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Stocking Up

Stocking Up


This photo shows the best of late autumn, and hints at what may be to come. In it we can see the hard light of late afternoon making the highlights subtly pop on the chunks of tree stacked in forest shack. Perhaps driven by memories of the years extended chill, these logs are signs of what we expect from the winter ahead. In this state though, the wood looks utterly peaceful. Most of us likely know such moments. The sun is setting through the newly bare trees. The evening wind has yet to pick up, and we are left there in an unexpected stillness. Lasting just minutes, these moments seem elongated, drawing us into a serene, but ultimately temporary space.

Already on the sides of the photo we can see the shadows encroachment on this wood. The site will be dark soon enough. Small gusts carrying undeniable hints of winter chill will soon be felt. But for now, this moment proves enough. We can feel the warmness of the multi-toned faces of the logs as they point towards the remaining sun. Yet to tap our stored memories of the summer, this is a moment that is still real. It might be enough, this stocking up. We will find out soon.


[Image taken with a Ricoh GR1 shooting Agfa APX100. Coming from Shooting mostly T-max and Tri-x films by Kodak, I was surprised with the results from this film. It seems to allow more shadow detail while still pumping the contrast. The grain also has a different character than the more common ‘T’ grain or Tri-x “looks”. So, if finding a stock, be like a squirrel and stock up.]


(Photo & Text by Marty Miller)







Honam based budget carrier Air Philip recently launched the operation of its Muan-Incheon route.

Please do take note of the times. There are 2 round trips a day.

Departure times from Muan are at 4:45am and 9:40 pm.

Incheon to Muan will take off at 6:30am and 11:20 pm each day.

It is the first time in Honam to launch a direct flight to the country’s largest international airport.


The airline also opened its route from Muan To Vladivostok, Russia in this week with flights 3 times a week.

You can check out their website or their facebook for more updates.

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(Photo’s courtesy of Air Philip Facebook page)


Essentials with JD #497**WORLD AIDS DAY 2018**

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Gwangju City Hall recently posted its support for World Aids Day 2018. A day to remember and spread awareness for HIV and Aids. Know your status, get tested and support those around you who are living with the virus.

HIV testing are available to you at your local District Health Center. For more information you can also find information available in English on the sites below. You can also call 1339 for more information at the Korea Center for Disease Control.


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The Community Chest Gwangju Headquarters held a ceremony to reveal this year’s Love Thermometer last week at the May 18 Democracy Plaza in downtown Gwangju.

Under the slogan of ‘20 Years with Community Chest, Happy World with Sharing,’ the campaign aims to raise 5.3 billion won by January 31st, 2019.

The Community Chest Jeollanamdo Headquarters revealed its Love Thermometer at the Provincial Office and launched their campaign on Tuesday.

The headquarters aims to raise 9.7 billion won by January 31st, 2019.

The mercury on the thermometer will be raised by 1 degree for every 1 percent of funds donated.



What to Do This Weekend: Trivia, Friday Night Specials, and The Wiz!

Hello Gwangju!

December is already upon us? Bring on the Christmas lights! Let’s see what there is to do in the city this weekend.

Thursday, November 29th

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Courtesy of Speakeasy

It’s time for the Thursday night quiz at Speakeasy!  There will be six rounds with topics ranging from current events, to movies and music. You can get together a team of your friends (max. 5 people), or find a team to join when you get there. It only costs 5,000 won to play, and you’ll have a chance to win cash, and free shots. The second place team will get their money back, and the first place team will get the rest. Nate is your quiz master in charge, so come on down to Speakeasy for a great night of questions and answers! For more info, please go to the Speakeasy Facebook page.

Friday, November 30th

Photo Courtesy of Tequilaz.

Photo Courtesy of Tequilaz.

If you’re new to Gwangju, then you’re going to want to check out Tequilaz and their Friday night specials! If you’re a veteran of the city, then you already know that it’s the place to be on Friday. You can enjoy their famous tacos for only 3,000 won each. You’re going to need something to wash those tacos down with, so how about unlimited drafts for 12,000 won? If you prefer cocktails, then you can get unlimited rail cocktails for only 20,000 won. All specials run from 9:00 p.m., until midnight, and are cash only please. The staff is really friendly, so come on down tonight and have some fun! If you need more info, then please go to their Facebook page.

Saturday, December 1st

Courtesy of the Gwangju Performance project

Courtesy of the Gwangju Performance project

The Gwangju Performance Project (GPP) wowed audiences with their first musical production, Little Shop of Horrors. Now their last show of the year might be the biggest and best yet! The GPP is proud to present their production of the Tony winning Broadway musical, The Wiz! The Wiz is an urban retelling of the classic children’s story The Wizard of Oz. The Wiz was one of the first, big scale musicals with an all African-American cast. All of the GPP members have been working hard to present another great musical for the residents of Gwangju. The first two shows take place today at 3:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. There will be another performance tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. as well. If you can’t make it this weekend, there will be three more shows from December 8th, to the 9th. For all the information that you need, including how to order your tickets in advance, please go to the Facebook event page. Go out and support live theater in Gwangju!

Sunday, December 2nd

Courtesy of Gwangju Yoga

Courtesy of Gwangju Yoga

After a busy weekend out on the town, you might be looking for a nice, relaxing way to begin the week. Look no further than the GIC for their Sunday morning yoga class. The class will begin at 11:00 a.m., and you will have to bring your own mat. They also suggest a donation of 5,000, to 10,000 won. The class is led by Emily, a yoga instructor who was trained in America. For more details, please go to their Facebook page.

Important Announcement!

Adopt-A-Child for Christmas still needs your help! They’re looking for less than a dozen people to make sure that the kids in the local Gwangju orphanages have something to open. If you are interested in personally buying a gift, please follow this link to their Facebook page.