Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Living Jeju


'Jeju is a place filled with amazing geographic landscapes, sea views, museums and food. I miss the sunset at Hyeopjae beach, the smell of its sea breeze, the horses we rode, the resort and last but not least, Dennis. He was such a darling.'

The trip to Jeju would have been perfect if not for the rainy weather. During the second day of the trip, it rained. I am a person who enjoys mother nature and was hoping to catch some of their beautiful landscapes. Due to the rain, we could only make visits to museums:( Even though it was a 3 days trip, we stayed at two location. One by the beach and the other one at a resort:) Dennis, a friend of my sales manager, works at the resort in Jeju so we decided to stay at his place during one of the nights. 

We got to enjoy the beautiful view by Hyeopjae beach we stayed beside. The sunset view was breathe-taking. It was a mix of dusty pink, orange and blue. My sister and I spent a good 3 hours, under the cold weather, mesmerised by it. Hyeopjae beach is located at the west side of Jeju. Hence, we only travel to the west part of Jeju. During the afternoon, we went for horse-riding and also visited the glass museum. We rush back to Hyeopjae beach to catch the sunset and ate black pork nearby. Black pork is very popular in Jeju. If you are there for a holiday, remember to try some. It is very tasty!


Catching the sunset in Jeju

Took pictures with some of the locals

Famous black pork in Jeju

It was a rainy day! Luckily, we have engaged a driver for the day. His name is Hongsik Baek and he speaks fluent English. He told us it was impossible to travel to the areas we wrote on our itinerary as it will be raining. Therefore, most of the places we went were indoor museums instead. How I wish it was a sunny day throughout! There are places I wished I could have visit :( 

First Destination: Stone park

It started getting windier and windier when we were at Stone park.(First destination) At the end, before we could get to our second destination, it rained. :(
Second Destination: Teddy Bear Safari

Third Destination: Mini Land
Our driver was very nice and came well prepared. He lent us raincoats to brave thrugh the rain. The wind was very big and we were soaking wet right after we stepped out of the car. When you visit Jeju, pray hard it will not be a raining day for you! When it rains, it just makes everything down!

Fourth Destination: Hello kitty museum
Hello Kitty museum was so so so so kawaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii! If you are a fan of Hello Kitty, it should be a must visit place to be at. They even have a Hello kitty cafe located inside. Overall, it took us about 1 to 2 hours to finish walking the whole museum:)

On our way to the Hello Kitty Museum, I saw a sign saying Camomile field and asked the driver if we could stop by after. I fell in love with the Camomile scent during a visit to the Innisfree store and was very curious how would be the whole place like. I picture the place filled with Camomile flowers but... to my disappointment. It was still raining very heavily and it made our shoes very wet. We were feeling very cold already. Luckily, we found a sheltered house nearby and decided to stop in and wait for the rain to subside.

Fifth Destination: Camomile field

It was 5pm by the time we got back to the car. The driver sent us back to the resort where we got to meet Dennis for the first time. That day, we went to five different museum and it cost a bomb. If only it wasn't raining that day. I could have visit the other scenery spots in Jeju instead. Dennis was very very very tall. If I had two words to describe him, it would be gigantic pillow. He was like a very comfortable friend though we just met. He took us to the nearby supermarket to get the food for dinner. We were famished by the time we got back! The rest of the night was spent chilling and talking with him. We got to know him better through that. 

Look at the amount of food we bought! 

It was the last day in Jeju. Waking up in a resort is like heaven. You get to enjoy the comfort of the bed and the beautiful scenery of the sea when you wake up. We couldn't wait to get our asses out to the sea. Breakfast was provided by the resort so we didn't have to worry about food. The weather was very windy so even though the sun was up, it was still very very cold. We went to Ollie trail 8, Seokjikoji,Yongduam Rock (Dragon Head Rock) and Yongmeori Coast in total. Halfway through the day, we decided to head back to the resort to wear thicken clothes because the wind was very strong that day. I guess it is the after effects of the rain the day before.

Yongmeori coast was a place I wanted to visit most!! But sadly because of the bad weather the day before, I couldn't get to view the coast area. It was disappointing because we made a wasted trip down to Yongeori to realise it was close for viewing :( In the end, we just took a stroll around the area.

🌾🌾🌾 #seoxsisters

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Yeomongri coast was located very far off town and so it was very hard to get a cab back. When you are in Jeju, you need to dial for cab. We did not buy any SIM card and therefore, had to seek for help at a cafe nearby. That was when we met a nice uncle who knew how to communicate in English. He offer to give us a ride back to the resort because his resort is also located nearby. We took the risk and accepted his kind offer:) He was actually in Jeju for a short holiday before returning back to Seattle for work.
On the way back, he stopped by at a fruit stall to get Jeju's famous hallobong. The lady boss was adorable. She thought the uncle was our dad and kept complimenting about us. HAHAHA When she realise we were from Singapore instead, she became very excited. When we got back to the resort, he gave us a few hallobong as souvenir. You don't know how thankful we were back then. What a nice person he is :)

Dennis was waiting for us when we got back to the resort. That night he bought us to the market  town. We had BBQ seafood for dinner there and it was fantaaaabulousssssssssssssssssssss!!!! After the sumptuous dinner, we stopped by a pub for some drinks. We learn how to play some Korean drinking games. It was hilarious. hahahah!

Our last dinner in Jeju with Dennis. Now, I truly appreciate seafood. #seoxsisters #freshest #seogwipotown

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Round 2 - Cheers to our new friendship!🍻 #seoxsisters #seogwipotown

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Dear Jeju, 
Thank you for having me! It has been a good visit and I will come back again for another. Next time, I will visit more mother nature spots. Please do not rain when I'm there ok? Till then :)

With love,
Patrine Choo

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