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
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.
"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
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
The Verdict 6/10. Robbie Williams' eleventh studio album is a mesh of pop standards that's...pretty standard. This is an album that's not greater than the sum of its parts. Best listened when you want to, for some reason, feel the rush of all stages of midlife crisis - from denial to overcompensation to beatific self-awareness - within the span … Continue reading Album Review: Robbie Williams’ The Heavy Entertainment Show
The year I turned 30, I lost my grandmother. I loved her beyond measure, one of few things I held sacred in a life lived profane. There are many ways to take her passing into context, but only one manner in which I feel free to express on this platform. As the indulgences and follies … Continue reading 2017: The Restart
As fake news takes over American Facebook feeds everywhere, I began fervently researching facts and truths about American president-elect Donald Trump, and then proceeded to forget them all.
The American primaries are coming to a close, and it looks more and more like a Trump-Clinton showdown. While America prepares for the greatest political war in over a week, we go south of its border and unclothe a growing movement in Mexico. Report by political correspondent Suffian Hakim. At this point in the American … Continue reading Mexican Bricklayers Want To Lay With Trump
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omWm1g-VeLM (video by Douglas Harding) 10th September 2014. It was a quarter to noon. September had filtered in through the cracks of an unpredictable August; the latter had been torrential and scorching like a very bad game of meteorological roulette. In other words, typical Singaporean weather. September has so far been more pleasant. A gentle … Continue reading Dreamchasing with Robert Latos
I have to apologize to whosoever might by my Valentine in 2016. Not just because you'll be spending Valentine's Day with me (so probably a romantic session of laser tag followed by a nice long walk by the library), but also because I will want to talk about one thing and one thing only: that … Continue reading Fourth Walls The World Over Are Shitting Bricks As Deadpool Movie Is Slated For Feb 12 2016 Release
Guys, I love Friends (the show) very much - it has kept me laughing through some very dark times (this was an age when local TV had VR Man and ABC DJ), but let's face it, there's not gonna be a reunion. At this point, I'm just happy if Matt LeBlanc's Episodes doesn't get cancelled. … Continue reading A F.R.I.E.N.D.S Reunion! (Sort Of)
The unfortunate thing about being in my line of work is that I get to meet some of the most brilliant minds in a variety of fields, but our interaction tends to be limited, and strictly professional: I interview them for whatever title I'm writing for, and our relationship teeters on that of interviewer and the … Continue reading The Invisible Bridge Between A Singaporean Writer And An Argentine Artist: Ernesto Morales in Singapore
If you were raised by television like me, you might be going through a tough period of transition and adjustment right now. After the emotional rollercoaster of Community's cancellation by NBC and subsequent resurrection by Yahoo, that much talked-about How I Met Your Mother finale that thoroughly polarized fans, the hole left in my heart … Continue reading Syfy Takes Flight With ‘Dominion’: A Review
Not THAT Kind of Angel You might know her as Doreah in Game of Thrones (I don't, because I've never seen Game of Thrones) or as the spunky and very fine Louise Summers in Hollyoaks, but these days, Roxanne McKee is a post-apocalyptic teacher in Syfy's new humans-versus-angels series Dominion, based on 2010's supernatural action … Continue reading Featured Femme: Roxanne McKee
My friends would know this: never EVER lend books to me. I get too immersed in it, I keep it with me at all times and I become anti-social. I apologize to my friends for having to put up with that. But I need to clarify that I do this to books that are really good. I … Continue reading Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: The Greatest Self-Help Book Ever Written
Andrew Lincoln & Norman Reedus They're two of my favourite actors. One's from London, a serious method actor who I strongly suspect keeps Stanislavski's entire collection in the toilet for jamban reading. He also holds the distinct honour of being the last person to make holding up signs for a girl romantic. Yes - Andrew Lincoln … Continue reading An afternoon with Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus…and some zombies
It's FOOTBALLERS VERSUS ALIENS, starring the best footballers of today, and Victor Moses. So aliens are invading Earth, and the extra-terrestrial invaders hang our fate on the outcome of a single football game. Franz Backenbauer is the boring manager-elect (Mourinho would have been a more interesting, if not better, choice - or fuck, I'm sure … Continue reading #GALAXY11: The Beginning
As much as we don't like Iran's nuclear programs (pre-Hassan Rouhani at least), I have to go out of my way to say this: I freaking love Iranian food. There aren't many places in Singapore where you can get authentic Iranian or Middle Eastern cuisine, and where you do, they fail to appease that very … Continue reading Shiraz Mazzeh at Pasar Bella: ‘Like A Diamond In The Organic, Farm-Grown Rough’
#SIXSEASONSANDAMOVIE Dear friends, Come January 2nd, I will be coolcoolcool out of my brains. Should my mind disappear off the face of this Earth, please look for it at the nearest conduit for Community. Yours truly, Suffian Hakim Community Nut, Abed Division
I had the exquisite pleasure of visiting Sabiana Paoli's Art Gallery recently for the inauguration of Robert Latos' remarkable new collection, Perceptions. The Polish-born figurative painter is a graduate from Kraków's Academy of Fine Arts, and an ardent student of Italian Renaissance masters Titian (Tiziano Vecelli) and Giorgione (Giorgio Barbarelli da Castelfranco). Robert was the … Continue reading Perceptions by Robert Latos: A Journey In Light
It had to happen. Clarke Quay had to coruscate. First, there was the post-3am alcohol ban. Then Magnum's pleasure store took away the pleasure of seeing drunk people run across the fountain. The Clarke Quay Drunk-as-Fuck Rain Dance, I called it. Now, it's lost to a so-so ice-cream (give me a Paddle Pop any day) … Continue reading Chic As F.ck?
Support local humourist literature! So recently I sat down for an interview with Coconuts Singapore. Here's what went down (link at the bottom). http://singapore.coconuts.co/2013/10/10/homegrown-catching-struggling-artist-suffian-hakim
Zalora is more than just a couture merchant jacked up on HTML. It was Friday. The 13th. When it isn't being a painfully prolonged horror movie franchise, Friday the 13th plays at the back of our heads as a superstition hailed from a time of witches, where black cats were believed to be malevolent omens … Continue reading Friday The 13th With Zalora & River Island
As all of us have failed to violently remove from our collective memory, Miley Cyrus recently did this: Which made some of us go like: And subconsciously curl into a ball. What Miley Cyrus did at this year's MTV Video Music Awards was...different. Just to put things into perspective, the context of that was supposed … Continue reading 5 Brilliant Live Performances: No Twerking, No Auto-Tune, All Magic
Case File 528 is a treatment video for a psychological/science-fiction thriller by Pun Intended Media Productions, exploring one man's supposed ability to travel a day into the past, changing time - and himself - in the process. Instead of touching on humanity's fixation to correct the mistakes of the past, Case File 528 dives into … Continue reading Indie Singaporean Film: Case File 528 (Treatment Video)
It has been a very violent past few years for America, despite steps in the right direction, and a few in the wrong direction (not killing One Direction, for example). Let's focus on the positives: getting out of Iraq, in the hallowed name of Bush's almighty harbinger of destruction to budget surpluses, was a brilliant … Continue reading One Nation Under Gun
Harris bin Potter could now see the entrance to the magical school, Hog-Tak-Halal-What - equal parts walled fortress, equal parts bastion of medieval European architecture that somehow found its way to this part of South-East Asia. Hog-Tak-Halal-What was located in Singapore. The non-magical population of Singapore could not see it, however. It was not because … Continue reading Harris bin Potter and The Stoned Philosopher/ Chapter 3: The Sorting Songkok
A little blast from the past - Little Red Riding Tudung was my first attempt at satirical writing. This little gem was written January 7th, 2009, while I was still studying Mass Communication in Ngee Ann Polytechnic. I understand that some of what I wrote can be construed as racist (against my own race, no … Continue reading Little Red Riding Tudung
The Hidden Beauty is a juxtaposition of playfully exaggerated vibrant colours against grey expressionless figures by up-and-coming Korean artist Kim Minkyoung, an outwardly manifestation of an introspective search for identity. Meet the artist and witness the magnificent displacement of Camouflage: The Hidden Beauty tomorrow, 4 April 2013, 7pm at Art Front Gallery,70 Stamford Road, Li Ka … Continue reading Art Front Gallery presents Camouflage: The Hidden Beauty by Kim Minkyoung
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Sunkist has always been a brand of deep emotional resonance for me. As a child, it meant sunny Sunday mornings, where a cool glass of freshly squeezed orange juice accompanied a languid breakfast of turkey bacon, baked beans and sunny-side-ups. As a youth, it was a fantastic addition to Absolut Vodka. (it still is, kids!) … Continue reading An Afternoon With Sunkist & Chef Robert Danhi
Scriptwriting & Acting Credits. Look out for The Yaya Papaya! All rights for Random Island is reserved by MediaCorp Channel 5.
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 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
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