It’s been a year since our Japan travel and since then, we’ve adapted a few things we learned from Japanese culture in our lifestyle. One of which is drinking Matcha Tea. In one of our foodie experiences in Tokyo was dining at Uobei, a 105-yen sushi train restaurant in Shibuya where they had little hot water faucets individually placed in front of each guest so you can make your own Matcha Tea on a limitless basis. We’ve always been fond of drinking tea but it was only in Japan where we learned to love drinking Matcha tea. So we bought Matcha Tea from an online store called Kenko Tea, a shop based in Melbourne but gets their Matcha from the Nishio region of Japan.

We bought a Japanese Matcha Tea Set from Kenko Tea which includes a 30gram-tin of Premium Grade Matcha Green Tea, a hand crafted traditional matcha bamboo whisk and bamboo matcha tea scoop. The bamboo whisk, also called “chasen”, is used in traditional tea ceremonies and it’s ideal for used to bring out the froth and creaminess of the matcha tea. The bamboo scoop measures the correct amount of tea you need which is roughly 1 gram.

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I started my love affair with Korean beauty products in 2011. It all started with a curiosity for BB Cream. One night, I checked out online articles on BB Creams and a few days after, I finally decided to purchase my first BB Cream. In 2012, I wrote about the things I learned about BB Cream, why I’ve come to love them and enumerated the BB Creams I’ve tried.

In 2013, I went back to Seoul and bought several Korean beauty products I wanted to try. Seoul is beauty haven! It’s considered one of the best places in Asia for cosmetic shopping. In an article I’ve read, Korean women start taking good care of their skin as early as 9-years old while another article shared their 10-step skincare routine.  In shopping areas, they have streets all lined up with cosmetic shops, it was like candyland for women. The best part was getting a lot of freebies whenever you make a purchase. After our last visit in Seoul, my make-up kit has been taken over by mostly Korean brands.  Here are a few products I took home with me from my travels in Seoul and shopping in Sydney:

Skin Moisturisers. My first few choices for Korean moisturisers were Etude House’ Collagen Moistfull Sleeping Pack & Eye Cream and Nature Republic’s Acqua Cream. I bought all three products in Seoul and was able to use them during two Summer seasons. They’re gel-based moisturisers and perfect for warm season as the formulation is light._MG_5414

I finally have a Pandora bracelet!!!

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The cutest gift the Hubby’s ever given me–a Japanese Doll charm! It came with a bracelet, . Each symbol’s meaningful to me so I’m grateful he chose these charms.

I have started my love for Pandora charms in 2012 and it all started with a Camera charm. Since then, it has been my dream to own a Pandora bracelet and to slowly and carefully collect charms. My goal is to have a bracelet that will hold my life’s charmed moments, milestones and cherished memories. And so I waited for the right time to have one. It finally did, when the Husband finally thought of getting me a bracelet for my birthday.

The bracelet came with a Flower Burst Clip & a Heart Charm Clip embedded with Cubiz Zirconia (which matches my Pandora ring, something I bought for myself last year). The best part was that it also came with a Japanese Doll which was very cute! All charms were meaningful me. The flower for my love of Spring, the heart to remind to me to always surround myself with the people I love and a Japanese Doll because our Japan travel last year was life-changing.

I’m not in hurry to fill up my bracelet with charms but it’s exciting to think of possible charms that I can add to it.

I’ve experienced the sweetest birthday month this year and it’s all because the Husband made sure that every week of January, I get to enjoy a slice of cake. The cakes he got me were not fancy but just very thoughtful because he made sure they were cakes I enjoy eating.

On a different perspective, I see the sweetness of each cake pertain to the sweetness of my life then, now and in future. I feel very blessed to come to my 38th year with  lots of love, happiness and peace in my heart. I’m so grateful…so so grateful of the life I live, the special people close to me and the moments I spend with them. The past two years, I have gone thru a downsizing of sorts. It’s a process of knowing myself more and letting go of certain parts of my life. It was painful and took a lot of humility and acceptance, but liberating in the end. To be free of things that make me an unproductive and superficial person was the best gift of that painful journey. I pray that God will continue to guide me in this path I’ve chosen.

Anyway, back to my cakes. Every weekend the Husband got me a cake and I get to eat it on Saturday afternoons with coffee that he made.

Hokkaido Cheesecake (Mini) on the first weekend of January. It’s a cake that I frequently buy from Breadtop because it’s the perfect size for my Husband and I to share. I love its lightness and sweetness. Goes well with tea and coffee.

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