This past weekend we did 2 livestreams at the DIA festival. DIA is the big MCN (network) for YouTubers here in Korea. We are not part of it as we don’t need (or want) to be part of a network, but we are part of SBA (Seoul Business Agency) and Hugh does work for them. We livestreamed for SBA at the festival twice with our friends Hoju Sara and Michin Alex. The first topic was international relationships and the second was the topic ‘Almost Korean’. Stay tuned for more content with Sara and Alex too!
Yul was born 6 weeks (almost 7 weeks) early and was in the NICU for a month. The NICU nurses did such a good job of taking care of him, and I wanted to show them how he looks now and how well he is doing. So we made this video that hopefully they will see. At first I was thinking of going to the NICU to take some photos to them, but I thought maybe not all of them will get to see them, or I may not even be able to go in as rules are pretty strict there (for good reason). Also a video like this can be a way of thanking all NICU nurses.
While he was in the NICU it was a very difficult time. I had the emergency c-section and then went home without a baby… there were some days that I cried for hours. I was also pumping every 3 hours so I had milk to take to the hospital for him. I think I’ve blocked most of those feelings out of my mind, but looking at this footage, it all came back. We could usually only see him for about 30 minutes a day, and it was heartbreaking. It was so hard for us to have a baby and then to not be able to even hold him yet, it was difficult.
Modern medicine is amazing though, and babies born a lot earlier than Yul can now survive and do well. I wanted to publicly recognize how important everyone working in the NICU is. But in particular I wanted to highlight how important the nurses are. Doctors are amazing of course, but we didn’t see them much and it was the nurses we came to know. When the majority of nurses are usually women, their work can be undervalued, especially in the way that care of babies and children is undervalued in society. So this video is to show how important they are and to thank them for their work.
Here are the most recent videos from the ‘Korean Appa’ channel, which is Hugh’s channel. These days he is posting videos of him and Yul.
Hugh really wanted to film Yul trying a lemon for the first time. It’s so hot in Seoul right now (you can see how much Hugh is sweating) and lemon can be refreshing, though I don’t think Yul thought so.
For more videos with Hugh and Yul subscribe to the Korean Appa channel.
It’s been a while since I’ve made a My Korean Husband comic! I have plenty of ideas, it’s just literally trying to find the time. Besides from being a mother I’ve also been busy working on two other comics series, ‘Either Way’ and ‘The Little General’.
Yul is 9 months now and is turning into a little boy, not so baby-like now. Occasionally we have the TV on and he watches a bit of Pororo or Tayo. I could hear Hugh belting out the songs and thought Yul must have been so engaged in the songs, but once I looked in the room Yul wasn’t interested in Hugh’s singing. It didn’t stop Hugh from singing along though.
National Museum of Korean Contemporary History (대한민국역사박물관)
We recently had a family day out and went to this museum. I hadn’t been before but I was glad that we went. It’s a great overview of Korea’s modern history. Although I was familiar with much of this history, it was interesting to see in a chronological order and to see artefacts from historical events.
Many people get interested in Korea through Kpop and Kdramas and don’t realise Korea’s interesting but sometimes very sad, past. In order to understand Korea now, it’s important to understand what has happened to Korea.
This museum is really easy to get to and the staff were so nice. Even finding Yul’s toy that he lost even though it was closing.
More on this site here.
I have another new comic series! This one is inspired by our son Yul and I’m currently uploading on the WEBTOONS platform.
Our son Yul was named after a historical figure in Korea, a famous general in the 1500’s Gwon Yul (though the name can be romanized other ways). This new comic series is about if Yul had some characteristics of his namesake, and babies are demanding anyway so it makes perfect sense! haha.
CLICK HERE TO GO TO ‘THE LITTLE GENERAL’.
The timing also worked out that I can enter this series into the new competition on the WEBTOON platform. So if you are enjoying it, please go and like, comment, share and rate as a percentage counts towards judges decisions.
Here is a snippet from one of the episodes: