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Taken at: Quezon Avenue in Quezon City, Philippines

Beautiful moon.

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Batu Caves

The 272 steps to the top may be daunting. But, fret not, it’s not as hard as it seems. For me. The steps are a little narrow and steep. So, if you have big feet, don’t expect that the balls of your feet will touch the steps.

When you get there, it’s a marvelous right. The main area is a cave with a  high vcaulted ceiling. There are more steps leading to an area with skylight. The design of the religious venues were so intricate. 

I was a little disappointed with the tourists. They were more entertained with feeding the monkeys than realizing the cultural significance of this cave.

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Taken at: Seoul City Wall in Seoul, South Korea

As if one mountain was not enough, I added two more today. I decided to take on a different view of Seoul and walked (more like, hiked) along Seoul City Wall.

It was a hard battle but I was still able to come through with it!

City Hiking Challenge


Looking for things to do in Seoul led me to a hike along the Seoul City Wall. When I looked at the site, I decided to do the Baegak Mountain Trail. I thought that I love walking that a ‘hard’ trail will be easy peasy. 

I thought wrong. When Koreans say it’s hard, it is really hard. 

Midway through the first leg, I wanted to give up. But, sering that older people are breezing by made me challenge myself. These are not your ahjummas and ahjussis. I am talking about halmoni and haraboji levels.

Why you shouldn’t go:

  • It’s really hard
  • You will be sweaty all over
  • It will be the end of your legs

Why you should go:

  • It is exercise, after all
  • You will challenge yourself
  • You will be treated to the one of the best views of Seoul

If you’re doing the same trail that I did, remember to bring proof of identification since it’s just behind Cheongwadae (The Blue House) and security is really tight.

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Taken at: University of the Philippines in Quezon City, Philippines

Today was the D-day. I was too anxious for my own good. I think I did well. I may have spelled some things wrong.

I hope I pass because I am keen on taking the next class and I am really serious about getting that Beginner’s Level TOPIK certificate!

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Taken at: Balanga Wetland Park in Balanga, Bataan, Philippines

Today we went to the Balanga Wetlands to plant mangrove seedlings as part of our company’s social corporate responsibility.

We were a little late and the tide was already high. People were a little hesitant in going to the water. Plus, we were warned that we’ll be stepping on mud instead of sand.

Since we were already there, I decided to just go for it especially when I brought extra clothes.

Mangroves are essential to any seaside community because they (1) provide a safe breeding habitat for some species, (2) filter pollutants from run-off, and (3) prevent seaside erosion.

I’m glad to have been part of this activity!