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2021: Year In Review

Mobile App, Korean Studies and Travel

I enjoy looking back to reflect. I want to recap recent blog posts, along with some milestones, and my personal achievements. One of my biggest personal accomplishments this year is developing the Korean Convenience mobile application to assist people with food allergies and intolerances to find ready-made Korean food easier.

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So much happened this year and I owe each and every one of you a big thank you for showing up and offering encouragement, to me this year.  2021 has certainly been a year full of ups & downs, but there are many wonderful moments and accomplishments as well!

Here are some of my favorites:

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Let’s count them down from three…

#3 ~ Disneyland

This was the third time I ventured into large crowded areas since the beginning of the safer at-home order.  My family and I made conscious choices that might have been a little different if it was any other year.  We chose to go to the park when it first opened, wore our masks the entire day, and didn’t wait in any long lines using Disney’s Fastpass & mobile application to pre-order our food.  Check out my three-day Disney adventure and hotel experience below.

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#2 ~ How To Read Korean Food Labels

I was shocked that Dalgona candy was trending in the U.S. as well as the rise in people wanting to learn the Korean language this year.  With so many translation hours spent building a food directory, I wanted to share what I’ve learned by reading Korean food labels.  It’s much faster and easier to read if you have some key tips to understand the front and back labels.  Check out my tips on how to read Korean food labels below.

Read More: How To Read Korean Food Labels

#1 ~  Advice From A Non-Technical Founder

More than half of this year I’ve spent working with developers and other freelance artists to build my mobile application.  I’ve learned so much about the hidden costs of mobile applications, and what it takes to build a product from beginning to end.  I have a newfound respect for any tech entrepreneur.  Check out the advice I give to other first-time non-technical founders below. 

Read More: Advice From A Non-Technical Founder

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Duolingo is an “American language learning website and mobile application” that you can download for free.  The company was formed in November 2011 and recently went public in July of this year.  My time spent learning Korean this year on Duolingo: 422 minutes total, 139 lessons, 144 words, and I’m in the top 11% of Korean learners on the app.

If you want more information on Duolingo check out their website here

Lastly, I’d like to close the yearly recap with a big THANK YOU. Though I can’t fit everything into one blog post, I hope you enjoy the above year in review and some of my favorite projects.  I sincerely mean that. I loved chatting with the brand-new and longtime followers you all are the greatest. Warmest wishes for a happy, healthy, and peaceful new year with your loved ones.

I’m working on my vision board/goals for 2022.  I’m excited for a new chapter and more fun here on Korean Convenience, cheers or 건배 (geonbae) to everyone.

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