John 1:1

In the beginning

was the Word of God,

and the Word

was with God

and the Word

was God

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Winter in Korea are no joke and 2011 probably the coldest winter experience i had in Seoul.. i still remember the frozen Han River that day.. layer up and bundle up and i had to walk everywhere i go.. that’s why i keep saying to myself, “걱정마세요, 봄은 곧 올거예요” (don’t worry, spring is coming soon) ❄️ Korean winters last from December to early March and the weather is usually cold and dry.. brrrrrrrrrr.. And winter in Seoul would not be the same without the scent of roasting sweet potatoes dominating street corners and subway exits, or the glow of chestnuts baking on beds of coal..

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looking back through our autumn designs, thanks to all of you who collect and grab them as soon as humanly possible on the web.. i still remember that day after photoshoot in Yeouido Park and publish the new designs on the web, i spent some more time sitting on the bench and away from my phone for a while.. our designs is our story written by God, and one of my fave is Hazel bracelet, where i put all the thoughtful charms into 1 meaningful travel bracelet.. The Holy Bible, iced coffee, smiling face, airplane charm, it tells a lot about my trip back home.. and more to come this winter..!!!

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here i am, busy preparing for our winter 2015 designs and will launch them on the web around mid December.. busy preparing the new designs to me is more like getting closer to God, i promised myself to wake up early and read more of His Word, pray more and humble myself before Him because i know for sure without His idea and direction, we can’t be here today and i still can’t believe that i reached the other side.. thanks Jesus..

Last but not least, dear followers, please wait a little bit more of our winter designs ok.. And dear winter, please be good to me..

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more than i deserved ??

Actually, this blog post was originally posted in autumn 2014 ???? but i would love to re-tell the story with you all again, with some addition of how good God is..! I have thought long about this new post because I knew that The Lord would lead me to share my story with you.. and through all of the thinking, I am not really sure that Ican manage the right combination of words.. so I am going to write as the words come to my mind..

it’s time to tell you behind the scene of my instagram post, our designs and the marvelous work He has done during my very first trip for our live shopping back in 2012 until this very second..

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my first trip to Seoul was July 2007 and it was love at first sight!!! Seoul is treating me so well, it keeps me coming back and my trip to Seoul always make me smile ear to ear (and will always be) ^^ from summer to winter, spring to autumn, God always amazed me of how He showed me that His plans are way more better than mine and it’s the best..!!!

from the free charge of my overweight baggage (thanks Korean Air & Garuda), the multiple entry visa from the korean embassy (until 2020..!!!), the early check in, the free breakfast voucher from Sejong Hotel manager (too good to be true but thanks Mr. Charley Song), the extra kimbab from that ahjossi, the perfect cherry blossom spot for the photoshoot, the friendly ahjumma who always take note of my samgyetang order, our team work with GADIS magazine, a beautiful collaboration with Anaz Siantar (how can i forget that awesome response on our Anaz Bracelet back in 2013 and it always put a smile on my face everytime i see Anaz keep wearing it and also you, you and you..!!!), the crunchy leaves on the bench for our autumn photoshoot, the kindly hearted people that i met in Seoul whenever i asked for a direction, the loyal cutomers, that funny oppa who give me a super special price and asked for my kakao talk at the end of our convo, my take out coffee from the red truck by the park, our lookbook photoshoot + cafe hopping with Ken Lee, the crazy orders and so much more! it makes me realized that my God is the God of the impossible..

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most people thanking God for all the marvelous and “big” things that happened in their life and i used to be that kind of person.. we thank God for the big house, big screen TV or fancy car, but the big things in our lives are not the most important things. i rarely thanking God in “small” things.. but after the ups and downs, the way He showed me His help in every breath that i take, in every step that i make, once in a day, do thank Him.. start to thank God for your health, your family, your comfy room, thank Him for your morning coffee, thank God in everything though it seems simple to you because there’s no such thing as small help or big help from God.. it’s funny how it’s the little things in life that mean the most.. when was the last time you thanked God for your family, fave food on your table, those praying for you, the air you breathe? it’s easy to give thanks when things are going well, but we also need to give thanks when we are facing difficult times.. are you thankful no matter what? ☕️?

i was sitting at the park bench in Yeouido Park the other day and it was just me and my latte, then i started to look around and how amazing that i feel so grateful.. not because of the latte for sure and absolutely not because of the crazy orders on the web ever since i came back to Seoul but simply because of His faithfulness.. it is not always an easy walk with Him but in the end, it’s for our own good..

even in years to come, i want to be walking with God still, i want to be wherever, doing whatever He has called me to do with passion.. i don’t have the strength that i need to live the way God wants me to live. But when i turn to Him, i discover that “it is God who works in me to will and to act according to His good purpose” i want to be walking by the Spirit..  i am setting my eyes on Him and choosing the joy that i have in Him ^^ wherever He leads me is a good place to go..

my relationship with Jesus affects everything, it affects the way i treat my customers, how hard i work on our new designs and every decision that i make for my business.. The Word of God helps me to stay grounded in His promises.. The Lord has been so merciful to show me that life apart from Him is nothing and what i really want is to bring Him Glory.. He shows me the way in this business.. opportunities to pursue and opportunities to let go.. i wouldn’t be where i am today without His love, mercy, redemption and direction.. thanks Dad ??

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fraise series ??

it all started from a coffee talk one day.. how me and my friends used to drive around and share food & milk to the kids at the red light couple of years ago and we kinda miss those moments.. we want to do something similar and then this collaboration idea came up. we wanted to be helpful to those underprivileged kids and I said, why not??? we then come up with this plan to create a special christmas series and some of the proceeds will be given away to underprivileged kids. we wanted to make something special and we’ve been hard at work with our friends at “Sparky & Mag” to get that right. they specialize in soft-baked and chewy cookies which is perfect for christmas. you can check their instagram above.

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and today.. finally.. you can place your order on the web for this yummy fraise series. fraise is french for strawberry and inside you will find a box of strawberry milkshake cookies, topped with strawberry and milk chocochips and our limited edition bracelet. all will be packaged inside one cute minty package ??

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place your order today and we will send the cookies on December 10th and 16th, just perfect in time to send gift to your loved ones ^^ be quick!! we are selling only 50 package to customers. if you are quick you can get the limited edition pink totoro or mint totoro special bracelet..!!

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milk and cookies makes the perfect blend that one fine day in yeouido park( 여의도공원 ) and everything strawberry is ideal for me ^.^

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today we are also launching a gazillion of new designs on our web www.hanarupark.com.. inspired by a day in the park with coffee, colors of autumn, and the crunchy leaves.

thanking God every second, being here ??

autumn in Seoul without a doubt is the season I look forward to most ?? now that I am counting days to go back home in this lovely season.. jump for joy..!!! amazing things are on their way and I couldn’t be happier to be here for a while before my trip back home this week..

it’s all about believing.. you don’t know how it will happen but you know it will ^^ after spending the whole month preparing the new store, it’s about time to update the new look to you all ?? yes you can head to our store now to check out our new designs ^^

so much real love goes into those pieces so that they will put a smile in your face and others who take a glance into those beautiful, yet cuteness overloads, piece of jewelry. We like to think of it as a wearable art ^^ each design we launch is always born from prayer to prayer, and our prayer warriors are the true heroes of hanarupark..

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we got one project that we worked on with Sparky and Mag (our fave cookies…!!!) so to you all cookie lovers, please wait until next week to join this opportunity, by purchasing a box of strawberry milkshake cookies with strawberry and milk chocochips + our limited edition bracelet inside one cute package!! whether it’s for you or as a gift to family and friends, let’s share the love.. I will update the project from Seoul when we have got a cute image for you to see.. wait up all ^_______^

above all, I learned that the only way you can stand up on your feet is to get down on your knees and no luck needed as we are blessed by the hands of The Living God..

hidden gems. .

though you’re not much a vintage shopper but you gonna love our vintage pieces.. hidden gems were found here and there.. and leave it to my twin sis to find the most rare beads and charms :p she never fail to amaze me with her catch of the day ever since we decided to launch this new series ^^

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none of me, all God.. that’s what we keep saying for everyone who ask about how to be successful in this online business? it’s not important to know everything you need to succeed but it is important to know THE ONE who knows.. it’s not always easy and smooth as you walk with God but how you respond to crisis in your life is the greatest message you’ll ever preach..!!! remember that God’s work starts at the edge of impossibility..

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as i am writing this blog, my friend whatsapp me this: God does not expect you to glorify Him with gifts you don’t have but He does expect you to glorify Him with gifts you do have because God has given you your gifts, talents and abilities and one day He’s going to say,” what did you do with them?”

it is a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.. one of the best feeling in the world is getting paid to what you love to do.. and i was so blessed to get paid for doing what i love the most.. never in my life i dream to earn money from my hobby.. but i know God does stuff like that..!!! my work is a playground.. i feel a pang of guilt at times cause it doesn’t feel like work at all.. especially when i prepare for this “hidden gems” series.. i keep saying to myself, “smile at the little things in life cause the little things in life are the happiest” so much fun hunting for the limited pieces with my twin sister.. those moments in life when reality is even sweeter than our dreams ^_____^

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as you head to our store, tie up your accessories collection with a limited edition hello kitty charms and pastel bracelets and act quick before she says goodbye and not hello.. who knows when she will come for another visit ^^

home sweet home ? ?

holiday is over and it’s time to unpack your luggage and get ready to go back to work or school.. many people experience a certain let down after holidays >.< no more late nite snack in pyjama while it’s raining outside.. no more what to wear today to disneyland.. no more clumsiness.. no more cute winter outfit as you go back in town.. but let’s face it, that ship has probably sailed.. some hate it but some like it and can’t wait to go back to their daily routine.. which one are you? ^_____^

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the holiday might be over but it doesn’t have to be all gloom.. remember, home is where the heart is ෆ today we launch our new series called “Home Sweet Home” and you will see lots of cooking theme charms on our designs..

starting your day with a thankful heart coz this is the day The Lord has made, let’s rejoice and be glad in it..

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hello holiday ෆ

thanks all for the superb response on Kitten & Mitten series..!!! we are ecstatic..!!! and today we launch another series still with this pink bowed kitty as the main character.. and yes, a trip to hello kitty cafe in Seoul inspired this new series a lot ^^

i went to Hello Kitty Cafe in Hongdae back in 2011 and this pink building always drag me back every time i join the Hongdae crowd >.< not to mention the one at incheon airport, i always find myself sit in that pinky couch with my cabin bag before boarding ;p

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holiday is about to start and this series called “hello holiday” is all about switch on to your holiday mode as you head out for vacation.. whether you plan a holiday or just stay at home cooking, reading and enjoying your me time, this series is for you.. because holiday is not about going places but it’s a state of mind..

i don’t have any plan where to go for this holiday coz together with my family is the place i wanna be and it’s called home ^.^

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as you head to our store, tie up your accessories collection with a limited edition hello kitty charms and pastel bracelets and act quick before she says goodbye and not hello.. who knows when she will come for another visit ^^

Bats, Kittens, and Mittens

the 1980’s marked the beginning of the era of professional baseball in Korea and the sport reached a new level of popularity when pitcher Chan Ho Park made his debut for the LA Dodgers in 1994.. i found out that baseball is the biggest sport in Korea when i watched Running Man episode 172 and 173 with Ryu Hyun Jin, a professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers as the guest. Ryu was the first South Korean to serve as the starting pitcher of a Major League Baseball postseason game.

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for the love of baseball, today we launch everything about baseball for our designs ^^ and the best part is we named our bracelets using the terms used in baseball, starting from Battery Mates to Alabaster Blast.. as you head to our store you will see lots of black, white and grey colour for the designs..

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hidden gems were found here and there, from LA to Japan.. i collect em all since November, one by one and still waiting here for some limited edition baseball charms to arrive for the next two weeks ^^ our Kitten & Mitten series marked as Limited Edition.. it is a one off designs and is up for grabs..!!! be sure to get these baseball designs while they are available ෆ

when snoopy meet rilakkuma •ᴥ•

do you still remember when we first launch our Rilakkuma Michy back in autumn from Seoul? where we team up with one korean leather shop (i will never forget our meeting over iced americano that day ☕️☕️☕️) when it comes to travelling back to Seoul, as fun as it is, there should really be an entirely separate saying for what time does..!! those days span the period of time when we were beads and charms hunting and running from one meeting to another meeting then thinking of the design then launch em on the web then receiving your emails that never fails to put a smile on my face •ᴥ• so little by little, project by project, meeting by meeting, prayer by prayer, we are well on our way to making this hanarupark completely “us”

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i went to Capi Capi Loom Loom in Seoul to have my coffee during fall season and this small shop with lots of rilakkuma stuff inspired me a lot to design our Dominique Bracelet in rilakkuma theme and i can’t remember how many Rilakkuma Dominique that we design and send out until today ^^ starting from Rilakkuma sipping coffee, Rilakkuma on a dango date, picking strawberries with Korilakkuma and so much more.. thanks all for the love ෆ 

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Rilakkuma means bear in relaxed mood.. true to his name, he enjoys relaxing and his fave things include sleeping, lying around, watching television, listening to music, and soaking in hot springs and his fave foods are dango, pancakes, omurice and custard pudding. Rilakkuma is often accompanied by Korilakkuma “a mysterious white bear cub” who loves strawberries, apple and cherries.. they named her Korilakkuma because she looks like little Rilakkuma (“ko” means a little child in Japanese) And last one is Kiiroitori, a yellow chick who lives at Kaoru’s house. Kiiroitori means yellow bird in Japanese. Kiiroitori is basically the opposite of Rilakkuma because of the bird’s hard working nature and love of cleaning..

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a trip to Rilakkuma Cafe (Capi Capi Loom Loom) and Dango Jip inspired our new designs a lot ^.^  you will see a lot of dango as you head to our store..!!! from Dominique to Kaoru.. from Madison to Marjorie.. many of you asked where is this Dango Jip? here’s how to get there: go to Sangsu Subway Station line 6 exit 2 then walk about 2 blocks until you reach a one way street, turn right, Dango Jip will be on your left ^^ thanks to Ken Lee for the nice catch!

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as i travel a lot to Seoul, i passed by Charlie Brown Cafe many times at incheon airport and sometimes i stop by to grab my coffee before boarding.. and i’ve been following @snoopygrams on instagram and this Charlie Brown dog never fail to make me laugh with his story ^^ what i love about this comic is Snoopy also imagined himself as a self-proclaimed “famous writer” although his extremely short “novels” are never published and the two-paragraph one that managed to get published failed to sell >.< his character is that of a dog who pretends to be a person or who sometimes forgets that he is a dog.. Snoopy loves root beer and pizza and two things Snoopy dislikes are listening to balloons being squeezed and cats.. but he’s a very strong character. he can win or lose, be a disaster, a hero or anything and yet it all works out..

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and today we launch our Rilakkuma and Snoopy designs together on the web..!! as you head to our store you will meet Rilakkuma holding dango while Snoopy enjoying his root beer with Woodstock and Korilakkuma munching on cherries.. holiday mode ON ^___________^

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pink hood bunny ^^

it all started when i bought a “My Melody” clamshell phone for my niece at Lotte Mart, Seoul.. then this rabbit who always wears a red or pink hood that covers her ears stuck in my head for weeks >.< then i decided to launch her as our limited edition today ^^

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My Melody was first released in 1975 and according to The New York Times, this character is moderately successful in terms popularity but shows no signs of reaching the global popularity of Hello Kitty (aigoooo..) though she can’t beat the popularity of Hello Kitty we all still adore her and that’s one of the reason why we create a story with My Melody for our Dominique Pair today 

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with the launch of today’ designs we hope that people will notice not just me but my Lord.. when the work of my hands makes people smile, thats where my heart is and using the talent that He gives me through hanarupark to bring smiles to people’ faces, God smiles too ^^ true that each person is given something to do that shows who God is..

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head to our store and start collecting “My Melody” from bracelet to bagcharm and smile at the little things in life and the joy that this pink hood bunny brings •ᴥ•