Po Tid: Harry Potter Themed Cafe in Busan

Hello everyone, I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I think you can understand what will be the content of my blog today reading the title! But I have a surprise for you and that is, I made a whole video about my experience of visiting this wonderful cafe! This is a must visit place in Busan for Harry Potter fans. Although I heard during the weekend the place is super crowded, but we were really lucky and managed us a table. Check my full vlog for details!

-Munira Chowdhury, 17/09/2018

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Review: Clio micro fine oil control fix mist

A Messy World

Hello everyone! Today I am gonna introduce you another K-beauty wonder, and the name is in the title 😁

Honestly I am a good fan of the products from Clio, but in my opinion they are a bit expensive, especially if you are a student like me. But damn, the qualities of least numbers of product I have had from them never disappointed me. So I was walking around the shops near my university entrance few months ago, and I just wanted to check this store LALAVLA, because they often have some products on sale. I was almost done taking some perfume and a lipstick, then I suddenly noticed a facial mist/spray section. That’s when I remember I need a setting spray, cause it’s summer time here in Korea, and almost everyday the scorching heat ruins my makeup with sweating. There were lots of options on that section, but I…

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Being treated differently

There are certain things in life that can’t be learned the easy way. For example, you can’t exactly know everyone around you. We all have at least one people in our life who used to be really close to us but don’t talk anymore. Why do you think that happens? Is it you? Or the other person? Truth is, there’s always two sides of a coin. If you are watching head, someone’s watching tail. So, you both are right from both of your sides. You both made your own justification of being right. Justification is a strange thing. What may appear to be justice in your eyes, the same case other may justify as injustice to someone else. Like I said, two sides of the coin.

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The hardest lessons in life can only be learned when you leave your parents house. The lessons becomes even harder when you start living in a different city, or in a different country.  That is the first time when you become fully responsible for yourself and your life. You get to know the people around you in a different way. I remember when I was young I never even bothered to interact with neighbors, unless they had any kids same age as I. But when you start living on your own, you have to make some interactions with the people around you. Cause that’s what living in a society means, some people sharing a common interest living together in harmony.  Also, because people can’t live only by him or herself. They need support, both mentally and physically. That’s how the concept of family and friends came, I guess.

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But do you ever feel like not everyone is treated equally in the same society you live in? Or how about you? Have you ever felt mistreated? There was a time when I used to believe it might be me who caused something that in return getting me mistreated. But with time, I learned you don’t have to cause anything to be mistreated or being treated differently by the people around you. There’s even more simple explanation to it, jealousy, egoism or simply insecurity. According to Islam religion, Mankind is the greatest creation of all. Because unlike animal they are not totally driven by physical needs. Man can feel things, they can get emotional. However, the very thing sometimes makes them the worst of the worst creation. Rage, anger, jealousy, insecurity leads them to do unimaginable things. Although the biggest weapon humankind has is their mouth. Slip a wrong word in a wrong time, it would get you in trouble. You wanna hurt someone without really hurting them? Do it with “words”. Or even better, deliver the words with some attitude! There you go, YOU JUST HURT SOMEBODY WITHOUT CAUSING AN ACTUAL WOUND! You can always justify to yourself later that you only did it cause it made you feel better. After all that’s what we all want, FEEL BETTER. Like I said, Justification is a strange thing. You can always set it right in your point of view. So when people treats you differently even when you haven’t done anything wrong, almost all the times it’s not only you, it’s THEM. I have tried so many times cope up with different people. Did the thing they might appreciate, did the things they might like. Honestly, I am still doing these sometimes so probably I shouldn’t be using past tense. But you know what, if people decides to hate you, you can’t just undo that, humans are not computer after all  lol 😉 I remember on one occasion, in one of our community party, someone criticized my baking in front of everyone, comparing it to someone else’s baking. I will not ever dare to say that I bake things perfectly, but I definitely think it wasn’t necessary to criticize me in front of everyone. However, the same people try to appreciate me too, sometimes unnecessarily. I guess it’s their idea of making things right, making a balance. How about virtual society, like facebook or twitter? Aren’t there some people in your friend list who never ever tries to interact in any of your social media posts? Sometimes, they are some of the people whom you meet everyday. In person they are such a sweet heart, or in messenger they will keep messaging you how much they love you or miss you. But in social media posts, they will be nicer to each other, BUT NOT TO YOU. I remember few days ago watching a meme on social media, “Digital hating is keeping someone in your friend list, but not liking their post” Lol 😀 Their HATRED made the justification of treating you differently. But it’s not like they don’t know that you would realize it someday! These people just don’t care pretending to be a nice person anymore.

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However, I have always been thankful to these type of two faced people for showing me their true-selves. And I’ve learned people don’t value your kindness or being good to them. They will hurt you because they are insecure, they are jealous, or simply because they feel like it. I know there are lots of amazing kindhearted people who will keep being nice to these douchebags, but from now on the moment I sense the mistreat, I decided to start treating them the same way. So, if someone tries to hurt me, I will hurt them back. I will return every pain they ever caused ME. You can call me a BITCH for it, but I am happy to be one.

 

-Munira Chowdhury, 02/09/2018

 

Review: Clio micro fine oil control fix mist

Hello everyone! Today I am gonna introduce you another K-beauty wonder, and the name is in the title 😁

Honestly I am a good fan of the products from Clio, but in my opinion they are a bit expensive, especially if you are a student like me. But damn, the qualities of least numbers of product I have had from them never disappointed me. So I was walking around the shops near my university entrance few months ago, and I just wanted to check this store LALAVLA, because they often have some products on sale. I was almost done taking some perfume and a lipstick, then I suddenly noticed a facial mist/spray section. That’s when I remember I need a setting spray, cause it’s summer time here in Korea, and almost everyday the scorching heat ruins my makeup with sweating. There were lots of options on that section, but I picked this one for two reasons:

1. It said ‘Oil Control’, and my skin gets really oily during summer time.

2. Budget friendly, it was only 12000KW.

Review:

The spray almost looks like a clear liquid with some kind of beads sediment at the bottom. I guess they are the micro fine texture as the name indicates. So make sure to shake it before use. About review, the picture above says it all, taken 8 hours apart and my makeup was still good as new. And let me tell you that I was with my regular 10 minutes makeup, not even tried anything fancy, but yet the makeup stayed for a long time. To be honest, I took the picture too early, my makeup lasted for nearly 12 hours! 😜

Using Direction:

I would suggest to use it just before finishing your base makeup. But if you do eye makeup first then don’t use any eyeliner/mascara/eyelash before your base makeup and putting the spray afterwards. When the spray dries out, you can do the eyeliner/mascara or lashes.

Hope you enjoyed the post!

Munira Chowdhury, 28/08/2018

Chocoflan : My Recipe

Hi everyone! Hope you guys had a wonderful beginning of the week! For the last 1 year and 4 months, I made several changes in my lifestyle. Usually I try to eat healthy during week days because weekend is for my experimental cooking and baking, and eating them afterwards 😉 So this week I made the famous chocoflan! However, I was searching for recipes in google, and none of them seemed good to me, so I decided to combine my own recipes of fruit cake and caramel pudding. This was my first time baking a chocoflan and I was really surprised to see how good it came off ❤ I posted some pictures of that in my social media and I have got some requests for the recipe from my friends. So, here it is:

Ingredients List:

Caramel-

  1. 5 tbsp of sugar
  2. 1tbsp of water

Pudding-

  1. 2 large eggs
  2. 1 cup milk
  3. 1 tbsp vanilla powder
  4. 6 tbsp sugar

Cake Base-

  1. 2/3 cup sugar
  2. 1/2 cup cake flour
  3. 1/2 cup oil
  4. 2 large eggs
  5. 1tbsp vanilla powder
  6. pinch of salt
  7. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  8. 3 tbsp of coco powder

Direction:

First prepare the caramel, putting sugar and water in the cake mold you gonna use. I used a 3″ x 7″ rectangle cake mold. Next heat milk and sugar in the stove till the mixture thickens. Next beat the thick milk-sugar mixture with eggs and vanilla in a pan. So your pudding mix is ready! Pour them in the cake mold, on top of the caramel. Next, take sugar, oil and eggs in a bowl and beat them very nicely, till the mixture becomes foamy. Now put the dry ingredients in the mixture, i.e., flour, vanilla powder, coco powder and baking powder and mix them well. Pour this cake mixture over the pudding mixture. Pre-heat your oven to 175 degree Celsius for at least 10 minutes. Bake your chocoflan for 45-50 minutes. Baking time may vary depending upon the oven model. Insert a toothpick in the flan, if that comes clean, it’s all done!

So here’s a closer look to mine! Look how perfect it is ❤

 

-Munira Chowdhury, 10/07/2018

People never talk about what you have, they only talk about what you don’t!

What is your biggest insecurity? Some people feel insecure about their weight, some feel insecure about their height, most of South Asian Women have insecurities about their brown complexion. If you ask me, well I am full of insecurities about myself. I am not sure if that thought ever occurred to you, but if you think little deep you will realize, you never had any insecurities at first actually. Suppose you are out with someone really close to you, for some shopping, and you are trying a new dress, something not what you usually wear. And when you ask from him/her about how do you look, if she/he replies that this dress or design doesn’t suit you well, next time when you see this type of dress or design, you will be like, “oh, this doesn’t suit me at all, I better avoid this one!” Your insecurity is never your creation, but someone prepared it for you.

The thing is people love complaining. When they’ve got nothing in their life to complain about, they slip into other people’s business. Think it this way, when do you actually complain? When you don’t or can’t have something, right? More specifically the absence of any particular thing in you, in your life or in your collection makes you start complaining. If you are too thin, you’d complain, but when you are fat you’d also complain. Human minds are complicated and the worst system we have in our brain is not being grateful. We have lots of ungrateful people around us. And the worst of the worst of them can’t accept the fact that unlike them there are actually people who are happy in their life, so those jerks come to you out of nowhere and start pointing at you what you don’t or can’t have.

Being a fat, short heighted brown girl, I’ve always been insecure about my look. Few years ago, some friend of my very closed one commented that I am fat, and I should consider being careful about it. The moment I came to know that I’ve started being very concerned about how I do I look in the pictures. Because there’s no way in hell that person can meet me in person, but however Facebook often allows you to see friends of your friends by the tag option. I tried different poses just to make me look less fat. However, I never stopped eating to be honest, I only wanted to look less fat in the picture, not in real life lol 😀 How do you look in your Facebook pictures MATTER, TRUST ME! Another incident was bunch of my friends started questioning me in the comment section of one of my facebook photo if I am PREGNANT, cause the dress was a little fluffy on the down side. I was furious at the incident because I believe pregnancy is a very personal issue, YOU CAN’T JUST ASK QUESTION ABOUT THAT IN COMMENT SECTION OF FACEBOOK, NO, NEVER! A very recent incident happened when I took a trip to my country few months ago. Lots of my relatives were like : “oh you’ve lost quite a lot of weight, but we heard you’ve became so fat!”. Let me assure you, they are not even on my Facebook friend list and not everyone of them actually has an account on facebook. So very few of them has the opportunity to see me in facebook, or more specifically they only can see my cover picture, and I’m very selective about what I post as I mentioned I’ve insecurity issue. However, on one occasion I posted one picture, where I looked a little fat, and they made sure to spread this particular news like fire! Now, I have lost around 20kg from that “pregnant looking picture” issue, or that particular picture that entertained my relatives, but yet when I was changing my cover picture today in facebook, I kept watching the picture from different angles to make sure I don’t look fat! Even when I know that I’m 20 kg less now, exactly on the range what I was while I was in Bangladesh before moving back to Korea. I really felt very hopeless today. So you see if people didn’t mention those words to me, I would never be like this. Being fat is my insecurity is because people keep talking about that to me. I’m not in the obese range anymore, just a little more than the normal range, yet I struggle with insecurity everyday!

Let me tell you my husband’s stories. My husband loves sport related stuffs, so few years ago he started taking taekwondo (Korean traditional martial art) classes. He does that because he loves it, there’s no other reason to it. Yet people will say to him, why he is so fat, when he is taking taekwondo class! Well losers, because his wife makes the best of the best dishes for him, that’s why! When he almost drowned few months ago while sea surfing, rather than consoling him people started saying he should take swimming class, not taekwondo! People keep forgetting, or more like don’t wanna remember that he does taekwondo out of love, out of hobby. People keep mentioning what he doesn’t have rather than appreciating that he earned a black belt in taekwondo in just one year!

So that’s why I’m writing today, to remind you almost everyone around you is douchebag. They will ignore what you have and keep telling you what you don’t! But you know what, deep down inside, they envy how happy you are in your life, unlike those ungrateful jerks! Keep your heads up and pretend they don’t even exist at all!

Have a good night!

Btw a little personal update, I’ve succesfully defended my Master’s thesis and submitted my full thesis paper. Been busy for a long time with these, a little relaxed now! Hopefully will start my PhD in September. Wish me luck!

-Munira Chowdhury, 21/06/2018

Easy facial at home!

According to a report in Finance Times written a year ago, South Korea is one of the most polluted country in the world (https://www.ft.com). Even earlier this year on January 14, 16 & 17 people received warning messages from Korean government about the issue of increased fine dust in the air (http://www.straitstimes.com). While these pollutants can do plenty of harms, today one particular thing I’m concerned about, which is SKIN! I remember during my 22 days visit in Bangladesh, everyone was complementing how amazing and glowy my skin became! But sadly after returning my skin became really dull, and almost after 6 months I got two giant sized cystic acnes, two painful to even touch! Also suddenly I started getting plenty of white heads and also some black heads. To be honest, my skin has had always issues with white heads, but black heads had never bothered me before! I WAS REALLY WORRIED WHAT POSSIBLY COULD CAUSE THIS DISASTER! But then it came to my mind that increased pollution can really mess with the skin. And also as I use plenty of makeup, dusts could get easily stuck on my pores, so if I am not careful enough while removing my makeup, even for once, it can do potential damage later. So, to deal with this situation, I decided to take a facial every 15-20 days. But as facial at salons are kinda expensive like 35 KW, and also because I enjoy doing this kinda stuff, so I decided to do it myself.

Basic steps of facials include: 1) Scrubbing and popping out zits & white heads 2) Putting on a mask that suits your skin 3) Finally moisturizing your skin!

For the first step, I took my favorite FREEMAN Charcoal & Black Sugar Mask. In one of my previous blog (https://munirachowdhury.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/charcoal-mask-pack-i-am-using/) I wrote detailed about this mask and mentioned how much I love this product! Just take the some of products and apply it on clean & moisturized face. Keep it for at least 5 minutes. And then rinse your face with water while massaging with your fingers in circular motion. Now the most important part of scrubbing step, which is STEAM! If you don’t have any other ways of taking steam on your face just rinse a plain soft cloth in warm water and gently dab it on your face. However, I like taking some warm water on a deep dish, and holding the dish close to my face. But be careful not to spill warm water on your body while doing this! Next take a pimple stick and pop those white/ black heads, bumps or zits by pushing the ring of the stick around the area where they are located.

Second step is putting a suitable mask and waiting till it dries out!. For this step, I chose NATURE REPUBLIC Ginger Real Nature Clay Mask. I heard clay masks works great for clearing the clogs in the pores, and I didn’t regret my decision at all! After drying out, clean your face with water while both massaging and lightly tapping with your fingers. Tapping helps to increase elasticity of your skin.

And the last step, which is Moisturizing! Almost everyone knows about Korean Sheet Masks. Dripped in serum like stuff, they are actually quite effective in moisturizing your face. Even if you use a sheet mask without doing the first two steps, you will almost immediately see your changes! Anyways, I used MAMONDE Rose Moisturzing Flower Essence Mask this time. You should keep the face mask on your face for 15-20 minutes at least and afterwards gently tap on your face so that it can absorb the serum well enough.

You will surely be able to see how soft and beautiful your skin becomes after doing this easy three steps facial. Although I know, each people has different skin types, but these are very basic routines of skin care, so I hope it will work for everyone. For better result please do once in two weeks.

So, this is all about today! Hope it was helpful for you! Have a good day!

-Munira Chowdhury, 17/04/2018