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    Sephora x ZALORA Holiday Collection

    Fri Nov 28

    Christmas + Sephora + Zalora = An LRT takeover campaign, but more on that later. Combining our love for makeup and (online) shopping, Zalora has teamed up with Sephora this Christmas to launch a Holiday Collection online exclusively at Zalora. What this really means is that you’ll have no excuse for not having done your shopping by the time Christmas rolls around, because starting today, you can get your mittens on the limited edition holiday gift sets featuring bath, beauty, and makeup accessories and sets. With over 700 beauty products available exclusively at Zalora, including those by Make Up For Ever, Soap & Glory, and Tarte, you’ll be forgiven for shopping around the clock. You’ll also be forgiven for shopping between LRT rides: Commuters across selected 18 stations will receive exclusive Sephora gifts and stand a chance to win up to RM2,500 when they shop at Zalora (with a minimum spend of RM120) by scanning the QR code displayed on the train platforms. These stations...

    Urbanscapes 2014: Set times

    Fri Nov 28

    The Lemonheads

    The Lemonheads

    The much anticipated creative arts festival is just days away. If you're looking for a more printer-friendly version of the set times – or something you can easily copy and paste into your phone – we've got the full schedule here. Keep it with you throughout the festival day so you won't miss your favourite acts. Urbanscapes Stage3pm Bassment Syndicate 3.50pm Paperplane Pursuit 4.40pm OJ Law 5.30pm Enterprise 6.15pm The Lemonheads7.15pm Break 7.30pm Local Natives 9.30pm Kimbra Upfront Stage3pm Jumero 3.45pm Dirgahayu 4.30pm The Cotton Field Scarecrowes 5.15pm Cashew Chemists 6pm Ali Aiman6.45pm June Marieezy 7.15pm Break 7.45pm Najwa 8.45pm Jagwar Ma 9.45pm Indiego & Co 10.45pm Jono Ma of Jagwar Ma (DJ set) 11.45pm Kopigo North Bangsar  (subject to change)2.30pm Brendan de Cruz & Fabian Mark Peter  3.15pm Hameer Zawawi4pm Jes Ibrahim4.45pm The Cotton Field Scarecrows5.30pm Ben Bitches6.15pm Comedy hour - Kuah Jenhan & Rakan Rakan7.15pm Break10.30pm Faiq & The Manja Mob11.15pm...

    The Time Out KL Food Awards 2014 – December issue out now

    Thu Nov 27

    Our biggest food issue of the year is back! In keeping with tradition, we’ve got the eagerly anticipated Food Awards 2014 winners revealed in this issue, KL’s rising food stars, a recount of the year’s food-related highlights, and of course, the 15 best dishes we’ve eaten this year. Here’s a sneak peek: The food and drink agenda of 2014: A lowdown on the year’s most delicious highlights, including the ingredient of the year and international food trends we want to see in KL. The Time Out KL Food Awards 2014 winners! The best restaurants as chosen by you. Free with this issue is also a booklet of all the shortlisted restaurants this year. Keep it and use it as your handy eating and drinking guide. KL's rising food stars, in which we celebrate the next generation of local chefs and start-ups who are taking KL’s food landscape to the next level. We couldn't have our year-end food issue without another compelling photo essay. This time, we take you through one of KL's...

    Video: KL in 30 seconds

    Thu Nov 27

    An awesome soundtrack for an awesome city Latest blog posts

    DBKL announces eight new names for major KL roads

    Tue Nov 25

    Jalan Duta will now be named Jalan Tunku Abdul Halim

    Jalan Duta will now be named Jalan Tunku Abdul Halim

    Good luck giving directions to taxi drivers Some major KL roads will be renamed, so it’s high time to whip out your GPS for an update. According to a press statement from the Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL) reported by Channel NewsAsia, nine roads in KL will be sporting new names and shiny new road signs to honour the former kings of Malaysia. Here are the roads that are affected:1. Jalan Duta - Jalan Tunku Abdul Halim 2. Jalan Khidmat Usaha - Jalan Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah 3. Jalan Ipoh (Jalan Segambut junction to Jalan Pahang junction) - Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah 4. Persiaran Duta - Persiaran Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin 5. Jalan Khidmat Setia and Jalan Ibadah - Jalan Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin 6. Lebuhraya Mahameru - Lebuhraya Sultan Iskandar 7. Persiaran Mahameru - Persiaran Tuanku Jaafar 8. Jalan Semarak - Jalan Sultan Yahya PetraWork on installing the signboards will commence on Wednesday, Nov 26, because who needs a week's notice?

    Hand over your plastic bottles for an Urbanscapes art installation

    Mon Nov 24

    Photo: Alfio Scisetti, Dreamstime

    Biji-biji and Taboo Enterprise have something special up their sleeves for Urbanscapes and you can be a part of it - your plastic bottles and can tabs anyway. The upcycling and building initiative are all about making the most out of discarded materials, so they will need loads of 1.5 litre plastic bottles and can tabs to build an art installation. The top five highest contributors will receive an Urbanscapes-exclusive Biji-biji seatbelt bag worth RM200. You can drop off your materials at The Bee Publika on November 29 from 12noon to 4pm. Make sure your items are clean and properly rinsed – no one likes a sticky art installation. Latest blog posts Visit the festival Urbanscapes 2014 The city's annual creative arts festival is back and it's found a new home at the Horse Ranch in Resorts World Genting. Confirmed international acts include LA indie rockers Local Natives, legendary '90s college rock outfit The Lemonheads, art-pop singer-songwriter Kimbra and psychedelic/dance band...

    Five species you can find in elevators (part two)

    Fri Nov 21

    Photo: Nilikha, Dreamstime

    ...because like Pokémon, new species are constantly being discovered When a completely random mix of 12 to 15 men and women willingly enter a tiny metal box that slowly transports them upwards (and downwards) every day, interesting behavioural patterns emerge. Here are some species that we are charting for your own good. Identify them and get out before it’s too late. If you missed our part one, click here. The Weight Watcher When there’s plenty of space and those in the elevators are making encouraging noises and gestures for you to get in, please do. Don’t waffle around trying to remember the last time you stood on the bathroom scale. Just get in. Weight Watchers usually step in just as the elevator doors begin to slide shut. Sensors then grudgingly register their presence and the doors will painfully slide open again, wasting precious seconds of our lives and prolonging our suffering. The combined inward sighs are enough to sink a ship. The Slug The last we heard,...

    Video: #IndianFoodFlirtLines

    Wed Nov 19

    SkinTv just recently released this video of Indian food-related pick-up lines, starring Vikarworld, Harvinth Skin, Venice Min and Sharmaine Deva. The next time you have some Indian food with your partner, why not try some of these lines: ‘Baby I would love naan other than you’, ‘ I love you for your curry-teristics’ or ‘I want to-sai I love you’. See what happens. Now who’s craving Indian food? Watch more videos by SkinTv here. Latest blog posts

    It's official: Future Music Festival Asia 2015 will be held in Singapore

    Mon Nov 17

    Following the announcement that Future Music Festival Asia (FMFA) will not be coming back to Malaysia in 2015, today FMFA confirmed on its Facebook page that the festival will be held in Singapore next year. The date, venue and music lineup have yet to be revealed. For those of you disappointed that KL will no longer host FMFA, you can at least take a little bit of comfort in the fact that it didn't move too far away. Travelling to Singapore for a concert is nothing out of the ordinary, right?For more FMFA updates, www.facebook.com/futuremusicasia. Latest blog posts

    RapidKL announces Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) plans

    Mon Nov 17

    An artist's impression of the elevated Bus Rapid Transit system. Photo: RapidKL

    An artist's impression of the elevated Bus Rapid Transit system. Photo: RapidKL

    It’s like the LRT, only it’s an eco-friendly bus with its own dedicated lanes and ‘customer-friendly’ stations. That pretty much sums up the BRT, which is part of RapidKL’s plans for an integrated public transportation system to address our ever-growing concern about traffic congestion in the city (they predict that we’ll all be stuck in a massive gridlock by 2020, what with the Klang Valley population growing exponentially and everyone preferring to drive than take the bus or LRT). Here’s what we know about the BRT:1. The BRT is an elevated Bus Rapid Transit system, meaning buses will have their own (elevated, according to the artist’s impression) lanes.2. The first BRT line will be the Sunway Line, linking up key areas in Sunway, USJ and Subang. 3. The Sunway Line will have seven stations, including ones near KTMB Setia Jaya, Sunway Mentari Business Park, The Pinnacle, Sunway Medical Centre and Monash University, among others. View the map here (but take note of this...

    Tracks of the month: November

    Wed Nov 12

    'Ooo' by Karen O Track from her Cult Records debut album ‘Crush Songs’ At 25 minutes, ‘Crush Songs’ feels like a collection of demos, peppered with fade-outs and off-tune strumming – but therein lies the appeal, in its lo-fi, raw quality. That each song lasts barely over two minutes is the thematically apt point; a crush is fleeting, and here, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Karen O is forlorn. As an opener, ‘Ooo’ sets the tone – plaintive and unplugged, she pines over an almost-lover and it’s instantly relatable. ‘Don’t tell me that they’re all the same,’ she begins, her hushed vocals defiant and yearning over simple chords, and despite – or maybe because of – the abrupt end, it’s a number that demands replays. We review some of the choice cuts from our A-sides, B-sides and miscellaneous pile this month 'Message in a Bottle' by Part Time Musicians Rats Records Bangkok single An indie-folk sextet from Bangkok, Part Time Musicians keep day jobs – although at the...

    Yuna announces secret show in December

    Fri Nov 7

    As Malaysians, we can agree on a few things: nasi lemak, rush hour traffic, and Yuna. The singer-songwriter-slash-style icon has just announced a secret show this December 7 on her Instagram. With tickets limited to 200 pax, it’s going to be an acoustic, up close and personal night with the star. Where, you ask? It’s a secret – of course – but watch this space for more information, coming soon. The Alor Setar-born, LA-based lass was lifted from her local, MySpace-driven fame to international critical acclaim in 2012 with ‘Yuna’, her self-titled debut, which was produced by Pharrell. While we’re at it, Yuna turns 28 years old in exactly one week, so happy birthday in advance! In anticipation of her gig, here’s a #flashbackfriday to one of our favourite Yuna songs from her ‘Decorate’ EP: Latest blog posts

    Bar bites: Mushroom cheese truffle popiah

    Wed Nov 5

    Photo: Hizwan Hamid

    Meet the Western version of the spring roll. This savoury bestseller at Hyde has a lot to offer. The rich filling of mushroom, parmesan cheese and truffle will remind you of creamy spaghetti sauce, or a chicken pot pie with popiah skin instead of pastry. The crispy golden brown exterior garnished with dried parsley makes the dish look appetising, and it doesn’t disappoint – crispy and creamy always make for a glorious combination. It comes in five pieces and pairs well with a glass of chardonnay. RM22++. Most popular on the blog Eat it at Hyde Finally, another speakeasy in KL – well, in PJ to be precise. Andrew and Caroline of The Good Batch are the duo behind this new joint. It’s hiding on the second floor behind a black sliding door, which makes it feel like an early ’20s speakeasy – it seems like something out of ‘The Great Gatsby’. The interior looks classy with its marble-topped bar and comfy cushioned seats, and there’s classic jazz playing on the speakers....

    Contest: Win a pair of tickets to Waterzonic

    Mon Nov 3

    Win: Tickets to Waterzonic, worth RM500 per pairWaterzonic is a party that no EDM fan should miss and here’s why: eight hours of nonstop music from some of the biggest names in the scene while being drenched by giant water cannons. Seen as the first of its kind to be held in Thailand, this outdoor electronic dance music festival will be nothing short of phenomenal as its main stage at the Rajamangala national stadium is installed with a 40-metre water screen complete with dancing water fountains, top-notch sound systems and special effects – think lasers, a 600m2 LED wall, fireworks, cold flame and pyrotechnics.The DJ lineup is equally exciting, with Australian female duo NERVO, Dutch brothers Wouter and Sjoerd Janssen of Showtek, and Sick Individuals on the decks.For more information, visit www.waterzonic.com.Questions1. Where in Thailand will Waterzonic be held?2. Name the three DJ acts who are set to perform at the festival.3. Name three of the dual-purpose shops featured in...

    Contest: Win a session of Plotox Micro Facelift treatment from CRES

    Mon Nov 3

    Win: A session of Plotox Micro Facelift treatment from CRES, worth RM525For radiant, youthful skin, beauty brand CRES has Plotox Micro Facelift, a treatment that uses nanotechnology and biological liposome encapsulating technology. A combination of anti-ageing Green Peptides and hydroxyacetic acid will penetrate deep into the cells to provide the necessary nutrition for collagen and elastic fibre production. This concentrate is formulated from active ingredients such as peptide acid, aquaporin collagen (APC) and natural minerals – calcium, sodium and potassium – that help the release of infrared light to boost cell energy.The rapid healing and reparation of cells from improved microcirculation and increased oxygen will lift and restore firmness to the skin. With the application of a cold masque to remove signs of fatigue and brighten the complexion, a reversal-venom essence for facial muscle relaxation and smoothing wrinkles and creases, as well as swiftlet nest extract to...

    #SiniAdaHantu: Find a ghost story near you

    Fri Oct 31

    We all know how scary can be subjective. Some people can be spooked out by strange voices coming from the window – while some are just terrified of their in-laws (see: USJ Taipan). But if you get goosebumps just from reading scary stories, check out #SiniAdaHantu, a Google map of the country pinned with chilling personal accounts that (may or may not) have happened in the area. Some of the stories are by writers of local publishing house Fixi, but feel free to add your own as well, because what’s the use of a good ghost tale if not shared? #SiniAdaHantu is a project by local creative agency The Greatest Hits. Get your spooky fix at siniadahantu.popdigital.my. Latest blog posts

    Top 5 films to watch at the 15th European Union Film Festival

    Fri Oct 31

    Now in its 15th year, the European Union Film Festival (EUFF) returns to selected GSC outlets with a line-up that showcases the diversity of European cinema. Whether they are inspirational stories of triumph over adversity, serious documentaries to address social issues, or light-hearted comedies for a good laugh, these films are chosen to broaden our knowledge of the continent's cultural heritage. Here are our top five picks: The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium (Felix van Groeningen, 2012)Didier is a banjo player and a hopeless romantic while Elise runs a tattoo shop and keeps a clear head on the world. Despite the differences, it is love at first sight for both of them, who later become parents to Maybelle. The film follows their seven-year relationship as they go from a happy couple sharing a passion for bluegrass music to one struggling to hold their lives together as their daughter is diagnosed with cancer on her sixth birthday and passed away within a year. Latest blog posts...

    Download Liyana Fizi’s new single ‘You Know’ for free

    Thu Oct 30

    The definition of Malaysian indie darling is Liyana Fizi (no, seriously, Google up 'Malaysian indie darling' – she's there). Her latest release, 'You Know', is a collaboration with Melina William, bassist and vocalist for three-piece rock band Tempered Mental. Melina, who is also a composer and producer, approached Liyana to lend her voice to the track - and the result is 2.48 minutes of a muted, languid affair, charmingly delightful with each guitar strum and hushed lyrics. The composition of 'You Know' is classic Liyana Fizi - acoustic, stripped tunes funneled with folk, a sound she describes as 'honest, hypnotic and heart-wrenching'. It's deceiving in its simplicity, but with this song, what we get is a peek at how far she's grown as a solo artist since her early Estrella days. Our verdict: She doesn't even need to try; she's got us for life. Download the full track here for free (expires November 1). Latest blog posts

    People say the darndest things: The 'I want to touch a dog' edition

    Fri Oct 24

    The recent 'I want to touch a dog' event, which was held at Bandar Utama, was a success with the public. But it is drawing flak from several conservative segments of the society. Here are a few of the statements we've picked up, as reported in the local dailies. ‘What is making these tornadoes so interested in dropping in on our country when it has stayed away and not shown any interest all this while. Is it because widespread vices like gambling centres, prostitution, alcohol fest and festival to touch dogs have become an attraction.’ A Facebook post by Perkasa, as reported in The Malay Mail. *** ‘We are worried that one day, someone will organise a “sex and condom” campaign to promote “safe sex”, supposedly to avoid HIV or AIDS from spreading.’ A statement by a PAS representative, as reported in Malaysiakini. *** ‘The Persatuan Jemaah Pondok-pondok Kedah suggested that a "Do not go near dogs" programme be held to counter the recent dog-touching event participated...

    KL's best artisanal products – November issue out now

    Thu Oct 23

    This November, we’re celebrating all the best things that are homemade, handcrafted or designed in our fair city – gourmet spreads, desserts, fashion, beauty products and more. Dual-purpose shops provide coffee and delicious plates alongside specialty services and retail offerings. In our guide, get to know these shops with double lives and why they’re worthy of a visit. In Food, we explore the city’s best food trucks that are revving up the food scene, the latest restaurant and café openings, and the controversial fugu fish (aka pufferfish) – the poisonous fish best eaten raw. Latest blog posts In Shopping & Style, check out the season’s hottest wristwatches and boots to suit your budget, and keep up to date on the latest beauty products for men and women. Also in this issue: our review of KL's latest escape room game Breakout, an interview with award-winning director Liew Seng Tat and local band The Cotton Field Scarecrows, diving in the Philippines and more....
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