Friday, August 31, 2018

Meet the Fujimini Island Hamsters! Pink Hamster and Brown Hamster!

By: Kate Camillo 

Pink Hamster is Green Hamster’s sidekick. She’s very sweet and friendly. She loves birthday cake so much, she dreams about it! She eats more birthday cake than anyone else on the island. She gets into a lot of mischief and trouble with her best friend, Green Hamster.

Pink Hamster’s love for birthday cake is shown in Pink Hamster and the Big Birthday Surprise. She is so excited for her birthday because she loves to eat cake, especially for breakfast! But the other hamsters have a surprise for her, she thinks they forgot her birthday and she gets sad.

Brown Hamster is the wisest hamster of all the hamsters. Everyone always comes to him to ask for advice. He is very level headed and always gives great advice. Green Hamster and the others sometimes think he is boring, but he is always the friend they go to when they are in trouble. Brown Hamster is the chef of the group and his favorite food is salad! He does not like when people lie, lying is the worst! Brown Hamster is a great friend to have because he cares about everyone and always wants to help.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Meet the Fujimini Island Hamsters! Green Hamster and Blue Hamster

By: Kate Camillo

Green Hamster is very curious. He is always looking for something adventurous and exciting! He is always in the middle of whatever is going on, he loves being involved and sometimes, being the center of attention. His best friend, Pink Hamster is by his side all the time. They love hanging out together. Green Hamsters favorite phrase is “It’s not fair!” and you can hear him shout it from all over the island. All of the hamsters live in a glen with an obstacle course! He is a great friend to have and everyone loves him because he’s so funny and is full of fun!

You can learn more about Green Hamster by reading Green Hamster and the Quest for Fun. This book shows his adventurous nature and his hatred for boredom! He likes to be doing something all the time and having fun every chance he gets. No matter how many times he leaves the glen, he always comes back to his hamster friends.

Blue Hamster is the fastest runner of all the hamsters. He always wins the Hamster Race, which they have everyday. He is super athletic and has a lot of energy. He is a great sport, he knows that winning is not everything. He encourages everyone to try their hardest. You should always do your best when faced with a challenge. He lives in the glen with the other hamsters. Blue Hamster is a great friend to have because he pushes you to do your best and never give up!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Meet Fujimini Island's Silver Bunny!

By: Kate Camillo

Silver Bunny is a tomboy who loves surfing and going to the beach. She loves hanging out with Blue Penguin who teaches her how to surf.

Silver Bunny also knows taekwondo because Orange Bunny taught all the bunnies. Silver Bunny
loves to be active and she loves to be in the sun by the beach. In Blue Penguin and the Sensational Surf, Silver Bunny accidentally drifts from her friends while surfing. She gets into some trouble when a sea monster pulls her under the water! To learn what happens to Silver Bunny and if she gets saved, read Blue Penguin and the Sensational Surf. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Meet Fujimini Island's Orange Bunny!

Orange Bunny is a taekwondo master. She teaches taekwondo to all the other animals on the island. They love it! Although Orange Bunny looks sweet on the outside, she is very strong and quick. 

I would not get her mad if I were you. However, she believes that fighting is only necessary when it is the last option. Problems should be solved through patience and understanding. Her skills came in handy when she was able to help the animals build a raft to help the tortoise samurai. Orange Bunny is a great friend to have because she helps you find strength in yourself to help solve problems. She is powerful, but sweet and humble.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Meet Fujimini Island's Dynasty Dragon!

By: Kate Camillo

Dynasty Dragon is a red dragon on the island with a special gift. He is sometimes called White Dragon because he can shift into a cloud and becomes white. In one of the books, Black Tortoise goes on a secret mission to find Red Dragon. It is important to not scare him away.

He resides in Fu Fun Forest as told by Pink Hamster. She had a dream about a dragon who was very friendly and it happens to be Dynasty Dragon! He is a great friend to those on the island. Dynasty Dragon gets into some trouble on the island when he gets stuck on the Turtle Boat that’s going into battle! Dynasty Dragon’s mother hid him on the island because of his special powers.

The friends on the island believe he can see the future. Dynasty Dragon’s mom is very important to him, he loves her very much. Dynasty Dragon is a lot of fun and is great at hide and seek.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Meet Fujimini Island's Blue Whale!

Written by:
Kate Camillo

Blue Whale is Fujimini’s biggest friend, but he’s shy! He thinks he’s too big! All of his friends, the other animals on the island, love him! On occasion, he’s swallowed a friend or two by mistake.

He loves to have fun and just wants to be included. He tries hard to control his temper and excitement because he splashes water around if he doesn’t.

As a whale, he splashes his friends pretty easily, but he always says sorry for being too excited. He will do anything for his friends, even fight danger to make an underwater rescue happen. He is the head of Fujimini Island’s Search and Rescue Water team. If the animals on the island ever need help in the water, he is always ready to help.

Blue Whale is a great friend to have and he will always have your back.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Weddings: Celebrations Uniting Families

Written by Guest Blogger
Zainab Sulemanjee

As Muslims, many festive celebrations and rituals govern our lives. From the colourful clothes on Eid ul Fitr to the mouthwatering delicacies prepared on Eid ul Adha, we love celebrating our rituals with feelings of love, compassion and sharing. Similarly our family celebrations are also a reflection of the religious values and cultural norms present in our religion and society. The one celebration that I feel sets us apart from many other communities and cultures, is our weddings, which are not only vibrant and colourful, but deep rooted in tradition. Weddings in our part of the world are a family affair. From the initial preparation of the bride’s clothes to the food we serve, each and every detail is tended to with intricate care.

I am a working mom. Wedding preparations are joyful but require an immense amount of time, dedication and commitment. Last year, my younger sister was getting married. As the eldest sibling, I was appointed by my mom to supervise all prenuptial affairs and arrangements. Juggling between work, home, my kids and the wedding was very challenging. The invitation list was carefully constructed, cards were printed and dispatched, venue and caterer were booked, gifts for the groom and his family were purchased, the photographer and event management company were finalised, the bride’s clothes and jewelry decided as per theme of each event, and more. I also had to prepare my clothes, keep up with kids’ exams and activities, and create an agenda for guests from abroad. All in a burning hot climate. I was completely drained out before the wedding functions actually began.

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Our weddings generally last a week or two due to the numerous functions from the Milad to Dholki, Mehendi, Sangeet, Barat, Valima and many others which differ in their rituals, dress codes and arrangements. One function is the Mehendi ceremony, symbolised by a bright yellow/ orange colour and beautiful floral d├ęcor. A professional henna artist applies intricate henna on the hands and feet of the bride as a symbol of beauty, happiness and spiritual awakening. I was so preoccupied that I forgot to book a henna artist. Once guests started pouring in, someone mentioned the significance of the henna colour and its application, and realized I had forgotten a key aspect of the celebration. Determined to set things straight, I frantically called a few friends and finally managed to find an available budding henna artist. Since she was the only one I could get my hands on, I readily agreed to her rates. Apprehensive at first about how the designs would turn out, she amazed me with her skilful techniques and modern creativity. After a fun filled evening of music, dance and of course henna, I was relieved that everything went smoothly.  Sometimes it’s for the best that people don’t know everything that happens behind the scenes to pull of celebrations.