VLOG + Finally in Jeju!

8.27.2013


Still massively, massively behind on vlogs and blogging - sorry sorry! But the good news is that I am now in Jeju-si and prepping to move into my apartment on Saturday (FINALLY!)  I will be in downtown Jeju City so it will be BLOODY SWEET and quite frankly I can't wait to start decorating and shizzle ehhe I have a terrible, hacking cough right now, but I think 60% of it stems from the stress of nomadically hopping from hotel to hotel :P  Thank heavens that will be over soon.... And yeah, if you live/are coming to Jeju - HIT ME UP AND LET'S HANG OUT!

Anyway, continue to follow my Korea adventures nibbling on watermelon ice cream, strolling through buddhist temples, poking through makeup stores, and eating eating eating ^_^



I swears that I will be updating with some reviews soon!  The sheer amount of makeup calling my name right now is redonkulous!! Ahhh....Nature Republic, Aritaum, TonyMoly....how I love your sweet siren calls ;)

Giveaway Winner!

8.26.2013



Hi everyone, sorry for taking so long to announce the winner - but at long last, the winner is......

VLOG: From USA to Korea

8.18.2013

I spent the weekend in Hongdae and it was awesome - but I am so friggin exhausted!  We did a lot of fun stuff like going to a cat cafe, singing at a noraebang, and listening to indie artists at midnight but my god did it involve a lot of walking >_< Also the jimjilbang we stayed at, Happy Days, was by far one of the worst jimjilbangs I've ever been to :P It was very crowded (which I didn't mind), but it was SO SO HOT. I swear they had the HEAT on or something - I was sweating in the lounge within 5 minutes...I considered sleeping in the ice room (there were a few people who slept right next to it in the narrow hallway), but I figured that wasn't safe so I just spent a restless 3 hours tossing and turning, sweating, and waking up every 1/2 hour feeling like I was suffocating from the heat.  But ah well - CULTURAL EXPERIENCE xD  Also it was rather dirty....I can tell the owners don't care too much about quality since they are in a prime real estate location - right next to Hongik Uni and Hongdae and no doubt get boatloads of tourists and weekend partiers crashing in every night.

Luggage cart at Incheon :)

Tho I've been to a jimjilbang several times, the sleeping together in one giant room experience still fascinates me - there is something strange yet comforting about sleeping in a room filled with hundreds of strangers....of flopping a leg across someone you never met....it's all so familial.  You don't know each other but for one night we're sleeping side by side ^_^ I don't know what I'm trying to say, but I rather like it...though I worry about farting in my sleep sometimes :\

Handprints and sigs of famous actors at Incheon Airport! In the video I compare my hand to
Lee Young Ae's (Jewel in the Palace)...we have almost the same hand size ^_^

Anyway - Hongdae was a lot of fun! I totally understand why young people love the place - the air is just filled with creativity and vibrance!  Young people selling their handmade items, playing music, posting art everywhere.  I only wish I came earlier and got to live in Hongdae....I think I am a little old for the place quite frankly, but being there makes me feel young again!



And oh yeah...this vlog isn't about Hongdae xD  I'm a little behind on my vlogs; this one is about my journey from the US to Korea....see the video above to come along for the ride ;)

And thank you everyone who entered my giveaway ^_^ I'll post the winners later this week!

VLOG: Leaving Home....

8.16.2013



Hi everyone! I am currently in Korea settling in, but I finally got my first vlog together ^_^ Editing it made me rather homesick - I miss my fam and friends already >_< I'm sorry my updating is so sporadic though, I'm still somewhat jetlagged, caught a cold, and am confused as to why I brought 7 pairs of shorts and only 3 t-shirts :P



The Incheon Airport was so fabulous - I got a bunch of clips (next vlog!) - I can totally see why it's the #1 airport :D :D Anyway, in a nutshell, all is well and I look forward to sharing more of my wanderings with everyone :)

Thanks so much for all your words of encouragement and support!

P.S. My Etude House Giveaway is ending tomorrow!

Chillin' at SFO

8.01.2013


Hi from San Francisco! I just wanted to post a quick update after many days of abandoning my blog :P  Packing was a lot harder than I thought it'd be because all my check-ins had to be below 50lbs. So despite my awesome folding and packing skillz, I ended up having to take 2 check-ins anyway because of weight issues. It was $100 for the second bag blerghh :P

Even though I'm super excited overall about the trip, I was really sad at the airport.... It finally sank in that I won't be seeing my fam or be home for at least a year and oh gosh, I dunno....I'm more sentimental than I thought I guess. I felt better after a good cry and nap on the plane, but I'm surprised by how lost I feel knowing that my family is so far away....

Cool art display at SFO.

Anyway, I have a 10 hour layover at San Francisco airport and since I'm here from 12AM - 10AM, it's pretty much deadddd. But I love how there are no crowds and so many seats open for me to just stretch out on and read/surf the net/edit vids :)  I've also been recording little snippets with my camera for the last couple of days for a vlog with my new Olympus TG-620 Tough iHS Waterproof Digital Camera and I feel oh-so-cosmopolitan editing my video in an airport ^_^

On a more cheerful note, I met a lady who will be living in Korea for the next 9 months. She's part of a mission trip that teaches in English in a small town about 90 minutes from Seoul. She's in her mid-50s but her zest for life and genuine desire to do good was really inspiring. I was feeling a little jaded after reading a bunch of blogs I stumbled across written by ESL teachers who just hate Korea, teaching, Korean people, Korean food.... but this lady reminded me that there are many, many good ESL teachers as well - people who travel with open minds and hearts and are willing to give their time and spend their own money to do good in a country so far from their own.

Also I am loving my ASOS scarf ^_^ It's so big I've been using it as a blanket on the plane and the tassels and bright colors make me so happy ehehe

The next time I post I'll prolly be in Korea....see you then!
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