Still a frightened soul on the third day in TV land

I want to sleep all day. One more day my luggage is yet to be located, one day I worry losing the whole thing, possibly giving up on this whole “adventure” that I overestimated myself to go on and deciding to return home, never doing this again. But I hope not. Continue reading

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Guangzhou, China

Couple of days before my travel, I found new music for my playlist – Princess Chelsea. I was listening to one of hers titled Overseas (check out a live version of this song here!). Perhaps some parts of the song resonate with what we generally deem as vacation, like:

We skimp we save we go overseas
We pimp we slave so we get what we need
When we get there we try very hard to believe
That it’s better

Guangzhou, China, is my first travel outside Southeast Asia. It’s a place very similar to home. You get the crowds in metro stations. Nearing the plane touchdown, you see miniatures of many, many high-rise buildings. Multiple expressways that crisscross above one another. City lights in the evening. Traffic police. Malls. It doesn’t lack toilets anywhere as well. Continue reading

Vietnam

The rooster’s crow sounded in my ears the first morning I woke in Vietnam. 6:28/29AM. It reverberated on like an alarm with an erred snooze button. As if it came from the room opposite of ours; the sound coming from a smart device rather than a real rooster I didn’t get to spot from my room’s window view. In the subsequent mornings when I assumed I could rise to these sounds that are finely-tuned so naturally at 6:30 dawn time, Continue reading

Malaysia!

Finally a considerable amount of data network to do some blogging!

I’ve spent about a week here in Ipoh, Malaysia. Mom’s birthplace. I’ve not seen my grandma and grandpa, uncles and aunts, as well as the new cousins for 10 years now. They speak so much Cantonese that sometimes, watching them talk feels like watching a Hong Kong drama series. I understand alittle bit but I can’t speak the dialect in full sentences. I’m the only one who can’t speak the local dialect there and at times, it makes me feel guilty to have others to translate it just for me. And dining table conversations… Awkward.

But I’m glad that I’m starting to familiarize myself with the new cousins. There is a huge age gap though, about 5 years and more. Continue reading

Personal thoughts on Poor Thing.

Cass and I caught a local play, titled Poor Thing, on Sunday, yesterday. The production was presented by The Necessary Stage, a theatre company located in Singapore. The playwright of this production is Haresh Sharma (who is the writer of the play I studied for Literature subject I took in school a few years back!) and the director is Alvin Tan. The production is rated R18 – for mature theme and coarse language (just plenty of those).

Out of the many Singaporean-based theatrical plays/musicals we’ve googled, we have decided on this one! There weren’t much information revealed in the synopsis of this play and the sequence of events/scenes that follows. But it certainly did turn out to be more interesting than what I’ve expected. The audience were shown a prologue video before they enter the setting of the play.

Synopsis 
The road rage incident spans across an one-hour scene, involving 4 characters, namely – Alisha, Jevon, Jerome and Sharifah. Jerome and Alisha – as the rich couple who were on their way back home after the company’s dinner and dance. It was a remote and dark road, so Jevon was driving the car at a really slow speed. The car behind them was driven by Sharifah, who just recently got her driving license. She was driving Jerome back to his camp.

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Daily Prompt: Simply the Best | Technology

Daily Prompt posts: NASA is building a new Voyager spacecraft that will carry the best of modern human culture. What belongs onboard?

The first thing that rings a bell to me when the term “modern culture” is mentioned, is technology. Technology belongs onboard! It may raise many concerns for many – that some have a different point of view that technology serves more bad than good in the modern society. Even I have contradicting thoughts about technology, as to whether it is an essential in life or not.

It has become a big part of my life, presumably for many others as well. It gives me greater ease to access the current affairs I could learn about, the world beyond what I’m exposed to. I could also filter out the news that interest me more than the others. As vain as it might seem, it brings me closer to the people I look up to, in other words, my idols! My favorite music follows me wherever I go (in the playlist in my phone) and I can conveniently pop in the earpiece to enjoy the music, without having to set the CD inside the bulky player at home to do that. And I could review all the Daily Prompts and blog about them! Technology has got to go onboard the spacecraft, so that we learn about life on another distant planet! And the danger that lurks in that place. Or else how are we gonna do that?

But when technology becomes our life, instead of just a significant part of it… it irks me seeing others, and realizing that even myself, get controlled by these devices which could just only fit the size of our palm, instead of being the one controlling them. Besides the responsibilities and duties we’re bounded to, such as work or school, we’re very immersed in swiping, scrolling or tapping whatever on our SmartPhones – we do that when we wake up in the morning, on our journey to work, during our break, after work on the journey back home, and just before you go to bed. We tend to overlook alot of things around us. We still won’t be able to appreciate life on the distant planet – when we determine that the distant planet is Mother Earth 2.0 which is perfect for survival, we can’t rule out the possibility of getting human beings onboard with the best of modern culture in the spacecraft, on the journey to the distant planet!

Nevertheless, there’re still some things I’d prefer an option without technology, rather than one that has. Like books, I’d prefer to read them by literally flipping each page towards the end. Even when the book is torn and tattered as it is, I’d still choose it over an e-book on an iPad or an Amazon Kindle. Going to places ; I’d prefer having my eyes to focus on the scenery and enjoy every experience, than capturing photographs and tweeting / posting a status on Facebook about it.