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EITHER WAY

NEW SERIES!

We have some exciting news! I have started a new comic series called ‘Either Way’. This is a series about endometriosis, infertility and IVF. It’s our real story so it’s also in the context of our marriage. These are big topics to cover but one of the major reasons why I wanted to start this comic is to start to break down the stigma around these issues, as well as injecting a bit of humour into the story.

At the moment I am uploading it on WEBTOON but will upload on other platforms as well soon.

Click here to go to it on WEBTOON.

I am also uploading it to the TAPAS platform here.

Since these issues are to do with women’s health, there can still be a lot of shame and stigma around them. Women often feel like they can’t talk about them, and even when they do can often be met with blank stares and “What’s endometriosis?” or “What’s IVF?”

I hope this comic series can educate as well as entertain. The title refers to something Hugh and I would always say when discussing the future. We were told we might not be able to have children. This can be devastating news, but in order to maintain some positivity we would say that “either way” we would be happy together and build a wonderful life together.

When my other webtoon Nicholalala was ending I was given the opportunity to pitch this idea to WEBTOON. I was a paid featured artist for Nicholalala, which meant I was paid every month to create those episodes. While they liked that ‘Either Way’ was genuine and my own story, they concluded that it was too mature for their core audience. Unfortunately, I think these types of issues are often labelled “too mature” or put into the “too hard basket” because of the stigma around it. But the truth is that 1 in 10 women have endometriosis and most will first get it in their teens. A lot of the core audience at WEBTOON may already be suffering from some of the things I’m making comics about. Also, many will go on to deal with these things later in life. I think it can be helpful if they are introduced to these topics early and can feel confident to talk about them freely. Many women struggle to even get a diagnosis of endometriosis because of the ignorance of many doctors. READ MORE ABOUT ENDOMETRIOSIS HERE.

PATREON

At the moment that means that ‘Either Way’ is unpaid, as I’m no longer a featured artist. I’m uploading it to the Discover section on WEBTOON. If you like what I’m creating and want to see it continue, please consider becoming a patron where you can get extra exclusive content. VISIT MY PATREON PAGE HERE.

Hugh and I have never had a Patreon or a Kickstarter or anything like that before, so this is the first time. If you’ve liked anything we’ve done over the years and wanted to support us, this is now the way to do it. Having a Patreon means that I can work on this comic series without having to take on extra work. It also means Hugh can be looking after baby Yul while I work.

Even if you can’t become a patron you can still support us by sharing this new webtoon series! You can also like and comment and rate it as all that engagement shows that people are interested in it.

READ AN EPISODE HERE:

You can read one of the first episodes here and then check out more over on the WEBTOON platform.

Of course anyone who has been following us for a while knows there is a happy ending to all this, but there is a lot of cover that we didn’t share online when we were going through it. This is the first time we’ve been this open about what we’ve been through.

Please check out the new comic series here!

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Authentic Australian Food?

What is Australian food?

What we actually eat in Australia is such a big variety and from all different countries so it’s hard to say what exactly Australian food is. There are very few foods invented in Australia because Australia, when referring to the start of European settlement (invasion), is very young. There hasn’t been enough time to really develop something specific and it’s a country of immigrants that brought their own amazing food.

There is one thing invented in Australia though, and I show Hugh in this video.

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Australian Markets

Farmers Markets

Since we are out in the countryside while in Australia we went to the local farmers markets. This is the first time our baby Yul has been to Aussie markets, though he has been to Korean markets many times. We like going to farmers markets to buy meat and produce because we can buy direct from farmers.

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Australian House Tour

What does Hugh think of Australian houses?

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Baby Fashion

Baby Fashion

This is why parents will be dressed in just anything while their baby looks adorable in cute clothes. We don’t have time to dress ourselves well usually and even less time when we spend time planning the baby’s outfit.

My friends who are also mothers have said they count the stains on their clothes and if it’s only a few stains it’s okay to still wear. I feel more pressure in Korea to dress Yul really nicely. At the moment we are visiting Australia and it’s still hot so most of the time he is only wearing a nappy (diaper) anyway.

As we were driving from Sydney to my home town we stopped off at a country town on the way and went into the local shopping centre. I saw other parents holding babies who were wearing very little clothing and I felt better about Yul not wearing much. He was suddenly in the Australian heat after being in colder Korean weather and was a bit cranky in the heat. However, in Korea, even in the summer you don’t see babies only in nappies while out and lots of my mother friends have been scolded by older women because their babies weren’t wearing socks. In Korea there is a big worry about babies not being warm enough (even in hot weather), but in Australia our concerns tend to be making sure a baby doesn’t overheat and Australian style is much more casual!

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Welcome Home Daddy

Welcome Home!

Hugh was in Europe for 2 weeks so we missed him a lot! We can’t tell you why he was there, but it will all be revealed later in the year!

It was definitely hard without him. We share childcare duties pretty equally so it was difficult taking that on full time. I had a few friends stop by and help me out on some days.

I was curious what Yul’s reaction was going to be when he came home. He was a bit confused at first but soon was happy that his Daddy was home. Hugh spent all of the next day with him.

Tomorrow we fly to Australia and will be there for 3 weeks! Looking forward to seeing family and friends and escaping the pollution in Seoul.

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Sneezing is funny

Sneezing is funny!

Just a little video from today. Yul has started these big laughs now which are so funny.

He had a health check up a few days ago to see how his progress has been and the doctor said he is very healthy. All his other checks (things like brain, heart and lungs) showed no problems as well. It’s all amazing news considering he was so premature and in the NICU for a month.

Thank you everyone for all your supportive comments. It’s made such a difference to have this support on our difficult journey to finally have a happy and healthy baby. People have said that seeing a photo or a video of him makes their day and it makes us really happy to hear that. It’s a big decision whether to show your child online but we’ve had overwhelming support, so we are glad seeing these moments from our lives means something to our followers.

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