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Cafes in Seoul 1: Dr. Fish Cafe

The black and white photos of the Parisian cafes with rattan chairs may be so ubiquitous now that they have lost the feeling of romance that they are supposed to evoke. Still, Paris and cafe as an idea are as synonymous as French and baguette or Rome and […]

Vancouver Fashion Week Part Two: Missha Cosmetics

Vancouver Fashion Week’s focus on international designers naturally brings in international media coverage. And with international media comes international sponsors.  This season, one of the main sponsors for Vancouver Fashion Week was Missha, a Korean cosmetics and skincare company. I have already talked about the popularity of BB creams […]

Royal eats

A friend of mine once mentioned that the first thing she would do after winning a lottery is to hire a personal chef. I nodded in agreement whole-heartedly.  Forget the Barenaked Ladies and their ode to Kraft dinner. I want the most exquisite flavours known to man made […]

What’s your blood type?

When you read IMDb-style or blog profiles of Korean celebrities, you may notice a random section called “Blood type” along with “Favourite food” and “What’s on my iTunes”.  This isn’t a case of an overly cautious individual scoping out for a kind soul for a blood transfusion in the event […]

A princess bride rediscovered

What is it about queens and princesses that still somehow capture even grown-up women’s hearts in this day and age? It’s no surprise that we see pictures of a blissfully pregnant Kate Middleton currently gracing the cover of every celebrity-focused publication. Gossip magazines have been speculating on the name […]

Riding in talking cars with boys

A few years ago when one could not possibly enter a theatre without seeing Will Smith’s name plastered everywhere, he was asked what the “magic formula” was to his successful career in film. Creatures and special effects, he answered rather frankly. Ask me what the magic formula is […]