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Black Cat appreciation day!

August 17th marks Black Cat appreciation day. As you all know, I have the most perfect cat in the world! He is fluffy, friendly, lazy, a little crazy and black! So although I am one day late, here is a post appreciating my black cat, Roari.

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My baby just 2 days after getting him. 2 months old

After trying to convince my mum for years to let me get a pet, my sister came home with the news that her friend has kittens that she needed to find homes for. We were offered the kittens free of charge as long as we cared for the kitten. Mum finally agreed and my sister and I went to pick up one of the kittens.

There were 3 kittens, all fluffy and adorable. Two were sleeping one was wondering around. The owners already decided they wanted to keep one of them, the one who was wondering around. My sister and I went over to see the two sleeping kittens. They woke up and I fell in love. One of them bit me and loved my sister. The other one loved me and bit my sister. He was the mischievous one who woke up his sister by biting her. He had to be the one we took home. A little bit fluffier than the others and he had slight tiger stripes.

He grew attached to me straight away. When he came home I was worried if he would miss his mum. I heard stories from friends saying that the kitten didn’t come out of the carrier for days or went out just to eat and then went back in. But my little Roari walked out of the carrier, meowed for his mum once and then carried on with life. He wondered around and then came to sleep on my lap.

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Now my baby is 3 years old and as I am in Korea, I miss him so much everyday. Just seeing him wonder around and playing with my feet or playing hide and seek with me. He acts like a dog! Runs to the door when the post man comes, follows me around the house, plays fetch and even drinks water from the tap. He used to wake me up in the morning by kissing me, eating my hair or biting my nose. He takes care of my mum and tells us if the water is boiling or if the bath has over filled.

It is so hard for me to understand why people do not like black cats. Put all stupid superstitions aside, black cats are just the same as white or ginger cats. If anything they are more affectionate and have such a sophisticated look about them.

Appreciate all cats. No matter what colour, size, breed or personality. They are lovely creatures.

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Racism in Korea?

Even before coming to Korea, I have seen so many videos and blog posts of people saying that they are victims of racism in Korea. I am going to address this matter. 

People should not confuse curiosity and naivety with racism.

The thing that I noticed during both of my times in Korea, is that people stare. People stare at white people, people stare at Indian people, people stare at Black people. This is reality. I get stared at in Hackney (London)! One of the most culturally diverse towns in the world, so of course people will stare in a country that has only recently (in the past 5-10 years) seen an increase in foreigners. I have actually received more racism from Americans than Koreans since living here (But that’ll have to be another post).

I believe that instead of the colour of your skin, it is your attitude and the way that you present yourself which depends on the type of attention you get. This could easily explain several points that people make when talking about racism in Korea. 

1. Taxi drivers driving off – I actually have never experienced this in Korea. But there can be a possible reason why it could happen. If you see the light in the taxi window flashing, it is hired already. Only when the writing is a solid red colour is the taxi free. 

2. Taxi drivers refusing to take you – I have seen this happen but it is because the foreigner simply jumped in the taxi or popped their head into the window and stated the place where they wanted to go. I understand the taxi driver at this point. It is common decency to say hello or excuse me to a person before talking to them. I’m pretty sure all foreigners here know how to say ‘hello’ in Korean.

3. Not respecting the countries culture – Now, this is the one point which has to be stressed the most. You are in a foreign country. I know, I always hear American and sometimes British people say ‘I’m not a foreigner’. For some reason it has become hard for some western people to accept that, we are in fact foreigners in Korea and everywhere around the world apart from our home countries! When you are in a foreign country, you must slightly adapt to the way things run. 
I’m not saying be fluent in Korean before you get here or change your personality so you fit in. Just be respectful. Before moving to another country to live, you should educate yourself a little bit in understanding how respect works in that country. Otherwise you have nobody to blame but yourself. This sounds a bit harsh but you need to get off your high horse. 

4. Clothing culture – Now I know this is also one that foreigners won’t understand. One way which I can explain it is, would you go to Saudi Arabia wearing a Bikini? If you answer yes, good luck. You won’t even get past immigration no matter where you are from or who you are.
In Korea, it is simple. Wear the shortest skirt you want but do not show cleavage. If you aren’t slim, then unfortunately no matter what you wear you will probably be stared at. This doesn’t have to be a negative thing. It is known that Koreans (especially women) have slim frames. People who stare are merely curious and maybe a little judgmental but it is not about race. Korea is known as a country which considers appearance a lot. Appearance, not race.

5. Smile!! If somebody is staring at you, don’t give them a full teeth smile, just smile a little. Chances are they will smile back at you. 

6. Live your life without caring about what other people think. When I first came to Korea, I didn’t notice people staring at me but my friends would notice it. Even this time, I wouldn’t notice but people who I am with would notice. I know they are staring at me, but I don’t care so it doesn’t bother me.
So, listen to your music, talk to your friend, sit on your phone, stare in to space, read a book. Do anything to take your attention off people staring at you. 

The most important thing that I want people to take out of this blog post is that YOU are making it a big deal. You are assuming that Koreans are being racist. Change your attitude and the reasons why you think people are staring at you. I am almost certain that then you will enjoy your time here more. I have received nothing but kindness from Koreans since I have been in Korea. I am sure that this is because I respect the Korean culture, I give out positive energy and I do not focus on negatives. 

So, think positive people!! 

If you have a different opinion to mine or if you agree with what I have said in this blog post, please let me know by commenting below ^^

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Hair Routine!

If anyone knows me for something, it’s my hair. I’ve dyed my hair every colour you can think of, cut it a lot & even style it in cute ways (I love my hair bow!). My hair is something I have always been proud of.

Although I dye my hair often, I am certain that my hair damage is not caused by dying. My natural hair is very very very curly (I’d say between 3B & 3C).

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Like this but frizzy.

I love curly hair but mine is hard to handle because of the frizz. The length of my hair is also kinda awkward when its curly & doesn’t look good on me. Therefor, I straighten my hair using my trusty GHDs!

I have been straightening my hair since I was 15 and of course, I damaged my hair at first. But as time went past I learnt how to blowdry & straighten my hair properly without too much damage.

For anyone who has known me for the past 2+ years, you know I want to grow my hair out but it hasn’t grown much. I believe this is due to my addiction to my hair straighteners and blowdrying. I have told myself countless times that I will leave my hair natural starting from next week, but always fail and proceed to ceramicly bake my hair.

But I have found an alternative to natural hair!! And before you say it, no I am not getting a weave. -_-

Hair rollers!

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I will never leave my house with rollers in as it does not look cool. But these are a God send.

I found a bag of hair rollers my mum used to use in the 90s! As my hair is so thick & curly, i cant use the soft bristle ones. Luckily my mums hair rollers are plastic which allows them to grip my hair more & stay in place with a plastic pin thing.
I wash my hair as usual, using an argon oil shampoo & conditioner. Then I dont towel dry ny hair (My hair dries super fast & I need it to be wet when putting in the rollers).

I then add some CHI Silk Infusion to my hair. Then I simply roll my hair. At first ask someone to do it for you. My aunt does mine because I need the rollers to be tight in order to get rid of my tight curls. If you can’t get someone to help you, do them as tight as you can & practice makes perfect! For best results, finish rolling while you hair is still wet.

Then just sit back, watch a Korean drama & let your hair dry naturally. As I am trying to avoid heat as much as possible, I air dry. My hair takes a minimum of 6 hours to completely dry. If you don’t have time, just dry your hair with the blow dryer on the lowest heat setting.

When I unroll my hair I look freaking crazy with massive curls on my head. So I tie my hair up in a bun because the day I wash my hair, I don’t leave home. What the rollers do is straighten my hair but add a curl as if I curled my straight hair. My roots are still naturally curly in some places, but it’s fine.

The next day I straighten my hair if I am going out. If I am going out but not meeting friends, I keep my hair in a bun without straightening.

I’ve done this hair routine for 2 weeks now & noticed the condition of my hair improve already. I hope this routine will help my hair grow so I can do something new for my graduation in November!

If you try out hair rollers or already have tried them, let me know by commenting below!

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Winning!

Tuesday night, I went to a Japanese meet up in London. It’s an event where people who are interested in Japanese culture & Japanese people in London meet up once a month.

So there was this Japanese guy, who has super attractive! I spotted him early in the night. Maybe an hour after getting there. However, at this meet up there are so many people it’s hard to stand still, let alone make conversation!

After attempting to make friends with other people, I saw two guys sitting at a table which can seat 8 people. I am exhasted because I’ve been awake since 5am! So I grab my friend and we sit. I turn to look at the people sitting on the table, it’s the cute guy!

So we start talking. I find out he studied some media communication course at uni, which is super similair to Journalism. Anyway, we are in a deep conversation, when we are suddenly interupted.

A girl comes up to him, only him, not his friend. ‘Hi, my friend wants to talk to you cause she thinks your cute! I’m Miss rude-ass & my friend is…’. So I am gob-smacked! How can you just come & interupt somebodies conversation?! Let alone a guy who is talking to a girl. I could have been his girlfriend for all she knew!

Anyway, he polietly but awkwardly introduced himself. But then, he turned his back on them!! =D I was so happy! Not only was I happy because he was more interested in me, but I was happy because he also thought that the way they approached him was rude!

If there is one thing I know about approaching guys, it is that you should look at the situation from a distance & wait for him to end his conversation if he is having one! Isn’t it common sense?!

Anyway, he wrote his number on a napkin for me! Which I think was cute because people don’t do that anymore! And the fact I didn’t ask for it makes it a win x2!

Wish me luck with this guy! I have super bad luck with guys I like so maybe this will work out!