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Tuesday, March 16, 2004 0 comments
Currently listening to: Hey Yeah - Outkast
Well, well, well... another Monday...
Saturday night went all right, Zouk was closed (apparenly Joa had gotten the opening time wrong) so we went instead to Nouveau for drinks with Joa's friends - nice place but it was really empty for a Saturday night.
Came back home at about 3am to find my mother missing and found out that her uncle had died during the night from complications (or could it just have been old age?) from having taken a fall down his staircase earlier in the day - there having been no undue alarm at the time since the doctor said that he had suffered a minor injury and that he should be fine... Malaysian doctors i swear... My mother was pretty distressed at it all so i waited up for her.
Sunday was pretty quiet although i did go to the pasar malam at my place with Joa and Julian in the morning for coffee and in order to satiate her uncontrollable urge to buy pretty little useless things (girls!). Went to my grand uncle's wake in the evening which was held at his home in order to watch his family go through the Chinese funeral rites and pay my own respects... granted i didn't know him very well - come to think of it, i hardly know most of my family very well (always did have a slight impression that i was a black sheep of sorts), nor would i want to i suppose. Not feeling too bad for 'skinny uncle' (which was what we called him) because in all respects he had a pretty good life in my opinion, with no regrets since he was able to recently watch the marriage of his son and daughter to their respective partners. Frankly i don't see what all the fuss is about, and i'm pretty sure that he's probably thinking the same thing (down to earth man that he is) since it doesn't take a genius to realise that this was an inevitability...
Seeing this whole ceremony i can't help but think as to how i'd like to go... think i've said it before but cremation seems to me like the best option. I mean, why take up space? That and the idea of happily rotting away in the ground never really did appeal to me! ;) Also, no chinese/christian/indian/animistic/etc. ceremonies please - heaven's overrated anyway - maybe just a few honest words if anyone really wants to and then bake me in the oven... see? Simple. ;)
On the other hand, i did read about this cool process by which ones ashes can be turned into a coloured diamond of your choice and mounted on a ring/necklace/whatever... A little morbid, but then again its a pretty cool idea (that and i'd LOVE to freak everyone out by 'hanging around' [no pun inte... ok, ok, pun intended ;p] on a necklace - who knows what people may think my spirit/ghost/presence/etc may do! Bwahaha! Come to think of it, why not start creating a family heirloom of sorts and keep adding to it diamonds of each person in the family who dies? Doesn't let them take up space, allows for remembrance, AND if done right it can be an AWESOME fashion accesory (not to mention talking piece)! Hrmmm... maybe i should sell this idea to the fashion houses? ;)
Hey its better than having your great grandfather's skull lying around!
So anyway, its been a pretty slow day today what with uni and all... nothing much to write about except for the sudden fact that i've realised that i don't have any female friends here in Malaysia aside from Joa (and even then its a little dubious at times... kidding! ;p) - must rectify this immediately!
Oh yeah, speed dating is go! But only in the middle of April so theres plenty of time yet for me to polish my 'routine' (hehehe)... for those who are interested here's the website. Check out the advice column for daters - i found it hilarious! I mean, if you follow everything they say, you wouldn't be yourself in the first place! That and it seems so... faux... Geez, talk about stereotypes - i'll dress, eat and talk the way i want thanks!
Thanks to a certain someone for reminding me that i forgot to put down that i went ot poetry reading at the Alliance Francaise last... Thursday? It was part of their Le Printemps des Poetes programme and they were hosting a free performance by Frederic Goedert which mingled poetry, music and video which had a very, truth be told, psychedelic and dreamy feel to it all. Granted, my French needs some improving, but i managed to get most of what he said and by far the best one was this poem about loneliness, solitude and (cynically) questioning the reason behind life while playing a black and white video that was taken while he was riding his bike (mainly trees flashing by and all that) - nicely done! Can't seem to remember the website that has his videos on them (sous-diffuse.org? Doesn't seem to work though)...
Interesting first experience for me, and i did enjoy myself in some curious way, but all in all but i think i might try it in English next time... ;)
Ok, time to kills some Persians now. En avant!
Name: Patrick Pincon
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