SEEDlings at Camp

I RECENTLY joined a hundred other secondary students in kicking off their mid-term break by participating in the RHB Banking Group’s SEED Leadership Camp. The objective of this camp was to provide the opportunity to Malaysian secondary school students to discover their best selves in a holistic manner and strive for excellence in everything they do.

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Shakespeare’s beautiful tragedy

“To be, or not to be, that is the question…” — a phrase uttered by Prince Hamlet in Shakespeare’s longest play and among the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature. On May 19, in the spanking new 600-seat auditorium of Epsom College in Malaysia at Bandar Enstek, the story of Hamlet was brought to life by a group of 12 talented men and women on a mission…to perform this famous Shakespearean play in 205 countries over a period of two years. Malaysia was their 97th destination, Thailand next. Their journey is supported by the British Council and British High Commission in Malaysia. Tickets were sold out within the first week they went on sale on Epsom College’s website. Many Epsom students therefore turned into groundlings by choice and the idea sat very well with the crew and students.

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I Make Food That Tell a Story

Food that tell a story: Samantha Lee’s passion for food art kick-started about six years ago when she had to devise a way for her daughter to eat independently. Disapproving the spoonfeeding method which most Asian parents used to make their kids eat faster, Samantha began transforming food into cute little art that ultimately attracted her daughter! I am a slow eater too and I wish my mum had used this method on me when I was young, but well, that’s another story.

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Every Moment is a Memory

“Ready? Stay still, and say CHEESE!!” I vividly remember the old days when taking a family picture was such a chore. To ensure all my family members appeared in the picture, my father had to put an old ‘manual’ camera on a piano chair so that it would be in a good position due to its
height. That in itself was enough to put me off photography. Nowadays, mobile photography has made a huge stride in just a short time. Mobile devices plus all the extra tools and software has made it extremely efficient to capture, edit and distribute images.

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Modesty’s her middle name

For some Muslimahs, choosing to wear the hijab can be a life-changing decision — just as it was for Shazrina Azman, better known as Mizz Nina. I met her for an interview amidst the serenity of Madeena, her Muslimah fashion boutique cum café, situated in Empire Damansara. It is a delightful place selling hijabs, jubahs, perfumes, blouses, and shoes designed by Mizz Nina and her team. Inspirational quotes and a verse from Surah an-Nur written in Kufic script punctuated the walls of the premise, reminding women to lower their gazes and to protect their bodies.

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