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.
I've decided to place all of my overseas travel adventures on one post. Previous travel tip blog posts will be at the "Travel Tips" category tab. I'll update this post along the way with some tips, photos, etc that I love. :) I'll try to make the tips lighthearted and easy to follow. Lord knows Americans can make controversy out of anything. Perspective is everything though. This is why I travel. :)
Budget - One of the easiest ways to budget your travels, especially if you'll be gone for months, is to look at your current lifestyle. Look at what you're spending on Rent, Food, Transportation, and Utilities. Aim to keep your travel budget below that. This allows you extra spending money for shopping, attractions, etc. Many long term travelers that I've spoken with have either sold unused items, saved for the amount of months that they plan to travel, and/or work as they travel (digital nomads, work programs, teaching, etc). Having a passive income source never hurts either! Everyone should invest and/or have some form of emergency travel funding. Trusted bank ATMS overseas can also handle quick cash needs.
Translation Devices - International phone sites like Mobal.com and Onesimcard.com provide you with overseas phone options.
Lingmo One2One 2-way translation device is another option if you want to have an offline conversation with someone at a cafe, beach, etc. I went ahead and got one due to it being on sale for AUD $99. It comes with two earpieces that you can wear or place on a table. It's just easier for me because I'm a chatter and my language learning days aren't keeping up. I'll have to test it out when it comes to making jokes. Having a little "robot" assistance speaker is quite humorous in itself though. :)
Online translation apps are always available for free and/or cheap voice translations as well. Do your research to see how much english is spoken and/or written at your travel location. You may not need to translate anything at all!
Accommodations - Everyone loves a little indulgence. Too much can create a lack of inspiration and/or idle behaviors. Travel can be that humbling experience that many crave after awhile. Keep your accommodations practical. Look for deals on sites like Booking.com or Agoda.com. Vacation rentals on Airbnb.com and Innclusive.com are options as well. Simply read what other travelers are saying about the location and amenities.
Google maps is also handy for having a look around the area for amenities like supermarkets, shopping, etc. Consider quiet residential areas if you're going to major cities. Locations near universities can be affordable and resourceful as well. You'll get more of a local feel that way. You can always book a little fancy prancy hotel on the way out or in from your destinations. Determine your yin and yang needs for every location.
Transportation - Ride sharing platforms like Uber and Lyft are affordable for the U.S. I ended up having a conversation with one driver about her cancer the day I headed out on my overseas adventures. She took photos of some of the supplements that I take (turmeric supplement, krill oil, etc mentioned on the blog). I also provided her with some healthy living tips and moving tips aka head North folks! The Universe is never done allowing you to be an angel in someone's life when you travel! The networks start right from the get go. :)
Overseas transportation is also affordable if you know where to look. Taxifarefinder.com provides taxi estimates for travel locations. RideGuru.com provides taxi and ride share estimate comparisons. Buses are always an affordable option. Buses can take a long time to get to a destination though.
Flight sites like Momondo.com provide flight day estimates and other flight site comparisons. Tuesday and Wednesdays are known to be cheap days to fly out. You'll have to play around with it though.
Social - Meetup.com was mentioned previously on my blog as a traveler friendly platform.
You can find out what's going on in your locations with sites like Timeout.com.
Local deal sites like Livingsocial.com and Groupon.com can hook you up with affordable treats.
You may have to search for foreigner friendly city magazines. The growing expat community in Busan has Hapskorea.com for example. This is just one interesting beach/port city to watch in the future for Generation Zs and Millennials.
Packing - If your entire life will be in two carry ons for awhile, congrats! I always have to congratulate minimalism and simplicity. Your accommodations can surely take care of any indulgences that you may miss (gyms, spas, kitchens, etc). Stick to what you may need for a month or less. This goes back to the first tip about evaluating your current lifestyle. Determine what you actually use in a month.
Consider a spinner hard shell carry on and an insulated backpack. Consider packing essential oils, mini toiletries, protein bars like Quest's cookies & cream, antibacterial wipes, face masks for the skin, antibacterial surgical masks for planes, satin blackout eye mask for sleeping, sunglasses, mini umbrella, sun hat, waterproof camera, laptop, and noise cancelling headphones.
Clothing can be kept simple with hand wash items (tank tops, leggings, tunics, undies, socks, pjs, etc).
Supplements can be bulky for carry ons. Consider small bottles if you want to take something with you. Activated charcoal can be handy if you ever get food poisoning. Do most of your shopping when you get to your location though. It's a great excuse to check out the local markets and stores. You can use google maps to take a virtual tour of local shopping centers and supermarkets. Many locations offer delivery to your accommodations. Gotta love modern day convenience! Check out all of your delivery options for those hot and/or rainy days. Those are also the best days to blog. ;)
Sharing is Caring
As a foodie, I don't ask questions when you give me food. The Universal sign of a good person is someone who shares their food and sweet treats with you. ;) This is what happened today as I was lounging on a tropical rainy day. A Chinese woman on my travels shared four treats with me that were absolutely delicious! She had a translation device due to her poor english. My mandarin isn't so great either!
I ate the pineapple cookie first. It was like a soft shortbread cookie with sweet pineapple filling. If a soft Girl Scout shortbread cookie had a baby with a MUCH better tasting fig newton, you'd have this Chinese treat. haha It's the only way to describe it. I will definitely buy this in bulk when I get to China and/or the nearest Chinatown!
Did You Hear Something?
When you're traveling light as a musician, you start to miss things like physical musical instruments. A satin eye mask, calming magnesium pill, surgical mask, lavender oil, and classical music via some noise cancelling headphones keeps you sleeping like a sweet ninja baby on overnight flights. You'll really wonder if there was even a baby on your flight. There's always a baby on my flights. They communicate like little barking puppies too. It's really funny after you've traveled all your life. It's like a scene from 101 Dalmatians. haha Just offer the new moms and babies some lavender oil. ;)
There are times when you're actually awake on a flight though. That is when you need a different type of stimulation. Virtualpiano.net is my go to for keeping me musically stimulated on and off flights. It's fun to learn new songs with the ease of your keyboard (try the Xfiles theme). It's also fun to compose your own songs. This is what I found myself craving today.
Enjoy it for yourself as well. :)
Island Zen Escapes
Aloha! A trip to Honolulu Hawaii is different for everyone. It's honestly just one bucket list check off before settling down in Asian countries for a bit. If you're looking for a quiet escape from the tourist attractions of Waikiki, the University of Hawaii at Monoa's Japanese Garden is a great one! Even a stroll around the University can be a nice bit of exercise in the morning.
In general it's best to do your garden strolls and hikes in the morning during the Summer months. Hawaii is close to the equator. That means that even the permanent tan crowd can get sunburnt. Cloudy days after a rainy day are also great due to the cloud cover! The island is So Fresh and So Clean Clean after a rainy day! It's quite lovely to see the plant life after a little rain. Rub on some peppermint oil mosquito repellent, put on some loose pastel clothes that cover your skin, grab some water, an umbrella, and enjoy your little stroll. :)
On your way to the Japanese Garden, you'll pass by the Center for Korean Studies. It's a beautiful building where you can go inside for some air conditioning, restrooms, and/or some water fountains.
You may even pass this little black cat on the bridge. I love black cats! They are actually good luck in many Asian countries. All cats are psychic, independent, and protective totems. It's quite understandable to why they continue to be worshipped today by many loving owners.
You can relax near the stream on the other side of the Japanese Teahouse. It's a lovely place to sit down for a little meditation time. The "Jurassic Park" mosquitos around this area may even leave you alone for some zen time as well. haha One looked right at me. I was like "Not today Satan!" Hawaii is Pele (Hawaii's Goddess Spirit) country anyway. ;) Thank Pele for the cloud cover and nature afterwards as you head to your next destination. :)
I spoke of this above after my Honolulu/Manoa stroll. Everyone is sensitive to the sun. Some just prefer being in it more than others. A nice hotel accommodation view with a medium size window, blinds, and blackout curtains are always the compromise though.
Kudos if there's room service and a gym!
Ideally you will want to stay out of the sun between 10 am and 4 pm. This is when the sun can damage your skin, eyes, etc the most, esp in locations that are closer to the equator. Put sunscreen (atleast SPF 30) on atleast 20 minutes beforehand as well.
Accuweather.com is a great site for those who want to test the hour to hour and day to day weather patterns at their travel locations. I think I found my ideal when I was looking at JeJu Island recently. It's South Korea's Hawaii for those who aren't really feeling Hawaii's closeness to the equator, distant location from major cities, prices, and/or Waikiki's "Island Vegas" vibe. I heard someone really call it that. haha I heard all of these comments from talking to locals actually. It's a mixed bag when people settle on islands. Three weeks was enough for me. The Universe vibrates to 3s remember. ;) The Big Island may suit those who want more nature, slightly cooler temperatures, and less tourists though. :)
Spirit workers need that extra cloud cover and rain every now and then. Those are the best days and nights for greater intuition, spiritual hikes, and premonition dreams. :) The closer you get to older and/or spiritualist countries, the more your intuitive senses naturally increase as well!
Healthy Jet Lag "Midnight" Snacks
I've finally adjusted to balancing out the Asian time zones with U.S. time zones. I keep track of both for work purposes. Convenience stores in Asia are a great way to get your nom noms on at any hour. Here are some recent picks that I came across today in Korea....
* Korean Raison Tea - It's good for the liver and digestion. I had a mini Choya plum wine (my fav brand) the other day mixed with some iced sprite...delicious! Now it's time to detox for awhile with some Korean Raison Tea. I chose this drink from memory. I remember seeing an ASTRO member recommend it on their social media feed. I do take food suggestions from groups that I like. The taste was like watered down coffee. That's the best way to describe it. I'll enjoy the hydration and health benefits though! ;)
* Coconut Curry Rice - It was a nice little meal. I didn't even finish it all. Rice is filling! The sauce was quite nice, tasty, and well balanced. None of the products were salty. That was refreshing.
* Shrimp Crackers - This was a surprise! I just went with my gut on this one. It was also well balanced. It was a great snack! I made sure to save some for later. :)
Korean Convenience Store
Here are the winners from the final convenience store haul. My intuition was a bit more on point with the first round. This round had some ehhs and some noms. I'll only talk about the noms. This is what happens when you travel during Mercury in Retrograde aka foggy thoughts. :-/
* "Salisbury Steak" with Carrots and Potatoes - This needs a little seasoning like salt. It's good to go after that. It's not bad if you're in need of some quick "comfort food". It can be mixed with a cooked rice packet.
* Salad Chicken Breast - It's a separate chicken breast to throw over a convenience store salad. You can also add to it the curry rice and anything else.
* Sausage on a stick - I took a slight nibble before fully opening it up. It's good sausage. It's handy to put over any of the convenient store dishes and/or eat by itself.
* Vitamin Water (Energy) - Korea has a ton of things that you can get in Western countries. This is just one of them. It's the Korean version. It's just handy to have one on hand.
* Hibiscus Blended Tea - This was pretty good. It has amazing health benefits as well. You may want to do your research on Hibiscus tea because there are some side effects for some people.
* Dole Peaches - Fruit cups are a quick way to get some summer fruit into your system.
Jeju Island Makes You Cuter!
I have yet to visit the rest of Korea at the time of writing this post. However, I can attest that there is something in the air, water, food, and/or teas that makes you cuter from being in Jeju! The only idol that I'm familiar with that's from Jeju is adorable Chan from A.C.E. I've seen little Chans running around though sooo I don't know why people say other Koreans don't look like idols. lol This goes back to my The Universe is a Vampire post. You can't make this stuff up! Jeju is a cute island that attracts cuteness I guess. It looks like a little chicken too that laid an egg called Udo island.
Here are some more things that I've noticed so far...
* The rainy days aren't depressing because of the feel of the land. Although Jeju had a sad past, the island's general feel is quite positive. Jeju has good Juju. You always know if you will like a place the minute you step onto the land. Your body either goes NOPE or Hmm this feels nice. The moisture in the air and winds from the ocean are good for your skin as well!
* Trees are everywhere in Jeju. There are a lot of natural untouched forests. The area can look like the East coast mountains and forests at times when you're away from the beaches. I grew up in nature and have lived on the East coast (I've lived in every region though). The trees have a different feel though. It goes back to the energy of the land that I mentioned. All nature is alive and willing to let you tune in. I don't know if kids hug the trees around here or what. Maybe it's the Shamanism for those who practice it on the island.
* Teas are plenty. I mentioned two teas earlier (Raison and Hibiscus). I plan on trying more as well. Naturally teas are good for you. Korean teas at the convenience stores (there are several brands of convenient stores) really work! The metabolism and detoxing benefits will naturally make you healthier, slimmer, and cuter! I still take some supplements as well (multivitamin, krill oil omega 3, vitamin D, CoQ-10, olive oil for food).
* Korean toiletries and skincare products are really good. Even the complimentary ones at hotels are good. I don't know what's in them though. The modern value that you get is also amazing at many accommodations. I recommend being more near the mountains or trees vs. the cities. I find that I'm only using my essential oils from time to time (tea tree oil, jojoba oil, rosehip oil, shea butter).
* Korean food is healthy for you. Kimchi was an interesting taste that I'm going to have to get used to. I waited until I got to Korea to try Korean food. You can tell that it's healthier for you though. A lot of it is home cooked without antibiotics, etc. It's Real Food! The foodie adventures will continue though. At the end of the day, real beauty always starts from the inside out. :) Enjoy those healthy nom noms! :)
Private Transportation Tours
One of the BEST ways to tour Asian cities, islands, etc is via a Private Tour. I brought this up on my Valentine's Day for Singles blog post. This is great for private groups, couples, and solo travelers. Many private transportation tours will help you plan your weather protected travels as well. You can see all your chill destinations with an english speaking solo driver for a few hours and/or days. You can even run a few errands at the end of your day if you need to pick up some clothes, food, etc. :)
Important Transportation Tips!
Many taxi drivers in Asian countries don't speak english or have limited english. Write out your destination in the local language to show them. You may want to print off the destination as well if your handwriting is bad. Learn a few words and the local alphabet as well. Translation devices can also assist. You can also research english speaking hotlines that can call transportation for you if you're out exploring. :)
Passion for Good
"Passion for Good Tea" was written on my Jeju Green Tea bag. It was good by the way. :) It fits my intentions perfectly for being in Asia. I'll provide my own share of good "tea" as well via my blog. haha ;)
I reiterate my sentiments about the mountains and trees of Jeju being the best place to spend most of your time. I'm a bit over the ocean/sea at this point. It's time for some ZZzzen. :) Here are two ways to relax in Jeju when the island's cities gets too noisy for you aka car and bus honks, drunk night street karaoke, and giggling young girls. Girls do not belly laugh around here by the way. You can get in a good Sagittarius Rooster laugh in the forests though. The wildlife will join in. haha
BTW you can get some innerwear at the convenience stores for the island's weather shifts. I found a camisole and some mini short pants. They were both a size Medium because they only had Small and Medium available. The top fits fine for anyone who is around 5 ft - 5'2 and small to medium in the chest. It acts as a comfortable exercise and/or daily "bra" for those who don't like wearing them. It lifts and protects enough. The mini shorts explain why some girls wear short skirts like it's no big deal. They were a bit snug if you have a little ass on you. The Medium size works if that's all that's available for you as well. :) This is why you shouldn't freak out if you start losing weight really fast on Korean food and teas. lol
Jeju Room Service
I really do love the value that Jeju offers. I've been blessed to deal with helpful women across the board (taxi drivers to hotel receptionists to room service delivery). I'm just giving the service women on the island a shout out this morning, esp my first taxi driver who drove through a freakin tropical storm when I first arrived on the island. Every woman that I've dealt with has been nice. They all had enough english skills for mutual understanding. I haven't really had to speak a lot of Korean beyond the conversational basics.
Now onto breakfast! This is what an American Breakfast looks like. Everything was tasty and seasoned well, esp the potatoes! I'm not quite sure what meat made up the little sausages. I was surprised to see a salad come with the meal. The dressing wasn't too bad either. It was a light honey mustard vinaigrette. You should always eat your greens at the end of the meal to allow the living enzymes to help with digestion. I'm always happy with tropical fruit as well. I added them to the salad. I enjoyed my second Jeju green tea as well. Needless to say I couldn't finish it all. The eggs and bacon were filling enough! The leftovers will be for "second breakfast" as the small hobbits would say. :)
BTW this would be about $15-16 depending on the exchange rate.
Korean Fried Chicken
This taste is one word and one word only! DAMN! This is the best fried chicken I have ever had! I'm saying this as a woman who has eaten every type of fried chicken in my over 30 years of life! Wow. No exaggeration here. I had to take a moment to blog about it after 3 pieces to contemplate my next life decisions. This chef is no joke! The breakfast was light and healthy. The chicken was light and crispy. The sauces and salt mix were delicious and unique options. More tropical fruit too! I'm beside myself. :-O Do I try every korean dish on the room service menu now? lol This is a foodie paradise! I hope Korean guys are learning how to make this because I'm judging every single one of them who can't fry up a real chicken. lol You know it's a REAL chicken because look at it. haha This one came from a farm somewhere where it ate nature and that's it. ;) Nom nom nom nom moderation. lol There will be leftovers. :)
Korean Convenience Store Foods
I couldn't resist doing another round of convenience store foods. Mercury is out of retrograde now. Intuition is back on point. Everything was tasty! Every convenience store brand has different foods by the way. One great part about Jeju's accommodations and Korea in general are the convenience stores. They are very convenient and well stocked before lunch hours.
You can see all of the healthy choices below for heating up and/or consuming cold. The Jeju tangerine juice was a great size. Jeju tangerine juice is VERY fresh tasting. The natural sugar sweetness is light as well. You really feel happy after drinking it. :) Citrus in general is known for its heart healthy and mood enhancing vitamins and minerals. The color orange is also associated with happy moods, creativity, and movement. The energy of the food that I've tried so far on Jeju, esp the home cooked and local products has been extremely positive. :) I really don't know how to explain it. It's just "untouched" goodness. :D
Spirit Travel Partners
Today I had a moment of "How did I end up on Jeju Island??" I'm not all surprised that I traveled to Korea though. The year 2018 was my first experience meeting a pop idol's spirit that had passed over. In that experience I was shown a lot in terms of how things would unfold in the years to come in relation to myself and others. I appreciated the experience, but I did have some questions that I've left to myself. :-?
Now the energy and memories of the visualizations are coming back around as I watch certain things unfold. Needless to say, always TRUST spirits, not humans! I don't think any human could have ever predicted my life so far and/or has ever actually! : -/
Needless to say, I travel with spirits and I'm cool with it. Nobody travels alone in life. ;) If you need a little breather by yourself, go ahead and take it. Your passed loved ones...and possibly others will gladly show you the way. Just ask. :)
Jeju Green Tea Spa Day
I fully admit that I love to pamper myself. I also fully admit that I do the most pampering when I'm bored or need a break. As much as I love being of service to others, I also just love my "me time". Complimentary Jeju Green Tea every single day has allowed me to do some extra pampering. I started wondering what more I could do with it beyond drinking it an hour after eating.
The photo pretty much says it all! :) Green tea's antioxidant properties are wonderful for your skin!
Here are some simple ways to use tea during your pamper sessions...
* Green Tea Body Wash or Bath Soak - Mix a cup of Jeju Green Tea with your body wash or bath.
* Green Tea Hair Rinse - Add a cup of Jeju Green Tea to your hair after conditioning.
* Green Tea Cleanser and Toner - Apply Jeju Green Tea to your cotton ball and be amazed! :) Add a little jojoba oil afterward for moisture.
* Green Tea Exfoliation - Yep! Scrub those wet green tea leaves all over your face like a crazy person. It's a gentle exfoliation without the need for salt or sugar. Wash off and add a little jojoba oil afterward for moisture.
Jeju Island has more products for pampering as well (Ex: Jeju volcanic mud). I personally don't know where they source the mud...yet BUT if you wanted to head to some of the volcanic beaches or up the chill volcanic mountain and grab some dirt...nobody is stopping you! Don't blame me if it doesn't work out though. haha ;)
Take some time to DIY pamper yourself today as well! :)
Halloween and Matching Outfits
It's August and I'm already thinking about how to spend Halloween in Asia. Luckily I'm not the only one who starts thinking about Halloween in August. There's always Shanghai Disney and Tokyo Disney to choose from. I could also head to the mainland. It wouldn't be the first time seeing a spirit walking around in Seoul. I saw one just from a youtube video of the parks up there. Even some of the hotels in Seoul are a little creepy if you ask me. Why even watch scary movies or VR when you live in Asia. lol
Speaking of living in Asia...I had an interesting moment today with the matching outfits that go on in Korea. I didn't know how to take it really. I saw a couple wearing matching black and white pajama pants and two little girls wearing matching black and pink outfits. Not too long ago I saw three young men all wearing matching soccer outfits. I know matching outfits is a thing for many couples, friends, etc. The little girls just creeped me out for a moment because they looked like twins. I'm sure some of you know which haunted hotel mountain movie that brings up. I did give me a laugh though. haha I think the Universe is ready for a little creativity and inner child's play planning. Calypso and her jars of dirt may win out. We'll see!
Vitamin C and Turning Biracial
If you have made it this far down my travel blog, you know I've been fairly honest and humorous with my travel experiences so far. Now it's time for another round of "keepin it Real".
Korea really loves Vitamin C for starters. From the food (colorful peppers everywhere) to the tasty Vit C drinks at convenience stores to the healthy juice selections on menus (kiwi juice, pineapple juice, tomato juice, tangerine juice, etc), I've really enjoyed the healthy doses of vitamin C that I've been receiving! You can never really get enough Vitamin C because you just pee it out.
I'm someone who has talked about and tried Camu Camu powder (highest concentration of Vit C) to Rosehip oil (high concentration of collagen building anti aging vitamin C) to Shea butter (Vit C) as well. Vitamin E and A are also in many of these healthy foods and anti aging products.
The problem however is that all of these vitamins can brighten/lighten your skin tone! It doesn't matter if you apply it to a dark spot, scar, or all over your skin. Don't get me started on my love of coconut oil for its many great uses as well! It's really tip toe walk for those who have brown skin tones and want to stay healthy, as well as try Asian skin care products, foods, etc.
Needless to say, you have to be careful if you want to maintain some of your skin tone! The struggle is real because you can naturally start getting lighter from just being healthy!! I'm at a point now that I'm just over the skin tone thing. I've been asked if I was Biracial to Indian to Native American since childhood. Even I've experimented with colorism online and off as a Sociologist. I'm actually multiracial in the technical aspects, but I'm still black at the end of the day to the World. You really need a healthy self image to focus on your health first and foremost and not care about the skin tone "consequences". I never get sick for this reason. Just streamline your cosmetic care is all. ;)
At the end of the day, personality is all that matters and wins me over anyway. I've been around every shade. Don't always assume everyone in Asia wants to be another race is all I'm saying. ;)
Electric Island Feels
Electric Feel by MGMT came about from a fellow free spirit that I met during my Hawaii trip. I first heard the song from Preston on the Voice years ago though. I'm now listening to the original and his version again today. It's a rainy karaoke day. I really don't know why I like listening to "stoner music". haha I still have my Jamiroquai listening days. I don't do drugs though. I get high on LIFE. ;) These songs are like musical contact highs when you're chillin on a rainy island though...right?
BTW I still need to try eel over rice on Jeju. The Jeju black pork cutlet and rice was tasty minus the curry sauce. You only need a little sauce to make it work. Sauces have been hit and miss on Jeju. I get the impression that Koreans really love spicy and sugar when it comes to pepper and tomato sauces. Octopus is a little chewy and Abalone isn't bad. Seafood really starts tasting the same though after a few chews, esp when it's in a pasta. It makes sense though. They are all hanging under the sea together. :-/
Here are the two versions of the song for you to enjoy as well. I'm going to continue my adventures by visiting the Jeju volcanic coasts for awhile...To Be Continued... :-)
Why Foreigners Miss Korean Food!
I get it now! I get why foreigners say they miss korean food when they go back to their home countries. I get why foreigners stay in Korea and not in their home countries. I get why some Kpop Idols are always eating Korean food on International Tours and while in Korea. lol
This is my last Korean meal before I start cooking for myself for awhile in Jeju. I miss homemade tacos for starters! I do think I've gathered some favorite Korean dishes for when I start craving it again. They were all the Teas mentioned above, Salads with Breakfast, Korean Fried Chicken with dipping sauces, Pork Cutlet and Rice with only a little curry sauce mixed in, and this spicy little home cooked meal aka grilled beef ribs and soybean paste stew.
I must say I've never tried anything like it in terms of taste! The side dishes were also tasty! Yes even the Kimchi! DO NOT get a bento box as your first taste of korean beef and kimchi! Oh the mistake that was! This is REAL Kimchi below. It tastes waaaay better with a little cabbage crunch of freshness! You may have to research the other side dishes because I can't do everything. lol :)
P.S. Fried Pollack was also a nice fried fish snack. I'll have to try Pollack soup as well in the future. Right now I've had my Korean food fill though. :)
Can't We All Just Get Along?
It's funny when you're Literally in the middle of the ocean during trade wars. I really think Disney needs to release another Pirates of the Caribbean movie or something. Whether it's Hawaii for 4th of July or Jeju for Liberation Day, Kpop continues to entertain me. It's great that there was a live Festa today to stream. Stan underrated groups like the two As (ASTRO and ACE...atleast for food, vocals, and travel ventures).
BTW if you ever need help with menu planning or food options in Asia, check out some of the plastic food images. You can find plastic food displays in a lot of Asian countries. If you grew up playing with toy food as a child, this is just grown up ooos and ahhhs to enjoy. :)
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!
Summer is a great season for new adventures all around the World. The travel season comes with its share of annoyances though aka humidity and mosquitos! There are some natural remedies to keep you cool and unbothered though. ;)
* Ice Water - Mosquitos love warm body temperatures. Keep your body cool from the inside out by drinking plenty of ice water, especially after exercising. It will also boost your metabolism for weight loss. Electrolyte drinks are also beneficial for body hydration.
* Coconut Oil - Mosquitos love bacteria on the body. The antibacterial and deep moisturizing benefits of coconut oil are endless! Coconuts grow in tropical climates for a reason. Apply some coconut oil to your body and feet before heading out. A little jojoba oil and/or rosehip oil can be applied to the face for those with sensitive skin.
* Pastel Clothing - Mosquitos are attracted to dark colors (red, dark blue, black). They are little vampires after all! Enjoy loose clothing in pretty pastels to deter hungry mosquitos. Double up with healthy garlic and onion consumptions if you really want to keep mosquitos and/or people away!
* Natural Mosquito Repellents - Mosquitos and other insects hate vanilla, lavender, and peppermint oils. These are great scents to use as natural perfumes, refreshing face misters, and love attractors. Vanilla is associated with sweet and nurturing qualities. Lavender is associated with calm and relaxing qualities. Peppermint is associated with stimulating and happy qualities.
Once your essential oil bottles are used up, keep them! The scents are still active. Simply add some water to the bottles and shake them up. Transfer the scented water to a mini spray bottle for living environments, clothes, and/or body misters.
One resource that I always tell people about when they need to refocus on their interests and hobbies is Meetup.com. Travelers often fall into day to day routines when they settle down for awhile in a city, state, and/or country for too long. You really get tired of dealing with the same types of "collective energies" after awhile. The Universal energy of 3 often kicks in around the 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, 3 years, 6 years, 9 years, etc time periods. I'm proud to be at traveler with no hometown to call my own. It has just been my life since age 3. It is what makes a Sagittarius a Sagittarius...freedom! It's actually refreshing in many ways.
As I embark on more travels with the rest of society in the years to come, I always head to meetup.com to check out the local scenes. It's a great resource for when you want to meet like minded individuals. I've personally enjoyed some interesting experiences via the platform...
* Leading a meditation while hanging out in the middle of nowhere at night with UFO watchers? Once in a Lifetime "Ya that really happened" Check! lol
* Meeting a traveling mural artist and Matrix Energetics healer to learn from one on one at a Jesus lecture...and then visiting more quirky spiritual lectures together for awhile. Great Spiritual Check!
* Attending a Halloween costume party and winning first place. Creepy Costume Check! lol
The weirder the meetup, the better! If you're not into trying quirky new things, stick to the typical social meetups, business meetups, foodie meetups, etc. Mixed gender groups are often better for diverse perspectives. There are always opportunities for one on one meetups as well once you gravitate towards someone (Ex: language tutoring arrangements).
If you can't find a meetup in the country or city that you're visiting, Start Your Own! I'm all about taking initiative to get what I want in life. Meetup.com is a great place to do just that. You may have something to teach or share with people that aren't familiar with it yet. It's all about creating your own experiences in life vs. falling in line to other's experiences.
What new things and places do you want to explore?
Find or start an offline group that resonates with your interests today! :)
Every single day we should let our inner child out to play. As a kid at heart, I love all things creative. One of my favorite things to do when I need a break is to check out theme park rides. One of my favorite channels that takes you on rides all over the World is available HERE. This was today's screenshot of the channel uploads. Needless to say I was not surprised. I think the Universe has been checking out my blog posts. haha I'm pretty sure a lot of people will be overseas soon enough though. All of the new cute disney additions are still building overseas, esp in the coming years. That's the REAL culture shock that people will have if you ask me...the cute on cute factors at theme parks. haha I'm just saying. :P hehe
There are a lot of ways to determine which locations are best for you to live in and/or travel to. I like to keep things simple though, esp for those who have trouble making decisions.
One simple way to seek out compatible locations is to look at your First Name. The 1st Vowel of your First Name is your Soul Vowel. This is the energy that people may keep to themselves. It's what makes you feel comfortable at a deeper level.
Every letter in the alphabet vibrates to a number in numerology. Heading to locations that share your 1st vowel energy may make you feel "at home" with the locations. This can apply to countries, states, cities, islands, etc. You can then visit www.numbeo.com to learn more about locations around the World, esp if you choose to stay awhile.
A - #1 energy, Independence, Initiating, Assertive, Straightforward, Less Talk and More Walk
E - #5 energy, Travel Friendly, Restless, Adventurous, Chatty, Variety, Small Talk
I - #9 energy, Leadership, Healing, Transformation, Influenced by the Past, Rest & Relaxation
O - #6 energy, Domestic, Home Business, Leadership, Nurturing, Planning, Family oriented
U - #3 energy, Social, Humor, Variety, Indulgent, Creative, Chatty, Multitasking
Climate Strikes and Air Pollution concerns have been in the news across the World. As Earth Day approaches, it's a great reminder to take Individual Responsibility for your Health and Mother Earth. Simple tips can go a long way in the overall collective efforts.
You can check out an updated list of the cities with the least and worst air pollutions at www.numbeo.com/pollution/rankings_current.jsp You may be surprised at some of the listings. It seems that some U.S. cities should be wearing outdoor dust masks and full eye protective sunglasses! Now you see why so many children today have some sort of allergy or respiratory condition. The future definitely needs some shifts.
* Plant a tree or garden - City gardens can be created anywhere to cut down on heat and pollution.
* Stay hydrated - Water and antioxidant teas clean out toxins and pollutants.
* Indoor Purification - Air filters and houseplants can help remove dust, pet dander, and household chemical products. Keep windows and doors closed with screen filters and insulation if your city has a lot of dust and pollution.
* Toxic Free Cleaning Products - Indoor air can be kept toxic free with natural cleaning products. Try cleaning with vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils (tea tree oil, citrus oils, etc).
* Vitamin C - Antioxidant Vitamin C helps to produce anti aging collagen. Collagen can break down in air pollution. Vitamin C keeps your immune system healthy from developing allergies, skin issues, and respiratory diseases.
* Recycle - Recyling paper, plastics, etc can cut down on trash piles. Using products made from recycled products can also assist the environment.
* Minimalism - Less is more. Consider a no waste lifestyle with bamboo utensil sets, glass jars, reusable water bottles, reusable grocery bags, etc.
As more Millennials and Generation Zs head overseas in the coming years, healing park visits will be on their itinerary. A park visit is a great way to relax when you're visiting a new country and city. Grab a few healthy picnic staples for a greater experience.
One stop on my Bucket List is Busan's Citizens Park. I've enjoyed some beautiful parks across the U.S. (Ex: Favorite is Balboa Park in San Diego), but some parks overseas are quite impressive! You would be wise to gather a Worldwide list of your own for when you head overseas. Consider park locations with both water and earth elements. You can learn more about Busan's clean picnic beaches and the park's modern features at https://english.busan.go.kr/parks.
When it comes to healing picnic park travels, less can often be more. Packing smart and light can really make your trip multi-functional. Consider backpacks and tote bags that have a built in insulated cooler. This will keep your summer travel wear cool as well! You can always add small insulated cooler lunch bags to your existing rolling suitcases as well. ;)
Everyone has different tastes when it comes to picnic foods and snacks.
I wanted to provide some healthy U.S. options for those who are looking for Dairy Free, Soy Free, Vegan, and Gluten Free options. The brands are Follow Your Heart, Beyond Meat, Tinkyada, Daiya, So Delicious, and Trader Joes. My specific product recommendations are pictured above.
Many parks have their own food stations as well. This is a simple option for those who don't want to travel with specific dietary restrictions. As a foodie, I allow myself free reign to nom nom.
If you're planning on cooking outside, consider a solar oven/grill like GoSun. Cooking vegan "meats" and meats beforehand will save you time though. Throw them into a pasta salad as one simple picnic option. Store your healthy creations in reusable plastic containers, jars, etc for greater ease.
Don't forget your ginger and peppermint teas. ;)
Happy Picnic Park Travels!
Mercury is the planet of thoughts, communications, and travel. It heads retrograde three times a year. This is an astrological phase for Reevaluations, Releases, and Rest. The past often comes back around for you to reflect, restructure, and/or release.
Misunderstandings and delays can often occur during Mercury in Retrograde. You can avoid this by repeating important details, getting things in writing, and double checking long distance travel plans. Consider rescheduling important dates like weddings and/or major purchases like cars.
Keep your life simple to avoid foggy thoughts and foggy choices. Streamline and reorganize now for a brighter future.
Full clarity often returns when Mercury heads Direct again. This is when your mind may change from any decisions that were made during retrograde. Be flexible with your developing thoughts. :)
Mercury in Retrograde 2019 Dates
March 5th to March 28th
July 7th to August 2nd
October 31st to November 20th
Minimalist Living is living with what you Need AND with what makes you Happy.
Many experience a taste of minimalism when they go off to college to live the dorm life, apartment life, and/or home rental roommate life during their 20s. Minimalist travels often follow during that time as well. This was the case for me atleast. Even when accumulations happens, there's often a purge sale that gets me back to the minimalist lifestyle.
Minimalism is the desired peace and calm that so many crave.
Here's how I've made Minimalist Living work for me...
* Take Inventory - Taking inventory of what you actually use throughout the day, week, and month can really point you into the right direction. Choose a designated area in each room for those daily items. You'll start to notice how much goes unused. This includes your furniture and appliance uses as well. After awhile you will know exactly what to bag up for donations and/or sales.
Use a picnic basket as an example for kitchen streamlining. Consider eco friendly portable items (Ex: portable induction stove, crockpot, etc). Most people only need and/or use 1-3 items in their daily living (Ex: 3 small forks, plates, glasses, food jars, fridge containers, reusable eco straws, etc).
* Go Holistic - Many people are sensitive to the fragrances and chemicals in cleaning supplies and toiletries. Seeking out healthy alternatives can save you from allergies and headaches. Consider basics like baking soda, vinegar, and essential oils for weekly cleaning.
My favorite holistic toiletries are made from coconut oil, salt, and essential oils. The antibacterial coconut oil can be used for just about everything that you can think of
(toothpaste, mouthwash, salt scrubs, body moisturizer, hair conditioner, etc).
Eco friendly brand soaps and toiletries are handy for the things that you don't want to DIY.
My favorite anti aging essential oils include lavender (fragrance, sleep aid, salt scrubs, relaxing baths, etc), tea tree oil (face cleanser, mouthwash, first aid, etc), rosehip oil (collagen producing "botox" moisturizer, dark circle removal, hair conditioner, etc), and peppermint oil (fragrance, hair growth, mouthwash, instant peppermint tea, alertness, etc) Organic vanilla extract is a fun fragrance as well.
My makeup is kept simple with BB Cream, Mineral Powder, and Organic Brand Lip Tints.
* Get Comfortable - Comfort is important for every living being. Having comfortable throws, pillows, hobbies (Ex: canvases and paints), teas, pajamas, satin robes, leggings, etc can make you feel at home anywhere in the World! I consider these items my "nesting" essentials. :)
What essentials make you feel at home?
Valentine's Day is a holiday that gets mixed feelings from both sexes. It's a day to be enjoyed though. It's a great reminder to love yourself and others. Enjoy it as a personal Treat Yo Self Day!
Here are some ways that you can enjoy the holiday...and any holiday for that matter!
* Get a fancy car for the day. Enjoy being chauffeured around your city. Pick up some cookies, flowers, discount pink and red pillows, fashion jewelry, etc.
* Get a luxury hotel room for a night or two. Valentine's Day hotel specials come with added goodies. Enjoy the hotel's spa and other amenities as well. Sleeping is great too!
* Order take out delivery or room service. Enjoy those "once a year" indulgent foods. Health conscious singles can enjoy the luxury or having their healthy meals delivered with a little extra flair. :)
The Feng Shui Bedroom is all about Minimalism. Your bedroom rules your health and relationships (business to pleasure). Less is truly more when it comes to both actually! Keeping your bedroom simple, clean, and relaxing is the way to go...
Discover How to Harmonize Your Home with a Personal Consultation HERE.
Do You Need More Sleep?
A great night's sleep is necessary for a healthy mind, body, and spirit.
A good 8-10 hours of sleep benefits your memory, life span, body's metabolism, and brain's alertness. Sleep alleviates stress, depression, and inflammatory diseases.
Here are 10 ways to achieve a great sleep tonight...
1. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil is a relaxing oil that only requires a dab.
Dab on the soles of your feet for instant absorption, your neck, and/or your scalp.
2. Organic Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is a warm and soothing tea to enjoy 30 minutes
before bedtime. It's a wonderful way to wind down for the night.
3. Magnesium Powder
The body requires magnesium for muscle and nerve health.
We can get it from our food and/or supplements. The reason many of us are irritable and/or constipated is due to a lack of magnesium. Smokers are the most deficient. Magnesium is a natural stress reliever as well.
4. Eye Masks
Eye masks are great for blocking out distracting light.
The brain instantly goes into sleeping mode in pitch darkness.
5. Ear Plugs
Ear plugs can assist you on vacations and/or next
to a snoring partner. I would suggest that you or your partner sleep in different rooms if the snoring is really bad. Your health comes first!
6. Rain Soundtracks
Who doesn't love the sound of rain?
Some of our best sleep comes during a rainstorm.
Zzzz off to sleep with a free 24/7 rain stream via www.rainymood.com.
7. Satin Sheets
Combine with satin pajamas and you're good to go for a wrinkle free sleep!
8. Comfortable Mattress
Try an organic memory foam mattress, mattress pads, and/or mattress futon. Take note of your ideal sleeping heights. Some people sleep better when they are low to the ground.
Body pillows and memory foam pillows are great for receiving a great night's sleep.
Sleep on two satin pillows for the perfect wrinkle free beauty sleep.
This will reduce bags and black circles from forming as well.
Place a pillow between your legs to align your body if you sleep on your side.
The ideal beauty sleep position is on your back though!
10. Blackout Curtains
The brain instantly goes into sleeping mode
with pitch darkness. Combine with a blackout eye mask for great sleeping results!
Having a great sense of humor + a healthy mind, body, and spirit will always help you to cope with life. Mental breaks via Staycations are another great way!
Here are some ways to enjoy a Mental Staycation of your own...
* Magnesium - Magnesium is a beneficial mineral for body relaxation and function. High stress times can deplete this vital mineral to the max. Enjoying Epsom Salt soaks, high magnesium foods, and/or Magnesium Powder supplements can help. You can take two teaspoons at night to sleep like a baby. You can also take it throughout the day to ease stresses. Enjoy those nap times.
* Decorate in Blue - It can however bring a cooling and relaxing sensation to living rooms, esp in the North, East, and Southeast sectors of the home. Beach themed decor can really transform any space into a seaside retreat. Simply get creative with ocean curtains, water fountains, and/or ocean soundtracks.
* 2nd Hand Travel - You don't have to leave the comforts of home in order to travel. You can always find someone who has been there and done that around the World. Check out fun locations via travel blogs, vlogs, and tripadvisor. Order your own room service via your favorite local spots as you "cruise" along.
* Local Travel - Staycations at a local resort and/or luxury vacation rental can mentally take you away from your daily surroundings, esp during the off seasons. It's a great way to travel if you're not in the mood to board a long distance plane, train, and/or car. There's always Fall for that. ;)
If you're headed out on a spiritual adventure, there are a few Zen tips that you may want to consider beforehand...
1. Trust Your Gut - Most people know where they'd like to visit around the World. This can be due to past lives and/or present life interests. One trick that you can use is to place an image of a map under your pillow. Literally sleeping on it can bring in intuitive dreams. This will give you an idea of locations that are best suited for your current energy needs.
2. Stick to the Universal 3s - The Universe vibrates in 3s. Take note of the Top 3 countries, states, cities, etc that you wish to visit. You can even take note of the Top 3 landmarks, restaurants, hiking trails, hotels, etc that you wish to visit as well. This can help you to organize your travels without getting overwhelmed. You can even plan a 3 month trip out with 3 week stays in each spot.
3. Stay at Zen Hotels, Rentals, etc - Look for minimalist locations that pride themselves in relaxation. Japantown in San Fran for example is a Japanese escape from the rest of the city. A lot of cities and countries often have zen spots for you to choose from.
4. Incense & Salts - Incense is a great way to smudge your new locations, souvenirs, etc. Everything holds energy. It's personally how women and men mark their territory in dating relationships. They buy you stuff. lol Take some incense sticks with you to give your aura and your possessions a once over. Holding things in your hands before purchasing them can often give you an intuitive sense as well. This is a form of psychometry (feeling out an object's energy). Less is generally more though. Consider if you're actually going to put any souvenir to use.
Epsom bath salts provide your aura with an auric cleanse after a long day of hiking and/or relaxing. You'll also get a healthy dose of relaxing magnesium.
5. Food Options - High vibration foods will keep you feeling energized and less weighed down during your travels. Gather up some fruits and veggie meals via grocery store stops, grocery store delivery services, and/or room service. Discover what's available beforehand to save you time.
6. All Inclusive - Sometimes it's best to just go with an all inclusive resort that does everything for you. These spa resort retreats can really put your mind at ease if you're not into planning activities, meals, etc beforehand.
Happy Zen Travels!