Saturday, January 2, 2016

2016!

새해 복 많이 받으세요! Saehae bok manhi padeuseyo!

That's the traditional Korean greeting for the new year, which is used for both the Gregorian new year (January 1st) as well as the Lunar new year (the Year the Monkey will begin on February 8th). It literally translates to, "May you receive lots of happiness/fortune in the new year!"

Unrelated to the new year, but related to Korean, is a heartwarming animated short I watched recently called 어머니 (Eomeoni), or "Mother". It's about a mother who is overwhelmed with household chores and how her family pitches in to help. Enjoy!

Mother from StephanieC on Vimeo.

Wow. I can't believe it's 2016. I started this blog in 2012... almost four years ago! I know I don't write much here anymore, but every once in a while I'll come back to it to look at old photos and old stories, and it never fails to bring a smile to my face.

Months, even years after you leave a place, the impression it leaves can really linger. I am so grateful that I have this blog to look back on my time in Korea. This coming year, I don't know if I will have any opportunity to go back. But I am very grateful for the time I did get to spend there and for the memories I can relieve whenever I want to.

Have a happy and prosperous 2016!

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