December Kpop Giveaway

Hello!

I’m back again with a December giveaway. I’ve been waiting to do this one for about a year, since I had already done a giveaway last December.

I have an copy of EXO’s “Miracles in December” and also 2 posters — which unfortunately got a little beaten up on the edge because they came back with me from Korea.

Anyway! Here’s how you can enter:

– Comment below on the YouTube video orย here in the blog post.
– Tell me your favorite thing about winter & if you have a favorite winter Kpop song

– Giveaway closes Dec 19 11:59 PM (US Central time)
– 3 names will be picked via name generator
– Open to anyone, anywhere ๐Ÿ™‚
– Make sure your YT/email notifications are on, because I’ll contact the winners either thru reply or message.

Good luck!

(btw here’s one of my favorite winter songs by Urban Zakapa)

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Noraebang Booths

I love going to noraebang (๋…ธ๋ž˜๋ฐฉ). If you aren’t familiar, you may know it better as karaoke. In the U.S. we have karaoke nights at bars. Which means you have to get up in front of everyone at the bar and sing. Not that good if you’re the shy type. I prefer what Japan and Korea have – businesses that have singing rooms that you can use for an hour or so.

Usually when I’d want to go I’d get go with a group of friends. Sometimes it’s hard to get everyone to agree to go out. Or maybe you don’t want to sing for that long. That’s why noraebang booths are awesome.

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Noraebang booths at a game arcade.

Welcome!

Welcome!

In many game arcades you’ll see a few of these booths lined up. You can fit 2 people comfortably, sometimes 3. You can pay 300 won for 1 song, 500 won for 2 songs, or 1,000 won for 4 songs. Then it’s time to rock!

Time to pick your songs.

Time to pick your songs.

The remote isn’t always easy to figure out if you’re not familiar with Korean yet. So I went through the basics in my video for how to pick out a song. Here’s a few words you should know:

์ œ๋ชฉ – [song] title

๊ฐ€์ˆ˜ – singer

These are how you find the song you want. From there you type in the words. You can go between Korean and English by pressing the button that says “ํ•œ/์˜”.

์‹œ์ž‘ – start

์˜ˆ์•ฝ – reserve [a song]

์ตœ์†Œ – cancel

Once you find the song you want you press one of the above buttons.

You can also change what country’s song you want by pressing ๊ตญ๊ฐ€. There’s Korean, English, Japanese, and Chinese. Sometimes you can find Vietnamese or Thai.

There’s also other buttons like the Top 100 songs, changing the tempo (ํ…œํฌ), key, or skip interludes. I usually just use the basic function buttons.

Now you can sing your little hearts out!

TV at the noraebang

I sang 2NE1’s “Missing You”

Coffee Time at ๋‚˜๋งŒ์˜ ์ปคํ”ผ

I love coffee. I didn’t always though! Luckily if you are a coffee/cafe lover then Korea has got you covered. There’s one place in particular that I especially like – Roasting ๋‚˜๋งŒ์˜ ์ปคํ”ผ (Roasting – Only My Coffee).

It’s located in Gung-dong (๊ถ๋™) which is the area right next to Chungnam University in Daejeon, and I mean *right next to*. You walk out of the parking lot on the southeast side of campus and the cafe is pretty much right there. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Besides getting a good cup of coffee they have excellent desserts. I’m a big fan of the brownies. They’re huge with walnuts inside and dusted with powdered sugar on top. Yum!

The owner also teaches about coffee and how to make it. I believe you can do your own hand drip even without taking a class, but I’m not 100% certain.

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Bit of a line.

It gets a little busy in the daytime with all the students around, but not terribly noisy. They also have wifi should you need it.

My favorite part of the interior is the bathroom. That may sound weird, but take a peek at my video. It’s hidden behind what looks like a bookcase. I wanted to go inside, but someone had just walked in. ^^;;

Cute bear latte art

Cute bear latte art

The latte art was a bonus last time. I didn’t even know they did that (never got it before). Super cute, right?

 

Location

Location

Getting there isn’t too tricky. If you’re a CNU student you’ll be coming out of the parking lot nearish ๋‹ค์ˆ ์•„ํŒŒํŠธ. Otherwise you can come from Rodeo street, turn left at GS25, walk down the road til it stops and turn right. It’s around the corner. Otherwise you can plug the address into your phone on Naver Maps or Google Maps.

Address: ๋Œ€์ „๊ด‘์—ญ์‹œ ์œ ์„ฑ๊ตฌ ๊ถ๋™ 395-4

Gwanghwamun Square & Artbox Giveaway Winners Announced

I went over to Gyeongbokgung the other day when I had some free time in Seoul. Unfortunately, I didn’t look up the hours/days they are open. Turns out it’s closed on Tuesdays. ใ… ใ…  Oh boo…

But still I had a nice walk down Gwanghwamun Square to see the statues of King Sejong and Admiral Yi.

*Plus* Artbox giveaway winners are announced! I’ll be contacting them shortly.

As always, thanks for reading and watching. ๐Ÿ™‚

Apartment #2 Tour

Finally! I’ve been meaning to film this since I moved in. ;>.>

I’ve been in this place for 2 years. ย My first year with EPIK I lived in a decent one room. It was clean and newish, and no real problems with neighbors. I decided I wanted more space though so I found a 2 room in the same area.

It took a little work to find a new place. At the time my co-teacher couldn’t take me around so one of my Korean friends was kind enough to go with me. Basically in Korea you call up a real estate agency (known as ๋ถ€๋™์‚ฐ) in the area you want to move into. You can tell them all the things you’re looking for like 1 or 2 room, fully furnished or partially furnished, your price range, etc.

I looked at about 4 places and wasn’t really feeling any of them. Then the realtor said she knew one more place. All the other places were either a little small or didn’t have all the features I wanted like a cooking range or fridge. This seemed just right. For 320,000 won a month the price seemed too good to be true. I had my friend asked them if there was ย catch, but they just said “Oh we’re Christian”. So… I guess it’s thanks to Christian charity. The deposit, however, is nothing to sneeze at. It set me back 5,000,000 won (about $5,000). Granted you usually get it all back, but that’s still a lot of money!

Other than the mold problem and the upstairs neighbor who walks around like an elephant I’ve really liked it. Plus my landlord and his wife are super nice. He fixes things when I need it and every once in awhile she brings me something like fruit, rice cake, and hoddeok. I’m grateful for myย ํ• ์•„๋ฒ„์ง€ andย ํ• ๋จธ๋‹ˆ (grandpa and grandma) landlord/lady.

Now I just have to get organized for moving out. Oh joy!

History fan sign in Daejeon

Hello and Happy New Year!

Hope everyone is doing well and staying warm. I got to go home to the Midwest for vacation, so I too got to enjoy the wonderful -50 F weather a few weeks ago. Fun, right? ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyway I’m back again with another fan sign post. I got to see History for the 2nd time. This is the 1st time that I’ve been to the same group’s fan sign more than once. I really do like this group. I’d love to see them snag a #1 someday.

The event was at the Daejeon Jung-gu Cultural Center. It was a nice theater space was comfy seating. I got there about 1 hour early, hoping to be a bit closer to the front. Turns out I should’ve been there earlier. I was #75 out of 100 fans. The other Storias knew better I guess! I passed the time getting organized and writing my Post-It note questions for each member. I’d never done that before and I was blanking on questions, but I managed to come up with stuff. It took my awhile though because I wanted the Korean is be as grammatically correct as I could. ใ… ใ…  Not always easy for me…

We didn’t have to wait too long because they got there a little earlier than the start time. I really love the blue suits the had on. Last time I saw them the outfit were mint green. I much prefer these. They got the fan sign underway and we all waited our turn. Sometimes I wish I had one of those cameras with the massive lenses like other fans do. I could see the really nice close-ups they were capturing. Still, I managed to get some nice photos and video with my Sony NEX.

I was really surprised at the pacing of the event. Normally you don’t get much time to talk as the staff/managers are pushing you along. This usually has to do with a group having to keep to their schedules. In our case, though, they were being really generous with time. Most fans moved on their own at a good pace and the staff weren’t too pushy with their “move ons”.

When it was my turn I grabbed my CD and gift for Do Kyun (another 1st for me – just a note, hand cream, and chocolate). First was Yijeong. The greeting were the usual “Hello. Where are you from?” in Korean. Then we went over my post-it. It said “Yijeong is ~” A. Handsome B. Sexy C. Cute . I wanted him to pick, but he motioned for me to choose first. I circled ‘A. Handsome’. He kinda raised his eyebrows and then circled the other 2 as well. :3

Next was Jaeho. He made every attempt to speak as much English as he could. I was kind of answering 1/2 English 1/2 Korean so we were sort of awkward together haha. His post-it said “Jaeho ~ which member in History is the funniest?”. He circled Si Hyung. I wonder if he’s extra goofy when out of the public eye?

Leader Kyung Il was next. He is just too good-looking in person. I mean, damn. It’s kinda not fair! I didn’t like the bleached hair at first, but it looks nice up close. [My conversations are pretty much all the same for every person/Kpop group by the way – What’s your name? Where are you from? Are you student? etc.] Kyung Il’s note said ” Kyung Il ~ can I be your English tutor? :P” A. Yes~ ์„ ์ƒ๋‹˜! B. Nope. Of course he circles “Yes” cuz it’d be kinda cruel to say “no”. ๐Ÿ˜›

Do Kyun was after. He’s kinda my bias for the group so that’s why I only had a gift for him. He said I spoke Korean well which I denied, but it’s still nice to hear. His note read “Do Kyun ~ how about foreign girls? Do you like me? ^^” A. Not really… B. They [you’re] okay C. Yes! They’re my ideal type D. [You/They’re] Pretty. He circled C & D haha. Again it’s just fan service, but still nice to hear.

Last was Si Hyung. He asked, in English, “Hello. Where are you from?”, but Do Kyun interrupted “Hey she’s really good at Korean”. And I’m all “Nooooo *^^*”. Si Hyung tried to speak English too. He was a bit unsure (like last time), but it’s very cute. His post-it said “Si Hyung ~ if I teach you English will you teach me Korean?” and he wrote “Of course!”.

I was giddy leaving the stage. There’s usually some point during a ย fan sign when I get super awkward because of speaking Korean, but I felt pretty confident when I was talking to all of them. I think it helps having seen the group before and having those post-it questions ready. It gave me a topic kinda lined up in case the conversation dropped off. Plus it doesn’t hurt when the group is so nice.

I wish I lived in Seoul since fan signs here are so few and far between. There are fans who go to each of the cities to try and get into each event. I actually talked to a Storia from Seoul who had been to all the the cities for the signing (Busan, Daegu, Daejeon, and Seoul). That takes some really dedication! Traveling, buying CDs, and all that. It’s a big investment or your time and money. But I’m content to see who I can here and enjoy it when I’m able. It’s all fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Korean Make-up Review: Part Deux

Time for yet another make-up review. It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these, and in the mean time I’ve picked up a few cosmetics that I like quite a bit.

CC (Color Control) Cream – The Face Shop

This is a nice alternative to BB Cream. Actually I like it a lot better than the past base creams that I’ve used. It goes on very smooth and I feel like the color does’t make me look to ghost-like. It’s a shame the case it a bit bulky, so it’s not something I’d carry around. Still, I definitely approve of this one. It’s normally around 24,900 won unless you can get it on sale.

I don’t know if it always comes with theย Aqua CC starter, but I got one with mine.

 

Coffee Creamy Color Fit Shadow – Skin Food

A nice eye shadow set of neutral colors. I don’t usually wear shadows that are very flashy, so I liked this set. Not sure why they put purple in there, but it works all right with the browns (which blend nicely).

 

Magic Tint Balm – Etude House

You can almost always pic out what products come from Etude House because the packaging is almost always very cutesy. Nonetheless I can’t resist the cutey charms! This tint is #02 Magic Pink. Very bright, very fun, but careful not to put too much on. My only qualm for tints in general is the residue that gets left over if you use your finger as the applicator. Oh well.

 

Shea Butter Hand Lotion – Skin Food

Simple product, but does the job. It goes on smooth, isn’t smelly, and is very effective. ย I think one of the best hand lotions I’ve picked up here.

 

Cutey-Beauty Perfume Bar #1 – Tony Moly

This little guy is a lifesaver. I went for the cottony/baby powder scent. I try not to get perfumes that are too flowery. You don’t want to give people around you a headache. This one is also great for travel or just running around doing errands. Also great if you have to take public transportation after going to the gym.

 

GIVEAWAY!ย (ohmahgerhd!)

I’ve been wanting to do a giveaway for awhile. Now I’ve finally built up enough of something to give out. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve got all these perfectly nice make-up samples to give away. Take a peek:

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I will also let you pick out a nail polish from one of these fine stores. I’ll package it all up and send it off to one of you lovely folks out there. Just leave a comment on the video or here in the blog. Of course I encourage you to share this with the internets. I’ll put the names into a randomizer and pick 2 winners.

The deadline is December 19thย 11:59 PM (KST).

Hope you liked my review. If you have any questions about make-up or Korea in general I’ll do my best to find an answer. Ask away!