Encounter with Batak culture

WHERE have all the Batak men gone? My travelling companion, Jocelyn, also a journalist, posed this question after spending two days at Lake Toba in Northern Sumatra. Whether in padi fields, vegetable gardens or oil palm plantations, we saw women... more »

Let the youth speak

AS TEACHERS and parents everywhere can attest to, getting youth, especially teenagers, to speak their minds can be a very frustrating process, akin to extracting confessions from hostile prisoners. On the other hand, the youth often feel powerless during conversations... more »

The Best Ever Regatta

THE Baram Regatta this year is   the best ever to be held in the state. Minister in-charge and Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang said the Regatta, attracting some 60,000 people – twice that of 2008... more »

Uphill battle against illegal fags?

THE already worrisome trade and consumption of illicit cigarettes in Malaysia, particularly in Sabah and Sarawak, is expected to worsen with a possible tax increase for legal cigarettes. Local tobacco industry players, led by the Confederation of Malaysian Tobacco Manufacturers... more »

Houses the Chan Clan built

LOCATED at Jalan Tan Sri William Tan in Kuching is a rambling house that stands majestically atop a hill. Named Chan Villa, it is a remnant of the glorious past of the Chan Clan. Chan Villa was built around the... more »

Wonders of Ancient Siam

  HOW I ended up in Ancient Siam during a recent trip to Bangkok could be called fate — but is more an ‘accidentally-on-purpose’ thing. It all started with an early morning attempt to visit Thailand’s famous tourist destination —... more »
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