Recent Posts by shirleymaya

Into the “Pleasure Domes” of Bangkok

The NST RED published my article today on this subject matter. However, the article that appeared in the newspaper was heavily censored.  IT WAS A HORRID HACK JOB, TO BE EXACT. SO, HERE IS THE UNCENSORED version. Most of us know of Thailand as the “Land of Smiles”. However, only the cultured few would understand why Bangkok is ...

Personal Christmas Message for 2012

Over the past few years, I have literally dropped out of the social and professional radar. Those who knew me thought that they had lost me, and those who were with me thought I had abandoned them. In every situation, there was no pleasing everyone. Disappointments were rife, and each dispensed their own judgement on me. ...

The Insider’s Scoop to W Singapore, Sentosa Cove

Today, my article on W Singapore is published in New Straits Times, RED Segment (NST, RED). You can read the newspaper's version here. However, this post in my blog is another version of that said article. You will find very different photos of the W Singapore in this blog version as well. Hope you like it. Getting ...

A Compelling Piece by Jada Pinkett-Smith

JADA PINKETT-SMITH: “THE WAR ON MEN THROUGH THE DEGRADATION OF WOMAN” After slaying critics in defense of her daughter Willow, outspoken actress and activist Jada Pinkett-Smith took to Facebook today to drop some knowledge on how the degradation of women has resulted in problems for both sexes. As we look at societies where the women are lost, struggling for education and otherwise disregarded, versus ...

A SNEAK PEAK INTO A DIRECTOR’S MIND

I am taking a slight digression from story posting today to share this deeply personal perspective of an extremely talented Filipino Director and friend, Erik Matti.  Erik laments the degradation of the independent film industry in his country. However, I find that some of his words resonate with me on the state of our society at ...

EAST OF THE HEART: CHAPTER FOUR

Chapter Four: The Discovery1925 – George Town, Penang As summoned by the formidable Mrs. Wong, the tailor came to the mansion on the following morning with his two of his best seamstresses. Mei Yee was very delighted to learn that the two seamstresses were the same Shanghainese ladies whom she had travelled on the steamer ship ...

EAST OF THE HEART: CHAPTER THREE

Chapter Three: The Introduction 1925 – George Town, Penang Mei Yee settled quickly into her “pre-wedding” quarters. It was actually an attic located at south wing corner of the mansion. By every means, it was much larger than the tiny room in her village. The attic was generous in size and décor. There was a formal sitting ...

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