Saturday, 9 March 2013
When a child does something naughty, silly or wrong, the usual question a parent would ask is 'Why did you do that?"and the child actually has no answer or might give an excuse, or just look at you blankly.
Cartoon by Cathy Thorne
Hong Yi is a Malaysian artist-architect whose art work is unique and impressive. She is also known by her nickname 'Red" as her name Hong means red in Mandarin. She loves how a color can stir up conflicting emotions - one of love and passion, and the other of danger and sacrifice. Hong Yi has recently come up with creative and amazing art work using food and will be posting her art pieces each day during the month of March for 31 days on instagram.
Follow her 31 day food art on her Instagram
Take a look at some photos of her creations which she did for the first week of March.
Via Hong Yi's Instagram
Via Hong Yi's Instagram
In the Academy award nominated movie Doubt (2008), Father Flynn (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman) gives a beautiful sermon on Gossip:
A woman was gossiping with a friend about a man she hardly knew—that night she had a dream. A great hand appeared over her and pointed down at her. She was immediately seized with an overwhelming sense of guilt. The next day she went to confession. She got the old parish priest, Father O’Rourke, and she told him the whole thing. “Is gossiping a sin?” she asked the old man. “Was that the hand of God Almighty pointing a finger at me? Should I be asking your absolution? Father, tell me, have I done something wrong?”
“Yes!” Father O’Rourke answered her. "You have borne false witness against your neighbor, you have played fast and loose with his reputation, and you should be heartily ashamed!”
So the woman said she was sorry and asked for forgiveness. “Not so fast!” says O’Rourke. “I want you to go home, take a pillow up on your roof, cut it open with a knife, and return here to me!”
So the woman went home, took a pillow off her bed, a knife from the drawer, went up the fire escape to the roof, and stabbed the pillow. Then she went back to the old parish priest as instructed. “Did you gut the pillow with the knife?” he says.”Yes, Father.” “And what was the result?” “Feathers,” she said. A world of feathers.
“Feathers?” he repeated. “Feathers everywhere, Father!”
“Now I want you to go back and gather up every last feather that flew out on the wind!”
“Well,” she said, “it can’t be done. I don’t know where they went. The wind took them all over.”
”And that,” said Father O’Rourke,“is gossip!”
Watch the beautiful sermon from the movie Doubt, which is around 2 minutes, 50 seconds on the you tube video link here
Friday, 8 March 2013
One of the attractions that you cannot miss at the 360 Mall is the two huge chandeliers, which has become visitors' favorite objects for photography. I took this photo of the blue chandelier around a week ago.
International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8 every year by countries all around the world. Organizations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women's groups, corporations and media celebrate by reflecting on various women's issues, progress made, encouraging changes that help and empower women and to celebrate economic, political and social achievements of women, to pay tribute to acts of courage and determination by women who played an extraordinary role in their countries and communities. The theme for International Women’s Day 2013 by the United Nations is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women”.
A beautiful song from the United Nations, “One Woman” will be launched today to commemorate the celebration. Visit http://song.unwomen.org for more information. The song featuers 25 artists from across the globe. The song reminds us that together, we can overcome violence and discrimination: "We Shall Shine!". Click here to watch the song on you tube.
Secretary General's Message on International Women's Day 2013
As we commemorate International Women’s Day, we must look back on a year of shocking crimes of violence against women and girls and ask ourselves how to usher in a better future.
One young woman was gang-raped to death. Another committed suicide out of a sense of shame that should have attached to the perpetrators. Young teens were shot at close range for daring to seek an education. These atrocities, which rightly sparked global outrage, were part of a much larger problem that pervades virtually every society and every realm of life. Look around at the women you are with. Think of those you cherish in your families and your communities. And understand that there is a statistical likelihood that many of them have suffered violence in their lifetime. Even more have comforted a sister or friend, sharing their grief and anger following an attack.
This year on International Women’s Day, we convert our outrage into action. We declare that we will prosecute crimes against women – and never allow women to be subjected to punishments for the abuses they have suffered. We renew our pledge to combat this global health menace wherever it may lurk – in homes and businesses, in war zones and placid countries, and in the minds of people who allow violence to continue.
We also make a special promise to women in conflict situations, where sexual violence too often becomes a tool of war aimed at humiliating the enemy by destroying their dignity. To those women we say: the United Nations stands with you. As Secretary-General, I insist that the welfare of all victims of sexual violence in conflict must be at the forefront of our activities. And I instruct my senior advisors to make our response to sexual violence a priority in all of our peace-making, peacekeeping and peacebuilding activities. The United Nations system is advancing our "UNITE to End Violence against Women" campaign, which is based on the simple but powerful premise that all women and girls have a fundamental human right to live free of violence.
This week in New York, at the Commission on the Status of Women, the world is holding the largest-ever UN assembly on ending violence against women. We will make the most of this gathering – and we keep pressing for progress long after it concludes. I welcome the many governments, groups and individuals who have contributed to this campaign. I urge everyone to join our effort. Whether you lend your funds to a cause or your voice to an outcry, you can be part of our global push to end this injustice and provide women and girls with the security, safety and freedom they deserve.
Ban Ki Moon
Secretary General, United Nations
(via UN Women website)
(via UN Women website)
On Wednesday evening we went to the Modern Art Museum to attend Thuraya Al Baqsami's Art Exhibition "60 Solo". Her work is quite unique that gives life to every theme. Her subject be it figurative or abstract, the the expressive and attractive designs, shapes and combination of colors in her art work has a captivating effect. I felt a lot of her paintings had a story to tell about women, people, life and emotions which the viewer or art enthusiast could relate to segments of his/her life and the world around him/her. Her art work is an expression of poetic beauty, moods, joy, love, pain, struggles and triumphs of life itself.
Thuraya Al Baqsami is a renowned artist and writer in Kuwait. She is a recipient of many national and international awards and prizes in the field of art and literature. Her work has been exhibited in Europe, Asia, U.S., China, Greece, Macedonia, Italy, France and so on. She is a writer of short stories and children's books and since 1970 she worked as journalist and illustrator for Kuwait magazines and newspapers.
Thuraya Al Baqsami's art exhibition "60 Solo" will continue until Sunday March 17.
Location : Modern Art Museum, Gulf Road, in front of Sharq Mall, very close to Maritime Museum
Timing : 10am to 1pm and 5pm to 8pm (Sunday to Thursday)
Thursday, 7 March 2013
The Tijaria Tower is one of the best looking towers in Kuwait. The design of the tower is unique and captivating from any angle you view it as you drive around Kuwait City. At night, the light display on the tower enchances the beauty of architecture making it stand out.
Last evening, we attended the ongoing Vintage Car Exhibition by Alghanim Automotive at Hamra Tower. The exhibition aims to reflect the history of Kuwait and the evolution of the automobile and showcases a rare collection of classic cars such as cadillac, corvette, bel air, camaro . Duration of the exhibition is till 16 March 2013.
Vintage Car Exhibition venue : Luxury Center Basement floor, Al Hamra Tower.