RWP weekend with pictures

July 28, 2008

Typo: stay tuned*

I wrote a few days ago about the hectic weekend of campaining RWP. Below are pictures from all 3 events.

  • Thursday : I received confirmation from the 3 hosts that I’ve been given a spot to talk about RWP at their events.
  • Friday : Ezra (Farish’s publisher) calls and suggest to screen the RWP video at the Book Launch. He’ll sort out the projector if I can sort out the CD. Immediately made calls to 2 friends of RA when it comes to videos, Vini & Altimet. Got it sorted and met Farish & Ezra that night for the first time to pass them the CD.
  • Saturday : Woke up and went to 4 hours of lecture. Rush off to print the RWP ‘poster’, then to Bangsar for Readings @ Seksan. At 4.50 I spoke, and at 4.54 I was on the road rushing to Taman Tun for the Book Launch.
  • Sunday : Doppelganger at Marketplace. Brilliant. Love the concept of the open mic. Anything and everything.

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Readings @ Seksan

Dr Siong Toong SiongRobert Raymeramir muhammad

  • Poster by Shahril Nizam. I came across his book once. His illustrations are quite nice. Looks nothing like the poster.
  • Dr. Shih Toong Siong. Old school. Said some pretty interesting things about his book.
  • Robert Raymer. I had trouble following what he was reading, with the mic probs and the roadwork noises. His book has gotten good reviews though. He also teaches Creative Writing in Sarawak.
  • Kathleen Choo of Poetry Underground. Catchy stuff she had. Sharon taking a picture of her.
  • Sharon Bakar (the MC), introduced this guy as ‘the revolutionary’. Since I’m writing it, to be fair, I’ll quote from what she said in her blog, “This is Zain who is trying to rope us all in to take part in his wacky Read While Waiting project. I have a feeling we might just succumb to his charm!
  • The brownies that I did not see. Apparently, someone placed it there and it was from Amir Muhammad.

Thanks Sharon for letting me speak at again, another one of your events. AND for telling me to keep it short this time. I think it’s better that way too. :)

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Book Launch : Di Balik Malaysia by Dr. Farish Noor

Guests watching the RWP videoDr. Farish A. NoorZaid Ibrahim

  • After the intro by the MC, I opened by talking briefly about RWP before the video screening.
  • The video screening. People watching. ( …. )
  • Dr. Farish A. Noor.
  • Zaid Ibrahim.
  • Some peoples checking outs the RWP Pay It Forward Bookmarks.
  • Some more peoples checking outs the RWP Pay It Forward Bookmarks.

I met a ton of people here and I thank them for the support. Besides the obvious, they were namely, Datin Suliana Shamsuddin, Jacqueline Ann Surin (MalaysiaVotes.com), Jason (Editor Off The Edge), Malik Imtiaz, Juana Jaafar (Peace Malaysia), Carol (UNHCR), Daphne Lee (Dram Projects), Michelle Gunaselan.

Hope all this name dropping will nudge some of you readers to actually be part of this project, and not just talk about it. Seriously.

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Doppelganger at Marketplace

Jaz Doppelganger

  • Madman speaking again.
  • Jaz, founder of the monthly Doppelganger and a superb host. On and off the stage.
  • RWP Pay It Forward Bookmarks on the registration counter.
  • Registration counter.
  • Inside of Marketplace.
  • What came off Madonna’s chest. Refurbished, of course. :)

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Tomorrow (Monday) night, I might be speaking at a talk at KGPA. And in the midst of speaking with organisers of other events.

As Ghandi said, be the change you want to see in the world.

The change I want to see is to have more people reading while they wait.

And all this is what I’m doing to make that change.

It would be nice to see you do something. For anything.

Drop the zng

July 21, 2008

“I shall try to tell the truth, but the result will be fiction.”
- Katherine Porter

For the moment:
Kunze Kwadoka – Oliver Mtukudzi*

*This song, makes a person happy. Too bad the link I found is not the full version.

MPV TrashNote: ofor the purpose of conveying this story, I find that there is no need to indicate the background, age, race or religion of The Lady. I consciously leave out whatever that fuels a subconscious prejudice.

There is nothing more fulfilling, then being a malicious virtuous person. You get to be good, and mean at the same time. Perhaps it is not being described aptly. But here’s what happened.

I parked and saw this lady on the other side, with her Naza Ria MPV. With her rear door open, she was bending over from outside with her body inside, cleaning the car. She was fishing for plastic cups, bottles and pieces of paper. Stuff like that. Nearby, I saw a 10% full 500ml Coca-cola bottle and an orange plastic bag. I’m not sure if she is a relative to those two objects.

She found a disposable plastic container (palm size) and flicks it out of her car without looking. Clearly, that was her way of disposing the disposable. I immediately went,

ZNG!

From her dressing, one could tell that she’s not with the In Crowd. But even if you’re not, you must be aware of this pretentious going green fab clouding our self rightous lives. Embrace the fab, at least.

So I pick up the plasticontainer, and say ‘excuse me‘ with a wide, kind, and I wanna slap your face smile. She turns around shocked, unexpected to see someone behind her.

You dropped this.

When I left, her car was gone. And so was the plastic bag and Coca-cola bottle.

If klx

May 12, 2008

“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.”
-Duke Ellington

For the moment:
Bahia – Angelique Kidjo
Mazuzu – Mahotella Queens

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A few weeks ago, RandomActs promised another project. We’ve selected the time, place and what project it will be (of course). Now deciding on the specific date and polishing the mechanics of the whole project. It is far more complicated than (the over prostituted word) Fr**z*. (Fr**z*-> to illustrate how exhausted I am talking about it. It’s brilliant to reminisce, but at the same time I’d like us all to look forward.)

Few days ago the team went on site to do research and plan it out. For almost 2 hours, we argued and bickered. The final straw came when two random Alphabets were murdered. After the funeral, Saddam HusZain spat on their graves and broke his spectacles for dramatic effect to win an Oscar thus concluding our outing with no conclusion.

Now he can’t see sh*t and I am typing this out on his behalf, while he’s lying on the bed gazing into the bedside lamp asking me why is the constellation so huge tonight? He’s going to make a new pair of spectacles when there’s a windfall. I asked him when is that, he said

it might rain tomorrow. Hopefully we get more than a breeze.

Ladies and gents, this is ‘what’ I have to work with.

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*If you’re not familiar with that lingo, it’s basically just telling you the the next project is very much so in the works and going splendidly well. Really. :)
*If you are interested to participate, join the group RandomActs and/or be a friend of RandomActs.
*If you have a video camera and have a good video eye, then email RandomActs@RandomAlphabets.com. If your eyes can’t read that long email address, then go make friends with Zain and take him away from here.

1000 RandomActs

May 4, 2008

“6 out of 5 mathematicians recommend RA.”
- Agent Double-0-Random

For the moment:
Mathematics – Mos Def

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RandomActs Logo

On 15 April, after KL Freeze in Unison, I created RandomActs to archive previous projects and coordinate new ones. This group is also where members can pool their ideas and participate in the forum for discussion on future projects. On top of sharing photos and videos.

RandomAlphabets.com serve as a side portal and point of reference for those not on Facebook. And as a simple distinctive resort to the person talking off the computer (because of its simple concise URL, as oppose to verbally saying http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=14329425422 in one breath). Especially so when two friends, on or off Facebook, are talking about an upcoming project.

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Last week, I sent out a message to all its members. It read,

RandomActs is exactly 11 days old today, with 967 members. That’s brilliant. :)

Albeit, this group is not about having numbers. I, personally, would like it to have good people. Projects will vary in scale and in nature. Eventually certain things will be done in order to achieve results and sustainability. Comments and feedbacks are very helpful. So are being realistic and understanding.

This is RandomActs. Rather than hearing talk endlessly, it prefers to see action happen continuously.

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Today it has 1000 members. Let’s keep it good. :)

Do not request a mythical freeze celeb

April 22, 2008

“Men. It is a shame to us women that we make them.”
-From Whom The Bell Tolls

For the moment:
Nutcracker Suite, Arabian Dance – Tchaikovsky
Nutcracker Suite, Dance Of The Reed Pipes – Tchaikovsky

*Below are two videos I think you should watch. The former recorded sometime in the 90′s. The latter is the Official Video for FWED hitz.fm’s version. Ours will be released on 4th May.

Of late I’ve been getting an immense amount of Friend Requests on Facebook. I do not know 95% of them. I suppose it’s because of all the Freeze buzz and putting myself somewhat out there. Not something I had time to think or plan about considering how things have been.

I like to get to know more people and make more friends. But I take the term ‘friend’ somewhat seriously and I avoid adding strangers on Facebook. Yes I do over analyse things and can be hard up the ass. I like things to mean what they’re suppose to or what I think it means.

I’m not sure how much of me they know, but allow me to share bits and pieces. I’m doing so because I am beginning to get this impression that some of you/them think that I’m this celebrity and all is well. A natural misconception due to the Freeze buzz.

Besides what is stated here, I ride a bike. And yes it is often cars don’t take our presence seriously. It looks like a normal 100-125cc bike but with an automatic transmission. I don’t own a car because it is not practical and I can’t afford it. Organising 3 projects in 3 Sundays made my handphone bill go up by at least 300%. My source of income comes from my parents even though I made it a point to stop asking for it years ago, I won’t ask them to stop giving just as yet either. Another part of my income is from teaching PMR & SPM students tuition and doing MC jobs.

All in all, it’s not much but I pull through and I am contented with what I have (beyond the monetary sense) and what I make (beyond the monetary sense). The best times of my life are when I’m with my little sisters. Despite them describing it as a nightmare in broad daylight with their eyes open and their ears covered.

Just like everyone, I rely and am close to my relatives. Except that compared to the average person, I have alot of cousins. They’re everywhere like roaches. They are the people I trust and surround myself with.

Moving along, a few days before Freeze For World Earth Day, I was already talking about the next project in May but that kind of mellowed down because FWED took up too much of my capacity. However, about 90 minutes after FWED ended, I splurge massacre like on the next project when I was having a post-mortem supper with 2 of my Right Hand Men: Hassan SGF & Nasir SHB.

At 3 am, another splurge came and I opened Microsoft Notepad (because I’m old school like that), and typed everything down and expanded the idea even more.

Official video kl freeze in unison

April 21, 2008

“…really wished that I could join the other day. The whole thing was beautiful. CONGRATULATIONS WELL DONE ;)”
-Erina Zahara Ellias

“Thought I should write you personally instead of ticking the RSVP box “Not Attending” that is so cold for such a warm and loving initiative in the spirit of humanity. Love and God bless you abundantly always and all ways.”
-Pat Lu

“For the sleepless nights and countless hours put into this! Was really great :)”
-Christopher Tock

KL Freeze in Unison Organising Committee

For 2 weeks now, Chantek has been the number 1 song on the charts of the number radio station in the country.

The Official Video KLFU was meant to be released on Sunday 20th April, and when it was, I told the editor, to take it down and edit it again according to my notes because of a few unexpected glitches. Despite his present success and hectic schedule, the video was worked on again promptly. Neither him nor others involved were paid for any part of their commitment. These are the kind of people I look for to work with on projects I am part of.

  • Sunday 6th April: Free Hugs at Tugu Negara with some fantastic friends.

  • Sunday 13th April: KL Freeze in Unison with an amazing team of volunteers.

  • Sunday 20th April: Freeze For World Earth Day (an event initiated and headed by hitz.fm), with a team of brilliant beings.

I once mentioned online and during a radio station interview that for KLFU I spent an immense amount of time in front of the computer, lost a lot of my appetite for food and went many hours without sleep.

I’m sure others from the team of volunteers went through something similar, and also organising committees of other projects around the world. But simple messages like the ones above from (strangers whom I may just never meet in my life,) Christopher Tock, Erina Zahara & Pat Lu, goes a really long way.

God willing, we all have made it great. From the organising committee, to the 1000 over people who made it, to the others who supported it.

Now that I am done going all Oprah on you, let’s watch the video.

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“Zain, it’s ok babe. No matter what, you got my support.”
-Jennie Yang, before me & Pravin left for our first meeting with hitz.fm

Simple guidelines for those coming to freeze for world earth day

April 17, 2008

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Freeze For World Earth Day
Save Energy by Freezing People & Power

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We will Freeze in Sunway Pyramid at 8pm on Sunday 20th April. Your time must be accurate to the second. Click here to synchronise it.

Be punctual. You don’t want to miss anything out. *Hinthint*

Gathering Point-> 7.30pm. Be around the ice skating rink. Your choice: Ground Floor, Lower Ground Floor 1 OR Lower Ground Floor 2. When you’re there, look out for little green flyers that will have information regarding the Freeze Point. We Freeze at 8pm.

Try coming to the venue, Sunway Pyramid by using public transport or organise a car-pool.

Before you leave your house, turn off as many eletrical appliances as you can. Something so simple goes a long way.

Wear something green. With a (yellow?) smile on your face. :)

We will be making an impact and creating awareness in conjunction with World Earth Day. So try to Freeze with items or symbols of environmentalism.

Have sunglasses on and a paper fan to symbolise global warming, Freeze with a group of people picking up litter to symbolise the pollution, or with a flourescent light bulb to symbolise saving energy, with an LRT ticket/on a bicycle to symbolise means of transportation which will help reduce CO2 emissions. Or perhaps with a face mask on to symbolise air pollution, or with a crushed hair spray aerosol bottle to symbolise anti-CFC releasing products. Or you can even Freeze with a plant/small tree in a pot with a bandage around the stem/trunk to “save a tree”.

Those are ideas contributed by Phoon Khai Meng.

Be creative and share your ideas here! Email them to Freeze@RandomAlphabets.com and I will later update it on this page under New Ideas. Whether or not it include props, we want to hear it!

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New ideas:

Freeze while holding 2 rubbish bins to symbolise your effort that 1 is for normal waste, the other is for paper to be recycled. Label them. (Zain HD)

KLFU pictures from the official photographer

April 17, 2008

Besides having 12 video cameras and planting 3 undecover microphones all over our Gathering Point and Freeze Point on 13th April, I also assigned a photographer, who was also part of the Organising Committee.

Knowing that the event will be swarming with photographers and quasi photographers snapping away at the feature of the event, the 1000 over people that came, the official photographers job was to start snapping from the moment the Committee had their meeting right till the end. In short, she was indeed the most overworked volunteer on that day.

Since I didn’t have to pay her, she couldn’t claim overtime rate. She was someone I barely knew and had only met twice in the past. Her focus was to snap pictures of the Committee members at work. Thank you Ili M for the shots.

Roughy, the Committee were made of 1/3 my relatives, 1/3 people I know and 1/3 people I never met before. Again, to the 20++ individuals who volunteered, took instructions from me, Saddam HusZain, I take my hat and curly hair off to you.

To those reading this, if it’s not too much to ask, please give them a round of applause. I know it feels weird clapping to your computer monitor, but if feels good after a while. Try it for 2 minutes.

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