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Lessons to be learned



Book a place in your mind

Some have to eat while reading, some have to read while eating, and others savour words in the toilet. In conjunction with World Book Day today, ALLAN KOAY finds out what makes Malaysian book lovers tick.


In their fathers’ footsteps

It has been 50 years since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first men to reach the summit of Mount Everest. ALLAN KOAY speaks to Edmund's son Peter, who scaled the mountain last year with Tenzing's son Jamling to make a National Geographic film that commemorates the day the world's highest peak was conquered - May 29, 1953.


One people, one mission

MICHAEL D'OLIVEIRO had a chance to chat Mukhriz Mahathir, son to the Prime Minister, recently. The affable 39-year-old's involvement in the industry began with the Tourism Development Corporation (TDC). After schooling in London, Mukhriz returned to Malaysia and worked as a consultant in TDC's efforts to break into the Japanese market.


Charming Kelabit hospitality

The Bario Highlands of Sarawak is a world unto its own. The cool montane forests, longhouses, delicious rice and, most of all, the immense hospitality of the Kelabit people will charm all visit this isolated land.


It’s hammerhead time!

Layang Layang,an atoll in the middle of the South China Sea, 300km away from Sabah,issynonymous with manta ray and shark sightings and an endless flow of pelagics.As a nature lover, ERIK FEARN recently went there to ponder the irony of how an island,entirely man-made,can boast such amazing marine life.


Writing skills come in handy at contest

The BRATs' journalistic experience definitely came in handy at the Fun with Writing and Communications Workshop organised by Universiti Tuanku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) recently, writes JACKSON TEO.


Fighting it out

By June Chan


Viral awareness

Consultant paediatrician Datin Dr REBECCA GEORGE offers her insights about a disease that may not appear to be as pressing as SARS, but continues to exact its toll in our population - dengue fever.


Home to the weird and wonderful

Manado in North Sulawesi is a veritable marine haven. Here, where Indonesia links up with the Philippines, and the Indian Ocean meets the Pacific, divers come to admire the 2,500-odd species of reef fish, ogle the rare pygmy seahorse and generally marvel at the diversity of life teeming in its water. Few come away unimpressed.