Monday, November 30, 2009


When I was little our family went to Korea (my first time) when I was about 8 years old. We stayed with our grandparents and it was there that I learned the game ddakji with the neighborhood kids.

Ddak-ji is a popular Korean childrens game played using specially made cardboard disks. The disks resemble Pogs but are perhaps thinner and slightly curved. Unlike the games played using Pogs, Ddak-ji uses no 'slammer' piece. Only the ddakji themselves are used.

In the basic version of the game the throwing player is chosen by 'Rock, Paper, Scissors' and the losing player places their disk on the table. The active player throws their disk down on it in an attempt to make the inactive player's disk flip over. The curvature of the disks makes finesse an important part of the technique. If a disk is flipped, the player who flipped it gets to keep it. Variants of this play style exist. (taken from

Back in those days we made our own ddakji with paper and would decorate it. The newer versions are made with popular characters like Pokemon and Maple Story and is hugely popular right now with kids in Korea.

We recently picked up some ddakji for Little Seouls and introduced them to our boys. They were very intrigued and actually ended up really liking the game.

Try it! It's only $.99 for a pack of 7 pogs. I warn you...your kids will get hooked!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Korean celebrities promote adoption

The "Letter from the Angels No. 5 & Prime Campaign" started in 2003 to encourage adoption within the motherland. My daughter was actually one of the little babies featured in their 2006 campaign.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Explanation behind Korea's Low BirthRate

Here's a great article written by Joong Ang Daily that explains how the middle class plays a big role in the Korea's low birthrate.

Photo taken from JoongAng Daily.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

We had Thanksgiving early and this was our Thanksgiving table. We had most of the traditional fixings except we also had kimchi! And yes, we eat with paper plates and wooden that a Korean thing?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Koreans and Elders

Recently, we celebrated our grandmother's 90th Birthday party. Koreans customarily throw a big birthday party for the 60th birthday party called "hwangab." However, as people tend to live longer, less and less Koreans celebrate "hwangab," and will celebrate the 70th or 80th birthday party. Similar to a first birthday "dol" party, these parties celebrate life and are a big occasion among Koreans.

Here are some cultural tips that we can think of when socializing with the elderly.

Respecting your elders is a big deal among Koreans. When meeting a Korean person, you are expected to bow and greet the older person with respect. If you are sitting down, you are also expected to stand up when greeting them and this also applies when the older person leaves. When dining with an older person, it is respectable to offer the first serving to them and wait until they have taken the first bite before you begin eating. If the older person offers you a drink, you are supposed to politely accept with both hands (left hand on your right arm).

If you know any more, please share!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Winner of the National Adoption Month Giveaway!

Here is the winning photo of Baby Olive on the day she met her mommy! Photo was taken on July 18th 2008.

When we asked her mommy what led their family to adoption, she replied:

"From the moment my husband and I married over 10 years ago, we knew adoption was the way we wanted to build our family. We weren't ready for a long time, but once we decided, we plunged in. As for Korea, we ended up there in a roundabout way. We had originally intended to adopt a child from Viet Nam, but the program closed and we took that as a pretty clear sign that the child who was meant to be with us resided elsewhere. We began preparing an updated homestudy, and in the process, I found our Olive on a waiting child listing. The instant I saw and read about her, I knew she would be our daughter. And I didn't care where she was from! We found out she was from South Korea and were thrilled to research the country to know more about the culture and people. Now, we can't imagine NOT going to Korea - we fell in love with Seoul, the people, the beautiful sights, sounds, and smells, the culture... we hope to go back someday and absorb even more of it."

Olive is now 2 years old and is described as the most perfect child to their family. Here is what else her mommy had to say:

"She is so easy going and laid back. She hardly ever cries or gets angry - very even tempered. She is gentle and kind, and displays a great deal of empathy for others. She adores playing with other kids and is a wonderful "big sister" to our cats. Olive loves animals, being outdoors, and is very active. I couldn't ask for a better daughter!"

We thank Olive's family for sharing their precious photo and adoption story! And thank you to everyone who shared their photos with us. We really enjoyed seeing the photo entries!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Makes a Great Teacher Gift

If you are looking for something unique, besides candy and chocolate, try giving your child's teacher this towel cake! Every year my son gives this to his teacher and they are always so delighted to receive this unique gift. If you're wondering why a towel, towel gifts are very customary in countries like Japan and Korea.

Comes in the packaging as shown.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Koreans are obsessed with height!

Take a look at this clip on ABC News about how Koreans will go to any lengths to become taller. Even wearing magic shoes! Apparently these are the must haves for the men.

School children are going to clinics to help them grow. Very interesting.

(photo from ABC News)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Popularity of Hello Kitty in Asia

This photo says it all. Apparently, Hello Kitty was one of her bridesmaids.

Story and photo credit to Yonghap News Agency.

Hello Kitty Nursery Bedding

How cute these are! Sorry, we don't sell these at our site. Maybe in the future?

Friday, November 13, 2009

National Adoption Month Giveaway!

As Little Seouls was founded after I adopted my daughter from Korea, we would like to honor this special month by doing a special giveaway to adoptive families!

Winner will win a pack of 25 Custom Christmas Cards. Just send in a photo of your referral photo or "gotcha" day (arrival day) photo to Winner will be announced on Friday, November 20.

Happy National Adoption Month!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

New Little Seouls Kid's Dosirak!

We recently went to a baby convention and came across this product called Yubo, a bento style lunchbox for kids that's all BPA Free, 100% Recyclable, Antimicrobial, and Dishwasher safe! We also found out we could create our very own lunchbox with our Little Seouls characters! Well, now they're here! Available for $29.95. Comes with 3 containers and ice pack.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

We're excited to announce our new line of Korean Christmas Photo Cards!

For the past month, I've been working with a new designer to come up with our new line of Christmas cards. We're still working on more but here are the first 2 in the collection!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Popular Korean Baby Body Motions/Songs

Recently I was on another board and they were talking about the things Koreans teach their babies...such as "DoriDori", "JamJam", and "Jjakjjakung". How many of you here have taught these motions/songs to your kids?

Here's a youtube of it if you don't know it already.

Here's the actual Dori Dori Song:

Also, my son recently sang the Korean version of Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in his school program...which was hilarious since his school is not even Korean! The pronunciation was a little off but cute nonetheless.

Here's a youtube of Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in Korean.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Win a $100 Gift Card at Little Seouls!

Got a lot of friends? Then you may have a chance at winning a $100 gift card at Little Seouls! On our Facebook Fan Page, we are having a contest that whoever brings in the most number of new fans to our site will win the prize. To go to our Facebook page, click here.

Contest ends November 30th, 2009. Applies to new fans only.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Korean Theme Book Gifts Under $7.99!

The Green Frogs, A Korean Folktale $6.99

Bee Bim Bop $6.99

Count Your Way Through Korea $5.95

Milet Mini Picture Dictionary $7.99

Starting your holiday shopping early? Here are some book gift ideas!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Book Highlight: New Clothes for New Year's Day

"New Clothes for New Year's Day" by Hyun Ju Bae is the perfect book to read to your child to get them excited for the upcoming New Year's Sae Bae event. What is "Sae Bae?" Sae bae is when the younger generation bow down in honor to their elders during New Year's Day. Traditionally, the whole family dresses up in their Korean hanboks and makes visitations to their older relatives, like their grandparents, aunts and uncles. After the children sae bae, the relatives (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles), will give the children money and say some words of wisdom to them.

Author Hyun Ju Bae details how a little girl gets dressed and ready for the New Year's. He explains things such as, how to wear a hanbok, and also gives descriptions of the various hanbok items. This book comes with beautiful illustrations.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Deal of the Week!

Asian Doll for only $6.99! On clearance! Hurry! Supplies limited. Perfect to stuff in your child's stocking or to give as a holiday gift! We also have other dolls on sale. Check them out here.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The November Baby of the Month is...

Kyle C. who is 3 1/2 years old! Congrats! This is an adorable picture!

Look what he won!