Global Seoul-Mate: Mission 1

Mission 1: Collage SEOUL
Mission 1: Collage SEOUL

It is my first time as a “Global Seoul-mate” ~ a group of bloggers/SNS supporters appointed by the Seoul City government. I didn’t learn that my application was accepted until I received a “gift” from the mail and an accompanying welcome note a few days before I left for my summer vacation.

The first mission of the “Global Seoul-mate” was announced on July 23rd, but it wasn’t until I was already in Los Angeles that I read about it. Luckily, I have a lot of images taken from my community in Dongdaemun-gu Seoul that I could use for the mission. Today is the deadline so I’m kinda just beating it ~

 

Who am I?

I’m originally from Angeles City in the Philippines, but I’ve been living in Seoul for the past 11 years a few months after getting married to my Korean husband. We have one son who is now in second grade at an elementary school in Seoul. We spent the first 8 years of our marriage life in Jongro-gu and we transferred to Dongdaemun-gu three years ago.

I’m currently a full-time mom and homemaker. I do volunteer work with my friends at “The 601 Habit”.

 

What is S.E.O.U.L to me?

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I took this photo at the playground of Hongneung Park in Dongdaemun-gu. The slide is S-shaped and as you can see, boys will be boys. What I love most about Seoul is that it’s a relatively safe city. And because of this I don’t have any worry about my son going to the playground and playing like I did more than three decades ago. I also like that other parents would watch your child when you’re not around.

 

 

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Anyone who has been to Seoul would rave about its efficient transportation system. You can take the subway or bus to go around the city ~ even in the middle of the night. Since the city started the night bus service, I was able to come home twice riding a public bus at two o’clock in the morning! I love that I don’t need to have a car to survive in this big city ~ less pollution, less expenses.

 

 

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Seoul maybe a large and opulent city but a few aspects of it is still old ~ and that mix of modern and old makes the city more appealing. Perhaps an old tradition that we still uphold ~ meal preparation. I’m proud to say that I cook for my family and I make sure that I serve them from the heart ~

 

 

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The mix of old and modern makes the city “unique” with unlimited things to do and explore. And when I get tired of exploring, I sit down with a cup of hot tea using this old-fashioned celadon tea cup bought from a store in a modern building in Dongdaemun.

 

 

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I was folding this plastic bag of chips into a tight square. I just feel lucky to be living in Seoul. Life here is not perfect but over the years, I have learned to adjust to both its old and modern ways. I feel safe here and this is the city where I see myself living until I’m old.

 

 

 

Global Seoul-mate
Global Seoul-mate

 

As a member of the Global Seoul-Mate, I hope to present a well-rounded view of what it is like to live in Seoul. I hope to be able to participate in its cultural activities ~ like what I’ve been doing for the past decade.

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