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ARIEL KY

Ariel Ky

Ariel Ky
Location
Oceanside, California, U.S.
Birthday
October 11
Title
English Teacher
Bio
I consider myself a generalist, a dreamer, a visionary, an idealist. I walk both worlds, the inner world of spirit and this outer world we all share in. I have real power, the power of a strong connection to the earth and the power of truth and resilience. I am committed to being effective in bringing about the changes that must take place in the minds and hearts of people so that we can live in peace and harmony with each other and all life on this planet. I grew up in the fifties in Lansing, Michigan. My father was a bricklayer, my mother a teacher. I have a strong identification with the working class and ordinary people, and was always quick to defend the underdog and play the devil's advocate. My strengths are being able to see the big picture and getting to the heart of the matter. I consider that I am a fairly good writer, having worked at this craft my entire life, but I once had a professor who said my true genius was in speaking. Along with most of the people on this planet, I am seriously concerned with the present state of affairs and lack of balance in the U.S. military dominance. I am presently teaching English in China. My profession is an ESL teacher, which I have been doing off and on for over 20 years. I have a Master's degree in TESOL from Michigan State University, a Journalism degree from San Diego State University with an emphasis in Public Relations, and a Library Media Assistant AA degree from Pasadena City College. Research is my passion and main past time, even before the advent of the Internet. I worked in the library at Michigan State University before my son was born in 1986, where I pursued research topics that I was interested in. When I was in my early twenties, I worked on a book on women's health care as part of a book team at the Feminist Women's Health Center in Los Angeles, doing research at UCLA's medical library that led to a new view of a woman's clitoris. The book is still available in print, "A New View of a Woman's Body." I am working again with a team of writers on another book with the working title of "Opening Our Hearts and Sharing Our Dreams of What May Be" to share our visions and action plans for the young people coming of age (between the ages of 16-21) and support them in carrying out what needs to be done to manifest the world that they want to have for themselves.

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APRIL 16, 2012 8:14PM

From the Edge of Asia: An American Reports from Malaysia

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I'm starting a weekly newsletter, From the Edge of Asia: an American Reports from Malaysia, to help carry me over for the next few months until my new position as an ESL teacher begins at UCSI in Kuala Lumpur.  Help a starving writer!  I am asking for a love offering of $50 or more. 

By helping support me through this rocky transitional time, you will receive weekly reports from the other side of the world about a life that is guaranteed to be quite different from yours, at least up until I start teaching, and perhaps even longer if time allows. 

I will write about building sea altars, messages from the Earth, observations of a tribe of spider monkeys, descriptions of colorful local characters, musings on poverty, politics, and a wide range of topics... you should always find something in every newsletter that makes you more aware of things you haven't given much thought to before, or that shifts your point of view.

Money can be sent through Paypal or you can contact me by my private email at libertyferall@gmail.com for details about my Wells Fargo account in the U.S.

Here is a sample of the kind of thing you might read about in this report:

So I have a few irons in the fire, but everything is going very slowly and in the meantime I went on a visa run to Singapore last week to get a 90-day renewal on my tourist visa.  I've been sick ever since with a virulent flu virus, you don't want to know the details.  Moan-groan-stench!

So I've decided to offer a weekly newsletter to anyone who wants to support a struggling writer/misfit/failed entrepreneur/out-of-work ESL teacher.  I've been feeling so isolated, for a lot of reasons.  Usually, I enjoy my own company quite well, but enough is enough.  So you will get something for your money, a look into my world, which I can guarantee you, doesn't look like yours.

The local band of spider monkeys has taken pity on my isolation and befriended me.  I'll be writing about my interactions with them.  I make sea altars on the beach with shells and stones, driftwood, and bones, whatever I find, and commune with the spirits of the the hill, the trees, the sea and the wind.  Sometimes I get telepathic  messages from the earth.  I'll share those.

Mostly I'll share my observations, and whatever I'm thinking about when I sit down to write the newsletter, about the people here, such as the village idiot who has four wives (because Muslims are allowed that many) who empties the trash and burns it in fires, big and small.  His wives all work as maids here and sometimes they empty the trash, also.  I see the children working, too.  He's been a nuisance for me as he's also something of a peeping tom. 

Today he did the stupidest thing.  There was a gas tanker parked at the short dirt road that leads to the beach behind our resort.  Unfortunately, it was parked right next to the place where he burns trash.  He never put two and two together, such as that was a really bad idea, and built a heaping fire.

I just happened to go out at that time, and was alarmed by what I saw.  A young man who works here was coming to the same conclusion as I was about the danger and idiocy of a raging fire next to a fuel tanker.  He took quick action, and carrying water in a small tub, put out the fire.  It was right behind my beach hut.  I would have lost everything I owned if that tanker had blown, and there probably wouldn't have been much left of the resort either.

There's another American woman here, although you'd never guess her nationality by her humble and modest, almost pious demeanor, or by the Muslim long-sleeved long dresses and head-scarves she wears.  She manages the family tourist shop and runs a library and ticket agency as well.  Although she graduated with three majors(!), this is the life she has chosen for herself, raising six children with the youngest still a newborn.

I've had several visitors through the night in my bathroom, a large centipede, a sinuous dull green snake that disappeared with a flick of his tale into a part of the door frame that had rotted, a large bug about two inches long which was totally new to me, and today a lizard that ran into the room up the wall as soon as I opened the door, as though he'd been waiting to get in.  What is this?  Is my humble beach hut suddenly the Mecca for critturs?

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I hope you got some response to your plea, wish I had money to send you. I shall try to in September perhaps when I get paid for work I do in August, these two months am without work too bec am transitioning
Keep heart, while you are waiting to start working at the new place, why not take a short ten day Vipassana course at a centre nearby? Look up the nearest centre online and just go, you would be amazed at the results. They dont charge but at the end you could pay a little donation when you have some money or offer services for the next ten days at the centre