Video and Livestream walkers may not count as your 30 minutes of exercise a day, but it's a great way to see more cities on your Bucket List. I already talked about using google street view to walk neighborhoods and streets before you visit. Combining that with video walkers is even better!
Two countries that seem to be winning everyone over is SK and JP. Japan was even voted as the country many people look forward to visiting again after the pandemic *raises hand*. The anticipation of the Olympics is not the only reason though. Both countries really do have their unique aspects, islands, and foods. You do take it all for granted after you've visited and go away for awhile.
Here is one channel that I came across recently for those who want to check out Korea on a clear day. The guy is a lovely person who shares his simple walks with everyone...without all the negative commentary that you may get with some channels.
P.S. Although my walks can sometimes come with paranormal experiences, animals gathering around me like I just built an Ark, and random commentary on keeping litter off the streets, I may start sharing short clips of my nature walks in the future. I find mornings and weekdays to always be ideal for a simple stroll. It's only when you take a rest during your walks in SK and JP that nature really gathers.
By the way, that photo I took of Jeju's tangerine/oranges is on the road towards the library and performing arts center in Seogwipo. It has a nice view of the mountain and a park nearby. It was actually starting to rain as well. That's a whole other experience during hurricane season!
My last beauty haul was all about supplements for the most part. I spoke highly of Astaxanthin that I still take. It's quite popular in Japan as the Fall starts up and skin hydration becomes a priority. It also protects you from the sun's UV rays. You can take a higher dose beyond 4 grams to build it into your system. 12 grams a day would be the max. You can then work your way down.
It's similar to when you take collagen supplements. Higher doses (10-15 grams) can build into the system for a couple of months before working your way down to maintenance doses (5-10 grams). It also depends on your age (30+) when you'll need to protect your body more from aging.
This beauty haul was rather simple on the skincare. I gave myself enough time to try out these two products to report back. The one that I absolutely love is also quite popular in Japan. Luckily SE Asia is fully stocked with skincare products from all over Asia.
It's the Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion (Light). It hydrates the skin from the surface to the inner skin layers for soft, smooth, and supple skin. It has a light texture for normal/combination/oily skin. There are no fragrances, mineral oils, alcohol, and colorants. Its main ingredient is hyaluraonic acid. It has 4 types of hyaluronic acid for extra moisture. It's a product line that I'll probably continue to try out in the future.
The second product that I love is also a hyaluronic acid product. It's Eucerin's Hyaluron-Filler 3x Deep Line Filler. It's your botox in a bottle in other words. I actually picked it up because Junhee of A.C.E recommended it in a Vlog. Who wouldn't take a recommendation from a Kpop Idol on skincare products though? They seem to have anti-aging down for the most part. It could be the collagen and/or hydration face masks that they wear every night though.
This product is great for those who want to target specific age lines, scars, under the eye areas, etc. It does a good enough job at plumping things up for some baby face realness. :D
2020 has really been a blessing in disguise when it comes to travel. I've gone from thinking like a tourist in Asia to thinking like a resident in Asia. Luckily there are many residents across Asia who are willing to share their opinions about their countries, neighborhoods, etc. It really helps if you are planning future trips that last 2 weeks or more.
Here are a few things that I've come to search for in travel forums and google maps...
* Best Cities for Living - Every resident in a country has their favorite cities. This question saves you a lot of time. A resident's favorite city will often have everything that a tourist will like. It's great when a resident gives you their Top 3 Best Cities though. This allows you to choose based on your personal interests.
* Best Grocery Stores - Everyone has their favorite grocery store. I personally would recommend Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Costco for those visiting and living in the U.S. Luckily all three deliver as well.
Google maps is handy if you want to check out photos of the grocery store's interior. This helps you to see what foods are offered in each location. Knowing the layout can save you time if you're a list maker. I love searching for gourmet grocery stores on google maps though. Nothing cures boredom more than trying some "fancy" new foods each week. :) Health food stores are also good for both food and supplements.
* Restaurants that Deliver - Some foodies will eat just about anything. I'm a little more picky. Discovering what's available before settling in really helps if you need a healthy variety.
* Feng Shui Compass Directions - You don't have to know much about Feng Shui design to "feel" places out. You can simply get on Google Maps and look at the landscape.
I've found that North (Career Sector) and the NW (Helpful People and Travel) locations to fit me best. The North is associated with water energy as well. Having a lake, river, ocean, etc to the North of a Northern area is ideal if you enjoy more yin energies as you work. This can apply to the North side of accommodations as well.
Islands create their own "North" in the sense that they are not linked to mainlands. Hanging out in the Northern parts of an Island may be ideal for some.
The West (Children & Creativity) is great to visit for creative stimulation. I wouldn't want to live in this compass direction though. I'm just speaking from my own personal travel experiences with kids, teens, and hurricanes aka loud things. lol The random stray animals and quirky architectures in such areas can be stimulating though! :)
* Coworking Spaces - Speaking of the North, Coworker.com has great spaces in many good locations. If you're still adding to your list of requirements, it's something to check out as well. You never know who you'll meet along your travels. Teaming up for a project and/or or having an alternative meeting spot is handy!
To Retire or Not To Retire. That really is the question when you're a Digital Nomad. Digital Nomads in Asia really do live like retirees at times. Even if you're not 50 (the age many Asian retirement perks begin), you start to feel like you're "retired". Nobody really retires though. Many people just take more time to enjoy their hobbies and interests. Many continue working as well. It's a great way to stay alert and busy if you love your job.
As I near age 39 (age 19 if people assume and age 29 if people are still confused) on Dec 20th, 2020, I've really started taking the time to look at Asian real estate. I've stayed in all sorts of Asian accommodations since 2019. There are some really great design aspects that I just love (heated floors, minimalism, compact kitchens, elevated entrances for shoes, floor futons, robots, etc).
Asia is quite foreigner friendly when it comes to purchasing real estate, esp in countries like Japan. You can visit https://realestate.co.jp/en/ to look at some modern styles for yourself. I highlighted the practical and unique Japanese Dome Homes already HERE.
Staying in Asian accommodations is a lot different than viewing them online though. Everything from soundproofing to maintenance to technology is taken into consideration. The biggest thing for me is technology these days. I have to give it to Japan for having the most diverse technology in their accommodations (hostels to rentals) thus far.
When you're in need...
* to do some work
* take a mental break
* calm a child down with more than just a high vibration salad (it works)
* take an afternoon nap
* get your 8-10 hours of sleep
* listen to some relaxing music
Put your headphones on and listen to a 10 hour meditative playlist, Rain sounds via rainymood.com, and/or read my How to Stay Focused post again.
Magnesium powder or chewing a magnesium pill also works fast. ;)
Magnesium is one of the most depleted minerals in the body, esp for smokers and/or stressed out people. I always tell people to get more in their system 1st. People can then re-evaluate their lifestyle choices. Life is nothing but a bunch of choices. Make them chillaxed ones.
Magnesium and Headphones are very much needed to help everyone Keep Calm and Carry On. :)
For those who have made the decision to "work from home" while traveling, Digital Nomad is the term we give ourselves. It allows many people to see new locations and/or settle down long term in new locations. Many end up meeting their romantic partners and/or traveling with existing partners. It can be an interesting lifestyle for the long term travel lover.
When it comes to any type of long term travel, cost of living must be taken into consideration.
You can always visit numbeo.com to get a feel of any location's cost of living.
I personally feel that you should base your travel budget on what you're currently spending in your home country for Rent, Utilities, Transportation, Food, and MISC. You can then break down your travel budget for Asia.
Here is a Sample Monthly Travel Budget for a Comfortable stay in Asia...
Accommodation (Hotel, Hostel, Vacation Rental)
$30-$70 a night Max
* You can always be flexible in your budget if you want to stay really fancy. *
Food (Eating Out, Delivery, Groceries)
$300 - $600 Max ($10 -$20 a day)
Transportation (Ride Shares, Taxis, Rental Cars, Private Drivers)
The Low Budget Max would be around $1300 a month.
** Of course you can always find ways to spend much less than $1300 a month in Asia.
I just wanted to provide some examples for existing and future Digital Nomads. :)
You can simply add on any MISC below...
Misc (Shopping, Tourist Attractions, Plane Tickets, Worldwide Personal Assistants, etc)
After a year in Asia since mid 2019 (pandemic included) you start to change in little ways. For anyone who is thinking about taking on the journey, here are some important things that you may notice...(To Be Continued)
* Your Comfort Food cravings go from Photo 1 to Photo 2! - You better believe that Ramen becomes your new comfort food! I was never really a fan of fast food before traveling to Asia though. I was a patient little traveler by stocking up on my Jin Ramen after the pandemic slowed down. :) It may become your favorite ramen too! You'll learn that Korean MILD = SPICY so add the packet seasoning in doses. The name will also make you want to check in with some idols on vlive.tv where they sometimes do cooking (with or without their cute pets) and mukbangs
(with or without their cute pets).
Luckily you can purchase ramen from all over Asia throughout Asia (supermarkets, convenience stores (7-11 in most of Asia and GS25 in Korea are the Best). I still enjoy drinking my kale powder and berry powder though! It's still an easy way to get in your fruits and veggies. The benefits are great! You'll never run out of farm fresh organic fruits and veggies in Asia though! Organic imports from Australia and New Zealand are also available.
Simply purchase some clear plastic containers with lids, silverware or chopsticks, etc for a travel friendly meal.
* You know where to stock up on beauty and health supplements. - SE Asia is great for stocking up on affordable supplements before heading back to East Asia.
Supplements like Astaxanthin are a powerhouse of antioxidants for your entire body! It's what gives salmon and other seafood its red hue. You can get around 4 grams in a 4 oz piece of salmon as well, especially if you're in Japan where salmon bentos to salmon sushi are affordable, tasty, and convenient at supermarkets and convenient stores.
Beauty powders are also very popular throughout Asia. You really can try all the brands.
Nandos is a flavorful SA restaurant chain that you can try if you're in SE Asia, especially if you prefer East Asia's food seasonings more. Everyone has their favorite Asian countries and preferences.
You can get peri peri chicken in other parts of Asia as well (Ex: Okinawa).
The bottom line is that you learn what each Asian country has to offer for your needs.
Asian Costcos exist for bulk buys of supplements when you get back around one. You learn where they are all located too!
* You know where to see Fall foliage in East Asia with little effort. - The ACROS building in Fukuoka is a great find for performing arts, art displays, shopping, eating, and just walking around. I've yet to visit in Spring. The "hipster" city is a quick plane trip to Jeju Island KR (Below) and Okinawa Island JP (Coming Soon...hopefully). If you're "naturally tan" and laid back, the southern islands in East Asia can be an easy adjustment to a new culture.
Learning to write out Korean and Japanese for taxi drivers, accommodations, etc and/or use a translator can be handy though. You may want to stick to hotels and/or hostels at first to get a vibe of the different cities and countrysides. They often come with free gifts/samples and information. ;) You can also meet a lot of people from Around the World that are on the same journey!
* You get "lost" in a sea of fellow 5ft Asian girls. - If you've ever had innocent jokes made about your short height growing up, Asia will make you fit right in. You may actually feel tall when someone is actually shorter than you!
East Asia to Southeast Asia, the 5ft girl height is probably the ONLY way Asians "all look alike". You learn their other similarities and differences in time. ;)
* You pack light with your Fall clothes included. - Seasonal styles are really cute in Japan. Air conditioning is really REAL in SE Asia. Keep those sweaters, long sleeves, and pants for malls, accommodations, etc.
You can find cute and comfortable clothes throughout Asia though if you need something.
Shorties will definitely find their size too!
Dome houses have always fascinated me. I would like to think that I had a “normal” childhood living all over the place, but I realized there is no such thing as a normal childhood.
My first dome house experience was right in my neighborhood. I experienced walking by a dome house for years in one area that I lived. The neighborhood kids called it the “boob house” for obvious reasons. It was always a mystery house to many of the neighborhood families.
Who knew the couple were ahead of their time in the 90s! The Jetsons were too though back in the day!
My second experience with dome houses was through a music teacher that had a dome house in the woods. It was always fun to visit her to feed the deer in her backyard. I was always fascinated by the interior design as well, esp how things fit into the two leveled space.
These are just two experiences that captured my love of unique homes.
It really benefits children and adults to befriend those with creative outlooks on life. It can take you to some creative places in life!
I spoke a bit about some of the unique environments that I experienced in Asia as well. It still comes back to dome houses though as my favorite. There’s no surprise that Japan has some of the most eco-friendly, hurricane proof, and earthquake proof dome houses to view.
One community is the "Village Zone" of Aso Farm Land. You can preview it on Tripadvisor.
You can visit its dome features HERE. These buildings are used as homes, shops, restaurants, and more!
P.S. If you have little ones, consider the soccer design above. Sleeping on the floor, esp if it's heated, is very cozy! You can spread out and avoid decorating with bulky furniture!
Would you consider living in a dome home in the future?
If you're not using the street view feature, I don't know how you're planning your Bucket List travels? Know before you go with a virtual tour! :)
I recently started touring northern Okinawa. Tonight I zoomed into a sea wall mural feature. Look what I came across! It's cute right? :) You can tour all of the murals with just a click.
P.S. I also look for trash. The Mother Earth in me really hates to see beautiful islands covered in litter. So far so good. Japan will spoil you with clean streets. It is handy though for people who wish to volunteer (I've done my share) or work with the communities. Just FYI.
When you're a chill digital nomad, you really want to explore places that make your work-life balance as nonstressful as possible. That is what set my journey off in 2019 to Asia.
Many people paint images in their head of certain people, places, and things, esp when exploring Asian countries. Many places are great to visit for awhile if you take your needs into consideration though. You just have to weigh the Pros and Cons for yourself.
One place that has always been on my bucket list to explore since Hawaii is Okinawa.
If you've ever explored Hawaii's local areas, you will see a few Okinawan influences
(Example: Okinawan protective Shisa (lion) statues).
It's enough to make you want to explore the Japanese "Hawaii" as well.
Here's some great points about Okinawa's longevity and happiness from their tourism website (https://www.visitokinawa.jp/information/wisdom-of-long-life).
Point A: "Okinawa Prefecture is known for the longevity of its people, but Ogimi Village in the Northern Okinawa Main Island is specifically known as the “Village of Longevity”, and people conscious of their health are becoming more and more aware of Ogimi’s name not only in Japan but throughout the world."
Point B: "When you actually visit Ogimi Village and talk to people, three main components emerge.
1. Our rich natural environment includes the sea, rivers, and mountains, and we live “without worry or hurry,” and relax.
2. We practice a diet that includes a wide range of nutrients from various sources such as meat (animal protein), island vegetables, and fruits.
3. In the spirit of the “lifelong activity”, we participate in the events and social activities of our village."
Point C: "Specifically, comparing the average Japanese meals to the diet in Ogimi, the following four points are obvious. In Ogimi Village,
a) People eat meat often
b) The consumption of green and yellow vegetables is about three times higher
c) The consumption of legumes including tofu is 1.5 times higher
d) They eat plenty of fruits
Eating meat and legumes means eating protein. Protein is a major component of cells and the ingestion of high-quality proteins such as tofu, meat, and milk is believed to improve the function of immune cells. High immunity supports a healthy long life without diseases. As for the consumption of green vegetables and fruits, including carotene (vitamin A) and also nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, potassium, iron, calcium, etc., all are believed to be a factor supporting healthy longevity."
Are you adding Okinawa to your 2021 Bucket List?
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