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CHRYSSA CELESTINO trav­els to a city she’s only seen through rose-col­ored glasses. Spoiler alert: the glam­our never fades, even when you’re there. IL­LUS­TRA­TION BY JU­LIA PETALVER

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THREE DE­GREE CEL­SIUS weather in Seoul usu­ally calls for hang­outs in­doors remix of Gang­nam Style played. Funky strobe lights cut through this stretch where life is as glam­orous as Big Bang’s mu­sic video sets.

that in­cluded an emer­gency call but­ton (which I stupidly pressed once com­plete with lip­stick buf­fets and a bed.

fried cheese some­times came with rose petals and a pink hue.

sta­tion and wait for the train that would take us back down to where we started. This stopover of­fered a sweep­ing view of the land down un­der:

Beau­ti­ful. hood­ies and sought the near­est shade. The rain poured and the clouds cast

In­sta­grammable with its quirky curves from the out­side than the ex­hibits it housed. This was where re­cy­cled ship­ping con­tain­ers found their call­ing

found them pret­tier than yes­ter­day.

A cul­ture of ap­pear­ances loomed and like shop­ping in this pop­u­lated shop’s saleslady went up to us and of­fered their lat­est snail prod­ucts.

The saleslady seemed de­ter­mined to sell and quickly pulled us to the cor­ner where the snail serums were. Brush­ing her bangs aside to re­veal started demon­strat­ing in bro­ken English how to use the prod­ucts. She

shoes. She was per­fectly ca­pa­ble but her boyfriend was ap­par­ently more

fash­ioned chivalry was eas­ier on the eyes than a cou­ple eat­ing their cou­ples to fol­low be­cause they looked ro­man­tic.

couldn’t snap out of.

the praise or maybe paus­ing to let the com­pli­ment sink in. Sit­ting on the eh

I wanted to warn him that Bo­ra­cay wasn’t what it used to be. That crowded places and dirty en­vi­ron­ments. But that would be a buz­zkill. I re­mem­bered that fan­tasies were per­sonal; they were re­al­i­ties we craved when real life failed to meet our dreams.

to this na­tion of cool?

I had to stop my­self as soon as I asked. Fan­tasies shouldn’t make Fan­tas­tic Baby.

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