Month: November 2017

Why do some people love reading and writing horror fiction?

All images credit Remang: An Anthology of Ghostly Tales  “Reading a scary story is like playing a little trick on your mind,” writer Heidi Shamsuddin says. Heidi, who authored a short story, “The Twins of Rumahku” in the recently released Remang: An Anthology of Ghostly Tales adds that horror stories can actually elicit a chemical response in our brain. “We can literally feel our hearts beating faster. It’s a bit like riding on a roller-coaster and many people find this exciting.” Since last month was Halloween, I managed find some time to read a copy of the anthology edited by Daphne Lee...

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Weddings to the big stage, Aina Abdul reminiscences her musical journey

Image credit Happyfingers Photography For someone who travels daily via the KTM Komuter from Seremban to Sentul, I consider myself a special kind of crazy person. As it turns out, singer and songwriter Aina Abdul is just as crazy as me albeit alot more special! At 17-years-old, Aina would travel daily after school from her hometown in Seremban to Kuala Lumpur to attend her vocal lessons with Cikgu Shafi, daughter of the famed late Malaysian singer M. Shariff. “I started singing when I was in highschool and my musical journey consists of various phases,” Aina tells me when we met...

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“I was paralysed waist down when I re-discovered music,” Endee Ahmad

Image credit Armon Endee Ahmad never knew music was to become his destiny until an ill-fated fall in the bathroom led him to be paralysed from the waist down in 2013. “I was working as a banker for seven-years then,” the 35-year-old reveals to me when met at The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac) recently. He fell and regained consciousness a day and a half later only to discover that he had lost his job, his wife and his ability to walk. “My wife and friends left me. My boss called me and said he was unable to...

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Gerakbudaya’s Onde Onde brings more openness to an open mic

(From left) Alana Azlan, Nana, RJ Kevin, Arisha Akhir, May Chong, Hon-Wai, Aiman. Image credit Leong Qi Tyng Imagine an open house feel to an open mic event. How would you do it? Gerakbudaya aptly named their recently held first open mic event as Onde-Onde Open Mic. Turns out, the organizer, Hon-Wai, wanted to bring an open house feel to the event. Basically something more Malaysian than usual lah! In order to create the open house environment, there were childhood snacks Malaysians would recognize and squeal over to be munched on while mingling. The seating had a relaxed and...

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POETRY | Polite Mortality by Raj Dronamraju

Image sourced He died politely while you were out He disturbed nothing, he did not leave a mess He did not publicize his demise He died quietly, it was a family matter He died in the spare bedroom, it’s okay – no one ever sleeps there The dishes were done, the sheets had been changed You felt no embarrassment about the house’s condition Made coffee for those who came to collect the body His death should produce no complaints Life had already gone around him and now without him Sparing a bubble of space for a void of a...

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november, 2017

10oct - 21novoct 1010:00 amnov 21Beyond Differences

12oct - 15novoct 128:00 pmnov 15The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro)

16oct - 24novoct 163:00 pmnov 24World’s Best Movies

2nov - 5nov 21:00 amnov 5Swordfish + Concubine

2nov - 12decnov 28:30 pmdec 12Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis