EMILIANO & JAEHEE
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IMG_7250Aunt , Me and Mom in 1976, Korea.

Every time I visit Korea and my family back there, I feel like I am making up for something. It’s a real nice feeling. It makes my stomach warm. We have been always close to Aunt’s family when I was growing up and I had also lived with aunt, uncle and cousin Yoonhee when I was doing the first year at F.I.T as Uncle was in NY for his work.  I was lucky to have them while starting my school years all alone but then it wasn’t actually as I was with aunt, uncle and Yoonhee.  Then it has been many years we kind of grew a part but here now again we get to see each others whenever I go to Seoul for my business trips.  It’s a nice treat to see everyone. There’s always good chatting over delicious hearty food and laughs. Just being together makes me feel very happy and loved.  Aunt recently helped mom renovating her new little home and it was my first time to visit mom’s traditional Korean home as she literally just moved in. It felt extra special to be at mom’s new home as aunt helped with many good ideas and also it was right on brother’s memorial day.

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IMG_7067Beautifully aging Mom in front of her house.  It’s about 150 plus years old traditional home called “Han-Ok” that mom had bought and it’s a kind of architecture that dates back to more than 5000 years of Korean tradition.

IMG_7059Mom’s next project is to add these solid concrete cylinders to the outside fence/wall.

IMG_7049It’s called ” Ogapi” in Korean, a kind of berry. It is supposed to be really good for you.  You will see all these sort of things being dried, getting pickled or soaked in the water at my mom and aunt’s place.

IMG_7038Chestnuts drying on a Pyung Sang ( a quite big scaled low wooden seating deck) in the garden… such a Korean scene!

IMG_6978 These beautiful wooden beams were hidden and the ceiling was lowered when the house was purchased. Can you believe it?

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mom home 2Poured concrete floor feels very modern in contrary to house’s traditional details. And it has excellent heat conduction as most of Korean homes have heated flooring system.

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IMG_7053Happy mom at her new home!

IMG_7083Now we are at Heyri visiting auntie!

IMG_7069Aunt with big big smile and Brandy and Tang right outside of her beautiful Heyri home.

IMG_7074Aunt is an well known fine artist already, Je-soon Kang and she has started making potteries at Heyri studio.  Now mom had joined her a bit!  Mom holding her very first piece! It’s so fascinating. Isn’t it? I would love to try it one day!

IMG_7076Cheese, no ” KIm-Chi”!  Just like an old time. Only difference will be I am the tallest here. Sort of.  Ha-ha!!

IMG_7082Beautiful aunt here for an early lunch with me. Mom went off to work. Next time mom!

IMG_7081We are at this Buckwheat specialized restaurant. Buckwheat dumplings, savory pancakes, cold and warm noodle and even down to this much flavorful Korean Buckwheat Sake! Sooooo delicious. Sooo amazing!  Chat chat and Chatty Chat. Aunt and I ended up having 4 hour lunch catching up on everything. So much fun!

IMG_7110After a good sleep over at Aunt’s place, this hearty do-your-body -good Rice cake soup for breakfast! It was full of fresh oysters, seaweed, korean herbs and most of all, aunt’s love!  So delicious and so good for you!

IMG_7248Aunt holding me for another snap. 1976, Korea

Aunt, thanks for everything and take care till the next time we see! And Mom, I am so happy for your new lovely home!

I love you both, you lovely creative strong sisters!

IMG_2209Typical Summer Dinner on the first night in Korea, Gael and Halmoney (: Grandma)

Actually the flight to Seoul from NY wasn’t too bad. 14 hours on Asiana Economy was much better than what we all expected. Foot rests and private monitors with quite impressive amount and selection of films and hearty meals ( We are talking about Bibimbop served in ceramic bowl and Hot Soup here!).

It’s humid and rainy in Korea right now and Paju where my Mom lives isn’t an exception but sitting out in the garden listening to water running from the mountain and all those birds and insects that cries out their own Summer nights of  Korea brings me right back to where I come from.

I am Home.

IMG_2211Happy with a big dinner table in front. Humble and yummy. Waiting for dad. Pyung Sang is a typical low sitting wooden deck in Korea that is much adorned in Hot Summer time in effort to bring typical floor sitting culture to fresh and breezy outdoor.  You take shoes off and sit on the Pyung Sang for anything you wish. Taking nap to eat meals, drink teas, all those water melons you can chow down, cleaning veggies, neighbor’s visit and late night stories…. Ah Nostalgia!

IMG_2227A morning at Mother’s house is full of excitement! Ducks are chatting up and You will need to do some Breakfast Harvest in Mom’s amazing veggie garden!

IMG_2230For our Salad. Mom and Gael walked to the small river by the house for picking these delicate and sweet edible flowers.

IMG_2233Front garden Back garden. We are in the back of the house now.  Emi picking tomatoes!

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IMG_2247Chemical free All Organic Breakfast from Mom’s.  So beautiful!

IMG_2248Gael and Mom picking cucumbers.

IMG_2250Mom’s Awesome Fiery Chilis!!

IMG_2251Mom bragged about her sweet and juicy water melons. Her 5th growing now.

IMG_2256100 % Mom grown and supplied. It’s impressive and delicious!

IMG_2260After breakfast walking, We meet up neighbor’s 7 pups!  Gael’s dying!

IMG_2272We are starting our first day nice and slowly by visiting ” Bogwangsa” , a 1000 years old beautiful temple in mom’s area.

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IMG_2275Kim-Chi!

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IMG_2288Monk’s Stay.

IMG_2290The Main Temple. I absolutely love perfectly washed out exteriors. So beautiful.

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IMG_2345It’s really lush here.

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IMG_2348Jang-Dock. Terracotta pots contain Temple made Soy sauce, Miso paste and all.  Always love the scene.

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Me at Home with Emi and Gael. Meeting Families and Nourishing My Heart and Soul by eating Amazing Food, My culture and again realizing Undeniable my Root in this land.

I am Happy and I am in Love.

IMG_3129Gael with the Entire Ocean to himself, Samana, Dominican Republic.

Mommy, Daddy and Gael will be Perfect. But Daddy and Gael is just sweet as it is. An Epic Life of Casarosa’s continues here in Dominican Republic…  Samana, Playa Rincon, Las Galeras, Puerto Escondido…

It’s not at Pink all over Disney Land, it’s not at all inclusive busy resort with a stranger nanny… Just Gael and Daddy in front of  honest and powerful Mother Nature.  You make your life where you want to be.

Here come taste Rich and Richer pouring shower of  Incredible Nature with Gael..

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VivA NaTuRE!!!

Mommy and Daddy loves you So much Gael!

IMG_8908Bjork and the Choir from her home country, Iceland performing Biophilia: Live at NY Hall of Science, Queens, NY

It’s our 4th concert of Bjork. I feel blessed to go see her. Her Freedom and Beauty Completely Shakes Me. Her Fearless and Honest Voice Makes Me Cry. She is Way WAY Ahead of  Where We Are at Right Now. I Completely Admire and Am Deeply Impressed. She makes me feel Humble. Her Intellectually Genius Musicality. Her Desire and Curiosity to know Technology. Her Restless Research.

She Rocks My World. Now She Rocks the Universe.

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IMG_8867It happens to be Gael’s Favorite Museum. Flushing, Queens.

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IMG_8877At the venue.  Architectural details remind me of Casa Milla and Sagrada Familia of Gaudi in Barcelona.

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IMG_8915Bjork’s one of the most beloved instrument, Harp. The opening lines of  “Pagan Poetry” and her new song , “Moon” all starts with Harp.

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IMG_8934Bjork singing to “Hang”. A new generation instrument that makes this sort of softly vibrating and echoing a monk’s Bell like sound. It makes peaceful and unbelievably beautiful sound.

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