8/22/2014

The Internet Spawns Negativity

The modern age has turned the internet into a necessity in many people's lives. Not only is the internet accessible to everyone within their homes, but technology has evolved to allow portability in our web-browsing.

The internet has allowed for platforms such as YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook make it easy for people to post what is on their mind and folks suddenly have a voice. Businesses have begun to realize the ease and affordability of online marketing. News outlets bring up to the minute news with a few clicks of a button (and a few strokes of their keyboards).

What does this mean for the modern man and woman?

It means many things, of course. Too many, in fact, to fit into a compact blog post. But the issue I wanted to address today is the issue of negativity on the internet.

Picture courtesy of The Guardian

As a frequent (okay-obsessed) user of the internet, I find myself being subject to scrutiny for spending time on the internet enjoying what I browse. For example, the biggest social media trend at the moment is, arguably, the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness and to campaign for donations to support ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) research.

Picture courtesy of Forbes Blog

What I don't understand is why everyone suddenly finds the need to judge such a successful campaign. Yes, we should not be wasting water. Yes, there are things in the news others feel should be more important than celebrities pouring ice and water on themselves. Yes, we should be donating money instead of trying to opt out by pouring water on ourselves. Yes, people probably didn't know much about ALS nor cared too much about ALS before this campaign brought this disease into the limelight.

These are all valid points, but instead of being amazed at how well the campaign has gone and how much money has been raised for a cause that many people did not previously know about, we have people spreading negativity by judging participants. We have people saying "wow that's stupid, you probably didn't even know what ALS was before this" or "stop participating in the social media fad and just donate if you want to help, selfish attention-seeking fool", amongst other incredible demotivating things.

Instead of focusing so much energy on spreading negativity, why not focus your energies for something positive? Productive? I feel for people who come across as ignorant and uppity.

As one opinionated person to another, I just have a few things to say:


GET OFF YOUR WARRING HIGH HORSE.

THERE IS ALREADY TOO MUCH NEGATIVITY IN THE WORLD.
DON'T BE A FACILITATOR OF HATE.

So tell me, has our society become so used to having an opinion and having an accessible platform to express it? Does negativity and hate have to be a part of this agenda? What can we do about this?

7/31/2014

[TT] My Day Soundtrack

On this Thought Thursday, I decided to share with you all some songs I like to listen to in relation to various daily activities. Going about daily life can be challenging, but music makes the grind much easier and can set the mood for anything. So here we go, just some music to play (perhaps) as we go through our lives:

AS I'M BLOGGING:
XXANAXX - Disappear


WAKING UP IN THE MORNING:
Dean Martin & Helen O'Connell - How D'Ya Like Your Eggs In The Morning


DOING CHORES AROUND THE HOUSE:
Maurice Chevalier & Hayley Mills - Enjoy It! (from Disney's In Search of the Castaways)


PLAYING DOTA 2:
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl - Pirates Montage


COMMUTING TO/FROM WORK:
Depeche Mode - All I Ever Wanted


Iggy Azalea - Just Asking


COOKING (...and singing):
Dash Berlin - Till The Sky Falls Down



Here are just some of the music I like to listen to during my day, feel free to share some of your favourites! I'm always up to listening to new songs and incorporating them into my daily routine!

6/21/2014

HK Diary: Is Hong Kong Lost?

Having been back for a while and seeing many violent scenes on television and newspapers being recycled day in and day out, it's hard to ignore the political conflicts in Hong Kong at the moment.

On a post not on a Wednesday but about the World, I don't pretend to be an expert on Hong Kong-China relations. Only out of sentiment, for the place where I was born, do I choose to cast my vote for the 6.22 Civil Referendum.


If you are a permanent resident of Hong Kong, please cast your vote online or at your nearest polling station: https://popvote.hk/english/project/vote_622/

I'm not going to go to lengths to explain the complications around the hopes that people have of voting for the Chief Executive in 2017, or what I will crudely refer to as the "White Skin Book". These are issues too complicated for one blog post. But, as always, I urge readers to do their own research.

It just seems to me the more that Hong Kong struggles against the inevitable, the more China will tighten its grip. Do the actions of the Hong Kong people come too late or too radically?

It scares me just thinking about it. I feel incredibly lucky to have moved away so many years ago. But what do you think? Is Hong Kong a goner?



6/13/2014

HK Diary: Disneyland HK

Here are some pictures from my day at Disneyland HK! Many thanks to my cousin for getting us in for free and making me feel like such a VIP. Another thanks to both my cousins for having to put up with my Disney-excitement...haha.

Pictures taken on my dad's rusty iPhone 4 and edited by the ever-so-reliable Instagram.










The Stitch show was pretty cute because there is someone controlling Stitch's animation and a voice verbally interacts with the audience. Stitch actually addresses people and makes very funy jokes! Definitely recommend checking this show out if any of you end up at Disneyland HK! Went for the Cantonese show but the show is also done in English and Mandarin!

5/24/2014

HK Diary: Mind Over Matter

Having been in Hong Kong for less than a month, I realized that the dread that I had previously felt about the fast-paced lifestyle that I would have to adapt to in a short amount of time, was not as I expected.


Today, I had the opportunity to have my eyes opened by a very special individual. By no fault of her own, she is victim of a series of very unfortunate events. Sitting in repressed pain both emotional and physical, she shared with us her fears and the obstacles that she has to face.

"Everything is just excess, so why not go and love?" She said, echoing what a Frenchman had once said to her.

Here was a perfectly good example of how the stresses of Hong Kong life and the struggles of success took its toll on a human body.

"Was it all worth it?" She asked.

Beyond physical ailments, she realized that her biggest obstacle...was herself. Namely, the fear that had manifested inside of her due to her physical restrictions.

So readers, life isn't about blind endurance. Take some time to love others around you...and most importantly, yourself.