Geoje Island

Though it’s been quite a while since I visited this place Geoje island, but writing anything about it just never happened. We actually visited at a friends’ house there. Sadly they are leaving Korea, and moving back to Singapore. Two days ago, while meeting them for the last time reminded of the fact that I never really wrote anything about the nice time I had there. So, here I am writing finally! If you want to know about Geoje Island and which places to visit there, please continue reading!

Geojedo or Geoje Island situated at the southern part of Korea, is the second largest island in Korea after Jeju or jejudo. I guess you understand that do is the Korean word for island. Geoje is known as Blue city of Korea, probably because of all the sea sides and an island in the middle. There was a time when people had to cross by ferry to go to Geoje Island  but luckily from December 2010,  Busan-Geoje Fixed Link is opened and provides a more direct connection to the city of Busan.

Geojedo Island is historically a significant place. Memorial services are held annually in memory of General Lee Sun-Shin at the Okpodaecheop (war) Memorial Park, built in memory of the battle of Okpo(1592.5.7 – 5.8). Geojedo Island also had the biggest prisoner-of-war camp during the Korean War, and the camp has been restored as a historical relics site.

 

POW camp was the first place we went. Our friend had a car, so transportation or how to get there was not a big deal for us. But when you go to a new city in Korea, you will often see small tourism office near bus station or train station. Just pick a map from there, and go find your place! Also, if you ask any person in that office for direction, they would surely help you out! Anyways, in POW camp they tried to create a vision of what happened there with little sculptures, lighting, paintings. They even contain some of the remaining things from the war like tanks, planes etc.

Next, we went to Hakdong pebble beach and then to Windy hill. I don’t have much pictures of these two, cause I kinda got sick during these times. Sorry for that. 😥

Hakdong Mongdol Beach, made of pebbles called Mongdol, has camellias and fairy pits in spring, and comes alive as a beach resort in summer. Windy Hill is a hill covered in grass and overlooking the sea. A growing number visitors come to the place after it was used a filming site for popular Korean dramas such as Eve’s Garden (2003, SBS) and Merry- Go-Round (2004, MBC). The name “Windy Hill” was given by those who visited the island and became a fan. Walking toward the hill along the wooden promenade from the wharf, one can see Hakdong Village from a distance.

Both of this place is so peaceful! Beside the sea, full of natural beauty, and cool breezes, one of those places to enjoy with your loved ones! I just wish I wouldn’t get sick and enjoyed a little more then!

And the best for the last, Oedo Island!!

Oedo-Botania is a marine botanical garden located in Hallyeo Maritime National Park, which has a beautiful view of the crystal blue South Sea and surrounding landscape. It is 4 kilometers away from Geojedo Island. About 20 minutes by ship from Gujora Port, past Naedo Island lies the European-like Oedo Island. In 1969, Lee Chang-ho first came to this island to escape from the wind and waves as he was fishing. He and his wife created this breathtaking landscape with all the care for 30 years.

In April, the island is covered with a plethora of flowers. The Venus Garden displays twelve sculptures and a western-style garden. At Paradise Lounge, one can enjoy the sunshine and the sea while drinking beverages. Camellias and various kinds of rare flowers from all over the world can be found in Oedo. When coming down the ‘Stairway to Heaven,’ visitors can view the beautiful garden and the ocean in the background. Magnificent terrace landscaping line both sides of the stairway. Oedo Paradise Island is without a doubt, a true paradise.

Oedo island is the most beautiful garden I ever saw, and I want it to stay that way! The most amazing experience was crossing the sea with a boat! You will see endless beauty of sea and the sun is shining just above your head, and once again you will realize life is beautiful!  The boat driver was very generous, he allowed us to go and watch the sea closely from the deck. And that’s how we took these pictures. Just a suggestion here, visit with your partner and hold each others hands while standing on the deck, which is simultaneously safe and romantic, and of course because this beauty is even more beautiful when you have someone to share with. The place is a little crowded, and the boat comes at certain interval only, so make sure to keep tracks of time as well as take a whole tour of the place without spending much times on taking pictures or etc.

As I mentioned before, we went to a friends’ house, so we didn’t need to worry about accommodation, but if you are just a tourist, check Visit Korea site here: ( http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/index.jsp ), they have some lists of hotel for every place in Korea.

Hope you enjoyed the post! Let me know of your thoughts!

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Munira Chowdhury, 10/07/17

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Chapter Singapore: 3 days trip

There are two types of people in this world:

  1. One who loves travelling
  2. One who doesn’t

Lol :p So, when I first heard about this conference : http://icace.coreconferences.com/ , I was really excited. Not only for the fact that I am going to present my research work for the first time but also for the fact that I get to travel to a new country! Anyways I have to admit, the whole conference was little bit messy, but Thanks to ALLAH, at least I did some travelling. The trip was only for 3 days, so it was not possible for me to travel and see a lot but I will try to share the experience of the little bit of travelling I did with you.

After we reached the Changi airport in Singapore, we went straight to the conference venue, which was Crown Plaza Hotel, in the morning. I was the second presenter of the day, so I was kinda nervous. Moreover, the time limit was only 10 minutes, but I kinda made a long presentation file, and most importantly, this was the first time I’m attending a conference. So, everything got clumsy. I tried my best, but it felt like I could’ve done better. Though my labmate, and one classmate from last semester and of course my Professor, never made me feel like I did any less. They were like, “You did great!” ^_^

Anyways, the day one was all about the conference and visiting some construction sites. And from the second day we started seeing and visiting around places. In some places I went alone, at some places together with Professor and labmate.

  • Before going to Singapore I never knew that it’s a sovereign city-state. There are varieties of people in Singapore. I never thought I could see people from so many countries in one place!
  • While travelling in Singapore, always keep in mind about keeping enough cash with you. Because not every shop accept credit card, and even if they do, not every card card will be accepted.
  • You should book the hotel before you arrive. Because Singapore is always crowded with tourists, there’s always a rush. So, it’s better to book the hotel before you arrive to save time and energy.
  • Public wi-fi is not much available. So, if you are always on the internet, buy a mobile sim card from airport or any local shop, it should cost 15-50$ depending on the offer and validity.
  • Buy a local transportation card for travelling via bus or subway. You may find some shops selling transportation card in airport. They usually cost 12$, and already are recharged with 7$. So, after finishing those, you can recharge again.
  • Collecting a city map and subway map from the information counter of airport/subway should be the first thing you do.
  • It is very hot in Singapore. If you are from a place with cold weather, please bring enough comfortable dresses, and don’t forget to keep napkins, tissues and water bottle with you.
  • For shopping, like jewelry, cosmetics, clothes, bag and shoes, go to Mustafa Centre. Specially for silver and gold jewelry. For branded shops, like Sephora, Prada etc., go to The Shoppes at Marina Bay. Usually in every subway you will find some underground markets, which are no too expensive, nor too cheap. Their collections are also pretty good. I heard there is another cheap shopping market in Bugis Street,  but as I mentioned before I had a busy schedule, I couldn’t afford time to visit there.
  • The place you must go when you visit Singapore is Marina Bay! The view here is so beautiful. And then you should go to the Marina Bay Sands Resort which is just beside the place. The view from the skypark of the hotel is heavenly! Singapore National Museum is also a nice place to visit. Specially the Glass Rotunda House took my heart away! Other than these, you can go to Arab Street, Little India, Cable Car Skypark, Sentosa etc. I heard about the last two from Hotel clerk, though I couldn’t manage time to get there. 😦
  • There are lot’s of street food shops around the city. You will find Indonesian-Thai-Singapore traditional-Bengali-Indian etc. food everywhere. Even the global brands like Mcdonald’s or Burger Kings are also available. But as a proud south Asian, I have tried to taste the first kind, rather than choosing the global brand lol 😛 One very unique thing about Singaporean breakfast is they will serve you bread toasts with two half boiled eggs. Never one, always two! 😀 And another is Kopi or traditional coffee, made with condensed milk. I felt like foods are kinda cheap in Singapore. Spending 5$, you can have a really nice and heavy meal.
  • Whenever we travel in new country, we always buy chocolates and snacks for our relatives and friends back home. When you are in Singapore looking for chocolates, go straight to ABC Burgain Store, this is cheapest departmental shop in the city.

Every price mentioned here is is local currency or Singapore dollar. 

Now, let’s take a look of the thousand pictures I took, lol 😛

That’s all for today. Hope to see you soon!

Munira Chowdhury, 14/03/17

Facts about Korean people : learned in 602 days

My first 10 days in Korea went really fast! I met my husband after 3months and 3days, the feeling of seeing him again was so overwhelming! It still is, but that was something different I had! So, at first I didn’t really notice Korean people around me at all. Except that, I’m some kinda alien to them  lol 😉 Anyways, finally I was able to get over my overwhelming, and started noticing things and people around.

Koreans are curious about foreigners. When they see someone which is quite different than them, they will give you a look, which often may makes you feel like an alien, but trust me, they are just curious! Specially when you are in bus or subway you will see elderly people looking directly at you with surprise 😉

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They are basically curious about things they are not used to with. Koreans, specially young Koreans love to follow USA and the lifestyle of USA. Most of the Koreans are Buddhist or atheist, only few people are christian. But still they enjoy Christmas like any christian. You will astonished by the arrangements they make in the streets, marts , restaurants or in coffee shops, with Christmas trees or  with Santa Claus.

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There is one common thing Korean women shares with Bengali women. Which is being insecure about themselves. I mean about their looks.

Bengali women are usually insecure about their color, because south Asian part is a mystery of the world, you will see people with almost  every type of colors. So, if you are someone who is very fair compare to the woman next to you, you are actually causing her lots of trouble. People are measuring her in scale of your fairness. lol 😛 Then comes how beautiful your eyes are, how sharp your nose is, how tall you are or if you have a nice physical shape or not. -_-

 

Here, Koreans are fair by born. But still they want to be much fairer. In fact they have a soft corner for white people from western countries. They take extra care of them. 😉 Even the makeup trend of Koreans are kinda different. I mean they use a really bright bb cream, sometimes which is even more brighter than their skin. So, their shades of face (which is way too whitish) and neck never matches after makeup, and they are pretty comfortable with it. I heard it’s a way to make the face look more pale i.e. more natural. Anyways, every country has their different style of everything. But I felt like, only brightest bb / cc / foundation shades coming in to Korean market actually reflects their insecurity, trying to look more fairer. Their biggest insecurity is their facial shape. So, they often gets cosmetic / plastic surgery, to widen their eyes, sharpen their nose, or to fix a round face to a more attractive shape.  Cause those surgeries are very cheap here compared to other countries. So, cosmetic surgery rate is quite high in Korea. In fact Korea has the highest rate of cosmetic surgery in the world.  (http://www.asianplasticsurgeryguide.com/news10-2/081003_south-korea-highest.html)

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Anyways, Koreans are actually very positive towards surgeries. To them,  surgery is like a permanent makeup, where you do not need to wash it off at night or put it again in the morning. 🙂

Koreans women also feel insecure about their age. So, when you met someone new, she will definitely ask you about your age. And if you are elder than them, you will see there’s flash of happiness in their eyes! 😉

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Not every Koreans understand the facts about Muslim or other religions. But those who do, think Muslim families are usually dominated by men, where women have no say at all. lol 😛 Of course, I rely on my husband for almost everything, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t respect my words or wish. So, if you are Muslim, and visiting Korea, you may be questioned who is the powerful one in the house! Also, in some cases you may be asked, if your husband gives his consent to you to do so. 😉

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Usually Korean women are in charge of all the household works, groceries, shopping, house, rent -utility services payment, banking etc. Men are supposed to earn, but how to spend the earning, that is solely up to the woman in the house. One of my male Korean friend even said to me, wives are guardian of the husbands here. 😉

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I am not sure about this one, but I hear Korean women are very choosy when it comes to marriage and life partner. It was told by a parson, who is a male, so there could be other side of the story. Also, Korean women are very career oriented. May be sometimes it just a pressure for them, taking all the responsibilities of their own and others. (http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160719000872 ) So, a lot of Koreans marry ladies from nearby countries, like Filipino, Vietnamese etc.  Few days ago, I saw a news, that says, now a majority of both men and women in Korea don’t wanna get married, because before and after part of any marriage is kinda expensive. I couldn’t manage the exact link, but this one here has similar information. (  http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2016/11/26/2016112600430.html )

But you will see even different pictures too. Foreign men sometimes gets settled in Korea leaving friends and family, marrying a Korean women. They even say, Korean women are the best kinda housewives! Like I mentioned before, Korean women are in charge of all the household works, groceries, shopping, house, rent -utility services payment, banking etc. Once you marry them, just keep doing your job, and she will take care of the rest!

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Most of the Koreans are very generous and very well mannered. They will try their best when you seek help to them. Can’t find a place? Ask the nearest pedestrian. He or she will definitely help you! Sometimes, they will even go with you, to make sure that you reached safely! 😉

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Learning Korean language is kinda difficult and speaking Korean is even more difficult. Because Koreans don’t usually understand when you say those in a different accent. You have to be very precise, otherwise they won’t get you! But finally when they do, they will try to correct your pronunciation. Like I said, they are very helpful 😀

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So, that was all about what I learned in 602 days in Korea. I hope to learn even more! Sorry for a long post! Have a lovely weekend! ❤

Munira Chowdhury, 20/01/17

Trick Eye Museum in Busan

I heard so much about this place from my husband after coming here, but didn’t get a chance to visit there. The place is actually full of 3d arts and built in a way to create optical illusion. They have other branches in cities like Jeju, Seoul etc. To get there, I mean to the one in Busan, you have to take line 1, in subway, and get off at Jagalchi station and walk like 3-4minutes and you will see Nampo Plaza. At 9th floor, you will find the museum. The ticket charges 10,000 Korean won for adults and 8,000 Korean won for kids.

It’s not really actually possible to describe it in words, so I’ll show you the pictures first!

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I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this place! Every time I take a look at the pictures I burst out laughing! 😀 I strongly recommend if you ever get a chance please do go there!

At the end there’s even a option where you can put your face to some dancing themed videos. And the videos are even more fun! 😀

Of course it’s most entertaining for kids, but I’m sure people of any age will have a good time there. 🙂

So, that was all for today! Bye! ❤

Chapter Suncheon: Suncheon bay national garden

So, this year, during Chuseok, couple of Bangladeshis including me and my husband, planned to visit Suncheon bay garden in Suncheon. If you are not familiar with Chuseok, which is totally okay, because it’s Korean government holiday for 3days and kinda similar to thanks giving. The area of the garden is 1.112 km² plus 28 km² of Suncheon Bay. There are about 860,000 trees and 650,000 autumn flowers such as roses, sunflowers, and cosmos flowers are planted in the garden.

Suncheon Bay Garden was designated as the No.1 National Garden in August and held a proclamation ceremony on September 5, 2015. According to the data collected from Suncheon on October 13, the total visitors of the garden is now at the 400 million mark. Which is quite true, because when we went there, I was kinda surprised to see the rush of people. Because, I heard in Chuseok, people spends time with their families in home, specially they visit their villages or home town.

Anyways, it’s a garden, so it is of course green everywhere. But you will be kinda surprised to see how many versatility a garden can hold! So many different species of plants, so many varieties (505 species of trees and 113 species of flowers) are gonna stunned anyone for sure.

The Suncheon Lake Garden designed by American landscape designer Charles Jencks is located at the center of Suncheon Bay Garden. Inspired by the unique topography of Suncheon, this artificial garden is a small representation of the city. The Suncheon Bay Garden was built to protect the ecosystem of the Suncheon Bay area.

The garden has 4 zones:

  • Arboretum: Arboretum zone features various kinds of path including Autumn Tint path, Maple Tree path, and Meditation path. It also features Korean Traditional Garden where the Palace Garden, the Noblemen’s Garden, and the Garden of Hope can be found. The Royal Azalea Garden has locally grown royal azalea trees with over a hundred species of royal azaleas. Another feature of arboretum is the Tree Ground which has over 200 species of naturally grown trees such as southern magnolia, zelkova, and hackberry tree.
  • Wetland Center: The Wetland Center Zone features the Dream Bridge designed by artist Kang Ik-Jung. The wall of the bridge is decorated with 145,000 drawings on old shipping container by children around the world.
  • World Garden Zone: The World Garden Zone is a collaborative space created by designers and artists from Korea and all over the world. It consists of indoor, outdoor gardens, and gardens of 11 countries including German, Dutch, Japanese, and Spanish.
  • Wetland Zone: The Wetland Zone is where visitors can experience natural environments. The Biotope Wetland was built to protect the Suncheon Bay wetland ecology. A walking trail work as a guide for visitors to explore ecology of inland wetland.

 And here’s some of the pictures we took there :

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Butterfly couple

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Water spray 🙂

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Anther interesting thing about the garden is water spray. Tiny drops of water are sprayed in a way to give you a cold feeling.  When you feel all sweaty, just go near any of the water spray and trust me, you will feel better afterwards. ❤

Some of the places even contains history and old stories. One of the story was about this butterfly couple who couldn’t have a happy ending while as human being being and later became butterflies.

Overall, it’s a good place for a day out. This is quite a big area, so make sure to keep some times in your hands so you can take a good look.

Hope you enjoyed the post! Have a good day, bye! ^_^

***Information was collected from Wikipedia and Tourism Korea. 🙂

Busan Tower

Actually it’s been a long time, since I visited Busan Tower, like 5months ago! I thought of writing about it too many times, but somehow I forgot it. Anyways, here I am, writing it finally!

I love travelling new places! And after moving here, me and my husband often went to the beautiful and significant places of Busan, during weekend. But when I started going to lab and study, it kinda stopped. After working for 5 days, I love spending weekend in home, with him.

Korea is certainly a beautiful country and it has too many lovely places. I am not fortunate enough to visit all of them, but I did visit some places. And all of them except one (because there was scorching heat on that day) didn’t disappoint me at all. I will try to write about them all, but let’s just start with Busan Tower today.

Busan Tower is a 118-metre-high tower (69m above sea level) at Yongdusan Park, located in Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea.

Built in 1973, and is only used for entertainment purposes and doesn’t have any transmitting equipment which sets the tower apart from many other towers with observation decks primarily built as TV- and radio towers.

The tower offers a stunning night view and plenty to see, such as the Statue of the Great Admiral Yi Sun-shin, the Bell of the Citizens, a flower clock and a bust of the Busan-based independent activist, Baeksan An Hee-je.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org ;  http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1475231

The tower is actually very high as you can see from the measurement but before you actually reach the bottom of the tower, you have to ride a long way by stairs as it is situated on a higher ground. Which is equivalent to 3 to 4 floors. So, you should wear a very comfortable shoes if you wanna go there. Sadly for me, I didn’t know this high ground deal, and most importantly I was too eager to wear my new hill boots, I bought few days ago. I had leg pain for two days. -_-

Here’s what you see once you climb up all the stairs:

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And, here’s a panorama view of the other side you can see from the place:

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At the first picture, in our right side lies the Bell of the Citizens. A big bell sculpture. There’s some boundary with the chains, you can’t go too near.

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You can see the statue of the Great Admiral Yi Sun-shin, in the picture below, at our right side.

 Yi Sun-sin (Hunminjeongeum: 이순신; hanja: 李舜臣; April 28, 1545 – December 16, 1598) was a Korean naval commander, famed for his victories against the Japanese navy during the Imjin war in the Joseon Dynasty, and is well-respected for his exemplary conduct on and off the battlefield not only by Koreans, but by Japanese admirals as well.

Source: Wikipedia

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The tower is behind us, as you can see. Before you enter the tower you have to issue a ticket. Ticket price: 10,000 Korean won. There is also a souvenir shop on the ground floor. You can buy postcards, key rings, even jewelry from there. 🙂

And there is a female statue just outside the building, sitting on a bench alone, so I thought I should company her a little! 😀

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There are two many love locks and love notes around the places. It’s nice to see how many people left all those for their loved ones! ❤

Inside of the tower also there are love notes and locks.

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You have to take elevators to get to the deck of the tower. It’s only accessible during working hours. Once you get there, you can have the full view of Busan, and it’s truly amazing! ^_^ And here’s what you can see from the tower:

The whole world feels to tiny from there I admit, but isn’t it beautiful!

There is also a small cafe there, but like all  the side shops are kinda  expensive  in all the historical places,  it is too. But it is also great to have a cup of coffee with such magnificent view!

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There is also a little Museum kinda place. Sorry, I don’t have any pictures of that.

Anyways, the place is really beautiful. And really perfect for a day out! The place was kinda crowdy, but it is not gonna bother you much, I promise! If you have time, you should go there someday! At least just for having the full view of Busan from the tower! And trust me, you won’t be disappointed at all. 🙂

So, that’s all for today! Have a good day, bye!!!!!!!!!!! ❤

 

 

A brown skin girl’s struggle for perfect foundation in Korea

Having a brown skin tone is a curse because most of the time you end up buying the wrong shade foundation. :/ Specially in Korea. Almost each and every foundation/ bb and cc cream or any base makeup products are of too bright shade.Usually they have two shades, 21 or 23. In some cases, you may find a little darker shade, they call ‘Ginger’. But still they are too bright for the brown tone.

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I’m not sure about it, But I think Korean makeup trend is something like, your face needs to be more brighter than your neck or hands. Everyday I see too many ladies in the streets or shops, with a whitish base, that doesn’t match their hands or neck. Well, not every people has same skin tone on their full body, for example my hands have a yellowish brown tome, while my face is just brown. Still, I do know the fact that we need to match at least our face to neck when applying a makeup. But I have seen too many ladies here wearing a different tone makeup and be confident and comfortable about it. I guess, this is the reason of the trend, why bright shades are available only.

 

So, I am tired of using my It’s skin bb cream and Missha magic cushion foundation. I am not saying I’m bored with them, I am just saying I’m bored with the fact of using same thing. And, that’s why I’ve been looking for a replacement foundation for couple of days. I thought of ordering something from ebay, but the thought of shade matching fact stopped me from doing that. Not, every mart has the international brands like Loreal, Maybelline etc. outlets here in Busan. Well, Shinsegae Centum City has many renown international brands though. But, it’s not possible for you to go there everyday, if it’s of more than 1 hour of distance by sub-way. :/ It’s actually a no problem either, but going there often makes feel bad about myself! I mean how poor I am that I can’t buy these celestial things! -_- Anyways, Shinsegae is the largest departmental store in the world it’s totally legit that there will be only over pricey brand labeled things. :/

 

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Well, you can order some international brands in Korea, by the local online shopping site, G- Market. They are very good and reliable for both the quality and early shipping. Maximum shipping time is two days and minimum is 20 hours. Isn’t that great! ❤ But, fact is, they keep their price considering international shipping charge they had to pay for bringing the product to Korea.  Sometimes even more than ebay. But, if shipping time is your priority, then certainly G-Market is your best option.

Shopping international brands from ebay is disgustingly pathetic because of the fact that you have to pay a large amount of shipping charge. Say you want to buy a foundation from loreal or mac. Sometimes you will see that actual price is 20$ where you need to pay a shipping charge of 25$.

Well, there’s two departmental store I know (Olive Young & Watsons), that sells international brands. You may not find much variation there. But  you can find something there. But sad truth is they only keep the shade matching their own skin tone for brands like loreal, mac etc. Or, it could also be the fact that shade variations are not available in the outlets where I usually visit.  No tears for the brown skin lol :p

 

So, if you have a brown skin, your best practice in Korea is picking something out of the available Korean products that suites your skin (not your tone, cause that’s not possible anyways lol 😀 , so I meant that doesn’t harm your skin) and always apply in little amount and blend them really nicely. But sometimes when you need a party look, you have to put more than a little amount. In that case, try putting some on your exposed areas like hands or neck etc.

So, that was I’ve been doing for an year, but I wanted to have something else. And guess what! I found one!  I went to Watsons today with intention of buying Loreal true match foundation. I found a shade that barely matches my brown skin tone, but there was no better option from Loreal. So, I thought I would take what I got, just at that moment I found Catrice even skin tone foundation. And guess what? Shade 30 matches with me perfectly! Oh ALLAH, I’m so happy! Finally! So, if you have brown skin tone like me, you can go for this. I will soon add my review about it. But in another post. 😉

So, that’s all for now. Bye!

********All the pictures are collected from internet. 🙂