A farewell too soon

Today, i laid you to rest in eternal peace.

Today, i said goodbye to a friend, a personal confidante – my amazing pillar of strength.

Tomorrow will come, but it may never be the same.

4/5/16 – Azry and I @ Dmsara Uptown after ccf

I remember when we first met – through social media. Who would have thought FB and Whatsapp would have connected a once introvert (you) and a known extrovert (obviously, me). Yet, social media did just that.

But i’d like to think it was fate.

You once told me, that you rarely – if ever, meet anyone you’ve come to know through social media, in real life. That’s because you were the hermit who’s shy in person, but can go on texting behind a tiny screen. You were more comfortable with texting as a mode of communication.

Yet, after a few many chats, you finally cooked up the courage to meet me. And yes, even after you knew i am an insurance agent! You were either so bored with life or just plain fearless back then. Dinner was great, but I wouldn’t forget how soft spoken you were at the beginning with the movie ‘Colombiana’ blaring on the projectors at the mamak – i could hardly hear a word you said. I managed to catch that you would drown in all shades of the colour purple; describe your perfect Sunday with a good book and dessert coffee; you absolutely adore ‘dreamcatchers’. And we spoke nothing about insurance 😛

I knew then that we could be really good friends.

8/9/15 – Penang

We kept in touch in the weeks and months after that dinner. As i came to learn through your incessant long texts (not that i’m complaining ^^), you were a budding lawyer working for a local firm in DH, an avid reader (of almost every book-turned-movie of our time: The Hunger Games (!), Divergent, The Maze Runner, Fault in Our Stars, etc), and possessed a epic brain with elephant-like memory. You even became my partner in crime for marathon watching the ever addictive TV series – The Walking Dead, How To Get Away With Murder, Quantico – as we would sometime watch 3 episodes back to back!

You can recall almost every detail in our conversations, in everyday life’s activity; from my birthday to the date of days i’ve had to ask for your help to send me around. You were so meticulous in all you do and never fail to impress me. I am very pleased you remembered our 1 year of friendship with a box of Patchi. And all this within your awkwardly-shy demeanour you which carry ever so fondly, everywhere you go.

Time passed and it was years as we hung out more often, being each others confidante and support through hard times. There was this one time, you got a new job as one of the senior lawyers in an esteemed firm in DH, too. You had SO much to do, you rasa nak pengsan, nak give up. But after a cuppa coffee, a slice of yummy cake, and a lonng heart to heart talk, you rose above the challenge. And soon enough, you were doing things you never thought you could. Never have i seen such a brilliant researcher who could prepare for a case in a short notice and get the job done. And to be a practicing lawyer, to face a judge in court proceedings (mostly in Shah Alam), is by far the biggest achievement of your self — and the proudest moment for me to know how far you’ve come from being the introvert i first met at the mamak.

24/9/15 – Hari Raya with Simon

You have a gift that you seldom realize you have. You are so strong willed yet so kind hearted and full of compassion. How could i forget how your eyes light up in fierce excitement and passion each time you tell me about standing up – for a cause you so proudly champion – women’s rights as well as transgender issues of equality (which you did your research about in university). With much might and tenacity will you debate us over Whatsapp chats and sometimes shoutouts in FB; thus proving many times over, how much these matter mean to you, as an individual. You always believed in the power of the people and how the few, when united as the many, can make a difference. Sometimes i forget, that you’re just in your 20s.

Not forgetting the Hari Rayas when i was over at your house, sharing laughter with your family over your mother’s best made lontong – “got money also can’t buy”, i used to say. You are such a filial son and always so mindful of your elders; yet you always had this uneasy anxiety with babies 🙂 Remember how you were caught in dilemma: whether to cuddle with new born niece when she was sound asleep or quickly pass her back to nenek the moment she cries for milk? Needless to say, you two became thick as thieves as she grew up; too soon until you found her somewhat mischievously annoying, sometimes.

In work and in leisure, whether in company of good ol’ b***hing gossiping buddies or new found friends; be it in choice of ‘outrageously’ colours and patterns in outfits or the uncoordinated of reception to social cues, you’ve always stood out in your own way. 🙂 Though always initially silent, you frequently bring a smile to everyone you meet, either by your sudden burst of laughter or your awkward, and sometimes lame, humour.  Some would even agree, your drama episodes never fail to entertain. And ever since we’ve met, you’ve only grown bolder and more open in embracing yourself, life and society.

Still, you tend to think you are small and flawed in many ways. Sure, you may not be flawless, but you always put on a tough game face (or struggle to sometimes :p), to try out new things. I am humbled by your modesty – you have been an inspiration to me in more ways than one. Whether it is being butt strapped to a harness and swung (mostly against your will) 50+ meters towards a waterfall with Ray; taking on the helms in BERSIH 4 with me and the rest of your firm of lawyers; travelling to HK and the Indo-China countries with friends; raiding a toy story for counterfeit brands in Paradigm with a team of customs officers; or tagging along with my family for CNY visiting last year and got a big angpao collection, i have nothing but pride, love, and pure adoration for you and what you’ve achieved so far in life.

You have coloured the lives of so many – just by being you.

While you didn’t have to conquer Mount Everest; you did so with every mountain within you. You never gave up. No matter how hard it felt. Or how lonely it became. And if you ever felt close to giving up, each time you had steady help and endless nudges from your friends – especially the Whatsapp Group Five, from whom you often drew support and let loose your mind onto. I take comfort to know they were there for you, even when sometimes i wasn’t.

You have made everyone so, very damn proud!

19/11/15 – Krabi

All that aside, we will truly miss you. Your name will always be in our gossips conversations. And we will laugh out loud like how you used to make us laugh. You will be fondly remembered; your memory, cherished. With you suddenly gone like that, i keep thinking that time is a jealous partner in our fated friendship. Yet, underneath all the confusion and denial, my heart believes that God truly loves you more, and has taken you home to be with Him. You have ran this good race of faith; have left footprints and memories of love and friendship in the lives of many, including mine.

I am glad to have known you in this lifetime, my friend.

Even so, goodbyes are never easy, especially with you, my dear Azry.

This is a farewell too soon.

 

 

I Really Like You

OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!

Carly Rae Jepsen has a new song! *excited*

Ive been her big fansee since her debut Call Me Maybe, and i CANNOT believe i just just found out about her new song. But better late than neverlah! As with that number one hit single that was a catchy tune stuck in your head, her new song will surely get you dancing on your feet!

Nah… I Really Really Really Really Really Really Like You! 🙂
#damnthissongitsstuckinmyhead


And what makes the video so fun is seeing Ton Hanks actually lip-syncing to the whole song! The Oscar award winner’s appearance also got much praise, so MUST WATCH. 🙂

In the new video for Jepsen’s bubblegum pop charmer “I Really Like You”, Hanks simply goes about his day as the object of the world’s affection, happily high-fiving passersby, waving at cabbies, autographing ping pong paddles, and smiling at strangers. Everyone will really really really like Hanks after they see his emoji game in this video and see why he earned all those right swipes on Tinder. The whole thing culminates in a dance party in the streets with Jepsen and her crew, including, naturally, her friend Justin Bieber. It’s a fun video that will put a spring in your step and get summer songs on the mind, even though it’s still winter. — vanityfair.com

Being so caught in the moment, naturally i went looking for more. And i saw this uber cute video! Kudos to the intricate details and effort put into such a pretty video.


Such a relieve for sore eyes, and sometimes even a sore heart. 🙂

#feelinghappee #eargasmic

Stuck.

#startofranting

Being stuck in traffic jams causes problems.

Being stuck in an elevator causes problems.

Being stuck in a faulty relationship causes problems.

Having your crown jewel stuck between the zipper causes… well, you get the idea.

Sometimes being stuck in a situation or condition that repeatedly recurs, which might seem harmless, can cause problems too.

Habits. Behaviours. A way of life – the norm.

And before you know it, a whole lot of time, energy, and effort would have been wasted while being in the state of “stuck-ness”.

Alot of people try to get out of being stuck. Some just hate to be stuck that they constantly keep themselves busy with work – hoping to distract them from being in the state. Others unwind to music. A few resort to shopping therapy.

But sometimes, no matter how much one tries, one still find oneself back at square one, being “stuck”.

How to ah like this? :\

#endofranting

The Bestest thing in life…

What is the best thing in life?

To be alive. To be handsome. To breathe. To be rich. To see others happy. To be sexy. To be on TV. To have a sharp nose. To be born with siblings and inherit all the good genes. To be in the range of standard and acceptable BMI. To see one’s enemy fail. To bribe a policeman and get away with drive-while-phoneing. To receive.

 

TO RECEIVE. 

 

While all (or most) of the above would be deemed acceptable by general standards, many would collectively agree that to receive is the best thing in life. And to an extent, i agree. I mean, why wouldn’t i? Most of the time when one receives – a gift, a promotion, or even a pleasant surprise, one will feel happy and appreciated. In some cases, one even feels special for receiving for the giver.

Well, i had just recently received my share of pleasant surprises – unexpectedly, from a  close friend. And while the feeling of being gratified is still taking time to sink in, i am always grateful for the gift and pleasantries. It felt like my birthday came early this year! :p THANK YOU very much, for the thoughtfulness.

 

However, i feel the best thing in life is actually to give.

 

Yeap, you read right. The best thing in life is GIVING*. To give time, energy, money, effort, attention; a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear, a phrase of encouragement, a smile, a helping hand in need, a timely advice, a thank you note for help rendered, a bouquet of flowers for a lovely lady, and many more ways of giving to a person for a better cause or a cause to better a person.

To give to a person for a better cause or a cause to better a person?

Yes.

 

Each year, I’m thrilled to give my time and energy at the 30 hour Famine DIY Camp at HELP UNI. This year is my seventh time. ^^

For the unknown, the 30 hour Famine movement  are an initiative by World Vision a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

30hrfamine

The Official Famine Weekend is 19-20 July 2014, so surf on to famine.worldvision.com.my for more info and even sign up as a camper!Every year i see many teens, university students and young adults at HELP’s camp. Each doing their part to raise funds for the poor and participating in the camps various activities – not to mention fasting for a whopping mere 30 hours! : ) With this year’s theme “Kick Out Hunger”, i look forward to a smashing good time at the camp!

By doing my little part in this huge movement, i somehow feel that giving may not be the bestest thing in life. :s

What then, is the bestest thing in life, you might be wondering? : )

 

I feel, the bestest thing in life… is giving without any expectation of return, and/or to someone who you know, can never repay you.

Try it, and you’ll be glad you did. : )

 

For more info on 30 hr Famine:
WVM Facebook: 30HourFamineWVM
World Vision Malaysia: famine.worldvision.com.my
World Vision: www.worldvision.org
30 Hour Famine Movement: 30hourfamine.org

*In this post, i write only in the light of positive things, i DO NOT advocate the act of giving to illegal and irresponsible causes, ie. give money to buy drugs and other ill intended purposes. My writing is based on my opinion and is to be taken with a pinch of salt and not necessarily in the literal sense.

Inspiring Obsession

My newest inspiring obsession!

Emeli Sande – one helluva vocalist. Check out her youtube channel. I recently stumbled upon this beautiful artiste thanks to Spotify – home to some pretty awesome music.

An awesome performance with the song – Read All About It Pt. III

You’ve got the words to change a nation
But you’re biting your tongue
You’ve spent a life time stuck in silence
Afraid you’ll say something wrong
If no one ever hears it how we gonna learn your song?So come on, come on
Come on, come on

You’ve got a heart as loud as lions
So why let your voice be tamed?
Maybe we’re a little different
There’s no need to be ashamed
You’ve got the light to fight the shadows
So stop hiding it away

Come on, come on

I wanna sing, I wanna shout
I wanna scream ’til the words dry out
So put it in all of the papers,
I’m not afraid
They can read all about it
Read all about it, oh
Oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh

At night we’re waking up the neighbours
While we sing away the blues
Making sure that we’re remembered, yeah
Cause we all matter too
If the truth has been forbidden
Then we’re breaking all the rules

So come on, come on
Come on, come on,

Let’s get the TV and the radio
To play our tune again
It’s ’bout time we got some airplay of our version of events
There’s no need to be afraid
I will sing with you my friend

Come on, come on

I wanna sing, I wanna shout
I wanna scream ’til the words dry out
So put it in all of the papers,
I’m not afraid
They can read all about it
Read all about it, oh
Oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh

Yeah, we’re all wonderful, wonderful people
So when did we all get so fearful?
Now we’re finally finding our voices
So take a chance, come help me sing this
Yeah, we’re all wonderful, wonderful people
So when did we all get so fearful?
And now we’re finally finding our voices
Just take a chance, come help me sing this

I wanna sing, I wanna shout
I wanna scream ’til the words dry out
So put it in all of the papers,
I’m not afraid
They can read all about it
Read all about it, oh
Oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh

I wanna sing, I wanna shout
I wanna scream ’til the words dry out
So put it in all of the papers,
I’m not afraid
They can read all about it
Read all about it, oh

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