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The special month of Ramadhan in Malaysia

 Duit Raya. My first memory and motivation for Ramadhan. I was only 6 years old when I began to fast. I recall that I really wanted to fast. I also recall that I really wanted to eat though. Lol. There were so many advertisements about food on T.V. Or is it that you notice them more when you are hungry? "Mum, how many hours to go to break fast?" was the daily question my mother had to endure. "Be patient" She would reply. I would stare blankly back. "If you want more Duit raya. A bigger one. Be patient. Sleep first." She suggested. So I followed her advice. I really wanted a big Duit Raya. Back then it gave me...

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A Trishaw named 'Hope'

  "Lancha!" I hear. I look back. "Sorry?" I ask. "Becha?" He now says with squinting eyes. Again I ask "Sorry?" "Trishaw!!" He now says with a grin. Glad to have finally realised I am not a local.  I'm in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia, and being spoken to in the local dialects is something I'm becoming used to, thanks to my mixed background. This elderly Hokkien gentleman is offering me a ride on his Trishaw for a few Ringgit. Ringgit is the local currency. If you're unfamiliar with Trishaws, it's basically a big Tricycle where you have a carriage in between both front over-sized wheels. Your driver pedaling behind you on the back one. A mode of transport as old as...

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How to speak so that people want to listen

Have you ever had the feeling that people don't listen to you? Do you wish for more people to take notice of your genius mind?  Well, take a look at one of the most watched TED talks of all time.  In this 10 minute talk renowned sound consultant Julian Treasure, who advises businesses around the world on how to make use of their voice, has whittled the suggestions down to just a few steps. These suggestions will help you make your ideas resonate stronger and to a more receptive audience. Tip #2 is our favourite. People paying attention to what I want to say? Sign me up for that. Warning: This may just change your life  

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The Rise of South East Asian Islamic fashion

 The historical showing at the NYFW(New York Fashion Week) this year by Indonesian designer Anniesa Hasibuan, a first for any Indonesian, placed into focus the growth and rise of the Islamic fashion market. A market that has seen exponential growth over recent years.  To get a perspective on the size of the Muslimah fashion world, consider that over $44 billion was spent over 2015/16 on Islamic modest fashion. A number that, according to a report co-commissioned by Reuters, will reach $368 billion by 2021. This is greater than the combined market of France, Germany, and Italy. A large number by any measure. It is no surprise then that the mainstream haute-couture fashion labels have been attracted to chasing a share...

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The power of passion and perseverance

Success! Do you think it depends solely on talent? On beauty? or Luck? Would you believe that the best predictor of success is neither one of these, but something called "Grit"? Well, this talk will make you think completely differently on how you view your future. Angela Lee Duckworth explores success and how people that achieve it have one thing in common - Passion and perseverance. This 6 minute Ted talk focuses on the power of committing to your future day in, day out. Approaching life like it's a marathon not a sprint. That failure is not an end in itself, but a chance to start over again with lessons learned.  Be inspired by this wonderful talk and find out...

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