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. 😉

This month, I thought that I would offer a few items so that you can have one and then share the second one with a dear friend/family member. After all, sharing is caring. 😉


This is the complete prize package (above). One lucky Twinkle will receive two handcrafted messenger bags with matching wallets and a 3-pen writing set decorated with adorable sea animals from the Island of Dokdo. These handcrafted messenger bags have straps that drop about 24 inches so that the bag rests comfortably at one’s hip–perfect as a crossbody bag–and are about 11 inches long and 9.5 inches wide.


Here’s a closer look at the purple one.


The flap has a magnetic clasp/button for easy closing and opening as well as zippers to secure the contents of the bag more safely.


The matching wallet is made of the same fabric and has an inside zipped pocket as well as a center divider for better organization. This, too, has a magnetic clasp for easy opening and closing.


Here’s a picture of the two bags and the pen set.


And for you cute-loving Twinkles, here’s a closer look at the pens.  🙂

Now, if you’re wondering what made me choose these items, I’ll explain. The handcrafted bags were actually given to me because my little church minions and I support a single-mother/orphans organization over in Cambodia. These bags were designed and created by a single mother named Tabitha whose talent with the thread and needle have become a major source of income for her and her children. I thought that sharing these bags with a Twinkle would be a great way to share in the support of this program. 🙂

In addition, the 3-pen set was given to me by the Korean Cultural Center here in Los Angeles during the pre-screening of The Admiral: Roaring Currents. Rather than keep the set for myself, I thought that I would pass it forward so that a Twinkle can enjoy them and perhaps share one of the pens with a friend or two. 🙂

Now for the rules:

1. Must be a subscriber to this blog as this is a thank-you gift to my subscribers. If you’re not already a subscriber, that is easily remedied by subscribing (right side of the screen). :)

2. Open internationally. We are, after all, an international community of Kdrama lovers! 😉

3. You can enter by leaving a comment below. Please feel free to leave comments about what you are thankful for…or anything else that you just want to share with the community at large. 😉 One comment will count as one entry, and only one comment will be counted per day. However, you’re always welcomed to leave more than one comment if you so desire; I’ll just be counting one per day.

4. The giveaway starts now and ends at 11:59PM (PST) on September 15, 2014.

You may enter for yourself or give the prize away to a loved one. Good luck, Twinkles! Many thanks for helping to make this site a fun and happy place for me and other fellow Twinkles! I leave you with a picture of last night’s full moon from my part of the world around 10 pm. Happy Chuseok!


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Created Musings back in 2010 when viewers were frantically searching for SungKyunKwan Scandal recaps. She currently blogs and comments from the US. You can also find her on FB (@SnoopysTwinkie), twitter (@twinkiedramas), and YouTube (Twinkiedramas).

27 thoughts on “Giveaway: Happy Chuseok!”

  1. Im thankful that i get to wake up another nd have fun with my family nd friends. Im also thankful for being at to have a job nd a place to rest my head at night.

  2. Not going to lie Grace I am a little disappointed that the giveaway is not the two cute little cherubs up top. Oh my gosh how can you stand not squeezing those two all day every day. I am sure you are wonderful aunt and really you could not ask for more adorableness from a niece and nephew. The bags are fantastic and what a wonderful cause. My daughter (aka the future marine biologist) would love the pens! Thanks again for the fun.

  3. Awww your nice and nephew are adorable! I can’t wait to see them grow up to be wonderful people! Happy late Chuseok! hahaha

  4. Hello Snoopy’s Twinkie (I really love your screen name, by the way),

    I read about this giveaway a few days ago, and I was not going to enter it (because I am supposed to be packing for my eventual move…hopefully soon). As I was thinking today (while cleaning the kitchen, see I can multitask 🙂 ), and after having read your recaps (episodes 1 to 5 so far) of GD, I realized that I might actually want to express the things that I am grateful for. I talked about it to a young woman who currently lives with us, and she got excited for me, so here I am 🙂

    I have a few questions however, because I am a little confused, and I love clarity:

    1–About this: ” One comment will count as one entry, and only one comment will be counted per day.”
    What constitute “one comment” please? Is it one paragraph? Is it one idea? I tend to write A LOT, because I LOVE to write, and I tend to break my thoughts in paragraphs. I feel that I have A LOT to be thankful for (personally).
    So, does that mean that I can only write about one thing I am grateful for a day? (one theme/idea)? If that is the case, could I just write to my heart’s content and you would retroactively (please) count my comments starting on Monday, September 8 (to respect your one comment/day rule?) I really have a lot I could say (I hope you LOVE to read 🙂 ) and I realized today that I would like to say it here.

    2–Following up on that question, I am planning on writing and explaining why I (personally) LOVE Kdramas. In so doing, I would like to be able (have the permission) to break down the different reasons why Kdramas have become such an important part of my life (reasons why I am thankful for Kdramas). There are (several) different reasons, so would that constitute several comments (instead of ONE comment)? I am asking, because my comment would be about my reasons for loving Kdramas (so ONE thing, really), yet, there would be many reasons explored in several paragraphs. What liberties could I have?

    3–And about this, “The giveaway starts now and ends at 11:59PM (PST) on September 15, 2014.”
    I live in CA as well, so am I right in understanding that the giveaway ends at 11:59PM CA time (Pacific Standard Time, right?) on September 15, 2014?

    4–How long could my comments/entries be? Is there a limit on that? (I really need to know, and I am hoping there are no limits 🙂 )

    Thank you for answering my questions, I hope to hear from you soon 🙂

    1. Hi Ivoire,
      I’m glad to hear that you’re excited about the giveaway and participating. 🙂
      Questions 1 and 2: You can write as much or as little as you like, but I just count one entry/day, so this means that you’ll receive an entry for Sept. 12. Unfortunately, I can’t retrograde your entries to cover the previous days. 🙁
      Question 3: Yes, the giveaway ends according to CA time. This means that you can still enter for September 13, 14, and 15. 🙂
      Question 4: No limit.
      Good luck! 😉

  5. Still in the spirit of Thanksgiving I am grateful for my brother Trini today is his birthday so more than anything today I am grateful that God gave me this wonderful brother to walk with me

  6. Hello Snoopy’s Twinkie,

    And thank you for your prompt response. I was glad when I saw it very early this morning. I also meant to ask where we were supposed to post our comments, for this giveaway. On second thoughts, after having seen some of the comments on this page, and since we were not redirected to another page, I figured that I would be right in assuming that we should post our comments on this page.

    As I thought about what I wanted to write about today (and probably for this giveaway), I realized that I wanted to reflect on the things I was grateful for. I had been meaning to do so recently, and being able to have that as a theme here is a nice opportunity 🙂

    1—I am thankful for being able to still participate in this giveaway, in part thanks to Jessica (the au-pair who is currently living with us), and I am thankful to be able to enter my comments today, Sunday, and Monday.

    2—I am thankful for the roof over my head every day, when some people are sleeping under bridges, in the heat (inside or outside a house), or in the cold (in the winter).

    3—I am thankful every time I get to put a morsel of food into my mouth and satisfy my hunger, when so many people around the world (including in this country), still go to bed hungry. I do not take that for granted.

    4—I am thankful for clean water (to drink and to shower with), and for available indoor plumbing. As a teenager, I have carried a bucket of water on my head and walked quite a distance to my destination. I can appreciate having water coming out of the faucet.

    5—I am thankful for the many opportunities I have had to travel, ever since I was a child. I am thankful for parents who fostered and encouraged my love of traveling, my curiosity and my inquisitive mind. They made me benefit from their positions in life, as well as their professional and family connections. I was able to see some places in the world, be exposed to different languages, different accents, different cuisines, and different ways to see the world and solve problems.

    6—I am thankful for the kindness of strangers, who help me move when I didn’t have a car (once I left home, to go abroad to college). The kindness of professors, who helped me adjust to college life and to living in the freezing cold in Minnesota (I had lived in the cold, having spent four years in Poitiers, France. That kind of cold does not compare to the cold in MN, however). And I would say that, having experienced the Minnesotan cold for twelve long years, I am VERY thankful for the California weather (especially the winters).

    7—I am thankful to have had parents who loved me, encouraged me to pursue my interests, gave me opportunities to stretch myself (by taking piano lessons and ballet classes). I am also thankful that the same parents taught me how to be responsible by making me help in caring for my five younger siblings, essentially becoming the second mom in our house. As a result, I learned how to manage and run a home, I learned how to cook (dishes from different countries), how to clean, how to do the laundry, and how to manage everything associated with getting ready for the new school year (buying uniforms, the books and other school materials). Many, many years later, I came to appreciate the fact that I was let to have fun, while I was also made to contribute to my household and taught responsibilities. Those skills came in handy, when I worked as a nanny and as a housecleaner, to pay my way through college.

    8—I am thankful for the ability (every day) to get up on my own, breathe on my own, smell, touch, hear and physically hurt (feel the pain), when so many people cannot experience those things. Having taken care of an elderly gentleman (in his 70s) who needed me for EVERYTHING (he was bedridden by the time I came to serve him), I have learned the importance of appreciating the moment I have (even if I don’t always do it well). My client worked for over forty years at Stanford University, and he loved to have parties at his home, and he loved to be the life of the party. Being able to take care of him was a privilege, and a lesson in humility. I could be him, one day. He needed me to be fed, to be clean, and to be comfortable in his bed. I needed to pay attention to every change in his mood and physical condition, in case something needed to be done to remedy the situation (with the help of hospice, nurses and doctors). His family trusted me (a non biologically related person to them) to take good care of him, and I did, to the best of my abilities. I learned (again) about what sacrificing one’s sleep meant, and what “serving someone” truly meant. It meant being there for the person, in more ways than one. I am thankful for the ability to not freak out when my client passed away in my arms, four and half years after I came to serve to him. I had never had someone literally die while I was holding him/her, and I am thankful for God’s grace through that experience. I am also thankful for the opportunity to have experience taking care of an elderly, until his final days. (He had Parkinson’s and Dementia).

    9—I have appreciated that experience with my client (the last years in life), because I have been blessed to also take care of babies and teenagers. Starting with my own siblings (we have big age gaps), I have been there from the time some babies were born, until they were teenagers. I am thankful for the parents (including my own), who have trusted me over the years (on and off over the last 39 years) with the care, protection, and education of the apple of their eyes (their children). Those have been humbling experiences as well. I am thankful for learning that I do not need to physically carry a baby in my tummy, to learn to care and bond with a baby or a child. The fact that I do bathe the child (or baby), cook his/her food, feed him/her nutritious and home cooked meals, play with him/her, listen to his/her stories, act silly with him/her, kiss his/her tears and wounds (I call them boobooes) away, hold him/her when needed, do their laundry, fold their laundry, organize their room (and keep it clean), report to the parents what has happened in their absence, read and sing to him/her, teach him/her the other languages I know and speak, and the fact that I do my best to protect the child when I am with him/her, makes me a person who was blessed to have had an impact in that child’s life. I have many times been humbled, and been made to grow, because of the experiences I have had over the years with babies and children.

    10—I am thankful for my faith (I am a Christian), and for the fact that I was introduced to it, and raised in it. I have struggled to always fully walk in it, however I am thankful that it has taught me that I was “wonderfully and fearfully made,” when I have been humiliated by others. I am thankful to know that I have a Heavenly Father who deeply cares for me, even when I don’t feel His Presence. I am thankful that I can come to Him again and again with the same concerns and pains, until I am healed. I am also thankful that I can rejoice about the things (big and small), He does for me. My walk with Him has been another source of growth, and lessons in humility.

    Thank you for letting me express my gratitude for many things here (on this blog), today. It helps to reflect on those things. Thank you… I guess this is my second entry for the giveaway.

  7. Hello Grace. So I have missed a couple of days – life gets busy at back to school time every year with soccer season starting and all the activities the girls do. But I am happy to anounce that I saw “The Pirate” last night and I am finally over my dislike of Kim Nam Gil. It was a sort of low rent Korean version of Pirates of the Carribean but great fun. Thank you again for hosting such a fun giveaway. Oh and the end of yesterday’s GD made me squee.

  8. Oh dear, I have been so busy I have neglected this giveaway! Anyhow, I am thankful for TJ taking naps so I can browse this site. 😉

  9. 3rd entry for the giveaway for the Chuseok Holiday:

    These are the things I am thankful for today:

    I mentioned Jessica in yesterday’s entry, and I just wanted to explain that I did so because she got excited for me, when I told her that I was planning on participating in this giveaway. Her reaction encouraged me to do it.

    11—I am thankful for the fact that I listened to my inner voice today, and went to church. I was hesitating about going, wanting to stay home, so I could get “stuff” done. I had that nagging feeling that I should go, and there is that passage in the Bible about “not forsaking the fellowship of other believers.” The 3rd reason is that usually, when I don’t want to go somewhere (an event or a gathering), or when I find myself making excuses not to go somewhere, that usually means that I actually need to be there. I have always been (nicely) surprised once I get to the gathering or event. Today was no exception: the guest speaker was someone I needed to listen to, as he spoke to my current experience, and to the decisions that I have been feeling I need to make. He had a great testimony, which was also honest, candid and encouraging. At the end of his talk, he prayed with me, and he told me that more than courage and clarity for my actions and for my next season, I needed faith (and I agree with him, I just had not realized that). I am thankful for his talk. It had so much impact, I am still processing what was shared during that talk.

    12—I am thankful for the current season of my life (and my current status): being single. I have nothing against marriage (I really don’t), however I am loving being single. I am thankful that I can come and go as I wish. Even though I do not have a family of my own (meaning no husband, no children), I have been blessed to be the aunty and “2nd mom” to many children over the years. I have also supported families by serving them, by listening to them, and by being another adult they could have in their circle of friends. Those experiences remind me of the African proverb, “it takes a village to raise a child/raise a family.” I am also thankful that I have been able to reflect on my mistakes, on my growth, and on the lessons I have learned over the years.

    13—I am thankful for a blog about Kdramas where the commenters can freely express their faith (or mention it). My goal is not to evangelize here, and I have no intentions of saying negative things about the faiths that are different from mine. I just appreciate the fact that people here can openly mention their faith, AND squee and talk about Kdramas. Thank you for that 🙂

    14—I am always thankful for Christian brothers and sisters who offer to (and do) pray for me, when I am going through a challenging time. When some of them can, they also physically pray with me. That always leaves me encouraged.

    15—I am thankful for the few friends I have. They listen to me, they tell me the truth (in love), they “hold my hand” in challenging times, they rejoice for me in good times and they let me do the same for them, showing me that they value my presence in their lives.

    16–I am thankful that there is one more day for us to express our gratitude for the things we appreciate, on this thread.

    Have a good night, Snoopy’sTwinkie! 🙂

  10. Hello, today is our last day to submit our comments. I would like to end my entries with the things that I am thankful for today:

    1—I had a very challenging weekend, as one of the children I take care of was very challenging to handle. By Sunday night, I felt emotionally spent, and I felt broken. I called one of my friends, and she called me back today. I am so thankful for the few people in my life who care enough about me, to get back to me as soon as they can, when I reach out to them. I do the same for them as well. I know that I have made a similar comment recently, however, it really makes a difference in one’s day, when you have the opportunity to open your heart to someone you trust, and let yourself be vulnerable.

    2—I am thankful for the episodes 40 and 41 of Glorious Day. Those episodes reminded me of the many reasons why I fell in love with Kdramas, and of the reasons why I have never looked back since. I really love the family dynamics in that drama. ***SPOILERS, if you have not watched the episodes yet*** The way they love each other, the way they fight, argue, and bicker. The way they come back to each other, and the way they slowly fall for (and in love with) each other (Uncle Hotel and Han Song-Jung, I am looking at you guys. Sooooo cute!!!!! Also, Seo In-Woo worried about SY to the point that he could not sleep [when she was at the neighbors house sleeping], awwww. It was sweet to see how he took care of her, and how DJ’s sisters took care of her as well). Watching those episodes (finally subbed) between 12:30am and 3:30am today was like having comfort food for me. So much cuteness (JW getting “mad” on DJ’s behalf, Uncle Hotel’s actions on behalf of HSJ, etc…), so much heart (grandma, please don’t get lost any more , the whole family eating together, and spending the night at the same place, awww I LOVED that, especially seeing JW and DJ wanting to talk about their day, that was so funny. Also, JW and his mother-in-law getting a facial in the middle of the night [with DJ in the middle], priceless), such great acting. It was worth staying up to watch that. I am sorry for going on and on, however that did make my day, really.

    3—I am thankful for songs, singers and songwriters who know how to write songs that lift one’s spirit up, and encourage the listener. I have been listening to Anthony Evans’ “Home” CD these past few weeks, and the songs on that CD have been encouraging to me.

    4—I am VERY thankful for Korean dramas, and to whoever came up with the first Kdrama many, many, many years ago . They have been my escape from reality, and my window into another world.
    Kdramas have helped me learn about a new culture and a new language. As a linguist who speaks four different languages, I have been delighted to realize that I learn many new words and expressions, as well as some cultural practices, every time I watch a new Kdrama. In my humble opinion, Korean dramas can bring a lot to a viewer, who chooses to be engaged and immersed in the drama. As a result, I always appreciate the attention to details and the dedication that goes into making a drama. I have enjoyed the different genres of Kdramas I have watched so far, and I have thoroughly appreciated the different actors and actresses (of all ages), I have been introduced to. It is also a different kind of acting, and I love that my entertainment world has been opened up in that way.

    5—I am thankful for the fact that many Kdramas focus on family relationships, courtship and the value and importance of skinship (many of us still squee when skinship, even of the lightest kind, happens in Kdramas). I have also been introduced to the “aegyo,” and its significance.

    6—I am thankful for having been introduced to a new culture (the Korean culture) that has made me reflect on my own. There are some similarities between the Korean (and by extension between Asian cultures as a whole), and African cultures. It has been interesting and a learning experience for me to reflect on those things. Some of those similarities between African and Asian cultures are the respect for the elders, the customs for marriage (there is a process from asking the hand in marriage, to the actual marriage taking place, and what happens after that, such as bowing to the elders, etc…)

    7—I am thankful for the exposure to beautiful ballads and songs that make the OSTs of dramas. I love music, and I love listening to songs in other languages (than my own). That exposure led me to being introduced to Kpop (which I like, to an extent). Kdrama OSTs and Kpop led to my learning about many Korean singers (of different ages, and of different genres) and to trot music.

    8—Kdramas led me to watching KBS World. I found myself watching every kind of Korean programming to learn about Korean culture, variety shows, culinary shows, travel shows, etc… If it is on KBS World (or on Arirang TV), and I can watch (often while doing something like folding clothes), I will watch it. I am thankful for the kind of TV plan we have in our house to include KBS World and Arirang TV.

    I think I said it in another entry, however I am sincerely thankful to have participated in this giveaway. The exercise made me reflect on my life (so far). It made me pause, and it made me look within. Some of the things I have mentioned might seem trivial, yet they have meant a lot to me, and they have helped me at some point in my life.

    Thank you Snoopy’s Twinkie, for taking the time to read all of our entries, and for giving them some thoughtful consideration. I am thankful to have become a member of a new international community, and I look forward to the things I will be learning here, and to the opportunities to share my thoughts as well. Have a good night, Snoopy’s Twinkie.

    Sorry because this is so late, I had to cover my roommate’s shift and work late.

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