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JUNE 14 — Ah yes! As we celebrate the birthday today of one of the world’s great rebels and human rights fighter, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, it is hard to forget that it is also my birthday.
If Che was alive today, he wouldn’t be looking as vibrant and youthful as his iconic picture — the one on T-shirts and posters all around the world — as he would really be 85 years old today.
I, on the other hand, am only 35 today, and still look very vibrant and youthful so it is a shame my face isn’t on T-shirts and posters all around the world!
I would like to take this opportunity to deny my on-coming mid-life crisis and share some life lessons.
This article is really for my daughter Athena Azlee, but if you readers feel like I’m making sense, then please feel free to agree with me! [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]
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MARCH 1 — I’ve always been a proponent of gender equality. I believe that anything a man does in the world, a woman can do just as well or even better.
And that is why I never hold the door open for my wife whenever we go anywhere. Neither do I carry the groceries when we go shopping. She is woman, hear her roar!
Then my daughter Athena Azlee was born and my feminism spirit soared through the sky. I banned all princess paraphernalia and media content in the house, and Barbie was sent to melt in hell. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]
Athena Azlee’s first magazine cover shoot and story!! (Mami & Baby, January 2012 – Click on the images to read the article… or don’t be a stinge and just go buy a copy!)
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DEC 23 – I don’t want my daughter, Athena, to be a princess and I pray everyday that this concept will never be planted in her head, now or ever. It scares me to think that she will have a room filled with pink objects, frilly dresses, silver and diamond tiaras and girly wedding gowns.
Some of you might say that is what being a girl is all about. But I beg to differ because the princess complex goes way deeper than pink toys. Can you tell me one princess story that doesn’t involve a girl suffering or lying in wait for a handsome prince charming to come rescue her to happiness?
Think about it. Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel… they’re all the same helpless girl that needs a man, whom she has never met, to rescue her. [Click to read the rest of the article at The Malaysian Insider]