Month: December 2017

BOOK REVIEW | Ho Khong Ming’s The Tiger and the Leopardess

Author : Ho Khong Ming Publisher : Gerakbudaya Genre : Fiction Novel Pages : 194 The Tiger and the Leopardess is a unique novel with an interesting history. In its preface, the author mentions publishing its earlier edition with the now defunct Partridge, a pay-to-publish outlet that had been acquired by Penguin Random House. Paying to publish (or vanity publishing as it is sometimes derogatorily called) is a form of self-publishing that hasn’t been regarded kindly by some members of the reading public, it gives authors the freedom to work with diverse material that conventional publishers may be less willing...

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Norman Sanzo, the M’sian who runs a weekly podcast on My Little Pony

All images credit Norman Sanzo In the era of smartphones, tuning in to podcasts has become a common activity that do besides listening to the radio when they’re driving or during their lunch breaks at work. Podcasts are episodic series (some 30 minutes to an hour long) of digital audio or video files that a user can subscribe and listen to online or via download. But what does it take to run a podcast channel? Meet Norman Sanzo, a 30-year-old freelance photographer from Johor Bahru who is a Brony – an adult fan of the show My Little Pony:...

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The rise of maid cafés in Malaysia and why it’s actually kinda cool

All images credit KING ANGEL Fancy being served by waiters and waitresses dressed in cute glittery anime-esque maid costumes and butler uniforms for a change? Turns out, maid cafés are a type of cosplay restaurants where its staff play the role of servants who treat customers as their masters (and mistresses) rather than as café patrons. This literally takes the phrase ‘customer is king’ to a whole different level! Originating in Japan, this subculture has spread throughout the world and is gradually gaining popularity amongst the Malaysian ACG (Anime, Comic, Games) community. “I think it’s because of the services....

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Meet the lass behind Malaysia’s J-Rock band, The CrestFall Band

All images credit Jasmine Minori Meet 27-year-old Ng Swee Yin, aka Jasmine Minori of Malaysian J-rock band, The CrestFall Band. This KL-born financial analyst has been doing music since the age of 6, and is wowing her audiences with her talents in Japanese, Chinese and English vocals through multiple musical instruments. Starting off with the piano, and then the Chinese harp (23 strings zither) when she was 10, she eventually expanded her skill set to include the electric guitar, keyboard and ukulele. “I started performing music on stage by accepting various jobs in Japanese related events, corporate gigs and...

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My Experience Painting Warhammer’s Stormcast Eternal Liberator

All images by Qi Tyng Leong Many approached arts class in school with dread because they felt like they weren’t artistic or creative enough. To quell your fears, I suggest giving figurine painting a try! This is because: 1. You don’t need to draw. The figurine is supplied. 2. Even without shading or highlighting the finer details, it still looks awesome! 3. Painting can be therapeutic. I’ve never painted a figurine before but had the opportunity to paint a Warhammer figurine at the recently held Publika Comic Play 2017. Patrick Ong, the store manager of Games Workshop, was the...

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