Friday, 8 April 2011

Military Style With A Twist.

Appreciation For The Arts.

Just the other day I went to visit my aunt who also lives in Bangi. She is a retired school principle, now in her sixties. What started off as just catching up turned into quite an inspirational conversation. It triggered me to write this post thanks to that little conversation we had.

Since the very first time I laid my hands on crayons and started drawing, art(especially fine arts) has always been a passion of mine. I have always looked up to artists, poets and people involved in the world of arts as very exciting and gifted people. Same goes to people working in other fields like doctors, engineers, architects, you name it. My perception of the two professions has always been the same. I think that all professions require a certain amount of knowledge, intelligence, talent and skill.

That’s why I find it to be weird when some people show a great deal of respect only for professions like doctors, engineers, architects, accountants, lecturers, lawyers(to name a few). But when someone is told that a particular person is an artist, photographer, dancer, graphic designer, stylist, poet or such, they don’t really show the same amount of admiration or respect as they do for the first group of professions mentioned.

Why do they think that way you might ask? The basis could possibly be the fact that in our earlier education we were never taught about the understanding and appreciation towards the arts. The simplest example you can see is that Pendidikan Seni Visual (Visual Arts) is only offered to form 4 students who are in the arts stream. And some people perceive most of the students taking this subject to be students with a low level of intelligence, when the fact is, art requires a high level of intelligence and creativity. Even within the timeframe of form 1-form 3 arts class, which was compulsory for all students, the teachers only taught us the very basics in drawing and theory. We were only taught what was already in the text books. We were never exposed to the importance of art and how we can learn to appreciate it. We were never exposed to the possible art professions that could be ventured into. In other words, art was treated as just an additional subject that you had to take in middle school, without even knowing it’s relevance and what values come with it.

Even when I wanted to take up Visual Arts as an additional subject for my SPM, my school principle was very reluctant of approving it, which to me was completely ridiculous. We should be encouraged to explore. Feel the freedom to embrace art.

You don’t need to be gifted to understand and appreciate art. Appreciating art doesn’t mean you have to make paintings, write poems and go to art exhibitions. It means giving art at least some space in your heart and mind to be thought about or questioned. It means giving yourself some space to think about the ideas and the messages it convey. That way, people won’t be discouraged when it comes to choosing the arts as a profession, thinking that it’s less ‘glamorous’ or less ‘intelligent’.  The problem is a lot of Malaysians DO think that way. That is why the arts scene in Malaysia is not as active and ‘big’ as it is in other countries like France, Italy, Japan, and so on. Overseas, people can make a lot of money from arts itself because more people do in fact appreciate art and are willing to pay top dollar to own a piece of artwork, regardless if it’s a painting, photo, designer dress and also to experience various art performances.

Art should be celebrated as much as any other profession. So open your mind and senses. Start giving art a chance for once in your life and you might just see the world in a different tune. 

pencil colour on catridge
september 5, 2010

'setiap daun yang gugur, Allah Maha Mengetahui'

acrylic on canvas
august 20, 2010

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Making The Best Out Of Life.

Syukur Alhamdulillah. For all that I have been blessed with and all that I have achieved so far in my life. I believe that I still have a long way to go. If there's one thing we should all remember is to always be contented and thankful for what we have and make the best out of it.

Which brings me to today's exciting news:) Just this morning around 10-ish I escaped from work(thank God I didn't have any classes today)and drove back to Bangi to finally get my new car! I was so excited since obviously it's my first time buying a car. As soon as I saw my car from far, I wanted to just scream(the type of scream that we girls do when we get super excited about something, ie.outfit/shoes) lol. But thankfully I gathered myself and got through it:p

Before buying this car I wasn't actually so sure about the whole thing. I thought about waiting a little longer to save up my money first. But since my other siblings need to use the family car, it was no longer an option. I HAD to buy a car. Turns out, it's one of the best experiences of my life so far! It feels good to actually own something that you've worked very hard for and that you've earned with your own money. It really is the best feeling. Alhamdulillah for the rezeki that Allah has blessed me with. I couldn't have asked for more:)

So here's the car that I bought, the new proton SAGA FL(face lift) in white. It's an automatic car with full specification. For it's very cheap price of 43k, you can't really expect much. But for the very least, I think it is really worth the price. Before this I used to drive perodua VIVA elite and my mom's GEN2 for quite some time. VIVA elite is about the same price as SAGA FL. Comparing the two, SAGA FL is definitely much better. If you're thinking of buying a car that won't really affect your salary, this is definitely the car for you.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

The Zikir Game.

Assalamualaikum and hello to all my readers! Since it's the weekend and instead of hanging around at home with nothing to do, here's an idea of what you can do with your family. It could be done at home or even better gather some friends at a park/open space to participate and play the ZIKIR GAME. what is the zikir game you might ask? well, i'll let this video of me and my family do all the talking=) enjoy!