Lessons Learned from Eating and Overeating in Korea

It’s not so hard to get carried away with the many food options in Korea, especially if they have one or more representative dish per area and a high number of Michellin-recommended and highly recommended restaurant reviews on Google and Naver maps. I have always loved that the Korean restaurants specialize in only one or two menu items so you only have to think of a meal name and search from there. So I would just like to make this post as a reminder for myself and to others on what Jeff and I do to select where to eat and how we handled a recent overeating incident near Seoul, even how to reserve and cancel bookings in this recent digital age and post-pandemic.

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Get Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses at Nandaemun in Seoul Korea!

One of my recent fun things to do in Seoul Korea is go to an eyeglass store and update my eye wear and buy contact lenses too! It is amazing that you can get the glasses after just 1 hour and the prices are so reasonable for the quality of the items and service 😊 Let me take you to Daesong AnKyeong in Nandaemun.

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You just need Google maps or Naver to find them. Actually I saw others also recommend the Davinci brand in Myeongdong and the underground malls of Hoehyeon. But the Daesong AnKyeong one was the first store I went to and suited my schedule and location. I read they have a lot of Japanese tourist clients too so I gave them a try. If I’m not mistaken, it’s in an alley and if you see the building below, just turn right. 

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You will see a sign that says 2F. It can be a bit tricky if you have a luggage and have difficulty going up steep steps but it’s just one flight of stairs.

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It was spacious inside although it might get crowded a bit due to the customers.

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I was assisted by a younger personnel who can speak English. I also brought my glasses and old prescription so that they can verify the grade. 

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I could easily spend a few hours here haha. It already took me a while to choose the frame because I know from experience and prefer Korean made ones sold in the Philippines due to the lightness and durability of even the plastic ones.

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He used a machine to test my grade also.

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He recommended the latest “in” frame for me and I liked it 😅 The temple tips were incredibly bendable and the way he bent the nose tips made everything better (he even adjusted my old glasses to be more comfortable and even haha).

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And so, I was told to come back after one hour! The glasses including frame and transition lenses only totaled around 85000 won! Then the Dailies Aquacomfort contact lenses are just at 21000 won a box (~900php, 2024) 😊

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I went back again for this trip for a contact lens refill and I also asked if they could adjust my abused glasses since I bought them there hahaha 🥰

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All in all, I am still looking forward to this activity for my future stock trips to Seoul. Maybe in a few months or years, there will be newer and lighter styles available for me. Pair it with Korean technological know how and service, I can surely carve out some time to go here again ☺️ 

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DaeSong AnKyeong (대성안경)
3-5 Namdaemunno 4(sa)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Mon-Sun 9am-8pm

Get Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses at Daesong AnKyeong 대성안경 in Nandaemun, Seoul Korea!

Useful Apps and Things to Bring to China and Guangzhou Canton Fair!

What an experience the Guangzhou Canton Fair 2024 was! We were told that it was even less crowded than pre-pandemic levels. Like Jakarta, I wanted put this tip guide out there for future reference - the mobile apps we used, the things we needed to set up BEFORE the trip (VERY IMPORTANT!) and the essentials to bring for the trip! Hope this list can be useful and will guide you as you come again to China for the first time as well 😊

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Useful Apps and Things to Bring to Jakarta Indonesia!

We just came back from Jakarta and I figured I would just put this tip guide out there for future reference - the mobile apps we used and the essentials to bring for the trip! Hope you'll find this list useful as well 😊

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Arashiyama Kyoto Tour in Japan - Lion's Roar Garden, Tenryu-ji Temple, Kijirou and Sagano Chikuji-an!

We went to Arashiyama twice for this trip and I found that I can still go back here again when I go back to Kyoto. It's a popular tourist destination and I think there's plenty of sites here for everyone aside from the infamous bamboo grove. This is around a 5-hour slow walk with lots of photo stops for us. I believe we started out on the right foot for this one so I wasn't overwhelmed with all the crowds! 

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Visit Kyoto Festival in May - Kanko-sai Festival of the Shimogoryo Shrine !

I considered myself lucky when the Visit Kyoto Facebook page posted their bi-monthly schedule of Kyoto events before our trip! There was something happening while we were there and it was very close to our RESI Stay Kyo Ryuvilux Nijo apartment - the Kanko-sai Festival of the Shimogoryo Shrine. We figured we will just check it out depending on our impromptu itinerary for that day. So every year, the mikoshi portable shrines are carried around the city. Please read more about the Shimogoryo shrine in this link and translate to English.

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