Photo Potpourri: Nomminess

Photo Potpourri

Graaaagh. I’ve been a bit busy lately because I’m on the wonderful 6:00am split shift, where I have to wake up at 4:30am to ensure I get to work on time. Then I pretty much am working and breaking in between until 5:15pm, so needless to say, I am bloody knackered when I get home. I was so tired and busy that I couldn’t even really do much for Memorial Day weekend, but I did make it down to Cheongju to visit Chibi Toaster. Except I had no idea it was Buddha’s Birthday on Memorial Day, so the Koreans were also on holiday . . .

Anyway, here is a quick photo dump post to share some nommy things I’ve eaten :D Enjoy!

Butter Chicken at Namaste

Chibi Toaster and I had some errands to run in Dongdaemun a few weeks ago, and we decided to get some Indian food at Namaste. I got the butter chicken with naan, and it was yummy! This was my second visit to them, and I liked this visit better than the first one!

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

The visit to Namaste encouraged me to try making some butter chicken in a slow cooker, and I merged these two recipes. It turned out okay only because the seasoning was much too bland. So I doubled the seasoning when I re-heated the dish on the stove, and that proved to be much better. At least the chicken turned out to be juicy and tender! Oh, and that bread is not naan; it’s pita bread from the Bakers Table XD;

Green Tea Cake from Tous les Jours

My auntie’s lunar birthday was a couple of weeks ago, so she brought home some green tea cake from Tous les Jours . . . and this was the cake. It was pretty good :D

Naengmyeon at Halmae Soondaegook

Naengmyeon has become one of my favourite Korean dishes. I love these chewy noodles in the sweet, tangy, and cold broth with some gochujang (red pepper paste) to spice things up! This place is the new 24-hour soondaegook place called Halmae Soondaegook. This naengmyeon came with soondae, which is Korean blood pudding. This has become my new go-to naengmyeon place!

Chicken Pesto Sandwich and Chocolate Avocado Smoothie at De Espresso Room

I saw on Facebook that the De Espresso Room was now serving new sandwiches and avocado smoothies, so I moseyed on over there to try out the chicken pesto sandwich and chocolate avocado smoothie. YUM. I think I’ve found my new favourite place to get a light lunch!

Croissant French Toast at Greenstreet

Last, but not least, my co-worker and I went to Greenstreet in Dragon Hill Lodge to have some brunch, and I got the croissant French toast with some bacon. This was the first time I’d tried croissant French toast, and it was amazing. I don’t think I want regular French toast anymore . . .

Symphonic Selections: Concierto de Aranjuez ~ Adagio

Symphonic Selections

Recently, I’ve been re-watching some of my favourite films. One of them is Brassed Off, a film about a coal mining town in England that’s about to get shut down, and that closure affects the colliery brass band and its members. That band is led by Danny (Pete Postlethwaite), and it also stars Ewan McGregor, Tara Fitzgerald, and Stephen Tompkinson. This film was introduced to me by my beloved high school band teacher, and I remember watching this and was awestruck by the scene where Gloria (Fitzgerald) comes in and shows her mad flugelhorn skills to all the boys in the band. Gloria plays “Adagio”, the second movement from Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo, otherwise known as “Concierto d’Orangejuice”. Below is the scene from the movie where it’s performed.

I absolutely adore this song. I know it is originally composed for a classical guitar, but this brass band arrangement works beautifully, especially the flugelhorn’s timbre fitting perfectly for the solo part! I remember having tears in my eyes upon first listening to this song. This piece really tugs my heartstring! Do give this song a listen, and if you haven’t seen this film, I also recommend it!

ETA: I’ve been told that the first video is not available in the United States (grr!), so I found a different one.

Photo Potpourri: VSCO Cam

Photo Potpourri

I’ve recently decided to try VSCO Cam to see what the hype is all about. I’ve grown to like it, and I enjoyed applying the filters to the images I’ve taken. So this whole photo dump post is dedicated to all the photos I’ve taken thus far and have been VSCO Camed XD Enjoy looking at my photos!

Message Book

One of my recent projects was to compile a “message book” for my super big boss who’s leaving. She’d been here for about thirteen years, and she’s someone everyone in my organisation is going to miss. The “party committee” I’m apart of suggested we get a card for all the employees to sign. I, on the other hand, thought about how ridiculous it’d be to try and get 70+ employees to sign a single card. Someone suggested we get a huge card, but I objected to that idea because it’d get all smushed when folded. Then I remembered my memory book project. Thus came the idea that we get a photo album and index cards, and all of us write, draw, or print our farewell messages on an index card, and compile it together with some photos and whatnot. Then I had a good friend help me decorate the album, and this is what it came to be. Who’d have thought fabric, ribbon, lace, and a tassel could be combined to create a good look? I’d have never come up with something so simple and elegant!

Earl Grey Tea and Chocolate Fudge Cake at Chloris Tea

I took my boss to Chloris, and she loved it! We checked out one of the Sinchon branches, and I ended up getting Earl Grey tea and chocolate fudge cake. Yum!

Green Jasmine Tea at Chloris Tea

Then I went to the other branch in Sinchon and had some green jasmine tea. I really love Chloris and their concept. I just love how the usage of a real teapot and teacup just gives off an elegant feel to the whole experience!

Tteokbokki, Soondae, and Tweegim

One of my good friends came to visit, and she told me she wanted some Korean food. So I took her to the little diner in my area that serves mostly Korean “street food”, and we ordered this set that comes with soondae (Korean blood pudding), tteokbokki (spicy rice cake), and tweegim (Korean tempura). This set only cost us 3,500 won (About $3.25 USD).

Goldilocks Assorted Polvoron

My friend also brought me some polvoron! They are my favourite cookies from the Philippines! :D I call them “crumbly cookie dough cookies” because that’s what they really tasted like to me when I first tried them. Unfortunately, I can never remember the name “polvoron”. Luckily, when my friend asked me what I wanted her to bring me from the Philippines, she knew what I was talking about when I said, “those cookies”.

Macadamia Nut Latte and Chocolate Chip Cookies at Berkeley Coffee Social

I also met up with her briefly for breakfast, and we stopped by Berkeley Coffee Social to get some caffeine and cookies! We both got the macadamia nut latte and their chocolate chip cookies. Oh, em, gee. That latte was so good! First time I’d ever tried macadamia nut latte :D

Cupcakes from Fat Cat

I bought these cupcakes at Fat Cat in Haebangchon, and they are delish! See, I’m friends with the lady who bakes them, and she’s the baking goddess of all the baking goddesses I know. I don’t know what she magic she does when she bakes, but her cakes are just super scrumptious!

New Movies for Marathoning!

I’ve been recently in the mood to re-watch a bunch of older films, and I realised that I didn’t have Armageddon or Deep Impact, so I ordered those and the Charlie Brown history specials from Amazon. Guess I’m in a movie marathon mood!

French Manicure

And the last photo shows my newest manicure :) French manicures are some of my favourite nail design, but I hadn’t tried this version yet. I like how it looks, but I think I’ll stick to the thinner version.

Nostalgic Notes: Grumpy the Rabbit

Nostalgic Notes

Five years ago, on May 25, 2010, my beloved bunny, Grumpy, passed onto the Happy, Hoppity Bunnyland. With her death anniversary approaching, I decided to write a Nostalgic Notes post in her honour.

Grumpy was my first real pet I’d really cared for. We’d had dogs and fishes in the past, but I never grew attached to them, especially with the fishes. Grumpy, though, came into my life because of my actions. It was September 2003, I was at Myeong-dong with a friend, and we encountered someone selling about thirty bunnies on the street, and Grumpy stood out for being the only grey-coloured one. That was the moment when I decided I had to get her, and I did without asking permission from my parents (woops!), but luckily for us, my parents allowed me to keep her. Thus, I named her Grumpy because I wanted a gender-neutral name, and she did look quite grumpy upon getting her . . . so that name stuck.

But she was never a Grumpy bunny. If anything, she was the sweetest bunny ever. She never once bit me, though she bit my parents several times (favouritism, perhaps?). She was my pride and joy, and she was my steadfast companion all throughout my college years. Though she was never the most cuddliest bunny, she still loved getting petted. And oh, man, the way she’d begged for treats . . . that always made me smile. The day she passed proved to be one of the worst days of my life, and it still haunts me until this day. I miss her a lot, and she’ll never be forgotten.

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If you’d like to see more of Grumpy’s photos, I’ve linked the Flickr albums below:

Grumpy in June 2008
Grumpy in October and November 2009
Grumpy in January 2010

I hope you all enjoyed meeting my silly, little rabbit! ♥

Ardium Shopping Spree

Many moons ago, Nancy and my friend M. introduced me to Ardium, a South Korea-based company that creates stationery goods, accessories, and other merchandises. Kind of ironic that both of them live in the US, and I live in South Korea and have never heard of them . . .

In the long run, I’m really glad they introduced this brand to me. I found out that there was a physical store in Hongdae area, and last year I checked it out and got to see their products in person. I’ve fallen in love with their merchandises since. They have cute designs and patterns, and their products are of good quality. I recently returned to the Hongdae store and went on a bit of a shopping spree, and I bought . . .

Ardium Shopping Spree

1. Flat Pencil Pouch in Summer Blue
2. I’m Green Light Notebook
3. Light Notebook Line in Coral Pink
4. Pattern Pouch Flat S in in Red Herringbone
5. Line Phone Case for Galaxy S3 in Aqua Mint
6. Pastel Pen in Rose Rabbit, Yellow Duck, Daisy Flower, and Blue Bear
7. Nature Note M in Mint Pony

Ardium Flat Pencil Pouch

The Flat Pencil Pouch and the Line Phone Case are for me, and the rest are going to be sent to friends. I am using the phone case, and I love it, even if there are a few things I miss about my old case. I also adore the pencil pouch, especially since I can organise it and even combine my “nail kit” in there with my other writing utensils.

Ardium Smart Zipper Folder S

A few days after that major shopping spree, I went back to the store to get the Smart Zipper Folder S in Night Flower. Oh, how I’m so glad I bought one of these! I need this to separate my American and Korean change! Yes, I have access to both currencies, so this new “coin purse” will come in handy. As for any future purchases, I’m eyeing the Pattern Ardium Note because I really like some of the patterns. Oh, why must you be so tempting Ardium?!

What are some of your favourite stationery/accessories brands? Have you heard of Ardium before?