Written by Wong Kit Yin, Nicole.


Dear Americans,

November 9th, 2016 is a date so special that I doubt anyone would forget about it. It was the day that changed America’s future. The day that shocked the entire world.

When Donald Trump was running for the presidency, all I noticed was television hosts making jokes about him on their talk shows, whether it was in his presence or not. The internet was bombarded with creative memes on the speeches that he had made, criticising everything he said. Everyone despised him, wrote horrible things about him and made fun of him in all forms of social media. Yet, he is to be the next President of the United States of America.

It was said that the American Dream was to make America great again or at least that was what Donald Trump promised during the election, but how can you achieve that when its citizens no longer feel safe in their own homeland anymore, where the basic foundation of human rights have been ripped apart from them.

No offence to the Trump voters, I imagine you have a good reason on choosing him as your next president. However, with every vote to him, you have indirectly given the racists, sexists and homophobics more reason to look down and to bully those whom are seemed as beneath them. You have just given power to those rich, white people to do whatever they want. If crimes were committed, they might actually get away with it. Thus, this is how the flames of justice smothered at their feet as they laugh away their wicked deeds. With plans on deporting so-called immigrants and building walls, all I can say is that America, this is your future now. For all these reasons, I am seriously torn between in giving you a big hug or a shoulder to cry on.

When the election was over and Donald Trump was officially elected, no one stopped expressing their shocks and disbelieves. Lady Gaga went on protesting in front of the Trump Tower in New York. Anti-Donald Trump protests happening on the streets of New York, hoping for a change even though none could be salvage by then.

It was then, amongst the pile of hopelessness and sorrow over the loss of Hillary Clinton as their president, there was a slight glimmer of hope. People from all different gender, races, religion and culture walking on the same street, marching together in the protest, fighting for something you truly believe in—a safer and better America. Most of you have thought it lost, but unity had happened and it is burning brightly deep into your hearts and souls.

I realized there should be no fear, especially when everyone are standing together. No one should be afraid anymore; not the homosexuals, Muslims or women. Instead, they should feel braver and almost invincible because they are each other’s source of power now. They have each other’s back.

I guess I would have to thank all of you for that because without these happenings, the world would have never known the importance of unity and just how powerful it could be. I lived in a multiracial country my whole life and yet, unity has become almost a rare occasion now. Yes, we might not have big racial fights, but underneath it all, there is no denying of the tension between the races. Perhaps, this could shed some light on us and hopefully we could learn a thing or two.

We are living in the 21st century; a time where we should be focusing on pushing forward and creating a better future for our descendants. This is not the time to judge the colour of people’s skin, whether that person has a penis or a vagina, or whether or not they are wearing a hijab. There are more matters at hand than fighting with people who are no more or no lesser than you and I.

However, in the end, I am no American and nothing I say could describe what you are genuinely feeling or change anything, but I got a feeling that a new age has almost begun; the age of unity, for as long as we stand together, we are invincible. With this new mindset, there will be no doubt that America could be great again.



Babka Cafe 歐風鄉村咖啡

Review by: Christopher Liew

Once more we return to Taiwan, Taipei, but for this time we’ll venture into the streets of 九份(Jiu Fen), one of the must-go tourist attraction spots in Taiwan. As I was venturing around Jiu Fen, I stumble upon this little cozy-looking café, which comes with a rather unique but weird name of Babka.

Babka Cafe

Exterior design of café.

I decided to check it out, knowing Taiwan geographical reasons, shops and café around Taiwan are usually small compared to Malaysia’s café size. Something about this small little cozy café is that the dining area are all located upstairs, while downstairs will be the place where barista prepare the coffee. In this café, the barista is the café owner himself. From bean roasting, coffee brewing, to even pizza making as well as baking are all done by the husband and wife (the owner of Babka café). In their menu, what first caught my eyes was actually the hand-brew coffee. Unlike typical espressos, they serve brews such as the Siphon Brew Coffee. I decided then that it would be a good idea to ask the owner a little about the café itself.


Question 1 (directed to the husband): What is it that inspires you to start venturing into coffee industries?


The reason behind the interest or rather inspiration of venturing into coffee industries was rather simple. He expect quality over quantity, emphasizing flavour and quality in each cup of coffee he brews. Even so, he’s not  very fond of other flavour in which it explains why that his café  only have  specific few types of selected beans. Instead of the domestically produced arabicas coffee beans, he prefers specific beans such as the Kenya AA’S, “kopi luwak” civet coffee, Columbia’s bean, and of course, their prize winning, a mixture of 15 types of coffee beans into one brew (championship 2015 for bean type). For 12 years this pair of couples has been operating Babka café in Jiu Fen, they have not change their beans and bean type. He wants to open up a café in such way that is not selling coffee only for the sake of doing so, but instead he wants each coffee to be unique and high quality.

Few types of bean they offer.

Bean type

Question 2 (directed to the wife):

Why is the café name Babka cafe歐風鄉村咖啡?


It’s rather interesting when I found out why is the café name Babka, it came to my surprise that babka is actually name of a pasterie which originally comes from Romania (or known as kulich, Кулич in cryllic script which widely used in eastern Europe) and it’s spongy brioche-like yeast cake,  the reason why the café is name after it was that the café main pastries Babka cake in which the recipes of babka café’s for it are from the owner’s parents themselves. To make it even more interesting is that babka is actually a Polish word which means ‘Grandmother’.

They added that the original given name of the café was 歐風鄉村咖啡, which means ‘Eastern Village Café’, but when combined with Babka, they called it the Babka café.

With the interview part done, I browsed through the menu in which they heavily emphasized on the hand-brewed coffee and I decided to give that a shot. While I was expecting something along the lines of V-60 pourover coffee, they recommended me Siphone brewing methods instead, which was invented back in the 1840’s by a French housewife and a Scottish marine engineer. This method works by heating a round-bottomed flask, which boils the water inside it and builds up pressure in the flask. The pressure would push the water into the upper brewing chamber, and the blend is then mixed with the water by stirring, and the blend would start to brew. With this method, a delicate, tea-like cup of coffee is brewed.

Siphon Coffee

Siphon Coffee brewing Methods.

The outcome of this brewing method turned out rather interesting, due to its rich flavours as several types of coffee beans were mixed into a blend. It leaves you feeling the impact of the coffee, taking in the mixed flavours of it at the same time. The coffee’s texture was smooth, with a cherry-like flavour and a strong burnt taste not unlike the aroma of walnuts added to a slight hint of tangy sourness.


Completion of Siphon Coffee.

The price range of coffee provided is just alright, ranging from 90 to 220 new Taiwan dollar, which is equivalent to approximately RM10-24. Quite affordable for a cup of hand-brewed coffee!



224, Taiwan, 新北市瑞芳區基山街177號

Contact number: +886 2 2406 3458

Operational Hours: 9AM–5PM

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With this review, Peace out!


Otaku Corner: A movie night

Minna-san konbanwa! Welcome back to another corner of Otaku Corner! In this corner, we will be taking a look into a two-part Kuroshitsuji movie! It is called the book of murders. These two movies were set after the Book of Murder series


Kuroshitsuji: The Book of Murder (Part 1)
黒執事・殺人の書, Kuro Shitsuji: Satsujin no Sho (1)

Genre: Action, Mystery, Supernatural

Producers: Animation Production: A-1 Pictures Inc. (An adaption from the fifth arc of the original manga: The Phantomhive Manor Murders)

Air Date: October 25, 2014

Status: Finished airing

The start of the series showed the Phantomhive house hosting a lavish party upon the behest of her majesty, the Queen of England. Many influential and the finest members of the society were invited to attend this high-class party at the Phantomhive manor. Among the guests invited was also a struggling author.


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Now for the fun bit, at the peak of the story came the usual serial killing in the manor that remained a mystery among the guests. Interesting enough? No, as the members of the Phantomhive household, it is an utmost important to serve the guess well and to be able to tend to their needs and wants. Or so to the members of the audience, the entertainment factor is something that should not be neglected.

Packed with the amusement within the series, I find it intriguing to watch how each invited guests reacted throughout the series. To me, it provides a glimpse of how the society was back in the olden days. What amuzed me the most was how  Ciel and Sebastian spoke in French when speaking ill of one of the guests which was funny to watch. I guess that is what some of us do from time to time if we have something to rant or complain.

Another thing to find it shocking were the deaths of the guests that begin to arise within the mansion. In a condition such as that, the viewers will be perplexed about how each of the victims were killed. Among those deaths was also one that was really unexpected (not to mention fishy). Who? Only time will tell.

Overall, the first part of this arc was really amuzing. The story was not rushed and the development was really interesting to watch. Part 1 revealed the conflicts of the story and Part 2 reveals the truth of it all. (So on to the next part of the review)


Kuroshitsuji: The Book of Murder (Part 2)
黒執事・殺人の書, Kuro Shitsuji: Satsujin no Sho (2)

Genre: Action, Mystery, Supernatural

Producers: Animation Production: A-1 Pictures Inc. (An adaption from the fifth arc of the original manga: The Phantomhive Manor Murders)

Air Date: November 15, 2014

Status: Finished airing

Part 2 continued with a round of solve the mystery or play the detective in solving the case. This time our author stepped up his game and took the lead in getting to the bottom of the mystery. With a new character or an unexpected visitor in their midst, how would he flare? That would be the interesting part to watch.

Although, Part 2 would be the revelation of the truth, the pace of the story was also not rushed. The animation took its time to slowly reveal what was going on behind the scenes of these mysterious deaths. Or so was it?

The ending was a mind-blower and that is all I can say. I do not want to give out too many details to spoil the fun but all I can say is that you will be surprised to learn the truth. All in all, the only hint that I can give would be the Phantomhives and leave the rest to our purrfect butler to reveal them all.

That is all for now. Adios~Ja ne minna

Anime Review: Psycho Pass by Janice

The law doesn’t protect people. People protect the law. People have always detested evil and sought out a righteous way of living. Their feelings, the accumulation of those people’s feelings are the law. They’re neither the provisions, nor the system. They’re the fragile and irreplaceable feelings that everyone carries in their hearts.” –  Tsunemori Akane

The series is set in the 22nd century in which it is possible to instantaneously quantify a person’s state of mind, personality, and probability of committing a crime, all recorded on an individual’s “Psycho-Pass” using the Sibyl System. When their “Crime Coefficient” index becomes too high, they are pursued and apprehended by police officers known as Inspectors, and their ‘hunting dogs’, the Enforcers to maintain order in their seemingly utopian society.  


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Into this world steps Tsunemori Akane, a young Inspector with an honest desire to uphold justice. However, as she works alongside veteran Enforcer Kougami Shinya, she soon learns that the Sibyl System’s judgments are not perfect as everyone assumes. With everything she has known turned on its head, Akane questions what justice truly is, and whether it can be upheld through the use of a system that may already be corrupt.

To begin, I would like to pose a question: are humans innately good or evil? Do we side by justice because it is our innate nature, or do we do so just to create the façade of appearing as a righteous person? There is nothing more undefined than the lines that separates “good” and “evil”. For example, why do we consider murder a worse offense compared to bank robbery?

While Psycho Pass may not be a realistic representation of today’s societal state, the observation of human morals, psychological concepts, emotion fluctuation can all be applied to our thinking and outlook on life itself. We all know that humans are imperfect and make mistakes. Consequences come with the degree of these mistakes. However, should we be judged based on a system rather than morality? What if there is a flaw in the system and something goes wrong? Psycho Pass portrays and addresses these issues through excellent storytelling and a cast of realistic characters.

The strongest selling point of Psycho Pass is probably its cast of well-developed and complex characters. We have Tsunemori Akane, the new Investigator of the Criminal Investigation Division. She is the representation of the ideal yet naive mind-set that justice is absolute and criminals must be punished. Although she is young and inexperienced, she is an intelligent person and attempts to see the good in people. Through her exposure to the more sinister side of society, we observe if she is able to withstand the challenges to her beliefs and how she changes as an individual.


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On the other hand, helping her solve crimes and doing most of the “dirty work” is one of the Enforcers under her, Kougami Shinya. As one that is familiar with the darker side of society and has accumulated a plethora of experience in dealing with criminal minds, he is calculating, intelligent, and physically adept. His outlook on justice and the human nature differs from Akane’s, and this difference is the main dynamic of the show. While he is normally calm and collected, his emotions do cause him to act rashly and puts him in dangerous situations. Through his resolve and skills, we are shown the lengths in which he will go through to reinforce his beliefs, specifically with the series’ main antagonist, Makishima Shougo, a humanist who embraces the idea of cruelty and the dark side of the human mind. Makishima even makes twisted dialogues portraying old culture with his Shakespearean-like monotones. His actions however, are well characterized and his logic and thoughtfulness put into each of them is very intriguing, which serves as a major plot point in the series as the Criminal Investigation Division struggle to solve a series of crimes orchestrated by him.

Lastly, the soundtracks fit perfectly with the series. The lyrics of the opening and ending songs were probably made for this series, and the fast pace of some songs also fits the action of the series, building up even more tension. Needless to say though, the animation is also top notch. The backgrounds were incredibly detailed and the series has a great look, managing to be extremely colourful yet very dark, depicting the fictional 22nd century world well.

      Psycho Pass, for me, is considered a masterpiece. With thought-provoking dialogue and plot, drama and tension that is neither excessive nor underwhelming, and a complex group of characters that we can relate to, Psycho Pass delivers an action sci-fi show unlike one we have seen before.

Within and Beyond Disney by Reshna

“If you can dream it, you can do it”
These are the words lived by Walt Disney, a pioneer of the American animation industry. In doing so he has created one of the world’s most beloved movie franchises for kids and adults. It all started when Walt Disney decided to animate a pet mouse known as Mickey Mouse and transform it into a cartoon character that all children around the world could relate to. Then he expanded his creative ideas and generated more animated shows and movies we all love to this day.
No matter how old or busy we are, everyone makes time to watch their favourite Disney movies (I say movies because lets be real we don’t just have one favourite movie). Walt Disney has incorporated so many life lessons in all his movies and shows whose objectives weren’t merely to entertain but to also remind us of universal truths that we often forget.
My personal favourite being The Lion King, portrayed many obvious and hidden messages. In The Lion King, the creators did not veil Mufasa’s death, which still affects me personally might I add, from the children that were watching it but rather told them that death is a part of the circle of life. Let’s not forget the words of our true gurus of life, Timun and Pumba, who told us to live our lives to the fullest without worries-Hakuna Matata!


Hakunamatata~ Gif Source:

Then there is Mulan. Not a typical run of the mill princess but a warrior. She pushed ahead despite great adversities to honour her family and made China proud by believing in herself and her capabilities. Her motivation did not merely stem from perseverance and defying the odds but also from being around Shang who was without a doubt good looking. Let’s not forget Mushu, the dragon-lizard-thingy, which brought in his own humour as well as proved to the ancestors that small is indeed powerful especially when you set your mind to achieving a goal. Mulan was definitely one of Disney’s movies which advocate women empowerment.

Aside from the incorporation of moral values, Hercules another creation by Walt Disney taught children about Greek mythology. Not all of them were historically apt however this movie urged many to actually read up on Greek mythology – it definitely sparked my interest. Most of his movies and shows also taught everyone around the world to LOVE. Whether it was falling in love with a totally random stranger at first sight (Sleeping Beauty) or loving your family no matter what form they come in (Tarzan). Love conquered all trials and tribulations in Disney movies and shows!

Last but not least one movie that leaves an impact on everyone is Peter Pan, the boy that never grew up! The message in this movie is poignant to all adults – getting old is something we cannot avoid and that growing up is a choice. No matter what age we are we should always embrace the inner child in us.

All the movies created by Walt Disney over the last 90-100 years evoke different emotions and perceptions each time we watch a particular movie over and over again. As a child his movies reflect good triumphing over evil but when we watch them as adults we realise that his movies reflect mature and deep themes. So what are you waiting for? Go grab a snack and ‘Netflix and chill’ one of his movies!


Movie Review: The Real Civil War by CLinton Wee


Since the dawn of time, an age old civil war has ravaged this Earth. It all started in a small house. There lived a petite young warrior who wanted no trouble in this world. His main goal in life was to enjoy it peacefully. Alas, no valid story would be about peace, at least not for long. His arch-nemesis aka his house mate, a ferocious bloodthirsty beast at least 10 times his size, hunts him day and night. This merciless beast even uses various deadly weapons to end our young warrior, from axes and swords to firearms and bombs. Our hero is no physical match for this beast and can only find salvation in a tiny secret cave. However he still has to come out to face the beast every single day, fighting not only for his life, but for all of humanity.


Relying on his sheer wit and agility, our hero overcomes every attempt that this beast throws at him. He has stared death in the face countless times, but has always managed to escape by a whisker every single time. This is a timeless story of brains vs brawn. This is a rivalry more epic than even David vs Goliath, or Ironman vs Captain American, or even Trump vs Humanity. Passed down from generation to generation, spawning its own TV series, a couple of movies and even various spin-offs, I present to you the legend of “Tom and Jerry”.


Tom and Jerry has shaped millions of childhoods ever since 1940 when it was first produced. Being the most horriying and gruesome show parents ever let their kids watch, it has become an icon in the television industry. Even just a few days ago, my young 2 year old nephew was laughing heartily at a video on Youtube (Yes he knows how to use Youtube). Apparently it was an episode of Tom and Jerry. That immediately sent me into a nostalgic phase as I was suddenly thrown back into my matching Power Rangers jumper and onto my couch with the old tele right in front of me. It amazes me how even with all the technological advancement with have made, and how much the World has changed, that certain shows still manage to capture the children’s hearts. With Jerry’s charming cheekiniess, mixed with Tom’s endless frustration, viewers just cannot seem to get enough of it.


The show is not all fun and games, after growing up only did I realize theres a hidden lesson behind the stories. As young kids, we all rooted for Jerry and laughed whenever Tom failed(which was always). This was probably because we saw Tom as the evil villian who wanted nothing more than Jerry’s head, but this was not his fault. Tom was merely doing what he believed was right. Jerry was a nuisance to the family of the house the setting takes place in, and Tom only wanted to rid the family of this nuisance. As we grew older, we started to emphatize with Tom as more often than not in life, we have to be the villian in order to do what we feel is right. Not all our actions and decisions will gain everyone’s approval. Sometimes there might even be people who go out of their way to stop us. Despite all this, we have to go on fighting the good fight, even if it means being hated.
Every day new cartoons are being mass produced, with producers trying their best to capture as many viewers as possible. In my eyes, none of them could ever hope to compete with the simplicity and originality of Tom and Jerry. For those action comedy lovers, this is the show for you!

Book Review: The Harry Potter Series by Merissa Tan

The Boy who Lived


Let’s play Guess the Famous Book/Movie Franchise! The stories in this universe revolve around a young boy who was abandoned by his parents, and due to the huge emotional distress, developed a mental illness with symptoms such as hallucinations. The boy was then sent to a mental institution, where he spends his days and nights, imagining that he has magical powers and is someone important. As a defence mechanism, he pretended that his parents were murdered, to escape the fact that they gave him up.

Sounds familiar yet? I bet you couldn’t get that, could you? Well, ladies and gentlemen, that was a bad (horrible!) recap of the world-renowned and well-loved series, Harry Potter! Of course, I was just kidding, but it kinda makes sense when you think about it, doesn’t it? For all we know, Harry could just be a normal, human boy living out an imaginary life as he tries to escape the harsh, horrible reality. Won’t we all just like to run away from real life and imagine we live in a fantasy sometimes?

Back to the topic at hand, thanks to the brilliance of J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter is now a multi-million franchise with 7 books, 8 movies and multiple appearances in themed parks. Not just a boy who lived, Harry Potter had become the role model of courage, selflessness and righteousness for children, teenagers and even adults worldwide. The magical stories spread throughout the globe, across barriers of language and culture, and achieved unprecedented success.

Now, the reason I picked this franchise to talk about (apart from being A MASSIVE FAN of it), is that the magical universe of Harry Potter is making a comeback!! YES, I am talking about the film all Potterheads have been waiting for: FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM is coming to cinemas this November in the USA! Starring the amazing Academy Award winning actor Eddie Redmayne, the movie follows magizoologist (keeper of magical creatures) Newt Scamander as he tracks down an array of magical beings that went loose in New York. Directed by none other than David Yates (who also directed the last four Harry Potter films) and screenplay written by J.K. Rowling herself, the film will definitely bring back loads of wonderful memories for all the Harry Potter fans out there as the rest of the magical world is explored.
So grab your wands and your cloaks, for we shall return to the magical kingdom that we grew up in! After all this time? Always.


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TV Series review- Daredevil vs The Flash: A TV series showdown by Esther Cheok

The Marvel TV series ‘Daredevil’ and ‘The Flash’ have been a big hit ever since they were released. As a fan of Marvel and having watched both TV series, I will be discussing on the differences of the two in this article.

 Two years ago, I started watching ‘The Flash’ after being pressured by a friend, who claimed that the actor who plays Barry Allen, also known as the Flash, was handsome. Indeed, ‘Grant Gustin’ was very good looking. The plot of the first season revolved around how Barry Allen, after being caught in an particle-accelerator accident, found himself being able to run at lightning speed. While working as a crime scene investigator, Barry was trying to investigate the death of his mother, who he was sure was killed by someone with similar superhuman abilities. In layman terms: The Flash is that dude in the red costume whose speed brings Usain Bolt to shame.

As for ‘Daredevil’, I only began to watch it last year, and that was because I really liked the dark and mysterious side of the main character when it was shown on an advertisement. The series starts by showing how the main character, Matt Murdock, was blinded as a boy due to a chemical spillage from a truck. The chemical, however, heightened his remaining four senses.Like The Flash, Matt Murdock, known as Daredevil, used his heightened senses and stunning karate abilities to fight crime at night. During the day, however, he works as a lawyer. In layman terms: Daredevil is a blind guy who kicks butts.

The obvious difference between the two series is that’ The Flash’ is definitely more family orientated. By that, I mean that the whole series is more light and cheery. On the other hand, everything about ‘Daredevil’ is serious and dark. One would have to pay full attention in order to follow the plot. I for one, enjoyed watching ‘Daredevil’ more. The cinematography, and acting of all the characters, Matt Murdock, and especially Kingpin (the villain) brought the whole story to life. Nevertheless, it depends on what tone of a TV series you’d prefer. If it’s something light hearted, I’d recommend ‘The Flash’; or if you prefer a more psychologically stimulating series, ‘Daredevil’ would be perfect.

Coffee & Waffles

Reviewed by: Christopher Liew

Instead of reviewing Malaysian cafes, this time we are reviewing a cafe all the way in Taiwan’s Tamsui. The unique thing about this cafe is its location in the heart of the Old Street of Tamsui. They have only a small space available, but the utilized it the best they can by maximizing the usage of the area. The top floor was used as the dining area while the bottom floor was used to prepare meals and brew drinks.


Interior View of Coffee and Waffles



Exterior Design of Coffee and Waffles

Overall, the design of the dining area was rather cozy. It had a nice ambience to it and it provides a really calm feeling for any customers there, with just the perfect choice of playlist. The design was themed around wood-ish items, as can be seen by their furniture. Books were also provided for customers who would prefer to read and relax. It needs to be emphasized that while the small space was completely utilized, the element of comfort was not forgotten and a relaxing indoor dining experience was provided.


Interior Design of the Dining Area of the Cafe


Interior Design of the Lower Floor of the Cafe

Like most other cafes, this cafe also provides specialty brew coffee. They have two bean varieties – Yirgacheffe as well as Antigua Flora, which costs about 100NTD (Approximately RM11). Their coffee has a bold aroma with just a hint of a flowery scent, with a slight citrusy sourness along with a trace of burnt nutty flavour. It’s a very good deal for such a skillful brewing at the price given as the Specialty Brew is not as easily prepared as espresso brewing.


Interior View of Coffee and Waffles

While I was there, I got myself a latte with brown sugar mochi waffles. Their latte gave off a strong flavour as how coffee would normally do with smooth steamed milk, and the mixture of the latte’s slight bitter flavour with the smoothness of milk gave the perfect balance of both flavours in that one cup. Despite the foam layer being a little rough after polishing, the coffee itself is surely able to provide a good drinking experience to any coffee lovers. As for the brown sugar mochi waffles, the waffle is not only crispy but it also has the extreme sweetness of mochi in it, its sweetness and warmth seeping into you as you dig into them.


Ice-cream Waffles at RM11

Warmth of the waffles mixed with the chilling sensation of the ice cream, in such a way that the flavour of the butter from the waffles mixes with creaminess and sweetness of the cream.


Location and contact details:

Coffee & Waffles

Location: 1F. , No.19, Zhongsan Rd., Tamsui Dist., New Taipei City 251, Taiwan(R.O.C)





Date reviewed: 2nd January 2016

Purple for International Women’s Day by Merissa Tan

‘Behind every successful man, there is a woman’, goes the age old adage. Over the past few decades, feminist movements have been spreading and growing, in hopeful attempts to eradicate the stereotypes surrounding the female population and defend the rights of women all over the world. Since 1911, the International Women’s Day has been held annually on the 8th of March to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for gender equality. Guess what’s the official colour for this remarkable day? It’s none other than the prettiest colour of all – in my opinion at least 😉 – PURPLE!

Purple is a precise combination of two colours – blue and red. As such, purple combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red. So why purple for the International Women’s Day? Besides being one of the second favourite colours in the world, purple symbolises justice and dignity – two values strongly associated with women’s equality. The pigment of choice dates back to the suffrage days of the early 1900s, when purple was closely associated with the women’s suffrage movement.

The Human Rights of United Nations have designed various themes for Women’s Day, and for 2015, the theme says ‘Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture It!’, calling for further action for advancing and recognising women. The theme this year also talked about “Make It Happen”, with the dedicated hashtag #MakeItHappen spreading like wildfire across all major social media platforms. So, what are some interesting events that were held in 2015 to celebrate the International Women’s Day?

Women of the World Festival

Founded in 2010, Women of the World Festival (WOW) is a UK based, week-long festival featuring musical performances, debates, public speeches, mentoring sessions, and more. Its founding place, Southbank Centre in London is its principal venue. In its sixth year in 2015, WOW closed with an empowering speech by actress-producer Salma Hayek, who spoke of how the world “has been created by systems designed for men,” and constantly reiterated that women need to fight to break down barriers in their lives.

Women in Science Symposium

The symposium held in Auckland, New Zealand aims to attract more women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) occupations while maximizing innovation, creativity and competitiveness. This year, the symposium featured female professionals in fields such as information technology, medicine and engineering in engaging, stimulating panel discussions.

Mums and Girls Code

Presented by Microsoft Luxembourg, Geek Girls Carrots and Workshop4Me, this event is an introductory English-language workshop in coding that mums and their daughters can get involved in, featuring fun coding activities to empower women and young girls.

So, have all these talk about the International Women’s Day got you excited for next year’s celebration? If so, prepare your purple clothes, purple makeup and purple hair dye, use the hashtag #PaintItPurple and join in the global movement for women’s rights! While you’re at it, here’s a cheeky mashup of some of the greatest female artists’ works by the talented singer-songwriter Daniel Dobbs to celebrate the 2015 International Women’s Day, enjoy! 🙂

International Women’s Day by Daniel Dobbs