I was raised Muslim, and to me, Ramadhan and its beatific culmination, Eid Al-Fitr (or Hari Raya), is a time of reflection and the simple appreciation of the blessings that have come my way. This is my first Ramadhan and Eid without my grandma, who passed in November last year. She was my shining light, … Continue reading A Thanksgiving Hari Raya
For the past three months, I've been having quite a bit of fun with my hands, in exotic locations. The fruit of this labour is perhaps one of my most intimate works - The Minorities. The Minorities follow the plight of four friends living together (rather illegally) in a flat in Yishun. Meet The Narrator, … Continue reading The Minorities Reveal: Meet The Minorities
I’m older than I wish to be There’s a line on my face for every Day I’ve made you angry, every Night I’ve made you cry Where are you now, where I cannot hold your hand in mine Where are you now, where I can no longer make sure you’ve eaten, where You can no … Continue reading Nyai Across The Blue Seas
When I think about how far we've come, and how far more we have to go, in pursuing gender equality, I think about chess. Not because I see the fight for gender equality as a ponderous game of logic and strategy in which you plan your moves two, or more, steps ahead (although there is a strong argument for it being one), but because chess reflects our sensibilities more than we give it credit for.
When I was a 13-year-old kid in Saint Joseph's Institution, I met a kid from the class next to mine named Timothy De Cotta. Every recess, we'd be on opposite teams on the street soccer court. In football, Tim was a baby-faced assassin, a gentleman of a player who played his way into the hearts … Continue reading Soul of The Warrior: Hangout with Tim De Cotta
When writing about Athia Haron; when trying to encapsulate in writing the narrative that led to the 24-year-old Malaysian singer-songwriter’s eponymous debut album, writers usually find themselves unsure as to where to begin. Do we begin with her first piano recitals? Does her decent repertoire of live performances at corporate events hint at greater and … Continue reading Athia Haron: Renaissance Woman
"Encik Brown will see you now," said the secretary to the visitor. The visitor was a young lady wearing a blue cardigan over a white blouse. Her brown hair fell to her shoulders, unencumbered by the lack of a tudung. She was led to a huge office with black-and-white furnishings and glass windows that stretched … Continue reading Three Shades of Brown
EMBARK ON AN ADVENTURE THAT IS AS INCREDIBLE AS IT IS INSANE; A PARODY OF LIFE, CULTURE, PHILOSOPHY AND, OF COURSE, HARRY POTTER. 11-year-old orphan Harris bin Potter thinks he is an average Singaporean boy – until he meets a giant janitor with a Jamaican accent (amongst others), finds himself having conversations with delivery boxes, … Continue reading Accio Harris bin Potter and The Stoned Philosopher!
Hey there! If you're here, it's probably for one of four reasons: a) You stumbled upon the Harris bin Potter series on your Facebook newsfeed, b) You read the article on Mothership.sg about Harris bin Potter, c) You read the Harris bin Potter series on my website, or d) You lost your way on the Internet … Continue reading Harris bin Potter and The Stoned Philosopher: 12 Feb 2017 Update
The screen of his phone glowed alive, and in the boundless dark, there was a splinter of light. Groggily, he turned the vibrating, glowing slice of metal in his hands, so the glare of the phone radiated onto his face, bathing his weary visage in its jaundiced glow. There was a tab on the screen, … Continue reading The Bedlam Express: Sins of The Father