Monday, April 18, 2011


The sky was cheery. The flowers were blooming beautifully. Birds, just out of their winter slumber, were feeding leisurely on the lawn. A group of students, waving placards and banners, joined in the 'spring celebrations'. There was no disturbance or disorderliness. The students' presence added a pinch of excitement to the joyous atmosphere. They left satisfied after being seen and heard. I took a deep breath. The air of freedom was light and refreshing.

Sunday, April 17, 2011


Cafes are everywhere in Seoul. You can even find them on top of a bridge. Dongjak Bridge (동작대교, 銅雀大橋) has two cafes where you can have a cuppa while enjoying view of clouds or sunset. The two cafes, Cloud Cafe and Sunset Cafe, are separated by an expressway and subway track. To get there, take subway line 4 and alight at Dongjak Station and then exit by Exit 1.

The two cafes, which are mirror images of one another, are 'perched' 8-storey high above Hangang park, on both sides of the bridge. The cafes are served by elevator. Level 1 is park level, 2 is bridge level and 3 is cafe level.

Dongjak Bridge (동작대교, 銅雀大橋)

Remaining of the evening glow slowly fading into darkness

Darkness finally descended at Hangang

Sunset Cafe (노을 카페)

Cloud Cafe on the opposite side of expressway

Cloud Cafe (구름 카페)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

걷기, 찍기, 올리기

I walk, I shoot, I post. That was my favourite past time in Korea. I have not shoot a picture for a long time. By the way, my camera died on me several months ago, probably due to extended period of neglect. I don't think it has regrets; it has served its due purpose - record my sojourn in Korea.

Thursday, April 14, 2011


가장 비싼 금이 뭔지 아세요?
가장 비싼 금은 황금도 백금도 아니고 지금입니다.

What is the most expensive 'metal'?
It is neither gold nor platinum, it is 'present'.

As the price of gold continues to shoot through the roof and beyond the reach of many people, fret not! we are still in possession of something more worthy, more precious. What we will be or not be, our regrets, our success, the day when dream comes true, depend on our present and not past. Alas, present is a capital, though in great abundance is badly under-utilised.

Sitting and doing nothing at a quiet seaside during spring

Wasting time away in a cafe during a free afternoon

Saturday, April 09, 2011


贴梗海棠 (Chaenomeles speciosa)










韩国也有海棠花,可是韩国的海棠花(Rosa rugosa)不是中国人所熟知的海棠花。 韩国的海棠花不止比中国的大,而且还有香味。尽管如此,中国或韩国的海棠花,如同玫瑰和苹果,都属蔷薇科。说到底还是一家人。

해당화 (Rosa rugosa)

Friday, April 01, 2011

4월 첫날

Hi everyone, I am back in Korea. Spring is in the air although the morning air is still chilly. It feels so much like home-coming to see familiar sights like Gyeongbok Palace once again. I can't wait to see the cherry blossoms soon.

Walking down Hyoja-ro (효자로, 孝子路) beside Gyeongbok Palace

The enchanting Gwanghwamun at night

I hope you do realise that it is April Fools' Day today :)