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NO FEE: Good Housekeeping Writing Contest

24 Jun

Writing and Illustrating

New Writing Contest: “All About Love”

Tell us your tale — a first crush, an old flame, a treasured friend or family member, a passion for a special place…

goodhk-writing-contest-deHOW IT WORKS
Starting June 1, 2014, email your story of 2,500 to 3,000 words to, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win $2,000 and possible publication in a future issue of Good Housekeeping or on Be sure to provide your full name, phone number, and mailing address both in the email and on the submission itself.

Entries must be received by midnight September 1, 2014. One entry per person allowed. Submitted material cannot be returned or acknowledged. Winner will be notified by March 1, 2015.

Contest is open to anyone age 21 or older who is a legal resident of the United States, the District of Columbia or Canada (excluding Quebec).


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going green in lala land :D

3 Oct

Since returning from Seoul, South Korea, to lala land (aka LA), I have been on a green vibe. This is my journal on going green in lala land.

My Second American Life

going green in lala land :D

Since returning from Seoul, South Korea (which is a fascinating city) to lala land (aka LA), I have been on a green vibe. From green smoothies to green-friendly transportation, I’m starting this second life with an eye towards natural living (yeah, yeah, I know some people hate LA bc of our perceived phoniness) . Thus, the next step is learning how to grow my own greens.

After my first class at the Learning Garden in Venice, I have been reading to build my foundational knowledge in gardening. In class, Teacher David gave us the 12 Points to a Better Garden. Now as I read additional gardening sources, (O Magazine article about Oprah‘s Hawaiian farm and Michelle Obama‘s “American Grown” kitchen garden book), I see the 12 points everywhere. Three points stand out in being important in gardening. First, variety is good for…

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going green in lala land :D

3 Oct

going green in lala land 😀.

[tea house] Too luxurious… Parlour Haute Cou-tea @ Itaewon, Seoul

28 Jun

Looks super cool. If I were in Seoul, I would definitely try it out^^

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The uber luxurious tea house Parlour Haute Cou-tea (; and is it just me or the place’s name is really corny -.-) has been my to-try list for quite a while. I was blown away by beautiful~~~~ pictures of Parlour’s interior on Korean food blogs. Yet, I always felt like I was not ‘cool enough’ to visit such a fancy, extravagant, upscale tea room :-s After my visit to Parlour yesterday, I am quite certain that I don’t belong to that kind of lavish, expensive life anyway >v<

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[tea house] A beautiful tea house: Trinitea @ Edae, Seoul

14 May

Seoulites & Cafes

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I must say that I have been spending lots of time looking for nice cafes/tea houses these days. The weather is just too nice to stay at home, yet it is SO sunny and hot that I feel like spending my afternoon in a spacious cafe/tea house with lots of windows and space would be the only sensible thing to do. Fortunately, the Sinchon-Edae area is just packed with numerous cafes/tea houses, among which a few stand out for me when it comes to space. Trinitea is one of them.

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Perfect Flower Cafe

10 May

“…We spent the afternoon stopping to smell the roses, as they say. And what a lovely smell and sight was given at the Goyang Int’l Horticulture Expo. If you are looking for a way to enjoy spring and don’t mind a 1-2 hour trip outside of Seoul, I highly recommend a trip to Goyang.” Sunday is the last day ^^

Perfect Flower Cafe: FB Photos

[cafe] A must visit cafe for Coffee Purists: Coffee Temple @ Digital Media City, Seoul

9 May


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Did you know that you can actually have a cup of supreme coffee–full-bodied, fresh, made-by-award-winning-baristas–right here in Seoul? I, for one, never actually cared about coffee before. That bitter, brown, liquid! I only buy coffee (=buy a seat) when I go to the nearby Caffe Bene for my lengthy studying sessions. ~4000 KRW for a feeble, brown, not even really bitter americano! In a country where Starbucks and Caffe Bene dominate the coffee scene, in a city hosting tons of cute little cafes caring about decor rather than their drinks, COFFEE TEMPLE, I believe, is THE place for not only coffee purists, but also for those who have been dulled with bad brown liquid for so long that they will find Coffee Temple’s java is liquid gold.

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Dalki Little Farmer Cafe For Kids

7 May

Seoulties & Cafes: For those of you with kids^^


Hidden away at Seoul’s Olympic Park in Songpa-gu is the most entertaining and comical play-and-eat restaurant for kids.

It was purely an accident that I found a flyer with information about this place. The Global Village Center translated the flyer and told me that the Dalki Cafe was in Olympic Park.

I have to admit that I love this idea of a play-and-eat restaurant that takes the food preferences and comfort of adults into consideration. Chuck E. Cheese pales in comparison to Korea’s restaurants for kids.

So, on a recent field trip to Seoul Olympic Museum, I asked around about the location and was pointed to the cafe which was just beyond the winged Olympic Park landmark.

The atmosphere inside the restaurant was warm and inviting. Lots of natural wood makes the space feel very organic.

Tables were available with chairs or on the floor with pillows.

An admittance…

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Cafe Public

4 May

Seoulites & Cafes


It’s a busy mid-term test marking week which means blog writing has to take a backburner. It’s a shame as i have a queue of vegan and writer friendly locations jostling to be written about next. To appease their cries for attention i’ll do a quick shout out to my latest discovery Cafe Public.

Cafe Public is one of several study cafes in Anam, near Korea University. All I can say is if study cafes had existed when I was a student I would have been a lot poorer. Fifty pence teas and a boost bar in my library cafe pale in comparison.

The cafe is equiped tables well designed for studying, enough plug sockets to power the whole of North Korea and a playlist featuring Cat Power. Feel lactards and vegans don’t miss out. Whilst all those non-lactards are rushing to look at their subway apps to find out…

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[cafe] Sweet treats at Caffe Caffe @ Sinchon, Seoul

4 May

Seoulites & Cafes: Definitely a place I want to visit soon.

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I have been meaning to write a post about Caffe Caffe–a quite popular small quiet coffee shop in Sinchon for a while. It is my favorite place in Sinchon mostly because I have such beautiful memories there. Though their coffee and lattes are really good, and their cakes amazing, I wish I could say the same thing about the atmosphere. I enjoy chilling at Caffe Caffe at around 11am (when they have just open) on the second floor, when there is no one around. But once the first herd of Korean gals come in, your moment of silence and reflection is brutally disrupted. As the shop is quite small, whatever they say simply echoes in your ears. Your tranquil morning will be ruthlessly disturbed by the gals’ ear-piercing, hi-pitched, voices, combined with loud AND bad music (which is often the case). As much as I love Caffe Caffe, I visit…

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