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Readers ‘From Out-er Space’ at Readings@Seksan

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I was at Readings@Seksan yesterday evening. This must be my 5th time. The most eventful date would be; during its 5th Anniversary; and readings by Awang Goneng (Wan Hulaimi) and Dina Zaman.

There’s a new sound system for the Readings@Seksan — better audio for the hearing-challenge (not impaired) like me.

Met Amir Muhammad for the umpteenth time. I said hi, yet didn’t bother to start a small-talk, since I don’t know what to start with; then I remember how cool his collection of short fiction is at British Council Malaysia: A City of Shared Stories – Kuala Lumpur — which I don’t even try to bring it up. The hot weather must have mired my brain signals. Catch-up with his short fiction at @amirmu.

On hindsight, maybe I should have brought up the story about how my past ex-gf, Ebb (not Sue, she ‘likes’ him) hated — or is it hates — you. Or at least the character of the Malaysian Linguistic Association (MALAS), the overly censorious Ambi Mohan. Satire is a fine art, Malaysian in overall are easily duped (even with an overtly mainstream propaganda). Just google Ambi Mohan, you get what I mean.

Alright, back to Readings. Here’s the February readers:

Damyanti Ghosh — wonderful rendering of her writing;

Chaizani Mohd Shamsudin — read an excerpt from her book: From Out-er Space. Bottoms up for ‘What Happened to Your Bottom?’. Bought her book, didn’t manage to get this USM English Lecturer’s autograph. She’s already left during the second part.

Jamie Khoo — on self-discovery, excerpt from her book: PARIS — as in “I want to be like PARIS HILTON!”;

David Lai — on his autobiography, which I found the bit about mudra a little ‘monotonous’;

Datuk Dr. Shanmugalingam — instant favourite on his short fiction of a blonde boy in kampung village during the Japanese occupation of Malaya. Amusing, yet the end is a tragic story — in a very humourous way;

Eeleen Lee — read an excerpt from her unpublished book.

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Readings@Seksan as always — good ambiance, despite the hot weather.

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I love what Lydia Chai did to the February Readings poster. Negative-positive tone on blue and yellow.

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After asar prayer at Masjid in Bangsar, I went to Rock Corner at The Gardens for my 65daysofstatic and Placebo ticket. And that very day 65daysofstatic announced its asia-pacific tour cancellation. Bummer.

The ‘Cut Out’ design magazine is a local publication. Good found at Basheer Graphic Books, The Borders. I was searching for I.D. Magazine last issue, but found that magazine instead.

I.D. (1954-2009) was the oldest product design magazine in the country. The oldest design magazine in the country would be Print, which has been in publication continuously since 1940. The January/February issue of I.D. will be its last; subscribers to I.D. will receive Print magazine for the balance of their subscription.

Read more at: I.D. Magazine, a Design Icon, Folds After 55 Years in Print

What Your Teacher Didn’t Tell You

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Attended book launch at Annexe Gallery yesterday — Dr. Farish A. Noor’s “What Your Teacher Didn’t Tell You: The Annexe Lectures Vol.1”.

There’s some musical and poetry performances before Farish and Sara (the 5-years-old fairy child) launch his latest book.

The usual literature crowd is there — Sharon Bakar, Dina Zaman, Ahmad Kamal Abu Bakar and of course Amir Muhammad. Oh, happy birthday to you and Walt Disney (December 5, 1901) too.

Some picture that I snapped can be found at the Facebook Event Page.

Managed to get Dizzy & The (Liyana & Alia) 200th self-titled EP (Juice Magazine’s Best Spoken Word Album of 2009). Got Liy and Alia to scribble the “lastest and specialest CD” too.

On a different note: I knew Liy from Hazeryl, who’s my ex-housemate 2 years ago, and my office is just nearby IMU. Been meaning to attend their gig, but my offshore work pretty much destroy that dreams. It’s just a sheer coincidences they were in for the second opening performance before the book launch. The first opening performance of the acoustic guitar is wonderful, pity I forgot the guitarist name. (UPDATE: Pang Kee Teik said “His name is Sherry”, Dizzy said “Sharidir” — “…he usually performs with Nizam and I think he’s really good”)

Here’s youtube video that I uploaded. Re-encoded from 1920×1080 to 640×360 (16:9), original 30 fps, 4080kbps bitrate, with H.264/AVC video codec. I apologize for the vibration due to hand-held caption in nature, I didn’t bring a monopod nor tripod:

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Splurge around RM1.6k at The Gardens in a day before attending the book launch. Replacing my worn out shoes, wallet, belt and mouse. Most of them aging from 5 years to 17 years (the faithful leather wallet). Been eyeing Camper’s Pelotas at the boutique, sadly it have pig skin lining, bah humbug! Here’s funny excerpt from the facebook regarding Camper vs Rockport:

I’ve been to Camper outlet before Rockport at The Gardens. Most of the leather shoes, including my favourite Pelotas design have pig skin lining — that’s why it’s the most comfortable shoes in the whole wide world!

Rockport only uses the best baby skin lining — cannibalized from the abortion clinic. Comfy!

Oink, oink!

Got the free Starbucks 2010 Planner too, well, not really free — need to consume a couple of 2 shots of espresso (grande size) coffee before hand. Thank you Alin, Nana and Mel at Starbucks Miri for the warm welcome at the Miri Airport — best Starbucks manager cum barista ever, and I only say that because of the free drinks and dinner. Hahaha!

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The shopping and the social life apart. Sue didn’t come to the event (book launch), and from her reply, I don’t think we going to cross our path too soon.

This is my last reply. I will not contact you any longer. The past is no longer relevant for me now as I’m already focusing on the horrible present and uncertain future.

Sigh.

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Packing for Singapore. Preparing for next job in Indian Ocean and Gulf of Thailand.

Looks like my 4 months worth of offshore leaves stay as my 3 month resignation leaves plus 1 month diving holiday at Bora-Bora Island — yeah, right!

Remembering Our Other Half – India

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Event: TheOtherMalaysia (Dr. Farish Ahmad Noor) lecture on the ties that bind India & South East Asia.

Location: The Annexe Gallery, Central Market Annexe.

Here's to the ones who see things differently

Case Study: Javanese/Balinese

The Malay Hindu cultivate their Indo-Hindu culture more as an empty ritual than a doctrine. Much like Malay in Malaysia with the wedding ritual and the sultanate custom. Form without the actual substances of Hindu God.

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Event: Amir Muhammad launches Malaysian Politicians Say the Darndest Things (Vol 2).

Location: The Annexe Gallery, Central Market Annexe.

Amir Muhammad and Fahmi Reza are at the launch of “Malaysian Politicians Say the Darndest Things (Vol 2)”. More foot in mouth wisdom from our great leaders.

Catch the PopTeeVee interview with “Ambi Mohan” at http://popteevee.popfolio.net/default.aspx?e=61

Interview with Fahmi Reza (documentary filmmaker of 10 Tahun Sebelum Merdeka) athttp://popteevee.popfolio.net/default.aspx?e=34

Watch out the word porn/pun:

Q: What’s the state of Malaysian writings at this point of time?
A: As Erma Fatima answered when she’s asked to get into the character: What state are you in?

Erma Fatima: Selangor.

And there’s the obvious one about being in “DE.NIAL”.

Egypt.