Korea

This March, I will be traveling to South Korea to visit my family. I was born and raised in the US (and culturally, I'm pretty American) but my parents are originally from Korea and my relatives are still there. I used to visit a lot when I was a child but we stopped going as often when school and life got in the way. In fact, the last time I was in Korea was when I was 13 years old (I'm now in my mid-twenties).
Why am I going back? Well to be honest my grandmother recently suffered a stroke. She's okay now and mostly recovered but it made me realize that I don't know how much time she's got left. We are all certainly not getting younger and our time together may be limited. I really wanted to go and see her and make sure that when it's her time to go (whenever that may be), she will go with some good memories of spending time with her first granddaughter (me). 
Of course, I'll be doing lots of sight-seeing as well - it's my first time back in over ten years! I'm sure a lot has changed and I'd like to get to know my roots a bit better!

5 Essential Lipsticks

Happy Thursday beautiful readers!

I must admit that I have waaay too many lip products in my makeup arsenal. I recently cleaned up my makeup stash and I found myself throwing out most of my eye-shadows/eye products but the day I throw away a pretty lip color is the day hell freezes over. I don't know, just something about a fun lippy makes me so happy and feel uber confident! 
I counted up 24 lipsticks and 12 lipglosses. That's 36 lip products (not including chapsticks and lip balms which is a whole 'nother story).
Do I think people need that many lip products? Not at all. It won't stop me from keeping them and insisting that I use every single one (truth is, I don't :/). I do, however, think that I can boil it down to five essential colors that everyone probably should have:




A Mile in My Shoes: Weekend

Today I wanted to write a post on how I spend my weekends. I love reading these kinds of posts because I find it so interesting how people spend their typical days off. 

6:30 AM: Wake up, have some coffee with breakfast, watch the news while I read the paper and do some research in my industry. I realize I'm ridiculous for getting up so early on a Saturday morning but I'm a morning person.



Movie Night: Marco Polo

Last month, an acquaintance of mine raved about Netflix's new series, Marco Polo. He's one of the leaders in the DC Asian-American and Pacific Islanders community and he told me that Asians and Asian Americans are prominently featured in this show and given very three-dimensional roles. Well, as an Asian-American somewhat unhappy about the way Asians are portrayed in the media, I decided to give this show a shot. 
Long story short: I didn't like it all that much.

I wanted to. I honestly tried to give it the benefit of the doubt and watched it all the way to the end but I just couldn't bring myself to like it. I wish I did - this acquaintance had implied I was a race-traitor before (albeit jokingly but it still stung a bit) so I didn't want to give him more ammo by disliking something that, well, gave Asians a chance at being stars for western entertainment. I don't want to get into a big discussion about race relations in America (that's a topic for another time) but let me first run down the things the show got right at least:

Resolution Update: Spending

Hello everyone, I hope you are all enjoying your weekend!

Now that January is over, I wanted to update you guys on my New Years goal of the month. I want to state first and foremost, I tend to be a bit private when it comes to money matters and I imagine most of you guys out there are the same way. In this post, I'm going to be a bit more general but I'll try to be specific where I can.