Making art with Orang Asli children in Kampung Rasau, heart touching!

More “Engge porrr… ennadei….,” they sang as their hands reached out to touch one another in what I guessed was a game of tag. Whatever they were saying in the Semai language sound very much like Tamil, and I tried to join in the game by “tagging” one of the kids and singing like they did, “engge porrr.” which in Tamil roughly translates to “where to go”. What follows is a peal of laughter that I took as acceptance by the Orang Asli children from Kampung Rasau, near Slim River, Perak. “Yay!”I thought. “Score for getting included despite saying...

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New Tamil song by Malaysian, “Let’s Go”, heating up international festivals

More For an artist, recognition can be a nurturing balm to the creative spirit. And especially if you’re up and coming, it becomes positive reinforcement to keep honing talent. Musician, Jaya Easwar, sought this affirmation and decided to send his work for judging by experts and industry players at international festivals around the world. His gamble and belief in his work paid off when his composition, “Selvom Vaa” turned out to be a hit in several world festivals. “As a beginner, I personally believe recognition and awards are more important than Youtube views. To our surprise, Selvom Vaa, a Malaysian made Tamil song,...

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Poetry | Penchant of Sunrise

More Image credit: Lanlinglaurel.com The sun is entirely devoid of darkness It overpowers the universe with its intense flare Feels like an enormous volcanic wind scratching the surface of earth It prides on the mere fact that there can only be ‘one’ who radiates the gleam Temperamental by nature It can be mildly soothing or menacingly fierce Rules with an iron fist and is afraid of none No room for emotional attachment, As blaze is constantly fuelled We aim to be that To transcend all the limits that has been long established To emerge as the imperium that would...

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SHORT STORY | Birthday Gifts

More Image credit: magnatalk.com It was bound to happen any minute now. I took a peek at the old, brown grandfather’s clock sitting behind me; us alone in the dining room under a light as glorious as a mountain’s sunset, as old as the age I was about to turn into. It happens once every year, once the clock reaches twelve and I become a year wiser (yet closer to my unpreventable death), I would hear a fickle of the faintest footsteps at my door, like that belonging to the feet of a little girl no older than five, but as I slip into my warm...

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MEGHA DUTA – BAHAGIAN 13 OLEH: UTHAYA SANKAR SB

More Bunga Kunda. Kredit gambar: gardeningknowhow.com   Baca bahagian-bahagian sebelumnya di sini. Watak yaksa dalam puisi klasik Megha Duta ternyata tidak terburu-buru meminta gumpalan awan membawa utusan kepada isterinya yang berada di Alaka iaitu sebuah bandar mistik di Gunung Kailasa, Banjaran Himalaya. Dia ternyata mahu gumpalan awan berkenaan turut menikmati pelbagai pengalaman sepanjang perjalanan dari Bukit Ramagiri di kawasan pergunungan Vindhya, bahagian tengah India. Sloka 46 – Dewa Murugan adalah penghuni tetap di Devagiri. Menurut mitos dan purana, Dewa Shiva mahu melindungi bala tentera milik Dewa Indra. Maka, tenaga (sakti) yang bersinar lebih terang daripada matahari disimpan oleh Dewa...

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She picks up a pencil for stress relief, finds surprise skill instead!

More image credit: May Choong Many people turn to art as a hobby or therapeutic stress relief, and when May Choong took up a pencil, she was no different, just looking for an outlet to distract from her work-related woes. But the results of that took even her by surprise, because as it turns out, she has FULL BLOWN Talent! Yes…we kid you not, and if you’re wondering what the dramatic caps lock was for, well, judge for yourself lah. A photo posted by YangMay Choong (May) (@yangmayc) on Jan 9, 2017 at 12:44pm PST The day she found out...

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How the 4th Malaysian Jazz Piano Festival will be different than the ones before

More Image credit: Malaysian Jazz Piano Festival If you’re a music lover or someone who enjoys quality music, then the 4th edition of the Malaysian Jazz Piano Festival which takes place this weekend will whet your music taste buds. Here we’ve compiled reasons why you should and must check out Malaysia’s biggest and arguably the world’s one of a kind jazz festival! A festival by musicians for musicians (and music lovers) Touted as the brainchild of Malaysia’s foremost jazz musician, Michael Veerapen – the festival could only happen with the assistance of several Malaysian jazz pianists such as Tay Cher Siang, Justin Lim,...

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Telling stories on Malaysia via Facebook – the methods used are awesome!

More Image credit: Songs & Stories In the age of information, the way we tell and share stories continue to evolve at a rapid pace. Enter Songs & Stories, a joint-initiative between singer-songwriter Juwita Suwito and novelist-author Gina Yap Lai Yoong (PSSST! We also wrote a feature on Gina last year). Heavily relying on social media – primarily Facebook – as a platform to share their stories, the duo have experimented telling stories about their journey throughout Malaysia in the form of short Facebook documentaries, photo essays, and posts. With the aim of the initiative is to discover inspiration in everyday people and...

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SHORT STORY | Anarchy on a Monday Morning

More Image credit: Sean T. Collins   ***This post contains excessive vulgarities. If you can’t handle it, it is highly recommended that you DO NOT attempt to read this post.  59-years-ago my forefathers lowered the Union Jack just so that you and I can sit in a packed train that takes us to skyscrapers where we, dressed in our John Master long-sleeved buttoned up shirts, clock in to work at an air-conditioned office fitted with a tiny pantry with endless supply of Milo and oats, gazing into a black box, sifting through confusing words and complex numbers for eight hours straight, day...

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Poetry | Surging Bulls

More Image credit: Rosenfeldtown   Rampaging bulls carve a mighty path beneath an unruffled veil crashing through intricate lattices of sobriety Bells in the sanctum peal over the roar of thundering hooves – tolling ‘Calm! Calm! Calm!’ as gallant pillars erected in times of despair stand firm against the rampaging surge – a surge that started from a sock A sock of unmatched quality soaked in insidious splendour rumpled and thick seeping viscid ick permeating the air with H2S flavour mingled with the insufferable perfume of insouciance It leaves a rancid trail in which blood red toadstools blossom and thrive...

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MEGHA DUTA – BAHAGIAN 12 OLEH: UTHAYA SANKAR SB

More Kredit gambar: Dollsofindia.com Baca bahagian-bahagian sebelumnya di sini. Walaupun motif utama watak yaksa adalah supaya gumpalan awan membawakan pesanan kepada isterinya di Alaka, apa-apa yang bakal ditemui di sepanjang perjalanan dari Bukit Ramagiri diceritakan secara amat terperinci. Sloka 40 – Pada waktu malam, golongan wanita di Ujjaini akan mencuri peluang untuk berkunjung ke rumah kekasih mereka. Mereka akan menggunakan jalan utama kerana cahaya di kawasan itu agak malap, dan sesiapa yang menggunakan jalan berkenaan sukar dikenali. Engkau bantulah perjalanan mereka dengan mengeluarkan pancaran kilat yang berwarna keemas-emasan. Akan tetapi, berhati-hatilah supaya tindakan engkau tidak pula memeranjatkan mereka. Jangan...

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Check out this wonder henna artist doing art you can’t do

More All images credit: Eksentrika. Unless stated otherwise Her father left when she was small, no matter, Namvinsha Kaur and her mother stayed strong. In school, they called her names and isolated her, no matter. No matter became a mantra as Namvinsha soldiered on and obtained a diploma in management and multimedia. Five years after graduation, she was still searching and applying for numerous jobs, employers simply could not see past her physique. No matter, Namvinsha turns to art and voila! Who’s the boss now? Born with congenital achondroplasia, Namvinsha’s limbs are not fully formed. People had called her a ‘penguin baby’. Making friends was...

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