Feel Good Blogging Challenge #4: 10 things you might not know about me

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For today’s challenge, we’ve been asked to share 10 things that people might not know about us…..

  1. I’m usually indecisive and I sometimes make a big deal of small things.
  2. I’m a picky eater when it comes to vegetables.
  3. I am hypocritical. I try not to be, but sometimes I am.
  4. One of my greatest fears is having my tongue cut by razors…
  5. My ‘natural’ face is a pissed off kinda look…and apparently I have this look in my eyes that isn’t a ‘happy’ look…I’ve been trying to look more pleasant though lol! (My friend says we suffer from chronic biotch face lol)
  6. I’m shy and rather introverted, but if I get to know you and you get to know me and we become close, I become less shy and will open up to you more.
  7. I’m not a teary/crying type of person. If there is a sad occasion and I’m not crying like every other person, I’m sad, but I just don’t cry a lot. I do cry though.
  8. I’m slow when it comes to thinking of comebacks. just never have the right words at the right time…this is why I never win fights
  9. I love making care packages for our troops!
  10. I love journal writing.

If you participated in the challenge, I’d love to read your 10 things, link it below!

Feel Good Blogging Challenge #3: A Tutorial Post

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As part of Alex Beadon’s Feel Good Blogging Challenge, this post marks the day 3 prompt. When I first saw it, I tried to think of something to teach that someone one else would actually be interested in learning. As I lack creativity brain cells, it took me a while to come up with something. Something that wouldn’t be “faking” it just to post something. But I couldn’t really think of an interesting tutorial…even with my “tutorial” below, I don’t even think this it is very interesting .I considered not posting a response for the day 3 challenge, but here you go.

This tutorial is more of an informative/best practices guide when entering an Asian Household. As the American population is becoming more diversified and unique, I can only guess that the number of 100% Asian households are dwindling. While it may be more common in different areas of the US than others, I’m sure at one point, you’ve been to an Asian household and didn’t really know what to expect. (Perhaps one in which the grandparents lived there and didn’t speak English and ‘dictated’ the home.) Also, this is my opinion from living in Thailand and visiting family friends in America, so this may or may not be representative to all Asian cultures. But here it goes…

5 Tips to Remember when Entering an Asian Household

1. Take off your shoes. This is the number one rule when entering any Asian household. I highly suggest doing this even if your host encourage you to do whatever feels comfortable (unless maybe you have really bad foot odor or something). Taking off your shoes shows right off the bat that you respect their home and your genuine desire to respect its inhabitants and their desire to keep it clean.

2. Be respectful to elders. And by elders, I mean anyone not in the same relative age group, or parents of the person you’re visiting. In the American culture, I’ve seen instances where people do not have any respect for those older than them. In many Asian countries, there are certain words (prefixes, if you will) that you place before the person’s name when addressing them. There’s a prefix for addressing those older (and younger) than you. Also, each family member has a title, so for example, your grandma on your dad’s side is called something different than the one on your mom’s side (which makes it easy so you can just say the title, and people know which one you’re talking about). While you may not have the chance to talk to the elders in the house, still show respect for them by acknowledging their presence. A simple hello or smile goes a long way.

3. Be mindful of your surroundings. Sometimes there will be memorabilia or different types of artwork from their culture or native country. Take the time to ask about it. You might learn something new!

4. Be open to trying new foods. Not much needs to be said about this one….all cultures have foods that you’re not used to. In Thailand, after you greet a friend or someone visiting your house, you almost always ask if they’ve eaten. Even before the how are you’s and stuff…If they offer food, try it! I’m not the best at this, but it’s always rude to not eat when someone has prepared a meal for you. (I recently re-tried sushi {shrimp tempura roll} and I like it. I’m a picky eater anyways, but I’m trying to be better!)

5. Have a good time! There have been times when I’ve been to other people’s house and didn’t feel comfortable because things felt strange and different than what I’m used to. But as long as you have an open mind and make the most out of your visit, I guarantee you’ll enjoy your time and maybe even learn something.

Join the conversation!
-Do you have any additional tips to add to the list?
-What food/dishes have you tried and like that you didn’t think you would enjoy?

Feel Good Blogging Challenge #2: A Passionate Post

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Well if you read my introduction post, you’d see why this post may be difficult for me. There is one thing that I’m sort of passionate about, but I’m hesitant to share it because it’s an idea for a business that I have, that I haven’t seen elsewhere. And if I share, and someone who has the means to carry out my idea actually takes the idea….get it? I’m not very creative to begin with and someone taking my idea wouldn’t go over well in my mind. But I’ll try to divulge as much as I can without giving it all away. What’s life without a little mystery right?
So my ultimate goal has to do with putting a smile on the faces of those who serve our country, whether it be first responders, troops, teachers, volunteers, etc. When September 11, 2001 happened, like most people, I remember exactly where I was. I was in my 7th grade English class when my math teacher brought her class in (and rolled the TV in) and turned on the news. I remembered feeling sad for the people who had lost their lives and for the families who had experienced this tragedy. Also, living so close to Washington, DC, many of my classmates felt worried after learning that a plane had crashed into the Pentagon, and like most of those kids, I worried whether or not my dad would be coming home. He did not work in the Pentagon, but his train passed the Pentagon on the way home, and so I can only imagine everyone’s worry about getting home that day. I remember being given the next day off of school so that we could be with our families. In October or November, I remember my mom taking me to the fabric store to pick out some fleece to make a blanket. I chose the most patriotic fabric I could find as I was on this patriotic high, as that was just the thing to do at that time.
Fast forward to 2008…I met a boy who served (and still is serving) in the United States Marine Corps. He and I got very close and I always wanted to send him a care package or something, but he always said he didn’t want anything, So I went on with my life…come 2013, when I discovered a bunch of websites to that allowed you to send letters and care packages to troops serving overseas. I fell in love with that idea and tried to send as much as I could. Some would say I got a little carried away, but I loved just putting everything together and sending it out, knowing that it would make their day to receive a piece of home. Looking back to my USMC friend, it got me thinking. There are all of these services that allow us to send stuff to troops…but not many services for troops to send things home. Therein lies my passion (or at least I think it is my passion and I want it to be my passion). While this ‘story’ hasn’t had the chance to develop into something more than just an idea in my head, I hope that one day, I’ll be able to turn my idea into reality and be able to also serve those who serve us.

What’s the story behind your passion?