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.

 

Advertisements

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.

DSCN2729DSCN2805DSCN2722DSCN2793DSCN2719DSCN2792DSCN2717DSCN2791DSCN2788DSCN2708DSCN2768DSCN2703DSCN2765DSCN2704DSCN2766DSCN2706

 

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.

tumblr_o3u1n0mfcb1u89bdco4_1280

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.

DSCN2599

The staff house.

DSCN2592 - Copy

The road going home.

DSCN2591 - Copy

Solar energy farm.

DSCN2590 - CopyDSCN2588 - CopyDSCN2595 - CopyDSCN2594DSCN2586 - CopyDSCN2596 - Copy

DSCN2598

A nearby bakery and coffee shop.

DSCN2687DSCN2688DSCN2584 - CopyDSCN2689DSCN2585 - Copy

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!).

DSCN2576 - Copydscn2603.jpg

 


*You can purchase this cool drink at Amazon by clicking the photo.

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.

DSCN2610

My new favorite yogurt.

DSCN2602

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.
Continue reading

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.

*Photos belong to their respective sources. They are not mine unless otherwise stated.

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.