Some days here I feel a bit lost with my time. Waking up late, staying out late..er, and not having any sort of schedule or regular consistency in my days definitely throws you off balance. I took a long ride down to Banpo along Han River. I have two favourite areas- Banpo, where most guys go to ride bikes and Yeouido where I went on a date once. They’re nicer in the eves, when the sun isn’t blistering hot and when kids are out drinking along the banks. It’s a shame public drinking is illegal in New Zealand- a beer along the wharf would be nice but those luxuries are spoilt from the D-bags of our country. There’s a lot of social morals and rules I don’t understand or agree with here, but at least (for the most part) it’s peaceful in the night.
Where architecture meets design.
When things are feeling a little lost here, it’s always so good to see Numi again.. like an older sister from another mother, from an entirely different race, who lives in another country from said race. We had a walk around hongdae area, picked up a new shirt, looked hair dye for her and in general just did ..hang out things. We’ve much planned for while i’m here, soon it will be milkshakes and breakfast and at some point more sticker photos.
Numi makes this place a little more homely, glad to have her back again.
When my friends work i’ve found a lot of time to myself.. so i’m trying to break out my days so i’ve got at least one thing to do. On Thursday it was getting lunch, going to Covernat. I found myself walking the streets a lot.. trying to find this little restaurant Hyerim took me to last year which (I believe) is well known for its Bap (rice meals). I did come across A.P.C. flagship, and a store called Sculp on the way there though. Pictures speak louder than words. Blogging four days later and I forget things to be honest.
I met with Novo, You, Linda, Sunny and Hyerim again a couple nights ago- the return to Novo’s studio. Not much has changed with everyone, besides maybe working a lot more. Novo has been working on a few new projects, mainly Gentle Monster and maybe some socks.. but i’ll get into that later on when I find the showroom. The taxis were on strike here, so if you’re out past midnight getting home is virtually impossible.. No buses, no subway.. we had an early eve of Maekju and Fried Chicken. Yum. Just photos for you now~
I went to see my friends exhibition ‘Duck Cushion’ at Ohzemidong Gallery which is apart of the subway complex in Chungmuro. A mix of traditional korean painting, melted tubes and a video piece (video piece is maybe my favourite. Runs through the process of melted tubes, and I guess the whole experience too).
I went to the larger Ani Land store in COEX mall.. something worth checking out if you love Ghibli!
I’m having a few dilemmas trying to get home.. A typhoons being announced over the loud hallers at the airport today. My flights been delayed and after going up to check in, the man said wait until the last minute because things aren’t looking good.
I hope the weather changes soon because I need to catch a connecting flight from Hong Kong to home. If I miss that I have no idea what to do!
Rachel was kind enough to get me some tickets to Let’s Rock/Nanji Indie Festival! This was really quite an experience- Nanji is down by Han River (that separates Seoul north and south), so it’s a pretty lovely setting. I haven’t picked up on too much korean music, but one band that has stood out so far is 검정치마 / The Black Skirts – a mix of indie/(k)pop/rock – you’ll have to listen to them yourself though.
I noticed a few things different to what i’m used to at festivals (ie. Big Day Out): Is this rude to say? it felt quite like what I imagine a christian rock festival to be like- the crowd is a lot more involved but less agressive. There isn’t the crazy pushing, rush to get to the front (well there is the want/need to be front stage) but people are polite about it. Actually really nice not to have to worry about getting crushed, friends getting crushed or losing your shit in the crowd. For once I was one of the taller people there (ha ha) and what I found the most interesting.. It felt like being at an MTV awards show. From what I understood they featured a number of bands and had a semi-gamble on who was going play next.. as well as give out awards to bands (some couldn’t be there so they even had pre-recorded videos on the big screen!).
Global Gathering is on next week in Seoul as well. I wish I could go..
I came to Seoul wanting to ride bikes, hang out with FG2/planet hops/sfg crews and just involve myself in a little slice of their world. Meeting Numi has been one of the greatest moments ever. One of the goals we had was to get sticker photos..and last Sunday we did exactly that! Numi has been pretty amazing since day one dropping in to Seoul.. getting lost with my bags + bike trying to drag them down the sidewalk. She showed me the ropes of Seoul, took me to Banpo (I love it there) and although a little busy with exhibitions and tattoos last time, we met up again and had a lovely afternoon with lunch and sticker photos~ great friend.
I will have to scan the actual photos when I get home.. but here are the ones from my camera.
Quite possibly one of my favourite stores here in Seoul- Customellow. A more upper-end streetwear to formal wear (or just suits) kind of market. They have really lovely knits (to die for) and shirts. I believe all is their inhouse brand, Customellow but they are stocking a few Cambridge Satchel Co. bags and other bits and pieces. I’m not good at explaining things like this- shop spans two floors. They weren’t ecstatic about me taking photos, so I only have shots of the second floor.