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Toto’s Nostalgia Museum and Giftshop ♥ 토토의오래된물건

For tourists, the area of Insadong in Seoul is a wonderful place to visit for a view of the cultural aspects of Korea.  Places to dress in hanbok, souvenirs, street performers dancing to 강강술래, and hidden traditional tea houses that make homemade 수정과 punch!

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Choo Choo Cats Giveaway + Jetoy USA Launch!

Those of you that read my blog know that I am a HUGE fan of the Korean brand Choo Choo Cats by Jetoy~ arguably one of Korea’s cutest original brands that had found a fair share of success abroad in places like Japan!  Well I have wonderful news for fellow fans, Choo Choo Cats is FINALLY getting proper USA distribution at last!  YES!!!


AOA “모야” Moya ~ K-pop Eye Candy

AOA Black  ( meaning Ace of Angels 에이오에이) is a smalled band formed with 5 of the 7 members of the main AOA pop group, Jimin, Choa, Yuna, Youkyung, and Mina.  AOA debuted in 2012 and revived a slew of nominations that year from various  award shows like SBS MTV, Allkpop Awards, Mnet asian music awards etc. with 3 singles peeking on the Korean music charts all within the top 10 range.


Coffee Pop: Coffee Flavored Soda?!

We filmed this video after a quick trip to the convenience store before getting on the bus to Busan! We often see new drinks and snacks in the store, and we want to start filming quick taste test videos! It’s easy to forget that things that seem “normal” to us now are actually really interesting to you guys, so we’re going to try to film more short snippets of fun stuff like this! Enjoy! :)



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Let’s Visit Toys R Us 토이저러스 in Korea! (Image heavy!)

I love toys~ and I think most of you guys that read my blog on a regular basis are aware of that fact! If not, I have a whole related category that I plan to fill up with all sorts of features and eye candy ^^


2013 Busan Sunset Live Preview (Part 1)

At the end of every summer, great bands from every corner of Korea, Japan and beyond converge upon some idyllic place near Busan and make a party. Pure and simple. No pretensions, no stress, no worries. It’s called Sunset Live and it’s the little brother of one of the largest reggae festivals in the world.


About K-Pop in Europe (an interpretation)

As it may not be common knowledge yet, I was teaching Italian secondary school students in Ireland for a month for pocket money while spending the summer here with Herself and +1. It has been fun.

Of course I explained to them that I did not actually live in Ireland, and that I was a resident of Korea (no not North, South). This got a reaction sometimes, and other times it didn’t. The students I was teaching were nice, with a decent standard of English, but I was lucky to have the higher levels, as there were other teachers who were considerably less fortunate. But anyway.


Baskin Robbins Korea~ Pink Pirate Ship Lego Kit for Children’s Day

So the month of May marks Children’s Day in South Korea! Since the holiday is all about children, many places here have special children’s day items~  yearly I look forward to the goodies Baskin Robbins and Dunkin’ Donuts Korea put out because they are usually extra cute!


I Park Mall’s Bandai Gundam Base & Hobby Shops (Yongsan)

Gundam is a staple in anyone’s childhood that grew up in Asia, of course this included Koreans even though the importing of Japanese entertainment goods was fairly tight due to Korea’s censorship back in the day. With the notion that Japanese anime were too sexual and violent for kids in Korea, a lot of manga were censored and banned.  Despite that, Japanese anime and toys did manage to slip in here over the years and Gundams of course have a special place in Korean boys hearts young and old!


김형태 Hyung-Tae Kim Interview at NCsoft “Blade & Soul” studio

Meet the super-star Korean Artist Hyung-Tae Kim! 

If you are a player of games such as Magna carta, War of Genesis, or just have a fondness for beautiful character art overall, chances are you have at least come across some of 김형태 Hyung-Tae Kim‘s beautiful art before!

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Lee Hi 이하이 “It’s Over” ~ K-pop Eye Candy

 

K-pop singer Lee Hi released a new single recently that I just fell in love with on TV and had to feature in a K-pop eyecandy post!

It’s Over” is one of the five tracks that was released for Lee Hi’s first full album “First Love”.


Zero Calorie Cuteness in Korea

I like things that look like food!  Here are a few fun things I have spotted on my adventures around Seoul~ 

I will add more to this post as I discover them!

Cupcake calculators!

Carrot white out tape!


Cute Korean Childrens Books

One thing there is to know about me is that I love children’s books, especially ones with cute illustrations. Even now that I am older I still vividly remember which books I loved when I was young…often it had to to with the artwork.  Actually Nara is the same way, so it may just be an artist thing since we are both very visual people~ but who knows!  Anyway, since we live in Korea now I have had a really great time randomly poking around the children’s book section at the bookstores in my area! Let’s take a look together~


Youn-Ji Dolls 연지인형~ Pretty Little Hanbok Beauties

Today I would like to share with you one of Korea’s loveliest cultural collectable dolls~ Youn-Ji  연지 by Sonokong! Youn-Ji 연지 is an 11″ fashion doll that was specially developed to celebrate Korean traditional beauty and aesthetics ♥


Yongsan Electronic Market ♥ 용산전자


Wreck-It-Ralph Promo Arcade Bus in Seoul

At long last the newest Disney animated movie Wreck-It-Ralph (also promoted as 주먹왕 랄푸  Fist King Ralph)  is making its way to theaters here in Korea on 12/19!


Lunch with Pororo

 Time for a simple cute post~ Pororo snack time!!  I kept seeing all these cute treats and finally caved one day and bought them all so I could give them a try!  I am such a big kid.. so now that I have a blog to share this with it kinda gives me a good excuse to buy extra cute junk hehehe

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Do you know Pororo? He is a hit children’s character here in Korea!  I will feature him soon!


Korea Brand Spotlight♥ 봄곰 Bomgom

 

 

Today I have a really fun Korean indie accessory brand to share with you~ 봄곰 Bomgom! If you like toys, random fun items, and have a playful style this brand is one you should definitely check out!


Seoul Doll Free Market #47 (image heavy)

 

Do you love collecting BJD (Ball Jointed Dolls) or other collectable fashion dolls like Blythe, Pullip, Etc? Well if you live or are visiting Korea they have a convention just for you~ “Doll Free Market”!   Over the summer I attended a smaller spin-off doll convention here in Seoul, but I was told that this one was the main event here so I waited till the next one came around so I could see if for myself and share the info with you guys!


Ddung Doll Halloween Party

Lets get into the October spirit with the Korean doll Ddung!  Check out these cute doll photos getting ready for a Mini Halloween Party!


Hello Kitty Cafe – Shinchon

Today I will be exploring the lovely Korean Hello Kitty Theme Cafe located around Shinchon Station!

This cafe is also right next to the yummy Cm’s Box that I also blog about, so you can hit two places in one afternoon haha!


G-Dragon “Get Your Crayon” ~ Lets take a look!

The other day my friend Tara texted me to check out the new “Crayon” video by G-Dragon because it was awesome.  Tara has known me for about 6 years now and drives a pink car here in Korea~ so yeaaaaah I trust her! lol.

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Old-school toys and treasures at the 문방구


Card Capter ♥ Super Cute Doll Expo in Korea

Sorry in advance~ these photos are from a few months ago before I got my camera^^;

Since they are just cell phone pics the quality is hit or miss!

A early this summer Nara and I happened to stumble upon a BJD Doll Expo here in Korea while we were attending another event!  Sadly we only had maybe 40 min before the expo closed so I could only snap a few cellphone photos, but the next large expo will be taking place this month and I will be attending!


Oppa’s Gangnam Style 강남 스타일

Gangnam style is the newest single by Korean artist PSY 싸이, an upbeat and extremely catchy song about the Gangnam-style boy who is searching for his ideal Gangnam-style girl.  This sort of girl likes to be classy and sip coffee at an overpriced cup of coffee by day, but let her hair down party by night.


헬로키티 플래닛 ♥ Hello Kitty Planet in Korea (Part 1)

Sanrio put together a large exhibit at the Tri-Bowl in Incheon called Hello Kitty Planet!!  This went on from 2011 till the spring of this year (yes, sadly it is over now if you are reading this and wanting to go) but we managed to find out the last month it was open and made a special trip out to go check it out for my birthday back in April!


Pretty Graffiti of Hapjeong

The Hapjeong is an awesome artsy quiet area area just one stop before busy Hongdae. This area has a unique feeling and some amazing small shops for people with more colorful tastes in fashion plus a slew of cozy cafes! Adding to the setting of Hapjeong is streets and corners painted with amazing graffiti which is actually starting to outshine the work found at Hongdae.

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Little Prince Illustrated by Kim Min Ji

This week while I was hanging around the bookstore I came across an amazing table of beautifully illustrated classic children’s stories!! Red Haired Ann, Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, and Little Prince 어린왕자 ~ Of course!! Oh Korea, you always show Little Prince so much love~ Lets take a look at some of the illustrations in the book♥


Ok ok I admit it, I caught the K-Pop bug.

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(picture of K-Pop group 2NE1 from http://www.mcmbuzz.com)

Go ahead, try and move to Korea and remain completely untouched by K-Pop. Good luck.


Korean BJD Dolls~ Bunny Valentine Apple Dolls by Glib

doll by 글립 Glib

Time for some more pretty pictures of Korean ball jointed BJD “APPLE” dolls by the brand Glib! ♥

This set features the “버니 발렌타인 Bunny Valentine” Dolls 여아  Yoa (21 cm) and 남아 Nama (23cm)

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