Many of you have sent us “thank you notes” for starting this new blog “Living Strong Abroad” by Jo Self and I want to thank you for receiving this new and different initiative which we started back in February. One of the reasons to include this blog in Living in Peru is that many of us are challenged by the fact that we live in a new society with different cultures and customs, which sometimes can be hard to adjust to, as they are so different to what we are used to.
If you, like others in the past, have something in particular which you want Jo to focus on and share with you, please send her an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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It was also this week that my friend Martin Morales, proud owner of the most popular Peruvian restaurants in London received the Innovator Award by the prestigious GQ Magazine Food & Drink Awards 2017, due to his hard efforts and work to show people in the capital of England, what Peru has to offer when it comes to gastronomy, art, and music. Only few people achieve these kinds of goals. Congratulations, my friend.
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Due to the fact that most schools in the US and also here in Peru have sent parents “warning notes”, 13 Reasons Why – a newly released series on Netflix has become a huge hit almost overnight, and in particular due to the controversy around the show, people are watching it. And talking about it. A lot. Currently, 13 Reasons Why, a show geared towards a young audience that uses social media heavily and capitalized on a controversy, is the most tweeted about show of 2017.
13 Reasons Why, based on the 2007 best-selling young adult novel by Jay Asher, tells the story of a high school sophomore who commits suicide, through tapes she made before she died. Each tape (episode) addresses one of the 13 people the student claims contributed to her death.
I understand why it has become popular and why the youth think it is a “must see”. I don’t see any harm in seeing it, but I strongly suggest that you watch/discuss the story and the outcome with your teenage kids, should they decide to see it too, to make sure they don’t have any questions and feel alone.
13 Reasons Why is apparently not the only reason to worry about our youngsters, as the frightening online lethal game “Blue Whale” also has found its way to Peru. “Blue Whale”, which was developed by Philipp Budeikin, brainwashes vulnerable teenagers – the vast majority female, over a period of 50 days, urging them to complete tasks from watching horror movies to waking at strange hours, and self-harming.
Philipp Budeikin has been arrested and is in jail, accused of having participated in the death of 14 girls so far. He has now confessed to the crimes – and says he thinks of his victims as ‘biological waste’ and told police that they were ‘happy to die’ and he was ‘cleansing society’. There are some really f……. weird people out there, which we have to protect our kids from. I too, have young children myself and despite its difficulty, one must do an effort to learn from and control what the phone and tablets are being used for to avoid that our dearest ones fall in the hands of stupid people developing games to harm and destroy this world as we know it.
If you want to know more details you can read this article published on Daily Mail, just a few days ago.