Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Copacetic

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Current Mood: Okay. I kept waking up in the middle of the night, so not sure how i'm doing yet...

Current Song: Momma's Boy by Chromeo

Yes, i'm a little late writing the blog, but have been caught up in some other things that have been taking up my time. Meetings and such. I remember the good old days of choir where I didn't mind having meetings all the time, and was constantly on some call or another. I find that the older I get, the more my patience for them wanes. Which sucks, because I know that I'm going to have tons of meetings at work and that. But perhaps it's just the off-topicness that I hate. If we stick to an agenda and get it all done in the allotted time, I'm happy as a clam. If not, I think that's where my qualms come in about that.

I think I have found two of my favourite spots in the city. This last week I had to go take a graduate recruitment test at UBC (I forgot to take a camera, as I should have!). And there is a great peaceful outpost by the Chan Centre that has the most dazzling view of the water and the mountains. That's spot number 2. Spot number 3 is the Lonsdale Quay where I met a friend for coffee this monday. Only the unemployed could meet for coffee in the middle of a weekday. But I didn't feel bad about it. Plus I got to go to a great little coffee shop called Bean Around the World, where a little old man served us. It was great and very kitschy. And I took my camera so I got some nice shots in. You'll notice the one beside the posts. that's one. Another one is below.

Vancouverites forget how lucky they are. I for one, and I know I've said it before, love the water. I love being near it. I am kind of a firey person so it keeps me calm and grounded and there is something so infinite about it, that it's undeniable. While it's now snowing in the East, we've been blessed with some wonderful weather, which is only now turning to rain. So you really can't complain. Well you can, but you'd be the weirdo.

Anyway, that's it for now. Enjoy the picture below. Next week, you'll get my halloween walk shot. A plus tard!

Friday, October 24, 2008

I Was Probably a White Man in My Previous Life

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Current Mood: meh...can't complain. Well I can, but nobody's here to listen

Current Song: Spinning by The Cranberries (I wish they had new music...sigh)

Well somebody has been complaining about my infrequent blogging (MOM!), so I decided to blog today, though I must say, I haven't any exciting news at all. I discovered that when I'm not busy, I'm even less motivated to be busy. I need to have my days crammed with things to do in order to get any energy. It's extremely bizarre, but hey, that's the way I roll.

I'm reading this book called " A New Earth" by Eckhart Tolle. Not sure if I mentioned it before. I think I might have. It's sort of new age-y about how to live your best life or something like that. He's got some good points, but it's one of those books, that when you're trained to use your head as an academic, it doesn't work. In a past life, I think I might have been a middle-aged white man who liked to stick to the status quo. Some of it, I really can't seem to buy at all. Other stuff makes perfect sense. But basically the whole premise is to be aware of yourself in the present and let go of the past and the future. But I think we all knew that somewhere inside...or did we....well...no use dwelling on it now.

I think perhaps if this whole international development thing doesn't work out, I might move to prague or something and become a writer (afterall, people keep telling me that I should write a novel or something). I might actually do that. It's one of those things that on my list of things to do before I die. Okay, well I'm going to start planning for that future instead of this other one with all its "work" and stuff. Who needs that. Once I become a best-selling author, I'm set!

Alright, on I get with my day. Later gaters!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

My Worst Fear ...

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Current Mood: really tired from running around all bloody day

Current Song: Lemon Tree by Fool's Garden

So, I have realised what my very worst fear is. Seriously, I think I've ground my teeth down worrying about it for a while now. My very worst fear is to write a novel...and have it turn out to sound like Stephanie Meyer's "Twilight". Seriously. No joke.

Okay, I'm exagerrating just a little bit. But I can think of several reasons why I don't like it. For one, it's ungodly in its redundancy. How many times can a look of fear/disdain/sorrow flit through someone's eyes anyway! Good heavens. It needs some major new vocabulary. It does, however do what it is meant to do, in that it keeps little ones entertained. The action doesn't start until far too much into the book. If I edited that book, it would probably be about a quarter its original size (this is why I don't edit...yet...I only rip apart the work of close friends). And lastly, and perhaps this was just a personal thing, the vampire Edward reminds me far too much of someone I knew. In some scenes I felt like I was back in my past (mind you the person I knew was not a vampire in the authentic sense of the word). And perhaps that's what was most disconcerting. It hit a little too close to home...eck!

Well anyway, I read it, and I'll never get that time back, so I might as well move the hell on. Okay next topic. We have a conservative government. That's over with. Okay next topic.

I went galavanting through the park this week because the weather was just too nice to resist. I have been outside a lot this week (which explains why my damn knees hurt!). But I took this photograph....have fun! I have to get going, so I'll keep it short. More news to come I'm sure :)

Ciao for Niao!


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Blog Action Day: The Subtle Face of Poverty

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Current Mood: Awake despite a late night

Current Song: Walking on Air by Kerli (it's a very weird song)

As you know, today is Blog Action Day 2008. All blogs that are signed up at http://www.blogactionday.org/ are taking part in the conversation on poverty. So I thought I would write a bit about what one of the most valuable lessons for people in my generation could be when it comes to the poverty issue.

As you know (or don't), I just finished a Master's degree in international studies. Most of my class, including myself, have great aspirations for solving problems of poverty around the world. We're of course, sorely tempted by those adverts on the television of happy looking Africans who are planting their farms or the South Americans who are happily investing away in their new indigenous crafts projects. Nothing wrong with that. There are of course, a tonne of good organisations that are doing their part in helping the world's most poor better their lot.

The one lesson I did learn about poverty is that we so often ignore our own problems and instead look outward into the world. My economics professor made us all acutely aware of the deplorable conditions that are facing First Nations people in this country. Many of them live in sub-standard housing where all the basics don't run: water, heating. Education doesn't meet the average Canadian rate. So then we have to question ourselves on why that really is.

I'm simultaneously disturbed and admiring of the new generation of youth who want to travel to developing countries and lend a hand. For those of you who live around me, you'll notice a Habitat for Humanity building complex not very far off. You'll also notice that the Food Bank is facing a major shortage and will probably not be able to serve many families during the holiday season. These are the subtle faces of poverty. They are the ones that don't show up on the television that often. They are the faces of poverty that are not exoticised. That doesn't mean that they are any less important.

So, what should we do? Well, before we buy our plane tickets to Masaka, Uganda, let's have a look at our own communities and try to make a difference here. We may be known as the developed world, but in some cases, we don't really live up to that name. I, for one, pledge to make more of a difference in my own community from now on. I haven't exactly been the most active. But I think it's time we have a good hard look at Canada and make as good an effort of looking inward, as we do outward.

To start making a difference, see the links below:

Canadian Association of Food Banks

Union Gospel Mission

Canadian Feed the Children

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Pomp and Circumstance (Or Not)

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Current Mood: Headachey for the last 2 days (it's almost migrainey in nature. very unpleasant)


Current Song: Brick House by whoever way before my time.


So I graduated! yay! It was a very cold day, but a lovely sunny sunny day. And I was so glad to have my family there with me. I have to say I felt a lot better this time around. Partially probably because at my bachelors degree graduation, I had to take the day off work to graduate which really just took the mickey out of it. So this time around, it paid to be unemployed! Also, because the Master's degree students went first, I was surrounded by people from my program (program always makes it sound like I was in rehab). And so it was lovely to sit with them and share the day with my fellow peers and intellectuals. Once again, if it wasn't for my family, I don't know where I would be (probably not walking that stage again!)


Other than that, it's been back to looking for work. I am hoping something really wonderful comes along. At some point though, I think I better start looking into writing that novel that I so desperately want to write. Now, to come up with a story. Maybe I'll write about a boy wizard! no...wait, that's already been done....hmmmm


Finished Kiran Desai's "The Inheritance of Loss". It is simply amazing how much her style resembles her mother's style of writing...not my favourite style I must say. It was an interesting book and I can see how it might have won the prize. I wasn't bowled over by it. But perhaps I'm the only one...hmmm. On to the next project which is a combination of Eckhart Tolle's "A New Earth" and Zoyah's highly recommended "Twilight", after which apparently no book will ever live up to the standard so I might as well blow my eyeballs up.


Okay, one more thing. I'm taking part in Blog Action Day on October 15. The theme of this year's Blog Action Day is Poverty. So all participating blogs will be contributing to the conversation on poverty. And no it's not like Blogathon. You have to post at least 1 post on poverty and that's it. No energy-drink fuelled delirium at 4 in the morning. Check out the video!


Blog Action Day 2008 Poverty from Blog Action Day on Vimeo.

And of course, this is the picture you would expect! So enjoy it. And no, I won't be done until you can address me as Doctor at some point in the future. I'm just taking a life break (better start thinking about real estate, a vehicle and possibly a life partner. Can't hide out on campus all my life...or can i....)

Sunday, October 5, 2008

I Promised No Flowers

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Current Mood: Headachey

Current Song: Black Black Heart by David Usher

This week has been long. Really really long, and uneventful for the most part. I'm hitting that brick wall again and it's not pretty. I did have a chance to see my friends from graduate school, and wallow with them in our unemployedness. That was fun. I for some reason feel like I have been unemployed for most of my life (well I guess if you count my childhood, then yes! I have!)

The world is not a nice place for recent graduates (**prepare for the rant**). You have all the background, but nobody is willing to give you a job without experience. But how are you going to get experience without a job? It's unpleasant and I feel like I have already had some experience and I shouldn't really have to start at the bottom of the ladder all over again. Not that I really expect to make exorbitant amounts of money or something (I'm not a pimp, remember?) Oh well. Here's crossing fingers that something good comes along soon. Or else I'm going to start climbing walls and this headache will probaby evolve into a full grown migraine.

In any case, picture of the week below. I took it accidentally. It's a picture of my sister's hands. They're cool, nah? Ah, accidents. Where would we be without them. Alright, time to get on with it. See you later!