thanksgiving greetings

My Father’s Book

book Hamzah Hussin

My father’s passion was reading. Our favorite weekend activity as a family was to visit the newsstand to buy magazines.


hamzah hussin book

My father’s short stories will be republished soon by Fixi Retro.

I’m lucky to come from a family that loved books and writing.

My grandfather loved poetry and owned a small second hand bookshop in Singapore. My late father Hamzah Hussin, helped him in the shop as a young boy, and he grew up to become a figure in the Malay literary world.

My father became a journalist and writer, penning and publishing short stories and novels.  He then joined Cathay Keris Organisation, one of the pioneer studios that produced Malay films, as a scriptwriter/ public relations officer. He later went to live in Malaysia to continue to contribute to the film industry and also to teach at FINAS Film Academy.

He was always generous with his knowledge, and I knew that he cherished the opportunity to teach, and the interaction with the students and their ideas.

Most of the Malay films of his era are still widely viewed, and thus my father’s screenplays are still intact. However, some of his literary works are not so readily available.

The good news is that Amir Muhammad, Malaysia’s well-known author, filmmaker and publisher, has located three of my father’s published short stories and has compiled them into a book. Amir and his company Fixi Retro will launch the book on November 21 at Ilham’s Gallery in Kuala Lumpur.

I feel very grateful and pleased to share my father’s work with more people, and I’m sure he would be too.

If you’re in Malaysia or Singapore, I would like to invite you to the launch. Amir will also talk about Malay movies in the 60s at the event. More details on the event and the venue are at this page.


geese strolling

A Taste of Liberte

yogurt perfection

I like having yogurt for a snack. And I only take those that do not have any animal-based ingredient, apart from the milk component.

I came across this brand Liberte which uses tapioca starch and pectin as thickening agents. The brand doesn’t seem to do much advertising. The website informs that in 1936, Liberte began manufacturing cream and cheeses as a family business near Montreal. As the company grew, their goal was that production maintained a traditional and artisanal character

Glad I found it, because the taste is pretty close to yogurt perfection. The cappuccino is almost as good as having a cup of the drink. The tangy-sweet lemon yogurt and the coconut flavor, reminiscent of lightly toasted coconut, are good enough to have as dessert.

Vantage Point

life lesson from nature

It’s great, of course, when we can see a situation or a problem from the vantage point. But perhaps one of life’s lesson is to see and value perspectives gained from other angles: from the sides, and the hidden ones.


mickey mouse photo

I’ve been blogging for several years. And I’m thinking of taking a short blogcation. Will be back soon; have a great August.

Orange Burst

bright daisies


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