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I Was Stalked and Filmed on a Subway? :(
Recently I had a very creepy experience on the subway. A had a very odd man sit next to me and start filming me secretly (though obviously not so secretly since I noticed) He also tried to follow me but luckily I tricked him. For more info you can check the video below. **this is not common AT ALL in Korea, it only happened to me in Seoul because that's where I live. This could, and does, happen all over the world no matter what culture~** What I hope you take from this: 1. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. If someone sits next to you (even if it seems totally normal) just take a millisecond to recognize that - don't just stay zoned in on your phone. 2. If you feel uncomfortable - get up and move. I didn't do this but I should have. I didn't need to "prove" he really was creepy, regardless of if he was or not, I have every right to just move away. 3. If someone made you feel uncomfortable, trust your gut and keep an eye on them in some way. If I hadn't noticed him earlier, he might have followed me off the train without me knowing. 4. Let someone know where you are and what was up. Even if its just texting a close friend that is dependable "hey I'm at XYZ bus stop, there was a weird guy on the bus lol" just so someone knows. In case something happens to you, it could help people find you. 5. If you see something weird happening to another girl, try to do something. When I see guys getting too close to girls on crowded trains I always try to make it seem like I'm with the girl too so he's outnumbered, or I stare them down so they know they aren't being sneaky. Be safe out there everyone, and just be alert :)
Shakar Lama (شكرلمة‬‎), Cardamom & Almond Tea Cookies from Iraq
If it hasn't been completely obvious by what kind of recipes I tend to post, I am completely in love with desserts and other sweet flavors that incorporate very tea-inspired ingredients. Whether it's lavender, orange blossom, bergamot, or cardamom, I love the unique fragrance it gives recipes and the subtle nod it sends to some of my favorites in Middle Eastern and South Asian cuisine. These cookies, simple butter cookies enhanced with the flavor of cardamom, are called quite a few names in the Middle East. In Iraq, they are called Shakar Lama and topped with a slivered almond or a roasted pistachio. In Israel, Jordan, and Lebanon, they are referred to as Hab-El-Hal and sometimes the nut is exchanged for powdered sugar or toasted sesame seeds. Whatever you call it or however you decide to garnish it, you will still end up with a completely satisfying plate of cookies that makes a perfect partner for your favorite cup of tea du jour! (I highly recommend serving it alongside a pot of this Lebanese cinnamon-anise tea.) INGREDIENTS: 1 cup rendered (clarified) butter or ghee (You should be able to find clarified butter at a grocery store like Trader Joe's, but check out this video if you want to clarify the butter you might already have at home.) 1 1/2 cups sugar 3 eggs 4 cups all-purpose flour 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 teaspoons cardamom powder Roasted pistachios or almonds for garnish, optional 2 tablespoons powdered sugar for garnish, optional DIRECTIONS: 1) Cream butter, eggs, and sugar. 2) Mix flour, baking powder, cardamom, and salt. Add gradually to the butter mixture. 3) Add milk or water if needed to form dough (consistency of bread dough). Roll dough 1/2" thick and cut with cookie cutter. Place on baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes in an oven preheated to 375 degrees. 4) If garnishing with nuts, press one slivered almond or one pistachio to the center of each cookie halfway through baking. If garnishing with powdered sugar, sprinkle it on top of each cookie once they have fully cooled.