Tuesday, January 26, 2016

F is for Friends

Sunglasses and Detachable Collar: Forever 21 | Bag: The Sak 
Dress and Sneakers: from Korea | Watch: Swatch

I don't have a large circle of friends but I do surround myself with people who do me good. I am one of those people who believe in quality over quantity. I don't need people in my life who will talk sh*t behind my back. I don't need people who are only there when they need something from me. I don't need people who will suck the life out of me. I need people who will be there when I need them so I can do the same for them. I need people who will listen to me when I want to talk and who I will want to listen to as well. I need people who genuinely cares about what I think and what I want. Unfortunately, not everyone you will meet in life are quality friends. We have to be careful in selecting who we trust and who we keep. Numbers don't matter but how they treat you does.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Travelogue: City Gate Outlets, Lantau Island (Hong Kong)

Top: Jellybean | Skirt: Uniqlo | Blazer: Stradivarius
Boots: from South Korea | Socks: Forever 21 | Bag: Juicy Couture

I am very thankful for the past year as it gave me a lot of opportunity to travel. I went to places I haven't been before and was able to go back to places I've been wanting to go back for so long. I hope this year I get the opportunity to travel more and see new places. I already have a few trips lined up for the year and I can't wait for each of them to happen! But for now I hope you enjoy my pictures from my last trip for 2015 - Hong Kong. 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Product Review: Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Intensive

If you watched my latest Korean Beaut Haul video you probably already know how much I love this product. This is now my holy grail skincare product and I will keep on repurchasing. It is not the cheapest essence out there but it delivers so you definitely get value for your money. I don't remember how I lived without this and I can't see my future without it (probably an exaggeration but I swear by the efficacy of this product). If you want to improve the overall texture, color and condition of your skin, I highly recommend the Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Intensive.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Travelogue: Osaka, Japan (Shinsaibashi, Dotonbori, Amerikamura)

Now I can say my trip to Osaka, Japan is finally over (there is a prick in my heart as I still can't believe it really is over). I wish we stayed longer but due to work commitments we can only go there for a few days. I can't wait 'til I go back to Japan!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Korean Beauty Haul (Plus Items from Tokyo, Japan)

I've been shopping so much lately and I just can't control myself! If only money grows on trees, I would have created an orchard to fund my shopping addiction. I bought a few beauty items again from Banila Co, Missha and Etude House and I just thought of sharing them to you as well as my thoughts on the products/brands. Hope you guys enjoy this video!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Travelogue: Kyoto, Japan (The Streets of Kyoto)

This is going to be my second to the last post about my trip to Osaka and it's difficult to say goodbye. When I go home after a trip I don't feel any sepanx or feel sad that I am home already because I know I will be blogging about it soon. But after the series of blog posts, that is when I feel sad because it finally hits me that the trip is over. The excitement is no longer there and everything I wanted to share has been published. I still can't believe that I was able to see Osaka and Kyoto - or Japan for that matter - which has always been a dream of mine. It still feels surreal. I will definitely go back to Japan again someday soon! I swear on Darna's stone I will! 

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Hallyu Corner: Top 5 KPop Songs of 2015

You all already know by now that I am somewhat obsessed with Kpop and 2015 is a great year for it. So many good songs came out and it was very difficult for me to come up with this list (but I really wanted to that's why I am publishing this and also so I can share how good Kpop songs are to those who don't like it). I initially wanted to do a video about this but I became too lazy and by the time I am able to film and publish it would already be irrelevant. So I decided to do this article instead.

Disclaimer: this list is based on my own opinion alone. I did not base this from any survey/statistics/album sales and whatnot. This is purely my own opinion and preferences so I don't intend to start any fan wars as some of you may know by now, Kpop fans are the most notorious of all fans beating the Beliebers and Directioners. I am a Kpop fan but I do not encourage fan wars so just enjoy the 5 Kpop songs I listed below and let my list be my list. Your list may be different than mine and I respect that so please do the same for my list.

5. If You Do - Got7
I am not really a fan of Got7 but this song is kick ass. There is something about songs with this kind of melody that makes me feel melancholic. I am one of those weird ones who enjoy the rain more than the sun and this beat makes me feel like it is raining outside. It makes me feel like cozying up in bed, drink hot chocolate with marshmallow and freeze time (really this is the perfect life for me). The song is a really sad (but upbeat) one and it makes you want to wallow on your emotions. If you want an English translation, click here. I just love the melancholic tune and it gives me comfort.

4.Call Me Baby - EXO
I was a bit disappointed with their 2014 comeback because it didn't live up to my standards. Their song Growl (released in 2013) was so good that I expected them to come up with a song that is equally great or even better. Unfortunately, Overdose falls 100 steps behind Growl (at least in my opinion). I didn't expect much from the group this year though they are actually one of my favorite boy groups because I didn't want to be disappointed again. And then they released this song. I was really happy with it. Still not as great as Growl but definitely better than Overdose. Their whole album actually has a lot of really nice songs. I still wish they can produce a song as great as Growl though. If you want an English translation, click here

3. Crazy - 4Minute
This is the 4Minute I fell in love with! I love their fierce attitude, their kick ass beats and that strong tune. I waited a long time for them to make a comeback like this! The past years weren't great for the group with Hyuna taking all of the spotlight. Though Hyuna is my bias in the group I wanted all the members to each get their share in the spotlight and compared to their past comebacks this one gave all of them some time to shine. This song is catchy and strong and this is the comeback I've been waiting for. I hope they continue to release songs like this - not like What's Your Name or Whatcha Doin' Today or Is It Poppin'. If you want an English translation, click here

2. I Need You - BTS
BTS' (Bangtan Sonyeondan) popularity skyrocketed in 2015. They were already big in some parts of the world even with just 2 years from debut but they became really big last year. I guess it can be attributed to this song that is just so good. Just like what one of my favorite YouTubers said, this is when BTS finally found their sound. Their previous songs were very hardcore like a mix of rock and hip hop but this year they settled for a more suitable sound for them. They still have a few hip hop songs and mixtures of rock and hip hop in their recent albums but this sound made them more known all over the world. I was already a huge fan but I became obsessed with them when they released this song. They are very talented and I am glad more people are now aware of this group. Their hard work paid off and I am so happy for them. If you want an English translation, click here.

1. Bang Bang Bang - Big Bang
The VIP in me screamed and jumped up and down, did cartwheels and headbangs, and went overall crazy when Big Bang dropped this song. This is what I waited 3 years for. Big Bang doesn't do comebacks every year like most Kpop groups do but this song was worth the wait. Hands down the best song for me in 2015; need I say more? If you want an English translation, click here

What are your top songs for 2015?

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

P is for Passion

To live without passion is the same as being dead. We need passion in order for us to progress. We need passion in order for us to achieve our dreams. We need passion in everything that we do to become successful. Without passion, everything you do will be mediocre and lacking. Passion is everything.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Travelogue: Kyoto, Japan (Fushimi Inari Shrine)

Visiting shrines in Japan are a must. One of the most-visited and popular (thanks to Memoirs of a Geisha) is Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, It is said to be the most important of all Shinto shrines established and is made for the god of rice (rice being a staple food in Japan and most Asian countries). The shrine is made up of thousands of torii gates and fox statues. Foxes are believed to be messengers of Inari which explains the abundance of such. 

Friday, January 01, 2016

Hong Kong Haul

I went to Hong Kong over a month ago and this trip is by far my most expensive one yet. The hotel alone burned a hole in my wallet and it will take time for me to replenish my travel funds. Most of the items I bought were Christmas presents to family and loved ones so I won't be able to show them to you anymore as I already handed them out. But I am happy and satisfied with the items left for me.

I hope you enjoy this video.