“Media and National Development”

Last Wednesday, the Perdana Leadership Foundation with Institute of Quality and Knowledge Advancement (InQka) UiTM organised the 6th Perdana Discourse Series with the title “Media and National Development. The event was a full day discourse with an hour keynote address by the Foundation’s Honorary President, YABhg Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, an opportunity for a Questions & Answer session with Tun, followed by a panel discussion and breakout session for the participants. Panelist includes Steven Gan, the editor-in-chief for Malaysiakini.com, Datuk A Kadir Jasin, the editor-in-chief of Berita Publishing Sdn Bhd, Jeff Ooi, citizen journalist from ScreenShots, and a student representative Dr. Kamalan Jeeva, a very well experienced national debater and a vet by practice.

 

Okay, I’ll spare the details, you can visit the Foundations website for more info and even for some pictures of the event – http://www.perdana.org.my

 

I was there, so, I’ll share some visual insights.

 

It was a great event and I met a lot of great people. I had the chance to chat with Dato’ Marina Mahathir (to date, I’m still confused whether its Datuk Paduka or Datin Paduka. Well, I better start calling her ‘MaM’ instead then). And to make my day, she recognised me as for she did asked “how come I haven’t seen your comments for a while now”. Hehehe. Sorry MaM, I got a bit too busy here and there.

 

I had a very great time engaging interesting conversations with people from all fields and most of them are much much older than me, which is simply great.

 

I ended up lepaking at Oldtown Kopitiam in Cyberjaya with a new friend I met as I was walking towards my car and we chatted from 7.00pm till 12:30am. Hahaha. People can really talk, I tell you. Add some caffeine and nicotine and conversations seem irresistibly engaging and endless. But I’m game for great conversations though I’ll end up listening and observing, and its always a great experience.

 

—–#—–

 

Yesterday (Thursday) I watched ‘Berbagi Suami’ for the first time. Great movie, nice storyline. And fantastic music. I must get the Original Music Soundtrack. At least they don’t have just ONE theme song which is played throughout the movie over and over again like most of our local films. Come on, there a a lot of great underground bands that can fit in your movie soundtrack, do some research la. Takkan semua nak pakai Jac Victor, Misha Omar atau Siti jer ….

 

My favorite song from the movie of course is “Pergi tanpa Pesan” by Sore. Superb group. What a diverse song range they have. Brilliant musicians!

 

—–#—–

 

Well pembaca sekalian, I’m off to “do work”. Lunch time is finishing. (“,)

Lost ….

 

This morning, as I was brushing my teeth, I realised that my locket, the opal stone as a pendant on my necklace, was gone!

 

And, it was gone since yesterday (refer pic: GAMBAR SELEPAS, taken Sunday, April 15th)

 

The white Opal stone was bought in 1988 by mom in Australia.

 

The mineraloid opal is amorphous SiO2·nH2O; hydrated silicon dioxide, the water content sometimes being as high as 20% but is usually between three and ten percent. Opal ranges from colorless through white, milky blue, gray, red, yellow, green, brown and black. Common opal is truly amorphous, but precious opal does have a structural element. The word opal comes from the Sanskrit upala, the Greek opallios, and the Latin opalus, meaning “precious stone.” Opals are also Australia’s National gemstone.

Opal is a mineraloid gel which is deposited at relatively low temperature and may occur in the fissures of almost any kind of rock, being most commonly found with limonite, sandstone, rhyolite, and basalt.

Opal is one of the mineraloids that can form or replace fossils. The resulting fossils, though not of any extra scientific interest, appeal to collectors.

– information courtesy of wikipedia –

 

I have been wearing the necklace for a good 7 years now, before that, only during Raya holidays, but since 2000, I started wearing it and became attached to it. I only took out my necklace for 2 reasons, X-Ray and to get it cleaned at the jewellery store.

 

I felt lost. I felt incomplete. I haven’t told mom. I’m quite terrified. But I know, things got lost along the journey of our life.

 

I got used to it so much, I never bother to give it a look. When I did, it was gone.

 

Now, I’m wearing the necklace without the great white opal stone.

 

I felt hollow, but I’m not letting go.

 

Let it show, the empty hole at the locket there.

 

Let it show, the hollowness I feel, and the lost that haunts me.

 

I haven’t cried …. not yet.