Photo Potpourri: VSCO Cam

Photo Potpourri is a precursor to Recent Realities. Starting in July 2016, all Photo Potpourri posts will be known as Recent Realities.

Photo Potpourri

I’ve recently decided to try VSCO Cam to see what the hype is all about. I’ve grown to like it, and I enjoyed applying the filters to the images I’ve taken. So this whole photo dump post is dedicated to all the photos I’ve taken thus far and have been VSCO Camed XD Enjoy looking at my photos!

Message Book

One of my recent projects was to compile a “message book” for my super big boss who’s leaving. She’d been here for about thirteen years, and she’s someone everyone in my organisation is going to miss. The “party committee” I’m apart of suggested we get a card for all the employees to sign. I, on the other hand, thought about how ridiculous it’d be to try and get 70+ employees to sign a single card. Someone suggested we get a huge card, but I objected to that idea because it’d get all smushed when folded. Then I remembered my memory book project. Thus came the idea that we get a photo album and index cards, and all of us write, draw, or print our farewell messages on an index card, and compile it together with some photos and whatnot. Then I had a good friend help me decorate the album, and this is what it came to be. Who’d have thought fabric, ribbon, lace, and a tassel could be combined to create a good look? I’d have never come up with something so simple and elegant!

Earl Grey Tea and Chocolate Fudge Cake at Chloris Tea

I took my boss to Chloris, and she loved it! We checked out one of the Sinchon branches, and I ended up getting Earl Grey tea and chocolate fudge cake. Yum!

Green Jasmine Tea at Chloris Tea

Then I went to the other branch in Sinchon and had some green jasmine tea. I really love Chloris and their concept. I just love how the usage of a real teapot and teacup just gives off an elegant feel to the whole experience!

Tteokbokki, Soondae, and Tweegim

One of my good friends came to visit, and she told me she wanted some Korean food. So I took her to the little diner in my area that serves mostly Korean “street food”, and we ordered this set that comes with soondae (Korean blood pudding), tteokbokki (spicy rice cake), and tweegim (Korean tempura). This set only cost us 3,500 won (About $3.25 USD).

Goldilocks Assorted Polvoron

My friend also brought me some polvoron! They are my favourite cookies from the Philippines! :D I call them “crumbly cookie dough cookies” because that’s what they really tasted like to me when I first tried them. Unfortunately, I can never remember the name “polvoron”. Luckily, when my friend asked me what I wanted her to bring me from the Philippines, she knew what I was talking about when I said, “those cookies”.

Macadamia Nut Latte and Chocolate Chip Cookies at Berkeley Coffee Social

I also met up with her briefly for breakfast, and we stopped by Berkeley Coffee Social to get some caffeine and cookies! We both got the macadamia nut latte and their chocolate chip cookies. Oh, em, gee. That latte was so good! First time I’d ever tried macadamia nut latte :D

Cupcakes from Fat Cat

I bought these cupcakes at Fat Cat in Haebangchon, and they are delish! See, I’m friends with the lady who bakes them, and she’s the baking goddess of all the baking goddesses I know. I don’t know what she magic she does when she bakes, but her cakes are just super scrumptious!

New Movies for Marathoning!

I’ve been recently in the mood to re-watch a bunch of older films, and I realised that I didn’t have Armageddon or Deep Impact, so I ordered those and the Charlie Brown history specials from Amazon. Guess I’m in a movie marathon mood!

French Manicure

And the last photo shows my newest manicure :) French manicures are some of my favourite nail design, but I hadn’t tried this version yet. I like how it looks, but I think I’ll stick to the thinner version.


  1. Ahh! I don’t know how long it’s been since I’ve had polvoron! Deep Impact and Armageddon were a couple of my favorite movies from my childhood. I just remember watching both with my parents after they’d rented each from the Blockbuster near our house. I love those movies, love the memories that come with!

  2. Oh my goodness! Polvoron! <3

    I'm from the Philippines and we always have some polvoron (that my aunt makes) during family gatherings. Personally, I prefer them plain. What's your favorite flavor?

    Oohhh VSCO. I keep hearing about that but I have an outdated iPad and an incompatible phone so I have no way to try out the app (I have to edit all my photos on good ol' Photoshop). I don't know what the hype is all about. Is VSCO cam really that good?

    • I like the original/plain one, too! :D

      VSO Cam is all right. The filters are nice, but it’s nothing to go all gaga over XD

  3. I like the idea putting together a photo album with index cards! The fabric and lace are cute additions. The last time a coworker left, we printed a photo book with spaces on the pages for people to sign and write messages :)

    That’s nice that Chloris uses real teapots and cups. They are very pretty! The Korean food and cupcakes also look tasty :)

  4. I love Goldilocks polvoron! It’s a classic snack and everyone loves them :D Now you’re making me want to eat some!

    Ooh, I’ve heard about that app too :D But I don’t use filters that much so I don’t even have it on my phone. Haha!

  5. The message book is such a great idea, I’m sure your boss will really appreciate it too. It’s so much more personal. Your manicure looks lovely too. The cupcakes and chocolate fudge cake look delicious, I’ve got such a sweet tooth!
    I’ve never seen Armageddon or Deep Impact, but I love Charlie Brown! Enjoy your films =]

  6. Michelle on

    Korean street food, huh? Looks yummy and the price isn’t so bad! Glad you both enjoyed and nice pictures too. I’ve only seen Armageddon and think it’s average at best. Most of those movies really are but that song lol

    Charlie Brown is coo l =)

  7. I love VSCO Cam! Makes photo editing on my phone really easy. I have a lot of photo editing apps actually, but I find myself using VSCO almost exclusively.

    Polvoron is sooo good! My mom brought some over from the Philippines too. I’m so happy. :’D And my aunt is sending me a care package full of even more Asian food goodies. I can’t wait!

  8. I’ve been hearing VSCO cam for a while. Is it similar to Instagram or other picture apps where you adjust the photo settings? I still haven’t jumped on board with VSCO yet *___* but maybe someday!!

    I would think it’ll be a mess to get 70+ employees to sign a card. Definitely having a huge card would do more good than a regular sized card ;). The memory book is a creative idea too! In band, we did something similar but with an index card and pin it to a board. Hopefully yours turn out nice :D.

    The food looks so yummy!! Do you normally go out to eat Korean food or make them at home? Your manicures look great too ;).

    • I do about half and half on the Korean food. Some stuff is home-made and some are from eating out XD

  9. I love your message book idea! It’s so much more personal and unique than a regular card. It must have been so fun decorating the album! Ah this makes me want to pull out my scrapbooking supplies!

    Oooh I’ve never had polvoron before, but now I’m curious to seek them out.

  10. Aw, I just love the idea of the index card album. It’s so much more personal and meaningful than just a regular ‘ol card! I’m sure your boss will appreciate it. :)

    I love using VSCOCam to process my mobile pictures! I’m sure you’ve noticed, heh x) These photos look great too! I use it mostly because it’s so great at upping the brightness/contrast and shadow/highlight detail. A lot of my photos get washed out by bad lighting. Plus those filters are perfect! :D

    Y’know I’ve heard of Armageddon and Deep Impact but I’ve never watched them. I really should since I’m pretty sure I’d be at least half interested haha.

    Your french manicure is super cute! I didn’t know it was a different style to have the tips be a lot thicker. I think the thinner tips or maybe 1:3 tip to negative space ratio makes the nails look nicer.

  11. Connie on

    Oh.My.Gosh. Uh…YESSSS!! All the sweets and tea in this post is going to make my head explode. I LOVE IT! I’m also glad you followed me on Instagram and I followed you because I get to see these photos on there as well ;)

    Your message book idea was superb! I have bookmarked this for any future crafts I might do myself!

  12. I almost always use VSCO Cam on my photos. I love its subtle filters. This is a nice collection of photos. Those cupcakes look delicious and your nails are always so pretty.

    What’s on your keyboard (space bar and backspace)? It looks cute.

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