Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Tiger’s Story

I’m very happy of my new release YA short story. A Tiger’s Story means a lot to me. Tigers are my favorite animals. I saw many abused tigers in the zoos. Some tigers were kept in tiny cages. Some were starving and others were sick, very thin and broken. That’s how tigers live in captivity.
Tigers are being killed and sold for their skin and body parts. Living I Asia opened my eyes on how tigers are being slaughtered and mistreated.

In 2012 my husband and I traveled to Malaysia and there I learened of how the lonely tiger of Lankawi island survived poaching, unfortunately her mother wasn’t lucky. The baby tiger survived and she is alive. However, she is kept in a small place. After this trip I really wanted to write about tigers and the fear they face everyday. Tigers don’t belong to captivity, they don’t belong to a zoo, they don’t belong to a circus and they shouldn’t be killed. Tigers should be free.
I wrote this story hoping to help educate young adult about tigers and the extinction of those beautiful creatures.

A Tiger’s Story is free on book promotion from Nov 12th to Nov 14th. Please download my story. The link is below

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Bulgogi Soup

One of the most thing I like of being a traveler and an expat is eating ethnic food. I’m always open to try something new. I love good food and I love cooking.

Korea has a lot of delicious dishes and Bulgogi soup is one of my favorites. It was my second dish I had during my first visit to Korea and I fell in love with it.

There are two types of this dish. Bulgogi grill, it’s marinated beef and you get a chance to grill it when you go to a Korean bbq restaurants. The second type is the soup and it’s a a stew made of beef, glass noddles and mushrooms.

Bulgogi is one of the most loved Korean dishes to Koreans and foreigners.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Funny Adventures of Little Nani Review+Giveaway

Book Synopsis:
Little Nani is a little girl who likes helping people. However, when she helps people the results can be a bit unexpected. Why is that? Little Nani is a witch! Or at least she wants to be a witch. With her magic wand, she will try to cast different spells to help her friends, but she won't be successful all the time. Follow Little Nani in her funny adventures and meet her extraordinary friends. Funny ostriches, horses that love reading, super-fast turtles, grumpy zombies... Little Nani has lots of friends! You can also draw your own characters! Little Nani is willing to become a good witch. Will she manage to do it? Who knows? Read the stories and discover what happens next!

You can purchase the book on Amazon THE FUNNY ADVENTURES OF LITTLE NANI

I want to start my review by thanking the Author for her great children’s book. Cinta Garcia de la Rosa writes in English as a second language, just like me.
Writing in a second language is always a challenge. However, the author could write in English and kept the writing interesting which is a hard thing to do.
As for the book, it was a good read. I know for a fact that the children in my family will love this book. The Funny Adventures Of Little Nani will help them to read in English and learn it in a fun way.

The book is a complete work of 10 short stories. The illustrations are beautiful. The stories are funny, interesting and moral. And I love the idea of the drawing exercises. Children can read and draw and have fun. Little Nani is a little girl who wants to be a witch, she has a wand and she does magical spells. Little Nani and the wand go through many adventures.

My favorite story is Little Nani And The Caffine-Addicted Zombie. I like this story a lot for many reasons. I’m addicted to coffee and I feel like a zombie without having a cup of coffee first thing in the morning.

With a firm gesture, Little Nani opened the kitchen door and saw a hunched creature trying to hide under the kitchen table.
“Oh, someone came to visit me!” exclaimed Little Nani with delight.
The creature moved under the kitchen table and said, “Coffee, where is the coffee?”

The story is well written and has a good meaning. Someone ugly can be beauitful on the inside.
I don’t want to give spoilers because it is a book your child must have. I gave it five stars!


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About the author:
Cinta Garcia de la Rosa is a Spanish writer who has loved the written word since she discovered she was able to read books at age 5. Since then, she has become a bookworm and reads around 100 books every year. She also writes, every day, compulsively, even in the middle of the night. You cannot control when inspiration hits you, can you? She writes in English because she is convinced that in a previous life she was British, so writing in English feels more natural to her than writing in her native language. Yes, she is crazy like that. Cinta Garcia is the author of "The Funny Adventures of Little Nani", a collection of short stories for children, and "A Foreigner in London", a short story published on Smashwords.

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Seoul Ice Gallery and Nanta For My Husband’s Birthday

If you live in Seoul and your wife/husband’s birthday is coming and you don’t know what to get them, just do what I did.

I took my husband for a date, which was amazing. The first thing was having lunch in On The Border restaurant at COEX. Mexican food is one of my favorites and On The Border has a delicious menu.

The Ice gallery in Anguk is very cool place to go. It’s small on the inside. They give you a winter jacket because it’s cold.

Ice Gallery link

Then we walked around the area and we had coffee at HIDDEN SPACE café in the back streets of Anguk. Such a nice café with artwork to look at while you having coffee.

NANTA was the last stop on our date. It’s totally worth the watch. The performers are very talented. The show is funny and creative.

NANTA website

Monday, August 26, 2013

Weekend at Daecheon Beach

My husband and I spent the weekend at Daecheon beach. We wanted to go before the summer ends and we didn’t want to go during the mud festival. It’s very crowded over there in the festival time and you have to book a room months in advance.

We took Saemaul train from OnyangOncheon station, it’s one hour trip to Daecheon and the train ticket is around 6500KW. Once you arrive at Daecheon station you can take a bus to the beach. We stayed at Coconuts Motel, good location, nice and helpful staff and reasonable price.

Trick art museum

Angels-in-us café has the best summer menu ever
Dutch coffee Bingso.

Brownie with ice cream and bubble snow coconut juice.

Food we had there.
Baked chicken with eggs.

Beef burger and chicken sandwich.

And the beach.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Obama continue lying

I remember in 2008 when Obama was elected to be the first black American president and his campaign Change. People in Egypt really hoped for a change and for new American foreign policy. Millions around the world believed in Obama, in his fancy words and beautiful promises. Obama even won a Nobel prize for nothing he did. He won it for a promise he made, a false promise. Obama vowed to end the war, and yes he did. The Iraq war ended in the same date as Bush scheduled it. Obama promised to close Guantanamo Bay detention camp, but it is still open until today and they’re forcing prisoners to eat.

And now Obama keeps lying to his people and to the rest of the world. In the last few days, Egypt has been facing the darkest days in our modern history. A year ago the election was fixed for Morsi, and from Morsi’s first month of ruling Egypt people went outside protesting against him. However, the western media refused to see what was happening. Morsi made a lot of crimes against Egyptians and yet the west didn’t see.

I was in Egypt last June and Egyptians, millions of them, were in the streets asking Morsi to leave. For a week the peaceful protesters were in every neighborhood of Egypt. Morsi’s answer was to kill them. Hundreds of people died and thousands got injured in 2 days. And that was the reason why the military had to interfere to protect Egyptians. I saw with my own eyes millions of people celebrating in the street. They were happy that Morsi is leaving. Then the western media called it a coup.

The Muslim Brotherhood party is killing everyone in their way and yet the west is blind. Last Thursday, August 15th, Obama made a speech from his vacation house. I read the transcript of his speech and can’t get over his lies and hypocrisy.

“We know that many Egyptians, millions of Egyptians, perhaps even a majority of Egyptians, were calling for a change in course. And while we do not believe that force is the way to resolve political differences, after the military’s intervention several weeks ago, there remained a chance for reconciliation and an opportunity to pursue a democratic path. Instead, we’ve seen a more dangerous path taken, through arbitrary arrests, a broad crackdown on Mr. Morsi’s associations and supporters and now, tragically, violence that’s taken the lives of hundreds of people and wounded thousands more.”

Yes, the majority of people don’t want Morsi, but yet America going cancel the military exercise with Egypt. Yes, there is violence in Egypt, but seriously you don’t know that Muslim brotherhood thugs started it?

“The United States strongly condemns the steps that have been taken by Egypt’s interim government and security forces. We deplore violence against civilians. We support universal rights essential to human dignity, including the right to peaceful protest. We oppose the pursuit of martial law, which denies those rights to citizens under the principle that security trumps individual freedom or that might makes right. And today the United States extends its condolences to the families of those who were killed and those who were wounded.”
How about the Patriot Act? How about arresting people and putting them in jail for years with no trial and no proven crime?

“Let me say that the Egyptian people deserve better than what we’ve seen over the last several days. And to the Egyptian people, let me say the cycle of violence and escalation needs to stop. We call on the Egyptian authorities to respect the universal rights of the people. We call on those who are protesting to do so peacefully and condemn the attacks that we’ve seen by protesters, including on churches. We believe that the state of emergency should be lifted, that a process of national reconciliation should begin, that all parties need to have a voice in Egypt’s future, that the rights of women and religious minorities should be respected and that commitments must be kept to pursue transparent reforms to the constitution and democratic elections of a parliament and a president.”
Some churches were attacked, and a lot of people got killed inside mosques as well. No one gives a fuck to speak about Muslims who are getting killed by the Brotherhood’s thugs. The west is always blind when Muslims get killed. I just love how the American government is talking about women’s rights and the religious minority’s rights. Half of the American government wants abortion to be illegal. Guess what? Millions of Egyptian women went to college. And let’s talk about minority rights in America. Profiling people in New York based on their race and skin color. That is freedom. Calling people terrorists on national TV just because they’re Muslims.
August 2012 I applied for an American tourist visa at the US embassy in Seoul. At that time I had been married to an American for 17 months and I’d been living in Korea for 2 years and they treat me like shit because I’m a Muslim Egyptian. The person who interviewed me asked me all kind of racist questions. He even asked me if my husband is American or if he has Egyptian ethnic background. Because that would change their decision on whether or not give me a visa. I got my visa after submitting a lot of paperwork and after a long time.
“Let me make one final point. America cannot determine the future of Egypt. That’s a task for the Egyptian people. We don’t take sides with any particular party or political figure.”
I’m going to stop you right there. Last year at the final debate between you and Romney you said, and I quote from the debate:
MR. SCHIEFFER: May I ask you, you know, during the Egyptian turmoil, there came a point when you said it was time for President Mubarak to go.
MR. SCHIEFFER: Some in your administration thought perhaps we should have waited a while on that. Do you have any regrets about that?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: No, I don't because I think that America has to stand with democracy. The notion that we would have tanks run over those young people who were in Tahrir Square, that is not the kind of American leadership that John F. Kennedy talked about 50 years ago.

So you did say you wanted Mubarak to leave and that means you took a side.

“I know it’s tempting inside of Egypt to blame the United States or the West or some other outside actor for what’s gone wrong.
We’ve been blamed by supporters of Morsi; we’ve been blamed by the other side as if we are supporters of Morsi. That kind of approach will do nothing to help Egyptians achieve the future that they deserve. We want Egypt to succeed. We want a peaceful, democratic, prosperous Egypt. That’s our interest. But to achieve that, the Egyptians are going to have to do the work.”

I just want to make this clear Egyptians don’t want help from any country; we just want the west to be honest and stop lying. We want the western media to tell what exactly is happening.

The final debate between Obama and Romney

The transcript of Obama's speech on Egypt

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Writing in English as A Second Language

People always ask me why an Egyptian woman writes in English. Well the answer is very simple. I write in English so my American husband can read my stories.

Writing in English is always a challenge, there are some mistakes like grammar, or when to put “a”, punctuations and misspelling. Usually I write with a pencil in a notebook and sometimes I forget to write a whole sentence.

I started writing in English 3 years ago and I learned one thing. Writing in a second language isn’t that hard, it’s not as hard as people would think. For this reason my dear friend Val Hamer and I started a Facebook page to support authors who write in a second language. We are more than happy to give advice, to help you and talk about writing. If you have any questions please join the group. The link's below.

ESL Authors/writers