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Your daily guide to city life, news and more in the world of pop culture and other KL related happenings

Can your cat be Whiskas' National Cat of the Year 2015?

If your wildest dreams involve quitting your day job and living off your cat's royalties (which you will also use to get your cat its own apartment with a designated sofa for scratching – and enough natural light to always be videoshoot-ready), then this is for you. 

The seven species of neighbours in KL

From the Maggot to the Kepoh, we survey the inhabitants in the neighbourhood.

Photo: Hizwan Hamid

Things to do this Raya weekend

In town this Raya? The city may be quiet this time of year, but that doesn't mean you have to stay in. Here we've picked out the best things to do over the three-day weekend, as well as list the best restaurants and cafés that will be open. 

Call for entries: Imagine Dragons Battle of the Bands

Yes, we always complain that Singapore always gets the good stuff (musically). To make up for it, Universal Music Malaysia is sending off one lucky band to see Imagine Dragons live in Singapore this August 25 through its Battle of the Bands competition. 

Video: BSN's 'Pengacau Raya' is one of the best Raya ads yet

BSN is certainly having a good 40th year. Fresh off the hype of Kucing Happy (which really should make a comeback), the national bank keeps it up with a Raya ad that's not just free of tiresome clichés (no sob story!), it's also 'very Wes Anderson'. And very funny.

Check out Malaysia's biggest ketupat replica at Suria KLCC

If you’re not quite feeling the Raya spirit, then maybe you should drop by Suria KLCC to check out their giant ketupat replica. In a very ambitious ‘Malaysia Boleh’ spirit, the 12-metre tall and 9.8-metre wide ketupat has made its way into Malaysia Book of Records as the biggest ketupat replica in the country. 

Buka puasa outdoors with Iftar@KL

If you want to buka puasa somewhere different, the Iftar@KL sessions near the Sultan Abdul Samad Building should be what you’re looking for. It’s a flurry of activity at the event with the preparation and distribution of bubur lambuk, tourism exhibitions and nasyid performances and competitions.

Out now: Uniqlo x Hana Tajima collection

Yes, that’s Yuna in the campaign images. In collaboration with UK-born blogger, fashion designer and internet personality Hana Tajima, Uniqlo launches a special modest wear collection this month.

Call for entries: Raksasa Print Studio's Mad Science

Raksasa Print Studio is once again calling for artists to participate in their next affordable art show, titled ‘Mad Science’ (the first being their studio’s opening show).

Even more broke in KL: Here’s a look inside the July 2015 issue

This July, we’re giving you all the handy cheap tricks you need to survive KL post-GST. Inside, you’ll find the best cheap eats in town under RM15, tips on how to live in KL the cheap and cheerful way (discounts, cheap parking, and free drinks and classes), and even how you can recreate a designer look for less than RM100.

Coming soon: Nasi Kandar Line Clear and Hameediyah will open in KL

No Penang food trail is complete without nasi kandar and soon you can have two of Penang’s best curry-flooded nasi right here in KL. According to The Malaysian Insider, Nasi Kandar Line Clear and possibly the oldest nasi kandar restaurant on the island, Hameediyah, will open a KL branch; the former in Kampung Baru and the latter in Kota Damansara. 

Can you finish off this giant sandwich and bowl of fries in 45 minutes?

Gastro Sentral's Philly cheese steak sandwich challenge is on Gastro Sentral is at it again with another food challenge. This time around, it's a super-sized version of an American favourite - the Philly cheese steak sandwich. 

Post-it confessions: What's the weirdest thing you've seen on a KL train?

If you've lived in KL long enough, you've probably witnessed something strange while on the LRT, KTM or Monorail at least once. Don't just keep it to yourself – tell us! 

Illustration: Sio Yean

The six species of (bad) drivers in KL

‘Fast and Furious 8’ will screen in 2017. So while we wait, we chart the KL drivers who really grind our gears.

Out now: Uniqlo UTGP 2015 Star Wars T-shirt collection

After receiving thousands of submissions for UTGP 2015 Star Wars – Uniqlo's global T-shirt design competition this year – the judging panel (which included Darth Vader himself) has picked out the winning designs to be featured in the Japanese label's latest UT collection for men and children.

Photo: Hizwan Hamid

Markets to check out this weekend

Shop for arts and crafts items, books and even organic produce at these markets in town.

Summer family fun: Check out the first issue of Time Out Malaysia Kids

Time Out Malaysia's all-new quarterly magazine for families is out now. In this launch issue, we search the country from top to bottom to find 23 free things to do for families. Discover parks, ping pong, picnics and performances. We also take a look at Malaysia's best camps for kids to see what's happening these school holidays.

Be Malas lets someone else do the work for you

Thoughts of wishing you had someone else to do your errands occur at least five times a day. So for days when all you want to do is roll around in bed wrapped like a burrito (or want to order a real burrito without getting out of bed), text Be Malas. 

Go now: Children's Book Week

Gather your little bookworms during the school holidays for the Children’s Book Week. 

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