Saturday, 27 July 2013

Food for thought..

Something happened this week which caused a bit of a furore in the local press. A parent revealed on Facebook that her child and other students were being made to eat in the school's makeshift canteen which was in the shower room. This was bad enough.

What made people upset was that it was implied the canteen had been closed during the fasting month and that the non-muslim students being made to eat in the makeshift canteen were being discriminated.

Which quite understandably led to the public outrage on Facebook and calls for the principal to be suspended. As usual the discussion of race and religion led to a flurry of constructive dialogue between people on Facebook.

Not exactly..this was an internet trolls wet dream come true. It's nice that IRL people seem to get along just fine. If life was based on internet comments it'd be like living through The Purge everyday (don't watch that movie, it's rubbish).

It didn't help matters when the principal released a photo of himself and several other people breaking fast and eating in the shower room. I guess he was trying to show the parents that it wasn't a big deal but the parents weren't having it.

A few days have now passed and the dust has settled and it appears to be just a case of bad judgement on the part of the Principal. Because of the uproar the Deputy Education Minister himself made a visit to the school and told reporters that the issue was not related to race or religion.

According to him “The school initiated the makeshift canteen because of overcrowding” and said that the location chosen was “not ideal”. Which is a bit of an understatement. The canteen is now open again but it's still not over as parents and NGO's are still asking for action to be taken against the principal.

Unfortunately this isn't the first case of a principal being controversial. A few years ago a principal had decided that it would be appropriate to segregate the male and female students in his co-ed school. And then there was the case of a principal who was a bit of a..well..racist.

I think that it's appropriate that we hold principals accountable for their decisions though I personally don't think in this case he was being sinister in his actions. It would have been better if he had discussed the relocation of the canteen with the parents first. And later when the parents had complained he should have apologised for the mistake and taken steps to remedy the situation but that's just me.

Unfortunately, we as Malaysians still have a long way to go when it comes to the matter of race and religious issues. Malaysia is still a work in progress and though dark clouds may occasionally swirl over my head I'm an optimist about the future and the direction we're heading as Malaysians. We may not be "fucking perfect" but at least we're"fucking okay.."


P.S. On a totally unrelated note this week I watched LeFabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain for the first time (with subtitles of course; my French is well..non-existent) and it was the perfect movie. After watching Amélie I couldn't help smiling. I did watch A Good Day To Die Hard later which ruined my day.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

So apparently this is a "thing" now..

Dear Japan,

Thank you for all the wonderful things that you have brought me and the World. Here's a quick run-down of things off the top of my head. The Walkman; the Game Boy; Godzilla; Sushi; Doraemon; Playstation; amazing vending machines that offer an interesting array of items; toilets which clean everything for you and of course the invention of True Blood which help to keep the vampires at bay as portrayed by the reality TV show of the same name.

But occasionally certain things pop up that I don't quite understand. Maybe it's a sign of early onset old fogey syndrome. I may be a youthful 25 but in my mind I'm just old-fashioned and stuck-in-the mud.

What's currently baffling me is the trend of eye licking (or Oculolinctus as the quacks like to call it) which has sprouted in Japan. Of course this isn't the first cultural trend from Japan to confound me. First it was the short lived “Ganguro”; girls who took tanning to a whole new extreme and were addicted to hair bleach. Then there were the “bagel heads” but which I now have to disqualify because it was neither a trend or Japanese in origin (blame Canada apparently).

Luckily for me (and this post) Oculolinctus is Japanese in origin (fingers crossed). Apparently it's supposed to be a sign of affection between couples. What happened to flowers or breakfast in bed? What happened to kissing like the French?

Of course I don't mean to single out the Great nation of Japan or its people as the cause of my confusion. There are many things in this world that continue to confuse me, the harlem shake; teletubbies; string theory; shakespeare; cricket and why no one in my family eats the first and last slice of bread. I'm going off topic. Back to eye licking.

Allegedly eye licking became popular after it was featured in a music video. Here's some advice from a somewhat intelligent person “Guess what kids, just because something appears in a music video. It doesn't mean you should do it as well. If your friend jumped off a bridge would you follow him?”. Gawd I sound like my parents.

And it is good advice, however clichéd it may be. Having someone drag their tongue over the surface of your eye may feel great but there are some serious heatlh risks. Here's a list:

  • Chlamydia (WTF?!)
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Corneal abrasion
  • Corneal Ulsers
  • Blindness
If that list doesn't deter you then have at it. Just remember that Chlamydia Conjunctivitis ain't sexy.

P.S. Last week I wrote on my blog and Tumblr about how watching Kaelyn & Lucy’s youtube channel had affected me. I wasn’t expecting any “likes" so when I checked my Tumblr and found a “like" as well as a reply to my post from Kaelyn and Lucy it came as a bit of a surprise. Needless to say this had made my day : )

Link to last weeks post "A story about love"
Kaelyn and Lucy Youtube page

Saturday, 13 July 2013

A Story About Love

Aside from the school run and my constant procrastination my daily routine consists of watching Youtube videos. I ended up lost down the Youtube rabbit hole and started watching the suggested videos.

This led to GirlfriendsTV which led to What Wegan Did Next which led to Rose Ellen Dix before I finally ended up watching my first Kaelyn and Lucy montage video. So who are Kaelyn and Lucy (a.k.a Luclyn)? They're a long distance lesbian couple living in the US and UK respectively and they have been uploading videos about their relationship for the past few years.

I'm currently one of their over 76k subscribers. I don't exactly fit in their viewer demographic (it's mostly teenage girls). For the record I've never had any problems with anyone's personal preferences, you could tell me that you who have an alien mistress and I couldn't care less (Google Simon Parkes)

I would watch bits and pieces of their videos. I didn't really have a reason to spend 30 mins to watch their videos. Then I watched the “March 2013” video and as usual skipped most of it, but it was the last five minutes that really got my attention. It moved me. That made me go back and watch all their previous videos from start to finish.

Suddenly I was getting really emotional. I'm subscribed to a lot of other Youtubers and I've never felt this way watching other youtube couples; Shay Carl,BFvsGF, Rose and Rosie etc.

I like to think of myself as a reserved person. The strange thing was that I started feeling depressed. Maybe it was their situation; two people in love separated but desperately wanting to be with each other. Or their emotional goodbyes at the end of their trips. I'm sure that had a part to play. On a side note I can no longer listen to “For the first time” without thinking of Luclyn. And I felt this way for quite some time.

And it dawned on me that unlike all the other channels where I watched the videos to pass the time and distract myself; Luclyn vids made me reflect on my own life..and I felt alone. And it made me want to find my own “soul mate”.

There's a tumblr dedicated to all the people that Luclyn have managed to help and there are so many moving testimonials. I know that they made me reflect on my own life. Made me long for someone. Want to write this post. And start blogging again. Maybe in some small way its made me into a better person. At least I hope it made me that way. Only time will tell.

I think the biggest way they helped me was to remind me that love is a beautiful thing and that life is so amazing when you find that special person to share love with.

Thank you Kaelyn and Lucy for sharing this part of your lives with the rest of us. And though I've never met either of you and may never will I think that you're both incredible people; you've managed to help people accept who they are and help people accept others for who they are.

Gawd Bless 'Murica!


Saturday, 6 July 2013

A Brief Introduction

What's a good way to start? I know. Hello. My name is Faiz.

The year was 2010, a younger, skinnier (well..less fat), less jaded me had gotten this crazy idea that maybe I could start blogging and somehow make a living off my writing. So that hasn't quite happened.

I started the very long titled “Ramblings of a Pipe Dreamer” and the first year was very productive. Forty-two posts on various subjects. The next year didn't go so well. Like the Great Depression there was a sudden slump in my productivity. Just four posts for the whole year. And finally in 2012 I started my final post of the year “First of 2012”. And for just over a year my blog has remained dormant. On a permanent hiatus and completely forgotten like that show “Joey”. What/who is “Joey” you might ask yourself. Exactly..

Something happened recently that made me want to continue writing on my blog again (more on that another time). Unfortunately, not only did I forget the password to my blog but the e-mail address that I registered it under had gotten deleted (thank you hotmail) and the hand phone number to reset my password no longer exists after I lost it (thank you Faiz).

So here is the new and improved and equally long titled “Ramblings of a Beardyman”. This blog is no longer about getting a career. This blog is for me. It's my therapy. Maybe something will come of it. Maybe not. But hopefully it will be a good read. In the movie Contagion there is a quote about blogging.

“Blogging is not writing. It's just graffiti with punctuation”

So here is my graffiti. Maybe you'll enjoy it. Maybe you won't. It's only your own time you're wasting.

Ramblings of a Pipe Dreamer - my old blog. take a look if you want.