Roosters Rock

A lot of my friends are roosters this year including myself. My birthday JUST made it before the Lunar New Year calendar – for the longest period of time, I thought I was born in the year of the dog. To show some chicken love for the New Year, I’ve devised a list of some of my favorite  21st-century chickens that I randomly stumbled across.

 

1. The Chickens from Resident Evil 4

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The Resident Evil games are my favorite (currently playing the latest RE7 on the ps4) and in Resident Evil 4 I remember spotting chickens running around innocently as depicted in the screenshot. Don’t worry they weren’t infected by the zombie virus but if you shot them you’d get a healing egg. I didn’t shoot them anyway. The chickens helped shed a little light on the dark nature of this series.

 

2. Los Pollos Hermanos

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Those times Gus and Walt would go about their business in this fictional fast food chain. As a Breaking Bad fan I would LOVE to see this fried chicken chain open up in real life. Their chicken looks so good, you forget their meetings are about drugs because the crispy chicken gets in the way.

 

3. Torchic

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You wouldn’t recognize this Pokemon if you only followed the 1st generation category like me. I only recall Torchic as one of the first pokemons you choose from Pokemon Ruby on the Gameboy advanced. I found Torchic and Mudkip the cutest.

4. The Chicken from Orange is the New Black

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My favorite chef from OITNB once said: “All I ever wanted was to eat that chicken, that is smarter than the other chickens and absorb its power”. It was the only chicken featured in the series and potentially the tastiest for the inmates. After 4 seasons, it still hasn’t been caught.

 

5. Crossy Road

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I’ve never played this game on the iPhone. I only started playing it a couple of weeks ago on our Apple TV and after this experience  I think it’s better to stick with the phone instead. I’m hopeless with the Apple TV remote. Besides that I can’t get enough of the look of the chicken in this game!

Finally, I drew a Rooster a while back as part of a family Chinese zodiac drawing. The rooster gave me the toughest time to draw in comparison to the other animals I drew next to it. Will I ever draw a rooster again? Most likely not.

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Changing the world one chapter at a time

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Photo credits: Thankyou.co

Tackling poverty is a reoccurring, problematic  issue. We know what it is and we’ve seen it before. In fact, uni made me care about it more. So Mon why do you care about the poor? The thing with most people is that once they see  people living in  unjust  conditions, they start to feel sorry for them. All of a sudden they care about fighting poverty because of their emotions towards the poor. Guys, making decisions should never be based on your emotions.

Poverty means “wasted lives” – remember, there’s also a vast  majority who’ve missed opportunities to grow and learn but never take it and end up being poor. These people are prone to bullying, crime, illnesses, and starting radical groups…all of which  create a path to severely  impacting the economy. I believe no one deserves to   experience poverty. The source of the problem is actually us, we still treat and view them as if they’re poor by donating goods or  forcing them to work at such a low rate. They don’t want to be reminded as poor people. They don’t need donations. They need guidance and self-motivation.

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Like myself, there are many people who want to combat poverty and think that it is achievable. Emily, a friend of mine from uni introduced me to the great work of  Thankyou.  Thankyou is a great example of a group  who believe poverty should not exist. You may have seen their water bottles, food and body care products. They’re  a social enterprise who is fully devoted to ending poverty.

Turning the attention towards us and forcing ourselves to realize  that we  are the causes of poverty is the first step to alleviating  the problem. What adjustments in our lives we can make to help fight global issues like poverty? The Thankyou project is the perfect solution to help  us with this decision making process. Their new  book is designed to inspire and to see and do things differently. It talks about the need to implement more and more fresh ideas instead of the traditional “donating” method.

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Moreover, it outlines Thankyou’s past, present and future and investing in this book means investing in their grand vision for the future. Their book, Chapter One, is the start of this epic journey to fight global poverty. Anyone can buy a book at any price they wish. By the end of March, the aim is to get $1.2million in crowd funding and 100% of the  proceeds go towards what I like to call it as their “chapter two” phase,  which will focus on two things: developing a range of  Thankyou baby care products to fund maternal and infant health programs (Thankyou Baby) and expanding the Thankyou  project to New Zealand (Thankyou New Zealand). Every chapter is a checkpoint towards the big goal and co founder Daniel Flynn is going  to write a story every step of the way.

“I know it sounds a little crazy to be growing an organisation from funds generated by the sale of a book, because traditionally books don’t make a whole lot of money. But at Thankyou we don’t usually do things traditionally.”

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Toy collection

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My white bearbrick from October  is officially painted with some inspiration drawn from the Christmas season. I wanted to paint a bear that somewhat complemented my strawberry Bearbrick (another bear  I got as a gift in October). Being sponsored by Zart  Art last month gave me  an  opportunity to do some art shopping…which I haven’t done in many years! I mainly bought supplies for the bear:  Matisse acrylic paints, a thin paint brush and varnish. I treat paint shopping the same way as I do when I shop for nailpolish;  once you see the shade you love you just gotta have it. The acrylic paints just so happened to be the perfect shade of red and pink, I couldn’t resist it for the bear.

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Now that it’s done, I’m adding it to my growing toy collection. As you may have seen in my about page  there’s a spot on my desk where I display miniature toys.  My collection has since expanded…only very slowly…but it’s gotten to the point where I can’t really find space in my small room to accommodate my mini toy population. I even used the glass cabinets in the lounge room to display some of the toys. We all have hobbies and aside from collecting miniature items, collecting toys will always be another lifelong hobby of mine.

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A right-brainer by day and occasional blogger by night, you've landed on a place where I live and breathe all things art, design, culture and fashion. You'll find me documenting my life in the creative field, endless travels with friends and family and a bit of food.

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