Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
We recently updated on Little Seouls Party website. Please come visit and check out our newly designed site at www.littleseoulsparty.com. You can find custom Korean inspired birthday invitations, thank you cards, banners, party favors, doljabi items, memory boards, and much more! Although our items are catered towards the Korean 1st birthday called a doljanchi, we can customize for any special occasion!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Sanrio is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year! They hosted a Sanrio Small Gift Show in Santa Monica to commemorate the special occasion. Since we live nearby, we decided to go and see what it was all about!
I did not realize how crowded the show would be. I also did not realize that most of the participants would be adults and not children. Sanrio has a huge following among all age groups! Despite the crowds, my kids had fun playing miniature golf, riding the ferris wheel, playing booth games and visiting the art exhibit. The line to the gift store was over 2 1/2 hours long, so we were unable to view the adorable items for sale.
I hear the next Sanrio Small Gift Show will be in Miami. For more information, you can visit their site here.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Congrats to the Stellakis Family!
Below is a photo of their family with
the judge on the day their son's
adoption was finalized.
Below is what they shared about their
We decided to adopt after our first son
was born, following a complicated
pregnancy.Our little Lukas Gang-seok arrived home to
us from Korea on October 21,2009. He is an
absolute love and we can't imagine not
having him in our lives! Of course, this
experience has changed our lives in many
ways...we have developed a real appreciation for the
Korean culture and are so grateful for the love and
care that Lukas received while still in Korea.
Hear their personal adoption story below. Thank you for sharing! And congrats to your upcoming arrival of your son!
We are a second time around adoptive family waiting for our second son to come home. Our daughter was also adopted from Korea (pictured with us and our biological son). Our son's name will be Jamin S. Lee. We decided to adopt after our son Jadon was born with medical issues (that did resolve over time with no adverse effects) but were told by our doctor that a second pregnancy would be very dangerous. My husband grew up in Daegu, Korea and I worked in Daegu for 4 years as an ESL teacher/professor. So, we went ahead and adopted our daughter Arianna from Korea three years ago. After meeting many Korean American
families who mostly adopted girls, we realized there was a need (if we were going to
adopt again) to adopt Korean boys. So, here we are waiting for our little Jamin to
come home! I would LOVE to win this because the bedspread I picked for our son's bed
actually has airplanes on it like the poster!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Meet the Albano Family! Hear their story:
We decided to adopt when infertility was introduced
to us after already having one biological child. I
am now SO THANKFUL that infertility was our ‘issue’
since our family now boasts our two beautiful,
wonderful, brilliant Korean-born daughters.
Adoption changed our lives so much that we now are
HUGE adoption advocates! We feel priviledged to be
a part of a larger adoptive family and especially
blessed to be a part of the Korean culture. We are
so thankful and blessed to be an adoptive family.
Our children: Christian, biological. Lily & Mimi,
Monday, November 8, 2010
I am a second generation Korean American, who speaks basic Korean mixed with English when speaking "Korean." I say "Korean" because I think I'm speaking "Korean" until native Koreans or first generation Koreans smile at my use of "Konglish." What is Konglish? Konglish is the use of English words in a Korean language context. I notice my Konglish is most heard when speaking with my parents, since I talk "Korean" with no inhibition.
Here's an example:
"Umma (엄마), Chinese food muh goh sheepa (먹고 싶어) or Korean food?"
My mom, who immigrated to the US as a young adult, also uses a milder version of Konglish when speaking to our relatives in Korea. It's funny how she doesn't even realize that she uses English words in her Korean conversations!
I am not surprised that Konglish is also widely spoken in Korea. In Korea, however, English words are sometimes used out of context or made up words are used. For example, "fastaurant" is not a word in the US but Koreans may use it for fast food restaurant.
If you want to learn more about what is going on in Korean Konglish, read Rick Ruffin's article in Yonghap News by clicking http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/n_feature/2010/09/28/50/4901000000AEN20100928005000315F.HTML
If you want to test your use of Konglish, try speaking Korean to a person who knows no English, then you will realize how much you depend on the use of Konglish.
Photo credit - Yonhap News Agency
Friday, November 5, 2010
Winner is the DeMaster Family!
"We decided to adopt because we knew there were so many children in the world
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
To celebrate National Adoption Month, we would like to honor adoptive families by doing special giveaways! We will be doing 2 giveaways. The first one called "Welcome Home Giveaway" is open to those waiting to bring their child home and who has received their referral photo. The winner will receive a personalized Welcome Home Banner and 20 personalized announcement/arrival cards!
To enter the "Welcome Home Giveaway" Contest, please submit a (1) referral photo, (2) child and family's name, (3) brief statement about how you decided to adopt, (4) future bedroom photo/and or family photo (if available) and (5) why you want to win this. *Also, please let us know if it is okay to share photo and story for contest purposes. * Submit your entry to email@example.com and make sure you subject your email as "Welcome Home Giveaway."
Winner will be announced on 11/19/10.
Our second contest is the "Korean Hangul Poster Giveaway" Contest. We will be randomly selecting 4 adoptive families (one each Friday for the month of November). In order to enter this weekly giveaway, please submit a (1) recent family photo, (2) brief statement about how you decided to adopt, (3) share how adoption / child has changed your family, and (4) child and family's name. *Please also let us know if it is okay to share your photo and story for contest purposes.* Submit your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org and title it Korean Hangul Poster Giveaway. Only one entry is needed for the 4 weekly drawings. Winner announced each Friday!
Poster will size 12 x 18.