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제주 Jeju Excursion: Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak (성산 일출봉)

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Welcome to part two of the photos from Jeju! For the second day of our trip we had a full schedule. We started at Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak (성산 일출봉), which is the location of the photos for this post! 

Both my friend and I ended up quite sick by the time we got here, so we didn’t make it up the mountain of stairs to the top. Even if you don’t make it up there, it’s still a gorgeous spot. (I imagine more so on a sunny day!)

Buddha’s Birthday Lantern Festival at Cheonggyecheon

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This year Buddha’s Birthday was on May 17, and it’s one of the few days that Konkuk closes. Which meant my friends and I could spend the day exploring. We decided to go to Hongdae during daylight, and then off to Cheonggyecheon at night for the last day of the lantern display. 

Cheonggyecheon 청계천 is one of my favourite spots in Seoul. It’s a stream that runs through downtown Seoul, not far from Gyeongbokgung. At the moment, the annual Seoul Lantern Festival is in progress at Cheonggyecheon. I’m a bit jealous I can’t go; it seems even more amazing than the ones for Buddha’s Birthday, which was already gorgeous. I’ll go another year, for sure!

College problem: desks

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Yes, today's post is a little silly. But, I was thinking about it in class today and remembered how nice having a proper desk is. I think most American college students can relate to how insanely small our college desks are. My notebook is larger than the table-space. The "desk" is, in reality, a wing on one side of the chair. Ninety percent of them are created for the right-handed too, which is a spot of bad luck for me (I'm a lefty).  
My desk in Korea had a full table attached to the bottom of the chair. I would say it's the middle school size in this chart. On either side of the desk, there were hooks to hang your bag. The bag hook was definitely a nice perk, I still feel a bit squeamish about placing my handbag on the floor.

I do have a more in-depth post coming about the differences I experienced between college here and in Seoul. I'm not sure if it will be one post or more, but I will go into actual classes, student life, etc.

Beauty Review: Innisfree Great Tea Pure skincare (이니스프리)

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This is definitely a long overdue post. Over the course of the semester I sort of forgot I’d planned to do a review on the products of this haul. I remembered while using the lotion the other day. 

Needless to say, I’ve had more than enough time to test and use the products. I actually ran out of the cleanser over the summer, but the lotion and a couple of the serum samples are still around. As I mentioned previously, the scent for this line is light and pleasant, and I can’t stand overly perfumed skincare products.

Kpop: Fiestar - I don't Know (피에스타 - 아무것도 몰랑요)

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Fiestar is back after a long hiatus with the insanely catchy 아무것도 몰랑요 (I Don’t Know)! It is a departure from their previous powerful image to a cuter style, which has led to some debate amongst fans. 

LOEN’s Description (edited slightly for clarity by me):
“The title song 'I don't know' has cute lyrics in which an innocent girl talks about her love. It also uses an 'oral tradition' that everyone has heard at least once, allowing people to easily sing along.” 

With that said, let’s jump into Fiestar’s 아무것도 몰랑요!

제주 Jeju Excursion: Sunset at Dragon Head Rock & Yongyeon Pond

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ISA’s fourth and final out-of-Seoul excursion was to the beautiful 제주 Jeju Island for two nights and (almost) three days. Ours was the first weekend of June, meaning the weather was promised to be pretty good. And it was, for two out of three. On the third day it poured. 

The first night we arrived just in time to enjoy to beautiful sunset over the ocean. With only dinner and two stops on the itinerary, it was a great chance to relax and just enjoy the gorgeous sunset.

Dramas: What I like and don't about Reply 1994 (응답하라1994)

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My initial feelings on the idea of Reply to 1994 (응답하라1994) were mixed. On one hand, I LOVED Reply to 1997 and still view it as one of the best dramas I’ve ever watched. On the other, sequels tend to be terrible. Just look at Dream High 2. 

However, feeling optimistic, I decided to give it a chance. After four episodes, I have to say it’s not necessarily bad, but they missed the mark in a few spots. So, much like the previous post for Heirs (상속자들), here are four things I like and four things I don’t.

Blogging everday in November & a photo from Jeju Glass Castle

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This is the first time I’ve challenged myself in this way, but I figured it could be fun. Several of my friends are joining NaNoWriMo and I felt inspired to join them. However, fiction isn’t my forte. I love to read novels, but writing them – not so much. Instead, I’m going blog everyday this month and see how it goes. 

Since I feel this a cheat post as it is, here’s a photo from the mirror room at Jeju Glass Castle. It’s sort of a preview, since I’m going to put the first of the Jeju photo posts up next week. 

Isn’t my poncho the most stylish you’ve ever seen? It was absolutely pouring that morning, so we bought these from a local convenience store. Mine was pink. 

Well, I’m off to do more schoolwork. School’s been doing well in keeping me busy these past couple weeks.