All the circumstances were at my side this year for Thaipusam 2016, except one. I should not have said all, but I skipped this year's Thaipusam for a stupid reason.
I was unprepared and so busy this month that I knew Thaipusam 2016 celebration just few days until the date. I was expecting it to be around first week of February but I was wrong.
So I had few days to decide whether I should go and shoot or not. for 3 consecutive years, I managed to go to the event and shoot under the heat of the sun. I even still remember 2 years ago that I had to come and shoot for 2 days straight.
My big regrets that I didn't go there and shoot this year for a stupid reason. I was afraid something might happen due to the ISIS news that has been spread around over news and social media here in Kuala Lumpur and I made an excuse to skip this year's Thaipusam. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a devotee nor believer. I just go there and shoot as a photographer.
Seeing my friends who went there with their photos on social media, made me think twice. I should have set aside my fears and just went on.
Although regrets are haunting me at this point, there's this little portion of me thanking myself for skipping it. My family depends on me and I couldn't imagine what will happen to them if something happens to me.
Having said that, There will always be a Thaipusam next year and hopefully with any other events, I will have the courage to go and shoot no matter what. After all, it's my passion.