Monday, February 23, 2009

This man is; ENJOY!

Diego Stocco - Music From Sand from Diego Stocco on Vimeo.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Fire Festival 2009

At first, I did not understand why they would want to burn nature, and have a forest fire; some countries, ie Portugal where my family is from, prayed for all their forest fires to stop.

I came to find out that this fiery show is, belived by Koreans, to cleanse the fields to improve quality and bring upon a bounitful harvesting year.

It was exciting, yet dissappointing for me. The day and night inlcuded festivities that were accompanied by Koreans in traditional "hanbok" clothing. It was vibrant and exciting. There were fireworks and a countdown. The Fire Festival reminded me a bit of our Fourth of July, but through all of this I couldn't help but to question "why burn so much?" Why destroy so much of the earth and cause more pollution.

Each culture has their own traditions I told myself, and though I was melancholy, I compensated thoughts. Justifying this destruction of earth with the notion that the islanders, and of course their expats, have kept Jeju beautiful; recylcing foods, paper, glass, and cleaning up the beaches.

The justification truely doesn't help seeing that I am currently typing my troubles with it, but all in all, I am in their country. Thus, I watched the fires blaze up and spread throughout; fire in itself is captivating and enigmatic, and I watched in astonishment.

Photos are below, a bit blurry, my camera was being difficult.

Fire Festival 2009

Fire Festival 2009

Monday, February 9, 2009

My favorite coffee house in Jeju...

...not just for the coffee or tea, but they have these waffles with ice cream you can order that are delicious.The style and the food selection remind me a little bit of my European culture (could be why I like it so much =)
This place in a a huge story building, so on a busy street in Jeju City we stepped in an elevator, went four stories up and walked in to serenity. It made my shopping filled day even better.