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SHORT STORY | A Teacher’s Journey On A School Bus by Lo Sin Yee

School Time by Jed Villejo Since my father was taken ill, I have been taking a school bus to work.  Every day, I have to wake up very early in the morning, do my ablutions in a half-asleep fashion before waiting outside the gate for the bus. Surrounded by darkness, except for the dim street lights, most of the residents are still in slumberland. The morning air is cool and the stillness is occasionally punctuated by the sound of housewives stir-frying rice and the slow trickle of traffic plying the road in the dis­tance.  I stand drowsily at the gate,...

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SHORT STORY | The Touch of Rebab by Atiqah Nik Ghazali

Malaysia’s Guardian of Mak Yong, the Goddess Zamzuriah Zahari by Sukhbir Cheema The alarm broke the silence of the dusk. She slipped from her bed, careful not to disturb her sister who was sleeping and cousins who were staying here for a week. Tiptoeing her way out of the sardine-can room, she walked slowly down the stairway into the kitchen to start the morning routine she had established a couple of months ago; something she hoped would become a permanent habit. Her fingers clumsily tore the new packet of ground Arabica beans and dispensed it into the espresso machine....

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SHORT STORY | Manis by Rowan W.

Artwork by Karin Taylor. Please support the artist here. Please, I beg you. Just leave me alone. That’s all I ask. The streets in this bustling city are crowded with motorbikes, a lot more than where I come from, though this is not really a cause for concern. At the moment, I have other more pressing issues to worry about. Living in fear day by day, for one. As daunting as it may seem, I try to prepare myself for the inevitable. Perhaps talking about it will somehow lessen this gnawing fear. How did I end up here? I...

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SHORT STORY | The Phoenix that Stains its Feathers by Peter Soh

Image sourced “The phoenix is believed to be seen in times of peace and serenity. Therefore, it is common to spot the phoenix in Peranakan ware because this mystical bird is full of auspicious connotations,” Baba Victor explained while showcasing his colourful collections of Peranakan ware to fellow amateur antique collectors. His antique teak wood cupboards housed a splendid array of Peranakan ware of different designs, sizes and colours and the auspicious bird could be spotted from the typical famille rose kamcheng to the rare lime green chupu. This Bird of Fire was seen flying around the Peranakan vessels,...

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SHORT STORY | Angel In A Turban by Lo Sin Yee

Man with a White Turban by John Singer Sargent In the shade of some dripping palm fronds, I was sitting at the edge of a bench, waiting for my brother to pick me up. Many tall buildings of glass and steel adorned the area in the vicinity of KLCC, the busiest hub in the city. My eyes, fretful with impatience, were searching for the rust-biege colour of my brother’s car in the river of traffic. A spell seemed to have been cast upon everything, pulling them along the road in opposing directions. Suddenly, a strong singing broke my concentration....

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