Fortune Cookies

I went to an all-you-can-eat buffet today and I was given free fortune cookies.I love these cookies and sometimes keep the notes as souvenir.

It was only today that I became curious of the origin of the fortune cookie and tried to search in Google.

According to the article written by Borgna Brunner, Fortune cookies were invented by Americans. One history of the fortune cookie claims that David Jung, a Chinese immigrant living in Los Angeles and founder of the Hong Kong Noodle Company, invented the cookie in 1918. Concerned about the poor he saw wandering near his shop, he created the cookie and passed them out free on the streets. Each cookie contained a strip of paper with an inspirational Bible scripture on it, written for Jung by a Presbyterian minister.

Another history claims that the fortune cookie was invented a Japanese immigrant named Makoto Hagiwara. A gardener who designed the famous Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. An anti-Japanese mayor fired him from his job around the turn of the century, but later a new mayor reinstated him. Grateful to those who had stood by him during his period of hardship, Hagiwara created a cookie in 1914 that included a thank you note inside. He passed them out at the Japanese Tea Garden, and began serving them there regularly. In 1915, they were displayed at the Panama-Pacific Exhibition, San Francisco’s world fair.

A mock trial was even held to determine the origin of the fortune cookie.

Anyway, I’m grateful to whoever invented this cookie. I can’t imagine eating in a chinese restaurant without a free cookie after my meal.

A Walk In The Park

One of the best things in Athens is the availability of parks and playgrounds in every town.

Today, I visited a nearby park and had the chance to take some photos. It’s the same park where I used to jog as a preparation for the 5k marathon.

The park has a large area surrounded by pine trees. It even has its own mini zoo.

Pet owners usually take their dogs here for a walk and kids would play mostly in the afternoon.

Kdrama Review: Descendants of the Sun and Healer

After finishing Descendants of the Sun, I didn’t watch any drama. Well, I tried but failed to finish even one. I had a hard time getting over my favorite captain and compared every drama with Descendants of the Sun. I’d start watching a drama but would eventually get bored because the show was not as interesting as Descendants of the Sun or the couple didn’t have a great chemistry as Song-song, or the leading man wasn’t as cute as Song Joongki. I saw the trailer of W: Two worlds and decided to watch a few episodes. It has a unique plot and Lee jong Suk’s character has a mysterious vibe. The drama started great with the mystery intensified as the show goes on but half way through it, I started to get confused. I couldn’t understand the turn of events and found myself just waiting for the cute bodyguard to appear on the scene.

I still tried to continue for the sake of Lee Jongsuk but got stuck in Episode seven and decided to wait for a few months until I’ll be ready to watch a new drama without comparing to Descendants of the Sun. Maybe, I still have a hangover from Song Joongki and fantasy is not really my kind of show.

A friend who has a huge crush on Ji changwook recommended her favourite drama, Healer. I like Ji changwook and find cute and saw that the drama was on my watchlist so I decided to give it a try. It was the best decision of my fan girl life.

I immediately saw the chemistry between Ji Changwook and Parkminyoung on their first scene together. It was during the time when Park Bongsoo ( Ji Changwook) needed to take a DNA sample from Chae Young-shin (Park Minyoung). It wasn’t even a romantic scene but I instantly fell in love with them as a couple. And yes, I finally got over Descendants of the Sun.

I was a bit unsatisfied with the ending. It left me hanging with a lot of unanswered questions but would suffice as long as I get to see the couple happy.

Anyway, I decided to give a short review about my two favorite dramas.



A decades-old incident involving a group of friends who ran an illegal broadcasting station brings together three different people—an illegal mercenary with the codename “Healer” (Ji Chang-wook) who happens to possess top-notch fighting skills, a reporter from a second-rate tabloid news website (Park Min-young), and a famous journalist at a major broadcast station (Yoo Ji-tae). In trying to uncover the truth from that 1992 incident, they grow into real, honest reporters, while dealing with the conflict between truth and fate. (Source: Wikipedia)

Characters: Park Bongsoo/ Seo junghoo ( Ji Changwook) is not a perfect guy. He actually has a lot of flaws and a bit of a dark character due to his past. But you can’t entirely hate him because despite of his bad ass persona, he’s just lonely deep inside. Ji Changwook is perfect as Seo Junghoo.

Chae youngshin (Park Minyoung), a girl with a cheerful character despite having a tragic past, became the reason for Seo Junghoo to see life in a different perspective. I love how carefree she is and although I used to find characters that act childish a bit annoying, it’s hard not to like Chae youngshin.

The cast were perfect with interesting characters like Ahjumma and Moonho. And there was this detective who kept me guessing if he was a villain or a good guy.

Couple Chemistry: Perfect. They should date in real life.

Ending: Hanging but sweet. I would love to see what happened to the other characters especially to the antagonist but a kiss in the rooftop is perfect too.

Rate: 5/5 Recommended if you love action with romance type of drama.


Descendants of the sun Synopsis: Shi-Jin (Song Joong-Ki) is the captain of the special forces. He catches a motorcycle thief with Sergeant Major Dae-Young (Jin Goo). The thief is injured during his capture and is sent to the hospital. Dae-Young realized his cellphone was stolen by the thief and went to the hospital to retrieve his cellphone. In the emergency room, Shi-Jin met Dr. Mo-Yeon (Song Hye-Kyo) for the first time. He falls in love with her immediately. Mo-Yeon mistakenly assumes Shi-Jin is part of thief’s criminal gang. He proves to her that he is a soldier with the help of army doctor Myeong-Joo (Kim Ji-Won). Shi-Jin and Mo-Yeon began to date, but due to their jobs their dates didn’t go well. Shi-Jin took an order to lead his soldiers on a peacekeeping mission to the country of Uruk. Meanwhile, Mo-Yeon became upset that she failed to become a professor due to a colleague’s privileged background. When Shi-Jin and Mo-Yeon meet again, they talked about their views on life and realized how different they are. Shi-Jin, as a soldier, kills to protect lives and Mo-Yeon, as a doctor, tries to save all lives. They said their goodbyes. Eight months later, Mo-Yeon rebuffs the sexual advances of hospital chairman Suk-Won (Tae In-Ho) and as retribution was assigned to lead a medical team in Uruk. There, Shi-Jin and Mo-Yeon met again. (Source: Asianwiki) The first time I saw the trailer of Descendants of the sun, I didn’t find it interesting. Aside from the apparent age gap between Song Joongki and Song Hyekyo, Song Joongki is too cute to be a soldier. Until a friend showed me a video clip of Yoo Si Jin flirting with his pretty doctor, I finally decided to give it a shot, and well, I got totally hooked especially when I found out that some scenes were shot in Greece.

Characters: Yoo Sijin is adorable but well respected by his comrades. I’m glad they gave SongJoongki the role of captain Yoo SiJin. I couldn’t imagine the captain being played by other actors aside from him.

Mo Yeon is a bit immature to be honest and I got annoyed during the time when she was planning to build her own clinic and the way she acted infront of the Arabian king. She was a bit irritating sometimes and it didn’t help that she dumped Yoo Sijin and tried to push him away but they still make a perfect couple. Aside from the lovable Song-Song couple, there is the equally crazy but adorable Daeyoung and Myeong Joo, which honestly almost stole the limelight from the main couple. Onew was a revelation too. If I didn’t know that he was a member of a boy band, I would have thought of him as a professional actor.

Ending: The drama is unforgettable and deserves all the praises. The ending was unrealistic but who cares? As long as it’s a happy ending. Honestly, I would have wished for a tragic one if the role of Yoo Sijin didn’t go to Song Joongki.

Couple Chemistry: Crazily perfect together Rate: 5/5


Aside from Koreandrama, I’m a fan of Chinese dramas as well especially historical. One of my favorites is General and I. It was the first historical drama that captured my interest and my heart. I will never forget this beautiful show that introduced me to Wallace Chung and Angela baby. I didn’t know Chinese historical drama could be so addicting. I’m planning to devote an entire post about General and I.

*Photos are not mine unless stated