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Celebrating Women

Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in Miscellaneous

Today marks the International Women’s Day. Although it is not widely acknowledged as an important date in Malaysia, it does serve an important function – to remind people every year of half the human race. We have traveled far from ancient times, when women were not counted as important as livestock, to the present day, where (almost) the whole world has recognized the important role that women plays in everyday life. Here’s to hoping that I will live to see the day when a woman can travel anywhere in the world, and count on the equal respect of everybody she meets. Happy International Women’s...

Balloons Return for the 8th Year

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in Events

(Photos courtesy of AKA Balloons Sdn. Bhd.) The 8th Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta will be held this year from March 11th to 13th. The media launch of the event was conducted yesterday at a press conference at Dewan Seri Melati, Putrajaya Corporation Complex. Five special shaped balloons will be attending 2016’s Fiesta – Bobo the Happy Lobster from Belgium, flown by Geert Van Wolvelaer, the yellow jacket Bee Balloon from Brazil, flown by Francisco Naccarato, Mister Z the Zebra from United States of America, piloted by Jonathan Wright and the Alien Rocket balloon from Canada, flown by Alain Bard. Other international balloons are from France, Netherlands, United Kingdom, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Malaysia and Poland. The fiesta’s sponsors and partners included the Ministry of Tourism, the Republic of Indonesia, Optimax Eye Specialist Centre Sdn Bhd, China Auto Manufacturers (M) Sdn Bhd, FlexiPack Domestic by Pos Malaysia Berhad, Putrajaya Holdings Sdn Bhd, Dorsett Putrajaya, Doof Industries, D’Tandoor International Group of Restaurants, EFY Dot Com, 988 FM and Suria FM, Taylor’s University and KLIA Transit, KL Calling, Rock & Tulips Association, YogaOneThatIWant Studio and Under Armour Malaysia. Other exciting features of the upcoming Fiesta is the Launching Field Access...

Ushering in the Year of the Monkey

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Celebrations

Chinese New Year begins officially on Monday, 8 February. Yesterday was the start of Spring, the “Lap Chun” festival. To celebrate, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur has arranged a whole series of performances, and other goodies, for shoppers. The performances, which would continue until 22 February, are as follows: Acrobatic Lion Dance 7-9, 14, 21 Feb | 3pm 6, 13, 20 Feb | 6pm Orang-Orang Drum Theatre  Saturday | 3pm & Sunday | 6pm Chinese Instrumental  Performance  Every Monday – Friday | 2pm and 8pm God of Prosperity Meet & Greet 6-9, 13-14, 20-21 Feb | 2pm and 5pm Chap Goh Meh Celebration 22 Feb 2016 Events are subject to change without prior notice. Also, receive an Ang Pow pack with RM500 spent in a single receipt at specialty stores. For more information, please click...

Huat the Fish Roadshow 2016

Posted by on Jan 2, 2016 in Events

As this is the first post of 2016, it’s only fitting to write something about New Year. Although, technically, this is about the Chinese New Year… Malaysian-made movies have been picking up steam in the last few years. Cantonese movies produced in Malaysia, particularly, have become more popular as the popularity of Hong Kong movies waned. I’ve always loved Jack Lim’s comedies, and this new one looks to be no exception. Huat the Fish is about four fishermen in Pulau Ketam. The movie has been promoted aggressively, and the crew has promised 100 roadshows around Malaysia. Today, the roadshow venue happens to be in my neighborhood, so I thought I would go take a look. The crew’s punctuality was really admirable – they were already on location half an hour before the advertised time. There were souvenirs and music albums for sale, and premiere tickets to be given away (not too many though, as the crew insisted that Jack Lim was on the brink of bankruptcy). The movie would hit the cinemas on 11 February 2016. I definitely would make time for it. What about...