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Marie Kondo-ing our small Seoul apartment (with a toddler)

Most people will have heard of Marie Kondo and her tidying methods by now. I do actually use some of them! But I also know what life is like with a toddler… so we made this video for fun.

How to tidy up WITH a toddler? Yul needed no encouragement to be his “best” in this video. A small apartment with a toddler means lots of challenges. I’m constantly trying to organize things and tidy up. But I have to do it while he is sleep or at daycare, otherwise…. well you can see what happening in the video.

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Reacting to South Korea in the 1970’s

We look at photos of Korea from the 1970’s and talk about how much we think things have changed. Neither of us were alive in the 70’s, but I do know a bit of history and Hugh remembers what he was told, or experienced the things that carried over to the 80’s and 90’s.

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Making a mini supermarket

Making a mini supermarket for our toddler

Making this video was fun! We made a mini supermarket for our son Yul. Being an Emart sponsored video, we decided to buy real products for him to “buy” and play with. Emart have been awesome to work with and have let us create the videos we want to create.

Yul is at an age where is starting to copy so many things he sees adults doing. I thought he’d have a lot of fun in a mini supermarket. Watch the video to see his reaction!

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We were on a Korean Morning TV show

Filming for Korean Morning TV show

We were on a morning TV show here called Morning Wide. In this video we show you the segment and talk about the experience of filming, when we’d only been back in Korea for a few days. Filming can be pretty difficult and we had to travel as well. But one of the reasons why we wanted to do it was because the audience of this show tends to be older people and we want to show the positives of being multicultural. If we can change someone’s mind who previously had a negative opinion, than it’s worth it.

It also happened to be Seollal, Lunar New Year, so the show tied in with their New Year programming. Hugh’s parents got Yul this very cute hanbok. I’m so grateful they did because in the rush of travelling from Australia to Korea I had not thought about getting him one for Seollal. It was great to see him in this style of one.

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Yul’s First Australian Wedding

One of the reasons why we went back to Australia was for my brother’s wedding. Yul was a page boy! It was also his first Australian wedding and he enjoyed himself immensely. Australian weddings are much longer, and bigger events, than Korean weddings so it went for many hours. Modern Korean weddings don’t usually have a wedding reception with speeches and dancing like weddings in western countries. We did wonder how Yul would cope with all the people and long hours and noise. But he did really well! Having a flexible lifestyle with him does really help in these situations as he adapts well.

He also did such a good job of walking down the aisle with his second cousins. I wasn’t sure if he’d be able to, but since he’d had some practice he knew exactly what to do on the day. Even though there was a heat wave, the wedding was beautiful and we are so happy to welcome my brother’s wife into our family. She is Chinese Malaysian, so they also had a ceremony in Malaysia and celebrated lunar new year there. My parents and my other brother also went to Malaysia for those celebrations too. We had to head back to Korea for lunar new year here though.

If you watch the video to the very end you can see Yul in his hanbok in the car (that Hugh is controlling). We didn’t buy him that car! Friends bought it for him, but he really does love it.

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Hosed Off: Australian Parenting?

This happened while in Australia. Yul would play in water almost every single day and he particularly liked played with the garden hose. Hugh discovered the parenting secret of just hosing your kid down in the backyard instead of going to the trouble of giving them a proper bath.

Yul didn’t mind.

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Revisiting my toys from the 80’s

My son plays with my old toys from the 1980’s

In this video Hugh and I look at some of the toys I played with from the 1980’s and early 1990’s. The Duplo Lego and Fisher Price cash register was shared with my siblings, the Tuppertoys school bus probably belonged more to my brothers, but the soft toys and My Child doll were my own.

Yul already played with most of the toys already, but it was the first time seeing my doll and soft toys. Watch the video to see him playing with the toys. It will be interesting to see him interact with the same toys next time we go back to Australia.

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