Monday, July 28, 2014

Vote for me on the Big Blog Exchange

The Big Blog Exchange paves a way for bloggers around the world to swap "lives" (and blogs) with other bloggers for 10 days - an amazing opportunity to see new sights, experience diverse cultures and traditions, eat new delicacies, mingle with different people and learn about what's beyond their comfort zones. Now in it's 2nd year, BBE is becoming a much awaited event for bloggers around the globe.

When the Big Blog Exchange was launched last year, I was happily observing from the sidelines rooting for my favorite blogger. To see the world and to do it through winning a contest was something I thought not possible because of my apparent lack of luck in games of chances. But then, I witnessed a number of bloggers welcome the challenge and experience the thrill of the first BBE. 16 of them savored victory in the end. I thought if they could do it, I might have a shot at it, too. I'll never know unless I try.

This year, I mustered the courage to sign-up and see what is in store me.

I would like to see the world, or at least a portion of it. There is great joy in knowing how others live, what motivates them and why they do things in a certain way. It is also very enriching to see that amidst our differences, the similarities that we share are much more significant.

Winning BBE 2014 will surely widen my horizon and give me a life experience I will treasure forever. Writing has always been my passion and I know that new experiences give depth to my writing. As I have written on my profile - I have seen and experienced how words hold power not just to inform and to entertain but also the immense capacity to advocate for a cause, connect lives, inspire dreams and change the world in big and small ways. It would be a great privilege to share an experience that may touch another person's life.  

To my readers and those who happen to just stumble upon this blog, please help me make it to this year's Big Blog Exchange. Vote for me and together let's see where our dreams and persistence take us. Voting only takes a couple of minutes and it doesn't close until September 3rd! :)

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Korea Chronicles | Gyeongbokgung Part III

 / Day 5 /

5th day continues with more walks inside the grounds of Gyeongbok Palace. At the far end of the compound are more clustered quarters, kind of like (very) small villages. From this point, you can actually see the blue roof of Cheongwadae, Korea's version of the White House. And from here on, you'd see lots and lots of green, a full view of a mountain, a pond and a pavilion; and feel like you are in a countryside and detached from the buzzing city that is Seoul. It's really amazing to find a space like this in a much urbanized metropolis. Truly awesome.

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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Korea Chronicles | Gyeongbokgung Part II

/ Day 5 /

It's been exactly a month now since my trip to South Korea and it feels like ten days there passed by too quickly. If not for the photos, I would think that everything was just a dream - it wouldn't be too impossible because I truly have a very vivid imagination. haha. Anyway, I'm not quite done with Day 5. Gyeongbokgung is such a pretty place - the area is huge and every corner is interesting and quite lovely. Let me share some photos that I took inside and around the palace after the Royal Guards Changing Ceremonies

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

A Book For A Smile

Making a person smile may just be one of the most rewarding thing we can ever do. Sometimes, it only takes a small gesture to make that frown turn up side down. But there are also times when making someone smile takes a lot more than a dime. When I was in college, there were instances when I'd see the need to help someone out but feel so helpless, at the same time. Student life, for a number of people, is largely a time of allotting every bit of one's resources to very urgent school-related needs. We study so hard so that one day, we'd get to earn a decent amount of money and finally (I hope for most people), extend assistance to our less fortunate brethren. 

Well, here's a good news! Now, you have a chance to help spread smile all over the world while fulfilling your school needs, especially the need for books - which, I must say, are quite costly. CampusBookRentals has paired up with Operation Smile to heal children with cleft palate and give them a better chance at life in various countries all over the globe. Operation Smile "is a pioneer in advocating for the importance of safe surgery in resource poor environments and is the largest surgical charity of its kind, leading research into the causes of cleft lip and cleft palate, and its prevention, treatment and eradication".