#KDrama

Before i start blogging , here is a video you should watch.

New Korean drama coming up on 15th August !
Moonlight Drawn By the Clouds featuring Park Bo Gum.

Here is a teaser by KBS.

 

Im waiting for the drama loh. Debuting on 15th August which means that it will be online by 16th August in SG.

Park Bo Gum is soooo cute lah !  Maybe he will be the next Song Joong Ki !

I got a new buy to share in #Kbeauty

Pony Effect’s Everlasting Cushion.

Pony is a famous make up artist in Korea. The Korean version of Michelle Phan i will say. She is CL’s make up artist. You can follow her on instagram. I just bought her lipstick and primers as well. Will review once i used it.

I bought this from Gmarket to try. If it is good , i will ask my brother-in-law to buy 2-3 of it from the beauty shop opposite his house and bring them to SG for me. Hehe. I bought Pony’s eyeshadow palette from the beauty shop back in May and i really like the shades.

Verdict : MUST BUY !

Packaging is very posh looking and not that bulky.

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Rose gold rims.

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Cost about KRW 39,000 and it comes with a refill pack.

Coverage : 8/10

Dewiness : 8/10

Moisturizing effect : 9/10

Lasting : 8/10

One thing i don’t really like about it is that it can make my face looks oily. So if you have oily skin , you may want to top up with a loose powder.

I bought the colour Ivory Beige. It makes my skin looks abit fairer So if you are not comfortable with having a “whitish look” , you can try Rosy Ivory which comes with a slight pink tinge.

Yes, Buy and Try !  Worth it !

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It comes in 5 shades.

It is similar to that of HERA. Im just attracted to its packaging and the packaging is less bulky so it wont make my make up pouch so bulgy.

Well Kbeauty and Kdrama aside for now , i have created a chat group for SG-KOR couples. All of us have Korean husbands/fiance. So if you are keen to join this group , drop me an email at peonykissblog@gmail.com .  We do meet ups and planning to do double dates. I created this group so that all of us can learn and pick up tips from each other. Some of us were already married with kids , some getting married and some planning to. Those getting married can get tips from those who were already married on the applications and steps etc. It is good to have some support back home in SG and in Korea. So incase anyone moves to Korea or need help or company there when we all go back during festive seasons like Lunar New Year and Thanksgiving day.

Yup infact , all of us go back to Korea for few days to few weeks for the Lunar New Year and Thanksgiving day. So we can meet up for coffee or hangout. Good to have friends and support when we are all in foreign land.
So yup , if you want to join us , do drop me an email. Currently i only add in those who are in serious relationships ( with marriage in plans at least).

Hehe..i named the group #KBS which stands for Korean Boyfriends and Spouse . Haha nice one ?

But if you have a Korean wife/fiancee and keen to join this group , we also don’t mind lah..but you better get your wife’s or fiancee approval first. Because it is all girls in the group at the moment.

OMG 2.5 more months to my wedding in Korea and 1.5 more months to my ROM in SG.

Just last week , there was a day when my mobile phone was vibrating like crazy. Yes it is always on vibration mode now because im so busy with work these days. And alot of friends and even my clients sent me this article published on straits time on 11th July.

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/korean-mother-in-laws-mantra-please-cook-for-my-son

The article makes everything sounds like hell but it was not that case for me. My MIL gave me alot of freedom. We have a group chat but she didnt always call or bug me with smses. I guess probably she is occupied with her new Korean BBQ business in Busan and she knows im quite automatic. Because when i cook , i will send photos over. I do clean my house , wash up and do laundry etc on my own daily. So she didn’t need to check on me because she trust that i do that on my own and im cleaner than her son hehehe. I would say that my MIL doesn’t have that mantra but more of that my fiance has that mantra that i have to cook for him leh. Yup , he expects me to cook , know how to do housework etc. I think he is more traditional lol.

Im planning to cook spicy pork ribs stew and bean paste soup or soon dubu soup this weekend.

My friends asked me how come i can come up with different dishes everyday and never run out of idea and where did i learn all these recipes that are so delicious and easy to cook ?

Well , i picked up from my Mother-in-law , my mum and also through a programme by a famous Korean chef Baek Jong won. He owns Bornga Korean Restaurant in SG. There is an outlet in Vivo and Buona Vista. I prefer the one at Buona Vista. Yup you can try the Korean food there. It is good !

I watch his program every week when  i go to work or when im on the way to appointment. Gives me idea what to cook. I just learnt how to cook aglio oglio. It is so easy and it became our version of “instant food” because it is soo easy to cook. I mixed it with Bulgogi lol..Korean-western style ? I cooked with tiger prawns just last week (western style).

Here is where i got the recipe for Bean Paste Soup Stew (Duenjang Jiggae). The one all of you asked me to blog about.

Super easy to cook and very delicious. I made it within 15 minutes.  If you cannot find radish , you can replace it with zucchini which i always use. My MIL version is slightly different. She don’t use instant soya bean paste and chilli pepper paste. She used home made soya bean paste made by my grandmother-in-law. The one you always see in drama where they put in a huge clay pot and ferment it. So it tastes really original and savory.

 

Korean Steam Egg

Bet that this is everybody’s favourite.

Enjoy his videos !
More to share this weekend with my new PONY EFFECT primers and pore brush.

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2 more months to our ROM in SG and 3 more months to our ROM in Korea. Time really flies. Been very busy lately and my meal timing were kinda screwed. Last week was a packed with full of meetings , meeting new people and also preparing for the big day ( final discussion for the ROM in SG ). Everything is sort of settled thanks for recommendations from friends. And also i am addicted to scrolling Taobao right now. Alot of wedding decors and ornaments that are so cheap and nice. Instead of renting , i can buy them at $5 , use them for my ROM and bring home to decorate my place. They even have the cutest guest book at $6.

And i just chanced upon another wedding song which i really like. Was thinking of using this for march-in song and the other song by Huk-Gak to be sung by my bro-in-law’s friend who is our live band.

This is my tentative  choice for march-in song .

My MUA was settled. Wendy from Lushlashh will be my make up artist and also having my lashes done at Lushlashh. I really like her work and patience. The lashes she did for me are always so natural. I always go for K-style lashes which was supposed to be “no-make-up-or-lash-extensions look” . There is a vast difference between Kstyle lashes and Jap style lashes. Japanese one are more vavavoom and glamourous looking. But it doesn’t suit me and i don’t like to look too over.

The lashes Wendy did for me are so natural that some people i spoke to asked if they are my real lashes or i had extensions done. They cannot see the difference when they look at me face to face. But from the side view , you can see that it is longer. Im not sure what kind curls i go for because i ask her to replicate the one i did in Korea. She has my details. So if you want the natural looking K-lashes , just tell her you read my blog and wanted the same set as mine. If you are worried that if it will look too natural as if you have nothing on and you think it is “waste of money” ? You don’t need to worry about it because you can see a difference before and after. Btw i also always go for one which make my eyes look like im wearing an eyeliner when i am not. Anyways , she has my history and data. You can tell her that you want the lashes that Peiling did. Lushlashh is located at level 2 of Arcade Shopping Centre at Raffles Place.

Here are some of the lash extensions i have done.

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And as for my hair , Joanne at Hair Affairs Chevron House will dye for me . I went to her before my Pre-wedding shoot trip to get my hair dyed to a nice violet red colour. It looks sooo nice and my MIL also said it was a good choice of colour. My readers will get some discounts if you mention my name. Btw , i paid for these services and these are not adverts. If you read my blog long enough , i have stopped doing adverts for 2-3 years and all are based on my persona experiences and reviews. Anyway you have to call to book appointment. She starts work as early as 8am. I went at 8am before and the salon was filled with bankers and tai tais who wake up early to wash and curl their hair to prepare for work at 9am. I don’t think i will do that man. I would rather sleep more. She has been in the line for more than 30 years and her banker clients followed her for more than 20 years.

Here are some hair inspirations i have got. I am tempted to my dye my hair again before my trip to Korea for my wedding.

I don’t know to do RED…

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or this colour…

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I wanted to do this kind of curls.

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But because at that time my hair was badly damaged and i really want to have healthier hair so that i can perm in October in Korea…plus my recent diving trip made my hair worst…soooo….

I went to find Joanne to cut all the bad split ends off and now i have shoulder length hair. Hair ends are healthier now and easier to manage. So now i just need to wait for it to grow, maintain my hair …then hopefully i can perm.

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Done with #Kbeauty and now with #SGAHJUMMA

I cooked Carbonara Ramyeon on sat night. Oppa is away for biz trip in Europe and back only next week. I wanted to cook Andong Jjimddak but it will be too much for one person to eat. So , it is Carbonara Ramyeon for tonight.

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Korea is an instant food heaven. Alot of instant food and some are claimed to be healthy choice. Well …my bro-in-law never uses the seasoning packs. He used the Korean shrimp sauce, pepper flakes and soya sauce to make his own ramyeon seasoning. Healthier this way because msg in the seasoning packs are not really good for health. This is something i want to learn from him when he comes in Sept.

My kitchen cupboard with instant noodles. Something i don’t really like and only cook if i got no choice or too lazy to go out to buy food.

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Here is the recipe. To be honest , it is recommended to use SHIN Rammyeon. But i was too lazy to walk 10 mins out just to buy a packet of ramen so i used whatever is the closest to Shin Ramyeon that i had at home.

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1 pack of Hi-Lo low fat milk (200ml).

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Mozzarella Cheese.

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Boil 400ml of water at high heat. If you do not have a measuring cup , empty the milk from the carton into a cup and use the empty carton to fill with water to measure since the milk carton is 200ml.

Once the water boiled , add in the ramyeon and the seasoning packs for about 3 minutes.

Add the entire pack of 200ml of hi-lo milk. Let it boil for 2 minutes and add a handful of mozzarella cheese. How much cheese you want is up to you. I like cheese and like my noodles to be slightly sticky with cheese so i added ALOT. Stir.

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Once done , you can serve it in a bowl.

Easy and shiok ! I paired with seaweed chicken seaweed and Kimchi ! Oh and a cup of cold Yuzu drink.

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Hope you enjoyed it. Very simple. Just need 15 minutes and you get Carbonara Ramyeon.

Now that we are living on our own , which means alot of bills and groceries to do. For Oppa, he has been living on his own for years but for me this is the first time i moved out. I paid utilities and bills at my own home but now that i moved out , there are more to pay. Being a financial planner and a financial planner in our house , i am in charge of the utilities and expenses. I record and keep receipts and limit groceries shopping to $50 a week. I have been buying so many things from Korea websites and mart now that i find buying all the necessities in SG are so expensive. When i travel to Korea , i will buy everything there and bring over. Now that we need some things urgently and i went to the supermarkets to buy and got shock at the price. In Korea i can buy 3 good shampoos for $10 and here 1 good one for more than $10. My work schedules are pretty tight. I start my day early and ended my day late which means that i can’t go to local market in the day time and so i depended alot on 24hr supermarkets. You must be wondering why now then i realized that things are expensive in SG. Not that i now then realized , i realized it long ago but just that im not used to buying my daily necessities in SG yet except for food.

#SMARTLADY

Here was what i got from Gmarket.

Yes whatever number of sanitary pads here you see is just 10,900won which is about SGD 13.

If you have used Korean pads before you will know the difference. Some of my friends even asked me to buy a carton for them and ship to SG for them when im in Korea. They are made of cotton and really damn comfy. Better than those nylon netting ones that are commonly used.

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I think these 2 “towers” of pads can last me 2 years i guess. Some people said im getting to “ahjumma” ..because i cooked , i cleaned my own house and i do grocery shopping. Those who said that are mostly singles. Married women i met and know and are working mums or wives like me do not agree that  we are “ahjumma” just because we are more careful with how we spend and just because we clean the house and not hiring a maid to do so and go to the markets to do grocery shopping. This is our responsibility as a wife. Even though we are working and we can afford to spend doesn’t mean we have to spend what we have. Cash is still KING. We are not stingy ..we are careful with our monies and how we handle them. I handle the monies at home. Oppa is a saver but im a super saver so im the one in charge. I planned our saving plans , insurances and monthly expenses. He can see an increase in his savings after i did his planning.

Also i want to add that i really pei fu those working mums. Some of them can work and take care of the house for years. I just started for 2 months and im quite drained. I reached home after 8pm everyday because of appointments . Once i reached home , i will clean the house abit and do the laundry before i shower and sleep. And i wake up at 745am everyday to make breakfast before i prepare for work. Tired ?..yes..but i will not complain…

Now im learning to cook more dishes and more healthier choices. Diet and life style is what caused alot of young people these days to fall sick or diagnosed with illnesses. Some of my clients are so young and already diagnosed with illnesses. Some are young parents. When i met them and did planning for them i also felt very heart pain.

Take a break if you need to. Health is everything.

Alot of joys this week also..some of my friends and clients gave birth. And i feel excited planning for the little ones. I dont know when but we are thinking of trying for kids maybe next year.

Times flies…it is 430pm now and i need to pack my bag for my team trip to Kukup in JB.

Have a good weekend !