• Living,  Love & Sex

    8 Things To Know About Dating An Introvert

    Introverts can be hard to understand. Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re dating one:

    Everyone is different in their own right. Often times, a person is seen to be an introvert or an extrovert. Being with an extroverted person is fun, their outgoing, love to be around people and enjoy doing new and exciting things. But what about the other end of the spectrum?

    Understanding an introvert can be a challenge if you’re not one yourself.

    1. Forget Preconceptions About Introverts

    Entering any relationship with preconceptions isn’t good to begin with. Even more so with introverts, there are so many stigmas surrounding introverts, such as hard-to-talk-to or shy individuals. Bringing misconceptions into a relationship will hinder their ability to feel comfortable with you. This can jeopardize a good relationship.

    2. Finding Balance  

    If you are someone that likes to be in a crowded room, know that introverts often get overwhelmed by large crowd. Though every introvert is different, some are able to interact more than others. It’s best to gauge their ability to do so and find a balance for your need to socialize and your partner’s needs to have a quiet night.

    3. Don’t Expect Them To Join In All The Time

    Getting to know your introverted partner and gauging their comfort level with certain activities will do your relationship good. You can’t expect them to join you every time you want to head out, sometimes they need to re-energize with some alone time. If you’re not sure why they don’t want to head out, you can always ask, just don’t pressure them.

    4. Don’t Mistake Being Introvert for Being Shy

    One of the many misconceptions of introverts is that they are shy. Introverts prefer to have a close group of friends that they can connect with on a deeper level. Small talk with people they rarely meet is not of interest to them.  But that doesn’t mean you can just skip introducing them, you can never tell when someone can become a good friend.

    “I’m an introvert … I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky.” – Audrey Hepburn

    5. Know Their Limits

    Know the limits of your introverted partner and you can gauge their comfort level. This will allow you to know when it’s best to have a quiet night in, or when they’re up to a night out with friends.

    6. They Are Good At Giving Advice

    This would be a bonus. Whatever your problem is, introverts will always try to help with useful advice. Their thoughts are never motivate by social pursuits or popularity but only for your best interest.

    7. Your Time Together Is Precious

    They enjoy spending time with people they care about. To an introvert, your time together is that much more important to them, then you may think it is.

    8. Find An Activity To Enjoy Together

    Make the effort to find an activity you can both enjoy, whether indoors or outdoors. The key here is to push their limits (slowly) without pressuring them.  Here’s a tip, either do an activity with just the two of you or his/her close group of friends.

  • Home,  Living

    6 Cool Things That You Can Buy at DESIGNation.Co

    Beautifully pieces by local talent all in one place! What more if you could peruse and shop these items online. Well now you can with DESIGNation.Co!Here are 6 cool things you can buy at DESIGNation.Co

    1. Leather Watch Roll by Convoy Co

    Convoy Co is all about durable goods made ith integrity. This leather watch roll made with high quality leather form New Zealand, can fit up to 4 watches and added accessories. It’s also available in Black and Grey.

    2. Random Bean’s Baymax Coffee Table

    This intriguing coffee table is a beautiful center piece for any room. Made with high quality materials, the Baymax Coffee table by Random Bean is a definite cool buy.

    3. Repleat Co’s Large Origami Bag

    A beautiful and interesting bag by Repleat Co. The Origami bag bridges the gap between functionality and design.  Design to be powerful to wear and allow the world to see you.

    4. Cuts Studio’s Dr. Seuss Engraved Quote Block

    A fun and unique item to have, this block is engraved by a really cool quote by Dr. Seuss, and who doesn’t like Dr. Seuss. Hang it on the wall and smile every time you see it.

    5. Riumz Biosphere Terrarium Steps

    An incredible amount of work and craft when into making this beautiful terrarium. And it looks amazing.

    6. Vertical Sphere’s 3-Legged Pipe Desk Lamp

    Industrial styling are always cool and this little pipe desk lamp is perfect to add that little bit of style to you desk space.

    ABOUT DESIGNation.Co

    DESIGNation.Co is a retail store with a great concept. They support only local designers and want to help these talented people to reach their audience. But not just any designer is picked up by DESIGNation.Co, they carefully curate from only the best artistry and craftsmanship to offer the best to the public.

    Carrying items for Home Decor, Furniture, Stationary and Accessories. The retail brand has some well crafted products to offer.

    Founder and Curator of DESIGNation.Co Michelle Alice Tan tells us that there are certain key points that they look for when curation for the retail outlet. She says that they must be “Malaysia, the designs need to be original, and the products must be of high quality.”

    “DESIGNation is an incubation and retail platform for local independent designers. What sets us apart is that we are the pioneers in Malaysia to promote only local designers. Our main aim is to create high-level international standard products. So essentially, we don’t just curate and sell local products but we also invest in local designers to create new products.” – Michelle Alice Tan, Founder and Curator of DESIGNation.Co

    The list of designers that they carry is nothing short of superb. With high quality products that truly showcase the highly skilled and talented designers and speaks to the uniqueness of DESIGNation.Co

    Michelle Alice Tan also shares with us that DESIGNation.Co hopes to “uplift and improve the quality of design in Malaysia to meet international standards”, and “to encourage the public to value good design”. Taking a step further in doing their part for the local economy they also hope to “enable the local creative economy to flourish. To tackle creative brain drain in Malaysia”.

    DESIGNation.Co’s vision of uplifting and improving the quality of local designs is already well on its way being backed by designers such as Wood&Steel, Nala Designs, Kedai Bikin, HWA and many more, already producing amazing quality pieces.

    They also just celebrated the 1st year Anniversary of DESIGNation.Co this past 16th September 2015 (on Malaysia Day!). And is currently having a sale that you simply have to check out, here.

  • Food,  Living

    Top 10 Trending Food Trucks in Malaysia

    Today, a new generation of street food lovers is lining up at food trucks like never before. On top of conventional brick-and-mortar restaurants or street stalls which already made Malaysia food heaven, Malaysians now have another lip-smacking choice! Just like restaurants, they produce high quality and delicious food but with their on-the-wheel advantage, it also means that these mouthwatering food trucks can be at any time near you! Or even in the compound of your house if you want them to! But one thing for sure, the aroma of food truck cuisine will soon waft through downtown streets of Malaysia, especially in the Klang Valley. Let’s check out the Top 10 Trending Food Trucks that you should flock to!

    1. La Famiglia Food Truck

    We bet you have never tried Pasta cooked by the Italian Mafias. To be precise, top-notch-yummylicious pasta. Introducing you the one-and-only unique La Famiglia.  An Italian mafia themed food truck, La Famiglia is the pasta specialist you should be glad if they are parked around your neighborhood. And don’t worry, if they are mafias, they would be the friendliest ones you will find. In fact, the founders of La Famiglia came from vastly different backgrounds such as banking, construction, and animation.

    Often spotted at Dungun in the daytime & heads to Subang (SS15) at night, La Famiglia gains traction and reputation in recent years making them the crème de la crème of food trucks.  This success is largely built from their passion and dedication to serving perfecto pasta. Oh, and their inexpensive price of food makes a difference too!


    2. Flaming Wheels

    The Flaming Wheels is a purpose-built-kitchen-on-wheels offering healthy quality local and international cuisines at affordable prices. From the sexy outlook of the truck to the best quality of food, Flaming Wheels is a one-of-its-kind food truck you will just sit there and admire. Focusing its location on participating universities in the Klang Valley, Flaming Wheels is not just about on-the-go food experience, but their thoughts towards a noble cause win the hearts of many. Did you know that Flaming Wheels was established with an ambition to provide support and raise funds for Make-A-Wish ® Malaysia?

    Remember to order chili beef nachos and Moroccan lamb stew from the Flaming Wheels next time they park around your vicinity. Not sure when they will be around? Why not install their App “Flaming Wheels” from the AppStore & Play Store for easy viewing of their locations, menu and weekly discounts!


    3. Burger Giler Power

    While most of us are familiar with burger stalls set up around the streets of Malaysia, we hardly come across one that moves around on-the-wheels. Burger Giler Power is one such on-the-go burger truck that you will often see at Taman Melawati, in front of Espresso Lab from 5 to 10 pm. Barely into its first year of business, Burger Giler Power has quickly gained its fan base especially those around Taman Melawati with its signature mouthwatering gourmet burgers.

    Can’t picture the goodness? Imagine charcoal buns, homemade patties, and fresh ingredients combine with juicy sauces. That’s right! It is their signature gourmet burgers we are talking about and just to name a few, do try out their Classic Cheese Burger, Cajun Chicken Burger, and The Chief Burger. At the sideline, crispy mushroom and chicken broccoli salad are worth trying too!


    4. The Laughing Monkey Cafe

    Hate it when you have to look for a car park just to have a cup of coffee? Feel annoyed when you have to walk some distance during lunchtime just to buy a coffee? Look out for The Laughing Monkey Café! A truck that is dedicated to providing you with affordable, rich, freshly brewed coffee and delicious sandwiches at your doorstep. And trust us, it is easy to spot the Orangey cute little truck of The Laughing Monkey.

    Warn you! You would be wrong to think that coffee served from a truck will not be any good. The Laughing Monkey’s coffee (and hot chocolate) would top the coffees of many brick-and-mortar cafes out there. And why not when they will come to your doorstep? The Laughing Monkey Café was founded when two colleagues, Kelvin & Justine were caught in the rain while they were walking some distance from their office just to get a coffee.


    5. Curbside Cantina

    Serving up tacos and other Mexican treats, Curbside Cantina is a Mexican influenced food truck that you’ll find it quite interesting, well at least not just another food truck serving you the conventional western cuisine. While this colorful truck does not really have a fixed spot (perhaps Bangsar would be the best catch), their creative menu of good food is their best selling point. Look, Chilli Con Carne with Papadums, Cemita Burger, Chicken Quesa Tacos, Steak Tacos, Beef Cubano Sandwich and Churros are not the ordinary words you will see else-trucks.

    Also, be rest assured of the standard of Curbside Cantina as Curbside Cantina is an extension of a catering company called Cantina Moderna. The founders & team have been in the catering scene since 2006 and even ran a restaurant, Pink Sage, from 2008 to 2011. Now, go catch this Cantina On-The-Go.


    6. Cowboys Food Truck

    Launched on 7 Dec 2014, Cowboys Food Truck is one of the newcomers with their Texas-inspired western barbeque dishes.  Founded by 2 “cowboys” – Ku Azharul Nizar bin Ku Abdul Rahman and Christopher Tang, and a “cowgirl” Chong Rhu Jan, who are all pretty much in love with barbeque food.  Cowboys’ menu illustrates the influence of Nizar’s years in Dallas, Texas.  Combined with Christopher’s F&B experiences gained in Australia as well as Ru Jan’s assistance in marketing and promotion, the idea of Cowboys Food Truck was conceived to serve the most authentic American-style barbeque food around the neighborhood.

    If you’re a fan of barbeque food, don’t forget to try out their speciality – Flame-grilled Chicken Wings which comes with choices of Garlic Parmesan or Spicy BBQ.   Also, look out for the Chuck Norris platter which consists of sliced smoked beef brisket, crispy buttermilk fried chicken chop, and Chuck Norris certified delish wings.  Better still – try both!  You’ll also never get bored of their menu because they are creative enough to rotate their menu items every single day!  Do catch them around Subang Jaya or follow their Facebook and Instagram for location updates.


    7. Little Fat Duck

    They’re called “Little Fat Duck” but don’t let that confuse you as they don’t actually serve any duck.  They are one of the pioneers of a new dining craze that is sweeping through the city of Kuala Lumpur.   They offer affordably priced yet hearty French and Italian Cuisine for on-the-go diners and urban hipsters.  Surfaces on most nights at Subang SS15, you’ll see the crowd building up from 8:00pm onwards.  Nevertheless, there is a makeshift dining space by the street provided for their customers because the waiting time can go beyond 15 minutes at peak hours.

    The Aglio olio is a must-try! Pasta served with a choice of chicken or beef, and a generous seasoning of chilli flakes and Italian herbs gives a perfect spicy rendition of the classic Italian fare.  For mains, you wouldn’t want to miss their tender chicken confit and grilled fish. The former consists of a whole chicken leg served atop mashed potatoes while the dory fillet is grilled to perfection with a generous serving of Hollandaise sauce and mashed potatoes. And yes! They serve desserts too! The simple yet delicious homemade milk puddings will definitely remain unforgettable to you.  Overall, the affordable yet delicious Italian and French fare from a food truck has proven to be a big hit amongst college students and professionals within the city.


    8. The Boys Food

    The boys are taking over the kitchen to bring you pasta, sandwiches, burgers, and hotdogs hot off their mobile kitchen.  They will impress you with their new crispy chicken burger, sloppy fries, and the most-awesome double cheeseburger – Jimmynator!  How could you resist The Boys’ temptation when you see so many scrumptious meals sitting on the plate before you?

    Believe it or not, their foods are selling at RM5.00 on average. We know, right? Unbelievably cheap!  They usually found camping out in Dataran Wangsa, so hop on over for late night gourmet snacking by the street and we ensure you will not regret staying up late or putting on extra calories over this yummiest-food-ever!


    9. QGastro Truck

    Serving one of the best pasta and tortilla on wheels, QGastro Truck will make sure you taste the freshest, delicious and reasonably priced Western food in town.  If you’re planning to chase the QGastro Truck food truck down, let us just tell you that it’s going to be easy peasy to do so. The shiny black truck is always located behind BHP Taman Melawati (open car park) from 8pm onwards daily except Mondays.   Remember to try out some of the creative menus such as Sambal Prawn Pasta, Aglio Olio Special, and Chicken/ Beef Wrap if you are near the neighbourhood.


    10. Babarittos Food Truck

    Babarittos Food Truck was founded by a young entrepreneur, Hafiey Mughnie Amran, who loves street food since his time in college.   With the idea of simple, fast and affordable, Hafiey set up his business right after he completed his studies in the field of aircraft engineering.

    Based mainly outside the PV16 Condominium in Danau Kota, Setapak, Barbarittos are known for their burrito wraps and nachos among their selection of mixed western dishes. What you want to go for here are their gourmet burgers and juicy burritos, all hot off the stove! Other than operating daily in Setapak, they also offer catering services at other locations on weekends.  With their healthy and high-quality meals, they have gained a following, regularly going to events where they sell up to 500 burittos a day!  Definitely well deserved to be one of the top 10 trending food trucks in Malaysia!

  • Events

    Photo Face Off is Back for Season 2 on History Channel

    Photo Face-Off is back for a second season on History Channel, presented by Canon PhotoMarathon and in association with SilkAir. The show had a very successful first season, being rated number one in Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.

    We were invited to the Premier of the show held at the Bee at Publika, where we met the three Malaysian contestants  Azril Azam, Desmond Teoh, Ignitius Kong, and Pro-Photographer Justin Mott. This season sees 16 amateur photographers from 6 different countries going up against each other and also against Justin Mott. Only one contestant from each country will advance to the finals!

    The new host of the show this season is the beautiful Sarah Lian. Each episode of the season will put the contestants through various challenges; Speed, Theme, and Extreme. Each challenge is designed to push each contestant to the limit testing their skills, creativity, and knowledge.

    We were given a preview of how a speed challenge would be, at the premiere of the show, where host Sarah Lian issued a Challenge for ‘Most Patriotic Shot’, giving each contestant a hand-held Malaysia Flag and 5-minutes to complete the Challenge.  The photos were then judged by the audience and the winner of that challenge was Azril.

    This season will be a lot more competitive and challenging. Not only do the contestants have to go up against Justin Mott, but also each other. Each challenge will have a new judge and will be scored on the photographer’s use of light, creativity, and composition. For the amateur photographers that are able to beat Justin Mott in a challenge, 3 bonus points will be awarded.

    There is a good mix of photographers from different backgrounds, specialties, and ages. There is even a 12-year-old contestant, Thaqiphum Techaphan from Tailand.

    “It’s interesting to see how each contestant approaches each challenge”- Justin Mott

    Mr. Donny Ling, Director of Image Communication Products Division from Canon Malaysia tells us “Photo Face-Off Season 2 is a valuable platform for the region’s photographers and photo enthusiasts to pick up techniques and learn about the latest photography technology”.

    Season 2 of Photo Face-Off will premiere on History Channel Astro, Channel 555 & 575 (HD), on 22nd September 2015, Tuesday, at 10 PM.

    For you guys that are into photography, do stop and check out the photos taken by Justin Mott and the three Malaysian contestants. The Exhibition is at the Ground Floor, Concourse of Publika Shopping Gallery and will be held from 14th to 22nd September 2015.

  • Living,  Love & Sex

    Can Arguing Save Your Relationship?

    Most people share the same notion when it comes to romance, the lovey-dovey image of a couple enjoying the company of one another. That, however, is just a single scene and not the whole story.

    Not every relationship is a Hollywood movie, no doubt that there are some in the world, but they’re far and few in between. In reality, it takes work to have a successful relationship. After the initial glow of passion fades away, what you are often left with is a work in progress, not the end product.

    Most couples argue; event in Hollywood romantic movies, there’s always a part of the movie where the characters will have to confront an uncomfortable situation. But we do see arguments in a negative light, don’t we?  Arguments do have a positive or rather a more beneficial side to it. Let take a look…

    • Open Communication

    Arguments are often set off by a disagreement of opinion. They can be a sign that you and your partner are open to engaging in a heated debate with one another. Confronting issues rather than hiding then and brewing emotions of resentment.

    More often than not, we would learn new things whether positive or negative about both our partners and ourselves. This in turns allows for growth, sometimes a personal growth or a growth in a relationship.

    A study conducted in India showed that 44% of couples believe that arguing can help keeps the lines of communication open

    • It’s Healthy

    Psychology Today, list arguing (not fighting) as one of the keys to a healthy and happy relationship. All of us know that keeping things bottled up isn’t healthy, with a partner that allows you to have open lines of communication,  results in a much less stressful relationship (see Open Communication)

    • Shows That You’re An Individuals

    The ability to argue shows that you are really an individual. Not someone with ‘no’ personality that just goes along with anything. Unless that is what you and your partner want,  it doesn’t boat well in a relationship.

    Having the believes and values of your own are valuable to your relationship. Sharing and learning from one another is part of the whole experience and makes it exciting.

    • The Relationship Means Something to You.

    We as humans will only argue about things that matter to us. You wouldn’t jump in an argument over something you couldn’t give a hoot about would you?  So arguing can be a sign that you care about the relationship, where it’s going, and that you’re willing to fight for it.

    • Getting Pass Arguments

    Though arguments can have a beneficial side, how you get to pass an argument is a highly important aspect. Pushing egos aside, being tolerant and understanding whilst keeping an open mind, will all help in your relationship.

    • Resolving issues

    If you are able to get pass arguments in a matured and understanding manner, you and your partner have the ability to resolve issues. This is highly important for a long term relationship, issues will arise one time or another, and it’s important to be able to handle them with respect and care for one another.

    • You Keep It Real

    Though romance and relationships go hand in hand, there is a difference between romance and romanticizing reality. Understanding that romance is fleeting and comes and goes in a relationship is as real as it gets. After the initial passion fades, there will be many issues to face, a person that understands that reality, will have a higher chance at a healthier and happier relationship.

    • Maturity

    There is a difference between arguing and fighting. Arguing is non-combative, raising points without raising your voice or name-calling (from psychology today). This shows the maturity of a person. If you and your partner are matured enough to have a respectful argument, you would also have mutual respect for one another.

    • Acceptance

    When we argue we show a different side to our personality. Often times this side has no hidden truths, its full-on and full out, expressive emotions. Seeing each other in a different light over an argument is not an easy thing. But it will allow both you and your partner to fully accept one another.

    Important note:

    It is important to note the difference between arguing and fighting (see Maturity). Couples that are able to argue and not have it escalate to a fight have a good chance of a healthier and happier relationship.

  • Health & Fitness

    10 Tips to Getting Fit Fast

    Remember two blinks ago back in January when you made that New Year’s Resolution(s)? Chances are you probably have a Fitness goal in that list. Get fit, lose weight, slim down or whatever the variation. Well, we’ve just entered September and that’s the last month of the third quarter.

    No worries, you’ve still four months to reach your goal for this year. And to help you out, here are some easy tips to help you reach your goal.

    1. Exercise Daily

    Daily exercise is important to keep your momentum. For most of us, when we get busy, we start missing a day here and there. Soon that doubles and we miss more days before you know it the only exercise you’re doing is changing the channel. So even if it’s just 15 minutes to half an hour, get some exercise in your daily routine. The point is to get started!

    1. Do Plyometrics

    Plyometrics (also known as Plyo or Jum Training) are exercises that make your muscles work at maximum force in short intervals. Once you’ve some momentum going and are starting to feel stronger, add in some Plyo exercises. These are great because they help you Burn Fat and Lose Weight at the same time help with muscle tone. Some examples are Jump Squats, Skater Jumps, and Lunges with Hops

    1. Setting Goals

    It’s important to set goals. Better still if you have a goal to achieve on a weekly basis as well as a monthly base goal. For example, Weekly goal: increase running distance by 400 meters, Month End Goal: Lose 2 Kg. Goal setting is great to keep your motivation up, as well as your momentum. Knowing what you’re working towards will always give you a clearer picture.

    1. Start Slow

    Don’t start with an explosive workout if you having already been keeping up with a fitness regimen, that’s just asking for an injury (which will set you back a week or longer). Ease yourself into it, going back to tip number 1, daily exercise routine to get momentum. You can increase the intensity slightly on a daily basis for the first few weeks. From 15 minutes to 20 minutes to 30 minutes and so on and so forth.

    1. Watch your Diet

    The age-old advice when it comes to getting fit, diet. Now diet here doesn’t mean starving yourself with eating less, but rather just be conscious about what you put in your body. Eat more greens, white meats, and fewer carbs and fried foods. But the occasional junk food is alright, just don’t overdo it.

    1. Eat More Protein

    This brings us to our next tip, Eat More Protein. You need protein to fuel your body and it’s better than loading up on carbohydrates. Without it, you’ll just be feeling lethargic all the time, and that won’t help you get fit. Great sources of protein are Chicken, Turkey, Eggs, Green Peas, and Chickpeas to name a few.

    1. Eat Small Often

    Eat smaller portions more frequently throughout the day. This will help keep your appetite in check and you’ll be able to make better decisions when it comes to your meals.

    1. Mix it UP

    Doing the same work out over and over again isn’t healthy either. Have different routines to mix up your work out schedules will help you get fit faster and reduce injuries to overworked joints. Doing the same exercise may cause muscle imbalances as you target the same muscle over and over again.

    1. Rest Up

    It’s no secret that for good health you need proper rest. But also because you work out, your muscles need to recover properly (which is also why you need to mix up your workouts). If you don’t let your muscles proper recovery time, it may lead to serious injuries.

    1. Eat Chocolate

    Yes, you read that right, Eat Chocolate! But…. Make sure it’s Dark Chocolate. The indulgent treat will help to boost your mood as well as your heart health (among other health benefits of Chocolate). The trick is to take it in moderation, don’t gorge it down! You can use it as a treat to reward yourself in reaching a weekly goal.

    So use these tips to help you get started on completing your Year’s resolution before year-end or just get fit and stay healthy.

  • Events,  Living

    Laugh Out Loud with Kuala Lumpur International Comedy Festival 2015

    Get ready to Laugh Out LOUD with the Kuala Lumpur Comedy Festival 2015! From the 16th to 23rd September 2015,  8 days of tummy aching, tear-jerking comedy in 4 different venues.

    This epic comedy saga is the brainchild of the ‘Godfather of Malaysian Comedy’ Harith Iskander. The Festival brings together 60 of the world’s best comics from 14 different countries.

    There will be comedy from sketch, satire, musical and improve to slightly less traditional acts such as a comedy magician and hypnotist comedian.  And they will also have OPEN MIC Competitions and comedy workshops for kids. There are Comedy Acts in English, Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Indonesia, Tagolog and Cantonese.

    “This is a first, a huge first and we’ve worked hard to do it right. Everyone’s heard of the Edinburgh Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Montreal’s ‘Just For Laughs’, three of the biggest, most prestigious comedy festivals. Hopefully, KLICFest will be a step towards getting Kuala Lumpur in that elite group of cities. Edinburgh, Melbourne, Montreal, KL” – Harith Iskander

    The Festival is part of the DiverseCity 2015’s Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival – an initiative aimed at showcasing the diverse talents and cultures from around the region.

    20th September 2015, will see a mammoth performance by the festival’s top comedian come together for a night full of belly twisting comical hilarity at Harith Iskander’s ‘To Know Malaysia is LAUGH Malaysia’ Gala Night at The Manhattan Ballroom, Berjaya Hotel.

    Tickets range from RM15 to RM70 which covers each show per-night. There will also be a limited special daily pass at RM98 per person or RM300 for 4 passes that are available to be purchased at the Black Box @ Maps KL from 16th September 2015. *Fans can purchase a daily pass in advance for upcoming shows


    Kids Comedy Workshop

    On 19th & 20th September 2015, KLCFest will have a very special Comedy Workshop For Kids. The workshop will be facilitated by Ros Boyer – who is the owner and principal of Joondalup Entertainers Theater School (JETS) in Australia.

    There are two groups one for 6-8-year-olds and another for 9-12-year-olds. Entrance fee is RM35


    Preview Review

    We were invited to a preview of the comedic event and it was nothing short hilarious. Sharing with the talents of Alan Bate (U.S), Hung Le (Australia), Jarred Fell (New Zealand), Tamer Kattan(U.S), and Jonathan Atherton (Australia).

    Alan Bates demonstrated his amazing one of kind comedic powers of hypnotism. With the help of a few volunteers, he put the crowd in a daze of laughter with several skits of funny actions.

    Hung Le, a Vietnamese Australian comedian made us laughed hard with his set. Hilarious jokes with cultural references will surely have your tummy hurting with laughter.

    The Comedy Magician Jarred Fell charmed the crowd with his engaging act. Getting the crowd to participate in his set, with hilarious consequences, and not forgetting cool magic

    Tamer Kattan, an Egyptian-American comedian, will have you laughing out loud with hilarious observational comedy as he shares with the crowd his unique and humorous view of the world.

    Jonathan Atherton is a comedian that is really known in Asia, he even known how to speak Bahasa Malaysia. He has some relatable jokes that are truly comical.

    Harith Iskander was, of course, full of humorous stories and funny jokes.

    These are just a few of the amazing line-up that the festival has in store for Comedy Fans. The Festival truly is a great opportunity to be entertained by some of the world’s most hilarious Comedians. Don’t Miss IT!

  • Living

    13 Things You Didn’t Know About Malaysia

    There are many things about Malaysia that we love, from the abundance of food to our multicultural society. But how much about our country do we really know?. In celebration of “Hari Merdeka” here are some little known facts about this country we love, Malaysia.

    The top capital city for lighting

    Here something that would surprise you. Our capital of Kuala Lumpur is the top capital city for lightning and ranks fifth in the world with a “lightning flash density” of 48.3, as well as ranking third worldwide for the number of thunderstorm days per year at 180-260 days.


    KL railway station is built to withstand 2 feet of snow

    The Kuala Lumpur Railway station on Jalan Hishamuddin is said to be able to withstand up to 2-6 feet of snow. Built by the firm of J.A. Russell, architect P.C. Russell who was probably worked under the direction of A.B. Hubbock, the official architect of Selangor State. According to Legend, the design was taken from a 1911 Moscow Trade Fair pavilion and that the roof is designed with snow gutters.


    Highest suspended bridge

    The suspended bridge at Mount Kinabalu is said to be one of if not the highest suspended bridge in the world. The bridge is at 3600 meters above sea level, Via Ferrata on Mount Kinabalu.

    Bonus Fact: Via Ferrata is Italian for “iron road”, the Via Ferrata at Mount Kinabalu was verified by Guinness World Records as the highest via Ferrata in the world


    World’s longest insect

    Officially named Phobaticus chani, this remarkable stick insect can measure up to 56.6cm in total length, And was discovered by Sabah amateur naturalist Datuk Chan Chew Lun.

    Biggest cockroach infestation

    Gomantong Cave in Sabah has the highest density of cockroaches in the world. The amazing Cave houses roughly a million bats. The cockroaches thrive in the dark and damp environment and feed off bat dropping. Here’s a video from National Geographic, forewarning it’s not for the faint of heart.


    No bats no durians

    Durian trees only flower at night, so Bats are the main pollinator. Dr. Christine Fletcher from FRIM, the flowers that are pollinated by Bats produce better fruits and more bundles.


    Pet cemetery

    Something for those pet lovers out there, in fact, Malaysia actually has two pet cemeteries, Pet Memorial Services, and Pets in Peace Malaysia. For the love of the furry ones in our families, you can give them a proper burial service.


    140 different languages spoken

    We all know Malaysia to be a multi-cultural society where our medium of spoke communication is often a mixture we refer to as Manglish. It would surprise you to know that Malaysia has 140 individual languages listed, 2 of which are extinct.


    Largest Roundabout in the world

    The Largest Roundabout in the world is right here in Putrajaya. The Roundabout measures at an impressive 3.5km in diameter. Although there is some dispute over the roundabout being the largest, its contender is The Savannah in Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago.


    Largest Underground Cave Chamber

    Located in Mulu National Park, in Sarawak, the Sawarak Chamber (600 m by 415 m and 80 m high), is the world’s biggest cave chamber. The Clearwater Cave is among the top ten longest caves in the world measuring at 189km.


    Oldest English School in Southeast Asia

    Founded by Rev. Sparke Hutching in 1816, the Penang Free School is the oldest English School in South East Asia.


    South Most Tip of Asia

    Tanjung Piai Johor National Park Lays claim to the title of the south most tip of the Asian continent. Located in the district of Pontian, the national park covers an area of 926 ha.


    Local time has been adjusted eight times

    The Time in Peninsular Malaysia has been changed a total of 7 times and East Malaysia a total of 6 times, with January 1, 1982, being the latest adjustment made for both Peninsular and East Malaysia. Also, on December 31, 1981, Malaysia declared that people living in West Malaysia would move their clocks ahead by 30 mins to match East Malaysia; the switch was made on January 1, 1982.

    Know any interesting facts about Malaysia? Share them in the comments bellow

  • Food,  Health & Fitness

    Top 10 Healthy Food Deliveries in Klang Valley

    There are many food deliveries out there, but not all of them are healthy. If one of your new year’s resolutions is to go healthy, then we highly recommend you to check out and try these 10 Healthy Food Deliveries in Klang Valley. The pictures of their food will make you drool not to mention when you taste their food.


    1. The Lean Canteen

    The Lean Canteen is a healthy-meal service that was created by food lovers for food lovers, who are also looking to stay healthy while keeping up with a busy schedule. The Lean Canteen believes good nutrition is one of the main pillars of a healthy lifestyle along with regular exercise.

    The Lean Canteen works closely with a nutritionist and a qualified chef to ensure each generous meals average around only 500 calories. Their flavorful meals are freshly prepared from a centralized kitchen, vacuum-packed to ensure freshness and are then delivered to pick-up point/straight to your doorstep!Doorstep deliveries: Mondays & Wednesdays.

    Contact details: Aina (012-2086440) | theleancanteen@gmail.com

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/theleancanteen

    Instagram: @theleancanteen


    2.  The Lunch Club Asia

    The Lunch Club offers one fresh, made-to-go lunch special weekly. Each carefully crafted with top quality ingredients, layers of flavor and texture. Every meal is designed with the busy executive in mind conveniently packaged to be eaten out of the box and to be enjoyed cold or at room temperature (no heating required!)

    Join The Lunch Club by picking up this week’s special from any of the cafe partners:

    • 3 Little Birds, Desa ParkCity
    • Artisan Coffee Bar, Bangsar Village II
    • Epique, Empire Damansara
    • Sugar Rush, Pusat Bandar Damansara

    Deliveries orders will resume in January 2015 & Subscription services will be launched soon

    Contact Details: fresh@thelunchclub.asia

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/thelunchclubasia

    Instagram: @thelunchclubasia

    www.thelunchclub.asia


    3.  Dah Makan

    Dah Makan started when two hungry techies met a young talented chef and talked about how simple it should be to eat well everyday. Today Dah Makan delivers health gourmet lunchbox in KL for hardworking office-goers, gym bunnies and instagramming foodies.

    Dah Makan’s lunchboxes are made with the freshest ingredients, crafted with love in a secret kitchen and delivered straight to you. Dah Makan guarantees 100% satisfaction or your money back. We also like its well established website where you can check out their menus, place order, make payment, subscribe to package and find out other necessary information.

    Contact details: 014 3279 972 | jessica@dahmakan.com

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/orderdahmakan

    Instagram: @dahmakan

    www.dahmakan.com


    4. DISH by ili

    Giving equal measure to entertainment as well as her food, Ili has now left her full time job to go forth with her passion of providing a food service for people.

    Allow Ili to provide wholesome meals in a Tiffin carrier which she delivers to your door every Tuesday and Thursdays or for any kind of food-related workshops, cooking classes, events and gatherings that promises great tastes, big laughs and insightful exchanges.

    With every dish inspired by her heritage, travels, people she has met, musical taste and love for all things zany, be sure to savor every crunch, slurp and gulp when Ili takes charge of the kitchen, providing her company with warm, wholesome, fuss-free food made from scratch and a lot of love.

    Contact Details: 017 230 9955 | dishbyili@gmail.com

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/dishbyili

    Instagram: @dishbyili


    5. Chopstick Diner

    Eat your veggies like your mum once told you to. This is Chopstick Diner’s philosophy and hence how Chopstick Diner wants you to eat healthy for lunch they cater for every Monday to Friday. Covering most of the prime KL and PJ areas, Chopstick Diner prepares all lunchboxes freshly before delivering them to you.

    Originally a recipe website, Elaine Ho, the founder transforms Chopstick Diner into a salad delivery service. Yes, Salad and Chopstick Diner is really good at it. Do check out the website for more wonderful recipes you can make yourself at home. Corporate catering is offered too.

    Contact Details: 013 6303886 | admin@chopstickdiner.com

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/chopstickdiner

    Instagram: @chopstickdinerlunchbox

    www.chopstickdiner.com


    6. The Naked Lunch Box

    The Naked Lunch Box gives you an option to eat CLEAN at your office during lunch! Say no to cheap, oily and dirty fast food and The Naked Lunch Box is here to make healthy food available, reasonably priced and delicious.

    The Naked Lunch Box delivers on every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday and prefers office orders only. They also cater for small meetings and other office events too with a variety of vegan, paleo and raw delicious recipes!

    Contact: thenakedlb@gmail.com

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/tnlbmy

    Instagram: @thenakedlunchbox


    7. The Rebellious Chickpea

    The Rebellious Chickpea delivers from Monday to Friday, offering healthy and delicious food to those who want great taste and still be mindful of what they eat. At RM 16 per meal, The Rebellious Chickpea has a variety of menu and a Surprise Me Wednesday, of which you do not get to know the meal upfront.

    Contact: therebelliouschickpea@gmail.com

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheRebelliousChickpea

    Instagram: @therebelliouschickpea


    8. Eat Clean KL

    Eat Clean by Khairena offers and delivers wholesome yummy home-cooked food, a healthier alternative at reasonable prices. Eat Clean KL places emphasis on using only fresh produce, organic products, olive oil, minimal salt, No Sugar, No saturated fat, No icky oils or MSG.

    Eat Clean KL advocates healthy living, eating a healthy diet and as cliche, as it sounds, your health is your wealth.  Delivering to Damansara Heights, Sri Hartamas, Mont Kiara, and Bangsar, Eat Clean KL variety of menu encompasses Asian Fusion, Barbeque, Burgers, Chinese, Delis, Greek and Mediterranean, Sandwiches, Soul Food, Thai, Vegan, and Vegetarian.

    Contact: 0132576988 | eatcleanKL@gmail.com

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/eatcleankl

    Instagram: eatcleankl


    9. Healthy Lunchbox

    Eat fresh, eat clean, eat simple, Healthy Lunchbox is the way to go for healthy meal. Delivers to KL City & Damansara, Healthy Lunchbox lets you know how much calorie their menu of the day contains, typically nothing more than 400 calories. The good thing is they also deliver to you on weekends if you go for their 7 meals package. How great is that when someone feeds you with healthy lunch boxes throughout the week.

    Contact: Farah 0193987091 | hlunch2you@yahoo.com

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/healthylunchboxkl

    Instagram: healthy.lunchbox


    10. BigC Healthy Food

    BigC says eat the best, leave the rest. Delivers from Monday to Friday for lunch time in Central KL, BigC home cooked meal is appetizing and healthy. BigC usually informs their Menu for the week upfront and weekly package is also available if you decide to let them cater you for 5 days in a row. We say why not? When they are yummy!

    Contact: Cyrus 0147312541

    Instagram: @bigchealthyfood

  • Living,  Travel

    Day Trip: 101 Sekinchan Guide

    A picturesque beach side village surrounded by paddy fields, Sekinchan (in Chinese pronounced: “shi geng zhuang”) has been gaining popularity since it was chosen as a location for several TV dramas. The village itself is located 1.5 hours drive, out of Kuala Lumpur, and is a great destination for a weekend getaway.

    So if you decide to head to the beautiful and bountiful village, here’s a rough guide to help you out.

    Accommodation

    You would probably want to maximize your experience at the village by staying the night. Waking up to the sound of waves and the beautiful views would only be awe inspiring if not a welcoming change from waking up in the city.  Here are some of the best rated accommodations for you to check out.

    A+ Boutique Hotel

    A boutique hotel with a modern retro vibe, A+ Boutique Hotel has a 4 out of 5 star rating on trip advisor. The hotel itself is located along the main road of Sekinchan and is a short drive to the paddy fields and Redang Beach. Room rates range from RM59 – RM239.


    East Sun Hotel

    This beautiful and modern hotel gets a 3.5 out of 5 rating on trip advisor. The East Sun Hotel has a very modern design and the Rooms are fitted with all the modern creature comforts. Price range in RM88 – RM198.


    Sekin Fisherman Village Hotel and Resort Sekinchan

    If you want something a bit simpler, the Sekin Fisherman Village Hotel would have you covered. Call for room prices.


    Restaurants

    If there’s one thing to do in this village is eat. Being blessed by the ocean’s bounty, seafood is in abundance and readily available for your feasting pleasures. Sekinchan is a fishing village after all.

    Restoran Cha Po Tion

    Famous for a variety of seafood dishes such as shark soup, seafood porridge, vermicelli (mee hoon) seafood soup, steamed lala and deep fried calamari. The Cha Po Tion Restaurant is a favorite among local and tourist alike.

    Cha Po Tion Restaurant
    9990B Jalan Besar Bagan, Bagan Sekinchan
    45400 Sekinchan, Selangor
    Tel: 016 – 6761 769

    Restoran Loong Hua

    HungryGoWhere lists Loong Hua in their Sekinchan food trail article. and highlights their signature dish, the The claypot yellow eel. The restaurant is of course stocked with other amazing and fresh seafood dishes.

    Loong Hua Restaurant
    73 Lorong 3, Bagan Sekinchan,
    Sekinchan, Selangor 45400


    Bagan Seafood Restaurant

    This restaurant seems to be a popular one along the seafood street. Of course it has some awesome seafood dishes to try out that are surely to be delicious.

    Note: You should know you could grab some grub right at the beach, prawn crackers, fresh fruit juice and Raw Oysters! Sounds just delish. Fair warning though, the area is very popular hence cleanliness isn’t top priority.


    Activities

    Sight Seeing

    Going over from the city, there are tones of things to do. First on the list, sightseeing, grab a breath of fresh air and take in the beautiful view of a beach side village surrounded by paddy fields.


    Make A Wish

    Stop by at the Pantai Redang Beach and make a wish by throwing red ribbons onto the tree. It’s a fun thing to do whether you believe in it or not, and is surely be able to lift your spirits.


    Photography

    Get ready your SD-cards for a no hold bared photo shoot. The village is picturesque scene, with tones of great angles to be discovered. Hopefully you’ll find enough to keep your trigger finger happy for awhile.


    Head Over To The Fisherman’s Wharf

    If the only place you’ve seen fish is in the supermarket, or at the pasar. Stop by the fisherman’s wharf and see how it’s done. Seeing it for yourself would be rather a good experience.


    Relax and Enjoy Yourself

    The main thing is to relax and enjoy yourself on the trip. The change of scenery and pace from your normal daily life should at the least revitalize you for when you head back. So sit back, relax, breath in the fresh air and enjoy the view, in the little village of Sekinchan.