#HeForShe Campaign [Gender Equality]

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Good Day, Beautiful People! [Bonne journée Beau! Buen día Bella!]

Hope you have a good start of your week.
UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson, conveyed her persuasive and poignant declaration during the #HeForShe Special Event, at United Nations Headquarters in New York on September 20, 2014. I must say her speech leave quite an impression on me.

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This is not about woman right, is more about making a stand and commitment to stop all form violence against women and discrimination faced by women and girls. It is about basic human right. Justice is love in public. It is time to share this message with the men in our world to participate. Guys if you’re reading please sign up to show support of this movement.
Take action, visit: HeForShe.org
http://www.heforshe.org/

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Esperanza Jai Refuge [Stop Violence Against Women & Children]

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Good Day, Beautiful People!
My heart is delighted to give this a voice and create the awareness of this significant charity.
Esperanza Jai Refuge is a registered charity that is tax deductible. It is Australian based. The vision to move forward is to build a safe relevant safe transitional housing with a skill/education training Centre to empower women and children escaping Domestic Violence. This vision also assists with homelessness. To bring dignity and value to women and children. It is a not-for-profit organisation that brings faith and hope to any abused woman and child. The Director of this Charity is Reena Ofa Mohammed. Reena’s heritage is a mix of Indian, Fijian, Tongan and Aussie. Professionally trained as a registered nurse. Happily married with three amazing children. She is so passionate and generous about helping the abused. Reena has a strong conviction that is her calling in life to assist the abused women and children. She has been doing this kind of social work since the 90’s. “Now is time to build” -Reena.
The Living Word states:
Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. (‭Psalm‬ ‭82‬:‭3‬ NIV)
Therefore, as God’s choice, holy and loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. (‭Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭12‬ CEB)
For more helpline, information, enquires, partnership, sponsorship or donation
Email: esperanza.refuge@gmail.com
Web: under construction
Call: +61 02 88096430

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Esperanza Jai Refuge has just organised a fundraiser event for the locals this coming 30th August 2014, Sat, 745pm. All are welcome.
Fundraiser is for supporting the needs of women and children in Domestic Violence.
This is the link for the private screening:
https://www.stickytickets.com.au/19246/esperanza_refuge_movie_fundraiser_the_hundred_foot_journey_.aspx

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Below is the official trailer of the show:

According to critics this an awesome show to see with family & friends. It is based on the book written by Richard C Morais. It was described a scrumptious book, a true adventure for the senses. Personally, I have not read the book. It sounds like a good read to me during my vacation time.

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The movie ratings average 3-4 stars. A culture clash drama, comedy with the comfort of good food. Accompanying by the strong backing of Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg. Of course, the talented Helen Mirren and Om Puri brought the story to life, is such a fun, melodramatic and intriguing experience.
So if you live near the area where the private screening event bring your peeps with you for a cheap social and donating to a good cause.
Even if you living interstate or other country still go and enjoy this movie.

Love to inspire you with this quote:
One person can make a difference and everyone should try. – John P. Kennedy.
If you are stirred to make a difference for this cause simply send an email to
esperanza.refuge@gmail.com

So stoked that we raised $5000 for the night!

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Moms’ Night Out

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Last month, my working sisterhood connect organised http://www.thea21campaign.org/index.php the A21 Campaign fundraising movie event. The ladies choice was http://momsnightoutmovie.com/ Moms’ Night Out. I pitched in to coodinate and rally the ladies out for fun and doing good deed at the same time. We are so stoked that we raised A$314 for the night. Honestly, is an excellent, heartwarming, entertaining comedy with a compelling message for single and family to watch. Seriously, you don’t have to be a mom to enjoy this movie. I am not a mom and I utterly love this movie. Personally, I don’t know why this movie has received many critics and bad reviews. I still don’t quite get it. Perhaps the saying is truth,”haters gonna hate, no matter you are doing good or bad. They still have something to say.”

Below are some good endorsement from some high profile people.

“I love this movie! I wish I could treat every mom to a bucket of popcorn just to watch her laugh.” Beth Moore, teacher and author

“It’s always great to find a movie that you can enjoy with your family. That’s what my friends the Erwin Brothers have created with Moms’ Night Out. Enjoy it with your whole family!”
Michael W. Smith, Grammy-Award Winning Singer / Songwriter

“I saw Moms’ Night Out with my friends and we started laughing during the opening credits. This movie is hilariously funny from beginning to end! Yet, there’s also a message of hope and love that’s encouraging and uplifting. Whether you’re single, married, a mom or a grandma, it’s an absolutely entertaining movie that girls of all ages will love. (And men will too!)” Stacy Burnett, Director of Communications, Gateway Church
“MOMS’ NIGHT OUT is laugh-out-loud funny for Moms AND Dads and yet completely kid-friendly. It’s the perfect representation of the ‘Beautiful Mess’ of family life with kids.” Sherry Surratt, CEO, MOPS International
“Motherhood might just be the highest calling on the planet. Moms, that’s why it’s important for you to take some time for yourselves to be celebrated. Grab your husbands, grab your friends, and go see Moms’ Night Out, a family comedy you are going to love!” Dave Ramsey
Moms’ Night Out is a fun movie with a powerful message. You don’t have to be perfect to be a good mom (or dad). You can’t resign from being a parent; so you may as well enjoy the journey. True-to-life comedy at its best.” Gary Chapman, Ph.D., Author, The Five Love Languages
Moms’ Night Out will make mothers everywhere laugh, cry, and remember that their work is hard not because they’re doing it wrong—but because mothering is HERO’S work! Grab your girls, a sitter, and treat yourself to this gift! You’ll leave refreshed, full of hope, and ready to jump back into battle!” Glennon Doyle Melton, Author of New York Times bestseller Carry On, Warrior; Founder, Momastery.com
“I’m thrilled to have my song featured in Moms’ Night Out. As a mom I can totally relate to this film, and I think every mom will feel like their life is being played out on the screen. It’s hilarious and heartwarming and a quality film that the whole family can enjoy together.” Natalie Grant, Recording Artist
Moms’ Night Out is the type of film we wish there were more of: fun and funny for the whole family, touching and sweet, with a simple reminder of God’s love for us. This isn’t just a Moms Night Out — this is a date night and family night all rolled into one.” Gary Smalley, Bestselling Author and Speaker
Moms’ Night Out is not only an incredibly funny and relatable film for moms, but SURPRISE: it’s a movie that the whole family will still be laughing about and quoting long after seeing it. Count our family in for a Family Movie Night on Mother’s Day weekend.” Pastors Matthew and Caroline Barnett, The Dream Center and Angelus Temple, Los Angeles
Moms’ Night Out is a game changer. I laughed out loud so many times, fell in love with the characters, saw myself in their real-life situations, and wept at how the film spoke directly to my heart. This is a must-see for every mom and just a fantastic, feel-good family comedy. We loved it so much!!!” Francesca Battistelli, Recording Artist
Moms’ Night Out was laugh-out-loud funny and yet a very sweet story that every person in any family (moms, dads and kids) can relate to. It’s fun to watch from beginning to end and something you never see in a comedy anymore: it’s clean and safe for all ages!”
Jackie Garner, Women’s Ministry Director, Lakewood Church
Moms’ Night Out is funny, heart-warming, and not just for moms. Head to the theater with your friends, your husband, your young kids, your teens, your parents—and be prepared to laugh ’til you cry! No need to worry about awkward scenes, questionable language or innuendo—just funny, real-life comedy. Don’t miss it!”  Brenda Bayliss, National Program Manager, American Heritage Girls
“I alternated between snort-laughing out loud and soft, silly sobs while watching this larger than life portrait of the fun, craziness, and beauty of the vocation of motherhood. The film entertains, but also enlightens, on the true value of every mom’s work and worth. A great film for the whole family!” Lisa Hendey, Founder, CatholicMom.com
“When a movie cracks you up, gives you a keener view on your wife’s gnarly job as a mom, and helps you celebrate your family, that’s a great date night with your wife. Go with another couple and multiply the laughs.”
Jeff Kemp, Former NFL Quarterback, Vice President Family Life
“We laughed from the beginning to the end.” Mike Young, President and Founder, Noble Warriors
Moms’ Night Out honors women—and in particular mothers—like no other film I’ve seen. It doesn’t paint a glossy picture of motherhood, but it shows moms for who they are: The unsung heroes of our day who sacrifice so much to shape the next generation.”
Patrick Novecosky, Editor of Legatus magazine
“A powerful and humorous look inside the everyday family. One that makes you stand and applaud women everywhere who embrace the role of ‘Mommy’!” Joe Pellegrino, President, Legacy Minded Men

Well, if you haven’t seen it on the big screen, get the DVD or rent the DVD to enjoy with family and friends.

Some of the better reviews:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3014666/

http://www.pluggedin.com/movies/intheaters/moms-night-out.aspx

http://www.christiancinema.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsdesk_id=2848

Trailer below:

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Celebrate the life of Dr Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)

Good Day, Beautiful People!

May 28 2014,  the world has lost a legendary poet, author, teacher and warrior of peace, equality and tolerence, Dr Maya Angelou. Heaven gains a great heroine. Her writing has inspired and encouraged multitude in America and around the world. Even though she led a kaleidoscopic  life, her writings was so soulful, sensible and pragmatic. Good night, Dr Maya Angelou. You will always live in our hearts. One day, we will meet in heaven.

In case for some reason you are not familiar with her handiwork, you are in for more than just a treat. It is encouraging, empowering, powerful and life changing. Sharing some of my all time favourites, Dr Maya Angelou’s poems.

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Touched by Angel

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love’s light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me. 

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

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Below is a significant teeny portion of Dr Maya Angelou interview with Oprah Winfrey.


I will leave you with her last profound tweet, ” Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.” It is still resounding in my heart.

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She believed she could so she did! (Warning: Graphic Photo)

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Photo above is taken by a Professional Photographer, one of Kym Thomson’s work. [Warning: If you are offended by this unapologetic photo, please move on.  This is not about nudity or boobs. Oops, there is none! I will not entertain crazy questions or remarks. Be mature, move on and have a nice day.]

Good Day, Beautiful People!

Life is full of ups and down, not always smooth. We can all wish life is like a bed of roses. Granted that you are in this life journey sooner or later you will face challenges.  Not many can escape from relationship, financial, health, emotional, addiction, crisis and ultimately mortality. Sometime, it takes some drastic drama happen to us either to our loved ones or friends for us to be awaken from our stupor. At that instant, we have to make a decision to crumble or to fight. I hope we choose to be brave and live with intention and purpose. You may choose to think this will never happen to me so I can choose to live life carelessly and frivolously have nobody to answer to. Actually, you are right. That is the freedom of choice. Although that is true, why wait till crisis happen then make a choice when you can do it now. Search your heart, ask yourself are you living your life purposefully toward your destiny.

Trust me, is not everyday, 12th of May 2014, I wake up to a brave and beautiful friend, Nerralea Van Der Merwe featured on news by the work of another super creative and marvellous friend, Kym Thomson.
It is incredible to see Nezz rises up and refuses to give up attitude. Beyond doubt, Nezz’s faith, conviction, people who love her like family and friends, church and support groups has make her an overcomer and not a victim of cancer. Nezz is not the only person I know that went through this cancer journey. You know who you are. I will not mention your names here without your permission. Thank you for being brave and navigate this path so well.

http://mobile.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/the-body-image-movement-how-breast-cancer-survivor-nerralea-van-der-merwe-fought-her-body-image-demons/story-fnixwvgh-1226914710944

Of course, I am very proud of my friends’ achievement and will continue to cheer them on! Beside, I am a bit jaded by reading all the negativity, bad news most of the time. I find it refreshing and inspiring to read good news, news that bring hope. Nevertheless, the reason I am sharing this story is I know that there are people out there who need to know there is hope in the darkness. Folks who are still in the midst of their storm need to focus on Jesus, your captain, keep declaring health, and  look far away at the horizon.

Believe in your future self. Don’t be push by your problems. Be led by your dreams.

http://www.jump-in.com.au/show/mornings/videos/3578677793001/

Isn’t this a good reminder for most of us as young and older women need to embrace our bodies. Regardless what the world says about your body. You are beautiful because you are created in the image of your Creator.

She is a dreamer, a doer, a thinker. She sees possibility everywhere.

Look at the beautiful and amazing Nezz now, trim and fit!

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Above Photo taken by Nerralea Van Der Merwe.

I leave you with this thought. The living word states: “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” -Matt 19:26

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