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Bliss in the city

In that classic children's story. 'Town Mouse and Country Mouse', a city rodent visits his cousin in the 'ulu' and vice versa. Both end up hating each other's lifestyle because it's so strange and different and neither can wait to get back to what they are used to. The classic tale suggests we are all creatures of habit and familiarity, and that pulling up one's roots and replanting them in a new environment is next to impossible. But a young couple and a retiree who exchanged one lifestyle for a completely different one offer a new take on the simple tale. REENA GURBAKSH finds out why a country mouse bolted for the city and why a town mouse headed for the hills.

Marine ecosystem under siege

Despite their nasty reputation, sea urchins are really quite beautiful creatures up close. Their long spines shelter small fishes, shrimps and crabs from predators, while their diet of algae keeps reefs from being smothered by marine plants. But in large numbers, sea urchins can tip teh delicate balance of the marine ecosystem and reduce a reef to rubble.

Learn a word a day

READERS write in with their New Year resolutions to improve their command of English.

Send your stress packing

If you#8217;re looking at getting away from it all with a luxurious holiday, then look no further than Langkawi, Kedah.

Another reason to visit Lembah Bujang

Few would have expected that an international motorcross championship could be held in the vicinity of a museum. The undulating hilly terrain, the running stream and the soil texture near the Lembah Bujang (Bujang Valley) Archaeological Museum in Merbok, near Sungai Petani, Kedah turned out to be a perfect spot for the Merbok International Enduro 2002 motorcross championship.

Famous bucks and does

Here are some famous persons born in the Year of the Goat.

Exotic and endangered

The Indian star tortoise is a common sight in pet shops. Charmed by the exquisite star-burst patterns on its shell, many pet lovers may be tempted to carry home a specimen or two, little realising that they are feeding a flourishing international trade in exotic - and sometimes endangered - pets.

Their own little paradise

That first night in Langkawi, 13 years ago, When Wolfgang Sauer first arrived in Langkawi, Kedah he had the feeling that this is it. He've arrived at a place that feels like home.

Hard worker returns

I TOO had an Indonesian maid. She was rather naive as she hails from a rural area far away from Medan. She could hardly speak Bahasa and is not particularly good looking. I hired her because I wanted somebody simple and not too concerned with looks.

The golden years

Exactly one hundred years ago today,a prince was born, whose destiny was to preside over the birth of a new nation. The prince who would become,in his own words,the happiest Prime Minister in the world, nurtured this fledgling multi-ethnic nation through the most difficult early years.