February 2013

Cooking Adventure: Deokbokki

It’s been a year since our visit to Seoul, Korea. We’ve watched a lot of Korean dramas that visiting Asia would not be complete without a tour of Seoul and a taste of their dishes.

My personal favorite Korean dish is tofu stew. I can skip any Korean dish except this one. When our family decided to abstain from eating out for forty days, I developed this craving for my favorite Korean food. Good thing about living in this part of the world is that Korean market is just around the corner, selling many ingredients. Thanks to recipes online, I can create my soup at home.

(Namdaemun Market: South Korea)

When we were on tour to different places in Seoul, we tried our best to try Korean food from streets, restaurants and malls. As much as possible we skipped McDonald’s and other common tourist food. We tried what looked appealing to us. We tried street food where you would just eat whatever you want and pay. One of them is Deokbokki, a rice cake shaped like a cylinder with hot and spicy sauce. The ahjummas (old ladies) are selling these from enclosed food stalls along the street. But most of the ahjummas don’t speak English. It’s good that when we ate deokbokki and other fish balls in skewers, there’s this young lady that helped us interpret what the ahjumma was saying.

(deokbokki I cooked at home)
We’re not crazy about deokbokki but I can’t help cooking when there are available ingredients and best of all, they’re on sale, nothing to lose. We tried it and it was good, spicy though. I got the recipe from Maangchi.

Feeding the Seagulls

by Michelle

Birds are interesting animals. So are seagulls. One time, my family and I went to a beach, and there were two other men who were feeding the birds. My mom brought chips, and we fed the seagulls until we ran out. Whenever I threw part of a chip to the back of the birds, they were ready to fly away. But as soon as they saw the food, they darted straight for it. It was just so fun! I tried making a path of chips so the birds would get closer to me, but I couldn’t, because it was windy. I was disappointed when we had to leave, but it was still fun.

I remember when I was still sitting in the car. I wasn’t sure when my mom said,”Come on, Michelle! It’ll be fun!”(or something like that). Soon, I found myself feeding birds, and having fun! While we were feeding the birds, I saw a man holding a “to-go” box with leftovers, then he tossed it to the birds. When he left, I saw a huge brown seagull swoop down and grab the box. Another time, my brother, Adrian, throw a chip at the birds, then two birds ran into each other, because they were heading for the same chip!

Digging for Gemstones: Feels Like an Archaeologist

by Michelle
Today is my first time to write my own blog entry. My mom helped me and showed me how to choose the pictures. After a few minutes, I found my subject: the time I dug twelve gemstones from a block of sandstone.
Here, I started to get in more and more. It took me about ten minutes to find my first gemstone, serpentine. Later, I started finding more and more, until I found all twelve. I was really excited, because I felt like an archaeologist!
After a long time of digging, I knew I was getting closer to the finish. I found out that archaeologists really have to work hard, because if they found ancient stuff, they have to dust it with a brush(like me!), so they won’t break any treasures. I was glad when my brother helped me, even if he found big, broken chunks of rock, and tried to break it.
Actually, I don’t even know how long it took me to find all twelve(the picture just shows nine of the rocks), but I know that it took me a very long time! I still had to find two more gemstones, but my dad told me to sleep because it was midnight. So the next morning, I finished the rest, and put all of what I found on a box. When my mom woke up, she didn’t know where I put the gemstones, so she picked up the box, but before she could throw it away, she saw my gemstones fall into the carpet. She only found eleven of it, but then I found the twelfth one next to the sandstone! Also, the gemstones that I found were: One rock crystal, one fluorite, tree rose quartz, one amazonite, one jasper, one serpentine, one sodalite, one agate, and one mahogany obsidian.

Day 40: Promise

(Zion National Park)

For those who find me find life
and receive favor from the Lord.
– Proverbs 8:35

Day 39: Waiting


“…but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
– Isaiah 40:31

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.”
– Psalm 40:1

Day 38: Children

(Laguna Beach, California)

“Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”
– John 1:12-13

Day 37: Teachings


“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”
– Deut. 4:9

“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”
– Deut. 6:6-9

Day 36: Free

(Park City, Utah)


“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”

– Galatians 5:1

Day 35: Accountable

(Four Corners, Utah-New Mexico-Arizona-Colorado, USA)


“Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.”
– Galatians 6:2

“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
– Ecclesiastes 4:12

Day 34: Glory

(road to Bear Lake, Utah)
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of His hands.
– Psalm 19:1
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