Sunday, July 31, 2011

One day at Yongdusan Park

On June, we had lovely guests came to visit us in Busan ^^ So together we went to see Jagalchi Fish market, Nampodong-International Market (Gukje Market), PIFF and Yongdusan Park (Busan Tower is located in Yondusan Park, but we didn't go there).

The weather was sunny and nice. Yongdusan Park is always happening especially on weekend, where many people see cultural performances, visit museum or Busan Tower, meeting friends or just play with their family.

Joshua and I enjoyed seeing birds, giving them food to eat (I didn't prepare any food for the birds. Fortunately, a kid shared the food to me so I can throw it to attract birds to come). Joshua liked it so much!

I have to go there again!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

My 10 months old baby sent an SMS

My classmate in Korean class wanted to visit me that day. She loves Joshua and Joshua loves her, too. She sent me a message asking if I were at home in the afternoon. I was busy preparing something so I replied the message telling her about that. We always write messages in Korean as a way of practice, even though my friend understands English, too.

In the afternoon, I saw a message in my cellphone. It's from my classmate.
She typed in Korean 'ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ~~~언니의 일을 다 끝났어요?' (Hahahahaha...Have you finished your work?)

I wondered why she sent me a message again? This time with lots of 'ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ' ??? It must be something funny with my previous message. I checked the sent items and found a sent message to her, but I didn't send that one. Then...ho ho must be my little smart boy who did it! He really really likes my classmate and perhaps wanted her to come and visit him. Haha! 

His message to her was 'Please contact me'. ^^

Lesson learnt: Put your cellphone on a place where is unreachable from your baby.
PS1: Pic was taken right after I read the message.
PS2: The message he sent was taken from the default messages provided in the cellphone.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

JoSH belajar berbagi

Anak kecil biasanya tidak suka berbagi barang yang dia sukai. Maunya dipakai sendiri, dimakan sendiri, dinikmati sendiri. Teringat hal-hal demikian, jadi terpikir untuk ajarin JoSH berbagi miliknya. Yang paling sederhana adalah snack bayi-nya.

JoSH suka banget makan snack bayi-nya yang pemanisnya dari jus buah. Suatu pagi ketika sedang makan snack, tangan kiri pegang satu biji, tangan kanan pegang satu biji. Mulutnya kunyah-kunyah.

Setelah yang di mulutnya habis ditelan, aku suapi satu snack langsung ke mulutnya.
"Mama kasi satu ya...aaaaa (sambil membuka mulut)"
Diterimanya dengan senyum, lalu sibuk mengunyah.

"Mama juga mau dong, Haniel. Minta satu, dong."
Kupegang salah satu tangannya dan mendekatkannya ke dekat bibirku. Ketika mulutku terbuka, ditariknya tangannya sambil tersenyum geli. Hehehe, ternyata belum mau berbagi dia. Satu tangan yang lain diulurkan juga, tapi langsung ditarik kembali ketika mulutku terbuka. Hehehe...suka bercanda nih anak...^^

Sorenya, ketika makan lagi snack yang sama, tanpa kuminta, diulurkan tangannya ke bibirku. Kubuka mulut sambil berfikir...ah...mungkin hanya bercanda. Tapi tangannya tetap di posisi yang sama sampai kumakan snacknya.

"Terima kasih ya. Enak sekali ya snack-nya." kataku sambil geli dalam hati. Lucu ^^

Tangan satunya terulur dan menunggu aku mengambil snack itu dan mengunyah.

Ternyata JoSH ingat apa yang kami lakukan di pagi hari. Tanpa diminta pun dia mau belajar berbagi.
Hmmm...Mama sayang JoSH. Muach!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Joshua - The little light of mine

When I was pregnant, I enjoyed listening to songs or classical instrument. I would play it quite loud so the baby inside my tummy could hear it, too. I searched for Sunday School Songs through youtube and found many. Mostly, I have learned that songs while I was in Sunday School, but some of them were new for me.

Sunday School songs are easy to listen, easy to sing, also easy to remember.
The songs use simple words but able to describe the meaning clearly. That's what I love.

One of the new songs I learnt and played many times for Joshua is the song titled "The Little Light of Mine". You have to see the lyrics and you will agree with me that the lyrics have a great meaning. Even when I am writing this post, my heart beats so hard while I am thinking about the meaning.

Even I only have a little light, I will not hide it. I will protect it and let it shine till He comes again.
Everytime I play the video for Joshua, I do hope he writes it down in his heart.

The Little Light of Mine
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine )3x
Let it shine 3x
Hide it under a bushel? No! I'm gonna let it shine )3x
Let it shine 3x
Don't let Satan blow it out, I'm gonna let it shine )3x
Let it shine 3x
Let it shine til Jesus comes, I'm gonna let it shine )3x
Let it shine 3x
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine )3x
Let it shine 3x

No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden,
or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand,
so that those who come in may see the light.
Luke 11:33

PS. For R.A.B, when I read your comment on my post "Joshua, being the cutest is not important!", the song popped up in my head and inspired me to write this post. Thanks a bunch!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Instant noodle - My way or God's way?

One day in Busan, I was so tired and lost my appetite. One thing that I wanted to eat is the instant noodle from Indonesia that we bought at Asian Mart (It's mie goreng Indomie). I asked San's if he wanted to make it for me, and he said yes.

After a while, the fried indomie was ready. The smell was good, but wait....something is strange here. The color looked pale.

"I think the color of this Indomie is different with the one I used to eat in Indonesia " I said to San.

I started to eat it and this time I felt the difference in it's taste.

"I always heard that Indomie taste in Korea and Indonesia is not the same. Now I know that it's true. It's not as delicious as the one in Indonesia. " I said.
"Hm...maybe." He answered.

With that thought in mind, I kept eating the noodle and finished it. When I went to the sink to wash the plate and spoon, I saw something familiar to me next to the sink. The Indomie sauces sachets! The soy sauce, chilli sauce is still there in the sachet. The seasoning powder was still about half of it. What's this??? No wonder the indomie tasted different!

"Why you didn't put the sauces and seasoning on the noodle? That's why the taste is plain. It's not about the difference between Indomie in Korea and Indonesia, but it's because  you didn't use all the sauces." I complained to San.
"Hm...I don't like the sauces. I like it plain. The seasoning is also too salty for me, so I just used half of it." He said.
"What do you say? To whom you cooked the noodle? For you or for me? Why did you use your standard instead of asking me what I want?"

That story always reminds me of our relationship with God. We as human also like to do everything in our way, using our style and what we like; instead of asking our Creator what He wants and what He likes. We often use our logic and assumption that God will love a certain way without faithfully and dilligently seek His guidance. We think God will be happy with our way, and what we do is right. We are so proud of ourself and failed to surrender in God. Let's seek His wisdom! (2 Cor 10:5b, ...we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.)

Romans 11:33-36
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
“Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay them?”
For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen. 

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Rejected by school bus driver

Yesterday, I wanted to go to the nearest subway station to meet my classmates for lunch. As usual, I went to the bus stop which is the school shuttle bus stop point. This time, I was with my baby, Joshua. And this was not the first time I board the school shuttle bus while carrying him with me, although it still can be counted.

I saw the school bus was coming. I waved my hand signaling that I wanted to board the bus. But the bus didn't stop. It stopped 5 meters away from the bus stop point and I had to run to catch it. After arrived in front of the bus door, the bus driver still didn't open the door. But he opened it finally. I almost wanted to step in the bus before he asked me questions and underestimated me. He thought that I should not stopped the bus because he thought I was not a student (for carrying a baby) and I didn't have the right to board the bus.

I knew that driver and I thought he would remember me if I didn't carry the baby. I said that I am a student, too. And by looking at his shocked face, I knew he wouldn't mind if I enter the bus without waiting his answer.

I still felt angry about that until night, till I realized that it was just because of the difference of worldview.

So, I am married and I have a baby and I am a student in the same time.
If I am not a person in this position I also can say that it is not right. I would say that Mother should stay at home, taking care of baby, taking care of house, helping husband and doing everything related to family matters. But I have a reason that made me choose to study again. One of the reasons is to be able to stay with my husband, and not to separate my husband from our baby. And for that reason, I won't regret it.

I remembered that one of Korea lady told me that I am lucky that my husband allowed me to study even though I am married and have a baby. Most Korean men would not allow their wife to study after delivering baby. It happened to the lady when she found her pregnancy after five months studying in US.

I understand the basic reason behind the Korean men's way of thinking. I agree with them if the reason is to give full attention to the baby's growth and family life. I think not only in Korea, in my country or other countries, staying with the baby and managing household is on mother's first list.

It's the ideal way. Mine would not be that ideal, but it is the best choice in our case.

I felt relieved after thinking about the diference of our worldview. It was very understandable if he mistaken me on that day.

I learnt to appreciate other people's way of thinking. That's my food of thought today.