The Awesome Things: October 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Applying for a Korean Tourist Visa for Filipinos

I think it's every Korean drama fanatic's dream to go to South Korea. The land of K-pop, girls generation, and bibimbap!! South Korea has a very rich culture and even their language sounds so cute and amusing. I've been dreaming to go to Korea for 2 years now, I even studied hangul by myself through the internet so I won't have a hard time traveling around Korea. I've also had some free Korean lesson from I've had all the requirements I needed, had sufficient amount for travel and all that. Although there was a minor glitch in my application as I left one question blank which is the part on which hotel I'm planning to stay in Korea. I haven't booked my plane tickets and hotel room yet because I Was afraid of getting denied and wasting all my money. The process to apply for the visa was easy, it was fast and efficient. Getting to the embassy from Malate was the challenge as it took me 2 hrs and a half to get there because of the traffic. 

My application was received by a frowning consul, in window no 2. She was pretty but she doesn't have life and she seems so bland and rude. I guess that's a bad sign. I thought I would go to window 3 for people with previous visas from Europe and America apparently they directed  me in window 2 which is weird.

They said they would release my passport after a week. After all those tedious and exhausting travel going to the embassy. Much to my dismay that my visa was denied. Maybe because the consul was just such a meany and not in the mood since a lot of people got denied as well. I don't know what I did wrong. Was it because I haven't booked my hotel and plane tickets yet? It was such a tiring and frustrating experience. I felt so dismayed because of the turnabout. I guess no Korea for now. *sad*

Climbing Mt. Hibok Hibok | defying limits

It was my very first Mountain Climb. Mt. Hibok Hibok is an active stratovolcano in the island of Camiguin, Philippines. It stands an elevation of 1,300 meters above sea level. We traveled from Cagayan de Oro City at dawn 5am, we rode a shuttle for 45 mins that took us to Balingoan Port. From there, we took the barge going to Camiguin. The barge was super slow, it took us an hour to get there even though it's really close by.

We literally began the climb at 8:30 am, had a brief warm up and off we go to the mountains. It was my first climb mind you, and I was really having a hard time catching my breath. I felt like my lungs were going to explode. Thank God we had a pit stop after every two hours. It  was really a challenge since my bag was so heavy and it's not really the right bag for mountaineering. Plus, I was carrying 2 liters of water on my back. Boy was that hard.

I guess one thing you will learn in mountaineering is to persevere and have the stamina to finish the climb no matter how hard it may take. Just like in life. 

We reached our campsite at around 4 pm. Pitched our tent and started to cook sinigang for dinner. Real food and I thought we were going to eat canned foods like evacuees. Our campsite was right at the mouth of the crater which exploded years ago. The crater was covered in grass now and some guava trees. Even though there are no signs that the volcano will erupt anytime soon, it's still really creepy to think that there are some lavas deep beneath the earth that you're sleeping.

We climbed the two summits the morning after and then we headed down the foot of the mountain. Going down was just as hard as going up. My toes and knees hurt so much that I can't feel it anymore. I woke up the next day with sore legs and had trouble walking. It was a really fun and challenging experience, not having to take a bath for 36 hours. You have no choice but to accept it and just enjoy the whole experience. My girl scouts skills were really put to use. Wlang arte. Chill lang.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

How to get Driver's License in LTO Philippines

Requirements for Non-Professional License:

Medical (200 pesos just beside LTO )
Student Permit
Processing Fee

An expired student permit + another expiring student permit later, I finally mustered enough courage to get a driver's license. I decided that I have to conquer my fear of driving once and for all. I didn't want to learn to drive a few years back out of the fear of bumping other cars or people. God forbid. And I'm so scared of car accidents, so even if most of my batchmates have acquired their licenses, I didn't even bother, I said to myself that my father will drive for us anyway and there will always be tons of taxis but then again, driving is also an important skill. 

So there I was, sitting at the LTO Cdo processing my license. I got there at around 12nn. No noon breaks for them so it's ok. I waited for my name to be called to have my picture taken and to pay for my exam. Then the waiting game began... Before the exam, they gave us a reviewer. We waited for another 2 hours because their machine was heating up and we can't pass the validate our test results without that machine because that's the standard and they can't manually check it. After the exam, we then proceeded with the test drive. I rented out a car for 250 pesos while a motorcycle tental is at 100 pesos. Seems like they are really following the protocol now since they had a change of management under the Duterte administration. After waiting for 6 hours, I tasted sweet success. I finally have a license and I only spent around 800 pesos total. Now I can take my friends for a joy ride. Oh yeah.

Monday, October 17, 2016


My aunt kept telling me good reviews about Ceragem telling me about their state of the art hot beds and how many of her friends have been healed of gallbladder or kidney stone problems. I don't really have any of these diseases yet but I just wanted to try it anyway as it was FREE. Anyone can try their  healing beds which cost around 100,000 pesos at least. 

Plenty of lolas and lolos were there waiting for their tirn to try their beds, they actually go there almost everyday. Waiting for around an hour to 2 hours just to lay on the beds. Their technology is similar to that of nugabest. Also made in Korea, invented by a scientist whose intention at first was to heal her mother. Their beds had built in massage which radiates heat from jade gems. I guess this kind of technology is suitable for people who are in their 40s and up as plenty of diseases usually be revealed during that age range. You can give their massage beds a try at any Ceragem center.

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