South Korea 2015: Travel Video

In lieu of blog posts, I’ll just leave this video of our recent family trip to South Korea here. Because I’m a really lazy writer. No one’s surprised.

Aigoo, we went everywhere on this trip. I really put our legs to work (sorry, parents). We went to Myeongdong, the second happiest place on earth (just a touch below Japan, my first love). Gyeongbokgung, Deoksugung, and Changdeokgung—Korean history is really interesting (really!). We got our royal on at Gwanghwamun Square. Went to Bukchon Hanok Village, a super lovely neighborhood. Yeouido where we saw cherry blossoms (and the best path ever because the pavement was padded with foam, a blessing for tired feet). N Seoul Tower with the lovely love locks. Gwangjang Market for legit japchae, kimbap, and the nicest ahjumma. Dongdaemun Design Plaza, land of all things cool and innovative. Ihwa Mural Village, creativity at every corner. Nami Island where my parents tried to recreate Winter Sonata feels. And Le Petit France and the Garden of Morning Calm at Gapyeong.

It was a great trip. It wasn’t without its challenges, but we got through it just fine. And it’s always fun when we’re together as a family. Koreans have this term called “healing time.” I think it means a moment when you get to take a break, relax, enjoy the environment and the people you’re with, and recharge physically and spiritually. We really had healing time outside Changdeokgung Palace.*

I shot this video on my iPhone 5 and my dad’s iPhone 6 Plus. 480p is as high as it goes. Hehe. I wasn’t able to buy a camcorder before the trip, so I made do with what I had. Everyone takes photos during trips, but I think travel videos are fantastic because you get to see your memories play out and instantly relive a funny story in 30 seconds. I’ll definitely be doing more of these in the future, hopefully with better gear next time. First travel diary trial: SUCCESS.

* inside joke

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South Korea 2015: Other Stuff Haul!

The sequel to my South Korea 2015 haul series. Part 1 is all about Korean cosmetics. Read about ’em here. In this post, I’ll be sharing with you all the cute, I-definitely-need-this-in-my-life items I found during my eight-day trip to Seoul and nearby county Gapyeong.

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For the most part, I set aside a budget for all the Korean cosmetics I was going to buy, but along the way, I didn’t expect to find a lot of little gems that weren’t skin care products or makeup that I really, really wanted.

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