Chuseok in Busan

2nd and 3rd day in Busan was really hectic.

Chuseok day was 24th Sept. So the day before which was my 2nd day in Busan, i have to help MIL to do the food prep. Mil is a very hands on person and prefer to oversee and do everything herself. My hubs me and Mil have the same traits.

So i only help with the minor stuff like frying fish, storing cooked food and clear up the mess while she did the main cooking.

Frying the fish alone took us 2hours cos i have 12 fishes to fry. The stove was already occupied boiling soups etc so the fish frying was done on an electric pan on the floor.

After 2hrs, i smelled like fried fish lol.

Took her abt 9hrs to cook and prep food for chuseok’s prayers and after that, hubs and i washed up to meet his high school friends in Haeundae for dinner. I really felt very comfortable with this group of friends because they took care of me when i fell sick on my first trip with hubs and whenever i go to Busan, they will offer to fetch us home cos i was tired.

Till now im still not used to the 1 2 3 4 rounds of drinks n food Koreans do. I also cannot understand haha why eat n talk here alr must change to another place to eat and drink and talk again. And it can go on up to 3 or 4 rounds till late night.

By the 2nd round i alr shag alr. First round is usually dinner still ok. 2nd round i abit food coma liao. Somemore i dont drink. So i just eat …food coma..eat …food coma again lol. And alot of coca cola haha

Took train to Haeundae beach area after helping Mil with cooking chores.

So this time we had dinner at his senior’s restaurant in Haeundae. It is their yearly affair to have dinner there whenever we come to Korea.

My first and half glass of CASS.

Bbq pork is sooo yumm. i had meat EVERYDAY. Mil knows i love LA Galbi (Korean marinated beef) and you know..i had it really everyday at 10am as breakfast hahaha

Yes…i alr bui bui and fat alr. Cos i had beef every morning as breakfast together with rice, salad and another dish which is either noodles or soup.

Then 2pm i had lunch again..which is either beef again or fish or chicken stew. No wonder my hubs and bil grow so big and tall..Mil fed them too well alr. The amount if rice she used to cook porridge is a damn big pot. I tio stunned. This is the first time i ate her porridge so when i saw the huge pot, the one mum used to cook steamboat soup w pork bones kind. I kanna stunned. I thought she going to keep it for few days to eat but its for 1 day nia….and it is for 5pax…

Ok back to the bbq !

Fat and juicy pork belly!

Fringe on point so must take pic loh.

I cut and permed my fringe few days in sg before my flight to KR. Perming of fringe tokk abt 45mins and it gives volume to the front and curls to the sides. So no need to blow dry with curling combs. Shape of fringe looks nicer. Not so flat. But quite exp to do it in sg. Fringe perm costs 45bucks here excluding $10 cut fee. Everytime cut have to perm cos you may cut part of the perm away.

But only 15,000won in KR to cut and perm. Fringe cutting in KR is only 5000won which makes perming 10,000won at a reputable salon like Juno Hair.

After the pork belly dinner, they went for 2nd round at a HOF (hof means bar where pple drink and have finger food or snacks).

But before that we went to another of his friend’s PC 방 (PC Bang which means lan game shop). His friend newly PC Bang in Haeundae. Went to see see and have free coffee before 2nd round nearby.

People esp students and some adults can sit there whole day or some for few days just to play games. They serves hot food, drinks and snacks too like instant noodles and doosirak (lunch boxes)..so people who camp there whole day 24/7 can eat and play. They can even wash up in the toilet.

No wonder S.Koreans are world class gamers. Their internet is sooo fast. You see the way they play games..no lag. And i used to go PC Bang to check and reply emails also cos it is so fast. Then i no need bring my heavy laptop there.

After that went to have 2nd round. By the time i alr zoned out cos i was very tired.

We went back earlier cos next day is Chuseok 中秋 and everyone has to wake up early. Chuseok is a big public holiday (3days) and every where will be closed for 3 days. Even large dept stores. Some tourist attractions will be closed. So if you are going to Korea in Sept, be sure to check if it will clash with Chuseok and operating days and hours of the tourist attractions you want to go in whole of KR.

Woke up 7am in the morning after 4hrs of sleep cos hubs has to pay respect to his father’s grave before he come home. My Fil’s elder bro 큰아버지 will come our home to pay respect to Fil’s tablet.

Part of the food Mil prepared for past 2 days. While she prepare, sil and i will help to set up. Food used for prayers.

I bought mooncake and brought over.

Only the men do the rituals while sil, mil and i stay in the kitchen to prep for lunch later for uncle’ family and our own family. Thats why mil took 2 days to prep. Cos she has to cook some and send it to her mother’s hse also for prayers. Not easy leh..dont see like that look easy. Frying and deep frying everything is tedious..from washing to seasoning..to frying etc.

And also cook a pot of soup and prep lunch for 9 people.

It is a courtesy and dress code to dress in suit. This is a tradition. Told hubs to wear properly but he tiki (hokkien for steel teeth / stubborn) lor. Dont listen and insist wear his so called “fashion”. So he kanna from his uncle…uncle say it is tradition to dress properly in jacket w tie and ask him dress proper next time.

My nephew v cute hor hahaha Mil go put him there.

After their turn , uncle asked me pay respect to fil cos i bought mooncake and im the eldest daughter in law. So i followed what they asked me to do. It is my first time actually. Sil will pour me soju in a cup. Starting from 2 drops the around 4 drops then fill up to the brim. And i am supposed to circle the glass with both hands around the incense 3 times. But i do too fast cos ganchiong mah. So uncle told me to do slow cos my fil drunk liao if he drank too fast. He was joking to me lah. Lol.

Then sil and have to bow 2 or 3 times to Fil tablet.

Then we set the lunch table eating prayer food and other dishes mil prepared.

Whole thing ended at 1pm. We cleaned up, uncle and his family left and then Mil started to prep in kitchen again.

She suddenly say..we are going to have Hanu (Korean top grade beef. Equivalent to Japan’ Wagyu beef ) at 3pm.

Sil and i stunned cos we just had ermmm..lunch and cleared up but now we prepping for beef bbq.

Hanu 한우 is really good. You need to order this when you have bbq in Korea. There are shops that specialise in this.

So Sil and i set up the table again lol. We had beef, fruits and a good chat. Great family time spent together.

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Busan

Back to Busan this end September for 2 weeks to spend Chuseok with family.

The moment we got home from airport..we got to eat mil’s food. Knowing that i love LA Galbi (ehh it is just a slab of marinated beef and Koreans also don’t know it was called LA Galbi also). Soo yummms and i had it almost everyday.

Because we have to transfer in BKK airport for 4 hours, we did not sleep well and only had 2 hrs of sleep in the plane before they serve us breakfast. We had a long nap st home before going out for dinner with Bil and Sil.

Look at the food ordered. So much lol. Looking at Bil and hubs’s size…no wonder ordered so much.

So yummss. We had Jjamppong, JjaJangmyeon and Mandoo. After dinner we went home for early rest and sleep. Too tired liao. Next 2 days will be busy because Chuseok was on 24th Sept and the day before have alot of preparing to do.

Great to be back in Busan.

Can finally relax…..

Reviews and updates coming soon !

Past 1 month was an eventful month. Pple who followed my dayre will know…but still this wordpress is a better and convenient place to off load my thoughts in chunks.

Lots to share…perhaps tomorrow when i have 4hrs of spare time between 2 appts.

New butchery….

New recipe….

New products reviews….

And a pregnancy which ended early….

Prayers and Positivity

Just few days ago, i went to GYM (Guan Yin Ma) to bai bai. After this coming period ends, will be going for IUI. So that should be around 3rd week to end of August.

So July’s cycle is the last “natural” TTC.

I cannot try in May , June and July because i went for chickenpox vaccine. There are 2 doses and only can try for pregnancy 1 month after last dose. Otherwise, it will affect the foetus because the vaccine contains live virus.

Yes so we actually went to the hospital to ask for the IUI back in March. I made the call in March and the earliest appt available was in late April/Early May. We decided to switch our doctor from Private Hospital to Government hospital. Mostly because of the government subsidies should we decide and last resort have to go for IVF and cost is cheaper. I cannot keep spending few hundreds at month at the private doc to scan and take this meds and that. Plus they screwed up my invoices. And i kanchiong lah..scared what if screw up most impt thing how.

And also after trying for 1yr 7mths but not even successful at ttc-ing naturally, i think that there maybe a chance i may or may not have pregnancy complications infuture and what if i have to go for many tries and by the time i late 30s liao. So i opted to switch Government hospital.

This journey is very mentally and physically draining. This is something i always mentioned i want to share but i kept hesitating and i didn’t blog about it yet. I have been hesitating for awhile…but now decided to share my journey here. Previously i shared on dayre cos not many people read there.

After i posted on my instag story that i am going for IUI, i received many msgs from other ladies who are experiencing the same thing. Months and months or even years of disappointments, people around you not being even empathetic about your situation and rubbed salt into your wound etc so many actually kept to themselves.

They have the same issue. They want to find someone to talk to but no one around them can understand and some felt ashame to share.

But im glad that some girls who had successful iui texted me to give me encouragements and positive notes. Some even went through their whole iui or ivf process with me so that i can be mentally prepared and to be honest, they gave me some hope. Instead of feeling disappointed that we failed to conceive even after 1yr 7mths of trying, there is hope that we can.

And i hope to share my upcoming journey. Just like how others shared with me and opened to me about their experiences with iui or those who are in the same situation as me who failed to conceive after so long, i hope by sharing my journey and thoughts, it can give them some positivity just like how others give me and also if you feel that people around you dont understand how you feel, i do.

It is 11pm. Need to do alot of paperwork and meet underwriters tomorrow.

See you at this space real soon.

Going to kun liao.

Promotion

#throwback to 2 weeks ago at the promotion ceremony in Capella Sentosa.

Joined Pru since 2015 and i am very grateful to all my clients for their trust and faith in handling their portfolios (insurance, wealth accmulations and retirement) and everyone who has been supportive in what i do (my team manager, the secretary and my hubs).

The journey is not easy and being promoted to Senior Financial Consultant is the first milestone of my career.

There are so much i want to share and i hope by sharing, it can help people who are in the same boat or circumstances.

My TTC journey, my career and work and #smartlady posts…Been holding back my TTC and # smartlady posts because it is abit personal and was wondering if i should share.

Happiness

Finally paid down the 10% for our future home nest. And just 4 more years to have a place we call our own. 4 years seems long but we have so much we need to do, achieve and work towards to in these 4 years.

And our 2nd wedding anniversary is coming soon. We were discussing should we have a cook out at home (haha i cook of cos) or go out for a meal.

Hubs “created” this thing called MF Time (Mobile-free Time) which we have it once every few days. I will prepare tea and he will prepare fruits or tidbits. And we will go to the garden and talk. No mobile phones. Just us, tea/snacks and communications. We talk about everything…about work, people, life and our future goals and how should we or how can we work towards it.

Communication is crucial in a marriage. Instead of just always being on our mobile phone, TV or laptop, this session allow us to spend more quality time with each other and know the stress each other is facing at life or work.

Now..i need to look for good caffaine free tea. Because we both cannot sleep after drinking soo many cups of tea 😂😂.

HanSkin Moolbalm (Pink) #Kbeauty

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Wanted to review this quite a while back after i loaded onto my instastory and dayre but did not have a chance to because i was caught up with work and trying out new cooking recipes! Not really recipes i think..more like hmmm experiencing new dishes and cooking styles.

This is my favourite tone up balm (colour correcting) which i bought it when i was in Korea in Oct 2017.

It is supposed to help to brighten and even out your skin tone before you apply your Bb cushion or foundations. Some people use this alone like a bb balm but i use it as a primer before i pat on my bb cushion. It is abit matt so i don’t use it alone and coverage is not there. I apply this and then my DPC cushion.

HanSkin Moolbalm (Pink).

Hanskin is the first brand to develop BB cream and their BB cream really sold out.

Their concealer is very good too! It is called the Blemish Cover Concealer which comes in 3 tones. I reviewed before 1 or 2 yrs back. Now they changed packaging and came with free concealer brush at ₩7,900. The concealer was sold out in the colour “Bright” after some famous Korean make up youtubers raved about it. This colour is damn hard to get. Everytime i want to buy but cannot find because out of stock.

You can buy HanSkin products in Korea’s Olive Young stores.

I like how it brightens and tone up my skin before i apply my Bb cushion.

Because the tone is pinkish, not many people will suit this balm. Some people will end up with greyish skin tone. Just like how i cannot use Sulwhasoo’s cushion cos the cushion makes my skin looks yellow lol.

This balm comes in 2 tone – Shimmer and Pink. The one im using is Pink. Shimmer one is in cushion form and works more like a whole face high lighter.

I cannot remember how much i bought it but it should be around ₩15,000 .

If you are looking for a tone up balm, you can give this a shot but before you buy, try the sample first. You can buy from Olive Young in Korea.

If you are keen to get online, GlobalHmall in Gmarket does sell this. I blogged about the list of shops and departmental stores that ship to Sg few posts back. GlobalHmall is where i get my stuff too. Sometimes the deal there is cheaper than i get from store because there sre discount coupons. So i even get from there and ship it to my Mil house in Korea. Just that if i ship to her house i get free shipping lo. And i bring back home everything when i go Korea.

Cannot wait for next trip leh. I need stock up my skincare. 3 more mths to the trip and i already finished up my stock ups which i bought last year. Heng ah..Guardian got 30% off skincare products from 28th June to 1st July. I went to grab some from CNP Laboratory brand first to last me till end Sept.