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by TV Smith
As the 'editor' or compiler of Malaysia Central's
Directory, I'm often asked about the criteria
for inclusion or exclusion. The answer is simple;
if you're a guy, you'll get in almost immediately.
Seriously, while the girls outnumber the boys by
a big margin, the 'chosen ones' are the fresh (updated)
blogs, while the excluded are the stalled blogs
and those with little or zero opinion except 'cut
n paste' or links to somebody else's articles.
I first came across blogs with fancy 'skins' and
multiple frames, I was shell-shocked and outraged.
Almost every rule of web site usability and navigation
was ignored with the use of garish colors combined
with the tiniest of fonts. My browser's scrollbar
changed colors involuntarily and the mouse pointer
hijacked, mutated into unfamiliar shapes. As much
as I loathed these designs, I gradually accepted
the fact that blogs are totally different animals.
They follow no rules (but their own) and a blog
is freeform expression in both speech and dressing.
the advertising industry, there's a popular phrase,
'slice of life', which often refers to commercials
created around those unrealistic realistic moments
of our everyday lives. In contrast, the blogs
here are much truer living slices of everyday
Malaysian lives. From social commentaries to detailed
diaries of hormone-charged teens, these blogs
offer the outsider a peek into the lives of its
writers, many of who remain, understandably, anonymous.
Perhaps, by the same token, the observer too,
finds the two-way anonymity and voyeuristic approach
Charmaine's Secret Garden is whimsical and
theme-less. It's simple and interesting random
commentary from one the few bloggers on the list,
with a job. Not that the other bloggers are lazy
or unemployable; half of them are, after all,
still in school, college or uni. Anyway, another
blogger with a job and with seemingly plenty of
time on his hands, is Dr
Liew, with his real-life emergency room anecdotes.
In one creative (and frustrated) moment; he aptly
renamed the much maligned broadband service as
Stream-My-Ass. And there's Starwing
who made a career out of rebutting (with great
logic) every news release and explanation from
that infamous ISP. Becky's
Slay The Virgin, seemed to change design every
time I visit, but continues with her almost microscopic
account of her daily ups and downs. Mostly mundane
(to post-teens), but if read often enough, can
be as addictive as soap operas. There's plenty
of teens (and pre-teens) grappling with major
issues like exams, homework and sexuality out
Honey almost lurid account of sexual (self)
gratification and post-orgasmic reflections draws
the crowd. But more poignant is her self-debate
on the viability of self-imposed celibacy and
the inner conflicts with her religion.
teeanage angst is not your glass of teh tarik,
maybe adult or middle-aged angst is. The Farrelly
Brothers will be proud of Woody's
The Muse Is In. She discusses bodily functions
like peeing, menstruation and backseat sex or
anatomical variations like breast and penis sizes,
in a nonchalant but humorous style. Jeff
Ooi's Screenshot, combines journalistic savvy
and well crafted pieces on topical issues with
an 'insider's' angle. Oon
Yeoh's Transitions, a current affairs journal
peppered with running battles with MalaysiaKini
readers makes an interesting daily read.
residing abroad present equally interesting slices.
Por faithfully narrates her new life in a
Melbourne university. At one point, stories about
her tummy noises seemed to be the recurring theme,
though. Another student in Australia, Mayeze's
Waiting For You wrote a rather amusing account
of her homecoming. Her seven week sojourn, unfortunately,
revolved mostly around Sungei Wang and Kota Raya.
London Experience is written mostly in Malay,
Inner Turmoils, rants and bitches about being
gay (and Malaysian) in San Francisco.
a peep: a Malaysian kaleidoscope;
© 2003 TV SMITH
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