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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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.


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."
"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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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, 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.


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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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 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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Monday, August 18, 2008

eleven years.


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



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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Thursday, July 24, 2008



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

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Friday, July 04, 2008


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.


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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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.


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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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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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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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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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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Thursday, February 28, 2008


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, October 23, 2007



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.


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


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

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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



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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