Asher’s Trip To China Part 1

Hello everyone, and welcome to a very special post! I’m going to show a bunch of pictures from my trip to China, and discuss each one. I hope you guys will enjoy it, and be sure to leave some comments in the comments’ section below. Now, let’s begin!

 

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  • This is outside the Forbidden Temple in Tianamen Square in Beijing. It was raining like crazy, and the streets were a rainbow display of raincoats and umbrellas.

 

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  • A much better picture of the front with emphasis on Chairman Mao. 

 

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  • This is a picture of a Foo Dog, a guardian of the Forbidden Temple.

 

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  • This is a shot of the inside of the temple, as you can see, tons of people are gathered here to see the amazing art.

 

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  • A beautiful picture of a ground painting that seems to depict an action scene with tons of dragons.

 

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  • This is a Genbu, an ancient mythological creature with the head of a dragon and the body of a turtle.

 

Part 2 coming tomorrow 😀

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Asher’s Favorites (Webtoons Edition Part 2)

Hello everyone, and welcome to part 2 of my Webtoons recommendations. I really enjoyed doing the first part, and I hope that some of you checked them out. Now, let’s start part 2!

  • Carl by Hussein Traboulsi Genres: Comedy, Science Fiction, Heartwarming, Steampunk  Started: November 5th, 2017 Total Episodes: 77 Updates every Monday and Tuesday 

Carl is a very fascinating comic that I fell in love with right away. It’s about a robot psychiatrist that becomes sentient, and tries to help people out by expressing his feelings. His creator is worried about this, and tries to keep it under wraps. Unfortunately, his arch enemy finds out, and you are taken on a comedic adventure with robots, augmented humans, and crazy characters. I highly recommend this comic to everybody, and the characters will keep you reading to the end. Final Verdict 9/10 (A robotic hell of a good time!)

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiJhvSCiazdAhUKllQKHbMHB3MQFjACegQIARAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.webtoons.com%2Fen%2Fchallenge%2Fcarl%2Flist%3Ftitle_no%3D83284%26page%3D1&usg=AOvVaw2lGZ5bgdPGNY6Ks2OzSYki

 

  • Boyfriend of the Dead by Ushio Genres: Comedy, Romance, Action, Zombies, Apocalyptic  Started: July 13th, 2017 Total Episodes: 105 Updates Every Tuesday and Friday

This is a fantastic and comedic take on the Zombie Horror genre. The world is ending, and zombies are everywhere. However, unlike other zombie stories, these creatures have kept their intelligence. Unfortunately, every time they speak, it comes out in growls. The comic focuses on one zombie that finds a girl surviving in the chaotic climate. We are then met with an amazing adventure of comedic proportions as the zombie tries to communicate and befriend the girl. If you love comedy, I guarantee that you’ll love this story. Final Verdict 9.9/10 (My first experience with webtoons and an amazing one at that!)

 

 

 

  • Sweet Home by Youngchan Hwang and Carnby Kim Genres: Horror, Tragedy, Mature, Despair, Psychological, Monsters  Started: January 14th, 2018 Total Episodes: 37 Updates Every Monday

Here we have an absolutely terrifying tale from the creators of Bastard. This comic is highly disturbing, and therefore recommended for mature audiences only. It’s about an anti-social high school student that has to move houses due to spoiler-heavy circumstances. Not only is this one of the best stories I’ve read in a while, but, it also is one of the best drawn. Final Verdict 10/10 (A goddamn horror masterpiece!)

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=6&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiB9_78j6zdAhXYwMQHHXVTBj8QFjAFegQICxAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.webtoons.com%2Fen%2Fthriller%2Fsweethome%2Flist%3Ftitle_no%3D1285%26page%3D1&usg=AOvVaw3G2lCmFpuLfgA9CQeeyW4d

Yokai Wednesdays (Every Other Wednesday)

Konichiwa, everyone! It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more fascinating yokai. Now, let’s go on a journey to the “Land of the Rising Sun”!

  • Mekurabe are masses of skulls and severed heads that have some sentience. Upon staring at them, the mass will clump together and for a huge skull-shaped mound. They will continue to stare at the individual until one of them blinks. If the person wins, the skulls will vanish into thin air. It’s not current known what happens if the person loses.

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  • Mumashika are extremely strange creatures of Japanese mythology. They resemble beasts with the bodies of deer and the heads of horses. Their silly appearance is based on its kanji which means idiot. 

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Asher’s Favorites (Webtoons Edition Part 1)

Hello fellow followers, and welcome to a very special post! I have always been a huge fan of Manga, and when I heard about Webtoons from The Anime Man, I about fainted right then and there! Webtoons is a free comic platform for the iOS and Android that houses stories from around the world. It started as a platform for only Korean comics, (Manhwa), but it now has reached a global market. The app has numerous genres of comics and many different writing styles. I guarantee that you’ll find something you love, and I’d love to hear about it in the comments’ section below. The following are some of my favorites webtoons, and a short summary of each. Don’t worry though, I won’t go into spoilers.

  • Bastard by Youngchan Hwang and Carnby Kim Genres: Horror, Thriller, Tragedy, Mature, Manhwa 

Bastard is an incredible comic about a troubled teenager named Jin Seon. We learn from the beginning that terrible things are happening behind closed doors. What starts as a standard murder mystery soon escalates into a much darker event that will leave the readers on edge. If you love Psychological Thrillers, I can’t recommend this series enough. I’m being as vague as possible, because everything else is a major spoiler. The writing is incredible, and I could totally see this comic becoming a film. Final Rating 10/10 (Flawless!) Posted below is the link to the online version of the comic. Started June 8th, 2015 Complete as of May 19, 2017 with 93 Episodes

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjDvsSktKLdAhXqhlQKHcmKAFYQFjACegQIARAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.webtoons.com%2Fen%2Fthriller%2Fbastard%2Fep-0%2Fviewer%3Ftitle_no%3D485%26episode_no%3D1&usg=AOvVaw26joiLKwS2vdFKhzUIc-c4

 

  • Adventures of God by Teo and Corey Genres: Comedy, Satire, ParodyDark Humor

This particular comic had me laughing from chapter one, and I adore the hidden undertones. As the name suggests, Adventures of God is about God and his family up in heaven. Satan also makes many appearances in the comic, and he’s absolutely hilarious. God is depicted as a bit of a drunkard, whose problems are usually solved by his assistant, Gabe. The comic also parodies many important events in religious history, such as Adam & Eve, and Noah’s ark. The art style reminds me a lot of Family Guy, and I think that it perfect for this kind of story. I highly recommend this comic to people who want a good laugh, and don’t get offended by religious satire. Final Verdict 9.5/10 (Comedy Gold) Started November 14th, 2016 Updated every Tuesday and Saturday Total Episodes So Far: 165

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwi8zPH4uaLdAhXS31QKHTZKBJUQFjACegQIBxAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.webtoons.com%2Fen%2Fcomedy%2Fadventures-of-god%2Fep-1-answering-prayers%2Fviewer%3Ftitle_no%3D853%26episode_no%3D1&usg=AOvVaw2uoSwpJ9o6ofefdGFkD6Qc

 

  • Let’s Play by Mongie Genres: Romantic Comedy, Moe, Memes, Video Games

Now one for your gamers out there. This charming comic is about a game designer named Sam. Her life goes awry when a popular Let’s Player gives her first game a bad review. Then, the final nail in the coffin occurs when the Let’s Player becomes Sam’s new neighbor! Things to expect from this series; Nerd Culture, Adorable Dogs, and Relatable Characters. Final Verdict 8/10 (Very Good) Started November 6th, 2017 Updated every Tuesday Total Episodes: 43

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjL9q7qvaLdAhXIxlQKHVpODcsQFjABegQIBhAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.webtoons.com%2Fen%2Fromance%2Fletsplay%2Fep-1-%2Fviewer%3Ftitle_no%3D1218%26episode_no%3D1&usg=AOvVaw3C1NUB8sMVailYnQC_2hEn

 

  • My Giant Nerd Boyfriend by fishball Genres: Comedy, Slice of life

This adorable comic depicts the daily life of Fishball, a 5’2” Malaysian artist with a 6’6” boyfriend. This comic really hit home for me because of its depiction of tall people problems. I’m 6’2”, and many of the events in the comic have happened to me. I also love the art style, which is very cute and Asian. I recommend this comic to absolutely everyone, and you’ll grow to love the characters very fast. Final Verdict 9.8/10 (Adorable art and a story that will make you feel warm and fuzzy) Started March 5th, 2017 Updates Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Total Episodes: 209

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=7&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjQl72CwaLdAhUDLXwKHfEUBhEQFjAGegQIAhAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fm.webtoons.com%2Fen%2Fslice-of-life%2Fmy-giant-nerd-boyfriend%2F001-introduction%2Fviewer%3Ftitle_no%3D958%26episode_no%3D1&usg=AOvVaw28wbAKuu9b4PoJTjJcWiHG

  • HIVE by Kyusam Kim Genres: Horror, Thriller, Suspense, Giant Animals, Survival, Tragedy, Apocalyptic

If you have Apiphobia, stay far away from this comic! The story is about gigantic bees that take over the world. The main character, Lee, is trying to find his family, and the world is on the brink of collapse. It’s filled with plot twists, betrayals, awesome characters, mature content, and tons of crazy insects. It’s a hell of a ride that I recommend to lovers of The Walking Dead, Lord of the Flies, and Horror in general. Final Verdict 10/10 (Magnificent) Started on June 30th, 2014 Updates every Monday Total Episodes: 230

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwilrrD1xKLdAhVJ4VQKHVOjDfEQFjABegQIBhAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.webtoons.com%2Fen%2Fthriller%2Fhive%2Fep-0%2Fviewer%3Ftitle_no%3D65%26episode_no%3D1&usg=AOvVaw3uLZdLwCfo_4BPowHev58O

 

  • Small World by Wonsun Jin Genres: LGBT, Slice of life, Heartwarming, 

Thanks to webtoon, I’ve been widening my horizons on comics, and reading more stories about Gay and Lesbian couples. I am a completely straight guy, but these comics are freaking amazing, and I really respect that they bring these relationships to the general public. This specific one is about Julien and Robin, a gay couple that have very different attitudes. Robin is very laid back and kind of shy, while Julien is extremely protective and hyper. They show their love for one another in completely different ways, and it’s always a joy to see how each character reacts to various events. I recommend this series to everyone, because it’s guaranteed to make you feel warm inside. Final Verdict 9.5/10 (Incredibly sweet and touching) Started on August 31st, 2017 Updates Every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday Total Episodes: 162

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjgh4O1yKLdAhWJCnwKHarLDJ8QjBAwAXoECAUQCA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.webtoons.com%2Fen%2Fslice-of-life%2Fsmall-world%2Fep-1-rain%2Fviewer%3Ftitle_no%3D1159%26episode_no%3D1&usg=AOvVaw1SHG7D8tHd4PIGY7Xrpqru

Keep tune for part 2 coming up on Saturday!

Asher’s Adventures In Thailand Part 3 (Wat Yai Chaimongkol Temple and Wat Na Phra Mane Temple)

Hello everyone, and welcome to the third part of my adventure. I traveled to many Buddhist temples throughout my journey, and this specific site completely blew me away. It is known as Mongkhon, and it was built in 1357 A.D. The temple houses a gigantic reclining Buddha that many people come to see each year. I also traveled to Wat Na Phra Mane temple, which was a bit smaller, but still absolutely incredible. Listed below are the many pictures I took during the trip, and a description of each.

Giant Buddha

As you can see, this buddha is absolutely massive, and actually very well preserved.  It completely amazes me at how intricate and detailed this monument is. 

 

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The buddha wasn’t the only gorgeous thing at the temple. The beautiful set of flowers really caught my eyes as well. The strange petals almost make it look it’s from an alien world.

 

Old Stupa

This is a very old stupa that has been extremely well preserved. The serene looking buddha gives off a powerful aura of tranquility and cosmic awareness.

 

Amazing

Here we have one of the most impressive buddhas I’ve ever seen. I really enjoy this picture, and I believe that I got the chandelier’s lighting just right. The buddha is covered in gold, and his expression makes you feel honored to be in his presence.

 

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Both of these pictures depict a massive war between two tribes of India. The artwork is absolutely breathtaking, and reminds of something out of Japanese mythology.

 

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This is another depiction of battle, and as always, the work shines in design and emotion.

 

Now, onto the Wat Na Phra Mane temple.

Gold Buddha

Now, this is just breathtaking! All of these buddhas are completely encased in gold, and are all in a state of pure nirvana. This place hit me emotionally, and I started to tear up at the absolute beauty of it all.

 

 Meditate

Another absolutely gorgeous series of buddhas, each with different materials and facial expressions. I also adore the abundance of flowers that surround the giant statue. 

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This was one of the ceilings of the temples. It has a very unique design that shines in the presence of light.

The remaining pictures are random shots from all over Thailand, I hope you enjoy!

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I took this picture because it was very bizarre, and you don’t find movie posters like this in the states.

 

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A delicious candy isle found in a 7 Eleven of all places. Yes, 7 Elevens in Thailand completely beat over the ones in the states.

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A traditional river in Sam Phram. While the water is quite dirty, I still think that it’s a beautiful scene.

 

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A tranquil picture of an oyster farm located in Amphoe Mueang.

 

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An extremely detailed and colorful sculpture of Shiva located at the Suvarnabhumi airport in Amphoe Bang Phli, Thailand.

 

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The absolute best Crispy Pork I’ve ever had in my entire life! I even ordered seconds! This place is a little “hole in the wall” eatery near the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The savoriness and crunch of the meat enveloped my mouth with a delicate sweetness.

 

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I’ll finish this Thailand adventure with a beautiful picture of the sunset from the beach. At this current moment, it looked as if the sun was sending down beams of light from Heaven.

Asher’s Adventures In Thailand (Temple of The Emerald Buddha) aka (Wat Phra Kaew)

One of the most amazing things about Thailand was the various temples scattered throughout the country. This particular place moved me on an emotional and spiritual level. I took many pictures there, and will be discussing them below. Keep in mind that I wasn’t able to take pictures of the titular Buddha due to the amazing importance to Buddhism and Thai culture. Now, let’s begin this spiritual adventure!

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(This was the view of the temple from the outside, and it completely blew me away. The preservation of the temple is incredible, and its elegant design makes it a very popular monument.)

Gold 

(As we travel into the temple, there are many Buddhas scattered around, and each of them look different. This photo is of one of these Buddhas, and it seems to emit a serene aura. Also, behind it is a tower made out of pure gold. It’s nearly too beautiful for words.)

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(This fearsome looking creature is known as a Yaksha. Yaksha are sacred guardians of temples that ward off bandits.)

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(Here’s another picture of the interior. As you can see, many people came to the temple, to admire and respect the Buddhas. I absolutely adore the gold plated towers, and have never seen anything like it before.)

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(This particular picture is of the decor of the Grand Palace. The roof looks as if it were made out of dragon scales or ribbon candy. If you look closer, you can see the dragon insignia on each arch way. 

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(This final picture is of a golden walkway that leads to another Buddha. As you can see, the structures seem completely untouched for thousands of years.)

 

Asher’s Food Adventures In Thailand Part 1 (Nakhon Pathon Market)

Hello everyone, and welcome to my 200 follower special! I promised you something amazing, and boy am I excited! Four weeks ago, I traveled to Thailand to visit my Stepmom’s family. I also went to China for about five days. I had the most amazing time in Asia, and will be discussing my experiences in both places in this multi-part series. I hope you guys will enjoy this as much as I enjoy writing it. Now, let’s go on an amazing adventure together. It’s time for part one, Nakhon Pathon Market.

The Nakhon Pathon Market is a floating marketplace that’s located in the Sam Phran Province of Thailand. I found things that I’ve never seen before, and it was incredible. I will be showing the pictures I took there, as well as a brief description of each one. It was truly an unforgettable experience, and I’m so glad that I’m able to share it with you guys, Now, without any further ado, let’s get started!

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(This is what I believe to be a custard apple. The Thai custard apple is known as Noi na, which means hand grenade. It supposedly tastes extremely sweet, and is filled with many seeds.)

 

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( This is a beautiful Thai dessert that’s known as Khanom Chan. Khanom Chan is a special 9-layer cake that’s made with coconut milk, pandan juice, Mung bean flour, sugar, tapioca flour, rice flour, and talcum flour.)

 

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(This was a very neat dried fruit counter. It had dried mangosteen, muscat, jackfruit, durian, and bananas.)

 

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(Fish were a big part of the marketplace, and you could smell them from miles away. They sold everything, from fish heads, to tiny fish eggs.)

Sweets

(This lovely counter had some strange looking fried food, as well as one of my favorite Thai desserts, Pang Chi. Pang Chi is a sweet Thai pancake that’s made with taro, coconut milk, corn, palm sugar, and rice flour.)

 

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(These are delicious peanut cookies. It’s like a peanut brittle on steroids.)

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(This is a rather unsettling picture of some headless fowl. I find the bright red bird extremely fascinating. The unique aroma of spices and onions filled the air when I passed this counter.)

 

Cute Ducks

(Over in this corner, we have some candied rambutan, as well as some adorable sweets in the shape of rubber ducks.)

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(This final picture is of another seafood counter with delicious looking crab. Since the market is on the water, the crustaceans are extremely fresh.)

I hope you guys enjoyed the first part of my Thailand adventure. I would love to hear your opinions in the comments’ section below.