Alien's Day Out

Missed Anniversaries~


You know what? Last month marked the 4-year anniversary of this blog and it totally passed by without me realizing! I guess things have been busy and ‘celebrate blog anniversary‘ didn’t get put on the to-do list, so nothing was said or done to commemorate the occasion. I can’t believe this blog has been going for 4 years. That’s as long as college (apparently this is how I measure time now).

Sadly, you won’t be able to find my very earliest blog posts because the first month or so of this blog somehow got deleted or just disappeared and I haven’t been able to get it back. A real bummer since it included my ‘vegan testimony’ post and I don’t have a backup of it anywhere. It’s always nice to be able to see where you started and how far you’ve come along as a blogger. Well, I guess I’ll have to just cherish those early posts in my memory and move on.

Oh, and you know what else? This past April 1st was me and Bunny’s 6 year anniversary of being together. And that totally slipped my mind too! She’s definitely middle-aged now, in Bunny years… although she still looks like a fuzzy baby to me.

me bunny bw
I feel bad because I used to make her a special Bunny cake and light a candle for her on this day, but now it’s just a side note. :( Poor Bunz. I hope she knows I still love her!

I straightens out dis blankie.

Aside from messing around with the Bunz, I’ve been religiously playing ‘Candy Crush’ on my phone (Level 147, you are the bane of my existence), reading ‘Ender’s Game,’ baking hard, searching for a new studio space, writing recipes for the monthly Bakery magazine, and trying to enjoy the warmer weather as much as possible. I haven’t been able to run much lately because I got shin splints and they cause sharp pain whenever I start out on a run. After a while the pain lessens, but I think it’s best I go easier on the running for a few weeks. It’s a bummer, but I’m getting to do some other cross-training that keeps me on my toes.

Aww yeaas, mountains of green veggie things! Gotta get ’em when they’re fresh and in-season~

I love walking through my neighborhood market during this time of the year.

puffed rice cereal bowl with raisins, coconut, walnuts, and soy milk.

Here’s a side dish I made using steamed kabocha, brocoli, onions, cucumber, and zucchini.

A bowl of mixed-everything…. quinoa, rice, millet, lentils, veggies, and ofcourse a healthy sprinkling of crushed gim…. Gim is like my crack.

Tall iced cawfee~

I know some people who volunteer at an orphanage every month and they were looking for cupcakes for a joint kids’ birthday party, so I made a bunch of rainbow cupcakes with buttercream frosting, sprinkles, and chocolate flower cookies on top for them. I wish I were selfless and dedicated enough to volunteer at an orphanage, but that’s the kind of thing you really need to be committed to… also, I wish I were good with kids. haha.

Trying out some new animal cookie cutters. Accidentally snapped the giraffe’s neck, woops.

A while ago, I did a vegan snack exchange with a reader in the US.We settled on a budget of around $20. She sent me a box of these goodies: acai mango tea, Endangered Species dark chocolate, 3 larabars (I ate one before I took the photo), indian chickpea curry, edamame snacks, freeze-dried mangoes, and a packet of Justin’s almond butter. Everything was awesome, especially the curry and edamame beans.

And here’s the loot I sent her. A bunch of vegan ramen, seasoned sea weed sprinkles, veggie crackers, pumpkin monaca snacks, dried kabocha powder, toasted bean star rice snacks, a pair of socks, and some jujube tea. I think I went over the $20 budget, but I couldn’t help myself…. there were so many other things I wanted to send!

Wandering the streets of Sangsu.

a mural in Hongdae

Ordered a box of lemons online for all the lemon drop cookies and lemon millet muffins I’ve been baking lately~ Seriously, what can’t you order online in Korea?

Remember my soy candle-making friend, Mellowsong? She gifted me with one of her gorgeous owl candles!!! It’s sooo beautiful, I don’t think I will ever light it. Her candles are works of art. She also made the bear candle you see in the background. It used to have etchings for the fur, but it’s been touched and rubbed by so many people that it’s become smooth. LOL. I find it amazing that she makes all the molds herself so they are all her original designs.

I’m trying to convince her to open an etsy page because her stuff is so unique. They would make the most amazing gifts. Just LOOK at that craftsmanship.

Squeeal!!! Baby Kittehs!!!!!

Don’t freak out! They’re not mine~ A friend of a friend has been feeding a random street cat that lurks around his building, and then about two weeks ago he found the cat had popped out some kittens! So he’s taken them all in to give them shelter.

Here they are a week later. Their beady little eyes are opened now~~ They are sooooo cute I can’t stand it.

Well, I guess I’ll end on that adorable note. Tomorrow is Monday…. a brand new week, a fresh start, and another opportunity for us to be awesome. Bring it. I’m ready.

Thanks for reading~


  1. Happy anniversary Mipa!

    When I first started reading your blog I got really interested in the way you’ve made all your goodies vegan and I’ve always had a big interestin in Korea. I’ve always seen Korea as a meat loving country and have had trouble finding veg*n stuff when I’m over so I got really happy and hopeful reading your blog.
    Early when I started following you I stumbled upon a section mentioning your ‘vegan testimony’ and I started looking for it. It’s been bugging me that I couldn’t find it and now I know why :D. Although the chances are slim I hope you’ll find it again someday and put it up ^^

    • Thank you Sabine. I’m so glad you are enjoying the blog. Yea… I’m really annoyed about losing my ‘vegan testimony’ post. I don’t have the emotional energy to write it again. haha. Perhaps in the future it will reappear somewhere. :)

  2. Dear Mipa,
    thank you so much for all of the hard work you put into this blog ♡ You are such an inspiration! As a vegan studying Korean language at Copenhagen University I had for a long time been worried about moving to Seoul because I thought it would be a very difficult lifestyle there. However after finding your blog you have opened my eyes to all of the amazing possibilities and showed me a hole new Korea that I never thought imaginable. Markets, cafés and restaurants with loads of delicious vegan options seem to be popping up everywhere and one thing I am really excited about as well is some of the korean “vegan” cookbooks you have shown us. Now I absolutely cannot wait to go there and study next year and to try everything out. I went to Sogang University in Seoul last year for a six week summer school – at that time I was still transitioning into veganism and had a hard time figuring out what to do when moving there for a longer period of time. Now I am not afraid anymore and I cannot wait to experience Korea in a hole new perspective and re-connect with all of the amazing tastes and smells of the Korean cuisine that I miss so much. So once again Mipa, thank you very much for making all of this possible ʕ·ᴥ·ʔ

    I aso love the idea of the vegan snack exchange so if you are ever interested in making one from Denmark, please let me know ♡

    Happy anniversary ʕ·ᴥ·ʔ,
    Andreas (앤디)

    • Aw, Hi Andreas. Thank you soooo much for this amazing comment. It warms my heart so much! This is why I blog!!! :) Ooooo a vegan snack exchange with Denmark sounds verrry tempting… :P

  3. THANK YOU for all you do for your readers Mipa! You have been such a wonderful source of inspiration and information. Not sure if you know, but every single time you list a restaurant, I map it out and put in on a big list. I have been to a LOAD of the ones you’ve reviewed in this past year! You’ve broadened my Korean experience and opened me up to new neighborhoods and foods!

    Oh, and I agree….mellowsong should most definitely make an etsy page. I would LOVE to order one. (Though I too would probably flinch if I ever lit it)

    Keep up the good work!

  4. Happy Anniversary! I think I started reading your blog a few months after you just started and you have been my favorite blog ever since and I’m not even a vegan!

    Envy candy crush level 147! I’m pathetic but I finally got past level 30 at least! haha!

    I hope you never quit blogging and just keep being you cause you seem like a great, real down to earth, fun chickie! ♥♥♥

    • Thanks Sylvia. Man, I have been STUCK on level 147 for several weeks now. It’s driving me crazy. I’m starting to see candy crush blocks everywhere around me, in real life.

  5. yoooo sis! yay for another year of blogging, baking, and growing your business! happy anniversary!!!! :D im so proud of all the hard work that you put into everything that you do. i know its been tough at times, but you are such an incredibly talented person so keep believing in what you are doing :) call u later!

  6. Mipa!! I miss you mucho mucho and happy 4 year anniversary! I’m always inspired by your posts and even though I’m not in Korea anymore I still find that your blog really relevant to a vegan lifestyle anywhere in the world! Cheers and keep up the awesome work, hugs from NYC <3

  7. Congratulations! I’ve been reading for about 3 years, I think, and it’s been amazing to see how you’ve evolved as a vegan baker, from hobbyist/home enthusiast to full-on businesswoman and media personality. :) I know you keep it pretty private, but I love hearing about Bunny and your life in Korea as much as about the restaurants you visit and businesses you deal with. :) And if you ever want another vegan box exchange with the US, just lemme know.

    • LU! I know~ you are probably my oldest reader… at least one that writes me comments! :) thank you for all your support and readership. I appreciate it more than you know!! :P

      • You’re right, I am really old! :D
        you’re so welcome. Your blog is the Top Blog of All the Internet. (hee heee, slight exaggeration. I mean, hypothetically, there could be a better one….) Pat the Bunny for me!

        • oh no!! haha. i meant long-time reader, not oldest in age! :P xoxo

          • I’m pretty darn old, Mipa. If your mom and dad read your blog, they may outrank me, but otherwise, the title’s quite possibly mine. <3

          • haha. yup my parents read the blog so you’re def not the oldest! :P And besides, I love old people!! haha. I’ve been an old fogie at heart for a very long time.

  8. Happy blogversary and happy bunnversary! <3

  9. Yay Happy anniversary Mipa! Your blog is my favourite vegan blog ^_^
    I was wondering where you got the Pumpkin Monacas and the veggie crackers? I never know what snacks are vegan in Korea unless you post them on your blog! I’ll probably end up wondering around for them, but if you get the chance to reply that would be awesome.
    Happy birthday to your bunny!

    – Sarah

  10. Really congrats Mipa! I hope you’ll continue blogging for at least four more years! You know we will keep reading! :D

  11. Hi Mipa,

    Congrats on your blogiversary and bunniversary! I’ve followed your blog now for about two years and have derived a lot of good info from it, even States-side. And now I want a bunny, too! So adorable :) You also inspired me to create my own list of goals last year and I’m happy to say I accomplished most of them!

    A vegan snack exchange sounds like an awesome idea. I’m still transitioning (currently pesco), but am game!

    • Thank youuuu. I’m a little behind on my 101 list right now… must start crossing more things off it. thanks for the reminder! :)

  12. Mellowsong really should have an etsy store. After seeing your last post on her stuff, I went to Etsy to see if she was on there, but no luck. Keep suggesting it. ;)

  13. Love checking out your blog! If you would like another US gift exchange partner let me know:)

  14. Hey! Happy anniversary. Four years!? That’s amazing. Quick question — which website did you use to order lemons online?

  15. First of all, happy belated anniversary to the site and to you and Bunny! She’s definitely one adorable, curious bun-bun! I have a four-year-old Netherland dwarf/Lionhead mix myself, her name’s Rena – she’s a charming one, too. But anyways…I’ve only started reading your blog recently (via and let me just say – what an inspiration. You got me trying out millet, and for the past couple of days it’s replaced my usual rice. I love it. Can’t wait to do more with it. I love quinoa too but it can get pretty pricey around here.

    Thanks for all the lovely photos of your haunts and jaunts there in Korea, and your wonderful vegan food posts. I may not be a vegan (yet), but they help me make better choices in the food I eat and the stuff I do. Cheers!~

    • Thank you Lee. Glad you found my blog and you left this wonderful comment. :) Put a big smile on my face. from one bunny lover to another~ cheers!

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