Monday, June 13, 2022

THE LONG BALLAD EPISODE 24: A MOTHER'S LOVE



The hatred and rivalry between A'Zhun and Sh'er was rooted ever since they were children.  The upbringing the Great Khan has taught to the children he raised was more like those of  how the creatures of the grasslands must be - fight to survive the harshness of the great and vast terrain they live on.  And that was how the young Ashile Sun and Ashile Sh'er have grown to live by.  They were rivals and foes like wolves and cubs in the open field.

The only thing that somehow shaped them to righteousness and virtue were the guidance and love of their respective mothers.  That mother's love that will somehow made them give up even their own dignity just for the sake of the one who nurtured them with such righteous and magnificent love.


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Saturday, June 4, 2022

THE LONG BALLAD EPISODE 23: THE DUEL




After discovering by chance the prison cell of General Luo Yi who was held captured by Great Khan.  After seeing the general, she discovered that the prison cell was near that of Khatun's tent and accidentally bumped into her and found out that Khatun was actually the former Princess Yicheng of the fallen Sui Dynasty who was married off to Great Khan as part of the then former Sui Dynasty's peace treaty. 


Khatun has long been into the Ashile Tribe's grasslands and was even married to Great Khan's other brothers who ruled Ashile tribe before him.  She bore a child from one of Great Khan's brother and later on adopted the son she bore.  The child grew up along with Ashile Sun and was later regarded and known as Young Khan and Sh'er to his mother, Great Khan and A'Zhun. 


The two grew up as heirs and rivals to the throne of Great Khan.  Khatun lived her life in  the grasslands as Great Khan's wife who used to lavish her with wealth and valuables from his expeditions outside the tribe.  Among Khatun's slave was a woman named Alir who was the foster mother of A'Zhun.  Although a slave, Ashile Sun values his foster mother dearly.


Kurultai is a major celebration in the grasslands and Great Khan hosted a banquet for his tribe.  Invited and honored guests arrive in the event and among them was Lady Jinse from the Central Plain whom Great Khan seems to have cherished most.  Great Khan have entrusted to Lady Jinse the care for the fallen Sui royalty - Empress Xiao and the Prince of Sui.  Both were held captive in DingXiang.


As Changge becomes the slave of Sh'er, he used her in order to prove Ashile Sun.  During the kurultai,  Sh'er, made Changge disguised as a slave dancer and entered Great Khan's tent to entertain guests in order to provoke Ashile Sun.  But A'Zhun exploited the opportunity of the event to request to Great Khan a duel between him and Ashile Sh'er to win back Changge.  Sh'er accepted the duel but likewise request to Great Khan that A'Zhun's slave Mimi Guli be his prize should he win.


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Saturday, May 28, 2022

THE LONG BALLAD EPISODE 22: A GENERAL FROM HER CHILDHOOD




 After careful thinking of a strategy to save Li Shimin from the ambush plot by Great Khan,  Changge posed as one of Wolf Division archer assigned to shoot arrow on Li Shimin on the day of the ambush. She attempted to shoot towards the direction of Li Shimin but intentionally miss her target making the treaty called off with the furious Great Khan who left the bridge and walk off.  As a consequence, Changge was arrested, imprisoned and identified as a slave of Eagle Division on the way back to the grasslands for further questioning and investigation.


As soon as A'Zhun returned to the Eagle Division, he started planning on how to take back Changge out of her confinement in Wolf Division.  But Sh'er was determined to hold her still even enjoying his archery with his new slave as the target.


Among those captured by Great Khan during the battle in Jingzhou was the highly regarded Tang General Luo Yi, Changge's family friend and mentor from her childhood.


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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Dr. Park's Clinic Episode 3: Marketing 101: Social Media Marketing Matters

 


In this age of modern technology, online marketing is a must especially to a striving doctor who wanted to make it big in his career and be popular to public in order to gain patients and keep the clinic business bustling.


Family can especially help in the promotion of the business even by just comments and sharing online about what your clinic can offer. The best way to deal with malicious comments was to share and forward them.  The nastier and controversial, the better.  This kind of marketing can ripple and linger talks about your clinic longer.  Even lasting than the taste of the most expensive French wine.


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THE LONG BALLAD EPISODE 21: THE PEACE TREATY AT WEISHUI RIVER

 


As Emperor Li Shimin of Tang and Great Khan of the Ashile tribe come face to face on the battleground on the bridge atop the bridge of the Weishui River with the blood and bodies of their dead warriors litter around them on them on the battleground.  In order to avoid the dire casualties among their people, the two have reached an agreement to try to sit down again and sign another peace treaty by noon of the following day.


Back to their barracks, Ashile Sun ran into Changge sneaking in still wearing the Tang uniform she used previously to sneak into Li Shimin's tent in order to confront her uncle and assess the condition of the Tang army. Li Shimin also learned that Changge's run awayagain going to the north.  


Great Khan told Ashile Sun and Sh'er about what he and Li Shimin have talked during their face to face encounter on the bridge of the make-shift bridge  of the Weishui River.  He also instructed them his plan not to ally with Tang and instead stage an ambush of Li Shimin by shooting him with an arrow from one of Ashile tribe's best archer. He gave them stern instructions not to miss the target of the plot in tomorrow's supposedly peace treaty signing.  All of these were heard by Changge who hid behind the wooden carts inside A'Zhun's tent.  After Khan left, A'Zhun ordered Changge to locked up again in order for her not to disrupt Khan's plan.


As Leyan continue her journey with the war refugees bound to Luoyang, she met and took care Xiao Wu, an orphan refugee kid who became her companion and protector from the bully refugees who were steeling food and beating up helpless refugees for food and survival.


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Monday, May 16, 2022

THE LONG BALLAD EPISODE 20: THE COLD-BLOODED EMPEROR

 


Commander Hao Du finally located the whereabouts of Princess Leyan.  But he was too late to find her for Leyan already left along with the refugees bound to Luoyang.


Upon return to the grasslands after her trip with Mu Jin from Yunzhou, Mimi Guli excitedly reported back to Changge about her experience in Yunzhou particularly the weird lady she encountered in the marketplace who allegedly took her moneybag only to find out from Changge that she had originally two identical moneybag where she gave one to her bestfriend  in Chan'an.  Surprised, Changge rushed out to Yunzhou to find Princess Leyan who she taught might have live in sufferings due to the ongoing war.  She also found out from Mrs. Chai of the Weaving Workshop of Western Suburb.  She later put at ease after knowing that Leyan did not suffer much and instead learn how to earn a living using her skills.


When Changge got back to Eagle Division, she found that the full force of the Ashile tribe were gone and are heading to war in Chang'an.  Changge knowing how perilous the situation might have been followed the route taken by Ashile tribe going to Chang'an.  She sneaked  into the troop to get Ashile Sun's attention who met her secretly.  She warned A'Zhun about his moves and warn for them no meet in the battlefield.  A'zhun tried to reason it out and even ordered Su Yishe to tie her and take her back to the grasslands. But Changge was way too determined to go to Chang'an herself to assess the situation of the war from that end.

  

She successfully escaped from Su Yishe and sneaked into Chang'an to meet Emperor Li Shimin.  Dressed as a kitchen attendant, she got near Li Shimin's tent and enter it.  Li Shimin was so astonished to see his niece Changge inside his tent.  He told her how he suffered from loosing her and how he coped with the news of her battles in Shuozhou and the news about her capture and death.  Changge finally knew what was in the heart and mind of her second uncle Li Shimin, the Emperor of Tang. Through their discussion, she came to know that Li Shimin was now fighting and facing a difficult battle that can gravely endanger not  only himself but the Tang as a whole.


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Saturday, May 14, 2022

THE LONG BALLAD EPISODE 19: LESSONS OF LIFE OUTSIDE THE PALACE



The royal life of Tang's two princesses may have been what other people may dream about.  But when war torn the land of Tang, the royal lives of Princess Yongning and Princess Leyan has to also cope with the changing times.  


Equipped with only their skills and talent, the two Tang princesses tried to cope with the harsh realities and casualties of war.  Princess Yongning utilized her skill as a military strategist and adapted herself as the Military Counselor Li Shisi to Ashile Sun of Ashle tribe's Eagle Division.  Whereas, Princess Leyan have learned the industry of weaving and labor her skills to earn a living using her newfound skills from the Weaving Workshop of Western Suburb run by a commoner in Yunzhou.


The affection between Mu Jin and Mimi Guli grew deeper each day.  Mu Jin tried to help Mimi in her everyday chore. Until one day, Mu Jin accidentally stepped on a rotten nail as he help her fetch water from the nearby river. He suffered life threatening high fevers but was cared for by Mimi and nursed him back to health.  In order to treat Mimi, Mu Jin volunteered to A'Zhun and requested to purchase supplies and provisions of Eagle Division with her in Yunzhou.  After requesting permission, Changge gave Mimi her moneybag along with some money as a token and gift she can use on Yunzhou with Mu Jin.  Mimi plan on buying her mooncakes for her generosity.


Commander Hao Du and Wei Shuyu continued their search for the missing Princess Leyan who they did not know became an apprentice and worker at a western weaving workshop and have missed her when they search in Yunzhou.


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