Dear Paprika: You Owe Your Entire Being To Others


Dear Paprika, I am sure you have heard this in an argument before, “I don’t owe you anything so I don’t have to give you anything.” People who usually utter this phrase feel they are being controlled or constrained in some way. It is usually said in anger. I have heard a good friend tell me, “Don’t tell me what to do. I do whatever I want. I don’t owe you anything, not a single cent. So, don’t tell me what I can or cannot do.” However, know this, Paprika: you owe lots of people in life. From the day … Continue reading Dear Paprika: You Owe Your Entire Being To Others

Just English Bonus & Dinner 2021


For the first time ever, I managed to convince the Just English publishers to throw a dinner for all the writers (past and current) as a bonus for their hard work. Fourteen writers, editors, artist and other people who worked for the magazine turned up. Just look at the happy faces! The magazine keeps their overheads low by only engaging freelance writers and a skeleton staff. So, at the dinner, we all met for the first time and saw what each other looked like. Some could not make it for the dinner because of the pandemic – two were third … Continue reading Just English Bonus & Dinner 2021

What’s The Big Deal With Moving Away From Whatsapp to Signal and Telegram?


Many people are moving away from WhatsApp to Signal and Telegram but my Penang friend, Jac, said, “Don’t delete WhatsApp. WhatsApp is good!” So, how? Should you delete WhatsApp or not? This reminds me of the days when ICQ was king. ICQ was an early messaging system 30 years ago. Yes, I have been on the Internet for that long. Ah, the good ol’ days of dreaming of 128 kbps connection speeds from Jaring. At that time, nothing rivalled ICQ. Yahoo tried but failed. Microsoft tried with MSN Messenger but failed too. Messaging was so popular back then that there … Continue reading What’s The Big Deal With Moving Away From Whatsapp to Signal and Telegram?

So Far, All The Suggestions From MIROS Regarding Cycling Are Crock


MIROS is the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research & ASEAN Road Safety Centre. They supposedly study road safety and come up with suggestions and advice for our government to follow. I say, “supposedly” because so far, all their suggestions relating to cycling and bicycles have been half-baked, or as the Malays would say, “Separuh masak“. All over the world, people are moving towards cycling because it is green and has many health benefits, and it can also keep to the pandemic’s SOP. In the few months we were complying to the Movement Control Order (MCO), bicycle sales soared. People … Continue reading So Far, All The Suggestions From MIROS Regarding Cycling Are Crock

Good Night, Khairuddin The Drummer


I didn’t know Khairuddin when I was asked to phone him. About fifteen years ago, I was in a band with Prof Khairuddin (a different person) which was formed by him and his brother whom I called Uncle Nam. The band was made up of retirees and we played music for fun, as a pastime and to enjoy ourselves. Still, we put on shows twice a year during Prof’s birthday and Christmas. Soon, the two brothers had a falling out and Nam who played the drums walked out. We had to find another drummer. My dad told me that his … Continue reading Good Night, Khairuddin The Drummer

Dear Parents and Students: Please Go Easy On Your Teachers During the Pandemic


Dear Parents and Students, The pandemic doesn’t look like it is going to end soon. Even with a usable vaccine around the corner, it will take months to inoculate everyone on earth. We may have to go back to online school since no one can predict how, where or when the virus will spread. In Malaysia, we thought we had almost beaten COVID-19 but in the last few months, we have experienced over a thousand new cases daily. Please keep in mind, no teacher in Malaysia was ever trained to handle online teaching. As a teacher I can tell you … Continue reading Dear Parents and Students: Please Go Easy On Your Teachers During the Pandemic

Good Night, Paolo Rossi, You Brilliant Bastard!


The year was 1982. I was in Form 2 and still finding my legs in the “big boys school”. I wasn’t much into sport but wanting to be part of the in crowd, I caught the FIFA World Cup fever that year. Before that, I didn’t pay much attention to football. However, from all the football chatter amongst my classmates, I quickly learnt about it. Everyone seemed to have a favourite team, so I picked one too. I picked Brazil, the only team to have won the World Cup three times and the home to Pele, the greatest football player … Continue reading Good Night, Paolo Rossi, You Brilliant Bastard!