Day 3 Jeju – Part 1 Jeongbang Falls, Abalone Porridge

For our last day in Jeju,  we check out from the backpacker early because we will drive along the coast back to Jeju-si and by early, it’s already past 10am.

Jeongbang Falls 정방폭포

As I mentioned earlier, you can visit this place when you visit Cheonjiyeon Waterfall as it’s just 5 minutes apart. I believe that in Jeju, in order to view outstanding scenery, one must have a good health. It’s all about climbing stairs and walking miles today. Seriously, I have my max out my exercise quota for a quarter.

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This waterfall I think is a worth a short visit as its only water fall in Asia that falls directly into the ocean. And the view from the top was quite nice.

Ahjummas 아줌마 (old aunties) selling fresh seafood meant to be eaten raw by the sea. How nice to savour abalones and octopus still very much kicking next to the sea accompanied by a symphony from the waves. 

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Reached the fall together with the other few thousand tourist trying to get a clean shot after a short walk. As you can see, I was not dressed to hike and climb for that day.

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Admission fee: 2000KRW
(N 33 14.714 E 126 34.254

Abalone Porridge

Abalone porridge is a MUST eat when visiting Jeju for foreigners, just like the black pork. From the previous destination, we drove for more than an hour to reach the east of Seogwipo area. Since we only grab some stuff from the convenience store for breakfast, we were eager to find a GOOD lunch place.  And we found out most of the better abalone restaurants are located on this side of the island

So again, we turn to our trusty 4square and google for some places and decided to go with this one which was really near to Seongsan but not exactly around the tourist hot spots.

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See, not too far :)

When we were there, again, we were the only foreigners to an almost full place, which we took as a good sign. The whole place was set to look like a canteen and run by ahjumma.

Abalone Porridge
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The menu

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The highlight of the meal. Abalone porridge. I know it doesn’t look appetizing but I assure you it is delicious.

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Remember to have it with the banchan (side dishes) provided as it will give it a stronger and slightly different taste. Although the porridge itself has a naturally sweet taste of the abalone. They already cut up the abalone in case you feel its just a small bit and the texture was just right. Not too hard nor chewy.

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After the meal, we were suppose to go direct to Seongsan Ilchubong, but I was distracted attracted by the beautiful scenery behind the restaurant. Well, what is the point of a self driven trip if we have to stick strictly with the schedule right.

Somehow the sky was just so blue and water was so clear. The water wasn’t just clear. It wasn’t just blue. It was a shade of shimmering emerald green blending in some blue.  It was REALLY a beautiful sight. The horizon was as far as one can see. K took this photo of me tottering among all those rocks leaving him behind just so I can touch the water hehehe. If you can spot me.

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It was probably one of my best moment in Korea? Discovering this spot, at the right time and right moment. Just beautiful.

“Beautifulest” – Kwangsoo

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April
23
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Harmony Silk Factory

I was very interested in this book for a few years but it never made into my bookshelf. It was always on the top shelf of most book stores probably because the story was set in Malaysia and written by a Malaysian. So while waiting to board for South Korea last month, I decided to pick it up from the stores.

The novel is divided into 3 portions to narrated the life of the protagonist, Johnny Lim, from 3 different perspective. His son, wife and friend. The concept was interesting as for the same person, views can vary so widely. The first portion was quite interesting and then it become more complex. The 3rd portion for me was all over the place. The plot was just jumping here and there and it really took some time to actually finish the book. I just want to quickly finish the book as I hope it would complete some of the puzzles I had earlier on.

After reading the book, I wiki-ed the author and found out that although he is a Malaysian but didn’t really spend much time in Malaysia. In conclusion, I don’t think this book is for me. Just like the highly raved Haruki Murakami wasn’t for me either. I just felt like throwing the book at the wall the whole time. Ha ha .. 

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April
22
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Day 2 Jeju – Waterfalls, Cliff and Black Pork to die for

Our second day in Jeju-do started off with a visit to the waterfall which was a 8-mins drive from our hostel. But before that, because we woke up after 10am, we missed the breakfast at the hostel. So we googled for some oyster porridge and found a famous one less than 5 minutes walking distance away.

It was quite nice but it would be nicer if there isn’t that much of BEANSPROUT! I hate beansprout! They even put beansprout in my pajeon T__T but undeniably the soup was really sweet from the oysters and stuff.

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Cheonjiyeon Waterfall 천지연폭포

Literally, the name Cheonjiyeon means sky (Ch’eon) connected with land. From the read ups I did prior to the trip, it seems like a must-go place, but honestly, after visiting it, I feel its really nothing special -_-  If you enjoy slow nature walk, then by all means visit it. The only thing we like about it was this bridge pathway.

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After a 10 minutes or so walk from the entrance, this is the waterfall that greets us.

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We spent another 10 minutes to walk out of the park after hastily taking a few photos of the waterfall.

At the parking lot of the waterfall, you can find a tourist information centre. You can get some map if you haven’t and grab some coffee from some of the big cafes there as well.

These stones statues can be seen almost everywhere in Jeju island and they are called Dol hareubangs or Grandfather stone. Most commonly seen at entrance of any place as they seems to be some local guardian or protector. They are also god of fertility and no surprise there as it does look really similar to *if you know what I mean*

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Admission fee: KRW2,000 per pax
(N 33 14.645 E 126 33.603)

Oedolgae Rock (외돌개) – skipped this as it’s only famous for being Jewel in the Palace filming location.

Jusangjeolli Cliffs 주상절리 

We headed straight to Jusangjeolli Cliffs 주상절리 after the waterfall which took about an hour of driving. It was quite difficult place to find even from the GPS, so maybe you can search for Museum of African Art  or  ICC (International Convention Center) which are really nearby. Once at ICC, you can just follow the road sign which is impossible to miss.

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I love this place. Probably in my top 2 places in Jeju. The moment you step away from the tree clearing, the view was just so breathtakingly beautiful. I think we was just taken away by the sheer beauty of it we couldn’t stop ourselves from saying “wow” repetitively. I just stood there wondering how did this hexagonal shape stone cliff could had formed naturally.

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Of course I couldn’t stand too long at one spot with the sudden group of tourists appearing, chatting loudly and shoving at us -__- It was particularly windy for that day, and I just could not get a nice shot without my hair whipping around.

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Photos does no justice to how majestic the cliff looks in real life with the waves breaking at them. It was just such a serene place. I would love this place as much as I love Cabo da Roca if it wasn’t for those notorious tourist.

Admission fee: KRW2,000 per pax

By the time we were done admiring the cliff, it’s lunch time! We met up with Kim and the rest heading towards O’Sulloc Tea Farm and decided to stop whenever a place catches our eye.

허파곶 자왈화덕 피자 – HeoPaJok  Pizza. It should sound something like the English as I translate it myself :p

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It’s a small quaint shop along the road. They have very limited seats in the shop and its was almost full at odd hours, so we figured it must be good ~ We ordered 3 large pizza to share among 7 of us and it was quite filling! The pizzas are over baked and the most special thing about it is the base sauce for all of their pizza are made from Jeju mandarin orange.

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So all the pizza comes with sweet and tangy taste of the mandarin orange. Really special and the pizza are really soft. Like eating ham. The bottom pie was a pizza with 5 different cheese  and that is a piece of heaven seriously.

If you are interested to try, just key in their phone number into your GPS and you’ll be able to find it.
Tel: 064-792-0990

Our next destination was one of the most anticipated ones for the trip!

O’sulloc 오설록 Tea Museum and Innisfree Jeju House 

I believe we spend most of our time of the day here. Playing and taking photos!!

The tea museum and Innisfree Jeju house are located at the same place so 1 stone killed 2 birds. There’s some demonstration on tea brewing and you can buy freshly packed tea home as O’Sulloc tea is the signature tea of Jeju Island. You can actually find O’Sulloc tea cafe around other parts of South Korea too, but nothing beats the original right?

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However, the main attraction at this tea museum was actually the ice cream and Swiss roll cake. We queue for at least 20 minutes to get our hands on those sweets and still couldn’t find a table for us.

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The greentea + yogurt and swiss roll was super yums ! but the greentea ice cream was so-so only. Each item was at least ₩4,000 and above.

After our delicious tea, we head towards the Innisfree free where us girls bought some skincare only available at this place. Another highlight of this place is that we get to make our own natural soap if we purchase the ingredient. Once we chose the soap scent that we wanted, we seat ourself in-front of an ipad that comes with simple instructions  and start sculpting our own soap!

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Eleen, K and I got our soap done and wrapped up nicely and we headed out to snap some photos. The rest are very precise with what they wanted to sculpt so it took a looong time, while usually it only takes about 20mins.

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Tips: When you search for Jeju Island, you will see alot of result with the word Olle in them. Jeju Island is famous for its walking and hiking trail and Olle simply means “walking path” . If you are a walking enthusiast, then there’s plenty of Jeju Olle trail that you can choose base of different level of difficulty. Then you can get a passport and get it stamps whenever you reach a destination for fun.

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A group photo before departing for dinner

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http://www.osulloc.com/main.jsp
GPS Coordinate: N 33 18.319 E 126 17.368
Tel : +064-794-5312~3
Admission Fee: free
Business hour : 10:00am – 6:00pm

Jeju famous Black Pork BBQ dinner

I found this place from looking up in foursquare. It is really super helpful to be able to read some Korean! Even the slightest bit goes a long way in a place where everything looks so foreign.

The place hidden deep inside a residential area about 20mins drive away from the tea musuem. At first we were doubting the gps but then when we suddenly saw a group of people standing outside a house, we knew that was it. The place was full of locals, no tourist. After about 3omins wait, we finally got our table.

They only have 2 things on their menu. Cold noodles and black pork. Which spells as super awesome!!

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Alot of tourist will usually just end up eating at Black Pork street in Jeju-si, however I read that many restaurant will just serve the normal pork as we really couldn’t tell by looking at it. But this piece of meat is on a diferrent level. It’s just so tender and simply divine!!We ended up ordering a piece each as it’s just not enough if you were to share. It’s really that good! New folder1

As the owner son knew we were foreigner, he personally attended to our table and grill all our meat for us. We also ordered a dry and soup cold noodle and it’s delicious as well!! One of the best 냉면 I’ve ever had. Noodle was tangy and spicy. You have to cut it and stir it with your chopsticks with the sides of mustard. Yummeh!!

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For all that, we paid about ₩21,000 each. I missed this meal SO much!!

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Day 1 at Jeju
Driving in Jeju

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April
17
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Spring 봄봄봄

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Botanical Garden, Penang

Somehow, this year the mood for spring can be felt everywhere. What I mean is that, usually over here, people will keep going on and on about the sakura in Japan. But this year, it felt closer to home. There seems to be a lot of sakura-lookalike flowers blooming all over Penang, some parts of KL and I read, Singapore as well. Looking at all the random pretty pink flowers sprinkle here and there, it just automatically spring (pun intended) a smile on me while driving around.

While I was in Korea last month, we knew it was just too early to see any cherry blossom. However, lucky us, we manage to see some.  I was talking to one of my friends there on how beautiful they are and also how the Japanese love their hanami. Then she shared with me that, during the olden days, when the local decided to end their life, they do it beneath a sakura tree because they wanted to end their journey here on/with a beautiful thing. Hence, when the flower bloom, the family will picnic and all while reminiscing their love ones while making small offerings to the trees because we don’t know which one is a “spiritual” one.

Wouldn’t you now say a sakura tree is hauntingly beautiful?

Eerie isn’t it? I know she wouldn’t bullshit me as she has stayed in Japan and all that. Come to think of it, Hanami season also coincides with the Chinese Tomb-sweeping(Cheng Beng) tradition that shares the same foundation. Maybe nowadays its more about gathering with families and friends since cheng beng time most people will be back to their own home town. But anyhow, seems like it’s a way of nature telling us, it’s time to move on, life is nothing but a big cycle everyone have to go through. What may seem dead in winter, now is full of life and hope for the times ahead.

How did I wind up sounding so serious and moody ? -_-   I just wanted to share the little story my friend told me and also feel that to enjoy the beauty in spring (or anything), one need not travel to anywhere specifically. It’s all in-front of us, if only we want to see it.  I shall end this post with a korean song that I quite like titled -Spring, Spring, Spring :)

Photos of sakura when I was in Tokyo here and at Yoyogi Park. Also sakura during night time at Tokyo Tower

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April
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Coob Coffee Club, Penang

I’ve heard much good things about this small place at Komtar Walk. But for the past 4 years, there’s many times where I tried to patron the shop, it’s always a failed mission -__-

We went there on Friday night for dinner but was told everything was sold out by lunch time already :(  So after driving without direction, we ended up in town and decided to try out luck again.

It was a lovely shop which reminds me of those in Japan, maybe it was the ambiance, the interior and how cozy it was. We ordered a Katsu Curry as it’s the signature dish and a chocolate cake to share.

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For RM18.90nett, it comes with a drink and I upgrade it to a cappuccino. The Katsu Curry was probably one of the best I had in Penang. Totally enjoyed it.

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It’s also worth mentioning that they do have good coffee here. I will definitely go back to try their other dishes as I saw they have my favorite katsudon and some other pasta dishes.

Seems like I found another good Japanese place in Penang and now if I can find a good Ramen shop, my life is complete !!

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April
06
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