Waking up at 5 in the morning doesn’t seem possible when you get home everyday past 11PM and don’t go to sleep until way past midnight. But for our last day in Busan, we decided that we will wake up before the sunrise at Haeundae Beach no matter what.
Initially, it was just Kimpee and me who planned to watch the sunrise, but Jinky and Iris decided to go with us, too. I was in charged of checking the time the sun rises in Busan, and Kimpee was tasked to wake us up in the morning. Good thing we stayed in Hi Korea Hostel because it was just minutes away from Haeundae Beach.
Barely conscious, we dragged ourselves from the hostel to the beach. It was freezing! I didn’t get to check the temperature, but I had never felt colder in my life. On our way, we saw joggers dressed so thinly, and some were even wearing shorts. We hugged ourselves even tighter.
When we arrived at the beach, we didn’t know what to do because it was so dark. We thought the sun would rise at 5:30 and it was already past the time. Yet, the sun is nowhere in sight.
It wasn’t so scary since there were already joggers running the length of the beach and there were lights on the road. We didn’t really know what to do because it seemed like the sun had no plans of showing.
While we were discussing what to do, an ahjumma (older lady) approached us. She was friendly and asked us where we’re from. She was excited to learn that we’re from the Philippines, because apparently her brother’s staying here.
When she told us to come with her, we hesitated at first because how can we just follow a stranger? But we detected no sign of danger from the kind lady so we just went along.