Seoul series Part IV: Beyond the sea

August 18, 2012 § 1 Comment

Okay, technically these photos aren’t really of Seoul anymore. We took a two hour drive to Yang Yang province, I think it was called, to stay at Sol Beach resort for a couple of days.

Extremely mediterranean, but absolutely still in South Korea.

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Seoul series Part III: The last of Seoul

July 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Seoul series Part II: New places, new faces

July 19, 2012 § 7 Comments

This is Day 2, or really, full Day 1, of touring around Seoul.

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Soul series Part I: Seoul by starlight

July 17, 2012 § 4 Comments

As people who know me already know, I like to talk. So for this series of posts, let’s try a different approach….

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Spontaneous Strawberry Saturdays.

March 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

I was quite sceptical at first (yes, amongst other things) when I heard a knocking on my door at 9:30 am on a Saturday morning, insisting that I “get up already!” to go on an impromptu road trip. I was looking forward to having a long late breakfast with my kindle and my coffee, but I was up for the change in routine. For people who know me and my family, you’ll know that it’s not often we do ‘spontaneous’. It’s a relatively alien concept that isn’t one of the things we do, yet each time it manages to surprise us. Last Saturday wasn’t an exception – it was spontaneity meets Saturday meets strawberries (whuuut?).

After an hour and a half, we set out (with snacks, loaded iPods, and a couple of tumblers of coffee) on our slightly long drive to Mornington Peninsula, approximately 2 hours away from where we live.

Our first stop was a place called Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens. The weather was mild, the garden was lush, and it was a wonderful departure from the past couple of months’ distractions that mainly consisted of the airconditioned indoors of the malls and malls and malls of Manila. While I’m not much for the great outdoors (it’s always been too uncontrolled, too uncertain and rough, not to mention too dirty for my taste),  I welcomed the difference, the pleasantness of it all.

A map of the 25 acres of gardens, lakes, ponds, pools, mazes, etc.etc. of Ashcombe. And no...we did not walk through and experience all 25 acres, thank goodness.

Ashcombe was nice, although the entrance fee, like everything in Australia at the moment, was a bit pricey (AUD $17.50!). For the opportunity to a) serve as ammo for my blog and b) give me  a chance to get in on this iPhoneography hype that everyone’s suddenly on, it was pretty worth it. (The macro lens on my iPhone that i’ve read good reviews about, not so much….)

Image credits for this one goes to my brother.

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Happy snaps of my 3 month sabbatical

February 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

I would call this a photo dump if the word didn’t imply such thoughtlessness. I thought a bit about these photos, at least. These are the highlights of my three month staycation in Manila through some photos I snapped using my phone. While these photos wouldn’t hold the same emotional relevance for you as it does for me, dear reader, I hope you enjoy them nonetheless.:)

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Sunny Sundays.

February 26, 2012 § 3 Comments

You know those days when absolutely none of your friends are free and even all the members of your family are busy? Last Sunday was one of those. After the initial panic of seeing a dystopian future in which all my future offspring leave me, my friends are off to who knows where, without even a dog for company, etc.etc., I decided to tag along to my parents’ date with some friends, despite the shame of admitting to having absolutely no cool young things to do on a weekend. Like most things in life, however, it turned out better than expected. It turned into an impromptu road trip! There’s nothing quite like a quick getaway to the country to rejuvenate the senses, quiet the weary mind, etc.etc.

The morning started with a trip to the driving range where the adults were given a chance to break out their Tiger Woods and I was given a chance to plug in my bossa and commune with my book, Jane Eyre. In the past quarter, I’ve rarely had a chance to be quiet and keep quiet, let alone read and listen to my iPod. Of course, the cool breeze was a delightful surprise too. I’ve often been sceptical of what people deem “cool” and “cold” here (seeing as there are people who wear boots and scarves in this tropical climate where the average temperature is somewhere around 26 or 27 degrees), however, I was most glad to have been taken by surprise. « Read the rest of this entry »

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