Random thought: Be careful before you bite.

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Our bodies are our shells, a safe house and a home for our souls.

Like a house we have different rooms inside of us. We need to have our internal spring cleaning every now and again for healthy functioning.

But a shell is just that, a shell. What’s important is what’s on the inside. One mustn’t concern oneself too much with outward appearances, for beauty is only skin deep.

So be careful before you bite, for who knows, within the alluring red apple might lie a rotten core.

- Devina

A day in Kindergarten

Mondays weren’t really school days for me, I’m lucky right? Not so much. My friend Jacques and I go anyway to do revision and preparing for our upcoming Biology and Chemistry exams in Oct/Nov. We were in the middle of biological molecules when our principal stuck her head in our deserted classroom and asked if we could help supervise the first year kindergarten students because they were a teacher short. Even if I didn’t look I would still have known Jacques’ reaction to this. He froze and then turned to me and I saw the apprehension in his eyes, his mouth was moving but nothing came out. Mrs.Morison was still waiting a red smile plastered on her plump cheeks. Still waiting.

“Uh… yes ma’am, we’ll go,” I say as I kept my eyes on J, a little smile curling my lips.

“Great, guys, that would help out Ms. Travis a lot!” she beamed and hightailed out.

“Dev, no … you go on then,” he said as he suddenly became very interested in the title page of the text book.

Why is he acting so weird, you wonder? Is he shy? He’s come out of his shell recently but he’s still a little reserved. But that’s not the real thing bothering him, you see, my friend Jacques is paedophobic. What’s that you say … ? No, he is not a pedophile! What it means is that he’s, well, half scared scared of childern, doesn’t like them much. J claims that they, children in general, dislike him.

“No way am I going in there alone, Jack and they can’t be that bad.”

“But she asked you and they’re evil!” he insisted.

“She said ‘guys’ meaning the two of us so come on. You need to get over this, you’ll thank me later,” I grabbed hold of his sleeve and dragged him all the way to the little white building just outside of ours, with the ABC’s and Dora the explorer and others painted in colourful shades on the outside. Boy, was I glad I had brought my camera along, our other friends, Annie and Rina, would love to have seen this!

In a moment we were in front of about twenty something little face staring at us, looking very bored. We didn’t have to do much just watch them colour out if the lines, share the crayons and stop them from eating them. The kids seemed normal enough, but J was standing in the corner behind me, I shot him a get-your-behind-over-here look. Fortunately he got the message and reluctantly began to socialize, that was when I brought out the camera and began clicking away. I was lucky that I brought it because time we got him to play ring-a-ring-a-posy with the kids, I didn’t have it on hand.

I have to admit though, it was somewhat awkward standing there like a giant in between the little people, who were staring at me like I’ve just landed from Mars, so to break the ice I squeezed into this tiny chair and made a big show of getting up, wriggling and walking around with the chair on my behind. It paid off they began to laugh and loosen up. But I’ll tell you the chair cuts of circulation in the rear end, so think twice before you ever try it. There was this little girl who followed me everywhere I went, it was cute until she got a little on my nerves.

The lunch bell rang and we were free but not before making sure they washed their hands before digging in. They were supposed to line up but this one kid came running up to me and told us that another kid hit him. The culprit face was twisted into this grimace and his eyes were glaring at us as we walked over.

“Tell him sorry,” I said to him. He stared. “Well?”

He glared. “Boy, you better tell him sorry right now,” was I being to harsh? I don’t think so because he didn’t go run crying to Ms.Travis but instead he finally apologized. His look was what had scared me. J saw my face and gave me a knowing I-told-you so look.What did these children do behind teachers’ back? Did everyone who was bullied report to their teacher? I hope so, on our way to the cafeteria we met Mrs.Morrison and told her how it went, including that incident, she said that she’ll have a talk with her teachers.

I think Jacques a bit more okay with kids today, which was surprising given how my day had gone. We resumed studies with a Chemistry test he’d set for me. We spent the rest of the afternoon taking turns reading in different accents and I was taken aback with J’s Jamaican one and I laughed out loud when he added the French twang! I read my parts with a Hindi and a British accent, which needs more work. We giggled through it all till the bell rang for dismissal.

It was an okay day over all but I do hope I don’t get stuck with pre-schoolers ever again, I was probably feeling a bit what J felt but I don’t want to think of the kids as evil and tyrannical, they’re not all that bad, right? Okay, the little ones can be creepy, but fifth grader are a better bunch to teach compared to the ones today.

Til next time,

Peace.

The Truth About Gays

Originally posted on the quiet voice:

They’re going to get married. In every single state. Just like heterosexuals, and just like blacks. Eventually, they’re going to be treated how they deserve to be treated – as equal citizens of the United States of America.

Of course, there is one condition. But more on that later.

I’m sure you’re thinking, how can I come to this conclusion? How can I be so optimistic? So idealistic? How is it possible when kids are being bullied every day just for being gay, and when well under half of the states in the US still deny gays the right to marry?

Because it all comes down to this: time. As time passes, things change. People change. Cultures change. Societies change. Change in itself, is, well, inevitable.

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Versatile blog Award!

This year had begun at a somewhat slow start for me but I must say, it seems to be picking up momentum, and school work. Thanks to my awesome friend and fellow blogger Andy1076 who had completely surprised me by giving me  the Versatile Blogger Award! Andy’s a guy who has a way with words and full of inspirational thoughts which he generously shares with us and I recommend that you check him out for yourself on My story to you.

According to the rules of accepting the award, I have to:

  •  Thank the blogger who gave me the award
  •  Post a photo of the award
  •  Share 10 things your readers don’t know about you
  •  Present six people to give the award to
  •  Let six people know they received the award

Time to share 10 things you guys don’t know about moi *drum rolls*

  1. I love to travel, especially to new places with my trusty camera in tow!
  2. I enjoy sketching random people (not that good at it though, but maybe I’ll post some)
  3. I’m a big fan of Harry Potter.
  4. I’m studying to become a doctor, I’m going after emergency med.
  5. Though I haven’t blogged anything about this as yet, I support gay rights.
  6. I love 80′s rock and the easy listening genre.
  7. I dislike wearing make up and dressing up especially for no reason, a t-shirt and a pair of jeans will do.
  8. I enjoy learning about different cultures!
  9. If I had the choice to move to another part of the world, it would be in Asia, Europe or Canada.
  10. I can’t cook anything really, but if you like burnt cardboardy (yep, I made one up) unidentifiable things to eat, you wouldn’t starve.

Ladies and gentlemen I shall now present to you six blogs that I enjoy visiting time and time again, I highly recommend you give them a try *bring on the drums*

  1. the quiet voice
  2. An Evil Nymph’s Blog
  3. Becoming Cliche
  4. Any Lucky Penny
  5. 6 Months to Live
  6. Listful Thinking

Congrats everyone and keep the awesome post coming!

Devina :D

P.S: Have a happy Friday tomorrow guys, because personally today was just a mess.

Year of the Dragon

Devina:

I never knew there were so many dragons, until recently I thought it was just a dragon and knew nothing about the different elements. Love this post!

Originally posted on :

Happy Chinese New Year!! Being a Dragon myself, I would like to share some fun facts that I found about the Dragon Year with you all :) I hope you enjoy!

The Dragon personality: The Dragon is a creature of myth and legend. A symbol of good fortune and sign of intense power, the Oriental Dragon is regarded as a divine beast – the reverse of the malicious monster that Westerners felt necessary to find and slay. In Eastern philosophy, the Dragon is said to be a deliverer of good fortune and a master of authority. Therefore, those people born in Dragon years are to be honored and respected.Fifth in the cycle, Dragon Years follow the Rabbit and recur every twelfth year. The Chinese New Year does not fall on a specific date, so it is essential to check the calendar to find the exact date on which each…

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Weekly Photo Callenge: Simple

This week’s challenge is ‘Simple’ and when I really think about it I realize it’s the simple things in life are best the ones, beautiful in their own ways and can sometimes be hidden in plain sight and when found they bring memories flooding back to you!

© Devina S.

The picture above with the flowers is one of my favourites.

© Devina S.

Pineapple wind chimes.

© Devina S.

I’ve been here everyday, and I’m surprised to find that I have forgotten these little lamps were there all the time. Look how things are easily over looked!

© Devina S.

Mismatched cups and saucers to me always remind me of home, because it’s there where you can relax and not worry too much about things having to be ‘perfect’.

Too much chocolate pudding will simply kill me! © Devina S.

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Happy Chinese New Year!

Spring is here again! This year it’s the year of the Dragon!

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The dragon is a symbol of power and strength, and those born under this sign are often predicted to have lucky and abundant lives. Their characteristics are said to be strong, intelligent and self-assured. Other Years of the Dragon include: 1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976 and 1988.

- Patch.com

This is one of the most important holidays in Asia but thousands of people in many countries are joining in the revelry. The streets will be alive with lots of people, lion and dragon dancers parading and firecrackers warding of the mischievous spirits and the bad luck of the previous year. Children are given red envelopes with money and not forgetting the dumplings! Yum!

I’m Hindu but that doesn’t stop me from loving this holiday, but unfortunately I have never been to any Chinese new year celebrations, but I do hope that I’ll have the opportunity in the future. Here in Guyana, South America, we do have little celebrations and parades and shows but it’s not where I live :( The other upcoming spring festival is Diwali, signifying the beginning of a new year for Hindus, but more on that in another post.

Have a happy lunar new year everyone!

Peace out :D

My favourite movie Ever: Mulan

Mulan is a Disney movie that was released on June 19, 1998. Though not the daughter of a king or other form of royalty, nor married to a prince or the equivalent, Mulan is often regarded as one of the Disney Princesses. She my favourite of the lot and to me, the best of them!

SYNOPSIS

When her father’s called to serve in the Imperial army, free-spirited Mulan breaks tradition by taking his place. Mulan’s concerned ancestors send tiny guardian dragon Mushu to bring her back safely – if he can stop causing more problems than he solves. Eventually, Mulan proves her worth as a highly-skilled warrior, impressing fellow soldiers Ling, Yao, and Chien Po as well as Captain Li Shang. Soon, her true identity is discovered and she is sent away in disgrace. However, China’s future and those she loves depending on her, Mulan must find a way to convince the others that she has what it takes to be the best and defeat the Huns.

- http://disney.go.com

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Mulan is set in China during the Han Dynasty. The film’s protagonist, Fa Mulan, is the only daughter of aged warrior Fa Zhou. She impersonates a man and takes her father’s place during a general conscription to counter a fictitious Hun invasion led by Shan Yu. Along with her guardian dragon Mushu, her captain, Li Shang, a lucky cricket, “Cri-kee,” and her companions, Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po, she battles the invading Hun army.

- Wikipedia

Her’s was a story inspired by the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, please click on the Wiki link above to learn more. I cannot forget first time watched the movie when I was around eight or ten years old, the movie was wonderful, everything was beautifully drawn, the music was just … what can I say, it was memorable! But let me tell you at that time I was taken with how everything was in pretty colours and how Mulan was the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen and how she could kick butt!

As young as I was then I understood what she did was forbidden and very brave. But it was after re-watching Mulan countless times over the years (so much that my family hides the DVD remote) did I understand her reason for what she had done was a noble one; she didn’t want her father to fight another war, as old and physically weak as he was and another reason was to prove her worth, that she can do more than baring sons. After a fight  with her father, Fa Zhou, her pleading with him that he shouldn’t go and him telling her it was his duty and that he knows his place and it was time Mulan knew hers, that struck a nerve. That night she made the decision to disguise herself as a man – later decided on the name Ping – and take his place. If I go on much longer about what happens I’ll end up telling you the entire story, and I don’t intend on doing that, but I will be telling you all more of why I love Mulan.

My hero, Fa Mulan! You see that cricket in there? He's real somethin'! (Image via fanpop.com)

For some reason I’m unable to clearly describe the things and people that I love, maybe because words fail to do them justice, but I’ll give Mulan a try. She’s beautiful both on the inside and outside. Mulan’s a very kind young lady, free spirited, head strong, tomboyish and as we know, she’s very brave. She tries to be the perfect daughter, to make her parents proud of her, but in trying to be ‘perfect’ she knows that’s not who she really is. When Mulan went off for training in the company of her guardian the pint-sized dragon, Mushu (voiced by Eddie Murphy), Cri-key the cricket and her trusty horse, Khan, she had gone to a point of no return she must do what she had set out to accomplish. Her perseverance paid off, she became a highly skilled soldier and saved China.

Mulan sang the song above after that unfortunate fiasco at the match maker (I will include that video in another post). She loved her father dearly and wanted to make him and her entire family proud. Every time I watch this movie there’s this one particular feeling that comes over me, it’s like, oh I don’t know, like when you wear a shirt or dress on some occasion and when you wear it again a while after, the memories of that day still lingers and you can still feel how you did that time how long ago. Yeah, it’s a lot like that.

Crickey, Mushu, Ping (Mulan) and Khan (Image via greatestmoviethemes.blogspot.com)

There’s the sequel Mulan 2 which is as enjoyable and lovely as the one before but I love the first movie the best!

Mulan (voice): Ming-Na (speaking)
Lea Salonga (singing)

Mushu(voice): Eddie Murphy

Once again you can visit this Wiki page for more info.

I still feel that I haven’t fully described the beauty Mulan, both the movie and the girl, but hey I tried. You can expect more videos from Mulan in the future! For those of you who haven’t seen either movies please give them a try and feel for yourself what I feel!

Devina :)

Deodorants and brest cancer.

There’s been talk about the compounds found in deodorants to be a cause of breast cancer but research shows otherwise. Here are a few links you should check out:

Deodorants and cancer (cancerresearchuk.org)

Antiperspirants/Deodorants and Breast Cancer (cancer.gov)

The Great Debate: Does Antiperspirant Cause Breast Cancer? (bellasugar.com)

These are only some articles on the net but there’s lots more out there you can look up on if you’re not satisfied with the ones above or if you’re interested in learning more.

Devina :)