Thursday, February 26, 2009


This morning the phone rang with great news.

This one position I had auditioned and re-auditioned for was going to be mine. I wanted this so badly--sooooo badly. I had given my best, I prayed, I waited and finally I had surrendered. I knew it was perfect for me, that I was absolutely suited for IT. Maaan did I want this!

And so I jumped in the fluffy sheets of my bed ecstatically going Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

It reminded me of Marion Cotillard and all those other amazing Oscar speeches, which have made me shiver and cry of joy over the years.

I love success.

Real talk. I love success because there is so much that lies behind a single achievement. So much hard work, so many tears, so many disappointments. Contrary to what the industry portrays with its instant success stories and no-lifers turned reality-tv celebrities, success is a path for the strong, the determined, the fierce, the dreamers and the believers. Success is a true act of faith. Success is a struggle, and what a beautiful and rewarding one!

So let us savour it while we have it, and let us smile in delight at our compeers’ success, so it can in turn inspire ours.

Here are some of my favourite Oscar acceptance speeches ;)




Saturday, February 21, 2009

I heart Banksy

His identity might remain in the dark, but there is nothing obscure about Banksy’s artwork. Biting, downright witty and full of purpose, Banksy’s art makes me smirk in approval without fail. The man is a genius.

His pieces give life to dead walls and forgotten corners of cities around the world, offering some of the greatest satirical comments of all times. His work beautifies, questions and promotes reflection.

Of course, that is only my humble opinion, and many other people would disagree with me... in 2007, some London boroughs, such as Tower Hamlets, decided to treat all Banksy’s work as vandalism and remove them.

I guess England already had their share of rebellion in Winston Smith, protagonist of Orwell’s famous portrayal of pervasive government surveillance and control. Some sixty years after the masterpiece was written, England is still not ready for messages like these…

And so they erase them, some elitists still arguing that the man is a vandal rather than an artist….(?!”/$%?!/)

But as Banksy says:

In 2004, the Bristol native candidly walked into the Louvre and hung his own version of the Mona Lisa… “To actually go through the process of having a painting selected must be quite boring. It's a lot more fun to go and put your own one up", he says.

Gotta love Banksy…

So instead of paying myself a trip to the museum on this lovely Saturday afternoon, I thought I’d travel the web and rediscover some of my favourite Banksy pieces...

Banksy got his hands on 500 copies of the Paris Hilton CD, which he trafficked with his own cover info and CD before redistributing them to more then 50 record stores across the UK...


Why am I famous? What have I done? What am I for?

If you don't know who the little girl in the middle is...get your google on. Kim Phuc.

On the Israeli West Bank Barrier...

Indoors work

Watercan Girl

Man hanging out of the window on the wall of a London sexual clinic

For more on Banksy's artwork visit

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Chris Brown investigated for assault on Rihanna...what's not being said

She gave him an STD, he was spotted with another woman, she threw the keys of his Lamborghini out the window, he said he was going to kill her....the rumors bustling around Chris Brown and Rihanna's recent domestic violence case are multiplying by the minute all over people's lips and fingertips as they yap away in the world's blogosphere.

And here I am, asking myself....How can so many people be missing the point???

The question that needs to be adressed is not whether Rihanna was flirting with Kanye or Timbaland, but why are a 20 and a 19 year old (Read KIDS) involved in a case of domestic violence. What ever happened to puppy love?

Now sadly, if human beings sometimes need direction to make their own opinions and guide their behaviors, I am even more ashamed to see how the media is handling this situation, nurturing gossip instead of tackling the bigger issue that is at hand.

Domestic violence is inexcusable. PERIOD.

What strikes me the most is that in a 2007 Giant Magazine interview , Chris Brown finally spoke up about his own childhood, growing up with his abusing step-father.

" He used to hit my mom, he made me terrified all the time, terrified like I had to pee on myself...I remember one night he made her nose bleed. I was gonna go crazy on him one day. I hate him to this day."

Domestic violence is a cycle that needs to be broken.

Unfortunately, the incident between Chris Brown and Rihanna is nothing but a reflection of millions of other women (and men) who are victims of domestic violence. Only for most of them, their cries resonate with guilt and silence.

Producers, writers and TV hosts alike have a responsibilty to raise awareness and to give a voice to all these people. Instead of spreading gossip, they should use our interest in this celebrity-related story and give out the resources that are available to help both victims and abusers all around the world.

As to ridiculous bloggers, self-proclaimed insiders and Perez Hilton wannabes, who are you to judge two people you hardly know but through the cover of a reality-distorted magazine. Everyone who has been in love knows that no relationship comes without its share of pain. Instead of gushing on others left and right, why are we not helping eachother out?

Perhaps our obsession with celebrities has become so grand that making the world a better place is something that no one cares about anymore.

So let us gossip away and feed ourselves on the back of other people's problems in the name of entertainment.

On this note, I will leave you with some food for thought from an author I love dearly, Don Miguel Ruiz:

"Gossip is black magic at its very worst because it is pure poison. We learned how to gossip by agreement. When we were children, we heard the adults around us gossiping all the time, openly giving their opinions about other people. They even had opinions about people they didn't know. Emotional poison was transferred along with the opinions, and we learned this as a normal way to communicate.

Gossiping has become the main form of communication in human society. It has become the way we feel close to each other, because it makes us feel better to see someone else feel as badly as we do. There is an old expression that says 'Misery likes company,' and people who are suffering in hell don't want to be alone. Fear and suffering are an important part of the dream of the planet; they are how the dream of the planet keeps us down."