My Body and Tummy Say, “No”

I’m tired of flying!

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My parents love to travel! As a result, I’ve been to many places. If you ask me, “Where’ve I been to?” I’ll say, “A LOT of places!!”. Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Beijing, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Rome, France, Germany, London, Los Angels, Ohio, San Francisco, South Africa, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, and MORE. I can’t even remember all of them. But there’re two things that I hate about traveling!

1. The Tiny Seat on The Plane

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I love traveling, but its’ tiring when you have to take a long flight. When you sit on the plane for more than 5 hours, your butt hurts, your legs sores, and your back aches. You want to stretch your legs, your body, and your arms. BUT, you can’t!  There’s no extra space for you to do stretching on an economic seat. You know what’s the worst? It’s when the person who sits in front of you lean their seat backward! You feel like you don’t have enough space to breath, you’re suffocating!

What Can You Do To Have an Enjoyable, Comfortable Flying Experience?

“Are you asking me to upgrade my seat to business class or first class?” You must be wondering. The answer is, “NO. You don’t have to. I have a better solution for you”.

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You can pay an extra of 100USD for the preferred seats (the price varied accorded to different airline). Preferred seats locate at the emergency exit row of an aircraft.There’re lot of leg space, as there aren’t any seats in front of you(See the image above). You don’t have to worry about kicking the person in front of you. When you go to washroom, you don’t have to worry about bothering the passengers who sit next to you.You can stretch your legs without affecting anyone. However, the preferred seats come with responsibility and requirements.

Some of the Emergency Exit Seating Requirements:

  • Assess whether opening the emergency exit will increase the hazards to which passengers may be exposed.
  • Assess, select, and follow a safe path away from the emergency exit
  • Must be 15 years of age or older
  • Have the ability to adequately import information orally in English to other passengers.
  • Must not have a condition that might cause the person harm if he or she perform one or more of the applicable functions

These are the requirement listed by  Southwest Airline. Make sure that you check with the airline when you request for the preferred seat, they might have different requirements.

I always travel with Cathay Pacific, and request for preferred seat! I find it a lot more comfortable than the regular seats. You should give it a try, if you want more leg space!

2. The Food on the Plane

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A flight attendant strolls the food and drink cart toward you, and place the meal tray on your tiny table.  An aluminium box that hold your chicken/beef/fish/pork, a small round/ square plastic bowl of  salad/ fruit, a slice of cake, a piece of bread with butter, and your plastic utensils in a sealed plastic bag sit on the tray. That’s your breakfast/lunch/dinner. Some people like it, some people don’t. I HATE IT. I always want to vomit when I smell the food on the plane.  Some airlines provide cup noodles, so I always ask for cup noodles instead. I also bring lot of snacks with me l, so that I dont starve for hours.

I wish airlines can provide tasty food like JAL, the Japan Airline! Look the the food that they provide!

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If I can have these food on the plane, I’ll never complain about long flight! I’ll be craving for more food! Nom nom nom…

What’re your little tricks on the plane? Share and comment!

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You Better Behave

-How do you behave when you are abroad?

            “You better behave when you’re in another country. You represent the family. You do not want to bring shame to your family name, and nation,” My dad says to me.

My dad cares a lot about reputation, a typical Chinese dad. He always reminds me how I should behave in public. He thinks that, “table manner and social skills are the key to success”.

Recently, my friend tagged me on a post, “China’s Guidelines On Civilized Travel Abroad’ Offers These 25 Pearls Of Wisdom”. In my first blog,I wrote about how to adapt into new culture. So, I wanted to know the recommendations that the Chinese provide to their citizens. I clicked onto the link, watched the attached video, and read the article. I burst out laughing while reading it. I laughed so hard, that my roommate came into my room to check on me. YES! It’s HILARIOUS! No Jokes!

The Bible for Chinese Traveler

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The China National Tourism Administration came up with a set of guideline for Chinese tourists. The guideline was issued in September with 64 pages, filled with illustration and simple descriptions.

Reputation is IMPORTANT!

The Chinese care about their reputation. Reputation equals to everything. It doesn’t matter who you truly are as a person, but you have to behave well in the public. When I say “well”, I mean really well.

Now you might start wondering, why aren’t they behaving then? It’s true that many aren’t concern about their behaviours. So, the authority concerns about it, and wants to protect the reputation of China. Therefore, they put together a set of guidelines, the Chinese Tourist Bible (It’s written in Chinese, but there’re illustrations to demonstrate the rules).

Some of the Basic Rules:

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  1. Do not spit.
  2. Do not throw garbage on the floor. Throw garbage into garbage bin.
  3. Do not pick your nose, pick your teeth, cough or sneeze in front of other people.
  4. Do not smoke in non- smoking area.
  5. Do not leave your footprint on the toilet.
  6. Follow local rules.
  7. Respect and be nice to staff.
  8. Pay tips.

I do understand why the Chinese government came up with this guideline. The area that I live in Hong Kong is where the majority of tourist visit. So I have witnessed many sides of the Chinese as they travel through Hong Kong. They throw garbage on the floor, they spit on the ground, they cough in front of your face without covering their mouth, they butt into line, they don’t say thank you when they ask for direction or help, they push you away when they pass by. If I have to go on and list all that I have witnessed, it will take a few pages. BUT the WORST thing that I have ever witnessed in my life is: A mom allowing her son to poo on the ground in a high end shopping mall, and leaving without cleaning afterward.

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Hopefully the guidelines improve the behaviours of the Chinese tourists, and  the Chinese will read it before they travel!

Winter

Today is 16th October 2013

Hong Kong Weather:

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The lowest temperature is 22°C; the highest temperature is 26°C.

Mississauga Weather:

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The lowest temperature is 9°C; the highest temperature is 16°C.

CAN YOU SEE THE  DIFFERENCE???!

“Oh my God! Hong Kong is so hot!” Canadians would say.

“Oh my God! Canada is so cold!” People from Hong Kong would say.

It’s not even winter yet, but the weather is getting cold. I’m not looking forward to winter…

My FIRST WINTER in Canada

My first reaction was, “I WANNA GO HOME”. Yes. I wanted to go back to Hong Kong. I felt like I moved into a freezer. My first winter in Canada was a nightmare to me…

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  • I got sick at least once every two weeks.
  • I got asthma attack more often.
  • I got Scarlet fever.
  • I had sore throat everyday .
  • Dried, and irritated skin.

Sometimes I wish I could stay in Canada during summer, and stay in Hong Kong during winter. Summer in Canada is nice. It isn’t as hot as Hong Kong. During the summer time, the temperature often can go beyond 30 degrees celsius in Hong Kong. How about winter? Winter in Hong Kong is like fall in Canada.The temperature rarely hits below 10 degrees celsius. In Hong Kong, I don’t have to worry about getting sick while waiting for the bus (I don’t have a car, so I have to take bus…).

Winter in Canada:

I would be thankful if the temperature doesn’t hit below negative. I would be thankful if my boots and socks remained dry from the now. I would be thankful if I don’t fall. I would be thankful if I don’t have to go to school because of snowstorm! (You know that you love snowstorm when you have midterms, assignments, or morning class!)

After staying in Canada for few years, I learned how to keep myself warm.

  1. Keep a scarf and a pair of gloves in your bag.
  2. Use your headphone as earmuff when you are cold.
  3. The penguin effect. Stick close with your friends or people around you when you’re waiting for bus.
  4. Wear a pair of legging underneath your pants.

These’re my strategies in the winter. What’re yours? Comment and Share!

I Can Breathe

I put my Chanel wallet, iPhone 4S, Yves Saint Laurent lipstick, AKG earphone, a pack of tissue, a blue puffer, and an orange puffer in to my  Prada handbag.

 What are the BLUE PUFFER and ORANGE PUFFER ?

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Blue puffer/ inhaler, is one of the medications for asthma. It is used as a rescue medicine during asthma attack.

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Orange puffer/ inhaler, functions as a preventer medicine.

You might start wondering why I carry them around. Yes, you’re right. I have asthma. And recently, I’m having asthma attack everyday. I can hardly breath. I have to use the blue puffer and orange puffer everyday. Since my asthma condition got worse, I paid $65 to visit a doctor. The doctor said if I don’t use my puffers, I’ll end up in emergency or die from suffocation. I don’t want to die yet!

WHAT TO DO?

1. Stay Warm

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Put on a scarf. Prevent inhaling cold air into your lungs.

2. Keep Your House Clean

Dust mites, cockroaches, moulds, and pollens trigger asthma attack. Clean your house daily! You might also use air purifier. I use air purifier at home. It improves my asthma and skin allergy conditions. Try it out!

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3. Stay away from animals

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I know this is a very difficult thing to do, especially when you have pets. I have two dogs, and I love them. I can’t resist, but to play with them all the time. BUT! We have to try.You do not want them to affect your breathing. Try to stay away from them as much as possible.

4. No Smoking

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We all know that smoking is not good for our lungs. So, no smoking. Enough said.

There are more common asthma triggers. If you have asthma as well, take a look at it. If you don’t, you can share it with your friends who have asthma, or learn something new.

LET’S FIGHT OFF ASTHMA TOGETHER!