Le Jardin du Japonais

There’re 4 weeks, 30 days, 720 hours, 43,200 minutes, and 2,592,000 seconds in a month. But when I looked back to my (more than) a month-long stay in Montreal, it doesn’t seem long at all. I miss going to Starbucks every Tuesday morning for my online class and to Place Montreal Trust for a cup of fro-yo; I miss Kantapia’s tteokbokki and Atti’s miyeokguk. Most of all, I miss Montreal’s weather (it’s just too hot here in Omaha 🙄). 

The higlight of our stay was the weekend we went to the Biodome and Botanic Garden. It was 18° when we set out at 10ish in the morning; the wind was softly blowing and the sun was hiding behind the clouds. It was the perfect day to be outdoor. 

Fighting Raccoons

The Three Majestic Penguins


The Biodome was kind of meh, but the Botanic Garden was really really good. My favourite has to be the Japanese Garden. Guests can participate in the tea ceremony for $6 (I totally missed it because we were there too early *boohoo*). Behind the pavilion, there was a small forest, Koi ponds, and waterfall. Totally Japanese-like! 

Japanese Garden

“Treasure the experience. Dreams fade away after you wake up.” —Your Name


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Fashion Inspiration : K-Drama #02

Nowadays, with social media like Instagram and Twitter, it’s not hard to find who wear what and where to buy them. And with online shopping, in just a few clicks, people can have the product delivered to their doorsteps faster than they can say daebak. Millennials grew up watching Korean and Chinese dramas. I’m used to sleeping in late and spent my time binge watching on the weekend every day. With my growing obsession of K-dramas, my love for fashion grows too. To the point of insanity. I checked my favorite online stores religiously. I’d screenshot (and now save) my Instagram feed for tons of #ootds and #kdramafashion. My iPhone’s Photos is full of screenshots from dramas, online stores, and Pinterest. I have also grown to like Korean brands these past few months. To make matter worse, it’s easier now than ever to buy Korean brand online. I can get them shipped to me (USA) in less than 10 days for less than $12 (often, they offer free shipping too!). From the drama Strong Woman Do Bong Soon alone, I wishlisted 2 dresses already.. Not to mention the shopping spree I did in the beginning of the year because of the super unique hand sweaters and will-always-be-my-favorite Garfield sweatshirts (similar : here) from Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo. 

These sweaters-underneath-dresses style is perfect for Spring. Get Bong Soon’s sweater and dress here and here.

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And here’s an old one from Doctors (2016). I like how PSH styled the blue shirts underneath the off-shoulder top. And her bag is jjang ❤︎ At first, I’m not a big fan of Louboutin’s Paloma bag, but after I watched this episode months ago, I’ve grown fond of the bag. I really like the one in fuchsia and this nano version.

Right now, I’m obsessed with Comme des Garçons because of a recent drama I watch, Surgeons (an addicting Chinese medical drama that just aired last April). The main lead wore this sneakers on a heartbreaking episode. And of course the popular Comme des Garçons’ striped shirt on a happier one. Unfortunately it’s not available yet as of now 😦

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P.S. this is also me right now, trying to survive finals week (for the first time I decided to pull an all-nighter in the library. It consisted of me and Salma ordering pizza at 9 pm and hunting for free coffee at midnight) 

P.P.S .. and for you guys makeup lovers, I found out about these adorable Trolls x Face Shop collection by accident yesterday and have been thinking about them since! Get them here or here. Personally I like the #5 Magical Rose for Dual Lips and the #1 Cupcake Pink for Dual Eyes.


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Chanel Spring-Summer 2017

The future is here. In the shape of Chanel’s most popular Boy bag. Yes, the blinking Chanel Boy we saw in the show last year emitted real light. It’s sold for $6,900 for the small one and a whooping $9,000 for the medium size. If you want cheaper alternative, you might want to think of getting the pouch instead (updated April 2017, the clutch actually is sold for a whooping $11,400).

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If blinking light is not your style, Chanel also have the will-probably-sold-out-by-the-end-of-february transparent flap bag. Delvaux has their transparent Brillant. Why not a transparent Chanel flap bag? Sold for $2,600 and $2,900, it’ll fly off the shelves pretty quick.

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Spring Must-Haves : Sweaters

She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
“Winter is dead.”
― A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young

I like the snow (and the snow-day that came with it), but I can’t wait for winter to be over. What’s more exciting than the drop in temperature is that you get to wear only sweater and forgo the puffer come Spring. Since people will actually see your sweater, what’s better than investing in a couple of good ol’ new sweaters. The trend this year seems to be everything bow and oversized/bell sleeve sweaters.

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Review : YSL, Chanel, Labiotte, Laneige, and Kailijumei

#1 Chanel Rogue Allure Ink #142 Vivant

My current favorite! Although you have to wait at least 5-10 minutes after applying before eating or drinking, the color turned really nice once dried out. Available in 8 colors, my next purchase will be the #140 Créatif.

#2 YSL Rogue Pur Couture #52

The lipstick that caused quite a stir a couple of years ago (and it still is!) (read here). The texture is too creamy in my opinion, but it’s a really pretty pink color. I sometimes use a brush for easier application.

#3 Laneige Two Tone Lip Bar #13 Orange Blurring

Bought this from Tester Korea a while back. The color I wanted originally was the #11 Juicy Pop, but it’s sold out, so I opted for the #13 Orange Blurring. The colors didn’t really pop out at first, but after waiting for a couple of minutes, you can see the gradation pretty well. Maybe #11 would show better gradation, but I really like how the white color looked on my lips.

#4 Labiotte Wine Lip Tint PK 01

This one is a little bit of a disappointment 😦 bought it because I saw it on the drama K2 and there seems to be a lot of good reviews on the internet, but after using it for a couple of times, I regret buying it. The texture is too watery (I’m not sure if a tint is supposed to be super watery like that) and the color didn’t really show unless applied a couple of times. The only good thing about this lip tint is the packaging. It’s unique and although I won’t buy the lip tint again, I might consider buying the lipsticks. Oh, and it also felt sticky, you know, like after you eat a candy bar and you licked your lips. I personally hate that kind of feeling :p

#5 Kailijumei “Red Flame”

The famous jelly lipstick. It’s the smoothest lipstick ever and it also smells pretty nice. The packaging is unique too, it’s kinda similar to the Chanel push-system. Definitely recommend this!

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Chanel Cruise 2016/2017

2 months left in 2016 (where did the time go?). Soon, it’ll be Thanksgiving and before you know it, Christmas and New Year 😱 One of the things I like about the end of the year is those warm, happy feelings every time I hear the Christmas songs playing. I’m dreaming of a white ChristmasJust like the ones I used to know. And the end-of-season sale, of course! The choices are pretty limited here in Omaha, so I rarely go shopping (if ever!). Most of the time I have mom buy clothes for me (except when I went crazy and splurge on a couple of off-the-shoulder tops and sweaters the first few months). My wishlist is a mile long now, from oxford shoes to bags to lip-glosses. And to make matters worse, Chanel has just launched its Cruise 2016/2017 collection this week! The collection color palette is inspired by “the vibrant facades of Havana.” My favorite is the rainbow-colored Boy bag and the lace-ups shoes! They’re TDF! Just in time for Black Friday or early Christmas shopping.

The pink tweed Boy bag is slightly bigger than the rainbow-colored one, but small is the new black, right? The small one is also cheaper by more than a grand! 

By far, the cheapest leather goods from Chanel is the pouches! Costed as low as $675, the medium/large size fits a MacBook Air and/or iPad Pro! 

Ranging from $675 to $1400, the mules is my favorite ❤︎ you get 2 styles in 1 shoes, it’s genius! I can barely differentiate between the lace-ups and the mules in the photos. It looks identical from upfront!

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Autumn

“Stars, too, were time travelers. How many of those ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize we were alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries—but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was.”
— Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 

Even though it’s only 3 months since fall semester started, I feel like it’s already longer than that. The weeks are short but the days are long. Spent most of my days in the library and the weekends going groceries shopping, my new ‘fun’. Target is like the new Zara now. I spent a lot of time going through every aisle while sipping a trenta strawberry açai refreshers or a grande pumpkin spice latte. It’s also getting colder now. The first day of autumn, the temperature was as high as 30°C, but now that the days are shorter, we have had mornings where the temperature drop as low as 0°C. Not that low, according to the Midwesterners 😂 but it is cold enough now that I can finally wear my Uggs and sweaters. The leaves are also starting to fall now, creating the perfect autumn-vibe. So I took a couple of instagram-worthy shots in front of my dorm a couple of days ago. 

This was taken when the temperature dropped to 0° and I was wearing shorts 😳 #shouldhavecheckedtheweather #ohwell #thecolddoesntbothermeanyway



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Los Angeles : Rodeo Drive

Sun. Cupcakes. Endless row of boutiques. Oh, LA, how I miss you! I’m settled in now in Omaha. It’s the end of the first week and I finally have time to write and post new photos! So many things happened these past few weeks I just want to go back to LA and enjoy a cup of ice cream with mom 🍦

New favorite place to hang out : Amorino. Although Amorino is more popular in Europe than in US, Amorino has a few branches here in California, scattered from Los Angeles to San Francisco and Las Vegas. And albeit popular for the long line, I visited Amorino for more than 3 times and didn’t even have to queue once. My favorites are the caramel, mango sorbet and banana flavor, it’s not overly sweet (unlike the Ben & Jerry’s I had in SF) and the price is reasonable. The Beverly Hills location is 2 minutes away from the famous cupcakes ATM, it’s the perfect location for after-shopping tea-time!



HM buttoned skirt | Zara off shoulder top | Disneyland hat | Chanel bag | Fendi slip ons

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The City That Knows How

Hello from the other side San Francisco! Finally a nice and windy weather that’s way colder than LA. You might be wondering why the title of this post is “the city that knows how.” In 1911, President William Howard Taft bestowed the “city that knows how” title on San Francisco, then recovering from the 1906 earthquake. I believe San Fran is also the city that knows how to make fortune cookies and california roll 😂

Popular sites in San Fran are obviously the Golden Gate Bridge, the former Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the largest Chinatown outside Asia. But less popular places like Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, Good Mong Kok bakery, Cable Car museum, and the Japanese Tea Garden are also worth visiting. Public transport here in SF is pretty easy to ride, and there’s plenty to choose from – MUNI, cable car, and Uber. One-way ride in the Cable Car costs $7 per person, while MUNI costs $2.25. I found that sometimes, it is cheaper to ride with Uber than with MUNI. 


Once called “the bridge that couldn’t be built,” today it is called “the most photographed bridge” in the world. I really like the weather here in SF! It’s so nice outside when the wind is blowing and the sun is shining, unlike in LA where everywhere I went is super hot 🔥 

“Money lives in New York. Power sits in Washington. Freedom sips cappuccino in a sidewalk cafe in San Francisco.” —Joe Flower

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Lights! Camera! LA!

Disneyland. Universal Studios. Hollywood. It’s easy to sum up Los Angeles in three words. But there’s more to the City of Angels than theme parks and the famous Walk of Fame. Scattered around the city are cutting-edge architecture at LACMA, culinary heaven in Beverly Hills, and the world famous Venice Boardwalk. Getting around LA without car is a bit nightmarish, but if you don’t mind the summer heat and the waiting, there’s plenty of bus stops and Über rides in major tourist attractions. Or you can always hop on a Hop-On-Hop-Off bus for easier alternative.


Today is the third day we’ve been in LA. We went to Disneyland yesterday and will be going to the newly opened Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios tomorrow. So excited! The weather was quite hot yesterday, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the rides! We went to Tomorrowland first to have light breakfast and then watched the Star Wars show. I wanted to ride the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, but the line was more than 45 minutes everytime I passed by, so I decided to skipped it. The ones with the longest and fastest line were “it’s a small world” in Fantasyland and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in Critter Country. The Sleeping Beauty Castle walkthrough was also a good place to cool down from the heat while enjoying my favourite fairytale.



Today, I’ll also talk about my first AirBnB experience! I was skeptical at first, what’s with living in a stranger’s house, albeit a popular one. But the hotel here in LA is super expensive during the month of August. So me and my mom decided to stay in an AirBnB house, literally 5 minutes away from the famous Walk of Fame and costs half the hotel price. The AirBnB listing of the house is pretty accurate, and the house is located literally 5 minutes walk away from the Walk of Fame. The best thing about staying in an AirBnB is that you feel more like a local and less like a tourist. Our host Mr. K is very accomodating, he has one of the best places in town and he made sure me and my mom had a pleasant stay. He also looks a lot less intimidating in person 😂 If you find yourself in LA and reluctant to spend a grand for a couple of nights stay at a hotel, check his place out : [AirBnB]

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