Showing posts from February, 2013

Airport style and leaving for Seoul tomorrow

Well, it's finally my last night in NJ before I leave to study abroad in Seoul. It's VERY exciting, but also a little terrifying. I found out I was accepted back in October, so it's felt a little unreal since then. Now that I am staring at fully packed bags it definitely feels real. I've checked in for my flight, set out my clothes (airport fashion :P ), and have only a couple things left out.

My airport style is pretty much always the same: leggings, a loose comfy top, cardigan, and scarf. With Ugg boots because they are basically slippers you can wear out, though I always change into fuzzy socks for the flight :)
Speaking of airports and style, airport fashion is a total guilty pleasure. I'm not sure how it all started, but Korean celebrities have some of the best fashion... at the airport.

This will be my last post from the States for a while, so I will see you soon from Seoul :)

Packing: TSA 3-1-1 rule for liquids

Time seems to be flying by all of the sudden. In only 5 days I will be on my way to start my semester in Seoul. That also means that this week I've been doing much more packing than I think I've ever had to. For many years now my longest trips have been 2 weeks and the difference is noticeable.

It's exciting to be getting everything together and being so close to my departure date! (Well, a little stressful too...)

Anyway, if you live in the USA you will know that TSA has a 3-1-1 rule in place for liquids in carry-on bags. Basically you can bring:
- 3 oz (90ml) containers or less that fit into a
- 1 quart clear bag.
- 1 is allowed per person, not bag.

Hopefully, this post can help you decide what to liquids to bring in your carry-on. I have packed mine with skincare essentials and a few others just in case my bag was lost. I have a total of 12 things in mine.

1. Yes to Blueberries facial cleansing wipes. These are excellent for the plane, they can help you feel refreshed…

Kpop Fridays: Rainbow - Tell Me Tell Me

Seven-member girl group Rainbow made their comeback this week with title song "Tell Me Tell Me." This is their first release as full group since 2011. Their latest is a cute pop song with a catchy beat and chorus. I have to say the song is the complete opposite than what the initial rap teaser hinted at. It contrasts with their past songs as well, making it somewhat unexpected.

Currently...watching & listening to


Flower Boy Next Door 이웃집 꽃미남 I initially started watching because I kind of like Park Shin Hye as an actress and it seemed cute. Plus tvn aired 응답하라 1997 (Reply to 1997) which I loved. It's a sweet drama and like the majority of the characters, they all have little quirks that makes the drama fun to watch. The chemistry between the actors seems pretty good too. Definitely recommend! I also just finished 49일. That show made me cry.

Starting the suitcase puzzle: 18 days to go!

In an effort to prevent myself from being in the situation of doing laundry for the next 18 days, I decided to start putting things in the suitcase. My ideal is to be fully (or close to) packed a week before I leave. That way I can weigh my suitcase and see if I need to make any adjustments.

Packing for four months (kinda) is proving to be more difficult than I thought it would be. I've decided to go with one large checked bag, a carry-on suitcase, and a tote. In the past week I've suddenly thought of tons of items I hadn't before. Or found out about new things I didn't even know about. Some from both are:
-those "just in case" meds that are always recommended
-minis of just about everything I use daily
-coat (I already had a jacket, but then realized it will still be winter when I get there, dang it)
-snacks for the flight... 14 1/2 hrs is a LONG time

It's so soon! I stopped by my home uni this week and it was definitely weird to be t…

Articles: Food, Korea & Canada, Subways

Clearly I need to add 호턱 (hotuk) to my list of foods to try. Can't go wrong with dough and brown sugar. I mean, how amazing does the photo from Chaney Kwak for Conde Nast Traveler look? (7th slide). While on the topic of food, Elle of Cute in Korea posted not long about 동빵 (poop bread). Sounds like something I would love. I'm making it a mission to try it at least once. The number of blog posts or articles about food in Korea I look at, you would think all I plan to do is eat, eat, eat.

Korea and Canada honour their 50 year relationship (Korea JoongAng Daily article). Also G.NA is an honorary ambassador. I might not be a huge fan of G.NA, but I am Canadian and going to Korea. Cool to hear this about the two nations. Also looks like I'll be in Korea for some of the Canadian celebratory fun:
There will also be a special program on KBS2 TV on Canadian cuisine in May or June in partnership with the Canadian Tourism Commission, as well as a Canada Day event in June in cooper…

Cupcakes! Crumbs Bake Shop

Normally my friends and I go to Sugar Mommy for our cupcake fix, but we decided to be a bit more adventurous this week and travel out to Westfield NJ to visit the Crumbs location there.

 Crumbs Bake Shop is a popular chain of cupcake shops in the United States, with the majority on the East Coast. According to their website they first opened in Manhattan in 2003 and have expanded since.
Keep reading for giant, but cute, cupcakes!

Kpop Fridays: 2YOON - 24/7

This week's video is 2YOON of 4minute with '24/7'. Sub-units are a definite trend in Kpop groups these days with Orange Caramel of After School, TaeTiSeo of Girls' Generation, and Sistart19 of Sistar. Of course there is also Infinite H whose video I featured here a couple weeks ago. Sub-units are a great way for members to get a bit more of the spotlight and show off a different style from their groups usual.

2YOON is made up of the 4minutes vocalists Jiyoon and Gayoon. The song is fun with a country twist (there's even a banjo!) and has an equally fun cowboy saloon/ranch/town video. You can check it out here.