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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Making Kimchi to Share - 사랑의 김치 나뭄

This is a post about what my family and I were doing for the weekend on December 1, 2012.
We were once again reuniting with other multicultural families to have another great activities.
That day we were making kimchi to be distributed to the community at large.
First, thing first, this is--as long as I remember-- the third activities that we had for this year.
First we got Summer Camp for Multicultural Family co-organized by the 동부교육청 and 교보생명교육문화재단 or Kyobo Foundation for Education and Culture as the sponsor of the program.
Now, we got this Kimchi making program and Kimchi Sharing Program to the Community coordinated by the same foundation.

First, we made them..and got them distributed. How cool is that?
Lots of things have changed since the last time we met one another with other multicultural families.
**Ok, let me start with where we were.
We went to 원광장앵인 복지관 or the Welfare Center for The Disabled located at Jungrang Municipality at Sinnae Street). It took us about 40 minutes by subway and bus from where we live at Imundong.
Not that far, actually, but since we got to transfer from subway to bus, it took us that amount of time.
Anyhow, we somehow managed to be there ..though a bit late.

Fortunately, the event was about to start when we got there.
In the chilling windy month of December, the winter really urged us to move faster so as not feel cold.

Now, let's start with the program:
We make some kimchi..so..we got to be clean and ready for ourselves.
The dress codes both for adults and kids?

We had to use aprons and head plastic caps....so as to not let even a single hair dropped while making kimchi. ^^

 The kids looked sooo happy to have the kimchi on their hands and they even tried eating them while making them.
Look at the happy faces of their Mom's, too.
I think kimchi making with the whole family is one of the best ways to show a sense of togetherness.
The other families were also busy making kimchi on separate tables. They were all so rigorously happy in showing off their passion for kimchi since they knew that all of the kimchi were to be distributed to the needy families surrounding the neighborhood.

Ok, upon having a break from making the kimchi...oh..or was it...before making the kimchi,
we got a chance to look around into the facilities available at the Center for the Disabled. I think they were all so well equipped and I loved it.
Eyra even managed to post themselves on the corridors that were full of colorful graffiti in all of the imaginative ways.
We loved them.
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Now, lunch time. We got lunch together after making some kimchi.
See the queue where kids and adults were there?
It was always a nice atmosphere to be in a crowd like this.^^

Freya was ready to have her plate served.^^

We were great to have a simple lunch served for us, especially with the kimchi we just made^^.
loved to eat our hand-made kimchi freshly served on our table.

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After lunch, we got to deliver or distribute the kimchi to the neighborhood.
First, we were divided into groups and started to deliver the kimchi according the address given for us.

It was our first time doing this kind of voluntary work of making and distributing the kimchi. We realized that there were people who need more attention from us.
We were bringing the boxes full of freshly made kimchi to share. knock-knock on the door and off and up we went to the receiver.
That is why we were touched by this kind of activity since it really show that social ties and communal feeling do still exist in the society, especially in Korean society.

That's what we love about kimchi making and sharing them to the community.
Apart from looking into the real condition at the society level, we were also becoming closer as multicultural families.
In this part, I would like to thank the 동부교육청, 원광장앵인 복지관 or the Welfare Center for The Disabled and 교보생명교육문화재단 or Kyobo Foundation for Education and Culture for the opportunities given to us.
We will surely always remember the time we have right here in Korea sharing all of the time.
우리의 가족을 초대해 주셔서 Thank you, 감사합니다.
우리 행사를 통해서 진짜 한국사람의 정을 느낄 수 있다고 생각합니다. 

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