This is Part 2 to the Asian Beauty Product Testing Here. I focused more on internal beauty care with the first post. This post focuses more on external skincare. This post will include products that I find at local drugstores in Japan and Korea. Asian Drugstores carry both food and skincare products. It's definitely worth a visit if you're bored in either country and want want to pamper yourself.
P.S. I still hold true to Grapeseed Oil Cleansing though. Some complimentary toiletries in Asia can dry your skin out. Grapeseed oil gets my skin right back on track for moisture and clearing once that occurs.
I've seen my share of overcompensating couples (international and locals in Asia) during my Asian travels. I've even heard their overcompensating sexy time. In all of those experiences, the first thing that came to my mind was "Oh they aren't going to make it". Yes I say it out loud to my spirit guide. I'm sure couples have probably overheard me as well. I'm actually doing them a favor. Some women are pretty dumb in their relationship partner choices. They will get it right eventually!
A lot of women will get it together in 2020 actually. No more overcompensating annoying laughter at the partner's jokes that aren't funny. No more overcompensating pleasure responses when you know none or one of yall have no rhythm. Good sex doesn't come with a lot of noise. Newsflash! That's why Asian love hotels have massage chairs. That's the plan B for that "date" or "couple" to get their money's worth.
My best advice for 2020 is for women and/or men is to get a dancer, musician, and/or someone who has dated someone with natural rhythm. Of course it takes two to tango though. You need to have some rhythm of your own! Get some performing arts in your life if you didn't grow up with it. :)
The Bali Curse
One version states that unmarried couples will breakup if they do the "deed" while on vacation in Bali. I personally don't believe in curses. I believe people curse themselves when they believe in too much negativity. You are what you think in other words.
Do Couples Breakup after Vacation?
Absolutely! The reason is because they just weren't compatible. It's really that simple!
Click the 200+ Questions to Ask Before Getting Serious Q&A and apply it. It will save you some time in 2020!
The #1 Tip for Couples on Vacation is to always focus on the Sensual vs. the Sexual.
Mature couples and couples who are naturally sensual know this. You want to stick to romantic activities. If a partner has you held up almost every single day in a hotel bed, you might as well be charging him by the hour. Self esteem check ladies n gents! That's not a couple vacation!
Get out and view a sunset, a boat ride, walks in the park, massages, room service, shopping, etc.
Single women can also enjoy these activities! You are on vacation with yourself after all. That's the first "relationship" you should have perfected. ;)
Self care is important during the Winter months. Keep your energy up with good food, good company (including your own), and overall good vibes!
A.C.E. had a slumber party that really made my night. :-) Even the energy of the Korean Fried Chicken was having a good time. You know you're in a good place in life when the little things make you giggle. Appreciate the little things during the Winter months. Life is short. Work that Universal 3s when it comes to what you choose to care about (Ex: Health, etc, etc). The rest is just extra.
You don't have to understand Korean to enjoy their little slumber party. Enjoy these cutie pies and their Korean takeout food! Oh the slight envy you'll feel. lol
Ah slumber party memories. Have one of your own this Winter!
It definitely starts with the PJs!
All the nom nom posts are done. Now it's time to hibernate in Asia for winter. East Asia gets a little chilly, but it's definitely not a bad place to spend Winter if you stick to the southern cities and/or islands.
Now it's just about which country to choose. Either way you'll get your dose of glimmer lights. :)
To Be Continued...
During my travels, I've come across some really nice Canadians. One traveler offered me a cinnamon roll that she was baking. It actually made me consider Canada as a Bucket List stop one day. I did grow up with Anne of Green Gables and Avonlea like many other girls in the 90s. It wouldn't be a bad Bucket List themed visit.
Today I came across Canada's Food Guide. I was quite impressed I must say! They have made other waves in 2019 as well with their recreational substance use laws. That's not my exact cup of tea though.
However, I do appreciate the lovely yin and yang of food displayed in their food guide. It's great for omnivores who don't want to be extremist in their eating habits. Food isn't something to run from. Someone's food allergies
(Ex: dairy, fish, gluten, etc) in one country may simply just be a matter of quality control. When those food "allergies" are consumed in another country, there are no problems at all! This is why Global Food Travels are so important for the Next Generation. Some immune systems just need a different environment for awhile.
Asia is a great Global Food stop that I personally recommend for that reason!
What do you think about Canada's Food Guide though?
Food Guide Info
Groups are definitely the death of every country and island. I'm pretty sure of that fact after traveling overseas for several months. You could also just open up a history book.
Here's the extra that I haven't spoken about yet...
I've seen a Chinese fight club almost break out between two older women, a French woman act crazy with her kids, and typical American 20 somethings playing music too loud like they own everything and everyone. Nobody wants to hear your salsa rap and American pop music early in the morning or late at night. What the hell is going on with tourists in Asia?? I'm so confused. hahaha
The funniest thing about it all is that some places have signs in every language on how to behave. I'm not about to be that person who intervenes while I'm visiting countries though. I have to put my sense of humor and Sociology degree to good use. hehe ;)
My point is that women need to Solo Travel! You don't need a group to enjoy yourself. Some of yall lose your damn minds in groups. haha Enjoy some "me time" while you mix and mingle with other cultures. Groups and families can be way too distracting when it comes to traveling.
Don't ruin it for the rest of us. lol
Luckily the prepared ones don't hesitate to say peace and head to the next destination. Always be prepared ladies with A, B, and C choices. A luxury stay here and there is always a nice treat during your domestic and/or overseas travels. :)
I secretly celebrate Halloween all year long because the paranormal is my "normal". I have some favorite Kpop concepts over the last two years. I'll share them all here for the "Halloween" tab. :)
This year it's all about A.C.E. I've been talking about this group since 2018 because uh Vocals! Well this year they are showing up with their latest Halloween Comeback stage. Thriller what? huh? who? hehe No offense to MJ, but hey it's Millennials and Generation Z time ok! Who is still sleeping on them in 2019 is all I'm saying??
The Year 2020 is getting a lot of attention for its "New Era". In Chinese Astrology, we will start a New 12 Year Animal Cycle with the Rat Year. In Western Astrology, we will start a New 20 Year Cycle in the Element of Air. In Olympics talk, we will see the "Olympics of the Future" in Japan.
Side Note: I'm writing this from Japan as we speak. I started my Global Bucket List a year early to get an intuitive feel of what's to come for future Generation Z travelers, Digital Nomads, etc. A lot of potential and current Nomad Cities are growing. More will be sure to come! All Global Cities should have a 20 Year Bucket List for this reason!
All of these "New Era" Cycles will come together to bring Innovations, Higher Ideas, and "Out of the Box" Lifestyles into the Mainstream. This will make a lot of people freer and happier in the years to come!
Anyhoo, it's a great time to start a Top 20 for 2020 Bucket List. I love writing Top 20 Lists because I was born on the 20th day, 20 is an intuitive number, and it looks cute when it's written. :)
Here are some categories to consider for your Bucket List...
Top 20 Travel Locations (Domestic and/or Global)
Top 20 Financial Goals (Manual and/or Passive Income Investments)
Top 20 Hobbies (New and/or Old)
Top 20 Foods to Try
Top 20 Skills to Learn
Top 20 Randoms
(Ex: Hang out with a Pikachu squirrel Ex: Look as young as a Pikachu squirrel) ;)
I may of healed my former love of Vampires on Jeju Island, but I'm still a fan of pirates. ;)
I did not see this concept coming from A.C.E. Halloween concepts or regular Kpop trial and errors?
Hold onto your Calypso candy corns! You never know what's coming??
A lot of people get creative in their dress ups though! :-o
If you're a natural curly cue like myself, you know the off and on breaks that you need to give your hair from your flat iron and vice versa! It's an intuitive and stylish decision most days. Some days you just want your other hair personality to shine a little. Curly girls definitely have two personalities. ;)
I've yet to communicate with a Poodle or Bichon Frise to see if they feel the same as well. hehe
I have tested my curly hair in both Korea and Japan and the results were interesting. I'm speaking mainly about Millennial reactions. Millennials in America are always "oooo you should wear your curly hair more often, blah, blah". Touchy touchy. haha Please avoid touching a woman's curly hair without asking. :)
Korean Millennials are a bit self conscious. My curls brought about a reaction to check their own hair to make sure that they didn't have any curly cues saying "hi" on their straight hair heads. lol You'll find A LOT of Korean Millennials fixing their hair in elevator mirrors or anything shiny though. Wearing full on makeup and styled hair when it's raining or humid as hell outside is a norm for some as well. The chill Korean Millennials just throw on a baseball hat and call it a day. You'll see your share of those Millennials as well.
Japanese Millennials just don't seem to care what your curly hair looks like. Japanese Millennials just seem to be "eh" about a lot of things. Maybe they are used to Naomi Osaka's Blasian curly hair aka the future! ;) Maybe they are just reserved/introverted in their expressions. Maybe they have seen every type of hairstyle from the creativity and subcultures that roam throughout the cities and entertainment business of Japan. Who knows?
It's all good though curly cues. Do you boo. :)
A leisurely morning errand walk to the supermarket in Japan consisted of walking over a bridge with clean water, past bicyclists, past walking tourists, past shopkeepers sweeping around their entrances, past some city workers, and past some office workers. Although it felt peaceful like a Disney movie, I kept thinking "Why aren't all cities like this?" You forget that you are in a foreign city and just realize that you're in a Great city. Japan and many other countries have that realization affect on many people!
The supermarkets in Asia are a great morning experience. They are pretty empty when they first open. You see a few elderly women and Millennial tourists here and there. It all depends on the location. The veggies and fruits are all fresh and wrapped up in plastic. It's interesting to note the veggies that are on display. It's not overwhelming. It's just a display of "Hey eat this for health" type of display. You don't have to look for signs that say organic. Even if they were there, I didn't notice because I'm not fluent in Japanese. You can't help but want to pick up the carrots that are all wrapped up for some Vit A and/or some oranges (very fresh organic taste), etc.
Although you may run into a little language barrier as you seek out some Grapeseed Oil, the store assistants come together to help you out. Holding up a packet of fresh grapes with the olive oil helped a bit. lol Who knew they would have a large Costco Kirkland product in the supermarket in Japan? The three of us had a little giggle over me going for that one over the small one. I'mma be here for awhile. lol
In Korea it's quite normal to see large items like fruits, etc in bulk. I feel it's due to the family oriented society and/or households. Japan is more single or couple friendly in their packaging. It's good for the daily shopper or the shopper who shops every 4 days. Carts and shopping baskets are small for that reason...unless a Japanese family lives in the burbs and shops at the Costcos in Japan.
Checkout is also very simple as they slide everything down for you to take along in your reusable shopping bag (recommend for every country). Koreans have boxes that you can tape up for your bulk purchases. It can be more of a self bag and/or self checkout situation vs. convenience stores. That's another difference that you'll notice between the two shopping experiences (supermarket vs convenience store). It's all good though.
You can head to the drugstore that's often next door or close by to get all your errands covered in a short amount of time. Now that's where you may feel overwhelmed...sooo many beauty products. lol I just stocked up on more "The Collagen" drinks to finish out the month's experiment by Halloween.
Baekhyun shared his cute vlog in Dubai recently...another Bucket List location! I've never related more to his beginner level vlogging and honesty in it aka long flight body pains, ooing and awwing at accommodations, complaining about the weather, night views, talking more about the food, battery technology drains, etc. His personality managed to keep it cute vs. annoying. That's another talent. lol Sharing is caring though. You don't have to be perfect with it. ;)
Even with Lingmo's One 2 One Translator Earpiece (comes with two earpieces), a new Japanese digital camera (had to figure out how to change the language to English), and other basic work tech, it's still a lot to keep up with when you want to share more than just words.
Here's a cute little preview of what Dubai has to offer for those who like a little fancy fancy every now and then!
After eating food in Japan, I had to restart my Asian food favorites post all over! Oh the nom noms!
I'll have to keep this list updated as I continue my travels. Hopefully this list saves you some time during your own Asian travels in the future...
I found that the best food in Korea came from restaurants and/or was delivered to my hotel room via room service. Korean food is best served hot...literally! The spices really do give Korean food flavor!
My favorite Home Cooked Meals were...
* Soybean Paste Stew with marinated beef or pollack added
* Grilled Marinated Beef with onions and white rice
* Korean Fried Chicken (regular and spicy)
* Pork Cutlet (without the sauce) and white rice
My favorite Convenience Store Foods were...
* Jeju Tangerine Juice and the Teas mentioned HERE
* Breakfast Milk Toast
* Egg Whites (Hard boiled cartons or regular raw egg cartons) - Asian countries don't mess around with pesticides and hormone chickens like America.
* Shrimp Crackers
* Frozen Korean Fried Chicken
* Gimbap (Korean Sushi with beef, kimchi, tuna, crab, spinach, carrots, etc) - * Take the seaweed off if you're sensitive to iodine or getting it from your multivitamin
* Chocolate Cake Swiss Roll
* Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream
You can be a happy camper with Japanese Conbini (Convenience Store) Food. The food and stores are fresh and clean. You can check out some products at the popular Japanese 7-11 https://www.sej.co.jp/products/
You can venture out to a Japanese restaurant if you want though.
I actually prefer Japanese Convenience Store Food over Korea's Convenience Store Food because you can still get Kimchi Fried Rice, Shrimp Crackers, etc if you miss them.
Korea is once again best for Home Cooked Meals, Korean Fried Chicken, and all those little side dishes! :)
My favorite Convenience Store Foods so far are...
* Lipton Lemon Tea (Hot and Cold) and Drinks mentioned HERE
* Ramen - If I'm in the mood for ramen, Japan has some tasty ones!
* Hot Bar Corn Dog
* Hot Bar Pizza Bun
* Caesar Salad Bowl - You can also pick up a lettuce serving bag to make your own salad.
* Marinated Salad Fish & Chicken - Add to a cooked rice 5pk for an easy meal!
* Fish Sandwich with Tartar Sauce
* Pancake Muffins & Pancakes - This is just Japanese genius! It's a fluffy pancake muffin with maple syrup in the middle! My accommodation allowed guests to have 3 for free. Japanese convenience stores have a flat pancake version with butter and maple syrup in the middle! Both are tasty!
* Frozen Beef Fried Rice - Delicious!
* Chocolate and Vanilla Swirl Waffle Cone - There is chocolate syrup swirled into the ice cream with a chocolate lining inside the waffle cone. Wha Whaaat! Delicious!
* Kagome Smoothies or Japanese Vegetable Drinks - If you don't want to head to the supermarket for fresh fruits and veggies, here are your alternatives!
* Frozen Fried Chicken Wings - I was about to give up on Japan's convenience store fried chicken (tried all of their hot bars and frozen varieties) until I tried this one from the frozen food section. This saved my time in Japan! The wings had enough flavor for my fellow chicken lovers visiting Japan.
* Frozen Grilled Chicken - This was nice mixed in with some rice. There is a light teriyaki sauce on the chicken.
* Frozen Marinated Beef - This was tasty. Mix it in with the frozen fried rice.
* Drinkable Yogurts to Meiji Yogurts - Easy breakfast with a convenience store banana and/or pancakes. It's also an easy snack with some almonds or mixed nuts.
* Veggie Sticks Container - Simple way to get your carrot, cucumber, lettuce, etc nom nom on.
* Vitamin C1000 drinks - You can often find these right in front of the entrance with the collagen drink (The Collagen). Both are great for staying youthful and healthy. You can learn more about them HERE.
I purchased my first blanket scarf in Japan for Fall and Winter. The jokes kept flowing into my head though when I tried to figure out all of its uses. It's pretty darn genius though for travelers! Here's why!....
* Blanket - This is an obvious use for a blanket scarf. It's great for extra bedding at your accommodations, sitting in planes, chillaxing in trains, etc. I personally purchased the color red because of the association with Fall, energy, warmth, fire, and the live life to the fullest Root Chakra! Red is also eye catching. It gives any piece of clothing a pop of color during the seasonal weather changes! :)
* Shawl - Blanket scarves can act as another piece of clothing for layering up. It's easy to take off if you get too warm.
* Dress or Skirt - You can always tie a blanket scarf with a light belt for a new outfit. Throw on some black tights or leggings for added comfort.
* Scarf - This is also obvious. The throat has sensitive skin. It should be protected at all costs when out and about during cooler temps! Wrap that blanket scarf around you and enjoy the complimentary neck cuddles. haha A little honey and lemon tea can do the rest. :)
I definitely had a past life in Japan! I'm writing this from Japan and thinking..."Dang why is everything so "perfect"? Of course this is only the second city I've visited in Japan. I do have my favorite cities of course. I encourage everyone to visit all the cities to see which one fits you best. You can usually tell right off the bat if a city is your vibe though. I'm going to try and get to as many Japanese cities as I can while in Asia though. The handy bullet trains are a great way to see them all, esp in Fall when the leaves are turning and the temperatures are cooling. I'll do my best to get some new camera tech to share the Fall beauty on my blog. :)
P.S. Don't be a spongebob mocking meme if you don't agree with something that I write on my blog. This is my blog, my experiences, and my sharing is caring posts. Don't be an ass if you don't agree or believe something that I share. Be respectful is all I'm saying. :)
* Polite - Japanese people are really polite. Sure there are some stories of ignorance here and there, but I do feel that all ignorance can be cured with a little patience and education. I've found the Japanese to have a great sense of humor so far. I've laughed with taxi drivers and store workers thus far. I also received a free Japanese Fan as a gift at an accommodation. I'm not used to the bowing yet though.
* Jobs are Done Right - A store worker cracked me up when I was helping her bag some items. She gave me that testy "mom look" like "Girl if you don't let me do my 1 job". hahaha The Japanese pride themselves in their work. It doesn't matter what work it is...cleaning bullet trains or making sure your items are perfectly taped and in the right bags with similar items. In America, people often just want to get the job done as fast and easily as possible. They don't care if you bag your own items or self checkout. haha The "You had one job" statement joke doesn't apply to the Japanese. They get their 1 job done right the first time! Meticulous!
* Clean & Organized - I'm a bit of a Germaphobe so I feel at home in Japan. I've been amazed twice at the cleanliness of their accommodations so far. I'm sure they aren't all perfect, but so far I've seen clean streets, clean accommodations, slippers in plastic, signs that remind people how to treat spaces, recycling containers, and organized store items.
* Accommodating - Many Japanese accommodations go beyond any other country in providing you with everything that you can imagine. Their toiletry kits come with everything! It doesn't matter if it's a budget hostel or a luxury accommodation! Most American plugs work with Japanese sockets as well.
* Quiet & Privacy - I've always liked that the Japanese are a bit introverted. Many people are a little extroverted and introverted. Privacy is appreciated when you're tired and just want to relax in a city. Quiet streets, quiet visitors, and quiet locals are all appreciated in Japan. You will get a good nights sleep in most places! I've yet to hear one car honk at a driver yet! Patience is a virtue! The quiet can get to some visitors though after awhile. I personally like it though. You can always have a good laugh with store owners and taxi drivers if you need it. You can also hit up a Meetup.com group if you need some chatty time.
* Safe - I haven't felt unsafe in Japan's cities. I often stay where the foreigners and locals have a good balance. It's great for having a bit of your comfort zone and being around locals. You'll have locals that know enough english around you to assist if necessary. Walking at night is also pretty safe if you need to make a convenience store run.
* Easy Basic Language - The words for Hello and Thank you can go a long way in any language! Japanese is pretty easy in that regard. It will come easy for anyone!
* Ninja Warriors - I don't mean to get all hehehe girly about Japanese men, but I did see a group of some "ninja warriors" jogging around in one Japanese city. I don't know if they were part of a sport's team or what. They were cute though...mmmmkay. ;) There are also Japanese experiences in pretty much every city that allows you to learn about their martial arts.
* Nature - Parks, Japanese gardens, etc, etc
* Cats - Cat Cafes, Park Cats, Cat Islands, etc. One woman did a survey with me at one Japanese city and gave me a little white cat gift for participating. I'm starting to think that the Japanese just carry around little gifts to give to people for their time and/or accommodation stays?? One foreigner mentioned the same when they assisted a Japanese couple out. They got a little bag of candies. Maybe this is part of Japanese culture to have little goodie bags with them as an Arigato thank you.
* Creativity - Even the graffiti that I've seen (was a great thing to see actually) in one city was nice. Cities in the South are a bit more laid back than cities in the North. However, you will find creativity in fashion to art in every city. Museums are everywhere as well! Japanese architecture is art in itself. It's around every corner mixed in with convenience stores, apartments, parks, etc.
* Bike and Walking Friendly - I don't ride bikes that much. I don't mind walking though. I haven't seen a lot of hills so far. The walking is pretty easy to do. You will see bikers everywhere though. There's something calming and relaxing about cities where people just bike everywhere, esp when they have high speed transportation. It's cute.
Natural products are always my go to for beauty products. Essential oils to collagen powder to Camu Camu powder to CoQ10 have all been tested in the past. As I travel throughout Asia, my biggest concern has been on streamlining the natural products that I use. I will keep the list updated as I try internal products along the way.
Here are some products that I have seen great results with so far...
* Convenience store Grapeseed Oil and Olive Oil are just two natural solutions that I've taken on during long stays in Korea and Japan.
Grapeseed oil is lighter than jojoba oil, olive oil, and coconut oil. It can also be cheaper in terms of how much you can get in a large bottle at a supermarket! It's great for applying to sensitive skin.
Olive oil is great for consuming for many reasons. I put Olive oil on just about everything, even sliced apples! It can be good for the hair and skin as well, esp during winter. Olive oil is very popular in Japanese skincare products.
* Korean Convenience store Raison Tea, Hibiscus Tea blend, Peach Tea, Jeju Green Tea, Jeju Tangerine Juice, Apple Juice, and Jujube Tea have all been great. The one that really had the fastest result though was the Jujube Tea! This product was freaky at how fast it worked! It's great for people who need to calm down from anxiety or insomnia. It calms you down so fast without making you too sleepy. It's an odd feeling actually! This is due to the protein that's in the Jujube (Chinese date). It's enough protein to keep you awake or desire just a short nap. Again, it's an odd feeling.
All of these teas and juices are great for your skin and overall health though!
* Japanese Collagen Drink "The Collagen" is a 50 ml bottle that you can purchase at a convenience store. It's not that expensive if you purchase it in Japan. The 10 bottle pack is the cheapest way to go if you stop by a Japanese drugstore. It's a popular item. You'll see results in as little as 2-3 days.
It's 1000 mg of fish collagen with some added extras. It's the best type of collagen because it's easily absorbed. The brand also comes in other forms like powder (5,000 mg) The fruity flavored collagen drink is the easiest for travelers though. It's also good for working your way up in collagen amounts. I personally feel that 1000 mg - 3000 mg is a good amount to take daily and/or every other day.
This product is also stated to be good for stress relief. Take it within an hour of bedtime to see benefits in the morning. Sleep is great for cell renewal.
* Japanese C1000 Vitamin Lemon Drink is a carbonated vitamin energy drink with 1000 mg of Vit C. It also has Vitamin E, B1, etc. You can purchase this at a convenience store. The one with 10000 mg of Collagen and 10 mg Hyaluronic Acid is the best one to get. It's a great value in bottle size and price if you're looking for an alternative to the "The Collagen" product.
* Japanese Green Teas are great for your health as well.
* Japanese Lipton Lemon Tea (Cold beverage or Hot beverage). I actually saw a Japanese girl grab the hot tea version. The next day I grabbed the cold tea version because it was a nice day. Both would satisfy anyone though! Take note of what the locals are buying in convenience stores. It can save you a lot of time! ;)
I was sorting through some earrings today and found myself laughing. Why don't women wear more jewelry on their head or in their hair? High heels never made me feel fancy, walk perfectly upright down a street, or make me want to sit a little extra posh. You know what would though? Balancing some crown jewels on my head. lol It's true though right?
It doesn't matter how you feel about princesses, there's something to that energy. If you're thinking about a Halloween costume this year, go as a princess! Get your costume jewelry tiaras on. You don't have to even wear a dress with it. Be a little different. Work a little yin and yang. Goth princesses exist somewhere I'm sure??
Notice how you feel afterward. Take that energy with you as you navigate through life and relationships. How many New Life Decisions will you start making? There's power in tiaras! It's my new advice for women who just can't figure out what they want, who they want, and/or what they want to do.
Put that tiara on and figure it out. lol ;)
Travel clothes shopping can be an intuitive experience when you base it on needs vs. wants...ok maybe a few wants. :) I'm no fashionista. I do have a few tips to share though....
* Gift Cards - Gift cards can be handy if you need to do some last minute travel shopping. Shopping at your destinations can be great if you're looking for something unique.
* Sales - I LOVE Forever 21 and I'm sad to see it go. :( It was the short girl's ideal store for cute clothes. However...it's a blessing in disguise due to all the sales that are going on as it closes its stores. The fact that I'll be in Japan for the sales is great timing! Stock up on Off Season clothes and In Season clothes! Their best clothes are in the stores anyway. ;) Focus on happy colors to stay chipper all year long. :)
* Personal Shopper - If you're up early, head to the stores when they first open! Ask the manager to help you with your clothing selections. Put together some outfits online and print them off. I did this once at Forever 21 in the U.S. The manager gathered several associates together to be my personal shoppers. Clothes were picked from the multiple outfit photos that I gave her. They were all placed on a hanging rack for me. The dressing room gals got me new sizes as I needed them. I felt like a celebrity! This is something that anyone can do though, esp when major sales are going on!
* Delivery/Personal Assistants - This is great for those who don't want to leave their accommodations. Delivery grocery apps and Errand runner apps can bring you clothes from stores like Costco, etc if you make the requests. Tunics to leggings can be delivered within a few hours!
* Convenience Stores - Convenience stores in Asia carry everything from t-shirts to tank tops to leggings to pantyhose to undies to socks to slippers to dress shirts to long sleeve shirts to whatever else you can find! You can easily enjoy a Summer to Fall Island trip on basic convenience store add ons!
Happy Shopping! :)
There's nothing better than waking up laughing from a dream. This comes after I was deleting some posts from my blog the other day. The Indigo post had to go because the term still makes me cringe as a label for my human experience. I'm Denise and that's all I've ever be. It's French for "Goddess of Wine"...Plum wine that is. ;) The cities of Japan will continue to be part of my Asia tour for that reason...and kitty cats. lol
Let's face it, the only intelligent and evolved beings that you'll ever meet are not human! I don't mind talking about my alien experiences though. The "space champs" have already admitted that UFOs are real, Sedona keeps having their UFO experiences, Xfiles keeps streaming for people to enjoy, and people will continue to obsess over Area 51 meetups. You really don't need to obsess over all of that though!
If you REALLY want see an alien, just meditate. Most of my experiences came through meditation, astral projection, and spirit guided visions. I'll finally talk about it here for those who are curious.
1st experience - I was doing a meditation session with my spirit guide Years ago. As I had my eyes closed in this zen state, I looked up towards my left and saw an alien's head and neck looking down on me. I kept looking at its neutral face thinking "Oh so they are real?". I was saying this to my spirit guide. I got out of the meditation after that. I didn't want this curious alien all up in my spirit guide session. I was part annoyed and part intrigued. The alien looked exactly like the typical "Sci Fi" Greys aka the image above. The face was grey though, not green.
2nd experience - I was doing an astral projection session with a group. The group leader was teaching us how to astral project aka meet aliens. I didn't tell the group that I was intuitively gifted or that I've already seen them. Once you choose to open up to any gift, experience, etc though, be ready! There's nothing funnier than people who go on their first ghost tour for example. The minute they actually see something, they start to freak out. I was atleast an Xfiles fan before all of my experiences occurred.
Anyhoo... this experience was one of my best yet! My eyes were closed and I looked to my right. All I could see was a UFO and a group of short Greys standing there in these blue outfits. It's very similar to the image above! It was at night so the blue outfits could of been a reflection of the black night. I'm starting to wonder if the outfits were indeed silver like the image..hmm I kept thinking to myself "They actually wear clothes??". I never saw the body of the grey from the 1st experience.
The next thing that I saw was pretty amazing. As my eyes were closed, I saw two large black eyes on the head of a praying mantis creature. The energy of the creature was huge as it looked me right in the face! That is when I brought myself out of the astral projection!
I shared my experience with the group and was surprised that I was the ONLY one who saw all this! WTF? Some of yall need to take group meditation and group astral projections more seriously. The group leader was the only one sitting there happy for the confirmations. He KNEW all along. He atleast made me feel less crazy. I actually had to look up the praying mantis alien to see if this was indeed a real alien that people had experiences with. The idea that there are intelligent beings out there that look like insects is amazing to me. The bar scene from Star Wars to Star Trek all made sense after that experience! There are MANY species/races of aliens! Many are thrown into "Sci Fi" films and television shows.
3rd experience - This experience came from listening to a lecture. The woman was talking about her experiences with astral travel. Astral projection in my definition is when you are sitting in one spot and tuning into the 3rd or 4th dimensions. Astral travel is when your spirit is out of your body during a nap or night sleep. You are traveling through the 4th dimension visiting countries, stars, etc.
This woman talked about aliens that looked like ants. This would be your ET movie type face. She said that the ant face was more oval though. I've yet to see this race of beings for myself. It was a long story that she shared though. It was interesting nonetheless.
I'm always pretty neutral when I hear people's experiences. It's normal though. You can't really enjoy a story fully until you experience it yourself. You now know all the methods on how to though soooo....
4th experience - This experience was by far the "creepiest" aka fascinating in my world point of view. This was my last experience. It happened while I was out of meditation, fully awake, and talking to a guy I met years ago. He was around 6ft tall. I was looking up at him the whole time. It was at that moment that my spirit guide showed me what was behind him. It was a grinning Reptilian face! The moment was like going in and out of the 4th dimension for 10 seconds. The grinning face was malicious though. It was giving me the energy of "Look what I got". This Reptilian was atleast 7 ft tall on this 6ft guy! I knew the Reptilian was showing itself to me because it knew I could see them. None of them mean me any harm and vice versa. This one meant this guy harm though! It was like it was bragging to me like "Hey look what I can do buddy". I'm not your friend though alien! lol This does lead to a serious point though...
* This guy was not at his best state when I saw this alien attachment on him. Alien and spirit attachments are real people! They connect to the Solar Plexus chakra (around the belly button) of a human that is of a low energy state (bad breakups, smoking, drinking, depression, etc). The Solar Plexus rules your connection to self esteem, health, intuition, etc. It's a spiritual energy field that lower level entities crave. This is why you MUST keep yourself and your interactions with healthy people only! I don't hang with depressed people, smokers, drug addicts, etc. Pop a pill or something. Drink some orange juice. I don't have time for some Millennials and Generation Zs. Can I be honest here? Generation Z needs to get it together in all seriousness.
The odd thing about all of this is that I had a dream a few weeks earlier of a guy dropping out of a UFO into the desert. I met this guy weeks later! At that time I was asking the Universe to allow me to meet some intelligent life on this planet. I was really wondering if there were any smart people on this planet at all. I still wonder that. haha Be careful what you wish for though! That was not what I was looking for or meant...hince why the Reptilian was grinning at me! Kinda creepy right?
After that experience I told the Universe to never bring these types of human energies around me again. I'm quite content knowing that there is intelligent life out there in the Universe. Do I expect to ever find it in human form? Eh we will see. haha Keep it at the Top of your Ideal Lists though Ladies and Gents. Keep hope alive. lol :)
Well that's all the Alien Experiences for now folks! Now you know the Tea. Go drink some now.
Give some to your Generation Z kids as well. ;)
Intuitive healers naturally have X-ray vision when they tune into the body. My spirit guide lovingly highlights a person's organs, muscles, and chakras that need attention. It's a gift that I open up to only when necessary. Otherwise I would be an OCD mess when traveling. :/
As I was contemplating how to destroy every mosquito that tries to bite me after it rains, I started looking into Asian mosquito repellent products, zappers, etc. This lead me down a mental rabbit hole of other products to purchase as a health conscious traveler. Let's not pretend that germs and diseases don't exist!
Minimalism really helps out though. Minimalism also applies to what and who I touch. I keep my hands to myself in other words...atleast until I get to know somebody. Smiling goes a long way as a formal greeting though for all travelers and strangers. :)
Here's some helpful checklist items to carry and/or purchase when you travel anywhere in the World...
* Tea tree oil - I LOVE tea tree oil. It's all that you need to treat germs, insect bites, plagues, etc. You can still fill up an empty bottle with water and use it. It will just be super diluted. It's the #1 item to pack!
* Antibacterial wet wipes - These are great for wiping down airplane trays, hardshell suitcases, purses, wallets, hotel remote controls, bathrooms that aren't wet bath types, your hands, etc, etc. You can also add on tea tree oil for an extra antibacterial kick.
* Surgical Face Mask - You don't need to feel shy about wearing one on a plane. You will thank yourself when you start doing so! I've found myself smiling behind my sleeping mask and surgical masks as plane passengers start coughing and sniffing. :/ You'll also influence passengers on your row to take a little health conscious nap. ;) A little lavender spray in the air and as a perfume is an extra trick, esp for flights over 2 hrs. hehe
* Hard shell spinner carry-on suitcase - I bought mine from Costco (Delsey brand). It has been great! It's easy to wipe down inside and out, pack groceries in, and take onto planes.
* Satin Pillow Case and Satin Top Sheet - Packing and/or purchasing your own sheets is a no brainer if you've seen any black light hotel news special in America. Satin pillow cases are great for protecting your hair. Satin top sheets are nice to sleep on, esp during colder nights. Both are easy to wash as well.
* Robe and Socks - Robes protect your body and socks protect your feet. Both are comfortable for the early morning and night hours.
* Towels - The amount of cheap hand towels that are used as bath towels in some Asian accommodations has amazed me. Fellow shorties really don't need huge bath towels! Packing and/or purchasing some higher quality hand towels is a great way to enjoy your own personal luxury. ;)
* Rain Ponchos, Teas, Juices, Multivitamins - Take care of your immune system with rain ponchos, Vit C teas (Ex: green tea), Vit C juices (Ex: tangerine, kiwi, etc), and a Multivitamin (Ex: Costco's 500 tablets Daily Multi). Break your multivitamin in half to take one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Your body will absorb more vitamins this way.
When I tell people that I grew up with a lot of Asian Americans, I don't think people really understand what that means.
When I tell people that I'm often detached and look for solutions vs problems, I don't think people really understand what that means.
When I share comedy or a meme, I don't think people really understand what that means.
Here's Ronny to help sum up what America needs right now without being too "problematic" in the process. I have nothing more to say about America right now as I eat my Shrimp Crackers on the bed in Asia.
BTW the fellow American that waved to me the other day brought about this humor as well. There's nothing funnier than being in another country and having a fellow American greet you like you're family. I really don't know you stranger. haha It's cute though.
Ronny said it best as to why I'm touring Asia right now..."No hatred, just solutions".
I chill with everyone at the end of the day. I just want things to work. lol ;)
The beauty of white sand beaches, partial sun, windy Fall weather, strawberry swirl ice cream scoop, chocolate swirl cake, and classical/smooth jazz lounges are all of the positive vibrations! You instantly get a vibrational shift as you marinate it in all without any concerns aka taking the day off! It does make you a little sleepy though! Despite that, the energy shift is electric when you take a day off to enjoy nature in the afternoon. The sun, wind, music, and water all have their electrical currents!
After soaking in all of the "electric feels", do make sure to ground yourself with a nap to avoid electrical malfunctions!
Today was one of those days where I soaked in a lot of great energies and instantly became a battery drainer around electronics. It was bound to happen during my trip! This is why I don't do well with a lot of technology. Even my digital camera became useless during my island hopping adventures. :( R.I.P old tech. It's not always Millennials born in the 80s and/or advanced countries with a lot of tech. haha I have to stick to old school door keys, door cards, art supplies, free photography, and anything that allows instant battery charging for a reason. Oh well. :) This is just a FYI if you're on that high vibrational level during your own Fall trips this year. :) You may want to take a nap first to literally "recharge" everything when you wake up. ;)
Have a Great Energy Day Today!
If you're into traveling and interior design, this post is for you. Contact me if you have anything to add to the checklist as well! This is also a resource for anyone who may want to open up their own accommodation. The Rat Year 2020 and the Ox Year 2021 can be positive for real estate if you know where to look. This can also be handy for people who like to host friends, family, etc.
I'll update the list if necessary...
Side Note: This post came after a dream where I was walking through a resort that had every entertainment option that you could think of for a child. I was just wandering around thinking "This is too much stuff!" I kept hearing the word "Pompeii" as I was traveling through some underwater entrance to the resort. I guess this was the theme? A place to visit? Past life country?
I'm sure Italy is on most people's bucket lists though.
My current Asia tour hasn't even scratched the surface when it comes to checking out all of the cities, countrysides, wildlife, and accommodations. One great thing about Asia are the accommodations, esp if you love interior design. I've never seen so many space saving layouts, unique layouts, and overall affordable options! Westerners can definitely visit a lot more accommodations in a short amount of time when visiting Asian countries. Thai and Bali inspired villas will always be my favorite layout though! It's truly the Future of Interior Design!
Here are some of the BEST accommodation features that I've noticed throughout my 30+ years of travels....
* Room Service - You'll see a lot of room service presentations throughout your travels. I judge room service presentations on the amount of food that you actually get. The best tasting breakfast and room service that I've ever received included scrambled eggs, potatoes, two slices of toast, a bread roll, jam, butter, sausages, bacon slices, tropical fruit (oranges, pineapple), and a salad. Salads are great to eat at the end of your meal for digestion. This is something that you may notice in Japan and Korea.
* Day to day consistency is what you have to look out for though! You may have to request what you prefer the next day or two to avoid disappointments. This is a general rule for room service though, esp if you're a picky eater.
* Complimentary Toiletries - Who doesn't love "Free" toiletries every single day? I had to think about all of the best toiletries that I've enjoyed...
Complimentary wrapped slippers, wrapped brush and comb combo, wrapped kit with a hair tie, cotton balls, and Qtips, shower cap, sanitary bag, laundry bags, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, soap, Salux (Japanese body wash towel), toothpaste, toothbrush, razor, tissues, local fruits and/or snacks, local teas, coffee, bottled juices, bottled waters, pens, notepads, and travel brochures. Fluffy robes aren't always complimentary. They are nice to have around though with an electric tea kettle for cold nights. You can always pack your own if you're on a road trip!
* Mini Kitchens - Mini kitchens include an induction stovetop, sink, and fridge. They are handy to have in an accommodation if you like to cook your own food. There are portable induction stovetops that you can purchase if you're taking a road trip. It's a space saving and eco friendly kitchen option. You can find these mini kitchens in a lot of accommodations, esp vacation rentals. Some people have them in their Master Bedrooms and Guest Rooms as well.
* Curtains on Bunk Beds - I've noticed these in Asian hostels. Curtains are good for privacy and sleeping. Hostels in Asia are an interior design show. Some hostels even come with work stations, cafes and alcohol bars, adults only rules, tech appliance features, and more. They are much safer than a lot of countries as well! You can view a lot at one time via any hostel or accommodation website.
* Blackout Curtains and Soundproofing - Introverts and Extroverts all love AND need a little "me time" aka SLEEP. There's nothing better than accommodations with blackout curtains and some soundproofing!
* Mosquito Repellent Plug Ins - I've never come across indoor mosquito repellent plug ins until one accommodation stay in Asia. This one was blue with a little switch. It just sat on a table. They are small and handy little devices! All accommodations, esp during rainy seasons should provide them. It's a handy thing to carry with you to tropical locations as well.
* Convenience Stores - Asia's convenience stores really are convenient! Many are inside accommodations, below accommodations, across the street from accommodations, and/or a few minutes walk on foot from an accommodation. They stock everything from seasonal clothing items, toiletries, umbrellas, laundry detergent, food, scissors, package tape, and more! Residents in Asia use convenient stores for daily living (paying bills, receiving packages, etc) as well.
* Ice Cream Shop/Bakery/Cafes - The amount of cafes in Korea are overwhelming! There are some really cute ones though! Accommodations with or near baked goods (complimentary or for purchase) are handy for a carb fix. The accommodations that sell ice cream as well are even better. I remember one resort that I visited as a child that had an ice cream parlor with baked goods. It was one of the resort's best features! Adults loved it too!
Luckily convenience stores provide ice cream for your enjoyment!
* Entertainment and Nature Trails - Private movie theaters for kids and adults to private karaoke rooms are fun. The best entertainment that I've enjoyed though are nature trails near accommodations. Having nature right outside of your room is always a plus! You can get that instantly with countryside accommodations.
* Ocean, Lake, Pool Gear - Some accommodations had a ton of gear for visitors to borrow for free. This included beach blankets, picnic baskets, pool floats, snorkeling gear, surf boards, canoes, paddle boats, life jackets, beach umbrellas, etc, etc. It's a great thing to offer your houseguests if you live near the water.
* Spas - The word "spa" has many different definitions around the World. In Asia, it can mean a foot spa, a Jacuzzi tub, a pool, a get naked onsen or public mineral bath, actual massage rooms, and/or a bathroom that is great for DIY spa treatments. However you define it, it's always a great feature in accommodations for some relaxing pampering. :)
* Relaxing Accommodation Extras - Fountains, Flower Gardens, Fish Ponds, Art Displays, Cabanas, Shuttles, Concierge, Jazz Lounge
Animal totems guide you along your path each and every day. Your current day to day animal totems should be taken into account if you are seeking assistance. There's really no reason to focus on a main animal totem because they change up each day. Simply head out into nature for a stroll. Find a nice place to sit and animal watch. You can cloud watch as well for animals to manifest for you. Just ask the Universe a question. :)
I personally headed out this morning for a seaside sit. I was enjoying the sea and nice weather for a bit until a black and white bird flew in front of me. It immediately started chirping loudly at me. I looked right at it a bit annoyed. I really just wanted to take in the seascape and early morning weather in peace. I knew it was a spirit totem message aka passed loved ones sending me the bird company. It was Korean Thanksgiving after all aka the Chuseok holiday weekend today. Thank your ancestors for their blessings when you can. :)
The little telepathic Dr. Dolittle in me asked the bird what it wanted. It wanted me to sit still and stop analyzing. I was previously looking at the boats on the Jeju sea. They were each floating along different horizons. I stared at them thinking about Flat Earthers vs. enjoying the sea view. haha That is when the bird flew up and sat in front of me chirping away. I got the message!
It wasn't but a few minutes later that a white seagull flew passed me! Seagulls are all about adaptability, cooperation, spirit messengers, balance, and community.
As the black and white bird continued to sit in front of me chirping, I looked to my right with the feeling that something was there. That's when I saw an orange kitty walking around and looking at me. I really love when I meet cats in nature! It's funny how the cat just looked away as I looked at it. It just stretched out to lay down and relax with me. It's all good kitty. We both were enjoying the morning. Cats are all about curiosity, independence, and intuition.
The next totem that I noticed were two large spiders on two webs. I really do appreciate spiders. They always have positive messages in terms of "weaving your own web" in life. Do what works for you in life. ;)
I did kill a mosquito that came close to me. I don't feel bad about it. Their totem messages are all about energy sucking so eh...next!
The dragonfly was pleasant energy to notice. I really didn't think I would see one on Jeju for some reason. The dragonfly is all about connecting to the nature realms/spirits (3rd & 4th dimensions), more adaptability, and optimism.
As I finished my nature seaside sitting, my nature walking stroll saw a bigger cat. It was a gray and white cat. You have to love island cats! That's two cats in one morning!
I now knew that I needed to take the cat's colors into consideration. The color orange is all about creativity, movement, and optimism. The color gray is all about staying neutral in life aka looking at both sides of the coin.
Needless to say, I spend most of my mornings sleeping for a reason! Nature is always saying sup? lol
Try some nature sitting of your own though! Keep a daily totem journal to see what you discover. Keep tabs on your dreams as well. :)