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The art of procrastination: How does a break turn into a hiatus?

Procrastination (noun): The act of delaying or postponing something.  You know the thing you tell yourself you’ve absolutely got to do, but didn’t really find time to do it at the end? That’s procrastination.  Like the skirmish little fiend it is, procrastination seeps into your resolution. You won’t really know what happened until it had happened. One moment, you tell yourself “Oh, I’ll do that later.”, “I have loads of time.”, and bam! The day ended. And you…

A traveller’s tribute to Malaysia

I love my country, but the recent scandals and negativity makes it really hard to appreciate my country. On Merdeka’s eve, I had to walk the streets with hundreds of thousands of others to fight for a free and fair election. On September 16, ironically our Malaysia day, people clad in red walked the streets under the guise of protecting a trampled dignity, but in reality, broadcasting their racism. It doesn’t help that our ministers kept silent or…

Are you passionate about your life?

People always say that stress from working is different from studying. People also always say that being a student is very relaxing. Yeah, if the student don’t have to worry about anything except assignments (which is never that way, by the way). My final goal in life is to write for a living. And I love travelling (click here to find out why), so I wanted to be a travel writer. But first, to fulfill the criteria of travel,…

Lynn speaks: Why Travel?

I’ve always been secretly rebellious. I don’t like to conform. But as I’ve gotten older, I find myself squeezing in the mold that other people made for me, although it hurts me to squeeze inside. I find myself wanting to fit in a group, I find myself finding solace in a steady income, I find myself bored of doing the same thing over and over again, a little like the 9-5s I swore I would never be.  Photo…

Reach out: My experience with the worst taxi drivers in the world.

As a student, I don’t get to ride on taxis that often. I mean, taxi prices are getting so expensive. For a 5-10 minute ride, it costs more that RM5-6.  But I have a confession to make. The taxi drivers I’ve met are usually great. It saddens me that taxi drivers are threatening with a strike to protest the growing popularity of UBER. It saddens me that people are commenting that they don’t care or don’t miss the…

Lesson of the week #1: It’s not shameful to feel sorry for yourself.

I twisted my ankle in the span of 5 days.  The first time I twisted my ankle, I was walking on the side of the road and stepped on an unstable rock. Then I fist bumped the ground and stayed there, fighting back tears. I just felt a rush of cold air to my face and Yen said my face just went white-wash. I didn’t want to cry in front of Yen, so I pretended nothing happened and…

Lynn Speaks: The definition of a hero

I first saw the Vanity Far cover without knowing who the cover girl was. I remember saying to myself: ‘Wow, that’s new!’, until I saw the name at the bottom: Caitlyn Jenner. Holy shit! To be honest, I’ve never been fascinated enough with the Kardashians to care deeply about this. The Kardashians equates a media circus to me. Entertainment at it’s lowest. No one, I thought, will be stupid or crazy enough to go through being a transgender…

Lynn speak: Why did people do what they do

“When you don’t fit in, you become superhuman. You can feel everyone else’s eyes on you, stuck like Velcro. You can hear a whisper about you from a mile away. You can disappear, even when it looks like you’re still standing right there. You can scream, and nobody hears a sound. You become the mutant who fell into the vat of acid, the Joker who can’t remove his mask, the bionic man who’s missing all his limbs and…

Lynn speaks: A letter to my boyfriend, J.

Hi! I know you probably won’t read this, not anytime soon at least. But something has been weighing on my mind for a while now. I want to go solo travelling.  People have tried and tested this. Girls, apparently. It really isn’t as dangerous as it sounds. I know you’re worried for me. I really appreciate it, but I have to learn to do this on my own. This is my ultimate testament. If I can do this,…

Lynn speaks: World without borders.

As this persecuted minority cannot find a small piece of land to continue their lives, the world is actually so vast that if the world lived with the population density of New York City, the state of Texas would be enough to fit the entire seven billion of the human population in it.In the same way, water resources are more than enough for all of us and with just over half the daily average outflow of the Pacific…