Am I a Hipster?

I couldn't believe that I'm actually on my long break holiday right now and I just reach Miri, staying at my sister's house for the night. I would be lying if I say I'm not tired. I'm exhausted to the extent that I feel my back pain is resurfacing. This kind of aftermath always makes me feel traumatised of packing stuff. Packing is one among the worst thing that I can do, totally a nightmare for me. I took more than 5 hours to pack all my stuff into the car, with additional migraine due to the pressure that I gave to myself. I should had started packing my things earlier, but I decided to go around meeting friends and all, final year project preparation training at the lab. 

It was exciting really, to know that later you'll have your own area in the lab. Having your own table, although only for 2 whole semesters. Being in UNIMAS means that you don't have your own classroom or lab. everywhere is a public area, shared and opened for all. Except for the lecturers' room, laboratories and offices. 

But I am not going to talk about that. Yesterday as I wait for the boarding time, for my flight bound for Miri, I saw lots of young people and old alike. They are walking around the airport areas, some with a good sense of fashion, and some just didn't give a damn about it, like me. But some reminded me of the word, "hipster". According to Parasuco in the Urban Dictionary (Nov 22, 2007), "hipster" means "Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20's and 30's that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter." and "Hipsters reject the culturally ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often be seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses. Both hipster men and women sport similar androgynous hair styles that include combinations of messy shag cuts and asymmetric side-swept bangs. Such styles are often associated with the work of creative stylists at urban salons and are usually too "edgy" for the culturally-sheltered mainstream consumer."

Or in other word, they think, differently. They do not want to be looking the same, mundane style with others. But for me, being a hipster is not just about fashion but it is more of the way of thinking. They are supposed to be thinking more and differently of the others. Like to do something different, fans or weird bands, movies and books. Suppose to be. But now, as I see it, it is becoming a trend of fashion and it is not about the different in personalities. They like the "hipster" fashion and now everyone is a self-acknowledge hipster. Usually in the past, the people who are actually hipster don't even realise that they are one until others said it to them. Now, it is the other way around. "Hey, I pun nak gi tempat hipster tu la. Nak ambik gambar acah2 hipster sikit" and post them on instagram. 

I realise that I'm a bit hipster when I was in my secondary school, not in the sense of fashion. But I didn't realise it until lots of my friend said it. I never like something that others like. It has to be different all the time, but I don't realise it. I thought everyone like them, just like me. Movies, songs and novels. I never know. But now, seeing everyone had decided to be a self- acknowledge hipster, I think it is better for me to be normal. Till then, ciao.

Parasuco, T. (November 22, 2007). Hipster. Retrieved from


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