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Recipe for success

IMAGINE having to wake up at 4am every day with only four hours of sleep … just to cook for hundreds of people. Sounds exhausting? Well, that is exactly what nasi dagang seller Katipah Sulong, fondly known as Kak Pah by locals in Kuala Terengganu, does every day. Seventeen years ago, Kak Pah and her […]

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Making English fun

TAKING a break from all the famous landmarks and places of interest in Kuala Terengganu, the participants of the BRATs workshop also dropped by the Tok Jiring “English Theme Park” (ETP). And no, it’s not a theme park where everything’s British. The ETP is actually an initiative by the Terengganu State Education Technology Department (TSETD) […]

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A sacred sight

The Crystal Mosque in Kuala Terengganu is more than a place of worship. BEAUTIFUL mosques are a common sight in Malaysia, but how often does one see a mosque – and a crystal one, no less – floating on water? Well, the people of Kuala Terengganu do almost every day. The shimmering Crystal Mosque on […]

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The lure of Pulau Duyung

CHRISTINE Rohani Longuet is a 70-year-old French boat-builder, author, homestay operator, ethnobotanist and Ph.D student who has been living in Pulau Duyung for the past 40 years. True story. It was almost surreal meeting Longuet in her traditional Malay home, built from cengal wood and beautifully appointed with old wooden furniture. She’d speak to her […]

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A sinking tradition

SINCE he was 12, Asmawi Hasni’s hobby has been building boats. And we’re not talking about paper boats or model ships. We’re talking huge traditional wooden boats, some close to 20 feet tall and 100 feet long. Traditional Malay boats might sound boring to most young people now, but for Asmawi, they quickly became his […]

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Back to basic

Locals strive to keep traditions alive … some do it with a little twist. WAN NOR Affifah Wan Azizi loves Terengganu so much that she created a delicacy and named it after the east coast state. After years of selling serunding Kelantan (Kelantanese meat floss) with her mother, Hajjah Umar Bidah at Pasar Payang in Kuala […]

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Seberang Takir

WHEN you ask most of the locals in Kuala Terengganu about Seberang Takir, they’ll most likely say think of two words – keropok lekor. True enough, when we arrived at the small kampung after taking a short boat ride, the first thing we saw were a few keropok lekor shops, all boiling the fresh fish […]

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East coast adventure

WE’RE back from yet another awesome BRATs workshop! Most of the R.AGE team was in Kuala Terengganu for four days last week facilitating the BRATs Kuala Terengganu 2013 workshop, and we had a great time working with the 40 participants. In case you don’t know, BRATs, The Star’s long-running young journalist programme, is run by […]

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Children of the market

NUR HASSANAH Zahari smiled fondly at the memory of helping her father at his butcher stall in Pasar Payang, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu when she was a teenager. Now at 22, Nur Hassanah is the one who runs the busy stall at the bustling wet market. She took over the family business when her father died […]

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Weaving lives

NINE years ago, Shahidah Mazlam had intended to become a policewoman after sitting for her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM). Unfortunately, she faced objection from her family over her choice of career. “My mother didn’t want to see me work in the tough line of duty and I had no choice but to listen to her,” […]

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