Jeonju

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Jeonju has probably been one of the most hyped up places in Korea and because of the over advertising, it is now in danger of getting eye rolls every time we see a commercial on the bus, subway, train…like, seriously Korea…stop it.  We now have something called the internet?

Anyways I was lucky to go on behalf of the Korean Tourism Board and there was one thing I needed to find out for myself; is the Jeonju Bibimbap really that amazing in their city of origin, or if it’s all just a stereotypical fad?  Well, I tried it and I guess it really did live up to its fame.  The ingredients and the taste were much fresher and smoother than any other Bibimbap I had in the country.  Definitely worth a try there!  Also make sure to pop by the PNB bakery for their famous choco-pies.  Totally delicious!

Despite all the food, the highlight for me was being able to capture the whole of the village from a nearby hill.  That haze made the moment extra special.  I really cannot wait to come back again when those roofs are filled with snow.

Thanks again to the Tourism Board for making this trip happen.  Also I just managed to hit over 100,000 followers on instagram.  Thank you so much again for the endless support!!!

P.S Apparently if you call someone who is from Jeonju a ‘bibimbap’ it is considered racist. True? I’m terribly sorry but when I heard this fact I couldn’t stop chuckling.

Dior Couture

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As you may or may not have been aware from my Instagram that I’ve had the lucky opportunity to collaborate with Dior as they opened up their very own Esprit exhibition at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza.  It was really an honour that they chose me to be the representative photographer of Korea for their social media accounts and online magazine.  Talk about self esteem boost!

As well as getting a VVIP tour of the exhibition I met Dior’s marketing mastermind Gary Pinagot, and internationally renowned photographer Hiroaki Fukada.  Aside from having tried my best efforts to not fanboy over one of my biggest inspirations, I also realised how my perceptions of luxury brands changed.  To be able to learn the history, the process, and the timeless evolution of Dior from an expert was very mind opening and inspirationally educational.

Special thanks to the Dior team for making this one of the most valuable experiences I had and giving me the opportunity to peep at their world of creativity and brilliance, especially to Gary Pinagot who bought all the coffee that day T_T.  Seriously though, it was mind boggling to know that this down to earth guy was the same mastermind behind some iconic marketing campaigns for Dior.

Make sure to check out the exhibition “Esprit Dior” at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza before they pack their bags on 25th August.

Yo! Monsoon

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Hello Monsoon season, thank you for always ruining my plans and thank you for turning me into a living cocktail for all those hungry mosquitos.

Literally cannot wait for the Fall season again, but can you really believe we’re halfway through 2015 already? As I get older it seems time ticks a hundred times faster. There’s always a lingering feeling of “time is running out” inside of me, but running out for what exactly?

David & Susan Rhim

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Weddings.   Probably the time where we prepare ear plugs to block out interrogation from relatives and duck tape to seal their mouths so they cannot ask those horrid ‘questions’ about marriage.  However not this time round as I was honored to be the official photographer for David and Susan’s beautiful wedding in Jeju Island! Woop woop!

Just by observing the relationship between the couple and their family and friends, it felt like I knew them for a very long time.  As they were so accommodating and welcoming, I couldn’t help but feel like I was a part of their circle…but whenever that happened I constantly had to slap myself back to reality and boot myself to work.  I don’t think I will ever get use to this bittersweet feeling.  Signs of being still an amateur…

Anyhow, David and Susan flown in all the way from Sydney to hold their special day in Jeju and I would like to thank them again for allowing me to be a part of their beautiful story.  The images above are some of my favourite moments of the day.  Enjoy!

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