Petite France + Nami Island + Gangchon Railbike Ride Tour (Part 1)

Our last full day in South Korea was spent outside the city. Thankful that I booked this trip with FunKo! It went well from start to finish!

For KRW 70,000.00 per person (or roughly about Php 3,500.00), this tour is so worth it!

Waited for our ride at Myeongdong Station Exit 5, there in a bulletin board was my name and the group we would be in.

Lucky us because our group only consisted of 15 pax (us 12 / other group 3)! Due to us being a small group, we were assigned a cozy coaster instead of a big and uncomfortable bus!

The ride to our first stop Petite France from Myeongdong was only an hour. I love Little Prince so I am giddy on this tour.

Petite France is a French cultural village set in the Korean countryside. It is also home to Goseong Youth Training Center. There are a lot of things to experience here.

The Little Prince welcomes visitors of Petite France

Puppets and Dolls on display

The Proposal Room

Petite France during winter
Viewdeck to see North Korea from afar

Inside a French Woman’s house

Miniature Eiffel Tower

Aside from the very picturesque small town that is Petite France, we get to enjoy magnificent puppet shows.

Really a sight to behold, these pictures are just a few of so many. A must visit in Gapyeong!

Our tour ended with some ice cream!

Next stop is the famous Nami Island. Took the coaster for a 30 minute ride to reach the ferry station. More on it here!

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What to do in Seoul: Daiso Shopping!

8 floors of Daiso! Can you just imagine???

Well, you will find this gem of a treasure hunt at Myeongdong in Seoul.

Running out of time, we decided to just spend half an hour in this massive building. Of course, there was a little bit of overtime! 😂

Just a go through though, here’s a floor by floor rundown of the 8 floors! And as a tip, you always start at the top floor. Take the elevator up then take the stairs going down. Makes sense?

And of course, since I was hurrying up to pay for my purchases, I forgot to take picture of the ground floor! Forgive me since I’m on overtime already!

So many cute stuff to buy! But my hands were tied as my luggage can’t handle it anymore! Blame it to Korean Air which only allows 23 kgs of check in baggage! 🙄

Daiso also offers Tax Refund but you have to do it at the airport. You have to ask for a receipt and your purchase must be KRW 30,000.00!

More of my Korean Trip soon!

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Namsanmai – Our Korea Airbnb Story

There are a lot of places for rent when you check Airbnb. It’s almost a matter of luck if you will get a good host and if the place you are booking will be just what the host says.

As for our Korea Trip this year, we had the best of both worlds as our host is very accommodating and helpful. He always answers my query. His place is just what he posted and everything worked out fine the whole time we were there.

Our group consisted of 12 people and the house fits us perfectly.

The house is located in Namsan and super close to Namsan Cable Car Station, more or less a 5 minute walk uphill.

On the other hand, to go to Myeongdong Shopping Area, you walk downhill for a few minutes and you will reach 2 of the exits of Myeongdong Station. When you go underground, there is an underground shopping area and when you cross it and go up the exit, you are already at Myeongdong Street. This is where the happening is at! More on Myeongdong in my next blog.

Back to the house, this is what I saw that caught my attention. This is the house’s floor plan.

So you see, there are 3 rooms. Room number 1 has 3 single beds that can sleep 3 people. Room number 2 has a double deck with pull out bed. So another 3 people could sleep. Room number 3 has 2 double queen beds which could sleep 4 people.

The house also has 3 toilet and baths. And heated water which definitely helped as the weather is so cold in the morning.

To give you a glimpse of the house, take a look.

The gate looked like it was taken straight from a Korean film.

Houses and condos in Korea have digital locks. You won’t be needing a key, the owner of the house (in this case our host) just gave us the password and that is what we used for the whole duration of the trip.

The kitchen / laundry area / dining area.

The living room has a comfortable couch. A big flat screen TV and WIFI!

Room number 1

Room number 2

Room number 3

The host also gave us supply of water and some chips. So nice right?

He also booked us our airport transfers to and fro the airport.

I loved our stay in his house and that I am recommending it to all my friends.

Oh, one important thing! The house is a tough walk uphill especially when you have shopped for a lot of things! So ready your legs! I do have a bright idea though, you could take the bus and alight at the bus station in Namsan Cable Car, which is on top. Then just walk downhill to your house.

Some more pictures of the house. ⬇⬇⬇

Pictures from Namsanmai’s Facebook Account

Also, the host was so nice to let us check in directly from the airport. We arrived in his house around 7am. Check in was supposedly 2pm.

The house has all the things you will need – from the toiletries to the towels to the glasses, cups and cooking pans – it is all there!

We were all really happy with our stay! 🙌👌👍👏

Go and check out Namsanmai at Airbnb!

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Blackbird at the Nielson Tower

Celebrated a dear friend’s birthday at the Blackbird. I would say it’s a bit expensive but it’s definitely worth a visit. The interior is very classy but a warm atmosphere can be felt.

It has a very distinguished history as it was an old airport before. In between 1937 to 1947, people used to fly through this airport. The Ayalas maintained the original structure of the building and it now houses Filipinas Heritage Library which serves as a resource center and the Blackbird for diners who want a different scene and feel.

The ladies are out tonight. Me and my good friends had fun that night.

The hallway going to the main dining area.

The bar by the door.

Lounge area.

Beautiful flowers greet you as you enter the dining area.

The Menu.

For our soup, we had Seafood Bisque, Fennel and Prawns.

As appetizer, we had Prawn Scotch Egg, Betel Leaves and Coconut Chili Sambal. Should be eaten as a whole to fully taste its true flavor.

Our Main Dish.

Grilled Tiger Prawns, Nori and Wasabi Butter, and Spring Onion Roti

Lamb Cutlets, Rosemary and Pepper Dry Rub, Potato Gratin, Fine Beans and Chorizo Piperade

Dry Rub Wagyu Hanger Steak, Mustard Butter and Twice Cooked Chips

That night was a very beautiful night. Good place, great company and fantastic food is always the best combination!

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Kids Happy Time Playground

Report cards are out and the kids did well. They deserve a treat! What more can a kid ask for? Playtime! Afraid of the huge influx of people in the usual malls, hubby decided to find a place where there will likely be lesser kids.

He found Kids Happy Time Playground which is located in Venice Grand Canal Mall!

And the best thing about it? Metrodeal is selling a voucher for it! Upon checking the availability of slots for weekend playtime, we purchased coupons to use.

For Php 249 instead of Php 399 for 3 hours, a kid and an adult companion will be allowed to enter the play area.

The kids had a super fun time doing obstacle courses, sliding, racing and whatever they could think of!

Upon entering, you will be directed to your locker space and this is also where you will leave your shoes. Bring socks so you don’t have to buy from them anymore!

The whole area is Under The Sea Themed, with touches of Pirates of the Carribean.

There is a ball pit!

Some bridges!

For the littler ones.

A racetrack!

A Merry Go Around!

Ball Swings and a trampoline!

Mini Houses.

Building Blocks area.

Some slides and a ball pit!

They also have a Sand Pit but with plastic seeds instead of real sand.

Aside from the play area, a child can have different creative activities too! But with fees!

It’s nice for kids 8 yrs old below. The space is big enough. I like it because it’s not crowded. The place is padded too!

A fun way to let the kids be themselves, run around and be free!

Be sure to check Metrodeal first before heading there and to also call first to ask for Metrodeal Voucher schedule.

Our kids deserve to have fun and it shouldn’t be expensive! 👌

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Shawarma Bros

Found our way at Venice Grand Canal Mall and before we head to our final destination for Playtime with the kids, we decided to check on Eatigo and see what resto has promo.

Turned out Shawarma Bros has a 30% discount so we decided to book it!

It’s nice to have the Eatigo App because with the discounts, you will not be afraid to try new restos. If in case the food’s not good, at least you didn’t pay the full price! Haha!

We came in ahead of our schedule and we seated ourselves. YES, we fixed our table. It’s by 2s so we had to put 2 tables together to fit us. Calling customer service!!!

When it was time to order, we were told that our schedule is 5:30pm and I think that they are implying that we couldn’t order yet. It would be okay if the place was packed. But hey, it was just us. Later on, a staff told that maybe we could order in advance, this was when she saw the ??? look on our faces.

A big school bus right before the entrance.

The interior is nice. I love the simplicity and the overall look of the place. It’s like we are inside a container van!

They have a #brobeerchallenge and the participants’ names and corresponding record time are displayed in this wall.

The menu is limited.

Since we wanted to have dinner, we ordered 3 rice dishes.

Hubby ordered a Bro’s Beef Shawarma Rice which is their best seller.

For hubby, his order’s value for money, especially we have 30% discount!

I ordered a Momma’s Chicken Shawarma Rice.

I love my order, I really got full fast. Suits my taste buds.

For the kids, we ordered 2 pc Honey Butter Fried Chicken with Rice.

The chicken’s breading was a little salty for my taste, but it was crunchy and the meat is very tender. Also, the meat tasted good.

All the rice dishes came with Shredded Veggies, a slice of Tomato and Crispy Veggie Strips.

So many sauces to choose from! The kids love their Cheese Sauce!

All in all, we are satisfied with what we had. Value for money is ok with the Eatigo discount.

If asked if we would come back, maybe we would like to try some other place first.

But if you haven’t tried yet, we recommend you try it rather than have a meal at a regular fast food chain.

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Landers x Caltex

It’s not too late! You still have today and 2 more days to gas up and fill your tanks!

I did today and I was in and out in less than 10 minutes! The best time is right after you drop your children to school. But make sure it’s not too off your usual route as the savings may not be worth it compared to your hassle and your actual trip.

I was about 2 cars away when I took this photo and since there are 4 slots, I got called even before I finished uploading.

Actual fuel prices today!

I filled up the tank up to 41.692 Liters! I practically saved Php 416.92.

My receipt! My fuel price at Php 41.32 / Liter instead of Php 51.32.

This is so worth it when your tank’s drained. Mine was on the last line.

Good job Landers!

To know more about their sale, pleade go to Landers Superstore Facebook Page.

See you on Friday! 😎

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Edu Blocks PH

For us parents, it is very important for our children to have the best of everything. We put them in good schools to have the best education. But it is only not inside the classroom that they could learn. At home, we could give them toys that will make them learn while having fun!

Edu.Play, a brand from Korea, brings Edu Blocks to the Philippines and it is fast becoming a hit to daddies, mommies and of course, the children.

Edu Blocks are huge building blocks which can let our kids’ imaginations run wild! With these blocks, they can build or create anything from their vivid imagination! Nothing is impossible with these colorful blocks!

There are 3 sets to choose from!

SET A – BUILD PLAY

It has 48 pieces of huge building blocks in assorted colors that the kids can use to build anything they could imagine!

Like this very colorful big dog!

SET B – GYM PLAY

This set has 29 pieces of blocks that we can form us balancing beams or obstacle courses. Mommies can also make use of these colorful blocks to build a display rack or a shelf to put our kids’ toys!

For intimate kiddie parties at home, Set B can be pretty useful.

SET C – ROLLING PLAY

This set consists of 29 pieces of blocks to build different modes of transportation!

They can roll away with whatever they will build!

If you buy all 3 sets, it will be so much fun as you could mix and match everything together!

What are you waiting for? Check out Edu Blocks PH at their Instagram page @edublocksph to know more about these blocks. You could also see the blocks in person as they go around Baby / Mommy Fairs so more people can benefit from this cool toy!

I also think that schools need to have these kind of blocks to enhance and nurture creativity of kids.

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