Four reasons to watch Coffee Prince

Four reasons to watch Coffee Prince

K-dramas abound. Thanks to my friends, I’ve been a fan since high school. One of my favorite series of all time is the Coffee Prince. If you haven’t watched it, here are 4 reasons to do so:

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1.Gong Yoo

If you’re a K-drama fan, he’s probably enough reason for you to watch it. He plays Han Kyul in Coffee Prince, the extremely good looking and charismatic protagonist of the series. He’s unlike any other Korean male leads who are cold and sullen. Gong Yoo brings life to this drama through his character.

2. Lee Seon Gyeon’s voice

I can listen to his deep, sexy voice all day. Add his smile, and you’ll be hooked to the series from the start.

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3. The Coffee Princes

One of the biggest draws of Coffee Prince is that they have more than one eye candy! The drama casts three sexy models, Kim Jae Wook, Eun, and Kim Dong Wook.

4. The storyline

Of course, the main reason you’ll stay for Coffee Prince is its storyline. Coffee Prince was adapted from a novel of the same name. The story revolves around a boy-girl relationship but with a twist: Eun Chan is a tomboy who works in Coffee Prince, which only employs male waiters. She chose not to disclose her gender as she was desperate for a job. But things become complicated when she realized she’s falling for Han Kyul.

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Top Korean cuisine you should try

Top Korean cuisine you should try

In recent years, Korea has been known for its technology and k-pop artists more than its food. But it doesn’t mean that they don’t have something to be proud of when it comes to gourmet recipes.

Here are 4 mouth-watering Korean dishes you need to try at least once.

 

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1. Kimchi

Fermented vegetable. One of the oldest and probably most popular dishes in the Korean cuisine, Kimchi is a spicy and sour dish made of fermented vegetables. The most common ingredient is cabbage. For Koreans, without Kimchi, dinner is incomplete.

2. Bibimbap

Bibimbap is essentially a bowl of mixed ingredients. Kind of like fried rice with seasoned and sautéed vegetables, mushroom, beef, soy sauce, and chili pepper paste called gochujang.

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3. Galbi

A Galbi is short ribs marinated in soy sauce. If you’re looking for a fresh new take on barbecue, then go get a Galbi. The soy sauce mixed with garlic and honey gives this dish a balance of sweetness and flavor.

4. Doenjang jjigae

It is similar to but far more pungent than miso soup. If you’re going to eat this for the first time, be wary. The earthy flavors of soybean paste can be an assault to the senses. For the Koreans, this is their chicken soup for the soul.

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How LSD can harm you beyond your mind

How LSD can harm you beyond your mind

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One of the more popular drugs throughout history are the hallucinogens. LSD is probably the most famous of these drugs since it was popularized back in the sixties when hippies would take them to go on a “trip” towards “enlightenment”. Although people claim to have transcended this plane of thought, and reach a more enlightened state, it still doesn’t take away the fact that LSD is a dangerous drug, as it can do more than just alter brain chemistry.

One of the physical effects of LSD is that it brings up body temperature and creates a loss of appetite. Users feel nauseous as they experience heart palpitations and an increased blood pressure. This is dangerous especially for people with a medical history of heart illness.

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Just like any other drug, illegal or otherwise, the human body builds a tolerance to it. Regular users of LSD gradually increase their dosage, and in many cases overdose. When this happens, they experience extreme mood swings that range from anxiety, to confusion, to hostility, and even panic. They sometimes resort to violence when they feel the least bit threatened. All this can have disastrous consequences if the user is set loose in an uncontrolled environment.

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Educating the youth about illegal drug use and its consequences

Educating the youth about illegal drug use and its consequences

 

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Illegal drug awareness seminars are common in schools. However, the strategies don’t seem to be working in some communities because a percentage of the population ends up addicted. Educators should be regularly updated and trained on how to spread awareness among their students regarding the use of illegal drugs.

First, most of these students already know that drugs are bad. They also know the kinds that they should be staying away from and the consequences of using these prohibited substances. However, being knowledgeable doesn’t mean that they will be spared from people who might influence them to try recreational drugs at least once. What then can a counselor or a teacher do to further prevent drug use among teens?

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Instead of focusing on just giving the facts, parents, educators, and counselors should be open to further questions. For many drug addicts, other reasons led them to fall deep into the habit. When it comes to discussing these things with the youth, it’s always important to touch on the significant issues such as mental health, family situations, and socio-economic factors. It’s also important to remind them of the repercussions of drug addiction that might have long-term effects on a person’s mental, emotional, and physical health. They can also stress that aside from affecting an individual, getting into the habit might also put a strain on relationships and hinder a user from having a better life.

The traditional drug campaigns also have their benefits. In the process, the adults who guide the youth should continue to stress that the use of these drugs is unnecessary. They should remind teenagers that even if the struggle with peer pressure is real, it is still better to prioritize their own health and safety.

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Keep on moving: Exercise and drug addiction recovery

Keep on moving: Exercise and drug addiction recovery

Not a lot of people are fond of exercising. However, recent studies suggest that including physical activity in a person’s addiction treatment can boost the effects of recovery. Getting into the habit of working out or getting involved in sports help in restoring an individual’s sense of accomplishment. Here are some of the exercises people in recovery can engage in:

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Strength training: Drugs can sometimes alter a person’s sleep cycles. Weight training and body weight exercises can prevent insomnia and help the body wind down at the right time.

Walking, running, cycling, and hiking: These activities are also good exercises for the mind as they release dopamine that eases a person’s cravings. Being outdoors allows a person’s to soak up some fresh air and sunshine. When there’s a path being followed, these workouts can also improve focus.

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Yoga: Focusing on breathing and the body’s movement can be a good way to relieve stress and anxiety. Yoga also helps develop mindfulness, which teaches a person to focus on the present. It is also an excellent exercise to strengthen the body slowly but surely.

Group sports: Participating in sports like basketball, volleyball, or football can help a recovering addict find a new group of friends. Being part of a team can help an individual regain a sense of camaraderie and accomplishment.

In the recovery process, it’s also important to regain physical strength that might have been lost due to the side effects of taking drugs. Regular exercise can contribute to increasing immunity and boosting overall health.

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The hidden pains of a drug addict

The hidden pains of a drug addict

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Drug dependent individuals are easy to condemn for the mistakes that brought them to their own downfall. When most people view them, addicts are failed to be seen for what they are, and they are victims. If people truly want to help them, their pains must be understood well first.

Drug use is a poor choice made by an individual who didn’t think through its consequences deeply enough. It could well be a case of him being vulnerable at the time he was swayed into the habit.

One of the biggest vulnerabilities of those who have chosen to get into drugs is their own loneliness. Sometimes, people live solitary lives with nobody else to talk to. Without much happiness to go around, drug use is seen as something which can fill this hollowness.

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Personal problems also add to the difficulty. When these people encounter challenges alone which they cannot solve easily, they turn to drugs for comfort. Sometimes, even when they are in the company of people, but they feel they are not in the right company to discuss their problems, they keep the pressure in secretly. They also turn to drugs in secret.

The most sympathetic way to view addiction inflicted individuals is to view them as normal people who took a wrong turn because of some issues which they failed to be greater than. Just like everyone else, they are not spared from bouts with loneliness along with so many other problems. This is what those who want to help have to understand the most.

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Sympathy vs. empathy: Which suits drug counseling better?

Sympathy vs. empathy: Which suits drug counseling better?

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The terms sympathy and empathy are often interchanged among drug counselors. Those in the healthcare profession are constantly told to engage their patients in a more personal manner. Yet there is a distinction here that must be made. Mental health practitioners should understand that while these two feelings involve compassion, one is better suited for clinical care.

Sympathy is the ability to understand another person’s distress. A person feels compassion toward another individual; fully aware of the pain the other person is feeling. Empathy, on the other hand, takes the understanding on a deeper level. In this case, the counselor tries to feel the exact emotions the patient is feeling. There is a deeper bond between the pair as the patient recognizes a kindred spirit. Disclosure of personal information usually is easier and more seamless.

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That said, empathy can be considered an ideal way to communicate with a patient. Such practice is discouraged, however. There is a tendency among mental health professionals to become too emotionally involved with a case. Drug counselors are asked to maintain a certain level of distance and objectivity. This protects them and the patients. Treatment plans are designed with no bias or preconceived judgments.

As such, while having sympathy seems like the “colder” option, it is better suited for medical practices. Take note that interacting with a patient with sympathy is also a skill. An experienced drug counselor understands that they can still achieve the same great results with sympathy when applied correctly.

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