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  • Posted On: November 12th 2023 at 11:09 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Food, Overseas, Personal life, Pictures, With my LX10

    I went to Seoul last week for a business conference. It is my second conference that is overseas. My first conference was in Beijing back in 2019? This is my second conference in 2023! Whee!

    The best part? It is in my favourite country/city – Seoul. Of course I made sure I had my favourite food and drinks along with the regular shopping and exploring new places. This time I didn’t dare to shop much as I am trying to make sure that I don’t overspend and ended up using money that I shouldn’t be using for holidays. Well, Sakura has grown up now hahaha.

    And yes, I gained weight after the trip. So much for losing weight earlier and now I am gaining some weight back. Sigh, and I got no time to exercise before my US trip. Bleh. I just have to do all my exercising/hiking in US to lose the weight.

    I manage to explore new places and took lots of photos. I was sorting them out earlier and decided to post them on my thetreblestory instagram. Well, I haven’t been posting photos on it since Dec 2019 and now it has been revived by my Seoul trip. Haha. 🙂

    As usual, the purpose of posting on Instagram is really just to let me repost here on my blog. I will share more about each photo here.

    I took the video when I was on the long train ride (1.5hrs) from Incheon airport to my hotel.

    There’s Artbox at COEX Mall which is near where I am staying for the trip. Then I discovered there are so many penguin keychains in the shop. Very, very tempted to buy them all or maybe just 1. Haha, but I didn’t buy any of them. #SaveMoney hahaha.

    I’m tempted to get the heart crackers when I saw it. However, I didn’t get it. It does look very loving though. It’s unfortunate my heart was broken a few months back so I am kind of avoiding love or heart related items for a while.

    I went to my Hermes home store for Seoul but didn’t manage to meet my SA. I did get something very small though. Saw these view while walking to the store. It’s my third trip to Seoul during autumn season so it is slowly becoming one of my favourite seasons. 🙂

    So many bouquets! I used to get bouquets from my ex-boyfriend. I remembered the first one was the best then it started going downhill ever since lol! I never received something like a bouquet basket like these before and would love to have something similar in future. Maybe I will get that for myself in future. Hehe.

    I went to Seokchon Lake Park on my last day of the trip. I’m so glad I went because it is quite calming and nice. Most of the trees are cherry blossom trees so it is nice to have a stroll and see them in autumn too.

    Spotted Pororo in the park too!

    One of my favourite photos in the park.

    I saw a lady taking photos of the photos and I got reminded of how I love to take photos of flowers in the past. So I captured this shot. Not sure when I stopped taking photos of flowers… Maybe it reminded of my past dates. I’m going to be strong and get back to my old self. Maybe even at a higher level too. 🙂 Actually I have achieved so much in the last few months which I think I am already at a higher level than prior to my last relationship. I never thought of how well I bounced back.

    Thank you God for blessing me to meet the right people who helped me secure some stuff which I wanted.

    I went to Tamburins hoping to get my favourite Berga Sandal hand cream. In the end, I didn’t get it but I got the fragrance. Haha. I also got myself the No 7 hand and body cream as well as its hand cream. Tamburins is quickly becoming my favourite brand for hand cream. Haha.

    I went to Hermes cafe after forgetting to go there in my last trip. Well, I was shopping at the store but forgot to have high tea at the store. I’m glad that they have dinner options which are not ridiculously expensive. So I had my dinner there before rushing to run my shopping errands. I had the mushroom risotto which is like flooded with mushrooms and abalone. The price is pretty worth it to be honest for the amount of mushrooms and even abalone in it. I think it was like 35,000 won for the risotto. Well, almost all the food in Seoul is cheaper in Singapore. That’s how ridiculously expensive Singapore fine dining food has become. Lol.


    Posted On: December 16th 2021 at 12:13 am | 1 Comment
    Categories: Birthdays, Food, Personal life, Pictures, With my LX10, Work

    I forgot to post on my birthday again but I will post what I did on that day.

    I’m clearing my annual leave this week (since it’s my birthday week). It was good since I get to rest for a week instead of the usual 1 annual leave day which I take usually. Unfortunately, that means I missed the action of log4j vulnerability at my workplace. Not sure if that’s a good thing but I think it is going to be a long cleanup since there are so many applications that are using Java and there are so many exploits/ransomware/state attacks using this vulnerability. It’s likely to last for some time.

    I guess I’m quite a workaholic to be still thinking about work on my birthday. :shocked: I try to make sure I don’t work or don’t think about work on my birthday because it is like an off day for me for the entire year. 😀

    For my off week, I planned to study for my Google Cloud Platform Cloud Security certification and also catch up on some personal errands. Not to forget to have my favourite cup of tea latte to chill. 🙂

    On my birthday, I had dinner with my boyfriend at Beauty in the Pot because we couldn’t get a booking at KOMA restaurant. It’s not too bad since I love Beauty in the Pot. It’s basically what I had for last year as well.

    He surprised me with a gigantic floating/helium balloon on the day itself too. No birthday cake but I got a helium balloon. :happy: He got me a pair of gold earrings and a windmill pendant from Chow Tai Fook a few days before. I realised as I get older, my skin is having issues when I wear costume jewellery or mixed metals. I can still wear them but if I wear them for too long, it will get a bit red/swollen. 🙁 Oh well. I love my costume jewellery for earrings. Now I have to wear at least 18K gold earrings otherwise my ear holes might sealed. Oh well. Age related issues, I guess.

    Before the dinner, I had a free facial (TIMETREASURE INVIGORATING TREATMENT) after I redeemed my free facial voucher after spending over S$500 on my first purchase on my birthday month at one of the Sulwhasoo boutique. Well, I tend to buy 6-month supply of skincare products at a go so hitting S$500 is not too difficult, especially when Sulwhasoo products aren’t that cheap either. I opt to top up the eye care facial on top of my package for S$50 because it’s worth it. I can see my face more lifted after the entire session, including my eye area. If I have a choice, I will want to go the facial sessions once a month. Sadly, it’s quite expensive (worth S$360) and I’m not going to spend so much on it.

    Pre-covid, it is very difficult to book a slot for the facials but I think the pandemic has made people try to avoid facials given the close proximity while mask-less. So I got the voucher and is able to secure a slot 2 days later. Quite surprising but I think I want to use the voucher ASAP given how dynamic the situation and the ever-changing restrictions brought by the pandemic.

    Can you believe that we are still in the middle of the pandemic after close to 2 years? Gosh, I am certainly sick of it but I guess I rather stay in Singapore than to deal with the additional stress of travelling with so many different restrictions. I shall enjoy other people travel stories from Instagram stories.

    As usual, I got myself a birthday cake. This year, I got a black forest cake. :happy:

    My black forest birthday cake for this year.
    My black forest birthday cake for this year.

    I’m loving my off week so far although I do feel FOMO about missing out on the log4j vulnerability related work. It’s like one of the key vulnerability of the year and I miss out the initial action on it.

    I think I will make this a new tradition – to clear my annual leave for a week on my birthday week. 🙂