I surprise myself yet again with an ensemble that brought patterns of two spectrums together. 

One, checked gingham of the yesteryears sprawled across a skirt in degrees that broke order; two, child of tartan of unorthodox politics, familiar to my ears only as 90s punk rebels; one and two makes three, held together by the backbones of black and white.

Gray somehow finds itself into the look, though, as patterns clash and heads shake at the mold that has been broken.

Meet: Zahra Zamari

Brunei Blogger May Cho interviews Zahra Zamari of The Rosie Grammar and Eve & Rosie
Brunei Blogger May Cho interviews Zahra Zamari of The Rosie Grammar and Eve & Rosie at Rack & Brew, Gadong.
Faith-conscious, style-loving and unapologetically true-to-self, Zahra Zamari is your regular 21-year-old and more.

I arrive at Rack & Brew at 3:00 PM sharp and see Zahra seated at a corner table with a group of her friends; "Group mates," she had forewarned me earlier, "I have two assignments due next week."

Dressed in her signature style, with pastels and delicate color blocking (pastel pink and navy blue on this occasion), she stands up as I make my way towards her. After a few shuffles and fumbles, we seat ourselves on a table beside her friends'. She smiles as I whip out my phone, "Do you mind if I record?"


It was a particularly cloudy afternoon when these photos were taken. There was, alongside the scurried footsteps of pedestrians in muted hues, a melancholy wind drifting pale clouds of gray along. The dim sky brought about a bout of ennui that seeped and soaked into my skin as, sunless and cheerless, lethargic languor lulled me in.

Laziness is the word most would use upon the sight of a red mug on the bedside table, quiet mist, hot tea and all. Difference begs to be heard, however, where there are clamped legs and tired arms, cramped heart and sighing mind.

Monthly Merits: May

Monthly Merits is a monthly series where I recount and award the month's worthiest moments in merits.

May was good. May was a good month. May brought back coffee-sipping, word-centric, music-filled afternoons. May also brought with it a rediscovery of passion and a reentering of non-passion into my life. But all in all, May was good and I'd relive it again if only it was not for the looming approach of one's month of birth.

Here are this month's merits.

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