Have we forgotten acid rain?

IN the late 1960s at a nautical college, the cadet officers’ knowledge needed broadening beyond their chosen subjects. One of my remits was to develop a course which I entitled EEC. Most cadets thought I would be talking about the... more »

Remembering a Japanese rock icon

THE sound of waves crashing against the nearby coastline was barely audible where I was in Miura Reien cemetery. My thoughts were distant as I gazed at the grave in front of me. The name ‘hide’ was carved in a... more »

Decluttering is hard work

WHEN I moved to Kuala Lumpur from Penang, I arrived with one duffel bag of clothes. Inside were three pairs of long pants and polo shirts respectively, a few sarongs, and a packet of adult diapers. That was all I... more »

Beating plastic pollution

WHILST the 1940s and 1950s saw the mass production of plastics, it was in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that various forms of plastic were invented. Three inventors were attributed to the creation of plastic. Alexander Parkes, an... more »

Traditional swing of the Melanau

ITUT, a traditional Melanau swing, certainly dwarfs any playground swings. The towering structure, holding the swing, is itself over 50 feet tall. Riding the Itut offers an unforgettable experience – hoisting the rider up high in the air in one... more »
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