Showing posts from March, 2014

Booki Piano (Toddler Piano) Classes, Seoul, Korea

I always knew I wanted my children to learn piano but I assumed their journey would start around 6. 
When I saw that the i'Park cultural center in Yongsan was offering Piano classes for 36-48 month old children I was hesitant. Being a teacher, I am constantly concerned about pushing Sam into things that are not developmentally appropriate for her age. I decided to test out the piano class with the understanding that I would drop the class if it was above Sam's level. Two semesters later I am very happy to share the classes are PERFECT! 
The class is instructed in Korean but was very easy to follow along without knowing the language. The teachers did do the one-on-one instruction with Sam in English. The class structure is simple. There are 2 teachers and roughly 5-6 mom/toddler pairs. The class starts with some dancing, then story time about musical concepts (trucks are low and loud, planes are high and quiet). The books are amazing hand made creations that engage the students a…

Lilliput Kids Cafe in Seoul, Korea

We found another Kids Cafe and love it! Lilliput it about a 15 minutes drive from Yongsan. It is a small venue perfect for sitting and enjoying some lunch and coffee while the little ones play (still in eye sight). Sam loved the bounce area, ball pit, and especially the dress up closet! 

There are baby seats available but the ideal age range for enjoyment would be toddler and preschool aged kids, 5 and under. Entrance fee is 7,000 Won for mom and child with the expectation that the customer will buy at least one item off the menu. With items like chocolate smoothies and pizza, it's not hard to choose! There is also free wi-fi!

There is a changing room/nursing room/ movie room in the cafe as well. Yes, all of those things together! 

 Getting there from Yongsan was straight forward. We went over the Banpo bridge and turned right at the major intersection. Keep following the brown signs for the National Cemetery. 
Once you pass the national cemetery it is the first left. 
The building i…

Juno Hair Salon at IFC Mall in Seoul

After getting the family settled in a new place a thought starts to creep in my head; I need to get a haircut soon. Dread! I wish I had "easy" hair but that wasn't my lot in life. Considering I wouldn't trade my family for the world, I'll take the inherited genes. ;) After attempting several salons recommended by well meaning expats, resulting in flaming red hair and even what can only be described as a muffin on my head, I finally found a stylist that I adored! 

Hae Na Lee understands curly hair, knows exactly what a blow out should look like, speaks English perfectly, and is a true professional with her scissors! The location makes it even easier to love, the salon has plenty of parking (validation with any appointment) inside the IFC mall, the salon space is large for accompanying spouses or strollers, and super clean! In fact, the space is so large I usually pair up with my wonderful friend B. and we take turns getting our hair cuts while we swap kids. If you …