Saturday, 6 May 2017

Cyber Bullying

A 20 year-old Penangite jumped from 4-storey flat to his death, was suspicious as a victim to cyber bullying. 

Another sidestory; a rubbertapper’s son was forced to drink a “strange” fluid that put him into suffocation and died.

I was one of those who never take this matter seriously; I was puzzled on how words and impressions that were manifested online (without being verbally projected) could affect someone’s self-esteem and confidence that might lead to them being suicidal. But this is my soft story about cyberbullying. 

I just spent a year overseas and I went back to my hometown to catch up with old mates (not that I knew one of them was double-crosser scoundrel). So we hung out for that day and I even dropped him back home. 

Few days after, I came across my another friend (that I had never seen for a while) posted a Facebook status about me (without being subtle) that I’d changed just from a year in overseas (obviously sourced from the fraudster); that I’d put on my sunnies indoor as if the sun was shining over me, I talked about stranger’s mismatched outfits and uncoordinated colours as if I was trendy enough, that I acted as if I just arrived from Pluto (the dwarf planet) etc. Surprisingly, people that I knew were blasting their comments into that status and wrote all their ambitious judgemental thoughts about me.

It was definitely shocking to see people that I knew were able to say those petty things at me. It was even sadder as well looking at myself being mocked publicly without any tiny tinges of humility. 

So there I was staring at my laptop with numbness tingling around my body and my jaw frozen. But I knew that was once off thing and I should just brush it off. I was lucky I could get away from it like literally flying abroad for my next semester and puffff it dissipated into thin air.

Just because you think it is funny and a pleasurable thing to do, you could never believe “oh-it’s-only-typed-not-real-words” could impose on someone’s mentally and physically. Different people may have their own coping mechanism; they may lock themselves in their rooms, maybe cutting their wrists to let the pain subdues the torture, or maybe sweat it off. 

As much as you do not want this to happen to you, do not let it happen to someone else. 



P/s: Inspired from Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why and real-life experience.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Seoul-ful

I (again) managed to squeeze my last few days in Kuching with a quick visit to Seoul. It was for my sister's informal graduation from her medical school and possibly she was wishing that she could meet any those Oppas that have been frontlining the global obsession. 



So I arrived few days later than them (since I have been there before and I wanted to skip their touristy plans) and I stayed at this shared accomodation near Hong-dae Station, the CrossRoad Backpackers. I love Hong-dae area; it is bustling with youngsters and it is always happening. There will be street performances, food stalls, shops selling their latest clothing trends and it is easily accessible to the rest of the Seoul's Metro. 

It was unfortunate that we came during their New Year's national holiday so most of their local Halal restaurants were closed for few days; namely EID Halal, Makan Halal restaurant, BoA Guesthouse Dosirak and Yeoksam Yang BBQ. While there are few Halal Indian or Arab food, of course I am yearning for their local dishes made best by Koreans. 


A trip to Seoul will not be completed if you are not getting those Korean's other specialties, their skin care. Seoul is known as the beauty mecca; natural or procedural aesthetic values were strongly held and deep rooted in the community. Myeong dong was where we spent our last day; with miles of shopping lots to explore and also feasted on their street food! Those baked scallops and lobsters, spicy rice cakes and the mountain high ice creams!



It was a Seoul-ful journey. 


Congrats sister!













Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Adele-aide

When the news broke out that Adele was touring in Down Under, I thought the "Rumour Has It" but I was wrong. She was indeed coming over, flying miles away to entertain thousands of Aussies here. 

I was seated quite close to the main stage though I wished I could have spent more to sit near the VIP areas because the "One and Only" was belting out her major hits for the entire 2 hours. 




Began with "Hello", her soulful voice echoed throughout the massive Adelaide's Oval and her British wits had charmed nearly 70 000 concert-goers who once debuted with "Chasing Pavements".


Of course any concert would not be completed with any fireworks as she tried to "Set Fire to The Rain" and she had us all "Rolling in The Deep" about her previous scorned lover.


The highlight of my night was when her emotional performance of "Make You Feel My Love" stirred my old memories that reminds me Adele makes any break-ups should be embraced with open arms. 


Though the concert overall was not as visually stellar like Beyonce's with magnificent visual effects and diligent costumes changing, her one and only maroon glittery dress performance stole every major news' headlines on the next day and nobody else could be "Someone Like You" Adele.