Author: Ista

What are Singaporeans stirring up in Ipoh Old Town now?

Feature image credit: CEX This August, a bunch of Singaporeans and their Malaysian kakis are going to cause a ruckus in Ipoh. They are going to paint the town red, blue, green, yellow and more….literally! Not only that, they also plan to create some drama on the streets! Who are these fellas and what’s the hullabaloo about, you say? Well, CausewayEXchange (CEX) 2017, the one and only platform supporting cultural and artistic reciprocity between Singapore and Malaysia, is going to be held in Ipoh from August 24 until August 27. What this means is that, on those dates, you...

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Are you fierce enough to send a post card?

In this age of instant gratification, waiting for something in the mail has turned into checking your inbox multiple times throughout the day until…it’s there. Once upon a time, the anticipation involved a few more exciting steps, such as the arrival of the postman, which gave chance to a possibly friendly perhaps flirty banter before something physical presented into your hands. Juxtaposed like that, which would you prefer? I don’t know about you but I grew up believing that receiving pretty stationery inscribed with a personal message, to be one of the hallmarks of romance. And I’m thrilled that The...

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These are not paintings of galaxies but ACTUAL cakes!

All images credit By Grace Have you ever wished to know what a slice of the universe would taste like? We might never know for sure but these cakes By Grace definitely lets your imagination take you there! Two artistic bakers behind this Malaysian confectionery in Johor Bahru came up with the fabulous idea of making “space cakes” that brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “a feast for your eyes”. For the record, although these cakes are bound to inspire thoughts high in the sky, these are not to be confused with the kind infamously sought for...

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Poetry | Key by Vernon Daim

Feature image: “Still Life with Cherries, Key and Dice,The Key of Luck” by bulgarian artist, Alexander Titorenkov I usually take up a little room Deep in your pocket. I am essential In proving that you are territorial.   Like problems, like children, I multiply Purely out of basic necessity, Insecurity or bad memory.   I’m not your faithful spouse nor hot lover. Yet losing me causes dread and distress, Turns your life into a horrible mess.   I guard your treasure, your dirty secrets. Though I jingle-jangle and make loud noise When I socialise, I’m still your best choice.  ...

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What’s so great for a school to stage plays for 81-years?

It is indeed remarkable for a school to sustain staging annual school plays to the point it becomes more than a decade-long tradition. Ipoh Anglo Chinese School (ACS) has since earned a name for this, having continued staging a play since the 1950’s and even churning out some famous names the likes of veteran actor, Mano Maniam and Chin San Sooi, the theatre director renowned for staging Macbeth in the style of Chinese opera. Both Mano and San Sooi have openly spoken of their fond memories play acting at their alma mater circa the 1960’s. This year marks the school’s...

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