I’m away on a sort-of-last-minute mini vacation at the moment. Had one of the best runs ever today since Aspen more than two years ago though the snow isn’t as great (it is no longer Winter, after all). So awesome how the slopes are almost empty, though not so happy about having extremely limited choices when it comes to eating as most places are closed due to its being off-peak season. As a result, when we walked into the food court this morning, there was one thing on the menu, and it was not cheap. Can’t complain though, because I can’t remember the last time when I got to feed myself warm Korean-style breakfast before going on the slopes. It was always either pizza or a burger that cost more than a lift ticket.
On another note, it’s been twenty years since I last visited this particular resort. It’s a strange feeling to be back after so many years.
NOTE: I’m obviously on a short break from the 15/20 project for a few days due to the ski trip; thanks for your understanding!
“There is definitely a bookish, masculine vibe to the place… the kind of joint you’d find in Fitzgerald, Hemingway or Miller (Henry, not Arthur)… a great place to drink bourbon, puff on a cigar and pretend to be in an imaginary boys club. Even if you’re a girl.”
– LA WEEKLY
“Boys Club” is probably the most accurate way to describe this place, though all I had was a glass of ice water in place of a cigar and scotch.
Great music & art, funky crowd, and lots of heads…
Was in Las Vegas last week. Though we did take our Canon with us, there weren’t many opportunities for photos. Anyhow, these are what I have from the trip taken on my iPhone. In a nutshell, the trip basically consisted of strange yet interesting sightings including a giant Prada luggage, a dragon, the Statue of Liberty, a gondola, a gigantic dog on a bike, snow in the desert, etc. What was most interesting however, was seeing the replicas after actually having been to the actual landmarks not so long ago, such as the Venetian Hotel and the mini Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel posted above. Now that I had the ability to compare them to the real things, I realized what a good job they did replicating. That’s some skills, right there.
It was surprisingly chilly. Definitely regretted (and still regretting after being back to California from the trip) not bringing warm clothes from Korea.
Two days before we left Korea, it snowed so much that everything in Seoul, and I mean everything, was covered in snow. We happened to be on the 8th floor of Doota in Dong Dae Mun when it started snowing so we were able to witness the beginning of it all. After grabbing a few fishcake sticks (odeng) and a potato dog outside, we decided to take a walk which ended up being two hours long… Despite having to fight the cold, it was the most romantic walk ever. I felt like I was in a Korean drama walking by Cheong Gye Cheon (a stream that flows across the city). If you are ever in Seoul during the winter, I highly, highly recommend this walk, especially when it snows hard.
Insadong-gil is “well known as a traditional street to both locals and foreigners” and represents the “culture of the past and the present”. It contains a mixture of historical and modern atmosphere and is a “unique area of Seoul that truly represents the cultural history of the nation.”
One question I ask myself regularly is, ‘What will I be doing a year from now?’ A year ago, I had no idea that I would be moving to Korea. It was the same situation a year before I moved to New York which suddenly took place in 2000. Three years later, I didn’t know that I would be moving back to California the following year. I didn’t know that I would be studying Marketing in college instead of Design, and even less expected was that I would end up in graduate school. (I never considered myself as the type that could study for hours, or even read so many books…)
I used to enjoy developing and maintaining short term and long term plans but I realize that no matter how well-planned I believe myself to be, nothing in life happens as planned and I’m often reminded that everything is in God’s hands. As the year-end approaches, I sit in my new room in Seoul and wonder what I will be doing, or where I will be on December 23, 2012.
But for now, my focus is on enjoying the present.
I’m extremely thankful to be given an opportunity to be reunited with my roots, and experience the growth of my love for Korea. (btw, one of the huge supporting factors is the Korean Drama called 뿌리깊은 나무, or Tree with Deep Roots. It’s not only remarkably entertaining (it’s been the top rated TV show in Korea for months), but educational and artistically inspiring. It’s helped me develop a new appreciation for the Korean language and its history.) I’m loving it here even though it’s so cold out I rarely leave the room. haha
I wish every single one of you a very merry Christmas filled with many blessings and joy as well as a very happy new year. Thank you for reading my blog and commenting, it really means a lot to me.
Hugs & Kisses,