Girl in New York


ny-bridgeSo I don’t normally enjoy putting my hair up, especially with my forehead looking so naked. ny-ues3but since the photographer insisted, there it was, my poor forehead finally getting some Vitamin D.

ny-finanAfter an overpriced brunch consisting of uncooked eggs and fancy fries in midtown (we paid for the view, not the food… although it did look pretty for the Instagram #foodporn shot. oh, and the free mimosa, which probably wasn’t free after all) we headed downtown, like, all the way where the water is… because… I don’t know, to check out some good looking stockbrokers?

ny-finan3who were nowhere to be found… sadly. How come nobody told us that it was Sunday?

ny-finan5so I got a little irritated…

ny-finan6and disappointed…

ny-ues1so we headed back to midtown to get a mid-day sugar fix.

ny-milkYelp is life.ny-5thMission accomplished. Finally got my hands on them Crack Pie & Cereal Soft Serve, and it only took a few bites to confirm that I, in fact, no longer have a sweet tooth. You know, sometimes it’s more about the experience than the actual thing…

ny-ues2Then the night came… and bar hopping began. What, you are telling me that there’s something more exciting to do at night in NYC??!?

ny9But really, a glass of anything not too nasty is enough to keep me entertained all night. I mean, a few hours until the body can’t handle the abuse.ny8

Photos taken over a span of three days by different people, aka my favorite people of the moment.

Wearing: tanks by J.Crew x Public School, Rag & Bone leather shorts, Lululemon headband, Celine sunglasses, Proenza Schouler backpack, Onitsuka Tiger sneakers, Calvin Klein chambray shirt, Miansai leather bracelet

A Perfect Getaway

ny2As a place that was once called home, New York has a place in my heart like none other- if it needed to be defined, the relationship would be best compared to one I have with this bodycon dress (which, by the way, belonged to someone else prior to this trip)- it’s nice once you put it on, but even the thought of being “in it” is intimidating and even scary at times. I know I’ll have a lot of fun in it, but to get to that point takes time and contemplation, which can sometimes be nerve wracking.ny10So after a spontaneous chat at a local Starbucks on a lazy Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago, here we were, at a hotel room in Upper East Side, doing our usual thing, aka photographing each other in a scandalous outfit.ny12I actually weren’t sure if New York was the best choice… until the noise began to cloud my head and really consume me… and… I began to dance to it.ny0While New York is known as a place where all kinds of madness coexist, I’ve learned that sometimes, that’s just what you need to clear your head.
ny14and to learn that it really is okay to let go.
ny13All the commotion the city offers usually bother me to a point where I become hypersensitive to discomforts that come with it (i.e. drunk people that can be found virtually everywhere, invasion of personal space, being hit on by random guys in the street, all the nice things that are oh-so-easily accessible including really, really expensive oversized coats and most impractical tiny little handbags that come with a perfectly matching shiny tassel and a shoulder chain- yes, I’m talking to you, Celine and YSL, and those crazy cab drivers who would do whatever it takes to get you to point B) but this time around, it actually helped me not to place so much focus on the not-so-pleasant things life offers: the uncertainties, issues, problems (you know the things you and I deal with on a daily basis).
ny11Distraction, as it turns out, is a good thing.

I once believed that external factors had little to do with internal affairs, as in emotions and thought processes of sort that go on inside of our heads. Hence, I think even artificial distraction may help us go on with our lives when we’ve lost motivation to do so. ny16On that note, is this dress distracting enough for you? ;) ny6If a brief distraction is what I needed, perhaps an impromptu trip to Central Park was the most brilliant idea after all.ny17As much as you want to be separated from it, reality will always be there.

to be dealt with, to be embraced…

so that you would learn something out of the process in the end.

ny001Because after all, that’s what life is.

ny002It’s a learning process, a journey.ny7

Dress by BCBG Max Azria, White mesh top by Public School x J Crew, Sandals by Vince, & Chanel 2.55 Reissue

Photography by Cherry J. & Sejin Park





View from above

ny3Just another morning in the city…

More to come. ny1

Distressed boyfriend jeans by One Tea Spoon, Sneakers by Onitsuka Tiger, V-neck by Alternative, Watch by Qlocktwo, Sunglasses by Celine

Photography by Cherry J.


Barcelona, you did me good.


After discovering Barcelona on foot within three days (which was totally impromptu hence not enough time for research), I thought it would be best to compile a list of places you must visit when you are in town. That way, I can be helpful while providing some entertainment too. ;)


Before I go into the list, I have to warn you- so over the years of international traveling (for both work and fun), Trip Advisor has become my best friend which means I’m heavily reliant on it when it comes to selecting hotels, things to do, etc.; however, this time, my folks at Trip Advisor failed me… failed me good…


Since I only had three days in BCN, while looking through the site, I came across Things to do in BCN in 3 Days under their Travel Guides section. Being a royal customer, I jotted down all the places it recommended, and unexpectedly and surprisingly, although wasn’t really planned, we landed at one of the restaurants from their list called Les Quinze Nits located at one of the famous tourist spots. Funny thing is that we weren’t specifically looking for the place, just happened to be there.


 Since there was no line, we decided to check it out to satisfy our hunger… and first thing we noticed was that the person behind the counter was Asian… and then the waitress comes over, who is also Asian. Yeah, I know, we should’ve known by then but felt bad to just leave without ordering, you know, so decided to stick around… reluctantly… and then the horror began.


Not only was the food awful, level of service was just beyond bad. We must have called the waitress at least three times to get us the bill, and the food literally took forever to get to our table when all we ordered was a plate of ham (which looked like it had just come out of a market-sold plastic container, not sliced fresh like at the usual Spanish restaurants), soup (tasted like canned kind), and fried cod (worst fried thing ever). But what was most bothersome was the way they were strategically (in a very sneaky way) lining people up outside.


 I mean, once entering the restaurant, you’d immediately notice that the place is filled with tourists, no locals are to be found (I now know why)… but because it looks full from the outside, you become curious, you know. And I bet 90% of people who were eating there were there because of Trip Advisor, which is why I’m so upset with them. Using this as an advantage, they were lining people up outside (every single one a tourist of course) although there were empty tables. What they were lacking was people working inside and some REAL Spanish food. They advertise as if you are getting a deal on authentic food but the truth is that they are all just frozen premade stuff that can be found at a super market.


So this turned out to be a huge disappointment and the biggest mistake we made in Spain, and we were being super nice by not leaving midmeal. Really hesitated paying too, actually, wanted to tell them how horrible the food was, that it was the worst Spanish food I’ve ever had in my life (This was my second time in Spain, and I had already been there for two weeks by then just on this trip). It actually wouldn’t have been so bad if service was good, but it had neither- plus, the way they were scamming tourists was just unbelievable. (At this point, we couldn’t help but assume that they had somehow paid Trip Advisor to include the restaurant on the list.) So what did we do? As we were walking out, we announced to those waiting in line that it was the worst Spanish food ever, and that they’d regret waiting for it. Not sure if anyone listened and left but we did what we could to save them from something that could potentially ruin their day, because you know what, it did ours- yes, it was that bad. We couldn’t even sleep well that night because we felt like something bad was in the food.


but you know, the very next day, all the beauty Barcelona had to offer made it all better, and the food… I mean the REAL Spanish food helped us forget about it, which is why I’m going to share my most amazing dining experience in Barcelona as well, at a place called TICKETS BAR. More than anything however, tomorrow is a new day, right? No reason to keep reminding yourself of something unpleasant. but yeah, if you happen to be in the area when traveling Spain, please please avoid the restaurant called Les Quinze Nits! There are plenty of other options if you are hungry. Trust me! :)


So here we go with the list. I’m going to be quick because the central area isn’t all that large and totally walkable (if you enjoy walking like we do) so you can easily spot them on the map they give you at the reception desk or information kiosks.


1. La Sagrada Familia: A must see. Please refer to my previous post for some of the reasons why you must see this amazing piece of art. I recommend either purchasing tickets online or going early in the morning around 9 AM to avoid lines. We went around 9:30 and the line was really short. Do make sure to rent the audio kit. It’s totally worth it. You’ll miss out a lot if you don’t.

2. Parc Guell: Another work of Gaudi that’s mind blowing. A must see. It’s a bit far from everything else but we enjoyed discovering little streets along the way while walking towards South. We actually ended up taking the train to the other side of the park so didn’t get to enjoy it the way it’s supposed to be enjoyed but kind of liked observing the neighborhood. I must warn you however: a lot of walking is expected so make sure to put on your most comfortable sneakers!


3. Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC): While I was a bit disappointed with a rather little number of art works, the museum itself was so beautiful we spent good three hours or so here. It turned out even more perfect because there was a mini piano concert in the front at sunset… and when it got dark, the water fountain lit up and started dancing to music, literally. I recommend going around 5 PM and staying around until the fountain show starts which is 7 PM. Then walk towards West to Parc de Montjuic which is filled with smaller museums and nature. Note: Free after 3 PM on Saturdays.

4. Parc de la Ciutadella: Wow, another one we came across rather unexpectedly, but turned out to be great, like really great. Amazing place that’s full of surprises. It’s right next to Arc de Triomf.

5. Casa Batllo: by Gaudi. Need I say more? Oh, don’t forget the audio kit.

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6. Museu Picasso: If you are into art and love Picasso, do not miss this one. The line gets super long but it’s so worth it because it’s free on Sunday afternoons! Expect the waiting time to be about 1 hour.

7. Tickets Bar: Many would recommend Ramblas (a shopping street) but I personally didn’t think much of it. It was a bit too touristy for my taste. Plus, I was warned multiple times to be cautious of pickpocketers so it really didn’t have a positive image to begin with. But if you are into souvenir shopping and stuff, please feel free. but what I do recommend is to make a reservation at Tickets. I hear it’s really hard to successfully save a spot for dinner so I recommend lunch, Spanish lunch, that is. If you are not familiar, Spanish lunch starts around 2-2:30 PM and dinner around 9-10 PM, and it’s huge, I mean huge. Think ten different types of appetizers all tasting like heaven. And there is usually a main dish but you can skip it if you want. This restaurant serves something more like modernized Spanish tapas meaning more fusion than authentic. If you are more into authentic, ask the locals. Otherwise, highly recommended. And do not miss out on their olives. They look ordinary but once in your mouth, extraordinary. You will thank me.


I’m sure there are a lot of other amazing places to visit in BCN but my list ends here mostly because it’s a concise version as we only had three days there.


but do walk around the city… you will see more than what you would have seen by following so called “guides”… It’s an amazing city full of passion, energy, art, and history there is nothing to be disregarded.


but more than anything, enjoy… enjoy every moment of it. ;)

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On another note, doesn’t this ceiling remind you of this Balmain dress from a few seasons ago, say… Fall 2012 Ready to Wear? I know it’s a bit off-topic but just had to mention it because… Seoul Fashion Week kicks off tomorrow! (You didn’t see that coming, did you?)

Expect frequent updates- strictly dedicated to introducing talented Korean designers and hot trends for Fall/Winter! Now, I know you’ve been missing fashion posts!

Constructive Sincerity: about a man who lived a beautiful life


There are many new things learned during my rather spontaneous trip to Barcelona that just happened this past week, major one being about the most talented architect of all time, Antoni Gaudi. It is through him that I first heard about Organic Architecture who 100 years ago introduced something called “modernism” entirely inspired by nature. Gaudi, a man of many passions which included art, architecture and religion, had an extraordinary observation skills which allowed him to continually introduce new techniques and ideas into the field of architecture. On that note, I’m forever thankful for the audio device that we decided to rent at the very last minute because without it, the trip wouldn’t have been complete- actually, I would have walked out of his unbelievably amazing works without any knowledge of how and why they were built, and what the artist tried to achieve through them.


While there is no doubt that Gaudi is a world renowned architect who was revolutionary not only during his time but even on modern standards, what I find most inspiring about him is his passion- passion for architecture, passion for learning, analyzing, observing the world… and most important is his passion for spreading God’s love to the world. When I walked into Sagrada Familia and looked up at the magnificent ceiling, within a few minutes, I found myself filled with emotions while sudden tears rolled down the cheeks… not only because of its inexplicable beauty but because it reminded me of what I saw a few years ago: unconditional love, promising future, and He, himself… I saw them all in Gaudi’s work, which reminded me once more why I’m where I am now, and where my life should head from here.


People ask why I cry… if I’m sad.


In fact, it’s not because I’m sad. Rather, it’s because I’m so happy to a point where I’m unaware of what is happening around me, my physical self included- which is reflected in a bodily activity (i.e. crying) without my knowing, sometimes.bcn10

Have you ever felt uncontrollably happy because you are so thankful? If not, I highly recommend you to experience it. Your life will turn upside down, literally. ;)


You will want to live life like you’ve never had before. You will want to grab it and never let go. You will have grown a new passion and purpose for life, a motivation and persistence you had always wanted but failed to possess. It will all be yours, forever. That’s what made Gaudi different- he had a passion for life and knew what his purpose was. How amazing is that not only his works are considered best in the world even after 100 years have passed- seven of which, by the way, have been designated as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, a UN organization, but even more amazing is that so many people are able to use his works as a place of prayer and worship, to communicate with God, the very reason for their existence.


It has been said that every single piece of his work (including details such as the ergonomic design of a door knob) was built to serve a purpose, whether it’s to provide more comfort or pleasing to the senses (all the while being mind-blowingly beautiful), hence the term “Constructive Sincerity.”

With Casa Batllo, Gaudi said he wanted every visitor to experience something they had never experienced; feeling like you are under water… with every detail designed perfectly ergonomic while being revolutionarily artistic, his goal was to provide as much pleasure as possible to everyone who visited, with light being part of the design… which he considered as an extremely critical element of his designs.


Known as “God’s Architect”, Gaudi lived a life that was “complete” in my book, perhaps most ideal that I can think of- he enjoyed everything the world offered: fame, friendship, prestige… and last but not least, he got to do what he loved to do all his life to produce works that have inspired and influenced people all around the world for the past 100 years, and many, many more years to come.

But what is even more inspiring is that despite the colorful life he seemed to have, he was a humble man- so humble to a point when he passed away in a sudden accident, he was mistaken as a homeless man.


What a life he lived.

He dedicated everything he had to one passion, one purpose- to please God through his talent, a true gift to humankind.


A life lived with passion is beautiful, but one lived with a purpose is one that cannot be beat.










With Love, from Korea

A huge autumn post because you deserve it. I mean, how can I NOT share these?!

The other day I was getting interviewed and I totally lied which I didn’t even realize until now. I do dress inappropriately at times. I do. I don’t always dress appropriately for the occasion because I have officially gone hiking not once but twice in these loafers- and this time, it wasn’t just the shoes that were inappropriate but the entire outfit. Come on, who goes hiking in a leather skirt and a tiger print blazer? well, unless you are trying to befriend the wild animals, that is. Not that neither case was planned but the truth is, that I often do crazy things and I admit it, please don’t hate me too much if you ever see me saying something along the lines of… “I dress according to the occasion..” It’s just one of those “Oops” moments.

My excuse for this outfit is that this happened during Fashion Week and I was actually wearing heels before but aside from that, more important, is that I didn’t know that we’d be climbing mountains. All I knew was that we were going to be seeing some Autumn leaves, that’s it. And you know that, I had no problem walking up the hills in my Jeffrey Campbells and my sturdy leather skirt! Perhaps this will be a new trend for hikers. Ajummas, do you hear me? (Hike fashion is a hot topic around older Korean ladies because there are so many nice hiking trails in Korea)

Changed into real cool stuff courtesy of A Boy Named Sue styled by this super talented fashion person

Cigarette pants by THU THU, the warmest and most comfortable thing ever.

Totally into the round specs trend though these are not mine. I actually almost bought a pair of vintage shades in Paris last year but Justin had this ‘Are you crazy?’ look on his face so yeah… Man, I would have been a trendsetter only if… Hmm think I say ‘only if’ a lot lately so I think I’m going to just go with it from now on. Do it Do it

Didn’t know that this beanie had a particular shape until I was editing this photo. How funny. Think it looks like a winding key on a clockwork doll.

Behind the scenes… Miss Sam doing her artist thing while I’m doing my mad awkward thing.

Sweatshirt by Groceries

Leather jacket by Miss Sixty, Neon orange beanie from Tokyo, Elegant loafers by Jeffrey Campbell

Sleeveless in Tokyo

The flight was a little too short to be considered international compared to others… It’s like flying to San Fran from LAX! I feel so blessed to have easier access to other countries now that I live in Seoul. Anyhow, somewhat positively lightheaded, the arrival process at Narita wasn’t all that eventful, but don’t be disappointed just yet because what we didn’t know is that when you try to be frugal in this city, you are literally exchanging time for it. By trying to save a few yen (maybe not a few but a whole bunch), we had to wait an hour on the platform for a train because we refused to spend 3000 yen on an express train which ended up being another 2 hour long ride. We were pretty much spent by the time we found our way to the hotel as you can imagine though we still managed to feed ourselves…

Yoshinoya in Tokyo is a completely different story. Their beef bowl used to be one of my fav fast food options when I lived in LA. Now that I learned that they serve Unagi bowl at the locations in Tokyo, I love them even more.

How can we talk about Japan without mentioning Sushi? So we ended up not going to Tsukiji Market as planned because I’m a lazy butt; however a standing sushi bar near our hotel in Ikebukuro turned out to be wonderful, and I mean like better than all the sushi places I’ve been to in California, New York, and Seoul, and it was half the price. Omg. so fresh. so Japanese. So awesome.

Ikebukuro where our hotel was located. Convenient location where the main JR Yamanote line is located that takes you to all the cool spots including Shibuya, Harajuku, etc.
K-pop fan encounter. There was actually a K-Pop store in Harajuku where they had everything from stationary to Korean snack with Super Junior and Big Bangs’ faces printed on them.  It was mind boggling to actually see “Han-Ryu” in Japan for myself. 10 years ago, it was the other way around where Koreans wanted everything Japanese.

Omotesando Hills where a huge whale lives.As usual, we walked everywhere until we felt like we were going to die of heat stroke. Not a good idea when it’s 90 degrees out.
Found this tiny little hole in the wall place where they sell croquets. See that vending machine in the back? That’s how you order. So frikkin’ cute I almost bought something though I was still full.
Nabeyaki udon, the authentic way.

Fell in love with Japanese architecture. and almost fell on my face looking at them
Shinjuku where we got lost big time and also got into a big fight.

Sensoji Temple in Asakusa. Didn’t want to bore you with all the usual temple pics, pretty sure there are thousands online already.

Actually brought more clothes than I needed though my luggage was still half empty but ended up wearing these pieces almost everyday: Rockstar Tiedye Shorts c/c Foreus, H&M plaid shirt (sleeves cut off DIY style), Shredded sweater with sleeves cut off (again), Red leather bracelet from Seattle, Melody ring from a street vendor in Paris, Fennec iPhone case, Nixon watch
Japanese ramen which needs to be in my life on a daily basis.

I ripped the sleeves off this shredded sweater thing I got in Korea last year. Looks a lot better. Like.

 A guy in heels- just another typical day in Harajuku.
An unexpected reunion with our favorite gelato since Italy last year. Best.

In Ameyoko wearing a slip underneath the DIY sweater vest because it was too hot to wear real clothes. Sneakers: Jeffrey Campbell Flava High Top

Tokyo: Cause it’s super Kawaii!

Sorry about rather low quality photos (compared to the “nice” ones taken on our Canon).. just learned last night that we forgot to bring the connector thing to transfer photos from the camera. Bummer, but it is what it is… While I’m planning on doing a huge Tokyo post once I’m back in Seoul, meanwhile, thought I’d share a few photos I took with my iPhone because Tokyo is really that awesome.

Spent the day in Shinjuku and Omotesando today which are known for shopping. Besides the fact that I almost died of heat stroke and my feet stopped being functional towards end of the day, it was a fun filled day doing everything touristy including endless people-watching sitting at Starbucks in Harajuku and all. Japanese surely love wearing hats, the heat doesn’t seem to bother them. And the men sport some sick hair styles here, my purple dip dye doesn’t even get noticed. and it’s really a mystery- I don’t know how the girls here walk in those crazy heels. Really.

The architecture is amazing in Tokyo. Wish I could take some home. Oh yeah, ran into my dream car today aka Prius in mint which obviously got me overly excited. I had never seen one in that color nor have I even heard of Toyota making it in that color so as a devout Prius lover and an ex-owner and mint being my favorite color, it only makes sense that I became all paparazzi on the car. Then the owner runs up to me saying something in Japanese. Caught off guard, I just stood there staring back at him. Then he goes, “Are you from China?” I was like, “I just like your car, and no, I’m from Korea.” I mean, technically, I’m not but I don’t know, it just came out that way because I do live in Korea now. Whatever, so I walked away but with this “dirty feeling,” I think because the way he looked at me and the “Chinese” question just seemed so inappropriate and just off in general. Why does it matter where I’m from? It felt so dirty I immediately removed all the photos of the car from my phone. So yeah, that’s the reason why I just wrote an entire paragraph about something that which I spent a good ten minutes getting excited over, with no pictures to prove that I actually did see it or it actually exists. Man, I’m such an alien.

Japan trip wouldn’t be complete without food, of course. Was craving sushi so walked into this “Standing Sushi” place near our hotel in Ikkebukuro. I had read on the internet that’s where you can find reasonably priced sushi (since there are no seats) and surprisingly, it was really really delicious and cheap! We had our usual including yellow tail, live shrimp, toro, tuna, and so on plus chef’s special summer fish set, as well as miso soup with a live shrimp head in it (I know sounds cruel but that’s how fresh it was) and the total for both of us came out to what we used to pay PER person in the States. The quality was great, oh and can’t forget the do-it-yourself, all-you-can-drink green tea for free. Going to miss this incredibly. Sushi isn’t as easily accessible in Seoul.

Week in Photos: Seoul

Gwang Hwa Mun where King Se-jong and General Yi Sun-Sin proudly stand.

It’s become a norm to spot tourists in Seoul nowadays which wasn’t the case back in the days.

Pretty sure these are chrysanthemums used for tea. So pretty.
Cheonggyecheon (청계천). Last time I was here it was snowing so much I could barely see. It’s covered with colorful flowers and greens right now.
Having four distinct seasons is a beautiful thing.

While I’m a fan of spicy red food, I also love my clear soup and this one we had in Itaewon was one of the best I’ve had: Bean Sprout & Clam Soup (served for free before main dish as an appetizer).

LA people know that we have School Food in Ktown as well but the one in Korea is on a different level. oh wow.
Typical snacking dish (?) not sure what else to call it. It’s called Boon Shik (분식) in Korean which consists of spicy rice cake (one above came with mozzarella cheese), deep fried dumpling (Chinese-Korean style), and Soondae (won’t get into details for your safety). Maybe it’s more of a comfort food since its function is more similar to that of fried chicken and pizza in the states, if you know what I mean.
I’m seeing this type of interior more and more here in Seoul; it definitely adds character and I guess credibility (as all the biz cards and memos leave an impression that it’s a popular place).
I had dduk bok ki (spicy rice cake) almost every day of the week last week and this one has to be the best one by far. Loved how long and soft the rice cake was and that they added huge clams, shrimps and such. Beautiful.
Some egg rolls to balance out the spiciness.
at some random concept shop in Apgujung Rodeo, actually it’s called Boy+. Thanks to the rude sales rep, I’m never going back there.
Burger called “Ambulance” at some burger joint in Itaewon. Almost had to call one indeed, just look at all the cholesterol and oil..
Another great thing about Seoul: you can find these waffle desserts practically everywhere! so yummy

As much as I’m not a fan of sit-and-eat-on-floor-type restaurants, this one was actually quite nice, reminiscent of the historical dramas airing on TV.
In an emergency room waiting for our Canon 5D Mark III. So glad it’s back!

The best smelling thing I’ve ever come across: Scents by Creed. My first encounter with them was back in New York at Bergdorf Goodman many years ago. Despite being a favorite, I still cannot convince myself to shell out hundreds of dollars just for one tiny bottle of something that instantly disappears into the air.
Steamed chicken. So good although the only thing I eat is the noodles.

When I was still on a hunt for the best shaved ice in Seoul. This one wasn’t so bad. Miss Lee Cafe in Dae Hak Ro.

Can’t remember if it was apple or pear but very unique cheesecake at FIKA Swedish Coffee Break in Apgujung. It was so rich it almost tasted like goat cheese. Delicious.

An-Dong style noodles. You eat it with side dishes that are served along with it.

Tarte at cafe Avec Nous in Hong Dae which is famous for their tarte (obviously).
Muk Shi Don Na Dduk Bok Ki (Spicy Rice Cake, again, I know). This one’s a little different in that you get to cook it on the table. Another really good one.

Lots of dduk bok ki (popular spicy rice cake dish) and sweets. That pretty much sums up my week in this dynamic city that I’ve fallen in love with.