5.05.2015

No regrets over baring it all, says Nudist

The nudist behind last year's controversy at Penang Mr. Albert Yam Kam Hoong says he has nothing to regret about the incident that happened last year. However, he does regret uploading videos on a popular video sharing website that drew vast criticism from Malaysian politicians and Internet users from across the globe.

He regrets surrendering to the Malaysian police and says all the facts were not made clear to him prior to surrendering. Nonetheless, there is one thing that he isn't apologetic about – being a nudist. According to Albert, he did not offence by baring it all. Nudism is just a form of living and a lifestyle that he prefers to follow. And, every individual on the planet should be given the freedom of following his beliefs.

The 47 year old Albert confesses he shouldn't have practiced this form of lifestyle in Malaysia. “In Thailand of Indonesia, we would have no problems at all”, he said. Albert Yam Kam Hoong along with seven others was jailed over the participation in the “Nude Sports Games 2014” that were conducted in May last year. Every person that was arrested received month-long sentences for public nudity, while Albert was made to serve 6 more months for possession and distribution of pornographic material.

The video that Mr. Yam posted on a popular video sharing platform shows other nudists painting each others‘bodies, dancing and rolling over each other. According to insiders, since his return to Singapore from the prison on January 2, 2015 he has not only been depressed but has also lost a considerable amount of weight in the previous months. Albert said the condition that he had to face in the prison were too harsh and made his life a living hell.

He also said that people misguided him and made him surrender to the Malaysian police. He was told that the nature of the crime wasn't serious and he would get an advantage provided he surrendered. “I didn't expect so much jail time. I suffered a lot in there”, he said. Albert is said to have uploaded a lot of other videos earlier but this is the first time that he got into trouble because of it.

Albert said his intention behind posting of such images wasn't wrong. All he wanted to do was to promote such nudist events and that the videos were for the members'private viewing. The event was eventually cancelled because of this issue and he did not expect the images to be shared by a global audience and become viral. He also agreed on the fact that Malaysians and Singaporeans have conservative views on nudism and cannot accept it. For now, he has started to avoid participating in nudist events so that his family members don’t have to face the wrath.

For nudists in the country which has conservative views on nudity, my advice is try interact with other nudists online, there are many nudist forum, nudist dating site or nudist social sites for nudist like you and  me.

Anyway, they just did the right thing at a wrong place, nothing wrong with nudism and being a nudist!

4.10.2015

Let's Go Skinny-dipping!

Nude swimming, also known as skinny dipping is a practice of swimming naked. While people initially preferred naked swimming in natural water bodies, interested individuals have started pursuing this internet in swimming pools and hot tubs. Today, besides online nudist dating site, a lot of nudists prefer hanging out at nude beaches, or at nudist resorts that include segregated swimming areas and private swimming pools.

As a matter of fact, most countries do not have specific rules pertaining to nude swimming and this continues to be regulated either by social conventions or practice of certain groups of people. On the other hand, it is worth stating that some countries across the globe including a majority of Asian nations enforce strict prohibitions on public nudity on grounds of religion and culture.

History behind the rise of nude swimming

Nude swimming isn't a new concept. It dates back to the English town of Bath in 1668. Thomas Guidott, a writer who later became a physical scientist showed interest in the curative properties possessed by waters. His research brought into light the healthy giving properties of hot mineral waters. This was said to be a ground breaking revelation that was deemed to change the way people used water as a resource.
Nude bathing in spring waters became a norm until the 1670s where restrictions were imposed on female bathing. As time passed by several rules were made that answered questions like:

Was it right for both men and women to bath together?

Was it right that clothes be worn white taking a treatment at a spring?

In the 1730s, these natural springs took up the shape of massive resorts. Here, men and boys could swim naked while women were advised to wear loose clothes.

The Victorian period witnessed significant changes in the idea of nude swimming. This era also saw the rise of fashionable bathing suits for both men and women. People bathed naked for pleasure and little did they know that salt waters offered several health benefits too.

The YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association) was set up with a mission to provide healthy sports to men. Men as well as teenagers were encouraged to swim without trunks. However, when the association began to admit females, wearing of bathing suits became mandatory.
Birth of the Naturist Movement

Since the early 20th Century, the naturist movement gained pace in several western nations that emphasized on nudist living without associating it with any sexual flavors. They promoted non-sexual nakedness wherein people could swim, play or go trekking while being absolutely naked. As a direct consequence of this, nude beaches were set up for those who choose to remain clothing-free under the sun.

3.02.2015

French Nudist Pioneer Christiane Lecocq dies at 103

The year 2015 has brought in a little grief among people of the nudist community, owing to death of the famous, globally renowned nudist pioneer Christiane Lecocq. It is believed that this nudist pioneer had founded one of the first naturist clubs in Europe. Indeed, it is also said that she had been the driving force in bringing the nudist lifestyle into mainstream. She was buried on January 2, 2015.
Lacocq and her husband Albert were the spearheads of the French Naturist Association that was established in 1950. The federation produced an international branch three years later, which is now considered as the commencement of the movement, which today boasts of over 16 million members spread across 38 nations across the globe.

Vice president of the French Naturist Federation said that the couple had played an instrumental role in spreading awareness on naturism. Since the early 1950, the two had focused on the social and family character of naturism and showed that it could prove to be a lucrative tourist attraction like any other. Vice President Yves Leclerc also mentioned that the nudist colony Lecocq had set up in Montalivet in Southwestern France had become one of the most important centers among the European nations.

President of the French Naturist Federation went on to say that Christiane Lecocq is clearly the major reason behind France becoming the leading naturist destination in the world. As a matter of fact over 3.5 million participants flock to this part of the world in search of nudist recreation, out of which around 1.5 million are of French origin.
Global nudist recreational tourism has witnessed a significant rise in the recent years as people continue to understand the core of naturism and their principles. Thanks to the increase in the number of nudist dating sites, a lot of nudists have been able to find their ideal match without having to face any awkward situations. In addition, most nudist dating sites allow users to keep a tab on nudist events in their local area, where they can get in touch with like-minded people from across the globe.

Nudist dating sites have grown in leaps and bounds over the years, thereby taking nudist dating to a whole new level. Today, people have become more considerate towards the customs followed by members of the nudist community and respect them. While Lecocq has undoubtedly played a crucial role in propagating the nudist culture, her followers have done an amazing job in continuing the tradition and expanding the reach of the federation.

Any person who is interested in following the nudist lifestyle can become a member of the French Nudist Federation, regardless of their color, age, sex and other attributes. In addition, there are several country-specific unions that have been established that you can check out.