The Ceki deck of cards were widely popular among ethnic groups living in Malacca. Widely played by the Baba Nyonya’s and the local Portuguese, it is still played today by their descendants. The Portuguese call this game ‘Patui’.

Each card in the Patui game represent something. In this piece I have chosen 4 character cards to be depicted in the painting below. They represent my multi ethnicity and ancestry through art.

The Malalyu (Malay) and The Tuan/’Ropianu'(white man), merges as one to represent the Portuguese in me,
The Muru (Indian), for my Singhalese heritage.
Cina/ ‘Chee-nea'(Chinese) for my chinese heritage.

Together these four cards sum up what I feel about Malaysia and being Malaysian. She(Malaysia) can be nurturing and kind. She embraces with open arms the co existence of her children, no matter their ethnicity or religious beliefs. For this I am proud to be a Malaysian.


Swept up in a Dream-Where Are The Birds?- (Acrylic/Mixed media – 24 X 30)”

The title speaks for itself. This piece actually came to me in dream. I felt the serene dark beauty that was both scenic and surreal. Its tranquility descended on me but I felt an ache and noticed the absence of birds and other life. I tried to convey the feelings I felt when I had dream t this piece and the way the scene kept ‘shifting’ and ‘altering’ before me.

Top 30 Songs for May 20-26, 2018

Playlist by the Eclectic Music Lover..
Take a listen to it… you’ll find my song somewhere there😀


James Bay’s fantastic single “Pink Lemonade” is #1 for a second week, and Childish Gambino’s brilliant and provocative “This is America”  jumps to #2 in just its second week on the chart. Bad Wolves’ remake of The Cranberries’ powerful protest song “Zombie” – which resonates more than ever today – leaps 10 spots to #14. Florence + The Machine are back with a new great single “Hunger,” which debuts at #29, and three other songs debut as well: “Silver Lining” by Mt. Joy, “Life to Fix” by The Record Company, and “Red Moon Sky” by Face of Stone.

1. PINK LEMONADE – James Bay (1)
2. THIS IS AMERICA – Childish Gambino (8)
3. BROKEN – lovelytheband (3)
5. &RUN – Sir Sly (5)
6. BAD BAD NEWS – Leon Bridges (7)
7. THE JOKE – Brandi Carlile (2)

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Sleep Deprived Music Spotlight: Lyia Meta

Huge thanks to Chasing Destino.. big hug and heartfelt thanks from Lyia Meta.

Chasing Destino


It’s unusual for me to do reviews of singles. I’m a creature of habit so I’m still not doing single reviews. My friend, Jeff, at Electicmusiclover, recently did a review of Meta’s single. Oh, here it is:  Lyia Meta. Single Review “Without Walls”

However, I will say that if you want to check out Lyia Meta’s single. “Without Walls,” on Spotify that you won’t regret it. She’s got a great voice.

The word is that there will be an entire album released at some point in the near future. Until then, you can also visit her website. She’s also a multimedia artist. There’s interesting stuff on her blog.

Lyia Meta on Spotify

Lyia Meta on YouTube

Lyia Meta website

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LYIA META – Single Review: “Without Walls”

Yes! Without Walls latest single by Lyia Meta gets a music review!


Without Walls cover art

I receive lots of submissions from artists and bands, asking me to listen to their music or, hopefully, write a review of it. Most of the time the music is decent or better, and I rarely turn anyone down (which is why I’m always running behind schedule). But every so often, I’m immediately blown away the moment I hear their music. Such is the case with Malaysian singer/songwriter Lyia Meta, a lovely woman with a voice to match. Her rich, soulful vocal style is impressive, with a powerful arresting quality reminiscent of the legendary Shirley Bassey.

Lyia released her debut EP This is Lyia in 2016 to wide acclaim, garnering airplay on radio stations in Europe, as well as indie internet music radio stations in the UK, U.S., Germany and Australia, including Radio Wigwam (UK), Home of Rock Germany, LA Rocks Radio, Banks Radio Australia and many more. In August…

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