KDrama: Recently watched 26.07.2013

Hello all!

I got a great response for my last blog post on my favourite Korean Dramas (KDrama) last time so I am back here again today with a list of my recently watched KDramas and what I think of them.

Baker King – Kim Tak Goo

Baker King

Episodes: 30

This drama is nothing less than amazing. It’s very inspiring. I don’t know how else to describe it. Just. Watch. It. I must warn you though, this is not the lovey dovey kind of drama nor does it make you laugh every few minutes. But it’s definitely a must-watch! Can’t believe I didn’t watch it sooner (though I definitely do prefer my romantic comedies!).

Innocent Man

 

 

 

 

Innocent Man

Episodes: 20

After a rather “neutural” and “inspiring” drama, this is definitely a very depressing, wrong-in-every-way kind of drama. As I mentioned before, I started watching this because of the cast. So many people I know from variety shows (Family Outing Season 1’s Park Si Yeon and Running Man’s Song Jong Ki & Lee Kwang Soo). This was definitely more depressing than I thought though! Oh and it’s got a rather “Inception” ending if you know what I’m talking about – I still don’t know exactly what happened. But still glad I watched it – some really sweet moments there.

Ma Boy

Ma Boy

Episodes: 3

So Innocent Man got too depressing for me so I decided to find something light and fun and romantic (a.k.a. my RomCom hunt begins). I found this mini series along the lines of finding new stuff to watch. The story is cliche and the acting is not the best but nonetheless it did its job – entertained and cheered me up after Innocent Man.

The Thousandth Man

 

 

 

 

 

The Thousanth Man

Episodes: 8

Another just-for-fun kind of drama, but this time, with a touch of fantasy – the legend of the nine tailed fox that is apparently very popular than I thought. The story follows a family of “Gumiho” (nine-tailed fox) trying to get their 1000 livers from 1000 men in order for them to become human again. One of them though refused to take livers from men who didn’t have love and compassion for her – this drama follows her journey in getting her one thousandth man.

Nail Shop Paris

Nail Shop Paris

Episodes: 10

More fun & games. With (again) the legend of the nine tailed fox intertwined in it. Another series with not-so-great acting and over-reacted parts though I enjoyed this nonetheless. I must admit I didn’t really expect the ending. I heard though this drama didn’t get good enough ratings to keep going so they ended it short at episode 10.

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop

 

 

 

 

 

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop

Episodes: 16

This drama was hilarious and fun to watch. The acting was definitely way better in comparison to Ma Boy and Nail Shop Paris and I promise you no “Gumiho” was involved this time. This drama kind of reminds me of the Taiwanese drama Devil Beside You though the lead actress plays a student teacher and the lead male plays the son of the owner of the school. Comedy and romance in a drama? You know I’m a sucker for it.

That was everything I watched in the past 2 months or so. I tend to get very “obsessed” when I watch dramas. I always want to know what happens next and rarely do I ever stop watching series before I finish all the episodes – especially if it’s romantic comedies.

Have you watched any series lately? Let me know in the comments below!

Lots of Smiles,

Sita

Thankyou: The Coles and Woolworths Campaign

 

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So I have seen Thankyou waters here and there but I don’t really know what they’re about so I haven’t really been buying them. Though I do know that they somehow benefit some kind of charity/those who are less fortunate. However, this video was on my Facebook feed today and I admit at first I thought Coles and Woolworths (the two largest retail grocery stores in Australia) were working together to make this happen when in fact, Thankyou is a separate organisation that is trying to get Coles and Woolworths to stock their products on their shelves.

This is what I understand the program to be: essentially, Thankyou wants to empower Australians by giving them the opportunity and link to fund projects to get fresh water for those living in less fortunate countries and possibly living in poverty. I’m probably not explaining this very well (sorry!) but you can go to their website for more information about their movement.

Thankyou wants us to show how we feel about them selling products at Coles and Woolworths and of course I’m ALL FOR IT. In the video, they mentioned that they will price it competitively and many great people are on board in creating the products to make sure that their products are at least on par or better than their competitors. If all that is true, I feel like switching as much of my necessities as possible to the Thankyou brand.

It’s so easy to join this campaign. To join, Thankyou suggested to either make and post a video or simply post a quick comment on either or both of Coles and Woolworths‘ Facebook pages expressing your opinion. As for me? Well, I’m posting this on my blog and I will share this blog post on both retailers’ Facebook pages.

Although the readers of this blog is nowhere near a significant number, I just thought this is worth sharing anyway.

I hope you’ve been having a great day and I’ll post again soon!

Lots of Smiles,

Sita

–Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by the Thankyou brand in any way and all oppinions are my own. I am just an ordinary supporter of Thankyou and its causes.

My Favourite Korean Dramas Thus Far

I think Korean fever started in Indonesia when I was about 9 years old. That’s what I remember anyway. The first drama series I remember watching from start to finish was Endless Love‘s Autumn in My Heart – a really sad drama, I only remember that it’s about a girl that was accidentally swapped at the hospital and that everyone who I watched with bawled their eyes out from start to finish. It was from this drama that my slight obsession for a certain actor (Won Bin) started. Though it didn’t last for very long.

As I grew up I discovered the romantic-comedy genre. Though it’s really cheesy and predictable most of the time, it never fails to entertain me.

Full House Take 2

Full House Take 2

Full House Take 2

A rather hilarious love triangle – cheesy and predictable but it entertained me nonetheless. It’s a light entertainment and just enjoyable in general – though I don’t fancy the main male character’s appearance much.

Personal Taste

Personal Taste

Personal Taste

A story about an architect and a furniture designer with quite horrible beginnings. Both surrounded by despicable people and things don’t seem to go their way at the start. Another romantic comedy – definitely a light, heartwarming series! Plus, I fancy this series’ main male character way more than Full House Take 2’s.

Princess Hours (Goong)

Princess Hours (Goong)

Goong (Princess Hours)

My 2nd Korean star love was from this drama. Kim Jeong Hoon. But, what I love about this drama is the story. I’ve watched this drama way too many times and there are so many things I want to tell you but I probably shouldn’t because you must must must watch this drama. It’s a romantic comedy though it’s light on the comedy and heavy on the romance. It’s set in a Korean Palace but the modern kind – not the kind where they seem to always be at war.

To The Beautiful You

To The Beautiful You

To The Beautiful You (Japanese: Hanazakari no kimitachi he (Hana-Kimi), Taiwanese: 花樣少年少女 Hua Yang Shao Nian Shao Nu)

Though I much prefer the Japanese version, the Korean version is also enjoyable. I started watching this not too long ago without knowing that this is the Korean version of Hana Kimi but I knew straight away when I started episode 1. That unmistakeable beginning: girl disguised as guy because she thinks it’s all her fault that a high-jump gold medalist got injured and therefore is unable to continue the sport and she wants to see him jump again.

Full House

Full House

All time favourite: FULL HOUSE

I watched this NOT because of rain. My cousins and I just decided to watch this one day and stuck with it to the end. It’s hilarious and it’s definitely some parts which makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It’s the typical bad-guy-turned-good-because-of-an-ordinary-woman type story. I’ve watched this drama probably about 5 times from start to finish and I would so watch it all over again.

Innocent Man

Innocent Man

Currently Watching: Innocent Man (Nice Guy)

The story is so twisted! I started watching this because of the actors Song Joong Ki and Lee Kwang Soo (who I adore from the korean variety show Running Man) and actress Park Si Yeon (From Family Outing season 1). This drama is definitely not a romantic comedy – it’s a melodrama. A heart-wrenching one at that. But hey, it still sucks me in and I want to watch till the end. I have been told that the story is very twisted.

Anyone else love watching Korean Dramas?

Lots of Smiles,

Sita

DIY: My Neighbour Totoro Shoes

Hello hello so this was my Sunday Arvo / Rainy Day project yesterday – TOTORO SHOES!

I’d seen a few pictures on Pinterest on grey shoes decorated with the Totoro theme. Being an anime & totoro fan myself, I decided to give it a go on these AUD$3.50 K-Mart shoes. Really you can’t go wrong with a $3.50 pair of shoes. Worst case, it looks ugly and you throw away $3.50 with some experience on DIY-ing a shoe.

Here’s how I did it:

Face Inspiration

Face Inspiration From Pinterest

Materials:

  1. A pair of grey shoes,
  2. White paint (I used acrylic paint since that’s what I have at home)
  3. Black Sharpie
  4. Black ballpoint
  5. Toothpick
  6. Paper
Spirits Inspiration

Spirits Inspiration From Pinterest

Method:

TOTORO:

  1. Prepare the picture of Totoro you want to add to the shoe i.e. I used this image. You can either print or do what I did: trace this straight from my screen on to paper. It turned out to be the perfect size for where I want to put the drawing.
  2. Cut out the totoro outline
  3. Trace the outline onto your shoe. You can be as detailed or as simplistic as you want.
  4. Mark dots on the shoe of where the eye, nose, mouth are supposed to be. I did this by placing the template on to the shoe and then folding where I have to mark. I marked the top of the eyes, a dash for the nose, and a dot at the top, bottom, left and right of the mouth.
  5. Finish the outlines with ballpoint – this means draw 2 circles for the eyes and connect the dots on the mouth and I added the teeth lines here
  6. Paint the whites and wait to dry (time of drying depends on paint type) – eyes & mouth
  7. Outline everything with sharpie!

SPIRITS:

  1. Draw hairy black blobs – I drew them like how I would draw daisies since the sharpie bleeds a little.
  2. Draw eyes on the blobs using a toothpick (or you can use anything with a point) dipped in a little bit of your white paint.
  3. Wait for it to dry and you’re done!

Here’s the results:

Front of the shoes (Totoro Face!)

Front of the shoes (Totoro Face!)

Back of the shoes (Spirits!)

Back of the shoes (Spirits!)

This probably took me half an hour to do not including the wait time. Outlining the drawing takes literally 1 minute.

This was a very easy, quick & cheap DIY. You can also use this method not only to do Totoro shoes but for any design!

What do you guys think?

Lots of Smiles,

Sita

6 Garlic & Mr. ROnion update + Galaxy Pot!

Hello everyone!

I am back here today with an update on the 6 garlics and Mr. Ronion that I planted about a month ago (view first post here). They’ve all grown really well!

6 Garlics

6 Garlics

I just water them every couple/few days now and I also put in a sprinkle of Epsom Salt. Just cause, I feel like it. Now I am not a plant expert in ANY way. In fact these are probably my first real pots. If anyone have any tips related to any of this please do let me know!

Mr. Ronion

Mr. Ronion

Just about a week ago, my mum decided she wanted me to plant more stuff. I planted more garlics (2 different kinds) and another red onion. We decided to put it all in one pot this time though and I got my little sister to name the whole pot. She named it Galaxy Pot.

Galaxy Pot's plastic knife sign

Galaxy Pot’s plastic knife sign

Internet, meet Galaxy Pot:

Galaxy Pot

Galaxy Pot

Grow plants grow~! That’s all I’m hoping. Maybe we’ll be able to eat these at the end of the year!

Anyway, wishing you a very good week and I’ll post again soon!

 

Lots of smiles,

Sita

Haul: Nail polishes + Swatches

Nail Polish Haul

Nail Polish Haul

So, I went a on a little white nail-polish hunt yesterday. I’ve actually been looking for a good white nail polish for a while and as you might know from my last post that included a white Sally Hansen, I was pretty disappointed due to its streaky-ness. I typically think that nail polish is a low-involvement product that is relatively cheap (the ones I buy anyway) so I never really research on what brand has the best stuff. However, I decided a few days ago that I would do my research before I went in stores. I found that most of the recommendations were to get OPI’s Alpine Snow and some suggest other brands like China Glaze, Sinful Colours as well as other brands that are not even easily accessible in Australia. Actually, from all the brands above, the only really accessible brand is OPI. But I refuse to pay more than $10 for a colour nail polish so OPI was definitely out of the question (unless there’s a crazy discount on them) as it retails for AU$19.95 here in Australia. The only accessible drugstore brand here in Australia that I saw people had suggested was Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear.

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Gunmetal & White On, Models Prefer Make A Million.
Photograph taken under white LED light.

I don’t typically buy Sally Hansen’s colour nail polishes as the cheapest retails for between AU$6-7. However, Priceline had a promotion of buy 1 get 1 free! So I took a leap of faith and bought the white nail polish and got myself a gunmetal colour as my 2nd item. So that’s 2 nail polishes for $6.95 (or about $3.50 each).

I previously owned a Sally Hansen Xtreme Nail Polish in Flirt (#38) which I used to use quite often (it’s not with me at the moment hence I can’t wear it right now) so the consistency didn’t really surprise me. It’s a little thicker than my Revlon polishes and the Models Prefer nail polish but I think it works quite well.

Sally Hansen “White On” is exactly what it is. A white creme polish. I don’t know what else to say about this other than it is white, shiny and I love it. I think the shine takes the “I-have-white-out-on-my-finger-nails” look away and I am actually considering painting all of my 10 fingers in white.

I applied a base coat, 2 layers of colour and Sally Hansen's Mega Shine top coat. Photograph taken under yellow light indoor

Base coat, 2 layers of colour and Sally Hansen’s Mega Shine top coat.
Photograph taken under yellow light.

Gunmetal” I picked up because it is almost winter here in Australia and I love me some good dark coloured nail polishes. It seems like winter is the more-appropriate season to wear dark polishes (but hey, I wear whatever colour I feel like whenever I feel like it). It’s got a slightly purple undertone and a slight shimer. The name fits the colour – it looks like a gunmetal colour.

As I was walking around Priceline after I’d picked out the two nail polishes, I saw that Models Prefer had a promotion going on too. It was a free blender sponge every time you purchase at least 1 product. I’ve never tried a beauty blender and I am a sucker for nail polish and VOILA! I got sucked into buying this really pretty light bronze/gold colour even though it costs $5.99 ($1 over my limit). However ended up being my favourite nail colour I’ve ever had so far. And the bonus blender sponge is probably worth more than $1.

To me this colour screams out luxury and expensiveness. It’s subtle enough to wear everyday but I’d imagine it would look fabulous with a champagne-coloured, shimery but elegant dress or to dress up a little black dress.

Models Prefer Make a Million + Bonus Blender Sponge

Models Prefer Make a Million + Blender Sponge

The formula is wonderful! It’s got a thin but opaque consistency and it’s got a really really big brush which I actually kind of like. It applied really well and it has a smooth finish.

I also bought a few other things which I might mention in another post but this was all the nail polishes! All in all I was really happy with my purchases and I can’t wait to wear these polishes again and again!

Let me know what you think of the colours and if you have any of them, do let me know what you think of them!

Lots of smiles,

Sita

Rubbing Alcohol

Family Brand Rubbing Alcohol

Family Brand Rubbing Alcohol

Hello again smiley faces!

I hope you are all well.

Today I would like to talk about Rubbing Alcohol. I have recently learnt that this not-so-expensive product is actually very versatile and useful.

Before that though, I want to say that there are cheaper rubbing alcohols around rather than the Isocol brand (the one with the dinosaur on it) they sell at most pharmacies and grocery stores. Though that one is probably the most convenient one to get. However, I don’t know about you but I refuse to pay AUD$10 for one bottle of this stuff.

I actually wanted to get some rubbing alcohol since a while ago but I thought that I still had some at home. Being quite unfamiliar with the stuff, I had no idea that they have an expiry date nor did I know much use of them other than cleaning cuts (which I never do) and to clean walls before you stick things (like hooks) on it. So, long story short, my supply at home was “expired” and I had to throw it out (I searched online whether they can still be used for general cleaning around the house but they all said that the chemicals have somehow changed or something – sorry not a chemist). But again, I didn’t want to spend another $10 to get the bottle which most of its contents will probably end up in the bin again like the last one.

Luckily enough, I held out buying it long enough to come across this particular brand at the asian grocery store at Canning Valle (Perth) which costed me around $5 a bottle. The bottle looks pretty similar if you ask me. Green, same size. Just different brand/sticker and a different lid (click here to see what the Isocol rubbing alcohol looks like).

So what “other uses” did I manage to find for rubbing alcohol?

Personally, I used it to fix my broken blush like one of the many tutorials around on YouTube. The easiest (and laziest, but in a good way) is probably Kandee Johnson’s tutorial. But you can search many others on the internet or if you prefer, a video version on YouTube.

But I also found all these other ways to use it which I have yet to try (but I’d imagine it’d be useful). Here are some of them:

  • Clean your phone (wipe down)
  • Erase permanent markers
  • Clean white boards
  • Make shape-able ice-packs
  • Clean bathroom fixtures (chromes)
  • Clean hairspray off mirrors (although I don’t even own a hairspray right now)

So I hope this post will benefit at least ONE person out there and I’ll post another post soon!

Lots of smiles,

Sita

Meet 6 Garlic & Mr. ROnion

Hello hello! I hope you are having an awesome weekend so far. I’m just here to quickly introduce you to my 6 garlic and Mr. ROnion!

6 Garlic is a pot of 6 garlic (obviously) and Mr. ROnion is a red onion in a separate pot. I saw so many posts about planting garlic on Pinterest and so I wanted to give it a try.

I’m not much of a green thumb but I thought I’d give planting garlic and onions a go. I’m in to try lots of things at the moment! #YOLO. I’ve just been following a few instructions from the internet. I put them on my patio (with a roof) and water them about twice a week since it is autumn here in the lower half of Australia. I also sprinkled a little tiny bit of Epsom salt on top of it the other day as fertiliser. If anyone has any tips, do let me know!

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Yes, I am so creative I write details on some extra plastic spoons we had laying around the house from takeaways and such. *sarcasm*

Anyway I will probably write update blogs on these two pots every now and then!

I hope you have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

 

Lots of Smiles,

Sita Carolina

 

Nerada Organic, Fair Trade Green Tea

I have always been a tea person (if you didn’t see my crazy tea haul from last time… still working on the reviews on those…) and many of you would probably have heard the many different benefits of Green Tea.

Here’s a list of some of its amazing benefits — benefits that you may not have been aware of. Some of these benefits are still being debated, so please do your own research if you want to use green tea for medicinal purposes.

  1. Weight Loss. Green tea increases the metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.
  2. Diabetes. Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage.
  3. Heart DiseaseScientists think, green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping keep them stay relaxed and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure. It may also protect against the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart attacks.
  4. Esophageal CancerIt can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, but it is also widely thought to kill cancer cells in general without damaging the healthy tissue around them.
  5. Cholesterol. Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
  6. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’sIt is said to delay the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Studies carried out on mice showed that green tea protected brain cells from dying and restored damaged brain cells.
  7. Tooth Decay. Studies suggests that the chemical antioxidant “catechin” in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental conditions
  8. Blood Pressure. Regular consumption of green tea is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
  9. Depression. Theanine is an amino acid naturally found in tea leaves. It is this substance that is thought to provide a relaxing and tranquilizing effect and be a great benefit to tea drinkers.
  10. Anti-viral and Anti-bacterialTea catechins are strong antibacterial and antiviral agents which make them effective for treating everything from influenza to cancer. In some studies green tea has been shown to inhibit the spread of many diseases.
  11. Skincare. Green tea can apparently also help with wrinkles and the signs of aging, This is because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Both animal and human studies have demonstrated that green tea applied topically can reduce sun damage.

Source:http://chinesefood.about.com/library/weekly/aa011400a.htm

Pretty great huh? I’ve also heard that drinking green tea could decrease your chance of getting cancer in general due to its antioxidant properties. Say whaaaat?

The other day, I saw a box of Organic, Fair Trade Green Tea by Nerada on sale at my local supermarket for $3 for 50 tea bags! I didn’t hesitate to grab it.

I had my first cup of it today and I would like to do a quick review of this.

Nerada Fair Trade, Organic Green Tea

Nerada Fair Trade, Organic Green Tea

Scent: 4/5 — I love the smell of the teabags straight out of the box! Though it’s not as fragrant as jasmine tea but I wouldn’t mind if my room smelt like that. It smells slightly sweet but still “plain” and fresh. Sorry if I suck at describing things.

Taste: 4/5 — I wouldn’t classify this as having a strong taste or anything. I quite like it, though I still prefer a jasmine and slightly sweetened tea but hey for all those health benefits, I’d drink this any day – it was quite pleasant tasting anyway.

Packaging: 2/5 — As you can see, it came in a green box and for $3, I was not surprised that the tea bags weren’t individually packaged. However, I was a little disappointed with how flimsy the bags were. I actually made a couple of cups today for my parents (might as well, while I was at it…). ONE, I accidentally dropped the paper handle of one of the tea bags into the boiling water and when I pulled it out, it fell off the string. Now, this was not the first time I’ve done this (I’m pretty clumsy) and none of the other ones have fallen off like this, so I was a little sad to see this. TWO, I was gently ripping off the paper handle off the bag on the 2nd tea bag and it ripped the top of the tea bag. Now I thought that the tea were going to float out of the bags everywhere so I had to dunk the tea bags carefully – none came out in the end.

Colour: 3/5 — Average. It’s not as green as a few other green teas I’ve had but it’s not ugly either.

More Comments: As an added bonus to all the health benefits listed above, this tea is cheap, organic AND fair trade! Plus, as suggested by BubzBeauty and MichellePhan on youtube, you can make a facemasks and scrubs with the used teabags!

I hope you found this haul/review useful and if you have tried this tea before, do comment below and share what you think about this tea!

Lots of Smiles,

Sita

Glad I have you: Leather Puncher

Hello lovely smiles,

Leather puncher in its packaging

Leather puncher in its packaging

About a month ago, as some of you might remember, I bought an AUD$1 belt at a sale about a month ago and they were way too big for me. I talked about getting a leather puncher so I can customise the belt to my size. Well, I’m telling you today I’m glad I decided to buy this little gadget! Now, I can surf the sales all I want and since my size is normally the one that is gone first (XS/S) and therefore found it hard to buy belts on crazy sales in the past. Now, I can buy larger belt sizes and will still be able to wear them!

If you are petite in build like me, then I definitely recommend this investment. I suggest buying the revolving one with multiple sized “punchers” (for lack of a better word – I don’t know what you’d call them) since different belts will require different sizes. Especially those fastened with a push button.

I researched DIY alternatives and they are very tedious, uncertain and the results are not satisfying at all! (messy, rough, etc) Trust me, $10 will be paid back in a flash! (e.g. I recently bought a supposedly $14 belt for $1 which was too big and I had to punch a few extra holes with my leather puncher at home. Now, I think by having the leather puncher, I saved $13 — BAM! Leather puncher paid back.)

Revolving leather puncher - multi-sized puncher

Revolving leather puncher – multi-sized puncher

A great tip if you are in AustraliaDO NOT buy this from Spotlight. I tried finding something like this there and it costs AUD$25+. I luckily went to Bunnings (a home-improvement/hardware store) shortly after and found this one that I bought for a little less than AUD$10.

Leather puncher packaging

Leather puncher packaging

I also searched online and found nothing worthy of buying less than $8. And that didn’t include shipping either. The wait times for delivery and such were around 1 month. Totally would have costed me more than $10.

hole comparisons

Holes originally on the belt vs holes I made using the Leather Puncher

UPDATED: here is the hole comparisons – original holes vs punched holes. In my opinion the holes are really neat and you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference unless you stare at them really well. With my black belt, I had to make the hole bigger since I didn’t want to even attempt to make the slits.

If you would like to use this, then make sure you start from a hole that is a little smaller in size than what you think it might be. If you made a mistake in judging, you can always go bigger, but not smaller.

So that is all smileys, I hope you found this useful!

Lots of Smiles,

Sita