Archive for June, 2007

Asian Cup in KL!

All around the city, banners are up, announcing the coming of Asian Cup. I am how unsure how successful this event would be because with four hosts, from Vietnam to Indonesia, the crowd will be distributed far and wide. I doubt that party feeling that was last felt in Kuala Lumpur during the Commonwealth Games in 1998 would be in the air.

Only two stadiums will host Asian Cup matches. Two of them are the National Stadium at Bukit Jalil and the Shah Alam Stadium at, well, Shah Alam. According to the Asian Cup website, both are located in Kuala Lumpur. In actual fact, only Bukit Jalil is part of Kuala Lumpur. Shah Alam is definitely not part of Kuala Lumpur.

The first Asian Cup 2007 match in Kuala Lumpur will see Malaysia up against China on July 10. I don’t really expect Malaysia to win but at least, it would be nice not to get beaten to death. Anyway, it is easy to get to the stadium. Get on the Sri Petaling LRT line and you’ll be there in no time.

Coming back to the spectators, already spread thinly across the region, having the match on a weekday is a good way to have an empty stadium. July 10 is a Tuesday. I wonder, why can’t they hold it on a Friday, or a Saturday evening?

No bikinis, but hot pants are ok

Futurama in KLCC II
Photo from flickr.com by moroiu.

Possibly aware that they have to make some noise in parliament to boost support for the looming general election, two MPs slammed the Youth and Sports Ministry for allowing ‘scantily’ clad sexy models in the Super GT Grand Prix held in Malaysia.

But it’s the reply that takes the cake.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Youth and Sports Ministry S. Vigneswaran said the models did not wear swim suits but were attired in hot pants.

PKR – Parti Kenangan Reformasi?

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PKR in need of CPR? Photo from flickr.com by eesti.

At the rate things are going for PKR, it may soon change its status from political party to social club in memory of the misnamed Reformasi (Reformation) movement of 1998, which should have been more accurately called Resusitasi (Resuscitation) as its main aim was to save the suddenly sacked deputy premier, Anwar Ibrahim.

Founding leaders are deserting the sinking ship while the party’s self-declared de facto leader, Anwar, is on tour in some part of the world.

So Parti Keadilan Rakyat (People’s Justice Party) may soon be Parti Kenangan Reformasi (Reformasi Memorial Party). Party on, dudes!

Coping by copying

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The Eye on Malaysia.Photo from flickr.com by w.Girl.

Malaysians are not a particularly creative bunch. Perhaps this is because we are taught to follow and believe blindly – crticisms and even innocent questions are looked upon with great disdain. Ask why certain policies are perpetuated to seeming eternity, and you will be accused of sedition — legally accused, mind you, it’s the LAW.

So it’s expected when we just plagiarised an idea from London — the London Eye. And all this talk about wanting to break free from the chains of imperialism. It looks like we are still kow-towing, at least in ideas, to our former colonial masters.

And guess what? We celebrate 50 years of ‘independence’ this August. Maybe it’s true, reality is perception. What happens if most are deluded?

For more on the Malaysian copycat version of the London Eye, read an earlier post by plonkwork here.

Bukit Bintang Bubble Boy

Bubble Boy
Photo by FL2020. More at flickr.com.

The city’s shopping hub is now a colourful melange of vivid colours, peddlers and rampant pickpockets.

This kiosk just by the Bukit Bintang monorail station sells an assortment of toys but the promoter doesn’t look too jubilant although a ‘bubble gun’ is supposed to be fun.

Happy faces, happy sales?

Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve: A REAL Oasis in the Heart of the City

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Art flourishes in a bubble world in the heart of the city.

A common route by foot from Central Market/Pudu Raya/Chinatown/Kota Raya to Bukit Bintang is along Jalan Raja Chulan, which will take you about 45 minutes to an hour.

On a nice day, it’s a soothing walk past the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve right in the middle of the city. And for the first time since my close to 30 years of living in KL, I spotted the Forest Reserve office, which had a sign saying there were WIFI facilities provided. I wasn’t sure if that meant I could get WIFI if I trekked up the primary forest.

Earlier, when FL2020 walked towards this bubble world, she heard a group practising dhol drums and saw a wall of scrawled with angst-filled, urban graffiti. It was as if she stumbled upon the twilight zone of a hidden art scene.

Also, notable was a small community of government quarters and pre-war shoplots at Lorong Raja Chulan, just off Jalan Raja Chulan.
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the magic orchestra

it had been a wonderful orchestra performed by conductor kevin field where families and children were all fully entertained…why i was there is because the compliments by exxonmobil…got the ticket from my dad..haha…no doubt..it had been a wonderful concert..wish to take some photos for you guys to have a look in the concert hall inside but due to terms and conditions hence i can’t do so…it is a different type of orchestra..it is not just a concert but also include some entertainment..here is the synopsis
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Foreign Workers Deserve To Live Too

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Foreign immigrants enjoying their day off in the city.

Foreign workers hang out at an older part of the city just next to Chinatown around Kota Raya shopping mall on Sundays.

Some are degree holders from Burma or Vietnam but immigrated to Malaysia as there are too few jobs in their countries. Over here, as blue-collared workers, they are mostly treated with disdain and little respect. But if you look closer, they are just like you and I, who want a better life.
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Percussion + Drums @ Bau Bau Cafe

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Hisham smoking a ciggie at his cafe.

Tonite 9PM (SAT – Jun 23, 2007) BAU BAU CAFE, Mezzanine Floor, Central Market Annexe, Jalan Hang Kasturi, 50050 Kuala Lumpur.

Prominent political activist, writer, filmmaker Hishamuddin Rais’ has a newish cafe in the revamped artsy fartsy Central Market Annexe. Tonite, there will be some music. A hip hangout with some good music and soothing teh serai. :)

For a review in The Star, go here.

Beef Noodles @ Jalan Alor

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Or rather the parallel street behind Jalan Alor, at the corner opposite Nova Hotel, I believe. The meal above costs RM6.50 (erm, under USD2) — slices of beef; entrails like crunchy stomach lining and intestines; and more conventional beef balls in a clear soup served with dry noodles with a minced meat sauce — think Chinese-style spaghetti ;). The most important condiment is the highly addictive garlic chili sauce which is my favourite in the city. My dessert is another popular local drink to ‘detox’ or ‘cool’ the body: think citron presse but made with fresh lime juice and preserved sour plums (gat chai shuen mui). Ah simply blissful. Definitely worth my random drive there to get my fix.

NON-HALAL

For more photos, read on. ;)
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