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Belated April memories!

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A few weeks ago, Jannese and I had a little picnic at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for the Sakura Matsuri. We ate some homemade onigiri and cucumber salad. Jannese even packed ice cold matcha and dessert.

I can hardly believe it’s already May. My goal for this month is to make each day count and live in the present. And also, have more picnics with friends!

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lolita

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Was it last week? I made some spicy Korean fried chicken in Johnny’s beautiful kitchen.

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Jacob and his CD collection. He just moved back to Shanghai this past weekend.

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Zuoxiao Zuzhou’s album with Ai Weiwei’s signature on it.

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A lovely letter from Marlou arrived!

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She sent me some flower seeds.

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They’re so tiny!

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I planted them in my hand-thrown planter.

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Remember my little garden? The arugula is getting bigger by day!

20 Comments

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    winnie
    May 8, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Your photos are so fun Sewon, the Sakura Matsuri looks so vibrant and colourful- what a fun experience! Also your Korean fried chicken looks really yummy! Could so do with some of those right now..

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      Sewon
      May 9, 2012 at 9:18 am

      It really was fun! And Jannese made sure I caught the best of it. πŸ™‚

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    Claudia
    May 9, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Oh yes, that’s a good goal, it is also mine since some time now πŸ™‚

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      Sewon
      May 9, 2012 at 9:22 am

      It’s hard for me to strive for, because I’m constantly dreaming of the future/new adventures to come. But I’m going to make an conscious effort this month. πŸ™‚

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    Koey
    May 9, 2012 at 2:25 am

    All these look wonderful!
    Wish your May will be a good one:)

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      Sewon
      May 9, 2012 at 9:22 am

      Thank you, Koey! And you, too. πŸ˜›

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    marlou
    May 9, 2012 at 2:39 am

    so lovely seeing my mail on your blog πŸ™‚ it always stays a bit surreal for me that something like that can reach a whole other part of the world, and it gets so much more real by just some pictures.
    i hope the flowers grow well!

    your little garden looks great! and so does the rest of your month.
    hopefully may will just be as lovely πŸ™‚

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      Sewon
      May 9, 2012 at 9:24 am

      I think that’s one of my favorite things about snail mail exchanges. Your flower sprouted today! I’ll wait for it to grow a bit more, and show you a photo. πŸ™‚

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    MK
    May 9, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Lovely photos as always!! Especially like the shot with butterfly on the purple flower πŸ™‚ The Korean fried chicken that you made looks really yummy… could you please share how you made the spicy sauce!?

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      Sewon
      May 9, 2012 at 9:31 am

      Yes, of course! I just eyeball all the measurements to taste, but let me know if you need more details. But basically, mix finely chopped onions, minced garlic, gochujang, gochukaru (just a sprinkle), ketchup, soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, ground pepper, and toasted sesame seeds. Heat up the mix in a sauce pan until the onions get a bit soft. Pour it over crispy double-fried chicken before serving!

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    Marlous
    May 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    That’s a wonderful goal to live up! Two more weeks and I’m done with school, then I’ll try to live up that goal too. I love the card Marlou sent you! And I’m happy to hear that my mail arrived safe and sound!

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    yujean
    May 10, 2012 at 9:42 am

    These look great! Looks like April was a fun, exciting month for you. I also sent you something about a week or two ago – I hope it didn’t get lost in the mail!

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    Jesslyn
    May 11, 2012 at 12:36 am

    We recently planted some vegetable seeds in the flowers beds in our backyard too. Can’t wait for them to grow!~

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    ai
    May 11, 2012 at 4:51 am

    oh my god, i gasped at the first few shots of the festival. that’s “hanagasa matsuri,” originated from yamagata, where my mom is from. so nice to see it at such an unexpected place!

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    Pink Ronnnie
    May 12, 2012 at 12:43 am

    THat must be so nice to see your little garden grow…
    Ronnie xo

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    Emmie Rae
    May 14, 2012 at 12:27 am

    You made that planter! Oooh its lovely! looks great! And a signed Zuoxiao Zuzhou album. Eee! so cool.

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    Rina
    May 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Hello SeWon!
    Thank you for your sweet comment! I am feeling much better now, thank you for your kind words.
    You seem to be busy, which is great! Lovely Sakura Matsuri photos! I also enjoyed your lovely photos from Canada. So lucky! I will need to visit there someday.
    I would also love to send you some letters and little packages over the summer. ♥
    Look forward to it!
    xoxo
    Rina

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    Crystal
    May 14, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Your photos are all so lovely! The Sakura Matsuri photos, especially. I hope that your May is just as wonderful as your April!

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    Bonjour Juliette
    May 17, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Bonjour Sewon!
    I’ll be in Williamsburg, NYC, from june the 17th to the 25th, yaaaaay!
    I thought i could bring you the things i was supposed to send you (ahem… sorrryyyyyyy!), what do you think?
    I’d be super glad to meet you! Can’t wait to be in New York -for the first time in my life!

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    Lindsey
    May 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    That day in the park looks like it was so beautiful, I wish there events like that where I live! It seems like April is a beautiful month no matter where you live though.

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