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in loving memory of
Oliver Yu-An Nam
Feb 1 - May 20 2014

 

PETIT PARIS

bonjour! this is where I document my life with my family, things we like to do, places we like to go and random things that inspire and make me happy.

for Oliver's story click here.

Tuesday
Nov112014

Paris on t'aime

"what do you want to do today?" I asked them.

30 minutes later Will and I were looking at gargoyles at Notre-Dame de Paris while Sean was climbing up the Eiffel Tower with his Dad.

spoiled little brats.

Tuesday
Nov042014

Studio Ghibli exhibit

walking through 1,300 original drawings from Studio Ghibli which gave us My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away, two of our family all-time favorites.

magic.

Studio Ghibli Layout Designs: Understanding the secrets of Takahata and Miyazaki animation

Monday
Nov032014

bring it on Monday

Japanese Sencha tea from DavidsTea and Kawaii stores in Paris book.

Monday
Nov032014

Au Panthéon!

the city has commissioned contemporary artist JR (a long time favorite of mine) to create a participatory work inspired by his Inside Out project during the restoration of the Pantheon. thousands of faces that have been collected last spring through a photobooth truck cover the dome, the cupola and the floor of the monument. of course I couldn't think of a better way to spend our Sunday afternoon.

more info and photos about the installation here.

photo by jr-art.

Monday
Oct202014

Hong Kong

being far away helps a lot. and I'm so grateful. but eventually, it hits me again when I least expect it. it's been 5 months today. and I still cannot grasp the reality of life without him.

photo taken in Man Mo Temple.

Wednesday
Oct012014

Les arènes de Nîmes

visiting the Arènes de Nîmes in preparation of an upcoming event for non-profit Secours Populaire Français later this month. thinking Oliver would have been 8 months old today. and loving that he's sending me at the south end of France so that I don't spend the day curled up in bed.

thank you baby monkey. I love you.

Monday
Sep292014

Neu-Neu

a delightful Sunday afternnon at La Fête à Neu-Neu, an annual fair that takes place in Paris near the Bois de Boulogne, where we rode bumper cars, threw hoops, ate a dozen churros and splashed down on the Log Flume.

Chalk Art

Sunday
Aug102014

aloha

watching the sun rise above the clouds, getting henna tattooed together, learning how to surf and snorkeling with green sea turtles. they say that sometimes you don't know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.

we sure did.

Friday
May232014

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after only 110 days on earth, Oliver Noah Yu-An Nam, beautiful baby of Irene and Yoon-Seok Nam, has been called home to become an angel in Heaven. Oliver passed away suddenly on Tuesday, May 20th 2014.

Oliver was a precious gift who filled his family's home with love and joy. he will forever remain in the hearts of his adoring parents and his beloved brothers, Sean and Will.

may the sudden passing of this sweet baby boy remind us all that our lives, and the lives of those we love, are precious and far too short. may his legacy be that we learn to love our families and friends more fully, and treasure every moment we share.

Friday
May162014

cheering on his brothers