Thursday, October 31, 2013

King of Kings Maestro Ilaiyaraaja Live in Kuala Lumpur

Friday, October 18, 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

Urbanscapes 2013


Press Release

Join Franz Ferdinand, Tegan and Sara, Two Door Cinema Club and dozens more for Urbanscapes Festival 2013, The Big Weekend of creative arts, music and community, at MAEPS on Saturday November 23rd and Sunday November 24th.

Urbanscapes is really excited to announce the latest round of artist additions to an already massive two-day lineup. Australian indie rockers the Last Dinosaurs bring a touch of Jurassic charm to the festival, while Sydney-based improvisational audio-visual outfit The Wires promise to bring the “oohs” and the “aahs”. There’s gutsy a capella from the UK’s Black Voices while closer to home, reality TV and YouTube sensation Asmidar demonstrates the left-turn creativity that Urbanscapes is renowned for. 

Our arts lineup continues to evolve and impress. Actorlympics is a who’s who of the Malaysia comedy scene, including legends like Patrick Teoh, Afdlin Shauki, Kuah Jenhan, Douglas Lim, Nell Ng and Rashid Salleh, collaborating to bring a touch of those “Whose Line Is It Anyway” improvisational comedy shows to Urbanscapes. And while Urbanscapes is known for its vendors, it’s never seen anything like Market of Experiences, a group of exhibitions and performance art installations that plays with our notion of retail and society, featuring works by Norman Teh and Jia Ling Chew, Vikas Kailankaje and Mun Kao, amongst others.

Gore fans should find time to check out Kult’s Real Horror Show. Curated by Singapore art gallery Kult 3D, the show includes a series of monsters and ghouls created by some of South East Asia’s most gruesome illustrators, B-movie horror montages and shockingly grabbing hands-on experiences including monster face painting, T-shirt silk screening and a doodling workshop.

For electronica fans, stay tuned to Deer in the Park curated by The Deer Society, with a lineup that includes veteran local stars like Flica, newbie sensations like Dangerdisko and Bass Sekolah as well as regional talents like Indonesia’s Midnight Runners and Bottlesmoker.

Fans of the old skool – this should make you smile. In an Urbanscapes exclusive, The Wknd Sessions hosts two of Malaysia’s most important indie music pioneers, Nice Stupid Playground and Damn Dirty Apes. It’s going to be an Urbanscapes to remember.

This year, for the first time, we’re asking you to start the Big Weekend early, and join us for a series of exclusive Urbanscapes Satellite Shows. On October 31st, we’re very pleased to announce a lineup of two incredible bands for you at KL Live. For their long-awaited return to KL, we bring you the awesome cosmic post-rock power of Explosions in the Sky. The Texans are known for the catchy yet pure cinematic grandeur of their music and the band has an enormous following in Malaysia. Loved the world over for their dynamic stage presence and sheer intensity, every show they play here becomes a huge occasion.

Joining them will be one of Denmark’s leading underground acts, the mighty Mew. Formed in 1994, this trio have been labelled dream pop, shoegaze, indie, alt, post-rock and even new prog, which simply shows how hard it is to categorise their sound. We agree with them, that they’re “the world’s only indie stadium band”, as they make catchy and accessible off-kilter pop that’s equally at home when you’re making Sunday breakfast as in a heaving rock venue.

Some people might think that Imperial is best but at Urbanscapes, we’ve always preferred metric. Especially when Metric are the stars of our second Satellite Show on December 3rd at KL Live. Over five albums, the Canadian New Wave and synth pop-influenced band have built a hardcore global fanbase, based around an incendiary reputation for their live shows and festival performances. Accomplished crowd-pleasers, the band is also known for throwing impromptu cover versions and other musical surprises into its live sets.

To help you make the most of your Urbanscapes experience, we’re offering a buy-one-see-all ticket in the shape of our All-Access Pass. These very limited tickets are available at RM397 and offer entry to Urbanscapes Festival and all Satellite Shows. Individual tickets for the shows are priced at RM177 (per show). 

Urbanscapes Festival 2013 is supported by Malaysia Major Events, a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under Malaysia’s Ministry of Tourism and Culture and other partners.

Event Information:

Urbanscapes 2013

Ticket Prices: 
  • All-Access Pass: RM397 
  • Weekend Pass: Pre-Sale: RM227 (limited) 
  • Regular Sale: RM247 
  • Satellite Shows: RM177 (per show) 

Ticket Outlets: 
  • Online at and at the following outlets: 
  • Tower Records Malaysia, Berjaya Times Square 
  • Rock Corner outlets: 1 Utama, The Curve, Subang Parade, The Gardens, Mid Valley Megamall, KLCC, Bangsar 
  • The Guitar Store outlets: Cheras, Desa Sri Hartamas, Damansara Perdana, Kepong, Balakong, Puchong 
  • Victoria Music Centre outlets: Sungei Wang Plaza, Tropicana City Mall, Bangsar 
  • Loud + Clear, Bangi 
  • Life Centre

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Sundown Beach Music Festival Asia

The Sundown Beach Music Festival Asia is hitting the Gold Coast Morib Resort Beach Front in Selangor, Malaysia, on 11 & 12 October, 2013!

Sundown Music Festival Asia 2013, the ultimate beach music experience has finally reached your shores!

Imagine electro waves hitting the coast, mixed with audio and visual vibes to saturate your senses. Sundown is the reality that all ravers dream of.

Step out of the club and say hello to the great outdoors, where the sand, sun, sea and breeze meet with the vibes to give you an experience like no other.

For more info:

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Heineken Recruits Four Malaysians for Space Expedition

KUALA LUMPUR, 3 September 2013 – What’s the ultimate voyage for a legendary traveler? Taking on the final frontier of course! Leave Earth to the tourists, as Heineken preps you for space.

Earlier last month, 15 Malaysians won the Heineken ‘Legendary Traveler’ contest - the first installation of Heineken’s Voyage campaign. They will be rewarded with an all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas where they and a friend will be whisked away on a voyage off the beaten path with Heineken. 

In the final installation of the global campaign, Heineken ups the ante by sending four Malaysians to space camp training at Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) in Amsterdam.

“Through our Voyage campaign, we want to further inspire people to be resourceful and open to the world. We are rewarding a select few of our drinkers to go beyond their borders by taking them on the ultimate voyage – an experience that truly allows them to journey to new frontiers,” said Ms. Jessie Chuah, Marketing Manager of Heineken Malaysia

To be fit for their space expedition, four of them will undergo SXC’s unique astronaut training missions, the same training sessions that real astronauts go through. 

In the G-centrifuge, they will experience the effects of elevated G-levels of up to 4G or experience weightlessness in the Zero-G or parabolic flights. The ultimate experience will be a stay in the Desdemona simulator, a first of its kind space simulator that is both full-motion and capable of generating all possible G-forces up to 3.3G.

To get on board Heineken’s ultimate voyage to SXC in Amsterdam worth RM40,000, all you need to do is:
Heineken ‘Ultimate Voyage’ Contest
1. Head to and key in your mobile phone number

2. You will receive a phone call followed by an SMS containing a unique code

3. Log on to and insert the unique code to begin your journey

4. Point the compass in the correct direction, then drag and release to fly around the globe towards the next destination

5. Scoring for each voyage is determined by the overall distance from the intended destination at the end of each level

6. The lower the number of kilometers at the end of the game, the higher your chance of winning the prize!

Voyage is the fifth installment of the Heineken Legends campaign and is their latest global initiative that aims to inspire its drinkers to push their boundaries and seek experiences outside of their comfort zone.

The ‘Ultimate Voyage’ contest runs from 3rd Sept – 16th Oct 2013, so put your skills to the test and get ready for a legendary experience with Heineken!

Halloween At Sunway Lagoon

Weekend A La Carte Buffet Lunch Eat & Drink-All-You-Can @ Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine

Sandwiches, Sweets, Drinks & Shisha @ Nasi Hadramot Restaurant

                                                       Nasi Hadramot Restaurant 
No. 51 & 53, First Floor, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

New Steak creations from Outback - Limited time only

Outback Steakhouse
GL-12, BB Park, Low Yat Plaza, No. 7, Jalan 1/77, Off Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Short+Sweet Festival 2013

Short+Sweet is the biggest short play festival in the world. First produced at the Newtown Theatre in Sydney, Australia in 2002. This year happening in Kuala Lumpur and Penang with a brand new category: SONG!

The Festival will mark its 6th year in two most prestigious theatre establishment in the country, The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre –klpac and Performing Arts Centre of Penang (penangpac). The Festival is a hub to showcase aspiring talents in a highly creative, collaborative and professional environment.

This innovative and fresh theatre festival will feature ten-minute musical, dance, theatre, comedy and songs that showcase the best of established and emerging singer-songwriters, comedians, composers, lyricists, musical directors, writers, directors, actors, choreographers and dancers. Short+Sweet 2012 Malaysia will feature 10 minute plays in any language, 10 minutes choreography pieces; 10 minutes musical theatre 10 minutes comedy and 10 minutes song! The Gala Night will conclude each festival.

As this is also a competition, all the teams will be judged by invited judges and by you! So, still wanna give the S+S Festival a miss?

The Kuala Lumpur
Performing Arts Centre
Tel: +603 4047 9000
penangpac @ Straits Quay 
Tel: +604 8991 722 / 2722
TicketPro Online Ticketing

Paul Loosley's Broadway On Film

After last year’s keen welcome for ‘Rodgers and Hammerstein on Film’, Paul brings you a batch of six more outstanding Broadway musicals that made the move from stage to screen; usually with ease, often with brilliance and always with magic. So, while the songs remain the same, and superb, we again see how evocative locations, spectacular settings, grand production numbers, intimate close-ups and dazzling camerawork transport us from the immediate excitement of the theatre to the huge dream world of the silver screen.

The Kuala Lumpur
Performing Arts Centre
Tel: +603 4047 9000
penangpac @ Straits Quay 
Tel: +604 8991 722 / 2722
TicketPro Online Ticketing

Lunch Just Got Better @ Fa-Ying by Rama V

Get Free Drink All Day Long Only at Nyonya Colors @ The Curve

First Liquid Nitrogen Based Freshly Made Gelatos 

RM6 Small 1 Scoop, RM9.90 Medium 2 Scoops, RM13.90 Large 3 Scoops

F 074A, First Floor, Mid Valley Megamall, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 
Lot F1-AV190, Asian Avenue, Level F, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, No. 3, Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Kids in Charge! Advisory board launched at Thistle Port Dickson Resort

image credit: Maggie Cheong, words: Jack Choo 

The Thistle Port Dickson Resort has taken innovation to the next level by appointing ten kids into a provisional Advisory Board. Their main task will be to deliberate amongst themselves and suggest exciting and fun activities that can be implemented into the hotel’s activities, exclusively for kids.

The quest for the Kids in Charge! Advisory board was launched as part of Thistle’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts, with some 65 children from 6 local schools and homes, including Agape Home School and Home of Peace invited to be part of the campaign. Overseeing the campaign were Simon Farr, Regional Director of Operations of Thistle Hotels, Mr Chinthaka Weerasinghe, Country Manager Malaysia, SriLankan Airlines and Mr KJ Wong, General Manager (GSA), SriLankan Airlines.

The nationwide search was open to all children aged 7 to 12 years old residing in West and East Malaysia, including children of expatriates. Kids interested in participating only needed to download the entry form from Thistle’s website, answer three questions and of course, obtain the consent of their relevant parents/guardians to participate.

All entries received were then reviewed by a panel of six judges and narrowed down to 10 finalists who were inducted into the board. Each of the 10 board members will then be invited for four 3D/2N stays for a family of four at Thistle Port Dickson, during which the board meetings will convene. In all, 4 board meetings will take place over a period of four months until December 2013, after which the board will be dissolved.

When frigglive asked why induct children into an advisory board, Mr John Murphy, General Manager of Thistle Port Dickson Resort had this to say:

“Children today are more astute than ever before. Looking after them and meeting their needs is serious business. Very often hotels tend to focus on being hospitable to adults, but in our efforts we neglect to take in the expectations of this very important demographic of guests. As grown-ups  we can very easily lose sight of their needs. This is why we’re taking this very seriously at Thistle Port Dickson Resort, to ultimately allow kids to decide what they want”.

So without further ado and with an appropriate drum roll  here are the 10 finalists who made the grade:

Adam Mrani, 12, Aisyah Batrisyia, 12, Anitel Palur, 8, Chong Yun Xian, 8, Christopher Nantha, 12, Ella Morris, 8, Fong Jin, 11, Ng Zhang En, 9, Nur Jannah Lee, 8, and Tan Kah Hong, 12.

Following the induction ceremony held recently, the kids were promptly put to work by being taken on a tour of the hotel and then convening for their first ice-breaker meeting. There will be monthly meetings held after this.

Each board member is encouraged to contribute original and innovative ideas towards enhancing kids’ experiences at Thistle, and to discuss the implementation of these ideas with the resort management team to assess their creativity and feasibility.    

About The Thistle Port Dickson:

The idyllic Thistle Port Dickson Resort, located just 80km from Kuala Lumpur is set in 36 hectares of tropical landscaped gardens, along a 3-kilometre stretch of a private sandy beach in Teluk Kemang, one of the most popular beaches in Port Dickson.  Already recognized by a host of awards and accolades, including the 2012 Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor, Thistle Port Dickson Resort boasts 251 luxuriously furnished rooms with views of either the Straits of Malacca or the resort’s very own golf course. All room bookings at the resort include complimentary unlimited wi-fi, watersports, golf, tennis and many other activities.