Forgetting About The Price Tag

For someone who doesn’t go out much, I had a great time in South Korea. The weather was nice, the food was even better and the experience was complicated.

Streets Of S. Korea

Fun In S. Korea

Living on a island, it is funny how I still yearn to live by the beach so much. But it is a dream I dare not put too much thought into. That’s the Haeundae beach in Busan. The best part of my trip is strolling along the beach,  walking along the wooden walk-way along the coast at night, and getting lost only to find a wonderfully hidden Korean barbeque restaurant frequented by famous Korean celebrities.

The ambiance was great, and so was the price. But that’s what holidays are for, eating, making a fool of yourselves and dressing up as an old palace minister. That’s laogong over there, in one rare occasion where he lets me take a picture of him.

We went to a craft street in Seoul but most of the work cannot be photographed, which I totally understand and I think you crafts people out there would too.

Crafts in S. Korea

Crafts in Seoul

I managed to take a couple of pictures of Korean embroidery before I realised that photography was not allowed. So not to show any disrespect, I took a picture of this famous Korean artist’s shop instead of her work. I love her work. It is absolutely adorable. You can check it out on her website. Be warned, it is a little pricy. Most of the good stuff there along that street are. But they only reflect the value of their work.

After shortlisting a few items, I decided on this pair of earrings from a local artist eunnamu.

eunnamu

eunnamu

I have not put it on yet. I don’t really have any occasion to wear it to, it’s just too pretty. But the design is just sublime that I had to get it. You can see the effort and love she put into her work. And that, I feel, deserves a little more than just a price tag.

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The Joys and Pains of Travel

Steph and Sean’s wedding was a very simple and homely wedding. She made the paper flowers and her mom made all the dresses worn by the bridesmaids.

Steph and Sean's wedding

Thank you Steph and Sean for driving me around and for the hospitality their families have shown me. It’s sad that we have so little time together. But it makes me treasure the little hours we have even more.

Sis and my brother-in-law brought us out to a really cool old school diner and I had so much fun taking pictures of that place.

Soda Rock Diner with Sis and Eugene.

I think I have also put on all the weight I have been trying to loose. Look at the amount of sea food we ate on Friday night!

Seafood Spaghetti with Cousin

The weekend went by pretty fast and I loved spending time with loved ones whom I seldom get to see. Sometimes, I am hit by the reality of the double-edged sword that is traveling – it draws you closer to the world but pulls you further from the people you love.

Anyhow, I am glad to be back home with Nili and my sewing. I have not touched my needle in 4 days and I’m getting withdrawal syndrome.

The Humble Museum

Staying at my sister’s place is like staying in a museum. They have toys and tiny trinkets everywhere in their little ol’ place. They even have a mini out at the porch to finish the look.

My Sister's Museum

And who can forget Jasper.

Jasper on my lap

Later tonight, I’m going to be able to meet up with my cousins studying here. This short getaway trip has been compressed to fit in as much fun as humanly possible.

Tomorrow, I’ll get to see the bride and my long-time friend. I’m going to take a moment to let this tenderness sink in. It is humbling to have such company.