Korean Make Up Trash, Treat or Stash: Daiso Nail Polish

Trash, treat or Stash. The products I've discovered are better off in the bin, the ones you should treat yourself to every now and again, and the ones that are so good that you should definitely make sure you have a stash of them.

Easter Nails

Daiso Nail Varnish Dolly Beads Spring colours

The cherry blossoms are out and I have a Creme Egg to eat... it must be Spring time. I decided to put my Daiso nail colours to the test with these pastel dolly bead colours.

Cost: These bottles of nail varnish only cost ₩2,000 each, which is about £1.20. This partly explains how my nail varnish collection has exploded so much this year.

Our Weekend: Rainy Day Hat tricks

Rain rain go away, Saturday in Busan was as dismal as a November day in England, so I stayed hidden away most of the day and cooked myself a red pepper and chorizo omelette. I eventually surfaced to go for dinner with Tash and Dan, followed by a spot of bowling. My bowling skills are so erratic, the harder I try to hit something, the less likely I am to actually do it. Check out my strike hat trick though that one me one of the three games that we played.

Sunday was completely different, the sun was shining and it seemed rude not to be outdoors. We headed to Amnam park, South of Nampo and went for a walk around the coast. It was perfect breezy weather for it.

To cap off a lovely day, we spent the evening in Nampo, getting some food and milling around Biff square where everyone was busy stuffing their faces with the treats from the street vendcrs.

I hope everyone else had a lovely weekend!

Thank YOU! Korea Care Package Giveaway!

My Sonny Angel Dolls

I started this blog last February with the intention that I could keep my friends and family at home up to date. It worked! When I went home they were dropping things I'd mentioned on the blog into conversation as if they'd been there by my side. It was really nice to know that they took the time out of their busy day to read what I was doing.

However, I never expected people that I didn't know to be interested in my adventures. I have readers that pop over to this corner of the internet from Russia, India, Indonesia, countries I've never been to.

So to celebrate the 20,000th visit I thought I would give my readers a little 'Thank you' gift.

I Own My Phone


I own my phone. Congratulate me. Thank you.

For two years I paid my phone bill like a diligent citizen. Included on this was a monthly instalment that paid for the actual device. I couldn’t remember how much it was because when I bought it the salesman spoke very quickly, circled pieces of writing, and showed me a lot of pieces of paper, and all the time I just wanted him to give me the blasted thing so that I could go and touch it constantly. But today I checked my bill and low and behold the bill was a whopping 50,000 won less than normal. Of course this is splendid news for my pocket as I can now divert this sizeable sum to some other bill I struggle to pay every month.

Of course it’s my phone is only a glorified paperweight that I could arguably say I don’t need. In fact I’m very sure I don’t need it. But I do have it. So there. Anyway. It’s all mine now.

2012 Review in Blogging

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 21,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 5 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Nostalgia for a Despot: an Armchair Perspective of Korea’s Present

The big talking point in the land of the morning calm is undoubtedly the election of the conservative party candidate Park Geun Hye to the presidency. Park’s father is man by the name of Park Chung Hee, whose name is both revered and reviled in Korea. Park Geun Hye is a woman, but more in the vein of Margaret Thatcher, where it could be argued gender is incidental.

Park’s election has sparked plenty of talk due to her relationship with her father who ruled this nation with a very controversial iron fist for the best part of two decades in the 1960s and 1970s. While I didn’t follow the election race in too much depth, I know that Park’s victory ticked all the boxes in terms of surprise, disappointment, doom, and any other negative or positive political emotion you can think up.


I’ve been going through my old computer files and notebooks lately hoping to find some encouragement. It’s always interesting too look back, be it in a diary, an old collection of photographs, or even old posts on a blog. Pages and photographs fortunately have a stronger sense of permanency than timelines or twitter feeds, and even if you can find everything online, the nostalgia is physical when leafing through the old pages written in slightly different handwriting and in faded pencil or ink.

Aside from my newest Moleskine and a collection of my newest fascination as a writing medium, yellow A4 lined paper, I believe it’s called legal pad, I have all kinds of paper and notebooks scattered around the bookshelves and packed in boxes around the home. All of these have served some function in my scattered and impotent career as a Nobel laureate.

Somebody Like Me, Please!

I recently set up a page on Facebook for If I Had A Minute To Spare. If you’re inclined that way, why not follow this link right over to Facebook and click on the Like button (or you can just click ‘Like’ in the new fancy box in the sidebar). I suppose then you’ll be instantly connected to blog posts, some photographs, and perhaps a wee bit of link sharing and other bits and pieces.

How to Write a Blog – Korea Version

I’ve been writing a blog for about three years now, maybe a little less, so for some I am an expert, but also far from a know-it-all and certainly still a newcomer to some of the older hands at this, but at the same time I’ve been moderately consistent and have had, for want of a better word, success blogging.

Of course, if you keep in some circles you may be forgiven for thinking that everyone is writing a blog these days. And this may very well be the case, I suppose. If you go looking for one of the increasingly updated definitive lists of English speaking bloggers in Korea you will find that this list is getting longer and longer.

From Roam with Love