September -17 Through My Phone

It has already turned to November, but I'm here with some pictures from September! I'll try to get the October pictures out too as soon as possible. My midterm exams are over now and I have more time for other things besides school again.

1-2. One of our dear friends went back to America for a while, so we met her for a meal in this huge Mexican restaurant to chat before she left. I shared frozen strawberry margarita (tasted too much alcohol for my taste) with hubby and we had some delicious food too. 
3. Just a random one eared tired pup to cheer your day.
4. I think I mentioned before how I was teaching some Finnish to one of the professors of my university, and in our last session he gifted me this wine set. I was so touched! It was a great experience to teach him.

1. Haru trying clothes on for the first time in her life. She hated it, and couldn't understand why I would do something so cruel to her. She acted like she would have been paralyzed and just collapsed without even trying to walk. Now few mornings have been so cold that I've dressed her when we have gone out and she has been fine.
2. Story of my life... I can reach a gym from our apartment, but unfortunately I've been able to get only one legendary pokémon because there's never no one else battling in that gym! :( Frustrating.
3. Playtime in our bed, biting threads from our blanket. After taking this picture she probably peed to our bed too... Now I'm hopeful that she has finally stopped this habit.
4. I hate to visit the bank in our campus! 26 people before me and it goes soooo slowly! It's always like this there. After waiting like an hour I was done with my thing in a minute.

1. I had my birthday (28 years old now) and my husband got me the best present ever! I had been dreaming of this, but didn't had mentioned anything about it to him. This palette is so great and I've been using it almost daily. Nice pigment and lovely colors.
2. I also got a rose from him. And an ice cream cake!
3. Got these chocolates from one of my classmates on my birthday. That was super sweet of her since we aren't even super close. So glad to have people like this in my life. :)
4. Cafe near by our house got new heart shaped straws. Sooooo cute! Love their white cafe mocha.

1-2. My dear friend took me to eat some cake for my birthday. This was marcobiotic, vegan, super healthy, and delicious. Iced tea was pretty good too.
3. This picture is from the same day than the cake... We met around Anguk station and accidentally found this kind of old Korean traditional house (hanok) to visit.
4. Can you tell from her face how much she hated her first time outside? She is usually pretty brave puppy, but new things shock her easily and she needs some time to get used to them. Now she loves walking (usually...). She looks kind of weird in this because she was in the middle of changing her baby fur to a new shiny big girl fur.

Haru - Part 1

Because I'm a bit crazy dog mommy I've decided to share here some pictures of Haru once in a while. I think she is the pretties pup on Earth (like everyone thinks of their own?) and since she is still growing I try take pictures of her weekly to record how she changes while she grows. Even though she doesn't really enjoy of being my model and would rather just play instead... I hope that someone of you enjoys of these pictures, I just think they are too cute not to be shared! I know there's too many pictures but... So cute!

So tiny and fluffy.

This is how she actually looks most of the time.

Hate clothes. All trust to humankind lost.

Haru loves her carrier and often sleeps in it.

Which one is your favorite?

Summer Is Turning To Fall

And that means new post about my studies! Like I mentioned before, I studied Korean language for my whole summer vacation. I took level 2 in Korea University's language center. I think that compared to level 1 this was much more difficult, but it might be because previously I've always been kind of studying same stuff over and over again, and now I finally learned new grammar and vocabulary everyday after a long time. I had new teachers this time and they were very lovely, like all of the language center's teachers seem to be. I can't praise their teachers enough. I don't know how they have been able to find all these amazing people to work for them. In level 2 teachers use a bit more advanced Korean while they teach, so I needed to try to focus very carefully to listen what they spoke. Compared to level 1 my classmates were much more motivated. Not that many late comers, not that many people skipping classes all the time, and not that many students trying to sleep or use their phones, so that was a very positive surprise for me. Only complain I have is that in level 2 teachers didn't really focus on our pronunciation. In level 1 it was one of the main focus, but now we got personal feedback of our pronunciation basically only if we asked. I felt that I wasn't doing very well this semester and stressed a lot that what if I can't pass the level, but thankfully I did okay in my exams. I got pretty good results of all my other exams, but the results of my speaking/conversation exams were lower than what I got from other areas. I was really surprised that I did actually better in my listening exams now than in level 1 getting full points of both of my exams! Level 2 was similar with level 1 in that sense that they are conversation based classes and require students to participate a lot. So if you want to practice especially your conversational skills, I highly recommend trying studies in Korea University. You can read about my experience of level 1 in here. As much as I love Korea University and all my amazing teachers, I think this was my last time studying there. I need to achieve TOPIK level 4 in specific time frame and that examination focuses on writing instead of speaking, so even though I would highly need all the speaking practice Korea University could offer me, I think I must change my focus on writing essays in Korean. I hope that my speaking skills will follow afterwards!

Korea University

Now I'm back in my own university again and almost half through this semester already. Only one week left to our midterms! This semester I'm taking 6 courses, worth of 17 credits. I'm taking three law classes this time. Those are my first online course FTA and Law, and International Organization and Law from my major, and International Contract Law from my minor. My major classes don't feel too bad yet since we haven't had any readings, but I need to write a report for both. That contract law class is pretty demanding, but the professor is one the best I've ever had so I kind of enjoy that class in a bizarre self-torturing way. We already had our midterm exam for that class and I must say that it was pretty heavy two hours for me... No idea how I did in it. Hoping for the best... Then I'm taking Introduction to Development Economics (even though I swore that I wouldn't study economics anymore :D), Intercultural Communication as an elective from the Department of English Literature and Culture, and Korean Language 2. I kind of love to read the book for my communication class! I've found it to be very interesting. Development economics has been still more about the development side of the topic, but I guess it will get more difficult when we start to study more about the economic side of it. So thankul that I have my husband to help me with the math! My Korean language class is very easy, but I like this class much more than the class I took last semester. We have same teacher than last semester, but the class size is smaller, the class is better organized, and we use mainly just Korean in the class. So far this semester has felt much lighter than my few previous semesters. I kind of feel that I can actually handle this amount of studying, but I might change my mind now when I'll start to prepare for my midterms... Always stressing about my grades and GPA, so I try to do my best for every class.

Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

How We Live In Korea

I thought it would be nice to talk a little about in what kind of place we live now and what are the differences of renting an apartment in Korea versus renting an apartment in Finland. We are living now in 30m² one room officetel apartment. Like the name officetel suggests some of the apartments of this building are used as offices. Usually this type of housing offers other services too. In this building we have 24h convenience store and Korean restaurant, pharmacy, dentist, and our realtor's office. We have also three (super slow...) elevators and 24h guard who we can contact from our apartment in case of an emergency and who will take our post packages if we aren't home. Our apartment is in the corner of the building so we have windows on two walls and only only one wall shared with a neighbour. Luckily the aparment next door is used as office space so no one is there in the night time and there hasn't been any disturbing noises from any of our neighbours.

View from our rooftop. That's pollution, not clouds.

There's Namsan Tower.

The area where we live has very good public transportation. It's very easy to go everywhere from here either by subway or bus and my school is pretty close too. As a bad side we need to listen constant noise of traffic because there is an express road going right next to this building, only few floors under our apartment. People seem to drive there in the middle of the night too... In my first night I thought that I made a very bad mistake to choose this apartment because I love silence, but now I barely notice the sounds of traffic anymore. It has one good side too since under ther road we have nice walking route where we can go for walks with our puppy. It was actually one of the reasons why I wanted to move to this apartment. We have few market areas nearby (including traditional medicine market which strong smell makes me feel really sick always when I walk past it) so this area is not very hip and cool, but instead filled with very old and poor people. While stepping outside of the subway it might seem that all of the Seoul's elderly have decided to visit the same station. Because of that most of the services around here are targeted for older people, so not much nice restaurants or other cool places to visit around here. Luckily we have one very pretty and nice tiny coffee shop next to our house where we can grab delicious huge iced lattes and caramel macchiatos with just 3,500 won (around 2,6 euros). I really try to limit myself not to visit there everyday. Anyways I love live in this bit calmer Northern Seoul and wouldn't want to move anywhere too far from here.

I found a dog bed for Haru that is almost exactly the same color than our sofa!

I like the lightning and windows of this apartment a lot. But not those office curtains...

Then few words about the differences of living in Korea and living in Finland. In Seoul deposits for apartments are huge, usually starting from 5 million won (around 3 970euros). The bigger the deposit you pay, the smaller your rent will be. In Finland deposit is usually the amount of two months rent, but can also be less or more. In Korea you might need to pay monthly building maintenance fee too (called 관리비), when in Finland that's something that the apartment's owner will take care of. In Finland I've used to pay rent in advance, but here I paid my first rent after living in this apartment for a month. Most of the apartments in bigger buildings don't use keys but have electronic system with number codes to get in. Korean stoves work usually with gas when in Finland they work always with electricity, but I've seen that nowadays in new buildings they might have chosen to use induction stoves instead. Korean apartments don't usually have ovens at all (in Finland almost always), but have instead laundry machine under the stove. If the apartment has balcony, laundry machine might be put there instead of the kitchen. In Finland laundry machines are usually located to the bathroom and it is something that you need to purchase by yourself. Apartments in Finland don't usually have air conditioners because summers are so short and mild, but in Korea it's a must! In Korea heating is usually build under the floor, in Finland electric or water radiators on the walls are the most common system of heating. And if you want to use warm water in Korea apartments have usually their own boilers you need to remember to turn on to heat the water, in Finland warm water will come out always without any extra steps. Recycling in Korea is mandatory and you need to buy specific plastic bags for your trash. In some buildings you will just leave your trash on the street next to your building, but in our building we have a specific place for trash and need to buy bags only for trash that can't be recycled. In Finland people recycle a lot too, but it's not mandatory.

Space is very limited... Bought few new pretty plates.

My most often used make up in our bathroom. Love this shelf infront of the mirror.

I've also adopted some Korean ways after living with Koreans for years. Buying a rice cooker was a must for us. After you have tried it once you don't want to live without one anymore. I can live without a microwave but not without a rice cooker. And of course we have lots of kimchi and usually some other typical Korean side dishes in our fridge too. I also must have some roasted and salted sea weed with my rice. So good! In Finland people use big towels to dry themselves after shower and might use the same towel multiple times after letting it dry, but in Korea people use usually those hand towel sized towels and wash them after every use. I chose only small towels for this apartment aftert getting used to this Korean way. Korean tap water should be drinkable, but I don't know anyone who would drink it just like that, so we buy our drinking water in bottles. Thankfully water is pretty cheap here! And because you can get everything delivered to your home our front door has a collection of magnetic delivery menus, which I think is a very typical element for a Korean home. :D

First Month With A Puppy

Time flies! It's been a month already since Haru joined our little family. She has grown a lot and when comparing her now to the pictures taken a month ago I don't know where my fluffy baby puppy has disappeared! When she was almost 11 weeks her weight was 680 grams, two weeks later 900 grams. This girl likes to eat, or at least liked before we decided to start to feed her very healthy (and expensive) food that is made mostly of salmon. Not her favourite, but I hope she will get used to it. She bites us a bit less than before, has learned her new name, and knows how to sit and go down, but doesn't want to understand the word "no". She has so much energy and is always ready to play. She prefers to play with us, but plays well with her toys on her own too. Living with a very tiny, fast, and playful puppy requires us to be extremely careful or she might get hurt accidentally. Night time she sleeps quietly in her own bed or under our bed. She likes to follow what we do, but isn't extremely clingy so she behaves very well while being alone.

We found wonderful animal medical center for her where we go to vaccinate her and to prepare her to travel with us, but it's not in our area so we use subway to go there. Haru travels in her carrier very well and is curious about everything she sees, but while she is there we can't give her any attention or she wants to come out. Her carrier is always open in our home, so she often sleeps in it. My husband was sure that she wouldn't go even near to her carrier after our first vet visit because she cried a lot while getting her shots, but seems it was harder mentally for us than for her since she still goes to her carrier willingly. Next set of vaccinations was much easier and she didn't cry at all! Her vet speaks perfect English and is very gentle with her, so we are glad that we found a kind vet like him. Because she hasn't still got all of her shots she isn't allowed to go out and does her business on pee pads. She has used them very well since the moment she came and has had only few accidents elsewhere. No mess all over the apartment! Only a bit annoying thing is that she tries to pee on everything soft, including our bed. She doesn't pee on her own bed or on her carrier, but I think that she thinks about our bed as a playground and doesn't understand that our blanket is not a pee pad for her. I hope that this problem gets solved when we can start to take her out to do her business. And before she grows big enough to jump to our bed by herself... Anyways I can't wait to let her to explore the world outside this tiny apartment!

Overall our first month together has been filled with happiness and we are so in love with her. I think my husband had some doubts about getting a cihuahua (he wants border collie...), but now he is totally a very proud and caring puppy daddy! Haru is our baby now and it would be weird to imagine life without her anymore. We want to protect her and help her to grow nicely behaving grown up. She might not always be the easiest puppy, but she is very happy, loving and clever. I knew based on just few videos of her that she would be the perfect puppy for us and I was definitely right about that! Couldn't be any happier about our decision to take her.

So so tired...

July & August -17 Through My Phone

Since it's already September I decided to write about July and August in a one post. Actually I didn't do much these Summer months because I spend every weekday in Korea University studying Korean, so I didn't take much pictures either... Even though I feel I didn't do much, many things changed and these month were pretty busy for me. I moved to my own apartment and we were in a long distance marriage for one month. Thankfully, my husband's working situation got changed again and now we are sharing this new apartment together. I think that one month separated felt much longer than just a month! And then we got our Haru and she has kept us pretty busy because she is very active little puppy.

1. I was forced to go out in a rainy weekend to do a homework for my Korean class. This picture is from Dongdaemun.
2. I really don't take pictures of myself anymore... But this was my look for a musical. My first musical alone!
3-4. So the musical I went to see was Hamlet and I went to watch it because VIXX's Ken was in it. I wanted to cheer myself up because my husband had just moved so I booked a seat really close to the stage. I haven't seen anything like this musical before! It mixed many different styles of music from rock to tap dancing and Ken did amazing job acting as a crazy Hamlet. He was also half naked part of the musical, so can't really complain.

1. Movie date. We wen't to see the new Spider Man movie. Even though we both like Tom Holland as the new Spider Man, this movie was very boring, childish and disappointing. 
2. Like I told earlier, I just studied Korean most of my Summer. It was difficult... I made this list to try to make myself to memorize all the words for wearing something. Depending of what you are wearing, like clothes, shoes, belt, or contact lenses, you need to use different words for it. And of course different words also for taking them off! I'm really bad at memorizing vocabulary so this was painful and I've already forgot it again.
3. This was what I saw every Friday while waiting my husband to come back to Seoul. Routes to bus terminals became very familiar to me. Glad it is over now!
4. This Summer's limited edition flavour for everything has been melon. Usually these season limited products aren't that good, but this actually tasted totally like a real melon bread!

1-2. Moved to my own apartment! First picture is the view from my apartment and second picture shows how it looked the first days I spent here. New bed arrived just few days after my move.
3. First time meeting Mimi after my move. I've missed her so much! And she had missed me too, because she was very clingy and made noises if I stopped to pet her even for a second. Now she has got used to it already that we aren't there with her everyday, but I keep missing her a lot.
4. Banana tiramisu drink from a grocery store. Was okay! Tried salted latte too, but I liked this a bit better.

1. These cuties used to greet me on my way to Korean class. They were very friendly, but I felt bad for them because they were outside in the +30C heat in a very tiny cage like this...
2. We went to Ikea, got some furnitures for our apartment and Swedish chocolate! It was very expensive, but I miss Finnish and Swedish chocolate so much I couldn't resist. Korean chocolate sucks.
3. New library in COEX. I've seen so much pictures of it I couldn't resist to take some by myself when we passed by.
4. Still playing Pokémon Go. I can reach a gym from my apartment so managed to catch this. It's my only legendary because I haven't went to other raids and seems there's never other people participating on the raids of our gym.

1-2. Seoul's first Comic Con. Was disappointing, but they sold some nice goodies there. I bought Hufflepuff version of the 20th anniversary edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I think it has also been almost 20 years since I read it the last time, and now I want to read the other books again too.
3-4. This is how everyday Seoul looks like in the areas where people actually live. This was also on my way to Korean class. I moved so close to Korea University I used to walk there. 

1-2. We got our Haru! She used to be so so tiny, cute and fluffy! It was love at first sight.
3. Really tried to read for my Korean finals... Hubby was an angel and went to buy me a big coffee. Studying is so much better with a cup of coffee.
4. Lunch with my cute hubby. It's been a while since Shake Shack landed to Korea, but because they have always so long lines it hasn't felt worth to wait to eat there. Now they have new restaurant closer to us so decided to give it a try.

1-2. Had a nice brunch time meeting with my friend and enjoyed these delicious vegan treats. I had strawberry ade with ginger bread flavoured pumpkin cake and it was so good! We must go again.
3. Finished the level 2 of Korean class succesfully. It was difficult, but I made it. I love Korea University's language center and their awesome teachers, but I think this was my last time taking the intensive course... 
4. After finishing my Korean course I had one week of vacation time and then returned to my own Uni... Actually I spend some of my vacation days there too teaching Finnish to one of the professor of our university.

Review: eSpoir Ultra HD Nude Liquid Powder Cushion (Porcelain)

Long time no make up reviews! That's because I haven't really bought anything new and just tried to use the old products I have. Other reason is that I felt that it was too difficult to take decent pictures in our old apartment. I'm still trying to buy only products I actually need, but our new apartment has much better lighting so I hope I can offer better pictures in the future! Here's a review of the cushion foundation I've been using this summer.

 "Liquid Powder - like cushion foundation enabling perfect nude skin expression powder from developed formula with fine UHD powder which changes into soft powder the moment it touches your skin." - eSpoir

I saw the foundation of this line to be used in one of eSpoir's make up videos and it caught my attention, so when I found out that there's also a cushion made of the same product I needed to try it. I liked eSpoir's Pro Tailor Cushion EX a lot, so I had very high hopes for this one. I got the lightest shade, porcelain, and it has yellow undertone. The shade porcelain of Ultra HD Nude Liquid Powder Cushion is darker than the porcelain of Pro Tailor Cushion. This cushion comes in 5 different shades. It has SPF50+ PA+++ and 15grams of product in it.

The cushion case is nude beige, like the name suggests, and pretty sturdy. The puff is pretty hard and I personally don't like the texture of it. It doesn't bend very well for precise application. Scent of this product is very mild, milder than in any cushion I've had before, which I really like. Like I told before, I had very high hopes for this product, but unfortunately it dissappointed me badly. When I tried this cushion for the first times, I was suprised by the finish because it looked pretty dewy. Then suddenly after I had used it for a week or two it changed to powdery! I like powdery finish, but this product is very difficult to apply evenly. If you want to add one more layer to add coverage, the puff leaves horrible lines and patches and kind of ruins the first layer, so you need to work it carefully on your skin to achieve even result. Coverage is medium. It's not necessary to use powder to set this foundation since the finish itself is very powdery.

This cushion is also drying. I have dehydrated combination skin that gets easily oily throughout the day, but this cushion has really dried my skin even in humid summer season. I would recommend this product only for oily skin without any dry patches since this foundation tends to higlight dry areas of the skin. Only good thing about this cushion besides the mild scent is that it's very long lasting! Even though the summers are very hot and sweaty in Korea, this stays on my face the whole day like it was when I applied it. But even though it's long lasting, I wouldn't re-purchase this product. Applying it has been too frustrating and it doesn't really do any good for my skin. If you are looking for a cushion with powdery finish I would recommend Mamonde's Cover Powder Cushion instead.

Price: 35,000 KRW, comes with a re-fill
Re-fill costs 15,000 KRW