PHOTOGRAPHS BY SALLY J SHIM
It was one year ago when we were enjoying this (new-to-us) Korean tradition of watching the first sunrise of the new year. It still amazes me to see thousands of people gathering on Haeundae Beach to watch the sun rise on January 1. So much has happened over the past 12 months, and although it was wonderful being back in the States during the holidays, it felt right to ring in the new year in Busan.
When reunited with old friends, everyone always asks whether we like living in Busan. I know it seems odd to many people that I, a Korean-American born and raised in the States, love living in Busan. Moving to Busan has meant moving away from family and good friends, making sacrifices here and there, but it also has meant more time together as a family, new adventures, and learning how to make new friends. I love the simpler life our family has here in Busan. Although Koreans work hard they also know how to play hard and enjoy life (I think is especially true of people who live in Busan). When I look at the life my boys are living compared to my own childhood, I am amazed by their flexibility and resiliency (J has attended four different schools since Kindergarten) as well as their sense of adventure and openness to the world around them.
As I ease in to the new year, I am taking some time this week to reflect on 2012 as well as make some personal and professional goals for 2013. Wishing you all a year filled with adventures, good food and meaningful time with family and friends.