Saturday, May 29, 2010

How to make Kid's Kim Bap

The cutest little girl doing a cooking show dedicated to Gwyneth Paltrow.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Celebrity Adoption Photo Campaign 2010

We posted a few photos from Cho Seihon's 7th Letter photoshoot a few months back. Thought we share a few more since the photos are being exhibited this month to raise awareness for adoption.

Photo credit to and Photographer Cho Seihon.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

How to Make Your Own Yutenori

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Yute nori is a popular Korean wooden stick game that is primarily played on New Year's Day. You can purchase this game at our store or try making it yourself with your children. It makes a great craft project that is also cultural! Here's a good link that gives you directions on how to make one. You will need a tagbard, 4 craft sticks, sticker dots, markers and game pieces.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Want to know what a Toys R Us in Korea looks like?

Is it just me or do they look so much more nicer than the Toys R Us that I've been to?

3rd Generation Korean American Kids

Koream Journal has a great cover story this month titled "Generation 3." Gets you thinking about the issues and choices we, parents, will make as we raise this new generation of Korean American kids. Click here to read the article.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Kids Cafes in Korea

Kids Cafes are where the Korean moms go to hang out with friends while their kids play...kinda like Chuck E. Cheese except that at these Kids Cafes, they have "Teachers" that watch and play with your kids while you sit and enjoy a nice lunch with your mommy friends! How great is that? So wish they had these in the states!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day! We celebrated Mother's Day by going to our family's church as they honored our dear 100 year old grandmother with a Life Achievement Award. As she goes to a first generation Korean church, Mother's Day was celebrated Korean style. All the mother's were given a red carnation corsage, guests were served a Korean meal, the children gave a special performance, and mothers were given a towel gift.

The lovely halmonis who were honored today.

Towel gifts imprinted with Korean writing to commemorate the occasion.

Korean meal (rice, kimchi and soup)

Red carnations were displayed as centerpieces as well.

Children performing for the adults.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Korean Tea Ceremony

I found this youtube video on the proper way to serve tea in the Korean tea ceremony.

Video provided by Puripan Tea Garden in San Jose, CA.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Parents Day in Korea

Photo credit to Yonhap News
Koreans celebrate Parents Day on May 8. According to the Korea Times, cash was the top gift list for Parents Day. For more information on Parents Day, you can read to learn more about it.

Giving a red carnation is a common practice to give honor to your elders. I never knew that was a Korean wonder I was always given a red carnation to give to my mother on Mother's Day at church!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Korean Celebrities as Kids!

In honor of Children's Day in Korea, released these before and after pictures of Korea's top celebrities.

Happy Children's Day!

May 5 is the official Korean holiday for children. It is customary for parents to take out their children to a day of fun, like a picnic, museum or amusement park. Children also receive gifts from their parents and grandparents. Although this holiday is not really celebrated here in the US, I know there are some of you who will try to do something extra special for their child today.

My children know its Children's Day today because their grandparents (1st generation KA) called to wish them a "Happy Children's Day" and also gave them a gift. Is anyone celebrating Children's Day today? If so, we would love to hear about it! Please email us at

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Korea's Famous Celeb Couple Marry!

On May 2nd, Jang Dong Gun (actor) and Go So Young (actress) got married! Many liken them to Korea's version of a "Brangelina." News has spread that the lovely couple is already expecting a baby. Netizens are going crazy trying to guess how their baby will look like. I'm sure their baby will be as beautiful as they are. Can't wait!

Their wedding guests included some of the most popular celebs in Korea. Our favorite celeb guests were Kwon Sang W00, Baby Luke and Sohn Tae Young. For more wedding photos, check out Drama Beans.

Saturday, May 1, 2010