The Walking Dead, Green Tea Lattes, and Bodies

12.27.2012


God it feels good to be on vacation!  I feel like the for the past...year or so, I've been running and running without a rest.  Now with an entire week to just lay back, tinker with this blog (layout change woot woot), write a bit, read a little, eat a lot - I'm starting to feel like myself again :)

I will even forgive the squirrel he has hanging off his belt.

Other than fiddling with my blog, I've also been marathoning The Walking Dead, which is in Season 3 atm and just got renewed for another season (nooooooo!  This is when I miss Korean dramas! I hate waiting!!)  Naturally, my favorite character is Daryl - something about his rough edges and heart of gold I suppose aaha  ^_^  The crossbow thing doesn't hurt either *sigh* well, what can I say, Daryl isn't the show's most popular character for nothin ;)  Glenn+Maggie is a close second, mostly because they are self-sufficient and don't get into other people's hair.  And of course Michonne is just wicked!  AWESOME character design and even though she doesn't say a lot, I feel like she has a really interesting story.  Hershel has a soft spot in my heart too - lord knows I would not have been able to stand all the chaos Rick's group brought down on the farm!  He's so forgiving - I think I would have snapped after Shane's antics!   And while he's got that warm, loving air, he's no pushover.  The tidbit with him learning to get around on crutches instead of giving up was surprisingly moving - I just hope he doesn't die soon!   Overall, there are no super annoying characters in Season 3.  Even Carol is turning out to be quite a bad-ass :)  It's good to see a former abuse victim turning out so tough!

In any case, shows like this always make me wonder how I would act if something like a zombie apocalypse happened.  I have very little hand eye coordination so I doubt I'll be able to be solid fighter/leader like Rick and Daryl.  I think I'd end up being more a mix of Glenn and Andrea.   I've got an adventurous streak and apparently I'm missing the fear gene (at least when it comes to exploring), so I think I'd end up being sent down wells *snicker* and being a little emotionally wild like Andrea.   I'd hate being stuck doing girly tasks and probably insist on learning how to shoot.  I would sincerely try my best to be independent as possible though.  I couldn't tolerate having depend on others to survive....  If it was just me and my family, I'd head straight for the coast, try to get a boat, and get offshore as quickly as I could.   I'd drift near city harbors so that I could make supply runs.  If I'm landlocked, I'd probably head for the countryside same as Rick & Co.  If I found a safe haven, I tell myself I wouldn't, but I think I would be prone to killing anyone who found us :\  Fingers crossed I don't pull a Shane.

I'm not sure how I would react if someone I loved got "turned" though.  I get irritated when people cannot just accept when a character gets bit they need to be shot asap, but then...it's not real life.  Quite frankly, I am not sure if my mom would survive a zombie apocalypse >< (though who knows I guess) and I love my dad, I know he'd want me to protect my younger brother even at the expense of his own life.   If I was faced with the decision of having to end someone's life for the 'better' - could I do it? I think I could.  And that thought saddens me a bit.  I love my family dearly...could I really put a bullet in their brain?

ON A HAPPIER NON-ZOMBIE NOTE, I wrote up the last segment of my NYC trip I took in the fall.  I love NYC. It's dirty, crowded, and packed with jaded people, but I do love it.  The vibrancy, the delicious food, the nooks and crannies - it's all very unforgettable.  I can see why people dream of living in NYC.

Tis a Holly Jolly Holiday!

12.25.2012


Yahyahayah! It's Christmas! Jeepers, work has been crazy... everyone has been trying to polish things off for the new year I guess~  I can't BELIEVE that it's almost 2013 - this year has gone by so fast! I feel like I say that every year but I'll say it again - the older you get, the faster time seems to go by.


Anyway, I watched The Hobbit yesterday and it was very good indeed!  I'm pretty annoyed that there are two more bloody movies left of the book *sigh* But the movie was such a visual feast, so more movies the better I suppose?  And after watching The Hobbit, I went home and re-watched the Extended Versions of the LOTR trilogy and holy smokes, I forgot how LONG the extended versions are!  BUT they are so good and I can't think of a better way to wait for Christmas than watch the LOTR with family ^_^

In between watching Gollum pitching fits and Legolas' lovely hair fluttering in the wind, I thought I would also finish a Christmas-related tag that Fannie looped me into as well (thanks Fannie!).

NYC Part 2: The Mystery That is Modern Art

11.28.2012

More modern art perhaps ;)?

I've never quite understood modern art.  When I was young, I was convinced ANYONE could make modern art - even taking a shit, canning it, and selling it was ok - it's ART!   But, I'm older now so I decided I ought to give modern art another shot, so I went to visit the Museum of Modern Art.  I figured that even if I didn't leave convinced that urinals are capable of some grand artistic statement, at least I'll know I tried.

It was my first time visiting the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) and I had a rude awakening when I found out that there was an entrance fee!  I'm so spoiled by all the free admission to museums in DC....  Anyway, the entrance fee was $25 (BRING YOUR STUDENT IDs....I still rue the day I threw mine away and get it for $14) or visit on Target Free Fridays from 4-8pm for free admission!

I'M ALIVE (again!) + Bits n Pieces of NYC

11.25.2012

My trademark 'deranged chipmunk' smile ~_~

And I'm back! Holy bajeezers I can't believe my last post was June 30 -_- and there is something just a little disheartening about how this is my second post I've labeled "I'm Alive!"

Well, what have I been up to? IT'S A SECRET! BWHAAHA Actually no, I've just been really busy with work and travel. Thank goodness for Thanksgiving.... Dinner was amazing and it was nice to take a break with the fam. Speaking of lovely people, I noticed that sometime in the last few months, I hit 500+ readers! What the!? Thank you to everyone for taking the time to read these musings of a easily amused, makeup adoring, mildly OCD Imgur-ian :].... (if anyone is an imgurian - I HAVE PROBABLY UPVOTED YOU). I read every comment and though I am slow at replying - each one makes my day, no question!

Anyway, to get myself rolling again and dust off this pastel green blog (I really need a layout revamp), I thought I might recap some of my tourist adventures in NYC. On that note, if any NYC/NJ-ites are in DC, let me know :]

Korea Trip 2010, Part 22: Last Sights of Seoul...THE END

6.30.2012


And here we are at long last - the FINAL post of the Korea Trip 2010 series - the last leg of my journey. I got a little tired of lugging a camera around so towards the end of my trip so my picture taking got sporadic.... In any case, by this time I was back in Seoul and visited some actual tourist attractions ^_^:

The pic on the left is the Chosun Ilbo newspaper building.  They have an English version of their paper in America if you're curious, though quite frankly, the quality of their journalism leaves a lot to be desired.

The pic in the middle is quite a famous tourist attraction in Gwanghwamun Plaza: a statue of Admiral Yi Sun Shin, a well-loved Joseon era military commander.  His claim to fame is inventing turtle ships :D  If you want to learn more about this segment of Korean history in a fairly amusing way, you can watch the kdrama Immortal Admiral Yi Sun.  I didn't watch it, but my dad loved it >_> Anyway, you can't tell from the picture but this statue is located right between two roads (here's a better pic from Little Bow).  It's not that hard to cross though it is intimidating having cars speeding past you in two directions.   It's worth the journey though, especially during the summer, because the statue is surrounded by fountains you cool yourself in ^_^

I forgot what the little building on the right is called.  However, I will say that I loved seeing all those traditional buildings sandwiched between all the high rises...  I want to say something poetic about cultural tradition holding fast against the relentless forward thrust of modernism, but some things you just have to see for yourself to understand :)

Previous post: Part 21: How Koreans Eat Italian Food
To start from the beginning: Part 1: Flying to Tokyo

Korea Trip 2010, Part 21: How Koreans Eat Italian Food

6.28.2012


The bad news is that looking back, I am seeing a distinct lack of real review posts lately :P Quite frankly, I have not been buying any new makeup or skincare products, I have just been repurchasing old favorites that I've already reviewed.  Convenient for me, but it sure makes it hard to keep up a makeup/skincare review blog :\   The good news is I THINK I ONLY HAVE ONE MORE POST IN THIS SERIES LEFT.  Yah, another New Year resolution almost accomplished!  Zomg, it only took 2 years!  Anyway, celebrating too soon - onwards!

This post is a mash up of the places I ate at (yes, I pretty much ate 90% of the time) in Busan before taking the KTX back to Seoul and hopping the plane at Incheon Airport.  It's been two years already, but strangely, I remember a lot more than I thought I would - even insignificant things like the taste of Orion candy bars and how to get a ticket to ride the metro.  I suppose this is why people dream of traveling around the world.  Each moment is somehow sharper, more visceral than it is when you're at home.  It makes you think, "so this is what it feel like to be alive."

Previous post: Part 20: Animals Galore!
To start from the beginning go to Part 1: Flying to Tokyo

Hey there, stud! (Earrings, not hot guys ^_~)

6.18.2012


Hello everyone - long time, no see! Argh, another 2 weeks have gone by without a post....it's so hard to keep up with New Year Resolutions :P

Anyway, I have a weakness for earrings (in case nobody noticed :P), but over the years I have grown particularly fond of studs. I have an irrational fear about losing earrings when wearing fishhooks (even with the little plastic backings) so over time, I've accumulated quite a few stud earrings. So, just for fun, I thought it would be cool to show you guys some of my favorite stud earrings from my earring hoard collection. In other words, no, this post is not full of pics of hot guys ;)

Presenting my My Favorite/Most Worn Stud Earrings (in no particular order):


I am not usually one for girly things but COME ON...it's a bejeweled mirror (that actually works!) and a little comb! Gahhh so cute. I've never seen anything like these so I had to have them. It was like...$9.99 and I coated it with clear nail polish so that the jewels don't pop off. The only pity is that these are small studs and most people don't notice how friggin adorable these are :(

I got this in a little shop in Centreville called Lil'Thingamajigs (they have an Annandale location too). I remember back in the day I doubted that little gizmo shop would make it, but their years of staying put really paid off because now with the Korean population exploding in NoVa, it seems like they are making enough money to branch out :) I actually prefer their Centreville location - it has a lot more jewelry eheh But they are also chock full of the usual Kpop paraphernalia, stationary, pens, plushies...*sigh* the markup is a little outrageous on some products but on the other hand...how can you resist ^_^?


I got these from He Qi Crystal Designs awhile ago. I'm not crazy about pink but something about the milky white bicones called my name. I love the adorable little balls and the fact that these are "studs" yet still dangle-y as well.



These aren't "really" studs but I count them as one since they have no separate backing. I picked up these Suspended Stone Solitaire Earrings from The Limited at full price (which I sorely regret on principle), but I do wear these a lot! My shitty picture does them no justice - these are very well-made, sparkly and quite frankly, look like the real thing. They look like a million bucks :) Plus they don't tarnish! They are perfect for work - very classic. Anyway, I like them a lot and are my go-to work earrings.


Little elephants! These are another acquisition from Lil'Thingamajigs ^^;; I saw them and I just had to have them. These are pretty childish but I love both mother of pearl and matte chrome finishes so the combo just did me in. They also have little "Twitter" like birds that I am tempted to go back and get...


These are what I wear to work when I am feeling quirky ;) They are little planets!! Love the matte gold finish and overall, I think they are a fun, almost rocker-ish pair of earrings I can sneak into work :) The planets are very sparkly - they definitely look like more than $9.99.


A very recent purchase of mine. I got these from He Qi Crystal Designs (obviously, I'm a fan of HQCD) and these are another pair that I like to wear to work when I am feeling cheeky :)  The details on the crown are absolutely gorgeous it adds a nice twist to an otherwise typical pair of black pearls. 



I mostly got these because the backing on my black pearl earrings fell off and I figured while I am repurchasing black pearls, why not get ones with crowns on top ;)? 


If I had to pick a favorite favorite pair of stud earrings, Julu Jewelry's The Second Storm would surely be a top contender! For studs, these are pretty dangle-y but gosh I love everything about them! The lovely rhodium clouds (no tarnishing), the rain drops, the pearls... I have seen hundreds of permutations of raincloud earrings (seriously, I am not kidding...just look at Etsy), but Stephanie's are my favorites! These earrings are the best of both worlds as both a stud and a eye-catching dangle (see here for a rather awkward pic of me wearing these).


I got these from Zipia a couple years ago. It's a bit hard to tell but these are 3D earrings :D I am fond of these since they are pretty unusual and are certainly one of the most creative ways to forego a backing. I coated them in clear nail polish and they've held up very well over the years. The only downside is that they don't sit on your ear very well and to stick out diagonally... it's a bit hard to describe. I still like em anyway though ^^


And to finish off the post - here is a very blurry picture of a few simple studs that aren't as flashy as the rest, but still occupy a soft spot in my heart. The plastic checkerboards are from a street market in Korea....so cheap and I wear these when I'm swimming or something because you can't really damage them xD

In the middle are Julu Jewelry Crystal Flower studs I won in a giveaway of all things (I rarely win anything xP). I chipped one of the petals when I dropped it (argh), but I enjoy wearing them when I am in the mood for a little sparkle. They're very sparkly!

And last but not least are little brushed steel bunny studs from Untamed Menagerie (year of the bunny yo!). The little bunny earrings are adorable but remarkably fragile. I would wear them more often if they didn't feel so damn delicate :P Nonetheless, I definitely think Untamed Menagerie produces some of the most beautiful products on Etsy. Their necklaces especially are just so creative and eye-catching - true statement pieces!

Speaking of Etsy, this little shop has caught my eye. The prices are rather more than I would be willing to part with, but the little dragons, puzzle pieces, and fishbones just slay me. Adorable!

I hope everyone had a great Father's Day & weekend :)

Korea Trip 2010, Part 20: Animals Galore!

6.04.2012


I think I am finally 2/3 through with this series recap xD To celebrate here is a little compilation of the various critters I photographed while wandering Busan/Seoul.  These bunnies were on sale at Shinsaegae (of course).  I'm not enormously fond of bunnies, mostly because I've rarely interacted with them but gosh darn these were so fluffy and sweet ^_^  The little paws!  The wee puff of a tail!  The carefully applied eyeshadow ;)!

Continued from Part 19: Food Porn + My Bday + Hair Curling
To start from the beginning go to Part 1: Flying to Tokyo

Review: Skinfood Apple Vinegar Fresh Foam

5.22.2012


And more Skinfood reviews!  I have to admit I have a soft spot for Skinfood, something about their pretty packaging and "food"/healthy/yummy focus just strokes me the right way.  I don't find the brand exceptional compared to other Korean cosmetics brands, but I can never resist trying "just one more thing."  Ah, such is the power of the packaging.....

I got this as a sample with one of my previous Skinfood purchases, however, I didn't use it till now because 1.) I rarely use samples unless I'm traveling and 2.) I'm not crazy about Skinfood foaming products since the Skinfood Aloe Vera Foaming Cleanser and Skinfood Honey Black Tea Jelly Foam were less than impressive. However, after finishing the sample packet, I must say I was pleasantly surprised this time around!

Purchased at: It was a sample.

Cost: $15 at YesStyle

Skin-reviving foam cleanser whisks away dirt, excess sebum and other skin dulling impurities to reveal perfectly clean and hydrated skin. Enriched with honey and pomegranate extract for softer and well-moisturized skin, the minerals and organic acids in apple cider keep skin nourished to improve over-all skin health.

Directions: For a thorough clean, gently massage foam on skin for a few seconds and rinse off with lukewarm water. Pat skin dry.


Texture: A most fascinating clear gel! A little goes a long way because this gel magically foams up when you lather it with water and really lives up its name. I forgot to take a picture of the foam, but Koyuki Palace has a good shot of how this foams.

Scent: Exactly like slightly vinegary Granny Smith Apples! Or sour apple lollipops. It's an artificial scent for sure, but quite fun and pleasant. Once it foams up, the vinegar scent becomes less prevalent and the scent becomes more sweet.

Cleansing Effectiveness: It doesn't remove eye makeup (ei Dolly Wink Liquid Liner) at all nor BBcream. That said, this is not advertised as a makeup cleanser, so this is not a criticism as much as reminder not to use this for removing makeup. On bare skin, I think this does a nice job of gently removing oil without feeling too drying. Since it's foam, there is no rough tugging and my face felt refreshed afterwards. I think my skin also look a bit brighter and more radiant too!  There was no residue left behind.

Overall
I think as a general face cleanser, this does just as promised. This would be useful for people who wear very little makeup or just sunscreen everyday. I am not sure about long term improvement, but I didn't have any irritation after use.

Repurchase? Or rather, would I ever purchase a fullsize? Probably not since my cleanser must also be a makeup remover.  This is one of the decent, but nothing special products to me. The gel texture is very cool and the scent pleasing, but practically speaking, it is useless to me since it doesn't remove makeup.

I would recommend this to people who do not wear makeup and have perhaps, mild acne problems since apple vinegar is supposed to be beneficial for acne, itching, and age spots.  This retails around $6 in Korea and a little goes a long~ way (the tiny sample pack lasted me 4 washes).

I would NOT recommend this for people with sensitive skin or those who dislike the scent of (apple) vinegar. Because apples or no, you can smell the vinegar.

Either way, I wouldn't part with more than $10 for this product (unlikely unless you live in Korea or have a local Skinfood shop).  So unless you can get this for under that, I'd say just look for comparable products in your local drugstore.

Other reviews:
Koyuki Palace
Mischievous Mack

Korea Trip 2010, Part 19: Food Porn + My Bday + Hair Curling

5.20.2012


WHAT!? How has it been two weeks since my last post already O_o?! Ehehe, I'm not going to lie that a chunk of my time was spent catching up on the many season finales (Castle! OUAT *cue recapper guilt*! The Office! New Girl!). Anyway, to get myself into the groove again, here is the next installment of the slow-moving Korea Trip series.

This one is a fairly short post with lots of food pics~ Around this time I also celebrated my birthday and got my first perm! It didn't turn out so bad considering I was curling already semi-curly hair ^_~ (see last picture in the post).

Lastly, I could not for the life of me think of a good title for this post.... gah....

Continued from Part 18: Random Sights of Busan
To start from the beginning go to Part 1: Flying to Tokyo

A Lone Egg and An Empty Nest

5.04.2012


And so Robin Family series comes to an end :(  I checked the nest last week and all the birds had literally flown the coop....  I can't believe how quickly they grew up ;_;  The last time I saw them I estimate they were only 4-5 days old since their feathers were just starting to poke out.

On the upside, the rhododendron flowers are in full bloom.


You can see the nest worn down on one side, where the mom bird would perch when feeding the hatchlings.

You can see a peek of blue....

I got really caught up with work for a week and right on the dot, two weeks after hatching, the baby robins were gone! I was actually really depressed that I never got to see them again.  Since I hadn't seen any robins around the bush for awhile, this weekend I went up right up next to the nest to take a look inside.  Remember when I said I think only 3 of 4 eggs hatched?


Well, now I've confirmed it :(  There was one egg buried at the bottom of the nest; apparently unhatched eggs are either shoved out or buried.  I thought about retrieving the egg to get a closer look, but I have a fear that I'll accidentally crack it and a half formed robin will spill out ><   I guess I'll just leave everything as is.  Robins lay 2-3 broods a year from April to July so I am hoping we have another robin family will move in but so far...no such luck~

Also, I thought I had gotten some pretty sweet photos of robins but gosh, lots of people have gotten much better pictures!  Like Kathy, who got friggin amazing shots of a robin nest that was also, coincidentally, in a rhododendron bush (maybe robins like rhododendrons?).  You can see how robins grow day-by-day and I am so jealous she got to see the hatching ;_;

Cinco de Mayo tomorrow - have fun :)

Korea Trip 2010, Part 18: Random Sights of Busan

5.02.2012


This is a mini-post of random non-food pics I took in Busan.  Above is by far one of my favorite pics among the thousands I took. Allow me to proudly present....the most stereotypical young Korean couple ever ^_^!  I saw them at the bus stop and I was quite entranced by how romantic they were in a way that is distinctly un-American.  Given I am Korean and have seen enough k-dramas to last me a lifetime, but seeing it real life was something else.

Let me preface this by saying that they were clearly a loving couple, enviably so actually. I wouldn't mind wearing a couple outfit (don't judge me!).   In any case, there was something slightly kooky and very endearing about their matching outfits (right down to the sandals!), gigantic DSLR cameras, and bright red umbrella to block the sun.... I think this pic captures everything that is quintessentially Korean - quirky, sun-hating, romance-loving, and utterly selca-addicted!

Continued from Part 17: The United Nations Memorial Cemetery
To start from the beginning go to Part 1: Flying to Tokyo

Review: Skinfood Broccoli Sun Cream SPF42+++

5.01.2012


I run through sunscreen pretty quickly because I use it everyday, especially since I have started wearing BBcream less and less now, especially on the weekends. I just hate getting makeup smeared everywhere and lately, I'd rather have a face that doesn't smear makeup on the collar of my coat than perfect skin :P

In the past I have also reviewed the Skinfood Carrot Sun Cream SPF 30++ and SkinFood Quince Whitening Sun Lotion. Currently, I alternate between this sunscreen and a Missha sunscreen I'll review later.

This sunscreen cream contains a variety of vitamins and broccoli extract to revitalize skin tired from summer weather. It provides high UVA and UVB protection for outdoor activities.

* Use: 15-20 minutes before going outside, apply to exposed areas such as face, neck, arms, and legs, avoiding eye areas.

- Skinfood product page
Purchased at: Believe it or not, I got this in Korea two years ago and just popped it open recently. This is a relatively unpopular product, so you can get it for pretty cheap compared to BBcream (ei Amazon).

Scent: ooo...I like! Skinfood has a way of nailing some of the strangest scents, like mushroom, lettuce...now broccoli. The scent is very light and and reminiscent of steamed vegetables. It's odd but not at all unpleasant.

Texture: It's a classic "milky" sunscreen that runs more liquidy than creamy. In fact, it's a little baffling to me why this is called a "cream" since it's so liquidy.  It's just like the Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunblock SPF 70, which I never reviewed on my blog but have used extensively in the past because of its high SPF. Anyway, this absorbs very quickly and does not leave any streaks. In fact, it absorbs so quickly, if you don't spread it fast enough, you'll end up using more to cover your whole face.

Effectiveness: Well, it's SPF42 and doesn't leave white streaks on my face. Like any sunscreen, it should be reapplied every few hours if you are sweating.

Appearance on face: It goes on smoothly and absorbs fast. It tends to make my face very oily/shiny though. I haven't taken pictures wearing this sunscreen but other reviewers have said that it does not have a white cast despite the high SPF.

Overall
I probably wouldn't buy this again or recommend it because it's not particularly amazing to me.

Pros:
- Milky sunscreen absorbs faster
- Delicate, natural scent
- High SPF

Cons:
- Leaves a shine on your face. Nothing powder wouldn't fix though I guess.

I'm not sure what it is, but I just feel very lukewarm about this product even though there is nothing wrong with it. Let's just say that there are plenty of comparable 'milky' sunscreens in America (Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunblock SPF 70 and Shiseido Anessa Sunscreen SPF30 for starters) that it's hardly worth the trouble of importing.

Last thing, I'm not sure why, but people seem to be having entirely different experiences in terms of consistency (see reviews below). Basically some people (like me) are getting "milky" sunscreens and others are getting "thick" sunscreens. It almost sounds like everyone is using two different products. Maybe some people are getting expired or fakes? Mine was at least 2 years old, though unopened and unexpired, but maybe the age made it more liquidy....  Anyway, just thought I'd throw that out there.

Other Reviews
Chocolate Cherries Allamanda - very positive review that calls this "thick and hard to blend." wtf?! Are we using the same product?
Review Galore - Slightly drying and sticky. No white cast.
Cosmetic Candy - describes it as a "thicker lotion"...weird because mine was almost watery....
Mischievous Mack - pretty much agree with everything she wrote.

OOTD: A Casual Saturday

4.30.2012


Hey lookie here, an Outfit of the Day :) Hopefully, the first of many, though I do not think I dress particularly well. I tend to dress for comfort and rarely accessorize...I would categorize myself as a Lazy Fashionista, if there is such a thing.

Anyway, let me introduce to you one of my favorite weekend outfits:

The Limited High Low Cardigan (direct link)
Grey Tank Top from Walmart...Fruit of the Loom I think
H&M Black Scalloped Shorts

Baby Robins Say Hello!

4.22.2012


Today is Earth Day so I am especially thrilled to update you all on the Robin family ^_^

A couple weeks ago, a robin laid four eggs in our backyard. Wiki said it would take ~2 weeks for the eggs to hatch and last weekend the eggs hatched right on time!! The little chicklets in the pic are ~1 week old :)

Aww his skinny little neck ^^

Now that the younglings are a little older, the momma bird isn't always sitting on them so I got to snap a few pics. Thankfully the lighting was SO GOOD yesterday, I didn't even have get very close to get these these closeup shots. The sad news is that I think only 3 of the 4 eggs hatched :( But the survivors are very energetic and adorable!


They are still mostly naked but their little feathers are growing in fast ^_^

Only 7 days old and already being stalked by paparazzi...

They're supposed to start flying in a week or so this might be the last pics I get of them :( but it was an amazing experience to see them grow. I didn't get to see them actually hatch ^^ but hearing them cheep and seeing their mom feed them everyday was definitely a once in a lifetime experience ^_^


When the mom is home, I have to content myself to snapping pics from inside :P This is when she is feeding her chicks.


On another nature-y note, the roses and azaleas around our house are flowering. The roses were a surprise because they rarely bloom but this year the roses are not only bloomed but they are huge.


The azaleas, on the other hand, always bloom and I daresay they are among my favorite flowers because they are not only gorgeous but also very hardy and easy to care for.


They don't need fertilizer or regular watering, every year the bushes are just covered with dense, perfect blooms.

That is all for now.....Happy Earth Day!

Korea Trip 2010, Part 17: The United Nations Memorial Cemetery

4.19.2012


The next place we visited that day was the United Nations Memorial Cemetery (English). This cemetery is truly beautiful and a must see if you are in Busan. It is literally this vibrantly green patch of land in the middle of a modern metropolitan city; I suppose you could liken the effect Central Park has on Manhattan. However, unlike Central Park, since this is a cemetery, it is has a more contemplative air and almost surreal in the stark contrast between the quiet tranquility and the bustle of the city just beyond its walls.

Here at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea, the only one of its kind in the world, rest heroic brave soldiers from a number of UN nations, who sacrificed their lives for world peace and freedom.

Continued from Part 16: The Busan Museum
To start from the beginning go to Part 1: Flying to Tokyo

Korea Trip 2010, Part 16: The Busan Museum

4.17.2012


Sooooooooo....it beats me as to what use this travel series will be to anybody since it is literally been TWO YEARS since I was on this trip and I am only HALFWAY through my backlog of pictures. But as god is my witness, I am going to finish this travel series!!!

To recap, since it's been so long fml: I went on a month long trip to Korea in the summer of 2010, with a little pit stop in Japan at the beginning. I took a ton of photos along the way and thought it would be fun to write a series on my trip....basically, Korea through my eyes. I traveled with family so I had no particular plans for my trip, I just went where my relatives took me. Believe it or not, this series shows just a tiny slice of the thousands of photos and many places I went. In a nutshell, Korea is truly a vibrant country, rich in cultural history and full of little nooks and crannies to discover :) Better than kpop and kdramas ;)

I hope this series encourages people to visit Korea; even if you "don't know where to go," I have to say that the best times I had were visiting places like the mall (Shinsaegae will forever blow my mind) or simply wandering aimlessly. Even if this series is a little outdated now, I hope people find these posts useful :)

If you would like to read the last post or start from the beginning, follow the links below.

Continued from Part 15: Love Locks
To start from the beginning go to Part 1: Flying to Tokyo

Otherwise, let's pick up where I left off....

Meet Momma Robin + Best Ginger Candy EVER

4.14.2012


Random update before I pack up - I haven't mentioned candy in awhile, but trust me....my sweet tooth is still alive and kicking.  Quick update on the Robin Family: here's the Robin Mom watching over her eggs.  I'm guessing we have ~7 days to go till hatching but otherwise, all is quiet on the home front ;)


And now....I present to you one of my all time favorite (and #1 favorite in the past few months) candy - CHIMES GINGER CHEWS!

These so friggin hard to find though! My mum brought them home one day because they were on sale at Hmart (bless Hmart, I discover all my new candy there ;) ).  After one piece I was hooked!  Hmart only stocks these periodically but I have also seen these at Ross and Marshall's oddly enough. I usually avoid buying food stuffs at what are essentially discount clothing stores but these are just too good (and rare) to pass up.  And whatever, these babies are individually packaged so I'll risk it ;)


These are a chewy (like caramel), powerfully ginger flavored candy that is lightly dusted in powdered sugar.  This is obviously a sweetened version of raw ginger but this is as close as you are going to get without just eating...raw ginger.  This stuff is STRONG.  It will clear your sinuses with an insanely spicy, sweet, deliciously tangy kick.  Like I said, it's very chewy but if you aren't impatient like me and chomp eagerly on it, it will melt in your mouth slowly as well.

My favorite, favorite is Orange Ginger (comes in an orange package duh) because the orange and ginger go so well together.  Peppermint is a little blase because the the ginger flavor overpowers it; you might as well just eat the Original.  I haven't tried Peanut Butter or Mango yet because I dislike peanut butter and am faintly allergic to mango.  When I'm feeling adventurous though, I'll try em...nothing like a little allergic reaction to jazz things up xD

I would totally recommend you try these (especially if you have a cold or sinus issues).  The only exceptions are people who don't like the taste of ginger (obviously) and people who don't like super chewy candy xD  Otherwise, this is one of the most unique, flavorful, and ridiculously addictive candies eva!  No need to thank me ;)

That said....Geez, I can't believe I can write so much about one bloody piece of candy....

Review: My Beauty Diary Earl Grey Tea and Macaron

4.12.2012


Warmer weather is back and so is my SHEET MASK ADDICTION. BWAHHAHA. I only got to try 2 of these - one from Ssusho and one that was a gift with purchase - so take this review with a grain of salt. I usually finish the whole box of masks before I review it.

Purchased at: Twas a gift from Sussho! But you can also get these at Sasa as well.

Price: N/A but usually $10-12/box

Description:
My Beauty Diary Earl Grey Tea & Macaron Sheet Mask illuminates and clarifies the face in 20 minutes.The combination of black tea ferment and bergamot essential oil gives a miraculously brightening effect. It brightens dull and yellowish skin tone, leaving skin briskly clear, fair and flawless. Sweet almond protein and sugar cane extract are mixed to leave skin glittering and translucent, smooth and delicate. The fruit extracts of rosa canina, blueberry and acerola leave skin fair and perfectly clear, enhancing the skin’s translucency and ability to defend.
Suitable for: Suitable for normal skin, it is recommended for dull skin without lustre.


  • Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract whitens skin.
  • Rosa Canina Fruit Extract softens and moisturizes skin.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate strongly hydrates.
  • Malpighia Punicifolia (Acerola) Fruit Extract aids in whitening.
  • Saccharomyces/Xylinum Black Tea Ferment softens, smooths and brightens the skin to improve the overall appearance of the complexion.
  • Citrus Au Ranti Um Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil gives an antiseptic effect and reduces inflammation.
  • Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract gives an antiseptic effect and reduces inflammation.


Experience: I am probably one of the last people to try the much hyped Tea series MBD released last year. But I've heard good things so I tried this with pretty high expectations. Love the packaging - gorgeous matte/silk finish, cute drawings~ Smells great too; I'm not sure what macarons smell like but this had a delicate sweet, slightly lemon-y scent. Very pleasant. Sheet stuck to skin nicely I must say the aroma of the mask made the whole experience especially lovely. Popped off the mask in about 30 minutes. Redness was down and face felt plump and hydrated, an effect that lasted till morning.


Overall

Fit: Nice (aka shape is the same as all MBD masks)

Scent: Very good indeed! The Earl Grey scent is very subtle, you mostly smell just a hint of lemon. It's a very hard scent to describe but definitely one of the most pleasant.

Mask texture: Smooth, silky, thin

Excess serum: I never get a lot of excess serum in my MBD for some reason, but the mask is drenched so you can easily redistribute some of the serum around your neck.

Look at how thin this mask is ^_^

Claims: Of the things they claim: whitening, hydrating, softening, reducing inflammation - I would say this mask does all of that. Can't vouch for "reducing inflammation," though there is a temporary reduction in redness afterward.

Overall: While this did not blow my socks off, it is something I would recommend. The scent is just indescribably wonderful, a great pick-me-up. It works, there was no irritation, and now that the hype has died down, is generally the same cost as the regular MBD line ;)

On another note - I AM COVERED WITH LITTLE BUG BITES. ahhhh, my arms, my legs, my shoulders, my tummy - I am speckled with little red, slightly itchy bumps! I haven't figured out where they are coming from because nobody else in the house has any bites. Grrrrr....*scratchscratch*
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