Category Archives: Cosmic Travelers

Out-Dependent

That moment when you can’t depend on anybody else but yourself.

We live in a world full of privileged kids who thinks they deserve a lot of things and it should be given to them. Including respect.

And they think they are way better than to strive and struggle to earn respect and recognition. The Gen-Ys.

We come from an era where regardless how high our degree is – if we need to make tea for boss or sweep the floor, we’d do it.

Tonight, the cost of my rants will be 50 ringgit. Memang hebat.

En. Isa was a great cabbie to restore back my faith when I touched down KL Sentral. RM 33 from KL Sentral to Selayang, was a good deal.

En. Isa talked about where he met his wife, what his daughter get for her birthday and how priviliged govt servants are these days. At 2am.

After telling him I just got back from a writer festival and I write as a hobby – he asked for my pseudonym just incase he buys my book.

Which I thought was really sweet. Thank you, En. Isa. God bless your heart.

Abby Travels To Bali

Oct 13 – Sunday

Checked in an hour before flight and even after breakfast, all I want to do is nap. That is what has become of me.

Dunno if I’m getting skinned alive but cabfare from Denpasar to Jalan Kajeng, Ubud is Rp.300,000. That’s almost like RM85. Hurm.

Quick Mas Cabbie. I need my kretek feed soon!

Quick! Quick! Veet!!!!

Waze is helping me to make sure cabbie is on the right track.

I saw McDees. Saya lapar. Famished.

Saya mahu makan nasi, Elaine … 😦

Lunch at Ingus.

Roomie practising her poem for tonight’s slam.

Just signed up for the poetry slam tonight at #UWRF13 … A chance I gladly take now that I’m here. And gonna do it in Malay! Jom Elaine!

Did my poem in Malay at the #UWRF13 and so glad people who doesn’t understand it thanked me and told me they like it. :-))

Oct 14 – Monday

Started the day with a house tour by the owner of the HanSnel bungalow, his widow Tante Siti. She was a model back in the 50s.

And so I’m still working despite taking a break that I’m supposed to. Hurm..

“A major part of writing in any form is rhythm.” – Robin de Crespigny at the Big Picture talk in #UWRF13

So many too smart writers at #UWRF13 makes me feel like whatever that I know now is far from being enough. The exposure is good to humble you.

Having said that – I don’t see many M’sian writers here and it’s sad. So near home but we are not allowing ourselves to participate in this.

Gonna walk streets of Ubud alone now. Bliss.

#Jalanan was awesome. I don’t know how Daniel Ziv directs it, whether it’s the least direction or the most – whatever it is, I cried. Bless.

Oct 15 – Tuesday

Baiklah pengikut-pengikutku di Twitter. Selamat Hari Raya padamu. Dah berkorban untuk Sang Pencipta Dewata Raya? Nama-Nya di Batu Bersurat.

And enough of this hijabster jeebuz. Takpe kalau kita bermadah dalam bahasa sendiri. Lebih afdhal jika berkata benda yang kita mengerti.

I learn to love my language even more everytime I step my foot in Indonesia. Bahasa budaya bangsa. Tuhan itu Maha Memahami.

Saya bacakan puisi “Jantung dan Udara” di depan penonton yang tidak memahami Bahasa Melayu di #UWRF13 . Ramai berterima kasih atas keindahan.

Keindahan bahasa dan kemurnian hati itu penting. Usah risau yang tidak memahami. Yang penting isi hati.

Sarapan berharga Rp.71,500. Dalam nilai Ringgit, lebih kurang RM 25. Agak mahal. Kayak sarapan di La Bodega.

Pada hari ini, kata En. Shah, pegawai HR di tempat kerja kedua saya pada 2006 terngiang-ngiang di kepala. “Abby tulis blog. Sungguh indah.”

Final #SeronokUbud lunch with the team! Been a swell time at #UWRF13 .. Planning a tour next year!

Overheard a lady advising her friend not to go to the toilet. Looks like I have to pee in the air.

#notetoself The further your boarding Gate is from the common area, altho is far to reach, the toilet is always cleaner. #airportblues

Wacky Bar at PJ Life & Arts Centre

I wouldn’t drop names but this is merely promotion. Hehehe. When Angelia told me that she wants to ask me and Muid to join her to watch Ida Mariana in Wacky Bar, of course I gave a confirm YES. First because I adore Ida Mariana, second because I’m her groupie, third because I didn’t get to hangout much with Angelia because of our schedules and this is the perfect time for it. Not to mention that it was a treat, THANK YOU SO MUCH LIA!!! Hehehe.

It was quite a funny day to begin with, because we had the office team photoshoot and I managed to hangout with Adi and meet up a new friend (well, at least it was our first time meeting each other) for a drink. Thanks for the treat (Good lord, I sound like a freeloader don’t I?). I managed to get to PJLA in time, bumped into Sani when I was there, and Nish too, who came with her mom. Thanked God Muid managed to make it there JUST IN TIME they close the door.

Directed by Joanna Bessey, all in all, the Wacky Bar is a great show. It tells the tales of ordinary people with ordinary issues who frequented this Bar owned by Wacky. Maya Tan Abdullah did a great job with her Thai character, Ida was ….. hahaha, believable as always, making us, in between of understanding her situation or getting annoyed with her neurotic behaviour. The best thing about the whole show is the dances to retro mixes in between. Hehehehe. It does make you part of the Wacky Bar. If only it was a private viewing and my seat is at the last row, I would’ve stood up dancing myself. Brilliant way to change settings as well! And the cast did it instead of the crew which I thought was magnificent! The whole cast was excellent, from Patrick Teoh to Junji Delfino, from Na’a Murad to Iedil Putra, from Daphne Iking to Gavin Yap. Of course and all the rest of them.

Unfortunately they have wrapped up for today, but rumour has it, next stop should be Sin Jia Por. So people of the land where the todak crashes, be prepared for Wacky and his team okay!!! I’m not a big follower of plays and theatres in Malaysia but I do get to view some if it fits my schedule. I have not been those Instant Cafe groupies and whatnot, but yes, I’m a groupie by default in life. It was quite funny to say I actually have been watching Ida Mariana in Puteri Gunung Ledang without me realising that one day, we would be friends, taking pictures of our feet together.

Again, thanks to Lia for the treat, the great company of Don and Muid. Great to be bumping into Sani and Nish. And a great hangout afterwards with Ida M. and her friend (Elmira was it?), Nish and Maya Tan who dropped by our table at Oldtown. Also bumped into some familiar faces at Jaya One. Hahaha. KL is getting smaller by the minute!

entri ini untuk ashvina marie naidu

kerana beliau adalah seorang yang istimewa.

bukan senang kita mahu jumpa gadis India di pekan kuala lumpur yang berusia 23 tahun dan petah bercakap di dalam loghat kelantan. gadis-gadis melayu yang asalnya dari sana pun ada segelintir yang malu berbahasa melayu loghta kelantan. ramai yang mahu mengadaptasikan loghat orang Inggeris atau orang Amerika, malah loghat Australia yang sungguh tipu dan tak original pun ada. tetapi takpe, itu usaha mereka di dalam globalisasi. syabas.

namun tetapi. hari ini ashvina marie naidu, rakan yang saya baru kenal sejak 2-3 bulan yang lepas, meraikan hari jadi nya yang ke-23. walaupun pada usia 23 tahun, semangat jiwanya sebagai pensyarah seperti seorang ibu, mendidik pelajar yang hanya 5 tahun muda daripadanya.

ashvina atau lebih mesra saya panggil dengan nama ash, sentiasa akan memuji kebaikan hati saya, tetapi beliau lupa, kawan itu mencerminkan diri kita sendiri, dan saya hanyalah cermin kepada ketulusan dan keikhlasan hati beliau yang acapkali beliau nafikan dengan tujuan merendahkan diri.

beliau perlu sedar. hati nya seperti rambut nya. kerinting besar dan mengerbang. cuba mahu meliputi setiap kawasan jikalau boleh. ini bukan umpatan atau tohmahan. tetapi hanyalah pujian ikhlas.

ash membuat saya mahu menyayangi, menyayangi di luar bidang kuasa saya, mencecah setiap ruangan yang ada. ash sentiasa membuat saya tersenyum dan berterima kasih kerana saya mempunyai kemahuan untuk memberikan cinta saya kepada semua, bukan hanya seorang.

ini baru bulan ketiga persahabatan kami. saya amat berharap persahabatan ini berpanjangan. kami sudah berlagak seperti kami telah berkawan selama 23 tahun.

ashvina marie naidu. terima kasih sayang. i love you. happy birthday.