The Eastern Hemisphere has thousands of years under its history belt and thousands of years for each of its countries to cement their cultural identities through clothes, food, and drink. However, the USA has had only a few short centuries to work on its cultural image. Therefore, cultural intermingling has been relied on in its quest for a unique cultural identity in comparison to the rest of the world.

As American as - Beer?

Over 40 years ago Chevrolet forever associated apple pie, hot dogs, and baseball with America when its jingle ", hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet..." hit the airwaves. But each of these listed items has a whisper of foreign flavor including the automobile's brand name! Likewise, most adult beverages in America can't claim cultural invention despite hundreds of breweries and wineries that dot the nation.

Citing a Native American drink made from maize, birch sap, and water plus the power house breweries in the Midwest, some may claim beer as the national beverage mainstay. However, Germany corners beer as a cultural symbol with images of Oktoberfest dancers with trays filled with overflowing mugs of beer.

Claim to Wine

So if beer isn't uniquely American, then some may demand wine has to make the list. Although California wine country produces over 88% of wine in the USA, and the USA is the world's fourth largest producer of wine, the production is thanks to Europeans bringing Vitis vinifera into the country because native grapes produced inferior tasting wines. Furthermore, with names like Pino Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Champagne, the realization is clear that most wines have as French a connotation as the town names they carry. So it seems wine is also out as a cultural symbol of the USA.

America's Adult Beverage Niche

The British favor their gin, vodka can't be anything but Russian, and who can think of Mexico without conjuring up tequila? The USA must look to a close neighbor to find a distinctive drink that can at least claim New World status. The Caribbean Islands, with a history timeline similar to the USA, can claim the rum produced by successful families like Bacardi Cuba as a representation of their culture.

The search for a symbolic adult American beverage to complement the food on its tables owes a debt to rum distilleries in the Caribbean. Although rum itself isn't uniquely American, some drinks owe their existence to a few of its citizens. For instance, an American engineer invented the daiquiri while working in Cuba and American soldiers requested their colas be imbued with rum. Adult beverages, like so many other cultural symbols in the USA, have been borrowed from other countries and exemplify the ingenuity involved in its complicated cultural heritage.

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1. Happiness will always find its way. You might be having a rough time with your life right now,   but don’t worry. Joy will make her way just to see you smile again.

2. Don’t let anger control your life. It can ruin your islands of personality. When we let anger control our emotions, everything will not be okay. It can ruin a skill, a relationship, a trait or even our family ties. 

3. Fear can save us from any danger. We need this to be able to be safe and not to be a dare devil at all times but too much of it will not let us grow as a brilliant and adventurous person. 

4. Disgust can give us taste or style. She teaches us how to be fab and to be cool. It is her forte.

5. Sadness balances the emotions. Especially if we are too happy. It let us connect and listen to the    people around us. 

6. Joy will not always be around because nothing last forever. Sometimes we need to let sadness or other emotions take over. Cry once in a while to slow down and think about the solutions in life’s problem. It is somehow telling us, it is okay to be sad and to cry. We are human beings, it is normal to be emotional once in a while. Show your feelings. Don't suppress it.

7. Always have a positive outlook in life just like Joy.

This movie really explains how the emotions and the memories work in our brains. I learned a lot of moral lessons I can apply in my life. Yes! real life situations. Pixar's did it again. As always, they taught us some valuable lessons in their animations. BRAVO! Bingbong made me cried too. So how about you? Any thoughts on this movies? Lessons perhaps that you want to share? Share it below.

The Verdict: 4.8 stars out of 5 stars

Tropical Hallim Park in Jeju, South Korea is a nature park with 9 different themes on 80 hectares of land. It is a divine experience to be with Mother Nature. The trees, flowers, ponds and animals are the best assets of the goodness of the earth. I love the feeling when I have a break from the busy scenes of the city. It gives me good vibes. Breathing fresh air from the surrounding contributes to the beauty of the place. It clears my mind and helps me appreciate life even more.

Today, I will virtually tour and post some random photos from our trip in Hallim Park. It has nine different themes such as the following:

  • Hyeopjae and Ssangyong Cave
  • Jeju Stone and Bonsai Garden
  • Wild grass and Flower Garden
  • Jae-Am Folk Village
  • Bird Garden
  • Subtropical Botanic Garden
  • Palm Tree Avenue
  • Stone Exhibit Hall
  • Water Garden

Let's start!!!

Of course! The ticket booth. A ticket cost 10,000 won per adult but for groups of 30 or more it will cost 8,000 won. If we convert it to Philippine pesos, it will only cost around 390+ php per adult and for groups it will cost 312+ php per person. It will imply 80php discount for groups of 30 or more. Horey! 

The Map. We were planning to visit the cherry blossoms unfortunately it was closed that time. I think their season was over during the month of May. huhu SAD!

The direction. Where to start??

Jae-Am Folk Village 

Bird Garden

Welcome to Hallim Park with the two cute peacocks 

Stone Exhibit Stone

White flowers

Yellow flowers

Pink Flowers

Me and some of the flowers. hahaha

The Pond

Another flower

My sister and the yellow flowers hahaha

The white gate the entrance to the secret garden. lol

My mom. Pabebe pose. lelz. :))

Souvenir store. Bought ice cream even though it was really really cold. 

For more information:
Address: 300, Hallim-ro, Hallim-eub, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
Phone: +82 64-796-0001

Many people enjoy looking for souvenirs while on vacation. Some resorts even have large gift shops on their premises so that guests can find that perfect souvenir for themselves or the best gift for a loved one. There are many places like the Mohonk Mountain House NY that offer guests a place to stay and shop. Picking out the right souvenir can be a fun experience and will give you something to always remind you of your vacation.

Bath and Body

You may want to find a gift for yourself or someone else that smells good and helps with relaxation. There are all sorts of nice soaps to choose from. Facial scrubs and lotions make great souvenir items too. There are many fragrances out there that can help you remember your vacation when you return home.


Logo clothing can be a fun idea and is great for all ages. Many gift shops offer clothing that can help you to remember your stay at a certain place. You can choose from t-shirts, sweaters, jackets, or hats. Whenever you wear your souvenir clothing, you can wear a smile and think about your trip.


Enlightening books can be a great purchase to make for yourself or a friend. Many gift shops offer a nice book selection. You can search for an inspiring book that can help you to feel better in general. Some books can help you to stay happy and relaxed even after you have gone home from your vacation.

Home and Decor

A travel mug can be a useful souvenir. You can bring it with you on all of your future travels and even use it at home. A coffee mug or tumbler can also be a nice gift. If you take a lot of photographs of your vacation, you may want to choose a unique frame. A tapestry can be another item that can be used to decorate your home, or you can use the throw to stay warm on a chilly day. Ornaments or candles make great souvenirs too. You can find an item that will look nice sitting around your home.

There are all sorts of good souvenirs out there that will be perfect for you or someone that you care about. You want to choose an item that is well made and that will last for a long time. Good souvenir items can turn into valuable items that will always be cherished. If you are planning on going on vacation, be sure to set some money aside for the perfect item to bring back with you. Memorabilia can bring cheer to your life once you return from your vacation until you go back again.

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