Learning Korean

  I want to share a little bit about my language journey. I’ve been learning Korean on and off since 2013. At the time I was living in New Mexico, and there weren’t many opportunities to attend a Korean language school, since there were none in the state. At the local University, there was a continuing education program that offered various classes. One of the classes was the Korean language.

Making cake on the stove

Our apartment here in Seoul doesn’t have an oven. So for about a year and a half now I’ve been unable to bake anything. I really enjoy baking so it’s been a little bit of a struggle. At the same time though it’s probably been a good thing for our waistlines that I don’t have an oven to bake with.


It’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog. Last time I wrote, our kitten Tokkiya had just recovered from pneumonia. About a few weeks after that, her hernia became an emergency because her intestines slipped out into the hernia. She had to have an emergency surgery even though she was under weight. She made it though that surgery well and has recovered nicely.

Sweet Baby Kitten

My husband and I missed having a pet so we decided to adopt a kitten. We didn’t want to buy a kitten from a pet shop, so we looked around to find animal adoption places in Korea. At first we considered adopting an older cat since we knew kittens required a lot of work and we weren’t sure if we could provide all the time it would take. We inquired about several cats, but all of them had already…

Christmas Time in Korea

The Christmas season is my favorite time of year, as it is for many people. This year will be much different than previous years because I won’t be with my family. Every year my mom and I would go to Hobby Lobby and look at their Christmas decorations. Every year they had the same things but it was still fun to look. We would also bake lots of goodies together, my favorite being her caramel popcorn. I really…

Cat Cafe in Hongdae

Both my husband and I are cat lovers. When we were moving to Korea, we decided that we would leave our cat Kodama with my parents. Lately we’ve both been missing her and just generally having a cat.

Review: Innisfree Orchid Enriched Cream

A few months back, I purchased the Orchid Enriched Cream at Innisfree based on a few different reviews I had read about. It seemed like it would be a good night cream. I am just about finished with this jar. I paid ₩25,000, which is about $21. It lasted me roughly two months, using it nightly. Although there were just a few nights I didn’t wear it.

생일 축하합니다! My first birthday in Korea

The title of this post says 생일 축하합니다 (saengil chukha hamnida), it means happy birthday in Korean. It was recently my birthday, my first one here in Seoul, South Korea. My husband and I went together to a cafe here in Sinchon. We had two chocolatey pastries, they were really good!! Here is my hubby making a funny face with powdered sugar on his face.

Yoogane Chicken Galbi & Hello Kitty Cafe

On a recent outing in the Sinchon area, my husband and I decided to visit a couple of places. We first went to a chicken galbi restaurant called Yoogane Chicken Galbi (유가네 닭갈비). We were both really hungry and the pictures in the windows looked really good. Inside, it was big, clean, and bright. There weren’t too many people at the time we went. This was a place were they cook the food in front of you. They also…

Butter & Convenience Stores

My latest obsession is with a store called Butter. This store is located in the subway of Hongik University Station. It has the cutest and most random stuff, but it’s fun to look at and the best part is that it’s all so cheap! They have many different items such as candles, pillows, household appliances, bags, pencil cases, clocks, kitchenware, and bathroom accessories. There are so many handy things at Butter.