Showing posts with label Jeju-do. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jeju-do. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Travelogue : 8th Day, Jeju-do

13th October 2018, Saturday



Wake up with some lazy mood in my head. I decided not to drive anywhere today. Plus my phone suddenly acting up. I guess too heavy task for many days already. Today when I wake up it just unable to start. It just went black out. I was so upset with worry I lost all my photos from this trip. What should I do? Seriously worried. I still have my tablet to take a photo but you know la...tablet is super heavy and big too.

I decided to explore nearby my Hotel area. It was Saturday.


I decided to walk around Dongmun Market, Jungang Underground Shopping Center and then at night walk back to Dongmun Nightmarket. Like I said there was a 57th Tamna Festival in Jeju during my stay. Almost every day at Jeju City is the festival atmosphere. Many programmes going on. While walking toward the Market saw a bunch of kids with funny costume getting ready to perform. hehehe



Dongmun Traditional Market, Jeju City

This traditional market is one of the most popular markets selling fresh seafood, goodies and snacks. You can get almost everything on Jeju goodies like tangerine chocolate, fruits, snacks and clothes too.



I don't sign up for breakfast from my hotel so totally need for breakfast fix. I end up trying out this cheesy seafood cook in Crabshell.


Yummy??? I am hungry...anything also tastes nice here for me. hahaha


Finally found this pancakes. I tried few types of pancake one are sweet and the other full of Japchae in the pancake.


I wish to have my own kitchen here in Jeju. Can buy back the fresh fish and kimchi for lunch or dinner. 


After shop for some snacks, I walked out from the market to join the crowd at Tamna Festival.


They even have some fun activities and flea market outside here. But my mood is totally at worrisome mode due to my phone problem. Keep wondering on what to do if this fella still acting up until night time. I wanted to shop at Jungang Underground shopping centre but not in the mood at all.

I just walked back to the hotel and get sulky alone. I keep google on how to rectify my phone. But many advice to reset to factory. I don't want to do that because this will cause me to lose all the data.

Nearly night time, I tried to restart my phone again. WTH!!! it starts. Everything went well and I still don't really know what is the cause for it acting up in the daytime.

Jungang Underground Shopping Centre


I walked to the underground shopping centre but to me, this place is nothing to buy. Much famous beauty brand store but the price is not that cheap. It was cheaper to buy from the online store from Malaysia here. I just bought a few hand cream and facial mask for a souvenir. My heart still protests on why I bought this expensive stuff here when I can get this cheaper elsewhere. As for fashion, I think Sg Wang fashion much better from here. If you ask me whether I recommend shopping here? I would rather skip this place and maybe check out the Duty-free but its quite far from me. Shopping is my less priority in this trip.


Dongmun Night Market


I was in a great mood to join the night market crowd. My mission here to get a nice street food dinner. This place is super crowded since it was Saturday night.


No place to sit here. Just buy some food and eat it while standing at any corner you can find. I was glad to bring my backpack with me to keep my hand free so I can keep comfortably. I skip all the long queue stall. Anyway..I can't even eat them since the longest queue is poky dishes. I just patronised all the seafood stall and end up with great foodies experience here with some Hallabong juice to finish off my dinner that night.

Check out my earlier Jeju-do Travelogue by clicking below links.



Monday, December 10, 2018

Travelogue : 7th Day, Jeju-do

12th October 2018, Friday



12th Oct - My birth date. I was glad to be here at least away from my workplace and far from people who know me. At least can do some soul searching and inspiration on how to continue living this life. I feel blessed for few years able to celebrate my birthday on my own away from others noise. This moment that I have is really precious for me. Especially this year since I am in dilemma to find direction with my life and making the biggest decision in my life. (that does not mean I  am getting married or something) My life is always about myself not anyone else.

Last year 12 Oct 2017,  I spent my 43rd birthday having lots of fun at Universal Studio Japan.
How  I spend my moment on my 44th Birthday this year 12 Oct 2018? I would say nothing special and specific agenda for this year. I just end up lazy around without direction.


Hallim Park 


I end up here in the morning. Strolling and explore Hallim Park which located at the western part of Jeju. Estimated around 33km drive away from Jeju City and west of Mt Hallasan along the beach of Hallimeup.

One special fact I learn about this place is this park was established on barren land. Now, this barren land has a variety of gardens that can be enjoyed in every season.

Things to do at Hallim Park


Visit two famous caves - Hyeopjaegul and Ssangyonggul Cave which is known to be the only two-dimensional caves in the world. I love this caves compare to Manjanggul Caves I visited on my 3rd day travelogue.

This caves even have the 'Legend of Dr.Jin'and 'Golden Cave'.



Strolling through the various garden - Palm Tree Road, Jeju Stone, Bonsai Garden


If you love to visit the folk village, here they have one too. On top of that, there are many species of birds around here which you can watch up close.


I have fun checking out the beautiful waterfall, lavender, rosemary and other herbs garden too. Oh! did I mention this is my first time visiting the kiwi garden? So happy!


Hyeopjae Beach


This beach located just west side of Hanrin-eup and is part of Hallim Park. I don't really spend time here but love this beautiful white beach. There are many crushed seashells scattered around and long seashores stretched and cobalt coloured seawater. Not far from his beach you can even see Biyangdo Island. This beach is a great place for camping too.



Cafe Hemingway


I am not really a great fan of Cafe hoping. Why? I need to spend money on expensive coffee. huhuhuh...I visited this cafe because love the location which is right in front of a beach and I can enjoy my hot coffee while looking out over the sea through the window. I was tempted to sit outside but the weather was too windy and chilly. 

I end up spending on very dry scones and a cup of cappuccino which cost me in a total of KRW16,000. I can eat one full meal dinner with that cash. isk isk isk ...but it's my choice though! Using my special day to resonate within me for spending that much that day.



View from Hemingway. I love Cafe Hemingway because of the view and peacefulness. Not many people here. But the food here kind of sucks and basically they are selling the view. Hemingway Cafe not far from Hyeopjae Beach.


Cafe Bomnal


I am a big fan of 'Warm and Cozy' Korean Drama starred by Yoo Yeon Seok and Kang So Ra. Passing by this cafe is meaningful for me. It's a beautiful place but I don't spend my money here because I am saving up the budget to spend at Cafe Monsant which is just walking distance from this Cafe.




Cafe Aewol Monsant


Here you go...highlight for the day. My favourite K Pop Idol G-Dragon's cafe, Cafe Aewol Monsant. I really love the stylish and modern design of this cafe. They have this impressive huge glass windows surrounded the cafe build up.


The crowd here pretty much full of excitement. Enjoying the delicious goodies and coffee. The price you pay here is quite worth it.



The cinnamon bread and cakes are delicious with the price you paid. Unlike the Cafe Hemmingway but of course, you can't find peacefulness here. The crowd is noisy. hahaha...This cafe super popular. Obviously crowded.


OK!!!! I treat this as my 44th birthday present for myself. I don't spend on coffee here but just drink up the free plain water provide here. I spent KRW16,000 here. Loving the bread and cake here. Lucky I have my hoodies on. The weather was super hot and chilly at the same time. I put that on and dine outside the cafe while enjoying the breathtaking view here.


I really love the fantastic view of ocean view of Jeju Island laid out in front of my eyes here. I wish can spend more time here. Time is so jealous of me. I feel sunset pretty fast here. I need to start my journey back to hotel fast before its dark. Yeahhhh!!! my old age has difficulties to see the road in the dark.




I concluded my 12th Oct 2018 with a simple meal a grilled mackerel with this super pathetic side dishes at KRW15,000. My favourite ajumma closed the shop super early that day. Whatever it is my 44th birthday this year is full of blessing and I find my life direction after this trip. Satisfied!!

Check out my earlier Jeju-do Travelogue by clicking below links.



Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Travelogue : 6th Day , Jeju-do

11th October 2018, Thursday


Today leaving out Seogwipo for another hotel for final half of my journey in Jeju-do. I woke up early in the morning and walked out to Maeil Olle Market for simple breakfast I can find there. The weather was a bit chilly on that day. I guess due to the place I stayed is near the seaside.


Maeil Olle Market Seogwipo


There are many local goodies you can find here like my all-time favourite rice cakes and tangerine jam fluffy bread which you can only find it here. I end up eating Oden aka fish cake with anchovies soup for my breakfast. At least a hot soup to warm up my stomach. I bought some bread for my long journey drive later on.


Back to my hotel, I took the lift up to the rooftop to view some of the awesome views of Seogwipo before I leave this place. Snap some spectacular view and check out from the hotel around 11am.


On the way to my second hotel, I stop by Ecoland for some photos and recalling my sweet memories on my last trip here. Why I don't spend my time here? Hurl!!! the entrance price is too expensive. It's KRW12,000/pax. I have been here before.


Check out my previous experience at Ecoland at this LINK.
Manage to snap the Ecoland Forest train and a good selfie before leaving this place. huhuhuhuh...Happy!


I finally reached my second Hotel in Jeju which located right in front of the sea. To be exact just right to the port and near raw fish lane and black port lane. Everything is walking distance here. Even the famous market is just a walking distance from here.


I reached a bit early than check in time and my room was not ready for me. So I end up exploring around the area by foot. Next to the hotel is Antoinette Premium Bakery. Like its name 'premium' so the price charge is very premium. But this place is worth to visit for those who love to take a nice photo. Every single corner is instagrammable. No point for me to selfie here because all I can show you is my 'pweety face' only. muahahahaha.

Next to Antoinette Premium Bakery there is 24-hour hypermarket where you can shop for reasonable price items here. Most items sell in bulk. This is like a wholesale market to me. I bought dozens of banana milk to store in my fridge.

I was hungry because of its lunch time. So I end up have my lunch at McDonald which is also on the same row as the hotel. Awesome choice, huh???


Regent Marine The Blue Hotel,  Jeju-do


Finally, time for me to check into this hotel call Regent Marine The Blue,  Jeju-do. I love the view from my room. I can see the port very clear from the room and the fact they put some small table and chair by the window is super perfect too. The room is spacious and the mattress is super comfy too. But don't fancy the toilet and amenities here. huhuhuh... I am very particular with the toilet in any hotel I went. So if I comment like this doesn't mean its not good. Just me. Very fussy when it comes to the toilet. huhuhuh



I would say overall I am quite satisfied with this place since the location is around 5 minutes from my car rental place and around 15 minutes from the airport. There is no need for me to rush out on my last day here. Dongmun Market is just less than 700 meter from here and famous fashion street and underground shopping mall is just opposite of this hotel. WTH!!!!

Location wise super perfect with such an awesome waking up seaview too. I likeeeeee....


I walked out at night to find my dinner and found that there are 57th Tamna Festival happening around here. Free shows to watch. So, I basically having fun among the crowd here. Actually, not many crowds since it is not weekend yet.



Super delicious braised mackerel and acorn jelly salad


The place I stayed is famous with black pork and if I don't choose the restaurant properly, I will end up 'pig up' a plate of those. huhuhuh... I walked a few times searching for the right restaurant to enter.  Don't think if you see fish and seafood aquarium in front of the restaurant they serve only seafood here. They sometimes serve pork, dog meat and horse meat too. So choose carefully and no harm try to ask the shop owner before entering. I use my broken Korean phrase to ask the shop owner and if I got stuck with what to say I use my list of Korean phrases to point on my question or statement to the owner. They will then reply me with Korean and sign language. So after almost 30 minutes surveyed, I end up finding a place which serves purely fish and seafood. 

It was a good choice and end up having an awesome delicious braised mackerel and acorn jelly salad which I really wanted to try and they serve as side dishes here. Before I eat the acorn jelly, I google out the acorn jelly word in Korean language and point out to the restaurant owner for confirmation. She said 'YES'. I was like YEAYYYYY!!!! finally!!! then I keep praising her it really delicious. Serious super delicious! Belly super full and satisfying that night!

Check out my earlier Jeju-do Travelogue by clicking below links.



Monday, November 19, 2018

Travelogue : 5th Day , Jeju-do

10th October 2018, Wednesday



Last day at Seogwipo. I decided to go for a forest walk again. I need to have more fresh air from here. At least to heal my tired body. The last trip to Jeju-do, I don't get the chance to Cheongjiyeon Waterfall but I did visited Jeongbang waterfall which is nearby. So, I decided to visit this place in the morning. The place is only 5 minutes drive from the place I stay. There are many stalls at the entrance of this place. One of the stalls is selling famous Jeju-do Octopus bread. I was trying to eat this few nights ago at Olle Market, but the queue was super long, so I gave up.


Octopus Bread, Jeju-do

I decided to buy on for morning breakfast. Serious delicious. Cost me KRW3,000. This is like pancakes batter sprinkled with dried octopus flakes, a special Jeju grown barley and mozzarella cheese. I can eat many of this. But when I keep converting the price. Aihhhh!! I eat one enough le... for taste.



Cheonjiyeon Waterfall

I read the water at Cheongjiyeon Falls meaning 'sky connected with land' appears to fall from heavens. The view here really feels heavenly. This place is another Natural Monument in Jeju-do.  I really enjoy the lush green of the surrounding trees.


I just walked and enjoy the crowd of the Chinese tourist who happened to be there too. Yes! they are super loud and kind of disturb the peace too. They are very competitive in taking the best shot with the waterfall background. Haihhh!!!

I quickly move away from this place and wish for a peaceful forest walk. I stop by Saryeoni Forest Path. Just parked the car by the roadside and cross over the wide road opposite with row of tall trees.



Saryeoni Forest Path

This place really reminds me of the cedar forest which I visited up in Alishan, Taiwan. This place is a tranquil path through cedar forest. This trail is a cedar forest grown in between of Mulchat Oreum and Saryeoni Oreum. Not just cedar, I read they even have Japanese Oak, birch and Cypress trees along the 550-meter long trail. Really famous for a quiet walk and I met few brides and grooms to be, take a photo shoot here.



Mulyeongari Oreum

I unable to climb up to Hallasan Mountain but I end up to discover this beautiful Oreum call Mulyeongari-Oreum which located around Halla Mountain. This is one of the oreums that has a wetland on top of oreum. If you watch Korean movie 'A Werewolf Boy' star heartthrob Song Joong Ki, this place was used as a background scene. The wind here is quite strong and really chilly. Not many people here too. So, it really peaceful out here.


I tried to climb up the 800 stairs but I unable to finish it off. I climbed up halfway then stop at the nearby bench to eat prawn crackers which I bought for 1+1 at 7 Eleven the day before. Then while eating, I heard wild animal sounds. I hurried down immediately. huhuhuh...chicken out because I was the only one hiker here. So feel a bit scary cat! huhuhuh... But still..this is the best place I visited. Love the refreshing air and beautiful scenery here. This place is not touristy so this place is really special.




I just explore the nearby and enjoy the view surrounding this Oreum before continuing my journey to Sagumburi Crater.



Sagumburi Crater

Not my first-time visit to this place but really love to visit it for the second time. Check out my previous post here.


Sagumburi Crater is another Natural Monument worth to visit if you are in Jeju-do. This place is a flat crater and it looks like man-made circular stadium view from the top. In a windy day, I love to watch the flame grass dancing to the rhythm. Loving the view so much here. Just walk, breathe and enjoy the beautiful view. 




Seopjikoji Hill

It will be beautiful to visit this place during spring time because the famous Jeju yellow canola flowers are full bloom. During my visit only a flat grass and rocks view. Well this place still a perfect spot for chilling out while enjoying the view.


I saw many people queueing up to snap photo near the while lighthouse which I totally skip. Too far for me to walk over there. I just walked around and enjoy the sea breeze which not so pleasant at all because there is pony's dung everywhere here.

Is it the sea breeze or the pony's dung? I really feel super hungry out of sudden. The journey back to my favourite Ajumma will be too long to satisfy my hunger pang. I checked on google and found out the place I was not far from Seongsan Ilchulbong. I remember there are few restaurants nearby there. So decided to eat somewhere there.


Peanut Icecream and Barley Steamed Bread

I read somewhere if you are in Jeju-do, it is a must to taste Peanut IceCream and Barley Bread. I tried peanut ice cream here and in my opinion nothing special about this.  Cost me KRW3,000 for a cup. I won't repeat again.
Then spent about 15 minutes walking to find the famous steamed barley bread place near Seongsan Ilchulbong. I found the place after trying my best to match the Korean character from the image I 'google out'. I bought the green one which is from mugwort and the beige colour which made from barley. Both have red bean paste filling. Cost me KRW600 each bread. I love both but the mugwort one is my favourite. 

For those who want to taste this, no need to go far to Seongsan Ilchulbong, you can even get this at Maeil Olle Market, Seogwipo. Just walk around the market you will find this too.


I walk around the small town near Seongsan Ilchulbong and enjoy the view from a different perspective. 


Haemul Jeon and Vegetables Bibimbap


My dinner for that night isn't that tasty but enough to fill my stomach. Regret to get carried away at Sagumburi Crater which made me miss out my favourite Ajumma food on my last night at Seogwipo.