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GIRL POWER IN GAPYEONG, SOUTH KOREA

Hello lovelies! Quick blog post for ya! Wanted to fill you in on my latest trip to Gapyeong, South Korea for a pleasant Woman’s Empowerment Retreat organized by The Seoul Chic. Myself and 20 other ladies met up at Garang Pension (an hour or so away from Seoul) which was S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G, especially since it was in the middle of autumn and leaves were changing on the surrounding mountains. We had a jam-packed weekend filled with fun activities such as pear picking, cooking/eating homemade meals, face masks, and personal chats about life, dating, and sharing stories about the pros/cons of being a foreigner in South Korea (we had A LOT to say..). It felt nice to unplug for a weekend and fill the soul with lessons/life advice from supportive, ambitious women. Check out my video for mooore!

WEEKEND TRIP TO CHUNCHEON, SOUTH KOREA

Before I get to Chuncheon, I want to rewind a bit and chat about last month when I went to Seoul for Hera Seoul Fashion Week. My last one, ever. WAH! I am incredibly lucky to have attended four wonderful seasons of SFW, and each time I am amazed by the creatives in this city. I only had time to attend one show and invited my friend Dev to sit front row with me at NOHANT. The mix of prints and textures made me miss spring/summer already, not to mention the designer chose the best looking models in the game. One model from the show stood out the most, Han Hyun-Min. Born and raised in Korea, Han Hyun-Min is ethnically half Nigerian, half Korean. Stunning look kid, eh? I couldn’t imagine the struggle this 16-year-old (YES! 16!) had to/probably still goes through growing up in a homogeneous country. I have no doubt that he is going to make international waves in the fashion industry. This season at SFW I stopped every human who either had glitter on their face …

TAKE A RIDE AT THE NAKDONGGANG RIVER RAIL PARK

For the first time in a long time, I’ve been published in print! PRINT IS NOT DEAD! Kidding, print is definitely dying.. ever.. so.. slowly.. *sigh* But! Let’s keep things positive and hopeful! You can physically touch and smell my latest article in the November 2017 issue of The Daegu Compass and read about my time at the Nakdonggang River Rail Park. If you live in the city of Daegu, pick up a copy and flip to page 32. If you’re not a reader and more of the visual-type (you’re the reason why print is becoming extinct..), I made a vlog about my time at the rail park, which you can watch by clicking HERE.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

My stay on Magnetic Island was definitely a high-energy adventure but as a city girl (always have been, always will be), I missed the vibe of bright lights and bustling streets. For my final couple days in Australia, I ventured to the capital of New South Wales and one of Australia’s largest cities: SYDNEY! I regrettably stayed at a hostel called Kings Cross Backpackers. I should have done my research before booking.. rookie mistake. I was unaware that I was staying in the heart of the red light district. Oy vey. Honestly, it wasn’ t the WORST hostel in the world but there were, at times, young 20-somethings recklessly running around the hallways with bottles of vodka in hand, shouting gibberish at the tops of their lungs. I definitely should have spent the extra money on a hotel or Airbnb. Awell, you live and you learn. On my first morning in the city I woke up extra early, mostly because I wanted to spend as little time at the hostel as possible. First order of business was to make …

MAGNETIC ISLAND, AUSTRALIA

Another day, another down un-dah adventure. After spending a weekend swimming above the Great Barrier Reef (WHAT A DREAM!), I waved goodbye to Whitsunday Island and took a Greyhound bus for three hours to Townsville. I got there relatively late and didn’t know how to get into my hostel (it was locked..) so I did a lot of standing around, avoiding drunk young 20-somethings until a security guard saw me outside with my luggage. When I got into my room at Rambutan I wanted to take a quick shower but when I opened the door, a RED cockroach ran across the tiles. ‘Guess I’m not showering tonight’ I thought, and calmly closed the shower door and slid straight into bed. The next morning I got out of my cockroach infested room (oh ‘Straya!) and hopped on a ferry to the magnificent Magnetic Island! There’s a 99.9% chance if you’re not from Australia, you’ve never heard of this mountainous, magical place. It’s right off the shore from Townsville and essentially one giant national park, with wallabies and echidnas running astray. My friend Delainha (whom I …

WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS, AUSTRALIA

Fresh off a plane from New Zealand, my friend Vanessa and I left the chill air of Christchurch and was slapped straight in the face with sun, warmth, and humidity of the Whitsunday Islands of Australia. I’ve never loved a slap in the face more in my entire life. We took a shuttle from the PPP airport to our Airbnb (never stayed at an Airbnb before? Click HERE for a sweet discount) and our host suggested to hurry up and catch the sunset on Airlie Beach. We made it right one time and it was S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G! A grocery store was a short distance walk away from the beach so Vanessa and I picked up a few breakfast and lunch supplies since the land down un-dah has a high price tag on eating out, especially in this tourist town. Early the next morning Vanessa and I departed on a Great Barrier Reef Adventure with Cruise Whitsundays! We took a catamaran from Port of Airlie for three hours to a pontoon where snorkeling gear was provided. We explored the various reefs, giant clams, and tropical sea …

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND

Thoughts in your head right now: WTF? Christchurch? Where is that? Why would you go there? Why did you not go to Aukland or Queenstown? Why Christchurch?  Honestly, I never would have travelled to New Zealand in the first place if it weren’t for my friend Vanessa, who has been living there for nearly two years! Initially, my summer vacation plan was to solely visit Australia but I made a last minute decision to take the scenic route and catch-up with her while I was on that side of the world. Thus, the reason for my visit to the largest city in the South Island. Coming from South Korea, where temperatures reached up to 35 degrees with humidity, it was actually quite nice to feel the cooler, winter weather of Christchurch. After arriving from a 10-hour flight from Shanghai, where I had three seats to myself on the plane (ay yoo!), I took a quick shower and was ready to explore the city. My first stop was the Christchurch Art Gallery, which was easy to spot with the …

THAILAND (CHIANG MAI) PART 2 FT. GRAND CANYON

I currently have Ariana Grande and John Legend’s cover of Beauty & The Beast blasting in my ears and it is E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G! The original Celine Dion version obviously reigns supreme, but it still pulls on the heart strings. Are you excited for the live-action movie featuring Emma Watson? I’m neutral. I’ll see it if a friend invites me to but, I won’t go out of my way. Anyway, hello friends! Happy weekend! You have clicked on this blog post because you want to know more about the adventures Chiang Mai has to offer. Have you read part 1 yet? Don’t miss out on elephants and lady boys. Catch up by clicking HERE! With the Elephant Nature Park officially behind me (but forever in my heart), the next morning Melissa and I put on our runners to prepare for our hike through Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. The main attraction here is Doi Suthep Temple, which we didn’t explore because our focus was finding a glorious waterfall. We took a red car (taxi you can flag down and bargain a set price) and was …

JANUARY FAVOURITES 2017

My hair is officially purple. It was a spontaneous decision that happened last week when my cousin Melissa asked, “can I dye your hair a funky colour?” No convincing was needed. #yolo See my hair and all its glory in my latest video on Get Up & Go Girl where I round up my beauty (skincare, skincare, skincare), fashion, travel, music, and movie favs from the month of January.

THAILAND (CHIANG MAI) PART 1 FT. ELEPHANT NATURE PARK

Winter break is over and in the words of my students, “VACATION WAS TOO SHORT!” Even though it’s back to the grind, I’m excited to relive my Thai adventures with you all. I already miss the beautiful weather (legit, so perfect), elephant cuddles, lady boys, and delicious street food galore. Sigh. Alright, let’s begin! On January 15, 2017 I made my way to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where I had an overnight layover before I made my way to Chiang Mai, Thailand. I went to Malaysia last summer for a few hours (a result of another layover) and totally forgot that NO ONE TAKES CREDIT CARD THERE – restaurants, taxi drivers, convenience stores. Nobody. When I got to my Airbnb (KLIA 6ixth Sense) the host was kind enough to pick me up from the airport and even traded American dollars for Malaysian ringgit so I could eat dinner. Bless him. When I was dropped off I felt a little uncomfortable walking around the area where I stayed (men kept staring and it was getting dark) so, I didn’t explore …

WHAT’S IN MY CARRY-ON & TRAVEL BAG

As you read this I am currently in Chaing Mai, Thailand. Probably cuddling with an elephant with reminisce of mango sticky rice on my face. LIVING THE DREAM! In my latest video on Get Up & Go Girl, I show you what I lug around in my carry-on & travel bag. Lip balm, scarf, and a good book are among my travel essentials. How about you? What’s ONE thing you NEED on an airplane? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @GetUp_GoGirl!

DAEGU ADVENTURE

Hello everyone! Last Saturday morning I sauntered around Seomyeon and made my way into H&M, more specifically, the kid’s section and purchased the sweater below. It called my name, and was also on sale for ₩7,000. I think it suits me quite nicely. The same afternoon I went to a lunch spot called Full Full in Jeonpo. I got the Full Full salad and it was incredibly fresh and delicious, which is hard to find in SoKo. I believe it was around ₩10,000, a little pricey for a salad but it was a nice healthy treat. Jeonpo (also known as The Cafe Street) is quickly becoming a popular place in Busan. It was recently mentioned in The New York Times 52 Places to Go in 2017! Busan was listed at #48 on the list and am glad the city is getting a bit of recognition. Busan is honestly an underrated place to travel and if can ever visit the beaches, seafood, and affordable shopping will not disappoint. On Sunday I hit up Daegu to visit and film a video with …

BALI (ULUWATU) PART 3

Wait!!! Please read PART 1 & PART 2 before continuing or else you will have seven years of bad luck. I’m just kidding.. but seriously, do read those posts before this one. Go. Now. This is my last post for my Bali trip (wah!) but hopefully my little series has set a spark within to get out there and travel or informed you of YOUR next vacation to Bali.  😉 Now, where did we leave off.. oh yes. So after our stay in Ubud we left to the surf city of Uluwatu! We stayed at Uluwatu Surf Apartments through Airbnb (SAVE $25 ON YOUR FIRST STAY USING AIRBNB BY CLICKING HERE). It had a wonderful pool, puppies, and it was only a short walk to Suluban Beach. The below photo is part of Suluban Beach. I spent a couple lovely afternoons lounging under a cave made of natural limestone, listened to the sounds of the crashing waves, and stared nonchalantly at all the hot surfers. Like, WOAH! Could’ve grated cheese on their abs, just saying. The best way to get around Uluwatu is on a motorbike. We …