Showing posts from July, 2012

Our Secret Garden: Yongsan-Gu City Hall Building

Sam and I have been visiting the Yongsan-Gu City Hall building frequently and it is quickly becoming our own secret garden. Since the building was close to our home I decided to pack us up and check it out. I'll have to admit I didn't have very high expectations for a City Hall building. I was delightfully surprised at the wonderful things we discovered!

When we first walked up to the building I noticed the huge container vegetable garden in front of the building. I had a mini homeschooling lesson with Sam about where our food comes from. I was able to show her what eggplant, corn, peppers, zucchini, and watermelon look like when growing! There is even a miniature hut that Sam had a blast climbing into and running around. 
To the right of the front doors are a few statues and a cute petrified wood picnic area. We had another opportunity to learn what the inside of a tree looks like. I also noticed there were bike rentals on the basement level! 
When we first walked into the bui…

Water Quality in Bamberg, Germany

Germany? Didn't you move to Korea? Yes, you would be correct. 
I am in the process of running a few tests on the quality of the water here in Seoul, Korea and thought some moms in Bamberg would appreciate knowing the results of the tests I ran while I was pregnant with Sam in Germany, 2011. Similar to several moms, my pregnancy made me even more concerned about environmental contaminents. I wanted the peace of mind in knowing that our water was safe.
I ordered a simple water quality test from Amazon. Here are my results.
 The first test I ran was the bacteria test. The test comes with a small container with powder inside. The instructions call for the user to place a small amount of water inside the container, place it in a dark and warm location, and leave it for roughly 2 days.

The bacteria test came back completely negative. There was no bacteria in our water. (Whew!)

 I then ran the lead and pesticide tests. These tests came with a similar container to the bacteria test. …

Baby Wearing in Korea

As soon as I arrived in Seoul I immediately noticed something was missing... strollers! In Germany I had become accustomed to seeing strollers everywhere. Although I saw the occasional parent wearing a baby in a carrier, strollers were the prominent means of transportation. That all changed when we arrived in Korea. As our family ventured to museums and historical sites I began to notice that Korea has a strong baby-wearing history. It has managed to maintain this custom even through modernization. The market for baby wearing gear is competitive and styles and types are numerous. I've had to harness my desire to buy them all! There is one cuter than the next not to mention all the added features on the different types. The most traditional Korean baby wearing carrier is called the Podaegi. Although the oldest style, today there are still several woman who choose this style of carrier here, granted gone are the old fabrics. I've even spotted Podaegis in Hello Kitty prints! I re…

Totseat Product Review

Product: Totseat by TrendyKids
Purpose: Travel Highchair
Product Specifics: Machine washable!


SCS Rating

There are a few items I can't leave the house without when taking Sam on an adventure. One of those items is her portable high chair. I've owned 2 different types of portable fabric chairs and the Totseat by TrendyKids is my all time favorite! The key aspects that make this seat a cut above the competition is the ability to alter the bottom portion of the chair for different chair heights and the extra security strap. I've used a fabric high chair for Sam since she was 6 months old, the time I welcomed her into the world of solid food. By then she was able to sit unsupported. I wouldn't suggest this seat for infants under 6 months. Once solid food was needed we wanted Sam to join us at the family table. We've used this chair at home and on the go. When Sam was younger she had to reach up to get the food on the table; at…

Gyeongbokgung Palace with a Toddler

Gyeongbokgung Palace with Sam
We ventured out to explore Seoul's grandest palace. We headed out with 2 baby carriers and an umbrella and didn't know much about what to expect. The locals tend to use umbrellas to shade themselves from the harsh summer sun. I'm so glad we followed their lead, having a shady spot for the baby to sleep made a huge difference in temperature. It also calmed my fears of baby sunburn!

Gyeongbok Palace
Tel: (02) 723-4283
Hours: 9:00am- 17:00 (Closed on Tuesdays)
Prices: 3000 Won for Adults & 1500 Won for Children (7-18 years old)
Guided Tours: 11:00/13:30/15:30
Subway: Gyeongbokgung Stn. Line #3- Exit #5

Thankfully we both had a baby carrier on because the palace was huge and I'm not sure one of us could have held her the entire time. A large wheeled baby stroller with adequate sun protection would have been a nice amenity to have on this trip. Granted when going inside the different room the stroller would have to be left outside.

I ended up ch…