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Josh the photographer

February 7, 2018

Just the other day, we played “mom’s photography studio” in our room. I put up the white backdrop and took some pictures of the kids.

They love to play this game and so do I. we take pictures of each other and they turn out really nice sometimes.

It’s usually the kids that get their pictures taken but this time, I wanted to do something different. I wanted to get my picture taken too.

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Duty Free

January 8, 2018

One of the famous things about the Korean airport (Incheon and Kimpo) is DUTY FREE. The prices of cosmetic products and other stuff are just SO GREAT!!! You just cannot, and I say this with a big bold voice “YOU CANNOT JUST PASS BY, YOU MUST BUY SOMETHING!”. Trust me. It’s worth it.

And so we did. We bought SHHHHTTTTUFFFFFFFF alright!

Lots of stuff.

Right now. I don’t know where to start and what to start using first. But I know that when I leave the house, I’m not going to go out that door with a white and bland face. I’m going out with LOTS of color and magic in my eyes!!!! LOL

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Wrapping up 2017 and Starting a new chapter. 2018

January 7, 2018

2017 was quite a hard year for us. The kids got sick often and in December we found out my dad might go into open heart surgery. Through prayer and faith and with the greatest doctors at 구리 한양대 병원. It was decided he could get a procedure done where they would insert stents into his blood vessels through his arm.

It was a tough time for me. The beginning of 2017 didn’t start off too well and for it to end like that, it was a tough year overall. I was kind of glad to let it go. But as 2018 approached us, my grandmother (my dads’ mother) passed away and because we weren’t that close to other family members it was a very uncomfortable funeral to attend to. Everything ended up being ok and FAMILY IS FAMILY. Right? We all knew how much we missed each other and how important FAMILY really is.

In 2017 I also found out my aunt had cancer. 2017 was just that KIND of year. It really sucked. Everything was sad and depressing.

So in the beginning of 2018, which is now. I am praying more and I am focusing on my family more. Spending more time with the kids. Working just a little bit. Blogging just a little bit. Spending time with family more is my first priority and then everything else is after that. However, I think God has more planned for me this year. It’s as if he’s saying that 2017 was just a milestone for me, to make me stronger. Now that it’s 2018, he’s got some stuff up his sleeve that he wants to show me one at a time. It’s as if all the worries and fears that I had locked away on one side of my heart is slowly being taken out and being taken care of. I know God has a lot on my plate for me to take down this year. I know he has big things planned for me. I was afraid that one day those plans would be revealed and I wouldn’t be strong enough or brave enough to take them on. But now. I’m ready. I’m ready for my turn. I’m ready for my number now.

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walk

November 1, 2017

Sometimes we all just need to take a walk and step back from what we’re doing. Just let everything be, put it all aside and take a walk. Clear our minds, breathe a bit and take a break.

Kaden and I did just that a couple of days ago. We put the kids to bed, we went out for a walk and took some pictures.

가져가지 마세요.

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My Notes Reviews&Ratings Seoul, South Korea

Studio Monique Hong Dae | 스튜디오 모니크 | 홍대 미용실 | 발레아쥬 | 옴브레 | Balayage Ombre

October 28, 2017

So…. I really needed a change. Not just mentally but literally, physically I needed a change. I wanted to get my hair done. I’ve been wanting to get it done for a while but things came up. I had stuff to take care of, we had a funeral to attend, etc etc family matters were our first priority so “getting the hair done” was the last thing to do on my list.

I wanted to get a bright blonde #balayage done but I knew that would have to take a couple of sessions, so I went for a bright ash tone.

I got my hair done at Studio Monique (designer MJ) in Hong Dae. MJ is literally the balayage and ombre expert in Korea. She worked in LA for about 4 years and came to Korea with her specialized skills.

Foil work in the process.

MJ was really precise and careful with her work.

Although she’s only been at Studio Monique for just about a year, it seems like she has a pretty solid list of clients who support and love her work.

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가을이 오는 그 때…

October 15, 2017

As Autumn approaches us, everything gets a new coat of paint.

The trees, the flowers, the sky and even us.

As the colors on these leaves show off their beauty, as the calm deep blue sky makes it’s way to us, a beautiful person, a warm-hearted soul left us, to be with God.

She was wonderful. She was the most bright, beautiful person I knew. There aren’t enough words to express what kind of person she was.

She always had a smile on her face, she was a little girl full of wonder and full of happiness. She represented beauty, she represented an angel, and she made sure all who were around her were taken care of.

She was Kaden’s grandmother. My mother-in-laws’ mother.

May you rest in peace grandma.

We love you.

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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!!!