Enjoy Life

Someone asked me before

What do I do to enjoy life

Then I thought

Do I need to ‘do’ to enjoy life?

Do I need put an effort to enjoy life?

Do I actually need to wake up and think what to do to enjoy life?

While I lie down in my bed

I enjoy life

While I sit on the king’s throne

I enjoy life

While I receive parking ticket

I enjoy life

While I blinded by the sun

I enjoy life

While deafen by the traffic 

I enjoy life 

While I burnt by the hot kettle 

I enjoy life

While I read a book 

I enjoy life

While I listen to Sofia Karlberg

I enjoy life

While I envy of Lang Leav

I enjoy life

I don’t do something to enjoy life

I just live

To enjoy life

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I Don’t Feel Like I’m Working

You know what my problem is? My problem is I do not feel like I’m working.

A famous quote from Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”.

I’m a living example of this quote because I seriously do not feel like working at all.

I love my job. Not to the extend that I’m married to my job. I do have life outside my job.

The thing is, I strongly believe our lives are too precious to stuck in a bad job. I don’t see the purpose of working your ass off for one year just to take that one week to enjoy your life.

Life is of course meant to be more than that.

I recently had a conversation with my boss.

Knowing that I never really travel outside Malaysia before, he advised me that I should go out the country more often.

“Save for a year and travel. Do it alternately”, he said.

I thought his advise was reasonable. I had plans before, to travel within this year. Perhaps to Thailand or Philippines because it is affordable to my budget.

But I thought to myself, if I were to travel might as well make it far right?

So I’m going to head out there. Most probably in 2017. And Nepal is on top of the list.

For now, I think I need to find a job. Not my current job of course. This is not consider as ‘working’ for me. Maybe a business at the sideline.

I need that job to pay for my extravagant, faraway travelling.

And I also I need that job because now, I don’t feel like I’m working at all.

Describing Food

Occasionally, I was given assignments to write about food and beverages promotion. And sometimes, I went for food reviews.

Few weeks ago, I went for a food review all the way in Bau (40 to 45 minutes drive from Kuching).

The victim of my review was a pork burger.

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When comes to writing about food, I always try my best to let the readers taste the food through my writing.

It was not an easy job for me, I admit. More than once I found myself struggling to find the right word to describe the taste.

Nevertheless, writing food review could be exciting.

You taste the food, describe the food in honesty, politeness and accuracy. In the end you just hope that you give a fair description for both readers and food provider.

Here are some ways I used to describe this Pork Burger.

The time the patties spent on the grills was favourable because it concealed the taste of the pork and allowed the meat to marinate in its own juices without losing its tenderness.

In the end, the mildly tangy but not over-powering black pepper sauce was what sealed the deal making these pork burgers really worth driving out to Bau for.

Read the article here A blast of flavour.

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I Suddenly Know How to Speak Indonesian

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart”. 

Nelson Mandela

Last Wednesday, I tagged along a group of composers, musicians from The Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur on a trip to Sarawak Cultural Village.

There, I decided to interview an Indonesian composer Yohanes Subowo.

To my own surprise, I found myself conversing with him in broken Indonesian Malay. For your information, there are differences between Indonesian and Malaysian Malay such as in accents, verbs and vocabulary.

I was bumped that I couldn’t speak fluently with him and beat myself for at least equip myself with a bit of Indonesian vocabulary beforehand.

But thankfully the interview went well and I pretty much got what I want from him.

Pak Bowo, Terima Kasih bapak!

Check out the article how well I translated his Indonesian into this English article.

Note to self: Learn to speak more languages from now.

The Twilight Saga

Why do you think teenage girls are in love with the Twilight Saga?

It is because Stephanie Meyer managed to build an alternative fantasy for them to escape. Bit of them are insecure and seek for that extra ordinary in their lives in which they can see in Bella.

Then they are long to have male figure who yearn for them above anything else in this world, even if it is beyond human comprehension just like Edward wanting Bella.

Because teenage girls also wanted to believe they must be special in one way, a hidden talent or gift so out of the world just like the ‘shield’ in Bella’s mind.

These are why teenage girls love Twilight saga. It feeds the insecurity and ego.

In ten years’ time, it comes in the name of Fifty Shades of Grey.

So here is The Weeknd’s OST for the movie.

Jon Winokur of the Day

I followed Jon Winokur from AdviceToWriters.com on Twitter and absolutely inspired by his tweets. He shared motivational quotes from famous authors daily.

So I’m going to share which of his tweets inspired me.

Affirmation as Motivator

After working day in and out, it is good to be affirmed of your writings.

More than a month ago, I met a German lady who stayed in Kuching and selling organic soaps.

I thought it was a good story so I wrote a feature on her.

Here is the link to the article.

Then she sent me an email thanking for the job well done.

I really appreciate it.

As a journalist, most readers are ready to shoot you down for any mistakes rather than build you up.

Affirmation

December

If you are at home, December could be the best time of your life.

But if you are living far from home, this is the month you avoid shopping malls, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Instagram, anything on Earth that remind you of Christmas.

Basically you avoid life in the month of December.

In a different angle

Every time I sit down to write something especially in my current line of work, the first question I ask myself “What is my angle?”

In fact, I asked that question on my way to every event I was assigned to.

Being an online journalist at a youth-based website gives me the freedom to be creative in determining my angle. In the same time, it is terrifying.

Terrifying in the sense that the angle would not be the right angle to draw readers’ attentions.

A week ago, I accompanied Danielle to her interview, her assignment was to write a personality piece on Scottish photographer Gerry Fox who is currently based in Kuching.

His photos were in completely a different angle from any photographers in Kuching I have seen so far.

They were all blunt, unadorned. But they stop you at your track, pull a trigger on your forehead and shoot you a question; do you know all of these are in your backyard?

I want my articles to be like that. Something that stop your brain from churning and squeeze a question or two to make you rethink your view.

Read more about Gerry Fox’s interview with The Borneo Post SEEDS here.

The Guy Who Died of Syphilis

My colleague, Danielle* and I were at the Literature section of bookstore this afternoon. We browsed through the books available there. The books are selected stories of famous writers without the titles, just the authors’ names. And we had one of the most interesting conversation.

“I know this one! Sherlock Holmes!” she exclaimed as Danielle pointed to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s.

Gesturing toward Leo Tolstoy’s book she said, “He sounds familiar”.

“Anna Karenina?”

“Owh Yeah!”

“How about this one?” I asked. I was referring to Guy de Maupassant.

“That’s the guy who died because of syphilis!”

 

*Danielle is my fellow writer at The Borneo Post SEEDS. Her degree background is in Medical Lab Technology. That was what happened when you combined those two interests.

*We only learnt a tip of the iceberg when comes to literature here in Malaysia. For instance, the only Shakespeare’s we learnt was Life Brief Candle. The rest? They are purely out of our own passions.