Monday, December 31, 2012

Our 2012

We have done so many things this year.

1. We moved to the USA.
James got into a school in the USA. We moved to the USA, our third country after our marriage. People don't stared at us like Asians in Asia. We finally feel like we are normal people. hehehe.

The USA is truly a place where there are various people living.

But, James sometimes says he misses those Asians who stare at him and make him feel like a celebrity. No thanks for me. lol.

2. We added a new member to our family.

Yuri was the best thing ever happened to me. She is a really good baby. She hardly cries. She eats well. She poops well. lol. She is so lovely and cute. I love her so much.

3. We have met so many good people and made new good friends in 2012.

Woods family who let us stay in their basement before we got our own apartment.

Dobsons who tricked us to go hiking with them and go to Table Rock. (We like them a lot.)

Johanna who I loved to talk on the phone with until she moved to a small town where she couldn't have her cellphone reception well so she disconnected her phone.

Trevor who left Secret Santa gifts with us when he left this little town. (Yuri likes him. :) )

Doe couple whose son became a good friend for my baby Yuri.

BJ and his wife, Nora who we met through youtube and we visited this summer. They became our really good friends in the USA.

I think we are really lucky since we met so many good people here.
Even though we don't have any family here in this US, we have always felt like we are accepted here and welcomed...

We will never ever forget them.
We are so grateful for them.
We thank God to bless us with many things that we enjoy...

We hope that 2013 will be as blessed as 2012.

We actually are planning to have a big change in 2013. I hope that things will all work out well next year. I pray that...

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Dating tips when you are dating a Korean girl

First of all, I am telling you that this tips and advice is a totally personal opinion of mine.
Some might think differently, but since I was born and raised in Korea, I can say I am pretty much very Korean. lol.

Let me give you some tips that you need to know when you are dating a Korean girl or when you want to make your Korean girlfriend happy.

1. Korean girls like publicity.

If you show your affection in public, she will seem shy, but she will like it. That is why Korean men are always very stressed about how they can make the woman happy by organizing some special party or proposal usually in public (or with bunch of friends).

2. Koreans like couple stuff.

Korean couples like to match together. They have couple shirts,

couple rings,

couple shoes,

couple cellphones,

couple cellphone charms,

couple bags,

even couple swimsuits!!

You might need to get prepared to do these things when you have a Korean boyfriend or girlfriend.

3. Korean girls are quite passive in relationships.

They like assertive guys. Many Korean girls say that even though they don't like a guy at first, if he keeps trying and is quite assertive, they will open up and start liking him. So, if you are assertive, she might just follow you.

I made a video on the same topic. If you didn't want to read my post, you can just watch my video.

A video : Dating and Marrying a Korean 

A video that I made a long ago. I hope this is helpful as well.

For Black men, I made this video.

Racism in Korea. I interviewed My husband.

This is one of my first videos that I uploaded on Youtube when I was still dating my husband. I hope this is helpful. :)

Friday, December 21, 2012

Our Korean Traditional Wedding

I had always dreamed about having a Korean Traditional Wedding. Now, most Koreans do western style wedding. I wanted something different and something unforgettable. I wanted to go really Korean. :) When I asked for my parents' opinion, they agreed and thought that they would be a good idea.

James and I spent quite a lot of money on making our hanbok for the wedding. I felt like spending that much on hanbok and wear only one or two times will be wasting too much. But,,, oh well. We have only one wedding, right? lol.  So, we got our own hanbok. We took rehearsal wedding pictures with hanbok on.

My grandma's sister made them for us. I really like the hanbok. :)

So... We were ready with nice hanbok, and I made a reservation for the wedding ceremony in Yongin Traditional Folk village.

This is a very famous Korean Folk Village.

We invited people around us, and James's mom even came to see our wedding.

The wedding day arrived.
Oh, no.... Oh, God... Why are you doing this to us....?

Our wedding was supposed to take place outdoors, and it was raining in the morning when I woke up.

This gotta be kidding....
I went to a beauty shop to do my make-up. Oh my goodness.... Still raining...

Felt like crying...

Well... Let's go to the folk village anyway....

James and I were holding hands and looking at each other with worries...

I told James.... "Honey... Let's pray that this will stop..."
He agreed and we said a prayer.

After we finished our prayer, we arrived in the village.
And... believe or not, the rain started to thin out.

I could not believe it! The sun was starting to shine and coming out of clouds.

But, when we got there, they said we  can't do the wedding outdoors anyway since the ground is wet.... :((

So, we had to do the ceremony on the floor of a house. (People could still see us from outside since the house is open to public.)

The sad part about our wedding was because of the weather, a lot of people got stuck in traffic and didn't make it on time. (Rain makes traffic crazily heavy.)
And, even James' mom didn't make it on time, so she couldn't see our wedding... :((((((

But,, well... my parents were there with us and lots of James' friends arrived on time, so it was all good. :)

These are the pictures of our wedding.

This was James changing to the wedding Hanbok.

Waiting for his bride. :)

Looking nice, Babe. :)

The guy in the middle is the one who conducts the wedding.
He tells us what to us and leads the wedding.

In the left, there are my mom and dad. :)

James comes first and waits for the bride.

I com next. I am supposed to cover my whole face. The groom is not supposed to see the bride's face until they have the first night in their room. 
In Korea, we got married to a person our parents decide, and we never knew the partner before the wedding. The marriage is decided between your parents and his/her parents.

Many people had to see our wedding like that.

After the wedding, the groom get on a donkey and the bride get in  a carriage, and they go to the groom's house.

Four men carry the carriage.

They play music and let people in town know that someone got married. People come out and see them and dance with them and stuff.

Now, the wedding is done. It's the photo time!

Thanks for everyone for coming to our wedding and my family and James' family.
We love you all.

James's mom came late after our wedding. She gave us good words of advice. 
We lost the pictures that we took with her. The hard disk that I had had the pictures and the disk broke, so I lost many pictures in it. :((((