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 brand Smoothies - 16 veggies and 5 fruits + fiber - If you don't want to head to the supermarket for fresh fruits and veggies, here's your alternative!
To Be Continued....
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. 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 bottle! 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 as well.
* 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. I purchased the last 10 pk on the shelf. You'll see results in as little as 2-3 days. It's best to keep it up for atleast a month though.
It's 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. The fruity flavored collagen drink is the easiest for travelers though.
* 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. :)
Astrology Compatibility is Pure Entertainment. A lot of it, including compatibility reports, are FREE to learn online. I love having fun with it because I attract a lot of unique individuals. Many people can say the same. The astrology insights that I provide are merely for self analysis at the core. You can still have fun with both self analysis and compatibility though. :)
Some have asked me about my favorite astrology resources. Any trip to the bookstore or library can have you going ooo and ahhh in the metaphysical section. The book and app "The Secret Language of Relationships" is one that I've had fun with over the years. It's currently FREE to look up several relationships and personality reports HERE .
It boasts that it's 90% accurate on relationship compatibility. I can say that it does come close on some points. These reports are based on Date of Birth Sections (Ex: My birthday (Dec 20th) is Dec 19th-25th). It is titled as the "Cusp of Prophecy/Week of Prophecy". I've found it to be accurate on some levels. You always have to allow Free Will into the picture. Ah Choices eh?
I had a relationship in the past that lasted about 3 months aka the Universal Number 3 for checkpoints. During that time I looked up the relationship's compatibility. My partner at the time asked me "So are we going to work?" in a "I don't believe this stuff" kinda way. I just mumbled "We'll see" aka HELL NAH! haha Cut to a few months later after him wanting to get married and honeymoon in Hawaii, a pregnancy scare, and my thoughts focusing on someone more compatible during the whole "relationship", I was like "Damn this book strikes again!"
This wasn't the first time that one of the reports came true OR was true either! I've tested it on friends, family, and partnerships. On the positive end, our Chinese Compatibility of the Rooster (moi) and Snake did show compatibility in our mutual love of the Xfiles, healthy eating, playing instruments aka two musicians, cooking, back massages, entrepreneurship, and sense of humor. Our first date actually involved him cooking me Chinese food and watching the movie Rush Hour! You can't get more chill than that! Keep those first dates chillaxed and catered to you ladies! ;)
Needless to say, you may want to combine all forms of compatibility with this app.
On that note, A.C.E's Junhee is way too intriguing! This report may seem a little F'ed up to some, but it's actually interesting. The advice section reminds me to avoid being so detached with people aka my Venus in Aquarius. Junhee's mutual #2 birthday (June 2nd) adds an intuitive energy to the mix. Gemini compatibility energies are all very similar though for Sagittarius. The mutual duality of youthfulness with sensuality is typical.
For the sake of the Universe, I simply stan A.C.E and all of their little past lives from afar. You have to let some energies marinate, mature, and become "nonchalant" before tapping into them. Energy is how the World works. You don't have to physically run up on everybody you like. Should I say that louder? lol The Black Moon Lilith (fierce Goddess energy) is also around this compatibility in its birth chart compatibility form. Although the report states that the Dec 19th-25th sector are the flames, it can go both ways. Junhee knows he's my friendly Kpop bias though. No biggy. Isn't he everyone's bias though? Don't even try to lie ladies and gents. Don't hate if you can't relate. haha ;)
As I continue to observe the younger generations of Millennials and Generation Z all over the World, I find it funny how a lot of people are missing out on the obvious reasons to why there are low birth rates and less desires for proper dating…and why this will continue into the future…
Job Definitions - Many young people are redefining what work and jobs mean to them. Work will simply be more about passive income earnings and entrepreneurship in the future. This creates more freedom to explore and network. Young people will simply be on the minimalist move vs. sitting in one place for too long.
Relationship Definitions - Partnerships may come together through mutual freedom networks...and share that same freedom mindset. Open Relationships, Test “Marriages”, LGBT “Lavender Marriages”, Business “Marriages”, and Friendship Cohabitations will reign supreme. The need to please a parent’s curiosity at a holiday dinner will be in the past…mainly because within the next 20 years you’ll see many Generation Xers and Boomers nolonger on this plane. That’s just life though. Young people will create their own definitions and laws of what a relationship involves.
They will continue to vibrate to the Universal energy of 3s though. Every 3 weeks, 3 months, 3 years, etc will continue to be checkpoints for relationship evaluations.
Spiritual Definitions – A lot of relationship decisions are still tied to religious organizations and doctrines. The future is already showing itself with many young people taking on more spiritual beliefs. This independent thinking will continue to lead to more focus on the self. I don’t feel that young people will become more narcissistic, just more single minded.
AI/Robots – The love-hate relationship that many people have with robots is interesting. It will be more of a love/love relationship in the future though. This will be an industry that continues to grow for those that want AI housekeeping partners at home. Humans aren’t for everybody. Let men have their robots.
Fur Babies – You don’t have to worry about animals getting replaced with AI pets. Low birth rates = higher pet rates. This includes small mammals to medium size mammals…and all their little clothes and accessories. Animals still need to be animals though. Some may humanize their robot pets instead for a healthy balance.
Do you believe in Past Lives?
Whether you do or not, they are all really fascinating to look into. We have all had many past lives. Each life comes with personal growth lessons. The people and places that we are born into all bring about karmic lessons. It's not unusual to meet up with people in several lifetimes. Family members are some of our most karmic past life connections! Understanding your past lives can help you to learn more about yourself, as well as help you to be more open minded to the World. At some point everyone has had a past life as the opposite sex, a different race, and has lived in another country. Your Bucket List travels, interior design preferences, and/or your ease in picking up certain languages can all point to possible past lives.
P.S. I don't recommend asking someone about your past life! People can tell you just about anything! Do it on Your Own with multiple methods or through a One on One Hypnotherapist. :)
* Psychic Development Exercise - Work with the Human Pendulum Exercise HERE to answer Yes or No Questions for yourself about your Past Life. The Past Life that comes up is the one that you need to gain Present Life insights from.
* Dreams - Write out your desire to open up to one of your past lives on a piece of paper. Place it under your pillow at night to see what dreams come about. You can also request this from your spiritual guides, passed loved ones, etc.
* Past Life Hypnosis - This is a great way to get a past life reading. The insights can be quite fascinating to look into. The In Person Q & A can also be written beforehand to give to the the Hypnotherapist. This allows you to get all of the juicy details. It's best to have someone with you to make sure that everything goes well.
Past Life Case Study:
A.C.E's Chan and the rest of the group members have a past life series about their experiences. Their Record Label Beat called it a Past Life Vacation. lol It's kinda accurate in that regard as I write this from Jeju. I already know I had a past life...or lives in Asia. My blog has made that pretty obvious by now. :)
Chan's session really made me tear up a bit though. I don't cry at a lot of things. This is how you know I have a little soft spot for Channie. :(
The friendship mention between Chan's Ox sign and Donghun's Rooster sign is also interesting. I've found that many people who are compatible in Chinese Astrology have a kindred spirit sense for one another. They do make beautiful harmonies together. :)
I decided to streamline my recent spiritual travel blogging to encompass tips from ALL of my trips thus far. This includes domestic trips in the U.S. to current trips overseas. I've always been a great tourist. Here's why and how....
* Knock Yourself Out - I hate flying! I really do. I do however LOVE sleeping! Get your sleeping eye mask, antibacterial surgical mask, earplugs, magnesium pill, and knock yourself out on the plane. lol If more people did this (babies included), flights would be sooooo much better for everyone! Did you hear something? No? Ok Perfect! ;) Luckily trains, boats, and cars also exist!
* Quiet - Some of us are both extroverted and introverted. However when it comes to public places aka anywhere that's not your own home, it's important to be respectful of your noise levels. Timing is everything as well. A general rule of thumb is that Quiet Hours are from 10 pm onward. This applies to your children as well. I was always a respectful child of this fact because I grew up during the 80s and 90s. This was the rule for coming home from a friend's house, playing outside, having slumber parties, etc. Kids used to play outside all day back in those days. It can still occur when families go on vacation is all I'm saying. ;)
Headphones were created for a reason as well. ;) We don't all want to hear your music. Oddly the loudest music I've heard playing from a tourist in Jeju was classical music. It's not my favorite genre of music I admit. It's great for sleeping though. I was amazed that TWO tourists in two separate parts of the island were playing classical music LOUD. Doesn't that defeat the purpose of what classical music is for? Keep that music on the low low low low. The situations were handled though. :)
* Support the Local Economy - We aren't all rich. It doesn't matter if you're staying at a local hostel (some are really nice in Asian countries) or staying at a resort (some are really nice all over the World). The bottom line is that it's important to support the local economy. Variety is the spice of life. Try and support the Ma and Pa shops to the Big Box stores. Local hipsters often know where the unique attractions and hangouts are.
* Pack Light and Be Resourceful - We aren't all Minimalists. Vacations are a great excuse to try it out though! College students may be the best at packing light due to their resourceful lifestyle. Get yourself a spinner hard-shell carry on and a backpack. My whole life has been in both! Get some handy locks for both as well if you're heading into crowds! I had to pat myself on the back for managing that. Both will come in handy for ease on flights, small "hiking" picnics, and local shopping (food, clothes, and practical souvenirs). Do your research to see what's available before you go as well.
Asian countries have amazed me with their convenience stores. They are all different with different products. They are also included in many hotels. You can easily grab a large or medium size carton of eggs, a chicken or sausage stick, bread and jam, orange juice, etc and have yourself a home cooked breakfast every morning...all from the convenience store! Cooking for yourself can help you feel somewhat in "control" when traveling to new places.
Complimentary teas and coffees can also provide multiple uses. Brew some tea for a light caffeine kick an hour or so after a meal. You can also use the leftover tea as an antioxidant skin cleanser, toner, and/or to exfoliate.
* Recycle - You will go through your share of water bottles, tea bottles, soda bottles, etc. Research the local recycling initiatives OR bag your plastics separately for housekeeping to take care of. I'm still amazed at how many locals and tourists still litter, esp on beautiful islands. :( There needs to be a litter task force that goes around every month to put up signs and/or clean up the countryside.
* Solutions vs. Problems - I'm all about Solutions! Generally speaking it's best to handle matters behind the scenes. I don't have time to protest or make a scene. We all hear stories of bad tourists...and locals. Talk to managers or just leave the situation. I grew up with a lot of Americans that were big on changing hotel rooms, changing hotels, etc without much huff and puff. You can do it in a nice way as well in 2019. Traveling can be trial and error sometimes. You live and learn and move on. ;)
* Off Season - If you're trying to get to know an area, stay for every season. Otherwise stick to the Off Season. Fall is ideally the best season to travel. The kiddos are back in school, many tourists are back at work, and Mother Nature is putting on an Art Show! Your suitcase may require more layered clothes to buy/pack. Luckily convenience stores in many countries have tshirts to camisoles if you're in a quick need for some extra layers.
* Stay Humble - Even though I know I'm a great tourist, I'm always learning from other tourists on what to do and what not to do. Sharing is caring in that regard. Learning a new language and culture from the locals on the ground is much different from online research. You have to be able to adapt to realizing that you're saying a word wrong or assuming something inaccurate.
* Take On New Ideas - I'm big on interior design. It's a big selling point for many tourists. I've been around rich people and in their large homes. Bigger isn't always better! I've seen some great modern features in Asia that are efficient in their use of smaller spaces.
I've always had the Power of Detachment when it comes to most things in life. It comes when your brain is naturally in need of mental stimulation, comedy, and cat naps. ;)
Meditation can get you there if you desire the same!
There has been a lot of talk about Superheroes, Super Teams, Super Groups, etc over the last few years. It's always fascinating when people start up discussions about their ideal super power. I'm always thinking to myself, "Well that's actually possible ya know". Now I'm going to talk a little more about it. Some "powers" have already been discussed at the Psychic Development tab. We are all born with a toolbox of spiritual gifts and an inner God/Goddess to work these gifts. Keep a level head about it though. You're not the Universe. The Universe does revolve around you though aka The Law of Attraction. That topic has already been discussed though. ;)
Popular Super "Powers"
Invisibility - Some desire to walk through a crowd without being noticed. This can be achieved by working with energy shields. Energy is how most real life "powers" work. Simply visualize mirrors around you that reflect outward. People will "see" themselves vs. seeing you. Some may even bump into you without realizing that you were there. Responsibilities will also reflect back onto them, as well as anything else that they want to push towards you. It's great when you're in a disagreement with a loved one or a cat or a cat like person. haha
*The only downside to this shield is that people may think that you don't like them. Everyone has insecurities. Some people may not want to clearly "see" themselves though.
Mind Reading/Telepathy - Many naturally have this "power" with close loved ones. Telepathy is the natural spirit language. We are spirits having a human experience. You can work on telepathy by spending quality time with your loved ones. Quieting the mind with meditative activities (fishing, watching the stars at night, watching a sunset, cuddling, cooking, etc) can really boost your bonds with people. Many people can practice with their pets and kill two birds with one stone! Animals get more love than people do these days...and they should. lol
Mind Control - This is every college advertising course to be honest. As a former hypnotherapist or hypnospiritualist service provider, I can definitely tell you that EVERY hypnosis is SELF hypnosis. It's 100% Choice! You'll never do anything that you don't want to do under hypnosis. I have hypnotized myself a few times. If you wish to assist a loved one or yourself with positive thinking, simply record positive thoughts for yourself. Play it during a nap to get into your subconscious mind. You can also get into your subconscious mind by asking your subconscious positive questions ("Why do I naturally remember my spiritual gifts?", "Why am I spiritually balanced with yin and yang aspects?", "Why do I have a positive and happy disposition?". Your subconscious mind will give you a positive response in return.
Teleportation - This is just Astral Traveling. You'll never "break away" from your body when you go out of it. Some sensitive people do it naturally when they sleep. It's a form of escape from the human form for a lot of people. Many people go out of their bodies and don't remember. If you're afraid, simply ask your spirit guide and/or passed loved ones to help you have an easy transition in and out. You can also ask them to go with you for protection. There's a lot of interesting things in the astral plane...positive and negative. You will know that you've passed away if the "spiritual umbilical cord" "breaks". Anyone who is afraid of death may want to stay ignorant to this ability.
It can be fun though. I remember traveling to Ireland one night to check out the green pastures. You can also meet up with people in the astral plane. I used to play around with it with one friend. We picked a meeting spot in the UK. He was in Spain at the time. Neither of us remember if it worked though. This "power" may take some time if you really want to play around with it. :)
Feel Free to Let Me Know Your Experiences if You Wish.
I'm going to provide you with a simple explanation to how Feng Shui Geography works in the practical and spiritual sense. Traditional Feng Shui utilizes both compass directions and the environment. I always carry a compass with me when I travel by the way. Having lived all over the U.S. and spent a good amount of time on atleast three islands (Hawaii, Japan, Jeju), I've really noticed some things...
1. The sensitive types will always get a "feel" of their neighboring countries and islands based on where they reside.
2. Buddhist Temples have really great Feng Shui Geography!
* The North is associated with Career Growth.
It's an Ideal location to have a country or state. There's a reason so many dominant and/or progressive countries are "Sitting on Top of the World" in the North. Island countries can act as their own "Top of the World" North as well. Despite its dominant location, the North is associated with Yin energy, not Yang. Water energy (oceans, waterfalls, rivers, and lakes) are ideal to have in the North.
* The Northeast is associated with Personal Growth.
Mountains and Valleys are Ideal.
* The East is associated with Family Harmony and Ambition Growth.
* The Southeast is associated with Financial Growth.
Trees and Water are Ideal for the East and Southeast locations.
* The South is associated with Recognition Growth.
The South is Yang energy. Deserts are Ideal. It's no secret that Southern countries and states can get pretty hot during the Summer months. This will only increase with Global Warming. Water energy is not ideal because it can "water down" recognition and relationship growth. I've personally noticed that the Southern parts of islands, states, and/or countries never vibe well with me as a Fire Sign. Too much yang is never a good thing. Oriental medicine is all about getting in that yin and yang balance, esp when you're traveling on vacation. I always head to the more Yin Northern locations with water and/or mountains for a reason. ;)
* The Southwest is associated with Relationship Growth.
Mountains and Valleys are Ideal.
* The West is associated with Children and Creative/Artistic Growth.
* The Northwest is associated with Helpful People and Travel Growth.
Water is Ideal for West and Northwest locations.
Building or Buying a Home?
The Ideal Location will look like the image below. This image is from Norway. A single story home is ideal to avoid extra floors/responsibilities "weighing down on you". A protective "mountain" behind you is also ideal. This can be a home that is slightly larger than yours, a mountain, and/or tall trees.
You will want to have a protective "cushion" on each side of your home as well. This can also be mountains, homes, and/or tall trees.
The front of your home can enjoy a nice relaxing river or slow traffic street. A little movement is necessary to keep energy moving. An active fountain or lake can work if nature is active on it. Land can also be in front of your home.
The Year of the Metal Rat begins on January 25th, 2020. The Year of the Rat starts off a fresh 12 year animal cycle. The Year of the Pig in 2019 (Click Here) was a reflection time of the last 11 years. Needless to say, the Year of the Rat in 2020 is all about New Beginnings! It's time to take on new opportunities by doing what you desire!
The movie Ratatouille is a great representation of the foundation laying year of 2020. Remy was determined to upgrade his life by not settling for garbage. He had desires to become a chef and open up his own restaurant. He took on that opportunity via a cute collaboration.
Rat years can be organized, social, and enterprising. Seek out financial investments, real estate opportunities, and travel opportunities abroad in 2020. Cross off some foodie and travel bucket lists as well. Yellow writing pads with blue pens are a great memory retention trick to get you started. :)
The year 2020 is quite compatible with the Rat Year. The year 2020 vibrates to the number 4 when it's reduced down to a single digit in numerology (2+0+2+0 = 4).
Those born on the 4th, 13th, 22nd, and 31st will also relate to this energy. Even those born in the 4th month of April can relate to some degree.
You can also find the Number 4 energy in first names that have D, V, and M letters.
Every number has its strengths and weaknesses though. Let's take a look at the Number 4 to get an idea of what we can all expect in 2020. Strive to bring about 2020's Strengths vs. its Weaknesses.
* Real Estate
* Financial Investments
* Family Oriented
* Objective Thinking
* Down to Earth
The amount of relationship advice that I've provided to others over the years is amazing to me, esp when many of those years I was simply single and mingling or dating short term! You learn a lot over the years from simply noticing patterns from others, having educational backgrounds in -ology fields, individual research, and unique travel experiences. Common sense also goes a long way. ;)
For some reason a lot of people get into the YOLO energy when they travel, esp overseas. They want to get their spring break "groove" back, hike off the paths, venture into every cave, and jump off every waterfall like it's a slip and slide in the backyard. I'm all for living that adventurous life, but a lot of those "adventures" are quite risky. Dating overseas is the same.
You have to apply the same logic as if you were dating in your home country. As I'm about to embark on an overseas Bucket List adventure, I want to share some dating advice. My spirit guide is already providing me with some funny and annoying dreams on what to avoid...hence this post. ;)
* Stay Safe - Basic rules apply by staying in safe areas, visiting safe areas, hanging out in safe areas, etc. Just do your research beforehand. You know nothing good goes down after midnight anywhere around the World. Have yourself inside by that time as a golden rule. ;)
* Be Yourself - You can be whoever you want to be when you're dating. That's a problem all around because you never really know someone until you have lived with them and/or have dated them for some time. Being yourself just makes things easier for everyone.
Travel mode already makes many people simplify their routines from hair to makeup to styles. This is quite positive for many reasons. The rest is merely about sticking to basic Q & As (first name (Travel Numerology Tip HERE), interests, nationality, etc). If you want to tell people that you're Black, White, and Asian after living in enough countries and befriending enough people since childhood, well then go right ahead! haha Yes I have said that someone before. lol
* Burner Phones - A lot of people get burner phones that they can rent or throw out when they travel. This is a great thing when you plan on meeting new people and/or doing business.
* Be Blind - If your weakness is any and everything pretty, it's time to get mentally strong. Pretty doesn't always mean sane and/or safe! It's easy to fall for that "exotic" stranger in that new "exotic" land that's offering up an "exotic" experience. lol Stay strong ladies! The MIND is always sexier at the end of the day. Have an intellectual conversation first to see what you're working with. That P.Y.T may be off to another after you ask them about their arts and culture interests.
I'm just saying. ;)
Happy and Safe Travels!