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Diam

  Diam is Malay for quiet. Like English there are many other ways to describe the silence. Senyap which will forever sound authoritative to me, thanks no thanks government education institutionalisation. There’s tenang, which is more serene. The kind of word you’d use in the …

Death and Writing

Image: readthespirit I watched Dead Poet’s Society on a plane flying back home. I was given the DVD a long time ago but never felt “in the mood” for what looked a little like Hollywood’s interpretation of a self-help book. I’m not adverse to heart-warming …

Humans of Interchange – Li Yang

Apologies for dropping the ball on Humans of Interchange. Exams came up and then I had a backlog of other posts to complete. I’m still very much looking for international students to interview so feel free to shoot me an e-mail at willbe[at]samanthawxlow.com . This …

Humans of Interchange – Lo

What’s your favourite place in Australia? In my first year I went backpacking across Australia with my boyfriend. Our favourite place by far was Tasmania. The views are spectacular and the people are friendlier than you expect. We once asked for directions from a pedestrian …

Humans of Interchange – Sam

Did you just get back from work? No. I went to uni today, I just got back 30 minutes ago. Today’s class was on family conferencing. It teaches you how to deal with the family of patients, especially patients that are deteriorating. If patients have …

Humans of Interchange – Monchee

When did you first arrive in Australia? Do you want the exact date? 28th December 2014. I’m studying nursing right now but back in the Philippines I already have a nursing degree. I even passed the entrance exams to go to medical school back home. …

I Speak the English

This is an excerpt of a piece that was published in Vertigo: and those we’ve left behind, Issue 2 2015. Vertigo is a student-run magazine at the University of Technology, Sydney. The full version is free and available in hard copy around UTS, soon to be …

Ready Player One

As mentioned in my previous book review, September Read-a-Thon didn’t go as well as I had hoped. Some kind of combination of being too uninspired and too busy led to me only reading a couple of books for the first three weeks of the month. …