Why I started this blog and what it will be about

This is the first post in the blog, which is started today, 13 Aug 2008. By sheer coincidence, this is also the anniversary of my being detained and arrested in 2005!… the start of what was to become a memorable journey where I was given the chance to live life again.

After a while, when more posts are added, new readers might not understand the reasons why I had started this, and what my intentions are.

As such, please refer to the first note (or link to it) in the left column. Actually, I had written that first instead of this post.

This will basically be in English, but I will also write in Malay (or Bahasa Malaysia). That’s because I’m in Malaysia; and I hope those who are more comfortable reading – and especially writing in – Malay will do so here.

Blog ini akan turut menggunakan BAHASA MALAYSIA. Saudara-Saudari yang ingin menulis dalam Bahasa Malaysia ADALAH DI GALAK BERBUAT DEMIKIAN.

By the way, I’d like to mention here that I had wanted to start a blog since almost a couple of years ago (ever since I was released from the government drug rehabilitation centre of Pusat Serenti Gambang in Kuantan, Pahang (Malaysia) in December 2006. But I kept putting it off. Or had to.

Besides my habit of procrastinating, another major reason was I did not have a computer. Even if I did, I also did not have a phoneline to enable Internet access. For most of you folks, there is no big deal in getting these two things … a computer costs `only’ around RM2,000 (app US$ 600). And an Internet connection would set you off by another RM1,000 (US$ 300), perhaps.

But cost is an extremely major problem for me. Despite being “great” physically and mentally after the stay in the centre, I was without work. And no work, of course, means no money … which in turn means the inability to do much about finding work. It was a vicious and frustrating loop.

But thanks to the help of my family – Abah (my father) and Kak (elder sister) especially – I obtained both these things.

And then there was the unending help from a friend – an American whom I’ve known through the Internet since early 1999, whom I’ve been blessed by God to know … David. He has always been there for me, during the darkest days, and despite “knowing about me”. I will write more about this magnificent person in the future.

Last but not least: I was finally spurred into starting this blog after reading the one by Engku Emran. Readers from Malaysia would know who he is. Besides being the chief executive officer of radio station Suria FM, he is also the husband of Erra Fazira – a former “Miss Malaysia” who is now an actress, a singer and model.

You might be puzzled as to why I’m reading the blogs of celebrities. I say, “Why not?! Please remember, and take into consideration, that recovering addicts are people too – just like everyone else. We have the same feelings as you (if you aren’t one), we hurt just like you, we have hopes just like you…

In Engku Emran’s case, I have my own special reasons for following his life. If you’re interested to know, I had written a comment about it in his blog … the one by Mart Anon.


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