• Buzz Worthy,  Malaysia

    1,600 PANDAS TO TRAVEL ACROSS MALAYSIA

    We’ll be having 1,600 pandas traveling across our country very soon on the next stop of their world tour.

    Yes, even these adorable creatures get their world tour and with good reason too. But not the usual furry creatures that we all know and love so well. These pandas are a different lot.

    In effort to promote the message of panda conservation and sustainable development, these 1,600 pandas will be visiting more than 15 iconic landmarks across the country for the ‘1,600 Pandas Malaysia Tour’. With the theme of ‘Initiating the Culture of Creative Conservation’, the tour will be held for the first and only time in Malaysia from 21 December 2014 to 25 January 2015.

    The pandas will arrive in Malaysia after more than 5 years since the first appearance in France. Previously, it had caused quite a frenzy on social media and it also gained strong local participation across the globe. The 1,600 Pandas World Tour which started in 2008 as a collaboration between WWF and acclaimed French artist Paulo Grangeon.

    The tour has since appeared in more than 100 exhibitions across various countries such as France, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Malaysia will be the 1,600 Pandas’ third stop after Hong Kong in the Asian region. It will not be finally making its way to Malaysia!

    Paulo Grangeon, an enthusiastic French sculptor with more than 30 years of experience, created the 1,600 papier-mache pandas in various poses, emotions and sizes using recycled paper, as a symbolic representation of the amount of pandas left in the wild.

    Paulo Grangeon will also be creating a special version white mascot panda paper mache representing the uniqueness of Malaysian culture to be used for workshops, specifically in honour of the Malaysian tour. The main aim of the tour is to bring awareness to the locals on the importance of panda conservation and sustainable development, symbolically encouraging Malaysians to be more aware of our natural environment and the need to conserve it.

    The 1,600 pandas will appear more than 15 iconic landmarks in Malaysia. More details of the stopover will be revealed in due course.

    The ‘1,600 Pandas Malaysia Tour’ is brought to you by Faster Advertising together with consulting curator AllRightsReserved. Funds raised from the ‘1,600 Pandas Malaysia Tour’ will be channeled to support WWF-Malaysia’s conservation efforts.

  • Buzz Worthy,  Malaysia

    Help Save PAWS & Save 600 Animals!

    Help save PAWS & 600 animals!!

    On the 10th of November, 2014, The Petaling District Land Office issued a notice to the PAWS Animal Welfare Society, ordering the society to vacate its Animal Shelter within 14 days. There are currently over 400 dogs and over 200 cats at the Animal Shelter. The 14-day eviction notice came as a big shock to PAWS.

    The PAWS Animal Welfare Society, was founded in 1987 by a small group of local and expatriate volunteers. The society depends entirely on the generosity of the public, donations from corporations and proceeds from the sale of souvenirs at animal events.

    PAWS is located in Subang Jaya and they were neither informed nor given any chance to respond prior to this sudden notice to vacate the land. They are now in urgent need of more time to locate a new shelter land, construct the necessary facilities, and to safely transition all the animals there.

    The PAWS Animal Welfare Society is in need of your help. Here is what you can do to help them now:

    1) Raise this issue with your local MP, and any councilors or influential figures.

    2) Share this with your friends to help raise awareness and seek the united power of animal lovers to urge the Land Office to offer a more reasonable and amicable solution.

    For more details, please check out PAWS’ official post at on their Facebook page here.

    You can also contact PAWS at:

    1. PAWS Animal Welfare Society Tel: +603-78461087
    2. Email: pawshelter@gmail.com

  • Buzz Worthy,  Malaysia

    It’s Official, ‘Lepak’ is Recognised in Oxford Dictionaries

    If you didn’t know..now you know

    Photo source: smoked-hss.com/

    While the Spanish have their siesta and the French have je ne sais quoi so commonly used all around the world, perhaps lepak will soon receive the same treatment and become just as accepted now that it’s listed in the Oxford Dictionaries!

    Every Malaysian’s favourite pastime, ‘Lepak‘ has been described by the language experts as, “(especially of a young person) spend one’s time aimlessly loitering or loafing around”.

    However, the example given by Oxford Dictionaries is actually more Manglish (portmanteau for Malay and English) as it’s used as a present participle. In this case, we think Urban Dictionary‘s definition is more comprehensive, giving other examples of usage:

    Or this catchy song by Banchothematrep:

    “Lepak lepak, 

    Lepaking,

    lepak lepak, 

    do nothing”

    Now, here’s hoping autocorrect will get with the program.

  • Buzz Worthy,  Malaysia

    David Beckham Comes To KL For The Launch Of Haig Club Whisky!!

    Diageo, a leader in the alcohol beverage industry just launched its new Single Grain Scotch Whisky, Haig Club.

    It was developed in partnership with David Beckham and British entrepreneur Simon Fuller. The launch recently took place in Scotland and amongst the privileged few who were present for the celebration was none other than Malaysia’s very own Dato’ Jimmy Choo.

    The video clip below show the behind-the-scenes story that is part of the build-up to the Malaysia Haig Club launch this November:

    David Beckham caused an uproar of excitement as he graced our fair city to launch the whisky at The Majestic Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Dato Jimmy Choo hosted him at the star-studded event.

    Celebreties, socialittes, movers and shakers in town were there to attend this event and they took to Instagram to document this momentous occasion with the star.

  • Buzz Worthy,  Malaysia

    Breaking News: Shoppers Queue Overnight For New H&M X Alexander Wang

    Since the announcement of the H&M X Alexander Wang collection, the world has been literally abuzz with eager and much awaited anticipation.

    When we saw the beauties at the exclusive media preview, we promise you, it will be the fight to the death to grab what you want when the doors of H&M Lot 10 and H&M Avenue K open up later this morning.

    Die-hard fans of Alexander Wang have been lining up since the evening of November 4, two days ahead of the launch!

    There are also personal shoppers and “agents” who are in this queue to shop on behalf of their clients who do not wish to queue up but who simply must have this collection. The clients pay up to a 30% premium on top of the retail prices of any items they want to buy. All payments are made upfront and there are no guarantees as to whether they are able to get what they want. If the item they want is not available, a full refund is given of course.

    Here are the best shots of the day, captured by Malaysians in town via their Instagram accounts. Credits as listed on the images below.

    @robintagus captured these serious hardcore Alexander Wang fans braving through the rain to remain in the queue. Now, that’s what we call dedication!

    @ayeshaaqilah, reposted @ticpicks’ photo. These girls came prepared as you can see, and are all ready to stick it out through the night. They’ve been there in the queue since yesterday morning.

    @amrirahim from the PR Agency handling H&M Malaysia managed to capture images of the first fans. They started lining up at 9:35pm on the 4th of November! That’s 48 hours prior to the launch on the 6th of November.

    And on the instagram account of @avenuekmy, their shot captures the shoppers camping out and getting as comfy as they can to get some shut eye before storming into H&M at 8am when the doors open.

    #wangwars have officially begun!

    Update : We heard that the collection has run out in both stores. For those who did not manage to get their hands on any, we have some wallet-friendly inspired alternatives here.

  • Buzz Worthy,  Malaysia

    (Concert) Michael Bublé Performing Live In Kuala Lumpur!!

    The long wait is over! The well-known singer, songwriter and actor, Michael Bublé is finally coming to our side of the world!

    Dainty Group International announced that Michael Bublé will be bringing his global tour to Asia in January and February 2015.

    After is hugely successful Asian tour in 2011, Bublé will play concerts in Shanghai, Singapore, Hong KongBangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Manila and Tokyo. The singer has had smashing box office records all over the world and with him coming to Kuala Lumpur, it will be a fantastic way to kick off the new year!

    I can’t wait to tour Asia in January and February next year.  I look forward to seeing my friends and making new ones.  Thank you for supporting my music. I have so much love for my fans.” Bublé said.

    Michael Buble Asia Tour Dates

    Shanghai
    Tuesday 13 January 2015
    Presented by Dainty Group International and Unusual Entertainment

    Singapore
    Friday 16 January 2015

    Hong Kong
    Wednesday 21 January 2015
    Presented by Dainty Group International and Unusual Entertainment

    Bangkok
    Saturday 24 January 2015*
    Presented by Live Nation and BEC Tero 

    Kuala Lumpur
    Tuesday 27 January 2015
    Presented by Dainty Group International and Unusual Entertainment

    Jakarta
    Thursday 29 January 2015
    I
    ndonesia Convention Exhibition, BSD City
    Dyandra Entertainment by arrangement with Dainty Group International

    Manila
    Saturday 31 January 2015

    Tokyo
    Friday 6 February* 2015
    Presented by Live Nation

    Venue details will be coming soon. In the meantime, for more information, visit this site.

    (Updated on 17-11-14) Concert details:

    Date: 27th Jan 2015 (Tuesday)

    Time: 8:30pm onwards

    Venue: Putra Indoor Stadium, Bukit Jalil

  • Buzz Worthy,  Malaysia

    Blood Donation Drive – July 13, Calvary Convention Centre

    Donate blood, save lives!

    The Calvary Church in response to a call by the National Blood Bank will be organising a blood donation drive this Sunday, July 13th 2014.

    The blood collection will be supplied to hospitals nationwide. If you are keen to do your bit, details of the drive are as below:

    • Date: July 13th, 2014 Sunday
    • Time: 11am – 2pm
    • Venue: Calvary Convention Centre, Bukit Jalil (map)

    For more information, call 03-8999 5532 or visit www.calvary.org.my

  • Buzz Worthy,  Malaysia

    Malaysia Is The Fattest Country In Asia!

    Well, this time ‘Malaysia Boleh’ is not something to be proud of!

    According to Science Advisor to the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid, Malaysia has the highest number of obese people among Asian countries.

    Based on new findings from British medical journal, The Lancet, there are 49% of women and 44% of men in Malaysia found to be obese.

    The Lancet rated Malaysia at number one with 45.3% of its population to be heavyweight, followed by South Korea – 33.2%, Pakistan – 30.7% and China – 28.3%.

    Last month, news report showed a study has found that one third of the world is now obese and overweight. Not one country has managed to reduce obesity rates in more than three decades.

    With the latest revelation, obesity could prove to be a big problem as it can increase a person’s risk of diabetes, heart problem, stroke, arthritis and more.

    Malaysia, we need to get healthy! Stat!

    via: The Star, Free Malaysia Today

  • Buzz Worthy,  Malaysia

    The Myths About Moths & The Facts

    ‘Like a moth to a flame’ – the giant moths have been drawn to visit our many cities.

    In case you haven’t heard, Malaysia has recently been invaded with moths of different shapes and sizes. Residents in Kuantan, Pahang particularly have seen the giant moths flying about, especially at night in areas with bright lights. Sightings have also been reported in Selangor and Malacca.

    Being curious and partly superstitious individuals,we decided to do a little research about these winged creatures. Here are some myths about moths and the facts about its health risks.

    In many cultures, a moth is generally considered to be a symbol or sign of bad luck.

    Mexicans believed that should a moth enter a house where there’s sickness, the sick person would die. While the Chinese have it that a moth entering the house means a deceased loved one has come back to visit. Native Indians in America considered the moths to be a symbol of transformation, healing and prayer.

    Now for the facts. One important thing to note is that while this insect is not poisonous, moths are bad for asthma sufferers and people with skin sensitivity.

    Exposure to the wing scales and other body parts of the moths can lead to irritation and respiratory problems. The scales tend to leave behind a powder-like residue when come into contact with another object. It may also fall off the moth as the insect flies through the air, creating an airborne allergen.

    If inhaled, the excrement of a moth can elicit an allergic reaction while direct contact with many species of moths can cause skin irritation.

    The best way to prevent moth allergies is to limit exposure to the insects.

     Sources: NST, Live Strong

  • Buzz Worthy,  Malaysia

    Schoolgirl Falls To Death In The Gardens Mall

    An unfortunate accident reminds us to be cautious while going out with children.

    On May 31, 2014, a family mall trip was turned into a nightmare when a young girl had plunged to her death at The Gardens shopping mall.

    Based on several news reports, it was approximately 2.00pm when the schoolgirl, later identified as Nurul Emielda Nadia, fell down over the escalator railing from the third floor.

    The incident happened in a brief moment. Her parents said that they took their eyes off their daughter briefly when they heard a loud thud from a lower floor. According to Brickfields police chief Assistant Commissioner Muhammad Azlee Abdullah, “they (the parents) looked down and saw that their daughter had fallen off the escalator, and was lying on the floor several levels below.

    It was later learnt that the seven-year-old had slipped out of the corner of the escalator through a small opening, while playing with her brother. She has been laid to rest in Puncak Alam on Sunday. Our hearts and prayers

    To parents, caregivers and generally all of us with children under our care — please be extra careful and cautious when bringing young ones out. For some holiday shopping and mall safety tips, click here.

    [UPDATE 4/6/2014]

    The Gardens Mall has released an official statement regarding the incident.Sources: The Star, The Rakyat Post