On Jan 1, Datuk Dr Rozali Wathooth, one of Malaysia’s pioneering cardiothoracic surgeons, retired. Rozali’s retirement is a great loss to cardiac surgery. Extremely dedicated and with a very inquisitive mind, this man would leave no stone unturned to ensure a good outcome for his patients. Very through in evaluating his patients, his initial clinical examination alone often exceeds two hours. He has prevented patients from having disastrous outcomes after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). One patient, who was referred to Rozali, told him that he tended to veer to one side of the road while driving. This alerted Rozali to the possibility of a brain tumour; this was proven during a CT scan of the brain. Had the patient undergone CABG without this being detected, he could have died. The patient subsequently successfully underwent brain and heart surgery. Rozali is gifted with a steady pair of hands – vital for a surgeon who has to work on the heart’s small vessels. Noting ... » Learn More about Heart and Soul: Heart surgeon extraordinaire Rozali Wathooth retires
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Do you have any real-life, heart-warming stories to share with readers? Email them to: [email protected] We'd love to hear from you. Please keep your story within 900 words. In my family home in Johor Baru, my parents, both Peranakans, celebrate Chinese New Year in a slightly different way from the other Chinese. A month before Chinese New Year, Mama would have bought cloth to make pyjamas for her six sons and the two daughters. it was a tradition that on CNY Eve, all the children had to don new pyjamas. We also wore new clothes on New Year's Day. Mama would be busy making kuih lapis, kuih bangkit and acar and preparing the spices for the chicken dish. On CNY Eve, we feasted on the sumptuous dishes while dressed in our new pyjamas. There would be a huge pot of duck kiam chye soup – a must-have Peranakan dish – that would be eaten over the course of a week as it tasted better as the days passed by, especially with sambal belacan. On the first day on CNY, we ... » Learn More about Heart and Soul: A peranakan Chinese New Year
Pen Sokunthea escaped the bustle of the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, for the sleepy riverside town of Kampot two years ago, drawn by its tranquil charm and laid-back pace of life. “I’m not a big city girl,” says Pen, who runs a cafe on the outskirts of the town 150km (90 miles) south of Phnom Penh, close to the coast. “I much prefer the peace and quiet, and Kampot is perfect for that.” However, big changes are coming to the town, which is set to become Cambodia’s next tourism hotspot. As investment opportunities and development plans are unveiled, fears have been raised that Kampot’s tranquillity may be shattered. In the town’s colonial heart, construction has already started on a twin-tower development that rises above a quaint stretch of buildings lining the once peaceful riverfront. In January 2020, bulldozers rolled in and have been working from morning to night ever since, digging the foundations for the 42-storey project backed by Chinese investors. Slated to house ... » Learn More about Will Cambodia’s Kampot lose its soul to tourism development?
In 2011, I was in Makkah performing Haj with my wife and eldest son when I received a message that mother, then 88, had had a stroke and was in critical condition in hospital. All rituals had been completed and while waiting to return to Malaysia, we prayed fervently in the Masjid al Haram for mother’s speedy recovery and hoped we would not be too late. Our trip as guests of the Almighty had to be cut short but Paradise lies under the feet of our mothers. When we arrived, mother was still clinging on to life. Miraculously, her condition had stabilised. When she was conscious and stronger, we brought her home. Mother was, however, unable to walk or talk. Except for a hip injury she sustained in 2008 and poor health during the war years, mother was blessed with robust health and vitality. Suddenly, after the stroke, she was so helpless and had to have all her personal needs looked into. After a while, she made progress and was happy to be able to interact with everyone again. ... » Learn More about Heart and Soul: Father was my hero, but Mother was my superhero
Situated on the 46th floor of the Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3, it is an office befitting the country head of DBS, Singapore's largest bank. The view - of Marina Bay Sands, the Esplanade and other architectural behemoths etched against a clear blue sky - is jaw-dropping. Compelling as the tableau is, it is not a match for the booming voice of Mr Lim Sim Seng as he starts regaling me with an account of his harrowing encounter with destruction and terrorism 13 years ago. It was 2003 and he was heading the Saudi American Bank in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. On the night of May 12, two explosives-laden vehicles bulldozed into the Al-Hamra Oasis Village housing complex where he lived with his family. The terrorists shot dead the compound's guards, lobbed grenades and pumped rounds of bullets from their automatic weapons into homes before setting off a car bomb near a swimming pool. "Even though our home was not in direct line of sight of the explosion, the bomb was so powerful ... » Learn More about It Changed My Life: To be rich in life, learn to be generous at heart, says banker Lim Sim Seng
SINGAPORE - The five Community Development Councils (CDC) rolled out over 70 initiatives between February and June to help Singaporeans cope with Covid-19, including a student meal plan and a $20 million voucher scheme for 400,000 families. The CDC Vouchers Scheme eased the cost of living for middle-income families and the vouchers are meant to be spent at heartland businesses, thus giving a boost to hawkers and small businesses, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. He said: "CDCs often take a low profile, working quietly but steadily to fulfil their mission. But in times of crisis, their contributions are vital and become more apparent." PM Lee was speaking on Wednesday (Sept 23) at the swearing-in ceremony of five mayors at the People's Association (PA) headquarters in Jalan Besar. Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing, who is also People's Association deputy chairman, attended the ceremony as well. The CDC Student Meals scheme helps children from needy homes continue ... » Learn More about CDCs often keep low profile but do vital work, especially in times of crisis, says PM Lee
Putting on your fancy pants for a night at one of Singapore's sleek dance clubs is all well and good, but sometimes you just want to get away from the pretentiousness of Top 40s hits, champagne sparklers, and pole-dancing platforms. So if you're not one for mainstream party places, here are some other dance clubs in town to check out instead. CANVAS The former home for hipsters and indie music lovers has turned into a whole different animal. As an industrial club that modularly transforms into an art gallery, Canvas bills itself as a space to spotlight arts, culture, and music, with various nights dedicated to hip hop, EDM, trance, and even stand-up comedy. #B1-01/06, The Riverwalk, 20 Upper Circular Rd, 8125-0166. Tues 7pm-2am, Wed-Fri 7pm-3am, Sat 7pm-4am. D'UNDERGROUND Orchard Road pretty much gives the opposite of alternative vibes, but when the clock chimes midnight, the International Building (which isn't the shiniest mall on the stretch, anyway) houses parties at ... » Learn More about Best nightclubs in Singapore: Where to find underground parties, indie music, alternative scenes
Scene from “In The Heights” —PHOTOS COURTESY OF WARNER BROS. It was the kind of virtual launch whose feel-good vibe couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time. Last weekend, just when the COVID-19 cases were noticeably on the rise again, Inquirer Entertainment was given the rare privilege of attending the trailer launch of the movie musical “In The Heights” for this Philippine exclusive. We’ve become blasé about these virtual events because we’ve been doing so many of them in the past year or so. But even we were having a hard time containing our excitement over the opportunity to hear composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”), director Jon Chu (“Crazy Rich Asians”) and Pulitzer-winning playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes (“Water by the Spoonful”) talk about the quadruple Tony-winning 2008 Broadway musical’s jump from stage to screen. The movie version of “In The Heights” will open in local cinemas soon. Meanwhile, here’s the spectacular teaser from the musical’s official ... » Learn More about ‘In The Heights’: Lin-Manuel, lead cast dish about the musical’s big jump from stage to screen
DUBLIN: Ireland dedicated a potentially transformative 32-18 Six Nations victory over England on Saturday to an emotional CJ Stander after the flanker's surprise announcement this week that he will retire from the game at the end of the season. The 30-year-old Stander said he arrived at the decision during months of on-off COVID-19 lockdown in Ireland and plans to return home to his native South Africa. His 51st and final cap was one to remember as Andy Farrell's side played their best rugby in three years and his team mates sent him off with a rendition of "Simply The Best" in the dressing room. "A really fitting performance for one special person. I cannot say enough about him as a bloke, he's the most kind-hearted and most genuine bloke that you'll ever meet," Farrell told a news conference. "He's given his heart and soul to the jersey, to the green and the red (of Munster). He means the world to us." Farrell said the team tried to keep a lid on an emotional week ... » Learn More about Rugby-Ireland dedicate victory over England to departing Stander
ON March 7, Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong made a passionate call to Chinese voters to give the MCA support in his presidential address at the party’s general assembly. Since then, his appeal has fuelled some reactions from the community. While die-hard detractors have continued to rule out the MCA completely, others have engaged in serious discussions on whether the community still needs the MCA to represent their interest. With the 15th general election (GE15) likely to be held after the Covid-19 pandemic is overcome under the current inoculation drive, any subject on GE15 stirs interest. And so does Dr Wee’s appeal. The MCA leader, also Transport Minister, made the appeal twice on March 7. During his long speech, he made the appeal with an important message to Chinese voters: “I sincerely hope the Chinese community will give us an opportunity. This is to ensure there will not be a situation whereby all other ethnic groups are present in the government, except for the Chinese. ... » Learn More about Will Chinese voters give MCA a chance?