Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tulip Town 2014


Brace yourself! It's another round of beautiful and wonderful tulips from Tulip Town in Mt. Vernon. I went last year (exactly when the Boston Bombing happened) and ended up going again this year with my friend who was visiting from Korea. We had a good time, except for when the muddy parts became too slippery.

So I'm not going to say much but just show you the glory that is tulips and also the glory that is the light at this time of year. It's kind of a silvery-bright light that shines down...uhm which I swear is different from how normal light is.















Surprise!






Tried shooting in black and white...

















:)

Monday, April 28, 2014

The Sewol Ferry Disaster

This post is mostly to show to my readers of this blog, that I am in tune with the news and have been following this story since it happened.

The Sewol ferry disaster is one that has touched me deeply. Those on Facebook know that I have been passionate to defend this as a huge event for South Korea.

As time passes we can see that what caused the ferry to sink and what caused the people inside to not be rescued or to not evacuate in time are due both in part to negligence and irresponsibility of the ship's crew, but you can also look to the infrastructures in place that informed these events. Such as the boat being overloaded with cargo, and possibly placed in precarious positions on the ship.

Of course it is hideous to start blaming Korea for this disaster, but Koreans themselves are responding to this event with introspection. In some sense you can liken this to an event here in America where an individual picks up a gun and shoots down a whole school or movie theatre. What laws in our society caused this? What lack of mental health that we provide caused this? Sure no one in particular attacked the Sewol ferry, but in essence the societal structures of Korea informed the decisions made by all people involved in this event.

The following article, exemplifies this introspection taken in by the country. Teens have been expressing their condolences and also their opinions of this disaster...

"These students also scorn the social atmosphere that only considers making money. “Our society is one where people only look out for themselves. Because of grownups’ greed, these students’ lives were lost in the blink of an eye,” wrote a second-year student at Singil Middle School in Ansan. “What is the reason that we study ethics? I really wish grownups wouldn’t live so unethically. I wish that our precious young lives could be made safe,” another student opined."

I'm not writing this to point the finger at Korean society or shout in rage at the injustice caused to the innocent people on the ship. I simply want to say it's not wrong for anyone or a whole country to look inwards when a national tragedy occurs. 

With all that said I want to express my condolences to the victim's and their families. I hope resolve comes and that all victims are found and laid to rest so they can move on peacefully into the next world. 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Theo Chocolate Factory Tour



I had known about the Theo Chocolate Factory in Fremont, but I had yet to go and enjoy a factory tour. Theo Chocolate is a local company and not only do their chocolates taste fantastic they are the first "Organic and Fair Trade Chocolate factory in North America".

Going on the tour was fun and you get to sport hair meshes to keep your hair out of the chocolate. When you first start the tour you are taken into a room, get to sit down and listen to the history and mission of the company. While this happens chocolate samples are passed around, going from dark to milky.





After that is done you head on into the factory, stopping in a room that overlooks the machinery. Here you are told more about the process of making the chocolate and can get a view of their vintage machines.



Those are chocolate nibs down below, which are without their sugar or milky additions, so taste bitter.





After a walk around the steamy factory floor we were taken into the "Confectionary room" where treats are made such as chocolate dinosaurs.



I would highly recommend a trip to the Theo Chocolate Factory when in town. You just need to sign up on their website and it costs seven dollars. Plus you get a discount at the store when you go on the tour, which means more delicious chocolate for all!