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It suddenly occurred to me…

… that my natal day will be in three days’ time.

Yikes!

Happy Ren Re/Ren Ri!

Today we celebrate the seventh day of the Lunar New Year. Lunar New Year celebrations usually last for fifteenth days, culminating on the night of the full moon which we also call Yuan Xiao or Lantern Festival.

The seventh day celebrates the birth or creation of humankind. So, today is literally everyone’s birthday! Tradition dictates we eat dishes with seven ingredients or items in them like seven-vegetable congee. In Singapore and Malaysia where most Southern Chinese have settled, we celebrate with lo hei where we eat yu sheng or yee sung with seven brightly colored vegetables (carrots, radish, cucumbers, pomelo, preserved red ginger etc), raw fish and condiments like pepper and cinnamon powder.

To celebrate this auspicious (even 22/2 looks auspicious), a special  something for my Patrons, supporters and readers on my Patreon.

Where I write about Malay sff – sff written in Bahasa Melayu

I have always believed science fiction and fantasy is an universal genre, where everybody can participate it, regardless of language, gender, race etc. However, the community/scene I happen to engage in is heavily Anglophonic – English is such an imperialistic language, pushing out sff written in other languages.

For the Skiffy & Fanty folk, I have written a short article showcasing two Singaporean Malay sff writers who write in Malay. Previously, I have written about Tunku Halim and Eve Shi, two writers who have also written in Malay and Bahasa Indonesia.

Hopefully, in the future, I would like to feature more sff written in Nusantara.

Happy Lunar New Year!

From me and the Mice.

Happy Lunar New Year!

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Auspicious Day!

Since it’s both Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday, I am calling it Auspicious Day. Love to everyone who celebrates and it’s not just romantic love. Love of all kinds.

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Bonus: Wallpaper.

This is what I see when I go for my daily walk/jog: a sun-dappled path, framed by bamboo.

Bamboo Path

 

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