Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Waiting Wednesday

Yet another Waiting Wednesday and still nothing much to report on the adoption front. I hope something comes soon. I would LOVE some updated pics, a video or SOMETHING. Her first birthday is on Sunday and I hope to get some Dol pictures of her, at least. We'll see.

Anyways here is my list for the week:

10 things I LOVE about watching Korean Drama's. We have watched "Stairway to Heaven" and are now on "Be Strong Geum Soon." LOVE IT. There are four seasons of Geum Soon with seven discs of each season. There are six episodes on each disk. Yeah, we have been on this one for a while. I made a friendly wager with my hubby that we will finish the series before we get TC. He's more positive than me, he thinks that we will get TC before we finish. We just watched the third disk of season 4. We only have four disks left. We get one disk per week, on average.

We rent them through Netfl@x. And apparently, they're pretty popular. Because I can't seem to get my hands on more than one disk at a time. And they come from all over, not our local shipping center. I know, you can watch them on the computer for free, but I would rather watch them on the couch, comfortably. (Plus I want to win the bet.)

So here are the ten reasons I LOVE watching Korean Drama's:

1. The Language. I love hearing them talk. They are in English subtitles and it's actually not that bad, when you get used to it. But I love picking up on little phrases and the way they say things. Kaleb had an opportunity to earn a culture/language badge through Cub Scouts and we could actually come up with ten words that we have heard from these dramas. If I had an extra $400 laying around I would LOVE to buy the Rosetta Stone for Korean. I love learning different languages. Plus, it would be cool to have for when Joye gets older.

2. The Style. I love seeing what they wear and how they wear things. What types of things that are popular over there and what isn't. Pink is REALLY popular for guys to wear. I know it's getting to be more popular here, but they don't have the "girls wear pink and boys wear blue" think goin' on there. They put pink stuff on little boys and blue stuff on little girls. How different it is from here. Good different, that is.

3. Helps me understand the culture a little more. Geum Soon is a single mom and trying to raise her son on her own and she was abandoned by her mom when she was a baby. It really helps me to understand the pressure and difficulty birthmom's face. How "losing face" is so important. It has really helped me to understand the culture that my daughter is from. I have to remember that some of the movies/dramas that we make here in the US aren't indicative of our culture, per se. But it does give me an idea.

4. Helps me understand the people. Guem Soon is TOUGH. She never gives up. She goes through some hard things and just shakes it off and keeps going. I'm not saying that is an "Asian" thing because I am NOT fond of stereotypes. AT. ALL. But their way of life is tougher. It is. They sleep on the floor. With really nothing under them. The parents/in-laws in this drama sleep on a blanket on the floor. No mattress, no nothing. They sit on the floor. All. the. time. My back would be killing me! But they all have GREAT posture!

5. Helps me understand the social structure. Families are VERY important. VERY. It is at the center of their culture. They treat the older generations with respect and honor. That is something that our culture doesn't really adhere to. It's kind of sad. The older generation is regarded very highly in Korea, and I think that is really cool.

6. It's family-friendly. The boys sit down and watch them with us and I don't have to feel "on guard" the whole time. There are very few PG movies anymore, most are PG-13 or R. With that comes language, sexual content and drug references. My boys don't watch R, but I will let them watch a PG-13 here and there. Some of the things that are allowed these days is appalling. These Korean Drama's are perfectly clean. There is some very basic adult content but it is so subtle, the boys don't catch it. Kaleb LOVES watching them and looks forward to them every week. It's really cute.

7. Helps me to see how important mealtimes are. Seriously. Everything is based off of food. Instead of greeting someone, they ask "have you eaten yet?" They are ALWAYS eating. Which makes me hungry. I can't wait to try authentic Korean Food. Sometimes I just have to fix me some Ramen after watching them. It curbs the craving. And the dishes?! Yikes! They have like 20 little dishes each time they eat! BIG on side dishes. Makes my stomach growl just thinking of it . . . yum.

8. Respect. I respected my daughter's birth country going into this. But I really have developed a love and such an admiration for the Korean people. Although I have never been to Korea, I would love to go. There is just something pulling me to experience and meet the people. Because that's who my daughter is. She's Korean. She will always be Korean. Yes, she will live in America, but she was born in Korea. And I LOVE that about her.

9. The music. About 90% of the music in these Korean Drama's is American! Yeah, we just watched one with Leann Rimes playing in the background! HA! Who would have thought?! I love the Korean music in them though. It is so beautiful. LOVE the theme songs. LOVE the songs.

10. I learn so much when I watch them. They are just a tad soap-opera-y. Just a tad. Not much. But there are SO many secrets lurking around. It shows how hurtful secrets are. That is something we point out to the boys all the time.
Another thing is when they have a bone to pick - they pick it! They "call each other out" on things and make them come clean! It's really a learning thing for me. I'm NOT a secret person, but if I have beef with someone, I DO NOT call them on it (except my boys, I let them know when they are in the wrong.) Too much friction and confrontation. Ick. But it is neat how they are so forthright and up-front. They get it all out. :)

I just can't say enough good things about Korean Drama's. I am so thankful that we got turned on to them. It has been such a fun thing to have while waiting (for forever.)

So Happy Waiting Wednesday, AGAIN!


Lauren said...

praying for you and for some NEW pictures from her 1st bday!!!

kelly said...

Hello - I think I found your blog through Kara at Waiting for Ashley. I love this post! I have been watching Boys over Flowers, and can't wait to watch a few more KDramas. Your list is great :)

I hope you hear EP news soon. Your daughter is A-DORABLE. Looks like same referral date as Kara's little Bee!! How neat.

We are also an Eastern family. Waiting for Max to come home (referral = Dec. 1).

Allen and Kala said...

I just done watching an episode of Korean drama :). I am addicted. My husband asked me why I have the volume on when I watch them. I'm with you, I love to hear them talk. I am addicted. Hoping to see some good news on the blog soon!