A song for people going through difficult times.

Your tears will turn into smiles and laughter in time to come. And there will be people fighting for the same dreams and solving problems with you. Fighting !

삶이란 시련과 같은 말이야

고개좀 들고 어깨펴 짜샤~

형도 그랬단다

죽고싶었지만 견뎌 보니 괜찮더라

맘껏 울어라 억지로 버텨라

내일은 내일의 해가 뜰테니

바람이 널 흔들고

소나기 널 적셔도

살아야 갚지 않겠니

더 울어라 젊은 인생아 져도 괜찮아..

넘어지면 어때

살다보면 살아가다보면 웃고 떠들며 이날을 넌 추억할테니

세상에 혼자라 느낄테지

그마음 형도 다 알아 짜샤~

사랑을 믿었고 사람을 잃어버린자

어찌 너 뿐이랴

맘껏 울어라 억지로 버텨라

내일은 내일의 해가 뜰테니

더 울어라 젊은 인생아

져도 괜찮아 넘어지면 어때

살다보면 살아가다보면 웃고 떠들며 이날을 넌 추억할테니

세상이 널 뒤통수 쳐도 소주 한잔에 타서 털어버려

부딪치고 실컷 깨지면서

살면 그게 인생다야

넌 멋진놈이야

CNY is over..time really flies and it is going to be end of Feb soon. And i cannot wait for my Taiwan trip in March.

But first , i need to recover fast. I was coughing non-stop for almost 2 weeks. The cough was so bad until i had headache because i exerted alot of force when i cough. My cough also woke my hubs up at night and i cannot sleep well. The doctor did not prescribe me any antibiotics because i just finished a huge dose of antibiotics for 2 months because of some bacteria in my stomach and gastritis which was diagnosed when i went for my endoscopy 3 months ago.

So this weekend was spent at home resting and i also went for an appointment to meet a client.

Skin felt so dry. Always happens whenever im sick. I was clearing and throwing away used bottles of skincare and i found this few tubes of samples hidden stacks of cotton pads. My MIL brought it over last november.

I kinda like this. It doesn’t really brightens up my skin nor makes it glow but it does moisturise my skin overnight.

It is not sticky or oily too. The smell is also good. More of “supplement” for the skin. I am not sure how much is it retailing in KR or SG. But i saw this selling in Guardian. The descriptions on the packaging says it all. If you are looking for something that is non-greasy , nice scent and moisturising , this is something you can try. I won’t say that this is a must-buy. I don’t know why but when i used a certain kind of product and if it really gives me good results , i will strongly recommend and feels excited sharing and blogging it over here.

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But here is something MUST BUY when you visit Korea !

You can buy from supermarkets in Korea.

I cannot find this in SG leh..My bro-in-law recommended this to me when i went to Korea in October last year.
If you are lazy to make and cook Budaejjigae from scratch , you just need this ramen. And just go to supermarket to buy Spam/hot dogs and throw them in.

Budaejjigae Ramen from Ottogi brand.

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I have been working till late nowadays and falling sick , so i have not been cooking at home. The last time i cooked was almost a month ago ! I should start cooking again this coming weekend. Nowadays abit hard to do so on weekdays.  And perhaps this year’s trip in October , i should start learning how to make Korean side dishes ( ban chan ) so i can keep them in the fridge for hubby. Sigh..now his turn to go to gastroenterologists for scope liao. I think i cooked too much good food for him and too much pork belly. When i see him eat until very full , i feel happy mah…and he has a huge appetite also. Both of us usually bbq 5-6 packs of pork bellies when we eat at home. Now i cut down to 2 packs. Feel very sinful when i open my freezer..alot of pork belly.

This was what we have 3 weeks ago at home.

We hand carried the BBQ pan back from Busan and it has been very very useful lol esp on days we have cravings for Korean BBQ and don’t want to spend the $$ ( just buy the Por Kee pork belly & shabu shabu pork belly) or want to have quality meat ( from K&J Butchery @ Bukit Timah which we try to indulge once every 2 months ). And just buy golden mushrooms and lettuces from nearby supermarkets and we are good to start our home cooked Korean BBQ !

Brand of BBQ Pan : Kitchen Art (Refael Series) . KRW 19,900

You can buy from gmarket.

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Gosh..look at the thick and juicy pork bellies !

Tomorrow is Monday ! Gonna be a loong day 🙂

Next post gonna be about #Smartlady and #SGahjumma (places we go for Korean food in SG). I am still working on my Busan tour post though.

I don’t know if any of you felt the same way….haha but i stopped listening to songs from kpop groups after i hit the big 30 ???

I just screened through my playlist and most of them are OSTs.

Here are some of my most recently played ones :

 

 

 

 

Oh speaking of the Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo drama’s OST , im so in love with this drama. I watched 16 episodes within 2 days during CNY holidays. This drama is so addictive. Made you want to watch one episode to another without stopping. Mr Shin NEVER join me in a drama marathon before but this time , he watched with me till 5am and we woke up at 10am again to continue leh !

I stopped watching Legend of the Blue Sea after episode 14 . The storyline got very draggy and dull after ep 10. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo was sooo much better and more interesting and i don’t understand why their rating was so low. If this drama’s timing did not clash with Legend of the Blue Sea, i bet this drama will be a huge hit. Plus Nam Joo Hyuk is soooo shuai. I thought he was 27/28 but didnt know he is only 23 this year ?

 

 

This is not an OST but one of the tracks from Yoon Mi Rae.

 

 

This was one of the shortlisted songs for my wedding video actually. OST was from one of the REPLY drama series.

I change my play list once a while if not keep listening to same song will sian.

Spring is coming soon and many people are heading to Korea for holidays.

If you are going to Busan , you can visit this URL to check out the places to go and how to get to those place !

http://tour.busan.go.kr/index.busan

I am also drafting a list of places to visit in Busan..may take sometime to do so because i am still digging out my old pictures to include in that post 🙂 Hopefully i can finish it before end of Feb for those who are going over in March/April for the cherry blossoms ! I promise k !!!

This is the first time Oppa and i spent CNY together as a married couple. First day of CNY was a busy day..and we gave out Ang Bao too !

And on the 4th day of CNY , we went back to work !
What a coincidence , my colleague and i wore the same top bought from Temt to office ! We even wore similar looking black pencil skirts. We both did our lashes at Lush Lab @ Bali Lane too !

What is CNY without steamboat ?
So on the 8th day of CNY , my bro + sil , my hubs and i went to my parents’ place for dinner.

Sooo many dishes…23 dishes ! Cannot finish and we dabao some soup and dishes back home to cook for next day’s lunch lol.

And i also did one at my place with Kim Yong Jae oppa (hairstylist from Korean salon Dusol Beauty @ Cityhall ) and his fiancee Pamela who is a Singaporean and part of the #KBS (Korean Boyfriend and Spouse) chatgroup !

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As i grow older , i cannot really feel the CNY mood. It is just another public holiday to me where i can rest , watch dramas , gather with family and friends. And also swiping my Taobao at night.

Saw these pretty dresses going on SALE !!!!!! Looks nice..but don’t know where to wear to lah..buy for next year CNY or don’t buy and save up ? Very cheap leh !

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Getting these 2 for my Japan trip and going to keep them in Korea instead. I am planning to get some coats and tops to keep in Korea so that i do not need to pack alot of things whenever i go over. Now when i buy a jacket , i will get 2…1 to keep in KR and 1 to keep in SG so that i can use it when i travel other countries. Because whenever i go back to Busan , my MIL will pack alot of food and other things for us to bring back to SG and our luggage will be really heavy and overweight. So..im really buying some to keep in Korea..then next time when i go over , i do not need to pack and bring too many heavy coats.

This wool coat is only RMB 95 (SGD 20)

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The dress and top combi very nice ! Very cheap..only RMB79 (SGD 16)

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No more swiping liao..deleting the app off my phone and waiting for the mid year sale only !

Putting my night mask and saying GOOD NIGHT !

 

SGAhjumma was busy for past 2 weeks.

My mum was admitted to hospital for 3 days , a couple of claims to settle for my clients’ surgery (thankfully the claims were approved), my mum’s claims,  work and some spring cleaning to do.

I got a shock when i found like 5 SRJC PE T-Shirts in my wardrobe. OMG…the logos and colour still intact leh…and still so comfy to wear. Lol..Now i use it as a PJ shirt and wear it to sleep cos it is very cooling and soft.

Yup , so i was really busy. I got no time to take care of my skin and i find myself abit lazy to do housework lately. Working mums and working wives maybe also will experience this sometimes. Afterwork , you just want to go home and do nothing. Just lie on the bed , read the news , scroll your FB newsfeed , put on a face mask and sleep. I am soo tired and busy till late night until i got no time or forget to put on my face mask lor. Now my face already cui..2 clogged bumps on my cheek leh…Lack of sleep + not enough water + stress = dry skin.

So busy until i forgot to put my masks and now i even include them in my mobile calendar to remind myself at 10pm everyday to put on face mask. Yes , i am that “disciplined” about daily skincare routine.

Here are some masks i have been using for almost a year now. I like them alot and i use different masks for different days. Because sometimes my skin feels dry or dull. So i have both brightening and hyrdrating masks.

I bought them from Korea. Each cost KRW1000 – KRW 1500. which is bout SGD 1.50- SGD 2 per piece. You can buy those in this blog post from Olive Young.

I like this Hydrapeel mask from Mediheal. Really hydrating and can see the skin “pumps” up with moisture and also helps to brighten the skin alittle bit but not so much.

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CNY Propolis Mask.

I like this too ! Comes with the ampoule and also the sheet mask soaked in propolis goodness.

My MIL ordered it online through TV home shopping so im not sure how much was it. But of cos cheaper to buy in Korea than in SG. It doesn’t really brightens up my skin but it does hydrates. So it is kind of like a skin “supplement” so you cannot really see an immediate effect on your skin like other masks do.

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This is also one of my favourite from MedihealThe I.P.I Lightmax Mask.

To be honest , it does not whiten my skin but it does brightens up my complexion. So sometimes i will use this mask in the day before i head out. It makes putting make up so much easier cos the skin looks more radiant and brighter.

I always go for this among my stacks of hydrogel masks. Super love and i like it alot.

Must buy !

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Here are some of the brands i buy for sheet or gel masks : Leaders , CNP , Mediheal , AHC , Celderma and SNP masks. Whether it is gel or those paper sheet masks doesn’t matter to me as long as they are effective !

I am not going to Korea this CNY because im going to meet my MIL and bro-in-law in Taiwan instead ! We are going on a family trip ! Hehe..so i ordered some stuff to send over to our place in Busan and my BIL will bring to Taiwan for me. My MIL helped me ordered the Doctor Cos Snow White Water Mask through Lotte Home Shopping. I downloaded the app so sometimes i can watch LIVE home shopping advertisement videos on the app. My housemate is a Korean girl and she recommended this to me and let me try it for a day. I instantly fell for it ! I ordered the special promo set (5 tubs of Doctor Cos Snow White Water Glow Mask + 5 tubes of whitening cream or cleanser which i cannot recall cos it was a month ago). I am going to give some bottles to my female clients and keep about 2 bottles each for myself ). I realized some of my female clients are into Korean skincare too and we are able to share and exchange beauty tips!

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I saw some random shops selling this in SG but i don’t dare to buy because i am scared it is counterfeit product. Moreover, those shops sell until so expensive ! $45 for this bottle ?? It is only 1/3 of the price in Korea. There are shops selling fake Nature Republic aloe vera gels too ! Better to buy the real one than risk having outbreaks or allergic reactions.

Sigh , i realized i am becoming more auntie but my hubby consoled me and said i am not auntie but i am a good wife. Everyday after work , i will check the laundry basket to see if it is full and do the laundry. And if it rains in the middle of the night , i will bring in the laundry. I like to keep my toilet and kitchen clean so i will arrange the things properly and wipe the tables dry. The living room too … after watching TV , i will put the cushions in place and fold my fleece blanket and place it nicely on the sofa. I like clean toilet so i wash my toilet every Sunday. Our place is pretty small so there are alot of boxes of stuffs and luggages but i keep them in place neatly. I have been doing my own housework and cleaning my own room since young. My mum already “trained” me since my teens.

I have very dry hands because i clean my room and handwashed my clothes often before moving in with my hubby. But now im living on my own with my hubby , i have to do all the housework. So my hands become more dry. 1 tube of hand cream lasted me a month!

My friends , my colleagues , my family members and even my female clients complimented that i have good skin and im blessed with good skin. But i don’t have a pair of smooth hands. I have a pair of dry hands. Sometimes it felt so dry and so tight. And i stopped doing manicure already. Firstly , i can save $$ on manicure and secondly , there is no point doing manicure …even gel manicure because the gel nail polish will come off after a couple of days. All the housework and dishwashing makes it come off easily. Really waste my money to go for manicure. Pedicure is still ok and the gel polish will stay intact for at least 1.5-2months if i take care properly.

The hubby has been very understanding these days. Whenever i have appointments till late night , he will help out with the housework so i can come home to have a good rest.

Enough of the nagging, going to bed and need a good sleep. A long day of appointments tomorrow !
JIAYOU !

#SGAHJUMMA talks about her life and goals.

I was on MC for a week last week due to high fever + sore throat + bad flu. Drowsy medication made me “bedridden” for few days. Sleeping and waking up to nibble abit of bread , drink water , go to the toilet and back to sleep again. I think i slept too much because of the medication and my body was aching (lie on bed too long) but i was too lazy to even walk 5 steps to the living room. So i laid on the bed and look at the ceiling. It was the 4th day into 2017 and i was thinking about my 2016. It was already over…if anything did not go well , i just have to make sure i don’t make the mistake again in 2017. Reflecting is good but don’t dwell too much on it.

2016 >> Work was good..i achieved a certain milestone in my career..i got married…i made alot of new friends through my work..my health (gastric and colorectal) wasn’t that good ( i have to go for a test every few weeks and on antibiotics )…went for a scan and test at gynae and im healthy and fine (ovaries and uterus are healthy and looking good)…i moved out with live with my hubby…more responsibilities (financially and personally)..etc etc. Everything went smooth except for health part. So i try to cook more at home, eat more fruits and eat less outside food ( alot of msg and salt ! ).

On the last day of New Year, our team had a small activity. We were asked what are our goals or dreams we want to achieve in 2017 ? And we were to cut out from magazines and paste them on a faux instagram A4 size print out.

Here is a private sharing of my goals and dreams. Instead of just planning for 2017 , i prefer to look further and beyond 2017 instead. Nothing material..but more on well-being.

Let’s start from top left..

I couldn’t find picture of a house or flat in the magazine. So i cut one of a hotel room from the travel page. Lol. Yes..i want to own my own home..a place my hubs and i can call our own.

Pictures of building and landmark ( also taken from the travel pages ) >> I want to bring my family to travel together with my hubs. The last time i travelled with my family was 20 years ago and it was to China. Better bring my parents to go overseas before they grow older and have problem with mobility.

At the bottom right is a bowl of salad. Haha i want to eat healthy and be healthy. My diet consists of Spicy and bbq Korean food for the past 3 years and now im trying to learn how to cook Chinese food. Those abit “qing dan” ones like melon soups , garlic kai lan , steam eggs etc etc. I find cooking Chinese food much harder than Korean food.

And then at the bottom left , there is the watch. I want to spend more quality time with my hubs and also i want to own a watch…i didn’t really have a watch before and i wanted my own. ( Saw a $2.8K Omega watch and it looks so dainty…but the housewifey and auntie-ish me think about what other thing can i do and buy with $2.8k….then the thoughts disappear liao lol.) Save that money instead and look forward to quality time with hubby.

Then you have the super big picture of a cute baby girl cut out. Yes, i want to have my own healthy kid. Reason why the pic of a baby is in the centre is because i want to do all the rest with my kid infuture.

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What does the “This is your time” and “Different” wordings mean leh ?

2017 is my time to start to take baby steps to these goals. And lastly to be a different financial advisor to my clients and to provide different and more innovative financial and insurance protection solutions to my clients.

And also in my personal life , to create more different beautiful memories with my hubby.

2017 will be different from 2016. It is my time to make it better.

Here is a question i ask all my clients on our first meeting ” Do you have a goal and what are your dreams ? ” . It need not be something material or about work. A client of mine told me she want to be more patient towards her husband this year…so they have less arguments. This is a goal also.

Incase you do not have a goal or got lost somehow this year…ask yourself what do you want to do to make it better and what must you improve?

Jiayou everyone !

#SGAHJUMMA Time  !

Throwback to last Christmas (2016). We had a Xmas party with the KBS (Korean Boyfriend & Spouse ) group at the top floor function room of The Sail Marina Bay’s condo. It was an awesome party with the kids ! The wives/fiancees were at one table chatting away , taking care and playing with the kids and had our own gift exchange. Whereas at the other table were the husbands/fiances rounding up for beer and chats. The kids were running around non-stop and i guessed they had a good sleep that night.

On Xmas eve, we went to Ah Ma’s house for Xmas party and on Xmas day, hubs and i just nua at home.

We also had our “Red and White” Christmas with Korean Ddokbokki (rice cakes) and instead of turkey , we had Jjimddak (Soy chicken).

How to cook Korean Spicy Rice Cake (Ddokbokki) ?

1) Boil 4-5 cups of water with kelps and anchovies ( to make the stock ). After the water boiled , take the kelps and anchovies out and throw them away.

2) In a bowl , add 5 table spoons of Korean Chilli Paste , 1.5 table spoon of sugar , 1 table spoon of Korean chilli flakes. Mix them together in the bowl.

3) Put in the Korean rice cake slices and Korean fish cakes (Odeng or Or-Muk) , chopped spring onions (in 2 inches long) and 2 peeled hard boil eggs into the boiling water.

**Hubby asked for this dish last minute and i couldn’t find Korean fish cakes at the nearest supermarket , so i replaced it with our chinese fish cakes and tau kee lol. I added in the left over zucchini in the fridge and cabbage as you can see in the picture. The traditional style is to add spring onions, fish cakes and eggs only.

4) Add in the sauce from 2) into the boiling water and mix well.

5) Let it boil for 15-20 minutes. Once the sauce becomes sticky , it is about time to be served.

Yes it is that easy. If you want , you can add in instant noodles and let it boil inside and it will be come a dish called Ra-Bokki (Ramyeon + Ddokbokki).

How to cook JjimDdak ? 

1) Making the sauce. Mix 4.5 table spoons of soya sauce , 1.5 table spoon of sesame oil , 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper , 3 table spoon of sugar and 1 table spoon of minced garlic in a bowl.

3) Sliced some ginger . oil the frying pan and fry the sliced ginger.

4) Wash and dry the chicken parts before putting it into the frying pan to fry with the ginger slices. Once the skin of the chicken turned abit and slightly golden , add in water. Water should cover the chicken parts in the pot.

Add in sliced onions , potato and carrot chunks

5) Add in the sauce from step 1) and stir.

6) Let it boil and add 1 more table spoon of soya sauce and sprinkle black pepper. Add 1 tea spoon of salt.

7) Let it boil for about 20 minutes before serving.

Sprinkle chopped green onions for garnishing and ready to serve.

Some of my friends asked why the colour of my Jjimddak is so nice and dark but theirs are not ? Because i add in 1.5 tea spoon of the chinese dark soya sauce for colouring. Also , i didnt add dried chilli inside this time because i was having sore throat and cannot eat spicy food. If you want , you can also add in Korean potato starch noodle. Soak them in water and add them in at step 5.

Super easy to cook if you have the sauces.

We always enjoyed our walk and coffee at Gamcheon Cultural Village.

Here are some pictures taken at Gamcheon 2 months ago.

During our last trip , we rented the traditional 1960s Korean school uniforms for KRW8,000 per set at one of the souvenir shops. They have lockers and changing rooms for your to change and keep your clothes and belongings. It comes with the cap for the boys but i think hor…my hubby head too big haha ..cannot find his size sia..LOL !

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So we went around Gamcheon village to take pictures and mimicked some K-drama scenes lol.

His no-socks/ankle socks look damn beng lor..very funny.

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Already going to my 3rd year in the financial advisory industry in a couple of months’ time. Time really flies. Im turing 31 next year ㅠ ㅠ . Going into 3rd year soon..but i have some of my friends who said these things straight into my face “Wah you go find those lonely single men lah…sure want to be your client” , “All your clients are men right ? They see you chio so want you to be your advisor what”. Seriously, i didn’t expect my friends to say these kind of things to me and only after i go into this line , then i see the true colours of some of my friends. Sometimes they say these kind of things infront of my husband , i felt that they are disrespecting him also. Actually to be honest , these group of friends are not very close friends lah.

When i heard those things for the first time , i was angry . The 2nd time i heard such stuff , i was damn sian…then third time leh, immune liao…and i just replied them ” ya lor “. There is no point to login to my clients list system and show them that infact i do up financial planning for whole families , husbands + wives , babies , children , young adults , girlfriends+boyfriends, newly weds , mummies-to-be and single ladies. And these groups form 95% of my clientele base. If people want to talk about me..then let them talk lor….the more they say and gossip , the more stupid they sound.

No matter what job or work you do, don’t get involve in politics or gossips. Stay grounded and do your part. Stay away from negativity.

These 2 weeks were very productive. I met alot of mummies-to-be and young single ladies. Met up with some mummies-to-be to do up financial planning for them and their babies. I learnt alot of things and tips from them about parenthood and things to look out for during pregnancy. All these knowledge helped me alot in my work because i get first hand tips  and get to understand their concerns. There were some unfortunate cases and some happy news. And sometimes i will share those experiences (without mentioning names or personal details of course ! ) with other clients so that they will be aware also. Few months ago , i went window shopping at those kiddo shops that sell toys , necessities etc , childcare and tuition centres to understand the cost of raising a child instead of just looking at the provided statistics. Raising a child in SG is really not cheap. Doing these kind of surveys help me alot in my future family planning. Because we do have thoughts of sending our child to Korean International School (pre-school) infuture so he/she can learn 3 languages altogether. But sending a child to an international school is really not cheap but i believe every parents want the best for their child.

Well, you must be thinking …wah Peiling haven’t even plan for a child yet and already think so far ???!!!

Actually not that we are thinking too far…but whenever we meet up with friends or his Korean friends who are mostly married with kids , they will ask us these kind of questions eg “When will you send your kids to study?” , “How are you guys going to teach your child English , Chinese and Korean at the same time” etc etc..

So when people asked us these kind of questions, of cos we will start to think and ask ourselves lor.  Tio boh ?

Nevertheless,  we will work hard for our future hand in hand. Both of us are already in our 30s and we just want stability.

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Talking about stability…i believe those in mailing list were informed that i decided to stop Agneselle already. 31st Dec is the last day of sale (GOODBYE SALE $5 storewide)  and mid Jan 2017 is the last day of operation (31st Dec to 17th Jan is to clean up). It is a difficult decision but i have decided to let go.