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About tinabot

Tinabot is a writer, teacher, and ninja. She and her students write and publish their work. Her debut teen kung fu romance novel The Legend of Phoenix Mountain is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

“Into The Badlands” Episode Review: “White Stork Spreads Wings”

Tilda Into The Badlands, Season 1, Episode 3: “White Stork Spreads Wings” Original airdate November 29, 2015. Synopsis After the poppy drug baron Quinn launches a full out attack on the Widow. He succeeds in dethroning the Widow and taking … Continue reading

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‘Into The Badlands’ Episode Review: “Fist Like a Bullet”

The Widow Into The Badlands, Season 1, Episode 2: “Fist Like A Bullet” Original airdate November 22, 2015. Synopsis An attempt on the life of The Widow (Emily Beeckman) reveals struggles for power between the Barons. After escaping from Baron … Continue reading

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Claremont McKenna College, Asian American Activism, and College Diversity

Claremont McKenna College “My daughter goes to some school called Claremont McKennia…” My parents often chuckle as they reminisce about how embarrassing it was for them to tell people where I went to college, how uncomfortable our Asian family and … Continue reading

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‘Into The Badlands’ Episode Review: “The Fort”

Into The Badlands, Season 1, Episode 1: “The Fort” Original airdate November 15, 2015. Synopsis The most powerful warrior of the Badlands is Sunny, a Clipper fighter for the strongest Baron in the lands, Quinn. Sunny finds that a shipment … Continue reading

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8Books Review: Essential Japanese Grammar

After having gotten hooked on learning some legit Japanese for my trip to Japan last year, I’ve been rarin’ to continue my Japanese language skills for a future return trip to Kyoto study tea ceremony traditions. Thus, when given the … Continue reading

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“Into The Badlands” Fight Camp

I once had this really annoying experience while training in boxing. The instructor was trying to show us how to use footwork and core muscles to add more power to our punch, and one guy said “I’ll just pull out … Continue reading

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Martial Arts TV Series “Into The Badlands”

Set in a post apocalyptic or possibly alternate universe, the story revolves around a man named Sunny who is a Clipper or warrior loyal to a Baron who is a sort of regional warlord. The social structure is totally feudal, … Continue reading

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Traveling Japan: McDonald’s in Japan

I suppose it is fitting to talk about McDonald’s in Japan as it was the last stop before we headed back home Stateside, a sort of transition from Japan to America. I have pretty much removed McDonald’s from my dietary … Continue reading

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Traveling Japan: Kyoto Snowstorm

Before we begin this little journey through a Kyoto winter wonderland, I should start with the disclaimer that I grew up in sunny southern California. I put on a scarf whenever the temp goes under 70 degrees Fahrenheit. When I … Continue reading

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Traveling Japan: Toei Kyoto Studio Park

It’s quite lovely to experience Kyoto’s preserved machiya neighborhoods and many ancient temples, but equally fun and still historic is the Toei Kyoto Studio Park. Basically, imagine Universal Studios but minus all the big fancy rides and massive studio set … Continue reading

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Traveling Japan: New Year’s Festival at Yasaka Shrine

If you watch a lot of anime, you may have noticed that festivals are a big deal in Japanese culture and story telling. Just like there’s usually a onsen hot spa episode, a beach episode, or a class field trip … Continue reading

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Traveling Japan: Shinbashi Dori in Gion

From various sources, I read that Shinbashi Dori has been called the most beautiful street in Asia. After reading that, I couldn’t possibly pass up the opportunity to hunt this street of beauty down and check it out. So, with … Continue reading

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