Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Looking Back to Christmas


Every Christmas morning, I go to church for the annual Christmas service. And of course, I pick out a nice outfit to dress myself in for this day every year. For this past Christmas, I wore a blouse that my mom bought me a while back that I never got to wear because of the warm weather.  It wasn't intended at all for my outfit to turn out mostly black, but what can I say. I guess warm weather kind of calls for the black outfits to come out of my closet.

Although I didn't get to do a photoshoot for Grace Yourself, I got to take a few pictures with some of my dongsengs (younger siblings even if not blood related).


Please, excuse my bloated face. I ate with a few of my friends the night before at 2 in the morning so my face was super bloated. I don't know if you can tell by my pictures but I don't think I've ever seen my face as bloated as this past Christmas morning. And because these photos weren't taken with the intention of actually being on my blog, I didn't mind the wind much. As you can see, the wind has kind of made my clothes look funny here and there but please excuse the wind. :)



So in these pictures, you can kind of see what I wore. This new blouse is one of those that look like you're wearing two separate articles of clothing but it's actually one. I paired this top with my go to black pants from H&M. I actually debated for an entire night whether to wear black booties or black heels with this outfit, but ended up going for the heels because of several reasons. For the windy weather, the booties would've suited better. However, because the entire outfit was covering me pretty much from top to bottom, I thought that wearing booties might make me look ridiculously stuffed up. Although my feet were in pain after a while, I enjoyed my choice of shoes in the end.


[Group picture with the good looking dongsengs, Sungho Hong and Justin Kim!]


These are two of my students from the past. To the left is Matthew Han, and to the right is Brandon Kim. Matthew moved away to Missouri almost a year ago but he came to visit LA! I saw him on Christmas and wow... he grew in height, and his skin became even whiter than he used to be. It was really good to see him again though!


Photocreds: Il Han Daniel Lee

After the Christmas service, I went to eat with some dongsengs -- Il Han Daniel Lee(my blood brother), Sungho Hong and Chelsea Lim. We went to eat School Food and ordered a combination roll (above) and spicy rice cake with Korean style sausage (below). 

I am a huge fan of spicy rice cake. However, I would have to say that School Food's spicy rice cake is way too spicy. I don't get how others can eat it without their tongues firing up. I also really love the Korean style sausage, even though there are quite a bit of people out there that actually don't like it or can't eat it. In the old days, it used to be made out of an animal's intestine and used to have real animal's blood in it. However, they aren't made like that anymore. I'm not sure what they use for the outer layer but the inside is filled with clear noodles which get steamed. It's so delicious!


After we parted ways to spend time with family respectively, I ended up making homemade dumplings with my mother. My brother helped a little bit by squeezing all the juice out of the kimchi but refused to help us actually mold and make the dumplings.


In the middle of making the dumplings, all three of us got really hungry. We decided to cook some so we can eat before going back to finishing up the dumplings. We made it but I would have to say it was pretty good. Look at the visuals!



My house is old fashioned so we don't really have a heater that runs throughout the house. Our feet and hands were freezing as we were making the dumplings in the kitchen. After we finished with the dumplings, we climbed into bed where my electrical blanket was heated and thawed our cold hands and feet along with our entire body. Overall, it was a thoughtful Christmas spent with my loved ones.

 And just a question: many people tell me that I look just like my mom. Do you think so too?

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