Love it, or hate it? I used to be an enemy of Instagram, the hyper-popular photo editing app. Most of the photos I saw just looked over-processed, trying a little too hard to look “nostalgic.” But one of Seoulist’s Photos of the Week made me see it in a different light. Some of the filters are actually quite nice, not over-done at all. They can add a nice warmth to the often too-cool quality of iPhone photos.

Basically, all that is an excuse for not carrying around my bulky (wonderful) dSLR more. (Because I know my mom will ask, “Ever use your good camera anymore?”) Shame on me! But, since I’ve been packing light lately, here are some cell phone pictures from the past few weeks:

Last week, the Seoulist staff bid farewell to our designer, who returned to Gothenburg. We celebrated with makgeoli and the usual snacks, like this gorgeous plate of tofu-kimchi. Mmm mmm!

There are some seriously beautiful sunsets outside my window. With the days getting shorter and my working hours getting longer, I usually miss them now. But I love catching them on the weekends.

A few goodies from the exhibition This is Korea 1970kHz, a look into Korean pop culture of yesteryear. I’m loving all this retro trend that seems to have hit Seoul lately.

This street always reminds me of friends who have come to visit — marathons on rainy days, wanderings on even rainier days. Come to think of it, this may have been the first time I saw this place on a sunny day!

I’m not sure it’s necessary to have a “favorite subway station,” but if I did, it might be Gyeongbokgung. It’s beautiful, not to mention entertaining (hello, underground art gallery!).

From the Suitman exhibit at Gallery Factory. My friend and I especially loved his statement:
“Ironically enough, in returning to Asia, I found my alienation on a par with that of which I endured in America, only in reverse. My face fit, my persona did not.

The suit is a universal outfit – some might say, uniform – accepted in nearly every culture. Dressing up as Suitman gives me the strength to confront the feeling of socio-cultural isolation, and empowers me to explore my true identity.”

If you’re in town, check out the exhibit (and pick up a free poster!).

And while you’re in the area, be sure to check out Gagarin, a lovely used book store + more. The long white metal drawers on the right side of the store don’t look like much, but there are some funny treasures inside. Open and explore. (Always explore!)

MMMG is always wonderful, and especially so when they host acoustic concerts. This weekend, I saw Clara C, David Choi, and Big Phony of youtube fame. I have to say, I usually don’t listen to music that’s so… cute? But it was lovely. While there, I saw a wooden coat hanger shaped like a deer’s antler, which I must either purchase or attempt to re-create at home with my dad’s fancy saws. (Am I reading too much Design*Sponge?)

PS: Mom, I promise I’ll post some “good” pictures soon. ILU!

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  1. janis says:

    Hi there!

    My husband and I are potentially moving to South Korea this fall (if all works out with an International School). Naturally I have launched into research mode. I’ve been scouring the internet for blogs of people living in South Korea – and yours is my fave, hands down! Finally one that’s not cheesy! :)

    Looking forward to seeing future posts!

    – J.

    • Hi Janis! Thanks so much! I clicked on your link, and I love your blog, too. What lovely photos! Best of luck with the school. If you do end up coming to Korea, I’d love to meet up for coffee. Keep in touch! :)

      And I promise there will be future posts — you’ve just inspired me to revive this pitiful thing!

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