My Life as a Korean Guy’s Wife

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I am a Filipina who is married to a Korean guy for almost 4 years now. We were introduced to each other by a common friend. We became friends, fell in love with each other, and eventually decided to tie the knot in 2011. Unlike most Koreans I know, my husband speaks English quite well. So communication is never an issue in our relationship. I admit that during our first year together as a married couple, we fought and argued with each other a lot. It’s never easy to live with someone who grew up in from another country. Both of us have different cultural backgrounds, and I think that’s the main reason why there’s always a conflict between us.

On the 29th of September 2012, I gave birth to our first-born child. We named him Ji Hoon. That was the happiest moment of our lives. He was the cutest…

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Blogging: A Newfound Hobby

I just wanted to let my readers know why I started blogging.

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Hi, guys! I am new to blogging so please bear with me. To be honest, I don’t have any idea how to start writing blogs but I’m going to try to write interesting articles to the best of my ability. There’s no harm in trying, right? Haha! Allow me to introduce myself first. My name is Anel Park, a 28-year old Filipina who got married to a Korean in 2011. We have a 2-year old son who is turning 3 years old this September. His name is Ji Hoon. The new chapter of my life began when I became a mommy. When I first saw my little one, I was just overwhelmed with joy. My son means the whole world to me. Praise God for the gift of motherhood!

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A Simple Life

image My family and I moved to South Korea last April 2, 2015. We’ve been staying at my husband’s family’s residence in Uiryeong County, Gyeongsangnamdo since we arrived. Uiryeong is a small town located near Busan. It only takes an hour to get to Busan from Uiryeong by car. image I wasn’t really happy with the idea of staying in the countryside because I grew up in a small city in the Philippines. I know that life in the countryside is very boring. You don’t have any exciting things to do around here. Not enough neighbors, too! We’ve been staying here for almost 3 months already and I must admit that I do get bored most of the time. image image But one thing I like about this place is that I can get to breathe fresh air. The beautiful view outside the house is refreshing to look at. You can see mountains and tress everywhere. My in-laws also work on their field every morning. They plant different varieties of vegetables. My mother-in-law cooks delicious food every meal and she cooks fresh vegetables straight from their garden. image image image image image image Life in the countryside is so simple. That’s the reason why my husband’s family (his parents and grandmother) chose to live in Uiryeong. It’s a quiet place where they can relax and enjoy the nice view outside the house. My son likes it here, too. Since the house has a wide front yard and back yard, he enjoys playing and running around the house. But still I prefer to live in the city area. Thank God because we are moving to Busan next month. Oh, I’ve been looking forward to living in Busan since we got here. Hahaha!

How I Changed My Korean Visa From C3 to F6

Some people have asked me how I processed my Korean tourist visa (C3). Honestly speaking, obtaining a Korean tourist visa is not easy. It can really be stressful because of the many requirements that you need to comply. What’s worse is that after you’ve submitted the requirements, you won’t get any assurance that your visa application will be approved. Some applicants go home with a heavy heart because their visa applications have been denied.

In my case, my visa application wasn’t that difficult or complicated because of the fact that my husband is a Korean citizen. I know most Filipino women who are married to Korean men will agree with me. Ladies, we have to thank God for our Korean husbands! If it weren’t because of them, we would have never stepped our foot into the Land of the Morning Calm. Haha!

I processed my tourist visa at the Korean Embassy in Taguig City. It only took us 3 hours to get eveything done. After 3 weeks of waiting, I finally received my C3 visa. It was attached to my Philippine passport. The embassy granted me a 90-day sojourn which means that I can stay in Korea for 90 days. If a C3 visa holder plans to extend his/her stay in Korea, he/she can apply for a visa extension at the nearest immigration office.

We arrived in Korea on April 2, 2015. I wanted to work as an English tutor but I couldn’t do it because of my visa status. Tourist visa holders are not allowed to work legally in Korea. So my husband and I decided that I should change my visa status from C3 to F6 (tourist–>spouse). We went to the immigration office in Changwon and processed my F6 visa and my alien registration card (ARC) last May 14, 2015. It’s the nearest immigration office to my in-laws’ residence in Uiryeong. On June 18, 2015, I received my ARC with an F6 visa status. I was very happy that day. With my F6 visa (spouse visa), I can now apply and work legally as an English tutor at hagwons. A hagwon is a private language academy in Korea where most foreigners like me teach English to Koreans. F6 visa needs to be renewed every year. If Harry (my husband) wants to renew my F6 visa or not is definitely up to him. He calls the shots. For this reason, I think I have to be nice to him every single day. Hahaha!

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My Life as a Korean Guy’s Wife

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I am a Filipina who is married to a Korean guy for almost 4 years now. We were introduced to each other by a common friend. We became friends, fell in love with each other, and eventually decided to tie the knot in 2011. Unlike most Koreans I know, my husband speaks English quite well. So communication is never an issue in our relationship. I admit that during our first year together as a married couple, we fought and argued with each other a lot. It’s never easy to live with someone who grew up in from another country. Both of us have different cultural backgrounds, and I think that’s the main reason why there’s always a conflict between us.

On the 29th of September 2012, I gave birth to our first-born child. We named him Ji Hoon. That was the happiest moment of our lives. He was the cutest thing ever! My husband was really happy as he held our son for the first time. He’s a proud daddy! He even thanked me for giving him a son. Oh, I was deeply moved by what he said.

We stayed in the Philippines for 3 years and 6 months before we moved to Korea last April 2, 2015. Me and my husband still have our moments of disagreements, but it wasn’t like before. Maybe we outgrew the fights we had when we were newly weds. Hahaha! Nonetheless, I love my husband and I will always be there for him through thick and thin. I will always remember the vow I made on our wedding day ~ that I will be there for him for better or for worse. Til death do we part. May God continue to bless our marriage!

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Road Trip: Sancheong, Jirisan and Handong

Yesterday, we traveled from Uiryeong to Donguibogam Village which is located in Sancheong. As I can remember, it took us about 2 hours before we arrive to our destination. Donguibogam Village is a tourist landmark which consists of the Traditional Herbal Medicine Tourist Site, Donguibonga Healing Town, and  Oriental Medicine Natural Recreation Forest. They don’t have enough fun activities but I enjoyed the beautiful scenery inside the village. After that, we headed straight to Jirisan where we spent a night at a small condotel. The view outside our room was breathtaking. The next day, we traveled to Hadong to see the traditional houses. That was our last stop before we headed back to Uiryeong. We stayed there for about an hour. The place was nice because of the beautiful scenery. You can see a lot of mountains surrounding the area where the traditional houses are located. If you are a nature lover, I would recommend you visit this place. We were all dead tired after the trip but I am sure that everyone had fun and enjoyed it.20150531_16303620150531_162317-120150601_06202820150601_12143020150601_12132820150601_121729

Exploring Jeonju City

We went to Jeonju City this morning for our first ever family trip. My brother-in-law was the one driving the car and it took us more than 2 hours before we got there. It was a pretty long drive. We were so tired and hungry so we decided to eat lunch at this Korean restaurant which is very famous for their Bibimbap. Outside the restaurant, there were people waiting in line because the restaurant was full of hungry customers and it wasn’t spacious enough. We waited for 30 minutes before we got our own table and seats. My brother-in-law ordered 2 bowls of Bibimbap and 1 bowl of Samgyetang (Ginseng Chicken Soup). I wasn’t really impressed with their famous Bibimbap. I think their Samgyetang tastes delicious. After we had our lunch, we headed straight to this famous tourist spot in the city which is called “Jeonju Hanok Village”. The place was jam-packed with people who were busy taking pictures, buying and eating yummy foods. I saw some people wearing hanbok (Korean traditional clothes). I took some pictures and we also bought some foods. We roamed around for 1 hour before we decided to go home. There were not enough activities to enjoy. My son is only 2 years old and he easily gets tired of walking. I think we’ll just go to theme parks next time so that my son can also have fun and enjoy some kiddie rides.

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The Gift of Motherhood

Hey y’all! Thanks for dropping by! Today, I’m going to talk about my journey through motherhood. I didn’t expect that my role as a mother would forever change my perspective in life. To teach myself how to raise a child of my own is a very challenging responsibility given to me by God ~ the author of life. I consider motherhood as a special gift from God. In fact, it’s the greatest gift that I treasure most in my heart. Being a mother is very challenging, yet very rewarding. I like it when my son calls me “Omma”. It’s like a sweet music to my ears. Well, “omma” is a Korean word which means “mommy” in English.

When my husband and I found out that we were expecting a baby, we just couldn’t hide our excitement. We told our family and friends about the good news. We were ecstatic to welcome the newest member of our family.

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On September 29, 2012, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy ~ our precious son, Ji Hoon. He weighed 2.95kg. I was a little emotional to see my son for the first time. He was the cutest thing ever!
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Harry and I are so blessed to have Ji Hoon and we couldn’t ask for more. Everyday spent with him is a blessing. He is our little bundle of joy. We could hardly believe that our little boy is already going to celebrate his 3rd birthday in September. He is growing too fast! He has grown a lot from a cute baby to a handsome little boy. We’re planning to throw a small party at home on his 3rd birthday or visit Pororo Land in Seoul since he loves Pororo a lot. We want to make his birthday special because we love him so much and we only want to give him the best. We couldn’t imagine life without Ji Hoon. He inspires us to improve ourselves as individuals and to become the best parents in the world.  FB_IMG_1426360122192

Blogging: A Newfound Hobby

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Hi, guys! I am new to blogging so please bear with me. To be honest, I don’t have any idea how to start writing blogs but I’m going to try to write interesting articles to the best of my ability. There’s no harm in trying, right? Haha! Allow me to introduce myself first. My name is Anel Park, a 28-year old Filipina who got married to a Korean in 2011. We have a 2-year old son who is turning 3 years old this September. His name is Ji Hoon. The new chapter of my life began when I became a mommy. When I first saw my little one, I was just overwhelmed with joy. My son means the whole world to me. Praise God for the gift of motherhood!

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I decided to create my own personal blog because I often feel bored. I also wanted to do something new and interesting. Thank God for WordPress! I was able to create my blog and customize it for FREE! Who doesn’t want free stuffs? In order to be an effective blogger, I believe that I need to write from the heart and enjoy what I’m doing. I need to put my dedication and determination into blogging. Writing blogs is a great way to improve one’s English writing skill. English isn’t my first language and I am not afraid to let everyone know that my grammar is flawed. Don’t worry guys! I’m continuously working on it. I am eager to improve myself as a mommy blogger because I want to entertain my readers. I want them to enjoy reading my articles and let them keep coming back to visit my blog. Thanks for reading! Have a nice day!

Love Lots,

Anel