Faux Fur Coat: Zara | Tank Top: Forever 21 | Jeans: BCBG Max Azria (same as here) | Boots: Promod | Bag: Hermes (same as here) | Scarf: Marc Jacobs | Leather Gloves: Mango | Sunnies: Prada | Watch: Panerai | Diamond Cross Necklace
For Holy Week 2015, our family’s choice of destination this time around was South Korea. I wish there was a quirky story to share as to why we opted for this country, but like most of our family travels overseas, it’s mostly just attributed to a spontaneous whim… something along the lines of my mom checking her stock of Korean ginseng supplements and quipping to my dad: “oh, we don’t have the Korean honeyed Ginseng anymore for our toast, perhaps we should take a trek to Seoul to replenish our stocks.”
And yes, my mom loves her Korean honeyed Ginseng even if they taste like tar and cost $300 a pop for a relatively miniature bottle (though to be fair to her, the product does boast of 32 unique nutrients that are anti-diabetic in nature, among other benefits, versus their American, Canadian, and Japanese Ginseng counterparts). Also, there was a fleeting moment where we considered opting for Japan until my dad reasoned that it was going to be overrated given that every person he knew was headed there (though this might have been because he was traumatized during his visit to Osaka recently where his trip from the airport to a nearby hotel incurred a whopping P16,000).
Of course, my sister and I were thoroughly excited (though we’re pretty shallow people and we’d be happy so as long as there is an opportunity to shop). In our heads, we were just thinking: “Land of BB Creams, here we go!” Also, kimchi.
On our first day, we went straight to Nami Island from the airport, which was somewhere along the outskirts of Seoul. It’s apparently famous for being the location setting of the Korean TV series “Winter Sonata”–though I’ve never seen it yet. It’s also surrounded by a lake/dam/reservoir of the Han river that connects to Seoul–I might be wrong though as I wasn’t paying close attention to our tour guide given my sleepy state. It was basically scenic, with lots of bald trees peppering the area, lone feral squirrels running amuck, and swarms of tourists. Despite what I enumerated, it was enchanting–it’s basically an area where engaged nature-loving couples would dream of having their pre-nups shot at.
So I abused the scenery and took loads of photos. It’s gorgeous. It’s solitary. If I were a local, I would probably take constant trips here just to read a book or ponder about life (something that I do on my spare time, by the way).
Afterwards, we ate our fair share of Chicken barbecue–something that’s very rampant in the area. It was extremely good too. I posted an instagram photo of our lunch at the time. Afterwards, we headed to a place along the way where we were taught to make Ice Cream and the best part of it all was being handed organic Korean milk that you can’t buy in supermarkets/abroad/anywhere else but the place itself and it tasted like Carabao’s milk (another personal favorite) sans the thick consistency. Then we headed out despite the extreme cold and wind chills, feeding… well, (cute, hungry) sheep (with mutant strength).
After dinner, we were all hammered and headed straight to the hotel to get our well-deserved R&R and that pretty much concluded our first day. If you plan to visit South Korea for the first time, opt for a tour–if only because you’ll need a guide who can give you an overview of the country’s rich culture and heritage. I’m a huge fan of historical treks and so though I may sound extremely bored talking about non-Cosmopolitan areas, trust me, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Here are photos of my outfit for the day, along with some “action shots”. The good thing about cold weather is that, you don’t feel the need to change as frequently (on top of bringing out your seldom-used fashion pieces that double as insulators). Just choose clothing that will keep you warm but can remain functional (yes, my faux fur coat was functional, thank you very much).