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J.D. Benavidez
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My 30th birthday was amazing! I hiked the tallest mountain on the mainland of South Korea. It got really tough as I went over ice and snow along the edge, but the views were the best I've seen, and I had a great time. #jirisan   #mountain   #hiking   #sunrise   #korea  
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+The Kitchn had a great tip for frying avocado. Luckily, I had one more left! It came out super tasty! You should try it!

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A tasty gift from one of my students! #seoul #korea 
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Getting older all the time.
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+Nessy Benavidez I mostly just sit in front of my computer and play guitar when I should be cleaning or doing something productive at 2 a.m.
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I went to the Korean Folk Village in Yongin, South Korea. It was my friend's idea to go, and I had low expectations. However, it was impressive! I didn't imagine it would be so big and have so many things to see.

Find out more here: http://www.koreanfolk.co.kr/multi/english/
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+John Robson Ha! They apparently film a bunch of Korean dramas there. So they put up cardboard cutouts for people to take pictures with.
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Such a great and intimate concert from Cat Stevens! I love the new songs a lot too.
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Starting the countdown to my 30th birthday with a hike on a mountain I haven't tackled yet: Suraksan. I'm a little sore today because this was my first hike in months.

I thought it was going to be very cold, but it was actually the perfect temperature! I had to take off my warm Under Armor shirt because I was burning up. Unfortunately, it was very hazy for long parts of the hike. Still, I met lots of really nice people and had a good time climbing rocks.

#korea   #mountains  
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+Viola Christine Thanks!
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"Big Hero! Baymax!"

Yesterday was my last day teaching one of my favorite students. He's the cutest six-year-old! He loves to draw and he would often excitedly show me his newest drawings when I would walk into class. He is especially fond of drawing characters from his favorite movies.

And, because he was the only student in class, I was able to give him a lot of attention. I think it really helped because his English improved a lot over the last few months. It also helped that we were able to bond over a shared love of Spider-Man.

#seoul   #korea   #art   #teaching  
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Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 83 http://nyti.ms/1avs7AK

Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.

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In addition to acting, Mr. Nimoy directed films; published poetry, autobiographies and books of photography; and recorded music.
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What's better than experiencing something new to start the new year? And, with that in mind, I headed down to Suwon to check out the Korean Traditional Village.

#autoawesomestory   #korea   #suwon   #history  
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It was 50 today, but last week it was snowing! I was able to snap a few pictures during my breaks. I ran downstairs to see it too.
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  • Montwood High School
    1999 - 2003
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One time I was walking and somebody tossed me a pen I had lent them earlier. They didn't throw it far enough so I figured it'd hit the floor so I didn't even try to catch it. The pen hit my foot as I took a step, flew straight up and I caught it in stride.
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It is a nice track open all day and night. The lights turn off late, but you can still see from the street lights nearby. I used to run here at around midnight and, even though it was dark, I never felt unsafe.
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We stopped into Pepper's after hearing some average reviews for it. I was craving pizza and this was right down the street from us. Walking up to it, there were no customers and no lights on. My girlfriend poked her head into the entrance and asked if it was open. It was and we had our choice of seats. We ordered some beers. They are about 50 cents (USD) more expensive than other places. When you consider how much that is in total (less than $2), it really is not a big deal. They have many pizza styles to choose from, most around $10-$12. We ordered one and added about seven extra toppings. Each extra topping was between $.50-$1. The pizza was actually really, really good. It was not the best I have ever had, but it was better than average. With one large pizza, extra toppings and six beers, we paid about $22. That is pretty great price for two people.
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My girlfriend and I walked in on a Monday night after reading a couple of good reviews about The Rooftop Bar and Restaurant. We had been sightseeing all day and just wanted a drink. As we got to the top, we saw a sign that said you could not come in if you were wearing shorts or sandals. She was wearing sandals and I was wearing shorts... The let us right in anyway. Whether that was because they do not really follow that rule or because it was not even close to busy, I do not know. We asked to sit outside and were obliged. The view is incredible. It had been raining and we watched the lightning light up the night sky. As for the drinks, they are very reasonably priced and also tasty. It was a wonderful experience all around. I would definitely go again.
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We tried this place after multiple recommendations. Wouldn't you know it, but they were right. Not only is it reasonably priced for great pizza, but the servers are nice, and the selection is incredible. On top of the tasty pizza, they have a small, but good, selection of beer, including Dead Guy Ale (although the beer is a bit expensive; Dead Guy was 10,000).
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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My girlfriend and I were moved to Little Hanoi Diamond from Little Hanoi Hostel. At first we were worried, but it turned out to be excellent. The staff was incredibly helpful and friendly. They joked with us, answered all our questions, gave amazing recommendations (especially on where to go on a date: "This is where I take my girlfriend," he said), and helped us book a great Ha Long Bay tour. We stayed in two rooms. The first was large and great. It had really high ceilings and a nice, large comfortable bed. The bathroom was also huge compared to what we are used to. Breakfast was included and it was not too much, but it was good. The second room was on the sixth floor. It had a balcony, but the bathroom was much smaller. The shower had some mold on the ceiling and on the shower curtain. Really, that was the only negative. The location is great. We were able to walk to every restaurant and local sight that we wanted to get too. The entire experience was fun and easy. I greatly enjoyed by time at Little Hanoi Diamond. If I make it back to Hanoi, I will certain stay there again.
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I have never had a worse experience than at Vuvuzela. First, they made us sit in a separate area because they said the inside was full. I saw empty tables, but that was not too upsetting. I was just happy to have a seat. However, the server proceeded to forget we were there until I had to go ask her to take our order. We ordered some beer and it came relatively quickly. The server left again and did not come back for a very long time. We were very hungry, having only ordered a couple beers for the two of us. When she finally came, we ordered starters, side dishes, and main dishes. The starter came quickly and was good, but the man who brought it simply dropped off the plate and walked away, no silverware, chopsticks, or plates. I finally flagged down the server and she apologized, bringing us some forks and plates. We ordered a different kind of beer (all the beers were good by the way). The sides came and were good. My "rib-eye steak" came, but it look more like what I can only describe as cutlets. This was no way a rib-eye steak. To top it off, they completely forgot about my girlfriend's main dish. By that time it had been already an hour and a half. She asked for the same thing and the server came back and said they were out of it. We were frustrated and annoyed, so we just left. I was very disappointed with the entire experience.
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