Real neat award?

To start things off, thank you almandyne for nominating me! It is the first time I’ve received such an award since I started blogging a few months back. So I am really excited 😀

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Anyhoo, to copy-paste the rules…

– Insert the award logo onto your post (which is the blue image you see above)
– Answer the seven questions they asked you.
– Thank the blogger who nominated you.
– Nominate other bloggers and ask them seven questions and let them know you have nominated them. That’s all.

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Alright, now with that out of the way, time to answer a few questions!

1) Your biggest fear? I am afraid to lose my loved ones. The thought of not seeing them ever again chills me to the bone. To me, it’s like having a void that can never be filled, if you know what I mean.

2) How often do you think about dying? Not every single day, but the thought has popped into my mind countless times. I’ve always wondered what would happen at the end of the road. Is there an afterlife or will my existence be completely erased like it was nothing?

3) If you were granted three wishes what would you wish for? Oh wow, this is a tough one. I wouldn’t want to alter any part of my life through other means because my experiences make me who I am today. I will wish for the happiness and safety of my loved ones though. Maybe world peace? Or creating an insane dimension where the lines between reality and imagination are blurred. That would be cool.

4) Do you believe in god? I’m a Buddhist, I believe in several gods and deities. I never experienced anything related to them so I can’t say with certainty they are real, but hey, it is the way I was brought up. And there’s some comfort in knowing that there’s an entity possibly looking out for you. A sweet gesture.

5) What do you see in your future? I really don’t know. I want to have a career I’m passionate about and a family. One thing is for sure, I’ll make sure I’m happy.

6) Fight for your country or fight for the world? Why not both?

7) Define life. You’re given this chance, don’t waste it. Live and soak in every moment of it.

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Watch your words

Where I live, you are expected to be mindful of what you say.

After all, we are labelled as a ‘multi-racial’ and ‘multi-religious’ society. People of different faiths and races live alongside one another in a tiny country. I was told to be sensitive to others’ beliefs, hence I avoided topics of religion.

That’s not to say that you are absolutely forbidden from bringing it up for discussion. It depends on the circumstances. It would be more comfortable for two parties sharing the same religious beliefs to engage in conversation. Or maybe you wish to comment about the news without bringing religion into the picture (innocent victims due to ISIS activities for example). If you’re perhaps simply enquiring out of curiosity, that’s fine too.

However, what if we have, say, an atheist and a Christian? Warning flags should begin popping up if you’re considering saying something offensive. Why go to such lengths to ruin a relationship even before it started?

It’s about respect. You may not agree with his or her way of thinking, you may even feel strongly against it. In the end, you’re not him or her. We are all brought up in completely different settings and exposed to separate beliefs, attitudes and opinions. What right do we have to insult their way of life? Wouldn’t it be better to show tolerance and respect?

Want to have a discussion on religion? By all means, go ahead. Just remember to watch your words.

The K-pop industry is ugly

This blog was supposed to be happy-go-lucky but I really really really want to rant somewhere about this issue. So read on, if you’re interested.

On November 26th, news broke that K-pop boy band B.A.P filed a lawsuit against their company, TS Entertainment to nullify their contracts. It came as a great shock to the entire fandom, and me.

I am a huge fan of B.A.P ever since the day I’d seen their teaser for their first music video. I was obsessed. I willingly spent my money every time they released a new album (with the exception for the Japanese ones). I tried my best to collect as much merchandise as I could. They were my idols, I wanted to support them as much as possible. But now? I feel cheated.

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Because I’m happy

Are you a happy person?

I have friends who wonder how do I always seem to look so troubled-free almost all the time. To some extent, it is true. I try my hardest never to put myself in a situation that comes with a price. Romantic relationships? Popularity? I stay away from these as much as possible. But I’m still human. I have my own troubles and feelings. However, I keep them all bottled in and continue living oh-so-merrily. It’s a neat little trick I picked up, convincing my mind to be that way. And no, I am 100% positive I am not deceiving myself.

This video was shown to me during the previous semester, and it left a very deep impression on me. Check it out below.

 

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Stepping into the blogosphere

If you’ve seen my first blog post, you would have known why.

This whole blog is an experiment for me, but I am not exactly a stranger to the process. Years ago, in my early teens, I started out on Blogger with a blog named ‘Ola Amigo’. It was an outlet for me to recount the experiences I had in school. Regrettably, the initial drive I had for it slowly faded away, as I lost interest in dedicating myself to my blog. Now it is left stagnant in cyberspace.

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