Entries in BUSAN (14)

Friday
May242013

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!

Highlights from this week:

1. Finally resuming my morning runs after being side-lined by a knee injury for several months. Love the fresh morning air.

2. Meeting another work deadline. 

3. Enjoying handmade rice cakes from the outdoor market.

4. Visiting an amazing baking shop with my friend. Found so many packaging goodies!

5. Having some inspiring conversations about education with people who want to make a difference.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Friday
Apr122013

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!

The boys went back to school this week after two weeks of spring break. Although I enjoyed having them around, it was time for me to get back to a regular work schedule. I feel lucky that I am able to work from home, running a load of laundry while I work on some designs on the computer. Sometimes multi-tasking makes me feel productive, but other times it leaves me feeling like I did not accomplish much. This week I played around with a timer to get myself to start some tasks I've been putting off. You can read more about this method here (it is similar to the Pomorodo Technique). I started off with setting the timer to 10-minute intervals and gradually increased it to 15-20 minutes. I have to say it helped me to stay focused and if I was on a roll, I would just re-set the timer and not take a break. If you have advice on productivity, please feel free to share. Although this will be a working weekend for me, I plan to take a few breaks to enjoy the sunny and breezy weather. Wishing you a lovely weekend!

Tuesday
Jan012013

GOODBYE, 2012! HELLO, 2013!

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.

Tuesday
Oct302012

[BUSAN] HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS

PHOTOGRAPH BY SALLY J SHIM

Today I am thinking about and praying for the safety of all those affected by Superstorm Sandy. I hope all my East Coast friends are safe and sound with their families. 

Sunday
Aug262012

SUMMER VACATION / WEEK EIGHT

PHOTOGRAPHS BY SALLY J SHIM VIA INSTAGRAM

Sorry for the radio silence but I've been laying low and enjoying the final week of summer vacation and celebrating the first week of school. We've said goodbye to our long leisurely days together peppered with speed skating, Korean and robotics classes and hello to new classmates, new teachers and a new school day routine.

Sunday
Aug052012

SUMMER VACATION / WEEK SIX

PHOTOGRAPHS BY SALLY J SHIM

Although we've just finished up our sixth week of summer vacation it really feels like summer now that Korean schools are on summer break and the beach is packed. The weather is pretty toasty (and humid) so we're keeping cool by hanging out at the ice skating rink (with my speed sk8ing boys), going swimming, lounging at the bookstore and filling our bellies with cool sweet treats (I've been making smoothies and popsicles on a daily basis). This week I'll be stepping away from this space to spend some family time with my favorite three boys in Japan! (You can follow along on our adventure via Instagram.) Have a lovely week!