Rest Stops in Korea

At the end of last month I went on vacation back to Korea. It was super fun and waaaay too short.

I filmed this video on a whim my 2nd day back. I had planned to rent a WiFi egg (portable router), but what I didn’t know is that you can only rent them at the airports. I, for some reason, had it in my head I could go to a cell phone shop or something. Nope. So the day after I flew in I actually went back to Incheon airport to rent the egg. Korea has more places with Wifi compared to, say, Japan, but it’s not everywhere so having an egg is super helpful.

So anyway I took the bus back which is cheaper than the train, but takes a little longer. And most of the time the buses will stop at these rest stops. The only exceptions are when a) the ride isn’t very long or b) when it’s a very late bus. Usually when I would take the bus back from Incheon to Daejeon after flying in late at night the bus doesn’t make pit stops.

The rest stops in Korea are pretty much the same everywhere. There are a couple exceptions for ones that are particularly big or have some shops or a bigger food court. But all the basic ones are the same – some bathrooms, a small food court, a convenience store, and other small food shops like Dunkin’ Donuts and shops that sell things like 호두과자 (hodu-kwaja) – a sweet bread/cookie with walnuts and, sometimes, red bean paste. Also there’s almost always a little stand selling weird odds-and-ends and trot music lol.

Not a bad place to stretch your legs!

F(x) “4 Walls” Spazz Podcast with NYAN

I’m happy I get to share a new (and hopefully reoccurring) project with all of you! I recorded my first podcast with the fine people of Not Your Average Netizens yesterday.

We spazzed over f(x)’s “4 Walls” – both the MV and album. I think Shannon conveyed all da feels best lol. I don’t often get to spaz with people over Kpop so I’m not as vocal as I could be.

Thank you, Ashe and Shannon, for having me. I’m looking forward to having the chance to record more with my fellow fans.

FAB #3 – Etude House & Tony Moly

I can’t resist! I know I said I’d try to avoid Etude House for my next review. But then I found out they ship internationally now, *and* they had an offer for free shipping at the time. How could I resist?


Color In Liquid Lips

I’m always attracted to Etude’s cute packaging, so this caught my eye. Not quite a tint, not quite a gloss. I’d say it’s somewhere in between.The color was great and not my usual choice. The consistency of the liquid is somewhat thick. I definitely had to blot so it was the consistency I wanted, but it’s not unreasonable. I like it!

You can find it here (I got #14 BE102)


Proof 10 Eye Primer

I had high hopes for this because the reviews on Etude’s site were pretty good. It has not disappointed! It’s still not a product I use regularly, but it does what it’s supposed to. In general my problem is that eye shadow wears off fairly quickly. I noticed, though, when I used the primer that it took much longer. Eyeliner seems to keep on better as well. A worthwhile product!

Find it here


Peach Punch Sweet Foam Cleaner (Tony Moly)

This is a pretty basic cleanser here. It has a fairly strong smell of peach (bit more like peach iced tea). At first I had a problem with it because I felt like my eyes were really sensitive to it. Now that I’ve been using it for awhile I don’t find I have that problem as much anymore. I actually had a similar problem with Trader Joe’s tea tree oil products (i.e. shampoo, cleanser), but after I got used to them it wasn’t an issue. So I guess there’s an adjustment period. It’s a decent product, but I wouldn’t necessarily go out of my way to get it again.

Find it here


Soft Clay Pack

I don’t usually use packs, but I decided to try this one. The consistency isn’t very thick or anything. Honestly, I don’t worry tons about my pores. Maybe it’s because I don’t pay attention to that sort of thing. Anyway, I’ve used this a few times since I bought it. I’m not 100% sure how it affects my pores or anything, but my skin feels pretty smooth afterwards. Other reviews I’ve seen seem to like it, so I’ll keep using it!

Find it here


Sunshine In Spoon S.M.Y. Sugar Apple

This is a very gentle scrub as described on the site. The scrub granules are pretty small and the lotion (yogurt?) is fairly thin. You don’t need a lot when you use it. I actually used 1 pack 2-3 times because you don’t really need the whole thing in one go. It’s a nice scrub you can use about once a week for a sort of in home spa treatment.

Find it here


Moonlight in a Spoon Blended Sleeping Cream

I always wanted to try these sleeping pack things. I don’t know why. It just looked… interesting? I ended up buying Evening Primrose and Seaweed. I’ve only tried the Primrose at this point, and I guess I don’t know what to say. Maybe I should have inspected my skin more closely. I thought my skin felt smooth and moisturized. Other than that, though, I’m not sure what to say. People on the site really like it, and I enjoyed the concept/packaging.

Find it here


My Beauty Tool Brush – My 140 Powder

I’m pretty bad with my brushes. I know I should take better care of them. So I bought this little guy. It’s soooo soft! And I noticed after I started using it that it holds powder so much better than my (very) old one. Gotta take care of this one!

Find it here


Pocket Bunny Perfume Bar

I love perfume bars. They are so convenient! You can keep it at home, in your desk, in your bag, or take it on a trip. I loved the first one I bought from Tony Moly, but they don’t make that scent anymore (*sadface*). I decided to go with this one instead (#3 Bloom Bunny). The scent is nice! It’s very fresh and clean, like laundry you just took out of the dryer.

Find it here

SONY DSCPocket Bunny Sleek Mist

These pocket mists are meant to give your skin a little extra boost during the day. The Pocket Bunny line has one for dry and oily skin types. I went for the “sleek mist” since I have oily skin. I think I would’ve used this more if I still was in Korea. Just based on where I am now and how much time I’m indoors I don’t use this as much. If I was a bit more outdoors-y (or maybe if my work environment was more dry) I’d use it more. Also, I could do without it having a scent. It’s not a bad scent, but I’d rather just do without. But it does the job and works fine for me.

Find it here


Proof 10 Gelquid Liner

I’m always jealous of my friends who can do a really nice job with their eyeliner. So I like to try out different kinds to see if I can get it down. So I went with this waterproof gel liner. It’s a cross between a gel and a liquid liner (hence the name). I like it because I feel like I can get a fairly decent line with it. The color is a very dark brown, almost a black. If you have a steady hand you can get a fairly decent line with it. I still need practice, but even I can make a nice wing using this liner.

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Open Your Eyes set


These are some lovely colors. Admittedly the Etude eyeshadows aren’t always long-lasting. I did, however, have more success when using the eye primer. I didn’t have to worry much about re-applying.


A very nice set! It covers all the basic for eye make-up. I love the Play 101 pencils so the black is a nice basic one to have for your make-up needs. The Curl Fix mascara was way more effective then I imagined. That stuff does not wanna come off! I work it when I was working out. I wore it in the shower. Even then it did not wanna all come off. That is it’s strength but also it’s downfall. When I want make-up off, I want it off. This was so resistant. I used eye make-up remover and cleaner, and those didn’t take it off 100%. I guess they sell a mascara remover, but I haven’t bought it. I feel like I shouldn’t have to buy a specific product to take it off. So if you’re looking for a long-lasting mascara this one is awesome! But beware — it gets very attached to you.

Find it here


Bling Bling Eye Stick

What a neat little product! This is perfect for no-fuss sort of people. It’s also great to carry around because it’s so light and easy to apply. I bought a neutral color. It applies well and has plenty of sparkle. Like many Etude eye shadows the color fades after awhile, so you should reapply it. It’s not a huge issue for me, but maybe that’s because I’m not too fussy. I’d like to try other colors since they one I got was pretty basic.

Find it here


Play 101 Pencil

Ah the Play 101 pencils. So colorful. So creamy. I love ’em! It’s really different from the sort of liners I usually use. I do have to re-apply them every so often, but not anything that I’m not used to. They go on so smooth, and I can’t get over all the color options. I think they can be a really nice addition to anyone’s make-up routine.

I hope you found my review useful! If you have question about the products I showed feel free to comment down below.

Thanks for reading! :)

Got7 Fan Meeting in Chicago

I had an amazing time last weekend. Y’know why? Because I got to see Got7 in person in Chicago!

I drove down by myself Friday afternoon. I knew I wouldn’t be near the front of the line because when I woke up at 9 that morning I saw on Facebook that about 50-60 fans were already in line. Wow! That’s dedication. By the time I arrived at 2 the line went around the block. Just over 200 fans were already ahead of me. I had the pleasure of sitting near some nice gals (2 from Milwaukee like me) as we all waited. Some fans were playing music, others were handing out fanclub photos of the boys and hearts that said “Got7” for us to hold up, and a couple filmed videos.

We had to endure some rain for quite awhile. Still, we waited knowing we would be treated to a great show once we were in. Rain (and poor management by the promoter Jazzy Group) could not dampen spirits for too long once we were in and the boys took the stage. Got7 kicked the evening with “Stop Stop It”. I almost couldn’t believe I was seeing them live. They looked like they were having a lot of fun (especially Mark, I noticed). You can tell these guys aren’t rookies anymore — they got it down! They also did “Gimme” and then moved into the talk segment with the MC. They got typical questions like “What do you think of Chicago?” and “what do you want to do while you’re here?”. They also picked fan questions/requests which mostly involved plenty of fan service like singing and sexy dancing. Some very lucky fans got to play Musical Chairs after the Q&A, and the luckiest 2 got some prizes as well as a photo with the group.

Next, they sang “Forever Young” and “너란 Girl (Magnetic)”. We got some more fun talk time with them and the MC (who did a killer job btw). Fans then surprised Bam Bam/the group with a cake. The cake was intended for the whole group, but it also ended up being another birthday surprise for Bam Bam. This was followed by another fan game they dubbed “Identify”. Blindfolded fans had to identify who their secret group member was just by voice. The boys did not make it easy at all! They could have whispered or talked, but they all made random noises….or just breathed haha. One clever fan got it right, though, and guessed Bam Bam.

I felt like the evening went by in a flash because they were already saying the meeting was almost over. Oh noes! They finished up with “A” and luckily came out for an encore. No way they could go without performing “Girls Girls Girls” (my favorite). Then I was delighted and surprised by their group performance of JJ Project’s “Bounce”! We were treated to one more song for the remix of “A”. Then it was truly time to say farewells. How sad!

I can’t believe the whole thing went by so fast. I was so happy to see a group that I’ve liked for awhile, and I was very happy to see how much they all enjoyed performing. Honestly you could tell how much they liked doing what they do. I only hope I don’t have to wait too long to see them in person again.

On to the photos!

(*please do not re-post pictures or remove watermarks. Thank you!)

Thanks to Got7 for being so wonderful. Thanks to all the IGot7s at the event who kept me company and fangirled with me. You guys are great!

Korean Drinking Games (part 1)

Before I went to Korea I never bothered to learn any American drinking games. So when I went to Korea I found out that there are many different kinds of games and almost everyone seems to know them. I quickly learned a few and they became a staple of nights out.

So I enlisted the help of my friends and taught them a couple games. It’s pretty silly and they take some practice, but once you learn they’re pretty fun. :)

You don’t have to drink either if you want to play them. You can do other penalties instead. You may have seen people on K-variety shows doing things like the forehead flick and other things like that when they play games. Anyway, here are the ones we played!

The Name Game

(a.k.a. 아이엠 그라운드/I am ground)

This is an icebreaker, but it’s a toughie! There 4 motions you need to know:

– Slap you legs

– Clap you hands

– Point with your right thumb

– Point with your left thumb

Keep repeating the motions throughout.

So the 1st person says another person’s name and a number 1 to 4. So for example (using my name):

*slap* *clap* Janelle, 2

This is where it gets tricky. The numbers are how many times your say your name. So —

1 = *slap* *clap* *point* Janelle

2 = *slap* *clap* Janelle, Janelle

3 = *slap* Janelle, Janelle, Janelle

4 = Janelle, Janelle, Janelle, Janelle

Then you call out the next person and try to keep it going. You have to listen carefully or you’ll mess up!



A lot of Korean drinking games seem to involve numbers. In this one, everyone takes turns saying a number, counting upwards. However, you can’t say the numbers 3, 6, or 9. This includes numbers with 3-6-9 in them like 13, 16, etc. Instead of saying it, you clap. If you get to the 30’s, it’s all clapping! You clap twice for numbers like 33, 36, and 39. If you mess up, you drink.

That’s it for this time. I hope to do part 2 soon so I can teach you a few more!

먹자! Let’s Eat – Ddeokguk (떡국)

Happy New Year ~ 새해 복 많이 받으세요!

Last week was the Lunar New Year or 설날 (Seollal) in Korea. It’s another big holiday like Chuseok where people travel to be with their families and celebrate. Of course there’s different kinds of foods to eat during that time as well. One of the must-eats during Seollal is 떡국 (ddeokguk).

The soup is made with a protein broth (I used beef, but you can use seafood, chicken, etc.) and rice cakes. Other ingredients like green onions, egg, and seaweed are also added. Once again I found a great recipe at Maangchi. I only did some very slight variations to save prep time and it turned out great.

[*Gonna reiterate that this recipe is all Maangchi’s and she gets all the credit. I’m just posting how I used it. :) ]


– 1 pound of sliced rice cakes (ddeokguk/떡국)

– 7 cups of water

– 1/2 pound of beef, chopped

– 3-4 minced garlic cloves

– 3 green onions, sliced

– 2 eggs

– 1 tbsp fish sauce

– 1 tsp sesame oil

– 1/2 tsp black pepper

– 1 sheet of kim (seaweed)

– salt


– soak the rice cakes in cold water for about 30 minutes


– Boil the water in a large pot on high heat for 12-15 minutes

– Chop up your beef (I bought stew meat from Trader Joe’s). Add the beef and garlic to the pot, lower the heat to medium. Cover and boil for 20-25 minutes.


* I used frozen garlic cubes (again from Trader Joe’s) instead of fresh. It’s a quicker alternative to chopping fresh garlic, and will keep in your freezer for some time.

– I also bought Trader Joe’s Roasted Seaweed Snack, rather than buying a bunch of seaweed that I probably wouldn’t use. Maangchi suggests roasting the seaweed in her recipe, but this is much quicker. Plus it’s a nice snack and only 99 cents.


– Separate the egg yolks and whites, putting them in separate bowls. Add a pinch of salt to each and mix.IMG_0537

– Add oil (canola or vegetable) to a small heated pan. Turn off the heat and put the egg yolks in the pan. Let it cook for about 1 minute. Flip the egg and cook for another minute. Take it out and slice into thin strips.


– Add rice cakes to the boiling soup with fish sauce, salt, and onion. Stir and cover for 7-8 minutes. Add egg whites and cook for 1 minute.


– Add sesame oil and black pepper. Stir and remove from heat.

– Serve into bowls. Garnish with egg strips, crushed seaweed, and any other garnish you want.