So who is Wano?

My little brother and me on his 1 year old birthday. He is a TV journalist now. By the way, Wano (완호) means ‘perfect‘. My grandfather picked this name for me, which is a typical tradition.

Me at the Kendo gym. I trained Kendo for a couple of years when I was a elementary school student. I also played basketball a lot and Michael Jordan was my hero as he was for everyone. I don’t play basketball anymore however I still try to exercise like riding a bicycle or going to a gym.

My family went to see the sunrise to the east coast when I was in middle school. People sometimes asked me if I was a soldier as I looked much older… Now I am average.

Me and friends at Taipei for the Model United Nations when I was in Uni. I dreamed to work at the UNESCO and become a Director-General, the dream is now far away but I am not sad.

When I was wild and didn’t afraid of the world… Among sea, river and mountain, my favorite is definitely sea. It just makes me calm down.

I served military for 2 years when I was 21 to 23. I was a ranger which trains other soldiers.
Do I like the time? Well, if you can’t avoid it, you have to like it.

I went to Canada and US to learn English and work as a volunteer in the national parks for conservation works. This was the time when I improved my English and made many good friends from all over the world.

I also went to Haiti after the earthquake to help my father’s business build a power plant which was one of the ODA projects of Korean government. I worked as a junior project manager and translator.

In Western Australia AMC, Australia

In Bergen, Norway

At Okpo shipyard, Korea

I started my first career at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering as a business development specialist. Korean shipbuilding industry is the world best and my company has the second largest shipyard in the world. I went to country to country to promote Korean-made naval ships. Now that I looked back, I have always like to show and introduce something Korean to the world. That is one of the reason why I am doing what I am doing now.

Marrying my wife is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life.

I love cooking and I cook with love. My father is the last person who cook at home so my parents always wonder where I picked this habit up. The reason I cook now is because I am married and have a son so me and my wife can’t go out to eat together anymore which we both loved, finding good restaurants and drinking. That’s when I started to cook food that we used to eat outside and drink with. ‘Yoriappa’ is my nickname for my food instagram, which means chef dad.

It is impossible to talk about Korean food without kimchi. This is how my family make 400 cabbages of kimchi, which is our family tradition I am proud of.

Mt. Baekdu is the tallest mountain in Korean peninsula and also considered as the national sacred mountain. Unfortunately it is in North Korea so South Korean can’t visit there. The only way to visit there is to go through Chinese trail since the mountain lies on the both countries. My family went up there a few years ago and it was the closest distance I’ve ever got to North Korea. Hopefully I could go there again with my son along the North Korean trail.

So instead of going to Mt. Baekdu in North Korea, I brought my son to Mt. Halla which is the tallest mountain in South Korea. My parents brought me and my brother for hiking every weekends when I was a child. I didn’t want to go from time to time because I wanted more sleep. However now that I think of it, I only have good memories. So I think I will do the same to my son. Hopefully he will understand when he gets older.





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