The Wise Burung Pingai; a Malay folktale re-imagined

This story is published here to point to their existence and add another version to the few already in circulation.  It is re-imagined and rewritten folklore, first shared during the launch of Bookish Charms: A Folk Tale Collection; a for-charity collaboration between Heartwrite Co. and Enya Bijoux.  For their creativity, twists and deficits, we ask your kind indulgence.


Awang Alak Betatar was going to be King.  Despite that, one of his brothers, Pateh Berbai, noticed that he was looking rather forlorn for someone who was about the rule a country.

‘I’m single’, Awang Alak Betatar said simply, and continued to mope.

‘Tell me, brother, is it your wish to be married?’ asked Pateh Berbai.

‘No kidding,’ he replied.

Pateh Berbai had never seen his brother this way before, and suggested that he marry the princess of Johor.  The word is that the princess is very beautiful.  There was one hurdle to overcome, though.  The Sultan of Johor wouldn’t approve.  Yet, Pateh insisted that it needed to be done and he recruited his closest friends, including legendary strong man, Awang Semaun, to help.

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Telling stories… through jewellery!

We’ve been hush hush these past few months and now the cats are slowly making their ways out of the bag of collabs!  Love, love, LOVE collabs – for the way it lets us see what else is cooking in the world and taste life’s other flavours.

Before I babble on, I’m so pleased and happy to say that one of our collaborations is with local boss lady, Yusrina, from ENYA BIJOUX!  We’ve called it Bookish Charms a story-inspired and for-charity jewellery line.

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The French Bruneian Arts Fest (and Nina) blogged on!

Thanks for the mention!  Read up on the French Bruneian Arts Festival’s Opening Ceremony last Saturday, 12th November 2016, where we launched our first book « Qu’est-ce qui est plus grand ? »


It was fun to share the moment with some really talented artists from Brunei, with delectable treats by happy people of The Empire (they were all so smiley!)

The vintage film posters and the art from Rainforest Gallery will be at the Rotunda, The Empire until the 19th.  Have a look see and enjoy!

As for Nina, we are out of the first batch of books with more coming soon.  If you haven’t already, book yours by filling in the details on

Have a fun weekend, les amis!