11/24/11

3 Thanksgivings

Hey Friends

While I don't celebrate the commercial aspects of Thanksgiving, nor do I turn a blind eye to the historic happenings of the "holiday"... I do want to say what I am thankful for.

Traveling. That's the basis for this blog. To document my adventures, post memorable videos, and unforgettable pictures. I officialy became a Gypsy in the year 2009.

So let's recap:

Nov 24, 2009: I spent Thanksgiving touring Italy, with fellow intern/friend Linda. There we visted an acquaitance in Milan (who let us crash on her floor), the next day we met up with Linda's cousin in Venice, where we spent the night at a hotel located near The Grand Canal. The next day we day-tripped to Verona, to follow the footsteps of Romeo and Juliet. It was there that I laid my hand upon Juliet's breast and wished for Luck in Love.

Linda, M, Me in Milan

A, Linda, Me in Venice on a gondola on the Canal

In Verona, Wishing for Luck In Love

Nov 24, 2010: I spent Thanksgiving touring Barcelona, by myself. After missing my first plane, I was lucky enough to have left-over monies to buy a plane ticket, same day to BCN. There I experienced the wonders and beauty of the Famed city. I drank with natives, socialized with other Hostel guests, and wandered the streets by my lonesome. I didn't get a chance to dance the flamenco, but I did see the famous works of Güell, Gaudí, and Picasso. Now I can say with an educated statement. I am not a fan of Picasso. As I left the city of BCN, I again wished feverently that true love and not lust would find me.


in front of the La Sagrada Família in Barcelona

Other travelers

Wandering the streets alone
Nov 24, 2011: I spent Thanksgiving in Jihaeng, South Korea; amongst co-workers, friends, and acquatiances. I got to dress up like a panda, see my friend Justin (who was visiting from Germany/Afghanistan loosen up), play Kings Cup (Ring of Fire), and have a really chill time! It was a wonderful time but I was missing someone special. MY newlywedded husband. Unfortunately, the love of my life had to work, and so it wasn't until later that night, that we spent time together. Unfortunately, we spent the majority of the time with yelling (i.e. me) and stoiac silences (i.e. husband). Our fight lasted about 1.5 hours, afterwards we made up. :)

Panda Ritual in S. Korea

Kings Cup/Ring of Fire
My co-worker V

The end of the Night. I had left already. But looks fun!
The Hubby and I. We're thankful for each other.

 Thanks Juliet! lol :)

10/22/11

Winter Boots Wish List

http://www.altrec.com/

Merrell Women's Tetra Strap Waterproof Boots in Chestnut for $169.95  
Merrell Women's Tetra Launch Waterproof Boot for $159.95    
Keen Women's Bern High Boot for $116.99 - $149.95 (up to 22% off)
Keen Women's Bern Baby Bern Boot for $149.95

10/3/11

2011 Korea Heritage Fashion Show

As you all know, I recently blogged about possibly attending the 2011 Korean Heritage Fashion Show. I did and it was Amazing! My first actual fashion show that didn't revolve around University life (models/production/budgets). I also posted about being VIP, and was excited about that. However once I got there I realized what VIP actually meant: 


General admission is all standing, while seats by the runway are all, by the planners’ definition, VIP. So I'm super excited that one of my newly acquired Facebook friends, posted about the magazine Yahae! and it's generous offer to their readers; for VIP status. Because it was cold, I had on 5' stilettos (which I traded in for flats), and I had on shorts!  

My unofficial pictures are posted on my facebook & Tumblr: Add me on facebook (sending the message Blogger), or follow me on Tumblr, for my personal photos. However these are some professional photos of the event, that I found through a google search. 

Enjoy.

2011 Korea Heritage Fashion Show Traditional culture meets modernity and visitors find unique expression through the new works of top Korean designers.
Fashion designers participating in the Korea Heritage Fashion Show include Park Youn-soo, Park Chun-moo, Jang Kwang-hyo, Kang Dong-jun, Kwak Hyun-joo, Lee Juyoung, IMseonoc, Ha Sang-beg, and Hong Hye Jin, alongside Hanbok designers Kim Hye-soon and Lee Seo-yoon. 

Intro with dancers @
Gyeongbok Palace

My fave was the 2nd photo. 

beautiful 

Outro of a line

9/29/11

Ready. Set. Go!

I've been having the strangest obsession and I think I will cry if I can't make it come true. I need to shop. Even its just for a blazer, belt, boots, winter coat, statement necklace, winter boots, wigs, scarves, fabric for turbans.. umm are you all getting this?? Cuz I've been dreaming this! I've been salivating because of this.. not really but you get the point.

So why haven't I blogged in ages? Shoot why haven't I updated my Youtube account?? Only because I'm NOT feeling the creative juices. But now I'm feeling something and its all about Fashion.. maybe its cuz I'm finally getting out of a social, friendless, jobless rut... IDC .. all I know is that I want to be surrounded by the Fashion world.

I've been all over Tumblr (not posting of course) but following anything dealing with artistic expression. I love Tumblr! It's just such a great way to express yourself.

So tomorrow morning, I'm forsaking the Gym to go Thrifting. ok maybe I will visit the gym for an hour and than go Thrifting.. I'm in search of a blazer.. more than likely it'll be a men's blazer and I'll try to jazz it up. I can't sew so it will be interesting..

ttyl. kk.

ps. I was contemplative but now I'm for sure! Attending this Korean Heritage Fashion Show, because my gut instinct tells me I'll regret it if I don't! It's free and on a Sunday so, why the heck not?! only question is.. what will I wear!!! I hope I can get on the YAHAE VIP list, cuz I'm breaking out the stilettos!


http://yahae.wordpress.com/2011/09/15/mark-your-calendars-for-the-korean-heritage-fashion-show/

9/23/11

You Must Be Deaf: Classic Music.. the Original Queen B

As you all know I love me some BARBARA! She is AWESOME. Her Voice is AMAZEEEING!

Happy First Day of Fall! :)

8/27/11

Wishlist: Argan Oil

So recently I heard about 100% Argan Oil and all the amazing things that can be done with it. I can't wait to try it. I also want to try Castor Oil.
US: 10 Best Benefits of Argan Oil

1. Moisturizes dry skin.
2. Reduces blemishes and slows down the appearance of wrinkles.
3. Reduces visible scars left by acne or chicken pox.
4. Helps protect skin elasticity.
5. Hydrates the skin by neutralizing free radicals.
6. Restores the shine of dull, lifeless hair.
7. Promotes scalp care to advance hair growth & prevent split ends.
8. Regenerates the skin by restarting vital functions of cells to prevent early skin aging
due to external stresses such as sun, weather, stress, smoking.
9. Reduces skin irritation and inflammation.
10. Soothes rheumatism & arthritis pain

8/23/11

20 Week Protective Style Challenge

Saw this Challenge and I'm contemplating it sometime in September or October... basically When I get my money up lol

Here is the link for more info: http://www.healthyhairjourney.com/untitled7.html

Protective Styles Wishlist: Patra Braids
Solange is wearing the HELL outta these braids! I want THESE!



Sidenote: I need to go too this website and buy some products.. http://www.iherb.com/

Also does anyone know what type of hair I should buy for these Patra braids?

Plump No More

Hey Friends. It's been a super long minute since I've come to express myself on here. So here are the grains of it all. I've gotten lazy and put on some weight. Disgusted with this turn of events I'm turning over a new leaf.

Isn't that typical of most girls. Loose weight. Gain weight. No one wants to be fat. It's unseemly. I personally can't take the way my body has become. I don't hate myself but I know I can do better. I have my future to think of and I'm super out-of-shape and I want to be healthier.

So in celebration of the upcoming return of my favorite season .. AUTUMN.. I'm engaging in a new workout plan.

No more:
Fried Foods.
Fast food-- McDonald's, Burger King, and Taco Bell -so sad :(
French Fries-- I had to put this down to remind myself that even if it's oven baked.
Pop/Soda- I only drink Mountain Dew or Sprite..but it's fattening so no more!
I'm also cutting back on the Pork--this is gonna be hard in South Korea.

Later on I'll post a work-out routine. But it'll mostly consist of walking, jogging, ... but I'ma search youtube for some fun routines like belly dancing or yoga..

Ugh This is so boring. lol

WISHLIST:Skinnier Thighs
Flatter stomach
Toned arms,
Angular face,
Clearer skin, t
Thicker & longer hair--retaining my hair is a huge problem!

Current Weight: 170.4 ---- Anticipated Weight: 130

8/3/11

Optukal Illusion by dawNN


Mardi Gras Couture Feather

Gold Dangle Couture Feather


"It has the high fashion look and "appeal", but the low cost that accompanies it." -dawNN






 
http://www.facebook.com/optukalillusion


8/2/11

Guest Blogger: Part VII: The Debt Ceiling: The Antoine Marshall Proposal

Guest Blogger Antoine Marshall breaks down the Debt Ceiling and puts forward his original proposal (in a 7 part blog series)-- let's hope Congress takes notice.  Antoine Marshall is a rising 3rd year law student at Wake Forest University. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/antoine-marshall/1a/267/148


The Marshall Plan:
(Disclaimer: This plan is constructed under the premise that I had full authority. I understand that it would be politically unfeasible to pass in our current legislature)

Total:
  • Reduction through cuts and new programs: $3.28 Trillion Dollars by 2020 
  • Reduction through revenue increases: $2.9829 Trillion Dollars by 2020 
  • Additional Spending: $953 Billion Dollars by 2020
Following the Discretionary Spending Growth Rates in the President’s budget (projected at an additional $680 Billion), the final score for my 9 year deficit reduction plan is a net deficit reduction of $4.6299 Trillion dollars. And a near 50-50 ratio of cuts to revenue increases.

I understand that this is not politically feasible; this proposal doesn’t have a snowballs chance of passing.

It clearly violates the Republican’s no new tax pledge.

By creating the Carbon Tax/Cap and Trade, Millionaire Tax, and Financial Speculation Tax, I can’t even claim I’m closing tax loopholes or that allowing tax cuts to expire is not a tax hike. There would also be issue with the increased federal spending for education which many Republicans believe is a state/local issue.

Another issue would come from a new batch of stimulus spending. Even if it is half the size of the original stimulus spending.

Democrats would not like the Medicare premium increase, nor the Social Security benefits increase.

One change I think could catch on with both parties in Social Security reform is the idea of tying it to life expectancy. It would create a system where age increases occur automatically and don’t require votes.

8/1/11

Guest Blogger: Part VI: The Debt Ceiling: The Antoine Marshall Proposal

Guest Blogger Antoine Marshall breaks down the Debt Ceiling and puts forward his original proposal (in a 7 part blog series)-- let's hope Congress takes notice.  Antoine Marshall is a rising 3rd year law student at Wake Forest University. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/antoine-marshall/1a/267/148


The Marshall Plan:
(Disclaimer: This plan is constructed under the premise that I had full authority. I understand that it would be politically unfeasible to pass in our current legislature)

 New Spending:

-          Increase Social Security Benefits for Low Earners
This option would increase the standard benefit for workers who had more than 20 years of work to their credit but whose average indexed monthly earnings were below those of workers who earned twice the minimum wage for 35 years of full-time work.

The effect would be greater for beneficiaries who had more years of work and for those who had lower average indexed monthly earnings. For example, the benefit would be increased by 40 percent for workers who worked full time for 30 years but never earned more than the minimum wage.
Cost by 2020: $221 Billion

-          Enact New Jobs Bill
In an effort to reduce the 10% unemployment rate, this option will provide another stimulus package next year to aid in employment and building infrastructure. 
 Cost by 2020: $330 Billion

-          Increase funding for Adoption and Foster Care by 25%
The federal government currently funds states to help them place children with families, with additional money going to states placing special needs children. The funds are split evenly between the foster and adoption programs.
 Cost by 2020: $34 Billion

-          Increase Federal Funding of K-12 Education by 25%
Federal spending on K-12 education will be about $38 billion in 2010 (mainly thanks to Race to the Top). This option would expand Race to the Top and increase the federal share by 25% by 2015. 
 Cost by 2020: $78 Billion

-         Increase funding for the Education of Disadvantage and Disabled Children
In 2009 the federal government provided about $1,370 per child to educate students with disabilities. I would increase that average to $4,200. Included in this proposal would be increasing grants to help disadvantaged children who are underachieving academically (from $14.3 billion to $25 billion).
 Cost by 2020: $290 Billion
 Stay Tuned for Part VII

7/31/11

Guest Blogger: Part V: The Debt Ceiling: The Antoine Marshall Proposal

Guest Blogger Antoine Marshall breaks down the Debt Ceiling and puts forward his original proposal (in a 7 part blog series)-- let's hope Congress takes notice.  Antoine Marshall is a rising 3rd year law student at Wake Forest University. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/antoine-marshall/1a/267/148


The Marshall Plan:
(Disclaimer: This plan is constructed under the premise that I had full authority. I understand that it would be politically unfeasible to pass in our current legislature)

New Programs:

-          Health-Care Public Option
This proposal will involve passing the public option that was originally part of the House’s America’s Affordable Health Choices Act. The Public option was taken out of the final version of the bill but it creates a Medicare-type public insurance plan that individuals would have the option of buying into as part of the health care exchanges that will begin to operate in 2014.

Savings by 2020: $400 Billion

Additional Revenue:
-          Tax the Worldwide income of US Corporations as it is earned
Income earned abroad also may be taxed by the country in which it is earned. To prevent such double taxation, U.S. companies are allowed to claim the foreign tax credit, which reduces their U.S. taxes by the amount of any income and withholding taxes they have paid to foreign governments.

The foreign tax credit is subject to limits that are designed to ensure that the amount of credits taken does not exceed the amount of U.S. tax that would otherwise have been due. Those limits also are intended to prevent corporations from using foreign tax credits as a way to reduce taxes on income earned in the United States.

Most income earned by the foreign subsidiaries of U.S. corporations is not subject to U.S. taxation until it is repatriated in the form of dividends paid to the parent corporation.

Under this option, all income earned by the foreign subsidiaries of U.S. companies would be subject to U.S. taxes as it was earned, regardless of when it was repatriated. To prevent double taxation, foreign tax credits would still be allowed. For determining the limit on those credits, however, the U.S. parent corporation’s overhead expenses would no longer be allocated between domestic and foreign activities.
Revenue by 2020: $65.2 Billion


-          Financial Speculation Tax
Tax that is based off of a tax the United Kingdom has had for decades. A modest tax on financial transactions like trading stocks, options, futures and credit default swaps (0.25% on the sale or purchase of a share of stock).
Revenue by 2020: $2.1 Trillion 

7/30/11

Guest Blogger: Part IV: The Debt Ceiling: The Antoine Marshall Proposal

Guest Blogger Antoine Marshall breaks down the Debt Ceiling and puts forward his original proposal (in a 7 part blog series)-- let's hope Congress takes notice.  Antoine Marshall is a rising 3rd year law student at Wake Forest University. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/antoine-marshall/1a/267/148


The Marshall Plan:
(Disclaimer: This plan is constructed under the premise that I had full authority. I understand that it would be politically unfeasible to pass in our current legislature)

Cuts:         
-            Order the Federal Reserve to buy and hold $750 billion - $1 trillion in debt

The Federal Reserve Board routinely buys and sells U.S. debt as part of its monetary policy operations. In the current downturn it has made the unusual decision to buy up hundreds of billions of dollars of long-term government bonds and more than $1 trillion of mortgage backed securities in order to help keep long-term interest rates low and thereby provide support to the economy.

This option would have the Fed sell back at most $250 billion to the public (it intends to sell it all back), keeping the flow of interest on this debt going back into the Treasury. This way the debt issued to support the economy in the downturn does not become a burden on the government in the future.

In ordinary times, the decision by the Fed to buy large amounts of government debt could lead to inflation. This is unlikely to be a serious problem in the current context of near double-digit unemployment. When the unemployment rate begins to return to more normal levels, the Fed could use other tools, such as raising reserve requirements or raising the federal funds rate, to ensure that inflation does not get out of control.
Savings by 2020: $1.125-$1.5 Trillion


-          Tie Retirement Age of Social Security and Medicare eligibility into Life Expectancy rates.
One of the drawbacks to most retirement programs are that we are living longer than when the Government first passed social security and Medicare programs. Current Social Security law states that the normal retirement age is 62, and that age will begin rising two months a year in 2016.

Under this proposal we make the retirement age 14% of the life expectancy rate. The average life expectancy in the US is currently 77 years, so we raise the normal retirement rate to 66.

Savings by 2020: $78 Billion


-          Reduce Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to 60,000 by 2015.
This proposal is to slowly decrease the troop levels over in Afghanistan and Iraq. Troop levels in both countries added up to be about 235,000 in 2010. This proposal calls for decreasing troop levels slowly to 195,000 in 2012, 80,000 in 2014 and 60,000 in 2015.

Savings by 2020: $690 Billion

7/29/11

Guest Blogger: Part III: The Debt Ceiling: The Antoine Marshall Proposal

Guest Blogger Antoine Marshall breaks down the Debt Ceiling and puts forward his original proposal (in a 7 part blog series)-- let's hope Congress takes notice.  Antoine Marshall is a rising 3rd year law student at Wake Forest University. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/antoine-marshall/1a/267/148

Current Plans:

There have been many speculated and failed plans.
  • At the beginning of the process, a bipartisan Vice-President Biden lead group came up with a plan that included $1.7 trillion dollars in spending cuts and a $2.4 trillion dollar raising of the debt limit, that was shunned by the House because it didn’t meet their dollar for dollar requirement.

  • A Grand Deal proposed by Obama in his bipartisan budget talks cut spending by $3 trillion and raises an additional $1 trillion in revenue for a reduction of $4 trillion. But this compromise too was shot down because it required raising taxes.

  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell proposed a plan to fundamentally change the process of raising the debt ceiling, giving the President the power to raise the debt ceiling, issuing the proposal that the legislature could then vote down.

    The President would be able to veto their objection and raise the debt ceiling anyways. Most Republicans don’t like this idea because #1 it’s strictly a political move and #2 it gives more power to the President.

  • The House Republicans passed the Cut, Cap and Balance Act which makes substantial cuts to social security, Medicare, creates a constitutional amendment that requires that the Federal Government pass a balanced budget, and a requirement that any increase in taxes must contain a 2/3rds majority in both houses (essentially no new taxes).

    Senate Democrats (and any sane rational person with an understanding of governance) voted against this bill.

7/28/11

Guest Blogger: Part II: The Debt Ceiling: The Antoine Marshall Proposal

Guest Blogger Antoine Marshall breaks down the Debt Ceiling and puts forward his original proposal (in a 7 part blog series)-- let's hope Congress takes notice.  Antoine Marshall is a rising 3rd year law student at Wake Forest University. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/antoine-marshall/1a/267/148

What’s the hold up in raising the debt Ceiling?

With the Republicans in control of the House of Representatives any debt ceiling vote is going to have to come with House Republican’s approval. Backed by a core of first term Tea Party candidates Republicans have trumpeted the cause of reducing federal spending.

In all fairness to their cause, economist caution that when a country’s debt reaches 100% of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) they struggle to generate jobs and support a healthy economy (Greece before their economic meltdown had a 133.3% GDP to debt ratio, Italy which is juggling its economic meltdown has a debt to GDP ratio of 116%), and at a GDP at $15 trillion, there is major concern that our debt is going to lead us to a major economic depression.

Obama is calling for a $2.4 trillion dollar increase in the debt limits, because projections show that that is what’s needed to get us through the 2012 elections.

The President has stated outright that he will veto any short term deal, under the belief that with all the trouble we’re going through now to pass a deal it’s going to be impossible to do so during an election cycle. He also states that by passing a 3, 6 or 9 month plan will increase market uncertainty which will continue to slow the economic recovery.

Republicans have called Obama’s request for a long term deal a political ploy, that his request isn’t because he doesn’t think a deal can get done during an election season, but because he’s trying to avoid the issue come election time because it hurts his re-election.

They in turn have tied the debt ceiling to the debt and demand that any increase in the debt ceiling has to have a dollar for dollar reduction of the debt in the federal budget over the next 10 years. Included within that demand is a zero tolerance policy for any new taxes.

Essentially they are calling for $2.4 trillion dollars in cuts in federal spending, which can only be obtained through cuts to Democratic Darlings like Medicare and Social Security.

A deal that appeases Obama’s demand for a long term deal and a Republican demand for dollar for dollar cuts with no new taxes is virtually impossible and thus the impasse.

Stay Tuned for Part III

7/27/11

Guest Blogger: Part I: The Debt Ceiling: The Antoine Marshall Proposal

Guest Blogger Antoine Marshall breaks down the Debt Ceiling and puts forward his original proposal (in a 7 part blog series)-- let's hope Congress takes notice.  Antoine Marshall is a rising 3rd year law student at Wake Forest University. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/antoine-marshall/1a/267/148


Fixing the Debt Ceiling.

Much has been made over our impending debtpocolypse that will occur if the Congress doesn’t raise the Congressional debt limit by August 2nd, the date given by Treasury Secretary Geithner, that the country will run out of money to obligate our payments. Although some question the date given by Geithner, and the effect of us defaulting, Congress and the White House have been working towards a deal to raise the debt limit.

What is the debt limit?

The debt limit is basically how much Congress allows us to borrow. A statutory limit has been placed on our debt as part of the Second Liberty Bond Act of 1917 which allowed us to finance World War I. Right now it’s at about $14.6 trillion dollars. Meaning the federal government has borrowed $14.6 trillion dollars that we haven’t paid back yet.

Total debt of the federal government can be increased in two ways.
  1. Either selling debt to the public, normally secured through US savings bonds (Those birthday gifts you probably received and were upset by as a kid. “Happy Birthday Little Johnny, here’s $100 in a US Savings Bond. You can’t spend it for another 20 years but it draws interest and will be very valuable by the time you forget you have it.”),

    or
     
  2. When the federal government issues debt to certain government accounts such as social security, Medicare, and transportation trust funds.
So who holds our debt?

As of right now
  • commercial banks and credit unions hold about $269.8 billion, 
  • insurance companies hold about $260.8 billion, 
  • the UK and state and local governments have about $511 billion each, 
  • mutual funds hold about $637.7 billion, 
  • Pension funds worth $706.4 billion, 
  • Japan has traditionally been one of the largest US debt holders with $877.2 billion, 
  • China is the largest debt holder at $895.6 billion, 
  • $1.5 trillion is held by individuals, businesses, estates, corporations, and non-corporate business, 
  • and $5.351 trillion is actually held by the US Government (yeah the biggest holder of government debt is the federal government… go figure).
The debt ceiling was raised 8 times during the Bush administration, 5 times when the Republicans have had control of the house, with each of those 5 votes earning at least 193 Republican voting yes.

Even when Democrats took back the House during the final 2 years of the Bush Presidency, the debt limit was raised three times with a combined 136 Republican yes votes.

Between 2000 and 2008 the debt ceiling went from $5.9 trillion to $11.3 trillion. Since Obama has been in office the debt ceiling has been raised 3 times, with not a single Republican yes vote.

Stay Tuned for Part II

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7/22/11

PT 4: Black VS African-American VS American

Esh: "But you ARE an Afro-descendent and that's why you are identified as such. White people have hyphens too, it's just because they're white and their identity has been normalized that they don't have to throw it on there. It's the same thing u...p here - I always get asked where I'm from but if you ask a white person they get thrown off track. It shouldn't be that way and by asking them and forcing them to realize that they have roots somewhere else it'll change, eventually. But in any case, you’re African-American."


Ash: "I'm resisting the labels! Lol... White people always get it...black ones don't hence this drawn out convo."

Jos: "so pick a few countries in Africa that interest you!"

Ant: " It's not because black people don't get it, it’s just because we are easier to differentiate. You stand an African-American next to an Italian-American and you can instantly spot the difference. Stand an Italian-American next to an Irish or ...German one. Can you really tell them apart? And because their bonds aren't as common as African-Americans.

A vast majority of African-Americans can trace their ancestry back to slavery. We all came over roughly the same time (between Jamestown and the end of the transatlantic slave trade). For a similar purpose. Our history has been connected. There was a wave of Germans in the early 1800s another in the 1880s, another in 1912 who all underwent different immigrant experiences.

True blacks in the Caribbean and America came over through the same way but each underwent different circumstances as time passed. There were experiences that are exclusively African-American (civil war, great migration, Harlem renaissance, Jim Crow, civil rights movement, etc.) That differentiates the African-American and say a Haitian or Dominican. All part of the black Diaspora but separate ethnic groups because of the distinctions in history which has shaped their language, culture, etc."

Tierra: "I think people stop at slavery, but shouldn't."

Ant: "I agree Tierra that we stop black history at slavery which is wrong. People should learn about the great African empires of Mali, Ethiopia, Ghana, Zulu, Carthage, Nubia, etc. But as an ethnic group African-Americans do stop at slavery. It was that moment we no longer belonged our respective groups because they erased that history."

Tierra: "they didn't erase it, they just stopped talking about, it's still there, and you can research and find it. In one breath blacks say we still have slave mentalities, in another, they condemn us for not knowing that we are and acting like kings and queens. Why would we if ever reference dates back to slavery"

Stac: " Not really erased at Ant. you can have them take a sample of your DNA and they can trace where your people originated from, and pin point where. An old friend from college paid $600 just to find out he was Ethiopian."

Ant: "That's what I plan on doing once I get out of school. And, I say erased from the slaves. They couldn't speak their language, celebrate their holidays or acknowledge their traditions"

Esh: " It's not that important for me to know where exactly I'm from in Africa. I assume I'm from somewhere in West Africa and that's enough for me - I got love for the whole continent so it's whatever. And I don't understand how this whole process works; frankly I think it sounds a little sketchy.

Also, a lot of people go to Africa and someone will take one look at them and tell them where they're probably from for free ninety-nine lol. It happened to my mom when she was in Ghana and makes me think even less about doling out cash for that. I think the interesting thing about it is that you don't know what you're going to find. Could turn out you hail from enslaved Africans somewhere in Africa too!"

I'm black/afro descendant. The end lol. However, I recognize my elements. It's up to you, what you wanna be :) you're gonna hear bullshit no matter what you choose though"

7/21/11

PT 3: Black VS African-American VS American

Ash: "Racially it is different. Charlize Theron is an ACTUAL African American. The new Princess of Monaco is also an African. They don't look black to me..."


Jos: "that’s not what I mean and those kinds of people aren’t why the term African American was created. Black by definition has to do with the fact that your ancestors are from Africa you have RACIAL origins there. Charlice Theron wasn't born in American at all, she just lives here now lol. Her people's origins are in Europe. So really she's African European"

Tierra: "Jos I know what you're trying to say, I disagree with your last point only. I think Ant cleared it up best. If I can remember correctly, my biology teacher in high school put it like this:

Race = the color of your skin

African/American= nationality

Culture= ethnicity

You can identify as Black because of your skin, be American, but your ethnicity be Dominican, such as my friend Vasti. Beyond that, I think it's stupid to expect someone to look at you from the outside and be able to figure out "what" you are. "Oh, I’m not black, I'm southern, American and my great grandma is Irish." GTFOH."

Jos: "Well agree to disagree. Although the term African American may be a little inaccurate, I don’t dislike it because it associates me with Africa or African culture. I look the way I do mostly because of my African Ancestors. It may have been ...a while ago that my great great great whoever came across the ocean but that’s still the biggest part of me. And there ARE cultural differences.

The way we dance, and sing and some of the foods we prepare are based on cultural ways of life in Africa. Yes we’ve made our own culture here but I recognize the similarities and I’m proud of them. At the End of the day I'm American and I do think it's annoying that you don't hear white people call themselves European American. For some reason we have the additive on our nationality."

Ant: "Ash I understand your argument but you're arguing over semantics. You can argue over the name if you want but you are categorically an African-American. You are an African-American because you are black, your ancestry goes back to Africa and due to history you can't pinpoint where.

And African isn't an ethnicity anymore than European or North American. It's a name used to describe anyone living on the continent of Africa. Ibo is an ethnicity, Ashanti is an ethnicity, Ethiopian, Nubian those are ethnicities. The people you named are African by virtue of where they live, but that is not their ethnicity."

Jos: "maybe the issue was that the black race and white race are colors, while every race in between gets to be associated with a continent or whatever. Asian/Pacific Islander, Latino/Hispanic, Native etc, maybe some people didn't want to be called black because their skin isn't technically black"

Ash: "Ant, I totally get that and what I'm saying is that society is wrong because they're too stupid to realize that we as a group aren't African. I just get annoyed by the hyphenated American thing."

Ant: "AFRICAN IS NOT A CULTURE!!!! Would people stop implying that 20% of the world’s landmass home to over 25% of the world’s population, over 200 languages, hundreds of ethnic group and thousands of customs is one abstract culture."

7/20/11

PT 2: Black VS African-American VS American

Ash: "I'm ethnically American. I am such an All American girl that it annoys me that people think you have to be Becky blue eyes to be American."


Ant: "American is a citizenship not an ethnicity. America as a nation is inhabited by several different ethnic groups. There is no typical American. You'll find Americans with different customs when it comes to food, music, religion, etc. And there is no predominate commonality.

Normally for a country itself to be an ethnicity it has to be a monolithic population racially with a long history steeped with a common tradition/culture. Japan, England and Greece can be considered their own cultures. Or countries where racial and cultural mixing has actually taken place (and lower immigration rates) few places in the new world (exceptions for countries like Mexico and a majority of the Caribbean) have that history."

Ash: "I meant American in terms of the general idea of American. Not the niche cultures in America....Maybe my ethnicity is "Southern" then...lol"

Jos: "augh this never ending topic. Race and nationality are not the same. Everyone born in America or has citizenship here is American. If you're American but have parents from somewhere else then you could break it down to your nationality and nation of origin, if you know it. And unless a parent or grandparent is something other than of the black race (which covers the ENTIRE African Diaspora some people think you're only black if you're an African American.

I learned that when I lived in Cape Verde), then you black jack! you can nitpick if you want, like oh, I don't have "typical" African features, or I’m lighter than most, my hair is wavy, or my daddy has hazel eyes so that means..." but like someone else said the rest of the world doesn’t really see those lil differences"

Ash: "I am not an African American because other than melanin I have nothing in common with anyone that's a cultural African. I'm not an actual or ethnic African and I prefer not to be called one."

Jos: "I didn't call u one! lol. I get what you're saying. It may be inaccurate from a cultural standpoint, but racially it isn’t. I think some black Americans felt the need to not be looked at like some alien creature that has no home, whereas most other races in American can trace their people back to another continent/country. And the reason you're black at all is because somewhere down the line you have African ancestors."

Esh: " I mean, we're all so many things. But I think it's one of many things are we aren't completely in control of. I can say that I'm part African, part European, part Indigenous Caribbean, but this society sees me as Black and that's what I identify with the most. As much as I can talk about other parts, that's the dominant one and that's the one that mostly affects who I am and how I'm seen and treated where I live, so it makes more sense to me to have a stronger connection with that.

We can talk all day but white people are gonna call us black and say our hair is nappy so somewhere along the line I feel like internalizing it and making it positive may be a better way to deal so we don't go crazy."

7/19/11

"I will tear my clothes off for Putin."... Awkward Much??

"In a case of naked political ambition, female fans of Vladimir Putin are being urged to strip down to show their support for the Russian prime minister. Supporters launched an online campaign asking young women to take it all off for Putin, who is mulling a bid to retake the Russian presidency.

A video featuring a brunette student named Diana appeared on a lawmaker's site on Sunday, London's Telegraph reported. The woman wearing a suit takes out a white top and writes on it, "I will tear my clothes off for Putin."

Then she starts to strip. The group behind the video, which identifies itself as "Putin's Army," said its goal is to show that Putin is supported by "beautiful, young and smart girls." The campaign promises girls a chance to win an iPad2 if they strip for Putin before the vote next March.

"Every girl will be on the Internet - a star!" the site promises. Putin now has a traditionally ceremonial position in the Russian government but is widely considered a major decision-maker. He was the country's president from 2000-2008 before his handpicked successor took over

Read more:
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2011/07/18/2011-07-18_new_in_presidential_campaigns_russian_girls_urged_to_strip_to_show_support_for_v.html

PT 1: Black VS African-American VS American

• How do I define myself?
• Are the definitions available something I'd readily grasp?
• Am I wrong to reject a certain construct?

These are questions that most human beings discuss among themselves. My friends were discussing this topic on facebook within our private group. The conversation started innocently enough in regards to a certain hair product, than it centered on pejorative terms like "Nappy" & "Kinky."

The below are Not my words but definitely I tend to agree with what's been written.

This will be a series of 4: So stay tune to a great discussion! :)

Naq: "I've learned that my hair isn't kinky neither...its highly textured and tightly coiled and curled...I have a courser texture than Becky but it’s not nappy...I've learned that it's just hair. Nothing more nothing less. Also, if your hair is properly moisturized, that's when you learn the difference. Your hair is only nappy if it's dry and unkempt lol...even ppl with straight hair can be nappy"
Esh: " I feel like there's a lot of stigma around words like 'kinky' and 'nappy' and I hear it in the way a lot of black Americans talk about natural hair, but I've always thought of them of fun, positive words. Yes, my hair is really just tightly... curled, but above all I think they just describe difference and indicate afro-descendent. I see it in the same light as I do the word 'black.' I'm not actually black but it's a word we use to talk about what makes us different. So like the children's book says I'm 'Happy to be Nappy.' :)"
Ash: "I get incensed because it's a pejorative term....and also not correct. I'm fine with being called black though because I'm not, in fact, an African American."
Esh: "But black isn't correct either for the majority of us and it's not the same as African-American. There was a time when black was a lot more of a pejorative word than it is now. I mean, it still is widely negative even whether it's inside or... outside of racial terms. I think a lot of words go through negative periods and then people turn them around and make them positive and empowering. I dunno, I don't care. I'm not black but I call myself black, I'm not nappy but I'm down with it too."

Ant: "Black is a racial construct, African-American an ethnic construct. Technically you're both. Although race and ethnicity are social constructs, they are separate in a sense. Race is usually broken down into the now defunct bio...logical constructs (defunct because there is no "black gene" or particular sets of genes that can be discerned. Some people are biologically closer to individuals of a different race than their own) of Negroid, Caucasian, Hispanic, or Asian. Ethnicity on the other hand is a standard of race and culture. African-Americans are black, as are the Ibo tribe of Nigeria, but what separates them is a common language, customs, music, dress. Etc.

You might dispute African-Americans having such similarities but when you look at it on depth our history is usually linked back in slavery, we all speak English (slight dialect variations exist but still) musically most African-Americans are into jazz, r&b, hip hop, and funk. Food is more or less similar, etc."

Dai: "I never call myself American and never heard too many black people say they're proud to be American besides 9/11 and when Osama was killed...maybe"

Esh: " I don't really call myself Canadian unless I'm outside of Canada and it's still kind of an uncomfortable term for me because I identify with more than one country. I always feel like I have to explain myself. Canadian isn't enough, I don't feel ethnically Canadian."

7/18/11

You Must Be Deaf: K-Pop! Girl's Generation

I've randomly heard of K-Pop... and being in Korea I've def seen the ads & videos ... but it wasn't until I watched one of It's Kinglsey Bitch videos about K-Pop & Ke$ha.... sooo here ya go! :)



Here's the Ke$ha version :)



Tell Me your thoughts

7/15/11

Youtuber of The Week

I've mentioned him recently!I think he is Hee-larious! oh and ooh wee he tweeted me! lol

10 Days Later

I'm back with a Vengenance!

New Youtube Videos will be uploaded per week!
New Global Street Pics uploaded 2 or 3 times a week!

I'll update my blog as needed and I'll work on my creative writing!

7/5/11

You Must Be Deaf: Korean Hip-Hop

Ok for the past 90 days I've been complaining about the lack of cultural activities that I could gravitate too. Granted I haven't searched out these activities--being under the stupid American mindset that, people should advertise the events in English or market it to foreigners.

But I'm over that idea. I'm totally down for searching out this ish... now that I've attended an Improv Show & the 2011 B-Boy World Championships, included w/ a mini-concert featuring Drunken Tiger or Tiger JK & his awesome wife Tasha! I'm starting to become OBSESSED w/ them!
A lot of the music is in Korean, but I love their-- must I say it...AGH---- SWAG & tone of voice! Low-key when they were performing I originally thought they were the South Korean version of the Fugees!!

I'm really all about Tasha. When I saw her perform and felt her energy. I just felt transported. She was too hype! Oh and while I was looking her music up on youtube.. found out that she was bi-racial.. Surprising that she's doing so well or even well-known in the homogenous society of South Korea.
Check out their music!



6/9/11

Life As We Know It!

Nope.. not another introspective blog post with years upon decades of details.

This Time I'm keeping it short and sweet!!

I have a NEW & IMPROVED Tumblr .......
Check it out and lemme know what ya think! :)

6/7/11

Queen B + Queen B= Birthday Countdown

Ok, woah! Is it already June?? Um yes sir. I've been in South Korea for nearly 90 days with nary an update. Say it ain't so. I'm still a jobless Gypsy trying to find my path in this Kimchi island... due to this My youtube account is suffering, my tweets are lackluster, and my sanity. Let's just say I never had any. So, what's the good news?? Well I only acknowledge TWO Queen B's.. Blair & Beyonce.

If you have no idea who Blair is.. than delete my site from your favorites.. lol well I have to assume I have some devoted followers out there. Gossip Girl, people! Sheesh. Catch up on the Seasons, start from 1, or else you'll never understand my fascination with the Upper East Side.. or really why I was so certain William and I would marry. The Prince, my loves.

Queen Beyonce. We'll duh. It's Beyonce. Don't let the nay sayers confuse you, sure "Girls Run The World" might be a train wreck but hello, killer dance moves & excellent visual effects. The woman is a Genius. The song is catchy and she didn't pull a "pop tart" (meaning Katy Perry, B.Spears, or Ke$ha) move and belabor the point. Actually lemme include my Mother Monster (Gaga) in this group. B didn't care about being #1... or having the #1 single. She just wanted to make a quick splash, before she wowed us with her vocal prowess... she kills it.. over and over again... I've seen her in concert.. um Kelly who??? blah

Ok, so June 10-- FRIDAY.. cue Rebecca Black .. or better It's Kinglsey BITCH! Love him!

My delicious birthday approaches in a few days. I'll be the tantalizing age of 24. yikes. So let's toast to that.

Oh, yea... before there was Blair or Beyonce.. there was the Original Queen B... Barbara Streisand.. duh!

---I dedicate this song to my new relationship... here's to us babe!

4/14/11

RUSSLAND RETROSPECT

I like to say I'm ballin on a budget or that I'm a temporarily employed expatriate, but times are hard. So never in my wildest dreams did I think a Monday evening could be so chaotic. My advice to you sappy travelers, do your homework --especially when it comes to traveling outside the EU/Open Borders. Having a passport just won't cut it for some countries. These countries have STRICT visa entry rules, and no matter your nationality or if the USA is allies with them, they won't bend the rules.

Yes, I think it was amazingly stupid and a direct rip-off. Sure I could've phoned for the Embassy or Consulate. But what if they told me the same thing? Perhaps Russia should have a transit bus, for those types of issues.

Or I shouldn't have been cheap and purchased TWO separate tickets. It cost me more in the long run. So another tip, just buy a direct flight... OR research your options.

If I could re do it. I'd totally would've researched my options and more than likely still bought separate tickets, but they would have been for the right airport. And, I wouldn't have a suitcase STILL in Germany.

PLANNING is ESSENTIAL!

So I learned my lesson the hard way. Now, I leave you with my theme music for my Chaotic Russland Trip, courtesy of GLEE Season One, Sectionals.

RUSSLAND Recap IIII

Editors Note: I dearly apologize but these postings will be looking all sorts of crazy-- infused with slandering, cussing, and major abuse directed to the international community. It was written in the heat of battle and I take nothing back! However, I am definitely looking into a career change... perhaps International Relations is not my forte?? ENJOY! :)

Part 4


March 29
8:05am German Time

I arrive in GE. I go through passport control. They ask why I'm here, I say to catch a connecting flight to Russia. They ask when I'm leaving I say within 6 hours. They scratch their heads, and than ask. Didn't you just come from Russia. I said yea, but I needed a visa to go 10 minutes down the road. The look at me. Shake their heads and say enjoy Germany.

Next, I find Air Berlin -- where I'm assisted with the information that the connecting flight is at an airport that is 20 minutes away. I hop in a taxi where I pay nearly 50euro, looking back I should've just looked to see if there was an bus going that direction, but I wanted to get to that airport ASAP JIC there weren't many seats left to Moscow/SVO. But seriously, who goes to Moscow?? The plane (Russian Airlines, Aeroflot) is departing at 9:45am, and with minutes to spare I withdraw euro from an ATM (praying to God that I won't over draw my account).

The lady at the counter was helpful in general but the lack of her English and my German, bogged us down for atleast 20 minutes. She kept telling me there was no flight, I kept saying there was. Apparently, She was under the impression that I already booked my flight.

Sigh.

So, after I potentially overdrew my checking & credit cards. I called my mother and asked her to deposit monies into my checking account. I really hate to see the phone bill from these past two days.

Now I am the flight headed to Moscow/SVO. Here's to Praying everything goes right.

The flight lands safely, this airport is so much nicer than the other (DME). It's cleaner and the people are helpful AND speak English. Things always look better in the day light!

So as I begin my already dreary 5-8 hour layover, I laugh. Looking out the window I can see the other airport/DME. I think I should be hysterical right now. It's seriously no more than a 4 minute drive. I'm in the bloody red up to the wazoo. Why? Why? Why?!!! It's RIGHT there!!

PS. ya'll should see this jazzy old man trying to mack on the bartender.

9:40pm

The flight to Seoul/ICN begins now. The plane is a bit delayed but what-ev. I pray everything goes safely and that these Russian mob-look-a-likes don't take over the plane, and that my seat-mate turns off his android. Jerks.

After, consuming a wonderful airline meal (no seriously it was good!) and taking 2 Drama-Mines (??) I wake to find myself in Seoul. Everything looks so foreign, it's unreal!

My friend meets me about 30 minutes later and now off I go to leave my European adventures behind. Hello to Asia!

Thanks for Reading!!

RUSSLAND Recap III

Editors Note: I dearly apologize but these postings will be looking all sorts of crazy-- infused with slandering, cussing, and major abuse directed to the international community. It was written in the heat of battle and I take nothing back! However, I am definitely looking into a career change... perhaps International Relations is not my forte?? ENJOY! :)

PART 3


So, as I sit in the holding cell aka transit area I'm torn between crying and killing people. Luckily, in the holding cell I meet a hot Brazilian dude who is on his way to Austria. The thing that brings us together is our lack of Visas. GRRR

So, I sit next to the Brazilian who laments about being in the holding cell for 10 hours! So here's his story. He had a visa but it expired, so now he can't leave the airport/holding cell until his flight. But due to the major mix up in communication he missed his original flight, and had to book another flight (sounds familiar-- seriously the US should take notes in regards to handling illegal immigration. No one would ever come back to our country if we did it like Russia... jerks).

4-ish-am

So, back to me. I paid 161.99euro to go back to Berlin/TXL at 6am (THANK GOD FOR CREDIT CARDS) But that seriously grinds my gears! According to my conversions, the airport I need to fly too is 62 feet away. Another sucky thing, is that the actual ticket price was 96.99euro but the service charge cost me more than a grip. I feel like I got gypped. Seriously, when I was in Germany/NUE and they were clarifying details, how come they didn't notice this potential problem. and I know I already said this but I just want to reiterate that I have to buy a ticket BACK to Moscow/SVO.

Fucking Ridiculous and these workers of DME & RBP are so damn rude. They laugh at the customers misery, ignore the ones with questions, pretend they can't speak English ---I'm sorry if you're an international airport shouldn't your Representatives speak flipping English! But seriously, this girl pulled out her mirror -No she wasn't an AKA-- to fix her makeup while the Brazilian dude pleaded for her help. The workers seemed more concerned with looking jazzy than helping the CUSTOMERS! Or, when I needed my itinerary for my continuing travel --every good traveler should have one-- the RBP dude got in my face yelling "I SAY, I SAY, I SAY." Ok Holmes, you may say but I will go upside your head with a quickness. By this point I was willing to be thrown in jail or sent to the embassy. Although, after speaking with my mom she definitely cautioned me in staying calm, seeing as how my family can't just fly over and get me out of Russian jail. That phone call lasted quite a while. She had to calm me cuz I tend to do crazy things.

5:40am

Oh shit, the adrenaline is rushing in my body! I had to American on they ass! Don't tell me to sit down when my flight is doing a last boarding call. Who do you think they are calling?? ME DUH! I jumped up with a quickness and basically ran down to the Border Police office and demanded they take me to my flight! The Air Berlin Representative informed me earlier, that I would be escorted onto the plane by the RBP, who would than give me my ticket/baggage info and my passport. My flight was to leave at approx. 6am) .. yea this is something of the crazy things my mother cautioned against. I don't think she would've been proud.

No, but seriously me and this woman was gonna box like fucking Ali and a buttercup. I was too heated, that these fools were taking their lily sweet time. Our jailer in the holding cell ran after me, grabbed and yanked me back upstairs, screaming at me. I gave back just as good. You can yell as loud as you want in Russian and I will yell back just as loudly. I refuse to be stranded in the God-forsaken place! I showed out and went off! BUT, I bet you the RBP escorted me to my airline with a quickness.


I even got cheeky on the way out. Yelling in the jailers face "CIAO, CIAO!" .. Had a big ass grin on my face as I got taken away.Of course the foolishness didn't end right there. When I reached for my passport and information papers, he gives it to the flight attendant instead and gives me a dirty look. My shoe, his knee. It almost happened. However, the GERMAN flight attendant was very soothing. I was so heated. I'm trying to calm down but I def need a drink cuz I've been awake since 10:30am of March 28.

Wonderfully, I got a entire row to myself on the flight back to Berlin/TXL. I was knocked out.

PS. When I finally left, the Brazilian guy was still there. Due to the utter disregard for their passengers/customers/international relations. He missed his flight again.

RUSSLAND Recap II

Editors Note: I dearly apologize but these postings will be looking all sorts of crazy-- infused with slandering, cussing, and major abuse directed to the international community. It was written in the heat of battle and I take nothing back! However, I am definitely looking into a career change... perhaps International Relations is not my forte?? ENJOY! :)
 
PART TWO:

March 29:

It all happened as we began to land in Moscow/DME. The turbulence, the massive crowds of air line passengers struggling to get off the air craft. It all boils down to these key things.

1. I need to get my luggage
2. I need to check in for my flight to South Korea (SK) and get a boarding pass.
3. I think I need to go through passport control???

Let's just say none of this happens. The Russian Border Police (RBP) are confused as to why I don't have a visa, and as to how I got there.

Do you know what is frustrating? That another passenger had to translate for me to the RBP. I'm just not understanding the worlds refusal to acknowledge English as the dominant global language. DO I LOOK LIKE I SPEAK RUSSIAN?!!?!?!?!

The only good thing about the delaying of my obtaining information is that its now 2:45am and my flight doesn't depart until 9:35pm. I just hope my baggage doesn't get stolen cuz there will be hell to pay.

Right now I'm watching them make copies of my passport and verify someone else's with some kind of eye scanner. Oh, no she didn't! She just told me to shoo. Oooh!

15 minutes later:

WHAT IN THE HOLY HELL??!! If I could politely apply thumbscrews to someone (preferably Russian) my life would be SO wonderful! According to the Russian Airport/DME or really my Air Berlin Representative --who spoke wonderful English--, my connecting flight/SVO is less than 100 meters away. 10 minutes walking! Because of --they lack the proper resources, i.e. terminal buses or more importantly OPEN BORDERS --  this I can't leave the airport due to lacking a a visa! A visa to walk down the m-effing STREET!

Which means, are you ready??? I have to FLY BACK ... to GERMANY!!! And than FLY BACK to the exact airport in MOSCOW/SVO! This has become the most frustrating morning of my existence.

PS. I have to pay for each flight. Yep. WITH what bloody money?!!!

RUSSLAND Recap I

Editors Note: I dearly apologize but these postings will be looking all sorts of crazy-- infused with slandering, cussing, and major abuse directed to the international community. It was written in the heat of battle and I take nothing back! However, I am definitely looking into a career change... perhaps International Relations is not my forte?? ENJOY! :)
 
PART ONE

March 28:

5-ish-Pm

Can nothing in my life begin calmly? But, what would be the fun in that? I arrive to Nuremberg/NUE airport with 40 minutes to spare only to find that I'm eligible for only one suitcase of 20kils, and my second suitcase of 22kilos would force me to pay 200euros. No Bueno, my Friends. The issue at hand, I booked 2 separate flights, so according to the GE monitor I was flying domestic. When I was really flying International.

 Luckily, my now former roommate hadn't left and I was able to consolidate my items and pay only 30euros. However, this meant that I would have to forgo the necessities of my life, i.e. rain boots, hats, jewelry, hair gel, my wigs, etc.

I never EVER wanna hear complaints about American Airline Companies and their skyrocketing prices, it's still a lot cheaper than GE!

As I attempt to clarify my flight while I'm still in a country that speaks moderately good (yes I know I repeated myself there) English, I'm told that I will have no issue entering Russia due to my being there for less than/then 24 hours. SCORE! After a semi-tear filled goodbye I depart for Berlin/TXL.

I would like to state here, how I spend the first 15-20 minutes of every flight: I pray fervently to God and ask for His Blessings on my trips, for nothing dramatic to occur, or life threatening to happen en route. That the pilot/flight attendants and all that handle the plane (departure/arrivals) are awake, sober, not lust crazed, and competent. I also pray that the my fellow (stupid) passengers turn off their electronic toys and don't decide to terrorize the plane.

Thankfully, I made it to Berlin safely. I had a 4 hour layover, and than I began my trip to Moscow/DME.

That's where the Drama began!

4/10/11

Creative Imaginings: Book Challenge 2011

15. The Courtesan's Daughter by Claudia Dain
16. White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison
17. Pale Demon by Kim Harrison
18. Shakespeare Undead by Lori Handeland

4/5/11

Creative Imaginings: Book Challenge 2011

9. The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks
10. The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
11. The Wishsong of Shannara by Terry Brooks
12. The Scions of Shannara by Terry Brooks
13. The Druid of Shannara by Terry Brooks
14. The Elf Queen of Shannara by Terry Brooks

I read these while enroute to SK... I needed something to do :)

SK: Week 1

So I've been in SK for officially a week, starting tomorrow! WOWZERS. Let's just say I wasn't a fan and underwhelmed by it all. But I started out Monday with positive thoughts and I actually ventured out for a solo trip. I ended up at the Korean War Museum which was closed, but I saw some amazing statues. One actually brought a tear to my eye! So, here's to hoping SK will get better! It has too! Pray for me ya'll I'm on the J-O-B hunt!

The Statue of Brothers

3/24/11

Best & Worst Laptop Brands 2011

As you all may be aware, I'm always searching for a laptop that will suit my busy life of traveling, blogging, vlogging, and writing. I love music and I have my certain shows that is a MUST-WATCH on my TV calender, I need to be able too do this without fear of my computer crashing or overloading. If I could afford it my first choice would be a Mac. But I can't afford it.

Second, I need this computer to be able with me 24/7. So I need something medium size and light. I typically carry my laptop in my purse or bookbag.

I don't want a netbook -- their too small AND there isn't a cd-drive. I need an actual Laptop!

LaptopMag recently posted their top 9 choices for best and worst. I think the results will suprise you.

3/2/11

RE: Once You Go White

As we all know, I'm all for interacial dating and so I was geeked when Madame Noire published a piece featuring 10 yummy white guys, that my non-interacial sisters might "swoon over." While I agree with the list, I think it was a bit typical, and wanted to add my two cents!

  1. Gerard Butler: I'm not sure how, but this Scottish born actor didn't hit my radar until the film 300 and than again with P.S. I Love You. His voice is sexy, his eyes magnetic, and his smile. O M Geee!
  2. Kevin McKidd: If you're a Grey's Anatomy fan, than you know Dr. Owen Hunt. He's damaged, rugged, and a surgeon! Beside's all that, Kevin is also Scottish, he's done movies but in my opinion nothing has captulated him to fame faster than G.A. but hopefully that will change soon!
  3. Jeffrey Dean Morgan: No he isn't Scottish, but he was Irish in the film P.S. I Love You. Better known for his stint in Grey's Anatomy as Denny Duquette, Morgan's charm, acting chops, and of course goodlooks will have females drooling over him. I mean have you seen his sexy fight scene with Zoe Saldana in the 2009 flick The Losers. And no that wasn't a question.
  4. Tom Welling: For 10 years he's secretly been Superman and I for one haven't figured out why he hasn't been casted in the films. Like seriously, his smile, eyes, hair, chiseled jaw, his body, his teeth. Sadly, for us this delicious Smallville actor has been married since 2002.
  5. Jensen Ackles: I freely admit I've never seen an episode of Supernatural, but this blonde haired Texan might convince me otherwise.
  6. Jake Gyllenhaal: I don't even wanna know why Taylor Swift was momentarily his girlfriend. But, this man is HOT. I'm a sucker for his pearly whites and his thick hair, but his acting ability is superb! I'm a huge fan!
  7. Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Now I've been a fan since, Angel in the Outfield and 3rd Rock From The Sun. I don't know what it is about this guy, but he has an effortless way of communicating with the camera and his mild-manner way is completely attractive. If you are still lost about this actor, he made a spectacular comeback in 500 Days of Summer and was in the four-time Oscar winner Inception and  
  8. Hugh Jackman: This Aussie gave a face to Wolverwine and for that we should be thanking him profusely. He's hot, he looks great brooding, and he can hold his own with Beyonce.
  9. Brad Pitt: I'm not sure if people are just afraid of Angelina but let's stop denying the Adonis blood raging through this speciman. He's beautiful, talented, and family oriented! What's not to love?!
  10. Robert Pattinson: Edward Cullen. I think I've made my point.

    Honorable Mentions: James Franco, Jason Segel, Jesse Spencer, Maksim Chmerkovskiy
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