Thursday, September 08, 2011

A Simple Act for the Hungry People

Photo by DFID - UK Department for International Development
A malnourished child being treated near the border of Ethiopia with Somalia.
I’ve recently read an article in Time magazine about the plight of the Somalis. Due to the extensive drought in their area, they are forced to leave their homes, bringing along all their family members and their few possessions. It was like an exodus toward wilderness. Millions of Somalis left their homes and went on to march somewhere. Many had died during the exodus. The people had suffered from severe famine. Some

Monday, September 05, 2011

My Concept of Beauty

Do you like what you see in the mirror?
Photo by Ambro

What is beauty? There are many conceptions about beauty. Many women are so obsessed about it. They would subscribe to fashion and beauty magazines, hoping that they could learn some tips and advices on how to become beautiful. They may also enjoy watching how-to videos on Youtube regarding makeup and hairstyles. They are willing to spend a lot of money on hair, cosmetics, clothes, shoes, accessories, and bags even when it would mean a huge percentage of their paycheck.
But why do women love to be beautiful? Is it because of men? Perhaps. (Related Article: How to Get a Guy to Love You.) Others have a more complicated reason beyond that. Women view beauty as a symbol of status. Being more beautiful than the rest of the women means they are superior.Women love competition. They want to look better than their peers, friends, classmates, and office mates.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Frugal Shopping and Reading the Labels

Choose your products wisely.

Photo by Ambro

I came from a frugal family. Going to boutiques has been a challenge to us. When we choose products, we not only consider the quality but also the price. I remembered going to a boutique with my mom many years ago. I was so happy to find a very cheap bottle of lotion. It was a buy one take one commodity. I quickly showed it to my mom, but soon after
, she stopped me from placing it into the shopping basket. She told me the brand was an unknown one. Also, the lotion was manufactured in China. For some reasons, my mom was very apprehensive of products coming from China. It was way long before the melamine scare from dairy products or the infamous recall of China toys. (Read full article.)