Pockets Full of Stones

It has been too long (unless you are following me on Twitter in which case you will notice that I never shut up)! My absence can be blamed on a) finals for the past three weeks and b) the sudden screwing up of my wifi service. But I came home this afternoon to a brand new 1 megabyte wifi service so here I am to be of nuisance again!

Four things that happened when I was away from the blogging universe:

#1. The Kampung Baru Girls’ School’s Party ’11 for prefects was held on the 4th of November, a Friday, at Holiday Villa and it was fantastic. It was the first time the annual prefects’ party was held outdoors (as in out of school compounds) and I hope I can speak on behalf of all the prefects as well as the seniors when I say we had an amazing time. The “blindfolded surprise welcoming” for the seniors was pretty fun, the performances were actually quite nice, the food wasn’t really bad so it was okay and everything was just great. I even went home with a post-party depression (despite the fact that I am prone to post-everything depressions). Thank you everyone, and I do mean everyone, for the wonderful time I had.

#2. My primary school, SJK (c) Pumpong’s 54th Graduation Day was held a week after that, on the 11th of November 2011 and I was particularly excited to return to my old school because it was going to be held at the new school building at Suka Menanti. Besides, it’s been three years since I visited Pumpong. Most of my friends were going as well so it was quite a mini reunion for the ’07 graduates. I had an emotional moment when the Standard Six kids started singing the graduating and school song; it brought back many wonderful memories. Meeting my former teachers was great too, it was nice that the memory of my six years of existence in the school wasn’t totally erased from the walls and forgotten.

#3. The full content of what I wanted to say about the issue of the Seksualiti Merdeka ban has already been said in the multitude of tweets last week so I’m just going to say this: being gay, bisexual, transgender and queer does not make one any less worthy of human rights than a straight, “normal” person. These people are not aliens and neither are they freaks who go against human nature. They just have different sexual orientations, just like many of us who have different tastes in music or food. How is a person, who prefers a partner of the same sex worse than a psychopathic serial killer? Yet queer folk are being treated exactly like criminals despite the fact that all they ever did was be different. The fact that the big G dismissed this sexual orientation-educational festival as a “perhimpunan seks bebas” just goes to show how narrow-minded and irrational they are, and thus that is why I applaud Marina Mahatir and Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan for standing up to what they believe is right, that is the queer folk of our country deserve their human rights too instead of being discriminated and called to “stay where they are and just behave themselves”.

#4. THE HUNGER GAMES’ OFFICIAL TRAILER IS OUT. Too many feelings. Too many emotions. No words. The reaping is magnificent yet awfully depressing. “Primrose Everdeen.” “I VOLUNTEER! I VOLUNTEER AS TRIBUTE!” The tributes from the other districts are fantastic (did I mention that that girl from the movie Orphan, Isabelle Fuhrman is in this movie? YES, SHE IS.) and the adrenaline and excitement when the tributes entered the arena(!!!) Jennifer Lawrence is perfectly promising as Katniss right now and so is Elizabeth Banks as Effie but I cannot say the same for Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, Lenny Kravitz as Cinna and perhaps even Woody Harrelson as Haymitch. But mostly Josh Hutcherson as Peeta because I just cannot seem to shake off the feeling that Josh Hutcherson will always be that kid who acts in a great number of children movies. I’d have preferred a fresher face but I am willing to not judge him as Peeta yet until I watch the movie. Lenny Kravitz as Cinna has always seemed…unnatural to me and my constant mental portrayal of Robert Downey Jr. as Haymitch has marred my perspective of a Woody!Haymitch but likewise, I will keep my mouth shut until the movie is released. Speaking of which, there will be a lot of strangled tears and hyperventilating episodes on the 23rd of March 2012. This anticipation is five times the anticipation for Deathly Hallows Part I and II combined.

I will be going for an orthodontic appointment in Penang tomorrow so that will mean a new post about my braces which will also mark my last post in Alor Setar before I head for KL on Saturday morning. I don’t know why but I find this necessary to be mentioned.

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Michelle Teoh

26-year-old cynical Asian, book enthusiast and purveyor of fine sarcasm.

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