A good habit in one place, not so good in another…
One thing you always do when you live abroad: forget all the holidays from your home town! Though I am almost one week late, let me still wish everyone a happy and prosperous Year of Rooster!
My first blog post this year!
First let me say a Happy New Year to everyone, and, fingers crossed, may this year be much, much, much better than 2016!!
First thing I do this year is to launch my new Facebook Page “My Life as Nomad“. The idea of having a page has been with me for a couple of months, I just needed some time to put it together. And Voila, here it is. The page mainly showcases my nomad comics, and things we come across when we live or travel in different countries (fun stuffs, sad memories, culturally shocking moments, etc). I hope you like it. Please do give me a Like or Share the page if you enjoy the comics ^.^
Best wishes for everyone in the new year!!
Some people do want to turn the clock back to decades or even centuries
Where men should be cowboys and women were pea-brained barbies
Where coloured ppl knew their place
A world, where only one race and one faith could dominate…
There have been several decades of openness
And humanity advancement
But, like a marriage without money
It didn’t last
And once the thin surface of such illusion cracks open
It just reveals human nature is as ugly as ever…
– 9 Nov 2016, waking up to the results of US Election
To me yes, when the film is not just about the mystery, like Pablo Hernado’s Berserker (2015).
From Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie to more contemporary crime fictions such as True Detective, Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, Gone Girl, etc… the world loves mystery. I love mystery. We all love solving a puzzle. As a story goes we will gather hints and reconstruct the events ourselves. That is a truly fun part in reading a mystery fiction. It does not matter whether you solve the case yourselves or the writer present the killer(s) to you on the table, ultimately, for any mystery story, the readers/audience need to know who, how and why.
Strangely, out of mere coincidence, I have run into a series of open-ended mystery fictions this month. Pablo Hernado's Berserker is one of them. When the movie finished and the end credits rolled up, the girl sitting beside me leapt forward, with both her palms raised to shoulder height, even in the darkness I could see her mouth wide open and her face expressing a big “WHAT?”.
*Article contains spoilers
Once when I was on Pinterest looking for inspiration, I came across the photos below, they were part of the campaign "See how easy it is to feed the hungry?" from South Africa, 2008.
From a design point of view, I think this concept is really clever and powerful. By just adding a very simple touch to something all of us do almost every day – taking your grocery out from the shelf, and then putting them into your shopping basket, the images manage to turn one of our most mundane daily activities into a shocking revelation. Suddenly, the certainty of the wealth that surrounds our world seems to have subsided. Suddenly, we are stunned by both shame and guilt. These images are as poignant as someone had just come up and grabbed us by our shoulders, shaken us so violently that finally we woke up from our usual looking-but-not-seeing state. The message is clear – to encourage us to think of those less fortunate people in the world when we consume. However, there is also an undertone that sends a chill down my spine.
How small these people are being perceived; and how great we project ourselves to be.