I have thought about it long and hard. For months I have been contemplating whether it would be a good idea or not. Finally, I have decided to make this major change on my blog. It would still be a personal blog with ADD-ONS. Presenting… The MY KOREAN BOYFRIEND KOMMUNITY and KONTRIBUTORS!!!
In a few days, we will be launching a log-in process, which registers you as an official member of the MKBF kommunity. So, what do you get as a member?
- CONTESTS WILL ONLY BE OPEN/AVAILABLE TO REGISTERED MEMBERS (we’ll have at least one major contest per month and minor giveaways).
- PERSONALIZED PROFILES WITH POINTS
- INTERACT WITH FELLOW MEMBERS
- CAN BE AN OFFICIAL KONTRIBUTOR!!!
And as a kontributor, what can you write about? We’llÂ have many sub-blogs:
A very good friend of mine, Jayvee Fernandez is getting hitched on March 3 and he and he and his future wife have decided to “celebrate” their honeymoon in Korea! He’s been asking me about travel tips and romantic places to visit in Seoul and for that, this post is dedicated to you and Chie, dude! Also, this is my Valentine special! Check out the part two here.
So, what are the top 10 dating places in Seoul? I will first start with locations that are close to one another and are located near the backpackers area.
1. 청계천 Cheonggyecheon
Cheonggyecheon is a 5.8 km creek flowing west to east through downtown Seoul. It had been a neglected body of water, almost to the point of running dry but then Seoul mayor, Lee Myung-bak initiated a $900 million project to remove the elevated highway and restore the stream. The recreation park as we know it now officially opened in 2005 and has since become a favorite destination among families, friends and of course, lovers.
I already spot couples! Lots of them!
- photo courtesy of ulsanonline.com-
What to see:
Cheonggyecheon in the morning isn’t very spectacular. Its true beauty is revealed at night when the lights are lit up and their rays are reflected on the clear water. It’s truly a romantic sight! On some occasions, you would even see festive decorations around the stream and if you would visit on November, you can even check out the Seoul Lantern Festival, which is a visual feast and attracts tourists from all over the world.
What to do during the date:
After shopping at동대문¸ Dongdaemun (at least the part that’s near Cheonggyecheon), you can buy some Korean street food like 떡볶이 ddeokbokki and French fry-coated hot dog and drinks like 바나나 우유 banana milkor Milkis then head over to Cheonggyecheon just across the street. Look for a nice spot and eat your snacks there while watching the flowing water and chatting your hearts out. If you’re not in the mood to eat, you can just snuggle up with each other. Seriously, it’s such a romantic sight.
What is overdue. I finally got to compile and edit the videos of me and Jimmy when we were in Korea last may 2011! And boy was it random! No story, no nothing! Just us fooling around… I really miss “US” that’s why I did this. Hope you guys enjoy it nonetheless.
So behold my epic KRIMMY in Korea post though I won’t explain everything in detail. Instead, this will be major pic-spam but I hope you’d enjoy it nonetheless~
First up, the EXPERIENCES! (Click to enlarge the photos)
MEMBERSHIP TRAINING (MT) – Fancy term for an “outing”. It’s the tradition of building strength and unity within a particular group (company or university organizations) and are done to improve relationships within the group. Also, it’s almost always done in a mountain lodge and you’re expected to get shit-faced drunk.
Unlike in the Philippines where there are loads of beaches, one popular vacation destination for Koreans are mountain lodges.
We went to Hill Palace, about 2-3 hours from Seoul. The place was beautifullllll!!! Also, they shot an episode of Band of Brothers there!!! *insert internal fangirl spazzing here*
Super Junior’s Heechul and Kangin, TRAX’s Jay and Jungmo stayed in the room where Jimmy and I stayed. I LITERALLY SLEPT ON THE SAME BED WHERE HEECHUL SLEPT. I felt his presence.Â Huzzah~
This is their videoke/KTV/noraebang set-up. It’s serious business, especially since everyone is expected to be drunk by the time they hit the “stage”. I was the only one who sang an English song. LOL.
Dinner timez!!! During MTs, grilled meat, kimchi, beer and soju are a MUST!!!
Last May, when we were at 산본동 Sanbon-dong (the hometown of Kim Yuna), the Korean boyfriend made me try 닭갈비 Dak Galbi – a dish made by stir-frying marinated diced chicken in a chili pepper paste-based sauce, and sliced cabbage, sweet potato, scallions, onions and rice cake together on a hot plate.
I’m not the biggest fan of spicy food but dak galbi was reaaally, as Coco Martin would put it, YAMMI (and not that spicy)! You guys should try it! It’s VERY affordable, too. In fact, it was called the “commoners’ galbi”.
The girl on the video was really cute! No, not me. I’m more, yanno, “hot”.
I just want to share this with you, guys! I know we’re experiencing some really bad rains right now but let’s just be thankful somehow that it’s not as bad as what’s happening in Seoul. BUT I’M REALLY BOTHERED by these images as Jimmy is leaving for Korea this Friday!!!!!! I don’t know if the situation is as bad as Ondoy but difference is the Filipinos are used to typhoons and flooding (especially if you’re from the CAMANAVA area or studied in UST). I’m not sure if the Seoulites are. My boyfriend sure isn’t. He said he’s never seen flood this bad in the capital!
Last time I was in Seoul, I visited the N Seoul Tower at Mt. Namsan and saw the literally thousands of locks that were hung on the fences of the viewing deck. Apparently, they’re called Locks of Love and are placed there by couples to represent their undying love or something cheesy like that. The keys are thrown away as an assurance that the owners will be together forever and never separate. Of course, that’s a lot of bull shit and whoever believes that needs to go back to Grade 1. In fact, according to a 2-year survey and study made by the Korean Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs, only 26.3% of the more than 4000 respondents said that they’re still together.
But you know, it’s a very good marketing strategy for NS Tower as it draws lovers from all over the world to profess their undying love there. That include Krimmy Couple. Hahaha. I don’t really believe that together forever crap but it’s just cool and fun and a must-do for couples who’ll drop by Seoul!
The Krimmy Couple Lock of Love at the N Seoul Tower
I attached my pink rose ring along with the lock so it’s gonna be easier to find when we go back there the next time. Written on the sides are KOREA + PHILS and www.mykoreanboyfriend.com. You know, for pimping purposes.
Hello, friends! Having fun here in Korea so far… It’s my 6th day here and I don’t feel like a tourist at all! No need for maps and confusing broken hangukeo conversations ^^;;. Anyway, just wanna share a little sum’in with you all. We were at COEX mall yesterday and I saw a photo sticker booth shop and totally dragged Yongjin there against his will. This was the AWESOME result.
So as I’ve been mentioning on Facebook, Jimmy Kim and I are Korea-bound this month and we’re actually gonna be there from May 16-June 1. Not bad, huh? It’s for his business and I’m just there to shop, cam-whore and watch the Dream Concert 2011 on May 28. *spazzes*I srsly threatened to break up with him if he can’t get us tix for this event.
I normally don’t get THIS excited for an out-of-the-country trip but this is the first for me and bebe together and well, I’ll finally get to meet the family and barkada. Dude, that’s like a BIG DEAL. My Korean friend freaked out when she learned that I met his dad already (more on this meeting the parents issue next time). Anywayyy… So yeah, I’m super duper ready for the trip and because I’m Filipino like that, I’m actually bringing more pasalubong than clothes.
How much dried mangoes are we allowed to bring in to Korya?
As some of you probably know, I’m going to Korea for the first time tomorrow. I’m not sure if I’d be alone or what, but whatever the case may be, I’m still excited AND kinda nervous. I mean, it’s my first time to travel abroad alone, yanno and contrary to what some might think, I DON’T SPEAK KORYAN. I can’t be telling everyone “juguleh?” or “mweol bwa?” every chance I get, unless I wanna be deported soon as I arrive in Seoul.
I try not to have too much expectations, too, except for the fact that it’s gonna be cold. My boyfriend doesn’t seem to be too excited about me going there, either. I don’t know why, maybe he’s afraid I’ll meet a cute Korean businessman in a coffeeshop? Heehee romantic! PEACE, BEBE! I LOVE YOU!!! *clings*
But while preparing for my trip, I had to make my itinerary and study the subway system so I won’t get lost. Dear gawd, that Seoul subway system made me dizzy!!!!
Dear Seoul subway system, why do you look like my intestine? hsjkafaebfkabfk
Anyway, I’ll just figure out my directions when I get there. I’ll be staying near Insa-dong and here’s what I intend to do there for the next 6 days: