Sir Cronk the Crooked

Meet Sir Cronk the Crooked. This little ball of fluff is a 3 and half months old Korean Short-hair. His mummy was a street cat who was taken in by a kind lady, who discovered that the mummy cat was pregnant. So in early August, 4 little fluffs came into the world. 3 girls and one boy, a.k.a Cronk. At 8 weeks old he came to command us as his personal humans.

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First night with the new humans was spent snuggling in his own bed after a day of exploring the new territory. 

However it was not long before the Cronk had made himself King of the Castle, and his people. His favourite activity is meowing at the top of his lungs for no reason in particular, biting the humans hands and feet, and just causing general mayhem on the domains.

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Observing the humans in his lair.
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After coming out of his lair, the Crooked Mr Cronk is contemplating the days chaos, and the possible havoc to be wreaked. (Don’t be fooled by the innocent expression or you will be subjected to Crooked Shenanigans!)
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Stretching a bit before chaos ensues. 
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After the pandemonium concludes, it is important to act cute so the humans won’t be angry.

Furthermore, Sir Cronk will give out snuggles to make up for the chaos, and his favourite place in the whole house is the human bed.

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In the early days of the beds discovery.
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After commanding said bed and making himself comfy.

One of the things Sir Cronk the Crooked does best when he is done causing mayhem is relaxing. Preferably on top of a human.

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Of course sprawling on someones lap is one of the best things there is!
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It makes for a great cuddle.
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Mister Cronk is pleasured to meet you all and hopes he will see you again soon! For now he is content with going back to his nap.

Oh and before I forget, Sir Cronk the Crooked is named so, due to a little crook at the end of his tail.

Thank you for reading!

Ida Gabriella

xxx

 

A Trip to a Traditional Korean Village

A while back I visited a quaint traditional little village in Bukchon here in Seoul. Located between the Gyeongbok and Changdeok palaces, it’s full of small traditional houses, street food, and cute little shops selling traditional Korean goods mixed with the usual tourist items. It took a lot longer to get there than what I originally thought, although that might have been due to the fact that we walked in circles for a little while. As it took us some time to arrive we ended up feeling a bit peckish, so the first thing we did when we got to the village was to buy some street food!

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One of my absolute favourite street foods in Korea! Tteok (떡) is a Korean rice cake used in soups, stews, sold as street food like pictured, or in dessert (another favourite of mine).

After finishing up our snacks we walked around the village for a bit, and it was absolutely beautiful! The lady selling tteok told us that it is an old village with quite a long history of several hundred years. Now despite living in Korea for a couple of years and studying Korean, I’m ashamed to say that lately my skills in the language have slipped dramatically (definitely need to work on that!), so I didn’t really understand when she was talking about the history of the village and the relation with the palaces it’s located in between. Even so, she managed to get the message across that it was once an important area where nobility from the Joseon dynasty used to live. Although I’m not the best photographer around, I took some pictures to share with you here!

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The village is located right in the middle of the city surrounded by modern buildings and the bustling city life.

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As we went in the middle of the week, there were not as many tourists as there would be on a weekend.

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Old Korean architecture is so beautiful!

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This was on the side of an adorable little shop, and though it’s not very traditional I found it to be quite cute so I’ve included it here as well.

Bukchon is one of those places that I would love to visit again! It’s so quaint and cute, and the people running the shops in the area are really nice. It would make a perfect date spot if you want to experience some of the culture at the same time. Seoul is a big city that is always full of life, but if you want to get away to some place quieter yet still stay in the city, this is the place for you. I had a wonderful time visiting and would definitely recommend it!

It is located close to the Jongno district, with the closest subway station being Anguk Station on the Orange line (Line 3), exit 2.

Till next time!

Ida Gabriella

xxx

Home away from home

At 23 years old, I decided to move halfway across the world from Stockholm, Sweden, to Seoul, South Korea. I did this all by myself after being told by friends and colleagues that it was all just talk. Perhaps it was their disbelief that spurred me on to actually take the leap, and for whatever reason I’m so happy that I dared.  When I was younger I used to be extremely shy, to the point that I couldn’t even go to the store by myself, and would bother my mum or younger brother endlessly for them to come with me if I needed something. I think I even bribed my brother with sweets and soda a couple of times so that I wouldn’t have to go alone. I felt so incredibly awkward with zero confidence, I didn’t believe in myself.

I have been meaning to start a blog since I first moved to Korea, but as I still struggle with confidence even to this day, I just never got around to it. Always looking at other people’s blogs and thinking that I would like to do that too, but second guessing myself and wondering why anyone would want to read my blog. In the end it was my boyfriends encouragement that got me to finally do it, he believes in me. Hearing him say that made me feel so loved, and I decided that it doesn’t matter if anyone thinks it’s silly, I’ll make this blog because I want to, for myself. So now, 3 years later sitting in a coffee shop munching on cheesecake, I’m finally taking the plunge! I welcome whoever drops by, to my little blog about the things I love!

Korea has some amazing coffee shops, many of which are open 24/7, so you will be able to satisfy your sweet tooth at any time!

Moving abroad, especially to the other side of the world, can be a very scary thing. There is the obvious fears, such as not knowing anyone, not speaking the language, and what if you get sick(?), but also such things as where do you get your hair done and how are you supposed to get hold of your favourite skin care products when you run out? Seems irrelevant I know, but what is a girl to do? Trying to navigate through all of this in the last couple of years have given me so much insight in who I am as a person and how I deal in certain situations. Like the time I lost my credit card, or when I got lost by myself on the other side of town with no phone battery. It has made me more secure in myself and I don’t spend as much time wondering if I am doing things right, or thinking about how others see me.

From working three years with makeup and skin care, and 6 almost 7 years with fashion, I’ve developed a huge obsession with these things! One of the most difficult obstacles for me moving abroad, was how in the world I was supposed to bring all my things that I absolutely need with me, i.e my entire closet and of course, my makeup and skin care items. Now after many trips back and forth and my mum sending several boxes, I have most of my precious items here in Korea. I also happen to be a big book nerd (to the point that I’m doing a bachelors in English Language and Literature), but my mother drew the line at sending clothes and makeup, so my book collection is sadly still back in Sweden. Though luckily, I have my trusty Kindle with me.

 

I hope you want to come along on my journey as I explore Korea, dive deeper in my beauty and skin care obsession, become an even bigger book nerd, and improve my writing skills to name a few!

Ida Gabriella

xxx

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