Winter Wonderland II

Every moment I spent with you shined.

Because the weather was good,

because the weather was bad,

because the weather was good enough.

I loved every moment of it.

While The K2 was partly filmed in Spain and Descendants of the Sun in Greece, the fantastical romantic-thriller Goblin was partly filmed in the romantic Quebec City. The French-speaking Quebec province is lined with picturesque and brimming with European charm houses and cobblestoned streets. Although the winter is cold and wet (never-ending snow(storms)), it’s a winter wonderland with snow-covered streets and roofs in Rue du Petit Champlain.

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In case you’re confused why I was wearing 2 different bags on this post, the photos where I wore the Playnomore bag were taken the first day. The ones where I wore a backpack were taken the next day.

When we arrived in Québec we were welcomed by the snowstorm. It didn’t stop us from exploring Rue du Petit Champlain and the famous Chateau Frontenac though. The hotel was packed with tourists from Asia (you bet they’re posing in front of the mailbox) and people looking for shelter from the storm outside.

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We took the funicular down to Rue Petit du Champlain from behind the Frontenac. It costs $3 per person to go either up or down and it’s totally worth the price as we can see the snow-and-lights covered Rue du Petit Champlain from above. And it’s just not worth it walking up and down the slippery road. The days leading up to Christmas were colder than usual that a Canadian newspaper said some of the East Coast area were colder than the arctic (and mars).

I wore 2 Uniqlo heattech tights and the ultra warm sweaters underneath my Marc Jacobs plaid skirts and 8Seconds v-neck knit sweaters to survive the cold. I didn’t find the duffel coat Eun Tak wore on the drama so I chose a similar hoodie coat I got from Banana Republic Japan a few years back.

Another famous location was this red door that supposedly connect Seoul and Quebec in the drama. In reality, the door is leading to a theatre. Canadian are confused why this particular door is famous with Asian tourists, I guess not a lot of the westerner watch Asian dramas, no matter how famous it was 😛

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Can you spot the red door on the right? 

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Another breathtaking view can be seen from La Citadelle. The iconic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is located inside the walls of Old Quebec. It offered the ultimate Goblin experience for die-hard fans. It costs $1,129 per night and guests (up to 2) can stay at the Frontenac suites where the scenes from the drama were filmed.

La Citadelle looked quite different in the winter, Parc du Bastion-de-la-Reine was covered in snow this time of the year. But this is where the cemetery was located in the drama.

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Another must-visit spot in Quebec is Rue de Buade. It is where the famous La Boutique de Noel and Notre-Dame cathedral are located. 

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Winter Wonderland

Mont Tremblant, Quebec is located approximately 130 km northwest of Montreal (or 90 minutes from Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport). It is famous for its year-round ski resort and winter activities such as ice skating, Scandinavian baths, and dogsledding. Set within the Laurentian Mountains, this is by far the most beautiful place I’ve ever visited. The vibe is so Christmassy: snow-covered roofs, colorful lights, crackling fire. But what made it more magical was the snow. It was snowing almost every moment we’re there.

Our first stop after arriving was this little Japanese pub called Samurai where we had the best gyoza and takoyaki. The ramen was so so, but the sauce on the gyoza was the bomb.

The snow was fluffy and thick when we went dogsledding on the second day. Even though I’m still scared of dogs because of the unfortunate accident where I got chased by bulldogs a mere weeks ago, I had the time of my life! It was definitely a must-do if you’ve ever had the chance. I’d totally do it again if we go to Alaska or Finland!

In the middle of the ride (about half an hour through), we stopped by a yurt tent to have hot chocolate or tea and let the dogs rest. Outside the tent I made snow angels (two things checked off of my bucket list in a day).

These were taken from the gondola, called the Cabriolet, which goes up-and-down the Pedestrian Village. Guests can take the ride for free and see the picturesque village from above. I screamed my lungs out when I first took the ride because it was the first time I had to stand on an opened-style gondola. But the view was so mesmerizing we took it back and forth a couple of times a day.

This was our favorite snack place. We went here twice and ordered the same thing because their crêpes were so good. For heavier meal, we tried the Asian restaurant, Ô Wok, which is not too bad seeing that they’re the only place where guests can get fried rice or pad thai. On the last night, we had pizza since we’re still full of eating crêpes and went to Pizzateria. The shrimp satay sauce and bacon pizzas were good. But there’re many pizza places in Mont Tremblant, so there might be better pizza place elsewhere.

After dogsledding, we went to search for the ice skating place and found this scenic half-frozen river a little bit further from the village. The ice skating rink was located behind a church where there’s snow covering the ice. We cleaned the snow first before skating 🧚‍♀️ I regretted that I didn’t bring my own skating shoes; the rental was either too small or too big 😦 But it was the best skating place ever. Skating under the snow and near burning fire was not something I’ll forget in decades, if ever.

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KokoBites : September Box

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This is the last box. KokoBox specializes in K-Beauty and K-Snacks. There’re 3 snack subscription box options, the Fire Noodle box (similar to SnackFever’s RamyunFever), KokoBites ($19.99), and KokoBites Jumbo ($29.99). KokoBox is the least advertised snack subscription box out there. Even their Instagram account has not been updated since May 25. I didn’t even remember how I stumbled upon this one 😐 what I like about KokoBox is that they sent the box inside a plastic wrapper, so the box was not damaged (unlike my SnackFever box; it was already opened when I receive it 🙄)

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The top one is Dalgona (달고나). At first, I thought it was a face mask 😅 but it turns out to be toffees! The shape is square-ish and tasted like caramel. 

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From top to bottom, left to right : Mongswel (chocolate pie, similar to ChocoPie), Little Bear jellies, Nokchawon’s black tea latte, Lonx (chocolate cake), Fresh Berry (this one is also inside my SnackFever box), Custard Melon cake, Dalgona, Haitai Ozashi (sweet potato snack). So far, I like everything they sent!

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TokyoTreat : September Box

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My second snack subscription box straight from Minato-ku Mita, Tokyo, Japan! 

Too be honest, I subscribe to this one because of the Doraemon drink 🍹 I have yet to taste the jelly drink, but I really really like the Chip Star Shinshu Wasabi 😍 The box starts from $14.99 for the small version, $24.99 for the regular version, and $34.99 for the premium version. Although I like my SnackFever August box, if I’m to order again, I’ll probably choose TokyoTreat! 

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Clockwise : Calbee Satsumaimon (sweet potato with cream cheese), Doraemon Genki Jelly Drink, Hi-Chew candies, Koume Hello Kitty Ramune candies.

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The random dagashi snacks and umaibo (corn snack). The blue one is champagne soda pop mochi candies. It tasted funny to me :p the chewy mochi texture made it tasted like gummy bears with soda flavoring.

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From top to bottom, left to right : Calbee Satsumaimon (sweet potato with cream cheese), Crunky x One Punch Man (cookie and cream chocolate bar), Doraemon Genki Jelly drink, Kinako Mochi Crackers, Hi-Chew candies, Pikachu Ramune, Disney Tsum Tsum Flashlight pen, Koume Hello Kitty Ramune candies, Jagabee Yuzu Salt (potato snack), Odangoyasan DIY kit, Hello Kitty strawberry pretzels, Top x Chihayafuru fruit tart, and Chip Star Shinshu Wasabi (this one is my favorite!)

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SnackFever : August Box

It’s here! My first snack subscription box. Next month, SnackFever will start shipping out boxes straight from Korea. I’m so excited for more Korean food and goodies. Although I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. I received my box 2 days after it was sent from Los Angeles. But now that the box will be sent from Korea, it might take forever to arrive.

I like this Defcorn (데프콘)! In fact, I’m munching on them as I write this post :p this is the biggest snack packaging in the box. Since I subscribe for the Original Box, I didn’t get their special Deluxe snack, which includes Churroz (츄럿), Miso Soup (신송 홍게 된장국), Stone Age (석기시대), Wafers (웨하스 치즈), Crunch Ball Crispy Candy (알사탕), and the special Kakao Friends pouch.

Fresh Pie (후레시파이). Chiffon cake with strawberry fillings.

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Clockwise : Koala March (코알라 마치 딸기), Candies, Fresh Pie (후레시파이), Kassak (까삭), Rice Cake Cookies.

The Koala March is similar to Hello Panda and the Rice Cake Cookies is similar to Choco Pie (sans the chocolate, it’s more of a chiffon cake with rice cake fillings). Overall, I like the Rice Cake Cookies better than the Fresh Pie.IMG_1437

The box starts from as low as $14 for the mini, $25 for the original, and $42 for the deluxe version. It gets cheaper if you subscribe for the 3, 6, or 12 months plan. For me, I probably won’t subscribe for deluxe version unless the goodies included is something I really really want ㅋㅋ

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Back-to-School (Gudetama) Shopping

When people are buying stationaries and books for Fall semester, I’m splurging on bowls and snacks subscription boxes. My Fall-semester goals are to eat healthier and to cook more often. So, in order to motivate me to eat at home (and cook), I bought this kawaii Gudetama bowl sets. The price is reasonable for a made-in-Japan ceramic bowl. I have used these bowls almost everyday. The downside is I have to hand-wash them (you know how Gudetama feels about washing dishes.. meh..)

P.S. I got the Gudetama wet tissue case back in Singapore (Takashimaya or Gudetama Café have them), it’s just too adorable to pass up. For the hand cream, I got it shipped from TesterKorea for 7,900 6,320 won ($5.60) per set (1 set contains 3 different flavor: custard, cream cheese, and sherbet).

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And .. I got this Gudetama PJs from the bestest friends ever ❤︎ they spoiled me with the best Gudetama goods, just last year, I got the Gudetama twillies (with my name printed on it!) ❤︎ I wear them all over the place and have yet to take them off!

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Me, thinking of whether I should buy the Gudetama claypot or ..

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Comforter : Bed Bath Beyond (similar here or here)

.. probably not.

P.P.S Instead of my usual xoxo, this time I’ll close it off with Gudetama’s signature word ❤︎

meh..

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. 

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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! 

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“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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