Jung Il Woo is such a sweet pumpkin!

October 24, 2020

It is pumpkin time and no other year have I delighted more in seeing beautiful pumpkins displays than this year as I walk to school most days.  It has been such a treat watching Boston dress up in Autumn colors and pumpkins and now Halloween decor.  So I decided to reflect that in this website by looking for Ilwoo pumpkin color events!  I will share three with you.

For the first one, it’s amazing the “coincidences”… first off this event happened almost exactly 6 years ago, on October 23rd, 2014!  And I had picked these photos because they had orange and spider webs… and I thought it would be a great lead into Halloween… then I read the back and I was blown away… It’s an event to raise awareness about breast cancer.  I mentioned in an recent Instagram post that I had found out some really sad cancer news in some dear ones… friends.  It is breast cancer too.  In one of them it is so terrible… they did everything, chemo and radiation but sadly it has spread…  Aside from watching my friends suffer and not being able to do anything about it, the hardest part is the fear that sets in.  How to keep one’s head clear and in the believe that I am fine now and that I will be fine in the future too?

Please if you are a woman, make sure you are doing breast self exams at least once a month.  And do not skip getting your check ups because of Covid 19.

About this event, it was held at Han River Plateau, Chung Woo-dong, Seoul.  First I am posting a video then the photos.

Photos:  Cr. on them!

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Another pumpkin color event was when he modeled for Fila Sport wearing hiking gear:

This is the video translated…  Thank you so much Indonesian Fans!

Another instance when Ilwoo was a sweet pumpkin was when he filmed Star Shop Episode 4.  He wore an orange sweater… do you remember?  This was in 2016.  His haircut then was so adorable… he looked like a big boy…

You can see all the goodness of this pumpkin in the coming video…  he is totally a sweet pumpkin!

He also had an interview in this orange sweater:

More recently he wore orange for the National Health Insurance Service Magazine. Do you remember?

More Pumpkins?  Yes…!  Last, I want to share with you some of the pumpkin related photos I’ve been taking on my walks to school.  Pumpkins are really beautiful here in the states.  They come in so many colors!  But orange is still the favorite!  One thing we do is carve Jack O’Lanterns, this means we take a pumpkin and empty it of all its seeds.  Then we use carving tools to make all kids of fun and artistic designs.  I will share the ones I’ve see so far this year too…

And of course here is the perfect memory one of Covid 19:

We have taken these pumpkins to amazing levels of creativity, not just in the carving skills but also in the food department.  These are all pumpkin food creations sold at a local supermarket called Trader Joe’s:

And that’s not all!


Thank goodness for my work and Ilwoo Ssi… writing posts, voting, watching his dramas or interviews… it all helps to have other kinds of thoughts in my head.  Talking about voting, please keep the voting in the Artist Asia Awards going.  He has dropped to place 28… as people are voting less…

Sadly, the number for Covid 19 cases are rising in Boston again.  Yesterday,Boston Public Schools closed its door even for the special needs kids who had been attending since mid September.  Today at faculty meeting our principal announced that next week may be our last week in person for now… we have to get ready to go fully remote.  Send kids home with all their supplies… etc.  And even though I felt so sad in one moment, I also felt thankful to had had the time with my students and we will make it to our celebration of Halloween, which will be this coming Thursday!  So glad for the kids…!  We’ll all enjoy each other’s costumes!

New England’s Autumn delight with Jung Il woo as the scheduler.

October 17, 2020

As Autumn starts to show its gorgeous colors, I decided to share with you the beauty of the foliage in New England. It is considered to be among one of the best in the world.  I have been able to see it in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and of course in my state, Massachusetts.  Even walking down my street is so beautiful.  It is surreal how beautiful it is… there is no photo that can begin to come close to the intensity of the colors in person… but I will get the help of someone who can enhance the beauty of any photos.  That’s right our wonderful scheduler, Jung Il Woo!  Ready… where to start?  I think I’ll do a mix of this and that!  Like the leaves that go here and there when they fall…

All the Jung Il woo photos come from the drama 49 Days.  It is a great drama to watch at this time, as Halloween and ghost related things approaches…  it is also one of the best roles Jung Il Woo has ever had… he did such an amazing job with it.  His performance is so funny, and heartfelt… one laughs and cries and all emotions in between!

SO let me start by defining what New England is.  New England is the northern east region of the United States comprising the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.  Boston is the largest city in these states and its European history is one of the oldest in the US as it is in nearby Plymouth was the place where a group of pilgrims from England arrived to in 1620.

I will start with photos from the place that is considered to the best state to see Foliage in New England: Vermont.  I have been there for this spectacle only once.  Burlington Vermont is its center and where most turists make a stop!

What I remember the most was the mountains filled with color…

To New Hampshire I have been many times, to get to Maine!  But I have gone to its White Mountains. So beautiful!  I drove all over!  I felt I was in a dream!

This is the New England College Covered Bridge in Henniker, New Hampshire. Photographed by Scott Snyder in the morning.

This is the Stark Covered Bridge, it was completed in 1862 but reconstructed in 1954. Photographed by Mike Briner.

This is the Flume Covered Bridge in Lincolnm New Hampshire. Built in 1871.  And look who came to see it:

Just kidding!  It’s my photo composition… ^ ^ This is the original:

Houses of Alton Bay at the Southern Tip of Lake Winnipesaukee, also in New Hampshire.  On my bucket list!

Now let’s go to Maine… I have been a lot to Maine because of circumstances of my life!  It is such a beautiful, peaceful place.  Imagine that in the little towns you never have to lock your car door, no one steals!  Yes… it’s so great to know there are places like this in the world still, full of honest people that understand that you can never really steal anything in life, because it will be taken back… somehow… sometime!  Another Universal Law!  Don’t mess with it!  Ask for help before you have to steal!  Someone will always be there to help if you, if you believe it!  God’s resources are unlimited and available to all who need it… all you have to do is ask for them (well and have faith they will come… if you don’t have faith it’s a lot harder!)

This coming up is one of my favorite bridges.  I have seen it in the spring… it is so beautiful and unique!  It is in the Acadia National Park area in Maine.

And of course I really wanted to see our scheduler in it:

Just WOOw!

This is Acadia National Park… it is absolutely gorgeous there!

The photos of Ilwoo above were from episode 18 of the drama 49 days.  This is the scene, and following that you can see the behind the scenes:

He is so adorable at the end!  Now let’s go to my home state, Massachusetts.  I am going to be totally biased and show just Boston and vicinity.  These are my best photos of Autumn here.

This is on my street:


This is a street parallel to my street:

I love walking there!  I feel I’m in a rainbow!  I posted a video of this street last year… do you remember?  Here is the same photo Ilwoo Ssi:

I know… it makes one for get the foliage he looks so beautiful!

Another place I enjoy the foliage is in the Boston Public Garden.  I am so blessed to have it as part of my commute!  So I have documented every corner of this park in every season.  I know every inch of it like the palm of my hand.  So here are my best photographs of the fall there.  they are all from 2008.  A Foliage Spectacular year!

Just WOOw!

And this is perhaps my best Autumn photo ever there…  my favorite:

I love how warm and inviting it is… sit on this bench it is saying.   Do you hear it?  So of course I had to place Ilwoo in my favorite one:

And this was my favorite tree there… well was…

It was so tall and impressive and absolutely gorgeous.  I loved leaning agains its trunk and looking up inside… Sadly it has lost a lot of its branches.  I took this photo of it this past Tuesday:

I know it’s so sad, I don’t understand why they cut so many of its branches in the front… 🙁

To cheer up, these are probably the most colorful leaves in a tree I’ve ever photographed:

Seriously…how amazing is mother nature? I picked up some leaves this past Wednesday on a very short walk, I found all of them in one block near my house…


Always in awe… how perfect they are!  How many designs!

These are all varieties of maple trees!  And this is my favorite maple, I call it star maple!  When you walk on these leaves one feels like one is walking among stars… like the sky:

And now as the final delight, here are all the original photos of our lovely scheduler:

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Talk about mischievous!   Look at that face!

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Wondering where this is in South Korea?   Here is a bit of information about it:

The Garden BCJ or  The Byeokchoji Garden   ( 벽초지문화수목원)   Also known as the Botanical Gardens in Paju.

This is a must see, not just for 49 Days but many dramas!  Boys Over Flowers, You are Beautiful, City Hunter and Bride of the Water God to name a few!  This is the place where you see Jung II-woo as the scheduler walking and talking among the statues.  This part of the Garden is called “The Western Garden.”

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This is the official website all in Korean…let me tell you it’s worth the visit just for the photos!!!  Look:

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You can get all the information about its address right here.

You can also read a blogger’s account of visiting this garden here.

Well I hope you enjoyed this New England Foliage edition with Jung Il Woo… have a lovely Sunday and start to the week!


Jung Ilwoo is nominated for the Asia Artist Awards, please vote for him!


October  15, 2020

I wanted to let you know of a few tips I learned for voting and getting more hearts:

  1. If you can’t open the ad, try closing and reopening the App.  During very busy times I was able to see more doing that.
  2. You can post a photo daily for 100 hearts.
  3. On the refill hearts side, there are always two I can do, the retweet one for I think 100 hearts and the one about subscribing to a Naver page for 100 hearts.  Sadly nothing else works.  It’s not fair… if it doesn’t work worldwide it should not be there, it gives Koreans an edge in voting… of 500 hearts every time they do any of those!
  4. There is a hot time during the day that gives you 30 free hearts… find it according to your time zone and go for it!

October 13, 2020

I created this short video that shows how to vote.  If you need help setting up your account in the APP, read further down. By the way I think it’s hard to see these ads when Asia is awake, so try to get into the APP around 1:00 AM Korean and Japan Standard Time!  (I haven’t been able to see any ads in the last two hours!)

Cree este video que enseña como votar.  Si usted necesita ayuda abriendo su cuenta, lee más abajo. Por cierto creo que es difícil ver los comerciales cuando Asia está despierta, así que traten de meterse al APP a la hora 1:00 AM de Korea y Japón!  (No he podido ver ningún video en las dos ultimas horas!)

October 12, 2020

The Asia Artist Awards will be on November 25th, 2020.  No final word yet whether it will a live or virtual event.  Fan votes equal awards… and the way one votes is through an APP called Choeaedol Celeb.  I would like to acknowledge IG ilovejilwoo for being the source from which I read about this today for the first time, and IG jilwww_arabfans for reminding me to post about it!  ^ ^

Los premios Artista de Asia serán el 25 de Noviembre del 2020.  no hay palabra final si será en vivo o virtual.  Las fans votan, y estos votos se convierten en premios… y la forma en que uno vota es a tráves de un APP que se llama Choeaedol Celeb.  Quiero darle las gracias a la cuenta de IG de iloveilwoo por ser la fuente de informaci´øn en donde leí esto por primera vez , y tambien a la cuenta IG jilwww_arabfans por recordarme de escribir sobre este evento! ^ ^

The APP looks like this:  Este es el APP:

It is not a hard APP to use and the more you play now, the better you will be when voting on the 14th begins.  Voting for the Asia Artist Awards begins on October 14 and ends on November 15th.

No es un APP dificil de usar y mientras más juegues con el ahora, más diestra será para cuando comience la votación.  La votación comienza el 14 de Octubre y termina el 15 de Noviembre. (Hora Coreana)

When you open the APP you’ll eventually be prompted to login or create an account.  Click on the last gray box to sign up.

Cuando abrá el APP y trate de hacer cualquier cosa, le preguntara se quiere “login”  diga que si y lo llevara a esta pantalla. Haga click en la ultima caja para registrarse con su correo electrónico al menos que quiera anotarse con otra de esas cuentas:

Then you check both boxes for the agreements:   Chequee las cajas de los terminos de uso y privacidad:

Last but not least you fill out all the information to register:  Ultimo llene este formulario (escribí en azul su traducción)


This video recommended by IG jilwwwarabfans helped me a lot. It describes step by step how to sign up and how the App works with the hearts…  one receives 100 hearts daily and every time you see a heart fluttering on the screen click on it for it gives you one heart.  What you want to do is accumulate as many hearts as possible to give them to Ilwoo as a vote on the 14th of October and daily after that…

Este video recomendado por IG jilwwwarabfans me ayudo mucho.  Describe paso a paso como registrarse y como funciona el App para recolectar corazones…   uno recibe 100 corazones al dia, y cada vez que aparece un corazon haz click en el, te dara un punto.   Lo que uno tiene que hacer es acumular lo más que uno pueda de corazones para darselos a Ilwoo diariamente a partir del 14 de Octubre.  Mañana escribiré como se vota, y otras formas de adquirir corazones que aprendí.  

Thank you all for supporting Ilwoo…  seeing our united effort will make him happy even if he does not win…

Muchas gracias a todas por apoyar a Ilwoo, creo que el vernos todas unidas le hara muy feliz aún si no gana…


Happy Hangeul Day!

October 9, 2020

Isn’t that an absolute beauty?  Of course he is! … but I’m referring to the Hangeul behind him!  This image of Hangeul and Hanja (Chinese Characters) is from one of the treasures of South Korea.  It is called the “Hunminjeongeum Haeryebon”  and it is the only book of its kind in the world, a guide that depicts the usage of Hangeul, the newly created language by its creator: King Sejong.  Today I will be treating you on a very special journey!  We are going to visit the National Hangeul Museum!

Today is the perfect day to learn about this museum.  Today Korea and our beloved Ilwoo Oppa is celebrating his beautiful language, today is National Hangeul Day!

I visited this museum in June of 2019.  This museum is very close to the National Museum of Korea and between them a lovely garden full of treasures!  This museum tells the story of how Hangeul was created in its permanent collection.  It also has a special exhibits hall, a learning center and a children’s museum.  It had a lot of interactive exhibits, some are easy to figure out even without knowing any Hangeul.  They also gave me a great guide in English that helped me understand some key facts that I would have never known.  I will be using this guide as a base for this writing and will share many images from it.  I documented my visit to this museum throughly!  I took many photos, because I knew I’d want to share it here someday with all of you!  I am so happy to be finally doing it and for such a special day!

How do you get to this museum? Here is the info right from its museum guide:

And here is other useful info:

Now let’s begin this virtual tour!  Ready?! Here we go!

So I recommend visiting this museum when you visit the National Museum of Korea as they both share the same grounds.  Here is a glass map that shows all the areas:

I remember my reaction when I saw the structure of the National Hangeul Museum… immediately I thought  “What a cool building!”

When you go up stairs it basically brings you to the second floor, the location of the permanent collection.

This is the floor map of the museum:

And this is the cover of the English guide:

In the first part of the guide there is an “Introduction to Hangeul” that made me realize just how genious of an invention it was… read on…

Introduction to Hangeoul

Hangeul is a script devised in 1443 by King Sejong(reign 1418- 1450), the 4th monarch of the Joseon dynasty. Before Hangeul, there was no script that could transcribe Korean at will and wholly. The ruling class had a dual linguistic life in that the language was Korean but the script was Chinese characters. Korean was transcribed by borrowing the sound and meaning of Chinese characters, and this was not an easy thing to do for the commoners. King Sejong, therefore, devised a script that could be learned and used easily for the people who were otherwise unable to express their thoughts. The original name “Hunminjeongeum” means ‘the correct sounds for instructing people,’ which a wise man can learn in a morning and even a simpleton in ten days. Today, it is widely known as “Hangeul”(meaning ‘a Korean script’).        Cr. National Hangeul Museum.

8 Basic letters are shaped after objects.

28 Letters Made with Variations of Basic Letters.  Currently 24 of the 28 are in use.

On the Second floor you see the main and permanent exhibit:

“The Journey that Hangeul Went Through.”

It has three parts:

Part 1.  The Creation of Hangeul.

When you walk into the exhibit, you see a huge timeline with little windows and in them you can see King Sejong and the creation story of Hangeoul. I made a video of the Timeline and took some photos of the windows:

Here are some photos of the timeline.  If I have time I will translate it to English.  You will see a photo of my phone at the time with a translation.  It was so helpful in understanding all the writing on the walls!  Tiring too!  (By the way notice the time… yes!  there is a 13 in it! ^ ^)