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The world is not ending

2012, Earthquake in Haiti, flood in Pakistan, huge earthquake in Japan. Illuminati. Now the world is ending.

Come on really? let's be honest with ourselves here people. I'm not saying that the world isn't ending, but  I am saying that maybe Global warming is more of an accurate cause for these events. The Illuminati thing? The Da Vinci Code. .. Add a little bit of globalization and pop culture and there you have it.

The thing that annoys me most about this is that these statements come from people who hear about natural disasters  through Facebook and  never do research on their own. Sure they might watch CNN every once in a while, but that's the extent to it.  Being a Christian myself I feel that I can only critique the claims of those from my religion.



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1. If you are religious, you should always be prepared for the "end times."

2. If your knowledge of the news and global happenings only extends to what you see on the television, you should not apply thi…

New Year

I remember putting up a series of blogs this time last year about 2012. Looking and where I am now, I  can say that 2012 was one of the hardest years to date. I remember that my mantra was  " you can't change the past, but you can shape your future." I  didn't fully understand what that meant until now.  I am at a crossroads in my life and I'm lucky that the one thing  I know for sure is that I have my God and my friends.

2013 is a mystery, but I  learned  a lot in 2012. First, I learned that I have willpower that I never knew existed. I learned I can survive completely alone and that being alone isn't so bad.

I remember being younger and wanting certain experiences just so I could be wiser.  Back then, it was like I was listening to the song, and now I fully understand the lyrics. 2012 made me realize that  people will always talk, and even if you don't understand the language, it still hurts.  I began to accept the fact that some people are content makin…

How to get Jobs & Internships: Experience

This may be the most obvious way in landing a job, but many people overlook the simple experiences around us. Gaining experience helps you improve your resume andnetworkat the same time. Here are some tips, especially for those in undergrad for you to try in order to gain experience.

 1. The first place that we should look for experience is in your school. Join school societies that are related to what you want to do.  Create events, projects, conferences and seminars to help you become prepared! If you are already part of a school group, and you feel that it has nothing to do with your future career goals. make it so! Ask them if you can create an event that caters to what you would like to do. Have a presentation pertaining to your goals, or current event in your field, or simply what your field is to gain experience.  Doing so will help you  put this down on your resume.

2. Let's say there is no organization on your campus, you could create one! This will look great on your resum…

How to get Jobs & Internships: Networking

Some people say it's not what you know, it's who you know. Networking helps you gain experience, find out about opportunities, find people for references and land formal and informal  interviews.  You may end up working at  a place where the person knows someone who used to work at the place you dream of working at! It may be a long shot, but it helps you get to where you want to go! Here are some tips on networking:

Create an image.  I have previously  discussed tips for creating an image. Take extra steps like business cards or a personal website (discussed in a later blog) to help you stand out. Join  networking sites that cater to what you want to do. Linked in is a great start!

Go to events! This helps you see the expectations of your field. Possible events can be conferences, galas, rallies, or open houses for the public. You can use a search engine to see what events are around in your area. Ask questions and have your elevator pitch ready.

Conduct informal interviews: In …

How to get Jobs & Internships: Creating an Image

Much of creating an image for yourself comes from networking, but this can help you in other ways as well. Creating an image doesn't mean lying about who you are,  it means knowing what about you is important to share and what isn't. With this, you will be able to network effectively.

Use your real name or full name for all documents.  we may have nick names like "bubbles", but that isn't professional.
As  I will mention  in writing a resume, don't assign a silly email to your name. Have something simple and professional. Use your school's email, or something simple like gmail. Most people use a portion or their whole name in emails. name@website.com is good.
 Watch what you post and who can see it on social media sites. Edit your privacy settings if you are weary of others seeing what you post.
Watch what others post on your wall as well! you will be surprised how this can affect you.
Create a professional page through a social media site like linked in. This…

Tips for getting Jobs & Internships

Hello all! I will have a series of posts that will consist of tips and tricks on how to land a job/internship! In the meantime, here are a few tips below!

Gain experience! Get an internship even if it's unpaid.
Create something if you don't have it around your area.
Network! Get to know the people around you!
Perfect your resume and cover letter!
Do informal interviews.
Improve on your interviewing skills
Don't give up!

All of these topics will be discussed in-depth in other blogs. Let me know if there is anything you would like me to cover!



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Green Smoothies and Juices!

In a previous blog I briefly mentioned how beneficial smoothies are.   Usually a green smoothie is one that  mainly consists of green vegetables and small amounts of fruit (usually for flavor) and water. It can be made into a juice (more finely blended) as well.  Here is a summary of some of their benefits:

Green juices  and smoothies are high in nutrients and fiber
Helps easy digestion
Makes the body more alkaline
Your skin acquires a healthy glow
Increased energy
Reduces cravings
Full of antioxidants
Quick tasty, easy healthy meal!

This youtube channel has some great smoothies to try!


All smoothies are not made the same. This article sites some smoothies ( mostly made in stores) that are not so healthy. Of course I'm not a doctor and I would suggest you see yours before you carry out any of these plans. I plan on starting to make green smoothies once I buy a blender, and use them after a work out.

More info on juicing and smoothies can be found  hereherehere and here.

Do you juice or make s…

My Diet Rules

April 21st

Okay, so when I say diet, I mean my eating habits, (check out the definition). So,  I don't go on diets, I have a diet; a set of healthy eating habits that I will have for the rest of my life. If you are trying to stay in shape or get healthy, follow these simple steps:

Drink water: Half your body weight in ounces to be exact
Cut out sugar/ fatty snacks (easier said then done!)
Eat many fruits and veggies/unprocessed foods. To get as much nutrients, try juicing!

As healthy Korea is, have actually eaten the WORSE. When I see things that remind me of home, I usually have them just for that recognition. For example, a few nights ago, I drank  Sprite, and didn't even touch my water. Back at home I think I would not done that.

Many times eating healthy is common sense. People in general know to eat greener, but still opt  for processed foods.  I struggle with this, in my previous blogs I have mentioned my weakness for sweets.  If you follow these simple rules,  as well as find…

Fearless

Living in South Korea motivated me in a way I hoped it would. The trip was everything I imagined. I woke up with mountains around me, ran around the lake and hiked all day while visiting Buddhist temples and dancing to K-pop and doing yoga. It was stuff out of movies and books. I loved it.   The journey was much-needed and appreciated. I can look back and say I opened up and made friends with total strangers half way across the world  from different backgrounds without a problem. My biggest regret is not telling them how much they influenced me staying there or having fun.

Growing up, from the littlest age, I promised myself that  I would do every single thing I was not able to do then. I'm at the point in my life that I want to live out every single dream I had when I was a child.  I wanted to travel the world and see new places .To all those who are wondering about making the decisions to pursue your dreams, my only advice is to JUST DO IT! What the hell are you waiting for? You …

DMZ

So I went to the DMZ today and the JSA ( friday July 8th 2012!) So exciting! If I had a bucket list, this would be something that I could cross off.

The JSA ( joint security line) is a place shared by both North and South Korea and the UN. And to be clear, the only way you can go into the JSA is with the USO  any other tour might take you around, and show you some bells and whistles, but you will miss the crown jewel: looking and going inside of North Korea!  My suggestion is do it the right way, or don't waste your money at all. 

The atmosphere going there was very intense: You sign a waiver stating that you understand no one will be responsible if you die. Followed by a guided tour, and then the JSA. We were not allowed to take pictures facing the South, but could take several pictures of the North.

After that, we visited some museums as well as tunnels dug by the North to enter the South.You couldn't take pictures there either, and quite frankly, I am very claustrophobic so I …

Busan

A few weeks ago was the sand festival. I  decided to travel to Busan and visit a couple of friends. Busan is in the south region of  Korea. Because of its long distance, I decided to take the KTX - a super-fast train that cuts travel in half! So instead of a five-hour trip it took me about two  and a half. My ears were popping though when I got on.



The sand festival was amazing. Haeundae beach was packed with so many people I couldn't believe it! After that though we were able to go to a beach a bit more private,  and enjoyed the waves and the view.



Maybe it's because I'm an Aquarius ( a water sign), or im from the midwest, but I love the beach! I felt so much at home in Busan, it was a sad parting to go home to Ganghwa. Granted I live on an island, but the water is too muddy to go swimming.

After I left I knew I was going to go there again!

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My Kids

Being a Teacher in Korea has really helped me learn  how to be patient. It gives me confidence that I will be able to take care of my future children one day. I want these children to have confidence, not just with english but with everything.

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Some days I understand nothing, other days I hear them loud and clear.



Some days are better than others. This is an experience of a lifetime.

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Climbing Mountains

“You're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So... get on your way!”
― Dr. SeussOh, the Places You'll Go!

Below are my reflections of my journey of climbing two mountains back in May.

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living in Ganghwa Island, I am surrounded by mountains. I  almost feel ashamed to say that while I have been here for a while, I have not climbed a mountain here until today, and what a journey it was.

The journey was so long, first getting on the bus, then climbing the mountain to the Buddhist temple. After that, my friend and I  climbed a steep 200 meters to the  the point that you have the best view of the flowers, then another  500 meters away to the top, where you could see all the island.

We were intrigued to explore the  other paths on the mountain. So we headed out to view  some dolmans, and that's where we started to…

Baseball Game

This past Easter was my first away from home, and my first easter to not go to church. I spent my time at a Korean baseball game instead.  The field was only in Incheon, technically in the same city that we were in, but it took over an hour to get there. It was well worth the wait. ,  Enjoy some pictures and notice my Hello Kitty Letterman jacket!





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The stadium was PACKED!  The game was amazing ( from what I understood out of it). The home team, SK won the game!  Weird coincidence: I found out that Korea also has a team called The Twins! they are one of several teams based in  Seoul. Baseball is very huge in K…

Hello Kitty

For those of you who may not know, I am in love with Hello Kitty! Because of this, made sure to visit the  Hello Kitty Cafe in March, in  Hongdae! Take a look at the pictures below!

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My hot coca


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Korea is a great place to be if you love Hello Kitty!

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island

today i was able to go to another island close to my house

seokmo do only about 10 min away from Gawahga island by boat.... seriously I'm pretty sure I could walk there if the tide was low enough.



We went to bosoma temple there, and i was so surprised. i didnt think it was goint ot be so big or actually fuctuning. all the temples i've been to have been just for show! i was surprised to see monks, and having them praying ( it as Buddah's birthday so there as a lot going on!



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Homesick

2-15 2012

Today was one of the uneventful day.  I had lectures, which I did not fall asleep in. More and more I begin to feel that this is some type of school  The dorm setting, set meals and mandatory curfew add to the experience. I long for the day when I am in my apartment with my own things. Many people tell me that this time during orientation will be the best because I will be talking to people who are speaking english and I will be alone when I'm in Incheon. Honestly, I feel alone now. I now know that language does not connect people as much as I thought. I see people connecting but somehow I feel out of the loop. Maybe it had to do with valentines day yesterday, a reminder of how loved I was by others that makes me want to be so near to them now... Right now, all I want are my dearest friends, Palm Butter soup and go to a club. To get myself out of my funk, I went to the gym. It felt very good to run my stress out! I hope to continue this physical activity, I  feel it was j…

Seoul tower

2/19: Seoul tower.

Today is my four year anniversary (Technically, though not in the United States,) so it would only be fitting if the group sponsored trip to Seoul tower would fall on this day.   I was expecting to go up by cable car, but somehow we ended walking up a hill about a mile or so long. Needless to say, my muscles were aching from the unexpected hike.

I don't know whether that hike, my fear of heights, or the unrealistic ideas I had  of what Seoul tower would be like, but I was not so giddy as I thought I would be once I reached the top. Never the less, I was still able to explore, see the view and take a few pictures.  This tower showcases other towers around the world, as well as playing on the theme of love.  You can buy Lovie dovie items, as well as put your lock on the lock of love.   You and someone else ( most likely the love of your life) put a lock on the fence. it is supposed to symbolize how you will never be apart and other romantic notions. The idea of this…

Farm Stay

Saturday: (2/18) Farm stay. This trip was one that was interesting to say the least. On the way to the farm, our bus got stuck! It was a bit scary I'll admit, because the road was so narrow, and I was afraid we were going to fall over. In order to back up  properly, we had to get a few guys to help move a car  that was behind us.

After that, we got off and headed on the farm. To be honest, I didn't know what to expect, but the view was beautiful... below are some pictures.






rice cakes (above)

making Tofu


It was so cold and half the people were sick we had to leave early.  While there, we played a traditional Korean game, learned how to make things from straw,  made tofu and flew kites.  we also ate some food that was better than the cafeteria.

For some reason, this whole trip makes me want to go to liberia more than ever. I think being on the farm for some reason and seeing what would be rice patties strengthened it. Maybe it's because my grandmother owns a farm... or that my fa…

Chicken and Beer

02/19 This weekend was very eventful and very fun. I had things going on the whole time.

Friday: Coffee and Chicken. A few friends and I went out in the town of Jochiwon and just explored! It was amazing and crazy and fun all the same. We found  a rather nice restaurant around town and  for only  15,000 won ( less than $15 USD) we had two baskets of chicken. We also added in the local beer  called Cass. What surprised me about Korea is that it is not appropriate to tip people in any setting, and that there is no tax.

After chicken, we decided to go for a coffee at a place that was supposed to be  Italian.  None the less, it was a great time to chat about our experiences so far.  More posts to come!



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Africa

A quick post that was on my friend's wall on Facebook:



"They think we don't have bathroom in our houses but, we will never tell them that we used to go to school riding a Mercedes. They think we get free education in their universities but, we will never tell them that their colleges need us thanks to the thousands of dollars we pay "out of pocket" each year. They say we don't speak English very well but, we will always be on the top of their classes. They think Africa is about wars, death and poverty but, they will always see us smile, in a good mood and peaceful. True most Africans are not rich but, we are proud of our continent, and if you feel pity for us, well you're stupid. “The darkest thing about Africa has always been our ignorance of it.”



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Food

I'm not even going to lie to you, I love to eat:

Oreeos
Kit Kats
Butterfingers
M&M's
Reese's Peanut Butter cups
Chocolate chip cookies

I can literally finish two full bags of these sweets.  As much as I like to work out, I like to eat these chocolates even more. The main reason I eat sweets is because they taste so good! I can't control my cravings!  For new years, I will attempt to avoid these not by quitting cold turkey but eating them in moderation.



If you have any tips on how to avoid these foods, or cut your cravings let me know!



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Sh*t Naturals Say

These two videos, spinoffs of Sh*t Girls say, really got to me. I hear my friends and people on youtube saying this all the time! What do you think?




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Dry hair?

Weather your hair is dry just during the winter, or all the time (like me), one great idea is to add a deep conditioning treatment to your hair regimen. simple and pampering, this will help your hair stay more hydrating
What you need:

Shower Cap
A hair conditioner

I usually use Giovanni  smooth as silk deeper moister conditioner,but  I picked recently picked up  Giovanni 50:50 Hydrating- Calming Conditioner. It was on sale at  T.J. Maxx.
Optional:

 Add vegetable glycerin to your conditioner, or after you wash it out. Vegetable glycerin is a humectant, which means it traps moisture in. Because you are conditioning your hair, the glycerin will trap in the water and leave your hair feeling moist for a long period of time.
Leave in conditioner: Think of this applying lotion to your hair. After you wash out your conditioner, you want something light that will be in there all day.
Oil products: This seals all the moisture from the water, and conditioners. Be careful! Many oils keep moisture in, but…

Resolve your resolutions!

With Anything  anything you do, have a basic goal that you can accomplish! If you have a huge goal, break it down in smaller parts. Set deadlines for things you can really accomplish.

For example, one of my resolutions was to stay healthy and work out more.  I plan on doing this by:

 Continue  working out and eating healthy.
Eat less processed foods.
Follow work out routines that improve my overall health.
See a doctor to get more information on what I need to improve, and what is healthy for me!
Have monthly updates

For each step mentioned, there are mini steps. The best tip I can give to achieve your resolution is  DO it!  Starting is the hardest part. Most of the time, people don't want to start because they want to start "perfect." But at the end of the time period you have given yourself, you will see how much you have grown. A little is better than nothing. What are your resolutions? How are you going to achieve them?



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