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Book Review: ‘How We Disappeared’, A Look Into Singapore During WWII



There are plenty of stories out there about World War I and the damage that the Nazis have done to the world. But not many depict the suffering of World War II. As a matter of fact, WWII is often overlooked. Considering last year, the world almost gets WWIII, it seems apt to look into Singapore during wartime.

Like Malaysia, the country also faced immense hardship during the Japanese occupation. This novel by Jing-Jing Lee is a story to ponder. Set in 1942 Singapore, it is about teenage girl Wang Di who was shipped off to a Japanese military camp to be a comfort woman. This explores her experience along with other girls who were forced to serve the Japanese soldiers.

This story is in flashback as it alternates between 1942 and the year 2000 with Wang Di’s perspective and twelve-year-old Kevin. Readers will have to piece together the events to figure out how everything ties together.

If you have living great-grandparents or grandparents who lived through WWII, and they have such animosity towards the Japanese, this book will make you understand why. It is sometimes easy to accuse the Greatest Generation of racism. But it’s actually more than that, and some scars just never heal.

The story has uneven pacing due to the dual timelines. But it is still poignant and emotional. The year 2000 storyline felt a little dull but thankfully, the beef of the story happens during WWII.

The themes delve into misogyny and toxic patriarchy. More importantly the aftermath of the war and how it affects everyone, especially women like Wang Di. There were a lot of painful moments to read. Especially how they were treated by Japanese soldiers and their own family, upon returning from captivity.

There is a mystery readers have to solve. However, it is still unsolved. I personally have no idea what the author is trying to say about it, but I assume it adds to world-building.

Source: Goodreads


Food Review: Ferrero Rocher Ice Cream Stick Is Now Available In Malaysia



Chocolates have the power to uplift someone’s mood and ice cream is perfect for a hot sunny day. But both combined, it is the perfect combination to ever exist. Snickers Ice Cream, Oreo Ice Cream, and Kit Kat Ice Cream are the usual stuff we find at our nearest grocery store but have you ever heard of Ferrero Rocher Ice Cream?

It has been sold for a long time but at that time, it was only available in certain European countries. Now, you can get this delicious treat from a local seller on Shopee!

This ice cream comes in three flavors. There are Original, Dark Chocolate, and White Chocolate but according to the local seller’s page, it is available for people in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor only.

Head over here to place your order and get your Ferrero Rocher Ice Cream!

Sources: Shopee nowme_01

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Food Review: ‘Sambal Hitam’, One of The Best Sambal That Can Be Eaten Anytime And Anyhow



Sambal hitam would always be one of the most favorite alternatives for many people in Malaysia who loves to eat spicy food like any other sambal but they do not want it to be too spicy up until they have to feel regret eating the food. This particular sambal hitam is really well-known in the state of Pahang.

The texture of this sambal hitam is one of the reasons why many people love to eat it. Sambal hitam is really full of anchovies. It is so easy to be made by anyone because the recipe only takes 4 simple ingredients. The ingredients are belimbing buluh, red onion, anchovies, and also red chili.

Picture: Resipi Bonda

According to many people, the process of making this sambal hitam would take a very long time to be done. There is a very special way to cook this sambal hitam from Pahang. It does not take an hour or two to cook but it takes hours. The manufacturing process is quite complicated and also time-consuming.

It goes well with steamed white rice, brown rice, or even porridge. This sambal hitam really enhances the taste of the food. Once you taste it, your mouth will definitely have a fusion of flavors and you will surely crave more of it.

Sources: Cookpad.

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Step & Repeat, First-Ever Global TikTok Reality Show Based On Style Launched



KUALA LUMPUR, June 18 — Glamhive and Mary Kay Global Design Studio have announced Step & Repeat, the first-ever style show launching on TikTok.

Step & Repeat is a five-week style competition and mentorship programme where wardrobe stylists, make-up artists, and hair stylists worldwide compete in the fast-paced environment of TikTok to drive their business success.

The international competition is open to all and goes live on June 22 on TikTok, according to a statement.

TikTok’s community has been growing at an incredible pace since the start of the pandemic, and unique new talents are being discovered daily on the platform.

Step & Repeat is the first-ever global style competition on TikTok, giving structure, recognition, and rewards to winners weekly.

Glamhive and the Mary Kay Global Design Studio have partnered to create Step & Repeat as a global stage open to anyone who wants to explode onto the international scene and get recognised for their incredible talents in wardrobe, make-up, and hair styling.

Each week, Step & Repeat’s host, Johnny Wujek will announce a theme-based challenge, and TikTok users will create their best wardrobe, make-up, or hair style look for that theme.

Videos will incorporate the show’s custom sound, ‘Step & Repeat’, the hashtag #stepandrepeat, and the hashtag associated with each challenge, enabling all entries to be discoverable by the show’s judges.

At the end of each challenge, Wujek will announce the winner in each category: wardrobe, make-up, and hair. Each winner will receive a cash prize and a one-hour mentoring session with one of the 19 industry leaders stepping up to provide mentorship.

At the end of the five weeks, Step & Repeat will announce one overall winner for each category, crowning it the very best in wardrobe, make-up, and hair based on entries from worldwide.

More details at

Sources: BERNAMA

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