Fun with Nickelodeon at Sunway Putra Mall
From August 10 to 26, Sunway Putra Mall will become your favourite shopping destination for you and your family. Besides the great variety of shopping and dining options in the mall, there will be a special Nickelodeon Playground just for the kids. There are three main activities featuring popular Nickelodeon characters at the Playground – which is happening throughout the school holidays – combining education and entertainment. Start with the PAW Patrol Pawsome Slide then move on to the Kiddie Car Ride with Blaze, where the kids can choose to manoeuvre their cars by remote control or manually. On August 18 and 19, there’s an extra-special treat courtesy of Shimmer and Shine, everyone’s favourite twin genies-in-training. There will be a play table with lots of activities and a Meet and Greet session with the mascots. The best part is all these activities are FREE! You'll also be happy to know that there are hand sanitisers located at every station within the Playground. So don't forget to get little hands (and yours) sanitised before and after play to keep those pesky germs away. After a long day of playing, get the kids a memento of the fun day in the form of their favourite toys at the merchandise area which is conveniently located right by the Blaze play area. Meanwhile, the Toy World merchandise zone at the Main Concourse stocks popular Nickelodeon toys, including Shimmer, Shine as well as Paw Patrol's Ryder, Marshall, Chase and Skye products. Sunway Putra Mall is a
Best educational apps for kids
It's nearly impossible to keep the kids away from electronic devices these days, so might as well make the most of screen time with apps that will actually teach them something useful. Here we've rounded the best educational apps for kids that offer fun and knowledge at the same time.
What’s on this week in KL
Film screening: Absent Without Leave
Director Lau Kek Huat's stirring film 'Absent Without Leave' explores a period of our country's history that's not often discussed publicly. A portrait hangs in the narrator's home, the identity of the subject a taboo in his family. When the narrator discovers that the portrait is of his grandfather, who was a member of the Malayan Communist Party, he starts to learn facts about his country's history through the mixed generational memories of this man. After the screening, there will be a discussion on the ambivalance of memories in our history of the Malayan Emergency.
BSC Seek & Keep Artisan Market
Celebrating Malaysia's 61st Independence Day, this edition of BSC's Seek & Keep Artisan Market will see a number of special performances and activities lined up. This event will bring together local creative spirits under one roof with a wide variety of unique items as well as gourmet food and drink. Show your support for our homegrown brands as you partake in the festivities.
Bobo KL presents Izen Kong
Pop crooner Izen Kong also dabbles in opera, jazz, R&B, musical theatre hits and even some pop rock. His resume includes an appearance on Malaysia's/Singapore's 'The Voice', China's 'Come Sing With Me' and a performance with The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Head to Bobo KL this weekend to catch Izen's soothing vocals.
Sinophone literature in the making of Malaya
Literature was highly regarded as a form of contention for writers in post-war Malaya - especially among those with different ideologies - who were experimenting with localisation in their works. This talk will explore how a literary identity was built by those writers during the Cold War. The speaker is Dr Show Ying Xin, who received her PhD in humanities from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and is an incoming postdoctoral fellow for the International Institute for Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan.
New restaurants and bars in KL
What started out as a humble vegetarian eatery in Bangalore almost a century ago in 1924, Mavalli Tiffin Rooms – or MTR – now has multiple outlets across Asia and the Middle East. Its latest outpost in KL promises hearty South Indian vegetarian fare that’s not only affordable, it’s also good for your waistline. Inside, posters on the brand’s long history are plastered on the bright red walls, while simple furniture and a spotless space allow the food to shine. The expansive menu is made up of familiar South Indian dishes like idli, vada, dosa, thali sets and more. A must-have is the masala dosa (RM9) – light and crisp, made with a mixture of grains and pulses laced with ghee, filled with spiced potatoes, and accompanied by green chutney, lentil sambar and even more ghee. The smooth, shiny surface of the crust is telling of a good dosa; here at MTR, it’s good. If that doesn’t fill you up, go for the Mini Meals (RM13). Don’t be fooled by its innocent-sounding name; this hefty meal consists of palya, vegetable sagu, plain rice, curd rice, sambar, rasam, papadum, pickles, payasum and a choice of either plain dosa, poori, chapathi or akki roti. If you’re really hungry, the Special Mini Meals (RM19) comes with even more items such as bisi bele bhath, kosambari salad and a dessert. If you’re working in the vicinity, you’ll be happy to know that MTR offers daily specials alongside the regular selection. We visited on a Thursday, so our options were pulliogre (RM8.50), thatte idly
Bangsar has gone through many phases – unobtrusive residential area, clubbing haven, arts and culture quarter, and now, café district. From the busy streets of Telawi to the more laidback Jalan Bangkung and Jalan Kemuja, we round up the best restaurants, bars, cafés and things to do in Bangsar.
Populated by expatriates and upper middle class families, Hartamas is fancy – even its name says so (‘harta’, treasure; ‘mas’, gold). This isn’t saying that the area is inaccessible for us 'mere mortals' – in fact, it’s quite the opposite now. With many cafés and eateries opening up around the 'hood, plenty of non-Hartamas residents flock here, and not just for the lineup of Japanese restaurants. By the way, we're also including the best places to eat and visit in neighbouring areas Mont Kiara and Solaris Dutamas. Fun fact: The area was the premise of a local TV show titled (surprise, surprise) ‘Hartamas’ starring Ida Nerina and Rashidi Ishak.
The wide land that is Damansara has the privilege of being both KL and Selangor. It can be confusing – Bukit Damansara for example, is not exactly near the main Damansaras while Ara Damansara is somewhat Subang (and sometimes even Shah Alam). To make things easier for you, we've picked some of the best restaurants, cafés, bars and things to do in each Damansara area.
Damansara Utama is home to Damansara Uptown, the land of hard-to-find parking spots and more cafés than you can shake a stick at. We say park in the new Starling Mall and walk about the area before you eventually step in to an eatery. Here are our picks of restaurants, cafés, shops and things to do in the area. PS: If your favourite spot isn't featured here, let us know in the comments.
Let’s not mask the fact that Sunway is an area dominated by students, which isn’t saying that it’s a bad thing. If you need help getting around the area, the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is making things better. It’s fast – not a concept Malaysians are accustomed to hearing and practising. Let’s not also forget about Sunway Pyramid and Sunway Lagoon, where there are plenty of things to do. If you don’t have plans in Sunway, you do now.
The best of Kuala Lumpur
100 best local dishes and drinks in KL
We are a food city. One that caters to the food-obsessed; one that alternates between street and traditional dining, at any budget and time of the day. Here are the 100 best dishes and drinks that truly defines us, from the contentious nasi leamk to the humble roti canai. Loosen your belt – you've got much eating to do.
Best nasi lemak in KL
We pick the best places in town for a satisfying plate of the country's pride and joy – the mighty nasi lemak. Hunt down these nasi lemak joints for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even supper, because our national dish doesn't restrict itself to a certain meal time – which is why we love it so much.