Travelling is no vacation, nor it is a holiday.
Travelling is not to escape, but to face the reality that you have been avoiding.
The weight you put on your shoulder is not just the 60 litre backpack,
it is the responsibility and burden that you thought you could just leave behind that slow you down.
So never think that you can find the answers to questions that have been bothering when you pick your backpack.
Because, you will definitely end up with more questions that you probably never get to answer.
I open my eyes (rub my eyes). I can still feel the trickle of drool under my mouth. So i brushed it with mu sleeve. I took a looked at my watch. It's 2.05 am in the morning.
Did i just said 2.05 in the morning???!!!
Oh no! Oh shit! Oh my @#$%%^&! I stood up and turned to Wayne. I yelled at him. "Why didn't you wake me up Why? Why didn't you wake me up at 2 hours ago?"
Oh no, I'm not going to finish this. It's doomsday for me...
Wayne answered. "Hey, bro. Relax... You haven't slept for two days. You need some rest before you can carry on."
I sat down to take a moment. I needed to calm down.
Contest chair, judges and fellow toastmasters,
I was sitting on the chair in a design studio 2.05 in the morning but i was not alone. Together with me were my studio mates of Bachelor of Architecture. We were working on our final project at the eleventh hour. In less than 7 hours, we were going to do our final presentation of our final project of the semester. We are not night owls. We are all nighters and all dayers. Because we usually work from day to night and from dusk till dawn. We are fighters! Just because we believe that the best usually comes at last. SO we save the best for the last. We save the best design idea for the last minute.
I looked around. All my friends were still working. I turned back to Wayne to check his work progress. As usual, He the Kiasu-guy, had everything ready. Drawings and sketches in butter papers, and mock-up models to show his design development. Presentation boards to tell the whole story of his design scheme. But why did he stay up? He stayed up just to check on others. He wanted to make sure nobody outwit him at the very last minute. I turned to my right, Che Lan was sitting there too as cool as cucumber, with his headphones on and eyes stuck to the laptop. I asked, 'What are you doing?' Shh! Shh! Shh! I'm watching The Last Samurai. Please don't disturb.
Suddenly, I heard a sound from behind. Fhok! Fhok! Fhok!... Beh, the lose cannon who was always uncontrolled at the crucial moment, approached from behind with a T-square in his hand. Fhok! Fhok! Fhok!... He was swaying the 1 meter long T-square from left to right and right to left, repeatedly. As if he was ready to pick up a fight. He walked straight back to his place and looked deep at his design model. He raised his T-square and Bam!!! Bang Bang Bang! He crushed his model into pieces. Oh boy, that was crazy. Please don't try this at home. Just do it in a design studio.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Designers in creative industry agree that there is no such thing as Best Design. No matter how hard you review and reassess your design scheme, it will become better but still there is room for improvement. My lecturer once told us, do you know why you got the grade C? Because A is for God, B is for me, and C is for you!
Therefore it is inevitable that designers tend to work until the very last minute.
Imagine you work for 3 days without sleeping? To make things worse, you are too busy to take eat and take shower. So you skip shower, and eat your breakfast, lunch and dinner 3 in 1. That is why people like us do lots of funny things when are sleepless, pressured and exhausted.
In order not to fall asleep, one of my friend developed this skill of singing when you feel like sleeping. He would start singing and humming the same old song over and over again until his battery runs off.
For me, it is easy. I just keep on talking and talking not to anyone but myself. I talk to myself while I'm working so that i don't fall asleep. But that hardly work.
Fellow toastmasters and friends,
6 years of Architecture Education might have been grueling to me, but what i learned from this experience was priceless. Trust me, it was definitely far more than just the skills of not to fall asleep.
~ End of speech ~
P/S: I drafted this speech for my humorous speech contest. The story was inspired by real experience during my architectural education in the university.
These are the logos of the top 20 social media nowadays. Can I do a quick survey? How many of you has a Facebook account? Please put up your hand. Twitter? Linkedin Instagram? Google+?
How many of you have more than 1 facebook accounts?
Well, obviously we are all users of social media. Have you ever thought of how much time you have been spending on them every day. Let me warn you, you might not aware of your increasing dependence towards these addictive social media, and how they in turn, influence your daily lives.
According to www.wearesocial.org, Malaysians spend an average of 5 hours online daily and 3 out of these 5 hours are spent on social media.
As in 2014, 64.7% of Malaysians use the internet. Social media is responsible for one-third of the web traffic in the country.
Facebook, being the most popular social medium is the most visited site in Malaysia. Up till date, there are 12.7 millions of Facebook users in Malaysia, which makes it No.18 in the world ranking. This also means that 48.73% of the Malaysian populations are on Facebook.
Let me ask you another question. Do you know that Facebook allows you to control your facebook activity with privacy settings? It allows you to determine what personal information of yours to be shared to the public, or to a certain group of friends. It allows you to choose what kind of information you would like or not to see in your Newsfeed. How many of you really spend some time to manage the privacy settings?
Recently I read about a survey result published by LIRNEasia, a think tank organisation. It says that Millions of Facebook users do not think that they are using the internet. They confuse Facebook with the internet. They thought the internet didn't exist and Facebook is viewed independently of it. This might sounds ridiculous but the phenomenon is quite alarming in developing countries like Indonesia and Thailand. As we can see, despite the relatively high internet and social media penetration in Malaysia, we still have a long way to go when it comes to internet awareness, not to mention the social responsibility in the cyberspace.
Have you heard of the saying: “One man tells an idle story and it becomes fact in the mouths of ten thousand”?
This cannot be more true in the context of social media. Do you remember our last GE in 2013? Many says that it was a ‘Social media election’ after all. Social media were exploited to spread the facts and lies. It was exploited to the extent that you don’t even know which is true of false, or who to believe.
Another example will be the sad tragedy of MH370, which remains a mystery until today. When the tragedy struck us last year, it became the talk of the town in no time, thanks to social media. I’m sure you came across the posts about the aircraft was found in somewhere, which in fact were all baseless allegations from unreliable source.
Fellow toastmasters and guests,
Never underestimate the power of words. The pen is mightier than the sword. If you are going to say something online, thenbe comfortable saying the same in person, to someone’s face.
So, always remember that you are what you share, comment, like in the social media. You are what you post!
This is a blog about a piece of stone residing in the planet Earth. For 10 years it has not been wandering too much and now covered with thick moss. People say that a rolling stone gathers no moss, but It begins to think that a stationary stone will eventually disappear into the ground. So, it decided to move again.
~ Wanderer's wonder ~