Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Jeju-Do I love you: Videos

Kerri the video extraordinaire did some amazing filming from the backseat, sometimes I wish I wasn't driving because there were so many things I wanted to capture. But then, driving a scooter is awesome.

This is the west coast wop wops (boonies):

Here is some night riding:

Monday, September 28, 2009

Jeju-Do I love you: Day 2

The first day on the scooter was so tiring! Kerri and I skipped the Love Motel and slept at the Jimjilbang, waking up to an amazing ajumma body scrub and massage with a fresh cucumber mask. My woman was so thorough she even tea bagged me in the eye sockets with her boobs.

Fresh and with skin as smooth as a baby's bum, Kerri and I decided to get on the scooter and go wherever it took us. There was words of a thunder storm and the winds were mightily strong but I have good balance, so knew we would be okay. Off down the west coast we scooted, it was so awesome because we could stop whenever we wanted to take pictures along the way.

We ended up in really rural areas, there was not an apartment building in sight and it was just beautiful. The children were absolutely adorable and the lifestyle and architecture was modest, yet charming.

We came across the most crazy amount of wind turbines, there were 12 in this area. The wind was so strong the noise was a little frightening, they were spinning so fast.

There were so many people fishing, I was desperate to get a photo of the Haenyo, Jamyo and Jamsu (women seaweed divers) but I only spotted one in her wetsuit as we were zipping too fast to stop.

The pictures end there because it started raining, which wasn't too bad because it wasn't cold but we got pretty wet, even my leather couldn't save me as water creeped down my neck and sleeves. We also got completely lost (in an interesting, not worried way) and when we thought we were traveling north, we realised the water was now on our right side and we had actually ended up in the South. Scooter rental pending, we spend right up the middle of Jeju on the motorway, in the rain, going 100km along with the big trucks - it was pretty exhilarating, wet and I was pleasantly suprised at my brave driving skills.

Afterwards, we met with Kerri's Korean friend Adrian, who took us to the most amazing bibimbap restaurant I have ever tried. They used barley rice and peanuts - holy it was delicious!

He then took us to a graveyard that had an amazing view over Jeju city. Unfortunately, the fog covered the view but I managed to get some ghostly pictures of the gravestones.

Monday morning, we jetted back to Incheon for work, boo hoo. I really wish I had 2 more days to go along the south and east coast of Jeju, cruising inland to see more waterfalls and mountains - 2 days just wasn't enough! It's made me realise that scooters are an amazing way to travel and I think this is how I would like to see more of the world.

Jeju-Do I love you: Love Land

Because Jeju is a popular destination for honeymooners, it has also become a place for sexual education. As well as "The Museum of Sex and Health", there is the phenomenally schexy Love Land. The sculptures are pretty conceptual and some are rather beautiful and others are just funny.

There were pretty funny portrayals of Korean sex culture. During the war time many families had up to 10 children and they were all living in one room - so I am sure this situation happened rather frequently.

Having sexual education on your honeymoon says alot about Koreans and how open they are about sex, so Love Land is a breath of fresh air. However, I was shot back into last century with this one...mayyyybe one day...

Jeju-Do I love you: Day 1

If you asked any Korean what to do in Korea, most would say go to Jeju Island. It's at the bottom of Korea and is the ultimate honeymoon destination for newlyweds, only a short 1 hour flight away from Seoul.

These pair of white shoes amongst the black were my first favourite thing that I saw.

We hired scooters for the weekend, which was the best idea EVER. It's illegal to drive without an International license but we rebelled against the law and risked it. I got an 80cc beast to carry Kerri on the back - only 60,000W for the 2 of us for 2 days - bargain! I was prepared for anything with my sweet leather ensemble. 

We spent the first hour or so getting a bit lost...

...and then attached ourselves to this lovely couple from Suwon. Pretty much we pulled up to an intersection together and they were also looking confused with a map and we followed them from there. Forever in debt, I have no idea whether they enjoyed their foreign stalkers or not.

The coastline of Jeju is unbelievable. So blue and so green - reminds me of New Zealand. The funny shaped rocks are to break the size of the waves.

We went in a maze.

Saw some cuties (as usual.)

This is dragon head rock - all of the lights in the sea are fishing boats.

We then shouted our forced guides to dinner. Without them, we would have been going round in circles the entire day.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

round robin

I'm glad I got to go to one of these - it's a wicked idea: One space, 5 or so bands set up all over the place, back to back songs from a different band at a time, no breaks, no front row.
The space was all cave/Egyptian like, I don't see as much live music as I would like to so I was a nice giggy feeling.

Cinderella for a day.

It was the Incheon English Festival this weekend, so I was paid a bulk of money to stand in the sun and get polaroids taken with Batman and kids. Pretty much the life of a Disneyland character.

The only thing that made me happy at 9am on a Saturday morning was this sign. (It was repaired with some white paint later.)

Here's the GEC crew - pretty much the entire foreign staff has changed over since I started here...this can only mean one thing - one month left!

Unfortunately, due to swiiiiiiine worries, the crowds were not very big.

Nethertheless, there were some absolute cuties around.