We spent the entire 3rd day in Jeju, looking at teddy bears, how people lived in Jeju in the past, and enjoying nature. We had abalone porridge (전복죽) for breakfast, considered the king of porridges. Obviously there were no real solid pieces of abalone in the porridge since they’re running a business and couldn’t afford to give each customer an abalone with the prices they’re charging but the porridge was made with abalone entrails. Good enough for me as I prefer to eat my abalone brined. Koreans must have kimchi with whatever they’re eating, so kimchi and other banchan are available for each meal. I like my porridge with some roasted laver/seaweed and Korean fishcake (어묵).
After the hearty breakfast, it was time to burn those calories! Yongduam Rock (용두암) was just a carpark away from where we had breakfast, so we went down to look at the breathtaking scenery. For me, I couldn’t appreciate the lava stone formation (I guess it’s some Asian thing again… imagination working overtime – Read my thoughts on rock formations). But I love the strong wind and waves. Lovely. And I guess there must be something about the climate or the water that made my skin look kinda nice there. LOL
These 2 stone figurines are known as 돌 하르방, or dol hareubang in English. They are something like 土地公 but nowadays, people just regard them as gods of fertility. Word is that you will conceive a boy if you touch the nose of the dol hareubang, so they’re pretty popular with newlyweds. It also gels with the fact that Jeju Island is a popular honeymoon destination for many Korean couples. I told Mum to stay far away from these stone figurines as a bad joke. =))
After Yongduam Rock, it was off to another location to burn even more calories! Seongsan Sunrise Peak (성산 일출 봉)… I tell you, it’s tough work climbing to the top. SERIOUSLY. I had to push myself up by telling myself this will be the first and last time I’ll do this because I don’t want to climb a 2nd time, and I definitely do not want to spend another S$2000 coming to Korea to climb this stupid peak. Dad was damn fit to scoot off without Mum and myself. I couldn’t be happier to go back down to ‘base camp’, as seen in the bottom right picture. What you do not see here is me panting and damn shagged. The view on the way up was gorgeous though.
On the way down, you can choose to walk down further (‘base camp’ was in between the peak and the sea where all the lady divers 해녀 are). I didn’t go down cos the thought of climbing up the stairs scares me, and the thought of toasted squid strips and Jeju chocolates are more enticing. But Kiat, one of the guys in our tour group, did and he got some sea shells from the ladies. He offered one to me, but I declined cos it’s just one of those 没有用的东西 + it will take up a lot of luggage space especially we have to be on the road everyday. =P Now I wish I DID go down cos I think the lady divers are damn impressive and SAT… sigh.
We worked hard that morning, and so we were treated to a nice lunch – Jeju Island famous black pig barbeque (흑 돼지). I’m not quite sure of the name, but nevertheless it was NICE! The meat was lean, the marinade was spicy but not overbearing, and everything else was fresh!
I also had my first taste of their traditional rice wine Makkeoli (막걸리), only because I was intrigued after watching Cinderella’s Sister. Our kind tour guide treated all of us to a round of the alcoholic drink because I said I wanted to try it. But sadly, I disliked it. Or rather, I’m not a drinker. Hate getting very warm and hot after drinking.
This trip has been filled with lots of adventures! I had my first ATV ride, and while it was scary, it was exciting too. And the owners of the place had an extremely cute dog called Chan Pung I… reminds me of Taffy back home then. The dirt road was really DIRTy… when we finished our round and got back to the office, I went to the toilet and cleaned my face… gosh… I should have taken a picture of the dirty tissue. Even the insides of my nose were gross black. My nickname at the ATV ride is now “무서워요” (“scary”) cos I was screaming that each time I got scared and the damn motor wouldn’t move. We couldn’t overtake the one in front of us cos we’re beginners so Kiat was stuck behind me, listening to my screams. WAHAHAHA. And the dog. Oh the cute dog. Extremely responsive, playful and lovable.
What an exciting and fun-filled morning eh? Then it was to a slow afternoon. We visited the Jeju Folk museum where we could see how people in olden days lived. The villages, the facilities, and how they went about in their lives. It was like a huge village with many traditional houses which you visit at your own pace. We don’t like to keep people waiting, so we quickly visited the main points of the museum and made our way to the entrance and waited for the rest while we enjoyed the strong winds. I really liked the weather that day… strong sun, blue sky and cold winds. Oh, and that’s our tour guide with me on the bottom left photo.
It was a long bus ride to the teddy bear museum, but we got recharged as we ALL fell asleep on the way there. Hehe. I’m not a girly girl so I’m not into teddy bears. Mum disallowed me to have soft toys since young as I had childhood asthma and soft toys only served to gather dust and make me wheeze. I guess, that’s become part of me. But still, I didn’t fail to be silly, ordering an expresso from the teddy bear staff at the teddy bear cafe. Dad also decided to have a hot chocolate. It was cheap! Only 1 teddy bear dollar!
The first level of the museum was more like a soft toy safari, with many other types of animal soft toys and the setting was like in wild safari. 2nd level & 3rd level were teddy bear overload! Everything was teddy bear here, teddy bear there. Teddy bear flower, teddy bear horoscopes etc. At the end, I was just confused and it was just a whole bunch of teddy bears in different clothing to me. I didn’t buy anything from the shop though the bears were cute cos *see above paragraph*.
I guess a lot of people were bored at the TeSeum as well because I was like 3rd youngest among the entire group, and even I was bored. The rest of the tour participants were almost my dad’s age or older! True enough, only a girl in our group bought something (besides the tour guide who bought something for her kid), and that girl was the youngest of all of us. We headed to dinner early as we ended the day’s schedule. Ginseng chicken soup (삼게탕)! It was a huge serving for me and I was only 50% done when I declared that I’m full. I figured that my family are all small eaters because we ALWAYS have some food leftover at the end of each meal, whereas the other tables would polish off everything cleanly, even the refillable banchan! So we always sat beside 2 other families who are huge eaters, so they can take whatever we can’t finish. LOL