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  • Lady? Girl? You are but a _woman_ to me

    One of the things about society's general perception about women that repeatedly disturbs me is how a fair number of women somehow tend not to like to be called exactly what they are - women. In any conversation throughout the day, it is nearly a betting success that anybody will address a particular grown female as either a 'girl', or if way too ...
    Posted to Life perspective (Forum) by icelava on January 31, 2007
  • Do not undermine yourself

    A common style of self-discouragement I witness in the Internet is the use of adjectives in nicknames that describe one's level (or more accurately, lack) of experience and knowledge. Prefixes/suffixes with ''beginner'', ''newbie'', ''novice'' abound and should be no strange phenomenon to anybody who frequent online communities.While I believe ...
    Posted to Life perspective (Forum) by icelava on June 5, 2005
  • Whose stamp of approval?

    Two separate but related incidents occured while I was at the Asia Pacific MVP summit held locally by Microsoft. #1: I only brought a pair of boots for this stay-in. The plan was to wear them throughtout the day and relax with the hotel slippers after a bath and dressing into ''comfy'' clothes - sports singlet and light bermudas. When there was ...
    Posted to Life perspective (Forum) by icelava on April 28, 2005
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