ICT Future: Lets Start with Participation in Thailand

Often young people are the first to take advantage of information and communication technologies. I see this in developing countries within the region, a prevalent desire for continuous content consumption, be it via sharing on social media, engaging on the internet, advocacy with mass dissemination and, or simply for one’s private entertainment. Traditional sense of socializing, at least during the “old days” of my youth, have been aggressively challenged and even in this day and age of modernization, we still see the present socialization challenged…

The growing gap between South Thailand and the rest

Sharing my thoughts… Ever since I had left Narathiwat, I grow edgy about the violent state of affairs in that province. I spent five days in the town and rural areas, talking to the people – Muslims and Buddhists alike – about their lives, their concerns, their children and their hopes. The ordinary people, not some middle-class Hi-So Thai, had lots to say, questions to throw, and especially on the bewilderment case of being caught in the middle of what many would say as a…

709 – This is OUR land

An inspiring, empowering video of the BERSIH protest in Malaysia.   ZashnainAn avid blogger, twitterer and photojournalist, Zashnain Zainal suffers from an incurable addiction to social work, helping marginalised communities since 1989. Nowadays he travels from the plantations of Malaysia to the slums of Thailand. He can be found at zashnain.com and @bedlamfuryMore Posts – Website Follow Me:

The compassionate bodhisattvas within our society

As practised in India, early Buddhism preached that every man must strive alone to escape into eternal peace from a cycle of reincarnation. The version of Buddhism that became popular in China was different. It elaborated on the concept of bodhisattvas » godlike beings, sometimes called potential Buddhas, who postponed their own salvation so that could help living men to find the true path. Various bodhisattvas were endowed with the power to dispel greed, to protect men against ghosts who might interfere with spiritual practices…

Corporate Cannibal, digital criminal [video]

ZashnainAn avid blogger, twitterer and photojournalist, Zashnain Zainal suffers from an incurable addiction to social work, helping marginalised communities since 1989. Nowadays he travels from the plantations of Malaysia to the slums of Thailand. He can be found at zashnain.com and @bedlamfuryMore Posts – Website Follow Me:

If I Had HIV, Would YOU Kiss Me? [video]

The stigma experienced by people living with HIV and AIDS is immensely destructive and can further damage people who may already be in a vulnerable state.   How to make a DIFFERENCE.     ZashnainAn avid blogger, twitterer and photojournalist, Zashnain Zainal suffers from an incurable addiction to social work, helping marginalised communities since 1989. Nowadays he travels from the plantations of Malaysia to the slums of Thailand. He can be found at zashnain.com and @bedlamfuryMore Posts – Website Follow Me:

The Calming Effects of a Mind in a Storm

Comforting sight, those angry clouds above. Continuous rumbling of thunder, vicious and gracefully brutal, accompanied by the sudden whiplash, the kiss of the wild wind. Such a day, waiting impatiently for this moment, it promises a cleansing, and its worth the wait. Smile, a tired crooked smile, is what I can offer the menacing sky. So little, yet sincere do the warmth I generate, gratitude to the monstrosity of what seeks to engulf me. The Storm, my moment of calmness. ZashnainAn avid blogger, twitterer and…

Pop One Cherry Now – Your Life

      As frantically I scramble over the research materials for my work, I ponder at times why life (my life!) is so complicating: partners, nagging bosses and constantly being swallowed by the system. It’s frustrating, at times, when you’re trying to make ends meet, robbing yourself of the opportunity to be with your loved ones and to be at peace, constantly engrossed with what the Boss wants (commands!) you to do, and yet in a zombified state of mind, you crash alone at home on…

Anarchy of Individuality

This twisted world crashing upon itself. The implosion of complacency, growing amidst the tide. Can we claim to be a civilized country when we ourselves are breeding the apathy. Apathy, a monstrous organic decay, is prevalent when governance prioritize conformity to the laws, traditions and religions, above life itself. You can expect society abandoning the individuality for the greater good. So whats the substitution? Simply, anarchy. The belief that order stimulates the eventual destruction of society by eradicating personal thought, personal freedom and personality itself.…