Itrisyia Dayini

Writer and Researcher


What do you do?
A writer for Mulazine and a student on most days. For Mula, I’ve written mostly on history and culture, though am keen on exploring areas and topics that I’m unfamiliar with. Otherwise, I study Oriental Studies (Arabic) as my degree and hoping to work in the heritage sector one day perhaps because you know, #sejarah.
Why do you do what you do and how do you convince people that you love what you do?
For me, it’s always about exploring what’s behind the conventional narrative, and language plays such an integral role in its construction and dissemination. I guess my face lights up whenever anyone asks me why I do what I do and I end up rambling about it despite usually being a quiet person.
What’s your birth chart and which one do you resonate most with?
Pisces, though I personally am not someone who really looks into horoscopes much.
What’s your best skill, and one skill that you wish you had?
Absorbing new languages quickly! And I wish I had better people skills.
What’s a quintessential signature you that many can be familiar with?
I’m very much a morning person and work best then – I also like to get things over and done with, though I have to admit that MCO has stretched the boundaries of when I’m the most productive.
How did you get to where you are now and what were some of the fall backs that you had to go through?
Hard work and perseverance (as cliché as it may sound) as well as support from friends and family. But most importantly, I think it was the passion that got me here. Ultimately, the rejection was one of my biggest fall-backs – but you learn to pick yourself up again and not to make the same mistakes, only to try again harder.
What’s your favorite photo in your gallery and why?

A film shot of Jalan Tun Abdul Razak during the jam (when is it ever not?). Took this just before I left for the UK.

What’s your pet peeve?
When people flake.
Describe to us what your ideal collaboration and client is. Also, who would you want to work with?
People who are open and willing to think outside the box, as well as have meaningful conversations.
How should one approach you to working together?
Nothing beats a good old-fashioned email!