State of War

Life goes on...
Life goes on…
I’ve been receiving emails and private messages on my Facebook account asking about our status after North Korea’s declaration of “state of war”. A few emails I received asked if it’s still safe to travel to Seoul.
Everything is normal here in Seoul and I hope it will stay that way. We went to watch a soccer game on Saturday afternoon, FC Seoul vs Gyeongnam FC. It was pretty cool and quite windy but we had fun cheering for Seoul. The game ended in a draw, 2-2. On the way back home, the subway was crowded and noisy.
Are the South Koreans taking the threats of North Korea seriously? In this article on CNN, it says that “threats are normal for South Koreans“. I remember panicking years ago when I first heard those threats. My husband was nonchalant. Over the years, I learned to just “ignore” the news the way the locals do. When the sinking of a South Korean ship and the bombing of Yeongpyeong-do happened in 2010, we simply couldn’t “ignore” the news anymore. Now, when I hear threats of war from the North, part of me is thinking that the South should just end it once and for all. But of course, what we truly want is peace.
The few people I spoke aren’t worried. They are actually apathetic, as in they don’t care about the North at all. One person I spoke to said he isn’t worried because he’s paying taxes and it’s the government’s role to do something about it… ;p
Really, we only want peace in this part of the world. So let’s all just think positive thoughts ~~
For Filipinos residing in South Korea… here’s a message posted on the SK-Filcoms Preparedness Group

Dear FilCom,
This is to inform the Filipino community in South Korea that despite the recent media reports that North Korea declared a “state of war” against South Korea, the situation in South Korea remains calm and normal. We remain to be at Alert Level 1. This means that we should stay vigilant of the situation in your respective locations by coordinating with your Filipino community and church leaders as well as Migrant Workers Centers and Multicultural Centers.
Should the situation deteriorate that would warrant a movement to safer areas, please be informed that the recommended destinations are Busan and Gimhae City, Gyeongsangnam-do. The Philippine Embassy is coordinating with authorities to identify the specific convergence centers in these areas.
For further inquiries, you may call the following Embassy hotline numbers, 010-9263-8119 and 010-9365-2312 or the POLO hotline 010-4573-6290.
Thank you.
Philippine Embassy in Seoul


  1. that’s good to hear that south korea’s life is just going on as usual…
    but i sometimes feel kind of scared thinking that there would really be a war between south and north..
    as a foreigner i always get to hear about those threats from north to south.. haha
    our country’s international news is full of korean threatening news..
    u guys should feel great that we always hear about korea when it comes to international news!! 😉

  2. I hope maging ok na po ang lahat, no threats at all. I’m worried for all my friends, love one and for everybody out there.
    Lets pray for peace on earth.

  3. Hi!My whole family is scheduled to visit Seoul from April 10-15 and we’re a little worried because of the news that we hear.Just want to ask if it’s still safe to go there ?

  4. Nothing about life ever changes. Birth, Marriage, Babies, Happiness, Misery, Enlightenment, Death. The cycles all remain the same. Just as History repeats itself.. humans also follow repetitiveness. That’s why we’re so predictable! Doctors, Scientists, Psychologists, Prophets, Seers, all have one thing in common: they can relatively over a certain spectrum accurately predict what humans and history is going to do. For example we can predict that another Earthquake, Flood, Black Plague, World War, Drought, Tsunami, Technological Advancement, Medical Breakthrough, Another Phase in Enlightenment, and so on, are coming! Every human who lives roughly 100 years will experience at least one war in their lifetime, one epidemic, one economic collapse, and one change in global dominance. So really, the question that we should be asking is, are we ready for what’s coming? Are we ready right now? Because yes, something is coming. We’re not sure what, but we need to be ready for death at any moment. That’s why the Lord said that His Coming is today. Because for some of us, it is. For some of us, judgement will be this very hour! Knowing that, knowing that we must remain vigilant every hour, makes us calm down and relax about N.Korea. If we’re already ready, there’s no further need for discussion or preparedness. The day N.Korea finally decides to go to hell by attacking S.Korea or S.Korea decides to do the right thing and conquer N.Korea you and I will have already been prepared and won’t worry too much about it. After all the other disasters in our lives, another war really isn’t going to matter much. In fact, usually war brings a few positives to some people. Every war you experience will be different, sometimes you’ll be blessed by it, sometimes you’ll be hurt by it. But one thing the Doctors, Scientists, Prophets, Psychologists, Historians, and Seers can all be certain of and predict for you is that not every time will be bad, and not every time will be good. That’s why we say life is a roller coaster. It will have its ups and downs, mostly downs, and very rewarding ups, and ultimately a down that will kill us. Learn to enjoy the flowers, the good times, the love, the laughter, and during the hard times hold onto those happy memories. There’s nothing more encouraging and hopeful than that little girl in a pretty white dress searching for flowers to pick, having a small handful in her tiny precious hand, and singing to herself merrily, the year was 1945 and she didn’t think anything of the gray dust and rubble all around her of downtown Hiroshima in 1945. Just a few months prior, immediately after 6:00, the bomb was fully armed on board the Enola Gay. Colonel Paul Tibbets announced to the crew that the plane was carrying the world’s first atomic bomb. By 7:00, the Japanese radar net detected aircraft heading toward Japan, and the alert was broadcast throughout the Hiroshima area. Soon afterward, a weather plane circled over the city, but there was no sign of bombers. The people began their daily work and thought the danger had passed. Never ignore warnings, and always be prepared, and you’ll never need to worry about being caught unaware. You’ll be caught, but not unaware. If you realize that disaster is a normal and natural part of life, you’ll handle it, and life, much better. And like that little girl, you can always find the blossoms no matter what! A T-shaped bridge at the junction of the Honkawa and Motoyasu rivers near downtown Hiroshima was the target. At 8:15 a.m., Little Boy exploded, instantly killing 80,000 to 140,000 people and seriously injuring 100,000 more. The bomb exploded some 1,900 feet above the center of the city, over Shima Surgical Hospital, some 70 yards southeast of the Industrial Promotional Hall (now known as the Atomic Bomb Dome). Crewmembers of the Enola Gay saw a column of smoke rising fast and intense fires springing up. The burst temperature was estimated to reach over a million degrees Celsius, which ignited the surrounding air, forming a fireball some 840 feet in diameter. Eyewitnesses more than 5 miles away said its brightness exceeded the sun tenfold. Hiroshima was in ruins. The T-bridge’s barriers had been knocked awry; utility poles stood at odd angles, and familiar landmarks were gone or unrecognizable. Buildings …even strong modern structures… had suffered significant damage, some pushed off their foundations, some gutted by fire, others utterly destroyed. Many steel and concrete buildings appeared intact at first glance, but their outer walls hid internal damage due to the downward pressure of the air burst. Cemeteries were uprooted, and churches had become rubble. To the crew of the Enola Gay, Hiroshima had disappeared under a thick, churning foam of flames and smoke. The co-pilot, Captain Robert Lewis, commented, “My God, what have we done?”. Over 90 percent of all medical personnel were killed or disabled, and the remaining medical supplies quickly ran out. Many survivors began to notice the effects of exposure to the bomb’s radiation. Their symptoms ranged from nausea, bleeding and loss of hair, to death. Three days later, another American B-29 bomber was in the air carrying Fat Man, a plutonium implosion-type bomb. With the primary target unavailable, the secondary target, the Mitsubishi Torpedo Plant at Nagasaki was chosen. The bomb exploded at 11:02 a.m. over the narrow Urakami Valley northwest of downtown Nagasaki. Of the 286,000 people living in Nagasaki at the time of the blast, 74,000 people were killed and another 75,000 sustained severe injuries. There were remarkable stories of survival, many miracles. In the Hiroshimo event Ms. Akiko Takakura was 20 years old when the bomb fell. She was in the Bank of Hiroshima, 300 meters away from the hypocenter. Ms. Takakura miraculously escaped death despite over 100 lacerated wounds on her back. She is one of the few survivors who was within 300 meters of the hypocenter. She now runs a kindergarten and she relates her experience of the atomic bombing to children. God help us all. -Ben Arnold

    1. Took me two days to read this ;p
      Thanks for commenting even though this piece reminded me of when I was decades younger listening to my mother speak about her experience during WWII in the Philippines.

  5. ate, i am in naju now having my vacay at my father-in-law’s crib. when i heard about the “war”, i was so scared! i told my hubby and aboeji about it and they just laughed at me. i actually mentioned about my concern few times, but got the same reaction. there’s nothing to be afraid of, they reiterated. well, i guess i need to make myself forget about this for a bit and enjoy my annual leave. i still have 2 weeks before i go back to new zealand. ingat po! God bless!

    1. They are right! Just enjoy your vacation. It’s cherry blossom season down there so take a lot of photos ;p

  6. Hi Ate bechay,
    Have the same concern. My family and I will visit seoul on Tuesday (April 9). I feel weird kasi kapag tinatanong ko ung friend ko na nagwowork sa seoul sabi niya safe naman daw to tour ngayon. Calm naman daw and normal. But somehow may fear pa din of what will happen. Though I know naman kahit nasa pinas ako dapat pa din matakot if mag push ang war. Do you think it is still safe to go? advisable pa din ba? or scrap na lang ung idea? naka pag book na din kami ng hotel and ktx to Jinhae because we are planning to attend the festival sana. Please advise po:)
    I just hope ma enlighten ung mind, heart and soul ng north korean leaders as well as magkaroon ng clear mind ung sa kabilang kampo.
    Ingat po kayo and be safe!
    Lets pray for peace:)
    Thanks po!

    1. Hi Leia! Everything is normal here in Seoul. Sabi ng mga analysts, kung totoo ang threat ng North Korea eh hindi sila maga-announce kung kailan sila aatake. Kagaya ng nangyari sa Cheonan at Yeongpyeong island noong 2010.
      It’s all up to you to continue the trip or not. The only thing I am sure of is that everything is normal here.

      1. Hi Ate betchay,
        Thank you po sa response:) We will continue the trip and we’re excited to see the beautiful scenery pa din despite what is happening:)
        Ingat and we’ll pray for the safety of the filipinos as well as the koreans 🙂
        Salamat po ulet:)

  7. this is good to hear ate betchay..
    my friend & i will visit seoul next yr..and we are already in the planning stage (searching seoul’s best destinations) when we heard the news here in the Philippines.
    it scared us & quite disappointed because we dont want to cancel our travel..
    i don’t know what kind of life principles the north’s leader has…but i really do pray he will be enlighten by GOD…wala talagang patutunguhan ang WAR!
    ingatz po kayo dyan & to all filipinos in seoul..God Bless

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