When one mentions “low-cost housing” for the lower-income community, visions of concrete tower blocks with apartments little more than cubicles comes to mind. The stink of garbage chutes, florescent lighting that’s broken and blown in places, smelly dimly lit lifts frequently out of order, walls decorated with graffiti, and all that’s dark, dreary, wet and repulsive. Being poor doesn’t mean that one has to be treated sub-humanly and allotted the cheapest, lowest quality standard of living in vermin infested, crime fertile environments. Continue reading “Livable and Pleasant Low-Cost Housing”
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At a funeral wake for my aunt who recently passed away, I overheard one of my cousins say that before she left us, she had seen her eldest brother and a sister, both long ‘gone home to the Lord’. Continue reading “A Guide to Cross Over or A Premonition?”
When I cut my hair, I feel like a new person. There’s a feeling of freedom, besides feeling cooler in this hot humid tropical climate. But, preferring very short styles, I tend to like a boyish ‘pixie look’. It’s cute and very, very easy to manage, especially when you are the ‘wash and go’ type with a lifestyle that doesn’t spend too much time in front of a mirror.
But, when ‘googling’ varieties of short hairstyles in my favorite period of fashion history – the ‘Roaring 20’s” (1920s), I stumbled over some facts about short hairstyles that I thought quite amazing. Continue reading “Revolutionary Cut”
When I was a small child, my family used to live in government quarters in the middle of town, in Penang. We had an end double-storey link house just beside a small alley between our block and a private double-storey house. There was a deep narrow drain along this alley which would overflow every time it flooded. For children, floods were a time of high excitement; how dirty the water was never occurred to us. Continue reading “Thunder Lilies”
Being hip nowadays is very common. The impressions made by our physical appearance can some times become destiny. We end up somewhere, i.e. working, getting a life partner or just being included in a certain set of people. However, despite all that, we are who we are. We know what others don’t know about us – our hidden secrets and talents. But, some things, even we don’t know about ourselves that take us by surprise. Continue reading “Hidden Beauty”
Here’s a funny story about being ‘young’. A year or so ago, an NGO (non-government organization) held an activity to celebrate “World Youth Day”. Most of the members of this NGO were young people in their early twenties, who are full of life and vibrant with energy, enthusiasm for what they were doing, and bursting with bright ideas. They got a venue in a shopping mall where they expected lots of public to be passing, especially youth of their own age, who hopefully would spontaneously join in their program of activity, celebrating WYD. Continue reading “World Youth Day for the "Young-at-Heart"”
Disaster is a leveller. When people of whatever origin, ethnic, cultural or religious background face common adversity, their differences are forgotten. That, is usually the case, but there may be exceptions in certain situations. There are amongst us (the human race), all kinds of characters; some are opportunists, some revert to saving themselves whilst others may emerge as leaders, and still many more, will decide who they think is right. Continue reading “Journey of the Comet”
The status of women nowadays is apparently ‘more’ equal to men. Yet, there’s an underlying feeling that women are still a step down in ways that are obvious at times, but subtle most of the time. Take the work place, for instance, discrimination against women working in the private sector is allowable and unchallenged by any law in Malaysia. Continue reading “Girls Getting Even”
Went down town yesterday to see what I could find at the “Refugee Carnival” that was held in the New World Park on Burma Road, near the Giant Supermarket, and came back with something I never anticipated having … Continue reading “A little out of the usual”
I’ve tried to blog before but was not confident that I could maintain a blog. That’s not the only reason. Actually, blogging is a means of communicating with those who may take some interest in whatever I have to say. A way of sharing views informally and straight from the heart. Best, done with friends. Nowadays, many people have no time for others, they’re caught up in the tight schedules and routines of their own little worlds. Continue reading “Why am I doing this?”