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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

When Eating Live Animals Goes Wrong: The Ultimate Crash Diet

By:  Brittany S

Interested in weight loss?  Have a little extra holiday weight you want to lose?  Trying to uncover your summer beach body?  Recently spend 6 weeks in America and gain 7 lbs (Too specific)?



What is this "Sannakji" you ask?
A "killer" diet, that's what!  It is literally a diet to die for.

Because aside from being one of the most dangerous foods in the world, it can help you drop the lbs in a matter of DAYS!

"What do I have to do?!"
It's simple really.  Just watch this instructional video below:

Yes ladies and gentlemen, it is THAT SIMPLE and it only takes a few SECONDS!

Eat sannakji and your body will flush out waste over the next few days.  Drink plenty of water.

I personally have lost 6 or 7 lbs on this program.  I'm quite happy with the end result.  But don't just take my word for it.  Read some of our testimonals from actual product users:


Ebony--"I lost 4 lbs in one week...just in time for my wedding!"

LaToya--"I lost a few lbs and was able to take a vacation from work!"

Try it for yourself and discover the new you today!

What I discovered wasn't too exciting.

**Disclaimer:  This is not a true diet nor is it advocating for any type of "diet" or weight loss method that causes the body to lose weight in an unnatural way .  Side effects may include:  diarrhea, vomiting, lack of energy, weight, and pride, Yes, it did cause me and the people mentioned in the testimonials to lose weight by causing us to "flush out waste," but that definitely was not by choice!  Sannakji is really one of the most dangerous foods in the world.  It is live octopus.  Each tenticle has its own brain and even though the sannakji we were served was already chopped up, it continued to squirm.  If you do not chew this food quickly and thoroughly, it can cling to the inside of your cheek and/or your throat wall and cause you to choke to death.  This is not "a diet to die for" but it definitely is a "killer."  There are several deaths annually from this food.  If you decide to try this Fear Factor eligible food, please CHEW CHEW CHEW!

Also, I would suggest you learn from our mistake and eat something first.  We didn't eat beforehand and dined on not only raw octopus, but raw oysters as well.  We've decided that the oysters were the real culprit; the more oysters you ate, the sicker you were (out of the 7 of us who went there, 5 of us were extremely sick afterwards).  When I talked to a Korean person about it, he told me a lot of people have been getting the Norovirus from raw seafood lately.  That is definitely what it felt like.  This is definitely NOT a "date food."  I'd eat ribs or something else sloppy on a date before I'd eat this!  You've been warned.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

From Abyssinia to Arabia: An Interview with Sinke Wesho

By:  eternitysojourner
Credit:  Nashwah Safiyullah

At a recent graduation for the Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic in Oman, I watched proud students retrieve their certificates after two months of language immersion.  Amidst the largely Australian group, a warm chocolate face stood out amongst them.  Like most of the others, she too is a Deakin University student, but the winding tale of how she ended up studying Arabic in Oman is a bit more colorful than that of her peers.  In this interview, Sinke Wesho shares her experience as an Oromo Ethiopian studying in Oman and the memorable encounters she will not likely forget.

Where’s home for you?

Home for me is different places.  Wherever my siblings are is home for me, and currently, home is Australia.  Kenya is partially my home because I lived there for eight years since I was nine.  Those two places are home, but I’m naturally from Oromia [part of current Ethiopia], which is where most people would call home.

What brings you to Oman?

Learning the Arabic language, and it’s the best thing to ever happen to me.  I enrolled in Arabic classes when I started at my university three years ago, and Arabic was offered as a course.  I thought it would be a good opportunity to learn a second language because International Relations is my major.  I wasn’t sure I would come to Oman until I got my Australian citizenship. 

Would you recommend Oman as a place to study Arabic?  Absolutely.  Maybe because it’s my first experience studying abroad and I haven’t seen any better. Oman is so peaceful and the people are very generous and friendly. It has really changed my perceptions about the Middle East. It's really astounding to have a stable country in the middle of all the chaos that surrounds it.

I think Oman is a really important place to learn Arabic.  I’m not so sure about learning with the society because of their dialect, and we’re studying Modern Standard Arabic at my college.  It’s really brilliant.  The teachers start from the basics and it’s really intense and helpful.  I would definitely recommend it, and Oman’s a great place to live.

Most Ethiopians in Oman are here as domestic workers; how do you feel being here as a university student? 

I feel really privileged.  I appreciate the fact that I’m Oromo Australian because it gives me this appreciation that I’m a student here, and I’m learning someone else’s culture.  But when it comes to being a domestic worker, it’s not that it’s a bad job or not good, suitable, or preferred; it’s just that the way people treat domestic workers in this particular part of the world makes me feel even more privileged than the domestic workers here. I treat any job to be a good job, as long as it's benefitting me or helping me survive, but I do not appreciate how maids are treated in this part of the world due to color and wrongly perceived social status.

How have you been received as a woman of color? 

I don’t really know how to answer this particular question. It’s really hard to know if I’m treated well because I’m Australian or have Australian friends. I am not sure if it is because I am a guest here and Omanis highly regard their guests. However, one day, I was at an occasion; sitting in a group with my Australian friends and some ladies greeted everyone and passed me by. On many occasions, I would be ignored and its difficult to force yourself onto others, so I was happy to be by myself while my friends would be taken aside for photos or contact exchange.  Being distinguished from the rest is not good and such actions did not go well with me. I was not certain if that treatment was because I’m Black or because I’m not Omani. I would be ok if it was a one-time incident but when it’s repeated, I start to question.

I do comprehend that there is a degree of distinction between housemaids and their employers but, if I am not appreciated for what I do and not respected for who I am, then there will be some friction. This is where respect for humanity is breached and I have become a witness to this. Workers and people of color are sometimes considered inferior, much like the Martin Luther King era where being Black meant inferiority. It is so direct that it makes me question how these people survive years of working for their employers in this part of the world. Recently, I made it to Dubai, a beautiful and magnificent space. I had been very curious about the treatment of workers there, particularly the Ethiopians who are housemaids in most households and the stories are the same. However, I met someone who works in the Ethiopian consulate and deals with this issue, and his account is that there is some sort of system that protects the workers in Dubai.

Any tips for other women of color considering travel abroad?

Do it!  Be secure in who you are and be knowledgeable.  It’s important to know what other people think of you but more important to know what you think of yourself and to not let others underestimate you.

Do you have plans for future travel?

Definitely.  Traveling has been one of my wildest dreams since I was a child. 

Credit:  Jack Baldwin