Friday, May 31, 2013

Cheonggyecheon Stream, Seoul, South Korea

When I was in my elementary days, my neighborhood friends and I used to scour our street jungle, about 5 streets in radius, for a large “creek”, “canal” (an exposed drainage and a sewer system which will eventually go to a river). At that time the show “Takeshi’s Castle” was very popular. So with our kakulitan and thirst for adventures, we traverse those creeks in an adventurous and fun manner imitating the show Takeshi’s Castle.

My two friends later died in severe diarrhea, one lost his legs in a bacterial infection and I have 10 different species of parasitic worms in my stomach. Joke only, biro lang I have 9, seriously, with all household wastes in our neighborhood flowing in one creek that we enjoyed traversing, lucky that we are still alive and healthy today.

I don’t know if there are still children doing those adventures (aside from making a video of Gwiyomi and snapping a vocal cord for Daniel Padilla).

I told this story because we went to a certain creek (this is my blog and I want to call it a creek hehe) here in Korea, called Cheonggyecheon Stream. It is not chongkeyon stream where chongke (marijuana enthusiasts) gathers, but it is a stream where cheap dates, relaxing music, fantastic shows, wonderful strolls, holding hands while walking, can happen.

Cheonggyecheon Stream - The Starting Point

There is no household waste; a few bacteria of course, only clean (but not drinkable) water, fountains, city scenery above, and few mini bridges, this stream is boring for a Takeshi’s Castle Adventure, but popular for a stress reliever.

If your ass is here in Korea, South of course because the North is still busy crafting nukes, you might want to visit this famous stream, because this stream is connected to other popular attractions like, Insadong, Deoksogung Palace, Seoul Plaza, Changdeokgung Palace, and Changgyeonggung Palace. 

Some of the images you might see if you are planning to visit this site.
The Stream - tourists at the sidelines
Stepping stones to cross the stream from one side to another.
Getting their feet wet.
One of the fountains you will see.
Kids can easily cross, not a problem.
Lovers under the bridge - cheap way to date for the budget conscious couples.


Seoul Subway
Line 1: City Hall, Jonggak, Jongno 3-ga, Jongno 5-ga, Dongdaemun, Sinseol-dong
Line 2: City Hall, Euljiro 1-ga, Euljiro 3-ga, Euljiro 4-ga, Sindang, Sangwangsimni
Line 3: Jongno 3-ga
Line 4: Dongdaemun History & Culture Park
Line 5: Gwanghwamun

Friday, May 24, 2013

Acro Tower, Anyang, South Korea, Blue Hour

This building is the tallest building in Anyang, South Korea, with a height of 175 meters consisting of 37 floors. It was completed in April of 2007.

Since my wife requested to photograph this building where we live as a remembrance, I have been fascinated by its colors especially during the night.

I started to become interested in blue hour and night photography after a group of photographers from Daelim Engineering invited me to go to Garden of the Morning Calm South Korea, where when twilight becomes a sea of colorful lights.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Trick Eye Museum, Hongdae District, South Korea

We were tricked. An old building, with bad parking lot, old elevator, old Seoul outside, and small stores in the street, the Trick Eye Museum is a tricky bitch outside. But once you get inside, this amazing tourist attraction definitely brings out the kid in you.

My daughter says: My over reacting parents... sigh!
Located in busy young adult life environment of Hongdae (Trick Eye Museum is near the Hongik University so young adults and stores for young adults sprawls the vicinity), Trick Eye Museum attracts local tourists and foreigners because of its three dimensional trick art which were specially designed for photographs.

The museum has guides inside to help you with your camera, to be able to know the right angle, but it is up to you and your imagination and creativity if you want to fully enjoy the museum.

Here are the images I want to share during our visit, if you want to have an idea on what's gonna happen.

Smile... the costumer is always right!
Escaping criticism
I want that sushi
Pee wine
Wine and pee
Got yah
This is a very famous painting... makes me sleepy.
Spider wife
and her acrobatic sister
and her pervert husband 
Head as a main dish
She is small in real life.
Bully sistah
Midget girl
What are you looking at?
Something is wrong in this image... my horn is in my ear.
My daughter ... my angel.
She caught it for "Kilawin"
Sky angel
My Sister-in-Law ... a millionaire 
Breastfeeding in Venice
Afro girls
Easy one hander
Boating in Venice
Boating in Venice
Swettie noooo... no solids yet.
Spent my night in Korean Jail for the first time.
Beat the summer
Kung fu fountain
Sometimes it is hard to be famous, rich and handsome like me. 
No more freaking Twilight please.
Bamboo climbing 
Panda sucks at climbing haha!

Hongik University Station, Exit 9, Seoul Subway Line 2
then walk straight, cross the first stop light, and then turn left. Turn right after 2 blocks. 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

International Horticulture Goyang, Korea 2013

Spring is definitely here and Goyang City in South Korea welcomed it by making our earth friends the star. A part of the beautiful Ilsan Lake Park has been transformed into a place where flowers can show its classic beauty.

The International Horticulture Goyang 2013 Gate 2
Here are some of the images I want to share, in case you are thinking on going there next year. I am sure it will be more extravagant since organizers are applying a lessons and learned or two.

Welcome scene going to Ilsan Park proper
Local tourists posing for the camera
The "W" of the word Welcome covered by flowers.
Part of the beautiful Ilsan Lake Park

Ilsan Ho, Ilsan Lake
Ilsan Lake  
Spring flowers helping to beautify the park
Bed of spring flowers.

One of the attractions
Bridge flower
A miniature palace and gate
It is tulips right?
More tulips 
A miniature pyramid of Egypt
Eiffel Tower
Flower dragon

Easter Island heads covered with flowers
A miniature traditional village
I have a large equipment
Palace gate
Couple enjoying the flowers
When I saw this, Dog of Flanders came into my mind 
Instead of a water, flowers power this turbine
Dancers entertaining the crowd
We are not the only living thing in our mother Earth. We should be taking care of our fellow inhabitants.

Recommended for:

1. Dating couples

2. Flowers and Nature enthusiast.

3. Photographers

4. Stressed people

5. Families

What to bring:

1. Camera

2. Smiles


Jeongbalsan Station Seoul Subway Line 3 Orange Line Exit 1

Entrance Fee: 5,000 Korean Won


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