Jeju Island, 455 km. from Seoul, is a masterpiece of nature. Created by a volcanic eruption ages ago, the only Special Self-governing province of South Korea is a popular tourist destination for families and young couples, mostly from mainland locals, China, and Japan. Thankfully, Rakso Travel has opened a gateway for Filipinos to experience a piece of Korea without the stress of getting a tourist visa.
The adventure began on April 5th, Easter Sunday — the first day of our 4-day trip. Upon arriving at NAIA Terminal 2, I noticed the crowd at the airport. Most of them were carrying an OEC in their hands, they’re OFWs returning to their work country. More than a year ago, I was one of these people and I knew the bittersweet feeling of traveling. Airports can quietly elicit various range of emotions.
Moving on, I went through the usual check-in and immigration queues. As always, I roamed around, bought some snacks to eat in case I get hungry during our tours (Mamon from Goldilocks, lol) and find a peaceful spot near my gate. We’re expected to leave at around 11:30AM but given the volume of travelers leaving Manila that day, our flight got delayed.