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Spotlight on Members: Eric Yoon

 

I am hoteling from:

I am hoteling from my home in Dublin, California, a city about an hour east of San Francisco.

What made you decide to hotel or stay on campus:

I started my USPTO career in 2016 in the Silicon Valley Office and used to live closer to the office, but have since moved a bit further away.  Due to the longer commute, I then shifted out of the office to hoteling.  But once the office is reopened, I plan to visit regularly, as I used to pre-pandemic. 

Do you have any hobbies or activities that you are passionate about? Can you briefly share it with us?

I like a wide range of things, including reading, chatting with friends, cooking, science fiction, superhero and animated movies, drawing/sketching and traveling.  At the USPTO, I like working on programs that build community or provide assistance to newer Examiners. 

Favorite book or movie:

The Fellowship of the Ring, Encanto, Saving Private Ryan, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Iron Man.

Favorite restaurant or food:

Korean and Indian cuisines, coffee, dark chocolate.

Favorite weekend activities:

Watching movies and documentaries, reading a good book, checking out a new restaurant or café, taking a stroll by the ocean, spending time with family.

Any new skillset you’ve picked up during this pandemic?

Virtual reality exercise.

 

Shout out to other KAIPO members close to you (any messages you want to send to other member(s)):

Tom, Monica and James: thanks for introducing me to KAIPO and giving me such a warm welcome; and to all those who participated in the First Year Examiner discussions: thank you for coming by and for sharing your questions and experiences.

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Spotlight on Members: Jimin You

 

I am hoteling from:

Centreville, Virginia.

What made you decide to hotel or stay on campus:

I started in August 2020, so everything was done virtually due to COVID-19.

Do you have any hobbies or activities that you are passionate about? Can you briefly share it with us?

I go through different phases with my hobbies/activities. Last year, I played a lot of spike ball and tennis. This year, I am trying to run more. But most of my time is spent taking cute pictures of my dog (Winnie) and taking him to parks and dog friendly restaurants.

Favorite book or movie:

All of the Marvel movies.

Favorite restaurant or food:

I love brunch! 

Favorite weekend activities:

Picking up food and taking my dog to Gravelly Point for a picnic, or exploring new bakeries and coffee shops.

Any new skillset you’ve picked up during this pandemic?

Running!! I used to hate running, but now I can run 2-3 miles without suffering too much.

What is your motto?

In every situation, there is always a lesson to be learned.

Anything else you want to share with KAIPO?

I hope to get to meet more of you guys in-person, soon!

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Spotlight on Members: Sung Min Yoon

 

I am hoteling from:

Alexandria, Virginia.

What made you decide to hotel or stay on campus:

First cohort to be onboarded remotely, due to COVID-19.

Do you have any hobbies or activities that you are passionate about? Can you briefly share it with us?

Road trips, going to the beach, finding new places to eat.

Favorite book or movie:

Watchmen, Matrix, The Other Guys, Alien, Die Hard, Deadpool, Toy Story, Jurassic Park.

Favorite restaurant or food:

Pho, Thai, Pizza, Steak, Sushi, Mexican.

Favorite weekend activities:

Going out for food and drinks, watching movies and TV shows, and catching up on sleep.

Any new skillset you’ve picked up during this pandemic?

Can’t think of any…

What is your motto?

Keep it chill, Keep it real.

Anything else you want to share with KAIPO?

Hope to meet everyone in person once things get better!

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Spotlight on Members: Hyun Soo Kim

I am hoteling from:

Alexandria, VA. I can see the USPTO from my home.

What made you decide to hotel or stay on campus:

Mandatory teleworking due to COVID-19 guidance.

Do you have any hobbies or activities that you are passionate about? Can you briefly share it with us?

My hobbies are rock climbing, hiking, trail running, camping, brewing, and cooking. I love to get outside and refresh my mind. I have been rock climbing for a several years mostly at the climbing gyms. Because of COIVD, I could not climb enough for a year. Now I am trying to climb every chance I get.

Favorite book or movie:

My favorite movie is The Bourne series.

Favorite restaurant or food:

Baked and Wired.

Favorite weekend activities:

Getting outside with my family. Very short quiet time while my twins nap.

Any new skillset you’ve picked up during this pandemic?

Babysitting.

What is your motto?

This, too, shall pass & Whatever will be, will be.

Shout out to other KAIPO members close to you (any messages you want to send to other member(s)):  

I’d love to know more people, so talk to me.

Any words of encouragement you want to share with the members during the pandemic?

This, too, shall pass away.

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Spotlight on Members: Suckhwan (Sam) Chon

 

I am hoteling from: 

Oakton, Virginia.

What made you decide to hotel or stay on campus? 

Mandatory teleworking due to COVID-19 guidance.

Do you have any hobbies or activities that you are passionate about? Can you briefly share it with us?

Passionate about wine, cooking or exploring restaurants, hiking and photography (I have full frame Sony Alpha II).  I used to live in the Pacific Northwest (living in the rain), where I appreciated a mug of coffee, wine and IPA. You will surprise to get to know that Washington is home to 940+ wineries, while Oregon is fast approaching with over 725.

Favorite book or movie:

My Left Foot (1989) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008).

Favorite restaurant or food:

Not that I can afford everyday but Inn at Little Washington. For brunch, Boulangerie Christophe (amazing baguette, croissants/croissant type pastries). For a hole in the all restaurant, Pioneer Pit Beef.

Favorite weekend activities:

Exploring restaurants, attending local events, hiking, and road trips to explore small towns around Virginia and Maryland.

Any new skillset you’ve picked up during this pandemic?

Vacuuming and cooking different dishes around the world.

What is your motto?

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” – C.S Lewis

Shout out to other KAIPO members close to you (any messages you want to send to other member(s)):  

Want to get to know my KAPIO members in person.

Anything else you want to share with KAIPO?

Canada border will be open soon (August 9th).

Any words of encouragement you want to share with the members during the pandemic?

“Tough times never last, but tough people do.” – Robert H. Schuller