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How to Add Pictures

As a follow up to yesterday’s post about my work’s website, I feel like I should mention how much of a challenge it was adding the background pictures.

It took weeks to figure out.

I could not understand it. The “theme preview” showed a photo so I knew it was possible. But nothing worked! Not adding header images, or background images, or changing the theme. Not directly pasting photos into the post. Not clicking on every button I could find.

My friend came to help me with the website, but pictures stumped her too. She tried Google. Then YouTube. We downloaded plugins, attempted coding, and clicked, clicked, clicked, on every button we could find. Nothing.

Finally, she started calling her friends in IT. None of them knew how to help us. As she attempted to explain what we wanted, she pulled up the website for the coffee shop where she works which has a similar photo banner. She called her boss to find out how she got it.

And the boss told us. No add ons, no plugins, no coding. Go onto the post. Click “Featured image.” Choose a photo. Wallah.

And sure enough, it was that simple.

Technology is confusing.

Website Triumphs

If you have spent any time around me in person over the last few weeks (or really, last two years) you will know that my work’s website has been the bane of my existence for quite some time.

I don’t have a really good shot of what it used to look like, but here is a screen shot I took a few weeks back:

Tolerable but dated. I could point out the numerous problems (including the fact that the e-mail address listed doesn’t work), but I think it speaks for itself.

And while it is not quite finished yet, this is what the website looks like today…

Isn’t it so much better?! I could just sit and stare at it.

I like to think that if the law thing doesn’t work out, I could go into designing websites. (Just kidding, I still don’t know what I am doing.)

Thanks to everyone who offered advice and put up with my constant, unsolicited questions! (And to Kayla who helped me figure out how to upload photos…but that is a story for another post.)


Taejongdae is ‘a natural park of Busan, South Korea with magnificent cliffs facing the open sea on the southernmost tip of island of Yeongdo-gu.’

It was stunning.

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Basically a Princes

Smiles, comments, giggles. Cars slowing down and middle age women beaming in our direction. That is how Korea responded to Jasmine and I donning hanboks, the traditional Korean clothing. 

I felt like a princess.

For $9, this wonderful little store let you rent a traditional Korean outfit (or non-traditional sailor suit, depending on your fancy) and wander around Gamcheon Culture Village for an hour. They help pin you in and then do your hair for no extra cost!

The store carried a multitude of fabrics, colors, and sizes aimed at both men and women. (But mostly women.)

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And if that wasn’t perfect enough for me, there was an entire stairwell BOOK THEMED. 

The entire village is designed for photo shoots. I think Jasmine and I could handily illustrate an entire book of fairy tales just with the pictures we took. I give you:


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Beauty and the Beast

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The Fisherman and His Wife (you can’t really tell but that is a fish)

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The Frog Princess

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The Princess Who Never Smiled

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Rapunzel (if you squint I look like I’m in a tower. Sort of. Not really.)

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Gamchoen Culture Village.

Gamcheon Culture Village – “a picturesque attraction featuring a village of colorful houses, painted murals, shops & cafes.”

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Most importantly….I got to wear traditional Korean clothing! (More pics tomorrow!)

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The Raccoon Cafe

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The conversation went something like this:

Jasmine: “We could do a theme cafe. Like, a cat cafe or a dog cafe. There is also a raccoon cafe.”

Me: “Raccoons? It is a cafe with raccoons?” 

Jasmine: “Yep, you can pet them and play with them and stuff.”

Me: “That sounds like a horrible idea. We obviously have to do it!”

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And so we did. You drink the coffee before playing with the raccoons, but otherwise it is pretty much free rein. 

Turns out, raccoons are spoiled brats. 

I was petting one and it climbed on me and stole my hair clip. It then hid in a corner and gnawed on it. I won’t lie, I was all for letting it choke and die on the thing, but Jasmine took sympathy and tried to steal the hair clip back. 

In thanks, it bit her. 

It also managed to finish consuming my hair clip without choking. 

It was one of those experiences I’m glad I did because now I can say I played with raccoons but also it took my ambivalent dislike for raccoons and turned it into loathing. Not sure that is what the cafe was going for. 

The Most Beautiful Temple in Korea

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple 해동 용궁사

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On Saturday Jasmine and I visited the self-proclaimed “Most Beautiful Temple in Korea.”

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It was gorgeous. 

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We timed the visit right after Buddha’s birthday and the temple was decorated with lanterns to celebrate. 

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The best part was absolutely the view, though. 

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Even the statutes looked happy here.

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Meet Jasmine.

Meet my friend Jasmine.

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I previously alluded to her in my post about visiting Korea. We hung out with the same group of friends in college and our sophomore year she helped get me hooked on Korean dramas. 

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She was also one of the first people to support my dream (both financially and emotionally) of studying abroad at Oxford University. 

She has lived in India and visited I don’t know how many other cool places around the world since then. And almost exactly two years ago, she moved to Korea to teach English. 

And I got to visit her! Visiting Korea would be amazing under any context, but it made it extra fun that I got to explore it with a dear friend! 

Uploading Photos to Facebook

Before I post them on here, I typically upload photos of my trip to Facebook. It goes like this:

Step 1: *squint at phone and click on a bunch of pictures*

Step 2: *upload pictures and then notice I chose a bunch of blurry ones* 

Step 3: *delete blurry photos and try again*

Step 4: *repeat until successful*

Step 5: *share to Facebook*

Step 6: *realize I forgot to tag the right album and hurriedly delete everything* 

Step 7: *begin Steps 1-4 again*

Step 8: *successfully share to Facebook*

Facebook then plays a game with me called, “How Many Inanimate Objects Can We Auto-Tag Your Face In.”

In other words, it tags me in every single picture. But it does not actually tag me. It claims I am a rock. A tree. A statute of Buddha. A cat. My friend Jasmine. So…

Step 9: *delete tag from every single picture*

Step 10: *retag the correct people* 

Step 11: *admire correctly tagged photos*

Step 12: *review Steps 1-11 and question if I am actually a Millennial* 

Final Pics and the Flight Back

Biking along the beach, swimming in the pool, Thai massages, exploring the night market…Kaylie and I did it all but did not take many pictures so I cannot show it off! Frankly, it was just a delightful, relaxing vacation in a gorgeous location. 

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And then we had to fly back. 

It did not go so well.

The problem? We listened to our resort. And our resort told us we did not need the taxi driver to pick us up till 2 hours before the flight left. They were adamant about it. Krabi has such a small airport…we figured, they must know what they are talking about.

And that is how, with an hour till our flight left, we found ourselves waiting in a supppppper long line to get our tickets. And waiting and waiting and waiting. 

It did not matter as much to me if we missed our flight, but poor Kaylie needed to catch a connecting flight home and if we missed this flight, all her other flights would fall through. And everything moved so. slowly.

To distract myself, I started chatting with the guy in line behind us. He was an American and a personal chef of a couple from Arizona. Apparently, they just bring him along whenever they traveled. They gave him a day off so he decided to fly to Krabi. Except (get this–private chef, mind) he hates Thai food so he spent the entire day within the vicinity of a McDonalds! He did not get to see much and overall found the place disappointing.

We then realized he was in the wrong line entirely. 

Thankfully, Kaylie and I finally got our tickets, zipped through security, and found our gate in record time. They had just started boarding. The flight back was a breeze and once again…they fed us a full meal!