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Image   Meet Birsilah Bakar , a former Environmental Technology from Universiti Sains Malaysia graduate who took 5 years to graduate after coming back from 3 month travel in Spain and a year break before finishing her degree. Now, she finally achieve her dream to become a writer, this is her first published book by Lejen Press.  (I heard its getting pretty good review *kipaskipas*)

Reading the first few page of her book, I could not help but to notice that the whole 5 years studying in environment did somehow put into a good use in her writings. Here’s an excerpt from her book (with permission from the author) :

“Semua orang kampung tahu yang harga pembangunan ini membuatkan mereka sudah kurang dapat makan sotong bakar. Belangkas yang selalu memenuhi pantai segan-segan datang. Mana dia ketam yang dulunya sebesar pinggan makan?”   “Nabila masih lagi duduk ditembok batu, mengurut kaki yang lenguh. Selipar jepunnya berat dengan lumpur yang sudah keras. Dia selalu saja berkaki ayam, tetapi melihatkan sampah sarap dan botol-botol kaca yang bertimbun membuatkan dia mengubah fikiran. Dahulu tempat ini dipenuhi pasir putih, bersih sejauh mata memandang.   Dalam beberapa tahun berikutnya, kawasan orang berkelah perlahan-lahan dimamah ombak menyebabkan beberapa kemalangan nyawa. Pihak pemaju merasakan yang hakisan pantai ini merbahaya, dan akan memberi kesan negatif kepada penduduk setempata dan pelancong asing. Keputusan dibuat dan sebab itulah, tembok batu setinggi satu meter ini dibina dari gigi air ke jalan besar.   500 meter bongkah batu besar disusun berlapis-lapis, Siang ia panas melepuh dan malam , sejuk meremang. Ini bukan namanya penambahbaikan, tetapi penambahburukan. Punggung mereka berbekas ditikam haba matahari, dan waktu malam gigilnya sampai ke tulang tongkeng. Ini semua dibuat untuk keselamatan,kata mereka. Sementara itu pembinaan jambatan gantung dan pusat membeli belah yang bari di jeti langsung tidak disebut sebagai punca hakisan atau pencemaran.   Pembangunan, ulang orang yang datang dari bandar. Penduduk kampung diam sahaj,. sambil menanti bau keladak , bau busuk dan hamparan ikan mati yang terapung kembali ke laut apabila air pasang.”

 

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I guess dreams do come true, if you put your heart on it. I haven’t finish reading it though, but so far its pretty much a good read. If only I have more time to squeeze in between my studies. Hehe. To you, Bc, its been a pleasure meeting you and knowing how far you have step outside your comfort zone. Only you would be crazy enough to quit your job after randomly bought a 6 month all round europe flight ticket in a mall to feed your wanderlust. The Spanish did you pretty good there, haha , glad to know that you have finally reach your dream just a little bit closer. Hopefully you will get more opportunities to go even further than where you already are now. I am pretty sure that you will make it one day!

I am looking forward for your english book since my spanish is getting rusty ;P

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