Congratulations Maggie!

The Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology launched the 2018 online selection a few hours ago and we already know that my cousin Maggie has been slotted into Political Science at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG).

Maggie in Manus bilas back in 2010.

I couldn’t be happier and prouder. 

Congratulations Maggie! 

Why I Don’t Like Christmas

I don’t like Christmas, not because it is a tradition that simply has not correspondence with the birth of Jesus, but because it has been taken of over by corporations and has become a selling point – instead of a giving point. 

Corporations encourage celebration of this day because it is the time of year that most of their sale are done. They sell Christmas lights, gifts, wrappings, cards and the list goes on – and we buy without giving any though about it. 

I mean, have you ever considered why we need lights when Jesus was born in a manger with a lamp for light (probably)? Or why you had to buy gifts? 

The Nativity Story makes no mention of the 3 wise men buying the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for Jesus. They gave their own and according to legend – they were rich. 

As legend goes, there was Casper, Melchior and Balthazar. 

Casper was supposedly the King of Sheba and presented Jesus with frankincense which symbolized worship.  Then there was Melchior. 

Melchior is said to be the King of Arabia and presented Jesus with gold. This was symbolic for his kingship. 

Balthazar was supposedly the King of Tarse and Egypt. He presented Jesus with  myrrh. This was perfume used to dress the dead which symbolized Jesus’ death. 

These 3 rich men never once asked Jesus to buy the gifts. In fact, they gave willingly in celebration of his birth. This is a stark contrast to how society perceives celebrating the birth of Jesus. 

Now, the whole point is that today’s Christmas atmosphere has been designed to encourage us to buy, buy and buy. The sacredness (if any) of the day has been manipulated to make use believe that we have to buy to celebrate. It is not. 

This message is subconsciously forced on when we are just kids. Why do you think they designed Santa Clause (St Nicholas) to be a jolly fat man who gives out toys? 

Anyway, enough rambling for today and have a merry Christmas! 

Excuse me, you are at the wrong door

So one of my friends shared about her trying to open the door to a hotel room that was not hers. I guess we have all been through a similar experience and I thought I would share one I had in Kokopo a few years ago. 

There was some confusion at the place where I was staying and I was given a key to a room that someone was still inside.

I was tired after the flight from Port Moresby and wanted a nice shower and some rest so I rushed into the room only to find a man sleeping on the bed.

Thankfully, he had a towel on and sound asleep that he did not even notice that I was in the room. 

I quietly slipped back out and went straight to the reception. The reception was so confused she sent one of her male counterparts to check it out. 

So according to their records, the guest was supposed to have checked out and the bungalow should have been vacant. However, the guy’s flight was cancelled so he came back and arranged with to have his room for another day. 

Unfortunately, the officer (who by now was off duty) had not advice the next duty officer. To cut is short, it was embarrassing for them. 

They made it up by giving me an executive bungalow with LCD TV. 

It was a funny and potentially embarrassing situation – but it also a tale of caution.    

Why parent – child communication is essential

A couple of days go I saw a post on Facebook’s NCD Alert about a young girl gone missing. Fortunately, it turned out that she went for sleepover at her friend’s without notifying her mother – and she is back home safe and sound. 

The mother had actually taken to social media when her daughter did not come home. Its must have been scary for her considering the stories you hear about young girls being abused and worse. 

Her story reminded of when I was a student doing my practicum teaching at Koki Primary School. That was back in 2006 and mobile phones were not that common and affordable. 

There was a young girl – a student – who was the only one in the school with a mobile phone. She would hand it in to her room teacher when she came in and the get it back after classes. 

This was so she could communicate with her parents and vice versa. 

When I started my practicum, my supervisor Mrs Kilori briefed me about her and the staff kept a special eye on her just in case someone decided to steal it. 

I never heard of her phone being stolen but it is something that most parents should consider, or at least something to keep a constant line of communication between parent and child.   

The channel of communication between a parent and child can be a major factor in their development and choices in life.

I did a qualitative research for my Bachelors’ Degree on the peer pressure in secondary school students and found that communication between parents and students played an important role on their self-esteem which had an affect on how easily they could be swayed by peer pressure.   

Anyway, this is my rant for today and adios.