The Straight (Talk) of Melaka

“There are no secrets that time does not reveal.”- Jean Racine

As a kid growing up on the Borneo side of Malaysia, Melaka was stuff of legends. The Sultanate and legendary heroes were definitely the crux of any Malaysian history. The famed city of red buildings was supposed to be enthralling, like a step back into the glory of yesteryear.  However, anyone’s a fool to believe a city wouldn’t change with times, without reflection of the present. Continue reading “The Straight (Talk) of Melaka”

The Monkey Business about Wheelchair Travelling

It was physically difficult, adjusting to wheelchair life, but I remember a great relief and happiness that I was finally getting somewhere – Robert Wyatt, musician

(Retrospective, 2014)

When you have had your foot broken, being operated on and plastered exactly five days before your very well-planned winter vacation, you would begin to wonder: Why did I bother planning again? Would I trip over my crutches and break a bone again?  How would I get to the airport? And the most important question: How am I going to travel? Maybe I should just go ahead and cancel everything.

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Leaving the Home of My Forefather’s, Borneo

“The swans, in discouragement, have migrated
from the poisonous lakes this evening,” – Siamanto, Prayer

Sorry for the interruption of the Armenia series, but hearing this specific news, relieved that it was exposed, however shamed of her inability to protect, Miss Hoggy was reminded of why she left the home of her grandfather’s, Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. Continue reading “Leaving the Home of My Forefather’s, Borneo”