Do We Really Understand Pop Culture? | An Analysis of How it Influences Our Lives

Have you ever stopped and think about why you are wearing the clothes you are wearing right now with your friends? Or why you download music that you thought was cool after hearing it in the radio the other day? Or maybe why you learnt to play football or dance salsa even though they both aren’t even from your country? The reason is quite simple: it has become part of popular culture. You would only know about a lot of things it because it is popular, but again, what is it? Read more to find out! Continue reading “Do We Really Understand Pop Culture? | An Analysis of How it Influences Our Lives”

72 Hours in Antalya: Now Officially My Favourite City in Turkey! (Part 1)

Merhaba ve hoşgeldin!

Last February, I travelled to Turkey for a very short but satisfying holiday to the southern coastal city of Antalya! Before going, I didn’t know that there were so many attractions to offer to tourists. I thought people only came for the beaches, since it’s way down south and all. I’ve visited Istanbul and Bursa in 2010 and we were mainly visiting historical and cultural attractions there. After having visited the famous Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapı Palace, I thought that it is a second-class tourist destination compared to Istanbul. How wrong I was! In fact, Antalya amazed me with its wealth of activities and hisotrical landmarks all wrapped up in a picturesque location, making it a perfect four-day getaway for our family. Since I am a huge history geek and an architecture enthusiast, there were so much for me to marvel in this lovely little city which stole my heart. Read more to know my full itinerary and the best places to visit in Antalya!

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Top 6 Favourite Filling Cheap Eats From Around the World

Having travelled to different places around the world, I was able to experience various exotic cuisines and dishes. I enjoy trying out foreign foods, and I enjoy it even more knowing that what I order would not cost me an arm and a leg. In fact, in a lot of places I visit, I would try to find the thriftiest options to satisfy my hunger. Not only you get to save money, but I also get to mingle with the locals, use some of the language I picked up and savour authentic local cuisine.
Here is a list of my top six remarkable foods that would leave a lasting memory of your travels in the country, without busting your budgets!

My Language and Culture – An Analysis

Hello Internet. I know I have been absent for quite a while, so I want to make it up by posting this really in-depth piece of writing about – you guessed it – languages. I know I seem overly obsessed with this, but I suppose it’s part of who I am. 😛 Anyway I wrote this as part of an IB English assignment so I try to explain as much as I could to answer the given question. Without further ado, here we go:

Question: How does your language reflect your culture?

“Referring to your language bank, interviews, notes and knowledge gained thus far through studying language in a cultural context, write a 500+ essay explaining how your language (in all its forms) reflects your own personal culture (which may be a mixture of many different cultures).”

My language is an inseparable part of who I am. It is a complex reflection of all the different cultures and experiences I went through for the past sixteen years.” (Courtesy of wordle.net)

My language is an inseparable part of who I am. It is a complex reflection of all the different cultures and experiences I went through for the past sixteen years.. To better understand how my language works, I need to first give a brief description of which cultures I identify with and where I have been. I usually identify myself as a Muslim, Malay and Malaysian teenage expatriate living in Egypt but I feel like I can identify with so many more cultures. I have lived in Malaysia for the first eight years of my life (in different regions), moved to Oman and resided there for six years, returned to Malaysia to live near the capital city in an international boarding school for almost three years. I believe with so much interaction between people from different countries, backgrounds and communities, that listing all the cultures I associate with is near-impossible.
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