My Home

“Tap, tap!”
“Jiwoo! Wake up! It’s snowing outside!” my brother woke me up with a sudden shake.

I opened my eyes widely and jumped out of the bed, running to the balcony. As I touched the glass window, I shivered. It was freezing cold. I could tell, it is winter now. The world was all white. Everything was covered with icy cold snow. And it was falling from the blue sky, filling the gaps of the world.

Every year, when first snow comes, every time, I got so excited. I wore my winter clothes. Red gloves, purple muffler, yellow furry jacket and my favorite pink boots. I went outside and took a deep breath. It was absolutely different than yesterday. It was freezing cold, but the excitement melted me down and set a fire inside me.

Cold snow comforts me. When it touches my cheek, it’s like a thought of the soft cloud touching you, but it goes away quickly, unexpectedly. Snow is just like this. When you touch it, it goes way after a second. I know nothing can stay forever. Snow is one of them. That’s why I always get so excited about it. Just one or two months later, it goes away completely. So, I want to be with it, inside those short moments.

Rolling, rolling, rolling the snow to make a tall, tall snowman. Sometimes, when snowball breaks apart, I sniff. Sometimes, when it does not even becomes a ball, I sniff again. Sometimes, when rolling it goes and becomes really heavy, I scream, “HELP!” It feels like I’m moving a huge rock, but not as simple as that. Inside of me says, “It may break!” The point is I can neither go backwards or go forwards. It may break!

Whenever I walk on the snow, my ears get sensitive. As I walk on the side of the road, fully covered with snow, it is just plain and smooth Here I listen. Every step I take makes a soft crunch sound. Just like when you imagine walking on the cloud, but the the sound of soft rain drops lingers under your feet. Tap, tap, chap, chap.

Of course, I like to play with snow, but also I like to enjoy the sound of snow. I still remember the clear sound of snow, just like it was yesterday when it snowed.

“Jiwoo, it’s the first snow!” my friends used to say.

“Jiwoo, be careful, the ground is frozen!” my mom used to say.

“Jiwoo, do you want to go out? It’s snowing.” my brother used to say.

“Jiwoo, let’s go to ride on the sled.” my father used to say.

It was just a passing day that just left in second. It was just a small moment of time like a bolt of light passed through. These moments are still in my heart, alive, like a tiny fire, but never goes out inside me. I remember. Where I call, ‘my home’.

Jiwoo Travels to Bangkok, Thailand

          Jiwoo’s family traveled from India to Bangkok in Thailand for four days. She experienced new things that her home country Korea did not have. She had lot of time with her family and with her sibling. 
Experiencing Bangkok 

          For first two days, Jiwoo and her family went to a mall called ‘Terminal 21’ which was the same building as her hotel. That’s where she saw what Bangkok was all about. There was various foods starting from main menu to dessert. Especially she loved sushi. She said the sushi is always made freshly and given. That’s why it was delicious and amazing. The theme of this mall is showing several world’s famous cities on each floor. And it expresses the uniqueness of that city. 

Running on BTS

         On last two days, Jiwoo tried the BTS which is a subway that goes to above the ground. She went from ‘Asok’ to ‘Phrom Phong’ and ‘Siam’. They are the stations but connected to the large malls. Bangkok used similar way to get tickets and to ride the subway. But she was surprised that the station and the subway itself is on the ground and the metro is moving on the bridge. Jiwoo never saw this before, she kept looking through the window and watched high and shining buildings passing quickly.

Relaxed for Fresh Start
          Jiwoo came to Bangkok for her winter break and it also means new and fresh start for her. She enjoyed herself wonderfully rested with her family well. She points out that she will never forget this beautiful moment of time and surely she will come to Bangkok again. When she got to Suvarnabhumi airport she felt this vacation was a bit short and regretted.

Museum project

Reflection

I learned more about this Indus Valley civilization people. And especially about this bull seal, how it explained their culture and how they lived. And how this Indus Valley civilization was different form other civilization.
          
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