this is the view from my plane a few minutes before I landed.
The official WELCOME to Korea!
|So we all arrived at The Palace Hotel quite late on the 27th. (around 1am) and this is us all together and refreshed on the 28th all ready to explore Deagu with Kimmy, our favorite guide.|
Our first stop was quite interesting for us.
"CAT CAFÉ" in Korea are very "IN".
When I arrived,
cat #1 was on the floor and welcomed the group.
cat #2 was having a zen moment sleeping on the table.
and cat #3 was going outside on the deck for a breath of fresh air.
Good thing my allergies were not too bad that day... I handled it pretty well.
In my culture, the cats are not welcome on top of the tables or around drinks and food but what I like when I travel is to experience new things and be surprised... indeed I was!! hahaha!!!
|Oh! for those of you who loves the smell of fish (maybe not in the morning for me)... we noticed some tiny fishes in these boxes, outside the building. The smell was quite something...|
|Walking around the city...|
|Time for a selfiiiie!! :)|
|DEAGU CITY TOUR was a lot of fun!!!|
|all kind of fish and octopus ready for take out!|
|If you love eating typical food... this market has a wide variety...|
So the pictures above are all from the first day of the festival!
Every artist did their artwork all day and came in front of the jury after 6 long hours under the heat!
Some of these artists were very young... 15 and 19 years old!!! so impressive!
The use of colors is their strength from my opinion.
After judging about 50 competitors... time for some food.. and more fun, of course.
I had to taste the
Dduk Rice cake
it looked like a cute shinny rock you would find near a river
it was filled with "cheese".
It was fun and interesting at the same time.
I did not try these even though they looked like pecans from a distance, as you look closer, you realize they are BUGS! a really great source of protein by the way. They are called BUNDAEGI bugs. I would've tried them but because i'm a vegetarian... I COULD'NT!!! hahaha!!
I wonder if they added like a BBQ flavour... oh well.
|Dried octopus and dried fish in the back here... you can enjoy them like cookies and suck on them all day... apparently they last very long because its hard to chew. Have'nt tried it either.|
|pecans... oh no, BUGS!!|
Check out our colourful DISCO BUS just for us!!!!
|no toilet on the bus but toilet paper every 4 seats... I had to ask Kimmy and I learned something.|
In Korea, toilet paper is used the same way we use tissues or paper towel... its for everything.
Opening performance.. still day 1
|Birgit and I... just happy to be there and to spend time together!! She is Austrian and lives in Vienna. It's a bit far from Canada so we don't get to see each other very often.|
|S0 who will be the BIG BIG winner?|
1st place: trophy + 10 million Won in cash
(approx. US 9000.00$!!!!)
2nd place: trophy + 5 millionWon (approx. US 4500.00$)
3rd place: trophy + 3 milion Won (approx. US 2700.00$)
|Young fans of CUPID (korean younger version of the SPICE GIRLS)|
Day 1 is over time for a good rest at THE PALACE HOTEL.
DAY 2 has arrived!
Live demonstration by INTERNATIONAL artists and JUDGES at the event.
I have to admit that a few of us were a bit stressed about that! Especially after seing the amazing body paintings the day before and knowing that it was hosted and filmed by TBC television
(only 5 and a half million viewers!!! gulp!!!!!)
None of us has met our models yet.
We were excited and nervous at the same time... but it was good.
Everything turned out great!
The organizers and the crowd loved it so we were happy and proud of ourselves.
|My Russian model and professional dancer Anabelle|
|Of course I used my PRIMAL CONTACT LENSES my ultimate favorite brand from Montreal CANADA|
Special Thanks to them for sponsoring me!
|I was VERY PROUD to be using my own brand at this event. |
Korea needs to discover
PARADISE MAKEUP AQ by Mehron
and enjoy how easily it blends.
|Carolien did help me a little bit with the black on the fabric... |
every Body Painters LOVE to paint over FABRIC!!!.... euhhh... NOT!!!
|Scott, very focused|
|Crazy Francesca!!! Airbrush Master!!|
|Myself, My "PARADISE MAKEUP AQ CREATION OF THE MOMENT" and the lovely KIMMY!|
|Scott Fray and his Masterpiece posing in the Korean style|
|I loved my model and how she was wearing my colourful Deagu inspiration|
|(from left to right)|
Francesca Tariciotti/Italy - Scott Fray/USA - Bert Verstappen/Holland - Jinny/Canada
Announcement of winners and closing ceremony
|winners ready to be revealed... drum roll...|
|TBC hosts and official announcement,..|
OVERLOADS OF EMOTIONS,
and more food
and more food
|left to right: 2nd and 1st place!! AMAZING!!|
I played tourist again on my last day. (monday)
I really enjoyed every moment I spent with these people which I consider my friends and I feel blessed to have some amazing human beings in my life around the globe.
MY ARTIST LIFE
has brought me much more that I could ever imagine
|Always elegant Madelyn...|
|USA and Austria hug... aaaawww!!!|
|Scott... thats not nice!;)|
|They are not real horses by the way!! hahaha! I think I'm funny... NOT!|
|my friends... :)|
|mother nature is my favorite creator and inspiration of all!!!|
|make a wish and place the rock...|
|special moment for Francesca...xxx|
|my natural look :)|
|Makkoli is a rice ale and it's very gooooood!!!!|
|Kimmy with the Makkoli|
|Special pizza, no crust and cut with scissors... im loving it!|
|Best thing ever!! you press and you have service in 3 seconds at your table!! Montreal needs that!|
|OK, THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST DESERT EVER!!|
KOREAN SHAVED ICE "PATBINGSU"
|Good bye Korea with my "puppy face" see you next year!!!|