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Don’t Ignore

God said, “just wait” but you go ahead and miss more things along the way.

God said, “come to Me” but you seek other relieves and lose yourself along the way.

God said, “be grateful” but you want what others have and feel miserable.

God said, “you have enough” but you want more and become busier than ever. In the end, you lose precious time.

We are here only for 90 years max, so bear with it. Don’t ignore the good voice inside that’s scolding you when you lost your way. Like a candle that burns inside, it can (and it will) die if you blow it.

Pray for Justice in India (& Don’t Travel There)

I was staring at the screen and suddenly cried. No, I wasn’t watching a silly romantic movie or sad documentary about war. I was reading one news about a 5-year-old Indian girl in New Delhi, who was allegedly kidnapped for 2 days, tortured, raped and finally left to die in her neighbor’s apartment. The suspect is a 22-year-old low-class (or I should say “lowlife”) factory worker.

The toddler is currently reported in a “stable” condition, but she may need corrective surgeries due to her extreme injuries. From what I read, especially in the neck and genitalia area.

I can’t be more disturbed when I read it. A bit furious, for no reason. I don’t know her personally, I don’t know her parents or siblings, but I’m a woman.

I believe that every child deserves a chance to grow and develop his/ her full potential in a positive environment. In the news I read, it said that the poor family of the girl was offered INR 2,000 (less than four-hundred-freaking-thousand rupiah!!) to keep quiet.

India needs a female leader who would pay attention to these matters. The country of 1.2 billion has gained so many critiques for all the horrible cases that happened to women over the past few months.

Here I am, sitting in my comfy chair, reading this, and I can just close the screen right now and pretend that this world is okay. But it is not. After watching a thrilling coverage of manhunt in Massachusetts on CNN the whole day yesterday, I think this news is more disturbing. These criminals –terrorist & rapist– are young men (19 and 22) who have the world in their grips and the stamina to work hard and be the best they can be. But they chose to hurt innocent people, for whatever reasons which are probably personal.

This is a sick world.

Now, I have been to some parts of India and I used to “defend” this country when people say bad stigma about it. In fact, I really enjoyed my long holiday there, and I’ve met many friendly people who then became my new friends. But I would not encourage people to visit India for now, because there is something really disturbing about how the government handle such criminal cases against women.

Yes, some parts of India are beautiful indeed, but as a solo female traveler I wouldn’t suggest the place as a “travel destination” to traveler friends… More over, to fellow female travelers. There are still many beautiful travel destinations in the world!

So, no, I won’t just sit here and forget about the pain of that 5-year-old Indian girl. I will pray for her and her family, and I would speak up my mind and warn people NOT TO VISIT India until the officials take these cases more seriously. If a country can do an EMBARGO, so can we. As world travelers, we can tell people not to visit India, through different communities like Couchsurfing, Meetup, etc. We have the right to save our money and spend it in other countries that are more deserving. No, it’s not about “those individual beasts” (I remember that I used to say that before), it’s about the system, the mindset, the culture.

Men, respect women. When you see them, remember your mother who had carried you for 9 months and delivered you into this world.

As for that 22-year-old factory worker, I can only wish that justice will fall upon him (and hopefully he will get gruesome ‘public punishments’ in the jail –repeatedly). After all, we only reap what we sow.

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From the days of Angelfire, Geocities in 2004 to Blogspot, Tumblr and now… WordPress!

Finally landed and regained full control over the domain that I have been using for more than 5 years through the help (and sponsorship) of a good friend. Thanks to iPhone and apps, now I’m planning to blog from my phone and captured anything that got my attention.

While is more like an extension of Path and personal shouts, this site will focus more on review; whether it is on travel destinations, hang-out spots, movies, music tracks, sports, or events. After I analyzed my old Blogspot site, it’s clear that people do like to read those reviews. The posts received more than 800 “page views” were either these reviews or abstract opinions.

So, welcome! Since everything that is good in this life is given free, I shall keep this blog open for public view. Before I start, what do you  think of my theme template? Suggestions are highly appreciated.