It was Monday evening. I went down to the campus for the second review for thesis exhibition projects and packed my stuff and got on a bus back to Seoul… as waiting for the bus, I bumped into one of TAs and we exchanged few words. When I got into the bus, I kept reading Korean IT magazine and fell asleep. By the time the bus arrived in Seoul, it was dark. As we said good bye, she pointed the sky out about odd shaped moon with a bright star (planet) in the sky. I thought how curious since the planet(I couldn’t figure out which planet at that time) is at the exact angle over the moon. I thought that is a definitely eclipse!

Few nights back, I saw the picture on bbc news about Venus Moon Eclipse… How strange.


I haven’t posted any blog in year 2007 yet.

I think this photo will be appropriate for the New Year’s first post.
I like to start with this poetic comment I got from a fellow flickr Banterland. He has amazing collections of photography and his writings are soulful therefore, I’m flattered to have such a comment on a simple photo I took with a crappy small digital camera @ Cafe Colonial in New York City.

“There is an underlying emotional warmth that is created by the elements in the frame, the low lighting and mood of iridescent candles, the tables heavy with the longing and comfort that comes with human companionship, the sound of tyres gushing their way forward along wet metropolitan roads, and the passing thoughts of a night time taxi driver rushing off to reach his next fare. A simple image that possesses a soundtrack of its own. Cinema in a still frame. And you.”

Just to add a bit about this moment in the photo;

It was a warm rainy night I was spliting a bottle of white wine with a friend of mine. As it was getting late, the cafe was emptying out slowly. I was in a melancholy mood earlier but, this place transformed me to a warm peaceful mood. I looked out the window to watch night city scene time to time and was having a conversation about mudane everyday things. Some were about creative ideas and some were my random thoughts on how to transit out of my current lifestyle. I really look forward to transform myself this year.

Happy New Year, everyone!

I visited my folks in Portland, OR this Christmas. My brother also flew from LA to join us but, my sister & her family flew to Korea so we missed each other for the first time in xmas. Anyway, my cousin and my brother and I decided to go snowboarding since it snowed in Mt. Hood during Christmas. We drove about 2 hrs to Mt. Hood and first resort we attempted to go was full…which we found out after driving for 30 min in traffic. Then we decided to go the other side of moutain. It was extremely windy in the other side… Oh, it was really cold up there + strong wind in general. Because that side of mountain had stronger wind, I was sliding on the icy ground by blowing wind. I guess I did lost some weight (just kidding!) So we went to the third one. It was a really tiny one with one hour long line for rental. The long story short, we did managed to rent snowboard but, it was 3:30 pm by then so, I just had taste of snowboarding. But it was worth it – the trip was fun… I guess it’s process that makes it worth while. The road to the Mt. Hood was covered by snow and the scenary was breathtakingly beautiful to drive up. Thanks to my mom’s 4 wheel drive SUV, we had no problem driving up while we saw several cars sliding on the way up – although I’m not a fan of SUVs in general.

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If you haven’t been reading this tragic news about one heroic father, James Kim from San Francisco, here is a link to articles


I’ve been following this tragic story since my folks live in Oregon. The day they found James Kim’s body, I was in the middle of crazy daily work in my office. My cellphone rang and it was some number I wasn’t familiar with but, I picked it up anyway.

It was my brother’s friend Josh. I thought ‘ah, that Josh who published a magazine…’ Then he sounded a bit startled… then carefully said, “I’m an old friend of your brother from Boston and I haven’t seen him for years and I just read an article…. (awkward silence) …. and the photo of a missing father whose body was found in Oregon looks like Jay Kim…his age is 35 and…I wasn’t sure if he is married…so…,” OMG…., I finally got the whole picture.

Come to think of it, there are so many similarities between James Kim and my own brother Jay Kim beside names. Jay works in IT industry in Los Angeles, not so far away from SF, he is 34 years old and he is from Oregon so often drives there.

After assuring him that it isn’t my brother Jay, I looked at


There it was, a photo of him looking so much like my brother…. even the one with eye glasses. Thank god, my brother shaved his head couple of months ago… Even I would have been tricked for a second.

As our conversation was going casual since Josh was relieved to find out it’s not Jay we know, I asked, “So, how is your magazine?”

“.…. what magazine?

“hmmm, aren’t you Josh?”


“But not Josh who had a magazine publication?”

No, I once worked for you as a designer years ago

“oh……..!!! I’m sorry, Jay has couple of friends whose names are Josh”

Opps. Then I’ve come to realize that I probably have met at least 3 Josh who are my brother’s friends and 3 Steve and so on. He is a very friendly guy so has many many friends all over the cities who I can’t keep up with… sigh~

Anyway, I admire James Kim’s courage to do any possible effort to save his wife and two daughters’ lives. After stuck for 7 days without any sign of rescue, I could easily see why he had to walk out seeking for help even if he knew he won’t make it back. What an amazing person! I read from my alumni list that whole IT community in SF are in sadness for loss of James Kim.

May he rest in peace…

street of New York City late at night

Originally uploaded by youngster (aka, LookingReflection).

Found this photo that I took in a rainy night on Park Ave… I think it was from Asian Society building after Asian film festival opening reception. I probably took it as I hide into corner of the reception area. Now I find this photo looks dreamy and now I look back, I must be feeling dreamy at that time as well. πŸ™‚

λͺƒμΉ μ „ 이사진을 λ‚΄ μ»΄ν“¨ν„°μ—μ„œ μ°Ύμ•˜λ‹€. μ–΄λŠ λΉ„μ˜€λŠ” λ°€ 파크 아비뉴을 λ‚΄λ‹€λ³΄λŠ” μ°½λ¬Έμ—μ„œ 찍은 사진인데 κ°€λ§Œνžˆ 생각을 ν•΄λ³΄λ‹ˆ λͺ‡λ…„μ „ μ•„μ‹œμ•ˆ μ†Œμ‚¬μ΄ν‹°μ—μ„œ μ§„ν–‰ν•˜λŠ” μ˜ν™”μ œ μ˜€ν”ˆλ‹ν›„ 찍은것 κ°™λ‹€. μ•„λ§ˆλ„ 어색함에 κ΅¬μ„μœΌλ‘œ μˆ¨μ–΄μ„œ 혼자 창문밖을 찍은것 같은데… μ—­μ‹œ λ‚œ μƒˆλ‘œμš΄ 얼꡴듀에 λŒ€ν•œ 어색함이 κ·Έλ•Œ 더 μ‹¬ν–ˆλ˜κ²ƒ κ°™λ‹€.

어쨋든 이사진은 정말 동화와 같이 κΏˆμ„ κΎΈλŠ”λ“―ν•œ λŠλ‚ŒμΈλ°, μ•„λ§ˆλ„ λ‚˜λ„ 이사진을 찍을땐 κΏˆμ„ κΎΈλŠ” λ“―ν•œ λŠλ‚Œμ΄ μ—ˆμ„κ²ƒμ΄λž€ 생각이 λ“€μ—ˆλ‹€. πŸ™‚

Cloud overcasting airport

Originally uploaded by youngster.

Taken from airport shuttle bus, I thought for a moment, clouds look magnificant without thinking this will later delay my flight in JFK airport.
I was on the way to fly to Portland, OR. When the boarding time came, it started to rain with some lightening. What an angry sky.

There was a group of dark clouds moving rapidly over Union Square area… that was the beginning of long rainny days here. It rained the whole day non-stop yesterday. It’s still gray and expecting more rain here.