Browsing All Posts published on »February, 2010«

The Life and Times of Tun Fatimah Srikandi Melaka

February 21, 2010


One of the most inspiring icons of the Malaccan Empire is Tun Fatimah, the last Sultanah of Malacca. Tun Fatimah is the daughter of Bendahara Tun Mutahir, the Prime Minister during the reign of Sultan Mahmud Shah a.k.a The One Who Got Us Colonised. Tun Fatimah was married to Tun Ali when the Sultan set […]

A Tale of Two Countries – Malaysia & France and the Meat They Eat

February 19, 2010


One of the best things about being Malaysian is the opportunity to grow up amongst people with such diverse cultural and religious backgrounds – Malay, Chinese, Indian, Iban, Kadazan, Eurasian, Sikh, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Taoist, I know, this is insane... – that we’ve become experts at navigating the minefield of cultural do’s and dont’s that would leave others baffled or worse, offended.

Between Preserving Heritage and Observing the Faith – The Malay Royals

February 18, 2010


One of the prevailing cultural legacies the Malays have inherited from their ancestors is the monarchical system of nine sultans who act as constitutional monarchies in their respective states. Each of the state sultans will in turn be appointed as the national monarch for a 5 year term under a unique system of rotational monarchy, […]

Distressed Walls – Melbourne Café Trend of the Month

February 12, 2010


Melbourne has a reputation for great coffee, largely furnished by Melburnians themselves but not entirely undeserved nonetheless. Besides the usual espresso-style drinks, nowadays we’re seeing new types of coffee with names like Siphon and Clover coming out of complicated equipments that look more like lab apparatus than brewing machines. I’m quite a fan of the […]

Sydney Road, Brunswick

February 12, 2010


Sydney Road is the beating heart of Brunswick. Although it proudly lays claim to being Melbourne’s longest continuous shopping strip, its sheer length can sometimes be a curse as shoppers struggle with the logistical challenge of traversing the road. At the moment, the strategy that’s being used is to compartmentalise the road into several distinct […]

Brunswick, the Lesser Known

February 3, 2010


For the past 2 years I had the pleasure of living in Brunswick, a gritty inner city suburb known in popular culture for its myriad ethnicities, shootings (gangland figure Lewis Moran gunned down at the Brunswick Club, strip club bouncer shot by unsatisfied customer…) and Mediterranean Wholesalers, the biggest Italian supermarket in Melbourne. While fully-gentrified […]