Thursday, February 21, 2013


I know it's super late, but better late than never? I hope?

2012 was a crazy year for me. I've never traveled more. I spent the entire year living (well, paying rent) in a foreign country (Korea). I turned thirty (eep!). So here's my quick recap of 2012:

I began the year in LA at my parents' house. January was pretty quiet, actually-- the calm before the storm, in a way. At the end of the month was when I first met the producer of "Chinese Zodiac" (or CZ12), a film that would shape my entire year.

I'd been in Beijing before, but the trip last February was the first time I met Jackie Chan. He was more serious in person than he is in photographs or films, but I was glad to make his acquaintance, especially since his film would be the one that I would be working on for the rest of the year.

My first trip to Hong Kong! The above shot was taken at a hotel; I'm pretty sure it was the Grand Hyatt, right on Victoria Harbour, where we met someone for coffee one day. We were in March for a quick shoot (principal photography was completed before we came onto the movie, so we only participated during re-shoots, which started last March), and the schedule happened to coincide with Hong Kong Filmart, which our CEO was attending. So we met up with everyone that was in Hong Kong, managed to shoot despite the cloudy weather we encountered, and saw a little bit of Hong Kong in between.

After a quick trip to Beijing in the beginning of April, we were off for some serious re-shoots, globe-hopping like crazy. 
From Korea, we flew to Hong Kong for a layover (and to meet up with the Hong Kong crew), then flew to Australia.
In Australia, we took a lot of puddle jumpers, shooting sky-diving in Mission Beach and source photography at Somerset Dam. We flew in and out of three airports in Oz (Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney), mixing in a trip to Vanuatu for a nice ashy shoot on two different volcanoes.
I spent one night in my apartment in Korea in the month of April, which I found both delighting and an awful waste of money.

May brought more travel. After a night in my apartment, onwards to Europe! After a layover in Helsinki, we arrived in Latvia, where we stayed for a couple weeks.
Back to Korea for a couple weeks before going to LA to take care of some things and to see my family. It was a very brief time to re-charge my batteries before I trekked back to Korea...
...Just in time to make it for my grandfather's funeral. Needless to say, May was tough.

Because of my grandfather, my parents both came to Korea and were in the country on my birthday. They were in my hometown, though, while I was up in Ilsan, working like crazy.
I turned 30 with bitterness and sadness because of my grandfather and because of aging.
Another quick trip to Beijing in June, where it was miserably muggy and smoggy, as shown in the photo above. Ugh, Beijing in the summer is really not good.

I didn't travel in July! My goal of getting on a plane at least once a month fizzled in July.
July was mostly about staying inside air-conditioning, which meant watching a lot of movies. Drinking a lot of grapefruit ade, which I love, and eating lots of popcorn.
My parents bought a house in California in July, which I was a little sad about- I hadn't gotten to participate in the house hunting, the driving around to discover new neighborhoods, all that fun stuff. On the other hand, I didn't have to pack and move, so... yeah.

August was my first fun trip with friends in Korea! We went to 속초 (SokCho) and had a couple of fun days in relatively great summery weather (it was alternately too humid and too windy, oddly) and for the first time, I felt like I had true friends in Korea that I will stay in touch with after I leave this country.
August was also when I visited Bangkok for the first time for a business trip. Bangkok in August, unlike SokCho, was consistently hot and humid. I baked when I was outdoors, I froze when I was indoors. We got lost in a night market. It was an experience I'm glad to have had.

The weather in Korea continued to be hot, but a friend and I still hoofed to Lotte World before we went to watch "Man of La Mancha." Let me tell you, watching a play (well, musical) translated into Korean is weird. "The Impossible Dream" in Korean just doesn't have the same impact.

Ah, Bangkok. You with your giant flies that sit calmly on my bitter melon.
Then back to LA for AFM (American Film Market) and to see my family a little. And work nutty hours because I had to work during Korean business hours.

Back to Korea in November, where it was COLD. Ah, winter, bless you for skipping over LA, but why are you so brutal on Korea??
My sister came to visit, and despite the weather, we managed to have fun and eat tons of food while she was here.

I ended the year the way I started it, at my parents' house in LA.

My 2012 was, by turns, busy, boring, eventful, stale, depressing, and exhilarating. Here's hoping for more-- and perhaps more happiness-- this year.

Traveling in 2013 picks up tomorrow, when I'm off to Malaysia for four days, then a couple days in Singapore. Weather forecast says cloudy, hot, humid, and rainy...


Thursday, February 07, 2013


So wrong. I didn't know temperatures could get this low or how cold it would feel. ㅠ_ㅠ (That's a Korean emoticon for crying eyes. Those are (frozen) tear tracks.)


Sunday, February 03, 2013

Winter Wonderland

It's been a frigid month back in Korea so far. I genuinely think that it's been a much colder winter this season than last season, and it's a shame-- I do like seeing snow, I like seeing seasons that I'm not used to, but I'm just not really able to cope with the temperatures. I mean, come on, -20 Celsius is evil and wrong!

Due to the weather or work, I've been sluggish lately (obviously, from the state of my blog). I do want to blog more frequently, which I will figure out. Spring may bring warmer weather and more energy... I hope.

In the meantime, that little video above is the view from my apartment (officetel, I mean) yesterday afternoon. Maybe it's because I'm not used to snow, but I love the way it looks. It's so ... weird. L.A. gets rainy in the winter, and rain is awful. It's just wet and blah. Snow is so pretty! Until you have to walk in it, and then it sucks. >.<

Anyway, that's my little slice of the world lately. Snowy and cold and wintry and perfect for hot chocolate with marshmallows.