Robbed

I had a dream.

I cannot remember the dream that well but there is a precise incident that kept me going. In the dream I was having a conversation with my friend. She was saying something that I do not remember now but when she finished her point I got up and said “Your words inspired me. I’m going to write a blog post now”. The dream ended at that. I don’t remember how and on what did she inspire me with I just know that I grew frustrated that I lost this source of inspiration once I opened my eye. I thought that I need this “inspiration”. I have been numb for a while I need something to dazzle with.

Inspiration.

Isn’t what we all need. Forget food being the source of life. Forget that we need to breathe in order to live. Forget senses. Forget everything. Inspiration is the reason for our liveliness. Without inspiration we are like zombies with heartbeats. 

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Instagram and Blogat

I don’t usually update on things that doesn’t involve writing but I do make exceptions especially for my readers to stay connected with me like where to find me. I here have two more locations to find me first thanks to our fellow blogger and app maker Fahad from http://elderwaza.com/ he had added my blog to the ” blogat ” app for iPhone users.

I am pretty sure you’ll like it and you will see other fellow bloggers listed there as well. Thanks!

The other place you could find me in is Instagram under the account ” @norawithletters ” (yup!! my real name is Nora if you haven’t guessed yet.)

Hope to see you there 😀

-Esperanza Writes

Meet My Gal

Over the past few months my bestie (meaning my best friend in the whole wide world “kid style) about her being an occasional author here and so today I came to announce her being a part of this blog.

I do not know how to introduce her in the most proper way but I’ll try my best because someone like her the words fail to acknowledge her. And even though she told me to send her a copy of the introduction before I publish it I refuse it fully as I want it to be a surprise to her as it is to you, she said ok but with some rules.. e7m. She has not decided on what name should she be under but meanwhile it is “RJA007” in the meantime. Yes you do see a James Bond code in the end apparently she thinks it is cool and even though I told her that using her original name with the spelling she uses it awesome, but meh ;p. I even told her to chose a name than “Writes” after it so we could be come the “Writes sisters” (lame I know) but also no.. she is still thinking. She will be posting whenever she felt like it, what I’m saying is that she is an occasional writer when some times she will write a lot and some times not it is according to her time and mood (secretly though I think she will post more often when she is in a bad mood) so expect and don’t. For me I do not mind what does she decides as long as she is here.

Now who is RJA007?  She is the girl I met in high school, 10th grade. She was a newbie and I was a vintage student. I do not remember how we clicked but we did and ever since we became inseparable like old collocated words. She knows everything I mean EVERYTHING about me excluding the everyday boring life details.. even this she probably knows.. (Do you R?). She is my thinking mind when mines refuses to think. She is my half forever and always. She is always there for me.. I remember once calling her last semester just so I could pour my heart and shed some tears (TMI?).  I love her so much to the extinct I’m willing to marry her if I could, and this is not lesbianism talk but girl-proud-of-girl talk. Whenever we see each other we act like we did not see each other in centuries and allow ourselves at least a minute grace of hugs, and say our goodbyes in hugs as well. She is the awesome-st girl ever because of course she is my friend ;p (kidding about the because friend thing). Um.. what else. Oh yeah she is a bachelor who has a diploma degree, on her way to getting a college degree and waiting for the bling bling to come by (don’t kill me R I’m kidding ;p). And even though we chose different study paths we managed to be together for the 5th year now I guess 🙂

Surprisingly enough I just knew about her abilities to write when she sent me a file of something she wrote telling me to comment on it and show my opinion. She didn’t use to write until just now and let me say I wouldn’t allowed her to be a part of this blog. I actually begged her at first to publish her writings on my blog but she refused.. let’s hope she shows her magic now and here. I’m not sure when she will start but just in case if it is her you will know as I normally sign my posts. Not a genius thing to figure out huh?

Anyway without furthermore talk here is my beloved gal RJA007!! I love you in Allah girl!!

-Esperanza Writes

What Does it Mean to be 21 Years Old?

Yes today, April 14th 2012, I turn 21 and I have this huge impulse to share with everyone out there what does it mean to be 21. Let is just sort things out that being the years before being 20 was just like being 16 was just like being 10.. All have no big of a difference and so is being 21 except for a few minor changes and should be’s when you come to this age. Other than the usual cliche: Today you are the oldest you’ve ever been and the youngest that you’ll ever be, there is other things (just to point out this is kind of a depressing quote it is like you will go: Whaaaaaaaat?? I’m not going to be young again?):

  1. According to my beloved country, Kuwait, you are totally allowed to vote for the members of the parliament. So as if now I’m legally allowed to vote.. and my vote counts. Only one small problem or two. The next parliament isn’t due until four years later, so being 21 is not a count now or by some miracle the parliament would need to be re-electing (let’s hope not). The other I don’t really want the responsibility of voting unlike others I do take this matter seriously because under this single vote lies many changes to this country, who wins and who doesn’t, and due to myself who hates politics in general I would have to force myself into seeing who is worthy and who is not of my vote.. Conclusion: Not looking forward to it.
  2. I’m legally allowed IN OTHER countries to drink, and I do not mean drink hot chocolate or coffee.. tsk tsk get the humor side of me.

    I’m the kid on the right
  3. According to my bank I am not allowed to get a Visa card/internet buying card until I’m 21<<< that I’m looking forward to.. oh the things I will get to buy from amazon. Amazon I’ll be your favorite customer.
  4. I’m in full custody of myself.. meaning I’m considered as an adult and if I commit a crime I wouldn’t put in the kids prison but in the scary big one and if I do something right I won’t be getting a little star-shaped sticker in my notebook. I’m legally legal to exist.. or something like that.

    Amazing how little things like these used to be a big deal
  5. According to universal colleges I should be graduating by next year hence only one year left to graduate. But according to KU (Kuwait University) it is ok if I’m 21 now and I won’t be graduating for a possible two or three years more. No problem 🙂

I’m not really sure what more than this list could bring to hand .. Right now I think I’ve just been struck by reality that I’m actually no longer 16 .. I mean 20. Oh god I think I’m growing wrinkles (does wrinkles grow?) the next thing you’ll hear is that I’ve reached 100 years old. Times flies fast. What can 22 bring more to this?

p.s: Please note down that number 2 is a joke. I know that drinking is not only harmful but also haram and I do not intend to drink .. not now not later. I do not advocate it at all.

-Esperanza Writes

Creative Kids (The Night Zoo Keeper)

A few days ago His&Hers posted about “The Night Zoo Keeper“, a new way for education for kids. An idea that has been established and is ready to rise. I really loved the idea specifically because it included a lot of imagination, which is something I’m really good at I must say. I commented on the post expressing my love and not later afterwards did I receive an e-mail from Mr. Andrew Schofield, who works as a part of the project locally in Kuwait, exclaiming his gratitude to my approval and like to the idea and asking if I could tell other people about this project if I knew some people who were responsible for the education system here in Kuwait, or help this project spread in any way that I can. Of course I was delighted by his request and I said I would make a special article (this one) dedicated to this project, except at first I wanted to try the project myself to assure the credibility of this post. I also asked him a few questions concerning the project and he was kind enough to answer them.

The project of “The Night Zoo Keeper” basically evolves around enhancing children’s education throughout their own imagination. How? Well, it quite simple you see it all about creating their imaginary animals and creating their own stories with them. Creativity, creativity, creativity and imagination is all it is required to be involved in the game, which is what kids are best known for (along with me ;p). So I thought if I’m going to test that out I might need a kid to help me with it, but unfortunately I do not have a kid around with the age that qualified him to play with that, then I decided I don’t need a kid I just need to bring out the inner kid in me, turns out it wasn’t hard at all (I’m only what? 15 years away from the actual kids age, right? ;p btw I’m soon to be 21 years old). Here how it went with me:

First thing I registered under “Esperanza Writes” and heard a really imaginative kids story about this Zoo Keeper who works at night with those extra ordinary animals each animal has its own special feature. The inner kid in my liked it to be honest.

Then, here is the exciting part (I really was excited about it), you get to make up your own imaginary animal with his own special features and all. I created one called “Flying Huggie”. “Flying Huggie” is a brown cute bear that is able to fly and loves hugs, I mean he LOVES hugs (I wish to fly and I love hugs that’s how I came up with him).

A close up of "Flying Huggie". Since the child me drew this it had to be like a child actually drew it. He looks Cute right?

There is no requirement to create an animal before you play, but the main objective is to help the kids to be creative and imaginative, later his animal is submitted where other kids will deal with his animal with his own rules.

The playing section is really not hard all you have to do is click on a picture of an animal and do what is required from you, the Zoo Keeper, towards that certain animal.

After completing the task the child clicks that he has completed it and he gets a “Good Job” card

I may understand that this is not education but it is a simple thing to do, me on the other hand think that it is a wise way for children. Children does not need to be education harshly but rather have them do their own education by themselves and developing themselves. I wish such program was put into schools when I was a kid, that way I would’ve found more joy in education. It teaches ethics and morals in such a simple and direct way.

For more information visit their site here.

I think it was one great way to communicate with kids and help with their education.

-Esperanza Writes

Blogger vs. WordPress

You may not know that but I’m not really the tech savvy in town. It is just not my field of expertise and I only am interested in knowing things that I NEED to know. Which is explains why for four years I’ve been dealing with Blogger until just recently I transferred to WordPress. Let me spare you the details of how I found Blogger but let me give you the details of the vs analysis I’ve concluded.

Let me begin my analysis by a quote from a fellow blogger who is a tech savvy, unlike moi, Mohd from Q8blend “Blogger is like Nokia whereas WordPress is like iPhone” (I tried to be precise about what he said but I’m pretty sure that what actually summed up his point, forgive me if I quoted wrongly). You see four years ago I actually had to use HTML codes to work with and since I forgot most of what I was taught in computer class I started only using the easy, necessary ones which is actually one thing: a “Br” between angle brackets (<>) to start a new paragraph. How amusing?

Later Blogger started updating it features  and starting figuring out what we actually want with visual by simply using it as if I’m using a word processor. Simple and easy, served my needs and I was actually satisfied with what I have. Until I actually wanted to add the “e-mail required” feature to the commenting section so I can deliver my first giveaway I wanted. So I asked a geek friend of mine to help and she did it for me by IntenseDebate that added the feature to my blog. There I was so satisfied I needed nothing else.

Then I decided to go more specific and start a blog on writing only (this is an article I’m writing so it is counted as a writing column, I didn’t go out my protocol here), I thought let me try WordPress there is nothing to lose. I try WordPress and being the me that knows nothing with technology I faced a hard time trying to understand how to work with it (I’m serious, I did face a hard time!) and I was considering to actually shifting to blogger but good for me I decided to be patience and let me tell you one thing: I’M GLAD I WAS PATIENT!

You see slowly I saw everything becoming easier and it became a piece of cake with FROSTING too! Can you believe that? With Frosting that I actually melt once hearing the mention of it! You see WordPress not only is easy to use once you get use to it, but it has so many features without actually searching for it, for example: the e-mail feature, the pages, visual.. etc all is good really. I’m really glad I shifted to WordPress the only thing that I didn’t like was that I had to approve the comments but then it isn’t a bother anymore and I might actually prefer it because it detect the spam comments for me.

I really like to scold the WordPress users out there into not advising me or any other blogger user into shifting to WordPress. Make sure here that this is not an ad. I’m not being paid if I were paid believe me you would see that I would be having my own domain. This is just my opinion towards different blog hosts.

-Esperanza Writes

The Cool-Loser and the Loser that is Cool

While I chip in my boredom with a little (scratch little I meant A LOT) of surfing, and may I clarify not real surfing but through the internet. I come across a very interesting blog that I may or may not become an addict to it but one thing I know for sure is that I can’t manage to stop reading (ha go figures!). I kept reading, reading, and reading along the way I just get cramped with words that does and does not accompany sentences. Anyway here is her blog (Stephenie) and will soon be added to my blogroll along with other sites I marvel.

After reading several hundred million of posts (I’m spicing up here if you didn’t figure this out already). I try to maintain a few words in my brain by putting them on repeat and not actually losing the trail of thoughts I actually wanted to go with in the first place. Let us go backwards around yesterday afternoon. We are spending our vacation in our farm and there is no TV. So you can actually conclude that there is a lot of free time in my hands. I decided on first task to go uphill take a photo of me and enjoy reading my kindle and listening to soft music with it. A leisure time to me. That wasn’t what actually happened. Being in a full house that is this is almost out of the question. As soon as they see me heading out of the house they see it as a que “AT LAST SOMEONE IS DOING SOMETHING” and they tag along. To the equivalent of three minutes the hill was full with people aside of me. So I ended up taking some photos instead of meditating and then it got quite chilly and I got inside. Wasn’t bad but wasn’t what I planned for.

Me during one of the photos. And I also realize I'm not the fashionista you're looking for. So yeah I know that this is a fashion disaster but who cares? 😀

Back to today I spent most of my time reading Stephenie’s blog and it was pretty cool and awesome but she kept saying she is not cool and not awesome. An introvert and so forth. But hey she is cool and I think the same thing about me. And then “TA-DAAA” I came with the cool-loser and the loser that is cool.

You know the sitcom Drake and Josh? From Nickolodeaon?

right: Josh, left: Drake

You see there are two types of people, some are Drake and some are Josh. Drake is the popular, cool, handsome, social extrovert yet he does not have the brains to pass his quizzes. Josh is the clumsy, social introvert, not-so-well looking but has the brains to be the honor roll student of the year. Yet every Drake has a Josh in him and every Josh has a Drake in him. Open up your imagination for this one. You see Drake despite being cool he is Josh in his brain, his brain is all clumsy and messed up just like Josh’s appearance. Whereas Josh being a loser his brain when you look inside had the coolness of Drake, all handsome and if you would give him a pen and paper he’ll write down a very decent column that you’ll never get fed up of reading. And there is also Jake, a combination of Drake and Josh together.

I’m a Josh and at some time I got scared, maybe partially bored of my lifestyle and decided to go with it and started to be more outgoing and got to meet a lot of people. It worked just fine but I still think of the awkward situations that I get myself into and maybe just maybe I’m not meant to be an extrovert. Introvert is my life and my way of living. Not understandable but works for me.

Now look at me thinking that I might be a loser just like dear Stephenie who is a big introvert, and all we do is write and write using all we have in our brains. Then all the views that I have in this blog, even though not many, are all of Cool-losers like me. Hooraaaaaay for the cool losers. I’d rather be a Josh than be a Drake. I may be bragging but please let me give myself some credit of the work I’ve done, I go back and read the articles I’ve read and think “Did I write that? That is just so good” even though there is still some parts that needs improving I admit, but still this is huge. When you recognize your own work and realize “Hey my writings are cool”. I might be a loser in real life (in looks, not popular), or maybe it’s only me thinking that but I’m a cool loser. Doesn’t that sound much better than the loser that is cool?

Now HIGH FIVE to all those Cool-losers on my side out there. Be proud you’ve got the brains they’ve got the looks. or not.

But hey look at it who knew I could write such a post? Thanks to Ms. Stephenie!

-Esperanza Writes