Dumb ways to die

Dumb ways to die
So many dumb ways to die.
Dumb ways to die-ie-ie
So many dumb ways to die.

My husband looked at me quizzically while I was singing this lines. Actually, I’ve been LSS*ing on this chorus for three days already. The lyrics are part of a campaign jingle launched by the Melbourne Metro Train last week in their efforts to raise awareness about safety in trains. I watched the video that was shared by a friend in my twitter list several days ago and couldn’t get it out of my head. I laughed out loud at the adorably foolish lyrics of the jingle!

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See what I mean? The chorus is so catchy and the animations are super-dooper cute. Cute.But.Violent.  So I think parental guidance is needed, for children below 13, lol.

It is a brilliant ad campaign by the Melbourne (Australia) Metro Trains – what can I say, McCann Erickson hit the target with this jingle.  This video ad apparently is part of a larger multi-media compaign that includes radio, giant posters, and a website. This was video was launched only a few days ago and has became viral, already hitting the 4M mark on Youtube. Will it catch up to the Gangnam fever? It remains to be seen.

So now the lyrics are in my head playing over and over. How can I dismiss it? Here goes:

Set fire to your hair
Poke a stick at a grizzly bear
Eat medicine that’s out of date
Use your private parts as piranha bait.

Dumb ways to die,
So many dumb ways to die.
Dumb ways to die-ie-ie,
So many dumb ways to die.

Get your toast with a fork
Do your own electrical work
Teach yourself how to fly
Eat a two-week old unrefrigerated pie.

Dumb ways to die>
So many dumb ways to die.
Dumb ways to die-ie-ie,
So many dumb ways to die.

Invite a pyscho-killer inside
Scratch a drug-dealers’s brand new ride
Take your helmet off in outer space
Use a clothes-dryer as hiding place.

Dumb ways to die
So many dumb ways to die.
Dumb ways to die-ie-ie,
So many dumb ways to die.

Keep a rattle snake as pet
Sell both your kidneys on the Internet
Eat a tube of superglue
“I wonder what’s this red button do?”

Dumb ways to die
So many dumb ways to die.
Dumb ways to die-ie-ie,
So many dumb ways to die.

Dress up like a moose during hunting season
Disturb a  nest of wasps for no good reason
Stand on the edge of a train station platform
Drive around boom gates at a level crossing
Run across the tracks between the platforms
They may not rhyme, but they are quite possibly…

The dumbest ways to die…
The dumbest ways to die…
The dumbest ways to die-ie-ie…

So many dumb…
So many dumb ways to die…

This post got me thinking… could we have something like this, but instead of singing about the dumbways to die, it describes the dumb ways of driving in Phnom Penh? Just saying.

*LSS – Last Song Syndrome

2011 IAWRT International Awards for Excellence in Documentary Making

I have an exciting news for all the female directors and journalists all over the world, especially here in Cambodia.

The International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) – of which I am a member of – is extending invitations to the 2011 IAWRT International Awards for Excellence in Documentary Making.

The IAWRT Awards celebrate outstanding documentaries made by women and are open to all female producers, directors and journalists working with radio, television and film documentaries anywhere in the world.Documentaries must be about women who are making a difference to their own lives or to the lives of other women. Entries must be between 20 – 90 minutes long for Film and 15 – 60 minutes for Radio and have been broadcast, or shown at a competitive festival from October 2009 – September 2011. 

This competition is open to all female directors and journalists worldwide. I’m helping spread this information, so if you know someone, or someone you know knows someone, please pass on this information through your social media platforms or emails. Deadline of submission of entry is on Saturday, 15 October 2011 – that’s two less than three months away, so hurry up.Please check the IAWRT Website. Or use my contact form to email me and I’ll be happy to help you 🙂

O, isang ngiti (smile) naman dyan!

Smiling is infectious,

you catch it like the flu,

When someone smiled at me today,

I started smiling too.

I passed around the corner

and someone saw my grin

When he smiled I realized

I’d passed it on to him.

I thought about that smile

then I realized its worth,

A single smile, just like mine

could travel round the earth.

So, if you feel a smile begin,

don’t leave it undetected

Let’s start an epidemic quick,

and get the world infected!

My contribution to the on-going Isang Minutong Smile (A Minute of Smile) advocacy initiated by fellow bloggers The Pope and Lord CM, a wonderful campaign to spread smiles all over the blogosphere especially during this difficult period of time.

So on December 8, let’s stretch out our facial muscles and flash our sweetest smiles. It’s not that difficult to do…

See? Even my pet Max can do it.
Magkahawaan na tayo sa pag-ngiti!

NB: The author of the above piece is unknown and the owners of the site where I took this from request to contact them if you are aware of the origin/own the copyright to the poem, or are the original composer of the pice, and wish to claim credit for it or want it taken down.

My Hero

Phymean Nuon, one of CNN’s Heroes and the only Asian in the list. She is the force behind People’s Improvement Organisation, helping hundreds of children working in garbage dumps get better lives. The free schooling and job training her organisation is offering are the children’s golden tickets to a better and brighter future. See more of her work at People Improvement.org.

She may not have won the CNN Hero of the Year award, and I am a bit disappointed, but in my heart, and in the hearts of the Cambodians, she is our hero.Cheyor!

Litratong Pinoy #18: Ang Pagwawagi

… ng kampanya ng pamahalaang Cambodia laban sa HIV/AIDS.

HIVAIDS awareness campaign

safe sex campaign

monks advocacy

Dahil sa puspusang pagpalaganap ng iba’t-ibang programa sa tulong ng mga international aid agencies, UNAIDS, mga NGOs pati na ang mga Buddhist monks, nagkaroon ito ng positibong resulta pagkatapos ng ilang taon. Para sa karagdagang impormasyon ukol sa kampanya laban sa HIV/AIDS, paki-basa lang sa ibaba.

Friday’s Feast #2

What does the color dark green make you think of?
– Anything green reminds of recycling and re-use.

How many cousins do you have?
– A lot! If I am not mistaken, I have a total of 30 cousins from both sides of the family. And of course, there are second cousins, and so on…

On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highest, how honest are you?
– I’m not a saint so I give myself an 8.

Main Course
Name something that is truly free.
– Love. One can’t buy love, it is given freely.

Using the letters in the word SPRING, write a sentence.
– I am writing a report now and there are some parts that I want to re-write…

Blogging from Kathmandu, Nepal

It’s very, very cold here in Kathmandu with temperature of about 9C. The moment I stepped out of the plane, the cool breeze sent shivers to my spine. While going through the immigration formalities to finding the hotel service vehicle, I had goosebumps all over and I feel my insides shuddering.

Sad to say, R, I didn’t get a window seat. I was in the middle row. I was told that when going to Kathmandu, one should take seats on the right side of the plane because that’s where Mount Everest can be seen. Drat. Everyone had exactly the same thing in their minds.

Just about 30mins from landing, and as if on cue, the plane tilted to the right because passengers on the left side of the plane vacated their seats and spilled on the aisle towards the right of the plane. That’s when I realized that Mount Everest is in plain sight. I already missed a window seat so I told myself not to be outdone and go take a peep of the peak. I had to kick and fight and bite and scratch my way through this crowd just to see this hallowed mountain peak.

Oh well… this is Mount Everest — err, the snow-capped Himalayan range from where I was standing:

himalayan mountain range

And some random shots I took while on my way to Hotel Yak and Yeti.


downtown kathmandu

Inauguration of IAWRT (International Association of Women in Radio and Television)Conference: Women and Building Peace: Experiences and Challenges

iawrt opening

supathra and madeline
Madeline (Cameroon) and Supathra (Thailand)

with mum beth2
Me with Mum Beth

Will update more tomorrow.
R, there is no internet at the hotel, and I haven’t received any messages from you. The business centre’s closing now and so I will try to get up earlier and send you email.