I love you, AirWick

Yes, I am devoting an entire post to AirWick. You can even click on the image to the left and go to the company page. I am that grateful for the botanical fragrance in my room. (“Tropical Paradise”, for those who are curious).  Thank you AirWick!

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July 4, 2011 at 1:07 am Leave a comment

Learning

“Education is not a preparation for life;

education is life itself”

-John Dewey

October 5, 2010 at 12:50 am Leave a comment

Empowerment

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful    beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? (…)Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine (…) It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

-Marianne Williamson, 1992

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September 17, 2010 at 2:47 am Leave a comment

something random

Aug 23, 2009: I haven’t written anything about myself in a while, so I thought I would add something in case any of my friends still go on wordpress. I’m not really sure what to write though! Honestly, how is it that people can just pour their thoughts and emotions into a blog online? I could barely keep up a diary in junior high. It ended up being used for poetry.

Poetry.  I can talk about that. I use to write poems all the time.  I haven’t written poetry in a while, though.  I tried getting back into my poet days last summer, when I wrote a poem about a really cute badminton player. Who, by the way, ended up dating a girl in Sacramento, and for all I know still is, so it’s not likely he’ll be seeing my poem any time soon. Maybe I should start up poetry again. Perhaps I could start a collection of poems about guys who I want to ask out.

Ehh, probably not. I think the badminton player and a redheaded civil engineering major (I love red hair) were the last two guys I had a sort-of crush on. My faith in guys has gone down the drain ever since I realized that the guys I  attract want the fast lane. I told one of my friends that if these are the only guys who exist then I will never have  a boyfriend. She said no,  I will be married by the time I am 27.  Hah!  Now, I do realize that there are guys out there who think with their brains, insead of..ahem.. something else, but so far I only found one who is single and I would actually date. Unfortunately, he was on the quiet side and we were coworkers, so our conversations were basically: “Hi. How are you. Have fun at work today.” I wonder if I should just give up on relationships and accept my fate as a crazy old cat lady?

My, wasn’t that an optomistic post.

August 23, 2009 at 9:10 am Leave a comment

BBC’s Merlin

Aug 17, 2009: If there is one show I recommend to catch up on this summer, it is Merlin. I admit, when I saw the premier, I was a little taken aback by the huge twist on the Aurthurian tale. Merlin is not the grey haired Dumbledorian figure we’ve all come to imagine him as being, but instead, like Clark Kent in Smallville, he is a teenager growing up and learning lessons along the way. While this isn’t such a strech from the traditional tales (I mean, obviously an elderly Merlin would have had to be a kid at some point), it was the fact that Arthur is the same age as him and is a prince that had me clenching my teeth. But after watching the first episode I actually came to appreciate this twist. Being the same age gives greater depth to the characters, as they learn to overcome trials together- and of course, get involved in medieval drama along the way. While the show’s main audience is most likely junior high kids, people of all ages can enjoy its entertaining stories and retelling of  familiar characters, including King Uther (Arthur’s father), Morgana Le Fay, and Gwenyvere.  Another twist in this version, one that I liked from the start, is that Gwenyvere is not the beautiful, sultry princess that she is portrayed to be in previous versions of King Arthur. Instead, she is just a simple servant girl, destined to one day become queen. Her beauty is not physical but from within, a rare trademark in today’s TV shows.

August 17, 2009 at 7:11 am Leave a comment

Joey Leaves ‘Real World’

Aug 5, 2009: Take home message from tonight’s ‘Real World’ episode: set two alarms, as Joey found out after being sent home for sleeping through his morning shift at a Cancun beach resort.  I have also made it to many 8 am exams/class/meetings/shifts using nothing but my beloved (and at the time annoying) cellphone alarm. Apparently the rest of the ‘Real World’ cast already learned this lesson, as Joey is one of the few ‘Real World’ members to be sent home. And that is saying a lot.

August 6, 2009 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

Who Really Won the Iranian Election?

June 18, 2009: Earlier this week Iran held its tenth presidential election, and officials announced incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the unanimous winner. There was only a slight problem to this announcement. According to a rather distressed general public, Ahmadinejad could not have won the election, given that most were in favor of Mir-Hossein Mousavi. Unlike Ahmadinejad, Mousavi advocated a diplomatic approach to foreign affairs and more freedoms to the general population, both economically and socially. I’ll let the news reporters debate what this setback means for the country.  My mind began to wander towards two Iranian friends of mine, who are anything but the stereotypical conservative who seemed to dominate the 1980s culture in Iran.

The friends I am thinking of are actually sisters who came to America with their dad when they were in high school. The younger one is tall, with long hair, and a face and personality that attracted at least one new boyfriend a month. The older one is short, with cropped hair and a sharp mind. She is now married to an American, but when she first came here she was carrying on a long distance relationship with a boyfriend in Iran. Both girls love to party, dance, wear attractive clothes, and hang out at all hours. You might be surprised to find out that they had been enjoying their social lifestyle long before coming to America. In fact, they told me, many young Iranians do.

Distraught with the recent election results, they are doing what they can in America to voice their opinion against it. I recently got a facebook message from them showing a link to a site that denounces Ahmadinejad as the president and encourages world leaders to not recognize him as such. If the election could stir such passion among the Iranian Americans here, is it any wonder that the country has experienced some of the largest riots in its recent history?

While dictatorship might still hold onto Iran for several years, maybe decades, to come, I really do see a change in the heart of Iran. I see a new generation of people who are tired of being told what they can’t do, and will vote for someone who offers them the beginning of freedom.  And when their chosen leader does not get the presidency he deserves, they are willing to voice their despair so that the world can hear them.

UPDATE: July 30: A few days ago I came across this insightful commentary on CNN.com. A really good read for those of you who are interested in the Green Movement (you know, the other Green Movement) and how it may affect the rest of the Middle East.

June 18, 2009 at 7:41 am Leave a comment

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