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  • Posted On: November 9th 2018 at 5:00 pm | 2 Comments
    Categories: Korean related, Overseas, Rants

    Yay! I’m back in Singapore now. Well, technically at the point of starting to type this blog post, I am still on plane… about 25 mins to landing in Singapore.

    I took Korean Air to Seoul this time round and gosh, I won’t make the same mistake again. Firstly, Korean Air got 3 out of 4 wheels damaged (the rubber part of the wheels) fall off. I realised it is significantly harder to drag the luggage around. But with all the stress from travelling and exploring the city alone (because my travel buddy wants to split up on our first few days), I only realised my 4th wheel has cracked. The rubber part looks like it is about to fall off as well. :cry: That was when I realised my luggage is badly damaged.

    I was trying to find out how I can make a claim while trying to find out what replacement luggage I can get given that I have to change the hotel in 2 days.

    In the end, I got myself a new Travel Mate luggage. Well, some brand that is unknown to me until I started googling on where I can buy affordable luggage in Seoul. I got it the day before I changed hotel and gosh, it was a right choice because I have to push it around in order to change hotel. It makes pushing luggage so much easier now. The downside? It’s expensive to get a new luggage in a foreign land, especially when TANGS Singapore is running a promotion on American Tourister luggages for approximately S$150. :sad:

    With the help of the reception at my current hotel, I managed to call Korean Air and got the damaged baggage claim form. They got back to me and said will replace a new luggage for me (ah! If you only I found out earlier!)… Sadly, I already got a new luggage and requested for cash reimbursement instead. In the end, they said since I do not have the original copy of the receipt of my luggage (okay, now I know I need to keep the receipt of my luggage when I travel), they can only allow me to claim up to KRW100,000. That’s less than 50% of the luggage but it is still better than nothing. Here’s the twist. I need to collect it from baggage claim office before 9pm and by the time I found the counter, it is 910pm. :cry: So I didn’t manage to get it in the end and was advised by the Korean Air lady to contact the email and try to get it from Singapore office. Sigh, now I wonder how long this Korean Air drama will continue. I may not be able to get my reimbursement in the end.

    The second part of the Korean Air drama is that I have to pay for additional baggage fees since they do not allow me to combine the weight limit along with my friend. The counter lady advised me to take out some stuff from the luggage so I have to last minute open my luggage to take out some stuff from my luggage and put it a check in bag which I always carry around. Oh, that is on top of another check in bag that I have. :sigh: I miss Singapore Airlines at that point of time because I will have a larger baggage limit, I can check in more than 2 bags and lastly, I can combine the baggage limit with my friend.

    The third part of the drama is when we have a delay of 1 hr and the pilots rushed through the flight and complete it within 5hrs. Most flights between Singapore and South Korea takes a minimum of 6 to 6.5 hrs. It is not safe to fly over the sea if there is an alternative to fly across land. Furthermore, we are flying across South China Sea (the disputed sea region). So my entire flight is mostly over the sea to save time. Despite a delay in boarding of 1 hr, because the pilots went for the faster but unusual route, the entire journey took 5 hrs. Luckily I landed safely and is back home safe and sound.


    Posted On: May 12th 2018 at 4:06 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Insights, Korean related, Personal life, Reviews, Shopping, Skin care

    I was at Kinokuniya and was reading the book on Korean skin care (this one) and got inspired to blog about my own skincare routine. I have blog about it in my previous posts before:

    I’m going to use the same format again. :smile: 

    Day care

    1. Cleanser (I’m currently using Fancl Washing Powder)
    2. Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing eye cream
    3. Laneige White Dew Ampoule Essence
    4. Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream
    5. Clarins UV Plus Sunscreen (I’m using the tinted version that is only found in USA)
    6. CNP Laboratory Omega Perfection Sun Block (for my neck and arms)
    7. Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion EX or Diorskin Forever Perfect Cushion
    8. Belif Sun Powder (optional since I don’t really use it so often)

    Night care

    1. Makeup remover
    2. Cleanser (I’m currently using Fancl Washing Powder)
    3. Any masks that I happened to buy (which is a huge range so I’m not going to list them here)
    4. Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing eye cream
    5. Muji Light Toning Water High Moisture (My all-time holy grail product!)
    6. Innisfree Green Tea Serum

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    Seems like I should expand on my night skin care regime… 6 steps is probably not sufficient, haha. 


    Posted On: September 3rd 2017 at 7:40 pm | 5 Comments
    Categories: Korean related, Music, Videos

    I was doing my school project and reading up on the resources on OWASP site and listening music on Youtube (with my Beoplay A2 playing the music so it sounds really good) and I came across my favourite IU music again. Hehe. :smile: 

    I blogged about the same music here too!

    The old music video I posted in my previous blog post here is not working so I decided to update the blog entry with the updated video that I found.


    Posted On: August 6th 2017 at 3:51 pm | 2 Comments
    Categories: Articles, Korean related, Overseas, Personal life, Travel

    Okay, now that I have finished blogging about my Korea trip back in January 2016 (whoa, what a delay!). Here’s the list of blog posts for easy reference. :grin: 

    Seoul

    Busan


    Posted On: August 6th 2017 at 3:40 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Food, Friendship, Korean related, Overseas, Personal life, Pictures, Shopping, Travel, With my NEX

    Okay, this got to be the longest post for Busan. Well, cause Busan has a lot of nice food. Actually, the entire Korea has tons of nice food that I love.

    This is da bomb! It is my favourite street food in Korea so far. Not just in Busan. I didn’t managed to find it in Seoul, sadly. I even went back to BIFF Square just to have it again and again. Sadly, the stall didn’t open all the times that we went there and its location kept changing so Rui Yun and I literally have to hunt for it. :smile: You cannot go Busan without having this! :grin:

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/137250160823/my-favourite-food-at-busan-mexican-style-corn

    I’m kind of a sushi/kimbab person and yay, I finally got to eat authentic Korean kimbap one of the days when we are in Busan. :smile:

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138217802588/our-breakfast-at-busan-gimbap-gimbap-sushi

    I didn’t know about this but Rui Yun heard about it and wanted to try. It’s chizza (KFC chicken pizza) and I don’t think it came to Singapore in the end. Glad that we had it in Busan! :happy:

    The really odd combination to mix it with hot chocolate though but hey, it’s winter time in Korea at that time and we are so cold! No way am I getting icy cold soft drinks!

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/137282871878/introducing-chizza-kfc-chicken-pizza-in-korea

    Another of my favourite street food which can be found everywhere in Korea – odeng and topokki. Seriously, try having odeng in winter time and outdoors. You will really appreciate it even though you are just having fish cake (odeng means fish cake in Korean).

    On a side note, I didn’t realised that I uploaded the same photo (with different cropping and filters).

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138217694553/korean-street-food-yummy-odeng-and-topokki

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/137222007923/eating-street-food-at-6-degrees-celsius-is-like

    Hot chocolate from Ediya Coffee is one of my favourites hot chocolates in Korean. Actually, in Singapore/Korea too. Strangely, I don’t think I saw Ediya Coffee when I went back to Seoul… Anyway, we had it after our budae jigae lunch…

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138396154798/hot-chocolate-at-ediya-coffee-snacks-hotdrinks

    The awesome part to travel with a friend? It is definitely to be able to share something like budae jigae! Budae jigae in Korea tasted kind of different from Singapore. :smile:

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138396092443/budae-jigae-food-korean-koreanfood-budaejigae

    We saw this sign when we were looking for our lunch (and we ended up choosing budae jigae). Nice two meat u. What a play of words. :happy:

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138396019163/nice-two-meat-u-wordpuns-puns-pun

    Other than my all-time favourite Paris Baguette (I love it so much that I am willing to take BART train from my office to Berkeley just to buy my breakfast for the next day because Berkeley has a Paris Baguette… Back in the days when I am working in San Francisco…).

    However, after discovering OPS Bakery, I think it has overtaken Paris Baguette in the competition to Sakura’ favourite bakeries. :smile:

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138975962028/my-breakfast-for-the-train-ride-back-to-seoul

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138975750923/i-dont-usually-like-bread-but-bread-from-ops

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/137876158818/mini-cakes-at-ops-bakery-quite-a-famous-bakery-in

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138975854723/and-this-is-the-logo-for-ops-bakery-highly

    I always wanted to order Jajangmyeon when I am in Korea and despite going to Korea for the last 2 times, I never had a chance to have it. Guess what? I finally had it on my third time in Korea!

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138849574008/jajangmyeon-food-jajangmyeon-koreanfood

    Post dinner snack at Ice Factory. I wish they come to Singapore… Now I missed them so much… :sad:

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/137877568673/this-is-what-i-bought-from-ice-factory-in-the-end

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/137877532388/i-wish-i-can-try-them-all-why-isnt-it-available

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/137877493953/ice-pops-from-ice-factory-icepops-icecream-ice

    Okay, enough of all the food photos. Let’s go around and explore the streets at Busan? Hehe. I like to visit Chinatown in various countries because that’s where you can get to see the local Chinese environment. It’s my new found hobby after coming back from San Francisco. :grin: I didn’t really go into the Chinatown at Busan though so I just took a photo when I passed by…

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138153466473/for-some-reason-every-city-i-go-has-a-chinatown

    I forgot why I went to Nampo station but since I have a Hello Kitty posed with it, why not just upload it and share it here? Haha.

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138153526188/hello-kitty-goes-to-explore-busan-hellokitty

    I saw some Hello Kitty mini figurines and there’s music stuff in it too. Hello Kitty + Music = Sakura will definitely buy it. :smile: Sadly, I still didn’t get the music collection after buying 2 boxes of it. :sad: Guess Lady Luck was not with me at the time of purchase…

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138083516098/bought-2-boxes-of-this-and-was-hoping-to-get-the

    Wow, a Gentleman Guide to skincare? Korean guys really do take care of their skin…

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138083464808/found-at-lohb-love-health-beauty-shop

    Spotted a cleansing device at Innisfree! I don’t think they bought it to Singapore in the end. Since I already have my Clarisonic Aria, I don’t find the need to get this…

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/137747848138/so-many-clarisonic-like-cleansing-system-this

    Whoa! Did I spot Daiso? I love Daiso because I can get my daily essentials at a much cheaper cost. Save my wallet from getting too slim! :happy:

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/137551908628/daiso-is-found-in-korea-too-daiso-busan