New Years

Spin Kicks, Spirituality, and a Sunrise: Templestay at Golgusa Temple



It's never a bad idea to start out a new year with a few extra good karma points... you never know when you'll need them.  So, instead of spending New Year's Eve drinking too much in a crowded, overpriced bar in Seoul, I decided to ring it in at Golgulsa, a Buddhist temple located just outside Gyeongju, South Korea.
Templestays have been gaining popularity amongst tourists and usually involve a short-term stay in one of the 900 traditional Buddhist temples in Korea.  Participants follow a rather strict schedule to experience a day (or two or three) in the life of the monks that reside there.  A templestay was something that had been on my bucket list for a while, so when I found a special New Year's program on the official Templestay website, I knew I had to sign up.
It was about a five hour trek from Seoul to Golgulsa Temple that required two bus trips, a bit of waiting around, and a short walk to the temple grounds from the final bus stop.  Once I had arrived, I was given a brief introduction to the program, a map of the complex, and special clothes that I was to wear during my stay.  I was then directed to my room where I would be spending the night with about fifteen other women.  The room was a rather large common area with pillows and blankets spread out on the floor for sleeping.  There was a bathroom with a toilet, a few open showers, and sinks that were to be shared.  I've become use to this arrangement after living in Korea for a few years but wondered how other Westerners not used to copious amounts of nakedness would handle the situation.

Koh Samet: I wish you were here, or maybe not.

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I have no intention of making you jealous, but I have to inform you that I am writing this blog post from a beach chair 4 feet from the water on the small island of Koh Samet in Thailand. It is late afternoon and the beach area in front of my resort (My bungalow is $20 a night!) is starting to clear out for the day. I personally think dusk is the best part of a beach day. The sky’s color is spectacular, the sun isn’t as intense as it was a few hours prior and I can finally tell by looking at my skin that yes, I in fact did manage to tan and not burn after hours of frolicking in the surf.


2012 Year in Review

It has been an exciting year for me here at Jason Teale Photography and The Sajin Blog. I have learned a lot and taken a few pictures along the way. So with today being December 31st, I thought that I would take a look back at the year and show some of my favorite pictures along the way.

Business

One of the biggest lessons that I learned is to make a brand for yourself and stick to it. As we first get into photography, we take shots of everything that we think looks nice. As I turn the corner in my path as a photographer I have learned to focus on what I do well and work hard at improving myself in those areas. In the past year I have found myself returning to old locations to “re-shoot” and further fine tune images that I have taken before.


new years

jenn and i hosted new years out in old jangsan this weekend. we packed many friends into our little apartments, fed them tasty things and made crafts. i snapped a few pictures before the red wine knocked me out.

here’s britt getting her make-up done by jenn.

and decorating cupcakes.


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