When we are against one another….

While there are many of intense discussions/arguments circulating the recently elected President of US, among people globally.

I feel the need to lighten up everyone’s heart and mind by sharing this video, I hope it could put you into some perspectives on where we stand as fellow human beings in this tiny yet beautiful blue planet.

If there’s an important message to deliver, this will be it.

Here’s my personal favorite excerpt from the video :

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

Also, Happy Birthday Carl Sagan!

For further readings : Pale Blue Dot

Enjoy!

 

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On Marvel’s new movie, Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange, a highly anticipated movie to Marvel fans across the world premieres in cinema last week. I had the opportunity to watch it with some of my friends at a local cinema. To put it short, the overall movie left me speechless in two ways, both good and bad. One strand arrived from the whole cinematic experience, you cannot deny the movie was unpredictably mind-blowing, with all the psychedelic-ish visuals, the randomness, the cleverly infused humours and the impeccable actings.. it is an extraordinary movie.

The other less desirable strand however, and this is just my additional thoughts on why it left me with a feeling of uneasiness is because it somehow gave me the impression that people who follows logic and reason portrayed by the neurosurgeon, Dr. Strange is deemed as arrogance or an act of ego, that evidence-based science / modern technological advances are not the answer to everything (although there’s no claim that it is to begin with). While this is true in the case of the film because it is merely a film, right? But after watching it, I became worried of those who can’t be rational enough to differentiate between reality and an artificially-made film.

I do agree his know-it-all attitude is very annoying and he deserved that wake up call, but what no one seemed to be able to capture is his skeptical attitude at the beginning, his persistence to question things that seemed to be unacceptable and oppressed. I just think those who glorifies this film as a touch of realism carries the same mindset as those who claim that vaccines cause autism. The film did gave people a sense of contemplation on current ideologies/doctrines of the world, but more biased towards one side of the spectrum of course. I think the reason why people can be drawn so much into this motion picture is probably because it comes in favour of their thinking which stemmed from their beliefs, with the help of world-class convincing actors and a great script. Strangely, (no, not a pun) Dr.Strange is the one who ended up saving the world despite his unfavourable characteristics as mocked by the master earlier on.

But my question is, what happens if the film portrayed the characters the other way round and the opposite is true?*  Will people react differently and perhaps feel offended even?  What sort of discussion will it stir up?

*Considering the jaw-dropping visuals remain the same.

Slightly controversial but just a thought to put out there.
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Documentary of the month

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Captured at Tanjung Aru beach, Borneo circa 2014

‘Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark.’

-Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot 1994

This month I went to watch a documentary “A Beautiful Planet”at IMAX with my brother, it costed us RM 15 each which I think wasn’t that bad considering the fact it was in 3D.

This 45 minutes long documentary will take you on a whole new eye-opening adventure with exclusive video footages taken from the ISS to witness the spectacular views of earth from space. It was visually stunning that I teared up on the first 10 minutes into the documentary. Narrated by the Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, I loved how clear and calm her voice was throughout the doc, it made me felt like I was floating in space.

What resonated with me was the thought of all those sacrifices made by the astronauts & scientists committed into lifetime of research to better understand the patterns or phenomenon on earth while also finding ways to cope with being far away from the safety and comfort of our home. Perhaps I am just an emotional person on that sense because I reckon it was probably their biggest life achievement to experience this rare opportunity.

On another note, I was also made aware on the state of climate change happening around the globe especially in Greenland. Global warming causes ice caps across the polar region of the planet to melt rapidly and can have detrimental affect on the lives and physical state of the earth. One horrifying prediction on the rising of sea levels is that lower places of the earth will disappear in the next 20 years or so if things get worse. Hence, it is vital that strong intervention takes place to prevent/prolong the damages caused by global warming.

The most valuable lesson from watching this was I realised that I can only be limited by my own imagination. With that I remain hopeful of our future generations, that we will continuously wonder, create and discover new things beyond us. I would certainly like to be part of that possibility one day.

Before I end this post, I would like to suggest that you take the time each day to not only look down at your feet as you walk through your everyday life but also to look up and marvel at the vast magnificent sky. Smile and think to yourself how lucky we are that through all of these vastness and infinities we somehow found our way here with each other, on this beautiful planet.

Trailer to the documentary:

Be humble & happy Halloween!

Share your thoughts on the comment section below.

Somewhat perplexed

Remember your retreat into this little domain of which is yourself, and above all be not disturbed nor on the rack, but be free and look at things as a man, a human being, a citizen a creature that must die.‘ -Marcus Aurelius, Meditations.

These days, I have been feeling rather fragile by how I temporarily perceive the world to be. I know, there are plethora of questions up in my mind that I seek for an accurate and rational answer, however it may be impossible to achieve one as we human tend to be unconsciously driven by irrationality . The information that we received and the information that are already instilled in us determines our behaviour or actions in that moment. Proceeding information that emerges would also create a whole set of new ideas and way of thinking. Therefore, uncertainties are all around us and we cannot deny them. These perhaps generate intrinsic fear among society.

Today, I have watched a 2011 documentary Ethos, directed by Pete Mcgrain. You can find many other notable references and information on their website. I highly recommend you to watch this documentary, as it concerns on how our world being driven by corporate interests, how they are consumed with power and wealth to control the nation and how easily we are to indirectly be ‘influenced’ to their propaganda. I want to highlight a particular quote which I think was truly profound. ‘Rationality belongs to the cool observer, but because of the stupidity of the average man, he follows not reason, but faith, and the naive faith requires necessary illusion and emotionally potent oversimplifications which are provided by the myth-maker to keep ordinary person on course‘ by Reinhold Niebuhr, Moral Man and Immoral Society 1932.

As a 19 year old, I find myself constantly on a swing, being pushed back and forth between the past and present. In a state of confusion and agony, I thought the world has betrayed me into living a life I have not chosen to be part of. All in all, there are still so many underlying  truths that we are oblivious about and the intention behind it are still unclear, well at least for me it is. I am determined to want to learn and understand more the world at a bigger picture. I don’t think it would be a very pleasant process but I thought I want to share the journey and the developments I have so far achieved on this blog. I’ve learnt to not take words whole-heartedly even though they conform to my current perceptions but to dig deeper into the modus-operandi behind the facts presented, the simplest way to say this is to think critically at all times.

I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring‘ – David Bowie.

As for now, I have found it is important to be more open-minded and think for myself first before having others to accept my way of thinking. I urge you to do the same, and question even the logical way things are currently running in your life.

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now its the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.’ – Helen Keller

 

 

Keeping up with New Year’s Resolution

I am inspired to write a list of New Year’s resolutions for 2016 after a trip to the city of Kuala Lumpur today. It also reminded me of an essay I wrote during my final year examination in high school. I remember so vividly the title of the essay – “ Share your thoughts on New Year’s resolutions”. At that time, I hardly know the meaning behind the word “resolutions”, to be frank I sort of regretted that I chose this particular title out of all the others provided to me (which I’m more familiar with). Now I reckoned that’s why I held such solid memory about it because my actions at that time all happened at an act of impulse. I do love it when I take certain risks and don’t matter what the consequences will be like, although I don’t do them that often. But it’s better than not taking any I guess. This incident may not be as significant to you, but the final year examination also determines my forecast result for Malaysia’s Secondary School National Examination, not to be mark-savvy but it was a big deal. I was glad the result turned out to be fine and I obtained a few good remarks from my English teacher as well, all good.

So today, I was smiling in the car thinking of that day. My heart was burning with excitement to do something afterwards. It was such a wonderful feeling to have!

Long rides in the car can surely make you contemplate on life.

I make resolutions annually, but I never write them in a list or anything like most people nor do I cling onto and keep up with them constantly. For me, I ensure that my commitment stays in the things that I am passionate about and not exhaust myself at things that I can never accomplish.

 

Here is a short (there are more, actually) list of my resolutions:

  1. As I moved to west Malaysia recently, I have the chance to travel to all the other states that I’ve never been to before! In other words, travel to never-been-to states in Malaysia.
  2. I really really need to improve on my Chinese. So, I vow to read one classical/must-read Chinese novel this year. Hopefully, I’ll make it to two but that’s it.
  3. I want & must learn the French Language. Dis-moi merde !
  4. Read at least 50 books.
  5. Visit India independently.
  6. Attend my very first concert.
  7. Post more on this blog.
  8. Talk to someone inspiring.
  9. Volunteer more.

 

To end this, I want to share with you a quote I came across on my dashboard today!

 

‘ What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?’

– Vincent Van Gogh

And, I looked at the world around me as the car drove by – each skyscraper built in the city, the road we drove on, the planes flying across the blue sky, my smartphone…the visionaries before me –the very people who dare to do, to have the faith on that first step without seeing the whole staircase. I salute you.

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Batu Ferringhi, Penang 2015

…..I hereby sprinkle upon you countless of strength and courage to get through anything in your life.

Tell me in the comments below what is that one New Year’s resolution that you truly wish to accomplish and what was the one that you are most proud of accomplishing last year?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brief introduction

I should have chosen the 1st of January to start this blog instead, it would have given you the idea/illusion of me being so devoted to be doing this. Truth is, I’ve been wanting to start blogging for quite a while now.

I just lied, its been years since I have the thought of setting one up. In fact, I signed up for WordPress and Blogspot without adding any content to both sites for months. Some times, I just couldn’t fathom my spontaneous actions that never came to a purpose. But hah! Now I can FINALLY tick this one off my annual resolution lists. Kudos for me.

Right, enough with the ya daa ya daa….

I guess like any bloggers, I should tell you a tiny bit about myself so you might get me or not at all.

By the way, Don’t heighten your expectations, I’m no more interesting than that friend you invite for coffee but ended up taking selfies in front of you all day. I still am searching for shirts that has the sentence “Put down your phones people, have some real conversations”. If you have any clue on where to buy it, please share that info with me.

Moving on..

If you are still alive and not half awake or vice versa, here’s a mini biography about me:

On 11th Nov 1996 right when the clock strikes 3 in the wee hours, an over-matured baby girl was born to a Chinese man that married to a Dusun-tribed woman. The delivery location was not as planned because she was supposed to be born in a clinic two hour drive away from her hometown. She ended up at the local hospital, on Deepavali surrounded by midwives and no doctors. It was a bitter sweet moment. But as the baby girl’s mother recalled, her pain was subsided when she saw the baby for the first time. Her eyes were as shiny as the stars in the dark night sky . She fell in love, it’s the kind of love incomparable to any other love – Mother Love. She named the baby girl, “Sharon”, in honour of her favourite actress Sharon Cunita. The baby became a daughter and a sister to 3 other siblings in the family.

Growing up, she was an extremely shy girl and girls like that don’t make friends easily. During her pre-teen years,  She struggles to fit in at school. She felt a strong sense of wanting to be known. She wants to just be some one who people look up to and adore. Every day, she cares about her looks, her talks, her walks but most of all her popularity. Comparing her worth to other girls around her. Popularity is the drug that she depends on to survive each passing day. She thought that’s all there is in this world. She thought wrong.

She moved into a new school, fresh face as a junior in high school.On that first year, many things had happened. She experienced this thing called life. She met new friends. Fell in love at 13. Broke her heart at 14. And then  it was all over again when she moved to another school in another town away from the comfort of her home. At 15, she was on her own. But she likes to be alone. Thats her nature. Only when she’s alone that she felt comfortable, her thoughts are clearer and held much meanings to her. She enjoys observing people, their actions and their facial expressions. She is more of a listener than a speaker.

Her affection towards loneliness intensifies when she continued her tertiary education in United Kingdom on Summer 2014.

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Departing from Malaysia en route UK 2014

Then, the proceeding undisclosed moments had the most significant impact on her life. And she was a changed girl.

 

I realised this biography has surpassed the so called ‘mini’ after all. I guess you can’t really place someone’s life into an introduction like that. I hope that you will take the time to understand a person piece by piece, from the leaves all the way down to their roots. It is a journey a person have to earn their way through. I am glad you made it all this way, thank you for bearing it for the sake of wanting to know more about me. You and your patience deserves a digital pat on that buff shoulder!

I will keep posting, and fingers….&toes crossed I won’t procrastinate too often. I’m sorry, I don’t know how to end this. My mind wanders, again.

It’s 1 am for Nutella’s sake.

Happy New Years.

Til Then.

Sharon