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Andrew Chen for Maekan

Andrew is a good friend, the co-founder of 3Sixteen, and a partner at Self Edge in New York City. But before all that, he is a husband and a father to two beautiful boys, Logan and Hunter. I had the pleasure of spending the day with Andrew and his sons as they spent the morning with building blocks, books, and a trip to the museum. The boys were excited to spend the day with their dad. And I saw how thoughtful Andrew was in steering their bright-eyed curiosity through games and art. 

The story was for Maekan, a digital media company whose aim is on educating and empowering creative culture through audio and video-based storytelling. Their goal is to tell meaningful stories that rise above the low quality and ephemeral stuff that's in our culture and media.  It's a lofty goal that they have set for themselves but working with them on this story and hearing Alex and Eugene's ideas made me believe and want this type of storytelling to exist and thrive. 

I was fortunate enough to be a part of their beta launch and if you want to read more of Andrew's story, you can go here to read and sign up. These are some of my favorite photos from the day. 

How to Make Matty Laugh

Before he laughs he has a curious, almost intense look on his face with his mouth slightly open, as he's deep in though trying taking in the scene. He looks at you with big beautiful eyes, asking you for a clue.  And then when the thought lights up in his head, once he realizes something, he smiles. A big beautiful smile that makes his eyes into a shape of a rainbow, and a laugh that you could listen to all day long.

My brother loves finding silly ways to make his son laugh, and will exploit it until he has to search again. Every time we see them, he shows us a new way he's found to make Matty laugh. In this photo, it's rubbing his face into Matty's stomach. 

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I've had the Best in Tokyo

Before I visited Tokyo, I was very liberal with my superlatives.

"This is amazing!"
"That movie was unbelievable!"
"That was the best _____ I ever had!" 

But now that I'm back, I've become much more conservative with my praises. Because in Tokyo, I really did have the best. The best coffee I've ever had was at Chatei Hatou in Shibuya. The best steak I ever had was at Gyu-an in Ginza. The best hotel I've ever stayed at was at the Park Hyatt Tokyo in Shinjuku. And the hands down best meal I've ever had was at Kyubey in Ginza. These are true statements, that may fall on skeptical ears because I've wasted the word "best".

And so after coming down from Tokyo's mountain, I'm going to make sure other experiences are just as high and majestic before I use such lofty words.

Rediscovering Seoul After Ten Years

It's been over 10 years since I last visited Seoul. I was in college and was taken around by family to different places. I also had no interested in photography then and so all I have are vague memories of playing games and eating noodles on my cousin's college campus. This time around my wife and I went with good friends who took us all around Seoul.  

The food I grew up loving was everywhere, cheap, and delicious. And places like Dongdaemun Design Plaza were some of the most breathtaking places I've ever been to. 

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