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Lifestyle 18 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Still the diva

Sharifah Aini is one of Malaysia#8217;s most recognised entertainers. After 35 years in the business, she will release her 77th album next month, followed by her swansong album in August. In an exclusive interview, the First Lady of Song explains why she will retire in three years when she turns 50!

AseanPlus News 23 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Experts: Return lost artefacts to their owners

CHINA'S most distinguished relics experts are urging the return of lost artefacts, especially those illegally obtained, to their original countries.

Lifestyle 26 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Close encounter with a caveman

Comfortable, coddled 21st century humans, meet Ice Age Neanderthal. The first complete skeleton of a Neanderthal, the prehistoric people who became extinct about 30,000 years ago, graces an American Museum of Natural History exhibition in New York on the mysteries of human origins.

Lifestyle 09 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

One king to rule them all

Central to Zhang Yimou's latest movie, I>Hero/i>, is the emperor Shih Huang-ti who is depicted as a more humane, less malevolent king. But that is not mere cinematic licence on the part of the director; some modern historians, in fact, are re-defining the character of China's first and still larger-than-life emperor, writes LEE KAM HING.

Nation 09 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Deadly Iron Maiden in Malacca's torture exhibition

With a rather romantic name, theIIron Maiden of Nuremberg /I>is a human-sized wooden casing, like the pharaoh#8217;s sarcophagus, which once evoked fear as a deadly instrument of torture in medieval Europe.

Lifestyle 10 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

The 'spirit' of geomancy

DR ONG HEAN-TATT argues that #8216;haunted#8217; trees and bad feng shui spots could be just due to accumulation of positive ions as a result of the effects of underground water.

Lifestyle 17 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

When royals clear their attics

WHEN Europe#8217;s royal and noble families fall on hard times, they not only go out with a bang but also leave behind castles full of treasures. Self-confessed royalist KEE HUA CHEE waxes lyrical over an impending high-class garage sale.

Lifestyle 22 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Sweet note to My Humble Home

Annie Ooi visits My Humble House, a restaurant in the Esplanade Mall in Singapore.

Nation 08 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM

Fulfilling a Ruler's destiny

The nation will witness Selangor's new Ruler, its ninth Sultan crowned Saturday, according to traditional rites and customs of the state's Sultanate, one of Malaysia's oldest. Proclaimed Sultan of Selangor on Nov 22,2001, upon the demise of his father, then the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, the Raja Muda Selangor Tengku Idris Shah became Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah. KEE HUA CHEE details the fascinating life of a man destines to be Sultan.

Lifestyle 16 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM

Artist colony in the making

A quiet revolution is taking place in the sleepy hollow of Malacca. Not to worry, there is no violence or mayhem involved, just plenty of creative juices at work as more and more artists set up home and gallery in the historic town#8217;s shophouses and, in the process, expand an exciting dimension of tourists attractions, writes VICTOR CHIN.