No Pain No Gain

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One of the main reasons I decided to stay in Korea for another year was because of snowboarding! Last year I had a taste of it during mid March as the snow was melting away. But oh damn was it great to be back, not only just snowboarding and riding the wind, but i couldn’t wait to take more photos of this resort for this blog…

…until I broke my lense.

I wasn’t carrying it out and about around my neck whilst boarding…in fact it was nicely padded inside my bag. I don’t get it, it was fine last year even though i fell and rolled over many times… T_T .  No regrets though…I think I would’ve beaten myself up more if I didn’t take any risks and went home pictureless…meh, so sorry guys for the lame post this week.

Trying to master the front edge technique I ended up with bruised knees, bruised back, a bruised purple arse, and an unfocusable lense…GAINS BRah!

O.O

Aaaaanyways there are more pictures on my Instagram account if you’re interested.  Just sayin’

Golden Eye (기보배 Gi Bo Bae)

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Wow my first high profile photoshoot! I’ve always been a crazy fan of the Olympics, and this year’s was no exception. I was particularly annoyed the Korean TV showed very little international coverage, as only South Korean athletes were extensively highlighted. Boo. I wanted to cheer Team GB on, and I must admit I do get a little over patriotic and start shouting at the immobile telly without noticing.

I remember watching a particular Korean Archer who won 2 gold medals. Maybe it was the sports’ fashion (it’s that damn hat for sure) but it really did make the athletes look more older and mature. Gi Bo Bae (기보배) also had that powerful ‘aura’ which made me really nervous before even meeting her. I thought gold medal winners will be very proud, and walk around like a noble monarch.

However she was the complete opposite. Born in 1988 Gi Bo Bae has one of the most easy-going and down to Earth characters I’ve ever known. She was just a ‘normal’ Korean girl. She already broke the ice and tension for me when she took us to the interview room and playfully shouting ‘야!’ at fellow young students along the way. She is really an explosion of playfulness, and humbleness…which makes me want to say “OH MY GOD I LOVE YOU LET’S BE BEST FRIENDS!!!!!”

This was the moment as well where I am so greatful and relieved to have learnt enough Korean to engage in a conversation with her. We ended up talking about my home city, London. She said she wanted to live there (yes please! Let’s be best friends). Ok I sound like a stalker now *ahemm*

I think what really made me in awe was her future goal. I though every athlete’s dream was to win the gold medal and then they can retire happily. Clearly not. She said she wanted to study Special Education so that she can train disabled children to be Paralympians. Praise.

Read the full interview here!
More shots from the photoshoot on my facebook page here!

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