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Eat medicine that’s out of date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.

Background info

Ang Cambodia ay isa sa mga bansang may pinaka-mataas na HIV infection rates sa buong mundo. Naitala ang pinaka-unang kaso ng HIV sa bansa noong 1991, at ang pinaka-unang tao na na-diagnose na may AIDS ay naitala naman noong 1993. Tinatayang sa loob ng taong 1997 umaabot humigit-kumulang sa 157,000 katao, edad 15-49 taon, ang hinihinalaang may HIV sa Cambodia. Sa resulta ng pananaliksik ng iba’t-ibang ahensiya ng gobyerno at sa tulong ng mga banyagang mananaliksik, lumalabas na ang pagtatalik ng walang proteksyon, ang pagkakaroon ng multiple partners, ang prostitusyon, ay iilan lamang sa maraming dahilan ng pagkalat ng HIV/AIDS.

Dahil dito, nagtulong-tulong ang iba’t-ibang ahensya ng pamahalaan ng Cambodia at ng mga ahensya tulad ng UNAIDS, USAID, mga NGOs, atbp., upang magsagawa ng programang sasagot sa problemang ito. Sa tulong ng mga ito, naglunsad ng matinding awareness programs, kasama na ang mga media programs, para sa mga kabataan, mga nakakatanda lalo na sa mga babaeng may asawa (high risk), sa uniformed sector, at lalong-lalo na sa mga sex workers. May mga NGOs na nagbibigay ng ibreng contraceptives (condoms) kasama ang karagdagang impormasyon tungkol sa AIDS at HIV. May ibang NGO din na nagbibigay ng libreng confidential HIV-testing at medical service sa sex workers na nagkaroon ng impeksyong dulot ng Sexually Transmitted Diseases o STD. Isa rin sa mga isinagawa sa Cambodia ay ang faith-based intervention kung saan pinagtagpo ang religious theory and principles sa pagpalaganap ng HIV/AIDS prevention. Maraming Buddhist monks ang nakilahok sa programang ito sa pamamagitan ng pagpalaganap ng mensahe, sa pagtulong sa mga pamilyang naapektuhan, at lalo na sa pag-aalaga ng mga taong may HIV/AIDS at sa mga batang naulila o taglay na rin ang HIV virus.

Dahil sa puspusang pagpalaganap ng mga programang ito, nagkaroon ito ng positibong resulta pagkatapos ng ilang taon. Noong 2000, bumaba ang HIV national prevalence rate sa 2.6% kumpara sa 3.3% noong 1997. Base sa UNAIDS report noong 2006, ito ay muling bumaba sa 0.9%. Nagbunyi ang pamahalaan ng Cambodia sa unti-unting pagwawagi ng kanilang kampanya laban sa HIV/AIDS.

Ngunit patuloy pa rin ang laban. Isang hamon sa pamahalaan ng Cambodia ang mapanatiling mababa ang infection rate at ang pagpapanatili ng paggamit ng contraceptives. Nananatili pa rin ang pangangailangang mabigyan ng sapat na edukasyon at kaalaman ang mga mamamayan, may HIV/AIDS o wala, tungkol sa maaaring idulot ng epidemya sa kanilang sariling tahanan, komunidad at bansa.

– Source:

The HIV/AIDS Rate in Cambodia is going down: How was it done?
by : Ty Chettra, MD, MPH, Country Director, The POLICY Project Cambodia

Please support International Medical Corps and help feed hungry children

Last week I received an email from Chessia Kelley, from theInternational Medical Corps. She introduced me to International Medical Corps where she works in addressing issues on child health and malnutrition issues all over the world. IMC, a global humanitarian, non profit organization established in 1984 by a group of volunteer doctors and nurses, was recently chosen out of 1,190 projects to be in the top 25 list of American Express’ Projects, “Saving Lives of Malnourished Children”. Having been chosen as such, the International Medical Corps is eligible to receive up to $1.5million to feed hungry children.

Malnutrition is associated with half of all child deaths worldwide. Here in Cambodia, it was reported that malnutrition is significant affecting more than half of the country’s children. So you can just imagine the importance of tackling this issue, that it requires solutions and resources on many levels.

Currently, the International Medical Corps is in the top 5 and in the running for the top prize. However, if they fall out of the top 5, they lose the chance of getting the money. Coming from a non-governmental, non-profit organization myself, I understand how important funding is to be able to implement development projects. So I am asking you to please take heed. If you are looking for a cause to support but do not have time to do voluntary work, please consider IMC. IMC gives us opportunity to help without having to leave work and our homes. All you have to do is vote for them – the more votes they get, the more their chances of getting the prize money. Just visit International Medical Corps micro-site created by Chessia and look for the button where you can vote for them. Just hurry, there are only 3 days left to vote.

And if you have questions about how the funds are allocated or more details of the International Medical Corps works, visit their website at www.imcworldwide.org.

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…