Making her Own Way

She is a woman who only knows one language (English), but has traveled to over 23 countries.  Her name is Sherry Ott.  In my opinion Sherry Ott is by far the most interesting and unique Keables Chair Holder that Iolani has ever brought to its campus.  I personally think her likeability is due to the fact that she has gone against the norm of a 6-figure salary, and has made a career based upon her passion of traveling.

After seventeen years of living in the same house, I know for sure that my parents wish that they had followed their passions in life.  But just like many other Americans getting the best financially fit job is usually the number one priority.

It has always been a dream of mine to travel to foreign places, and I actually was able to start this dream last year when I traveled to Switzerland, Germany, and the Czech Republic.

Here is Sherry Ott’s picture of the Prague Astronomical Clock.

Here is my photo (I promise it is mine) of the Prague Astronomical Clock! It's so cool that we both went to the same place!

Here is my photo (I promise it is mine) of the Prague Astronomical Clock! It’s so cool that we both went to the same place!


Hearing and viewing the many stories and photos that Ms. Ott shared with us rekindled my passion for seeking out new places.  Her success in traveling for seven years has given me a reassurance that if traveling is what I want to do with my life, it is possible.

One of the reasons why I enjoy traveling is because I want to experience new cultures and try different foods.  The stories that Ms. Ott shared with us about how the women in the Middle East have to stay inside of their homes and wear hijabs is totally the opposite of what is expected of women in America.  Her photo of the lady making dough on the metal stove that was shaped like a rock made me think, “I wonder what that tasted like?” I am a food fanatic, and I know I would absolutely love trying the different dishes that each country has.  Stories and photos of things like these are what really get me excited about what is beyond America.

Ms. Ott shared also shared about the roles of women.  The women’s roles are all very similar because it was usually the women who  do all the cooking, who were forced to stay inside, and the ones who tend to the children.  Although America has its own issues on gender equality, I am so grateful as Ms. Ott said, “lucky” to have been born here.

Sherry Ott has inspired me to take any opportunity to travel to foreign places, and that nothing, not even knowing how to speak only in English can stop me!


Girls Rule & Boys Drool, but do they really?

From the moment a child is born, their gender WILL determine the way that child’s life will be like.  Our 21st century distinction comes from the media, our own homes, and our own gender.

Gentlemen Assumptions 

1. All guys watch football.  Whenever I am eating dinner with my boy cousins,  I always hear them talk about football like it’s a religion.

2. All guys maintain the cars.  My dad is the one who is always outside every weekend washing and detailing the inside of our cars.  My mom rarely goes outside to help out with the cars.

3. All guys play a sport.  If I could name every guy that I know, every single one of them had or is still participating in a sport.  Whether it be basketball or air rifling, all guys play a sport.


4. All guys do the laboring tasks around the house.  In my family my dad does all the outside manual work like fixing the roof or building the wooden tables.

5. All guys love working out.  Every morning, I at least see one teenage boy if not more working out in the weight room.  I don’t know how they do it, but if I had to lift a trillion pounds before school started, I would not make it passed first period.  The only plausible explanation must be that guys just really enjoy working out.

Women Assumptions 

1. All girls bake.  Whenever it is someone’s birthday or a holiday like Christmas, I am always bombarded with cookies and cakes.  And every time I say, “O.M.G. this is so good. Who made this?” I am always answered with, “Oh, [insert a different girl’s name here every time I ask this question]!”

2. All girls are physically flexible.  Girls biologically are suppose to be more flexible than guys, due to less muscle mass and the fact that girls bodies are suppose to be stretched in weird ways (pregnancy).

3. All girls like dresses  I think many people make this assumption because girls never really get the chance to wear anything else when it comes to important events like the Grammy’s.


4. All girls love shopping. Hollywood has brought upon a bias notion that women really love shopping through movies like Confessions of a Shopaholic Pretty Woman; which are only based upon women going shopping.

5. All girls do the housework.  The 50’s lifestyle that the men would go to work while the women would stay home and take care of the house, is not the case in many homes today; but it is just a widespread belief in our society.