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Little Nyonya Lady In Her Little Antique Shop

In a Nyonya antique shop in Jalan Sultan, Singapore..

You can’t see it, but hidden behind her spectacles, she has the kind eyes of a mother. When she smiles, the outer corners of her eyes gently curve up together with her matronly lips. Like the clutter of antiques covering every inch of her quaint little Baba and Nyonya shop, her age is starting to show. Wrinkles and freckles that only come with experience grace her arms and face. But when she sits at her work desk and carefully hold the elegant needle between her thumb and forefinger, she is alive again with the fluid movements of a 20-year-old.

Little nyonya lady working on an embroidery in her little antique shop

Little Nyonya lady working on an intricate embroidery in her little antique shop

 

Her eyes focused on the hundreds and hundreds of minuscule beads before her

Her eyes focused on the hundreds and hundreds of minuscule beads before her

How I Accidentally Became A Cross-dresser In Somaliland

Guest Post: Zaina Brown

Crossing a border into someplace new always gave me a jolt of excitement. That first impression could be warm like a hug, polite like a handshake, or rude like a middle finger. Somaliland, however, felt like a punch in the face. Was this whole trip a big mistake? For the first time in my life, I considered flat-out giving up on a country – and it hadn’t even been 24 hours.

Why Egypt Should Be In Your 2019 Travel Plans

When Malaysia Airline’s inflight magazine Going Places asked me to recommend where their readers should travel to in 2019, I thought long and hard. Among all the countries I have backpacked, what is the one place I would recommend my friends and family to go? Where is the one travel destination that I would gladly return to?

Egypt. My heart is yearning for fascinating African nation of Egypt.