Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sorry no post this week as I am fighting crazy jet lag from my trip to Hong Kong. I will try to post something up later this week. But if you follow me on instagram can check out my adventures there in Hong Kong and my 10 hour layover in Seoul!

let me leave you with one of my favorite food items I ate in HK! double layer steamed milk pudding...

until next time!!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

KT tape vs Rock tape

Since I injured my knee, I had to wear athletic tape around my knee area. Two most popular types are KT tape and Rock tape. Luckily I was able to try both brands with my injury.

I first started with Rock Tape. With Rock Tape you have to cut your own strips whereas KT Tape is already precut.

In the first picture below, I was taped up with help from my trainer. The second picture was done by me a few days later.

I really liked how strong and stable the tape was. Any movement I made, it did not cause the tape to peel off or move. Even when I showered with this, the tape did not peel off. It was not until the 4th day that it finally started to ripple a little bit as you can see above. Overall, I really liked Rock Tape. You can get it from Sports Basement for $16 or via Amazon.

KT Tape was used after my first round with Rock Tape. Luckily BF had some left over from his previous injury. KT Tape retails for $12.99 at Sports Authority.

The great thing about KT Tape is that it is already pre cut into strips. As you can see the picture above, it has two smaller strips per 1 section.

With KT tape, I did feel that the hold was not strong enough. In fact after 1 day, the tape had started peeling as you can see from above. The peeling annoyed me so much that I just took it off after 1 day. Perhaps it is better suit for injuries that do not require bending?!

After the failure with KT Tape, BF suggested we try out KT Tape Pro. It retails for $20 and it is also pre cut into strips. It comes with a nice storage case and the tape is one big reflective strip instead of two small ones.

Once again, I had my trainer tape me up.

What really annoyed me was that in less than 1 day, the strip was already starting to fray. After two days, it started to peel and ripple. The KT Tape Pro does have more hold than regular KT Tape but I was annoyed with the fraying and the peeling.

Overall, Rock Tape was the winner for me. I liked how it was really strong and supportive it was. It also lasts for up to 5 days.  The only downside is that it can be tricky to get your hands on it. But it is available on Amazon and at Sports Basement. I highly recommend using Rock Tape if you are in need of sports injury tape.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Monthly Faves: June 2014

I don't know about you all but I am super excited for July! Why? Because it's vacation time for me! I am going on my first trip to Hong Kong next week and I am super excited about all the food! Fish balls, pineapple buns, dim sum, here I come!! But before I leave here are some of my favorites for the month of June.

Beauty Faves:

This past month I have to admit that I have been super lazy with my makeup. I just quickly brush on my powder and then spritz setting spray before walking out the door.

Skindinavia No More Shine Make-up Finish: One of my favorite setting sprays. It keeps my face makeup in place. Plus one bottle lasts for a really long time. If you subscribe to their site, they frequently will send you coupons. Right now they have a 20% sale.

Chanel Double Perfection Lumiere: I'm in currently using shade 20 beige. I like how this powder goes on my skin without looking caked on. When paired with the Skindinavia spray, it works really well. I got this from Nordstrom for $52.

Moving on to snacks. I have been obsessed with this drink ever since I bought it from Costco.

It is sooo good! The kale makes the drink not so sweet which I like. It reminds me of applesauce but in a squeeze bottle.

Since I have been injured, Rock Tape has been really helpful as a brace.

My trainer first introduced it to me. He helped tape me up and it really holds as a brace. No matter what I did, the tape did not slip or fall off. I bought this for $16 at Sports Basement but you can also get this on Amazon.

Kpop song of the month: I have been really obsessed with Taeyang's Eyes, Nose, Lips. It's a slow song with a nice piano accompaniment. I also like how it showcases Taeyang's voice.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Life Lately...

Since I injured my leg, I admit am going a bit stir crazy in the house. Instead of cleaning or organizing the room like I should have been, I have been watching dramas and variety shows on Hulu and Dramafever. Let me introduce to you a few of the shows I have finished watching. (ps all images were found via google)

My Love From Another Star

It was the hit drama of this past year. It's about an alien that gets stuck on Earth for 400 years waiting to go back home. But during his last few months, he falls in love with a top actress.
Honestly, BF and I watched this only to see what all the hype was about. The drama was disappointing and very dragged out especially the ending.

Master's Sun

The Master's Sun is about the heroine (played by Gong Hyo Jin) who is able to see ghosts after her accident. She gets bothered by ghosts everyday until she runs into a man (played by So Ji Sub) who is able to make the ghosts vanish by her touching him.
This drama was quite funny. I enjoyed watching it even though I did get freaked out by the ghosts.

Grandpa Over Flowers

It's a reality show about 4 veteran actors in the 70s (Lee Soon Jae, Shin Gu, Park Geun Hyung, and Baek Il Sub) and their errand boy Lee Seo Jin going on a backpacking trip of Europe, Taiwan, and Spain. There has been three seasons of this show so far.
I LOVE this show. It is soooo funny and sweet and just watching all the mishaps that go on makes it even better. I highly recommend watching this!

Noonas Over Flowers

Following the success of Grandpas Over Flowers, they also made Noonas Over Flowers. This time with Kim Hee Ae, Yoon Yeo Jeong, Kim Ja Ok, Lee Mi Yeon and their errand boy Lee Seung Gi go on a backpacking trip around Croatia and Turkey. This series was more mellow but still pleasant to watch.

Here is what I am still currently watching:

Running Man

It is a reality variety show starring Yoo Jae Suk, Kim Jong Kook, HaHa, Lee Suk Jin, Lee Gwang Soo, Gary, and Song Ji Hyo. Every week, they will have a few guest stars to compete with or against the cast in the games.
I LOVE this show. The bickering and the comments made by the cast and the guest stars are so funny. Even what happens during the games are hilarious! It is still ongoing, they have recently reached 200 episodes.


Another reality show about 11 stars who live together. It has a mixed cast where some are singers, actors, comedians, athletes, models. The roommates are Lee So-ra, Park Bom and Song Ga-yeon, Jo Se-ho and Lee Dong-wook, Nana and Hong Soo-hyun, Chan-yeol and Shin Sung-woo, and Park Min-woo and Seo Kang-joon.
I do like this show so far. It starts off a bit slow but I think it's mostly because the cast are awkward around each other. But their hijinks together are pretty funny.

Answer Me 1997

It's about a group of friends from Busan who gather together for the class reunion and reminisce about their days back in 1997.
So far, I am little bit thrown off by the drama. There is a lot of time skips between 1997 all the way to 2012. I do like how short the episodes are. They are roughly 40 mins per episode so it does go pretty quick.

Pleasantly Surprised/Love Myself or You

It is a Taiwanese drama starring Puff Guo and Jasper Liu. Summary from Dramafever: There are only two things that make sous chef Du Kai Qi happy: comics and food. She needs no man in her life except for Chef Louis, a renowned master chef in French cuisine whom she admires from afar. When a new intern, Fu Zhi Jie, plops right into her kitchen Kai Qi finds her own temperature rising as she has no time to deal with a clueless and clumsy intern. Little does she know, Zhi Jie is the youngest son of the restaurant owner and the very same Chef Louis she admires!
I am on episode 3 of this one and I am enjoying it. It's a little bit slow at the moment but I am hoping that it will pick up.

As soon as I finish these, here are the ones which are next on my list.

Emergency Couple

I am mostly watching this because Song Ji Jyo from Running Man is starring in it.

Sly and Single Again

It's starring Lee Min Jung, one of my favorite actress. I like how the previews she is quite sassy.

Reply 1994

It's by the same people who made Answer Me 1997 and plus my friend highly recommended it. 

Since I do have some time on my hands, any drama recommendations?

Saturday, June 21, 2014

summer movies

With summer in full swing, there is a lot to be excited about, especially summer movies! Here is my take on the three that I watched.

First up, X-men Days of Future Past

BF & I really wanted to watch this movie because we wanted to see how it connected to the other X-Men movies. However I left the theater more confused than ever. This film felt like a big reset button where it wiped out all of the previous movies. It also opened up more questions to the continuity of the movie franchise. BF felt it was worth seeing whereas I did not.


I really wanted to watch Maleficent ever since I saw the previews. That being said, the movie was just so so. I expected the story to be better written. It was a interesting twist to the retelling of Sleeping Beauty but it still fell short of my expectations. Angelina Jolie did steal the show though with her acting.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

I loved the first movie so of course I had to see the second. The story was good and funny. I liked how they did the battle scenes with a little bit of humor thrown in. The film did feel a little rushed towards the end but I did not mind it. A must watch in my book. 

There is still a list of films that are on my watch list. They include:
22 Jump Street: Only cause I want to see how ridiculous it can get. 
Lucy: The preview looked interesting.
Guardians of the Galaxy: It's the next movie of the Marvel franchise. Plus Bradley Cooper plays the raccoon. =D 
The Expendables 3: It's action stars all in 1 movie, so why not?! 
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For: Finally the sequel is coming out!! I have been waiting years for this!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

products I regret buying: cleansers edition

Time for another posting about products I regret buying only this time, they are all cleansers: both body and face.

First up, Detclear Bright & Peel Fruits Peeling Jelly.

When I was in Tokyo, I was looking to pick up another bottle of the Cure Aqua Peeling Gel but couldn't find it anywhere. While looking for alternatives, I found the Detclear peeling jelly. It promised to clear blackheads and gently exfoliate the skin plus the price was significantly cheaper so I thought, why not?! After using this for a two months, I gave up using this because it did not exfoliate as well as the Cure Peeling gel. I really did not like how I had to wait close to 5 minutes for the gel to be massaged off. Even after rinsing, there were still patches of dead skin on my face especially on my nose area. Every time after using this product, the next day I would need to use my Clarisonic to "finish the job" of exfoliating my skin.... Super annoying...=(

Next is Missha's Liquidly Facial Cleanser Water Gel Foam.

This product line came highly recommended from one of my friends. For the price (roughly 12,000 won), it was really not bad considering this one bottle has lasted me all year. I really do not like the smell of this product. It has a strong alcohol herbal medicine scent which reminds me of Pine-Sol. It does foam up easily but I feel like the cleanser leaves a little bit of residue on my skin. Overall, it really doesn't do anything for my skin.

Last up is St. Ives Even & Bright Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Body Wash.

I really do not like the product mostly due to the scent. When I first bought it, I really liked how it reminded me of sweet oranges. But after using it, I have noticed that the scent starts off sweet then it quickly changes to overwhelming sour soapy smell that reminds me of the Irish Spring bar soap. Perhaps I am a bit sensitive to scents but I do find this one quite overpowering. Next time I will go back to the pear and soy scent.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

A Review: Biotherm Aquasource Deep Serum

Recently I started to break into my skincare haul that I brought back from Korea. One of the first few products I used was the Biotherm Aquasource Deep Serum.

Here is what the serum is suppose to do (From Biotherm's website):
With 3x more concentrated in thermal plankton cellular water and mannose, Aquasource deep serum is a deep moisture and light concentrate that leaves skin deeply bound with water: plump, fresh and silky.

- Skin feels deeply hydrated, quenched, looks more luminous, looks healthier in 92% of women
- Skin looks illuminated from within, full of life in 90% of women
- Skin looks more supple, revitalized, of better quality for 95% of women

This item came in a set that I had purchased from Shilla Duty Free at Incheon Airport. It is housed in a 50ml glass bottle. I really like the packaging and how the serum is in a pump bottle instead of a droplet bottle. I tend to only use a pump and a half for my entire face.

As you can see the serum comes out as a light pearly liquid. It has a marine sea scent to it but once the serum is applied to the skin, the scent disappears. So far, my skin has no breakout reaction to this serum. I love how easily it can be applied and it also absorbs quickly into my skin.

I really love how the serum does not make my skin feel sticky afterwards. It is quite smooth and very hydrating. It does plump up my skin and make it luminous, however the luminous part does not last very long.
So far I can only find two downsides to this product. 1) The product is hard to get your hands on. They have it available in Asia. I think you can find it on Amazon but on U.S. Biotherm's website, they do not have this product. Either they repackaged it and call it something else or they do not carry it.
2) The scent on this product is quite strong. It really smells like the sea. Now this does not bother me but for others, this might be a deal breaker. Fortunately the scent disappears after about a minute on the skin.

If you are in need of a hydrating serum and are able to get to a Biotherm counter, definitely try this product out!