Infrastruktur dinaik taraf, berwajah baru – Little India Brickfields

•October 28, 2010 • Leave a Comment

KUALA LUMPUR: Kira-kira 10,000 menyaksikan pelancaran Little India Brickfields di sini yang dirasmikan bersama Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak dan Perdana Menteri India, Dr Manmohan Singh, di sini semalam.

Pelancaran Little India Brickfields oleh Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak dan PM India, Dr Manmohan Singh. Turut hadir Dato' Raja Nong Chik

Pelancaran Little India Brickfields oleh Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak dan PM India, Dr Manmohan Singh. Turut hadir Dato' Raja Nong Chik

Brickfields yang menjadi kawasan tumpuan utama kaum India di ibu negara yang kini berwajah baru diserikan seni ukiran pintu gerbang berwarna warni di sepanjang Jalan Brickfields yang direka hasil nasihat pakar ukiran dari India.

Lebih menarik, kedua-dua pemimpin menghadiahkan pancuran air setinggi 7.62 meter dengan arca flora dan fauna, di persimpangan Jalan Travers, Jalan Tun Sambanthan dan Jalan Brickfields sebagai mercu tanda utama Little India Brickfields.

Projek itu menjadikan seluruh kawasan Brickfields mengalami perubahan dari segi susun atur gerai, corak hiasan jalan raya, selain infrastruktur dinaikkan taraf terutama bagi menyelesaikan masalah kesesakan lalu lintas dan kekurangan tempat letak kenderaan.

Little India Brickfields kini bermandikan cahaya pada waktu malam, sekali gus menonjolkan imej dan seni budaya kaum India yang bertapak sejak ratusan tahun di negara ini.

Projek itu adalah cetusan idea Najib ketika melakukan tinjauan mesra ke Brickfields pada April tahun lalu, sehari selepas menjadi Perdana Menteri. Ia merangkumi kawasan berhampiran KL Sentral, hab pengangkutan di ibu negara dari Jalan Travers ke Jalan Tun Sambanthan dan dibangunkan dalam dua fasa oleh pemaju Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB) membabitkan kos RM35 juta.
Sementara itu, dalam ucapannya menganggap kehadiran Manmohan melancarkan Little India Brickfields adalah simbol hubungan kedua-dua negara yang semakin rapat.

“Majlis ini adalah simbolik kepada pembaharuan hubungan kedua-dua negara pada abad ke-21 yang sudah lama terjalin sejak ratusan tahun,” katanya.

Perdana Menteri turut berkata, bersesuaian dengan pelancaran itu, Brickfields kini memasuki era baru kerana ia bukan sekadar menjadi kawasan penempatan dan perniagaan kaum India, malah lokasi menarik pelancong asing.

Pelancaran Little India Brickfields oleh Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak dan PM India, Dr Manmohan Singh. Turut hadir Dato' Raja Nong Chik

Pelancaran Little India Brickfields oleh Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak dan PM India, Dr Manmohan Singh. Turut hadir Dato' Raja Nong Chik

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Penjara Pudu dalam kenangan

•June 30, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Gambar-gambar penjara pudu dalam kenangan.

Gambar dari: Commons Wikimedia

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KL-ites are die-hard foodies and shopaholics?

•February 3, 2010 • Leave a Comment

KL-ites are die-hard foodies and shopaholics? Are you agree with that? Haha. I couldn’t agree more than that. If we ask anyone about what kind of Malaysian foods they like, they can give you a long list and almost the same list.

Plus to that, there are quite a number of blogs that only write about foods and those blogs are famous, even to other countries. That’s why non-Malaysian said we are die-hard foodies and shopaholics.

Who said that?

January 28, 2010 14:19 PM

Kuala Lumpur On New York Times’ Must-see List For 2010

By Muin Abdul Majid

DUBAI, Jan 28 (Bernama) — Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, has been included in the top travel list compiled by the online version of The New York Times.

The daily recently named the vibrant and exotic Southeast Asian city among its “must-see destinations” this year in the latest edition of its annual travel list, “31 places to go in 2010″.

Besides Kuala Lumpur (or KL as it is commonly called), other destinations on the list included Damascus, Copenhagen, Norway, Los Angeles and Costa Rica, according to a statement from Tourism Malaysia.

The travel-section report described Kuala Lumpur as an increasingly popular destination among jetsetters in the region and one of the area’s “coolest and friendliest cities”.

It also described KL-ites as “die-hard foodies…and shopaholics, spending weekends trawling boutiques for the latest looks emerging from the sophisticated local fashion scene”.

The KL report was written by Naomi Lindt, a travel writer who focuses on Asia, said Tourism Malaysia.

KL’s “robust street food scene that straddles Chinese, Indian and Malay flavours” caught the attention of The New York Times, along with the burgeoning local fashion scene in the city, led by fashion designers Bernard Chandran, Khoon Hooi and Melinda Looi.

Bangsar was also highlighted for its cluster of fashion stores along Jalan Telawi 2 and 3.

– BERNAMA

This is a good news to us, and we should be happy about it. We’re being acknowledged by people, so what should we do now? Improve our country’s social and economical aspects, and Malaysia will become one of the leading countries in economy sector.

Raja Nong Chik on Labuan’s Welfare

•January 5, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Raja Nong Chik talking to the press on Labuan’s Welfare.

LABUAN: A total of RM10mil has been allocated to resolve the squatter problem in Labuan, said Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Raja Datuk Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.

He said the allocation was to build low-cost flats over four phases in Kampung Sungai Bangat.

“We still have squatters in Labuan and efforts are in the pipeline to resolve the problem,” he said after launching quarters for civil servants and the extension of the National Land Code to Labuan in Kampung Bukit Kuda here.

Areas with squatters in Labuan include Kampung Rancha-Rancha, Kampung Sungai Bangat, Kampung Muslim and Kampung Kiansam.

Sumber: Bernama

We will miss you, Barbara

•November 16, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Do you know Barbara McKay? She’s a famous artist, you know. If you claimed you know arts, you should’ve know her or have been to her gallery or exhibition.

Last week, I went to her exhibition at Central Market. It was splendid!

Barbara McKay's leaflet

Barbara McKay's leaflet

The drawing that she used for the front cover is really extraordinary. Oh! I took a picture of the drawing.

One of her drawings

One of her drawing

I took a few minutes to grasp the subject of the painting. And all I can say that the painting deserved to be the theme for her exhibition this time.

Ok! Let’s go to the real thing now.

The venue

The venue

And the front look.

The exhibition

The exhibition

Well, I went there on weekdays (I think on last thursday) so obviously less people but if you go there on weekends, there will be more people. But unfortunately, her exhibition was till last friday. (that’s why i put the title like that ^_^ )

Some of her paintings

Some of her paintings

I really like her paintings but some of them, I can’t quite figure out the subject. Oh! I forgot to mention that the theme for these paintings is Kuala Lumpur. She has been in KL since January this year and put everything in her paintings within 3 weeks. And this week, she and her husband will go to Sarawak. I hope she have fun staying in Malaysia and guess what she said, she said KL is her second hometown.

People visiting her exhibition

People visiting her exhibition

Oh, did I mention that our FT Minister’s wife, Datin Nafesah was there when I went to Barbara’s exhibition. I heard that she really like Barbara’s paintings and planned to buy one. (or a few, I’m not sure) In the picture, Barbara herself explained the meaning of her paintings to Datin Nafesah.

And here are some more of the paintings.

One of her paintings

One of her paintings

One of her paintings

One of her paintings

I kinda like this one because the colour contrast that she used.

The guestbook

The guestbook

My friend and I wrote something in the guestbook, hoping that she continues showing her arts to the world.

Cuci the musical theatre

•November 10, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Have you ever watch Cuci the musical theatre? Here is some words from the people involved.

Giving Cuci his musical best
KIREN KAUR

BIG-name television stars are sharing the stage, or wire harnesses in this case, for the first time in Cuci The Musical.

The show is based on the 2008 film which grossed RM2.8million at the local box office.

Awie, Hans and AC in Cuci the musical

(From left) Adibah Nor, Awie, Hans Isaac and AC Mizal in a scene from Cuci The Musical at Istana Budaya

Says Hans Isaac, actor, producer and owner of Tall Order Productions: “It was always going to be a musical to me. The film took only two weeks to write. The musical has taken a whole lot more time and we are currently at the twelfth draft of the script.”

The four leading actors all reprise their celluloid roles — Awie as Jojo, A.C. Mizal as C’tan, Afdlin Shauki as Fairil and Hans as Khai.

Signing these actors early in the pre-production stage was crucial to maintain the successful masala of the film which bagged two awards at the Malaysian Film Festival (Best New Director for Isaac and Best Screenplay).

The supporting roles of CJ and her assistant are played by Vanida Imran and Adibah Noor respectively with Harith Iskander playing the part of baddie (if there really is one) Wira, owner of WiraMaju Enterprise, arch rival of Cuci-Cuci Services.

Those who have watched the film know that it is a simple story of how four young guys band together to form a cleaning company.

The leader of the group Fairil (Afdlin) is the visionary with the ultimate aim of winning the KLCC window washing contract.

“Although the musical stays pretty much true to the film, you can expect a shock in the third part of Act 1,” says Hans, his face shining with enthusiasm as he talks about the production.

It is hard to believe that before the show opened last Friday, Hans had spent two days in hospital after collapsing with exhaustion.

“This is the biggest production ever in Malaysia — biggest budget and biggest production, all funded by me and my company, all my savings.

“I’ve not said no to anyone in the production and I only ask the best of them. While Puteri Gunung Ledang set the standard, I aim to raise the bar and pull out all the stops with Cuci.”

The original score is composed by Douglas Lim and Pacai (Dr Syed Ahmad Faizal Al-Attas) with Janji Pada Umi listed as one of Hans personal favourites.

“Singing and dancing are my personal fears so for this musical I’ve had to brave that hurdle, calm down and give it my best,” he says.

The musical, which ends its run on Nov 8, will be performed in Malay with English subtitles. Tickets, from RM43-RM253, are available at the Istana Budaya box office (03-40265558) and at Axcess (03-77115000).

Source: NST

The musical theatre had ended a few days ago but I really respect Afdlin Shauki for his success.

2 in 1 event

•November 9, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Hi,

Have you ever heard of The Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation Malaysia (ADFM)? If you never heard of this organisation, ADFM is an organisation that aiming to provide information and help to Caregivers of Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia patients.

You can search around about the organisation, but if you’re too busy here are the links for you to click.

ADFM ‘s website

ADFM’s blog

Then, ADFM is organising an event. Of course to help Caregivers of Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia patients. So how about a round of entertainment plus something to give to the needed?

Actually I found out about the event in here.

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Monday November 9, 2009

Charity concert in aid of Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation

By JADE CHAN

THE audience is in for a treat next weekend at the Unforgettable: Royal Charity Concert as they walk down a musical memory lane of light classics, popular favourites and sheer symphonic magic.

charity concert for Alzheimer - anaksenikl

World-class concert: (From left) AlzheimerÍs Disease Foundation Malaysia trustee Toh Puan Dr Aishah Ong, Wendy Ong, Pook, Sean, ADFM president Datuk Jeffrey Ng and ADFM trustee SS Leong having a chat after the press conference.

The Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation Malaysia (ADFM) is organising the event at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s Plenary Hall on Nov 14 and 15 to celebrate the 64th birthday of the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, as well as in aid of the non-profit organisation’s fund.

The concert will feature the Kuala Lumpur International Festival Orchestra, an all-star ensemble of 66 acclaimed international and local musicians led by Malaysian-born, New York-based conductor Eugene Pook, with guest soloists including virtuoso violinist Jessica Lee from the United States and Malaysian singer Sean Ghazi.

“It will be a musical journey of a variety of styles, eras and languages, from classical pieces to movie soundtracks, to oldies and pop numbers enhanced with a symphonic twist,” said Pook, who has established a versatile career for himself as a music producer, organiser, music arranger, orchestra conductor and clarinetist.

“We are presenting classical music in a modern way to reach out to the audience.

“The songs for the show were specially arranged by international arrangers from Britain and Malaysia for the concert,” he said, adding that the show would last about an hour an a half (not including intermission).

Pook revealed that the concert would feature two acts, with the first half comprising an introduction to a concert overture, followed by selections from the Broadway musical Phantom of the Opera, and a couple of instrumental solo work.

“We will be playing Russian composer Mikhail Glinka’s Overture: Russlan and Ludmila and English composer Gustav Holst’s Mars (from the Planets),” he said.

“Lee, the 2005 Concert Artists Guild International Competition first prize winner, will be playing two contrasting solo works – Czardas, a Hungarian dance number and Cinema Paradiso, a romantic breathtaking piece – while being accompanied by the orchestra.”

Vocalist Estee Pook will then present two songs – the theme from New York New York, and a Chinese tune entitled Zhang Sheng Xiang Qi (When the Applause Begins).

On the second act, Pook said the programme will kick off with a tribute to John Williams, the composer of memorable movie scores for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Superman and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Blending smoothness and soul with the orchestra is AIM award-winning jazz singer Sean Ghazi, who will be presenting a selection of English and Malay favourites.

Currently residing in Los Angeles, he returns to sing for a good cause and promises to enthral the audience with classics such as Bridge Over Troubled Water, Unforgettable, Sway and songs from his debut album like Hujan Di Tengahari and Ku Impikan Bintang - his cover of the Pink Martini hit Let’s Never Stop Falling in Love.

“I picked the songs that would suit the genre and evening, some of which had to be rearranged to fit a large-scale orchestra,” said Sean.

Pook personally chose the 66 musicians who come from Singapore, Thailand, Japan, the United States, Hong Kong, Poland and Germany. They will be joined by accomplished local performers from the National Symphony Orchestra and Penang State Symphony Orchestra.

“There have been some challenges in terms of coordinating with musicians from around the globe and we’re only rehearsing together two days before the show,” he said.

“But they are experienced professionals who accepted the invitation to perform because they wanted to showcase their talent in Malaysia and contribute to charity,” said Pook.

ADFM patron Puan Sri Wendy Ong noted that the concert’s theme – Unforgettable – signifies the struggles of Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers.

The Star’s Fit 4 Life and Sin Chew Daily are the media partners.

The main sponsors are SP Setia, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and Innovate Solutions.

Tickets for the charity concert on Nov 14 (Saturday) are priced from RM83 to RM383, while those for the royal charity gala night on Nov 15 (Sunday) are priced from RM100 to RM1,200.

Readers of The Star are entitled to a 20% discount when they present the newspaper’s masthead for issues between Nov 5 and 13 when buying the tickets at Axcess outlets.

For ticket enquiries and purchases, call Axcess Ticket at 03-7711 5000 or visit www.axcess.com.my.

Source: The Star

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