Ramadan Kareem to all who celebrates! I have never felt the same kind of excitement in the past years. I had to spend 2 years of Ramadan away from family which, definitely has got its own perks and drawbacks. Honestly, even though I missed everything about England, I don’t feel the same for the LONG fasting hours haha, oh god :’)
I survived nonetheless — despite the odd jobs or not being able to prepare food on my own (so I got a solid reason to order Dominos that I can eat for 2 days *cough*). The experience was truly refreshing so I’m not complaining about fasting 13 hours in Malaysia, it’s definitely nothing compared to the UK. So don’t complain! I know some countries in the south has got shorter hours but seriously, I don’t think it makes that much of a difference as it is with the northern countries. #blessed
So, in case you missed it, so many things had happened in Malaysia within a short period of time. News run pretty quick so I’m trying my best to catch up too!
The general election last week was really intense but it ended up well and a celebration of democracy! It was a pretty historic event if I may put it that way and I’m proud that my generation (including me!) have done the best that we could to make sure that we rebuild the nation. Although the results worked in the people’s favor, I can see there are some groups who are unhappy with it.
As a spectator, politics have always been my cup of tea. I speak about feminism and gender discrimination all the time. I learn the meaning of tolerance and empathy along the way. I get called several different names and be labeled a liberal in the past. I don’t worry about all that for a slightest but what worries me the most is not being able to assert myself for an opinion that I collected based on my observation or pure research. You see, everybody thinks they are right. Even to an extremist. But what forms a moderate nation, is to learn about toleration and use that in your discourse. It will make a huge difference. I don’t think everyone understands that and still, I think it’s okay. All we need to do is to educate the people by showing them how it is done.
What I do to the group of people who disagree with the election results or myself is to listen to their concerns attentively, regardless how nonsensical the argument is. Personally, I feel that these people have got something to offer from their observations too. Everyone interprets information differently and we just have to acknowledge the fact that that’s what it is. It can be a 9 to you and a 6 to others, depending which side are you looking at.
I’m not here to conclude the news, pretty sure everyone is well-informed by now but to do a quick refresher course, especially to my non-Malaysian friend; after 61 years of a solid government led by UMNO (which later formed a coalition of Barisan Nasional with all races included), the 14th general election broke the status quo by proving that the people wanted Alliance of Hope (Pakatan Harapan) to govern the country. I figured that the nation, has once again, proved that it’s possible to change your leader without pulling the extreme ways, we simply worked out our responsibility. Due to that, I am once again, proud to call myself a Malaysian. I’m sure a huge number of us are feeling the same way right now. Even though I battle with my inner conscience every other day where I rather stay in bed than making any human contacts, political discourse really got me engaged. It’s comforting to talk about this with like-minded people where opinion is not (always) taken as an attack on their personal values and likewise.
(I’m writing while refreshing my Twitter feed for meme materials so this post has really taken aaaaaages to get to the end, omg)
It took up to this point to FINALLY (drum rolls) share the most random thing that I did last week. Ohmygod, see I told you not to trigger my political beats, it’s never going to end! I went to KL for an interview with a banking company for a position (take a guess…) that has nothing to do with design. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I was this adventurous to try out new things but this bit particularly has given me all sorts of mixed feelings. The interview was okay even though I attempted a wrong test at the beginning (it was embarrassing though, I don’t wish to talk about this haha) The hiring manager was polite, we’ve exchanged conversation like I had known her for a long time and I, for one have to make sure that I am showing my best self.
I told myself that I wanted to try out this whole career affair in a small agency, where the opportunity to grow is likely observed in the first few months but I had not found a single one that I’m keen to yet, due to many reasons. So, with the entire free time that I have had at home, I decided to embark my journey as a full-time freelancer. This too — is a challenge on its own. The gig isn’t always guaranteed so you gotta be one tough cookie to travel on this road, buddy. I guess I don’t mind going on a journey that WILL teach me the values of money and network because I so need that.
Finally, I hope I’d be able to update something similar in my future entry, or I might be able to include some of the design work that I did for clients (upon their consent, of course) for your interpretation. I have never received any critical feedback on my blog yet so I hope a visual engaging post will stimulate likewise.
P/S: I just happened to know that a full-time freelancer has to register the business in SSM (Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia), as a sole proprietor or a partner in a business. Has anyone had any idea if I can do this online?