And 'twas that me is not ASEAN Scholar material.
Which is totally cool with me. I want to go elsewhere. Far, far away from here.
They tell you where you need to go
They tell you when you'll need to leave
They tell you what you need to know
They tell you who you need to be

But everything inside you knows
There's more than what you've heard
There's so much more than empty conversations
Filled with empty words

And you're on fire
When He's near you
You're on fire
When He speaks
You're on fire
Burning at these mysteries

Give me one more time around
Give me one more chance to see
Give me everything You are
Give me one more chance to be... near You

'Cause everything inside me looks like
Everything I hate
You are the hope I have for change
You are the only chance I'll take

When I'm on fire
When You're near me
I'm on fire
When You speak
And I'm on fire
Burning at these mysteries
These mysteries...

I'm standing on the edge of me
I'm standing on the edge of me
I'm standing on the edge of me
I'm standing on the edge of everything I've never been before.
And i've been standing on the edge of me
Standing on the edge

And I'm on fire
When You're near me
I'm on fire
When You speak
I'm on fire
Burning at these mysteries... these mysteries... these mysteries
Ah you're the mystery
You're the mystery

-Switchfoot, "The Beautiful Letdown"-
The night sky is a remarkable piece of artwork. It's rather monotonous but the stars shine so beautifully, they colour the horizon enough, just as it is.

What is, really, out there?

The Universe is a vast space of just about everything.


There are numerous clutters of tight-knitted stars in the Universe called galaxies which are actually systems of billions upon billions of stars, held together by gravitational force.
Evidently, they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, all of monstrous proportions.

Our Solar System, which is part of the galaxy Milky Way, is made up of 1 star (the Sun) and 8 other planets. (After much dispute among space scientists and astronomers, Pluto has been listed out of the Solar System as it has been claimed "un-planetly").
Earth happens to be the 3rd planet from the Sun.

Why all the talk on Outer Space?

I figured I might as well be an astronaut.

Well, no. I think it's fascinating to wonder about what is out there.

The same people who make up NASA think that too. After countless space explorations and expeditions, our Universe is becoming smaller and smaller.
Telescopes that defy the power of the naked eye are capable of magnifying planets in the infinity and has awed many through the discoveries they make.

Personally, I feel it is human desire and curiousity which drive space agencies to race with each other to see what the Universe holds. After reading 'Deception Point', I guess I began to wonder if it's all worth it.
If there were really other lifeforms out there somewhere, what would it matter to us?
It's ironic how some people can live by the principle "My business is my business, your business is your business" on earth but yet want to make contact with supposed celestial beings.
I don't hope to sound cynical but really, what is the potential of space exploration, having a ton of money dissipating on something that really, brings no benefit to mankind except global awe and envy?

However, it wouldn't hurt to wonder what there really is out there. Spending loads of money an ending with futility is.

Imagine if there was a planet far far far away which had humans or beings like us, capable of reason and thought, what would things be like if say, we made contact with them?

With all the insurgence and terrorism going on radically today, I doubt it would be a peaceful relation.
After the topic of "Pewarisan" or heredity in school some time ago, we learned about, well, heredity.
Under this topic, as biology students know, we learnt about traits, how a characteristic is passed on from one generation to the next, genetic variation, etc.

There is this one short part in the topic which explained about phenotypes and genotypes, so to speak.
Fenotype is the observable characteristics of an individual resulting from the interaction of its genotype with the environment, whereas genotype is the genetic constitution of an individual organism.

From the above statement, we can conclude with this word equation :

Phenotype = Genotype + Environment

(This is biology lesson number #XX all over again : P)

Hence, it is safe to say that we must not always blame it all on our genes for how we look like when in fact what our bodies become can be resulted from the fact that we
-plainly eat too much
-don't exercise enough
-forget our sunblock
-don't take enough calcium
so forth and so forth...

These are hard facts indeed.

I have some complaints of my own but I guess I wouldn't have it any other way either.

Ever since I was a young kid, I've always had these pair of "wholesome" cheeks (plump, juicy, voluptuous. You know what I mean).
From all my photos, yes, I have chubby cheeks, rather 'inconsistent' with the rest of me.
If I looked at my parents, neither have as puffed-up cheeks as I do. So what on earth am I doing with them, may I ask?
Well, genetics, I guess?
WRONG (Actually, it has to be since I've had it since young.)
But you know why I don't think so?
Because ever since I was young, everyone noticed how slightly plump they were and decide to make it a little bit more plump as they like it!
I've been pinched on the cheek far too many, many, many times. Be it a sign of affection or teasing, they do hurt when they're pinched. Regardless of how much they didn't think so.

But yes, I guess I got to live with it and I'm fine with them(except for the fact that it hinders wide smiles), as long as they don't get stretched further. Period.