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Queen for Seven Days: Series Review and Character Analysis

Queen for Seven Days (7일의 왕비) is a gem among a plethora of Korean historical dramas. It is a sophisticated drama that tells its story in a manner that is emotionally engaging, visually appealing, and intellectually satisfying. Although the drama isn’t considered a hit in Korea, it can be argued that it is one of the most compelling sageuk/ historical period dramas in recent years. I rarely write drama reviews since there are already so many writers/bloggers out there who give their critiques; however, Queen for Seven Days tackles so many interesting elements and themes that I think it is worth unpacking several of them. (Note: this review contains spoilers.)

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Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Book Delivery in Vientiane, Laos

Book Delivery is bringing more than books to Vientiane, Laos; it is also igniting the startup culture in the city. I recently caught up with Kingsada Sengsavang, one of the founders, and asked about their journey in building Book Delivery.

 

Thank you for taking the time to share your story. I remember 2 years ago you had mentioned that you wanted to create a business. Can you start off by letting us know, what is Book Delivery and what are the services that Book Delivery provides?

Book Delivery, one of the most notable startups based in Vientiane, Laos, sells and delivers books, magazines and newspapers online. Having a hard time [finding] where to buy books (they are expensive), customers can order them on our platform and we deliver them right in front of their doorsteps. 

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Walk With Me: Remembering Those with Dementia

“Walk With Me” was inspired by the lives of the elderly in nursing homes and people with dementia. I’ve had much exposure to nursing homes since I was young and because of that, I’ve often thought about the process of growing old and what it means to live out your ‘last years’ on Earth. For some people, they approach their last years in fear and maybe hopelessness. For others, they decide to welcome their years with excitement and peace. It really is a spectrum of emotions and attitudes toward life and the afterlife.

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Poem: Arms of Time

Time is a gift. When we share it with others, we are giving them something very precious to us. Sometimes drops of inspiration enter my ears and allow me to tap into the palette of the universe even for just a moment. This poem came to me when I was thinking about history, the repetition of humanity’s mistakes as well as successes, and how our time seems more limited. Now this is not to say we don’t have enough time. Many people who are busy tend to say, “I don’t have time,” but as long as we’re breathing and alive, we still have time. We can always bring more positivity, gratitude, and love with every moment that we live. Let us not take for granted every second that we are given.

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Teaching Reflections from Mawlamyine

This post also appears on the Fort Wayne Sister Cities blog.

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My time in Mawlamyine has been very valuable for me as a young educator. I’m always learning something new about the teaching and learning process and the strengths and weaknesses in my teaching. Some people have asked, since I had a chance to work with a very diverse group of students (and teachers), how did I approach my classes? After all, it is not easy to teach when there is linguistic and cultural diversity in the classroom. Although this is not meant to be an exhaustive list, these are typical components of my classes:

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Poem: Headscarf

A tichel, headscarf (or headcover) can signify a wide range of meanings. Each person has a unique story. My headcovering symbolizes my belief in Jesus/Yeshua as God incarnate, my Lord and Savior. Each time I put on my tichel, I remember that God is with us always: “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20). Not every woman who covers her head/ hair does so for spiritual reasons so it is always better to ask the person and not assume that we know her reasons.

Anyways, this poem came to me as I was thinking about a bride and a groom and how their story parallels the love story found in Scripture.

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Poem: Where Are You Love?

“Where is love? What is love?” During these past two months, students and adults have asked me either directly or indirectly these two questions, which I think we have all asked at some point in our lives. To be honest, I wondered why I was asked these questions or some version of them. It is not like I am an expert on this so I was greatly puzzled by this occurrence. Yet these questions touch the core of our souls and reveal our longing for true love, not in the romantic sense, but in its purest form. In a world that is growing colder with hate, we are all wondering if we can still know love. Although it isn’t much, this poem is my gift to everyone who asked me what ‘love’ is:

 

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PhilPop: Shifting the Tides of OPM

Thanks to PhilPop, an annual songwriting competition, Original Pilipino Music (OPM) is on the rise. Often Filipinos are enamored by mainstream American music to the point that they’ve idolized the singers and focused on imitating their styles. That trend seems to be changing in recent years. It has been awhile since I’ve listened to Tagalog songs that really sparked my interest. Many Filipino songs tend to be about romantic love – the ups and downs of it, the joys of being in love or the depression that hits when one is brokenhearted. It feels as though we’ve covered all aspects of love by now. Thankfully, even if some of the PhilPop songs are about love, all of the finalists, especially the PhilPop winners’ compositions, have shown the range of emotions that can be expressed through music and the creativity of Filipino artists.

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