Author: Charles Chiam

“Poetry is a form of prayer,” Sheena Baharudin says

All images by Charles Chiam “Prayers come from within and to articulate it is to share your soul. You beautify language to reach out, to spread good energy, and express hope that things will turn for the better,” spoken word poet Sheena Baharudin says to me. We were talking to each other at a multidisciplinary spoken word poetry performance held to celebrate the release of two poetry books by Sheena and fellow poet Alana Azlan. While Sheena’s All the Bodies We’ve Embraced was released in June this year, Alana’s A Female Called Psyche got its release this month. Published...

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How effective is Virtual Reality in addressing human rights issues?

Image credit: Tribeca Is Virtual Reality (VR) the way forward in communicating ideas, opinions and providing facts and figures especially on human rights issues? Programme director of One World Documentary Film Festival, Ondřej Moravec apparently believes it is. “Virtual reality brings you closer into the scenario, from all sides. It enhances your experience in a way that doesn’t feel artificial,” Moravec testified at the recently held FreedomFilmFest (FFF) 2017 at PJ Live Arts. Moravec explained that the technology has already been widely available in many parts of the world, at affordable prices. Heck, devices such as Google Cardboard – customised via fold-able...

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This teen loves My Little Pony so much that he created an orchestra!

Images by Charles Chiam For Kelvin Law Kai Win, music is his soul, a story drawn deep down from his heart. Inspired by his grandparents from a young age, Kelvin started learning the piano at the tender age of 8. When he was 12, he listened to Antonín Dvořák’s New World Symphony, which influenced him to kickstart his self-learning into music composition. The 19-year-old who counts Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin and Antonín Dvořák as his top favourite musicians, also taught himself the violin and flute. Apart from being a dedicated music student, Kelvin is also a Brony – an adult...

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