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Culture, literature and other interesting things.
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Join us as we chat with the 2020 Epigram Books Fiction Prize winner, Joshua Kam, as he takes us on a sparkling road trip through his madcap yet mellifluous debut novel,  How the Man in Green Saved Pahang, and Possibly the World, available at leading bookstores and at Epigram.
Hannah Ng and Yogesh Tulsi talk about what they're doing to protect the environment. Just as it took a boy to say that the emperor wasn’t actually wearing any clothes, it’s our young people like Hannah and Yogesh who are stepping up to take charge.
This is Part 3 of our series of fabulous conversations with people who have found themselves “stranded” on three different islands – Siargao in the Philippines, Gili Trawangan in Indonesia and the little red dot of Singapore. In this final one of these conversations, Carolyn and Marc speak with artist Yen Phang. We talk about going a little claustrophobic after weeks of having our freedom short-circuited, of various government campaigns that infantilise the population and the ignominy of living on an island that doesn’t want to be an island, whose inhabitants are growing increasingly overweight and suffering from a shortage of Vitamin D.
We explore the answers to this question over three conversations with three fabulous people who have found themselves “stranded” on three different islands – Siargao in the Philippines, Gili Trawangan in Indonesia and the little red dot of Singapore. This is Part 2 and we’re speaking with Ashleigh Sanderson who went to Gili Trawangan to scuba dive and to volunteer at the island’s horse and cat clinic, thinking that it would be a short holiday. Fast forward eight weeks (and counting) and Sanderson is still there. It’s fair to say that Sanderson might have gone stark raving mad if it hadn’t been for Batty, the little rescue kitten.
How are things on YOUR island? We explore the answers to this question over three conversations with three fabulous people who have found themselves “stranded” on three different islands – Siargao in the Philippines, Gili Trawangan in Indonesia and the little red dot of Singapore. We start with Michelle Villarosa on Siargao in the Philippines, who tells us more about the importance of looking inward to find stability, lush coconuts and Filipino dramatics. Background sound effects courtesy of the island. Enjoy!
Mackerel Moments #5 - Longing & Belonging An interview with Epigram authors Jennani Durai and Inez Tan on writing about home, identity and humour in their respective short story collections.
This is an intro to a series of three conversations that focuses on being on an island. In a situation such as this global pandemic that we’re in, what could be more perfect than being on an island? Cut off from covidiots and with plenty of sunshine and sand between your toes and beautiful sunsets to see you though the madness. Well. It depends on which island you’re on. We speak with people coping with the coronavirus lockdown on Siargao (the Philippines), Gili Trawangan (Indonesia) and Singapore. The first of these conversations will air on Wednesday 03 June 2020.
"Shibui recalls the beauty revealed by the passage of time. Inheriting in an aesthetic of calm – colours subdued and brightness muted – this word reminds us to appreciate the things that improve with age. There is a grace in maturity, and the experiences of life mark their objects with a pleasant richness. You might experience shibui in the colour of leaves in early winter, or an old teacup on a table…” - Ikigai And Other Japanese Words To Live By, Mari Fujimoto Adrienne Ceramics is a pottery brand that was established by Singapore-based potter, Jeanette Wee. In this episode of Mackerel Moments, we explore imperfection and beauty with this erudite soul who continues to wend her way towards shibui.
In this episode, we speak with Non-Constituency MP and member of the opposition Workers' Party, Leon Perera, about how he stays positive and what there is to be positive about in Singapore.
According to the Urban Dictionary, a "crazy cat" is someone who does extraordinary things, out-of-the-norm things. Or, in our opinion, fabulously mad things. Crazycat is a platform that was started by three young women who wanted a space where others could go to for advice, business opportunities and just good ol' stories; stories about and for the everyday woman. In our latest episode, Mackerel chats with the three ladies who started Crazycat - Sarah Bagharib (founder), Cheryl Guzman Ng (co-founder) and Hannah Kamsadi (lead creative) - and we ask them about the story behind this not-so-everyday venture and what other crazy cats can look forward to.
8/8/2017: Sri Lanka

8/8/2017: Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka: A Guided Tour All Its Own Pt 1 • Sri Lanka: A Guided Tour All Its Own Pt 2
Mackerel Moments, 24 July 2017: Boeing Boeing
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