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Monday
Oct172011

[FAMILY] HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS

{Photograph by Sally J Shim}

For those who have been following me over at SHIM & SONS know that our family spent a year living overseas in Busan, South Korea. I was really unsure what to expect since I had only been to Korea once when I was 3.5 years old. But it turned out to be an amazing year and filled with so many wonderful memories. As soon as we returned back to the States we were longing to be back in Busan. Although we were able to go back to visit our friends and enjoy our old stomping grounds last March, Appah and I continued dreaming about moving back to Busan while the boys are still young. And guess what? Our DREAM is coming TRUE!! In two months The Shim Family will be settling in to our new home in Haeundae Beach, Busan. I am beyond thrilled and feel so blessed to have been given a second opportunity to live in our favorite city. And I'm happy to finally be able to share it with all of you. This move is long term so we are clearing out the house and only bringing the essentials (hence all the major purging going around Casa Shim the past month). The boys are excited but also sad to leave their friends. Although once we told them we are living on the beach their eyes lit up (apparently you can't beat the beach as your front yard). The reality of our move finally kicked in once we received confirmation from the international school the boys will be attending and now I am madly creating spreadsheets of everything that needs to happen between now and our departure. One thing I regret about the last time we lived in Busan is not taking more photographs and documenting our lives there. This time around I am not going to make the same mistake. I'll definitely continue sharing my favorite eats, shops and design goods but from my new home base in Busan, South Korea. 

Reader Comments (46)

Congratulations on your impending move! Looking forward to reading about your adventures on the other side of the world. Good luck!

10.17.2011 | Unregistered Commenterlisa

How exciting and what a great news. I wish you and your lovely family joy and happiness in Busan xox Y

10.17.2011 | Unregistered CommenterYvonne

wow ... that's pretty big news! so excited for you =)

looking forward to hearing about your many adventures

10.17.2011 | Unregistered Commenterstephanie

whoa! congrats + have fun. as a korean american, this is something that i also want to do sometime in my life but am too scared to do. i look forward to living vicariously through you and your family.

10.17.2011 | Unregistered Commenterchristine

congratulatios, sally! what incredible news! i've been aching to move to asia the past several years, and am thrilled for you that this dream for you is coming true once more. you will have such great fun. the food...the people...the stationery...muji! xo

10.17.2011 | Unregistered Commenterjill lauck

How exciting! Best of luck with the move!

10.17.2011 | Unregistered Commenteramy h

wow, that is so exciting, sally! congrats.

10.17.2011 | Unregistered Commenterjen

what exciting news!!! can't wait to hear about your adventures in your new home, sally. best of luck with the move! xo

10.17.2011 | Unregistered Commenteramisha

Congratulations! That is so exciting! Hope the move goes smoothly and I look forward to hearing about all your wonderful finds there!

wow, sally! so excited for you guys!! can't wait to see all your adventures documented here! best of luck with the big move! xo

10.17.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren O'Neill

Oh wow, Sally! That is REALLY exciting, really big news! How wonderful for you and your family. xoxo

10.17.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna @ D16

Sally! That is so exciting, I'm sure it will be a great move for you and your family. Now, I have a reason to visit Korea, YAY!

10.17.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBekka

Wow! I find this so incredibly exciting to read. I spent my teens rebelling and shunning my own culture (except the food) and now, I long to visit Korea with my daughter and reconnect with my heritage. Congratulations Sally! This will be such an incredible journey for you and your family. I'm really genuinely happy for you and can not wait to see more posts on your new home.

10.17.2011 | Unregistered CommenterChantale

Congratulations! So happy you get to live in Busan again!
As someone who moved to Korea when I was two, I am jealous of your opportunity to live in Korea again! Looking forward to your photos and stories of your new life there!

10.17.2011 | Unregistered Commentersunny

PS: Lived there from ages two to 10 then moved back to the States.

10.17.2011 | Unregistered Commentersunny

Hi Sally
I am overwhelmed by the nice things you design. I love it!
How exciting to go back to Busan. We lived in Busan 2002-2005. And it looks like we will be going back summer 2012. For a period of 3 years (+). Also to Haeundae Beach! I design clothes and I am planning on having a small production (factory) when going back. As for now, I make every piece myself. Loving it!
I have a blog, facebookpage..... have a look (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bonka-Rakka/194494033916032)

Best regards -Trine :)

10.17.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrine

wow lady! congrats to you, what an adventure!!

10.17.2011 | Unregistered Commenterrena

So wonderful for you and your family! I know you will have an amazing time and life there. :) That's actually my mom's hometown! Looking forward to reading about everything you'll be up to over there. We will definitely miss you in Oregon!

wow, so amazing Sally!! can't wait to read about your beach adventures.

10.17.2011 | Unregistered Commenteralyson

Looking forward to reading about life in Busan...btw, since when do they spell it with a "B" instead of "Pusan"? I must be behind the times. I, too, would love the chance of living in Korea for a short while but it does scare me too...the language barrier, missing family and friends, etc. I admire you for doing it. What brought you there the first time? And what about this time? It's so great that you and your husband can just pick up and move. Will be living vicariously through you as well! :)

10.17.2011 | Unregistered Commenterjoohyon

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