On a rainy night… what do u do?

•December 5, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Taken Nov 2010, Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne has been raining a lot lately.

2 years ago, Melbourne was struck by severe drought…

Raining, for the state, is actually a good thing.

I don’t particularly hate rainy days.

Rainy day gives you a good excuse to stay on bed and waste your day away.

You can drink some hot chocolates and watch some movies.

It also means that you can stay at home without feeling sorry for yourself.

You can be alone on a rainy day but not feel as lonely

Because when its bright and sunny outside, you will feel like spending this beautiful day with your family and the people you love…

but if they are in different countries, you are forced to enjoy such beautiful day by yourself.

Its not bad per say…

I love beautiful weathers

its just that….

Sometimes they can make you miss your family and friends.

 

The country and the people did not Fail us. LEAVING MALAYSIA IS NOT THE SOLUTION.

•November 21, 2010 • Leave a Comment

1 Malaysia should not be merely a Marketing campaign. We should see ourselves as Malaysian FIRST, before our race… and by doing so, the government needs to embrace equal policies for all racial groups before they can convince us that 1 Malaysia is possible.

Not long ago, there was a video spreading around in Facebook and Youtube. UMNO Titiwangsa Division Chief: We do not need votes from Chinese and Indians:

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=444599721383&oid=122375574472796&comments

The speech goes something like this…

“Gentlemen. If you secure 70 percent of the 32,000 Malay votes, then we
won’t need Chinese and Indian votes,” Johari said in the video clip,
triggering applause from his audience.

“If we want to win in Titiwangsa, we want Malays (to vote for us). We want
Malays. Don’t bow down to the Chinese and Indians just because we want to
win. Don’t do it,” he said.

I was really disheartened after watching the video. My first reaction-

I am really not recognized in my country….should I leave?

Then, I started to reprimand myself for having such thoughts. It is not the country that rejected my rights as a citizen… it is the government. We can all migrate to another country and set up a new life where the grass is supposedly ‘greener on the other side’ (we do not actually KNOW if its greener… thats what we heard)…but whatever it is…. in the end, it is still not ‘your grass’ and whenever people ask you, you still have to say that u are ‘originally from Malaysia’. Why do you want to leave your country and take a share of other’s ‘grass’ when you have a chance to make a difference, be the ‘gardener’ of your own country and transform your home to the ‘greenness’ that you aspire it to be?

Whenever my friends and I discussed about the living standards, politics, education system and economy in Malaysia, the discussions will somehow leads back to racial problems and how ‘we really cant do anything about it…It’s the government responsibility’. BUT… we forget one really important idea… the country is not shaped only by the government; we are as much responsible for what happen as the leaders of the country. There are too much stereotypes surrounding the different racial groups in Malaysia. I feel that we should not judge and generalize each racial group. Chances are… when we talk and interact with other racial groups in Malaysia, we will be surprise how similar we are. Our race does not fully shape and determine who we are; it is our upbringings, values and beliefs that shape us. In the end… we are simply Malaysians. Regardless of which race we are, we hold similar fundamental family values, heritage, lifestyles and cultures. We talk the same way, eat the same way and practice similiar lifestyles.

We keep the traditions and values of our ethnicity…but lets be honest, we are far more ‘Malaysian’ than we are a Chinese citizen or an Indian citizen.

I love Malaysia’s culture, our landscape and most importantly, our diversity… but if most of us decide to leave the country and the injustice behind to ‘rot’… what will happen to our country in the future?

What will happen to all your friends and families who remain in the country while you leave everything behind to begin a ‘new life’ in a foreign place?

I personally feel that migrating to another country (and in the process, breaking all ties with your home-country) because one feels that the country is ‘getting hopeless’ is not the most outrighteous act.

If we are not even willing to play a small part in ‘recovering’ our country and makes it better for our families, friends and their future generations, how can we claim that we are ‘better than’ the corruptions, unjust and discriminations that are facing our nation today?

The Country has not treated us badly, we all have our share of happiness in the country… happy memories that we hold on to… memories that we treasure…. memories and experiences that makes up who we are. We hang out in familiar places and drive through familiar roads. These are all part of our identity…. leaving it behind because the government has treated us unfairly is to deny the valuable experiences that you have lived through in Malaysia.

Leaving the country behind because the government has treated you unfairly is as good as turning your back on your childhood friends and families who played with you and allowed you to come to their house for snacks when you happened to be locked out of house without a key. You have left them to face the music at the time when they need you the most to fight for a better future for their future and the future of their younger generations.

Leaving the country behind because the government has treated you unfairly is as good as admitting that you are okay to see your nieces and nephews going through the same injustice that you have gone through. We want a chance for all children in Malaysia to be able to enjoy a truly harmonious and equal society. We don’t want history to repeat itself.

If we are not willing to stay and help the group of people that are closest to us in the world, how can we claim ourselves as socially responsible citizens of the world?

To fight for equal racial rights in Malaysia, we should start to see ourselves as MALAYSIANS rather than ‘Malaysian Malays’, ‘Malaysian Chinese’ or ‘Malaysian Indian’.

Instead of primarily only looking after the people of our own race, we should start to look after the social wellbeing of Malaysians as a whole.

I believe that if we can truly embrace one another as fellow members of Malaysia, we, as a group, will make the right choices as a nation.

The government did not show us the true meaning of 1 Malaysia but we, as a group, can show the government what it means to truly embrace true harmony and unity. We don’t give priority to any race, we reward people base on their true ability and help people in need because they deserver our help as human being.

xx

Alicia Lim

Related Articles:

BBC News (1 Malaysia: Embracing unity or just a catchy slogan?)

What does one Malaysia mean to you?

Some Umno Grassroots ‘not very smart’

Equal rights, equal opportunity

“TACHELES” Berlin’s Squat: Where history, contemporary art and democracy meet

•October 26, 2010 • Leave a Comment

When the berlin wall fall in 1989, thousands of East Berliners fled the east, leaving masses of buildings empty. Many of these squats ended up being filled by West Berliners and street artists looking for a cheap place to live…..

This is when the old Jewish Quarter becomes a place for everyone in betweens (Many Berline squats housing artists, pensioners, ex-pats, and everyone in between)… discrimminating no one and allowing everyone with passion and artistic talent to exhibit their works…

Contemporary art heaven

“Tacheles”

(Jewish word ‘to disclose, to reveal, to speak clearly” )

situated in a ruin in Belin Mitte

Meeting point for people interested in arts and culture. Alternative Berlin.

HISTORY OF THE PLACE:

–       Shopping mall built in 1907

–       Bankrupted and taken over by AEG in 1928

–       World War 2: used by Nazi for adminstration and organization department, also to detained French POWs

–       1943- 1945: building hit and damaged by allies

–       After War, left in ruins (partly restored). Storage area.

–       Planned to be demolished in 1990 but the wall fall and the plan is abolished

–       1990: young artists took over the building

Subculture emerges…

Artists and individualists from all over the world used the plurality of available free spaces to put alternative lifestyles to the test.

The space for individual expression and creativity…..

 

Democracy.

 

Other sources:

Lala travel: Artists’ squatted houses

48 hours in Berlin

Berlin history

 

Some of the Photos that I took when I was there (April 2010):

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Fun in -30DegreeC

•October 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Beware… you are about to see some rather unbelievable things that you have never seen in Nami island .

The following photos are the result of a group of ‘tropically-born-and-raise’ individuals who are ‘not thinking right’ because they are brought to a destination with extreme weather conditions of -30DegreeC… standing in the cold for an hour without appropriate clothing, suffering, but aesthetic at the same time, because of the beauty of the place in freezing winter.

 

Oooo this hot pancake is sooooo nice in the cold. I think its taro inside. korean dessert. yummm

Jumping shots! everyone loves it =D

The river has turned into ice!! It can even stand the weight of korkor =D

Ahh…. I miss the boots now. Too much walking in Korea and Edinburgh has resulted in the boots in horrendous stage

 

 

 

Never forgets to tell my future ‘da sao’ that shes always in his mind >.<

Be Grateful for simple ideas

•October 22, 2010 • 1 Comment

Gratitude! Journal : Positive Thoughts

A marketable product starts with a simple idea in a creative platform.

Leading you back to the basic principle of KISS (‘Keep it simple, Stupid’).

Very often, product managers get caught up with trying to develop a cutting edge technology that is ‘innovative and revolutionary’ but forget one simple idea, how does it benefit consumers’ needs and how user-friendly is the product? Yes, consumers like new technology and innovations but they do not like a new technology that….

– take up so much space in their computer,

– take ages to load

– can potentially crash your system

– eats battery life

– and does not serve much functions in the end. low product offering.

 

People are getting more and more stress with works and studies nowadays. self- enrichment is in popular demand now because people like to feel good about themselves and their lives. Grumpy people on the street are waiting to be cheered. Gratitude Journal sees this potential and develop this application so that people can,in the mist of their stressful lives, be more consciously aware of small little things that they are grateful about each day and live a little happier each day. Its easy to use and the journal is in your pocket everyday reminding you to think a little more positive everyday.

I love it.

 

They are who I’m most grateful for every single day of my life

Nami island, Gangwon Province, South Korea

•October 21, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I love this place…. its so beautiful and peaceful, really like a magical land. No wonder Winter Sonata choose to film here =) Its only about an hr from Seoul city, if I stay in Seoul city, this will be my top weekend escape destination.

Nami island, South Korea (Dec 2009)

 

Clean Water is for everyone

•October 21, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Last year, We organized a film screening in Melb Uni trying to raise awareness of toxic water pollution resulted from a violation of Corporate’s CRS in third world countries. It was a powerful documentary which bring across the message effectively through visual images, credible evidences and stories that audiences can easily relates to.

My primary school teacher used to tell us  that water is one of the most natural resources in the world, its for everyone and nobody can survive without water. After watching the Documentary, I remember these words that my teacher taught me years ago and starts to wonder…. how can the use and consumption of water be sold for a fix rate when its a natural resource that do not belong to anyone in the first place?

 

Recently, I came across a video circulating in facebook about a man who, for his birthday, instead of pampering himself with material gifts, chose to set himself a goal to set up a charity organization that aims to set up clean water supply in every corner of the world. The belief is simple: Water is for everyone. We need water to survive. Why cant everyone has access to it?

Watch the video here:

Charity Water: Born in september