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25 April 2020

Jumanji: The Next Level Movie Review

25 April 2020

Last weekend I decided to watch Jumanji: The Next Level as I had previously watched Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle and loved every bit of it.

The nation-wide lockdown has really challenged most of us to find creative things to do and keep our minds engaged. Watching a movie, is one such fun activity.

You'll enjoy being entertained, and it'll help you relax.

So let's get into my review of the movie.

Jumanji: The Next Level

My Rating:

In short, if you like adventure, and fantasy genres you'll like this. My reasons for watching were obviously the women in action, and Dwayne Johnson. Am I allowed to fan-girl for a moment?

I was very curious about what adventures await these four in this second adventure. And I was impressed because, it wasn't anything I went in hoping for.

If you've ever wondered what going into a video game would be like, this is definitely for you!

There's more craziness, fun, adventure and entertainment in in this one. If you've not watched the previous one, I'd recommend watching it just for a background, and well that one was fun too.

As a person I enjoy watching light-hearted movies that can lift my mood up or transport me into a place I've not seen before. This was both.

I'm trying my best not to give any spoilers here. If you've watched the first part, you'll know what you'll be expecting in some degree, but trust me it's going to be more fun.

Overall, I think it was a good movie I'd definitely watch again and is going in my recommended list. It's available on Prime Video too if you have that.

13 April 2020

People Of The World: Jokes Are Consensual

jokes and feelings

I have, in my life, more than once encountered genuinely funny people. Personally, I love them. They are the brightest kind, life of any community, in any setting. But, let's discuss on this topic a bit more.

Especially in content of the topic of this post, jokes and their relationship with consent. Yes, I believe there is such a thing, no I'm not crazy. Hear me out why:

In simple words, I think there are multiple kinds of, "jokes" and multiple kinds of "people".  Not all jokes are acceptable, sometimes they are welcomes only from a certain kind of person in your life, and sometimes a person's joke can leave you feeling devastated.

Jokes in a social setting

Jokes are really fun. They can cheer people up, lift up people's spirits, make them forget about the stress and unpleasant situations in life. They can even help you appreciate the small things in life, and their power to make you happy.

That is, if used with a positive intent. However, jokes used with negative intent will often come across as taunts, insults, rude behaviour, irresponsible behaviour, people thinking your personality not fun to be around and in many cases, you will hurt the other person (with or without knowing) and make them feel bad, sad, and/or depressed.

Now, I enjoy stand-up comedy, I have sometimes indulged in dark humour (with only people that are very close to me and understand the jokes as just that), and I have nothing against people who are naturally funny and always like to joke around.

But I feel there is an increased need to understand the basic etiquettes of joking with a person. This is because I feel most people these days are not practicing this etiquette at all. And trust me, if you do this too, you're probably hurting someone without even meaning to.

The basics of joking with friends, family and people you meet or know

As I've already talked about, it's important to respect the boundaries of people that you share your jokes with. And if you are one of those people who don't do that, shame on you.

Read the mood in any social setting before you make a joke. Think before you joke with someone.

And please, don't be underhanded.

If you're a person who constantly feels the need to taunt, and/or mention things that people might not like, and get away with this by claiming it to be a joke later on, you're not funny. Stop this habit right now. Nobody likes this.

Getting consent for joking with someone

You might think this is a very strange thing. But trust me, it's not, and no, you don't need to ask someone whether you can joke with them or not in most cases. The number one to engage in consensual joking is to know the mood of the person you are trying to make a joke with.

If they are being serious, don't randomly joke with them, they might not understand it and things might get awkward or sour really fast.

If you're texting, it's best to actually ask if it's okay to the person you wish to share a joke with. In a real life setting though, rely on factors such as your comfort level with the person, intimacy, friendship, the mood of the situation and overall tone.

Also, don't ever engage in the act of over-stepping boundaries with someone, it's not fun. respect each other, no matter your relationship with the person.

If you've been hurt as a result of someone's joke

My heart goes out to you if you've been on the receiving end of a joke that's felt more like an insult, taunt or disrespect. If you've felt targeted by a friend, family or loved one.

Here's the thing, most people don't do this intentionally to hurt you, even if they seem to be in a habit of doing this. I can't tell you how many times a family member, a crush, or a loved one has done this to me, and it just makes me frown and be like, "Really?".

I think the first step, is to let the person know that you don't feel comfortable when they do this. If they are decent human being, they will stop, or at least try to.

NOTE : Many people don't take well to being told that you did not like their behaviour, you will notice them becoming defensive, and trying to guilt trap you into the fact that you are the problem here. Forgive them, don't take this to heart.

Instead, be smart, politely and respectfully tell them that it makes you uncomfortable when they do that and you would feel better if they didn't do this.

This approach should work with most people. If you've encountered someone, who just isn't taking the hint, then you need to be firm in your boundaries.

You could, instead of raging at them, give them an unamused and bored look, and not say anything. Or say something along the lines of letting them know this was not funny and you thought it was borderline lame.

As humans, most of us live for appreciation. Remember, when you were little and someone praised you, you would repeat the action again and again? As adults, we aren't so different after all.

So if you told someone, something was uncool and hence by not appreciating them you will have a high chance of getting them to drop that habit with you.

Final words

Always be aware of your relationship and comfort level with a person.

the mood, tone and level of intimacy and/or comfort is very important. Just because you may be a boss, or someone that has authority doesn't mean you can be a total jerk to those around you. This also applies to authority that comes with your age or relationship.

And lastly, be kind to each other, support each other and practice universal love.

Stay blessed and,

I hope this blog post encourages your mind to think of this normal activity from a new and positive light. Jokes are fun, especially with the ones that are close to you, but remember to always respect the other person's boundary.

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5 April 2020

COVID-19 Facts You Need To Know And Resources

Covid 19  coronavirus facts and resources

I've been seeing a lot of fake news on WhatsApp, social media and what not when it comes to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). It really saddens me that even at a time like this, the trolls are going at it. But here's my attempt to debunk the myths for you and provide credible information.

So, let's start with the basics.

What is Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses belong to a large family of viruses. It has crown-like spikes on its outer surface, and thus, the name coronavirus. The word Corona, means "Crown" or "Halo" in latin.

Emergence of COVID-19 

In December 2019, Wuhan City of China experienced an outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus that killed more than 1800 and infected more than 70,000 individuals within the first 50 days.

WHO was then informed by the Chinese government about cases of pneumonia with unfamiliar etiology.

ETIOLOGY : pronounced /iːtiˈɒlədʒi/; alternatively: aetiology or ætiology is the study of causation or origination.

The outbreak started from Hunan seafood market where live animals are sold such as bats, snakes, frogs, and birds etc.

Origin Of COVID-19

Scripps Research Institute has concluded that the virus is of natural origin and shows no evidence of being engineered in a laboratory. However, the Indian media is still questioning the conspiracy theories behind the Novel Coronavirus.

How to protect yourself from Coronavirus

Due to a large number of myths circling around, I wish to bring to you the most accurate information. Here's the things you can do to protect yourself:

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Many countries around the world have seen cases of COVID-19 and several have seen outbreaks. Authorities in China and some other countries have succeeded in slowing or stopping their outbreaks. However, the situation is unpredictable so check regularly for the latest news.
You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:
  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands. 
  • Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease. 
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick. 
  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately. Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19. 
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority. Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections. 
  • Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid traveling to places – especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease. Why? You have a higher chance of catching COVID-19 in one of these areas.
- WHO (World Health Organisation, UN)

The Myths - What not to believe

To be honest, as I mentioned before it saddens me to see that in these trying times there are still people out there spreading misinformation. Every single person you spread misinformation to, you are putting at risk, and just because they are not your loved one, doesn't mean they aren't that for anyone else. Trolls, you should be ashamed.

Now, let's see some of the myths I'm hearing about that are NOT TRUE:

  • Temperature, whether hot or cold will not prevent COVID-19 from spreading.
  • Taking warm, hot baths does not prevent you from catching COVID-19.
  • Eating garlic does not prevent you from catching COVID-19
There are so many myth busters on the official WHO site. Please make sure to check it out and see if something you've heard is on the list. Make sure you spread this information!

Need to know more?

You can text WHO directly, on their WhatsApp and get the information you need. Once again, lets help support each other and build each other up in this difficult situation. Stay home, stay safe. 

I hope this blog post will help you, feel free to share it with your friends, family and loved ones. Help me spread this information and put an end to all the fake information going on around. I've put in hours of research into writing this post, and as always bring credible and genuine information to you. 

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