The Similarities and Differences between Korea and China

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own, and I tried to be honest. If you know something different, let me know!

Jinli street in Chengdu crowded with people

I’ve been living in Chengdu for about a year now and I think it is time to go over some similarities and differences between China and Korea. This is mostly regarding my life in Chengdu versus Incheon two large cities in both countries. Read More

Chengdu Apartment Hunting

The apartment complex.

{Note: All of the photos were taken when I first moved in so the house still needed to be cleaned and organized. I’m not a slob, haha}

Around April I mentioned to my company that
I wanted to switch apartments because I wanted a kitchen I could use without worrying about a rat running around through the cabinets.  They told me that they would look come mid-late June, but I thought that was too late so in the beginning of June I asked a close friend of mine if she would help.

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Mocha Diaries : Refuge Vows

I can’t remember if I was 9 or 10 years old, but I was baptized Catholic around the same time I stopped believing in God. Ever since I can remember I have never liked churches nor stepping inside them. I’ve always found the white walls, brown pews, and high ceilings cold and uninviting. While the stained glass windows were pretty to look at I just never felt like it was for me, and for most of my life I was an agnostic. Sometimes people would say, “oh, you’re an atheist.” And I would reply, “No, I’m agnostic. I believe there is something out there, just not God.” It gets kind of tiring after a while, but I think it was a good place to be for a long time.

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Day Trip to Shijing Monastery

On May 1st, Labor Day, which was a major holiday, my friend, Veronika, and I decided to take a quick trip out of Chengdu to do something and get some fresh air. I don’t know much about Chengdu and what surrounds it, but luckily she knows a lot of things and so she said we should check out this pretty temple just outside of Chengdu. I woke up super early and grabbed the first train in the morning at 6:17 and I was off to meet her at the transfer stop for both of us. We rode the subway for another 30 minutes or so before we took a little bus for 45 minutes out to Longquan.  You would think that first thing in the morning many people would not be on the bus, but I forgot that when you take the tiny buses that head into the villages there tends to be many elderly people on the morning buses. They wake up early to do what they need to do, so they are returning about the time we were arriving. Read More

TCM Check-up 3

My last two weeks have not been the greatest in my opinion. I got a care package from home that I devoured in days, which also triggered my sweet tooth. So for a few days I tended to eat more crap than I should have, because I was craving the taste of it. I also missed taking tea for two days and I spilled one packet down the sink drain while I was rinsing herbs. I’ve learned that making the tea at night is easier than in the morning. Read More

TCM Check-up 2

Today I went in for my two week check-up with the TCM doctor. I told him I drank the tea everyday, and I always made sure my first glass in the morning was as soon as I woke up.  I found the tea to be very bitter at first and I really had a hard time drinking it.  He told me that the tea he gave me was not actually that bitter and that the red date (jujube) and licorice sweeten the tea up quite a bit. Read More

My Chinese General Health Massage

For a long time I have had back pain that comes and goes, as well as some tightness that goes over the side of one hip since I left Korea a year ago.

When I was in America, I went for three different massages and when I explained what hurt and where, while the massages were relaxing they did nothing for the problem. So I reached out to the GGI (Girl Gone International) wechat group here and asked for a recommendation.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine Part 1

My good friend, Veronika, who I met in Chengdu recommended I see this Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor named Adam.

I thought about it for a month as I was not sure if I had any health problems worth going to him for. So I decided to message him about a general health checkup and possibly tackling my digestion, rosacea and cold hands and feet. He told me to come in to see him, so I booked an appointment.

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