Saturday, January 09, 2010

good bye & hello.

new blog.

My blog "Between The Covers of The Book" was started in Dec. 2006 and ran until Oct. 2009. It helped me to share my thoughts with friends and strangers and brought me a few great friends as well.

I'm starting a new blog called Clouds & Cotton Candies as I decided to run a blog that is more related to my photography and possibly design work as well rather than personal journal like Between The Covers of The Book has been. Although I will keep this blog online the way it is now, no more updates will follow. From now on, please visit my new blog at http://words.youngdoo.net for updates. So here comes good bye and hello!

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

journey of light.

light

The air got colder in mornings and at nights. Weather comes and goes so does people.

Things are rather peaceful, yet, little things in life make my heart sing. I regained a positive energy with a little help from a friend and I am inspired. And! I will be in India in about a month of time. I will be on a journey of light that is bright and beautiful.

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Thursday, August 06, 2009

five.

the greatest day

My good friend, Betsy, gave me this journal quite a while ago. It's a journal that helps you planning on your next five years to come. I've been meaning to work on it since the day one I got it, however, I never got around to work on it until recent. For the past a couple of weeks, every night before I go to sleep, I spend about a half an hour on the journal and it's been helping me get a positive mind set for the next day.

This, I have to share with you.

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WHAT YOU FOCUS ON INCREASES.

LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO BE CRANKY

Attitude is a choice. We create our own world by the way we choose to see it. For the next five years your mind can focus on fear, worry, problems, negativity or despair. Or it can focus on confidence, opportunity, solutions, optimism and success. You decide.

KEEP YOUR WORD
Say what you mean, and mean what you say. Look the world straight in the eyes. Live and work with honesty, openness and integrity; keep your promises, and everything else is a piece of cake.

FORGIVE EVERYONE, ESPECIALLY YOURSELF

Let go of past hurts. Feelings of resentment (or revenge) are worthless - they can only drag you down. The courage to forgive and move on is so liberating. Make it a rule: "Always be the first to forgive - especially yourself."

MOVE FORWARD

Yesterday is a canceled check. The past is not your potential. There are far better things ahead than any you leave behind. The next five years are a black canvas - clean and bright. Decide that you will throw all the paint on it you can.

QUIT WORRYING
It's been estimated that 99 out of 100 things we worry about never come to pass. If you stopped worrying about what might happen tomorrow, wouldn't that give you more time to actually enjoy and savor today? What did you worry about six months ago? A year ago? Five yearS ago? How many of your biggest worries have actually come to pass?

BE GRATEFUL

Stop and view your life through the eyes of the other six billion people on Earth. Literally hundreds of millions of people would gladly trade places with you right now - and be ecstatic.

IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS
Thinking small is an art - the art of living. The happiness of life is made up of little things - a smile, a helping hand, a caring heart, a word of praise, a moment of shared laughter. We are most alive in those moments. Savor them all.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

farewell

farewell.

Hello blog. It's been a long time since I spent time with you. I had to say good bye to a friend who meant so much for me last night. You know how hard it is... though I had to do it for the peace of my mind.

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Thursday, April 02, 2009

YDM



Some test video I made a while ago. Work in progress, should be finished in the near future.

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Thursday, February 05, 2009

almost spring.

I stumbled upon this beautiful piece of video clip on Vimeo today. Creative energy has been low for the past a couple months, I don't seem to take as many photos as I used to, I don't seem to create as much as I used to.

The spring is almost here again. March used to be my favorite month of a year, death turns into life, cold turns into warmth, and darkness fades away into the light. It will be the forth spring since Sean has left us for the better place. Even the intolerable pain is turning into something bearable as time goes by. Life goes on, we seem to find the strength in us somehow. I'm still here and I'm still trying to be an optimist.

In this spring, I want to more focus on finding what I want for life, what to do to make it happen. After all, the most important thing is trying, trying the best I can, that way I will get to enjoy the journey and hopefully to find the beauty of life.

So the spring begins.


A Walk Around Seattle in the Snow from Luke Humphrey on Vimeo.

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

knocking on heaven's door.

the ocean.

The weekend has been pretty lazy and relaxing. I even had time to go through my DVD collection and found a movie I wanted to watch again. 11 years have passed since I watched the movie, Knocking on Heaven's Door, at a theater in 1997. It's still a great movie after all that year. The ocean, life & death, friendship, and living the best moments of life... and the music. Such Beautiful things always inspire me. I miss the ocean.

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Monday, December 08, 2008

faceless.

soul mate

I've been too busy lately living a mundane life. I don't want to live a faceless life. I should try harder.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

hemma

sumpan

I started a new photography project called 'hemma' ('hemma' means 'at home' in Swedish.).

The idea of the project is that whenever my friends go on trips to their homes/ home towns/ home countries, I send my camera, Rollei XF 35, with them and have them to save their memories of home/ people through the viewfinder to share with others.

None of the photos of 'hemma' project will be taken by me, however, I think the concept really works and I can't wait to see more of my friends' homes/ home towns/ home countries through their eyes.

The first one who helped me with this project is one of my dearest friends/ coworker, Daniel.

Please feel free to let me know if you happen to be my friend and want to join my 'heima' project.

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Monday, October 20, 2008

the challenge

the world forgetting, by the world forget.

About the time I arrived at Suncheon bay, the sun started sinking. I started panicking - I had to take a few decent shots of the bay before everything disappears into the dark. If not, I had to come back to the bay that would cost me 10 hours of trip. It's my second freelance photography job for a magazine.

At that point, I was 2.3 km away from the observatory where I could get some decent view for some decent shots. I guess I would have given up already if I didn't remember reading an article that you get to see the most beautiful sunset for about 30 minutes up to an hour after the sun goes down. I never really paid attention to that but had to trust it at that point.

I started hiking/ running on 45 degree steep hill for about 15 minutes and another 20 minutes that was rather flat. I was out of breath, my legs were shaking... but I had a purpose. The purpose that I had to make it to the observatory before everything disappears into the dark. That was my mission of the day. During that short time I was running up the hill, I somehow was relating that moment to life and started remembering all those moments that I wanted to give up on challenges I faced. I walked faster and I started running.

The sky was still bright enough to photograph the bay when I got to the observatory. I had to twig some camera settings as I forgot to bring a tripod... but I got some shots. I got the shots because I didn't give up and the sunset became the highlight of the day. It was the most beautiful sunset ever.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

empty bowl.

this story is about a bowl.

I've been reading this book called Everyday Sacred which was recommended by a friend. As you can get the idea from the title of the book, it's about thoughts on everyday life, thoughts on simple but important things.

The purpose of writing the book by the author in an image of an empty bowl made me realize that the same thing applies to our life as well.

We often times try to decide what we are looking for when we begin something in life, however, what happens often times is that we find what we were looking for along the way. Even if we decide what it is that we are looking for in the beginning, it might not be it what we find at the end of the journey.

We don't need to figure out everything in order to begin something. We will get to know what it is when the time comes and "I" need to stop wasting my energy for nothing.

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Sunday, October 05, 2008

good night.



I'm feeling blue tonight and wanted to express how I feel through a video clip I took with my new camera D90.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

what's left behind

the prayers

One of my Flickr friends Billy G. is a great writer. He started posting his writings along with his photos on his Flickr photostream. Here's one of his stories I could relate to the most. It didn't take long for me to have teary eyes.

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what's left behind by billy gomez.

"what happens when people die? the boy asked his mother. she looked down at him and stared for a few moments... never ceasing to be amazed by the boy's inquiries.
"well honey, when people die, they sort of... they sort of leave things behind."
"like what?"
"like... everyone they knew and loved."
"and what else?"
she reached into her purse and pulled something from it to wipe the boy's nose and mouth.
"well... they also leave behind everything they did."
"everything they did?"
"yeah, some of these things are good, and some of them are bad. hopefully more good things are left behind when someone dies."
"what kind of things are good?"
"the good things would be things like the people they loved, their family and friends... and it could also be the things they left in their work."
"work?"
"yeah work... like say for example the person who died was a writer. a writer leaves behind everything he or she wrote."
"and the bad things?"
"the bad things could be things like... things... things like..."
her bottom lip was punctuating the words in a way she was unable to control... the boy stared up at her and waited patiently.
he reached for her hand and squeezed it. the bus shook and rattled... but the boy never let go.
"am i a good thing or a bad thing that dad left behind?" he asked her.
the woman closed her eyes and squeezed... everything she was holding back, came running down her face. the boy looked down at the hand he was holding. his eyes became more glossy.
she reached up and wiped hers, then reached down and did the same for him.
she took a deep breath and spoke.
"you are not a thing, my love... you are a gift. you were a gift to him, to me, and to everyone who lays eyes on you."
the boy thought about her words for a moment. the answer didn't seem good enough.
"do you think dad knew that?"
"of course he did."
his gloomy expression made way for a smile.
the mother reached down and wiped was left around his eyes. she squeezed his hands and looked towards the window.
the bus continued to shake and rattle. they had a ways to go.

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perfect evening.

betsy & i

My wonderful friend Betsy and I had a perfect evening together. Lots of girl talks, a perfect chick flick, wonderful music, lots of laughing, and home made pop-corns. It was exactly the kind of the evening that we needed and I'm in such a better mood tonight.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

no more.

rainy sunday

Today was grey sky, practicing patience, short hair, cobalt blue bangle, photos from Sweden, acrylic transfer painting, home made pizza, m-net coworkers, choco banana martini, broken view finder, rain, transparent umbrella, TaiK, plans, and no more, no more thoughts of you.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

empty room.

empty room

I wish I could empty my mind just like this empty room. All I need is lots of sunlight to see the beauty around me and a view that inspires me.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

natalie merchant craving.

card writer

I woke up with Natalie Merchant in my head this morning - it was more like I had to listen to her right away. I listened to her on my way to the office till the battery on my ipod ran out and thought of my friend Betsy.

Betsy's has been feeling down for the past a few days. I picked up some of her favorite cookies and ice cream after work and went over to her place to listen to her and chat with her. Told her that I woke up with Natalie Merchant craving in the morning and had to listen to her all day long. It's not even funny, she had the same thing today.

There is something about Natalie Merchant, her music and her voice, makes me become really emotional and let out things when I need to.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

for a change.

the river

I had to make a trip to the immigration office for one of my co-workers today. It isn't exactly designer's job, however, in a small studio like ours, everyone has to be flexible sometimes.

Although a real slow taxi driver and the long line at the immigration office were pretty annoying, it was nice to get out of the office during working hour and enjoy the beautiful blue autumn sky and the sun light.

Friday, September 12, 2008

elvira madigan

elvira madigan

I watched this Swedish film called Elvira Madigan(1967) tonight.

It's very sad but beautiful film based on a true story. It provided me lots of photographic inspiration as well. I'm dreaming of my D90.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

addiction

i don't watch tv

I'm addicted to a song called "Too Long" by Yael Naim and have been listening to all day long.

It's funny how a song can mean so much of something from nothing depending on the situation you are in or the experience you are going through.

Tomorrow, I will look for a new addiction to get over the current one.

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Monday, September 08, 2008

little things

dww coffee

Here's my new favorite quote.

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Enjoy the little things,
for one day
you may look back and realize
they were the big things.

/Robert Brault

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

i live in this city.



I'm trying out Flickr slideshow embed on my blog.

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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

these people.

FIS people

I had another wonderful Sunday afternoon with FIS people - my favorite group of people to hang out with.

It was a beautiful day with blue sky, we walked down the stream, took photos, socialized, had dinner at a great Indian restaurent that was recommended by Erik.

These people made my day today.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

keep looking, don't settle.



My good friend & co-worker Daniel introduced me today to this amazingly inspirational speech given by Steve Jobs at the Stanford University commencement.

I was very inspired and had teary eyes while listening to the speech.

Steve talked about three stories - about connecting the dots, about love & loss, and about death. For those who doesn't have time to go through the entire speech of 15 mins, here's the key notes I took while listening to his speech.

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The first tory is about connecting the dots.

... Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever because believing in that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it lead you off the well worn path and that will make all the difference.

My second story is about love and loss.

... Sometimes, life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of you life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking and don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking, don't settle.

My third story is about death.

... No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

multiple.

four girls with one cat

I always have wanted to clone myself to be able to several different things at once.

It would be so nice if I can be on my Mac, drink tea, read a book, and play with Keefy all at the same time. Just like in this picture!

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

and i dream...

utata front page

One of my photos was featured on Utata front page sometime in June. I was so excited and it really made my day.

Today I got an email from one of my favorite photographers on Flickr, fiftyfootshadows, with a proposition of featuring me & my photography for the next Flickr Spotlight on his website. I'm totally stoked and can't wait to see which photos he's going to choose.

I've been down for the past a few days with the job that doesn't inspire me at all and I just started regaining the energy to dream again. John's email came in just about the right time and I'm very motivated now. I'm working on my TO DO list again and thinking about youngdoo.net vol.2, button design, photography books, etsy shop, blurb, post cards, acrylic paintings, visual poem etc.

Yes, I dream therefore I am.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

my first.

my first photography book

This is my first photography book. I worked on it for Peter and his family to appreciate the beautiful memory of holiday in Black Forest last winter.

It took me quite a while to process the photos, edit, and put an order for printing. When I finally got the physical book in my hands a couple weeks ago, I was more pleased than I thought I would be.

I used iPhoto for this one but will try Blurb next time to avoid ordering and shipping issues - Apple iPhoto doesn't provide Korea on the shipping area list yet. Blurb seems to have a great feature of publication - anyone can order and buy my book once I put an order there. Who knows, my photography books can be popular, right?

I'm sure that I will put more efforts on photography book making in the near future.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

eleven years.

dream

Peter flew in for Two Week in Seoul and left a couple nights ago. It has been already eleven years since he and I met the first time in Tokyo. I was schooling and he was traveling for his documentary film making. It always amazes me how I get to meet people, get connected, and stay in touch in different ways...

The past two weeks had been wonderful having someone around who knows/ understands the path of my life for the past challenging years. The mug on the left in the picture is one of the gifts Peter brought from Zürich. I take it as him being supportive on my We Dream project.

It says Nothing happens unless there is first a dream.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

inspiration

hydrangea

I stumbled upon this brilliant diptych by The 10 cent designer on Flickr the other day and wanted to share with you - whoever look for inspirations.

I think this is a great example of how to convey the inspirations around you to your work.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

the mission



I tend to look for inspiration when I'm mellow or going through unstable phase of mind.

I've been wanting to see this old film called "The Mission (1986)" again when I saw the poster somewhere a while ago. However it doesn't seem easy to find the time for the shows. So, instead, I decided to buy a DVD so that I can keep a good copy with me all the time.

I'm not exactly sure when it was I watched this film for the first time, all I remember is that I was really inspired by it. Now at least 10 to 15 years have passed by and I wonder how this film is going to inspire me again in different ways. I guess I will get to know in a few days once the DVD arrives.

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Monday, July 28, 2008

two days in paris.

a couple
I watched a film called Two Days in Paris over the weekend. It made me to think a lot about relationships and love. Here's a copy of Marion's interesting narration towards to the end of the film.

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It always fascinated me how people go from loving you madly to nothing at all, nothing. It hurts so much. When I feel someone is going to leave me, I have a tendency to break up first before I get to hear the whole thing.

Here it is. One more, one less. Another wasted love story. I really love this one. When I think that its over, that I'll never see him again like this... well yes, I'll bump into him, we'll meet our new boyfriend and girlfriend, act as if we had never been together, then we'll slowly think of each other less and less until we forget each other completely.

Almost. Always the same for me. Break up, break down. Drunk up, fool around. Meet one guy, then another, fuck around. Forget the one and only. Then after a few months of total emptiness start again to look for true love, desperately look everywhere and after two years of loneliness meet a new love and swear it is the one, until that one is gone as well.

There's a moment in life where you can't recover any more from another break-up. And even if this person bugs you sixty percent of the time, well you still can't live without him. And even if he wakes you up every day by sneezing right in your face, well you love his sneezes more than anyone else's kisses.

Two Days in Paris

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

doors

doors

New project idea - Doors in Seoul. Do not forget, YoungDoo.
Photo by daviderwin on Flickr.

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nate

barnett newman, moma, nyc

My Friend Nate and I talk silly all the time. Here's a good example on Facebook chat today. It's funny that it doesn't seem to make sense but makes the best sense to us at the same time!

Nathan:
how are you today ms. moon?

YoungDoo:
raining

Nathan:
why are you dreaming of india?

YoungDoo:
my heart is still beating
i wanna go

Nathan:
i want to see india during monsoon.
never been when it's raining.

YoungDoo:
i know how to count numbers in swedish now
i will practice it in india
good idea right?

Nathan:
yes. it's the best place to practise your swedish.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

true ttv

kitchen

I've been wanting to try TtV(Through the Viewfinder) for quite a long time but I didn't have a proper camera for that.

Since my wonderful friend Bill got me Kodak Duaflex II yesterday I was able to get some real TtV shots. It might sound too geeky but this is how I got this shot - I took the shot with my Nikon D50 through the viewfinder of my new toy (Kodak Duaflex II) using Mel's macro lens (Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8G ED).

I really like the idea of working with both analog and digital together.

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new toys

new toys - kodak duaflex ii & seagull 4a

Last weekend was my lucky weekend. Bill got me Kodak Dueflex II(left) and Dave got me Seagull 4A(right). When people ask me how much they cost me, I say friendship.

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

sound of rain.

*

It's been raining all day long. It's 3:23am and I woke up with the sound of rain. I've been listening to it for quite a while and now I'm wide awake. It's definitely a muggy summer night but the sound of rain make it so much more enjoyable.

I'm in love tonight... with the sound of rain.

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

my childhood.

three sisters

This photo was taken in a village where I was born. I spent my childhood there running around everywhere in that small village till I became 8. My sisters and I spent our springs picking up some random spring herbs in the field, summers hanging out by the river, autumns picking up apples at my dad's orchard, and winters making snowmen at the school playground. I had such a wonderful childhood.

This photo makes me reminisce the good old days with my sisters in that small village. Both of my sisters now have their own kids and their kids are probably older than my sisters in this photo. I don't get to see my sisters often nowadays therefore I don't get to talk to them as much either.

As much as I appreciate the fact that I'm a city girl who have traveled the world, I sometimes miss the days when I was a little girl in a small village and spending my days with my sister in nature.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

muddy weekend




I had another wonderful weekend with some good friends down in Daecheon Beach for Mud Festival. I spent Saturday covered in mud and Sunday chillin' by the water.

Unlike last year, I wasn't very motivated to take pictures of muddy people. These are some of the shots of the most beautiful fireworks I've ever seen as well as some pictures of people at the beach. Although the fireworks pictures are not even close to the actual beauty, I'm sure it will help me to remember the beautiful night at the beach for a long long time.

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Friday, July 11, 2008

after hours

rainbow

Juni took Daniel and me to his friend's bar after work yesterday. The temperature in Seoul reached over 31 degree celsius and the humidity in the air felt like 100%. Even the short journey to the merry way to the bar felt like forever.

It took me about 10 minutes to cool down once we got to the really cute and artistic bar, Wo Ain I. We had champaign, cheese salad, and pleasant conversation on creative projects, dream, and life. The music of Ibrahim Ferrer was so relaxing and freshly roasted coffee smelled so wonderful.

It was good to hang out with co-workers once in a while and get to know each other better in different social situation.

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Monday, July 07, 2008

new friend

janessa's dream

I had a wonderful afternoon spending time with a new friend Janessa. Janessa and I've known each other for quite a few months however it was the first time today for us to hang out alone.

After a photography exhibition, we went to a cute coffee shop to rest our feet and enjoy the summer afternoon with some tea/ coffee.

I asked her to be a part of my "We Dream" project. This is her photo I took while she was talking about her dream. I think people look the most beautiful when they talk about their dreams and passions.

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Friday, July 04, 2008

wabi-sabi

new book to read

I started reading this book today. From today's reading, this is the part I liked as an introduction to the concept of wabi-sabi and wanted to share with whomever stumbles upon my blog.

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The subtle messages that live within wabi-sabi are the things we all seem to long for today: Slow down. Take the time to find beauty in what seems ordinary - and to turn the "ordinary" into something beautiful. Make things yourself instead of buying those spit out by machine, and smile when our work is flawed. Wash your dishes by hand. And, most important, I believe: learn to think of others before yourself.

The Wabi-Sabi House by Robyn Griggs Lawrence

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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

bike-ride

hello bike.

I got home relatively early tonight, had dinner, processed some photos I took during FIS meetup yesterday, then went out for a bike-ride. I bought this cute bike a few months ago and I've been enjoying riding it so much. I especially enjoy riding it at night on the bike path near home.

It was so quite tonight and only a couple people were walking alone the path. It was such a pleasant night with some great music on my iPod until it started playing Motherland of Natalie Merchant. Whenever I listen to that music, I think of Sean. Tonight wasn't any different... I was thinking of him and ended up crying. The wave came in again. I spent all night thinking of the days we spent together and how precious the days were. The broken dreams and disappeared future always kill me the most.

What is life and what is death. What left behind is only the memory. It's 2:09am, I really should try to get some sleep otherwise I'll be dead at work tomorrow.

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

through the viewfinder

beyond the window

I learn something new everyday. I came across to an article about TtV(Through the Viewfinder) photography today and now I want a Kodak Duaflex for real TtV. It doesn't seem much to buy on ebay but I have to figure out how to order first.

For now, I downloaded TtV texture off Flickr and tried a couple Photoshop manipulation.

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Friday, June 27, 2008

we dream

we dream

It was Monika's last day at work today. She's been a great co-worker, an excellent supporter, and a wonderful friend for the past a few months. I'm sure that I'll miss her at work very much everyday however I'm so happy for her that she gets a chance to travel, explore, and experience more of the world.

Monika has been one of those very few friends who encourages me to pursue my dream and inspired me to be more creative. Thanks Monika, you will be missed very much.

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We dream therefore we are.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

george.

george(s)

I don't even remember when it was last time I called in sick for real. Today, I woke up really sick and decided not to go to work.

I spent most of my day in bed and slept like a dead person. It helped. As I got a bit better by the evening, I took photos of Curious George figurines. It's certain that I tend to pay more attention to the smallest things when I have more time in my hands.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

my weekend.



I had a wonderful time at summer solstice/ vegan party yesterday. The people, the food, and the conversation, everything was perfect.

Today, I wanted to take sometime for myself. After lunch with parents for their 39-years wedding anniversary, I went for a hike alone. It was quiet in the mountain. I didn't even bring my ipod. I heard the wind, birds, and insects. I really enjoyed time for myself.

My weekend was 100%.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

sound of rain

rain again.

It's 2:09am and I really should go to sleep. However, I'm listening to the rain and enjoying the quiet night. The rainy season has came back.

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24 buttons.

buttons

I finally bought a button making machine. And I made 24 buttons today.

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Friday, June 13, 2008

moi

moi by bill

I went out for dinner with Betsy and Bill last night. The newly found restaurant Salad Dude in Shinsa became Betsy's favorite one in Seoul.

Bill brought his new toy, Mamiya. It was bigger and heavier than I thought but it was as fun as I thought it was gonna be.

This photo is taken by Bill with his Mamiya. In general, I don't like portrait photos of myself as I'm not a photogenic person or can't get a comfortable/ relaxed expression in front of camera. However, I don't mind this photo of myself. In fact, I kind of like this photo with the reason that I get to see myself with an expression I never see in other photos - other photos that were taken when I knew I was being photographed.

This photo once reminded me again what I see in front of mirror isn't exactly what other people see of me. I guess I rather look serious sometimes.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

zurich & vancouver

zurich, switzerland

My friend Peter who lives in Zürich sent me a link to this article of "Top 5 quality of living ranking for cities worldwide" today and here's the list from the article:

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Top 5 cities - Overall
1. Zurich, Switzerland (1st)
2. Vienna, Austria (tied for 2nd)
2. Geneva, Switzerland (tied for 2nd )
4. Vancouver, Canada (4th)
5. Auckland, New Zealand (5th)

European cities dominate the rankings of locations with the best quality of living, according to Mercer’s 2008 Quality of Living survey. Zurich retains its 2007 title as the highest ranked city, followed jointly by Vienna (2), Geneva (2), then Vancouver (4) and Auckland (5).

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The rankings are based on a point scoring index, which sees Zurich scoring 108, while Baghdad scores 13.5. Cities are ranked against New York as the base city which has an index score of 100.

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I've been to Zurich quite a few times and lived in Vancouver for a while and I liked both cities a lot. I guess the difference is between the lake and the ocean or the difference between Europe or North America. If I had to choose one out of the two cities? It would be a really tough question as I actually miss the both cities very much.

It's already June, I think it's time to plan on my next vacation... and the question is where to go.

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Sunday, June 08, 2008

a perfect sunday.

lone boat

While Dave and I were talking on MSN this morning, we decided, on a whim more or less, to go on a day trip to get out of Seoul and take some photos.

We went to Yangpyeong and got some good shots at Dumulmeori and KOFIC Namyangju Studio. The weather, the traffic, the meal, and the company, everything worked out perfectly. It was a perfect Sunday.

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Friday, June 06, 2008

kamome shokudō



My friend Monika recommended me this Japanese film, Kamome Shokudo, a while ago and I finally had time to finish watching it today. I watched it without the subtitle as my Macbook Pro didn't support the subtitle. Surprisingly, my Japanese didn't get too bad after all.

I enjoyed this film a lot as it didn't try too hard, unlike typical Hollywood films, to come up with a dramatic story or to impress the audience. Also, the slowness of life, the openness to the possibilities, the warmth of human beings, and of course the art direction really worked for me.

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Kamome Shokudō (かもめ食堂, Kamome shokudō?) is a 2006 comedy film written and directed by Japanese director Naoko Ogigami, based on a novel by Yōko Mure. The film is set in the Finnish capital Helsinki, and follows a Japanese woman who sets up a diner serving Japanese food in the city, and the friends she makes in the process.

From Wikipedia

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Diana+



I'm so excited that I found a cool blog on Diana+ - Diana Camera. I've been meaning to find out how to use Diana+ as a pinhole camera and this blog had the answer to it. Hopefully the weather will be nice on the weekend so that I can go out and get a roll of my very first pinhole camera shots.

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

rain



My very first video upload on Flickr.
Music: Comptine D'un Autre Été - L'après Midi by Yann Tierson

I was on my way to meet Graham for dinner. Looking out the city through the bus window in a pouring rain was so beautiful and almost as good as having a good cry.

Luckly, I remembered that I had a camera with video recording function and was able to capture the beauty of the rainy evening in the city. The beautiful rainy evening was followed by a good meal with wine and wonderful conversation.

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

happy birthday.

happy birthday.

Dear Sean,

It's your birthday here on earth today and we had such a beautiful day in Seoul. The rain last night cleared up, the sun was out, and the sky was actually blue.

Disappointingly, I didn't get to do anything special for your birthday today. Thought of going to the river and empty a couple bottles of beer for you, then again, I had teaching tonight and couldn't find the time. On the way home, I was listening to our music, thought of our time together, and your last birthday we spent together. I can't believe four years has passed already.

Thinking of you on your birthday and wanted to let you know once again that I'm so grateful that I had you in my life and that I am a different person now through the time I spent with you. You helped me to find who I am and what love is.

Hope that you had some good pint of Guinness and good Indian food with some good friends and monkeys. I miss you so much. Happy birthday, sweetheart.

Love,

YoungDoo

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daydream

brazil

I was listening to the new album of Sérgio Mendes on the way to work today and the long-cherished desire to travel to Brazil came back.

So, here I am, daydreaming again. I was thinking, take all of my savings, buy a decent camera and lens, get the around-the-world flight tickets, visit friends, take photos, and maybe work as freelancer if I'm lucky enough.

It seems like we waste a lot of times waiting for something to happen. A lot of excuses support the idea of waiting... but who guarantees what's going to happen a year from now, a month from now, a day from now, or even an hour from now.

Anyway, for now, here I am listening to some Bossa nova and daydreaming of Brazil, and still waiting.

* Photography by Mario Lapid

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

summer love



I had a wonderful Sunday photo-shooting session with my beautiful friend Monika & her husband, Teemu, at Namsan Park. This is the first draft out of so many shots.

Special thanks to Dave for lending me D200 & the wonderful lens.

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

cafe pot.

creative wednesday @ cafe pot

I found this super cute coffee shop near the office a while ago and decided to take my wonderful friend/ co-worker, Monika, sometime. Today was the day Monika and I planned on having our creative evening with our laptops at the coffee shop, Cafe Pot.

The projection on the white brick wall, huge wooden tables, hardwood floor, and awesome teas. I would love to own a such place someday where friends gather, share creative ideas, and chill.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

time for doing.

reminder to self

I got my favorite magazine on earth, NGM (june issue), in the mail yesterday. While I was going through it, I came across to this quote which I thought would be an excellent reminder to self.

I have so many ideas and thoughts on design, photography, and the life - the way I want it to be. I've done enough thinking and I think it really is the time for doing.

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Monday, May 19, 2008

analog days.

girls on a sleigh

It seems to me that our digital generation misses analog days. I got this cross-processing tutorial online and thought would give it a try.

The photo taken last Christmas does look like a photo from 70's.

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

in love.

it's an alright beginning.

I'm in love. In love with this beautiful piece called ÁgæTis Byrjunn (It's an Alright Beginning) of Sigur Rós. I took this piece out of the entire music video to post it on my blog but it doesn't seem like Blogger lets me post movies with quicktime player. So instead, here's the link to the piece I uploaded on my server. Click on the picture to see the video if you need to get inspired.

It's an alright beginning

Bright hopes come true
As we walk downtown
Smiling and laughing happily
Friendship and exhaustion collide
We celebrate the day
A two year wait
A distant dream is born
We eat and drink till we're full
And pay for ourselves
With everything we have for the day
We sit down excited
Listen to ourselves play in rhythm to the music
No one seems to listen
This is completely different
We lived in another world
Where we were never invisible
A few days later
We speak again
But the sound wasn't good
We were all in agreement
In agreement about most things
We'll do better next time
This is a pretty good beginning

by Sigur Rós

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

p.s. i love you.

gold coast, australia

I watched the movie P.S. I Love You tonight. Quite a few friends recommended me that movie and predicted and warned that I will have a good cry. So I had to wait till tonight when I finally found the time to have a good cry.

Loss of love, Ireland, the memories of good times, the thought of broken dreams and lost future, and having to learn how to live a life again... a lot of things in the movie reminded me of Sean and what happened to his life and mine. It's been three years and two more months since he has left. Time surely does ease the pain but I will never forget what I had with him and what we were.

I miss him a bit more tonight than most of other days. His birthday is coming in 12 days. I want to do something special to celebrate his beautiful life.

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

waking up on the indian ocean



Work is going and it actually is going better than most of my previous projects. Though it doesn’t excite me. I was talking with my friend over Skype, telling her that I need some fun. Then I started describing the kind of fun I want such as painting-the-ocean kindda fun, button-making fun, and waking-up-on-the-Indian-Ocean fun etc.

Then I started Flickr-searching with “Indian Ocean”. I found this beautiful sunset photo of the Indian Ocean. I found quite a few actually but this is my favorite so far.

I know I like to day-dream and, in fact, I do it really well in a creative way. I know it’s only a day-dream for now but I really wanna be there someday, watch the sunset and wake up with the sunrise.

Okay, it’s time to get back to work.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

the best mornings

running

Betsy and I went down to Busan for the long weekend. The original plan was for surfing lessons but we ended up chilln' by the ocean and do some local sightseeing. Unlike our expectation, the weather in Busan was pretty cold and windy so we got chickened out.

Although I didn't get to take the surfing lessons as I planned, the mornings there were the best. A long walk on the beach with morning sun, wave-watching, photo-snapping, and the fresh air, they brought me back to the days in Vancouver and the moments on English Bay. Ocean has come in different meanings since Sean left. Ocean has been my best friend who understands the pain, loneliness, and it always has been the best listener. It was so comforting to be back with such friend again.

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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

water

i swim

I love water, I love pools, I love rivers, and I love oceans. I love the less-gravitiness in water ever since I learned how to swim. I used to swim every morning before going to work for over a year, and one day I got rid of the morning swimming session from my daily agenda with stupid reasons of being too busy and too tired.

I went back to the pool today. It was wonderful to have back the sense of floating, the wonderful work-out session, and all the things I miss about being in water. I'm pieces.

Friday, May 02, 2008

traveling light

traveling light

My wonderful friend Cortney found this beautiful yellow book at Seattle Airport on Christmas a couple years ago and bought me one. This beautiful yellow book is called Traveling Light, it provokes thoughts, conversation, and emotion, maybe even inner peace.

A little while ago, I remembered this beautiful yellow book as I was reading one of my friend's blog entries. I had to pick it up from my dusty bookshelf to read again.

The beatiful yellow book says, memories make the world home, and being a serious travel bug, I can relate to it so well. I'm starting to think about the destination of my next journey where I don't even know when my next vacation will be.

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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

the calculations error.

dream

In the morning I'd awake and I couldn't remember.
What is love and what is hate?
The calculations error.
what is love and what is hate?
And why does it matter?
Is to love just a waste?
How can it matter?

As the dawn began to break, I had to surrender.
The universe will have its way.
Too powerful to master.
What is love and what is hate?
And why does it matter?
Is to love just a waste?
How can it matter?

- The Flaming Lips

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Friday, April 04, 2008

creative saturday

creative saturday @ cafe byul

One Wednesday evening, Justin and I were having dinner & wine at Grande in Shinsa. Wine, candlelights, and good conversation over dinner always inspire me. By the end of the evening, we came up with this random idea of getting together every Saturday and working on something creative. We call it Creative Saturday.

The first meetup happened on Saturday last week. We took over one corner with huge glass window on the second floor at Cafe Byul(Star). Such an adorable coffee & waffle place with a "wireless", yes, wireless & free, internet connection. The first Creative Saturday project was "We Dream...". We spent a couple hours to come up with a look frame or mock-up and we're pretty happy with the result.

It's another Saturday tomorrow. We have a couple of ideas on what to do. Whatever that will be, I think spending Saturday afternoon working on something creative is the best.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

dream of you everyday.

dream of you everyday.

I close my eyes, walk down to the ocean, and I become a part of it.

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Monday, March 17, 2008

birthday girl.

my birthday.

I hardly ever celebrate my birthday with a big group of people. However, my birthday this year was a bit different. I went out for dinner and wine with some of my good friends. I guess it's because I have been more sociable than ever for the past year and that I've been blessed with friendship with amazing people. I had a wonderful time with Susan, Betsy, Laura, Ashley, Janice, Jason, Justin, Bill, Corey, Missy, Paul, Eric, and Chris. Yes, Chris came all the way from Canada to celebrate my birthday. ;-)

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Friday, March 14, 2008

harry

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I listened to Harry Connick Jr. when I was in high school. Harry has his concert in Seoul and my friends and I went. Harry's a great singer, wonderful dancer, and such a funny guy on the stage. Never really paid attention to the lyric of When I fall in Love until Harry sang it tonight. It reminded me of my love, my love of life.

When I fall in love
It will be forever
Or I'll never fall in love

In a restless world like this is
Love is ended before it's begun
And too many moonlight kisses
Seem to cool in the warmth of the sun

When I give my heart
I give it completely
Or I'll never give my heart

And the moment I can feel that
you feel that way too
Is when I fall in love with you

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

eight years @ grande

tiny grande.

I found a friend who I lost a contact for the past eight years through Facebook and the friend is visiting Korea now. We went out for dinner, wine, conversation, and lots of catching up. I had a great time. After all the past eight years and so many changes in lives, we are still good friends and my heart felt so warm entire time through out the dinner. I've got a light hang over this morning but I'm sure that I will do dinner, wine, and conversation with a lost friend again even for a heavier hang over. So, my Thursday starts here.

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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

three years.

what's left behind.

It's Sean's three years' anniversary today. For the past a couple of days, my mind has been lingering around today of three years ago. So, grieving was allowed...

Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.

- And Death Shall Have No Dominion by Dylan Thomas

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

takeaways

byron bay, australia

It's been about a month with a new job and I am already swamped with work. I'm already thinking about if I really want to do this. I get to think of what I want from my life again. If tomorrow is the last day of my life, will I be doing the same thing? Get to work at 9:30am, chased by due dates, due hours, and due minutes till I get off work. Too tired to do anything when I get home. Life should be spent for something more meaningful. I need more time to fit love and inspirations in my life and others'.

WIth all this thoughts and confusions, I remembered one of the piece written by Douglas Coupland. It was introduced by Dougal during one of our evening classes when I was back in school, when I was going through emotional and painful time of my life... I spent all night crying after that class, thinking of life and death, the beautiful summer days in Australia with Sean. March is coming again. The painful month with the loss of Sean. It's funny how everything else is returning the same way they always have been... only except one single thing that I'm not afraid to die for.

Here's the inspirational piece of Generation X by Douglas Coupland.

The setting is a poolside in a run-down Palm Springs apartment complex where a few twenty-something friends sit and tell stories to each other:
"Let me see your eyes."

Tobias leans over to allow Elvissa to put a hand around his jaw and extract information from his eyes, the blue color of Dutch souvenir plates. She takes an awfully long time. "Well, okay. Maybe you're not all that bad. I might even tell you a special story in a few minutes. Remind me. But it depends. I want you to tell me something first: after you're dead and buried and floating around whatever place we go to, what's going to be your best memory of earth?"

"What do you mean? I don't get it."

"What one moment for you defines what it's like to be alive on this planet. What's your takeaway?"

There is silence. Tobias doesn't get her point, and frankly, neither do I. She continues. "Fake yuppie experiences that you had to spend money on, like white water rafting or elephant rides in Thailand don't count. I want to hear some small moment from your life that proves you're really alive."

Tobias does not readily volunteer any info. I think he needs an example first.

"I've got one," says Claire. All eyes turn to her.

"Snow," she says to us. At the very momenta hailstorm of doves erupts upward from the brown silk soil of the MacArthurs' yard next door...

..."I'll always remember the first time I saw snow. I was twelve and it was just after the first and biggest divorce. I was in New York visiting my mother and was standing beside a traffic island in the middle of Park Avenue. I'ld never been out of L.A. before. I was entranced by the big city. I was looking up at the Pan Am Building and contemplating the essential problem of Manhattan."

"Which is--?" I ask.

"Which is that there's too much weight improperly distributed: towers and elevators; steel, stone, and cement. So much mass up so high that gravity itself could end up being warped--some dreadful inversion--an exchange program with the sky." (I love it when Claire gets weird.) "I was shuddering at the thought of this. But right then my brother Allan yanked at my sleeve because the walk signal light was green. And when I turned my head to walk across, my face went bang, right into my first snowflake ever. It melted in my eye. I didn't even know what it was at first, but then I saw millions of flakes--all white and smelling like ozone, floating downward like the shed skin of angels. Even Allan stopped. Traffic was honking at us, but time stood still. And so, yes--if I take one memory of earth away with me, that moment will be the one. To this day I consider my right eye charmed."

"Perfect," says Elvissa. She turns to Tobias. "Get the drift?"


- Generation X by Douglas Coupland

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Monday, January 28, 2008

at home.



I was introduced to Heima of Sigur Rós by Matt last night. The music and the imagery worked out perfectly together and it was one of the most beautiful things I've seen lately. I've been busy with my job and lazy with my life for the past a few months... but inspiration stimulates me. I want to put ideas together and want to come up with something decent.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

good-bye autumn, hello winter.

good-bye autumn, hello winter.

We had the first snow of this winter last night. I was working at the office till late and wasn't able to see it or take pictures. I love snow. Snow is beautiful. Although I don't like the fact it has to be cold to have snow becuase I hate being cold.

Soon this year will be gone and another year will start. I'm not too sure what plans I had for the past year has been achieved and what not. I plan on taking some time for myself and work on plans. Three months plan, one year plan, and maybe ten years plan as well. The quote I came across a while ago keeps wandering in my head.

If we don't change direction soon, we'll end up where we're going. - professor irwin corey

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

return to this world as a rose?

november rose.

I posted this picture and jared said "Return to this world as a rose? Ok."

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Friday, November 02, 2007

across the universe.



I came across to this movie trailer this morning. What caught my attention, of course, was The Beatles. Not sure how good the movie would be but it would be worth to watch only for the soundtrack. I will never get tired of The Beatles and they never get tired of me.

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

autumn leaves.

autumnness.

The days got colder and autumn leaves started piling up on the ground. The winter doesn't seem so far away. Time goes on, things change, but the spring will come again.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

only once.



Being in love is like finding another form of yourself. You feel every sense the other half of you feels. You would do anything just to be with him and to make him happy. It happened only once to me... and it still lasts even after almost three years have gone after he died. Though I hope that it would happen more than once coz I have more days to live without him here on earth... and life without love seems so sad.

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once.

once.

I went to see this Irish film tonight. I liked the fact that this film has some great analogue quality to it - the tone, the graininess of images, and even the sound. There were a couple songs I really liked and had to buy the CD.

There were quite a few things thoughout this film that reminded me of Sean. I think he would have liked the film and wish he was there with me.

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If You Want Me

Are you really here or am I dreaming
I can't tell dreams from truth
for it's been so long since I have seen you
I can hardly remember your face anymore

When I get really lonely
and the distance causes our silence
I think of you smiling
with pride in your eyes a lover that sighs

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Lyrics by Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
Featured in the motion picture Once

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

craving.

heavenly lungo.

I want cafe lungo so badly right now. Some choc-chip cookie would be plus.

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Saturday, October 06, 2007

deezer.

in the mountain.

I came accross to this website called Deezer a few days ago and am becoming to like it. The interface is pretty straight forward with the reason it's pretty similiar to iTunes. I wanted to test the blogging function, so here I am posting some of my favorite music.

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

hiking with a friend.

soul mate.

I went hiking with my new friend Susan last Sunday. It was drizzling a bit on and off but wasn't soaking. The rain added more to the autumn mountain. I was able to take some photos that I'm satisfied with the result and did some post processing in Adobe Lightroom. I'm posting this photo that has made to Flickr Explore! This is what it says as of today - 34 people call this photo a favorite | Viewed 164 times (Not including you). Yay!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

we will never be here again.

let's waste time.

I took a long walk this evening. The night was falling over the lake and everything was disappearing into the darkness. I, myself, will also be disappeared into the nothingness someday, just like everything else that has a life. The day hasn't come yet and I'll do my best to make another beautiful day - to love and to be loved.

The Gods envy us. They envy us because we're mortal, because any moment may be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we're doomed. You will never be more lovely than you are now. We will never be here again. - Movie 'Troy'

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Monday, September 24, 2007

flickr fun.

hanging

I remember it was about the time I was leaving Vancouver getting ready for the life back in Seoul... I opened a flickr group called 'Flickr in Seoul(FIS)'. All I did was coming up with the group name and an icon. It's been about 16 months, I believe, and FIS has 208 members as of today. We even started having meetups. We meet on weekends, go out, walk around, take photos, and have dinner or/and drinks. I like FIS people, and I'm happy that we strangers are becoming good friends.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

live trace

lazy afternoon in vancity.

I spent sometime last night playing with live trace in Adobe Illustrator CS3. It's amazing how much time you can save by using those smart features. This image isn't satisfying... but I guess I can come up with something by experimenting.

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

missing aussie summer.

fond memory - byron bay

The air has got cooler, the day has got shorter. In three days, it will be September. I'm in a better mood these days although the client for the project that our team has been working on turned out to have a horrible taste on things and that makes our days at work miserable.

I made it to the gym three days in a row. I work out, read a book, sweat a lot, and take a shower... and I always feel great after that.

I've been missing Sean a lot lately. How do I miss the summer we spent in Australia.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

at the end of the summer.

eat pray love

I met up with Caroline for dinner the other day before her departure to San Fran. Caroline and I met at a bookstore three years ago. We both were looking for a good Korean text book and that's how we started our the very first conversation.

After the dinner, we headed to the bookstore now to hunt a good English textbook for my student who I started teaching since the past weekend. I got three books. - English textbook for my student, Tuesdays with Morrie for Caroline, and this book, Eat Pray Love, for myself. I had a busy weekend and just started reading it at the gym tonight.

Well, now I'm back to my blog - The summer has been tediously long but it's time to get ready for the autumn.

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Friday, August 03, 2007

first day of my life



It's another Friday night. I'm giving myself some time to relax and doing things that I like to do. I came accross to this beautiful piece of music video. I guess we don't need to talk a lot to communicate or to inspire... and I guess that's one of the reason I love to walk around and take pictures.

This is the first day of my life. I probably have to look for something excites me again. I should live a life again.

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Sunday, July 08, 2007

I'm a geek.



It was such a muggy day yesterday and I thought it's a crazy thing to pick a day like that for a photo spree. Guess what, I did go out, walked around, and took a bunch of photos for hours. Okay, you can call me a geek.

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Friday, July 06, 2007

insa-dong, seoul



I'm planning on having my own photo collections of different parts of Seoul. This is the second one after the fist try with Samchung-dong.

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inspiration

inspiration

I've been busy lately. Busy with work and lazy with life... that's probably more accurate thing to say I guess. I need some inspiration. Joshua Davis and his work inspires me. I put together his work and words that were said during Adobe Max conference in Seoul last year.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

new face of google kr

new face of google kr

google korea added some simple icons to give korean users affordance for all the other tools it owns. i like the simpleness that still communicates.

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words are low resolution

words

Nate and I were talking on MSN the other day. Based on what he said during our conversation I came up with something simple that I might use for the t-biz I'm planning on running someday.

It basically is the idea that how hard it is to deliver complicated thoughts into words and how blurry the idea is when it's spoken.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

rainy day

rainy day - window

The sky went dark and I started hearing heavy rain drops. For quite a while I enjoyed looking out the street through the glass window at work. Rainy days seem very photogenic to me although I tend to get lazy taking pictures when I have to carry an umbrella.

Rainy days always remind me of Vancouver, my second home. Rainy day always make me want to put some jazz on, drink some good coffee or wine. I miss my place in Vancouver.

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Friday, May 04, 2007

nothing lasts forever.

nothing lasts forever.

We went down to the river
Her and I, heart by heart
And parked the car and got naked
On the last day of that summer

Such a good thing never last
Such a good always brakes
Such a good thing never last
Such a good thing always brakes

We went skating last winter
Her hair had grown, and she was blonde
Said she found some kind of happiness
Said she found a decent man

Such a good thing never last
Such a good always brakes
Such a good thing never last
Such a good thing always brakes

Such a good thing never last
Such a good always brakes

River by Lasse Lindh

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Everything's fading away to nothingness... everything.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

lightbox test






I've been playing with Lightbox2 today. Of course, I had to get some help from a friend. If you ever want to try, you can find the tutorial here. Lightbox2 Tutorial. I'm sure that there're so many more lightbox tutorials out there and do not think this is the best one... but this is what I tried anyway.

Both IE and FIREFOX gave me a headache. For some reason, the images and the links don't align perfectly in FIREFOX. 4 px difference. The funny thing is that it works perfectly fine when I test on blogger. It annoys hell out of me... The link-align problem doesn't occur in IE... but... but this is so typical! I see another problem. The half transparent background that supposed to cover the entire screen doesn't do its job in IE. 40px short on the right... ugh...

Well, I struggled enough for today. I guess I should spend more time when I'm in the mood for problem solving. Apparently not tonight.

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Here's another link I got from my friend. Which Lightbox is right for you?

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

samchung-dong, seoul



The pictures were taken in Samchung-dong. Fun place with lots of art & design shops and galleries. Quite busy yet slow. It's funny I never knew such place existed in Seoul.

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Monday, April 30, 2007

dancer in the dark



This is my favorite part of the film, Dancer In The Dark, I watched the other night. Although it was such a sad and depressing movie, there was something that made me like this movie. The music "I've seen it all" was sang by Bjork.

I've Seen It All
by Bjork

I've seen it all, I have seen the trees,
I've seen the willow leaves dancing in the breeze
I've seen a man killed by his best friend,
And lives that were over before they were spent.
I've seen what I was - I know what I'll be
I've seen it all - there is no more to see!

You haven't seen elephants, kings or Peru!
I'm happy to say I had better to do
What about China? Have you seen the Great Wall?
All walls are great, if the roof doesn't fall!

And the man you will marry?
The home you will share?
To be honest, I really don't care...

You've never been to Niagara Falls?
I have seen water, its water, that's all...
The Eiffel Tower, the Empire State?
My pulse was as high on my very first date!
Your grandson's hand as he plays with your hair?
To be honest, I really don't care...

I've seen it all, I've seen the dark
I've seen the brightness in one little spark.
I've seen what I chose and I've seen what I need,
And that is enough, to want more would be greed.
I've seen what I was and I know what I'll be
I've seen it all - there is no more to see!

You've seen it all and all you have seen
You can always review on your own little screen
The light and the dark, the big and the small
Just keep in mind - you need no more at all
You've seen what you were and know what you'll be
You've seen it all - there is no more to see!

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