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Japchae- Tasty treat

Japchae is a popular Korean noodle dish that I love making. The chewy texture of the translucent sweet potato noodles along with the plethora of veggies makes it so colorful and tasty.

Curse you 황사 (Hwang Sa or Yellow Dust)!

Man I have been feeling pretty crappy. I mean I felt better the other day then all of a...

The Third Culture Kid

Today I understood the concept of Third Culture Kids. At a seminar with Libby Stephens,  I was introduced today to the new breed of kids with a passport from one country, living in another, living with parents of yet another culture. What a mouthful! Imagine the culture confusion and language crisis in that set up!

These kids might be the "cool" kids with multiple passports, who have visited a lot of countries in the world, understand and speak different languages. But they are also the kids who constantly have to make new friends, adapt to different cultures, traditions and languages, missing their favorite grandma.

Now and Then: Bongeunsa Temple

Bongeunsa

Bongeunsa Temple at the turn of the 20th century.

Hello Again Everyone!!


Reflective Practice: The true value of "lived experience" and why we must first do then think.



Here I will talk about how to become a better teacher through reflective practice.
Reflective practice is the key between the dichotomy I drew between thinkers and doers, describing that you need to act in the world first before you think; and that there are different forms of knowledge that are produced in the world: one is derived from experience (reflective practice), but another (theory-based) is driven away from experience (body) towards the abstract and context-less (mind). These two different forms of knowledge (reflective practice vs theory-based) and the activities that produce that knowledge are in fact in competition with each other for legitimacy, gaining speed in recent times.

MMPK Groove Magazine Article

At the tail end of 2014 we were approached by Groove Korea who had an interest in what we are up to.


ZenKimchi Seoul Restaurant Expat Guide 2015

Hello makgeolli lovers ~ For those of you who live in Seoul we have a special treat for you… Joe McPherson is the founding editor of ZenKimchi, Korea’s longest running […]

This week in doodles

This week has been so busy so far with the Korean class becoming more and more complicated and the number of school meetings increasing as my son approaches the 12th grade. I still found some peace and quiet with my doodling :)

Midam (미담)

Name: Midam (미담) Location: Sadang Reviewed by: Mamas & Papas on February 28th 2015-03-03 Thoughts: Midam is an established Makgeolli brewery, who produces a decent premium makgeolli that we have […]

A cross-country endeavour!


Donut Miss Your Flight

8: 25 AM

2/14/15 – Incheon International Airport

“Excuse me! Sorry! Excuse me! Excuse me!” Trying to keep up with my sprinting legs, these words flew out of my mouth as I barreled through the bowels of the international departures terminal. My 40-liter backpack bounced awkwardly with each massive stride, despite the white knuckle grip I had on the straps to keep it as close to me as possible. Families and businessmen came into focus only long enough for me to gauge whether to weave right or left. Unwilling to rid my side of the cramp that had developed since passing the food court, I held my pace as I closed in on Terminal E – Gate 6, hoping like crazy that Terminal E – Gate 6 wouldn’t close on me


G for Grades


With age and maturity, there comes a time in your life when you really understand something! Grades isn't everything. Getting good marks may get you into better school, may help you getting into the job market with an edge, but does it matter so much in life? Marks may give us a jump start, but I find attitude towards others and self confidence makes us the person who we really are!

Peace out, Pearson!




With an hour and 20 minutes until boarding this feels entirely too surreal.  In the car ride over I had all these terrible feelings that something bad might happen, but really it's all been pretty smooth sailing thus far.  I woke up at 3:30 AM and figured I should probably put a face on.  Not being used to my parents' new bathroom, my bronzer slid off the vanity and smashed on the floor - but did not break.

Registration for 28th February Meeting Open!!

We’ve got an unusual one for you this weekend Mamas & Papas!  For anyone that has been to one of our meetings, one of the regular makgeollis we order is Seong Myeong Sub.  It’s a dry, chalky brew that is aspartame free and has a lot of character behind not just the brew but also the brewer.


IKEA in Seoul


Happy Lunar Year to all my friends in the blogworld! Welcome to the year of the Sheep :)

Drawing Seoul

Yet another interesting week! I had entered my drawing for the Seoul Typography contest held by the Seoul Metropolitan Government on the first week of January. I have a passion for doodling and I had used doodling with the idea of depicting the four seasons of Seoul as my entry for the contest. I was selected for the final round last week and this week, my drawing was selected to be one to receive the Special Commentaries award :)

Temple Stay: Hwagyesa Temple (Seoul)

 

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Hwagyesa Temple in Seoul (courtesy of http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/)

Hello Again Everyone!!

Introduction to the Temple:


Chilbo - The art of Enameling


How time flies when you are having fun!

The past weeks have kept me really busy learning some quite interesting crafting techniques. I have been trying out Chilbo art or Enameling. In this art form, 7 kinds of precious items gold, silver, lapis, crystal, coral, agate and pearl have been used in the earlier days to make jewellery.

I was able to attend this program because of the Itaewon global center in Seoul. I am so glad I live so close to this center that enables me to take part in all these fun activities and explore more and more about the Korean culture. We could do the enameling on pendant or a broach or a key chain. First, inability to choose between broach or pendant. Happy to say, I overcome that indecision by choosing to make two: pendant and broach :)

The Bucket List


An unexpectedly Korean night in Toronto

Last year I was fortunate enough to have been given tickets to one of Toronto's most successful charity galas: Motionball.  When I found out that they were looking for volunteers this year I thought I should probably step up to the plate and give back a little.  I was a day of event manager for the registration and coat check areas.  The event had been expertly planned and my job was really easy because of all the work the committee had put in, and after about 8 hours of participation I got to enjoy the party!

Put 6 Photographers in a Room for 6 Hours and this is What Happens

 

What does creativity mean to you? That is a HUGE question for photographers. Dylan Goldby reached out to a number of photographers in South Korea to put together a presentation on that topic.

I spent a weekend in Seoul exactly what creativity means to me. It started with a conference and then ended with a tip inside my own motivations. I walked around Olympic Park and then unexpectedly stumbled into an exhibition of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s work. I left Seoul with a clearer vision of my own creative motivation.

On January 31st, 6 awesome photographers met up near Topgol Park to spend the next 6 hours talking about what drives them forward, what makes them keep going and the challenges they face. It was an eye-opening experience.


Singaporean parents meet the Koreans

Last week my parents visited South Korea. This is their second time in Korea and the first was more than 10 years ago with a singapore tour group. It was a short 10-day trip (4 days in Fukuoka, Japan). I really enjoyed spending time with my parents, together with kimchi boy and his family. My parents' trip to Korea made me realize that I am still a mummy's girl and I just cannot imagine life without my parents if I ever have to move to Korea :( 

Kimchi boy's parents were great hosts.. Always making sure that my parents are comfortable. His father even took time off work to bring us around Daejeon and sometimes, waking up at 4 or 5am to send us to the train station. 

What are the four main paradigms in Educational Research?

This is a summary of the four main paradigms that exist within education research that you can think in reflecting upon your own teaching practice.

Each paradigm is connected with their own views on how learners learn (or should learn) and how teacher should teach (or should teach).


This is about taking a step back and taking an outside view on your own assumptions as a teacher, and how you think you can become a more effective teacher. Take a look below:



1. Positivism: (realist ontology, objective epistemology)


- Positivism has taken experimental physics as its model in trying to track down casual relationships in the social world. Positivism attempts to look at what influence intervention y has on effect x, and so takes a lot of quantitative data in order to run statistical tests to find the casual relationship.

Left vs Right government visual


Balloon Race for health

The Bandwidth of the Senses

Happy Handwriting day!

It is National Handwriting Day in America today! John Hancock, the first person to sign the declaration of Independence had a bold handwriting was born on January 23rd. His birthday is celebrated as National Handwriting Day.

2015 New Year Party @Muldwinda!!

 Happy New Year Mamas & Papas!


Registration for January 10th Meeting OPEN!!

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