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    Call for entries: Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards 2015

    Fri Feb 27

    Photo: Patrick Wack

    In its seventh year now, the Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards (KLPA) has been continuously raising the bar of portrait photography standards locally. The competition works this way: You can participate in either the open category or the themed category. The theme for 2015 is Seeing Beauty. Either way, it must be portraits of people. Apart from cash prizes of up to US$4,000, the trophy for this year is a specially commissioned trophy from British sculptor Lana Locke. Submission closes April 30. Registration details at From RM35. See our gallery of 2014's winning entries.  Latest blog posts You have until April 30 to submit your portraits

    Post-it confessions: What's your most embarrassing moment ever?

    Thu Feb 26

    Wanted: Your cringe-worthy tales Loading... Latest blog posts Did you ever wish for the ground to swallow you whole? We want to know your story. Submit your cringe-worthy tale below and be a part of our post-it confessions. Because as they say, it's better to get it off your chest – but even better when you can laugh it off with the whole world. See all post-it confessions KLites reveal what they've always wanted to tell their mum Mum's the word. KLites reveal their worst break-up stories To quote Taylor Swift, 'We are never, ever, ever getting back together'.

    Go now: MAESTRO - World’s Modern and Contemporary Art Masters

    Tue Feb 24

    Picasso's 'L’homme a’ la treille'

    Picasso's 'L’homme a’ la treille'

    The top five pieces you shouldn’t miss at Galeri Petronas's current exhibition Visit the exhibition MAESTRO – World’s Modern and Contemporary Art Masters Treat this as a crash course into the art world. Over 200 works by 76 masters of modern art are on display including those by Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Jose Gutierrez Solana, Rufino Tamayo and Julio Le Parc.  Latest blog posts

    Now closing: Bazarro KL

    Mon Feb 23

    Photo: Stacy Liu

    Sad news for KL shopaholics. Bazarro (part of our best shops in KL), will be moving out of its Bangsar location. The multi-label store stocks exciting local, regional and international brands including local shoe brand Nelissa Hilman, Mazmoizelle (Thailand), By Invite Only (Singapore), Feist Heist (Singapore) and Jeffrey Campbell (USA). You can still drop by and do some last-minute goodbye shopping until February 28. More than half of the brands will be on sale so hunt around for the best pieces to jazz up your wardrobe. The Bazarro team says they will be taking a break to ‘regroup and recharge’ and would like to extend their gratitude to all their customers and supporters over the years. For more info, visit Latest blog posts Shop goodbye to the multi-label store before it closes its doors on March 1

    How to stay cool in the city – March issue out now

    Mon Feb 23

    Cool down, chill out The heat is on this March, so we’re telling you how you can beat the heat with our coolest issue ever, featuring the city’s best pools, water sports, spa treats and – of course – ice cream. And when we say ice cream, we mean lots of it. Soft serves, ice cream with waffles, parfaits, sundaes – our March issue is full of the latest scoops in the city to keep you cool. Into herbal tea instead? We’ve got that covered with our list of leung sui stalls in town. Up for another trip down memory lane? Documentarian Mahen Bala returns and this time, he takes us back to the cinemas of yesteryear KL, long before the complete takeover of plush cineplexes and their digital motion pictures. In Food, we give you an education on cold brews, a spin-off of the regular iced coffee that has the industry clamouring for ‘the best’, and tell you the best coffee joints in town to enjoy a bottle. Of course, cold coffee isn’t just limited to cold brews; we also tell...

    Go now: Buskstop

    Fri Feb 20



    Spare a few minutes (and ringgit) to watch street musicians perform their craft. After a successful first run last year with over 40 participating musicians, Kakiseni introduces the second season of BuskStop. From Feb 21 to May 3, keep an eye out for buskers at Pavilion KL, Quill City Mall, Berjaya Times Square, Avenue K and more malls in town. The program is carefully curated by Reza Salleh, Fikri Fadzil and Hameer Zawawi and is supported by the National Department of Culture and the Arts (JKKN). Highlights from the first season includes Paladin (pictured) who received a total of RM1,000 from their busking session. At the moment, there isn’t a proper schedule available but you can keep track of what’s happening on social networking sites with #BuskStop. Latest blog posts Watch street musicians perform in shopping malls around town

    Restaurants and cafés open during Chinese New Year

    Thu Feb 19

    Latest blog posts In town this CNY break? It's business as usual at these restaurants and cafés Acme Bar & Coffee March 2012 In an era where ‘good enough’ seems to be the mantra, rare is the gem where boundaries are strenuously pushed and every possible detail, however minute, is tended to with meticulous care. That’s why Acme Bar & Coffee – an exquisite exercise in perfection – is quite possibly the best thing to have happened to the Kuala Lumpur gastronomic scene for a lamentably long time. Breathtakingly stunning interiors (picture a converted loft in a fin de siecle building in the heart of New York) are complemented by a mood that is irreverent but stylish, playful but chic, and with a modern retro sensibility that is irresistibly infectious. A cohesive design narrative starts at the main dining room, and meanders upstairs to the loft bar and intimate niches for private gatherings. Acme may not be the first ultra-stylish eatery to hit KL, but it differs from the rest...

    Book early: Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Wed Feb 18

    You can start buying tickets for the much anticipated Marvel sequel, due for release on April 23 Latest blog posts Save the world today, save it again tomorrow because in a Marvel world, the fate of humanity always hangs in balance. With SHIELD destroyed and the Avengers needing a hiatus from eliminating threats, Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program. Things backfire when the artificial intelligence Ultron decides that humans are the main enemy and sets on wiping them out. 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' will be out on April 23 here but the ticket sales at TGV Cinemas are already open for this second instalment of the Marvel franchise. Comic book fans, breathe. The movie is also available in IMAX 3D if you’re into big screens and the whole fancy cinematic experience. For more info, visit

    The 10 species of relatives you meet during Chinese New Year

    Tue Feb 17

    Illustrations: Sio Yean

    Here are some of your annual Jolly Shandy-guzzling companions in red 1. The Calculator It’s hard to believe this, but we guess the economy is getting to us all. The Calculator accessorizes her outfit with a Casio math device (and blood red nails). The more professional ones mentally keep track of who has or hasn’t given her kids blessings for the new year, so they know which poor kid to leave out of the equation. If your family has more kids, there is a model of the Calculator who operates on a higher level. This souped-up machine pounces on her kids to find out the amount of blessings they received, and then proceed to give somewhat less to make sure the ‘blessings’ tally. God bless you too. 2. The Minister of Recreation What is Chinese New Year without a spot of extra income, we ask? The Minister of Recreation prefers to gain profits (or spread his earnings among the poorer cousins) through the usual slew of risk-taking behaviour with poker cards or fat white plastic...

    Go now: Affordable Chinese New Year meals in KL

    Tue Feb 17

    Whether you want a banquet, buffet or set meal, these festive feasts are some of the cheapest in town – RM100 and below per person Set menu: Chakri Palace Dine in at Chakri Palace and choose between three CNY-themed menus: Triumphant, Blossom and Glorious. The meal begins with Chakri’s Twin Happiness Thai yee sang with a choice of original or Thai spicy yee sang sauce. Mains include deep fried garoupa with sweet and spicy sauce, fried king prawn with tamarind sauce, steamed seabass with ginger and soya sauce and Thai style kung pao chicken with sea asparagus. The meal ends with chilled sea coconut with longan. From RM428++ per table of five.  Buffet: Cinnamon Coffee House This Chinese New Year, Cinnamon Coffee House is dishing up a delectable CNY buffet – starting with yee sang and a selection of soups such as braised eight treasures soup and herbal chicken soup. The extensive buffet also includes mains like teo chew style steamed fish, wok-fried tiger prawns with spicy sauce...

    Now calling: MasterChef Asia is looking for amateur cooks

    Fri Feb 13

    Photo: Boule13/

    Here's to more Malaysian representatives, please If you’re above 18 years old, love food, and cooking has never been your main source of income, here’s your chance to become the first MasterChef Asia. Ever. Presented by Singapore Tourism Board and Knorr, MasterChef Asia is now looking for amateur cooks. If you’re available to film for eight weeks between April 1 and September 30, here’s how you can follow in the footsteps of previous Malaysian-born MasterChef winners Adam Liaw (MasterChef Australia) and Catherine Chin (MasterChef UK): create a video (not more than five minutes) about you, your signature dish, your favourite ingredients and even things you love in your kitchen. Submit the video along with a photo of yourself before March 5 (snail mail accepted), and keep your fingers crossed. For more details on how to enter, check While you're at it, please vote for Malaysia in the 'which country has the most challenging cuisine' poll, because (at the...

    Shop now: Valentine’s Day gifts with PayPal

    Thu Feb 12

    Yes, Christmas was only two months ago. Remember when you were racking your brain for gift ideas? Now you have to do it all over again – if you're in a relationship anyway. To help, PayPal has scoured the web for you and handpicked a few possible gifts from online stores across Asia Pacific. Here's what we like: Ozzy Lulu passport covers Keep your passport pretty with Ozzy Lulu’s adorable covers available in fun prints like cats, popsicles, toucans and beach umbrellas. PayPal customers are even entitled to free gift-wrapping services. Doodlebooks are also available. Latest blog posts Mod Air folio case This all-in-one Doraemon-like case is a handy for storing cards, your phone, cables and more for those who don’t want baggage to cramp their style. Plus, you'll also get a ten percent discount when you shop at Naiise and use PayPal to check out (not applicable for furniture). Amber earrings A girl’s accessories box would not be complete without a fancy gemstone piece. Amber...

    Video: Spider-Man rides the LRT, dances, begs for Ed Sheeran tickets

    Wed Feb 11

    Look out! Here comes the dancing Spider-Man Sometimes Spider-Man needs to get out of the city centre to like, Kelana Jaya, where there aren't enough skyscrapers for web-slinging to his destination, so Spidey has to take the LRT like us normal folk (does his suit have pockets for his MyRapid card?). A ride on the LRT is never a normal one when you've got someone in full spandex on the same train, and sure enough, this ride took a turn for the brilliantly bizarre when our friendly neighbourhood hero started dancing – to Ed Sheeran. As some of you may know, tickets to Ed Sheeran's KL concert next month are completely sold out (apparently, not even Spidey was fast enough to beat the fangirls), and what does the Marvel superhero want more than anything else? Ed Sheeran tickets!Come on, help a Spidey out. Someone give this guy some tickets (Hotlink, he's looking at you). He may return the favour if the city gets attacked by a giant lizard or a raksasa (Ultraman, sorry dude you're out of...

    Video: OJ Law’s 'Introverts'

    Tue Feb 10

    OJ Law evokes nostalgia – which in turn evokes itself. We wrap ourselves up, then, in the hazy, perpetually sunny power pop of ‘Introverts’; the 4:44 song is the second single off OJ Law’s upcoming album ‘Let’s Be Adult’. It would be far too easy to dismiss ‘Introverts’ as a track for the dance floor – he embraces electronics, with beats and textures chopped and twisted to form a charming, toe-tapping whole – but it’s more. It’s also a little awkward, a little melancholic, à la OJ Law: ‘Oh, conversations falter You sip your beverage slowly and quietly get drunk My fellow introvert, I’m tired of knowing no one, so would you care to dance?’ Watch the accompanying music video directed by Joshua Chay and produced by The Spacemen; it’s trippy for a Tuesday morning, reminiscent of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey': Latest blog posts For more on OJ Law, visit

    Video: Stellar Dreams' Parallel

    Mon Feb 9

    KL electronica duo Stellar Dreams drops new track – along with a music video We’ll cut to the chase: Stellar Dreams’ new track – and music video – shines, sparkles, and is altogether stellar. First of all, Iqwan Ridzuwan and Khairil Shah prove that there is soul in synthwave – ‘Parallel’ is a pleasant, tweaked up spirit guide through a sound and space we’re happy to explore for 3:44 minutes. It’s the swelling of sound synths into seemingly infinite depth, disappearing into earth’s horizon, a breathy, ethereal voice spawning a certain magic, repeating: ‘I keep going round and round / on top of the highlands / a long way down’. And tinted in ’80s revival, we, too, keep going round and round, but the ‘long way down’ is not nearly long enough. Watch the full video here. For more on Stellar Dreams, visit Latest blog posts

    Out now: Special edition bottles

    Fri Feb 6

    If you plan to impress someone this February, these limited edition bottles make good gifts Latest blog posts

    Go now: The Butler Did It

    Wed Feb 4

    In this original one-act comedy farce by Scott McQuaid, Charles and Cecilia are hosting a house dinner party, but before the guests – Taylor and Lara – arrive, their butler finds a stranger lying unconscious on one of the couches. Things become more bizarre later on when they discover the man is actually dead. To further exacerbate the situation, a local police detective, Kaplan, makes an unexpected appearance and the group scrambles to hide the truth from him. Find out more about the play through these actors and the characters they each portray: See the show Latest blog posts Scott McQuaid (also the writer and director of ‘The Butler Did It’) This writer, actor and director behind the critically acclaimed ‘About Last Night’ staged in KL and Singapore last year plays Winston the butler – a stereotypical, uptight Brit with a permanent frown upon his face who always has a sarcastic retort to everything said. Abdul Muhaimin A dance choreographer and performer whose...

    The six types of taxi drivers in KL

    Fri Jan 30

    Photo: Caraman/

    1. The Best Actor ...takes every performance seriously. He uses the meter, wants to do you a favour, and has lots of helpful suggestions on different routes to ‘avoid traffic’. And then the show begins. The Best Actor purposely takes the wrong route to give the metre a good run. Once, we got into a premier cab that went in and out of the city THREE times while the driver kept acting ‘surprised’ that each route he took was jammed. It would have been a convincing performance if the bill didn’t reach such heights. 2. The Stalker a surprisingly common species. On the whole, taxi drivers are a rather talkative crowd. When you drive alone for hours, one can be in need of company. We don’t mind chatting with drivers over social injustice, their kids, the weather or food. But weirdly, the Stalker seems bent on compiling a file on you. Sample questions: Where do you stay? What time do you leave for work? What time do you come back from work? It’s enough to make us squirm in...

    Out now: Time Out Malaysia for Visitors 2015

    Thu Jan 29

    The ultimate insiders’ guide to paradise Comprehensive listings show you the top things to do: the best sights and attractions to visit, where to stay, where to shop, what to eat, and the top places to party. Divided geographically, listings cover Kuala Lumpur and Surrounds, East Malaysia, Johor, Kedah & Perlis, Kelantan & Terengganu, Malacca & Surrounds, Pahang, Penang, and Perak. Within these, special sections are devoted to tropical island holiday favourites Langkawi, Tioman, the Perhentians and the Redang Archipelago. Start off the new year with a fresh perspective on Malaysia: The fully updated edition of Time Out Malaysia's Guide for Visitors is out now in a handy, travel-friendly new format. Packed with state and city maps plus suggested itineraries, it's your best guide to adventure in Southeast Asia's most diverse country, where mountains, beaches, islands, culture and heritage combine. Features, well-researched by local experts and with superb original photography,...

    RapidKL will extend the Ampang and Kelana Jaya lines

    Tue Jan 27

    An artist's impression of the future Taipan station on the Kelana Jaya Line. Photo: RapidKL

    An artist's impression of the future Taipan station on the Kelana Jaya Line. Photo: RapidKL

    In two or three years, you may not need a car to get around anymore – if everything goes to plan KL is one step closer to joining cities like London, New York City and Singapore where public transportation’s so reliable, hardly anyone drives. A few months ago saw the announcement of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), and all over town you can see MRT construction in full swing (which ironically is also the cause of massive traffic jams in the areas involved). Now, here’s another big project to look forward to: the long-overdue Ampang and Kelana Jaya Line extension, which is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2016. Latest blog posts Prasarana Malaysia Berhad (the folks behind RapidKL) recently announced the Line Extension Project for its two lines on the website, which will connect areas and neighbourhoods that were previously only accessible by car. Below is a list of the new stations that will be added to each line. Will this really mean an end to traffic congestion...
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