Korean Seafood Pancake

#SGAhjumma !

Last 2 weeks , i have been making Korean seafood pancake for hubby lol. He asked if i cooked for 2 pax or for a village. Because i made like 8 pcs ? LOL I was trying to use up the batter if not it will be quite wasted if we didn’t use it up and have to throw away.

So i had 1 pc and he had 7pcs ! Cook until very tired…no mood to eat man !

It is very easy to cook. 1 pancake takes about 5-8 mins. I took about 15 mins to prepare the ingredients.

So here is the recipe ! Very easy and you can do it at home !

Ingredients you need : pancake mix flour ( you can buy from Korean mart in SG  )..cost about $2.90 for the small pack. 1 pack of spring onions, 1 squid sliced into thin slices , grey prawns ( i got normal grey prawns instead of tiger prawns because they are not so thick ) , eggs .

For the water to mix with the pancake flour , you need Korean kelps , anchovies and dried shrimps(optional). Boil water with these 3 seasonings and keep in fridge overnight to cool. If you cannot find the anchovies or kelps individually or if it is too expensive , Korean marts in sg do well them in satchets like teabags. So you can just throw one bag in (each bag contains the kelps , dried shrimps and anchovies) . I bought mine in Korea supermarket individually since i use them quite often. If you don’t cook Korean food as much as i do , the satchets will be more economical for you.



Wash and dry the spring onnions then cut into short lengths ( 2-3 inches long).

Mix pancake flour with the seasoned water kept overnight in the fridge. It is supposed to be slightly runny and should not be very sticky.

I sliced the squids and prawns thinly so it can be embedded in the batter easily and will not “fall out” when i flip the pancake.



Beat the eggs. 1 egg for 1 pancake.





Oil the pan and get ready to cook your pancake !

You can cook either these ways :

  1. Pour the batter onto the pan and “sprinkle” the prawns , squids and spring onions over
  2. Mix the spring onions , prawns and squids in a bowl and pour the mixture onto the pan.

I cooked using both methods and they all worked for me.

Pour the egg on top of half cooked pancake and sprinkle salt over.

I used to mix the batter with egg but my Korean teacher told me to pour the egg on top of the half cooked pancake. So that it will be crispy ! Adding the egg later will also “seal” the ingredients into the pancake so they will not drop off when i flip.


When you pour the egg onto the pancake , remain about 2 table spoon of eggs to pour on the other side after you flip over.

After flipping here and there to make sure each sides are well cooked…

Tadahh..you have the Korean seafood pancake ! Crispy and yummy ! Best to pair it with Korean rice wine (Makoli).





Super duper easy. You can also add green and red peppers but i don’t eat these 2 . So i didnt include them in my pancake.

Hera Black Cushion

#Kbeauty !


Finally i got my Hera Black Cushion 3 weeks ago and have been using it for almost 2 weeks.


Here is my honest review!

I really like the packaging alot. It looks very classy and it kind of resembled the YSL cushion.

Black casing with gold rims.

The cushion pad quality seemed to be better and improved.



There is also the HERA logo embossed on the cushion.




Packaging and casing was great but the most important thing is the coverage and texture.

It was marketed to be light weight , brightens the skin , matt and lasts longer as per their website (Click HERE)

Here are my reviews after 2 weeks of use :

Coverage : Light but full. It does brightens the skin. I am using N21 (Vanilla).

Dewyness : It is quite matt and if you have dry skin , you may want to apply moisturizing primer before using this cushion. Sometimes when i am in the aircon room for too long and my skin felt dry , i have to spray facial mist first before touching up with the cushion else very hard to blend.

Lasting Power : Yes it does last quite long and i do not need much touch up except when i wiped my mouth after meals.

What i like about this cushion : it really helps to brighten up my skin. It looks more luminous and it really lasts longer esp in the hot weather these days.

Should you buy ? : Yes ! It works well in our summery and hot humid weather. You do not need to worry about your base make up melting away. But if you like this cushion and yet find it too matt like me , try applying moisturizing primer first.

This is also something i got and waiting to arrive too ! Shall review once i got my hands on it and tried for at least a week !






I meet alot of people during my work. Some whom i met the first time thought that i am in my early 20s..around 25 or 26 years old. Sometimes , uber drivers will ask me “No school today ah?” . So they were shocked and surprised when they realized that i am already 31+ after i introduced myself and my experience in the industry.  Many said that my face looks quite young..and ladies will ask for my skincare routine and products im using and why i don’t have any wrinkles yet. Interestingly , guys will assume that i am high maintainence (go for aesthetic treatments, botox etc etc weekly to maintain).

To be honest , i can see that i age abit liao compared to last time. Maybe they meet me for the first time and don’t know how i look like before.

So what is my beauty secret ? How to look young ? What kind of products did i use ?

To be honest , i do not have any beauty secrets.

It is all about hydration.

I realized that as i grow older , my skin becomes more dry easily and now i have to use creamier products.

Drink more water and also i use more of hydration products. Only switching between whitening and firming/collagen serums inbetween. Hydration helps to “pump” up your skin. It is like a kind of “natural” fillers. Moisturising is a MUST in my daily skincare routine. Proper skin hydrating care can help to make your skin looks younger and brighter.

And before i sleep , i will hydrate my skin since i switch on the air-con everyday ( hubby cannot stand the heat )

I also drink green tea daily.

So perhaps you can try to focus more on hydrating your skin and see if there is any improvement in your skin condition. Of cos you cannot expect immediate results overnight. It takes some time. Give yourself about 6 months !

Now the weather very hot and sunny. I should focus more on whitening soon already. Can’t wait for next Korea trip in Sept. And waiting for any new launch products that are good.

BTW ! My HERA BLACK CUSHION ARRIVED ! Going to review once i used it ! And i also have some cushion eyeshadows to recommend too ! It is so convenient and the colour is really natural 🙂




I went to Dooki at Suntec City for dinner about 3 weekends ago!
It is Tteokbokki buffet ! We ate alot! You have to make your own sauces and i think the sauce that Mr Shin concocted is not bad lol

 Just updated on my youtube channel after saving my instastory video.

The queue is very long so it is better for you to make reservation way ahead first. Alot of choices for the toppings but rice cakes are very starchy. So though it is buffet,  we couldn’t eat much. Stomach gets too full quite fast.

Im hooked to the following dramas these days.

They kept me busy from Tuesday to Friday late nights.  LOL

School 2017

Reunited Worlds ( MUST WATCH! Made me cry 😦 ) 


Bride of the Water God



I have received some requests to buy over Agneselle’s for the past few months. It is not easy to even think about letting it go because it is something i hold on dearly for years.

After much consideration and discussion , i decided to let it go.

If you are interested to buy over, do email me.


Everytime whenever i MIA-ed for a while on my blog , friends will ask me anything happened or busy making babies ah ?

Nah…. we are “out” this cycle so have to try again lor.

Next cycle , i will try to take it easy…to be honest , people who are trying to conceive or had conceived will know the most stressful and fustrating part is not waiting for ovulation…but the 2 weeks after ovulation date. Because before ovulation , you are doing something in hope of a positive outcome…but after ovulation date, there is a 2 weeks wait (Luteal phase) which is the 2 weeks before your period come. During these 2 weeks , you can only wait and do nothing. Doing nothing and hoping your period don’t come and you still start doing crazy symptoms spotting. To be honest , i thought we could have made it this month because i had no PMS symptoms. I always have breast soreness , pre-menses cramps and migrane 10 days before my period and it will end when period starts. But this time , there was nothing…then who knows the day after i came back from Bintan on 7th July …period come liao.


Both of us were disappointed. Super disappointed.

I was feeling very stressed and i broke down for a mere 5 minutes. Feeling cranky then suddenly menses came. This time , i tried not to be too stress about everything around me..my work ..people…housework etc. Some friends asked if i had medical checks done. Well , everything checked. All fine and healthy. No abnormalities. Gynae says ovaries, uterus , eggs and everything looks healthy and nice. I think i am abit kiasu..cos i did checks even before we started trying. we are only in our 3rd or 4th cycle try. Usually people only go for checks after 1 year. But because of our age (im 31 and he is 33) , i decided to go for medical check first.

After i blogged about the previous post (chemical pregnancy), i received many emails and instagram messages from readers who also experienced the same thing , experiencing the same thing or also at the same stage as me ( trying to conceive ). It is comforting to know that i am not facing these challenges alone and for people who are going through the same thing to give me encouragements and sugggestions. So i want to say THANK YOU for all your kindness and encouragements. It is very sweet of all of you. And i am also blessed to have understanding clients who gave me encouragements and positivity not only at about trying to conceive but also towards my work. Because i do alot of family planning (husband and wives + their kids + their extended family ), the women are all married. So some are going through the same thing or have went through before. It is nice to have people to talk to over a coffee and they are able to relate to your situation.

BTW, i just unlocked my instag to public lol. I privated the instag for 2 years already and don’t really accept new followers. I am slightly more active there now.




Not sure if you all heard of the Korean skincare method called 7-SKIN.

I bet you have heard about triple cleansing (Make up remover -> Oil cleanser -> Foam cleanser ). This 3 steps already took up about 5-10 mins of my bath time. So now…is 7-Skin.

I received alot of enquiries on that for the past few months but i kept forgetting to blog about this lol. I heard of it last year in October when i was in Korea for my wedding. The Korean makeup artist told me about it. So i started trying it since then.

So what is 7-Skin ? 

“Skin” is Korea’s name for toners.

7-skin means layering 7 layers of toners before you continue with the other steps. By layering with 7 layers of toners , it is supposed to boost and optimized the hydration level in your skin. Your skin will “drink up” and “absorb” the toners more effectively. It will give you a glowy and hydrated skin look.

So how do you do it ?
Well , after cleansing your face , you apply the first layer of toner. Then wait for 3-5 minutes for it to be absorbed before you apply another layer and you repeat this 7 times !

Then after which , you can continue with your usual routine of applying essence , serums , emulsions and moisturizer.

To be honest , having 7 toners is very expensive and applying 7 layers is really time consuming. It took me about almost an hour to finish the whole skincare routine from toner to moisturizer when i tried this 7-skin method.

So i reduced to 3-Skin instead. I find 3 Skin still acceptable and less time consuming. The effect also there.
So what products did i apply ?

Because i am applying 3 layers , i chose and start with the more “watery” texture toners first.
I bought this Hatomugi Skin Conditioner from Taipei. The texture is quite watery and not very thick. It absorbs very easily so i used it as the first layer. This toner is supposed to help with hydration.

2nd layer is the Rene-cell peptide toner . It supposed to help with firming of skin. This texture is watery and easily absorbed.

I reviewed this HERE before.


3rd layer is slightly less “watery” in texture compared to the first 2 layers. The Aquabolic toner from HERA.
Long time readers of mine knows that i am a BIG BIG FAN of HERA. Their products never failed me.

Their BB Cushion also the BEST !


Yup , so this is my 3 SKIN method. I reduced from 7 to 3 because 7 is toooo time consuming and i don’t see myself buying 7 toners. I rather use good toners. Some people asked if you can repeat the toners ? As in just 1 toner but apply 7 times ? This also can work and it is just whether you have the patience or not.

So very easy , just start with the most light weighted toner first and the more heavy one last.

I do this 3-skin step everyday ! Perhaps you can try it too.




It’s been another hectic week of work…this post was in draft mode for a week already.

Busy but fulfiling…met different people with different life inspiring stories and experiences and different problems.

Last weekend was spent cooking at Pamela’s house ! She is in the KBS (Korean boyfriend and spouse) group chat and she just moved into the same place ! But different block. So weekend evening was spent cooking Ddak Bokkeum Tang (Korean spicy chicken stew) and Bossam (Braised Pork) at her new place because her kitchen is bigger !


I blogged the recipe for Korean Spicy Chicken Stew before over HERE.

But i think i have not blogged about Bossam yet.

Cooking Bossam is very easy. You can do it concurrently with the chicken stew to save time.

How to cook Bossam (Korean braised Pork Belly) ?

This one is super easy ! You can do it ANYTIME.

More delicious and healthy to cook at home. Cheaper also. Because a plate of Bossam cost about SGD45 in restaurants along Telok Ayer and Tanjong Pagar and the serving is less than the one we cooked.

We bought 2 strips ( above picture portion ) for only SGD18 from supermarket which is more than enough for 4pax.

You need to buy thick juicy pork belly…not the ones used for BBQ.

This one is really DAMN THICK.

You can buy from the fresh meat section in Fairprice. It is about $0.89 per 100g.

I usually buy about 1kg. 1 strip can feed 2 pax. But my Mister eats alot..so i always buy 2 strips.

Wash the pork clean and dry

Boil  a pot of water and add in the ingredients below together with the pork belly into the pot of boiling water.

Cut 1 whole onion into quarters

12 cloves of peeled garlic

3 table spoon of coffee powder

12 slices of ginger

3 table spoon of Korean bean paste

Boil the ingredients together with the pork belly for about an hour.

Take it out and cut into slices.

Garnish with sesame seeds

Tadahhh the pork belly is done !

Now is the sauce and kimchi.

Well , it tastes better with oyster kimchi but i don’t know how to make oyster kimchi so i just used normal kimchi.

Add abit of Ssamjjang and kimchi on top of the pork and wrap the pork belly with lettuce leaf . You are ready to pop this goodness ㅑ into your mouth ! So yummy !

Pamela and i took about 2 hours to prepare the dishes whereas the guys were in the living room playing game , drinking beer and talking. Quite typical in a Korean family setting. Lol. The women are always in the kitchen. But of cos , the guys cleared table after the meal.

It’s been 8 months since we got married. We will be celebrating our 1 year anni in 4 months !
We got married in SG on 11th Sept 2016 and 8th Oct 2016 in Korea!

But we should be celebrating on 8th Oct this year because we will be in Korea for 2 weeks for Chu Seok (mid autumn).

Mr Shin wanted me to wear a modern hanbok for Chu Seok instead of wearing the traditional one.

But modern hanboks are so expensive leh !

Im thinking of this set :



Or this lace top with the embossed skirt.


Both are nice leh .. still deciding..got 3 more months to decide lol

Chu Seok means maybe have to give out “angbao” liao. I need to get the hanbok designed envelopes. They look better than the white envelopes. Koreans don’t give red packets. They give in the form of white envelopes.

So on my ROM day in Singapore , his Korean friends attended our ROM and they all gave us white envelopes and have their names written so big on the cover. So my relatives were abit shocked. My ah ma also asked me why lol..she got a culture shock. Because chinese only give white envelopes with $$ during funeral.

I think i talked about my marriage life before. But now that we were married for almost 8 months.

Somethings changed and somethings don’t. What changes did changed for the better. But overall , our marriage life is very happy. Of cos , we also have those trivial squabbles..just nag and forget lor..like me not happy that my hub left all the dirty dishes in the sink and wash only later or next day or wait for me to wash. Im that kind who eat already must wash immediately. And he don’t like that i don’t close the tooth paste tab or leave traces of tooth pastes in the sink after my morning wash.

Married for 8 months already and many people have been asking me these questions :

” So how ?? Planning for kids ? “

“When are you having a baby ?”

“Why still don’t have yet ? “

“Trying for baby already ?”

Hear so many times until sian and lazy to answer.

We just started trying in March actually. Trying for a baby is a tiring thing to do. Married couples and mummies/daddies will understand.

Me and my friends or clients will have this “adult talk” about having kids , successful conception , what to do and what not to do etc. We are all adults and going through the same phase. So it is good to have people to talk to about the same topic.

It is really not easy..we missed the first month because of wrong timing.

My period became irregular due to stress and irregular working and meal hours. So for me , i really have to monitor my ovulation timing. I bought the clear blue digital ovulation test kit and test everyday.

Then…at the 2nd cycle, we got a superrrrr faint positive line on the pregnancy test kit. My period late and its been 3 weeks after my ovulation date. My heart was pounding and very excited about it. Doctor told us to test again few days later. So i tested again few days later and suddenly saw a negative. Shocked and worried , i went to see my doctor and only to realized i had a chemical pregnancy. And my period came 2 days after my doctor visit and it is those kind of clotty period. And also that month in April , i had high fever more than 38 degrees TWICE and once was 39.2 degrees.

What is a chemical pregnancy ?

A chemical pregnancy is a term used to describe a very early miscarriage. It usually occurs before the fifth week of gestation, or less than a week after your first missed period and positive pregnancy test.

My hubs and i were disappointed. So now , we have to keep track and monitor incase i get pregnant. And i am taking the BLACKMORES Conceive Well Gold multi-vitamins.

Trying for a baby is not easy.

Being pregnant is not easy.

And being a mother is also not easy.

So those who are going through these 3 stages…let’s JIAYOU and stay POSITIVE together !

If you have friends who are going through the stages above, do try to be more sensitive. Some couples really tried very hard to conceive but things just don’t happen. They are already disappointed and sad. So be more encouraging instead of just asking why . Because sometimes , we just don’t know the reason why even though both people are healthy. It could be due to stress and other factors. Some people are already stress about trying to conceive. So try not to stress them even more by asking them why still don’t have yet. If you really want to ask, be more empathetic.


Back to happy things !

I am waiting for these 2 to arrive !

Always wanted to order these 2 but i have not used up my bb cushion yet. Finally , i am left with the last refill pack and it is time to get new ones ! So i decided to buy these 2 .


Lirikos Marine Collagen Cushion 

It is a new brand under Amore Pacific. Always wanted to try their serum and cushions but can only do so in June.


Hera Black Cushion

I shall do a review in July after i used the cushions.


It is mid year and time to shop for stuff because everyone is having discount and having promotions !

And got so many stuff from taobao (clothes, floats, bags etc etc) for less than SGD 150 in total !


Reviews of some of my Japanese beauty and make up buys !
There are sooo many products to choose from in Japanese drugstores. I can really spend 2 hours there combing every single row of shelves. So i went to check Naver.com (Korean’s version of google) to search for some of the MUST BUY make up or skin care items.

COW Brand Mutenka Non-Additive Face Wash Foam 

One thing i like about this wash foam is that it is not drying because it contains ceramides. I uses this foam cleanser in the morning to wash off the overnight sleeping mask.



Bifesta Cleansing Water

I really love Japanese make up remover. To be honest , i haven’t been impressed by any Korean make up removers at the moment except the gel ones from Nature Republic. Maybe the Japanese puts on thicker make up and their cleansers are more “powerful” ?

I have been using BIORE Jelly Make Up Remover since 2007 ! Everytime i go JB , i will buy alot back from their Watsons because it is sooo much cheaper in JB.

And i only started Biore Cleansing Water since 2015.  So this time , i decided to try Bifesta.


No space for bottles of Biore Jelly Make Up Remover in my luggage so i bought the refill packs instead. It is lighter and easier to pack.


Honeyce Hair Treatment.

Alot of Korean beauty websites recommended this MUST BUY item when you visit the Japanese drugstores. So i decided to buy 1 bottle and 1 refill pack. I have not opened it yet and should be using it next week after finishing my current hair treatment.

It is supposedly good for those with frizzy and dry hair.



My favourite Japanese make up brand – Cezanne. Sadly it is not available in Singapore.

I got to know about this brand when i visited Taiwan last year. I bought the lipsticks and eye shadows from the Watsons store in Ximending. I am currently using number 207 and just bought a new colour 206. I love this brand’s lipstick because it is very moisturizing and cheap (580 yen). I find it better than Canmake. Canmake colours are more cherry but Cezanne’s colours are more feminine. You can find this in Taiwan too.


I like their girly packaging ! So prettyyy !


Coffret D’or Smile Up Cheek Blusher in No 4

The packaging and rose shape is too pretty and i “bu she de” to use it !




One thing i don’t like about the packaging is that it is super bulky !


But the colours are nice. Shall review further after using it this week !



Cezanne Eye Shadow.

I prefer Cezanne’s eyeshadow because they are less shimmery as compared to Canmake’s

It is slightly matte.

Colour are sooo pretty ! I think the pigments are similar to Korean brand eye shadows because they are pretty natural and you need to layer alot ot make it more obvious.



That is all bout J-beauty. I bought some masks and skincare and shall review in separate posts because i have yet to start using them !


Now it is K-beauty !

I used up my bb cushions pretty fast ..about 1 cushion every 1 or 1.5 months. While i was looking into my BB cushion box where i keep stock my supply , i found this Leaders Insolution BB cushion. My MIL bought for me last October.

It is the Leaders InSolution Water Potent BB Cushion.

True to its name , it is really water potent. It gives a dewy finish and doesn’t require alot of touch up. The coverage is just nice. Not too sheer and not too thick. I realized that moisturizing cushions tend to have sheer coverage but this one fits in perfect. I am so IN LOVE WITH THIS !

Leaders Insolution is a Korean Cosmetic-Medical Brand made & tested by dermatologists of Leaders Dermatology Clinic which is comprised of Seoul National University Alumni.


If you are heading to Korea, this is a must buy !

Honesi Exofila Moisturizing Facial Cream.

Honesi products are soo popular. I love this facial cream because it really moisturizes my face very well !


They have 2 kinds of cream. 1 is slightly thicker and more oily and 1 is the one i am using below which is the gel version.

I am using the gel version.


The gel cream is now my holy grail.

I got the one below from a Korean beauty product distributor in Singapore and give it to my client who just got into an accident few months back and there are some abrasions on his face and hands. This one is slightly thicker in texture.

This cream was sold out in Korea within 2 weeks after its release.It is formulated to enhance skin regeneration to effectively improve acne scar and remove freckles. You can use it to improve scars too.

It is also another cosmetic medical brand popular in Korea. Reviews are all positive for their creams !

These 2 new K-beauty buys are the MUST TRY ! I am definitely stocking up on Honesi facial cream !
I am keen to try VANT 365’s cushion some day !



Hihi ! Im back !

So much things happened , done and places travelled to for the past 3.5 weeks !

I went for my company’s qualifying convention in Osaka in mid of May. So Oppa and i decided to go to Kyoto and Osaka for holiday a week before the 3 days convention starts. It was a good timing too and we can celebrate my 31st birthday too !

It was my first time to Japan. I was abit taken back because everything is SO EXPENSIVE. The make ups, food and transport. We didn’t exchange much Japanese Yen though because i don’t intend to shop except for buying my usual stuff from the Japanese drugstores, Uniqlo and Gu. Japanese are so polite especially those in Kyoto. I LOVE KYOTO ! Definitely will go back there next time. The hotel we stayed at is Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto (Shijo Branch). There is free unlimited onsen for hotel guests. It is at city centre and what i like about it is that there is a 24hours supermarket right opposite so we can shop for food and snacks easily to bring back to SG. The hotel staff are super polite and the hotel rooms are soo clean. The location is also perfect and convenient. Righ at city centre. Easy to shop and walk back.

We searched for travel blogs in Naver (Korean’s version of google). So we decided to follow their itinery and their itinery for GOOD FOOD and WHAT TO BUY !

Mr Shin is used to Korean style of travelling. That is to get out at 9am daily and back only after midnight. And throughout the day, just follow the travel blog on where to go , how to go and what to eat. So those places we went to eat especially…has alot of Koreans and servers who can speak Korean to serve the Korean crowds. Hence language is not a barrier for us.

To be the honest , the food places we went to is THUMBS UP! I introed to my colleagues during the convention and heard the guys went back to have the beef bowl ( which i will blog about later ).

I have 2000 over pictures taken over 10 days. I will just post my favourite places of interest and food only ! Ehhh…i actually forgot where we go and what is the place called. But if you want to know , you can email me at peonykissblog@gmail.com


Spotted Geishas at Gion Old Street.

My birthday at a Japanese dessert cafe in Nishiki Fish Market.

Free parfait on your birthday ! We cannot read Jap but agar agar from the Chinese characters , we guessed that it means free parfait on your birthday. Just show your id or passport to prove.


Supper…we bought sushi and sashimi at a discount from Takashimaya food basement. All stuff goes on 50-70% discount from 7pm onwards. Be prepared to start waiting at 630pm for the staff to paste the discount stickers. Because everyone will snatch them like sharks. That’s all we managed to grab.

My birthday dinner at a local sushi restaurant.



Famous Rikuro Ojisan Cheesecake. The jiggly cheesecake you saw going viral on facebook or youtube.


Our favourite restaurant and skirt steak bowl in Dotonburi. Cheap and good. Super popular among the Koreans. The entire queue was filled with Koreans.

Only 790 yen.

This post has too many pictures and it kinda slowed down my scrolling and typing. Shall publish the Japanese and Korean beauty reviews , Smart Lady post and something personal to share separately. Still drafting halfway for the beauty buys.