In a country where competition is stiff, and everyone works hard to make a living, tired Koreans look for something that will soothe their bodies and minds. In a recent survey, it was discovered that almost half of Korean employees have less than 5 days of vacation a year! This is why there is a current growing popularity of nap cafes in South Korea, part of the industry called “fast healing.” Employees always look for something that will solve or provide them that much needed shut-eye, and this clamor has brought forth several businesses like cafes with sleeping pods, healing fairs, cinemas where you can sleep, and public convenience lounges.
But remember, no matter where you go, be it on top of the mountain or in the most serene beach, if you are hooked online or to social media, you will never be able to take advantage of the healing you are looking for. Thus, if you are looking for healing and relaxation, the very first thing you need to do is to disconnect.
Now, let me take you to places where you can get that much needed healing in Seoul. Yes, healing in that uber bustling and busy metropolitan city is possible. And I’m not referring to nap cafes. I’m speaking of spas that can refresh, heal, and bring out a renewed, more confident you.
It’s Spring Time in South Korea! I can still remember my trip last year which was a little late for the spring festivals, but still very much within the season for which I luckily had the chance to catch the spring flowers in full bloom, especially the tulips in Everland.
Seoul is beautiful all year round, and that’s a given. But thanks to spring and its comfortingly cool weather, Seoul becomes a great place for couples, friends, and families, to experience the outdoors. It is also during spring when a wide array of festivals and events celebrating the season happen throughout the country.
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Now, shall we?
This post has been updated on March 23, 2018.
Hello, hello! What’s up dear readers and friends? I know it’s been a while since my last post and that I promised to be active in this blog but I still can’t seem to keep that promise. Do know though that I am still around, this blog is among my plans, and that I will continue to keep in touch through blog posts no matter how sporadic they may seem 🙂
In case you’re wondering about what’s keeping me busy, well, I have been occupied by life at home which pretty much revolves around my preschooler as well as some work related to my business. The first quarter is also that time of the year when we celebrate so many occasions — wedding anniversary in January, my son’s birthday in February, and our birthdays (mine and husband’s) in March. That translates to left and right parties at home.
And speaking of birthdays, I just celebrated my 40th but I personally did not choose to have a huge party. I opted for a quiet, peaceful, laid-back, low-key celebration in exchange for something that I have always wanted to do. Can you make a wild guess? 🙂 About 2-3 years ago, when my hubby and I were planning for our respective 40th birthdays, we shared what we have always wanted to do. He was asking if I wanted to tour Europe or maybe go back to the United States. But there’s just one thing that I wanted to do for my 40th and that is to return to and spend some time in Korea.
So there, in exchange for a huge blowout for family and friends, I will be going to Korea this April and I will spend 10 days there — the first 6 days without my husband and preschooler (gosh, just writing about it now is already making me miss them!), and then they will join me in the last 4 days. And that leads me to this post. Whew, what a long intro!
I realized that the most visited and most active post in this blog is the GETTING A KOREAN VISA entry that I first posted in 2012 and updated in 2014. And that needs serious updating; hence, this post. I have chronicled my adventures in my Seoul Series 2012 and Heart and Seoul 2014. I am still thinking about a name for my 2017 adventures but this blog entry is the first in that series. So, without any further blurb, let’s get down to business.
TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HOW TO GET A KOREAN VISA, CONTINUE AFTER THE JUMP.
I am very excited because in this post, I am going to talk about food in my favorite city of all, Seoul! Yeay! In this post, I’ll talk about all the cheap but delicious food that can make you feel full for 5,000 won or less.
This is not a “where you should eat” post, unless I say so, because I don’t want to make any claim that a certain restaurant is the best in a particular dish or something to that effect. I’ll just share what I think you should eat when you are in Seoul so that you can also fully immerse yourself in Korean culture and not just thrive on convenience store food the whole time.
When I travel, there are days when I splurge on food but there are also times when I don’t, especially when I am still feeling bloated from eating a lot the previous day, or that I am saving up for a major gastronomic experience later in my itinerary. But if there’s one rule that I personally follow, it is that I don’t deprive myself when it comes to food. I don’t push my travel plans if I don’t have the budget to feed myself good food. Conversely, I don’t travel if I know that my budget will only allow me to eat convenience store food during my whole stay, or that I would skip snacks or coffee time because I will go over a certain budget. In short, when I travel, making food decisions is something that I take seriously.
And with that, let’s move on!