Happy (Belated) Children’s Day!!!

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Okay, so I’m a day late. 🙁 However, I thought that the day was so special that it deserved a post…albeit a day later than I intended. >.<

If you didn’t know, you know now that the country of Korea celebrates children on a national level on May 5th. So in honor of that holiday, my little church minions and I held a mini-carnival for our children’s department at our church this past Sunday.

These two minions (pictured above)–along with a dozen others–helped make some unforgettable, special memories for the children at my church. Below are just a few pictures for you to see. Why? Because sharing of warm, fuzzy moments is caring… 🙂  Continue reading Happy (Belated) Children’s Day!!!

Happy Lunar New Year, Twinkles!

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Happy New Year, Twinkles!

This year, the lunar new year falls on February 8, 2016, and since I wanted to have some little munchkins in my life help us celebrate the occasion, I asked my sister for a picture of her children in traditional Korean garb–their beautifully fashioned hanboks and accompanying little teddy bears. 😉  Continue reading Happy Lunar New Year, Twinkles!

Merry Christmas, Twinkles!

Merry Christmas 2015

This time of year may be a joyous occasion for some as they gather with friends and family in cheer and merriment while it may also be a difficult time for others as they reflect on the loss of loved ones, struggle with hardships, etc.

On this Christmas day of 2015, regardless of whether you believe in Jesus Christ or not, I wish you all the peace and love of the Christmas season and the hope of new things to come in 2016! Merry Christmas, Twinkles! Thank you for being a part of this little community!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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In the United States today, we celebrate a day of thanksgiving, a day on which we slow down from our usual hustle and bustle of life to take time to reflect on all the many things for which we are thankful.

Although I will be spending a portion of time today grading–it never ends! lol–I will also be observing this day of thanks by remembering my blessings and thanking my Lord for them.

Wherever you may be in this world, I wish you a blessed day of remembering all of your many blessings–big and small. Suffice it to say that this little hearty blogging community is one of the blessings in my life! 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving, Twinkles! <3

Memorial Day Weekend of Movies – The Best from 2014

A SURPRISE POST! Here in the U.S., we are getting ready (most of us) for a long, hot holiday weekend, Memorial Day. For those on the coast, we know that this mean triple the traffic, accidents, short tempered drivers and just being miserable on the road. But for those lucky, it means some great barbecues and food galore. Continue reading Memorial Day Weekend of Movies – The Best from 2014

Happy Parents’ Day!

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Happy Parents’ Day, Twinkles! If you’re a parent, I honor you today, and if you’re not, I honor your parents then on this 8th day of May. 🙂

The relationship between a child and his/her parent(s) is such a complex thing, filled with love, gratitude, responsibility, angst, sadness, etc. How can I possibly even try to verbalize what mothers and fathers are to children? All I can say is that for me, my parents have been an incredible source of encouragement, patience, insight, love, guidance, etc….especially these past few months since I’ve morphed into a veritable grizzly bear. Truly. *sheepish grin*

So as I honor my parents, I wish you–if you’re a parent–and your parents a blessed Parents’ Day!

Happy Children’s Day!

Picture of Snoopy’s Twinkie’s niece and nephew 🙂

Happy Children’s Day to all the Twinkles under the age of 18! Today is the day that we celebrate Y-O-U! *dances Happy Snoopy Dance* And if some of you still insist that you’re children at heart, we celebrate the child in you, too! 😉

If you did not know, you’re finding out now that every May 5th, Korea takes this day to celebrate children and to shower loads and loads of love on them so that, hopefully, each and every child feels special and, more importantly, loved.  Continue reading Happy Children’s Day!

Samil Movement: March 1, 1919


On this day, March 1, we honor the countless number of faceless and nameless men and women who made unknown sacrifices for the sake of their motherland–to preserve and to be able to practice their own language and culture–during a dark and tumultuous time in Korea’s history. May Korea continue to thrive and flourish in honor of these patriots. Dae han min guk man seh! (translation: Long live Korea!)

If you are interested in reading a translation of the proclamation, you can do so here in a document from Columbia University.

Happy Lunar New Year!

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I don’t know about the other Asian countries that celebrate the lunar new year, but apparently, Korea has a tendency to celebrate this holiday a bit early. My friends in Korea have been wishing me happy new year, so I join them in wishing you the same greeting: Happy Lunar New Year, Twinkles!

(My apologies for the blurry picture, but my Teddy Bear Museum bears wanted to wish you all a “Happy New Year!”) As you all celebrate the beginning of the lunar new year (Feb. 19th this year), may you be showered with many blessings!

Essay Contest: March 1, 1919 Proclamation


Last year, I held our first ever essay contest, focusing on the March 1, 1919 Proclamation and was pleasantly surprised to find a young Twinkle–Afrida–who wrote a passionate essay on the topic (here). This year, I’m hoping to hold our second annual essay contest in commemoration of the March 1, 1919 Proclamation again (read about it here).

Here are the rules:  Continue reading Essay Contest: March 1, 1919 Proclamation

Musing for Today: Christmas

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Merry Christmas, everyone! It’s Dec. 25th and one of two holidays that I celebrate with gusto. As some of you observe this holiday, I wish you much love and joy this Christmas Day. 🙂 And I hope you will indulge me today as I deviate from anything remotely related to Korean dramas or culture and share with you something of a more personal nature. 🙂

Now, it’s been a while since I wrote a “Musing for Today,” but since I know that this holiday carries with it many complex emotions and memories for some people, I wanted to share with you a performance that my minions–many of whom have moved on since 2012 when this video was filmed–presented back in Dec. 2012. You can read the first post that featured this video hereContinue reading Musing for Today: Christmas

Giveaway: Happy Chuseok!


Happy Chuseok, Twinkles!

I thought that we could celebrate this year’s Chuseok with the September giveaway and holiday greetings from my little niece and nephew. 🙂 My suspicion is that the longer you’re with me and this community, the more you’ll see of these two little munchkins as they grow with us. 😉

Continue reading Giveaway: Happy Chuseok!

May 15th: Happy Teacher’s Day

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As I get ready to bring today to a close–it is now the early hours of May 16th–I thought about not blogging tonight and just heading off to bed…because it’s just been that type of day.

Thankfully, I found myself not wanting to end today on a sad note, so I took a few minutes to think about May 15th and to remind myself that Real Life is STILL good. 🙂  Continue reading May 15th: Happy Teacher’s Day

Eye Candy of the Week: March 15th

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As some of you may know, during the last few weeks, I’ve been really busy with my so called “real life”. On the plus side, part of my busy schedule was due to the fact that I’ve been on an awesome trip that led me all the way to Pseudo Korea, aka LA’s Koreatown, to see our fearless leader Snoopy’s Twinkie (those posts are coming, I promise ^^’)! On the down side, however, I also had no occasion to spend quality time with my dramas 🙁 Thus, this is another week without k-dramas related Eye Candy!

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Samil Movement: March 1, 1919 Proclamation


Today is March 1st, a day that Koreans remember as the start of the oppressed country’s fight for freedom from Japanese colonial rule.

For a Korean-American like me, historical moments like this one have taken on more significance and resonance as I get older and learn to better appreciate my rich heritage and ancestry. The countless faceless and nameless men and women who fought for the simple freedom to speak and write their own language, observe their own cultural traditions, and claim Korea as their country and identity strike a haunting chord within me, often bringing tears to my eyes. Yes, I do cry…sometimes. 🙂 Continue reading Samil Movement: March 1, 1919 Proclamation

Answer Me 1994: Lunar New Year Special Clips

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Happy Lunar New Year, everyone!

I haven’t had much chance to scope out the Internet for the Answer Me 1994: Lunar New Year Special, but I did happen to find these three clips of the special uploaded by the studio company. I’m sorry to say that due to my time constraints, I’m only able to provide you with brief summaries of the clips, but something is better than nothing, right? 😉 Enjoy!  Continue reading Answer Me 1994: Lunar New Year Special Clips

Giveaway: Happy Lunar New Year!

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My little niece wanted to wish you all a “Happy Lunar New Year!” 🙂

Happy Lunar New Year! This year, the lunar year starts on January 31st, and I thought that it would only be fitting to start February’s giveaway a day early since there’s a certain theme it shares with the Lunar New Year: hanboks!

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