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What are we worth when motionless?

I’m only feeling a bit melancholy because it’s the end of the day here in the suburbs. My neighborhood is already asleep and there is nowhere to go. In retrospect, today was a pretty good day. The weather was tame and it didn’t rain. I even talked to Taurin. After work I met up with my old housemates for dinner and wine at an Indian restaurant. We chatted about our love/hate relationship with academia and life after graduation.

Well, I finished my undergraduate studies a semester early because I wanted to learn from “real” life away from the structural biases/limitations of an educational institution. I guess I couldn’t quite stay away. I found myself registering for classes at UNAM in Mexico and I’ll be a full time teacher this upcoming year. I think I wouldn’t mind having a nice post-dinner conversation with Derrida about why we can’t/won’t stay away.

On a lighter note, here are a few photos of me wearing a handmade skirt from a mountain village in Northeast Thailand. It was a gift. Also, a couple photos of all the yummy Korean desserts I’ve been making lately. My mom and I have been taking a traditional Korean dessert cooking class together.

I can hardly believe I’ll be moving to Shanghai in just a few weeks.

There is a cheap literature that speaks to us of the need of escape. It is true that when we travel we are in search of distance. But distance is not to be found. It melts away. And escape has never led anywhere. The moment a man finds that he must play the races, go the Arctic, or make war in order to feel himself alive, that man has begin to spin the strands that bind him to other men and to the world. But what wretched strands! A civilization that is really strong fills man to the brim, though he never stir. What are we worth when motionless, is the question.
-Antoine De Saint-Exupery

42 Comments

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    Orphaned Apparel
    August 3, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Gorgeous outfit! Love that skirt.

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    Ashley
    August 3, 2010 at 8:22 am

    1. That skirt looks amazing on you and the details are lovely!
    2. I've never had a Korean dessert…I feel like I'm missing out.
    3. You're moving to China in a few weeks?!? Whhhhhaat!! I can't wait to see all the beautiful pictures you have in store for us :)

    xx
    MILK TEETHS

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    kirstyb
    August 3, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    loving that skirt xxxxxxx

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    The Latent Fox
    August 3, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Hey Sewon,

    I think I know what you mean. I've been feeling some of the Summertime Blues as well. If that makes sense…

    Your photos are impeccable!

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    rebecca
    August 3, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Have fun teaching! I'm sure it'll be an amazing experience (:

    http://itscohen.blogspot.com/

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    anabella
    August 3, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    wow are you moving to shanghai to teach there? your life is full of adventures. oh & that chocolate dessert looks so good!

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    sarah
    August 4, 2010 at 3:16 am

    i've just discovered your blog and it is lovelylovely.
    i mean all in one post i got a comment on the academic life, gorgeous skirt, delicious looking desserts and a frankly wonderful saint-exupery quote.
    blew my mind, i'm telling you.

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    KVG
    August 4, 2010 at 4:13 am

    I wish I had found your blog sooner.

    I love love love this outfit. The shoes, the gorgeous skirt, even the lighting!

    Good luck with moving! I'm sure you'll document it for us.

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    Briana Le & Merissa Ren
    August 4, 2010 at 4:40 am

    oh my word. that skirt is phenomenal. and woo shanghai! thats so exciting:)

    xxmerissa
    merbri.blogspot.com

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    Briana Le & Merissa Ren
    August 4, 2010 at 4:40 am

    oh my word. that skirt is phenomenal. and woo shanghai! thats so exciting:)

    xxmerissa
    merbri.blogspot.com

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    augustalolita
    August 4, 2010 at 5:06 am

    lovely outfit and photos!! i love the details on your skirt!! and the food photos look so yummy and cute :)

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    Lilykarin
    August 4, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Eee Lj-girl! Glad I found your new blogging place!

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    Carys
    August 4, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    How exciting about moving!! I love your skirt too, it's so nice!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

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    Zabrinah
    August 4, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    So beautiful! This outfit is amazing. I really love every aspect about it!

    Best wishes from one blogger to another,

    ~Zabrinah

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    Abi
    August 4, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Cute outfit. Your skirt is beautiful! Love the print

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    MT Days & Nights
    August 5, 2010 at 2:39 am

    beautiful skirt…REALLY! and that food just made me so hungry.

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    MT Days & Nights
    August 5, 2010 at 2:39 am

    beautiful skirt…REALLY! and that food just made me so hungry.

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    Ashley
    August 5, 2010 at 6:24 am

    you are a beautiful writer, and thats skirt is amazing!
    great post(:

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    DIANA DYE
    August 5, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    well Darling you might have no where to go but you looks stylish head to toe!…..How amazing♥

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    Mamushka Marie
    August 5, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    i cant wait for summer to end, looking forward to gorgeous autumn and layers layers layers :)
    can't wait to see where life takes you…best wishes on your new adventures <3

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    Jonesy
    August 6, 2010 at 12:51 am

    cute outfit!!!!! awwww i love it : )

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    explicit.rex
    August 6, 2010 at 3:14 am

    omgggg those little puffy desserts!

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    Booga
    August 6, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Okay, first off- love that skirt!
    Secondly, those dessert pics are making me soooooo hungry! And reading about you taking the classes makes me miss my mom! Can't wait to visit her and get to baking.

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    Clara
    August 6, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    amazing look
    love your skirt and shoes
    xxx

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    C.Chico
    August 6, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    what a lovely skirt! i detailing is so pretty.

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    Bahja Imaan
    August 7, 2010 at 1:49 am

    Hello.
    I love your skirt.I love it even more that it's handmade.I'm envious of whoever made it!haha:)

    oh and sweets!I always have a sweet tooth.You should include some recipes maybe ><!

    http://monsteryandsaidso.blogspot.com

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    Alisha
    August 7, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Those desserts look really yummy. I love Korean desserts because they are so chewy an colorful.

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    Eden
    August 7, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Cute outfit:))
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    Ster n
    August 8, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Thank you for your comment, yes I'm! I'm spanish and I love English language but I'd like to improve it and to learn other languages, :).

    Great blog!! I love your pictures, I'm following you, :)!

    xoxo,
    Ster.

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    katrina kay
    August 9, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    amazing, amazing!

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    katrina kay
    August 9, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    amazing, amazing!

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    A Table For One
    August 11, 2010 at 6:05 am

    Oh wow, I once had ambitions to be a teacher. I hope it all works out for you.
    That's a stunning skirt.
    And I love the title of your post. Did you come up with it on your own or is it from somewhere else?

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    Natalie
    August 12, 2010 at 12:58 am

    those desserts look so good! lovely post :)

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    August 13, 2010 at 3:45 pm

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    Is this possible?

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    Orphin Lasz
    August 13, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    I hope you get to feel a lot happier soon!
    I wish you the best of luck! You'll be just fine, just stay focused and trust your instincts! Also, just think bout the lovely new people you will meet there, the new friends you will make and so on…!

    It will be a fresh new start for you ; 3 ;

    ~ Orphin's Domains ~

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    Rebecca Lau
    August 14, 2010 at 12:06 am

    i love your outfit. it's so summery and fresh :) it's a shame it's coming to an end this summer :(
    also, the food looks so delicious!!

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    P U R P L E - D E E R
    August 16, 2010 at 4:01 am

    Please do give details of your move there. How you're adjusting? Any pals out there? And have a swift easy move at that. The skirt is lovely. I buy a lot of hand embroidered clothing myself. It's a heavy weakness I have.

    I have those friends too, where we don't really keep in touch. Life will always seem funny that way with the lives we know, used to know, will meet.

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    P U R P L E - D E E R
    August 16, 2010 at 4:01 am

    Please do give details of your move there. How you're adjusting? Any pals out there? And have a swift easy move at that. The skirt is lovely. I buy a lot of hand embroidered clothing myself. It's a heavy weakness I have.

    I have those friends too, where we don't really keep in touch. Life will always seem funny that way with the lives we know, used to know, will meet.

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    A home far away
    August 18, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Love your photos!
    Hugs Gunilla in Singapore

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    chaska
    September 4, 2010 at 5:38 am

    you are cute and i miss you much. i echo the comments on the outfit. we should talk (photography) (life) (love). buena suerte con todo!

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    chaska
    September 4, 2010 at 5:39 am

    you are cute and i miss you much. i echo others' comments on that outfit. one day we should talk (photography) (life) (love). suerte con todo!

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    popdisorder
    September 30, 2010 at 9:01 am

    GREAT SHOES!:)get more fashion on POP DISORDER!

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