Wonderful, thrilling, and beautiful city. How proud I am to be from this city and call home. I can't count how many times I've visited Seoul, but every time is different. Every time I cross the bridge into Seoul the feeling and experience is always different; what will I do? What will I see? The questions and ideas play around in my mind over and over. There is still so much I want to do and see.
This pass weekend was Bryan's and his friends art gallery show, and while they were setting up I decided to get myself lost in the city.
Namdaemun Market is one of the oldest running markets in Korea. You won't find your Zara or Forever 21, but an assortment of the most oddest and unique items to buy. There were stores of used fur coats and leather pieces, counterfeit designer bags, endless luggage selections, and traditional Korean clothing and trinkets. I found many herbal shops filled with ginseng, Korean food stores, and even shops that sold belly dancing clothing. It was a relaxing experience to see a traditional and vintage side of Korea.
Shopping at Shinsegae
I can never seem to leave Seoul without stopping by Shinsegae. It is the luxurious, and exquisitely designed department stores around Korea, and my favorite one is in Seoul. It is your go to for designer shopping. The two buildings are connected by a sky walk and one side has all your boutiques filled with clothes, shoes, and purses like Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Prada - and the other side has grocery shopping, other fancy Korean name brands, and cosmetics. I received so many cute little samples while browsing the bright and overwhelming cosmetics floor and got a make over at Bobbi Brown and indulged myself with some purchases from there.
AWAKEN IMPULSE - Art Gallery Show
Bryan and his friends are truly talented and amazing artists. I bet you will hear about the and see their work in the future. They spent months creating their pieces to show case at Gallery Toast in Banbang, and the event was spectacular. Everyone who attended had a great time; there was food and drinks, and even some performances from different people. The first was a duo guitar/singing act, the second was a solo rapper, and the last was my brother Bryan and my cousin doing a free-style break dance performance.
How much can I say that you need to follow your dreams and do whatever it takes to get where you want to be. Sitting around wishing will get you nowhere; you have to work, fight, and cry. Like the saying goes, it won't be easy, but in the end it will be worth it.