I wouldn’t consider our Mt. Ulap adventure a budget trip, since there are a lot of cheaper alternatives to our transportation and accommodation choices. We deliberately chose to spend a little more to ensure comfort and relaxation before and after the hike (which is no joke).
I don’t consider myself a (legit) mountaineer, though I am the type of person who constantly craves hikes. Sometimes, I do it just to break the monotonous 8am-5pm routine, but most times, to remind myself this: that once I start to pursue something wonderful, things will surely get hard but I just have to keep moving forward. Last May, I was delighted to discover that this craving was also shared by my officemates. They were mostly first timers so we decided to conquer a mountain that is forgiving to beginners: Mt. Ulap.
Believe me when I say that two visits to South Korea is not enough to fully enjoy what it has to offer. Listed below are some of the activities that make me miss the place and want to go back for the third time. The list is a mix of common and unusual places, so do check it out.
Summer! There’s no better way to beat the Manila heat than to retreat to the seas and chill by the beach. Lucky for us Filipinos, we have so many options when it comes to pretty beaches, thanks to our (now) 7,500 islands or so. A few weeks ago, my friends and I welcomed the heat wave and went on a 6-day trip where we visited the bewitching island of Siquijor, swam with the whale sharks in Oslob, and marvelled at the wonderful marine life in Moalboal.
When I started looking for accommodation options for our South Korea winter trip, I knew it had to be in Hongdae. We stayed in the same area during our first visit last October 2014, and we fell in love with the youthful vibe and tireless energy of the place.