Last week during spring break, I went on my very first tropical vacation to Mexico with my friends! It was truly one of the most amazing trips I’ve ever had. I was able to escape the major snowstorm that hit New York and enjoy beautiful summer weather instead… I’m already missing the ocean breeze and the unlimited pina coladas!
It’s the first day of my last semester as an undergrad today… but I just can’t seem to break out of winter break mode! On that note, I wanted to share the fun times I had in Korea over the winter.
Except for my family’s little hiatus in Busan, I spent most of my break in Seoul. I edited the footage in three parts – and here they are!
This past weekend, my family took a pretty spontaneous trip down to Busan. This time, none of us were driving; instead, we took the KTX bullet train, which took us approximately 2 hours for a trip that would have taken more than 4 hours by car. The last time I had been to Busan was in elementary school for a brief summer trip to the beach, and I barely remember it; this one was much more memorable, and filled with amazing food as well! Here’s a video of our trip:
Read on for more details about our journey!
Last Saturday, I went apple picking for the first time since sophomore year of high school! It was really nice to get away from the city and enjoy some nature, and now I have at least a week’s worth of golden delicious apples sitting in my fridge 🙂
We visited Ochs Orchard in Warwick, NY – and raided the store there, trying out their freshly made apple cider, apple cider donuts, and homemade ice cream (loved the apple pie flavor). I also walked away with some apple chips and apple butter. So. much. apple.
Afterwards, we went hiking in the Appalachian Trail. The crackling leaves and the fresh air were so much better than treading away at my gym on 40th street, and luckily we didn’t get lost!
Summer break is drawing to a close… and before I waste any more time on TV and lounging around in my air conditioned room, I took a trip to Boston with two friends from church. The video is missing parts of the first day when we went kayaking and visited a cafe near MIT to taste some Boston cream pie… but that’s only a fraction of the whole trip because we ended up doing so much more throughout the rest of the trip!
Here’s me kayaking on the Charles River.
Here’s the night view from Skywalk Observatory.
Here’s me posing in Post Office Square before we headed back to South Station.
Happy first day of July and the long Fourth of July weekend! How are your summers going so far? I’ve been pretty busy since the start of my internship, but I finally had some time to put together a Korea haul (oh man, my trip to Seoul feels like ages ago!). Each time I visit, I bring back a bag full of beauty products to try. Since I’m probably going back this winter, I didn’t splurge as much as I would normally, but was really on the lookout for things that I absolutely needed or those that looked pretty unique. Well, let’s get right to it!
Banila Co. Clean it Zero Cleansing Balm
Banila Co has become one of my favorite Korean cosmetics brands and I had heard so many good things about this cleaning balm. On my last trip I purchased a cleansing cream from Nature Republic that had a softer, lotion-y consistency, but this one feels like a sherbert, almost like coconut oil (you know how it semi-crumbles up into a greasy dollop as you grab onto it?!). I was actually pleasantly surprised by how effective it was at melting down all the makeup, and actually prefer this texture over the creamier one. After using up a sample size that I got as a gift, I knew I had to get the full-sized tub. I found it kind of similar to Clinique’s Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm, but I love how this one leaves a fruity, herbal fragrance as I wipe it across my face, and also the fact that it turns soapy as I wash it off with water (kind of like double cleansing, haha). On days I don’t feel like taking a gazillion cotton pads to remove all of my makeup, this cleansing balm is the way to go.
My dad has always been pretty busy with his work; too often our family vacations have been canceled or changed to a closer location. But not this time! Since both my sister and I are studying abroad in the US while my parents are in Korea, we decided that this summer was the chance to set some time aside and embark on a family road trip!
We drove from our home in Seoul (see it way up at the top?) down to Jeollanam-do (aka South Jeolla Province), where the different cities within it are rich with character and best of all, LOTS OF DELICIOUS FOOD! My family doesn’t have much association with this particular province (my mom’s side is from Gyeongsangnam-d0/Busan, and my dad’s side takes roots in Gyeongsang buk-do/Daejeon), so most of the things we saw and did on this trip were a first for all four of us.
Without further ado, here’s the video of my trip:
Read on for the detailed itinerary of our amazing trip!