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Semi back-packing trip to South Korea with 3 girlfriends.. 6 months planning and finally it went through and yes, it was an awesome holiday this year!
PART 1 – 7-12 April 2016 (Kuala Lumpur-Incheon-Jeju-Busan)
Depart KLIA2 via Air Asia to Incheon at 8:00am flight. We arrived at Incheon around 3:30pm. After immigration and luggage pick-up, went straight to buy T-Money and local sim card. Bought wrong sim card (my phone was with micro sim) and luckily the cashier was so helpful and accepted return goods although I have to top-up another KRW10,000 for the micro sim package of 1GB. I used SKRoaming package. Then bought T-Money and upload KRW20,000. Without the help of my frequent SK traveller’s friends, I would be lost.
Went off to AREX line to go to Gimpo airport ~ take plane to Jeju…flight via Jeju Air at 7:35pm, about 1-hour journey. Arrived in Jeju at 9:30pm. We rented a car at ‘Hertz rent-a-car’..there a coach on standby at arrival to ferry us to their office to collect our car. Rented a KIA Morning car for 6 days, totalled of KRW192,100. Just nice for 4 ladies. 2 friends applied for the international license before our holiday. Staff showed how to use the GPS and some basic road safety in Jeju. Then off we go to our Guesthouse via GPS. Just awesome.
Arrived Lyndon Guesthouse almost to 11pm. The building is only up to 8th floor and our Guesthouse is on 6th Floor. Fortunately there was elevator, and all of us really tired from a long journey. We booked one room with 4 bunk-beds and personal toilet. It’s a nice room although a bit cramp for 4 people.
First Day (8 April 2016)
- Mt. Halassan jungle trekking / trails – This is a must. It’s gorgeous. It’s very popular tourists’ area who loves to see beautiful scenic along the trails. Some pictures that I took on the way up J..spent half-a-day here
- Mysterious Road (Dokkaebi Road) – It’s mysterious because at some part of the road, your killed the ignition and your car will move itself, but only for a short distance. Cool..eat the most delicious spicy fishcake and tangerine at the nearby stall. (Tangerine is one of the signature fruit in Jeju)
- Jongbang Waterfall – We arrived quite late and the place almost closed. So we only spent about 20 minutes at the area. A beautiful waterfall area and the Pacific Ocean scenery were superb.
- Sighseeing to few places around Jeju (Toscana Hotel-owned by our favourite Korean popular singer (Kim Junsu of JYJ), citrus museum, etc.)
- We went back to our guesthouse around 9pm, bought some instant rice from convenient shop. Dinner: kimchi fried rice, fried eggs, canned chicken curry and fried fish in soya sauce that we bought from home.
Second Day (9 April 2016)
- 2 of our friends fly-off to Busan for a concert that evening so just me and another friend to continue our adventure in Jeju.
- PLAY KPOP Digital Park – A venue that displaying the history of K-pop in South Korea, from 80s till 2016 with the latest technology and the tour ends with final showcase of 3D hologram mini concert of selected K-pop singers/groups. Entrance fee: KRW30,000 per pax.
- Teddy Bear Museum – All sort of teddy bears from around the world, the most expensive teddy bear, the first teddy bear, the ugliest, celebrities resemblances, etc. Entrance fee: KRW7,000 per pax.
- Sanbangsan Mountain – We thought it was a field of canola blossom park but wrong. It’s actually famous Buddha temple within the mountain. We stopped by for about 5 minutes for some pictures and off to Monsant Café in Aewol district, further north of Jeju. We found a quite big field of canola flowers at the foot of the mountain and had to pay KRW2,000 to take some pictures. Worth it.
- Monsant Café Aewol – Spent the whole afternoon with coffee and nice view of the sea. Café is owned by one of famous K-pop singer called GDragon of Big Bang group. Café was full with local and tourists at all time and had to wait to a bit for empty seats.
- Back at guesthouse around 8pm due to long journey from the café. Same dinner as on first night but not complaining because the kimchi was so delicious. It’s about eating dinner on cold night and hot & spicy food. Pure delicious.
Third Day (10 April 2016)
- Monsant Café Aewol – Yup, went again because both of us fall in love with the place.
- Nolman Café Aewol – Yes, the famous ‘seafood ramyeon/noodles’ in Jeju. No other menu, just seafood noodles. It was really delicious and fresh. The owner went off to the sea at 5am every morning to catch the seafood for the day’s operations. Went back at noon airport to pick-up our 2 friends from Busan.
- Dongmoon Market – Nothing much to see here, we went actually to buy tangerine but not as what we are looking for like the one we ate at Mysterious Road stall.
- Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival – The festival is at the entrance of Jeju National University. We were hoping to see a whole street with beautiful cherry blossom trees but unfortunately our timing was wrong. It’s the end of cherry blossom season and we only got to see a few trees with almost withered cherry blossom. Met some uni students who were more excited to see us when we said we are from Malaysia. They thought we were students at first haha..
- Dinner at Guesthouse, same menu with additional side dishes J..
Fourth Day (11 April 2016)
- Off to Aewol Jeju for last seafood ramyeon at Nolman Café and coffee at Monsant Café. Official our favourite spot in Jeju. Spent about 1 hour and a half there, said goodbye to the cafes, the sea and the beautiful windy atmosphere. I want to come back.
- We’re off to Osulloc Tea Museum to buy famous green tea and its products. We were lost on our way to Osulloc and by chance we found one of the biggest canola flowers field at the foot of a mountain. It was so pretty and gorgeous with vibrant yellow colour everywhere. Took some pictures and all of us felt very much happy of the discovery.
- Osulloc Tea Museum – Beautiful place. The museum was actually quite small but the place was surrounded by huge field of Green Tea beds and varieties of flowers (roses, canola, daisy, petunia, etc.) The tour finished with a nice café with all sort of Green Tea based drinks and cakes and some gift items. We bought some and especially the Green Tea was very good.
- Doraji Restaurant – For a final night in Jeju, we celebrated dinner at one of famous restaurant, Doraji Sikdang. They serve one of the best grilled fish and spicy steamed fish. Best way to enjoy dinner on the last day.
Fifth Day (12 April 2016)
- Early breakfast as usual. Checked out. Went off to airport to drop our luggage and while 2 friends return the car, me and my other friend waited at the airport. So many Chinese tourists and they are really loud.
- Flight to Busan at 11am so while waiting, we roamed around the shops in the airport and buy some small gift items.
I seriously love Jeju. The island was so beautiful and the people were super nice. Food were awesome, weather was awesome, and we really enjoyed our holiday there. Would love to come again, but next time, I would want to come during autumn or winter season.
Till next time, Busan. Will share some photos in next post.
After long hiatus from my blog, I feel I need to come back and continue to updating it.
In the long year absence, of course many things had happened.
- I moved out from my previous rented condo, to a much cheaper apartment complex with 2 other friends. Been 4 months at the new place, I like it more than the previous ones. More tolerate housemates. Much smaller unit and easy to take care. Most of all, much near to my choice of public transportation, the LRT (Light Rail Transit) to ferry me to my work place, or any favourite hangout places.
- Completed my Company Secretary training with Company Commission of Malaysia. My dream of getting a license getting closer. Yaayyyy..
- Dream trip to South Korea finally came true. Crazy back-packing schedules from Jeju to Busan to Seoul from 7 – 18 April 2016 and I enjoyed every minute of it. Will share my journey later..
- Still haven’t plan my back-packing trip to some part of West Malaysia, although I have been living in Kuala Lumpur for more than 10 years. Well, that will be coming soon. Although I just came back from Penang Island for a week job, and managed to take some time to explore the island with a help of a colleague.
- and etc..etc..etc..
Till next time….
“The real reason why I started acting is… honestly…” ①
…An artist who made history in Korean popular music stepped into the city of Music, Vienna.
He spent his teen years in achieving his dream of becoming a singer, and the red balloons followed him around for the next 10 years. He is the playful, oldest brother of JYJ, talented vocalist and a charismatic solo artist who commands audiences with a single standing microphone at his packed concerts.
He says he is an early riser; he runs to the fitness center at dawn. The shooting began early in the morning. His cheerful, pleasant voice wakes the morning as the staff busily prepare for the shooting. Let us breath in the music filled morning air of Vienna with the professional, Kim Jaejoong.
Movement 1: History of Austria, Schönbrunn Palace and Artist Kim Jaejoong
Starmedia(S): This is your first visit to Vienna…
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I live in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Singapore is our nearest neighbor but I have never been there before. I always wanted to visit the city of lion but never had a chance. I was actually to go to Seoul for a meeting but it was cancelled last minute. As an alternative new date given, Singapore was chosen as the next venue for the same meeting. So that’s how I finally step my foot into Singapore..Ha..
Although it was a short 2 days meeting in Singapore, I joined our Sales team to the famous Singapore zoo for a site inspection and try out their incentive package. It was a full dinner on tram, on night safari. The food was marvellous. Seen most of the animals. Singapore zoo has quite a collection of exotic animals, families of lions, tigers, wild buffalo, several family species of boars, deers, giraffe and so on. The safari took about 1 hour 30 minute journey. The last program was the night show at the small amphitheatre. Such a great show by those cute fluffy animal (minus the snake, of course) huhu…
The next day was filled with industry road show and meeting before going off to airport the day after and back to Kuala Lumpur. But that short time, I had wonderful time staying at Marina Bay Sands. Such a gorgeous hotel. Sadly, I don’t have enough time to explore the place. Maybe next time 🙂
My only complaint was the taxi driver. I am the unfortunate one who got scammed by the Premier taxi that said he gave me same fare as normal taxi but when reached airport, he charged the meter as Premier. Worst, he purposely ‘lost’ his way to Air Asia terminal and had to U-turn. Talking big about his business with 10 speedboats to carry Indonesian to Batam and bad-mouthing Johor (the nearest Malaysia state to Singapore) so freely. Well, since I’m rushing to catch my flight at 7.30am and not in a good mood and don’t want to argue since I’m still in his country, I just keep mum…but my heart, only God knows the ‘sensored’ words I scream hahaha..
Elle Japan 2013 Nov.
At the seaside 2-hour trip from Seoul.
JaeJoong has been composing for his album till late at night (before the interview). He’s been sleeping on the way here and just woke up after noon time. Appearing at the site filled with the Korean language, he said in Japanese ‘Konichiwa’ and I replied without thinking in Japanese, ‘Konichiwa’. It’s been long since JaeJoong last spoke Japanese.
I’ve asked JaeJoong to bring a book he’s recently been reading and what he brought here was Richard Carlson’s ‘What About the Big Stuff’. (It’s a gift from fans. It’s difficult to explain what the contents are. It’s about life, but not to describe life as heavy/burdensome. With the book as the starting point, we started out photo shoot. The interview was done all in Japanese, as requested by JaeJoong.
ELLE (E): It’s been long time since you last accepted to…
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