Rose 31 de Fairmont

Amidst the blinding snowstorm that transformed Scotland into Narnia, I took a serendipitous refugee at a hidden castle in St Andrews. I had been to the Fairmont Hotel once during my second year but this time was my first experience of actually staying over. I didn’t know what to expect but after weeks of routine-filled days & college deadlines I was ready for any form of relaxation. I would also be lying if I wasn’t most excited about the Italian restaurant I have always wanted to try.

With my little suitcase packed with all my essentials, I took a cab and went into the cozy wonderland.


The most beautiful part of the Hotel without a doubt was its open library/restaurant area on Ground floor. You can enjoy an exquisite afternoon tea,served daily, or opt out for a wee cup of coffee and pastry like myself.



Even though it’s sad to admit that my coffee obsession has died down a bit in the past few months, this Americano awakened my old love for black Americano. I was definitely not disappointed in the quality of their coffee and the croissant..¬† let’s just say that I savoured every little bite of it ūüėČ

The grandeur, solemn yet cozy atmosphere of the lobby and ground floor area made me feel like an honoured guest at an ambassador’s house. (weird analogy but you know what I mean).


After such a wonderful afternoon spent lounging and just purely enjoying the tranquility of a snowy weekend I went back to my room for a little nap. And before I knew it it was dinner time.

I have always been eyeing La Cucina because I had heard such wonderful things about it from friends. I booked a solo dinner at the restaurant and just fully embraced the whole self-love protocol.

I ordered the seafood linguine and enjoyed it with white wine. The linguine was perfectly cooked and the seafood (locally caught, of course) was so fresh and delicious. The staff was extremely friendly and welcoming and they made me feel at home.


La Cucina 

Address: Fairmont St Andrews, St Andrews KY16 8PN

Phone #: 01334 837000

Hours: 6:00pm Р9:30pm



Buenas Noches desde Escocia … (lleno de amor)


It was such a wonderful night and I could not have hoped for a better getaway. It reminded me of my family and how much I missed their company. Although it’s good to be alone sometimes, I am starting to realise that good things are better when they are shared with ones you truly love and appreciate.

2018 seems to be off to a great start and I am so hopeful and excited for what is to come..! Seoulite..will always be on the go.


A Coral Daydream – Seoul

A Coral Daydream – Seoul

IMG_5191.jpgFour months has flown by since I landed at Incheon Intl. Airport, filled with anticipation, anxiety, and excitement, and now it’s time to say goodbye to another summer in Seoul.Internships, friendships, and family time filled my 22nd summer and it will be the summer that will stick with me for a long time. Precious memories have been engrained in me and every corner breathes a new air.

With my 3-month internship over, I finally had time to go on a lunch date with Cherlyn who I haven’t seen for a while. We were both busy with work but I couldn’t leave Korea without seeing her.

We decided to try out a new healthy restaurant that opened up in Chungdam called Sun the Bud. Their menu is full of delicious healthy dishes that are vegetarian and vegan friendly. You can also make your own salad with fresh ingredients to your liking.


The overall atmosphere is very modern, clean-cut and classic. Having just opened in the central fashion district in Seoul, it is full of fashionable and chic Seoulites.

I ordered a classic bibimbap with soy-sauce chicken which was basically a brown rice bowl mixed with seasoned vegetables with Korean red pepper paste on the side. It was a pleasant surprise to say the least – the vegetables were incredibly fresh and well-seasoned and the chicken was cooked just right.


Sun the Bud 

Address: Apgujung Ro 60 Gil 18, Cheong dam dong, Gang nam gu

Price Range: $$

Hours: 10:30 ~ 22:00

Telephone #:02-2138-1377


Since it was such a beautiful day out in Seoul, Cherlyn and I decided to wander over to Dosan Park in a hunt for a new café that we can try out.

Dosan Park is a beautiful place in the middle of city for anyone looking for a quiet escape and a taste of nature. I always find myself coming back to this little gem of a place when I need a breathe of fresh air. Seoul can be a hectic city with non-strop stimulation and sometimes all you need is a little stroll.

We stumbled upon a brand new cafe called 8D that opened up in July just across the park. The architecture and ambiance was breathtaking – the bright sunlight coming through the tall windows to reflect the concrete walls and floors made it seem like we were in a European art museum.



I ordered an iced flat white which I was frankly not expecting much of but it was a perfect blend.



There were sofas in the corner and having been wandering around blissfully in the August Sun, I took it upon myself to have a little rest.


Cafe 8d 

Address: Seullong-Ro 153Gil 37, Gangnamgu

Price Range: $$

Hours: 10:00~24:00

Telephone #: 02-547-3350

This little rendezvous was a perfect way to end my 2017 summer and I can’t wait to come back in the winter to find my city transformed into a winter wonderland. Until then, adieu Corea! xx



Sunny Side Up!

Sunny Side Up!

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I am back in my beautiful home city and currently in the process of fully embracing¬†the¬†blissful sunshine, precious family time and long-awaited reunions with people I love.¬†As it turns out again – dej√© mi corazon en Se√ļl ūüėČ

one of the things I looked forward to when coming back to Seoul was its beautiful alleyways with so many hidden gems in store for any curious explorer Рsmall but crowded restaurants, bustling bars, quiet coffeehouses and unique boutiques. Seoul is honestly a treasure box that you can find anything you want in Рfood, beauty, fashion, drinks, you name it!

yo estoy de vuelta en Se√ļl, mi ciudad hermosa, y estoy disfrutando completamente el sol, tiempo precioso con mi familia y reuniones¬†con la gente que he extra√Īado mucho. Es la verdad – dej√© mi coraz√≥n¬†en Se√ļl!

Uno de cosas que estaba animado para sea sus callejones hermosas con tan numerosos tesoros – los restaurantes peque√Īos pero¬†llenos, los bares animados, las cafeter√≠as serenas y los boutiques √ļnicos. Se√ļl tiene todas que te quieres!¬†

This Thursday afternoon I met up with Tiffany – she’s such a kind, loving and wonderful person that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for years (back to the ‘hakwon’ days). We decided to go to Jang-Comma (žě•Íľ¨Žßą), a korean restaruant specialising in home-made meals. It is located in a steep side alleyway off Jang Jin Woo St. in Gyungridan-Gil (Í≤ĹŽ¶¨Žč®Íłł).

Este jueves me reuní con Tiffany en Jang-Komma Рun restuarante Coreano localizado en Gyungridan-Gil. Este restuarante se especializa en la cocina Coreana que son hecho en estilo de la comida casera. 



I ordered the cod roe and butter rice topped with sunny side egg and Tiffany opted for their grilled fish dish – all served with ban-chan (korean side-dishes) and warm soup.

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cod roe, egg, butter and rice

Jangkkoma (žě•Íľ¨Žßą)

Address direccion : Itaewon 260-54, Seoul

Contact Number / numero telefono: 070.4153.6517

Price Range / rango de precios : 10,000 – 20, 000 per person


bebe hermosa¬†ūüíē

Café Right Before 

Address / dirección: 210-12, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

Phone Number / numero telefono : 02-6010-9802

Price Range / rango de precios : less than 10,000 per person / menos de 10,000 por persona 

After our lovely lunch we explored the corners and streets¬†of Gyenogridan-Gil until we chose a caf√© called Right Before. It’s hidden in the side street but if you look close enough, you will be able to see its green signs and adorable interior design. Since the weather was so nice, we decided to sit on the terrace and refresh ourselves with drinks. Also – they had a hammock.. need I say more?

Despu√©s de nuestro almuerzo delicioso fuimos de aventura por las calles y esquinas de Gyenogridan-Gil hasta seleccionamos una cafeter√≠a se llama Right Before. Tienen un diseno interior muy verde y fresco y una selecci√≥n vasta de bebidas. Pero sobre todo ellos tienen una hamaca – necesito decir mas? ūüėȬ†




If you are ever in the neighbourhood, give these two places a sneak peak! I definitely recommend Jangkkoma if you are new to Korean food and Seoul. It will give you a nice taste of what Koreans normally eat and what kind of flavours go into our cuisine. There are so many cafes and cute little shops in the area, so definitely spare out a chunk of your day to be spent here! I hope you enjoyed coming on with us on our Thursday date and stay tuned for more!

Si estás en las cercanías, recomiendo que visites estos dos lugares! Jangkkoma es perfecto para una experiencia autentica de cocina Coreana. Hay muchas cafeterías y tiendas en el área a visitar. Espero que disfruten viniendo con nosotros hoy. Voy a publicar en el blog más desde esta semana así que estad atentos para más! 


With love,


Con amor,


City of Dreams

City of Dreams

New York City 

New York City has always been a place of wonder and fantasy for me ‚Äď its busy streets, bustling restaurants, endless opportunities and its indisputable status as the epicentre of global business and fashion drew me to the city like no other.

Countless daydreams in my teenage years were consumed by a grown-up Eujena lounging at a coffee shop off at Soho, grabbing brunch at West Village (poached eggs and toast, always), working at an office in Manhattan until Midnight and then grabbing a Whiskey sour (or two) at a hip bar with friends

For some reason, though, I felt like an insurmountable distance separated the city and me. And that needed to change. I longed to be connected to the city, breathing, living its every corner ‚Äď taking in all it has to offer. Spring break gave me the perfect opportunity to go back to the States and meet my sister in my dream city. It was a week filled with unforgettable memories, good vibes, lots of laugher (and some tears), and amazing food! Follow me along to the city of big dreams‚Ķ

Nuevo York siempre hab√≠a sido un lugar de maravilloso y fantasia para mi ‚Äď su calles ocupados, los restaurants llenos, las oportunidades interminables y su estatus como el centro de los negocios y modas mundiales me atrajo como ning√ļn otro.¬†

Los ensue√Īos incontables estaba consumido con imagines de Eujena m√°s viejo relajado en una cafeteria en Soho, comiendo Brunch con amigos en West Village (huevos escalfados y pan, por favor), trabajando en una oficina en Manhattan hasta la medianoche y despu√©s¬†tomando un Whiskey Sour (o dos) en bar a la √ļltima.

Por alg√ļn raz√≥n, pero, siempre senti que una distancia vasta separa la ciudad y yo. Y eso necesit√© cambiar. Yo anhelo¬†ser conectado a la ciudad, respirando y viviendo todas su esquinas ‚Äď tomando todo la puede ofrecer. Las vacaciones de primavera me dio la oportunidad perfecta a volver a Estados Unidos y encontrar con mi hermana, Jean, en la ciudad de mi sue√Īo. Estaba una semana lleno de recuerdos inolvidables, buenas vibras, muchas sonrisas y comida incre√≠ble. S√≠gueme por la ciudad de sue√Īos grandes

 Eataly and The Nomad Restaurant 



La Colombe (Chelsea) 

601 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001, USA

My trip to NYC would not be complete without good coffee and bottomless brunch. My sister took me to La Colombe in Chelsea before we hit the galleries. The coffee was frankly not as good as I expected it to be but perhaps I had too high of an expectation. The interior and the staff, however, of the Chelsea location however are amazing to say the least.


Bluestone Lane (West Village) 

Melbourne-inspired café with Australian-style espresso drinks and food

55 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014, USA


My sister and I rarely eat breakfast on vacations and so we take brunch business seriously. I had been eyeing Bluestone Lane through social media for a while and was so excited to finally try it out. We were lucky to be bale to grab a big marble table by the counter without a wait.


I ordered a green skillet with mushrooms, kale, tomato and eggs with their gluten free toast. It was warm, hearty and delicious! The coffee was strong and smooth – just the way I like it. It might be too strong for some people (aka Jean) so make sure to order hot water on the side if you are new or sensitive to caffeine.



Inspired by the ‘joomak,’ a sleekly-designed traditional Korean restaurant and bar serving impeccable Korean food and drinks.

36 W 26th Street New York, NY 10010 (between Broadway & 6th Ave)



Gabriel Kruether 

French Restaurant

41 W. 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036


Now I am definitely not a connoisseur of French cuisine but throughout my years in Europe I have had various chances to experience a variety of French dishes. My lunch at Garbriel Kruether definitely tops the list as one of the best French culinary experiences to date. The ambiance, food and service were all impeccable.


Amazing duck breast with potato mash and crisp duck skin

Great Success

Porto Rico Importing Company (must-go for coffee-lovers) 

201 Bleeker St. New York NY 10012

800 453 5908

Just go. Please.

forever my bestfriend and partner-in-crime



Lastly, the best part of New York is walking through it with people you love. I love you, Jean and Junwon oppa¬†ūüíēūüíē


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Stay Cheeky loves xx


Rendezvous à Paris

Rendezvous à Paris

I wish that I could write this post in French but the only phrases I know how to say in French are “bonjour” and “Je m’appelle Eujena.” It’s one of my goals to learn french during my 20s but with all the things I want to do, we’ll see how that one goes.

Anyhow those who know me know that I am an impulsive traveller. I rarely travel when I am in school but when I do, it’s often unplanned and very very last minute.¬†So as they say, old habits never die and I found myself booking an airbnb, a plane ticket and messaging my friends in Paris that I will be coming to their beautiful city. Why Paris? I don’t know. I really don’t. But why not Paris? You know what they say, “Paris is always a good idea.”

Espero que escribir en franc√©s pero las solas palabras que s√© hablar en franc√©s es ‘Bonjour’ y ‘Je m’appelle Eujena.’ Es uno de mis metas a aprender el franc√©s durante mis 20s pero con todas cosas que estoy haciendo en este momento, pienso que ser√° imposible.¬†

De todas formas, esta entrada es sobre mi¬†rendezvous¬†a Paris de la semana psada. No estaba planeado viajar a alg√ļn lugar pero yo sent√≠ algo en mi coraz√≥n que me dij√≥ a salir. A donde, no sab√≠a. Pero despues de muchos pensamientos, yo eleg√≠ Paris. Hubo algo que necesito hacer y sabes que dicen… “Paris siempre es un buen idea.”¬†

My first night in Paris (red wine + risotto with pork and asparagus)

Mi primera noche en Paris (vino tinto y risotto con cerdo y espárrago) 


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after dinner I attempted to work on my essay but¬†¬†before I knew it, I was sound asleep…

desp√ļes de cenar yo tra√≠ estudiar pero antes de saber, estaba durmiendo¬†

After 10 hrs of sweet sleep and a morning coffee, I was ready for my full day in Paris. Of course, I had to head to Rue Saint Honor√© before all else. The street was where I stayed on my first visit to Paris and it will always have a special place in my heart. The atmosphere is mesmerising, I always feel like I am in an ulterior universe. The cafes, restaurants, boutiques and even small grocery shops… it’s my paradise on Earth


I came back to my airbnb before heading off to see my Parisienne friends and this is basically what happened…

Esto es lo que pasa cuando me deja sola

Before I move on, can we just admire the new Dior Lady bag? Classics are classics and this one will forever be one of my favourites. (Plus, red is one of my favourite colours)

after a short break, I headed back to Rue Saint Honor√© and met up with Yazmin. She’s an absolute beauty both inside and out and¬†I could not have wished for a better company.



After thoroughly enjoying my coffee date with Yazmin, I headed west to meet up with Thomas, Gabriel and Chlo√©. I met these three gems last year in St Andrews during their year abroad and it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that they were the highlights of my 2nd semester. Seeing them in Paris again was amazing and I can’t wait to see them again.



Thinking back at the three days in Paris and looking through these photos feel so surreal, almost as if the whole trip was just a long dream. That’s what Paris will do to you. I have fallen in love with the city yet again (I’m sorry Madrid) and I am already daydreaming about walking down Rue Saint Honor√©… But back to reality for now!

I just have to say.. Paris, je t’aime¬†img_2155

Tell me.. what’s your favourite European city?

Golden Paradise -Busan Part II

Golden Paradise -Busan Part II

Waking up to a view like this…


We woke up bright and early the next morning and of course, we had to find our coffee fix


We settle at a seaside cafe with a beautiful view and talked about our plans for the day.


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Before heading to the beach again, we decided to try the famous Busan Pork Rice Soup. We paired it with rice wine and needless to say, it was DELICIOUS


The rest of the day was spent at the Paradise Hotel Poolside and theBay 101 – a famous spot for its breathtaking night view of the city and variety of food/dessert and drinks.





Of course, this was NOT the end of our night. You can’t say you went to Busan without at least trying out their clubs. Seoul is always my favorite city to part in but Busan did not disappoint. It was perhaps one of the best nights of my summer. We lucked out that the newest club was located on B1 of our hotel. Flux Busan surprised me with their sophisticated and modern interior and excellent music selection. I definitely recommend this place for a crazy night out if you are near Haeundae. (Also the dancers…….)


When we came back to our hotel room we were too excited to go to bed immedaitely… so that called for a mini photoshoot and dance party


That ended our last day in Paradise Рyet another bucket list for my 20s checked off ♥! My quench for Busan was definitely satisfied but I know I will be back very very soon.

Besos, la ciudad dulce de Busan!

Where have you been this summer? let me know!



Golden Paradise – Busan Part I

Golden Paradise – Busan Part I

‘I have to go to Busan’¬†

Maybe it was the fact that my father (aka favorite person in the world) was born in Busan or maybe it was just the remnants of my precious childhood memories of summer weekends in Haeundae with wind brushing against my wet hair and ice and the smell and sound of the ocean that made my heart burst.

Whatever the reason, I had to go. I convinced my two bestfriends this summer to join me in a randezvous to the beautiful coastal city of Korean, Busan and we planned this trip for months until last weekend, we finally embarked on adventure.

Join us!

We jumped on a 8am train departing from Seoul Station¬†…


After the train ride,¬†despite being tired and worn out by the 33 degrees heat we ¬†headed strait to Haeundae. If you’re ever visiting Busan, you have to go to this part of the city. It might not be the cleanest area¬†in Busan but it is definitely¬†the symbolic area that everyone congregates in.

We grabbed the famous mil-myeon(cold noodle mixed with a spicy paste ) from Kaya Milmyeon (ÍįÄžēľŽįÄŽ©ī) Don’t underestimate the dish based on its simplicity, once you take a bite you won’t be able to stop. We ordered a side of dumplings which was honestly one of the best dumplings I have had in Korea.


With the blazing sun shining over our heads, we escaped from the suffocating heat into the shining ocean.




After our day at the beach, we realised that we haven’t had a proper meal yet and what better to eat fresh sashimi than Busan? We opted for Mul-hwae (Ž¨ľŪöĆ), a fresh mixture of sashimi, vegetables, spices and asian pear. It went perfectly with korean soju – definitely one of the best combos.


With our hearts and bellies full, we decided to try out a bar that my dad personally recommended. I wasn’t expecting much to be honest, but it turned out to be an absolute heaven! Port 1902 is a bar/lounge/bakery/cafe at the end of Songjung Beach – it’s classy, sophisticated and their food and drink are impeccable!


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This tiramisu was the highlight of the night

The night ended with the three of us singing happily on our way back to our hotel… It was an unforgettable night and although our bodies were tired from hours of walking, swimming and getting lost in a new city, we all agreed that it was a night that we will remember forever.