Oscar Peterson kind of Morning :)

Oscar Peterson kind of Morning :)

Good morning,

Listening to Oscar Peterson’s beautiful “Love Ballade”

Happy Sunday 🙂

“Live in the moment..!” Last letter from the 27yr old dying woman, Holy Butcher.

“Live in the moment..!” Last letter from the 27yr old dying woman, Holy Butcher.

That’s the thing about life;

It is fragile, precious and unpredictable

and each day is a gift, not a given right.

—–

삶은 그런 것 중 하나입니다.

깨지기 쉽고, 소중하며, 예측할 수 없으며

매일 주어진 선물이지, 주어진 권리가 아니라는 것.  

http://www.cornwalllive.com/news/health/young-cancer-victim-holly-butcher-1032238.amp

A bit of life advice from Hol:

It’s a strange thing to realise and accept your mortality at 26 years young. It’s just one of those things you ignore. The days tick by and you just expect they will keep on coming; Until the unexpected happens.

I always imagined myself growing old, wrinkled and grey- most likely caused by the beautiful family (lots of kiddies) I planned on building with the love of my life. I want that so bad it hurts.

That’s the thing about life; It is fragile, precious and unpredictable and each day is a gift, not a given right.

I’m 27 now. I don’t want to go. I love my life. I am happy.. I owe that to my loved ones. But the control is out of my hands.

I haven’t started this ‘note before I die’ so that death is feared – I like the fact that we are mostly ignorant to it’s inevitability.. Except when I want to talk about it and it is treated like a ‘taboo’ topic that will never happen to any of us.. That’s been a bit tough. I just want people to stop worrying so much about the small, meaningless stresses in life and try to remember that we all have the same fate after it all so do what you can to make your time feel worthy and great, minus the bullshit.

I have dropped lots of my thoughts below as I have had a lot of time to ponder life these last few months. Of course it’s the middle of the night when these random things pop in my head most!

Those times you are whinging about ridiculous things (something I have noticed so much these past few months), just think about someone who is really facing a problem. Be grateful for your minor issue and get over it. It’s okay to acknowledge that something is annoying but try not to carry on about it and negatively effect other people’s days.

Once you do that, get out there and take a freaking big breath of that fresh Aussie air deep in your lungs, look at how blue the sky is and how green the trees are; It is so beautiful. Think how lucky you are to be able to do just that – breathe.

It is so beautiful. Think how lucky you are to be able to do just that – breathe.

You might have got caught in bad traffic today, or had a bad sleep because your beautiful babies kept you awake, or your hairdresser cut your hair too short. Your new fake nails might have got a chip, your boobs are too small, or you have cellulite on your arse and your belly is wobbling.

Let all that shit go.. I swear you will not be thinking of those things when it is your turn to go. It is all SO insignificant when you look at life as a whole. I’m watching my body waste away right before my eyes with nothing I can do about it and all I wish for now is that I could have just one more Birthday or Christmas with my family, or just one more day with my partner and dog. Just one more.

I hear people complaining about how terrible work is or about how hard it is to exercise – Be grateful you are physically able to. Work and exercise may seem like such trivial things … until your body doesn’t allow you to do either of them.

I tried to live a healthy life, in fact, that was probably my major passion. Appreciate your good health and functioning body- even if it isn’t your ideal size. Look after it and embrace how amazing it is. Move it and nourish it with fresh food. Don’t obsess over it.

Remember there are more aspects to good health than the physical body.. work just as hard on finding your mental, emotional and spiritual happiness too. That way you might realise just how insignificant and unimportant having this stupidly portrayed perfect social media body really is.. While on this topic, delete any account that pops up on your news feeds that gives you any sense of feeling shit about yourself. Friend or not.. Be ruthless for your own well-being.

Be grateful for each day you don’t have pain and even the days where you are unwell with man flu, a sore back or a sprained ankle, accept it is shit but be thankful it isn’t life threatening and will go away.

Whinge less, people! .. And help each other more.

Give, give, give. It is true that you gain more happiness doing things for others than doing them for yourself. I wish I did this more. Since I have been sick, I have met the most incredibly giving and kind people and been the receiver of the most thoughtful and loving words and support from my family, friends and strangers; More than I could I ever give in return. I will never forget this and will be forever grateful to all of these people.

It is a weird thing having money to spend at the end.. when you’re dying. It’s not a time you go out and buy material things that you usually would, like a new dress. It makes you think how silly it is that we think it is worth spending so much money on new clothes and ‘things’ in our lives.

Buy your friend something kind instead of another dress, beauty product or jewellery for that next wedding. 1. No-one cares if you wear the same thing twice 2. It feels good. Take them out for a meal, or better yet, cook them a meal. Shout their coffee. Give/ buy them a plant, a massage or a candle and tell them you love them when you give it to them.

Value other people’s time. Don’t keep them waiting because you are shit at being on time. Get ready earlier if you are one of those people and appreciate that your friends want to share their time with you, not sit by themselves, waiting on a mate. You will gain respect too! Amen sister.

This year, our family agreed to do no presents and despite the tree looking rather sad and empty (I nearly cracked Christmas Eve!), it was so nice because people didn’t have the pressure of shopping and the effort went into writing a nice card for each other. Plus imagine my family trying to buy me a present knowing they would probably end up with it themselves.. strange! It might seem lame but those cards mean more to me than any impulse purchase could. Mind you, it was also easier to do in our house because we had no little kiddies there. Anyway, moral of the story- presents are not needed for a meaningful Christmas. Moving on.

Use your money on experiences.. Or at least don’t miss out on experiences because you spent all your money on material shit.

Put in the effort to do that day trip to the beach you keep putting off. Dip your feet in the water and dig your toes in the sand. Wet your face with salt water.

Get amongst nature.

Try just enjoying and being in moments rather than capturing them through the screen of your phone.

Life isn’t meant to be lived through a screen nor is it about getting the perfect photo.. enjoy the bloody moment, people! Stop trying to capture it for everyone else.

Random rhetorical question. Are those several hours you spend doing your hair and make up each day or to go out for one night really worth it? I’ve never understood this about females 🤔.

Get up early sometimes and listen to the birds while you watch the beautiful colours the sun makes as it rises. Listen to music.. really listen. Music is therapy. Old is best.

Cuddle your dog. Far out, I will miss that.

Talk to your friends. Put down your phone. Are they doing okay?

Travel if it’s your desire, don’t if it’s not.

Work to live, don’t live to work.

Seriously, do what makes your heart feel happy.

Eat the cake. Zero guilt.

Say no to things you really don’t want to do.

Don’t feel pressured to do what other people might think is a fulfilling life.. you might want a mediocre life and that is so okay.

Tell your loved ones you love them every time you get the chance and love them with everything you have.

Also, remember if something is making you miserable, you do have the power to change it – in work or love or whatever it may be. Have the guts to change. You don’t know how much time you’ve got on this earth so don’t waste it being miserable. I know that is said all the time but it couldn’t be more true.

Anyway, that’s just this one young gals life advice. Take it or leave it, I don’t mind!

Oh and one last thing, if you can, do a good deed for humanity (and myself) and start regularly donating blood. It will make you feel good with the added bonus of saving lives. I feel like it is something that is so overlooked considering every donation can save 3 lives! That is a massive impact each person can have and the process really is so simple.

Blood donation (more bags than I could keep up with counting) helped keep me alive for an extra year – a year I will be forever grateful that I got to spend it here on Earth with my family, friends and dog. A year I had some of the greatest times of my life.

..’Til we meet again.

Hol

Xoxo

Myra Canyon, Kelowna, BC

Myra Canyon, Kelowna, BC

I went on a short trail walking on Myra Canyon, BC during my Grand Canada 2017 tour. The view of the mountain (2500m+) from the trestles was simply breathtaking. 🙂 Would love to be back…! ☺️🌸

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Myra Canyon – Kettle Valley Rail Trail

https://goo.gl/maps/r8KFP8Zp5qw

[K-drama music] City Sunset by SunwooJungah

[K-drama music] City Sunset by SunwooJungah

 

잘 알고 지내던 언니가 몇 차례나 꼭 한번 시간내어 보라고 신신당부를 했던 드라마,

김하늘 주연의 “공항가는 길”.

 

이 세상엔… 사연이 많은 이들이 가득하다.

사랑하지만 사랑한다고 말 할 수 없는 이들,

사랑하지 않지만, 사랑하는 척 가장하며 살아가는 이들,

사랑이 무엇인지 그 말의 무게가 무엇인지 몰라서 쉽게 고백하는 이들,

사랑한다는 말에 담긴 무게가 무엇인지를 알아서 차마 내뱉지 못하고 담아버리는 이들.

 

. . .

 

우연히 운전하며 튼 라디오에서 흘러나온 곡이 좋아 찾아 듣다보니…

자꾸 듣고 싶어지는 그녀의 감미로운 목소리 때문인지,

아니면 왠지 모르게 가슴을 쿵 울리는 가사 때문인지,

오랫만에 감상적인 저녁을 맞고 있다.

 

아픈 사랑도 사랑이겠지만….

굳이 그런 사랑을 선택할 필요가 있을까.

시간은 우리 곁을 무심히 지나치고 있고,

사랑은 구걸하듯 부탁해서 얻어지는 것이 아닌데.

 

눈은 사람의 마음을 통하는 창이자,

우리 영혼이 만날 수 있는 공간이다.

 

운명을 믿어서일까.

난 그 눈을 바라보면 그냥 알 것만 같다.

내 사람인 사람이라면,

그 눈 너머에 담겨있는 그 사람의 소울이,

분명 내 안에 담긴 소울을 알아 볼 테니까.

마주치고, 또 마주치는 눈빛속에서,

다시는 같은 눈을 볼 수 없으리라는 것을.

왠지…. 알 것 만 같으니까.

 

#20170629.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Afternoon tea with an old friend at Café Madang, Maison Hermès Dosan Park

Afternoon tea with an old friend at Café Madang, Maison Hermès Dosan Park

[Café Madang ]

Address: 7, Dosan-daero 45-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Maison Hermès Dosan Park B1F (서울특별시 강남구 도산대로45길 7, 도산공원 에르메스 매장 지하1층)
Opening Hours: 11 AM – 7 PM (Closed on every third Wednesdays)
Parking: Valet Available at the back of the store
Inquiries and reservation: +82 (2) 546-3643

Website: Maison Hermès Dosan Park Home
Google Map: Café Madang at Maison Hermes Dosan Park
Recommended for: All kinds of meetups, but not kids or pet friendly. 🙂


My old family friend came to attend her brother’s wedding in Seoul~* So we decided to have a little reunion and chat over tea at Cafe Madang, located in the basement level of the newly renovated Maison Hermes Dosan Park . 🙂
The place wasn’t too crowded, and we loved that there’s a new exhibition in place. I also loved their tea selection although it’s quite simple and basic; but their tea tray could def improve. 🙂
In overall, Cafe Madang is always a pleasant place to visit.

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New exhibition at Atelier Hermes – #AtelierHermes, Seoul. 🙂

“O philoi, oudeis philos”

“오 친구들이여, 친구는 없구나”

About the exhibition: (quoted from Hermes website)

The title of the exhibition—O philoi, oudeis philos—is from a quote attributed to Aristotle by tradition. The exhibition on works of six actively working Korean artists in their late 20s to 30s—Kim Minae, Kim Yunha, Kim Heecheon, Park Kiljong, Baek Kyungho and Yoon Hyangro—is in a collaborative structure:

the six artists bring in the past of Atelier Hermès—the exhibitions held, artists invited, or artworks realized at Atelier Hermès—to the present as if they would call their “friends”, let the trajectory of Atelier Hermès’s past confront with each of their present, and then reflect this again into a “friend” to come—each other’s work to come (or, each other’s work which is not yet realized).

Atelier Hermès’ past decade is touched upon in a prospective manner to encounter the upcoming time instead of a retrospective manner, at this attractive junction of the coexistence of possibilities and impossibilities.

Hermes Home. 🙂