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Understanding Women for Smarties

'Venus and Mars' by Botticelli

‘Venus and Mars’ by Botticelli

I’m tired. I am sick and tired. I am sick, tired and hungry. Maximum capacity tolerance for men misunderstanding women has been reached!
I am weary of males texting me questions on what to say to a menstruating female.
I’ve become blasé to suggestions on how women should feel.
I have grown bored of the two phrases most commonly said to me by Gen-Y males:
“You girls are crazy” and “You’ve got your period, that’s why you’re mad”.
Well boys, I’m starting to think it’s you – the same way you look in the fridge and can’t see the tomato sauce in front of your face, you’re missing the most obvious characteristics of a woman.
But do not fret. For like any good, caring woman, YSS is here to sew the absurdity and cook any future confusion.

“I’m fine”.

The two syllables that mark the beginning of your journey to understanding women. Whilst surfacing as English in its simplest form, it is estrogenic communication at its common complexity.
Once you appreciate this phrase, you uncover the many basic secrets to female understanding. I urge you; do not take this knowledge for granted. Run for a pen and paper, print screen and stick to the back of your bathroom door, or memorise to an MC Hammer beat. It’s time to make the ladies happy and your tummy happier.

Chapter 1: “I’m fine”.
To the untrained eye these two simple words uncover nothing more than their explicit meaning. However, what you forget is that women are creatures of code.
Quite simply, if she’s telling you she’s fine, she is the absolute opposite; so fix it (even if you don’t know what IT is).

Chapter 2: She whines “I’ve put on weight”.
This is a woman who is feeling insecure, either about her physical appearance, your relationship, or both. She is seeking reassurance that you still consider her attractive. If you’re in a relationship with her, and want a relaxed, happy partner, then do not leave her feeling self conscious. If you’re not regularly telling that girl she’s beautiful, then she won’t think she is (it’s a twisted power you’ve been given).
So if she mentions her weight in an annoying whiney tone (note, different to when genuinely stated in general conversation) let that be an indication that she needs you to reinstill her confidence in the relationship.
If she’s not your partner and she’s whinging about weight, then she’s testing her status with you, investigating whether you’re attracted to her and potentially available for future similar whiney conversations.

Chapter 3: She gets upset when you check out other girls.
Sometimes she points out attractive women for the two of you to appreciate. So why does she get offended when you autonomously check out other girls? Because she thinks your trailing off is an indicator of diminished interest in her presence, and a heightened desire for another babe.
If she hasn’t instigated the mutual appreciation of beauty then she’ll suspect you’re fantasising about another woman.

Chapter 4: Do women want the chase?
There is distinction between the dating behaviours of girls and women. Girls are still immature and enjoy the games, whereas women generally want to cut the bull excrete. Do not play games with a woman; you’ll only push her away.

Chapter 5: Why do girls go to the bathroom in packs?
Boys, it’s time to erase every ridiculous idea you have about why women go to the bathroom with friends. I must apologise in advance, for I am about to destroy your hopes and fantasies. Here it goes: women do this crazy thing where they check if anyone else needs to use the bathroom. Here’s where it climaxes: sometimes someone says yes. Absurd, I know. And if we’re not asking out of consideration, one of us is offering to join for protection (insert black and white film reel and gasping audience).
Now let that sink in for a moment.

Chapter 6: If you want her to do something, say please and thank you.
“Make me a sandwich” won’t get you much further than a slap from a Gen-Y lady. Remind  yourself that this isn’t the archaic period, and she is privy to her own actions and choices. Chances are she’s had a hard day at work and wants YOU to make the sandwich. So if you want something, be respectful enough to show you appreciate it.

Chapter 7: Why does she remember everything I say?
Because women pay attention. We generally don’t have the grade A selective hearing of men. Add the sentimental female nature and you have a beautifully colour-coded transcript of everything you ever did and said, including details on what you both wore and the background music. If she’s a love interest, she will metaphorically read this material regularly and become well-versed in your ways.
Why? She values the memories… They make her feel all fuzzy inside.

Chapter 8: Why does she have an emotional attachment to the idea of sex?
If she is still a virgin, then understand that the first experience will not be a pleasant one. Often, a lady will want to ensure the associated pain and discomfort is endured with someone who cares.
Some women are even morally inclined to take it one step further and wait until marriage, sipping a cocktail of social expectations, upbringing, sentimentality and romance. Don’t try to change this woman’s mind, for she will run (you sleazy critter).
So what about the ones who have surpassed this stage? Why do some expect more after you sleep with them? Because many women still hold value in such physical acts, and continue to attach an emotional element to it. So if you’re only after one thing, and she’s developed an attachment to you, you’ll likely leave her feeling used. Perhaps find a women who lives free of this sentimentality and cement the boundaries first.

Chapter 9: Damage your pride and let go of the ego.
Dirty words, I know, sorry. How dare we expect you stop acting like cave men?!
But we actually hate the ego – get rid of it.
Instead, give this a try: be honest about your feelings, beg her to stay, love her independence, share the paying of bills, accept defeat when warranted… It’ll make you stronger.

Chapter 10: She’s crazy when it’s that time of month.
I’m afraid even women don’t know what to do at this time. Quite frankly, menstruation (that word makes you uncomfortable, doesn’t it) is a difficult period (lol, period) for many of us. The female hormones are raging, emotions are heightened, sensitivity is out of control and we’re often in pain. We want you to love us but we don’t exactly want you anywhere near us. 30 seconds later we might change our mind… twice.
So take the safe road: be attentive and considerate, and armed with chocolate. That way, no one gets hurt.

Chapter 11: Women are attracted to drive and direction.
Contrary to male belief, this is not a reference to 1D. Rather, if you want to be a man, do so by showing that you are hard-working and focussed on what you want. Most women won’t care if you’re a barista, brick-layer or barrister, as long as you’ve got solid goals that you’re working towards.

Chapter 12: She always wants to know everything.
Regardless of whether a female chooses to accept it or not, I liken women to felines. They’re sassy, manipulative, feisty creatures with a pretty exterior and an affection threshold. What else? Well, like they say: Curiosity killed the cat. Women are curious. They want to know if you’re thinking about them, and if so, what it is you’re thinking. They want to be in control of each situation, and often that requires information that delves deeper than your “nothing” response and blank look.
Be warned, deny us the control and we’ll claw your couch… metaphorically.

Chapter 13: You can’t tell if she likes you or not.
Is she confusing the hell out of you? Then I’m afraid that means she’s not that into you. My friend, you are there to simply pass the time until the real deal comes along.
Many women get a little lonely, so they’ll text you when they’re lacking male company.
The truth is, if she’s contacting you sporadically, then you’re just the bench-warmer.

Chapter 14: Never tell her to relax!
RELAX!? AW HELL NO! Telling a woman to relax is like asking you to not criticise your sister while she drives… or chaining you up while she butchers your COD high score… or letting the girlfriend beat you in an argument in front of the boys (feel that blood pressure rise).
The restraint will only make her angrier. So instead, hear her out, listen to the prompts and respond accordingly. Caution: do not smile and nod blindly, for you may agree to take her to your next poker night with the boys.

Chapter 15: She wants you to compliment her.
Yeah yeah, you’re sick of being told how insecure women are. But you’re still reading for a reason, so just sit there and take it.
A girl may doll herself up for a few reasons:
a. To impress you;
b. Because she enjoys looking good;
c. An event requires it.
Regardless of the reasoning, she only wants one result:
a. For her partner to compliment her.
Do not skip on telling her she looks good, for it means so much to know your man is proud of the woman on his arm.

The Summary:
Women are considerate, sentimental, hormonal cats who live with chocolate cravings, insecurity complexes and a secret desire for romance. If she’s “fine”, she’s not.

And so concludes your tutorial on Understanding Women for Smarties. Why are you smarties? Because a man who aims to understand womankind is a very intelligent man indeed (and I can’t afford a copyright law suit).

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Til’ Text Do Us Part

Many things in life infuriate me: war, Human Rights violations, One Direction.
But nothing quite hits me like the stance Gen Y holds towards phone use and driving. It’s an obvious equation: Phone Use + Driving = Dangerous.
Yet, I continue to see selfies being taken on the M4, phone calls answered on George Street and Facebook statuses written on Parramatta Road.
I also see proof every day of the ease in having a car accident, via the news, in front of my eyes and through the experiences of loved ones.

So I ask, why? Why is so much of this generation too ignorant to accept the obvious risks of using phones while driving? Why is it our hearts ache when a loved one is lost driving, yet we can’t learn from their mistakes? Why does the death of a teenage driver leave suburbs or towns in agony for some time, yet we can’t leave our phone untouched for 10 minutes?

I am fed and absolutely full on all kinds of excuses to these questions. Now please allow me to destroy the most common ones.

1. “These things don’t happen to me”
Play with fire and you will get burned.
Run with scissors and someone will get hurt.
Turn your back on the ocean and you will be mauled and assaulted by a 15 foot tidal wave.
My point? Play with your phone whilst directing a moving vehicle surrounded in humans, cars, bicycles, children, trees, fences, gutters, houses and dogs and you will surely cause some damage. It’s that simple.
As difficult as it may be to believe, you are not invincible. Inspire the next Marvel Comics based blockbuster and I may reconsider.

2. “It’ll only take a second”
That’s nice. So will a collision with an oncoming vehicle.
Too harsh? Ok, let me sweeten this up for you. It only takes the moment you look down to pick up your beloved Samsung Galaxy s3 to read a text from MyBabeh’exOh, to miss the Mazda 2 speeding through a red light, serving you a sweet plate of well-done T-bone.
A major mistake made by many young drivers is the failure to recognise the attention to detail required to be a safe entity on the road.
You will more than often survive your sober swerving tendencies (and I pray that you do) but your mother won’t appreciate paying the excess on your insurance.

3. “I’ve been doing this for ages”
So you think that makes you a pro? Reality check: Unlike Need for Speed on your PS3, the roads, surrounding drivers, weather and your energy levels aren’t forever static. Driving conditions change; so no matter how much “practice” you’ve had defying driving laws, you can never prepare yourself for what’s coming your way.

4. “Just don’t worry”
My favourite of all time greatest revealers of ignorance.
When over a third of 20-29 year olds surveyed admit to texting while driving, how do you expect the state to not worry?
When you are selfishly putting the lives of others at risk and teaching younger generations poor practices so you can text mindless dribble to your mates, we will continue to worry.
When I, like so many, have lost a friend to a car accident caused by unlawful driving habits, I will worry.
Using your phone whilst driving is against the law for a reason, so do not tell us not to worry.
It’s time you started to worry a little more.

I bet you’re wondering “when will she ever stop complaining”. The answer is, now.
I now appeal to all of you to please stop text-driving, and to stop your friends from doing so too.
I’m not the only one. Governments all over the world are legislating against it, with campaigns such as the NSW Government’s Get Your Hands Off It [see video above].
But it is clear that the law isn’t enough to break the phone habits of younger generations. What is required is societal disapproval (or the amputation of telephonic limbs). You wouldn’t drink and drive, nor would you speed through a school zone. So why would you text and drive?

There are a number of things in life that will never be possible: world peace, hole-proof stockings, teaching school kids on trains to stand for adults.
Eradicating phone use and driving doesn’t have to be one of those things.

Drive safe kids.

If you want a refresher on NSW road rules, follow this link:

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Y Give Up On Grandma

The smell is unchanged, the expressions familiar, despite the new faces.
Some speak English, others do not. Yet they are all waiting for the same thing; their family.

“Hello,” he calls out into the busy corridor of nurses and visitors. None are there for him.
“Hello,” he says again moments later. You’re tempted to wander in.
He’s been calling for days.

It’s undeniable; the hospital is a cold place. Institutionalised. Artworks on the wall failing to disguise what the old white paint has seen.

Walking into your grandmother’s room, you see her alone, though neighboured with three full beds. Neither lady speaks the same language.

“Hi taita (grandma),” her eyes brighten as she praises the arrival of company. Your face is covered with kisses.

Conversations are had, stories are told and emotions released. Eventually, she forgets who you are, despite carrying her name.
You remind her and she cries over her fragile memory.
She is developing dementia.

“Maalesh taita (it’s ok grandma), mat taatleh hum (do not worry), hayde b ji maal umr tawil (this comes with a long life),” you encourage.

Before you know it, visiting hours are over, and you’re uneasily telling grandma that you have to leave. She will sit awake in the dark as others sleep.

With each day it becomes more apparent to you that this woman is losing grasp of her old strengths. It’s a harsh reminder of a journey we all inevitably face. But you’re not sad. You know that your parents worked hard to ensure that you built a strong relationship with your grandmother. So caring for her now, as before, is natural; not guilt-driven obligation. She still has a few years up her sleeve, and you plan on treating her just as valuable as always.

However, not everyone is comforted by this feeling. Many have fallen victim to the self-indulged YOLO lifestyle that endangers the future of intergenerational relationships. For them, many respond by clenching to what ounce of life remains in a loved one, later regretting the time wasted and the memories unformed. Some are forced by parents to make the effort to visit, and show respect when doing so. Others simply do not care at all.

As Generation Y gains the tools to facilitate social and cultural change, it is cause for concern as to what will happen to our elders. Undeniably, society’s shape is transforming simultaneously with the practices of its population, causing diversification through cross-cultural and intergenerational associations. So, it is important to ensure that Gen-Y upholds traditional notions of elder respect.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 9% of Australians were the age of 70 years or older in 2008. Longer life expectancies and decreased birth rates are expected to generate increases to 13% by 2021, and 20% in 2051. As a result, there will be a greater demand on care and support services for older generations.
Do not disregard such information as simple statistics. To the contrary, they represent a generational obligation, substantiated by medical and social contributions. The youth are potential future providers of prolonged life expectancies, and with women in the workplace, lower birth rates. So, it is Gen Y’s duty to facilitate for this ageing population, morally and emotionally. The concern is not with policy or support services, as there is substantial policy initiative driven by government. It is the moral approach to this issue that lacks support. Rest assured, your grandparents prefer a visit from you once a week, over a daily visit from their employed carer. In fact, a study of long-term care facilities found that what elderly residents most wanted was respect, and this determined their quality of life.
Infamous for being the lazy generation, it is absolutely critical that Gen-Y ensures that the aged population is respected and not forgotten, during their years of stability and fragility, by our generation, and those who succeed us, simply because the system will take care of them. This isn’t like your bedroom, your mother can’t clean it for you.

Interestingly, the approach to respecting elders varies by culture. For instance, Lebanese society, like many, observes little reliance on formal measures of aged care, depending heavily on the support of family. It is a custom that has matured through generations of elevated respect for elders and valued affection to all family members.
With ease, the government has absorbed such tradition, as policy-makers hold the view that extended family be the main form of social welfare. Further, as a result of familial bonds, geriatric physicians and primary care are scarce, despite the great quantity of general physicians in Lebanon. Further, the population of approximately 4.2 million Lebanese people is serviced by only 36 nursing homes, most of which are understaffed, further suggesting the minimal external assistance being sought.

Whilst migrants have clutched to tradition when settling abroad in countries such as Australia, integration into new culture proves difficult in avoiding adjustments in children. Naturally, second generation migrant children are faced with conflicts of standards and expectations. For some, the custom of having grandparents live in the family home has continued. Others are separated by a 20 hour flight, turning to weekly long-distance calls. Many more have misplaced their worth for older family members, visiting only on Easter and Christmas.
So what is it that changes in the succession of generations? One explanation is that Generation Y is faced with a greater multitude of diversity than their parents. This includes exposure to the liberal atmosphere boasted by educational campuses, relative decreases in parental supervision and greater peer influence contrary to family traditions. Further, societal constructs placing strain on women to join the work force may be diverting the time that traditionally applied to the care of loved ones. Whilst this provides for traditional changes in migrants, it fails to address personal morality and familial value across all Sydney-siders.

A theory arguably worth noting is one developed by YSS after many train rides, much time spent on social networks, and a keen ear for music. Let’s call it, the iCulture. “I can’t be bothered”, “I don’t care”, “What do I get out of it”, “I have better things to do”; The self-absorbed, shallow and naive mentality that one will only gain from satisfying personal wants. These are the Gen-Ys who believe that their elders are boring, unintelligent, and smell funny. They are the same individuals who have more selfies than family photos, preach the YOLO life over Luther Vandross’ “Dance with My Father Again” and put parties over psyche. They are the ones who conveniently forget that their grandparents babysat and spoiled them as children. These very individuals will raise their children to forget them one day too.

There is something so valuable about those who preceded us, and in order to foster a relationship with them, their worth must not be ignorantly disregarded. Older generations have lived in a time we know nothing about. They have already learnt life’s lessons, and seen the world endure many ups and downs. They are not out of touch, nor are they judgemental. Your grandparents were young once too, and raised your parents when they too were young and reckless. Ask elders about their youth, and you will hear them giggle mischievously. They have seen it all, ultimately becoming the wisest people you will know.

So please, don’t wait until your grandfather is in hospital to see him. Don’t wait until grandma has developed dementia to form a relationship with her. It is important to ensure that you do not forget your elders when they need you most, for you will feel the hurt when they forget you.

If the last 1244 words haven’t convinced you, allow me to try the iCulture approach: imagine yourself as an 80 year old. Now think about how you would wish to be treated by your future children and grand children. So why should your elders deserve any less?

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Living Life on the Edge.

The Simpsons - Red Blazer Realty

The Simpsons – Red Blazer Realty

“Get married”, they say. “Have a family”, they say.
Suuuuure. That’s ideal, if you can afford a home to store them.

It’s the year 2012, and we’re living in Australia’s most expensive city.
Houses no longer matter. It’s all about the land, location and demand.

Close to the city? Jack that price up!
Easy public transport? Up a little more!
Schools close by? Keep it going!

Whilst this has great results for home owners and investors, it’s proving difficult for first-home buyers.
Don’t be ashamed fellow Gen Y-ers, this is no secret.
We all get a little nervous at the site of a real estate brochure.

According to data released by the Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia and Bankwest, 52.8 per cent (from 39.9 per cent) of surveyed Gen-Y respondents are worried about debt associated with buying a home. Worryingly, one in three feel they will forever be unable to buy into the property market.

Still, there is need to be fair; Sydney is a beautiful city, with fortunate conditions. In fact, as of October, New South Wales’ O’Farrell government will be generously offering First home buyers assistance grants of $15 000. That’ll definitely come in handy when the houses in your street are selling for one mill.

If we’d known, we would have started saving from age one, invested by birthday number six, and chilling at 20.
But we didn’t.
Instead, we spent our time watching Angry Beavers, playing Pokemon and thinking L.J. Hooker was the best.
Now, we’re naively sitting in the family home, innocently sipping tea in our rooms, happily watching Game of Thrones, avoiding every effort from our parents at pleasant conversation.

Is that the problem? Has our generation developed a contentment with isolation from responsibility, feeling more at home in our online hubs, than our living rooms? Maybe our highly internet-immersed facebook generation has lost the strength to commit to a land of savings, investments and adulthood. If so, the battle has been lost.
Now contemplate what the future holds for your children, and hope that it includes this blog.

It’s the year 2012, and we’re living in Australia’s most expensive city.
From one struggling Gen Y student to another – Consider your options:
a. Win the lotto.
b. Marry up.
c. Stay at home.
d. Should you become truly desperate, stop flushing your money and start saving. Invest small, think early, and get planning.

 I know you love the adrenaline of living life on the edge, but let’s face it;
Mum can’t clean your room forever.

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Uncrazy Cat Lady.

The Simpsons' Crazy Cat Lady

The Simpsons’ Crazy Cat Lady

There is a commonly attached negative connotation to the appreciation and ownership of cats. It seems a woman can no longer do so, without the accusation of insanity; and so formed the scientific term, crazy cat lady. This suggests that a single, cat-owning woman, lives in a home of cat figurines, consumed in her felines, totally incapable of loving none other than her abundance of cats. The misconception may even extend to the throwing of cats, pulled from one’s own hair (thanking The Simpsons).

This development of ideas may be attributed to two concepts: society’s refusal to recognise the feline’s worthiness of appreciation, as well as the natural consequence of a woman’s urge to own, nurture and take pride in a loved one.
But what about the boys? Sure, dogs are joyfully labelled the man’s best friend, but don’t let that mislead you; scruffy single blokes aren’t inept to loving a cat. Take Abraham Lincoln for example: widely respected American President and lover of felines, who shared the White House with four cats. Yet, men remain exempt from the vicious label of feline loving insanity.

I refuse, however, to be yet another warrior caught in the cross-fire of the Cat vs Dog war; the longest lasting battle known to man. I simply want to rid many Sydney women of crazy cat lady status.

Here is an idea that I first drafted a number of weeks ago; cat appreciation as informed by history. I proceeded to envelope my text with historical facts, Ancient Egyptian values and mores, dates, names (long names), super heroes and places. Then I stopped.
None of you care.
So here you have it, refined, reduced, and simply straight forward.
The lessons to be learned from cats, as justifications for the respectability of a kitty.

  • Cats have an affection threshold, which eventually times out, and leaves you wounded.
    Lesson: Never let another person invade your personal space. If you feel uncomfortable with their affection levels, let them know, or pull out the self-defence.
  • Your cat can sense when you are unwell or unhappy, and will try to extend its affection to comfort you.
    Lesson: If you can sense that a friend is not their best, show some consideration. If they don’t want to talk about it, simply be there for them.
  • Cats value cleanliness. They lick themselves regularly throughout the day and thoroughly before sleep, as well as tidy up behind themselves after bathroom time.
    Lesson: Hygiene is integral to maintaining one’s confidence. I don’t suggest you lick yourself (no judgment if you do), but simply that you keep your space clean, and if blessed with a shower, use it every day.
  • Adult cats don’t usually meow beyond kitten life, signalling to their mother. However, on association with talking humans, have adopted this trait of communication.
    Lesson: Be open-minded about new languages and methods of communication. You will progress as a result, and possibly even get fed on a regular basis.
  • Cats try to scare off rivals using noises, scents and body language, before resorting to physical violence.
    Lesson: Michael Jackson said it once, your cat said it again; beat it! Violence is not always the answer, and virtue may be achieved through discussion.
  • Sometimes your pet cat will leave hunted animals on your door step as a good will gift.
    Lesson: It doesn’t hurt to thank your friends and family once in a while. Your besty might not want a dead lizard for her birthday, but it’s the thought that counts. Right?
  • Cats are territorial and don’t allow trespassing felines onto their property.
    Lesson: Having ownership is a right, so protect your property from delinquents and disrespect. Hands off the Gucci!
  • Domesticated felines are confident creatures, who walk happily with their tails in the air.
    Lesson: Keep your head high, and walk with pride. Life’s not that bad. It could be worse, you could be a dog-lover.
  • Cats eat grass.
    Lesson: Eat your vegetables, so that you grow big, strong and furry.
  • A cat can jump seven times greater than its height.
    Lesson: Don’t be afraid to aim further than you think you can throw; you could be seven times greater than you know.
  • Treatment of a kitten will affect the development of its personality as an older cat.
    Lesson: Our treatment of one another can greatly affect one’s future self, so consider this when dealing with others.
  • In the original Italian Cinderella, the fairy godmother was a cat.
    Lesson: If you’re single, your feline friend has exploitation-worthy magical powers to hook you up with a dashing young prince (yet I’m still single..).
  • They’re fluffy.
    Lesson: pending.
  • Let’s face it, kitties are adorable.

To many, cats are arrogant, cunning, bad luck fur balls who do nothing for society beyond the task of pest control and sometimes dinner…
But it’s undeniably simplified and crystalized; the short list of lessons to justify the respect many women have for felines.
This isn’t about proving that cats are better than dogs. This is about eradicating the label of crazy cat lady.
Owning a cat or two (or 27) does not make you crazy.
It makes you an intelligent woman with a readiness to learn more.

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Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of year.

The sun, ripe and crisp, and the wind cool. Evenings creep up prematurely, mornings wake as we do. The sun sets pink, and leaves turn a mix of red and yellow. Like its cousin season, Spring, Autumn oozes with the transitions that characterize its role of taking us from summer to winter.

They say everything is better in moderation, and that’s exactly what Autumn is about.
So on this beautiful day of May, soak up the sunshine and suck up that breeze.

It’s Autumn!

Circular Quay’s Autumn sunrise



The Blog-side


adjective /ˈsinikəl/

  1. Definition: Distrustful, doubtful of worth, mocking.
  2. Example: Me; when considering the creation of a blog.

“It’s beneficial”, they say, “expressive, professional and contemporary,”.

“It’s cliché”, I think, “unoriginal, mainstream and tumblr-ised,”.

Though, as my written works accumulated, facebook status’ lost sufficiency of communication, and my observational skills peaked, I felt it was time to cross over to the blog-side.

Society is about your online presence, which subsequently defines your absolute presence. Social media, the blogosphere, and smart-phones are the way of today.

So here I am. Young, Savvy and Sydney. Staying true, by joining the blog-brigade.

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