GLOCCOVNAA is an abbreviation for 'Great Life of Conflict, Climax or Virtually Nothing At All'. That was the long and ridiculous name I came out for my blog when I was 18 years old. Do click on the colourful icons on the right to check out different types of posts in this blog.

08 February, 2015

Lanchang Untouched

I am a city kid. Born and raised in the city, studied in the city, worked for a while in a city. So when I was told that I would have to choose between a town or a village for my job posting, it was a tough choice for me. Well, I ended up choosing the village instead of the town just because it placed me much nearer to my family and the city. For the first few days at my new working place, I dreaded the village life and complained a lot about how far it is from my house. But now that I have been working for around 10 months at Lanchang, I learnt how to appreciate this quiet village.

Well, the intro is getting too long, let's dive into the few interesting facts about Lanchang. I somehow feel "responsible" to at least share something nice about Lanchang as the clinic pharmacist. I'll try to make it like one of those top X reasons to visit... hehehe... Let's see whether it works out!
If you search Lanchang on Google now, the first interesting that come out is always Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre. This is a center designed to take care of Asian Elephants that has been listed as an endangered species since the 1980s. Since it was built, the PERHILITAN management has been tracking down and taking care of these elephants until they are old enough to be released back into the wild.
The center is free to visit every day including weekends and public holidays and there are special shows every day around 1pm - 2.30pm including video documentaries and guided visits around the facility.
A short distance away from the Elephant Conservation Centre is another tourist attraction, a private park called Deerland. The location is quite odd for a family themed park/zoo in my opinion, but it sure attracts many tourists from all over the world with not only deer, there are many other animals in the park including snakes, hedgehogs, iguanas and many more, Something special about this park is the chance to get up close to the young deer and the opportunity to feed them with food provided by the care givers.
Deerland is a wonderful place for adults and children alike and it is totally worth the entrance fee of RM6 (adults) and RM4 (children below 12). The park is open everyday except Friday from 10.30am till 5.30pm.
Now for a basic history lesson. Malaysians out there who still remember your Form 2 Sejarah (History) may know this. There was a Malaysian warrior who fought a war against the British colonist at the very spot in the picture above, Lubuk Terua, Lanchang. His name was Dato' Bahaman, Orang Kaya Semantan. It was the 1890 when the British took control of Pahang while Dato' Bahaman was the Orang Besar Raja, a leader and administrator of land given by the Sultan. Tension was on the rise when the British set up a police station at Lubuk Terua and he was instructed not to interfere. Resistance against the invading forces erupted when the British forces launched multiple attacks on several local strongholds, resulting in what is known today as the Semantan War.
By 1892, the British instructed the Sultan to form a team known as Gerakan Sultan to attack Dato' Bahaman's forces in hopes that he would surrender out of loyalty to the Sultan. The plan did successfully remove his forces away from Semantan but only for a month before returning with help from Tok Gajah and recapturing Lubuk Terua. Unfortunately after months of defending their fortress at Lubuk Terua against continuous bombardment from the British, Dato' Bahaman's forces had to retreat and ending the war against the British in Pahang completely. He is regarded as one of the great Malay warriors and currently has two schools named after him in Lanchang. Currently there are no remains of his fortress at Lubuk Terua as they were destroyed by the British. However there is a huge tree at the Semantan riverbank said to be the site where the fortress was back then.

Lastly, for those who do not know where Lanchang is, here is a map of Pahang with Lanchang circled. If you want, do drop by the local clinic to visit another attraction, me... heeheehee!

01 February, 2015

What's the fuss with butts?

This is another post that I have been editing for months but didn't get posted, this time because I didn't know what to call it. If you have been listening to pop music this year, you will see a comeback for a certain genre of music... No not Rock, not R&B, not that type of music. Vogue magazine claims that we are in the ERA of the BIG BOOTY.

Oh gosh this sounds so wrong!!! Vogue magazine published an article last September and was flamed by critics all over the world for being insensitive to African Americans. It's true though... I hope you don't think of me a pervert since I totally don't like the idea of showing or singing about butts. Do you think the entertainment industry dictates the definition of beauty now as having big buttocks? It is ridiculous but unfortunately we've got so many butt related songs this year that rivals Sir Mix-a-lot's Baby Got Back in 1992 and Black Eyed Peas' My Humps in 2005. Here is a list in chronological order:

Wiggle by Jason Derulo featuring Snoop Dogg
This song was on every radio channel, even some of those conservative ones in my country that usually play oldies. Not sure whether those radio channels actually realise what 'wiggle' implies in this song because I am pretty sure they do explain it in great detail in the lyrics if anyone was not too distracted by the obnoxious background tune. They even boast its Youtube views before you click the "Play" button, so maybe I shouldn't say too much about it anymore. This song actually got up to 5th place at the US Billboard Charts and went platinum in the US selling more than 1.5 million copies since it was released in May.

All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor
This year is all about that bass, about that bass, no treble... This is the song that inspired this post in the first place. Interestingly this song is the total opposite from the previous song, everyone loved it! The beat is old school barbershop pop, a style that we haven't heard for a long time that it feels fresh and new. Instead of objectifying a female butt, this song seems to discuss women empowerment and a positive body image, much to the women demographic's delight. The song rose to the top in the Billboard Charts in July and stayed at number one for 8 weeks consecutively and also selling over 4.5 million copies since it's release.

Anaconda by Nicki Minaj
My anaconda don't want none unless you got buns hun! I think by now everyone knows this, Nicki Minaj is... ahem *clears throat*.... no stranger to butt genre and this evident just by looking at the cover art whereby the Parental Advisory sign is shifted to a more "strategic" position. She sampled a 22 year old Sir Mix-a-lot song Baby Got Back, some say the most influencial butt song of all time, if there's such a thing, This song made a big leap in mid September from 42 to number one on Billboard's Streaming Songs chart, most probably due to the sexual nature of the music video. It was certified Platinum in November and has sold more than 1.3 million copies since it's release.

and lastly
Booty by Jennifer Lopez featuring Iggy Azalea
This song title is the most obvious of all. Originally titled "Big Booty", the song title already sounds like it is going to be a cheesy song to begin with. But to be honest, to me this is one of Jennifer Lopez's better songs compared to all her other songs in recent years. The lyrics seem to imply that Jennifer Lopez is inviting others to join her at the dance floor where she flaunts her "booty" and admires others who dance too. Despite not reaching top 10 in the Billboard Top 100, it reached number one at the Hot Dance Club songs chart, Jennifer Lopez's 16th song to do so.

Everything from Miley Cyrus and her twerking, Kim Kardashian trying to "Break the Internet" and Beyonce's newest songs is getting ridiculous. Please stop making big butts an attribute that define women! Please stop objectifying women!!!