A year?

It’s been over a year since my last post. I’m not very good at updating my site it seems…

What’s new?
I’ve moved back to CA after accepting a job at Namco. It has been a great job for me even though the commute is an hour one way. As the Interactive Designer I get to be a lot more creative than my previous job. The job is very similar to when I worked at Konami except that it is full-time πŸ™‚

I’m still slowly working on design stuff. I have a lot of sketches ready, but haven’t had much time to work on much more than that. I did find time to put together a Christmas design that I’ll upload soon.

Earlier this year I started working on a new site design, but again I’ve been to busy to finish…

Hopefully next year will be more productive πŸ™‚

Some pics from the Korea trip

Yunjoo, me, mom, aunt, and Yunjoo's friend at Everland

Yunjoo, me, mom, aunt, and Yunjoo’s friend at Everland

My mom and aunt got to visit Korea for a couple weeks before the wedding. I played tour guide helping them get around. Yunjoo had to work for most of the time, but had some chances to hang out with us too πŸ™‚ Yunjoo and her friend went with us to Everland which was decorated up for Halloween. And then Yunjoo and her mom went with us to the zoo. It was a lot of fun spending time together with them all πŸ™‚

Everland pictures

Zoo picturese

More wedding pictures

I just got back to the US last night. Actually, I arrived in San Francisco yesterday at 11am and had to wait there until 5pm before I could fly home to Washington state. I slept about 14 hours last night and feel very rested πŸ™‚

Yunjoo and I were married on September 4th, but we still had the big ceremony at the wedding hall that she liked. It went very well, though getting everything ready beforehand was fairly stressful.

The day of the wedding, Yunjoo and I left the house early with our wedding things, wedding clothes, change of clothes, and honeymoon luggage. It was a very tight fit in her car, and we needed room for the helper lady who would assist Yunjoo with getting ready before and during the wedding. Β We went to the hair salon place and got our hair done, makeup applied, and changed into our wedding clothes. We then got back out in the car, and Yunjoo had to sit in the back seat because her beautiful bell-style dress was too puffy to sit up front. Thankfully the wedding hall was close by so we didn’t have to drive far.

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Wedding pictures

Wedding photo shoot

I’m a bit late on this, but well, here are Yunjoo and my wedding pictures we had taken a few weeks ago. It’s traditional in Korea (and some other countries) to have pictures taken before the wedding. I don’t know how it was many years ago, but nowadays it’s typical for the bride to have 2-3 wedding dresses and the groom to have 2-3 tuxedos to wear during the photo shoot. The main reason for this is to have a big photo album and some various sized pictures at the ceremony.

One of the problems we ran into was the cost of renting the dresses. In Korea, they tend to run about $1000 per hour rental which is pretty crazy since you can buy a very nice brand new dress in the US for less than that price. Yunjoo knew this too, so we found a couple of dresses on ebay that were unused. Although one of the sellers never sent the dress, and after some time, I was able to get the money back and use it towards a dress from a real dress company. Yunjoo wanted a party-type dress instead of a third dress which helped save money too. Renting the studio/photographer/photo album/printed photos/dresses/my tux all seemed a bit elaborate to me, but I’ve come to learn there are many differences between Korean and American wedding cultures. Another thing (that we’re not doing) is the gift-giving to parents and relatives. This can range from gold watches, expensive jewelry, large amounts of money, etc. Actually, I did get my mother in-law a new washer since she didn’t have one. Yunjoo told me some parents/relatives will disapprove of the wedding if their gift isn’t expensive enough… Also, the groom is normally expected to provide a house and the bride is supposed to provide all of the furniture and appliances. The whole wedding thing makes a lot of newly weds go broke, or else they don’t get married because they can’t afford it. Many have to borrow from their parents.

Anyway, the pictures are uploaded to our wedding site that Yunjoo mainly handles.

Married

Yunjoo and I got married last week! We are still having a ceremony in November as planned, but we decided to get married two months earlier so we could start Yunjoo’s Green Card process earlier. The process can sometimes take up to 9 months!

It’s been pretty busy here in Korea during the short time I’ve been here already. Last Saturday we had our wedding photo shoot, and we had a pretty interesting story and learning experience; apparently, if you use medium-brown Just For Men Haircolor to get rid of the gray hairs (I have some already…) at 11:30pm the night before you have wedding pictures, and you use all of the formula and wait the required 5 minutes before rinsing out the dye and shampooing, you will realize you should have used the dye formula much faster because your hair is now entirely black. Also, if you decide to fix this issue at midnight the night before wedding photos when it is pouring rain outside, you will realize it will take at least an hour before you find a 7-11 that carries hair dye color other than black since all other stores that normally carry hair dye are closed. Lastly, if the only other hair dye color found at said 7-11 is Women’s Apricot Orange, you will realize that it will only take 10 minutes of letting the formula set instead of the normal 30 minutes will turn your black hair back to natural brown color with a very slight orange tint. You will also realize your relationship with your spouse has become stronger and better than before πŸ™‚

The time with Yunjoo has been great so far, and I’m trying not to think about the time we will be apart while waiting for her Green Card. But we’ve already been apart for 7 months, so we will be able to endure this next time apart as well.

Regarding design stuff, I have a lot of sketches/ideas that I want to illustrate, and hopefully will be able to get something made soon πŸ™‚

Less than two weeks

Less than two weeks before I fly off to Korea again. I’ll be there from August 31st to November 17th. This time to get married to my best friend, and I’m very excited πŸ™‚ Yunjoo has been great at getting the wedding stuff set up on her side. I can’t be there to help her with a lot of the hands-on planning, but with Skype, Facebook, email, and chatting I’ve been able to help out with things here and there. I’ve also been able to help out a lot with getting Yunjoo’s dresses and some other needed things for the wedding. Many things are a lot cheaper here Β in the US than in Korea, especially wedding dresses. They’re too expensive to buy in Korea, but you can rent them…. for about $1000 per day!

In Korea (and some other Asian countries I’ve heard), the bride and groom take wedding pictures a month or two before the real wedding. That way they can have a big photo album at the ceremony for anyone to check out as well as blown up pictures of the couple. The pictures are all very high-quality studio photos, and should look good, but I think I like natural/spontaneous pictures better πŸ™‚ Yunjoo likes them both, and it will be my first time in a photo studio for these kinds of pictures. It should be fun.

I have a lot of new designs/illustrations I want to make/finish, but I’ve been pretty busy with wedding stuff and helping my parents with stuff so I haven’t been able to get to working on any of them. If I’m unable to work while in Korea, I’ll be trying to do a lot of design work while Yunjoo is at work.

I’ve helped my parents a lot lately. My dad had his stem cell transplant a couple of weeks ago to help him fight off his myeloma. He’s been recovering slowly, but faster than average. He had to stay in the hospital for 2 and a half weeks. At first they thought it would take 3 weeks, but he was able to leave a little sooner. Although now my parents have to stay in an apartment that is nearby the hospital since our house is too far away. He has to be careful for another 2-4 weeks until the doctors say he’s recovered enough to go back home. His toughest time was in the hospital when the nausea was very very intense. It’s tough to force yourself to eat and move around to get energy when you feel very nauseous, dizzy, tired, and nothing sounds good to eat… I visited them last night and dad’s been gaining his appetite back and eating better each day. He still has to watch what he eats a lot while he’s recovering. Oh yeah, and today is their anniversary, so Happy Anniversary to them! πŸ™‚

 

Site hacked again…

I just noticed when I opened my site in Firefox, that it has been blacklisted as a bad site because of malware! At first I thought Firefox was acting odd, since it worked fine in other browsers, but after clicking through the suggested links, I found that someone had inserted some malware code/script into a couple of my pages. I’ve removed the code and changed my passwords, so hopefully there won’t be anymore problems. Not sure why someone would want to hack my site. Did I bother you in some way hacker person? Do you dislike my artwork?

Apologies to anyone who may have received malware from my site. Please do some scans on your computer just in case!

Harry Potter Comics

Before my website got hacked, I had a section for all my drawings, sketches and doodles. I also had a comics section with a few Harry Potter comics I made. They’re not serious and just silly comics I made when doodling one day. Anyway, I’m adding them again to my blog while I continue to figure out a new design and how to reimplement my art section of the website. Hope you like these!

Harry Potter Comic 01

Harry Potter Comic 02

Harry Potter Comic 03

Laundry Day

Laundry Day

The fifth in the Classic Comic Series of statues has been released. This time it’s another Uncle Scrooge statue called Laundry Day, which is based off the cover of Uncle Scrooge comic #5. I still haven’t picked up the previous Scrooge statue, Cash Register Concerto, or the fourth release (Comic Book Companions). I’d like to pick up both Scrooge statues to add to the other Donald and Uncle Scrooge statues I have, but need to save up some funds first for the wedding and house in the future. But maybe I can use some money I earn from selling things on eBay?

5번재 μ˜›λ‚  λ§Œν™”μ±… μ‹œλ¦¬μ¦ˆμ˜ 동상이 λ‚˜μ™”λ‹€. Uncle Scrooge 동상인데 Laundry Day라고 λΆ€λ₯Έλ‹€. μ§€λ‚œ Uncle Scrooge 동상과 4번재 μ˜›λ‚  λ§Œν™”μ±… μ‹œλ¦¬μ¦ˆ 동상도 아직 μ•ˆ 샀닀. Uncle Scrooge 동상 λ‘˜λ‹€ 사고 싢은데 λ¨Όμ € 결혼 돈과 μ•žμœΌλ‘œ 집 λˆμ„ λ²Œμ–΄μ•Όν•œλ‹€. 그런데 μ–΄λ–€ 물건을 eBay둜 νŒ”λ©΄ κ·Έ 받을 돈으둜 동상을 μ‚΄μˆ˜μžˆμ§€?

Disney prints

When we were at Disneyworld, we checked out many of the shops in the parks, and one of my favorite shops was The Art of Disney in Downtown Disney. I bought two posters there, and finally got around to putting them in the frames I bought at IKEA. I like the old style Disney posters, and wanted to buy more, but they were somewhat expensive. I like these two the best!

μš°λ¦¬κ°€ λ””μ¦ˆλ‹ˆμ›”λ“œμ— μžˆμ—ˆμ„λ•Œ μ—¬λŸ¬ κ°€κ²Œμ— 많이 λ“€μ–΄κ°€λ΄€λŠ”λ° λ‚΄ 제일 μ’‹μ•„ν•˜λŠ” κ°€κ²Œκ°€ λ‹€μš΄νƒ€μš΄ λ””μ¦ˆλ‹ˆμ— μžˆλŠ” 더 μ•„νŠΈ μ–΄λΈŒ λ””μ¦ˆλ‹ˆ κ°€κ²Œμ˜€λ‹€. 거기에 λ‚΄κ°€ ν¬μŠ€ν„° 2개 μƒ€λŠ”λ° λ“œλ””μ–΄ 였늘 IKEA에 μƒ€λ˜ μ•‘μžμ— λ„£μ—ˆλ‹€. λ‚΄κ°€ 이런 μ˜›λ‚  μŠ€νƒ€μΌμ„ μ•„μ£Ό μ’‹μ•„ν•˜λ‹ˆκΉŒ 더 많이 사고 μ‹Άμ—ˆμ§€λ§Œ μ’€ λΉ„μ‹Έμ„œ 사지 μ•Šμ•˜λ‹€. 이 ν¬μŠ€ν„°λ“€μ΄ 제일 μ’‹λ‹€!

Enchanted Tiki Room

Enchanted Tiki Room

Jungle Cruise

 

 

Cats! (and ducks)

I saw these cats yesterday on eBay yesterday and really wanted to buy them. After showing them to Yunjoo, she said they would go great with the wooden ducks I bought, so I decided to buy them. I really like the shape and style of them!

μ–΄μ œ eBay에 μžˆλŠ” 고양이듀을 λ΄€λŠ”λ° μ•„μ£Ό 많이 사고 μ‹Άμ—ˆλ‹€. μœ€μ£Όμ—κ²Œ λ³΄μ—¬μ€¬λŠ”λ° μœ€μ£Όκ°€ μ•„μ£Ό 예뻐! 그리고 λ„ˆ μ˜€λ¦¬μ™€ 같이 있으면 더 μ˜ˆμ˜λ‹€κ³  ν•΄μ„œ λ‚΄κ°€ 샀닀 γ…‹γ…‹ κ·Έ 고양이 λͺ¨μŠ΅κ³Ό μŠ€νƒ€μΌμ΄ μ•„μ£Ό μ’‹λ‹€!

Metal Cats

Wooden Ducks

 

Lots of happenings

It’s been a while since I last posted on my blog. I’ve been fairly busy with things. I’ll see if I can cover everything without being too lengthy:

Christmas 2011

My girlfriend, Yunjoo, visited from Korea! She stayed with me at my parents house and enjoyed Christmas with the family. It was a lot of fun and she really enjoyed the holidays as well as the family. After Christmas, we went on a trip to Las Vegas, Utah, the Grand Canyon, San Francisco, Sacramento, and then back to Washington. It was fun, but tiring, and we both got sick. We did some more local touristy things and made a lot of Korean food together that we and my parents enjoyed a lot.

Disney World 2012

While Yunjoo was still here in the US, we, my parents, one of my brothers and his family, and also my sister and her family took a week trip to Disney World! It was a lot of fun! Though with all the walking all over the four parks, our feet and legs got very tired and near the end we were pretty exhausted. Everyone but Yunjoo and myself got sick around the last day, and suffered during the week after we got back home.

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