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Snack Sunday: Korean style Fire Grilled Beef

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Snack Sunday: Korean style Fire Grilled Beef

Written by Ji | 23 September 2017
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I have been busy and making lunch or dinner has been difficult.  Luckily Bibigo has a variety of products to choose from.  On today’s Snack Sunday adventure, I tried out Bibigo Korean Style Fire-Grilled Beef.
I know this isn’t a snack, but I didn’t have time this weekend, so I quickly made lunch by microwaving the beef and added it to a roll.  This is one of my favorite to go foods.  The beef has a nice savory rich flavor, especially for a microwave meal.  It’s tender and flavorful.  Perfect for anyone on the go.
Would I buy this again?
Yes! I keep this product in stock in my home.  It’s so easy to make and absolutely delicious.

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beautiFRIDAY: The Face Shop CC Long-Lasting Cushion

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beautiFRIDAY: The Face Shop CC Long-Lasting Cushion

Written by Ji | 22 September 2017

beautiFRIDAY: The Face Shop CC Long-Lasting Cushion

On today’s beautiFRIDAY adventure, I tried out The Face Shop CC Long-Lasting Cushion.  For some reason, I decided KCON would be the best time to try out a new foundation.  I don’t know about you, but when I go to events, I always use my favorite go to products.  Trying a new formula could be risky.  But this would be a good time, to fully test out just how long this Cushion will last.

I was impressed with the medium coverage and how long the product lasted.  Did it last all day? The simple answer is no.  But the summer weather was hot, I was sweating and no setting spray or powder was used.  I wanted to get a feel for what this cushion could do on its own.  And surprisingly it held up well.  After 4 hours, I did need to touch up.  The next day, I decided to use a setting powder and also used a mattifying spray to seal everything in.  The cushion lasted all day at the convention, and I only had to touch up a few spots before the concert.

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes,  I would.  The Face Shop CC Long-Lasting Cushion is affordable and the packaging is on point.  The refill is sold separately, but my local store normally has a deal where you get the refill free when you buy the full set.  So for $25, this is steal.

 

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Dreamkatchers Initiative | Snack Sunday

Snack Sunday: Annie Chun’s Seaweed Crisps Gochujang flavored

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Snack Sunday: Annie Chun’s Seaweed Crisps Gochujang flavored

Written by Ji | 17 September 2017

 

Snack Sunday: Annie Chun’s Seaweed Crisps Gochujang flavored

Today is the perfect day for a picnic.  Since the weather is cooler, I decided to take some time “me” time and enjoy a quick getaway at my local park.  It’s one of the best places to enjoy some peace and quiet with a gorgeous view of nature.  For today’s Snack Sunday adventure, I tried out Annie Chun’s Seaweed Crisps Gochujang flavored.  I thought a nice sweet and spicy snack with my pumpkin spice latte would be perfect snack for this fall type weather.

When I got to the park, I found a nice big tree, laid out my blanket, sat down and opened my snack.  Normally, I would read a few chapters of a book first, but I didn’t want my hot drink to get too cool.  What I love most about seaweed crisps is the nice crunchy crisp bite and this snack did not disappoint me.  From the start, it had the texture and crunch that is associated with seaweed crisps.  The gochujang flavor is on point.  The snack starts off sweet but you can feel a bit of heat after a few seconds.  I don’t think this snack is too spicy, but I have a high tolerance.  So, if you can’t handle the heat, I would stay away from this snack.  But I would recommend this snack even if you had a low tolerance.  Only because it has a nice bold and sweet flavored.

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes, I would.  I love seaweed crisp and I don’t think there’s a flavor I don’t like.  It’s a great low-calorie snack with a crisp texture with sweet and spicy flavor.  It’s everything I love.  Now, if they made this bag resealable or maybe a bit smaller.  This would be one of my go to snacks.

[GALLERY] TAEYANG: WHITE NIGHT in Los Angeles – Recap

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Dreamkatchers Initiative | TAEYANG: WHITE NIGHT in Los Angeles

Who/Where/When: TAEYANG 2017 WORLD TOUR WHITE NIGHT in Los Angeles, California, The Wiltern, September 12, 2017.

Highlight: When Taeyang brought a fan out on stage who sang an English cover  of “Wake Me Up”

 

TAEYANG: WHITE NIGHT in Los Angeles – Recap

by Dee

 

TAEYANG was amazing during the concert, song after song, high energy. The vocals were on point especially during  ONLY LOOK AT ME  and DARLING.

On stage Taeyang dominates because he is as charismatic as he is sincere. He took the time to thank the fans whom he’s noticed who had been with him to multiple stops. He even took the time to acknowledge that things had not gone as smoothly at other venues and he apologized for that.

The highlight of the night came when TAEYANG brought out a special guest onto the stage, Ysabelle Cuevas. She has posted an English cover of WAKE ME UP on YouTube a few weeks ago, that TAEYANG had reposted in his Instagram account. After her performance, she revealed that she only started posting cover songs on YouTube three years ago. Much to the audience’s delight Taeyang told Cuevas, “You will get a lot of fans after tonight and I want to tell you that I’m already your fan.”

It was a lovely way to end U.S.A. leg of his “WHITE NIGHT” world tour before wrapping up his North American tour in Vancouver before continuing on to his Asia stops.

 

Check out Ysabelle’s YouTube WAKE ME UP  cover here: https://youtu.be/NwQ2_bLfFaM
Social media: IG: @itsysabellecuevas | Twitter: @YsabelleCuevas

Check out Ysabelle singing WAKE ME UP Live at TAEYANG’s WHITE NIGHT in LOS ANGELES here: https://youtu.be/_xBYij9jrdg
Video by URTHESUNCHANNEL    | HTTP://WWW.URTHESUN.COM   | Twitter: @URTHESUN
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[GALLERY] TAEYANG: WHITE NIGHT in San Jose – Review

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Dreamkatchers Initiative | TAEYANG: WHITE NIGHT in San Jose

Who/Where/When: TAEYANG 2017 WORLD TOUR WHITE NIGHT in San Jose, California, City National Civic, September 10, 2017.

Highlight: When a fan tossed a handmade daisy spinner onto the stage.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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The photos are courtesy of YG Entertainment via KPOPME.

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by Dennis

 

The venue staff handled separating the different lines professionally even though it was very hot outside and people were very emotional. Once everyone got inside for the soundcheck, everyone perked up again once they heard SUPERSTAR start to play and TAEYANG came out.

TAEYANG was amazing during the concert, song after song, he had so much energy. He sang live the entire time, even played the piano and showed off his dance moves. The background visuals were impressive, highlighting and adding a depth to TAEYANG’s performances like a storybook. During ONLY LOOK AT ME, he accidentally flipped the microphone into his mouth and hurting himself, causing the song to be cut short. He came back for WEDDING DRESS, unfortunately his mouth bleeding again, he finished the song and went off the stage for a bit. TAEYANG came back after a little bit to finish the concert on a happy note.

The highlights of the concert were when TAEYANG used a fan’s handmade daisy spinner and his interaction with the fans. He even put the WARRIOR shirt on and performed with it on! The encore was fantastic. He sang EYES, NOSE, LIPS as one of his last songs and the crowd sang the lyrics along with him. During the send-off event, TAEYANG was very patient and considerate  with his fan. He took the time to interact with everyone who wanted to by taking a selfies, talking with them, even the occasional hugs and high five were given.

The WHITE NIGHT tour was definitely a 5/5 in my book!

 

Dreamkatchers Initiative | TAEYANG: WHITE NIGHT in ATLANTA – Review & Recap

TAEYANG: WHITE NIGHT in ATLANTA – Review & Recap

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Dreamkatchers Initiative | TAEYANG: WHITE NIGHT in ATLANTA – Review & Recap

Who/Where/When: TAEYANG 2017 WORLD TOUR WHITE NIGHT in Atlanta, Georgia, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, September 06, 2017.

Highlight: His genuine conversations with the crowd.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

TAEYANG: WHITE NIGHT in ATLANTA – Review & Recap

by Dee

 

South Korean star TAEYANG from BIGBANG performed at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia last Wednesday night. The last time Taeyang performed by himself in North America was when he headlined for the MTV Music Experiment 2.0 concert on November 26, 2013 in San Francisco. The Music Experiment 2.0 was a themed, social-media powered music series where tickets are awarded to fans through social media contests.

Dreamkatchers Initiative | TAEYANG: WHITE NIGHT in ATLANTA – Review & Recap

Taeyang’s debut solo release, Solar, occupied the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the Canadian and US iTunes R&B/Soul album chart which was a first for an Asian artist. In 2014 his second solo album, Rise, hit No. 1 on Billboard‘s World Albums in its first week. Among kpop solo albums, Rise currently still holds the record for highest-charting album on the Billboard 200 when it hit No. 112 in June 2014. Taeyang’s latest album, White Night, debuts at No. 1 on Billboard‘s World Albums chart marking it his second consecutive release to do so.

Dreamkatchers Initiative | TAEYANG: WHITE NIGHT in ATLANTA – Review & Recap

He burst onto the stage dressed all in white with White Night. It was the start of a high-energy set that showed off his vocal prowess and a stage presence that simply dominated.

On stage Taeyang is simply captivating, exudes confidence and charisma but at the same time sincerity. He took the time to have conversations with audience members who shouted questions and song requests at him. He was genuinely amused as he scolded the audience when they kept guessing wrong as to which song he was going to sing next. The audience loved the interactions.

He never let up, working the audience and the stage with his hip-hop style dance moves on fast paced songs such as Ringa Linga and Love You to Death, and getting the audience to sing most of I Need a Girl for him. Backed by a four-piece band, whom he introduced during the encore, he hit the high notes wonderfully on songs such as Darling and Amazin’. He even played the keyboard for the Last Dance.

During the encore, he added a few BigBang tracks such as Bang Bang Bang and Fantastic Baby – certainly a sweet treat for the fans.Dreamkatchers Initiative | TAEYANG: WHITE NIGHT in ATLANTA – Review & RecapDreamkatchers Initiative | TAEYANG: WHITE NIGHT in ATLANTA – Review & RecapDreamkatchers Initiative | TAEYANG: WHITE NIGHT in ATLANTA – Review & RecapSave

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Dreamkatchers Initiative | Snack Sunday

Snack Sunday: Nongshim Jjol Byeong Snack

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Snack Sunday: Nongshim Jjol Byeong Snack

Written by Ji | 10 September 2017

Snack Sunday: Nongshim Jjol Byeong Snack

 

On today’s Snack Sunday adventure, I tried out Nongshim Jjol Byeong snack.  It’s been a crazy week and this weekend was jam packed with family, work and life events.  I needed something small and easy to carry around to munch on.  Since I was short on time, I randomly grabbed the smallest snack bag I could find and tossed it into my tote bag.

When I finally had the chance to take a moment to eat, I quickly opened the bag and took my first bite.  It has a BBQ seasoning flavor and a medium crunch.  It’s not as crunchy as I thought it would be, like the other dried ramen snacks.  But that’s because I like my ramen snacks crunchy.  After a few chews, the once solid circular snack turns into a powdery grainy texture, which really surprised me.  But nothing surprised me more than the strong BBQ seasoning aftertaste it left behind.

 

Would I buy this again?

No, I would not.  I did not like when the snack crumbled into a mushy grainy texture after a few chews and that aftertaste left me queasy.  It’s days like this I’m glad I have an extra toothbrush and toothpaste in my bag because the aftertaste was just unpleasant.

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beautiFRIDAY: PUREDERM Hydro Soothing Cucumber Pads

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beautiFRIDAY: PUREDERM Hydro Soothing Cucumber Pads

Written by Ji | 08 September 2017

beautiFRIDAY: PUREDERM Hydro Soothing Cucumber Pads

Last week, I briefly went over what KCON had to offer for Korean Skincare and Make Up.  This week I wanted to share with you an item that helped with my puffy eyes.  On this week’s BeautiFriday Adventure, I wanted to give a BIG thank you to Adwin Korea Corp for bringing PUREDERM Hydro Soothing Cucumber Pads to the convention.

They were at last year’s KCON, and I loved their super affordable products, that produce amazing results.  I bought these pads for $1 and I really wished I bought more.  On day 2 of KCON, I woke up, and my eye bags were no joke.  There are simple ways of fixing this problem, but I was not home with my arsenal of goodies to make these eye bags disappear.  Luckily, I bought these Hyrdro Soothing Cucumber Pads, and they worked like a charm.  These pads smelled like fresh cucumber.  It was refreshing to close my eyes for 15 minutes, smell the beautifully scented product and of course listen to my KCON playlist.  After 15 minutes, I removed the product and was amazed on how quick my eye bags disappeared.  I knew that I had to go back and get some more.  But I was not the only one who discovered this amazing product.  Because when I came back to their booth, they were sold out.

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes, a million times yes.  Besides working like a charm, this product is resealable!  It’s convenient, affordable and it works!  I just wish I bought more, but luckily one pack holds 10 sheets.  That should tie me over until my shipment comes in.

 

Want to know more about this booth, stay tune.  I did a quick interview with the representative at the booth and I will update you all with all the goodies I bought from them.

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Dreamkatchers Initiative | Snack Sunday

Snack Sunday: LOTTE Ice Yogurt

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Snack Sunday: LOTTE Ice Yogurt

Written by Ji | 03 September 2017

 

Snack Sunday: LOTTE Ice Yogurt

Before we start our Snack Sunday adventure together, I wanted to say thank you to Dee for writing an amazing article on HAITAI Roly Poly Green Tea Latte.    I love those types of snacks, especially with coffee.

Now, I don’t know about you but where I am from, there is a major heat wave going on.  I am doing everything I can to stay cool and hydrated.  On today’s Snack Sunday adventure, I tried out LOTTE Ice Yogurt.  I have seen many actors and idols cooling themselves off with this yummy treat and I was super excited when I found some at my local market.   By the time I checked out of the store and walked to my car, the frozen treat already turned into a slushie.

The Ice Yogurt has a tart taste but it’s not too sour.  You can tell they added a bit of sweetener to the yogurt, which I appreciated.  When I normally eat yogurt, I always add a little honey or fruit to suit my taste buds.  This icy treat is very similar to LOTTE yogurt drink but it does have a lighter taste.  But it’s pretty close to the original.

 

Would I buy this again?

Maybe.  Don’t get me wrong, I do love the flavor and the texture of the snack.  But if I eat this snack often, my face would break out.  Milk and I have a love and hate relationship.  If I didn’t have that issue, I would be more inclined to buy this product.  I would love the icy treat to be more sweeter, but if I’m on the go, this snack is perfect and only 125 calories.