding the microphones, drank beer and stayed until 2AM.

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More people came on the post-Christmas dinner. We went to Ocho, a famous local restaurant here in our city. Families and groups of friends often frequent that restaurant for gatherings. We decided to put our phones on a chair and whoever touches his/her phone will have to pay the bill. No one dared to pick up their calls or reply to messages. It was a great idea because since we weren’t preoccupied with our smartphones, we actually had a lot of fun since we talked to each other instead of entertaining a call or text. We wanted to go to the KTV again but since it was Sunday, the place was packed and all rooms were taken so ended up going to the bay. So many food stalls there at night selling barbecue and beers. It’s a park-and-drink concept. Our conversations focused on marriage and future plans. Some of our friends had their civil weddings last year and are planning to have their church weddings this year. I can’t wait to go to their weddings. I kept looking at my watch because I had to report to work early next morning but we stayed until 3AM. I didn’t get much sleep so I was exhausted the next day.

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Super Junior’s Henry in the Philippines

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It’s been a year and 4 months since I met Henry. Some of you guys may not know but he went here last year with K. Will, Park Hyungsik of ZE:A, Cheon Jun Myung, Kim Sooro, Park Gun Hyeong, Seo Kyung Seok and Rainbow to film for MBC’s Real Men (진짜 사나이).

I finally uploaded one of my many videos taken during the 3 days of working with the members and staff of Real Men. They filmed at the military camp where I used to work and the school where the soldiers and I taught Korean language to high school students.

I was so excited to upload this but I had to wait for the episode to air. But it took me long to upload because I was so busy with my job at the military base camp, I didn’t have time to edit and my laptop took its last breath. When I got a new laptop, I couldn’t install the video editing program I like to use.

Since I’m using a new video editing program, I spent all morning today tinkering around and clicking buttons here and there to learn how to use it. It’s a tedious job. I wonder how Youtube vloggers upload new content on daily basis. They have to shoot and then edit then brainstorm ideas for their next videos. I salute every Youtube vloggers who upload new videos 4-5 times a week.

This is just one of the many videos I took. I still have more videos to edit and upload. I hope to upload everything before the month ends.

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