Friday, September 29, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

25 Things I've Done Before I Turned 25

I was inspired to post this entry when I read it (same title) from the blog of Clarisa. So what happened to me for the past 25 years? What did I achieve for the past 25 years?

Photo taken last January 2017

One.

I graduated a Bachelor's degree at the age 19 with no failed grades. But I was not a Cum Laude, either. I whole-heartedly dedicated this to my parents for their never ending love and care for me. Thank you so much! πŸ˜‰

Two and Three.

I got my first job when I was 19, too. Although, I got regularized when I was 20 years old. 

Four.

Travelled alone (without my parents) but I was with my relatives: aunt, cousins and nephews when I was 21 years old. We went to SG and Malaysia for 1 week last February-March 2014. This countries were the first 2 countries I travelled using my own money.

Five and Six.

Driver's License - Got my student permit when I was 21 years old, too. After 3 months, I applied for a non-professional license, which makes me feel happy that I can now drive legally.

Seven.

Own a car - When my family bought a car, they transferred it under my name so I can say it's my own car (even though I didn't buy it). I make it a habit to register it on time and to have a yearly maintenance.

Eight and Nine.

Travelled with my sister (without our parents) to South Korea for 1 whole week! It was our first time to do it and I was a bit afraid at first. Good thing, we were able to manage it and we survived!

We had a chance to experience skiing in Pyeongchang province in South Korea. Alpensia Ski Resort will be one of the venues of 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. I was very glad that me and my sister went there before the said event.

Ten.

First time to sponsor our family trip at Puerto Princesa, Palawan. My family really enjoyed this and they are looking forward for our next year's travel to HK and Macau. Yey!



Eleven.

Bought myself life insurance policies. This thing is a must. We need to secure our future for our loved ones.

Twelve.

I have watched more than 20 K-dramas for the past 3 years. I posted it on my blog. 

Thirteen.

Enrolled myself in a 40-hour Mandarin class at Makati. Currently, I'm studying French, Spanish and Japanese using Duolingo app. I posted this on my blog.

Fourteen.

Had a chance to watch Super Junior concert in SM MOA Arena last 2013. Super Junior was my favorite K-pop band when I was 4th year high school. It was a great experience.

Fifteen.

Climbed in a mountain, Mt. Pico de Loro. It was a nice experience that we were able to try it but sorry, I won't do it again. It's very risky and really exhausting. Maybe sometime in the future I will try it again.

Sixteen and Seventeen.

Attended IT events in the country: DevCon Summit 2013: #MobileDevNBeyond and GDG DevFest Philippines 2016. I have attended also code camps before but currently, I'm not active on attending such events.

Eighteen, Nineteen, Twenty and Twenty-one.

Visited the famous amusement parks in Asia: HK Disneyland (2010), HK Ocean Park (2010), Universal Studios SG (2014) and Lotte World (2016).

Twenty-two.

I'm continually share my blessings to my family. I really don't want to enumerate all of this because they already know what I usually do. I can say that they are proud of me. Thank you.

Twenty-three and Twenty-Four.

Opened up a blog in 2013 and bought a domain name last year (2016). I didn't establish a blog to brag about the things that I achieved. Hence, I want to show the world, to the universe rather that there's life beyond about me. Me: a nerd, skinny, studious, quiet, home-school-home, home-work-home person. That's why the name of the blog is I AM ULYSSA ELAINE. πŸ˜‰

Twenty-five.

As of the moment, I never applied for a credit card. How did I book my online tickets? Using BDO debit card. How did I book my accommodation? Using BPI e-Prepaid card. It works like a credit card but the difference is you have to load it. I was able to manage my finances a lot because of this. That's the power of technology. πŸ˜‰

How about you? Share your thoughts and experiences.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

Painless DIODE LASER Hair Removal at Skin Station : 1st session

Today, September 25, 2017, I purchased a Buy 1 Take 1 promo of DIODE LASER hair removal at Skin Station / Dermax Station Festival Supermall Alabang.

From Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/skinstationph/

I've known Skin Station clinic since 2014 (when I was still working in Makati City). The main branch in Gil Puyat is just a walking distance from my former office. I was very hesitant to try it before because I was afraid at that time. So I usually go to a waxing clinic to do my errands. The downside of waxing is you have to wait for your hair to grow before you do another waxing session. So it’s like an endless cycle and there’s no huge difference. I guess it's not worth your money even though it's cheap.

Back to the topic, diode laser hair removal became the new trend instead of cold waxing. I have bumped into many blogs about Skin Station's diode laser hair removal so I decided to give a chance to try it, why not? 

What is Diode Laser hair removal? 

Diode Laser features a longer wavelength compared to IPL treatments. It provides safer and deeper penetration into skin layer. The Diode laser is the best overall laser for all skin types based on long term use.


Inside the cubicle of Dermax Festival Mall Alabang

How it works?

First, the therapist will clean the area and shave your hair. Then, she will put a cold treatment gel on your underarm. Next, the laser device will be applied to remove your unwanted hair. It will take 30 minutes or more for the procedure. Then, the gel will be wiped off and will clean the surface.

After the Procedure

The therapist recommended a Post-Laser cream to be applied on your underarm twice a day for three days. It costs Php 220.

Does it hurt?

No! If you’re like me, who regularly goes to a waxing salon, it doesn’t hurt. I laughed when the laser hit on my skin at first. Luckily, I never felt any discomfort during my 1st session. The therapist shared to me that most of her patients experienced discomfortness because it’s their first time. 

How often should you go?

Every 6 - 8 weeks but my therapist suggested to take another session on my 6th week for better results.

How many sessions to take?

8 sessions or more is enough. But after your 8th session / first year, you must take their booster to prevent hair regrowth. 

Is it worth it? 

YES!!! I'm very satisfied on my first session. There's a huge difference even though it's just my first one. My next session will be on the 1st week of November.




Note: This is not a sponsored post. I availed their service using my own money.



How about you? Have you tried their service? Share your experience.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Saturday, September 02, 2017

More than 20 Korean Dramas I Watched for the Past 3 Years


I decided to write this article to share the K-dramas I watched for the past 3 years. I recommend all of these and I can say that it's all worth it. 

Watching K-Dramas is my current hobby while I'm working for 8 hours (9 am - 6 pm). It gives color to my dull life. No kidding. I'm serious. :)



2014



1. My Love from the Star (λ³„μ—μ„œ 온 κ·ΈλŒ€)

- Starring Jun Ji Hyun (Cheon Seong Yi) and Kim Soo Hyun (Do Min Joon)

- A story of an alien (Do Min Joon), who landed at Earth during Joseon Dynasty period and fall in love with a human, an actress (Cheon Seong Yi) at present time.

- The drama is a major hit in South Korea and also in the neighboring countries.

Release Dates: December 18, 2013 - February 27, 2014
No of Episodes: 21
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2015



2. Blood (μ˜€λ Œμ§€ λ§ˆλ§λ ˆμ΄λ“œ)


- Starring Ahn Jae-hyun (Park Ji Sang) and Ku Hye-sun (Yoo Ri-ta)

- Park Ji Sang is a successful surgeon but he's also a vampire. Ji Sang struggles to resist human blood because he has a strong desire to save human lives. He works along with a heiress doctor Yoo Ri-ta and fell in love with her.

- Trivia: They became couple and now happily married.

Release Dates: February 16, 2015 - April 21, 2015
No of Episodes: 20
Viki Rating: 9.1 / 10

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3. Orange Marmalade (μ˜€λ Œμ§€ λ§ˆλ§λ ˆμ΄λ“œ)


- Starring Yeo Jin Goo (Jung Jae-Min) and Kim Seolhyun (Baek Ma-ri)

- It is a fantasy drama, where vampires coexist with humans. They don't rely on human blood as their food. Baek Ma-ri is a vampire hiding her identity and want to live as a normal citizen. Jung Jae-min is the most popular guy in their high school. They met in a subway but accidentally Baek Ma-ri kissed the neck of Jung Jae-min while dreaming. She smelled and found out that Jung Jae-min has a sweet blood. She tries to resist it and everything changed.

Release Dates: May 15, 2015 - July 24, 2015
No of Episodes: 12
Viki Rating: 8.3/ 10

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4. Oh My Ghostess (였 λ‚˜μ˜ κ·€μ‹ λ‹˜)

- Starring Park Bo Young (Na Bong Sun), Kim Seul Gie (Shin Soon-ae) and Jo Jung Suk (Kang Sun Woo)

- A story of an assistant chef (Na Bong Sun) at Sun Restaurant, who has a huge crush on her arrogant boss, chef (Kang Sun Woo). She occasionally sees ghost and was possessed by a virgin ghost (Shin Soon Ae) to resolve her grudge and to move on her afterlife. They tried to seduce the chef but later on, he fell in love with her.

Release Dates: July 3, 2015 - August 22, 2015
No of Episodes: 16
Viki Rating: 9.4 / 10

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2016

5. Descendants of the Sun (νƒœμ–‘μ˜ ν›„μ˜ˆ)

- Starring Song Joon-ki (Captain Yoo Si-jin), Song Hye-kyo (Doctor Kang Mo-yeon), Jin Goo (Master Sergeant Seo dae-young) and Kim Ji-won (First Lieutenant Yoon Myung-ju)

- Captain Yoo Si-jin, a captain of a South Korean Special Forces unit, along with his friend Master Sergeant Seo Dae-young chase a young man who steal a motorcycle. The thief was injured and was brought to the hospital, where Captain Yoo Si-jin met surgeon Kang Mo-yeon. They date later on but Yoo Si-jin always getting called for duty, which keeps their relationship stagnant. They relationship started again when the medical team (with Doctor Kang) assigned in Uruk, where Yoo Si-jin was assigned.

Release Dates: February 24, 2016 - April 22, 2016
No of Episodes: 16 + 3 special episodes
Viki Rating: 9.8 / 10

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6. Doctor Crush (λ‹₯ν„°μŠ€)

- Starring Kim Rae-woon (Hong Ji-hong) and Park Shin-Hye (Yoo Hye-jung)

- A rebellious high school girl with a gangster personality, Yoo Hye-Jung, was pushed away by her father to live with her grandmother. She learned to love her grandmother and had a soft heart but everything changed when her grandmother died due to mis-treatment in a hospital ICU. She was heartbroken and planned to take revenge for her grandmother. After 13 years, she became a successful neurosurgeon and worked on the hospital where her grandmother died. She met her high school teacher, Kim Rae-woon, who works also as a neurosurgeon at the hospital and fell in love with him.

Release Dates: June 20, 2016 - August 23, 2016
No of Episodes: 20
Viki Rating: 9.3 / 10

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7. Uncontrollably Fond (ν•¨λΆ€λ‘œ μ• ν‹‹ν•˜κ²Œ)

- Starring Kim Woo-bin (Shin Joon-young) and Bae Suzy (Noh Eul)

- Shin Joon Young and Noh Eul are teenage sweethearts. They separated when Noh Eul suffered a lot when her dad died in a hit-and-run car accident. Later on when they grew up, Joon Young is now a superstar while Noh Eul is a documentary producer. They reunite when Noh Eul was assigned to film a life documentary of Shin Joon Young. Later she found out that Joon Young has a cancer and going to die soon.

Release Dates: July 6, 2016 - September 8, 2016
No of Episodes: 20
Viki Rating: 9.1 / 10

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8. W - Two Worlds (λ”λΈ”μœ )

- Starring Lee Jong-suk (Kang Chul) and Han Hyo-joo (Oh Yeon-joo)

- Yeon-joo's father, Oh Sung-moo, is a famous artist, who created the webtoon "W". He mysteriously goes missing when he's writing the last chapter of his webtoon. Yeon-joo tries to find him and goes to his office and was shocked to see that the main character of the story, Kang Chul, came into life. She finds herself inside a webtoon and can only leave and go back to real world based on Kang Chul's feelings.

- The series was praised and received few awards such as Drama of the Year at 36th MBC Drama Awards, and many more.

Release Dates: July 20, 2016 - September 14, 2016
No of Episodes: 16
Viki Rating: 9.7 / 10

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9. Cinderella and Four Knights (신데렐라와 λ„€ λͺ…μ˜ 기사)

- Starring Jung Il-woo (Kang Ji Woon), Ahn Jae-Hyun (Kang Hyun Min), Lee Jung-shin (Kang Seo Woo), Park So-dam (Eun Ha Won), Choi Min (Lee Yoon Sung) and Son Na-eun (Park Hye-ji)

- Eun Ha Won is a bright high school student, who has a cruel step mother and step sister. She works hard to earn and pay her tuition fees and works various part-time jobs. Ji Woon, Hyun-Min and Seo-Woo are spoiled cousins with different personalities, who live together in the mansion Sky House. One day, their grandfather announced that he is going to get married again and orders his grandsons to attend his 5th wedding ceremony. Hyun-min, the eldest grandson, want to upset his grandfather by bringing Ha-won to his ceremony. The grandfather noticed that Ha-won shows no interest to Hyun-min and decides to hire her as a live-in butler at the Sky House with a mission to change that attitude of his grandsons. He set a rule not to fall in love with anyone of his grandsons in exchange of her upcoming college tuition fees.

- It was based on the novel with the same title in 2011.

Release Dates: August 12, 2016 - October 1, 2016
No of Episodes: 16
Asian Wiki: 90%

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10. The K2 (더 μΌ€μ΄νˆ¬)

- Starring Ji Chang-wook (Kim Je-ha / K2), Im Yoon-ah (Go An-na), Song Yoon-ah (Choi Yoo-jin) and Jo Sung-ha (Jang Se-joon)

- Out of all the Korean dramas I watched, I loved the character of the antagonist, Choi Yoo-jin. She gave justice to her role and made the whole drama lively.

Release Dates: September 23, 2016 - November 12, 2016
No of Episodes: 16

Poster from Wikipedia






2016 - 2017


11. Weighlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo (μ—­λ„μš”μ • 김볡주)

- Starring Lee Sung-kyung (Kim Bok-joo) and Nam Joo-hyuk (Jung Joon-hyung)

- The sports drama was inspired by the Jang Mi-ran's life, an Olympic gold-medalist weightlifter

Release Dates: November 16, 2016 - January 11, 2017
No of Episodes: 16
Viki Rating: 9.8 / 10

Poster from Wikipedia

11. The Legend of the Blue Sea (ν‘Έλ₯Έ λ°”λ‹€μ˜ μ „μ„€)

- Starring Lee Min-ho (Heo Joon-jae) and Jun Ji-hyun (Shim Cheong)

- The drama was inspired by a classic Joseon legend about a fisherman who captures and releases a mermaid.

Release Dates: November 16, 2016 - January 25, 2017
No of Episodes: 20 + 1 special
Viki Rating: 9.5 / 10

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12. Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (μ“Έμ“Έν•˜κ³  μ°¬λž€ν•˜η₯ž – 도깨비)

- Starring Gong Yoo (Kim Shin), Kim Go-Eun (Ji Eun-tak), Lee Dong-Wook (Grim Reaper)  and Yoo In-na (Sunny)

Release Dates: December 2, 2016 - January 21, 2017
No of Episodes: 16 + 3 specials
Viki Rating: 9.6 / 10

Poster from Wikipedia



2017


13. Tomorrow With You (내일 κ·ΈλŒ€μ™€)

- Starring Lee Je-hoon (Yoo So-joon), and Shin Min-a (Song Ma-rin)

- A story about a CEO of a real estate company, Yoo Soo-joon, who has the ability to travel time via riding a subway. He saw in the future that he's going to die in a car accident along with a woman. He later on marries Song Ma-rin, the woman he saw in the future to avoid that fate.

Release Dates: February 3, 2017 - March 25, 2017
No of Episodes: 16
Viki Rating: 9.2 / 10

Poster from Wikipedia

14. Strong Woman Do Bong-soon (νž˜μŽˆμ—¬μž λ„λ΄‰μˆœ)

- Starring Park Bo-young (Do Bong-soon), Park Hyung-sik (Ahn Min-hyuk) and Ji Soo (Guk-doo)

Release Dates: February 24, 2017 - April 25, 2017
No of Episodes: 16 + 1 special
Viki Rating: 9.8 / 10

Poster from Wikipedia

15. My Secret Romance (μ• νƒ€λŠ” 둜맨슀)

- Starring Sung Hoon (Cha Jin-wook), and Song Ji-eun (Lee Yoo-mi)

Release Dates: April 17, 2017 - May 30, 2017
No of Episodes: 13
Asian Wiki Rating: 91 %

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16. Suspicious Partner (μˆ˜μƒν•œ νŒŒνŠΈλ„ˆ)

- Starring Ji Chang-wook (Noh Ji-wook), and Nam Ji-hyun (Eun Bong-hee)

Release Dates: May 10, 2017 - July 13, 2017
No of Episodes: 40
Viki Rating: 9.7 / 10

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18. Fight for My Way (μˆ˜μƒν•œ νŒŒνŠΈλ„ˆ)

- Starring Park Seo-joon (Ko Dong-man), Kim Ji-won (Choi Ae-ra), Ahn Jae-hong (Kim Joo-man) and Song Ha-yoon (Baek Seol-hee)

Release Dates: May 22, 2017 - July 11, 2017
No of Episodes: 16
Viki Rating: 9.6 / 10

Poster from Wikipedia

19. The Bride of Habaek (ν•˜λ°±μ˜ μ‹ λΆ€)

- Starring Nam Joo-hyuk (Ha-baek), Shin Se-kyung (Yoon So-ah), Lim Ju-hwan (Shin Hoo-ye), Krystal Jung (Moo-ra) and Gong Myung (Bi-ryum)

Release Dates: July 3, 2017 - August 22, 2017
No of Episodes: 16
Viki Rating: 8.5 / 10

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20. Reunited Worlds (λ‹€μ‹œ λ§Œλ‚œ 세계)

- Starring Yeo Jin-goo (Sung Hae-sung), Lee Yeon-hee (Jung Jung-won), and Ahn Jae Hyun (Cha Min-joon)

Release Dates: July 19, 2017 - September 21, 2017
No of Episodes: 40
Viki Rating: 8.6 / 10

Poster from Wikipedia
Update:

I added some K-Dramas I watched after Reunited Worlds.

21. Manhole (맨홀: μ΄μƒν•œ λ‚˜λΌμ˜ ν•„)

- Starring Kim Jae Joong (Bong-Pil), Uee (Soo-jin), Jung Hye Sung (Jin-Sook) and Baro (Suk-Tae).


- Bong-pil was disappointed about Soo-jin's upcoming wedding. He discovered that he can travel to past and present to prevent his long-time love to marry the bad-guy pharmacist.

- Kim Jae Jong made a comeback to K-drama after his military service.

Release dates: August 9, 2017 - September 28, 2017
No. of Episodes: 16
Asian Wiki Rating: 89%


Poster from Asianwiki

22. Circle: Two Worlds Connected (써클: 이어진 두 세계)

Release Dates: May 22, 2017 - June 27, 2017
No. of Episodes: 12
Asian Wiki Rating: 90%


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23. While You Were Sleeping (당신이 μž λ“  사이에)

Release Dates: September 27, 2017 - November 16, 2017
No. of Episodes: 32
Asian Wiki Rating: 90%


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24. Borg Mom (보그맘)

Release Dates: September 15, 2017 - December 1, 2017
No. of Episodes: 
Asian Wiki Rating: 83%

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What are your thoughts? Do you also watch K-dramas? If yes, what are your favorites? Share your thoughts.