The Beauty of Gangchon Rail Park

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Ganchon Rail Park is an old Rail road that was converted as a Tourist attraction. It was such a great experience to pedal the rail bike with my family while viewing the breathtaking views of Gangchon.

Here is our full experience in this Park:

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Seoul City Tour Day 3

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This is our 3rd day in Seoul, South Korea. Here is our itinerary for this day:

Day 3 Itinerary:

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Lotte World Adventure
  • Starfield Library
  • Olive Chicken Cafe – Goblin’s shooting location
  • Sealala

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Day 2 – Seoul City Tour

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It is our official first day of tour in Seoul, South Korea. We woke up a bit late since we arrived at around 2:00 AM in our hotel. We stayed in K-Hotel which is located in Hongdae area, it was a peaceful neighborhood and the subway is about 3-5 minute walk.

Itinerary for the Day:

  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Travel to DDP
  • Ride the Yellow Bus Tour – Traditional Line
  • Hanbok Experience at Hanboknam
  • Gyeongbukgung Palace and National Folk Museum
  • Tongin Market for Dinner
  • Namsan Elavator, Namsan Park and Namsan Tower Observatory
  • Seoul Station
  • Back to Hotel

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Day 1 of our Winter Vacation 2019 (NAIA, Incheon Airport, GS25 Convenience Store)

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This is our 2nd Winter Vacation in Seoul South Korea. This vacation is more special because we travelled with the whole Tulab Family (total of 11 headcount). Our flight to Incheon is with Cebu Pacific Air at 5:30PM, it was delayed for 2 hours so we landed in Incheon Airport at 12 midnight. Just like last year, the AREX (airport train) is already closed so we opt to ride a taxi.

Tip: Do not agree on the price that the taxi driver will tell you, always bargain with them. If they don’t agree with you, then you have to walk away and find another ways of transportation, they will follow you and give you a discounted rate.

For us, group of 11 plus more than 10 baggage we were able to get two taxis at 165,000 Won. The taxi rate is at 140,000 Won plus the 15,000 Won Toll Fee that is also charged to us. The rate is reasonable since we have a lot of baggage and we also check rates for the late night bus until Seoul Station and the total is almost the same.

We booked a hotel in Hongdae area, K-Hotel. The travel time is about 1.5 hours from Incheon Airport.

Since we haven’t eaten yet, we went out of the hotel and visited the nearest Convenience Store – GS25 to have the first taste of Korean food.

Starbucks Planner 2020

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It’s been a tradition for me to collect stickers for Starbucks Planner. I started doing this in 2011 and every year since then I make sure that I will at least one.

To get a Starbucks planner, you need to collect a total of 18 stickers. Stickers will be given to you when you purchase any drinks in Starbucks except the bottled drinks. In previous years, you need to collect 9 stickers from the Christmas drink and 9 stickers from the regular drinks but since last year you can redeem the planner as long as you have 18 stickers from any drink.

Please watch my video as I show you the look the new Starbucks Planner 2020.

Novotel Araneta Center – Staycation

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Novotel Araneta Center is a 4 star hotel located in Cubao beside Araneta Coliseum. We have been to this hotel numerous times but we keep coming back because they have great service, facilities and food.

How to get there:

Public Transpo: You can ride the MRT to Cubao Station and walk thru Farmers Market, Novotel is just beside Araneta Colisuem so its easy to find. If you are taking a jeepney you can alight at Ali Mall and walk to Novotel.

Private Transpo: You can type Novotel to your Waze App and follow the instructions on how to drive to Novotel.

Check In:

They added a new addition to their service which is the Online Check In. You can avail of this service and in return you will get more benefits such as early check in or late check out and free welcome drinks. The check in process is very smooth, they have a designated counter and personnel for online check in guests.

The Room:

We booked a Superior Room with two beds. The room is spacious enough for a family of four. The room is clean and comfortable. They have free Wifi and you can also connect your laptop to wired internet. Our room has a great view of the pool side and pool bar.

The Facilities:

They have Pool, Gym, Kids’ area, Garden and Spa. This hotel is kids and family oriented. Once you checked in you get free 30 minutes of play time for your 2 kids at the kids area. The pool area is clean, it has a number of tables and cottages for the guests. The garden is a bit small and there aren’t a lot of plants and flowers which can make it more beautiful.

IMG_0411The Food:

Again this hotel is kid friendly, your kids up to 12 years old can eat their breakfast for free. The food has a wide variety of choices and the location is very spacious. We love the taste of the food everything is delicious.

Overall our stay at Novotel Araneta Center is a blast. See you again!