yes, I’ve started vlogging… again

I first tried my hand at it very many years ago… and stopped after four episodes. Though I was much busier then and was involved in many more activities than I am in now, it always felt as if I was scrambling for new material. I suppose it was the playwright in me that insisted every episode had to contain an arc, structure, and substance. Ya know… control issues. So, why have I decided to …

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moment accumelation

It is 8:10 AM PST on January 3 as I write this. I’ve been thinking about moments… memorable ones… the kind that floats to the surface without any prodding. We live our lives, and in so doing, create memories. Some we try to forget and others we hold on to dearly. Good ones or the less pleasant ones… they are always there. Even if we choose not to remember them, they probably still exist in …

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closing out the sixth decade

Well, that went by in a jiffy. Don’t get all jiggy yet… it’s still a few days away. Think of this as a pre-emptive write. Sure, there have been challenges along the way (and probably a fair amount more ahead to face)… but I really have no complaints. Besides, bitching without action is worth absolutely nothing… nothing… except to create annoyance to others. (Yeah, this is a not so subtle hint to some of my …

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clawing out of a funk

And not the syncopated “down on the one” kind. Truth be told I’ve been in a righteous funk for the last 6 months or so. The last time I was in one of these pits of festering despair was about 10 years ago. And I’m not talking about the periodic “one or two days I’m in one and the next day I’m not” variety. We all get those. That’s part of life. I’m talking here …

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Familial Re-connections & Connections

It has certainly been the Summer for it. To be accurate it began in late Spring. My Godmother, who I have not seen since I was 16 came to visit. The trip was supposed to have taken place last year, but due to unforeseen circumstances, it was postponed until this year. For a while growing up, I was convinced that Emma Peel from The Avengers was my Godmother. Yeah, she (Val) was that hip and …

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a rare movie review

Crazy Rich Asians… yeah, I watched it this afternoon… in the cinema at that! (Doesn’t happen very often.) Here is my review. First off, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is a fun movie that is targeted towards a mainstream audience. So, pretty much a light rom-com that anyone can enjoy with plot lines that are familiar to that genre. Think ‘Cinderella’, ‘Pretty Woman’ and ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ served up with a healthy stack of dim …

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the odd one out

A friend once looked me in the eye and said, “You do know you’re odd, don’t you?” My quick retort was, “So, whats your point?” I’ve always been that. It is a fact I accepted and embraced a long time ago. It is not a bad sort of “oddness”… at least I don’t think it is. It’s not like I have a hump on my back shaped like the face of Marty Feldman that screams …

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a Malaysian miracle?

May the 9th was already significant to me. On that date when I was 12… my Dad passed away. On that date this year, Malaysians went to the polls in the 14th general elections resulting in a momentous shift… one that ousted the ruling coalition that had been in place for the last 61 years. A ruling coalition whose time had come… bloated from the rot within. Social media is still being filled with Malaysians …

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a new year… a new age

If one were to follow the time zones of where I was born… at 9:05 AM (today, here) I turn 59. (However, in the time zone I live in… this will only be acknowledged tomorrow.) Yet, even until this day, the question I’ve asked all my life, “Am I old enough to…” still floats in my rabid mind. This feeling of ‘not being quite old enough’ has chased me all my life. It came while …

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