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02 July 2016: Limbang Rebellion July 11, 2016 – Posted in: Newsletters

Limbang Rebellion is a great story, beautifully told. The events drew remarkable qualities of bravery, devotion to duty, friendship and loyalty and saw acts of both individual and collective courage and heroism. The book highlights true heroes such as police personnel and ordinary people who did extraordinary things to protect and save others in grave danger. Limbang Rebellion: 7 Days in December 1962 is the stuff of high drama. Charged with intrigue, heroism, courage, suspense,…

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25 June 2016: The Malay Archipelago & Syair Lampung Karam Revisited June 27, 2016 – Posted in: Newsletters

…van Wyhe’s annotated edition of The Malay Archipelago offers both interesting material for the general reader and a valuable research aid that will serve Wallace scholars for decades to come. – Dr. Will Abberley The Krakatau poem is also a testament to human dignity and courage: brave survivors save lives, strangers care for orphans, and food and money are provided for refugees traveling to Batavia. – Stephen Joyce, Asian Review Featured this week are much…

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28 May 2016: Pearly’s Nyonya Pantry June 6, 2016 – Posted in: Newsletters

Penang Nyonya cuisine is famous for its Thai, Malay and lndian influences. To me, this is the true beauty of Penang and Nyonya food, how a vibrant community made up of different cultures and ethnic groups built trust, became friends and eventually created great food that continues to be enjoyed today. – Pearly Kee French novelist Marcel Proust once claimed, in one of his books, that a person’s olfaction possessed the power of unleashing a…

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21 May 2016: Wanderer to Brunei and Beyond – Posted in: Newsletters

“I don’t have enough words to praise Mr. Gallop. What he has written, what he has done, the amount of questions he asked, the places he has been in Brunei are all marks of a classic adventurer. One who is not scared or worried about what he will find out at the other end. I wish there was more people like Mr. Gallop. Unfortunately there is only one of him.” – Hj Mohd Rozan b. Dato…

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07 May 2016: Slowly Seeking Seberang Perai May 16, 2016 – Posted in: Newsletters

Become an active participant today in the production of our upcoming book Province Wellesley, A Pictorial History. We are calling for supporters to take part in the realisation of this important project via mystartr.com. Sejarah Bergambar Seberang Perai / Province Wellesley, A Pictorial History will be a bilingual book in Bahasa Malaysia and English. We hope this will make it accessible to people of all ages, especially Malaysian schoolchildren who want to learn about Malaysian place…

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24 April 2016: Penang & Nyonya nostalgia – Posted in: Newsletters

There is not, probably, any part of the world, where, in so small a space, so many different people are assembled together, or so many languages spoken. – Sir George Leith on Penang Nostalgia sells. As society propels itself towards irreversible modernity and change, the nostalgia bandwagon does brisk business filling yearnings for virtual glimpses into a familiar and comforting past – through books, films, music and other forms of commercial media. Age of the…

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17 April 2016: Earth Day 2016 special – Posted in: Newsletters

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. – Rumi Each year, April 22 marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. It acknowledges the responsibility we bear to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a balance between economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations. Today, Earth Day is recognised as the largest…

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10 April 2016: Penang Hill Funicular Railway – Remembering an engineering feat 1923-2010 April 18, 2016 – Posted in: Newsletters

The tales of the hills of Penang are many. This book by Ric Francis tells the remarkable story of the earliest hill station of its kind in British colonial history, and explains how Penang became home to one of the great engineering feats. It’s a story that the reader will find continuously fascinating. – Dato’ Anwar Fazal It has undergone several makeovers over the years, suffered several disruptions and even went into temporary hiatus, but…

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27 March 2016: Penang authentic Nyonya cuisine – Posted in: Newsletters

Bee Lee Tan’s critically acclaimed cookbooks brought her recipes and culinary skills into the kitchens of both Western and Asian homes. By articulating the culture and cuisine of the Peranakan community, she has enlivened the memories of some of these recipes while helping to preserve and promote her nyonya heritage. What is it about Nyonya food that is so compelling? It reflects the tremendous variety of taste of Malaysians. Like their art, culture and languages,…

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Syed Thajudeen – A Retrospective April 11, 2016 – Posted in: Newsletters

The core human values like love, compassion, faith, filial piety, honesty and trust feature prominently in Syed Thajudeen’s works. They are an affirmation of the good self, of togetherness, love and mutual nurture. The Penang State Museum & Art Gallery has been honouring several Penang-based artists with Retrospective exhibitions over the past decade. For those who wanted a tangible memento of their favourite artists, or for those who missed the events, they have been packaged…

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