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Nostalgic Rooster Bowl – Sign of Prosperous and Frequent Prop in Stephen Chow’s Movie

Cover Image via: TANC 艺术新闻中文版 I believe most of us had seen rooster bowl before! It’s the porcelain bowl with illustration of lively black-tailed rooster, red peony flowers and green banana leaves. With a long standing history since its existence, rooster bowl is now slowly replaced by eating utensils with modern...

Surprising facts about 3000-year-old chopsticks

Cover Image via: PChome新聞台 Chopsticks - the oldest eating utensils in today's times What’s the most used kitchen utensil in the world? Perhaps chopstick is the one if the answer is gotten based on race population. Other than China, Japan, and Korea, chopsticks had been spread to Southeast Asia countries like Vietnam,...

Dining Utensils History and Facts: Why do people eat with different utensils?

Cover Image via: Abode New York Eat to live or live to eat?  In different nations, there are various means of eating. While Asians mostly use chopsticks and Westerners eat with a knife and fork, the Indians and Africans directly use their hands to eat. In Malaysia, when we walk into...

What you do not know about Datuk Gong other than it being Pokestop!

Cover Image via: 评说马来西亚华人新村 Thanks to Pokemon trend, Datuk Gong as the common Pokestop suddenly received lots of attention from the public recently. Does it pique your interest when you see Datuk Gong shrines while you are playing Pokemon Go? Malaysian Chinese tend to blindly follow Taoism worship which is passed...

Hot “dog” is not halal! How much do Muslims dislike dogs?

Cover Image via: Aliran "Dog" in “hot dog” is not halal! Malaysia is becoming popular again as the result of Malaysian Islamic Development Department’s (JAKIM) ruling of not approving halal certification for American pretzel chain Auntie Anne franchise because of the term “dog” in their food name - “pretzel dog”. Malaysia has...

How Tiger Mom change the perception about Asian exam oriented education

Cover Image via: CNN "Tiger Mom" Education = Eastern Education Style? Since the “tiger mom” Amy Chua published the book The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom in 2011, “tiger mom” education has been thought to be synonymous with Eastern education. Meanwhile, the negative comments against Eastern education have never been less....

[New-In] South Korean Trend: Rediscover the meaning of life by experiencing your own “death”

Cover Image via: 亚太日报 Death? How does it feel? I believe there are two ways you can find your answer: ask your ancestors to tell you in your dream, or ask someone who came back alive from near death experience. Oh well, now we have a third way to find your...

Bangkalis=Sikhs? Indians=Kelings? Are you addressing your friends correctly?

Cover Image via: 東方日報 The moment the word “Bangkali” is mentioned, our highly-trained Malaysian mind would immediately point us to the image of a man with a high, knotted turban, a big bushy beard and the facial features of our brethren Sikhs. The word “Keling” brings a similar effect, with this...

Harmony Street: Connecting Chinese Temple, Mosque and Indian Temple. The Real Testament to Satu Malaysia Spirit!

Cover Image: The Poor Traveler Harmony Street, a street name that may not be familiar to most. Yet, most Malacca locals would have known of its other name - Jalan Tukang Emas. Here, you can find the hundred-year old temple Cheng Hoon Teng, one of the most well-known tourist spot in...

Why do we offer incense on the 1st and 15th day of the Lunar Calendar: Mere superstition or something else?

Cover Image via: 慈航山三清聖境 Most of us have witnessed the ritual of offering incense to our ancestors or to the deities either through real-life experience as witnessed in temples or through television shows aired every so often. Some consider the offering of incense as a sacred ritual which needs to be...