Disability, Opinion, TedTalks

Feature Friday: I’m Not Your Inspiration, Thank You Very Much!

Earlier this week, when I asked my uncle to review my CV (he used to work at IBM), he told me to include the fact that I’m an ambassador for the autistic community.

In response, he gave me a link to a Ideas.Ted.com blog post regarding the late Stella Young’s 2014 Ted Talk I watched way back then (see at the bottom of this post). I wrote a little comment about it underneath at the time, and promptly forgot about it.

Six years later, I’m surprised to find that my words got included in the blog as a Smart Comment. This is what I wrote:

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Comment, Journalism, LGBT+, Social Media

The Other Kind of Phobia: Acephobia

Trigger warning: sexual assault/harassment.

Since it is International Homo/Bi/Trans Phobia Week,¹ I strongly feel I need to point out that another kind of phobia exists:

Acephobia.

People of other orientations have told me they don’t believe that this phobia exists, which is enough to tell you that they don’t even think my sexuality is real either.

But it does…

I’m asexual. More specifically, a demi-aromantic grey-asexual, who only feels sensual attraction if an emotional attachment has been formed.

Which is really, really rare.

Of course, I’ve been at the end of acephobia² a lot… even before I came out seven years ago.

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Photography, Roaming

Flashback Friday: The Early Instagram Days

I love Instagram.

That said… I didn’t always love it.

I remember being on it circa 2008 and I quit because I didn’t feel any of my posts were anything special. I rejoined in 2015 for my history blog, as I had the inspiration to go around photography historical buildings.

It really changed my way of thinking, given me a new perspective on life, and turned into a wonderful therapeutic art tool. It’s made observant of what was around me, of what buildings I walked past, and take note of hidden aspects of life.

At the start, I only did historical photography. After being in Canada for a few months, I naturally abandoned that in early 2016 and planned onto day-to-today journalling.

However, it didn’t carry on that way.

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Music, Review

Throwback Thursday: Goo Goo Dolls

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ and a half

If anything good came out of my first ever relationship with my ex-boyfriend, it would be that he got me into the Goo Goo Dolls.

He tried to get me into other bands, like the Foo Fighters, but they never stuck.

The Goos – as he called them – did.

I don’t know if it was because I had a huge aesthetic crush on Johnny Rzeznick at the time, or if it was genuinely because they made good music.

But they stuck.

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Music, Opinion, Review

Concert Review: Bryan Adams

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

On Tuesday 26 July 2016, I went to what was perhaps the best live concert I have ever been to in my life: Bryan Adams at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre for one night only.

It was such an amazing, beautiful, and surreal night. I’ve seen Bryan Adams (BA) in concert a few times in my life, and this was the best I had ever seen him perform! He completely revamped all his classic songs, added in new ones from the new album “Get Up”, and a couple of covers, and gave countless of solo acoustic encores when the main set was over, which was such an incredible treat. He was so amazingly generous by singing to us for over three hours!

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