Feb. 28, 2009
I can't believe it's the last day in February...
If I could travel the world, I would visit these countries. Sure, I might be touristy, but maybe I would go for other reasons too.
No, I don't have a lot of money to travel, but if I could...
COUNTRIES I WANT TO VISIT (in alphabetical order) [and maybe why]
Argentina - Again. mission memories & friends
Australia - Sydney Harbor. Kangaroos
Bahamas - More Caribbean ocean. Relax on the beach.
Bolivia - more markets
Cambodia - Angkor Wat & friends
Canada - Again. friends, Niagara Falls
Chile - mission comps
China - Great Wall, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Teach English
Denmark - Historical Past
Dominican Republic - Again. Caribbean & family
Ecuador - Again. Visit the past
Egypt - Pyramids
England - London, Big Ben, Guards
Germany - cool accent
Greece - Athens and ancient ruins
Guatemala - Tikal and other Mayan ruins, markets
India - Taj Mahal
Indonesia - friends
Israel - Holy Land
Japan - Tokyo night lights
South Korea - Language, LG Electronics
Mexico - Again. Friends. Ruins. Cancun. Chitzen Itza. Mexico City.
Mongolia - Sounds cool and way out there.
New Zealand - Haka Dance
Paraguay - More South America
Peru - Aji de pollo, Machu Pichu
Philippines - friends
Taiwan - Taipei 101 Tower
Thailand - friends, cool palace architecture
United States of America - Again. Historical & Tourist spots.
Uruguay - Again. Montevideo
I want stamps in my passport....
Nov. 23, 2008
I'm sure you've all made a wish list (sometimes even a goal list) of things that you would like to accomplish in life...so here is mine. I put these in no particular order...somethings may be more attainable than others, and I may never get to all of these, but I think it is fun to have...
THINGS I WOULD LIKE TO DO IN LIFE...ARRANGED BY CATEGORY
1. Be Sealed for Time and all Eternity in an LDS temple
2. Be a wife, mom, and have kids
3. Serve an LDS Mission (Done)
4. Memorize 400 scriptures in English/Memorize 100 scriptures in Spanish
5. Share the gospel and serve others.
1. Visit family members at least once a year.
2. Play with nieces and nephews.
3. Learn to cook new foods.
4. Learn to sew.
5. Learn to decorate a house.
1. Earn a Bachelor's Degree.
2. Earn a U.S Teaching License.
3. Earn a Master's Degree
4. Earn a Doctorate.
5. Teach ESL at a community college.
1. Become a pilot. (Orginally I wanted to fly F-16's, but I guess a Cessna 400 will do.)
2. Earn a black belt in Taekwondo (I made it to green belt...but then I moved and never finished)
1. Learn Spanish (Work in Progress)
2. Learn Mandarin Chinese (Work in Progress)
3. Learn Arabic.
4. Learn Hebrew.
5. Learn French.
1. Visit Ecuador
2. Visit Israel
3. Visit China
4. Visit New Zealand
5. Visit England
1. Visit the Mount of Olives.
2. Visit Tikal.
3. Visit Chitzen Itza.
4. Visit Palenque.
5. Visit Machu Picchu.
1. Own a Volkswagen Beetle.
2. Throw a discus over 100 feet.
3. Get in a water fight.
4. Do 100 push ups.
5. Drive a Hummer through the desert.
1. Learn to play the drums.
2. Learn to play the piano.
3. Learn to play the violin.
4. Improve my English vocabulary and writing skills.
5. Learn to recognize stars in the night sky.
1. Pet a coyote.
2. Pet a llama.
3. Pet a penguin.
4. Ride a camel.
5. Swim with sting rays.
1. At my orphanage in Ecuador.
2. To teach English overseas.
3. Translate from Spanish to English.
4. To teach a GED course for adults.
5. To build a house.
OTHER SKILLS I WOULD LIKE TO LEARN
1. How to fix a car.
2. How to repair a home.
3. How to navigate using a topographic map.
4. Calculus I, II, III, and Differential Equations
5. How to give haircuts.
1. Make people laugh.
2. Make people feel peace.
3. Make people smile.
4. Help people feel good.
5. Help people feel the Spirit.
This list is subject to change...and we'll see how far I get...
The gospel of Jesus Christ will go forth throughout the world in good times and bad times.
America is a special place.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is one of many churches who support marriage between 1 man and 1 woman.
I watched the results via the Internet. Here's a CNN map of the results.
In my opinion, I think that the Election 2008 will be decided by 3pm Hawaii time. Why? Because by that time, it will be 7 pm in Missouri, and the polls close. So the eastern half of the country (Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, and even Florida) will have voted. Large states such as Ohio (with 20) and Pennsylvania (with 21) electoral college votes can swing the election.
Labels: election 2008
Election Year 2008.
Til the slug fest ends on November 4, 2008 ELECTION DAY!
So you may ask yourself...why should I even get involved in this process? Well, because you can -- this is a democratic society. If you don't vote, then don't complain later about a candidate or the way a country is running, if you didn't even bother taking the time now to elect the candidate.
So here's what I think. I think that people should do their research on the issues, the candidate, and the other things that are on the ballot. So, go ahead and vote for "your" candidate.
There's a lot of information out there. Search several sources. Here is one website that contains a lot of political information:
Project Vote Smart
SO GO VOTE. I do enjoy politics. At the moment, I would never run for office, but I am interested in what the candidates have to say. I may not agree 100% with either of them, but I will pick the 1 who I think is better for the country. During some election years, we don't have much of a choice as far as candidates go. Some election years we do.
If you vote for another candidate than I do...fine. We live in a free country where there can be different political opinions. We do not have to live in fear from political police who will raid your house just because you may oppose something. We can all have our strong political beliefs. I think we can disagree politically, but still be respectful of each other.
I think that most people want the best for my country, they just have different view points about how to get there. Fine. As long as we do what is right, we will be protected and no king will ever rule over us. But if we slack off and lower our defense, then we may be putting ourselves in danger.
So if in your election year, your political side does not win, then at least you tried. You did all you could. Better luck next time. At least you get a FREE sticker.
So do your research, grab a flag, and GO VOTE!
(That's my flag in my room just in case you're wondering)
Take part in the crossroads of history.
November 1, 2008
So a few weeks ago, I took a grammar test for my Spanish class. At the end of the test, the professor asked us a bonus question. Here it is....
Question: If you knew that you were going to live under a totalitarian dictatorship for the next 25 years, what 3 books and 1 movie would you bring? You are NOT allowed any religious material.
Hmmm....I would have brought religious material...(maybe I could just smuggle it in anyways)...If I knew that I would be under a dictatorship for 25 years, I wouldn't bring along some cute fiction novel, to pass the time. Instead, I would prepare to fight back. Even if they did confiscate my religious material, I would still have the power of prayer. And that is stronger than any book. But, if I had to bring non-religous books, here is what I would have brought...
Book #1 The Art of War by Sun Tzu
True, this is a military strategy book written hundreds of years ago, but I think that many principles are applicable. These strategies could be used to wage a campaign of resistance against the regime. It would be like the "Rebels" vs "The Empire" in the movie Star Wars.
The Art of War Chapter 3 Quote "If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle"
Book #2 A Dictionary
Now, you're probably wondering why I would bring along a dictionary? It is so that the next generation is not illiterate. What good would it do to create resistance leaflets, if no one could read them? If no written records are brought, people may lose their language, or have to rely solely on dictator propaganda. I think that having a dictionary would allow the resistance to educate the next generation, and fight against ignorance and indoctrination.
Book #3 National Geographic Atlas
In a military strategy case, I think it would be helpful to have a map of the enemy terrain. You would also know where natural defenses (such as rivers, or high ground) are located-- so that you know where to build fortifications, where to retreat when necessary, and where to locate raw materials. You could also learn about other countries and people that may be sympathetic to your cause. If a dictator ruled and never told you about the "outside" world (since they would control the media) you may start to believe it, and feel isolated in your cause for resistance.
First of all, this movie would entertain the kids. It would probably not draw attention from the authorities. It does carry a subliminal message to "Remember Who You Are". It's that idea that helps Simba overthrow his evil uncle Scar. Likewise, the people could rise up and over throw the dictator.
So this question was asked by my Spanish teacher as a bonus for an exam question...I hope it never comes true for me.
October 30, 2008
So I've been contemplating for awhile about whether or not I should blog. For the past few years, I've been getting by with mass emails to family and friends. But, I feel that now is the time to write down a few thoughts...and post them. I should mention that I'm not a diligent writer, so weeks or even months may go by before I post again.
So I'm thinking outloud about what kind of blog I want this to be. I do not think this will ever take the place of my mass emails. Actually, it won't.
Instead, I'm thinking that this will be more of an opinion, reflection, insight blog related to current world events or insights related to school. I think I'll throw in a little bit of everything here: Politics, Religion, TESOL...so really if you're looking for my life story or the latest happennings, then read my mass emails instead.
Although this blog is public, it's probably just more for me to have. I could spend time decorating my blog and adding pictures and things....if I have time. We will see.
So I have this blog, but I really prefer email. Oh well.