‘Shadow under the Rain Tree’ was published by Anak Sastra

I was delighted to receive an email from Anak Sastra on 25 January 2016 to inform me that my short story ‘The Shadow under the Rain Tree’ would be published in Anak Sastra Issue 22 at the end of Jan 2016. I wrote this story over 2 days at CONfabular (UKM), in Tunku Halim’s group of writers who like to write ‘dark fiction’ a.k.a. creepy stories. Thanks to Tunku Halim for his guidance & advice. His book Horror Stories is the all-time bestselling horror book by a Malaysian author.

Started in August 2010, Anak Sastra Literary Magazine publishes short fiction, creative non-fiction, poems and book reviews in English quarterly. It was conceptualised with the aim to provide writers originating from or based in Southeast Asia with a platform to share and promote their creative works. Submissions from or about any Southeast Asian country are welcome.





You can read my short story by clicking here.

I hope I can find the time to write more short stories this year and submit them for publication again. 🙂


This short story is dedicated to my university friend Choo Chee Kuang, a marine biologist dedicated to the protection of the seahorses and preservation of the Sungai Pulai estuary area in Johor. He passed away from cancer a few years ago. He left us too soon.



In Between

Today I am experimenting with a different way of presenting my poems. I hope that it will improve the look and feel of the poems, and make them more attractive and interesting to read. 🙂

Tonight, while dutifully undertaking my 5km evening walk (too tired to jog today), I thought of writing this poem. It is about the world of imagination, the realm of the seen and unseen, which always piques the curiosity.

Background: Abstract photo taken with Samsung mobile phone.
Background: Abstract photo taken with my Samsung mobile phone.