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IMG_2902Kuk Je Gallery, Sam Chung Dong, Seoul

Every time I come to Seoul for businesses, it sort of feels like I am in this hidden unknown treasure Island.  In a taxi, or by walking, I find myself in such cool and brilliant moments.  If that is space or a business idea or that is an amazing architectural creation.

It has been quite positively overwhelming now that I am here with Emi and Gael to fully experience Seoul for days and nights. What this city can offer you has No such limit to it.

Here come have little taste of how Seoul is moving forward.

Samchung Dong

IMG_2467There are many big and small mountains in Seoul and it actually works as a such bonus point to challenge “how to build” and do business around. Hills are charming and add very interesting rhythm to the city line.

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IMG_2472Again, do not miss what’s on upstairs!

IMG_2473Samchung dong is known for mix of over 150 years old of Traditional architecture and today’s most current living.  This is a Italian restaurant called ” 8 Step” again located in on a hill. Guess how many steps to have to walk over.

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IMG_2904Kuk Je Gallery. There are 3 separate buildings. K1, K2 and K3.  This is K3. They are all very near each other in different setting and style and K3 is my favorite one.

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IMG_2503Awesome Typo.

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IMG_2513Gael After spicy Ttuk Boki : Rice cake cooked in chilli paste. Love the fact this is a Rice Shop.

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Sinsa Dong

& Myung Dong

IMG_2598Mui Mui Cafe and Restaurant, Sinsa dong. I believe Korean’s Love for Coffee is actually based on their Tea Culture. Take your time. Coffee dose not mean intaking caffeine to wake up at 4:00 pm to survive for the rest of the day at your office. Coffee means sitting down with friends to talk in such ambience and space. If you are an architect or have interest in design, a trip to Seoul to only visit coffee shops will make your eyes wide open. The possibilities are endless.

IMG_2588Cafe’s court yard offeres beautiful greenery to customers indoor.

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IMG_2593A hall way to the restaurant side wraps around the court yard in the center.

IMG_2619The restaurant

IMG_2628Anne Demuelemeester, Sinsa dong

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IMG_2656You know you are in Myung Dong now.

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IMG_2734A land Flagship, Myung Dong. A land is a clothing shop placing themselves in between Urban outfitters and Opening Ceremony.

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Hong Dae

IMG_3159A formal factory space turned to a great coffee shop and a bar, Anthracite.

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IMG_3164Conveyer belt. Looking absolutely awesome.

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IMG_3175Upstairs seating area.

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IMG_4979Night out in Hond Dae. So much fun!

City that breaths creativity and culture through it’s every single pore.

Be here, Be Inspired  and Be SEOUL!

IMG_2374 Happy Aunt and Gael at Heyri, Aunt’s Studio. It’s almost surreal for me to see Aunt and Gael together!

After another hearty breakfast at Mom’s, We are headed to Aunt’s and Uncle’s in Heyri for the first time for Emi and Gael! Aunt and Uncle have not met Gael yet, So we are very excite!

The door opens up, Uncle and Aunt come out in bare feet much welcoming. I see aunt’s eyes get teary with happiness and emotion to see Emi and Gael. Ahhh it’s so good to be here. I get all teary too. Uncle’s the same way. I have never seen him so happy and having a good time. Emi and Uncle hit it off right away on mutual interests. Love for Wine and good food.

IMG_2376It’s always good to see Tang and Brandy.

IMG_2377Emi and Uncle. The first time meet. Deep in conversation on Italian Wine and Mushrooms. Ha-Ha!  Uncle had studied to be a Sommelier as a hobby recently.

IMG_2381All of us enjoying Aunt’s Fermented Ume, Apricot and fresh Peppermint drink.  Sweet and refreshing with nice squeeze of Lemon. So Delicious!!!  Ume is much used in our family daily in cooking meals in place of honey and vinegar as after it goes through fermentation, it gets sweet and sour. Think sort of maple syrup like consistency. It’s delicious and it does body good for you. Talking about rich in vitamin C and good for digestion.

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IMG_2435Beautiful and modern Heyri. Click Here for More Pics.  Now we are about to explore!

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IMG_2396The Best Coffee in Heyri Aunt says: Coffee Coffee.  Heyri’s biggest charm is living a Modern and Artistic life in organic and sort of nostalgic way. There are lots of old school details that are re born in most current setting.

IMG_2384In front of the coffee shop, there’s a true nostalgic ‘ TTong PPang’ machine baking Sweet Red bean cake. The real common name is ” gold fish cake” as the old time cake mold was in gold fish shape but here today’s new version is in ” poop” shape. Now you know what ” TTong” means. PPang means ‘ Bread’.  You eat it while it’s hot. Delis!!!

IMG_2387Gael having fun!

IMG_4246Inside of the Coffee shop. The Coffee Bar. Loving the stools made out of part of barrel I believe?  Just following coffee shops in Seoul can be one good way to see Seoul today especially for innovative interior designs.

IMG_2402The family.

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IMG_2407Now we are exploring Artists’ space in the building where the Cafe is. Light fixtures.

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IMG_2409Creative Open Space.

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IMG_2420Now here we are where Aunt regularly works on her Ceramics.  Gael’s abut to experience Ceramic making!

IMG_4277Gael getting ready!

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IMG_2425After 20 minutes, Gael had made his Noodle bowl and a Tea cup!

IMG_2428Gael putting his Artist’s signature on.  Clay is just too wet for Gael to put his name on. So we are making a tag that can be attached to the bottom and to be baked in a right timing.

IMG_2429Thank you So much Master Choi and Thank you Aunt!  We will be back again!!

IMG_2433Now moving on to a Traditional market next door. It says “From the farmers”.

IMG_4295Mini legume samples and sacks contain them for sale.

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IMG_2439Back home at Aunt’s Studio for power rest. Then we are off for dinner! Some of Aunt’s small work.

IMG_2440Emi on a nap… Zzzzzzz

IMG_2454OK now it’s time for Dinner! This is one of my favorite place to dine!  The place is called  “Old Country Table”.  They serves up typical Korean table that comes with many little side tasting dishes. You get to choose the main dish such as grilled Beef, pork or Pollack. Today we are going for spicy grilled Pollack.

IMG_2453A few different kinds of kim chi, Mountain veggies that are picked, dried, socked and steamed with great seasonings, simple ssam with lettuce and crunch green chili, soy sauce soaked blue crabs, individually prepared amazing miso soups…. It goes on!

IMG_2458Made to order rice is just prepared and served right at the table on  rice cart.

IMG_2459YUUUummmmmm!  Ginko, chestnuts, red beans and rice.  Delicious! So nutty!

IMG_2462Spicy and Sweet Chilli paste Grilled Pollack! Yum Yum Yum

IMG_2455Uncle, Thank You!!! for the great time and all the generous treats!  ( two little legs behind Uncle are Gael’s. He fell on a sleep…)

IMG_2380Aunt and Me. We look alike.

Aunt in Korean is “Imo”.  Which really means “A different Mother” in Korean.  My aunt is a younger sister of my Mom and She is my another mother. Uncle in this case is called ” Imobu”, which means ” A different father”.  I also had lived with Aunt, Uncle and my cousin which actually really is a sister, Yoon hee when I was studying in NY for like a year. So it is very special feeling and love that I have for all of them.

Imo and Imobu, Thank you so much for all your warm hearts and love. We had a wonderful wonderful time!  I can’t speak enough how happy I am that we all got to finally meet and had time together.

For many more years, Cheers to us!

IMG_1991Emi and Me, Turning my 40th together. Love you Emi!

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My 40th chapter begins here again with full of surprises and hard work. More adventures and lots of LOvE.

Thank You All So much for coming and being with Me!  Extra love and all the lovely gifts!

I was One Happy Birthday Girl!

LOvE you All!

IMG_0520Gowanus Grove Bridge, 400 Carroll Street, Brooklyn. Always peaceful.

IMG_0522It opens at 3:00. Still quiet. It’s 5:00 pm now. People enjoy couple drinks and still gathering up.

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IMG_0527Mister Saturday, Mister Sunday tees.

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IMG_0531Botch.

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IMG_0533The charm of Gowanus Grove is these vastly located cool industrial buildings. All types. Love them!

IMG_0534Not a bad idea to dance under the trees by the water.

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IMG_0536Arrive! Jay, Kaja and me.

IMG_0537Mister Dee Jay.

IMG_0539The Bar.

IMG_0541Sangria for me.

IMG_0542Jackson proves that you have paid and now you can dance.

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IMG_0545Maybe good 5 degrees cooler here.

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IMG_0548Not only you dance here you Hula Hoop too.  Whatever works.

IMG_0549Jaehee and Jay.

IMG_0550Girlfriends.

IMG_0554High as A Kite.

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IMG_0558The Beat goes on. The Night goes on.

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ViVa Summer!



IMG_1807Me standing inside of FireFlies on the Water by Yayoi Kusama, Whitney Museum

Her Posters are everywhere in NYC. Her fabulous bangs and oddly wild dotted outfit that blends into the back ground tells you ” Enough said “. You have to go see her. There is a long line waiting to get into Whitney is impressive. It’s handsome crowd gathering. Everyone seems bit nervous and excite. and Me too! I can’t wait to be in!!!

IMG_1837Doesn’t she look here like Edna in that animated film,  ” Incredibles” ?

IMG_1812In the lobby. Awwww, Exciting!

IMG_1814I followed the big balloons and it leads me to the restaurant downstairs. I want this situation at my house!

IMG_1816I am dressed for Ms.Yayoi Kusama. Huge respect.

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IMG_1818Going back to Lobby to see Fireflies on the water! I am starting YAYOI KUSAMA!

Only one person at a time is allowed in the room of Fireflies on the water. And you must make an reservation to get a ” Timed ticket” at the ticket desk on the day of visit.  Each visitor gets to have 1 full minute per visit.

IMG_1864Thank you Whitney for such a Fab walking guide!

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IMG_1867Photos are NOT allowed in the museum so I am about to share many images from the book, “KUSAMA” published by Rizzoli that I purchased at the Museum. Rizzoli edition actually better captures the Exibition at Whitney than Whitney’s own publication.

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IMG_1905One of early paintings.

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IMG_1907Kusama in her studio, early years.  I absolutely loved all the old pics of the artist at the exhibition!!!  And her sketch books. To die for….!

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IMG_1877She has done series of Pieces working with Fabric, stuffing, shapes, repetition…. This is called ” Cloud”. This covers about good 300 sqft of surface on the floor.

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IMG_1866These collection of Stuffed and painted canvas fabric fills up about 800 sqft of room. And it’s up to good 4 foot tall.

IMG_1870There were series of this Typography based posters of Kusama’s Arty parties in 60′s. They make me go crazy. I adore these.

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IMG_182457th street, 5th avenue. Louis Vuitton is an official supporter of this exhibition and also had collaborated ” INFINITELY” collection.

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LOvE ArT LOvE FaShiOn LOvE dOtS!

LOvE KUSAMA!!!

YAYOI KUSMA ends on September 30th. Do not miss it.