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Shazlin Rahman

Writer + artist currently retracing my rad grandmother’s footsteps at @hersarong. Comms & engagement professional at @inspiritfdn. Malaysia-Canada

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Checking out the Australian hijabista exhibit at the @islamicartsmuseummalaysia last year before heading back to Kota Bharu for my @hersarong research. . #waybackwednesday #wbw #islamicart #australian #hijabista #hijabi #hijabfashion #kualalumpur #malaysia #cuticutimalaysia #tourismmalaysia
The view from inside @esyaque ’s ancestral home, a traditional Negeri Sembilan house in the historic town of Seri Menanti. This window overlooks the yard which is dotted with local fruit trees including ciku (sapodilla), rambutan and mangoes. At any given time of the year, there is likely a fruit that’s in season. Despite popular depictions of life in rural settings, kampung life is truly a life of abundance. . #kampung #kampunglife #serimenanti #negerisembilan #malaysia #malaysianarchitecture #vernaculararchitecture #tropicalfruits #cuticutimalaysia #tourismmalaysia #jalanjalan
British period drama is one of my guilty pleasures and I was naturally taken in by The Remains of the Day when I first saw the film. It’s fascinating to know that the book that inspired the film is written by Japanese-born writer Kazuo Ishiguro. The book won a Man Booker Prize (Ishiguro received nominations for three other books), making him one of the most revered writers of contemporary English literature. Having left Japan with his family at the age of five, Ishiguro only became a British citizen about thirty years later and returned to Japan several years after that. He says growing up in a Japanese-speaking household gave him a unique perspective which informed his writings in English. This is an incredibly happy discovery for me; I grapple with insecurity when I write in English. Although English is the language I feel most comfortable with, being a non-native speaker makes me feel like an imposter. Furthermore, translating my thoughts and feelings borne of Malay paradigms, universes and histories into English adds an another layer of complexity. But it’s good to know that it’s possible and that someone has done it quite successfully. . #bookstagram #remainsoftheday #englishliterature #perioddrama #writing #mondaymotivation
The thrifter in me is so proud of this find that I had to post about it. I went to my neighbourhood @valuevillage_thrift looking for flower pots (it’s one of the things I prefer to buy used rather than brand-new) and found this little gem: an antique-looking wooden jewelry box for $6.99. It is now a desk organizer in my studio. . #thrifted #deskorganizer #jewelrybox #antique #wooden #carpentry #thriftshopping #thrifty #homedecor #homeoffice #homestudio #valuevillage #valuevillagefinds
There is a Malay saying that goes “hendak seribu data, tak hendak seribu dalih.” In English it literally means if you want to do something, you’ll find a thousand ways to do it; conversely, if you don’t want to do something, you’ll find a thousand reasons not to do it. Much like that other old chestnut: where there’s a will, there’s a way. . #quote #quotes #motivation #proverbs #pepatah #pepatahmelayu #melayu #malay #malaysia
Roaming around the kampung in a batik sarong and flip flops with @ruskypearl visiting @amy_dyana ’s beautifully welcoming extended family. I miss kampung life. . #batik #sarong #batiksarong #kampunglife #kampung #alorsetar #kedah #malaysia #cuticutimalaysia #throwbackthursday #tbt
Bindi kurkuri, another easy recipe to add to my list of quick homemade snacks. . #bindi #okra #ladysfinger #kurkuribhindi #indianfood #indiancuisine #vegetarian #vegan #homemade
First, deal with isolation and hyper-visibility as the only hijabi on campus by obsessing over hijabi vloggers on YouTube. Next, turn that obsession into a paper for one of your classes. Then, multiply the paper tenfold so that it becomes your master’s thesis. Finally, trim off all the frills and condense it into a chapter for a book on youth mediations. Try to do it all six years or less. Easy peasy 🤓. . #hijabi #hijab #hijabfashion #hijabista #vlogging #vloggers #youtube #hijabivlogger #creativemuslimwomen #muslimwomen #representationmatters #thesis #academia #academics
The centre part is gone but I’m still digging dresses with pockets and eye-popping colour combos. Fuchsia and yellow? Hells yes. . #throwback #throwbackthursday #thursday #fuchsia #yellow #pinafore #penang #pulaupinang #malaysia #childhood
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