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Moving mountains

Becoming a Superstar

This week started off with a huge surprise.

On Monday afternoon, I got a call from my friend Mariano – last year’s panto director.

He told me that he’s taking part in an Easter pageant, that one of the actors has dropped out, and asked me if I’d be interested in filling in the role. Mariano then mentioned the name of the play, and I simply couldn’t decline the offer.

So, it is safe to say that one of my lifelong dreams will be coming true, this weekend.

I will be taking part in Jesus Christ Superstar 18. And I’ll be playing the part of the apostle John.

Directed by Antoine Galdes and Ismael Bonello, the play is based on the 2000 film Jesus Christ Superstar, which is a modern take on the original 1973 movie of the same name.


This will be a first for me, as I’ve never taken part in a Passion Play, before. And Jesus Christ Superstar is one of my all-time favourite musicals, featuring fantastic tracks composed by the great Andrew Lloyd Webber.

For those wondering: No, taking part in this play does not mean that I’ve now converted to Christianity. Far from it. I did this purely for the experience of trying out something new.

Given that the two performances will take place tomorrow and Saturday evening, it’s been a very busy, hectic week for me. I met with the other members of the cast on Monday, therefore the bond between the others and myself isn’t that strong; I’m still the new kid on the block. And due to my refereeing duties, I couldn’t attend rehearsals yesterday, and the day before.

All this said, however, it’s not to say that I won’t try. Since I have committed myself, then I will certainly put in my best effort (as I always do).

Here’s a sneak peek of what the stage looks like…



With large, beautiful projections, great music, stunning light effects, and a talented, hard-working team of actors and dancers, I’m sure that we’ll captivate our audience with a spectacular and unforgettable show!

– Preston


300: Rise of a Referee

I am just one match shy of officiating my 300th game.

Whilst this is an unbelievably great milestone, I have to admit that it comes with a bunch of mixed feelings and emotions.

The first, undoubtedly, is pride. I am proud of myself for having come this far. In these three years that I’ve been refereeing, I’ve had tons of experience. Some moments more unforgettable and amazing than others. And yet, I’m still learning to this day. I still make mistakes. I still mess up, occasionally. Such is life. Refereeing has helped me a lot on a personal level throughout these years. I am not as shy as I used to be, and I’ve grown a thicker and tougher skin. I’ve also learned how to be more responsible, more assertive, and how to handle situations calmly (but firmly) when tension is high. All this, and more, whilst keeping the three most important things in mind in whatever I did; ethics, integrity, and passion. Not only have these skills helped me on the pitch, but they are skills which I will carry with me throughout the rest of my life, outside of football.

And now, on to the negative points…

In contrast to what I said before, I have now reached a point where my enthusiasm has withered drastically. Not for the sport, of course, and not for refereeing either. It’s because of the people involved in the sport (coaches and players alike), and several members/groups in the Malta Football Association, that my enthusiasm has dwindled. In the past three years, I’ve realised that there is no hope of improvement in this sport, in Malta. Not currently, at least. If we seriously want to see change, a major cleanup is needed, starting from the way things are run at the very top, all the way down to the development and coaching of players in football clubs. But more on that some other time (again, keeping ethics in mind).

It is rather disappointing that, whenever I am appointed to a match nowadays, not only am I slightly nervous because of the game itself and of wanting to perform well, but also out of fear of my own life. Yes, you read that well. I am actually scared of being seriously hurt (or worse) whenever I have a football match. I feel completely unsafe in my place of work. I go out onto the field of play to do my job to the best of my ability, and I don’t know if I’ll return back home in one piece, or with a broken jaw or a black eye. Yes, the current situation is that bad. And what’s being done in order to minimise the possibility of something like this from happening? Absolutely f**k all. No matter how much us referees speak up, though, it all seems to fall on deaf ears. The phrase we often use – “expect the unexpected” – can now be changed to: “Nothing is unexpected”. That is the sad reality.

With all this said, nothing will ever change the way I feel about this beautiful sport. It is because I don’t want to see football go to sh*t that I get so worked up whenever a bad incident happens. Certain people, though, still choose to call me a “negative person”. But that’s their opinion, and they have every right to it.

As the 2017/18 season soon draws to a close, I would like to wish my colleagues all the best for the remaining couple of hard-working months ahead. Remember to stay strong, and keep focused!

In my case, the end of my refereeing career seems to be inching closer and closer, as time passes. Until then, however, I still look forward to more appointments and experiences.

– Preston

My Literary Revolution

I’ll never forget the day when my reading interests took a whole new different turn.

It was a Saturday, I remember, back in 2010. The first year of my teens.

I was at my dad’s apartment, standing in front of our long, wooden bookshelf, in the living room – our literary Mecca. I held two books in my hand, exchanging glances from one to the other, ruminating which one to read next.

The choice was between one of my short, young adult books – with illustrations on a page every now and then, and a simple plot – and this fairly new book which had been sitting in my bookshelf at my mother’s place for about a year. This big book, however, had nothing but text on all of its six-hundred-and-sixty-something pages. It was Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol.

I remember the novel’s cover had really struck me; the overall “ancient” look to it, the shiny copper wording of the title, the image of a beautifully lit up Capitol Hill, and this brass key, aflame, bearing a mysterious symbol at the end of it. It piqued my curiosity. I wanted to know more. So, I opted for a change.



And what a drastic change it was, I must say! Now, looking at it from a metaphorical perspective, it was this same key which opened a doorway to a whole new world for me.

The Lost Symbol wasn’t just another ordinary book; it introduced me to the intriguing and secretive world of Freemasonry, and I actually had to do research about what I was reading to help me visualise and immerse myself further in the story. Compared to other books I’d read in the past, The Lost Symbol seemed like an escape from reality; a true adventure. And I’ve been conducting the same “exercises” ever since, whenever I read. I analyse, research, take notes, and delve deep into whatever I’m reading. Which is why it can take me months to properly read (dissect, more like) a book, sometimes.

In a way, I feel forever indebted to Mr. Brown for broadening my horizons with his excellent, well-researched writing, making his page-turning novels always such a thrilling and exciting read.

– Preston

My Major 2018 Book Haul (so far)!

Origin by Dan Brown – Following the worldwide success of Inferno, back in 2013, this is the new novel in the Robert Langdon series, by one of my favourite authors of all time. The intrepid Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology is back for another intriguing adventure, this time set in Spain. I got this hardback first edition beauty for a really good (and discounted) price at Chapters, when I was in Canada.

My Struggle (books 1 – 5) by Karle Ove Knausgaard – Dubbed “the Norwegian Proust” by many readers and critics, I had the pleasure of reading more about this guy during my stay in Canada, last month. I watched numerous interviews of his on YouTube, and after my former English teacher recommended him to me, I knew I just had to give his books a try. The title of his six-volume series, My Struggle – or Min Kamp in Norwegian – caused much controversy since it is similar to that of Adolf Hitler’s autobiographical novel; Mein Kampf. I got books 4 and 5 from Chapters in Mississauga, and bought the other two online, secondhand, for a good price, from AbeBooks and Book Depository. And I’ll be getting book number 3 in the coming days, too.

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin – In 1967, four years before William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist took the world by storm, Rosemary’s Baby hit the bookshelves. The commercial success of the novel helped launch a “horror boom”, where horror fiction would achieve enormous commercial success. It is Levin’s second published book, and it has sold over 4 million copies, making it the top bestselling horror novel of the 1960s.

The Outsider by Albert Camus – Also referred to as The Stranger, this was a gift from my dad after we spent a few days discussing the book and its protagonist. Originally written in French titled L’Étranger, the philosophical novel has long been considered a classic of 20th-century literature. Albeit a short book, this should prove to be a very exciting and intriguing read, as I see similarities between my personality and that of Meursault’s. Therefore, I’m sure that there will be a lot to analyse. But more on that topic some other time, in my review…

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – I call this my bargain buy. This classic novel cost me a mere 50 cents, from the Mississauga Central  Library. And it even has the first edition cover! What better a deal can you get?! First published in 1951, originally for adults, it has since become popular with adolescent readers for its themes of teenage angst and alienation. The novel also deals with complex issues of innocence, identity, belonging, loss, and connection.

I’ll end this post with a rather apropos quote that my father and I had come up with, once:

“One can never have too many books.”

– Preston

Did You Know?

According to the Guinness World Records, the longest novel in the world is À la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel Proust.

It contains an estimated 9,609,000 characters (each letter counts as one character. Spaces are also counted, as one character each).

The title translates to “Remembrance of Things Past” – or “In Search of Lost Time”.

Proust produced the first volume of his 7-volume masterpiece in 1912. It was first published in 1913.

The second part of his work won international awards as soon as it was published and with them, an international reputation.

Words of the Day

misconstrue (verb) – interpret (a person’s words or actions) wrongly; misunderstand

Example: Many readers misconstrued the advertisement to mean that they would get something for nothing, but they were disappointed when the salesman pointed out the fine print.

dither (verb) – be indecisive; hesitant

Example: Terry tends to dither when someone asks him where to have lunch, as he is never able to decide on a restaurant.

Blog Collaboration With Taleoftwobloggers – Part 2

And here, ladies and gents, is the second part of my blog-interview collaboration with the talented pair at Taleoftwobloggers!


1. What would be your pro-travel tip?

My pro travel trip is to plan ahead, it’s better to spend a bit more money on
central accommodation rather than having a cheaper stay and you’d have lots
of travel, especially if time is of the essence. Whilst an itinerary is good, don’t
restrict yourself. (S)

Always try to pack light; I know that I am no one to judge, but this one is very true. I
like to have everything organized before I travel abroad because I find myself getting
slightly flustered when it comes to the unknown. Although, with that being
said, I do like having a spontaneous adventure every once in a while. I also prefer to
find an accommodation which is central so that I wouldn’t have to waste too much
time and money to get to the attractions. (A)

2. Where’s your favourite place in Malta?

My favourite place is Top of the World in Gharghur! It’s got the most beautiful
views, it’s quiet, and there’s quite a nice walk to do. (S)

Even though I haven’t really explored most of Malta (since I don’t drive), I’d have to
admit that my favourite place is in fact Marsascala because of the number of
restaurants, and of course, the relaxing breeze. I remember my mother used to take
me to playground quite often back when I was about six years old, and I grew up
loving the place too much. (A)

3. Favourite country?

I’ve been to quite a number of countries, my favourite country is England
specifically the city of London. Any other favourite city/country will have to
come second place to London. So as not to cheat I would say either Holland
(Amsterdam), Poland (Krakow), Czech Republic (Prague), Norway (Oslo) or
Germany (Berlin). (S)

To be honest with you, I have only travelled to a handful of countries so far, so I can’t
really say that I have experienced a lot. However, London has a very special place in
my heart; no thanks to Sarah for getting me addicted! It is honestly one of those
places that I never really get bored of visiting – like it’s the first time I’m travelling there
every time I visit. (A)

4. Favourite YouTube Channel?

Sophdoesnails definitely! (S)

I enjoy watching Sophdoesnails, Glam&Gore, and Katrin Berndt. The first one is a
beauty channel, second one is an SFX makeup channel (mostly), and the last one is
about life and beauty. (A)

5. What’s the biggest societal pressure you find yourself facing?

That just because I’m a certain age I should be doing certain things. (S)

Well, to be quite honest with you, the thing that’s pressuring me the most at the
moment is the fact that I’m soon going to reach the end of my course and so the
pressure to find a full-time job is super high at the moment. I have said to myself that
since I finish in May, that I would first take a break and actually allow myself to enjoy
summer (because I deserve it), then look for a full-time job, but I guess that without
knowing, I’m already panicking about the fact that most of my course mates would
already probably be working by then. Again, such irrational worries. (A)

6. What’s your ideal type of date?

Food. Any food. Followed by some chill time, maybe a walk, or a bottle of wine
and some gossip. Depends really if it’s a “first date” type of date, or if you’re in
a relationship. (S)

If there is food involved, then I am definitely going to like the idea. I don’t go on too
many dates but if there’s anything that really wins me over, it is simplicity. It’s the
thought that counts, I think. Of course, if you feel like taking me out to a fancy sushi
restaurant, then I’m surely not complaining! (A)

7. What are your plans this Valentine’s Day?

I had plans but University of Malta thought otherwise, so back to the drawing
bench! (S)

I’m single, so umm… no plans, obviously, right? (A)


A big thank you goes to Abigail and Sarah, once again, for taking a keen interest and agreeing to do this collaboration with me!

I found this to be a very interesting exercise, and it was a pleasure to get to know the two of you more! I certainly look forward to the possibility of having further blog collaborations in the future. Write on, ladies!

Dear readers and fellow followers, be sure to check out my answers to their first set of questions by clicking on this link. Part two will be uploaded soon.

– Preston

Blog Collaboration With Taleoftwobloggers – Part 1

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been in touch with Abigail, one of the minds behind Taleoftwobloggers.

Abigail and her best friend Sarah first started blogging about beauty products, but, over the months, have expanded to write about more than just make-up. They write about anything, from well-being topics, mental health, to humorous posts such as “Things Single People Hate Hearing on Valentine’s Day”.

So, being a fan of their writing style, I wanted to do a blog-interview collaboration with them, to which they both kindly agreed.

Here are the first set of questions, and their individual replies for each one.

Note: (S) – Sarah , (A) – Abigail

1. What made you want to start your blog?

Sarah originally came up with the idea of starting a beauty blog, and asked me if I would like to be her partner in crime, so of course, I said YES! We’re very big makeup lovers so it only made sense to actually start posting impressions and reviews of the products we came across. (A)

After falling in love with the beauty community on YouTube, I wanted to become part of it. Knowing that I would never have the balls to actually post videos of myself on the internet, and being quite a keen writer I thought that a blog would be a good place to start. Since Abigail had introduced me to the wonders of makeup (I thank her, my bank balance does not), and way back I knew she had a mini blog herself, I thought she would be the perfect person to do this with. Also, her being my best friend helped! (S)

2. How long have you known Sarah?

We had been in the same school in both primary and secondary however, we became close back in Form 5 (so about 7 years ago), then were separated when I chose Higher and she went off to Junior College, but our friendship did not stop there. We’ve been best friends ever since and it’s safe to say that she has had my back in many things and has looked out for me whenever I least expected it. This blog is something that we decided to share to represent our love for makeup. (A)

I’ve known of Abigail since I was about 4/5 since we both attended the same school. However, whilst we both knew each other, and acknowledged each other, I wouldn’t have necessarily called her my friend. However, near the end of Form 5 we became very close. So close in fact that even though we went to different Sixth forms we still saw each other often. We’re best friends, and we find comfort and solace in each other, and we also know each other’s deepest, darkest secrets. We’re bonded for life. (S)

3. What makes it different from others that are out there?

It started off as just a simple beauty blog where we would hold makeup hauls, and write reviews about new products, however, we have very recently added an ‘SFX makeup’ which is perfect for any of you looking for sfx makeup inspiration, ‘Wellbeing’ currently exploring the topic of mental health and direction in life, and ‘Aliexpress/Ebay buys’ for some affordable finds, sections. (A)

We’re a beauty blog, but we don’t limit ourselves. We connect with our followers by posting personal posts, be it about how we’re feeling about the blog itself, and mental health. Since both of us are studying about mental health, and the effects of it, we’re both very passionate about that subject. (S)

4. You’ve recently also taken to YouTube and started creating videos. How come?

I already had a YouTube channel up; one that was not beauty related so of course I wanted to launch one that was specifically dedicated to our blog since that, a lot of what I have learned in makeup was learned through watching beauty bloggers’ tutorials on YouTube. Plus, it’s much easier to follow a video than it is to follow a post about a makeup look. (A)

I’m just a loyal subscriber in this venture! And I wish Abbey all the luck in the world! (S)

5. What is your opinion on social media? Is it a luxury, a waste of time, a need/important part of our lives?

With regards to keeping contact with people and accessing tutorials about makeup and beauty, social media has been a complete blessing, however I would be lying if I said that I have never wasted countless hours watching videos when I had other responsibilities. You just need to learn how to maintain a balance. Apart from that, we need to keep in mind that when we post things, we are in the public eye, so I like to double check stuff before actually posting to make sure that it’s appropriate, helpful and respectful. (A)

It’s an important luxurious waste of time we need. We know that in the good old days of my nanna it was so much more difficult to communicate with each other, to know about current events, however they still managed not only to communicate, and communicate about current events, they also managed to gossip just as good as we can! However, for me, social media is very important. It keeps me close to my friends, and my dad who works abroad, and of course, to our followers! Had it not been for social media, we wouldn’t be here right now. But, we also have to take into consideration that a big percentage of us waste so much time on social media that it takes over our life. We can’t go out without posting a status, we can’t go out to eat without instagramming our food, and whilst I’m guilty (especially of the second part) and I’m not in any way, shape, or form, judging anyone, I do sometimes think we should get off our phones, smell the pizza, and just enjoy the company of the people who are sitting next to us, not in front of another screen. (S)

6. Where do you see your blog in a couple of years’ time?

To be completely honest, I’m a bit worried that as soon as I start my placement in February, the blog will die down a bit since I would be too busy to continue, however, I would love to keep this blog alive until I actually become a licensed makeup artist. That’s my dream, I guess.  (A)

I hope that by that time, we will have more followers who engage with us, so that we can provide the content that our followers want. (S)

7. What don’t you like about your blog?

That sometimes it feels like I have to spend money on adverts to get a significant number of engagements on some posts, and I can’t afford to do that frequently. Getting a bigger audience for the blog isn’t easy. (A)

I wrote a post about this a few months ago, and whilst it’s gotten better I do think that it’s still there. The lack of response, and engagement on our posts demotivate me so much. It’s not because I’m a like-whore or anything, however, the whole premise of starting this blog was to start a conversation about makeup with others, and most of the time I feel that the conversation is a monologue. I do admit, there’s a vicious cycle, however, I find it very hard to write when no one is reading. (S)

8. When did you first try on makeup?

I believe I was about 15 years old at the time, when I tried my first ever eye pencil (it was horrendous) but I loved to convince myself that it made my eyes pop. I remember putting so much on my waterline that I would look like an emo however, nowadays I prefer marker and gel eye liners and avoid putting it on my waterline. (A)

I remember when I was about 11, I dabbled a bit with eyeshadow. But that didn’t last long. Between the ages of about 14/15 to 18 my full face of makeup consisted of: Mascara and lip gloss and if it was a special event I’d put on some eye pencil in my waterline. I didn’t even have foundation! However, at around 18/19 I started getting more into makeup. I bought my first foundation, concealer, and contour palette, and then I went to London with Abigail and our friend Francesca, and Abigail got me into pretty much everything else, and the rest is history! (S)

9. What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Hah, when I was 5 years old, I would just put on my favourite movie of that time (the princess and the pauper) and sing along so many times. I really wanted to become a famous singer and actress at that time. Now that I have ‘grown up’, I still haven’t lost the passion for singing, however I have too many hobbies to even know what I want to be just yet. I’m at the end of my Social Work course and I honestly cannot wait to start working full-time but I won’t let the makeup dream go, ever. (A)

Growing up I wanted to be a pilot. However, when career’s day came at school and realised that you needed €50k to get your license, my dreams were dashed. Then I wanted to become a nurse, however, my mum discouraged me from following biology at an A-Level. Then I started and for 3 years was following a speech therapy course, but I never felt happy there. So last year I dropped out, with one year away from graduation, and I am very happily following a psychology course. (S)

10. What do you plan to do after you graduate?

Start working full-time and get my warrant, as well as save up for my dream makeup artistry course that’s offered full time. After that’s done, I’d love to start freelancing in makeup as part-time thing. Somehow in all of that, I also would like to do my masters in Counselling later on so that I can expand more in my future profession. A PhD is also a possibility- someday! A bit ambitious I admit. (A)

I plan to start working and earning some money for myself! And hopefully have the courage and the strength to put myself through 2 years of masters to get warranted as a psychologist. I don’t yet know what I’ll specialise in, but that’s the plan (S)

11. What are your fears?

Mine are quite irrational…. I fear rejection and embarrassment the most. I also fear that I won’t have enough free time left to dedicate to my hobbies once I start working full time. (A)

On an existential level I fear that when I die I’ll still be conscious and therefore I would know that I’m dead, and I know I’d be away from the people I love the most, and I fear disappointing people. On an earthly level I’m TERRIFIED of grasshoppers (to the point I ran out of a lecture hall in front of about 150 students because a grasshopper got in), and I’m also very scared of big things. This last one is very specific. I’m not scared of tall people. I’m scared of giant things, like statues (The Sette Gunio memorial was made by Satan himself for sure), or a giant vessel. When I was watching the Titanic, and they showed the iceberg, I wanted to jump overboard! (S)

12. What are your hobbies?

I enjoy anything related to the performing arts; singing, acting, dancing, and anything related to the arts in general; drawing, painting, makeup artistry, special effects makeup, and so on. I also love gaming! (A)

I like sleeping, travelling, eating pizza and then lamenting about my weight, taking an hour to get my face done, eating, sleeping, and doing things with my boyfriend. (S)

13. What’s your preferred style of clothing?

I tend to go for preppy, elegant, 60s, artsy, and girly clothing, however, with that being said, I still have days where I’m happy enough to just go with whatever looks flattering on me. I tend to ditch revealing clothes because they make me feel self-conscious. (A)

Give me my PJs, and I’m a happy bunny! But joking aside, I prefer relaxed clothes. Some jeggings, a hoodie, and my Adidas Superstars are my go to outfit. If I have to make an effort, I prefer understated. My most daring dress colour is a dark red! You won’t ever catch me wearing bright clothes! (S)

14. What clothes do you like on people of the opposite sex?

Doesn’t really matter, as long as it flatters them and doesn’t make them look cheap or just plain trash. (A)

I absolutely LOVE it when my boyfriend wears suits! He also goes for the bonus of properly tying his tie, and not a clip on! Just hand me the popcorn! (S)

15. Favourite book and book genres?

I am very much into fantasy, horror, science fiction, supernatural, gothic, post-apocalyptic fiction, crime, and thrillers. Of course, my favourite book of all time is ‘Carrie’ (a horror fiction) by Stephen King. A close second and third would be the Harry Potter series and the Lord of the Rings series! (A)

I love biographies! My favourite book (obviously after the Harry Potter series, that’s taken for granted) is called Dear Fatty by the comedian Dawn French. It’s a unique autobiography in the sense that instead of writing about her life, she writes about her life through a series of letters to her loved ones. Unfortunately it’s been a while since I found the time to read properly, but, I will make it my mission to make room for reading. (S)

16. Favourite movie?

This a tough one because there are many movies that I like however my top favourites have to be Schindler’s List, Harry Potter movies, Lord of the Rings movies, The Grey Zone, Gladiator, Jaws, The Devil’s Double, Thor, Pirates of the Caribbean movies, X-MEN movies (I LIVE FOR THEM), Sherlock Holmes. (A)

Again after the Harry Potter movies my all time favourite movie (and guilty pleasure is Mamma Mia! and I can’t wait for the sequel to come out in July!) (S)

 17. What are some of your pet peeves?

I think the only ‘annoying’ thing about me is that I look into every mirror in the house to make sure that I look ‘decent’ before heading out. (A)

My pet peeve is when someone makes me repeat myself. I make others repeat themselves constantly, but if I have to do it, it’s murder! (S)

18. What’s one of your best childhood memories?

Singing all day at home, playing with my toy cars with dad, and not worrying about anything, and being an only child- those were the days!  (A)

All my visits to London with my family. It’s where my lifelong passion for London started. (S)

19. What’s your motto/quote in life?

Do things with the biggest amount of love. (A)

Never let the bastards grind you down (S)

20. Which country (that you haven’t been to yet) would you like to visit, next?

I would definitely love to visit Scotland and Wales, as well as Poland, Austria, Germany and China. (A)

I’m going to visit Spain next which I’ve been wanting to do for ages but never have (well before I’m going to Liverpool which I’ve also never been to, but I’ve been to England plenty of times!).  (S)

21. Last but not least: where can users follow you?

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Be sure to check out my answers to their questions on the Taleoftwobloggers website, in the coming days!

And stay tuned for Part 2, coming soon!

– Preston

Hitting Birds With Stones

It’s been just over 24 hours since my return to Malta, and I’ve already begun “playing policeman” (and I haven’t even started refereeing again, yet!).

I can’t believe that I just had to give two selfless bastards a good talking to, after I spotted them firing stones at birds with their slingshots!

As if hunting itself isn’t bad enough, these two guys – a teenage boy and an older man – had been doing this on the jogging track just opposite where I live; sneaking up to the trees in the area, picking up pebbles and stones, and then firing them at the trees in the hopes of hitting a poor bird. An innocent, living creature, which has done absolutely no harm to them.

I was greeted with dirty looks and angry frowns as soon as I approached the pair. They probably knew what was coming.

The so-called conversation went something like this:

“Excuse me sir, do you know that you guys are not supposed to be doing this? And what have the birds done in order to receive such heartless treatment from you? Does what you’re doing sound fair to you?”, I asked.

The older man said, “And shooting a person in the head is fair? Believe me, if we were to do things which we “aren’t supposed to”, then you can’t do anything in this country.”

I replied, “What a ridiculous and irrelevant argument that is. Besides, don’t you know how dangerous that is?! You could easily hit and seriously injure a person, or damage a car, with one of those stones! Who do you think you are?!”

“You don’t need to worry, we’re not shooting at people or cars”, the older man said.

“After all, if you’re against us doing these things, then you might as well stop hunting in general, because that’s killing birds, too”, the cocky, self-righteous teenager retorted.

“Yeah, exactly. So let us be, and mind your own business. We’ll be off now”, said the pathetic excuse of a man.

And with one of those annoying, sarcastic, arrogant waves…



… they turned their backs and walked off, chuckling and passing comments.

What I felt like doing:


What I actually did:

For a few seconds, I stood rooted to the spot in utter disbelief (although I wasn’t very surprised) at the state and sheer stupid mentality of some people on this island. It’s not even funny. The lack of respect towards humans, animals, and nature in general. The feeling that nowadays, anything goes. The shoulder-shrugging. The air of nonchalance and hostility. That look in people’s eyes of: “How dare you tell me what to do! Even if what we’re dong is wrong. Screw you, buddy!”

Now, by all means, I did not write this post to sound like I’m some kind of “hero”, or to boast about what I did. I mean, for all I know, these two idiots could’ve carried on doing the same thing after I started walking back home. But, the fact that I actually stood up and confronted these guys gave me a feeling of personal satisfaction. That I at least tried my best; preaching what is right, in a calm, polite, but assertive manner.

And I aim to do this more often. Again, in the hopes of maybe putting some sense into some people’s minds out there.

– Preston Carbonaro



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