[re-written] Fushimi Inari Shrine Kyoto

Cute Japanese kids Fushimi InariIf you have seen the movie ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’  you have probably seen the scene in which the leading actress is still a little girl and runs through a tunnel of torii gates, which can be best described as ‘orange poles’. This scene takes place at the Fushimi Inari Shinto Shrine, a magical place in Kyoto. I would say it’s a must-see when visiting Japans former imperial capital.

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Bukchon Hanok Village Seoul

hanok street group Bukchon Hanok Village is a traditional Korean village located in the heart of Seoul in between Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeok Palace and Jongmyo shrine. When walking through the small streets and seeing the beautifully designed old houses, you would almost feel like your no longer in the largest city of South Korea. My Korean buddy Jerry (a volunteer that has to put up with this overly direct Dutch person, as he was assigned as my buddy through a school program) and other buddy friends of him took me and another international student here a few days ago.

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#Personal – Time is flying

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Can you believe it’s been almost four weeks since I left the Netherlands for Seoul? I can’t… and I know I have hardly blogged since arriving, for that I apologize (more about why I’ve been slacking so much can be found later on in this post under ‘technical problems’). Here is an extremely long, picture filled, update about my life in Korea which involves visiting historic palaces and villages, people dashing towards me to take pictures, eating lots of Japanese food, shopping for make-up and technical problems.

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Gyeongbokgung Palace Seoul

DSC01935 Gyeongbokgung is the biggest palace in Seoul. Today my dorm mates and I went there to do some sightseeing. As we got out of the subway a bunch of kids wearing coats saying ‘Free Tour Guide’ were waiting near the exit. They approached us as soon as they saw us and proposed to give us a tour of the palace. We were so surprised, young kids spending their weekend on informing foreigners about the Korean dynasty (spending your weekend level Asian 9gag.com).  They were amazing tour guides and spoke very good English.

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Japan beauty – What’s different?

japangeishakopie A while ago I got an e-mail from Elise in which she asked if she could do Freelancing work for BeautyLab. Elise (20) is a journalism student and was giving the assignment to work for an (online) magazine or newspaper for the time span of three months. I’m always open to such requests and so we decided to meet up over a cup of tea in order to brainstorm about possible article subjects. We decided that Elie will post an article every two weeks the coming months. Together we picked out the subjects that will be discussed. They will be related to traveling, something Elise loves to do. [This is a re-post from my old blog. I put it up because I’m very proud of this article and I want to do an ‘Korea’ edition in the near future.]

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#Personal – Mountain Goat

Schermafbeelding 2013-03-08 om 22.52.39A quick update of what I’ve been doing in Seoul so far. Two weeks have almost passed already, can you believe it? I’m happy that time is flying, because that indicates that I’m having quite a good time right? To be honest I didn’t take a lot of pictures yet. Sometimes I’m so overwhelmed by what I see (or super annoyed by the high hills I’ve to climb up in order to reach the university) that I just forget to snap a picture!

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First impression Korean Make-up

SAMSUNG Koreans are crazy about beauty, something that really shows when walking through the streets in this breathtaking country. In Seoul for example, you’ll find a make-up store on almost every corner. No matter how ugly the street, a pretty and colorful make-up store will be there to brighten things up. Despite that I have been here for only one week now I did do some make-up (window)shopping and while doing so I discovered some pretty funny things.Let me share my first impression of Korean make-up (stores).

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#Personal – Arriving in Seoul

SAMSUNG While you are reading this I’ll be asleep in my Korean bunk bed. Usually I post a ‘#Personal’ every friday but since I didn’t do so last friday, and have a lot to tell, I thought I’d might as well post a personal post on thursday instead of friday. Yesterday I arrived in Seoul, South Korea, to study at Hanyang University. I’ll be staying here for almost four months, 111 days to be exact. To be honest I’m still a bit scared about it all, because now that I’m at the start of it all four months seems like a very long time. My boyfriend Chris will be coming over for sure and my parents might do so as well, but just knowing that I won’t see my house, my country, home town, other family, friends and kitty for such a long time scares me. According to Chris it will be over in no time and I should enjoy it the maximum. Let me give you a little update of what I did so far (and to be honest his past two days did fly by)

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Men’s Monday – US Chocolate chip cookies with a Dutch twist

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA By Chris – In America chocolate chip cookies are a common form of cookie in many grocery stores and I was quite surprise upon arrival in the Netherlands the lack of chocolate chip cookies. They have many forms of deserts and sweets in the netherlands, many that i have never seen before. I would say the netherlands prepares very delicious deserts even though their cuisine does not really have the best reputation. However, sometimes nothing compares to the delicious and yet simple chocolate chip cookie. Often i would make chocolate chip cookies for my international friends at the dormitory and they were amazed about how good they are. Due to the lack of the chocolate chip cookies in the Netherlands and since I made chocolate chip cookies for my girlfriend for one of her last days in the Netherlands before korea, I thought I would share about the art of the chocolate chip cookie. Read Further…

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Shopping in Seoul

Schermafbeelding 2013-02-23 om 17.55.49 As the day of my departure to Seoul is coming closer I thought I’d make a list of the shopping area’s, and brands, in Seoul that I definitely want to visit and share with you guys.  People say South Korea is the capitol of beauty (including plastic surgery) and, as a beauty enthusiast, I’m therefore very excited about living in Seoul. It gives me the opportunity to once again share Asia’s make-up, fashion and other beauty secrets on my blog. Of course I’m also gonna write about sightseeing and other travel-related  subjects, I mean this site is called the Beauty Suitcase for a reason right? I’m planning to do a lot of South Korean make-up (supposed to be one of the best in the world) give-aways, so if you want to stay updated on those follow my blog here on Wordpress, (and/or) on Facebook and Bloglovin.

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