My Top 5 Biggest Fears Before I Came to Korea…

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Don’t worry folk: no people were hurt in the making of this post!

Moving to a completely new country that I had never been to came with lots of unknown variables and inevitably some fears. Here were my 5 biggest fears before coming to Korea:

    1. The cold. Everyone goes on and on about how frigidly cold Korea can get in the winter which scared me because I don’t do well with cold. At this point people usually stop me and point out that I am from Minnesota so I should be used to the cold. But I’m not… and I was still nervous about coming. So, how cold does it get here? It does get pretty cold (depending on where you are), however, there are lots of ways to get around this. The Korean’s undol heating system, their constant use of hot packs, heat tech gear and obsessive hot tea drinking all help a soul brave the winter.
    2. General safety concerns as a girl. I was going to the other side of the world by myself I wanted to know whether Korea was a good place to embark on solo adventures. It doesn’t take much research to realize that Korea is probably one of the safest places that you can go as a solo traveler. The crime rate is low and the people respectful. I am, however, living by the shipbuilding docks and there are all kinds of characters there (Korean and foreigner) and my Korean friends have reminded me multiple times to just stay alert, especially when it’s dark out. Staying alert, avoiding areas you know aren’t as nice (or don’t know as well), and being careful about where you go after dark is just good common sense no matter how safe the general country is.

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      I now love solo traveling around Korea (and the rest of the world)!

    3. Natural disasters. Earthquakes and typhoons are completely new things to me. The first time I felt an earthquake here I was really confused… I thought a big bus was driving by but then it just kept going. Same with a typhoon. I remember walking to school in the rain soaked because my umbrella had snapped in the wind only to realize that we were in the middle of a typhoon. My co-teachers were shocked I had still come to school. Thankfully, neither the typhoons nor the earthquakes were dangerous where I was and I don’t think Korean natural disasters are any worse than they are in other places.
    4. The bugs. I’m just keeping it real here. You can ask any of my friends. When they asked me what I was most afraid of before coming to Korea, I would respond the insect life. What kind of insects does Korea have? Will I be able to cope? The bugs are bigger than the ones I am used to but there is nothing any more bizarre then what I have seen back home. (spider picture) I have not seen anything which gave me nightmares yet.

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      No bugs but a T-rex did attack me at a subway station once!

    5. This is not something that scared me but something that scared a lot of people I talked to: North Korea. Actually whenever I would tell anyone I was going to Korea the first or second question they would ask was North or South? And then they would talk about the fact that the Koreas are still technically at war. Which they are but they’ve been at this cease fire for a while and are ready for anything else. 13995603_1465534776793731_2357964290194198540_o

So there you have it: Korea is incredibly safe and I’m glad I came. The general concerns are nothing to stress over and certainly nothing to keep anyone from coming.

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Five Pinterest Points

As a girl who spends all my a substantial amount of time pinning things… I feel that a defense is necessary. It’s top five friday so I’ll list five reasons that a girl should spend her time pinning things on her board.

1. Pinterest is inspiring. I always want to work out and do crafts after being on my board. Not that I always follow through but if I ever need inspiration, its there.

2. Is like a cookbook. If double chocolate peanut butter cake exists, I want to know. Wouldn’t you?

3. It’s great for story ideas! And as a writer, that is important.

4. You can connect with other people in your fandom. I am able to bond with other like minded people in our obsession over Benedict Cumberbatch, Tangled, and Narnia.

5.  It can add some humor to your life. As a college student, I find it part of my duty to keep my mental health at least in part intact. I do this by adding laughter to crazy days.

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If you want to follow me feel free:) I’ll probably follow you right back! 🙂

Top Five Friday: Birthday Wish List:)

I am a girl of simple pleasures. I figured a birthday simple birthday wish list wouldn’t hurt. Please add the top five things on your wish list to the comments:)

TARDIS Mk VII

Mine. Please be mine.

1. I would like the Tardis. Preferably with the doctor. (If you didn’t know it was david tennet’s birthday yesterday;)

2. Eowyn’s dress because it’s basically the perfect dress for doing any melodramatic in, running through a field of flowers, holding a sword, horseback riding…

eowyn's dress

3. A Lunch Date with Shakespeare. If you are rolling your eyes and thinking it’s not possible you are wrong! Look at the first thing on my list. It makes everything else a complete possibility:)

4. ship

Because, I already have an entire crew picked out for the ship to;)

For my final and greatest wish I would ask for a wardrobe…except that I have already been to Narnia and it doesn’t quite work that way anyways. So instead, I would be delighted to have:

5.The library from Beauty and the Beast. ‘Nuff Said:)

Happy Friday people! Happy Friday!

Top 5: Chocoholic Frolic

Chocoholic Frolic: that’s a thing? Yes. It’s an awesome thing!

It’s a 5k that some friends and I ran this morning and I am going to tell you the top 5 facts about it, so you will be inspired to go run and eat chocolate! Not that, you know, anyone needs inspiration to eat chocolate but maybe to run;) Here are five things you should know, if you don’t already, that will allow you to have your own chocoholic frolic:

1. New running shoes helped! c26-B0056E63UQ-1-lWhat kind of running shoes do you like? I just got the new aspics gel kayano 18 and they are not only the best running shoe ever but the cutest! Score:)

2. Pinterest is not only a time killer but a life saver with amazing healthy chocolate recipes. Yes chocolate can be healthy ( No, I mean beyond being necessary for mental health like normal, it can actually be healthy to eat after running!) Here are the cupcakes my friend and I made which are filled with zucchini and apple sauce and peanut butter :

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And by the way, my pinterest name is just my name: Jacqueline Lucca if you were interested in following…

3. Run with people. Because it’s way more fun that way! And having someone who is good at pacing is an extra plus and guarantee  you will run faster.

4. Do it in a pretty spot outside. I don’t know about you but I am a baby when it comes to cold! So that’s my excuse for not having run outside this year at all…till today. And boy, I have been missing out! It’s gorgeous:) And it was by a lake so it was beautiful!!

5. Frolic. I mean, you can’t call it a chocoholic frolic unless your frolicking. I don’t mean you have to skip the whole 3.1 miles but have a lot of fun with it. From this day forward I will call every run I go on a frolic just because I can:)

A chocolate fountain in Brussels

By the way yes they did have a chocolate fountain at the end which you could dip all your fruit, oreos, and other chocolate in. And they had chocolate milk at the water stops/finish line. Let’s just say…its been a REALLY good day:)

 

Top Five Reasons I Hate Being Literate!

As an English major, this post may be my death wish…but… here it goes: Five reasons I can’t stand the fact that everyone in our country is literate!

1. Oaths are made via paper

We just don’t trust spoken promises as much anymore. Now instead saying it on our honor, we with a signature which we put on anything legal and binding. Really?

2. Oral Tradition is lost

When is the last time you’ve memorized Beowulf? Or any other story for that matter? If you have done this lately, you’re cool. But you probably still see my point: story telling is getting lost. Passing down oral tradition via mouth and tales are lost as well.

3. People believe everything written

Not everyone what they read but a lot of people do.This is dangerous when they read things like newspapers which are always biased one way or another. Sketchy!

4. Our tests tend to suck

There aren’t as many oral tests (at least not in America). They aren’t as personal. They aren’t face to face. I see where more personal exams would be hard but still, making things like tests so generalized…blurg! Do they leave room for creativity and the human person?

5. This one is very personal: spelling matters.

Is this point important? I won’t even try to pretend it is. But my life would be easier if we didn’t have to spell.

I’m done venting. And with that, I am going to go write my paper.

Top 5 Sketches in the New Journal!

I have always thought it would be cool to illustrate my own books but I would want to get much better first! I got a new sketch book for Christmas and so have been practicing:)

Do you like to draw? If so, please feel free to leave tips in the comments below! (And guess who it is before looking at the description below:)

Photo on 3-1-13 at 10.23 PM1. If you have seen Merlin (BBC), this picture is based off of him…Photo on 3-1-13 at 10.22 PM #2

2. Black Widow.Photo on 3-1-13 at 10.22 PM

3. Random FairyPhoto on 3-1-13 at 10.21 PM4. Please tell me that you have seen the Rise of the Guardians? Because this is the coolest guardian by far!! Photo on 3-1-13 at 10.21 PM #25. If you know me…you know I think this guys voice is pretty much beautiful! This is currently my favorite picture I’ve drawn. I don’t know if you can see the full effect of the shading and the freckles but I was pretty proud of myself…

So yeah, have an awesome weekend and leave tips and comments below!:)

Not My Fault

In my defense, I had a lenten challenge not to go on the internet for anything but homework for a day so I couldn’t blog for a little while. But now I am back. I missed friday top five so maybe I’ll do Monday top…what number starts with M? Million? Monday top Million? Ha! Don’t think you really want to read my writing that much!

So let’s call this post Monday Musings. (Ignore the title I already put up! That title is more catchy but this is more truthful, read on anyways!)

I am going to muse on why Valentines Day is a really good day even for singles. (Hey, I know it’s passed but I don’t care! You can keep these musings for next year as they are excellent musings.)

Why is Valentines Day a good day in general?

A. Because of the chocolate. Must I go on any further? There is chocolate pouring out of every  stores and it’s awesome. After valentines day it gets even better because it’s all on sale.

B. Because you can still get little gifts even if you are not dating someone. Little boxes of happiness, little notes to say “Be Mine” and all that nice stuff is fun to get from random friends.

C. It can involve cookies with pink frosting. Pink Frosting! It’s a pretty holiday with everything pink. Even if you don’t like pink personally you have to admit it’s a happy color so it goes to follow that this should be a happy day!

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Convinced yet?:)

D. Because you get to read about the worse valentines ever. And they are hilarious! Here is a little cracked.com  for you to enjoy;)

Ok, your turn! Do you like Valentines day? Why?

Top 5 Ways to Procrastinate Productively

Ok, so I was planning on getting this out Friday morning but let’s be honest, school is taking over my life. …ok let’s be more honest, I also took a really long nap and caught up on the latest episode of Arrow.

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I know, but that’s what Saturday’s are for.

I want to talk about the best ways to procrastinate on homework while not completely wasting your life.

1. Clean your room. This only works for very specific people and I happen to be one of them. Test coming up? I really think it’s time to start doing laundry, dishes, and I should probably make my bed… One professor told me that the only time his room was clean was right before finals week. So even profs deal struggle with procrastination (we all know that when we get that one teacher who just never really get’s those stinkin’ papers back!)

2. Catch up on the latest episode of whatever your watch. Arrow anyone? How about Once? Cause those are the killers for me. But do something “productive” while watching it like drawing a picture or knitting. After your TV show, you will have have something piece of art (even if it’s bad art, hehe) that you can show for your time.

3. Take a nap. Hey! Sleep will enhance your ability to study. No joke.

4. Bake cookies.  Ok, while baking is nice, I usually don’t do it to procrastinate. It is usually more of a hanging out having fun kind of thing. I do read books though. I am hoping to compile a list of all the books I have ever heard about that I need to read. And that of course, will take up even more time;) But currently the top one on my list in Frankenstein. I have just finished Dracula (and I will let you know what I think about it eventually); I’m going with the “darker literature” theme.

5. Blog. Duh. What do you think I’m doing right now;)

Well, with that, I am off to read a book:) Happy Friday All!

 

Top 5 Fridays

I love reading people’s lists like this so I have decided to write my own. Every friday I will try to write a list of  whatever top 5 I can think of whether it’s my top five favorite books or five scariest moments and this way, I will post at least every friday:) 

Did you know that I started this blog exactly a year ago? Yay, for another great year!

So lets starts with a bloggish one:

TOP FIVE  BLOGS!!

1. BadCatholic (Witty philosophy, has a writing style a lot like Chesterton…)

2. Lindsay Buroker (Great if you want to get self published:)

3. Nerdfitness (about fitness and pretty entertaining) 

4. Ally Carter (I love her books and quirky style!) 

5. Kristin Lamb’s Blog (this is a fellow wordpress blog that I really enjoy reading:)

Enjoy! What are some of your favorite blogs?:)