Security Ocean http://www.securityocean.com Sharing how to protect self, family, and community. Mon, 01 Jun 2015 08:11:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Burglary and Its Unwanted Psychological Effects on Victims http://www.securityocean.com/burglary-and-its-unwanted-psychological-effects-on-victims/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=burglary-and-its-unwanted-psychological-effects-on-victims http://www.securityocean.com/burglary-and-its-unwanted-psychological-effects-on-victims/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 13:32:59 +0000 http://www.securityocean.com/?p=235 Burglary is a common type of crime. When burglars and robbers attack, they don’t just forcefully take your material properties and personal belongings. They also rob you of your sense of security, leaving you traumatized and paranoid. When you hear of burglary, you panic and get scared so easily. Burglaries always have long-term negative impacts […]

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Burglary is a common type of crime. When burglars and robbers attack, they don’t just forcefully take your material properties and personal belongings. They also rob you of your sense of security, leaving you traumatized and paranoid. When you hear of burglary, you panic and get scared so easily. Burglaries always have long-term negative impacts on victims.

It would be so hard to feel safe again. There will be a lot of sleepless nights, difficulty of closing your eyes and bad dreams. It would be as if you are living in fear, with heightened senses and constant panic. There would also be moments of staring into nothingness, thinking what if you were directly harmed by the burglar, what if the house was thoroughly secured and protected, what if your sentimental item was kept in safety, what if they come back for more.

22 Things A Burglar Would Never Tell You (Oh, the things we can take for granted sometimes...)

A Burglar Trying to Break Into a House Using a Crowbar
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Victims react depending on the person, what has been stolen, and the act of burglary itself. If not subtle, there are times when the burglar causes direct or indirect harm, destruction of property, or scandal. There are victims that don’t feel worried about the stolen items because they could be easily replaced. But others could be so upset and stressed out if the items are of significant value.

A house is a home and it must be safe and secure. Due to these psychological and emotional effects, these can lead to making the house more secure by purchasing home alarm systems and doubling or even tripling the locks of the windows and doors. The fear of being a victim again triggers a victim’s instinct in having a home security system installed. Instead of living in terror and anxiety, a burglary victim can cope up with the same incident by preventing it to happen again.

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If the victim owns his own house, it is easy to install home alarm systems. But if the burglary happened in an apartment or other housing facility, inform the landlord about the incident right away. It is important to make the home secure again after being prone to breaking in. If you cannot purchase an alarm system right away, do easy security measures such as leaving lights open and double checking locks and other possible places of entry. Be sure to get in touch with the police.

A Neighborhood Watch Signage to Prevent Criminal Activities
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Aside from having an alarm system, it is best to consider Neighbourhood Watch as the community’s alarm system. It is a crime watch that focuses in a neighbourhood comprised of a group of concerned citizens in the area. They protect the neighbourhood from burglary, robbery, and other criminal activities. Neighbourhood Watch is intended to prevent these things from happening and not to intervene or put the law in their hands.

A Neighbourhood Watch is an alternative alarm system especially if your house is situated in a community where people are concerned with each other’s safety and look after the security of each other’s home.

Victims should ask help right away from a family member or trusted person. There could still be a way to retrieve the lost items and capturing of the burglar if reported to the police as soon as possible. Ask for counselling to ease the trauma and fear. Also, it is very important to ask for advice on what alarm system is best to use depending on the structure of the house. Installation of a home security system should be done by a professional. If there is a need for additional locks or repairs of damaged doors or windows, ask for assistance. The importance of having the best support system is needed in times like these.

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What My Kid Taught Me About Technology http://www.securityocean.com/what-my-kid-taught-me-about-technology/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-my-kid-taught-me-about-technology http://www.securityocean.com/what-my-kid-taught-me-about-technology/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 12:58:34 +0000 http://www.securityocean.com/?p=205  Photo courtesy of Matthew Pearce via Flickr, Creative Commons Technology has always found a way to fascinate me. But, the surprising thing is I don’t know much about the ways on how to use it! Researching about how to use technology is also a hindrance for me. I can only conduct such research online. And, […]

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Technology has always found a way to fascinate me. But, the surprising thing is I don’t know much about the ways on how to use it!

Researching about how to use technology is also a hindrance for me. I can only conduct such research online. And, what am I to do if I don’t even know how to efficiently use digital gadgets?

I guess I’m not alone. Science Daily cites in one of its articles that according to Journal Of Communication, 30-40% of parents learn how to use the computer and the internet with the help from their kids.

Thank god I’ve found the solution to my problem. My son is 22 years old. He has been doing a great job in guiding me how to use technological tools at their optimal best.

Everything Is Online

I’ve learned from my son that everything I’m looking for is available online. The conveniences of shopping online have never made things so much easier. My son taught me how to use my credit card to purchase stuff. I learned that I need to have an anti-virus software installed in my computer to safely use my credit card for shopping.

I Can Watch Movies and TV Shows on Netflix

I recently discovered that I can watch movies and television shows online, in high-quality, through Netflix.  Netflix lets me watch old movies that aren’t available anymore in television. Truly, I have been left behind in the trends of technology for a long time. I learned that Netflix has been in existence since 1997, and I didn’t even know about it!

I Can Socialize in Online Games

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I never actually knew how online games work. I learned from my son though, that they can be an avenue for people to socialize in. Games like Farmville from Facebook provide the needed interaction with other individual players. Along the way, I get to meet and mingle with other people, even though it’s just through online.

I believe grown-up children should be given the liberty to explore their independence and interests. If I had not applied this principle in the relationship management with my grown-up son, he wouldn’t have been able to teach me efficient technology use. I definitely disagree having parents as child’s security device, when it’s not necessary.

I Can Retrieve Business Background Information

Grown-up children definitely know a lot about technology usage than younger children. My son recently graduated from college. He taught me how to use Google search engine to find websites of organizations. I’m currently doing business with many organizations. I need to be aware about their background information to determine if it’s safe to enter transactions with these corporations.

Sure enough, after searching Google using certain keywords, I was able to find what I was looking for. I easily retrieved client testimonials and industry reputation from sites of various organizations.

Social Media Usage for Fun

Parenting has never been so much fun as learning to use Facebook from my own kid! I’m now able to connect with friends, old and new, in real time. I take pride in having my son teach me the basics of sharing photos and insights in other social sites, in addition to Facebook. My son has also taught me how to connect with loved ones and friends on Twitter and Google Plus.

I wouldn’t have been able to feel good inside sharing the greatest moments in my life if I did not learn how to use social media.

Earn a Living Online

I do realize that in today’s digital age, I did not have to be so paranoid about child safety online. Of course, I supervised my son when he was younger. I had to make sure he was accessing appropriate materials on the internet. But, I figured, applying a little leniency to permit my son to use technology is essential to keep up with the new digital generation.

I’m now reaping the benefits of applying such leniency. If my son did not learn to use technology at an early age, he would not have taught me the essentials in obtaining an online job. Since obtaining my first online job, I have been able to earn a substantial amount of money. I would not have had the ability to sustain a comfortable life if I did not get hired for the mentioned job.

Make VOIP Calls

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Saving money on phone calls has never been so easy since I learned to use the internet. Now, I don’t have to install a landline phone at home, thanks to Skype. My son taught me how to make voice over internet phone (VOIP) calls. I’ve had the opportunity to spend my money shopping for some clothes, since I learned to use Skype for VOIP calls. No worries, because I have my cellphone to receive incoming calls.

Send an E-Card

Ever wonder if you can send a greeting card instantly? I just found out I can send and receive an e-card online. Different designs and themes for a card are available, too. You can even avail of musical cards, if you want to. My son gave me some sites where I can do this. Now, I don’t have to go to the post office to send a birthday or Christmas card. What’s more, the receiver gets the greeting card in his email within minutes of sending!

Group Chat in Google Hangouts

I didn’t even know Group Chat existed in Google Hangouts until only now. Discovering Group Chat allows me to engage in a live conversation with several people at once, just like in real life. Group Chat lets me feel that my relatives living overseas are just nearby, despite the distance.

Google’s Online Version of MS Word

Now there’s a way for me to write my professional documents in MS Word online. Using Google Docs saves me the hassle of attaching a document in email, and sending it to multiple recipients. With just one click, I’m able to share my documents to multiple professional and personal contacts, without the hassle.

I couldn’t thank my son enough for helping me lead a better life by teaching me how to use technology expertly. The tutorials my son conducted has helped me become more satisfied with accomplishing my goals. I can definitely say it’s not only kids who look up to their parents as role models. Truly, what parents can learn from their children are priceless and invaluable, as well.

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Beyond Syria News: From Social Security to Personal Security http://www.securityocean.com/beyond-syria-news-from-social-to-personal-security/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=beyond-syria-news-from-social-to-personal-security http://www.securityocean.com/beyond-syria-news-from-social-to-personal-security/#comments Fri, 06 Sep 2013 14:19:51 +0000 http://www.securityocean.com/?p=165 The current situation in Syria is no secret to the rest of the global community. And even amidst facing their own country’s battles, people couldn’t help but make a comment as to Syria’s worsening situation and where it is headed. What’s even more heart-breaking is the fact that innocent people including children have been victimized […]

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The current situation in Syria is no secret to the rest of the global community. And even amidst facing their own country’s battles, people couldn’t help but make a comment as to Syria’s worsening situation and where it is headed. What’s even more heart-breaking is the fact that innocent people including children have been victimized by the nonsensical feats of anger and revenge between contrasting parties.

Such information is indicative of the need of civilian people to arm themselves and not rely on the government anymore in terms of achieving security when the government itself becomes the threat. It is in no way different for countries that do not have to suffer civil wars but have day to day threats that impede their lives from being normal. Life threatening occurrences like bombings and air strikes should be reason enough to fuel civilians’ goal to protect themselves without the intervention of those in authority. Things as simple as listening to newscast about the latest situation, maintaining protection kits, securing alarm system, to more herculean ones such as staying on safer grounds and vacating places of imminent danger when told, people should be ready to safeguard themselves. Such things would not even require them to have rigorous training.

It is surprising that there is no nationwide level alert system in the US. Typically, sirens are controlled on local level, or, in the case of Hawaii, state level. They are commonly used to advise residents of approaching natural disasters and even military attack intimidations which are rare in the country. In other areas such as the Midwest and the south, they are used to warn the public to take refuge in the event a tornado occurs. Such are required in areas within a ten-mile radius of nuclear power plants. Coastal communities use siren systems to warn of incoming tsunamis. In the South and East Coast they are used to notify people about approaching hurricanes. Most cities in the US occasionally sound their sirens as a way to ensure its efficiency. Some volunteer fire departments in the countryside use sirens to call volunteers to get together at the firehouse. Some though have put the use of sirens to rest as technological advancements continue to rise. However, there are still those who remain free-standing from the limits of wireless communications and depend on sirens to stimulate the volunteer brigade.

With the on-going problem in Syria one might conclude that intervention by another force such as the United States of America must be entertained. However, Americans find this a horrendous idea given the threats of the rebel groups to take the problem to even greater lengths. In June of this year, the death toll in Syria has already reached 100,000 according to the United Nations. In an estimate by various opposition activist groups, around 80 to 110,000 people have been slain, half of whom were civilians. The dizzying numbers continue to rise as to the death of both army groups, civilian protesters and rebel groups. In a recent record provided by the UN, about 4 million Syrians have been displaced outside the country and 2 million have escaped to other territories. International groups have indicted both government and opposition forces of severe violation of human rights. In culmination, the UN has placed great blame on the government pointing to them as the greatest oppressors of the people.
Perhaps it would be best to look at the situation and pick up from there. Everybody recognizes that what is happening in Syria is totally wrong and devoid of emotion. But civil wars are inevitable especially in a country under volatile conditions. In the United States, people have been witness to several acts of terrorism which continue to haunt them. Thus, it is but normal for any individual to be overprotective and constantly worried about their safety at all times.

The key to saving lives from any perilous situation may it be in Syria or in the US is to be well informed and watchful. Prevention as they say is always better than cure. More than the civil war going on now, it is imperative that people do not lose their focus and channel their energies into continuously finding ways to prevent danger from escalating to death tolls and the like. In conclusion, the Syria situation isn’t something that people can just let pass. Instead, it should serve as a vicarious learning experience; A lesson not only for those in the US but everyone who is fortunate enough not to have to wake up and sleep on flames or worse poisonous chemical gases. In the end, the best way to deal with any dangerous situation is to recognize its existence and the fact that something should be done about it.

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Bringing Active Back http://www.securityocean.com/bringing-active-back/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bringing-active-back http://www.securityocean.com/bringing-active-back/#comments Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:14:34 +0000 http://www.securityocean.com/?p=160 The debate on whether modern technology has so far been beneficial, or disadvantageous, probably has no end. Many of us, who have grown accustomed to having all these marvels of technology around, have found ways and means by which we can use them to our best advantage, and not necessarily fall prey to abuse or […]

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The debate on whether modern technology has so far been beneficial, or disadvantageous, probably has no end. Many of us, who have grown accustomed to having all these marvels of technology around, have found ways and means by which we can use them to our best advantage, and not necessarily fall prey to abuse or overuse, or lack of critical thinking whenever we make use of every single gadget, software, hardware or whatever technological stuff we get our hands on.We probably do not notice it, or for some of us, actually try our best to deny it, but our young population is truly one sector that is so much affected by this modernization. The older population, probably those in the 60-plus age bracket, may already resist altogether the quite complex learning that goes with today’s technology and simply depends upon the younger generation to help them. The middle-aged group is still relatively receptive on these changes, but probably without much passion and merely on a per-need basis. But, and this cannot be denied as you look around, our younger generation and more so kids of school age, embrace the new lifestyle and technological advancement with much passion and enthusiasm.

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Not to be self-righteous for my generation that is also known to have been so preoccupied with the ‘boob tube’ in our younger years, today’s kids are truly getting worse when it comes to inactivity. These days, kids get too busy with not only one or two gadgets but several: netbooks, laptops, gaming consoles, IPads and other tablets, smartphones, and many others being introduced in the market. You think news about kids spending hours and hours on end in front of their gaming consoles and PC monitors is merely exaggerated? Well, think again.

Unconsciously, we are building a society of couch potatoes. Most parents are guilty, at one time or another, of using these gadgets as their kids’ nannies, leaving them to play online, surf the internet, use gaming consoles for considerably long hours just so their kids would have something to do while we parents are likewise busy with our own activities. It may be hard to admit, but we have practically used these gadgets to our own convenience, without really thinking about their adverse effects on our children.

More and more children out there are leading sedentary lifestyles, and worse, parents are actually tolerating, if not altogether encouraging them to do so. We have heard of cases of obesity, early onset of hypertension, heart ailments, high cholesterol levels, diabetes and other such illnesses in kids at an alarming rate.

It is high time we find both the right environments and opportunities for our children to engage in physical activity and do away with an inactive lifestyle before it is too late. It is not an excuse that we live in urban areas and lack enough space for physical activities for our kids (and even ourselves). It should be our duty to find ways to encourage and actually let them engage in exercises, whether it’s just in your neighborhood or a short drive from your locality.

If you have even just a sufficient area in your home or yard, and find it difficult to make time to bring them out, then choosing the right play set is now imperative. You should be strongly encouraging your kids to engage in physical activity, and what better way to do that but to be a good example yourself. With the right play set, you can have fun and bond with your kids, and make them become more interested in physical fitness without imposing rules that they might try to resist. Even without expressly saying that they need to lessen their hours in front of the TV or their gadgets, if you set a playtime for them (and especially so with you), there is no doubt they will readily agree to such fun time. Why not start today?

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An article of mine got featured! http://www.securityocean.com/coastal-real-estate/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=coastal-real-estate http://www.securityocean.com/coastal-real-estate/#comments Wed, 24 Jul 2013 15:41:00 +0000 http://www.securityocean.com/?p=151 A recent article of mine got published on the Coastal Real Estate Guide–both on the site and the publication.

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A recent article of mine got published on the Coastal Real Estate Guide–both on the site and the publication.

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Five Health Myths that We Grew Up Believing http://www.securityocean.com/five-health-myths/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=five-health-myths http://www.securityocean.com/five-health-myths/#comments Thu, 06 Jun 2013 07:38:57 +0000 http://www.securityocean.com/?p=134 From workout routine here-says to meal plan suggestions, it’s definitely hard to determine which ones are true and which ones are not. With the overwhelming amount of information that you can find on the Internet, we’ve busted a few health myths to help you distinguish fact from fiction. 1. Diet sodas help you lose weight. […]

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From workout routine here-says to meal plan suggestions, it’s definitely hard to determine which ones are true and which ones are not. With the overwhelming amount of information that you can find on the Internet, we’ve busted a few health myths to help you distinguish fact from fiction.

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1. Diet sodas help you lose weight.
Many people are tricked into believing that drinking diet sodas can actually help them shed off unwanted pounds because sodas have “no sugar” and have fewer calories. You may want to think twice before consuming such products since sodas use artificial sweeteners or aspartame that will condition your body to crave for more real sweets. Take note that having more than the regular intake of sweet food and drinks such as; chocolates, milk, cola, tarts, peanut butter and jam can lead to a sudden rise in your blood pressure that can clog the arteries of your heart. Drink water as a substitute for soda because it aids in proper blood circulation, digestion and hydration. You can also drink smoothies or juices that are made from fresh fruits like apple, orange, or lemon using the blender as it preserves natural fibers from these fruits.

2. Table sugar increases your chances of having diabetes.
Although sugar (refined or not) is known to aggravate diabetes, it alone doesn’t cause diabetes. Basically, when you consume different types of food and drinks that may or may not contain the typical table sugar, they can still over exhaust your liver, pancreas and kidneys. These organs monitor and regulate the amount of nutrients in your body. Once excess nutrients from other sources enter your body, they are converted into starch and are later broken down further into sucrose and glucose which are another forms of sugar, your body-regulating organs are forced to work double time, absorbing only what is needed and dispelling the excess. Such bodily activities decrease the amount of insulin and also increase the blood pressure. Don’t literally deprive yourself of sweets. Consume only small amounts because you also have to keep your energy in check.

3. Carrots can provide you with a clear eye sight.
Some of you may be accustomed of eating carrots as a part of your diet or workout routine because of the idea that it keeps your vision crystal-clear. This is not exactly true. According to the Age-Related Eye Disease Study, while carrots contain Beta Carotene or Vitamin A, that prevents Macular Degeneration or poor eye sight due to old age, the findings are inconclusive and they found other alternatives like avocados and blackberries to contain large quantities of Vitamin B, C and K, aside from A which makes them more beneficial than carrots.

You are what you eat (or drink). However, too much of everything is always bad so you have to take things moderately to make sure that you only get what your body deserves.

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Guest Post: Peace Of Mind While Vacationing With Home Security http://www.securityocean.com/guest-post-peace-of-mind-while-vacationing-with-home-security/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=guest-post-peace-of-mind-while-vacationing-with-home-security http://www.securityocean.com/guest-post-peace-of-mind-while-vacationing-with-home-security/#comments Fri, 08 Mar 2013 10:40:23 +0000 http://www.securityocean.com/?p=112 When you go on vacation, you want to make sure your home is safe. Many criminals in the area target homes that are not being occupied – it’s the primetime to get in and get out – with all of your valuables. Anyone who’s seen Home Alone can appreciate the value of a home security […]

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When you go on vacation, you want to make sure your home is safe. Many criminals in the area target homes that are not being occupied – it’s the primetime to get in and get out – with all of your valuables. Anyone who’s seen Home Alone can appreciate the value of a home security system – especially since not everyone is going to leave their child home to protect everything inside.

“There are some different home security systems that you can look into in order to provide security for you, your family and your home,” explains Erin Raub, Senior Editor at Safe Sound Family. Some of the most common systems include:

- Monitored systems

- Flood lights

- High pitched alarms

- CCTV security

Not all of the home security systems work all of the time – especially when you’re not at home to do anything about an intruder or a potential intruder on your property. Therefore you will want to choose your system wisely – and be sure that you have a backup system as well.

“While it’s always nice to live in a secure neighborhood with a security gate when you drive in and a neighborhood watch program that’s always looking out for things, life isn’t always that easy,” says Raub. “This means that you will have to take matters into your own hands – and find a viable solution for your home security.”

The monitored systems can either be hardwired to the phone systems or they can be wireless. Both have advantages and disadvantages. In the end, however, the one that is wired can be cut if the burglars know what they are doing – which means that your home is left vulnerable. When you have a monitored system, an alarm is triggered that goes to a call center. The call center then makes a notification to the authorities.

When you are on vacation and cannot make a call on your own, this is the kind of security that’s going to give you the greatest peace of mind. You want someone who’s going to call the authorities so you know that someone is headed out to your home to check things out. If you don’t have anyone going out to your home, you don’t really know if anything was stolen, damaged or otherwise tampered with. If you are on vacation, the monitoring company will also notify you so you are not left in the dark as to what’s going on with your home.

This isn’t to say that monitoring is the only system that you want in your home. Especially when you’re on vacation, if you can help it, you’d rather not have a burglar come close enough to your home to trigger an alarm that’s going to send people out to your home. Instead, you want to do what you can to deter the criminal from the very beginning.

While a dog barking can work in some cases, you may not have left your dog home alone when you’re on vacation. Instead, you may want to use flood lights and high pitched alarms to deter a criminal. If they get close enough to your home, lights will come on. As they get even closer and touch something, the high pitched alarms can start going off.

The CCTV security system, where you have closed caption cameras in place with a TV inside may not be the best security when you are on vacation, but many burglars will look for the cameras. If they see a camera placed anywhere on the home, they may skip your house simply because they don’t want to take the chance of being caught on TV.

Whether you’re going to the beaches, the mountains or anywhere else on the planet for your vacation, you want to be able to kick back and relax, knowing that your home is safe without you watching over it. Some kind of home security system is needed and it’s always best when you combine a few different types of security in order to get the maximum benefit.

You don’t want to get back from a peaceful vacation only to find out that your house has been broken into. It will make it harder to catch the culprit because you won’t know when it happened, which makes it harder for the authorities.

It’s best to invest in a home security system so you can set it and enjoy your vacation.

About the Guest Author: Katelyn Roberts is a family fun and safety enthusiast who contributes to a variety of blogs based on her knowledge and experience. She is always looking for new crafty idea and opportunities to enjoy with her family and friends alike.

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Musings… http://www.securityocean.com/musings/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=musings http://www.securityocean.com/musings/#comments Fri, 08 Feb 2013 13:13:13 +0000 http://www.securityocean.com/?p=104 “Even if you were to study your own life in detail and relive each moment that you suffered, sweated and smiled beneath the sun, you would still never know exactly when you had been useful to someone else.” -Paulo Coelho His words struck me. His simple words filled with so much depth and meaning struck […]

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“Even if you were to study your own life in detail and relive each moment that you suffered, sweated and smiled beneath the sun, you would still never know exactly when you had been useful to someone else.”

-Paulo Coelho

His words struck me.

His simple words filled with so much depth and meaning struck me. Perhaps it was the heavy truth in his lines, or the fact that I can relate to it… Or maybe both.

I’ve been like every other girl before while growing up. When I was young, I faced problems here and there. I thought then that I had the world in my shoulders—all alone, with no one by my side to help me with my troubles.

Perhaps that was the time I found solace in writing. I’m not exactly sure about the details now. Perhaps I’ve started writing even before then but I do remember that I found comfort in writing. It helped me somehow. It calmed me down, even just a little. I went out and did things I’ve never done before. But somehow, it felt like something was missing.

Then I met him.

James Harper was the one who finally brought a smile to my face. He was the one who silently told me that I wasn’t alone… That I’ll never be alone. He was the one who showed me that I was something wonderful.

And now, I really have something wonderful—my family. My husband, my two kids, and even my dog—they’re the ones I’m living for now.

James has always told me how he’d never be without me. I didn’t believe him at first, knowing that he was intelligent enough to do things on his own. But as I think about it, I couldn’t have done some things without him too. Perhaps we’re really balance each other out.

As I think about it more, Coelho was right. You’ll never really know how much you’ve been useful to someone, even if you try your best to find it out.

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How did I end up in Los Angeles? http://www.securityocean.com/how-i-end-up-in-los-angeles/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-i-end-up-in-los-angeles http://www.securityocean.com/how-i-end-up-in-los-angeles/#comments Sat, 03 Nov 2012 05:54:33 +0000 http://www.securityocean.com/?p=18 I’m an Angeleno at heart. Though originally, I’m a Brooklyn girl, Los Angeles has never felt like a second home to me. Before moving in L.A., I have been active in freelance writing. Back in my college days, I would win in essay writing contests, and even in rhetoric recitals. I believe that at that […]

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I’m an Angeleno at heart. Though originally, I’m a Brooklyn girl, Los Angeles has never felt like a second home to me.

Before moving in L.A., I have been active in freelance writing. Back in my college days, I would win in essay writing contests, and even in rhetoric recitals. I believe that at that moment, I was drawn to do something I never thought I will end up doing – writing. I have published materials in magazines, while some, ranged from everyday photos. Bowling and musicals are the theme of my photography, which is why I pretty much stayed in bowling alleys and theater houses back then, taking random pictures of people or anything that catches my attention. Mostly, my photos are in black and white and embraced gestures of people. Below are some samples.

Bowling

Bowling alley at Maple Lanes

Merriam Theater

Merriam Theater, Philadelphia

Because of the new found feat, I took up classes in Focus Camera, a specialty school in Brooklyn, to hone my skills, and better my knowledge in photography. We had our first exhibit in Los Angeles County Museum of Art where I met the likes of Alan Maclean, Terry O’Neill, and Josef Hoflehner. The display was grand, and utterly a mimic of the self- aggrandizing, red carpet event. It was a privilege to have my work viewed, and appreciated by the public. A person, in the name of James Harper, approached me and said that mine were the best he yet had seen his entire life. I should have concurred since he’s an architect, if only he did not flash the killer smile, because I fell in love right away. We had several talks over some coffee, and the next thing I knew, he proposed, and asked me to live with him in Los Angeles where he promised me to build a house for the both of us, and move in, once I was ready to leave Brooklyn.

It took me a year to finally cement my decision, since I have to cater some activities in progress, just like my career in writing and photography. But after getting married to him, and adapting to L.A., the decision was all worth it. And on top of it, we had two, adorable sons.

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Why Musicals Don’t Suck? http://www.securityocean.com/why-musicals-dont-suck/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=why-musicals-dont-suck http://www.securityocean.com/why-musicals-dont-suck/#comments Mon, 15 Oct 2012 05:56:34 +0000 http://www.securityocean.com/?p=41 It seems that musicals are starting to branch out from the confines of its theater houses yet again. Word has been going on for months that Les Miserablés, the third longest running musical on Broadway, has gotten a screen adaptation set to be released in December. Movie adaptations of theater musicals have garnered mixed reviews through the […]

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It seems that musicals are starting to branch out from the confines of its theater houses yet again. Word has been going on for months that Les Miserablés, the third longest running musical on Broadway, has gotten a screen adaptation set to be released in December.

Movie adaptations of theater musicals have garnered mixed reviews through the years. Most of the movie-watching demographic of this generation—particularly the younger ones—are torn between calling movie musicals as “cheesy” and “boring,” or “art”.

The only recent (sort-of) musical that has actually garnered a cult-following was Disney’s infamous High School Musical, but it was only targeted at teens and not particularly at a large audience. At least, it brought back attention to the movie musical form.

In the last decade, movie musicals have appeared on box offices every now and then (aside from Disney animated films), like Moulin Rouge, Chicago, Hairspray, the Phantom of the Opera, and Sweeney Todd to name a few. These movie musicals, despite winning numerous awards, aren’t exactly mega box-office hits.

Chicago Phantom of the Opera

Some say it’s the unrealistic portrayal of people suddenly bursting into song in the middle of a tense or dramatic scene that sets them off, saying that it breaks the flow of the story. In a non-movie musical, Glee is actually taking these turn offs into a good light. People are no longer suddenly bursting into song, but the songs are actually integrated into the story without breaking its flow.

Musicals aren’t cheesy and boring. If one tries to get past that notion, they will find that many musicals deal with a wide range of topics like identity, culture, war, and even death. Musicals aren’t about people acting then suddenly singing onstage just to show off their talents. It’s about masking these topics into a form and presenting it into a form that people can easily relate to.

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