Month: November 2017

Rozella on making music and what it means to be truly beautiful

The Dark Side is not bad if Rozella’s there. Image credit: Joshua Chay  In Malaysia, there are many singer-songwriters and voice over artists. But there are very few who have the vocal and literary flair of Rozella Marie. The United Kingdom born and Kota Kinabalu bred musician is also one of the go to people behind True Complexion, a digital project on transforming people’s perception on the word “beautiful”. What inspired her project was her birthmark on her face which caused her much ridicule and scorn from people. You can read more about it here! (Fun fact: Rozella is...

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The klpac Symphonic Band sheds its classical image for a rock repertoire!

All images credit The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre Symphonic Band (or klpac Symphonic Band for short) has been around for close to eight years. Established in 2009, it is a community wind band aimed at providing a platform for musicians from various musical background, to get together, make music and perform on a regular basis. But now, after years of performing classical repertoires, the band is set to undergo a face-lift. A rock inspired face-lift. Remember jukeboxes? You know, those automated coin operated music playing machines? Well, the klpac Symphonic Band under...

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POETRY | Apologize First, Think Later by Sheril A. Bustaman

Artwork by ghelalala Say you’re sorry. Don’t assess the facts but just apologize first, So he would be mildly appeased, Albeit still irritated at whatever it is he has convinced you is your latest crime, On your long rap sheet of perceived stupidity. Do not look him in the eye. Always look down in remorse and submission, Remembering always your place in this world, And that you shouldn’t be so audacious, As to ever look him in the eye. Think simple thoughts. Do not think about the times when you were a spit fire, Fuelled by music and movement,...

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SHORT STORY | The Peculiar Autumn by Farahrina Ali

Autumn Painting by Leonid Afremov The dry leaf fell onto the page of the book held in my hands. My heart leapt a little and I tilted my head to the sky. I flipped my front hair sideways as the gentle breeze of air touched my skin. From beneath the shade, I could now see a better view of the big deciduous tree, firmly trying to hold on to its rainbow leaves. Its hues of bright green, yellow, scarlet and amber blended perfectly. My eyes glimpsed to the right, catching the sight of passers-by along the tranquil park. The Northern Red Oak,...

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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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