Valentines Day: A Spark Story

Scotland:

I marched to the nearest place to sit, the concrete biting my spine as I collapsed on the back steps of the mall. Clutching my knees as I fought back the tears threatening to spring free I looked up at the dying sunlight feebly reaching over nearby buildings.

“I just, I ju-sometimes I feel trapped!” I sputtered.

“There’s so much I want to see! So much of the world I NEED to see!”

I glanced at J who’d quietly settled down beside me. Behind a curtain of curls she whispered, “so you want to leave me?”

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Valentine’s Day Versus Anti-Valentine’s Day

Ah, Valentine’s Day, the time that annually awakens two camps as simmering and opinionated as Romeo and Juliet’s feuding families. It comes in flashes, this battle between the Valentine’s Day enthusiasts and their anti-Valentine’s Day counterparts. Posters proclaiming the location and time of Single’s Awareness Day events are pegged daringly next to walls dripping in pink and red. On the Internet people slash at gift ideas, over lattes they parry against the arguments of year-round romantics.

To buy chocolates or not buy chocolates—that is the modern question.

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Adapting to Queer Language

Hello, hello!

Right now I’m stuck in midterms (sob) but I’ll be travelling to Malaysia next week! Of course I still have to write about visiting the southern Thai island Koh Lanta, and Nan a province and city in the north of Thailand!

For now though, I’d like to wander off the trail this blog is blazing for a second.

This topic may not interest my current readers but perhaps it will help some people with their perception of the changing gender climate worldwide.

This blog was originally established so I would challenge my perspective and grow in my observation and storytelling skills. I think this personal journey is worth sharing, so here it is. Continue reading “Adapting to Queer Language”

From Fantasy to Comedy: Three International Movies

I was staring at my computer screen. My fingers restlessly typed in the air over the keyboard, like prancing racehorses waiting for the gate to snap open. Slowly I lowered them to the keyboard and they dashed away, speeding along the keys in search of ethnic events in the coming week. I zipped through all my known contacts: the Multicultural Society of Kamloops site, the Facebook groups of campus ethnic clubs, the TRU website, and so forth. But nothing came forward. With crunch time looming everyone on campus was tying themselves to their desks, locking their doors and getting to work. The rest of Kamloops was preparing for summer. With my own deadlines to meet and a tight budget I had missed two big events that weekend that would have beautifully suited this blog. A banquet hosted by the Multicultural Society and a Storytellers Gala with a presentation hosted by the Aboriginal club. Continue reading “From Fantasy to Comedy: Three International Movies”

Chinese New Years Dinner: Kamloops

I gasped when I saw the envelope housing my ticket to the Chinese New Year dinner. It was a golden symbol overlaying a striking red background. The red envelope represents good luck and the colour symbolizes good fortune and joy in Chinese culture. The entrance to the Grand Hall in the Campus Activity Centre, where the dinner was hosted, was swathed in the colour.

On a side, but important note: since red symbolizes happiness it should never be worn at a Chinese funeral. Unlike western culture, white is the symbolic colour of mourning in China, but black is acceptable because it’s been adopted. I blame the Internet, particularly the Wikipedia article about Chinese colours, for beginning my blog post about the New Year with funeral talk! Continue reading “Chinese New Years Dinner: Kamloops”