Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pre-Trip Update: Travel Must-Haves


I'm almost done packing and ready to go. Surprisingly, I'm not as excited as I expected myself to be. NOT that I'm not excited, I am, just I'm not bouncing around screaming to the world that I'm going to my dream city. The place I'd love to work, to live.... (Cue dreamy eyes)

Anyway, since I have some time on my hands, I've decided to share the 5 MUST-HAVES on a trip for any music-loving, diary-writing, wanderlust-filled girls out there:

1. A handy-dandy camera
Like duh right? You're on a trip, you'd probably want to take some pictures (or a lot for me). To this day and age, I still love my Olympus PEN even though every other hipster-esque human on this planet has converted to a DSLR. my Olympus PEN has 10 filters, compact(-ish) and is definitely lighter than a DSLR, so, more reason for me to stick to it than switching it up, no?

Look at what the PEN has taken with its filters:
Haunted Mansion in Disneyland Resort, Disneyland California 

Cars Land in Disneyland Resort, California Adventure Park

So you see why I still keep it around? It makes photos prettier...

2. The iPod
Okay. To be completely honest, I'm bringing an iPod Classic, iPod Touch (1st Gen), iPod Touch (5th Gen) and my iPhone, with over 4000 songs on most devices. What can I say? I'm a complete music lover. To save you all from a hideously long post, I'll be posting my USA trip 2014 music playlist up after the trip. Anyway, I'll only know what my holiday songs will be after the trip, won't I?

However, if you do happen to fly with Delta Airlines, their inflight entertainment is fab (at least based on the last time I flew), where passengers are able to compile their own playlists! PLUS, on the bright side, I've heard that Delta Airlines have included charging ports! So I guess my multiple iPods aren't that useful after all...

3. A cool pair of shades
The good thing about shades is that they protect your eyes from the harshness of the sun's rays...

... but that's not exactly why I bring my shades along. Heh. I'm a shades hoarder so it's impertinent that I bring at least one pair of shades to accompany me in photos. And really block out some of the sun's rays if it gets too glaring. LOL.

4. Fragrance and Makeup
Every sane person on the planet should do this. Even if you're traveling in winter. Body hygiene is THE most important and considerate thing everyone should partake in for the sake of all mankind. If you decide not to use fragrances, at least bring along deodorant.

Makeup wise, I tend to only bring the essentials, aka, foundation, eyeliner, lipgloss, lipsticks and my bronzer. Not a big fan of makeup removal after a long day out. #lazygirl

But I suppose makeup varies depending on where you intend to go and what you intend to do? Since I'll probably be stopping by Sephora in NYC, chances are, I'll be back with a buckload of makeup (like Urban Decay's Naked 3 Palette).

5. The super-secret diary
Did I mention diary-writing girl? Well, every diary-writing girl needs a diary. At least one who's not bringing her beloved and coveted macbook with her.

But honestly, I don't want to grow old and forget all the wonderful trips I've taken. I want to remember what I was thinking, how I felt... Everything. And while I love my blog, nothing beats taking the time out to pen down thoughts and feelings, looking back on the days I've had traveling.

On another note, I've decided to skip out on nail polish this time round (for the simple reason being I'm too lazy for it). I'll live.

xoxo pamela

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Back


I know I've always complained about me being busy rushing to complete assignments and studying for tests that results in this blog being left to rot, but honestly, that's one of the main reasons why I'm not here as often as I should. The good thing is, I'm unofficially done with school, so I'm probably not going to use that excuse ever again. HEHE (don't worry, I'll be leaving the touchy feely thingie for another post).

On that note, while I'll always love fashion and music (and will probably still be caught writing about them), you'll probably catch me blogging more about my travels since my GRADUATION TRIPS are coming up! I'm BEYOND excited in case anyone's wondering. HEHE.

I'll be travelling to some new places, and revisiting somewhere I've been before, hopefully seeing the world through different eyes (and updating you all via instagram LOL). Now that I've taken an entire semester's worth of Cultural Intelligence classes, guess I'll have to put it to use starting next Thursday!

While I'm really going to spoil my sleep deprived self with a short nap now, I'm also thinking of topics to blog about in the coming days.

xoxo pamela


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The iPhone Diaries (Korea Trip 2013)

What better way to conclude a trip than to include some iPhone moments not caught on a digital/professional camera?

Warning: Many selfies ahead!

My boarding gate area. Which is coincidentally a floor below my internship company's office. 

 Finally on a Singapore Airlines flight again <3


 Christmas star-shaped donut from Paris Baguette
It had a yummy mango icing if I recall correctly…
My post-flight snack hehe


 At Gimpo Airport~

 Probably me at Jeju International Airport just after my flight… LOL

 Jeju breakfast sans abalone porridge! Did I mention how much I love eggs?
Well now you know. LOL.









 You've seen this. (If you read all my posts)
Seafood dinner in Jeju.








My crazy huge dinner at Daegu
Had to make my brother take the photo for me. I'm simply too short to capture everything :x 





 Post-skiing. My hair was BAD for the rest of the day. :(

 How my brother sleeps on the bus… Typical.

Winking Christmas bear from Paris Baguette! <3

Everything I could say about these photos have probably been said in my previous posts about my Korea Trip, and really, this is just a bank for all the photos that have made it to my iPhone that I decided to separate from the rest of the pictures. Just because.

I know it's been a whole series of posts on Korea for an 8 day trip, and I love you to bits if you read each one of them. I hope you enjoyed reading it cos I definitely enjoyed my trip. My spirit for adventure is still in me, and while I may be chained to the routines and obligations of life (school in particular) that prevents me from leaving the country, do stay on to read about the other facets of my life!

xoxo
pamela

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Korea 안녕히계세요~ (Read: An-nyeong-hi-kye-seh-yo, Translated: Goodbye) (Korea Trip 2013)

I know this says goodbye, but it's only my second last post. :x

 Porridge for breakfast! I actually loved it!
We had pumpkin, soya bean, mushroom abalone, kimchi and seaweed porridge to choose from <3
Personal favorites: Kimchi and mushroom abalone



 Sinchon Ladies Street that sells…. wait for it…
Everything girls would want. From fashion, to makeup etc.

 And pardon me for looking terrible. I didn't want to wear contacts cos I had a flight at night…





It finally snowed on the last day of our trip!
I was probably off somewhere doing the happy dance!

I watched Taemin (from Shinee) drink it in Hello Baby, and finally I get to drink my Banana Milk!
Plus the bottle is adorable 

On my Singapore Airlines flight back to Singapore…

Not much to say in this post. My pictures shall speak for me. and maybe I'm slightly lazy. LOL.

PS. sorry for the picture sizing… Some of my photos didn't resize themselves. Gr.

xoxo 
pamela

Sunday, March 9, 2014

#100HappyDays


Finally. A little something to challenge myself.

I have just decided to embark on this challenge to find something I'm happy about over the next 100 days. Since I'm mostly found on Instagram nowadays (my blog excluded), I'll be blogging my 100 Happy Days over my Instagram account, so do follow me there if you're interested!

Regardless, I'll be posting updates on my blog once a week/fortnight depending on how busy I get. (and yes, I do realize being busy is a reason why most people fail)

If you've decided that you want to join this 100 Happy Days challenge with me, do visit their page:

Wish me luck!

xoxo pamela

Saturday, March 8, 2014

크리스마스 (Read: keu-ri-seu-ma-seu, Translated: Christmas) + 롯데월드 (Read: Lotte World) (Korea Trip 2013)

We're back in Seoul! And no, it didn't snow. This is another work of Google.

Chinese food (cooked for Korean tastebuds) for breakfast. One of the meals I didn't really enjoy in the trip. I mean, I'm in Korea to eat Korean food right?

Visit to some Ginseng Monopoly Showroom

 Lunch

The actual photo, sans Google Snow.

What I grabbed from Lotte Young Plaza's SME popup store <3
The queue and craze for EXO was amazingly long! Kinda glad I'm not a fan...

 Lotte World! When at an amusement park, it's mandatory to snap a photo with a crown.















Dinner! 짜장면 (Translated: Ja-jang-myeon) = Noodles with black soybean paste
Fried rice was something for my bro (who would always choose rice over noodles)
It was SOOOOO YUMMY I crave for it just looking at it!

Considering we went to 명동 (Translated: Myeong-dong) on Christmas day, the streets were packed and the only logical place to shop was probably in Lotte departmental store. Yes, it's probably a place for tourists, but I'd pick that over getting squished just trying to take a step on the opposite side of Myeongdong.

Lotte World was no exception. The queues were horrendously long, and since we only had 3 short hours to eat and play, my family did the eating and walking around, deciding to forgo the 'play' part. I even shopped at Etude House! (Not that I regretted it. The nail polishes are crazy cheap in Korea!)

Since the main highlight of the trip was supposedly skiing, we only got to visit Lotte World, and not Everland (another theme park in Korea). For those of you who have no idea, Lotte World is a theme park that comprises of both indoor and outdoor rides AND a skating rink. Dramas like 'Stairway to Heaven' have been filmed in Lotte World, so yes, it is also known for appearing in dramas.

If I posted this in December, I may have said Merry Christmas to end my post, but I think that's not really appropriate now.

xoxo 
pamela