“TCK Goes Home” moved!

Hi everyone!

TCK Goes Home has officially moved to www.tckgoeshome.com! Please click on that link if you want to continue following TCK Goes Home! 🙂 I will continue to post every Tuesday at 10am (Korea time). I hope to see y’all there!

Thank you all for your continued support! ❤

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May 2017 be the year of compassion

It is almost 8pm on a Monday night in Seoul as I’m writing this. I’m sitting here, battling a nasty cold, trying to figure out what to write for the blog. Secret revealed: my sister and I “planned” this post to be relevant to 구정 (or the Lunar New Year), you know… because that’s what bloggers do… Plan ahead, right? I think what we originally had in mind was a cheery post featuring delicious food we’ll devour during the holiday, the importance of spending quality time with family, traditions… All the heartwarming things you could relate to such a holiday. Continue reading

What’s new in TCK Goes Home…

Hey guys, it’s been a MINUTE since I’ve last written on here. I am back with a very exciting news: TCK Goes Home has a new family member (literally), Soyoon, who is actually my younger sister! We were at a cafe chatting away about our goals and dreams, and we thought that it would be really cool for the two of us to write about our experiences as TCKs/ATCKs on this blog! Not only will she be able to provide great insights from her experiences, she is a superb writer and my daily inspiration to aim for greater things! I cannot be more excited about her joining me on this project and really taking things to the next level.

We will be posting weekly posts related to our TCK experiences, our lives back home in Seoul, and (hopefully) lots of travel adventures. There will be new updates every Tuesday at 10am (Korea time) so be sure to stop by!

Bringing Jeju to Seoul – Innisfree Jeju House ain’t your average beauty store

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I absolutely adore Samcheongdong. The streets are filled with cute and unique cafes, and it’s just so much fun to muse over them as you stroll around. That very fact can make choosing the perfect cafe quite a difficult task. If you’re not a fan of making that choice, look no further, and check out the Innisfree Jeju House.

Related: “Cafes & Cuteness Overload!!!!!! (a.k.a.) Samcheong-dong”

Korean makeup/skincare powerhouse Innisfree has been on a roll lately. They’ve already won the hearts of fans from and outside of Korea with their innovative usage of natural ingredients from the Jeju Island. They’re also known for their adorable environment-friendly packaging and immaculately crisp and clean store interior. Innisfree, as my sister would put it, is really something extra. Continue reading

Monday Mantra: Change Your Language

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What you say can become a reality. The words that come out of your mouth can manifest themselves. Pay attention to what you’re saying. Say ‘can’ instead of ‘can’t.’ Say ‘yes’ instead of ‘no.’ You get the idea.

Be mindful of your language until they self-manifest. Say it until you believe it. Your words can change you.

Happy Monday.

5 Ways to Enjoy Han River

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The iconic Han river is a majestic body of water that stretches along the length of the beautiful Seoul city. If you live in Seoul, you may have seen it countless times while driving along the river, or crossing one of the many bridges that connect north and south Seoul. The Han river can also be a great place for a quick getaway from the city. So here are five ways to enjoy your Han river experience: Continue reading

Monday Mantra: Count Your Blessings

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We hear that everywhere: count your blessings. It’s a call-to-action to remind yourself how thankful you should be of your life. It’s a very simple exercise that shouldn’t take more than a minute of our day. Yet, in the midst of harsh reality, it’s very easy to dismiss our blessings and only focus on the negatives. And by doing so, we’re only putting ourselves into a deep cave of self-inflicted misery.

Simplify this exercise by listing out just three things you are grateful for from that day. It could be something grand, but most of the time it’ll be something smaller in scale. That’s ok. Those are the things we take for granted but should be thankful for. This was actually inspired by one of my favorite Youtube vloggers Weylie Hoang, who used to end her vlogs with listing out three things she or her boyfriend were thankful for. Once you get in the habit of realizing that your day is actually made up of these small “gifts,” you’ll realize that negativities don’t and shouldn’t dictate your life.

Today, I’m thankful for my amazing and supportive family, my two best friends in Taiwan and the U.S. that I can always count on, and my willpower to clock in a good workout session instead of becoming a couch potato. So tell me – what are the three things you’re thankful for today?

Monday Mantra: Practice Self-care, Self-love, and Self-respect

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There’s nothing more attractive and important than confidence that radiates from self-care, self-love, and self-respect. This requires a being aware and conscious of who we are and how we are.

A quick self-assessment and awareness can truly reveal how you are at the moment. Ask yourself: “how are you feeling today?” “what are some things you appreciate?” Connect with your inner self. Give your inner self some love instead of seeking love from an outside source. Keep in mind that if you cannot love yourself, you can’t expect to be loved by others.

Repeat the mantra as needed. You can do this while taking a walk, during the shower, before going to bed… It’s a simple reminder to love yourself and accept you for who you are.

Happy Monday, everyone.

To all the sunscreen haters: important beauty advice I picked up from Korea

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Confession: before moving back to Korea, I rarely wore sunscreen. Maybe reached for it once in a blue moon, I’d say. I knew it was important to protect your skin, but since young age, I had a strong aversion towards sunscreen. It was thick, sticky, and had a funny smell that made me gag. Don’t even get me started on how much it hurt when it got in the eyes!!! Another big reason I didn’t wear sunscreen was because I used to associate sunscreen with being pale or maintaining paleness. And I was not about that. I wanted to be a tanned, bronzed goddess and didn’t want any barrier to get in the way of achieving that. (never did, FYI) Continue reading