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Raw Foods #RAWBODY #RAWSTATE Update: Week 1

RAW FOODS DAILY : Raw Foods Mini Journey
Olivia of WangGuk

Daily Blog Posts About Raw Fooding for a Month

Okay, so this is the second day, Tuesday. I have decided not to do blog posts every single day for this, but more like every other or every three days. I think it’ll be easier and also keep things more concise.
The first fully raw day was yesterday and I felt AWFUL. I knew this was going to happen. It’s typical for any body to feel sick, even if you’re eating super healthy foods, when it’s transitioning. And it’s not like I prepped for a whole week before transitioning to this type of eating, anyway, so I knew I was going to feel kind of bad. I took like, one day and then jumped right in on Monday; I didn’t prep much. And I was miserable all day. I had to work long hours on Monday, so I cut up veggies and fruits beforehand so I could just grab them and go in the morning. Monday was part cleanse, part fiber-heavy. So I ate a ton of fennel, carrots, charcoal, and some cucumber. When I got off work, I felt like I was DYING. It took all of my mental self control not to drive by my local burrito place and down two whole burritos.
I abstained, though, and once I got home, I made my own version of guac (avocados, lime, cilantro and pepper) and ate that with raw zucchini chips. It was really good and actually felt super satisfying considering how terrible my body felt the whole day. I had a banana and some almonds for an evening snack.

I’m really going to have to find creative ways to keep my calories up during work days so I don’t feel like falling over and dying the whole time I’m working, because I think that was part of the problem today.
In the evening, I felt better and tried to hydrate myself, but by the time I hit the pillow, I had a splitting headache, I was so irritable I couldn’t even talk to anyone anymore, and I still felt like I was starving. I was also bloated beyond belief the entire day and was farting up a STORM (that fiber doing its job). No poop. I am used to pooping like once or twice a day haha so not pooping was weird.

 

Today is Tuesday, my second day, and I woke up feeling surprisingly really good. I was kind of shocked. I didn’t sleep that well, but that’s normal for me.  But I didn’t have a headache anymore and I felt pretty decent. And my bloat was TOTALLY GONE.  Without even pooping!  Strange. Where did it go…?  haha Also!— my skin looked super bright, like a bit more glowy than normal. Imagination? Maybe.

For breakfast, I had cold-pressed kale-spinach-orange-fennel-pineapple juice and some chlorophyll water for hydration.
Snacks today were blueberries, raspberries, almonds, pecans, dates (nature’s CANDY), and fennel tea.
I am planning on working out tonight (I’m doing a separate blog post about how I’m trying to keep the same work out routine while raw fooding) so I am loading up on dates and nuts and tons of hydration. Update tomorrow or Thursday! ❤

#RAWBODY #RAWSTATE

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KPOP Tuesdays: Skrillex/Diplo/GD/CL’s “Dirty Vibe”

KPOP Tuesdays: Skrillex/Diplo/GD/CL’s “Dirty Vibe”
Olivia of WangGuk

     Let me begin by offering my cold, hard, personal opinion by wholly unapologetically saying that this is the WORST song and video I may have ever witnessed. Now, this is of course my own opinion, but I will explicate how I feel and why in this KPOP Tuesday.
First of all, the song itself is nothing special. The mix on it is pretty terrible and it isn’t catchy to me at all— and I realize that the song may be considered catchy by a ton of other people. That’s fine. But as far as musical creativity goes, where is it? I couldn’t find one thing about the beat, words, or structure of the song that I found the least bit interesting or stimulating. I remember a time when I actually could turn on some of Skrillex’s work and sit through it (there weren’t many examples of this, but I did have a few pieces I could enjoy at one point in time). But this? I mean, there’s nothing I can really compliment about it. The beat isn’t catchy, the mix is not creative in the least, and the theme of the song is negative, tired, and hackneyed.

Speaking of hackneyed, was this not the most uninteresting music video I’ve ever laid eyes on? Yes. Yes, I dare say it was. It was awful. For way more than one reason. This whole club-kid-from-the-90s-goes-modern-day-occult-grunge theme is so over. I’m done with it. I don’t want to see it anymore. If you’re an artist and you want to make it in the industry, show the public something they haven’t already seen a thousand-and-one times. This stupid theme with all its occult triangles, slimy eyeballs, trill this and trill that, yin yangs, butterflies, aliens— it needs to end. Or at least just leave it alone for a while, and if you’re going to make a new song, have it be just that— SOMETHING NEW. I’m so sick of seeing the same theme used over and over; it just isn’t interesting anymore and it isn’t pushing any boundaries.

I also have to say that if this was supposed to be some big great break-through moment for CL and GD to couple with Diplo and Skrillex for a multi-cultural, multi-musical collaboration, boy was this an opportunity blown. I love the fact that more and more artists are trying to break into other cultures’ music industries— what a fantastic way to share culture! But this song illustrates the perfect way to not do that successfully. It’s disappointing only because I know CL and GD are capable of way better work than this. It’s honestly very shocking to me that they put this out and were okay with it. Number one, the lyrics are so unoriginal. I mean good gravy, how many times have we heard the I’m-a-bad-girl/boy-and-everybody’s-so-jealous-of-me crap? It isn’t necessary anymore. We understand: you’re some big famous rich celebrity who loves to rap about how great you are. After a while, it just gets old. And at a point, when must we say, “Okay, well…what else ya got?” It’s ridiculous to me that we can’t put the rap on a mainstream public pedestal which actually deserves to be there. The rap in this song is worthy of no such pedestal— no such anything even close to that.

There’s also the issue of GD spitting “mother-fucker” out all over the place needlessly, while a posse of awkward, confused-looking children trail him, copying his weird unattractive gimp-gait. I’m sorry but WHAT? Call me old-fashioned, but since when is it okay to spray “mother-fucker” all over some kids who are grossly clad in matching clothing to some person they don’t even know? That part really bothered me. Not only was it unnecessary and stupid, but we’ve seen it before— hello GD’s “One of a Kind” video; same deal. Little kid dressed up just like him copying his every move. Besides being kind of creepy, has GD really no more ideas? And finally, we have CL. CL, who is only slightly better-attired than the other women in this video. This is only because she is attired at all. The other women sport neon underwear while fawning over GD and his not-so-impressive rap. Speaking of unimpressive raps, oh CL, why? Again, there was nothing good about this at all. My (fake) favorite part was her “talk shit with the prettiest lips, blow a kiss, kick a hole in your speaker then split.” No explanation necessary. Let me say that I’ve never been truly impressed with CL’s rapping from day one, but this is horrible. It isn’t even rapping; to me, it’s an insult to real rap.

So needless, to say, I was beyond disappointed with this collaboration (if that’s what we’re even calling this; it really just sounds like four people made four different equally awful songs and smashed them together and let them play over each other). I really expected more out of at least GD. After “Baddest Female,” I learnt not to expect too much out of CL, but GD can do so much better and I know it. After “Crooked” and “니가 뭔데,” I really looked forward to the direction GD was moving in as an artist, and this song was just so disappointing. I hope in the very near future both GD and CL get their acts together and produce something that’s at least worthy of the time it took just to critique this.

The Cultural Sea

Culture is a weird thing to me.  I have always been fascinated by cultures that were different than my own.  Anyone who knows me well knows that I am particularly passionate about Asian cultures, most particularly Korean culture.  Whenever I’m asked “Why do you love Korean culture so much?” or even something more simple like “Why do you like Korean stuff?” my answer is always the same:  I don’t know.  I have absolutely no idea why I like the things I do or why I am so interested in Korean culture, and really just cultures in general.  I can’t ever answer that.  Because I don’t know.  Sometimes I think that humans are just simply fascinated with things (other humans included) that are different than themselves, that we somehow fear the unknown or the unfamiliar, but also crave to know it at the same time.  Sometimes I think we just want to expand our territory, to expand our realm of familiarity, to expand ourselves.  Sometimes I think we just want to understand things we don’t understand.
I don’t know why different cultures exist, or how I’m somehow worlds different than someone simply because I was born where I was, learned the language I did, and followed the customs I was taught.  When I lived in Africa, people used to tell me that they could tell I was American even before they heard me speak.  I would ask them how they knew I wasn’t European or Australian or something else— how it was so easy to tell that I was specifically “American”.  They said “We could just tell.”  Well how?  Is it the way I walk?  Is it the way I carry myself?  Is it my mannerisms?  If so, which ones?  How are they so different than other mannerisms— so different that people somehow instantaneously knew that I was of a very specific people group and that I couldn’t possibly be from any other?  I didn’t get it.  Sometimes my Asian friends who are first-generation (they were born here but their parents came to America from another culture) tell me “You’re more Asian than I am!” to which, I never quite know what to say.  What does that mean?  What does it mean to “be” something or “not be” something?  I didn’t get it.
I don’t know what makes me American.  Or what makes me “not-Korean” or “not-African” or “not-whatever-else”.  I could come up with some weird list of “Things that Make me American” that wouldn’t really mean anything, but I still don’t think I’d get it.  Culture is a weird thing.  It binds people together while simultaneously separating them from others.  Sometimes I wonder what my life would be like— who I’d be, if different from who I am— if I was conceived by my parents here, but at the second of birth taken to Korea or someplace else and grown up completely in that other culture.  What would I be?  Would I be Korean?  Or would I somehow still be American?  Obviously, I would not ethnically be Korean, but is culture always completely tied to ethnicity?  I mean, do we even really know what “ethnicity” means?  Not really.  I mean, I wouldn’t be American because I wouldn’t have grown up immersed in “American-ness” but I also don’t know if I’d ever fully be Korean either.  It’d be weird.  I don’t know.  I don’t know these things.
Anyway, this is a HUGE topic that I ponder ALL of the time, and this isn’t the tip of the tip of the mountain that cultural complexity is, but it is something I was thinking about today.  It’s something I think about all the time, every day, and am constantly dissecting more and more.  I’d love more thoughts to add to my own.  Have a good Tuesday.

Everybody Say “N.O”

KPOP Tuesdays:  BTS (Bangtan Boys//방탄소년단)’s “N.O”
Olivia of WangGuk

Watch official video here first>>  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5GaAEHvHj0
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I’m super excited about today’s post because I get to talk about one of my favorite recent MVs in KPOP.  It of course comes from a rookie group (I always fall in love with the underdogs), who debuted earlier this year:  BTS.  This group has many names (Bangtan Boys, 방탄소년단, Bulletproof Boy Scouts, etc.), but what they are gaining more and more attention for is what they choose to center most of their music around.  Most of their hit songs are social commentaries about the school system and societal expectations of students in modern-day Korea.  They’ve gained a lot of positive attention from students around the world, but they’ve also inevitably gained some negative attention from people who think their blatantly negative view of the school system and the life of a student will affect the way students view education.
Firstly, I have to say that I am of the prior opinion and not the latter.  There is no doubt in my mind that BTS is one of the most impressive rookie groups in the last three years (AT LEAST) and I definitely must say that their social commentary achieved through their songs is inspiring, rather than negative.  I have always been a fan; this most recent addition to their repertoire is easily one of my favorites from them so far.
The video starts with all the boys sitting in a small, closed, white-wall classroom and the instructors look kind of like a cross between cops and snow-troopers.  The snow-trooper-cop teachers gives the boys little red pills and then make them sit through a lecture.  Eventually, the boys get angsty and decide to overturn all of their desks and charge the teachers, even though they have police barricade-type plastic shields.  The boys escape the confines of the classroom (actually, the classroom kind of just blows up) and then the video shifts to more of their awesome choreo.

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What I really love about this song and video is that the lyrics coincide perfectly with the choreography.  It’s like the words come to life through the dance, especially at the end when the whole last chunk of the video is devoted to an intensely choreographed moment.  The movements are all unique and they’re always so in-sync with each other.
As for the theme of the song, yes, it is about the negative aspects of the school system.  But, rather than worrying if songs like this might negatively affect how students view school, perhaps we should take the stance that this is already how a great number of students feel.  This song discusses the difficulties of a student’s life, highlighting such things as social stigmas, the idealized “dream life,” and the pressure of meeting parents‘ standards.  The lyrics are deep and thoughtful; just look them up.  This song is not encouraging students to view school in this manner; this song is a resonation to how students already feel.  It is a response to society and the many stigmas young people now face.  It’s a lament, yes, so it isn’t a happy song, but it also isn’t declaring anarchy, so I don’t think we should categorize it as negative propaganda against the education system— and I’m a teacher haha.  I will say that it is unfortunate that school can be so confining and stifling, but I mean, there are positive and negative aspects to any sort of system.  I have seen extremely healthy school environments, where creativity and ideas flow uninhibited, and I have also seen classrooms that can be classified as what BTS illustrates in this video.  The point isn’t to bash school— it’s just to challenge kids to see beyond the mundane stereotypical life; to truly ask what their dreams are.

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However, this song challenges a lot of social norms that are unhealthily idealized, and I think that’s valuable.  It brings to question what really is the “dream life” and what it means to live life well.  The song’s chorus says “Everybody say ‘NO!‘  It has to be now or never; we still haven’t done anything.  Don’t be trapped in someone else’s dream.  We roll, we roll, we roll.”  I love this; the “we roll” brings to mind how we can just “roll” through life and just go with the flow, never striving for more than the status quo.  And they’re advising kids to live their own lives and follow their own dreams— not anyone else’s.  It’s not necessarily a “rage against the machine” move; they’re simply giving good advice.  Dreams are valuable; kids need to know that their dreams and passions aren’t stupid— they’re real.  I followed my dream (finally) and no, I don’t have my own house yet and yeah, I have no money; but this dream is better than any stable job I can think of.  I do think there is value in practicality— we do have to survive in this world (it’s why I have a day job).  But we also must not let go of our true passions— there’s a place for them in this world, and passions need to be pursued; dreams need to be lived.
So, instead of seeing this song as just another angsty teen song that’s only a bunch of kids saying “I hate school”, take a closer listen (or read) at what they’re actually saying and give a deeper thought to what living well truly means.  God gives dreams for a reason, yo.  Listen to His voice.

Still photo creds:

mwave.interest.me

www.soompi.com 

www.gurupop.com