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Thursday, 5 September 2013

Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall

"Well here we are again. It's always such a pleasure."
Want You Gone - Jonathan Coulton

It really has been a long time hasn't it? Five months have gone by without an update and I am feeling the bite of the guilt. Gone are those days when I blogged almost weekly and had all the time in the world.

Dear Princess Celestia,

Forgive me for the long break without updating. My bad. I have been very busy. Even when I had nothing to do, I would find something to keep me active at all times. It kind of expleains my workaholic habits I seem to have picked up.

Final semester in University is now in motion and it's off to a rolling start. It's barely even the first week and the assignments are already streaming in. Looks like a long semester ahead. Time has really gotten a hold of me and the world has changed so much. Things just keep getting worse by the day. Everytime I listen to the news I get a constant nag that I could be somewhere prettier or nicer than where I am. I guess some bad things have slipped though as well.

In the past five months I have seen dreams crumble before my eyes. The struggle and the pain of having to plough through life knowing that the next turning point is so closely within reach is quite frankly, crazy. Ideas start to run in my head and I suddenly change what I want to do.

Did you ever feel like this, princess? As great of a leader as you are, have you ever wanted to try something else or perhaps pursue a different line of work? It's probably a crazy job being a princess. I sure as hell can't do it. I don't have the leadership skills you posess. Though the prospect of becoming a princess is very attractive and sounds like the best damn thing, The entire package is more of a different story. Politics and having to attend to those whom you can't please is a responsibility I cannot pony up to.

But as for changing course, there have been meny times when I questioned what I was doing. 3 months ago I suddenly wanted to become a pilot. Why? I have no idea. Taking to the sky isn't really a passion for me, but being behind the wheel of an engineering marvel that makes this planet so much smaller is. Of course, it's unnecessary in Equestria. Pegasi ponies take care of that for all of you and plus, you're an alicorn. There's nothing better than having wings. It's the liberty that inspires me to want to take to the skies.

If I ever were to become a pony in Equestria, I swear I want to be a pegasus, but I'll take anything just to be there.

Then there were sudden moments when I wanted to be a baker. Perhaps with some inspiration from the local Ponyville bakery, Sugarcube Corner. And I can never forget my desire to become a forensics expert and also an engineer. What kind of engineer you may ask? I wanted to become a chemical engineer, mechanical engineer, software engineer, aviation engineer and even a quantum physicist. My life was a mess and still is.

Thankfully my choice in this course has locked me in this path and prevented me from pursuing these wild dreams. I have no idea what would have happened if I decided to pull out a tangent and follow it. Maybe I would find a new calling, but I will never know because I didn't do it. I simply couldn't.

Anyway, I though I would just enlighten you on my mental journey through university. It's time for me to buckle down and hit the road. The final semester is calling and I sure as hell hope I'm ready.

Your loyal subject,

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

A Slice of Life

"Isn't it wonderful to be exactly who you are? When you learn to start accepting yourself, you'll become a shining star."
Great To Be Different - Forest Rain feat. Decibelle

My, my, my. What have I done.

I wouldn't say I've been letting the clock tick time away in the past four months. I mean, I know what you're thinking. Daniel! Where the hell have you been!? Truth be told, I've been dead busy. Heck, I'm writing this now because there is no Internet on the bus to campus!

As you can see from my social media streams, I've become this monster who gets so angry over the little things. Simple derps like the ATM being out of order or a menu item not being served in a restaurant can ruin my mood. Thankfully, I still have friends and Facebook to keep me company and help me make it through the day.

Mornings have become a chore again. While I was interning with Malaysiakini from January till March, the work hours were the best damn thing since my second semester, but it took its toll as the industry raped me of my liberty and time. Needless to say, all that I had left just slipped through my fingers. I spent my hours polishing my podcast, wrestling with my faulty laptop and working on The MBS Show. Now that I'm back in university, things just keep getting worse. There's a thin line between real-world training and plain lousy customer service. In this case, however, it is clearly the latter.

I got digitally locked out of Taylor's today because of problems with the payment system. It seems like capitalism is hard-wired into their system. As soon as the clock hit 9.30, I was pretty much suspended. My WiFi dropped, my student portal stopped working and my computer lab accounts were locked. The best part is, my folks have already wired the dough before the due date. The bank balance and statement says so. All it took was one hiccup in the line to throw everything off.

Now I really don't know what Taylor's expects me to be. An engineer? A technician or what I really can't figure, but I can't be any of the above. Why? Because I'm not in that league. I'm not equipped with a brain for such endeavors. Even though I tinker with computers for a hobby and I do quite understand the nature of online transactions. Heck, I've been cheated online before. It's not the first time I have run into a mess with online transactions.

Even PayPal and AliPay can offer me better protection on tiny transactions as low as $1. Their escrow system is so strong and robust that it would take a demigod to break it. Why can't...

...oh wait. It's FPX. The local bullcrap payment system. It's part of the reason why we will never advance. Taylor's and FPX are a match made in heaven. Get paid and then blame the user. That's what I believe to be Taylor's second tagline - it's always your fault.

Alright. That's out. Damn it feels good to be back on the blog. It's like a splash of cold water to the brain.

Anyhoo, to help sharpen my digital art skills, surprise surprise! I'll be taking commissions on deviantArt (yes. I have a deviantArt account.) If you know what Ambigrams are, that's the only kind of art that I do other than basic logo design. If you want me to try to Ambigram your name, drop me a note!

An ambigram is basically a form of typographical art where a word when inverted either in a mirror or upside down, forms the same word or another word. Example below.

I'm just a beginner at this, but if you're interested in having your name ambigrammed, hit me up with a note on deviantArt, just head on over to my profile here:

With that, I shall get back to work. Till next time!


Saturday, 2 February 2013

Overdrive Distortion

"I don't want to hurt you but I need to breathe. At the end of it all, you're still my best friend, but there's something inside that I need to release"
Too Close - Alex Clare

Dear Princess Celestia,

Do pardon me, but what is going on?

Over here people are ballistic about the recent leak from Canterlot. What happened? Did somepony tell on you? It has surely gotten a lot of people here worried and moreso, angry. What upset me is that we had to hear it from somepony other than you.

There are so many implications. What is going to happen to our favourite bookworm? Twilight Sparkle had great promise when you brought her into the spotlight by taking her as your student. You raised her so well and so lovingly as both a teacher and a princess. There is nothing more a pony could ask for. I would do anything to be your student but I was not blessed to be born a unicorn. But I didn't need to be under your wing. The lessons you taught Twilight have come a long way and have radiated across boundaries far beyond Equestria.

But a coronation for her would be just...I don't know, not the right thing? She has five amazing close friends who need her. I don't mean as a walking encyclopedia, but as a friend. As a pony who grew up lacking the joy of friendship, don't you think you should let her stay with her friends where she is happy? All I know is that you have goodwill in your heart. I trust that you will do what is best for her.

Princess Celestia, you have truly built your kingdom with love and harmony as its founding values. I'm not just talking about Canterlot or even Equestria. You have followers everywhere who truly believe in what you stand for.

But even Equestria isn't perfect, neither is it a Utopia of any sort. It has its problems and shortcomings and nopony is perfect. We all can relate to that especially when governments are corrupt and evil. There are so many in this world and we never had a hero who can truly save us. Of course none of them were as bad as King Sombra but I really prefer if we do not bring him up.

I sense something isn't right, your majesty. I sense some unrest and disharmony brewing and I will be frank, I do not blame you for it. Equestria is taking a turn for something and I honestly do not like it. Maybe you don't realize it yourself, but from an outside perspective it is getting obvious. People are on the verge of leaving your kingdom. Some have even packed up and left already, leaving nothing but a note for the rest of us.

Plus, there have been rumors that humans were let in to Equestria. You probably had good intentions behind this, your majesty, by I am sorry to say that it could backfire on your subjects from this realm. It is hard to please us, I know. So many of us dream of being able to live in Equestria as a pony and settle in your wonderful kingdom.

I don't know how much of this is true, dear Princess, but please accept my heartfelt concerns that things might take a turn for the worse. I trust and believe that you will be able to fight for the greater good of your subjects within the limits of your domain. You have shown us that unlike many other leaders, you are willing to make sacrifices and stand up for your subjects. You don't back down in the face of a threat and you will always send your most prized student, somepony you truly care for, to fight the battles that you are no longer able to.

My feeling is that a new nemesis has risen, one that is maybe more powerful than you are. Maybe even more powerful than the Elements of Harmony. It's definitely worse than Discord, Chrysalis, King Sombra and Nightmare Moon combined. It has you by the throat and you probably cannot do anything about it. Queen Faust trusts that it will all be okay, but somehow I think that there's a destructive force behind this. It probably sounds ridiculous to you but forces like these move in mysterious ways and you probably won't even realize it once it has you. It's something like Dragon Greed - it corrupts from the heart, only that this is not your fault. I don't know how you feel but I feel terrible about it. For a thousand years you have raised and made a great kingdom that brought joy and smiles to everyone, not just the ponies who live in Equestria but everywhere. While we have only known of this beautiful place for a mere three years, it has grown very much on me and many others to be a place that we can only dream of going to. It has certainly been an honor to know about your kingdom, even though I sadly will never be able to be a part of it.

With much love, dear Princess,

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