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Sunday, June 25, 2017

[K-beauty] Missha Sheet Mask - Rice


Before I left Korea, I decided to buy a bunch of different sheet masks and figure out which ones I like the best, including the Missha ones.

This is the Missha Rice sheet mask. Click here to check out all of the masks!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

[USA] Caribou Coffee NEW Cereal Milk Cooler

Caribou Coffee introduced this new coffeeless cooler sometime earlier this year.

All I can say is, I had a free drink for my birthday and wanted to try the new Cereal Milk Cooler for a lonnnngggg time, but just couldn't get myself to part with more than $5 for a small.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

[K-beauty] Etude House Spring 2017 - Special Lipstick Cases for Lips Talk!


Sorry all, I had this post in my "drafts" for a long time...and I didn't realize it.
So, I guess this is old news by now. SORRY!

Check out these super cute lipstick cases at Etude House! They are designed specifically for the Etude House Lips Talk line (click here to check them out).

Have you bought one?? I'd love to see pics and hear how you're liking them!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

I was featured on BestFoodFeed.com!

(Sour cream and chive burger at Red Cow 50th Street...post with full menu and full meal to follow, keep checking back!)
My picture was featured on this Burger Bucket List for the Twin Cities!
Happy national burger day y'all! ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿบ๐ŸŸ

Relocation back to USA

Hi all,
Sorry for going MIA.
If you follow my Instagram (you should totally follow me if you don't already), you know that I relocated back to the USA from Korea about a month ago.

Sorry about the lack of posts! I have been busy adjusting back to life in the United States and it's been taking a lot of energy.

I'm currently in Minnesota (so, got some posts for that coming up) and went on a trip to Boston and Canada a couple of weeks ago (keep an eye out for those posts coming soon) and I still have a lot of info to share with you about my Japan trip, last couple months in Korea (post-hospital stay at Severance...terrible hospital, btw.), and Singapore.

Basically, just STAY TUNED!

Also, if you need anything from Amazon...ever, please click through one of the banners on my blog! I plan on doing a snack and/or beauty haul from there soon enough...and you'll be helping me finance that! (I get a small commission..like super small.)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

[K-beauty] Club Clio Salon de Cara Mascara

Right before leaving Korea at the end of April, I had just finished off my regular mascara.
I had this sample of Clio Salon de Cara  mascara that came free with purchase of my go-to eyeliner, the Clio Kill Black (see my review here: K-beauty: Clio Kill Black).

Thursday, May 18, 2017

[Japan] Osaka Itinerary (5 days, 4 nights)



This is a recount of my itinerary for my relaxing 5 days, 4 nights (April 16-20) in Osaka. Check out my other posts about previous trips to Japan and Osaka and Kyoto and my time living in Kobe.

Since this was a relaxing trip to visit my friend, it's not so tourist-y this time. If you're looking for a more tourist itinerary, check out my post from my Chuseok trip to Osaka/Kansai in 2016.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

[Osaka - Nanba/Nippombashi] Chitose - Simple meat soup, breakfast or lunch

While I was traveling in Osaka/Kansai/Hyogo last September, I was on my own for breakfast one day. I did some searching and found Chitose, which is a very popular restaurant among local Japanese customers.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

[Japan] Starbucks Japan - American Cherry Pie Frappuccino (Limited Edition)

I was in Japan (Osaka) a couple of weeks ago as a last hurrah travel in Asia before I moved back to the United States. While America had its Unicorn Frappuccino, Japan has the American Cherry Pie Frappuccino.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

How to order 2018 Winter Olympics for the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics


Just sharing this information since I have received multiple inquiries from readers about how to buy tickets after I posted my previous post about how to get into the lottery for FOREIGN RESIDENTS.

I got this information from the April 2017 US State Department Newsletter for registered Americans in Korea.

To individuals who want to go to the Pyeonchang 2018 Olympics in Korea  and do NOT have a ARC (alien registration number - ID number), you can only order it through this website: https://www.cosport.com/country_selection.aspx
- Available for citizens of: Australia, Bulgaria, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the United States

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Scoot Airways review: Incheon (Korea) to Changi (Singapore) by way of Taipei (Taiwan)

TL:DR, but please read

Scoot is a cheap charter airline and you get what you pay for.
Weigh your options because of the limited flight schedule between Incheon/Korea and Singapore, there may be issues if..for example, Scoot gets in another accident.

I would probably never fly it again, but if, for example, you're a budget traveler or student, it may be a good option for you.

For a flight that is 6+ hours direct, I would probably not risk taking a charter again...

Thursday, April 6, 2017

[Travel Itinerary] Seoul to Singapore (5 days, 4 days)



Sometimes I need a break from Seoul, this was one of those times.
Even though Singapore is another huge city, it was a great change of pace!

I was in Singapore from 27 March to 31 March.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

[Seoul - Yonhuidong] Michin Nogari ๋ฏธ์นœ๋…ธ๊ฐ€๋ฆฌ beer pub

After samgyetang, we decided to go out for a drink!
As I was walking to the samgyetang restaurant, I noted this small pub on the main street and it's cheap prices!
It's called ๋ฏธ์นœ๋…ธ๊ฐ€๋ฆฌ, which means something like crazy young pollack.

Monday, April 3, 2017

[K-Beauty] Clean & Clear Clear Fairness Lotion


Some American brands, like Clean and Clear, have products that are only available in Asia/Korea. One of the items that I keep purchasing is this Clear Fairness lotion by Clean&Clear.

Sorry! My schedule got all messed up because I was on vacation to Singapore last week. This is to make up for yesterday's missed K-beauty post.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

[Life in Korea] SodaTransfer! - Easiest, cheapest way to transfer money USA <--> Korea

SodaTransfer! <-- click here to get a free transfer/transaction! (save up to $45)

I just found out about this service! This is one of the cheapest and most secure ways to transfer money between Korean and American bank accounts. It's perfect for foreign workers and international/exchange students living in Korea.

I have been sick and tired of losing so much money transferring money between my Korean and American bank accounts and also suffering the loss because my Korean bank account has terrible rates (I do not recommend Woori Bank for your Korean banking needs as a foreigner).

Right now, the service only works between the USA and Korea (and vice versa).

It's quite easy and the customer service is super responsive and helpful/accommodating.

For example, my Korean bank account is registered in my Korean name, but my American name is my legal name everywhere else in the world (yet another Korea problem) and is the only one that appears on my passport/bank account details, etc.

They were quick to offer a solution.

Then, the problem didn't stop there. Woori capped my account at 1 million KRW transfer per day and they were willing to wait for me to send money over the course of three days and honored the first day's rate.

The one downside, you are capped at $20,000 per year and also 3 million KRW per transfer.
It also makes math confusing...because I think they did the whole 1000 KRW = 1 USD in determining the cap.

Anyway, try it out! Sodatransfer waived transfer fees (save up to $45)

Monday, March 20, 2017

[Announcement] Blog Post Theme Schedule

Hello all,
I have decided to reorganize the blog a little. It was getting kind of confusing and unorganized, so I decided to set up a weekly schedule!

Sunday: K-beauty reviews
Tuesday: Korea food and cafes
Thursday: Travel (international travel food, cafes, tourist spots; Korean tourist spots)
Friday: Flashback Friday (just a re-post of some of my favorites)
Saturday: Snack attack and lifestyle post

What do you think?
If you have any suggestions about how I can make the blog better, please leave a comment here or else email me at eatstretchexplore@gmail.com.

Meredith

Sunday, March 19, 2017

[K-Beauty] TonyMoly Super Peeling Liquid Foot Masks - Rivals Baby Foot Peel

It's finally spring in Seoul!!
You know what that means, you have to start prepping your feet for strappy sandals and flats!

Luckily, Tony Moly has its Super Peeling Liquid Shiny Foot masks on sale this week for 1+1 (2 for 8,800 KRW)!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

[Jeju] OSULLOC Tea Museum Cafe ์˜ค์„ค๋กํ‹ฐ๋ฎค์ง€์—„ - Green Tea Ice Cream!

Wednesday's post was about the InnisFree Jeju House and its green tea products.
Today's is about the OSULLOC Green Tea Museum's cafe! (Also, because it's Saint Patrick's Day, decided to go with a green theme)
Note, both are on the same parcel of land! You definitely should do both at the same time!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

[Taipei] Ecole Cafe - Cute and cozy cafe with tons of vegan and vegetarian options!

During my trip to Taipei last summer, my friend and I met up with some of her friends! They are locals, so they were "in the know."
We stopped off at Ecole Cafe for some chill conversation in a really cute and cozy cafe!

Taiwan/Taipei Itinerary

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

[Taipei - ATT4Fun] Mocktail - Bubble tea and tea shop


Finally getting around to editing and posting about my Taiwan vacation from July. Check out my Taiwan/Taipei (3N, 4D) itinerary here!

The first place I want to introduce is Mocktail! It's a modern, cool bubble tea shop located in ATT4Fun shopping center!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

[Seoul - Gangnam] ๋‚ด๊ฐ€์ฐœํ•œ๋‹ญ Premium Jjimdak - Cheese jjimdak!

๋‚ด๊ฐ€์ฐœํ•œ๋‹ญ (naega jjimhan dak) has been quite popular for the past couple of years. I have been multiple times for various group functions, but have never gotten around to writing a post about it!

I took my parents to the Gangnam location during their trip. Itinerary here!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Sorry for my absence!

Hello,
I apologize for my absence! I have been really sick for the past month with meningitis and I was finally hospitalized for it a couple of weeks ago.
I have absolutely no faith in the Korean medical system at this point, but that's a detailed story for another day!

I AM BACK! Posts will be coming starting tomorrow!!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017

[K-Beauty] Etude House AC Clean Up (Acne Care)

I received Etude House's AC Clean Up samples with a purchase I made.
I was a HUGE fan of Etude House's old acne line, but they revamped it last summer and added the Pink Powder Mask along with some medicated products like concealer and cushion pacts..

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Ticket Lottery How-To!

As you know the Winter Olympics are coming to Korea in 2018!
T-355 days until the Opening Ceremonies for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics Tickets

I am going to go through some steps here help you get in the ticket lottery!


Social Media Updates: Facebook and Instagram

I have been searching for a hobby for a couple years now and I guess this blog is kind of it!
I know it's not going to be one of those really really popular blogs, but it is a good stress relief for me!

I recently set up a Facebook page for the blog, please like the blog if you so choose! (Please choose to like the blog: http://www.facebook.com/eatstretchexplore




The Instagram has been going for a while, but if you haven't followed me on Instagram yet, please do so!
I update with new post information and also remind myself (and followers) of some of my favorite posts in the past!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

[Korea] Korea Travel Expo 2017 (2017 ๋‚ด๋‚˜๋ผ ์—ฌํ–‰๋ฐ•๋žŒํšŒ)

I should have let you know about this when I signed up a couple of weeks ago!
Foreigner Tickets - I am not sure if the sign-up window is closed yet.
The last day is TOMORROW, 19 February!

However, you can buy tickets at the door!

It's on the third floor of Coex Exhibition Center in halls C and D1.


[Seoul, Hongdae] Ryan Cafe and Kakao Friends Store

After we went to the Kakao Friends Concept Museum, we went to the Kakao Friends Store and then later to the Ryan Cafe for a quick coffee break.

Friday, February 17, 2017

[Seoul, Hongdae] Kakao Friends Concept Museum Seoul + Store


I am going to tell you about the Kakao Friends Concept Museum in Hongdae!
Don't worry, I am not going to give away all the design insights and backstories so you can really enjoy your own visit. However, I might post some videos on my Instagram, so follow me for that!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

[Seoul, Samcheongdong] Cafe Bora ์นดํŽ˜๋ณด๋ผ - Purple Sweet Potato Ice Cream and Peanut Ice Cream


I first went to Cafe Bora a year ago with my friend. At that time, we got the sweet potato ice cream and some sweet potato lattes, we were definitely sweet potato-ed out for a long time after that.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

[Myeongdong] BurgerB - Handmade Burgers and Craft Beer


Burger B is a bit of a chain in Seoul, I have been to the location in Youngdeung-po Times Square Mall, too.
It serves up burgers, fries, and beer.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

[Seoul, Sadang] Nak Dduk ๋‚™์ง€๋Œ€ํ•™๋–ก๋ณถ์ด๊ฝˆ ddukbokki


So, you might know of Uncles, a ddukbokki restaurant I posted about that is famous for its "blooming squid" ddukbokki. Unfortunately, it's a little far away for me and my SNU friends, so we searched for an alternative.

We found Nakdduk (๋‚™์ง€๋Œ€ํ•™๋–ก๋ณถ์ด๊ฝˆ) near Sadang station and decided to give it a try.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017

[Korea, Jeju Island] Beautiful Murals


If you're driving (or walking) around Jeju City, it's hard to miss the beautiful murals that are adorning houses and businesses and even the city walls.
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