I have been searching for my birth parents for many years, on and off. It started already when I was in high school (the good old days when you didn't have emails and actually had to send a real letter all the way to Korea!). Nowadays (yes, I can safely say "nowadays" as this was more than 20 years ago...) there are many different and easier ways to search for your birth parents, through various organizations. I know many friends who have found parents, relatives, sibblings and developed deeper relationships with them. For some of them it worked out well, for some it didnt't work out at all. We all have different reasons, backgrounds and stories. You can never compare it with somebody else. Since I am an orphan, I didn't have much hope to find any form of link to my birth parents, but of course, one always hopes that there would be a letter, a request or something from someone! But, nothing, not even a trace of my foster parents in Seoul. According to the records, they have moved and cannot be located. Well, as I grow older, and my kids grow older, I would like to introduce a bit more of Korea to them, apart from "Gangnam Style". A good start would probably be to visit one of the many Korean restaurants here in Dubai, including a North Korean one (I have to investigate a bit more in this, apparently a restaurant run by people from the North Korean embassy, I guess they are not too busy with visa applications and other consular stuff so they can also run a little restaurant, or perhaps that is how they fund the embassy??!!!). We had the great pleasure of eating at the wonderful Korean restaurant Shilla in Seattle this summer. I think that was the kids first real introduction to Korean food, except for my kimchi jars in the fridge at home... Elias enjoyed his kimchi fried rice but Joli was more suspicious although she is more of an Asian food wise than her brother (fried rice and noodles, must be those early years in Singapore). I have now found a newly opened Korean restaurant not too far away from where we live, Sky Korean Restaurant in Al Barsha. Apparently got some good reviews so this is the weekend shall be the Korean Food Weekend. Time to indugle in kimchi (me) and other Korean specialities. Review to follow!
After an extremely busy day at work yesterday, I am trying to get all my other stuff together. This is the week when school starts and with that, field trips, homework grids, birthday invitations and after school activities. Elias will now be playing football and Joli continues with her swimming. It takes me a few days to get back into the routine of going through folders, keeping track of library books, reading books and other stuff. On the other hand it is nice to be back to the old routine.Nothing exciting food wise happened yesterday in our household as I was late from work and had to eat soup and cold garlic bread...Didn't quite cheer me up so I spent half of the evening (when the rest of the lot went to bed) with a glass of wine, editing photos I took of my friend A's lovely house. Someone of them are ok but I can see I still have lots to learn. Well, it is not the goal but the journey right? Have a good day folks!