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    Another Year (or so) in Review: Tomorrow, Today

    In the spirit of insomnia and too much caffeine after 10 pm (learn from me), instead of continuing to binge watch “Sky Castle,” I decided to scroll through endless Instagram and Snapchat videos I had saved over the last couple of years. I ended up feeling really nostalgic and a bit sad because I will be leaving this place, this life, right here, very soon (there’s a clock on the wall, just counting, counting, counting those seconds away). So, I compiled everything and set it to a song that I kind of love (that’s actually compatible with the feeling of the video – finding a new path, not knowing what is coming next,…

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    Osaka in December

    Against the advice of my therapist, I decided to go back to Japan for part of my December holiday. Not that I have any bad feelings towards Japan, quite the opposite actually, but you know, you can never be too careful. It brought up a lot of nostalgia, and stirred up some weird emotions I thought I had already dealt with but hey, sometimes you have to roll with the punches and pretend everything is a-okay – and if you’re lucky, it ends up being just that. I went with a really good friend of mine, and to be honest, nothing too exciting happened. This wasn’t the immersive site-seeing type…

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    Spending a Week in Malaysia

    She’s back! Sort of… Recently, in a kind of spur of the moment thing, I booked a trip with a friend to visit Kuala Lumpur and Penang. I’m trying to visit different countries in Asia and get a bit more out of my comfort zone (more than I already am anyway) for the time being, which means, more trips abroad (I’m thinking Taiwan and Hong Kong early next year). This is the first time I’ve visited a country in Southeast Asia (more on that later), and while we did the whole shopping/spas/massages on certain days, I didn’t really find them camera worthy (I mean, a mall in America is pretty…

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    KBeauty Summer Essentials

    I spent the last week and a half in Seoul, and let me tell you, it’s hot. Like, I didn’t want to leave my Airbnb until the sun went down hot. If there’s anything that has been increasingly frustrating as I get older, it’s my skin. I was lucky and didn’t get much acne when I was in high school, but as of the last year or so I’ve noticed that my skin has really taken a hit, especially due to stress, lack of sleep, and let’s be honest – not the best decisions as far as food goes. After reading article after article, and watching so many skin routine reviews, I…

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    Tips for Living Abroad

    It’s been a little over a year since I moved, and while abroad I noticed that there seemed to be two types of experiences among my peers. Of course, I understand that sometimes specific personalities don’t match with certain countries, but that aside, I think there are certain things that you can do as a foreigner to better your situation. Unlike my vlog style uploads, I just wanted to sit down and talk about some of the things that I think are important to remember before making a decision to live in another country, and what you can do there once you settle down. Hope it’s helpful, and I’ll be…

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    The Lost Summer

    Okay, I think I have about five more days left on my Final Cut Pro Trial…and last but not least, here’s the rest of the (useable) footage I have from this past summer when I was volunteering in Busan. It was actually really fun editing this one. I had forgotten about some of the things I had done with and time spent with the friends I made while in PNU, as well as a not so happy reminder that I miss my best friend back home a lot more than I thought. Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy. But, I think it’s time to let editing/filming Monica retire for a…

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    Weekend in Seoul, Summer 2017

    Can you tell that my Final Cut Pro trial is coming to an end? Maybe? But, moving on… remember when I first got to Korea back at the end of June and was in Seoul for a little while, doing everything touristy and walking over twenty thousand steps a day? Yes, I said back in June. Basically, that first week was so hectic that I took all the footage, moved the files to my backup drive and never looked back. Yesterday I finally went through that footage, and let me tell you, it was pretty brutal. I don’t want to make too many excuses for myself, but those first few…

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    Christmas in Kyoto

    Apologies that it took a couple more days than originally planned to get this uploaded; my only excuse right now is the fact that I’m back at work so I’m lacking a bit in extra time to finish these things. Either way, here you guys go – part 2 of my Kyoto trip. I’m currently editing photos and trying to get the rest of what was saved off my camera posted, so bear with me (once again). xoxo

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    Christmas Eve in Kyoto

    I’m back home in Korea, a fact that is, well, slightly depressing because being on holiday is significantly better than being at work…but… I’m feeling refreshed, a little bit like I’m floating, and still full from New Years, crazy enough. I hope everyone had a lovely holiday – and is remaining optimistic about the start of a new year! As 2017 came to a ridiculously fast, but inevitable, and frankly highly anticipated end (not that 2017 was a particularly awful year, but I like the idea of a “new” start too), 2018 began with a strangely motivated Monica, who, whilst breaking out of her creative rut, edited, and enjoyed editing, her footage…

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    My Last Saturday in Busan

    The end is near everyone! This past weekend was my last weekend in Busan. I leave bright and early on a cozy 7am flight to Jeju Island Saturday morning… so in a very stereotypical girls day fashion, Caleigh and I spent the day shopping, eating, walking, and doing face masks to close because we will be departing our separate ways (too) soon. I’m churning through footage still from the Skywalk, hiking, Gamcheon Culture Village, the Trickeye Museum, and the Shinsegae (as well as all the footage I still have yet to edit from Seoul – oops), but I promise that I have it, it’s just yet to be uploaded. Caleigh and I are…