Earth Overshoot day and Gratitude

 

This was actually a small hill. I always feel like I’m going to fall down when I run down it! 😂
These wild flowers are everywhere!

On August the 4th was Earth Overshoot day, and I only heard about it for the first time. It was only when I was looking through my Instagram account from WWF did I know of this day. To think I have been on this earth for 17 years and still did not know anything about it! It is quite appalling! Do you know what it is about?

 

If you don’t know what it is I will tell you.  #earthovershootday marks the day where mankind has consumed all the natural resources than nature can give. What’s worst is that this day was marked earlier than it should be, seven months to be precise. 😦

I know this is extremely depressing but it must be addressed to let the world know how serious the problem of damaging the earth is, let alone climate change. It’s a sad reality.

On a brighter note, because of this awareness, it has made me more conscious of the beautiful earth we live in. Perhaps the reason why people are not respecting and caring the earth is that they don’t get to experience its splendor. They have not traveled to see the real world, of green lush fields, snow-capped mountains, and clear crystal rivers.

Nowadays kids are brought up in cities, not because their parents want to but perhaps because it is the most convenient place for both parents and children. And whilst they do seem to be able to see nature’s wonders in books, nothing compares to being physically present in these places.

I’m glad I live in rural areas, everyone is so much more animated and expressive. While city life can be exciting, it can be overwhelming at the same time, though I do love it!

Lately, I have been running during the mornings by myself and I can’t help myself by stopping to take some pictures.

 

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I run under this trial. It has made my running life so much easier especially since the trees are there to shade me when I am hot and the sun is burning. 😉
 I hope this post is insightful and by no means is it to make your day depressing! I just want to make people more aware of what is really happening. But I know we are all helping the best we can. There is still hope!

 Whoever is reading this I hope you have an awesome day! See you in my next post.

Much love

May xx

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What I learnt from plants

Today I went to visit my sister who lives in another town a couple of miles from our home. She is a nurse-in-training and lives by herself and is in her last year of uni. Her house is so unlike my own. Outside cars can be heard bustling around and men chatting could be seen coming out of the nearby pub. At home silence is our guest and nature is everywhere. Cars are generally heard once in a while, not a lot though. So coming to her house made me really appreciate nature and its beauty. I don’t think I would be able to live in the city without being surrounded by greenery and flowers.

This realisation gave me the opportunity to relish in the few plants my sister has in her house. Funny how sometimes the most prettiest things are right in front of you, yet we don’t see it!

You may be wondering why I named this post “Be a Cactus.” It’s because even in such a perilous environment  this cactus still seems to survive. It overcomes many obstacles by retaining water and growing long roots in order to live. It is extremely resilient. Furthermore, though it is silent its thorns are its deadliest weapon that can harm even the biggest predator. A.k.a humans. 😉

I guess what I am trying to articulate is that we are like plants in many ways. We live and survive off of one another.

Though it’s clear we have many difference. E.g. Our anatomy plants teach us that life is valuable and that we should be more assured of ourselves. Obstacles that come our way can be easily overcomed. Like the polluted enviornment we have our own which can be array of many things but we can still be the person we want to be. I think this is a nice notion to have, even if it may be a little naive. Let me know how you view it, do you think I am wrong or right?

 

My, me and I

Hey Everyone~

You might have guessed from the title today is all about me! (Not in an egotistical sense) But just so you can all get to know me better. When I started blogging, I had so many ideas in my head. Thus it has created an absolute chaos onto my blog, so much so I have forgotten to introduce myself properly. Also I have decided to change my name from “hitherandyond” to a more defining name that speaks to me, simply because it is similar to my real name. 😉

When I started blogging, I had so many ideas in my head. Thus it has created an absolute chaos filled with random thoughts and topic onto my blog, so much so I have forgotten to introduce myself properly with 10 facts about myself.

  1. I was born a twin, not identical. I have a twin sister who is 5 minutes younger than I am. 🙂
  2. I am left-handed! Any left- handed people out there?
  3. I love dogs AND cats. In the future, I would like to adopt either one of them and maybe more.
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    This is my sister’s cat. 🙂 
    4. I have four sisters and no brothers. Coincidentally I wrote this for the fourth fact!

5. I don’t drink Coffee and prefer herbal tea over anything else.

Tea anyone?

6. I can speak Mandarin fluently as well as Cantonese, although I am a bit rusty since I haven’t spoken Cantonese in a long time. And of course, English too!

7. The Library used to be my second home, I went there since I was five and till this day I still hold the old addition of the library card. My favorite genre would have to be historical fiction because you get an insight into the past and the lives of people long ago.

 

Books on my bookshelf. 🙂

8. I dance! Ballet to be more precise. However, I am not the conventional dancer who began discovering the dance world as a young girl. I started quite late at sixteen. It has made me more persistent than ever to defy the standard route for dancers. I also have a dance blog!

9. I love photography, as you might have noticed, especially nature ones.

 

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Love this picture. ❤
10. I grew up watching spirited away, Howl’s Moving Castle and other prominent Studio Ghibli animations. My love of art flourished as a kid. Disney has also been a source of magical moments in my childhood as well as DreamWorks. You could say I have always been an artist at heart.

Hope you guys enjoyed getting to know a little about me. As always have a good day and I will see you in my next post. 😉

ps. Thank You for 60 followers! I haven’t been posting an awful lot and the content I have is somewhat random so thank you for being patient and kind. 🙂

Much Love-

M.

The act of just Walking

Hey Everyone~

Recently I have found myself becoming more focused on just, Living life to the fullest. After countless days of rest from graduating from school, I have found myself seeking something more. Though I can’t put my finger on it. I have spent many days enjoying the nice weather going in and out from my house door but learning nothing whilst I do it.

But today I have learned something special that I know will help a lot of people out there. This morning I woke up prepared to go on a morning walk with my mum. So, we went out the door and so began the walking. If any one of you live in the rural parts of your country you will realize that the ground is a perfect pooping spot for dogs!

While walking, I am one of those people that like to look down at the ground for no apparent reason. And just as I was walking, I saw one of those unnecessary bundle lying on the ground in front of me. I knew I needed to avoid it. Before I was even an inch close to it my mum said:

 

“Watch out, don’t step on it!” 

And I was like:

“I know. I’m not stupid.”

Then my mum replied(something along the lines of):

“I know. I am giving you a warning, not anything that describes your intellect.”

That struck me. I realized it was me who was at fault, as hard as it is to admit it. Nobody likes to be wrong and I can tell you truthfully this morning walk was not the best despite the fortunate weather! I found that it was me that believed I was stupid. A disappointment. A failure.

Though other people may have made it clear what they perceive of us, direct or in other indirect ways. More often than it is us that make a judgment of how others see us.

I made a judgment that my mum thought I was stupid. But really it was me who thought that she thought I was stupid. So, it was actually me who is at fault. Sometimes we assume things that are not always right, though it may be obvious otherwise. Still, it is better to not assume, as hard as it is already. The brain can do a lot of things within a second.

Hope you guys enjoyed this little life lesson. Let me know what you think and are you learning anything in your life?

As always see you in my next post! 🙂

Much Love-

M.

 

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Beautiful weather for days!

Out into the Woods

 

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Today I went on a journey out of the woods or more precisely into the dense woodlands/grassland of what used to be the Isle of Green. A.k.a Ireland. I

wasn’t alone though on this trip I was among many other people who had to carry out an ecology trip/study in a grassland/woodland and luckily my school has chosen phoenix park/Dublin Zoo to carry out this ecology trip and I am very grateful for that. After, 3 hours of gruelling hard work we were finished with it and were left to wander on our own around the Zoo which was a Superb reward.
It was my first time in Dublin Zoo actually since 2/3 years ago when I went with my family. Back then I did not realize how suffocating and enclosing these closures were for the animals. Now that I am back I feel so miserable but at the same time awed at the beauty and wonder of these creatures. The Animals seemed all to be in good health and was probably affected by the cold weather as I was. Who knew the cold would come so soon! I did not get to see all animals as I had to return to our bus to go back home. Fortunately, I brought my camera with me and took some decent pictures. I did not take all the animals because I feel quite guilty for being that annoying tourist that flashes and points their cameras in every direction of the animals. However, I did try to take these pictures subtlely and that kind of made me feel better.

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Favourite Shot! I love this one because I have never made a close up on a wild animal before

 

Bone of a whale

 

 

 

Orangutans chillin in their groove.

 

 

 

Red monkeys who were actually fighting…

 

 

 

I’m really happy with this shot. It looks so natural.

 

Lively sea lions

 

 

 

Snapshot of Summer

 

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I really love how blue the sky is in contrast to the green. Do you see the mansion?

 

Happy Sunday Everyone! When I woke up today it was especially bright and sunny outside for the first time in a long while during this week. The temperature here has suddenly decreased very dramatically for the past few and even though the thermometer indicates this change,it does not justify how cold it has gotten.

Anyways, today I went out on a morning walk around nine-ish and was very happy to see how lovely the weather was- blue skies and not a single cloud to be seen. Generally, in Ireland the weather is very rainy and even if there is sunshine it doesn’t last very long. Rain is very common especially in the month of September. And since it is Autumn now it was sort of unusual to be woken up by sunlight streaming into your room uninvited.

I made the most of it though and during my walk, I took a lot of pictures of the park I walked in. Today was the day I took snapshots of Summer before it came to and end and also before autumn arrives.

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Love this photo too!

 

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I used Panorama for this. ft. my shadow on the right. 😉
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A trial I was walking and the best part is I caught a person in action! It adds to the photo really.
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More pictures of beautiful trees. The trees here are actually humongous and are probably thousands of years old, I had to really bend my back to take this one.
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A swan that couldn’t stop following us, I think it thought we had food for it. I’m glad I got this photo. PC: My Mom

 

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Another tree photoshoot. ft. a dog that wasn’t intentional. Just so happens he/she was passing through. But I think it makes the photo so much  prettier.

 

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Another view of the trees from a different perspective.

 

Hope whoever reads this enjoyed looking at the photos as much as I did. I really love this set of photos I took and I enjoyed taking them too.

Have a good day everyone!

m.

 

 

The End of the Artic

Hello Everyone! It’s Friday and I’m pretty ecstatic about this. But that’s not the issue today and it’s actually about to get even more serious. Today I want to talk about the End of the Artic.

I’m sure many of you out there know about the detrimental effects of Global Warming and how this is influencing our climate today. And I’m also sure that many of you have probably heard it so much that you kind of push it to the back of your mind and leave it to other people to think of a solution? Well, if you are guilty of this, your not alone because I am too.

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Just now, I saw an amazing yet moving video that describes the End of the Artic and it really made me realize how cruel humans can be. What really angers me about the video is how Oil Companies take the advantage of Northern Regions particularly in the Artic, close to North America even though they know it may affect the habitats and Inuits(people) that live there. These Companies don’t even make rock sampling a job anymore and because of its inability to predict accurately places rigged with oil it has used Seismic Blasting instead. This is more efficient yet has costly consequences. Many sea mammals, like whales, manatees, sea otters and even Dolphins are particularly affected by this. I especially feel a strong compassion for them because they are vulnerable and cannot do anything about the situation. Mammals in the ocean depend on sounds to live, whether it is for calling for a lost one or finding new friends none of these animals should go through this. It could also be detrimental to their well-being; many of these beautiful creatures do not know what is going on and can experience high levels of stress that can influence their immune system and even contribute to reproduction impairment. Even adult fishes in the Oceans are experiencing abnormal changes to their body that might will without a doubt harm humans when we consume them. Schools of Fish are experiencing stunted growth, enlarged livers, changes to respiratory and  breathing rates, fin erosion, (definitely would hurt a lot on a living being, imagine having my limbs eroding away…not very pleasant and kind of disgusting) and the main one that seems to the most damaging, is reproduction impairment. It does not take a genius to realise all this does not bode well for the future and that is exactly what I am here, to bring at least some hope.

Humans are also immensely affected by this, and to think how some people can make other people’s life hard just for their benefit.  The Inuits who have inhabited North America and who’s source of food is the sea is finding it increasingly difficult to hunt for food. Now they are resigned to shop for food and unlike many of us who have our choice of different supermarkets and stores, they only are assured one option. This is “Northern” a store that is available in many parts of Canada. However, though it may seem like the better option, prices for many of the “Northern” stores in locations where Inuits reside are severely overpriced. This makes it harder for the Inuits to live their way of life, hunting and gathering as they did in the old days.

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So, I’m sure many of you might feel a sense of responsibility for your Earth. And for me, I feel I have a huge responsibility because, I think my voice in this community of the internet is much more  effective one and probably one many people will listen to. This is my generation and I think for the future and the other beings who will live on it. But mostly because I want people to realize that we are not the generation that made stupids mistakes that ended up in the in the destruction of the Earth. I want future generations to look up to us and admire us and realize hope is always there if you try hard enough to believe in it.

Also, there is a petition to potentially stop Oil Company(ies) from exploiting North America, or if any of you fabulous readers who have taken the time to readers and live in Canada or want to make the trek to the beauty country of Canada can also stand with Clyde River (an organisation that can prevent these Companies) on the 30th November in Ottawa with Mitch and Greg from Asapscience. 🙂

Here the link to the video and ENJOY!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrRDtZp96jw

Here’s the link to sign the petition: http://bit.ly/arcticasap

I wish I could, but I neither have the money or the time because of exams and also because I am only a 16 years old which makes me ineligible to travel on my own without an adult. So please, if you do have the chance go for it!

Right bye for now everyone, hope you have a good Friday or whatever day you read this!

M.

Nature calls

It’s not what you are thinking, in fact, it’s far from it. Today’s blog is about my trip to St. Stephen’s Green, a park in the middle of Dublin City centre. This park has always been a part of my childhood and for many years my mom would always bring me to this place when we visit Dublin. It was always a pleasant place for me because during this time we would always have food to feed the hungry pigeons and rowdy ducks.Then I would attempt to chase down them in hopes of touching them. It was certainly a marvelous experience. One thing I remember very explicitly was standing beside a passive aggressive swan about to smile for the camera, feeling very nervous and restlessness. Then, before the anticipating camera snapped nature surely called for him/her. Now I know how it worked for them….so I guess the title sort of relates? Believe me, it was not intentional!

So after many years, life got hectic when I entered secondary school and became mainly focused on mountains and mountains of school works and study. Then I grew up and forgot about those magical memories spent there. Today those precious moments resurfaced from my the back of my mind again. The feeling is synonymous with finding and cherishing something you belonged long ago when you were a child/adult- whether it was an old rag doll, a scruffy teddy bear that looks like its half beaten to death or a forgotten elegant locket the feeling is always mutual.  To never forget these moments- not that I would ever forget them I have taken some pictures to complete the trip.

Lake view #1

 

Lake view #2

 

Huddling ducks photoshoot

 

Little waterfall. Do you spot the crane?

Hope you enjoyed reading it and have a good day.

m.

S. Korea 2016

Good afternoon all! This year my sister and I have planned on ticking Korea off of our bucket list and so, a few a took a 15-hour flight with layovers all the way to said country.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t write every single day when I was there in Korea. It has been very busy and I did not have a lot of time to write. However, today I want to update about the things I have done over the last couple of weeks since I went and hopefully, it will give you an insight into this beautiful country that is Korea!

So, when I first arrived we took the train to Daegu and stayed a couple of days. In that time we went to Daegu’s downtown and visited many small local clothes shops that were very beautiful and nice. Many of these shops sold a wide variety of clothes that many main street brands wouldn’t even consider (and I actually think they are way better.) There were many things that really surprised me too. For instance,the respect people have for each is on a whole different level. Most of you will probably know that the Korean language has a formal and informal way of speaking but did you know that the way you do things also needs to be considered? For instance, you cannot lift your rice bowl and cup it in your hands around it while eating? This one really shocked me because at home I would normally do that out of habit to get the remaining rice out of the rice bowl and into my mouth. Another thing is you always have to wear slippers when in the bathroom even when you are taking a shower!

Anyways, since I went there I am grateful for the amazing opportunities I had to be able to see these amazing destinations. At Korea, I visited four places in total and even though my vacation was short I was able to see just as much and do some shopping along the way too!

Daegu

This city is not as big as Seoul but it has its own significance. It is the fourth largest city in Korea and a fun fact about it is, it is hotter than the Korea’s biggest city. This is because Daegu is enclosed in mountain ranges that stop the winds from blowing into the area making it warmer- an average of 30-35 degrees if you want to know. Daegu’s downtown is the highlight of it and definitely  worth exploring. Beautiful shops and cafés line every street and corner and none of them disappointed me. It was nice to see the change of not having well-known brands like Hollister, Abercombie and finch, Zara, H&M etc. Instead, they had little shops that sold more beautiful and better clothes. This always makes me think how overrated these brand names are.

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Busan downtown

Busan

Busan was our next destination. It is a famous tourist place beside the sea with beautiful views of beaches and lovely breezes. It was definitely cooler than Daegu and Seoul combined. Here we visited the “Busan Sea Life Aquarium.” Honestly, it was a good experience however I would say it was not the most enjoyable aquarium I have visited. It was mostly directed at younger children and quite small in size.

Here in Busan, we couldn’t miss Gamcheon Culture Village that had the prettiest tiny houses.


Jeonju

Jeonju was a small town we visited,it was so small you could walk around it in just a single day! The allure of this town was its traditional Korean clothing that people could wear around the village. There I got to try on my first Hanbok. They also had fried octopus and squid which I tried and was Delicious!

Seoul

Last but not least was Seoul.I was able to stay here for at least four days before I went on the return flight back home.

While I was at Seoul I has the chance of visiting the Royal Palace. It was super big and amazing but super hot too. I would not recommend people going there in summer in the 30℃ plus heat because you will literally be roasted alive. However, even so, I did have an amazing time. It’s always very interesting to see what people of status used to live in years ago.

Going home was a somewhat bittersweet. At the same time, I was so glad to go back home and I realized how much I missed it. Other than that I am looking forward to seeing what is in store for me next summer and where I will go. Maybe solo? Any ideas people have for a perfect solo country?

Happy Days

Today,or more like a few days ago was one of the sunniest day in Ireland. If you have never lived in Ireland before than you surely won’t know about the unpredictable weather we have here. Considering the fact that we live in the west of Europe,close to the Atlantic ocean it is no surprise this tiny island experiences heavy and long rainfall that will last almost forever. This is due to the south-westerly winds that blow moisture from the oceans and seas towards our small country However in the most unlikeliest of days, these past few days have been really beautiful and warm. I have celebrated this turn of moment with a nice walk with my sister in a local park where I live.

I have debated whether to post or not as I didn’t have my phone with me out during this walk and so I wasn’t able to take any aesthetic pictures. Luckily, courtesy of my sister,she had reluctantly allowed me to use one of her picture she had taken. (The one above if you want to know) And yes, that’s me! So, as you can probably tell the walk was a good one from the beautiful nature surrounding the place. The picture above was one I took in another time when I was there.

Today is another stunning day spent in- not my hometown but in the city. Hopefully, there will be more blogs to come in the future.

Goood day

m.to