They say that money doesn’t grow on trees. In Korea that’s not true. This past weekend we went to the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival – the largest and longest running cherry blossom festival in South Korea. It draws millions of visitors every year. Now if millions of tourists are drawn to see a bunch of trees with blossoms, then I say Jinhae is a goldmine, money does indeed grow on trees – figuratively speaking of course. In Jinhae it would seem that the colour of money is pink.
It was raining on the day that we went to Jinhae so most of the blossoms had fallen. I think the rain kept a few people away as well – so you could say that’s money down the drain or stream in this case. Non the less we enjoyed it and the blossoms were still pretty amazing.
One more thing: The Korean word for ‘park’ is 공원 (gong-won). I find it interesting that the word ‘won’ appears in the word ‘park’. Won is the Korean currency. Linguistically it was obviously not intended that way but as architects we learn that public spaces adds value to urban environments so I thinks its fitting that the word ‘park’ and the Korean currency share a syllable.
i am not posting as often as i am supposed to, i know. My excuse: i am trying to stay on top of thesis and tutoring. The blog has slowly moved to a dark corner in the back of my mind and is busy being ignored like a red-headed stepchild.
I have been under a bit of pressure to balance my own studies while also tutoring other people in the time i am supposed to work on my thesis. The stress has turned me into someone i don’t like all that much, so i have decided to let go of tutoring. (That’s 7 hours i could be spending on my own studies, not to mention the time it takes to prepare for the lessons.) Besides you can’t help others by sacrificing your own academics. A lecturer from my Honours year always said, “be jealous of your time”. That is exactly what i am right now, jealous of my own time, especially when some of the people i sacrifice my time for show no willingness to work harder.
Hopefully i’ll have an extra hour to fit in a blog post now and then.
If I’m not posting as often as i should be, it’s because i am on holiday. I think the cover of the January issue of ELLE illustrates it perfectly.
A week ago, Glitterati, my favourite shop in the antique arcade moved from its spot at the back of the arcade to the front. It’s the 3rd or fourth shop on your left when you enter from Long Street. The new shop has more space which means a lot more awesome stuff.
Stick to what you are good at. That is why i have decided to remove the category “kitchens experiments” as it is not my area o expertise. I’ll rather leave it to the experts : Illanique and Cara