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Here’s hoping that my pictures show up properly. Instagram linking wasn’t too friendly last week…

#korea #incheon #lunch #yum #먹스타그램 #데일리 #인천

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(This was a latergram…)
So, since I have early meetings on Tuesday and Thursdays, it meant that I get to have a late lunch with some of my co-workers. This was suggested by one, as the fish soup was her favourite. I’m not usually a solid fan of it, but I have to say…for only 7,000won, it was delicious!

Late last week, one of my co-workers made us homemade Mac&Cheese!! It was DELICIOUS. Made with cheddar and Jack Pepper cheese. She also added a Mexican spice for an added kick. Just…Just…I have no words. I felt so bad asking for more, as we needed to save some for another co-workers Fiance. But dang…so yummy it deserved its own picture :)

#InstaSize #namdaemun #Seoul #korea #streetfood #touristthings #데일리 #먹스타그램 #얌

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I was in Namdaemun to buy Hot Cheetos with K. You know, I had NEVER heard of them…Canada doesn’t get them. But hot dang…I wish we did. They are 5000won a bag here, and in a way, worth it. The flavour is unique. The taste really grows on you. In any case, yummy. The picture is of some of the street food while passing through. This is…Uhmuk? Kind of like a fish cake thing…I think?

I FINALLY got my hair cut. There is no Juno Hair close to me. Luckily, I was able to go to Edae (Ehwa Women’s University area), and visit Juno Hair location #2. Brief review, I like the atmosphere at Location #2, but I liked the head massage and the ladies at Location #3 more. I was waiting for a friend to get her hair treatment done, and was asked if I wanted a drink. They delivered the drink on the tray, with flowers, and mini chocolate muffins xD

Epic foodddd xD #koreanbbq #bbq #sinchon #먹스타그램 #데일리 #yum #InstaSize

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We had dinner. I love the way they have the egg ring around the meat. YUMMY! xD It was a good Korean BBQ Meal. I forgot the name, but this is a franchise.

Soooooooo happy! #행복해 #팥빙수 #팥미옥 #patbingsu #seoul #korea #먹스타그램 #데일리

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We then went for dessert. Roamed the streets of Shinchon…and ended up at Patbingsu place. I got the milk one, and my friend got the nut one. So yummy xD It was a good day for food lol

Late night. #hongdae #seoul #nighttime #super7 #슈퍼7

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We then went to Hongdae to play. I’m much older than her, but we ended up at a club. We wanted to dance, and we did. But DANG…I felt like I lost 5 years of my life, seeing as these kids smoke like there’s no such thing as cancer -___- But it was fun for the most part :) I loved that I could wear my sneakers, and I still wasn’t the most under-dressed person there lol

I then went to the Siloam Sauna and Spa at Seoul Station. I was pretty tired, but the subways were closed, and I needed a break. I only went for the sauna part, since I really did want to get home asap (I was seriously sleep deprived. I can’t party like I used to OTL). But, I had such a great time. Great water massage, and then just a real ‘tub’ to soak in…was good. I would seriously suggest you go to a Jimjilbang, and do the whole naked sauna thing. I would never go with a friend or even a family member. However, when you don’t know the people, it is far easier to do :P

Later on Sunday, I met up with K, and we went to Bupyeong Market to check out. We ended up at Fruili Venezia, where I had pasta. Very good! They also had a deal where you buy two pasta’s, you get a pizza free. Unfortunately, the pizza was sweet, since it was made with BBQ sauce…not tomato. I’d go for the pasta again, but it is expensive without the pizza freebie.

In any case, yummy food pictures are always welcome…right?? :)

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Musical Friday listening to Kishi Bashi


Kishi Bashi NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

I came across this by clicking on the links presented through last weeks song.

The use of the violin, and then the electronics…gave it an updated feel. I liked the mixup. I mean…then he started beatboxing! xD

Musical Friday listening to Kishi Bashi

Dabbling in PTR

Peter Thomas Roth

I’ve fallen in love with a few products from Peter Thomas Roth. So I was really really hoping to like their sunscreen as well. Seeing as this was a very neglected part in my earlier 20’s…my prevention is coming in form of damage control OTL

VERY bad, I know. For you youngins who are reading, WEAR YOUR SUNSCREEN!

That is the end of this public service announcement.

Just kidding.

Peter Thomas Roth
I got the smaller size in the annual Skincare set that Sephora puts out. A great kit that I was only able to get my hands on, last year. The bigger one was part of the PTR Birthday Set.

I totally love using my O Hui sunscreen, but I knew I had to use this as well…so I pulled it out and started trying to use it.

Now, this product is a little hard to love.

Peter Thomas Roth

Peter Thomas Roth
Peter Thomas Roth
Peter Thomas Roth
In the summer, this is out of the question for oily skin. As you can see, it leaves this sheen on the skin, making it look oily. This doesn’t completely absorb in to the skin, even after waiting a while.

However, in the winter, it is interesting. Since it is already quite dry, this is absorbed a little by my dry skin, and clings to the powder foundation that I layer on top of it. I do have to be gentle when applying the foundation. If I rub too hard with the brush, you can accidentally make the powder pill up. You don’t want that.

Being Broad Spectrum SPF 30, is nice though. The price…not too much, as it pulls closer to the $50 range. For that, I would definite suggest trying out La Roche Posay (one of my other favourites) which is also all season friendly for my skin.

Dabbling in PTR

Last week on Instagram…

So I STILL don’t have proper internet access. By proper…I mean my own -____-

I think my ARC card came in yesterday, but the Director was really busy. Or to be severely pessimistic, maybe it is being withheld cause I might get fired. Ha. OTL

In any case, I only have a few pictures about last weekend to share with you

#ikea #ikeakorea insanity yesterday…#explore #noididntgetlostiswear #OTL #데일리

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First, I had this crazy idea to doll up a bit…and hit up Ikea.
Ideally, I would have LOVED to go on a weekday. However…I have these meeting in the early afternoon, which messes up my time ability to make a quick run before I work. Sooooo…weekends are the only time I can get out. The other thing is…Ikea has only been around for a few months, and the new shiny aspect of it is still going strong.

That being said, avoid Ikea Korea on a weekend if you can. It was MADNESS! They didn’t have stock of a lot of stuff I wanted to buy. I ended up only bringing back a few essentials, and random bits I would love around. They had a LOT of staff around, which was nice, but useless when there is no stock to be helped for. There were a lot of people buying only one thing. One thing that they could potentially buy at ANY Daiso…so I was shocked they were buying them.

I figured I would get a hotdog, seeing as I was being herded like sheep in the damned place. The hotdog and drink combo was only 1000 won (VERY roughly $1). I can’t say that it was good, but it was definitely an experience. The hotdog was like…super thing, and long. But quite small. If I knew, I would have probably hopped over to Costco instead~ But I did like their ice cream XD

I ended up heading over to Gangnam to hand out with my training group. That started off as a disaster since one guy we were meeting was 40 minutes late. One of my pet peeves. We headed off to eat, and then went to kill some time at Darts. I actually don’t know the name. I thought it was Darts Prince…but a quick Google search brings up NOTHING! Note to self: remember names

#beer #gangnam #korea #seoul

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We then wandered a bit, and headed to something I had never seen before…the infamous Beer Lockers.

Basically, you sit at a table, and there is a bucket. Then there is a wall of beers. It looks like the refrigerated beverage section at a convenience store. They are separated by their price. So basically you serve yourself in the bar, put your beers in the bucket, and take them with you when you want to pay. They scan the bottles at the counter, and you are on your merry way.

I want to try the 1906 next time. I had the tequila flavoured beer, which was an experience.

Anyway, I’m heading back to the Ikea area to visit Costco today. Let’s hope that I don’t lose my mind there! lol

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I miss my gels…

I used a Christmas release soak off gel by Fingerpaints (bought at Sally Beauty Supply).

I did these for my friend Lo’s wedding. A grand night filled with a lot of laughter :D

Gels

Gels

I really miss doing my own gels. I wish I could have brought my system with me, but the lamp was not compatible with the voltage (amps? I don’t know) here. I should go and get them done, as they aren’t overly pricey…but just haven’t had the time to do the research to look for a decent place.

That being said, my first main goal is to try and make them long! Haha…I miss that :)

I miss my gels…

Musical Friday “‘Cause I Been Caught In Between”


Joseph Arthur – In the Sun

I rediscovered this song through Scrubs. I actually used to listen to it non-stop when I first heard it on the show all those years ago. His voice, though scratchy, gives it that raw feeling. Soothing…comforting.

“‘Cause I Been Caught In Between”

So, I did something I probably shouldn’t have. Earlier this week…I did something so that it would help/benefit another party. That was at a sacrifice of my own…It was a decent payoff, but because of my actions, I had to deal with a lot of follow up stress.

I am a little pooped from that…but I made it through another week. Going to do some prep for the upcoming week, and head over to Costco with a Coworker.

Anyway…
here is to surviving almost a month in Korea :P
I do miss a lot of things…
– seeing my dear friends
– chatting with blogger friends in EST
– my dog Chaney
– affordable fruit
– a vacuum cleaner
– a microwave
– rice cooker
– my own bank account

…but it is still a learning experience, and I am thankful for that.
I hope to get my bank account next week *fingers crossed!* so hopefully I can rectify the acct and a vacuum cleaner asap~ haha

Musical Friday “‘Cause I Been Caught In Between”

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I had this huge love for Pucca and Garu back in high school. Loved it so much, one of my close friends at the time gave me this pucca pencil set. I still have the mechanical pencil a decade later. I was always paranoid that I would lose it, but still carried it around in my pencil case :P

In any case, I’ve been loving the promotion of Pucca. I’m not sure why she is being promoted though…

#happycamper #korea #food #burger #incheon #먹스타그램 #데일리

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My Coworker K said that these burgers were great. So we made our way over after work one day. I must say, that the friendly attitudes of the workers, and the super yummy cheesy food…I was SUPER happy with my meal. Yes, it is a tad expensive for what we think should be cheaper. But I had no regrets. NONE. I wanna go back now :P
GrabaB

I FINALLY got to start my Alien Registration Card! If Canadians wish to stay longer than the 90 day period, you need to get one. This also allows me to open up a bank account (used to be that you could temporarily open with your passport, but the two places we went to said they don’t do that), I can sign a contract for my phone and internet…I cannot wait! It was also pretty quick. We took the public transit, and I left and was back in my area within 2 hours. We got there in the morning, so that was also REALLY helpful.

#friedchicken oh how well it's done here…#korea #bupyeong #incheon #goodeats

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Chicken.
Is there anything more that needs to be said?
I had this nutritionist friend awhile back, and she used to say how technically fried things weren’t as bad as we make it seem. The reason they were, was because the oils are not heated high enough, thus does not drain off the food. So when you eat the food, all that oil that has been trapped is consumed. I’m not healthy, or think about oils…but the fried stuff here…is just awesome. It isn’t oily. Perfectly crispy. The only oils are from the chicken itself, if you even find any. It is almost as if it has evaporated during the frying process. So all that is left is the delicious, moist chicken…

I might be drooling while typing this LOL
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