Daily Archives: 2015/01/05

lessons of war from the hobbit

I recently learnt that the author of the hobbit was a survivor of world war I. and that his writings were inspired from his experience as well as his upbringing and academic interests. knowing this, I watched the movie with a different perspective.  Rather than just taking awe in the scenery,  the fights and the characters.  I viewed it as a story told by a war veteran. The hobbit and lord of the rings shared a common story.
Generally,  the story started with a young man who is by all accounts innocent,  was thrusted into the world of war through promises of adventure and a sense of purpose. There he bonds with his buddies/compadres/friends of different backgrounds and different races. Experiences the action and the casualties of war.  At the end, by chance or by luck he survives, but he suffers from loss of for ends and the trauma of war.  A changed man.
Watching the movie I was saddened to see the reality of war.  It is either the result of a mad dictator realizing their visions come true by oppressing other people (Sauron,  Hitler) , or by people with good intentions but misunderstands and mistrusts each other, especially with a belief of scarce resources (elves vs dwarves / Israel vs Palestine ).
Even sad,  was in all this war,  there is a side that does nothing… us (and USA in world war I).  Seating in our chairs,  comfortable. Obsessed with our own desires, believing that the war has nothing to do with us, that it won’t reach us,  or at the least we cannot do anything in our place. 
This feeling is unsettling. As it probably should. Leaves me with thoughts, such as  what does it take?  And what can I do in my own small way?  To achieve world peace!? To share this insight,  to tell friends,  to inspire others.  That we can live in this world in peace. To help people understand each other,  to trust each other.
Or will there be a need for a bigger villain?  that would unite the world together. But if we don’t get together soon, the smarter villain need not interfere,  for we might just destroy ourselves soon. But here is the scary part,  if we don’t go to war with ourselves,  then the villain will need to either pool their resources together more, or incite war within us anyway to ease their job.
Overall a very inspiring movie. Tolkien may have used stories to share his truth about the bleakness war, on it’s causes and effects. And its consequences to the individual that survives the war. Thank you film makers for realizing his vision, and inspiring the world with stories.
“artists uses lies to tell the truth” – v for vendetta.


Treating an insect bite or sting

when i came back home yesterday from a hike my wife had been stung on her right toe. my original plan now spoiled (sorry guys i couldn’t make it to breakfast), I  needed to tend to her. she was in pain. a previous first aid training was helpful (thanks dina).
First ascertain that she wasn’t having a severe allergic reaction and having difficulty of breathing,  then checked the the wound for any stings left.  Apparently it wasn’t a bee, or else there would be a sting left.  So it was either a a wasp,  or a hornet but they could have stung her more than once,  could have been a bite rather than a sting.  My wife identified it as a big black bee with a dark orange ring on it’s abdomen. Sounded like a bumble bee. But do we have those in Brunei?
So nothing to pull out I cleaned the wound. There was a drop of dried blood.  And then placed the feet in ice cold water.
I periodically asked how she felt to make sure she wasn’t getting worst.  Also tried to YouTube a few funny videos to make her laugh and distract from the pain. I also was trying to identify the insect online as well as get more info on treatment.
My wife was upset not just at the bee for the pain, but it was ruining her plans to go out that day.  But after the pain subsided,  though her feet started too swell lightly,  she decided that no bee is going to spoil her day.  And we went to the mall to have our late lunch/ early dinner, then look around and then watched a movie. It was one of the slowest walks I have taken in years. Her feet swelled more with rest during the movie,  so she decided to walk around some more at yayasan, where we met her sister and family (they heard about the incident and didn’t tell my wife so she wouldn’t go out to join them,  but we coincidentally did any way) Before she slept she put on some cream on her legs and wore socks for compression.
I downloaded web MD for Android and found a few pointers.


Didn’t try the interval cooling.  Tried the raising of the leg but she felt it got worst. Interestingly,  both my wife and I dislike going to the hospital,  so we don’t go there unless absolutely necessary. And we try not to take any medicine.  Just food and supplements please. We took vitamin c supplements and ate pineapple for the swelling,  and drank cold water to help flush the toxin from her system. We will see this morning when she wakes up if she feels better or do we need to go to doctor.