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.

LYIA META – EP Review: “You Think About Me”

My first review for my latest EP ‘ YOU THINK ABOUT ME’


As I stated in my previous review, so many artists and bands I follow and have previously written about are releasing new music at a dizzying pace, and I’m doing my best to keep up with as much of it as I possibly can. One of my favorites who I always try to make time for is Malaysian singer-songwriterLyia Meta, an immensely talented, gracious and lovely recording artist with a powerhouse singing voice. I generally prefer female voices in the deeper ranges, and Lyia’s rich, soulful and smoky vocal style fits the bill quite nicely.

Based in Kuala Lumpur, Lyia’s a multi-faceted artist in a literal sense. She can sing just about anything, and in fact, has recorded songs in a wide range of genres including blues, jazz, pop, country, rock and even metal, bringing her international recognition and acclaim. She’s been nominated for, and won, numerous awards…

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Portraits done with cosmetics.

One of my earliest mediums was cosmetics. This usually includes eyeshadow, black kohl, mascara and lipsticks. I decided to explore it again. Here are some that I’ve done recently.

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