I had goosebumps all over my body while reading the story of Amanda Todd. She was a Vancouver-area teenager who was bullied online and in school. She then committed suicide just recently when she couldn’t handle it anymore. Before it took place, she posted her story on Youtube for everyone to see that she once thought she could be strong and face it all. She’s hoping that her story will inspire others battling bullying like she was.

You know I am very much against suicide. But with Amanda’s story, I can fully understand the reason why she thought ending her life would solve her problems. Her tormentors were relentless! I can’t even begin to imagine the kind of terror she’s lived in! Those bullies are monsters! They are evil! How they could have done it to a teen and others still being bullied as of this writing is something I can’t ever fathom. Why waste your time and energy bullying someone when you have your life to manage and think of? Why not focus on yourself? I just can’t understand!

To those suffering from bullying…

Do not let them win! Do whatever it takes to stop the bullying. Report it to authorities. Tell your parents or elders about it. Be vocal about the bullying and reach out to others. Do not let it rule your life. I know it’s hard for me to say this because I am not in a position of being bullied but the old adage that there is light at the end of the tunnel is true. There is an end to the bullying. Do not let those bullies win!

And to those with love ones being bullied…

Make sure the victim is protected especially if we’re talking about a minor. If protecting the victim would mean a change of identity, a change of cities or even countries, and giving the minor a sabbatical from school, then so be it! Do whatever it takes! Do not let those bullies win!

Parents and elders/guardians…

Listen to your kid. If you see signs that the kid is troubled, take the time and go out of your way to know what’s going on. Dig deeper if you feel there’s more to the story that what everyone’s saying. Make sure that your kid knows he/she can reach out to you and tell you his/her problems, whatever it is! Do not let a day go by without asking your kid how he/she is. And if your kid goes online, safeguard him/her by putting firewalls and guidance for its use. Reiterate the need to NOT trust strangers especially on the internet where anybody can pretend to be somebody so easily. DO NOT TRUST STRANGERS!

And a reminder to everyone…

Stop taking photos of yourself in compromising situations because one way or another it will come out and get taken advantage of by bad people. You don’t want to see your naked self plastered on the internet, right? So if you don’t want that, do not take a naked picture of yourself!

Schemes by the criminal minds

These days, getting a wireless security systems, a CCTV to be exact, for your home and business is a must. If there are other security gadgets you can invest in that you know will protect your home and love ones, think about getting one. There are so many schemes being employed by the criminal minds that I am sure you want to be safe and secure from.

I don’t know if you were able to watch the news report about a house help being victimized by the notorious Budol-Budol Gang. A caller pretending to be her boss sought her help in getting the jewelries and money in the safe. The help, fearing her boss was in dire situation and really needed her help went and broke the safety deposit box’ lock. She got all the valuables in it and met up with the caller who’s supposedly her boss. You know what happened next. The criminal got the valuables from the help. That easy.

Lesson learned? Install a security system over the place(s) at home where your valuables are. Or a monitoring system if you know your house help is still not sure what to do in emergency situations like what happened with the Budol-Budol Gang victim. What’s investing in a security system when you know it will save you from more harm, right?

Caught by the cameras

Three kids were suspected to have taken goods at a local grocery store. Junk foods were put inside their bags without them knowing it. Good thing the security cameras caught all that transpired in the junk food lane of the store. It showed three high school students putting the junk foods in their bags while the three kids were not looking. The store called up their parents and told them what happened while the three high school students are now being sought by the security officers of the store.

Be aware of your surroundings. Teach your kids to be alert at all times. Good thing there are security cameras around. What if there’s none? The kids would be branded as shop lifters when they are not.

Safety in CCTV

Lately, I feel more secure going inside an establishment that has security cameras around. There are so many scary things happening around the country that it is better to have eyes looking everywhere at all times. I heard in news programs that the national police have put up CCTV cameras around the country, in strategic locations. This is good news and a vast improvement in the security situation of the country. I appreciate this move by the government because we need it.

As I’ve said, it is better to have eyes looking at you all the time if it will ensure your safety.

Have you noticed?

I don’t know if you’ve noticed this but kids these days are more violent! If I am not mistaken, it was just last week when at least two kids age 11 and 12 who killed their parents just because they got pissed with them! Despite the law preventing them from such, fraternities still hold hazing activities around the country! And not one but many have died as a result. Sure, you can say that hazing has been going on for decades but it’s more violent now based on what past fraternity members have said. And then there are those who kill just for nothing, just for the heck of it!

I don’t know if it’s the general upbringing of kids nowadays. Parents are more lenient in disciplining their kids, media has been feeding the little ones all those reality shows and violent stories… I don’t know exactly. But that’s what I noticed with the kids around me.


Vote wisely in May 2013!

I think I will create a campaign in this blog to vote wisely come national elections on May 2013. I think it’s about time we learn from our past experiences, don’t you think?

Are we really going to vote for the same politicians who promised us one thing and did another, or for most of them haven’t done anything at all?!?

Are we really going to vote for a whole family of politicians, husband, wife, children and in-laws? Goodness gracious! We’ve had these political dynasties in the provinces and tell me one province that prospered because they had one in theirs.

Are we still going to fall for the same BS these politicians, new and old alike, will undoubtedly preach calling out to the high heavens on how good their intentions are?

Are we going to be swayed by song and dance numbers, beautiful faces, (paid) celebrities campaigning for them, and declarations that they also came from poor families regardless if they have diplomas showing they attended well-known schools (and not as scholars!) and they speak with twangs?

Let’s vote wisely on 2013!

Have you seen the news?

Indonesian students

There was a news report the other night showing students in an Indonesian town having to cross a broken bridge without any safety harness just to go to school. One female student was even crying because she was so afraid she’d fall down while crossing the hanging bridge.

It is just so sad that this has to happen when local government units of different countries have the fund to use to repair broken bridges like this. And to think that kids use the bridge every single day just so they can go to school!

I hope someone from that Indonesian town will do something about the bridge before a kid plunges to his/her death.

Oslo terror attacks

Norway mourning

Anders Behring Breivik. Remember that name. He was the one who killed at least 92 people on an island outside Oslo, shortly after a bomb went off in the capital. Breivik is a 32-year-old Norwegian right-wing fanatic and is believed to be also involved in the bombing.

According to Breivik, he believed the actions were atrocious, but that in his head they were necessary.

What a terrible thing to happen in a peaceful country. I haven’t heard so much crime or bad news about the Nordic country. In fact, what I know about it is that it is a country with a zero crime rate. And then to hear that two terror incidents happened in a single day taking so many lives in the process…

I do hope the victims will be given justice and that Breivik will get what he deserves.


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