Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Parenting - Before & After

Just the other day I was looking at a photo video I had created for our 4th Wedding Anniversary. Our older son Z was with me, and he was thrilled to see his Daddy and Mummy and all the other important people in their lives. He would point to a particular photo and I would take the time to explain to him where it was taken, and what Daddy and Mummy were doing there. We then came to the part in the video which featured Z in the hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, connected by tubes to the UV machine. The little boy looked sad as he pointed to the baby in the photos. "Z...", he said. "Sad, sad." But his eyes brightened again after he saw the happy faces of the numerous people who had come to visit, as well as the photo of the three of us smiling broadly as the video came to an end. 

Z at Day 5. Our hearts melted when we saw how much he
had to bear at the Neonatal ICU.
As we journey into the 7th year of our married life, I can only smile as I think about our time before the children came. Looking back at the images of our wedding, I would never have imagined then that life would be this way today. Back then, I was most concerned about the "gatecrashing ceremony" that most Chinese grooms have to endure before they can "win" their brides. I remember obsessing over the possible devious plots that Sue's friends could have devised, and the various obstacles that could have hindered me from finally obtaining my bride. 

The "Gatecrashing". My dear brothers were so sweet in helping me break
through the barricade of Sue's sisters.
Then there was the song that I had composed to sing for Sue during the church ceremony. I was worried on so many counts - perhaps I would sing off-key and spoil the surprise; perhaps I would forget the words and embarrass myself in front of the 1,000 or so guests; perhaps the song would come out wrongly and for some reason that Sue would not like it... 

"Let's walk together through this life, with your hand in my hand..."
And there were the wedding vows. I remembered that my bestest buddy Edwin was reciting it almost the whole night before his wedding. I knew I would probably have to do the same. But what if I forgot the vows or said the wrong words in front of the pastor and the rest of our family and friends? 

Of course in the end all my worrying came to naught. Sue's friends were not so devious in the end, and the "gatecrashing ceremony" was not as frightful as I had feared. My song came out rather well (in my opinion), and my dear wife was moved to tears. As for my wedding vows, I actually remembered them after all, reciting them perfectly. 

Life after the wedding was a delightful time for the two of us; we spent most of our couple time exploring the various eateries in Singapore. We took up a new hobby - scrapbooking, and spent many hours creating lasting memories in the lovely craft projects that we undertook together. Holidays. The travel bug in us never stopped crawling, and I believe we went on almost twenty different trips just within the first three years of our marriage alone! 
Attending scrapbooking class with renown designer Celine Navarre.
The magnificent Kegon Falls in Chuzenji, Japan.
Then our marriage went through a rough patch. The children we were waiting for never came; and we spent many months crying and hoping that our lives would be different. I will never forget those days; while we knew that our marriage was complete in that we had each other, however there was still a certain emptiness that we were hoping to fill through the pattering of little feet in the house.

In July 2010, a little boy fell into our arms, and our lives were never the same again. 

Two years later, in July 2012, another little boy found his way into our hearts, and joined the already boisterous family. Our new schedule revolved around the changing of diapers, the washing of milk bottles, and the managing of temper tantrums and sibling rivalries. We hardly watch movies, we have not had a chance to scrapbook (at least for the past few years), and we spend most of our meals eating at home. At least we still enjoy our holidays; although our children's suitcases are double the size of what we pack for ourselves. 

But we know we would not give up what we have now for anything else in the world. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter Week : A Sense of the Resurrection (Part 2)

On the morning of Good Friday, the children woke up bright and early all excited for our outing with our homeschooling group at the Botanics. Our family started a new tradition by having Communion Breakfast with hot cross buns (provided by Nai Nai) and grapes.
Communion Breakfast - a new family tradition
for the Lim family.
Daddy led a time of communion and shared about the last meal that Jesus had with his disciples. He then broke bread, and the family ate the buns and the grapes. And all that despite our 1-year-old E, who found it difficult to understand why he had to wait for everyone to eat the bread and grapes together.
The Lim family partaking in communion.
After breakfast, Daddy told the Easter story, and shared why Jesus had to die on the cross to take away all the pain of the world. But Jesus rose again from the dead on Easter, and that's why we can live forever with Him.

At the Botanics, we met our homeschooling group and promptly started to put together a Resurrection Garden. This is to tell the story of how Jesus died and then rose again. We used simple objects like stones, shells and marbles (purchased from Art Friend), and allowed the children to pick up flowers and leaves that had fallen on the ground.
The kids were hard at work creating their mini Resurrection Gardens.
The potato symbolises the tomb where Jesus
was buried.
9-year-old A's garden clearly told the story
of Jesus' death on the cross.

7-year-old S chose to indicate that fresh life
still grew despite the death of Jesus.
As for 3-year-old Z, he had an eclectic concept
of the garden where Jesus body lay.
Each of the children excitedly worked on their gardens, and gingerly wrapped them in aluminium foil to be transported home.

By Easter Sunday (the third day), Z woke up to find that the stone of the tomb in his Resurrection Garden had been rolled away. We then shared with him what happened on Easter morning, when the disciples found that the stone of Jesus' tomb had been rolled away and that Jesus had risen from the dead. Z then helped to re-decorate the Garden with fresh flowers, a symbol of fresh life.

Z re-decorating the Resurrection Garden
The final product.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Our Faith is Not in Vain

Quote of the Day:

On this day I remember an empty tomb that was guarded fiercely by a whole watch of soldiers. Two people were confronted with the curiosity of the empty tomb. One was John, the disciple whom Jesus loved. The other was Mary Magdalene, a close follower of Jesus. John saw and believed. As for Mary Magdalene, she remained in denial until Jesus appeared and spoke to her personally. 

We are faced with the empty tomb today. Which of these two people can you relate to? Our desire as parents is for our two children to choose to see with the eyes of their heart, and believe the undeniable truth that Jesus rose from the dead. 

You can read more on the impact of the empty tomb here.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Staying Connected in a Hyper-Connected World

This feature article was first written in July 2013 for Essential Parenting, an online parenting magazine by the Ministry of Social and Family Development. It has been reproduced here following the closure of the magazine.
The changing face of society: Dinners are no longer the same...
It is a rather common picture nowadays at restaurants all across Singapore. An entire family of four would be seated either waiting for the food or eating. The father would be surfing the Internet or checking email on his iPhone or Android; the mother talking to friends or searching for the latest fashion information on her smartphone; the teenage daughter listening to music on her iPod or communicating with her friends via WhatsApp; and the little toddler watching cartoons or playing games on his iPad.

One could argue that the family has the best communication technology there is on the market. However, how connected are each of the family members with regards to the day to day happenings of each other?

In the more than 10 years that I have worked in the youth sector, I have talked to many teenagers about what they desire most in life. And most of them have expressed that they want their parents to communicate more with them, as well as to try to understand them better.
Calling for more open communication between parents
and their children.
Some parents have attempted to connect with their children via the ubiquitous social network known popularly as Facebook. Set up less than 10 years ago by a second-year Harvard student, the online site has grown to become one of the largest companies in the world, leading the social networking industry and overtaking previous competitors such as Friendster and MySpace. Parents feel that by connecting with their children via Facebook, that they would be able to monitor the friends that their kids mix with, and in the process keep tabs on all their activities.

I used to conduct lessons with my students on cyber wellness issues and one of the questions I ask would be about Internet privacy and whether they would be comfortable to “friend” their parents on Facebook. The responses were mostly mixed, with some students insisting that they would never allow their parents to be their Facebook friends, as their parents sometimes embarrassed them by asking them whether a certain guy or girl in their photos was someone they liked. These students were especially upset because they felt that their parents were using Facebook to infringe on their privacy, something that they valued dearly as teenagers. Other students were however more open to adding their parents as Facebook friends. As a 17-year-old girl once shared, she maintained a very close relationship with her mother and often talked about all kinds of issues. Her Facebook communication with her mother was therefore an extension of the already close physical connection they shared.

It is understandable for parents to want to monitor their children’s activities online as there is an inherent (and certainly not unfounded) fear that the young people could meet unsavoury characters online, and subsequently be exposed to negative influences. This is the darker side of the Internet highway where child predators and other undesirable people could lurk and entrap the young teenagers. That is the reason why when my wife and I give seminars to parents on the Internet and its influences, we are often asked for practical ways on how to monitor youth online behaviour. While we have pointed to a couple of websites and other practical measures to help parents keep a watchful eye on their children, we have however also advised parents that they need to communicate more with their kids. Our perspective is that if parents are able to talk about real issues with their children, it is less likely that the young ones would hide their online activities from them.

One teenager shared with me during a recent student event that her family had gone for a group counselling session and the one thing that she had requested was for her parents not to use their handphones during dinner. Elaborating, the student shared that her parents would always be talking about their business during dinner and that she had felt very alone. To her, quality time was a precious moment when all family members did things together and talked to each other about the things that mattered most.
The importance of sharing quality time with the family over meals. 
Perhaps then it’s not so much about how many connections you have with your children; but that the quality of each connection is meaningful and effective.

Suggestions for How to Communicate with Your Children in a Hyper-Connected World
  • Just Friends - Respect your children’s privacy. Only join their online social network if they are agreeable to it.
  • Open Communication Lines – Remember to discuss important life issues with them over dinner or during other times.
  • A Physical Touch – Think of non-virtual activities that you can do together with your child. These could be hobbies or outings that he or she enjoys.

What Language Do You Speak?

This feature article was first written in June 2013 for Essential Parenting, an online parenting magazine by the Ministry of Social and Family Development. It has been reproduced here following the closure of the magazine.
Holidays: Spending quality time with the family.
It was a hard lesson to get through. Tim was complaining about each task that I had set for him to do, and as his teacher, I was getting increasingly frustrated. Tim finally shared that he was upset because his father hardly spent any time with him. “All he does is work, work, work…”, he said resignedly. I asked if he had shared his feelings with his parents. He said he had, but nothing had changed.

“How about the time he cooked a special meal for your birthday?” I recalled. “I’m sure your father loves you. It’s just that he has a lot of work to do.”

“Yeah… well, maybe,” he replied. “But no matter what, it’s not the same. My brother and I still need that special time alone with him, and I’m pretty sure it’s never going to happen.”

As parents, we all have our own unique ways of giving and receiving love. However, if our primary love language differs from that of our children, they may not actually sense our love for them.

It was clear from what Tim was able to express so clearly, that his primary love language is quality time, and he did not feel his father really loved him because this need had not been met. His father clearly loved him, but chose to express this in his own primary language, acts of service.

You may truly love your child, but unless [he] feels it – unless you speak the love language that communicates to her your love – she will not feel loved.

- "The 5 Love Languages of Children" by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell

Love is the foundation for everything else in life. Once children feel loved, they will be able to learn, grow and thrive emotionally, mentally, and physically in a secure and nurturing environment. Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell, in their book “The 5 Love Languages of Children”, show us how to make our children feel loved in a way they understand.

The 5 Love Languages

1. Physical Touch

This is the easiest love language to use as we need no special occasion to give our children a hug or kiss. However, for some who are more on the reserved side, it may be the hardest. We can start from something as simple as a pat on the shoulder or having our child sit on our lap while reading a book. For boys, it could mean a high five or rough play, or even through playing contact sports like basketball. Teenage girls still need appropriate physical touch from their fathers, as this contributes to a healthy self-esteem.  Try giving your child a massage, or snuggle on the couch while watching their favourite programme.
Physical Touch: the comfort of a snuggle and a hug.
2. Words of Affirmation

All children need words of affection and praise from their parents. Our words have the power to hurt, but also to heal. We can help our children develop in the areas of language and even social skills by giving specific and appropriate comments, such as “I like how you shared your toys with Lisa just now.” Catch your children doing something good and commend them for it. Offer words of affirmation and not words of condemnation and criticism. If you feel uncomfortable saying it, write them a note or send them a text message!

3. Quality Time

This is one of the hardest for us as busy parents to show. Many children crave their parents’ focused and undivided attention and may even resort to negative behaviour in order to get it. When we set aside personal time for each of our children, no matter how short, we are saying: “You are important. I like being with you.” This could just mean a few moments of loving eye contact and sharing your thoughts and feelings. Be creative! Set a specific “date” with each of your children, camp out in the living room, or look through photos on your computer together. Car rides and meal times are great bonding times too.

4. Gifts

The most meaningful gifts can become symbols of love. However, a child must feel that his parents genuinely care, and gifts should come with no strings attached. Our children must know that we gave the gift out of love, not out of guilt or bribery. Gifts do not need to be expensive. They could be your child’s favourite snack or something that suits his interest, like an interesting rock you picked up on the way home. Make the giving special – wrap it up or make it a surprise. What matters most is that the gift reminds them that they are thought of and loved.

5. Acts of Service

It is always in a parent’s heart to want to serve our children. Our primary motivation should not be to please them, but to do what is best. We can use our acts of service to show our children how to be responsible themselves. By watching us make their beds, our hope is that our children will eventually be able to do so themselves. When we are tired, our acts of service can become resentful. We need to take care of ourselves and serve our spouses too, in order to serve our children effectively. In serving them and others who are in need, it is our hope that our children will in turn learn to serve others. You might consider hosting guests in your home, or engaging in voluntary work as a family. You can start small by helping your child fix a broken toy, or surprising him with breakfast.
Acts of Service: Carrying them and caring for them even when you're tired.
As our children grow into teenagers, it is all the more important at this stage of identity formation that they are secure in our love for them. It could mean even something small, like making a simple sandwich for your daughter when she comes home from a tiring day at school. While it may seem as though our teens are unappreciative of these gestures, the reality is that they still need to know at this stage that they are loved, though they may not show it. Remain consistent to love your teen in simple and practical ways, and you will realise further down the road that she actually appreciated it.

Lastly, it is important to note that while we should continue to show our older children love in their primary love language, we should speak in the rest of the languages as well. When they are young adults, they will hopefully begin to speak all these languages on their own, developing into mature adults who are capable of giving and receiving love to those around them.

What languages are you, your spouse and children speaking to each other? You can go to to find out. Try speaking to your loved ones in the language they understand best, and see them respond in new and positive ways.

For God So Loved the World

Quote of the Day:

On this day I contemplate one of the most curious acts in all of history. God as a Father sent His only Son to die for the sins of all humankind. Jesus died so that we can be saved. As a father, I cannot fathom why a parent would allow his child to die so that others may live. I cannot imagine anything happening to any of my children. There can only be one reason: that God loves humanity immensely.... What a mind-blowing thought!

Easter Week : A Sense of the Resurrection (Part 1)

I had been planning to do this ever since I found Oh Amanda's activities on her website which help us to take our children through Jesus' death and resurrection as Easter approaches. 

However, as we were sick last week I didn't have the strength or energy to start, so we only just began yesterday with celebrating Palm Sunday (late,  I know!) Well, better late than never, I always believe, especially when it comes to homeschooling activities...

We began our morning by reading about Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem and how the people recognised His Kingship by laying their cloaks on the ground as well as palm branches, and shouting "Hosanna!"

We then started our craft time by tracing our hands on green construction paper and sticking the green hands on the ends of ice cream sticks. (This was great for eye-hand coordination as I had Z put one hand on the paper while using the other to trace it himself.)

Here is our little one's contribution, though he did not quite like the feeling of his hand being traced.

The boys were very happy with their palm branches, and we had a Hosanna dance party after lunch while singing some old favourites from when I was in Sunday School. It was quite a riot, and it gave me a taste of the jubilation the people must have felt as they hailed Jesus as King.

This was followed by a bread making session with Z. We had plans to use the bread as part of the lesson on the Last Supper, but it sadly flopped (literally - it did not rise!) but we still had fun mixing in the ingredients and kneading the dough. We will use the hot cross buns which Nai Nai gave us for Holy Communion instead.
Tonight, Mark and I had the privilege of telling Z about how Jesus died on the cross for our sins. I think it is the first time he is really starting to understand the story, at least in terms of how we all do bad things and how Jesus took our place, and that the cross was a very painful thing for Him to bear. He looked very solemn as we read the story, and we were all touched by His great love for us as we drew a red dot on each of our palms to symbolise the nail prints on His hands, and wrote "Jesus" below that to remember what He has done for us.

I am grateful for the awesome privilege of being able to share the most important thing in our lives with our children - our faith in Jesus. May they grow in their understanding of what it means to follow Him and just how much He loves them. 

Looking forward to building our own Resurrection Garden tomorrow at the Botanics with some friends. :)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fragrance from the Netherlands: A Review of Tulipmania 2014

A review of the preparations for Tulipmania 2014 at Gardens by the Bay. Written for Little Day Out, a Singapore-based website that provides information and updates on the best of Singapore for families with young children.
Z and his Daddy get to pose with the adorable Dutch rabbit Miffy.

Not Just a Walk in the Park

Imagine a lovely walk along peaceful waters. The evening sun is just about to say its final goodbye; and the fragrant whiff of the tulip flowers linger in the gentle breeze…

No, you are not in the Netherlands. But a visit to Tulipmania 2014 in Gardens by the Bay might bring about such a calming illusion.

Gardens has brought back Tulipmania, following the resounding success of the exhibition last year. Inspired by Madurodam, a miniature park and tourist attraction in the Netherlands, the centrepiece at the Flower Dome will depict Dutch canal scenes, houses and windmills, all set amidst spectacular blooms of tulips and hyacinths.
Z posing for a shot with the iconic Dutch windmill.
And to add to the Dutch flavour, the popular children’s rabbit Miffy is also making her appearance. She arrived in Singapore this week, after stopovers in Japan, China and Hong Kong.

Little Day Out had a sneak peak of the event last week, and if the fervour we felt while we were there was any indication, Tulipmania 2014 will be a huge draw for the crowds.

Planting Rice is Never Fun – But What About Planting Tulips?

As part of the sneak preview, our little group of parent bloggers was invited to help plant some of the tulips that will be appearing during the exhibition.
Orange and Yellow Lily Bulbs fresh from the Netherlands.
Daddy and little Z help to plant the lily bulbs.
It was a fun-filled hour or so learning about the delicate nature of lily bulbs and the special care that was needed to ensure that they bloom well. While 3-year-old Z was excited to help in the planting, he was a little apprehensive as he had not worked with rakes and shovels and compost in this way. We were however glad that Z was able to relate the entire experience to his Mummy after returning home.

After the hands-on experience, our little group was whisked off to witness how the rest of the Gardens is preparing for the exhibition. We were able to catch a glimpse of the lovely Dutch scenescape that will be the backdrop for Tulipmania.
The crew at Gardens by the Bay working hard to prepare for the Big Day.
Re-creating the picturesque Dutch architecture.
The tulips that we planted will take just about a week to bloom. But our little son couldn’t wait to see them. He painted a lovely picture of tulips just the morning after. In addition, Z was learning "F" is for "Flower" for homeschooling, and he made these lovely blooms with his Mummy just the day after his visit to the Gardens.
Papercrafting with lovely flower petals and luscious leaves. 
Special Dates 

Tulipmania 2014 opens officially from now to 4 May. 

Miffy Appearances on 20 April (Easter Egg Hunt) and 26 April (Orange Day Celebrations – a Dutch national holiday) 

For more on what can be expected at Tulipmania, you may refer to the Little Day Out article here.

What's Next? 

In May, Gardens by the Bay will be continuing its European flower tour. What's up? A French Jardin extravaganza featuring flowers like lavender, lilac, jasmine and gardenia. And, for those of you who have yet to visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris, you'll get a chance to see a miniature version right here in Singapore!

The French Faire exhibition will be at the Gardens' Flower Dome from 12 May to 22 June 2014.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Enduring Love, Noble Aspirations

Quote of the Day:

The strength of the marital relationship strongly influences how children turn out. I believe that the enduring, committed love between a man and a woman is what stabilises the marriage and provides children with the confidence and certainty that they need to grow and thrive. This is the love that God modelled for us.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Let Your Eyes Light Up!

Quote of the Day:

There are times when our children may tire us out. But we have learnt that parenting is about taking those moments in our stride, and being present with them no matter what. Our children know when we are absent emotionally even though we may be there physically.  So we choose to laugh with them; cry with them; and be with them in every possible situation!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Children are a Heritage

Quote of the Day:

A reminder that our children are gifts from God; intended to be a blessing to us. I am heartened to learn that children can be our "weapons", and that they will be there to take care of us during times of need.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Korea 2013: Gyeongju Chapter 4

Bulguksa Temple

The boys were rather tired from their long walks the day before, so by the time we got to the first site of the day, it was almost 11 in the morning. Bulguksa Temple was designated as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and we were excited to see it. Korea Tourism had a long write-up on the place, and I have reproduced an extract of the page here:

Bulguksa Temple is the representative relic of Gyeongju and was designated as a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO in 1995. The beauty of the temple itself and the artistic touch of the stone relics are known throughout the world. 

Bulguksa Temple was built in 528 during the Silla Kingdom, in the 15th year of King Beop-Heung's reign (514-540). The temple was originally called ‘Hwaeom Bulguksa Temple’ or ‘Beopryusa Temple’ and was rebuilt by Kim Dae-Seong (700-774), who started building the temple in 751 during the reign of King Gyeong-Deok (in power 742-765) and completed it in 774 during the reign of King Hye-Gong (in power 765-780). Upon completion, the temple’s name was changed to ‘Bulguksa.' 

Bulguksa underwent numerous renovations from the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) to the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), but was burned down during the Imjinwaeran War (the war following the Japanese Invasion, 1592-1598). 

Reconstruction started again in 1604 during the 37th year of King Seon-jo’s reign (Joseon Dynasty) and was renovated about 40 times until 1805 (during the reign of King Sun-Jo, 1790-1834). After this time, the temple suffered serious damage and was often the target of robbers. 

In 1969, the Bulguksa Temple Restoration Committee was formed and in 1973, Mulseoljeon, Gwaneumjeon, Birojeon, Gyeongru, and Hoerang (all of which had previously been demolished) were rebuilt. Other old or broken sites (such as Daeungjeon, Geungnakjeon, Beomyeongnu and Jahamun) were repaired. 

We realised that the temple was situated at the top of a mountain, which required a half-hour taxi ride from our abode. One reason for the beauty of the place was its location high above the ground. The other reasons lay in the natural beauty of its surroundings.

Lots of stairs to climb, but our elder son was far from deterred.
Picturesque view of the main building from beneath its bridge entrances.
Posing for a picture at the main temple complex.
A blast from the past.
The temple grounds were truly magnificent in and of
themselves; especially in autumn with the fiery leaves.
The littler one and Daddy survey the grounds.
An Autumn Sonata moment.

Shilla Millennium Park

Rather tired by our walk around the temple grounds, we took a taxi to our next destination, the Shilla Millennium Park. We had read quite a bit about the park, that it was a re-creation of the time in history where the Silla Kingdom ruled most of the Korean Peninsula. The park was also said to be the site where a number of Korean period drama serials had been filmed. Indeed the premises were quite spectacular, and when we watched the drama serial "Emperor of the Sea" after returning home, we could almost imagine walking on the very set that it had been filmed.

Our welcoming party at the Shilla Millennium Park.
The highlight of the visit was a spectacular show recounting the legend of
how the Silla Kingdom was able to rule for 1,000 years.
With spectacular martial arts and swordfighting displays, it was a real
delight for Daddy and the older son.
And what better ending to the show than a massive naval battle including
explosions and water spout eruptions!
Actual set where the Korean period drama "Queen Seondeok" was filmed.
Our elder son was clearly at home there.
It began to rain heavily during our visit, so we
sought refuge in a craft hut where Z (and his Mummy) got
to do some traditional craft work.
Z making his little Korean "house".

Adventures in Play

While the sudden downpour of rain did not kill our spirits, it certainly ruined whatever chance we had to watch the final martial arts performance of the day, as the show was cancelled due to bad weather. Determined to let the rain spoil our last day in Gyeongju, we headed of to what had become our favourite indoor refuge in Korea - Homeplus. This retail store is not only known for good discounts, we also realised that each of the outlets is linked to an indoor playground. For more on indoor playgrounds and our thoughts on play, you may refer to an article that we wrote following our visit to the various indoor playgrounds in Korea here.

The ball-pit area with Z's favourite ball machine.
Working hard to channel the balls into the vacuum pump.
Our boys thoroughly enjoyed the sand-play area. And when they were done,
there was even a staff who helped to vacuum away residual sand.
With shelves upon shelves of toys and manipulatives, it was clear why
we enjoyed the indoor playgrounds in Korea so much!
Our younger son was clearly in his element - we think he
might become a famous chef one day!
Tired by a full day out, we finally called it a day, and made our way back to our lovely abode.