Melody Jacob


Melody Jacob eating at joels restaurant in Dublin

I had a fun time at a cozy restaurant with my friend. Dublin is such a cool place to visit, and what I really liked about it is how tidy everything is. Let me tell you about this restaurant called Joel's that we went to for a big lunch. It's close to our hotel, so we freshened up and headed there.

I made sure to dress nicely, but my friend had a little mishap with her outfit. When we walked in, everyone seemed dressed up, and my friend joked that she should've dressed better. We couldn't help but laugh because we could feel everyone's eyes on us, especially with my attention-grabbing Afro hair.

But the best part is that the restaurant didn't let us down. The food took a bit to arrive, but it was worth it. They had yummy sweet potato fries and regular fries. We both went for the sweet potato fries, and my friend tried their amazing pasta carbonara, which had the most delicious cheese ever! We started with salads, and I went for the classic dish of the restaurant. It was good, though not the best I've had. Overall, it was a nice place with friendly staff.

Not every perfume is suitable for summer; some scents are stronger and can overwhelm, leaving people stressed and offended. Growing up, we had what we called "Aboki perfume" - strong, overpowering scents that filled a room, making it hard to breathe and causing discomfort. If you're in the habit of wearing such, consider lighter options that still smell nice and are more accommodating. Before purchasing, check reviews or do a test. Today, I'll share summer-appropriate perfumes, highly recommended ones like two Zara perfumes:

1. NUDE BOUQUET Eau de Parfum: This fragrance combines vibrant yuzu freshness with a delicate white floral bouquet, featuring notes of cherry, peony, and vanilla. It offers long-lasting wear and is a budget-friendly alternative to Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet. It uplifts your mood, suits all seasons, and strikes a perfect balance between heaviness and lightness. Plus, it comes in an adorable box.

NUDE BOUQUET Eau de Parfum

NUDE BOUQUET Eau de Parfum

NUDE BOUQUET Eau de Parfum notes

2. Violent Blossom: This perfume is charmingly lovely and has a simple yet captivating scent. It's sweet, warm, cozy, and a bit floral, with hints of Tonka and cherry. Its long-lasting nature makes it a delightful choice. With a simple design and a uniquely alluring scent, it evolves into an irresistibly good fragrance as it dries down.

Zara violet blossom notes

3. Zara Woman Fruity Eau de Toilette: This perfume offers a refreshing and fruity scent that is perfect for the warmer months of summer. With its lively and vibrant notes, it brings a sense of energy and brightness to any day. Additionally, its fruity aroma can also be uplifting during the cooler days of spring and add a touch of freshness to the crisp air of winter.

4. Zara Man Silver Eau de Toilette: This fragrance features a blend of citrus and woody notes, making it a versatile option that transitions well between seasons. The citrus top notes provide a refreshing burst ideal for summer, while the woody undertones add warmth and depth that complement the cooler temperatures of winter. In spring, its balanced combination of freshness and richness makes it a timeless choice.

Have you tried any of these perfumes? Let me know in the comment section below.

Every year, millions of people are bitten by dogs. If this were to happen to you, what would you do?

Millions of people are bitten by dogs every year. What should you do if it happens to you?

The United States sees more than 4.5 million dog bites every year. Most of these incidents are not caused by an unfamiliar dog attacking someone in a park or other outdoor location, despite your assumption. The majority of dog bites are caused by a pet dog in a home. This article provides advice on how to avoid these distressing and potentially serious injuries, as well as the steps to take if you are attacked by a dog.

What is the cause of dog bites?

When people wrestle or play tug-of-war with their dog, there are dog bites that happen by accident. Dogs bite people most often when they feel stressed, threatened, scared, or startled, as per the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Dog bites are more common in children, and they are more prone to serious injuries than adults.

People don't always pay attention to the behavioral signals that a dog is uncomfortable, says Dr. Christopher Baugh, associate professor of emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School. Some dogs are extremely territorial and will bark, growl, snap, and lunge if someone enters their space, whether it's an apartment, yard, or crate. Dogs may display resource guarding, which can result in anxious and aggressive behavior around food, toys, or beds. 

According to the doctor, these situations can be high-risk, and children are particularly prone to not being aware of that risk.

What steps can you take to prevent dog bites?

According to the AVMA, dogs, even those that are sweet and cuddly, can bite if provoked. Young children playing with a dog should be supervised by an adult. Encourage children to refrain from disturbing a dog while it's eating, sleeping, or caring for puppies. 

In a study of 321 facial dog bites treated at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital over a 20-year period, 88% of the bites were from known dogs. The majority were adults who had interacted with the dog through play, feeding, and facial contact. But according to Dr. Baugh, the hand—typically the dominant hand—is most likely the most often bitten area with an adult dog.

The following are some more recommendations from the CDC to avoid dog bites:

  • It is always polite to ask permission before petting a dog, even if it seems friendly.
  • Before you pet the dog, be sure it has seen and smelled you.
  • Petting a dog who appears to be hiding, afraid, ill, or furious is not advised.

What happens if a strange dog comes up for you? Keep your cool and avoid making eye contact with the dog. Say "no" or "go home" in a deep, forceful voice while facing the dog with your side of the body facing it. Either move slowly away or wait for the dog to retreat.

In the event that a dog bites you, what should you do?
After giving the wound a quick wash with warm water and mild soap, wrap it in a fresh bandage or a piece of cloth. Using an antibiotic cream or ointment is advised by several internet sources. But according to the American Academy of Dermatology, these medications should only be used by those who have obvious signs of an infection, such as redness, pus, discomfort, swelling, or warmth.

Visit the emergency department if there is significant blood, a bite wound to the face, or a probable shattered bone. This is also a smart move in the unlikely event that you require medication to prevent rabies (rabies post-exposure prophylaxis) after being bitten by an unfamiliar or stray dog.

It's common for people to feel shocked after being bitten and focus solely on their wound, according to Dr. Baugh. The owner of the dog might stop by to see how you're doing and then go. However, he advises getting the person's contact details and confirming that the dog has received a rabies vaccination.

Remember that:

  • If the injury doesn't need to be treated right away, an urgent care facility is a better choice because emergency rooms are frequently packed and have lengthy wait times.
  • Stitches are needed for certain wounds, preferably within 12 to 24 hours.
  • In order to avoid infections, the doctor might prescribe antibiotics, particularly if you have diabetes or other health issues that compromise your immune system.
  • If it has been ten years since you got a tetanus booster, you might also require one. You will receive a tetanus booster just in case, if your vaccination history isn't available or you can't recall.

What happens when a dog bite is less serious?

Imagine that you have received a less serious bite from a relative who is known to have a current rabies vaccine. Bites that don't require stitches can be cleaned with mild soap and running water, then evaluated by your regular health care provider. They may advise you to monitor the wound for signs of infection.

Doctors are making an effort to be more thoughtful about prescribing antibiotics and limiting their use in low-risk situations, as overuse of antibiotics leads to antibiotic resistance and exposure to potential side effects without any benefit. Baugh.

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My encounter with a drunken man holding a Bull Terrier inside the train at night.

Last Thursday, I reluctantly boarded the underground train, eager to get home quickly despite my aversion to it. As usual, I found the train to be disgustingly dirty. Sitting uncomfortably on the edge of a seat, I decided to immerse myself in my phone to avoid acknowledging the unsanitary surroundings. However, my attempt to distract myself was interrupted when the train stopped at another station, and the door opened after some passengers disembarked and boarded other coaches.

A man aggressively pounded on the door of our coach, causing it to open. He entered, accompanied by a large Bull Terrier dog, clearly intoxicated. Feeling uneasy, I promptly vacated my seat and moved to the back where two other passengers were seated. They soon alighted, leaving me alone with the drunk man and his dog.

Throughout the journey, this man was talking to his restless dog. Consequently, they missed their intended stop, prolonging the discomforting situation. What exacerbated my unease was when, before exiting, the man directed a vulgar gesture towards me with his hand. I couldn't shake off the fear that he might unleash the dog on me.

This incident left me deeply unsettled, reflecting on how some individuals exploit animals as weapons to intimidate others, masquerading it as pet ownership. Dogs like Bull Terrier, in such circumstances, cease to be companions but become potential threats. It's alarming how someone visibly unfit to handle such responsibility is permitted to possess and wield control over such a wild animal. 

I already called my friend to stay on the phone with me, and after I got off the train, she made a reassuring statement. She said, "Your angels will not let the dog bite you." I found comfort in her words  as I walked home.

The other day at the train station, I sat down waiting for the train when a teenager started vaping near me. I politely asked him to refrain from smoking close to me. He moved to the next seat.

What frustrated me even more was the blatant disregard for the "no smoking or vaping" signs, wondering why such behavior is overlooked by those monitoring the cameras. It's disheartening.

On another occasion, as I was about to board the train, I encountered a situation that deeply unsettled me. A girl struggled to control a large pit bull, which attempted to grab the bag I was holding. This incident left me feeling frightened and angry, casting a shadow over my day.

I've never been fond of dogs, stemming from childhood experiences where I was chased by them. The fear intensified when a neighbor's daughter was injured in a similar incident. Pit bulls, in particular, evoke fear due to reports of aggression and attacks.

On Saturday, TMZ reported that a man died after a pit bull attack at his home, enduring a slow and painful final few minutes of life as he was mauled by his own canines, according to officials.

Irvine Times also shared footage depicting a disturbance and a dog-on-dog attack on High Street. The distressing video shows what appears to be an XL Bully-type dog attacking another dog, biting its neck.

The BBC news reported a separate incident where a family dog bit a teenage girl on the leg at home in Darfield, Barnsley. The 17-year-old suffered deep wounds and was subsequently taken to the hospital for treatment.

CBS News reported that a tragic incident occurred in Connecticut, where a 1-year-old boy lost his life after being bitten by a dog. This heartbreaking event marks the second fatality of a young child due to a dog attack in the United States this week.

I've come across the absurd notion online that dogs are superior to humans, a belief I vehemently oppose. It seems only those with a skewed perspective would endorse such an idea. While opinions may vary, I firmly believe that laws should be enacted to protect individuals from the dangers posed by unrestrained animals masquerading as pets and drunk people carrying wild animals around. It's time for the government to take action to safeguard public safety against such risks.

While writing this article, I came across a website that has a list of dogs that should not be kept as pets and the reasons why. In my opinion, none should be kept as pets. 
When everything seems awry, I turn to God. He's always in the business of working wonders. I've realized that it's essential to share my testimony whenever I receive answers to my prayers. Sometimes, amidst life's challenges, we tend to overlook the power of prayer for the smallest things. Instead, we rely solely on our knowledge, teachings, or skills. However, putting our faith in God can yield far greater results. Even when our faith wavers, it's important to remember the teachings, like those in Matthew 7 of the Bible.

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Matthew 7:7-8 King James Version

7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened

My parents instilled in me the belief that prayer is the ultimate key, and I can attest that when we pray sincerely, God sees our hearts and responds. As Matthew 17:20 in the King James Version states, faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains.

I recall a time when I had a workable target to meet. Initially, I attempted to achieve it through my own efforts, but I fell short. However, after praying to God, I not only met the target the next day but repeated the success. God has bestowed upon us the privilege to communicate with Him through prayer. His nature remains unchanged; He desires us to ask, and He will answer.

Even during times of distress, when praying seems arduous or we lack the desire, I believe God eagerly waits for us to reach out. Prayer truly unlocks doors to the impossible. With unwavering faith, I've experienced remarkable outcomes. Though challenges may arise, persistent prayer yields triumph.

Indeed, prayer possesses the power to transform any circumstance or emotion. It serves as the conduit between us and God, enabling us to receive His blessings. Let's not forget the importance of prayer amidst life's hustle and bustle.

God is still in the business of answering his children and doing great things. Do not forget to pray!

Always remember these verses

1 John 5:14
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.

Jeremiah 33:3
Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

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