From Korea with Love

"I carry your heart with me… always."


In South Korea, you will find a Manoffin cafe at almost every subway station. Manoffin is known for its mouth-watering designer muffins. Aside from the regular muffins, the cafe sometimes makes special muffins for holidays and celebrations. As the season of spook is approaching, Manoffin now sells these cute and creepy Halloween-themed muffins.


My favorite is the “red-eye” muffin. I want to try all of them, but I have to cut down on sugar… T.T

For 2, 600 KRW (2.42 USD) (105 PHP) you can enjoy any of these scrumptious Halloween treats. They go well with a cup of Americano which costs 1,500 KRW (1.39 USD) (64 PHP). The coffee isn’t bad, at least a little lighter for my taste. If you are not a coffee drinker, you can order tea, smoothie, or fruit juice. Coffee and other beverages are cheaper in Manoffin than in other coffee shops. They’re okay if you are not that choosy when it comes to drinks.


In Dongdaemun Station‘s Manoffin express, they sell Halloween muffin gift sets. You can buy a set of four muffins for 10, 000 KRW (9.30 USD) (402 PHP); a set of six for 15,000 KRW (13.94 USD) (603 PHP).

20131010_13191720131010_13205020131010_132038If you are going to a Halloween party, these muffins are a perfect gift. You can also purchase a wizard’s (or witch’s) hat or a light up pumpkin headband to complete your Halloween getup. The hat is 6, 000 KRW (5.58 USD) (241 PHP), and the flashing headband is 3, 000 KRW (2.79 USD) (121 PHP).

20131010_131855 20131010_132058Have a spooooooooky and fun-filled Halloween! ^^☆


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Looove Day


As you have probably heard, Koreans celebrate Valentine’s Day differently. Instead of the men giving their special someone  treats or gifts on February 14th, it’s the women who give their sweethearts chocolates. This afternoon, after pampering my hair at the salon, I went out for a walk to see what Valentine goodies are displayed in shops and bakeries and outside convenience stores. The day before Valentine’s Day, you will usually see a lot of them on display, but today, only a few shops in my area have prepared earlier for V Day. Surely, tomorrow is going to be chocolate extravaganza! ^^


Every ‘Day of Hearts‘, I buy my husband his favorite chocolates, but I end up eating most of them. This time, I bought a white chocolate cake that we will enjoy tonight with some red wine and ‘mushy’ love songs.


Maybe, if my husband is not too sleepy yet, we could watchThe Notebook” together, one of the best love stories ever. I have wanted to watch this movie with him since time immemorial, but he’d rather watch horror flicks or thrillers or Japanese animation. If I have to tie him up just to have him watch it and use toothpicks to keep his eyes open, perhaps, I’ll do it tonight. ^^

If he’s not willing to see a ‘mushy’ movie with me, there’s always the dance I have wished to perform with him… someday. Hey, we could learn it tonight! ^^

Well, I know the chick flick and the dance won’t really make my husband happy, so after some cake and wine, we’ll figure out something else to do. The night is young and ‘Looove’ Day has just begun. ^^

How do you plan to spend your Valentine’s Day this year?


May your life be filled with the happiness love brings! ^^