To The South Korean Visa I Wasn't Granted;

I did my best.
I gave you my all. 

It's sad that I wasn't qualified for a tourist visa but things happen for a reason. <3 I'm choosing to remain positive. 

 I just got home from Taguig, specifically the Korean Embassy along C-5, because today is the release date of my passport. I was kind of nervous on my way there and then when I got my passport, stapled in it was a piece of paper indicating that I failed to qualify for a tourist visa. I'd lie if I'd say that it's 100% fine so okay, I am feeling upset but not so much. Probably because I know I'll have another shot at it in the future. It might be just the fear of missing out of some sort. 

A little background story:

Year 2014, I posted an entry entitled, "Imagining My Trip To Korea." and in it, I said that I'm hoping to visit South Korea this year. Well, universe. I tried to make it happen. I booked my round trip flights to Incheon on November 1-7, 2016. I scheduled it coinciding with the trip of my friends from the Traditional Dance Team of the Korean Cultural Center Philippines because finally, after years of waiting too, they were given the chance to undergo training near Busan Area. 

I was one of the first members of the said dance group and it had always been one of our goals to travel to Korea for training. I had to quit though due to conflicts in my schedule so I just wanted to join them in their travel at least. Anyway, being declined the chance to visit my dream places during my dream season (autumn) wasn't as heartbreaking as the fact that the dance training did happen (so happy for them!), the trip did happen (they've flown to Korea this afternoon), I did everything I could to join them and yet here I am writing about this bad news. Yes, I can re-apply for a visa next year and buy another pair of plane tickets to Incheon, South Korea but it's not going to be the same. Spending days in South Korea with friends whom I shared that dream with is that one thing that would've made this trip a lot more special. hehehe. Why does it feel sadder now that I'm composing this?

I respect the consul's decision. It's not like this is the first time I'll miss a flight I've scheduled beforehand. The same thing happened with my Hong Kong - Macau trip last May because I flew to the United States of America. Following that train of thought that for every thing that's removed in your life enters something better, will I have a better opportunity in the future or will something good happen on those days when I'm scheduled to be in South Korea that I can't leave the Philippines? Hmmm... I'm leaving it all unto your hands, universe. You know better. Maybe it's Jeju Island that I'm meant to visit you know, for the green tra plantation and museum. Lol

The visa application result was definitely a downer for today but the Universe have always been there to save my day. Read its message for me today:

Yes, Cristina, you can have whatever you want. ANYTHING you can imagine. You name it. It's yours. Done deal. Zip, zap. Bing, bong. Ka-pow.

You just have to go get it. K?

I'll help,
    The Universe

Thanks for the help. haha! I was there to get it but... :)) Zip, zap. Bing, bong. Ka-pow. Not the right time pa. :))


If it's for me, bless it.
If it's not for me, block it.

All these are still for Your glory. 

No reason to prolong this heartbreak. hehe. 
I'm letting you go, South Korea 2016. 

UPDATE 2018: I was granted a three years multiple-entry and have gone to Korea once to experience winter. Looking forward for more S.Kor! <3 

Everything definitely happens for a reason. :)

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