After a year in Asia since mid 2019 (pandemic included) you start to change in little ways. For anyone who is thinking about taking on the journey, here are some important things that you may notice...(To Be Continued)
* Your Comfort Food cravings go from Photo 1 to Photo 2! - You better believe that Ramen becomes your new comfort food! I was never really a fan of fast food before traveling to Asia though. I was a patient little traveler by stocking up on my Jin Ramen after the pandemic slowed down. :) It may become your favorite ramen too! You'll learn that Korean MILD = SPICY so add the packet seasoning in doses. The name will also make you want to check in with some idols on vlive.tv where they sometimes do cooking (with or without their cute pets) and mukbangs
(with or without their cute pets).
Luckily you can purchase ramen from all over Asia throughout Asia (supermarkets, convenience stores (7-11 in most of Asia and GS25 in Korea are the Best). I still enjoy drinking my kale powder and berry powder though! It's still an easy way to get in your fruits and veggies. The benefits are great! You'll never run out of farm fresh organic fruits and veggies in Asia though! Organic imports from Australia and New Zealand are also available.
Simply purchase some clear plastic containers with lids, silverware or chopsticks, etc for a travel friendly meal.
* You know where to stock up on beauty and health supplements. - SE Asia is great for stocking up on affordable supplements before heading back to East Asia.
Supplements like Astaxanthin are a powerhouse of antioxidants for your entire body! It's what gives salmon and other seafood its red hue. You can get around 4 grams in a 4 oz piece of salmon as well, especially if you're in Japan where salmon bentos to salmon sushi are affordable, tasty, and convenient at supermarkets and convenient stores.
Beauty powders are also very popular throughout Asia. You really can try all the brands.
Nandos is a flavorful SA restaurant chain that you can try if you're in SE Asia, especially if you prefer East Asia's food seasonings more. Everyone has their favorite Asian countries and preferences.
You can get peri peri chicken in other parts of Asia as well (Ex: Okinawa).
The bottom line is that you learn what each Asian country has to offer for your needs.
Asian Costcos exist for bulk buys of supplements when you get back around one. You learn where they are all located too!
* You know where to see Fall foliage in East Asia with little effort. - The ACROS building in Fukuoka is a great find for performing arts, art displays, shopping, eating, and just walking around. I've yet to visit in Spring. The "hipster" city is a quick plane trip to Jeju Island KR (Below) and Okinawa Island JP (Coming Soon...hopefully). If you're "naturally tan" and laid back, the southern islands in East Asia can be an easy adjustment to a new culture.
Learning to write out Korean and Japanese for taxi drivers, accommodations, etc and/or use a translator can be handy though. You may want to stick to hotels and/or hostels at first to get a vibe of the different cities and countrysides. They often come with free gifts/samples and information. ;) You can also meet a lot of people from Around the World that are on the same journey!
* You get "lost" in a sea of fellow 5ft Asian girls. - If you've ever had innocent jokes made about your short height growing up, Asia will make you fit right in. You may actually feel tall when someone is actually shorter than you!
East Asia to Southeast Asia, the 5ft girl height is probably the ONLY way Asians "all look alike". You learn their other similarities and differences in time. ;)
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