Suddenly awake and it's such an unearthly hour right now. Can't believe I'm typing this at 5am when I should be asleep before I get up for work at 8plus!
Didn't realize that I've been missing from this space for the past month and I think I've mentioned many times, but oh gosh, time just flew by so quickly and it's almost a month since I came back from London!
Was pretty much busy settling work stuff after being back and besides that, I've shifted to a new place (technically the family shifted weeks before I was back from LDN on an extremely random and short notice) and a lot of unpacking to do (I'm guilty that I've yet to unpack much and had to trouble my dad to bring all my stuff to the new place). Long story on how random this shift was, but all's good.
Apart from busy moving house and work, I was out of town last week for a work trip as well and it was a rather fruitful trip. Things are getting better or at least I think I'm quite recharged. Am looking forward to the festive season already ;)
I actually do kinda miss writing in this space and so I'm back. Hope I get more time to share and jot down more of what happened so as to keep this diary of mine alive. Tend to read back often and reminisce as I've a goldfish memory and definitely trying my best to be as diligent as possible going forward! Hope I'll be able to keep up with this promise of mine and no more excuses.
With that said, I thought I should continue my Korea travelogue! I'm hoping to start on my London travelogue after and I'm actually wondering how long will I need to blog to share three months' worth of pictures and memories. Heh But well, it was pretty exciting to me personally and I did try my best to explore/experience as much as I can. I hope the entries won't bore you as the most of the pictures might be of food, streets because I couldn't really work good enough shots with the selfie stick nor self timer (all the sharp gates in London) – but thankful for kind strangers and friends along the way who helped!
Anyway, Korea Beauty Vacation first ;)
Korea Beauty Vacation (Part 1)
Korea Beauty Vacation (Part 2)
So following up with the previous two posts, we spent a third day with the Belif team from Singapore and Korea. The third day was also the last day for Belif's press trip (the trip was separated into two part, Belif press trip first followed by VDL press trip next) and it was probably the longest day of the three days but it was an equally enjoyable one.
We set off early in the morning to a special place called Arriate Tea House. Not quite sure which area was this cafe located as I don't see familiar signs when I alighted but I'll include its address below if you are keen to try!
If there's anything to praise about the Belif team again, it would be how much effort they put into every single area – just check out the details!
With dear Jean & Elaine <3
Arriate tea house was quite an unusual space with a beautiful 'live' garden situated inside the cafe. The team specially prepared an individual tea set of us all and you will be amazed how good the thick honey cinnamon toast was!
We continue to learn more about Belif and also an interesting social campaign called the ‘Chok Chok Art Project 2013’, where belif Korea has introduced this initiative with the objective to bring ‘life’ to the dry, parched urban areas. ‘Chok Chok’ means ‘to moist’ or ‘moisten’ in Korean and envisions to ‘moisten’ the hearts and well-being of people in Seoul through the engagement of the artists with interesting street art. I thought it was a rather meaningful campaign and you should see how amazing the street art works were!
There were a total of 43 Chok Chok artists comprising of art students, with two Mentor Artists (namely, Delos and Youn Seo Hee) in this campaign. A total of 36 street art works were completed from August to November 2013 at various locations in Seoul such as Hongdae, Shinchon, Samcheong-dong, Itaewon and Shinsadong. We had the privilege to meet Delos, one of the Mentor Artists to understand more about this initiative and we had the chance to participate in a chokcok art activity – this was one of the popular street artworks around and we did a mini version of it on canvas for keepsake. ;)
A souvenir from Delos ;)
ARRIATE TEA HOUSE
서울시 강남구논현로 520,
Yeok sam 1 dong, South Korea
We left to Garuso-gil for lunch and desserts before visiting one of the most popular Belif stores in Korea.
Deux creme at garosugil – definitely one of my favourite places for tarts in Korea and would definitely head back for more next time ;)
Wearing a skirt, upcoming on Klarra ;)
A little about Belif if you are new to the brand:
Belif was first introduced by LG Household & Healthcare, one of the largest cosmetic companies in Korea. It offers a true herbal cosmetic brand which is formulated with superior ingredients and introduces efficacy in the safest and most honest way possible. It stands for the ‘trust’ and ‘belief’ that the brand hopes to deliver these values through its ingredients, formula and quality assurance.
Belif was conceived from the herbal recipes and philosophy of Duncan Napier, a respected botanist and herbalist who opened the first herbal shop and clinic in Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K. in 1860. Applying Napiers’ 150 years of traditional herbal extraction and processing methods to its cosmetic products, belif labels the ingredients truthfully just as they are. The products are dermatologically tested and do not contain synthetic preservatives, synthetic colour, synthetic fragrances, mineral oil & animal origin ingredients.
Belif was also first launched in Singapore in January 2012 in Wisma Atria, and currently has 6 store locations island wide:
Junction 8 #01-28B (Tel: 6734-8615) | Jurong Point #01-01 (Tel: 6794-3873) Plaza Singapura (New wing) #01-61 (Tel: 6884-8662) | Suntec City #02-337 (Tel: 6837-0211) TANGS VivoCity #01-187 (Tel: 6278-5751) | Wisma Atria #B1-64 (Tel: 6836-6409)
If you are keen to give the products a try, do pop by any of their stores to sample them ;)
The day ended with a farewell dinner with the Belif team at a really lovely rooftop restaurant at Garuso-gil. <3
The belif team, Korea and Singapore – missing Elaine!
A shot with the Korean marketing manager, James from Korea and together with the president of Belif Singapore, Doreen and VDL ambassador, Cheryl ;)
Thank you Belif Korea and Singapore for such a wonderful experience in Korea. I had an amazing time and hope to be back in Korea some day soon!