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    Go now: 1,600 Pandas Malaysia Tour

    Thu Dec 18

    Paulo Grangeon's papier-mâché pandas will stop at 15 different locations across the country to promote panda conservation and sustainable development Get ready for a bout of panda-monium as the 1,600 papier-mâché pandas that have travelled around the world, including France, Italy, Switzerland and Taiwan, are currently in town. The month-long tour from Dec 21 to Jan 21 on our shores will visit more than 15 landmarks across the country.Crafted by French sculptor Paulo Grangeon using recycled paper, 1,600 sculptures may sound like quite an amount but in truth, they represent the alarming number of pandas left in the wild. Through this collaboration with the artist, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) aims to raise awareness on the state of our natural environment and the importance of panda conservation efforts and sustainable development.So, if you have a bit of spare time on your hands this Sunday, December 21, drop by Dataran Merdeka from 1pm to 2pm, where the pandas kickstart their...

    Out now: Heineken Jukebox

    Tue Dec 16

    The next time you go to a bar, look out for the Heineken Jukebox. Unlike your typical old-school jukebox, this one is designed with a playlist which lets you choose between eight different adventures you wish to embark on in the New Year. Based on that, the Heineken Jukebox will pick a list of songs to match the chosen adventure via Spotify. Each playlist contains over 40 tracks – you can even sync it to your own Spotify app. Ready to to give it a go? Head on down to these places: WIP, Tujo Bar-Serrie & Grill, Laundry Bar, The Rabbit Hole and The Social, Publika. You can also preview the playlists on Heineken’s facebook page. Other than that, this month look out for Heineken’s limited edition celebration can commemorating their 50th anniversary, designed by Fernando Degrossi – winner of Heineken’s Remix Our Future 2013 design challenge. Capping off the beer brand’s festive specials this month is the introduction of the Heineken instant photo magnet, which prints captured...

    Recap: Urbanscapes 2014

    Mon Dec 15

    The city’s longest-running creative arts festival took place last Saturday at Horse Ranch, Resorts World Genting – so there we went. At about six in the evening, it began to drizzle – and you know what they say: It never rains, it pours, as 6,500 people who attended Urbanscapes will tell you. Still, the acts made up for it. We stood in the light shower as The Lemonheads played their set, then we waited in the downpour for Local Natives to come on, and so on, and so forth. Not even the lack of cell reception could dampen our fun (though damp we were, from the weather) as we ate, danced, and shopped our Saturday away. If like us, you too are suffering from post-Urbanscapes withdrawal, here’s what to do: Plug in your earphones, listen to our Urbanscapes playlist, and click through for our stories from the festival. Latest blog posts

    Klangers overheard at the mamak #2

    Mon Dec 15

    Every month, we share the weird things we've overheard in KL. Got a #Klangers you want to share? Tweet us! Latest blog posts

    Instagram contest: Guess the mall and win

    Mon Dec 8

    How well do you know your KL shopping malls? It's time to put it to the ultimate test Here's a reason to brave the malls (and the crowds) this festive season: Your perseverance and attention to detail could win you shopping vouchers. Starting tomorrow (Dec 9), we'll be posting on Instagram a closeup shot of a mall's Christmas decorations, and anyone who can correctly guess the location stands a chance to win shopping vouchers and more worth RM200. Think of it as a Christmas edition of 'Where in KL is this?' – only with prizes to be won!How to enter1. Follow @timeoutkl on Instagram.2. Wait for the contest post and identify the mall at which the photo was taken. 3. Like and comment on the post with your answer within 24 hours from the time of the contest post. The prizeShopping vouchers worth RM200 each (unless otherwise stated in the contest post) . Terms and conditions1. One entry per person for each contest post.2. All entrants must follow @timeoutkl on Instagram, 'like' and...

    Markets and warehouse sales to check out this month

    Fri Dec 5

    Going Christmas shopping? Get a good bargain or score a unique find at these markets and warehouse sales in town Big Bad Wolf book sale There's a reason the mammoth book sale happens in December each year and ends just before Christmas – they want you to do your gift shopping there, and with prices so low, you can get everyone two presents each, or even buy a present for that colleague you don't like very much, just because. Latest blog posts

    Nobu KL is now open for lunch

    Fri Dec 5

    Ladies and gentlemen who lunch, we have good news for you. Nobu KL, the first Southeast Asian outpost of the stellar group of restaurants by Chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa and Robert De Niro, is now open for lunch. From Monday to Friday, 12noon to 2pm, one can choose from two premium Nobu bento boxes. As is the case with Nobu, these bento boxes are no ordinary lunches. The Signature and Premium Bento Box both consist of five dishes, where the masterful blend of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine is showcased in dishes such as baby tiger shrimp tempura with ponzu, Angus beef teriyaki, as well as sashimi salads at slightly less bank-breaking prices. And in case you’re wondering, yes, assorted sushi is also available in both bento boxes. Enjoy sweeping views of KL while savoring Nobu's signature black cod yuzu miso, included in the Signature Bento Box (priced at RM180++). Meanwhile, the Premium Bento Box (as the name suggests), priced at RM230++ per person, includes superior ingredients such as...

    Video: ‘Broke Her’ by Yuna

    Fri Dec 5

    Yuna’s latest loose single ‘Broke Her’ showcases her at her sultriest yet. Here, she amps up the ‘Vibez’ and goes ‘0 to 100’ – that is, ‘Broke Her’ flips a sample used in the Adam Feeny and Chester Stone Hansen song ‘Vibez’ and later in Drake’s ‘0 to 100’, slows it down, and the end result is a smooth, sombre 3.29 minutes splashed with crackling emotion. ‘I’m broken but I’ll be alright,’ she sings, and we believe her. For more on Yuna, visit Listen here: Latest blog posts

    Urbanscapes 2014: Set times

    Thu Dec 4

    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  Jolly Green Opera House2.30pm Brendan de Cruz & Fabian Mark Peter  3.15pm Hameer Zawawi4pm Jes Ibrahim & Monsoon Market4.45pm Faiq & The Manja Mob5.30pm Ben's Bitches6.30pm Lawrence Graham (DJ set)7.15pm Break8.45pm Comedy hour - Kuah Jenhan &...

    The five types of people you meet at music festivals

    Thu Dec 4

    Music festivals are great for discovering new music, food, the arts and various human behaviours. Let's put it this way: Everyone’s a perfectly decent person until you put their favourite band in front of them. Here are some 'species' you'll probably come across at Urbanscapes:The Tall One Ah, the cousin to The Girl Who Sits on Her Boyfriend’s Shoulders. We pray that you never have the misfortune to be stuck behind a combination of the two: The Girl Who Sits on Her Tall Boyfriend’s Shoulders. We get it; it must be so nice to be so tall, to do things only tall people can do. For example, the overhead luggage compartments are no match for you, you get firsthand knowledge of how the weather is like up there, and you have a nice, clear view in cinemas, large crowds and music festivals (pointed pause, accompanied by side eye). We’re not sizeist – after all, it’s not your fault you’re blessed with tall genes – but it’s easier for you to watch from the back and the sides at...

    Urbanscapes 2014: Things to bring

    Wed Dec 3

    Photo: The Spacemen

    We’re no strangers to music festivals, but this is probably the first time we have to prepare for the possibility of chilly weather (instead of just rain and sun). It’s going to be an experience to remember, but don’t let minor mishaps spoil the fun. Come prepared. Cash There won't be any ATMs at the venue, so bring enough cash to buy food, drinks and other stuff, and don’t forget to set enough aside for your ride back if you’re not driving. Keep your cash safe. Hand sanitiser and wet wipes Festivals are messy. By the time you tuck into that plate of nachos, you won't remember where your hands have been, so use a hand sanitiser for peace of mind. Wet wipes are for emergency cleanups in the event that things get a little too muddy. A light parka or hoodie For the possibility of rain, and to keep you warm in case the night gets too chilly. We hear the temperature will be around 22C to 26C. Oh hey, that leather jacket some of you insist on wearing to festivals won’t look...

    Urbanscapes 2014: Vendors to check out

    Wed Dec 3

    Curbside Cantina. Photo: Hizwan Hamid

    It’s not a festival without your line of vendors set up to fill up empty tummies and give shopaholics a little something to do in between acts. From Pisco Bar, Pickle & Fig and Fatbaby Ice Cream to retail choices like Ash Be Nimble, Third Culture and The Swagger Salon, the list covers a wide range of tastes and interests. Here’s a few to look out for: Curbside Cantina Joining two other fellow mobile enterprises, Guac! and Wheeloaf, this food truck will be your festival stop for Mexican grub. You don’t have to worry about keeping warm in the misty highland with dishes like chilli con carne, chicken cemita, steak quesadilla, and fish taco. When you’re done, order churros to cap off your meal. Andy’s BBQ Don’t mind the heat this stall will create as the folks behind Andy’s BBQ churn out Texas-style grilled delights, from barbecue sauce-basted chicken to smokey beef brisket and pulled meat sandwiches. Peanut Butter Factory Sisters Alina and Rachel Ong have brought into...

    Carlsberg Premium No 1 Selection promotion

    Tue Dec 2

    Advertisement feature Carlsberg's Premium No 1 Selection is a collection of four of their distinctive international brands which are each acknowledged as the number one premium brew in its market – Kronenbourg 1664 and Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc, Somersby Cider, Asahi Superdry and Corona Extra. This festive season, you can stand a chance to win great prizes when you buy any drink under the Premium No 1 Selection at selected outlets. Upon purchase, a scratchcard will be given for you to reveal your prize. Prizes up for grabs include:1. A holiday trip to Bali, Phuket or Boracay (inclusive of air tickets and accommodation) worth up to RM8,000 each.2. Samsung smartphones (50 to be won)3. A free bottle of any Premium No 1 Selection brand. Offer ends Dec 31. Latest blog posts

    Contest: Win a stay at AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort

    Tue Dec 2

    Win a 3D/2N stay in a Family Villa inclusive of breakfast for four, worth RM3,000++, or a 3D/2N stay in a Superior Room inclusive of breakfast for two, worth RM2,400++Sitting over a stretch of the Straits of Malacca and spreading almost a kilometre out into the waters, the AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort provides a perfect weekend getaway for the family without making you venture too far from the city – the resort is just a 90-minute drive from the heart of KL. For foreign visitors flying in, the distance between the airport and the resort is only a 40-minute drive.The 392 villas are an architectural fusion of traditional and modern designs, blending Polynesian and Maldivian-inspired aesthetics with Malaysian embellishments – elegant structures on stilts complete with private decks so you can get that beautiful sea view. Come meal time, whether you’re craving Malaysian flavours or international cuisines, the resort offers a wide range through its six restaurants and bars, from the...

    Contest: Win a stay at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur and two tickets to MAMMA MIA!

    Tue Dec 2

    Win: A one-night stay in Deluxe Room at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur with buffet breakfast and buffet dinner at Essence for two, and two tickets to MAMMA MIA! (RM390 each), worth RM4,033From London’s West End comes the musical MAMMA MIA!, in which bride-to-be Sophie goes through her mother’s old diary to work out who her biological father is, so that she can ask him to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day. Set on the Greek island of Kalokairi, the story is told using the timeless hits of ABBA, including ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Take a Chance on Me’ and ‘Honey, Honey’.As the musical makes a return to our shores for a week of music, comedy, romance and feel-good drama, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur looks forward to treating its guests with a special room package that offers perks like discounts and promotional rates at Mandara Spa and the hotel’s three dining venues: Celestial Court, Villa Danieli and Essence. Located a stone’s throw away from landmarks such as the...

    Urbanscapes 2014: Attractions

    Tue Dec 2

    Jon Mayor of North Bangsar

    Jon Mayor of North Bangsar

    Market of Experiences For its second year, this cross borders, multi-experiential market by The Generalist is all about engaging with the public in participation through their senses. This year, the gang are introducing tarot poetry, stalls with food cooked to evoke some nostalgia, interactive musical mamak sessions and more. They will also have a mobile library where you can take home a book you like for free. Biji-Biji Initiative Founders Rashvin Pal Singh, Zoe Victoria, Azam Hisham and Gurpreet Singh Dhillon started Biji-Biji Initiative based on the ideals of sustainable living, minimising carbon footprints and leaving a positive impact. The team will be building an interactive water tower where you can help direct the water flow through the channels, on top of learning more about the various sounds, shapes and power of water. At night the structure will turn into a colourful art installation with plenty of lights and projections. They will also be showcasing a rainwater...

    Urbanscapes 2014: Getting there and where to stay

    Mon Dec 1

    If you are heading to the festival without a car this weekend (and you can't find anyone to carpool with), fear not because there are many ways for you to get there and back. Here are some options you can consider: If you’re coming from KL/Selangor By taxi via MyTeksi MyTeksi is back as the official taxi partner for Urbanscapes this year. To enjoy special rebates, download the MyTeksi app on your phone and book a ride through the app to enjoy a RM30 rebate. Take note that these cash-backs are applicable for a one-way journey to the festival. If you’re travelling in a group of four, you are entitled to get up to RM120 rebate for a round trip. Just make your way to the MyTeksi booth at the festival and present four valued Urbanscapes tickets (not valid for complimentary/RM0 tickets) to redeem your RM60 cash-back. Book a ride from the venue and a RM60 cash-back voucher will be given for your trip as well. The MyTeksi booth will be operating from 2pm-10pm during the festival. By bus...

    Urbanscapes 2014: Playlist

    Mon Dec 1

    Latest blog posts With just a few more sleeps till Urbanscapes, we've put together the be-all and end-all playlist for your listening pleasure Festival info Guide to Urbanscapes Set times, transportation info, and more useful tips for the best festival experience.

    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...

    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...
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