on justice -Benedict/James Orbinski

''Justice only fails when we fail to imagine that it is possible. But like so many things, it depends not only on imaginings but on what we do.'' - James Orbinski

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Little Perks that make my day.... priceless. (For everything else, there's Mastercard.)

I wholeheartedly support poor English menus in Asian restaurants... they make such good conversation starters!

(''uh... excuse me, can I get a crispy creep, extra creepy - uh, I mean, crispy, please?'')
And here is the result of finding that little perk in our menu. 2 thumbs up on the creepiness, Tani!

Thanksgiving dinner @ Karen's. ALL THE LOVELY LADIES....!

FLUX retreat @ Whistler Lodge - Sept '09

Grouse Grindthlete! Best time so far: 50:56

Just thought I'd pop in a quick update for FALL 2009! whoo! :)
More to come...

Thursday, October 29, 2009

better, bigger things..

The whole day, being sick at home - and I couldn't find the energy to do anything but....
--watch online streaming video.
Definitely an unproductive, bad, bad, bad way to spend my time at home. (my first excuse being I'm too tired to focus, and second, this may be the infamous H1N1 virus, and when one is plagued by a fatal virus as such as this, one deserves a break from daily routine/self-discipline. Lesson learned today: my excuses are lame.)

So what did I learn by facebooking, watching gossip girls, checking emails?
Nothing much - except that all of us are consumed by materialistic pursuits, attention (--facebook, but I'm shooting myself in the foot in this one), and U2 concert.

Then I decided to do better things while surfing on the net, and entered 'world poverty' in google search engine and here's what bounced back to me:

Global Priority$U.S. Billions
Cosmetics in the United States8
Ice cream in Europe11
Perfumes in Europe and the United States12
Pet foods in Europe and the United States17
Business entertainment in Japan35
Cigarettes in Europe50
Alcoholic drinks in Europe105
Narcotics drugs in the world400
Military spending in the world780

And compare that to what was estimated as additional costs to achieve universal access to basic social services in all developing countries:

Global Priority$U.S. Billions
Basic education for all6
Water and sanitation for all9
Reproductive health for all women12
Basic health and nutrition13

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

''cowardly, not courageous.''

“These attacks on innocent people are cowardly; they are not courageous, they are cowardly,” Mrs. Clinton said at a news conference with the Pakistani foreign minister, her voice raw with anger.

Sunday, October 4, 2009



I need my ピキーチケンと小鳥の『アドバイース』。


Thursday, October 1, 2009


So today was my first volunteer training at St- Paul's Hospital in Downtown Vancouver.
What I'll be doing is CARDIAC PATIENT VISITING, where I'll be assisting patients before and after their heart surgeries. What I thought I'd be doing today is actually going into the cardiac wing of the hospital and doing patient visiting tasks already - but it turned out to be more of an information session, with 'to-dos' and 'not-to-dos'. I'll be starting my volunteering with another volunteer trainer, doing buddy shifts before I start my regular shifts on Fri nights.

But I'm so looking forward to it....!


Tomorrow is another day!