Third Culture Kid: Leaving Home To A New Home (Part 3 Of 3)

Third culture kids or individuals are people who grew up and were raised in a different country other than their parents’ country of nationalities. They live in a different environment during a very significant phase of their childhood years. I’m Continue reading Third Culture Kid: Leaving Home To A New Home (Part 3 Of 3)

Local Food Tales: Nasi Lemak – Malaysia’s Second Mum

Malaysian food is a rich combination of unforgettable memories and tastes. In this first episode of my series about local cuisine, that I have developed a deep connection with, I strongly suggest for one to experience the history from its Continue reading Local Food Tales: Nasi Lemak – Malaysia’s Second Mum

My Expat Memories In Saudi Arabia (Part 2 Of 3)

An expatriate or expat is someone who is residing or working in a country that is other than their native country. Previously, I shared my thoughts about my home in Saudi Arabia (Saudi) and the little things that I find Continue reading My Expat Memories In Saudi Arabia (Part 2 Of 3)

A Heritage Road Trip: Malaysia Through An Expat’s Eyes

For someone who was raised outside their native country, it comes with many missed-out opportunities. We moved overseas to Saudi Arabia when I was five in 2004, and that was the last time I remember Malaysia being a home to Continue reading A Heritage Road Trip: Malaysia Through An Expat’s Eyes

Saudi Arabia: The Place I Call Home (Part 1 Of 3)

A photo of palm trees along the road of my street to my home in Saudi Arabia.

“I lived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.” Whenever I say that, I tend to see a surprised expression on people. I guess not many would spend most of their childhood in a Middle Eastern country. But the truth is, Continue reading Saudi Arabia: The Place I Call Home (Part 1 Of 3)

Live Music Scene In Today’s Unprecedented Times

Attending live music events is a great way to let your hair down to the rhythm. Sure, people are quite familiar with concerts and big stage music festivals. How about we look into the equally gratifying smaller-scale local music events Continue reading Live Music Scene In Today’s Unprecedented Times

The Clan Jetties: Adapting To The Modern World (Part 2 Of 2)

A photo of Chew Jetty with sampan boats docking at the edge.

Previously, we discussed the idea of architecture conservation and its importance in protecting our heritage. And now, we are going to look into a UNESCO World Heritage site in Penang, Malaysia, called the Clan Jetties. The Clan Jetties, also known Continue reading The Clan Jetties: Adapting To The Modern World (Part 2 Of 2)

Architecture Conservation: Protecting Our Past (Part 1 Of 2)

Do you ever get awestruck when you see a 100-year-old building? The fact that it was built more than a century ago without any modern technology fascinates me. My curiosity grew when I was studying architecture at Taylor’s University (2015-2019). Continue reading Architecture Conservation: Protecting Our Past (Part 1 Of 2)

Peranakan Weddings (Part 2 Of 2): 12 Days Of Celebrations

When I started exploring Peranakan culture, I did not expect that there would be so many complicated layers to uncover. From its complex origin story to the slowly disappearing language, food and customs, there is so much to explore. Previously, Continue reading Peranakan Weddings (Part 2 Of 2): 12 Days Of Celebrations

Peranakan Wedding (Part 1 Of 2): Tradition And Preparation

Peranakan culture has many layers. It is a complex mix of interesting practices and customs. Despite having a controversial history, Peranakans have stood the test of time. Whilst many elements within the Peranakan culture still exist, others, like the language, Continue reading Peranakan Wedding (Part 1 Of 2): Tradition And Preparation

Peranakan Malay: Keeping The Language Alive

The origin story of the Peranakans has always encountered debates. All things considered, it is difficult to determine its exact history. Even the most esteemed scholars are unable to come up with a definitive answer. Nevertheless, there has always been Continue reading Peranakan Malay: Keeping The Language Alive

Peranakan: Origin Story Of The People Of The Straits

Not many people can say that they have met a Peranakan before let alone hail from that lineage. Growing up in a Peranakan household meant that I had a unique upbringing. Everything from culture to food and fashion had a Continue reading Peranakan: Origin Story Of The People Of The Straits

Kohl: The Eyeliner Which Was Thought To Be Poison

The eyes are the windows to the soul, therefore what you apply around your eyes, plays an important role. The origins of makeup and cosmetics have come a long way since ancient times. Who could have thought that a simple Continue reading Kohl: The Eyeliner Which Was Thought To Be Poison

At The Cinema: A Life Spent At The Movies

People watching a movie in a cinema.

Picture a “first encounter” scene. Chances are you have just pictured the infamous “finger touch” scene in ET. Evidently, cinema has a way of infiltrating our subconscious. More often than not, we compare our real lives to make-believe scenes in Continue reading At The Cinema: A Life Spent At The Movies

A Forgotten Wau Bulan: Preserving The Tradition

Before the arrival of the internet, Facebook and online shopping, the children of that era used to fly oversized kites as a form of entertainment. In Malaysia, these oversized kites are also known as Wau. The Wau comes with different Continue reading A Forgotten Wau Bulan: Preserving The Tradition

Songket: The Enigma That Weaves Through Eras

For the past few weeks, I have been in a deep state of contemplation after an impulsive question struck me: how well do I value Malaysian heritage? Actually, the stimulus was this; one evening while I was having my own Continue reading Songket: The Enigma That Weaves Through Eras

The Lost Culture Of The Beautiful Kebaya

My fascination with the Kebaya started since I was a little child. I remember turning on the television in the evenings, just to watch a Singaporean drama series titled ‘The Little Nyonya‘. The story was about a Peranakan family in Continue reading The Lost Culture Of The Beautiful Kebaya