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18

May

As it turns out…

Grubstreet has switched off it’s one-a-day theme and I’m kind of at a loss for words…

but let’s bring you peeps up to speed.
I’ve moved back to Dhaka, Bangladesh.
I work in a communications company.
My wages have regressed to what I was earning as an intern, practically.
This city is testing my patience on a daily, near-secondly basis.
Common sense is not common.
It’s time I started my own thing
But I lack decisiveness and have too many ideas…

Help?

30

Apr

The dude who almost shot me!

travteller:

Location: Christchurch airport (NZ), 2013.

I was working in the duty free shop. In between selling drinks and smokes to the departing persons, my actual role was to manage the tech area. My shift was 4am-11am and that was the most boring time to be working in an airport!
In this frame time, only…

11

Nov

day 52: take a chance

PROMPT: February 21 (1924) African-American poet Langston Hughes gets an advance from his ship’s captain and abandons his job as “messboy” on a freighter ship, disappearing into Holland. He arrives in Paris with seven dollars.

Playing it safe will only get you so far. The greatest rewards often come when attended by the greatest risks, whether geographical, financial, or emotional.

Since time immemorial, I’ve been acting stupid in all senses of the word.. mostly because of ignorance, inexposure (this should be a word) and outright rejection of what happens to be

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17

Sep

day 51: work with professionals

PROMPT: Throughout the publishing process you will need to let go, in increments, to professionals who can do their best work with your assistance but not your intrusion. It may be hard to let go, but let go.

So I have this *little* problem, nothing major- I don’t have access to my HSBC account which is storing some much needed (ref: day 48) funds right now.

On September 1st, I was robbed and had to block all my atm/debit cards, including the HSBC one. The next morning, calm and composed I called the customer service number asking what I could do in order to re-instate the card/ get a new one and to activate my internet banking. 

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09

Sep

unclevince:

Magic potion or piss money spending? Well I was walking down to the shop for a good beer as usual. It was around 10pm, the weather was humid, making me sweat and every step was a real effort toward my “end of the day” prize. I walked through the sliding doors of the 7eleven straight to the fridge! Looked for the cheap beer when my eyes crossed this amazing drink. I grabbed it and looking at this unbelievable packaging saying “man some”! Within a fraction of second my mind was blown and I ask myself: what does that mean? What will happen to me If I drink some of this potion? will I be something uncontrollable? A non sense thinking beast of charm/genius/sex appeal/superman/ BEAST? After I could feel smoke coming out of my ears, I decided it was time to put this bottle back where it was and leave a part of my Brain with it! On my way back I couldn’t stop asking me what was the story with this drink and I couldn’t figure it out. But I can tell you for sure and I’m speaking for girls, that if drinks will not make a boy “man some” it will definitely bring you some man! Take it easy!

High-larry-us!

unclevince:

Magic potion or piss money spending? Well I was walking down to the shop for a good beer as usual. It was around 10pm, the weather was humid, making me sweat and every step was a real effort toward my “end of the day” prize. I walked through the sliding doors of the 7eleven straight to the fridge! Looked for the cheap beer when my eyes crossed this amazing drink. I grabbed it and looking at this unbelievable packaging saying “man some”! Within a fraction of second my mind was blown and I ask myself: what does that mean? What will happen to me If I drink some of this potion? will I be something uncontrollable? A non sense thinking beast of charm/genius/sex appeal/superman/ BEAST? After I could feel smoke coming out of my ears, I decided it was time to put this bottle back where it was and leave a part of my Brain with it! On my way back I couldn’t stop asking me what was the story with this drink and I couldn’t figure it out. But I can tell you for sure and I’m speaking for girls, that if drinks will not make a boy “man some” it will definitely bring you some man! Take it easy!

High-larry-us!

08

Sep

day 50: name it

PROMPT: February 19 (1963) Publication of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique. Friedan coined the term feminine mystique to describe “the problem that has no name”—the widespread unhappiness of women, where the housewife lost her identity and sense of self.

Not everything has a name…yet. But as we evolve new ways of thinking, we can apply the words we have in new ways. Give us something new.

This is shit.
I was robbed. Had to block my bank accounts.
Now I’m asking them to unblock the internet banking - theyre saying they cannot do it because I don’t have the telebanking service activated… which they need in order to process my verbal/telephonic request to get access to my account…. but..

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05

Sep

day 49: squirm

PROMPT: February 18 (1885)Publication of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain.

“No matter what your critique of Twain’s most popular novel is…watching Huck’s wrestling with the threat of a literal hell as a way of keeping him from making a humanitarian choice is one of the most powerful examples of truth in literature.” – Rev. Ed Bacon


In truth, finding a balance between what is right and what is necessary & needs to be done has been a task. One that no one’s ever warned me of. 

In truth, I’m a sucker for having things go my way and as you might imagine, when they don’t, it’s a tearful event. 

In truth, Cambodia is a village. 

03

Sep

day 48: persevere

PROMPT: Knowing when something is done can be elusive. Let’s just say if you don’t know it’s done, it probably isn’t. Even if you really want it to be…

Within the last 20 odd days I lost all my savings (which were meant to sustain me for a good 4 leisurely months) to Malaysia and an incredibly complicated and rather stupid tax regulation, spent 11 days waiting to get out of the country itself, paid an arm and leg in a fine for overstaying my visa (I should’ve been paying for 12 days but because the Malaysian Immigration Headquarters is a messed up place and their people are a pain so I had to pay for 24 days), slept 3 nights by

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27

Aug

day47: persevere

February 16 (1923) King Tut’s tomb is opened, revealing an immense gilded canopy, each chamber filled with splendid treasures.

For each day since I left my last day, I’ve been thankful for taking my life seriously enough not to waste it on something meaningless and not worth the time (seriously, who works on trying to sell shampoo till 3am? Not me, clearly). 

Now, given the indecisive nature of my being

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02

Aug

day46: perform your work

PROMPT:  Find someone to read your work to today. You will be able to feel what works in a whole new way: where you stumble, where you sing. 

So here we go… or rather here’s the link, you can choose to go read the column.. or not.
If you do, please come back and tell me how it made you regurgitate your brunch/brinnner.

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/the-more-you-like-the-happier-you-are/

With much love, 

Me

20

May

day45: you get what you give

PROMPT: February 14 (1994) May Sarton gets 23 Valentine’s Day Cards at the age of 82.

Bringing the reader into your work, helping them identify with your narrator or characters, is the mark of a generous spirit. You will be rewarded by their full attention. 

Somewhere along the line I learn that the fewer f*cks you give, the betters you mental, physical and emotional state will be (of course, there’s always the line of thought which dictates that you should ‘find what you love and let it kill you’, but I’m sorry to say, there are way too many annoying people, cocked and ready to make this ‘killing’ all the more painful than it should be). Recently, I’ve become more and more inclined to run by applying the 

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10

Apr

The pace of life: American vs Asian  (Taken with GifBoom)

The pace of life: American vs Asian (Taken with GifBoom)

09

Apr

day44: authorized graffiti

PROMPT: Any guest at my friend Connie’s house could write on the walls of her bathroom with the pilot silver marker she kept on the vanity counter, the kind that often pool and drip and even give you a little buzz if you sniff the tip long enough. Right there, above and below the empty towel bar across from the toilet—full rein to record thoughts and feelings and doodles.  

How would you “dress-up” your own bathroom wall? What would be your Krylon?

My wall breathes through the grey cement and thoughts seep out of its pores.

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08

Apr

day43: share your inspiration

PROMPT:  We could all use to be a little inspired. Inspiration comes, it goes, and we’re looking for our next fix. If you have a person, a place, or a thing that inspires you — tell us about it

this, my friends has been inspiring me recently. 
of course most of it doesn’t string together in one cohesive design.. but the bigger picture will show you how it’s all about people - big, small, ugly, kind, unkind, simple and complicated…

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07

Apr

redflag-jewellery:

Gold Ellips ring in Damernas värld

WHAT A BEAUTY!!!!