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Movie Review: Boost Your Patriotism With These 5 Merdeka Malaysian Movies!



While we are all from different races and religions, Malaysia is the one constant that is close to our hearts. With lockdowns still in place nowadays, why not spend this year’s Merdeka Day on the 31st of August watching all the Merdeka Malaysian movies instead. You can enjoy all of these patriotic movies in the comfort of your own home.

These movies will surely take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions as they showcase different aspects of our society, both before and also after independence. This particular list of the iconic Merdeka Malaysian movies is worth watching that tackle historic events and important yet relatable issues. These are 5 of the recommended movies.

1) Pulang (2018)

Kabir Bhatia, the renowned Mumbai-born director, tugs at heartstrings with this two-hour epic that traverses continents as well as time periods. With scenes that go back and forth between different points in the timeline, Pulang will keep you hooked trying to piece together the events that transpired. This is one of the best Malaysian movies that will bring tears to your eyes.

2) Ola Bola (2016)

Ola Bola is a 2016 Malaysian sports football film directed by Chiu Keng Guan. The film was inspired by the glories of the Malaysia national football team which successfully entered the 1980 Summer Olympics. The film was released in Malaysian cinemas on 28 January 2016. As of November 2019, Ola Bola has currently ranked the tenth-highest grossing Malaysian film of all time.

3) PASKAL: The Movie (2018)

PASKAL: The Movie is a 2018 Malaysian military action film directed by Adrian Teh and produced by Asia Tropical Films and Golden Screen Cinemas. It stars Hairul Azreen, Jasmine Suraya Chin, and Tiger Chen Hu. It was inspired by the elite Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN)/ Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM) force named PASKAL (Pasukan Khas Laut). With a budget of RM10 million, PASKAL: The Movie is the most expensive Malaysian film ever made.

4) Geran (2019)

Geran is about a reckless gambler’s wild lifestyle of betting, drag racing, and street fights pit him against a ruthless criminal enterprise. When the gang shows up at his father’s home to collect on a debt, his family must fight to save their land and his life.

5) Sepet (2004)

Sepet is a 2004 Malaysian teen romantic comedy-drama film set in Ipoh, Malaysia. Directed by Yasmin Ahmad, it tells a tale of a love that blooms between a Chinese boy and a Malay girl. Sepet is a Malay word which, in this context, refers to the ‘slit eyes’ of the Chinese.

Sources: Pulang, Ola Bola, Paskal, Geran, Sepet.


Book Review: Know What It’s Like To Find True Love In ‘All This Time’



Reading a book sometimes can really make us feel that the story of our life can be so closely related to the content of the book itself. Books do not have to just teach us about what to do in our life like how to survive in the woods, what learning strategies that you have to learn, or other things. Books can also help to prove to us that true love is indeed real.

One particular book that would be talking about true love would be the ‘All This Time’ book by authors that are called Mikki Daughtry and also Rachael Lippincott. This book can make the readers that spend their time reading the book feel and experience all the emotions together through the character’s perspective. A book that is so relatable.

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A saying in the book that really hits all the readers would be “Can you find true love after losing everything?”. It really makes the reader questioned whether it is possible or not. The book tells the story of characters that are called Kyle and Marley who work to heal each other’s wounds. While trying to fix their individual wounds, their feelings for each other grow stronger. But Kyle can’t shake the sense that he’s headed for another crashing moment that will blow up his life as soon as he’s started to put it back together. Something that people in real life experienced.

It is an unforgettable book perfect for fans of John Green, Nicola Yoon, David Levithan, and Jenny Han. While the readers reading the book, the electricity that Kyle and Marley have is actually so unique. The bond that they share together is unique in how they both understand even their unspoken words. Made the readers fall in love with the characters. The plot took the readers by surprise and also had them hanging on the edge of their seats towards the end. It was so good, full of love, sadness, and hope. Good reading for all people who are still finding love for them.

Sources: Good Reads.

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Book Review: Go On A Self-Love Journey With Jay Shetty’s ‘Think Like A Monk’



A combination of ancient wisdom and Jay Shetty’s personal experiences, ‘Think Like A Monk’ is a must possess book. This book is super inspiring and is a powerful tool to help you focus on your purpose and healing.

I’ve come across many self-help or self-guidance books but this is definitely one of a kind. But before we jump into the book, let’s take a glance of the author. Jay Shetty is a host, viral content developer, motivational speaker, and author who has won numerous awards. Jay started his YouTube channel in 2016 with the goal of sharing wisdom videos. He now has over 20 million followers worldwide and has received over four billion views on YouTube in just four years. In addition, Jay was nominated to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list.

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When Jay was 18 years old, he met a monk who altered his life. Jay began to redefine success for himself, and he desired to help others. He spent three years as a monk traveling across India and Europe when he was 22 years old. He used to get up at 4 a.m. every day, take cold baths, meditate, and eat. He would meditate for 4 to 8 hours each day. Jay would devote half of his day to personal development and the other half to serving others. He has now reintegrated into society. He does, however, want to assist individuals in adapting the monastic mindset to modern city life.

The aim of ‘Think Like a Monk’ is to help individuals apply a monk mindset to their lives. Think Like a Monk shows you how to clear the roadblocks to your potential by overcoming negative thoughts, accessing stillness, and creating true purpose. It can be challenging to apply the lessons of monks to busy lives. However, Jay provides advice and exercises to reduce stress, improve self-discipline and focus, and maintain relationships in the modern world.

Picture: Jay Shetty

This book consists of three parts: let go, grow and give. To me, I think that these three aspects is important in our lives. The first and foremost step is to let go. Without letting certain things go, we cannot grow and experience better things in life.

The next part is to grow. All of us are at different stages in life. In this section, Shetty describes the ego and helps us comprehend the power of habit, regardless of the stage. If you’re attempting to improve, there are two things you should be aware of and learn from. Shetty provides extremely useful charts and tools for determining your purpose, as well as an explanation of the mind that literally blew my mind.

Last but not least, to give. The final section of Jay focuses on thankfulness, connections, and service. Many times we have everything and yet, we fail to be grateful. Being grateful is the key to a happier and more content life.

Some things you can learn and understand from this book is:

  • How to overcome negativity
  • How to stop overthinking
  • Why comparison kills love
  • How to use fear
  • Why you can’t find happiness by looking for it
  • How to learn from people you meet
  • Why you are not your thoughts
  • How to find purpose

Jay does a fantastic job of mixing his personal experiences with teaching techniques that you may use or simply learn. The book is both useful and inspirational. I would suggest it for your self-love journey as you continue to seek out that wonderful life you desire.

Sources: Barnes & NobleFind A Lovely Life

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(Video) ‘Deepfake’ And Shallowfake’? Here Is What You Need To Know!



Nowadays, there are getting more and more technologies created in this whole wide world for all the people. Initially, these technologies are created to help mankind to have a better and also easier future. Unfortunately, the twisted-minded people are getting more creative on using all these kinds of technologies to create bad things for themselves.

Talking about bad things, recent issues nowadays are getting so hot talking about the technologies of ‘deepfake’ and also the technologies of ‘shallowfake’. Both of these inventions have created so many problems for so many people worldwide and people have to know about them. A TikToker that goes by the name DigitalWithD has posted about it.

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Deepfake video exploits two machine learning (ML) models. An algorithm that could transpose any faces seamlessly onto videos. It is a synthetic media in which a person in an existing image or video is replaced with someone else’s likeness.

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Shallowfake has actually created videos that have been manually altered or selectively edited. Shallowfake first become popularized in early 2018. It is a method of manipulating media content without the use of machine learning technology and algorithmic systems. Instead, shallowfake utilizes simple video editing software to alter existing media content.

Sources: TikTok DigitalWithD Part 1, TikTok DigitalWithD Part 2.

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