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.

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…..

Anchovies Recipe and New Korean Butchery

New Korean butchery opened near Beauty World MRT ! New gem found for quality meat Korean home bbq ! My hubs is very fussy…he doesn’t really like those frozen meats we got from NTUC for BBQ. He prefers fresh and quality ones. So sometimes i will have to check Cold storage to see the waygu beef or pork got discount or not. Sometimes 1 slab of waygu beef cost about $20 and just nice for 2 of us to pair with bbq mushrooms and bean paste stew etc.

Seoul Butchery is located along Yuk Tong Avenue. I got to know about this butchery after i went to Oppa’s Korean friend’s house for BBQ. K&J butchery moved to Martin road which is abit out of the way for me. So now i get my meats from Seoul Butchery ! They do sell home made side dishes , korean sauces and all the things you need for Korean bbq so it is actually convenient and one stop for everything..Price point also slightly cheaper than K&J. But because it is just newly opened , the variety not alot yet lah. The boss told me they just opened for less than a month ( when i went in July )…he said there will be more variety of meats and groceries in August.

Weather was very hot and hubs does not want to use the electric pan to bbq at the balcony so we bbq the pork belly i bought from Seoul Butchery over the stove using a frying pan instead.

Hubs love the new tofu recipe i cooked. I was watching the variety show “Dinner with Me” and saw this Korean nutritionist ajumma fried tofu over perilla seed oil. So i tried it and it was sooo yummy. Very simple to cook, yummy and healthy !

Just oil the pan with perilla oil and add in sliced tofu ! Fry till golden brown and you can serve as a main dish or side dish. Hubs love it so much and asked me to buy more tofu and cook often. When i go out for evening appt and unable to cook , he will cook this dish himself and eat together with other side dishes.

Very easy to cook and make the anchovies side dish !

You can do at home and save $$ and no need to go out to buy them.
1 small box cost about $8 and it is not worth it because it is so easy to make at home.

Ingredients ?

Anchovies ( preferably medium size ones )

Minced garlic

Cut red chilli padi (optional)

Anchovies

Korean Soy Sauce

2 spoon of Sugar

2 to 3 spoon of Corn/Rice syrup

How to cook ?

Oil the frying pan and add a spoonful of minced garlic and fry

Add in the anchovies and keep stir frying so that they will not get burnt. They get burnt easily so you need to keep flipping them over medium heat.

Add cut chilli padi (optional).

Add soy sauce (Slowly add to taste. Some people prefer more salty ones then you can add more). I usually add about 4 spoon because the anchovies itself is already salty.

Add the sugar and corn syrup and continue stir fry.

If you realized you added too much soy sauce and it is too salty , just add more sugar.

Once done , let it cool in a tupperware before you put in the fridge. Once it cooled , it will become slightly sticky like those you saw in Korean restaurants. The rice syrup will harden and become sticky once cooled. So don’t put too much else your anchovies side dish will all stick together like nougat lol .

I add the soy sauce amount based on estimation and depending on the type of anchovies i bought and my hubs like it more salty. So usually i add about 4 spoon of soya sauce.

Very easy to make hor..took me about 10 mins to prep it and i can keep in the fridge and eat over 10 days.

Hanyul Artemisia

Used up my Pyungkang Yul set in June and got my housemate to help me buy this set when she went back in June.

I started to love this series after i bought and used the moisturier last year when i went to Korea in Oct.

I bought the Toner and Fluid which i apply after my serum.

So my steps are Cleansing -> Toner -> Essence -> Serum -> Fluid -> Moisturiser.

Ehh..when i first used the moisturiser , i am not used to the scent. Because all the while i have been using Hera and other brands which gives a more derma or perfumed scent. Whereas for this Hanyul artemisia series, it smells abit like freshly cut grass lol. But it is very mild and i find it quite pleasant actually ! Smells very light and refreshing. The texture of the toner and fluid is also smooth and does not leave sticky feeling so it is easy to apply make up after that. It is very moisturising and i really like it. So this coming Sept when i go to Korea to fulfil my daughter-in-law duties during Chuseok , im going to stock up this and another series (Rice series which is pink bottle).

I love how this moisturiser and calm my skin without feeling sticky. It is also refreshing. Packaging also looks atas and the bottle is actually quite heavy. It absorbs into my skin quite fast too. I really love this!!! Suitable for Sg weather.

If you prefer something not so creamy and light in texture , the artemesia series from Hanyul will suit you ! You can get from any Aritaum stores in Korea. If i remember correct (how much i paid back to my housemate) , the toner + fluid set costs less than SGD 40.

I’m From Honey Mask Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New mask review from KR !

I thought i was unable to head to KR in Sept so i asked a friend to help me buy from Olive Young (KRW 35,000) .

 

 

 

This mask is very hard to find because very fast out of stock ! I was contemplating between the Honey , Ginseng or Vitamin Tree one. Decided to get the Honey mask because it is the more popular choice. There must be a reason why it is the more popular choice right.

How to Use ? 

Unlike your usual sleeping mask where you can apply and go to sleep , it is better to use this mask during shower because you need to wash it off. So what i do is that , i will cleanse my face , towel dry and then apply this mask before i wash it off after about 15mins.

The texture is very sticky and ermm…sounds disgusting but when you apply on your face , it is like smearing jam on your whole face. Very sticky and all. I think if you were to leave it overnight , all the ants will come and stick onto your face leh !

Results ? 

I was taken back by effect and how it makes my skin soft and smooth after that. Now wonder this mask was quite popular. Skin also looks brighter. Worth buying and trying.

What i don’t like about it ? 

The smell and it is really damn sticky (because of the honey ingredients). The mask got onto my hair and i need to shampoo my fringe and side burns again. So now smart liao..i will wear a headband and hide all my hair behind so it will not get to my hair.

The whole mask’s texture is just like strawberry jam + peanut butter. It smells like very thick and pure honey. This brand is known to be organic so i guess that’s why.

Besides the smell and the stickiness, i think everything is okay and i really like it ! If only it comes in leave on mask version.

 

Buy or not ?

YES ! If you don’t mind the hassle and the thick organic honey smell.
I’m From products are available in Olive Young outlets.

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.