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    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...

    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...

    Contest: Win a CRES Body Regenerist Fruitti Spa session

    Wed Jul 2

    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 antistress back massage, a Fruitti yoghurt masque, a Fruitti scrub, a thermal blanket heat infusion and a Fruitti bubble bath. Aiming to stimulate detoxification through the lymph nodes, increase blood circulation and relax tense muscles, the session focuses on exfoliating the top layer of dead skin cells for better absorption of vitamins B, C and E, lactic acid, essential oils and other nutrients that are applied onto the skin following a thorough body scrub. For more information, visit www.creswellness.com. Questions1....

    Contest: Win a stay at Double Tree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur

    Wed Jul 2

    Win: One of three vouchers for a one-night stay in a Deluxe Room at DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur including breakfast and dinner for two at Makan Kitchen, worth RM895While the lobby, facilities and all 540 rooms and suites at DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur feature a contemporary design, its signature restaurant, Makan Kitchen, has a more traditional tone. Dubbed a 'heritage eating village', the restaurant's interior sports strong ethnic influences, a complement to the Malaysian culinary journey that you will undergo while dining on its buffet spread of local favourites, from the popular Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisines to authentic Peranakan, Kristang and Iban delicacies.In addition to its already extensive menu, Makan Kitchen recently launched 'A Taste of Malaysia' experience, which introduces six new gourmet dishes (available for dinners only) - Alaskan king crab otak-otak, long rib beef rendang, braised spicy venison ribs, pansoh manok, Peking duck roll and tandoori prawns...

    Nobu Kuala Lumpur to open in August

    Tue Jul 1

    Nobu's signature black cod miso. Photo: Nobu Berkeley Street

    Nobu's signature black cod miso. Photo: Nobu Berkeley Street

    The famed Japanese-South American chain founded by Nobuyuki Matsuhisa will see a Persiaran KLCC opening in the first or second week of August 2014 KL's dining scene is about to get a step up, and who better for the job than Nobu? The famed Japanese-South American chain founded by Nobuyuki Matsuhisa will see a Persiaran KLCC opening in the first or second week of August, and will be elegantly perched on the 56th floor of Tower 3, only a floor below Marini's on 57. General manager Stephane Heard spilled that the sprawling space will be fractioned into four areas: the main dining area and sushi bar, a lounge, a live teppanyaki area and the Nobu club area, all of which amounts to a capacity of 250. As a bonus, the club view will directly face the Twin Towers – surely one to note down for New Year's Eve. In setup, the interior will take from Nobu's signature sex appeal, but will specifically mirror the outlets in Lanai and Malibu which feature largely wooden flooring and ceilings.To the...

    Out now: Malaysian cookbooks

    Fri Jun 27

    We’ve gone way past the era of over-the-top cooking show hosts and contrived ‘Asian-inspired’ currries to more elegantly binded works by young talents The Fat Spoon Cookbook By Melissa and Michelle Pong MPH Publishing, RM39.90 The sisters behind Damansara Utama's Fat Spoon have put their heads together for yet another project - a cookbook. Local ingredients are innovatively cooked into café staples like beef and basil popiah wrap, ox tongue and potato stack, avocado fritters with kaffir lime mayo, lemongrass pot clams, Asian lamb stew, and duck and goji burger. Things get equally exciting in the back pages where durian crème brúlée, lemongrass cupcakes, and nangka madu crumble feature among refreshing coolers. If the consistent success of Fat Spoon is anything to go by, this book is a timely reminder of the sisters' promising career trajectory. Lost Recipes of Malaysia By Mohd Skokri, Goo Chui Hoong, Khairil Anwar, Hellen Fong, Ezekiel Ananthan MPH Publishing, RM39.90 When a...

    Jules Yap of IKEAhackers.net says IKEA's new move has 'restored my faith in the yellow and blue'

    Wed Jun 25

    Expedit bar

    Expedit bar

    We chat with the PJ-based founder of IKEA's biggest fan site following the Swedish furniture giant's attempt to shut down the site – and their recent change of heart following a global outcry When news broke out last week that IKEA had issued a cease and desist letter to the founder of popular fansite IKEAhackers.net, the Internet got pretty angry. IKEAhackers.net is a site dedicated to providing tips and tricks on how to creatively modify or repurpose IKEA furniture and products – be it through extra embellishments, smart tinkering with a power tool or simply finding a completely different use for a product – and after eight years running as a global community of IKEA fans sharing their hacks and ideas, the Swedish furniture giant ordered the domain name to be handed over to them, citing that it had infringed upon their intellectual property rights. Naturally, fans and supporters were outraged by IKEA's attempt to shut down the site, which indirectly served as a free...
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