I refer to the interesting read “Waiting for a love that never comes” by one of StarLifestyle‘s assistant editors in the Touche column. I take my hat off to Tan Shiow Chin for being so frank and open in her revelations that love and relationships don’t automatically happen for everyone. But I would like to
By Ms Kaur Pola Singh’s article in StarLifestyle (“Uni is the best time and place to find your life partner”, Occasional Soapbox) got my attention. I respect his right to have an opinion, but the optics of the situation are complex and his perspective came across as oversimplified. This is my response to it. I
Toy maker Mattel has announced a deal with BTS to produce a series of dolls in the likeness of the hit Korean boy band. Each member of the seven-member band – RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook – will get his own doll, styled after the looks from BTS’s record-breaking IDOL music video.
Warner Bros and Mattel have partnered to bring Barbie to the big screen. Margot Robbie is set to portray the live-action version of the iconic doll. “This project is a great start to our partnership with Ynon (Kreiz, chairman and CEO of Mattel) and Mattel Films,” said Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros Pictures Group.
A new year is here! And what’s the most fun thing to do at the start of a new year? Why, to look at the various predictions people are, uh … predicting! I’ve done the leg work to look up a variety of predictions from an array of sources, from that age-old sage Nostradamus to
Swooner came home a few days ago with a mucky eye. This is not unusual; he is a curious boy and tends to stick his nose into everything. He’s come home with oil on his face after helping our neighbour inspect his truck; with yellow pollen from sniffing the other neighbour’s flowers; and with streaks
If there’s one thing you can do for the planet (and your health) this year, it’s giving up meat, or at least cutting down on meat drastically. Meat production produces damaging greenhouse gases and is a culprit behind water pollution, deforestation and biodiversity loss. The planet simply cannot sustain our current meat intake levels; moreover,
Among those flying into Philadelphia, the United States, during one of the busiest travel days of the year recently were five greyhounds from China. It was a journey of more than 15,288km for the former racing dogs from the Canidrome in Macau, a brutal racetrack that reportedly euthanised 30 greyhounds per month. The track closed
The importance of personal branding – how people judge us based on our “perceived value” – cannot be underscored. So says Steve Wee, the founder of branding agency Brand Yourself and co-founder of the School Of Charisma. He says creating a strong personal brand can build opportunities in our career and business. “Personal branding is
Have you ever wanted to immortalise your annual Chinese New Year reunion dinner in Lego form? Well, good news – Lego has released two exclusive CNY-themed sets for the China and Asia Pacific markets, the Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dragon Dance sets. Not only are these the first ever CNY sets the Danish
In the near pitch-dark, you can hear them before you see them – millions of cockroaches scuttling and fluttering across stacks of wooden boards as they devour food scraps by the tonne in a novel form of urban waste disposal. The air is warm and humid – just as cockroaches like it – to ensure
Samuel remembers the day his nine-year-old child came home from school, excitedly looking for robots to play with. “He was climbing the cupboards looking for his robot toys and he has not stopped playing with them since. He keeps them beside him, playing with them – adjusting and turning the limbs and parts,” he said.
Now is the time where many are considering spicing up or changing the look of their homes to usher in a new year. Giving your walls a fresh coat of paint is a great way to start. Although it can be a daunting task, picking the right type of paint and colour for your home
It all started with a Star2 story published on July 18 last year . The article, titled ‘Towards a positive change’, was about Malaysian director/producer Mark Lee becoming a finalist in the Picture This Festival For The Planet film competition organised by Sony Pictures Television Networks, in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. His three-and-a-half
JAMES Bond was at one time the icon of Fraser’s Hill. He epitomised its laidback, carefree days when Malaysia met little England, with a roguish Asian twist. Bond, as he called himself, was a rakish Chinese driver who steered the local bus to the hill station twice a day. He navigated the bends using only
The norm for the new year is to look back at the previous 12 months and pick out the stories that have made some sort of impact. But I think for this column I might do something a little different: I’ll write about the articles I didn’t write. It is not my intention to avoid
What a ride the year 2018 has been! My head is still wrapped in Christmas mode, but I’m pretty sure the shopping malls are already blasting Chinese New Year songs. For the nation, the 14th General Election was the penultimate turning point in our country’s history when we voted for a change of government. Since
There he came, running towards me in the morning. An adorable, healthy dog with black and white fur, always with a ready smile whenever he saw me. He would twirl round and round, and then jump on me with joy! We called him Kutty, which means “the little one” in Tamil. I was always excited
We hear so much about self-improvement – but what about self-acceptance? Ah, January. The month when gym memberships soar, salad sales go up, and we’re swamped with encouraging messages of “New Year, New You”. Just before sitting down to write this column, I scanned social media to see several posts on self-improvement: “This is the
It had taken over a year of planning and some serious saving, too, for me to make the long journey to East Africa to spend the year-end holidays trekking in the jungles of Rwanda and the Uganda-Congo border. The point of my pursuit? To look for gorillas. I could barely sleep on the morning of
Therapy dogs paid a visit to stressed-out Sacramento State students two weeks after poor air quality from the Camp Fire forced a week-long shutdown at the university in California, the United States. With finals week looming, students patted and played with Poodles and Border Collies in an effort to relax and post content on social
Top 5 Music Events To Look Out For In 2019 Blackpink In Malaysia One of K-Pop’s biggest girl groups comes this Malaysia in February in what is set to be an spectacularly explosive affair to rival some of the best shows held on these shores. Potential Madonna AlbumThere are also rumours of a new Adele
By AMELIA JADE For self enrichment in the upcoming new year, many set new year resolutions. However, sometimes people find it hard to follow through. Assoc Prof Peter Bragge says that “the New Year is a great time to make plans to improve our lives”. The professor is from BehaviourWorks Australia, a research enterprise within
Chayan Kumar Chaudhary flicked through photographs of tigers captured on a hidden camera in the jungle, hoping his favourite big cat – dubbed “selfie tiger” for its love of the limelight – has made another appearance. Thousands of camera traps have helped conservationists track Nepal’s wild tiger population, which has nearly doubled in recent years
Malaysian Football Club JDT Eyes Asian Success Five-time Super League champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) have set a new benchmark for football clubs in Malaysia. Now, they’re game for more. The Southern Tigers is the first Malaysian football club to compete in the AFC Champions – the Asian premier club competition under the guidance of
A few months ago, a friend wrote a Facebook post on being single and not finding love that struck a big chord with me. You see, I hit the big four-O this year, marking my undeniable entry into middle age. More to the point for this column, it meant that I’ve left my youth without
Children can learn about love, respect and responsibility through volunteer work at pet shelters, says Washington-based animal rescuer Amanda Giese. “At pet shelters, children get to walk the dogs, and help with odds and ends. It teaches children about empathy and selflessness,” says Giese, during an interview in Kuala Lumpur recently. The 36-year-old is also
Before 2014, Gracie Hee would never imagine herself kicking and punching her way to winning Muay Thai competitions. Today, the primary school teacher in Kuantan is so passionate about the sport that she is a coach and serious contender. “Muay Thai has changed my life. Even though I led a very active lifestyle before by
The New Year 2019 is expected to show improved results astrologically, compared to the current year. Economically, the fresh year offers enhanced hope and sectors like textiles, gold and real estate are likely to achieve favourable gains. Investment in land and gold is anticipated to see increased appreciation. Countries in the southern hemisphere like Australia,
Nothing spelt change better in 2018 than the news of Saudi Arabia lifting its ban on women drivers. This was a huge step forward in women’s rights. Saudi Arabia was the only country in the world that had banned women from getting behind the wheel, threatening jail time or even lashes if they did so.