7-6-14: Before I go on a trip, I ensure to plan carefully so I can enjoy my travels without any big worries. So this is my pre-departure to do list for Korea. It is catered to my needs, but hopefully this can give you ideas for your planning before any trip.
- Raise Money
- Create Budget: $1,000 on activities and products, $500 on food, $75 on souvenirs
- Contact bank to let them know I’m traveling
- Exchange $500 into Korean won
- Shots: typhoid and hepatitis A; may need Japanese encephalitis, hepatitis B and malaria
- Call insurance to ensure I have travel insurance
- Understand transportation system/ bus/ subway schedule
- Learn Korean alphabet and survival phrases; purchase Korean learning app
- Understand T money/ t card
- Turn off phone-data
- Plan desired events: where to go and how you are going to get there
I’ve been in Korea for almost a week now so I haven’t had the chance to make a blog post. I’ll definitely come around to blogging about Korea. For now I’ve started a challenge list. My favorite lists from this challenge would have to be: favorite scents, fictional dream homes, and what I would like to learn.
I’m traveling to South Korea soon and I’ve made an essential carry-on packing list. Of course this list may not apply to you, but it may help.
- Food: Airfare foods are certainly not worth their prices and may not accommodate my dietary needs so I plan to pack snacks and mints to avoid bad-breath. I am also planning to bring an empty water bottle and filling it up once I’ve passed immigration and luggage checks.
- Valuables: Checked-in bags have the potentiality of becoming lost or tampered so it’s best to pack valuables in your carry-on. This may include:
- Important documents: boarding pass, passport, copy of flight itinerary, address and phone number of the location you plan to stay (this is needed for immigration purposes).
- Entertainment: I personally like to work in my art travel sketchbook so I plan to pack this along with the current book I’m reading: Sense and Sensibility.
- Comfort: Especially if you have a long flight a personal travel pillow and blanket come a long way.
- Toiletries: After a long flight I’ll definitely need a few minutes to freshen up. These items will have to correspond with the airflight’s regulations on liquids and gels.
- Travel toothpaste and toothbrush
- Lip balm
- Face make-up and mascara
The products in the photo can be found here: http://www.polyvore.com/air_travel/set?id=124687100
6-5-14: “There’s no certainty - only opportunity.”
I swallowed my pride and I ignored my judgment for opportunity. I thought to myself that maybe something beautiful can bloom, but it will only sprout if I took that chance. So I went for it. I was aware that the experience may not end well, but I knew that I would rather regret trying than never knowing at all.
The problem is you must be aware of the fabricated paper flower. Sometimes we hope and wish for something beautiful to bud from the experience enough that we begin to believe that are wishes, the paper flowers, are actually real. We only see the paper flowers and are unaware that weeds are germinating from taking the risk. So be aware and don’t be afraid to let go of that experience so you actually can have the opportunity to plant seeds for chrysanthemums, daffodils, and orchids to grow from your garden.
I recently jumped into an unsteady relationship with someone who had hurt me in the past. I knew that he could hurt me again and I knew I couldn’t entirely trust him, but I thought maybe something will be different this time and maybe something good will come from this. I am glad that I was able to see that it wasn’t working out. I just couldn’t let go of the past and I could see that he had not changed at all so I ended it. I could have criticized myself for being foolish and for falling for his lies, but I don’t think I am. I now know he’ll never change and I know I would have regretted it more if I didn’t try.
But again I would like to emphasize: please do not get lost in your hopes and dreams where you begin to confuse weeds for your paper flowers. If you are unhappy do not be afraid to change your course. Even if you are familiar with what you have, change it. “There’s no certainty – only opportunity.” Something beautiful can blossom.
My sister is graduating and she wanted me to draw a personalized poster, I drew a few of her favorite things. I think I will add a quote too, which will connect her interests to graduating. I’ve featured Avatar: the :Last Airbender, Attack on Titan, Mulan, Howl’s Moving Castle and Kpop.
So my ruler marker of my dayrunner was falling to bits and pieces so I decided to make my own. This is the outcome and I love it! The original drawing can be found here:
Hope: my once beloved ally.
It is the darkness feigning a glimmer of light
and like a moth, I’m compelled forthright.
Only to be engulfed in flames
and to incinerate into empty dreams.
Please extinguish the embers into ashes;
I no longer wish to hope, to wait
for something that will never come.
5-24-14: Practice Drawing
Here is the original photograph that I drew from:
Before my senior year in high school, I could not fathom why my older brother watched anime. I thought it was childish and I despised the voice acting; I would have never thought I would have fallen in love with this medium of expression. So if you’re not interested in anime, I highly suggest giving it a try.
The following 10 have been selected because they either encompass several or all of the following: evolving and realistic characters, imaginative story lines, great animation, beautiful music and, a lesson to learn. These anime in one way or another have transformed how I perceive life. The list is not in order, besides #
1. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
Two brothers attempt to resurrect their mother with alchemy, but in the attempt they lose their body/ leg and arm. On their search for a philosopher stone, which could restore their bodies, they discover that the stone holds a dark secret and a conspiracy behind it.
Personal Comment: This anime is not only my favorite anime, but is probably on the top of my all-time favorite shows. It has been the most influential upon my perceptions. Here is a previous blog post of how it has played a part in my life: http://alchemychild.tumblr.com/post/69251600262/12-7-13-all-is-one-and-one-is-all\
2. Ano Hana
Jinta Yadomi and his group of childhood friends have become estranged after a tragic accident split them apart. Now in their high school years, a sudden surprise forces each of them to confront their guilt over what happened that day and come to terms with the ghosts of their past.
3. Natsume Yuujinchou
Since he was young, a teenage boy named Natsume Takashi has been able to see youkai, but keeping this ability a secret has now become a heavy burden for him and has made his life difficult.
4. Sakamichi no Apollon
Kaoru was an honor roll student who tended to keep to himself, but meeting notorious bad boy Sentaro Kawabuchi starts to change him. Through his devil-may-care classmate, Kaoru learns the attractions of jazz and finds the first person he can call a “friend”.
Read more at http://myanimelist.net/anime/12531/Sakamichi_no_Apollon#IgrGTmGyfTShlXxw.99
Personal Comment: I was not expecting to like this anime, but it became an instant favorite. I’m not even a fan of jazz, but after watching this anime I’ve found myself searching for jazz music.
5. Shingeki no Kyojin
Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by titans. Titans are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by walling themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of titans.
Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a titan in over 100 years. Teenage boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a colossal titan that appears out of thin air. As the smaller titans flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Eren vows that he will murder every single titan and take revenge for all of mankind.
Read more at http://myanimelist.net/anime/16498/Shingeki_no_Kyojin#UIWePM5t3s0qBD7L.99
Guts, known as the Black Swordsman, seeks sanctuary from the demonic forces that pursue him and his woman, and also vengeance against the man who branded him as an unholy sacrifice. Aided only by his titanic strength, skill, and sword, Guts must struggle against his bleak destiny, all the while fighting with a rage that might strip him of his humanity. Berserk is a dark and brooding story of outrageous swordplay and ominous fate, in the theme of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
7. Sakurasou no Pet na kanajo
The school romantic comedy revolves around a second-year high school student named Sorata Kanda who lives in Sakurasou, the dormitory for problem children at Sorata’s school. One day, Mashiro Shiina—a cute girl who happens to be also a cosmopolitan, brilliant artist—moves into Sakurasou.
Sorata thinks to himself that he should protect Mashiro from the weirdos at Sakurasou, but Mashiro has a surprising secret: she has no idea how to take care of herself. She gets lost if she goes out, and her room is a complete mess. Sorata’s dorm mates designate him as the “master” of Mashiro, and thus, an ordinary boy and a brilliant girl must live like “a master and his pet.”
Read more at http://myanimelist.net/anime/13759/Sakurasou_no_Pet_na_Kanojo#pqw8O7hD2clT0WUM.99
8. Monogatari Series
The story centers on Koyomi Araragi, a third year high school student who has recently survived a vampire attack, and finds himself mixed up with all kinds of apparitions: gods, ghosts, myths, and spirits.
Read more at http://myanimelist.net/anime/5081/Bakemonogatari#lubET1UEdvCL6pSr.99
9. Samurai Champloo
Mugen’s a buck wild warrior - violent, thoughtless and womanizing. Jin is a vagrant ronin - mysterious, traditional, well-mannered and very strong as well. These two fiercely independent warriors can`t be any more different from one another, yet their paths cross when Fuu, a ditzy waitress, saves them from being executed when they are arrested after a violent swordfight. Fuu convinces the two vagrant young men to help her find a mysterious samurai “who smells of sunflowers.” And their journey begins.
Read more at http://myanimelist.net/anime/205/Samurai_Champloo#rQmQAOqYaUFQoO6b.99
In this world, humans coexist with demonic predators called Yoma. These demonic beasts feast on human innards and can blend into human society by taking on human appearance. As a counter force, a mysterious organization created half-human, half-Yoma warriors known as the “Silver Eyed Witches” or “Claymores,” after the huge claymore swords they carry. They are detested by humanity however necessary.
The story begins with a young boy, Raki, who has lost everything in a Yoma attack, and the Claymore, Clare, who is generally detested by society. Throughout the series, Clare and Raki show their deeper qualities, powers and Clare’s never ending devotion to the goal she swore to fulfill in her childhood.
Read more at http://myanimelist.net/anime/1818/Claymore#1IplcIqKGFrTqJkA.99
Life is always in a constant flux. Plans are deranged. The people in our lives come and go. Life is fragile. Sometimes I think how unbelievably ridiculous my life can change course when I see those around me who have been greeted with unexpected paths. I’m afraid, but one thing I have learned is to not be attached. It may sound apathetic, but it isn’t. You can still love and appreciate people and the moments in your life, but they are fleeting memories. They will soon be replaced with new ones, and even ones that are least expected. Accept them and appreciate them. This way impermanence is a gift. It may bring sorrow and stress, but know that impermanence can bring joy and love.
As I usually quote, ’Walk on your own. Move forward. You got a good strong pair of legs. You should get up and use them.’
- Edward Elric