Category Archives: Awesomeness Break

Selina’s Castle of Beauty and Wellness at Parkmall Mandaue

Beauty and Wellness businesses thrive in Cebu. It has permeated to all income levels. It will be wise to always go for the most experienced.  

The partnership of Calayan Medical Group and M. Lhuillier Group that brought to Cebu the ML Calayan Skincare and Aesthetic Center at Oakridge is once again surprising Cebuanos with the opening of its new beauty venture designed for its budget conscious patrons, Selina’s Castle of Beauty and Wellness. It is located at the 2nd floor, West Strip of Parkmall, Mandaue City.

 

By looking at the list of services that they are offering, I can conclude that not only they made them more affordable they also ensure that it can be enjoyed by everyone, men and women, young and old. It can be a family bonding activity. Their services include foot massages and make over for kids and sauna, bath, and massages for men.

The shop also sells premium beauty products. I had been using their matte sunblock and it’s really effect. What I like about is its non greasy feel.


More about their services soon. I will be trying them as I am one massage and wellness addict and it seems they are just reasonably priced at Selina’s Castle of Beauty and Wellness. I can’t wait to try the red wine bath.

For inquiries and reservations you may call 0917-524-8009.

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Seaside Sessions At The SkyPark Schedules

Where else can you find a spectacular view of the sunset but at the Seaside? 
Enjoy the everyday sunset on neon bean bags at SM Seaside. 

Daily free shows schedules: 

Monday Blues – Jazz Music

On Mondays, guests can enjoy the jazzy, soulful sounds of artists belting out the Monday Blues.

 


Standard Tuesdays– Your Favorite Karaoke Hits

Standard Tuesday will have you humming with glee as we listen to live karaoke hits sung by expert crooners on stage.

 

Acoustic Wednesdays – Covers of Billboard Chart-topping Hits

Acoustic Wednesday strips back the layers of musical instruments, giving listeners a more intimate sound with melodies and vocals up front and center with the latest chart-topping hits.

 

VisPop Thursdays – Original Visayan Pop Music

VisPop Thursday celebrates Visayan language through music as our very own local artists belt out songs of love, longing, life’s journey and friendship all written through the unique perspective of a Bisaya.

 

LitFest Fridays – Cebu Literary Festival

LitFest Friday invites performers to the microphone for talks, moderated conversations, book readings, spoken word, theater, music and poetry.

 

Saturdate Movies – Outdoor Cinema Experience

Warm tropical nights spent at The Sky Park with the added perk of watching your favorite movie on giant screens with the night sky as backdrop lit by the constellations. Sit back and relax on beanbags and enjoy SaturDate Movie Sessions.

 

Sunday Funday – Family Fun Activities

Sunday Funday Sessions is for the whole family! Magic and amazing feats for children will set Sundays at The Sky Park apart from the rest as the day showcases an exhilarating blend of whimsy of powerful athleticism from acrobats, inspiring imagery from stilt walkers, balloon twisters and magicians.


Event time daily is at 6:00 PM. Enjoy a variety of entertainment all month long starting July 17, 2017 with Sessions at The Sky Park.

#SeasideSessionsAtTheSkyPark #SeasideSunsetAtTheSkyPark

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Flu Home Remedies (Non-Medical Relief)

Flu is coming. It’s not only Game of Thrones that is upon us but also the common colds and flu in the air. Since Friday I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather. I have doubled the dose of my alkaline Vitamin C and has been religiously taking my multivitamins. However, these are just a little bit too late since I think I already caught the flu.



What to do? 

My nose are not yet clogged but I can already feel that my throat is dry and itchy and occasionally I cough.

At times like this, I usually employ these non-medical flu hacks and intervention. 

1. A serving of a Hot Toddy. Yes, brandy and whisky can alleviate your feeling when you have a flu. It may not kill the virus but its effect is almost instant. A Hot Toddy is 1:8 Whisky and Hot Water mixed together with lemon and other spices. Try it to believe. Be sure you are of age and please don’t consume more than enough alcohol as it may cause dehydration.

2. Speaking of dehydration, most common cold causes dry throat and mouth especially during sleeping. It is therefore logical to increase the moisture content of your room. But how? Use air humidifiers. There are many air humidifiers in the market today, I bought mine from an online store for only 900 pesos. The relief of breathing through a moist air while your throat is dry is immediate.

3. Lastly, don’t forget to gargle with Bactidol. Yes, I need to be very specific with the brand as other may have not the same effect as Bactidol. Gargling with it directing it to the throat as you wake up in the morning and every 4 hours thereafter and before sleeping kills the bacteria in your throat that may have caused the irritation. This helps to prevent loss of voice. Easy on Bactidol, be sure to direct it only to the throat and not the tongue as it may burn it that may result in loss of appetite.

 

I hope this helps. Get well soon!

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Make Your Own Havaianas 2017 pays homage to the 90’s!

I think the ’90s is the best decade in my lifetime. It was on the ’90’s when we saw the birth of an invention that changed all of our lives forever; from Walkman to that familiar sound of the dial-up Internet, mIRC and hot mails. It was a crucial crossroad of time when the world shifted from analog to digital. A great decade where we learn to hope and take those baby steps to lay the foundation of the technology that we enjoyed today. Photos and games were in 8-bit but we are sure that it’s just the start of something revolutionary, a defining moment of humanity.

In celebration of the great decade of the ’90s, Havaianas offers commemorative pairs and pins in Make You Own Havaianas 2017 (MYOH 2017)

This year’s commemorative pair comes in a classic black sole with pixels, inspired by the 8-bit video games that defined the decade. 
Look who got his pair. 🙂 

With other Cebu Bloggers Society members.

The ’90s-themed pins are choices of throwback icons of a TV, cassette tape, boom box, and a video game icon. There’s a pin that simply says “I ❤ 90s”. Glow-in-the-dark pins are also available for the star gazers. It come in five super fun designs: a lightning bolt, smiley, star, and lips.

 

In Cebu, this year’s MYOH will have two legs. Head to All Flip-Flops Ayala Center Cebu on June 9 to 12 and All Flip-Flops SM Seaside City on June 15 to 18. 



Follow Havaianas Philippines on Facebook and @havaianasphils on Twitter and Instagram for updates on #MYOH2017. Plan your masterpiece ahead by mixing and matching different combos at myoh.havaianasphilippines.com.
For the first time ever, Havaianas makes use of 3D printing technology that can print pins before your eyes. 

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Kowloon Shangri-la Hong Kong Invites Cebuanos

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In an exclusive four-course dinner at Shangri-la Mactan’s Ocean Pavilion, representatives from Kowloon Shangri-la Hong Kong headed by its General Manager, Mr. Ulf Bremer, introduced the award winning Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel to Cebu while inviting everyone to stay with them on their next travel to Hong Kong whether for business or leisure.

Kowloon Shangri-la Communications Team with GM Ulf Bremer

Kowlooon Shangri-la has been consistently on Condé Nast Traveler’s “World’s Top Hotels Gold List” and Travel and Leisure’s “Asia’s Top 25 Hotels List” since 1997. These along with other prestigious awards easily transformed into a very high repeat guest rate of around 50% (That’s really huge!), while more than 32% of staff have served the hotel for more than 10 years.

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LOCATION

Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong, the first Shangri-La property in Hong Kong, is located at the waterfront of Tsimshatsui East, a perfect location in the heart of the Kowloon peninsula’s commercial, entertainment and shopping district. Star Ferry to Central, the influential business district, the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) which provides an efficient way to get around Hong Kong and also to bordering cities with Mainland China as well as the Cross Harbour Tunnel leading to the Island are all only minutes away from the hotel. It offers floor-to-ceiling harbour-view rooms, diverse facilities, award-winning food and beverage concepts, including the Michelin two-starred Shang Palace Chinese Restaurant, and exceptional personalised service.

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Kowloon Harbour View at Night

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Premier Harbour View Suite


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Deluxe Harbour View Room

SHOPPING AND DINING OFFERS AND DISCOUNTS

In partnership with two mega retail conglomerates in the hotel’s proximity – T Galleria by DFS, Hong Kong, TSTE store on Mody Road and Harbour City on Canton Road – Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong makes shopping more pleasurable for all its in-house guests. Upon presentation of Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong’s hotel key card or an invitation letter from T-Galleria, guests will respectively receive over 150 shopping and dining offers at Harbour City or a HK$100 gift certificate from T-Galleria.

Kowloon Shangri-la is home to Shang Palace, a 2-star Michelin restaurant and one of only ten “Great Hotel Restaurants” worldwide by HOTELS magazine, USA in 2002. Shang Palace is known for its traditional and innovative cuisine. The menu includes Chinese delicacies such as bird’s nest, bamboo fungus and abalone dishes, an extensive selection of seafood as well as the delicious Cantonese family favourites. A range of lunch and dinner set menus is available, or alternatively menus can be tailor-made to the guests’ desire. Guests can relax with a variety of traditional premium Chinese teas from China. The tea master will give guests recommendations in tea pairing.

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Shang Palace Main Dining Hall

GUIDED WALKING TOUR ON THE OFF BEATEN PATH

Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong presents carefully selected examples of Tsim Sha Tsui’s culture heritage and the community’s iconic people  who have lived in the district for 40 to 70 years. The hotel offers a three- to four-hour guided walking tour to see and feel the living cultural history.

Highlights of the featured heritage includes:

  1. Signal Hill
  2. Andrew’s Church
  3. Whitfield Barracks
  4. Fuk Tak Temple
  5. Rosary Church

 

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ETC Paintensity on Sinulog 2017

Sinulog has always been associated with colors and parties. It was even made more vibrant when ETC held the first Paintensity Party at the defunct Cable Car Cebu at Paseo Saturnino. It was so much fun that I think Cable Car run out of booze. It was the best Sinulog party that I’ve been at that time. Since then I have always been at Paintensity parties.

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This year, ETC promises a bolder, better and wilder ETC Paintensity at The Greenery, Cebu on January 14, Saturday starting 4 PM to 4 AM. Celebrate the colors of Sinulog to the beat of party music by top DJs like Knoxville, JC Cas, Martin Pulgar, Kat DJ, and more.

ETC will give away limited edition ETC Paintensity shirts at the venue.

Admission is FREE!

For more details and updates, check out ETC on Facebook Page : etctv and follow them on Twitter and Instagram via @etc_channel. Don’t miss out on the fun at #etcpaintensity2017

Pit Senyor!

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Plus63 Music Festival with Steve Aoki Live in Sinulog 2017

Sinulog is the best time to party in Cebu. Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is making a surge into the mainstream and Cebuanos are in the forefront in making signature festivals in the country. Music Festival has exploded in numbers and the number of attendees just keep on growing. Everyone seems just wanna let their hair down to the beat of the drums and sway to the ebb and flow of the music. All are friends. No worries, No pretensions, No pressure, Just fun.

With so many street parties and music festivals within the City, the process of choosing from so many options can sometimes be daunting, if not, debilitating. (Oppps, that sounds like a hugot line. Hehehe) On our part, there is one emerging music festival that we have been anticipating since it’s first run last year. Plus63 Music Festival has not only captured our curiosity but it also awestruck partygoers with topnotch international DJs like Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia, spot on premium sound quality and impressive digitally programed fireworks.

Last year, we didn’t know we were in for a big surprise as we enter the venue. The security was tight and very well managed. It was like entering to a themed park. The crowd moved freely and was wild (in a good way). When it was Steve Angello’s turn, the stage dazzled with fireworks but most importantly the sound inadvertently made us goose bumps. It was because of these aspects that we can definitely say this is the music festival to watch out for in the Philippines.

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Last year’s Plus63 with Steve Angello

On its second installment, Plus63 Music Festival continues its unique and very creative fusion of high caliber international and local musical acts with a curated culinary experience on the side on Saturday and Sunday, January 14-15, 2016, 4pm onwards at the Cebu Business Park.

This year, Plus63 Music Festival will be headlined by DJ Mag’s No. 7 DJ in the world, Steve Aoki! 
 Are you ready for the Cake Face?

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Taking inspiration from the Coachella and Lollapalooza festivals (and other similar festivals around the world), Plus63 Music Festival seeks to bring the best from these events for participants to experience, while giving it a local twist and enhancing it even more with the best of the Philippines’ hospitality and cuisine.

On Sinulog Sunday, Plus63 Music Festival will be headlined by the Philippines’ pride, DJ Ace Ramos.

Set time:

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Tickets

You may buy your tickets now at PouchNation.

For more information, contact them through plus63festival@gmail(.)com, FBpage: plus63festival, Twitter and Instagram: @plus63festival.

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Rico’s Lechon at Axis Vibo Place – Escario

In Cebu, lechon is a commodity. We use it to feed our guests, comfort our weary souls, celebrate big and little successes, and even just to perk up an ordinary day. With a very high demand like that, it is quite expected that most restaurants selling whole lechon will run out hours before they close. This month alone, I have been declined twice. There were just too many diners. Restaurants already ran out of lechon as early as 8:30PM.  An additional restaurant would be a pleasant progression on the authentic Cebuano lechon experience.

My favorite lechon, Rico’s Lechon, is quite aware of the scarcity and has been on a constant lookout on how to accommodate the very high demand.

Last September, Rico’s Lechon inaugurated its new commissary in Talamban which can accommodate 125 lechon cooking simultaneously for 2 to 3 hours.

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 And now, just when the year is about to culminate, Rico’s Lechon ends the year with a bang as it opens its newest and most spacious branch at Axis Vibo Place in Escario which is set to conquer uptown Cebu’s upscale dining scene with Cebu’s staple and celebrated food, the lechon.

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It’s a two-storey facility with interiors designed by Cebu’s famous interior designer Marie Sheila  L. Solon. The general ambiance is homey and classy. The dining area is wide and can accommodate up to 100 persons dining at a time while the function room has 100 seating capacity.

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There may be enough room for everyone but it is still advisable to call the branch for reservation at this telephone number: (032) 233 4144. You may reserve your lechon order ahead too to avoid being run out of it.

Patrons may also reserve or order whole lechon at this branch. One whole Rico’s Lechon is  priced from P3,500 to P8,000.

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Ready For Occupancy Condo in Lapu-Lapu City

 Property giant Megaworld is rolling out its ‘ready-for-occupancy’ inventory in its first residential development at The Mactan Newtown. 


‘Ready’ units of 8 Newtown Boulevard that come with personalized after-sales services are now being offered to Cebu condo buyers who are looking for properties where they can immediately move-in. Aside from being pre-furnished with furniture and appliances such as living room sofa, dining table and chairs, bed and even washing machine and microwave ovens among others, RFO condo buyers will be able to avail of Megaworld’s complimentary interior design services as well as leasing and resale assistance. 

“We can design your unit based on your taste and preference, and we can assist you to look for lessees to your units if you want to have it rented out, or later, we can look for buyers for your unit if you already decide to sell it. Megaworld has this ‘one-stop-shop’ to RFO buyers, which a first in the country’s real estate industry,” says Donna V. Racho, VP for Sales and Marketing, Megaworld Prime RFO.

Megaworld Prime RFO’s free interior design services also allow clients to select, negotiate, and purchase their preferred furniture, fixtures and appliances that suit their needs and budget, and the company will take care of the coordination, payment and delivery.

 

In Leasing and Resale Management Services, the after-sales team reinforces Megaworld’s vision to provide unparalleled services to its clients from the time that they buy the unit up to the time that the unit is turned over and even up to the time that the owner wants to sell it or lease it to tenants.

 “Our leasing and resale management team also caters even in negotiating and selecting bank financing options for the new buyer as well as maintaining and refurbishing the units if the owner is away,” Racho adds.

“Megaworld’s Prime RFO wants to create a long-lasting after-sales service to our most valued clients in Cebu. We want them to remember Megaworld. And the next time they want to invest for a property, Megaworld will be top of their minds,” she explained.

8 Newtown Boulevard is composed of four 18-storey residential towers. It boasts of a lavish interior – from the most spacious condominium lobby in Cebu – to quaint East Asian-inspired design elements that give a relaxing yet polished vibe.

The property also features top-of-the-line amenities that are perfect for Mactan Island’s beach setting, which include a 61-meter infinity pool overlooking Cebu’s Hilutungan Channel and Magellan Bay, a fitness center, massage rooms as well as Japanese-inspired zen gardens and courtyards.

Megaworld’s first residential development at the 30-hectare The Mactan Newtown emerged as the “Best Condo Development in Cebu” during this year’s Philippines Property Awards.

The four-tower residential cluster also received two “Highly Commended” awards in the Design Category, namely “Best Residential Interior Design” and “Best Landscape Architectural Design”, making it the most awarded residential development in Cebu in the 2016 Philippines Property Awards. (PR)

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Autumn in South Korea

The fiery red, yellow, orange and brown leaves dazzle in autumn as if it is nature’s last beauty spectacle­ —a grand finale before it shall fall off to slumber, a seduction that even the most perfervid beach and sun lovers from the tropical Philippines could not resist.

We booked our tickets to South Korea a year earlier  to avail the promo fares offered by local airlines flying direct from Cebu to Incheon, South Korea. Our curiosity to witness the picturesque natural phenomenon of autumn foliage is never averted by the long wait. The little consolation, perhaps, was that we got our round trip tickets for P6, 000.00 only per person. A year of waiting would only mean an extra time to prepare and shop f0r perfect clothes for the crisp autumn season in Seoul.

Coincidentally, on March 17, 2015, the Republic of Korea announced the opening of its consular office in Cebu at the 12th floor of the Chinabank Building at the Cebu Business Park. The office can process tourist visa applications for Filipinos visiting to South Korea. This is a welcomed news to our scheduled trip. We don’t have to fly to Manila or hire a travel agency to process our tourist visa but the best news was that the Korean Visa is for free.

After an almost six hour flight via AirAsia we arrived in the chilly Incheon Airport at around 9:30PM. Immigration was swift and the baggage claim was fast.

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Arrival at Incheon Airport. Traveling on colder seasons requires bigger luggage 

From Incheon Airport there are several different ways to travel to downtown Seoul. The most popular ways include taking the Airport Railroad Express, Seoul Metropolitan Subway, airport limousine buses, and taxis. We took the cheapest and fastest way to get to Seoul by the Express Train on the AREX Line. We hurried to catch the last 43-minute train ride.

We arrived in Seoul Station at 11:00 PM. The station was already winding down for the day, calm and 10˚C. Perfect for selfies!

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Seoul Station. A few minutes before it will close for the day. 

Travelling today has not only been democratized because of the promo fares but also been customizable according to budget: from hotels to Airbnb condo units and homes, buffet breakfast to on-the-go food from convenient stores, rent-a-car to train rides.

This trip is a well-researched-budget-friendly-sojourn, a product of weeks of research for the best deals and price, the shortest route and the best time to go. Our main objective is to ensure that we will be able to cover at least almost everything.

We availed not only the colors of autumn but also the Korea Grand Sale which gave us 50% discount on major tourist spot destinations like the famous Everland Resort theme park.

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Seoul City at Night

Our Airbnb home is just a few steps from Seoul Station. It was in the center of the City. Our host gave us specific instructions on how to pass the two-tier digital security system to be able to access our room and beds. (Too bad, we were not able to meet them in person.)

It was a long day and we can’t wait to sleep with  5˚C outside temperature. I think we intentionally did not turn on our room heater just to enjoy the temperature at least tonight. Temperature forecast for the succeeding days is 0˚C and -4˚C on midnights.

Day 1: Seoul City Tour

Seoul City is quiet and very progressive. It has maintained to keep its traditions and heritage perfectly well that it is seamlessly integrated to the whole concept of the city. To see Seoul, one may take a City Tour Package, ride a bus or taxi and do sightseeing. But then again, this is a budget trip, so we DIY by taking the subway and doing some research on the best spots and their location to ensure we have the maximum number of places to visit and sights to see.

Stopovers:

  1. Sungnyemun Gate
  2. Gyeongbukgong Palace
  3. National Folk Museum
  4. Bukchon Village
  5. Tosokchun Sansam Baeanggeun Black Chicken Korean Ginseng Soup
  6. Myeong dong
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A few steps from our Airbnb Condo Unit is the main road of Seoul. We enjoyed the 15-minute leisure walk on the highway to Sungnyemun Gate.

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Our first encounter with the autumn foliage.

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How about some me-time to post some photos at FB?

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Day 2: Nami Island and Hongdae

Nami Island (Namiseom in Korean ) is imperative in any South Korea autumn experience. This moon shaped  island  is the location of the romantic Winter Sonata Korean TV series. It is here where we got the best shots of our trip.


And here are some of the best photos i have taken in Nami Island:


Day 3:  Inwangsan Mountain and Namsan Tower

In every trip, although we plan it to be a budget one, we made sure that we have at least a day to indulge to the fancies. On this day, we planned to get a fancy dinner on some flashy autumn clothes. While waiting for our dinner reservation, we took a train to Ingwasan Mountain to have a little exercise while seeing the city from afar.

A perfect city view from atop the Ingwasan Mountain where most of the Shamanist rituals are performed to please the gods and spirits. 

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A quick stopover to try a traditional Korean lunch. It was so good!

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Day 4: Everland

Everland is the largest and most recommended amusement park in Seoul. It is the most animal friendly theme park I have been into. The animals are healthy and well taken cared.

Day 5:

  1. Sisters of Mary Seoul Korea
  2. City Hall
  3. Gangnam

I am a graduate of the Sisters of Mary School in Cebu. It was a privilege to visit the first Sisters of Mary School established in Asia.  The Sisters of Mary School is founded by Fr. Aloysius Schwartz who is now a candidate for sainthood. 

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At the fair, outside the City Hall.

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Day 6: Goodbye, South Korea
After a year, this trip remains to be a memorable one.

The mystifying  colors of the leaves glistening brightly under the sun while blown by the cold crisp winds induce inner peace like a tight hug of a friend that mends all your broken pieces. A reminder that sometimes even if you gave your best you might need to shed some of your colorful leaves to make way for new beginnings.

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