Dreams still an unexplained but insightful phenomenon

Still no one can exactly explain what a dream really is. It’s still shrouded with mystery and questions left open which researchers have been unable to answer. Interestingly we don’t really know why we are sleeping but everyone has experienced what happens if you don’t. Tiredness, reduction in memory and concentration skills are common symptoms. Longer periods can even promote depression, obesity and heart decease which can all be connected to lack of sleep.

During sleep a conscious connection with life is resting. Although sleeping the brain is not. Quite the opposite, it’s working actively during sleep. You could say that the energy levels of the brain is regenerated and what’s learned during the day is ordered and processed in the brain. That’s why it’s better to sleep well before making important decisions in life. After your brain has had a good time to process the information, you are ready to confront life.

One could roughly divide sleep into three parts. Light dreaming, deep dreaming and a state called the REM sleep. The first part of sleep is the deep dreaming state where if woken up one feels very heavy and sleepy. The end part is the light sleep where you experience the REM state with dreams.

Each part has their own duty. Deep sleep is important to feel vital, light sleep and dreaming is important for your brain to work the next day. Some say that it even promotes creativity.

Telling The Truth to Your Kids About Where Babies Come From

Sooner or later your child is going to pop out the question: “Where do babies come from?”. Perhaps they have heard about it from their schoolmates where truth gets awfully twisted and the question might pop out like: “Is it true that sex is when the man puts his penis inside the girls butt?”.

The right time to tell children about where babies come from is as soon as possible when they become interested in it. Prolonging the answer will make it sound like something forbidden or secret which in return can end up in completely wrong conclusions about their sexuality.

Better not to leave it up to just the children’s books or pictures. You can use visual aids but ultimately the child wants to hear it straight from the person who he is developing a relationship of trust with. Sex is something fun that adults do, where the man puts his penis in not the ass of the woman but the vagina.

After a hugging and chatting session such as this, the little one might know more about having sex than the older students in school. Making your kid cooler and more knowledgeable!

Is The Red Theatre Performance Really So Good?

Aclaimed by the critics, preached by the creators and loved by the audience is the general opinion of the world famous Kung Fu show. However this is not that simple and Red Theatre in Beijing has its flaws even though it has been improved with great passion.

A lot of myth shrouds the theatre and some things might be understood superficially. Rather than a performance, it’s a show. The actors are not Shaolin monks, but trained martial art actors. That is because most of the Kung Fu teaching in China is aimed at students who want to make a career out of it and simply look good. In that sense it has lost the meaning of the original Kung Fu teachings.

This is also reflected in the story line which lacks any authenticity or teaching of what becoming a “Kung Fu master” really means. It’s simply because the story has been molded into show form and for some viewers it is evident that the storyline has not been prioritized.

So why does everyone love the Red Theatre? The answer is simple, it looks so damn good! The martial art is skillful, the dance and choreography is perfect, the music is enchanting. Overall a very beautiful production. So forget about any traditional philosophies and go to just enjoy as it is best enjoyed in the form of a spectacle that might at best even inspire your life.

Discipline is The Essence at Beijing Opera Company School

Foreigners from all over the world take classes at the first international Peking Opera school burn by the famous Beijing Opera Company. The school however mostly consist of Chinese students and many leave the studies after just a few years. It can take decades to perfect the art form which contains acrobatics, kung fu and acting.

The Opera in Beijing is a tradition hundreds of years old. Called Jingjun in Chinese it is known for music, singing, colorful dresses, face painting, acrobatic fighting scenes and elegant style. Born in 1790, when different theatre styles around China got together for the emperors birthday. From the mix of these styles, Peking Opera was formed.

The shows consist of popular characters which have their own unique characteristics. One can see the nature of the character just by observing the colors used in the painted face mask and clothes. The school is most famous for the Liyuan Theatre performance which is performed by old students when the school was first established in the 80s.

Studying in China requires fitness and teachers are often very demanding. Until the end of the class, students are pushed to the limits until they are totally worn out. Discipline and the respect of teachers is essential to understanding the historical context which holds the true essence of the art.

Peking Opera is still unknown in the rest of the world, which is why the Beijing Opera Company is touring around schools in Europe to widen the world vision of youngsters. It is a good reminder to everyone that many different theatre forms do exist.

South Korea is Inter.. Not Quite Yet!

South Korea is an interesting place. From there you can find Hitler-bars and people who defend the pure Korean blood line. Almost everything is made in Korea except Starbucks and Pizza Hut.

Seriously the truth is that Seoul has been transformed in a clean and well functioning city, but still too expensive for most Koreans. The city however has many pleasant surprises, and well worth visiting. The capital city with its 24 million inhabitants is amongst the biggest cities in the world.

Every building is being used by every corner and square root. Empty worn down housing are an unknown feature in the city. Public transportation is excellent, a versatile and extensive network makes moving around the city easy. The streets have special lanes for buses making it a popular, inexpensive and fast way to travel. Taxies and subway are equally inexpensive and extensive.

Despite the cities diversities, it’s a very monocultural environment. Most people are Koreans. You can see the foreign influence in the increase of the use of English phrases and expressions that you might here on the street. Also many different foreign franchises are adored. Thus compared to the neighboring Japan and China, English speakers are not that hard to find. Most of the signs are in English and Korean.

A great way to open up to the international aspects of the Korean life is to familiarize yourself with some of the great expat bloggers out there. See this list of recommended South Korean expat blogs by internations.

Some Facts About The Falun Gong Movement

Falung Gong states that its teachings are based on truth, patience and clemency. Similar principals have been introduced by Buddhism and Taoism in the past.

The movement was founded in the year 1992. However the government of China banned the movement completely in 1999 and declared its status as an evil cult. The founder of the movement Li Hongzhi is in exile and currently lives in America.

With an estimated 100 million supporters worldwide in 50 different countries, about two thousand of them have died in direct result of arrest and torture by the Chinese government.

The majority of its followers live in the US and Taiwan is famous for its active Chinese support group. The situation in Hong Kong is a little more complex with an active movement against the cult.

Red Ideologies Not a Part of Opera in Beijing

Peking Opera is often confused with “red” ideologies. It is true that the art form was transformed to serve political purpose when the Communist Party came to power in the Mainland. Along with becoming means for spreading communist ideology, women were banned from performing which resulted in men having to play the roles of women which is a tradition that continues to gain popularity even to this day.

However what is often not understood about the Opera in Beijing is that it’s roots are from the 18th and 19th centuries. This was the imperial time in China when the art form was used simply as a form of entertainment and did not serve political purpose.

The color red is widely used in performance but it’s a symbol of sincerity. A color also widely used by many emperors and government officials from that time.

After the cultural revolution not only women were again allowed to return to the stage but all political stigma was removed from the performance. Modern Peking Opera has returned to it’s original characteristics filled with it’s witty entertainment for the public. Therefore it is a pure legacy from the imperial times.

About some of the most classic performances: http://www.liyuantheatreopera.com/the-performance


Chinese Culture Etiquette is a Flexible Issue

Many guidebooks about etiquette and culture in China are already outdated. It is even advised to be wary with the recent ones, the change is here and it’s very fast.

Take a funny example, it used to be common though the Chinese shrink away when touched and one should not pat the other in the back. Well, the Chinese have grown to not only pat each others backs, but sit on the lap and grab the bottom. Luckily Chinese are sensitive enough so that foreigners can avoid this “bottom touching”.

Rest asure you, these peculiar looking habits are in no way related to homosexuality.

Another is, that the Chinese have all kinds of peculiar rules of mannerism and that people are offended easily. If this would be the case, they would be hiding their emotions very well. But on the contrary, they lack the ability of hiding emotions and therefore you can expect them to get angry to you if they feel so. However mannerism is not a problem in itself but rather the lack of it.

You can even check the wiki page for etiquette in Asia. It is clear that rules here are very flexible, especially if you are a foreigner. These kinds of rules could be useful for Japan or South Korea but not for China. Live and learn the truth.


A Big China Has Many Truths: Introduction

The Chinese culture is not only one of the biggest but one of the most powerful. Their social system was developed four thousand years ago. Not surprisingly many things were invented there. Chess, compasses, paper making and printing are all Chinese inventions.

Just like in most big nations, the Chinese think of their country as the center of the world. However the term “own country” is also literally translated to “the center of the world”. Three major religions have played an important part in shaping the country, confucianism, taoism and buddhism which all have mixed into the lives of the people. Also connected to the culture is being against external influence and later the western influence.

The fact that the Chinese think of their country as something unique and special is what keeps the country together. Prefectural differences in the country are huge so a collective mental mindset is necessary to keep them unified. Besides cultural differences there are economical and geographical differences. It can be seen clearly where wealth provides it’s people and where not. Often these two can be right besides each other working in an adaptive harmony which is a great example of the mental power these people posses.