Author: Ista

5 reasons to go for Art Battle Malaysia #3

It looks like a full on art-attack this month as Art Battle Malaysia #3 rolls around the corner this October 14, coinciding with the glorious month of Inktober. The daily drawing challenge started by American illustrator, Jake Parker is now a global exercise in inspiration and if you can handle a wee bit more than that, you should check out Art Battle Malaysia, started by our very own Malaysian artist, Ruby Subramaniam. Before bringing this fun-tastic speed drawing competition to home soil, Ruby was herself a participant in Art Battle Brazil back in 2016. She was a solo-travelling wanderer...

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Book Review | Sekolah Bernama Kehidupan by Asmar Shah

This review comes very late; almost a year since I first got hold of the book by courtesy of Rumah Lipur Lara. The delay however, is through no fault of the book, only this reviewer, who lives a nomadic life and has the unfortunate bad habit of leaving things in the multiple abodes she flits to and from and sometimes forgets where some valuables have been stores. Luckily, I recently was able to uncover this precious title “Sekolah Bernama Kehidupan” (School named Life) by Asmar Shah, and upon finished reading, became resolved to write-up this owed review. It’s easy...

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Review | Si Romantik Yang Sudah Mati

When I picked up the book, it was by accident. It was lying on the small table in my husband’s room, looking strangely out of place. Firstly because the cover was a striking pinkish purple hue, featuring the silhouette of a woman’s face; secondly, it was in Malay. After reading the back cover, I found myself digging into the pages, like a schoolgirl in search of that feeling again. You know? That complicated yearning, that brimming fantasy most cogent with the possibility of a potential lover? Some call it romanticism. And it was in the throes of my revisiting...

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Meet legendary Malaysian cartoonists in Ipoh this weekend!

Ipoh has been heating up with art this week, full of activities organised by The Other Fest 2017. If you’re in Ipoh and didn’t know, (well you should now!), check out the sexy stuff happening around that Concubine Lane area, near that awesome spot known as Yasmin@Kong Heng. This Saturday, which is tomorrow lah, Sharpened Word is also having a session where you can meet Hassan Muthalib  and Lat, who needs little introduction to most Malaysians, since his comics, The Kampung Boy are widely known and loved in the country. For those who need a refresher on who Hassan is, you...

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How to score that Top UK acting school audition? We asked someone who actually did it!

You’re in a spacious room with four judges. They watch you, waiting for you to perform. There are others auditioning too and they’re there in the same room, watching you. Now deliver your monologue. After that it’s three more rounds to go. That’s what it’s like to vie for a spot to study acting in UK’s leading drama school, East 15. This is a true experience relayed by Tika Mu’tamir, one of three talented Malaysian actors, who recently scored a spot to study in that prestigious theatre conservatoire. In that first audition for East 15 in the UK some...

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