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noryanna
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I have a wide variety of interests and diverse range of experiences I grew up in the rural American mid-west and developed a love of the outdoors, nature, gardening and beekeeping.  After earning my university degree in Political Science I became a Peace Corps volunteer in Southeast Asia.  My Peace Corps experience turned into a lifelong fascination with Asia.  I have traveled extensively throughout the region, and have lived and worked in Mainland China, Thailand and Taiwan. I speak Thai, Lao and Mandarin Chinese in addition to English.  I hold a Masters degree in International Business Management and worked in management positions with several companies both internationally and within the US.   I have also been active in real estate investment, property management and hotel management.  I'm currently seeking employment opportunities in Asia in either hospitality management or with an NGO doing international development work.
My online activities include several rice cooker review related sites - Rice Cooker Fetish and Sanyo Rice Cooker as well as Oyama Rice Cooker.  I also write about Taiwan related issues, learning Chinese and living gluten free.  I continue to develop websites using Wordpress.  A couple of my newest are a site on how to grow longer eyelashes and shipping container house plans.  I also write on Squidoo and have lenses for sale there as well.  You can check out my Squidoo Lenses For Sale here.

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Lifestyle
by noryanna
8 years ago
Songkran - The Thai Water Festival

The Thai New Year festival of Songkran is celebrated by visiting temples and family members. A major part of Songkran are water fights!

Travel & Places
by noryanna
8 years ago
The Best Hotels In Koh Samui

Select the best hotel in Koh Samui for your Thailand vacation. Reviews of the best Koh Samui hotels and resorts in the island paradise of Koh Samui.

Lifestyle
by noryanna
8 years ago
The Nebraska Unicameral Legislature

Nebraska is unique in that its state legislature is both unicameral and nonpartisan. It is the only state that has a unicameral legislature composed of a senate chamber only and lacking a house of representatives.

Home & Garden
by noryanna
8 years ago
Rare Seeds You Can Grow

Many gardeners enjoy growing rare vegetable seeds and exotic plants and there are quite a few heirloom seeds you can grow, ranging from flowers to fruits and vegetables.

Technology
by noryanna
8 years ago
The Ten Deadliest Mushrooms On The Planet

The deadliest mushrooms on the planet. Mushrooms can be a tasty addition to many dishes. But, proper identification of mushrooms is critical. Those inexperienced in mushroom identification should never collect or eat mushrooms without having extreme confidence that they have harvested edible mushrooms.

Health
by noryanna
8 years ago
Throat Cancer Symptoms

Signs of throat cancer symptoms often get mistaken for other diseases. Knowing the what the throat cancer symptoms are will help us become more vigilant. Throat cancer is also referred to vocal cord cancer, larynx cancer or glottis cancer.

Home & Garden
by noryanna
8 years ago
How To Grow Giant Pumpkins

Learn how to grow giant pumpkins and compete for the title of the most largest pumpkin. Truth be told, giant pumpkins don't taste all that good in pumpkin pie, but an enormous pumpkin sure looks good at a competition.

Home & Garden
by noryanna
8 years ago
How To Thaw Frozen Water Pipes

When the temperature reaches 20 degrees Fahrenheit or below, water pipes can freeze and burst. Pipes most vulnerable to freezing include water pipes laid against exterior walls with little or no insulation; water sprinkler lines; pipes in attics and garages and water pipes in basements and crawl spaces.

Home & Garden
by noryanna
8 years ago
Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter

Make your own upside down topsy turvy tomato planter. Many commercials advertise topsy turvy tomato planters; all promise a bountiful harvest of homegrown tomatoes. Why pay for nothing? Learn how to make an upside down topsy turvy tomato planter for free.

Health
by noryanna
8 years ago
Rice Cooker Fetish

Rice Cooker Fetish is relatively rare, but the number of individuals afflicted has seen a steady rise. Does a loved one have Rice Cooker Fetish?

Health
by noryanna
8 years ago
Travel Vaccines For Overseas Travel

Traveling overseas? Visit a doctor to discuss international travel vaccines. Vaccination requirements for travel to each country are different.

Lifestyle
by noryanna
8 years ago
Chinese New Year 2013 - The Year Of The Snake

Chinese New Year 2013 is the Year of the Snake, ushering out 2012, the Year of the Dragon. Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival or Lunar New Year is the most important holiday on the Chinese calendar and the longest. It begins on the day of the new moon - the first day of the first month of the lunar year according to the Chinese calendar and ends on the full moon 15 days later culminating in a traditional Lantern Festival.

Lifestyle
by noryanna
8 years ago
Chinese New Year 2012 - The Year Of The Dragon

Chinese New Year 2012 is an official holiday in many countries, particularly in Asia. China, Taiwan and Singapore Chinese New Years are all officially holidays. Learn about traditional Chinese culture Chinese New Year traditions such as the red envelope on Chinese Lunar New Year 2012

Lifestyle
by noryanna
8 years ago
Amaranth, An Amazing Gluten Free Grain

Amaranth is a gluten free grain packed full of nutrition and should be in any gluten free diet. Amaranth has amazing nutritional value by any measure whether compared with other gluten free grains or all grains.

Lifestyle
by noryanna
8 years ago
Top Ten Reasons To Learn Chinese

What are the best reasons for studying Chinese? Mandarin Chinese may soon be the most important second language in the world after English. There are many compelling reasons to learn Mandarin Chinese, here are 10.

Lifestyle
by noryanna
8 years ago
Eight Keys To Quickly Learning Mandarin Chinese

If you want to study Mandarin Chinese and wish to study Chinese effectively you should consider taking Mandarin language classes in Taiwan. Mandarin language classes in Taiwan are the top rated Chinese language courses in the world, plus you will be immersed in a Chinese speaking culture that will rapidly accelerate your Chinese language learning.

Health
by noryanna
8 years ago
Tips On Travel Immunizations

International travel to other parts of the globe, from the United States often requires certain immunizations to guard against illnesses. Depending on the chosen country of your destination, you will need to research the applicable travel immunizations. In the course of your fact finding, you will learn that immunizations are categorized as routine, required and recommended. Familiarizing yourself with the diseases prevalent in the country you plan to visit will help you gain a better perspective on the required travel immunizations you will need.

Business & Money
by noryanna
8 years ago
Get The Lowest Hotel Room Rate Without A Reservation

How to get the lowest hotel room rate without a hotel reservation? Simply know how to ask for a discount hotel room rate and view the hotel room rate decision making process from an hotel owners perspective. Unless a hotel is full or near capacity you have some bargaining power over the hotel room rate that you may not even be aware, particularly in a down economy. If you use an effective strategy you can often get a discount hotel room rate and save money.

Home & Garden
by noryanna
8 years ago
How To Get Free Orchids In Taiwan

Looking for orchids in Taiwan? You can probably find free orchids for the asking in Taiwan..if you just know where to go. Phalaenopsis rchids are also available online.

Technology
by noryanna
8 years ago
Tips On Buying The Best Rice Cooker

When buying a rice cooker you should ask yourself basic questions to determine what type, size and quality of rice cooker you really need - then you will be able to buy the best rice cooker to suits your needs.

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