I had an argument with a friend of mine who was dissatisfied with me not liking the anime he love so much. He said “I know, you’re hating it because you haven’t watched it enough”. Then I replied sarcastically by saying “actually it’s more like you don’t hate it because you’re not really into it”. For me, although he appear to love that anime so deeply, it is more like “surface love” only.
Yes I've been on the stage several times. If I'm not mistaken it's more than 10 times, to say the least. Of course being on the stage just to receive some gifts or certificates does not count. The reason I being on the stage may be not that great like performing in a musical or something like that, but I can say I did performing something in front of the audience and receiving lots of applause for that. The following is about my experience from the first time performing on a stage to the most recent one.
The first one was when I was still in kindergarten. Not much to say about that but I can say being exposed to stage performance since my earlier days does help in overcoming my nervousness and embarrassment standing in front of a crowd. During my teenage years I took part in school dramas, after encouragement by my big sisters who was a drama queen in her high school. During my college time I gave speeches several times on stage too because I was active in extra-curricular activities. And the most recent one is (last year) I performed in stage demonstration for wing chun kung fu.
I'm not a movie-type person. If you ask me, I'd proudly say that I'm an anime-type person. Although I may watch anime from time to time but the number is too small that I can't make any fair judgment to say this or that movie is the best or not. Even so I admit that there are movies that caught my attention. However, like always, it's just temporary and in the end, anime wins.
A possum and a movie camera 1943
Actually I was thinking about "what if I write about the best anime of 2010 instead". However, almost immediately I put my intention down because I did write about that a few weeks earlier, albeit not in details. Now back to where I left, as far as I can remember, I only watched less than 5 movies last year. And I still remember one that worth noting is Ip Man 2, a semi (partially fictional) autobiography movie about the legendary Kung Fu master named Ip Man.
I know it's not the best movie but from all that I've watched last year, it's the only movie that watched more than 5 times (I did bought the DVD too). I did write about this movie last year too. As a martial artist myself, this movie appears good to me and I'd recommend it to fellow martial artists as well. It's not a western movie though (it's Hong Kong) but well, I watched virtually no Hollywood flicks since year 2001 (with a few exceptions like The Lord of The Rings) and I have no problem to keep it like that.
Actually it depends on the situation/setting. In my place here, texting is more economical as it's cheaper than talking over the phone. Not only that, with virtually everybody here possess at least one cellphone per person, everybody is able to text or receive texts. It's been a popular choice over here ever since cellphone services started booming nationwide in the late 90's. I can say it's probably the preferred method of communication by most cellphone owners here.
For me I prefer texting. It's not that I don't like to talk over the phone but like I said earlier, texting is cheaper. If you look it from a certain perspective, having a hi-tech cellphone/smartphone is pointless if you only use it for talking (it's not a fixed-line phone with less features to begin with so why not use its texting capabilities to its fullest because it can?). Well, you can say that I'm a person who only talks when I'm in a face-to-face setting. After all, texting allows me to construct proper words because with talking, although I can talk spontaneously, sometimes unplanned words may resulting me screwed up unknowingly, and I'd want to avoid that as much as I could.
My other reason is I'm so used with texting. My first experience with texting was with some early IM services during the dotcom boom. I'm also a person who writes more than I talk. Yes, writing gives me the flexibility to edit my words before relaying it to the people I'm communicating to. Besides writing (as well as reading) is what makes us different from illiterate people.
I'm a person who is hard to stay focus. It's not always because I tend to get bored really quick but it's because I'm the type who easily distracted by virtually everything. For example, when in exam, I'd get distracted if somebody nearby dropped his/her pen. The bad part about me is I can stay focused for only a few minutes. And the worst part is, it takes time for me to regain my focus again.
Focus of Attention
Actually this is only happen since year 2001, as far as I can remember. Resulting from my reduced ability to stay focused, I was failed to study properly and consequently dropped out from college. I'm not sure what happened but it's probably have something to do with my brain condition. I don't think I did something that bring damages to my brain cells. However, I realized that I'm also having some sort of "false memory syndrome".
I've tried many things in order to keep myself focused longer. Some people suggested music. Believe me I've tried it with my favorite anime songs but I don't see any improvement at all. In some cases it makes my condition becomes worse. I guess this is something that I was born with (>_<)
Other than that, I've tried getting enough sleep. I've also tried having some caffeinated drink (though I actually drink coffee everyday, which happen to be one of my favorite drinks). Some psychologists also advised me to learn martial art to train my focus. Really they don't know I'm a trained martial artist to begin with. At this rate, being unable to focus already have some negative effects on my job performance.
Now the only thing I'm doing to train myself to stay focused to do daily prayer; lots of it. It was suggested by a religious old man I met sometime ago. So far I can tell that it helps a little. Maybe it's too early to either say it's work or it isn't. Anyways it's not a hard thing to do, and I can say I'm quite "enjoying" it too. Therefore I think I'm going to keep doing that for a while and see.
The job interview I'm going to tell you here is not memorable because it's something that I can't forget. It's something that I HAVEN'T FORGET because it's still new and fresh in my mind. To tell you the truth since the 10 years I've only been to job interviews not more than 5 times. I'm worry about the small number because I believe it's necessary to have enough experience in job interviews. That said, it sometimes helps too if we failed at job interviews so that we'd know how to prepare our self better for the future job interview.
I hate this job
The most recent job interview that I had is for a position as an assistant customs officer. It is a moderately-paid job with pretty much the same amount of salary as my current job right now. One of the reasons why I chose to apply the job is because it would require me to be always on traveling (which means I'd get more traveling claim). Actually I've never expected to be shortlisted for the interview because as far as I can remember I submitted the application a couple of years ago. The result has yet to be announced though but I really hope I'd get that job because I feel like to resign from my current job as quickly as possible (yeah I hate it, really).
Have you ever had an "Aha!" moment? More specifically did such thing happened to you recently? What sparked it? I had mine too though it's not really recently (I can't really remember any recent "Aha!" moment that happened to me). Anyways it did happen.
For me that "Aha!" is a moment of I got an idea or vision of what I should do (from wikipedia, it's "a sudden realization or comprehension of the (larger) essence or meaning of something). In other words, some sort of a moment of discovery, but not really the "Eureka!" though. Since the beginning of the 2nd-half of last year I've been using both postpaid and prepaid internet at the same time. After a few months of using them I came to realize that it's more cost effective to use the prepaid internet over the ridiculously restrictive postpaid version. I feel bad though (sorta) because I didn't think of that earlier.
By the last 3 months of 2010, Ive completely stopped relying on the postpaid internet and decided to use prepaid version all the way. It saves me a lot of time and money. The best part about it is I can get unlimited bandwidth (as opposed to the postpaid internet which has the 5GB/mo traffic limit) albeit at a bit lower speed. However I've gotten used to it and I can enjoy my anime and online needs without having to worry about exhausting my monthly quota like I used to be. Now I can enjoy the internet with more peace of mind.
The idea of the existence of time machine is no longer cool to me. To be honest I found it stupid. The only cool side about it is if it was real. Alright, for now let's just pretend that it's real. And to put more challenge to the "simulated reality" let's limit it to 1 hour only.
Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine
For that 1 hour I think I'd like to visit myself in 10 years ago. I'll advice him about the future as well as giving him warnings about what lies ahead of my life. I'm not the type who easily trust other people but if it's from myself, even it's from the "me" of the future I'm pretty I'd trust every single words. 1 hour should be more than enough for me to tell a few most important things in a summary. After all I wouldn't want to tell everything to the past me because doing so would be as if I'm controlling him.
Now lets put another condition; I must not meet my past self (I heard somewhere that doing so would resulting in some space-time disaster). In that case I think I might go back 1,400 years, and try to look for the greatest historical figure in Islam, Prophet Muhammad. Alright, that may sound ridiculous, but then again, the idea of having a time machine itself is ridiculous in the first place. And even if that is also impossible then I think I'd have no choice but to go to the future and utilize that 1 hour to observe the future tech trends. It would be useful for me to decide on what hi-tech toys I should buy next once I returned to the present time.
My real name is Akmal Rizal Shah Putra Mahayuddin ibn Hariffin Shah Putra Jammalullail. If you look at it I'm pretty sure it'd be hard to guess my ancestry line. To tell you the truth, it's not that complicated, and I'm not from a royal family or something like that. In fact I have no relationship with any royal families in the world. However It's from my name that I learned about my family's ancestry.
Grandfather’s school picture_0044
On my father's side things are a little plain and 'normal'. He was born in a local tribesman family. Although his parents were pagan he was raised as a Christian by some British missionaries. There's not much told to me verbally about his ancestors though. However, there's a tradition in his family that they have a written record about their ancestry line dated back to 300 years ago.
Now on my mother's part, things are a little more interesting. My great grandfather, Uzaid, was a Persian merchant who came here for business around a century ago. He was born to an Aryan (Iranian) father and an Israeli Jewish mother. He was married to a local Malay woman who then gave birth to my grandfather, Abdul Ghafar. He's the one who was responsible to give me such a long name (>_<)