What to pack for a vacation

Hi everyone!

This week, I am sharing with you a guest post written by Maddy from SpilledPolish! Maddy is a fellow Canadian blogger from Ontario and she writes mostly about beauty and lifestyle.

She wrote a post about what to pack for a vacation that I’m about to share with you lucky peeps!

Here goes:


 

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Important Things to Pack on Vacation

Whenever I go on vacation, the most important thing for me to do is figure out what I need to bring. I like to write out a list of things I’ll need, and take into account what type of activities I’m doing to make sure I’m well equipped. Yet, somehow I always feel like I missed something while packing.

 

Before you even start getting your luggage out to pack it, jot down a list of the places you’re going and activities you’ll be doing. You can gauge what types of outfits you’ll need for each activity and see if you can re-wear anything. From there, narrow down your list to what essential items you’ll need (clothing, accessories, shoes, cameras, hygiene products, etc). Depending on what kind of trip you’re taking, everyone’s lists will be different!

 

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The most important things that should be packed are:

  • Clothes (Don’t forget a sweater & pants for the plane ride!)
  • Shoes
  • Hygiene products (tooth brush, deodorant, face wash/face wipes, hair products)
  • Charging cable for your phone
  • Paperwork (passport, boarding passes, itinerary)

 

Some items that should also be packed, but not greatly important are:

  • Camera
  • Headphones/Earplugs
  • Razor
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen, Bug Spray, & Body Lotion (you can most likely pick this up at your destination)
  • Shampoo/Conditioner (optional –airbnbs/hotels sometimes provide these)
  • Towels (optional – most airbnbs/hotels include these)

 

Creating a list and checking everything off is great, but until you lay everything out and actually see it, is when you’ll realize if you have too much or too little. It’s very easy to overpack for a vacation (I’m guilty of that), so it really helps me to see everything in front of me at a quick glance vs. having it just written out.

What are the most important items you bring on vacation?

 


 

There it is! I hope you find that article helpful! If you liked it, make sure to go check out Maddy’s blog  http://www.spilledpolish.com/

And follow her on Instagram!  @spilledpolish

Oh, and by the way, not loving this weekend posting schedule so I’m going back to posting on Wednesdays!

Have a good weekend guys!

 

Andreanne

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Korean Egg Toast

Hi everyone!

Once again, Korean TV has ruined my regular food for me. Why does everything look so tasty? How?

So my current obsession is the show “Take good care of the refrigerator” (“Chef and my Fridge” on Netflix, “냉장고를 부탁해” in Korean) from JTBC. They make the most interesting food in 15 minutes!

The show is a mix between a cooking show, a talk show, and a competition. It’s amazing. It’s so over the top but in the best possible way!

Every week they bring in 2 celebrities (sometimes 4 if they’re group members) and those celebrities fridges. Then, they have to cook 4 meals with whatever is in the fridge.

It’s hilarious, you should give it a try!

Anywho, this show inspired many a meal from me, including this one.

Technically, Korean Egg Toast, or 길거리 토스트, is more in the realm of street food than home cooking. It was still delicious. Kinda reminds me of a “western sandwich” that you can sometimes find in breakfast restaurants.

Alright, let’s get to it!

Korean Egg Toast

(Serves 2)

Ingredients

– 4 eggs, large

– 2 green onion

– 1/2 carrot

– 1/2 mini bok choy

– Ham

– 2 slices of cheddar cheese

– 4 slices of white bread

– Ketchup

– Japanese mayonnaise

– Salt and Pepper

– Butter

How to

1. Chop the carrot, green onion, and cabbage extremely fine. I julienned mine than diced it to make a “brunoise”.

2. In a bowl, beat the eggs with the veggies.

3. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you’d like, you can also add sugar at this step. Personally, I find that the ketchup brings enough sweetness, but eh, you do you!

4. Butter up a pan and on LOW HEAT cook your veggie omelet. Flip when half done. Reserve.

5. Butter your bread and toast in the pan (or put it in the toaster if you are as lazy as I am)

5. Assemble the sandwich by layering the omelet, ham, and cheese on top on your first slice of bread.

6. Add a generous amount of Japanese mayo and Ketchup. Cover with the second slice of bread.

7. Eat all the sandwiches!

 

You can, of course, add or remove whatever ingredients. Or use whatever bread you want. Or use regular mayo.

Ultimately, it’s your sandwich and I’m not the boss of you! That being said, this seems to be the classic combination of ingredients for Korean Egg toast!

Now go forth and eat! And binge-watch “Chef and my Fridge” on Netflix!

Side note: Are we liking Sunday posting instead of Wednesday or no? It seemed to be a better time to post so I figured I’d try! Let me know what you think!

Until next week,

Andreanne

Korean Dramas. What? How?

Hello everyone!

So sorry for missing last week’s post, I was away all week for a conference and didn’t bring my laptop… because I’m a genius who wanted to travel for a full week with only a carry on bag… Never again!

For this week, I thought I’d talk to you guys about Korean Dramas. What are those? They are South Korean TV series. When I say series, I mean that there’s a lot of different ones, because most of them are only one season long, which I love and hate at the same time!

 

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So, what’s great about Korean Dramas, well, as I mentioned before, they are almost always 1 season. Which means that you don’t need to wait 6 seasons to know how it’ll end. I like that. On the other hand, sometimes you’re not ready to say goodbye to the characters yet (no? just me?)  The episodes are slightly longer than what we are typically used to in the west, usually between 60 and 85 minutes.

You could compare them to telenovelas, they have ALL the drama… and the fighting… and the romance… and the supernatural… They have everything. Obviously, there are sub-genres, not everything is 100% drama all the time. There’s comedies, supernatural/horror, romance, etc.

The picture above shows some of my personal favorites,

 

My love from another star (2013-2014)

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Starring Kim Soo Hyun and Gianna Jun, this drama is about an Alien that arrived on Earth 400 years ago, Do Min Joon. He lived through a lot but nothing could prepare him for what would happen after Cheon Song Yi, a huge Hallyu star moved next to him.

It’s hilarious, it’ll make you cry, it’s just a masterpiece. Fun Fact: the lipstick used by Gianna Jun in the Drama was so popular after she was seen using it that it caused a worldwide shortage, it was the YSL #42.

 

Descendants of the Sun (2016)

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Starring Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo, this drama follows a unit of Special Forces, as well as the Doctors of a hospital. It has been one of the most popular dramas of the last few years and with good reason! The storyline is veryyy compelling and the characters are very multidimensional.

Fun fact: DotS received quite the backlash for featuring too many product placements. It was explained, however, that those were needed financially since the drama was unusually filmed in its entirety before the release. Korean Dramas are usually filmed on a weekly-ish basis.

 

Age of Youth/ Hello my Twenties (2016)

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This drama follows the stories of 5 girls living in the same share-house in Seoul. Each of them has a different story, different struggles and a different opinion on the other girls. This a somewhat light-hearted drama that I love to re-watch often, if only as a background while I do other stuff.

Fun Fact: This is one of the few dramas that got a season 2. After the launch on Netflix, people liked it so much that Netflix partnered with JTBC for the production of a second season that aired in 2017!

 

Memories of the Alhambra (2019)

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My most recent obsession! This drama ended on January 20th so it really is quite recent. It starred Park Shin Hye and Hyun Bin and gathered some of the highest ratings ever. They filmed both in Korea, as well as in Spain and Granada. Therefore, they also got a bit of backlash for product placements. However, the storyline worked them in so it didn’t seem quite as bad.

The storyline is about a new AR (Augmented Reality) game that one can play wearing special contact lenses (Warcross anyone? Yeah, I know! That’s partly why I loved it!). Obviously, stuff happens within the game as well as outside of it. This drama has everything, romance, combat, technology, corporate drama, all of it!

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It was aired simultaneously on TvN and Netflix, so people are already signing petitions for a season 2, hoping that Netflix will be all over it. They should because it was an amazing drama and a lot more material could easily come from this universe.

Not to mention, the romance was adorable and squeal-inducing!

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So now that I’ve got you interested, how do you go about watching those shows?

Well, you have a few options:

  • Netflix: They are coming up with more and more every month, they recently solo produced the horror drama ”Kingdom” which I have yet to watch.
  • VIKI: You can watch most Kdramas on there for free with ads. You can also get a premium pass to watch exclusive content and everything without ads.
  • OnDemandKorea: They have the best selection, however, not all titles have subtitles, which is a problem for me. What they do have with subtitles though is great, and they have a great selection of variety shows as well.

 

So there you go, now go forth and binge-watch! And if you happen to know of any great dramas or TV Shows, let me know in the comments! I’m always looking for new things to watch!

 

Until next week,

Andreanne