Author: dakilanglaagan

Hello there! I am Marjorie and welcome to my backpack reflections. Dakilanglaagan contains my thoughts and sentiments about traveling, hiking, and adulting. I'm not really a superb writer, but I write nonetheless. Life is too short to be consumed by other people's comments. Let's pursue what keeps us sane.
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Coronavirus story

How Kdrama kept me sane while in Quarantine

Traveling has always been my personal means of escaping the hassles of work and naggings of life. Weekends were my ‘me time’ – a time to recharge, to eliminate the toxics of my life, to connect with nature. But the onset of the coronavirus pandemic has left me constrained within the four-walls of our house, surrounded by concrete buildings, chained by regulations forbidding any geographical movement.

My mind has become a gruesome battlefield for almost four months of quarantine now.

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Places to Visit in Ilocos Sur

Project 81 Provinces: Ilocos Sur Travel Guide

History is a subject not everyone is interested with – but, for sure, Vigan City will always ring a bell among Filipinos. This UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Ilocos Sur is part of the New Seven Wonder Cities – which I have been dreaming to see for real. So when the gang decided to visit Ilocos Region after our one week trip to Palawan, I couldn’t get more excited to visit the historical attractions that is in Ilocos Sur.

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What’s the story of The King: Eternal Monarch?

The King: Eternal Monarch – of what we are destined for

The King: Eternal Monarch is an epic comeback drama of Lee Min Ho after getting discharged from the military. It tells the story of two parallel universes: the Kingdom of Corea where King Lee Gon (Lee Min Ho) rules and the Republic of Korea where Detective Jung Tae-eul (Kim Go-eun) lives. Thanks to the mythical bamboo flute called “manpashikjeok”, Lee Gon gets to cross the barrier to the other realm and meets Tae-eul whom he recognized as his childhood savior during the assassination of his father.

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What's wrong with Reply 1988?

What’s wrong with “Reply 1988”?

Reply 1988 tells the story of five friends who have been raised together in the small neighborhood alley of Ssangmun-dong in Seoul. It unfolds a timeline that begins in 1988 and the succeeding years after until 1995 including some snippets of selected characters in 2016. Compared to other dramas that centers on a single character, Reply 1988 gravitates around the five families whose lives are so intertwined with each other.

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Ichigo Ichie: The Art of Making the Most of Every Moment, the Japanese Way

Ichigo Ichie – and the beauty of impermanence

Ichigo Ichie is a self-help book compounded together by authors Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles. It is a short and simple book that hopes to provide a practical guide on how to relish and live every moment of our everyday experiences. Because in this age of digital distraction, instant gratification, and superficial engagement, it becomes more and more difficult to make sense of the moments manifested by the universe to us.

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DIY South Korea Tour

Fate against me; Why I still haven’t traveled outside the Philippines

Right now, I should be happily strolling around Beijing and Shanghai – learning about our cultural differences, exploring cityscapes, and finally savoring the fruits of a year’s worth of workload.
But I’m not. Instead, here I am at home, writing all these predicaments. Corona virus pandemic has changed everything that we so long planned for this year. Everything.