Nudity Plus Culture Shock: My First Korean Spa Experience

King Spa & Sauna in Palisades Park, NJ is a Korean Spa open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. https://kingsaunanj.com/ It is a dry spa (no pool, just hot tubs in the locker room) but plenty of saunas both hot and cold to relax you. I purchased admission from Groupon for $75 for 2 people which included 2 free smoothies.

Nudity plus culture shock

King Spa & Sauna is the first Korean Spa I’ve ever visited. At King Spa they provide you with a manditory uniform you must wear in the coed areas. In Asia, Korean Spas were an all nude unisex experience. It was a normal and non sexual practice of relaxation.

If you are in the locker room of King Spa & Sauna and want to use the spas you will be surrounded by naked bodies. It’s weird, it’s shocking and it’s uncomfortable until it’s not. You relax, you get over it and you get over yourself.Inside a cold room sporting my King Spa attire.

Saunas

There are lots of saunas. Salt room, charcoal room, infrared and many more. Here is a suggested guide on how to Spa. http://www.kingspa.com/dallas/spa-guide.htmlNo shoes are allowed in spa. They get checked in at the door.Infrared light for tired feet.If you get hungry there is a restaurant where you can dine on authentic Korean cuisine, hot tea or a smoothie.Relax your cares away!I went into King Spa feeling nervous not knowing what to expect but I left feeling relaxed and I now understand why K-Spas are a huge trend in Asian culture.

Becoming: Book Review

Politics aside, I saw the reviews on Michelle Obama’s book ‘Becoming’ and wanted to check it out. The book is about her life, a coming of age story from humble beginnings to First Lady of the United States.

I found her tales of childhood sweet and heart warming for she is a good story teller. Her pursuit of education in a time and place where influence could have sent her in any direction is powerful stuff. She is a graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law, a lawyer, a wife, a mother and a pioneer.

Becoming is not about politics so what ever your views are you can put your guard down. This is the story of Michelle. The book taught me so much about life inside the White House. Did you know they pay for their own food and toilet paper.

Becoming the First Black Family in the White House is a story of its own but I will leave that to Michelle to tell. Pick up her audiobook and see what it’s like becoming Michelle Obama.

Frugal Friday: Banana Life Hack

Today’s frugal Friday will involve a life hack. This life hack is a game changer in my smoothie game and a money saver when it comes to food waste.

How many times have you thrown out bananas because they have gone bad? Why throw them out when you can freeze them to use in smoothies and milkshakes.

Take your ripe banana place it in plastic wrap and put it in the freezer. The next time you make a smoothie you can add the frozen banana and bam no ice necessary.

My favorite strawberry banana smoothie ingredients are:

Frozen banana

Frozen strawberries

Yogurt cup

Almond Milk

Blend and enjoy 🙂

Frugal Friday: Bike Riding on Governors Island

Bike riding is a great way to spend a day in New York, especially when the bike rental is free, there is no car traffic and you have the NYC skyline for a back drop.

Governors Island

Governors Island is a small island only a $3 and 8 min ferry ride away NYC. This island with a rich history is the perfect place for a FREE 1 hour bike ride. You will find trails that will take you pass the Statue of Liberty, Castle Williams, Fort Jay and the Skyline of NYC.

Blazing Saddles

Blazing Saddles is a bike rental company that offers a free 1 hour bike rental before noon on weekdays. One hour is more than enough time to explore the small island. You can find all the info you need on their website https://govisland.com/things-to-do/activities/biking

When you are done with your bike ride a tour of Castle Williams is a must. If you are in the NYC area between May and October put this destination on your to do list.

Frugal Friday Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is not the most fun thing to do on a Friday but it is very rewarding. Today I am staying frugal by staying in and Spring cleaning. Let’s get to it.

Purging

The number one thing that you can do to make an impact and really see the fruits of your labor is purge. I came across an episode of Hoarders and it scared me straight. I embarrassingly saw myself in this one character. I was holding on to crap that I never use because I one day might need it. I am happy to report that the purging went well and I want to continue to throw out about 30 things in each room every month.

Grout Cleaning

Cleaning the grout may be one of the most overlooked cleaning duties. I like to use a toilet bowl cleaner with bleach in the grout. After scrubbing with a hard brush it really looks good and feels clean.

Don’t forget to move things around

I believe a real spring cleaning involves moving things out of their place and dusting and cleaning each individual thing. This includes moving furniture and cleaning under the bed.

This is a marathon not a sprint so it may take a few days do do each room. I hope you enjoyed reading my tips on how I Spring clean. Please share any tips you may have, I’d love to hear them.

Frugal Friday Cooking with Cookbooks

I have collected a few cookbooks going to talk shows in New York City and shopping at thrift stores. Today’s frugal Friday will involve staying at home and cooking dinner with a recipe from one of my cookbooks using stuff I already have at home.

The Chew A Year Of Celebration

My cookbook collection leans toward the fad diet genre which means there are lots of healthy meals to choose from. I chose a recipe from the Chew cookbook based on the fact that I had the ingredients.

Scallops With Slow Roasted Cauliflower

Cooking has never been something I’m good at. I enjoy eating out, Uber Eats and Postmates but was excited to give this activity a try for Frugal Friday. The food prep was simple and the instructions were easy to follow. I think everything turned out great and it was nice to put dinner on the table. Here are the results with an added salad of romaine, pepper jack cheese and Trader Joe’s Cilantro dressing. (I need to work on my plating).

Thank you for reading and stay tuned for next weeks Frugal Friday: Spring Cleaning.

Frugal Friday Intrepid Museum

The Intrepid Air and Sea Museum is offering Free Friday’s once a month. An adult ticket to the Air Craft Carrier turned Museum is $33 so this is a huge savings. Entry starts at 5pm and you can check for upcoming dates here. https://m.intrepidmuseum.org/free-fridays

Intrepid

The Intrepid is a Navy Aircraft Carrier that has been retired and commissioned into a NYC Museum. It was built for WWII and took part in many missions including NASA recovery. The ship has an interesting history and is almost impossible to explore in detail all in one visit. So becoming a member is the best way to explore this History Museum. https://m.intrepidmuseum.org/members-get-more

During Free Friday’s the Growler Submarine and Concrorde Jet are closed. You will however have full access to everything onboard the Intrepid which includes the Space Shuttle pavilion and flight deck.

Flight Deck and Shuttle Pavillon

The flight deck is filled with all types of aircrafts including a space shuttle. It is amazing to see these machines up close.

The Intrepid is always free to U.S. Military and Vets. It is also always free to EBT card holders. This is a great way to spend a Friday evening in NYC.

‘Where The Crawdads Sing’ *Book Review*

I had the pleasure of listening to ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens on Audible. The book follows a young girl named Kya who was adandoned by her family and left to fend for herself in the swamps of North Carolina.

I was not sure what to expect and as with most books it took a few chapters to catch my attention. Once it did I could see why this book made it several weeks on the New York Best Sellers List. I am usually not one for intricate details of surroundings as I feel that they are mostly page fillers but the way Delia Owens describes the North Carolina marsh is beautiful. It turns out she is a zoologist and it shows in her writing.

This coming of age/romance/mystery novel will always stay with me and I highly recommend it to anyone who has a love of nature and survival. It is my hope that they turn this book into a movie or Netflix series.

Frugal Friday at the MoMA

I would like to feature a frugal Friday adventure. I live in Union City, NJ so most of my post will include places in the NY/NJ area.

MoMA

The MoMA is an art museum located in Midtown Manhattan. Admission is free every Friday from 4-8PM sponsored by UNIQLO. A regular priced adult ticket will set you back $25. https://www.moma.org/

MoMA is home to some great pieces of art including my personal favorite Starry Night by Vincent Van Gough. They also have Monet, Picasso, Andy Warhol and Frieda Kahlo.

Inside the museum are 6 floors of different art styles and ages. There is also a courtyard, restaurant, gift shop and cafe.

I visited both the cafe and the restaurant and must say that the cafe was better. The restaurant menu was too small, over priced and for an art museum lacked luster. (The walls with high ceilings were bare and painted off white).

cafe 2

The cafe however had nice options and is a tipping free establishment. The decor was nice and the service especially from the gentleman I believe to be the manager was outstanding.

If you find yourself in NYC on a Friday night enjoy a frugal adventure at the MoMA.