This happened not that long time ago, not in a galaxy far away.
We see NAUVAL, recently graduated from some university, down on his luck while doing odd jobs by being an assistant to some lecturers at some local university, a teacher at a local high school, a translator of some god-knows-what-kind-of-textbook, a tutor giving private tuition, basically the low-salary-next-to-nothing jobs under the sun.
Wait! Why does this happen again at present time? Oh, that’s another story 🙂
Anyway, it was one afternoon when we saw this poor fella staring blankly to the flickering screen of the TV on a living room, and his DAD approached him in a casual manner.
D(ad): How are you, Nov?
N(auval): Well, fine.
D: So, how’s everything?
N: Just like that.
D: Not going out?
N: Nah, not feeling like to.
D: Okay. Not doing your jobs?
N: No tuition today, teaching at schools only on Saturdays, and uni’s on break, so … yeah.
D: Okay. (reaching his wallet, taking out a note of 100 thousand rupiahs) Here!
N: Huh? What’s this?
D: Consider it as a loan, but make sure that you only use it to rent DVDs, and nothing else. Got it?
N: (puzzled, then excited) Sure!
If I’m not mistaken, I have returned the money back once I got the income from those odd jobs, or more like recently? Wait, I have returned the money back, right?! Yes, I have. Whew.
The reason why I still remember the scene to date, as you may guess, is simply the fact that I can’t be more thankful of having people surrounding me who understand my passion over films, in a way that they may not be able to easily accept at face value. And I realize a cloud of doubts hanging above their heads on thinking, “You have not settled yourself yet, but you are going for a film festival?”
Shall I answer the question?
I’d rather not to, but do allow me to excuse myself for going to Bangkok for the event you see on the title of this entry.
I can’t believe that I can have this journey again, after the first time last year was marred with some unfortunate stuff that should not have happened on the first place, if I had strong willingness to prevent it from happening.
But I have to admit that I have quite an expectation to my companion this time as he is quite a regular to some of the more established film festivals the world has had throughout this time. Yes, I do hope I can learn from Kenny more about the fun film-festival experience, and it’s gonna be joyful time ahead, let’s hope so!
Oh well, shall I take a break then from blogging?
Let’s just wait and see 😉