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Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

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I was going to dress up as Baby Doll from Sucker Punch and party this week-end but I ended up working nearly 30 hours so partying was out of the way. Hope you guys had fun on Halloween! I just wore this cape and make-up at home; I was too lazy this morning to dress up haha (I really need to touch up my pink ends…)

Oh and make sure to check out Bonjour Glow Halloween’s post!

Monday, October 24, 2011

October Fashion

Lately, I haven’t paid a lot of attention to what I wear: it’s getting colder everyday and I’m so busy with both school and work that I always end up with black skinnies, a shirt and my leather jacket… which needs to be spiced up a bit!

Here are a few outfits inpiration that I picked from October magazines! Hopefully, I can get back to a good fashion sense and shop for nicer outfits!

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JELLY

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HAPPIE NUTS

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Rilakkuma iPhone backgrounds

Hi everyone! Midterms are finally over, yay! More time to few and finish my Halloween costume :)

My mom is helping me make my Babydoll from Sucker Punch costume so in the mean time, here are adorable Rilakkuma backgrounds for iPhones! The format is 640 x 960 so there my be good for other phones as well!

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You can download the whole set here! Password is the name of this blog, no caps!Enjoy!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

HongDae themed cafés: Minto

On August 11th, my brother and I met with my friend Justin in Hongdae, Seoul. I hadn’t been to Hongdae and I was really eager to walk around since it a well know area for entertainment, clubbing and shopping!

Another thing Hongdae is famous for is themed coffee shops! You’ve got the Coffee Prince cafe, the Hello Kitty cafe, Cat Cafés… there is basically a coffee shop for every theme you can think of!

My friend Justin knew how much I liked the drama Secret Garden so after giving us a short tour of Hongdae, we sat down for a drink at a cafe called Minto based on Secret Garden!

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Adorable decor ( I spend an horrible amount of time editing that pic of me >> horrible face + hair day but wtv…)

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The cafe is very cozy and adorable! Any girl will find her happiness as both the decor and staff is cute: waiters and waitress not only look good but are extremely polite and nice. Girls looking for a healthy dose of flower boys can also find it at this café since waiters were beyond cute!

Aside from a general sitting area, you also have private rooms which are great for study groups :)

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Now this café wasn’t exactly my brother’s thing of place… but who cares, go there with a bunch of girls and enjoy! Although I can’t remember a thing about how much it cost, it was fairly cheap with free refills for our drinks and a nice variety of food at a good price.

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Address information:

369-10, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 서교동 369-10)
Metro: Green Line, Hongik University (Hongdae) exit 5.
Phone:
02-333-6986

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If you’re in the Hongdae area, definitely stop by! It’s a nice place to take a break from Seoul’s fast paced life!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace is the second palace that I visited. After visiting Chandeokgung Palace with a tour guide ( for a really expensive guided tour…), I realized we could visit every palace in Seoul for 2000W to 3000W each or 10000W for all five (more info here). So on August 13th, my brother and I met up with my friend Michael and headed to Gyeongbokgung station and visited the palace with an English guide that was free and provided by the Palace!

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It was extremely rainy that day… taking pictures was a bit of a challenge, as Michael is demonstrating haha.

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Unlike a lot of people who were already at the Palace before we arrive, the rain didn’t stop us from visiting this beautiful Palace: it was crowded at first the the more we explored the Palace, the less we saw people around.

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I thought this young woman in a hanbok fit perfectly in the decor and atmosphere of the Palace!

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When King Taejo founded the new kingdom of Joseon in 1392, one of the first orders of business was to move the royal capital from the ancient city of Kaesong (now in North Korea) to Seoul. A royal capital needs a palace, so in 1394 work began on a residence fit for a king. A prime site was selected in accordance with the laws of feng shui at the foot of Mt. Bugaksan, Seoul’s guardian mountain to the north. The new palace was named Gyeongbokgung, or “Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven.” It was the heart of Korea for much of the early Joseon era (1392—1910), including the golden age under the brilliant King Sejong the Great (1418—1450). […]

Along with Changdeokgung Palace, it is considered one of the jewels of Joseon architecture, with its grand wooden halls, beautiful ponds and spectacular scenery set against the backdrop of Mt. Bugaksan. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Korea, as well as home of two of the country’s most important museums, the National Folk Museum and National Palace Museum of Korea.” Official Site of Korea Tourism

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This picture is my favourite picture from my whole trip: the Hyangwonjeong Pavilion. Although I am convinced it looks wonderful on a nice sunny day, the weather that day gave it a nice gloomy and nostalgic vibe.

Just like for Chandeokgung Palace, it was easy to get lost and relax despite the weather we had that day. Definitely worth visiting, especially for 3000W!