Monthly Archives: October 2014

Happy Halloween! How to have a safe Halloween!

10748868_717444431673566_657748307_nI hope you are all having a very happy Halloween!

I’ll be working away at the restaurant tonight — portraying the terrifying character of an exhausted waitress (whoooooooo, scary!) — so I won’t get to join the usual spooky celebrations, but I wanted to wish you all a very fun and safe Halloween!

 

Here are a quick few tips on how to make the best of your Halloween:

Lights on, lights off

I know Halloween is all about scares, and who isn’t at least a little creeped out by the dark? While you’re using the dark to set the atmosphere, be careful to make sure that the area is clear of any trip hazards, and try to have some torches on hand. (also, I recommend that stairs and steps stay lit, as no-one wants real accidents on Halloween)

 

Plan ahead

If you’re going trick-or-treating or to any Halloween parties, plan ahead your route and make sure you know where you’re going. Remember, on a night where everyone is wearing masks, it’s even harder to know who’s behind them.

 

Keep your wits

If something feels wrong, don’t just brush it off. Always keep your instincts with you and remember that safety comes first. If you don’t trust someone you are with, feel safe or have any worries, handle the situation as smoothly and calmly as you can– Don’t ignore it for the sake of a party.

 

Tamper-proofing

Free sweets, free food, free drinks! On a night with so much food and drink being passed around, there comes some risks. Don’t eat or drink anything that you think has been tampered with and just kindly decline. We’ve all heard the stories, we don’t want to live them.

 

Dress accordingly

Sure, you want to be a ‘sexy ghost’, but it’s still October and it’s still cold. Try to take warm clothes with you and avoid getting chilled. It can seriously spoil the authentic look of your costume if you’re shivering and sneezing all night!

 

Have safe fun

On nights where people often let go of their cares and senses to go have fun, a lot of stuff can happen that can ruin the fun. No-one wants to end a ‘fun’ night crying, scared or in the emergency room, so make sure your fun takes safety into account. That way, you can keep enjoying your night and future fun times to come without the burden of worry or upset!

 

10745084_717444415006901_1988275491_nHave a great night guys! Have any great pics from your Halloween parties? Come share them on the Learn With Amy Facebook and Twitter and come connect with me on Twitter and Instagram! Have a fun and spooky night! Bwahahahahahaha!

Tattoos and Tattoo aftercare

As I mentioned in one of my recent posts, I have 3 tattoos that I love very much that all carry very strong meanings to me.  They’re important and I want to make sure they last well.

A lot of people ask me

“Wasn’t that really painful?!”

firsttattoo1Personally, if you are worried about pain, probably best to leave getting a tattoo for a while. When I got my first one, I was very scared of the thought of the pain and almost chickened out a bunch of times. Then I laid down on the tattoo bench, and when I sat up I had a tattoo — it really wasn’t that bad!

I will be honest, some points hurt a bit and different areas hurt more or less than others, the thought of the pain hurt more than the pain itself, and the sting of getting a tattoo disappears very quickly.

“Aren’t you worried about regretting it?”

In life, there are some things that we just know and I knew that all of my tattoos were good ideas. They all had very strong messages behind them and I went into the tattoo room absolutely confident in my decision. Trust me, I’m not going to mark myself for the rest of my life if I’m unsure about it.

tat2“Did you get that for a boyfriend/ex?”

No. Getting tattoos like that is a very dangerous idea. Even if you and your partner last a lifetime of love and commitment, you might not always want a tattoo of their name/face/starsign/whatever stuck on you forever!

I 100% recommend against getting tattoos for friends or someone you are in a relationship with. There are so many ways it can go wrong!

“Are you worried about employability?”

Maybe once upon a time, people in western culture couldn’t have tattoos that were visible in the workplace, but times have changed. As long as the tattoos aren’t offensive in any way, then there isn’t much to worry about.

Yes, in other countries tattoos can be an issue, but more and more countries are learning to accept tattoos, especially on those from a culture where they are commonplace.

“There’s this band I love and -“

NO! Please, stop right there. Regardless of how much you love a tv show, band or movie, you don’t need a tattoo from it. Again there are so many things that could go wrong.

You could decide that show sucked, a horrible revelation could be found about someone involved in it, the band could go downhill and your opinion could change — those are just to name a few!

If you are so pushed to get a tattoo of something entertainment or pop culture related, sit on the idea for a good long while before you go through with it.

“So, does that mean you aren’t an actor now?”

So many actors, performers and artists have tattoos. They are a form of self-representation and artistry which artists often can’t get enough of. So many actors, from Justin Chon to Jackson Rathbone to Angelina Jolie, have tattoos and love them! If they have tattoos and can survive as actors, so can I! 🙂

“How do you take care of your tattoos?”

tat3So, the best advice I can give for caring for your tattoos is

1) Don’t sweat it – Seriously, try not to sweat on it too much. Keep that sucker clean and dry(ish)

2) Don’t scratch it – Scratching is can really damage it and cause some serious irritation

3) Careful of allergies – When I got my first tattoo, I used Bepathen  the baby cream to soothe my tattoo. However, I soon realised that it actually felt a lot worse AFTER I applied it and later realised that I am allergic to one of the ingredients in Bepanthen (Lanolin). So, watch out for stuff like that and find something that isn’t going to make you itchy as heck later on!

4) Keep children away – I don’t know how or why, but children have the amazing ability to locate and exploit your weak spots. With every tattoo I have had, some kid (or about 20 kids one time) have managed to cause me eye-watering pain by punching, pinching or scratching my fresh and delicate tattoo. Until it’s healed, keep ’em away!

 

To clean a tattoo, don’t use any drying or irritating product that contain alcohol. You want to keep your tattoo fairly dry, but you don’t want to damage or crack it. Just use gentle soap and water and then dab it try with a CLEAN towel.

If your tattoo shows any signs of infection, contact your tattoo artist and a doctor immediately and see if you need to be put on antibiotics. I have been incredibly lucky with all of my tattoos not to have had any complications, but it’s always better safe than sorry!

 

I hope this piece has been interesting and helpful to you. As always, we want to hear from you, so drop us a comment or send us a message on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #learnwithamy!

 

 

 

Couple’s Fashion

 

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A couple ring

Love’s awesome we all know it! And some awesome couples, especially the youngsters, love to show off their affection to the world by wearing couple fashion. It’s a common and adorable way of showing your relationship status (I mean, if the girl you like is dressed exactly the same as the guy next to her, you’re probably going to get the hint.)

While very common and popular in Asian, this isn’t a really common thing to do in the West. But if you like this idea and want to try it out with your significant other (S.O for convenience sake), here are some suggestions:

Couple jewellery

Couple rings

Like a wedding ring, but not as serious, couple rings are a cute and personal way of quietly displaying your love and commitment, as well as a nice reminder of your other half when you want them beside you.

Couple necklaces

Necklaces are a cute and slightly more private piece of couple wear, as they can be very discreet and even worn under clothes. These necklaces often fit together in a kind of puzzle fashion and often on long chains, so they can be worn close to the wearer’s heart.

Couple bracelets

Couple bracelets are often just any kind of matching bracelet or watch. Often couples choose to wear their bracelets on opposite hands, so they can be displayed together when holding hands. Again, due to not really being a symbol of relationship status like rings, bracelets are also a very subtle option for love birds.

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Couple co-ordination

Some couples like to go out looking rather similar, so the world can easily identify them as a pair, by co-ordinating their outfits by style or colour.

For example, a couple may co-ordinate to both wear denim or plaid clothes, or both agree to wear blue and white or earth tones. It’s subtle, yet brilliant.

Twin fashion

Some couples like to go even further and actually match the same styles and colours as each other This can go either way and either look really cool or make them look a little bit funny – but I’m happy if they’re happy!

 

Shoes

Some couples enjoy wearing matching colour or styles of shoes when they go out.

Right now, one of the biggest shoe trends in Asia is Timberland style boots, and it’s always so cute when I see couples walking around in matching boots!

 

Couple’s tech

Watches

Matching watches, occasionally custom designs, are popular with couples who want an everyday item that they don’t have to go out of their way to co-ordinate. So watches are a really easy way to go. They wear it every day without thinking, but get to have that bit of matching style that’s both cute and convenient!

 

Phones

It’s very common to see couples with phone accessories or cases that match each other. Some just have matching charms, whilst others go for very flamboyant cases that match or pair with the other (for example, one has a burger phone case and the other has a fries phone case)

It’s cute, fun and a pretty neat conversation starter – and good news for you phone, as any case is better than no case at all!

 

I hope you like all these ideas, and maybe found some inspiration in there! If you have or want to try any of these ideas, let us know in the comment section, or share photos of your couple clothing on FacebookInstagram and Twitter using the hashtag #LearnWithAmy and I’ll share the best ones I see! X

 

Pancake art?!?!?!?!

photo 4I never knew it was a thing before… But now it is, I feel more contented.

 

So, people make art out of a lot of different stuff. Paint… Garbage… Blue tac… Even themselves! But pancake art is a new one to me!

Youtuber Nathan Shields uploads videos of his work, straight from the pan, to his following of over 13,000 (drooling) fans.

Armed with only a hot pan, a spatula and a squirty bottle of pancake batter, Nathan ‘paints’ amazingly realistic imaged in pancake, resulting in possibly the coolest breakfasts known to man.

His videos include ‘Olaf’ from the hit Disney movie ‘Frozen’

 

A skull

 

And even 3 characters from AMC’s The Walking Dead!!

 

 

As well as videos of making the pancakes, Nathan also makes cute tutorials with his two incredibly cute kids Gryphon and Alice, who both can’t get enough of the fun.

Be sure to like and subscribe to Nathan’s videos, so you can keep up with his creative works of delicious art!

 

Maybe you can use Learn With Amy’s Pancake Recipe to make your own edible art!

Let us know what you think in the comment section below! Have you tried making these yourself? Let us know how it went!

All the best, guys! X

Cultural views on tattoos

So, I have 3 tattoos and the reaction to them varies from person to person. Some love them, some hate them and most don’t really care that much.

When I met my best friend, tattoos were one of the first conversation topics between us and I realised that the opinions of tattoos varies greatly from place to place.

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My 3rd tattoo (wrist)

My best friend is Japanese and Japan still has very strong negative views on tattoos and the type of people who get tattoos. To them, tattoos are quite frightening and associated with criminality.

Similarly, but not as extreme, Korea is still not a big fan of tattoo-lovers. Many singers, actors and other creatives alike decorate themselves with tattoos, but they aren’t very common on ‘average’ people. Tattoos are considered a very big decision in Korea, and they should be treated very seriously (probably a good idea for anyone, to be honest).

Around Europe, there are many varying opinions of tattoos, but most are still influenced by the idea of ‘Tattoo=dodgy character’.

Here in Britain, tattoos are INCREDIBLY common and, while we know the understand the association with criminality, we accept that a lot of good honest people have tattoos.

In the restaurant where I work, all but one of the people who work in the back have tattoos and we don’t think that weird in the slightest.

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Brand new! This is what a tattoo looks like for the first day or two.

So, my advice to people with tattoos visiting other countries (especially Asia) is to take care to be respectful and understanding of the culture. If you have a lot of tattoos, try to put people at ease by making your personality clear – and remember that it isn’t their fault that tattoos scare them! Perhaps try to covered your tattoos in some circumstances, just as a gesture of respect.

For those visiting countries where tattoos are commonplace, remember that tattoos are not an indication of criminality. While gang and prison tattoos can serve as warning signs, tattoos are so common and it’s best not to judge someone purely by their tattoos. Try to be understanding and not too judgemental.

 

I’ll be uploading a post and video (yes, a real-life moving video) on how to cover up a tattoo very soon!

As ever, if you have any questions or comments, please let me know in the comments or using the contact form below! X

Cure your cold/flu

It is now the worst time of year for cold and flu. Thousands and thousands of people are suffering from the viruses that do the rounds every year—and it’s never fun…

As well as knowing a LOT of people sick with colds and flu, I also happened to get struck down with it too for a few days. But, being a busy lady with a lot of stuff to get on with, I had to get it beat FAST!

Here are some tips I have learnt for helping to kick your cold quickly!

Rest

flu maskNow, I didn’t have a lot of time for resting, but I did my best to make sure that the time I spent resting was efficient and comfortable.

Make sure you are warm enough, this will prevent your symptoms worsening by getting chilled. You don’t need to keep run up your gas bill by doing this – instead you can use a fluffy blanket, a hot water bottle, a microwaveable wheat heat pack or a disposable hot pack.

(Please take care when using any of these products. Don’t get hurt)

My favourite way to sleep when ill is curled around a hot wheat pack while wrapped in a warm and soft blanket.

Try to make sure that the room you are sleeping in is as dark and quiet as you can possible make it. Unnecessary noise and light will disturb your sleep and not help your condition.

 

Pace yourself

Regardless of how much work you have to do, try to go easy on yourself. Don’t rush where you can afford to take it carefully and try not to overwork yourself. That business is only going to slow you down more and extend your recovery time.

Try to go that little easier and it’ll go a long way.

Try to find a couple minutes every so often just let yourself slow down, take a breather, stop moving so fast and just find your feet.

 

Caffeine

I’m not really comfortable with RECOMMENDING caffeine to anyone, but I personally find taking the caffeine pills ‘Pro Plus’ really help me feel better, as well as boosting my energy enough to make it through work.

If you do decide you use caffeine, please only do so if safe for yourself and always in moderation.

 

Hot drinks

Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, green tea, jasmine tea – all of them are magic for me when fighting a cold. I don’t drink a lot of hot drinks from day-to-day, but I can’t get enough of them when battling a bug.

As well as keeping you warm, hot drinks are also so soothing and are fantastic relief for blocked noses, sore throats and headaches.

 

Stay Hydrated

Keeping yourself hydrated is perhaps the most important piece of advice I can give you. Hydration is so important for detoxing and helping to bring you immune system back to scratch.

I recommend keeping a bottle of water handy at all times so you always have a quick source of water so you aren’t tempted to go without.

Echinacea

Echinacea might seem like one of those hokey pokey cures that your grandma might insist upon, but I’ve personally found that is does actually help.

A couple of these a day seem to help keep my head clear and keep me on the path to recovery. Whether they work scientifically or just mentally, I’m fine as long as I’m not staying sick!

I hope you guys are all well as the seasons turn. If you have had the misfortune of catching a cold or flu, I hope you’re back feeling your normal self very soon!

If you guys have any suggestions, comments or questions, send me a message or a comment below!

Take care and see you later. X

 

All of these are just gathered through my own personal experience. They are purely guidelines. Please take care and use your own sense when following these steps.

Over Fire and Glass– Fear, danger and learning what we don’t need

I recently took a trip down to London Ealing for training to work as a volunteer at the London Screenwriters’ Festival.

Initially I assumed that the training day would involve just meeting the others involved, assigning lists, learning times, names and titles, but it was in fact nothing like that.

The training day, as it turned out, wasn’t training to know exactly what we will need for the festival, but it was in fact training to BE exactly what we will need for the festival.

Chris Jones, our leader and Creative Director of the whole event, lead us in becoming the best team and individuals possible—as much for our personal gain as for that of the festival.

Chris shared with us the truths about life that are so easily overlooked, breaking myths about looking good, fear and the ‘stories’ we all carry with us.

What do we fear? Attention, social interaction, failure, loss, danger, hurt, success, disappointment, the unknown, snakes, spiders, bananas, ghosts—you name it!

But what in this life do we really have to be afraid of? Physical danger is perhaps the only major fear that should be taken seriously – it is what stops us walking in front of cars, attempting to cuddle crocodiles and standing in fire.

But we discovered that, if you give up your limitations (including your negative beliefs, your pointless fears and your self-doubt), you really can do a lot. You can even walk on fire!

If you can walk across fire and not get hurt or face your fears down and walk across broken glass, then what can’t you do?

It was those experiences that really put my thoughts into perspective.

I have wasted time afraid of so many things when, it turns out, I could even face and survive the fears of things that COULD hurt me.

I walked barefoot over glass and fire… so why was I afraid of pursing my goals/asking for that opportunity/joining in/having fun?

 

During the course of that training day we also realised the incredible strength of vulnerability. We openly and honestly told each other the things we wanted, the things we feared and shared, as a team, our stories and experiences that had shaped us into who we are.

It was a beautiful, touching and eye-opening experience to watch as, with each person’s ‘confession’, we grew more in awe of the courage and diversity that surrounded us. I was blown away to see the souls of the people who minutes earlier had been strangers I was too shy to talk to, and I was so grateful that they embraced me just the same when it came to my turn to speak.

I wish that I could share and replicate the feeling of that day for you all. What Chris shared with us was the gift of ourselves. He opened our eyes to the truth that was in us all along.

We are all good enough.

We are all strong enough.

We will not be unloved for being ourselves.

There is no danger in being human.

There is strength in weakness.

We can do anything—including walking on fire!

 

I don’t want to discuss too much about the day, but I want to share with you all a promise I made while I was there.

I promised to encourage everyone around me in the same ways that I was encouraged that day. To look people in the eye, honestly and openly and to not let that imagined fear taint the human interactions I will have.

And that promise is extended to all of my readers here. That’s why I run this site. I wanted to make a place where I could share my growth and help other people to grow and learn with me.

So let’s keep learning, keep growing and keep giving it our all!

I’ll share more about the stuff I learnt in smaller posts over the next days and weeks. Catch you later Xx

My first Korean restaurant experience!


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Restaurant: Little Korea

Location: London’s China Town

Rating: **

Wow! So…. Not a great start to my first ever restaurant review!

Okay, so I ate at Little Korea while on a recent trip to good ol’ London. I went in super excited, ready to discover a new place, eat some good food and speak some Korean. Everything was looking good to begin with… Then things went down hill.

I must say now – the food was just fine. Everything tasted spot on, prices were very reasonable for central London and I didn’t get food poisoning (Always a delight). The only thing that soured things was the service.

Now, I am an understanding lady, I’m a waitress myself and I occasionally know what it feels like not to want to go to work and face a lot of people… but the staff at this place were honestly the rudest that I’ve ever met.

As well as outright ignoring people and being generally sharp toned and careless, when not doing anything, the staff would glare at the customers and try to do their best to rush them out of the place. The service was way too hasty for such a small place (which by the looks of it seats less than 30 people anyway) and they kept pestering customers to finish their meals, despite there still being plenty of free tables and no real demand for the space. They were so rushing, that they actually tried clearing plates that customers were still eating from!

I know people go out to eat for the food, but a big part of it is also the experience and it can really ruin it to be intimidated by rude and careless staff.

I’d eaten breakfast quite late, so all I ordered was seaweed soup (미역국), kimchii (김치) and rice (밥). The food itself was just fine and I couldn’t fault it and in total the whole lot (soup, kimchi, rice and 1 coke) only came to about £11.30 (including the automatic 10% service charge) so it was a very cheap lunch.

I would have been so happy if the service quality had matched the food (which would’ve won an easy 4*) and I would love to want to go back there, but I think the way the staff were towards me and the other customers ensures that, regardless of how good and cheap the food is, I won’t be going back there again.

I’m sorry to say that Little Korea was a big disappointment!

How to add language keyboards (Windows)

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As a follow on from my post about adding keyboards to iPhone, I’m just wanted to quickly explain how to do the same on Windows.

It’s a little trickier than on the iPhone, but just follow these steps and you’ll be ready to type in no time!

Adding Keyboards to Windows (Vista)

Open up the compute Control Panel and click ‘Change keyboards or other input methods’

 

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Then click ‘Change keyboards’

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Look to the right of your list of keyboards and click ‘Add…’

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You’ll see a long list of different languages. Scroll through and find the ones you want to add

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Then expand the tabs for your desired language and select ‘Microsoft IME’ in that tab

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That should be all you need to do to add the new keyboards. Now, there should be a little language bar along your task bar. To switch keyboards, just click on the current language and select the one you want to switch to! Simple as that!

 

How to add keyboards on iPhone

 

Hey, guys!

A lot if you are asking how I’m able to write in Japanese and Korean from my phone. It’s actually super easy, so I’m gonna cut to the chase!

So here is how you can set up your desired language keyboards on your iPhone!

Adding Iphone Keyboards

In your iPhone, go to the Settings app

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Then under Settings find ‘General’

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In General, scroll down until you see a tab called ‘Keyboards’. Open that up.

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Then click ‘Add new keyboard’.

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And then choose the keyboard you want to add…6d

Repeat as necessary!

It really is as easy as that and, to switch keyboards when writing, all you have to do is press the little button that is one to the right of the bottom left of your keyboard until you are on the right keyboard!

I’ve also done a similar post on how to add extra language keyboards on your Windows PC!