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    Royal Post Book Donation Drive: Donate a book, get free coffee

    Thu Jul 31

    The folks at Royal Post are giving out free coffee for book donations The premise is simple: bring a book (or a boxful, depending on your creaking bookshelves), get a cuppa. Knowing full well that books go best with coffee, the folks at Royal Post are now rewarding all you caffeine addicted bookworms. For two weeks beginning today, donate books at any of Royal Post's coffee trucks in exchange for a free coffee. All donated books go to Subang Jaya Book Exchange Programme, a project in USJ where anyone can exchange books on every first and third Sunday of the month. The system works on a per person basis, so if one person donates one book, he gets a coffee in return. In case any of you are sneakily planning to get ten coffees for ten books, do bring friends along to enjoy the coffees together (don't be that greedy person). As a general guideline, fiction, non-fiction, children's literature and magazines (Reader's Digest and National Geographic only) in good condition are accepted....

    Video: 'Hari Raya' by faradyable

    Fri Jul 25

    YouTube master dubber faradyable has done it again - this time with a festive Hari Raya-themed spoof of 'RoboCop' (dubbed hilariously in Bahasa Malaysia as usual). If you're familiar with faradyable's previous videos, you'll know that creating BM-dubbed spoofs is his forte; we've got to hand it to him for making it almost seem like the actual RoboCop really did walk into a room full of cops and said 'Bila cakap pasal ayam, teringat Kenny Rogers Roasters. Awak tahu tak kenapa saya sihat dan kuat? Sebab saya selalu makan Kenny Rogers Roasters.' Watch more videos by faradyable at www.youtube.com/user/faradyable. Latest blog posts Now closed: RAW Wisma Equity The third wave coffee joint and vegetarian café will relocate to a new venue 'very soon' If you work in the city, it looks like you’ll have to travel a lot further for your third wave coffee fix – coffee joint and vegetarian café RAW has officially closed its Wisma Equity outlet, with plans to relocate to a new venue...

    Now closed: RAW Wisma Equity

    Wed Jul 23

    The third wave coffee joint and vegetarian café will relocate to a new venue 'very soon' If you work in the city, it looks like you’ll have to travel a lot further for your third wave coffee fix – coffee joint and vegetarian café RAW has officially closed its Wisma Equity outlet, with plans to relocate to a new venue ‘very soon’. Although their latest Facebook post indicates that they’re still on the lookout for a new location in the city, when contacted, a RAW representative stated that they will reopen in a couple of weeks in a bungalow on Jalan Damai.With RAW relocating, it’s hard not to get a little nostalgic. We remember back when RAW used to be this mysterious little café we passed by on our way to work; the only indicator that it was a café at all was its specials board by the entrance claiming to serve the ‘best coffee in KL’. The board wasn’t far off; a visit and a takeaway latte later, we were hooked. Coming from humble beginnings (they didn’t even...

    The ultimate guide to Pudu - August issue out now

    Wed Jul 23

    Featuring the 45 best things to do and eat in the historic neighbourhood This August, we pay homage to KL’s historical town of Pudu.  Get to know the historical architecture,  heritage trade and secret finds the neighbourhood has to offer with our top 20 list of things to do in Pudu. You didn’t think we missed out on the food, did you? We've also got the 25 best bowls of Pudu, featuring the tastiest dishes from the kitchens of the street. Think noodles, claypot chicken rice, cendol and even roasted goose. Latest blog posts Video: 'Hari Raya' by faradyable YouTube master dubber faradyable has done it again - this time with a festive Hari Raya-themed spoof of 'RoboCop' (dubbed hilariously in Bahasa Malaysia as usual). If you're familiar with faradyable's previous videos, you'll know that creating BM-dubbed spoofs is his forte; we've got to hand it to him for making it almost seem like the actual RoboCop really did walk into a room full of cops and said 'Bila cakap pasal ayam,...

    A&W’s iconic PJ Drive-In outlet to close in December

    Tue Jul 22

    According to reports, the long-running outlet would undergo a revamp and subsequently reopen sometime in 2018 For so long an afterthought in the McDonald’s-dominated fast food scene here, A&W made a brief comeback to public consciousness yesterday.Regulars were up in arms after word spread on social media that the American fast food franchise’s PJ Drive-In outlet, which opened its doors in 1965 to become PJ’s maiden drive-in restaurant, would make way for a pair of office towers at the end of the year. According to a report by The Star, the long-running outlet would undergo a revamp and subsequently reopen at the completed building sometime in 2018.We visited A&W PJ Drive-In at 11am today to find it already crowded. ‘Gila ramai customer semalam,’ exclaimed an overwhelmed cashier. Another staffer, a newbie, told us that he only knew about the outlet’s impending closure when an influx of camera-toting customers stopped by last night. ‘The senior managers had no idea about...

    Get complimentary mini éclairs at Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur

    Mon Jul 21

    If you’re getting tired of macarons and cupcakes, you’re in for a treat as Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur will be bringing classic éclairs back to its glory days with their global Éclair Programme. Aside from classic flavours like coffee, chocolate and vanilla, the French cream-filled choux pastry is also available in exciting flavours like pistachio and orange, mascarpone and salted caramel, and banana and mango. Every day until July 31, complimentary mini éclairs will be given out at the hotel's HUB area during the Éclair Hour from 3pm to 5pm. That’s not all: This dainty dessert will be served during breakfast at The Club Lounge (now that’s what we call a breakfast of champions) and during the dinner buffet spread at Latest Recipe. Hotel guests will be receiving éclair amenity in all guestrooms throughout the month. Latest blog posts Video: 'Hari Raya' by faradyable YouTube master dubber faradyable has done it again - this time with a festive Hari Raya-themed spoof of...

    Try now: Three chocolate treats from ROYCE’

    Mon Jul 21

    Chocolate-coated potato chips, RM45 Quite literally potato chips coated in milk chocolate, ROYCE's signature snack is a revelation in its own right. Chocolate and salt have long been friends, and their bond is further strengthened in this brilliant combination of salty potato chips and creamy milk chocolate. If you've never paid RM45 for a bag of chips before, you're going to want to. Chocolate-coated coffee beans, RM50 Arabica beans from Dominica Republic are coated in a thick layer of milk chocolate for a pleasing blend of bitter and sweet. A good one for the coffee addicts, these beans are devoid of the overwhelming pungency of roasted beans, which can be attributed to the quality of coffee used. Champagne chocolate, RM45 To truly impress gift-receivers, present them a box of champagne truffles cut into elegant cocoa-dusted rectangles. Pierre Mignon is infused into milk chocolate rather than filled into the truffle in liquid form, resulting in a subtle hit of champagne over the...

    Fast for unity on Saturday

    Fri Jul 18

    Photo: Amir Rashid

    #Puasa4Msia calls everyone to fast for a day this Saturday, July 19 in the spirit of peace and unity These days, social media sites are buzzing with criticism and hurtful comments. We’ve seen so much negativity and cyber bullying causing people to become divided and frankly, we are tired of all that. However, the #Puasa4Msia movement attempts to use social media for a greater cause in hopes of bringing Malaysians together in difficult times like these.Formerly known as #Fast4Malaysia, the campaign is back tomorrow (July 19) and is calling out to all Malaysians regardless of race, language or religion to fast for a day with our Muslim friends. At the same time, everyone is encouraged to keep their prayers and thoughts in loving memory of the precious lives lost from MH17. So if you are free around the area, simply head down to Pelita Bangsar for sahur at 4.30am. If you can’t make it, fret not for they will be breaking fast later in the evening at PappaRich Bangsar Telawi 4 at...

    Join Asia's first Project Aloft Star

    Wed Jul 16

    The competition is calling all aspiring singers and musicians to showcase what they've got for a chance to win USD10,000 and be featured on MTV Gigging with a band and dreaming of making it big? Well, stars need a launch pad too and Project Aloft Star might just be yours. For the competition's first Asia Pacific edition, Aloft Hotels collaborates with MTV to create a virtual platform to discover and promote emerging music talents from China, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.Until August 24, unsigned bands and singer-songwriters are invited to submit an original video of their composition to www.mtvasia.com/projectaloftstar. There are three contest clusters - China, India and a third cluster comprising Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. From August 25 to September 14, the videos will go through a round of public voting; 40 percent of the votes will determine the shortlisted entries, while the remaining 60 percent is determined by MTV.Shortlisted participants will take the stage...

    Win: ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ passes and premiums

    Wed Jul 16

    Adapted from John Green’s eponymous bestseller, this smarter-than-usual YA romance revolves around two teenagers – oxygen tank-toting Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and confident sweetheart Gus (Ansel Elgot) – who fall hopelessly in love after meeting in a cancer support group. But the starcrossed lovers confront their situations with a sense of brutal humour. Get ready to weep into your popcorn.'The Fault in Our Stars' opens July 17.Questions: 1. Name the main characters portrayed by Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgot.2. How did the two meet?a. In the hospitalb. At a cancer support group sessionc. Through their mutual friend, Isaacd. During a trip to Amsterdam3. Which year was John Green's novel 'The Fault in Our Stars' first published?Grand prize'The Fault in Our Stars' double movie passes and premiumsConsolation prize'The Fault in Our Stars' double movie passesHow to enterSend your answers to events@mongooseasia.com (subject line: TOKL The Fault in Our Stars contest) by July 20, ...

    Football pick-up lines

    Fri Jul 11

    We cannot guarantee that these pick-up lines won’t result in bar fights or potential death threats With the World Cup final on everyone's mind this weekend, other than give you the best places you can watch the highly anticipated clash between Argentina and Germany, now is the best time as any to give you our list of cheesy football pick-up lines. Use at your own risk, or in cases where you can properly pull off 'being ironic'. 1.    I’m sending you off for improper conduct. 2.    Want to warm my bench? 3.    Don’t worry, handballs are allowed on my pitch. 4.    They call me the World Playa’ of the Year.5.    I’d like to get inside your penalty box.6.    I specialise in scoring screamers.7.    I think you’re a keeper. 8.    Baby, I always go to extra time. 9.    Do you want to experience the Hand of God? 10.  You’ll be the quickest hat-trick I’ve scored. 11.  Not red, not yellow, you’re my wild card.Watch Argentina v Germany on Mon Jul...

    Video: Ali Aiman’s ‘Breathe’

    Fri Jul 11

    With a delicate Moonface-meets-How To Dress Well sound that is as polished as it is haunting, Ali Aiman could very well be our ever-growing indie music scene’s breakout star of 2014. The supremely precocious multi-instrumentalist’s ‘Breathe’ is brought to life by a monochromatic Mahen Bala-directed music video that’s every bit as moody and stylish as the slow-burning track itself.For more on Ali Aiman, visit www.facebook.com/aliiaiiman. Latest blog posts Football pick-up lines We cannot guarantee that these pick-up lines won’t result in bar fights or potential death threats With the World Cup final on everyone's mind this weekend, other than give you the best places you can watch the highly anticipated clash between Argentina and Germany, now is the best time as any to give you our list of cheesy football pick-up lines. Use at your own risk, or in cases where you can properly pull off 'being ironic'. 1.    I’m sending you off for improper conduct. 2.    Want to...

    Fantasy football: The World Cup final that could be

    Tue Jul 8

    The Maracanã

    The Maracanã

    As an ardent football fan, Wong Boon Ken believes a dream match-up between hosts Brazil and eternal rival Argentina would be the perfect World Cup final. Here’s how things might pan out in the finale JULY 14, 3AM. The countdown is over – it’s finally happening. Four years after Spain’s anticlimactic, ill-tempered 1-0 win over the Netherlands in the World Cup decider in South Africa, we finally have a title match worth savouring. It certainly wasn’t easy. The hosts Brazil were involved in a thrilling 3-2 extra-time victory over European juggernauts Germany, who maintained their tag as serial semi-finalists in major tournaments with yet another demoralising defeat. The local hero Neymar* continued his fine form, bagging a brace to lead the scoring charts with six goals, one ahead of a rejuvenated Lionel Messi. For so long a shadow of his Barcelona self for his national team, the talismanic Argentina captain scored his fifth goal of the tournament to confine Netherlands to a...

    Get a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts for 77 sen this July 11

    Tue Jul 8

    Did someone say cheap doughnuts? That’s right. On Friday, July 11, popular doughnut franchise Krispy Kreme celebrates its 77th birthday with this never-to-be-repeated deal: Purchase a dozen Original Glazed doughnuts for only 77 sen when you buy a dozen of any flavour. To put it simply - buy a dozen doughnuts at full price to get a dozen Original Glazed doughnuts for 77 sen.  As an added bonus, you’ll also receive a voucher allowing you to get another dozen Original Glazed for RM7.70 with your next purchase of a dozen doughnuts, valid from July 12 to 31. That's literally dozens of doughnuts. Now that we’re on the same page, it’s time to get excited about the prospect of having 24 doughnuts on a Friday. We recommend sharing. And going early – it doesn't take a bomoh to predict a very long queue. Valid at all Krispy Kreme outlets.  www.krispykreme.com.my. Latest blog posts Fantasy football: The World Cup final that could be As an ardent football fan, Wong Boon Ken believes a...

    Win: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ passes and premiums

    Mon Jul 7

    It's been ten years since the fatal ALZ-113 virus attack that wiped out most of humanity. A fragile peace descends upon earth, but not for long – war is brewing again between an expanding army of genetically enhanced apes led by the highly intelligent chimpanzee, Caesar and a group of human survivors. And when it breaks, only one of them will rise as the planet's dominant species.'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' opens July 10.Questions1. Who is the director of 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'?2. Which of the following actors portrays Caesar in 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'?a. Gary Oldmanb. Terry Notaryc. Andy Serkisd. Toby Kebbell3. What is the name of the virus that almost wiped out humanity?Grand prize'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' double movie passes and premiumsConsolation prize'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' double movie passesHow to enterSend your answers to events@mongooseasia.com (subject line: TOKL Dawn of the Planet of the Apes contest) by July 11, 2014. Please...

    Eat now: Corn Chips Nachos

    Fri Jul 4

    Chomp your way through 2.2kg of Corn Chips Nachos for a place on Gastro Central’s wall of fame It's crunch time at Gastro Central's latest food competition - the Corn Chips Nachos challenge. Crispy triangular baked chips are buried in 2.2kg of homemade spicy taco meat, beans, guacamole, sour cream, black olives, lettuce, cheddar cheese and cheese sauce, and topped with jalapeño for the added fiery kick. If you are able to devour the whole lot in 45 minutes, the meal is free and you will walk away with a Gastro shirt and cap, a bottle of wine and a place on the wall of fame. If it sounds like it might be a bit too heavy for a lone diner (and you don't wish to take on the challenge), share the dish with a bunch of hungry pals.Available at Gastro Sentral, Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur (03 2263 7434). RM130. Until Sep 30. Latest blog posts Eat now: Corn Chips Nachos Chomp your way through 2.2kg of Corn Chips Nachos for a place on Gastro Central’s wall of fame It's crunch time at Gastro...

    Pertiwi Soup Kitchen: 'Why are you trying to destroy a spirit that unites people?'

    Fri Jul 4

    Munirah Abdul Hamid

    Munirah Abdul Hamid

    We speak with Pertiwi Soup Kitchen chairman Munirah Abdul Hamid about the government's recent move to ban soup kitchens in the city centre According to reports, Tengku Adnan said that soup kitchens should operate in churches or temples outside the 2km radius ban. What do you think about that? Do you think it's better if you have your own cafeteria-style premise where the homeless can drop by to have food?There is actually a restaurant in Chow Kit. In the case of the poor, it is fine because they are working and stretching their income. They come to eat where there is food. But it's the homeless that is an issue. You have some homeless who are not able to walk. The ones who sleep in Chow Kit may not want to move out of Chow Kit. They cling to the place where they normally sleep at. If you tell them to move out of that area, asking them to move somewhere foreign is something they won't be able to understand. If you ask them to move to PJ they will say 'Jauhnya'. And you have those with...

    Soup kitchens banned in KL City Centre

    Fri Jul 4

    Hariz Ismal of Food for Homeless

    Hariz Ismal of Food for Homeless

    UpdateKechara Soup Kitchen has announced it will shut down to comply with the order. Project director Justin Cheah told Free Malaysia Today: 'Since we work together with the government in providing food for the poor and homeless, there is not much we can do.' Read the full story. ***You've probably heard by now about Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan's move to ban soup kitchens within a 2km radius of Lot 10 in an attempt to combat homelessness. The minister went on to say that '[Giving the homeless free food] just encourages people to remain homeless and jobless.'Of course, KL is not the only city implementing anti-homeless measures. Last month, The BBC reported certain measures London has taken to prevent rough sleepers, including separating bus stop benches with barriers and placing metal studs on the floor outside a block of luxury flats. Soup kitchens in the city, namely Pertiwi Soup Kitchen, Kechara Soup Kitchen, Dapur Jalanan and Food for Homeless have been...

    The best Pudu sinkhole memes

    Thu Jul 3

    We learnt two things yesterday: one, that a burst waterpipe caused two large sinkholes along the Jalan Pudu-Jalan Imbi intersection nearby the KL Monorail track; and two, that a lot of us are pretty good at Photoshop, love memes, and have a lot of free time on our hands. Here are some of the best memes that got us laughing. In the meantime, you're advised to avoid the area. Reports say that it'll take two weeks for normal traffic flow to resume. Latest blog posts Contest: Win a CRES Body Regenerist Fruitti Spa session Win: A session of CRES Body Regenerist Fruitti Spa, worth RM300 each Skincare is not just limited to luxury facial regimes because the body has its own issues too, whether it’s blackheads, acne breakouts, allergies, scars, insect bites, or dehydration. As a remedy, CRES has formulated a therapy that couples fruit and flower extracts with natural sea salt and yoghurt, leaving your skin fairer and more elastic. There are five parts to the 90-minute treatment – an...

    Save Wild Tigers presents Eastern & Oriental Tiger Express and Gala Dinner

    Thu Jul 3

    With only 3,500 wild tigers left, the organisation wants you to join them in the fight against the alarming decline with two fundraising events to aid targeted conservation programmes In a cause to preserve the big cats, Save Wild Tigers is organising a journey across three countries aboard the Eastern & Oriental Tiger Express. The five-day long trip begins on October 2 with a luxurious stay at Raffles, Singapore. After a breakfast reception the next morning, your train ride will commence, chugging through the southern states of Malaysia before arriving at our capital city. Put aside all thoughts of sightseeing as you are immediately transferred to the Majestic Hotel for the highlight of the journey – Save Wild Tigers Gala Dinner, a black tie fundraising event graced by Her Royal Highness Sultanah of Pahang, international celebrities and VIPs. While the organisers have entertainment lined up such as a tiger themed fashion show, the main focus of the gala dinner is the auctioning of...
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