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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Age is Just a Number

I heard a story about a girl that once suffered grief due to a loss of someone special and literarily froze on that day she had the shock. She did not age. Her mindset was stuck in that moment and she looked the same for a while. Now, do you think our thoughts, emotions, and well being reflect in our appearance?  I'm sure we have seen some people who do not look their age. How do they live? What do they do differently?  Thoughts like this can make us do things to make us look younger and end up worse off. We should be asking ourselves how sure we are of how people should look at a certain age. I think this is where we make the mistake. We compare the looks of people of the same age and shower praises on them for looking like babies. We get curious and want to find out what they do differently so as to copy with the hope of being young. How about trying to live life to the fullest and satisfy our minds instead of our appearances. How about trying to strive to achieve something that we think is impossible. I came across a video of the oldest body builder. She is seventy four for crying out loud. But she didn't let the number of years, her appearance, or unbelievers stop her from achieving what she wanted to achieve. Age is just a number and we should not let this number become an excuse to tamper with our appearance or stop us from trying new things. If someone says you cannot do something or become something at a certain age, make it a priority to prove that person wrong.

(ukoemem - Author; Ola Y - Editor)

Thursday, August 18, 2011


I was sitting and reading at a park and took a quick glance at my environment. I saw a family that comprised of a father, mother, daughter, and son. I could easily guess where they were headed because of the unmistakable logo they wore. The family wore matching tee shirts and the son went a little far by having the logo of the team they supported shaved on his head. I ran towards them to get a picture because I was fascinated by what I saw. This got me thinking about what it means to be a fan of something or someone. We all have reasons why we are fans of people or teams or even TV shows. There is a certain appeal that builds a  trust. Have you noticed that there is always a person behind anything that we are fans of? TV shows are made up of people and we appreciate and enjoy their ability to do something(s) that satisfy us. I am a fan of a lot of things and a few people for different reasons entirely. I am definitely a hardcore fan of fashion just because it captures my interest in every way. Terrible fashion, good fashion, risky fashion or whatever, I am always interested and have an opinion everytime. When we are fans of something, we show appreciation, thereby boosting the hearts of the people we support and making them do more for us fans. But we can go a little far as fans. That is just another story of being a stalker or just plain crazy. But all in all, being fans of something enables us to engage and build a community while supporting the people that do things for our enjoyment. I'm a fan of Trya and Heidi Klum and I like their fashion TV shows. I'm a fan of John Grisham because I like his books. I'm a fan of The Vampire Diaries because it is an amazing TV show and has steamy actors. So you get what I mean right?   

(ukoemem - Author; Ola Y - Editor)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Ring


Nope, this is not the scary movie. This is a story about ring shopping. I do not envy guys when it's time for them to go get rings for their girls because what I learned recently can be very stressful for anyone. But I think it was fun though because I enjoyed every bit of what I learned. Ring shopping is like learning a new course and there are some important topics that should be taken seriously. Do you want gold (white or regular)? Or do you want silver? Is this going to be a diamond ring or cubic zirconia or any other precious stone? What carat are you aspiring to get or can you afford? What is the clarity of stone? What is the cut of stone? What is the shape of the band? Is the band going to be plain or will it be stone crusted? A lot goes into getting a ring. Some people easily find rings using price range and the basic knowledge of the style and cut helps too. Going ring shopping for a friend made me realize how difficult a decision it is for guys who are buying friendship or engagement rings. It's more daunting for those guys who have no idea about the kinds of rings their girl friends like. I would advise guys to do some secret research about their girlfriends' likes and dislikes of rings before attempting to purchase any ring because mistakes could easily be made. I found that personally, there were some rings with styles I absolutely disliked. I couldn't even imagine them on my finger. You see, I didn't know this until I looked into it and writing about it too is hard work. No pressure guys. 

(ukoemem - Author; Ola Y - Editor)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

My Ever-Changing Thought Process in a Changing Spot


It started out as a confusing day. The first day of June. I woke up all jollied and getting ready to go to work. It had started getting warm a few days back so I inevitably thought today was going to be a warm summer day until I listened to the forecast. There was going to be thunderstorms. Interesting, I thought. Well I decided to wear my rain boots. But when I looked out of the window the sun looked like it was already at its peak and I could feel the heat radiating from the sun in my mind. I wasn't going to be caught wearing my colorful rain boot in this sunny day. I didn't also want to carry around those heavy pair with me on the bus and train on my way to work. My dilemma began. I settled for my flats. Later in the day at work I was told that it was raining heavily outside, I began to regret why I didn't take my rain boots with me. Then in about twenty five minutes someone else said it was very dry and I had the most wicked smile on my face. I do
not know what the weather looks like right now but I will find out in ten minutes as I will be leaving for home. No rain please!

Yes, that train of thought went on in my head on the first of June. It is now August and you may wonder how the weather turned out when I was leaving for home. I didn't get away with the dry weather if you must know. It rained down like a damaged sprinkler wasting water. The funny thing is I had two more days like this and one would think I had learned my lesson earlier.

(ukoemem - Author; Ola Y - Editor)


Friday, August 5, 2011

Summer in New England


Using the famous tune of "The Sound of Music's" Favorite Things, sing using the lyrics below for the first line:

Short skirt and cropped tops are my favorite clothing...

This is the tune I felt most girls in the city of Boston had in their heads and the guys were certainly not complaining. Boston has been known to be one of the cities in the US where individuals care about fitness. And they do not fail to flaunt the results in the summer. Sometimes you forget which country Boston is situated in because of the style to which people approach dressing. So European! Yet some Africans and Indians indulge in color and taste. The architecture which imitates old England gives off the expectation of retro-styled individuals coming out of tea shops. Yes, you will find them in the musicians and Actors of Emerson College. Tourists from all over the world, mixing the reserved, yet tattered or glamorous looks with the geeky yet smooth look of the MIT students are a wonderful sight. I delight in taking train rides and walking on the streets like an amateur photographer in the streets of New York looking for the next big wonder shot. Boston has never disappointed when it comes to engaging my mind in art. Newbury street, one of my most adorable spots, is a street I bask in wonderment for all the mixed individualities of human approach to culture. Looks can be deceitful. The wealthy may take up the tattered look and the not-so-wealthy may take up the pearly look. I love Boston for the arty cravings it suppresses in my mind. I love Boston for the city it is. I love Boston for the city it is striving to become. And I love Boston for the city it will become.

(ukoemem - Author; Ola Y - Editor)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Neck Ring

I came across one of the most controversial blogger's blog, Perez, and something caught me by surprise. The 'Neck Ring' is coming back. In one of the many encyclopedias I have had as a child, I came across a photo that once terrified me. It was a photo with ladies that had interesting long necks. They certainly weren't born that way. How was this achieved? Well, as young growing girls, this girls had neck rings worn on their necks. These neck rings spiral around the neck and cover the whole neck, leaving no gap. I honestly thought the neck grew longer as it appears so when you look at it, but researchers say the shoulder blade becomes deformed, allowing the neck to appear longer. But I believe the neck actually stretches because the length definitely looked abnormal to me. This neck stretching practice is done in some African and Asian cultures as a sign of beauty. I had a disturbing thought about what happens when the bangles are removed. Is the neck strong enough to carry the weight of the head? It's been reported that though the neck muscles become weaker, there is no major health hazard caused by the neck ring.

My interest in fashion covers the knowledge that lengthening the neck is considered attractive. Photographers encourage it when taking pictures of models. But why do we do crazy things for the sake of what we think is beautiful? Shouldn't we be moving forward and acting like people in the 21st century instead of taking part in archaic practices?

(ukoemem - Author; Ola Y - Editor)

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