Seoulscapade I

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“I give you this to take with you: Nothing remains as it was. If you know this, you can begin again, with pure joy in the uprooting.” – Letters to My Daughters

 

A rather spontaneous decision to fly up to Seoul for just a few days in October, but the only regret since coming back was not having spent a longer time in this less understood vibrant city.

A city girl’s gotta love the city life – of which I pretty much did fall in love with the little of the city life in Seoul.

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Half a Sunday spent alone here was a pretty therapeutic (not saying that I did not appreciate the company of the person who actually got me there in the first place, I enjoyed it very much so,)

Garosu-gil

(Alight at Sinsa station on Line 3 of the Seoul Subway)

Blogs will tell you that the street name is from the Korean word which means tree lined, as the area was adorned with gingko trees. The street was in fact lovely, with rows and rows of independent label designers, with the big names littered in between, and quaint little cafes that were all so inviting in their own unique sense.

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Gentle Lady Cupcake – Seoul Gangnam-gu Sinsa-dong Garosugil 533-14 (Just off of Garuso-gil near the Chungyeon Building)  Tel. 02-549-7778

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Allo Paper Garden – 653-11, Shinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu,Seoul, Korea Tel: 82-2-541-6933

 

With Autumn in the air, its was as if the streets were blessed with an air of elegance from the trees from which the street has been called after. A spirit of sorts, but not in that creepy sense. But a spirit of sleepy romanticism. Cosy, warm, and delicious.

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While I try to compose myself with the rest of my Seoul trip, this warm encounter with Garosul gil left me pondering upon its beauty, contemplating on the perceived view of this city, being a hub for all things related to vanity. For that moment, I thought maybe, it would be worthwhile merely to admire it, and appreciate it for the beauty that it is, rather than pealing it apart, prying and looking for negativity – much the way we tend to do with life in general.

Where there is life, there is beauty to be noticed, and equally there must be the existence of beautiful persons (and I mean this in the deeper sense of beauty, not simply on the surface).

For once maybe, standing in “mere admiration” isn’t mere at all. Man’s ability to perceive beauty – there must be a reason that goes beyond a simple possession of an ability.

 

T.

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into the fire that which is life

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“Which doesn’t mean, of course, that I’d stopped loving her, that I’d forgotten her, or that her image had paled; on the contrary; in the form of a quiet nostalgia she remained constantly within me; I longed for her as one longs for something definitively lost.” – The Joke, Milan Kundera

It’s been one marathon of a year. As we approach the final two months of 2014, much calls for a reflection of the moments and emotions that have been had. Not to dwell upon the past, but more so, to reflect upon the growth, the lessons that were learnt along the way.

It has occurred to me (sounding kinda casual here, but yes it was close to an epiphany) that happiness is not to be found in achievements or solid moments, if solid moments were to be used to refer to milestones for the lack of a better description (no moment is solid, but ephemeral). Happiness bound to moments – and if we should only seek the same moments to relive happiness – that is stagnation, and mere repetition. Maybe happiness then, is a journey, of gratitude, of giving and of peace and compassion toward the self.

And if one were to highlight moments of the beauty in gratitude, let these serve as reminders of its existence. The real ness in the beauty of the world around us, that so easily escapes our awareness.

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Graced by a hole in the wall in the heart of the CBD in Singapore – The Secret Mermaid, B1-08 Ocean Financial Centre

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Of rice fields in Saenkham Terrace, Chiang Mai

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A bookstore to get lost in peotry and literature
Books Actually, 9 Yong Siak Street Singapore 168645

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Of good coffee, food, smiles and vibes
Auction Rooms, 103-107 Errol St, North Melbourne VIC 3051.

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Of late nights with laughter and tears. Chuckle Park, 322 Little Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000

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To Lifelong friendships
Chez Dre,
Rear Of 285 – 287 Coventry St
South Melbourne VIC 03205

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With Health

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And family.

T.