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Short can be sweet…

so sweetย โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ

Yes, a short vacation is always sweet when you are with your lovely family and/or friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s the first day of November (hello, beautiful November!) as of this writing, it’s a holiday so I had time to write and hopefully wrap up my posts about our Busan trip. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Let me share with you a few more things which made this trip sweet’er’. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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On the first two days of our trip as well as the third and last day, I had the chance to go to Starbucks (SB) with my friends. If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll remember that I shared in my post here that I collect SB cards, so it is a must that I visit SB whenever and wherever possible. Thanks to my supportive friends I get to do it with so much joy! ๐Ÿ˜€

During this trip, I was able to get 4 new SB cards from different SB branches around Busan and I super love them all, very pretty designs and very meaningful as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

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This photo was taken on the last day, 16 October. I ordered something new, Gongju BoniBam Latte, yum! On day 2, I also tried Jeju organic green tea. So I’m really happy to try new SB drinks, such a sweet treat!

I also have a small collection of SB demitasses. So it was so tempting to buy this pretty set (photo below) but I restrained myself… Having set a working budget is really a good idea. It actually kept me from buying everything that I liked. Good job, Ryah! ;PIMG_2144

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I not only tried new hot drinks but also excitedly tried some of these SB healthy drinks. I should have discovered this early on, I would likely try all variants, if I remember it right, there were almost 10 different variants. I bought these 3 on the 3rd day and had to drink within a couple of hours because I couldn’t hand-carry it and also didn’t risk checking them in. I tried the kale & apple drink first while at SB, while the last 2, I finished them just before I placed my hand-carry bag on the conveyor at the airport! hahaha They’re all so yummy! I should have hoarded!! Next time, I should remember to not only look for SB cards, but to try new drinks from Day 1 of the trip.

Lagom

Remember the Swedish word and proverb I shared with you a couple of weeks back on this post?

Lagom which literally means not too little, not too much.

On day 1, I saw these products, it caught my attention because of the brand name (and the minimalist packaging, very true to its name)! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I just couldn’t resist, I had to purchase a small cleanser tube and small toner bottle so I could try them, I got some freebies too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I love these products, I’ll try to get a bigger size when I return next year, Godwilling. ๐Ÿ™‚ This is such a sweet discovery. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Me time

Gill’s fly out from Busan was earlier compared to my flight and Eia’s. So Gill left for the airport at around 12nn if I remembered it right. Eia and I had initially planned to watch one more movie in the afternoon of Day 3 but Eia had to work on some urgent matters, good thing we decided not to purchase another movie ticket the day we bought the first movie ticket. Eia and I went to Starbucks at around 1:30pm, it’s walking distance to the airport bus stop and also to Haeundae Beach. At 3pm, I left Eia alone at SB so she could focus on her work and I could explore the area a bit more. I really wanted to spend some time at the beach so I crossed and went to the beach area. Oh, how I love the beach, the cool breeze, the sound of the waves, I love everything about those little sweet moments to be one with nature.ย โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ

Photos with the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics’ mascot. ๐Ÿ™‚

Victorious or not-so?

Remember the travel challenge I took upon myself for this trip? Well, the challenges are to stay within the budget (a total of Php30,000 or around USD580)ย  and to travel light.

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This was taken a week before the trip when I haven’t packed my clothes because I didn’t want them to crumple or wrinkle too much. On the day of the trip, I decided to leave that small leather bag on the lower right corner, and opted to use just one day bag all throughout the trip, a roomier bag, my red Girbaud bag, which can accommodate my passport, wallet, cellphone, pen,ย  umbrella, parka, ecobag, a small bottle of water, tissue pack, comb, mirror, lippies, hand sanitizer and a few more knickknacks. ;p
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Here’s on the day of the trip, I only used my small luggage and just my red bag.

On the day of our return to Manila, I only had to use one additional foldable overnight bag, so in terms of travelling light – I am victorious, yey!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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For the other challenge, the target was to only spend a total of Php30,000. After doing my accounting, I spent a total of Php35,198.90. I exceeded Php5k plus, but Php5,483.25 was spent on pasalubong (small treats for family and friends). The excess was a sweet one because it’s for my loved ones. ๐Ÿ˜‰ So I think, I am also victorious on this challenge, you agree, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sweet memories

In this short trip, more sweet memories were created amongst the three of us. Gillian and Eia are my friends for more than a decade already, our friendship is becoming sweeter and sweeter as time goes by. I love these ladies so much, truly grateful for them. I hope and pray to create more happy memories with them, here and just anywhere around the globe. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Where to next, lovelies? ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
Posted in Bucketlist, Busan, Friendship, Gifts, Good gifts, Gratitude, Lagom, Lessons Learned, South Korea, Starbucks, Travel

A full-day well-spent :)

As promised, I’m back to share more of our recent Busan adventures.

IMG_2186On our second day, 15 October, it was a Sunday, Eia proposed to go on a tour via hop on hop off. We boarded the bus at around 10:40am, we didn’t get off to most of the stops because it was raining, so we just enjoyed the view from the bus.

The bus had a 15-minute stop at the Fisheries Science Museum. We just stayed inside the bus and didn’t go inside the museum, but I got a bit bored after awhile so I stepped out a bit and took some photos and videos.

The first and only stop that we all decided to hop off was in front of an outlet mall. ;P

Since it was cold, I looked for something hot to drink, I loved the berry berry tea. I love everything with berries, oh, how I miss Europe, it’s the only place I was able to eat lots of berries because it was cheap!

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Gill and Eia had some things to buy for their family/friends from some shops at the mall. Me, I bought some facial masks at the Lotte Supermarket, and some goodies too for family and friends. I bought a few packs of this Cafe Latte & Pepero Biscuit because I like anything that’s coffee-flavoured and the packaging is just too pretty!! I thought of giving them as Christmas gifts but I ended up giving them away as pasalubong. I left 1 box for me so I can try it, I loved it! I’ll hoard it next time. #notetoself ;P

I joined Gill while she was looking around. I went inside Coach with her, and I actually liked a wallet (forgot to take a photo), a pair of ballerines and sunglasses. Of course, I still found them pricey despite the big discount. ;P So as I advised in one of my posts, taking of a photo of it might do the trick, it did for me that time. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I happily move away from them (as fast as I could). ;P

Gill and I met up with Eia in front of the mall after an hour and a half of malling. Our plan in the afternoon was to go to Nampo-dong, it’s a central commercial and shopping area, so more temptations to shop were waiting ahead of us! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Us, while waiting for the bus ๐Ÿ™‚

The waiting was taking quite awhile, so I took it as an opportunity to photoshoot. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks to my lovelies who support me, as always. Hahaha

#whenyourumbrellamatchesyourOOTD ๐Ÿ™‚

When we arrived at Nampo-dong, it was past lunchtime, so we looked for a place to eat, one of my agenda on this trip was to try jajangmyeon (noodles with black bean sauce), I always see it in Korean series so I got curious… Eia brought Gill and I to a resto where jajangmyeon is served. Well, it was okay, I liked it with the yellow radish, I actually liked the yellow radish so much, we ate a lot, unli-side dish. ๐Ÿ™‚ Next year, Godwilling, eating jajangmyeon will still be a part of the agenda. ๐Ÿ™‚ I want to try eating unli-fried chicken, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Another agenda is to buy sunscreen, serum, lipgloss and bb/cc cream at Skinfood, my favorite Korean skincare/makeup brand. Since I am working on a budget, the challenge was to stick to it. Before going on this trip, I made an inventory of what I have at home so I would not be easily tempted to buy things which I don’t need. I said on my previous post that “Inventory is the Key.”ย  Well, I guess, aside from inventory, the most important factors, when you are trying to work on a budget because you want to save up and focus on the more important things, are discipline and self-control. These two go hand-in-hand and sometimes are being used interchangeably. Either way, we need both to be able to overcome temptations, including the urge to spend too much on stuff we don’t need.

Discipline –

aย :ย control gained byย enforcingย obedience or order
bย :ย orderly orย prescribedย conduct or pattern of behavior

 

Self-control –ย restraint exercised over one’s own impulses, emotions, or desires

So I actually was able to buy what I intended to:

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Serum and sunscreen from Skinfood and lipgloss from Muji. I decided not to buy a bb/cc cream because I still have two tubes from HappySkin.

BUT I also bought a few more stuff…

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The saleslady at Skinfood told me that a serum works best with these two products, Essence and Cream. I thought about it many times, but I finally gave in because of the discount when I buy the package and she promised me with lots of freebies. ;P I also bought a nail polish in my current fave color, an acetone and a pretty set of nailcare.

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I only bought the green one for myself, I bought a few bottles of nail polish and gave them to some of my friends, they didn’t choose the black and white, so they are now mine. ๐Ÿ™‚
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This nailcare set is just too pretty, I have a weakness towards pretty packaging, this looks so classy and classic to me, so I gave in. I don’t regret it at all, they’re pretty good products, I love everything about it, even the scent! Gosh, I’ve used the word “pretty” too much here, but they deserve it, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰
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I bought a concealer from Muji and this makeup brush. I’ve always wanted to buy a brush like this, I first saw it from Peony Lim. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here are some of the freebies I got from Skinfood which I kept for myself. The other freebies which are not in the photo, I will give them to my aunt in the province, she likes those small stuff.

After buying the Skinfood products, we went to a very lovely cafe. I didn’t buy anything there, I just wanted to rest while Eia and Gill were across the street, looking for sports shoes for their brothers.

After awhile, I followed them to the sports store, and these two beauties called me. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am not the sporty type, I only buy rubber shoes for running/traveling, since my current Merrell rubber shoes, the one I’m wearing on the photo are still in good shape, I restrained myself from buying a new pair. ๐Ÿ™‚

We had a long day at Nampo-dong, on our way to the train station, Gillian showed me this, so we had to stop and Eia took these photos… Haayyy.. Nice seeing you, Oppa!ย โ™ฅ

We wrapped up the day with a super yummy dinner at a nearby Korean resto, it was past midnight already, my meal was a steaming hot beef soup, it was so yummy, and equally enjoyed the yummy unli-side dishes and fish paste.

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We enjoyed our last night together. So chilly and breezy, and so lovely as well. โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅย  #gratefulbeyondwords

On my next post, I will share with you how I fared againts the Travel Challenge I imposed upon myself. So stay tuned! ๐Ÿ˜‰

God’s best!ย โ™ฅ

Posted in Lagom, Lessons Learned, Minimalism, Travel, Womanhood

Just the right amount is best…

Just the right amount is best…

This is the translation of a phrase / Swedish proverb “lagomย รคrย bรคst”ย which I recently came across through this article Forget Hygge: 2017 Will Be All About Lagom.

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Hygge is Danish, while Lagom is Swedish.

“Lagom” – very seldom, that I fell for a word, and this is one of the very rare occasions that I instantly got curious about a foreign word — it’s love at first encounter. ๐Ÿ™‚

Theย Lexinย Swedish-English dictionary definesย lagomย as “enough, sufficient, adequate, just right“.ย Lagomย is also widely translated as “inย moderation“, “in balance”, “perfect-simple”, and “suitable” (in matter of amounts). – Wiktionary

Lagom — the Swedish concept of not too much, not too little, just right — just the kind of lifestyle that I strive to practise day-in day-out in all aspects. I believe it’s one of the keys to enjoy a peaceful and balanced life, which we all need/want/dream of. When one learns how to be grateful for what is enough, let go of everything that’s too much and weighing us down, when the focus is enjoying what we have at the present, and making the most of what is working and serving its purpose at the moment, that’s truly liberating and vital to achieving one’s sense of joy and wellness.

Withย lagomย รคrย bรคstย in mind and as a practical application, I made a conscious effort to bring just the right amount of everything for my upcoming travel to Busan which is just 5 days away. I am actually SO excited about this trip, this is the shortest out of the country trip that I will get to experience so far, I even made a travel challenge for myself, so this Swedish concept is not only helping me succeed on the challenge but also gives me a better appreciation of the travel experience itself because my focus is on the new experiences that this new city will offer, the fun memories, lots of it, that I will once again share with my lovely friends, Eia and Gillian. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Soย  here’s what I packed for next weekend’s trip:

On the day of the trip, I will pack my clothes, the planned OOTDs might change depending on the temperature. Don’t worry, I know already what to bring, whether the weather gets too cold or just cool enough, I just don’t want my clothes to crumple so I pack them on the day of travel. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Someday, I hope to visit Denmark and Sweden to have a first hand experience of Hygge and Lagom. ๐Ÿ™‚

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, – Matthew 6:19