I woke up this morning to a pleasant surprise from urbanmentria and FlorenceT, who have nominated me for this award. I’d also like to thank ramblingcogitation, for doing the same a few weeks back. I apologise for taking this long to do this.
I didn’t complete Writing 101’s prompt on my plausible reaction to something dear to my heart being cancelled – partly because I was really lazy. But mostly because the only thing I could think of, that would affect me that deeply, would be the cancellation of the lease on my life. Besides, the whole point of that prompt was to help the writer find his voice. I guess this post might just be perfect to help me find mine – because who doesn’t love talking about himself? Alright now, let’s get this party started.
1. Thank and link the amazing person(s) who nominated you.
2. List the rules and display the award.
3. Share seven facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
Seven things to ruin the mystery:
1. I’m not a writer. I cannot, in good faith, proclaim myself to be one of those creative writer types – the starving artists. In fact, being a writer isn’t even one of my aspirations. Yes, sure, I like to write. But, so does half the planet. I do not see myself – 20 years down the road – with published books to my name and a fat cheque to keep me going. I have never written narratives outside the context of a classroom – that is until Writing 101. But then again, we can argue the semantics of ‘Blogging University’. Nevertheless, my not wanting to be an author isn’t going to keep me from penning down my worthless thoughts and rambles.
2. I tend to choose the alternative perspective. I still remember receiving one of my Secondary School essays with a remark that read, “Why are you so cynical and jaded?” I still can’t decide if I was indeed cynical, or just shrewd enough to realise the power of the alternative perspective. Isn’t it just refreshing to read something that takes on a very different approach from the vast majority? There was once, for my examinations, I wrote a descriptive narrative about my travel experience on a bus. There was no storyline whatsoever – I basically just wrote from the view point of a jaded douchebag who had nothing but sarcasm and disdain for everyone around him. Needless to say, I received an ‘A’ for that paper. And then I had to grow up. In College, I was only given the option of expository essays. But even then, my arguments tended to be controversial.
3. I consider myself an ‘All or Nothing’ kind of guy – but I still do not know if it’s a good thing. I am fuelled by passion. If I am passionate about something, I go all out. And more often than not, I get recognised for my performance. There’s a catch of course – I mustn’t lose interest in it. I used to play badminton competitively when I was much younger (not that I am old now). I played the sport for 5 years consecutive years, but haven’t touched a racquet in 7 years. I was an Actor/Director/President of my Secondary School drama club, only to never touch a script since then. I used to teach basic photography and was paid to shoot event photography. I even won 2nd place in a Nat Geo photographic competition. But teaching photography killed my enthusiasm after 2 years – my 7D has been sleeping in my dry cabinet for the past 3 years. It’s scary how I have yet to commit to anything more than 5 years. (Let’s not even talk about the future.)
4. I received an Arts education – because I can’t do science for nuts. I am a visual person. I always rationalise my incompetence in Science and Math, with the fact that I cannot seem to visualise my learning. If you try to explain to me quantum mechanics or organic molecular theory, I will casually walk away from the conversation. Anything that doesn’t form a rational image in head, does not exist in the my world. (Yes, I know they technically do exist, but I’m just choosing to be blissfully ignorant.) Let’s not even get started on Mathematics. Fucking numbers. The only topic in Math I can do with ease is algebra, because, you know – alphabets. That being said, let’s not allow my inability to understand Science undermine the true reason why I’m an Arts person – because I fucking love it. Also, because I’m a professional bullshitter and this skill set is only relevant to the humanities.
5. Books, Books and More Books. I love my personal library of paperbacks (because hardbacks are for the rich). I have decided to share two of my favourite books. The book that has affected me the deepest thus far would be ‘In A Strange Room’ by Damon Galgut. Albeit its beautiful prose, it was initially hard for me to retain my interest in this book. I wasn’t really fond of the characters that were, at most, aloof. It was only after finishing the book, did I realise the immense intimacy that was evoked from that very detachment. It was very unsettling and I’m still affected by it. The second book I would love to talk about is Nine Stories by Salinger. In fact, I love all his books about the Glass family. But specifically, in Nine Stories, his stories are so disjointed and abrupt. At times, I felt like I was brought to a scene with no story whatsoever, yet I was still a little more privy to the affairs of the Glass family. I guess, it would be right to say that I tend to emulate these authors. I remember Mara, commented on one of my posts that ‘nothing much happens in my stories’, and she’s right. But I do hope that even without a story, I am either able to affect you in some way or allow you to be a little more acquainted with my outlook/life.
6. Defying stereotypes – I would like to think that I am one of those people. When I was serving in the army, people tended to judge me by first impressions. The fact that I had tattoos and was a smoker (probably because of my douchebag face too) usually elicited negative impressions. There was once, a fellow course mate, spoke to me with disdain because he thought I was from ITE (vocational training institute for the non textbook-oriented learners). You should have seen the look on his face, when I
politely callously informed him that my Pre-University education in one of Singapore’s top Junior Colleges surpassed his Diploma education.
7. I got myself a Summer job. So, I am awaiting the start of the academic year in August to pursue my Bachelor’s. In the meantime, I got a summer job as a Research Assistant – and I hate it. My job scope thus far, as included event planning and execution, report writing, conducting and transcribing interviews, and freaking working on an academic paper. Let’s just hope I continue to write even after I’m done with this gig that has got me writing almost daily.
With that, I am done – and damn, I’ve written way too much about myself!
Here are my nominees, who are completely not obliged to do this:
1. Mara Eastern for her humour
2. Amelia Groves for her captivating stories
3. Sharonlee for her inspiring stories
4. tanshilin for just getting it right
5. beholdtheinfintie for her wit and intellect
And 10 other amazing bloggers whom I have stupidly overlooked.