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Beomeosa Temple

Beomeosa Temple means the temple of heavenly fish. It is said that a gold fish came from the sky and settled on the well on top of Mount Geumjeongsan.


The original temple was built 1,300 years ago until it was lost during the Japanese invasion in 1592. It was renovated in 1713 and became one of the most delicate architectures in the Joseon era.


Random Photo: Colonial Williamsburg Christmas


There is a subtle elegance on how Colonial Williamsburg is decorated during the holidays. It is spare and always items that where you find nature. It teaches you to be festive without overdoing it.

The Mount - Edith Wharton's former home



The Mount is a house museum in the Berkshires that is formerly owned by the novelist Edith Wharton. Built in 1902, she designed (with the assistance of Ogden Codman Jr.) this house based on 17th century design with Italian and French influences. The property has been declared as a National Historic Landmark and it is open to the public that welcomes 40,000 visitors each year.

Korea series: Insadong

We woke up listening to a local news channel and heard that the Vietnam president is in town for a state visit. He was there for a proposed joint venture project with the South Koreans. Ho hum.

We got out of the subway in Insadong and the first thing we noticed was a motorcade with a limo in front with Vietnam and South Korean flags. Walking through the shops we saw a bunch of people staring at a small shop. We saw folks in suit with an earpiece and they look so serious. They finally started to move along and we saw a group of well dressed women shopping.It is expected that Insadong has been the first place to visit on most foreign dignitaries.

Insadong is the main art and antique district in Seoul. It used to be the a wealthy district during the Joseon era till the Japanese occupation. Wealthy residents were forced to sell their belongings and hence the district became an antiques alley.


The Governor's Palace - Colonial Wiliamsburg, VA

The Colonial Willimsburg Foundation has recreated the original building from ground up based on old architectural records. This was used to be the home of former royal governors and Thomas Jefferson.



The Facade.

Fifes and Drums

Fifes and Drums are usually associated with infantry military march.

Something usually seen and heard from Colonial Williamsburg.





Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

Back in 1903 a pastor named Reverend Goodwin in the nearby Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg had a vision of restoring the old colonial capital of Williamsburg in its former glory. He championed the cause and led a successful fundraising efforts in restoring old church and historic buildings. 

On one of the fundraising events he attended, he happened to sit in the same table with a wealthy philathrophist named John D. Rockefeller Jr. From that event, Reverend Goodwin was able to signed up the generous patron and he and his wife became the primary patrons of the historical restoration project which would become a foundation for Colonial Williamsburg.

Most of the original buildings in the historic area were non-existent and were burned down long time ago. The old colonial structure was reconstructed by using old architectural plans and made it look like how it was during its 1700's heyday.  

As the motto for Colonial Williamsburg: "The future may learn from the past."

The Governor's Palace.

The Headquarters - Rockingham, NJ

During the 4th of July weekend, we decided to do something local. The summer had been scorching that getting on an idle car in the middle of the day almost felt like hopping on a raging oven. Most folks in the area seem to be indoors that the roads were open without traffic.

This year we decided to go something local. Since hubby is scheduled to work that weekend, Madison and I went out to do something patriotic. We visited a former Revolutionary War headquarters in Rockingham township.


The Berrien mansion was built as a farmhouse in the early 1700's. In 1783, General George Washington stayed here for 3 months the same year he received the news of the Treaty of Paris, wherein confirming that the 13 colonies became independent of Great Britain.

The Village Inn - Englishtown, NJ

We visited a historic house in Englishtown Boro that was originally built in 1726 as a tailor shop. Then by mid 1700's it was converted as a tavern. It used to have a reputation of serving one of the best fare in the area. It was a popular carriage stop that it became a major rest area when travelling from New York to Philadelphia.

A major historic event happened here where records show that General George Washington drafted the court martial papers for General Charles Lee in the Village Inn during the Battle of Monmouth.


Taken in the back area. The second floor was added early 1800's.


The House on the Mountain


The only way Joe was able to convince me on going for a long drive to Orlando was to stop by Charlottesville, Virginia to visit the Monticello. It is known as Thomas Jefferson's masterpiece. He was one of the most influential people in American history having the one to draft the Declaration of Independence and the Louisiana Purchase and the founder of University of Virginia.

After serving as the 3rd President of the United States, he chose to retire in Virginia in a great mountaintop mansion that he designed and built. Monticello was originally designed following the English Georgian style till he came back from Europe. He completely changed the whole structure and followed the Neo-classical style which is popular during 16th century France and Italy.

After Jefferson's death, the estate was inherited by his daughter Martha whom sold it to a U.S. Navy officer till it was purchased back by the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation.

The Monticello is open to the public, it now serves as a museum.


The plantation garden.

Casa Loma - Toronto, ON

Casa Loma means "castle by the hill", built by the Canadian financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt in the early 1900's. He is one of the richest businessman in his time and built the biggest house in Toronto.

After he lost his fortune from bad investments, he sold the Casa Loma to the Canadian government and auctioned off the rest of the furniture.

Exterior & Garden area


This reminds me of Scottish castle. You are allowed to climb up the servants area up to the tower.


Longstreet House - Holmdel, NJ

Let me take you to a time wrap and get a glimpse on how a well off farm in rural Holmdel, New Jersey look like in 1890.


The original Longstreet farmhouse was built in 1785, additions were done later on which included a 2 story unit with a porch and second floor bedrooms. The property was owned by the generations of Longstreet family till it was sold to the state in 1960. The state re-created the typical farm life in the late 1800's and opened the farm to the public.




Monmouth Battlefield: Re-enactment Part 3 2008

The Battle of Monmouth. June 28, 1778.

These random photos were taken on my way to the Battle of Monmouth re-enactment.


Monmouth Battlefield: Re-enactment Part 4 2008

Artillery Demonstration.







Monmouth Battlefiled: Re-enactment Part 2 2008

The Battle of Monmouth. June 28, 1778.

These random photos were taken on my way to the Battle of Monmouth re-enactment.


Monmouth Battlefiled: Re-enactment part 1 2008


The Battle of Monmouth. June 28, 1778.


After small skirmishes in South Jersey, the British and the Continental armies originally started in Philadelphia finally met at Monmouth. It started one of the largest land artillery battle. The Continental army led by George Washington gained the advantage. The British army led by General Henry Clinton retreated back to South Jersey.