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Passion Blog..ALL YOU CAN EAT!

Buffets for me are always planned events. Since I was a kid I always remember the preparation it took for my family to go to a buffet. Days of minimal eating so that we may be hungry enough to devour as much we can to get our money’s worth (all ten dollars of it..) REGARDLESS, there’s nothing quite as satisfying..and guilt filled as going to an all you can eat place and consume to your heart’s content.

Surprisingly, there are a bunch of all you can eat restaurant downtown. From make it yourself eateries to classic asian buffets, if you have a need to be fat than State College has you covered. We’ll get to what a make it yourself location is, but before we begin allow me to introduce you to our three contestants for the showdown.


1. Green Bowl
131 W Beaver Ave, State College, PA 16801
green bowl

About a half block behind the State College Theatre, Green Bowl is the first of one our make it yourself buffets. In order to avoid writing this twice, let me explain what make it yourself means with bold letters. Make it yourself restaurants are places that gives you the option to start off with a bowl and add whatever you want, they would then take the bowl and cook it in front of you. If you’ve ever had hibachi grill, it’s exactly like that. These places aren’t your traditional buffets, but it is all you can eat since you can get as many bowls as you want. Within walking distance, Green Bowl is a great thing to try out if you’ve never bad hibachi related food before, just be careful of what you put in to your own bowl.

2. Ni Hao Buffet
289 Northland Center, State College, PA 16803
ni hao

Right next to the Giant north of campus, Ni Hao is your classic asian buffet. If you’ve ever been to an asian buffet, its exactly like that. The dinner prices are unusually high (13$) here but come for lunch and its only 10$.

3. Chen’s Mongolian Buffet
1880 S Atherton St, State College, PA 16801

This place is a little out of the way, about a 10 to 15 minute drive south of campus, Chen is our other make it yourself buffet. A hibachi style bowl buffet, Chen also has a variety of sushi buffet that is offered with your meal.


This one was really fun for me to “research,” especially since I love all you can eat places. The only advice I can offer you is to NOT COMPETE WITH ANYONE IN A FOOD EATING CONTEST. The food at these places are actually extraordinarily good  for buffets, weird for state college right?

1. Ni Hao Buffet (only during lunch, else it would be Chen’s mongolian)
The pricessssssssss…why does it have to be 13$…
But if you go during lunch than this place is awesome. Clean, delicious, and bountiful, Ni Hao blows most asian buffets out of the water. I couldn’t get over how nice the decor was and how clean everything it was. The attendees literally run around cleaning every inch of the place, and they are all really nice to the patrons. The food is good for a buffet place, with everything asian you could find (Fried rice, noodles, chicken, etc) and a variety of American cuisine (burgers, pizza, friend whatever). My favorite part is that I enjoyed the sushi here! Sushi is my favorite food, if you do a bad sushi I’ll hate it immediately. It even tasted fresh! Fresh seafood in State College can you imagine! But back to Ni Hao, take your girl out on a date or your parents here when they visit and no one would disappointed.

2. Chen’s mongolian buffet
I like make it yourself places, because I like to play chef and create either delicious or terrifying creations. Chen beats out Green Bowl because somehow the food tasted alot better. The added sushi bar here also might have helped my decision. It would probably beat out Ni Hao if the location was better, this place is FAR. Still the creative aspect and how good it tastes makes it a good contender on the list. One thing you have to know about make it yourself, you don’t have to follow the recipes they give you (as in what goes good with what, for example a particular sauce with onion beef and rice) but nine times out of ten if you don’t follow their recipes, its going to taste terrible. CREATE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION.

3. Green bowl
If you want to try make it yourself without driving all the way out to Chen’s (because you really just can’t walk there), Green Bowl is a good option to try. The decoration is very hipster and quite clean, the food however is not that delicious. It’s still very good, but I’m totally compare it Chen’s and that makes it lacking. This place is especially good if you are a vegetarian, they have an entire recipe list for vegetarians.

WELL GUYS, this is my last passion blog..for the semester. BUT I REALLY LOVE WRITING FOOD BLOGS, so idk, we’ll see if I can continue this.
Thank you professor Babcock, for a great year. Freshmen year had its up and downs, but I honestly want to say I loved honors english. It was fun, and it gave me a perspective on how college is going to work for writing classes. Please allow me the chance to take you to the faculty dinner next semester.

Passion Blog #2 – Shaolin Showdown (versus)

There are plenty of Chinese restaurants around State College that we as students can take full advantage of. And Chinese is something that is extremely close to my heart, if you mess up Chinese, trust me…I would know. But as is the purpose of this passion blog, today we will discuss the various Chinese restaurants around Penn State, and I will be giving my own personal opinions about each restaurant.

I was borned in China, in Dalian to be exact. Chinese food has always been a part of my life, especially since my grandpa was a huge cook. So coming to America, finding real chinese food has not been easy. For some weird reason, most people here believe that orange and chicken is a national treasure of China…or that general tso was just really good at making stir-fry. The fact of the matter is that, most “chinese” food here isn’t really chinese food. However, there are a few restaurants on campus that I believe does chinese quite well. The ones that I will be talking about today is

-Big Bowl- 418 E College Ave, State College, PA 16801 



-Chopsticks express- 134 E College Ave, State College, PA 16801




-China Dragon- 147 S Allen St, State College, PA 16801



These three chinese restaurants are Big Bow, Chopsticks Express, Little Szechuan, and China Dragon. For me personally, these four restaurants are all fairly good examples of good chinese around campus.

Before we get to ratings and which restaurant I would recommend the most, let’s clear up how I will be judging each establishment.

The ratings are based in importance of
1) The Taste

2) The service

3) The setting and decoration

4) Price and portions

5) Authenticity.

These are the basic ways that I will be judging each restaurant. With that being said, lets get started from favorite to least favorite.

1st place – Big Bowl –
Big bowl is a very popular dining place on campus. I will bet that at least one of your friends have mentioned big bowl, especially if they are asian. If you are looking for good chinese food with impressive portions than big bowl is the place for you. The restaurant itself is huge, and although the service is a but lacking, the way the meal is prepared for you doesn’t necessarily require too much service. The menu at big bowl is also enormous, with ranges from stir fry and rice to things like dumplings. One of my personal recommendation at big bowl is a “Manto,” chinese steamed bread. Sweet and soft, big  bowl’s Manto and dumplings are two of the main reasons that I got there so often. One drawback to big bowl (and literally all of the Chinese restaurants on campus) is that you have to pay in cash. How inconvenient Out of 10 big bowl would earn 7-8/10.

2nd place – Chopsticks express-
It’s a bit difficult to find this restaurant, squeezed at the edge of PNC bank. Chopsticks is easy to miss just because of how small the restaurant itself is. But don’t judge a book by its cover, this is one of my favorite lunch time dining places. Chopsticks has very authentic chinese cuisine, very similar to what I grew up with. At the same time, the food isn’t so out of the world that it’ll alienate those who might not be familiar with exotic chinese food. The meal and portions size of chopsticks is definitely one of my favorite characteristics about the restaurant. 5 dollars for an amazing portions, you really can’t go wrong with this place. Plus, out of the four restaurants, Chopsticks definitely has the best service. In regards of drawbacks, my one complaint about Chopsticks is that the variety is extremely limited and pretty much unchanging.
Out of 10, Chopsticks would earn 6-7/10

3rd place -China Dragon-
Out of the four, China dragon is probably the most out of the way. If you know where Chili’s is on Allen street, then just walk a few more steps and you’re at China Dragon. The set is almost identical to chopsticks, but with more variety. It’s sort of easy to understand why people might prefer China Dragon over Chopsticks, the food is similar and just as authentic and China Dragon is only a dollar or two more expensive. However, my drawback with China Dragon is that the service has always been crappy. I have been to that restaurant about 4 or 5 times and not once have I ever gotten a smile or great service. If China Dragon had better service, it would definitely be better than Chopsticks.
Out of 10, China Dragon would earn 6-6.5/10

There are actually other Chinese restaurants around campus that I haven’t eaten enough to give a good review at. For example
 Little Szechuan – 228 W College Ave, State College, PA 16801

is another great place to try, though it might be packed most of the time.

If you are ever get the cravings for anything Asian, hopefully this blog post might help you make a decision. I want to try out other asian restaurants and give an updated comparison list later this semester, till then

Civic Issues – Higher Education

One of the earliest memories I have on the topic of higher education was with my parents at an extremely early age. IT was always discussions about future plans and my parents would always ask me “Which college do you want to get in to? Harvard or Yale?”


This always interested me, the question was never “What do you want do with your life?” or “what do you want to do when you become an adult?” It was always, which college do you want to get to and then which graduate career do you want to get into and so on and so forth. The most peculiar part of my parents saying things like this was that they weren’t even in America, two Chinese adults were forcing the idea of Harvard and Yale on their son, thousands of miles away from either Harvard or Yale.

The globalization of the idea about higher education gives insight into how important higher education is. Most people in the united states can tell you without fail that higher education is entirely necessary if you want to get ahead in life. A 2002 census bureau investigation shown that college graduates earn almost twice as much over their lifetimes as high school gradates. In the past few decades, the enrollment of students in community college has raised up steadily. In a recent study done by the Higher Education Research Institute, having a higher education degree can even go as far as improving your mental and physical health. There are probably hundreds more benefits of having a higher education, so you might be asking, “what’s the problem than?”

The problem with higher education is that it’s a very traditional system that is very hard to change. With complaints about the soaring cost of a college education and the huge amount of debt that many students have to endure for decades after they get out, there is high pressure on our government to amend the topic of higher education. This is where much of the problem lies, it’s difficult to change the system in such drastic measures and not have reproductions for doing so.  The debate in the state capitals and at Washington is pretty much over how much of the public money, if any, should be going towards making college more affordable.

What many people do not realize is just how restrictive higher education is. Who you become as an adult and the kind of impact that you would have on society is to a varying degree based on your success in university. At the same time how ever, which university or college you can enroll at is dependent on your economic standings. In a research done by Higher Education Research Institute, 67% of current college freshmen believe that their current economic standpoint affected the college they choose to attend. Almost 43% choose their college based on the cost of the school.




The problem here is that college student’s future is based on their current economic standing rather than their intellect or abilities. In fact, in terms of first choice schools, more and more people are opting out to attend a school more financially secure around their own economic standings. Close to 16% less high school graduates chose to go their second choice or third choice schools. Sacrificing your education for the purpose of saving a few dollars would mean that the school system itself is essentially broken.

The fact is that high education is flawed in so many ways, and to begin to approach this issue would require a great deal of effort both on our parts as citizen and student and the cooperation of congress and washington DC to decide what is the best move.

introduction – Passion Blog

For this semester I wish to change my passion blog idea to something more relatable to me. My passion blog idea for last semester was to write something like a travel blog, the only problem was that some of the places that I was writing about, I have never been. More than anything else it was frustrating and difficult to write about.

However I am still debating the matter of what my passion blog should be about. One idea that I am particularly keen to is to write about how a college GUY should take care of himself. This idea would pretty much pertain to what he wears to how he takes care of himself in public setting. The only issue is, I am definitely not the best person in the world to discuss about what a man should act like because for one thing, everyone is different and I don’t want to end up being GQ magazine.

The other idea that I had was to write a food blog about specific meals or restaurants around campus. This would be simple to write about and sounds extremely delicious. The only fallacy being that it also sounds costly.

It would be great if I could get feed back about which passion blog idea the readers are more keen to.

In which Josh examines Dubai, and becomes intimidated

Lets just start with the difference Dubai has witnessed in the past


The top picture is Dubai in 1990 and the bottom picture is Dubai in 2007. In 17 years, Dubai has become a major geographic landmark on the Persian Gulf. One of the wealthiest cities in the world, Dubai is quickly becoming a key city in global economics. Filled with some of the most amazing infrastructures in the world, including  Burj Khalifa the tallest building on earth, it’s important to realize just how far and how fast Dubai has come.

1500px-Dubai_banner_2Though many would say that Dubai was built on the wealth of the Emirates and their oil, I would venture that Dubai was built more on dreams. In particular, the dream of one man, Sheikh Muhammad. 394397164Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, and constitutional monarch of Dubai, Sheikh Muhammad now over seas the rise of Dubai. Started as a infrastructure boom beginning in the 1990’s, Dubai practically rose overnight from the sand in to a 1,600 square mile of buildings, sky scrapers, golf courses, ski  and infrastructure. Even man made islands and indoor ski slopes aren’t counted out of the loop, it’s no wonder the main economy of Dubai is based on its tourism sector. With real estate, trade, and financial services as its most valuable assets, Dubai’s economy is growing strong, especially after a huge financial decline in 2007. But this is a travel guide, so lets visit one of the most EXPENSIVE countries in the world.

Imagine a place where water is actually worth more than oil, now imagine that same place using an ungodly amount of water to power unnecessary luxuries, welcome to Dubai. From living unimaginable luxury to experiencing low class culture, Dubai’s extreme range of inhabitants allows visitors to witness and experience cultures out of the normality. But what this city is known for is luxury. 240px-Burj_Al_Arab,_Dubai,_by_Joi_Ito_Dec2007 Starting with Burj Al Arab, widely known as one of the best hotel in the world. I’m fairly sure you have seen this hotel before, a famed piece of infrastructure the Burj Al Arab looks remarkably like a sail. But the “World’s only seven star hotel” comes with  a price tag suited for that nomination, with rooms starting at $1,000 dollars per night to $28,000 dollars per night.

Do you get a sense of where we’re going with this ridiculous city? The luxury doesn’t end there however. There’s also Ski Dubai – a SKI SLOPE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FREAKING DESERT. 300px-Ski_Dubai_Slope

Remember what I said about water being expensive here? Think about how much ice would cost. The thought of the carbon foot print that ski slope leaves could give any environment freak an aneurism. 240px-Burj_Khalifa And we could hardly forget the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the entire world. I mean, these people just don’t know when to stop. At a height of 2,717 ft the Burj Khalifa took five years to build and is the shinning jewel of Dubai.

Mall of Dubai

As for shopping, Dubai is home to the largest mall in the world, the “Dubai Mall.”

If you are the son of an oil family from a nearby emirates, own a fortune five hundred company, or have the midas touch than Dubai is the perfect place for you.

I wanted to talk more about the food scene in Dubai, but unfortunately I couldn’t find many information other than the fact that the wealth of the city allows for cuisine from all over the world. Fancy cuisine too, with a Gordan Ramsey restaurant and five star world famous establishments. The simple act of googling Dubai food made my wallet lighter.9_17_Dubai_Dining_565x215_tcm233-805008

Gordon Ramsy’s restaurant in Dubai


It’s important to note that there is also an entire subculture of Dubai not built upon the wealth of it’s more fortunate inhabitants. With much of the population built upon the backs of Indian laborers and extremely poor workers from the middle east, a subculture of Dubai exists outside of the boulevards and paved streets. This is what I meant when I said that you can experience both sides of the extreme here. Like wise to their wealthier counter-part, the less rich and decadent side of Dubai is also an important part of the city’s identity. With their own cultures, traditions and food, these people contribute to the rich character of such an amazing city.

The next time you’re in the middle east and have a couple million dollars burning through your pockets, than perhaps think about visiting Dubai. Oh..and also don’t forget to take me with you


In which Josh eats raw fish, welcome to Tokyo, Japan


I was born in China, but I’ve also lived in Japan for a number of years. This was due to the fact that my parents got their PhD degree’s in Sanco, Japan.
And so at the tender age of three, young Jiaxi Wei was plucked from the familiar grasp of MOTHER CHINA and was suddenly dropped in to the foreign and strange lap of Japan.

But to be fair, I loved Japan. Like, A lot. Of all the countries that I’ve ever been to (which really isn’t that many), Japan is definitely the most beautiful. Regardless if you’re in the city or country side, in my experience no country is as clean and as good looking as Japan. People are genuinely nice here, like Canadian nice. It’s less of a factor that everyone is always happy go lucky and more because the Japanese culture puts incredible emphasis on being polite. If you ever ride the subway system in Tokyo, when a pregnant woman walks in to a Tokyo subway, there would suddenly be at least 10 empty seats on the car.
When I was 7, I had the opportunity to live in Tokyo with my pops. My experience in Tokyo was short-lived but wonderful, stuck in a cramped one bedroom studio with three people. But in all regards, Tokyo truly is an amazing city.

The capital of Japan, Tokyo is home to about 13 million people. The design of the city is quite unique, with 23 different “Wards” of the city. Each ward, acts almost like a city-state, partially self governing. I lived in the outskirts of Tokyo, what you Penn-staters might relate as someone saying they live “out-side of Philly.”
The city itself is well situated near the coast and is the economic center of most of Japan. Most of the city is home to merchant class, and walking through the city center you can see why Tokyo is known as the +Alpha World City. But there’s more to Tokyo than finance and money, to me Tokyo is an incredibly fun city.

For 7 year old Josh, Tokyo was a magical place that Dad might take you every other weekend to buy expensive gifts and eat crazy cheap street food. There is always something to do, whether it would be touring the city center to go to a karaoke bar with the family, it’s a hard case to be bored in Tokyo. 


Shibuya Crossing

Starting with Shibuya, widely considered the Times Square of Tokyo directly in the financial district of downtown Tokyo. If your game plan includes shopping, Shibuya is the perfect place to start your Tokyo tour. Though it has to be said that Tokyo is one of the most expensive cites to live in, listed as the most expensive city in the world for expatriate employees.
As for me, I’m more interested in the local cuisine. You can obviously find first class dining in Tokyo from tastes all over the world. You can also find the best Japanese style seafood, caught and delivered at the world famous Tsukiji fish market. But for me, a city’s street food is what defines their culinary identity, and Tokyo does street food well. My favorite dish in the entire world is a simple Japanese street vendor food, Takoyaki. Small octopus filled pastry ball covered in fish flakes, Japanese mayonnaise and the works. Comparable only to Osaka, Tokyo food scene is vibrant and delicious. 

3Takoyaki Balls

After a long day of shopping and eating your heart out, the last thing you should know about Tokyo is that, it’s a very strange city. Weird and quirky, often even a little bit too weird, Tokyo is almost incomparable to American cities. 4From “Maid-Cafes” where young college age Japanese girls tend to a cafe style restaurant dressed completely in a french-maid costume (it’s so popular in Japan that you can almost thing of maid-cafes as the Starbucks in Japan), to Capsule Hotels where you can literally rent a hole in the wall, Tokyo is truly weird and wonderful.


(Left – Maid cafe employee.
Right- Capsule Hotels)

A beautiful country, Japan does not disappoint its tourist. Clean, friendly and interesting, Tokyo is a perfect city to visit, just make sure you give yourself a budget when you do visit.

Next time we take a tour of my city, BaltimoreMaryland.

In which Josh goes back to his roots, Dalian, China

July 1st, 1995. A 7 pound baby boy was borned in the coastal city of Liaoning Province, China. It was here in this major sea port of northern China that one Jiaxi Wei made his debut in to this world.
Dalian is my home city, and one that I am extremely proud of. Today, the city of Dalian is the financial, shipping and logistics center for Northeast Asia, not a bad role to play for a city, if I say so myself. And it’s no wonder why, located on the southernmost tip of the Liaodong Peninsula,  Dalian was the perfect seaport for trade between South Korea, Japan and South Asia. Economically stable and geographically sound, Dalian is  a cultural hotspot for locals and tourists alike. Speaking of tourism, this lovely seaport city is one of the three cities named “China’s best tourist city”, along with Hanzhou and Chengdu, recognizedby the National Tourism Association and the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

Easily one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever lived in, from the bustling urban setting of downtown Dalian to one of it’s many gorgeous beaches, it is exceedingly difficult to be bored in this magnificent city.
Starting downtown, “Friendship Square” is a good starting point to examine the urban points of Dalian. Ever since I was a kid, downtown Dalian had always been bustling and alive. Neon signs lined the streets, and in places where traffic didn’t jam up, people would walk the streets window shopping or meeting up with friends. images (1)

It’s important to point out that the nightlife scenery in Asian is extremely different than in America. Walking down a busy road, it didn’t matter if you were a five star hotel or if you were just a local family mart, literally ever store in existence had its own flashing neon sign. It’s more than common to need sunglasses in the middle of the night if you were anywhere near the financial district in Dalian.Apart from city life, if you were looking more towards a relaxing getaway, Dalian has many of the highest rated beaches in China. Partially due to the fact the the district government puts more of an emphasis on tourism over many other things (for example education, which I’ve heard my parents complain about so many times in the past), Dalian’s tourism department go to extreme lengths to develop the beachfronts of Dalian. Some of the most famous beaches are Some of the most famous beaches are Tiger beach, Xinghai beach, Jinshitan beach and Fujiazhuang beach. 

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If you were to ask me one thing that I really miss about living in Dalian, the quickest and most honest answer I would have is, FOOD. Amazing culinaryimages (2) delights from across Asia, some of the most delicious (though acquired) street food you’ll ever see, and quite simply the best seafood in the world, there are obvious pro’s to being a wealth and diverse coastal city. With influences from Russia, Korea, Japan and the rest of China our food is incomparable. Regardless if you’re looking to sit down at a world famous restaurant or if you just simply wanted to spend a couple yuan’s at a less than sketchy street-side food vendor, we have everything to offer.

The next time you find yourself traveling through Asia, I implore you to visit one of the most beautiful and delicious cities you could ever find in China.

RCL : TED talk brainstorm

Begin the presentation with something humorous.
It’s a smart phone, easily relatable and almost everyone in America has one.

There is a chronological order to the presentation. You can start off as the invention of smartphones, back to 1992. This part of the presentation will get real old real fast so move fast, steady and get out of this zone. It’s going to be sort of statistical, find a way to get the information on the screen, give it a few seconds and move on.

Remember your time frame, at least three minutes no more than five.
Remember the last time you did this, five minutes turned out to be so much faster than you had originally thought.
give the beginning and the initial statistical part of the presentation no more than a minute.
Breaking it down, you have about four minutes to talk about how the smartphone has changed our lives, the Pros and Cons and where the future is headed.

Use your research wisely, since this is just such an insanely broad topic it’s going to be hard to find the necessary information that you NEED to keep.
Be brutal about this, unnecessary, even if it is interesting = trash.

How has the smartphones  changed our life.
“Imagine, waking up to an actual alarm clock. Not having the ability to instantaneously text someone about what they want to eat for lunch. Imagine – the bathroom break with out angry birds, the sheer horror of it all.”


concerns – too long

too broad, even in my research, boil it down to something
brainstorm that later today

-visuals should be a synch, I’m not going to worry too much about that.

end the talk with a call to action, go for 1 day without your phones. Shut down everything for a Saturday and just see how much work you’ll get done.

In which Josh talks about his experince in Honduras

A little over a year ago 399496_4306952557709_316389232_nI had the amazing experience of traveling to Honduras for a service trip.

During my freshman year of High school, I attended a Model United Nations conference. Each year at the conference there is a key note speaker, and for my freshman year that speaker was Shin Fujiyama.
Shin started an organization call Students Helping Honduras. I was very much interested in doing global service work, one for the service part and two for the chance to go somewhere new. So, three years later I found myself to be the president of my high school’s own Students Helping Honduras(SHH) club.

July of 2012, five high school students boarded a plane ride to Houston, preparing for their first adventure out of the country without their parents. I still remember being so entirely excited about leaving, mostly because I didn’t have ANYONE to watch over me. We were dogs without leashes, unbounded and excited.
The plane ride to San Pedro Sula was not really all that exciting, no bags were stolen and the tiny aircraft shook violently upon landing. But when we finally touched down, the humidity of the country greeted us with a punch to the face.

The five of us wandered around the tiny airport looking for anything that might be related to SHH. Eventually we came across a smiling honduran gentleman holding a sign with the SHH symbol on it, “are you the students from America?”
Once the formalities were exchanged, he took our bags and lead us on an old school American School bus.

3 hours bus drive finally led to the compound that SHH built. It wasn’t anything impressive, a chain linked fence, rows upon rows of cinderblock homes with aluminum roofs. There were a few kids kicking around a soccer ball in the middle of the compound. We eventually meet Shin Fujiyama, the president of SHH and he explained to us what we were there to do for the next few days.

I won’t get into all the fun we had and the hard work we put into building the school and orphanage. (I’ll you show you guys a picture of cementing though.) Instead I’ll explain what Honduras was like.205321_4306614789265_328688862_n

The compound was in a rundown state, there were barely any spaces between the homes and there was one water tower for the entire compound. The ground was packed earth and there smelled of sewage almost everywhere you went.
Yet…It was one of the happiest places I’ve ever been.

Shin explained how an earthquake a few years ago tore down an entire village close by and almost everyone here was a refugee at one point. They had many options to move but choose to stay at El Villa De Soliada because of the education that SHH could offer their children.
I realized the happiness of a place wasn’t based on the wealth of it’s residents or the amount of fancy infrastructure it had, it was based on the people. The town people almost never have hot water, a family of 5 live in a house the size of two dorm rooms and the idea of having home internet was astounding to them, but they were truly the happiest people I have ever met.

It’s experiences like these that makes me want to travel. To meet people who are happy and grateful, for how much or how little they have.

The next post will be a location all of you should soon be very familiar with.

If you have any questions about SHH, please feel free to ask! It was one of the greatest experiences
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RCL post 2

Organization for civic speech


What is civic duty?
Volunteering at food banks?
Donating blood at your high school blood drive?
Maybe its going to your child’s PTSA nights, or making sure you vote at least once every 2 years.
Maybe it’s even putting on a uniform and fighting for your country.
Or maybe it’s none of these things. What if civic duty is protesting against your civic government? To rebel against your civic duty, this too may count as a civic duty.
Yes, try to wrap your head around that. To perform your civic duty you have to blatantly disobey your civic duties.

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The history of protest as a civic duty. Mention the history of America. How America was breed by it’s citizen’s civic duty to uphold justice and equality.
For people to realize that it is equally important to do your civic duty and to make sure general civic justice is upheld. Why these kinds of protests constitutes as civic duties. WHy protest and going against civic duty could be one of the most important civic duties of all.


-Paragraph 2-

Location- when and where
Location: Old Main, Penn State University Park Campus
Time: 6 P.M.
Reason: to protest recent plans by the United States government to attack Syria due to their alleged use of chemical weapons on their own people
Who: Penn state university park students

-paragraph 3-

Interview with steve
Questions to ask are still being debated on.