Within last few weeks (especially in Ramadan), I had to explain to every nation that being an Iranian doesn’t necessarily mean we are muslims. Iran is not Saudi Arabia. Majority of Iranians are muslim, but we also have christians, jews, zoroastrians, atheists, etc.
You can figure it out yourself by these facts:
Iran’s population: ~78 million
Check out population pyramid of Iran, majority are young.
Not everyone has access to internet
Facebook is blocked in Iran
Iranian Atheists & Agnostic pages on Facebook has more than 150k fans and growing rapidly.
Iran’s government does not recognise irreligiousness.
Religion is fading away in Iran. Please stop generalising and stereotyping that every Iranian must be a muslim. Fuck no, I’m an agnostic atheist and not giving a damn for god’s existence. I believe in humanity, caring about animals and enjoy drinking draft sake and beer.
There’s an adventurous inside me; actually I don’t really like to take a taxi and prefer to walk or cycle a short route if I had time, let’s say up to 10km. But when it comes to rain or hot-n-humid environment, obviously there’s no choice to take a bus/cab (sometimes I go crazy and actually walk under heavy rain!). Another situation is when I go shopping and my backpack is more than full or totally not worth it to sweat with heavy stuff in my hands.
So I should take a taxi; but there are problems with public transportation in Malaysia, especially when taxi drivers spot a foreigner. Sadly, Malaysian people themselves also know that this country has one of the worst taxi drivers in the world. There are few problems that I’d like to share with you.
The most common trick is to turn on the taximeter when we shake our hands. It is not legal, because we didn’t talk to the driver for our destination (yeah, it should be agreed first, not sure if this one’s legal or not), and they pretend not hearing you, so they ask where? and you repeat your destination, they scratch their head and slowly confirm and you get it in while the meter was counting all this time.
Well it doesn’t stop here! some of the drivers in capital’s city centre will go mouse-n-cheese maze around the city, while the destination was way shorter than that.
You’re in a bad luck if you don’t have small change in your pocket; many of them pretend to not have the change for what you paid them. For example you pay them 10 Malaysian Ringgits and the meter is showing MYR7.80, then you’re actually forced to give up the rest of the money.
When I was a child, they told me that God had existed before creating the world and will exist after its collapse. At first, it looked unrealistic and they told me to not think about it, it’ll drive me crazy; but within an hour I got my first idea: “we’re trapped in time!” and it means God’s existence is out of time’s boundary (although I’m an atheist now) and science has proven that we’re living in warp of space and time . My point is to analyse and thinking critically, find what are you interested in, then go for it!
Everyone’s interest will change through years. I wasn’t quite sure what I’m going to be, but had some interests in physics and biology, now I’m blogging and developing websites but looking more for topics like Black Hole, Multiverse, Quantum Physics, DNA, Water, Energies, etc. Yeah, what we make money of might be different with what we’re interested in, but at least try not to hate your course/carrier.
There are couple of stories that different companies and organisations are following America’s sanctions towards Iran’s government and they stop selling products or providing services. But how does it really feel like to be citizen of Iran? Well I received an email just an hour ago and it says they are no longer supporting my account on their website and all my data were gone after I logged in once again using facebook login. Apparently I’m affected too :p
By the way here’s the original content of the email:
Jonathan Y, Jul 27 12:38 (PDT): Hi Darvish,
Thank you for completing the requested verification. Unfortunately, upon review of the submitted information, we are no longer able to support your account on Airbnb and can no longer assist you with bookings through our platform.
We would like to apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused.
Update: I received another email from Jonathan on August 24th that had a good news for me (and other Iranians as well) that this particular sanction has resolved.
Finally we got a cultural Japanese club in our university, I never had enough confident and time to start it by my own. Our first meeting was last week and we’re preparing for Bon Odori Festival in Kuala Lumpur. Here’s my final work, I hope you like it and join the festival. If by any chance you’re a student of Asia Pacific University, you can become a member and/or join us for this biggest Japanese festival in Malaysia