Howdy folks! Long time no blog, huh?! Well, autumn went by way too quickly, and winter seems to be zipping past as well (not that I’m complaining: I’m super sick of dreary grey skies, dry skin, sinus infections, and bundling up under layers and layers, anyway.) We didn’t do much in the way of Christmas celebrations this year, we couldn’t even clear any space in our minuscule apartment to put up our mini-Christmas tree. Boo. Anyhow, moaning aside, we did take a most excellent adventure across the Pacific to visit a city I’ve been dreaming of venturing to ever since I was a hair metal-obsessed teen…
We didn’t just stuff our faces with food during our summer holiday (though, from my past few posts, it probably seems that way!) We also did a whole lotta shopping in the cutest and kookiest places we could find, from Tokyo Station to Nakano Broadway and, of course, Harajuku, here are some of my favorite kawaii finds! 💖
Thank glob for Sanrio Gift Gates, those heavenly pink portals into an alternate universe, where money seems to float from your pockets as your arms grow heavier and heavier with the weight of totally unnecessary, unbearably adorable things. Rejoice, people of Seoul, for deep inside the shopping haven that is COEX lays a Sanrio Gift Gate of our own! (It is, as far as I know, the only one in Seoul…possibly the only one in Korea?!)
I’m always so excited when I find new dog-friendly places, maybe even more excited than Duggie! We’ve both been lucky enough to come across two new dog cafes. Duggie’s crazy about Bau House in Hapjeong, but it’s nice to have some variation and meet some new furry friends!
Y’know when you’re having one of those days when you just need to be completely smothered by wall-to-wall cute stuff? No? Well, I get that kinda sensation all the time (hence why my apartment is a bubblegum pink Hello Kitty explosion…) When I get that sorta feeling, and a holiday to Tokyo is nowhere to be seen, I like to skip on over to Hongdae for the next best thing…
Are cat cafes even quirky anymore? They’re so standard in Seoul now that I hardly ever bat an eyelash at ’em. Anyhoo, when we first moved to Korea, I was so excited by the thought of feline-filled cafes, but after my first visit to one in Busan I left with a wounded thumb and vowed NEVER AGAIN! (You can revisit my catastrophic experience here.) However, Table A cat cafe in Sinchon recently lured me into its cat-covered confines and totally changed my mind. I mean, could you resist this face?!
This is pretty old news now, but I’Park Mall is currently hosting a Studio Ghibli exhibit featuring life-size displays of some of their best known films, and it’s preeeetty darn awesome! We went a couple weekends ago, and despite the long waits and queues of people, it was totally magical and one hundred percent worth it! ❤