Becoming the Fearless Radical Optimist

They say I am fearless but crazy.  They tell me that I am making a huge mistake and I will live to regret it. Behind my back, they snicker and say that I am a reckless and irresponsible mother. That I am not only ruining my own life, but my daughter's as well. They cannot imagine WHY I would ...

HOW THE PHILIPPINES TAUGHT ME TO LOVE MALAYSIA

It all began when a dear Singaporean friend told me about a man with white hair who builds houses for the poor and is turning every slum in the Philippines into a middle class community, and that his NGO is the only platform that unites the rich and the poor, competing brands and businesses, and even rival politicians.

POEM: All Right, Good Night

All right, Good night Sweet dreams, Sleep Tight Words we say On a daily basis To our dearly beloveds Safe travels,  See you soon, Our Good byes Are not supposed to be Final Farewells Everyday exchanges We share So much we take For granted Cherishing our own security While consoling others' loss As days struggle into weeks Time sharpens the anguish Uncertainty gnaws into sanity Still, answers elude All we can do is hope against ...

Malaysia 50 at The B-Side

My first article for the interactive tablet Malaysian magazine, The B-Side, is now live! The B-Side is an interactive tablet magazine on culture, lifestyle, politics available for free on iPad and Android tablets. It features videos, music, soundbites, graphics and photography that work in concert with the power of the written word. The B-Side attempts to capture ...

Are WE becoming Overtly Sensitive?

Actually, in Malaysia, we would say - WHY SO SENSITIVE LAH? Yes, we Malaysians, tend to add the word: "LAH" at the end of our sentences. It's how we roll. So, what is this overtly sensitive thing that we run the risk of becoming?  There have been a few high-profile controversies in Malaysia - one in particular involved a ...

My City: Kuala Lumpur, My Country: Malaysia

Ever since I started blogging, I have been getting my small share of fan-mail. Some people mistook me for an Indonesian or Filipina. I am flattered :) However, just to set the record straight - I am Malaysian Chinese. And no, I am not Muslim. Yes, Malaysia is essentially a Muslim nation because the majority of the ...

Second Guest Blogger: A Call to Arms by Dr. Hartini Zainudin

Hi, everyone! It is an honour for me to have Dr. Hartini Zainudin in the house, i.e. in my blog. She is my 2nd Guest Blogger. I first met Dr. Hartini in 2006 when I visited her children's center in Chow Kit. On that very day, I witnessed a different side of Kuala Lumpur - ...

WHY I WAS A DISAPPOINTED MALAYSIAN BUT NOT ANYMORE

As many may or may not know by now, Malaysians have just undergone their 13th General Elections. The results were not what most people expected because it was marred by many "irregularities", and these are still being debated as I write. We have seen pictures and videos posted in our FBs throughout the day of May ...

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