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Sunday, 18 November 2018

Soak Yourself in Rice When Stressed

Soak Yourself in Rice When Stressed
Sunday, 18 November 2018
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The title got you here didn't it? Glad that worked. Well if I am going to be very honest with you. I am always stressed.  In fact, if you were to open the Oxford English Dictionary and search for the word "Stressed", you will find a black and white illustration of me crying over my laptop. Some of you who know me personally may not be convinced by this declaration of stress because according to most of my friends I am chill, calm or unbothered.
 That is not me being chilled, that is the numbness followed by the overbearing amount of stress that has emptied me down to an empty husk which is void of all emotion. Ahaha...that got dark really quickly. My point is I know a few things about being stressed and I also know a few things about not being stressed(?) That could have been worded more eloquently, but that has never been my style.

Stress isn't great right? It causes weight gain/loss and acne which is already something I am at war with, without the added complication. So I am going to share with you the most honest and actually effective way to de-stress without having to look for extra dessert. (ahah did you see what I did there?).

So the first step is to give yourself a break ma! Sis, what is you doing?  Why are you being so hard on yourself? It's 12 am you've been looking at this essay for hours, what you need is sleep okay? You need to rest. You can't make a deadline if you well are well...finished. (How can you be finished before the assignment? tragic.)  Think to yourself will this actually matter in a years time? If you are honest with yourself, no it won't  Even if it truly mattered life is about learning and making mistakes. People do not start off as finely cut diamonds, we start as lumps of coal. Earthly pressures mould us and we press through. When diamonds become diamonds no one ever looks at their ring and says: "urgh remember when this diamond was a coal". Okay, I can see how that went off on a tangent there, but you guys get where I am going with, right?

When I am stressed I do two things... I overeat or I stop eating altogether. GCSE me was so stressed that I had to be taken to the doctors because I was losing an unhealthy amount of weight fast. Instead of starving yourself or reaching for a bar chocolate plan your meals in advance in times of stress, so you're still looking after yourselves. Stress is a very mental thing but can manifest into something visible and physical.

Sleep! Make sure you get enough sleep girl(or boy)! Catch them Zs you know what I am sayin? You know how people nap and they feel better when they wake up? Well sleeping for 7-8 hours at night does the same thing, but like 1000% better trust me I know what I am saying. Also, ditch the caffeine, it can make the problem worse, it also increases your blood pressure which is like further associated with stress. Relax and sip a cup of Chamomile or Lavender tea, so much better and sweeter actually. If you must have your caffeine fix try and limit to one cup a day. Sex is great but so is your sanity am I right?

Okay, one last thing take a deep breath in. Hey, I saw that! Don't roll your eyes at me. When people used to tell me to take a deep breathe in. I wanted to make sure that they would never breathe again. There is nothing worse than telling someone that you ain't good, for them to turn around and tell you to calm down and take a deep breathe in. Thanks, Vanessa I totally don't want to pull out my hair, follicle by follicle now, that therapist was waste of my money, I am saved. However, it does help, actually ten help, ten in and outs. I should have made that clearer. No seriously try it, it feels good.

If all else fails then:
1) find an abyss
2) Scream into  it

No, but on a serious note, stress is good in moderation. Stress helps us do well in exams, it's the reason we work hard, its a sort of motivation. My Psychology teacher used to tell me if you aren't stressed for the exam then you're more likely to fail. Stress can quickly become overwhelming, if you find yourself in that situation, switch off and then turn back on, like you would do with a glitchy phone. (I don't recommend that you soak yourself in rice though, that won't help anybody).

In conclusion, don't listen to my ill  inspired title, do not Soak yourself in rice when stressed... unless you're into that type of stuff. We are after all a judge free zone. That's all from me and my bad puns! (There is no PUNch Line here, okay I'll stop I am sure some of you want to PUNch me in the face)
Take the Notebook's advice 

See you soon hopefully stress-free and obsessed with Chamomile tea!

Emmy xx (Who currently has an approaching deadline to meet ahh)

Psst...If anyone was in any way physically or mentally affected my puns, please do not hesitate to call your local GP and ask for medication, I, of course, will for your prescription as a way to help you recover. :(
Wednesday, 7 November 2018

The K Wave- It says Hi! (한류)

The K Wave- It says Hi! (한류)
Wednesday, 7 November 2018
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The K-Wave is not to be, confused with the Mexican wave, which is according to Wikipedia is a neologism literally meaning the "flow of Korea") it is the increase in global popularity of South Korean culture since the 1990s. I don't know about you, but that sounds complicated for no reason. Basically, Korean Culture has become very mainstream recently and its here to stay,

So Korean culture has been very mainstream and somehow I have been swallowed into this tsunami of a wave. I always feel like the K Wave followed suit after Japan had its own wave of culture
A poster I saw on my trip to London...
reaching the West. I myself listen to the Band BTS which is a Kpop band, I also plough through an unhealthy amount of K dramas and Korean variety shows.

I found myself wondering after discovering several people on my course who also listened to Kpop and/or watched, Korean dramas, why Korean music and its culture has become very appealing to the masses. Several things I wanted to mention before I got on is I discovered BTS when I was 16 and I originally enjoyed anime and Japanese Rock, I had also been learning Japanese at the time, but I wasn't doing so well(as one does when you only rely on animes). I am not sure if that was significant information,  not everyone I met recently had a background in the Far East. Also before we continue some ignorant person is going to turn around and say: " Hang on Hang on Hang on. Korea? Japan? China? Aren't they the same?"

If you are that person please close the tab and read a book you clearly need to :). Although there are some vague similarities you only need to look at each of their alphabets to know there is a vast difference, Japan has three written alphabets: Kanj, Hirigana and Katakana whereas Korea only uses the Hangul alphabet. Japanese, is I would say personally is more difficult. Actually, let me go into another tangent because I actually love the origin of language! Japanese has many origins, it's considered a Ural Altaic language (so is Mongolian, Manchu and Korean), but in the 8-9th AD China came along on their high horse (maybe quite literally I don't know I am not exactly a historian)  and they were like: "Here is our beautiful well thought out, intellectual language  this our gift to you lmao."  Japan responded in an upside-down smiley face and took the Chinese characters and remixed it (made it their own...actually can I just point out the conversation is not historically accurate). What happened was the Chinese Characters could not fully express the extent of Speech and only the elite had time on their hand to learn Chinese Characters so someone decided to you know do something about it* With Korea the same thing essentially happened,  except they graciously(I say graciously very very loosely) accepted China's offer and took their incredibly complex writing system at the time and kinda went with it. The current Korean Alphabet was actually devised in 1443 meaning it's one of the newest language systems in the world! Someone eventually turned around and said this is stupid hard! The lower class don't get it and that led to the reform. The language has also been praised for being one of the most efficient and perfect language systems, but that's enough of me boring you

Okay so the K wave? I am not sure how it happened, but I am going to talk to you about why everyone is freaking obsessed. I think everyone has this bubblegum pink images of girls singing in high pitched voices when we hear Kpop, the most cynical of you will even roll your eyes and mutter to yourself about how cringy it all is. Although the bubble gum image is not exactly wrong there is a bigger picture.

The bubblegum pink is a concept.

In Western music, concepts are also explored for example Beyonce in Crazy in Love is not exactly the same as Lemonade Beyonce? Do you get the picture? Of course, it is much more significant in Kpop. Most of the time there is still an overarching sound pop we can't ignore, but of course, their visuals and personalities and often even whole genres will change with each concept.  Let me tell you, readers, concepts change faster than you can say: "I am not a fan of this artist", because you might not be saying that next month when the concepts change. Why is this so enticing? Well, fans are never bored, your favourite group is always changing and reinventing themselves, you get teasers and concepts photos whilst your waiting for this album to drop. You have no idea what you faves will sound like next!

Both pictures are the same group but different concepts. I think it helps demonstrate what I mean by concepts-the people are in the same order of people left to right.  So you can actually easier follow the difference.

Again both the group Red velvet and all the same people I promise, but can you see the difference for concepts. The music for the album is also wildly different. Listen to Perfect Velvet, it's in the name it's literally perfect
What Kpop artist also do well is as relatable as possible, with how they interact with fans. They have an app which is called V Live and all your favourite artist will often grace you with live real-time videos of an Insta live. Of course, before that was possible fans would flock the app when they got notifications. They tend to talk about their day like an ordinary person, some even film before or after concerts to talk about the support they got, but mostly it's super casual, they just talking about their life right before they go to bed. BTS also has a very active Twitter page where they post regularly. They also appear in game shows or create their own game shown in the V Live app. BTS has a series of game shows called Run! It's actually usually very amusing and their penalties are usually very bizarre. Particularly with BTS, they are very much themselves and have been open about taboo topics in Korea, such as mental health. Namjoon (leader&rapper) and Yonngi (rapper) have been honest about their depression attracting many people to them and many fans have been able to relate with them.

Hair and Makeup? A lot of people have said every immature things to me simply because K pop Stars wear makeup. Calling them either girls or gay or even both. Very original Todd, you've got a ketchup stain on the t-shirt you've been wearing for a month. The truth folks is that all male TV personalities wear makeup, yuck it up. Yes in the Western world it's more subtle because men in the west have what I call weak masculinity and can't handle the world knowing they have some powder and bronzer on. *eye roll* Korea is a different culture to ours. It's not that common, but it's not unusual for men to wear BB cream or conceal from time to time. Korean men are very aware of their appearance some would say as equally as the female population. In KPop makeup is worn to match their concepts and most idols won't wear make-up outside shows or TV appearances. We have to remember Korean beauty standards are taken very seriously, this a society where looking good is very very important. Many girls I have met actually like that they wear makeup, some don't know how to describe but find it very attractive. It is also reassuring to know that they take care of their appearance. Some male idols will talk to you about their face masksPe. I mean I loved punk rock and guys with eyeliner from those days, so hell I'll take a man with eyeshadow any day! Plus it doesn't look bad on them at all. I think if you were honest with themselves it doesn't take anything from this so-called "masculinity"
Jimin from BTS with no makeup from one of his lives.
The picture next to him is him with makeup on their
Wings Tour

Kpop Gals! Not All Kpop gals are cutesy and sickening like it's often imagined, it really depends on their concepts. Some K Pop gals are the sexiest individuals I have ever seen. Sometimes I don't think they are real. *Insert Images below*



I think the images of East Asian men particularly have been tarred by media in the west. In TV shows they are usually stubby guys with a strong accent, running a small business in a cutthroat a frugal way. They are never really shown as attractive, intelligent way. One example of a bad portrayal of Asian men is Two Broke Girls. It's not fair. Asain women, on the other hand, are shown as mute and unable to understand English which is always the punchline

What else...K dramas! Have you watched one of those things, they are funny and moving at the same time. I have actually shed several tears. Of course like a lot of things there are some cliches, but everyone loves a cliche am I right? The story lines are always compelling and if you know anything about K dramas the plot twists(even if you think you were expecting it) will blow your mind! One Drama called W! was plot twist central. I finished watching the dramas about 6 months ago and still think about the plot twists. I don't know what I was expecting, but their attention to detail in cinematography and script writing is incredible, the humour also transcends culture and race, with the added editing and sound effects, they have never failed to make me laugh. It does help the actors are also gorgeous
K drama Poster! Trans: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
I think Korea is a very interesting place with a rich culture that I have been immersed in. Korean language partners and Korean Dramas have opened my eyes to a nation I didn't know about several years ago. When I was 14 I asked my Dad why my Samsung phone always reset the time to Seoul, having no idea where it was and now I am saving up to make the trip. It just goes to show ignorance and close-mindedness isn't helping anybody. The K wave is here Bands like BTS and now NCTs have featured on American television. One of the members of BTS participated in the KiKi challenge and blew up before being featured in Drake's  Video, they have collabed with Desiigner, Wale and Nicki Minaj; BTS has also addressed the UN. So how's that?
 There more to be said but if you're like me and have an attention span of fish with a head injury this is already too much so I am going to stop here.

Well as they say in Korea

안녕히 가세요!

Emmy xx
Sunday, 4 November 2018

London in Turtlenecks ft Off topic Rambling

London in Turtlenecks ft Off topic Rambling
Sunday, 4 November 2018
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Hey, again it's me again! How's it going? Well, Halloween is finally out the way... the clocks have gone back, which may I add I eagerly anticipate every year, once the clock goes forward in the summer. It's getting colder and you can no longer be executed via Twiter for blaring Christmas songs through your earphones, but if I am being honest I have been listening to Christmas songs all year round so I might not be as excited as the rest of you... that's a lie I am still excited...Actually, where was I? Oh yeah, I wanted to share this look with you guys. It's quite simple, yet kinda cute. If I had a boyfriend (actually why don't I have one?)  I would wear this outfit for Winter dates.

I also had loads of fun taking these pictures! Although, my mum and I were a nuisance to the entirety of London, but you know I am annoying so I can only be me.

Also, the Jumper thankfully maintains your figure after your food baby has been conceived (I am still unable to turn down 8th helping from a Chinese buffet, someone help me!)

This is the whole outfit minus my shoes because of reasons. This is a candid shot actually and I was legit crossing after awkwardly posing on the island to tell my mum how embarrassed I was 
I am Legit standing like a Sim

 Lets the talk about the Jumper okay get ready kids, chant after me: "I got it from StoreDogDog". Are they sponsoring me you ask? One can only dream. No, I just like to import items, rather than shop domestically...hmm as an Ex Geography student, doesn't that sound like the EU and America or..? Anyway it's called the "Ribbed Turtleneck Knitted" and it's  $22.95

Can you see how I was so annoying? Either side of me 10 people probably missed the train as I sat on the stairs being photographed by my mum. Thanks, Ma! (Especially for glaring at people who dared to be in my shot)

Of course, I am going to wear these shoes to I wear out the obnoxiously high platforms. I only wear platformed shoes...why? Because my younger brother towers over me and as an older sister I must- no, it's really because I am short and need a boost. I have till 20 to grow and the future looks bleak. The coat is actually very pink in real life. It's from Warehouse and cost somewhere between £40-50. I bought it a long time ago
so I can't be sure of the price. In this picture, my mum got a bit trigger happy and did not allow me to actually get on the railing. I am now eternally grateful because when I did, I nearly fell back to my doom :) The skirt erm was a charity shop haul sorry! That wasn't helpful, but everyone has a denim skirt these days so I highly doubt you need direction. If you do New Look is your best bet, Speaking of New Look the brown flower patterned belt you can hardly see was £3,99 from you guessed it, New Look and is one of my fave belts!

Aha! Here is my face without a SnapChat filter, before you close the tab in horror and disgust, at least take a peek at my Star earrings. Exclusively for people out of this world! Okay sorry, but look at how Christmassy they are. I got these babies from Lovisa, can't wait to stop being broke and ransack the
shop again! 

That's all for now! As you can see my brother truely towers over me, also you can see that coloured jackts are a lifestyle in my family.

Bye Guys!

Emmy xx
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