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Dreamkatchers Initiative: WOTW

WOTW: June 10, 2017

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Word of the Week: Movie
Hangul: 영화
Romanization: yeong•hwa

 

Train to Busan (Hangul: 부산행) is a 2016 South Korean zombie apocalypse action thriller. Starring Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok, andJung Yu-mi. The film premiered in the Midnight Screenings section of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival on 13 May, 2016.

 

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Review: Korea Box

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Korea Box

27 May 2017

 

With the growing popularity of the Hallyu wave fans are expanding their horizons more and more. K dramas have recently been including lots of food and snacks in their episodes leading to fans wanting to try all the delicious treats. Many companies have arisen in the past few years that deliver a box of these wonderful treats right to your door.

Today, I’m going to take a look at the company Korea Box. Korea Box is a monthly Korean snacks, cosmetics,  and K-Pop goods subscription box service.

Korea Box, like many other companies packages your snacks with care and ships them right to your doorstep. This company is based in Korea, plus your subscription includes free international shipping and a confirmation email when your snacks have shipped. Each box is packed with a handwritten note to the recipient and a special surprise from the Korea Box family.

Korea Box can cater to many other areas of the Hallyu wave. On top of the two different snack box sizes to choose from, Korea Box also offers  subscription K-Pop Boxes and K-Beauty Boxes.

The K-Pop Box not only includes music, but also the drama aspect of the wave. Of course there is the merchandise box which includes all kpop and kdrama items. You’re able to customize your box by emailing Korea Box a list of your favorite groups, idols, dramas, and actors so they can personalize your box specifically to you! You’re able to do this for any box listed under their K-Pop Box link. The CD box sends you a new album plus one bonus item every month, just send them a list of your favorite idols and groups to avoid getting any duplicates. This is perfect for anyone who is looking to finish a collection but is might be having trouble finding what they’re looking for and if you are multifandom. Next there is the Pillow box, the first month is your pillow with which again you are able to personalize with a group, idol, actor, or drama cast. After the first month the price is decreased and you will receive a kpop/kdrama merchandise box each month. Last but not least, they have what I call the spotlight box, I’ll use this month as a reference. Available on the website now is a GOT7 Box.  A box GOT7 merchandise will be shipped right to your door!

 

Taken an interest in K-Beauty products? Want to have the same skin treatments as your favorite idol? Try Korea Box’s K-Beauty boxes. Youo can choose from two sizes. Choose your skin tone and 5 to 7 popular and brand new Korean cosmetics plus a few samples will be packed just for you and shipped with care.

If you’re not really into the beauty products and just like the face masks they have a K-Mask Box.  10 sheet masks delivered monthly to your door.

 

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Adventure Time with DKI – Asian American Expo January 2017

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Adventure Time with DKI – Asian American Expo

Written by Ji

 

Adventure is out there!  That’s pretty much my motto.  I saw an advertisement on Facebook for the Asian American Expo and decided to click the link.  It’s an expo that that brings together different Asian countries that celebrate the Lunar New Year.  How could I not go?  I love festivals.  Not to mention the websites states there are three different food courts and over 1,000 vendors.  I decided to take my parents with me because there will be giveaways at this event, and I needed help obtaining all the free things we can get. Why?  Because it’s fun and who doesn’t need another free tote bag, that they will forget to bring to the grocery store and end up paying another 10 cents for a recyclable bag.  Just me?

 

When we arrived to the event, it was a sensory overload.  You are overwhelmed with the smell of food, hear different types traditional music, and visually, the magnitude of this expo is off the charts.  They had an anime section with a ton of cosplayers, they had a section for food, skincare, items for the house, the list just goes on.  For the purpose of this article, I will stick to Korean Food and Skincare.

 

Let’s talk about Skincare!  There were familiar booths, brands I’ve seen, brands I’ve never heard of and brands I’ve been dying to try.  It was a one stop shop for all your needs for Korean Skincare.  I was not able to take pictures of all the amazing skincare booths. This place was packed with people who did not appreciate me being in their way, while I was trying to take a picture.  But I was able to take a picture of three booths where I purchased few products to try out for BeautiFriday.  My first stop was the MEMEBOX booth.

 

I bought the ELIZAVECCA Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask.  Sadly, I could not buy more from this booth since it was cash only.  So I decided I would come back after checking out the rest of the convention.  The next booth I hit up was The Korean Beauty Candy’s Cosmetic Store.

 

At this booth, I was tempted to buy the skincare sets in the picture.  I love sample sets.  They aren’t cheap and will cost $30 and up depending on the brand, but it’s still a good deal.  I don’t buy full size unless I know I will like the product.  At this location, I bought Dr. Jart+ face mask. I normally get these at Sephora but I couldn’t help but buy a few here since they priced it below Sephora cost.  The last booth caught me by surprise.  It was located outside by one of the food courts.  I honestly passed by this booth over and over again and didn’t realize it was a Korean Skincare booth.  I was too busy looking for something to eat to notice this booth.  It only caught my attention when I was pushed into this booth due to the heavy traffic.

At the Meng Meng Da Shop booth, I bought a few JayJun face masks, a product I have never tried before but read some great reviews regarding the brand.  When I was finally done, I went back to look for food.

 

This was not a good day for my diet.  Not only did I NOT choose healthier choices but I also exceeded my calorie count by a lot.  My first delicious entrée was from Seoul Sausage Co.  I had the Korean BBQ Beef Burger.  Where’s the picture of my yumtastic meal?  I did not take any.  I was starving at this point, and when my order was ready, I was basically trying to walk and eat to my next location.  Which wasn’t easy, because this burger was messy.  But let it be known, I am not a quitter!  I successfully and messily ate my entrée to my next location.

And this was my next location!  Luckily, I finished my burger by the time I hit up the Miister Potato booth.  From here I got the iconic spiral potato and the very flavorful grilled squid. And I know what you’re thinking.  Ji took a picture, right?  No, I didn’t.  But, how could I? One hand was holding my potato and the other one the squid.  I mean I could hold both in one hand but I didn’t think about that till after.  When I’m hungry, I don’t think properly.  Please forgive me.  Next convention/expo, I will take better pictures.

After eating, I decided it would be officially safe to visit the food market.  I don’t go to the grocery store hungry.  If I do, I end up spending more than I should on products I don’t need.  The food building was one of the busiest buildings at the expo.  There were a lot of people trying to get free samples and trying to make deals with the vendor.  Getting around this area and trying to take pictures was not an easy task.  But I did my best and got a few pictures.

This booth was packed.  I wanted to buy one of the BBQ seasonings but I kept getting pushed to the next booth.  Maybe next time.

I had to take a quick picture of this booth.  Who doesn’t want a picture of one of the best rice cookers.  It has nothing to do with the handsome oppa on the banner.

I found a whole booth selling Master Kim Byeong Man’s Seaweed. Yum!

There were an abundance of booth selling many different types of ramen at the expo.  I bought a few from this booth because sometimes I’m too lazy to use my own bowl.  Sometimes, I just want to add water, wait 3 minutes and eat.  I don’t have to worry about doing dishes after.

 

The last picture I took was of the LOTTE booth.  They had different types of Pepero, Choco Pies, and Milkis.  I decided to purchase the long skinny box of Pepero for $1.  I thought it was going to be one big, long Pepero but instead of one, there were three medium size one.  Similar to the ones they use for the Pepero game in variety shows.  I kinda want to play that game with my new purchase.  But sadly, I don’t have anyone to play with.

 

Would I go here again?

Yes!  There were so many booths filled with food, samples, skincare, giveaways and the entertainment was amazing.  There was so much to do and learn.  This is would be a great experience to go solo or with a family or friends.  I would recommend this expo to anyone. But be warned, there are a lot of people at this event, if you want to avoid the crowds, go when it first opens.

 

Event website:     http://www.asianamericanexpo.com/home/index

 

 

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Snack Sunday: Caffé Bene Cookies & Cream Bingsu

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Snack Sunday:  Caffé Bene Cookies & Cream Bingsu

Written by Ji | 16 October 2016

 

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Sunday is my favorite day of the week.  Why?  Because it’s cheat day.  A day where errands are light, snacks are plentiful and most of my friends are asleep till noon.  After a long night of catching up on my dramas, a yummy snack is the best way to kick off my day.  Since it’s Sunday, I opt out of a proper breakfast and go straight to junk food.  After all, I still have a few more hours of dramas to watch and I don’t have the energy to make anything.

Half awake, I clumsily open my fridge and sighed with relief.  The cool air from the fridge feels nice on this very warm fall morning.  A full fridge, but it might as well be empty.  I laughed, opened the freezer and smiled.  “Good Morning, Kim Soo Hyun.” I take out my Caffé Bene Cookies and Cream Bingsu and placed it on the table.  Proceeded to make coffee, got a spoon, sat down and checked my news feed.

“Hmmmmm…Bowling?”  I looked towards my Bingsu and turned my attention to the man on top. “My dear Kim Soo Hyun, I wish you luck in this endeavor and hope you make the team.”  I smiled again, knowing he won’t respond to me but wishing him well was enough for me.  Plus, talking to inanimate objects is totally normal.  At least that what I like to believe.  How else can I talk to “Oppa”?

I give the Bingsu a few minutes to defrost.  I admire the packaging a bit more.  The nicely decorated recyclable plastic container contains a small plastic spoon.  Of course you would have to rip Kim Soo Hyun face in half to obtain it.  But since I am not done with our morning talk, I decided to use my own spoon.  To be honest, I needed a bigger spoon to mix it properly.  Otherwise, I end up losing half my Bingsu to my dog.  Who is happily waiting for me to drop any of my snack on the ground.

After mixing the Bingsu, I took my first bite.  It was perfect.  Creamy, milky and chocolatey.  The chunks of soft cookies added texture to the smooth consistency of the ice cream.  It felt more like a soft serve ice cream.  Similar to ones you get from a fast food restaurant.  As I sat there eating, I noticed a change of texture.  Crunch, crunch crunch… Why is my Bingsu crunchy?  Was it the cookie?  Nope, it was the chunks of ice in my yummy bowl.  I stirred the contents of my Bingsu more.  Hoping that the vanilla soft serve ice cream would help with the larger chunks of ice.  And thankfully, it did.  While there was still a bit of crunching going on, I was less bothered by it.  As I reached the bottom of my Bingsu, I thanked Kim Soo Hyun for his time.

Now that I started off my day with delicious icy snack, it’s time to go back to where I belong on a Sunday morning.  With my laptop, my dramas, a cozy couch and of course…more snacks.

 

Would I buy this product again?

Yes, I would.  The Bingsu appears to be decent on the first few mouthfuls but after a few bites I noticed a problem.  Sometimes it felt like I was eating milky flavored ice cubes.  While it does not have the consistency and texture of a freshly made Patbingsu (팥빙수), it will do.   Personally though, this was pretty decent if you want something easily accessible or don’t have time to wait for the real thing.  My snack was still light and refreshing.  It wasn’t too sweet and perfect size snack.  And finally, Kim Soo Hyun.  He has nothing to do with the flavor or texture of the snack, but having him smile and listen to me while I ate, is a plus for me.

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