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Dressing Up in Seoul: Princess Diary Cafe

16 Sep

On Sunday, I decided to return to one of my favorite theme cafes in Seoul; The Princess Diary Cafe.  Conveniently located near Ewha Women’s University (an area with 100′s and 100′s of Wedding Dress shops!), and hope skip and a jump from the circle line subway, it’s super easy to find and can provide hours of entertainment!

Princess Diary Cafe is pretty much a dress up cafe where, depending on how much money you would like to spend (between 15,000 and 40,000 depending on which dress you choose), you can chill out in very cutesy booths with a group of your girlfriends, sip on delicious smoothies and ice-teas…and try on a wide variety of “princess” dresses! Random, I know!

While most of the dresses are long, flowing, white wedding gowns, there are also some traditional Korean Hanboks and also some very cheesy and over-the-top party dresses that we steered clear of!

princess diary cafe seoul

princess diary cafe seoul

dress up cafe seoul

As this was my second time in this “unique” place, I opted for a traditional Korean dress while one of my friends chose a full length wedding gown and 2 of the others decided to suit up in Tuxedos!

You can keep your chosen outfit on for up to an hour while you prance around the cafe striking different poses (there is a variety of props to use such as a piano, a fake tiger skin blanket, bunny ears, geisha hats…) and taking a ridiculous amount of photos!

janet korean hanbok

korean traditional dress hanbok

awkward photo

I do think it is a *little* overpriced but as you decide yourself which dress you want to wear, it’s up to you how much money you spend. You can also go to the cafe, purchase a drink and take pictures with al the crazy props without trying on any dress. This will set you back around 12,000 won, and could be a fun option if you are low on cash.

I really enjoyed the 2 hours we spent here, and while I would not go back for a 3rd time, I will cherish the great photos we took and memories made for quite some time.

wedding dress shop seoul

dress up cafe seoul korea

princess diary dress up cafe seoul

How to get to the Princess Diary Cafe: Take green circle line (line 2) to Ewha Women’s Univ. Station and walk out of exit 3. Walk down the street to your right when you exit the station then turn left at the Juno Hair alley. The Princess Cafe is on the 3rd floor of the building to your right.

The Rise of the Irish Language

11 Aug

Gaeltacht-Sign

I want to share some amazing videos with you created by young students currently attending Colaiste Lurgan Irish College in the West of Ireland. This college has been releasing music videos throughout the summer in which the students have translated recent and popular songs into Irish and have added their own twist to the songs. From singing Avicii ‘Wake me Up’ to  recreating the infamous cups scene from the movie ‘Pitch Perfect’, they are creating hit after hit. WIth their most recent video attracting more than half a million hits in 3 days, it is well on the way to becoming a viral sensation!

Not only am I amazed by the huge musical talent coming out of this Irish camp, but I’m also unbelievably impressed with the camp organizers for coming up with such a unique and creative method of making Irish fun to learn. When I was in secondary school I would have done anything to avoid going to Irish college, and while I know some of my friends did admit to having fun there, many more feared the place where English was strictly forbidden and ‘having fun’ was far from the priority of the teachers, supervisors and Bean an Tí’s!

Watching these videos you can see how much the students are ENJOYING learning Irish, and they remind me what a beautiful language it is. In addition to learning off the lyrics and singing songs in Irish, the organizers also recreated the Indian ‘Holi’ Festival of Colours on a local beach for the students to enjoy, an idea which is sure to encourage many more students to sign up to Irish college next year.

What do you think??

Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

11 Nov

The only thing that can bring things back to life, and restore energy levels in this community, is clean water.

As long as there is water, these young kids can continue to grow, continue to learn, continue to live.

Sand, Smiles and Sore Feet

10 Nov

Sorry I have been missing in action from my blog for a few months now, but I have been VERY busy and still am. I am working full-time for an amazing organization called ‘The Hope Foundation” and have also been working hard to get my Masters thesis finished. I also managed to fit in a weekend away in London and just under a month in Northern Kenya, doing field research.

Here are some photos I took while staying in the town of Lodwar, in Central Turkana, where temperatures reach up to 39′c on a daily basis, the climate is harsh and the landscape is desert like. Water is scarce, sanitation facilities are non existent and Life is all  about survival. When I have more time I will share with you my stories are heart ache, horror, compassion and hope, but for now here are some photos of the amazingly beautiful children I befriended on my journey.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Two Subjects

15 Apr

The first image is a photo I took of two child shepherds in the Bale Mountains in Ethiopia. The second and third images are just edits of the first one, which I cropped and decided to change to black and white.

Brother and Sister, side by side. Two beautiful subjects. :)

Carnival Kids!

19 Feb

Today at the dutch carnival I spotted these sweet little kids…jumping up and down on a vintage car!!

Recreating Memories

25 Nov

“That swimming pool better be gone be the time I come home this evening”, were my moms harsh, final words, directed at My Dad, My Sister and I, as she closed the front door behind her.

14 small words that came together to have catastrophic meaning.

The “swimming pool” we had cajoled our Dad into spending the WHOLE weekend digging, clearing lining with plastic sheeting, filling with water and bottles of bubble bath… the “swimming pool” we had dreamed of having for years and had finally succeeded in acquiring, was to be no more!

I was reminded of this great child hood memory this morning when my Dad emailed me the only photographic evidence we have of its short lived existence, ah the dream that wasn’t meant to be.

Our 1 day swimming pool

It’s funny how this all happened day after I discovered an awesome photo project by Argentinian Photographer Irina Werning. The project, entitled “Back to The Future” is about recreating old photographs 20 years on, using the exact same person in the exact same clothes in the exact same position (Click to view photos)

I think it’s a magical idea and would love to try recreate some childhood memories of my own some day. For now, this is the best I can do. My first day of school and my last day of college, almost 20 years on.

First day of school, Last Day of College

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