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! ^^☆



A Letter to Daddy (on Father’s Day)

Dear Daddy,
daddyI remember when I was young, you sat me on your lap, and you said that someday I will meet somebody I will fall in love with. It doesn’t matter whether or not he is rich or handsome or has a degree… as long as he is a good man and he will love and respect me; make me happy and won’t hurt me.

Daddy, I married that man. I love him and he loves me dearly. We respect each other despite our differences. We laugh and cry together, but most of our days are filled with laughter. He makes me happy and takes good care of me. I care about him a lot, so I try to be the good wife Mommy was to you.

Sometimes I tell him, he reminds me of you… when he rubs my tummy every time it hurts… when he tucks me in and sings to me when I can’t sleep… when he tells me a cheesy joke… when he lectures me about something without raising his voice or sounding authoritarian.


You have never met him, but I’m sure you would have liked him if you did… and he would have liked you, too.

Thank you for that day you sat me on your lap and told me one of the most important lessons on “finding true love”. Though you couldn’t be there to walk me down the aisle on my wedding day, at least I know that the man I married is the kind of man you want me to spend the rest of my life with… so don’t you worry about your baby girl. I’m happy, Daddy. You will always see me smile. =)

I love you and I often remember you and everything you have taught me.

Much love from your daughter who misses you,