Friday, August 20, 2010

Stick Straight

Does being beautiful mean having a long glossy mane? I don't know about you, but I am sick and tired of seeing shampoo advertisements where the models sashay about with sleek long hair.

It's already the 2000's, get with it Shampoo manufacturers, such hair is no longer the Asian beauty ideal.  And realistically, not all of us can have hair like that, no matter how many bottles of said shampoo we pour on our heads!

Well I digress, this post is not a rant against shampoo manufacturers, but about hair straightening or better known as rebonding in this part of the world. Rebonding is an interesting breakthrough in the hair care industry that enables those with wavy, curly or frizzy hair to have straight hair.

I say interesting because it gives us options. With rebonding, those with frizzy manes can actually experiment with the straight look. However too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. And that seems to be the case with rebonding.

The advent of this method of hair straightening has given rise to rebonding junkies - People who religiously run to the saloon to iron out their hair when it starts to grow out. What baffles is when even people with naturally straight hair keep running to the saloon to er......iron out their straight hair?

The thing with rebonding is that it only looks good with hair that is fairly thick. Those with limp/thin hair should as far as possible try not to subject their hair to this intense hair make-over because the end result is that their hair screams: "I have been rebonded!" They end up with limp, stick like looking hair. Now how sexy is that?

Hair Damage

The harsh chemicals used in the rebonding process will serve to damage hair in the long run. For someone who jumped on the rebonding bandwagon many years ago, I should know.

Constant rebonding makes your hair strands very rough, especially the ends. Hair starts to fall out constantly too. Loosing hair for those who have thick manes is not so bad. But what about those who don't?

Yet despite knowing all this, people still persist in constantly straightening their hair out. Many women out there cannot imagine life without sleek straight hair, So they brave trip after trip to the saloon just to have umm.....pretty hair?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

I Must Because?

I dislike it when people say:

  1. "You have to"

  2. "You must"

If anybody is going to tell me either of the above, it must be accompanied by a valid reason. Plus the said reason must make sense. And in my opinion, anyone who complies with (1) and (2) without asking questions is a pushover who does not know their rights. Especially if it's not their normal practice to do whatever it is that is required of them.

"If you don't there will be repercussions"

If said "repercussions consist of displeasing some people because I did not conform to what they expected of me, too bad. If someone is unhappy that I did not do something or behave in a certain way, they better have a good reason for their said displeasure. Saying: "I expect you to just because I do" does not cut it.

Herd Mentality

I absolutely detest it when I am expected to do something or behave in a certain way just because everyone else is dancing to the general tune. As far as I am concerned, there were many instances when I refused to conform and news flash: I have yet to be struck down by lightning! I have encountered a few sour faces yes, but I am not inclined to bother myself with what these sour faces think.

In my opinion, nobody should be forced or pressured to:

  • Do what they don't want to.

  • Go where they don't want to.

  • Be nice to people they don't like.

  • Not to say what they think or express an opinion because people might not like it.

Even if the people doing the pressuring are say family.....relatives, the powers that be at work, or simply people who think they are important enough to tell other people what to do or how to act.

Family should respect you for who you are, employers hire you to perform a task for which you are paid for. It's a fair exchange and not a master-slave relationship. Hence they have no business trying to mould your personality to suit their tastes or dictate what you do after office hours. As for people who think they are so....... superior that they can push others around, sooner or later they will meet their match. It always happens somewhere down the road.


Of course there is no discounting the fact that when a person refuses to conform, they won't be popular and will attract resentment. At work there might be no pay rise or promotion, within the family circle they might not be the favourite daughter, son, niece, nephew etc. Well it takes guts, a certain amount of steel and courage to take the path untrodden.

Being original has always been a lonely business. A path usually taken only by loners and the unconventional. Every society is gifted with a sprinkling of such individuals and the masses that make up the numbers and live their lives by rules God ONLY knows who wrote and set down as the Bible!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Lunch Time

I detest lunch hour. Why? because that's when the mass of humanity swarm out of their offices and descend upon the food courts, restaurants, cafes etc.

For me venturing out during lunch hour means:

  • Having to contend with noise pollution.

  • Having to wait in long queues to buy food or wait forever for my order to arrive.

  • The waiter is more likely to get  my order mixed up during peak hours such as lunch.

  • I would be more likely to encounter people who might irritate the hell out of me.

Another lunch hour hazard for me is having to make boring polite talk with people whom I have little in common with.

My idea of a perfect lunch hour is from 1.45pm to a little over 2.30pm. I would rather work through lunch and venture out later for a quick meal. The benefits of which are:

  • Food arrives faster.

  • I can have a relaxing and quiet meal.

  • I can browse the newspaper or a read a book in peace.

After a little quiet solitude and good food, I am ready to return to the office invigorated and refreshed.