The Beacon in the Sky

Insights for Balanced Lifestyles
  • The Meditations – Marcus Aurelius

    “Mark how fleeting and paltry is the estate of man – yesterday in embryo, tomorrow a mummy or ashes. So for the hairsbreadth of time assigned to thee, live rationally, and part with life cheerfully, as drops the ripe olive, extolling the season that bore it and the tree that matured it.” – Marcus Aurelius […]

  • Light and Shadow

    All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow. – Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

  • Life

    If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present. – Lao Tzu

  • Joy and Sorrow

    The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. – Khalil Gibran

  • Compassion

    A bit of fragrance Always clings to the hand That gives you the flower – Chinese proverb

  • Hourglass

    The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it. – Jean Paul


When you are so cold in Autumn …

It was freezing today in Seoul. I guess recently; it was below 20F. The feeling is very different from coldness in East Asia, and Midwest in the U.S. if you ever experienced a winter abroad. The wind is much sharper here with higher temperature. Maybe, is it because of the climate difference? Autumn has not passed yet, but the wind made everyone feel much colder. Recently, quite a few people around me were sick and caught a cold.


I think once in a while drinking a ginger tea is a good idea. Hot teas keep you warm, especially in this cold weather.

Stay warm, my friends.
Love and Peace,

The Beacon in the Sky


Huwon Secret Garden : 창덕궁 후원(昌德宮後苑) 비원(祕苑) 


Huwon Secret Garden is a rear garden at the prospering virtue palace that flows naturally with nature and was used as a place of leisure by the member of the royal family. The location was only available at a limited time and date. It is one of the great privileges to share this one of the most beautiful places in South Korea with you guys.

It could have been better if it was 15 days ago, which was at the middle of the autumn blossom according to the tour guide, but I am absolutely satisfied with the place and the sceneries, especially the balance of the Korean traditional architectures and harmony of its position with the great nature.

If you ever have a plan to visit South Korea, this is a must you do not want to miss out. And, I proudly recommend the place to anyone who is interested and learning in Korean cultures and Korean history.

I had an interesting sentiment when I reflect the place regarding my current privilege and life as comparing the historical places, which would be impossible to visit the area around a century ago.

So, the more pictures are coming soon. Let me take this mini trip with you.

Love and Peace.

The Beacon in the Sky