Merry Christmas, loyal followers. Because 2020 has been such a brain explosion to us all, I gave up on presents and gifts and general good-human-ing. I’ve been so tied up in my own little world that the festive season and the looming new year have come around without me noticing. If months were refundable, I’d definitely want at least $70 of my life back from December 2020.
As a way to make myself feel like a better person, I’ve made a post with some fun downloadable artwork for your phone wallpaper! Just pretend it’s 2009, your new Nokia is fresh out of the box, and your 90th favourite internet person has sent you floral patterns for your wallpaper! What a gift!
I have a very small following so I trust you, my viewer, to use these images responsibly (i.e. I won’t see my images on your IG or used anywhere without permission. I expect you will only use them for a hot minute, if at all, before you go back to Snoopy or your fave Kakao friend). Ugh, don’t you hate a copyright disclaimer. Do I even need to say it? Such a buzz kill.
Anyway, if you choose to use my humble illustrations on your cellular devices, let me know by tagging @hellojoquinn or @koreanpicnic on your instagram story. As you can see, I am giving, but I am also very much taking. After all, this is a marketing ploy to get you to share my instagram profile with your plethora of followers who are yet to be graced with my sporadic yet hilarious feed.
Have a Merry Christmas (but try not to go outside!) Be jolly and drunk (but don’t touch anyone you care about without injecting Purell into your veins first). Eat lots of saturated fats and sweets (but take your vitamins too, so as to not compromise your immune system). Subscribe to my channel (for real though, give me the gift of creative validation by subscribing here or check out my instagram pages here or there).
Oh, I almost got lost in my hilarious blogging bubble and forgot to add the wallpapers. Here you go! Click on the image to download. Sorry if they’re low-res, I’m not Santa. I couldn’t test them out on a big phone!
Merry Christmas to the four people who consistently read my blog! I hope you had a great time with loved one(s) and reflected on the year we’ve just had. I have been absent on my blog due to visa struggles and moving house! All of our dilemmas have been solved and we are back to our happy normal life selves. My husband and I recently ventured further south east to Yongin in Gyeonggi Province. We feel so excited to move a little further from Seoul away from the chaos…
Today, we spent our afternoon gliding around City Hall’s ice skating rink in an attempt to enact Frozen 2 on ice. It was my first time strapping into ice skating boots and slipping on ice (I’m Australian, this is all foreign to me, I’ve never even been skiing). I managed to find my rhythm rather quickly thanks to many summers spent rollerblading in my local neighbourhood.
There was ample space for skaters of all varieties: speedsters, grandpas, clusters of friends who all kept falling over, and nervous parents. There was a special section for little kids to learn how to skate and it was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. As well as the learning zone, there was a separate rink for kids and parents to fall over in. I also saw some people playing curling and assumed they were Canadian because who plays curling? Does one ‘play curling‘ or simply just ‘curl‘?
In any case, I regretted not wearing a cape for this icy occasion but I’m pretty sure I’m a contender for Disney’s Frozen 2 On Ice Korea Tour 2020. My husband seemed to be a seasoned skater and glided around effortlessly. He’s good at almost everything so it was no surprise that he had skater’s legs and could spin without hesitation!
How to Ice Skate in Seoul:
If you’re visiting Seoul between Jan and Feb, the ice skating fun will be up and running. Just head to City Hall station on line 2 or line 1 and follow the signs! It’s hard to miss. We were lucky to have a sunny blue sky over us as we skated! It costs 1,000 KRW (roughly $1) to skate for 1 hour including skates and a helmet! How cheap! Also, bring a 500 won coin to use the lockers to keep all of your belongings safe (not that anyone would touch them in Korea!)
Apgujeong is one of Seoul’s more affluent neighbourhoods. There is no shortage of designer clothes, expensive schools and plastic surgeons. Today, I spent the morning walking around Apgujeong Rodeo Street (not to go shopping because I’m not a bajillionaire). Instead, I admired all of the amazing buildings in the area that house some of the world’s most expensive designer brands.
As a designer, I looked at these creations in awe. The craftsmanship, the beauty, and the detail were spectacular. With the facades on these buildings, they were worthy of being in every design magazine.
However, when I looked at them as a human, I couldn’t help but feel it was all a bit too… too much. It almost seems like a waste to have all of this design reserved for the filthy rich. It would be great to see more of this incredible creativity distributed around other parts of Seoul. Should this all be centred around one neighbourhood of Seoul? One street for that matter.
City Hall, Lotte Tower, and the DDP are all places that people can enjoy together. They are examples of architecture that enable all walks of life to share the design. Shouldn’t we save our creative energy for everyone to enjoy? I guess not… otherwise I wouldn’t be writing about this. One or two amazing buildings in a street, yes, but for every designer brand to have its own unique facade? Come on, guys! It’s too much! But I did appreciate the cool petrol station.
Hello Follower. That’s right, you are the sole follower of this blog. Welcome to what an Australian Christmas looks like! It was full of turkey, alcohol, Bailey’s cream and a Disney movie to help us digest the four years worth of food we ate in one sitting.