Dreams have always fascinated me. Then again, I believe they fascinate most people.
I have written about my take on dreams in a previous versions of my blog and one of the things I’ve mentioned that I believe that maybe some of the dreams that we have are actually alternate reality (read : parallel universe) versions of us. Sounds far fetched? At a glance, yes but then again have you ever noticed that :
- You are almost always yourself in your dreams. You rarely -if ever- dreams of yourself as say David Bowie or Michael Jackson or as the makcik who lives next door.
- Everything in your dream is meticulously detailed. Pure HD. Even the furthest objects are well detailed and it’s not blurry.
- Even bigger fact : Everyone in your dream has a proper face. Even when in a crowd. And you know, a crowd can have thousands of people. That’s a thousand faces. Where did they all come from? If dreams were just a bunch
- I’m not sure if anyone else has noticed this, but I have : I know the “history” of the places where I am in in my dreams. Strange isn’t it? If a place doesn’t exist, how could it possibly have a “history”? Same applies for facts of the area. For example : I may know there is a certain shop on the left corner of the street. But if this area doesn’t exist in real-life, how could I possibly know this?
The four points above were the more “normal” points of my hypothesis. There are at least two more reasons but I will be talking about them in a later posting.
The reason why I’m talking about this all of a sudden is due to my Japan dream last night. Pretty interesting stuff. And very beautifully detailed. This wasn’t a very Japanese Japan, really. Was pretty much a Malaysian-ish Japan, but during my dream, it was said to be Japan. Can’t really remember the story of what I was doing really, but I remember my school, SMK St. George (in Japan???), my car, some Malay guy, Aeon supermarket, buildings. No Mount Fuji or kimonos or Japanese signboards hanging anywhere. As mentioned, it was pretty much a Malaysian-ish Japan.
Please note that I don’t buy if anyone told me that “Dreams are from God/the Devil” as an answer to what I’ve written above. Sure, I do believe that dreams can be sent by Allah or the Devil, but giving such an answer for my hypothesis is a lazy answer.
That’s why even though I believe in takdir (fate), I hardly mention it in my daily life because I believe in action, and not just leaving things to fate.
The second thing I want to talk about this time is about someone based on their face. Before I continue, let me state that I do not believe in horoscopes and hocus pocus such as mole reading and whatnot.
This “face sensing” (if you could call it that) is sensing the “aura” (again, a term of convinience) of a person which will tell you if the person is a good person or not.
It’s not really scientific but it’s more towards your gut feeling, sixth-sense kind of thing. When you look at a person, you get an idea on whether you can trust him/her or not.
From my experience, it’s 80% accurate. It’s not an absolutely foolproof system. I know of people whom I can’t trust at all but seem to project a good “aura” and I know of people (fortunately less than the former) that project a bad/untrustworthy “aura” but are actually good people.
Now, this is going to get a bit political. Look at Teresa Kok. (I’ve chosen a pleasent photo of her so that I’m not accused of distortion).
Assume you don’t know her at all and by just looking at her face, would you feel that you could trust her more than say…
Chew Mei Fun, the candidate to fight Anwar Ibrahim in N25 Kajang?
[Note : I'm not saying that I have no issues with Chew Mei Fun. I'm not that happy that her blog (http://chewmeifun.blogspot.com) is mostly in Mandarin and a few postings in English, apparently totally neglecting the national language and forgetting that she's a leader for all Malaysians and not just the Malaysian Chinese or MCA]
Without saying too much, I think you get my point, right?
Just to be sure, since some of you may be blinded by partisan politics, try this face then :
Wendi Murdoch, the ex-wife of media mogul Rupert Murdoch. If you don’t find her pleasent face creepy, I am at loss for words. She’s one person that one (who is a guy) should star far, far, far away from.
Anyway, this has been a very interesting post to write as it’s so different. Before I sign off for this time, here’s a song that’s been auto-playing in my head for a few days now and I have no idea why. But then again, sometimes my mind seems to be a parallel consciousness to me, so I hope it’s on to something. Time will tell. It’s a bit of an old song, but still very fresh. So everybody, terimalah Ingatlah Diriku by Chandra featuring Sheila Majid!
knew that a song that’s a thinly veiled promotion for Nescafé canned coffee would make me fall in love
with it within the first 10 seconds and in true Darus fashion too…by accident!
I was actually looking up a video for Mass Effect of YouTube and this video came on as a pre-video paid ad.
This is the song, Bangunlah by Shaheizy Sam ft. Liyana Jasmay :
It’s so positive and it really channels so much feel good energy. Not to mention the lovely shots of the paddy fields and the Malaysian flag fluttering proudly in the wind.
What Malaysia really needs right now.
In short : I LOVE IT!!!
Politics, politics. So much to write about yet really, I don’t want to write about politics at the moment. Why? Because right now, politics in Malaysia really leaves a bad taste in the mouth. From the Allah issue to Anwar’s resignation in Kajang to that tasteless video by the 50-year old virgin Teresa Kok, the amount of nonsense coming out of Pakatan Rakyat is truly amazing.
Not that there’s no nonsense coming out from the Barisan side -there is- but it’s the crap Pakatan Rakyat manages to spew out is really amazing.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, no one is paying me to write for them -not that I’m asking- and this isn’t a political blog per se, today I’m going to write about what the heck I’ve been watching.
Yes, you saw that right.
Actually, watching K-dramas is not really a new phenomenon for me and currently, I will only watch one is one of the SNSD girls appear in them.
It all started off in 2012 with The Third Hospital which had the always beautiful Choi SooYoung in it.
It was a great series but I stopped watching it half way because [SPOILER ALERT]
I found out that SooYoung dies in the end.[END OF SPOILER ALERT]
This is the theme track from that series titled I Wanna See You :
I think I should really get back to finishing that series eventually regardless.
SooYoung is a really good actress (as well as a singer) and yesterday, I just finished watching another series of hers which really did not disappoint – Dating Agency : Cyrano
The whole series in on Youtube, so one can just get there to catch it. It’s not as sappy as it looks and it’s really entertaining but there are parts that are quite painful to watch because it seems to drag on forever but at 16-episodes, thankfully, it’s not as bad as watching some insane western reality show.
This is the theme track :
True, both series seem a little dated right now, but it doesn’t make them any less watchable.
Maybe except to my friend Alex who told me (verbatim) this morning that : I will probably die faster following ur recommendations.
Well, no comment on that one.
Right now, working my way through YoonA’s The Prime Minister And I.
Both YoonA and SooYoung are much more watchable compared to Teresa Kok, and I’m really not that worried about politics at the moment since Pakatan Rakyat will eventually be abandoned by the Malays after they realise -just the way I have- that Pas and PKR cannot stand up the the DAP.
Anyway, one should really catch up on those dramas, they’re good!
I’m taking a break for blogging for a few more days. Not that I have nothing to say, just that I’m not being paid to blog and I have to earn a living for myself.
I’m still waiting for Dr. Mujahid’s answer to my questions to him (he requested me to e-mail them to him and I did so) and I was supposed to upload some videos regarding the matter too. Looks like it may have to wait for a while more. Not too long, I hope.
In the meantime, I just want to share with you this song which I absolutely love. Those who know me personally will realise that it’s not my usual fare, but words can’t describe how much I love this song. Enjoy!
The Catholic Church and Bible Society Malaysia (BSM) are currently in a hissy fit over the actions of a bunch of thugs who raided the premises of the BSM and carted away some 300-odd Bahasa Melayu (or was that Bahasa Indonesia?) and Bahasa Iban bibles. They seeth with righteous anger as the holy grounds of the BSM has been descerated by the evil and almost certainly demonic officers from the Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (JAIS).
As people of Jesus (or Allah? Do tell.), they can do no wrong for they are inffalible. Only what Jesus (or is that Allah again?) has decreed to them through his divine teachings will reverberate through their hearts and souls and no laws -especially laws in the lands of those who are infidels- will matter to them.
Even though the bibles seized were apparently contraband, laws were apparently broken, and the place raided wasn’t even a church, it’s okay, it’s okay, it’s fine. The world must know that their holy shrine has been desecrated and it now reeks with the foul stench of evil.
Dear Prime Minister,
Help these poor opressed people for they are being wronged.
They very labels they place on us infidels are just and righteous.
So righteous that some of them even start to personify the very God they are fighting for.
I’m just a bystander in this whole episode. Actually, I’m just an evil infidel who spends most of the day with these girls.
My feelings and the feelings of infidels like me don’t count. Their righteous cause must override all else. It’s okay that I’m unhappy. It’s okay that me and the rest of my unholy kind do not matter in the grand scheme of things. Because we are simply silly, wrong, uncivilized, making us unable to see and believe in them and their righteous cause.
Please show us the way.
P.S. : Picture typo. This is the Prime Minister.
Dato’ Seri, sorry pasal gambar itu tadi ya. Kita caya sama lu. Kau mesti hero punya!
We trust you, bro!
This post is for our friend YB Ustaz Mujahid Yusof Rawa who is the Pas Member of Parliament for P057 Parit Buntar.
And I would like to think of his as being on our side, one of us.
And why not?
Different political party? So what? Big deal.
But seriously, it seems that our friend is more interested to bat for the other side instead of our own.
In view of the recent Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (JAIS – Islamic Department of Selangor) raid of the premises of the Bible Society Of Malaysia which resulted in the confiscation of about 300 Bibles in Bahasa Melayu and Bahasa Iban, our friend is more interested in defending the other side and giving the “Talk to the hand” sign to his own side.
Dr. Mujahid, I’m not being emotional (on the contrary, I think you’re the emotional one here) and I would like to believe that you’re a reasonable man. But the way you’re going is not what I would like to say reasonable.
I have a few questions for you and maybe you could help clear the air for us if you did actually answer them. These may not exactly be intelligent questions and I can’t promise you that I won’t have any more after this, but this is what I have for now :
- Did JAIS strictly speaking, commit an illegal act by entering the premises of the Bible Society Of Malaysia?
- Other than the more or less 300 copies of the Bahasa Melayu and Bahasa Iban Bibles, did the premises suffer from any theft, vandalism or damage from the raid?
- Even though in theory, JAIS is only allowed to handle Syariah affairs, since the word “Allah” and 34 other words are banned in Selangor under several acts, some dating all the way back to 1988, doesn’t it give them locus standi to consider this affair as affecting Muslims?
- That said, (in a hypothetical case of suspicion that the Bible Society Of Malaysia had carried out an illegal act in regards to the 35 banned words) would it be better that the raid was carried out by the PDRM instead?
- In Malaysia, the word “Allah” is used mainly by East Malaysian and Orang Asli Christians since their mother tongue is Bahasa Melayu and Allah is used by Arab Christians. Why are those who do not use the word in their prayers or services so insistent in using it?
- Don’t they mostly think of God as “Jesus” or “Lord” anyway?
- That said, can you honestly tell me how many Malaysian Chinese or Malaysian Indians who are Christian think of God as Allah as opposed to thinking of him as Jesus?
- Are you sure these people (mostly Malaysian Chinese and Malaysian Indian Christians leaders who are demanding to use the word “Allah”) are altruistic? Are you so sure they don’t have a hidden agenda?
- The Sultan of Selangor has decreed the word “Allah” not be used by non-Muslims in the state. Isn’t Tuanku the Head of Islam in Selangor and has the final say over religious matters? Why is everyone then so insistent on ignoring/bypassing this?
- In Peninsula Malaysia, the word “Allah” is traditionally used by Muslims only. To digress, when Malays mention “daging”, they mean beef and Chinese (in mainland China) use the word “daging” (in their language), they refer to pork. In this same vein, don’t you think it’s sensible that the usage of Allah by non-Muslims (East Malaysian Christians exempted) will mess up the way things were around in the Peninsula?
- And is this “mess” even necessary?
- Since it is generally accepted that the usage of the word “Allah” by East Malaysian Christians is okay, would it cause fatal damage to the other non-Muslims if they are disallowed access to the word “Allah”? Would they be unable to carry out their religious services or rituals without the word?
- In other words, will their religion freeze up, crash and burn because of non-access to the forbidden words?
- You have previously given the impression in your Christmas message that the Christians are living in the midst of extremism and tyranny (your words, not mine). Do tell if any of the following does happen : (a) Churches are routinely demolished, fire-bombed, vandalized or even a frequent target of looting.
(b) During services, a member of the government is present, acting as a minder and video-taping the proceedings.
(c) Christians are restricted to only certain denominations such as practiced in countries like the People’s Republic of China or Indonesia (at one point, I’m not sure at current)
(d) A government department is tasked specifically with writing the sermons that will be delivered. (Note : This is not a reverse-hit at any of the Jabatan Agama’s)
- My real point from all that above, do tell, how are the Christians living in the midst of extremism and tyranny if the only real source of apparent grief is the non-access to the words “Allah” and 34 others?
- (Update – Added Question) If it does irritate the majority of Muslims (this is what Tun Mahathir said) in the Peninsula (this is what I’ve added) on the usage of the word Allah by the non-Muslims, is it wise to still force it on them?
Dr. Mujahid, I would dare say the majority of Malays/Muslims in the Peninsula are uncomfortable with the usage of the word “Allah” by the non-Muslims and this demand by the church leaders has certainly unnecessarily raised temperatures up quite a few notches . I understand that you’re a politician, but as a member of Pas -which has Islam as its political DNA- wouldn’t it be better to bat for your own side (the Malays/Muslims) and try convince the other side to come to a sensible understanding?
The way I see it, you’re more interested in batting for them and condemning us as being wrong and/or giving Islam a bad name.
Anyway, that’s all I have to say for now. I would like to apologize for any wrong language used but I stand by what I say.