The start

I have always been interested in looking at the other side of beauty, we were always sold beautifully packaged products and items such as iPhones, High-End condominiums, you-name-it. Maybe this was the training that I had during my degree years or perhaps I am just weird like that. I like the uncomfortable taboo talks. Before getting into my pre-thesis year, I tried to look for a topic that i am truly interested so that my thesis could be something that is useful or at least, something that I like.I knew where my interest lies, personally for myself, I have watched quite some documentaries on the poor layer of the society, sex-worker, refugee, immigrants, because they all remind and show me how much we have exploited the

I knew where my interest lies, personally for myself, I have watched quite some documentaries on the poor layer of the society, sex-worker, refugee, immigrants, because they all remind and show me how much we have exploited the poors and the unfortunate to gain benefits for ourselves. This would be the perfect time for me to look beyond the documentaries and talks, to create something for the unfortunate.

On the first day of my pre-thesis semester, the 38 of us came back, greeted and talked about our choices of lecturers and projects, then in a quick session, a paper was passsed down, names were written, people running around , and then we were separated into our groups. Frankly speaking i did my choice based on the issue and site, i knew what concern me most, immigrants or sex worker. Then my group has a site on Kampung Baru and Bukit Ceylon, which i thought “Perfect!”.

Not until i went to site that i realize how hard and complicated this network of people are, the history, the timeline, the reason. I was too fixated towards the sex worker and immigrant community that when i sat down, widen my views, that I realized, it is not easy to define a community. Our site, bukit ceylon, is too intertwined with expats, tourist, workers, immigrant that they cannot lose each other, but non of them have a true identity towards the site. The information we gathered only show a snippet of what the site is made of, i am looking forwards towards my experience of interviewing the immigrants, reading the history, looking at the timeline why the actual local people move out and rent the place out, and does the immigrants feel that they are at home?

This sums up my first week of pre-thesis semester. I am hungry to know more about this place, where most would think of the beautiful changkat bars, or the tourist oriented local delicacies, but a car is only as good as its engine gets.

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