Gym etiquette 

I know I just posted yesterday but after todays gym session, I feel like I have to get this off my chest.

I entered the gym this morning and a group of 3 girls were all working out together on different equiptment. I walked past them over to the squat rack which clearly one of them intended to use after their current exercise because as soon as I put my bright pink towel down , she dropped her stuff and moved straight towards it while I had my back turned. So there I was, standing around while she began to squat with my towel hanging there as if it or for that matter I didn’t even exist.

I try to avoid confrontation when possible and decided I WAS in a good enough mood so I casually but VERY obviously gathered my things and asked how much longer she would need to which she glanced at her friends and replied half an hour. RUDE? When I returned 20 minutes later, guess who was taking selfies with her friends by the squat rack? She looked pretty uncomfortable for the remainder of her workout as I shot her looks of death from across the room.

For the sake of humanity, please don’t be a gym slut. You can’t mess around with 4 different types of equipment at the same time and think that leaving all your various belongings everywhere means you’ve now reserved them for when it’s convenient for you. NO. There’s no such thing. Wait your turn like every other human being.

Also, we are not paying the same fee  so that I can clean up after you. When you’re done with that 25kg barbell, put it away. Not only is it irritating when it’s lying in the middle of the floor, my arms are pretty much sticks and I couldn’t lift it out of the way even if I wanted to.

Oh and while you are at it, wipe the equipment when you’re done. Though I’d love a swim after my workout, it shouldn’t be in a pool of your sweat.

And lastly, if you’re going to use the leg press as a seat to browse your Facebook newsfeed for the next 25 minutes, you can just leave. Or just don’t come back. Ever. *Mic drop*

I feel so much better already! How is everyones thursday going?
-A Pearl of the Orient.


The woes of working retail

Photo copyright of : www.aubergeduquartierquebec.comWorking in retail, I come in to contact with many different types of people over the course of the day. When you see certain types of people regularly you begin to categorize them like I have and can spot them out the second they set foot in the store. So, i’ve compiled a list of some of the more ‘interesting’ customers my colleagues and I have the ‘pleasure’ of working with.

The Groper-

The groper loves to touch. No, not people but clothes. The groper is fairly common and can easily be recognized when they enter the store. They rush for the nearest table and begin feeling over each and every single piece of clothing with no intention whatsoever of buying said item. Heaven forbid if we have something fluffy.

The Bargain hunter –

The bargain hunter is 90 percent of the time asian ( we do like our good deals) and comes in regularly to check what is on sale . If we have sweatpants for clearance, you know they’re about to buy ten pairs and ask you five times if you have more sizes in the back. You also know that if by accident, a pair of sweat pants that cost 29.99 instead of 28.99 slipped into the pile, they will be returning to the store shortly after the purchase, receipt clutched in hand.

The Stubborn shopper-

This stubborn shopper walks in already looking a little forlorn. They can either be found walking in circles or staring at an item like it’s just grown a face . When approaching said person and asking if they would like assistance, you can bet that the answer is ‘no’. The other week, I approached a young lady who looked like she was having trouble with finding jeans in her size. When I asked if I could advise her, she insisted she was fine. She then proceeded to wreck all the neatly folded stacks to take out 5 pairs of the same jeans in the same size. When I kindly pointed this out, she mumbled an ‘ I know’ and went to the fitting room to try on EVERY SINGLE PAIR. Gee, I wonder why none of them fit…?

The Walking fashion show-

The walking fashion show is extremley profitable when they show up to the cash register with full arms but more often than not, they show up to the fitting rooms with half the store, parade around a mirror and after an hour of trying everything on, leave empty handed. Wasted time for both me AND you, bud.

The #rkoi (Rich kid of Instagram) –

The #rkoi is almost always a girl ranging in age from 14 to 18 years old. She struts in with her Michael Kors purse in one hand and the holy grail: her Iphone 6 in the other and her freshly manicured nails glitter as she hands you daddys credit card. Yes child, please let me assist you in spending my months equivalent of rent on some clothes.

The Tornado-

The cherry on the cake :The Tornado, is my least favourite of all people. They enter the store, wreck it and leave it looking like a hurricane just hit. No mercy. Regardless of the fact that you clearly JUST folded that pile of tank tops, they aren’t shy. They’ll go right ahead and annihilate your hard work. Suddenly there’s a trail of jumpers on the floor, a half naked mannequin and somewhere in the corner, a crying coworker.

So go on, own up… which type are you? Let me know in the comment section below!

P.S.  It doesn’t actually matter, i hate you all.

–  A Pearl of the Orient.

5 minute tuna pancakes

As opposed to the rest of my family, i’m pretty much a walking disaster when it comes to cooking in the kitchen. Ever heard of an asian burning rice? No, me neither. My mother would be ashamed.  I’m all for experimentation and trying new things but unless i’m getting some form of help, my dish is most likely to end up at the bottom of a trash bag and not in my stomach.

So this one is for my culinarily challenged out there! These yummy tuna pancakes are perfect for anyone looking for a quick, cheap and easy meal. Fear not students, you no longer have to spend your days eternally living off spaghetti ( Yes Tanya, I’m referring to you).

So without further ado, here’s what you’ll need!


  • A can of tuna ( Preferably in water if you’re trying to keep it healthy)
  • One egg
  • Flour
  • Soya sauce
  • Onions (optional)
  • Sriracha sauce ( optional)



  1. Drain the tuna and place in a bowl.
  2. Stir in the egg and if you have chosen to do so, add the finely diced onions and Sriracha sauce to taste (Obsessed with the stuff).  Side note:  The pancake mixture will not hold as easily with onions, but it does taste better!
  3. Add 1-2 tablespoons of flour until you have a relatively thick mixture that doesn’t fall apart and mix well.
  4. Oil and heat your pan.
  5. Once your pan is hot, spoon up a portion , drop it in and form it with your spoon. Make sure the pancakes aren’t too flat as they will end up dry.
  6. Flip your pancake when the bottom is crispy and brown and no longer falls apart.  Approx. 2 minutes per side.
  7. Then serve either with a side of salad or rice with a tiny bowl of soya sauce for dipping.

Hope you enjoy!


                       – A Pearl of the Orient.

Hole in my pocket.

It’s the end of the month and once again, i find myself scraping pennys . I’m sure many of you are familiar with the situation.

I’d compare checking my back account to watching a gory scene in a horror film. You know if you take your hand away and take a peek, you won’t be able to sleep but you have a sick urge to do it anyway. Then, you have the audacity to be shocked at what you see even though you knew what was coming all along.

In all honesty though, it’s a situation i should have the ability to control, but damn it , it’s so hard! Working in retail and spending half my week in a mall and having a bottomless pit for a stomach doesn’t exactly make it much easier. The funniest part is my brain then goes into panic mode and i lose all sense of reasoning. The urge to spend becomes about 100 times stronger. Suddenly, i’ve decided that I’m going to spend my last 2 euros on a cheeseburger at Mcdonalds and that i’ll sustain myself on potatoes for the next few days. I’m currently incredibly greatful for the 15 packets of migoreng in my cupboard. If you don’t know what that is, google it. You’re missing out.

Anyway, #firstworldproblem rant OVER! I’ve openly admitted I have a problem and acceptance is the second step to recovery, right?

– A Pearl of the Orient.

My friend posted this on instagram the other day. Had to chuckle.
My friend posted this on instagram the other day. Had to chuckle.

Ready to find your prince?

I love my mum and she’s taught me more valuable lessons in my life then I can count.
Granted she didn’t always use the gentlest of means to teach me but I mean … most korean mums don’t. But we’ll get to my hilarious and memorable upbringing another time.

My mum made me aware of the law of attraction at a very young age and always reminded me to clearly visualise and consciously work towards what I wanted in the future- the cosmos would handle the rest. This involved multiple drawings of mansions and future houses i would live in and of the man i would one day marry. But a quickly scribbled drawing of a man in purple crayon can only do so much. So she told me to write a list of all the most important attributes my future prince charming would have to have and keep it safe. Ofcourse I wanted to jot down every positive adjective recorded in the dictionary but after some careful reconsideration and multiple edits, i had done it and was content with the Prince i had conjured on paper.

As obvious as it seems now, it was only a few days ago when i randomly started thinking about my list from all those years ago ( which i still have by the way) that i realised how genius it actually is . I can only recommend you write your own for the following reasons:

1) The Law of attraction. I absolutely believe that the things we truly desire and envision have a way of finding their way to us. Unfortunately, nothing comes without a little elbow grease which leads me to my next point.

2) A list will help you reflect on your own character…yes, i’m talking about all your negative aspects too! Once you’ve acknowledged your own weaknesses , you’re ready to work on them and make sure that YOU are the person your prince would want to be with. Ever heard of the saying: ”Luck happens when preparation meets opportunity”? Well this is that. Increase your chances while you’re ahead.

3)It’s okay to have set standards! You don’t have to waste time kissing every single frog in the pond because you’ll recognise when someone checks the blank boxes. If you’re just looking for fun, that’s ok too but when it really comes down to it,  you’ll be able to distinguish between a summer fling and something that may be leading somewhere ( excuse the vague language).

So what are you waiting for? Grab that pen & paper and let the universe handle the rest. What 3 qualities are at the top of your list?

– A Pearl of the Orient.

Outfit of the week.

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    So the relentlessly hot weather in Vienna has let up a little which i could not be happier about.

     It may mean my efforts to maintain my tan have been thwarted but you know what else it means?
It means i don’t have do breathing exercises in order to try regulate my body temperature on the U6 subway. I don’t have to make sure that my bare skin doesn’t touch a seat in the fear of said seat and I becoming one (forever) and it means that i don’t arrive to work looking like i took a casual dip in a parking lot puddle 5 minutes before my shift.

Anyway, here is my perfect outfit for the week. Loving this one because i’m a sucker for boyfriend jeans at the moment and i think the army coloured crop top and golden watch/sandals are perfect for complimenting bronzed summer skin.
Effortless, relaxed but still super cute!