School of Coffee

HIDDEN in the heart of Bangsar, is a quaint café called PULP. This beautiful café used to be a plain old shed for a paper printing factory that used to print materials, textbooks, and magazines! After being renovated the owners have left most of the original stuff there to give it an artsy and vintage kind of vibe which you definitely get as soon as you step into the premis. You could almost say that they found a diamond in the rough.

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Turning Japanese

KONNICHIWA! Since March, I have been residing in Japan under an exchange programme. I decided to join a year-long exchange programme after finishing secondary school and the SPM examination. If you are wondering why I had picked Japan to go; it was because I wanted to experience living in a place that uses a completely different language. I wanted to challenge myself in a new environment far from home. And being a Malaysian, I wanted to explore an Asian culture. The Japanese rarely speak English and despite the fast modernisation they experience, they stay close to their roots.

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The Mysterious Niqab

I don’t know what got into me that day, but I felt inspired to wear the niqab (a cloth that covers the face as a part of hijab). I felt that it was beautiful, modest and the perfect motivation for me to improve myself and my relationship with God. The first time I went out wearing it, I was nervous of people’s opinion towards me. Even to this day, people give me a ‘look’ that shows they’re uncomfortable and puzzled by my decision to cover my face. But I learned to ignore that because insecurities won’t get me anywhere. I focus more on improving my character and knowledge. I introduce myself first and talk to people in a casual manner, and they’ll loosen up after a while.

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