On Sundays I’ve been hearing horse hooves and neighing outside my window. Strange but true, there was a horse drawn carriage trotting through my neighborhood.

It turns out that the local church provides rides for its members.


It’s difficult to find a savory snack on the supermarket shelf. Most crackers and chips are sugary sweet.

When scanning the shelf for a snack with my toddler, we found “고래밥/gorae bap/Whale Food.” While still slightly sweet, it’s actually a salty snack.

Hooray for a savory snack option!

No surprise, there are new high rise apartments in my neighborhood. What was surprising were the tree IV’s (intravenous therapy).

Larger trees are literally receiving intravenous therapy to help them cope with the trauma of being transplanted. I wonder how they will wear winter sweaters in a few months time…

Bread options are getting better in Korea but it was still hard to find English muffins outside of American fast food retailers (McD, Dunkins). Nearly tempted to try baking my own, they magically appeared at E-Mart. They come whole (not pre-cut) and are quite tasty, unlike other Shany products. Look for them, sold four for 1,400W (less than $1.40 USD).

Often there is no time to plan or prepare a proper lunch. Especially with two under 2. This is my latest go-to lunch that the toddler and I can both enjoy.

Tofu Pancake

1 slice of tofu (about the size of a serving of pound cake)

1 egg

1 clove garlic (mashed, optional)

1 packet of matchstick mushrooms 팽이버섯 (chopped up for toddler)

some flour or 부침가루 (less than 1/2 cup)

some cooking oil

Blend everything together using hands. One tablespoon smooshed into the fry pan makes an appetizer-sized pancake. Try to flip over just once using medium heat.

The second pregnancy made blogging unfeasible.

I hope to resume posting soon, now that our second son is good and healthy.

Sorry for the pregnant pause, nearly nine months away.

Lately life has been moldy and messy. The bedroom closets were infested with mold because of the difference in temperatures between inside and outside, the back side abuts an exterior wall. As a result we had to vacate the master bedroom and sleep in the baby room, clear out the closets, wash everything, navigate around mountains of stuff that used to be hidden away, get mold removal estimates, have the closets and the interior wall rebuilt and try not to become hypochondriacs for weeks. Needless to say I learned some Korean, gompangi/곰팡이 (mold) and saengi-da/생기다 (to form).