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The hot Malaysian sun is perfect for making ‘bedak sejuk’ or compressed rice powder in droplet form which is a cheap, natural, effective and chemical-free antidote for pimples and acne. Both my children are loyal ‘bedak sejuk’ users. The ones I have made years ago are almost running out and so today, I have made some for them again. I started soaking the grain six months ago with rain water collected on the night of the Festival of the Cowherd and Weaver Girl last year. The soaked grain is now soft enough to be blended into a creamy mixture. This mixture is then squeezed into little droplets before being left to dry in the sun. Some chopped pandan leaves were then added to the finished product for extra fragrance. I am lucky that today, I can use an electric blender to blend the soaked rice. During my grandmother and mother’s time, they have to use a big stone mortar to do this.

Finally, my ‘bedak sejuk’ or “sui fun” is ready, all packed in these glass bottles. Each bottle is going for RM22 (approx. gross weight 250g). You may place your orders now. Stock is limited.

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Miss Jee from Badan Warisan Malaysia (The Heritage of Malaysia Trust) informed me yesterday that there was a gentleman in town who was interested to buy my book and told me to contact him. I did and we made an appointment to meet this morning at Traders Hotel where I could pass the book to him personally.

This gentleman turned out to be Mr. Firoz (Junior), the owner of 188 Hugh Low Street! His father Mr. Firoz (Senior) was the first owner who leased out the shoplot to my father back in those days and today, Mr. Firoz (Junior) is the current owner. Never in my wildest dream did I expect to hear from the owner of my childhood home and it happened this morning. Mr. Firoz (Junior) is interested to find out how it was like to grow up at 188 Hugh Low Street.

His lovely wife Margaret came along too and we chatted and have coffee. The couple will be returning back to England tonight where they resides.

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My book sale at Inspiration @ D6, Sentul East on 10th October 2014.

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Writing a book has given me the opportunity to speak in the public as well as to read in front of an audience. It was a wonderful experience. I must thank those who made this happened.

Tomorrow, I am going to meet my former school mates again after a lapse of 30 years.  I am looking forward to tell them about my book.


Book preview

“The Scissor Sharpener’s Daughter”





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Guess who I met ?

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June is an interesting month for me. I got to meet readers from all walks of life buying my book at D7, The Refinery, when they went there for a cooking demonstration, art jam or simply to have a cup of coffee.

At a nyonya cooking demonstration in mid June, among the interesting personalities I met was Judy Lam whose family used to own Hotel Lok Ann in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown. We all knew this famous hotel had been sealed off to make way for the MRT project. Her family is still fighting to keep this piece of heritage. Let’s hope in the end, common sense will prevail.

Another interesting reader I met that morning was Lee Mun Woh who resembled one of my former school teacher. He was a very friendly and humorous person and yes, very generous too – he gave me a big note and said smilingly, keep the change!

The following week, I met Chan Sook Mun from Ipoh. She was in Kuala Lumpur to attend a seminar and was at D7 to have coffee. How glad she was to meet another person from Ipoh and writing about her hometown too, so Sook Mun grabbed a copy of my book without hesitation.  My next reader is also from Ipoh. Hoe Yeegn Lougn’s grandfather owes the famous and familiar Nam Fong Piano along Brewster Road and he got a copy for his beloved grandfather who is still in Ipoh.

Esther Siew is a friendly and supportive lady. A mother with three beautiful daughters, she was from Petaling Jaya and was very glad she came to D7 and saw my book. It didn’t take much persuasion to have this delightful lady purchased a copy to read together with her equally enthusiastic daughters.

Omar Zaini is an architect who came with his elderly mother to draw and paint. She used to be an art teacher and she could still paint very well despite her advanced aged and failing eyesight. Zaini bought a copy for his mother as a gift.

I caught Abigail who was on the way to have her coffee and guess what, she instantly picked up a copy. She told me she loves reading English books, especially those by local writers. From her face, I could see she was very happy with the book in her hand.

Today, I met another lady who loves to read. Rachel is a mother from Johore and she was very much into reading English books too. She read mostly books by writers from India and told me, “Wow, I love your book! I must have a copy straight away. Please don’t forget to let me know when your second book is out. Give me a call or notify me.”

Then the  most dramatic moment came. Zung Heng, the international award-winning Malaysian photographer and his friend, Angelld Quah, walked past on their way to have their coffee. They were very interested in my book and yes, they bought a copy too!

I guess coming out to meet my readers personally is most rewarding and satisfying….. I got to meet interesting people from all walks of life besides telling them more about my book.

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A reunion dinner for former students of ACS (Class 1969) was held at Soon Fatt Restaurant along Jalan Seenivasagasam on 19th April 2014.

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Thanks to Mr. Wong and Mr. David Yoong, the organizers for allowing me to promote my book.

Marcus and I were back in Ipoh over the week-end to attend their memorable event.

Really “Reunion and more reunions….!”……. (:

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When we arrived in Ipoh and before the event started, Marcus and I rushed over to Hugh Low Street to see what were the latest additions to the wall mural and we were greeted by some new ones.  You can see them here. Aren’t they beautiful?



My books were being displayed prominently for all attendees to browse through and purchase.

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The most memorable moment for me was meeting up with Mr. Chin Yoong Kim, the first teacher who taught me something in ACS during my form six there in 1982 and 1983. That was more than 30 years ago. Mr. Chin was very excited when I told him I mentioned him in my book. He bought a copy and we read it together because he can’t wait to find out what I wrote about him.

Many who came that night also bought my book and some even asked me when my second book will be out. Thanks for your support,  the book is coming soon…. so thanks again for your patient.

Thank you


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Look at some of the food served that night – they were so delicious and I absolutely loved the sea cucumber and abalones!


When the dinner was over, my brother took me over to 188 Hugh Low Street, the home I once knew. I felt very emotional standing outside our childhood home.



The next morning, we had brunch at Sin Hup Kee Restaurant on Jalan Leong Sin Nam with our beloved third aunt who was 86 this year. She reminded me so much of my late father. Their faces and their voices were very similar.


Here is the lin toong from my favorite flower, the lotus! My childhood snack which I used to share with Dad outside Rex Cinema near Hume Street.



Next, we dropped by at Sin Eng Heong for more snacks – biscuits and kaya puffs hot from the oven.

I was so happy that we could jump queue because third aunt could not stand in the row for long.

What a memorable weekend for Marcus and I!

A video showing our beloved music teacher, Mr. Chin Yoong Kim leading the boys and girls of ACS singing the school song!

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When was the last time you read a book, or an interesting storybook? Do your daily reading habits center around social media updates, such as tweets , Facebook or blog-sites?

If you don’t read you are missing out a lot. So start cultivating a habit for reading……


My book “The Scissor Sharpener’s Daughter” is now available at sun@mag branches at e-curve, Sungai Wang Plaza, KL Sentral and Viva Home. Do drop by at these outlets to get your copy!


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