JR Beetle Ferry from Busan to Fukuoka

Personally, I can never get sick of Japan. I’ve been to Tokyo, Osaka, Okinawa, Kyoto, Fuji but not Fukuoka. Not many people really think of Fukuoka when you speak of Japan however they’re quite known for their ramen noodles.  Sometimes flight tickets can be expensive and ferry tickets can be reasonable. Since I took the JR Beetle ferry to Fukuoka from Busan, that’s what I’ll focus on.

I bought my ticket online through their website, unfortunately, the site is only available in Japanese and Korean. I had my Korean friend help me but it’s not that hard to buy if you’re using a card that’s not korean. If you are, I highly recommend getting a korean friend to help because sometimes when purchasing things online there’s a lot of process due to security and might have to download the card app on your phone. Now because I purchased my ticket during golden week the prices were still high (240,000won total) but on a normal day they can go as low as 50,000won I think. There are 3 time tables for going and coming back,

8:30 – 11:35
12:10 – 15:15
15:50 – 18:55

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When you get to Busan Port International Passenger Terminal go up to the 3rd floor to check in, you’ll have to pay the fuel surcharge, I think I paid 6,000won. You also get to pick your own seats, I recommend the first floor near the locker storage so you can quickly get in and out. Always try to arrive an hour before checking in at both places. When you go through check-in, the security is quite laid back. I think there is a certain size you have to bring as a carry on but they don’t check the weight or care if you have a water bottle or liquid. I think the weight limit is 20kg but not 100% sure, I can’t read korean well but on my e-ticket it said 20kg so I’m going to assume that’s the weight limit even though they didn’t check.

Just like going on a plane you can bring your own food, however, you can even buy your food before security and eat it on the ferry. If you didn’t bring your kimbap no worries, it’s a 3-hour ride and you can buy food on there. I forgot what they had but just small snacks like a donut, candy, chips, sandwiches, maybe ramen? and coffee or tea.

When you arrive in Japan you don’t need to do another security check but just immigration, very quick. And after that, you take a bus to Hakata station (I think I went on a free shuttle bus, sorry can’t remember).

Coming back from Fukuoka was also quite swift and easy. I took the bus across the street from Hakata Station at bus stop F and you can take either the 88 or 99 bus (maybe there are other buses but those are the only two that I know) and the fare is 230 yen. You have to pay the EXACT change and if you can’t, you could also get change for 1000yen on the bus and pay the exact amount. When you arrive at the terminal you first check in and again, pick your own seats. Afterward you go upstairs and near the entrance to the boarding gate, there’s a machine to buy the fuel surcharge ticket which is 500yen. There was no security check as you leave Fukuoka, I left with two bottles of calpis in my luggage and again, nothing happened. After you show them your boarding pass with the fuel surcharge ticket and passport you go to the boarding gate and that’s where you do your duty-free shopping which is quite small but they did have Royce chocolate!

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Arriving in Busan is when they do the security check which is very quick. I arrived back to Busan around 6:55ish and made it to my KTX train to Seoul at 7:45, you can take a taxi or the shuttle bus, I took a shuttle bus and paid maybe 1,100 won and only had about 10 minutes to spare so the quicker the better.

There are other websites where you can purchase ferry tickets from Busan to Fukuoka, however, I’m not familiar with them or their regulations and supposedly JR Beetle is popular for their quality.

Dinosaur Egg Bingsoo 공룡알빙수 Dala 100% Chocolate in Busan

Okay, honestly, I’m not the best at blogging so I’ll just try to keep it short and simple. While I was down in Busan (second biggest city in South Korea) I went to visit Dala 100% Chocolate cafe in Seomyeon (서면). Supposedly the chocolate here is really popular although I came here for the Dinosaur Egg Bingsoo which is also called 공룡알빙수, 공룡 means Dinosaur and 공룡알 together means Dinosaur Egg, 빙수 is shaved ice, a popular dessert in South Korea. Since I went to Busan alone I ordered the Dinosaur Egg Bingsoo just for myself. I think it was 11,000won which is maybe around $10usd? The Dinosaur Egg Bingsoo came with a small cup of chocolate syrup, a hammer to crack the egg, and the

The Dinosaur Egg Bingsoo came with a small cup of chocolate syrup, a hammer to crack the egg, and the bingsoo itself, shaved ice on the bottom topped with chocolate shavings, other sorts of chocolate crunches and the egg. In the egg, there were some more chocolate with a scoop of chocolate ice cream and a chocolate dinosaur. In my personal opinion, I have a huge sweet tooth but this was overly sweet. I didn’t think the chocolate was that great, to me, some

In my personal opinion, I have a huge sweet tooth but this was overly sweet. I didn’t think the chocolate was that great, to me, some korean chocolates aren’t very rich, it’s a little tiny bit bland and tastes more of the oil rather than the cacao. So if you want to come to this cafe and looking for some real good chocolate, I wouldn’t recommend in ordering the dinosaur egg bingsoo, but if you want a good picture for the instagram or social media, then come with a friend and snap away.

I put the address that was provided on their facebook page into my navigator (naver) and turned out that it was wrong so I tried to follow directions that was from another blog but was still sort of lost. It’s right next to ESPACE cafe. From Seomyeon Station, I would get out from exit 6 and walk straight until you see NC Mall then turn right and walk two blocks the turn left on Jeonpo Cafe street and walk straight for a little more than two blocks then it should be on your left side. The cafe is quite small but has some nice interior.

Micro LASIK in Daejeon, South Korea

Today I had my first surgery in Korea and it was LASIK. Honestly it wasn’t painful during the surgery but afterwards my eyes were in pain!! It was a struggle to keep my eyes open. I’ll edit the post soon with some more details and pictures. If you want a full detail of the procedure for the surgery, here’s an article I found that will be really helpful so you can get an idea of what’s it like under the laser. http://www.allaboutvision.com/visionsurgery/lasik.htm

If you are interested in getting LASIK then let me tell you my experience. Before you go to any eye doctor, definitely do some research and ask previous patients with their experience. I used Facebook as my source to find an eye doctor in Daejeon, I looked up LASIK/LASEK in the “Daejeon Peeps” group to see if anyone had experience and just went from there. For those who live around Daejeon (Sejong), I went to 밝은빛 안과 in Dunsan Dong. It’s literally right across from The Galleria Mall (TimeWorld) and it’s on the same side as Shoopen. But I would recommend going to at least two eye doctors to compare prices. There’s another eye doctor that’s across from Shoopen called 눈사랑 (Eye Love). For those who aren’t sure if you are qualified for LASIK/LASEK, I wasn’t sure either but if it helps, I have astigmatism in my right eye and my prescription (for contacts) on my left eye is -4.25, CYL/AXIS -0.75/170 and my right eye is -4.50.

Before you book an appointment for the consultation, ask if the doctor speaks english and for the price range. You cannot wear soft contact lenses at least 5 days before the consultation and same goes for the surgery. At the consultation, I did some eye test. After the doctor checks the eye test, he or she will explain to you the difference between LASIK and LASEK. My doctor explained to me with a slideshow on the computer because his pronunciation wasn’t perfect. Then the doctor will tell you which surgery is suitable for you. Luckily I had to get Micro LASIK which is less painful and only takes about a day for my eyes to heal. LASIK was 1.2 mil won and LASEK is 1.1 mil won. If you choose or have to do LASEK, I was told it would take 2-4 weeks for your eyes to heal.

Honestly, for the surgery, I wasn’t too scared. I actually wasn’t thinking too much about it until I was in the operation room. I was given tylenol before the surgery and they did some more eye testing. During the surgery, I didn’t feel any pain because my eyes were anesthetized. They had classical music on to calm me down but I still wasn’t really relaxed. Inside I was really nervous. Although I did feel calm when the doctor was telling me what he was doing like “I’m gonna be putting water in your eye.” and stuff like that and he told me that the surgery was going to be successful and said I was doing a good job. The procedure only took about 5 minutes for each eye!

After the surgery you won’t see clearly right away, definitely give it a few hours. I had to stay in the clinic room for about 20 minutes with my eyes closed after the surgery to rest. Luckily I had a friend with me because it was too painful to open my eyes. My eyesight started to get better about 4 hours later. I was supposed to go back to the doctors the day after surgery for check up, unfortunately I couldn’t make it because of my work hours. However if you feel like something goes wrong with the aftermath of the surgery, definitely call the doctor. Luckily me I had no issues and just went back to the doctors 3 days later. During my first checkup the doctor said my eye vision is 1/1 (which I think means 20/20) but I have to come back next week for another check up.

So here are the rules for LASIK after the surgery.
1. You will be able to wash your face, use shampoo, and take a shower after 5 days (I would suggest to shower in the morning before surgery)
2. You will be able to take a bath after a week, & use a sauna or a steam bath after a month.
3. You will be able to do basic makeup after 3 days. Both eye-liner & mascara are okay after 2 weeks.
4. You will be able to get a perm and dye your hair after a month
5. You will be able to do light activity such as jogging after a week.
6. No alcohol for 2 weeks & avoid heavy drinking for a month.

Day after surgery, I was able to wake up and see clearly, not right away though, takes awhile for your eyes to adjust. Please excuse my bare naked face.


Here are the eye drops that I had to purchase at the pharmacy right after the surgery. Total of these four costed me 27,820 won. The doctor will explain and give you instructions on paper of when to take them. I was also give eye goggles so I won’t rub my eyes during the night when I sleep.

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So it says that you’re not supposed to shower after 5 days but I actually washed my hair after 3 days cause I just couldn’t stand it being greasy. Just try to avoid having soap and water in your eyes. As for the face, I just used a wet towel to clean my face and again, avoid the eyes.

If you guys have any questions leave me a comment or message me 🙂

Way Of Gray One Week Free E-Book REVIEW

Last night I have completed the 4th and last workout from the Way Of Gray’s Free E-Book of one week workout and I LOVED IT!!! I didn’t get the chance to check my weight this morning but I’ll check it tonight and tomorrow morning. I usually like to weigh myself in early in the morning right after I wake up because it just makes more sense to me. But I THINK, that I’ve lost something because now my clothes are starting to feel more fit again and not too tight.

I enjoyed all 4 workouts and every minute of it! Just looking at the schedule of what I have to do for the workouts and knowing that it can be done just motivated me. And they were all so short. In my personal crazy mind, because I was happy and excited to try out this workout program where you only need to workout 4 times a week and some workouts were under 30 minutes, it just puts me in such a good  mood where I crazily think it helps me lose weight. I don’t have to stress or dread to do a one hour cardio workout. I feel and think that happiness can fill someone up. For example, I remembered that every time I went out to eat with this guy I was madly in like with, I can never finish my whole meal, I would only be able to eat half of it then I feel full. Not full from eating but full from just being happy and excited to be out with this guy who I truly liked (I know it sounds lame but it’s true). So instead of filling your stomach with junk food, fill it with natural food and happiness! Alright, now back to the workouts, HIIT, High Intensity Interval Training, that was included in the workout but they were so quick and you’re done before you know it. The workouts would focus on certain part of your body such as the abs, legs, total body. And I just love how I can play my own music to make it more fun. I am definitely gonna purchase one of her e-books, it’s only $10. I’m just unsure on which one I want to get, cause I want to get all of them. So a month workout for only $10, sounds like a better deal than going through beach body if you ask me. And it’s seriously crazy how I get better results from these underground personal trainer than the trainers on beach body.

Another way I think I’ve lost weight, I can now fit back into a size 2! Well, still a little tight but I’ll get there. Unless if anyone knows that Ralph Lauren’s dress runs big. Well, anyways, 3 reasons why I bought this dress is 1) It’s a beautiful purple color 2) I got it on sale, about 75% off original price and 3) It’s a size 2 kekeke 😀 IMG_1765.JPG

So Halloween is less than a month away, gotta get started on the workouts so I can look good in my costume. Well, I’ve yet to buy one, but hopefully I will this weekend.

Again if anyone is interested in trying out Way of Gray’s workout, go on her site http://www.wayofgray.com and there’s a link near the bottom where you can download her free e-book of one week workout. If you guys have any questions, drop me a comment 🙂