Let’s talk Koeck

Before she was Marie Van Der Hout, no one knew her name. She ran away from home when she was just eight years old after discovering her father’s plan of marrying her off to an unknown boy. A child marrying a child. It was unthinkable, and as common a practice as it was back then,…

When disasters strike: The plight of the elders

When I first arrived at the foot of Awang Chik’s house in the village of Dusun Nyiur, Kelantan, I found her sitting and serving tea under the vast space/unofficial living room of her home. The robust 80-year-old was surrounded by people I presumed was her family. She had an easy grace about her, her movements…

I find my lack of posts disturbing…

I do! I really do. But with a million things happening all at the same time, this blog really fell by the wayside. Despite all the madness that came with the end of 2016, 2017 has been a delight in numerous ways. How can I squeeze everything that has happened in once sentence, except that…

2015 – And the first quarter flies by!

Well hello there everybody! I trust that you have had a wonderful first four and half months of 2015.  I’ve been bad with updating this year because things just started happening back-to-back, and before you know it it’s already April. Here’s  a recap of my year so far 🙂 I went on a field mission to Kelantan…

My Mammoth’s name is Don’t Do It.

I came across this article recently by Tim Urban. It painted a pretty deep picture about what’s going on with the world today, and why we’re still being led by the nose by our good-old-friend, the Social Survival Mammoth. It comes in many forms, manifesting in almost every decision one makes in life, I am…

Jungle Fever Reviews

Wonderful news! My short story, Jungle Fever, has been getting good reviews lately so I thought I’d share them with you all 🙂  The illustration pictured here was made by one of my best friends – Wilson, who have illustrated several other covers for me. You can find samples of his work here. Jungle Fever is…