Published 7/12/2012 by

Summer Plans 2012 ~

After some weeks of recuperating from the exams and vegetating around while laogong is doing com-pulsory paid community service (mo-fri, 8am-5pm) I'm happy to finally leave Switzerland for vacation!

july 13th ~ july 25th
First my mother, brother and I will go to Croatia, Island Pag to be exact and enjoy the beach and sun, chill around and explore the island. I'm getting ready to soak into the sun and enjoy summer as much as possible. ^^ On the road home we might stop by my mother's hometown in Italy (Toscolano-Maderno) and she'll show me the apartment she purchased since I haven't seen it yet. ^^' 

july 29th ~ august 18th
Afterwards laogong, my brother and I will go visit my family in Uruguay. I guess we'll technically also go to Brazil, since my grandma lives in city called Chuy that's exactly at the border between the two countries. Anyway, going to introduce laogong to my family and looking forward to eating good meat! BTW, in Uruguay it's currently winter... T_T
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Published 7/10/2012 by

My mother's birthday ~

Yesterday we celebrated my mother's birthday. I had already prepared a Bear Bouquet from Strapya-World as a present (because my mother loves Teddy Bears) and I think she liked it. We ate out in an Indian Restaurant and had delicious food!  

*reminder* I definitely have to learn how to cook Murg Tikka Masala!!
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Published 7/04/2012 by

SG Wannabe ~

To be honest, I don't quite remember how my love story with SG워너비 (SG Wannabe) started. But I guess it was around 2006, after downloading their 3rd album on z-degrees.net (does anyone still remember that epic forum?). I hadn't heard of them before and must have just looked at them out of curiousity.

This is the first MV from their first album in 2004. At first they played misterious because they didn't reveal their faces, wanting their fans to love them for their music and not their looks.

At that time I didn't pay much attention to their ballads, but the song 내사람 (Partner for life) stuck with me. I quickly became one of my favourite songs, staying in my top list during my last high school months and first university year.

I didn't understand a word but the sad melody touched me deeply. The end even got me teary. After I finally managed to find a translation of the song text I saw that my feelings and the song's lyrics were quite well-matched.

안녕 내 사랑 그대여, 이젠 내가 지켜줄게요 
Hello my love, my love I'll protect you now.
못난 날 믿고 참고, 기다려줘서 고마워요
Thank you for putting up with me and waiting for me.
안녕 내 사랑 그대여, 이렇게  그댈 부를때면 
Hello my love, my love when I call you like this
너무 행복해서 눈물이 나죠, 사랑해요
I'm so happy I could cry, I love you.

The thought of a love that is finally returned after a long time of holding on and patiently waiting is very touching to me. The MV (featuring Shinhwa's Dongwan) is a must-see! Another thing I like is that Many of their MV that contain a small story. Sometimes there are several songs played throughout one mini-drama.
I recommend watching the MV Partner for life and the MV Slow, these are two songs but it's the same Mini-drama. And another touching story is 아리랑 (Arirang). This song is my top favourite as of now. When I listen to this song I feeling like dancing, it makes me both happy and sad. This song was playing when Lina and I were in front of some mall in Seoul and I started dancing to it (sorry Lina for embarassing you, haha).

If you want to watch other MVs prepare yourself for mostly ballads with heart-breaking stories and touching lyrics! And they really have the softest voices, it's so soothing to listen to~ 

If you like more upbeat songs and don't mind the similarity to Country Roads, check out  라라라 (Lalala). I listened to this song non-stop while in China (2008) and have fond memories singing it with my friend Lina. 
And the song Ordinary People, I liked it so much that I had it as a ring tone for nearly 2 years.

사랑해요 소중한 내사랑
I love you, my precious love
평생 그대만을 위해 부를 이노래
This song that I will always sing for only you
사랑노래 함께 불러요
This song of love, let’s sing it together
둘이서 라라라
You and I, la la la
그대 품이 나의 집이죠
Your embrace is my home
영원히 라라라
Forever, la la la


In 2008 채동하 (Chae Dongha) left the group to pursue a solo career. He was then replaced by 이석훈(Lee Seok Hoon). As I prepared this post and refreshed my memory about his tragic suicide and then watching this last performance of the "old" SG Wannabe and him crying I also cried. T_T There are way too many Korean celebrities who commit suicide but he was the first one whom I was really, really attached to. R.I.P.

Through SG Wannabe I also dicovered other beloved artists such as Epik High and M to M.
Anyway, I proudly call SG Wannabe my all-time favourite Korean artists and I hope they will continue producing such beautiful songs when Kim Yong Joon returns from his military service.

Anyway, if I had to choose the Korean band I'd most love to see live it's SG Wannabe.
Thank you for all your soft ballads and soothing voices, guys! ❤ ❤ 

Next I'll introduce Epik High, hope you'll look forward to it! ^_^

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Published 7/03/2012 by

Freebie Day ~

So today was freebie day!

First, I went to the dental clinic to get my teeth professional cleaned. Yeah, it's a painful thing and it's pretty expensive so I like to put it off (last time was in Shanghai in 2010).

But some weeks ago I got a mail from the university's dental clinic asking for volunteers who are willing to get their teeth cleaned by a trainee for free (+ check up/evaluation from dentist) So I signed up and got my free session. I hope everything went well with the nice trainee attended me. Good luck with your exam in november!

--- Who likes going to the dentist? But didn't I manage to make it look cute? haha 

Afterwards I attended the first official "event" I'd been invited to as a blogger.
I was pretty excited, had quite a lot of fun and got to know a few other very nice Swiss blogger. The event was hosted by Starbucks and took place in Frau Gerold's Garten, a freshly opened café/garden/hang-out place in Zurich.

Starbucks introduced two new products:

"Starbucks Discoveries®"
Now you can buy Starbucks-quality iced coffee in every Migros. Starbucks coffee is known for its Fairtrade Espresso and now you can enjoy it in combination with milk in several flavours:

Starbucks® Seattle Latte: "Starbucks opened its first store in Seattle in 1971, and this perfect blend of rich espresso and creamy milk is inspired by the original Starbucks® Caffé Latte."

Starbucks® Caramel Macchiato Latte: "Discover this signature favorite first introduced in our stores in 1987; a creamy blend of Starbucks®d Espresso Roast coffee with buttery, sweet caramel."

Starbucks® Chocolate Mocha Latte: "A blend of premium chocolate and our bold Espresso Roast coffee together in one creamy, rich sip. Discover a pairing that brings espresso and chocolate lovers to our stores every day."

btw, my favourite of these 3 was the Caramel Macchiato Lattte (I also love Starbucks' hot Caramel Macchiato)

Starbucks Refresha™ beverage: 
"rethink how you refresh"

If you need a kick on a summer day and but don't quite fancy iced coffee or sticky red bull, if you want a fruity beverage that has the same effect as coffee then go pick up one of these two refreshing drinks!

Starbucks launches a refreshing new drink with green coffee extract - get coffeine in a fruity drink!
"Starbucks Refresha beverages give you an extra oomph when you need a recharge you can feel good about. Swing by your local Starbucks for a Starbucks Refresha Berry Hibiscus (feat. real whole blackberries) or Cool Lime (with real lime slices) handcrafted beverage made with real fruit juice."

For more information: starbucksonthego.

Mia and I with your favourite drink : Cool Lime

 Random photos of the Starbucks event:

bloggers: Mia, Dimitri, Jenny, Maria-Rosa

Pictures of Frau Gerold's Garten, it's a pretty relaxed & very green place!

Big thanks to everyone who organized and participated in this event! I had a great time! 

BTW... If you're wondering why all pictures are so exaggeratedly edited... well, I just discovered 2 new phoneography Apps and wanted to try them out! One is Pick, the other one Lumiè (thanks Mia!)

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Published 7/01/2012 by

Summer Design ~

1 week after the last university exam (and after recuperating from the stress) I finally felt motivated enough to revamp the blog... I hope everyone likes the fresh red-blue themed design. 
Anyway, after a long abstinence and a bit of pondering I decided to shift the main focus from fashion-y to Asia-related. Since it's a lifestyle (or "happiness blog") of course I cover many different areas but I'd love to emphasize more on the Asian influence on my lifestyle.
I'm shortly explaining the new categories:

Diary: This part will contain general articles such as updates about my daily life or the blog. I might also use it for more personal entries. All Psychology-related articles will be posted here.

中国: All CHINA- related articles will be here: China travel diaries, Taiwanese entertainment or Chinese language diaries + links. Since I started learning Chinese long before opening this blog I don't have any entries but I'll try my best to revive this part!

한국: This is the KOREA part. This part is (as of now) the biggest one: I've posted Korean recipes, blogged about Korean cosmetics and TV dramas... and since I'm also self-studying Korean there will be lots more!

日本: Finally the JAPAN - related articles. Your beloved Japanese magazines and the Asian Street Fashion (mainly Lolita Fashion) will also be here. I've also shared some Japanese language related articles and as I'm further studying Japanese at university I'll post more!

Please note that these parts are still under construction (I have to filter and classify all articles I've ever written and make a list of them - it's a lot of work ^^')

What do you think of the new design and theme?

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