Friday, November 16, 2018

Travelogue : 3rd Day Jeju-do

Friday, November 16, 2018 0 Comments
8th October 2018, Monday



I started off my 3rd day in Jeju-do feeling super energetic. I am going for a walk a Bijarim Nutmeg Forest. A bit of long drive but the countryside view along the way really soothes my eyes.The weather feels a bit chilly because of the strong wind.


10 minutes away from Bijarim Nutmeg Forest, I found CU convenient store. I have a stopover here to have my breakfast. I have breakfast Kdrama style. Instant noodles, banana milk, coffee and finish off with Soft Chewy Chocolate Chips Cookies. Blame to windy weather which opened up my big appetite. 


One thing I notice in Jeju-do, most CU convenient store built on a standalone place like this. This one in particular located out of nowhere, surrounded by a vegetable farm. I have fun checking out the surrounding and even visited the vegetable farm nearby.



Bijarim Nutmeg Forest, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-do

'Bijanamu' means "Nutmeg Tree". Bijarim Nutmeg Forest was a designated Korea's Natural Monument No. 374. There around 2,800 nutmeg trees here aged from 500 - 800 years old. I love the smells and refreshing smells of Bija seeds here. Even keep few in my jacket throughout my journey in Jeju-do. I will take out and smells the aromatherapy from time to time.


I leisurely follow the 1.2 km- long tail in Bijarim Nutmeg Forest. The path is covered by a small pyroclastic material called " song-i" which is beneficial for human metabolism. Just continue to breathe in the refreshing air in this forest and the path also covered with healthy stones which makes Bijarim a forest of healing. It was an easy walking trail but the most refreshing and therapeutic feeling ever.




Manjanggul Lava Tube, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-do

I drop by this place because it is around 5 minutes drive from Bijarim Nutmeg Forest. Manjanggul Cave is another designated monuments in Jeju-do. This is one of the finest lava tunnels in the world. If you find the weather above the cave is warm and comfortable. Advisable to put your jacket on when you in the cave. The weather inside the cave can be around 11 - 21 degree Celcius. You just need to walk 1km into the caves to reach the 70cm lava stalagmites and the lava tube tunnels. I would say it is not an easy walk for me because of the uneven surface plus the water. 



Woljeongri Beach, Gujwa-Eup, Jeju-do

I was drawn to this place by accident. I was driving towards the windmills which I saw from far. Then discover this beautiful beach.


It was a low tide time. The sea water subsides and leaves some seaweeds and sea creatures. I have fun playing around with some clams, conch, and small crabs here. 



The sea water is super clear here. I just spend my whole afternoon playing around this beach and it was fun and exciting here. I feel really sad to say goodbye to this beautiful place. 



Seongsan Illchulbong

On the way back to Hotel, I decided to detour to Seongsan Illchubong since I can see the place from far. This Seongsan Illchulbong is also known as "Sunrise Peak'. I don't have that motivation to wake up super early to hike up for just a Sunrise.


I end up for an hour in the late afternoon and on the way down, I witnessed a beautiful sunset. WTH! So, Seonngsan Ilchulbong can see both Sunrise and Sunset too. It just different direction.


It was not even an easy 1-hour climb and 1-hour climb down for me. It gave huge toll top my weak knee. The staircase was superb steep up and steep down. But the view from the top is magnificent for me. 


I get to see the tuff which has a bowl-like crater unfilled by scoria or lava but now covered with beautiful greens. Seongsan Illchulbong Tuff Cone is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site.


It was the most tiring climb but the experience is worth it. No Thank you to Mount Hallasan. I was tempting to climb that Mountain throughout my stay in Jeju-do. However, there is a strong feeling inside of me, it will be a bad vibe to do this. I am worried it will exhaust my leg which is now in the midst of getting better than the previous years. So...why do something for the sake of doing when you have bad vibes feeling all over my head. Nothing to achieve if it will damage my health. I know my limit!




I end up end my Seongsan Ilchulbong hike with delicious giller octopus leg which I bought from the nearby stall.


Grilled Tile Fish and Abalone Porridge

I have my dinner at nearby Restaurant which I had delicious grilled tilefish with Abalone Porridge. The side dishes come with this dish is simply awesome especially the seasoned Perilla leaves.

Check out my earlier Jeju-do Travelogue below :


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Travelogue : 2nd Day Jeju-do

Thursday, November 15, 2018 0 Comments
7th October 2018, Sunday




Saeseom Island Saeyeongo Bridge, Jeju-do

First Sunday morning in Seogwipo, I drove out to Saeyeon Bridge which is around less than 10 minutes from the place I stayed. In fact, can even see this bridge from my balcony. 😂 I bought one cup of cappuccino as my breakfast. I don't take any breakfast with my hotel package. I am trying to keep my life simple possible and living with the flow. WTH!




Saeyeongo Bridge is the longest pedestrian overpass which connects between Seogwipo Port and Saesom Island or Birds Island. The bridge has a major tower inspired and beautiful lights up at night too.
This overpass is convenient for people to leisurely walk cross to Saesom Island which has a warm temperate forest conservation zone.



The Island is just around 1.2km walking the path in a square with good wooden deck road, pebble path and for those Instagrammer, this place is worth o visit for beautiful photo zone too.



This overpass design, inspired by 'Tewu' which is Jeju's traditional log boat.


Not many people when I reached here. Mostly Ajussi and Ajumma who have a happy Sunday outing trekking through the nearby jungle. I joined the club! 😂
Worth of Sunday trekking. Spent almost 2 hours here. I feel really enjoyable to walk while enjoying the beautiful view in front of me. It was a good sunny weather too.



Camellia Hill, Jeju-do

I drove around 40 minutes all the way here out of impulsive feeling result to a big disappointment. My thought at that time was to surprise myself. SURPRISE!!!! Camellia flowers don't don't bloom until late Oct. Served me right! I travel without any specific itinerary this time. I just follow my heart and feelings throughout the 11 days here in Jeju-do. Like I said, I was trying to surprise myself.



The 20-hectare garden, home to more than 500species of camellia. I missed the beautiful Camellia flower bloom but I did enjoy myself sightseeing and pose and smells my favourite flowers. I think that yellow flower in the photo people makes cakes out of it. It smells super nice. I found this a lot in China. I would plant this in my garden soon. 




There are many beautiful views along the pathways. For those who are like me enjoy the beauties of nature, this will be the right place even without any Camellia flowers. 




They do have a beautiful cafe in the garden here too. I end up grab some waffle and eat it while strolling slowly and enjoy the beautiful sunny day.



This is another perfect place for photography. I imagine a beautiful wedding photo shoot here. I met few couples doing so too.



I found my favourite drink in Jeju-do. Love this refreshing plum juice.


Spicy Spikey Fish Head KRW25,000

The weather made me feel really hungry. I google out the nearby restaurant but end up drove around 30 minutes from Camellia Hill. I unable to find the place but my stomach was growling heavily like EXO Growl Song. I found this little restaurant serve only spicy fish and squid. I have no idea which little town I was. But I can see only local here and the place is quiet and look peaceful. I was Ajumma only customer at that time since it was around 2:30pm. Lunch hour is over duhhhh!!!

As you see in the photo, it looks a lot, right? Seriously, this is nothing. Ignore the mountain of bean sprouts as the base. Ajumma was trying to explain to me in Korean that the dish is going to be super spicy. I just use my limited Korean vocab and keep repeating...Geuwncha na! Guewncha na!!! Which means "Its OK! It's OK!! " The fish or shall I say this is just a fish head? But I know this is the fish head. Yes! It is a fish head with a  spikey moustache. Ajumma helps to cut the fish head to pieces for my convenient to eat. Then....guess what??? Ajumma sat at the table right across me and watch me eat. I was like.....Otteoke!!! Pressure!!! 
Taste like chilly powder. But Ajumma cook with pure and sincere heart. Cook to order, you know!!! The meat is chewy. Actually, not much meat to eat, just bone. I was trying to open up my mind and psycho myself. God has destined me to eat this. muahahaha... I end up eating out my rice with all the banchan serve with this meal.  Embrace the food and be thankful for the meal in front of me. I manage to finish everything except for the bean sprout. That was too much for me to swallow...weeeiiiii!!!!

Regret for not ordering the squid instead. I would have enjoyed it so much if this is the spicy squid. Anyway, this is an experience that I would never forget in this trip.




Jeju Olle Trail 5 , Namwon Keneung

I was looking forward to the best coastal views in Jeju-do. When searching nearby attraction, my position was near Jeju Olle Trail Route 5. I drove for around 15 minutes and end up here. Apparently, this is the best coastal view ever in Jeju-do.
The view as awesome with natural cliffs standing like a fortress at 15 - 20 meters high.



It was a pleasant late afternoon stroll with a magnificent view on each side. The trail os around 2km. But I have to walk 4 km since my I need to return to the car. huhuhuh... I love the strong sea breeze, smells of pine trees and good weather that day. 




Keep thanking God for giving me this opportunity for me to experience this beautiful natural creation. Oh! I discover a Jurassic Park along the way too. huhuhuh




I walked too much that day and my leg almost collapsed. I ditched my car at the hotel and walked out to Olle Market for some snacks before calling off the day to rest my tired body.

Check out my other Jeju Travelogue by clicking below link.




Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Travelogue : First Night Seogwipo, Jeju-do

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 1 Comments
6th October 2018, Saturday





Long outstanding travelogue coming up starting today. I was so busy with my daily life and really can't find time to write any of this. This is not my first time in Jeju-do. My last trip to Jeju-do is a short trip from Busan was four years ago. I don't feel cover enough of this amazing and beautiful Island. Opportunity knocks down and here I was exploring Jeju-do for 10 Nights / 11 Days. WTH??? Super long for one small Island? For my style of travelling this is just nice to round the Island.





Flight (KUL - JEJU)

Started my journey early in the morning using AirAsia direct flight to Jeju-do. When AirAsia announced direct route to Jeju-do, I was like....big plan is on the way !!!  I can't even have proper sleep the night before. Nervous breakdown! kekekeke 
I was not so sure if I can do this. Anyway...this is all over for me. All I have now sweet memories and sweet experience from this journey.

I reached Jeju-do after more than 6 hours flight journey. Totally back pain to sit that long. I did moving around the plane a bit since I chose the quiet zone seat. Not many people in that area. Love it! At least not so noisy or stuffy with people. Me and my Princess syndrome problem. Why I don't take Premium Flatbed? No promo for KUL - JEJU but I did take that for JEJU - KUL. Raised my eyebrow a bit for that! High maintenance problem. hahaha

PORTABLE WIFI RENTAL

Since this is a free and easy trip without any tour involve, I definitely need a data plan. I found roaming man portable wifi rental with a good price. I took the lowest plan. I get good coverage throughout my journey in Jeju-do. The rental process is super convenient and easy. Just drop by their oulet at KLIA 2 anytime. There is no need to do advance booking or whatsoever. I will use Roaming Man service again soon.



JEJU AIRPORT

I had a luggage issue at Jeju airport. Not only my luggage arrive super delay, but it also reached me with the handicapped wheel. I lodged a report for the damage and mishandling but at the end the reply was negative. At least I tried. I don't have high expectation from the start too.




JEJU RENTAL CAR

Upon getting my handicapped luggage, I rush over to gate 5 and walk across to find the shuttle bus to my car rental company. I would say to get around Jeju-do, it is the best to rent yourself a car. Just convert your driving license into international. Cost you around RM150 for a conversion at JPJ.

I booked a small car Kia Morning from Lotte Car Rental If you want other option, you can get yourself a discount book pass from KTO Malaysia. They have at least 50% discount for car rental. It saves you a lot of money though because the discount book also includes other attractions entrance fees too. It was late afternoon. I was a bit in a rush because my first hotel location is like almost 50 minutes drive from Jeju-si. I don't want to be driving in the dark so I was calculating in my head to reach there at least before 6pm. I am not used to left-hand drive too. Everything needs time to adjust. Nervous breakdown again. I wish not to do this. hahahaha... I bought myself a one-way ticket with no return. By hook or by crook, I need to overcome this. Overall Jeju-do road is not bad. Many traffic lights the working one and mostly malfunction. WTH! If you were to follow the rules properly, suppose to drive 50km to 70km max. But most locals don't even bother to this. I was a good tourist follow the rules exactly. Don't worry, no tailgating here in Jeju-do. No middle finger, high beam light flash or vulgar word if you are slow like a tortoise but don't overdo la. I just noticed most local love to stop beside the road out of sudden. Hate this! I have to alert on this all the time especially when driving in Jeju-si. Just give yourself at least 2 - 3 days, you will become an expert as a left-hand driver like local.

By the way, getting around Jeju-do is super duper easy because of the Rental Car GPS, DAEBAK!!!! Very fast and accurate. Totally different from 4 years back. It was an amazing experience for me. I impressed. YES! they give us tourist English GPS.


Accommodation at Seogwipo, Jeju-do

Seogwipo is my favourite area in Jeju-do. Why? This place a bit quiet and not so touristy. In fact, a bit of regret to stay another half of my trip in Jeju-si. I would rather spend my entire trip stay at Seowigpo. I thought can find one Seogwipo Oppa here but I think most of them run off to Seoul or Busan. huhuhuh... So...no Oppa but just Ajussi waiting for me. Ouchhh!!!! A little daydream is good to entertain yourself but too much of dreaming can be bad.

I booked Howard Johnson by Wyndham Jeju Seowipo Habor. I love my entire stay here from 6th - 11 Oct 2018. I love that this place has ample parking space. If you don't choose your hotel properly the parking will be a problem because the place here is super limited. I don't have much complain when it comes to parking because I just rent a small car. But if you choose Sedan car then it will be a bit of problem to park. The parking space is super small. It is hard to park even with a camera. So please choose your rental car with practical in mind.


Purposely choose the room with sea view. I got myself checked into a room with a superb view. Worth of journey, I could say. I can sit by the balcony anytime to enjoy the awesome view. While some people who did the solo travel prefer to check into a hostel or bed and breakfast. As for me, I really prefer peacefulness and comfort so I don't miss home during my trip.



The room amenities here at Howard Johnson is totally my style. They have this full series of green tea extract toiletries. Gosh! I am loving this every day. They even have rooftop Jacuzzi facilities here. By the way, you need to pay KRW10,000 to enjoy the outdoor Jacuzzi. Me? Outdoor Jacuzzi in this weather? Am I nuts? 

When it comes to location this Hotel has a good point because some of the attractions are nearby this hotel. Convenient store, 7 Eleven just next to the hotel. If you need something cheaper just cross the street and one mini-market waiting for you to shop. Price is cheaper than 7 Eleven.

Just cross the street and walk straight until you see ABC Market, then walk to the left you will find Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market. Along the way, you will come across Lee Jung Seop Culture Street.



I was so hungry after checking into the room. Ditch my luggage and hurried out. I chose not to drive but walk to the back of the hotel. I went back to my favourite Ajumma Restaurant which is around 15 minutes walk from the place I stayed. It took me around 20 minutes to find the place. My memory kind of blur because it was 4 years ago story. Pray hard Ajumma don't close shop. 
Thank God to find this place finally. Love her awesome grilled mackerel and Haemul Jiggae. Check out the link here. I wore the same shirt 4 years ago. hahahaha.
The food here still delicious and the Ajumma still friendly like before. I think am the only one foreigner visit this place. Most of the time I see only local frequented this place/ I was here almost every night at Seogwipo. This is the only place I have the confidence to eat without worry. They serve nothing but seafood here. 


Happy tummy needs to digest well. I walked all the way to the opposite of the Hotel to the Olle Market. I bought some Tteok for tomorrow snacking since I am going to eat one full meal a day, which will be dinner. Try this Tteok super delicious in cold weather.

I end up my 6th Oct 2018 journey and enjoy my warm and comfortable bed back in this superb hotel.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

It's Going To Be OK

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 14 Comments
This stylish doggy photo was shot by yours truly at Monsant Cafe, Aewol, Jeju-do
I recently quit my job after 7 months working at that Company. This will be the shortest working stint ever for me throughout my working life. I quit without any job in hand but I am financially well prepared.

While many people leave their jobs because of bosses, work environment or unfair compensation, but my biggest push factor was job satisfaction and lack of growth in what I was doing at that time. I know something goes wrong when I have no motivation and hated the workplace so much. The negative vibes in me were more than the positive one. I can sense my mental was seriously hurt. For a person who believes in live life to the fullest, this is not the right situation which I can prolong. I need to change the situation as fast as I can.

To me, a short stint doesn't make an interviewee unemployable. Of course, there are some brownie points lost with this record. 
I was lucky to get headhunted immediately while serving the notice. I choose to be upfront with my current and next employer and tell him and her the current job doesn't suit me at all which I find it is dragging my ass to work every day which led me to this point.
Again lady luck stayed by my side. After going through a few rounds of presentation, competency based interviews, the company made an offer. I would say it's not an easy stint to get hired too. I really put in my heart and soul to show my potential to be part of the team. 

In my case, short employment at a previous firm isn't as big deal as I think it is. A week holiday before starting my new job is fully utilized with all errands which I can't be doing while working.

I can't wait to start working again and no path is easy or smooth as we planned. Life is full of surprises. Whatever coming, I will put my brave face and push through calmly.

Thank you for the opportunity given and I met many good and amazing people along the way. I will stay positive and have that smiley face on my face again.

I have faith in myself!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Himalaya Salt Sports Candy Fit For Sporty Lifestyle

Monday, November 12, 2018 18 Comments
I am not a sporty person. If you are talking about outdoorsy...mmmmm...I am far from liking that activities too. I try to run on my treadmill at least twice a week. Now that I have more time, I tried to do it daily. My problem is once I go into an intense workout, my leg suffered bad cramps. 



Recently, the creator of the Big Food Candy, Nicko Jeep Manufacture Sdn Bhd has officially launched its Himalaya Slat Sports Candy targeting at the sporty and outdoorsy.

Made with the Himalayan Salt, this new sports candy comes in really handy should your body need some extra sodium after an intense workout. 


The key ingredient of the sports candy which is the natural Himalayan Salt is believed to possess many health benefits. It contains over 80 natural traces of minerals such as Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium which are all found naturally in the body. Besides promoting the absorption of mineral and nutrients into the bloodstream, the Himalayan Salt is known for helping maintain hydration in the body.

The founder Mr Kenny Low believes that the health benefits of the Himalayan Salt, when combined with pure lemon juice which is rich in Vitamin C as well as the soothing benefits of mint, would result in a concoction that greatly benefits the body, especially after a strenuous sporting activity. 



I love the fact that The Himalayan Salt Sports Candy comes in convenient packaging on the go. It is not just a regular candy. It also has some extra healthy natural salt and glucose after a good work out which is plus point.
I love the refreshing minty flavour which ideal for those who needs a minty fresh breath after lunch or before a meeting or something refreshing on a hot day. The extra cool sensation of the hard candy also soothes the throat at the same time.




For those who are not a fan of hard candies, the company also launched the Himalaya Pastilles Peppermint (25g). This delightful chewy, bite-sized pastilles come in a conveniently resealable packet that soothes the throat and freshen your breath with its strong cool mint flavour.

Both Himalaya Salt Sports Candy (15g) and Himalaya Pastilles Peppermint (25g) are certified Halal and can be found in leading pharmacies, supermarkets and hypermarket nationwide.

Alongside this awesome Sports candy, was the unveiling of the sports candy's ambassador, Goh Liu Ying who is the 2016 Olympics Badminton Mixed Doubles Silver Medalist was appointed the ambassador for the sports candy as she is an ideal role model for aspiring young sportsmen and sportswomen. She is also a fan of the candy and takes it whenever she is out training and have it with her during tournaments.

You can read more information about Himalayan Salt Sports Candy at www.candy.com.my




Sunday, November 4, 2018

Althea Petal Velvet Sunaway

Sunday, November 04, 2018 19 Comments



When it comes to skin protection, I will never step out from my house without any sunscreen. Oh! well....not just outside the house. I apply sunscreen outdoor too. One should protect skin from sunlight outdoor and indoor. Outdoor from the sunlight and indoor from the lighting.

Recently, Althea.kr develop a sunscreen under their brand for all beauties out there. I am a great fan of Althea since day one they started the online store. When their first brand series Bare Essential was launched, I already fall in love deeply to their skincare series. Then the Petal Velvet Powder which I never leave home without applying to my skin. Now....a sunscreen? Count me in!!!




Althea Petal Velvet Sunaway SPF50+ PA++++. 


Brand claimed :

* Lightweight
* Non-Sticky
* Broad spectrum sunscreen that protects you from the sun's harmful rays - UVB and UVA
* Made it with the highest protection grade of PA++++





Recently, I get the chance to try out the Althea Petal Velvet Sunaway SPF50+ PA++++.
I never tried a sunscreen with such a dilute liquid texture. No matter how I shake it, the texture kind of too liquid and it keep dripping out whenever I squeeze it out. Aihhhh...almost spill out quarter bottle of those. ngeehehehe...I was so upset for the wastage out from the tube. When it comes for texture, YES it is light-weight and easily absorbs to my skin. I love the smells of Althea Petal Velvet Sunwaway sunscreen. It made with Damask Rose extracts, rich with vitamins to penetrate deep into the skin to moisturize. 
Loving how it soothes and smoothen my skin. For those who have been reading my blog would know my fetish for roses sweet smells.

This is also my first time to try out sunscreen with Hyaluronic Acid (HA) on my skin. I was told the HA function is to lock in hydration & sebum control with microparticles to give a velvety finish. OMG! I am loving this already!




Like I said in my earlier post, I don't step out from home without applying my favourite Althea Petal Velvet Powder. I finish off my beauty prep with my fav powder. This time I use purple Lavender powder. Start with sweet roses and finish off with sexy lavender. That's the beauty all about. Not only looking radiant and beautiful, one needs to have that sweet scents too.




How much is Althea Petal Velvet Sunaway, 55ml?

As at 4th Nov 2018, the price is RM43.

For my readers, I would like to announce if you visit Althea website today you can get a limited time Althea Velvet Set for only RM53 you can get one full-size Althea Petal Velvet Sunaway + one full-size Althea Petal Velvet Powder of your choice. 

Good buy! Althea Petal Velvet Powder cost you RM16 for stand-alone purchase.

How to purchase Althea Petal Velvet Sunaway and Althea Petal Velvet Powder?

You can visit Althea.kr website today.