Wednesday, 22 October 2008

NOVEM 2008 - Gyeong Ju, Korea

As mentioned earlier in my previous post some two weeks back, I was in Korea on invitation of Young Miniatures proprietor Young Bok Song. And now finally after a past week of hectic schedules, I've finally found some time today to upload some pictures from that exciting event.

Korean-Chinese noodle soup cooked in a rich yet light shellfish broth; incredible...

Show venue of NOVEM 2008 at a convention hall of a resort.

Serang Kim admiring some of the works displayed.

Group photo of all the attendees of NOVEM 2008

Post-NOVEM 2008 BBQ garden party hosted at Young Bok's home.

Red leaf lettuce and sesame leafs are served as wraps for marinated BBQ pork.

Alfresco lunch together with Young and his baby boy at an old traditional eatery in Gyeong-Ju.

Taesung with the Soju and me with a huge plater of sashimi.

Young sends a Gujeolpan wrap to Taesung's mouth while Mr Park looks on.

Together with Dr. Kim Jin who graciously hosted us for lunch and dinner.

Prolific diorama builder Eun Gab Kim shares his diorama creations with us.

After dinner tea session with members of popular Korean modelling forum MM Zone and in particular its founder, the gentleman seated to my right, Mr Sung Jong Kim.

Sampling Korean street food in at Nam Dae Moon open market.

I must say that this being my first trip ever to Korea, it has been an unforgetable experience. Apart from the gastronomical aspect, it was a great opportunity to not only meet more Asian modellers but also to renew ties with old friends and acquaintances. And surprising as it may seem, this trip too served as my first meeting with Taesung Harmms, the proprietor and creative force behind Alpine Miniatures. Having worked for almost four years via countless emails, there was nothing short off inspiring and motivational like spending a couple of nights together discussing and brainstorming ideas over nightcap.
Reiterating once again, this has been a very enjoyable and fruitful trip; made possible by the many Korean modellers particularly those of the Model Museum Club who had generously extended their hospitality. There are many whom Taesung and I would like to thank and I sincerely apologize if your names are not recalled.

And finally a preview of Alpine's latest pair that was on show at NOVEM 2008.

Due for X'mas as I'm told....



Anonymous said...

Hi Calvin,

Sounds like you had a great time. The BBQs there are awesome. Apparently the cows there come from the same stock as those in Japan.

Good to finally see what Taesung looks like.

Would love to see more pics from you of the works on display. Can help???


Anonymous said...

Seems like an interesting show. Its nice to see a report from another part of the world as many of the report always appear very euro-centric in their approach. Taesung's next piece looks nice too.


Anonymous said...

Hi Calvin,

The pictures tell me how happy you were in korea ^^
i couldn't talk to you face to face but it was very good time for me to meet a popular painter in korea.
I hope we will meet again someother time somewhere ~~

take care
Kim, Won-gon.(Model museum)

CALVIN TAN said...

you know what? I had the intention of taking some photos of the figures that was on display but unfortunately due to the overspill of time from my "live" painting demo session I was unable to get around doing so. Sorry...

I'm glad that you liked this informal report. I did regret for not documenting the displays from the show which would further showcase the very active modelling scene in Asia which unfortunately appears relatively dormant due to the language barrier.

Wong On,
I had a great time in your country and had the pleasure for meeting a lot of your club members. Though we have missed each other this time, there is always the possibility that we can meet in next year's show.