End of the Season

Just a few weeks left and my summer in Zakynthos will be over. I will surely miss my daily routine and my co-workers but I’m excited for new adventures ahead.

 

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Summer Adventure Continues

I’ve been telling my colleagues that I would visit the beach which is a few meters away from our staff house but I’ve been very lazy these past months. I promised myself that I would really go on August and I’m glad I was able to fulfill that promise.

Here are some photos of my visit to the beach and the time I went for a coffee.

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Zakynthos Adventure

I’ve been planning to visit the Navagio Shipwreck for two years now since I fell in love with the drama Descendants of the sun. One of my favorite scenes was shot there. I didn’t have the chance to go on vacation last year. So this year, I decided it’s now or never. I really have to visit that shipwreck.

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For the love of Song joongki, I left my office job to work in Zakynthos. Why just visit if I could stay in the island the whole summer? Okay, I was just kidding about the Song Joongki part. I thought that I needed a break from the city life and I wanted to earn extra money this summer so I decided to find a job in the island. I chose Zakynthos because well, that is where Song Joongki enters. Fortunately, I got accepted as a waitress in a resort. Despite of my love-hate relationship with the hospitality industry, I thought of giving it a try. After all, it will only be for six months.
That was three months ago. The end of the season is fast approaching and I haven’t visited Navagio yet. I didn’t expect that the schedule would be very hectic and I couldn’t even get a day off to visit the area.

Work is fine although it’s extremely tiring. We have a neat staff house located near the beach. It’s a little isolated but I love how peaceful it is.

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The staff house.

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The road going home.

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Solar energy farm.

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A nearby bakery and coffee shop.

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Every minute counts when you work in a demanding industry. I used to spend three hours taking a nap but now, I’m already grateful if I get to have three hours break including the time of traveling from work to the staff house. I’m now a master in time management and have perfected the skill of getting ready in five minutes.

I’m surviving with energy drinks and instant noodles as I don’t have the time to cook (and I don’t like cooking that much. Hahaha!).

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Also, the prices of goods are higher than in the city therefore I also need to budget my money. I hated going to the supermarket before and buying in bulk but now, I try to go to the the nearest supermarket once a week. I have to avoid going when I’m hungry and have to carry a list with me. The last time I went to buy a box of fresh milk, I ended up with two bags of groceries.

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My new favorite yogurt.

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Some hair pins and comb to keep my hair tied in a bun.

I’m planning to go to the beach before the summer ends and take more photos. Although not the vacation that I had expected, I will never regret coming here.

The best thing about traveling and being away from home even for a short period of time, you go back as a different person with a new perspective.

I have the time to reflect about my future plans and what I really want in life.
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Unsolved Mysteries

The disappearance of flight MH370 still remains a mystery years after it vanished, leaving the world wondering what could have happened the night it left that caused a huge airplane to suddenly disappear. I constantly check the internet about updates and new theories regarding the missing plane. It’s actually easy for me to believe the conspiracy theory about the plane being in Diego Garcia as there were no debris to prove that it went down to the bottom of the Indian Ocean. But aside from the mysterious disappearance of MH370, there are other mystery cases that interest me and vow to follow the story until the time the truth comes out.

1. The location of the lost continent, Atlantis

The  legendary continent that was believed to be as big as Libya and Asia Minor combined, tragically sank in a single day and night. The only historical account of Atlantis could be found in the book of Greek philosopher Plato, Timeus but historians failed to prove its existence and believed that Atlantis is a metaphor used by Plato to describe the Athenian government. But with all the natural disaster that could have happened in the olden times, a sunken city like Atlantis is not impossible. In search for the location of the sunken city, National geographic made an amazing documentary.

2. The Remains of Noah’s Ark The story of Noah and the ark is written in the book of Genesis, where God gave Noah an instruction to build an ark in order to save his family and other living creatures from the great flood. Searches for the location of Noah’s ark were conducted to know if there is a hidden truth behind the story or it is plainly a myth. An earthquake revealed a boat-liked formation on top of a mountain, not far from Mount Ararat, where the ark was believed to have rested and is now named as Noah’s Ark National Park. Whether it is the remains of the Ark or just a natural formation, I want to visit the site someday and hope that it will be proved and be officially accepted as the true remains of Noah’s ark.

Possible location of Noah’s Ark

There is a hypothesis that Noah came from the lost city of Atlantis and evacuated from the island during the island’s doomsday.

3. America’s Unknown Child (The Boy in the Box)

 In 1957, a dead body of a young boy, about five years old, was found inside a discarded cardboard box in a secluded road in FoxChase, Philadelphia. Years after the incident, the identity of the boy and who left him inside the box is still unknown, making the case one of the longest unsolved cases in the history of Philadelphia. Going through the articles gathered in the internet, I believe that the foster family has something to do with the boy’s death. To find out more about the case of the boy in the box, visit the official site of the America’s unknown child.

4. Mystery of the missing Sodder children

They were believed to have perished in the fire and local officials announced their death but eyewitnesses claimed that they were abducted. Almost seven decades later, the fate of the children is still unknown. The parents died without knowing the truth behind their children’s disappearance and why there were no remains of dead bodies found in the burned house.

Billboard of the missing Sodder children

To find out more about the Sodder children, visit this site.
5. Sandy Hook elementary shooting 

His behavioral problems might have caused Adam Lanza to shoot twenty school children and six adult staff members but the reason behind choosing Sandy Hook elementary school as his target and what triggered him that day to be insanely violent will always be a question. This happened while I was still a college student and I could totally see myself in Adam Lanza, a boy with a hidden life. As they say, don’t judge someone’s silence for weakness, no one plans a murder out loud.

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Fortune Cookies

I went to an all-you-can-eat buffet today and I was given free fortune cookies.I love these cookies and sometimes keep the notes as souvenir.

It was only today that I became curious of the origin of the fortune cookie and tried to search in Google.

According to the article written by Borgna Brunner, Fortune cookies were invented by Americans. One history of the fortune cookie claims that David Jung, a Chinese immigrant living in Los Angeles and founder of the Hong Kong Noodle Company, invented the cookie in 1918. Concerned about the poor he saw wandering near his shop, he created the cookie and passed them out free on the streets. Each cookie contained a strip of paper with an inspirational Bible scripture on it, written for Jung by a Presbyterian minister.

Another history claims that the fortune cookie was invented a Japanese immigrant named Makoto Hagiwara. A gardener who designed the famous Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. An anti-Japanese mayor fired him from his job around the turn of the century, but later a new mayor reinstated him. Grateful to those who had stood by him during his period of hardship, Hagiwara created a cookie in 1914 that included a thank you note inside. He passed them out at the Japanese Tea Garden, and began serving them there regularly. In 1915, they were displayed at the Panama-Pacific Exhibition, San Francisco’s world fair.

A mock trial was even held to determine the origin of the fortune cookie.

Anyway, I’m grateful to whoever invented this cookie. I can’t imagine eating in a chinese restaurant without a free cookie after my meal.

A Walk In The Park

One of the best things in Athens is the availability of parks and playgrounds in every town.

Today, I visited a nearby park and had the chance to take some photos. It’s the same park where I used to jog as a preparation for the 5k marathon.

The park has a large area surrounded by pine trees. It even has its own mini zoo.

Pet owners usually take their dogs here for a walk and kids would play mostly in the afternoon.

Drama Feels

After finishing Descendants of the Sun, I didn’t watch any drama. Well, I tried but failed to finish even one. I had a hard time getting over my favorite captain and compared every drama with Descendants of the Sun. I’d start watching a drama but would eventually get bored because the show was not as interesting as Descendants of the Sun or the couple didn’t have a great chemistry as Song-song, or the leading man wasn’t as cute as Song Joongki. I saw the trailer of W: Two worlds and decided to watch a few episodes. It has a unique plot and Lee jong Suk’s character has a mysterious vibe. The drama started great with the mystery intensified as the show goes on but half way through it, I started to get confused. I couldn’t understand the turn of events and found myself just waiting for the cute bodyguard to appear on the scene.

I still tried to continue for the sake of Lee Jongsuk but got stuck in Episode seven and decided to wait for a few months until I’ll be ready to watch a new drama without comparing to Descendants of the Sun. Maybe, I still have a hangover from Song Joongki and fantasy is not really my kind of show.

A friend who has a huge crush on Ji changwook recommended her favourite drama, Healer. I like Ji changwook and find cute and saw that the drama was on my watchlist so I decided to give it a try. It was the best decision of my fan girl life.

I immediately saw the chemistry between Ji Changwook and Parkminyoung on their first scene together. It was during the time when Park Bongsoo ( Ji Changwook) needed to take a DNA sample from Chae Young-shin (Park Minyoung). It wasn’t even a romantic scene but I instantly fell in love with them as a couple. And yes, I finally got over Descendants of the Sun.

I was a bit unsatisfied with the ending. It left me hanging with a lot of unanswered questions but would suffice as long as I get to see the couple happy.

Anyway, I decided to give a short review about my two favorite dramas.

Healer

Synopsis:

A decades-old incident involving a group of friends who ran an illegal broadcasting station brings together three different people—an illegal mercenary with the codename “Healer” (Ji Chang-wook) who happens to possess top-notch fighting skills, a reporter from a second-rate tabloid news website (Park Min-young), and a famous journalist at a major broadcast station (Yoo Ji-tae). In trying to uncover the truth from that 1992 incident, they grow into real, honest reporters, while dealing with the conflict between truth and fate. (Source: Wikipedia)

Characters: Park Bongsoo/ Seo junghoo ( Ji Changwook) is not a perfect guy. He actually has a lot of flaws and a bit of a dark character due to his past. But you can’t entirely hate him because despite of his bad ass persona, he’s just lonely deep inside. Ji Changwook is perfect as Seo Junghoo.

Chae youngshin (Park Minyoung), a girl with a cheerful character despite having a tragic past, became the reason for Seo Junghoo to see life in a different perspective. I love how carefree she is and although I used to find characters that act childish a bit annoying, it’s hard not to like Chae youngshin.

The cast were perfect with interesting characters like Ahjumma and Moonho. And there was this detective who kept me guessing if he was a villain or a good guy.

Couple Chemistry: Perfect. They should date in real life.

Ending: Hanging but sweet. I would love to see what happened to the other characters especially to the antagonist but a kiss in the rooftop is perfect too.

Rate: 5/5 Recommended if you love action with romance type of drama.

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Descendants of the sun Synopsis: Shi-Jin (Song Joong-Ki) is the captain of the special forces. He catches a motorcycle thief with Sergeant Major Dae-Young (Jin Goo). The thief is injured during his capture and is sent to the hospital. Dae-Young realized his cellphone was stolen by the thief and went to the hospital to retrieve his cellphone. In the emergency room, Shi-Jin met Dr. Mo-Yeon (Song Hye-Kyo) for the first time. He falls in love with her immediately. Mo-Yeon mistakenly assumes Shi-Jin is part of thief’s criminal gang. He proves to her that he is a soldier with the help of army doctor Myeong-Joo (Kim Ji-Won). Shi-Jin and Mo-Yeon began to date, but due to their jobs their dates didn’t go well. Shi-Jin took an order to lead his soldiers on a peacekeeping mission to the country of Uruk. Meanwhile, Mo-Yeon became upset that she failed to become a professor due to a colleague’s privileged background. When Shi-Jin and Mo-Yeon meet again, they talked about their views on life and realized how different they are. Shi-Jin, as a soldier, kills to protect lives and Mo-Yeon, as a doctor, tries to save all lives. They said their goodbyes. Eight months later, Mo-Yeon rebuffs the sexual advances of hospital chairman Suk-Won (Tae In-Ho) and as retribution was assigned to lead a medical team in Uruk. There, Shi-Jin and Mo-Yeon met again. (Source: Asianwiki) The first time I saw the trailer of Descendants of the sun, I didn’t find it interesting. Aside from the apparent age gap between Song Joongki and Song Hyekyo, Song Joongki is too cute to be a soldier. Until a friend showed me a video clip of Yoo Si Jin flirting with his pretty doctor, I finally decided to give it a shot, and well, I got totally hooked especially when I found out that some scenes were shot in Greece.

Characters: Yoo Sijin is adorable but well respected by his comrades. I’m glad they gave SongJoongki the role of captain Yoo SiJin. I couldn’t imagine the captain being played by other actors aside from him.

Mo Yeon is a bit immature to be honest and I got annoyed during the time when she was planning to build her own clinic and the way she acted infront of the Arabian king. She was a bit irritating sometimes and it didn’t help that she dumped Yoo Sijin and tried to push him away but they still make a perfect couple. Aside from the lovable Song-Song couple, there is the equally crazy but adorable Daeyoung and Myeong Joo, which honestly almost stole the limelight from the main couple. Onew was a revelation too. If I didn’t know that he was a member of a boy band, I would have thought of him as a professional actor.

Ending: The drama is unforgettable and deserves all the praises. The ending was unrealistic but who cares? As long as it’s a happy ending. Honestly, I would have wished for a tragic one if the role of Yoo Sijin didn’t go to Song Joongki.

Couple Chemistry: Crazily perfect together Rate: 5/5

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Aside from Koreandrama, I’m a fan of Chinese dramas as well especially historical. One of my favorites is General and I. It was the first historical drama that captured my interest and my heart. I will never forget this beautiful show that introduced me to Wallace Chung and Angela baby. I didn’t know Chinese historical drama could be so addicting. I’m planning to devote an entire post about General and I.

*Photos are not mine unless stated