Friday, 5 February 2021

Waitangi Day

The Treaty of Waitangi is an event that happened 181 years ago between British Representatives and Maori. Every February 6 New Zealand celebrates this event as a national public holiday.

On the Bay of Islands in 1840, over 500 Māori chiefs and the British Representatives had come together to sign what is now known to be New Zealand's founding document. 

Being a public holiday, people have their opinions on it. Some see this holiday as a great day to remember the past and to go out and join together with the community. Festivals and showcases are held to commemorate. 

Others, however, see this holiday as shameful. They view the remembrance of the many loses New Zealand suffered an embarrassment, some going as far as asking for the holiday to be revoked. 

I don't have too much of an opinion on whether the holiday should be taken out or not. All I can say is that I understand why people would prefer not to remember such triggering times and why others are happy for the holiday being around. 

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Empathy, Sympathy & Compassion

I was scrolling through social media, you know, the usual, when I came across a post pointing out the difference between empathy, sympathy and compassion. My whole life I used those words interchangeably because I thought they all meant the same thing: feeling sorry for someone. I could have not been more wrong πŸ˜“

Here are the actual definitions of the three words and why it's important to remember them!


Empathy is feeling the same emotions as the other person.

I feel how you feel,

The opposite of empathy is unempathetic. Unempathetic people are just people who have not felt what the other person is currently feeling. 


Sympathy is understanding what the other person is going through.

I know how you feel,

The opposite of sympathy is unsympathetic. If someone is unsympathetic they are not able to understand the emotions and/or the situation the other person is going through. 


Compassion is feeling care and warmth for the other person.

Is there anything I can do to help?

The opposite of compassion is uncompassionate. An uncompassionate person does not help someone during difficulties in their life because they don't care.


I always thought that if someone had low/no empathy they were a stink person, but in reality they could have a lot of compassion and sympathy to give! Now this may sound contradictory BUT just because someone might be lacking in one of these three areas, it does not erase the fact that they can still care for others.

Ahh sorry if this next bit doesn't make too much sense, but how I see it an uncompassionate and/or an unsympathetic person can overcome it if they want to. After all, it's nothing permanent. If they so desire to, they can learn ways to become more sincere and eventually grow.

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

[Tue, 8 Sep] Quote of the Week #4

Hey hey hey! We're back to school and it's going good so far. I realised that I have missed another week but it's fine. 

Before we start, how are you doing right now? Are you staying hydrated and eating? Have you caught up on your work? And how's your hygiene? It is especially important to look after yourself during these tough times. You'll make it through, I believe in you.
✨ Sorry for the poor quality ✨
[Quote: @ is in the photo]
When someone would tell me or my peers and I that we couldn't love anyone if we didn't love ourselves, I always felt icky. I knew that sounded wrong and now that I've found something that puts it into words, that is such a horrible thing to say. 

Everyone is going to have off-days, that's just how people are. But that doesn't automatically erase the parts of you that are loveable. You are deserving of love everyday. Just because you're feeling under the wheather, that shouldn't stop others from loving you!! If anyone tells you that you are not worthy of love when you don't see it in yourself, know that it is not true.

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Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Coping With Lockdown

Kia ora whanau!! One of my classes has given us the task of sharing how we are taking care of ourselves during lockdown. Everyday consists of the same activities. But before we get into that, how are you doing? Have you had a drink today and gotten something to eat? Have you stretched? And how are you feeling? Are you in need of some 'you' time? If everything's okay then read on! 

I message and occasionally go on calls with my friends. When we are on calls we're either playing ROBLOX or watching some sort of video or both. Playing ROBLOX with them is the funniest thing I swear. It's nonstop jokes and silly acts.


I've been binging series!! Although it's only been Haikyuu, ATLA, The Umbrella Academy and Diamond no Ace. Please I am now in the ranting mood. Klaus and Ben are the best (sibling) duo in the series. Those two are so childish around each other but obviously care deeply about the other. I haven't finished watching it but Klaus's development so far is looking good!!

The Umbrella Academy' showcases a new type of superhero | The ChimesAnd Okumura from Diamond, that boy is so dramatic 🀣.  He treats his games like a Life or Death situation and always tells Eijun things like "If we go up in flames, we go up in flames together," Like what, three times an episode πŸ˜‚.

If I talk about Haikyuu I won't stop so all I will say is that the official arts are other wordly. There are so many and every one of them hits differently.
The last thing I do is listen and jam out to music. Omg I'll be in my room listening to Mr Loverman or New Perspective and pretend I'm performing at a concert. Trust me when I say that is so much fun and stress relieving. The dancing doesn't even need to make sense, I just swing my arms and legs around πŸ˜‚.

To avoid flooding this blog post I'll keep the activities to three!! I definitely recommend doing any of these activities, it will really keep your morale high!
I'm interested in hearing what you do to take care of yourself. 

Thank you for stopping by! (>‿◠)✌ Iwa-chan~

Monday, 24 August 2020

[Mon, 24 Aug] Quote of the Week #3

Kia ora whanau! Sorry for missing a week, I've been trying to readjust to lockdown. Speaking about lockdown how're you all doing? It's okay if you're feeling pressured or stress or sad, that's to be expected. I thought that with lockdown and all this quote would make the most sense.
[Characters are from  Avatar: The Last Airbender]
I think it's safe to assume that we are all struggling at this point in time. If you're up to the task, maybe check on your friends or whanau. If you know someone who is under the weather tell them that they mean a lot to you. Imagine if you were told that, how would you feel? 

Monday, 10 August 2020

[Mon, Aug 10] Quote of the Week #2

Quote: Ittestu Takeda (Haikyuu!)
This is honestly such a motivating way of seeing such a situation. If I am defeated it is not because I am weak but instead I just haven't reached that point to win. I don't know if that makes sense??
Takeda is one of the most underrated underappreciated Haikyuu characters :((. He has done so much for Karasuno from setting up practice matches (may I add that most of them were with powerhouse schools) to getting them a proper coach. Never once did Takeda give up, he'd gone as far as to throw away his pride and get on his hands and knees to beg others to give Karasuno a chance. He believed in Karasuno before anyone did.

Can I also say that Takeda has the best quotes? Because he does. A lot of the advice he has given I have taken to heart. The power he holds is astronomical. 

"Getting you for our advisor, Coach Takeda, was the biggest stroke of luck we had this entire year"
- Daichi Sawamura

I like how this turned into a Takeda appreciation post 😭

Monday, 3 August 2020

[Mon, Aug 3] Quote of the Week #1

Kia ora whanau! I want to try and blog more so I've decided to start a series called 'Quote of the Week'. Each post will have a quote in poster form and a song that may or may not fit the quote, I haven't decided yet. Most of these quotes will be centred around self-worth. To start off this series we have...
I couldn't find the person who coloured this panel in :(( ✨ 
Quote: zhihui.e (Instagram)
[Characters are from Haikyuu!]
There are going to be days that you spend being unproductive, days where you have well-needed breaks but you feel bad. You feel like you'll fall behind if you keep resting. Just know that you are not alone in what you're feeling. It's okay if you don't feel that your rest is deserved. There are people out there who understand the importance of taking breaks. And don't feel like you have to push yourself harder if you do take a break. Please remember that what you feel does not define your worth
On a side note I have recently been rewatching Haikyuu because the manga ended and omg I love Kageyama more than I did when I first started the series. Watching him go from being an arrogant player to him wanting to move past that and improve makes my heart go πŸ’£πŸ’“. Akaashi will always be my favourite but I really do have a soft spot for Kags now :>.

Ughh and when Hinata gave Kageyama's nickname 'King of the Court' a new meaning I was just about ready to pass away. They are the definition of rivals to teammates to friends to partners and I am here for this development.

Please feel free to scream about Haikyuu with me!!
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