At 22, Yoke Kwan experienced both horror and humour during the Japanese Occupation.

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Meeting Taylor Swift

SO last week I met this 24-year-old girl whose gigs over the past year have brought in something like US$140mil (RM451mil). Not too shabby for someone who was once told her singing career would be dead overnight after a few bum notes at the Grammys. Her name is Taylor Alison Swift, and I have to […]

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Ride on!

By VIVIENNE WONG TO think that The Grumpy Cyclist was almost called The Grumpy Barista is just unimaginable, because it wouldn’t explain its concept as a cafe for cyclists, and the baristas there are anything but grumpy! According to Alex Iskandar Liew, one of the founders of The Grumpy Cyclist, the cafe was inspired […]

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Written in the stars

By KEVIN TAN If you’re not too familiar with the name Icona Pop, you’ll immediately know the group once you hear its music. With Icona Pop’s hit single I Love It taking over the around the world, being featured in video games and also TV series like Girls and Vampire Diaries, this Swedish duo […]

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Twestival KL is back!

They say Twitter is all about meaningless posts about what you had for lunch. Try telling that to the social media influencers behind Twestival KL. Since it was first held in 2009, the annual gathering of Twitterers (which is part of the global Twestival movement) has been raising funds for good causes using the power […]

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A helping hand

By KEVIN TAN Azlan Mckechnie, 28, watched a YouTube video showing a few individuals feeding the poor and homeless people on the streets that they live in. Little did he know that the video would not just leave a lasting impression on him but also inspire him to go out and do the same. […]

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Sabotaging stigma

IN the heart of Kuala Lumpur lies a safe haven for people living with HIV (PLHIV) and their family members. Fourteen-year-old Hawa (not her real name) comes here after school and spends time with the volunteers. “I feel happy to be here. I get to meet people, talk to them, learn how to use the […]

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Alive and viral

By ANGELIN YEOH How much do you know about Kuala Lumpur? Other than it’s the capital city of Malaysia and home to some 1.6 million people, the city is apparently alive with budding musicians, upcoming fashion designers and some might say, hipster kids. Kuala Lumpur: It’s Alive attempts to visualise what makes the city […]

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Life after London

Stories by ANGELIN YEOH Pandelela Rinong AS a child growing up in Kampung Jugan, Sarawak, Pandelela Rinong Pamg said she was very active and one of her favourite things to do was play at the river. “I was always jumping around at the sungai. It was fun,” she said. At that time, no one imagined […]

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Shopping Buddy

By NASA MARIA ENTABAN DENVER Leong’s role as a personal shopper is sort of like a shopping buddy’s – he helps you pick out clothes, gives honest opinions on how you look and gives advice on mixing and matching. The difference is, he’s an expert who knows what he’s talking about and will give […]

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