Marijuana Suppositories for Period Pain

Apparently, You Can Now Buy Weed For Your Vagina To Cure Period Cramps.

Although the Marijuana Suppositories are currently only available in two states in America, If Bernie Sanders becomes president, and removes the federal prohibition on marijuana it could become more widely available, although it isn’t tested medically…and has an ‘alarmingly high level of THCor tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects.

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… just a curious random newsflash. 😀

enjoy this cute remix of “Because I got High”

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A Beautiful Start to a Day…..

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Under the bridge

A beautiful morning it was. I was headed out early to buy breakfast/lunch for my parents and myself. Managed to catch the sunlight while crossing Under the Adam Flyover to Adam Road Hawker Centre, while this young family was probably heading to school and work..

I was waiting for the famous nasi lemak stall to open since I was early.. I was there at 7:30am? 7:40? So I was just watching the scene there. Even at the Hawker Centre they had made an effort to decorate for Chinese new year.. I was taking a picture of the Ong Lai or pineapples and the Shiny stuff hanging around when my screen caught this uncle clearing up.

Singapore is prided to be a clean city.. But after the Trash souvenirs left at 2015’s Laneway Festival, which even PM Lee felt ‘incensed’ about, comparing that to Myannmar soccer fans picking up litter after a game at the National Stadium… Singapore, he said, needed to move from being a “cleaned city”, to a “clean city”.

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Singapore - Clean-ed City

Who do u expect to pick up after you? This man? At food courts, Hawker Centres or is Ronald McDonald gonna clear your tray? Why have Singaporeans come to expect that our dirty dishes will be taken away for us and worse still…those tables with used cutlery, which we want to sit at, we not only don’t clear – but simply transfer to an adjacent table, so that we can have a clean table in front of us!

Do we really need an ineffective government campaign to pursue a sense of responsibility? Is it not as logical as wiping one’s own ar$e after a poop? Sorry for the rant… It started out a beautiful day….but some one forgot to clear their tray!

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Is he gonna clean up? 😛

Seb Pearce (former Spirituality junkie) on New Age Bulls*`^#

Digging deep into the soul of the World Wide Web, I found this super cool post: a digital manifestation of the infinite being mocking itself through quantum pulses of energy..

Seb Pearce, who was a former Spirituality junkie in his late teens, and who was sincerely interested and believed in the New Age or “alternative” Spirituality got increasingly disillusioned as he delved deeper into it, and realised it had no basis but was a merely an elaborate smokescreen. Eventually he gave it up altogether.

This was the trigger for Seb’s “falling out with New Age”: A Sermon by Deepak Chopra. Here is an extract from Seb’s blog, quoted from the Deepak Chopra’s sermon on “Does God have a Future?”, (also an example of New Age “Philosophy”):

Science is now in a process of overthrowing the climactic overthrow of the superstition of materialism. That everything that we call “matter” comes from something that is not material. That the essential nature of the physical world is that it’s not physical.


Science tells us that nature is a discontinuity, that is, an on-off phenomenon. That there are gaps between every two 1s where you find a field of possibilities, a field of pure potentiality. Science doesn’t call it God, but what is God if not the immeasurable potential of all that was, all that is, and all that will be? Science also tells us that there’s a field of non-locality where everything is correlated with everything else……100% bullshit today.png

There is hidden creativity; there are quantum leaps of creativity. There is something called the Observer Effect where intention orchestrates spacetime events which we then measure as movement and motion and energy and matter
 You have the resources within you to intuitively grasp this mystery.

And apparently his sermons go on and on and on in similar fashion. How Ironic: “You have the resources within you to intuitively grasp this mystery.” Even if we did “grasp” his logic, basically with every statement, Deepak is creating a circular logic linking one idea to another where logical patterns do not exist, and he also enjoys creating paradoxical contrasts to grab the audience’s attention. In Deepak’s universe, Indeed, “everything is correlated with everything else“.

And BTW doesn’t “the Observer Effect” ..etcetc….”orchestrates spacetime events” remind you of J. J. Abram’s Television Series “Fringe“?? Art imitates Philosophy! Oh Walter what Have you done?

Back to Seb’s story: What’s EVEN cooler, and fun too, is that Seb who’s a developer, has created a Bullshit Generator (as if we need one but.. still Cool.) This is a website which has a link which is programmed such that at click, generates “a full page of New Age poppycock”, just like what Deepak says all the time. Read more about how he did it and the reasons why he developed this program here: Seb Pearce.

“Domains of Happyness”

 

I am studying a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology at Uni now, and in what is the most interesting subject so far, Social Bases of Behaviour: Social Psychology, we just started the term learning about how we think about ourselves and others (“social cognition”).

This example was given: – There are 2 men, both married. One man had dropped out of middle school, and is working hard as a brick layer to support himself and his wife.

The other man had graduated from high school and started a fairly successful business. Not super successful but, making enough profit for his family: himself, his wife and 2 children.

Being his own boss also affords him flexible hours and free time which he spends as a Grassroots Volunteer for the Local Council. He also sings in the church choir every Sunday.

Suddenly, BOTH men’s wives decide to leave them out of the blue. Which man will be more affected?

OK, So one may say that it depends on the quality of the relationship the man has with his wife. However, that is also a different variable altogether that is coming into play. What about if one were to be philosophical about the whole idea? Won’t both men be equally upset, if not, wouldn’t it be impossible to determine whom would be more upset, as all individuals differ in temperament?!?! If this were so, I cannot answer the question, as everything, after all, is subjective and THERE ARE NO ANSWERS…zzz..

BUT thinking in terms of a variable that we CAN work on, the man who runs his own business would likely be better off, while the man who lays bricks would probably be devastated by his wife’s leaving.

This is due to the number of Domains of Self each man has.

The man who lays bricks has only the domains of his job and his wife in his life. Whereas the businessman has many more Domains of Self. Apart from his job and his wife, he also has his 2 children, his work at the Local Council, and his role in the church choir on Sundays. He has a rich life, therefore achievement or failure in one domain doesn’t have such a big impact on his overall life, especially his sense of self.

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Me, with two other VSOP (Very Special Outstanding Performers) choir mates backstage at World Mental Health Day (2012), held at School Of The Arts

I was thinking about this story and a light bulb turned on in my head. OH! This is probably another good reason why my Dr. signed me up to join the hospital choir, which even led to my short solo on World Mental Health Day 2012 at SOTA. The benefits of building more Domains of Self which include improving one’s sense of self and confidence -as well as acting as a buffer against challenges; are why he kept encouraging me to be more active and pick up hobbies, join short courses, enjoy nature and at the same time exercise (yes, we all know the well-documented benefits of exercise).

I mean it seems obvious, but most of us don’t have the leisure (or motivation) to do so.

Okay, so when I was first seeing my Dr. I was just out of the ward and unemployed, looking for a job and also not studying as I am now.. so I had all the time in the world – but you’d be surprised what one can do when you can do everything and anything you want.

Digressing a little, though somewhat relevant…

I knew a group of young people with mental illness, who are not really super unwell, and had all the time in the world.. but they gave up trying to find jobs. They did not lose their jobs because of paranoia or depression – they lost them because of a lack of self-esteem, and a lack of belief in their own ability to perform the task: Thus they failed to learn to do their work. (So they lost their jobs, or quit job after job within a week)

I knew them well, they spent most of their time hanging around town like teenagers, smoking and watching the world go by. The gave up on fighting to live altogether. I am not saying they are at fault, or putting them down, that they are less important or inferior human beings, but I would just like to highlight some common patterns that are quite self-defeatist.

They got into relationships with each other, and the relationships failed, their world would disintegrate. They would attempt suicide and/or be warded.

Why? The only domain in their life was the other person.

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My Dr. is super perceptive about constructing the foundation for Happyness – Creating more Domains in life. I will definitely strive to Diversify! and build Domains in areas I am Passionate about and try to maintain them.

I have a friend who is trying to eliminate all the things in his life he deems as unnecessary to keep in line with a “Minimalist” Ideal. Well, I hope he reads this one day.

Actually all I wanted to say in the above 800+ words is summed up as the saying goes, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” 😀

A New Brand of Religious Affliation

ISIS claims blood 18-1-16

Ok, so again.. the choice of articles on page A4 of The Straits Times made me think about the desperate emphasis of (positive – much needed.. if you saw the TIME magazine cover:see below…) propaganda again…

On top, the biggest article headlines: “DNA test shows ‘fifth militant’ a bystander in Jakarta attack”, below this article the latest Terror news is juxataposed by: “Man killed in gunfight may be Indonesia’s most wanted terrorist” – so maybe there is hope after all. Finally the last article at the bottom of the page emphasises how more than 400 Sunni Muslims, quote“most of them women, children and elderly people..unquote had been killed in the assault on Deir Ezzor(described as a Massacre)…”.

Is my perspective is certainly warped to think that reporting more than 400 unnecessary deaths is just to make the readers less likely to believe that Islam is the root of all terror and all evil, might as well have a scapegoat right? But then again, 7 dead in JKT including the 4 or 5 attackers should be slightly less painful right(?), since both assaults were carried out in with equally malevolent motivations??


Regarding ‘ISIS claiming credit for blood spilled in its name: Analysts’, which outlines its argument that disillusioned and alienated militants around the world have carried out attacks and claimed affiliation with ISIS due to what the author calls “brand recognition”. The unnamed author (writing from Paris, I see..) claims that although ISIS had vowed to ‘take its fight globally’ it had been too preoccupied with maintaining its caliphate in Syria and Iraq, “apparently”, until the recent spate of global attacks, including JKT, occurred. In the author’s and several analysts’ opinions, it is not really ISIS militants managed by ISIS who have carried out these attacks, but  disillusioned militant who have been fighting with different organisations that have not borne fruit that have only INSPIRED these militants.

If this is to in any way reduce our fear of ISIS building its influence globally, I think the argument is fundamentally flawed. ISIS is, as the Analyst from Woodrow Wilson Centre says, ‘a very dynamic cause’. The very fact that there is brand recognition of the ISIS name, its cause and its distinctive black flag shows how strong ISIS is across the world, even across physical boundaries.. And all this Despite whatever the state of its military affairs in its defence of its caliphate might be. (Got a bit tired of keeping up.. yes it’s that same syndrome I explained a few paragraphs up there.. too far away to think about 400 lives, but 7 killed will wreck u..)

In fact, I would compare the symbolic level that ISIS has reached to that of a cause or religion. If it were Taoism (just e.g.), I may be so fired up about the beliefs that I follow all the actions and instructions that the other Taoist followers that I know also follow. These followers, they have tie ups of course, with their leader – who has tie ups with the main leader in my country – and that guy knows the big boss.

If someone were to question me about my Taoist beliefs, I would get really passionate, for I have essentially indoctrinated myself through the Taoist literature, media, and social or  other types of exposure to immerse myself into. This symbolism is what I feel is a great ‘dynamic cause’ for belief, for faith and for what I must dedicate the energy in my life to.

SO what is the difference even if ISIS didn’t manage or have the means to manage those global attacks? The fact that more and more claims of ISIS attacks are occurring shows that its cause and its symbolism is growing, its power to inspire is growing more and more.

The ISIS Brand of Religious Affiliation has flourished along with some free advertising assistance from the media, social media, internet, hate of Islam, retaliation, etc… oh what horrible things the media can do..

[save the good ole’ Straits Times :D]


Anyway, as promised, here’s a man I really ____ … :p

This cover makes me feel the same Utter, Stupid, Shock I felt when I was in hospital for a month after finally emerging from severe psychosis that I had had for a year (I did not know what was going on in the world); and I saw that American troops had withdrawn from Afghanistan.

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One Art

The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster,

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother’s watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster.

– Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan’t have lied. It’s evident
the art of losing’s not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.

 

Elizabeth Bishop
Ahhh..still one of my top pop favourites 😉

The “After” Myth

Reblogging lisak87’s

Heartwrenching personal sharing about her struggle with weight – This is her Before, After and After again picture.

*update: link to article: Biggest losers lose battle against returning bulge

As I go through what is now my 5th cycle of “yo-yo” weight gain and now loss, of up and down more than 15 kg, I really can relate to all of this. Thank you lisak87 for putting body image/weight gain and loss in perspective.

Read more about her story here: The “After” Myth

100 Things To Do If You’re Sad

1) Take Photo Booth photos with your cat. You actually don’t even need to be sad to do this. I take about 10 per week. Example above.

2) Put on a dress that makes you feel important. Go downtown and walk around

3) Eat a whole cup of ice.

4) Google photos of skylines. I prefer the New York City one, but whatever floats your boat. There’s just something about all those little lights dotting sky rises that will remind you of other people’s existence, and that reminder will be calming somehow. (Some of those simmering dots are probably having bad days too.)

5) Roll down a hill.

6) Sharpen all of your pencils.

7) Re-read your favorite childhood book…

and her list goes on…

Read more from nataliebreuer’s about what to do when you are feeling Sad here:100 Things To Do If You’re Sad

 

the age of pop culture

When should one stop following “trying to keep up with the times”?? Some people manage to avoid it altogether. But for most of us, at least for my generation, it began in adolescence. Following boy bands, posters of the Backstreet Boys, Westlife CDs, listening to the Spice Girls on the radio.

Now “it” seems to begin earlier, with the encouragement of parents and the bombardment of merchandising opportunities through the mass media. Evidenced by the term “Tweens” and Katie Holme’s daughter Suri Cruise walking around in heels as a toddler, it’s not surprising that the designer clothing for children are the norm.

When I was a kid, I wore 3 for $10 Mickey Mouse knock off T-shirts from the Pasar Malam (Night Bazaar).

But that’s another rant for another day


As I reach 30 at the end of the year, I think to myself, should I really like Tove Lo’s music? Or be taking the effort to go through the billboard top 100 to find songs I actually like? I don’t know why it’s an urge I feel. I want to be one of the Young Folks. Maybe there’s some baggage involved here?

Perhaps all of us who partake in following Pop Culture have some inherent reason why. More so those who are a tad bit older.

Let me give you an example. I recently met up with an acquaintance who is married with two teenage girls. As you can roughly guess, she‘s crossed the half century mark. I’m not being ageist, I don’t think she is “Old” by any standard. She’s feisty, full of life and gorgeous. And got good physique too. But even 50 year old hotties shouldn’t wear “panty shorts”. [OMG! I have to post about “panty shorts” one day..talk about pet peeve!

Let this picture say my thousand words:panty shorts

Ok, so her version was more like a SUPER short, cheerleading skirt with a spaghetti strap tank top? Am I a prude? O.o

But Really! There has to be an age when a woman stops trying so hard to get sexual attention? I mean, young girls-not just that they-have-it, so-flaunt-it –> I feel maybe they don’t know (?) how much guys (and girls) are checking out and oogling at your bared body parts. It took me a while to realise how indecent it was to wear low cut tops. I have one or two pieces I still do wear sometimes, cos I don’t want to throw away my old clothes, and the overall cut is flattering. But then when I wear those tops I feel awful, so very self-conscious.

If you like panty shorts, and you’re 15, fine, ok. (But I’m still trying very hard not to judge your taste in clothing..) But if you’re older, why does it still matter to you to try to be a beautiful flower? I dunno why I always thought women’s external beauty is like that of a flower’s life. It’s scientific purpose is to reproduce, it is beautiful as it is budding and blooms, but it dies ever so quickly, and after that its beauty cannot be recovered. Am I being discriminatory? Sometimes less is more, literally. But personally, most times I think more tasteful is “more”. Being confident enough to show off your body may actually mean you are more insecure inside. Why else would you be craving all that external validation?

*hmmm*

But then on the other hand, interest in pop culture is a bit different. I think it is a matter of intention. Music, popular or not is art after all. If your intention is to keep up with the times, I’m not saying you (or I [am]) are wrong
But, Perhaps there is something deeper in enjoying music for the artistic, the meaning/significance it brings and how it speaks into your life.

It is not so much a self-esteem requirement, but to meet a more spiritual need.

Finally, I just want to say that I think that Pop music can also be meaningful. This is despite being produced by an unknown professional songwriter, sung by a singer who can’t sing, and who is auto-tuned, and who relies on his or her performance gimmicks and scandals in the tabloids for fame.

Is not beauty in the eye of the beholder?

We may never know the songwriter, overshadowed by the fame of the talent-less pop singer, but if the beauty of their music is spread across hearts and inspires as result: -This is why I don’t think indie music is superior to pop.

I am, a LITTLE embarrassed that I like a song or two by Justin Bieber, and that I love Miley Cyrus’ beautiful alto voice, but maybe it’s alright. hehe *blush*AND, I had to write a whole blogpost to feel better about it too! *sheepish look* Really! A shame, but Miley is very talented:

Mute Moderates Caught In a Polar, Global Storm

First off, I just want to give a disclaimer, that my views are just my personal opinion, and I do not represent Christians or Singaporeans, or Asians, or Singaporean-Chinese for that matter. I do not intend to offend anyone in this post but just to express my interest and in some way, my anxiety toward what I see as the polarisation and increasing extremism from many parts of society today. I know it’s really lame, when Christians who meet a homosexual tell them, “It’s OK, I have gay friends”…. But, seriously, a friend who changed my life at a time when I really needed it, and who I loved very much – so much that that I chased the person away, unfortunately, was my first Muslim friend, and I do have quite a few close Muslim friends. I mean, there is no difference with having any other non-Christian friend, agnostic, atheist, Buddhist, even with different denominations one experiences differences in belief that should be carried with grace and mutual understanding, if need be, just agree to disagree?

Have you noticed that the Singapore media has been trying somewhat desperately to maintain a balanced viewpoint about the streak of terrorist attacks and regarding Islam? I do not think this is a bad thing, given that the Singaporean Chinese are a double minority. Despite being the majority race of the nation, due to the regional ethnic composition, the Chinese in Singapore are part of a double minority. Also, since it has been highlighted that in recent years Christianity has been getting more and more of a hold in Singapore, there are greater implications to what could happen if the Christian sector were to push their weight and move to the extent of wanting to Trump out what they consider as a threat. Imagine if they were to activate themselves just like how they protested with the “white shirts” vs. the “pink shirts”.

Of course, I don’t think Chinese Singaporeans or Christian Singaporeans have such a strong animosity toward Malay or Indian Muslims here. But I racism is inherent in the way humans have evolved. For an interesting opinion about the inevitability of racism this is really interesting: Racism?

By default, any person identifies with what is familiar and is separates from, even fearing “The Other”. Without that we wouldn’t have Distinct Identities.

It is so disturbing, to read the newspapers and see how the once highly controversial hypotheses of the Clash of Civilisations has seemingly been vindicated. At least in the newspapers I read here, there is a lot of reporting on China’s disputes over Island territories in Asia.. there was also a big report last year about how the US and Britain went to get trade goodies from China. Is the the Sinic civilisation “Remaking [the] World Order” as Huntington’s 1996 book suggested?

More than a year ago I remember how I was extremely dismissive when my mother, TYPICAL bible study “Auntie” (She has finished Bible Study Fellowship – 7 Years and has been doing Precept Upon Precept since the 2004 or so) told me this: “You just see, Muslims are going to overpopulate the whole world soon. See here, they have 4 or 5 kids but we all only have one, maximum two.” She was just being was being anti-Islam and racist. But suddenly there’s the migrant crisis in Europe. One in every two of those crossing the Mediterranean this year — half a million people — were Syrians, Afghans accounted for 20% of the migrant flow, and Iraqis 7%.

The increasing discontent following the Cologne attacks allegedly by migrants is troubling to me. (see picture of migrants apologising outside Cologne Train Station)

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But the at the core of the entire issue, the fear and hatred of “The Other”, that is so natural, yet, so unjustified, I just don’t understand. My parents have always been racist. But I never really picked it up. I even remember having the motto that “everyone is worth getting to know, if you get to get to know them” when I was a teenager. I never grew up, as a child or teenager with other races though, as the schools I went to were all majority Chinese as the were SAP schools offering Higher Chinese. So I grew up feeling that Chinese was the only race. I think in Singapore that is very easy to do. Despite the bombardment of national propaganda about multiculturalism, the nature of things is all about segregation. The ironic thing about the Chinese in Singapore is that so many of us lost our language. And we blame it on the education and nation’s policies, but have the minority groups lost their “mother tongue”? I think elitism is also an important factor that drove the rapid Westernisation and adoption of English as a first language, rather than the government policies.

I digress…  I’m sure most of you know about Trump “looking into ways” to fix the “Muslim problem” (he was asked how he would do this at one of his rallies). Just as the saying “one thing leads to another” goes. I believe that the polarisation and the extremism of the West is a step by step thing. I used to think that moderates were also those who were liberal. But those who are liberal allow for freedom, and a variety of opinions. Sounds similar to moderation right? But if you don’t take a specific moderate viewpoint, and you are too liberal, you will lose your vision altogether. Worse still, like Angela Merkel’s Germany, when you bite off more than you can chew, you will want to banish all the good that you once believed in.

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