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The Uniqueness of ‘Ukrainian Railroad Ladies’



The railroad traffic controller profession in Ukraine still thrives and most of them are women. Photographer Sasha Maslov captures female workers of Ukrainian railway companies across the country to compile them in his photo book, Ukrainian Railroad Ladies.

The book is a submission to Sony World Photography Award. This project explores the profession in the 21st century given the advancement in the feat of engineering gives automatization of railways.


With some parts already progressed with technology, rail attendants today spend less time signaling and more towards policing and warning motorists. According to Maslov, “Ukrainians are notoriously not law-abiding. If there is no watcher, people will go around the barriers to beat a moving train.” With the passing of the train, the women stood still like a beacon, defying the passage of time.

Picture: Sasha Maslov

With the country’s history of turmoil, the crime rate rose and some of the railway buildings were vandalized. Hence, some took the steps to cover them with protective wiring. As the larger issues consume the country’s progression, these women play a silent yet huge role in the passage of both time and place. It is easy to overlook them. Maslov’s childhood memories of the train bring us back to the nostalgia as a child. The experience of electric trains is totally different than the classic trains; a reminder of simpler times.

Work is Home

Picture: National Geographic

The women often have to spend long shifts in the building that become their personal home. They add personal touches to the interiors like photographs, lace curtains, mini gardens, and religious artifacts. Making the quaint space look cozy and homey. In small villages, a station can be a social hub where residents gather and catch up with the local gossip.

“In this series I explore my childhood fascination with railroads and the fairy-tale houses that stand beside the tracks. As a photographer I was drawn to the architecture and interiors of these buildings. As a storyteller I was attracted by the anthropological and social roles played by the crossings and the workers. During the course of this project it occurred to me that the crossings are reassuringly permanent – they stand firm in the face of constant change. Unfazed by the passing of trains and time, they are here to stay.” – Sasha Maslov, photographer.

With the photo book, Sasha ended up becoming one of the finalists in the Sony World Photography Award. Through here, he was able to tell the story of his childhood and the unsung heroes of his country.

Most of the women photographed were excited to share their experiences with her. We could take this as inspiration that no matter what you do in this world, your contribution will always matter. Never think of your deeds as insignificant as you’ll never know who or what you could affect. Sasha Maslov published the photo book late last year to unearth these women as a part of Ukrainian heritage that is still standing strong. You may check the book’s website here.

Source: National Geographic, NYTimes, Railroad Ladies

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Food Review: Delicious Gula Apong Ice Cream By ‘M Ice Cream’



Gula Apong Ice Cream is actually a very famous dessert in Sarawak. Previously, it is hard to find it to be available here in Peninsular. Now, since ‘M Ice Cream’ has introduced it here, it is easier to find it. Gula Apong is actually the ‘gula melaka’ version of Sarawak but both of them are definitely not from the same tree. It is commonly used in a lot of Sarawakian beverages and also desserts.

‘M Ice Cream’ specializes in Sarawak Gula Apong Ice Cream. In this store, their ice cream can be topped with honeycomb and also varieties of toppings. The Gula Apong itself got brought from Sarawak to Peninsular Malaysia.

Picture: Facebook M Ice Cream

Gula Apong flavor is the best seller flavor from the shop. There, you can have 4 different toppings that are free and that topping is:

  1. Chocolate Rice
  2. Peanuts
  3. Nestum
  4. Corn Flakes

M Ice Cream also has two other additional toppings, and if you wanted these toppings you need to add-on payment for them and that is:

  1. Chocolate Chips – Add-on RM1
  2. Honeycomb – Add-om RM5

Picture: Facebook M Ice Cream

Picture: Facebook M Ice Cream 

Sources: Facebook M Ice Cream.

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Ji Soo Leaving ‘River Where The Moon Rises’, Na In Woo In Discussion To Replace Him



After making an apology for the offense of bullying, actor Ji Soo will be leaving the cast of the drama ‘River Where The Moon Rises’.

The KBS station has confirmed the matter and informed that the character played by Ji Soo in the drama will be replaced with another actor.

“Ji Soo, who has recently become the center of controversy, will be stepping down from‘ River Where the Moon Rises, ’” they stated.

Ji Soo previously appeared to make an open apology on his Instagram account to everyone who had been a victim of bullying during his school days.

Meanwhile, the management agency Cube Entertainment issued a statement saying that the drama actor ‘Mr. Queen’ Na In Woo will replace Ji Soo.

“Na In Woo has received an offer to join ‘River Where the Moon Rises’ in the role of On Dal, and he is currently reviewing the offer,” said the agency’s representative.

At this point, discussions are still ongoing over whether the upcoming episodes of ‘River Where the Moon Rises’ that was scheduled for March 8 and 9 will make it to air.

Source: Soompi

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I-Sinar: EPF Members Can Change The Amount Of Applications Starting 8th of March



Members of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) will be given the flexibility to make their amendments to the application details that they have made. The amendments that can be done are such as the amount applied for, bank information, address, telephone number, and the payment mode on the i-Sinar Online site from the 8th of March.

The Minister of Finance that is Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz is confident that this is one of the developments that is very much awaited by all the people. According to him, the new i-Sinar application which abolishes all criteria will be opened on that particular date.

Payment For Existing Application

  • Applicants will start receiving their payment starting from the 2nd of March.
  • Payment for the application done before the 25th of February 2021 will be approved in stages.
  • This involves applications that are still pending approval and whose status does not pass.

New Application

  • Starting from the 8th of March.
  • For members that are under 55 years of age.
  • Subject to the balance of Account 1.
  • Including non -Malaysian EPF members.
  • Will be processed in 5 days’ time.

The application status and also the date of payment can be checked after that. Other than that, the total i-Sinar withdrawal amount, as well as the maximum payment schedule for 6 months, remains as previously informed.

Sources: Facebook I-Sinar: Permohonan & Semakan KWSP Akaun 1 Online.

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