In Joy’s city…
Maita: Ohhhh, Harmony-ro… Joy, what a nice street name!!
Joy: It’s the first time I’ve heard of that…
(Waaah ang babaw ko nakakaiyak)
While waiting at the station…
Joy: Oh, it’s gonna take about one hour and a half [from Incheon to Seoul]… we’ll just be on the subway… is that okay with you guys?
Maita: Yeah of course… hahaha isn’t it in the Philippines traffic takes one and a half…
(Btw, I never diss my beloved country… just trying to make an analogy right there, hahaha)
In Kyobo, a bookstore chain…
Joy: *points* Foreign [books]!
Maita: What? Porn?!?
Joy: Foreign!! Raffy, what is your sister watching?! Maita, format your computer…
While having dinner…
Joy’s Mom: Joy… *does hand gestures* pig!!!
(PIG!! Haha it’s so funny how they make fun of her)
(Inside joke, well, sort of… gonna expound on this soon!)
At the airport, terminal 3, departure, still in the Philippines…
*goes to the Zest Air counter, wonders why there is only one flight number*
Maita: Nasaan po yung Z2885?
Guy: Z2885…? Diba arrival ‘yon? Sa kabilang gate ‘yon! Kayo naman, hindi pa nga kayo umaalis eh…
(HAHAHAHA excited much? I’m stupid I know, many thanks to my brother)
At Namdaemun Market, buying Korean shirts as pasalubong…
Seller: Where are you from?
Seller: I love Pilipin!
(Hahahaha okay dapat sinabi ko Japan para “I love Japan” din… well, lucky him, we bought!)
At Seoul, going to our next destination on the tour bus…
Conductor: *in Korean* Sorry, no drinks allowed!
*David (Joy’s oppa) gets down of the bus, while we all proceed*
*he gets in*
Us: Ahhh sayang!!
David: *taps Raffy* I drank it all!
Joy: Wow~ First and last [words]
(HAHAHAHAHA laftrip… that’s because Joy’s brother is super quiet, made me wonder if there was something wrong with us or what, haha, but Joy said he’s just like that when he’s with people he just met)
Maita: Joy I love your dad talaga!
Joy: He’s taken!!
(Duuuuh Joy I knew that hahahaha… I hope that wasn’t misinterpreted LOL kmn)
In Lotte World, going to the museum…
written: Fork Museum (this way)
*walks and walks*
written: Folk Museum
Joy: Oh, haha… I thought it was a museum about forks…
(In Korean, “l” and “r”, when pronounced, are only treated as one. Well, when words are then romanized… that’s a completely different story!)
Thursday morning (my brother and I), sitting beside Joy’s dad as he takes his English lessons on Skype, with his teacher a Filipina, on video chat…
Us: Hello po!
Teacher: Wow, fluent kayo sa Tagalog!
Us (looking at each other, confused): Uhm… opo, hehe…
Teacher: Bakit kayo nag-aaral sa Manila? Bakit hindi sa Korea?
Maita (super confused face): Ah? Ay, hindi po, mga Pilipino po kami… nagbabakasyon lang sa Korea… kaklase ko po yung anak ni Tito…
Teacher: Ah!! Ganun ba? Ay, sori!
(Do we look Korean enough even to our fellow countrymen or what…)
With Joy and her mom…
Joy: My mom said that you seem like a study-study person, something like a nerd…
Joy: She’s asking what your impression of her is!
Maita: Responsible, caring mother!
Joy: Both of you…
(Hahahaha I swear it was so funny)
At the subway…
*elder woman asks something in Korean to my brother, panicing, probably about what the next destination is*
*brother, panic mode, shrugs shoulders and does hand gestures*
Raffy: I think she missed the train because of me…
(Omg I can’t even count how many times my brother was spoken Korean to. I was, too, but the number of times wasn’t anything remarkable. Haha. I’m a tourist here)
At Gyeongbokgung Palace, tourist mode on, snapping around…
*Joy asks a woman to take a picture of us, with the landmark as the background*
*woman holds the camera opposite, with the lens facing her*
*tells her to change the position, still has it wrong, with the camera now upside-down*
*goes to her and helps*
*takes our picture*
Woman: *in Korean* It’s a nice picture!
Us: Thank you, kamsahamnida!
*checks the picture on the camera*
Joy: *disappointed* She could’ve included the background… she even said it was a nice picture…
Us: Haha, omg…
One of us: Well at least we taught her how to use a camera…