Toilets around the world

Dear Fash,

Recently, my flatmates and I were having a conversation about the world, cultures and way of life.

One of my flatmates was sharing his experience in China and went on to explain how there wasn’t a toilet seat, but a hole on the floor where you’re meant to aim your business in, and then I mentioned that we have those in Singapore as well – they’re called ‘squat toilets’. Following which, another one said “if Singapore is like that, I’m not going to visit you.”

That comment then made me realise that the world is round, and consists of many countries, all with different life styles, traditions, beliefs and values, and I feel so strongly that this is what travelling is meant for: exploration and experiencing these different cultures to their very fullest! Whether you like the experience or you don’t, it will broaden your horizons and/or will let you appreciate what you love about home, wherever you go! Moreover, it builds an understanding towards other cultures, which in the long-run can contribute to achieving harmony with others of different nationalities; and where there is harmony, the world becomes a better place!

So, to everyone reading this post, I hope that one day you will travel the world and open your mind to all the differences around the world, and hopefully you’ll build tons of amazing memories from your travels to keep and share.

Also, before I finish this post, I would like to clarify that Singapore is a really modern city that has toilets, its only in the odd few public places where we still have a hole for a toilet! (Which is cool anyway, it’s very much how our forefathers grew up and reflects some of our national heritage.)

Much love,

Your fave asian!

 

 

 

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Deepsea Challenge and Generation Y – Where did we go wrong?

Dear Fash,

Today, I virtually explored the Mariana Trench with the help of trusty ol’ Google, which then led me to National Geographic, which then led me to James Cameron and his team!

The Mariana Trench is the deepest point in the ocean – nearly 11km/7miles, which is the equivalent of 113 plus/minus Big Ben’s! Imagine going down that deep into the ocean, there wouldn’t be any light, probably no living fishes/marine life that moves, and the pressure of being in that depth unprotected would mean that you’d be dead instantaneously.

James Cameron and his team would be the second group of explorers to have survived the journey to the trench, out of the three teams that have embarked on this exploration to the trench. The fact that the Mariana Trench has only been explored by three teams and survived by two, underlines the significant organisation, operation, risk, danger, dedication, and determination of Cameron and his team took to fulfil his dreams of travelling to the trench.

Most people could only dream of what Cameron has done, and only few can put it into action. On this planet, everyone has the potential to achieve something big and great in their lives, but most of us end up going down the route of not achieving that something big, but settling with what we get purely because of convenience and laziness. Yes, this is our generation; generation Y.

We’re indeed the lazy yet overly-ambitious humans that roam this planet.  We blame the overly-competitive market for our inability to climb up the corporate ladder, and we hate taking risks and labouring, because why leave the comfort of certainty and ‘netflix and chill’ for something that might not yield the desired outcome of success, money, and fame?

Even in daily living, we as generation Y are so affected by what others think of us that we’ve become so afraid to step out of our comfort zone to try something new or different than what we normally do – I’m the poster child for holding back for fear of judgment and ridicule. For so long, I held back from pursuing dance as an extra activity because I feared that my family and friends were going to judge and mock me. Eventually, when I did muster the courage to take up ballet, my friends and family did mock me, but they did respect and support me in my decision to take up ballet.

In the documentary that was produced (Deepsea Challenger), Cameron’s wife, Suzy, said something along the lines of ‘if you don’t take risks, then nothing gets done’ and nothing progresses. This is so true, and I can vouch for this because I am part of the ballet society, I attend dance classes every Monday evenings, and I am performing tomorrow (which is another risk in itself because I’ve never performed and I swear to God I’m going to mess up somewhere and somehow). More importantly, I have accomplished something and I’ve made progress in my life because now I am more confident, and I am more open-minded to trying new things.

You don’t have to do things as great and big as James Cameron has, it is more than enough to take a risk in what you do in your daily life, and some risks might lead you to failure, but some risks might lead you to success if you work hard at it!

If you don’t try, you don’t know right?

Much love,

Your fave asian!

I Never Wanted To Be A Cliche

Dear Fash,

I came across this post while I was blog hopping and I can’t urge you enough to read this post. It’s the story of every teen/young adult written down ever so precisely and perfectly and more importantly, it’s basically and literally is the story of my life at this very moment in time.

It’s a long read, but definitely more worthwhile than reading my posts because she does everything that I think of but infinitely better. She writes this with great honesty and without waffling on, which makes it an easy read, as well as one that resonates so strongly with you (or me in this case) and makes you think and feel.

I hope you are well, it snowed in Lancaster on Friday and it was really pretty! On hindsight I should have taken some photographs of it but it didn’t occur to me to do so in the midst of rushing for my 10am lecture!

Much love,

Your fave asian!

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Moving on

Dear Fash,

Today’s post isn’t going to be anger and jealousy filled as it was in the last post. I think that I’ve semi gotten over the fact that I can never be him no matter what I do, because I am me and also because I enjoy being me on most days.

I had a conversation with him a couple of nights ago and asked him what his reaction would be if I were to tell him that I was jealous of him. He gave me his classic ‘what the fuck’ look and replied with this: “I’d say: don’t be silly.”

On hindsight, I shouldn’t have left the conversation there, and I should have probed more. It’d be nice to know the rationale behind his response and whether he’d want to know what I was jealous about.

But seeing as it turned out as such, I’ll take it as a sign from the Lord above that I am indeed being silly for being jealous of him and not appreciating myself enough.

I can only hope that with this realisation, I will only move forward to better days of more self-appreciation and no jealousy.

Anyways, I hope you’re doing well. It’s freezing up here in Lancaster, and I’ve been making attempts to go running although they’ve been pathetic attempts. Also, I’m performing next Friday as part of the Ballet Society!?!?

Never ever would’ve pinned myself down for dancing or performing, and needless to say, I’m stressing about it.

Wish me luck!

Much love,

Your fave asian!