Besides paying bills, I’m always spending away on luncheons and dinner dates, buying necessities for work, or even just shopping for the most materialistic things, like a “normal” consumer. Honestly though, I feel good doing so. There is that tiny little voice in my brain that tells me “no don’t do it,” but I give in to the other little voice saying “Giiiiirl, you need it.” I do put in responsibility with my money first, actually. I don’t go and start spending money once that direct deposit hits. I pay whatever bill is due before the next pay check, and then I work with what is left. Even with the responsibility, I do believe that with the left over money, I spend on things I don’t need. Most of the reason why I spend my money on these things regularly is because of my job. I am required to be updated with the latest trends, from my hair tools, as well as fashion. With the luncheons and dinner reservations is due to the many job-related meetings. Overall, I still agreed blowing my money away, regardless if it’s for work or not.
The school semester has gone by super quick, and I have to say it was easy, breezy. Although my work schedule collides with my school schedule, I still managed to get things done. In Eng 24, I feel that it was just an overview of what I learned in high school, but I got to see where my writing skills are at. I learned to properly use MLA citations for our essays, (still needs improvement) but I’m getting there. Also the theme of the class, “sustainability” opened a few doors of knowledge. I learned about what is really happening in our world/environment based on, what I believe now, is our “bad” habits that affect our environment. Not only do I learn how to become a better writer but also become a better person to our environment.
Hawaii has developed over the years drastically. I appreciate the modernization of the island, from new housing, malls, and many more, but sometimes it is too much for many locals/native Hawaiians. Environmental racism in Hawaii can be overlooked like “factories are just there.” An example outside of Hawaii is Nestle which has factories in India where they released foul smells and toxins into the ground; where in Hawaii, the factory that deals with the separation of our body waste is near the Ewa homes of many, that I believe are considered the middle class.
The United States, as well as every country out there is exposed to toxic chemicals from the products we buy, even by the companies that live near by. In the debate, I was representing the “Government,” but in all honesty I believe that the consumers are to blame. As we grow, as the population grows, more resources are needed, and more “stuff” is being produced at amazing rates. Consumers are always buying-buying for the next big thing. There are toxic chemicals in everything, and it is being brushed off. As a consumer myself, I paid no attention to what is in my products. I do know that stuff in these products are bad, but like most consumers, I had the mentality like “if I’m not sick or dead yet, I’m ok,” and continued to expose myself. Consumers are very aware of what surrounds our atmosphere, yet trends in fashion, in the newest technology, etc. we will always be buying away these products and companies will always produce them.
We were given a section of the book, “The Story of Stuff” and it was all about books. Books can be there main source of our knowledge. The tiny little words are being read, studied, captured and even memorized to expand our minds, but despite all of that, there is the making of the book itself. Basically starting from the tree to the actual hard copy. It all starts with paper. We start off with the extraction of our beautiful tree. Then it is dunked in chemicals like chlorine and mercury, which is very bad for our bodies and environment, and BOOM! We have a taxi product that makes us smart, yet gives us some lung problem when we let it rot. As we learn everyday, we need to take the extra step on creating better and healthier products, starting with a product that is filled with this very type of information: a book.
Water is the way of life, from what I’ve learned, but big corporations are still finding ways to have people around the world pay for it. Paying for water is pretty ridiculous. Water is 70% of our bodies. It is used in our cooking, food, we bather and use it for our plants, yet we are still limited to it. Water shouldn’t be a governmental right or associated with stuck up CEO’s, but our human right! We need the privilege to something that basically keeps us alive. These corporations will shut our water off if we miss a $300 monthly payment, charge us $2 for a 33.8 fl oz of a water bottle filled with chemicals that’s supposed to “clean and purify,” and yet here we are brushing off the fact that there are people all over the world who don’t even have access to even just a trickle of it from their faucets, and that is absolutely sad.
The water from the Waiahole has enriched the windward sides with a lively ecosystem, both land and sea. The streams that flow have been a part of the Hawaiian culture, as well as agriculture for many generations. As of now, water from the Waiahole is being diverted to the leeward side and lots of the taro lo’i on the windward side are receiving less water. The water is being used for golf courses that are unfit to even have in the given locations. The streams are producing less and the taro farms need as much water in order to have a successful growth season. This will be a harder situation for many farms and as well the people of the community. There are not only changes to the farms but as well as the ecosystems around the windward side. There has been a large number of non-native species in the fresh water flows. I learned that native species that for through the water only adapt to heavier flows of the streams. Now that the streams are at a stand still, it is easier for the non-native species to reproduce and that right there could affect the streams and its life. With the diversion of the waters, it is the start to something that could bring the streams to it’s down point.
The makeup industry has grown so much in the past years and it continues to evolve in the years to come. New products, new techniques, new art its created every day. With my cosmetology license, it is one of the elements of my profession. I have experimented with make up since I started high school and made a career out if it. It is a way for me to expand my artistic skill; not only in hair but as well as using a persons’ natural canvas. Makeup can very expensive, i must say. Makeup is made worldwide and who knows where to start of. Each part of the world has their way of executing the makeup trends. A single palette is filled with many ingredients that creates certain pigment or a certain effect. Yes, chemicals are being used because that is the only way to create such beauty but there is also a mixture of natural elements that are safe for the skin. It is best to do some research with the many brands the makeup industry has. I have done some research that there are some brands that still test on animals. I do not support brands who still test on animals. There are other ways to test these lovely products. I do not care if the pigments are the perfect shade or the foundation does a seamless blend but if there is harm to animals or even factory workers who work really hard just to make these, then I do not support. There are many other brands who feel the same way. There is even organic makeup, vegan, and just appealing for you. Too Face Cosmetics, Urban Decay, Smash Box Cosmetics, Burt’s Bees etc. The more I learn about makeup, the more I learn about what brands do safe testing, as well as the safety of my skin.
There is not a day that goes by when someone asks, “where you from?” and that once I say “Kalihi” they let out a sound of an unpleasant “OOOOOOOH.”‘ Like huh ? What is that supposed to mean ? Yes, my hometown seems violent and full of trouble when it comes to the KHON 2 News , but that is not a reflection of me. It seems to me that we are look down as uneducated, drugged out, etc. and really that is just the few bunch that roams the community. I have lived in Kalihi to see it rise as a peaceful community to losing a really good friend in death and coming together as one big family. I have grown up to see the beauty of this diverse place. Kids from all over Kalihi; with amazing talents whether it’s through music, art or sports to academics and fame. The Aloha I get with peers and neighbors I’ve grew up with since five years old will never get old. Although now, I’m living on the other side of the island, I won’t let let an unpleasant tone break me away from my town.
Jasmine. You just start to hear the song ” A Whole New World” from the Disney movie “Aladdin,” or even smell the scent of flowers. I was given this name from my mother who loved Princess Jasmine. Little did she know that she did give birth to a rebellious princess who does have dreams of seeing and traveling the world. My name is from a Persian decent eventually evolving into French areas.Every time I have to find the meaning of my name, I view pictures of a beautiful vine filled with white blooming flowers. Well, according to Urban Dictionary, it does say “JASMINE IS A BEAUTIFUL UNIQUE GIRL WHO IS INCREDIBLY FUN AND WISE,” and you know what ? I don’t think I’ll ever come across in changing my name.