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Wabi-sabi (侘寂)

Now and then, I walk by the gingko trees in my neighborhood. I hear the leaves will suddenly turn bright yellow, and in just a few days, fall. I hope I don’t miss it this season.



小心, literally “small heart,” means “be careful”



Xinjiang yogurt with fresh blueberries. I love breakfast!


I’m collecting pretty leaves for my pen pals.


Thank you for all your kind well wishes! I’m feeling much better. I have to say though, I’ve fallen in love with homemade soup and hot ginger honey tea.


Outfit: A Muji tote bag, my boyfriend’s cardigan from Uniqlo, polka-dot mini dress from Beijing, cashmere scarf (I recently repurposed it out of an old sweater), and a Korean novel all about kittens

Remember my bicycle trip around Shanghai’s Chongming Island? My photography series from the island is published in my friend Hunter’s new art magazine, There Is No There. This island is perhaps where my mini photo zine was born. You can read about it here.

P.S. We cooked Julia Child’s beef bourguinon for dinner!

36 Comments

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    Eileen
    November 3, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Oh man, even when I am not sick – I am all about soups and honey tea/ lemon tea. haha!

    I love your outfit; you look so classy and chic. :) I miss wearing scarves but what’s the point? I live in South Florida.

    How did you do that to your hair? I wish I knew how. :O

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      Sewon
      November 3, 2011 at 2:33 pm

      Thank you. Ah, you’re lucky it doesn’t get cold! The weather got just a bit chilly and I got sick right away. Hm, the hairdo is super easy! You just twist it up into a knot. :]

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    ZEOLITE
    November 3, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    aww, i like ‘small heart.’ is that like ‘your heart is small so be careful with it’? or ‘keep your heart small so it doesn’t make you feel too brave and make you do crazy things’?

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      Sewon
      November 6, 2011 at 12:39 pm

      It’s strange, Koreans also use the word “small heart” (so-shim) but I think it just means timid. Maybe you can ask your mom about it!

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    Lindsey
    November 3, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I really like that cardigan! It seems like the men’s section of stores have the best ones lol. Ginger honey tea sounds really good right now, I need to drink more tea (the only kind I drink is green), lately it’s been all about the coffee though lol!

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      Sewon
      November 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      I know! I’m thinking about getting some warm men’s sweaters this winter. :) Ah, I’m a big coffee person, too.

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    Lydia
    November 3, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Reading your blog just urges me to update mine and put my photos up on flickr. I really enjoy reading your posts and your beautiful pictures. And btw, check out a Chinese magazine named at the newspaper stand near you. They are doing a feature on Retro Hong Kong pop stuff and have some cool posters inside =D

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      Sewon
      November 6, 2011 at 3:48 pm

      You should! Your photos are beautiful. :) Ah, I think you forgot to mention the magazine name but I’ll keep an eye out for retro HK images!

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        Lydia
        November 7, 2011 at 3:12 am

        oops. it’s Chinese name is 新视线。

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    Galine
    November 3, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    ahh ginger honey tea is my favourite! i always make it fresh, yum! but, i was also very excited when i found that they sell it in giant jars if you’re in a rush, so delicious!!! those are beautiful leaves! great outfit too & great hair! :)

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      Sewon
      November 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm

      I always make it fresh, too! I’ve seen the jarred ones at Korean grocery stores, but I’m hesitant to buy one because I’m usually a coffee drinker. :) Thanks!

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    MK
    November 3, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Hi Sewon, I found your blog through “it will stop raining”! Just wanna say I love your photos :) and I enjoy reading your blog post a lot. I will be coming back for more :)

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      Sewon
      November 6, 2011 at 4:01 pm

      Thanks, MK! By coincidence, I have a childhood best friend named MK. :) xx

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    Cookie Cutter
    November 4, 2011 at 1:40 am

    Very pretty leaves. Beautiful shapes.

    And loving your cute outfit too!

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      Sewon
      November 7, 2011 at 12:22 am

      Thank you. :)

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    Sarah
    November 4, 2011 at 2:12 am

    A Korean novel about kittens! What’s the name of it? Is it only in Korean or has it been translated? I’m all about the possibility of reading a novel about kittens.

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      Sewon
      November 7, 2011 at 12:40 am

      It’s called < 도둑괭이 공주> (rough translation: robber princess). It just came out this summer and it’s only in Korean! xx

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    Krys
    November 4, 2011 at 5:48 am

    Love the photograph of the of the gingko tree! (And men’s sweaters are truly awesome haha)

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      Sewon
      November 7, 2011 at 12:42 am

      Ah, I can’t wait to catch them all turn bright yellow!

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    Kelly
    November 4, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I’m glad you are feeling better, great outfit too!! I have so many cardi’s in my wardrobe but they are just so simple and chic.

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      Sewon
      November 7, 2011 at 12:44 am

      You can never have enough good cardigans! :) Thanks, Kelly.

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    Celsy
    November 4, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Your photos, they are so yummy! and those leaves, they look like papaer cutouts, how amazing is nature :)
    I really like the article and the photos you’ve taken. what camera did you use for that one? im actually going cycling around my area now since im back in my home! this inspire me to take my camera and take photos around what i see.

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      Sewon
      November 7, 2011 at 12:44 am

      I also just used my Nikon, but it was so strangely foggy that day, and Shanghai is always a bit gray. :)

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    teresa
    November 4, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    you look great! and so do your photos! what’s the title of that novel? the cover looks cute :)

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      Sewon
      November 7, 2011 at 12:45 am

      Thank you! It’s called “Robber Princess” or < 도둑괭이 공주>. :)

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    Crystal
    November 5, 2011 at 4:21 am

    I love your outfit! It looks comfortable but still really cute.

    Those leaves are beautiful!

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    Claudia
    November 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Gingko leaves are so beautiful!
    Also I like the pictures of yourself a lot! Very pretty!

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    Johanna Tagada
    November 6, 2011 at 12:39 am

    A bit more then a year ago I had a huge huge crush on this song, I listen is so often.
    Thank you for posting, I rediscovered it and today it was playing every single minutes I spent close to my Macbook.

    Your package is on its way :) & I’m happy that you feel better!

    xxxx

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    ashley
    November 6, 2011 at 3:32 am

    just reading the words “hot ginger honey tea” is inspiring me to boil up some ginger for tea for this chilly California night. I’m going to do it. :)

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    coco
    November 6, 2011 at 9:23 am

    ginko leaves are lovely aren’t they!
    i like your wool skirf, and also love MUJI product too, i enjoy going to the store and
    always find something nice threre.
    I like your style ❤

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    LUAR
    November 6, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Wow, these photos are beautiful!
    Thanks so much for your kind comment

    LUAR

    x

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    valerie
    November 6, 2011 at 9:52 am

    beautiful pictures!!!!!
    and you look soooooooo cute in that outfit!love it!

    http://lustforgourmandise.blogspot.com/

    xxxx

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    joana
    November 6, 2011 at 10:44 am

    oh, the ginko tree leaves are so beautiful – in shape and color!
    and the last photo has an incredible atmosphere…

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    aron
    November 7, 2011 at 12:19 am

    ahhh so pretty!
    😀

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    olga
    November 13, 2011 at 9:31 am

    the second photo is
    so like me.saved it

    have a good day,sewon

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