Give Blood, Save a life

“Give blood, Save a life.” or so the slogan goes right?

I have never given blood in my life before. Yesterday, however, I decided to change that. The blood caravan was on campus and I thought it was an opportunity to do a good action. So, all three of us, Ash, Gul and I, went to fill the form etc. No need to say I was terrified! and it showed!!! However, little courageous me decided not to go back! I really made up my mind! Our turn came and we gave our blood. I really will not go into details about how they took my blood. I feel like crying when I think about it now. It was not all that bad but see, I fainted some two hours after these vampires have taken 450ml of blood from me!!! 😦  Apparently, I was not eligible to be a blood donor, I found out later!

Yes people, you have got to be “eligible” before giving your blood!

” To give blood for transfusion to another person, you must be healthy, be at least 17 years old or 16 years old if allowed by state law, weigh at least 110 pounds (that is about 50kg, and the criteria I do not meet by the way) , and not have donated blood in the last 8 weeks (56 days) or a donation of double red cells in the last 16 weeks (111 days). “Healthy” means that you feel well and can perform normal activities. If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure, “healthy” also means that you are being treated and the condition is under control.

Other aspects of each potential donor’s health history are discussed as part of the donation process before any blood is collected. Each donor receives a brief examination during which temperature, pulse, blood pressure and blood count (hemoglobin or hematocrit) are measured. (They neither took my temperature nor did they do a blood count! )

To have more information, visit the American Red Cross website: http://www.redcross.org/services/biomed/0,1082,0_557_,00.html

And the Final Race Begins…

Day 1 Semester 1 Year 3 started beautifully for me. I woke up early and I was on time in class. There was not much traffic in the morning and I am extremely grateful for that. It felt good to be in class again, with everyone and then some. πŸ™‚ The final race has begun!

There was no strike on campus, as I mentioned the last time. Things are starting to look up after quite a pertinent debate between the University’s administration and the students, and later on, with the Ministry of Education. The main issues have been solved! It seems that everyone is satisfied. But I guess, students are going to have to adjust with the fact that there will be more than 40 students in a class. Personally I was in a class of nearly 60 students this morning. I was at first apprehensive but it did not turn out all that bad. However, I had a friend who is doing a degree in International Relations and History who could not follow her class well in a room of 120 students. I do not know how things are going to evolve for these lectures but it is currently being said that RGBs and Laptops are going to be provided. Where they will get the money for that, I yet again, do not know. Let me remind you that the University is in some financial crisis. So…

Anyhow, the sun was shining brightly at Reduit today and I had a terrific day. πŸ™‚

It feels good to get back to the old routine again!

Uni Resumes

Finally, after one additional week of forced holidays ;), many UoM students are getting ready to tackle yet another semester. Things promise to be tough and will need some getting used to. Simply because things are changing. For the better or for the worse, that remains to be seen. Personally, I’d prefer to stay optimistic. Apparently there is a strike planned tomorrow. *Sigh*

I have class at 8:30 AM. It is going to be a pain to wake up early. But, I have just written down some resolutions for this new and I hope, last academic year.Β 

  • To always be on time in class.
  • To pay more attention in class.
  • To prepare my lecture notes the night before.
  • To eat healthily.
  • To practice more sports.
  • To strengthen my programming knowledge.
  • To enjoy each and every moment with my friends.
  • To try not to hate anyone.
  • To learn to be patient.

Β Well, that is about it. I hope I stick to each of them! The most difficult one will be to be on time! Closely followed by the patience thing! I am going to try my best and God will do the rest! πŸ˜›

I have everything ready for tomorrow. I am pretty excited to get back. πŸ˜‰

I hope I can get enough time to blog. πŸ™‚ Right now, I am listening to the radio: cool fm channel. They always air the nice slows on Sunday night. *Sigh*

I better turn in early tonight. πŸ™‚ Goodnight Peeps!!!

Β ~~ToΒ  all my friends who are resuming uni tomorrow,

Have a great start guys and girls,

Bon Courage,

And Good Luck!~~Β 

Hectic Days…Blissful Days

I have been having some hectic days lately and felt sometimes too lazy or too tired to blog! πŸ˜‰ Well I am back tonight after spending the most beautiful day of all my holidays today. Simply awesome! Me and my girls, we rock! Love them to pieces! muaaaah ladies…Sun, Sea, Sand! πŸ˜›

Just a few days remain before uni resumes. The hard days still lie ahead. But I am sure we will do all right! πŸ˜›

I am off to bed now. Tired but extremely happy! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Community Shield

Wahooooo!!! Manchester United won the community shield!!! And yeah yeah, Giggs scored! Muah! I really love this guy! I had a severe crush on him when I was sixteen…Guess I am not really over it! πŸ˜‰

Social Work

Like I mentioned in my last blog, I went to see my brother’s show on ninjitsu. I did not know what to expect really. Since I had nothing else to do, I tagged along with mum. When we arrived at the Plaine Verte Garden, where this little show was to take place, a fair amount of people was already there. To begin with there was a magic show. Very funny and amusing. After that, some of the organisers and some politicians took the mike.

I thought I was in for an hour or so of boredom. I hate long speeches! But sometimes, if you are listening well, it is worth it. There was this social worker, the President of the Association, “Coeur de la Plaine Verte”, which organised this event, he talked at length about the Youth of Plaine Verte. He talked about the different difficulties these youngsters are facing and what his organisation is trying to do and what he did personally. I thought to myself that I underestimated the work of a benevolent social worker. I mean there are some people out there who spend their life looking after the needy and do not ask anything in return. Really, I say these men and women are courageous! They are fighting so that the young in that locality does not fall into drugs and the sort. My family may not have a big house, a big car or lots of money in the bank, however, I have never lacked anything. I believe that those who are “lucky” as I am will not really appreciate poverty, what it is like in reality. We may feel compassionate and imagine the difficulties. So that is why I really admire people who devote some of their time to the Poor. They do not have to do it but still they are there.

Next a politician spoke. The organisation in question is not linked to politics but they often need help from those in power. And this man spoke a lot about education. Education is the future. As it is often said, an educated child is a country’s greatest treasure. One thing he pointed out that caught my attention. He said that some people, due to religious beliefs tend not to work in certain flourishing sectors! He mentioned for example, tourism. Numerous hotels are under construction and hence, many job opportunities for these people. However, they do not even want to follow the necessary training to join the sector. This is quite an issue to me! Come on, you need a job and those jobs can at least help you out of your misery! I see nothing wrong in doing a clean job, even if in status it is considered to be a lowly one! Besides, there are no lowly jobs as long as you are working honestly and being able to look after yourself and your family. But there are some who are picky, even when they can’t afford to be!

Afterwards, there were judo and ninjitsu shows. Both were breathtaking but without being biased, ( πŸ˜‰ ), the ninjitsu one was most impressive! My little brother is quite good at what he does. I think that activities as such help these adolescents to rightly channel their excess of energy. At the same time, they can be proud of themselves which in consequence, make them feel good about themselves. They hence, will not turn to drugs and other bad things.

Yeah, not to forget that I won myself a book about basketball there last night. The host for the event wanted to know what “Richard of york Gained battle in vain” was meant for. R O Y G B I V represent colours of the rainbow of course! I answered correctly and got that book. Now, I am not a very great fan of basketball but hey, it will always remind me of that night! πŸ˜‰

A Special Thank You!

I do not have much to talk about today. So I just wanted to drop a little thank you to all those who read my blog and leave a few comments here and there! I have been blogging since June this year and to my amazement, I love it! At first, I thought I would not but that has changed! I know some people who want to start too but they say they do not know what to write about! Well, let me tell you that it all comes naturally once you start! And mostly, it is fun! It sometimes brings something into perspective when you write about it. Besides, it does not have to be an online personal diary, like a bloggy friend said. It can be so much more but it is up to you to discover that.

As for me I am loving it so far! Thank You peeps! Keep dropping by! It warms my heart so!! πŸ˜›

I am off now to watch my little brother doing his ninjitsu show. Check the About Me page. It has been updated! πŸ˜‰

Be back later!

Sleep

I have had a great day today. In my bed. Oh, do not go and think of silly things. πŸ˜‰ I was overtaken by sleep! All through my holidays, I have not got the opportunity to sleep that much. Last night, I went to bed at 22hrs. However, I got up at midnight. I tossed and turned for nearly one hour. When I finally woke up the next morning, it was already 11:30! I slept 10 hours and 30 minutes straight! πŸ™‚ But it is not over yet! I went to have lunch and came back to my room. I was feeling lightheaded and my pillow was looking so tempting! I could not resist. I jumped back in bed. It was 12:30 then and when I woke up again it was 16:30! So that is another four hours. All in all I slept: 2 hours of last night + 10 hours and 30 minutes straight + the last four hours. Total: 16 hours and 30 minutes!

Wow! I’ve really outdone myself this time. πŸ˜‰