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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.

My Notes Seoul, South Korea

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!!!

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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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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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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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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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