Thursday, July 10, 2014

Korea Chronicles | Gyeongbokgung Part III

 / Day 5 /

5th day continues with more walks inside the grounds of Gyeongbok Palace. At the far end of the compound are more clustered quarters, kind of like (very) small villages. From this point, you can actually see the blue roof of Cheongwadae, Korea's version of the White House. And from here on, you'd see lots and lots of green, a full view of a mountain, a pond and a pavilion; and feel like you are in a countryside and detached from the buzzing city that is Seoul. It's really amazing to find a space like this in a much urbanized metropolis. Truly awesome.

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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Korea Chronicles | Gyeongbokgung Part II

/ Day 5 /

It's been exactly a month now since my trip to South Korea and it feels like ten days there passed by too quickly. If not for the photos, I would think that everything was just a dream - it wouldn't be too impossible because I truly have a very vivid imagination. haha. Anyway, I'm not quite done with Day 5. Gyeongbokgung is such a pretty place - the area is huge and every corner is interesting and quite lovely. Let me share some photos that I took inside and around the palace after the Royal Guards Changing Ceremonies

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

A Book For A Smile

Making a person smile may just be one of the most rewarding thing we can ever do. Sometimes, it only takes a small gesture to make that frown turn up side down. But there are also times when making someone smile takes a lot more than a dime. When I was in college, there were instances when I'd see the need to help someone out but feel so helpless, at the same time. Student life, for a number of people, is largely a time of allotting every bit of one's resources to very urgent school-related needs. We study so hard so that one day, we'd get to earn a decent amount of money and finally (I hope for most people), extend assistance to our less fortunate brethren. 

Well, here's a good news! Now, you have a chance to help spread smile all over the world while fulfilling your school needs, especially the need for books - which, I must say, are quite costly. CampusBookRentals has paired up with Operation Smile to heal children with cleft palate and give them a better chance at life in various countries all over the globe. Operation Smile "is a pioneer in advocating for the importance of safe surgery in resource poor environments and is the largest surgical charity of its kind, leading research into the causes of cleft lip and cleft palate, and its prevention, treatment and eradication".

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Korea Chronicles | Gyeongbokgung Part I

 / Day 5 /

It was great to have a lovely weather on the day I was scheduled to go to Gyeongbok Palace (gung). Going there was really easy, especially that I was coming from Jamwon-do, where I could take Seoul Metro Line 3 straight to Gyeongbokgung station. If you ever go to this palace, one thing you shouldn't miss is the Royal Guard Changing Ceremonies. Be there before 10 in the morning so you have plenty of time to take photos and find a good spot when the ceremony starts. The reenactment takes place three times a day (10am, 1pm, 3pm) every day except Tuesdays.