I dunno whether to have pity, or to be angry or to laugh at how people try to locate this blog from the search engines. I’m sure the majority of my readers are Malay. And I thought the word “Pujangga” was easy to understand, remember or people at least have an inkling of how it is spelt. I see things like “Pujanga Malam“, “Punjangga Malam“, “Pujaga Malam“, “Penjaga Malam” and “Punjaga Malam” being typed, which made me realised that I’ve kinda put quite a few people in a spot by picking this nick as a moniker. I’ve yet to see “Bai Jaga Malam” though 😛 … It’s been like that ever since I started blogging. Even some of the radio listeners couldn’t pronounce it properly on air. I wonder if it’s such a difficult word to comprehend audibly and translate it to typing with the fingers???
I just hope when they finally stumble upon this blog and see the spelling, they would finally know how it is spelt, cos I believe this nick is an easy word to understand. I really do pity the fact that we the younger generation are slowly losing our touch with our mother tongue. Yes, I might be conversing to you in English but that does not make me forget my roots as my nick would testify, cos I could have chosen an English nick anytime. I know some people are irked for the fact that I’m speaking in English and not in Malay. Typing in proper Malay sentences to me sounds a bit fakish when we all don’t speak like that daily, unless we’re in a Malay class and reading from a book. Or when we read Berita Harian for that matter. Which is why I admire the radio DJs for being able to converse in good Malay and yet do not sound as though they’re in a classroom or coming across as fake. Honestly I would love to converse in Malay, but really it wouldn’t make much difference. When a hot debate comes up, the majority will start to jump as if hot coal was placed on your bums… 😛
I just came back from watching “Jumper” at Jubilee Cinema just awhile ago. Watching “Heroes” on a weekly basis on Channel 5, and then this movie, made me wonder if such a thing really exists and whether it can be done by normal human beings. I’ve heard of amazing tales of “Wali” (those closest to Allah Almighty) being able to do that but definitely not people like us. I remember this tale I heard when I was doing a report for the now-defunct Singapore’s First Online Ghost Stories (SFOGS.com) website. We did a report on Habib Noh’s Mausoleum at Palmer Road. One of his gifts was being able to be at different places within moments. He was seen at Masjidil Haram in Makkah and also back here in Singapore. God knows how the news about him being over there could travel at that point in time, where travelling could take months and communication was still by messengers on foot.
It made me ponder for awhile and left me imagining what I would do if I was bestowed this gift. I would most definitely try to pray at the two Holy Mosques (Masjidil Haram & An-Nabawi) on a daily basis and I could even spend my weekend nights seated at Old Trafford or some other English grounds watching Manchester United play. Or when my kids grow older, we can all visit Disneyland in the United States, Hong Kong, Japan or France. Or we can visit Movie World in Brisbane, Australia. Forget about saving the world or stealing money from the bank from what you’ve watched in “Heroes” and “Jumper“. What would you do if you’re bestowed upon this gift???