Science Film Festival 2014 – Dubai

I grew up in Singapore as a kid and finding out that the Science Film Festival is going to take place in Dubai for the first time, I was ecstatic. I needed to cover this on one of my projects. The festival brought back a lot of my childhood memories when I was in Singapore where my school would send us to the Science Centre with the different festivals and activities taking place there. I covered the festival and enjoyed seeing the kids experiencing similarly as I did as a kid. Science is fun and through festivals like these kids will enjoy the subject more.

It’s time for an uncomfortable conversation … | The National

http://m.thenational.ae/opinion/comment/its-time-for-an-uncomfortable-conversation-

I read this article and liked it. Sex education has always been hushed in many countries, usually Asian countries. In Western countries, they have sex ed in their school curriculum. If you think about it statistically, there are higher number of people who have STDs in countries where they do not have sex ed. There are also people who have it in countries that have sex ed but they are at a lower number. I think the best way to approach the topic is through science and it should be done by experts, real doctors who can explain the consequences in detail without any hesitation.

In my old school in Singapore, they introduced us about puberty at 6th grade although some of the girls already hit it, it was useful as not many of them were aware of the reason behind having their menstrual cycle and etc. They had doctors and nurses at our school to explain to us. It wasn’t just for girls, they also let the boys be present for the talk. Their reason was so that they will know what to do once they have wives and daughters.

It is a good idea to have things like these done however implementing it would be very difficult as not everyone would adhere to it. Cultures would clash of the idea. At the end of the day if you face a problem regarding your menstrual cycle or etc, you will still end up going to the doctor for a check up. It’s better to let the experts explain it to us at a younger age around 12 like I was so that the attitude towards sex wouldn’t be so ignorant. The less you know about something the more ignorant you get. Gaining the right knowledge from the experts is better than gaining wrong information from hear-says. Prevent and protect before it is too late.

Christmas is looming in Cebu!!! Keep calm and Uke On

jkcarillo:

The ukelele store is owned by a friend and feel proud to have a blogger talk about him and his store. If you are in Cebu, Philippines do check it out.

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Meet with Brian, the inspiring founder of Huni Ukuleles

If for the rest of the world Santa is coming in 2 months, in the Philippines it is tomorrow! With Christmas carols heard as early as September, I already feel under an intense shopping pressure.

No plastic crap made in China, hyperactive electronic toy nor materialistic Barbie for us. If I start shopping so early, it’s because I am looking for something special. My criteria: organic, unique and 100% locally made. Last but not least, I want to know who made it and under what conditions.

All checked in UkeCebuUkuleleStore . Meet with Brian Brusas (a.k.a. SYO NGEE), the inspiring founder of the brand, ukulele aficionado and self made artist!playinglr

Ukulele store is the child of a love story. One of those stories that make you take the extra mile, go far beyond your boundaries. And when you have settled down with the…

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Death penalty still the norm?

I recently read this story http://edition.cnn.com/2014/10/25/world/meast/iranian-woman-execution/index.html?c=&page=1

The Iranian woman was executed out of self defense. I was shocked however, is death penalty still the norm in our society. In many countries for example, in Philippines where the jails are over crowded I think death penalty is applicable to people who have really murdered someone out of selfish reasons.

In certain countries like the Philippines it is hard to implement this as the Catholic Church is very dominant in the country. However in many countries like Iran it is implemented well which are used to take advantage to execute innocent lives.

Is it morally wrong to say to give someone a death penalty in our society regardless whether he was really guilty or not? What are you thoughts. Personally for me it is a huge dilemma as different countries may find it useful.

What I have noticed is that countries that have death sentence have commonly stern Governments. People in those certain countries generally follow their Governments and are content with them. However in countries with no death sentences the Governments are generally not as strict and strong.

Do you think punishments like death penalty should be present in our society to maintain peace and order or do you feel it is not needed? What other ways do you think can be done to have peace and order in the country?

Photo Competition for young photographers, 13-17

At this year’s Science Film Festival, there is a photo competition for young photographers, 13-17 years.

This contest is open to all countries.

Topic: Future Technologies

First Prize: Canon 7D Camera Kit
Second Prize: Polaroid Camera
Third Prize: Camera Kit for Mobile Phones

To take part click here

Good luck everyone!

Get active

My friends at the gym

My friends at the gym

I recently joined gym for the first time in my life. In the past I have been active in school. I was part of the track team and badminton team in my school. However after graduating from school, I also stopped being active. I have to admit I thought I didn’t need it as I know my body well. After joining the gym, clearly I do not know my body well. I tell my body to work out more yet it yells at me no!

In my shoes

Ready for the gym

As we get older our bodies become much harder to maintain and that is why moving is important. Any daily movement is useful as long as you don’t end up as a couch potato the whole day. In our generation we live in a fast paced life where we are distracted by the multiple screens that take over our lives that we forget to stop and reflect whether we have walked enough or even forget whether what we ate was right for our body.

Zooza salad from Zaatar w Zeit, my fave

Zooza salad from Zaatar w Zeit, my fave

I have learned that whatever we eat should be useful to us. If we eat more, we should do more movements. I am not going to say exercise as even as simple as walking is already an exercise. Cleaning the house, doing the laundry also involves multiple movements. Therefore multiple movements is a better way of calling it.

Another favorite from Tony Romas

Another favorite from Tony Romas

We all take for granted when we used to live with our parents, our mom does everything. Come to think of it, she is better than any superhero. She cooks, cleans and goes to work. And oh yes don’t forget the PTA’s (parent teachers meetings). I grew up in an Asian family therefore doing chores was a must. It was something that kept us motivated to get the chance to watch our own tv shows. If we did not finish our homework and do our chores on time, we won’t have the chance to get hold of the remote to choose the channel. Yes, it was easier back then as there was only one screen, the TV.

Fitness First bag

Fitness First bag

Living in Dubai, time is crucial. It goes by really fast. Therefore utilizing to keep oneself busy is important. Just make sure to eat right and do daily multiple movements. If you can’t do it then join the gym like I did. The gym I joined is Fitness First. There are also other gyms in Dubai so it’s entirely up to you. If you don’t like the gym then join some Zumba or Aerobic classes. There are also a lot of marathons that take place in the country where you can sign up to get active.