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There’s no escaping now…I’m officially in the system.
I like how it’s essentially a perforated piece of paper. At least Canadian numbers are plastic cards.

There’s no escaping now…I’m officially in the system.

I like how it’s essentially a perforated piece of paper. At least Canadian numbers are plastic cards.

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Jin Won Lee workout and interview with Personal Trainer Jae Hyun Ryu 

Growing up as an athletic girl who thought I was just as good and should be treated like the guys, this video bothered me a bit at first…Then I thought about it and realized it is a good example of the contrast between Western and Korean (East Asian) ideas of female strength and fitness (Generally).

Women with Western views tend to believe we are equal to men even in terms of strength and athleticism. I grew up hearing “beauty is strength.” This idea, in a way, trades traditional femininity for a new definition of beauty—a masculine idea of grit and strength.

After living in Korea and meeting/learning more about Korean female athletes, I see a difference. They are incredibly fit but seem to do it within a feminine context; by that I mean they do not necessarily try to compete with or mirror men’s (stereotypically) aggressive, testosterone-y bravado. They tend to say they are different than men and from there create their own space and definitions of strength.

Is either view better or worse? No. Just different. In some ways, I think “strength” and “beauty” should be completely separate. Women should have the freedom to be as fit (or unfit) as they want without worrying whether or not it positively or negatively affects their “beauty” and/or “femininity.”

Agree, disagree, have thoughts? I’d be interested in hearing them.

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….the most annoying part of the video was how the trainer emphasized Lee’s greatest advantage was her Asia-ness. Thanks for playing into the exotic Asian portrayal.

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I was AWOL. An update is in order

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I moved to the ‘burbs’ and while my life is far from uninteresting (it’s actually been busy), it’s been personal goals and routine stuff that probably is uninteresting to you—unless you enjoy pictures of gargantuan, beautifully paved streets, sprawling parking lots and strip malls of sleepy (yet still traffic-filled) suburbia. I just haven’t been inspired to take out my camera or write indepth posts about how I now have to drive 10-12 minutes to the grocery store.

The world remains an interesting place, however, what with impending apocolypse-inducing Ebola and the diabolical militant Islamic group ISIS blitzkrieging through Iraq. I haven’t been bored.

The most interesting events in my personal life are that my SSN application was finally accepted and my card is on its way within the next two weeks; and the fact we’ll be going to Korea/Japan for a month at the end of November—I know, we’re stuck in the rut of convenience and personal connections. 

That final fact is mostly the reason why I logged back in. I finally feel like I’ll be doing something that is slightly interesting enough to document. If you’re up for it, I invite you along for the journey.

I just have to finish a final assignment, partake in the Halloween festivities (Or go to bed early), endure American Thanksgiving and survive the ensuing day of consumerism (Black Friday) then we’ll be off!

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It takes an average of seven tries for a victim to leave an abusive relationship.” - National Domestic Abuse Hotline

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"Rape and other acts of violence…and fear of that violence limits most women in ways they’ve gotten so used to they hardly notice—and we hardly address." ~ Rebecca Solnit - Men Explain Things to Me

I asked my husband awhile ago, “How often do you have a heightened sense of awareness while…

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The San Diego Zoo!

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Ended the San Diego road trip with a quick selfie at the Bixby Bridge in Big Sur this morning (hello greasy morning face). It was a great trip and now I fully understand why it’s called “Sunny California”…as it was gloriously hot every day with beautiful blue skies, silky smooth beaches and topaz-coloured water. SF doesn’t always live up to the sunny part during the summer and our waters are just a tad chillier than SoCal. I also thank god I don’t live in Central CA anywhere I-5 passes. It’s right up there with Central WA only hotter, drier and dustier. They do have acres and acres of fruit though, I guess they have that going for them. My phone kept blacking out whenever I tried to post pics from the road…thus no pictures during the trip. I will slowly throw them up when I get the chance this week. 

Ended the San Diego road trip with a quick selfie at the Bixby Bridge in Big Sur this morning (hello greasy morning face). It was a great trip and now I fully understand why it’s called “Sunny California”…as it was gloriously hot every day with beautiful blue skies, silky smooth beaches and topaz-coloured water. SF doesn’t always live up to the sunny part during the summer and our waters are just a tad chillier than SoCal. I also thank god I don’t live in Central CA anywhere I-5 passes. It’s right up there with Central WA only hotter, drier and dustier. They do have acres and acres of fruit though, I guess they have that going for them. 

My phone kept blacking out whenever I tried to post pics from the road…thus no pictures during the trip. I will slowly throw them up when I get the chance this week. 

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Enroute to the San Diego zoo and saw a mileage sign—30 miles to the Intl Border of Mexico-US. We’ve almost driven all the length of the USA since we drove down from Vancouver, Canada when we moved.

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Road trip to kick off the fall.

Changes are on the horizon for the fall, but first, we’re kicking it off with a road trip to San Diego, leaving tomorrow.

Can’t wait for some sunshine, sandy beaches and making animal friends at the San Diego Zoo!

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Had Korean for an early dinner and wanted to cash in on the beautiful (non-foggy) weather and since we were already in the area, headed to Oceanside Beach to dig our toes in the sand. I wish SF had more days like this!

The impromptu trip meant I didn’t have my nice camera with me, but it’s impossible to take a bad picture of something so perfect already.