3 Korean Themed Activities To Do When You're Sick This Winter

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Let's face it, no one likes getting sick. Our bodies fight off viruses, our heads feel stuffy and we literally feel like walking zombies. But with that comes a few sick days we can take to allow ourselves to get better (if your job allows unlike mine. :/) Our loved ones come over and make us soup, we're allowed to sloth around and aren't expected to do any strenuous work.  Bring sick is tough but it can definitely have it's perks! So here I have 3 fun and easy Korean themed activities you can do while you're stuck indoor sick! 

When I lived in Korea I was quite surprised at how so many Koreans took daily health supplements. From parents to college students, taking daily ginseng and health drinks are just a part of everyday life. I also liked how accessible it was to get these drinks as they're sold in every convenience store either hot (in a heated fridge) or cold. Heath consciousness is big in America as well except instead of liquid for its in pills (fiber, fish oil etc) and you can't just grab it at a 7/11 or Quik Trip on your way to work.

There are many different kinds of health drinks. Vita 500, Vie and Vita and Red Ginseng Gold are among the most known.

Oh course when you're not feeling well all you want to do is cuddle up in a blanket and watch tv right? Well why not turn on your favorite drama? You can binge the entire day because who can only watch one episode of a Korean drama right? It's just not possible! But let's take it one step further and not just cuddle up in a blanket because with a cold comes chills right? You'll need extra warmth in a cute and cozy.........onesie!

So now you have your Vita 500, your favorite drama and a cozy animal onesie; you're now on your way to recovery! But with how comfortable you'll be you might no want to ever go back to work/school....

Mr. Sunshine

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Have you all checked out the weekly drama Mr. Sunshine staring Lee Byung Hyun?
If you haven't, you definitely should!

It stars handsome Lee Byung as Eugene Choi (Yu-jin Choi), a US Marine Corps officer deployed to Korea. He was actually born in Korea as a slave but had to escape after his mother and father died. 

The first few episodes will have your mouth dropped to the floor with it sharing the backstory of the characters to come. 

Set in early 1900's Hanseong (former name of Seoul) when Japan and America were fighting to take control of areas in Korea; the story unearths the inner struggles of Korea fighting to capture its nation back.

Honestly, I'm angry with Netflix for giving it such a boring teaser resulting in me not wanting to watch it. But a friend came over for dinner and suggested we try it out and boy was it a great idea! Now every Saturday and Sunday at 10AM I'm sitting at the computer waiting for the next adrenaline inducing episode to release.

Another reason it really hooked me was because of the powerful roles the women play. In the first 2 episodes you have 2 mothers literally put a knife to someones throat and sacrifice themselves to protect their children. If you're a KDrama watcher like me you'll know strong female characters aren't a common sight in a lot Kdramas.

Also other powerful women in the series are mysterious, gun slinging Go Ae-Sin (Kim Tae Ri), a noble woman and love interest of Eugine. And then there's the Korean blood, Japanese bred Kido Hina aka Lee Yang Hwa (Kim Min Jung) owner of Glory Hotel that most of the characters stay at. Both female characters move the story along and unearth crucial clues to keep themselves and other characters safe and on the path to freeing Korea.

Another really amazing commodity is how the writers are able to make us care for each character and understand their perspective even if it's for or against Korea. Goo Dong Mae (Choi Min Young) is a perfect example of a character teetering between two worlds, deciding which to be loyal to. The story allows us to see his inner thoughts as his mind churns on to save struggling Korea or be loyal to powerful Japan.  I also enjoy how each character, according to their nationality, is able to convey their message through their own language either it be English, Korean or Japanese. It allows us to follow them through their thought process and allows us to determine their righteousness.

I definitely can't leave out the hilarious but crucial Kim Hee Sung (Byun Yo Han) who's tied to every story in the series. He's another characters mind we're able to enter as he fights with the sins of his family and how he can atone for the sins of each. 

With a stellar cast and array of plot twists, Mr. Sunshine is a show to not be missed. 

Check it out on Neflix every Saturday and Sunday.

Photo Credit: TvN


Sunday, July 1, 2018

Momoland is back with their new fun single BAAM and I'm living for it!  
So in celebration I wanted to share why I love them so much.

5 Korean Idols Who Rock the White Tee

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Chicago, IL, USA

Correction: In OR out of a white tee. :D

White tees or button ups are the most common staples in a closet. White tees, usually worn any and everywhere, are rarely looked upon as fashionable with the same happening to button ups, mostly worn as business attire or for a dressy occasion. 
But there are occasions where they're both taken to new style levels with stars elevating the sometimes mundane pieces. 
So this post will share a few of my favorite Korean stars who really do the white tee justice. 

If you have anyone to add to the list let me know in the comments!

Kpop US World Concert Tours 2019

Chicago, IL, USA
Want to know what Korean concerts are headed to a city near you?
Then this is the list for you!

Here's a full list of Kpop/K hip hop/K R&B shows slated to hit the US this year.

I will be updating this list throughout the year as new tours are announced!

If there's a tour not listed let me know in the comments and I will add it to the list!

BTS "Speak Yourself" World Tour

NCT 127 "Neo City: The Origin"

Sik-k "FL1P" World Tour

Twice World Tour

BlackPink World Tour

Sumni "Warning" World Tour

Ateez "The Expedition" World Tour (Sold Out Entirely!)

Esquido Lashes Review

Sunday, May 13, 2018


This is for all the make up lovers out there!

We know there are a few things that can make a face stand out: a bright red lip or a fabulous eye shadow. But one of the most awe-inspiring make up accessories are a pair of lashes! 

From sweet and subtle to Hollywood inspired, the possibilities are endless!

So to get the best quality along with the most trendiest lashes worn by celebrities such as Victoria Secret Angels Adriana Lima, Candice Swanepoel, Gigi Hadid and A-list celebs like Rihanna, Esquido has got you covered!

Fabulous lashes huh?


4 Things I Wish I Knew About Chicago Before I Moved Here

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Chicago, IL, USA
Hey Peeps!

I'm finally back on the scene with a new video on my experiences in Chicago! I'll go more in depth on my move and such later but for right now, enjoy my 4 Things I Wish I Knew About Chicago before I moved here video!

Asian Events in Chicago - February

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Hey peeps!
Every month I'll post events in or near Chicago that celebrate various Asian Cultures. Experiencing and supporting these events are great ways to learn more about the Asian cultures you admire.

As new events/concerts are added I will update this post. Also if there are any events I missed or one you're hosting, shoot me a message and I'll add it to the list!

Hope to see you all at some of these events!

6 Korean Fashion Instagrams to Follow

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Instagram is known for being the place to see what's new and happening. Every country seems to have an offering of celebrities with devoted followings that can keep you engaged for hours. From the myriad workout selfies to delicious food porn: you can get inspiration from anywhere! So of course Seoul, Korea is not an exception. Though it might not be a style capital yet it has many models, magazines and designers who are taking the world by storm. 

So here are 6 awesome Instagram peeps you should follow right now!

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