Summer blues…

Summer is here! Summer is about fun, beach, laugh, loud, etc. What about you? What do you think when you are asked about what summer means. Oh I know! It’s when tons of tourists rush and flock to the beaches just to get a tan. Getting a tan in the summer is a must – don’t we all ladies? Guilty!

Getting the summer blues? Go to YouTube and search for Zumba workout and you’ll be hooked for the rest of the summer. Summer has gone up to the next level – literally! Turning on the fan doesn’t seem to work at all. You perspire profusely and you get out of breath.  Well, that’s because we’re living in the city. We need more trees! Save the trees! Stop cutting them!

What else shall we do this summer? Blow blow those blues away! Summer isn’t about being blue, it’s about shining out! Happy Summer everyone!

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Slavery

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Abolition of Slavery.

Slavery at our present time is still very much alive. We may think that it’s abolished on certain countries, however the right word for it is, it’s well hidden. While I was watching CNN the other day, the CNN Freedom Project flashed and it got me intrigued. I browsed through their website and got more interested in it. They have articles and interviews of women who were working for pimps. They described how their lives were before they were rescued. It was horrible. I remember around a few years ago, I was watching in Discovery Channel about a man who was looking for his niece. It was his aunt reached out to him for help which he couldn’t say no to. He found out that his own niece was cheated to get a good stable job from another country. In reality, she was actually recruited by a pimp and was sold in a sex trade. It was sad as the man went through everything just so he can get his niece back. Unfortunately all the leads that he thought would make him get closer to getting her were all a dead end.

There are a couple of Hollywood movies based on sex slaves too. One movie that I like a lot is Taken (2009) starring Liam Neeson. It’s about a man whose daughter was kidnapped and used as a sex slave. He tracked down all the people who took her and eventually got her back in the end. Of course, Hollywood’s depiction of reality isn’t always correct. Things don’t always happen picture perfect as how it is in movies like Taken. Out of power and greed, a lot of people have succumb to their own world where things work only for them. How selfish isn’t it? Well it’s been proven that there wouldn’t be any good unless there’s evil. What do you think? Is slavery necessary to balance the good things in our society?

What is Respect?

Respect is a very common word that a lot of people forget what it really means. It is a very delicate word. One would need the right mind and the right situation to know when to use it. “Be respectful towards your elders” – these are the words from my own mother. She was the one person who would always tell me to be respectful to anyone who’s older than me, regardless of the situation. As I grew up, I realised she just wanted me to learn to not hold on to stupid grudges against anyone who would hurt me emotionally and physically.

 

Going to a working environment, everyone knows that all the employees have to respect their boss or else their jobs are on the line. What if someone who you do not know at all disrespects you and your own family out of his own egoistic judgement – say someone who is a racist or a person who looks at certain people as dirt, would you still respect this particular person? There is a line between being sincerely rude and cooperatively plastic. Those pair of words don’t seem to look good together, don’t you think?

The ‘Right’ Choice

I was watching ‘Dangerous Minds‘ today. It’s an old movie, released around 1995, I think. It starred Michelle Pfeiffer. She was an ex-marine who was going through a rough divorce and needed a new job for a change. She decided to take up a job as a teacher in a public school. Her class consisted of kids who came from broken families or problematic families. I remember watching it for the first time when I was still young and I thought when I get to high school, things would be how it was shown on this movie. However, now that I am in University, I realized it isn’t always like that. I would say I was lucky enough to get into a good high school. My parents made sure I surrounded myself with the right crowd. Of course there were instances where I would get into trouble but they were petty troubles within the school only and not outside like in the movie ‘Dangerous Minds’.

I realized after watching this movie that people have this mentality of taking the easy way out for everything. For example if one would like to get money to get something, they would rob a bank or steal it, etc. However, a lot of people take it for granted that there are other possibilities to get what they wanted. This movie was a reflection of reality at that time however, if you look around you, these particular things are still happening. Why is that so? Even after portraying it in a movie, why do people still continue to do those things? Is it because they are mentally challenged? I don’t think so. I think they are just lazy.

What is the ‘right’ choice? It’s usually getting the right outcome at then end of the day, is the right choice. It’s partly right, I guess. Choosing the right path to get what you want ,and not just getting what you want but getting something unexpected at the end of the day is the right choice. I didn’t know how else to explain this but it made more sense to me now. A good example would be me getting into trouble, I solved my big problem by solving all the small problems first, one by one. Eventually, the big problem became a small problem which was good. When I was younger, I admit that I use to do things tactlessly and always do things without thinking. However I realized that I wasted time as each time I did tactless doings, I ended up being stuck or going backward rather than going forward in life.

UNI.ae – ur university magazine

Studying journalism, I encourage national artists or achievements and feel proud of them. Below is a link to the new University Magazine made by national artists. The issues discussed in the magazine are somewhat similar with a touch of UAE culture. Hope you will enjoy reading the articles being published.

 

UNI.ae – The UAE’s University Magazine

Decline on Teen Pregnancies & Rise in Abortions

For many years, governments have been fighting so much against the rise of teen pregnancies. A lot of teen moms over the years successfully raised their own children themselves. Personally I would give my salute to these ladies who decided to keep their children rather than aborting them. Unborn babies are innocent and they are not to be blamed for our own wrongful doings. It’s normal and okay to accept the not-so-proud-doings we make in our lives. Over the years, many women have become very career minded that they themselves would not want to be pregnant of their own babies. They would hire a surrogate to carry their baby. I understand if the couple is not fertile enough to make one but to ask somebody else to carry your own baby is very selfish.

I know technology has helped us in a lot of ways but we shouldn’t be using it out of selfishness. My mom once told me that carrying a baby inside your womb, to giving birth and to raising the child is what labels these individuals to be “mothers”. Technology should just be the next option and not the only option to having babies. Various ladies have different reasons as to why they do not want to be pregnant for their own babies. Some say that they do not want to grow fat, others say that it takes time out from their beloved work or lifestyle which they do not want to change. Selfish reasons don’t you think?

Many independent ladies or gay couples have used technology to start their own family. I think it’s beautiful for them to turn to technology for this. According to my mom, becoming a parent is one of the most blissful moments that anyone could ever imagine. Different people would describe differently of what is and how to become a good parent. She said it’s something that just comes naturally once you’re carrying your own child for the first time. Media has helped evidently to the decline of teen pregnancies but I feel awful to know that there has been a rise in abortions too. Both should be not high at all. Reality shows have become one of the best tools to use in handling certain tabooed issues like teen pregnancies. Hope media continues to work on things like these rather than just high ratings for their shows.

 

Related article: Teen Pregnancies on The Decline. Could TV be Responsible

Do Schools Encourage Conformity

After reading one of my friend’s post (link below), I actually decided to write down my own opinions on this topic. It’s a very wide topic to be discussed. I’m just going to write what I personally feel from my own experience. I don’t want to sound biased.

 

My whole life, I went to school in uniforms and I grew up thinking that wearing the uniform is part of going to school. It’s just how it is. However as I grew up I learned that other schools in certain countries, usually Western countries, have no school uniforms in their schools. As an early teenager, I used to get excited if my own school had a non-uniform day which happens around once in a blue moon. My friends and I would be excited as to how to dress up on that particular day. Later on as I graduated from high school, I started my College life. I even got more excited as there’s no more uniforms at all. However I realized that I miss wearing uniforms. I missed my high school life where I’d get into trouble for not wearing my own uniform properly or for not wearing it at all to school.

 

I know that dressing up allows people to get on their creative side. To some extent I agree on this, however, not always. I’m a media student and having studied in a media college for about a year now, how one dresses up doesn’t really affect one’s creativeness or personality . Of course there are many people who would dress up going to college but they do not get good grades for dressing up fashionably or sexily. It’s your own projects and assignments that gives you the grades. I don’t even bother dressing up for my classes. Usually I wear slippers, old shirt and any pants available that I can find at that very moment. Of course if there was a presentation, dress to impress is part of the grade. That’s about the only time I would usually dress up in college.

 

In high school, I feel that wearing uniforms actually helps the student’s personality grow to a much a mature level. If one doesn’t have to worry as to what to wear every single day to school, then his or her brain will be less strained. It will focus more on the academic and school activities. Peer pressure has been one very common brain straining for many teenagers. I went through it in high school and I’m still going through it in college too. Having to think what to wear to school will make certain individuals be isolated from the whole school. With school uniforms enforced in the school, I feel there’s of a less of peer pressure on this. However, bullies and academic pressure will always be present in all high schools. The differences among different schools are the disciplinarian acts carried out.

 

How about you? What do you think?

 

Do Schools Encourage Conformity by Yoan

Ten Rules About Men That All Women Should Know By the Time We’re Thirty (via Gooseberry Bush)

All 10 are so true and I believe that all ladies should at least get to know around them!

Ten Rules About Men That All Women Should Know By the Time We’re Thirty Men and women are fundamentally different. These differences are undeniable and biological and extend beyond the merely physical ones. To be sure, there are cultural factors at work, as well, but the differences between men and women can’t be explained as being merely the byproduct of social conditioning. Men are emotional creatures. Just because they aren’t always talking about their feelings doesn’t mean that they don’t have them. In fact, they … Read More

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