Joyce Hair Design

Last month I got my hair re-done. I’ve received compliments from quite a number of friends. Do you want to know where did I go?

It’s at the Joyce Hair Design. Well actually I got my hair done for Winny and Antonio’s wedding party by them. BUT, unlucky me all the pictures are gone with the wind. *sigh*. I was really happy with the hair do that the only guy hair stylist did to my hair. I went there again before last month, it was on Sunday and the Owners were there. They were supper kind and handing out peaches to everyone there.

It is located just by the Joyce Skytrain station in Vancouver, across the Kay Market and Sun Flower restaurant. It’s really closed by the skytrain! You can easily find the navy blue board that says it’s name loud and clear.

Walk in is welcomed. But I recommend you to make an appointment if you are going there on the weekends. The drawback is that you would have to be patient with the Korean-English. =)

Everyone there is nice! And I’m not being biased!a nd I really love the music they have in the store. I could just sing along while the unnies/oppa is doing my hair.

The price is affordable, compared to the one in downtown or even the Japanese one in metrotown. Before tips, I paid $25. My friend (guy) paid $17 before tips. That is one of the winning point for a broke student like me! kkkkk

If you go there one day and meet Lucia. Please say Hi from Meda, and tell her that you are there because of this blog post! =)

Joyce Hair Design

5156 Joyce St
Vancouver, BC V5R 4H1
Neighbourhood: Renfrew-Collingwood

(604) 451-7680

Advertisements

D-Choi Vancouver Show “Review?”

Hellow… how are y’all doing? as I have tweeted. I promised my self to be blogging more regularly after the David Choi Show. Promise is a promise!! =D

Disclaimer: I'm still in daze for two things: David Choi show aftermath and  very good news from my parents back home. Too much for a night. But I hope I can pull this off nice and neat. I hope the title I decided for this post is not a bad premonition *fingers crossed*. 

Okey dokey. hmm… where do I start? psstt.. I hope David Choi himself would read this *acting like a little fan girl*. psstt psstt.. OKEY here we go for real!

When I mentioned the name “David Choi“, this is the usual response that I got:

“Who?”

“Wait.. I’ve heard of him”

“Oh that Youtuber?”

Yep, sorry David.. apparently I’m hanging out with friends who don’t really follow Youtubers =/ But I’ll make sure they know your music! On that note, let me *briefly* Introduced Who he is, and how did I get to know this one guy from Youtube. If you know him already *hugs from ME* feel free to jump to the next.. (next.. next.. next and next) paragraph for my thoughts on his performance in Vancouver tonight yesterday *blogging a 1:53am so pardon any blabbering and irrational tings.haha *


David Choi is a singer/vloger/musician on Youtube. I was shown his video ‘Youtube the Love Song’ in 2006 by a friend named Yudha and has become a fan ever since. Back then, he’s known for the not-gonna-smile David and the image still lingers in my mind sometimes, although in 2008 he finally decided to reveal he smiled to the world wide web *YAY*. His journey or *if I may say* career in music grows bigger in these past few years . Lots of Ups and Downs *the time his YT account was suspended, Snoopy passing away* he go. And now he has 2 albums, so many covers and singles, music videos, more vlogs, his own website: http://www.davidchoimusic.com and merchandises, and all that stuffs. Most of all, he has his fans all over the world.

Aside from Westlife *which I adored in my teen days, got all the CD and VCD*, I can say David Choi is the first musician I really proclaim my self a fan to. WHY? because  I spent my time to watch *almost* every single videos he posted. From a video of him meeting his grandparents to the video of him eating Chick-fil-A…..

WAIT!!! why do I sound like a LG fan?! hmmm.. not a creep.. I promise.. I can explain everything.. =D

The reason why I watched/and still will watch those videos is because those videos contain the charm of Youtube, which  in my opinion has brought many individuals to their popularity today. It’s Personal. You get to engage with the artists that you love. Say.. whether it’s KevJumba, Ryan NigaHiga, Wong Fu Production, Arden Cho, AJ Rafael, Clara Chung, Jason Chen, Cathy, Jensuki,Victor Kim, JR Aquino, or you name it, You have a *sorta* interactive ways to get up close and personal with them, without any intervention  of any management policy *reads: traditional label industry* The artists can post any updates on their day-to-day life and any new creative products that they have. I’ll try quoting/translating an Indonesian proverb that can be related to this situation: ‘Tak Kenal Maka Tak Sayang’ which translated: ‘If you don’t know a person, You won’t love him/her’.

OK, back to D-Choi topic.

as you may know by now, I’m a communication student. and it’s our job to dig into any new social media phenomena. I used to mentioned/elaborated David Choi’s story and music to my paper and presentation *I got good marks for those*.  One thing that I got inspired from his story is: that he made it to the Korean market! *clapclapclap*. I know he’s Korean-American whose Dad had a history in the K-Music. BUT STILL! =D

oh wait! it’s not the topic I wanted to bring up!! *sigh..getting lost in the blabbering habit,really!* hmm.. what else do I want to tell you guys? OH RIGHT! His current Vancouver show review!!

Once I knew David Choi was coming to Vancouver, with all my might, I tweeted, facebook, asked my friends if any of them would like t go with me. Only one answered.

Since I missed his last performance in Vancouver, I made up my mind: I have to go to his show whether alone or with someone. it’s my first concert which I bought the tix my self and all *I grew up in a strict family, and I was never allowed to go to any concert*.

Being excited, I used my on-air “power” to promote this show and all. This said, I hope all the staffs and listeners of CJSF 90.1 FM Burnaby will now understand why I played David Choi songs and mention his show almost every week in this past month! =D  *pssstt.. tune in to my JUMBALAYA, every Friday @ 2-3pm PST*

about a couple of days before the show, I got Kevin to join Steph and I *YAY*. I wore the Davis Choi Sig  t-shirt. put on my heels *so I could see him better..?! but OUCHIE much… nah I kid you..I’m in desperate need to shoes shopping!!!!!* prepared a piece of paper for his autograph. almost prepared a banner, but seriously?! at my age?! HAHA. anyways.. I got there early. Stood at the second row. waited.. and waited. and *BAM* there he was =D

So here are my thoughts on the performance:

The doors opened at 8 pm, and show started at 9pm. It was an OK waiting time considering a lot came without purchasing the tickets beforehand. *ps: i saw a girl was crying because she couldn’t get in because she didn’t bring proper identifications =/*

Opening act:

as much as I love local band, the opening was too long. I heard a lot of groans around me *including my self* about being tired, backs were hurting, and all that jazz. Too long for a totally unknown songs. If the performing time was divided in such way, It would be wonderful if the name of the performing act could be announced along with the show promotion. That way, audiences could at least search the band’s background, if not some of the music. It was awkward *at least for me* to be asked to join them singing/enjoying the song while I know nothing at all.

BUT! They’re really good .. Folk music with modern and cheerful touch: I like! =D *what’s the name of the band again?*

The David Choi stage:

The Venue provided great stage really! The lightings *both prepared and on spot improvised* really play a great deal in creating a conducive atmosphere between the performer and the audiences. It successfully complimented the mood of each song. Once again. PROFICIAT! to the The Venue management.

The so-called meet-and-greet

awkwardly efficient?! haha. I’m not really sure about this part, really. But from the set up, I could see how they try to create a line of buy-hi-bye. If you know what I’m saying.

The highlights:

he talked about what things that have been discussed in his videos, a song abut Vancouver *not really a song but FUN FUN!*, the singing happy birthday, paper air plane hit the head of an audience, LIGHTS! cool lightings! .The audience hammer dance *we crazy silly, eh?!* and of course His personality shone through. remember I mentioned about his not smiling image?! I changed my mind!  It’s all gone with the wind. In person he has a certain charisma that draws people attention. I bet this is one reason why he’s successful now =) His smiles were sincere. and on one song *too dazed to remember which*, I could feel that He looks like that he’s in love *maybe with the girl in the story, or with his music, iono* but i can feel the emotion there. all in all, it was a great stage performance.

It was mesmerizing! nope. I’m not being biased. He brought the culture of Youtube interactive trait thingy to his performance. He made good communications with the audience.  Once again, it’s up-close and personal *own it’s own way*.

I was considering going home right away. but suddenly David Choi came. I got to chit-chatted a bit with him. from there I can sincerely say: I think you’re a sweetheart! He asked me how the show was, commenting on the t-shirt I wore, took picture together*all that fan service* and kindly gave his autograph. I forgot one thing, and asked him to write my name too and he didn’t refuse although a quite long line was waiting. =)

Oh.. I got to take a picture with Mr. Sam *shakalohana*. He seems not that friendly/busy. again. I might be wrong since I don’ t know him well enuff. I think it was busy! =)

Shakalohana~ ♥

 

To David Choi *right! like he’s gonna read this blog post?!!!! oh gosh.. but this is my VERY FIRST FAN LETTER. I even never wrote anything to westlife haha..I want to do this right but I don’t know how..really!!!*

Hi David, I was the first girl who chatted with you *super shortly* before you started the meet and greet *I know you won’t remember me out of that many fans who came to the Venue for your show…. ehemm.. the one that wore your Signature T-shirt and asked you to tell Wong Fu to come to Vancouver..haha nice try* anyways.. I’m super glad to meet you in person. I think you looks good smiling *better in person/cough..charming..cough cough* and I think that you are really a nice person *cough NG..cough cough Nice Guy*. Thank you for your performance, thank you for sharing your music with us. My friends and I was entertained by your music and great stage act/communication. I hope you keep doing what you’re doing right now because it’s such an inspiration to many *and ME included!*. I can say I was mesmerized. haha. *Relax, not a creeper fan!!* I’ll be supporting you *in ways that I can do* on your future endeavors. As long as I’m still hosting a program *not a big show, really* on CJSF FM radio at Burnaby Mountain, I will try to play more of your songs (and all Youtubers *say HI for me to them* songs I know). I hope you will come again to Vancouver! Meanwhile, I will grow to be a lady I wanted to be with the help of your inspirations as a ‘tutor’ and your videos and music as a ‘friend’. THANK YOU, David. Once gain all the best! and I ♥ D-Choi!!.. you ROCK!

God Bless.. CHEERS!

From: Meda (read: mae-da)/@edreaMJ/ just another ordinary fan

David Choi and I

 

I think that’s all I want to say tonight. anything else should be added when necessary (maybe on other medium) =)

Oh shoot! I have to go to work quite early today! *small squeaking and acting like a fan girl then off to dreamland*
alrighty.. until then

XOXO

ouh psst.. pics will be posted maybe tomorrow night! =) Cheers!

it’s BB Cream Magic

Have you ever heard a cosmetic term of: BB Cream?

BB cream stands for Blemish Balm Cream. It is popular among the Asian ladies out there as a base/make up foundation. But how is it different from any regular foundations?

This beauty trend, that is famous in Korea, Japan and now South East Asia, was originally made in Germany. This cream was actually served as ointment prescribed for patients who just undergone laser surgery. It is known to have soothing and skin generating effects.  and as wikipedia stated:

It is used by dermatologists to help laser surgery patients protect, soothe and refine highly sensitive skin while providing light coverage for post-laser scars, acne and other blemishes

Now.. now.. we all know that Korea, Japan, China are really big in the plastic surgery craze. This has helped the boom of BB Cream in South Korea, especially. It is known as the “the secret of Korean actresses“.

There’s this article I found in Naver about what is BB Cream all about *don’t worry, it’s in english!! =)*

http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=001&oid=044&aid=0000084888&/

So, you got it now, why Ladies are crazy about BB Cream?

I personally love BB Cream. NO, I never have any surgery on any parts of my body, But I like BB Cream because it feels lighter than regular base make up foundation.

It also covers all my imperfectness perfectly.It has SPF in it *really important!!!* I don’t need any concealer anymore. Just BB cream and face powder and I’m all set.

Since Highschool, I know The Faceshop, a Korean brand that got in to the Indonesian market. Since then, I religiusly use all their product. First of all because my mom trust the Korean product andwe’re a member of The Face Shop, and Second of all, since we’re a loyal member, we got all the Kwon Sang Woo *WOOT* poster that we wanted *There were 4-5 KSW posters posted on my bedroom wall. I just hope that my Dad didn’t throw them all away during the house renovation*. Then, I got to know this BB Cream. if I remember correctly, mom’s friend Mami Juwi *yes I’m calling her mommy too* recommend it to us since she was satisfied with what she got from the BB Cream.

Now I found many brands and any type of BB Cream, I like some of them, don’t really fancy the others.. and so here, I want to make a review of some BB cream I have used throughout the yearS.. *promise will post pics l8er!!!*

SKIN FOOD  MUSHROOM BB CREAM. It is the first type of BB cream that I use. It smells good and cover well. However.. it’s too liquid-y to my taste. Since my mom pick this one up fo me, I think she went for the one with lightening formula. Sometimes I think it made my face looked too bright and too white.

– TONY MOLY BB CREAM. This BB cream was bought when I went to Korea!!! So far it’s my Favourite, since it has powdery finish on my face, that sometime I forgot to put on some face powder. =). I really wish that we had a Tony Moly store somewhere in North Amrica. I like the compact powder that I bought, It was light and it didn’t make my face dry. and the Mascara, was just the best I ever had!! Oh, back to the BB review.. The turn downARE, sometimes I feel it’s a little bit dry, that I had to put on more mistourizer. Also because it contains higher SPF, it reflects more light *especially on the picture*

SKIN FOOD ALOE SUNSCREEN BB CREAM. I LOVE THE SMELL OF IT! and I picked the natural one, so it’s just fine! But again, like the other Skin Food Product, it’s too liquidy.

– THE FACESHOP QUICK AND CLEAN BB CREAM. It’s light and doesn’t give a dry feeling but still powdery. However, it doesn’t cover my it’s-all-because-of-stress-and-school-works-and-all-that-head-spinning breakouts/pimples =P. Gotta wash my face more and more often then! =)

AND that’s all my newbie makeup review!! =)

If you live in in Burnaby/Metro Vancouver area, so far here are the places where you can get BB Cream *trusted places*

1. Crystal Mall: There’s this cosmetic shop just across the produce market, on the 1st Fl. Beware though, bacause the shop attender was not helpful and not necessarily the best sales associate ever. Also, remember to check the dates!!!

2. Metropolis at Metrotown: On the 2nd floor, across the esprit store. It used to be The Face Shop store. But I guess it went under. The shop still carries Korean makeup products. You can try their products but so far i haven’t gotten the chance to do so.

Yep. That’s all about BB cream that I know of. One thing to bear in mind, as My mom always says, less is more!!! And don’t forget t use moisturizer night and day!!!

Until Then.. CHEERS!!!!




http://www.squidoo.com/b-b-cream


Korean Central Market – Edmonton

Finally.. It’s my last day in Edmonton. Why did I go to this prairie area? Because my little brother is going to University of Alberta, and I have to show him how to do things, the Canadian way.. hahahah. Even-though it is also my first time going to Edmonton, at least I have lived in Canada for years now.. He needed someone to help him settle down..

After a lot of walking (campus tour –  mall – hostel) and getting lost and confused.. finally, my solo tour day had arrived.

My brother had an all day orientation at the University of Alberta, which I very much like the ambiance and the dorm life (seems like loads of FUN! envy you much!) so I had to spend the whole day on my own.

It was Labour Day.. so I had no idea what to do. So I google up ‘Korean Market in Edmonton’ since I saw quite a few of Korean at the U of A.

Then I found it! The transportation system here in Edmonton is not the Best.. but at least it takes me to where I wanted to go. Just plan your trip at the Edmonton Transit System website

The market is located in a complex which you can find other Asian stores and restaurants, mainly Indian. I will post the picture as soon as I get back to Vancouver!

The market is simple and looks like an organized warehouse. I think it does have almost the basic needs to make Korean food. If in Vancouver, you can find fresh bakery and food/side dishes, here, it’s all stored in the freezer.

They do have several things that the Korean markets in Vancouver don’t (well, at least I haven’t found them yet!) They have Korean Cheetos with unique flavours! *YAY*

The stuffs there have similar prices with the ones in Vancouver, but I was shocked to found some cheap things like.. waaayyy cheaper!! =)

If the face mask in H mart or Hanareum is CA$ 1.20-ish each plus the 12% HST.. Here it’s only CA$ 5 ish per pack plus 5% GST (there are 10 per pack). and there went my shopping spree! =)

The store owner is nice too, btw! =)

The Korean Central Market

9271 34 Avenue Northwest
EDMONTON, AB T6E 5T5
(780) 469-7017

Open Mon-Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 10am-6pm

Oh! If you’re going to Edmonton, I would like to recommend you cheap stay at the Hi Edmonton Youth Hostel. It is located on the 82 Avenue/Wythe Avenue. It is a nice and safe neighbourhood closed to U of A. It takes 40 mins to West Edmonton Mall and close to downtown/Jasper Avenue.

It’s a budget stay. But it has all you need from kitchen, storage, laundry, entertainment rooms. Just click on the link for more info!

I could not find that many Korean restaurants here or even Asian restaurant, but I think it’s enough to get by!

Nooow.. back to the 12% HST zone! *sigh*. But yay for city life =D !!

well..well.. until then! xoxo

(updated: pictures of Korean market in Edmonton)

VISIT : http://www.flickr.com/photos/56786486@N03/sets/72157626533481555/

what do you know about black day?!

KEVIN KWOK! If you’re reading this! I blame you for this out of track research at 4 in the morning!!  lol *if you find something weird or stupid or whatever  just ignore it! I’m writing half awake now.. ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

Do you know ‘White Day‘? well.. I do..

In junior high, there was this tradition at my school: on valentine days, both guys and girls would gave out chocolates to their closest and loved friends, especially the special ones *of course*, and on white days, girls would return the guys favor by giving them candies. *hmmm to think about it it’s so unfair! why did only the girls who give back in return?”

TODAY IS APRIL 14th!and I just found out from my friend’s facebook that today IS BLACK DAY in Korea. What does it celebrate? *please sit down and refrain from putting and food or drink into your mouth!* It’s a celebration of being single by eating jajjangmyeon 자짱면 or black bean noodles. =)

Well it is a celebration if you put it that way! But it actually can also mean a sad day. A day to mend the broken hearts of those who did NOT get anything back from the partner.. =(

Why black bean noodles? because it’s Black!! *duh* it may be symboliae loneliness, emptiness, black hole?! aahh at least you can gather round the table with other singles.. Who knows you’ll find that one special someone to share your Valentine’s and White days the next year! =)

Yeeeaaapp.. Tha’s it! I wrote this early to let you know that! FIN! let’s eat jajjangmyeon all the single ladies *and guys* out there!! ㅋㅋㅋ


Naaahhh.. too bad if I don’t write anything “useful”

so here the facts I’ve heard of jajjjangmyeon:

1. Nope. It’s not authentic Korean food, in fact you’ll find it in Chinese restaurant in Korea

2. Yes It IS from China *I’ve tried the Chinese version from my house mate*. But if you asked your Korean friend, for sure they’ll defend it as theirs! *how do you explain the Chinese Restaurant factors, my friend?!* =)

3. It’s my favourite!!!! *sluurp*

4. The best ones you can find are in Incheon *I heard it somewhere somehow and the reason told is because Incheon was the port of Chinese people to Korea, so they wanted to sorta fit the Chinese taste buds! ahhh now I know! I think it’s from Invicible Youth!!!* and this “real” why is as followed:

ps: I’m too sleepy to make my own summary.. so bear with the copy paste method!* =)

History

Jajangmyeon was first created in the city of Incheon named after Honey, where early Chinese migrants to Korea began to settle in the late 19th century. The dish was arguably first developed in a Chinese restaurant called Gonghwachun (공화춘; 共和春) in Incheon around in 1905. The city of Incheon sponsored the “100 year anniversary of birth of Jajangmyeon” in 2005.[1]

The dish originated from Zha jiang mian (炸醬麵, literally “fried sauce noodles”) in China’s Shandong region. Although spelled differently, the pronunciation of dish’s name is nearly identical to that of its Korean counterpart. But Korean Jajangmyeon differs from Chinese Zha jiang mian, as Korean Jajangmyeon uses black Korean Chunjang including caramel, andonions that Chinese Zha jiang mian does not use. Korean-style Jajangmyeon has also been gaining popularity in China recently.[1]

– Popularity

With about 100 years of history, Jajangmyeon is called one of the “national foods” of South Korea. It has been by far the most popular delivery food in Korea, and almost every Chinese restaurant in Korea has Jajangmyeon on its menu. As of 2009 March, six million servings of Jajangmyeon are sold in South Korea per day, and it was chosen as one of the top 100 “Korean cultural symbols” by the South Korean Government in 2006.[1]

– Ingredients

– Noodles

Jajangmyeon uses thick noodles made from white wheat flour. Noodles made entirely by hand and not by machines, which are called sutamyeon (수타면; 手打麵) are praised in South Korea as an essential ingredient of good jajangmyeon.

– Sauce

The sauce is made with black bean paste, called chunjang (hangul: 춘장; chinese: 春醬). The paste, which is made from roasted soybeans and caramel, is called chunjang (literally “spring paste”) when unheated, while the heated sauce (containing vegetables and meat or seafood) is called jajang (literally “fried sauce”). Chunjang is stir-fryed with diced onions, ground meat (either beef or pork) or chopped seafood, and other ingredients. When cooking the sauce, usually meat stock is added to reduce the salty taste of cooked chunjang, andpotato starch or cornstarch and is added to give the sauce a thick consistency. The sauce is served hot over noodles, sometimes with sliced raw cucumbers.

Accompaniments

Jajangmyeon is always served with a small amount of danmuji (단무지). And the dish is often served with a small amount of sliced onions, seasoned with rice vinegar, accompanied with a little Jajang sauce. The diner eats the noodle with danmuji and onions dipped in Jajang sauce.

souce: wikipedia

How To Make it?

– but the noodles.. cook it in boil water, add cold water every time the water boiled up but the noodles is not al dante yet

– drain the water

– rinse it in cold water! it’ will make your noodles chewy-er!

For the sauce:

– you can buy the ready make ones in Korean market ready food section

– you can buy the instant sauce

– you can buy the powdered ones!

NO I’m not kidding!!!!! better than that: go and find one in A RESTAURANT!

The best one so far *for me* is the one in Dook Gau Bee restaurant in Lougheed. It’s on the second level of Hanam Supermarket!

There you go! Happy Black Day! Happy Eating Jajangmyun!!!!

Cheers! now BED TIME! oh scratch dat! PAPER TIME!!!! aaaahhhhh!!!!

ahh now I’m hungry!!

ahhh peace OUT!

Black NYUM Bean Noodles