Oh Jeju! Oh Korean Fried Chicken! Oh Jeju Tangerines! haha
I couldn't be happier to be back on Jeju! Even my skin said Hallelu once I got back!
There's something about this island! Less stress maybe? I'm definitely an island country mouse...err rabbit! :-B
My Winter Slumber Birthday Christmas Party has officially started! I usually celebrate the entire month of December though. ;) Dec 20th is just a day. Birthdays are every single day!
I'll update the rest of my Winter Hibernation on Jeju on the slideshow above. :)
P.S. This is about the sexiest photo you're gonna get on my blog.
Korean fried chicken will make you chillax in a Keep it 100 way. ;)
I really don't have much to say about this beyond the obvious.
You will hear a lot of accents and languages when you travel.
You will hear a lot of American slang from young Millennials. Oh they love the F word in Asia. lol Many say it like it's a joyous occasion with Yay or less umph though. I'm pretty sure that I say curse words a little too happy in other languages as well. We are all out here sounding crazy is what I'm saying. haha
You will slowly start to have all the European and Asian accents stroll into your brain waves with your existing southern, east coast, and west coast accents.
You will end up confusing people with where you're from because you now don't even know. Just tell people Hawaii. Everyone seems to go Ohhh Woow. haha ;)
The best part of it all though is that you will Learn a lot and improve your Listening Skills!
After that you can do what you wish with your new skills...open up a chocolate factory perhaps?? lol
Happy Travels! ;)
I love the uplifting and cooling effects of peppermint oil for every season. I discussed earlier how it prevents and treats mosquito bites. Winter just makes peppermint oil feel more at home.
Here are some great ways to use Peppermint Oil this Winter...
* Peppermint Water - Put a little peppermint oil in a water bottle or reusable water bottle. Every refill benefits from the oil. Peppermint water or tea is great for digestion, clearer skin, and a breathe freshener after eating. It's also a great energizer for a mid-day "wake me up".
* Body Scrub/Perfume - A morning body scrub will have you and your environment smelling like a candy cane! It just makes sense for Christmas! It will definitely get you into the holiday spirit. :)
* Keep Colds Away - A hot steam in the shower or sink can keep colds and flus away. Peppermint oil opens the sinuses with its antibacterial menthol properties. Foot soaks are also beneficial!
* Soothe Muscles - Traveling can create sore muscles if you're doing too much walking, sitting, and/or exercising without stretching. Moderation is key! Omega 3 intake and Peppermint Oil rubs can keep you in great body form.
If you're going to believe in anything, make it Love! This includes Self Love of course!
The city of Busan may think the same way with their Romantic Cafes List. Who knew a city would offer such a beautiful thing for its residents and tourists?
I would like to have high hopes for all the cities that I've visited and plan to visit, but I can't say too much about ALL the visions that I've had. I'm not a doomsday type of woman. The next 10 years will see positive changes in many locations around the World though. :)
For now, you just have to appreciate the little things in life...and the resources when you discover them!
You can check out the 2019 list HERE. :)
You can call them surgical masks, pollution masks, pollen masks, dust masks, etc. They are a great accessory to have on hand due to their many uses. Here are a few...
* Allergy and Pollution Protection - These are obvious uses. Top notch masks like Japan's Pitta Masks combine fashion with reusable wash care.
* Warm Weather Protection - Plush animal masks for kids and adults are adorable. It's a great way to stay warm and protected from Flu Season. It's also great for protecting others. Sharing isn't caring when you're sick!
* Makeup Free Zone - Some people wear masks to avoid wearing makeup. There's nothing wrong with that! It's a two in one if you're heading out and still want to protect yourself from germs and pollution.
* Cosmetic Surgery Protection - Protection from the weather is often necessary after surgery. Masks are great for protecting surgical scars and puffiness. Non surgical procedures (collagen powder, collagen drinks, CoQ10, essential oils, restructuring fillers, etc) are often the best way to go though if you've ever had surgery annoyances.
* Mood Swings - We aren't always in the mood to put on a smile, especially if it's cold, raining, etc. Masks come in a variety of cute faces to express yourself. It's great for those who have a great sense of humor...on the inside. lol
Do you have a Work Life Balance?
* Update - Two female idols passed away recently from work and life stresses. One passed within a day of me posting this. All of my posts on my blog are for a reason. I've seen the sad faces on many women today. I've seen their bad relationships. I see even more as I travel the World. If I make light of topics, it's because situations weren't serious. However, if something is indeed serious, I don't let it slide easily.
This is just an FYI to why I do what I do and say what I say on my blog.
My "controversial" perspectives are indeed valid.
The topic of a Work Life Balance is interesting, especially as I travel through Asia. It comes with different perspectives from different age groups. The topic of work becomes even more interesting for those who travel and work at the same time.
As a digital nomad, I've had to adjust to how I get in my work hours and "me time" in. It helps if you love what you do so that it doesn't become "work", but a work life balance is really about health and wellness at the end of the day. You have to really put yourself first in a lot of instances. This will keep you from becoming moody and petty. It's one reason that I have a love-hate relationship with many generations today...ok Humans in general. lol
Here's how I maintain self care when I'm working and traveling...
* Naps! - Naps are important. A good 1-2 hours of ZZZ is still a nap folks! I don't know who came up with this 10 minute "Cat Nap"nonsense. lol If you find that you knock out for 1-2 hours, take that break!
* Music - Smooth Jazz calms my nerves when I'm feeling a little moody. Some people may prefer Classical music. Either one provides you with instrumentals for focus and relaxation. Enjoy a few hours of it (playing or listening). :)
* Nutrition - Nothing boosts your mental mood more than a fruit snack. There is satisfaction in taking a break to peel an orange or a tangerine. The happy citrus energy uplifts you. Even peeling and eating a banana gives you a nice dose of stress reducing potassium.
* Get Around Water - This can be an ocean, river, canal, lake, and/or bathtub! Take a soak or stroll around water when you can for some healing.
* Retail and/or Spa Therapy - Shopping and Spas are common in many countries. Seek them out! You can even have a Spa Day or Spa Hours in your own living environment. Get to know your energy patterns to recognize when you need a break from your work efforts. Spending money on your wellbeing is ALWAYS worth it. :) Don't forget to put some aside in passive income investments for those rainy days though. ;)
It doesn't matter how young you look when you have an Old Soul. Can I get an Amen!
Get your smooth jazz vibrations on when you can, especially during your seasonal travels.
Here's a nice little mix that I came across in the meantime. :)
I've seen my share of overcompensating couples (international and locals in Asia) during my Asian travels. I've even heard their overcompensating sexy time. In all of those experiences, the first thing that came to my mind was "Oh they aren't going to make it". Yes I say it out loud to my spirit guide. I'm sure couples have probably overheard me as well. I'm actually doing them a favor. Some women are pretty dumb in their relationship partner choices. They will get it right eventually!
A lot of women will get it together in 2020 actually. No more overcompensating annoying laughter at the partner's jokes that aren't funny. No more overcompensating pleasure responses when you know none or one of yall have no rhythm. Good sex doesn't come with a lot of noise. Newsflash! That's why Asian love hotels have massage chairs. That's the plan B for that "date" or "couple" to get their money's worth.
My best advice for 2020 is for women and/or men is to get a dancer, musician, and/or someone who has dated someone with natural rhythm. Of course it takes two to tango though. You need to have some rhythm of your own! Get some performing arts in your life if you didn't grow up with it. :)
The Bali Curse
One version states that unmarried couples will breakup if they do the "deed" while on vacation in Bali. I personally don't believe in curses. I believe people curse themselves when they believe in too much negativity. You are what you think in other words.
Do Couples Breakup after Vacation?
Absolutely! The reason is because they just weren't compatible. It's really that simple!
Click the 200+ Questions to Ask Before Getting Serious Q&A and apply it. It will save you some time in 2020!
The #1 Tip for Couples on Vacation is to always focus on the Sensual vs. the Sexual.
Mature couples and couples who are naturally sensual know this. You want to stick to romantic activities. If a partner has you held up almost every single day in a hotel bed, you might as well be charging him by the hour. Self esteem check ladies n gents! That's not a couple vacation!
Get out and view a sunset, a boat ride, walks in the park, massages, room service, shopping, etc.
Single women can also enjoy these activities! You are on vacation with yourself after all. That's the first "relationship" you should have perfected. ;)
During my travels, I've come across some really nice Canadians. One traveler offered me a cinnamon roll that she was baking. It actually made me consider Canada as a Bucket List stop one day. I did grow up with Anne of Green Gables and Avonlea like many other girls in the 90s. It wouldn't be a bad Bucket List themed visit.
Today I came across Canada's Food Guide. I was quite impressed I must say! They have made other waves in 2019 as well with their recreational substance use laws. That's not my exact cup of tea though.
However, I do appreciate the lovely yin and yang of food displayed in their food guide. It's great for omnivores who don't want to be extremist in their eating habits. Food isn't something to run from. Someone's food allergies
(Ex: dairy, fish, gluten, etc) in one country may simply just be a matter of quality control. When those food "allergies" are consumed in another country, there are no problems at all! This is why Global Food Travels are so important for the Next Generation. Some immune systems just need a different environment for awhile.
Asia is a great Global Food stop that I personally recommend for that reason!
What do you think about Canada's Food Guide though?
Food Guide Info
Groups are definitely the death of every country and island. I'm pretty sure of that fact after traveling overseas for several months. You could also just open up a history book.
Here's the extra that I haven't spoken about yet...
I've seen a Chinese fight club almost break out between two older women, a French woman act crazy with her kids, and typical American 20 somethings playing music too loud like they own everything and everyone. Nobody wants to hear your salsa rap and American pop music early in the morning or late at night. What the hell is going on with tourists in Asia?? I'm so confused. hahaha
The funniest thing about it all is that some places have signs in every language on how to behave. I'm not about to be that person who intervenes while I'm visiting countries though. I have to put my sense of humor and Sociology degree to good use. hehe ;)
My point is that women need to Solo Travel! You don't need a group to enjoy yourself. Some of yall lose your damn minds in groups. haha Enjoy some "me time" while you mix and mingle with other cultures. Groups and families can be way too distracting when it comes to traveling.
Don't ruin it for the rest of us. lol
Luckily the prepared ones don't hesitate to say peace and head to the next destination. Always be prepared ladies with A, B, and C choices. A luxury stay here and there is always a nice treat during your domestic and/or overseas travels. :)
The Year 2020 is getting a lot of attention for its "New Era". In Chinese Astrology, we will start a New 12 Year Animal Cycle with the Rat Year. In Western Astrology, we will start a New 20 Year Cycle in the Element of Air. In Olympics talk, we will see the "Olympics of the Future" in Japan.
Side Note: I'm writing this from Japan as we speak. I started my Global Bucket List a year early to get an intuitive feel of what's to come for future Generation Z travelers, Digital Nomads, etc. A lot of potential and current Nomad Cities are growing. More will be sure to come! All Global Cities should have a 20 Year Bucket List for this reason!
All of these "New Era" Cycles will come together to bring Innovations, Higher Ideas, and "Out of the Box" Lifestyles into the Mainstream. This will make a lot of people freer and happier in the years to come!
Anyhoo, it's a great time to start a Top 20 for 2020 Bucket List. I love writing Top 20 Lists because I was born on the 20th day, 20 is an intuitive number, and it looks cute when it's written. :)
Here are some categories to consider for your Bucket List...
Top 20 Travel Locations (Domestic and/or Global)
Top 20 Financial Goals (Manual and/or Passive Income Investments)
Top 20 Hobbies (New and/or Old)
Top 20 Foods to Try
Top 20 Skills to Learn
Top 20 Randoms
(Ex: Hang out with a Pikachu squirrel Ex: Look as young as a Pikachu squirrel) ;)
I may of healed my former love of Vampires on Jeju Island, but I'm still a fan of pirates. ;)
I did not see this concept coming from A.C.E. Halloween concepts or regular Kpop trial and errors?
Hold onto your Calypso candy corns! You never know what's coming??
A lot of people get creative in their dress ups though! :-o
If you're a natural curly cue like myself, you know the off and on breaks that you need to give your hair from your flat iron and vice versa! It's an intuitive and stylish decision most days. Some days you just want your other hair personality to shine a little. Curly girls definitely have two personalities. ;)
I've yet to communicate with a Poodle or Bichon Frise to see if they feel the same as well. hehe
I have tested my curly hair in both Korea and Japan and the results were interesting. I'm speaking mainly about Millennial reactions. Millennials in America are always "oooo you should wear your curly hair more often, blah, blah". Touchy touchy. haha Please avoid touching a woman's curly hair without asking. :)
Korean Millennials are a bit self conscious. My curls brought about a reaction to check their own hair to make sure that they didn't have any curly cues saying "hi" on their straight hair heads. lol You'll find A LOT of Korean Millennials fixing their hair in elevator mirrors or anything shiny though. Wearing full on makeup and styled hair when it's raining or humid as hell outside is a norm for some as well. The chill Korean Millennials just throw on a baseball hat and call it a day. You'll see your share of those Millennials as well.
Japanese Millennials just don't seem to care what your curly hair looks like. Japanese Millennials just seem to be "eh" about a lot of things. Maybe they are used to Naomi Osaka's Blasian curly hair aka the future! ;) Maybe they are just reserved/introverted in their expressions. Maybe they have seen every type of hairstyle from the creativity and subcultures that roam throughout the cities and entertainment business of Japan. Who knows?
It's all good though curly cues. Do you boo. :)
A leisurely morning errand walk to the supermarket in Japan consisted of walking over a bridge with clean water, past bicyclists, past walking tourists, past shopkeepers sweeping around their entrances, past some city workers, and past some office workers. Although it felt peaceful like a Disney movie, I kept thinking "Why aren't all cities like this?" You forget that you are in a foreign city and just realize that you're in a Great city. Japan and many other countries have that realization affect on many people!
The supermarkets in Asia are a great morning experience. They are pretty empty when they first open. You see a few elderly women and Millennial tourists here and there. It all depends on the location. The veggies and fruits are all fresh and wrapped up in plastic. It's interesting to note the veggies that are on display. It's not overwhelming. It's just a display of "Hey eat this for health" type of display. You don't have to look for signs that say organic. Even if they were there, I didn't notice because I'm not fluent in Japanese. You can't help but want to pick up the carrots that are all wrapped up for some Vit A and/or some oranges (very fresh organic taste), etc.
Although you may run into a little language barrier as you seek out some Grapeseed Oil, the store assistants come together to help you out. Holding up a packet of fresh grapes with the olive oil helped a bit. lol Who knew they would have a large Costco Kirkland product in the supermarket in Japan? The three of us had a little giggle over me going for that one over the small one. I'mma be here for awhile. lol
In Korea it's quite normal to see large items like fruits, etc in bulk. I feel it's due to the family oriented society and/or households. Japan is more single or couple friendly in their packaging. It's good for the daily shopper or the shopper who shops every 4 days. Carts and shopping baskets are small for that reason...unless a Japanese family lives in the burbs and shops at the Costcos in Japan.
Checkout is also very simple as they slide everything down for you to take along in your reusable shopping bag (recommend for every country). Koreans have boxes that you can tape up for your bulk purchases. It can be more of a self bag and/or self checkout situation vs. convenience stores. That's another difference that you'll notice between the two shopping experiences (supermarket vs convenience store). It's all good though.
You can head to the drugstore that's often next door or close by to get all your errands covered in a short amount of time. Now that's where you may feel overwhelmed...sooo many beauty products. lol I just stocked up on more "The Collagen" drinks to finish out the month's experiment by Halloween.
Baekhyun shared his cute vlog in Dubai recently...another Bucket List location! I've never related more to his beginner level vlogging and honesty in it aka long flight body pains, ooing and awwing at accommodations, complaining about the weather, night views, talking more about the food, battery technology drains, etc. His personality managed to keep it cute vs. annoying. That's another talent. lol Sharing is caring though. You don't have to be perfect with it. ;)
Even with Lingmo's One 2 One Translator Earpiece (comes with two earpieces), a new Japanese digital camera (had to figure out how to change the language to English), and other basic work tech, it's still a lot to keep up with when you want to share more than just words.
Here's a cute little preview of what Dubai has to offer for those who like a little fancy fancy every now and then!
After eating food in Japan, I had to restart my Asian food favorites post all over! Oh the nom noms!
I'll have to keep this list updated as I continue my travels. Hopefully this list saves you some time during your own Asian travels in the future...
I found that the best food in Korea came from restaurants and/or was delivered to my hotel room via room service. Korean food is best served hot...literally! The spices really do give Korean food flavor!
My favorite Home Cooked Meals were...
* Soybean Paste Stew with marinated beef or pollack added
* Grilled Marinated Beef with onions and white rice
* Korean Fried Chicken (regular and spicy)
* Pork Cutlet (without the sauce) and white rice
My favorite Convenience Store Foods were...
* Jeju Tangerine Juice and the Teas mentioned HERE
* Breakfast Milk Toast
* Egg Whites (Hard boiled cartons or regular raw egg cartons) - Asian countries don't mess around with pesticides and hormone chickens like America.
* Shrimp Crackers
* Frozen Korean Fried Chicken
* Gimbap (Korean Sushi with beef, kimchi, tuna, crab, spinach, carrots, etc) - * Take the seaweed off if you're sensitive to iodine or getting it from your multivitamin
* Chocolate Cake Swiss Roll
* Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream
You can be a happy camper with Japanese Conbini (Convenience Store) Food. The food and stores are fresh and clean. You can check out some products at the popular Japanese 7-11 https://www.sej.co.jp/products/
You can venture out to a Japanese restaurant if you want though.
I actually prefer Japanese Convenience Store Food over Korea's Convenience Store Food because you can still get Kimchi Fried Rice, Shrimp Crackers, etc if you miss them.
Korea is once again best for Home Cooked Meals, Korean Fried Chicken, and all those little side dishes! :)
My favorite Convenience Store Foods so far are...
* Lipton Lemon Tea (Hot and Cold) and Drinks mentioned HERE
* Ramen - If I'm in the mood for ramen, Japan has some tasty ones!
* Hot Bar Corn Dog
* Hot Bar Pizza Bun
* Caesar Salad Bowl - You can also pick up a lettuce serving bag to make your own salad.
* Marinated Salad Fish & Chicken - Add to a cooked rice 5pk for an easy meal!
* Fish Sandwich with Tartar Sauce
* Pancake Muffins & Pancakes - This is just Japanese genius! It's a fluffy pancake muffin with maple syrup in the middle! My accommodation allowed guests to have 3 for free. Japanese convenience stores have a flat pancake version with butter and maple syrup in the middle! Both are tasty!
* Frozen Beef Fried Rice - Delicious!
* Chocolate and Vanilla Swirl Waffle Cone - There is chocolate syrup swirled into the ice cream with a chocolate lining inside the waffle cone. Wha Whaaat! Delicious!
* Kagome Smoothies or Japanese Vegetable Drinks - If you don't want to head to the supermarket for fresh fruits and veggies, here are your alternatives!
* Frozen Fried Chicken Wings - I was about to give up on Japan's convenience store fried chicken (tried all of their hot bars and frozen varieties) until I tried this one from the frozen food section. This saved my time in Japan! The wings had enough flavor for my fellow chicken lovers visiting Japan.
* Frozen Grilled Chicken - This was nice mixed in with some rice. There is a light teriyaki sauce on the chicken.
* Frozen Marinated Beef - This was tasty. Mix it in with the frozen fried rice.
* Drinkable Yogurts to Meiji Yogurts - Easy breakfast with a convenience store banana and/or pancakes. It's also an easy snack with some almonds or mixed nuts.
* Veggie Sticks Container - Simple way to get your carrot, cucumber, lettuce, etc nom nom on.
* Vitamin C1000 drinks - You can often find these right in front of the entrance with the collagen drink (The Collagen). Both are great for staying youthful and healthy. You can learn more about them HERE.
I purchased my first blanket scarf in Japan for Fall and Winter. The jokes kept flowing into my head though when I tried to figure out all of its uses. It's pretty darn genius though for travelers! Here's why!....
* Blanket - This is an obvious use for a blanket scarf. It's great for extra bedding at your accommodations, sitting in planes, chillaxing in trains, etc. I personally purchased the color red because of the association with Fall, energy, warmth, fire, and the live life to the fullest Root Chakra! Red is also eye catching. It gives any piece of clothing a pop of color during the seasonal weather changes! :)
* Shawl - Blanket scarves can act as another piece of clothing for layering up. It's easy to take off if you get too warm.
* Dress or Skirt - You can always tie a blanket scarf with a light belt for a new outfit. Throw on some black tights or leggings for added comfort.
* Scarf - This is also obvious. The throat has sensitive skin. It should be protected at all costs when out and about during cooler temps! Wrap that blanket scarf around you and enjoy the complimentary neck cuddles. haha A little honey and lemon tea can do the rest. :)
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! :)
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.
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
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'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 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.
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