David & Susan Rhim

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Weddings.   Probably the time where we prepare ear plugs to block out interrogation from relatives and duck tape to seal their mouths so they cannot ask those horrid ‘questions’ about marriage.  However not this time round as I was honored to be the official photographer for David and Susan’s beautiful wedding in Jeju Island! Woop woop!

Just by observing the relationship between the couple and their family and friends, it felt like I knew them for a very long time.  As they were so accommodating and welcoming, I couldn’t help but feel like I was a part of their circle…but whenever that happened I constantly had to slap myself back to reality and boot myself to work.  I don’t think I will ever get use to this bittersweet feeling.  Signs of being still an amateur…

Anyhow, David and Susan flown in all the way from Sydney to hold their special day in Jeju and I would like to thank them again for allowing me to be a part of their beautiful story.  The images above are some of my favourite moments of the day.  Enjoy!

Yeomiji Botanical Garden

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Dear Korea

I’ll keep this short and sweet.

If you think etching your names on exotic plants and trees is romantic…think again.  You are DUMB and you should be put in jail.

I still cannot get my head around it as to why anyone would do such a thing…it was the exact same disbelief feeling when I saw names etched on most of the beautiful trees in the bamboo forest in Damyang.

….just…why?!

Unlocking Jeju

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I went to join with Mr.C once again in Jeju Island.  I have mentioned Mr.C once before and for those who don’t know who he is, I consider him a wise friend and also an important peer.  His knowledge and experiences in life is nothing short of incredible and he always have great stories to tell and lessons to teach…like this time on how to find dolphins in the Jeju sea.

It kinda’ feels like being in the Karate kid, but rather learning about kicking ass, I am being given keys to unlock secrets to Jeju culture.  Everything he says is so valuable and so culturally enriching!

Anyways the lesson learnt here is that when you travel, try to meet with many types of different people and sometimes do things which are out of your comfort zone.  You never know who you might bump into…they might even give you valuable knowledge and experiences that only a local can give.

Grass and Wind

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A lot of people ask me what is so special about the Olle Trails in Jeju Island?  Well, I remember seeing a recurring pattern of people taking express buses and taxis and hopping from one location to another.  The beauty of the Olle trails is that you will not miss the hidden beauty that sleeps in between these beautiful locations.  It also promotes a healthier lifestyle and you will always get a sense of healing after a few hours walk. I’m pretty sure the fresh scent of greenery and the unique Jeju wind is much healthier than an air conditioner at full blast.  Korea doesn’t know how to control their air con power!

I mentioned this previously here, it really is like an adventure, you’ll never know what you will come across whether it’s other friendly walkers or the unexpected natural beauty you stumble across which is inaccessible via public transport.

On the last note, I keep getting emails about people not being able to visit these BEAUTIFUL trails because they cannot speak any Korean. Who will you talk to when walking these trails? A tree?  Even getting there shouldn’t be a problem either as the guesthouse/hotel in which you will be staying in will provide you detailed information about the island and how to get there.  I spoke no Korean whatsoever during my first time in Jeju~ ~ piece of cake.