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KHorror: Halloween Movie Edition

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Asian horror films are known for their unconventional and disturbing storylines that will make your skin crawl this Halloween, and South Korea certainly is no exception.  Check out our Dreamkatchers Initiative staff picks of K-Horror movies below!

 

 1. Train to Busan    Feature Film – 2016
Starring Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi, and Ma Dong-seok.  This zombie fest film takes place on a train to Busan, as a zombie apocalypse suddenly breaks out in the country.

 

2. White: Melody of Death    Feature Film – 2011
Starring Ham Eun-jeong, Hwang Woo-seul-hye, and May Doni Kim. Girl group “Pink Dolls” release their new song “White”, a remake from unknown origins their internal strife takes a back seat to death when as they continue to perform a cursed song.

 

3. A Tale of Two Sisters   Feature Film – 2003
Starring Kap-su Kim, Jung-ah Yum, Soo-jung Lim, and Geun-young Moon. Two sisters, both of whom are returning to their old home for the first time since being released from mental institutions, are forced to deal with their cruel stepmother.

 

4. I Saw the Devil   Feature Film – 2011
Starring Byung-hun Lee, Min-sik Choi, In-seo Kim, and Bo-ra Nam. This film is about a secret agent of the National Intelligence Service who embarks on a quest of revenge when his fiancée is brutally murdered by a psychopathic murderer.

 

5. The Wailing   Feature Film – 2016
Starring Kwak Do-won, Hwang Jung-min, and Chun Woo-hee. About a policeman who investigates a series of mysterious killings and illnesses.

 

6. Wishing Stairs   Feature Film – 2003
Starring Song Ji-hyo, Park Han-byul, and Jo An. It is the third installment of the Whispering Corridors film series set in girls boarding school in Korea. There is a legend at the boarding school that if somebody discovers the 29th step in the 28 step stairway at the school they will be granted a single wish by a fox.

 

 

Which k-horror movies should we add to next year’s list?

Dreamkatchers Initiative | Snack Sunday

Snack Sunday: ROYCE Nama Chocolate

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Snack Sunday: ROYCE Nama Chocolate

Written by Ji | 29 October 2017

Snack Sunday: ROYCE Nama Chocolate

On today’s Snack Sunday adventure, I tried out Royce Chocolate.   I know Royce Chocolate is a product of Japan, but I had to try out this chocolate because I am re-watching the drama “Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon”.   Here are a couple of pictures of the cute couple “shopping” for Royce Chocolate.  For those who have not seen the drama, I recommend you do so.  There are also no spoilers in this article.  I just wanted to share with you an adorable scene from the drama.

Snack Sunday: ROYCE Nama ChocolateSnack Sunday: ROYCE Nama ChocolateThis chocolate is rich and velvety.  It has a nice powdered cocoa layer on top, but the inside had a nice smooth and creamy consistency.  I love the texture and taste of this product.  It’s a perfect snack to enjoy with either wine, coffee or tea.  I also wanted to add how much I loved the packaging.  Since it’s still hot here, they put my chocolate in a cooling bag with a frozen gel packet.  It kept my chocolate from melting on this blistering fall day.  And lastly, I love the little utensil it came with.  My hands stayed clean while I indulged in the delectable treat.

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes!  I would love to buy this product again but for $18 a box, it will have to be for special moments.  Like celebrating the weekend or maybe pay day.   I would recommend this chocolate to anyone since it’s not overwhelming sweet but sweet enough for those who have a sweet tooth.  It’s the perfect medium for any chocolate lover.

 

 

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Snack Sunday: Paldo Aloe Mango

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Snack Sunday: Paldo Aloe Mango

Written by Ji | 22 October 2017

On today’s Snack Sunday adventure, I tried out Paldo Aloe Mango.  It’s another busy weekend, filled with family events and a couple of social events.  Food will be provided at all events, so I just needed a refreshing drink to quench my thirst from one event to the next.  The weather has been in the 80s recently and I remembered that during the summer I tried an Aloe drink that hit the spot during the scorching summer weather.  But I also remembered it had a weird aftertaste, so when I went to my local market, I picked up a drink that was similar to Haioreum Aloe Vera Mango.  (Click the link to check out my review HERE ).

I did a quick glance at the plastic container to see if there would be any pulp/aloe vera bits in the drink.  After a quick shake, I could see that this product is loaded with pulp.  I twisted off the cap, and smelt the sweet smell of mango.  It’s a pretty sweet smell for a drink, but I love the scent.  Paldo Aloe Mango is a sweet refreshing drink that definitely hits the spot.  It does have a similar aftertaste, similar to Haioreum Aloe Vera Mango, but it was lighter.  It’s also less sweet.  But when I say less sweet, it doesn’t mean this drink is not filled with sugar.  If you are sensitive to overly sweet drinks, this might not be for you.  One serving is enough.  Otherwise you will start to feel that sweetness.

Would I buy this again?

 Yes.  I don’t think I could drink this everyday (because of the sweetness), but on occasion, I would.  This drink is sweet, refreshing and perfect for a warm day.

 

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beautiFRIDAY: BOTANIC HEAL BOH 360 Lifting Solution

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beautiFRIDAY: BOTANIC HEAL BOH 360 Lifting Solution

Written by Ji | 20 October 2017

beautiFRIDAY: BOTANIC HEAL BOH 360 Lifting Solution

On this week’s BeautiFRIDAY, I tried out Botanic Heal BOH 360 Lifting Solution.  My weekend is booked with 2 family events and 1 social event.  So of course, I had to up my skin care game to make sure my skin looked flawless and healthy.

Before I even opened the package, I knew this was going to be a thick sheet mask.  I could feel the thickness of the sheet through the packaging.  When I opened the package, there was a nice light floral aroma.  The face mask was indeed thicker than most face mask and I loved it.  I feel like thicker mask tend to hold the serum better, its less messy, and you don’t feel like you’re going to rip it.  One of the best attributes about this mask is that it has ear holes and its covers your neck as well.  Normally, I would use the extra serum and apply it on my neck.  With this mask, I don’t need too and can use the extra serum else where.

After 20 minutes, I took off the face mask and examine my face.  I don’t think I have ever tried a face mask where you didn’t have that “face mask glow” after.  But I can honestly say, that for most of the day, my skin felt great and even more importantly it does every the package said it would do.

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes.  I have to rethink my face mask game and try to incorporate this mask to my skin care regime because this mask exceeded my expectations.  From the thickness and design of the sheet, to how much product they packed into the mask.  This face mask is now a contender to be one of my favorite go to mask.

 

Dreamkatchers Initiative | Snack Sunday

Snack Sunday: Lotte Milkis Original

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Snack Sunday: Lotte Milkis Original

Written by Ji | 15 October 2017

Snack Sunday: Lotte Milkis Original

On today’s Snack Sunday adventure, I tried out Lotte Milkis.  I have seen these drinks at every Asian store in my neighborhood.  But for some reason, it just never called to me.  It’s over 80 degrees here and I felt the need for a nice cool refreshing drink.  I didn’t have much time to check out the refrigerated drink section, so I just randomly picked up a drink and headed to my class.

I was absolutely shocked by this drink.  You would think I would have known this was a creamy carbonated beverage (judging by the name and picture on the can) but when opened the beverage and took a sip, I was in shock.  I felt like I was drinking one of those yogurt drinks.  Which isn’t bad and it was refreshing but boy was I surprised.  It had that same sour aftertaste but the consistency of this drink was smoother.  After I finished the can, I did feel like the drink was sweeter than the yogurt.  But I only felt that way after I finished the creamy drink.

 

Would I buy this again?

Unsure.  While the taste is similar to the yogurt drink, it does have a smoother consistency.   I think I will go back and try the other flavors that they offer to see if I will change my mind.  After all, this drink is pretty popular.  Maybe original is just not my flavor.

Dreamkatchers Initiative | Snack Sunday

Snack Sunday: HMART Rice Cake

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Snack Sunday: HMART Rice Cake

Written by Ji | 08 October 2017

Snack Sunday: HMART Rice Cake

On this week’s Snack Sunday adventure, I wanted to do a special snack for Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving).  Since I’ve been sick with the flu for the past few days, I was not able to cook anything.  So, I sent my sister to the store to find me Songpyeon (rice cake steamed in pine needles).  Of course, I wasn’t expecting much since it was a last-minute trip but I had high hopes she would come back with some sort of rice cake (and not spicy rice cake).  When she came back, she tossed a bag at me while she happily walked away eating tteokbokki.  I had a feeling she would come home with that snack.

As I opened the bag, I was pleasantly surprised to see that she succeeded and found fresh rice cakes.  I am very fortunate that my store sells a variety of fresh products and for my sister for running this errand for me.  However, there was no brand on the carton, but I looked up HMart and this was the picture they had on their website.  I would have taken one from my phone, but with this fever, I don’t think I could a focused picture.

I randomly took one of the rice cakes and took a bite.  It had the familiar taste and texture of all rice cakes.  It was soft, chewy and tasted a little nutty.  The bean flavor was strong, but that was to be expected.  For a store-bought item, I was impressed.  It had that homemade feel and traditional taste.

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes.  I would love to buy this again when I feel better.  My taste buds are a bit iffy from being sick, but if I could taste the flavor of the rice cake while being sick.  This is definitely something I would like to try again.

 

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beautiFRIDAY: The Face Shop CC Cushion Ultra Moist

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beautiFRIDAY: The Face Shop CC Cushion Ultra Moist

Written by Ji | 06 October 2017

beautiFRIDAY: The Face Shop CC Cushion Ultra Moist

On the last BeautiFriday article, I wrote about The Face Shop CC Long-Lasting Cushion.  On this week’s BeautiFriday adventure I tried out The Face Shop CC Cushion Ultra Moist.   Normally The Face Shop has a sale on their cushions, buy one, get one free.  They didn’t have a refill on my shade for the Long-Lasting Cushion but they did have it on their Ultra Moist collection.  I was more than willing to try another compact, that way I can see which one will fit me the best.

I did try this product out at KCON and after KCON when it was cooler to see how the temperature would affect the foundation.  When I first applied the foundation, I didn’t use any primer.  I always like to see what the foundation can do on its own.  At KCON, this foundation lasted 2 hours, and it was not a pretty site.  The foundation was coming off my face.  Luckily, I brought some primer and setting spray, just in case.  After I redid my foundation with the primer and setting spray, the foundation only lasted about 4-5 hours.  It’s safe to say, for oily skin like mine, this foundation is most likely not for you.

Now let’s talk about this foundation and the cooler weather in the fall.  This is actually a good solid CC for this type of weather (after using primer and setting spray).  It gives a nice glow and brightens your face.  But again, it has light coverage and it still needs to be retouched a few times daily.

 

Would I buy this again?

Most likely not.  I have a lot of CC’s that will brighten my face, leaves a nice glow and will last a long time.  But for the price, it’s not a bad cushion.  But if you have oily skin like mine, this is one cushion that might have a hard time staying on your face.

Dreamkatchers Initiative | Snack Sunday

Snack Sunday: CW Big Shrimp Snack

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Snack Sunday: CW Big Shrimp Snack

Written by Ji | 01 October 2017

Snack Sunday: CW Big Shrimp Snack

On today’s Snack Sunday adventure, I tried out CW Big Shrimp Snack.  I know, I know, another shrimp snack but honestly, I can’t help it.  Trying all crunchy shrimp chips is my ultimate goal.  I don’t know why, but I love the flavor and texture of “most” shrimp chips.  And since I am going on a road trip, I wanted to bring a shrimp snack.

This snack is different from the other chips I have tried.  The shape, the texture and the thickness is different.  When you open the bag, it has a strong seafood scent.  I’m warning you now, don’t smell the inside.  The texture is crunchy and thick.  It has that nice crunch I love so much but the flavor wasn’t as strong as I thought it would be.  But you get the full taste of the chip a few seconds later (aftertaste).

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes, I would.  Was there a shrimp chip I didn’t like?  I do like this.  It’s different from the rest.  CW Big Shrimp Snack has a nice flavor and thick crunchy texture.