Of China Blue Dress & Comfy Grey Tops

I don’t know about you, but I very much prefer shopping in person in stores over online shopping when it comes to clothings – you certainly can’t touch or feel the material or see the size and fit of a piece on clothing online! That said, I consider myself blessed because my body size usually fits whatever the fit model dons on line (S or M) although I am a lot shorter then them, haha. So when I do come across a credible online website that ships affordable fashion – It makes me excited to share it with you!

The website in mention for today’s post is FashionMia. I picked a Round Neck Blue and White China Dress and 2 grey tops which I’ve been loving and wearing of late. Gotta say the material for its price is really decent and most importantly – comfortable!

Was out grocery shopping for dinner with my sister while in my dress hence the supermarket background photos you’ll see below. You can find the grey hoodie top here. For more dresses here and tops here.

Happy shopping!
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Ena

5D4N Best of Korean Beauty, Food & Culture!

Hi guys!!!

You might have already seen my first blog post for my Korea trip, if you haven’t, check it out here -> 7 Recommended Beauty & Wellness Spots in Korea!

As mentioned at the end of the previous Korea trip post, I want to follow up with another blog post featuring the Korean Cultural and Food spots… But after some deliberation, I decided I’d do this massive blog post detailing pretty much the entire trip, well cus’ there’s so much information and random bits and pieces of my trip that won’t quite fall into “Cultural and Food” features. So here’s my recent 5D4N Korea trip blog post and photo diary! It definitely took me a long long while (>6 hours and counting, broke up in a few sittings) to get this post up and frankly a lot of inertia on my part to get into it – nonetheless, I’m just glad it’s finally up! 😀 I’m gonna try to follow up with a video compilation of snippets of the trip as well – so you can look out for that too! 🙂

Okayyy so let’s just get right into it! 😉

Pre Korea Trip

Bid my sister good bye as she would be leaving for her Phd studies in London while I am in Korea. We took Asiana airline with pretty good service and food! Definitely no qualms flying with them again. Sat next to Carolyn our friendly KTO Singapore personnel for both to & fro trips, glad to have someone familiar next to me to chat and enjoy meals with instead of being alone! 😀 Carolyn had the Bibimbap meal while I chose a fish option… which smelled a lot more appetising than it tasted, hence I opted for the Bibimbap meal on the trip back to Singapore, heh!

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Asiana airlines midnight flight to Korea!
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You can see the last of the funky rainbow coloured hair Chez Vous team did for me for a recent Cleo magazine featurekorea-trip-asiana-air-review-enabalista_0000

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Korea Day 1:
Udong Noodles at Chungha
Incheon Songwol-dong Fairytale Village
Pocheon Herb Island
Dinner at Gogung
Lotte City Myeong Dong
Chimac Dinner at Myeong Dong

Udong Noodles at Chungha

We had Udong noodles at Chungha for our first breakfast in Korea. Before that, we had about 20 min to freshen up at at the airport toilet – makeup and change of outfit to be ready for our first day! I’m not a Udon noodles fan – but after this meal, I have a renewed appreciation for Udon noodles! The way Koreans do Udon is so tasty and the little puffs you see are fried crispies (is that how you spell it, lol). It’s not life changing, but if you’ll be passing by this restaurant I’d definitely recommend trying the Udon here. 🙂

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Incheon Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village

After getting filled up, we headed for Incheon’s Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village – it’s a fusion fairy tale village where it combines both Disney and local Korean fair tales! Very whimsical and cute, definitely recommended for fairy tale lovers to come by and check out this place that’s like a story book (or many fairytales) coming alive! I highly recommend planning a trip here the first thing in the morning from 9-10am to avoid the crowd which will start swarming in after 10am  and it’d be hard to take pictures.

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And of course, a more age appropriate group on what seems like a class outing. 🙂
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Lunch At Pocheon Herb Island

For lunch, we headed to Pocheon Herb Island for a western chicken chop meal which was huge – I only finished 1.5 pieces. They also served up edible flowers which was interesting. Pocheon Herb Island isn’t an island but a european style day resort with flower and herb gardens, herb healing center, bakery, shops, restaurant – mostly boasting with natural ingredients harvested from the “island” itself. I super love the essential oils and teas and regret not stocking up more while I was there – they were very reasonably priced and I highly recommend getting more if you’re planning a trip there. Also, it’s recommended to stay until the night to watch the lights in the night which gets pretty enchanting and magical! Unfortunately we left before dusk as we had to head off for our dinner. Entry to the island is ticketed and additional costs for meals and spa. For more about Herb Healing Center Spa and Herb Island photos and review, head over to my previous post. For more information, visit official website here and Visit Korea english website here.

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Bibimbap Dinner at Gogung

For our first dinner, we had Korea’s famous Bibimbap (mixed rice) at a local’s favourite brand – Gogung restaurant – apparently they have a few outlets throughout Korea so you can easily locate one when you’re in Korea – Koreans have Bibimbap in a steel bowl during summer and stone bowl during winter. The bowl was however too huge for most of us bloggers – I recommend sharing a bowl if you don’t eat a lot of rice and ordering more sides for sharing!

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Chimac Dinner Round 2 with Livia

After dinner, I met up with my local friend Livia for Chimac – which is chicken and beer, a trending favourite supper meal among locals, before street shopping. It was my first Chimac experience and 678 Chimac store at Myeong Dong is a great choice – I’ve had my fair share of Korean fried chicken/equivalent in Singapore – 4 Fingers, Bonchon, WingStop but seriously the Korean one takes the cake – idk why the chicken is SOO soft and tender on the inside?! Must be some kind of special recipe – unfortunately the servings were hugeee and we couldn’t finish both the fish udon soup and chicken. Both items were amazing I would most definitely go back and order both items again. chimac-dinner-myeong-dong-streets-review-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0007A short stroll from Lotte City Myeong Dong Hotel where I stayed.

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Korea Day 2:
K-Makeover at Beaute 101
Lunch at Duggi Tteok-bokki
Garosu-gil Simone Handbag Museum
Spa Lei
Dinner at Black Pig Korea
Seokchon Lake Super Moon Exhibition

Decided to gym twice during my trip and made it on day 2. Both times it was around 15 min but it was nonetheless great to kick start the day with – I don’t have a gym to go to back home and after this trip I realize how great it is to have one. The good news is that the gym right next door to my place (ok, 5 min walk) is opening soon and I’ve already signed up. My tip is to wear gym clothes to sleep and wake up and go down to gym, so less inertia and more motivation, since you’re already dressed for it!  HA. 😉day-2-morning-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0000

Had Angel in US coffee to go more for most of our mornings. <3

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K-Makeover at Beaute 101

Have shared quite a fair bit about this in my previous post!

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Lunch at Duggi Tteok-bokki

We had lunch at Duggi Tteok-bokki, for 9000-10,000won it’s all you can eat and a lot of instant and fried food choices – not a big fan but after speaking to a Korean friend, he was telling me that it was probably because we didn’t know how to prepare the food properly? – I’m not sure if you know how to – perhaps this is a place best visited with locals who can serve up a mean meal with the ingredients! 🙂 duggi-dokbokki-lunch-review-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0013 duggi-dokbokki-lunch-review-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0000 duggi-dokbokki-lunch-review-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0001 duggi-dokbokki-lunch-review-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0002 duggi-dokbokki-lunch-review-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0003 duggi-dokbokki-lunch-review-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0004 duggi-dokbokki-lunch-review-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0005 duggi-dokbokki-lunch-review-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0006 duggi-dokbokki-lunch-review-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0007 duggi-dokbokki-lunch-review-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0009 duggi-dokbokki-lunch-review-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0008 duggi-dokbokki-lunch-review-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0010 duggi-dokbokki-lunch-review-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0011 duggi-dokbokki-lunch-review-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0012

Simone Handbag Museum at Garosu-gil 

After lunch we headed to check out branded and exquisite handbags from past and present at Simone Handbag Museum – this really reminded me of my LASALLE days and especially our fashion exposure industry trip to Hong Kong. If you’re a fashion student. fashion or history lover – I recommend dropping by and catering at least 30-60 min and opt for a guided tour cause the guide shed so much more valuable insights to the bags on display then we would have gained if we were just looking at it by ourselves – it’s best to call in to make an appointment and the guide/curator can speak pretty decent english – way better than she’s willing to take credit for. 🙂 There’s a really impressive bag studio at the basement and if you’re based in Korea – you can sign up for a class of 4 lessons to learn how to DIY/custom make your own bag. P.S. Photos are technically not allowed in the museum displays, but I sneaked these, lol.
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Garosugil Gangnam Streets

After checking out the museum, we had a short interval to walk and shop the streets of Garosugil Gangnam – which is a great place to people watch – the people along Gangnam streets are very stylish and chic – if I had the chance, I’d like to spend hours just people watching while enjoying a cuppa coffee at Coffeesmith cafe.garosugil-gangnam-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0000 garosugil-gangnam-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0002 garosugil-gangnam-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0003 garosugil-gangnam-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0004 garosugil-gangnam-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0006 garosugil-gangnam-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0007

Spa Lei

We headed for Spa Lei with a short 1 hour interval so we didn’t manage to get to do much except touring the space and soaking our feet in the hot spa towards the end – photos are strictly not allowed but we had the manager’s supervision to take these while we were inside, specially for our review. For more info., visit my previous post here.

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BBQ Dinner at Black Pig Korea

If you’re fan of BBQ pork then this is where you’ll be right at home, hahaha. I don’t think I’ve seen any BBQ shops quite as good as this one – on hindsight the smoke suction and the entire shop and service was incredible – I don’t recall smelling like BBQ when I left the shop. Am personally not a huge fan of pork or BBQ in general but definitely appreciate the experience here.

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Super Moon Installation at Seokchon Lake

Can I just say I really enjoyed and appreciate the Super Moon? Super Moon is an installation at Seokchon which coincides with the Mid-Autumn Festival when the Moon is the rounded and brightest – so a lot of locals – young and old, couples and in groups were out to admire both the Super Moon and real moon. It was very nice and heartwarming to see grandpas, couples, families with young kids out in the park admiring the installation. And I super love how restful and super cute the Super Moon is!

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Myeong Dong Street Shopping (2nd Night)

For our 2nd night, Joyce, Siaw Ee and I proceeded to Myeong Dong for street snacks and shopping! Shall let the photos do the talking~

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 Korea Day 3:
Breakfast
Kwangdong Oriental Hospital “Oriental Relax Treatment”
Lunch @ Nonhyeon Ginseng Chicken Soup
Site Inspection @ S Class Spa
Barista Experience @ Cafe Teh Bean
Hongdae
King Crab Dinner @ Kim & Kim

After a quick hotel breakfast, Joyce and I came down to Angel in Us for our morning coffee. 🙂

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Kwangdong Oriental Hospital  “Oriental Relax Treatment”

And then we headed for our first visit of the day – where we experienced various treatments – I had my very first acupuncture session! More photos and information over here.

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Lunch @ Nonhyeon Ginseng Chicken Soup

Definitely recommend spot for traditional Korean ginseng chicken soup and porridges! I’m a fan of both and I would like to come back here again! As usual, the servings are huge – I recommend sharing.

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Site Inspection @ S Class Spa

We visited this luxe S Class Spa – they have this really interesting couple suite that has 2 beds for couple massage and even a love tub for soaking and it looks like a hotel suite. Will post up a picture of it below. Prices are about 200,000 won / ~S$250upwards per pax. For more information, visit their website heres-class-spa-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalistah-campina-watch-review-enabalista_0003 s-class-spa-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalistah-campina-watch-review-enabalista_0000 s-class-spa-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalistah-campina-watch-review-enabalista_0001 s-class-spa-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalistah-campina-watch-review-enabalista_0002

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Yup, this is the interesting couple room that looks like a hotel suite.

Hongdae, Barista Class @ Cafe The Bean

We had a really interesting Cafe Barista Class at Cafe the Bean located close to Hongdae. So some pictures of the neighbourhood before the class!

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King Crab Dinner @ Kim & Kim

It’s honestly hard to pick a favourite meal in Korea cause I have a few – but I can say this was my favourite dinner! The King Crab, the soup base, the seafood – top shell, salmon, the rice – everything was SO GOOD. The only issue would be having too much of a good thing(s) in one meal? LOL. So the idea is to come here with a sizable group (at least 4-5) and order to share!

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Hongdae Shopping & Night Out

After Kim & Kim, we walked back to contine shopping at Hongdae! And then Siaw Ee and Brenda left to meet their friends respectively. So Joyce and I continued shopping and had desserts before I met my friend Taeseong; for supper and a walk around Hongdae club scene before heading back to the hotel!

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Korea Day 4:
Angel in Us Cafe Breakfast
K-Style Hub
Grevin Museum
Lunch @ Insadong Chon Restaurant
Sulwhasoo Flagship Store
Myeong Dong Osulloc Tea House
Dinner @ Top Cloud

Joyce and I wanted to try a different breakfast so we headed out of our hotel on the Saturday morning… but our hotel is in a CBD area so there wasn’t many choices available. So we headed back to the Angel In Us cafe where we have our usual coffees. HA.

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K-Style Hub

K-Style Hub is a tourist information and experience center for tourists to learn more about all things Korean – culture, food, technology. We had the most fun with the Virtual Reality booths where we tried on goggles and experienced virtual skiing and taking wefies with popular Kpop stars, in our case we chose Big Bang members! We had about an hour here, but you can probably spend half a day here and still not be bored!

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Grevin Museum

Grevin Museum is a wax museum from Paris. It’s not as famous as Madame Tussauds’s from London but it’s equally as good or even more innovative than the latter. I DID NOT EXPECT TO HAVE SO MUCH FUN. I definitely recommend it. For 18,000 won / S$21 is WORTH IT.  I don’t want to raise your expectations too high cause obviously we went without expectations and were floored – from interactive games to hob-nobbing with notable figures past and present to getting cosy with celebrities from Hollywood to Hallyu fame – you’re bound to enjoy one, if not many elements of this museum. Also, they have a “make your own wax figure” experience which is pretty cool and a fun activity for families with children to experience. Again, will let the photos do the talking! grevin-museum-visit-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalistah-campina-watch-review-enabalista1-jpg-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalistah-campina-watch-review-enabalista_0000 grevin-museum-visit-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalistah-campina-watch-review-enabalista1-jpg-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalistah-campina-watch-review-enabalista_0006

MOST ENTERTAINING – no kidding! grevin-museum-visit-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalistah-campina-watch-review-enabalista1-jpg-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalistah-campina-watch-review-enabalista_0001 grevin-museum-visit-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalistah-campina-watch-review-enabalista1-jpg-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalistah-campina-watch-review-enabalista_0007 grevin-museum-visit-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalistah-campina-watch-review-enabalista1-jpg-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalistah-campina-watch-review-enabalista_0010 How many of these notable figures can you name? 😉
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Lunch @ Insadong Chon

Taking a breather to stock take how long this post is, LOL. And I am more than half way through – I can do this. HAHA.

Lunch here IS FREAKING AWESOME. If you’re like me and you like traditional Korean meals then this is highly recommended – I tried to look for the address (thanks to Linda!), and I THINK it’s this one, hopefully the numbers still work!

INSADONG CHON
Insadong Sam Gil, Seoul, Korea
Phone: 02 720 4888 | mobile: 011 9875 4349

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Sulwhasoo Flagship Store

Another beauty feature you can find in my previous post here. 🙂

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Osulloc Tea House @ Myeong Dong

I love green tea, in case you don’t already know – I drink a cup of sugar free green tea each night before I sleep for the calming and detox benefits. And I love the flavour! So it was perfect to enjoy a cup of matcha latte and caramel/chestnut (we didn’t figure out what the brown cake flavour was, but it tastes better than the matcha cake, lol) here! They even have drip green tea here – didn’t get to try that, maybe next time! Highly recommend purchases to make include Osulloc green tea satchets, green tea powder and green tea spread! Also a tip to check out level 2 for more seats with nice decor as well!

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Dinner @ Top Cloud

I know I mentioned Kim and Kim was my favourite dinner – that’s in terms of taste – but for ambience, Top Cloud’s the top choice. High up on a building – with live band music in the background, beautiful city skyline in the night, a discerning crowd, enjoyable company – and have I mentioned a really cute waitery(?!! Sorry no photos but he looks like a skinny version of Hyun Bin) Top Cloud is the place to bring your date. enjoy the time there and make beautiful memories together. 🙂

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Day 5 (Last Day)
Hotel Check Out
Heyri Art Village: Alive Museum
Lunch @ Chaesundang
Airport
Back to Singapore!

I wasn’t planning to get up earlier for gym but a very kind friend *coughs* reminded me the night before so I kept to my promise and got up early on Sunday, pulled my weary self and went down to gym and pretty much walked and jogged for the 15 min there. Is it weird that I really enjoyed or came to appreciate my view at the gym? Like every morning I’d wake up and watch people stroll and walk to work (my room view is the same as the gym’s). And well, on Sundays there weren’t any but it just made me reflect – it’s funny how easily humans can become attached to things and surroundings. 🙂
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Joyce left a bag in the room so we sneaked a pic while waiting for her before we went down to catch our mini van. 🙂 We missed a picture with my super friendly and helpful Ajusshi driver – he, along with Heather our tour guide and interpreter (far left below!) – they are the epitome of taking pride in their work – so joyful and professional – and it’s such a pleasure to be in their presence. 🙂last-day-check-out-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalistah-campina-watch-review-enabalista1-jpg-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0002

Heyri Art Village

For our last cultural spot we checked out Heyri Art Village – which would be a great family spot – dads can chill at cafe (if they don’t want to join the kids – and mums and children can visit the children’s fairytale museums and exhibitions. Well, we spotted an “Erotic art” museum so i guess that’s for adults only? HAHA. Seriously though,  I think this is a great place to enjoy lunch, cafe hope, check out the museum and the flowers here are very pretty too. 🙂

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Next we checked out Alive museum – after getting spoiled by Grevin Museum – it’s hard to be impressed , but we still had fun! 🙂
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Our Siaw Ee gamed for some interesting photo moments at Alive Museum! 🙂

Lunch @ Chaesundang

Chaesundang was my favourite lunch spot while in Korea – the seafood was SO FRESH and the seafood porridge was REALLY good, as you can probably tell I tried to control myself but I still ate a lot and gained about 2 kg during the trip. #NoRegrets though! HAHAHA.

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Airport!

We had a very easy and smooth process of getting our tax refunds – i had about 8,000 won back which was more than enough for a cup of green tea latte and melon ice cream at Paris Baguette –  I wanted to chill so I missed out on last minute duty free shopping at Korea which stocks all your popular Korean skincare and makeup brands like Laneige, Sulwhasoo and Hera, to name a few!

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Back home in SG!

Special and big thanks to Carolyn and KTO Singapore (be sure to follow them on FB for exciting KR-SG updates!) for making this trip possible! Also thanks to Heather and driver Ajusshi for taking such good care of us while we were there. Shoutout to my fellow travel mates, Joyce, Brenda and Siaw Ee – the entire trip was extra sweet with you girls around! <3

About 8 hours in the making for this blog post! Hope you found it interesting, inspiring and helpful for planning your next trip to Korea! 😉

x

Ena

Chic Styles with Tobi

On my recent trip to Korea, I brought my Tobi pieces along for the trip. I love how chic yet comfy these pieces are!
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Easy Spirit Skater Dress available here.

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Front and Center Belle Sleeve Romper in Rust here.sulwhasoo-flagship-store-gangnam-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0012 sulwhasoo-flagship-store-gangnam-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0017

Straight A Skater Dress (Final sale price right now!) available here.

Shop more from Tobi here and their Holiday sale here! They also have free shipping to Singapore for purchases above US$100 . 😉

In case you’re wondering, I’m 155cm (158-160cm with heels) tall and dressed in size S.

Thank you Tobi for sending these pieces and the love! <3

x

Ena

Kapten & Son; for the adventurers and global citizens

How we dress is a way of self-expression and how we want others to perceive us. I’ve always worn a watch since I started going to school and I’ve always picked watches that express who I am. When I was younger, pink and white were colours of choice, they were colourful, cute and fun. But as I grew older, I gravitated to black colour as it’s not only easy to match but suitable for all occasions, totally practical. However recently I’ve taken a strong liking to rose gold as it’s not only a lovely but trending and fashionable colour.

My recent favourite watch of choice is from Kapten & Son’s in Campina with a Mesh band, black face and in rose gold colour. I love how the brand is designed for the adventurers and global citizens, folks who revel in freedom and enjoy travelling.  I also love how my watch is perfect for work appointments but also looks chic for casual events.

Grab your Kapten & Son watch of choice on their website here.

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Thank you Kapten & Son for sending my watch of choice over! <3

10 Practical Advice If You’re 26 and Single (like me)

It’s been a while since I blogged about something personal… 1 year and coming 10 months, to be exact. HA. And yes, if you’re reading this, you probably came because you’ve read the title and clicked – and yes, I will get to that. But before I do, a little back story is in order.  (Or you can skip and go straight to the main content below.) Why I say 1 year and 10 months, is because back in January 2015, I wrote this article <9 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Be The Third Party In A Relationship>. And if you’re lazy to read it, the TL;DR version reads: it won’t end well. And the funny thing is, this article has recently been attracting a lot of views, like consistently 20-30+ page views a day, so much so that I was intrigued and then I found out… If you google “third party relationship advice” my blog article comes out top. Not second, not third, but freaking number 1. Case in point:

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No kidding.

And a blogger friend (hi Tay ying!)  recently commented in a group chat how she was casually reading our blogs and she came across that post and how it was really good. And occasionally I go back to read the article and am also quite impressed (#noshame) how I actually formulated all of that post in one seating,  with no prior planning. I guess that’s why they say experience is King because that’s really all you need to actually give credible advice. And so, this recent development of that post really got me thinking – people are searching for relationship/life advice, and I do have a knack in giving them – even if I’ve never had a proper/official relationship and am single right now. And looking back, I was really frustrated with why I was “attracting” all of these attached guys when I just wanted to date a single guy and be in a proper relationship. And it really just dawned on me as I was reflecting / mentally preparing for this post earlier that maybe God intended for me to experience all of those frustrations (nonsense, really) so that I could craft that sincere and heartfelt message and that it would impact 8355 people who viewed the article, as of writing. To give you an idea of how many people 8355 is, it would seat 1.5x of The Star Auditorium which houses only 5000 seats. Additionally, in my recent conversation with a friend (Hi Larry!), I also realized that even though I’m single; I’m not apologetic for that, I’m happy being single. Even without being attached, I’ve had my fair share of dating experiences to share with both guys and girls alike on how to be happily single but still be open to relationships. And that’s what this post is about.

Ok, that was a long introduction, now let’s just dive straight into this post’s main content proper!

10 Practical Advice If You’re 26 and Single (like me)

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1.Face up to reality.
Let’s face it, at 26 years old, we’re no longer young, wide-eyed and innocent – as much as we might want to be. For girls, you’ve probably starting working full time at least a good 3 years and for guys, at least 1+ year. Some of my peers who had kids at 21 years old, their baby is no longer a baby, but a fully grown, walking 5 year old kindergarten-going child ,some even already had their 2nd and/or planning/expecting their second. (I know, at this point, you might be wondering what we’re doing with our lives, huh). I realized that before 25, to have a friend who’s married or pregnant really was the minority and a huge Whatsapp chat topic – but past 25, it begins to be a norm. “Oh another one” is what I think when I see another wedding announcement on Facebook, and no longer Whatsapp hot topic worthy. SO, to say that “Aiya, I’m still young.” ain’t that true anymore, we really could be parents at this age. But the silver lining is that we’ve only passed the mid 20s – we’re still 4 years shy before we hit the big 3. So yes, we’ve got time, but now ain’t the time to be shy – if you’re single, you shouldn’t be desperate to be married (really) but you should start to be concerned especially if marriage is something you’re planning for – because you know, finding the right person and dating is required before marriage, right?

2.Be open to meeting new people of the opposite gender in your life – and actually show interest.
I know this sounds like a freaking “duh” statement. But you know how some people are so absorbed with the issue/problem at hand that they don’t see anything else? If you’ve been single all your life and you’ve never or really rarely go on dates, how do you expect yourself to be attached if you let your life just remain status quo? People you’ve known all your life should/would have asked you out if they were keen. It’s true that it’s hard to make close friends with old friends. Please don’t tell me that you expect God to drop you The One from the skies. Or that you hope to knock into him/her on the way to work (speaking of which, there’s this dating app Happn (not linking them cause this is not a sponsored post, lol – but if you find The One from said app, please come back and report). BUT the probability of those are low to non-existent, so please don’t bank on them. Whether it’s joining and attending a cell group in church, volunteering for a charity or the Resident’s Committee (RC) in your neighbourhood, picking up a new hobby like taking up guitar or dance classes – you’ve got to put yourself out there, and why not choose to also spend your time meaningfully while at it? And the “actually show interest” part – I’ve got to address the girls and guys separately for this one. Girls, guys can be really quite dense and/or shy – so if you like him, and in any of the setting I’ve described above (cell group, volunteer work, classes) there WILL be opportunities where you can send a smile/sweet/tissues his way. I’m not saying that you should buy a bag of sweets and store packs of tissues in your bag and start giving them out to all the potential bfs you meet – but if you’re really interested in the guy, you’ve got to actually interact with him, so he can 1. realize that you exist 2. feel your presence 3. have the chance to talk to you, to get to know you better. Now for the guys – Guys, girls are supposedly the more sensitive gender, I know. But girls can also be very shy – and rightly so, especially when it comes to the guy they actually like. So try to engage conversation with the girl in a group setting where possible, to break the ice and if she shows positive interest, then take and continue the conversation to a private setting.

3.Know your worth.
I know this sounds like it’s more for the girls – but it’s really for both girls and guys. It’s easy to tell the girls/easier for girls to relate about knowing your worth because we tend to think that girls are more insecure and less assertive. But the truth is that insecurity hits both genders, isn’t it?

For the girls, I want you to know that you’re a woman of value – God thinks so and your parents think so. If you don’t realize and acknowledge your own worth, you can’t make others realize that  – and when they don’t, they will not value you. Hence it’s important that you first know your worth – and act like it. What is your worth, you ask? It’s your time, your words (speech, texts, messages), your actions, your body. Everything that’s got to do with you – it doesn’t define you, but rather you define your worth. It’s when you know you are a woman of value that you behave like it, and everything about you becomes valuable and precious – people want to spend time with you, they want to hear you speak, they appreciate your actions and your being/existence. Humans love what’s limited edition and exclusive – it’s a lie that the world tells when it tells you to give in easily because “true love” is about passion and physical expression – let me lay it down for you, it’s not. Love is more than words, actions and physical touch – it’s about being committed – it’s a conscious decision to remain loyal to another, despite time and aging, all odds and temptations, which WILL come.

If you’re the type that always responds to a late night date/ rendezvous after one message or call and finds it hard to be attached – it’s because people don’t appreciate you. I’m NOT saying you should play hard to get. But if you’re always readily available at 26 when one naturally has to balance work, family and friends, people might think maybe you’re just too free (read: your time is not very valuable, it’s easy to date you out.) Hence, you’ve got to explain to them that you don’t do things and spend time with just anyone – you’re making time, only because and for him/her – then they will start to see you in a different light and treat you better, try it.

For guys, if you’re 26, maybe you’re not anxious – because you’re focused on your career. BUT if you’re actively looking and getting anxious – let me explain that girls always fall for the cool guy. If you’re chatting/WApping this cute girl and she friendzoned you or if you asked a girl out and she rejected you, pls don’t swear off all girls and vow to never speak to said girl again. Firstly, you’ve got to know your worth as a man – nothing oozes more confidence than a man (same for girls) who is confident in his own skin, really.  Know that if a girl rejects you, it’s nothing personal. It’s the same if you got rejected for the job, it’s just not a good fit, nothing’s wrong with you. BUT there are ways to make yourself shine – if you know what the girl likes/sees in a partner, find ways to highlight your strengths to her so that she can see those traits in you. Know that if you’ve tried asking the girl you liked out (and hopefully gone on dates with her), it’s all that matters, at least you’ve tried! She’s not the only girl in the world, if she passes you on, know that you’ve got a better girl coming your way (don’t trust me on this, trust yourself on this!). And here’s a piece of more radical (not for the fainthearted) advice – most girls can be won with perseverance – the truth is guys these days give up too easily (you can quote me on this). IF you legit like this girl, and you think that here’s no one but her for you, without bordering on being a psycho/stalker/harassing her, there are ways to continue to show interest as friends until the day when she is finally touched and you’ll have won her heart. I can’t give you exact details or tips on this, but I’m pretty sure there’s a part of the internet that will expound on this topic – found it, it’s here (caveat: I only skimmed through it, but trust that it will be helpful).

4.Don’t settle.
Which leads me to this topic, if you know your worth, you won’t settle. We settle for something/someone when we worry that we won’t find something/someone better. Because we feel we are not good enough. But please, don’t settle. I’d rather be single in life than to be attached and have to seat through dinner with someone I have no feelings for (I’d rather be watching drama at home). Don’t, don’t settle. I recently met a friend who broke up with her bf of 9 years (they were slated to marry next year when their BTO is ready). But because she couldn’t foresee a future with then bf, she initiated the breakup. The good news is that she’s now happily attached to someone new. Don’t take my word for it and break up for the sake of breaking up – what I’m saying is, you determine your decisions, consequences and life. So take charge of your life, take charge of your relationships, take charge of your life and don’t settle.

5.Be ready for the one.
So many times we hear people saying “when will I meet Mr/Ms Right?” but have you every stopped to ponder if you will be that Mr/Ms Right for that someone? Well, I have and that’s why I’ve intentionally chose not to rush into relationship. The best “record” I’ve had was having a “friend” asked me if I wanted to be his girlfriend after a grand time of one week when I was 16. Spoiler: I said no. And yes, he scared me away. And also, he threatened to jump down the building when I wanted to stop a phone conversation with him the day before Chinese O levels – I was so scared, I continued that conversation for over an hour. Looking back, it certainly wasn’t fun then, but now it brings me and my bff much laughter. And since him, suicide threats by guys have no effect on me. “You want to commit suicide? You’re kidding me.” Digressing aside, perhaps at this age we are already emotionally and mentally mature (I certainly hope you are) to be in a committed relationship sans drama and suicidal threats. Maybe you’ve got a bad temper or a bad habit, now’s a good time to work on it before meeting Mr/Ms Right. That said, ultimately, we got to know that we’re not perfect – so we’re not going to find Mr/Ms Perfect, but we can still be the right one for that right person. 🙂

6.Have a check/prayer list.
This might be debatable, but I subscribe to it and let me explain why. Like finding a house, you need to know what to look out for before house viewing and then signing the contract. If you have NO IDEA what to look for, then you may never know where to start looking, never find a place or the right one. (Unless you end up in an arranged marriage, it’s like moving in a house your parents bought for you, I guess.) And like buying a house – there is no perfect house. But if you can find someone that matches 70% of what you look for, it’s a green light! Also, if you have no idea what to look for, you won’t even know it if your Mr/Ms Right walks right by you! But if you do, it opens your eyes to know if someone potential is near you as he/she will check the boxes on your list!  It’s also helpful to pray about the list you might have – like, “dear God, I hope my significant other (SO) is good with managing finances because I’m bad at it.” – not only because God hears our prayers, but also because what our mind asks for, we receive. My friend Su once said, after salvation prayer, our prayer for our SO is the second most important decision in our life, because the person will be the one whom we will spend the rest of our life with. Also, pray for favour! That when others see you, they will naturally like you. 🙂

7.Go on dates.
And yes I mean it – try Tinder, OKCupid, CoffeeMeetsBagel – because, why not? Fun fact: I tried Tinder and OKCupid for the first time in March this year. I deleted both within 3 weeks. Went on 1 date from Tinder who picked me up in a Maserati (dude got married in June, LOL, obviously he wasn’t single in March, tsk), 5 dates from OKCupid and still friends (good friends in fact) with 1 guy. If it’s your first time trying online dating apps – it may be a little overwhelming and definitely time consuming. Tips: fill in your profile with nice photos of yourself and a descriptive profile (get a friend to help if need). For girls, go ahead and ignore, block and delete all sexual related messages. OKCupid is a lot more specific in match pairing then Tinder (swipe left or right). I have a friend who met her fiance on OKCupid and they’re getting married next March, so dating apps definitely work. I’m not recommending dating apps because I think you will definitely find your happily ever after there – but rather I think it’s an effective way of matching busy working adults who have no other avenues of meeting new people if they are too busy for social activities. And also, I think it’s a great way to figure out who you are (if you haven’t already realized this) and what you’re looking for in your SO. Also, the motivation of looking for a SO on these apps can be both a boon and a bane – on one hand, singles are motivated to find someone, which is great. But on the other hand, it might be a challenge to develop a strong friendship (which I think is really important) before jumping into a relationship. For girls, please practice safety and always be the one to decide a safe place and time to meet up with a guy – brunch, lunch. tea time coffee sessions are recommended – avoid night time and alcohol lest said guy becomes frisky and you have a hard time getting away.

8.Read up about dating, relationships and pick up helpful life skills (where time allows, lol).
So much talk about finding Mr/Ms Right and being Mr/Ms Right, there are practical ways to improve and becoming more of a Mr/Ms Right. I’m starting to feel that a guy is really attractive when he shows traits of potentially being a good husband and father, like leadership skills and being good with kids. In the same way, I reckon a guy who wants to settle down and have a family, would look for a girl who enjoys spending time with her family and likes kids. Although my cooking skills are very basic, I’m pretty sure cooking skills are much appreciated, both from guys and girls. So don’t fret if you’re single! Instead of whining and worrying, start investing your time to pick up life skills like doing house chores, cooking and taking care of kids (practise with other people’s kids, LOL). While you’re at it, it doesn’t harm to post about your experiences on FB, maybe your potential SO will notice these positive traits/posts and initiate conversation naturally. 😉

9.Talk to friends from both genders and learn from their experiences.
Again, this might seem like a very “duh” thing again. But either we’re too shy about asking for relationship advice or we don’t have the habit to ask about this kind of personal stuff. (Or maybe it’s just me, I stick to my very small social circle of super close friends that I share my personal life with, lol) The thing is, you’ll be surprised by how much people are willing to share over coffee/meal! It’s good to speak to friends from all spectrum; single, attached, married and just pick up and KIV tips as and where relevant. And also, it’s good to ask for relationship tips from a platonic friend of the opposite gender who will shed insights that a friend of the same gender doesn’t have/can’t give! 😉

10.RELAX and just be yourself.
There’s a phrase that goes “Love comes to those who least expect it. For those of you still waiting, just be a little more patient.” There’s nothing more attractive than a person who’s comfortable in his/her skin doing what he/she’s best at. So continue to work hard in your career and give your best in the things you do and do what you do best – you’re bound to attract your special someone your way! 😉

In case you’re wondering, yes I am single and available. Recently I’ve been texting and went on dinners with a particular guy which I have positive feelings for – not gonna share more on this cause it’s private and will just let nature that it’s course. As to why I’m still single, well in a nutshell, just haven’t met the right guy – maybe I have now, but I’m really not sure about that at this stage… I prefer guys who take the initiative. Thanks for reading the post, just sharing from the heart… hope it’s been helpful! 🙂

x

Ena