January 31, 2013

Biggest, Baddest Bucketlist

Calling all bloggers/travel bugs/geeks & techies out there:
MyDestination.com has just unveiled one of the best competitions I've seen in a long time. This week the travel website launched the 'Biggest, Baddest Bucketlist' - a global competition to win a 6 month all expenses paid trip blogging around the world. Eek!

I'm applying as soon as possible, I can't wait! I want to share this with any and everyone, it's too great an opportunity to miss.
How to apply: To win travel’s Biggest, Baddest, Bucket List, it’s very straightforward to apply.
Step one: Applicants must create a video application in English and up to three minutes in length telling us about your favourite destination around the world – whether that’s the city you live, your best holiday or the place you’ve always dreamed of travelling to.
Step two: Upload your video together with a completed application form and travel blog-style entry towww.mydestination.com/bbb. The video and blog entry can be of two different locations in order to showcase creativity and diversity.
Ten candidates will make it through to the voting shortlist, five chosen by My Destination and five selected by the world and then the final round of voting opens – be sure to encourage all your friends and family to vote for you! 
Entry dates: 
• 28th January – competition opens
• 31st March – applications close
• 12th April – top ten announced and final round of voting opens 
• 26th April – top three finalists chosen
• 7th May – final winner announced 
• 8th June – the trip of a lifetime begins

Ready, set...go!


January 21, 2013

Manic Monday: Let’s Talk About The Things That Matter

Let’s stop talking about money, material goods, and our meaningless possessions. Let’s stop talking about the parties that we went to over the weekend and how completely wasted we all got. Let’s stop self-medicating with drugs, alcohol, food, and television. Let’s stop making small talk about the weather and how wonderful it is that it’s not raining. Let’s stop listening to sad songs alone in our bedrooms and getting lost in our persistent negative narratives. Let’s stop withdrawing when things get scary and pulling away from each other because we don’t want to risk being vulnerable. Let’s stop sabotaging the potential of a better life and healthy relationships. Let’s stop feeling sorry for ourselves, and putting every ounce of our energy into the past that is long gone. Let’s stop hating ourselves and being overly-critical of every mistake we make. Let’s stop feeling as if we aren’t good enough for happiness. Let’s stop this unfulfilling cycle that is ailing all of us. 
I want to talk about truth — my truth, your truth, and the genuine truth of all of our lives. I want to talk about love. Not romantic love, but the love I have for family, friends and this world that continues to shower me with compassion and forgiveness. I want to talk about authenticity and how I long to be present in everything that I do. I want to stretch outside my comfort zone and find what is hiding on the other side. I want to talk about my hopes and dreams and my plans for how I want to change the world. I want to talk about YOUR hopes and dreams and plans for how YOU want to change the world. I want to nurture your soul with love and empathy, and I want the same thing in return. I want to talk about the secrets that I keep tucked away into the deep crevasses of my heart for fear of being misheard or misunderstood. I want to talk about my childhood, and more than anything I want to hear about your childhood. I want to talk about regret and shame and those embarrassing moments that we all vow to never speak of again. I want to talk about trauma. Not just my trauma, but also the trauma that is sewn into the very fibers of our culture that rips into the lives of everyone that lives in it. I want to talk about what makes you tick and I want you to know what makes me tick. I want to know my friends, and not just what their favorite drink is to wash away the sorrows of their day or their favorite color. I want to know what makes them cry when they find themselves in despair and I want to know what causes them to pine for more out of this life. I want to talk about the stars and how we can get there. I want to talk about loss and I want to mourn togetherI want to rip away this shallow smokescreen that is keeping all of us from experiencing life. More than anything I am dying to throw all of my cards out on the table and see what happens. 
What if we stopped talking about the things that don’t matter and instead focused on the things that do? What if we woke up every day with the hope to better ourselves and make changes? Maybe we could change the world if we only made a concerted decision to try. How we will ever know if we don’t try? I don’t know about you, but I desperately want to try...
By Hannah Turner
Reblogged from Thought Catalog


January 18, 2013

Moving on to .com

I love this baby blog of mine.
As you can see though, I've been absent for a while and haven't been feeling the love.
Christmas chaos got the better of me, along with other projects and thesis work.
Last week I was geeking out, trying to figure out where and when I would start blogging from again, feeling so overwhelmed by the amount of 'stuff' I wanted to write about. A lot has happened in the past couple of months and I plan on updated this space accordingly but figuring out where to start is a difficult process.
Serious #whitegirlproblems, I know. But bare with me.
Instead of continuing with what I was doing before, I decided to take the plunge and finally buy my official domain name www.skiptomalouuu.com and start the process of moving everything over to a new chunk of cyberspace.
Skip to Malou* will branch out to showcase the various projects and initiatives that I'm working on so that I can give a more rounded picture of who I am and what makes me tick. 
New year, new space, new look and new content.
ohh the thrills of being a geek! :)

January 7, 2013

Gone Fishin'

My Mum, Alfie, Josh and I set off for a day of fishing, with high hopes of catching some of the 'barrys' that were supposedly in abundance that week. Low and behold, Josh caught one within minutes trolling the South Coast! One led to 10, as Alfie and Josh just kept scooping them up! We put the babies back but as you can see from the photos, we made sure to keep the big grandaddies ;) I had nothing to do with any of this of course, I barely knew how to hold the fishing pole properly, but Mum and I were happy to come along for the ride. Videos of this outing to follow shortly :)

January 3, 2013

Post Christmas catch up

I had my little rant about Philips on here but I feel the need to give a wee update on a few other things.Aside from Philips, I also started to feel really disconnected from a few projects that I wanted to get involved with here in Barbados and I decided to move back home for the time being so that I can really commit to them fully. 
My thesis was the main one, since I decided to focus on youth participation in small island politics. Though it sounds like a lost cause to most (and trust me, I’ve had my fair share of eyes rolling when I tell them what I’m researching) I do think that there are enough people who do actually care for positive change to take place. My thesis will focus on social media as a political platform and how this can promote a two way flow of communication (such as how Twitter is a very effective tool in allowing people to connect to politicians and government officials on a less intimidating level) I think young people are tired of being ‘spoken at’ here,want to make their voices heard and be taken more seriously. I’ll be interviewing young people and politicians, with the ultimate goal being an interview with the Prime Minister himself (Whoever that may be by next month as the election date is Feb 21st) That’s just one example but I don’t want to bore you too much with this....The crux of it is: How can social media help young people in Barbados become more engaged and interested in civic participation? (If Obama can do it, we can too!) Anyway, enough of that.

Another ‘baby’ of mine is Team246, a group of Barbadians that have come together with the help of some pretty amazing girls. We’re hoping to get this team of 15 people to the next One Young World summit in South Africa, knowing full well that this sounds ludicrous and that we’re going to have to raise a quarter-of-a-million dollars in order to do so. But whatever, everything seems impossible until it’s done, right? So far we have a great group working together to make it happen and we’ll be harassing all of you for your support once we get our online campaign up and running. It’s been stressful, a bit chaotic and quite draining but I wouldn’t give it up for anything. Connecting with such a strong group of individuals really gives me such a rush and I feel more inspired by them every day. Stay tuned....
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