Who am I…?

I live and breath in diversity.
I respect my surroundings.
I practice minimalistic living.
I provide a place to rest, play and live to those in need.
I clean the air for living.
I cope with challenges that life brings with best of my ability.
I know when to let go things to prepare myself for what’s to come.
I change to grow and mature.
I nurture what’s holding me to stand tall when reaching for the sky.
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Who am I…?
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My name is Tree.
And I am proud to be part of life on earth.

– Sarah Chun

Photo taken in British Columbia, Canada

Hug O’ War

Shel Silverstein Poem

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Happy Family Day Weekend in Toronto!

#Toronto #FamilyDay #LongWeekend #HappyWeekend

What “Agile” means to me

I was introduced to the terminology back in 2009. The team I was part of adopted agile practices and followed Scrum process for delivering quality web applications. Process made sense and we delivered great results every month (developed and released new production ready functionalities that addressed our clients’ needs). Since then I had countless conversation around “Agile” with many people in various positions and here is my two cents on what “Agile” means to me in a simplest form.

agile

It’s about finding ways to reduce the distance between the point (A) & (B). Along the way we build great relationship by working closely together towards common goals, and as a result we deliver values to our clients.

Continuous learning and collaboration to find ways to quickly adopt to ever changing environment, and deliver quality results that satisfies our clients’ needs in the shortest time possible.

Make sense? πŸ™‚ What does “Agile” means to you? I would love to hear from you, please leave me your thoughts in comments box below.

If you would like to check out my full presentation on Agile Principles and Scrum, please check out my previous posting on Agile Principles & Scrum Framework (version 5.0).

mural tiger exhibition at Toronto Zoo

Amur tiger exhibit is open at The Toronto Zoo. If you are in Toronto area, go check out these magnificent tigers!

Letter from my mom in 1995

I left home (Seoul, Korea) and came to Canada alone to study when I was 16 years old. This is the letter that my mom gave it to me in the morning of the day that I left home in 1995. It was an exciting yet quite difficult journey for a 16 years old girl, facing completely new life in Canada. I read this letter countless times throughout my journey and reminded myself of my mom who made a difficult yet brave decision to send her 16 years old daughter with only hope that I will grow to be a strong and bright women who not only knows how to take care of myself but also others in need, and be an independent, beautiful person with a good heart.

It’s first time sharing this letter, so I really hope you enjoy it. Take a moment to think of your mom and their unconditional love. I would love to hear your stories as well so please leave feedback/comments below. ❀ Thanks for reading!

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Dear daughter,
My dear daughter,
Become a good, beautiful, strong and brave woman.
Even if everyone else is walking down the different path than yours, do not be discouraged. Walk on your own path proudly.
Choose your own path based on what you think is right.
And learn to love and accept those who are going down different paths.
Above all, learn how to love.
A place without love is hell, so learn how to love and use it every day.
More and more you use toothpaste, what you will end up with is an empty tube that you will throw away.
Love is different. More you use it, it will grow bigger and become greater.

Dear daughter! My dear daughter,
Do not think of and treat people as business.
Do not calculate what you give and what you receive.
Love is not the same as doing your Math homework.
Life is a series of meetings and departures, nothing more or less.
Many people end up filling up their lives with painful encounters and breakups.
Of course I pray that your life will be filled with happy encounters and good luck.
However, many people will come into your life and also leave your life one day.
Some may end up leaving you in bad terms,
Some may just disappear as time goes by – as the string that connects you and those are not strong enough and become thin over time naturally.
Some may build a strong relationship with you for a long time, but they may eventually leave your life due to death.
So, my dear daughter –
Remember no relationship is eternal in this life… and why its precious.

I have the responsibility and the right to love and respect you.
Please be careful not to lose yourself in your journey.
Dear daughter,
My dear daughter,
When you face the world, you will encounter both luck and misfortune.
I wish you all the best of luck, however,
Sometimes you may face misfortune.
Everyone feels cold rain on their shoulder sometimes.
Everyone faces challenges and difficulties in their journey.
You can prepare an umbrella for those cold rainy days that you may face, however,
Not always you can block all those pouring rain and prevent yourself from getting wet.
I believe that God is fair and he will not give you a heavy burden that you will not be able to bear.

Dear daughter, My dear daughter,
If you see sadness in your neighbour’s face,
Offer them a hot cup of tea.
You will be able to feel great joy in that hot cup of tea you offer to those in need.

Dear daughter,
When you encounter cold wind of trials, be courageous and brave.
Fight courageously and overcome.
When you overcome those obstacles and pass through those cold wind, you will become a more strong and beautiful woman than you were before.

Dear daughter,
My dear daughter,
I love you.

1995.6.26
Love Mom.

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λ”Έμ•„,
λ‚˜μ˜ λ”Έμ•„.
μ°©ν•˜κ³  아름닡고 μ”©μ”©ν•˜κ³  κ°•μΈν•œ μ—¬μžκ°€ λ˜μ–΄λΌ.
세상 μ‚¬λžŒλ“€μ΄ λ„€κΈΈκ³Ό λ‹€λ₯ΈκΈΈμ„ 가더라도..
λ„ˆλŠ” 넀길을 κ°€λ©΄μ„œ, λ‚™λ‹΄ν•˜μ§€ 말고.
λ„€κ°€ μ˜³λ‹€κ³  μƒκ°ν•˜λŠ” 길을 μ”©μ”©ν•˜κ²Œ 선택해라.
그리고 λ„€κΈΈκ³Ό λ‹€λ₯ΈκΈΈμ„ κ°€λŠ” μ‚¬λžŒλ“€μ„ μ‚¬λž‘ν•˜κ³  받아듀여라.
무엇보닀도 μ‚¬λž‘ν•˜λŠ” 방법을 λ°°μ›ŒλΌ.
μ‚¬λž‘μ΄ μ—†λŠ”κ³³μ€ 지μ˜₯μ΄λ‹ˆ, μ‚¬λž‘μ„ λ°°μ›Œ λ‚˜λ‚ μ΄ 써라.
μ‚¬λž‘μ€ λ‹€ μ“°λ©΄ 껍질둜 λ‚¨λŠ” μΉ˜μ•½μ΄ μ•„λ‹ˆκ³ ,
μ“°λ©΄ μ“Έμˆ˜λ‘ μƒ˜λ¬Όμ†Ÿλ“― μ†Ÿμ•„μ˜€λ¦„μ΄ μ‚¬λž‘μ΄λž€λ‹€.

λ”Έμ•„! λ‚˜μ˜ λ”Έμ•„.
μ‚¬λžŒμ„ μž₯μ‚¬λ‚˜ μ‚¬μ—…μœΌλ‘œ μƒκ°ν•˜μ§€ 말아라.
λ‚΄κ°€ 이만큼 μ£Όμ—ˆλŠ”λ°
μ €μͺ½μ—μ„  아무것도 κ°šμ•„μ£Όμ§€ μ•Šμ•˜λ‹€κ³  μ…ˆν•˜μ§€ 말아라.
μ‚¬λž‘μ€ μ‚°μˆ˜ μˆ™μ œκ°€ μ•„λ‹ˆλž€λ‹€.
μΈμƒμ΄λž€ μ•Œκ³ λ³΄λ©΄ λ§Œλ‚¨κ³Ό ν—€μ–΄μ§μ˜ 연속일뿐
κ·Έ 이상도 κ·Έ μ΄ν•˜λ„ μ•„λ‹ˆλž€λ‹€.
λŒ€λΆ€λΆ„μ˜ μ‚¬λžŒλ“€μ€ λ‹€μ†Œ κ³ ν†΅μŠ€λŸ° λ§Œλ‚¨κ³Ό μ΄λ³„λ‘œ 인생을 λ©”κΎΈμ–΄κ°„λ‹€.
λ¬Όλ‘  λ‚˜λŠ” λ„€κ°€ 쒋은 λ§Œλ‚¨μ˜ ν–‰μš΄μ˜ 생을 μ‚΄κΈΈ 두손λͺ¨μ•„ 빌고 λΉˆλ‹€.
λ„ˆμ—κ²Œ μ˜€λŠ” κ·Έ μˆ±ν•œ μ‚¬λžŒλ“€μ€ μ–Έμ  κ°€λŠ” λ„ˆμ™€ μ΄λ³„ν•˜κ²Œ λœλ‹€.
그쀑에 μΌλΆ€λŠ” λ„ˆμ™€ μ‹Έμš°κ³ λŠ” λ“±λŒλ € λ– λ‚˜κ°€κ³ ,
또 μΌλΆ€λŠ” κ·Έκ΄€κ³„μ˜ 끈이 κ°€λŠ˜κ³  μ•½ν•΄μ„œ μ‹œκ°„μ΄ 흐λ₯΄λ©΄μ„œ 흐지뢀지 μžŠν˜€μ Έ κ°„λ‹€.
μ˜€λž«λ™μ•ˆ λ”λΆˆμ–΄ λˆ„λ¦¬λŠ” λ§Œλ‚¨λ„ μ£½μŒμ΄λΌλŠ”κ²Œ μžˆμ–΄ 갈라 놓기도 ν•œλ‹€.
κ·Έλž˜μ„œ λ”Έμ•„.
λ§Œλ‚¨μ€ κ·Έλ ‡κ²Œ μ˜μ›ν•œκ²ƒμ΄ μ•„λ‹ˆκΈ°μ— μ†Œμ€‘ν•˜κ³  κ·€μ€‘ν•œ κ²ƒμ΄λž€λ‹€.

λ‚˜λŠ” λ„ˆλ₯Ό 아끼고 μ‘΄κ²½ν•˜κ³  μ‚¬λž‘ν•΄μ•Όν•  μ±…μž„κ³Ό κΆŒλ¦¬κ°€ μžˆλ‹€.
κ·ΈλŸ¬λ―€λ‘œ λ„ˆμ˜ μžμ•„λ₯Ό μƒμ‹€ν•˜μ§€ μ•Šλ„λ‘ 쑰심해야 ν•œλ‹€.
λ”Έμ•„, λ‚˜μ˜ λ”Έμ•„.
λ„€κ°€ 세상에 λ‚˜κ°€λ©° μ—¬λŸ¬κ°€μ§€ λͺ«μœΌλ‘œ μ§€μ›Œμ§„ ν–‰μš΄κ³Ό λΆˆμš΄μ„ λ§Œλ‚˜κ²Œ 될것이닀.
λ‚΄κ²ŒλŠ” ν–‰μš΄λ§Œ 있기λ₯Ό κΈ°μ›ν•˜μ§€λ§Œ
κ°„ν˜Ή λΆˆμš΄μ΄λž€κ²ƒλ„ λ‹€κ°€μ˜¬μ§€ λͺ¨λ₯Έλ‹€.
μ‚¬λžŒμ€ λͺ¨λ‘ μ‹œλ ¨μ˜ μ°¨κ°€μš΄ λΉ„λ₯Ό ν”Όν•˜μ§€ λͺ»ν•œλ‹€.
각기 λ‹€λ₯΄κ³  λ¬΄κ²Œλ„ λ‹€λ₯΄μ§€λ§Œ λˆ„κ΅¬λ‚˜ 제각기 μ‹œλ ¨κ³Ό 고톡을 κ²ͺ게 λ˜λŠ” 법이닀.
μ‚¬λžŒμœΌλ‘œμ„œ μ°¬λΉ„λ₯Ό 가릴 μš°μ‚°μ„ κ°€μ§ˆμˆ˜ μžˆμ§€λ§Œ
μš°μ‚°μœΌλ‘œ 가리기엔 λͺ¨μžλž„ λ•Œλ„ μžˆλ‹¨λ‹€.
ν•˜λŠλ‹˜μ€ κ³΅ν‰ν•˜μ‹  λΆ„μ΄λ―€λ‘œ μ‚¬λžŒμ΄ κ°λ‹Ήν•˜μ§€ λͺ»ν•  무거운 짐은 μ§€μ›Œμ£Όμ§€ μ•ŠμœΌμ‹œλ¦¬λΌ λ―ΏλŠ”λ‹€.

λ”Έμ•„, λ‚˜μ˜ λ”Έμ•„.
λ„ˆμ˜ 이웃이 μš°μšΈν•œ ν‘œμ •μΌλ•Œ.
κ·Έμ‚¬λžŒμ—κ²Œ λ”μš΄ μ°¨ ν•œμž”μ„ λŒ€μ ‘ν•΄λΌ.
λ„€κ°€ μ‚° ν•œμž”μ˜ 차둜 기쁨을 λŠλ‚„κ²ƒμ΄λ‹€.

λ”Έμ•„.
μ‹œλ ¨μ˜ μ°¬ λ°”λžŒμ΄ μ™”μ„λ•Œ 용기λ₯Ό λ‚΄κ³  씩씩해라.
μš©κ°ν•˜κ²Œ μ‹Έμ›ŒλΌ 극볡해야 ν•œλ‹€.
μ‹œλ ¨κ³Ό μ°¬ λ°”λžŒμ„ 이긴 λ„ˆλŠ” κ·Έ 전보닀 λ”μš± ν›Œλ₯­ν•˜κ³  μ•„λ¦„λ‹€μš΄ μ—¬μžκ°€ 될것이닀.

λ”Έμ•„,
λ‚˜μ˜ λ”Έμ•„.
λ‚˜λŠ” λ„ˆλ₯Ό μ‚¬λž‘ν•œλ‹€.

1995.6.26
λ„ˆλ₯Ό μ‚¬λž‘ν•˜λŠ” μ—„λ§ˆκ°€.

Β 

#μ—„λ§ˆμ™€λ”Έ #μ—„λ§ˆ #λ”Έ #poem #momanddaughter #love #unconditionallove #letter #lifelesson #inspirational #dailypoem #μ†νŽΈμ§€ #μ—„λ§ˆνŽΈμ§€ #νŽΈμ§€

Self advice

I fell…
Get up.

I failed…
Try again.

I was wrong…
Correct it.

I regret…
Change it.

I should have done it…
Do it now.

Look ahead.
Learn from mistakes.
Make things better one step at a time.

-Sarah Chun

North York Toronto

Explorer your neighbourhood and find hidden gems like parks, community gardens and lovely playground that I found in my area! You don’t need to go too far to find that perfect spot for your next picnic. πŸ€— #exploreryourneighbourhood #staycation #northyork #toronto

Cherry Blossoms @ High Park

Went there after work today, its almost in full bloom – 85%. It’s magical!

If you live in Toronto area, it’s easy to get there by TTC.

  • Get off at High Park Station on the Bloor-Danforth subway line
  • Park’s North entrance is about 2 mins walk from the station