Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Saya kira tinggal lagi 48 buah kedai buku yang saya harus tanda dalam senarai tempat-tempat yang perlu dilawati sebelum ajal.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
After working with a cancer charity for years, meeting people who are dealing with death, you must think that I’m used to the idea of loss. The truth is, I am not. So I take it as a reminder that life is short. I take my time to rethink about people that I have in my life. My family, my friends, people that I know through my variety of projects. And I am thankful everyday for being able to be me and get the support from the people that I care about.
Talking about how short life is, it’s amazing how time flies. In our life, we are gifted with so many relationships that complete us. Everyone we have in our life helps us to fulfill our every different side.
I want to talk about the comfort of having somebody who knows you for so long, so well. When you know somebody for more than a decade and she had been your prime witness through all your ups and downs in your adult life, it’s hard to describe that sense of comfort. It is such a relief to know that I have someone to talk to, whenever I want to talk to, whatever I want to talk to. I can have a crappy week, get a major headache from weird friend all week, feel like the whole world is my enemy but then, a few minutes conversation with her and I am ok again. She is my loudest cheerleader, my worst critic, she can my greatest supporter at one time and become totally indifferent the next. It’s weird that sometimes I think I know her so well but there are times where I asked my self ‘Who are you?’
But most of all, it’s just amazing how well she knows me. What ever my concerns are, I’ll just blurt it out and she helps to describe my issues to me. She listens well, supports well, acts well and exaggerates well. To have somebody who accepts me for what I am, wants the best for me without prejudice or hidden agenda, I am a lucky man. That is how I can afford to be me, share my passions with others.
There is never a right thing to say to people who are coping with death or losing their loved ones. As for me, whenever I think about the people that I lost, all that I can think about is how lucky I am to got to know that person. It’s the time that I have with him or her that I cherished. I take it is as a reminder to count my blessing, to celebrate every relationships that I have in my life. I am so lucky just to be able to be me, do the work that I enjoy, living my passions, keeping the connections with people that I care and welcoming new friends in. So busy counting for my blessings that I have no room for complaints, regrets and craps.
I got to talk about this the next time I see her, but then again she’ll probably has the same thing in her mind, preparing to describe my own thoughts for me completed with her versions, emotions and exaggerations.Well…… on the second thought, I got to recount my blessings now…
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Tabiat yang terbawa-bawa sehingga kini.
Saya sanggup ponteng kuliah (selalu ponteng pun!) dan berlari-lari menuruni bukit sepanjang Richmond Road semata-mata hanya mahu 'lemas dalam aroma kopi di Waterstone's dan bersila selesa dicelah-celah rak buku sambil melayan antologi puisi Pablo Neruda.
Sama juga di Thailand. Banyak kedai buku tetapi kebanyakan buku dijual di dalam Bahasa Thai. Cuma semasa singgah di Bangkok saya dapat melepaskan kerinduan dengan mengunjungi Kedai Buku Asia Society berhampiran Stesen MRT Nana.
Monday, July 07, 2008
But rather, her incessant blabbering for 12 hours straight and only ceased for a little while when she went to the cramped and smelly toilet at the end of the 3rd class coach and came out again looking very fresh. Apparently she was perhaps the only one in that coach who had the pleasure taken the bath. How I wish back then I could jump off the train and cried out aloud,
(Kg. Buku Langkawi dalam kenangan)
Kampung Buku Langkawi saya pertama kali bertandang semasa saya menuntut A-Level di PPP/ITM Shah Alam.Saya berkenalan dan berbual panjang dengan Pengurus Kampung Buku Langkawi waktu itu, Hj Ismail, bekas Pegawai Pendidikan Langkawi. Melalui beliaulah saya mengetahui tentang sejarah kewujudan pekan-pekan buku seperti di Hay-on-Wye, Redu dan di Amerika. Sejak itu, saya memasang niat untuk ke setiap pekan buku yang ada di seluruh dunia. Sayangnya Kampung Buku Langkawi di Lubuk Semilang itu telah berkubur sejak beberapa tahun yang lalu.Entahlah idea bagus tetapi perlaksanaannya mungkin tidak segigih pelopor agaknya.
Apabila saya melanjutkan pelajaran ke UK, saya mengidam-idam untuk mengunjungi Hay-on-Wye dan Wigtown. Hay-on-Wye dapat saya kunjungi semasa cuti musim panas tahun 1998. Saya dan rakan-rakan dari Bradford ketika itu sedang melawat Stratford-upon-Avon yang tidak payah diperkenalkan lagi sebagai kota kelahiran Shakespeare, Bandaraya Cardiff dan bandar tepi laut Aberystwyth di Wales. Oleh kerana Hay-on-Wye terletak tidak jauh dari Stratford-upon-Avon, saya tidak melepaskan peluang keemasan untuk memangkah nama Hay-on-Wye di dalam senarai tempat-tempat di dunia yang saya harus lawati sebelum saya mati.