Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Leafy Sea Dragon

The Leafy Sea Dragon

It's holiday, and I'm broke, so I'm not coming back to Malaysia, or going to Bali or anywhere people usually go for holiday. Instead, I go to a place people would run away from on holidays: The bustling city of Jakarta. Yep, can you believe it? But the transport's real cheap, so...Jakarta it is. Anyway, we went to Ancol, one of the funnest place to be in Jakarta. There, we went to Seaworld, where there were a lot of fishes, and saw real sea creatures which I wouldn't know existed if not because of Spongebob Squarepants. (Spongebob himself is actually a sponge and I see it quite often in the kitchen).

Anyway, I'd like to tell you how fascinated I was towards this sea creature called 'The Leafy Sea Dragon'. They are relatives to sea horses, but believe me, these creatures are a lot more cool looking! They look a lot more like a sea plant than an animal at first glance, with the exoskeleton of a white seahorse, sprouting green fins which looked exactly like leaves. I thought only insects looked like plants (I saw a praying mentis which looked exactly like an orchid flower once, and was fascinated as much). I was so mesmerized by this creature that other things I saw in Seaworld like the Piranha eating their prey in just one minute, or the Sharks swimming around in circles are low key in comparison. I think in Pokémon, Horsea should evolve into a Seadra, then into a Kingdra, and ultimately, into a LEAFY SEA DRAGON!

My point is, how mystical the Almighty's creatures are. I think Darwinian evolutionists are stupid enough to think that an animal could evole into something that looked like a plant by mere chance. There must be a Creator, the Great Designer of all things, the Designer of Life. So we, as the so called 'greatest of His creations' should take responsibility in protecting other living creatures. Like seahorses and sea dragons!...okay, sharks and dugongs too. So...I think I'm gonna save the environment! Like the late MJ used to sing: 'Heal the world, make it a better place, for you and for me, and the entire human races...if you care enough for the living, let's make a better place for you and for me'

Happy moments in Jakarta

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Age of Discovery

I woke up today with a smile on my face, knowing everything is okay now. Most of weight on my shoulders were lifted. The big event has ended, the big exam has ended. I'm free as a...a...a neon gas? Anyway, today is the last day for me as a 21 year-old. Sitting, thinking, I remembered how miraculous my year has been. If each of my age has a title, the age of 21 would be: 'The age of discovery'. So many great things happened this year, represented my University to Harvard & United Nations, went to Hong Kong, Macau, learnt to play the guitar, experienced earthquakes, elected as Chairman for the Malaysian Student Organization, etc. In short, my year was helluva adventure! Hectic at times, but all in all, I LOVED it.

Sometimes, when I look back, I couldn't believe I did all that. Going to training every single week for the Harvard conference, staying up late night for exams, going to meetings and conferences, and organizing events at the same time. Honestly it wasn't easy. Nope, not at all. Somewhere along the road I thought of just giving up. Obstacles sometimes let me down. Like getting not enough sponsorship to realize my events, last minute faculty schedule changes, missing my first connecting flight to US because of some (stupid) documents & regulations, losing some money at (another stupid) ATM machine in Boston, almost getting arrested by the police for trespassing (can you believe it? All I wanted was to take a shortcut!)...and much more. But, no matter how much hard times I went to, nothing beats the sweet taste of success in the end. Plus, I'm surrounded by people who are always there to help: My family, my friends, my colleagues. Without them, I get nowhere. But most of all, I'm grateful to God. If u have faith in the Almighty, there is no problem that can't be solved.

The Harvard moment

If I can do my year all over again, I won't change a thing. Because it made me who I am today. So, tomorrow I'm turning 22. I don't know what 22 brings...I know there will be hard times, but I do hope that it the end, it will be another great year for me. I may not know it, but these may be the moments in my life that I will remember most.