A Father’s Day Reflection on Family, Citizens and Office Holders

When the first Facebook posting of the Lee family’s disputes appeared, my interest was piqued. Then came the ripostes from the Prime Minister and I became confused. It’s a veritable reality TV show now and I’m alarmed. As with all developments in life, including our national life, this is an opportunity to learn.  It is … Continue reading

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Memoirs of a Kampung Girl

Originally posted on A Leaf in Springtime:
I dedicate this post to all my friends in Malaysia who made my growing up years one which I always look back with a quiet contentment in my heart. And a huge grin on my face. You taught me that friendship had nothing to do with the colour…

Where has your muse taken you?

No dear reader … it wasn’t me, it was my muse. When I re-launched Learning to Fly as an e-book, I hadn’t expected so many curious readers and a bunch of positive reviews. I hadn’t expected the positive reader engagement either, with so many people curious about how the story came about.  So, here’s, the … Continue reading

Kuala Lumpur – A Sizzling Fling

Originally posted on THE VIBE 101:
Kuala Lumpur – central business district Kuala Lumpur (KL) is hot, damn hot! As soon as I stepped off the plane, the humidity slapped me right in the face. But it’s not just the weather that’s scorching; it’s the food, the atmosphere and the shopping! After spending just over a…

A conversation across hemispheres – Kathleen Caron interviews me

My friend Kathleen Caron, who blogs at {full of life} soul food, interviewed me this week. The secret of giving a good interview is the questions. Kathleen is great at reaching out and getting to the heart of the matter. What I discovered in the interview is how strongly I feel that despite our differences, we’re … Continue reading

Mom’s cooking at Hafidah’s and Zulkifli’s

This Sunday Mom’s not cooking. All the restaurants in town are full. If you didn’t call a month ago and you really really really want to take Mom out, you’re dead meat. I swear! Why not try to persuade Mom to go out tomorrow or next Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday instead? Tell her it’s … Continue reading

How my garden welcomed me…

I love that coming home feeling, especially those first hugs and hellos. Husband and Youngest Son always seem dearer after I’ve been away from them for some time. And then there’s my bed. There’s nothing more wonderful than collapsing into its familiar embrace, the way the mattress cradles my bones in just the right way, … Continue reading

Quick note from London

April has proven to be the cruelest month … Not so much for the weather but for the cruelties that we humans inflict on each other and the indiscriminate force of technology when it’s uncontrolled. The week started with the senseless bombings at the Boston Marathon. Arriving in London on Wednesday, I ran into Margaret … Continue reading