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Before I Leave: My Regular Go To Place in Gumi, South Korea

It really sounds cliche (and it is also cliche to start a paragraph like this, hence cliche-ception lol) when we say that time flies so fast. But it really does. Here I am, inching closer to my flight date going back home to the Philippines. Before doing so, I wanted to take a last glimpse of the near escapes that I have been going to here in Gumi, South Korea.

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The two nearest city centers to my university (Kumoh National Institute of Technology) would most probably be Okgye-dong and Kumi-yok. Continue Reading

Feature, Food, Korea

Why don’t you ‘steak’ with me?: Outback Steakhouse

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Finally, I was able to devour on a good piece of meat (not taking anything away from the good old samgyeopsal and chadeolbagi) here in Korea! I have been eyeing to eat at Outback Steakhouse the past few days and today I was able to do it! Lol.

It never fails. The sirloin was cooked to a perfect medium temperature. I’m not even exagerrating but every bite of the meat feels like a melting butter in your mouth. You know it’s good quality meat because it’s not tough to chew in.

Likewise, with this 500 g steak comes with an unlimited wheat bread, soup of the day, juice of your choice, and tea or coffee (after meal) for a pretty good deal. I would totally love to go back here before going home.

Adventures, Korea

Annyeong Haseyo: Korea Week 1

The day has come. September 5th of 2013, I and my classmate (and friend) flew to South Korea to engage in an Exchange Student Program between Mapua and KIT.

I was excited and of course, nervous. It would be my first time to step on a foreign land. More than that, I also thought of getting lost right there in Korea since we’re travelling on ourselves.

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We arrived at the Incheon Airport (Seoul, Korea) around 5:15 in the afternoon, Korean time. We took the 6:20 bus to Gumi for another 4-hour trip.

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The buses were extraordinary. Well, comparing it the Philippine counterpart, the buses are way better here. The fare costs us 29,500 KW each.

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At around 10 in the evening, we arrived at the Gumi bus terminal with no one to expect. That time, I started to worry since it was kinda late already. After several minutes, 4 students from KIT approached us and helped us get to the campus. If I have to generalize, Koreans are very very sweet. I must say, the people here is as beautiful as the place.

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After checking in at the men’s dormitory, we just arranged a couple of things and immediately went to sleep. The temperature was cold. We had no pillows and blankets. We weren’t aware that we need to bring those anyway. The first night was a little bit of a struggle.

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KIT is a big campus. It is beautiful, well at least for us, even our Korean colleagues say that they’re school is really mediocre.

We also completed our final requirements so we can start classes next week. The most fun part is enlisting 3 credits of Korean language for this semester. Yay! Afterwhich, we bought our own beddings, blanket, and pillows.

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Today was a rainy day. It was gloomy but not sad. Korea is subtly whispering wonders to my ears. I know there are still more to come in the next days and I am excited about it. Days 1 and 2 are over. 104 days more!