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Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 The UFO Art Lens

October 11, 2017

For those of you who already know, I recently got the Sigma 18-35mm Fstop 1.8 Art lens A.K.A. Art lens A.K.A. UFO lens.

Yes, it’s great. Yes, it’s lovely. Yes, it takes great pictures. However, I came across a couple of discussion sites and groups that stated the Sigma 18-35mm lens to have a focus problem. This was AFTER Kaden had bought it for me (it was my Thanksgiving present from him although I was not sure why I was getting a Thanksgiving gift when it was only Thanksgiving, I found out later that Kaden had bought himself something and to get the guilt off his chest he bought me this. He did say that he’d been wanting to get another lens for me so that we can take better pictures when we go to Japan this winter, but I doubt that’s the real reason why..!!). Anyways, long story short, I saw that people were having focus issues with this lens and that some people had bought the USB dock for Sigma lens’ and fixing the issue themselves. I was not going to go through that long and “patience” requiring process so I decided to contact the nearest Sigma service center and just get mine fixed through them.

The hassle with that though is that I have to take my camera body in with the lens. Meaning: I don’t have a camera until Thursday or Friday at the latest. Meaning: I can’t take any pictures for a full 4 to 5 days.

After going out once with the lens though I love how it has an inner zoom (which means that the lens doesn’t extend out when I zoom) and also the colors and brightness of a Sigma lens is just so beautiful. It makes anything and everything look nice.

I had a hard time getting my pin (focus) bang on and later found out that it wasn’t me but the lens (I found out when I took a picture of my calendar, I focused on the number 7 but the actual picture came out with the focus on the number 6). But I think once it’s been fixed, I’ll be able to take this camera and take some pretty cool images. I kind of want to go out and explore and see what interesting things I can grab with this lens but I’ll have to wait.

So far, other than the focus issue, I’m loving this new baby and miss it already!!!

Seoul, South Korea

남양주 물의정원 | Garden of Water

October 9, 2017

On Sunday, we took the time to go somewhere with the in-laws. It was the first time since Tyler was born, for all of us to go somewhere together. Fitting everyone in the car was the first obstacle for us but it all worked out (we forgot that we could unfold the back seats. hahaha how stupid am I).

We went to 물의정원 in 남양주.

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Seoul, South Korea

Thanksgiving in Korea

October 9, 2017

Our first Korean Thanksgiving together. All of us together.

Usually, in Korea CHOO SUK (Thanksgiving) is remembering family (family members who have passed away) and spending quality time with family. For us, it’s putting together a table for our grandparents who have passed away and bowing to show our respect. Its called a 차례상. Our in-laws do this but my family doesn’t. Usually, Christians who have faith think that this is the same as believing in ghosts or worshiping other gods so my family doesn’t do this tradition.

However, I felt that my kids needed to participate and since I believe its more of a Korean tradition rather than worshiping gods, I wanted them to experience it for the first and last time (don’t tell that to my in-laws).

I think Josh was ok with it but Andrea obviously didn’t like this.

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Yang Pyeong, South Korea

양평 | YANG PYEONG | 생각족의 집 | HOUSE OF MIND | DAY 2

September 25, 2017

Day two at the “House of Mind” in Yang Peong. It’s such a great place to wake up. So quiet and the birds singing. I think during the whole time we were there, all mornings were great.

Oh my little Andrea. She wanted to sleep in between the two beds. There was a little bit of space between the two beds and that’s where she wanted to put her blanket down and sleep. So she did.

When she woke up, she wanted to play with Tyler so she came up to the bed and had her morning playtime with him.

We had a big day planned. We were going to go up  YONG MOON SA and take a walk.

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Josh&Andrea&Tyler Seoul, South Korea

I’m 4 months!

September 23, 2017

Tyler is 4 months old!! Can you believe it?!?!

It seems like it was yesterday I gave birth to this little monster..!!!

Since he turned 4 months old, we decided to take some pictures. I think we’re going to take pictures like this every month with him so that we can put it into our albums or photo books.

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사진찍는 아빠 | 왕십리 사진관 | Photo Studio Wang Ship Li | Dad who takes pictures

September 20, 2017

In Korea, SA JIN KWANs are known as Photo Studios. Studios where you can get your passport photos done or any other kind of photos.

사진찍는 아빠 (Dad Who Takes Pictures) is one of the Photo Studios that specializes in passport photos and family photos.

서울시 성동구 행당로 107

At HANG DANG (Line #5) station, use exit #2 and walk straight down the road.

After one block down the street, you’ll see 행당로 11길.

The studio is on your left-hand side, right after that sign.

You can’t miss it.

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Yang Pyeong, South Korea

양평 | Yang Pyeong | 생각족의 집 | House of Mind | Day 1

September 19, 2017

Kaden had not taken a summer vacation from work during July and August. Most people in Korea take their summers off during those two months. I figured it was because the kids get summer break during those months. Kaden didn’t want to do anything during July or August cause he knew that no matter where we went, it would be crowded and all the hotels and pensions(which are like lodging cabins) would be booked.

So we decided to go on our trip in September when my mother in law was away on her trip to Europe.

We booked our stay at the House of Mind in Yang Pyeong (will be doing another review posting on this place alone later on) and packed (literally) EVERYTHING to take with us there. Why? Cause we were going to stay there for four days and not do anything else. Just play, eat and sleep near the lodge. That’s it. But…. you know.. with three kids.. that really doesn’t happen.

We left the house at around 10 AM. We headed to 덕평휴게소(Duck Peong Rest Stop) for lunch then went to 여주(YeoJu) to say to Kaden’s grandmother.

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My Notes

In the next 10 days, I’ll grow stronger

September 7, 2017

In the next 10 days, I’ll grow stronger. As a mother, as a woman, and as a human being, I’ll be stronger.

I live with my in-laws. Kaden, Josh, Andrea, Tyler and I live with my in-laws, in Korea, in a villa that is 4 levels high. I know I know, it’s the typical “Korean style” of living. Living with the in-laws, with children and living in a 3 bedroom small place. But really, it’s not that typical life.

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My Notes

Why I went from “trying Veganism” back to “eating meat”

September 6, 2017

As most of you might already know, I love food. I love to eat, I love to cook and I love to show off the food. About four years ago, before having Andrea, I wanted to try Veganism. I wanted to apply it to my diet, the products I used and whatever else I could apply it to. The main reason I started was that of the culture shock I got when I came to live in Korea.

In Korea, there is a thing called BO SHIN TANG. It’s dog meat soup.

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Food Notes

나쁜남자 여심 | 압구정동 포차 | 압구정로데오역 술집 | Bad Guy | Apgujeong Pub

August 31, 2017

나쁜남자 여심 A.K.A. Bad Guys is a Korean pub run by Korean Celebrity, Actor Noh Seung Bum.

Located right in front of BunDang Line’s APGUJEONG RODEO Station Exit #6, it’s a place to have a beer and enjoy a variety of different menus.

When you exit through #6, right after you get off the escalator, turn to the left and you’ll see the entrance.

It’s literally, right there.

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Food Notes Reviews&Ratings

룽청 | 압구정동맛집 | 압구정중식 | 압구정중국집 | Korean-Chinese Cuisine Apgujeong

August 26, 2017

Ever heard of Korean-Chinese Cuisine?

Well, it’s also called Korean style Chinese food. Long ago, when Chinese immigrants came to Korea to settle down, they took Chinese cuisine to a new level by making it their own. They put the Korean style into Chinese cuisine and made it a new sensation in Korea.

Now, Korea has its own Chinese cuisine that is Chinese food, with some Korean flare.

Fried shrimp with cream sauce.

I don’t remember what this was in English but it was like a slightly spicy fried shrimp dimsum on top of sea cucumbers.

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Josh&Andrea&Tyler Seoul, South Korea

Our Mornings

August 23, 2017

Getting ready in the mornings is so easy for Josh. He always wakes up t 6:30am and starts his day before everyone.

He gets up, eats his breakfast, brushes his teeth, washes his face and then puts his clothes on for kindergarten.

On this day, the sun was beautiful, the sky was blue and pure.

It was such a nice day, I just had to take the camera out with me.

Walking Josh to the school bus stop has become a big part of our daily routine.

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Josh&Andrea&Tyler Seoul, South Korea

Happy 100 Days

August 16, 2017

In the Korean culture, we celebrate the 100th day of a child’s life. Why? Well, some say it’s to thank the child for living the full 100 days. Long ago when there wasn’t enough food and diseases that used to spread so fast, it was hard to keep a child alive for more than 100 days. So people would make a 100th day table full of goods and food for the GODs and thank them for keeping the child healthy.

Some say that it’s just to celebrate the child’s 100th day because 100 is a good solid number.

Other’s say it’s to give thanks and to wish for the child to live until he or she is 100.

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