Monday, January 28, 2013

BukChon Hanok Village - Jongro, Seoul

Today I want to introduce BukChon Hanok Village near An-gook 안국역 station.
If you walk out through exit 3, you'll meet BukCheon Hanok village
and you get to take a one time lesson for Korean traditions at BukCon Traditional Culture Center. 
Please call the center first in order to reserve 1-1 lesson.

You get to experience in making a kite, embroidery, a tea,
 Korean traditional mulberry paper-Hanji, and even making 
Korean traditional fermented drink, mak-geol-li (막걸리). 
It costs around 10,000won to 30,000won depending on a material.

 Recently, I visited Shim Wha-Sook Hanji studio (심화숙 한지공방)
for a personal visit :)

This is where people learn Hanji lessons from her.

I am surprised how much Koreans consume coffee and how expert they are!
전광수 커피 is one of the franchises that knows how to brew/drip a cup of coffee.
The prices ranges from 5,500won - 8,000 won. They are all professionals.
The owner said she "only" has 5 years of experience.

It comes to an end how much you are passionate and love what you are doing.
It's that important because it shows.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Another day with a smile!

Hi world!

Recently, while I was revising my cover letter 
( Korean c.v. is so much different from the state that I have to describe my personality.....
little bit weird but they DO request to write how you overcame your weakness), 
I have asked my friends, "what kind of things does it remind of me?"
The reason why I have asked is because, I felt like there can be another me 
that I have never known, but others might have seen.
Sometimes.....I mean really sometimes,
other people might know you better than what you think you know yourself.

One of my friends answered, "Green! because,
you are very active person and there is so much of possibility to grow cause you're young.."
She always says that "youthfulness" can be a powerful strength when you
try to extend yourself. I agree. 
 my new logo, hj

I have created my own logo.. to be more precise, "revised." It all includes my initial :)
I have chosen turquoise color, which nearly matches with my personality.

imaginary flower sketch..


Two contradicting faces of ajummas I have met in a subway while I was heading home.
A face really tells what you are thinking... and I get a little idea of
how they have lived in the past. Not in detail, but just a glimpse, such as
a person who's always grumpy or a person who is very bubbly.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Amazing textile

I am officially now seeking another job, where I can research and analyze the next trend 
or design print and pattern. If you know any of the position I described above is available, 
please contact me ;^) many  thanks!

I found this Korean pouch design from a website. Of course, all hand-made.
I've been seriously considering to become the one who continues the legacy of Korean
traditional art like the above. I think the color and the jewelry are perfectly 
matching, complimenting one another. 

source: unfortunately, I forgot where it's from.. it started from
but don't know the rest of the address.

It soothes me whenever I see these kind of textile design. 
captured while I was researching about a typo - from

Monday, January 14, 2013

Things in Seoul, Korea.

It's 3rd week of January in 2013~
I found out that there is size "SHORT" in Seoul.
It was interesting to see two different cultures where there's always a "super-size-me" 
culture in America, whereas "shorten-size-me & cute" culture in Korea. 

Venti - Grande - Tall - "Short" sizes provided by Starbucks.
oh! Does U.S. also have a "Starbucks' New year Diary"?

Got this present from my co-workers! :-)
The cup is from MMMG and the scarf underneath is from a vintage store in Shinsa dong.
Lots of treasured vintage shops in Shinsa, Garo soo gil.
Go check it out!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Recession Dec. 2010 in NY

 HAPPY NEW YEAR of 2 0 1 3!

I have tendency to dig old albums that I have been taking and post up a year later...haha;;
It has been almost 9 months now, since I have moved to Korea. 
It was perfectly God's plan thatI studied in America and coming to Korea. 
I could see now that He was preparing ahead of me while He allowed 6 months of prayer... ;^)

Well, I didn't want to post up sad story, 
but wanted to post it anyways to remind me and you how bad the economy was 
(just because I found the pictures below).
I remember double-recession a year ago in New York City. I could feel it to my skin,
and here in Korea it's affected by American economy as well.

BUT! everyone's living with their best ! :)
So, it's a good sign.

 graph showing unemployment rate during the recession (since1930s - Sept. 2011)

Sept. 3 2011 NY Times headline 

Upper West, Museum Ave. 
Didn't have enough money to purchase bumper protection or 
was it were running out of time to go shopping? ;^) 

Gorgeous color on mini coop !!

Will be back!