Today, I took out photos of my Bulgaria trip. Looking back, I remember pressing the camera button the most at this time. The beautiful monastery standing alone in the deep mountains was overwhelming with its numerous murals and quiet scenery.
The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, better known as Rila Monastery "Sveti Ivan Rilski" is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria.
Lila Monastery is located in a valley at an elevation of 1100 m above sea level, its architecture is majestic, has a long history, and has a beautiful artistic atmosphere, making it the most famous historical site in Bulgaria and was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
Rila Monastery, Bulgaria
A World Heritage Site, Rila Monastery is located 60 kilometers south of the Bulgarian capital Sofia and was built in the 10th century with a strict layout like a medieval castle. Rila Monastery is a center of architecture, art, religion, seal sculpting and education. In the heyday of Bulgarian monasteries, there were tens of thousands of people and later there were only a few hundred, but today the Rila Monastery has eight monks.
I just caught a monk passing by the monastery on camera. Captured from a distance, but unknown reverence and mystery.
The entrance is made of a discreet structure, and the inside looks like an isolated medieval castle. Exquisite murals on the exterior walls depict religious stories that encourage people to punish evil and encourage good.
It is considered the most beautiful monastery in Bulgaria. Early Byzantine architecture, the black and white stripes are very distinctive.
Because the entire monastery was built near a creek deep in the mountains, I still vividly remember hearing the sound of the babbling brook and many birdsong. When you look at the murals inside the monastery along with the sound of nature that sounds like a bell, you will feel as if you are in a fairy village.
There is an artist from Bulgaria who perfected the mystical and pious values of the monastery in miniature form.
Bulgarian artist Plamen Ignatov spent a great deal of 16 years creating an impressive miniature model of the Rila Monastery using many matches. Made of wood, matches and precious stones, these artifacts are now on display at the Archaeological Museum in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Kraków, Zakopane in Poland
During the 8 years I lived in Germany, I was fortunate enough to have had many opportunities to travel. As the travel route was blocked for a long time due to the Covid-19 , I was suddenly summoned to the time when I had traveled freely without any restriction in the past. It was ordinary but precious daily life. Now, it has become a memory that doesn't look like a photograph, but I believe that because of these times, I must have become an artist in search of the beauty and meaning of our life. Starting today, I decided to take out my previous travel photos little by little.
I have always felt that living in Europe has a large square in the city, an old church in the square, and a flower market around the church. There is a fountain in front of the city hall, carriages for tourists, and various large and small street performances are held. Outdoor cafes with beautiful flower decorations are common on the street.
The ceiling inside St. Mary's Cathedral in Kraków Square was a beautiful blue like the sky.
Below is a small cathedral taken in Zakopane. It's a small Catholic church, but it caught my eye at the time. I later drew this church and gave it to a friend.
The photos I am posting now aren't going to look like reviews from commercial travel sites. It is simply a recall of memories, ignoring the constant flow of time and place logically. Are there times when we do too? Suddenly, unorganized thoughts pop up, but sometimes it gives me a sense of stability.
When we travel to an unfamiliar but beautiful country, we press hard on the camera's shutter whenever we meet a great scenery. And time goes by. All that remains is a photo. However, this too often exceeds the capacity. We live with so much visual data in our minds and in our heads, above all else, in one space on the Internet. Is travel a continuation of storing photos like this? Those who truly know travel know all too well that this is not the case. When I travel, a memorable and iconic scene remains in my mind.
So did I in Poland. I still can't forget the beautiful white-haired old woman who was selling cotton candy in the big square. She was very warm and had beautiful blue eyes. I think she was probably representing Poland, not cotton candy, but warm kindness and love. I still think of her when I say Poland.
When I go to an unfamiliar country, I come in contact with a culture, life, and landscape that is different from the environment I used to live in. It is like a child trying to enter with curiosity in front of a large, beautiful but tightly closed door.
Why did I photograph this scene? There are times when I don't understand when I look at the last picture. However, as time goes by, I come to realize that these everyday photos are very precious, rather than a special and glamorous tourist destination. I miss Europe so much. I want to ride the colorful tram that passes between the densely lined buildings and houses.
While living in the US for the same amount of time as in Germany, I also meet friends who have lived in Europe for a long time. At such times, the same nostalgia that everyone talks about is the outdoor cafe. In the United States, there are not many places where you can walk freely while looking at the streets without a car, so this place is the biggest disappointment.
After fighting each other
To care guinea pigs, you have to find food, and you have to solve the fights between cavies. Because cute little animals are living creatures, they behave unpredictably, and this can cause deep wounds for reasons you don't understand.
So did I. Two adorable guinea pigs, Pinky and Squash, started growling at each other one day. It wasn't threatening at first. Then I felt their growling and alertness rising. Raising all of their hair, grinding their teeth, and shaking the teeth is a dangerous sign. They will soon fight to the point of blood some day
Eventually my adorable piggies got into a bad fight the day we went out and both bled. Fortunately, the wound was not too deep, and emergency treatment was provided.
Now we have recovered a lot from each other. Pinky was very worried about the wounds on his face, but now the wounds have healed so much that they are invisible.
After everything was settled, my son sent me a picture like the one below.
It's so cute, but why does Pinky run to him whenever he sees squash? It was as if he was trying to show that he was ready to bite. These two are still unordered.
How great would it be if the guinea pigs got along well as if they were having a party as shown below?
For the time being, we will have to keep the two piggies separately. They are raised separately when playing, eating, and sleeping separately. Still, they are not at all lonely and invisible. In general, guinea pigs cannot live alone, but our piggies are truly unique.
Updated Weekly site for simple version.
Today, I changed the existing homepage, which was as follows, to a simpler one. In other words, the existing homepage had to scroll down to see information about the company. Doing so leaves visitors who have barely entered the information quickly. So I decided to leave only the key information on the main intro page.
Currently, Girin Instruments' core product is the Risk Weather program, a program that predicts stock market risks like the weather forecast, so we placed this program at the center and boldly removed the unnecessary intro image.
Below is an intro screen that has resulted in a minimal intro.
In the service menu, the existing image has been replaced with the latest image below. Because the Risk Weather program is a core service, we have placed 6 important icons out of the 10 core icons of Risk Weather.
The effect was implemented because the simple arrangement of icons can make you feel bored if you do it wrong. So I made the icons appear after a few seconds after clicking.
For the list of icons, a component called gallery among the toolbars on the left is used.
Above is the newly changed service menu page.
The demo site also lists and organizes 5 types of software that the company has already developed. If you look at the bottom, you can see the Risk Weather program.
The very hungry caterpillar!
Today, I would like to introduce a book called. The Hungry Caterpillar", a famous children's book that every library in the United States must have. The reason I would like to introduce this book is personally because of the beautiful illustrations and drawings in the book. I felt the energy in this book, not only as a children's book, but also as a work of art.
And the biggest reason is that in the school class of the daughter who is now 6 years old, the parents of the birthday child visit the class to read a book or sing a happy birthday song together. My daughter asked me to read this book. As a foreigner and not a native speaker, I was given a burdensome homework assignment. But since my daughter is asking for it, such difficulties do not come very close. I decided to practice my pronunciation and learn about the book.
But the moment I read this book, the burden gradually disappeared. Because the illustrations in the book were so beautiful and deep. The content was very simple, but the color and brushstrokes made a big impression on me.
The book begins as follows for the sake of her sister Christina.
The plot is very simple. The butterfly's eggs lie on the leaf during the night, then transform into a caterpillar in the warm sunlight.
And the caterpillars soon begin to look for food.
His artwork was created as collage, using hand-painted papers, which he cut and layered to form bright and colorful images. Many of his books have an added dimension—die-cut pages, twinkling lights as in The Very Lonely Firefly, even the lifelike sound of a cricket's song as in The Very Quiet Cricket.
There is a hole in the picture of the fruit the caterpillar finds as shown below. It gives fun as if the caterpillar is eating.
This book was discovered a little late for my daughter who can read and write numbers, but I think it is a good book for 3-year-old children who are interested in reading and have a concept of numbers. This is a passage where you can see how much the author loves children and made books from their eyes and levels. Counting is something adults naturally teach children.
In particular, these caterpillars eat different numbers of different kinds of fruit on different days of the week. So it's great for kids to learn the names of fruits and the concept of counting and days of the week.
Even after eating this fruit, the caterpillar is still hungry. So he eats the following foods. These are foods that children do not usually give to children because they are concerned about their health.
Eventually, the caterpillar will have an upset stomach. He has to eat his own food the next day, the leaves.
Then the caterpillar felt a little more comfortable. As time passed, he was no longer a hungry caterpillar.
The caterpillar pupates to prepare it to become a butterfly. And in the end it turned into a beautiful butterfly.
I bought a caterpillar doll to make it more fun to read to children.
There is a zipper on the back like this.
When you open the zipper, you will see a butterfly as shown below.
Carefully take it out and turn it over to become a butterfly.
Eric Carle (June 25, 1929 – May 23, 2021) was an American author, designer and illustrator of children's books. His picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, first published in 1969, has been translated into more than 66 languages and sold more than 50 million copies.
As shown below, he applied acrylic on a large piece of paper with a broom and drew a picture at once.
Paint the pattern by hand as above and cut out the shape to make the caterpillar like a collage.
In 2002, Eric and his late wife, Bobbie, founded the museum “to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books,” celebrating the books as an art form and their illustrators from around the world for their artistry and contribution to our cultural heritage.
When I look at the work of the now deceased Eric Carle, I still feel his tremendous energy.
Below is a selection of my favorite paintings from among his works.
The author, Eric Carle was born in Syracuse, New York City, USA, and was sent back to Stuttgart, Germany as a child due to his mother's decision to miss her hometown. But maybe it was a joke of fate, when World War II broke out, his father went to the battlefield, and he had to work at a young age, making trenches. As a result, he suffered a lifelong post-traumatic stress of his childhood memories of war.
Always homesick for the United States, he dreamed of returning home one day. He eventually made it to New York City in 1952 with only $40 in savings and landed a job as graphic designer in the promotion department of The New York Times. He was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War and stationed in Germany with the 2nd Armoured Division as a mail clerk. After discharge he returned to his old job with The New York Times. Later he became the art director of an advertising agency.
Painting was his best friend for the rest of his life for him, who went to America with only $40. He also overcame the post-traumatic stress that he had been with for the rest of his life through painting. If you look at his innocent, beautiful and hopeful paintings, you can understand what message he is sending to the world.
Myungja Anna Koh