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Food Brings Comfort: Sumo Niku Dining

After getting tired and brokenhearted during our trip to Ayala Malls Manila Bay last Saturday, we opted for Korean barbeque right away, changing our minds from originally eating at KFC to suddenly craving for samgyupsal – even if it was a given for us to eat samgyupsal whenever we meet. 😊

But my friends suggested to try Sumo Niku, a Japanese unlimited barbeque restaurant located at SM City San Lazaro. We hesitated at first, since my other friend was reluctant to try and taste Japanese sauces. But after checking their menu, we decided to give it a go. 😊

The restaurant chain was new. I stumbled upon a few branches after giving it a search on the internet though – SM North Edsa North Towers, MOA, SM City Pampanga, Glorietta 4, Marquee Mall Parañaque.

Yellow ♥

The number of orders you can have depends on the number of people dining. Since there were three of us, we were told to go with 6 orders at a time – 6 meat variations and 6 side dishes. There is also a 3-hour time limit and additional payment for softdrinks. 😊

Both affordable and yummy! ♥

I’m not really a picky eater, so I told my friends to order whatever. I decided to just do the cooking and the eating because I was already hungry. I was basically just fixated on putting the meat they ordered and have them grilled before they go into my mouth! 😊

To describe our first dining experience in Sumo Niku, we were a bit pissed off at first. Maybe because the restaurant was short-handed, despite being an eat-all-you-can where people would usually order countless times, the serving was a bit slow, most especially when we ordered side dishes. We’re a bunch of patient people when it comes to ordering but maybe we were just really hungry at that time because we came from a faraway place? 😊

We tried almost all kinds of meat the restaurant has to offer, but since I wasn’t really paying attention on what meat I was eating, I’m not so sure which is which already. But one thing I’m sure of is the marinated meats are delicious. Your taste buds will surely be able to catch those mouthwatering flavors of sweet, spicy and salty marinades… which will make you want to drink water if you consume too much at a time. So, I suggest you try the less tasty ones first before indulging yourself with the marinated ones! 😉

The meats were served frozen too, so it will take some time to cook, most especially the chicken meat. They were cut thickly so I had to put extra effort in cooking them. It has become a habit to cook and cut for the people I eat with, so after having the chicken cooked well, I cut them into small chunks and let them stay a little longer in the griller, just to make sure they stay heated. It’s a wonderful feeling eating warm meat, I tell yah! 😊

As for the pork and beef meats, they cook quicker than the chicken meat. I personally prefer pork and beef but chicken is good too, especially when I realized that surprisingly they’re tender to eat too after getting grilled. I got used to chicken breasts getting fried at home and turning out too chewy when I was a kid. 😊

The side dishes were okay too, except the mozzarella cheese dip? We didn’t really like how it tasted. Actually it tasted kind of sour to me. But other than that, the rest I will be giving a thumbs up! 😊

Meat ♥o♥

To sum it up, it was a good dining experience, except the waiting time. But I think it’s a common problem or should I say a common trait that should be present when eating in buffets. So maybe we should just extend our patience and wait to eat something delicious? 😊

Thank you to my friends who never fail to… eat with me! To more dining adventures with you two! ♥

Thank you ahgassi and Ricky for always dining with me! £2


K-POP COALESCE 4 – Link-Up Production’s 5th anniversary celebration happened last 23rd of February, 2020 at Tiu Theater, located at 2F Makati Square, Chino Roces Ave, Legazpi Village, Makati City. The event was scheduled to start at 1PM and end 9PM; a total of 8 hours filled with K-POP fangirling and fanboying. 😊

“K-POP COALESCE 4 is Link-Up Productions’ anniversary celebration of Link-Up’s first official event- K-pop Coalesce which took place back in 2014. By now, a close-knit community of dancers, cosplayers and fans of everything about Korea are its attendees! Celebrate with us to find out why Link-Up Productions is well-loved by many. Make new friends who share the same hobbies as you do, meet interesting people and enjoy high-quality performances by our talents!”

– Link-Up Productions

Link-Up Production has been organizing the event ever since their very first K-pop cover dance event held last November 30, 2014 titled #K-POPCOALESCE. The word itself caught the attention of many, with most fans thinking what ‘Coalesce’ meant. In Layman’s term, it simply means to “bring together for a common purpose.

“This event is widely known for being the first ever K-pop cover group concert in the country that changed the local K-pop event scene in Metro Manila.”

Prior to the event, the Team Ulzzang Contest segment was cancelled, leaving K-pop Cosplay and K-pop Cover Dance Competition as the contests left to be presented.

We arrived the site and queued by 12:30PM after reading their announcement that registration and ticket-selling will commence at 1:00PM. But with quite the disappointment, the line wasn’t moving for a period of time. ☹

We were able to enter the theater at past 2 in the afternoon and was welcomed by the Dance Camp students rehearsing for their recital. The theater was filled with both fans and supporters, and to my surprise, there were adults – probably parents of the students. It was heartwarming to see them supporting their kids’ passion not only for K-pop, but also for dancing. It was a different sight to see, after all the events I’ve attended before.

The event started at past 3, with the host Song Dong In asking the audience to rise for a short prayer led by the head of Link-Up Productions himself, Mr. Vincent Igno. 🙂

Without further ado, the host proceeded with the event proper, having the first contest, K-POP Cosplay, which was first in line. By the word cosplay itself, meaning costume play, contestants were encouraged not only to represent a specific K-pop Idol / group, but also to showcase their talents in dancing – a complete package, I must say. There was a total of 17 contestants equipped with the proper outfit to match the idol they were representing, also bringing with them their talents to complete the stage performance they wanted to present.

We were both stoked and entertained, watching the contestants dance and cover their idols. They were indeed very talented and creative, as always. Kudos! The winner for this contest was Karlo Angeles, covering Chungha. Congratulations! 😊

For the K-pop Cover Dance Competition, the participants were divided into sub-categories but would still be competing against one another. We were able to learn new songs by watching them, since we already pass as ahjummas of K-pop and are not really updated with the new groups. 😅

Commending not only their talents, but also their costumes, props and outfits. We were blown away and were in awe seeing their beautiful attires. I mean, you really get to see and feel their love for K-pop, as well as performing. Some people might think that they just borrowed their clothes somewhere but as a matter of fact, most of them had their clothes tailored and customized well. 👍🏻

Congratulations to the winners for this segment! 😊

Champion (Winner of Php7000) – Frolicsome (Twice cover group)

1st Runner-up (Winner of Php4000) – Oxygen (Weki Meki cover group)

2nd Runner-up (Winner of Php3000) – Cherrybomb (Astro cover group)

After the battle of the cover groups, students from the Dance Camp with group name K-pop Express, had their recital, showing the audience the dance steps and grooves they have learned from their dance instructor Keefe Millan. They had a total of 7 sessions, and within that span of time, the students got to know and befriend one another, creating a bond that brought more life and meaning to their medley performance. 😊

Intermission numbers from special guests Raven Rouge, Teenage, Neverglow, Niz.One, Y.O.U., brought energy and color to the stage as they performed a variety of songs covering K-pop groups such as BTS, Everglow, IZ*ONE and etc. Teenage was well-known and welcomed by the crowd, and I must say, they were indeed talented and good-looking. 😊


We were not able to watch the event until the end because my friend had to leave early. 😓

It was kind of nostalgic attending this K-pop event. I used to attend events like this way back 2013 with my group of college friends. It was still exciting and fun, because I, myself, feel entertained and stoked watching fellow fans perform on stage. I like watching them dancing, because I’m not really a dance type of person. 😅 The only difference now is I’m not familiar with most of the new songs being performed. But overall it was a good experience, being able to witness performers whose passion took over the stage and the crowd.

I honestly think that these kids, these contestants, are not after the monetary prizes. It’s actually about the happiness it brings them when they perform on stage. It’s the togetherness and time they spend with their groupmates practicing and bonding, the memories they create not only for themselves but with other groups as well as the crowd, the joy they bring to fellow fans, the smiles and applauses they get… it’s all priceless. Acceptance, freedom of expressing themselves and being who they can be – because in events like this, no one judges you. The crowd does not judge the performers, we embrace and clap for them.

Because honestly speaking, performing and attending events, they’re a breathing hole for most fans. 😊

Thank you Link-Up Productions for the amazing event! Hopefully next time, the event starts on time. 💛

Journey to Nature Republic with EXO in Manila

Last January 6, Nature Republic Philippines Facebook page posted a short video clip that caught the attention of many; most especially, PH EXO-Ls. Alongside this were rumored flight schedules of (4) EXO members circulating on Twitter a few days after this so-called teaser was posted. These got fans thinking and stoked, wondering if the boys were really coming to PH for a possible fan meeting on February 22, 2020.

Nature Republic, a Korean brand of cosmetics and skin care products made its debut in the Philippines in 2011. With its very first branch opened at Festival Supermall in Alabang, the flagship outlet was quickly followed by branches in SM North Edsa, SM City Fairview and so on.

EXO became Nature Republic’s brand ambassadors in 2012. They successfully endorsed the prestigious brand and with no doubt, contributed a lot to its publicity. It was also a time when K-pop was being welcomed well in the Philippines, so fans couldn’t help but instinctively associate EXO with Nature Republic. Some fans even went to branches to check their products and have their photos taken with EXO members’ standees and posters, and I was one of those fans. 😊

With its slogan “Journey to Nature,” Nature Republic is well-known for using natural ingredients and herbs in processing their products.

“Consider some of its precious ingredients, as stated in its tagline, from earth: medicinal plants and healing flowers, seawater from around the world, used as prescriptions from ancient times based on natural concepts and as Mother Nature intended, processed and formulated through modern technology. Ingredients such as: blue lagoon water from Polynesia; glacial water from the Alps; deep sea water from Greenland; ocean area pine tree from France; Hawaiian hibiscus; Madagascar butdelria; Morocco monoi; gold caviar; North American kawai; and other similarly exotic and efficacious extracts and substances.”

– Philstar Global, Nature Republic is in the Philippines!

January 10, Nature Republic Philippines announced on their Facebook page the “chance to see your faves up-close. They even stated to save the date February 22, 2020, finally confirming that some of the EXO members were coming for an event.

With the hype of possibly seeing the EXO members up-close, Nature Republic successfully opened its 23rd branch at the Ayala Malls Manila Bay, located at Parañaque last 24th of January. A lot were in store for fans who would come to the opening day, with freebies varying from posters, postcards and photocards, waiting to be given away when you buy products from the store. A chance to win free tickets for the event was also up for grabs through a raffle draw at the said branch when your purchase products for a minimum amount of Php500.

Photo not mine

A real pain in the heart, with all the happiness and expectations fans were feeling, a virus outbreak occured in Wuhan, China, causing a lot of its people to fall sick and dead with NCoV (novel coronavirus). Travelling around was inevitable, most especially with the news being kept and not made public to the world at first, it was possible for the virus to spread even outside of the country. The virus had quickly spread to Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Korea and sadly, even the Philippines.

Causing quite an uproar and panic to Filipinos, fans started to request the cancellation of the fan party, in fear of getting infected by both PH and international fans who would be attending the said event and also for everyone’s safety. Fans kept posting on Nature Republic’s Facebook page and comments section, asking them to consider cancelling the fan party.

Nature Republic heard the fans and acted at once. At first, they posted their stance with regards to the issue, saying that the fan meeting would still push through, and that they would be posting the ticketing mechanics in the next few days. But after 2 days, they posted an update stating that they were carefully monitoring the situation, thus delaying the mechanics.

Some fans were enraged, while some were still hoping. It was like a battle, voicing out one’s opinions, with both sides being criticized. But a lot wasn’t known about the virus just yet, doctors and frontline health workers were carefully observing and monitoring progress to ensure that PUIs (patient under investigation) were being well taken care of.

After much deliberation and waiting, Nature Republic eventually announced the cancellation of the fan party, considering the increasing number of PUIs in the Philippines and 2 confirmed cases in NCR.

Fans were rejoicing having heard the cancellation. They didn’t want to risk the health of the artists, as well as theirs. But some fans were also sad, it was a chance to see the boys, but what choice did they have, given these circumstances?

Journey to the Nature Republic in Manila with EXO, scheduled to happen this February 22, 2020 at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds was supposedly today. Some fans may have already forgotten about the event, some may have already moved on, but I’m sure somewhere out there, some fans are silently wishing for the event to have just pushed through.

As an EXO-L, and to mend this broken heart, I decided to visit Nature Republic Ayala Malls Manila Bay branch to see the standees. Yes, I sometimes visit branches not only to buy products, but also to see them standees. 🙈 I even sent a message to the page yesterday, to confirm if the standees were still there. I was given YES as an answer, so I was really EXPECTING to see the complete standees but…

The standees were nowhere to be found 😦

The disappointment somehow doubled, I guess. I admit that my main intention was to see the standees, because 6 members were supposedly displayed at this branch, but according to the ates / staffs, they were already given away to the raffle winners. So… I just bought my serum and facial wash. 😦

It was supposed to happen today, but it didn’t. What’s important is that we’re all safe and healthy, hopefully. 🙂 Don’t forget to wash your hands thoroughly and take vitamins to boost your immune system, the best way to conquer any kind of virus! 😉

As of this writing, sharing with you an update from DOH Philippines! 😊

Hwangso Ga: Lunar New Year Celebration

Lunar new year, also commonly known as Chinese New Year, is widely celebrated by other Asian countries as well – Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China and etc. The only difference is how they call it. But mostly they refer to it as new year, like how they refer to the standard and usual new year, January 1st.

So, how do we celebrate the Lunar new year? We celebrate it with our family, our loved ones, our friends, sharing delicious dishes in one table, one gathering, one celebration. People usually prepare certain dishes in order to celebrate the new year, and which of them has meanings attached to them. 😉

Like for instance, here in PH, when you say Chinese new year, people will automatically associate it with Tikoy or rice cake. Just like how it tastes and its sticky texture, it is said to bring the family closer together (sticky) and bond with lots of sweetness (sweet taste) during the current year. It’s like a wish and a belief that eating the said delicacy will bring the family a strong bond.

In Korea, they usually prepare tteokguk or rice cake soup. The same ingredient, only that the rice cake used here is not very sweet like our Tikoy. 😊

Since it’s the new year, I scheduled a date with my long close college friend. The last time we went out to see each other was… 2 years ago? So I asked to meet with her, and yes because we’re celebrating the new year, we opted for something delicious and… Korean. (Because we’re both Korean drama and music enthusiasts).

We went to the nearest yet most delicious buffet I’ve ever been to.

Hwangso-Ga, located at 1535-1551 M. Adriatico St, Ermita, Manila, just right beside Robinson’s Place Manila, is one of my favorite Korean buffet restaurants. Not only do they offer neatly cut meat, the side dishes are superb and tasty as well. The restaurant’s service is a plus too, thanks to the friendly staffs who accommodate customers. 😊

Since it’s a buffet, yay, it’s an eat-all-you-can with unlimited beef and pork! The meat were cut nicely, with the pork cut like how they should be cut. I mean, with other Korean barbecue houses, the cuts of the pork and beef are the same, sometimes it’s confusing to know which is which, but if you’re a fan of samgyupsal, you’ll eventually know the difference.

With the price of Php499, you get to enjoy these delicious delicacies, UNLIMITEDLY! 😊 PS: no service charge! You can also buy add-ons like softdrinks and… drum roll… soju! 😊

This restaurant has always been a favorite, and I will always, always come back to eat with friends and family. ♥

Also, just a TMI; Korean boy group BTS once ate here after their The Red Bullet in Manila concert held last December 7, 2014. 😉

Pal Danji

Have you ever randomly scrolled through your Facebook feed and seen videos of mukbangs? Mukbang, coming from the Korean words Muk (to eat) and Bang (broadcast) is a video coverage of a person or persons eating their choice of food. Basically, it’s an eating show; and I have no idea how people get that satisfying feeling watching this kind of videos, including me.

Now, for my question! Are you someone like me, who tends to crave for this certain dish after having watched it get featured in someone else’s mukbang? Being the Kpop/Kdrama fan I am, seeing mukbangs on my feed is not new, and what I came across from I-can’t-remember-when, is the famous Korean delicacy Samgyupsal.

Samgyupsal, from the Korean words Sam (3), Gyup (layer), Sal (flesh), literally means 3-layer-meat of which are the fatty layer, the pinkish meat layer, and the reddish meat layer. Samgyupsal is also commonly known as grilled pork belly. Yum! 😊

So after craving for Samgyupsal, we came across this newly opened Korean BBQ House found next to our office building. Yes, it’s in Makati! Yay to working people! Work hard, eat harder! 😊

Pal Danji, located at Eton Tower Makati 128 Dela Rosa St. corner V.A. Rufino St., Legaspi Village, Makati, opened its doors sometime last December. This branch is owned by Grace Lee. The restaurant offers unlimited servings of pork, chicken, and beef to satisfy your cravings. to your heart’s extent!

We went there last 31st of January to try and see how their samgyupsal tastes like and… we were not disappointed. We went there during lunch time and expected a lot of people dining. It was a full house when we arrived, and we were second in line. I guess office workers need meat for energy. 😉

The line didn’t move for about half an hour or so, of course because it’s an eat-all-you can restaurant, we had to wait. Not to mention the major cleaning of the tables and the hardest to clean, the grilling stone used for cooking the yummy meats. After finally getting seated and settled at our table, we noticed that the line was getting messy. The line was supposed to be inside of the building, not outside (walkway). Let’s please fall in line properly and not take advantage of others. ☹

So we sat for about another 10 to 15 minutes waiting for our orders. But within that span of time they served us soup, side dishes, drinks, and drum roll… Tteokbokki and cheese dip! We were so happy to see cheese and tteokbokki served; they can at least ease our hunger because we were in line for like an hour. PS: Tteokbokki is a Korean snack with rice cake and fish cake in sweet and spicy sauce.

So after eating all the tteokbokki, can you even imagine how hungry we were, haha, they eventually served our orders. Finally, meat! We opted for the Unli 488 – unlimited serving of pork, chicken and beef. 😊 They have a variety of marinade, from salt and pepper to soy and spicy. It took some time for the grill stone to heat, but afterwards the grilling went smooth. This is my forte, cooking samgyupsal. ♥

The side dishes were superb too, and you can order as much as you want because they’re in unlimited servings too. 😊 The side dishes were sweet cucumber with carrots, sweet potato, kimchi, yellow radish, plus the tteokbokki and the cheese dip itself. If you want to rid of the umay, eat the side dishes simultaneously with the meat.

Overall the dining experience was great. Our cravings were satisfied, and the food was indeed tasty. For its price I must say that we were really happy with the food served. 😊 We give this restaurant an 8/10! We also commend Kuya Fernando Lapuz for being a very attending and approachable staff. Kudos to you kuya!

Will we dine here again? Definitely! Actually I am already planning to go back and satisfy my cravings as I write this. 😀

How I eat Samgyupsal (more on how to eat samgyupsal for your money’s worth, how to maximize the unlimited dining experience)

I suggest you feed yourself with meat first, literally eat meat only. When you get that umay feeling, or the feeling of getting fed up with the taste or food you’re eating, you can try the side dishes to cleanse your palate. Once you’re ready again, dig in! You can add some of the side dishes in the lettuce wrap to make it more even tasty.

When you feel like you’re about to feel full, this is optional, eat meat with rice. 😉

Panda Express

“From our family to yours.”

A lot of people may mistake Panda Express as Food Panda, because of the common word panda. But heads up, they’re two different things. 😉

Panda Express is a fast food restaurant chain founded 1983 in California, US. They serve American Chinese cuisine with mouthwatering flavors that will surely satisfy and tickle your taste buds.

The very first Philippine Panda Express branch opened last 12th of December 2019, located at the upper ground floor of SM Megamall, Building A, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila. A LOT of people welcomed its opening, causing long queues and hype over the internet.

Panda Express offers a variety of dishes, varying from chicken, beef, pork, and seafood. (With veggies too!)

Curious on how they serve their food, and of course, dying to know how the food tastes, we went all the way to SM Megamall to try Panda Express! Even a month after their opening, there was still a long line waiting for customers outside the restaurant. Staffs will be there to assist you, so fret not!

Even if there was a line, the queueing was smooth; all thanks to the accommodating and approachable staffs of Panda Express. Kudos!

We originally planned to eat at the restaurant to experience the ambiance, but since we were in a hurry, we decided to have our orders wrapped, to go. The containers were sturdy, I was so sure our food wouldn’t spill. They even doubled the paper bags to make sure it didn’t break. (We ordered a whole lot!)

We ordered:

1 plate (2 entree, 1 side) Php245

Savory shrimp

Brocolli beef

Chow mien

1 bigger plate (3 entree, 1 side) Php295

Orange chicken

Kungpao chicken

Asian grilled chicken

Steamed rice

For the quality, we give Panda Express an 8/10. The dishes were tasty but there’s a sense of familiarity to them. They tasted common and similar to those of Chinese restaurants found here in PH. Nothing extraordinary, but tasty. 😊

For the quantity, we give Panda Express a 10/10. Because for its price, you get a whole lot of what you ordered. We actually kept some leftovers and ate them the following day.

All in all, Panda Express is nice, especially if you’re an enthusiast of Chinese cuisine like me. I like how sweet and salty the dishes are. 😊


It is revealed in interviews and widely known through the internet that Kpop boy group BTS loves to eat Panda Express. Intrigued? I guess yes. 😉

Lasema Spa and Jjimjilbang

Have you ever felt tired of the city life, with all the never-ending schedules, hours spent being on traffic commuting to and from certain places, and all of a sudden you just feel like you’re drained and lost all energy in you? It can be your body, telling you to take a break from the endless activities. And what better way is there, than to treat and have yourself pampered? How about unwinding, detoxifying and healing your weary body in a nice and relaxing spa – the Korean way?

You have probably seen or heard of public bathhouses that are well-known and well-embraced in Korea, maybe from social media, a friend, a relative, or should I even mention, through Korean dramas. You would often see episodes or segments where they air scenes taken at public bathhouses, showing how crowded these places could get, and how even people of another nationality can come to embrace the healing activity as well.

But what exactly is a public bathhouse?

Koreans refer to these as jjimjilbang, or a large, sex-segregated public bathhouse in South Korea, furnished with hot tubs, showers, Korean traditional kiln saunas and massage tables. Jjimjil is derived from the words meaning heating. (Wikipedia)

You might be wondering what these bathhouses hold in store for consumers; so let me show you what they have to offer, and most importantly, how to enjoy them fully, the correct and sanitary way.

Last December 20, 2019, we visited a Korean public bathhouse we learned of through Facebook and decided to give it a try. Spoiler alert, we had fun!

Lasema Spa and Jjimjilbang is located at 8846 Sampaloc St., corner Estrella St., San Antonio Village. It’s near the business district of Makati and operates 24 hours a day. So, visiting any time convenient for you is a yes! Lasema offers what actual Korean public bathhouses offer in Korea, so fret not, and let me tour you around the place. The bathhouse is at the second floor of the building where a big reception area awaits you.

Here’s a floor directory for your reference.

Now for the exciting part, how exactly do you enjoy a public bathhouse?

There are steps on how to indulge yourself with the benefits of each amenity they have. I will be explaining below so that when you go and visit, you can have a good time and enjoy the amenities to your heart’s extent.

How to Enjoy a Jjimjilbang, the Korean Way

  1. Choose package. You will be asked to choose which package you want to avail. After selecting the package of your choice, they will be handing you a wrist strap with a bar code (for purchasing food and extra services), with your locker number and a key, 2 towels and a shirt for you to wear inside.
  2. Locker room. You will be escorted to the locker room. (Female and male locker rooms are separated). In here you can change into the shirt that they provided. Photos and videos are not allowed here since this is where you change clothes.
  3. Wet Sauna. For first timers, chances are you’ll be shocked to see fellow customers without any clothes on, even underwear. It’s a policy in wet saunas to be completely bare when you step in to take showers and soak into the tubs. With this way, your body gets to enjoy and absorb the relaxing herbs in the warm waters completely. Lasema offers a variety of herb tubs you can soak your weary body into, and we guarantee that you’ll enjoy them. PS: make sure to wash yourself very well before soaking in the tubs!
  4. Massage. After all the cleaning and scrubbing, indulge yourself with Lasema’s massage service. My friend tried the massage and gave it a thumbs up. She was very happy and satisfied she said she’ll come back soon. They offer a variety of massage including Shiatsu, Thai and etc. The ambiance was calming, paired with relaxing music playing in the background.
  5. Kilns. Kilns are the steam / sauna rooms in public bathhouses. You can try the steam rooms Lasema has to offer, and my personal favorite is the Himalayan salt room. The temperature is just right!
  6. Repeat or Rest/Sleep. Congratulations you have completed the process of enjoying the public bathhouse the Korean way! You can either repeat the steps, or sleep and take a rest in the sleeping and resting area.