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Bi-Weekly Top Trazy Contributors (Jun 18~July 1)

New users have made it to the TOP 3. Congratulations to Kamoe for being the top #1 and welcome Jihyeon L, Hyoseung Allyson W.

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Breath in the water: Sea walking experience in Jeju

Sea walking is a sport that literally allows you to walk on the sea bed without any special skills. With a helmet connected with a hose that provides oxygen sufficiently, participants can walk under the sea, holding a rope to maintain the balance in the sea. Usually, the helmet prevents the face and hairs from getting wet, while giving a clear view of the ocean filled with marine wonders through glasses attached on the helmet.

One of our Trazy users, Leena W, went sea walking in Jeju Island. Let’s follow her story of becoming a little mermaid by sea walking.


The Scar of Jeju Island: The Jeju April 3 Incident

This is a travel diary of a Trazer Hyoseung Allyson W from Jeju Island. 


Bi-Weekly Top Trazy Contributors June 4~17

Congratulations for the constant contribution to the final top 3 and the rest of top 10. We very much appreciate all your hard work to make the most up to date travel guide for Korea.

Fat Girl, June P and Brianna C. :)

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An Interview with Joey Rositano, Photographer of Jeju Shamanism

Joey Rositano is not your ordinary expat. Hailing from Nashville, the Tennessee native has called Jeju-do, an island off the southern coast of South Korea, home for the past nine years. 


[Bi-Weekly Top Trazy Contributors] Apr 9~22

Since our new launch of Trazy 2.0, the rewarding system has been changed a little along with the new sleek design.

First of all congratulations to the Top 3, June P/ Cecilia/ Fat Girl!

Now not only you can grab reward on a bi-weekly basis but also once you earn 300 points, you can use them to book any travel activity on Trazy.

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Bi-Weekly Top Trazy Contributors (Mar 26~Apr 8)

Here are the top contributors. Congratulations to Fat Girl, Cecilia & Lee!  :)

Keep up the good work!

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I Just Want to Scream

 

I just want to scream, but I know it won’t do any good.

I heard that a ferry to Jeju that was sinking. News implied all would get out alive. I thought it was Costa Concordia like, if only it was comparable now.


Jeju Island, Korea's Favorite Honeymoon Destination

Last winter we had a chance to go to Jeju Island in January. It was a last minute decision - the initial plan was that kimchi boy would return to Singapore with me but he could not leave Korea because he is too old and hasn't served military yet (long story). So after getting the refund for his air ticket to Singapore, we had this sum of money and he decided we could go to Jeju for a short new year trip!! ^^

So we booked a really good deal online and flew Asiana to Jeju. Surprisingly, the service provided onboard the Incheon - Jeju flight was so much better than the one I had experienced from Singapore to Incheon. (Will share about my Asiana experience another time!)

Attending the 2013 IJF Judo Grand Prix in Jeju, South Korea

IMG 0681 300x200 Attending the 2013 IJF Judo Grand Prix in Jeju, South KoreaJeju is one of South Korea’s prized possessions. The volcanic island is home to many UNESCO heritage sites and is aptly called the “Hawaii of Korea”. Being less than an hour flight from Gimhae International Airport in Busan, I knew I would eventually visit the island.

When I found out that the final leg of the IJF Grand Prix series was being held in Jeju, I knew it was something I couldn’t possibly pass up. Luckily, exams at my elementary school were happening at the same time as the tournament and I was able to reallocate some paid leave days.


Jeju-ography: Exploring the exotic island of Jeju with a camera phone in hand

 


“Like, what should we do this weekend?”

As an English teacher in South Korea, when Thursday rolls around each week I usually itch for my upcoming weekend plans. I have learned to take full advantage of my weekend time in Korea and I hope to continue with this new approach to my free time when I return home. I love the tired yet accomplished feeling of a Sunday night following a jam-packed weekend of experiencing new things and people in Korea. When I find myself without plans midweek, I use the following 5 resources to find inspiration for weekend outings. I hope you find them helpful and please feel free to comment with alternative ideas. I promise, armed with these resources you won’t find yourself uttering the annoying answer to a friend looking to have a memorable weekend, “I don’t know, what do you want to do?”


Jeju


Before we'd even arrived in Korea I'd heard about Jeju, the honeymoon capital of Korea, with it's tropical landscape and white sandy beaches it was always being compared to Hawaii. Autumn is supposed to be the perfect time to go so I decided to take my mum when she visited.

RECIPE VIDEO: Orange Pineapple Aloe Juice

Hey guys! This week's video is for Orange Pineapple Aloe Juice!!
Aloe is so overlooked in the western part of the world as a food! In Asia, aloe has been used as a food and a medicine for thousands of years! In the video I briefly explain why we should add aloe in our diet! You don't want to miss this!


 You can find this recipe on YouTube here:  Orange Pineapple Aloe Juice

If you have any questions, let me know! I'd love to hear from you!

Branksome Hall Asia

Branksome Hall, the pre-eminent girls independent school in North America, and a leading IB World School, has been invited by the South Korean government to establish a full partner school on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jeju Island. Branksome Hall Asia is Branksome Hall in Asia. One school, two campuses. Branksome Hall Asia will open its doors to 1200 students from around the world on 15 October 2012. The school will be co-educational from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 3 and girls only from Grades 4 - 12. Branksome Hall Asia will attract the world’s best IB educators from North America, Asia Pacific, Europe and around the globe. For additional information, please visit http://www.korea4expats.com/service-Branksome-Hall-Asia-English-Internat... Or go to our website

Photography Spots in Korea – Series IV – Korea, the true haven for photography

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The fourth in our series on Photography Spots in Korea, we will uncover the true beauty of South Korea through the photographic eyes of Tarun Chopra from India. Tarun will take us through Jeju, Gyeongju, Suwon, Muuido and other interesting places in Korea.

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Oedolgae Rock on the shores of Sammaebong in Seougwipo City, Jeju. A beautiful 20meter high standing rock, with deep blue water surrounding it. It was a quiet calming place on the Jeju olleh Route.


Letter from Korea, January 2012

Suwon
January 10, 2012

Dear Ireland,

For starters, Happy New Year.

Another year of my life in Korea has passed. This March will mark the seven year anniversary of my first arrival in Korea. It seems like that long. That’s neither good nor bad; it’s just how I feel. If I look back on 2011 I can say that it has been a good year. As well as passing some milestones, it has been productive, it has been exciting, it has been tragic, and it has definitely strengthened my resolve to see things through in the future. But, I don’t really want to go on about how 2011 was when 2012 is here and happening now.


수능 D-Day, Stupid Foreigner Crimes and Painful Protests

 

To begin with an FYI, I have put in a final copy of my previous blog post “The Pitfalls of Half-Price Tuition” and it should eventually wind up at least over at Korea Business Central’s great “Economic Slice 2011″ series (and perhaps publication in other sources, but no for sure word on that). For now, here’s what has my interest this days:


Destination: a full day of Jeju (Jeju-do) – part 3 of 3

Meet Oedolgae, Jusangjeolli, Cheonjaeyeon, Jungmun Saekdal Beach, Sanbanggulsa, and Loveland – all in the same day.

The nice part of going on a guided tour is the ability to meet with like-minded travelers, visit a bunch of places, and (perhaps nicest of all), not have to think about how you’re going from A to B. As a (usually) independent traveler, that last point is nice to take a break from every now and then. The schedule on many a guided tour is tighter than I’d personally like, but that’s the tradeoff at play. In any case, it was a beautiful day at some of Jeju’s most beautiful places.


Destination: Manjanggul Lava Tubes and Crater Mountain Peak (Jeju-do) Part 1

Author’s note: this is the first of three posts on a group tour to Jeju-do during Chuseok. Stay tuned for the other posts!

Jeju-do. Part 1. ‘Nuff said.

While the oft-repeated title of ‘honeymoon island’ is true, there’s far more to see than newlyweds – or anyone else, for that matter – can see in a week. Korea’s largest island manages to cram dozens of museums, interesting attractions, beaches, temples, and ancient geologic formations into one 1,848 sq. km. island. This is almost the same size as Maui of the Hawaii islands, and a fifth the size of the ‘Big Island’.


Foggy Lighthouse on Udo, Jeju-Do

Udo's finest sailing vessel & a view of the Seongsan Illchubang.

Splash!

Splash!

This is one of my favourite shots from my Cheseok break in Jeju. A friend of mine decided to get some late night splashing around in before our night on the beach. The tide did come in to catch his fall!

I don't want to get wet!

I don't want to get wet!

Boy at beach

Waves Crashing on Volcanic Rocks

Waves Crashing on Volcanic Rocks

 

After almost two years in Korea, my wife and I finally made it to Jeju and we were not disappointed.  Outside of the cities, Jeju looks and feels like a tropical island with beautiful greenery, scenery and unique volcanic rock formations everywhere.  We can understand why it is called Korea's Hawaii.  This picture is of the uniquely shaped rocks at Jungmun Daepo Haean Jusang Jeollidae right after a summer storm.

I used an Neutral Density filter to allow for a longer exposure in order to capture the movement of the waves in their battle against the rocks.

Jeju Naval Base Controversy

Since I recently spent some time on Jeju the news of a military base being built on the island perked my interest. However, I am not to sure what is happening so I took the time to read up on the issue. From the gist of it I believe that the South Korean Navy has been building a naval base on Jeju within the city of Gangjeong. The function of such a site is summed up clearly in a New York Times article:


Joy in Jeju: Waterfalls

The sky opened up over the clouds when we caught our ferry back to Jeju from Udo. It was such a peaceful and eye catching sight that it made the day complete. Amongst the crowd I felt like the only one understanding the beauty before us.

Joy in Jeju: Manjanggul

I woke up the next morning ready to go out and have my first adventure on the island. Jeju offers many varieties of things to see and do, and it is as if every part of the island has something on the map. You can choose from kitschy museums like the "Trick Art Museum" or the "Chocolate Museum", but I steered more towards the natural wonders of the island, since I feel this is what made Jeju a unique place to visit. One of these special natural artifacts are lava caves, especially the Manjanggul site.

I will get into the details later, but know that I was very excited for this as I have never been inside a lava-tube cave.

Joy in Jeju: Arrival

I left Gimpo, Seoul last Tuesday and headed to Jeju island. Gimpo airport is significantly smaller than it's Incheon counterpart. There were a few shops and restaurants but generally it is a lot more simple.

As I waited to board my plan, Jin Air, I thought about how this vacation was going to go. I refreshed my memory of essential Korean I would need to use and got to know the layout of Jeju via a map on my Android phone.

Jeju Island Peacock

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