An email interview with Edelweiss Magdua and Riza Bonifacio from the Philippines Edelweiss is a student at Chungnam National University and Riza graduated from Daegu University JTO SNS Global Contents participants (April 6-8)
Note: Edelweiss and Riza won first prize in the presentation portion of the event (a 500,000 won duty-free coupon at the JTO’s Jungmun Duty Free Shop in the Jeju International Convention Center). Here is a video of their Jeju experience.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. For example, where are you from and what are you studying in Korea? What are your plans after finishing your studies?
We’re Edelweiss (28) and Riza (23) from the Philippines. Edelweiss is studying English education at Chungnam National University at Daejeon. Riza graduated Environmental Engineering at Daegu University. We would like to work in Korea and keep travel blogging everywhere we go.
What did you do while on Jeju Island after the event?
The presentation for the JTO SNS Global Event came first, so we did our best to prepare for the event while documenting interesting things for our blog. At night we went for a food trip around Dongmun Traditional Market and had our first taste of fresh Jeju seafood!
The next day, after having a delicious breakfast buffet at Hotel Leo, we went to Seogwipo to spend our earned prizes at JTO Duty Free. We looked around the convention events at ICC Jeju featuring Jeju’s local businesses. We took pictures with the Dolhareubang stone statues on the Olle trail and marveled at the breathtaking view of the Jusangjeolli cliffs. We wanted to go to nearby places like Cheonjeyeon Falls or nearby restaurants, but the harsh weather (bits of hail came down at that time lol) made us retreat back to Jeju city. At night, we ate Jeju’s black pork samgyupsal at Neul Bom Heukdwaeji restaurant.
On Sunday after checking out of the hotel, we met new friends, went to a local handicraft shop Kkeumjirak along Hyeopjae Beach, passed by Jeju’s 1,000-year old pine tree, and then visited Dolbitna Art school which features Yongam Cave (Cave formed from lava) with an ongoing art exhibition by Jeju contemporary artist Kim Nam Ho. At night, we ate galbi samgyupsal before going for an overnight stay at a local Jjimjilbang near the airport. Just before going to airport, we watched two haenyeo women divers as they dove deep down and rose back up to their floaters. Our Jeju trip was really short but memorable, making the most of every time we had.
Anything else you’d like to share with us? For example, Jeju travel stories, impressions, comments.
Jeju has a lot of nature’s masterpieces. Also, it has similar atmosphere with the Philippines thus it feels so much like home! We are thankful to JTO for giving this opportunity to visit Jeju as well as to realize the connection with Korea and the Philippines.
Thank you, Ms. Magdua and Ms. Bonifacio.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity. — Ed.
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