The 13th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) closes tomorrow, October 10th. Again, I am green with envy as Jegs got to be where the action was. In 2006 when Kubrador (Jeffrey Jeturian, 2006) was screened at the festival, not recognizing Bb. Joyce Bernal, Jegs asked the director to take a picture of him with Gina Pareno. It was Direk Jeffrey who pointed it out to him. That was so funny!
I intend to go back to Busan in October 2009 for the 14th PIFF, but in the meantime I will reminisce the wonderful time Angela and I had touring Busan with Jegs (thanks, Man, like really!) in less than 24 hours.
6:25 AM Left Seoul for Busan via KTX
We arrived at around 9 AM at Busan Station. Jegs had to take the long (and costly) way to Busan from Geoje because the ferry trip was cancelled. After meeting Jegs, we went to Lotte Mall to have brunch.
The temperature was about 12 degrees Celsius, but that could not stop some people from jumping in the water at Haeundae Beach. We walked on the sand carefully to avoid getting sand in our shoes. Jegs had been to the Busan Aquarium enough times, so Angela and I left him alone to shoot photos while we checked the sea creatures at the aquarium.
We also went to Numinaru APEC House (from numi, “world” and naru, “summit”) where the 2005 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit was held.
We were not able to go all the way to the top of the Busan Tower after climbing flights and flights of stairs. But we saw a night view of the city from the deck.
Then we walked through one of Busan’s shopping areas. This one was less crowded than Myeongdong. Being the PIFF regular that he is, Jegs knew just the right spots where to have our pictures taken.
What was left to be done in Busan at 11 PM? Watch a film! We just had to see Speed Racer (The Wachowski Brothers, 2008) on opening day. No, Angela is NOT a big fan of Rain. (I should post the last statement in Japinoy’s I’m a liar thread 🙂 )