Wow! What happened to this year ? 12 months has already flown by here in South Korea. What a year it has been, lots of ups and downs, some great memories and some horrible.
One thing I will miss is weekend trips to Seoul to look around art galleries and explore. Seoul really is a great city and reminds me of back home in London. Which brings me to my first problem… why did I decide to live in a small city….. wow so much harder than I thought! Small town life is not for me, I enjoy walking around busy streets, checking out cool little stores and observing urban culture.
Another great memory I have had here is travelling around Korea, seeing the green tea fields, climbing to the top of mountains, and exploring Buddhist temples and shrines. I have met many nice people here and also many I would rather not see ever again… well that’s life.
I never thought I would be homesick but it really hit me hard around Christmas time when I didn’t feel well and i missed home cooked foods and my creature comforts. However, my DS, trashy Korean TV, Starbucks and Retroho have kept me sane.
As the chapter is closing , I am anxious and excited to see what will be happening in the next one, and what life back in the UK will hold for me. Here’s a few of my explorations:
Threadless, Problems of Genetic Engineering Tshirt
Levi’s “Watermelon” 505 Jeans
He is a lonely depressed burnt loaf of bread… how cute can you get! Kogepan from San-x is the ultimate kawaii character with a surreal and slightly dark twist!
I am Kogepan. I was from a bakery shop in Hokkaido. My bakery shop is very famous in Japan because the red bead buns that it churns out are so delicious that only 20 of such type are made each day. I was supposed to be a delicious red bean bun too, but an unfortunate accident had happened…
Retro summer recommendation: Prince, When Doves Cry.
This track is pure, electro funk rock…. it’s really a perfect tune by the ultimate 80s Icon.
“If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.“
Photo: Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin, Ecce Homo
One half of the Knife is Fever Ray. Although very Knife influenced the music is great, perfect bits, bizarre costumes and edgy raw Euro electronica.
Check it Out: www.feverray.com
Musk Ming (Muskboy) is a young Chinese artist living in Berlin. His work to me combines Chinese post cultural revolutionary kitsch, erotic charge innocence with a simplistic retro flavour wrapped in the red flag.
Can’t get enough, be inspired.
Check it Out: www.muskboy.com