My journey to motherhood, having a baby during a pandemic and etc.

It has been nearly 3months since I’ve become a mother. I have thought about writing a blog about it a million times, but life gets really busy with a baby!

After 4 years of being married, we realized it is time to bring someone else in the family. How the realization came, that is a crazy story. Few months ago, before I got pregnant, suddenly I was not feeling well for days. That is when it occurred to me, “am I pregnant?”! The thing is, I was not supposed to be at all, but just to calm my worrying self, we decided to have a home test. Like I said, it was supposed to be negative, and we both thought we want it to be negative, but the moment I was holding the ” test stick” on my hand hoping for “one line to appear”, we both realized we’d actually be happy if there are two lines! That was the moment we knew “this is the sign” and that the universe is telling us what we both failed to realize- “we are ready to be parents!”. That night we decided we should go see a doctor very soon to know if we need to take any extra preparations.

The next week we went to “Soon Women Hospital”, close to Jangjeon station in Busan. We saw a doctor there and she did a thorough check-up of me. That was the first time I heard about the most important thing about pregnancy, “OVALUATION”. In any Korean hospital, you can check if you are ovaluating in any month by ultrasound scan. In other words, it is actually a way of determining your fertility. Anyways, the doctor asked me to start taking folic acid supplements and encouraged us to try for the baby.

When you try for a baby you probably start googling all the symptoms to see if you are pregnant even before the actual symptoms appears, lol. But truth is, when you are really pregnant, you’d see the unique symptoms yourself and trust me, you will not need google for that. Last year, during the first week of July, I knew something was off. I was getting hungry for absolutely no reason at all, I had high temperature without any cold. After 4days of these, I realized I need to take the test. I took two tests, one that evening and one in the next morning. And there they were, “two lines” we’ve been waiting for!

After 38 long weeks, we finally met our precious, our little sunshine, our baby girl! The journey was never easy. Being a PhD student, everything was even more difficult. I still remember the first few months, when everything used to smell, when all the delicious food tasted like trash, lol. During the 6months, I had tendon inflammation in my left hand which made me unable to use my hand for almost a month. I had to go on full bed rest due to placenta previa during the 7months. Luckily, my placenta moved upward in 2weeks, so I got back to work again and worked till the last day before my delivery. I completed one full semester with coursework with her inside me and hopefully I will complete four more with her beside me.

At 37 weeks 5 days, something was not right from the evening. I thought at first, I was leaking urine, as it was very common when the baby weight puts pressure on the bladder. I could not sleep whole night due to cramping and felt even worse in the morning, When I went to the doctor, she confirmed that actually my water broke! Before the test, she was checking the amniotic fluid level with the ultrasound scan, and it was very low. Ultrasound scans are pretty common in here, they’d make a scan every time you go for prenatal checkups. Anyways, that’s when my doctor decided to induce labor. Later it was found that my water broke anyways, so that was just one more reason to induce labor lol.

I had almost 24 hours of labor. But it was not enough to dilate my cervix fully, and with the low fluid level, the duty doctor decided to go for c-section. I wish there were words to describe the moment when I first saw her. Gosh, it was so magical!

However, our magical moment turned into a disaster. Around that time, “patient 31” made Korea with the highest cases of COVID-19 after China. I remember, in the hospital bed during my recovering days, all I was praying to God, to keep my baby healthy and safe. Every second we were receiving emergency alerts from government, and I was even afraid to go home from hospital, thinking we’d catch the virus on our way. It has been 3months and the situation got just a little better, and yet we are afraid to stay out longer. We wear masks, use hand sanitizer, even I try to sanitize each of our stuffs separately. We did not meet any of our community people on the fear of spreading yet. Sometimes I wish if she could come at a better time! The world is having a hard time right now and for new mothers this is even harder. Yeah, I know, all the parents want their children to be safe. But the new parents are always insecure about if they are taking care of their baby right. And these whole situation puts a lot pressure on them.

I usually take her with me at work. She is still not used to with staying in her stroller. Sometimes she starts crying in her stroller on the way, and the only thing that comforts her then is to hold her. My husband and I both feel helpless then, as her stroller has a curtain, we feel she is a bit safer there than out in the open. Also, she sees us with masks while we are out, and I think our masked faces are unfamiliar to her, so she becomes even more uncomfortable.  

But with all the worrying and disturbing thoughts, it’s not like we are not enjoying parenting. For me, parenting is something in between exhausting and amazing, lol. It’s like, I’m dying for some rest all day, and yet I don’t want to miss a moment. Just looking at her tiny feet and her tiny fingers, my heart melts a million times. Or the time, when she’s crying out loud but the moment I hold her, she’d stop crying. She wants to communicate these days by making noises and smiles when we talk or sing to her. She’s the only person in earth, who enjoys my singing and whistling, lol. Your child can make you feel special in uncountable ways, trust me! 

Life goes on and I know there are a lot of new mothers and to be mothers out there. I pray that god makes things easier for you, just hang in there mamas! I really hope that these dark days will pass soon, and this world will again be a bit safer for our children.

 

-Munira Chowdhury, 19/05/2020

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Review: Atem Super Cream & First Milk Sheet Mask

Disclaimer: I received these products from Cospinion for free in exchange for an honest review.

Hello everyone! Hope you guys had a wonderful start of the year 2020.  So, today my blog is about these two products that I received to review a few weeks ago. I’m a big fan of makeup and skincare products, so I’m always eager to try new products, especially K-beauty products, as they are very famous for their innovative formulas.  Both the products are from the same brand, Atem. If you are interested to know about this brand, please continue reading 🙂

ATEM Super Cream:

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Overall experience: 

  • Gives a smoothing effect in the morning, if applied at the night before sleeping. The weather is a bit cold these days, and after waking up, sometimes I used to feel that my skin is a bit dried up. But after using the cream, I didn’t feel the dryness in the morning. Though my T-zones looks a bit oily after waking up.
  • I think the cream is best suited as the perfect moisturizer before makeup. Although I have oily skin, I prefer a heavy moisturizer on my face before the application of makeup, because it helps the foundation to set easily. It’s not like that the cream is super thick, but just what you need to moisturize your face and set your foundation smoothly.

First impression:

  • Package design : The package looks nice, the box has a unique design that connects all the edges as in the picture.
  • Volume and Texture: The cream comes in a glass container with a cute pink lid.  the container contains 50 ml of cream. The texture is a bit milky creamy that is heavier than a water-based moisturizer, lighter than a cream-based moisturizer.
  • Color of the product : Milky white.
  • Smell : Mild smell.

Opinion after application:

  • Texture : Something in between watery and oily, as I mentioned, heavier than a water-based moisturizer, lighter than a cream-based moisturizer.
  • Absorptivity : Absorbed in 1~2 minutes.
  • Finish: How is finishing one minute after applying?: If applied in smaller to moderate amounts, it is fully absorbed. But if applied in larger amounts, it may feel a bit oily after one minute.
  • Skin after 5 minutes : Moisturized
  • Smell: Mild milky smell.

After two weeks:

  • What did I like: The moisturizing effect. The picture below shows my face after continuously using it for 7 days. The upper row presents the pictures after application of the cream, while the lower row presents the pictures the morning after application (twice a day).
    ● What did I dislike: As mentioned, applying a larger amount may turn the skin more oily, so you need to be careful while applying.
    ● Any noticeable changes on my skin?: I can certainly feel the smoothing effect.
    ● Pros & Cons: The biggest concern of my skin is unevenness and dark spots, which certainly seemed to improve. But I have oily skin as well, so I always have to be careful with how much product I’m applying.
    ● Overall opinion: Overall, I think it’s a great product. My skin sometimes becomes really sensitive after the application of a new product, but I didn’t have any negative reaction these past few weeks. So, if you have oily, sensitive skin, with an uneven tone, I think you can give this a try. Although I’m not sure how this is gonna work in summer, for winter this is perfect!

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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Picture: Upper row: pictures after application of the cream; Lower row: Morning after application (twice a day)

ATEM First Milk Sheet Mask:

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Claims:

  • Moisturizing
  • Antioxidant-rich
  • Improves tone
  • Improves skin texture
  • Smooths fine lines & surface wrinkles
  • Glow

Specialty:

High concentration of Bovine Colostrum with  Alpha Hydroxi Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin B & Immunoglobulins.

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Picture: With the mask on and with the mask off

My opinion: I did feel the moisturizing effect, and if you look at the picture at right, you can see that my skin looks glowy and moisturized. I couldn’t sleep the night before so my skin was exhausted, but after applying the mask there were visible changes in the skin like it got refreshed somehow! I think with a suitable moisturizer, the mask can help set the makeup more smoothly.

Personal rating: 8.0/10

Overall, I think both the product is pretty great! I didn’t try their product before, but after this nice experience, I look forward to trying more from ATEM.

A big shout out to Cospinion (https://cospinion.com/) for sending these products to me, please check their website for the review of a variety of K-beauty products. 🙂

-Munira Chowdhury, 13th January 2020

Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival

According to Wikipedia, the viewing of cherry blossoms was introduced to Korea during Japanese rule. Cherry blossoms symbolizes purity and beauty in Korea. Koreans celebrate lots of flower festivals, but cherry blossom festival is the most popular one. Few weeks ago we went to the famous Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival, and today I’ll share my experience here. ^_^ You will see blooming cherries everywhere in Jinahe, but the main tourist spots include: Gyeonghwa Station, Yeojwacheon Stream, Jinhae NFRDI Environment Eco-park and Jangboksan Sculpture Park.

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Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival

According to Wikipedia, the viewing of cherry blossoms was introduced to Korea during Japanese rule. Cherry blossoms symbolizes purity and beauty in Korea. Koreans celebrate lots of flower festivals, but cherry blossom festival is the most popular one. Few weeks ago we went to the famous Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival, and today I’ll share my experience here. ^_^

A cherry blossom is a flower of several trees of genus Prunus, particularly the Japanese cherry, Prunus serrulata, which is called sakura after the Japanese.

You will see blooming cherries everywhere in Jinahe, but the main tourist spots include: Gyeonghwa Station, Yeojwacheon Stream, Jinhae NFRDI Environment Eco-park and Jangboksan Sculpture Park. We don’t have a private car, so we mostly used public transports, and it was pretty convenient. We went a week earlier than the actual festival, still there were lots of people. Gyeonghwa Station is a bit far away from the city, while Yeojwacheon Stream, Jinhae NFRDI Environment Eco-park and Jangboksan Sculpture Park are pretty close to each other. After reaching in Jinhae bus station, we went to Yeojwacheon Stream first. Takes only 10-15 minutes from the station by bus. And for Jinhae NFRDI Environment Eco-park and Jangboksan Sculpture Park, we went by foot.  At the end of the day, my mobile phone showed that I’ve walked for 10Km. But if you are not comfortable walking you can take bus or a taxi.

Yeojwacheon Stream (여좌천) is the  bridge where the two leading characters (Gwanu and Chaewon) of ‘Romance’, MBC’s TV series, first met as tourists who came to Jinhae to watch the Naval Port Festival. After the episode was aired, the bridge instantly became popular and widely known as the ‘Romance Bridge’.

At the end of Yeojwacheon Stream, NFRDI Environment Eco-Park is located. The park contains 65 different species of trees (sheepberry, willow, boxwood, cherry blossom trees, etc.) and abundant flowers (golden reed, hosta, water canna, irises, etc.). There is a beautiful lake inside the park, with cherry trees on the edges, it provides a splendid view. The park is covers a wide area,  83,897㎡ in total. From this park if you walk for 15 minutes, you will reach to the Jangboksan park. In Jangboksan Sculpture Park there are more than ten thousand cherry trees interspersed throughout the pines come to full bloom during spring. Inside the park, there are some beautiful sculptures. It says that the park is unofficial gateway to Jinhae at the end of Jangbok-ro Road between Masan and Jinhae. We went to Gyeonghwa Station at the very last.

Gyeonghwa Station is one of the top three spots in Jinhae for taking photos of the cherry blossoms. The area is often featured in Korean movies and dramas such as the film “Boy Goes to Heaven (2005)” and the drama “Spring Waltz (2006)”.

The main attraction of this spot is the rail tracks that are surrounded by the cherry trees and also two trains in two ends. People were going crazy for taking pictures with the train, there were even a long lines on both ends lol 😀

Here are my youtube vlog, where I added some moments from our tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecU9tNMlbu8&t=14s

Hope you enjoyed the post!

-Munira Chowdhury, 17/04/2019

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Reference: Wikipedia, Trip Advisor, Visit Korea

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Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival

According to Wikipedia, the viewing of cherry blossoms was introduced to Korea during Japanese rule. Cherry blossoms symbolizes purity and beauty in Korea. Koreans celebrate lots of flower festivals, but cherry blossom festival is the most popular one. Few weeks ago we went to the famous Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival, and today I’ll share my experience here. ^_^

A cherry blossom is a flower of several trees of genus Prunus, particularly the Japanese cherry, Prunus serrulata, which is called sakura after the Japanese.

You will see blooming cherries everywhere in Jinahe, but the main tourist spots include: Gyeonghwa Station, Yeojwacheon Stream, Jinhae NFRDI Environment Eco-park and Jangboksan Sculpture Park. We don’t have a private car, so we mostly used public transports, and it was pretty convenient. We went a week earlier than the actual festival, still there were lots of people. Gyeonghwa Station is a bit far away from the city, while Yeojwacheon Stream, Jinhae NFRDI Environment Eco-park and Jangboksan Sculpture Park are pretty close to each other. After reaching in Jinhae bus station, we went to Yeojwacheon Stream first. Takes only 10-15 minutes from the station by bus. And for Jinhae NFRDI Environment Eco-park and Jangboksan Sculpture Park, we went by foot.  At the end of the day, my mobile phone showed that I’ve walked for 10Km. But if you are not comfortable walking you can take bus or a taxi.

Yeojwacheon Stream (여좌천) is the  bridge where the two leading characters (Gwanu and Chaewon) of ‘Romance’, MBC’s TV series, first met as tourists who came to Jinhae to watch the Naval Port Festival. After the episode was aired, the bridge instantly became popular and widely known as the ‘Romance Bridge’.

At the end of Yeojwacheon Stream, NFRDI Environment Eco-Park is located. The park contains 65 different species of trees (sheepberry, willow, boxwood, cherry blossom trees, etc.) and abundant flowers (golden reed, hosta, water canna, irises, etc.). There is a beautiful lake inside the park, with cherry trees on the edges, it provides a splendid view. The park is covers a wide area,  83,897㎡ in total. From this park if you walk for 15 minutes, you will reach to the Jangboksan park. In Jangboksan Sculpture Park there are more than ten thousand cherry trees interspersed throughout the pines come to full bloom during spring. Inside the park, there are some beautiful sculptures. It says that the park is unofficial gateway to Jinhae at the end of Jangbok-ro Road between Masan and Jinhae. We went to Gyeonghwa Station at the very last.

Gyeonghwa Station is one of the top three spots in Jinhae for taking photos of the cherry blossoms. The area is often featured in Korean movies and dramas such as the film “Boy Goes to Heaven (2005)” and the drama “Spring Waltz (2006)”.

The main attraction of this spot is the rail tracks that are surrounded by the cherry trees and also two trains in two ends. People were going crazy for taking pictures with the train, there were even a long lines on both ends lol 😀

Here are my youtube vlog, where I added some moments from our tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecU9tNMlbu8&t=14s

Hope you enjoyed the post!

-Munira Chowdhury, 17/04/2019

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Reference: Wikipedia, Trip Advisor, Visit Korea

Busanjin Fabric Market

On the opposite side of Busanjin Fabric Market, there are some shops that sell second-hand sewing machines at a cheaper rate. So, last Saturday, we went there. Although it says Busanjin Fabric Market, you need to get off at Beomil station in line 1

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Busanjin Fabric Market

I think I mentioned in a couple of my blogs about my passion for sewing. I learned sewing my own dress back in 2011. And from then till moving here in Korea, I used to design and make my own dress. I think the main reason I wanted to learn sewing is that I was too impatient to wait for my tailor to finish the work lol 😀 But I never really wanted to take sewing as a profession, I never wanted to be a professional designer. All I ever wanted was to be not dependent on someone else for designing or tailoring my dress. My mother knew sewing, she taught me everything by herself. I even made some dresses for my sisters and my only niece. Sadly, after coming here, I couldn’t do much sewing. I didn’t own one, cause we used to live in a studio apartment, and we didn’t want to make our house too messy as we already had too much stuff. Recently we shifted to a bigger house, so I decided to buy one sewing machine finally. At first, I was thinking about buying from G Market. But thanks to my amazing husband who did a research about where to buy a sewing machine in Busan and found out that on the opposite side of Busanjin Fabric Market, there are some shops that sell second-hand sewing machines at a cheaper rate. So, last Saturday, we went there. Although it says Busanjin Fabric Market, you need to get off at Beomil station in line 1, which is two stops before the actual Busanjin station. The market is quite easy to find, keep walking straight from exit 1, and you will find it soon. Beside the market you will find various street shops, selling sewing stuff like various types of threads, tailor shops, and street food shop as well. Most of the tailor shops were for suit tailoring. Inside the market, there are varieties of fabrics and clothes available. From pillow, curtain, bedsheet, clothes and yes for gorgeous hanbok, you will find the fabric you need here. However, I feel like it’s a bit expensive here. One of my friends later told me you need to bargain here, but that’s quite difficult for us foreigners. My friend suggested that taking a local Korean helps with bargaining. However, later I searched fabrics in G market, and I found some really good deal there.
At first, we couldn’t find the sewing machine shops, then a kind ahjussi told us that the shops are on the opposite side of the market. There’s a foot-overbridge with the market that connects the two sides of the road, so you don’t have to go all the way down and actually cross the road to go over there. We checked 4 or 5 shops and most of them were asking for 200,000-300,000 KW. Some of these machines were quite old, so were a bit dirty, some of them were pretty small. Finally, we found one for 130,000 KW. The ajumma and ahjussi were actually asking for 150,000 KW, but my husband requested to give some discounts telling we both are students and they were kind enough to offer 20,000 KW less. Back in Bangladesh, I used to have a manual sewing machine, so I was a bit confused about the functions of an electric machine. The ajumma made sure to teach me everything before we leave. So far, I used it two times to do some alterations, and I really feel comfortable using the machine. For students like us, it’s really difficult to buy new things at expensive rates, so I think you can check this place if you are looking for a sewing machine.

I made a small vlog about the whole experience, just a one minute video showing the market and the sewing machine shops:

 

As I mentioned, I found fabrics at a cheaper rate in G Market, so I ordered some from there. Soon I am going to design a new dress and make it with my sewing machine from scratch! Hopefully, in my next blog, I will be sharing my experiences of making a full dress with my newly owned sewing machine. Wish me luck, guys!
Have a nice weekend, people!
-Munira Chowdhury, 09/03/2019

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Busanjin Fabric Market

I think I mentioned in a couple of my blogs about my passion for sewing. I learned sewing my own dress back in 2011. And from then till moving here in Korea, I used to design and make my own dress. I think the main reason I wanted to learn sewing is that I was too impatient to wait for my tailor to finish the work lol 😀 But I never really wanted to take sewing as a profession, I never wanted to be a professional designer. All I ever wanted was to be not dependent on someone else for designing or tailoring my dress. My mother knew sewing, she taught me everything by herself. I even made some dresses for my sisters and my only niece. Sadly, after coming here, I couldn’t do much sewing. I didn’t own one, cause we used to live in a studio apartment, and we didn’t want to make our house too messy as we already had too much stuff. Recently we shifted to a bigger house, so I decided to buy one sewing machine finally. At first, I was thinking about buying from G Market. But thanks to my amazing husband who did a research about where to buy a sewing machine in Busan and found out that on the opposite side of Busanjin Fabric Market, there are some shops that sell second-hand sewing machines at a cheaper rate. So, last Saturday, we went there. Although it says Busanjin Fabric Market, you need to get off at Beomil station in line 1, which is two stops before the actual Busanjin station. The market is quite easy to find, keep walking straight from exit 1, and you will find it soon. Beside the market you will find various street shops, selling sewing stuff like various types of threads, tailor shops, and street food shop as well. Most of the tailor shops were for suit tailoring. Inside the market, there are varieties of fabrics and clothes available. From pillow, curtain, bedsheet, clothes and yes for gorgeous hanbok, you will find the fabric you need here. However, I feel like it’s a bit expensive here. One of my friends later told me you need to bargain here, but that’s quite difficult for us foreigners. My friend suggested that taking a local Korean helps with bargaining. However, later I searched fabrics in G market, and I found some really good deal there.
At first, we couldn’t find the sewing machine shops, then a kind ahjussi told us that the shops are on the opposite side of the market. There’s a foot-overbridge with the market that connects the two sides of the road, so you don’t have to go all the way down and actually cross the road to go over there. We checked 4 or 5 shops and most of them were asking for 200,000-300,000 KW. Some of these machines were quite old, so were a bit dirty, some of them were pretty small. Finally, we found one for 130,000 KW. The ajumma and ahjussi were actually asking for 150,000 KW, but my husband requested to give some discounts telling we both are students and they were kind enough to offer 20,000 KW less. Back in Bangladesh, I used to have a manual sewing machine, so I was a bit confused about the functions of an electric machine. The ajumma made sure to teach me everything before we leave. So far, I used it two times to do some alterations, and I really feel comfortable using the machine. For students like us, it’s really difficult to buy new things at expensive rates, so I think you can check this place if you are looking for a sewing machine.

I made a small vlog about the whole experience, just a one minute video showing the market and the sewing machine shops:

https://youtu.be/RmWwiU4N9q0

As I mentioned, I found fabrics at a cheaper rate in G Market, so I ordered some from there. Soon I am going to design a new dress and make it with my sewing machine from scratch! Hopefully, in my next blog, I will be sharing my experiences of making a full dress with my newly owned sewing machine. Wish me luck, guys!
Have a nice weekend, people!
-Munira Chowdhury, 09/03/2019

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A Messy World

I think I mentioned in a couple of my blogs about my passion for sewing. I learned sewing my own dress back in 2011. And from then till moving here in Korea, I used to design and make my own dress. I think the main reason I wanted to learn sewing is that I was too impatient to wait for my tailor to finish the work lol 😀 But I never really wanted to take sewing as a profession, I never wanted to be a professional designer. All I ever wanted was to be not dependent on someone else for designing or tailoring my dress. My mother knew sewing, she taught me everything by herself. I even made some dresses for my sisters and my only niece. Sadly, after coming here, I couldn’t do much sewing. I didn’t own one, cause we used to live in a studio apartment, and…

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Busanjin Fabric Market

I think I mentioned in a couple of my blogs about my passion for sewing. I learned sewing my own dress back in 2011. And from then till moving here in Korea, I used to design and make my own dress. I think the main reason I wanted to learn sewing is that I was too impatient to wait for my tailor to finish the work lol 😀 But I never really wanted to take sewing as a profession, I never wanted to be a professional designer. All I ever wanted was to be not dependent on someone else for designing or tailoring my dress. My mother knew sewing, she taught me everything by herself. I even made some dresses for my sisters and my only niece. Sadly, after coming here, I couldn’t do much sewing. I didn’t own one, cause we used to live in a studio apartment, and we didn’t want to make our house too messy as we already had too much stuff. Recently we shifted to a bigger house, so I decided to buy one sewing machine finally. At first, I was thinking about buying from G Market. But thanks to my amazing husband who did a research about where to buy a sewing machine in Busan and found out that on the opposite side of Busanjin Fabric Market, there are some shops that sell second-hand sewing machines at a cheaper rate. So, last Saturday, we went there. Although it says Busanjin Fabric Market, you need to get off at Beomil station in line 1, which is two stops before the actual Busanjin station. The market is quite easy to find, keep walking straight from exit 1, and you will find it soon. Beside the market you will find various street shops, selling sewing stuff like various types of threads, tailor shops, and street food shop as well. Most of the tailor shops were for suit tailoring. Inside the market, there are varieties of fabrics and clothes available. From pillow, curtain, bedsheet, clothes and yes for gorgeous hanbok, you will find the fabric you need here. However, I feel like it’s a bit expensive here. One of my friends later told me you need to bargain here, but that’s quite difficult for us foreigners. My friend suggested that taking a local Korean helps with bargaining. However, later I searched fabrics in G market, and I found some really good deal there.
At first, we couldn’t find the sewing machine shops, then a kind ahjussi told us that the shops are on the opposite side of the market. There’s a foot-overbridge with the market that connects the two sides of the road, so you don’t have to go all the way down and actually cross the road to go over there. We checked 4 or 5 shops and most of them were asking for 200,000-300,000 KW. Some of these machines were quite old, so were a bit dirty, some of them were pretty small. Finally, we found one for 130,000 KW. The ajumma and ahjussi were actually asking for 150,000 KW, but my husband requested to give some discounts telling we both are students and they were kind enough to offer 20,000 KW less. Back in Bangladesh, I used to have a manual sewing machine, so I was a bit confused about the functions of an electric machine. The ajumma made sure to teach me everything before we leave. So far, I used it two times to do some alterations, and I really feel comfortable using the machine. For students like us, it’s really difficult to buy new things at expensive rates, so I think you can check this place if you are looking for a sewing machine.

I made a small vlog about the whole experience, just a one minute video showing the market and the sewing machine shops:

 

As I mentioned, I found fabrics at a cheaper rate in G Market, so I ordered some from there. Soon I am going to design a new dress and make it with my sewing machine from scratch! Hopefully, in my next blog, I will be sharing my experiences of making a full dress with my newly owned sewing machine. Wish me luck, guys!
Have a nice weekend, people!
-Munira Chowdhury, 09/03/2019

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Taejongdae: A dynamic place in Dynamic Busan!

I remember the first time I visited Taejongdae! Just after a few months I moved in Korea. I was equally amazed and disturbed at that time by this place. Amazed because it is so beautiful! Disturbed because it is huge! Though there is a train for those who don’t like walking much, but my newly wed husband didn’t know that I was not much energetic to walk for a long time then and I was too stubborn to admit lol 😛 However my 3 years of abroad life taught me a lot of things. I have my changed my lifestyle and started eating healthy which eventually made me capable of walking a long time. 😜 Even this year I visited Taejongdae two times! First one in July to for the hydrangea festival, and this time I was looking for a spot that represents all the dynamic features in dynamic Busan. Some of you might know that the city slogan of Busan is Dynamic Busan, and this year the city arranged a contest from its residences to submit youtube videos that promote this slogan with any kind of content. And both my husband and I feel like, Busan may be special in so many ways butTAEJONGDAE is what makes Busan even more special and that’s why we think Taejongdae is best represents dynamic Busan. Infact Taejongdae is designated as the 28 Busan monument along with Oryukdo Island.

The name Taejongdae most probably is taken from King Taejong Muyeol, 29th King of Silla Kingdom. It is said that he used to practice archery in this place.

Taejongdae is a natural park facing the open sea surrounded with magnificent cliffs and includes different facilities: such as an observatory, amusement park, light house, historical monuments, temples, ferry, pebble beach etc. I guess now you can understand why it is a huge area, cause otherwise it won’t be easy to facilitate all these together 😝 If you want to go for day out with your family and friends, I believe this is a perfect place! In fact we spent more than 5 hours and had a picnic in the pebble beach there. There are benches and restrooms at intervals so, you can take rest whenever you are tired. Also water is available. Here, each facility is significant for it’s own specialty, like-

Pebble beach: presents a heavenly view of a deep blue sea beach in the middle of two cliffs.

Yeongdo Light House: old light house of 1906 which reopened in 2004.

Taejongdae Observatory: provides a view of Japanese Island Tsushima in clear day.

Taejongsa Temple: famous for hydrangea festival.

Two War Memorials: dedicated to medical assistance unit and guerrilla team during Korean war.

Danubi Train: for roaming around tye place without walking.

Trees & Plants: Around 200s of varieties.

Gumyeongsa Temple: was a tent temple beside cliff to prevent people from suicide and rebuilt in 1969.

And here’s my youtube vlog:

After watching this video I think most of you will agree with us that Taejondae holds all the dynamic features of dynamic Busan. For this reason it is really popular among tourists! If you enjoy the video please like and share as it will increase our chance in winning the competition, and we’ll really appreciate all the support!

-Munira Chowdhury, 29/10/2018

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