Monday, July 19, 2010

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Things I learned about Penang

I had the opportunity to visit Penang for two weekends and both for very different reasons. Some of the things that struck me were these:

1. It sure has a lot of U-turns
- I thought it would make getting to a place a little more inconvenient but it wasn't. But I can't say that for KL.

2. Trees are everywhere and they make such magnificent canopies
- I'm now wondering if Penangnites are nature lovers or tree huggers

3. People are generally born/bred with a very Hokkien humor
- You've got to know Hokkien to know the wit that comes with the puns, sing song rap and lilt in their everyday conversation

4. Food is everywhere and most of them are good
-  It's actually hell for those on a diet.

5. If I'm not mistaken drivers seem to have more patience
- I didn't hear people honking to get the traffic moving

6. The Botanical Gardens in Penang is simply glorious but I can't say I felt the same with the KL Lake Gardens or FRIM...

7. Isn't it quite obvious Penang is under a political siege by the authorities to expose the immoral side lately?

8. At the Lam Wah Ee hospital everything is so convenient, people are so efficient and the vicinity is simply beautiful. I can't remember if there is another hospital with easy access to parking, quick registration and the doctor's appointment that is kept on time.
- I couldn't believe it when I saw everyone in the cafeteria clearing their own dishes after their meal. I know Ikea and other fast food joints tried the same system but failed miserably.

9. It can be as hot as hell but heavy rain can come down just the same.

10. And I love the funny sounding names of places and ideas that seem to be a Penang identity. Who would have thought of places call Nasi Kandar Beratur or Line Clear Nasi Kandar or there's this place where you don't order food from the menu but eat what they serve on that day. How nifty is that?

Perhaps this is just a bias opinion that cannot approximate the general view of what Penang is really like. But my weekends there were nothing short of my expectations.

Monday, July 12, 2010

So Soon

So soon I was dreaming during classes,
not really making the grades and advances.
So soon it was all over
and school is now just an old reminder,
of who I was
and what I've been through
with teachers I loathed
and teachers I admired.

So soon I was on the dentists's chair
I begged for mercy and my life to spare,
So soon it was all over
and my teeth are all prim and proper.
But now it's time to return
to that clinical atmosphere
which I have come to fear
and ask why technology hasn't progressed here?

So soon I had doubts of growing up
wondering what I could do to fit in with the crowd,
So soon it was all over
and now I'm so glad to be the writer
I've always wanted to be.
To make words dance with glee.
Getting books out to everyone,
making movies while having fun.

So soon I was trying to be like everyone else
then I realized I didn't want to be.
So soon it was all over
and I chose to be who I am for good and better.
I managed to escape life's misadventures
and walk the path I set out for myself.
Now that I am older
I am in love with everything pure of heart and nature.

So soon I began my life in chaos
searching for the truth and answers.
So soon it was all over
when I found my soul beneath the traces
of love and compassion
when I heard my true confession
that lead me to this day
with clarity all the way.

So soon I was born to my parent's delight
in their arms I nestled with joy and pride.
So soon it was all over
now they are in my arms altogether.
So soon I am older and perhaps wiser
through years of missteps and blunder.
So soon I will be all over
and I ask myself if I have done what I set out to adventure?

And a happy birthday to me...

Thursday, July 1, 2010

For Your Sake

For your sake,
animals are tested, skinned and cooked
for you to feel good,
for you to have food,
for you to look beautiful,
for you to feel comfortable.

For your sake,
someone worked his hands to the bones,
for your lovely luxurious home,
for your territorial zone,
for your breakfast on the table,
for your accessories and apparels.

What have you done besides
bitch and fuck around?
What have you done except
sulk and frown?
About things you haven't got,
about things you deserve,
about blessings from your god,
about always being first.

For your sake,
others have to suffer,
because you are the master,
because you are the leader,
because you the commander,
because there's no one else better.

For your sake,
earth cries for you,
nature weeps,
and all this ... for your sake,
for your sake.