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Pakchic says: Sacrificing so my daughter can have a best friend

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Pakchic says: Sacrificing so my daughter can have a best friend
By Zan Azlee

We live far from where we work. We work in the city and we live on the outskirts. But that’s what we can afford. It’s a trade-off between travel distance and a bit of space and solitude.

When Athena turned two years old, my wife and I decided to send her to play school because she’s a really active and playful girl and it seemed like she would be bored at home all day.

We did a little bit of research and settled for a school near where we work in the city. We liked the teachers, students and it also meant that it was easy for us to send her in the morning.

The only problem was the fact that one of us had to leave work in the middle of the day when her school ended to fetch her and send her home.

Did I mention we live far from work? So what that means is that either my wife and I will have to spend an extra two hours commuting every day.

This extra two hours is in addition to the one hour we take to travel to work in the morning and another hour back from work in the evening (this is with heavy traffic of course).

In the beginning, it was alright. We were excited to see Athena so happy going to school and making friends. And we thought it was worth the effort.

Then the second year of school came about. Exhaustion started to creep into our lives as the extra commute starting taking it’s toll on us. [Click to read the full article at MakChic.Com]

Happy birthday, Che! Great people are born on this day!


Happy birthday, Che!
By Zan Azlee

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]

And so I’m a woman lover!


Women can be just as good
By Zan Azlee

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]

Don’t you dare call my daughter a princess!

Don’t you dare call my daughter a princess!
By Zan Azlee

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]