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1 discovery JUNE & JULY 2013 Lotus Lantern Festival Patience Makes Perfect Festive Decorations around the World Exhibition Volunteer of the Year 2013 Welcome New Board Members GALA Friday Fiesta Working Women s Network SEOUL INTERNATIONAL WOMEN S ASSOCIATION

2 discovery Magazine June - July 2013 Contents SIWA News and Activities editor s Letter 2 SIWA Membership Renewal Announcement SIWA News & On the Cover 3 President s Letter Regular Events 4 Volunteer of the Year 2013 Clubs & Groups News 5 SIWA Special Announcements Welcome New Board Members 6 SIWA Bazaar Farewells 9 Volunteers Needed Featured Articles Festive Decorations around the World 10 Exhibition, by Pilar Perez-McKay Lotus Lantern Festival Patience Makes Perfect, 12 by Stephanie Anglemyer Transitions, by Melissa Menard 15 GALA Friday Fiesta, by Lorrie Gomes 16 Friendship Fair, 18 by Mildred Behrenschot & Terri Hartman Working Women s Network, 19 by Pilar Perez-McKay Culinary Cultural Exchange, 20 by Michelle Morrison SIWA Summer Tours Past Tours Photos 21 Tour Team Updates and Mail 22 New Tours for June & July 24 SIWA Welfare Committee Saenal Study Room, 26 by Barbara Bai Donations from May 2012 to April 2013 Regular Features Korean Lesson: Season & Weather, 28 by Heyjin Kim events Around Town, by Anne Ladouceur Advertiser Ads 10 Magazine, Chadwick International School, Dwight School, IVY Dental Clinic, Pumex, Seoul Club, Seoul Foreign School, WY Dentistry Seoul International Women s Association 28 Changeuimun-ro 5-gil Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea June/July 2013 Discovery 3

3 News & Activities Editor s Letter Dear Ladies of SIWA, I have the pleasure of introducing myself as your new editor for your Discovery Magazine! I follow in the footsteps of a long line wonderful women--not the least of which is our last editor, Pilar Perez- McKay. I would like to thank her for all her hard work and congratulate her on her new role as the Chair of Public Relations. I am so thankful that she is not going very far from us and we will still get to read her wonderful articles and perspectives from time to time. This year seems to be a time of quick transitions, as we have moved from a long winter into a short spring and now an early summer. The cherry blossom season was as beautiful as it was swift, and the luminescent Lotus Lantern Festival has come as well. This year s lanterns were vibrant, delicate, and colorful--the perfect declaration of a Korean summer! We re also transitioning into a new year of SIWA, and I look forward to everything that we members can offer SIWA this year! Sincerely, Danielle Odenath Editor of Discovery Magazine Platinum Sponsors SIWA Membership Renewal ANNOUNCEMENT SIWA Membership year MAY 1/ APRIL 30/2014 Summer at last! Now is the best time to renew your SIWA membership. Early registration (and payment) guarantees a full year of membership benefits: -A world of networking with international women -Discovery bi-monthly magazine -Discounted Membership fee at SIWA tours & events -Access to member only events, including some clubs and group meetings and enrichment classes -A weekly newsletter -SIWA Discount Program, which gives discounts exclusively for SIWA members with local merchants For a current overview of SIWA tours, events, clubs and volunteer opportunities, or to complete an online membership application, please visit our web page at: Thank you!! To our 560 members and friends who like SIWA facebook page please visit us regularly and like us...if you haven t already. Search Facebook : SIWA - Seoul International Women s Association Who is the SIWA lady? Nationality Overview 25% 27% 4% 4% 5% 5% 5% Korean American French German 25% German Australian British Canadian Other 5% live out of Seoul 95% live in Seoul Where do we come from? Description % of members Korean 27% American 25% French 5% German 5% Australian 5% British 4% Canadian 4% Other 25% Others : Argentina, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indian, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine & Vietnam % % % % Where do we live? Gu District Age Yongsan 32% Seochu 12% Gangnam 8% Jongno 8% Seongbuk 7% Other 33% % On the Cover Cover Photo: Stephanie Anglemyer Editor : Danielle Odenath Graphic Designer : Emilie Lavaud Printing Coordination : Hannah Minn Printed by 10 Magazine Advertising Coordinator : Tiana Pan Contributors: Stephanie Anglemyer, Barbara Bai, Mildred Behrenschot, Lorrie Gomes, Terri Hartman, Hyejin Kim, Anne Ladouceur, Melissa Menard, Michelle Morrison, Pilar Perez-McKay Discovery Photo Files All photos used by Discovery Magazine, unless otherwise stated, have been provided by SIWA photography group and are the property of SIWA. ContributorsWelcomed! iscovery is published by SIWA bi-monthly (six issues per year) with arti- and content written by our members and associates. It is printed and Dcles distributed exclusively for SIWA members. All opinions expressed articles are those of the respective authors, and may or may not reflect the official position of SIWA. All right reserved SIWA No part of this publication may be reproduced in any for without prior written consent of SIWA. Gold Sponsors % % % % 66+ 2% How old are we? Age Oldest Member 73 Youngest Member 23 Average Member 45 Are we new? Total Members 100% New 52% Renewed 48% See what new things we are planning for you News & Activities President s Message As I was looking at the contact information of our brand new SIWA board, I noticed that we come from eight different countries. Not just eight countries, but seven different languages (I think the US and Canada speak the same language?). In many situations, that would be cause for alarm, but for us at SIWA, it is business as usual. This is one of the intangible benefits of SIWA; to work every day with women from all sorts of backgrounds and cultures. I have both guilt and envy as I observe so many of our members switching languages in mid-conversation. Since I can t speak your first language with you, how can I get to know you better? Through SIWA, there are so many ways. Through our cultural connection and culinary exchange, we can share food and customs. Every cuisine has its types of food that give you comfort and make you feel better; every culture has food that mom makes to show you she loves you. Each one of us wants to find a way to express ourselves. Through the SIWA classes and tours, we can get a chance to try out new talents and flex our literal or intellectual muscles to attempt something new and creative. Everyone wants to leave the world in better shape than they found it, and through SIWA we have a chance to do that. We are empowering those less fortunate to make a better life, whether through work, study, or healing. These are the things that unite us in SIWA, despite our different languages. Do you want to share your experiences, find out more about SIWA, or practice your English? My offer of coffee still stands: send me a note at to get together for a coffee on me. Be the first to take me up on this offer! As we all get ready to get on with our summer plans, before you head off, take a few moments and go online at to renew your annual SIWA dues. It remains the same 60,000 won price. We want to see you back at all our SIWA events after the summer is over. Just wait until you see what new things we are planning for you! Terri Hartman President of SIWA Premium Platinum Sponsors KOREA 4 Discovery June/July 2013 June/July 2013 Discovery 5

4 News & Activities Regular Events June & July SIWA COFFEE MORNING JUNE 5 th Wednesday Time: 12:00am to 2:30pm Venue: Zest at Conrad Hotel, Yeouido Cost: Members KRW45,000/ Non-members KRW50,000 NEWCOMERS WELCOME JUNE 11 & JULY 9 Time: from 10:30am to 12:00pm Venue: Seoul Global Cultural Center Address: M Plaza, 5th Floor, Myeong-Dong Direction: Myeongdong Station, line #4, exit #6 Walk straight down 100m approx, it will be on your right CULTURAL CULINARY EXCHANGE JUNE 6, Wednesday Time: 10:00am 12:30pm Venue: Dongbingo-dong, Seoul. Directions TBA Cost: Participation fee is KRW20,000 (to be paid to the host for purchased ingredients) Participants: Minimum 6, Maximum 10 people Host Nation: Germany * This Event is open ONLY to SIWA members! * Note the Date of the July CCE will be announced shortly Remember to visit for updates Fore more announcements and other events, please check The SIWA Book Club is back!! June 14, Friday Time: 1:00pm start Venue: UN Village, at the home of our Book Club leader * Light refreshments will be served. RSVPplease Shubha Maudgal by June 12 at: The book: Brida by Paulo Coelho SIWA Volunteer of the Year 2013 Congratulations, Bockhee Lee, our SIWA Volunteer of the Year! Anyone who meets Bockhee can tell you about her warmth and genuine friendliness. If you are apart of SIWA for any length of time, you definitely will meet her. She is everywhere! She is always willing to lend a helping hand and she never gives up - she is always positive! She goes above & beyond Bockhee goes above and beyond in all of her positions. She first volunteered on SIWA Tours Committee as a coordinator in 2008, enthusiastically showing SIWA members gems of in and around Seoul. In 2010 and 2011, she volunteered at the Korean booth of the SIWA & Diplomatic Bazaar while, at the same time, helping find sponsorship and donations. In 2012, Bockhee chaired the Bazaar herself at a completely new location, the Seoul Museum of History. It was quite a challenge to coordinate, but thanks to her enormous efforts, together with other fantastic SIWA ladies, the 2012 Bazaar was a success! She still continues as a tour coordinator, in addition to her official position in SIWA as of VP Fundraising. It is our great pleasure to have her with us at SIWA and it is with even greater pride and pleasure that we announce her as our Volunteer of the Year 2013! SIWA Groups &Clubs Coffee Mornings Coffee Mornings are one of SIWA s core activities Meeting dates the third Wednesday of each month at the Seoul Club or other announced locations. Korean/English Conversation Group Leader: Bokkie Kim Enjoy chatting in both English and Korean at the meeting Expat ladies can practice Korean, and Korean ladies can practice their English skills in a relaxed and fun gathering. Meetings: Lunch at a restaurant once or twice a month Transition Group Leader: Isabelle Min Transition Group is dedicated to supporting SIWA members in the process of, or starting to plan, a global transition; either relocating or moving back home. Meetings: Monthly lunch meetings after SIWA Coffee Mornings. Working Women Network (WWN) Leader: Elmira Urazaeva Our group is designed for SIWA members and their friends who cannot attend the monthly coffee mornings. Our focus is networking, socially or professionally. Dinner meetings: on the last Wednesday evening of every month, at different restaurants around town. SIWA Special Announcements Tours Leader: Tours Chair, Robbie Schuldt Experience all the wonders that Seoul, and Korea, has to offer! Visit siwapage.com for regular updates and new postings. Newcomers Meetings Leader: Jennifer Kim A great chance to get to know a little more about our organization from some longtime members and Seoul residents Meeting dates Second Tuesday of each month at M-Plaza Myeongdong. Enrichment Classes Leader: Interest Groups Chair, (position open) Taught by experienced member teachers. Classes range from arts & crafts, music &culture, cooking, languages, photography and much more. Exclusive to SIWA members! Sign Up sessions: Spring (January Coffee Morning) and Fall (September Coffee Morning) * This Event is open ONLY to SIWA members! News & Activities SIWA supports a variety of groups that are organized and lead by our members. If you would like to create a new interest group and would like our sup port, please contact: or SIWA Cultural Connection Leader: Jinsung Yang Share all of our different backgrounds and help one another understand and appreciate each other s diverse cultures and that of our host nation. Meetings: once a month at the home of one of our members * This Event is open ONLY to SIWA members! Cultural Culinary Exchange (CCE) Leader: Michelle Morrison Meetings: once a month at the home of one of our members * This Event is open ONLY to SIWA members! Mums & Tots Leader: (position open) Friendly, active meetings designed to help moms and kids. Children s ages vary from 5 months to 5 years. Also, some Moms only evening gatherings! Meetings: once or twice a month at the home of one of our members or at the park * This Event is open ONLY to SIWA members! Varioso is looking for new Members Founded in September 2004, VARIOSO is an international non professional female vocal ensemble with members from Korea, Germany,Belgium, Peru, Switzerland and the Netherlands. VARIOSO regularly performs 4 5 times a year. In addition to these performances VARIOSO gives a summer concert at cultural centers. VARIOSO s repertoire includes a large variety of music styles from classical to modern. Interested? Contact and meet several members of VARIOSO to hear a little something from you before joining. Please contact Patricia Tiedemman at SIWA e-newsletter If you are a current SIWA member and are not receiving regular weekly newsletter by , contac SIWA Communications Chair, Mariya, ASAP at: 6 Discovery June/July 2013 June/July 2013 Discovery 7

5 News & Activities News & Activities #1. #2. #3. #4. #5. #11. #12. #13. #14. #15. Executive Board #1. President Terri Hartman Hello! My name is Terri Hartman and I am your SIWA president. My goal for to ensure that all of our members get the most they can out of SIWA and have a great time. #2. VP Activities Ursula Tarasyants I left my home Moscow, Russia and my job as a women s doctor in 2003, and have been in the international circuit with my husband since (Seoul, Beijing and again Seoul). In the beginning, I was busy studying the German language, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), and facial rejuvenation acupuncture. However, from 2008, I became very much engaged with SIWA, volunteering in all different areas. First I became a tour coordinator, then the Tours Chair, and then also the donations & lucky drawing coordinator at several bazaars. You can call me a SIWA expert. Ask anytime for support or advice - I am happy to help you as long as I m in Korea! #3. VP Fundraising Bockhee Lee I am a Korean and I used to be a teacher at a girls high school. I have lived in America for 10 years. I love music and espresso coffee and enjoy singing in VARIOSO, an international women s ensemble. My husband is a professor at Sejong University and my two sons are students at Yonsei University and Kyunghee University. I served as the 2012 SIWA Bazaar Chair and I have also been serving as a tours and events coordinator for the past four years. I am currently the Vice President of Fundraising. I will do my best to focus on Culture and Fundraising, which will benefit not only people in need, but also all SIWA members. #4. VP Community Relations Isabelle Min #6. As the VP of Community Relations, I look forward to supporting SIWA by overseeing the Membership, Hospitality, New Comers #15. and Public Relations activities. In particular Tours Robbie Schuldt I am interested in broadening SIWA s con- Nuchjaree Klongsungsorn I am an American who came to Seoul in joy wonderful food 8 Discovery June/July 2013 June/July 2013 Discovery 9 nections with the international community, related offices and agencies as well as the media to increase SIWA s visibility in the Korean community and accessibility to potential members. #5. Board Administrator Lorrie Gomes #7. I have been a active part of SIWA since arriving in Korea four years ago. With a background in special event fundraising and non-profit management, I quickly became involved with the SIWA Bazaar and chaired the event in I have also chaired several SIWA gala events, including the recent Friday Fiesta. This is my second term as the Board Administrator. #6. Treasurer Anastasia Popova I am a professional accountant and hold the position of SIWA s Treasurer. I have a bright outlook to life and I always seek greater challenges. Standing Committees #7. Arts & Exhibitions Mihe Shin I was born in Seoul, Korea. I hold an MFA degree in Photography and work full time as an artist, showing my works in galleries, museums and biennales all over the world. I volunteer my time as the Arts & Exhibitions Chair at SIWA, promoting and teaching its members cultural side since #8. Communications Mariya Maderich #8. I am one of the oldest members of the SIWA Board. Previously I served three years as SIWA treasurer and now am enjoying my time as the SIWA Communications Chair. My goal for this year is to improve SIWA newsletters and s to our members. So if you have any ideas or wishes of how to improve SIWA communications, please contact me at com. I am very open to all ideas #9. Diplomatic Liaison I moved to Korea with my spouse, the Ambassador of Thailand Kittiphong Na Ranong, in early April It is an honour for me to play a small role as a liaison between SIWA and the Association of the Spouses of Ambassadors for the benefit of less fortunate people in Korea. I wholeheartedly hope that I can make some meaningful contributions to SIWA s noble goals and good causes. #10. Discovery Danielle Odenath #9. I came to Korea as an ESL English teacher three years ago from my hometown of San Diego, California. But my background was originally in publishing and I easily fell back right into it working with AngloINFO Seoul. In California, I volunteered with refugees from southeast Asia as well as orphans from Mexico. Now in SIWA, I can combine my work skills and my passion to help others by being the editor for your Discovery magazine. I wish to make Discovery a magazine that tells the story of SIWA women, gives voice to their efforts and hard work in the community, and also captures the memories of a very important time in all our lives. I m always available to hear your thoughts and contributions! #11. Membership Melissa Menard In Korea, 1973, I lost track of my identification, almost entirely. During my first 20 weeks of life exactly when, I can t be sure- -I was separated from my Korean parents and sent to live in the United States with an American family. In 2010, I returned to Korea with my husband and our two little boys. I reentered Korea s stunning landscapes, studied Korean, and learned to prepare new recipes, all with help from SIWA. I also met within SIWA a compassionate, fun-loving, dedicated group of volunteers. I hope to offer SIWA experiences I ve had in American archives, libraries and oral history collections, where I learned the value of good recordkeeping. When I m not examining adoption records, I m reviewing SIWA registrations. Documentation efforts remind me that each person offers--for the #10. record and off the record--qualities that are inestimable. #12. Public Relations Pilar Perez McKay #16. I am an Australian national of Spanish origin, with a background in architectural and engineering design/drawing, and I have been a SIWA member since arriving in Korea with my husband in I volunteered for UNESCO CCAP and the SGC, and AustCham s Executive Director between 2008/2010. Life in Seoul is a very exciting, challenging and a most enjoyable experience. Making friends, learning about Korean culture and contributing to SIWA are some of my favorite things. I was the 2011 Bazaar Chair, 2012/2013 Discovery Editor and now I am very much looking forward to promoting SIWA as PR & SNS Chair. #13. Special Events Ingrid Peeters I came to Korea and was a bit worried about being away from my family, friends and lovely colleagues. To give up my job in Germany was not an easy decision for me. Asian Tigers recommended SIWA to me during our orientation trip in Seoul. Doing volunteer work has been on my list for many years. I love to help others and now my dream has come true. From the beginning, I ve met nice ladies who have given me a warm welcome and motivated me to become the SIWA Bazaar chair. I highly appreciate the professional way of working at SIWA and their big successes in supporting welfare in Korea. SIWA is a new home for me! #14. Sponsorship Leah Rutz Hi! My name is Leah Rutz and I m the SIWA sponsorship chair. I m excited to work with this great group of talented women and to perform my role of building and maintaining relations between our organization and our socially-minded sponsors so that we may continue helping the less fortunate in our community. #17. #18. August I previously lived in Tokyo. I have a daughter in school in Seoul and a daughter in college in the USA. I have spent my professional life in Hispanic and international marketing and advertising, and international relocation assistance. I began teaching fitness in 2000 and continue to do so. I look forward to offering tours for participants to learn about Korea, and to make and deepen friendships. #16. Welfare Milly Kim My name is Milly Kim and this is already my 8th year in Seoul and as a SIWA member. But only after I became a member of the Welfare committee and got more insight into SIWA s philosophy and activities did I realise how compassionate SIWA was. How do I feel about it? SIWA, I love you. You are so compassionate and passionate.you are always ready to have fun and willing to help.you have so many faces and still one thought. So many languages and still one mind. So many bridges and still one way. SIWA, you are my twin. Not that I am so perfect as you are. But still I am you and you are me. #17. Welfare Milee Kim I m Milee Kim and I will do my best to help SIWA to help less fortunate people in Korea. Committees #18. New Comers Jennifer Kim It s been an exciting journey being the Newcomer s Chair since I moved back to Korea with my family last year! I can t imagine adjusting to life in Seoul without SIWA and so I would like to help many more new comers to Korea by introducing them to SIWA Other Committee Members Advertising Tiana Pan Arts & Exhibitions Co Chair Amanda Barut #19. Culinary Cultural Exchange Michelle Morrison After moving to & living in California for nearly 3 decades, I came back to Korea in summer of 2009 to study at Yonsei University. When I came back, although I was born and raised here in Seoul, I felt like an outsider looking in. I needed SIWA and it became my home away from home. There I met sisters from all over the world and felt very welcomed. I became and am a tour coordinator. My ambition is to introduce the deeper side of Korea to the expat community so that when my expat friends go back to their home countries, they can share among their friends what Korea is all about. This spring I launched another program called Cultural Culinary Exchange. With this program I hope to have many expat friends share their ethnic food among SIWA ladies. I would like to be the bridge between cultures. #20. Cultural Connection Jinsung Yang Let s enrich our life together! #21. Working Women We are a group that appreciates different cultures and learns from each other. Elmira Urazaeva #19. #20. #21. The goal for the position as head of WWN is bringing business working ladies to the mutual beneficial atmosphere where they can exchange ideas, cultural experience and have great time with SIWA. it is important to provide an environment where ladies could make new friends, business partners and en-

6 Announcement:the Annual 2013 SIWABazaar SIWA Bazaar will take place at the Seoul Museum of History on Tuesday, November 5. Bazaar Volunteers: There are open positions either as a team chair or member. We need members to contribute their ideas, time, and effort to bring together this very important event. Keep in mind that, for this event, your volunteer efforts are required up to the middle of November This is not a year-long commitment and your collaboration is important to us. This is the perfect opportunity to step forward! For more information: Ingrid Peeters, 2013 SIWA Bazaar Chair SIWAI Farewell I Sadly, the SIWA Moms & Tots Club members have to say goodbye to a wonderful mother and caring friend. Club leader for the past year, Johanne Marias, left in May for a new start in Australia, her home country. These are the words of Penelope Louise Wallenstein, one of over 30 SIWA moms and active club members: I was fortunate enough to meet Johanne at the SIWA Newcomers Meeting in the summer of She was keen from the word go to offer young SIWA mums the chance to get together and socialise. She put a lot of work into running Moms & Tots, which is no easy feat with 3 young children!! I wish her all the best for the future and I very much hope that Moms & Tots will continue to thrive in her absence! Farewell to Mildred SIWA Tours Team would like to say thank you to Mildred Berenschot, for her work as Tours Coordinator for the past 2 years and as Tours Committee Chair for SIWA year!! Dear Mildred, please accept our most heartfelt gratitude for your enthusiasm and dedication to Tours Team! SIWA members will remember your wonderful cycling and neighborhood walking tours!! We wish you and your lovely family an easy move and good start in your home country, the Netherlands! Your SIWA Tours Team News & Activities Meet...Meet Ingrid Peeters : SIWA Bazaar Chair for 2013 I am Belgian, born in Antwerp, and I used to work as a sales planning and controlling senior manager in the photovoltaic business at Schott Solar (or a global German company). My professional career started 20 years ago in the semiconductor industry as a customer service representative. I lived in Munich, Germany, with my German husband before coming to Korea in February My husband is a managing application engineer working at Infineon Semiconductors Korea Ltd. From 2004 to 2006, we lived in Suzhou, China, and I worked as a demand planning consultant in a production plant. I am currently the 2013 Special Events Chair preparing for the 2013 Bazaar. Mina Meet Yun, SIWA Bazaar Co- Chair for 2013 It is an honor and my pleasure to serve as a co-chair for SIWA 2013 Diplomatic Community Bazaar. I am a Korean-American and have spent most of my life in U.S., and it s wonderful to be back in my motherland at this time. I am in the midst of re-discovering Korean culture since I left back in So I may be in a similar situation to most expat members of SIWA. I am here in Korea because my husband was relocated here with Samsung. Before coming here, I worked as an elementary teacher in San Jose, California for the last 6 years. And prior to raising children, I worked as a sales support representative for an airline industry for approximately 10 years. I look forward to another challenging season of SIWA Bazaar preparation, which will be rewarding for all of us in the SIWA community. Volunteers Needed The Mom s & Tot s group needs a mom to help out with Mom s & Tot s events. The group has regular meetings at a member s home (moms take turns hosting) or in the park if the weather is nice. There also have meetings and events for special occasions such as Christmas and Halloween, Moms only gatherings in the evening, baby shower parties for new born babies, etc The children s ages vary from 5 months to 5 years. If you are interested, please contact Ursula Tarasyants at Editorial Assistant SIWA s Discovery Magazine is looking for an editorial assistant to help compile and edit submissions. This is a great opportunity to learn and share in the publishing process! If you are interested, please Enrichment Classes Enrichment Class sign-ups are just around the corner, and we need you to offer your interests, skills, and talents for classes for SIWA members! If you are interested in developing yourself and learning something new, let us know! We d love to hear your suggestions. We d especially love to hear from you if you or any of your friends could teach a class. A possible list of examples could be: 1.Languages 2.Business women s mentoring, guidance, skills, etc. 3.Physical fitness (yoga, pilates, etc.) 4.Arts & Crafts, Cooking, etc. for Mom s and Tots 5.Cultural etiquette classes 6.International Cooking and Crafts 7.Jewelry making 8.Appearance (clothes and make-up) 9.Interior Decorating 10.Ceramics The list of possibilities is as endless as the potential of the ladies of SIWA! If you can assist in any way, please contact Ursula Tarasyants at 10 Discovery June/July 2013 June/July 2013 Discovery 11

7 featured articles featured articles Festive Decorations around the World Exhibition Wednesday April 3 to Saturday April Decorations around the World is an exhibition held by the Spouses of the Ambassadors in South Festive Korea to highlight the nature of national festivals and festivities that take place around the world. Hosted at the Korea Foundation Cultural Center Gallery between April 3 to April 13, it provided an exciting opportunity for Korean and International visitors to learn and experience the cultures and traditions of the 28 countries taking part in the event. Maria Ligaya Fujita, the spouse of the Brazilian Ambassador, brainstormed and coordinated the exhibition with the support of the spouses of participating nations. She also officiated the opening ceremony on April 2 and noted: this exhibition represents the richness of different cultures and their diversity. This exhibition represents the richness & diversity The participating countries included: Algeria, Brazil, Egypt, El Salvador, India, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom & United States of America. The exhibition not only allowed us to observe different cultures and traditions, it also provided a medium to understand the similarities behind some of those traditions. For example, the celebration of the Day of the Dead in Mexico, has similar elements that are found in Korean culture in a ceremony called Jesa, and the Charye, memorial services that are performed on Chuseok or New Year s Day, all on the occasion of remembering dead ancestors. Food is prepared and presented at a ceremonial table and the families go to visit the tombs of the ancestors.weddings, religious festivities, both in the Christian and Islamic calendars, are all very important ceremonial events. While weddings and festivities associated with the harvest season are a time for joyful family reunions and the sharing of meals and gifts, others focus on death rites and symbolic rituals, which nevertheless create that sense of community and understanding that bind all cultures. From Sri Lanka s exhibit we learned how Vesak, a festival that commemorates the birth of Buddha, his enlightenment and death, is celebrated. create that sense of community & understanding that bind all cultures We hope you had the opportunity to visit this exciting and insightful exhibition. SIWA was there, taking notes and a few photos of the wonderful displays that we can now share with you. We look forward to future cultural events presented by the Spouses of the Ambassadors in South Korea. These events are a wonderful contribution from the International Diplomatic Community to all of us. Thank you! Pilar Perez-McKay SIWA Public Relations & SNS Chair As the press release promised, visitors to the exhibition were greeted by a myriad of cultural and artistic manifestations associated with local, religious and secular festivals in the form of amazingly rich and colorful vestments, skillfully crafted objects and structures, musical instruments, delightful gastronomy. 12 Discovery June/July 2013 June/July 2013 Discovery 13

8 featured articles featured articles Patience You want to try? MakesPerfect I had just arrived at the Lotus Lantern Festival location in front of Jogyesa Temple and I wasn t quite sure what was going on. I saw a table in front of me with information about the festival, another table to my left filled with sign-up sheets and behind that, a large open area framed on both sides with long rows of tables. Seated at the tables were around 100 foreigners busy doing something, though I couldn t see what it was. What is it? I asked nervously, as I have learned the hard way to be slightly suspicious of any free activities for foreigners. The man pointed at a sign that said Lotus Lantern Making for Foreigners in English and Korean. I sighed in relief, and agreed to go inside. She will help you I followed a man who took me to an almost empty table. She will help you, he said, gesturing to a middle-aged Korean woman wearing a beautiful pastel hanbok. Ms. Kim, our helper for the day, quickly and expertly showed me how to make the lotus lantern. Watching her made it seem quite easy; however I quickly learned that this was not the case. Each leaf had to have glue applied to the top and then twisted to give it the petal shape and then carefully glued to the lantern itself. The glue was a large sticky glob inside of a paper cup and I had to use my fingers to get it out; I swiped my fingers in the glob of glue, spread the glue along the top and tried to twist the paper together. After that, I got a bit more glue on my finger, this time spreading the glue along the bottom of the petal and placing the petal on the lantern. My helper was very busy most of the time so I was left to fend for myself, but fortunately, a lantern maker with 25 years of experience decided to stop by and see how the foreigners were doing. She explained to me that lanterns should have alternating layers, with the petals forming a pattern. Patience makes perfect, one of the volunteers translated. I continued to labor away at my lantern, while alternately chatting and focusing intently on trying to make the best lantern I could. While I was working on mine, other people who had started before me finished their lanterns and left, soon replaced by new people who also wanted to try their hand at making a lantern. All of us foreigners passed the time quite pleasantly by comparing lanterns, sharing stories and discussing our respective careers. There was a contest for the foreigners lanterns so every 30 minutes or so, a monk would announce that lanterns for the contest had to be finished by 4:30. Mine looked like a kindergarten project and I wasn t putting it anywhere near a contest! Things were finally starting to slow down a little bit for the volunteers, so I thankfully received some assistance from our volunteer, Ms. Kim. She told me that she had made lanterns for three hours the day before, so she was quite adept at it. Together I pasted the last two rows of petals on my lantern, with her twisting the tops of the petals and me applying them to the lantern, trying desperately to keep up with her. The whole process took about 90 minutes from start to finish, although it easily takes less time depending on who is making the lantern. The whole experience of the festival ended up being one of the highlights of my time in Korea; I can t believe I ve never been before! I will definitely be going again I will definitely be going again next year and I encourage all SIWA ladies to attend this fun-filled family event. It s a beautiful and educational experience to remember! The International Dharma Instructors Association has hosted the Lotus Lantern Making Experience for the last three years and I hope that they will continue to host it in the future. I had a wonderful time making the lanterns, talking to the volunteers and meeting new people from all over the world. Our new SIWA member contributing writer, Stephanie Anglemyer, is from Kansas, USA. Her passion is photography and making a positive impact in her community. 14 Discovery June/July 2013 June/July 2013 Discovery 15

9 featured articles No two students are alike. And no other school cultivates the development of the whole child in quite the same way Dwight School Seoul does. Our world-class faculty maps the learning experience to fit the individual strengths and passions of each student, making the possibilities for growth endless. We also provide students with rigorous academic preparation through the International Baccalaureate curriculum one of the most challenging preuniversity courses of study in the world. Preschool - Grade dwight.or.kr Satisfaction Guaranteed! We are US-trained and licensed dentists With over 23years of combined clinical dental experience from states Prevention Teeth Whitening Orthodontics Cosmetic Bonding Crown & Bridge Dental Implants DENTIST YOU CAN COUNT ON! Serving Expat community Since Meaningful Transitions SIWA coffee mornings may promptly adjourn at noontime 12:00 p.m., but that doesn t mean all at once everyone skedaddles. In fact, now, after experiencing coffee with SIWA, I expect to be lured back into conversation. It s something I look forward to. You too will be nudged to spend additional time getting to know a long-standing SIWA member or that friendly stranger you were seated beside during our morning s featured presentation. I expect to be lured back into conversation The excuse to stick around after noon may be even better now that SIWA coffees are hosted each month at the Seoul Club. The club is a cozy, popular place and is advertised for the international community as a home away from home. The carpeted, paneled clubrooms remind me of reunion halls and family restaurants I used to dress up to visit with relatives in the United States. Memories of Grandma Miller s rules of table etiquette, Aunt Mary s free advice, and my mother s beautiful sense of humor are drawn out to mingle with SIWA members of all ages, from varied backgrounds, all with stories of their own to share. The spirit of women I deeply miss, an appreciation for things that have passed, and eye-opening suggestions for the future all visit me during this time in Korea and in company with SIWA. The thought that past events, plans for the future, and stories of personal transition would lead to meaningful lunch hour discussions for SIWA members originated with SIWA Community Relations Vice President Isabelle Min. Transition Group, explains Isabelle, is a SIWA Club dedicated to supporting our members through many stages of our lives in transition. Transition starts when there s a change in our lives and continues until we settle into these transformations. Most expats and locals at SIWA face some sort of transition as we relocate, repatriate, become parents, empty-nesters, age, leave jobs, An open space for members to share their experiences & support or start new jobs. The group aims to provide an open space for members to share their experiences and support each other through the process as we enrich our friendship. I sought Isabelle s advice last year, after growing completely frustrated in my shallow understanding of social expectations and behaviors in Korea. Dear Isabelle, I wrote, I have been living in Seoul since In many ways, I ve already made the transition from my previous home to my present life in Korea. Still, I have so much to learn about my Korean neighbors and the neighborhoods where I live, work and go to school. I think it would be very interesting to hear what other women are saying about this subject. Isabelle quickly answered with an outpouring of advice from years of experience living overseas and her own readjustment to life in Korea. Later, I learned that other members would be free to speak of their foibles and lessons learned. In recent months we ve welcomed to our table a lively array of guests to jump-start every conversation. It s been a rewarding experience. To join us, please place your reservation with a note to 16 Discovery June/July 2013 June/July 2013 Discovery 17

10 featured articles Friday Fiesta comes from helping those less fortunate. Friday Fiesta was the culmination of months of effort by the gala committee. Led by Lorrie Gomes and Carmen von Feilitzen, the committee came together in a positive supportive way, helping wherever needed, always doing that little bit more than required. It was a fun change from our regular routines, and we had a blast doing it. Committee members were Ursula Tarasyants, Bockhee Lee, Diana Apotheker, Anne Jang, Barbara Bai, Terri Hartman and Mariya Maderich. Reaching into the community for support was a major part of the gala committee s responsibility. Even when the answer was no, it was fruitful as we made new acquaintances and contacts. But when the answer was yes, all the no s were forgotten. Our special thanks for the following: Coffee donated by the Embassy of Colombia Corona Beer donated by Grupo Modelo S.A.B. de C.V. Wine donated by Pernod Ricard Korea Co., Ltd. Décor and Graphic Design by Couture Events Decor items provided by the Embassy of Mexico Photography by Dylan Goldby and Julita Wick Dance Performance by Sunny Chung and Lee Wang Byul Music by The Mariachi Latin Band and DJ Mariya Maderich Emcee P. J. Rogers The committee also thanks the volunteers who gave their time to help on Fiesta day. They decorated the ballroom, sold raffle tickets and (wo)manned the silent auction. We couldn t have done it without you. Amanda Bibb, Jayne Clark, Diane Dring, Judy Hobday, Theresa Kang, Milly Kim, Michelle Morrison, Tiana Pan, Pilar Perez-McKay, Kerrie Matthee, Robbie Schuldt, Mihe Shin, JP Timmerman featured articles Piñatas and mariachis, margaritas and sangria, sombreros and serapes! SIWA s Spring Charity Gala Friday Fiesta brought a Latin flair to the Regency Room of the Grand Hyatt on April 26th. The sold-out event attracted over 180 guests and raised over 20,000,000 won for Korean charities to be distributed by SIWA s Welfare Committee throughout Guests were greeted with Fiesta Fizz cocktails, hors d oeuvres and the opportunity to buy a raffle ticket, bid on items in the Silent Auction and mingle with friends. Soon it was time for dinner. SIWA President Terri Hartman welcomed everyone and graciously thanked the sponsors and friends who helped make the evening possible. Next came one of the highlights of the evening: the presentation of the SIWA Volunteer of the Year award. This year the award was given to Bockhee Lee for her tireless efforts in support of SIWA, particularly her work as chair of the 2012 SIWA Bazaar. Time for some fun & dance Then it was time for some fun! Dance instructor Sunny Chang and her partner Lee Wang Byul took to the dance floor, performing a traditional Latin Paso Doble. She then invited guests onto the floor for a quick lesson. The unique Piñata Raffle was next. All guests who purchased raffle tickets were called to the dance floor to select ribbons attached to a giant piñata suspended over the dance floor. Emcee PJ Rogers counted down uno, dos, tres, PULL! As the guests pulled the ribbons, the piñata exploded, showering them with confetti. Lucky winning guests found prize tokens at the other end of their ribbons. The prizes included two grand prizes a Club Med vacation and an Asian Arts and Crafts carpet. After dessert, the Latin Mariachi Band took to the stage. Dancing continued into the late hours of the evening, but much too soon our Friday Fiesta was over. Guests left with memories of good times, fun, laughter and the satisfaction that A special thanks to Julita Wick Who took the pictures for the Gala. Julita was born Moluccas Indonesian, is married to her German husband, and has been a Korean resident since She enjoys landscape and architecture as well experimental photography. 18 Discovery June/July 2013 June/July 2013 Discovery 19

11 featured articles featured articles SIWA Working Women s Network SIWA Working Women s Network is one of several groups organized and lead by our members. Whether you are dedicated to raising a family, dedicated to a career or balancing both, we are all working women! Our focus is networking, be it social or professional, in a warm, welcoming environment between like-minded women, and providing opportunities to fit our busy weekday schedules. Take the opportunity to let us introduce ourselves, chat, get to know each other and find out what we are up to and where we are going. It s a great way of forming meaningful connections and friendships! The Friendship Fair 2013 On May 4 and 5, the Seoul Friendship Fair was held at Seoul City Hall SIWA ladies came out to offer quick language classes for the fair participants and show the friendly face of SIWA. The weather was great! The first thing I saw when I arrived were families having a picnic on the grass and having fun playing with the fountains. Then behind the grass I saw all of the tents represented by different countries--especially the warm countries, so it was easy to get in a tropical mood. There was also a big stage with great performances. The first performance that I saw was from Kenya, and later other countries, like Russia, followed. The SIWA booth was just on the other side of the grass, so we had a good view of the fair (if we were not busy selling the cookbooks and talking in Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Korean, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish, and more!). We had papers in front of us to write down Hello and Thank you. Many more languages were added like Persian, Arabic, Palau, Vietnamese, and many more that I have forgotten. It was really a day to make friends with people around the whole world! ~Mildred Berenschot I got to sit with many school children who wanted to practice their English. The youngest was 5 and the oldest was 15. I know that because I asked each one of them! It was so interesting and fun to talk with them. From this not-so-random sample, I learned: ~ the favorite school subjects were math, languages, and the most favorite: P.E. (physcial education or gym) ~ the favorite sports were soccer, swimming, taekwondo, baseball, and badminton ~ K-Pop was not that popular, but the ones who liked K-Pop liked Big Bang ~ every child told me that he/she liked school ~ only one child turned down a piece of candy! All parents were beaming with pride as their children spoke clearly and politely to me. To each girl, I said, You are smart and beautiful. If these children are representative of Korea, it makes me think that the future will continue to be bright here. ~Terri Hartman In May, Suji s Deli gave the Working Women s Network a great place to Meet & Mingle. Now Suji s Deli is giving again! All SIWA ladies are welcome to stop by for a free bagel with this coupon. Come with your SIWA sisters to schmooze and schmeer. The very first WWN event was attended by over 14 women in September 1998 with up to 20 women attending subsequent monthly meetings. Anne Ladouceur was the driving force in the creation of the WWN by realizing the need to provide women who could not attend SIWA s daytime events. She initiated and planned regular gatherings to take place in the evenings. Because many SIWA members had held jobs until the time they arrived in Korea with their husbands, the initial purpose of the WWN was for members to network and possibly help each other find work in Seoul and to remain active during their stay in their new homes. While much has changed in Seoul during the past 15 years, women arriving today still experience the same needs; and SIWA is here to assist you. Come join our meetings and learn about Korean business culture, and experience the friendship of SIWA members. We meet on the last Wednesday evening of every month, at different restaurants in the city. This year we have enjoyed various cuisine styles from Japanese to Spanish at venues such as: Pier 8, Itaewon; The Flying Pan Blue, Itaewon (Jan); Leman L Restaurant, Itaewon (Feb); Cafe Habitat, Jung-gu, Seoul (March); and CHEF ESPANA in Hapjeong (April) and Suji s Deli (May). We ve also had the opportunity to hear and learn from our guest speakers presentations ranging from: Job seeking tips from senior Executive Search Consultant by William Sisson; The Secret to Answering the Most Hated Interview Question by Mr Carl Kwan; Changing Lives in Korea by Mr Cody Hunter; and Understanding Negotiation: Common errors that keep us from a win-win by Mr Joshua Davies. WWN meetings take place the last Wednesday of the month. For additional information please group leader Elmira Urazaeva at: Pilar Perez-McKay SIWA Public Relations & SNS Chair 20 Discovery June/July 2013 June/July 2013 Discovery 21 Elmira Vrazdeva

12 SIWA summer tours Cultural Culinary Exchange Germany siwa summer tours When: Thu Jun from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm SIWA Cultural Culinary Exchange program aims to share a culinary skills, food culture and traditional recipes among SIWA members. Meetings (cooking classes) are held once a month at host s home. All participants are given cooking instructions and can follow the host, who teaches participants how to make an authentic dish or two from her home country. At the end we all share a meal together and talk about the host s culture and society. For our next meeting, two SIWA members, Inge Hofmann and Uli Schwickart, will teach you how to cook a typical German menu: soup, meat dish (dumplings) and dessert. All participants will cook together and then we ll have some time for lunch and chatting about the culture of our host country! Minimum number is 6 participants. Maximum 10 people. Hantack Botanical Garden Tour, May 2 nd Photo was taken In front of main gate of Hee Won garden in Yongin, Gyonggi-do. The participation fee is 20,000 KRW (it will be paid to the host for purchased ingredients) SIWA Cultural Culinary Exchange program aims to share culinary skills, food culture and traditional recipes among SIWA members. Meetings are held once a month. Herbal Market Tour, April 14 Ansan Market Tour, March 28 Mom s & Tots Easter Egg Hunt Cultural Culinary Exchange (CCE) #1 Thailand Cultural Connection, Sweden Namdaemun Tour, April 19 Hyochang Park, April 15 Cultural Culinary Exchange (CCE) #1 (Australia) & #2 (Norway) set a good start for the program and I was eager to see how CCE #3, Thailand, would turn out. Susama Eschborn was our volunteer host & wonderful chef along with her friend, Pia Snay, who allowed us to use her house as the venue for this event. This time around, we had a large number of participants who signed up, so we had to split into two teams. One end of the kitchen was making Phad Thai and the other side of kitchen was busy making the Masaman Thai Curry. Altogether, there were 13 of us gathered around Pia s kitchen to learn how to these dishes from scratch. This gathering was altogether different from the two previous events, but still such a joy to be with the SIWA ladies and learning how to make authentic international dishes. I couldn t be more pleased that our culinary exchange is growing in popularity! I look forward to our next CCE #4: Germany! Dongdaemun Fabric Market Tour Cherry Blossom Tour, April 14 ~Michelle Morrison Cultural Connection, Mongolia Sindang Walking Tour Yonsei Walking Tour A special thanks to Chultem Chuluuntsetseg F or hosting the Mongolian Cultural Connection in March, and to Hedvig Lunden Welden and Jessica Fransson for co-hosting the Swedish Cultural Connection in April. 22 Discovery June/July 2013 June/July 2013 Discovery 23

13 SIWA summer tours Hi Michelle I really enjoyed the Dongdaemun Fabric Market tour! As usual, it s the company of the SIWA ladies that makes it fun. Though I learned things on the tour that I hadn t learned on my own, such as how to have something made. The turned hem sewing machine foot you helped me find fits my machine and with practice I ll be proficient at using it. Little tricky to start...and tricky to keep going. For some reason I was under the impression that the fabric venders would take an order and make a futon cover for me. Thanks to you and this tour I now know that I need to buy the fabric and take it to the housewares folks to have the cover made. The other Michelle taught me the name of the fabric I m looking for; jacquard ( 쟈가드 ). D-16 is the stall where you can get a broken metal button fixed. Thanks Greta for all the great photos! Cheers! JP. For Discovery June July 2013 SIWA tour participants say Gyeongdong Herbal Market tour, April 16, 2013; Coordinator Patricia Tiedemann Thank you very much for organizing the tour. It enabled me to acquire a general knowledge and have some basic understanding of the Korean herbal market and also a place that I will be able to shop for reasonable priced herbs and grocery.- Pauline TanThank you for a fun and very informative tour of Gyeong-dong Herbal Market. We learnt so much about deer antlers, roots, flowers, fruit and many other traditional products used by Koreans for medicinal purposes. We tasted ginseng and ended with a tasty shabu-shabu lunch where we cooked our own noodles, prawns, mandu and vegetables in a hotpot on the table. Thank you Diane (Hong) for sharing your knowledge about traditional Korean market products and guiding a wonderful tour! - Jessica Raeside A most interesting SIWA tour with an excellent guide, Diane, who could explain everything! I brought 2 guests and we had a wonderful memorable day. - Anne-Karine Garstad 2. Cherry Blossom tour, April 21, 2013; Coordinator Robbie Schuldt Hi, Robbie, thank you so much for your help and concern yesterday. The tour was very well prepared and organized. And the processing was so smooth that the tour was perfect over all. Most importantly, you were taking care of everybody with great leadership. It was very impressive... - Sung Hee Choi 3. Dongdaemun Fabric Market tour, April 30, 2013; Coordinator Michelle Morrison Hi Michelle, thanks for a unique experience. I had been to Dongdaemum Market before, but is so much more interesting with a knowledgeable guide and a group of eager international women. Thanks for a great tour! - Betty Willems New Tours Policies. Please read carefully! Cancellation by Registered Participant: If you make a reservation and then need to cancel, please at least 5 days before the event in order to receive a refund or not owe anything. Registered participants cancelling after the deadline, including no-shows, will be charged a minimum cancellation fee of KRW 5,000 (or more as published if there are fixed costs) assuming the tour takes place. Cancellation by Tours Committee: If the tour is cancelled, the Tours Committee will attempt to contact registered participants in advance. If due to below minimum registrations, 1 day s notice will be given. If due to bad weather, or unforeseen unavailability of any essential person, service or location, 3 hours notice will be given. In either case, full refund will be made to registered participants who pre-paid, and no money will be owed by other registered participants, regardless of their own cancellation. siwa summer tours Revised generous SIWA pricing for relatives Historically, only the spouse and children of a SIWA member received members pricing for participating in a SIWA tour. Effective May 8, 2013, any relative of a SIWA member (accompanied by the member) receives SIWA pricing. So when your parents, in-laws, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews or other extended family members come to visit you in Seoul, you can invite them to join you in a SIWA tour. A SIWA tour can be your agenda for the day and your relatives can meet your interesting network of friends. SIWA Tours & Events Team: Tours & Events Announcement SIWA Tours fees are set from the estimated tour cost per person, which usually includes transportation, tour guide fee and admission. Our tour coordinators are all volunteers and always do their best to keep tour prices as low as possible. Non-SIWA members are charged and additional KRW 10,000 for tours arranged through SIWA (all proceeds go directly to the SIWA account and are used to support charity). The tours committee is now accepting your past tours cancellation fees at SIWA Coffee Mornings. Stop by the Tours Table and see if you owe anything so you will be able to participate in future tours. 4. Hantaek Botanical Garden tour, May 2, 2013; Coordinator - Bockhee Lee Dear Bockhee, thank you very much for the wonderful excursion we had today to the Hantaek Botanical Garden. This Botanical Garden is really a must see here in Korea and should be advertised/written about in international newspapers, not only here in Korea but abroad as well. As I mentioned to you, it is very hard for foreigners to be able to find these kind of very special places (language, address, etc.) and I am very grateful to SIWA organizing these kind of special visits. Thank you so much again: Kamsa Hamnida!... -Anna Menkveld 5. Doseon-sa temple guided tour by D.Mason, May 4, 2013; Coordinator - JP Timmerman I had a great time on the tour to Doseonsa. This is the first time that I have ventured to bring my family members along and, I am happy to say that they too enjoyed the tour. Many thanks for the huge effort put in by the tours coordinator JP Timmerman, SIWA and our guide, David Mason.Our tour guide was just the right combination of knowledgeable and funny. I have been to temples where I came away feeling I didn t really understand what they were about. At Doseonsa, we were given special insights through the structures, statues and paintings pointed out. I would never have otherwise known about the miracle that occurred at this temple. -Shuba Maudgal If you sign up for a tour and won t be able to attend, please at your earliest convenience. Cancel with more than 5 day s notice - no problem! Cancel within 5 days and owe a fee, usually KRW 5,000, but more if there are fixed costs such as a bus rental. Please be considerate of your tour group and coordinator. If you sign up for a tour but are unable to attend for any reason, please call the tour coordinator immediately to let them know. You will still owe a cancelation fee, but you will save your group from worry about your welfare and time from tracking you down. Chairperson: Robbie Schuldt Coordinator: Ursula Tarasyants Coordinator: Bockhee Lee Coordinator: Michelle Morrison Coordinator: Patricia Tiedemann Coordinator: Greta Tonnon Coordinator: Betty Willems The SIWA Tours team is committed to helping SIWA members and friends discover our host country. Come with us and experience the many wonders of Korea; it s a great way to settle in, meet new friends, and have lots of fun. Would you like to be part of the Tours team.? Become a Coordinator! To request further information, please Robbie Schuldt, Tours Chairperson, at: Upcoming tours and events are detailed in the following pages. 24 Discovery June/July 2013 June/July 2013 Discovery 25

14 SIWA summer tours SIWA Tours JUL 05 FRIDAY #1. Dongdaemun Fabric Market Tour Walking tour to see shopping options Friday, July 5, 2013, 10:00 am 2:00 pm Registration ends: July 3 Participants: Minimum 5 maximum 8. Adults only. Cost: SIWA member KRW 5,000, non-siwa member KRW 15,000. Lunch paid individually. Meeting point: Dongdaemun station (#128) outside exit #9 Ending point: Jongno 5-ga station (#129) exit #7 (Gwangjang Market) Tour Coordinator: Michelle Morrison Tour Leader: Michelle Morrison This is the third offering of this popular tour in as many months. Previous tour participants have benefitted from Michelle s knowledge of this labyrinth which offers fabrics, notions, craft materials, buttons, upholstery, sewing services and more. The Dongdaemun Market opened in July 1905 in Yeji-dong, the literal meaning being a neighborhood for learning politeness, so the market was originally called Baeugaejang meaning market for learning. The Dongdaemun area has been enlarged over the years, and in , large shopping malls were built in the district and the market was renovated with a modern atmosphere among the traditional market. Thus this area became the largest of its kind in Asia. In 1985, a new wing was added to the fabric market section of the Dongdaemun Shoppping Town. This area now encompasses five buildings divided into A, B, C, D and the Shopping Town. There are over 5,000 shops located in this district, offering everything and anything related to textile material. Michelle will begin the tour with the historical background of the area, then explain the layout of the shops so you can confidently return and find what you are looking for. She can also ask about specifics you are looking for. The group will have lunch during the tour in the one of the Dongdaemun buildings. Michelle Morrison is an active SIWA member. She is Korean- American and lived in the USA for several decades. She returned to Seoul a few years ago and enjoys exploring modern Korea. Michelle s ability to culturally and linguistically navigate tour groups in a variety of settings is a great asset to SIWA. JUNE 10 MONDAY #2. Dong-Myo (shrine), Anyang-Am (hermitage) & Myogak-Sa (temple) Walking tour of sacred sights east of Dongdaemun Monday, June 10, 2013; 9:30am 12:30pm Registration ends: June 8 Cost: SIWA member KRW 15,000. Non-SIWA member KRW 25,000. Optional lunch afterwards paid individually. Adults only. Meeting point: Dongmyo station (#127), inside exit #3 Ending point: Dongmyo station exit #2. Tour Coordinator: Patricia Tiedemann Tour Leader: Professor David A. Mason Dong-myo Shrine is nationally designated Treasure $#142. This is an interesting compound honoring a legendary 3rdcentury Chinese military commander, Guan Yu, constructed by the Korean King from 1599 to 1601 using funds from the Ming Emperor. Four such shrines were originally built in the four cardinal directions, but only the east and south ones remain today. The reason they were built involves fascinating stories of Korean history and insights into the country s long relationship with the Chinese Empire. Anyang-am Hermitage, buried deep in an ordinary urban neighborhood, seems rather anonymous from the outside. Once we are inside the gate, we will see that it sits on and beneath an extraordinary rocky cliff extending from Nak-san, old Seoul s eastern mountain. Its most prominent feature is a century-old relief carving of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, designated as Seoul City Treasure #122 the last rock-carved Buddhist statue from the Joseon Dynasty. Rocky crags offer gorgeous mountain views and a shrine-cave. The site also features several halls with interesting artworks. Myogak-sa Buddhist Temple was established by Master Taeheo Hongseon in 1930 at the foot of Mt. Naksan on a site that he selected based on the principles of Pungsu-jiri [Geomancy, Feng Shui] in the belief that it would bring peace and comfort to Seoul s residents. It is a great example of a modern urban temple built vertically instead of spread-out, and has many unique artworks including a cliff-carved Buddha. Over a cup of complimentary tea and with a beautiful view, we will learn about Myogak-sa s popular Temple Stay programs. Professor David A. Mason is an American who has been in Korea for 30 years. He is an expert on Korean Buddhism and folk-religion tradition, and has published several books. He has worked in the Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and is currently a professor at Gyeongju University. #3. Lunch at Pop-up Italian restaurant Jun s Kitchen Optional walk through Garuso-gil Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 12:00 pm 2:00pm Registration ends: June 11 Participants: minimum 6, maximum 25, adults only Cost: Each participant pays for whatever she orders for lunch, approximately KRW 25,000 30,000. Paired wine costs KRW 20,000. Non-SIWA members add KRW 10,000 tour cost. Meeting point and ending point: Sinsa station(#337), outside exit #2 Tour Coordinator: Betty Willems What is a pop-up restaurant? A pop-up restaurant is a place that opens in a funky, unique space in an interesting area of a major city. The staff consists of top quality chefs that may have name recognition. The food is fresh and local and is served with a flair for dramatic presentation and unique service methods. The menu is small but thoughtful. And last but not least: there must be a known expiration date on the restaurant, as this is the major defining factor of what a pop-up is. It has to be fresh, vibrant and similar to the idea of a limited time offer. The expiration day for this restaurant is end of June 2013, so this is a unique chance to eat some delicious fresh pasta. Website: To digest our food we can stroll around the neighborhood after lunch: Garosu-gil The Street of Artistic Sensibility Decorated by Designers and Artists According to the website Korea Be Inspired there are lots of garosu-gils (tree-lined streets) in Seoul. Yet, Garosu-gil in Sinsadong is known among both citizens and foreign tourists alike, not just because it is a beautiful promenade in the middle of the city, but because it caters to unique cultural tastes and artistic sensibilities. Adorned with ginkgo trees, Garosu-gil stretches less than a kilometer in Sinsa-dong, but is still considered a main area within the greater Gangnam area (business center in southeast Seoul). It s true that Garosu-gil boasts splendid scenery in the spring and fall with golden ginkgo trees, but it dazzles visitors mainly due to its collection of quaint stores and its unique bohemian atmosphere. siwa summer tours Upcoming Tours at a Glance #4. Folk Painting (Minwha) Tour & Craft Ara Art Gallery in Insadong Thursday, June 13, 2013, 10:30 am 12:00 pm. Optional lunch afterwards. Registration ends: June 11 Participants: minimum 8, maximum 30. Children age 5 and older welcome. Cost: SIWA members free. Non-SIWA members KRW 10,000. Lunch paid individually. Meeting point and ending point: Anguk station (#328) outside exit #6 Tour Coordinator: JP Timmerman Tour Leader: Milly Kim Ara Art Center will be hosting a folk painting exhibition in June, and SIWA has been especially invited for a private tour of this exhibit. After the 30 minute tour, participants will use textile paint to paint a folk symbol on an eco (reusable) bag which can be kept as a souvenir. Folk paintings portray the simple and unaffected daily lives of ordinary people and are an invaluable part of Korea s cultural heritage. Folk paintings illustrate the mythology, religion, and mindset of the Korean people. Milly Kim is a SIWA member and a member of the Uri Minwha Association. Website: The coordinator will lead an optional lunch afterwards at one of the many interesting restaurants in Insadong. 26 Discovery June/July 2013 June/July 2013 Discovery 27 JUNE 18 TUESDAY JUNE 2013 #1. Fri. 5 : Dongdaemun fabric market tour #2. Mond. 10 : Dong-myo (shrine), Anyang-am (hermitage) and Myogak-sa (temple) JUNE 13 THURSDAY #3. Tues. 18 : Lunch at popup Italian restaurant Jun s Kitchen #4. Thur. 13 : Folk painting (Minwha) tour & craft Welcome, Betty Willem & Greta Tonnon, SIWA s newest tour coordinators!

15 SIWA welfare committee siwa welfare committee Senal study room, a learning place for Hope & Happiness On a beautiful day in March, Whasook Hahm, Milly Kim and I visited Saenal Study Room, a daycare and afterschool center in Bucheon. The center cares for 39 children (ages 4 to 18 years) from low income families. It is open Monday to Saturday 8:30am to 10:00pm. The director explained to us, as long as the teachers are willing to teach and children are willing to learn, we will open our doors. Mothers of multi-cultural families often come with their children on the weekend to learn Korean as well. As long as the teachers are willing to teach & children are willing to learn, we will open our doors Saenal Study Room started in 1998 as a nursery school. It is now an open-door facility for the children of this very humble neighborhood. Many migrant workers from rural areas move to this industrial neighborhood to find jobs in factories and where rent is also inexpensive (i.e. 100,000 KRW/ month). The living conditions are often very poor and the children (especially multi-cultural children) find respite at this center where they can be with children just like them and feel normal. Healthy meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are provided and food (banchan) is often donated by residents in the neighborhood. Since SIWA s visit in 2011, the directors- -nuns from the Sacred Heart Convent- -have been active in applying for funding for special programs (i.e. recently received funding for a new library). two girls who attended the center are now in university Their local government office recognizes their value and contribution to the neighborhood. Two girls who attended the center for 6 years are now in university. One is studying children s education and the other is studying nursing. Both are currently volunteers at the center. Starting with the youngest of the children, the staff teach them all to be respectful of others and to be grateful. As an initiative to give back to the community and help break the cycle of receiving, the center held a flea market last year where the children made crafts and donated items. The director asked the children what they should do with the money they raised. One child from Pakistan said his friend s house back home had a leaky roof and that they could they help him so that s what they did! In exchange, they received a beautiful package of drawings and thank you notes which the director so proudly showed us. After our tour and discussion, we were invited to eat lunch with the staff, children and volunteers. The children sang a song of thanks before the meal. One of the staff told us that a mother of one of the children was so grateful that her child loves to eat at the center because he is a very picky eater! It was like dining at a family table-- a place where children could talk freely. After we were done, the older children arrived. We could hear them coming and the happiness in their voices. When they opened the door, it reminded me of when my kids came home when they were young and I could almost hear Mom! I m Home! There was no dread in their voices and I almost forgot they were coming to an after school study center. This center is more than a place to learn. It is a place they call their second home a place they feel acceptance and genuine love. The Welfare Committee is grateful to the Fundraising and Special Events teams and all those who support their events so that SIWA can continue to support organizations such as Saenal, who add value to the community and pave a brighter future for children in Korea. SIWA WELFARE Donations May 2012 to April % 27% 4% 4% 4% 14% 8% 14% Cancer Children Disabilities Hansen s disease HIV Homeless Migrants Poor Target group Amout KRW Cancer 5,280,000 Children 33,190,000 Disabilities 28,800,000 Hansen s disease 5,000,000 HIV 17,000,000 Homeless 10,280,000 Migrants 16,500,000 Poor 5,000,000 Total Support 121,050, Discovery June/July 2013 June/July 2013 Discovery 29

16 regular features Events Around Town Korean lesson 한국어수업 About Korea *1. Dance-Chunhyang, June, 8PM /Weekends 4PM, National Theatre of Korea, Jung-gu 2. Midday Fantasy-Korean Dance, June 2013, 11AM, National Theatre of Korea, Jung-gu, Seoul 3. Yeol Lecture Women Artists of Modern Korea, Tuesday 03 September at 10:30 AM, Jongno-gu, Seoul. 4. Korean Classes starting September at the Itaewon, Seorae and Yeoksam Global Village Centers. Registration as of August. Art & Culture* 1. The French Haunted House, Ends 8 June, Free Admission, SongEun ArtSpace, Gangnamgu. 2. Danish Illustrated Children s Books Exhibition, 25 June-7 July, City Hall Library, Jung-gu. 3. Musée secret_une odyssée numérique dans la peinture, 12 June-22 September, 11AM- 8PM, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Arts Center, Seocho-gu. 4. Jean-Marie Haessle Exhibition, 22 June-14 July,11AM-8PM (tbc), Keumsan Gallery, Jung-gu 5. Art Nouveau and Utopia, 6 July-20 September, Hangaram Art Museum, 11AM-8PM, Seoul Arts Center, Seocho-gu Children & Families 1. Little Pig GomGomi, Wednesdays-Thursdays until 11 July, W12,000, Seoul Namsan Gugakdan, Namsangol Hanok Village, Jung-gu 30 Discovery June/July Illustrated Children s Book Illustration Workshops for Children in English & Korean, 7-9 June, ARKO Gallery, Jongnogu 3. Traditional Craft Classes for children offered each month by the Global Village Centers, Yongsan-gu, Seochogu, Gangnam-gu. Entertainment & Theatre 1. Magic on Ice-Steve Wheeler, Ends 09 June /Friday-Saturday Matinee 2:30PM, Blue Square, Yongsan-gu 2. Scarlet Pimpernel, 2 July-8 September, Weekdays 8PM / Saturday 3PM and 7:30 PM / Sunday 2PM and 6:30PM (No show Mondays), LG Art Center, Gangnam-gu 3. Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson The Immortal World tour, July, Thu-Fri 8PM/Sat 3PM-7PM/Sun 2PM-6PM, Olympic Park, Songpa-gu4. 4. Onegin - Ballet, 6-13 July, Weekdays 7:30PM / Sat-Sun 3PM-7PM, Seoul Arts Center, Seocho-gu 5. Chicago-Musical, 6 July-31 August, Tuesday- Friday 8PM / Saturday 3PM & 7:30PM / Sunday 2PM & 6:30PM, National Theatre of Korea, Jung-gu. 6. Pentaport Rock Festival, August, Songdo, Incheon Festivals 1. Muju Firefly Festival 1-9 June, Muju, Jeollabuk-do 2. Boryeong Mud Festival, July, Chungcheongnam-do 3. Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival, July 2013, Seoul Animation Center, Jung-gu Korean Meaning 만나서반가워요. Pronunciation 안녕하세요? an-nyeong-ha-se-yo? Hi/ Hello/ Good morning, afternoon, evening. 오랜만이에요. o-ren-ma-ni-ye-yo Long time no see. 잘지냈어요? jal-ji-naet-sseo-yo? How have you been doing? 어떻게지냈어요? eo-ddeo-khe-ji-naetsseo-yo? How are you doing? 잘지냈어요. jal-ji-naet-sseo-yo I am doing well. 좋은아침이에요. jo-eun-a-chim-i-ye-yo Good morning. 좋은하루되세요. jo-eun-ha-ru-doe-se-yo Have a good day. man-na-seo-ban-gawo-yo I am glad to meet you. 어서오세요 eo-seo-o-se-yo Welcome. 안녕히가세요. an-nyeong-hi-ga-se-yo Good bye: Used to address a person who is leaving 안녕히계세요. an-nyeong-hi-gye-se-yo Good bye: Used to address to a person who is staying. 또만나요. ddo-man-na-yo See you again 감사합니다 gam-sa-ham-ni-da Thank you. 고마워요 go-ma-wo-yo Thank you. 아니에요 / 천만에요. a-ni-e-yo/cheon-mane-yo You re welcome. 실례합니다 shil-rye-ham-ni-da Excuse me. 잠시만요 jam-shi-man-yo One moment please. 미안합니다. mi-an-ham-ni-da I am sorry. 죄송합니다. joe-song-ham-ni-da I am sorry. 괜찮아요. gwaen-cha-na-yo That s all right. 주말잘보내세요. ju-mal-jal-bo-nae-se-yo Have a good weekend. 여행잘다녀오세요. yeo-haeng-jal-da-nyeoo-se-yo Have a good journey. 즐거운시간되세요. jeul-geo-un-shi-gan-doese-yo Have a good time. Hyejin Kim is a Korean language teacher who for several years has taught a university language programs and government programs. Heyjin also teaches Active Korean Class for SIWA, course designed to teach practical expressions in Korean. If you have ever taken a Korean class but still want more, Heyjin is the teacher for you. Anne Ladouceur is an experienced expat residing in Korea for over 10 years. You can find more information on all events listed above on her website at korea4expats.com The Korea4Expats website not only provides information on upcoming events, but also on a variety of issues/questions related to living and working in Korea.

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