Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2016

It is that time of the year again. It is time for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge! You might wonder why are people excited about blogging every day for a month. Well, it started out as a challenge for bloggers to write and blog every day except Sunday for a month, but it has since grown into a worldwide phenomenon. The A to Z bloggers visit each other’s websites every day to see what is new, and develop some friendships with people halfway across the world as a result.

Some bloggers are loners, but some like to socialise and bond together as a community. Well, maybe for annual events like the A to Z Challenge only, just for the month of April. Whatever suits your fancy. 🙂

You can sign up under a category, but it is entirely optional. Here are some of the codes to help you indicate your category:

ANIMALS: (AN)
BOOKS/REVIEWS: (BO)
CRAFTS/ART: (CT)
CULINARY: (CU)
EDUCATION/SCIENCE: (ES)
ENTERTAINMENT: (ET)
GAMING: (GA)
HISTORY/MYTHOLOGY: (HM)
HUMOR: (HU)
LIFESTYLE/SOCIAL: (LS )
PERSONAL: (PR)
PHOTOGRAPHY: (PH)
POETRY: (PO)
TRAVEL: (TR)
WRITING/STORYTELLING/MEMOIR: (WR)
ADULT CONTENT: (AC)

If you want to sign up, please hurry and do so before 1 April 2016! By noon of 25 March 2016, 1447 bloggers have signed up. So what are you waiting for? Click here to sign up today.

You can find me at No.1379 – Project Prose. 😀  I have also decided to combine National Poetry Month (also in April) with this Blogging from A to Z Challenge to kill two birds with one stone.

So, do visit my blog in April, because there will be something happening every day. 😉

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Sea of hope

For last week’s #‎MYWritersPoetryPrompt‬ in the ##‎MYWriters‬ FB group, I put up a photo of fishing boats I took in a fishing village in Penang. Famously known as the Pearl of the Orient, Penang is a state in Malaysia located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia. I love the old world charm which permeates the island, with it’s UNESCO World Heritage Site and age-old traditions coexisting comfortably side by side with modernity. I think that’s part of what makes Penang special. Of course, there is the wonderful food. 🙂

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Modernity and globalization should never replace traditions and cultures, because that’s what makes a place and its people unique. It gives them an identity they can be proud of.

Here’s the poem I wrote. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Sea of Hope

Before daybreak, before the crack of dawn
Old boats slink out, in search of fish and prawns
Slowly making their way, from the shallows
To the depths; none in self-pity wallow
Lives spent in toil; sweat mixed with tears and salt
From dawn to dusk; with the turtles and whales
From azure calm, to thunderstorms and gales
Life at sea, where uncertainties abound
Hands covered with calluses; skin burnt brown
Catch fish and seafood, for village and town
Etched in furrows of brows; thoughts without sound
Dreaming of coming home to smiles and hugs
Monsoon nights at home; steaming coffee mugs
Of spicy sambal and coconut rice
To but earn enough; we must pay the price
To send children to school; to read, to learn
For a better life – that is our concern

Khor Hui Min
9 March 2016