|My morning walk along the Seogwipo Harbour|
And that messed out my Jeju Solitary Birthday plans and stayed most of the time in Jeju Hiking Inn. Amidst the gloomy day, I kept the spirit high and believed that tomorrow would be fine.... No! It would be much wonderful, much better!
And I have my full trust in God that it would be an amazing post-birthday experience!
|March 17, 2013 - Celebrating my Birthday in Jeju Island|
|A warm bubble bath with Soju and some good music|
|At the rooftop of Jeju Hiking Inn with my breakfast of cup noodles, coffee and crackers with the magnificient view of Seogwipo Harbour.|
After awhile, I thought of walking from the Inn to the Bridge. It's not enought that I saw it from afar - I should see it much nearer, have a walk along the shore and probably touch the water of the ocean.
I quickly changed to a more suitable wear with my camera and tripod and KRW 10,000 (in case I'd badly need it) and then went out and looked for the signs to the harbour. I walked down from the Inn, kept turning right at the intersections and kept on looking at the bridge as my landmark. Along the way, my plans changed as I saw signs directing to Cheonjiyeon Falls. There were few people on the road, mostly old men who were having their morning walk. It was just around seven in the morning and the street down the harbour was free of any cars and tourist buses yet. I freely walked on my own - felt like a local who know the place that well.
|The signs to Cheonjiyeon falls|
|Me time in Cheonjiyeon Falls|
|the sight of the Saeyeongyo Bridge from the harbour|
As I walked to the entrance of the vast and open parking space facing the Seogwipo Submarine, I saw the ocean and heard the sound of the waves. It's my sanctuary! I walked towards the edge of the platform and then carefully went down and walked along the stones which was known as the "Shell" in Seogwipo Harbour to just be near the water. The waves were so strong but I wanted to play with them.
|at the Shell of Seogwipo Harbour|
Climbing up the bridge was difficult with the strong breeze of the wind bouncing back from the ocean at the peak of the bridge but I managed to cross over. At the other end before the trail to the Bird's Island, there's a resting place with four or five wooden bunks/tables (which is known of a Korean's unique architecture commonly built in front of their houses - usually Hanok houses) scattered in every corner. This is also known in my native language as "papag". For Koreans, it serves either as their resting area for small conversations or chitchat or a table to cook and eat.
The place was somewhat filled with group of ahjjussis and ahjjumma (old man or woman) doing their morning stretching and exercise while some were sitting at the wooden table /bunk. The music that came from the megaphone that was nailed at the tip of one of the posts seemed like popular to the oldies as they either hummed or sang along with it. I assumed it was a folk song because of the rhythm and melody of the instruments.
|at the resting area of Saegyeongyong Bridge|
When the sun started to come out shyly, I started to get up and walked back to the arrays of traditional restaurants near the falls with one thing in my mind - I should try the Abalone Soup cooked in a pot, Jeju's famous cuisine.
My original plan to have a "tour around the world" in Soingook Theme Park for my birthday did not happen but the post-celebration can never be underrated. Full of trust that everything will be alright, I think I had pulled the law of attraction to its fullest - this is The Secret where everything is possible and nothing is impossible!
When you believe firmly of the things to come true, it will surely come to reality. Sometimes, not in our specified time, but in His Time!
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