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Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak & The Haenyo (Jeju's Woman Divers)

     The lady divers of Jeju, or Haenyo (properly pronounced 'hay-nyaa': 해녀- or 'sea women') remind me a lot of the 'Ama women' (pearl divers) in Japan. In Jeju's instance however, these women were best suited to collect the island's aquatic treasures of abalone and conch (abalone porridge (전복죽), by the way, is one of Jeju's most famous dishes and can be eaten best around Seongsan Ilchulbong) and exporting them to Japan in the 1970's. The traditions of the Haenyo can in fact be dated back to the 17th century when the men were off at sea leaving the women to become heads of the family, as seen in a matriarchy, this clashed with the mainland's Confucianist culture wherein women were regarded as second grade citizens.


Seogwipo, Jeju

     One of the many lovely things about Jeju is that it isn't that big and most parts of the island can be reached within an hour or two from the capital Jeju city. (Though they make for bumpy rides the buses have English announcements at every stop, which is quite handy if your Korean isn't up to scratch, but annoying for the natives I imagine...)

Seogwipo is generally known as Jeju island's second city and technically includes the entire south-side of it though obviously, in a  rather spread out fashion. Seogwipo is totally different experience from Jeju city in the north, less developed, less crowded and seemingly slower in the pace of its existence...

Jeju Island

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!

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