The Burden of Woman

15 Feb

“It is really a hard life. Men will not be nice to you if you are not good-looking, and women will not be nice to you if you are.”

** Agatha Christie

#Travel and the Lunar New Year!

15 Feb

新年快乐!! ❤️

I hope the new year brings you many Blessings and gifts from Heaven. I hope your Family is healthy, wealthy, happy, and wise. I hope you make many new friends and keep the old ones. I Hope your table is overflowing with Food and drinks. I hope your classes are all informative and your jobs interesting. I hope you learn and grow and live in happiness full of all sorts of wonderful things!!!

A Bit of #Adventure

14 Feb

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“I wish sometimes that there was still a bit of adventure in the world. That wandering the world and the nations within it was both less dangerous from threat of war or terror and yet risky in that you were facing the unknown and the elements. To step onto a boat knowing that you took your life in your hands just for the chance to see a minaret or the pyramids or the rising temple in the distance. Knowing that you were going where few dared to tred. In a place that would take months to reach. Seeing things that others only dreamed of. To know that you were setting off into a world neither micromanaged nor constantly watched and guarded and known.  To be unknown in a world that was unknown.  Perhaps it is simply the romantic novels speaking or the spirit in me that was raised on stories of the great explorers of old. But it feels as though so much of the world is either politically frightening or simply has been seen a million times by a million eyes and photographs. They say that with globalization, the world continually shrinks. I feel that is true, and tragic in some way. There is something glorious in the idea of a very large world. One that has unknown possibilities and potential and newness to it. One that is too large to lay out on a computer screen and cannot be summarized in a geography book. Yes, although coming together is a wonderful thing and a miracle of our time, I wish sometimes that there was still a bit of adventure in the world.” 

Up for splitting this with me?!? 😄 – #travel #foodie

13 Feb

😂😂😂😂🍴🍷

This was a #menu at a small restaurant on the lake in Sun Island Snow Park. I’m going for ‘Deep Sea Life Everlasting’ but I’m willing to share the Pickled Fish Skin Spots with y’all if you’d like! 😄 Aren’t
I kind! TBH their hot chocolate though was pretty good!

JDrama Review: Crisis – Kouan Kidou Sousatai Tokusou-han

13 Feb

Crisis: Kouan Kidou Sousatai Tokusou-han

Show Length

Drama (10 Episodes)

My Ratings

Theme Depth: ★★★★★
Uniqueness of Plot: ★★★★★
Acting: ★★★★
Technical Elements: ★★★

Genres

Mystery
Crime
Angst
Psychological
Action
Suspense

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Everyone is Cute to Someone

12 Feb

“You know when you see a gorgeous boy on the street and you say to your friend, “Look at him!” and then your friend makes a face like, ugly? We all have such totally varied tastes that someone is going to look at you and think, yum-yum dee-lish, no matter what you think you look like. You just have to learn to see what they see. ” ** Cecily von Ziegesar

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City Sidewalks, Brilliant Sidewalks

12 Feb

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A #Korean Odyssey and the #Chinese Legends that inspires it ~ Princess Iron Fan

10 Feb

Original Chinese Characters and the Korean representations in “A Korean Odyssey”:

Monkey King ~ Son Oh Gong

*The Monkey 🐵King’s Chinese name is Sun WuKong.  Wu is the Chinese word for “5” while “Oh” is the Korean word for “5”  So Son Oh Gong is just a rewrite of Sun WuKong. 😋

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The Monk Xuanzang ~ Jin Seon-mi

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The Bull Demon King ~  Woo Ma-Wang

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Drinks Around! #Alcohol and South #Korea

10 Feb

Glass of wine anyone? 🍷

Thought I’d drop a small Warning about alcohol for Visitors to #Korea during the #Olympics or well, visiting ever. 😀

Don’t get me wrong, the alcohol in Korea is good. But like #Baijiu in #China – you gotta be careful. One really famous Korean #drink is #Soju (소주) which usually ranges between 20% to 40% alcohol, but can be as much as 50%. 😱 VERY strong. You drink it in shot glasses and moderate the intake. The first time I visited #Seoul, two boys in our group drank it like Beer and were deathly ill the next day (and they weren’t lightweights). It’s fun and a great #Cultural experience, but be warned 😋

If you want a Good drink, but prefer something less likely to sterilize your insides, I recommend one of Korea’s Plum Wines. They are sweet and great to sip & enjoy! 🍾

Tip #1- Asian Culture (Including both #China and #Korea in my experience) is often built around the idea that an empty cup or plate is a sign the host did not provide enough. So if you don’t want them to keep pouring you more alcohol later, leave a medium bit in your glass. They are less likely to add to it. If your glass is mostly empty, thery are inclined to fill it back up.

Tip #2 – The more you drink at the beginning of the night, the more they’ll assume you can hold your alcohol and start encouraging you to drink even more through toasts. If you’re moderating, drink less early in the night. They won’t pressure you as much later.

Tip #3 – A lot of culture guides say you cannot refuse alcohol in cultures like this because it is ‘rude.’ That’s not true. In my experience in Korea, they were always understanding if I said I wasn’t drinking tonight. They usually just assume it’s for religious or health reasons and move on. Though it’s easier for women to avoid than for men.

If you are gonna party hearty, drink responsibly! Bring a friend who can make sure you A) get home, B) don’t accidently get in a fight or trouble, and C) don’t accidently offend the locals around you. 😀

Fellow #Foodies! Have you tried #Chicken Feet?

10 Feb

My life is strange. I now live in a country where #chicken feet are A) sold in giant piles and B) more valuable than all the other chicken parts. . . . Chicken feet dishes are really popular in #China but I still can’t go there. I finally really like fried pig ears, but I can’t get into the whole feet thing. 😱🐔🍗😝

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