Remembering Happy Travel to South Korea Biz in 2018

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REMEMBERING AN AWESOME TRAVELING TIME!

 

I love to travel a lot and I am a well versed traveler but this is my first time in South Korea for business and fun. And since the Winter Olympics are happening in this country our family decided for us to stay three days at the Conrad Hotel in Seoul and then go to Pyongyang for the finals. So, so long Seoul, hello Pyeongchang!

 

NOTE:

 

It was very hard to track down accommodations close to these mountain events but we did it with anticipation though, we learned our lesson in Sochi 2014 where we stayed on a cruise ship near the coastal cluster and had to commute every day to watch my events. The way the security was set up most of the mountain based accommodations would have been difficult to get to without a car. We planned better this time.

 

SE SOUVENIR DE LA CORÉE DU SUD

 

Busan en Corée du Sud est la seconde plus grande ville du pays. Très souvent, visiter Busan est une étape incontournable lors d’un voyage en Corée du Sud.

Ville portuaire située au sud de la péninsule coréenne, la ville est assez étendue et dispose de plusieurs points d’intérêt touristiques au sein même de la ville ou en bordure. En effet, pour visiter Busan correctement, il faut compter au moins 2 jours.

 

Dans ce billet consacré à Busan en Corée du Sud, je vous donne mes conseils pour préparer votre visite de la ville et savoir quoi faire à Busan.

FRANCE DIPLOMATIE

 

HOTEL I PREFER IN PYEONGCHANG SOUTH KOREA:
Intercontinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort

 

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HOTEL IN SOUL SOUTH KOREA:
Conrad Seoul Hotel

 

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Terrible Fire Consuming Notre Dame Cathedral – A #380

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I had the joy to have visited the Notre Dame Cathedral in 2005, 2012 and 2017. Now, I find out through breaking news that this iconic building which began being built in the XII century, in 1163 and finished in 1345 (it took almost 200 years for its final construction) is being burnt during remodeling.

Needless to say that all my family, my daughter and our extended family are with the French people and Parisians.

 

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REPORT EXCERPT 

 

A fire has engulfed the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, one of the city’s most iconic sights.

The fire began at 6:50 p.m. local time Monday, the Paris fire department said, and continued to burn hours later.

 

 

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A French firefighter official told reporters the main structure of the cathedral has been saved and the two iconic main towers are intact and have been saved as well.

French Mayor Anne Hidalgo said that authorities were evacuating people from buildings in the area — including homes close to the cathedral.

 

REPORT LE MONDE

 

L’incendie est parti peu avant 19 heures dans les combles du monument historique le plus visité d’Europe. Après quatre heures de lutte, les pompiers semblent maîtriser les flammes.

Les deux tours de la cathédrale sont sauvées, mais deux tiers de la toiture sont ravagés. Emmanuel Macron, qui a reporté à mardi son allocution, s’est rendu sur place.

De Washington à Berlin, partout l’émotion est grande.

 

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Hens and Roosters a Wonderful Variety in my Backyard – A #379

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Hens and Roosters

 

My dream flock would consist of one of probably every breed. I like chickens this much.

 

hens eggs and roosters

 

I am totally egg obsessed and trying to achieve the most colorful egg basket (and colorful chickens) in my suburban backyard. Seasonal availability and hatchery minimums are somewhat a hinderance, so I’m dependent on what my local feed store happens to carry or what I can produce myself using my incubators by mixing hens and roosters of different breeds, thus getting a variety of eggs.

 

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My current laying birds include Easter Egger, Buff Orp and Blue Wyandotte. I am getting more chicks next week: Black Dominant Copper and an Olive Egger. I wanted to get a white or cream egg layer. The store is getting a new shipment the end of the month.

 

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Can’t decide between White Leghorn, Sicilian Buttercup, Speckled Sussex or…. Columbian Wyandotte-just because I want a white chicken and they’re so beautiful even though they lay brown eggs.

 

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6 Beautiful Tropical Flowers of Hawaii

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  • Plumeria. Plumeria

  • Hibiscus

  • Bird of Paradise. A Bird of Paradise flower found on Maui. 

  • Pikake.

  • Ohia Lehua. 

  • Naupaka.

Plumeria is a sweet-smelling flower that beautifies Hawaiian leis. Plumeria Passion flowers are a familiar celebratory sight at graduations, are a water-wise option, meaning they can tolerate dry conditions while flourishing in full sun.

 

Pikake (Jasmine sambac)

 

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Ohia Lehua

 

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Hibiscus

 

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Plumeria

 

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I Love Bacteria …. the Good Kind though A- #378

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Yes, there is always good and bad in all, isn’t? And bacteria is not the exception.

 

good bacteria

 

Our bodies have different tissues full with excellent microbes that help us fight the bad ones. It is so important that we take care and preserve this kind, helpful and faithful bacteria, so we can have an army of healthy tiny micro bio-soldiers for the attack of the bad ones when necessary.

 

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In fact, you couldn’t survive without some bacteria!  Good ones help digest your food and fight invading microbes.  Also, they are used in making some of the dairy products you like to eat and also some types of medicines!  It is one of  the best decomposers – they break down dead and decaying organic matter, from leaves to insects. 

 

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Best of all, it is are being used to clean up oil spills to keep your environment healthy too.

 

EAT MORE:  yogurt, kafir, sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchi, miso, kombucha, pickles, traditional buttermilk, natto and some type of cheeses.  

 

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4 Beautiful Edible Flowers Ideas to Please Your Palate

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EDIBLE FLOWER DISHES

 

A plate of Yum Samoen Prai Bussaba, which includes Herbs and Flowers all mixed in a salad. This delicious plate is served on a Bangkok five-star hotel’s floral banquet menu.

 

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Squash Blossom, Avocado, and Butter Lettuce Salad

 

Quick, delicious, and pretty, too, this salad is nice for a special warm-weather luncheon.

 

 

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Strawberry Rose Cupcakes

 

A few scattered rose petals on a plain cupcake can add a real wow factor. But when your guests bite into these strawberry-rose jam-filled treats, you’ll really be hearing the oohs and aahs.

 

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Avocado Appetizer with Chive Flowers

 

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Best Song of the Week to Make You Feel Powerful and Unbroken! A #377

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song unbroken

 

POWERFUL SONG!

 

I just listened to UNBROKEN yesterday. I enjoyed the lyrics so much that I could not stop listening to it over and over.

 

If you feel down, listen to this song (MUSICAL VIDEO below). Listen to other songs that would liberate your mind from pain, from feeling unworthy, sad, lonely.  But do it as soon as possible. See, the longer you allow yourself to feel like you can not go on anymore, the longer will be for you to recuperate, to go back on your feet and “fight” the good fight, to live plenty.

 

So, do it today. Today is the day for you to pull yourself out of that hole without ladders. There is always a ladder. If you don’t think so, if you don’t see it, then YOU get it and put it on the wall of the deep hole and climb it up!

 

 

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5 Best Chocolates in the World Healthy Benefits and Unhealthy Side Effects

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best chocolate in the world

1. Godiva 

2. La Maison du Chocholatier

3. Ferrero Rocher

4. Belgian

5. Madagascar 

 

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Flavanols promote the production of nitric oxide, which relaxes the blood vessels and enhances blood flow. This helps lower blood pressure and ultimately enhances heart health.

These flavanols can also increase insulin sensitivity and possibly cut down diabetes risk.

 

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The other important nutrients include iron, magnesium, pper, zinc, and phosphorus – all of which contribute to your overall health (including cancer prevention).

The flavanols can protect the skin against sun damage. Studies show that dietary flavanols from cocoa offer photoprotection and improve dermal blood circulation.

 

 

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“NOT EVERYTHING IN CHOCOLATE HEAVEN IS GLORY” — Dr. Martha A. Castro N., MD

 

UNHEALTHY EFFECTS  OR SIDE EFFECTS

ANXIETY

The caffeine in dark chocolate (and chocolate, in general), excess intake can lead to anxiety issues (28). Hence, consume it in moderation.

 

HEART ISSUES

Dark does have great benefits for the heart. But the caffeine it contains might cause irregular heartbeat in susceptible individuals (29). Hence, moderation is key.

 

OTHER ISSUES WITH CAFFEINE

The caffeine in this product may also aggravate the following conditions (individuals with these conditions must consume dark chocolate in moderation):

 

Diarrhea
Glaucoma
High blood pressure
Irritable bowel syndrome
Osteoporosis

 

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Learn How to Read Your Body Signals to Avoid Anxiety and Be Happier – A #375

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LEARN HOW TO READ BODY SIGNAL TO AVOID ANXIETY

 

  1. Take a deep breath. …
  2. Get active. …
  3. Sleep well. …
  4. Challenge an anxious thought. …
  5. Say an encouraging statement. …
  6. Stay connected to others. …
  7. Avoid caffeine. …
  8. Avoid mind-altering substances.

 

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The ability to perceive the signals of your body is known as interoceptive accuracy (IAc). There are, different psychosomatic cues that you pick up within yourself during states of anxiety. But above all, a beating heart is the hardest one to ignore.

 

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It’s for this reason that heartbeat perception, as brain scientists call it, is a direct proxy for measuring people’s IAc and reported anxiety and stress levels.

IAc and a beating heart

Having the ability to accurately detect your own heartbeat is critical for reappraising your anxiety on a moment to moment basis. We know that anxiety is as much in the body as it is in the mind, and that a (mis)perception of a fast heart rate can easily contribute to the catastrophization of a panicked state.

 

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It’s why some of the most effective anxiety-related therapies, like progressive muscle relaxation and deep breathing, tend to focus on muting a physiological response followed by a cognitive reappraisal technique.

Now in terms of IAc, the longstanding view was that it is an inherited trait, similar to eye color or height. Your IAc is immutable, unchanging. But now there’s new evidence suggesting that the situation matters just as much as the person: While some people may have inherently bad interoceptive ability, we can’t ignore the influence of the broader context. And this, if it turns out to be true, is a definite win for anyone looking to reverse a certain anxiety-based predisposition.

The study and findings

A team of researchers led by Martin F. Whittkamp out of the University of Luxembourg set out to investigate just how much of a role the environment plays in determining our ability to self-reflect on accurate biofeedback.

 

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The researchers relied on two methods to measure IAc via heartbeat perception. The first, called the counting task is simply a comparison between actual measures of your heartbeat with your self-reported measures. Another method, called the heartbeat discrimination task, measures how accurately you can rate whether or not your heartbeat is in sync with an external stimulus such as a blinking light on a computer screen.

The team in this newest study compared the results of both a heartbeat counting task and discrimination task in two conditions: a resting state and a stress state. Mental stress was induced by having participants match the color of a flashing light bulb with a corresponding button as fast and accurately as possible. If this wasn’t stressful enough, the experimenter also chimed in with a few verbal cues urging the participant to perform better so as to not ruin the entire experiment.

In addition to comparing stress state IAc with resting state IAc, the researchers also designed a number of computational models. These models aimed to measure how much of one’s interoceptive accuracy is owed to individual ability versus the situation.

The results found that about 40% of a person’s IAc can be explained by his/her individual traits, while around 30% can be explained by the changing situation, leaving the remaining 30% to measurement error.

What this says is that your ability to detect and therefore modulate your bodily responses during an anxious state is not fixed. These signals are amenable to change. You can learn to more accurately perceive your beating heart in a high-stress environment. You can apply reappraisal techniques in mitigating your anxiety.

The findings of this study have the potential to inform research on stress and anxiety management. For example, having a general idea of how much your IAc is dependent on biological predisposition could provide leeway to pharmaceutical interventions to help combat debilitating responses to stressful situations.

For now there’s therapeutic power in knowing you can improve your IAc and work towards minimizing your anxiety.

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Butter Lemon Garlic Shrimp Wonderful Recipe to Enjoy Eating – A #374

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Butter Lemon Garlic Shrimp

This is the perfect meal for busy weeknights! 

 

butter garlic shrimp

 

It is quickly marinated in the bright flavors of lemon zest and lemon juice, savory garlic and spicy red chile pepper flakes. After being skewered and quickly cooked on a hot grill, they’re slathered in a compound butter which mirrors the flavors in the marinade. It’s true what they say – big things do come in small packages!

 

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If you want a little extra of that buttery sauce to serve with some couscous or pasta, just double up on the butter and lemon. Add some fresh steamed asparagus, and you will have a complete meal in no time that the whole family will love!

 

This lemon garlic shrimp recipe is definitely one of the easiest and quickest made from-scratch dinners you could make. Trust me, the flavor definitely beats a package of plain old ramen or fast food, so go with this instead when you have the urge to just grab something quick.

 

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Ingredients:

 

16 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Juice of one lemon
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/8 teaspoon red chile pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1/8 teaspoon red chile pepper flakes

 

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Directions:

Combine shrimp, oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, minced garlic, red chile pepper flakes and salt in a large bowl. Cover and marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine ingredients for lemon- garlic butter with a fork in a small bowl and set aside.
Preheat grill over medium-high heat. Place four shrimp on a skewer, then grill skewers for 2-3 minutes a side, or until shrimp are plump and pink. Remove to a platter, then slather with lemon garlic butter while hot. Serve immediately.

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