Starchild: Let's dive into Malaysian kids' magical world of dreams


Bethany Wang Qi Syuen, 8

Do you ever wonder what happens when you close your eyes at night? Well, buckle up, because we’re about to take a whimsical journey into the land of dreams!

Dreams are like your own personal movies that play in your head while you sleep. Imagine flying through fluffy clouds, talking to animals who wear sunglasses, or even becoming a superhero with super-duper ice cream powers. Anything is possible in dreamland.

But wait, how do these fantastic adventures happen? It’s all thanks to your amazing brain! When you’re snoozing away, your brain is like a busy director, creating scenes and stories for you to enjoy. Sometimes it remixes things you’ve seen or heard during the day, turning them into fantastic tales. Do you ever wake up, saying: ‘Whoa, that dream was so cool!’ Well, you’re not alone. Everyone has unique dreams that can make them laugh, wonder, or even feel a little bit scared (but don’t worry, it’s just make-believe!).

What’s even more fascinating is that scientists say animals dream too! Can you imagine a cat dreaming of a mouse-sized roller coaster? How about a dog having a barking contest with other dream dogs? It’s a wild thought, right?

So, the next time you snuggle up in your cozy bed, close your eyes, and drift off to dreamland, remember that you’re embarking on a magical journey crafted just for you. Who knows what incredible adventures your brain has in store tonight?

Recently Starchild asked readers to send in letters on the topic, Dreams. Here’s what they had to say.

“I cannot recall my night dreams but I have many day dreams! I would day dream about spending happy times with my family and even one day owning a handphone,” says eight-year-old Bethany Wang Qi Syuen.

Asher Wang Qi Chuen, 6Asher Wang Qi Chuen, 6

Younger sibling Asher Wang Qi Chuen, six, dreams of many things when he sleeps. “Sometimes I have sweet dreams of going on family holidays. Occasionally I have nightmares of bandits catching me. Other times I have fun dreams of the cartoons I watch and I even dream of winning a trophy in school.”

Chuah Seng Koon, 7Chuah Seng Koon, 7“Most people dream while sleeping. For me, it’s different. I have many dreams in my life. I have always wanted a pet dog, cat or any kinds of pets. My household is always busy. With my parents going to work and my brother going to high school, I am always alone. I like a pet to keep me company. My second dream is meeting a famous celebrity. My third dream (which is impossible) is not to have any homework,” says Chuah Seng Koon, eight.

“Dreams can be very fun as you get to do whatever you want. However, for some reasons, you can’t. It’s just like your brain has complete control in the dream and just play it out for you. Therefore, you can’t do anything. You just sleep and watch what the brain grants you.

In my favourite dreams, I get to eat different types of food I like. My favourite food include roti canai, nasi lemak, fried chicken, instant noodles, burgers, tacos, burritos, hot dogs and so much more. I also get to fizzy drinks, chocolate milk, milk and juices without getting fat. But, my worst nightmare was the time I was chased by the clown Ronald McDonald in a circus! It was funny and scary,” says Low Ying Xi, 11.

Low Ying Xi,11Low Ying Xi,11

ITEM: It’s that festive time of year again! Christmas is about three weeks away. Have you decorated your Christmas tree yet? Starchild would love to hear all about the twinkling lights, shiny ornaments, and maybe even a quirky tree topper!

We also want to know some of your favourite Christmas activities. Perhaps it’s making gingerbread cookies with your siblings or going to the malls to see the beautiful Christmas decorations.

And yes, a drawing would be simply splendid.

E-mail your contributions to lifestyle@thestar.com.my by Dec 15. Please put “STARCHILD: Christmas” in the subject line of your email.

Scanned drawings should be in jpeg format, with a resolution of 200 dpi. Your contributions must carry your full name, age (open to children aged 12 and below only), gender, phone contact, and address. Instead of handwritten letters, please type out your letters.

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