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    Get food and drink discounts on Offpeak.my

    Wed Aug 20

    Let's admit it – we all want the best offers and promotions in town when it comes to food. The cheaper it is the better, especially with food prices going up. Enter Offpeak.my, a website that gives you discounts (up to 40 percent off) and the latest promotions 24/7 from its list of restaurants without paying anything upfront.So how does it work? Simply register for free as a member and start sourcing. The easy and clean website layout will allow you to pick your location, cuisine and price to suit every budget out there. Once you have selected your deal, proceed to select the number of diners attending (you're allowed a maximum of ten), date and time on the page. And that's all folks. A confirmation booking will be sent to your email. Don't forget to show it on the day you visit to enjoy your discount.Currently, 60 restaurants are listed around the Klang Valley but this number is expected to grow. The good thing about Offpeak.my is that it's linked to Google maps so you can Waze...

    Good Vibes Festival 2014: Local acts to watch

    Wed Aug 20

    You all know about the festival's international headliners, so here we pick some of the local acts you shouldn't miss +2dB6pm, Blue Stage The Penang-born duo is perhaps most well-known for their ethereal ‘Get Lucky/Doin’ it Right’ Daft Punk cover-mashup last year, which gained traction on national radio and the blogosphere. +2dB translates the electronic wizardry of Purity Ring and the less-is-more ethos of The xx into a remarkably accessible package of eerie dance music.Listen to: ‘Islands’ and ‘Run' (featuring VMPRMYTH). Faiq & The Manja Mob 5pm, Blue Stage The quirky five-piece may be relatively new to the music scene, but we only see great things happening for them (landing a set at Good Vibes Festival after less than a year of playing small gigs is a big achievement). Describing themselves as a 'whimsical cover band', Faiq & the Manja Mob's repertoire of improvised covers include everything from pop and folk to shoegaze. With these guys on stage, a good time is a...

    Shu Ruei brings 'Fruit in Kind' installation to Art for Grabs this weekend

    Tue Aug 19

    Malaysian artist Shu Ruei has spearheaded a rather wicked community art project involving fruit. In collaboration with the Women’s Aid Organisation, she will be collecting fruit from the public at this weekend’s Art for Grabs and creating art out of the yield. After the project, the fruit will be donated to charities of the artist’s choice. To do your part, simply visit the Fruit in Kind installation booth at the festival this weekend with your share of fruit. If you want to donate in bulk, make an appointment with Shu Ruei for a collection date prior to the festival; if you’d rather donate money instead, Shu Ruei will use it to purchase fruit from the Pudu Market towards the cause of the project. To find out what happens to your fruit after the project, and who receives your supply, follow the Fruit in Kind blog. Visit Art for Grabs Art For Grabs: Angkatan Wanita Kreatif KL's most happening art bazaar is back, and it's found a new home at The School, Jaya One. In true Art...

    Video: Kyoto Protocol announce their Good Vibes Festival DJ set theme with ‘Summer Nights’

    Tue Aug 19

    Photo: Lucas Lau

    So the Good Vibes Festival set times are out, and local rock band Kyoto Protocol has given you a reason to be at the Green Stage (Star Club) at 5.15pm. Fuad and co may be giving up a traditional live set in favour of going behind the decks, but a Grease-themed 1950s dance party with Kyoto Protocol at the helm - in the middle of a music festival - sounds just crazy enough to be worthwhile. This promotional video of vocalist Fuad dressed up as John Travolta's Danny Zuko and bassist Shaq as a heavily bearded Sandy Olsson is proof enough. See Kyoto Protocol live Good Vibes Festival 2014 If last year's inaugural Good Vibes Festival relied on the mercurial brilliance of alternative rock, then 2014's second edition swings in the way of synth-pop, with Ellie Goulding and Empire of the Sun headlining the hotly tipped music festival. Latest blog posts Good Vibes Festival 2014: Set times With just a few more days to go to Good Vibes Festival, organisers Future Sound Asia have finally released...

    Good Vibes Festival 2014: Set times

    Mon Aug 18

    Banks

    Banks

    With just a few more days to go to Good Vibes Festival, organisers Future Sound Asia have finally released the festival schedule. This time you don't have to worry about any major set clashes for the headlining acts (unlike last year's problematic Japandroids-Modest Mouse dilemma), although a little bit of running between stages is necessary – as with all festivals. Besides the anticipated performance by English singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding (who closes the show at the Red Stage), Banks is also one to look out for. The electronic, trip hop and R&B artist will bring the alluring sounds of 'Waiting Game' and 'Brains' to the Blue Stage at 8pm.  Also, get excited for what's bound to be a highly flamboyant performance by Empire of the Sun at 9pm (Red Stage) followed by !!! (Chk Chk Chk) at 10pm (Blue Stage).This year, Good Vibes also brings back the Silent Discotek tent, in which two DJs will feed separate streams of music into wireless headphones available to the audience. It's an...

    Reviewed: MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014

    Mon Aug 18

    Photo: Aloysius Lim/MTV Asia

    Over 10,000 fans put their hands up to Thaitanium, Boys Republic, Yuna and B.o.B at the Malaysian leg of the global series last Saturday night The looming dark clouds and rumble of thunder had us worried at first, but they turned out to be empty threats - aside from a light drizzle in the early evening, the only flood we witnessed was the over 10,000-strong crowd entering Sunway Lagoon Surf Beach to catch MTV World Stage Live.Hip hop seemed to be particularly dominant at this year's show. Making their debut on our shores was opening act Thaitanium, in place of Jennifer Hudson, who backed out a little more than two weeks shy of the concert. With rave anthems like 'Wake Up (Bangkok City)' which they titled 'Kuala Lumpur City' for the evening, 'Do What I Say', 'Bong Tong' and 'Put Your Hands Up', the Thai-American outfit commanded the stage in an explosion of energy that further enlivened their tracks' action-filled lyrics. Despite being the lineup latecomers, KHAN, WAY, DAY, BIG CALO...

    Wanted: Time Out interns

    Mon Aug 18

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like working with the fun editorial team at Time Out KL? Well, here's your chance to find out. We’re looking for some quality interns to help us put up more fun, exciting content to our website from September 2014 onwards. Requirements - Fluent in English (both written and spoken). We can’t stress this enough. - Must possess basic computer skills (Google is going to be your best friend). Prior experience with photo editing software (Photoshop, Paint, etc.) is a bonus. - Having good knowledge about KL and its surrounds is encouraged. - You should be friendly, motivated, enthusiastic and open to new challenges. Think you’ve got what it takes? Send your resume and cover letter to ssyazana@mongooseasia.com with the subject line ‘Editorial intern’. If we like what we see, we’ll call you in for a chat. Good luck! Latest blog posts Bar bites: Dogs in a Blanket… & Quilt at The Pound Bar We admit, the name is rather unfortunate. But...

    Bar bites: Dogs in a Blanket… & Quilt at The Pound Bar

    Fri Aug 15

    We admit, the name is rather unfortunate. But don’t worry, the 'dogs' in Dogs in a Blanket… & Quilt (RM25 for six pieces) refer to the mini pork sausages, which are wrapped in chived eggs and bacon strips. The entire roll is then deep fried for two minutes until the bacon is crispy and golden, and served with an English mustard dip. It has a crunch and it’s savoury – just the right combo to go with an ice-cold beer. Eat it at The Pound Bar The signature here is its pork burger while the rest of the menu comprises mains like fish and chips, roast beef, pork chop, chicken parmigiana and more. You'll also find some quirky monikers in the menu, from Dirty Doberman (gin, dry vermouth, olive juice) to Mexican Chihuahua (tequila, triple sec, grenadine syrup, orange juice) and Dogs in a Blanket & Quilt (sausage rolls wrapped in streaky bacon and a chive omelette). At this point, you should know that the theme here is 'dog' (think nothing short of doggie portraits on the walls). The...

    Lineup revealed for It's The Ship in November

    Fri Aug 15

    Chvrches

    Chvrches

    Asia's 'largest festival on a cruise' will be headlined by Lil Jon, Chvrches, Alex Metric and more This November, get ready for five days and four nights of EDM, rock and hip hop on board the award-winning Voyager of the Seas Royal Caribbean cruise liner this November. Embarking from Singapore, this cruise will sail across the Straits of Malacca to Langkawi. Expect a lineup of international and regional acts – headliners include Lil Jon, Chvrches, Crookers, Alex Metric, SBCR: The Bloody Beetroots and Tropkillaz – to perform live for 3,800 passengers expected on board. If you tire of partying (for some strange reason), enjoy the cruise’s facilities: go rock climbing on the 200-foot wall, swim in the pools (there are ten in total), go ice skating in the ‘first ever ice rink at sea’ and many more. Early birds who register by August 15 will get a special 20 percent discount when purchasing cabins during the official on-sale period.More acts will be revealed soon closer to the...

    Out now: Globe X Beavis and Butt-Head cruiserboards

    Thu Aug 14

    If you were born in the ’90s and still have that rebellious streak in you, then you’ll love the Beavis and Butt-Head cruiserboards created by Australian skate brand Globe. This collaboration is said to be a homage to the heavy metal, in-your-face attitude of the animation series, featuring original artwork by Mike Judge, the creator of this ’90s youth culture emblem. So here’s to never growing old. Available at Rip Curl shops in Suria KLCC, Fahrenheit88 and Sunway Pyramid. RM739. Latest blog posts Out now: Globe X Beavis and Butt- Head cruiserboards If you were born in the ’90s and still have that rebellious streak in you, then you’ll love the Beavis and Butt-Head cruiserboards created by Australian skate brand Globe. This collaboration is said to be a homage to the heavy metal, in-your-face attitude of the animation series, featuring original artwork by Mike Judge, the creator of this ’90s youth culture emblem. So here’s to never growing old. Available at Rip Curl...

    Contest: Win Good Vibes Festival 2014 passes

    Tue Aug 12

    !!! (Chk Chk Chk)

    !!! (Chk Chk Chk)

    Stand a chance to win passes to see Ellie Goulding, Empire of the Sun, Banks and !!! at the festival this Aug 23 After last year's successful first run with The Smashing Pumpkins, Ash, Modest Mouse and Japandroids, Good Vibes Festival is back this August 23 with a bigger international lineup: Ellie Goulding, Banks, Empire of the Sun and !!! (Chk Chk Chk). Local and regional acts set to perform include Electrico, Da Vagabonds, Bittersweet, Kyoto Protocol (DJ set), Froya, +2dB, Faiq & the Manja Mob and more. Want to win passes to the hotly tipped music festival? Answer these simple questions.Questions1. The following acts headlined Good Vibes Festival 2013 except...a. Ashb. Empire of the Sunc. The Smashing Pumpkinsd. Modest Mouse2. Which Good Vibes Festival 2014 act are you most looking forward to seeing and why? (In not more than 50 words)The prizeGood Vibes Festival 2014 passes.How to enterSend your answers to events@mongooseasia.com (subject line: TOKL Good Vibes Festival 2014...

    Uber app launches low-cost product uberX in KL

    Tue Aug 12

    The new feature is said to provide rides priced 15 percent lower than budget taxis Apps like Uber and MyTeksi have been gaining popularity in the public transportation industry due to the convenience of getting a ride at any time of day, with a safety feature that allows the rider to track the location of their driver. However, the latter seems to have the upper hand for being a budget taxi service. Well, not anymore. If you've always wanted to try Uber without the luxury price tag, here's your chance to give it a go – uberX. The new low-cost product is launched under the Uber app, and claims to offer taxi fares 15 percent lower than regular budget taxis. For example, the journey from Bukit Bintang to Subang Jaya costs RM30 on a budget taxi but only RM25 on uberX. You won't be gliding around the city in a fancy car but the vehicles used – Perodua Myvi, Nissan Almera and Toyota Vios – won't change the quality of the ride. Also, the cashless transaction used by Uber applies to...

    Urbanscapes 2014 confirmed for Dec 6

    Fri Aug 8

    Photo: The Spacemen

    Mark your calendars for the annual creative arts festival coming to you in December It's been almost a whole year since we last saw Franz Ferdinand and Tegan and Sara at Urbanscapes 2013 at MAEPS (not to mention almost a year since the post-festival caterpillar rashes that became the talk of social media). Now, it's time to get excited about Urbanscapes 2014 coming your way this December 6. Sadly, a confirmed date is all you can be excited about, but at least now you know Christmas isn't the only thing to look forward to in December. Whether the festival will again be a two-day affair at MAEPS has yet to be revealed by the organisers, but what's probably playing on everyone's minds right now is this: What international acts will they bring in this year? All we can say is watch this space.For updates, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. For more on Urbanscapes, visit urbanscapes.com.my. Latest blog posts Merdeka-inspired desserts to try Patriotism is taken up a sweet notch with these...

    Merdeka-inspired desserts to try

    Tue Aug 5

    Patriotism is taken up a sweet notch with these treats inspired by Merdeka and Malaysia Day Jalur Gemilang Ice Kacang at Makan Kitchen Makan Kitchen celebrates the Merdeka month with a jazzed up local favourite – the Jalur Gemilang Ice Kacang. Touted as the star highlight of Makan Kitchen’s SHIOK Hi-Tea, the shaved ice treat features mango compote, pulut hitam, pulut tai-tai, coconut jelly, and ginger hibiscus syrup to reflect the colours of the Malaysian flag.The SHIOK Hi-Tea spread is available until Sep 30 on weekends and public holidays. RM78++ per person. Merdeka Sweet Fest at Nosh It can’t get any sweeter than Nosh’s Merdeka Sweet Fest menu. It took co-owner Judith Sakata close to six months to carefully craft an entire dessert menu inspired by local classics: Talam Tango (pandan-coconut panna cotta), mango and kafir lime cheese cake, Mont Kinabalu (purple sweet potato cream on pandan and salted palm sugar chiffon base), Le Durian Tiramisu, Rastali Sago Gateaux (Rastali...

    Contest: Win MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014 passes

    Mon Aug 4

    Yuna

    Yuna

    Stand a chance to win a meet and greet with Yuna and B.o.B, as well as passes to the concert on Aug 16 Since the advent of MTV World Stage Malaysia in 2009, when Kasabian headlined a rather rock-dominated affair, the Malaysian leg of MTV’s global concert series has tended to go with a tried-and-tested formula when it comes to the lineup: a local act, a K-pop band and an international pop idol. This year, you can look forward to seeing our very own Yuna, the US-based singer-songwriter who is a bona fide world beater, Boys Republic, the rising South Korean boy band, and B.o.B, the US rapper, singer-songwriter and producer best known for chart toppers 'Nothin' On You' and 'Airplanes'. Get ready for an almighty treat this August 16 at Sunway Lagoon Surf Beach.For more information, visit worldstage.mtvasia.com. Questions1. What is B.o.B's real name?2. The following acts performed for MTV World Stage Malaysia 2009 except...a. Kasabianb. The All-American Rejectsc. Justin Bieberd. Boys Like...

    Contest: Win an Executive Health Screening by KPJ Seremban Specialist Hospital

    Fri Aug 1

    Win: An Executive Health Screening by KPJ Seremban Specialist Hospital, worth RM1,000KPJ Healthcare Berhad (KPJ) is a healthcare service provider that operates a network of 26 private specialist hospitals in Malaysia. It has also established presence overseas across various countries – two hospitals in Jakarta, Indonesia, one in Thailand, one in Bangladesh and a retirement and aged care resort in Brisbane, Australia.As of 2013, KPJ hospitals have treated over 2 million outpatients and 200,000 inpatients, who seek medical advice and treatment in the various disciplines offered, including cardiology, oncology, orthopaedic, plastic and reconstructive surgery as well as weight management.Visit www.kpjhealth.com.my for more information on KPJ healthcare services and medical treatments.Questions1. KPJ Healthcare Berhad (KPJ) has established _____ hospitals in Indonesia.2. Name three of the medical disciplines that are offered at KPJ hospitals.3. In the August issue of Time Out KL, which...

    Contest: Win a session of Plotox Micro Facelift and a Cellnique jewellery box

    Fri Aug 1

    Win: A session of Plotox Micro Facelift and a Cellnique jewellery box, each set worth RM572To help you achieve fuller and fairer skin, beauty brand CRES has introduced the Plotox Micro Facelift, which employs nanotechnology and liposome encapsulating technology to stimulate the production of collagen and elastic fibres. This is due to the effective combination of green peptides and hydroxyacetic acid – the former repairs damaged soft tissue layers while the latter penetrates deep into the skin to provide nutrition to the cells.The two-hour therapy, which includes a cold masque, uses ingredients and products formulated with reversal venom essence, syn-ake, SK-influx and swiftlet nest extract. Treatment results are visible within 15 minutes; expect instant tightening of the eye bags, smoothening of wrinkles and sharper facial contours.For more information, go to www.creswellness.com.Questions:1. How does the Plotox Micro Facelift help you achieve fuller and fairer skin?2. Name the...

    Contest: Win a set of Rado Premium Gifts

    Fri Aug 1

    Win: A set of Rado Premium Gifts, including a tennis bag, cap, towels and umbrella, worth RM650Hard, grass and clay courts are standard fixtures in modern games of tennis, providing inspiration for Swiss watch manufacturer Rado in the designs of three new models for its mini collection from the HyperChrome range.Each of them represents a different playing surface – the hard court is represented in brilliant blue, the grass in gleaming green and the clay in an audacious orange. The dial details and hands of the watches contain Super-LumiNova for its glow-in-the-dark feature, while each chronograph is made of matte-black high-tech ceramic that’s both lightweight and scratch resistant.For more information on the HyperChrome collection, visit www.rado.com.Questions: 1. What playing surface does the orange coloured Rado watch model represent?2. What gives the watches their glow-in-the-dark feature?3. In the August issue of Time Out KL, the following local pantry items can be found at...

    Contest: Win a stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur

    Fri Aug 1

    Win: A stay in a Deluxe Suite at DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur including breakfast and Makan Kitchen hi-tea voucher for two, worth RM2,010Directly connected to the Ampang Park LRT Station via a covered walkway and just around the corner from the city centre commercial area and tourist attractions such as the Petronas Twin Towers, DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur is a strategic location to stay for leisure travellers and busy business folks alike.The hotel features 540 contemporary rooms, outdoor saltwater pool, gym and five restaurants and bars to cater for every palate and dining experience. Makan Kitchen, its signature restaurant, provides a showcase of Malaysian flavours, from Malay, Chinese and Indian dishes to the more authentic Peranakan, Kristang and Iban. For this whole month and the next, Makan Kitchen will be introducing a ‘Jalur Gemilang Ice Kacang’ to celebrate our National Day and Malaysia Day along with an enhanced weekend hi-tea spread.For more information on...

    Contest: Win Mandara Spa hampers or vouchers

    Fri Aug 1

    Win: Mandara Spa hampers worth RM250 each, or vouchers worth RM350 eachMandara Spa is an urban retreat whose wellness rituals are based on the Balinese healing tradition. With branches spread across 17 countries offering a quality range of aromatherapy, massages, wraps, facials and scrubs, each outlet provides a unique spa experience by incorporating the local culture and environment into its interior and treatments.The outlet at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel reflects the grandeur of the building and the surrounding commercial landscape in its luxurious facilities: doublespa suites fitted with steam showers, outdoor baths, Jacuzzis, saunas and relaxation lounges. Stay rejuvenated with Mandara Spa’s signature service, which includes the Elemis Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Facial and Mandara Massage.For more information, visit www.mandaraspa.com.Questions 1. Mandara Spa's wellness rituals are based on _____ healing tradition.2. Name three of the luxurious facilities that can be...
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