Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My Maiden, Virginal, Debut reading

This long awaited reading of mine has finally arrived. I've disappointed one too many people before when I told them I wasn't ready, wasn't good enough and wasn't whatever. I don't know why I said yes almost immediately (which also took almost a day) after Sharon asked me but I know the name of the location 'Sekeping Tenggiri' has something to do with it. Which means a piece of mackerel (I'm including the entire fish here so not to sicken anyone).

Just like my writing, I write because it comes to me and it just is - so I guess my moment to read has also finally arrived - it just feels right.

I wonder what I would say about love and marriage when they come my way...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Beginning of an End

Today marks the end of my trust and respect for someone whom I thought had everything going for her. To have someone stab you in the back, bite the hand that feeds and pull the carpet from below your feet is damaging in all aspects when you have opened your heart and soul for her.

I have always wanted to give people the benefit of the doubt even when I distrust them from the first meeting. There's some sort of a pattern to these sort of people when I think about it. They are extremely nice to you, want to know the world about you and vice versa and then something happens along the way to make them turn against you. The people who 'seems' to love you to death are the one who will kill you in the end.

The only emotion I feel is the great disappointment that questions that person's sudden change of heart and the hatred they harbor. I guess this marks another chapter of my life where another door is opened and not a moment too soon. So I leave the joy-less people behind as I kick the KL dust off my cheap slippery Bata shoes.


And OMG I have been seeing 222 for a while now. And today too. And I met someone associated with the number too. Talk about signs ... I should have known.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

A Day with the Graffiti Artists in some big Longkang

What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon by the ginormous monsoon drain watching artists at work? The vastness of the supposedly filthy place is unimaginably cool and awesome. If only the river was a little cleaner the entire stretch might actually be The Seine of KL. Some neighborhood kids took their bicycles and watched us from across the river, a few men on bikes were chilling about, a guy was fishing from the toxic looking water (God forbid he's going to eat them after) and the artists were at work.

I have never seen such dedication and discipline as these artists expressing their heart and soul on the cold and colorless walls of the city.

Part of the old mural.



And then some...

Monday, October 12, 2009

Just another goodbye: Stephen Gately

Stephen Gately

17th March 1976 - 10th October 2009 

The year has not ended and another wonderful soul is taken.

Saturday Night at the Pleasure Dome

I haven't been to a wild and sexy party like forever. It was the first of a kind for me that started by surprising the birthday boy, having a round of bites, telling stories, sharing movies, dance, dance and dance, posing for incriminating pictures and giving each other massages, reiki and finger therapy. Now that's what I call a party!

I have never in my life attended a party with all these mixes like a bowl of ambrosial delight. I thought the night would never end.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

In Death no one Wins

The Annexe has made my life impossibly busy of late. Being my second home in many ways it has brought me closer to some people I know, got me new friends with familiar faces and some unexplainable spiritual connection with warriors of the like minded.

To start of a discussion at the Amnesty International for the World Day against the Death Penalty the movie The Life of David Gale was screened to a small group of audiences. Although the movie means well by supporting the cause of the protestors against the death penalty, the Deathwatchers, it was overdramatized and somehow loses its credibility. The death penalty or sentence is quite a cruel and unusual act when I think about it. It's basically the rule of an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth which in other words is nothing but vengeance taken from (Leviticus 24:19–21, Exodus 21:22–25, and Deuteronomy 19:21)

Two of the hardest things to do in any given moment in life are to forgive and to let go. To some punishment is validated by this concept of teaching someone else a lesson or getting someone to pay for something undesirable. But after having experienced Montfort Boys Town and CERIA in my life I now firmly believe that rehabilitation is a better choice.

A person in the audience asked if we would still be against the death penalty if someone we loved is the one murdered. It is a hard question to answer especially when we are in grief. We have to ask ourselves if we can forgive a wrong doer again and again and again if it ever comes to that.

Today also marks the end of my long search for a place to call my home, although temporary. Hidden behind the majestic and luxurious condo Ken III and Ameera is an unknown apartment known as Damansara Bestari tucked in between. It doesn’t have an impressive exterior but inside it’s really fine and lovely. For now, my hostel days go on a hiatus but I will be back.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Night the Stars Shined Out

Best time I had last night being with Ray Cheong and Jai Son aka Vandal at the Annexe. And to think I was thinking twice of going for the performance but decided I had to after checking their profiles online. For those who missed them be sure to check them out the next time you get a chance. Brilliant. Beautiful. Bold.



Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Ah Lian's Define-Nation

What is racism to you?
Which one, the horse one or the car one?

Saturday, October 3, 2009

What's coming along and coming up

Yesterday, the second day of October, I was fortunate to get a glimpse of the trailer of the feature film 'Fist of Dragon'. It looks pretty good with the director/actor showing off his Kung Fu skills and looking very much like Donnie Yen at some angles. If the movie's going to be a big hit in the market girls (and probably some guys) will go head over heels for the director cum actor. And for the first time I'm going to see my name on the big screen like I've never dreamt I could. We are all eagerly waiting for the premiere next year, so now I have at least one most anticipated event for 2010.

Next on the list I rewrote a new script for Black Diary (one which many writers wrote when we first met the director as a test piece) into some fantastical story that is an experimental piece shot on the green screen and incorporated with 3D effects. I also got the chance to see some of the completed scenes and they just blew my mind away! The 3D animator/modeller did a magnificent job which is in the league of other movies in the similar vein. Since this is the first attempt of the movie of this kind for the production company I feel extremely thrilled to be a part of their gungho attitude to venture into this area. Now that's another thing to look forward too.

Finally, since good things come in 3, my short horror stories will be realized into print as well! Woohoo! After all these years of writing, that's really amazing when I look back with tons of rejection, thinking maybe I wasn't cut out to be a writer. And I just can't imagine how far I've come. Thank god I've always believed it's more love than success that has kept me writing, writing and writing until today.