Author: Charles Chiam

BOOK REVIEW | Micro Malaysians!

Editor: Anwar Hadi Publisher: Fixi Novo Genre: Fiction Novel Pages: 144 Micro Malaysians! is a collection of 100 stories, chosen from 1,163 entries from all across Malaysia, each no longer than 150 words. Accompanied by illustrations by Caryn Koh, the book promises “a smorgasbord of the Malaysian experience, bite-sized and biting”. On first glance, this book does not seem to have a particular audience in mind, aiming to simply satisfy one’s curiosity just how much a writer could tell with so little, and if the tales are truly reflective of the Malaysian scene. The stories are not arranged via...

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BOOK REVIEW | Dark Demon Rising by Tunku Halim

Author : Tunku Halim Publisher : Buku Fixi Genre : Fiction Novel Pages : 264   For many, an inheritance is typically physical property one inherits when one’s parents passes away. In some unfortunate cases, some family inheritances could also be a terrible burden and a responsibility. Would you choose to accept your inheritance if you were told to become a bomoh (shaman) just like your father? First published in 1997, Dark Demon Rising tells the story of kampung-born city lawyer, Shazral, who left his home in pursuit of his dreams and life only to receive a call informing him...

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Want a popular virtual superstar to sing your songs? This guy did it!

Perhaps you are a songwriter who wants to get your music out but can’t bring yourself to perform it yourself? Traditionally, you would have to get someone else perform your music but what if you didn’t need to. What if you could do it on your own without having to collaborate with anyone at all? What if that moment is already here? Enter “vocaloids”- the precise answer to all those “What ifs”. The voice synthesizing program by Yamaha Corporation combines real human vocals with the use of androids to sing your tunes for you. It lets you put a voice to your songs...

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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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