Taken at: Quezon Avenue in Quezon City, Philippines

Beautiful moon.


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.



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.



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!



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!