Universal Studios at Orlando

Since my previous post covered a lot of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, this post will cover ground with the rest of the two parks Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventures.

Islands of Adventures

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter

As a Harry Potter fan, visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios had always been on my bucket list every since it was opened. When I visited, I wasn’t going to pass up the chance to dress in my Hogwarts robes and not document the details while I was there.

That being said, here are the pictures and videos. There are no documentation of rides for obvious reasons.

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Milan Expo 2015 (a little late)

World Expos are to demonstrate each country’s achievements, history, and culture. Each registered country will have a pavilion that will house all sorts of information to convey those concepts about that country including artifacts, shows,prototypes, etc. As the event is hosted every five years, the most recent one was in 2015 in Milan.

I enjoyed the expo in Milan since I was able to go in and out quickly as possible with minimal lines. This left me with a more varied experience than the one I had in the 2010 expo in China when the lines were tediously long that waiting took about 2 to 3 hours for each pavilion. The expo in Milan was food themed so pavilions will display their countries’ food traditions and/or food innovations.

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10 Authentic Chinese Dishes (Familiarized)

When it comes to food, I am open to new experiences and tastes even if I feel a pull to eat something I already know. For ethnic cuisines, Chinese is one of those that have became mainstream that there is a divide between Americanized and authentic Chinese cuisine. Trying out new foods could be risky to some people since one may not know if the food he tries will be something he likes so one will default to eating the same foods over and over again. There has been the perception of some people that authentic Chinese cuisine is filled with extremely exotic items such as bugs or even bullshit notion that Chinese people  eat cats and/or dogs commonly. While bugs, dogs, and cats could be eaten  by some people, they are hardly the representation of the more commonly food items and do not consist the top items of Chinese dishes in China.

I’ve compiled a list of authentic Chinese food I think that would be safe or familiar according to western taste buds.

  1. Chonqqing Spicy ChickenSpicy-Chicken

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To Kill a Mockingbird Mental Illness and Other Stigmas

Everyone who has read To Kill a Mockingbird could attest that one of the big themes in the book is racism and how it impacts people in negative ways. This race is mainly explored through Tom Robinson. While racism is heavily emphasized, there is another theme explored in the book that was a bit more subtle. Mental illness is not explicitly stated but could be attributed with the character Arthur “Boo” Radley. Both Tom Robinson and Arthur Radley are symbolized as mockingbirds, innocent people who have been hurt by society. At that the time in southern United States, being black and being mentally ill carried social stigma so both men were seen “defective”. In contrast to being non-white, having any psychological disorder still carries a heavy social stigma in modern times. As anvilicious the racism gets to some people, To Kill a Mockingbird is still relevant today and resonates to many people who have experienced racism personally or suffered from any mental disorder.

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