Sensory Overload At Robot Restaurant Tokyo

The taiko drummers

During our trip to Japan in the last week of January 2017, my son Clarence booked tickets online for the Robot Show at the Robot Restaurant in Kabukicho – Shinjuku’s red light district, Tokyo. Initially I was not gung ho about the show, thinking that it was for kids. When Clarence told me what the show is like, I was ...

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Oh My Kawaii, Cuteness Overload In Japan!

Are they sporting? Lovely couple!

Clean, polite, safe and cute….these words are often used to describe Japan. So during my family trip to Japan from January 26 to the 31st, I thought I was prepared for all these. But I found myself bombarded by a “kawaii explosion”, getting caught in a severe case of cuteness overload. The word “kawaii” literally translates into “cute” and symbolizes ...

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Staying Off A Mosquito’s Menu

The Tiger Balm repellent that works well for me

In my photography outings, nothing pisses me off more than mosquitoes and sand flies. Mosquito bites cause some small swellings and itching but these go way after a short while. But the little sand flies are real terrors. I often don’t realise they have stung me until several hours later when I start experiencing some slight itch. But the next ...

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You’ll Be Greatly Missed, Tok Nan!

Tan Sri Adenan Satem

“It does not matter how long you live, but how well you do it.” – Martin Luther King Jr. Sarawakians from all walks of life and from both sides of the political divide are grieving the passing on of Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem. It is rare to see such an outpouring of sorrow over the passing on ...

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Girl Tired, Anyone?

Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy

It seems as if slapping the word “girl” on a book title can guarantee the book to become a bestseller. Girl-driven thrillers are flying off the shelves and many have been adapted into movies. The book publishing industry has gone girl crazy. Topping the list is Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy comprising of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl ...

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Follow Your Passion And Cultivate It!

One of Aires' artwork on the wall of Permaisuri Imperial City Mall

Have you noticed the lovely mural artworks in Permaisuri Imperial City Mall in Miri? I have been wondering who did the artworks but I got the answer in the January 2 2017 issue of the Borneo Post when the paper’s reporter Cindy Lai did an article about Aries Kong. Yes, Aries was the one commissioned to do the artworks. 25-year-old ...

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The Girl With All The Gifts By M.R. Carey

The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

I normally do not read books about vampires or zombies or post-apocalyptic thrillers as this genre of books are not my cup of tea.  When I bought The Girl With All The Gifts, I did not know that it was a post-apocalyptic thriller. It was hailed as “the most original thriller that you will read this year.” The Girl with ...

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RIP, Ah Kuok!

RIP, Ah Kuok!

Today is the start of a brand new year. It is supposed to be a time of joy and anticipation as we begin the year with a clean slate. But nothing could be further from the truth for the family of Chieng Yew Kuok, my brother-in-law and husband of my wife’s younger sister Angela. His family is finding it so ...

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Goodbye 2016!

Taken at the wedding of Carissa T'en and Jia Lim

Today is the last day of 2016. As I look back at the year, I am filled with mixed feeling. Someone said that every year, like wine, has its own flavour. I cannot agree more. At times, 2016 was sweet like a Vin Santo Rosso but at other times, it was overwhelming like a Cabernet Sauvignon. The election of Trump ...

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Slow Down And Smell The Roses

A stunning beauty

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. – Luther Burbank We live in a world filled with busyness. It is easy to be so caught up with our busyness that we pay little attention or take the time to appreciate just how precious life is. In striving towards some ...

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