Posted by: Juweon | March 8, 2009

The Shortlist

March 3rd, 2009, 9:30AM…

That was when I found out.  A little more than a week earlier, I submitted my 1-minute video application to Tourism Queensland for the job they termed “the best job in the world!”

If you have lived in a cave for the past couple of months, let me explain it to you.  If you get chosen as the “island caretaker,” you get to live on the beautiful Hamilton Island, located on the Great Barrier Reef, the only natural wonder that is able to be seen from outer space.  The other two man made objects?  The Great Wall of China and the Palm Islands in Dubai.  You do have some routine tasks like cleaning the pool, feeding the fish and checking the mail, but you get to do so much more!

hot girl in bikini NOT included, but you can bring your own.

hot girl in bikini NOT included, but you can bring your own.

They give you a 3-bedroom/2-bath villa on the beach with a swimming pool to crash in, you get to skip around the islands of the Great Barrier Reef while taking pictures and grabbin’ your self a nice tan to go along with the deep breath of the clean tropical air.  To top it all off, they pay you $150,000 Australian Dollars (~$100,000USD) to do all this for 6 months.  But you do have to keep a kick-ass blog about it so that other people around the world would get jealous and come join you.  There are 2 extra bedrooms and a bathroom you probably are not using… might as well have some guests.  They can pay the utility fees.  (wait, i think they pay this too!)

Whitehaven Beach - could this be heaven on earth?

Whitehaven Beach - could this be heaven on earth?

Get the picture yet?  Yeah!  It’s one helluva job and one lucky person is going to get to go to work in July, but more than 34,000 applicants from all corners of the globe applied.  Tourism Queensland (TQ), who brilliantly threw all this together for one ridiculously successful marketing scheme, shortlisted the buh-zillion applicants to 50, which I am a part of!

Made one with Korean subtitles for all my homies from the Land of the Morning Calm.

한글자막있는 동영상!

I must admit, I have some very stiff competition…

but here’s where you come in.  Go to this page: and vote!  Use all your email addresses, once every 24 hours and make sure to go check your email to “CONFIRM” your vote to make it count.  If you don’t see it, take a look in your spam/junk folder.

My fellow citizens of the world, it would be my absolute dream to be your representative to experience this amazing place and share it with the rest of the world.  I just don’t want to experience it, I want to learn everything there is to know about the place, so not only will I be able to pitch it as a great destination, but also be able to share knowledge on how we can sustain this paradise that is currently under threat from man-made phenomena such as global warming, chemical run-of and the reduction of coastal wetlands, among many other factors.  It would be very selfish of our generation to create conditions with our inaction to make us the LAST generation to witness the beauty of this place.  Don’t let that happen and please let me help to make a difference.


(all photos courtesy of Tourism Queensland)


  1. Good luck~ I have the blog linked to my cyworld.

  2. umm seriously, i will come be a guest at your island. i will make you fried rice in return.

  3. Wooo~Hoooo….. hahahaha Thanks for the shout out to our show! and also we have your pic on our photo gallery too! There is more clicking going on Everyday! ^^

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