Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

Monday Writers Craft Online: Cutting Through The Racial Factor

If your race or nationality is different from the person you are interviewing, you'd better watch out because this can mess things up.

Writers write for their audience: mums, cat lovers, golf fanatics, you name it. In Malaysia there's also the fact that some publications tend to appeal to one race more than another. 

A competent writer can write for all sorts of audiences.  Basically, you' work out your angle and get the questions set up to get the info your readers are interested in.  During the interview, you efface yourself, and let the person chat away.


However, I hear things like, "You know Malaysian always..." or "We Chinese/Malays/Indians..." and the real killer, "We Malaysians live happily together in a multicultural society...." I know that they're over-thinking the race issue, and talking to me as an orang puteh foreigner.

This is a problem because it means he or she isn't talking naturally.  And the good stuff always comes straight from the heart.

Most of the time I can get us back on track by having a cup of tea and telling them about my obsession to find the best roti canni or dim sum.  Talking about a mutual passion, and most Malaysians are passionate about food, usually smooths things over.

If that doesn't work, I nod and smile, say thanks, go away, and then a week later send a "follow up" question or two over email.  Once they don't see my face, they answer perfectly normally.  And that's the stuff that I take for the piece.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Living In Malaysia: Big Boobs And No Face

Chinese people talk of face, meaning dignity or respect.  For example, when someone older than you makes a hideous mistake, you give him or her face by pretending not to notice.

My more chauvinist friends insist that Westerners don't have face because we aren't properly civilised.  My kinder pals tell me sweetly that OF COURSE Westerners have face, but somehow we have less of it.

I think part of the problem is that we Westerners have this delusion that Asians are somehow more cultured than we are.  That attitude gets you into all sorts of pickles when you move to Asia.

Take for example the time when our mate Ah Joy invited us to his son's tea ceremony.  This is a pre-marriage ritual where the bride and groom serve tea to their parents and older relatives as a gesture of respect, and then get advice and gifts of money from each.

Ah Joy's family enjoy a joke so Ah Joy's son Peter and his bride-to-be were being regaled with advice like never put down your money when the jockey is betting on another horse and other bits of ancient oriental wisdom. 

All of us guests were sitting in the living room watching.  In proper Asian fashion, we'd left our shoes at the door.

Suddenly Ah Joy rushed up and told us frantically to go get our shoes.  Turning to my mate Edgar, I asked what that was all about. Was it, I asked, something symbolic? 

Scenting something interesting, the picture of innocence, Edgar asked, "Symbolic?"

Like a fool I asked if the guests had to wear shoes for the next part of the ceremony as a symbol of wealth to come for the happy couple or something similar.  You know, like something borrowed, something blue in Western wedding ceremonies.


Edgar fell over laughing and immediately told everyone else what I'd said.  In case someone missed it, he repeated it in Hokkien and Teow Chew for good measure. 


When everyone was having a good laugh, Ah Joy explained.  "The tiger beer guys are coming to make a delivery. Those guys have no respect.  They trample over everything.  So get your shoes before they step on them."


Ah Joy tried to give me face by not laughing but it didn't really work.  I could see his mouth twitching. Also, I heard he retold the story to all of his mates who weren't there to hear it first hand.

I was reminded of the story when Edgar retold it the other night to a table load of people who hadn't yet heard it.  He also let slip my Chinese nickname: Big Boobs.

So clearly I have no face.  But it's OK, clearly I have other assets - and it's not just my entertainment value.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Repost Friday: Flyweight Bully

This post appeared originally on 3rd July 2007. Yow Yow is no longer with us; his spot has been taken over by Boris - who is still looking for a home by the way!

Yow YowI was feeding the stray cats who live in the storm drain yesterday when I realised that Yow Yow, The Cat Formerly Known For His Dirty Face was being bullied unmercifully. The aggressors are the latest additions to the crowd, a bunch of kittens who stand less than 5 inches at the shoulder.


The kittens shoved Yow Yow out of the way, blocking him from getting a bite out of the bowl. When he did push through and get a bit, they were trying to steal it from his mouth.


Letting nature take it's course, I left them to it. Kittens need to learn to fight for survival and it won't be long before they grow out of the kitten status that is so far making them immune to reprisals.Yow Yow


But when the kittens wandered off with round, fat tummies, Yow Yow and I had a secret tryst. I fed him a few pieces of chicken liver and he looked rather pleased.


Yow Yow is a fiercesome cat in the neighbourhood, but when push comes to shove, those flyweight kitten bullies really lord it over him.


Top: Yow Yow being pushed out of the way by a kitten whose older half sister is standing by waiting to push in too.
Side: As the kitten approaches, Yow Yow is forced to eat quickly from the edge of the bowl.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Review Thursday: Curse Of The Golden Flower

The Curse Of The Golden Flower
Actors: Yun-Fat Chow, Li Gong, Jay Chou, Ye Liu, Dahong Ni
Directors: Yimou Zhang
Writers: Yimou Zhang, Yu Cao
Released: 2007

OK I meant to keep this review Thursday to books, mainly Asian books, but I have to make an exception for this film.  The Curse of the Golden Flower is simply one of the best Chinese films I've seen - ever.

Without giving away the plot, the story is set in Tang dynasty China (928 A.D) when people got what they wanted by fighting huge sword battles when poisoning their enemies didn't work.

The story starts when Emperor Ping comes home from the wars.  His current wife, Empress Phoenix and their son Prince Jie are horrified because they are plotting to overthrow him. The emperor is a cunning, evil type, and knowing what's up, he is slowly poisoning his wife with Black Fungus tea.

The rest of the tale involves incest, assassination, double-dealing, murder, tricky spy stuff, and of course some pretty darn good kung fu fighting.  Plus, it's got a really nasty twist at the end.

The Emperor is played by Chow Yun Fat, the guy famous for fighting with two guns in films like Replacement Killers, and dozens of other films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Pirates of the Caribbean 3.  The Empress, Li Gong, is the sexy bit who was superb also in Farewell My Concubine and The Emperor and the Assassin.

If you choose to see just 1 Chinese film in your life, watch this one.  It's got subtitles, but believe me, when you're 20 minutes into the film, you won't even notice you're reading them.  If you're not in Asia, check it out at Amazon.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Cooling All Hot Rods

Ice filled loos at a restaurant in Kuching had us all fascinated...

Make up your own caption.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Au Speaks Out: Why Katz Are Superior To Hoomans

De survunts went on holiday last week.  When dey kame bak, I was going to show dem the Tayul of Disapproval.  Dis is propur punishmunt for survunts who don't do as their kat tells dem.

But when dey kame in, Target starts yelling, "Mummy cat is home!  And T-Man!" an den he jumps right into dere arms.  Dey didunt even see my Tayul of Disapproval!

I haf told Target many times dat de feemale isn't a kat.  She is one of de inferior hooman species.  But Target has been reading wif de feemale since he was a kitten and now his brain is all skrewed up.  He kant even TALK right!

As Target is a furbrain, I haf written down 6 reesons why katz are superior to hoomans. Dere are more, but it's time for my thurd brekfast.

why katz are superior to hoomans

1. Katz don't do mondays.  evur.
2. Hoomans haf thousands of wurds and still kant kommunikate.  A kat gets efurrything with a meow.
3. Katz kan jump 10 times dere own height. Hoomans kant jump dere own height.
4. Katz no how to relaks.  Do you no hoomans who haf 22 hour naps?
5. Katz no deir furry butts are always purrfekt. 
6. Hoomans take ordurs from katz.  Katz nevur take ordurs from anywon.

cats on Tuesday For more cats, check out Gattina's Cats on Tuesday.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Monday Writers Craft Online: Getting Round The Publicity Machine

I interviewed 3 celebs last week and because I took particular care to avoid their publicists, it took no time at all.

The relationship between writers and celebs is mutual dependency.  We need short quotes to jazz up our writing, and they need to stay in the limelight. 

However, celebs tend to insulate themselves from the world with a wall of publicists, secretaries and other folks.  That's fine if these people are fast and on the ball, but in my experience, too many Malaysian publicity people move at a speed that makes tortoises seem like racing cars. 

Last year I was looking for 2 sentences from celebs for a newspaper supplement for young adults.  I was asking for 1 sentence answers to 2 questions: what it is the best part of your job? and what is the worst part of your job?  I told the publicists I didn't need to meet the celebs.  A quote over the phone or via email would do. 


It should have been a 2 minute job for the publicists to ask the question, email/relay the answers, and get good free national publicity in return.  However, at the end of 1 week of daily calls, I still didn't know if the celebs were willing to take part, or if they were even in town.

In the end, I scratched both.  I called my neighbour who is a relative of TV Chef Ismael and asked her for his phone number, and I called another mate to ask for Formula One driver Alex Yoong's number.  These two gave me their quotes in less than a minute and we were done.

Last week's task was effortless because I went for my talent over Facebook.  I looooooooove the Internet!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Living In Malaysia: When You Look LIke A Cat

If you are from Taiwan, you can maybe get away with pretending to be Malaysian Chinese.  If you're from India, you may be able to feign being Malaysian Indian.  But when you're orang puteh (Caucasian) there's no way to blend in.

I've gotten used to people staring at me, whether they do it rudely or surreptitiously.  I'm aware that for the people who don't have much contact with us, I am as interesting as a green Iguana - sort of horribly fascinating.

One of the funniest conversations I had recently was with the teenage son of the owner of one of my neighbourhood shops.  He sidled up to me, checked his dad wasn't around, and said, "Hey, can I ask you something personal?"

When I nodded, he asked, "Are your eyes really that colour?" I told him they were.  

"And your skin, is it really that colour or do you paint it white?"

"This is tan!" I said with mock outrage.  I showed him the underside of my wrist, and he was amazed it is even paler than my arms.

"And your hair?  Is it really that colour?  And why is it lighter on top than in your neck?"  Clearly he'd been inspecting me really closely.

I explained my sort of hair bleaches in the sun.

When he paused and gulped, I knew what he was dying to ask and daren't.  "The tits are real too," I told him kindly.

My mate grinned, and rushed off to talk to his pals who were hanging out at the back.  From they way they kept looking at me, I guess the questions had arisen from group brain storming.

I don't mind that sort of thing because it's pure natural human curiosity.  There's no rudeness or malice intended. 

At times those questions can be really funny.  Like the time I was standing in a supermarket when this little kid squealed, "Hey look, Mummy!  That lady looks just like our cat!"

"Shutupshutupshutup!" the mummy whispered fiercely.

I knew what the problem was, "You have a Siamese?" I asked the kid.

The kid nodded and the mummy went red with embarrassment.  I didn't mind that either.  I've got the pale hair and blue eyes, but I know that comparing me with a handsome Siamese is purest flattery.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Repost Friday: Crammed In Kitty

If you're in Malaysia, check out my article about Aranjuez in Spain in The Star Weekender tomorrow.

And in honour of Repost Friday....Scoop stuffed into the cupboard
This post originally appeared on the 7th day of the 7th month in 2007!  The cat gift basket is still going so be sure to send in pictures of your kitty.

There is plenty of space for all of us in our home but instead of taking advantage of our huge bed or the big rug in the hall, our junior cat Au is fast asleep inside his cardboard box while his senior colleague Scoop has elected to force himself into a cupboard filled to the brim with old newspapers.


Cats just love being crammed in tight spaces!


Cat lovers in Malaysia can win a Star Purina Cat Gift Basket prize by sending a picture of their kitty plus caption to:


Katz Tales
StarWeekend
Star Publications
Menara Star
15 Jalan 16/11
Petaling Jaya 46350


You may also email the Editor at weekened@thestar.com.my but please keep file sizes to a reasonable size so their mail box isn't overwhelmed.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

COT: Au Is All Flaked Out

Au was militant on Friday about a change of diet.  He mumphed and moaned, so I went out and bought us all chicken.

Au usually has a big helping, and then a smaller serving after, but this time he really outdid himself: he had 6ths!

I was delighted to see it.  I've been a tad worried about our senior cat, because he lost some weight when he was ill a few months ago, and never put it back on again. 

Now he's clearly back to his old self again.  Here he is, suffering from food coma after his pig-out.   

cats on Tuesday For more cats, check out Gattina's Cats on Tuesday.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Monday Writers Craft Online: Delays...

Some people think that publishing is easy and fast. Sometimes it is. A news piece may be written one afternoon and appear the next morning.

But for features, especially magazine features, writing up a piece for publication is the first step in a long process.

Some of my clients plan a long way ahead; I already have commissions for May 2011. Others adopt a go-as-you can attitude.

If it’s a scheduled publication, I can give an early heads-up. At other times I can make an educated guess. Unfortunately life is never smooth.

Some of the more common reasons for pieces not to appear on time are:
  • An extra ad came in, and so the piece was dropped in favour of the incoming $$$.
  • A key member of personnel is away, so the piece can’t be laid out, edited etc.
  • A key member of personnel is away, so email can’t be accessed.
  • An intern puts the submission on the wrong pile, and it gets lost.
  • The Internet provider messes up, and a huge batch of email is lost forever in cyberspace.

For some reason the first half of 2010 has been particularly bad for this. So sorry, Meem, Cynthia, Nurliyana, Angelina, Sau Kuan, and everyone else who was hoping to be out by now. I’m told you’ll all be featured within the next two issues. I’m crossing my fingers that it works out that way.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Living In Malaysia: Forced Piety

It's Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month.  When I lived in Indonesia, some of my Muslim friends fasted, some fasted on the first and last day, and some didn't fast at all.  In Malaysia it's the same, except that the people who don't fast have to be discreet because they are afraid of being caught by the religious police.

The religious police report  to the Shyariah court.  That court can whip, imprison and fine people for not going to the mosque, drinking alcohol, dressing immodestly, having sex without being married, and so on.

Malaysia is one of very few countries in the world to have a religious police force.  The others are Iran, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Sudan, and the semi-autonomous province of Aceh in Indonesia.

Whenever I see the religious police around, it always strikes me that I'm getting a first row seat into seeing what it was like living in the days of the Spanish Inquisition, or in the Puritan east coast colonies in the USA in the 1600s.

As I've said before, I don't understand religion. But it seems to me that if fasting and other religious activities don't come from the heart, forcing people to fake piety doesn't do much good.

The activities of the religious police are a hot topic in Malaysia.  If you're interested in a local point of vie I recommend you read Zeffri Yusof's article.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Repost Friday: Cool Cat

This post was originally posted on Saturday, June 23, 2007.  Enjoy!  By the way, Katz Tales is out tomorrow in The Star, Weekender, print version only.

Cool Cat

Au on the batik coverScoop and Au don’t walk; they swagger. They don’t sit; they lounge. They know everyone is looking at them, and they know that they are looking good.Replete with smug self-satisfaction, our two fuzzies drift through life with an attitude of calm and poise shared by few people - except for a handful of supermodels perhaps.Au has been particularly pleased recently with the new batik cover on my office chair as its golden brown colours set off his coat to perfection.
Here he is: complete with fuzzy tummy.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Review Thursday: Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud

Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud
By Andrew Lane
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (June 4, 2010)
ISBN-10: 033051198X
ISBN-13: 978-0330511988
Price: RM36.90

Andrew Lane takes Arthur Conan Doyle's best loved character Sherlock Holmes, makes him a teenager, and dumps him into a summer holiday mystery.

Sherlock's father has gone off to India, his mum is too sick to have him, brother Mycroft is in London, so Sherlock is sent off to Hampshire to stay with his uncle and aunt. Within days Sherlock stumbles onto his first mystery involving a mysterious murder and an evil baron.

When I was reading this, I stopped to wonder if I would have read it if the hero wasn't called Sherlock Holmes.  The answer is probably.  Lane's Holmes isn't exactly how I imagined him, but the plot is good, and the story flows swiftly.  I also love the way Mycroft sends his little brother a tutor whose training is what will later make Sherlock such a great detective.  This is the first of a series, so expect more stories in the near future.

For adult readers, I recommend The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King.  In this tale Sherlock Holmes is in his 50s, retired, and living in the country.  He takes on a young woman partner whose brains match his.  The story is fantastic, and the characters truly wonderful.  I'm afraid I picked it up at a bargain book sale so I don't know what it costs.  But you can read about it at Amazon.  I'm looking out for more King books.

 

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Segovia's 2000 Year Old Aqueduct

Segovia in Spain is one of my favourite places in the world. The aqueduct was built by the Romans 2000 years ago, and that corner house on the right is one of the most popular restaurants in Segovia; it does excellent lamb and pork roasts, traditional Spanish favourites.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

COT: I'm Watching You!

Target is becoming brave.  It started a few weeks ago when he discovered that Boris, the kitty who is currently living in our garden, will back away if stood up to.  Seeing the big cat back down gave our little sweetie a huge confidence boost.

Yesterday Target cuffed one of the neighbourhood girl cats he can't stand out of the garden, and then he puffed up at a new cat in the street, a big Maine Coone boy who is trying to make his mark.

Afterwards he collapsed on the stairs, and practiced his hard stare.   He's looking quite intimidating, isn't he?

cats on Tuesday For more cats, check out Gattina's Cats on Tuesday.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Monday Writers Craft Online: Don't Use Verio

If you want to put your work online, you'll need a domain name.  My advice is: never use VERIO.

I bought a 1 year subscription to a domain name for a friend's birthday two years ago.  When it expired, Verio pushed through a second credit card transaction - even though I had not authorised it.

I emailed Verio and found that Verio has lots of ways to accept your money, but it does not respond to customer service email.  I sent more than a dozen messages, and received no response. Luckily as I had kept all my documentation, and my bank had renewed my credit card, I managed to refute the charge.


This year they are trying AGAIN to force a payment through. I have had over two dozen messages.  I ignored the first lot, then responded with the DO NOT RENEW message they suggest but it's been 4 days and THE EMAIL STILL KEEPS COMING!

So my advice is, whatever you do, don't buy a domain name through VERIO.

Update: the day this post went up I received a tweet from Verio support asking for details.  Then more tweets and email.  Today I wrote to them and said this,

I've sent you Twitter messages with the report number and the domain name.

Listen, this should have been sorted a year ago.  It wasn't because I got no response from your customer support.  I had to spend hours gathering my paperwork and presenting it to my bank.  I had to take time off work too.


You are only interested in talking to me now because I made this problem public, and the post was read by a few thousand people.


You've got what you need to do your internal paperwork.  Now please stop tweeting at me, or sending me email.  The time for fixing the problem is way past, and I am not wasting any more time with Verio.  


Sarky?  Maybe.  I just can't be bothered with companies who ignore customers until there's a stink.  And you know what?  They still haven't apologised for ignoring my previous email messages, for trying to force through payment without my permission, or for wasting my time!   

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Living In Malaysia: Hiding Out

Traditional Malaysians drop in on each other when they feel like it. They don't call up in advance: a guest can never be inconvenient.

Of course, that was in the old days when everyone lived in the kampung (the countryside) and spent lots of time loafing about.

Nowadays many of the urban crowd are rushed off their feet, stressed out, and not terribly chuffed when six people decide to turn up without notice. Not that they'd ever dare say so however!

Now that Ramadan, Muslim fasting month, is coming up, everyone is gearing up to drop by on family and old friends. 

Officially everyone is supposed to really enjoy this, but as one of my mates says, "I really, really need some personal time.  The holiday weekend that's coming up will be ruined by visitors. And they always drop by at dinner time so I'm forced to cook when all I want to do is veg out in front of the TV. If they called first, I could make an excuse for them not to come. But I just can't tell them to call first because I don't want people to think I'm like some orang puteh (Malay for white person). You know, all stuck up."

(She says this to me with complete unconsciousness because she forgets I'm orang puteh - moreover, one who HATES people dropping by without phoning. But I digress.)

So instead of telling her relatives and friends she needs some space to relax, my friend decides to deal with the problem by going away on holiday. It's an expensive solution, and it involves lots of tedious traffic jams, and paying premium prices for rooms as it's holiday time, but she doesn't care.

She gets to do what she likes, and nobody could ever accuse her of being stuck up like an orang puteh.

Friday, August 06, 2010

We've Won An Award!

PS Katz Tales is out tomorrow in The Star, Weekender, and it features Au.  Now, drum roll please.....We've won a Blog Award! How cool is that?

There's a To-Do List that comes with it.

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award
Thank you Live Out Loud!

2. Share 7 things about yourself

I thought this should be about Au and Target but I'm told it has to be about the human.  So...
  • I like fuchsia.
  • I hate loud noises: live bands, concerts, screaming kids.
  • I love reading: faves include Asimov, Pratchett, Austen, Heyer, Herriot, Durrell, and Tolkien.
  • I love people who can discuss sensitive topics without emotion.
  • I like to swim in the middle of the day in the hot sun.
  • I have gone off instant coffee because I'm drinking the real stuff.
  • I am treadmilling every day. I think it's killing me.
3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic.
Brian's Home                                                          According To Jimbo
Adventures of Admiral Hestorb                               Whippy Curly Tails
GrammyMouseTails                                                Whisppy
Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr            Really I'm a Mom
Serendipity Park a lovely shore breeze.... 
 
Not new but still awesome:
DennisTheVizsla                                                     Chey, Gemini and Ichiro
Cornish Kitties                                                       Mishcat
The Naughty Kitty Club


4. Contact the bloggers you’ve picked and let them know about the award.

Please realize that you are under no obligation to accept this award and that it is done in the spirit of recognizing and acknowledging really great blogging!

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Review Thursday: The Snagglegrollop

The Snagglegrollop
By Daniel Postgate (Author)
And Nick Price (Illustrator)
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd (May 4, 2009)
ISBN-10: 1906427003
ISBN-13: 978-1906427009
Price: RM32.90 US5.58

Sam wants a pet but his parents don't want a dog or cat so Sam asks if he can have a snagglegrollop.  His parents laughingly agree, but when a real snagglegrollop turns up, it means they have to let Sam keep it.  The snagglegrollop is fun, huge, hairy, and hungry, but also lonely - until Sam's friend Emily decides she wants a pet too...

This is a silly, fun story, with FANTASTIC illustrations.  It's not educational; it's pure fun.  If you want to encourage your kids to read, this is the book to encourage them.

The book is aimed at Kindy kids, so think ages 4 to 6.  If you want to peek inside, check Amazon.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

COT: Treadmill Cat Fluff

This is not your treadmill, this is my treadmill.  Finders keepers, losers weepers.  Obey the hard-eyed stare of your furry master and go away.  

And no funny remarks about my big furry but either, OK?

I am the proper shape: round!

Also, please visit Cathy, a new pet blogger: http://whisppy.blogspot.com/ from Malaysia who has a small zoo at home. 

cats on Tuesday For more cats, check out Gattina's Cats on Tuesday. 

Monday, August 02, 2010

Monday Writers Craft Online: Post Office Obstacles

Bookshops in Malaysia tend to buy local books in tiny orders: like 5 copies at a time.  Restocking can take time, so lots of potential buyers give up or forget buying books they were once interested in. 

Another problem is that overseas buyers tend to be slapped with HUGE postal fees.  Like the book I reviewed on Thursday that costs RM32 in Malaysia (less then US$10) but retails over Amazon at an amazing US118.

This is partially because books, magazines and other goods sent via Malaysian ordinary post tend to go "missing".  I have lost so much valuable post that I only use registered mail.  And for things that are valued at more than RM50, I use courier services.  It's just not worth the risk posting stuff here.  So book sellers making overseas sales quote overnight courier service rates.  Not only does that jack up the price tremendously, but it also annoys me that the courier makes more money than author and publisher - combined!

So for those of you like Mishcat who've asked about Katz Tales and Logomania, I'm offering the following deal.  I will send books via registered air mail.  Delivery takes about 2 weeks to Europe and North America.  For Malaysians who don't live near a book shop, or whose shop hasn't got stock, I'm using Post Laju as it works out the same.

You can see previews and excepts by clicking on the book covers.  If you then want to buy a copy, email me at ewATlepak.com and give me your address.  I'll send you an invoice via Paypal.  Prices for posting 1 copy are posted here.  If you want to buy more than one copy, or one copy of each, email me and I'll check out best postage prices for you.

Katz Tales: Living Under The Velvet Paw
Katz Tales by Ellen Whyte Book front cover imageWest Malaysia Pos Laju: RM33
Sabah and Sarawak Pos Laju: RM36
USA registered airmail: RM49 (US$16)
UK, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands registered airmail:RM44  (Euros 11, UK pounds 9)

Australia registered airmail: RM41 (Australian $15)
Singapore registered airmail: RM40 (Singapore $17)

Logomania: Where Common Phrases Come From And How To Use Them
Logomania by Ellen Whyte Book front cover imageWest Malaysia Pos Laju: RM38
Sabah and Sarawak Pos Laju: RM41
USA registered airmail: RM61 (US$19)

UK, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands registered airmail:RM55  (Euros 13, UK pounds 11)

Australia registered airmail: RM49 (Australian $17)

Singapore registered airmail: RM49 (Singapore $21)