Photo Diary: Welcome to Jeju Island (Day 14/15)

First and second day in Jeju! After taking a super early flight from Osaka, then transferring at Seoul, we finally arrived at Jeju in the late afternoon. By the time we found our way to the Airbnb we were staying at, it was early evening and we were e x h a u s t e d. Good thing we bought some instant noodles to tide us through the night, and our kind host helped us to order KOREAN FRIED CHICKEN. After watching You Who Came From The Stars, I have been looking forward to my Chun Song Yi moment. I think the entire box, plus beer, costs less than S$30? It was such a steal.

After planning our itinerary with Eugene, our dear hostess, we tucked in for the night because we had a busy day ahead! Our host was going to drive us around Jeju on a personalized tour. There are so many photographs that I have to split the second day into 2. We visited one of the filming sites for Dae Jang Geum, and then went to the foot of Mt Halla where we explored the gorgeous Yongmeori Beach! As a Geography student, I kinda freaked out a little by the physical landforms. So interesting and inspiring to see them upclose and personal!

After that, we went off for lunch! Our host brought us to a local restaurant that serves a type of flat fish stew. One thing great about having such a localized personal tour is that he knows where are the best eats!

Our hosts used to work in Seoul, where they held office jobs and lived in a tiny apartment. When they decided to have a family, they moved out of Seoul and bought a house in Jeju. By renting out their apartment rooms to tourists and organizing tours, they have a simple living with their son. They said, the city life was no life for a family, and there was no joy in being trapped in a small office and apartment every single day.

Almost every other day, I see stories like these floating around Facebook, encouraging people to leave their mundane life sucking jobs, and see the world. Monetary achievements are not everything, contentment can be derived from many other elements other than your bank account balance. At the end of the day, you can’t carry your money into the grave.

For once, I would like to hear about how someone plucked his life from the urban jungle, lived the simple life, and regretted it. Now that will be interesting.


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