Eid, Small Travels, and Other Events

(Credit: AllahAlJalil.tumblr.com)

(Credit: AllahAlJalil.tumblr.com)

First and foremost, Eid Mubarak to all of you. I know that I’ve been off the radar in regards to my blog, but I had some projects piled up (and still do) with deadlines that had to be met before heading off to Adelaide for Eid over the weekend.

The plan for visiting my aunt’s place in Adelaide was rather spontaneous, but it was worth it! I got see a German town by the name of Hahndorf, which is a must see place in Adelaide Hills! The town is a historical place that was founded in 1839 (yes, around 176 years ago!) and has a street filled with cute shops and restaurants that one can take a stroll in and observe with a keen eye. I think it’s one of my new favorite places around here in Australia and I’m glad that my aunt and uncle took me there. It was their first time seeing it as well and they really loved the place too. I felt like I was in Germany, but a fairytale version of it. There was even a Fairy Garden there!

I also got to visit a new tourist attraction in Sellicks Hills that’s still under construction, but currently can be seen for free before the organizers start charging tourists for parking and entry frees. The place is stunning, with beautiful green hills that overlook the ocean and a large white Buddha statue. I feel like photos don’t do justice to the scenery.

Apart from that, I attended a dinner event, and guess what? I met a reality TV star there! She appears on a show that has various versions across different countries, but I think it may be best not to mention which one on here, since it’s the Internet and this moment of meeting her was more of a private part of her life, which is best to respect (I haven’t mentioned the people I know, but normal individuals can have connections too!). Anyhow, she was standing near me at the event and took the initiative to talk to me, which I had really appreciated. The first thing she asked about me was my name and what the meaning of it was. I replied, “Moonlight”.

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“Don’t Blame it on the Sunshine. Don’t Blame it on the Moonlight.”


I’m posting the following song because there was a man and woman, who I think were a little tipsy, that passed by me while I was waiting for my bus to come on my way back home and they sang the lines, “Don’t blame it on the sunshine. Don’t blame it on the moonlight.” Those were the only two lines I heard them sing. I asked myself, “Don’t blame it on the sunshine. Don’t blame it on the moonlight… How come I’ve heard of this before?”

I then Googled the lyrics on my phone right after the man and woman had walked by, and found out that those lines were part of The Jackson‘s Blame It On The Boogie. At that moment I thought, “Ahhh… No wonder why this song was familiar to me!” So now I’m posting it here on my blog. =P The song is catchy, but if you read the between the lines in terms of some of the lyrics (like the part that almost sounds like it’s referring to being possessed), then you’ll realize that it reveals a dark side of the entertainment industry.

On another note, there’s lots to say… but where do I even begin? Now that Sydney feels more homely than the past few years that I’ve been here since I started my post-grad studies, I’m having an interesting time observing the people around me… all kinds of people that I see on a daily basis. Not to mention, the random talks with strangers or the subtle glances while waiting for public transport. Sometimes I see the same people while waiting for the train to work, but I think that’s a story for another day.

I’ve also been trying new restaurants in the city to eat at for dinner. Last week it was a Greek-inspired restaurant called Alpha and yesterday it was a New York-inspired restaurant called Bowery Lane. Both of them had nice ambiance, tasty food, and great presentation. Definitely worth checking out for Sydney-siders! I have more restaurants on my list to see, IA, but since it’s Ramadan, I’m only able to have dinner at some of the places. That’s alright, though, ’cause I’m able to save money then! xD

P.S. Ariana Grande has an album and song called Moonlight being released later this year. I don’t pay attention to Hollywood celebs., but I’ve been seeing random articles about her pop up lately, mainly due to an act by her that shouts publicity stunt to me. This leads me to questioning… why do these sort of publicity stunts have to happen when a song called Moonlight is in the works? Remember last year? Ahem. I’m expecting to hear Ariana’s Moonlight everywhere on the radio once it’s released, because her songs are ALWAYS on the radio here, but that’s typical of mainstream artists controlled by big corporations that have a hold on various media outlets.


Sonder: The Realization That Everyone Has A Story


sonder: n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

I liked reading through some of the comments on the YouTube page underneath the video. For example:

YouTube Comment on Sonder

YouTube Comment on Sonder

The message in the video is something that I think about everyday I commute to and from work and see all these different people around me. The train stations can get crowded during those times. I usually don’t like very crowded areas, especially when people seem to be walking in all different directions – left, right, in front of you, and behind you, and it feels like you’re playing a game of dodge ’em cars to make your way through, but there’s also something very fascinating about it too. What’s fascinating is that all those people have a story of their own, but little do their stories intertwine with one another unless there’s some divine intervention that makes them stop, communicate and listen to each other.

Since I have to look at the screen at work for most of the day, I avoid looking too much at my phone’s screen while traveling to and from work. Instead, I take in the sights around me. Sometimes I feel like telling the people around me that they need to limit their time on being glued to their phones, because being glued to a phone isn’t what our life is about and isn’t what our life should be consumed with. It almost makes us look like robots in which the human element of connecting with the people sitting around an individual diminishes and loses value. In other words, we give value to many of the illusions we see on our screen, but little do we give value to what we see in real. I guess this is why in today’s time there are people that feel lonely even when they’re surrounded by so many people.

On the other hand, you might be surprised that there could be a stranger from a crowd of over 100 people that might notice you and be curious about you. The surprise comes from the notion that the person actually finds you interesting enough when you probably think everyone is too busy to care. For instance, I sat alone at a Japanese restaurant last week to have dinner after work. I felt like I was being watched, but isn’t that sometimes how one feels when one eats alone? =P

To my surprise, I was being watched…watched by a Korean-Australian guy, who was probably in his early-mid 20’s, and was sitting in a table nearby mine having dinner. He got up from his table around the same time I did to pay the bill. He noticed that I didn’t finish all of my food and said, while pointing to the bag in my hand in which I packed my remaining food, “That’s almost half of your food. How can you feel full from eating so little?” I told him that I had been fasting, and he said, “Ahhhh… Ramadan. Aren’t you supposed to feel more hungry?” We began a short conversation after that. I was surprised that he had been paying attention to small details about me, such as how little I ate and how much I packed. xD After I left the restaurant, I thought, “I hope there wasn’t food on my face.” Apparently… there was a crumb on my lip. =P Even so, it makes me happy when people reach out to communicate.

You may be unknown this world, but you're not unknown to God.

You may be unknown in this world, but you’re not unknown to God.

Another thing that I think about is that we, normal people, aren’t playing make-pretend for a living like celebrities do. If only the celebrities realized that they only have one life, and that most of them are living that one life being dishonest with the people around them… I think I enjoy being unknown and lost in a crowd of billions of people rather than being connected through the lens of a camera under the eyes of people all over the world, who I can’t even get in touch with on a personal level or reach out to and fully open up to due to man-made restrictions from million-dollar+ corporations. This is why I decided to cut off from being a fan. Just didn’t feel the connection was human enough or worth it with prying eyes of a corporation that wants to milk off of the feelings of innocent young people. Also, talk about being on the same planet, but feeling like you’re both in two completely different universes. Your world is real… but his is built on an illusion.

With that said, the person that I once was a fan of said that he wanted the whole world to know his name… Well, I hope he’s happy when it happens and doesn’t start falling into a downward spiral like many celebrities have because they didn’t feel like life was worth living anymore once their name was known by the whole world. Fame never lasts forever, anyways, so don’t fall in love with this illusion that you end up missing out on what’s real and meaningful. There’s so much more to this life, and God is forever watchful of each and everything we do.


“Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae 2.0″ Trailer

Final Fantasy XV by RubiaDmc at deviantART

Enjoying a warm cup of tea, I see.
(Credit: RubiaDmc at deviantART)

This is a lil’ late, but the Final Fantasy XV (FF15): Episode Duscae 2.0, which is an upgraded version of the game’s first demo, was released a while back and there was some new and interesting footage. I’m not too sure of what strategy Square-Enix is aiming at in regards to announcing a remake of Final Fantasy VII (FF7) while FF15 has yet to be released, but I hope FF15 doesn’t become overshadowed by it, because that game is going to be complete slayage in regards to sales when it hits stores.

My brother suspects that maybe Square isn’t too confident about FF15, which is why they’ve announced a remake of FF7 while the former is still in development. Seems possible. My initial theory from over a year ago was that if FF15 didn’t do too well, then Square might possibly announce a remake of FF7, but the announcement came much earlier, which is why I stated that I was expecting a remake, but didn’t expect it to be so soon. =P

The one thing that I also want to comment about in regards to the new footage of FF15, as seen below in the game’s trailer, is other people’s comment about (lol) how the characters in FF15 look like a boy band/group hanging out together. From what I’ve seen so far, I personally think the relation between the characters is realistic, as I know guys that hang out together and go on adventures, such as camping out in the wilderness or desert, without a female. I don’t see anything wrong with it.

Guess what? Last week when I was on the bus coming back from work, a group of three guys, who were friends with one another and probably in their early-mid thirties, hopped onto my bus. One of them sat next to me while the other two sat in front of me. They were talking about the usual, such as how their day had been. The guy sitting next to me had “coincidentally” met his two friends getting on the same bus as him around the same time, which is why the discussion on how their day had been took place. His two friends in front of me mentioned that they were out for dinner and beer.

I was on my phone while this conversation took place; however, as soon as the guy sitting in front of me mentioned, “Played Final Fantasy XIV,” my eyes shot up towards him and I got super excited upon hearing it! xD Sadly, the discussion on Final Fantasy didn’t continue from there on. The discussion quickly became work-related, as the guy sitting in front of me asked his friend sitting next to me about a project that he had been working on. The guy next to me said that if he revealed anything about it, then he could get laid off his job. I thought, “Oooohhhh… confidential information. I want to know now…” xD I bet there are a lot of secrets about the entertainment industry that your oppa won’t tell you too. =P

P.S. Don’t know when I’ll be able to get back to all the comments. T_T Apologies.


In A Society That Profits From Your Self Doubt…

(Credit: Caroline Caldwell)

(Credit: Caroline Caldwell)

This can be interpreted in multiple ways. For the normal individual, it can mean the media profiting off of an individual’s self doubt and even contributing to it when they indoctrinate people with what they think of as beautiful. For individuals in the entertainment industry, it can mean seeking love, adoration, and validation from others, such as the people that can help them in their career, or their fans that care for them, without seeking it from within themselves… This results in them being exploited by the higher-ups that have an ulterior motive in promoting them to the masses.

P.S. Unrelated to post: The staff of WordPress should know better not to enforce their beliefs or their political statement onto everybody that uses their site. Not all of us support what they may support, as their users all have different beliefs and views. My personal blog is a reflection of my own thoughts, and I find it unjust if someone imposes something else into the layout of of my blog, which is against what I believe, and I’m not able to change it, even if it’s just the Admin page. It doesn’t reflect who I am and it clearly defeats the purpose and essence of a “personal” blog.

If the staff really want to display their support, then they may do so on their own blog and not on other people’s blogs. Besides, why not tackle issues on how the government lies to our face? That’s something to think about, if people assume that they truly care about everyone’s rights, when in secret, they have an agenda to take them away. Don’t let the government’s false promises delude you from the truth. Everything is happening in plain sight and not many people even know it!