Monday, 27 October 2014

BBlogger Tag

Sorry for the weeks hiatus, I had to reacclimatise myself to work and what have you. I also had a mild case of jetlag, which left me pretty tired evenings, but now I'm back to my three posts a week!

The lovely Sakuranko nominated me for the BBlogger Tag. I was going to do it before I went to Korea, but as you can see, that never happened... ^^;;

How this tag works:

1. Share 3 facts about yourself
2. Answer the questions
3. Nominate

3 Random Facts About Myself

1. I love to read
2. I like baking, but not cooking...
3. Drinking tea, accompanied by a piece of cake and a good book is one of my favourite pastimes.

My Answers to the Questions

Which country do you live in?

Switzerland

What's the meaning behind the name of your blog?

It's Japanese and means shooting star. ^__^

Why did you start blogging?

I love to write and communicate with others, and I thought blogging would be an excellent platform to do this. Unfortunately in my early days (I started in 2011) I had no idea what to blog or how to go about it... Now I think I'm getting the hang of it, or at least I hope so! ^^

Which product have you repurchased the most?

Uh.... Beauty product? Hmm... Coconut oil - I use it on my hair and on my skin. 

Smokey & Sexy? Girl Next Door or Bright & Bold?

I'm not sure... Bright & Bold sometimes Smokey & Sexy???

Biggest blogger/youtuber inspiration?

I don't have any one that stands out in particular, though there are a few that I enjoy reading and watching. ^^

Drugstore or high end?

Depends on the product.

Bronzer or blush?

Definitely blush.

How many times a day do you wash your face?

Twice.

Biggest skin struggle?

I have sensitive skin, so if I use some random products I'll probably break out...

What's your favourite way to pamper your skin?

Facials!

What's your skincare routine?

Just the usual? Key for me is to use natural products.

Are you confident to go out without make-up?

YES!!! Years ago I would have been horrified to leave the house without make-up. Somehow it didn't feel right, like I wasn't dressed. Now, I realise that in the end, your natural face is the most beautiful. Of course I still enjoy wearing make-up, but I don't wear as much as I used to, and I rarely wear powder (I don't wear foundation, irritates my skin). And there will be many a time you can spot me without make-up of any kind. ^^ I really don't care.

This is the reason I also take care of my face, invest in good products, have facials, etc, so that I don't need to cover it up. ^__^

Favourite hair product?

Coconut oil.

First hair day or second hair day?

That... Depends on many things... Sometimes the first, sometimes the second...

How many times have you dyed your hair?

Oh, there was a time I dyed it often, was even blond for a while (hard to imagine, huh?). Now I rarely dye my hair, and if I do, it's usually just my natural colour anyway (got to cover up certain hairs, you now? *cough* *cough*). I was thinking of getting some blue highlights, but I don't know anymore...

Neutrals or bight colours?

Is black neutral? Red is bright though. A combination maybe, depending. But I mostly wear black.

Winter or summer fashion?

Winter!

Jeans, shorts, skirt or dresses?

Shorts, I will always wear shorts, even in winter. I also like skirts and dresses. These days I often wear jeans, but only because wearing shorts or skirts (well actually skirts and dressed are allowed, but all of mine are mini so yeah...) would be deemed inappropriate... What kind of world do we live in???


Lot's of beauty questions! Normally I don't really discuss this on my blog. Hopefully you found it interesting anyway. ^^

I nominate:





Thanks for participating!!!


Saturday, 18 October 2014

N Seoul Tower (N서울타워에) - Korea

Namsan Seoul Tower was one of my must sees, as I enjoy taking in the view of the whole city from up high.

N Seoul Tower is built on Namsan mountain and towers 479.7m/1.574ft. I was lucky to have a clear day to take some amazing shots. Due to the haze, I feared that the city's glory might not be captured, however I think you can see. ^__^

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The N Seoul Tower spotted from the Myeong-dong area.
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I took the Seoul City Tour bus. For only 12000 Wan (about $12), I found it a very inexpensive way to explore the city. It takes you to all of the major tourist hotspots and offers an audio guide in English and a few other languages.
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These locks are appearing everywhere!
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Isn't the bear cute?
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Seoul is surrounded by mountains.

The iPhone 5S camera can take some pretty decent photos, don't you think?


Friday, 17 October 2014

Insadong 인사동 - Seoul, Korea

I stumbled upon this popular tourist destination via Google, as it was beyond me where to find postcards. Normally, any major city will sell post cards just about anywhere. Not Seoul though, you have to go to a particular area for that.

Insadong has one street filled with one souvenir shop after another. This is the best place to find various souvenirs and postcards. Postcards can be purchased in a pack of about 18, and only cost 5000 wan (so about $5). That's inexpensive if you ask me.

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My advice, don't buy anything at the first shop you see. Shop around as some shops are considerably cheaper than others.
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Here, all of the shops were labeled in Korean. I had to look twice to realise it was a Starbucks. ^^

Insadong is near Bukchon Hanok village, therefore I went there directly after. However, after all the walking I was quite tired and didn't have the patience to look around too much after I had finally gotten my postcards. ^__^




Thursday, 16 October 2014

Bukchon Hanok Village - Seoul, Korea

Seoul is a versatile place, as it offers many different sites. One place definitely worth visiting is Bukchon Hanok Village, a place filled with traditional housing called 'hanok'. The great thing is, not only is this village traditional, but also a residential area. Of course, many of the places have been turned into cafes, tea houses and the like.

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Changdeokgung Palace - Sadly, it's closed on Mondays, the day I so happened to be there. It was still pretty from the outside though.

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Quaint little cafes were scattered all about the place.
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It was hard trying to avoid having cars in the pictures, since they were parked everywhere. As I mentioned, it is a residential area. It's still a strange feeling seeing these modern cars parked in front of these traditional buildings.
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Breathtaking view.
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This was probably the highlight of my visit in Seoul. I found it a nice walk with many sights to take in. It gave an insight to the past, and what it must have been like to live in Seoul back then.

Have you ever been to a traditional village?