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Finding a meaning of Contemporary Art | Bruno V. Roels | Gallery 51

Friday, October 20, 2017

Gallery Fifty-One


by Bruno V. Roels

" Bruno is an image detector. But he’s also a thinker, a questioner."
- in the article of 'The Eye of Photography'

When I visited Gallery Fifty-One for the exhibition of Bruno V. Roels, I noticed that his images were actually a language of his. It was so fun for me to read the illusionary stories he made for each image and each frame. He delivered the stories by repeating same (but different) images in a frame or drawing extra elements - such as dots and lines. 

Why are the images same but different? He uses gelatin silver print. With this analog photographic technique, he modifies the images when they are printed. He often changes tones or erases elements of the images in a subtle yet distinctive way. He expects to see uniquely printed images and place them in a frame as you can see on the pictures right below. 

Then how does he add extra elements on the images? Depending what he wants to talk about through an image, he adds dots, lines, etc. For instance, the first image you see right below of this phrase was a picture of palm trees. However, by drawing 3 lines which now looks like a pyramid for us and adding some water drops on the picture, this image became a totally different art piece. It is not a picture of ordinary palm trees anymore. Most importantly, it now tells the illusionary story. 


The norm became a distinctive feature of his images. Therefore, we are not staring at one object in each image but we see an entire story of the individual image. From this exhibition, I reflected on how I have understood contemporary arts. 

The exhibition was very short but I am still dwelling on his artistic values. 

If you are planning to go to the exhibition of Bruno V. Roels, I recommend you to go to an exhibition of one of his inspirations too. It is situated right next door of Gallery Fifty One. The gallery is called  'Gallery Fifty One Too' and they are exposing great work of Masao Yamamoto. Both of the exhibitions are available to visit until 4th of November 2017. It will be fun if you compare two artists' techniques and styles. Besides, you can also think about how Yamamoto influenced Roels in the photographic and artistic way.


Zirkstraat 20
2000 Antwerp-Belgium
T: +32(0)3 289 84 58
F: +32(0)3 289 84 59

Opening hours: Tuesday until Saturday from 1-6 pm and by appointment


Living Stone Art | Art in Antwerp

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Living Stone Art

Mechelsesteenweg 9, 2018 Antwerp
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 11h - 18h.

21, 22 Oct. 2017.14h - 19h

Apparently there will be an event on this Saturday and Sunday to appreciate new artworks from Nele Jacobs in the store. It will be a good experience for you if you would like to see her artworks or you are interested in sculptures. 


Today, I visited an art gallery where I always passed by when I walked to the city centre.
Also, since I was the only customer at that time, I had a chance to talk to an owner of this gallery, Cathy. 

As the name says, there were lots of sculptures and hard-material art pieces.

In this gallery, you would find many of this type of framed artworks. Those are all created by Nele Jacobs who is a Belgian artist. According Cathy, the artist has been working with this gallery for long so, she often makes artworks only for this gallery. 

It was a shame that I couldn't capture the art pieces well due to the light.

I also liked the sculptures of animals. They were so well-made and beautiful. Apparently, every sculpture is all handmade by its artist.

There were also 'REAL' animals - stuffed birds and framed butterflies.
I know some people think having a stuffed animal is a bit creepy considering it's technically a dead animal. But for me, they all looked so beautiful, no matter what. 

They also had a wine section. All the bottles wore beautiful labels which were designed by artists.
The wine bottles themselves were such an art there!

I moved to Belgium

Sunday, August 20, 2017
As the title says, I moved to Belgium. For now, I am living in a house of my boyfriend's mom since I arrived at the end of June. I went to France with his mom's family and his dad's family for 2 weeks each from 19th of July and I came back to Belgium as of August 19th. So, here now, I am going to tell you how I ended up moving to Belgium.

My Belgian Boyfriend

I know you might be surprised that I met a Belgian guy in Canada (Montreal) and also might think that I am crazy that I decided to move to Belgium only after 6months or so of the relationship. But yes, I did this. It is definitely a lie if I say I chose to live in Belgium only without any influence by my boyfriend. He absolutely affected to decide my next destination. 

However, this was not the only reason why I could leave Montreal.

I knew that I couldn't go there only for him and I would need a reason to go there. Honestly, this topic, 'Should Serene go to Belgium?' was the biggest arguments we had so far. Since I also didn't want to go to another foreign country with no reason/purpose, I started to figure out what I would do in Belgium. I was discreetly searching for jobs in Belgium, universities in Belgium, and googling Belgian weather, living expenses in Belgium and so on. My original plan in Montreal was going to a university after getting a permanent residency there. But considering it might take at least 1 year and a half, going to a university in Belgium seemed very reasonable for my time and money. 


So, I am going to VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and am going to study a bachelor program of Social Science (communication).  I applied for the program at the last-minute and got accepted! 😆
Speaking of my parents who also supports my financial situation, they were happy that I am finally going back to study and that the tuition fee wasn't that expensive. Of course, I will have to work for my living expenses but I am very thankful that my parents are supportive of my study and my move to Belgium. 


I am preparing to get my student visa here in Belgium. (Because of my nationality, I could stay in Schengen countries for 90days) Actually, it is complicated than I anticipated. I am now waiting for all my documents that were issued in South Korea and Canada to come to Belgium. So, I can submit my visa application as soon as I get the documents. I am crossing my fingers to this. haha

Toronto Trip Advise | Serene Life

Thursday, May 11, 2017

This was my second trip to Toronto.

  On my first trip which was in October 2015, I only went to malls, city halls, Art gallery of Ontario, and Toronto Island. The only thing I liked was Toronto Island. So I posted about Toronto Island only. (Click To See) My problem with the first trip was mainly that I did not search or look up for any attractions. I literally had no idea what to see. Well, It is more correct to say that I went there to see my friends and eat some Korean foods. lol 

 Actually, I am not the one who reads a guidebook before I head to the place. I usually decide to go on a trip inspired by some travel bloggers' posts, amazing photos on social media, or my friends' experiences. Luckily, now I have a good boyfriend who is passionate to travel. Since I started to traveling with him, I'd always see more than I could ever see if I traveled alone. That is also why I could write about my travel in a more organized and informative way. I'm always grateful that he's in my life. ☺️ 

(*Food tips would be proper? haha)

1. University of Toronto

Frankly, I never thought the university would be this beautiful!

I didn't have a high expectation on the university but this place was absolutely an attraction in Toronto. Especially if you are crazy about architecture, antique furniture, and line. When I went there, there were wedding ceremonies going on and I also saw a couple taking photographs for their wedding. I mean, I am not the only one who thinks the place as beautiful. 😌

2. Kensington Market.

You can find anything here! Anything from everywhere!
* Kensington Market is very close to the University of Toronto so, you can walk down from the university.*

- Mare Pizzeria

First, I had a slice of Pizza at Mare Pizzeria where one of my friends used to work.
The pizza was good and cheap! 🤑 I guess it would be good for a quick lunch or a hangover food.

- Wafels & More

Again, my boyfriend is Belgian yet I haven't tried any good waffles, we had to visit this place where you can find 100% authentic Belgian waffles. According to him who already tried the waffle last year when the store was just open, the Liege waffle is very authentic. My opinion? Yes! it is DELICIOUS! I found that the batter was very different. For the Liege waffle, it was more like a dough, not a batter. Also, it was a bit gooey, not bready. 

personally, the waffle was delicious but the ice cream was okay...😅

there are seats inside and outside

3. Other Restaurants.

-Lazy Daisy's Cafe

If you are around this district and plant based eater, this is the cafe you should go!

This is not a vegan place but you will still feel comfortable.

Because there are lots of vegetarian bakes and dishes. Otherwise, you can ask for customizing. Although they use free range eggs, I don't like to eat eggs. So, I didn't put any egg in my biscuit but I put more avocados. 🥑

Carrot muffin with coconut cream!


Such a cool place to enjoy a Thai food!

Pad thai
The most thing I liked about this place was that you can make almost every dish vegan!! Yas!!!! (I know how it feels like when you go to a cool place but there is no vegan option... and not even a vegetarian option...) hehe, so no worries! This place is safe, vegetarians! 😉

4. The Distillery District.

I love this area so much! It quite looked like Old Montreal but a bit different.

You can just walk around boutiques around here or eat.

I recommend you to try chocolate at SOMA.

I ate a lot of chocolate and ice cream here. In my very honest opinion, I liked the pistachio chocolate and Vietnamese coffee chocolate. Other things were just all right. I didn't really enjoy their ice cream. Anyway chocolate always makes us happy right? hehe

So, these are pretty much it about my Toronto Trip! I hope you all enjoyed my blog post.


Ps. This time, I stayed in my boyfriend's friend's, took an Amigo Express when I went to Toronto and took a Megabus when I came back to Montreal. 

How To Korean BBQ (Vegetarian Options)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Sun's out We're out for BBQ!

1. Check-list

  • Korean BBQ (one-burner stove (like this) + grill(like this))* - you can find at Korean grocery stores. 
  • Gas for the bbq burner (like this)
  • Pork belly (Thicker ones are better in my opinion.) (I bought at Viandal Verdun*) 
  • Vegan Sausage (for vegetarians including me)
  • King oyster mushrooms (sliced)
  • Onion (sliced)
  • Garlic (sliced)
  • Lettuce (for wraps)
  • Ssamjang (dip sauce)*
  • Radish wraps
  • Chilies (optional)
  • Kimchi

Korean BBQ in a restaurant of Korea

Ssamjang (credit:

radish wrap (credit:

2. Vegan Option

- Vegan sausages 

- As a vegetarian having a non-vegetarian boyfriend who was keen to try Korean BBQ, I had to throw a bbq party. In fact, the reason why I could do the bbq was I knew a really good vegan sausage brand, Gusta ( hehe. 

They do have really good sausage! I mean... SO GOOD. My favorite is Italiana and I found Espanola is quite spicy. I tried other vegan sausages from different companies, but they just tasted like 'fake sausage'...literally. But this one, they made it so well! It is definitely not meat but it is very flavorsome. When I also made a Korean style bbq wrap with kimchi and ssamjang, the taste also blended very well.

- King Oyster Mushrooms

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This is not only an option for vegetarians but for everyone!! If you want to do Korean BBQ, you better have this mushroom!

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Slice the mushrooms like the picture and grill them! It tastes so super when you dip it in a sesame oil sauce -sesame oil + salt + sesame seeds(optional).

3. How-to Korean BBQ?

1) Set your bbq first.

Place bbq pan on top of the stove and place a little bowl right below where the hole in the pan is.

2) Grease the pan with a little fat of pork belly. (you can skip this too.)

We do not need any oil in the pan, but to make the bbq easier, you can put a little bit of pork fat on the pan.

3) Grill them.

You can place ingredients- pork belly, vegan sausage, mushrooms, onions, garlic, kimchi( preferably at the end in order to make the pan clean for other rounds.) in the pan. And wait till they are cooked.

4)GO DIG IN!!!!

You can wrap the pork belly or vegan sausage with lettuce, radish wrap, kimchi, onion, garlic, ssamjang, etc. Literally, make your own wrap and eat it!

* I did the Korean BBQ with my boyfriend who is Belgian and his French roommates. Except for me and my boyfriend, they never had Korean BBQ before but they really enjoyed it. I couldn't take any pictures there since I was just enjoying the bbq as well. Korean BBQ is really easy to do if you have the equipment. Even the equipment is not very expensive. If you can't find the Korean bbq pan, then you can also just do with a regular frying pan too. I bet the taste would be a little bit different, but you can still do the bbq. Actually when I was younger and when my mom wanted to do little bbq for dinner, she just did it with a frying fan on a regular stove. It was still tasty for me.

As the summer is coming, why don't you try the Korean BBQ at a park or in your backyard? It must be very pleasant for all of you!

Happy BBQ!!

Ottawa Trip Advise | Serene Life

Monday, April 17, 2017

It's been a month that I went to Ottawa with my boyfriend. It was super cold but Ottawa was yet beautiful enough to enjoy. As the weather is getting warmer, I highly recommend you to go to Ottawa in this April or May with my joyful experience.

Reason 1. National Gallery Of Canada

This art gallery is the most beautiful art gallery I have ever seen. If you are studying Architecture, you must love this place. My boyfriend and I were very ecstatic about the architecture. We even lied down on a bench together to appreciate the beautiful ceilings. 

"Whether there is an exhibition that you would like to pay for or not, this art gallery is a must-visit in Ottawa for sure." 

Reason 2.  You Can Learn History Of Canada

At Parliament of Canada

- When you visit the parliament, you better take the tour! It's free and very interesting. You get a lot of history of Canada during the tour and learn historical meaning from teeny tiny symbolical decorations in the building as well. I really enjoyed the tour and I highly recommend you to experience this too.

Outside of Parliament

The library inside of the parliament. 

Reason 3. Nordik Spa 

"It was the coldest day when we went to the spa. Because of that, I could enjoy the spa even better."
Website (click)

It's actually not in Ottawa, but it is very close to Ottawa. For me, I took an Uber, since I did not have a car and it took me 20$ to get there. (I stayed here, I am going to talk about the accommodation a bit later on this post.)  The thing is, it is easy to get an Uber to go there but there are not a lot of Uber drivers around the Spa. I also had the problem. Luckily, when I was going to call a taxi to go back to the city, one Uber driver came to us, so we did not have to pay a lot for a taxi. Yes, I was very lucky. But apparently, there is a public transportation to go to Ottawa from the spa. You can look it up by clicking here.

In a relaxation room - we didn't take a photo nor bring a phone/camera into other rooms.

It was very cozy!

There were a lot of saunas, baths, and relaxation rooms in the spa. You can check the photo right below.  It was a perfect place to pamper myself from all the fatigues that I got from other days.

Photo credit: Nordik Spa

⚠️ You can only book massage packages on the website and only for the spa, they don't take the reservation.

Reason 4. Byward Market 

Since it was very cold when I went to Ottawa, the market was not very activated as I expected but there were still lots of things to see (and eat).

     1. Beaver Tails 

- I love Beaver Tails and you have to try this if you haven't yet. This is a very comfort food for me and a guilty food too.😖 There was one in Montreal but I think it's closed now...😥 I hope they'd come back in this summer!

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    2. Big Malls.

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There are lots of shopping malls in Byward Market. If you are looking for some places to shop. You definitely have to stop by Byward Market!

3. Restaurants - What To Eat In Byward Market

  • La Bottega

This restaurant is located in a supermarket which I didn't anticipate. But it was super nice. The vibe of the market was cool and the foods were very nice!

Veggie Panini

  • The Shore Club

It was the night when we went to the spa. My boyfriend and I only saw the pictures and reviews on Google Map and decided to go there right after the Spa. It was situated right next to (or inside of) The Westin Ottawa Hotel. The foods were delicious. (I loved the bread they served before the main dishes came -FYI, You will never fail a restaurant where serves good bread before the main dish.) However, the atmosphere was quite weird considering it was a quite fancy restaurant. It was a bit noisy and looked more like 'Sports Station'..because of all the TVs tuned in Sports channels. I mean, you're there for eating, talking with people and socializing. Why TVs are there though..huh? 🙁

We had special seafood plates.

Reason5. There is Tulip Festival Coming!

It is going to be happening on May.12.2017. ~ May.22.2017. I have never been to the tulip festival but according to my friends, it is very beautiful! So, if you are planning a trip to Ottawa, check this out too!

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Q. Where Did I Stay In Ottawa


- I really loved this place because it was well-prepared for the guests. Although it was a small studio, it was perfect for us. It seemed that this place is only used for Airbnb and a proper apartment hotel. The only problem was the beds. The beds looked so big and comfortable. But they were actually made with 4 single beds so, we just slept horizontally not vertically as usual. It was all right. It was still comfortable and I could still watch TV on the wall with that position. hehe. 

-I already recommended this place to my friend because it was...
  1. Clean
  2. Affordable
  3. Well located (You can walk to Byward Market or take an Uber at around 8$. There is only 1 convenience store around the condo. You can go to Metro supermarket in 20mins by walk.)
  4. Well prepared

I have the discount code here

Q. How Did I Go To Ottawa?

I took Amigo Express which is like an Uber for different regions.  For this, you are going to pay about 20$ for 4 or 5 credits to the company on that website and other amounts to drivers who offer lifts in cash when you see the driver. It was my first time to use Amigo Express, so I got confused about the payment. So yea, it's simple. You are paying for both, Amigo Express and The Driver. It was cheap, simple and fast. I liked this. :)

This is it for the Ottawa Trip Advise and I hope this was helpful for your trip!
Let me know if you have more questions!

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