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A single bazaar booth

Much bigger and sunnier than what I’ve written.
Source: http://pinterest.com/pin/481111172662500062/

In the dampened smell of barbecue leaking
out the Chinese restaurant door
The little woman sits in a booth under
four oversized umbrellas
Gathering mannequin hangers as mother asks,
“How much for this shirt?”

“Usually 20, but I’m closing now, so have it for 10.”
She speaks Mandarin.
Mom nods for the purchase as the roar of clouds echoes down the street
The lady folds the elegant beaded garment, smiles, hands us a plastic bag

We say thanks and turn around
Rain pours down.

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Life is hard, I realize that regardless of our evolution into society, it will always be a survival of the fittest. We work to live and we live to work, but we musn’t forget to be generous and kind to each other because those moments are what we remember through time.

Happy birthday to my mother who never turns a year older!

Thanks for reading,
thebookybunhead

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Frolicking in Downtown TO: A Pantoum (NaPoWriMo #15)

Cool circular shot of Dundas Square.
Source: http://imgfave.com/view/22260

A cluster frolics the streets, wandering but fast
Fun to have, stomachs to fill, memories to make
Long hours rewarded and in the past at last.
It was the best chocolate banana milkshake.

Wind collects – lights, sounds, smells – as it circles the square
Pass the man drumming rhythms on buckets and tins,
Through the lively city we walk without a care.
Seems where the weekend ends I want it to begin.

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So here’s a poem that is a pantun and about a walk (sort of). I tried ‘killing two birds with one stone’ as they say for missing the prompt on Day 13. Last weekend our whole class went for dinner at Mr. Greenjeans. With the busy and long schedules, we don’t hesitate when there is a chance to have an evening out, and we had a good time being outside in the streets of Toronto, even when it began it rain. It’s moments like these that make me so eager to have the school year finish so we can have the freedom of summer.

Thanks for reading,
thebookybunhead

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Birthday gift indecisiveness: 5 reasons to be a cell phone cynic

With my birthday here, many friends have been asking me about whether I will finally get a cellphone. While I have been wishing to step down from my position of only high schooler without a cell phone in my school, it is true that I have been able to survive quite well without one (excepting the times I have said “Friend, may I borrow your phone?”).

I’m not going to preach about the health hazards of texting while driving, the harmful waves in the air that can go through your brain, or the decrease of memory power because we hear enough of that. But what I will say is I’m not sure how much influence I want a pocket device to have in my life. So without further ado, here are my five reasons to be a cell phone cynic:

1. Talk through the screen, the face don’t care

This is one of my biggest pet peeves because when you’re at a dinner, or movie, or just hanging out, there’s no point if members of the party are just going to keep their eyes glued to their screens. It’s funny that people get so preoccupied with social media and updates to connect with others when there are real people around to share a real, live conversation. I just don’t want to lose my people skills as I can be awkward enough as it is.

2. I’d rather stare at a book

Like I said, people spend quite a bit of time on their phones, checking for updates and texts, surfing the web, etc. If we add up the minutes spent on our phones every day, well, let’s just say there are many other things I can do with that time .

3. It’s not about the phone, it’s the plan

What some of my friends forget is that it’s not the Blackberry, iPhone, or Samsung Galaxy that concerns my budget, it’s the expensive monthly payments to receive services worth a decent, functioning phone (not to mention crazy contracts). Even very basic plans aren’t that cheap, they would not satisfy the full potential of a device, and if you cross a limit, watch out.

4. Better not lose it

It is another thing to keep track of, and I’m not sure that’s the best for expert on misplacing prized possessions here.

5. My wallet and iPod might feel neglected

I’m serious, they are the two things I keep on me at all times as they are basically a part of my identity. Even more so would be a phone, just take a look at this post from Pinterest:

Cell phone

Clearly with a cell phone you get used to some easy conveniences that become indispensable – you can get pretty personally attached.

In the end, I suppose it is everything in moderation. In these fast-paced times, a cellular phone is very handy to keep you on track as long you don’t get addicted to it. And you can get cool cases like this:

 

Guess I have to see how I will react and adapt if I do join the mobile device club.

On another completely off track-note, today also happens to be the day of my annual ballet exam, so wish me luck!

Thanks for reading,
-thebookybunhead

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