Hi guys, I’m Seonkyoung Longest.
I was born and raised in South Korea and living in U.S since March of 2009.
I am an artist, and I’m very proud of myself.
My first major was drawing cartoon. I started drawing since I was young, I was working for the most famous Korean cartoonist, Lee Hyun Se, even before I graduate high school. I chose to work with him instead going college, because it was an awesome chance to learn from the real artist, and I didn’t want to miss out the chance that might never come back to me. He was the former president of the Korea Cartoonist Association. He is currently the chairman of KOMACON and a professor at the Department of Comic Animation at Sejong University. Why do I have to pay for the school for learning if I can get pay and learning at the same time from him? 😉
2005, I was working very hard for him drawing all the background of Korean History Comic Book (이현세의 한국사 바로보기). I’ve been working here and there while I was working at the entertainment but it was the first time I did whole entire series. I truly enjoyed, had so much fun and I learned so much.
After the Korean History Comic Book, I wanted to do my own, because I thought I was ready to do write and draw my own comic books. But sure I wasn’t ready, as my mentor told me so. I was a broken heart from my dream and the real world, I couldn’t heal myself. I couldn’t stand up.
So I quit.
Yes, it was a very bad move, at that time. It was my first dream crash.
After I quit drawing, I started dancing. I had to release my stress, and dance was the perfect sense for me. I forgot everything while I was dancing. Move my body and sweating… So I became a professional belly dancer. I attended 4 competitions and got 2nd place once and 3rd place twice. (I was very upset with myself because I’ve never gotten the 1st place, but now I’m looking back…. I’m very proud of myself. I need to stop being too hard on myself (because I’m still very hard on myself… not good for your mental health.). I became a member of Seoul Street Artist as a professional belly dancer. I did performance on the street of Seoul during 2008.
I was very happy not only while I was dancing but when I was creating new choreography. I realized that I’m an artist, not whom only can do that already exist. I love creating new things my own way and I see my happiness from there. Well, the process of creation is not the most beautiful thing, but after the feeling? If you have done it, you know it. You can’t get the feeling anywhere else.
During the time(while I was dancing and still was a belly dancer), I met my prince charming, the one I was waiting for whole entire my life… Jacob.
Ah, my love Jacob, I can’t thank enough to God that he chose him to sending into my life. He is the one I was waiting for. Gentle, charm, handsome, cute and perfect sense of humor. But the most he is the honestest person I’ve ever met. I could trust him. That is all I needed, because I had very bad heart breaking from the previous relationship. And all I praying for was I want a guy never lie to me. God is good.
So my U.S life started from 2009.
I was happy for a while because I was with my love who I want to spend my life together. But same time I started get depressed and feel unhappy. We were living in an apartment and I couldn’t get out from there. I didn’t have family, friends or drive license with me so there were no way I could get out of the apartment and go somewhere. Even though I could walk out from the apartment, there was no place to go… We were in a very very small town that Walmart is the only one place for shopping. Jacob was coming home everyday for lunch, but it wasn’t enough. I could’t even enjoy watching TV as much as I did in Korea because I couldn’t understand as well, It wasn’t fun. When Jacob comes home, I was like a pet waiting for the master all day long and so happy can’t control the happy feeling. I needed someone to talk to, so I started talking like a crazy woman. But then Jacob is so tired from work talking with people all day long, wants a quite relax time at home… So we fought a lot at that time, I cried all the time, blamed him and always felt depressed. The blue gloomy didn’t want go away from me. If Jacob was a bit less patient than he really is, I’m not here today.
He is such a great man. Very patient and handled the situation really well. He did anything and everything to make me happy. I said ‘Do something for yourself.’ then he always says(still says) ‘You happy makes me happy’. Ah, what a man! What can I ask more?
So I wanted to do something that makes him happy. At home all I could done was make house nice and clean so he can feel good being at home after hard work. This was the time I started watching Food Network. Watching Rachel Ray, Paula Deen, Sandra Lee, Giada, Bobby Flay, Emeril and more… I started cook everyday try something new that I saw on TV. I’ve never follow the exact recipe, not because I thought I could make it better because we were in serious budget so I had to substitute a lot with cheap ingredients I had. I still remember I was searing meat, making orange marmalade glaze, steaming broccoli and make cheese rice… I was a happy girl again.
Cooking saved my life.
It really did.
When I cook something new, make my own, give it my own twist and finally create something totally new recipe all by myself… Happiness was there with me. So I cooked more, more, more, and more. And more. lol
I was very happy, the blue gloomy was left me long time ago. And I saw how happy Jacob was. He was very happy to see me being a human being again(lol), and to see I’m getting better and better at cooking.
One day, I just thought I wanted to share my food and cooking tips with people. Because I made Jacob happy with my food(I think it made me even more happy). and It felt so good I wanted to do more often with more people. I just started doing it all by myself. Jacob didn’t even care, he thought I was joking. I just started with a small camera I had, no lights or no plan. Oh, no video editor either. I literally just did. And I’m very grateful and happy that I did. And sure it makes me OH-SO HAPPY!
I started cooking middle of 2010, and I’m still growing.
I’m not the most experienced or trained chef/cook, but I can say I have very huge passion and love most of’ em don’t have.
I’m not cooking for money. I’m not cooking for fame.
I’m cooking for people, to share, to tell them that they deserve to eat good food. And eating good food isn’t hard.
Everyone deserves good food. Real food. Food made with love.
That’s why I’m here.
Oh, and have some fun between that. 😉
Thank you for your time to reading, hope you enjoy my recipes and food.
Good luck in your kitchen!
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