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Towards the end of November last year, Mattie and I booked our tickets to Korea. My last trip to Korea was about six years ago, and I’ve been dying to visit with Mattie. And five days after we booked our flights, we were in Seoul. If you didn’t know already, we are not much of a planner ; )

In short, Korea is great fun. I was born in Korea and spent my first 11 years there. So take this with a grain of bias, but if you’ve never been there, you are missing out. Big time.

Warning – this post will be a little longer than usual with many photos of food. After all, I was a tourist and had document what I ate.


Gwangjang Market 광장시장


Namdaemun Market 남대문 시장


National Hangeul Museum 국립한글박물관, reserve a free English tour


Yongma Land 용마랜드, abandoned amusement park

 

After a few days in Seoul, we took a bus down to Andong, known for Andong-jjimdak (chicken dish) and Hahoe Folk Village 안동 하회마을. Andong-jjamdak and Hahoe village were all top, but the highlight could be the cream cheese bread from Mammoth Bakery (맘모스제과 크림 치즈 빵). A crowd waited inside the bakery for this bread to come out from the oven, and once they were put on the shelf, everyone grabbed a dozen or more each. Not knowing any better, we just got one. Next time I’m grabbing a dozen too. It was seriously good. No joke.


Hahoe Folk Village 하회마을

 

We then moved to Sokcho, a far northeast fishing town next to Seoraksan national park. We walked around Sokcho, hiked Seoraksan for 7 hours, visited Naksansa and ate the best handmade jjajangmyeon.


Seoraksan Heundeulbawi 설악산 흔들바위


Seoraksan Ulsanbawi 설악산 울산바위


Seoraksan Towangseong waterfall 설악산 토왕성폭포, reopened after 45 years


Naksansa 낙산사

We took a bus back to Seoul from Sokcho, then we flew over to Tokyo the day after.

If you are going to Korea soon, lucky you!

 

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Somewhere on a gloomy day.

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My first trip to Europe was more than a decade ago in my early 20’s when I was invited to Fabrica for a year long residency. Fabrica, located in Treviso, Italy, is a design research center created by Benetton. I was in the video department, and this is where I started playing and experimenting with moving images. I ended up staying at Fabrica for a month short of two years. It was a dream-like moment in my life which I can’t even put into words. This place without a doubt gave me the most unique experience which led me to move and to stay in Europe till this day.

Fabrica hosted a reunion this past summer, inviting hundreds of ex-fabricantis (how we call ourselves). It was exciting and intense as all reunions probably are.

I was also a little afraid if I would look at my current self from my decade-ago-point-of-view, when I was young, energetic, full of dreams and ambitions, and be somewhat disappointed at where I am now. But after the three-day reunion, I realized that I am happy where I am today. I guess I grew up a little since I left Fabrica : )

Oh and how beautiful Treviso is. Can’t believe I called this place my home for two years!

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MOMENTS / MIMIZAN - angdoo.com/blog

Several weeks flew by without me posting anything here. There are many stories to share with you here, but time flew by between lack of sleep during working in Amsterdam and catching up on sleep back home in Paris. Time is a strange thing which often makes me sad and melancholic.

Yesterday, Mattie and I arrive in Bordeaux to start our summer holiday. Next coming weeks, we will travel between Mattie’s family houses in Bordeaux, Montalivet, Mimizan and take off with our tandem bike soon to where there are small empty roads, fruit trees, animals, rivers and nature all around.

These photos are from last summer when we spent some days with Mattie’s mom in Mimizan. We are going there this weekend and I can’t wait : )

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Last few weeks passed by like a storm. The day after returning from Italy, I made a last minute trip out to LA. Much needed trip to be with my family. Plenty of intense and tiring moments, but all in all, thankful that everything is ok now. Also thankful of witnessing little subtleties which I would’ve never noticed otherwise.

A few days after returning to Paris, it was my birthday. Mattie surprised me with an original artwork by Paul Cox he bought from 10×10 event. It was a huge surprise! There is a long back story of me being very disappointed of not being able to buy one ; )

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Even though the storm feels as it has passed, I can’t  just chill yet. In fact, I’m off to Amsterdam tomorrow for two weeks for work. It’ll be a fun job so I look forward to it, but I’m very much looking forward to be back home beginning August and start my summer holiday. Time for our tandem trip <3

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TRAVEL MOMENTS / MARSEILLE - angdoo.com/blog

Ever since Mattie and I returned from Marseille about a week ago, we’ve both been none-stop working and traveling. Although I still got projects to finish up and new projects to start up, today I’m finally winding down a little.

While we were in Marseille for two weeks to prepare for our exhibition (I will share the photos of our exhibition with you very soon!), we were working long hours everyday and that left us no time to explore the city nor visit the calanques, which I really looked forward to before the trip. The first day we arrived in Marseille was the only day we actually had time to walk around the city with friends, visiting the port and eating the best gelato in town.

Even though I didn’t see much of the city, Marseille felt relaxed and honest. I hope to return to Marseille soon and finally go to calanques for a swim : )

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Our flat in Marseille in the afternoon.

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SUMMER 2014 / TANDEM - angdoo.com/blog

Going through some old photos in my computer, I came across film picture I took during our tandem summer trip in 2014. Mattie and I biked 10 days in French basque country in the sound of France. It was a tough ride since there were so many hills and mountains in this region (and tandem is a heavy bike with two people plus all the bags in the back), but that also comes with a beautiful landscape with amazing food.

A film camera makes you picky about the photos you take, so you photograph only those moments which are really special. Thanks to that each of these photos holds its stories and feelings which I still remember vividly. All the beautiful landscapes we biked through, animals we came across, picking fruits, swimming in the coldest but also the purest river in the world (or at least it felt that way that moment), cooking and eating in the nature, all the amazing camping spots we found, waking up in the tent…

Summer’s on its way, and I can’t wait for our next tandem adventure : )

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SUMMER 2014 / TANDEM - angdoo.com/blog

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TRAVEL MOMENTS / LOS ANGELES - angdoo.com/blog

I was away from home for close to two months. And I found out that I can’t get my mind to blog when I’m traveling. I habitually draw away from internet and disconnect effortlessly when I’m away.

Last month, I was visiting home in sunny and warm LA. Although I grew up in LA and feel like I know it, so many things have changed since I left home about ten years ago. Many neighborhoods have changed their dynamics, and there are more exciting activities than just going to malls and movies (this is what we used to do growing up in LA). Last few trips back home, I got to explore some places which I’ve never visited before, which refreshed my thoughts on LA.

This trip around, we ate at a local but epic Mexican restaurant, had donuts and a large coffee for breakfast, stuffed ourselves with Korean barbecue, ate at Five Guys (finally!), checked out Frogtown, hiked at Elysian Park, visited Sunken City in San Pedro, drove (which I haven’t done in last ten years), but the highlight of it all was to walk along the LA river and to explore its abandoned surrounding, which most likely will change in the coming years as the city has a huge plan to develop the LA river. Although, I quite like how it is right now, wild and unkept.

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TRAVEL MOMENTS / LOS ANGELES - angdoo.com/blog

TRAVEL MOMENTS / LOS ANGELES - angdoo.com/blog

Now I’m back in Paris, I hope to stay put for at least a month : )

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SUMMER 02 / PAINT ON WALL- angdoo.com/blog

We are well into 2016, and I sincerely wish you all the best. After over stuffing myself during the Christmas season in Bordeaux with Mattie’s family, I was quite happy to return home and pick up my daily life where I left off. So as soon as I got back, I delved right into several personal projects – finishing up a short film, producing a tea towel collection, building shelves in the hallway, thinking about a upcoming exhibition, etc etc etc. This is when I should tell myself, one thing at a time! ; )

This is my first post of 2016, and perhaps it should be about my resolution or something along that line, but for me, start of a year is just a continuation of the year before. I don’t or at least try not to give too much importance to it. So I’m going to share my summer pictures which I’ve been meaning to share for a while now.

After our tandem trip, Mattie and I went down to Aureilhan, a small village next to Mimizan, for a few days to help Mattie’s mom renovating her farm house. Besides the renovation, we went mushroom hunting around the house and found gigantic mushrooms. You should know how much I love mushroom picking if you’ve read my other mushroom hunting adventures : ) Then we mowed the grass field on a tractor. We also painted around what used to be a place to cook up food for the pigs.

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These on a pan with butter and garlic then went down into our bellies ; )

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SUMMER / TANDEM - angdoo.com/blog

It is already December, and it is getting pretty cold where I’m living. Perhaps the thought of 2015 already coming to an end and the thought of time passing too quickly make things feel even colder. Sitting closely next to my newly bought radiator, I’m looking at my summer photos to warm up a little.

Mattie and I own a handsome tandem bike, and ever summer we go on a tandem-riding/wild camping trip somewhere in the south of France. It is a beautiful and freeing adventure. Previous trips, it was just two of us, but this year, we biked with friends.

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Stay warm : )

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