Advertising’s image of women

Interesting 4 mins lecture of how women’s image is manipulated through advertising and how we (as women) are set up to fail!!!   Advertisements

A blessing for one who holds power- John O’Donohue

A blessing for one who holds power May the gift of leadership awaken in you as a vocation, Keep you mindful of the providence that calls you to serve. As high over the mountains the eagle spreads its wings, May your perspective be larger than the view from the foothills. When the way is flat … Continue reading

Bersih 2.0 and Elections- the need to be clean and fair

This week I have been pondering the need to respect the fundamental freedoms of assembly, to use speech in a none hateful way and the rule of law. My appreciation for the term ‘good governance’ has grown leaps and bounds in the last fortnight, despite having advised on governance projects over the last 3 years. … Continue reading

For every woman

For every woman… For every woman who is tired of acting weak when she knows she is strong, there is a man who is tired of appearing strong when he feels vulnerable. For every woman who is tired of acting dumb, there is a man who is burdened with the constant expectation of “knowing everything.” … Continue reading

Corruption: culturally specific or cultural excuse?

One of the first times that I started questioning whether ‘corruption’ was a flexible term that falls in between the ‘black and white’ was when I was at a university student club meeting attended by many international students. The main speaker was a very senior lawyer with over 60 years legal experience and known for … Continue reading

Cabbages&Condoms and Bangkok tour

      The last week has been filled with rather random activities- catching up with old friends, visiting an interesting development project in Bangkok, attending a Flo Rida concert and then ending with a tour of Bangkok’s main tourist sites. Now that I think about it, its been a very full week!     … Continue reading

Madeline Albright on being a woman and a diplomat

I have often wondered how women juggle professional roles with being a mother and wife. In my own life, I have not managed to meet many female leaders who have shared their secret to fostering strong relationships within their families while also building successful careers. This is no reflection of a dearth of such women … Continue reading

First week at Chulalongkorn University

I’ve been in Bangkok for a week now and it’s been great! Orientation is almost over for us at the Rotary Peace Centre and intensive training begins on Monday with Michael Fryer and Irene Santiago speaking about conflict resolution. The last  few days have been spent getting accustomed to Chulalongkorn University (aka  ‘Chula’) and our hostel, … Continue reading

A glimpse into Beijing- photos

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Feichang Fresh “A Beijing Love Song”

Mandarin speakers, Beijingers……Check this video out!! All about the good life in  Beijing…. Lyrics: 我们又来了 We’re back 非常非常非常fresh Extremely extremely extremely fresh 大家都举手来 Everyone put up your hands 准备好了吗 Are you ready? Chorus: 每到黎明听着你的声音来把我叫醒 Every morning I wake up to your voices 对这城市我是怀着十分激动的心情 I’m full of excitement towards this city 北京的灵魂氛围难以用语言来表达 Beijing’s spirit and atmosphere … Continue reading