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5 things I do in Korea that I wouldn’t in London

I’ve been thinking about the differences in my life since I moved to Korea. Mainly I have been reflecting on how my daily life has changed and the things that I do regularly here that I wouldn’t have done back home. Obviously living in a different country is bound to change you a bit, but I didn’t realize that the things I do often in Korea are things I would never do back home!
So here are the 5 things I do in Korea that I wouldn’t do in London.

1. Get my nails done on a regular bases

The nail design I got in January 2020

I’ve always been a fan of doing my nails, but when I was back home I would do them myself. My lovely sister had purchased a gel nail kit and so I had long lasting nail varnish at no cost! When I moved to Korea, I couldn’t bring her kit with me, and I am too lazy to buy my own! So, I never used to do my nails, they became weak and they looked so ugly. After about two years of being here, I decided to get my nails done, and I have not looked back ever since! I found a nail artist who does my nails perfectly everytime, so I go there monthly to get my nails done… I know, that’s often! But my nails have become stronger and I am definetly addicted to getting my nails done.

2. Hair treatment and perm

My hair at its longest/healthiest

I have extremely frizzy and curly natural hair and because I don’t know how to manage my hair when it’s curly, I have been straightening it (with my trusty GHDs) since I was in secondary school. However, straightening it every day for over 10 years has led to a lot of damage and my hair not growing past the top of my shoulders. So after about 2 years of living in Korea, someone recommended that I get a straight perm instead of damaging my hair with heat. Usually, I am against chemical treatments, but Korean summers are so humid!!!! Humidity and curly hair are not friends. So I gave it a try. Now I can’t stop getting it done.
Reason why I do it: My hair has gotten longer, mornings are easier, it’s reasonably priced.
Reasons why I wouldn’t do it in London:
Again, it’s expensive. Also, I have had really bad luck with hair dressers in London. I haven’t found someone who knows how to do my hair well.

If you guys are interested in straight perm and my experience with it, let me know in the comments!

3. Taking taxis


This is one that I wish I didn’t do. However, I live in a new city and the transport connection to other cities is not very good.
Reasons why I do it:
While there is a way to get places without taking a taxi, it takes twice as long and multiple forms of transport. Also, although taxi fees have gone up since I first came to Korea, taxi’s are relatively cheap, especially if you are traveling with a friend.
Reasons why I wouldn’t in London:
Transport for London (TFL) is amazing! The only time I have used a taxi in London was when I had multiple pieces of luggage and wasn’t able to walk from the bus stop to my house!

4. Eating out on a regular basis

My favourite food in Korea, beef intestines (겁창)!

Now, I have cut down on this one as I am trying to lose weight, but before this year I did it often. Eating out or ordering in is so easy and affordable in Korea. The biggest problem I have with Korea is how expensive produce is. Any fresh food costs way more than it should.
Reasons why I do it:
I can eat delicious foods like 겁창 and other Korean foods easily. Eating out is usually cheaper than buying food and making it at home.
Reasons why I wouldn’t do it in London:
I lived at home with my family, so if my mum didn’t cook, my grandma would have cooked something. Also, vegetables are way cheaper in London than in Korea.

5. PC room

I am currently in one, and most of the blog posts I have done in Korea have been produced in a PC room. In the first 4 years that I lived in Korea, I never went to a PC room. I guess in England they call them internet cafes, but reagardless, I had never been to one before. A few years ago, my best friend started gaming and so I thought I should go with him to see what the hype was about, I am glad I came!
Reasons why I do it:
Comfortable seats, big screens, nice keyboards (I love the sound of typing), snacks, drinks, good quality headphones, my laptop died, R.I.P. my baby!
Reasons why I wouldn’t in London:
Internet cafes in London look a bit run down, my laptop was still alive (R.I.P. my baby).

So there you have it! 5 things I do in Korea that I would never do in London.
If you are reading this post in Korea, is there something you do here that you would never do back home?
Also, if you are reading from your home country, what do you think about the things I do here that I wouldn’t do back home? Do you do some of them in your home country/city?

Let me know in the comments below!

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10 things you probably didn’t know about me.

Hey guys!
I think my readers are getting bored of my list posts. So, after this one I will take a bit of a break and think of a new way to keep you all interested!
UPDATE.
I thought I uploaded this before I took my break, but I didn’t. Sorry!

To the people who have been reading my blog lately, thank you so much! I don’t have that many visitors to my blog, so when I see you guys visiting, it makes me really happy! Thank you!

It’s kind of hard for me to make this list, because most of my readers are people that already know me. So, if you already knew some of these things, tell me how you came to know that about me.

Here goes! 10 things you probably didn’t know about me!

  1.  I am also a dog person.
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    Many of my friends are dog people. For some reason, most dog people think that you have to like either cats or dogs, and there is no way that you could like them equally. This is so wrong! So, whenever dog people ask me why I don’t like dogs, I get super offended. I love dogs just as much as I like cats!
  2. I have a really short temper.
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    Only my family know about this. I have such a short temper. The reason why this is not known to most of my friends (and all of my readers) is because I have learnt to control my anger in front of people I am not 100% comfortable with. This leads to me bottling up my anger and exploding when I am around my family members. (Personal note to Brendan if he ever reads my blog) This is how I knew that I considered you to be part of my family, as apposed to just a friend. Feel the love every time I lose my cool at or around you.
  3. I wear most of my emotions on my face.
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    I guess you could just say that I am not good at hiding my feelings (except anger). When I am happy I look happy. When I am focusing, I look angry/determined. When I am sad I cry or look like I am about to cry. When I am stressed, I look like I haven’t slept for hours. If you want to know how I am, just look at my face.
    (Although this isn’t an emotion, when I am sick, I actually look better than when I am not sick! But it’s because I take extra time to do my make-up!)
  4. I am obsessed with true crimes.
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    I’m not sure when this obsession started… but I remember watching ’48 Hours’ with my mum when I was at university or just after I finished uni. In my free time, I used to blog and watch movies. Now I watch true crime documentaries. Actually, most of the times, when I am blogging, I have my screen split. Half documentary and half blog. Do you think watching true crime documentaries can help me in my dreams of becoming an investigative journalist?!
  5. I got full marks for my dissertation.
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    When I was in my finally year of university, it took me what felt like ages to decide on a topic for my dissertation. I finally decided on a topic which has not been explored before. So I had to do research in 3 different, but very specific fields, then apply it to my own research and ideas. It was so stressful. I was also heavily over the word limit and had to edit out information in multiple ways until I found what I thought was the best version. I spent days with my mum in the hospital, and nights with my lovely cat writing until just before the sun came up.
    So, when I got my results, I almost cried with joy. All my hard work had paid off. I got 75/75. It felt amazing, but I also felt regret because if I had done a tiny bit better on one of my previous assignments, I would have graduated with a first.
  6. I can’t drink coffee.
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    I think, I drank too much coffee when I was at university and when I started working in Korea. One day, I went to the hospital because my airway felt so swollen and it felt like I had something stuck in my throat. The doctor gave me a check over and told me that something was causing too much acid in my stomach and it was inflaming my throat. So I had to eliminate things from my diet. The first thing I eliminated was coffee. Instantly, my symptoms went away. I thought it would be okay for me to take a rest and go back to coffee. But now, almost every time I drink coffee, I get the same feeling back. So, when people ask me if I drink tea because I am British, yes, you are right. But I also only drink tea when I go to coffee shops, because I will get sick if I drink coffee… my beloved coffee. =(
  7. I have abnormally small feet for my height.
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    I am average height. 5ft 4inches, or 164cm. But, my feet are too small considering my height. For my height I believe UK size 5 is the average size. My feet are way below average, at UK size 3… When I was slimmer, I could fit into UK size 2.5…
    To my friends in Korea and my Korean friends, I know this sounds okay, but when you take into consideration that female shoe sizes start at size 3 in the UK, most places don’t stock my size in women’s. So. I end up shopping from kids sections.
    In Korea, my shoe size is still considered smaller than other women. But it works in my advantage as my size is usually the one left!
  8. I don’t know how to drive.
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    I’m not sure if this is still common in the UK at my age… or maybe almost everyone my age in the UK knows how to drive now. I feel kinda ashamed that I don’t have my licence, but at the same time, driving is so expensive and difficult in London. Do you guys think it’s something that I should learn to do? Even if I don’t drive when I move back to London? I am considering making that my goal for 2019…
  9. I am following in both of my parents footprints.

    I don’t talk much about my dad, because I didn’t know him, but he was a highly respected journalist in Eritrea and other parts of East Africa. I also didn’t know this until I was about 18 years old and decided to study Journalism at university.
    My amazing mummy, was a nursery nurse/ teacher! The best that I know of! And I am currently teaching nursery children! Isn’t it strange that I didn’t plan to, but I am following in both of my parents footprints?
    I don’t know much about my father, but I hope to become as respected as he was as a journalist.
    I can’t live up to my mum because she is the greatest teacher in the world! I mean look at how great my sister and I turned out!!

  10. I go to bed really early.
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    I am such an early bird. If it was possible and acceptable for an adult of my age to go to bed at 8pm, I would be in bed by 8pm. I love sleep. If I was to recommend how long to sleep for per night, I would suggest 10 to 12 hours. The best length of sleep. Actually, when I think about it a bit more, I think I just enjoy being at home and laying down. I don’t even need to be sleeping.
    Is there anyone reading this blog that thinks they are lazier than me?
    Let me know…
    Maybe I need to keep up my hobbies more.

    Thank you all for reading! If you want to see more from me, please leave me a comment with a blog suggestion!

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Top 5 true crime documentaries you have to watch!

Recently, I have been addicted to watching true crime documentaries.
When I was living back home, I used to watch crime documentaries with my lovely mummy. When I moved to Korea, since I am living alone, I decided to stop watching them… in order to get some sleep at night. However, I have restarted watching them to spark my interest in investigative journalism again.
No word of a lie, I am watching a documentary right now and as I was typing investigative journalism, the guy in the documentary said ‘Don’t you want to be an investigative journalist?’

The documentaries I have included in this post are really popular. I have found these documentaries by searching on Google and finding similar posts. I am still going to make this list because I hope to convince you more to watch them!

  1.  The Staircase.
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    This documentary had me hooked. I found out today that the documentary series has been continued and there are 3 more episodes that I have to watch. I am so hooked on this case and this documentary was scary. Thinking about what actually happened… I still get chills thinking about it. Gripping documentary that you need to watch!
  2. The Killing Season.
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    This documentary series was by far, the scariest I have watched. The mystery. The fact that it hasn’t been solved. The doors it opened. The information the producers gathered. It was the last documentary series I watched, as it frightened me so much, I had to take a 3 week break. This documentary series tries to solve The Gilgo Beach Killer (also known as The Long Island serial killer).
  3. Dear Zachery: A Letter to a Son About His Father.
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    This is a very sad documentary which stressed me out and made me so angry with the legal system. I had no idea about this crime and the end of the documentary shocked me. Don’t do research on this documentary or the case because you will find a spoiler. Just trust me. It is worth watching.
  4. There’s something wrong with  Aunt Diane.
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    This was a documentary that had me changing my mind almost the whole time. What was wrong with Diane Schuler? I don’t want to give too much away with this documentary, because it is really hard to form an opinion on what actually happened. However, I will tell you that this documentary follows a husband trying to clear his deceased wife’s name.
  5. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.
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    I knew a bit about Robert Durst before I watched this documentary. I learnt a lot more about him and what he did, by watching this documentary. I got a few chills while watching this. Robert Durst is such a strange character. I felt that he was guilty from the start. But what if he isn’t? Watch this documentary series until the end. You won’t regret it.

    Bonus!

    The Keepers.
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    I am watching this documentary while I am writing this post. It has captivated me. I am only on episode 2, but I can tell that this is a documentary that I will suggest to anybody who asks me. I knew that members of the Catholic church have done very unlawful things, and gotten away with it. But watching a documentary about it is so different. It is so sad, to think what these people who have turned to the church to help them get through life, but they were, and many still are, being abused by the people they trusted the most.

If you guys are interested in any of these documentaries, let me know. I have many more that I can suggest to you.

If you have watched any of these documentaries already and have other documentaries you think I should watch, please let me know! I am always looking for documentaries to watch.

Mummy, please don’t worry! I know you hate me watching stuff like this, but I think that these kinds of documentaries need to be watched. By watching them, and recommending others to watch them, I am spreading knowledge and learning how to stay safe. (Even though Korea has a very low crime rate in comparison to England!)

 

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5 must-haves for your bag

Men! Please don’t leave. Although this post may sound like it’s just for girls, these are essentials. You might not be able to put all 5 in your back pocket, but you can fit 1 or 2 in!

Ladies, welcome!

I used to walk around with a bag that I could fit everything in but the kitchen sink. So, last year I decided to save my back and shoulder by only buying small bags. I suggest you do the same! It has made my life so much more simple and I don’t have to search in my bag for something I might not have. I know exactly what is in my bag!

To help everyone, I have come up with the 5 things you must have in your bag.

  1. Tissue.

    Sometimes, I forget to put a new pack of pocket tissues in my bag. Every time that happens, I regret it so much. Especially living in Korea. For some reason, some public toilets don’t have toilet tissue. They have toilet tissue holders, but no toilet rolls. The places in that building usually provide toilet paper.
    Also, you never know when you are going to sneeze…
    So, tissue!

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    Buy these cute Kakao friends tissues!

  2. Mints or Gum.
    (If your bag is big enough, toothbrush and toothpaste)

    Sometimes, you eat something smelly but you can’t go home to brush your teeth. When I moved to Korea, I noticed that all the Korean teachers would brush their teeth after eating lunch. So, I started to do it too. I regret nothing!
    I guess Korean food uses more garlic and it has very strong flavours and scents, so it lingers in your mouth.

  3. Hand Sanitizer.

    I feel like this one doesn’t need an explanation, but just in case…
    When there is no soap around, you can still kill germs if you have hand sanitizer. If you are like me, and you hate ‘pull’ doors because you have to use your hand, this should be the first thing you put in your bag!

    Nature Republic Hand and Nature Sanitizer Gel korean cosmetic bodyhair product online shop malaysia usa macau
    If you hate the smell of rubbing alcohol, buy a flavoured one!

  4. Stain remover.

    Hello, my name is Dina. My favourite colour to wear is white, and I am a master at spilling food on myself.
    Even if you are usually good at keeping food off your front, I would carry one round, just in case.

    오 오래된얼룩은 확실히 양이 만ㄹ니 필요하깅한데 지워져여...

    Here is the stain remover spray I always have in my bag!

  5. Perfume.

    I know that this isn’t really small, but when you are out for the whole day and have plans in the evening, you will be so happy that you have perfume or fragrance in your bag.
    If you have a Travalo, you are all set! I lost mine, so I just purchased a mini version of my favourite perfume!

    If you are in Korea, buy your Travalo here!

I hope you have enjoyed this post!
If you would like to see more like this, please comment below!