Monthly Archives: July 2008

Blogger for hire.

Want to get hired for blogging? There you go.

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A bit dubious, don’t you think?

Bon Odori 32nd fest 2008

My third time visit! Last year in the news, there were a number of 30,000 visitors expected to attend. I wonder how many have turned up for this year’s event because the crowd was definitely MASSIVE!! compared to the year before.

Bon Odori (Bon dance), which is similar to Cheng Beng festival, is a Japanese Buddhist custom dated back 500 years ago and celebrated religiously in Japan. The festival is held to honor the departed spirits of one’s ancestors.

In Malaysia, Bon Odori is celebrated every year around mid-July (organized by Japan Club of Kuala Lumpur) in Selangor and Penang, where it serves as an informal cultural-exchange event between Malaysia and Japan. This festival includes a traditional dance circling around yagura, where drum performers are staged together with graceful dancers dressed in yukata.

A fun, sweaty, public event, no doubt. A heaven for avid photographers out there. But also a place where foods and drinks sold in cut-throat prices. Perhaps the only place where you get to see people dressed in pajamas and clubbing gears and goth costumes even, other than sleepover parties or places like Sungei Wang plaza. And all you get home free as a token of appreciation for attending the event is some sponsored plastic fan. Or two, depending how much you’re willing to beg the volunteers to get. Something tells me that I won’t be be attending this event every year for long. The hype is picking up.

Yagura

Yagura

Picnic evening

Yukata girls

Dusk break

Into the night

performers

crowd

Somebody stop me.

I’m thinking… thinking… wanting… to kill off another blog again.

Happy Friday!

Self-marriage, anyone?

One of these days, I’m going to get myself a pretty white dress and a decent ring to worth a lifelong vow of ‘I do’. Someday when I’m ready, I’m going to get married with myself.

Huh.

Crazy, you think? Who would ever consider this absurd idea? I mean, why would anyone want to get tied on a life time commitment with themselves?

Have yourself asked the same question. Would you, someday maybe?

The other day I came across this article about self-marriage, and it had me enlightened about the idea. When I ask EP if she would, you know, given the option to get married with herself, she goes “… that charm (pity) meh? Get married with yourself??”

I asked LD the same question too, to which she question instead:

LD: So if you want to get married with someone else then, would that mean you have to divorce yourself off the marriage??

me: -_-“

Now, the concept of self-marriage is a little different from the basic principles of marriage we all know. It’s not about signing the papers and promise to devote your entire life to yourself. Not quite.

Far from acknowledging your social standing rooted in bachelorhood with a mere ring on your finger, self-marriage is a meaningful vow of union of your ‘then’ version and ‘now’, a connecting bridge of your being as an individual toward becoming a wholesome, full-fledged adult in terms of emotional maturity, both mentally and spiritually. The finality of soul-searching in you ends here in completion of yourself.

You can be both self-married and attached at the same time, an ideal option before deciding on a marriage with your significant other. You can be thriving in your middle-age, or a person recently divorced from marriage, who choose to renew yourself through self-marriage as well.

Some have unknowingly gone through self-marriage themselves too at some point of their lives. So, self-marriage is not literally about marrying yourself for life sake, and certainly not only meant for stereotyped singles.

I did a bit of reading on the subject elsewhere. Interesting to note how it shifted my perception on the purpose of marriage: One has to seek within themselves to feel whole in order to manage a fulfilling life, and not expecting to find them in their significant other through marriage.

Now I’m thinking, if the former is the case, would it mean that marriage won’t be necessary at all in the first place?

A bit of an unconventional concept yes, but if you think about it, the idea is not something out of this world at all. Didn’t they say, that in order to love someone else, you’ve got to love yourself first? Self-marriage makes a good preparation to condition oneself to the reality of life time commitment and the challenges to come, readying yourself to take on the next phase of life.

It’s a self-explanatory conviction of your ‘I do’s’, for better or worse, for rich or for poor, in sickness and in health, and with this ring, I me wed.

Perhaps in time, I will.

Happy Smiley Saturday!

Cheesy title. At least it sounded better than the lame old ‘I’m back!’ or ‘I’m alive!’. After some time, the girl who stares at cactus has trouble getting back into the shwwing of things in the blogosphere.

Hence she decided what she does best. Youtube. Yael Naim. Talented French/Israeli singer/songwriter. She even did her own rendition on Britney Spears’ Toxic. That not really my cup of tea, but eh perhaps guys would find the song a turn-on? I dunno. Personally, I love her French take on Paris (click to listen) better. 🙂

One of Yael Naim’s English songs titled New Soul was featured in the MacBook Air ad which, btw should explain that persistent déjà vu lalala ringing in your head. Can be quite addictive I tell u. So enjoy the video and have a good weekend.