Honk! Honk! A thickly moustached man rolled down the side window of his Peugeot and yelled out ‘“Taxi?” invitingly. He was not the first to have offered us a ride in return for several American dollars since we arrived in Esfahan. I gestured with my two fingers upside down; indicating that we preferred to walk. […]

Day in and day out, more often than not our life follows the same pattern albeit with hiccups along the way. At least for myself and many other Average Joes out there, the equation of life is as direct as “you win some, and you lose some”. Our daily routine demands us to repeat the […]

“Hooray! Hooray!” Riang gamatnya pagi itu tatkala tersebarnya berita baik dari kota London. Ahmad, si pembawa berita, terkial-kial memaparkan tweetfeed—yang telah sejak tadi ditelaah beliau—kepada Pak Menteri. “World Champions: Varsity Team from Malasia Defeated Oxford University to Win the Intellect Championship” Pak Menteri tergagap-gagap membacakan paparan berita ringkas tersebut dalam bahasa Inggerisnya yang kurang fasih. […]

In this sweltering heat of Kuala Lumpur, the last thing one would want to go through is a traffic standstill—more so if it is done on purpose. Recently, our taxi drivers drove the city temperature through the roof when their self-orchestrated ‘taxi protest’ over the use of ride-hailing mobile applications; such as Grab and Uber, […]

Soon enough, most undergraduate students would be checking-in to their respective campuses; be it in the sleepy town of Sintok, the bustling urban life of Lembah Pantai, or across the South China Sea in Kota Samarahan. It’s that time of the year again when students await nerve-wreckingly for their sponsors to bank in some cash […]

One may say that having an 11-year old gap with your siblings is nothing to shout of, but I have had a rather unique opportunity to observe how similar yet different my twin brothers are when it comes to their personalities. They might share the same values from the almost-always simultaneous exposure to different things, […]

I grew up knowing no colors. In the mornings of my primary school assembly, we lined up side by side and spoke interchangeably in Malay and English—be it to gossip on that cute new girl in school, or in re-calling van Nistelrooy’s goals against Arsenal…while several others updated each other on their latest collection of […]

#SayaZahra. Ungkapan tersebut semakin kuat bingitnya semenjak-dua ini. Siapa yang boleh lupakan ucapan Zahra yang lantang menyuarakan kegusaran anak-anak muda tentang kenaikan kos sara hidup? Memang tidak boleh dinafikan bahawa keadaan ekonomi semasa semakin dirasai oleh lepasan ijazah yang sentiasa mendahagakan lebihan rezeki untuk dibawa pulang. Penulis sendiri bersetuju dengan gusaran hati saudari Zahra, dan […]

The long weekend of the 4th of July couldn’t have come at a better time. I could feel my adrenaline surging through my body as I finally had a good reason to cross the Hudson River than just to sit by the Brooklyn Dumbo park and galavanting at the beamy structure of Manhattan Bridge. As […]

“116th Street, Lexington Avenue. 116th Street, Lexington Avenue,” as the rickety New York City Subway train came to a halt. Walking out from the suffocating air of the underground station, the neighborhood doesn’t seem to be any different from New York City’s plenty. But this is no ordinary place for it is the epitome of […]