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a picture is worth a thousand words


I love this GIF so much. Courtesy of Google+ Autoawesome and Android magic.

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Yesterday I stepped on the soapbox and pontificated on why we need more feminism, now, even while some famous and influential female celebrities refuse to be identified as a feminist when asked point blank “Are you a feminist?” My cerebral writer and thinker friend Christine left a much more eloquent comment highlighting the significance of the confluence between “feminist” and the word “bitch” in popular imagination.

Being identified as a bitch opens a woman up to disrespect, disdain, renunciation, and violence.

“The bitch deserves it.”


Someone on my Twitter stream was exasperated that something called “rapeseed” even exists. I laughed because I’ve always felt the same way about this and would never want to be caught dead with a bottle of “rapeseed oil” in my kitchen. Just because. I decided to find out WHY it has such an unfortunate name. So I searched for “Why is rapeseed named” only that I did not get far before I caught sight of this and had to pause and hyperventilate…


This is why we need more feminism and not less


Really? Really?!


By now you must have come across images from the ad campaign for UN Women (dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women) created by Memac Ogilvy & Mather Dubai. It’s infuriating, to say the least.

In the face of “prevalent opinions” as revealed by Google searches, we remember what Arundhati Roy said about the Voiceless:

[T]here’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.

Arundhati Roy (2004)


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My previous post was a fine example for #FirstWorldProblem.

The kids and I survived. Of course. More than survived, we had a grand old time taking it easy playing really layback tourists in Chicago. The kids apparently inherited my love for hotels: we spent one morning inside the hotel watching the History Channel.

My view now by the pool on the 40th floor… #nofilter #sky #clouds #Chicago #hotels

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View from the rooftop. #Chicago #lake #sky #skyline

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Night swim. #swimmingpool #swimming

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As I lay on the lounge chair watching the kids frolicking in the pool on the top of the hotel under the moon and surrounded by city lights, I had to admit, with embarrassment, that I could no longer complain.


I am going to be staying at yet another hotel tonight. BlogHer 2013 is here in Chicago. I hope to see some of you in 3D. Be warned: I am hashtag awkward.


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New York. New York.

June 10, 2013 a picture is worth a thousand words

The Husband and the boys are on a 4-day hiking trip along the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin. I had been thinking about taking advantage of the empty house for a long time but did not make any decision until Bugginword gave me the “open arms all system go” welcome gesture and also I found a […]



November 7, 2012 a picture is worth a thousand words

My parents taught me well: never gloat. Never rub it in. So I will simply put these up with no comments added.             Now… In case you are worried that we are all going to get a big head and become complacent and start subscribing to this false belief of […]


I wore a hat to work this morning…

October 29, 2012 a picture is worth a thousand words

Whenever I wear a hat, in my mind, I see myself doing this when i take the hat off…     But in reality, I look like this, of course…


Happy Mother’s Day. For real.

May 13, 2012 a picture is worth a thousand words

Source: La Lettre de la Photographie


Wordless Wednesday – Cliche

April 11, 2012 a picture is worth a thousand words

Pictures taken at Houhai Lake, Beijing. You can see the pictures I’ve been taking while in Beijing here on Instagram.