What’s the difference between the good life and the bad life?

While researching cultural/ethnic trends in East Asia, I came across this saying of alleged wisdom…

What’s the difference between the good life and the bad life?

In the good life you…
Work for an American company
Eat Chinese food
Live in an English house
Have a Japanese wife.

In the bad life you…
Work for a Chinese company
Eat English food
Live in a Japanese house
Have an American wife.

Be Careful When Inviting Young Ladies

Just to show how alive and well the law of unintended consequences is when it comes to making what seems to be correct translations at the time and place, and how disastrous it can all be if later applied, without taking into account the circumstances of the original…

In the Portuguese of Portugal, the original home of the Portuguese language, the word “rapariga” means simply “a young lady”.

But in the Portuguese of Brazil, also home to Portuguese, though not the original home, the same word “rapariga” always means “a young female prostitute”.

And this is a true story, that people who learn Portuguese in Portugal, and then come to Brazil, get themselves into embarrassing situations, by correctly using the word “rapariga” had they still been in Portugal, but instead incorrectly use the word “rapariga” in their new environment of Brazil.

Victor's Chocolate Research

I found out during some extensive research that a cacao rating between 42% to 45% is a real sweet spot (and yes, the pun was intended). More than this in cacao and the bitterness of chocolate is emphasized, and less than this, and it becomes too sweet and not chocolaty enough. Plus, at this cacao rating, if blended correctly, it can taste a little bit creamy rich like milk chocolate, but yet absolutely not have any milk nor dairy in it at all (and this is especially important since any milk and dairy at all would just simply negate the cacao’s main health advantages).

And Hershey has 2 special blends, one at 42% cacao, and another at 45%, and supposedly they are very well regarded (and yes, of course Hershey makes cacao blends that are 60% and higher, and it also makes them at 35% and much lower at the 10% to 20% range..
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