Everyone kept asking Chi Kim, “When are you going to eat noodles?” It is the old-fashioned Korean way of inquiring about when someone is getting married — a reference to gooksu, the traditional noodle dish served at weddings.
Kim, 42, had to endure that question for a couple of decades — then in 2008 he met Joann Um, 34, on what turned out to be the last of a long line of blind dates. “When I met her, I just felt like she was the lost part of me that I didn’t know was lost,” he said.
Both have careers in science: he’s a psychometrist at the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at UCSD, and she teaches chemistry at San Diego Miramar College and Southwestern College in Chula Vista.
Last April they visited La Jolla’s Salk Institute, whose stark architecture creates an effect, said Kim, “like a giant eternity pool overlooking the horizon.” There, at the golden hour before sunset, Um agreed to be his wife. “I felt very much at peace,” she said.
On Jan. 7 more than 300 guests “ate noodles” when Kim and Um wed at the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe.
Custom Publishing Writer