Thursday, March 21, 2019

First Day of Spring

Cascade Mountain from Cascades of Time Garden
Cascade Mountain from Cascades of Time Garden
March 20, 2019
10:15 AM

Decided to go for a walk yesterday morning to celebrate the first day of spring. The weather was so beautiful that I almost cried. Couldn't wait for my days off next week because I want to go for a longer walk and enjoy my last spring here  :)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Namsangol Hanok Village (남산골한옥마을)

I went to the Namsangol Hanok Village (남산골한옥마을) right after I went to the Namsan Seoul Tower (남산서울타워). There were a lot of people when I was there, like A. LOT. Think it was because of a festival or event that was taking place in the Namsangol Hanok Village.

Namsangol Hanok Village (남산골한옥마을)
If you can read Hangeul, you probably will know the event's name. I can't read Hangeul, hence I had no idea about the event's name.

Namsangol Hanok Village (남산골한옥마을)

One of the hanok houses at the Namsangol Hanok Village.

I was expecting that Namsangol Hanok Village would be similar to the Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을) but I was wrong. Namsangol Hanok Village is not a residential area. It was more like open museum? Also, there was only about five hanok houses at the Namsangol Hanok Village. These houses were remodeled after the traditional houses of Joseon Dynasty.

Namsangol Hanok Village (남산골한옥마을)
Few performances were performed at the stage; taekwando and other martial arts.

Tip: They offer interpretation tour services, however advance booking is required. Go to the website for more details. I would suggest you to go with the interpretation tour so that you can learn more about the history and stuff.

Namsangol Hanok Village (남산골한옥마을)
Thanks to 2 Days 1 Night that I learned quite a lot of Korean games. This one is jegichagi (제기차기).

I didn't spend too much time here because it was so hot and I was quite overwhelmed with the number of people. I only took brief peek here and there before I decided to leave. My favorite area at the Namsangol Hanok Village was the area where visitors can experience traditional games. So many families. So much happiness that my heart felt so full <3

Namsangol Hanok Village (남산골한옥마을)
I don't really remember the name of the game. I think it's Yut (윷). I could be wrong though.

On a totally irrelevant note, I had a good chat with this one ahjussi (아저 시) when I was at the Namsangol Hanok Village. I was sitting under the shade near to the entrance, sipping my banana uyu when this one ahjussi suddenly approached me. I was surprised because most of the times, people in South Korea treated me as either an alien or invisible.

Namsangol Hanok Village (남산골한옥마을)
Good luck trying to squeeze for a spot at the pavilion :p 

Apparently this ahjussi used to live in Malaysia and he really loved his time in Malaysia. He also proceeded saying that he missed interacting with other Malaysians which is why he approached me. We talked for about 20 minutes, if I remembered it correctly. Our topics were basically everything under the sun. Hahaha. Had to excuse myself first for I planned to go to another place. Otherwise, we might talk for another hour or so :)

Monday, March 18, 2019

My 3 Holy Grail Harsh Winter Personal Care, Skincare and Lip Care Products

Hello everyone! 

I just wanted to share 3 products that help me to go through the harsh winter that we have here in Banff. The winter that I experience here in Banff is way different from the winter that I experienced back in Guelph. As such, I had to change some of my personal care, skincare, and lip care products because the ones that I used to use back in Guelph did not work for me anymore.

Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Unscented Lotion, LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask, LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask
I don't have my flat lay props with me, so this poor picture will do for now ㅠㅠ

Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Unscented Lotion

This lotion is a heaven-sent! I grabbed this lotion from the aisle of Shopper's Drug Mart for the first time two years ago and have been using the same lotion ever since. I was attracted to try this lotion because it says, "Transforms skin from very dry to healed in 5 days" on it's packaging. I was instantly sold because I was struggling with dry and cracked skin at that time. It was my first winter where the average temperature of about -20℃ ish and my skin was not ready and suffering.

Alhamdulillah, after trying the lotion for about a week, my skin was no longer dry and almost back to normal. I also did not feel the itchiness that's been bugging me on the previous week. Alhamdulillah. Another plus point is, this lotion is not greasy which makes me super happy because other Vaseline lotions that I have tried usually are quite greasy.

LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask

Bought this sleeping mask at the Sephora after contemplating to buy it for a year. lol! I love the mask as a sleeping mask so much because my skin feel so supple and hydrated every time I wake up from my sleep after putting it on my face overnight. It really helps to save my skin especially when my housemates set the heater way too high. I usually woke up to super dry and peeled off skin before this.

I decided to try and use it as my day moisturizer after my usual day moisturizer failed to do its job when the temperature was lower than -20℃. Surprisingly, it works excellently as a day moisturizer as well. Alhamdulillah. My skin stays moisturized even when I'm outside for few hours and the temperature is around -30℃.

Wow, yakin gila letak awkward selfie! 😆
*Excuse my kejung smile for all my face muscles were kejung at that time*
I just want to show you (if you can actually see it) that my skin was not peeled off or cracked and my lips were not bleeding and cracked despite my face was constantly being slapped by cold and dry wind when I went tubing for 4 hours 😂

LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask

Like the LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask, I bought the lip mask after contemplating to buy it after a year. lol! I love that feeling when I wake up to the moisturized and plump lips. Rasa macam Angelina Jolie sekejap. Hahaha :p Again, this lip sleeping mask save my lips especially when my housemates set the heater way too high. I usually woke up to the cracked and bleeding lips before due to dry air.

I decided to try and use it as my daily lip balm because I thought it would excellently work as a daily lip balm as well. Alhamdulillah, thankfully, I was right. I only need to apply it once before I go outside and my lips will stay moisturized for the whole time, insya Allah. Tried and tested, I was outside for about 6 hours when the temperature was around -13℃ and my lips was still moisturized with only one application.

So yeah, alhamdulillah, these 3 products have helped me to go through the harsh winter here in Banff.  These products may help you as well whenever you go travelling in winter. Anyway, I probably will need to change the products again when the seasons change but that's another story :)
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