Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Wow....wednesday is already here.

Uh well it was too cold to take a walk. So we did a little shopping.

I have learned a enjoying dreaming. My other half likes to sleep in during the weekends when we are free. I have always known why. Dreams are like our own special little books.

I must say that I am able to "control" my dreams.

I can conjuer up weapons, or armor (if it is a nightmare). I can conjuer up wings, strong legs, even superhuman ablities.

I really do have control over my dreams, yet still they are special to me.
The little pictures within my mind. The motion pictures which noone esle sees, which no one else cares about. Yet even this is special to me.

SO to my other half...dream on....because I am dreaming with you. I am more than my dreams.....but it does not make them any less enjoyable!!


The Green Eyed Monster!

I have been thinking about this particular topic today. We have to work with and around certain people who are very envious of us. I usually use jealousy and envy as synonyms but i found out that they are actually different.

Jealousy differs from envy in that jealousy is about something one has and is afraid of losing, while envy refers to something one does not have and either wants to acquire or to prevent another from acquiring.

Jealousy as an emotion or the impact of jealousy has been a theme of many novels, songs, poems, films and other artistic works. But, regardless it is a very negative emotion no matter how much people glorify or beautify it. And it can be dangerous...an envious person will go out of their way to make you unhappy and get you down. The Scripture tells us:

"Now the works of the flesh are manifest, and they are fornication, uncleanness, loose conduct, idolatry, practice of spiritism, enmities, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, contentions, divisions, sects, envies, drunken bouts, revelries, and things like these." Galatians 5:19-21

I usually ignore such people....in my off time i find an empty classroom and read my book...i avoid getting into conversations with them and keep my own counsel...i have had some bad experiences so now i'm wise to the game(jemal's Counsel has been invaluable) so i either nip it in the bud or ignore them....Actually the more i use Jemal as my shield the more they leave me alone(LOL...I Love my HANDSOME bodyguard)

I have come a long way...before i would just take all the nonsense and cry but Jemal taught me otherwise....so know it's smooth sailing! Thankyou Jema!!!

Lets continue leading our lives according to the scripture:

"If we are living by spirit, let us go on walking orderly also by spirit. Let us not become egotistical, stirring up competition with one another, envying one another." Galatians 5:25-26

" Let a rotten saying not proceed out of YOUR mouth, but whatever saying is good for building up as the need may be, that it may impart what is favorable to the hearers." ephesians1:29

Yeah....record year this is!!!

Hear ye!

This is a time to look at closely.

Actually being in Korea has a special significance. Korea is the ONLY country on earth that is divided NORTH, and SOUTH. The only one. This is the one place that might spark a 3rd world war. If that happens...well yours truly and he partner in crime will stay here, and will give family a good picture to what is actually going on.

North Korea will be launching a "satellite" very very soon. Now...if the USA navy shoots it down....who knows what will happen. We might be caught in world war 3......This will be the war which will in result end all wars.

Remember...."When men say we have achieved true peace and security....then the end will come!"

You know looking at Yogita's post....jealousy is a terrible thing. In life I've learned this. If you think you're so cool, tough, "the shit!". Remember this...there is always one who is better stronger, smarter, prettier, or whatever.

I am made strong through the union with my wife. We are one. I am the head, the captain, the one who bears responsibility the one who MUST take the blame for all mishaps.

I take this duty with a happy heart. My wife has DEEP respect for me. She will follow me anywhere I go. What does this mean for me?

EVEN more responsibility.

Korea is a mans paradise.

Prostitution is everywhere. Not being faithful to your wife is almost expected of a man.

It takes a STRONG woman to live in Korea as things are now.

Jemilah feel free to comment on this blog. I want to hear your mind, and well as your husbands. Omorro....dude...speak up man...you and I shared a womb together. In many ways we are very very close. MIke....you are very busy. You make me proud beyond doubt. I am a FOOL.

In Philly I should have been against mom and encouraging you. While telling mom that she should look at you differently. Sorry Mike. You have shown us all that life..is what YOU make it. I am so proud of you and Omorro. I am still with even though I am far away.

Mom....I will call you. I have 2 moms now. I am very very very blessed. But..to my mother....I will call you. We will talk. However, my tech is an issue. Well our tech, yogita and I both have ks20 cellphones. So um...we have a hard time getting on the network.

Abu...my heart goes out to you. You are my little sister. One that I will aid as much as I can. Dad.....you have taught me SOOO much. Your tatun through her i have learned to be a better father, and an attentive husband.

Look it is this simple....let us not follow the negative influences of our youth. Let us gain a new mindset. Put on the "new personality".

We love you all, you all are in our hearts.

Abu...email your jiju or I will kick your ass!!!


Friday, March 27, 2009


i have noticed that for some reason my monday's and friday's turn out to be really unusual...maybe it is the strangeness that's spelled K O R E A...

today i found myself thinking alot about Jemal...he is always on my mind but it's usually like a warmth in the back of my mind but today it was like a hot burning furnace...it is really different working in the hakwon without him....i miss working with him...we do team teach ocasionally but it's infrequent due to the fact that he works in seocheon and I work in gunsan. I realize more and more that i enjoy being with Jemal...i mean being as in his presence, his existence...just the other day i was home since i was'nt feeling well and Jemal was at work, the house felt empty ....i could'nt believe how massive and vacant our small apartment could feel without him

I enjoy his company..going on drives..enjoying a cup of coffee every morning...lying in his arms..playing games together..reading our books..our endless discussions..in short,i enjoy being married to Jemal.

Today i was talking with my students and like i told them if i had to do it all over again i would'nt change anything..i would marry Jemal...he is THE BEST thing that ever happened to me...he is MY PRECIOUS!!!!

wow! i do rant on!!!!!!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Joy of Reading

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be
chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts,
others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly,
and with diligence and attention.

~ Francis Bacon ~

Like Jemal mentioned we love reading.......we have boxes full of books that we have devoured and we are planning on going up to Seoul to replinsh our supplies....i have always loved reading....like Jemal said it's like you enter another world when you open your book and you exit that world once you close the book....once i start reading i find it difficult to put down my book...i look forward to reading a page here and there in between my classes...it's absorbing....I like reading also because it's simple...not like interacting with people so complicated...i like being completely engrossed in the rapt delight of reading...of being in an entirely different world..a different era...a different society and culture...i like savoring my books and relishing the lives, the struggles and the success of the different characters in the story...it's very relaxing for me...a way to unwind and i can think and sometimes daydream....

reading is a joy....books are the most quiet, constant and simple company you can ever ask for....

well, i'm ranting...and my oh! my time to read my book....Tata....

Windy thursday....

We live in an isolated part of Gunsan. The land is flat to the north, and towards to south we have low hills, some are steep. Well...the wind really blows hard out here. I am happy for it. The wind means that in the Summer all we will have to do is open the windows. It will be good for our computers too. Since they are running 24/7 and a nice wind will help keep them cool.

In Korea people simply do not know how to evaluate students English level (writing, speaking, grammar). They just dont. It is quite annoying to get a student who : "Knows no English at ALL!" Start talking to me. This means the books, and my lesson plan need to be thrown out the window. Ugh....

Oh well....tomorrows Friday.


Wednesday, March 25, 2009


As Yogita is quoting beautiful poems..I am waiting for this week to pass! I love free time. How do you spend your free time? This is a common question that we ask our students here. Usually new students who join a class are asked this question.
I have posted this in the past, but...Koreans....just do not know how to have fun.

Well this week was a bit tough. Yogita was feeling a bit sick on Monday night took tuesday off, and well...as you can see from her writing...she is back is style!

These days...I have rediscovered reading! I am a reading addict. I have to say...reading is like...exploring a new world through the bland boring looking pages of a thick book with pages filled with text. It is those words that make a world in your mine. A new scene. You can enter it when you read, and leave it when you close the book.

Ahhh, I remember telling our George once: "Once you are able to understand what you read...reading will be an adventure!" At that time he only smiled. Now, he can read. He is still learning of course, but....I think he will soon join in my adventures.

It is a wonderful thing to be a father. It is a beautiful thing. I am fortunate that I have such a wife as Yogita by my side, and a part of me.

I hope that everyone in Alaska is untouched by this crisis that is gripping the world, leaving 10% of Americans out of work.

Please enjoy my wifes.....no our poems....words through her mouth, are my words as well.

Love you all and take care!


Miles To Go Before I Sleep....

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there's some mistake.

The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

I love poems...I think poetry somehow manages to express how you feel and your inner most thoughts without sounding CHEESY!

I love this poem simple and yet so unique....we all feel just staying in a moment forever...we wish at times if time would just stop and we could seize and etch a particular moment in the innermost depths of our heart and in doing so preserve it somehow only to realize that it can't be....soon enough we realize all these other things we NEED to do and loose that moment....

some of us can never enjoy the here and now because we are so caught up in the past or the future(Yogita looks guilty)..the Bible tells us not to worry about our future: “Tomorrow will look after itself.”—Matthew 6:34.

Let's enjoy the small, tiny seemingly insignificant moments in our lives!!!!

A Thing of Beauty Is A Joy Forever!!!!

"A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing."..........John Keats.

Continuing the train of thought in Jemal's last post i personally think that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder....Like they say one man's joy is another's bitter disappointment...one man's jewel is another man's junk.....my definition of beauty may appear nothing but a mass of haphazard lines and symbols to you..and your plush green garden full of beauty may be nothing but wilderness for me...so to each his own...as long as it makes you happy i say go for it....no matter how anyone else views it as long as it's beautiful to you whatever it may be it will be a joy forever like Keats said...it will always fill your heart with warmth and bring a smile when the going gets tough!!!!!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

What is Beauty?

We met a student who became our friend, with whom we became freinds. He went away to another country. He had something done to him. The end result. He nearly destroyed him.

I am not giving full details. If you know him then you will know what I am talking about.

When I was in India (our most recent visit), I saw a young man getting a "whitening" treatment. Basically when the face mask was taken off his face would be "bleached". He would have a fairer skin tone, looking as they say in India "Wheatish". He looked like a fool to me.

If you can not find beauty within yourself, you will never find it. You will be as King Solomon said "Striving after the wind". Why? Well look at biology. Our bodies change as it ages. Gravity gains power, which translates into sagging flesh, wrinkles. We can have expensive operations done. The results however, are very limited. The results are limited in that you will see new age related changes coming into to play.

My wife is not the same physically when I met her. If I expected her to remain the "same", I feel we would be divorced by now. I have not remained the same. I have a gut, my youthful vigor has matured. I am still very strong, but it is with the thinking of a man now. I know I can be hurt easily. I know that if I am hurt I can not support my family. So...I am not the dashing young man I used to be.

Thankfully my lovely wife is of the same opinion.

Beauty is change. Realizing that change is a wonderful thing. In Order to reshape ourselves into the "new personality", change is needed.

I love Yogita so much. When she changes her hair style, I am happy. When physical changes occur I am happy. Why not? Why should I not be happy???

She is the maid of my youth. May I always be intoxicated by her beauty (Song of Solomon).

So what is beauty? It is YOU. It is with in. Not what the world dictates as beauty. Skinny homosexual "lookng" women. It is YOU, your very soul. This is what is beauty.

Friday is here..

Have a good night...and we love you all!


The Power Of Positive Thinking!!!!!

So I woke up this morning...... Nice day..Beautiful weather..but then lo and behold i have two problematic classes one after the other. Needless to say, my day wasn't looking all that GREAT anymore. But then i told myself that i am not going to let it get me down. I was determined to turn around my bad day into a good one(or in this case a Normal one) and so i did...i focused on things that i wanted to do with Jemal later in the evening...i bought myself a cup of coffee and a donut(that i ended up giving to my student) Anyways, i re-realized today that half of how we feel is in our own attitude...today talking to my students i realized that people are not happy...not satisfied....they have no hope or aspirations....that's dangerous...

like this saying goes:

"Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens".

that is true in many ways but we are only human....real happiness only comes from Jehovah but on the same note we all have to do our part to make ourselves and those around us happy..oh and i love the image...see the power of positive thinking...LOL

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Yeah, friday is upon us. Again. This week was better than last week. Last week it was so confusing and stressful. My Enterprise (Mazda 929) broke down. How...darn mechanic spilled oil on different areas of Engine bay cause he was in a hurry. Ass. Oil heated up, and killed those components...AND Damaged the headgasket. To all of you with cars...pay close attention to your headgasket. Basically it forms a barrier via a rubber seal between the Engines coolant, and oil. Engine oil coats and lubricates your Engine. Coolant actually flows around the Engine to cool it. IT DOES NOT COME INTO CONTACT WITH YOUR PISTONS! Actually Engine oil does either. If it did...it would become a part of combustion. So the Gasket is actually a barrier that keeps oil where belongs, and coolant where it belongs. The coolant system is pressurized, there should be no air in it, or oil. If the Gasket is leaking....oil might get into the coolant (easy to find just look in your coolant reserve tank...if it looks kinda dirty..not pale green, or whatever color your coolant is when diluted with water....you have oil in your coolant!) Basically if Oil gets into the coolant...your cars Engine cooling becomes less effective. Oil will start to boil at a MUCH lower temp than a water coolant mixture. Result your Engine runs too hot. Do this long enough, and your Engine block will actually partially melt! Or worse crack! If it melts a bit it looses it original shape and needs to be rebuilt....very expensive! If it cracks...usually the Engine becomes unrecoverable!

Now...if coolant is leaking it usually mixes with the oil, and can get into the combustion chamber. You will actually start to burn coolant (actually this can happen with oil too!)

You will notice a white thick smoke coming from your exhaust. With Oil it is also a white smoke...however the smell is different. I think coolant is more chemical smelling and oil has a more funky like smell.

IF you coolant is leaking via a bad headgasket you will notice a very noticeable pulsing revving when starting the Engine cold. The needle will bounce between say 500-1000 rpms. This is because there is air in the cooling system. This is very dangerous as well. Because this can cause over heating very fast! Remember...if your Engine starts to over heat...you can result in "warped heads", or a "cracked Engine block". Both are very expensive to repair.

Take a note of the warning signs. Look at your exhaust. It should smell very chemical like with no noticeable THICK white smoke that doesnt dissapate. Oil I think has a more funky order. Also check your oil, and coolant levels. Remember if coolant is leaving a system that is basically airtight, and pressurized....air is replacing what ever coolant that left.

Now here is the funny thing...a leaky radiator can cause the same issues. A faulty radiator cap....leaking radiator hoses. BUT these are very easy to diagnose. Just take a look under your hood. If there is coolant present ANYWHERE! You have a problem!

Uh so like...friday is here....in 30 minutes....


Wednesday, March 11, 2009


"There is so much you learn,
when it is your turn,
to do the same things,
that your parents have already done."

.....by Yogita Hogan

I was just thinking about our parents in India and Alaska and i realized that being a parent is probably The Most unappreciated job in the world; and what's worst is when your kids are at that terrible adolescence stage they will probably hate you or blame you for something you never realized you did. I just want to take this opportunity and THANK our parents in India and Alaska for all they have done for us over the years...

Thank you for listening,
Thank you for the hugs,
Thank you for your love,
Thank you for all the sacrifices you made,
Thank you for all the hardships that you endured,
and above all,
Thank you for helping us be what we are.

I hope some day our young ones can look back and feel the same about us!

The bible tells us that Parents' Example is The Best Education:

"Do you, however, the one teaching someone else, not teach yourself? You, the one preaching 'Do not steal,' do you steal? You, the one saying 'Do not commit adultery,' do you commit adultery?"—Romans 2:21, 22.

so let's continue to be good role models for our kids and don't forget the people who did the same for you!

peace out!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Oh yeah!

So I might be heading back to Gunsan for classes. I hope so. I really miss Gunsan. However, on same note...I really like Seo-chon. You can see what Gunsan looked like about 10 years ago. Pretty much.....village like! People are so...open. They tend to be more polite, down to earth, and not in the "rush rush", of modern day life.

Tonight I asked my adult students, what would they use any stimulus money for if the Korean government offered it.

The reply was quite simple. Most would use it for everyday things. Buying food, fuel for the cars, paying bills. Single people said...they would just save it.

Now on relaying this to you all here, I must ask! "Do we really need to have pac man spending habits?"

Basically this means buying the newest item even though we really do not need it.
Look at cell phones. Micheal, Yogita, and I are the only ones in India, and the USA that have smart phones. Our phones have been outdated. Basically, newer models have come out with, not listen carefully please..a "few" new options. Usually these few "new" options are not enough to really justify the purchase of a new smart phone. Basically a smart phone is a computer (PDA), and a phone. I can surf the net, and call people. While being able to make power point presentations, and word documents...and...well alot more.

SO when a new edition comes out...in these hard economic times...it is an easy choice to just say...NO to a new purchase. What this means is that the world economy will enter (I feel that it already has) a depression. Forget the talk of a recession folks. We are seeing a global depression because mankind, society, whatever you want to call this world, HAS LOST FAITH IN THE SYSTEM. Banks no longer have trust in the fact that people will pay back long term loans. So that means houses, and cars are not being purchased.

In short we are seeing the first steps. Just wait....we will see in the long run what pac man type economics have brought us. Pac man economics is based on a "I need it now" attidude! However, there comes a time when all of this falls apart. We are seeing it now. Man is not meant to rule man. Look in your bible folks.

Democracy has proven that it is not the answer to mans woes.



so some kids in the academy have been missing classes last week...today we found out that they had some disagreement in the class so they decided to settle it outside the class....they brought knives and the whole nine yards...well, so today we have the parents coming to the academy shouting and creating a fuss accusing the school and the teacher for negligence...what a day! so much drama....

For me it's amazing because in Korea this kind of behavior among the students is not very common...Korea is CHANGING!!! Is it good or bad we will have to see about that....

Koreans in general do not like change...if something is different and they don't know how to deal with a situation because it's different their first reaction is to give up....it can be very annoying at times...but i was thinking about it how we cannot condemn people for doing something that's part of their culture. so instead, i tried to understand why they react the way they do...this is what i came up with:

Change is awkward -- at first...because Change is something that presses us out of our comfort zone. Change is for the better or for the worst, depending on how you view it. Change has a ripping effect on those who won’t let go. Being flexible is the key...just like a reed in the strong wind moves and bent with the wind or it breaks...we have to bent and lean and create a new balance within the change.

Change is uncomfortable -- at first...but people forget that it does not necessarily mean bad...change can teach us new things and show us new ways that we never knew existed...change is a reality...it is happening..it is here to stay...we can either sink or swim...

wow! i almost sound like Obama...LOL..i am becoming a philosopher....ENJOY!!!!

Monday, March 09, 2009

A new car vs second hand

Hi all, yeah it is a monday. It sucks..but it is almost over. I read an article on Yahoo news about the very topic of this post. Lets put it like this. With so many cars out there buying new vs buying old, the price gap is closing. Looking at the Korean market you can see this in different ways.

Basically automakers here really lack innovation. The designs are either from Japan, or old Europen designs (late 90's). Now still some cars are from Japan, and Austrialia.

So locally prices have taken a huge dive! It is really isnt a good idea to buy new in Korea. Unless you are not worried about depreciation (very sharp). Cars bought today will see thier value drop about 10% AS SOON AS YOU SIGN YOU NAME.

Since last year when gasoline prices shot up to 142 bucks a barrels, Large cars have dropped (second hand) below what their value is actually. For example my car would have been about double what I actually paid for it. However, once that huge increase happened ...instant 50% discount. This has me looking at cars I would not have considered before.

Ugh, I am rambling. Basically if you buy a new car, remember get it with ALL OF THE OPTIONS THAT YOU CAN. Cause it is just a good idea.....whew.....Mondays....

Oh yesterday we had raw fish!


Thursday, March 05, 2009

Donut Time!

Don't miss the donut by looking through the hole. ~Author Unknown

I was enjoying a donut this afternoon with my coffee...I usually like having a cup of nice black coffee before my class....i love the texture, the aroma, the kick....anyways, today while sipping on my coffee and devouring my delicious donut....it was a cream donut..it was soft, with rich delicious creamy filling and a nice white and pink icing on top..so while eating it i remembered the quotation mentioned above...it got me thinking about how true it is...half of the time because we are focusing on the wrong stuff or have such a pessimistic view about things that we fail to enjoy the good things, the nice moments, the simple things, the delicious creamy gooeyness...i know i do it alot and is something i am working on...to focus on the good...because come to think of it if you are worrying about the future there is probably nothing you can do about it and if it's the past then it's already over..it's the here and now that is important but oft times we forget and loose focus...so my recommendation is : go out, get a donut, and enjoy the delicious creamy goodness....and live in the moment...i love the speech Lady Macbeth made towards the end summarizing how futile it is to worry about something that's already happened....

How now, my lord, why do you keep alone,
Of sorriest fancies your companions making,
Using those thoughts which should indeed have died
With them they think on? Things without all remedy
Should be without regard: what's done, is done.


This was a long week for me. Tuesday night the car center owners wife let me use her car for the day. It is a Daewoo lanos. Great fuel mileage but basically a really sucky ride. No acceleration, no options inside, and a stuck radio antenna.

That antenna got me into trouble later. You see I arrived in Seo-chon, locked the car and when to class. Now the radio antenna is stuck. The motor keeps trying to pull in back inside. Well after about 6hours...battery died. I felt like such an ass! I knew my current boss is not like my old boss. She would have gone out of her way to help me.

So I knew I was on my own. Poor Yogita was busy interviewing students for a new class. So she was stressed as what she could do to help was limited too. Well finally I decided...lets talk to the police. Now in Korea many foreigners complain that the police will not help foreigners, and will give them a hard time. That is NOT what happened with me. They were very very nice about it all. Typically you just call your auto insurance company and they give you a jump. However, the car was not my car and could not locate the number. Also even if I could they might have a problem coming out since..I am not on the insurance policy.

So in broken Korean (understanding 90% of what they were saying), they perfectly understood that a friend loaned me their car. I offered the cell number so that they could verify my story, and I had my id card ready. They just said..."dont worry, we trust you where is the car?" We talked about teaching English, and about how one of the police officers used to teach English before joining the force. The asked me about my family, what did I think of Soe-chon.

All in all it was a great experience. But it made that day (tuesday) seem like Wednesday. Thursdays seem to "catch me up though".

Next post will be an update on our rugrats!


Monday, March 02, 2009

The First Day Of Spring!!!

i have been thinking about spring lately....so i decided to make this post...it gives sort of a short background about the phenonmena(with diagrams) and ends with a couple of pics. of spring in south korea.

Equinoxes occur twice a year, when the tilt of the Earth's axis is inclined neither away from nor toward the Sun, causing the Sun to be located vertically above a point on the equator.

The name is derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), because at the equinox the night and day are equally long. The term equinox can also be used in a wider sense, as the date (day) that such a passage happens.

An equinox happens each year at two specific moments in time (not a whole day) when the centre of the Sun can be observed to be vertically above the Earth's equator, occurring around March 20 or 21 and September 22 or 23 each year.

The First Day of Spring is Friday, March 20, 2009

First day of spring- Northern Hemisphere

The first day of spring for the Northern Hemisphere this year (2009) is March 20. The equinox will be at 5:48 GMT.

In general, the four seasons correspond to the relative position of the Sun to the earth. Meteorological determination of Spring is calculated when the Sun passes through the equatorial plane. When going from Winter to Spring, the Sun is moving North, and as soon as the Sun crosses the equator, we call it Spring.

The above applies north of the equator.

First day of spring - Southern Hemisphere

"Spring", a time of melting and new growth, occurs about September-November south of the equator (like in Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Brazil...).

Official date of spring south of the equator (corresponding to the first official day of fall north of equator) would be around September 20/21, depending on when the sun crosses the equator.

Spring is my Favorite season..i love the blossoms, the colors, the sunshine, the clean crisp spring feeling...oh and i love wearing skirts....hope you enjoy the post!!!

Sunday, March 01, 2009

The Walk.....uhhhh......ummmm....

Lol...i ended up taking a nap...i was pampering myself......since taking naps in the afternoon is so rare for us i couldn't resist..regardless to say when i woke up it was too late for a walk...oh well i ENJOYED my nap so no complains there....

we were watching "The Sound of Music" yesterday...we love the movie....Jemal has many fond memories of watching the movie with family as a kid...i love the concept, the music, the love story...i am a hopeless romantic and i like the way the movie deals with the concept of romantic love in such a dignified classic way...oh and the soundtrack....lovely!!!!

i truly feel that it is those small things in life....like sunshine, taking a walk...hearing the birds, feeling the warm crisp spring air, the blossoms, the pretty colors of nature, and so much more that we usually miss or take for granted that really matter and makes it worth our while....it's those memories that can always bring back a smile..

I'll end this post with the words from one of my favorite poems by William Wordsworth:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

My Two Cents!!!

Jemal's posts inspired me to make a post of my own...i have to be more regular with my posts though!

I did not know grandmother except from the pictures mom showed me and the stories she told me when we were in Alaska....but nonetheless i feel bad and sad...like jemal mentioned in his post the end is almost here....

Today we relaxed at home...we are having some issues with our car so we took care of that and still have some more to do...other than that it was a wonderful day....

so picking up from where i left last night(LOL)...today is beautiful...nice and sunny...we are planning on taking a walk later.....we love walking...and talking...it's so much fun just to walk, enjoy the beautiful scenery and explore....we love observing different things and people......we both feel that it teaches you so much more about the culture and people than what you can find say in a book or on t.v......

so we are looking forward to our walk...i'll make another post when we return...bye for now!!!!

A Memorial....

This is the final post for this triple post day. This week...Thursday Korean time. A woman....my..no I will say our grandmother was taken away. Taken away...how? Well, due to Adamic sin, we all die. I know that a time is coming when this pain that we feel through this loss will be undone. No matter what may come in the short term, in the long term there is hope for mankind. For all the earth for that matter.

In my life in Philadelphia, I do not have many memories with grandma. I remember once going over to her place for a sleep over. We watch movies over and over again. I also remember that we had to shielded from that side of family. So we did not have too much contact over the years. There are some bad elements there that..well I am not at liberty to talk about here.

So now, I am confused. How should I respond. I cried. It was a loss. My life as I knew it had always stayed the same. Whenever I went back to the States....I have found that things have stayed pretty much the same. It is something that only if you have go abroad and lived for some time..then return to your native culture can you fully understand what I mean.

I feel for Mom (Alaska), I think this will hurt her the most. For she must have many more memories, some fond, some not so fond. However, in the bible we can see that death is not normal. It just isnt. If you look at biology, our bodies fight and fight....wait....did I say fight? No the body strives to do what it was original designed to do...to LIVE.

So for grandma I say this...may you sleep. Sleep.
I hope that in the future I can see you again. However, that choice is not up to me. I take comfort in the fact...that there is a time that is coming. A time that is SO close. The breath of change of upon us! God's vindication is at hand!

I think it is easier to feel when you are outside of the United States. In the USA people live in comfort. Even though millions are losing their jobs. It is not like other places in the world. People are dieing everyday. Suffering. Suffering.

What do they think in their last hours? When their life force is giving out.

To Grandma I say this....I hope that you did not suffer. I hope that you were in a lucid dream the whole time.

So in Memorial I will say this. You did alot in your life. You raised strong women. They had an impossible task infront them. However, you prepared them well. For with out your training, well....my whole family would not be here today.

I pray to heavenly father that his will be done on earth!


More of George, and his Nana!

Yeah these are a few months old...but I was made part of Dad's retirement party. It was very interesting. I felt a bit odd. This is normal because all of the people in photo (including Dad), have worked together for years and years. I was the photographer, and honored guest.

Today will be a triple post..so..please bare with me.

George it is so nice the way you take care of your younger cousins, and your little bother. You must listen all ways to your nana, and nani. For that is your job, your role. Keep going strong. You will make mistakes. That is normal, but we must make an EFFORT to try to be better, not to make the same mistakes twice, 3 times....

We love you a lot George. Our hearts beat with yours! For we are one unit!

From your Daddy

Jeyo time!!!

Of course this not all about Jeyo. George is having his exams and we will be putting some nice pictures of Him up here too. But these are dedicated to the little one. I had a nice time talking to George before his english exams. I am so proud of him, he is doing well in his studies.

Jeyo....he is growing nicely and having a good ole time...Mom has her hands full!

Well on the photos!

OK this is for you George. We love you alot. Every day I think about you. I want you to do well in your studies. Keep making an effort. It is not a game, when the teacher asks you a question use your head when responding. You will make all that love you proud! Including your old dad! (uh Mom is taking a shower).

Bye for now until we chat again!