The Joy of Reading

Enid Blyton's Famous Five Books

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. – Richard Steele, Tatler, 1710 It was during my primary school days at St Augustine’s Primary School in Binatang that I picked up reading as a hobby. I devoured books by Enid Blyton and immersed myself in the world of the Famous Five and Secret Seven. I would drop ...

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Meet Dami Im

The most successful X Factor Australia contestant-to-date

Meet Dami Im. Some of you may not know her now but she is definitely a singer that you will be hearing a lot of in the near future. I got to know about Dami Im from my wife who has been raving about her for the past few weeks. Dami Im (Korean: 임다미, born 17 October 1988), a South ...

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Salvation Of A Saint By Keigo Higashino


Having enjoyed Keigo Higashino”s “The Devotion of Suspect X “, I did not hesitate to buy his second novel “The Salvation of A Saint” when I saw it in Popular Bookstore a couple of weeks ago. Once I began reading it, I was once again hooked and despite having not much free time, I managed to finish it in a ...

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Psy Is A Mother-Father Gentleman

I watched the Psy live concert at the Seoul World Cup Staduim on YouTube earlier this evening. Psy gave a very energetic performance and I chuckled at his parody of Beyonce. The highlight of the concert was the unveiling of the music video for Psy’s latest single “Gentleman”.     "Gentleman", the long-awaited follow-up to "Gangnam Style", hit online stores ...

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See You Soon, O Canada!

My application for migration to Canada under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) has been approved. I received a confirmation email from Mr Sigueh Kua of Maple Leaf Migration Services this morning. This really comes as a great surprise as I did not harbor much hope that my application would be successful. Canada PR & Canada Immigration for Skilled Workers ...

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Dead Girl Seeks Meaningful Relationships

Derrick Hoh

A 4-minute creepy but wonderfully creative spoof of Mandopop star Derrick Hoh’s dance-pop number “Forever” has gone viral online. The spoof entitled “Dead Girl Seeks Meaningful Relationships” has been viewed about 70.000 times since it was uploaded to YouTube on February 26. In April 2005, Derrick (何维健) auditioned for Project SuperStar, a nationwide talent competition in Singapore organised by Mediacorp, ...

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Malaysians’ Obsession With Titles: Whatever It Takes


Malaysians crave for titles. There is little doubt about that. Just look at the number of awards dished out every year, from federal titles to state titles. But this number does not meet the demand which must be in the thousands. In Malaysia, Datuk is a Malay term for an honorific title that is bestowed upon individuals who are deemed ...

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MRT Aka Malaysian Rubber Time

Rubber Time

Malaysia has always been proud of being one of the top producers of natural rubber and apparently that has affected the Malaysians to the extent that they have a rather laid-back “elastic” attitude towards time that is commonly termed as MRT (Malaysian Rubber Time). This is similiar to jam karet in Indonesia. MRT is “elastic” and tardiness is not seen ...

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Looking Back At 2012

goodbye 2012 hello 2013

2012 is now history. It will be remembered as the year of Gangnam Style. I turned 55 in 2012. I survived the Mayan calendar. As I start the first blank page of my new 365-page book, I pray that the book will be filled with great memories. 2012 has been a very memorable year.  For me, the year was filled ...

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Mom’s 80th Birthday

Mom is such a special word To me mom is the greatest person in the world She brought me into this world And refused to let me go When dad wanted to give me away Because of mom, I am still a Lim I almost drowned when I was a little kid Because of mom, I am still here today ...

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