Ut på tur, aldri sur

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Hello!Long time no see..(as always)
Let’s catch up a little bit. My time in Seoul is up and I’m now back in Norway again to continue my studies. On this blog I will update in a random order, but I still want the main topic to be Seoul because I have one terabyte external hard drive filled with pictures and videos from the memories I made in South Korea. I still want to put out the pictures I took, but in my own pace with little pressure. So please subscribe to my fanpage to keep track of my random updates if you are interested 🙂

On another side note, I took my first cross country ski trip this Monday. The weather was perfect!
The sun was up, the sky was blue as the ocean and no clouds in sight. It was the best time to test out my friends DJI Phantom 🙂 The DJI was really cool to try out, really easy to navigate but I couldn’t help but think of the price tag if I were to crash that thing. I flew the drone for around for 5 min and gave it back to the owner.

I also whipped out my dusty friend, Canon 70-200mm to take some pretty snow forest pictures.
Overall is was a really good day for drone flying and photography, but not so great for my rusty cross country skiing skills. It was so embarrassing how many times I fell by just going straight down a small hill. I will probably upload a small vlog of the event, so stay tuned.

Xoxo sassypixels

Aesthetically beautiful

(Model: https://www.instagram.com/soyul_ly/)

During the photoshoot with my model, I decided to test out the feature 60FPS on my Canon 6d.
Originally, I didn’t plan out to create a video, my plans was just to slow down the video and test it on Final cut pro for myself. But during my last film class, the assignment was to create something personal. In my mind, I had another video planned out but it took to long to assemble the clips and edit them together. Therefore, this video was created.

The reason why its titled ” Aesthetically beautiful ” is because the video has a voice over in Korean. But since the language is unfamiliar to most of us non Koreans, therefore it sounds very beautiful. But we have no idea what the video is really about, but its just aesthetically pleasing to look at. Therefore we create this illusion that the voiceover might have a story to tell or have some deeper meaning, but in reality it could be just a Korean girl reading about chocolate recipe in a sensual way. What I am trying to say, is that beautiful things can be deceiving, and consumer should not just buy anything that is aesthetically beautiful. Does it make any sense?
Probably not.

Will probably correct this text in the early mornings.
Because right now my head is spinning. Good night

Xoxo Sassypixels

Photoshoot at Hanuel Park with a model

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Hey!
This photoshot was done back in November with a korean model at the Hanuel Park.
I thought the park was really beautiful, and it would be a shame if I didn’t have a proper photoshoot, with a proper model. After spamming almost all models at the webpage www.filmmakers.co.kr I finally got some answers and Souyl_Ly was kind enough to show up and work for free in exchange for the pictures.

During the shoot we had some language barrier, because the model didn’t speak english nor did I speak fluently Korean, but the pictures turned out beautifully. At times in different angles I though Soyul looked somewhat similar to Sandara Park from 2NE1, or is it only me?

In the beginning Soyul was somewhat awkward because she is not originally a model, she is actually an actress. So this is the first few times she did a photoshoot, it was kinda hard for her to move around comfortably infront of the camera but eventually, she warmed up and moved gracefully and became a super model on the spot.
Btw, how old do you think Soyul is?
You will never guess the right answer.

Souyl (Her instagram) my model friend is turning 30 years old this year! SAY WHAT???
I was so shocked to find out how old she was, I couldn’t believe my own eyes!
I really thought she was around 25 years old or something… Amagad, korean women age so gracefully here. Anyways, hope you liked my pictures and random rant. Please subscribe to my blog if you want to get updates 🙂

See you around.
Xoxo Sassypixels

gyeongju day trip

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We’d planned ahead before flying to Korea, that our trip to the southern part of South Korea will only be for a weekend, since L wanted to spend most of the remaining time exploring Seoul. Therefore when we were in Busan, we decided to pass by Gyeongju for a day trip, since it was only a few hours away by buss.

But to be honest, we didn’t know what we threw ourself into. We thought we did all the planning ahead, but when we were there..it was quite chaotic. But also very adventerous and fun at the same time. First of, we didnt know exactly how to get from Busan to Gyeongju.
We knew that they had quite a few options, but we wanted the cheapest and fastest way since we were on a student budget. L was the brain, she did some research, and found a route by taking the subway to the end of Busan. Then magically jump onto a buss that would take us Gyeongju, and amazingly it did!

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We felt so cool sitting on the right buss, taking us to right place without knowing any korean. Both L and me, smiled and thought this was going to be a smooth day. But, nope.
When we arrived at Gyeongju, we were supposed to take a tourist buss that would charge around 20.000 won per person, in return the buss would take us to the most popular spots in Gyeongju.

Upon arrival, we found out that we were 1 hour to late ( even thought it was only 11.00 am ). The last buss has already departed, and there was no more busses for today 🙁

We panicked and thought this was the end of our Gyeongju trip. At first we were thinking of renting a taxi driver for a day, but the price was to damn high. In the end we asked the tourist center if it was possible to take the public transport to all of the attractions and they said yes 🙂

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We mustered up some courage, and got some help from the tourist center and jumped on some random buss. But somehow, we managed to get through the whole day, by only using our T-money. It wasn’t easy, because no one could understand us, but it was super cheap 🙂
I think we spent around 10.000 won = 7 euro ish for a whole day of public transport.

We managed to see :
– Bulguksa temple as you can see in the pictures of this whole post
– Cheonmachong tomb
– Seokguram

These attractions were all in one area so it was convenient. We also planned to see the Anapji pond but time wasn’t on our side by the end of the day. If anyone is reading, does anyone want a better explanation how to get around Gyeongju by public transport?
Is there anyone reading my text, or maybe you are all just schrolling through?

Xoxo Sassypixels

Gamcheon village in Busan

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Hello, dear readers 🙂
I won’t have this blog in chronological order, to be honest it will be a mess.
I will update the blog according to my mood, meaning sometimes I will write about past event or perhaps current events. The reason behind this is sometimes I feel super excited about the current events and if I were to post it in a chronological order the post wont be online before 3 months later and the passion I had will be gone. So here it goes a messy blog…

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I knew that when I start my uni life in Seoul, it would be harder to travel around due to the the strict school policy in Korea. So I decided to arrive 2 weeks before to travel around South Korea and do everything I wanted to do on my buckets list. I brought with me a companion from Norway, my dear friend L as you can see on the picture above. Thank you L for being so patience with my photography and thank you for being my model during the entire trip.

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We arrived in Seoul on the 18. august, spent one night at a hotel.  The day after we, took the bullet train to Busan. We arrived at the hotel, dumped our things and decided to explore the famous favilla of Busan. We blindly just took a buss to somewhere, with a little bit of luck and magic we managed to arrived at the Gamcheun village on the top of the mountains in Busan. The first impression was breathtaking, it did look somewhat similar to the favilla in Rio at the first glance. But looking closer, the Gamcheun village was much more colourful and modern, not to mention a lot more safer than the one in Rio.

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img_7470We had no clue where to walk around in the village, so we just randomly choose a path.
But 10 mins later, we were lost and dehydrated. The heat in Busan was killing us, it was 34 degrees in the air, but amagad the humidity was killing us!! I felt like a polar bear walking in a dessert, totally misplaced. We were drenched in sweat by just walking a few steps, my forehead was constantly wet and so was the rest of my body 🙁  Luckily we found shade and a cute coffee shop around the corner, we ordered two smoothies and took a rest in the shade.

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After the rest, we asked around for some advice where to go, because we were at the bottom of the favilla. So far, we only saw a few people walking around, and the rest of the street was quite empty and quiet. The advice was to walk up, and follow the path with signs, and we did.
Suddenly out of nowhere we arrived at crowded street, with a lot tourists and (many) cute korean shops. We knew we were at the right place 🙂

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From that point on, we just followed the path and found a lot street food and many cute accessories shop on the side walk. I also spotted the famous raindrop cake, which is has gone viral on youtube for a while. The raindrop cake has its origin from Japan, but somehow they were selling it here in Busan, so thought to myself why not?
To be honest the raindrop cake, tasted like asian jelly. It wasn’t that amazing as people had described it, that it would just melt of your tongue etc…
But maybe its not the authentic thing, since I am buying in from Busan, and not Kyoto? Meh…who knows.

Anyways by the end of that day, we found this cool little quote on the wall :

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Xoxo Sassypixels

Why am I in Seoul?

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Not your average princess

Hello, welcome to my blog!
A lot of you guys, are wondering why I am in Seoul and what I am doing here, it seems like I just packed my bag and moved to Seoul. But, let me explain what I’ve been up 🙂

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Jeju Island

First of some of my friends might wonder, what happened after Norwegian school of photography in Trondheim?
I graduated in fall 2014 with a certificate of apprenticeship from the Norwegian school of photography. Back then I was to afraid to start something of my own after graduating, or work as an assistant for another photographer, so I decided the safest route was to go back to school.

I decided to do one year of art in Notodden and just do something I really had a passion for but never had the guts to it with 100 %. Graduated in 2015 from Notodden, with a one year diploma within art under my belt. But doing art as a full time job wasn’t my calling. While doing art in Notodden, I went deep inside of myself and tried to figure out what I want my future workspace to look like. I asked myself, where do I see myself in 5-10 years, and what would make me happy?

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L and me in traditional clothing

To be honest, if I had the chance I would go all in for photography.
It would make me very happy, and I would live a blissful life. But in reality photography is very hard as a full time job. The life of a photography assistant is very hard, and many photographers take advantage of the assistants and they give them many hours of work and way to little pay.

So I had to be smart about my choice, and I have to be honest with myself.
I wrote down things that were important to me, for example I knew wanted to have a normal Norwegian pay, and I want to have retirement funds when I grow old. Basically any normal Norwegian job, except photography because in create fields you have to set up your own funds.
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Summoning a beast infront of the heavens gate in Gyeongju

After a lot of thinking, contemplating and soul searching I found my answer. I wanted to jump into the IT world and become a webdesigner or web developer, because it was the closes thing to being creative with a decent income. So, in 2015 I applied to Høgskolen i Gjøvik, but has now become NTNU Gjøvik. Because it became NTNU Gjøvik, it had opened up more opportunities for exchanging abroad. I choose South Korea, because its a destination I really wanted to see since I was 16 years old because of the influence of Kpop and Kdrama. So, here I am in Seoul, been living here for 3 months and I love it. I really wished I could stay here for 1 year! But if I extend my stay, I will delay my bachelor which is not an option. So now you know, why I am in Seoul.

Long story short : I am doing an exchange program in Seoul, through my bachelor degree.

Xoxo Sassypixels

Hanuel Park

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Today I realised that I’ve been in Seoul for around 3 months now, which means that I only have 2 months left here 🙁

That fact made me panic, I’ve now planned out everything I should do before I leave this busy town.I’ve made a schedule for all the days in the month, and I am crossing my fingers that I get to explore everything and have no regrets before I go back home.
I am also trying to breath life in this blog and youtube, while I am in Korea but most likely I know myself…it will be a handfull and I will end up giving it up -_-

As you can see at the picture above, I’ve been to the Hanuel Park aka the Sky park.
The view is really breathtaking and no picture can do justice, I really recommend this place for everyone who is passing by Seoul. Very picture perfect environment, but I do recommend to go during week days and not weekends. It will be crowded, and you have to cue to climb up the mountain, but during week days there is no one who will disturb you during your selfies.
Wanna say thank you to my new apprentice Levy, who captured my face on the perfect side 🙂

Oki, will try and get some sleep now.
Good night

My squad in Korea

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This is my scandinavian squad in Korea, they are my party lions. All day, and all night at Hongdae, dancing our feets off 🙂 One of them is half japanese and half swedish, meanwhile the other is half thai and half danish. Can you guess, which one is which is the swedish, or danish?
Hmmmmm…..

Anyways, we are now recruiting a Finish girl or boy, so we can complete our scandinavian squad.
Is it anyone one out there, who wants to volenteer?

I want it all!

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The spring/summer collection from Alena Akhmadullina, she was inspired by Hokusai’s Great Wave Off Kanagawa. I really wanted the dress, or maybe the one piece. I only need to throw out 1600 dollars for the dress, and around 2000 dollars for the one piece.
Easy money. No problem, I got this.

Xoxo Sassypixels