Finally. Another year of ups and downs comes to an end.
As I sit sipping my coke I think of all the things I've done and accomplished in the past twelve months - I'd say I'm pretty happy with how it all turned out.
This will be the last blog post for 2006 - I will have more to tell and many more Flickr pics to share in the new year.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and New Year!
Say hello to my new toy!
Weighing in at only 112 grams and at only 15mm thick, my new phone - a sweet and sleek Sony Ericsson M600i - was picked up from the MTN store yesterday.
This is not ordinary handset and it's definitely no iPod or EOS wannabe. Yes, so it doesn't have an on board camera or play 5000 songs but it does exactly what I
want and need it to do. I'm actually glad it doesn't have a camera - I bought a 350D for a reason - and the phone would look too bulky and chunky with a camera anyway.
Essentially the M600i is a cellphone with PDA functionality to keep your life organised and in check. It has a nice 240x320 pixel touch screen with options of a "dual QWERTY" keypad, virtual keyboard or handwriting recognition.
It's slim and stylish with a cheeky blue glow. I miss the joystick in the middle already but it seems to have moved to the side as a jog dial instead - works well though.
It's got your expected SMS, MMS, email, media players and games as well as other neat things like RSS feeds, flight mode (I've always wanted that). I believe the UK and US versions have GPS and road maps - nice!
There's no wi-fi but I'm not sure you REALLY need it when you have 3G, USB, Infra red and Bluetooth. Wi-fi seems redundant with this phone AND I don't need to find a hot-spot to use it :)
I love it!
16 Days - Take two
This is just an update to say thank you to everyone who responded to my "16 Days of Activism" post.
I received a number of responses from many people, especially from those who chose not to comment but instead write to me personally and share their stories.
I also learnt so much about some of my friends that I would never ordinarily have known unless I wrote this post and created a channel for them to open up.
Thank you for letting me in on your lives.
It's always nice to feel like you are never going, have gone or going to go through something alone.
16 Days of Activism
I can't help but feel obliged to write about this.
I have fond memories from my childhood, but along with that are experiences that a child should never be witness to.
'Til today, I can recall many nights of hearing my dad pull up in the driveway at home after a night out at the pub. My mom would quickly usher both my brother and I to our bedrooms telling us not to come out until dad was asleep. We could hear him yelling at mom - accusing her of arbitrary things.
When things would get really heated, my brother and I would brave out into the kitchen asking "why are you fighting?" - hoping they will stop.
It's hard enough as a child seeing two people who claim they love each other fight the way they did. But it's even worse watching your father smack your mother around. Whether it be watching her crash through the coffee table in the lounge or seeing the bruises on her body a day or two after.
For anyone who's reading this and thinking "why didn't she just get out?". You can't just "get out". It's a lot harder than what it seems from the outside. It goes deeper than that. When someone constantly beats on your self-esteem, breaks down your self-confidence and toys with your emotions on a daily basis, you tend to build this co-dependent relationship and you feel totally reliable on this person.
I never wish I saw the things I did when I was a child. But I did. It's made me a stronger person today but it's something I have to deal with and will never forget.
I love you mom.
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