Boracay Chilling ~ This is the life!!
The First Family Vacation Begins
A Rainy Start (Travel)
Mecasa Hotel (Bulabog Beach)
First Family Swim
Puka Shell Beach
Oryukdo Island – Off the southern coast of South Korea
We bought drinks and snacks across the road while we waited for our ferry to leave.
The ferry took us along the Busan coastline to the southern part of the city. There were other people on-board but we moved to the very front of vessel, so that we had a little area to ourselves. Snacks, drinks, fresh air, and the sun on our skin ~ We all felt happy and relaxed.
Haeundae Beach, Busan, South Korea. This is the same city in which Justin and I first met. On this particular weekend, I took a train from Daejeon (my city) to Busan (Justin’s city) to meet him and some other friends and check out the annual Sand Festival on Haeundae Beach. We met at Busan Station and then took the subway to Haeundae Station. The beach is located 5-10 minutes from the station, and it’s a nice scenic walk.
Drinking in public areas doesn’t seem to be a concern in South Korea.
Relaxing on the beach with friends.
This day was a Monday, the day in which I was supposed to go to the Korean Embassy, drop of my passport and get my E-2 visa. I just had to get to the Embassy before 11am and I would be able to pick up passport, containing a visa, after 2pm. I woke up early and arrived to the Embassy with plenty of time to drop it off.
So, how the visa works, is that my school turns in my application and provides the Korean government with all necessary documents in Korea. Then when all the paperwork is checked and sorted, the Korean government gives my employer a visa code. With the visa code and my passport, all I needed to do was go to a Korean Embassy anywhere outside of Korea. Therefore, after 5 days in Japan you could imagine how I was growing tired of hearing that the paperwork wasn’t finished being sorted out yet. I had left South Korea on the 27th of May (only because my visa expired that day). My paperwork wasn’t ready yet, so I would be in Japan indefinitely. I had to book my accommodation on my credit card and was living on $20 a day. (Which, in Japan, is enough for one meal a day!) With a lack of funds for proper sightseeing, I decided to go see something popular and close by.Standing 234 metres tall, Fukuoka Tower is by far the city’s highest building. An observation deck is located at 123 meters where visitors can get a good look of the surrounding city and Hakata Bay.About a 15 minute walk, or one kilometer, from the tower is the Hawks Town entertainment area that I mentioned in a previous post.The Fukuoka Tower was built in 1989, and was completed in a mere 14 months. The final cost of construction was 6,000,000 Japanese Yen (roughly US$60,000). The underground weight of the tower is over 25,000 tons, where the weight of the building above ground is only 3,500 tons. WOW! The tower was designed to withstand earthquakes of a magnitude of 7 with winds up to 65m/s. Where the strongest recorded earthquake in the area has been a magnitude of 6, and winds up to 49m/s. Fukuoka Tower was a major feature in the 1994 Japanese film, Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, in which the tower was destroyed in the climatic battle between the two monsters.
Nose on the glass window – That’s pretty close for me to get!
There was a ledge across from the heart sculpture. The ledge was there so that couples could put a timer on their cameras and get a cute photo of themselves posing here. I was alone. Sad face! So I took a sad picture of me touching the heart. ALONE.I should probably mention that Catherine and I hadn’t even known each other for a month yet!! It was crazy how drawn we were to each other from the beginning. I know that I fell in love with her at first sight. No folks that doesn’t just happen in the movies!