Wait for me Korea: Liebster Award

 

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And the last one but not the least that nominated me for a liebster award is Wait for me Korea. Thank you ^^~*

Rules: 1) List 11 facts about yourself 2) Answer the questions left by the blogger who nominated you 3) Nominate five (or more) bloggers who have less than 200 follower. Make sure to notify them. 4) Make up questions for those you have nominated 5) Display the Liebster Award badge on your blog

11 Facts About Me

  1. I am 173 cm tall which is on the short side in the Netherlands.
  2. I love action movies.
  3. Secretly I want to be Jackie Chan
  4. And pocahontas … I guess I just want long black flowing hair
  5. I played flute for 3 years then was forced to pick up the guitar which I played for 6 months but I hated it so then I started playing violin.
  6. I love taking pictures
  7. I love playing basketball
  8. My friends are my everything
  9. I love scaring people.
  10. I grew up in the countryside
  11. I am never able to remember birthdays

Questions from Wait for me Korea

1. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back? I’d love to be fluent in korean, however I am so scared to make mistakes that I can’t.

2. If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today? I’d probably just stay with my family. Although my friends are my everything I wouldn’t be able to leave my family alone.

3. Have you done anything lately worth remembering?  Not really, lately my life is a chain of boring events.

4. What lifts your spirits when life gets you down? My friends are always able to lift my spirits.

5. What’s the one thing you’d like others to remember about you at the end of your life? My passion to do that what makes me happy, my happiness in general and my generosity.

Bliss Of Korea: Liebster Award

liebsterAnd here are the answers to the questions for the second liebster award I got. This time I was nominated by bliss of Korea. Thank you ^^~!

Rules: 1) List 11 facts about yourself 2) Answer the questions left by the blogger who nominated you 3) Nominate five (or more) bloggers who have less than 200 follower. Make sure to notify them. 4) Make up questions for those you have nominated 5) Display the Liebster Award badge on your blog

11 Facts About Me

  1. I used to play violin for 10 years
  2. I am allergic for dogs but I love dogs
  3. The meaning of my first name is Forest in frysian language
  4. The meaning of my second name is Shield germanic language
  5. My favorite perfume is princess by Vera Wang
  6. I love to wear make-up but people are still suprised when I wear a lot of make-up
  7. I used to go horseriding every week for about 7 years.
  8. I’ve had stiches in my eyebrow because I fell of a horse
  9. I should be able to speak 5 languages but I only feel confident in 3
  10. I’ve blue eyes
  11. I always complain about my hair being to dark although my natural hair color is very light blond.

Questions from Bliss of Korea

1. Why do you blog? I like to share my things I am interested in or proud of. And I like to meet likeminded people.

2. What is the hardest thing you’ve ever accomplished? Get into pre-university high school. While my primary school only though I was good enough for pre-vocational high school. Man did I prove them wrong!

3. If you were an animal, what would you be and why? A butterfly, because no humans are afraid of butterflies and I would just fladder around them all day.

4. What was your most embarrassing moment? Oh man, I have a ton. Probably that one time -cough, many times cough- I fell from a flight of stairs.

5.  What are 3 things you never leave the house without? Phone, Ipod, Wallet

6. If you only had a day to live, what would you do? Spend my day with family and friends.

NoShortCutsToKorean: Liebster Award

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I got nominated for my first liebster award by No Shorts Cuts to Korean. Thank you so much!

Rules: 1) List 11 facts about yourself 2) Answer the questions left by the blogger who nominated you 3) Nominate five (or more) bloggers who have less than 200 follower. Make sure to notify them. 4) Make up questions for those you have nominated 5) Display the Liebster Award badge on your blog

11 Facts About Me

  1. I have been a Koreastudies major for 2 years.
  2. I hardly ever watch TV.
  3. I am super messy.
  4. I love art.
  5. I wish I had a boyfriend
  6. My Friends inspire me
  7. It is my dream to live in a cute apartment in seoul
  8. I want to make the world a better place
  9. My favorite subject in Highschool was biology but I sucked at it.
  10. I took 7 years of French in High School but when I try to speak French all that comes out is Korean.
  11. I am 22 years old.

 

Questions from No Short Cuts To Korean.

1. Would you like to live in Korea ?If so,which celebrity you wanna meet?What will you say? I would love to live in Korea however I wouldn’t really go to meet celebrities. I want them to live your own life. If I saw one I probably wouldn’t even recognize him (I ran into Kim Jae Wook and I didn’t recognize him! – he wore a face mask and his military clothes though but still). But If I could say something I would just say that I love their music/dramas/movies and to keep up the good work.

2.  Do you have a  mannerism?What is it? Whenever I say I am pretty I do a really distinct hairflip that annoys my friends and didn’t even noticed I was doing until my friends pointed it out so trying to be a good girl and stopped doing it.

3. What is an ideal day for you? Just hanging around in a park with good friends, talking, having fun. Maybe enjoy a glass of wine or some 치맥 and just enjoy eachothers company.

4. If you could meet a person in the past who will it be? Marilyn Monroe. She is absolutely gorgeous and very charming I would want to know her secret.

5. What is your favorite subject in school and why? I don’t go to school at the moment, but in High School I loved biology and dissecting things. I especially enjoyed dissecting a starfish. I am just a curious human being that wants to know what stuff looks like, inside and out!

6. What is the most exhilarating thing you’ve done when you were young? Does 17 count as young? I traveled to Mongolia on my own when I was 17, defiantly a exhilarating experience.

7. What is something you can’t live without? make-up

8. What is the recent Korean word/phrase which seems to be running through your mind? 너무 힘들어 이해해주세요

 

Hello World

so again I have been gone for a couple of weeks. I worked 40+ hours and almost litteraly eating myself due to stress and all I felt like doing was sleeping.
But fear no more, I’ll be back next week-ish. But first I want to thank the awesome people that nominated me for the Libester award. I didn’t expect to see that when I returned to my dashboard. But greatly appreciate it!

So I won’t be back to my usual posting schedule yet first I will be answering all asked questions and at the end I will nominate my five blogs.

It’s good to be back guys, I missed you!

Love, Wietske

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Missing in action

Once again I’ve been away for almost a week. If I can’t come up with a good post instead of just not post anything that day I beat myself up over it and am gone for yet another week.

I shouldn’t be so harsh, perhaps get rid of some of the workload by not wanting to post something new every single day but I can’t.

Like I’ve said before I want this to be a success, but by wanting so much I am afraid I will turn it into a failure.

I won’t. I just need some time to rethink a few things. Am I taking this too serious, or not serious enough?

I already have some good and interesting content written down in my journal; I am going to discuss hosting my own website with my dad tomorrow. It’s something I really want but something that also scares me a little. I don’t know anything about coding and although I have built my own website before I don’t want a flimsy old one like I had back in the day.

But I do want to do it myself, no designers no nothing. Just me, you and the Internet.

I’ll be back.

Love, Wietske

Tasty Teusday: The Kings Soup

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Today was a very special day. Now Queen Beatrix abdicated the throne to  Prince Willem-Alexander. He is the first King since 1890 and in order to celebrate I bring you this very special Orange soup. To celebrate the change of power in the House of Orange.

Ingredients: 500g carrots, 1 orange bell pepper, 1 orange, 2 cloves of garlic, 2 cubes of chicken stock, 1 sprig of rosemary, one spoonful of curry powder, 1 liter of water

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Preparation:

  • Cut up all of your vegetables into small pieces.
  • Sauté your vegetables, the curry powder and rosemary in a hot pan with a little oil for about 5 minutes.
  • Add 1 liter of water, you chicken stock and the juice of one orange (about 200 ml) and bring it up to a boil
  • Let it boil for about 15 minutes.
  • Take a stick blender and puree your soup. Please be careful when doing this you don’t want to get boiling hot liquid all over you.

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And that’s it, you made orange soup! I have to warn you though, the curry flavor might be a little overwhelming. If you want something more refreshing take out some of the curry add a little bit more orange juice and perhaps even some orange zest.

Enjoy, Wietske

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6 Tips for Friendship

 

Inspired by this particular post I want to write about friendship.

For me friendship is probably more important than my family bonds, however it is way more fragile and not as everlasting. Here are some tips on how to get most out of your friendships.

Pay the bill: Don’t go Dutch on your friends. I don’t ever split the bill with my friends, unless we are with a large crowd. Take turns in paying the bills, it always leaves me with a special feeling. Either I treat a friend or my friends treats me to something nice while we had a good time together AND most importantly we don’t have to fight about how to split the bill to the last penny or get out our calculators because one of us had one more drink.

Give: I love giving gifts and receiving them. I love to see the excitement on my friends face and it leaves me feeling wonderful if I found or made something that brings a smile to my friends face.

Support: I try to support my friends in every decision they make, even if it might seem like a bad one. Sure I try to talk them out of really bad decisions but I don’t push. I am not their mum nor dad and there are probably enough people who told them they are wrong. Support them, and if thinks don’t go as planned at least they have learned their own lesson.

Listen: Let them whine, complain, and ramble on if they want too. Sometimes people just need to want to get things of their chest without any interruption. Let them talk, but listen! Give them advise or encouraging words when needed. Don’t just stare into space unless you want the same treatment.

Make memories: Do things, take pictures of it, and keep remembering it for the rest of your life. People you forget are often the people who you don’t share any crazy memories with. Even just a quick message that mentions a certain event can instantly refresh a slightly worn down friendship. However if you don’t have any memories in common  friendships die a slow and painful death.

Let it go: The most important tip however is although energy is needed to let a friendship exist sometimes when things just cost too much energy and you are not gaining anything positive just let it go. It is not worth it, find someone better because even though your friends are important. Your own feelings are more important. And who knows maybe the sudden stop of attention makes your friend realize what they are missing out on!

what are the things you do to keep your friendship going? Do you talk every day? have weekly meetups? tell me, I am curious since I still have a lot to learn.

Love, Wietske

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Sexy Sunday: Skin Brushing?

I have been on a health kick lately, and don’t only try to watch what I eat and monitor closely what I take in I also decided that I want to put more natural stuff on my skin and my ultimate goal is to stop wearing foundation, which I guess is something I could do right now but I don’t feel comfortable with my own skin.

I’ve started with oil cleansing and I will post an update about that in a few weeks to tell you what I think about it. But while researching that I came across something new called Skin Brushing.

It is exactly what it sounds like, you brush your skin in short strokes with a natural brisle brush or mit and you work towards your heart. It does not only claim to get rid of dead skin cells, cellulite, bloatiness, and weight but also is great for detoxifiction.

Under normal circumstances the skin eliminates more than one pound of waste products every day. If the skin becomes inactive with its pores clogged with millions of dead cells and other debris, toxins will remain in the body. This puts undue stress on the other eliminative organs, mainly the kidneys and liver, making them increase their activity. Eventually they become overworked.

However there are also a lot of sceptics like Dr. Jacob cautioned that avid dry brushers put their skin at risk for inflammation, redness and an eczema-like itchy rash. (source)

Nevertheless I am still very curious to see if this works, even if it doesn’t reduce celulite, weight or toxins if it makes my skin look and feel better that would be good enough for me.  I am going to try this for 2 weeks and I will give you update on how it turns out.

Here is an how to brush:

To brush the skin, use long gentle, but firm, strokes

  • Start at the feet and legs brushing upwards to your groin.
  • Then do your hands and go up your arms to the armpits.
  • Then brush upwards on your buttocks.
  • Brush down the neck, chest and trunk.
  • Brush your lower abdomen towards the center.
  • It is permissible to brush across the top of the shoulders and upper back as the best contact with the skin is made that way.
  • Do not brush your face.
  • Brush the breasts very lightly, avoiding the nipples. (source)

Have you ever heard or tried dry skin brushing? Or do you have other natural skin care solutions you swear by?

Love, Wietske

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Hello my name is Kang Seungmi.

I have told you my real name before, Wietske. However I have another name that I frequently use. Kang Seungmi. Kang Seungmi is my Korean name, if you have watched the video above you will know how I got that name. Now I will tell you how I got my last name.

My Korean last name is a whole other story and I only obtained it 2 months after I got my first name. I never imagined having a Korean first name, let alone a last name. I love my Dutch name, it’s unique and I think it truly reflects on who I am. I never wanted a Korean name, and I put up with all the butchering of my name because I would never ever ask someone to give me a Korean one.

Then my Korean name was given to me and I used it on a daily basis, if people couldn’t remember my name I told them just to call me Seungmi and that’s that. I didn’t even think about adding a last name.

Then on the day one of my best friends flew back to the Netherlands something interesting happened. She really didn’t want to leave, and rather leave with me. I would be flying back a week later and totally understood how she felt.

She cried and told me I should also leave that day, to ease her pain. Although I did want to ease the pain leaving Korea is something I hate and I would never ever think about leaving early. She knows that too, told me it was okay and then she fetched the freshly printed ticket from the machine. However she did not get one but 2 tickets. Someone must have forgotten her ticket, a person called Seungmi, Kang Seungmi.

And from that very day onwards I was not just Seungmi, I was Kang Seungmi. Me and my friends still laugh about this and she still complains that I should have left that day with her. She had my ticket so why did I stay!

Tell me, do you guys have a Korean name? tell me what it is and how you got it, I would love to hear some more interesting stories!

Love, Wietske

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Photo Friday: Valencia

227216_10150223502487246_624587245_8459517_4754013_nMy trip to Valencia must have been one of my favorite holidays. I never saw myself going to Spain ever but then a friend dragged me along as a cover up so she could meet her boyfriend. I met great people, spend a day with a Spanish family, drove through the streets of a very empty city while blasting loud music and during the day I saw the absolute top of modern-day architecture.

226567_10150223510382246_624587245_8459648_1404417_nI was introduced to the absolute best of Spanish cuisine. Fresh seafood, snails, liquor but above all the deserts that taste even better than they looked.

224293_10150223501037246_624587245_8459494_411786_nBut what I liked most about this trip is how close I became with my friend. We laughed together, cried, had awesome adventures and intense midnight conversations that changed our friendship – in a good way forever. Valencia, is defiantly a city that hold a lot of good memories!

Have you ever been to Valencia?

Love, Wietske

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