Surviving the WWII bombing of Penang

At 92, James has seen it all, but his time spent working under the Kempeitai during WWII in Penang haunts him to this day.

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Fun in the real world

Story and photos by ARNOLD LOH THERE’S a sign near the main entrance at the ESCAPE Adventureplay theme park with a rather ominous message as far as young are concerned people – “No WiFi connection”. That’s right. The park, in Teluk Bahang, Penang, is a WiFi deadzone. Not far from that sign is another […]

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Write time to play

IMAGINE getting professional help (not that kind) to write your own theatre play, and then have it performed in a public read – by professional actors – at the 2014 George Town Festival in Penang directed by the award-winning Claire Wong! Well, thanks to the Islands and Cities: A Penang/Singapore Youth Playwriting Immersion Workshop project, […]

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BRATs Penang 2013: Traditions to last

SOON Choon Hor has never had a formal music lesson and yet, every day he sits in front of the 14 Living Story shop on Armenian Street playing a musical instrument and entertaining the passers-by. When we met him, he was playing the “taishogoto”, a stringed musical instrument (also known as Bulbul Tarang in India) […]

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BRATs Penang 2013: Brewing up history

WHILE most people dream big, with ambitions of becoming famous, rich and successful Tiaw Ju Kui, 83, has quite a different dream altogether. “I have been working since young, from morning until night, until I am old now and I have never stopped,” he said in Hokkien. Being the proud owner of Kedai Kopi 7Up […]

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BRATs in Penang!

THE final BRATs workshop of the year will be held on August 14-17, and you can still be a part of it! This time, we’ll be taking the 40 successful applicants (aged 16-19) for awesome field assignments all around Penang. And with the help of editors, journalists, photographers and videographers from The Star, you will […]

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HIP in Penang

By OH CHIN ENG and CHRISTINE CHEAH PENANG. Food. Good food. That’s probably what comes to our minds when we think of the Northern state. But as one of the crucial entrepots that played an important role in the history of the nation centuries ago, Penang offers more than just a delicious plate of […]

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A new festival!

In February last year, Twitter users from 202 cities around the world rallied together for an event called Twestival and raised over US$250,000 (RM875,000) for a non-profit organisation called “charity: water”.

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