Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Well Color Me Surprised

Holy Madonna!




As a student of mine likes to say, "Holy Madonna!" 

I haven't been able to open my blog with or without using VPN or a proxy here in Iran for MONTHS. No blogs using blogspot or blogger in their url would open and it was very frustrating. However, by chance I managed to open a website using blogger and I thought to myself, No?! Could it be? And I typed in my blog and lo and behold it opened.
Was it just a freak accident going on with my computer? My brothers PC didn't seem to have a problem with opening blogs, 9gag or tumblr when using VPN but my computer on the other hand, just wouldn't let me.

But now, as I'm writing I'm running the tests and all my favorite websites work are open to me again. However, they come at a time when I was actually okay without having those temptations to distract me. I'm working on a project that needs me to keep sites like 9gag and tumblr at bay.

Well I will just have to rely on my power of will this time but at least I'll be able to post on here with no problems from now on (crossing my fingers that it will last).

Oh the woes of internet censorship.



Sunday, June 30, 2013

My Knight


Shinning knight, I mourn the
Nakedness
You wear on your back.

Darling knight, I mourn the
Loss
of blush from your cheeks.

Daring knight, I mourn the
Fears
You can’t accept.
The darkness
that you hate,
the false face you swear by.

Lost knight, I mourn the
useless map you once had.
The comfort it held
as you imagined 
and longed for the day
you would follow its marked path.

Oh faithful knight, I mourn the
Distance
You and your wife have created,
that the world has created…

Oh My Knight,
I watch you horseless,
confused
and un-mourning

So I mourn for you 
in your stead
My Dear Knight.

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A poem from a monologue I wrote for my live performance creative writing class back in 2011. I've edited it a bit into what I hope to be its final version. I am pretty happy with it for now anyway.

This will mark my return to blogging more often again. I tend to have dips in my emotional state and once those level out I'm never sure how to get back to what made me feel okay. It's as simple as just getting on with it I suppose. 

I will still be writing some Iran post every now and then, the rest of my posts will be a bit more random. Like myself. 

Yay for writing!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Oh My Internet Woes | Customer Service in Iran


After three days of no Internet it is good to be back. On the one hand it was only three days so in hindsight it really isn't that big of a deal but then again, it was THREE DAYS! Oh our Internet addicted culture...

What's worse, our satellite connection at home uses Internet so we couldn't watch the majority of the channels. We ended up watching a bunch of movies instead (and I read of course). First world problems am I right?

So yeah, it wasn't a tragedy but at the same time it's interesting to see how dependent we have become to a computer and the worlds it can transport us to. If you have a question, a doubt on how to do something or are simply curious about the life-cycle of the lady bug, you simply open your friendly neighborhood search engine, type your query and press enter. It's that simple. We can live without it of course, but it makes us think we can't. That's something that I feel is really important to remember.



Friday, April 12, 2013

Finding Dory



Ellen DeGeneres, the voice of Dory in Finding Nemo has been longing for a sequel to the 2003 Pixar animated film for years. And really who could blame her. I recently had the urge to re-watch the movie not too long ago and I remembered why I loved it so much.

Finding Nemo is such a great story and the characters are so fun to watch, especially Dory who suffers from short-term memory loss but is still able to be a vital part in finding Marlyn's son Nemo. Granted she can never remember Nemo's name, calling him things like, Fabio, Harpo and Elmo instead, but she remembers where they can find him and urges Nemo's dad to "just keep swimming, just keep swimming."


Monday, April 8, 2013

Your Monday is My Wednesday | Iranian Days of the Week


Now normally I write something TV or movie related on Mondays but seeing as I started Farsi lessons again I wanted to switch things up a bit, so today is an Iran culture post and Wednesday I will post my opinion on an upcoming Pixar movie that I have been waiting for, for YEARS.



As a fan of 9gag, a website dedicated to sharing memes, I am very much familiar with the "I hate Monday" type posts. And I must admit, I have also felt a grudge every now and then towards that particular day of the week. It signals the return of work and school. It is, alas the end of the weekend. But since moving to Iran, Monday has become my "blah" day, instead of my "oh here we go" day. I know I'm such an optimist! And surprisingly it only took me about a week or so to get use to it.

As my mother says, "People can adapt to anything, except not having food and/or water."



Sunday, April 7, 2013

Back to Farsi


After the long Nooruz break it's time to go "back to school" as it were, for Farsi lessons!

Technically speaking the intensive morning course started up again on Saturday but my first day will be tomorrow. And while I try to treasure my three free days off and distribute them accordingly throughout a given course, unfortunately two have fallen by the way side. I'll have to save my remaining day for something good. (Which in my case means a lazy day!)

Have I reviewed ANYTHING in the month we had off? No, no I didn't, but I'm sure it will come back to me soon enough. I'll be sitting next to my good friend Dipa (take a look at his awesome picture taking skills here) who is much better at actually talking in Farsi than I am, while I on the other hand, understand the grammar quicker and can write pretty well. We help each other like that.

Well Farsi Intermediate II, let's see how we do!


Monday, April 1, 2013

Zombies, White Walkers and the Talking Dead

AMC's The Walking Dead

Being that I don't live in the United States, I always have to wait until the next day to watch my favorite shows and today was great! I watched the season finale of The Walking Dead, the season premier of Game of Thrones and the final episode of the Talking Dead. All in all it's been a good day so far and will continue to be one as I continue reading A Series of Unfortunate Events. Which granted is on a different spectrum than those shows but maybe I'll do some Song of Ice and Fire re-reading afterwards.

Spoilers dead Ahead!



Friday, March 29, 2013

Penny and Aggie | A Webcomic Review

Read the comic here

I love a good webcomic. There are hundreds out there on the internet but I always find it tough to find ones that I become really invested in. One of the first comics I ever started reading and stuck with to the end was Penny and Aggie. A story of two high school enemies whose character development is fun, interesting and worth reading.

In the beginning the plot is so subtle that it is almost non-existent, but it's there all the same and as you read it becomes more and more apparent. You are slowly brought into their story and many decide to stay and see how it ends. 




Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Iran in Pictures

Waiting for Gas

Tehran is a bustling city that is usually host to traffic and crowds of people who cross the street whenever they please. And while city life can be exciting it can also be overwhelming and exhausting at times. So many Iranians make it a point to take some time to travel outside Tehran and enjoy a slower pace, cleaner air and beautiful landscapes.

Not sure of the title for this one but I really like it!

 Erdipa Wirengjurit (I just call him Dipa) is a very good friend of mine from Indonesia that I met here in Tehran while studying Farsi. He is, among other things, a very talented photographer. I decided to snoop through his files - with his permission of course - and choose my favorite shots to share through my blog and he was all for it. So all the pictures you see in this entry belong to him and were taken in Iran. FYI, he's also the one that took the picture of the pomegranate that I'm currently using as the header of my blog.



Monday, March 25, 2013

Skinny Little Liars

ABC's Pretty Little Liars

So lately I've had the urge to watch a series without having to wait week to week. So I decided to give Pretty Little Liars season three a go.

I'm not exactly a fan since I always end up losing interest in the story line whenever I would watch this show week to week but I did manage to watch season one and part of season two for a short while a few years back. I watched the season finale of season two just to see who "A" turned out to be and I found the episode... blah. But that is of course only my opinion.

 I have nothing against the show but it's never been anything I've found to be too worthwhile. I get distracted from the story line by other things. And it's the other things that are keeping me watching at this point.



Sunday, March 24, 2013

Trapped In that Place Between Asleep and Awake

Lightheaded by Christophe Kiciak

You know that feeling when you are so close to being awake, but at the same time the laws and logic of the dream world still have dominion over your brain?

It's a moment when everything seems so real that you go through the movements of a normal routine in a way that makes you think, "Oh I'm awake now." But you're really not.

This happens to me way more often than I would like. But it isn't always "normal." In fact it is pretty damn weird what I think at those times is absolutely ordinary. The things that I take for granted are clear indicators that I am not actually awake. But I don't notice them until my eyes are truly open.

My latest adventure in the land of the damned included: a shower, my siblings, a creepy doll and nakedness.... Oh yeah aren't you curious now...



Friday, March 22, 2013

A Series of Unfortunate Events | One of my First Encounters with Awesome Author/Reader Interaction

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler)

A book can be so much more than just a story written down by an author, waiting to be discovered and explored by an eager reader or any reader at all really. The author is actually allowed to play with her readers, speak to them directly and help make the reading experience all the more personal and fun. Daniel Handler, under the pen name Lemony Snicket taught me this with his books A Series of Unfortunate Events when I was about 13 years old. I am so thankful that he did. 



Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Happy Persian New Year عید شما مبارک

Street Crossing in Tajrish Tehran, Iran

A New Country a New Adventure






It's been almost a year since I last wrote in this blog. I was in a different country starting out on a new adventure. I will never forget my three months in Tokyo and I hope to return, if only for a visit, sometime in the future. However, now I have been living in a new and very different country for a little over five months. Iran is so different from my home country, Mexico. But at the same time it has more similarities than I would have guessed. It is definitely a country worth exploring.


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