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With the Hallyu or korean wave craze everyone who has been bitten by the k-pop and Korean drama fever wanted to go to Korea. But where to go, how to go there and even what’s the best time to go, it seems overwhelming to plan one’s itinerary.  Places to visit goes beyond filming locations of Korean dramas and cafes owned by idols and actors as the growing interest in Korean food, cosmetic shopping, traditional Korean palaces and awesome sceneries of Korea have been widespread not to mention those k-pop concerts every fangirl needs to catch, these can’t seem to fit in the 4D/3N trip or even a week.

But in my 3 years of loving and promoting everything Korean there is just this organization, a website and a Facebook page that is a one stop shop when it comes to Korean Travel Guide. It’s the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) that can make your life easier.  Listed below are various media or way it can help anyone on exploring Korea at your own fingertips.


The VisitKorea website – Official Korea Tourism Organization website

the VisitKorea website as seen on mobile

the VisitKorea website as seen on mobile

This official website of Korea Tourism Organization http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/ provides various information on everything you need to know about Korea, and of course Korea travel.  This site includes but not limited to general info on Korea, its seasons, transportation system, recommended destinations and attractions, themed travel to food, shopping and accommodation. It’s really a one stop shop guide for travelling to Korea, hence I think it’s from where they get the name “Visit Korea”.  I can still remember how I discovered this site back in 2011 when I was googling about Korea’s seasons and when is the best time to fly.  I was just amazed when I landed on the page.  I didn’t only find the seasons but everything.  At that point in time my favorite part of what I saw on this Visit Korea website is the very comprehensive compilation list of filming locations of famous and well-loved Korean dramas.  From Secret Garden (which is the current fav at that time) to Boys Over Flowers, You Are Beautiful, Princess Hours to as far back as Winter Sonata they have it, and of course My Love From the Star is there.  Check this link for this amazing compilation and see for yourself  and enjoy planning of visiting Korea to see those dreamy filming locations. ^^

Oh did I mention that this site also hosts a lot of contests or “event” as they call it with various prizes at stake ranging from Korea souvenir items, gadgets and yes Trip to Korea. It’s truly everything about Korea. 🙂

The Korea Tourism Organization Facebook Page

This is the Facebook version of the VisitKorea website.  What’s amazing on this page is that every day it features one aspect of the website with a very enticing picture that you would want to click the link on it redirecting you to the website to discover more of what the picture is saying.  May it be a feature on the current season, a contest or a destination that is a must see.  One particular favorite post in this FB page is their Seoul Subway Tour series.  It features attractions per Subway line that would save your time and energy and helps tourist maximize their time in Seoul.  Amazing, awesomeness right, Thanks KTO!  Below are sample pictures from this Seoul Subway Tour album they have posted (Full credits to KTO).

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Check below link for the full album post.

To those who are booked or are in planning stage of visiting Korea you really have to bookmark this.  So useful.  And of course like the Korea Tourism Organization Facebook page  for the whole experience. 🙂 Click here to get into the page https://www.facebook.com/koreatourism

The VisitKorea Mobile App


With the mobile phone era where every one seems to depend on their mobile phones and the increasing trend of “smart tour” where travelers prefer using mobile applications instead of traditional tour package program Korea Tourism Organization created this VisitKorea mobile app which offers in depth Korea travel information guide with user friendly design and even offers interactive on the go guide while you are at the moment in Korea.

VisitKorea mobile app home screen page as seen on my mobile phone (English version)

VisitKorea mobile app home screen page as seen on my mobile phone (English version)

So what does this application offers.  As you can see in the photo above it has categorized information on attractions, shopping, hotels and dining in Korea.  Essentially it is what you can find in the VisitKorea website but is more updated and handy since it’s on mobile.  Aside from this main feature it also boasts of Travel Highlights may it be a compilation of seasonal festivals or attractions or shopping destinations such as what you can see in the photo above (Beautiful cites at night).

You can also plan your itineraries via Travel Course which offers recommended/popular itineraries shared by other travelers.  You can also use it while you are on the go as this application can recommend what dining/shopping/attractions are near your location right at the moment you are in Korea.  For more information and sample navigation on the VisitKorea app you can go and click on this link.

By the way it also offers discounts and coupons so it’s really so cool.  What are you waiting for download it now.  It’s free and available in English, Chinese and Japanese languages.

VisitKorea mobile app as I downloaded it on the Play Store ^^

VisitKorea mobile app as I downloaded it on the Play Store ^^

Korea Travel Guide Books and e-books

For those who still prefer the traditional travel guide books and maps printed, Korea Tourism Organization still has them ready. Had my recent take-aways from the KTO Manila booth at the 2015 Korean Film Festival hosted by Korean Cultural Center Philippines below. That “Easy Korean Cooking” one is such a bonus that everyone wanted to have it. ^_^

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And as these are usually available in a KTO sponsored or organized event friends asked me if I can get copies for them.  I know you can do this by contacting KTO Manila (in the Philippines case) online in Facebook at Korea Tourism Organization Manila Office or through twitter @KTOManila or you can drop by their office at Makati. I think you can also do this with other KTO Overseas offices in other countries. But don’t worry if you can’t have a printed copy since these are also available in e-book from the VisitKorea website. How great it is right. Click here for the e-book versions of Korea Travel Guide and more books from Korea Tourism Organization.

With all of these ways listed above I think anyone can travel and enjoy Korea with ease.  Thanks to Korea Tourism Organization that truly we can imagine, visit and explore Korea at our own fingertips.  Hopefully we all can say Annyeonghaseyo right there in Seoul soon.  Aja!  😀

Hope this blog post helped you.

Sending Korean Goodvibes,
pinkyreg ♥

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Pink and You

Why am I like this way when I’m beside you?
Is it because you stroke my hair
while saying I’m so pink
pinkier and pinkier everytime you see me
and it suits me well
that I looked so pretty young
or is it because you’re you? ❤

Written minutes past midnight on a dreamy 13th of Oct 2015

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Last September 7, 2015 the giant international coffee brand Starbucks finally opened its doors in my very hometown Angono, Rizal.  As a coffee shop lover and certified Starbucks addict I’m the happiest kid ever on this day that I did all I could to finish my Monday tasks at work the fastest (even had a working lunch) just to get home early and experience its first day high myself. #Priorities 🙂

Starbucks Angono on its opening day

Starbucks Angono on its opening day

Happy

Happy “First Day High” smile at Starbucks Angono 😀

On a more serious note, I knew all my kababayan from Angono were just as excited.  Dubbed as the Art Capital of the Philippines and not far away from Manila we are unfortunately tagged as an outskirt place without Starbucks by Ms. Ruffa Gutierrez in one of her lines in the 2010 film Working Girls when she was told a property was left to her located in Angono and her verbatim response was “May Starbucks ba dun?”  (See video clip post below for reference, credits to Rizal News Online FB page) Oh well its true, then but now fret no more and we are thankful that this remark might have helped that we are now enjoying Starbucks birth in our artistic town, hahaha.

Starbucks Angono is located at the G/F of SM Center Angono along Manila East Road.  After almost a year since the opening of this very first major mall in our town (SM Center Angono opened in Nov 2014) then comes this Starbucks place. As much as one would say (from a traditionalist point of view) that our town is slowly being modernized away from its rich culture I think having a Starbucks nook would even enhance the inherent talents fellow Angono townspeople have.  It’s a place where we can tap our creative juices on music, visual arts and writing as we sit and sip some coffee and ambiance here, away from our usual corner in our room or galleries.  Personally as a blogger coffee shops especially Starbucks (and I don’t know why hahaha) gives me a magical inspiration that ideas are just pouring as long as I enter one.  Of course we can proudly say that we now have a new meeting place or tambayan aside from Jollibee, Chowking or Infinitea and the infamous Don Antonio’s now have its major rival aside from the new coffee shops at San Roque’s Music Wizard (and I don’t know the name hahaha).  Isn’t it so great great!

enjoying sips :)

enjoying sips 🙂

So much of the seriousness, here comes my Starbucks addiction moments.  I just can’t contain the happiness and kilig as I made it to the last couple of hours of its store opening after being stucked in traffic jam for more than 2 hours, and that includes the less than 6 hours of sleep the night before and after seeing this post, LOLz! (Credits to SM Center Angono FB page)

Starbucks Angono Opening soon post

Starbucks Angono Opening soon post

Just like what my friend mentioned: Iba ang feeling ng first day high (It’s a different feeling when you’re here on its first day high).  True enough that my energy levels at around 8:30 pm is like I’m in a beach vacation or in Korea, hence the crazy photo ops inside the store. ❤

while in line at the counter

while in line at the counter :)

while in line at the counter 🙂

The ambiance and interiors 🙂

At the counter

woody coffee

woody coffee

the crowd at 9pm

the crowd at 9pm

the busy counter

the busy counter

And more of me the counter hahaha 🙂

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But of course in any Starbucks or coffee shops I have a favorite spot and I think I know where I would love to sit here as long as it’s available.  Look for my watermark. ❤

pinkyreg's spot

pinkyreg’s spot

pinkyreg's spot

pinkyreg’s spot

Starbucks SM Center Angono is open from 9-am-10pm Sun-Thrs and on an extended weekend store hours of 9am-11pm on Fri-Sat.  And so if I do not reply to text, pm or in my Facebook account you know where to find me, or at least the Starbucks branches I maybe in hahaha.  See yah!  By the way I can’t wait to see some baristas in uniform on the nearing Angono Town Fiesta parade or Pagoda, hihihi 😉

feeling Starbucks Ambassador <3

feeling Starbucks Ambassador ❤

the outside logo at night

the outside logo at night

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