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A Mulan!Yuunoa AU

I don’t know where this Yuunoa AU idea came from but here it is.

The Hiiragis are one of the most prestige families in the country. Not only do they have a history of bring forth some of the most powerful warlords, like the current head Tenri Hiiragi, they are also well known merchants.

Due to the long period of peace Tenris sons grew up to being excellent merchants, even the adopted son Shinya. He was adopted in hopes to bind Mahiru to the Hiiragi family who had fallen in love with Guren Ichinose. 

The Ichinose while they themselves are also a powerful family, didn’t have the same history as the Hiiragis and Tenri wouldn’t allow his excellent daughter to marry into such ‘lowly’ house.

As an act of humiliation Terni said he would allow them to marry if Guren married into the Hiiragi family, to which Guren agreed.

Enter Shinoa. She was the shunned daughter no one was supposed to now of except those living in the Hiiragi house. Unlike Mahiru she didn’t adapt to be the pretty lady everyone expected her to be. Being a tomboy and not hiding it she was deemed unfit of being married off.

So when a letter arrived at the Hiiragi house asking Terni to retune to active duty or send one his sons, he chose Guren. Having married into the Hiiragi house Guren was technically also one of Tenris sons.

Knowing it would break Mahirus heart if Guren died in battle, Shinoa decided to move from the shunned daughter to the shunned son.

Shinoa stole the letter, a military uniform form Kureto when he was younger and cut her hair short.

In training camp she met him. General Yuuichiruo Hyakuya. Having enrolled when he was fifteen to support the orphanage he grew up in, he climbed the carrier latter in mere 6 years to general. (Yuu is 21 and Shinoa is 20)

Yuu and Shinoa hit it off really bad. First Shinoa hadn’t thought of any fake name and stumbled over her own word until she introduced herself as Shin Hiiragi, the secret son. Things escalated when Yuu said that: it was no surprise why the Hiiragis hid ‘him’ away. Being rubbed the wrong way she called Yuu a cherry boy which got her food rations shortened.

The training in the begging the training was hellish. She didn’t mind it but still lacked the stamina and strength men possessed. Things became better when she befriended Kimizuki and Yoichi and Mitsuba a nurse. (Though she doesn’t possess a nurturing bone in her body)

Time past and Shinoa became better and better. Soon surpassing some men and in the end she was the top soldier of Yuus battalion.

Seeing what Shinoa was capable of Yuu publicly apologized to her.

After the apology their relationship changed and they became equals.

The day to move out came. During their battles they saved each others backs numerous times they became close. One night Yuu told Shinoa that back at the orphanage someone named Michaela was waiting for him. He took the orphanage over. Mika would have joined the army as well but he was of mixed blood and wasn’t allowed. When Yuu asked Shinoa what her story was she was tempted to reveal everything but didn’t. Instead she told him that she didn’t feel comfortable telling him yet. She could see the disappointment in his eyes but didn’t push the subject.

In the next battle was the final one. in that  battle Shinoa shielded Yuu with her body and nearly died. This also revealed to Yuu that she was a woman. Yuu hadn’t been angry that she deceived him, he was angry that she didn’t trust him enough to tell him. As he walked out of the tent he told her that: Shin Hiiragi died honorably in service of his country.

The army moved on and Shinoa was left behind. Which was a blessing in disguise, because they battalion they fought against was a decoy and the main unit was moving unhindered to the capital. She made her way to the capital as fast as she could. She knew that the capitol wouldn’t be able to hold off an attack because they would be celebrating. In the crowd she found Yuu. It wasn’t easy getting his attention because he was still mad at her. He wouldn’t believe a word she said but it all changed when he saw an enemy spy in the crown. Shinoa rounded their battalion up again and took command.

A fight broke out in the capital but thanks to Shinoas excellent leadership the damage was held to a bare minimum.

After that day she became a legend, not only was she a woman that led thousands of men successful in battle but the emperor had bowed down to her in gratefulness and respect. No Hiiragi had managed that ever.

A few years later Tenri was forced to name Shinoa the next head of the house, but she declined. Instead she married into Yuus family; which was nothing more an orphanage.

I really don’t know where this came form but here you have it. if anyone wants to have a Mushu. Imagine Shikamdoji, just not helpful. like not event trying to be helpful, at least in the beginning towards the end he would be fully supportive of Shinoa.

My hands in your hair,
your lips on my neck.
Life isn’t at all fair,
but with you it feels like less of a wreck.

As the sun goes up and comes back down,
I will hold you.
Even as you fight the urge to leave this town,
I will hold you.

And when you eventually have to leave,
I will wait for you, believe me.
I won’t sit back and just grieve,
I will allow myself to just be.

—  “I’m gonna miss you when you’re at sea”

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One of the fashion industry’s most forcible advocates for ethical production and sourcing, Hanneli Rupert, founded Merchants on Long, a Cape Town based concept store, and the first of its kind in Africa.  The store and e-commerce site carries avant-garde designs sourced from across Africa and features handbags from Okapi, Sawa sneakers made in the Cameroon and its own lifestyle brand.

The Grand Daddy in Kapstadt

Nicht erst seit der Fussball WM 2010 gehören Süd Afrikas Städte zu den vibrierenden Trendmetropolen dieser Welt. Insbesondere Kapstadt hat mit seinem kosmopolitischen Grossstadtleben alles zu bieten, was ein Reiseherz begehrt.

In mitten der belebten und trendigen Longstreet, in der sich Restaurants, Bars, Antiquariate und Cafés aneinanderreihen, liegt das aussergewöhnliche Hotel Grand Daddy’s. Das Gebäude existiert bereits seit mehr als 140 Jahren und verfügt über den ältesten Aufzug der Stadt, der aber immer noch bestens funktioniert. Das Moderne Interieur, das von lokalen Künstlern gestaltet wurde, verleiht dem Gebäude ein afrikanisches Flair. Wer es etwas ausgefallen mag, bezieht einen der sieben Airstreams auf dem Dach, wo oft auch kleine Konzerte und Filmabende stattfinden.

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Ausserdem befindet sich das Hotel in unmittelbarer Nähe der V & A Waterfront, wo man nicht nur ausgezeichnet Essen kann, sondern auch noch einen spektakuläre Sicht auf den Tafelberg geniesst. The Greek Fishermen zum Beispiel überzeugt mit frischer mediteraner Küche, mit einem modernen Twist.

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Auch Woodstock darf man sich keinesfalls entgehen lassen. Im ehemaligen Industriequartier verwandeln Kreative leerstehende Lagerhäuser, Fabrikgebäude und viktorianische Wohnhäuser in trendige Räumlichkeiten. Ateliers, Galerien, Restaurants und Cafés schiessen wie Pilze aus dem Boden. Exemplarisch für die Verwandlung steht The Old Biscuit Mill die in einer ehemaligen Keksfabrik (Nacht-) Märkte, Off-Spaces, Workshops, Designer Shops, Festivals und vieles mehr beherbergt.

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Wer sich mit lokaler Designware eindecken will, dem sei zu guter Letzt auch noch ein Besuch bei den Merchants on Long empfholen. Eine wahre Schatztruhe für afrikanische Mode.

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anonymous asked:

I'm interested in doing a seafaring job. What's it like in the merchant navy?

Well I myself haven’t yet started my training because I was moved from the Autumn to the Winter intake due to a lack of places (I start on February 8th), but it does depend on what role you choose and what type of ship you wish to work on, as different vessels have different lifestyles. I’m with BP Shipping as a Deck Cadet. This means I’ll be on tankers (not just oil, but also LNG, LPG, and products) which have a very different lifestyle to, say, cruise ships.

It is worth looking into what role you wish to take up. Most Westerners choose to become officers and so try to secure a cadetship, whereby a company takes you on as a trainee officer, referred to as a cadet, in one of the three main disciplines, Deck, Engineering, or Electro-Technical.

 Deck officers are responsible for navigation, watchkeeping, safety and cargo handling, and so effectively sail the ship and carry out their watches from the bridge, and the ultimate rank that can be achieved is Master, otherwise known as Captain. 

Engineering officers are responsible for maintaining and keeping watch over the vessel’s engines and machinery, and spend most of their time in the engine room, which can be a very hot and noisy place, but they can sometimes do “day work” as opposed to the shift patterns Deck officers must work which allows for a healthier sleeping pattern. Their ultimate rank is Chief Engineer. Electro-Technical officers are responsible for such things as radars and navigational computers. There are other seafarer roles too such as hotel services and catering, although these are less concerned with the running of the ship and are instead focussed mainly on feeding and attending to passengers and crew. 

If you wanted to be a rating, i.e. a simple sailor and not an officer, it is very difficult in the West to gain the sponsorship required to get the necessary qualifications because most ratings come from the Philippines, where there is an enormous reserve of manpower and shipping companies can pay Filipino ratings far lower wages and expect them to work for far longer periods of times than Westerners. That said, the RFA and some short-sea companies do train a small number of British ratings and there is the opportunity to become an officer at a later date. 

The cadetship is similar to an apprenticeship, as you will shadow qualified officers during your sea phase to learn from them, after you have done a college phase at a nautical college, where you learn the academic parts of your discipline and take short courses such as firefighting and sea survival training. The course includes sea and college phases and applicants can choose from either a degree in their chosen discipline or an HND or equivalent. All of this is paid for in the UK under a government scheme known as SMART funding, and so there is no student loan for tuition- shipping companies pay their cadets an allowance for living costs whilst training. Once qualified wages are usually good, depending on your sector, and for British seafarers at least are often exempt from income tax. There is also the benefit of being able to travel extensively at no cost to yourself, and the leave ratio is very generous for officers. 

This needs to be balanced against the long periods away from home, long hours, and the fact that being a seafarer is a very dangerous profession. Ships sink or are severely damaged on a regular basis and many seafarers are or injured killed in accidents or sinkings each year. The sea is a very hostile environment at times and so seafarers run the gauntlet of bad weather, dangerous cargoes, human error, piracy and at times even warfare in the course of their careers. 

However, I personally consider it a very exciting career and I’m raring to get going on what has always been my dream. It is a real adventure and all of the seafarers I have spoken to, regardless of rank, have had amazing experiences and do a very interesting job where no two days are the same and they meet people from all over the world, whilst being paid to travel it. It does depend on what country you are from, but in the UK the Merchant Navy Training Board and the Careers At Sea website offer a wealth of information and links for those considering a cadetship and explain things far better than I. Sadly for other countries I have no references, although in the United States there is the Merchant Marine Academy and numerous state universities have their own nautical colleges, and Ireland and Poland have these too as does India.

I apologise for the length of this answer but I wanted to give as much information as possible about what is a little-known career and an almost-forgotten industry. If you have any further questions please feel free to ask, @northseaengineer is also another font of knowledge on this subject as he is a qualified Engineering officer who has served on a variety of ships. 

Just packed the fella off on a train back to Middlesbrough. Upset doesn’t even cut it. 
I am so torn at the moment; in less than two days I start my career with the Merchant Navy. 
While it’s a fantastic opportunity and I get to see the world, I am going to miss this bloke so much. He’s the most patient, loving and special person I have ever had the fortune of meeting. He gives the best cuddles in the world (and he has a pretty magnificent beard to boot.)
I don’t want him to wait for me for fear of hurting him or holding him back, and we’ve agreed to play the next few weeks by ear. 
I desperately hope that we manage to somehow make it work, although I know that every time I leave it will hurt us both like hell.
Tonight I just dread spending the next few months waking up without him.

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