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Missing Seoul.

This is an entry in my diary that I wrote yesterday morning. I wrote this as soon as I woke up and I just want to post it here. I enjoy reading personal blogs and blogs that are raw thoughts, so I thought I’d have a go at it!

Missing Seoul.

The view form my class room in Hanyang university.

This day, two months ago, I was getting ready to go to Seoul for one month. On June 28th, I boarded my flight from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi and from Abu Dhabi to Incheon South Korea.

I had the best & craziest month of my life. I met amazing people and seriously fell in love with Korea. A month flew by so fast, it felt like two weeks.

On the 28th of July, the torturous pain began because I was leaving Seoul.

I knew from the very start that saying goodbye to the people I met would be hard, but I didn’t predict that I would be so attached to South Korea. I felt like I was saying goodbye to my home. That I would be going to a foreign land. That I would never return.

Today is the 28th of August. I have been back in London for a month. Not one day has gone past where I haven’t thought about Korea.

I have plans to return to Korea next year, but until then, I will have an empty void in my heart, soul and mind. That void will be filled when I return to Korea. Until then, I can only reminisce.

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A night with Passion.

For those of you who have not read The Empty Suitcase Prjoect, please read (and watch the videos) first!

(Ignore my fatness!!)

It has been 2 years since Jeremy ‘Passion’ Manongdo visited London. Luckily he decided to come back this year! Jeremy is now doing a small tour called ‘The tour that could’, where he will visit; London, England; Gothenburg, Sweden; Oslo, Norway; Arnhem, Netherlands; The Hague, Netherlands;  Brussels, Belgium; Bern, Switzerland; Lyon, France; Roissy en Brie, France & back to London, England. The tour started on the 31st of March in London.

I purchased a ticket and went along to the show on Saturday. It was amazing.

I have been listening to Jeremy for about two years now. I’ve always thought he has one of the best voices I’ve heard, but he is something else live! When he was singing, the whole crowd was silent. He has the ability to make everybody stop and just listen.

He gave, what was to me, an emotional show. He performed; 32, Well Done & A Reason for Everything, which are all songs written for/about his family members. It was amazing to hear where his inspiration comes from since he inspires me so much.

He also sang some falsetto! He nailed Climax by Usher! Every girl (some of the guys too) went weak at the knees! (Including me! haha)

After Jeremy performed (with a demanded encore), a meet and greet was set up. Almost everyone in the venue waited behind to see him. I decided to wait until the end because then I feel a little less like a fan-girl and a little bit more like a professional (Yeah right! I just wanted more time with him!). I was shocked and super happy when he recognised me! He remembered my blog about the empty suitcase project and because AJ Rafael tweeted him to say that I am sweet (Eeeek!).

Anyway, I asked him if I can interview him next time he is back and London (the end of April) and he said yes! So, that will be coming to my blog early May! =]

So, now (more than ever), stay tuned!

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‘The Empty Suitcase Project’.

=[ I’m sorry. I don’t know if anyone cares (or even noticed) that I haven’t blogged in two days. I have been stressed with uni and work so I wasn’t in the right mind set to think about what to write. So I promise 3 posts tonight!

But anyway!

Okay let me start from the start….lol

Basically two years ago I was in a group project where we had to make a documentary. I wanted to make the documentary on Inspiration. But the stupid lecturer thought it was a shit idea!! So we did it on Ska music…..

Soooo I was on YouTube and I came across a short documentary that  Jeremy ‘Passion’ Manongdo made. And here are the links. He posted them in four parts but please watch all four!!

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwmPTJClWd0
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxE0i9OlZyU&feature=related
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PszWnQXXWpM&feature=related
Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE-SOHdrzLU&feature=related

So I am greatly inspired by Quest =] (my first blog post on my tumblr ( http://dinadinosaur.tumblr.com )! Go read it if you haven’t!)

But the parts of the documentary that touched me the most was AJ Rafael and Wesley Chan.

I don’t know if it’s because I’ve met AJ, but I really felt what he was saying in the little clip of him. He has so much passion and is so talented. Every word that he said touched me because he is talented and he meant every word he said. But more importantly because I feel like he has the best (but hardest & saddest) reason to love and do what he loves best which is Music.

Wesley Chan read a letter that his mum wrote to him for graduation. The letter is touching and inspiring because now he is doing what he loves with the support of his family. This is the part of the documentary that I started to cry on! Very inspiring. =]

But what Jeremy did was just so amazing. He had a similar idea that I had but actually did it. And the fact that he has got so many people to donate money and material to improve the lives of children who don’t have school supplies.

This is a message I want to say to Jeremy.

You asked people what there opportunity was, if you ask the kids that you give all the supplies that you got people to donate and what you donated yourself, they will say that you gave them their opportunity. You are truly inspiring and not only have you inspired children who are less privileged, you have inspired a lot of people, like me, around the world, who have an idea. You achieved what you want to do, now you are inspiring me to do what I want to do. You are truly amazing, and I am so upset I didn’t get the chance to meet you when you visited London. So come back!!

=]

I hope the documentary touches you too!

After I wrote this post about a year ago on tumblr, I tweeted it to Jeremy and he sent me a message saying that my post touched him. It was on of the happiest days of my life! Not only because it was Jeremy that messaged me, but because in a way, I inspired him! That is the first time someone has told me that my post ‘sparked’ something in them.

I doubt that you will, but Jeremy, if you read this post, I have to tell you that you have inspired me again. Just by sending me a simple direct message on Twitter to say that you liked my post and it touched you. And when you visit London again, I would love to have the chance to interview you.

I really think everyone should watch The Empty Suitcase Project. And again, I hope it inspires you as much as it inspired me.