Posted in Busan, Friendship, Gifts, Good gifts, Gratitude, Just Random, Lagom, Lessons Learned, Minimalism, South Korea, Starbucks, Travel

Short can be sweet…

so sweet 

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

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. 😉 Let me share with you a few more things which made this trip sweet’er’. 😉

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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! 😀

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. 🙂

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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)! 😉 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. 🙂

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I love these products, I’ll try to get a bigger size when I return next year, Godwilling. 🙂 This is such a sweet discovery. 😉

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. 

Photos with the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics’ mascot. 🙂

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)  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,  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!!! 😀

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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. 😉 So I think, I am also victorious on this challenge, you agree, right? 😉

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. 🙂

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Where to next, lovelies? 🙂 🙂 🙂
Posted in Lessons Learned, Minimalism, Travel

Inventory is the Key

Traveling usually gives a person the license to shop, it just happens that way. As a continuation to my previous post, I thought of doing a quick inventory of the things which I have right now, the things which I think I might get tempted to buy in Korea. I know I need to do this because I can easily get tempted to buy something I don’t need, just because (i) they are cheaper, (ii) they have the cutest packaging (!!) and (iii) Korea is known to produce great skincare products, just like Japan.

IMG_0706I went to Seoul once, so I know there are lots of good skincare products there, which at my age, I should be investing now. So I am resolved to only buy a serum, a sunblock, a lipgloss, and probably a BB/CC cream. For other makeup products, I think I have more than enough lipsticks/balms/tints, I have a powdered and a tinted blush on, I have a bronzer from Paris and another one (bare minerals) from Gillian, one of her pasalubong for me from her US trip last year. I’m actually not a make-up person so it takes a long time for me to finish a product. As for toiletries such as facial wash, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and scrub, body lotion, hand cream and sanitizer, I still have enough, including perfume. 😉 So I really don’t have much of an excuse to shop. 😛

In my recollection, Korea has all the cutest stuff (AS IN), which I went gaga over the last time I went there and I have to admit, I bought things which I didn’t need. But now, some 6 years later, I hope I am more disciplined and more of a saver than a spender. 🙂

Just for good ol’ memories’ sake, I’m sharing some photos from that trip and the things which were too tempting for me. 🙂

These two bags below, I really loved them, thank goodness, they’re too pricey, I couldn’t afford them, so I kept them in my memory through these photos!! 😛

Okay, bye for now, I will update you on my return. 🙂

Remember, inventory is the key. 🙂

And probably just taking photos of what you like will do the trick. 🙂

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 “lagom är bäst” 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. 🙂

The Lexin Swedish-English dictionary defines lagom as “enough, sufficient, adequate, just right“. Lagom is also widely translated as “in 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.

With lagom är bäst 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. 🙂 🙂

So  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. 😉

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Someday, I hope to visit Denmark and Sweden to have a first hand experience of Hygge and Lagom. 🙂

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

Posted in Gifts, God's victory, Good gifts, Gratitude, Health, Inspiration, Lessons Learned, Minimalism, Travel

37, thank you…

Today is 9 September, a day before my 38th birthday 🙂

I thought of writing a few realities / things I am grateful for, so here it goes 😉

  • the God of my life
  • my faith, being saved
  • Victory – the church where I belong
  • basically everything in my life, just the reality that I am alive
  • the dreams in my heart
  • the hope that I have in Christ
  • the woman that I am now (definitely not perfect, but under God’s grace)
  • love for the Word of God – my manual for life, my comfort, my teacher, my guide
  • fulfilled dream travel to Europe this year
  • in good health, good shape and feeling strong
  • best Omma and Appa, the sister and the brother, all loved ones
  • my sisters-in-Christ, I couldn’t thank them enough.. (Hazel, Alica, Mel & Bong)
  • my lovely friends (a lot of them, all wonderful individuals, I’m beyond blessed)
  • my colleagues (all good and helpful)
  • my work in ADB, the fact that I belong in this wonderful organization
  • benefits as an ADB employee
  • my simple but comfy home sweet home
  • my cozy room
  • my oldie but trusty car
  • ongoing “A” process (hopefully will be granted by 2018)
  • upcoming Busan trip with Gill and Eia
  • being able to play squash and exercise
  • food on the table and fridge
  • lots of good food to try
  • coffee time with family & friends
  • my gadgets which make me reachable and sociable
  • technologies which make life convenient and comfortable
  • my little savings and a few investments
  • things that I own and manage to buy (clothes, shoes, bags, accessories, etc.)
  • my female inspiration – Peony Lim and Mari Jasmine
  • Korean series/movies (my guilty pleasure)
  • my crushes (Gong Ji Chul aka Gong Yoo, So Ji Sub and a whole lot more)

I’m sure I have more things to be grateful for, big and small, but for now, written above are the first things which came to mind. 😉

God, thank you so much for a (beyond) wonderful 37th year of my life. 🙂 

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I am excited for the 38th – hopeful, grateful, blessed and expectant of God’s best to come my way. 🙂

Posted in Fashion sense, Inspiration, Lessons Learned, Minimalism

#REPEATisTHEnewHIP®

I follow very few celebrities. Not that there’s something wrong with following a lot, but I know myself, I get influenced, though not quickly, I believe exposing and allowing oneself to be vulnerable and to get swayed to materialism, worldliness, etc., I am mature enough to protect myself, that’s why I usually edit the ones I follow. I only keep those who inspire me and influence me in a good way. I believe we have to be careful with what/who we surround ourselves and with what influences we take in as our own.

Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny. – Mahatma Gandhi
I started following Mari Jasmine just a couple of months ago. I just felt there’s something different about her, she’s unassumingly very pretty and brainy, she practices a healthy lifestyle, and I know I’ll learn lots of good stuff from her. #followTOgrow:)

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A couple of weeks back, she shared that she wanted “to learn to love, reuse, restyle the clothes she has instead of consuming new things all the time.” I got to admire her more because of that. And I also got into thinking that it’s something that I should follow for practical and a whole lot of reasons. On her post today, she asked what hashtag can we use to view all the clothes that we repeat. So I left a comment with this hashtag #REPEATisTHEnewHIP®.

I repeat wearing my clothes obviously, but I’m guilty in the sense that I make it a point not to wear the same clothes in between close occasions. But having this new way of thinking,  #REPEATisTHEnewHIP®, I wouldn’t care wearing the same clothes as often as I want, but of course using my little creativity for a different twist😉😛

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Trying this thing where I wear and repost more of the same items of clothing. I’m not so comfortable with this culture of consuming new things all the time to just wear it once or twice. I feel like Instagram has definitely contributed to this phenomenon 😂 what if we made it like a styling challenge so we get maximum usage out of our clothes? Anyone keen to join me 😋