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In a world where flying donkeys and speedy sloths roam, a world where things out of the ordinary seemed more familiar than a hot bread shop on a street corner – a wormhole appeared that dropped a round package and closed up immediately after. It rolled and it struggled for reasons unbeknownst to many yet it did not alarm anyone or anything because the peculiar reigned supreme and what you may deem ordinary did not exist. It stretched for life and upon its mission of uncurling and unfolding; there appeared Stinky as bright and joyous as ever. Talk about your grand entrances.
‘I can’t believe I made it’ said Stinky.
Stinky had been researching the theory of warped time, dimensions within dimensions and the exploration of realms within realms. What does this all mean? Well, it means that we may need to do some more research ourselves. Needless to say, Stinky was cleaver enough to figure something out and eventually made it to this old (because it most probably already existed) but new (because no one has ever seen it) place. There’s a lesson for you kids out there – STUDY HARD! Sorry for straying, let’s get back to the story. He pulled out a little notebook (because smartphones make us less smart) and started reading through some of his notes and double checking his calculations.
‘I think I know where I went wrong. I accidentally put an O instead of a 0’ (Side note for context: Stinky calls an 0 just like he would call an O)
A man walked by casually carrying his head in his hands all the while balancing his shopping bags on his shoulders. There was no reason to be alarmed because if the man on the other side of the road was walking with his arms and juggling his head with his feet, then it would be perfectly alright for Stinky to assume that this guy was as normal as can be. Stinky stood there trying to act as inconspicuous as possible yet still managed to catch the attention of this passerby.
‘So what brings you here’ asked the head that was cradled to a chest (Stinky assumed the body that was carrying the head did not steal it).
‘Well long story short, I’m not meant to be here. I accidentally put an O instead of an 0… well basically I used the wrong O… I mean 0’ replied Stinky.
‘You got it!’
‘I get it now’
They stood there eye to eye (this was only made possible because the head was not where it normally is in the normal world). Both a little confused but Stinky was overwhelmed that this stranger knew his exact dilemma. The man rolled his eyes (using his hands to move his head in a circular ‘don’t you doubt me punk’ motion) and walked away mumbling to himself. Stinky waved the man goodbye and started amending the formula on his notepad.
‘So if I erase this O and replace it with an 0, and then change this O to an 0…’
Stinky was instantaneously transported back into the real world. He was glad to be back. He put his notepad back into his pocket and went back home to perfect the formula to travel to the place he wanted. In the meantime, he was happy to be back in a place where pigs casually walked around on the street, talking to strangers about life, pigs having notepads and pockets and the best thing that ever existed was good old pumpkin pie.
As the title of this post suggests, life, in itself is precious. It is short. It is unpredictable. It is rewarding and it is at times filled with disappointment. But regardless of what we experience in this life, whether it is indulgent or empty – life is only precious when we live it. There are times where you sit and ponder about the past – what worked and what didn’t. You think of people, events and things that made you happy. You think of those morose moments and the lows you experienced. You think of a hundred million things until you realise that you are much better off now, than you ever were before. History is best left in the past, the present is yours to unwrap, the future is yours to imagine.
This post may seem a little left field but I felt the need to express what has been bugging me. I look at the world in its current state and it worries me knowing that there is so much uncertainty out there. The immediate future looks gloomy. I turn on the television and the first things I see and hear are tragic. We spend our days worrying about earning money so that we can buy things we don’t use. We worry about a stranger’s perception of us and whether or not we smell pleasant. We are apprehensive over things that mean little to nothing in the overall scheme of things. Is change required? I think so. But what needs to change and what can we control? I’d say the best place to start is with us.
Spread some hope – we all need it.
Some of you who follow us on Facebook may have seen us post a couple of clues recently. We purposely made it a little vague because we didn’t want to give too much away. But if you are on the ball, you may have already realised we were talking about Paris. No, no… you are not seeing things. Stinky visited Paris! It almost makes me feel a little jealous knowing that Stinky had the opportunity to visit the City of Love before any of us. It almost seems a little farfetched seeing as though our vision is to spread love and happiness.
Here are some photos our friends sent us. Can you believe that is the actual Eiffel Tower? Just one word… awesome!
How do you prove you are human?
Most of you may have seen some old footage doing its rounds on Facebook and YouTube. It shows scenes that horrified me to a point where my tears welled up ready to fall. I quickly composed myself and thought I would try and understand why they did what they did, rather than get caught up in emotion, hatred and anger. How do you try to understand something that is pointless? Where do you start? To be quite honest, I’m not quite sure. It is hard to write from a neutral position when all you want to do is grab each and everyone involved, shake them, look them in the eye and ask why.
For the sake of those who have not seen or heard about it, I will give you some background. It is an annual event in the Danish Faroe Islands. People claim that the event is held for teenagers on the verge of manhood to prove themselves by killing innocent dolphins and whales. A line of boats round them up to the shore where the massacre happens. They don’t simply kill them, as they do not use knives. They torture them with the use of hooks until they eventually cave. The sea is stained with cries of help, the sound of hook puncturing flesh and blood.
After writing the above two paragraphs, I had to take some time and pause. Mainly because the images came back to my mind and I felt a little sick. So where do you begin to try and fathom the unfathomable? I think of their ancestors who at one stage had to forage for survival. I see a teenage kid sitting in a hut watching his parents and siblings starve to death. He said to himself that he would not let starvation take his loved ones away from him. He went to hunt. Hours upon hours later he returned hauling a huge carcass. It saved all of their lives. His father, when well, grabbed him and told him he was now a man.
The above is just a story that played in my mind. Please don’t think that I condone the innocent killing of the living. I simply told the story to help myself understand a little better. I think that there is a possibility that this mindless slaughter originated from a story like the above. And in my naivety, I think it was something that was once a form of survival that has diluted to be something whereby the participants do not understand why they do it. The sad thing is, is that you see children partake in it also – which makes me wonder what type of upbringing their parents impart on them. This is by no means an attack on the Danish. We see examples of animal cruelty all over the world. Sadly enough, it just… happens.
I guess we don’t want this post to be like all the others. We are not here to attack anyone. I guess what we really wanted, was for the people who participate to take a second to think about what they are really doing and whether it makes any sense. I am sure there are many ways to show others that you are now a man. Why not do well in school, or get a great job, get married and have a family, raise your children well and teach them to be better people. Remember that what we do today reverberates over many generations – is this the legacy you want to leave behind? Think about it.
Time, relentless as it is, passes quickly. It may have you asking yourself the question ‘Didn’t we just celebrate the New Year a month ago?’ To answer that question, yes, we celebrated the Gregorian passing of a year. So what makes the Lunar New Year any different? I, for one, do not have all the answers to this question. What I do have though are some things I picked up from various people and sources throughout my journey and now wish to share them with you. The lunar calendar is special because it was not devised nor is it dictated by man. It follows the movement of the moon and is marked (in length and time) by the cycle of one complete moon face to the next. By no means am I a scholar who can discern whether this marking of time is better than that created by man. What I do know is that when we follow the occurrences of Mother Nature (and the immense universe surrounding us) it just seems to make things magical and auspicious.
So this year according to the Chinese Zodiac is the year of the Horse. According to such trustworthy sources as the internet (warning: evidence of sarcasm detected), those born in the year of the horse are clever and show kindness toward others. They may indulge in too much chitter chatter but overall they are cheerful individuals who are perceptive in their own right and talented. On the flip side, they can be a little impatient and maybe have some issues with temper (please don’t get angry while reading this). They also can be a little nosy by interfering where it isn’t required and is a 90% person – meaning they never finish what they start.
In all honesty, how is it possible to generalize countless number of people born in different places, raised in different cultures and with a different status quo? It’s almost impossible. So if I were you, I would most likely take these words with a grain of salt. Nourish the positive and improve on the negative – well that’s the way I see it. All of the team at stinkythepig wish everyone a safe and fulfilling new year. We hope that joy and happiness plays a pivotal role in enriching your lives.
So I thought the first post in the New Year should be about something that would be meaningful to us and plenty of others. I know most people would make silly resolutions and whatnot during the festive season. Many times this would be some form of commitment to exercise and how they would like to make a change. They might possibly look back at some of their more pleasing photos and say to themselves that that is what they want to look like… again. But more often than not this phase slowly turns sour and people start to let go. Mind you, this usually happens pretty quickly into the New Year and many people get to December again and ask themselves where they went wrong. I hope you don’t look at us and think we are being negative. What we offer is a better perspective into what fitness is all about.
What is fitness really about? Is it slogging it out at the gym every single day whilst counting every single calorie that goes into your mouth? Is it about going out with friends and only insisting on eating a light salad while everyone else devours foods that make the insides of your mouth turn to waterworks. What about when you look at someone eating fast food and their figure is still excellent – you would curse them silently and wish all sorts of cellulite-inflicting nastiness on them. Well these options may not last a very long time. What we have realised is that fitness should be part of your lifestyle. There’s the keyword. How do you incorporate fitness into your lifestyle so that you don’t just aim for a silly goal of losing 5 kilos, but actually commit to something that could possible last the rest of your life? Everyone is different so we won’t sit here and dictate how you should plan this. But what we want to say is make sure what you plan is realistic and meaningful to you. Try not to do things just because your peers are doing it. Try and make it about you! Sit down and have a good think about what you want to strive for and keep moving the yardstick each time you get close to it so that you are always reaching for something better. We are trying our best to do it so why don’t you try and let us know how you go!
If you managed to check out our site prior to Christmas last year, you would have noticed that Stinky also got a makeover. What do you think of his new look? We’re not saying that the original Stinky will go – he is the original and we will continue to love him. But change is good for the purposes of variety. We hope you embrace it as much as we have over here. Check in from time to time to see what new things we have for you! Bye for now.
It’s that time again where we look back at the year that has gone and see what new things we learnt along our journey. But first, let us mention a few memorable moments this year.
We witnessed the fall of one of my all-time greatest heroes in Lance Armstrong. The word ‘twerk’ became synonymous with Miley Cyrus. We saw the fall of European nations and masses of money spent to bail them out. The United States of America – the powerhouse of the world – shut down for a while. The Pope resigned and made headlines because apparently this is something that you just do not do. Someone named Snowden caused a ruckus in the US by taking intelligence and running away with it. A typhoon named Haiyan devastated parts of the Philippines leaving many dead and countless others displaced. We’ve seen North Korea on the news for all the wrong reasons. The great Mandela finished his innings 5 years shy of a century. We welcomed our new Prime Minister in Tony Abbott – I wonder what he has done for us so far? Apple ran out of numbers and started naming their toys after invisible stuff. The list goes on and on but what were the things that happened in our own lives to make it memorable for us?
Now that the festive season is wrapping up, now is probably a good time to look back and reflect upon the things that changed us in 2013. If there were things that changed you in a negative way, see what you can do to amend them. And for the things that made you a better person, then look to share it with the people around you – you can be the beacon for positive energy! The most important thing is to be true to yourself. After all, who is going to love you if you yourself do not? Think about it. Oh and for all those who thought that the holiday season was an excuse to over indulge, I challenge you to get off your backsides and make 2014 the year for a fitter and better you!
We look forward to continue providing you with entertaining content throughout this year. As we move ahead this year, we hope that you guys will be right beside us! Here’s to a fruitful and fun-filled 2014! Cheers everyone!
As the title of this post suggests, there are only two more sleeps until Christmas day. The year has come and gone in a flash leaving us with memories of things to be celebrated and some things we wish to forget. But remember that Christmas time has always been about family and our efforts by which we show them that we treasure their presence. How do you go about portraying this?
I recently went back to read some of our older posts and it really did give me a laugh. To think of our persistent toil throughout the launch of this website just humbles me. More importantly, I went back to visit our mission and it is comforting to know that we are still striving to live by it.
The team at stinkythepig want to wish each and every one of you a safe and joyous holiday season!
P.S. We hope you enjoyed the last Christmas story. If you haven’t already done so, have a read of how Stinky saved Christmas! (https://www.stinkythepig.com/stinky-saved-christmas/)
If you have kids and need a little break, be sure to download and print our colouring in illustration!
Hello from Singapore
Just wanted to pop a quick note from super humid Singapore! I know it is one of my choice destinations when I think of quick getaways. It is a lovely country that embraces multiculturalism and its many associated cuisines. Unfortunately, Stinky did not join me on this trip however, he has been sent on a secret mission to… wait for it… the United Kingdom! Who knows what he will get up to there but as soon as we find out, we will definitely let you know.
We will remember him. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918 – 2013)
‘I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.’
Nelson Mandela (April 20, 1964)
If you had a chance to get whatever it is that you wish for, what would it be? I know when I think about this scenario, my first thoughts are selfish ones. But when we look at some of the people that changed humanity for the better, you start to realise that they sacrificed self-gain for the greater good of the people. Such men and women are not only capable of being revered during life, but also remembered once they have passed. One great exemplar of this amazing feat is none other than, Nelson Mandela. We have all watched the news and read in the papers that he passed yesterday. All of the current world leaders took some time to remember a man who inspired countless others to love their country and to embrace diversity. It is a hard prayer to preach when everyone around you is telling you that you are wrong. Nevertheless, he kept on doing what he believed was right, until it broke the barriers of hate, greed and race. How many of us can truly testify that we could do the same? I, for one, concede defeat.
So when you think about the hardships you endure in your own life, how does it compare to the challenges these past leaders endured? Almost seems miniscule doesn’t it? But that does not discount the pain and hurt some of us may experience when we go through our trivialities. It’s a game of relativity and one we need to master in order to overcome and move ahead in a stronger state of being. So it might be a good idea to put things into perspective when they arise. Ask yourself what Nelson Mandela would do in your situation. Ask yourself how you can overcome whatever it is you are experiencing and how you can come out the other side a better person. I’m sure you will find the answer in your own time. These things can’t be taught – they can only be lived. Live, learn, grow.
Christmas is almost here and many of us are lucky enough to spend time with our beloved. But I also want to take the time to recognize that not all people have a happy holiday season. To you, I offer you a hug, a smile and my sincerest of blessings for a brighter 2014. New beginnings do not start at the commencement of a new year. They start when you tell yourself you are ready to take the first step. If you need a little push or a little encouragement, I empower you to seek it. If you can’t find it in a friend, there are countless organisations that can assist (eg. Lifeline – www.lifeline.org.au). Reach out because regardless if you believe it or not, there will be a hand on the other side.
That’s all from us this week. Stay tuned because many smiles are around the corner. PS. It’s a secret shhhh…..
This post is dedicated to the innocent people who lost their lives at the Kunming Railway Station in China and the unsuspecting victims of the recent Malaysian Airlines crash.