Friday, October 17, 2014

A Taste of my Fantasy Childhood

Once I've set my eyes on it, there was no turning back. The only thing that stood between us was time: The time from purchase to photo snapping to finally tasting this green deliciousness...

I always make it sound quite dramatic, don't I? But to me, it did feel like a little sequence out of a film. I've seen it many times before: in manga, anime and even vlogs. Though, I've never even dreamt of having the opportunity to try it myself, unless I'd finally visit Japan one day. Melon Pan. Not even able to imagine the taste, simply the thought of it got me fascinated. That's how much of a Japan nerd I used to be and probably still am. Now add the recent acquirement of "foodie" as something to describe myself, there was no way that I could have just walked past this discovery during my first visit to the Japan Centre. Unknowingly, going up the escalator to this Japanese food heaven, it was one of the first things I saw. I couldn't believe my eyes: An Otaku dream come true! (Now if you know what otaku means, then we are fellow nerds!) And of course, as a sucker for anything Green tea, I had to get the Matcha Melon Pan. After getting my hands on it, it was hard to resist the temptation of just having a big fat bite without any regards to saving it in any form of instagram shot or blog post. Luckily, I was already filled with the other food I got at the Japan Centre, so the Melon Pan stayed intact until I got home. But believe me, once I've had the shot I wanted, this little badass was quickly devoured (though, with the help of a big cup of black tea, because this thing is seriously sweet!). Crispy on the outside with a faint hint of green tea, the inside was soft and filled with Azuki paste (sweet red bean paste). Contrary to my believe, there was actually no melon taste to it. The name actually refers to the shape of this Japanese snack. Now having tasted this fantasy childhood food, I have to say: It's not something I would eat everyday, especially considering its sweetness, but it was definitely a great feeling reliving those childhood memories, hidden under a blanket with a torch reading my favourite manga.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Full of Energy

Striped Shirt H&M | Faux Leather Jacket H&M  | Harem Pants Vietnam
Trainers New Balance | Watch Caravelle New York*

Just a phone call from abroad and all the pain and worries are gone. Or at least for a few seconds and the it's time for some painkillers again...


I really wish I had much energy right as I did in these pictures. But having my mother call me, giving me tips on how to get back to health from easily digestible food to sore throat remedies, definitely feels great. That's one thing you will definitely notice when you live alone: Getting ill is already bad, but getting ill and having to look after yourself at the same time is the worst. Rather than birthday wishes, everyone wishing me to get healthy again definitely takes a bit of the headache away. Now, thanks to lots of tea and chicken broth (the only thing I've been eating the last few days), I'm slowly feeling that I'm on the right track to recovery. I mean, I better get healthy soon, because next week I'll be properly starting a 9-6 job! How exciting is that? So recovery is my top priority right now. Well, kind of. Today I'm finally shooting the Lookbook video I've been wanting to shoot for days, but because of this cold, I obviously couldn't. So now that I'm feeling better, I'm straight back to work! I don't know what you think about this. But personally, I just feel so useless and bored when I can't do anything. Let's hope I'm not overestimating my health... At least, I don't feel healthy enough for German translations right now, because I better take the time to sleep (good excuse, right?).




photos taken by Mike (quyenmike.com)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pretty Nails with Memebox

I may be Vietnamese just like your favourite nail auntie, but unfortunately I'm more than useless when it comes to nail art or nail care...

My mum is quite the business woman and always comes up with new ideas to make some extra money. One of her ideas was supposed to help me earn some pocket money during university. How? By being the residential nail artist at university (or basically exploiting my friends by painting some flowers and stars on their nails). She immediately tossed away the idea, when she saw my own poorly painted nails (and I only used one single colour as well). So I was a bit taken aback when this nail box by Memebox arrived for testing purposes. Thank god, you can choose your own box when you get one for yourself and choose between different themes for make-up and skincare. But luckily, this box is more about nail care than nail art and reminds you that your hands are one of the first places to show signs of aging. I mean look at Madonna: her face vs her hands. Or is that all thanks to botox and photoshop?

About Memebox:
Memebox is a non-subscription box for Korean beauty products. There's different boxes with different themes and you can order yours for $23 plus shipping.

Pure Skin Hand Care Pack
A product that shows how different beauty products in other countries are. Gloves to keep your hands hydrated? Sounds odd and feels odd. It is supposed to moisturise and nourish rough hands and even help with aging problems. It definitely smells good and acts like a sheet mask for your hands that you wear for 20-30 minutes. So I guess it would really improve your hands, if you'd use it continuously. But I think I'd rather stick with hand cream.

Sur 3D Nail Art Kit (3D&Magnet Emerald &Nail Art Pen Silver)
Loved by my flatmate for the colour and the unique magnet result. Definitely not my cup of tea, because I'm all for monochromes, even on my nails. Was a little confusing to use for a nail-noob like me, but we kind of got the hang of it after trial and errors and it looked pretty decent. But the nail art pen was quite the disaster, though, it might just be my fault.

Pur Plus Hydrogel Moisturizing Nail Patch
Now this is a gel mask for your nails. So you get 10 tiny masks for each nail filled with collagen, milk, pearl powder, gold and paraffin that promise to moisture and nourish your nails. Promises the same things at the moisturising gloves before, is just as weird, though doesn't feel as gooey. I've got quite healthy nails, so I didn't see any particular improvements, but I guess this is quite nice to let your nails relax after continuously being painted.

with shan Dr. Care Set (Dr.01 & Paper File)
Pretty much your generic nail care item. It delivers what it promises, which is strengthening your nails and helps with broken nails.

Barbinie Shea Butter Hand Cream Rose Water
Of course, a nail care box has to have some hand cream. Definitely the easiest way to keep your hands moisturised. I really like the design of this hand cream (so cute!) and the scent is really nice without being overbearing. One of my favourite products in this box.

Shara Shara Soft Hand Gommage
Now this one must be my absolute favourite. Why? Because it's something I haven't seen before that works amazingly well. While those hand masks are pretty weird and are definitely not for everyday use, this product can easily be added to your evening routine. It makes your hands soft by getting rid of hard calluses and dead skin. Gently rubbing the gel into your hands, you can slowly see all the bad stuff that you can easily wash off, leaving your hands soft and smooth. Kind of gross, seeing all that gunk, but well worth it.

with shan Baby Hand Set (Treatment Oil & Nail Wall File)
Another pretty generic product. Though, I have to say I quite like the lemon scent. This nail Treatment Oil helps to nourish and soften the roughened calluses and cuticles on your nails, one of the basics for proper nail care.

Verdict
It has some nail care basic needed in every home, some weird stuff Asians are famous for, but all in all I think it's a pretty decent box, especially for those with rough hands. Luckily, my hands are pretty normal, so the only product I find useful for myself is the Shara Shara Soft Hand Grommage.




*This Memebox was sent to me for testing purposes.