Sunday, January 30, 2011

My Twist Up-do

So, I decided to change it up with the weekly hair-do. To keep things interesting, I did a quick pin-up. I just flat-twisted the sides and two-strand twisted the middle. For the final piece, I just pinned the hair up, making sure that my ends are tucked in. I used about 10 bobby pins to secure this style. I am so proud of myself :o)
the front
the back
the middle

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Ice skating then drinks

              Walk with those seeking truth...Run from those who think they've found it - Deepak Chopra

Ice skating is not my forte. I can count the number of times that I've been ice skating. However, not knowing how to skate does not deter me from visiting the ice. For $5 and sometimes as low as $2 students (and the public) can ice skate conveniently on campus. A university that boasts its own ice arena...not bad.

This time around, I made up my mind to actively learn how to ice skate, without holding on to the railings or my friends. Because I consciously made the effort to balance on the ice, my ice skating skills definitely improved, which was validated by my friends. And falling TWICE was well worth it...although my bum still hurts. Overall the experience was fun and I can't wait for next time.

Some pics from the night...with wonderful friends Yi-Jen and Angela

balancing on the hands

holding on ...

Quick pic on the ice with Angela
Yi-Jen & I

Celebrating a fun night

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Searching for an internship/job/volunteer work? Look here

The hours of this day will go by, no matter what you do. What you get from them is up to you-Ralph S. Martson Jr.

I thought that it would be great idea for me to share this wonderful resource with you. A few months ago, I stumbled on a site called, which is a great resource for anyone, especially us, college/university students. What really excites me about this site is how flawlessly easy it is to navigate the site. Whether you're looking for an internship, a job, volunteer work or connecting with others in your field of study, is able to find you what you want. Positions are broken down into paid/unpaid internships, geographical location, area of focus, even language.

I highly recommend this site to students who are searching for an internship opportunity and looking for first-hand experience in any field of interest. One more thing, you can really get caught in this site, so budget your time, because you can be searching for hours, which happened to me one time.

Hope this helps!


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The 1 year Anniversary: Where is Haiti now?

One year after the Earthquake that shattered Port-au-Prince, Haiti, leaving hundreds of thousands dead and another hundreds of thousands without shelter, Haiti continues to struggle. When will the struggle end for a people who have been deliberately ignored by the world? Despite the mass pouring of aid and support, Haitians continue to face new threats. I have decided to focus on two of those threats, both of which pose a huge global health crisis: the cholera epidemic and the brutal rapes of Haitian women living in mass tent cities.

The cholera epidemic has claimed hundreds thousands of lives in Haiti and has sickened thousands more, possibly causing a spread to the rest of the Caribbean via relief workers who may not know that they have been contaminated upon returning to their native lands. For those who may not be familiar with cholera, it is an infection of the small intestine that causes severe diarrhea. If left untreated for a few hours the result is almost always death.

Secondly, the brutal rapes of Haitian women living in tent cities has posed another deadly threat to the country. Due to the high rate of sexual violence, the birth rate in Haiti has tripled since the earthquake, climbing from 4 percent to 12 percent, according to population experts. Can you believe this, TRIPLED. How sickening is that for a country who has lost so much, now has to face brutal rapes. This makes for a huge public health concern, considering that Haiti lacks maternal health care. Most importantly, some of these women have tried terminating their pregnancies, which is extremely dangerous for both mother and unborn child.

Marie Kena Michelle’s dream was to become a nurse. Then the Haiti earthquake struck, killing her mother, disabling her father and destroying the family home. With no place to live, she moved to the tent city of La Piste near Port-au-Prince. Soon after she arrived, a group of young men attacked her, putting a plastic bag over her head and raping her. Marie tried, unsuccessfully, to terminate the pregnancy that resulted from the rape. Here, she's shown a few hours after giving birth in a tent in the crowded camp. (Nadav Neuhaus) source

To learn more about a people who have endured, a resilient people, our won borthers and sisters, log unto to pbs and cnn to find out more information on Haiti, one year after the 7.0 earthquake.