After my usual weekend walk at KLCC this morning, my friends and I entered KLCC for breakfast. I was pleasantly suprised when I saw the stage for Story Telling Final to be held by 10am.We went to Asean Flavours for our breakfast and chatted away waiting for the show time.( I was dissappointed that I donot have my camera with me,so what you see here is just a snapshot from my Fatboy( a nickname for my Nokia 6600).However you can see better photos of the event at Nazley fotopages.
Well,this event was for the kids. They were smartly and beautifully dressed for the occasion.I really missed the opportunity to take their photos. My fatboy is lousy when it comes to taking pictures of people in the building.Equally,the children performance is very good.How I wish my kids to participate in such an event, but all of them are young adults now.
A few years ago I had this idea to get a few friends to KLCC garden and started a telling story/reading poetry session.But alas,it never took off. In fact, I have set up a website at geocities in 1998 to archive the potential good stories.It also failed but you can read a few there.
Below are two quotations from the website that I love:
Ion to Irina:Do not silence that voice within.
Poetry was not written to be analysed,it was meant to inspire without reason,to touch without understanding.-From The Notebook-The Novel
To cut the long story short( a phrase I borrow from Sir Jefferey Archer book),I am still very interested to organise an adult story telling event if I could get at least ten people who are interested to participate. Any takers?
Below is what I wrote six years ago at the website:
Malaysia is relatively a young nation of 22 m people.Her post independence life is only 41 years old-life has just began.She had been colonised by almost all major powers from east and west.And every one of them left something behind.The last was the British,which has major influence in the political,economic and social life of Malaysians.Now,Malaysia is a multiracial country made of Malays,Chinese,Indians and other minor ethnic minorities.Slowly and steadily,it has transformed itself from under-developed agrarian economy to almost a modern industrial state with a vision to be a fully developed nation by year 2020.
The country and the people have undergone various major political, economic and social changes in the last 41 years-the good,the bad and a few ugly ones.We are a community of a group of communities. Formerly,a community used to be defined by ethnic group only, however now other economic and social factors have created new sub-communities that transgressed ethnic borders. Each community has its own culture and way of life.Likewise,the nation of Malaysians has its culture and a way of life.Each community has its own stories.The nation has her own story.The sum total may be the Malaysian story.
Stories are written for others to read and preserved for the future generations.We can buy books from bookshops or read them at the libraries.This website is also about reading,books, bookshops and libraries.However,stories are borderless.They are all over the globe.They are human....
Let's tell ,write and read our Malaysian stories.The story may be told by a Malay,written by a Chinese and read by an Indian,but it is everyone's story-the story of Malaysians.Every story has its own 'power'-one of them is it teaches us to be human.Let's understand ourselves so that we may understand others.Let's understand others so that we understand us better.Let's us be a better Malaysian....
God Bless Us All Malaysians.