My Favourite Things: March 2015

My Favourite Things

Has it been a month since I’ve last posted? Oiiii. I blame work for it, what with me being in charge of organising another photography contest. That really occupied me as I helped the kids to pick photos, printed the photos, delivered it to the place to get them matted, picked them up, displayed them, found the judges, got the prizes, made the video and slideshow, created and printed the programme, hosted the actual event with my 4-H club officers . . . er, yeah. Let’s just say I’m glad that’s over! Now I feel like I can breathe a bit, and I’ve even remembered to do this post! “My Favourite Things” is a blog link-up hosted by the lovely Raisa and Eirene. Like last month, there’s no particular theme, so enjoy my favourites for this month :)

Crosley CR31-WA Companion Retro Radio

This radio is amazing. I requested my bosses to purchase this so I could have it in my lab to show kids what old technology devices look like. This radio looks vintage, but works like a modern device, and I love it. Even better that I found a classical music station — yay for 93.1 FM! But anyway, at work, this is my steadfast companion, and with all the hours I’ve spent with that photography event, this radio kept my sanity. I’m really tempted to get me one for my house now . . .

Speaking of classical music, I bought ticket to go see the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 and 7 in April. I cannot wait! I’ve always wanted to hear the seventh symphony (my favourite Beethoven’s symphony) performed live, so this is a great opportunity for me. I only wished the tickets weren’t so expensive. Buuuuut, I’m fairly certain that the performance will be worth the price.

The Biker from the Silence of the Lamb

I’ve grown fond of brunch meals. One of my good elementary/high school buddies is back in Seoul, and he’s a foodie like me, so we’ve been meeting up whenever we can, mostly for brunch. We met up in my area, which has a lot of delicious brunch restaurants. Our first “real” brunch (we’d met multiple times before and ended up doing things not very “brunchy”) occurred at Silence of the Lamb. Despite its gruesome name, I enjoyed their brunch. Good quality food and generous portion sizes at a reasonable price. I got the Biker, which comes with eggs, potato wedges, toast, bratwurst, and bacon. YUM.

English breakfast and mimosa from Phillies

Our second brunch adventure occurred at Phillies. I had the English breakfast and mimosa. Their potatoes were great, and so was their home-made sausage patty.

Holiday Waffles with Bacon from Phillies

My third brunch adventure happened at Phillies again. I got their holiday waffles with bacon. The bacon is inside the pumpkin spice waffles. It came with candied walnuts, pears, and Amaretto whipped cream. OM, NOM, NOM. It was a bizarre combination, but it worked and tasted delicious!

Earl Grey Tea and Carrot Cake at Chloris Tea & Coffee

I discovered a tea cafe called Chloris in Sinchon area that serves tea in English style. They use real China cups and teapots, and their interior design does look like something from the Edwardian era. I love this place! I have a place to relax at now when I have to go Severance Hospital nearby, so this is great. There are two branches in Sinchon, and I went to their first one. My first order consisted of Earl Grey tea and carrot cake.

Royal milk tea at Chloris Tea & Coffee

My second order was royal milk tea . . . which also came in a teapot. I wasn’t expecting that to come in a teapot, to be honest, so I was a bit surprised. I loved it, though! The whole concept was just refreshing for me, and I felt so posh and so . . . Edwardian-like despite not even wearing Edwardian fashion, haha! Definitely my new favourite cafe in Seoul!

Thirty-One Gifts

And my last favourites are what I promised to show from last month — my Thirty-One Gifts stash. The first photo is my Zip-Top Organising Utility in Grey Parisian Pop print. That’s my new work bag because it’s big enough for me to stash my shoes, umbrella, planner, and other junk I need at work. I also love that this thing comes with so many pockets. It definitely helps keep me organised!

Thirty-One Gifts

This here is my new overnight bag, the City Weekender in Brown Woodblock Floral print. This is the bag I got in the flash sale — got this baby for $20 as opposed to something that’s $60+! I got this fully intending to take it on my Japan trip. Unfortunately, it didn’t arrive on time. If anything, it came like the day after I came back from Japan ~_~; Still, though, I love how this is so sturdy! Plus, it comes with a longer shoulder strap. Win-win!

Thirty-One Gifts

Lastly, this is the stash I got recently. I got the Zip-Top Organising Utility in Bubble Bloom print, True Beauty Bag in Bubble Bloom print, and the All About the Benjamins in Putty Snake print for my best friend’s birthday this month.

As for me, I got the Handle-It Cosmetic Bag in Black Parisian Pop, Perfect Cents Wallet in Navy Playful Parade print, and Frog Icon Coin Purse. The wallet and the coin purse are a great combo because I can now separate my American and Korean change! Whee! I love the cosmetic bag because it’s easily wipeable, and it’ll be something I’ll take with me when I travel and can put my shampoo, soap, and other stuff.

All in all, I am glad I got all these stuff at an amazing deal, and I do hope my best friend in Guam loves her new stuff, too! And thus ends my post for this monthly link-up. Until the next one!

My Favourite Things: February 2015

My Favourite Things

It’s a new month, so that means it’s another round of “My Favourite Things” hosted by the lovely Raisa and Eirene. This month’s theme will not be about The Hobbit (I am still obsessed with them, by the way XD). In fact, I don’t think this month will really have a theme. It will be more random, haha!

Font Awesome

Raisa introduced me to Font Awesome, and it is really awesome. I love how this is easy to use, and the icons you choose to use are re-sizeable to whatever sizes you need, unlike image icons that require you to re-size them in PhotoShop or something. Granted, they don’t have all the brand icons I need, but I was able to work around it :D

The Coastal Coasters

I’ve become fond of coasters in the last few months. I started off with these cheap-o-coasters before I upgraded to this one (the one pictured above) from The Coastal. I really like its minimalistic design, but I find them to not be heavy enough. These still come off the table when I pick up my mugs or cups, so I decided that I needed to get some new ones . . .

The Painted Lily Coasters

I chose to get these from the Painted Lily shop. I’d previously ordered from them to get a couple people gifts, so I got to see just how heavy they were, and they are heavy. These will be perfect for what I need a coaster to do, and they are so pretty! I do recommend this shop for handmade coasters. The designs are just gorgeous!

Thirty-One Gifts

My last “favourite” is Thirty-One Gifts. They are a direct-seller company that focuses on bags and other household goods. One of my bosses is a consultant, and through her, I get to see some of these awesome products. I have a couple of things from them already, but I will have more things from them soon since I just did a big order with them. Their stuff is pricey, but I take advantage of their specials. In December, for example, they had a flash sale that had a weekender bag marked down from $60 to $20. Another way to get discount is to spend $35 and you can get the specials for a discounted price. My next month “Favourite Things” will most likely be about Thirty-One and what I ordered, so keep an eye out for that! I can’t wait to show you my stash :D

Kansai Trip 2015

Incheon Airport

For my 30th birthday, I decided on a trip to Osaka and Kyoto. It all started with my boss and I talking about visiting Japan, with her wanting to go to Universal Studios Japan, and me wanting to go to Tokyo. However, I’d no idea USJ was in Osaka, but once I knew that, I figured visiting Osaka and Kyoto would be a good opportunity and it’d satisfy the Hakuouki/Shinsengumi fan in me, haha! My boss left most of the planning to me, and after much researching, our itinerary consisted of:

January 16: Arrive in Osaka and explore Universal City Walk.
January 17: Go to Kyoto to check out Nishi Hongang-ji, Nishiki Market, Shosei-en Garden, and Pontocho.
January 18: Go to USJ, Animate Tennoji, and Namba area.
January 19: Fly back home.

That was our basic itinerary. The following below was what really happened :D

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Version 26 “The Modern Novel”

Screenshot of Version 26

After years of not getting a new layout, here’s a new one! I introduce to you Version 26, “The Modern Novel” :) This theme was designed by Raisa! It was a joy doing business with her! She’s super-talented, and she’s very reasonable.

I love how this theme turned out. It’s very minimalistic, yet it’s doing what I need. Plus, this theme is now mobile-friendly. So yay for that! I no longer have to zoom in and out on my phone, haha!

Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy this new theme as much as I am! :D

Happy 30s Club to Me!

Google Birthday Graphics

As one door closes, another one opens. Today, I said farewell to my 20s and greeted my 30s rather . . . grudgingly for two reasons: 1) My Kansai trip ended and 2) I am not ready to be a 30-something adult. However, I cannot stop time, so I’m doing my best to accept the fact that I’m OLD.

Old or not, I still woke up at 3:30am to catch my flight back to Seoul. Waking up was super rough since I’ve already not been getting enough sleep, but I persevered and got ready. I had no problems with my travels, other than losing my boarding pass under my seat, which was a lovely little thing . . .

Boarding Pass Birthday Greeting

I never expected to get a birthday greeting from a boarding pass. I’m deeply saddened by its loss.

Eventually, I made it home without any other issues (well, I discovered that my broken suitcase became even more broken X___X), and I unpacked and went to my ENT appointment. After the horrendously pricey visit and medication, I decided to treat myself to getting a sterling silver bracelet with my leftover trip money to replace my old bracelet from years ago. I bought my new bracelet at Lloyd.

Lloyd Sterling Silver Bracelet

After all that fun stuff, I made it home in one piece, despite having an icy fall somewhere. By the time I got home, my mum had made me my birthday dinner — budaejjigae aka base stew or camp stew. This is one of my favourite Korean dishes that I have to beg my mum to make. My aunt made it for my birthday last year, so this year my mum took on the cooking. It was NOM, superbly delicious to where my palate sang in happiness.

Birthday Budaejjigae

Then it was time for cake. This year, my uncle’s birthday fell on the same day as me (he celebrates by the lunar calendar), so that was why there are two cakes. One was like a whipped cream cake designed in different styles, and the other was a sweet potato cake. I much prefer the latter.

Birthday Cake from Paris Baguette and Tous le Jours

And that’s my birthday. I’m bloody knackered from my trip, but I’m also happy and content with all the wonderful love people have shown me. So many people have wished me a happy birthday on Facebook, Twitter, KakaoTalk, and email. I got a $50 gift card from my best friend in Guam, Tales of Xillia and Legal Drug Omnibus from Knownickname, and money from my mum, dad, and aunt. I know I’m super lucky to be surrounded by so many great people. And now, let me end this with a photo of one of my other gifts — a Snoopy pen from Universal Studios Japan, given to me by my travel companion! ^^

Snoopy Pen from Universal Studios Japan

Anyway, I’ve got one more tasks to conquer before I post about my Kansai trip. Stay tuned!