Sneakers are expensive, that much we can all agree on. Most ‘decent’ sneakers from popular brands can cost upwards of RM300 to a mind-blowing RM1,500, which are supposed to be enhanced with unicorn tears and phoenix feathers to make you feel like you’re walking on the heaven’s clouds. Or at least, that’s what we think. We dunno, we don’t have sneakers that expensive.
Well for some underprivileged teenagers, the idea of buying expensive sneakers wouldn’t even cross their minds. After all, it’s practicality over all else and if it works, it works, as this Facebook post goes to show.
While some of her peers may be sporting (did you see what we did there) the greatest and latest from the biggest sportswear brands to get themselves ready for a sprint to the finish line, Rhea Bullos of Balasan, Philippines had a completely different approach when it came to her running shoes.
As a representative for Salvacian Elementary school participating in the Iloilo Sports Council Meet, you can expect the competition she had to face was stiff. However, here’s a twist.
Instead of sneakers, she wore only surgical bandages that were wrapped around her feet and ankles, resembling the shape of a shoe. And then, just for the sake of branding, the Nike ‘swoosh’ was coloured on the top of the bandages.
And with these ‘running shoes’, she won 3 gold medals.
A 400m dash, a 800m dash, and even a 1,500m dash were all conquered effortlessly by Rhea with her makeshift running shoes with ease, leaving netizens impressed and her competitors in the dust! In an interview, she says she aspires to represent the Philippines in the South East Asian (SEA) Games someday.
Remember that RM10 note that went viral over the weekend with a heartbreaking message that was written on it? Malaysian netizens all over went on a full-scale search to return it to its owner, with the post being shared left, right and centre.
As it turns out, the owner of the RM10 note has already been found after the weekend-long search all over the wide expanse of the internet! Yes, its owner at long last was found through the power of social media.
The owner of the RM10 note is revealed to be Anne Malar Yesudass, and the story behind the RM10 note may just prove to be as heartbreaking as it is heartwarming. Anne shares with WORLD OF BUZZ that this RM10 note was given to her by her late father on 21st May 2010. She was only a 17-year-old high school student at the time.
As most parents do, her father dropped her off at school and gave her RM10 as her allowance for the day. She says she still remembers the exact time when her father left her at her school: 7.10am. Tragically, that would be the last time she saw him.
“Unfortunately, that was the last day and last time I met him in my life. He met with an accident on that day and returned to our Lord in that accident.
“I kept this cash with me in my purse since that day.”
However, her wallet, which contained the invaluable RM10 note, was stolen from her when she attended a camp in Melaka on 1st September 2019. Since that very day, Anne had been on the lookout for the note and its return.
“I was terribly sad that this valuable thing of my life was stolen together. I always remember about this the past one year. There was always an ache in my heart whenever I think of it.”
At long last, after almost a year, Anne was finally reunited with her RM10 note with the help of Hyza Ezany and Malaysian netizens everywhere.
“I thank so so so much sis Hyza Ezany. The word thank you alone is not enough, actually.”
“Thanks for all those kind-hearted people who shared it as well, and all the thoughtful comments.”
She also reminds would-be thieves that sometimes, it’s not the monetary value that victims of theft mourn the most, but the loss of things that carry truly sentimental value and importance, and stresses that thieves should always think twice before committing their crimes.
On Friday, 22 November, the 12-year-old German Shepherd was awarded a medal after he helped solve a murder case in Selangor
According to a post uploaded on PDRM’s official Facebook page yesterday, Urby was given the medal along with his handler, Koperal Umbat Anak Selan from the KLIA police headquarters, for successfully locating the body of a murder victim in October this year.
The victim, a Bangladeshi national, had been reported missing
The 35-year-old victim’s body was discovered on 12 October in bushes in Kuala Langat with the help of the K9 Unit that was led by Urby, reported Harian Metro.
PDRM was eventually able to solve the case last month after the discovery.
In 2016, Starbucks opened its first store dedicated to providing employment opportunities for members of the deaf community.Today, Starbucks is celebrating yet another milestone with the opening of its second Signing Store in Penang.
On Tuesday, 19 November, Starbucks announced the grand opening of the Penang Signing Store on its Facebook page.
The post read, “Our second Signing store in Penang is officially in motion and brewing! Penangites, share the good news and enjoy a unique experience of our Starbucks Signing Store.”
To make sure this project is a success, the famous coffeehouse chain partnered with the Penang Deaf Association.
According to the Starbucks website, the partnership is meant to support the professional training and development of the store’s staff.
The president of the Penang Deaf Association Razman Tan Abdullah said that they’re excited to provide richer career opportunities and sense of belonging to the local deaf community.
They will also be providing sign language classes for the outlet’s seven hearing employees.
This outlet is the fourth of its kind in the world
Standing tall at three storeys, the store was designed specifically to meet the needs of deaf and hard of hearing individuals.
The outlet is completed with visual alarms, digital trays, and point-of-sale systems with an attached customer display.
Local deaf artist Lim Anuar brought some life into the space with a vibrant mural that is meant to showcase deaf culture in an art form
Make sure to give this outlet a visit and support their cause!
Well done, Starbucks!
Address: 403, Jalan Burma, Pulau Tikus, 10350 George Town, Penang.
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday (8.00am – 10.00pm) Friday, Saturday, and public holidays (8.00am – 12.00am)
For more information, check out the Starbucks Facebook page:
We often times see people sitting or lying on the streets and walk past them without a second glance, but what we don’t know is that many of these people have important stories to share.
This teacher saw a young boy sitting by a corner store and couldn’t help but wonder what he was doing there.
In a heartbreaking post, Mohd Fadli Salleh shared about how a 13-year-old boy lived on the streets without food or money, but managed to educate himself even though he has not gone to school since he was 9-years-old.
Mohd Fadli’s friend Nooraini had originally found the kid and invited him for a meal at McDonald’s, but after she barely slept that night thinking of the boy, she informed Fadli, who is a teacher, and he stepped in and met up with the boy.
He wrote, “This boy can always be seen sleeping in the alleys. After seeing how haggard he looked, Kak Nooraini invited him into McDonald’s for a meal and to ask him about his life. Kak Nooraini couldn’t sleep that night and told me about him, so without wasting any time, around 10:30am, I got some kids to look for him. 15 minutes later, they managed to find him and brought him to me.”
The teacher then realised that the boy was somewhat educated considering the way he had carried himself.
“The moment he sat down, I told him to order something to eat. At first, he said he was full. He rejected my offer with the utmost respect. But, I insisted and eventually, he gave in. He prayed before he ate. Such a good kid. He quickly cleared his plate, which shows how hungry he actually was,” he added.
He then decided to ask the boy about his life and found out that the boy’s mother had passed away when he was just 8-years-old. He had then moved to Kuala Lumpur with his stepfather at the age of 9, from Johor, and has not been to school since.
“I asked if he had an IC and a birth certificate, to which I was excited when I found out he had copies of both. He could go to school! I asked him if he could read. He nodded. I asked him to read the words on my shirt, he read it out smoothly. I asked him to tell the time on my analog clock, and he answered precisely. He knew basic mathematics,” he said.
Surprised by the boy, Fadli then found out that he has been teaching himself.
“Where did you learn all of this, I asked. He said he had been home-schooling himself. He even said home-schooling so accurately. His English!”
Fadli saw great potential in the boy and decided to investigate him a little further. It turns out that the boy was genuinely a good kid, he’s never stolen, doesn’t smoke and doesn’t hang out with hooligans. Which then begged the question, why was he living in the streets?
“I was going to contact his stepfather about schooling the boy, but he told me that his stepfather didn’t care whether he came home or not. He was a neglected child. I immediately told him that when he was hungry, he can come to this shop and order anything he wants to eat. I told him I didn’t mind if he came everyday, that I’d pay for him,” he noted.
The reason why Fadli took the boy underneath his wings is that he’s once been in the boy’s shoes before, when he didn’t have a single cent in his pockets, and he drank water from pipes while eating expired bread. Since then, he’s vowed to help anyone in need of a meal.
“As long as I’m here, as long as this shop stays open, and as long as I have the support of the people, they will never go hungry,” he added.
PELAKON Datin Seri Umie Aida mendedahkan dia memiliki seekor anjing jalanan ‘street dogs’ yang menjadi penjaga rumahnya sejak setahun yang lalu.
Umie memberitahu, anjing diberi nama Blacky itu sering diberi makan dan minum sebelum menganggapnya ‘tuan’ serta menjadi penunggu setia di hadapan rumahnya.
“Rasanya hampir setahun blacky jadi jaga depan rumah me (Umie Aida). Asalnya dia ‘street dogs’, me beri makan…
“Dia terus anggap me tuan dia. Dan dia macam tahu batas-batas antara me dengannya… kalau me buka pintu pagar rumah, tak pernah sekali pun dia cuba masuk. Dia sedar ruangnya hanya luar pintu pagar rumah me dan Blacky sangat setia dan dengar cakap,” tulisnya di Instagram rasminya.
Menerusi entri tersebut, dia memuat naik video Blacky sedang menanam seekor anak anjing.
Umie memberitahu Blacky baru sahaja memiliki seekor anak tetapi sudah mati dan memintanya menanamkannya.
“Dipendekkan cerita Blacky baru dapat anak… dan dia sorok baby dia kat satu kawasan yang me sendiri tak tahu. Tapi setiap kali nak makan dia akan datang rumah Me.
“Dan semalam… Blacky datang bawa anak dia.. Mata Blacky berair seolah-olah menangis. Ya ALLAH… rupa-rupanya baby dia mati dan dia minta tolong tanamakan baby dia.
“Me tak tahu nak cakap macam mana sedih Blacky dengan kematian anaknya. Binatang pun ada perasaan tanam anak dia yang dah mati. Manusia? Hmmm… Pengajaran buat kita yang bergelar manusia yang ada hati perasaan, akal dan iman,” luahnya.
Perkongisan video itu mendapat 28,800 tanda suka dari peminatnya.
Joey Kow works as Grab driver five days a week. “I enjoy it because it enables me to meet people and earn a living,” says Kow, who also works at a bakery. Kow might sound like any Grab driver, but she’s one of 500 drivers and delivery-riders in Malaysia who are differently-abled.
Born deaf, Kow communicates using sign language. But that doesn’t pose any problem for her as a driver. “When passengers encounter a deaf driver, they are usually amazed – or shocked but in a good way,” she says though an interpreter.
“It’s not every day you meet someone who has overcome their (hearing) disability (this way) to be independent,” says Kow, 37, a single woman who lives with her mother in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur.
She says the experience has been mostly positive. “I’ve not encountered any prejudice. Communication can be an issue, especially when people speak and I can’t reply verbally. So we resort to visual communication.”
She says passengers are told in advance they’re getting a deaf driver, but they tend to overlook it. “Sometimes a passenger might not realise they’re getting a deaf driver, so they keep calling. When I don’t respond, they think I’m not coming.”
Such instances are rare, she says. Though she can’t pick up phone calls, Kow replies with a text message that she’s on her way. When she get there, she just reminds them that she’s deaf.
Since 2018, Grab Malaysia’s ‘Break The Silence’ campaign has created more job opportunities for the deaf and hearing-impaired. This has helped Malaysia become one of the few countries where regulations allow the differently-abled to obtain a commercial driver’s licence.
Grab Malaysia also provides resources including sign guides to help deaf or hearing-impaired drivers identify themselves to passengers, and passengers with flashcards to help them communicate with the drivers.
“However, some passengers prefer to use their phone (by typing out a message or showing pictures), or hand gestures and facial expressions,” Kow says.
As for not hearing other motorists horn at her, Kow says most drivers just flash their headlights when she doesn’t respond to their honks. “I use my rear- and side-view mirrors a lot. When I see drivers flashing their lights or if a vehicle comes close, I quickly move aside,” she says.
She add that having a sign on the car to indicate a deaf or hearing-impaired driver would be useful, but currently there’s only one sign available for inside.
Meanwhile, Nor’Ain Azizan, who is partially deaf, works full-time as a Grab driver in KL – six hours a day, five days a week. “I enjoy it, and it’s convenient because it gives me time to care for my child,” said Nor’Ain, 30, who is married and has an eight-month-old boy.
Her husband, also deaf, drives for the company on the weekends. Nor’Ain, who hails from Perlis, has been driving for Grab for two-and-a-half years. She says she even drives outstation to Port Dickson and Genting Highlands when she’s free.
She says she hasn’t encountered much discrimination or harassment as a hearing-impaired or female driver.
“I try to minimise conversation while driving because I don’t want to give the wrong message. That minimises the chances of getting harassed. Also, if the passenger is male, they usually sit in the back of the car,” she says.
Because she’s not completely deaf, Nor’Ain can speak a little and also hear when other motorists horn at her. “The rear- and side-view mirrors are very important. If I see another vehicle getting close or flashing their lights, I quickly give way,” she says.
She adds there are impatient motorists who get annoyed because she drives a little slower and more carefully, so they might glare or gesticulate at her, which is upsetting. But she takes everything in stride. “I tell myself to be patient because they don’t know they’re dealing with a deaf driver.”
Sometimes, her passengers don’t always remember she’s hearing-impaired either until they get into the car, she says, even though she sends them a text message after accepting a drive request to inform them she’s deaf, so that they’ll wait for her text messages instead a phone call when she arrives.
Plans are in place to create a more seamless experience for hearing-impaired drivers and passengers. This includes having in-app cards to notify passengers if their driver is deaf, GrabChat as the default communication channel, and in-app communication guides for passengers to better interact with their driver.
Meet Dr Muhamad Taqiyudin Zainal Ulum, a veterinarian who took it into his own hands to rescue and treat stray dogs around his residential area despite disapproval from his neighbours
The 31-year-old who hails from Klang, Selangor told Harian Metro that for him, dogs are just like any other animals that need to be given treatment when sick, as well as love and attention.
According to Dr Taqiyudin, who goes by Dr Taq, the responsibility of a veterinarian is to treat all animals, including dogs and pigs, without any favouritism
“It is unfortunate that dogs are considered unclean animals, the community has created a negative stigma and maintains a distance from them,” he said.
“However, Islam is a simple and beautiful religion, a person can perform sertu (purification) after touching a dog.”
“I have no problem doing sertu several times a day after taking care of a dog,” said the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) graduate.
Dr Taq shared that he began helping strays when he found a dog with a broken leg in front of his house in 2015
“I took the animal to my clinic in Klang for treatment. During the recovery process, the dog stayed in a room in my house,” he explained.
“However, after recovering from its injuries, the dog refused to leave my home and is under my care to this day.”
However, his neighbours have reprimanded him for the noise of the rescued strays barking.As a result, his father, who is active in the mosque, was also viewed with contempt by the community.
“I am glad that my father has never taken this to heart and has not stopped me from continuing to help and care for dogs,” said Dr Taq.
“In fact, my dad also helps feed the dogs who are recovering. Usually, I will let them go after they recover from their injuries.”
Dr Taq said that he will continue to help stray dogs if he happens to come across one on his way to or back from work
“I will take these dogs to the clinic to be given treatment, and if possible, try to tame them,” he said.
According to The Malaysian Insight, Dr Taq also carries out a program called ‘Trap, Neuter and Release (TNR)’ with the youth and community of Kampung Sijangkang in Kuala Langat to reduce the number of strays.
Dr Taq said that he needs the manpower of the community to help him catch the stray dogs or cats, while he tries to neuter as many as he can.
“Neutering has more benefits than the stigma surrounding it, such as people thinking that it is wrong or cruel,” he said, “However, if we leave them to reproduce and live in the wild with no care and attention, I think that is more cruel.”
Netizens have praised the doctor, many sharing their opinions of the treatment of stray dogs in Malaysia
A Twitter user said “Salute, Dr! A doctor’s responsibility is to not show partiality to all of God’s creations.”
This user said, “Congratulations doctor! The people should be made aware, they should not simply criticise! Well done!”
“Whoever criticised him don’t make any sense. If I could own dogs, I would have done it long time ago. They look more adorable than cats,” another user said.
WHEN flutist Ayawan Musafir Singgah, 53, told his mother about quitting his engineering job to pursue his dreams as a street artiste in 2007, she called him a fool.
“I told my mother that if I had to choose between wealth and peace, I would choose the latter.
“I had to convince my wife about my decision too and finally she relented. Life has not been easy moving from a stable income job to relying on people’s generosity.
“It has been over a decade since I took the big leap of faith and by God’s grace, I have survived, ” said the father of nine, whose real name is Mohd Shahriznam Sahrie.
Ayawan said he started playing the flute at the age of 17.
“My brother-in-law made a bamboo flute but could not play it, so he gave it to me. I blew into the flute and moved my fingers instinctively, and was surprised by the sounds that came out of it. Playing the flute was very natural for me.
“There was no end to my obsession with playing the flute. I started composing songs and performing on the streets in the evenings when I still had my day job.
“After becoming an artiste full-time, I realised that the money was not good, despite me also playing the guitar, writing songs and poetry, singing and painting on the side.
“People laughed at my determination because even talented buskers performing famous songs were barely surviving, so what more for me who “only” played the flute and that too only my own compositions.
“I opened a karaoke cafe hoping to get more income. I tried it for a few years and struggled to stay afloat, ” he said.
In 2010, the Perak-born self-taught musician who was based in Penang decided to move to Kuala Lumpur in search of more opportunities.
“Back then, people in the kampung believed that if you wanted to be successful, you must go to the capital city.
“It is true for me because I got many job offers here, apart from just busking.
“At present, I play the flute at two hotels in the city. On other days, I perform on crowded streets such as in Brickfields,
Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur Citywalk and outside KLCC LRT station.
“Despite getting gigs at hotels, I am still drawn to performing on the street.
“My music is for the masses and the only way to reach them is by playing on the street for all to enjoy.
“I make between RM200 and RM1,000 in two to three hours of busking.
“I have also worked in movies such as Langsuir (2018) and Lari Hantu Lari (2017).
“I produced my first album in 2017 titled Magic of Life, which features 77 minutes and seven seconds of continuous flute playing with seven types of bamboo flutes.
“My recent achievement was winning the silver medal at the Malaysian Championship of Performing Arts 2019 to qualify for the World Championship Of Performing Arts in California, the United States. However, I did not go because I could not get a sponsor.
“I have also taught many people to play the flute. Many tourists, especially foreigners are eager to learn. I teach the techniques and they pay me a token sum. Some even return for a refresher session.
“Art is God’s gift. I am not the owner of it but merely passing on the knowledge, so I never put a price on my work.
“I am blessed to have people like my wife Nur Farhana George Abdullah, who has always stood by me, as well as talent scout George Fuad, Malaysian Buskers Club president Wadi Hamdan and film director Mamat Khalid who have helped me be where I am today as an artiste.
“My policy in life is simple… be nice, be cool and relax.
“When you hear the soothing sounds of my flute, you are sure to be calmed. That is why I love what I do. It reflects the person that I am… a spiritual nature native artiste, ” he said.