Thursday, July 29, 2010

Al Musafeera (The Traveller)

You have dreams, don't you? Dreams that you pray that someday the dreams will come true? Well I have…I still dream and am working towards achieving those dreams…trust me.

All my life, I have had one BIG dream (there are more but this one is almost like the ultimate!). That BIG dream is to travel the whole world! I guess I have mentioned it to y’all on my “World Wonders” article. Now, you can see that am dead serious!

There are so many places I want to land before I die. Apart from the World Wonders I mentioned in my earlier article, I have the following dream destinations for each continent (would only mention one of each....then late in my upcoming articles would list the others):

AFRICA - Marrakech, Morocco
Also called the "Red City", Marrakech has the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco and also has one of the busiest squares in Africa and the world called Djemaa el Fna. The square bustles with acrobats, story-tellers, water sellers, dancers, and musicians. By night, food stalls open in the square turning it into a huge busy open-air restaurant. After Egypt, this is another "Afro-Arab" land I so want to visit. It would be nice to see the King of Morocco,too. *wink*


ASIA - Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok is the capital, largest urban area and primary city of Thailand. Bangkok, sometimes called "The Big Chilli" is one of the world's tourist hotspots. Really want to go here!!!!

AUSTRALIA - Queensland
Queensland is also known as the "Sunshine State" because it enjoys warm weather and a most parts of the state is in the tropics. You can go surfing, visit the wildlife, visit the zoo, enjoy varieties of cultural food and there is so much fun you can find! I want to go here because it's far, far away and that's what I call adventure!!! And I want to see the rarest animals like the Koala and the Kangaroo (don't be surprised to see a photo of me riding on a kangaroo, one day...lol!)

EUROPE - Santomeri, Greece
Got to know more about this place in the "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" and "Mamamiya" movies. It is situated in a valley area, the mountains lies to the west and Mount Skollis to the east. The farmlands are mainly in the valley areas as well as forests. Grasslands are to the west and barren rock to the east. Now, that's what you call a peaceful and lovely place to spend a hoilday. Sigh......
MIDDLE EAST - Dubai, U.A.E
If you have gone to the Middle East and you have never stepped into Dubai....that's a "no,no!!". Dubai is called the "shopping capital of the Middle East". You can go on a desert safari tour, go cruising, go shopping at the the local markets called "souk", visit the magical city and visit the amusement park (I recommend Wild Wadi Water Park...It's amazing! Would love to go there!!). There is so much to do here. Inshallah.....am going to Dubai sooon!!!!

NORTH AMERICA - Disney land, Florida
All my life, I have been a Disney fan. And so what better way than to go to Disneyland and see my favorite characters (Yeah! I know...I haven't overcome some of my childhood traits...lol!). You can go to Disneyland in Paris or Tokyo, too. Anyone is fine by me....as long as it's Disneyland!!!! I need not say much about this place. But if you are a Disney fan, like me....you just have to visit the land before you give up the ghost! It would bring back good old memories......(grinning).

SOUTH AMERICA - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The English translation of "Rio de Janeiro" is "River of January". Interesting!
Apart from it's beautiful beaches, you can explore the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer ('Cristo Redentor') on top of the Corcovado mountain, which is named as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Also,don't forget the Sambódromo, a permanent parade avenue lined with grandstands which is used during Carniva. Visit Maracanã stadium, one of the world's largest football stadiums!! Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Summer Olympics, the first South American city to host the event and will host the final match for 2014 FIFA World Cup! Hmmmm....am going for the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro!!! Don't say I didn't tell u!!!!

"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open." Jawaharal Nehru

Monday, July 26, 2010

Who Tried to Move My Cheese???

We all hate change....especially when we are so comfortable with where we are.
Ok....let me rephrase....we are all afraid of change because we are so comfortable with where we are. I mean...for example.....your job. You have gotten so used to what you do that you are so comfortable with it. When a promotion or a redeployment comes your way, you freak out! Why? Because your comfort zone has been altered!!! Hmmmm.....

Changes are happening in my life everyday-work, self-discovery, spiritually and much more. It's good.....but sometimes I do freak out because it means I would have to leave my comfort zone.

I was introduced to a book by a friend of mine titled "Who Moved My Cheese".
After reading this book (which does not take up to an hour to read...if you are not distracted), my life changed!!! Yes.....I began to see change as a way of moving ahead to be a better person. Come on....you'd agree with me that, if you remain where you are, you would never see the best of YOU!!!!

"Who Moved My Cheese" is about four characters living in a "Maze" who face unexpected change when they discover their "Cheese" has disappeared. Sniff and Scurry, who are mice, and Hem and Haw, little people the size of mice, each adapt to change in their "Maze" differently. In fact, one doesn't adapt at all.

"This timeless allegory reveals profound truths to individuals and organizations dealing with change. We each live in a "Maze", a metaphor for the companies or organizations we work with, the communities we live in, the families we love places where we look for the things we want in life, "Cheese". It may be an enjoyable career, loving relationships, wealth, or spiritual peace of mind. With time and experience, one character eventually succeeds and even prospers from the change in his "Maze". In an effort to share what he has learned along the way, he records his personal discoveries on the maze walls, the "Handwriting on the Wall". Likewise, when we begin to see the "writing on the wall", we discover the simplicity and necessity of adapting to change."

We all can learn from the "Handwriting on the wall"-
Change Happens - They Keep Moving The Cheese
Anticipate Change - Get Ready For The Cheese To Move
Monitor Change - Smell The Cheese Often So You Know When It Is Getting Old
Adapt To Change Quickly - The Quicker You Let Go Of Old Cheese, The Sooner You Can Enjoy New Cheese
Change - Move With The Cheese
Enjoy Change! - Savor The Adventure And Enjoy The Taste Of New Cheese!
Be Ready To Change Quickly And Enjoy It Again & Again - They Keep Moving The Cheese.

Both you and me can learn from this short but powerful story. Who are you?
"Sniff", who sniffs for change and moves to find it?
"Scurry", who rushes toward change and embraces it?
"Hem", who is so afraid of change and refused to move ahead? Or......
"Haw", who was once afraid of change but later changed his attitude and embraced change with courage?

These four kinds of personalities can be found anywhere.....It's important to know that change is inevitable...it would always occur. For example, we had the Stone Age, the Middle Age, the Modern Age and now we have the Technology Age. Life keeps changing and we have to learn to change with it or you would be left behind. Do you want that?

I found a small clip of the "Who Moved My Cheese" movie. Enjoy and LEARN!!!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Salani kahle South Africa!!

South Africa has done Africa proud with the just concluded FIFA World Cup.
I must say am very proud to be an African. Though to be honest, I wish an African country made it to the finals. But hey! We must give it to Ghana for being the first African country to reach the semi-finals in the history of FIFA World Cup! Way to go Black Stars!!! The day they played with Uruguay, all Africans, including me, were praying for them. Too bad our prayers were not answered. But still, am proud of the Black Stars. They did Africa proud.

At least God answered one of my prayers for this World Cup. I wanted a country that has never won the World Cup to win this one. And SPAIN, La Furia Roja (The Red Fury) emerged the World Champions! Andres Iniesta scored the 116th-minute goal, just four minutes from the end of extra time, which gave La Roja the world cup title for the first time in their history! Therefore, Spain have both the World Cup title and the European championship title,which they won two years ago!Good for them!!!!

When the Spanish hero, Andres Iniesta scored Spain's winning goal, he took the opportunity to pay tribute to a colleague who passed away before the start of last season. In front of a TV audience of more than 750 million, Iniesta removed his shirt to reveal the message "Dani Jarque siempre con nosotros" which translates to "Dani Jarque always with us". Though he ended up getting a yellow card for the gesture, I feel it was a beautiful way to pay tribute to a lost friend.

The Germans took the thrid place after a win of 2-3 against Uruguay.

Now the 2010 World Cup has finally come and gone! WOW! After all the waiting!
Hope all ye lovers and non-lovers of football enjoyed the one month show down of jabulani balls flying about the football pitch (*wink*).

Salani kahle South Africa!!! Goodbye, South Africa!

See below some photos of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Champions with their World Cup.


Andres Iniesta raises the trophy as Spain's national football team players celebrate winning the 2010 World Cup football final Netherlands vs. Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg.


David Villa (R) kisses the trophy next to Spain's defender Sergio Ramos during the award ceremony.


Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring during extra-time, paying tribute to their lost colleague, Dani Jarque.

Madiba (Nelson Mandela) holding the World Cup.