Monday, October 27, 2008

Beware Of The Guy With A Candle.

THERE WAS A SEA OF PEOPLE AT THE PADANG NEAR AMCORP MALL I thought there was a nationwide blackout but it turned out to be a candlelight vigil held by the people connected to the organized cartel of candle makers anonymous. It's a brilliant way to increase the sale of candles in this day and age when you can have light at the flick of a switch to keep a room bright as daylight that you may need a pair of heavy-duty welding goggles to keep your eyes from popping out like ping pong balls.
It being a Sunday, I reckon it wouldn't kill anyone if I go join in the fun and surreptitiously ask around who's in charge of supplying the candles so that I can show him my latest invention. A torchlight that looks exactly like a candle. Buy it once and you won't have to buy no candle ever again in your entire life. To keep it flickering, all you've gotta do is turn it on, and the bulb will flicker just like the flame of a candle. It's wind-proof, and rain proof. It's a brilliant product who wouldn't want one in times like this when there's a sea of people coming together in a crowd as if there's a circus going on.
In order to be one of the crowd, I notice real fast that I've gotta have the T-shirt everyone is wearing. It has the big letters I.S.A on it and something about RPK which I believe must represent something very important. And I'm thinking, the guy who runs the candle network must also be the same guy who runs the network supplying the T-shirts to all these gentle folks who appear to be highly educated, metropolitan, and a lot of class. 
I walk aimlessly looking for the big guy behind the candle and T-shirt network but I must have walked something like thirty five kilometers for a hopeless cause because he, or she, is no where to be found. 
In the end, I decide to go have a bit of something to eat and I figure a corny dog and a tall glass of root-beer float would be a nice thing to have. I figure a Belgian waffle wouldn't hurt too. Besides they serve it with Lurpark butter which I believe is the best butter in the world. As for the battery-operated-candle-stick-that-flickers-in-the-rain-and-wind, I believe that can wait. I'm sure there will  be more candle light vigils to come since these folks have made a career out of coming together like this to burn a candle or two.


Anonymous Anonymous3.49 said...

Salam Bergen,

Sivaji The Boss, di RTM2 sekarang.

11:13 PM  
Blogger zackzara said...

It's like a trend nowadays when there is any 'conflict', there will gonna be light-a-candle event. But truth is, does it help? Perhaps they just love the get-together as there is nothing much that they can do at home, which I doubt.

But then again, true as you said, the candle big boss might be listed among the Richest Man in this country! :)

11:14 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Anonymous 3.49: You know me very well. LOL.

Zackzara: Which is why I gotta find out who the guy is so I can sell him my invention half price.

11:33 PM  
Blogger Pok Deng said...

Perhaps that was the most gentle way to tunjuk perasaan. Lighting up candles along city darkness.

I wonder what those candles' flickers meant.

1:20 AM  
Blogger tokasid said...


Most probably in my kampng we will light the 'jamong' like the one yu see in the old Malay mvies like Semerah Padi.

And....I just finished watching Sivaji The Boss.

1:44 AM  
Blogger Kama At-Tarawis said...

Bergen - very sinis.. I like! I likeee!! Tapi berg, bagi saya light light candle ni tak mainlah. buat perkaya towkay lilin aja. baik kita collect cat poo and baling kat depa, better..kat blogsphere ni ramai cat lovers! :)

6:57 AM  
Blogger bergen said...

Pok Deng: I reckon this candlight vigil business took off in a big way during Princess Diana's funeral. After that the practice has been considered a metropolitan and civil thing to do.

Tokasid: I like 'jamong' In Trengganuspeak it's called 'damor'. Now I wonder home come Taiping got the 'ing' at the end of the word, and Trengganu is left with no 'or' at the end of the word. Hmmm, a linguistic mystery this is.

Kama-at-Tarawis: LOL, there was a guy with a loud hailer talking about someting I couldn't make out but I figured he was talking about doing away the draconian ISA law. I'm not sure who he was talking to, whether to the people, to those in the government, or to himself since I figure he really liked listening to himself. I like candlelight vigil. It's a lot of fun.

9:29 AM  
Blogger Fauziah Ismail said...

Salam Bergen
Candles in the house for emergency purposes only.

11:26 AM  
Blogger AuntieYan @ Makcik Blogger said...

Salam Bergen,

Bebudak suka candles ni...especially yang kat atas kek birthday.. :-)

12:44 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Fauziah Ismail: You've got that right, ma'am.

Auntie Yan: When I first it atas kek, I thought candle to boleh makan sebab kaler2 - macam icing.

First saw it kat birthday party rumah cik zainung ropar.

11:30 PM  
Blogger mamasita said...

Kita orang Islam boleh join ker candlelight virgin ni?Takut jugak syirik or dosa.Nak jugak join in kalau kebetulan turun dari Kuantan.Syoklah nampak!Whatever the cause is,I nak join in kalau tak menyalahi agama.Bolehker?Ni candles jenis yang tak meleleh kat tangan kalau pegang lama2 right?Kalau tak ouch ouch jugak oi!

7:29 AM  

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