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This week, I got my holiday presents done. Since most of my friends are scattered worldwide, I decided that origami was the way to go—I can ship them flat. This year’s creation: Santa on a Velociraptor:

My fleet of Santas and velociraptors is complete.

My fleet of Santas and velociraptors is complete.

Ho, ho, ho…RAHR!

Ho, ho, ho... RAHR!

Ho, ho, ho… RAHR!

I also folded a lot of butterflies for those who might not get my sense of humor.

And more traditional butterflies for a safer choice.

And more traditional butterflies for a safer choice.

And finally, black belt Santas for my taekwondo brethren.

TAEKWONSANTAS. yeah!

TAEKWONSANTAS. yeah!

Happy holidays!

(Seoul)—Today for Valentine’s Day, I made origami hearts for all the local people here, mostly from my taekwondo class. I love the quiet meditation that origami brings and sometimes use it in my work. But for this, my goal was to give the locals something they probably haven’t received before. From what I’ve seen, some Koreans give each other flowers and chocolates on February 14th, but I haven’t seen paper valentines. Or at least these kinds of valentines:

fancy origami hearts by yours truly!

Fancy origami hearts by yours truly

I was tempted to write, “You’re waegukin (foreigner) loves you!” but I decided against it. Baby steps, people, baby steps.

Kidding aside, I made these because aside from the fact that I like them, the people I’ve met here have been so lovely and generous despite the apocalyptic language barrier. I just wanted to let them know I’m trying, too! Kamsahamnida!