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February 14, 2014

Warning: This is, by all means, a fan girl post.

First, I wanna greet all of you a happy valentines day!

I hope you enjoyed yours as much as I did.

Contrary to what you might be thinking right now..

No, I don’t have a date.

I didn’t even go out of the house today!

Barely got out of bed too.

What made me enjoy it?

Simple..

I was de-stressed today.

Thought about nothing else but making myself feel comfortable.

I missed my bed because I haven’t been home much lately and I made it a point that I spent more time on the bed than out of it today.

I read, watched TV and just slept.

Before valentines day ended also, I read something online which made me squeal in excitement!

I couldn’t believe the texts that I have received first but then it was confirmed through the online website of Bench/ – a clothing line here in the Philippines.

Korean heartthrob LEE MIN HO is coming back to Manila this March!!!

For what event, that I’m still not sure.

I shall give you an update if they release the details already.

I think this meeting will be somewhat like the fan meet also.

I surely hope that there will be a meet and greet opportunity again!!

For now though, I will save money just to be sure that I’ll not be missing that opportunity.

My valentines day couldn’t get any better than this!

Thoughts? 🙂

—wanderrwithmee

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It has been almost three weeks since my last update.

The past month was really toxic and I’ve been preparing for so many things at the same time which includes the successful My Everything Global Tour of Lee Min Ho here in Manila.

I think to complete every fan girl’s experience, it is a MUST to attend your ultimate bias’ concert if he’s a singer or a fan meet if he or she is not.

But of course, attending both will be better.

Luckily for me, I got to attend both and scored a meet & greet also!

His fan meet was held here in Manila last year dated November 16 of 2012 and two days after, a hand shake meet & greet was held.

His My Everything Global Tour stop in Manila was just last Saturday, July 6, 2013.

Words cannot express how much every Minoz – what the fans of Lee Min Ho are called – enjoyed the concert.

Every penny was worth it!

He was worth all the effort every single person there exerted just to see him.

Until now, I’ve read from their forum that they still couldn’t get over the concert (and him).

He is the most down to earth international star they know and the love he has for his fans can be felt by them personally.

He has this certain charm that one cannot resist.

Personally, I saved up for a VIP seat just to see him for the third time.

No regrets. AT ALL.

Because the atmosphere was so lively, I didn’t have time to focus the camera so for the quality of the photos, forgive me just this once. 😛

(Some pictures are not mine and were grabbed from my fellow Minoz and other news websites)

Lee Min Ho arrived in NAIA1 around 11PM, July 4, 2013.

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scratching his head

scratching his head

with Mr. Ben Chan

with Mr. Ben Chan

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his tongue out habit!

his tongue out habit!

ribbon cutting

ribbon cutting

smiling oppa

smiling oppa

He ate at Aracama this night at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig –near Bench Tower.

The next day was his concert!

people lining up to get into the MOA Arena

people lining up to get into the MOA Arena

in my seat while waiting for the concert to start

in my seat while waiting for the concert to start

oppa singing My Everything

oppa singing My Everything

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cutie pie!!

kare-kare was his answer. cutie picture!!

his favorite Line icon

his favorite Line icon

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after drinking water!

after drinking water!

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gwiyomi attempt!

gwiyomi attempt!

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melted.

melted.

what my fellow Minoz feel. hahaha. my best moment is yet to come!

what my fellow Minoz feel. hahaha. my best moment is yet to come!

before exiting

before exiting

saying bye

saying bye

the final bow

the final bow

the aftermath

the aftermath

after the concert

after the concert

where he ate after the concert :)

where he ate after the concert 🙂

after eating

after eating

His stay here was really really memorable for all the Minoz.

We know him even better now and we feel his love even more.

Every one is wishing for a part 3 visit here in Manila.

I hope next time when he comes here, even for just vacation, I get to see him and hopefully be in the same island as him.

Palawan? Boracay? Anywhere with him is fine!!

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THE SOFTEST PAIR OF HANDS ANY GUY CAN EVER HAVE.

Before heading back to South Korea, he had dinner with his Bench family.

Here are some of the photos they took.

dinner at Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati with his Bench family

dinner at Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati with his Bench family

Now he’s back in South Korea.

His life is like a movie!

Look at the way he carries himself.

All the photographs of him are magazine cover ready!!

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His July 8 update..

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HOW CAN SOMEONE BE THIS ADORABLE WHILE TASTING MANGO JUICE!!

HOW CAN SOMEONE BE THIS ADORABLE WHILE TASTING MANGO JUICE!!

Wow! Just look at how many people lined up early just to see him!

Concert starts at 8PM and even though the sun was shining so bright, they didn’t care.

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My conclusion?

THE WHOLE PHILIPPINES LOVES HIM.

He is someone who is loved by all not only because of his looks but also because of his personality.

That is it for now.

Till next time!

—wanderrwithmee


It has only been less than a month since regular classes have started but I have visited Cafe De Seoul (CDS) a lot of times already.
I go there at least twice every week!
The ambiance plus beverages and their desserts are the main reasons as to why I go back every time.
Since their menu is so diverse, every time you go there, there is always something available that you have never tried before.
Every visit always feels like the first time but once you have seated and started consuming their products, it will start feeling like..
”Ah, I’m home”.

It started with their..
perfectly balanced & mouthwatering Banoffee Pie
and then their filling & sumptuous Gangnam Balls
then the sweet & sassy Strawberry-flavoured smoothie (Sorry, I forgot the exact name)
then the healthy & rejuvenating Honey Citron / Yuga Cold Tea
then the brain freeze – capable & refreshing Blended Mocha (chips)
then the unique & interesting Cold Green Tea
then the very addictive & simply delish Iced Mocha
then the perfect comfort food & melts in your mouth Oreo Cheesecake
then if you have a sweet tooth and want coffee and something sweet at the same time, their Mocha Frappe with Blueberry will be the perfect fix
and more and I believe that this list will go on and on and on.

What first drove me to CDS?
My patbingsu and korean waffle experience at Ice Pot branch in Palawan!
I was more than satisfied and very much delighted after my first try there that I want more.
Sadly, their Robinsons Magnolia branch in Manila was pulled out before I even got my second try at it.
Luckily, CDs was being built beside my university so I was really looking forward to trying out their patbingsu and waffles.

You might have noticed that from what I have listed above, patbingu and the waffles were not present.
That is because I haven’t tried it yet.
THE IRONY.

I am still waiting for the perfect timing before trying them out and because I haven’t really had the time.
I need time because I reallly want to enjoy them!

Hopefully, the next blog post that I will be writing related to CDS will be about my patbingsu and waffle experience.

What do you think?
Am I really a CDS addict? 🙂

—wanderrwithmee


Men + Suits = ATTRACTIVE

There is just something about men who wear suits!!

Maybe because they exude this businessman-charm?

Is there such a term? HAHA.

Anyway..

It is like when they wear suits, their appeal instantly boosts up.

Personally, I think Koreans and Americans are the perfect example for this.

Let me show you some pictures as proof.

Chace Crawford (Goosip Girl)

Chace Crawford (Goosip Girl)

G-Dragon and T.O.P (Bigbang)

G-Dragon and T.O.P (Bigbang)

Lee Dong Wook

Lee Dong Wook

Lee Jong Suk, the man who can pull off even the weirdest fashion

Lee Jong Suk, the man who can pull off even the weirdest fashion

Bad boy take of Lee Jong Suk

Bad boy take of Lee Jong Suk

Lee Jin Wook

Lee Jin Wook

Again, Lee Jin Wook

Again, Lee Jin Wook

Robert Downey Jr aka Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr aka Iron Man

Zac Efron

Zac Efron

And last but definitely not the least..

Lee Min Ho with his twin wax figure

Lee Min Ho in white with his twin wax figure

Oppa again, of course!

Oppa again, of course!

Need I say more? 🙂

What do you think?

—wanderrwithmee

 

 

 


A post dedicated to : 이연희

35 days till we meet again.

I first saw 이민호 in flesh when he went here for a Fun Meet for a Global brand, bench/.
Even though I was not that close to him, it was very fulfilling.
When I first heard his voice live, I screamed right there and then.
His voice was really manly!!
Sadly, very few participants of the game had the opportunity to be close to him.
Luckily, two days after, I was gonna meet him again.
And this time, UP CLOSE!
I’ve done great lengths for that ticket.
Read it here. ^^
After the handshake event, I felt like crying.
SERIOUSLY.
The experience was really overwhelming.
I was so happy I couldn’t explain myself.
Also, was literally all smiles while talking and talking and talking about him endlessly.
Now that he’ll have a concert here on July, I wouldn’t of course pass up the chance to see him again.
And so I bought a VIP aisle ticket!!

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Php 7500 / ~ ₩ 203000 / ~ USD 180

Yes, I did save up for it.
I hope that he’ll be able to spot me and that I’ll have the chance to get close to him or even hug him!
It feel like I love like him more and more each day. ♡

– – – wanderrwithmee


As I have mentioned before, I am trying to regulate my sleep cycle because of my unhealthy sleeping pattern.

Just last night (morning), I slept at around 1:30 AM which is a big leap for me because sleeping at 4-5 AM is regular for me.

Today, I am scheduled to enlist my subjects at 11:00 AM online.

Luckily, I woke up even before my alarms sounded.

BUT.

I woke up around 6:30 in the morning and I couldn’t sleep anymore.

I only had 5 hours of sleep and 8 hours is regular for me.

Now, it is almost 2 PM and I feel very sleepy.

My head actually hurts a little but I am fighting it off.

I know that if I sleep now, I’ll wake up at around dinner time hence, make my sleep cycle even more irregular.

I am currently trying to distract myself from sleeping and finding ways to entertain myself.

So far I can only think of blogging and researching about the country I am visiting on September. (Posts related: here and here)

Hmm..

어떻게, 어떻게!? / eotteoke, eotteoke!?

Eottoke means ”what to do” or ”how” depending on how it is used in a sentence. 🙂

—wanderrwithmee


I SWEAR THIS TIME IT IS FOR REAL!
You can check the hints dropped by Manila Concert Scene!!
I swear, I am so ecstatic ♡
Will I be able to sleep tonight??
:”>
This just motivated me to really push through with my plan..
Being a better me.
It feels great to have an inspiration as it motivates you and gives you that extra push.
All I can say is that I am thankful to him for inspiring so many people out there and making them happy.
진짜 사랑해요 민호오빠!! ♥

– – – wanderrwithmee


Given that my school observes a trimestral system, we only have short breaks.

Each year, the longest break we have is that of summer.

The summer break differs each year but this year mine started from April 17 because my final exams ended early.

And yes that means I’m currently on summer vacation..

Or am I really?

Aside from the perks of not having to wake up at any specific time of the day, or sleeping around 6-8 hours before the time you should be prepping for school, I don’t feel that I really am on summer vacation.

What plans do I have for summer?

Watching korean dramas and foreign films for my bucketlist, getting in shape (which is a sure fail this time) and…

Nothing else.

Seriously, NONE.

I do go out but my schedule is so irregular that I cannot plan for other days in advance.

Since I bought round trip tickets for September, I almost have no money left which makes it harder for me to make plans.

Lee Min Ho oppa’s album too will be out soon which means less $$$ for me.

I know it might sound a bit weird to want this but I really hope school will start soon!

I need my daily allowance!! =))

Luckily though, the next semester starts earlier than usual – May 27.

I am not sure whether to rejoice because I will have my daily allowance or not to because of the obvious reason… 대학교.

대학교 / hakgyo means big school or university; 학교 = school.

대학교 = school works + most of your time + stress + professors (may be an advantage or not) + deadlines + hardwork + etcetcetc.

For the upcoming semester, I hope everything goes smoothly.

Joining an organization and being active in it are on my plans as well.

잘자요 여러분!

—wanderrwithmee


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As of now, I really can’t explain what I’m feeling.
I’m neither happy nor sad.
Hence the title.
And as for why, I shall explain.

I am happy because..

Today we had a healthy family late lunch/early dinner.
My sister who studied culinary arts and I were in charge of our food.
Even though it was tiring, it was worth it.
Family day for us is special because it doesn’t happen often because my eldest sister has her own house now and because everyone is busy.

Our return trip flight is confirmed already.
Finally, I have a return ticket booked!
Though it is more than triple in price compared to my outgoing ticket, it was a good deal.
I am so excited for our trip!!

I am sad because..

My laptop won’t open.
It has been two days since it last opened.
Once in a blue moon, the same thing happens but it takes less than a day to one day maximum for it to open.
Yes, my sister and I have a spare small laptop in our room but the bigger one is so much more comfortable to use especially when blogging.
(I don’t have moolah to buy one because of ze plane tickets! Someone please send me a laptop. Huhuhu.)
Also, I have queued posts there!
+ pictures for my upcoming food blogs
+ my trip plans (all the things I have researched – for MONTHS –  related to travel)
+ my music files
+ personal files I haven’t sorted nor posted
+ so much more 😦

Thankfully, WordPress has an app for Android devices so I am able to post one now.
But I must admit, it is difficult to upload pictures here and fix posts..

Nevertheless, I am sorry cause I will not be able to post food blogs for the time being.
For now I might be posting more personal stuff and journal-like entries.

What I am now?
양다리 / yang da ri means sitting on a fence or straddling.
It is usually used when you are torn between two things.

That is it for now!

– – – wanderrwithmee


The end doesn’t always indicate an end.. it can also mean an “and”.
A lot of people think that when something ends, it is the end.
That nothing can spring out from it any more.
That nothing can be done already.
But they are wrong.

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I’m sure someone once asked you about a glass being half full or half empty.
(Half full –  optimistic, half empty –  pessimistic)
It is just like that.
Choose to look at the brighter side of things.
I know sometimes one can’t help by be sad and think about negative thoughts but that is just part of life.
Instead of thinking of it as an end –  may it be a farewell because you are migrating, a school year that ended, being fired from work – think of it as an and.
How will you have a “new” life abroad that you will enjoy if you keep on living in the past?
How will you be able to meet and have new friends if the school year/term doesn’t end?
How will you be able to grow, learn from experience, possibly have your dream job and even your own business if you are too busy working there?

There is always a brighter side.
Look for it and you will be happy.

If you’ve read my previous blog posts, I mentioned that I took a basic Korean course – which I promised to blog about.
It was actually just a short one. 10 weeks, 3 hours each = 30 hours.
Though we only had a short time to learn and discuss, we actually finished the whole module –  Sogang University’s Korean Module 1.

Two weeks before our exam schedule, our class and our teacher was planning a farewell dinner after the final exam.
Our teacher said that we can bring friends and that he will try bringing some of his korean friends too so we can meet them.

Last March 16, 2013 was our final examination which is composed of a written exam (50 questions) and an oral exam (self introduction & 3 random questions to be drawn).
Thankfully, we had a mini review before the test began so I found the written exam easy to moderate.
As each of us finishes the written test, our teacher will be calling us one by one for the oral exam.

When I was called, I instantly became shy..not because of my teacher but because two of his korean friends were there!
First, my 선생님/teacher introduced them to me then he looked at me and said “begin your introduction”.
He wasn’t looking to me AT ALL and the chair I was sitting on was faced to his friends so I said, “to them?”.
And he said yes.

I think I was pretty successful in introducing myself and saying 5 random facts about me but my heart was just racing so fast that my mind went blank after the first question.
Thankfully, the one who was asking the question, Victoria, was really very kind. They were actually helping me answer the question by helping me dissect the sentence!
For the second and third sentence, I think I answered better.
After my turn, I felt so relieved that my turn was done but also nervous at the same time cause I don’t know my grade yet.

After everyone was called, we planned our transportation.
How we will go there and who rides with whom.
We dined at Woorijib! A korean restaurant near the school.

Unfortunately, just minutes after we settled down, Victoria needed to go already because she needs to attend a band rehearsal (for their church I think.)
And so she left.

Almost everyone in our group had unlimited sampgyupsal for dinner!
For only PhP 399/₩10,700/$9.7, we had unlimited pork, lettuce, soup and a variety of 반찬/banchan/side dishes – which were all very delicious!
It was really worth it!

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ze holy grill!
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lettuce
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Soup

Because of the arrangement of seats, I was mostly having conversations with 선생님/seonsaengnim/teacher, my 언니/eonnie/sister, My 친구/chingu/friend, my classmate who was a teacher, my seatmate in class and Marco, my teacher’s 한국 친구/hanguk chingu/ korean friend which is also our friend now. ^o^

Though it is like a farewell dinner, it is not the end.

It is only the start of new friendships and more memories to be made.

I have no regrets in taking up this class and I am looking forward to seeing them again.

Here are some of the group pictures we have 🙂

my eonnie and me

my eonnie and me

me - Jay-R seonsaengnim - eonnie

me – Jay-R seonsaengnim – eonnie

some of my close chingus!

some of my close chingus!

me - Marco - eonnie

me – Marco – eonnie

group picture!

group picture!

That is it for now.

Always remember: “Not all that ends signifies an end. It can also signify an and.” -wanderrwithmee

—wanderrwithmee


근양 or keunyang means just / simply / just because.. hence the title. ^o^
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These past few days has been a wild ride for me.
From school works till family matters.
Everything honestly seems to be going out of hand.
I honestly have perfected the art of being passive..or so I thought.
It is just that lately a lot of extreme things are happening around me that I can’t seem to have a control of anything which frustrates me.
Not that I have a problem with not being in control of everything but……..it is just like that.
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I must admit that before, I used to be overly sensitive – –  when I was much much younger.
TRUST ME. My relatives tell me this a lot.
My relatives from my mother’s side loves teasing each other.
It is their unique way of expressing I care for you so I’m spending my time with you even if I’m teasing you.
They believe in “ang maasar, talo” which means you lose if you get frustrated or annoyed and the like. (I can’t seem to find the right word)
Before, I easily get annoyed, angry, I cry and I even throw tantrums.
As I grew up, my tolerance for these things grew and made me “a more mature individual” (I think. ^^)
I don’t get easily angry or annoyed when small bad things happen. Sometimes even big ones.
I learned to adjust well to my surroundings and to the circumstances presented to me.
I’m not sure whether my recent frustration is due to my over thinking mind, my usual OC self or just because the people around me are just taking advantage of everything that they can.
I have been passive of the small and average bad things that people around me are doing but they just keep on stepping on the line and just recently, they have crossed it!
They went over the acceptable boundaries!
For the cold treatment I am giving them now, I can give no other excuse to them but 근양.
Yes, I am younger than them but age doesn’t dictate what level of respect a person has to give to you.
Not because I am younger means I am the person who should understand more and let their actions just pass.

Okay. Enough of the rant. Just had to let it out.

– – – wanderrwithmee


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Candy Crush: Level 35 overnight. Not bad huh? 🙂

잘자요 여러분!
Chal chayo yeoreobun means good night everyone ^o^

officialstampwanderrwithmee persona

—wanderrwithmee ✈


I passed KOREAN 1! 고마워요 선생님 & 친구들! 보고시퍼요. 95%!!! :”> #hardwork #korean must practice often so as not to forget what I’ve learned. ^o^



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