Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Is blogging still relevant?

Is blogging still relevant? This is the one question that I’ve been pondering about since about a year ago when I slowly realise that bloggers, political and apolitical ones began to write lesser on their blog(s). Some have migrated to tweeting while the majority just share their thoughts on Facebook or Instagram without the hassle of writing on one platform and sharing it on the other.

In the age of technological superiority, why go the long way when there are guided shortcuts? This is another question that I’ve been asking myself very often too. (More about this later)

Maintaining a blog is not an easy feat. Maintaining a blog when you are always on the move is even harder. None of the many paid and free mobile apps available is blogger friendly; either the texts not aligned or the picture too huge or small to provide a desired result. Hence, I still prefer to blog from my beloved laptop, from the comfort of my working desk and always, with a pot of tea.

However, the constant travelling and hectic work schedule in 2016 eluded me this sort of comfort. My number of posting declined as well as the urge to comment publicly or to venture temporarily into the realm of keyboard warriors. Besides, over the years, I’ve learned that keeping one’s silence is not always a bad thing unless you intend to keep an elegant silence ala Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Malaysia’s 5th Prime Minister to hasten the ending of your career and endeavours.

 Nevertheless, after observing the pro and cons of blogging versus tweeting versus Facebook posting and etc…I’ve come to the conclusion that each medium comes with its own limitations but a blog offers the benefit of tracking, reaching a wider audience and an easily accessible achieve. In my case, my blog’s purposes are to share my thoughts and engage in constructive exchanges.

This blog is my personal digital diary and a platform to connect with friends. It is worth noting that through this blog, I’ve come across many nice friends and a fair share of faceless foes too. Regardless, I thank all for making me a better person.

As Plato put it: “wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they need to say something.” I believe that we are neither wise nor foolish all the time but it is a matter of trending ourselves towards which more often than the other.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Happy Chinese New Year 恭贺新禧

Wishing you and your family members a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year!


大 福

业 禄

方 在

兴 望

四 八

海 方

平 和

安 谐

金 彩

鸡 风

唱 飞


Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Chinese New Year Couplet丁酉年对联

Spring is round the corner though it won’t officially arrive till 立春 which falls on 3rd February 2017. Globally, the Chinese New Year mood is modest and festive decorations in shopping malls, hotels and other public places is on minimalist mode. It is made worse by Trump’s presidency with its anti-globalisation rhetoric and 3 am China bashing tweets.

Regardless, I’ve decided that my house in Kuala Lumpur needed a makeover for the year of Fire Rooster. So it started with mummy dearest arriving in town last week to supervise the repainting of the doors, changing of carpets, bed sheets, curtains and even the dustbin. Then, it is my turn to decorate the front and side doors. I retrieved from the store room the lantern bought from Vietnam and the red tapestry from China. (Perhaps, in support to Make America Great Again, let's hope that in 2018, we will be able purchase traditional lantern and tapestry Made in America, from American e-Bay or (just not Alibaba yeah), paid for with American Express and to be delivered by American owned UPS.)

Ops… and before that, I’ve decided to change the couplet that adorned the doors too. A few days earlier, I contacted my Chinese expert friend, Pin Yeeh to improvise on the couplet. After some exchanges and a good laugh on my poor command of Chinese composition, we agreed with 祖国富强疆域统,宗族和谐九州同。

As expressed on the couplet, I sincerely wish that my home country is strong and prosperous with its population living harmoniously and all opportunities created equally. As with previous years, it took a while to get my calligraphy skills in order before the red papers can be proudly attached. With all that done, I am off again to Singapore, wondering how many nights will I spend in that house in 2017. 

A new year, new coat of paint, new couplet and in twelve months time, another new year again.... this is the vicissitudes of life.