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Kiwi in Korea 6 - Busan

Hi all

It was a long weekend here so K and I finally braved the buses and trains and went to Busan.  We stayed at Haeundae Beach, which is apparently famous, well it's famous in Korea and my supervisor used to have this picture on his office wall (because it contrasted starkly people wise with our local beaches in Nelson - you should know this is my idea of hell, however the beach is only like this in the summer holidays here in Korea - I intend to avoid at that time).  I am taking K to Japan in August for my week holiday.

This weekend was a long weekend and the 21st sand sculpture contest at the beach so it was still busy (this is the road to the beach and our hotel).

We went shopping in the days - it was great and I only went to the beach in the morning between 7 and 8.  It was great I love walking with my feet in the water and the ocean smells just like the ocean at home (funny that  , just like the subway smelt like Syndey subway - some smells are just universal).  this end of the beach reminded me of Wellington and the other end reminded me of the Gold Coast shrugs  (in case you are wondering those are binoculars (I think) at the top right)

Protest at importing meat from countries with Mad Cow's disease  

and for the Kiwis - Maui fishes up Te Ika A Maui (the North Island)

First day's shopping was all done at the megabox in Haeundae the only thing I bought was the green bag (it was hand made), and then we went to the movies - Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull and Kung Fu Panda - bloody great getting to watch movies in English

hehe, can't go shopping in Korea and not buy a t-shirt without bad English

On Saturday we went to Lotte and I bought K a new mp4 player (it was really expensive but what the hey) - saw these t-shirts and immediately thought of Butter.

We then went to Foreigners St (also known as Texas st) but it was really diasppointing, the range of goods wasn't very good and the street smelt like urine and some of the shops smelt like wet dog =/  Afterwards we went to Gukje markets but we were both tired and ratty and just wanted to go back to the motel and watch telly by that stage - woot NCIS was on, yay for Magee.

 at Gukje markets - sheesh, I'm trying, I'm trying.

 Magee Rocks

Generally everbody was very helpful and patient with the dumb waeguk (who struggled with the ticketing machines - they would often spit my money back out).  The only nuisance was this man on our way home, we weren't sure of the bus to get on and this old man was helping me, this other man thought he would help too by hitting me on the arm (hard) and pointing (the same way the old guy took me) and then he kept asking for 100 won.  I was like wtf.  I gave it to him, it is like 10cents and it got rid of him.  I joked to K that I just got mugged for 10cents.  lol

Hope you all had a good  weekend =)  Any stories to share?

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Jaine ... I wanna see you in Korea Suit ... try and take picture for us .. ( "",,) ...
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JS
Aw that's great news, and also enjoy the trip to Japan in August. Sounds like it's been pretty good fun apart from the 100 won guy!. Love the mistaken English T'shirt.
almost 13 years ago
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JS
lol, trust you to find this!
almost 13 years ago
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These are pretty amazing. I think I'll stop being proud of my sandcastles for a while!
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Wow, love the pictures and accounts. The top pic of the crowded beach--I thought that was in China. No matter. The bad English T-shirts are so funny...not as funny as me speaking Korean though! John is watching the same sing-along song on the DVD over and over again.....
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I've seen that picture of Haeundae Beach before, and some even worse. (And yes, it circulated and misidentified as a Chinese Beach---I just noticed that the advertisements had Korean characters). OMG, I'd go crazy surrounded by all those people. That's a vacation????? Funny that T-Shirt. That's like the reverse of caucasians getting tattoos with Chinese or Japanese or Korean characters which make absolutely no sense. Maybe you can make some side money proofreading for T-shirt companies.
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I like this tee =)
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That first pic of the beach is something I'd avoid too. Blech. Those sand sculptures seem so elementary comapred to the stuff I've seen from these parts. Ah well, they're get there someday. You bought some Converse high-tops? haha.
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Wow.....
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Hahaha!
almost 13 years ago
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Glad that things are going well for you Ms Choco Kiwi ; )
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The first picture reminds me of the beaches in Spain on the Costa Del sol in high season. Great tee-shirts the best is grow your hair :) Charlie Brown and Snoopy are very popular over there.
almost 13 years ago
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it reminds me shonan beach in kanagawa, very near from tokyo
almost 13 years ago
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funny (^^)
almost 13 years ago
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its the art!
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glad you come to japan in Aug. do you have any plan? its hottest in Tokyo. reccomend you to drop by other nothern cities, too.
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I'd be running the other way, too! Yikes!!!!
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Jrs 8c 1405439596528
Oh, this one is too funny!
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This one is cool!
almost 13 years ago
Jrs 8c 1405439596528
OMG! My English teacher of a father would probably either laugh his ass off or keel over with a heart attack! This is the worst example of bad English on a T-shirt that I've ever seen! You win, Jaine!
almost 13 years ago
Jrs 8c 1405439596528
haha!
almost 13 years ago
Jrs 8c 1405439596528
Congratulations to you both for going out into the big scary city! You guys totally rock! =D
almost 13 years ago
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thats a whole lotta people.. ive never been to a beach with that many people..
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omg! this one is cute..
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You're completely braver than I am .. if I get the opportunity to go to Japan, I'm going to stick close to my friends there .. that beach is WAY too crowded .. good that you can see movies/TV in English .. the "bad English" t-shirt (hahaha) .. you like Magee? I like DiNozzo .. bro Rick likes Abby :)
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Yikes @ the guy that hit you on the arm & then demanded money! That just ain't right in any country. Good for you to be brave & go exploring. The t-shirt about the hair was perfect haha. As short as yours was cut for a very good cause I think it's coming along quite nicely tho. :)
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Good to see you are finding home in some places over there. The sand sculptures are really impressive. Did you do them? If not, how come there was Maui and the fish? Or did you just interpret it as Maui and the fish?
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woah.. that's crazy. When i was at that beach there were like 4 people on the entire stretch. I guess October is a good time to go. lol.
almost 13 years ago
Mark moran in spokane 920x920
Yeah . this is more what it looked like when I was there.
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heheheehehe...thanks..it was nice reading ur Blog....tak care
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omg! look at that crowd! haha... where's waldo? =)
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oh wow, these are super cute! very creative... how was kung fu panda?
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LOL with the froth coming out of his mouth!
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Don't tell me this is real.. that's a lot of people
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OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!~ yea stay away.. umbrellas everywhere, people everywhere... where's the beach??? =X
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cool art... =) I wish they had something like this in SF...
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hahaa.... your pics are so much fun... hehee... =)
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OMG that's crowded!
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:-)
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hehe bad Engrish :P
almost 13 years ago
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awesome!
almost 13 years ago
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Looks like you and K had quite an eventful and fun weekend! Must've been nice to get away from your quiet little town for abit. Lots to see and buy :) It was sweltering in NYC this weekend. I'll be blogging about it soon.
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thanks for the pictures. i remember going to the beach in Busan when i was a kid. Korea is notorious for those kind of shirts. i love them! keep us posted.
almost 13 years ago
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Wow...every inch is packed of people. It must be very noisy environment.
almost 13 years ago
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hahaha...this is more like my kind of beach, quiet and calm.
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This one puts a smile on my face.
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CF
I watched "Kung Fu Panda" over the weekend, too, with my mom. There were quite a number of parallels to "The Forbidden Kingdom" in it. Felt the movie was a little slow at times, but overall, it was entertaining.
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NICE
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YAYYYYYY
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haha,can't see the beach,so crowded.
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These photo are precious. I love them...thanks for sharing J.
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wow~~ cool~
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linus!.. =D
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your photos are so gorgeous. Love reading about Korea, too!
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i want to buy one for myfather......LOL..
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