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MALAYSIA’S 1ST LIFESTYLE CAMPUSZINE

COVER STORY

The Dark Side of

K-Pop Beyond all that’s neon and colourful

Find out who are the winners in our supplement


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FEATURES

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BEAUTY KEEPING UP WITH THE K-POP BEAUTY STANDARDS

Discover the astonishing and somewhat outrageous ideas of what is beautiful in South Korea

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FASHION K-POPPED!

We pick out items that were inspired by the ever popular Hallyu culture

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FEATURE DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO FLY

All you need to know about being an air crew

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CAREER CHAT THE SWEAT OF K-POP

Go behind-the-scenes of organising a K-Pop concert with Stagecom’s Mervin Wong

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FEATURE SOCIAL MEDIA: FRIEND OR FOE

Are you harnessing the potential of social media or abusing it?

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Beyond all that’s neon and colourful PHOTOS BY: KAMIL HAZIQ MAKE-UP BY: JQ LEE MODEL: ADRINA


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CONTENTS

74 FEATURES

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REGULARS NEWS ....................................... 08

ARTS & CULTURE

OFF THE SHELF ........................ 22

DANCE EFFECT CONCERT

BEAUTY Q&A ........................... 26

Sisters prove that it’s possible to make a difference with dance

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HIP HOP NATION RAISING THE BAR, INDEED

Jin Hackman reveals his hip hop dream come true

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UNPLUGGED

BEAUTY CASE ............................ 27

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FREE MORI

Delicious bread and pastries of sorts in a cozy bakery

FASHION TRENDS ..................... 28 RUNWAY REPORT ..................... 32 GUYS STUFF .............................. 34 HIP HOP NATION: HOW TO ....... 50

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JANE OF ARTS

Arts and versatility are both a challenge and a passion for Ashley Chan

FOOD DIRECTORY

DREAM CARS

CAMPUS TALK .......................... 55

KLIMS13 - KUALA LUMPUR INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW 2013

EVENT LISTING ......................... 56

It’s back, bigger and better after a three-year hiatus

MUSIC ...................................... 58 K-POP ....................................... 60 MOVIES ..................................... 62

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TRAVEL OH MY SEOUL!

Get the South Korean holiday of your dreams on a shoestring budget

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CLUB SCENE

WELLNESS ................................ 65

MARQUEE

GAMES ...................................... 71

Party up in a club that’s in tune with the pulse of the city

WIRED UP ................................. 72 CAMPUS LIFE THE COMIC ......... 78


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Feeding The

K-Pop Frenzy

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s we enter the year’s fourth quarter, we begin to look back on the awesome times that made 2013. Before I started writing this note, I thought to myself, “What do I remember most in 2013?” The answer was simple – music. The year was filled with music of sorts. From epic comebacks (Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake, Backstreet Boys) to festivals (FMFA 2013, We Love Asia, Sundown Music Festival), to everything and anything arts and cultural, and the multiple K-Pop concerts and events (GDA, TVXQ!, G-Dragon). Yes, K-Pop. All that’s neon and colourful, complete with perfectly choreographed dance moves and ever ready million-dollar smiles. Clearly, the world is still riding the “Hallyu wave” and fans still throng venues every time a K-pop idol or idol group is in town. But at what cost(s), though? We did a little investigative piece on the fascinating (and some say, the dark side of the) K-Pop culture on pages 38 to 41. We also continue to ride the “Hallyu wave” in our beauty feature (pages 24 and 25), where we identified the astonishing standards of the South Koreans’ idea of beauty. Believe us when we say, “astonishing”! And it doesn’t stop there. In our Career Chat section, we spoke to a rep from TVXQ!’s “Catch Me Tour Live in Malaysia” concert production team and discovered the inner workings to planning and executing a K-Pop concert. Flip to pages 42 and 43 to go “behind the scenes” with Mervin Wong as he takes you on a guided, virtual tour and breaks down the gruelling process of putting it all together. It sure ain’t easy. If that’s not enough, and if you’re the type who eats, sleeps, and breathes K-Pop, then we don’t see why you wouldn’t wear it too! On pages 28 and 29, our “K-Popped” piece brings you some of our personally handpicked items inspired by the South Korean fashion. The best part is that you won’t have to go all the way to Seoul to buy them. On the other hand, if you’re planning on making that trip to Seoul anyway, then check out our travel piece on pages 66 and 67, where we show you how it’s possible to have a 5D4N South Korean holiday of your dreams on a shoestring budget of only RM1,000. Finally, we leave you with the tunes that inspired this issue of Campus Plus. Turn it up on pages 60 and 61 for our K-Pop music reviews where we continue to bring you the latest in Korean pop music.

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THE LATEST FROM YOUR CAMPUS

NOVEMBER 2013

BEST Leadership

Programme

Development

Next Generation of

Game Developers Unveiled Siemens Malaysia awarded the finalists of the SieMyCity: Build Your Ideal KL Competition at Eastin Hotel Kuala Lumpur recently. SieMyCity saw 11 teams representing eight local tertiary institutions namely Uni Kebangsaan Malaysia, Uni Putra Malaysia, Uni Sains Malaysia, Uni Tunku Abdul Rahman, Uni TenagaNasional, KDU University College, TAR College, and Asia Pacific University. Over six weeks, the teams worked on their game prototypes and proposals while also submitting videos discussing sustainability-related topics to the SieMyCity Facebook page. The teams were judged mainly on the ability to inject the concept of sustainable city development into the game while maintaining the core factors that make any game a success – playability, ease of navigation, design and of course enjoyment. Finalists of the SieMyCity Competition are awarded for their creativity and passion in creating a new game to build an ideal, sustainable KL. The winning team, The Rook, walked away with an all-expense paid trip to attend a short sustainability course in Berlin, Germany. All three teams received cash prizes and, under the mentorship of MyGameDev2020 and the technical support and guidance of Microsoft, they also get to turn their concepts into full-fledged games. To view the student videos and the sustainability resources shared throughout the competition, visit www.facebook.com/SieMyCity.

TAR University College, in partnership with KPMG and ACCA, organised the BEST Leadership Development Programme to train students on the requisite soft skills that will give them the added edge in today’s competitive business world. The cohort of the 2013 programme comprised 41 participants who were all Advanced Diploma in Commerce (Financial Accounting) and ACCA Internally Assessed Fundamental (Skills Module) Year 1 students. The students were divided into five groups of eight each and they began their training in January 2013 to complete five modules. They also had to carry out a community-focused group project to strengthen their interpersonal, communication, time-management, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. They presented their group work in the finale of the programme on 25th July 2013 at the Auditorium, Bangunan Tun Tan Siew Sin in TAR University College. The presentation was reviewed by a panel of distinguished judges – Datuk Zaiton Mohd Hassan, Gerald Lau, Senior Manager, Audit, KPMG, and Loh Yit Phing, Lecturer from the Faculty of Social Science, Arts & Humanities, TAR University College. The eventual winner, Team WIN-aholic, won the hearts of the judges with a convincing presentation, effective team work and smooth execution of their project.

SPOTLIGHT

KDU College Penang’s Cheah Chung Yin Scores Big! It was a day of unbridled joy for Cheah Chung Yin, an A-Level student at KDU Penang who probably wrote a new chapter in the World’s GCE A-Level Examination’s storied history with 8A’s in the recent examination. Chung Yin, an ex-SMJK Chung Ling Butterworth student, scored distinctions in Accounting, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Economics, Further Mathematics, Mathematics, Physics papers, as well as A stars in two of them. He plans to further his studies at a prestigious university in Europe or Australia. Chung Yin’s first-of-a-kind results came as a surprise to even his KDU lecturers as they have never seen an academic feat of this nature in their years of teaching GCE A-Level Pre-University students. Said Chung Yin, “I am over the moon with my results. Many people advised me against taking so many papers for the A-Level examination as it is one of the toughest in the world but I always knew what I wanted to do. I would like to thank everyone who supported me towards attaining these unbelievable results, especially my wonderful KDU lecturers for their support and guidance.” 08

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SPOTLIGHT

Maxis & KDU Inks MoU For Entrepreneurship Programme

Shines In International Competitions

KDU Penang

Students from KDU Penang’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts emerged victorious, yet again, at two recent international competitions held in Busan, South Korea and Pattaya, Thailand, recently. In late July, six KDU Penang – IMI Swiss Hospitality students were selected to represent not only KDU Penang but the city of Georgetown, Penang at the Tourism Universiade Student Travel Exchange Project 2013, which was held at Tongmyong University of Busan City, South Korea. The team, comprising Pon Jo Yi and Wong Yuen Yan, emerged champion in the Tourism Product Planning Category. Their entry, The Invincible Youth Adventures – 4 Days, 3 Nights Penang Tourism Package, that touted Penang’s rich cultural heritage, focusing on the distinct Hakka Village, indigenous British-colonised heritage sites and mouth-watering Penang street food, clearly won the panel of judges over. Another team, comprising Tan Hui Min Sutton and Ng Zhi Yi, took home the Best Metropolitan Award in the same category with a Penang - The Cosmopolitan Heart of the Northern Region Malaysia proposal that highlighted Penang’s array of heritage and modern architecture buildings.

LJMU’s Largest Graduation Ceremony Strategic Plans Announced At

One of the United Kingdom’s largest and most progressive new generation universities, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) recently announced its strategic plans to advance its civic responsibilities at a graduation ceremony attended by over 1,900 graduates and guests at the KLCC Convention Centre. At the special awards ceremony that witnessed an unprecedented number of graduates since its first overseas graduation ceremony in Kuala Lumpur in 1992, Professor Nigel P. Weatherill, FREng DSc, ViceChancellor and Chief Executive of Liverpool John Moores University, announced that the university is ready to take on the challenging global climate by embracing internationalism. Specifically for Malaysia, where currently over 1,000 students undergo some mode of LJMU academic programmes, the expansion will see a concerted focus on developing a variety of collaborations to add richness and diversity to both graduate and undergraduate learning experiences. These initiatives will allow both students and staff from local partner institutions to spend time in the UK as well as opportunities for UK students to intern or participate in exchange programmes. For more information on LJMU and its strategic plans, visit www.ljmu.ac.uk/ and download the following document: http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/MKG_Global_Docs/ljmu-strategy-2012-17.pdf. 10

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KDU University College (KDU UC) and Maxis Berhad (Maxis) inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will see the two parties collaborate to benefit students through connectivity, entrepreneurship programmes as well as internship opportunities. The collaboration will also enable KDU UC students to be connected 24 hours a day via Maxis’ WiFi services as well as take advantage of Maxis’ full suite of integrated solutions. Through this partnership, students will now have the opportunity to enrol in the Maxis Entrepreneurship Programme, which aims to instil the spirit of entrepreneurship and provide students the necessary knowledge and skills to run a small business. Students will have to setup and operate a small authorised agent for Maxis. They will then be evaluated based on their ideas and creativity, business plans and ability to achieve revenues for the business. Maxis has also installed Hotspots that provide highspeed WiFi of up to 50Mbps at the KDU UC’s cafeteria and student study areas, enabling students to enjoy WiFi services while on campus. Maxis will also set up a Service Counter on campus for students to buy any Maxis or Hotlink products or services.


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NOVEMBER 2013

Architecture Competition

To Design Affordable Housing

Curtin Sarawak & Miri Marriot

Goes To The Beach

CLOCKWISE: HINDERER PICKING UP A BOTTLE TO KICKSTART THE BEACH-CLEANING; PARTICIPANTS CARRYING BAGS OF RUBBISH; PARTICIPANTS FROM CURTIN SARAWAK AND MIRI MARRIOTT RESORT & SPA IN A PHOTO CALL AT THE END OF THE EVENT

The Bowling Club of Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak) recently organised a beachcleaning event called “Beach Whitening” at Tanjung Lobang Beach as part of its ongoing community outreach programme. It was organised in collaboration with Curtin Sarawak’s Leo Club and the Department of Science and Foundation of the university’s School of Engineering and Science, as well as the Miri Marriott Resort & Spa, which was the event sponsor. It was the first beach cleaning event organised by the club involving the participation of students and staff of Curtin Sarawak and staff of the resort. The main objective was to help maintain the cleanliness of one of Miri’s most popular beaches while raising awareness on the importance of preserving the environment. A total of 40 participants braved the scorching sun to clean the whole stretch of the beach. They were divided into five groups and managed to collect more than 10 large bags of rubbish and debris. Apart from the beach cleaning, the participants also took part in fun activities throughout the day. For more information on Curtin Sarawak, visit www.curtin.edu.my.

Haunted Mansion Spirited Fundraiser INTI’s Haunted Mansion, with a host of students stalking its halls as the “undead”, proved a major attraction, drawing over 1,200 visitors in four days and raising RM20,000 for charity in the process. For the organisers, it was an exercise in individual development and innovative learning, as they had built the mansion from scratch and in working as a team, enhanced their leadership, analytical and interpersonal abilities. As one of the largest studentbuilt haunted attractions in Malaysia, the Haunted Mansion was designed by the Student Action (STACT) Club of INTI International University (INTI IU) in conjunction with the club’s 20th anniversary. The double-storey structure, from its formidable walls to its eerie interior, was erected within INTI IU’s Multi-Purpose Hall and took the 170 committee members 80 hours to construct. Proceeds from ticket sales to the Haunted Mansion were distributed equally among 20 organisations which included homes for people with special needs, the elderly, the disabled, and orphans. Other events that STACT Club had organised or co-organised as part of its community service and social responsibility initiative include 30-Hour Famine Camp, Community Service Camp and Charity Run. 12

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Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM) and Lafarge Malaysia Berhad (Lafarge) launched the inaugural PAM-Lafarge Architecture Student Competition on affordable housing. Through this, Lafarge aims to change the perception about affordable housing – without compromising on the quality of the products used. Affordable housing is about reducing the cost of building through the promotion of construction efficiency by using the right construction methods, materials, and solutions. The competition seeks to challenge students to come up with innovative and sustainable designs that take advantage of thermal cooling effects, promote energy efficiency and sustainability, as well as provide for quality communal living. Architecture students participating in the competition will be encouraged to explore the use of sustainable materials and designs, raising awareness on sustainable construction. University students who are registered with PAM can participate in this competition and can register their interest from 26th September till 15th October 2013. The closing date for submissions is 29th November 2013, after which the judging process will start. The results and the award ceremony will be held on 16th January 2014. For more information or to find out more on how to participate, visit www.pam.org.my.


NEWS FROM THE SPORTING ARENA

NOVEMBER 2013

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Rashid Sidek Quits, Lee Chong Wei Is A Sad Man

2020 Summer Olympics

in Tokyo

After two years of intense lobbying and tens of millions of dollar spent, the battle to host the 2020 Summer Olympics was down to three cities – Istanbul, Tokyo, and Madrid. In the final hours, each city frantically attempted to conceal their flaws in a bid to win the right to host the world’s biggest sporting extravaganza. With the International Olympic Committee (IOC) keeping a close watch on the progress in both the political and economic sense, the fight was hard. In June, Istanbul saw a crackdown on anti-government protesters and last month, 31 Turkish athletes were suspended for doping. Madrid, too, is troubled by its own doping problems on top of Spain’s ailing economy and high unemployment rate. Meanwhile, Tokyo is still recovering from the rumours that there are ill effects from radioactive leaks at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Tokyo’s pitch, however, eventually won over the IOC when Tokyo officials promoted their city’s bid as symbolising a new chapter for Japan, which is still recuperating from the 2011 tsunami and earthquake. They also added that their venue is free from any purported radioactive leaks and that they plan to have Olympic torchbearers run through areas hit by the tsunami. It was the Asian city’s touching bid that won it the right to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympics Summer Games. The last time Tokyo hosted the Summer Olympics was in 1964.

Only three years after his mentor and coach Misbun Sidek quit the national team, our Malaysian pride and joy singles shuttler 30-year-old Lee Chong Wei suffers another blow. Another one of his favourite coaches, Rashid Sidek, made the shocking decision to leave the national team because he was unhappy with the changes in the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) under the leadership of Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff. Lee has since asked BAM’s management to review its plans so that coaches will not leave in a huff. “I am really sad and my heart aches. This is shocking. One after another (of the coaches) are leaving me and all because of problems with the management. Rashid is a dedicated coach and has served BAM for a long time. He has produced results and I’ve learnt a lot from him. Other players like Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren also showed progress under him. Rashid would not have made this hasty decision if not for pressure from the management. I know what has been going on for the last few weeks. We have spoken about it. This is really sad. I may be the world No. 1 but I still need a coach. I know that the players make all the difference on the court but the coaches do play a part. They (the coaches) spend the most time with the players and understand us - our ups and downs,” he said.

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NOVEMBER 2013

Italian Fast Fashion Chain,

Terranova, Opens In Malaysia!

With NESCAFÉ Cans Making It Real

Malaysia’s leading coffee brand NESCAFÉ is making the dreams of Malaysian actor-singer Shaheizy Sam and his fans come true, as they embark on a new project for their NESCAFÉ On the Life campaign which helps to realise the dreams and aspirations of Malaysian youth. Shaheizy, the 30-year-old Malaysian actor and singer, is revisiting the recording studios after receiving many requests by his fans. He started recording music in 2000 with his band M.O.B. but the success of his acting career soon sidelined his beloved music. With enthusiastic fan demand, Shaheizy is doing a special single, but this time he would like his fans to be a part of his music-making journey. Want to be a part of Sam’s music-making journey? Share your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter via #NescafeOnSam and you may see your ideas reimagined as inspirations for his music. Fans can keep track of Sam’s progress on this Nescafé Cans campaign at www.onsam.com.my and www.facebook.com/shaheizy.sam.official.fanpage.

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Terranova launched its first store in Malaysia in Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall recently. The official launch of this international fast fashion chain from Italy started off with a mob of male, female, and children fashion dancers, strutting funky dance moves while decked from head to toe in Terranova apparel. On top of that, queuing since 1:30pm, were 150 lucky shoppers who received an exclusive Terranova tote bag, T-shirt (his/hers), and a 20% discount voucher each. Opening in time to coincide with the Merdeka festivities, this Terranova store occupies a comfortable 6,000 square feet of retail store space and offers a collection of stylish quality men, women, and kids fashion apparel and accessories. It offers a wide range of over 1,000 different styles with prices ranging from RM19 to RM299. The brand unveils its wide and varied collection of in-trend dresses, shorts, skirts, jackets, accessories, and more. Also attending the launch in their favourite Terranova apparel were local celebrity guests Alvin Wong, Aaron Khaled, Bernie Chan and her niece Caitlyn Tan, Chelsia Ng, Deborah Henry, Daphne Iking and her daughter Iman, Jeremy Teo, Peter Davis and his son Preston, TP Lim and Vanessa Venlee Chong. For more information, visit www.terranovastyle.com or www.facebook.com/ terranovamalaysia.


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NOVEMBER 2013

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Coca-Cola And The Power Of Manglish

Malaysia’s First Neon Futsal

Tournament Returns

Cabaran Dashing 2, Malaysia’s first neon futsal tournament, is back with a bang for its second season, seeking Malaysia’s new neon futsal champion. Organised by Dashing For Men, a leading brand for men’s skin care and fragrance products, the second season of Cabaran Dashing 2 will see teams tackling and outplaying each other for the grand prize of RM10,000 and exclusive opportunity to visit Astro Sports HD production studio. Cabaran Dashing 2 kicked off with pulsating beats of electronic music composition and neon nuances for the media members to experience the neon futsal game. Present were the ambassadors of Dashing for Men, Remy Ishak and Henry Golding – two dashing celebrities who are known for their charismatic personality and their obsession for outdoor activities. Cabaran Dashing 2 starts with preliminary sessions, semi-finals and final in December 2013. A futsal clinic will also be organised where our ambassadors and star footballers, AfiqAzmi and Bunyamin, will share tips with participants to sharpen their futsal skills and to further encourage interests in the game. Are you the Neon Striker they’re looking for? If your answer is “yes”, then leave your comfort zone behind and march forward with Cabaran Dashing 2. Put your team among the greatest with every purchase of Dashing For Men and Elite products worth RM140.00. Obtain the entry form online at www.cabarandashing.com.my, as well in supermarkets and selected futsal centres or from the Cabaran Dashing 2 roadshows’ crews at selected locations. Visit www.cabarandashing.com.my for further information on Cabaran Dashing 2.

Manglish. Something all Malaysians can immediately relate to without even having to try. In our multiethnic, multilingual country, the English language that we use has long since fused with the Malay language to form a unique style we lovingly and proudly call, “Manglish”. To connect with youths, one of the world’s favourite carbonated soft drink brand is celebrating our Malaysian-ness by putting our beloved language on its cans. The results? Amazing! The first of its kind in Malaysia, the Coca-Cola Malaysian cans’ designs define youths. The seven versions of Manglish Coca-Cola cans are #macha, #beb, #lenglui, #syoknya, #terrernya, #bestgiler, and #fuyoh, and they are available at participating outlets. And that’s not all – Malaysian youths will stand a chance to see their faces with their Coca-Cola Malaysian can(s) on digital billboards across the nation each week. Just snap a picture of yourself, or with your friends, with the can and post it on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter and hashtag #shareMYcokelah. Join in the action at apps.facebook.com/sharemycokelah.

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NOVEMBER 2013

SPOTLIGHT

All-In-One Card Link To Your Modern Lifestyle Say hello to the new i-Pmart Lifestyle Link, an all-in-one lifestyle card that offers Touch ’n Go payment, insurance protection, hospitalisation income, discounts, redemptions, and many more benefits! i-Pmart has been making IT products and gadgets more accessible to consumers with its very competitive prices for over 12 years; and now, with the launch of the i-Pmart Lifestyle Link card, the benefits are extended into lifestyle-relevant benefits. The i-Pmart Lifestyle Link is not a loyalty card. It’s a lifestyle convenience card that combines all of today’s modern lifestyle essentials into one multi-functional card. For as low as only RM11.50 a month or RM138 a year, consumers instantly enjoy up to RM30,000 group personal accident insurance and RM60 hospitalisation income a day up to 30 days, RM10 pre-loaded Touch ’n Go credit value, and RM188 worth of welcome gifts, cash vouchers and discount vouchers. Card holders can also enjoy 3rd-piece price immediately and all year-round on all products listed in www.ipmart.com. my. This is good value for any consumers planning to buy or upgrade their mobile phones, tablets, notebooks or personal computers, or simply to replace their toners or add parts or accessories. Card holders can also collect points for redemption as well as get discounts on purchases from the very soon, over 50 merchants. Other benefits include quarterly member promotions and lifestyle fair and referral rewards. For more information, visit www.ipmart-lifestyle.com.

LINE 3.9.0 version

Unveils “Snap Movie”, Video Call LINE has announced that the 3.9.0 version of LINE will be released worldwide. Powered with video features such as Snap Movie and video call, the updated version has opened up a new dynamic mobile communication where users can enjoy various communication tools on one platform. Snap Movie, a video recording and sharing feature, allows users to create up to 10 seconds of personalised video clips with their choice of background music. In addition to using text and stickers, users can now share special moments via creative and dynamic video messages with their friends and family around the world. Users can post the video clips on their Home and Timeline, where they will be automatically played on a loop. The video clips that have been saved onto the users’ mobile devices can be uploaded on other social networking platforms as well. With LINE’s new video call feature, users can have real-time, one-on-one video communication anywhere. The video call function is available throughout all major platforms including iPhone, Android devices, and PCs (Windows/ Mac). It’s also supported over both Wi-Fi and 3G networks. Users can also switch between video and voice anytime during the call for more convenience and freedom. LINE 3.9.0 version is also equipped with enhanced photo and video sharing system, offering users more convenient and unrestricted ways to communicate with their mobile devices. For more information, visit line.naver.jp/en/. 16

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Free Mobile Video Service By DiGi DiGi has announced the availability of a special mobile video service application, Viki for DiGi. This is made possible through a collaboration with Viki, a global TV site powered by a community of fans. Built exclusively on the Android platform for DiGi, Viki for DiGi allows customers to enjoy free first-to-view and exclusive international content, such as dramas, movies and music videos on their mobile devices. These include popular Korean dramas, Japanese anime and music videos from renowned artistes. Viki for DiGi is available for all DiGi Prepaid and Postpaid Internet Plans. This latest collaboration with a key internet player like Viki will encourage further mobile internet adoption in the country especially with the rising popularity of Korean dramas among Malaysians. With its unique feature of having thousands of hours of premium content with subtitles in almost 170 languages, Viki provides DiGi customers with easy access to content that they love without any language barrier. By subscribing to Viki for DiGi, DiGi customers will have the privilege of viewing content that are exclusive to DiGi. For example, in September, customers enjoyed the latest Korean TV drama series, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two Weeksâ&#x20AC;? as well as music videos from top K-Pop Band BTOB, and Mariah Carey. To activate this app, customers can visit www.digi.com.my/viki or SMS VIKI to 2016.

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NOVEMBER 2013

SPOTLIGHT

Wicked Festival 2013

What’s The Story, Miley? After what seemed like a way too short engagement period, reps for both Miley Cyrus (twerk, twerk!) and Liam Hemsworth have confirmed that the pair has called it quits.The 20-year-old Miley and 23-year-old Liam met on the set of “The Last Song” in 2009 and started dating almost immediately. Then, hearts of Liam’s fans around the globe collectively broke when the couple announced their engagement in May 2013. The duo was last seen together at the red carpet premiere of Liam’s film, “Paranoia” on 8th August. At that time, there were already rumours that their romance was on the rocks and when Miley decided to unfollow Liam on Twitter, all celebrity news outlets were set abuzz. According to E! News sources, “The split was Miley’s decision, after coming to grips with Liam being what she believed was less than faithful to her.” However, a Hollywood Life source pooh-poohed such talk by saying that Liam’s family are happy that he’s finally split from Miley. “This is the happiest they’ve seen Liam in a long time and they’re supporting the break up.” Let’s just say that Liam is so happy that he was seen kissing his reported new girlfriend, 23-year-old model-actress Eiza Gonzales within days after the split. And Miley is no better either – she was also spotted getting cosy with her new producer, Mike WiLL Made It. Our take? Whatever floats their boats, really!

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There had been rumours in the wind and shadows shifting in the dark. Tales of creatures of the night and music coming alive. Two legendary superheroes leading a horde of insane titans set on a path to blow your minds to bits. Heed the words of caution as this is not for the fainthearted – the Wicked Festival 2013 is here. Axwell, the King from Swedish House Mafia pilots the crew. Who else but him can lead such a Wicked Festival? Who else is going to save the world tonight? Well, Zedd is. For the very first time in East Asia, this young prodigy will hit our stage. The magnitude of talents will melt your brains as No ID from Amsterdam takes the stage along with DJ Nikki, BATE, Hightech, Ramsey Westwood and Captain Ed. The punches will come, blow after blow, one after another, all in a single night. Again, this is not for the faint-hearted. Where else can something so wicked be, if not at the Sepang International Circuit. Our very own pride and joy, world famous and well loved. When we say “ours”, we mean Malaysians of course. The Belgians have Tomorrowland, the Americans have Electric Daisy Carnival/Ultra Music Festival and the Australians have Future Music Festival. We, have Wicked Festival: 100% Original, 100% Malaysian. For more information, visit www.wicked.com.my.


THE LATEST FROM SHOWBUSINESS

NOVEMBER 2013

entertainmentnews Now, Keep Up With This

Kardashian

A Birthday hitz Ford recently by launched its new Ford Fiesta at the hitz.fm Birthday Invasion Live Concert. About 12,000 revellers turned up at the much anticipated celebration. Guests were treated to live performances by international singersongwriter and YouTube sensation Chester See and some of Malaysia’s top music acts including Estranged, James Baum, They Will Kill Us All, K-Town Clan, Da Vagabonds, Joe Flizzow, Mizz Nina and Pop Shuvit & Project E.A.R. Popular DJs Ean, Jinnyboy and Jerryca, to name a few, kicked off the party with their boundless energy and funny antics. By the time the first act got on stage, the horde of party-goers was charged and raring to go. Local rock band Estranged needed no introduction when it opened the show with head-banging, heart-pumping hits. The intensity of the party continued to build as the local music acts took to the stage in succession, belting out hit song after hit song. The atmosphere reached a fever pitch when Joe Flizzow and Mizz Nina blew the crowd away with their explosive performances. Headliner act Chester stole the show with his smouldering good looks and rousing performance. Deafening screams rose from the crowd when he made his way on stage. He wooed the crowd with hits like Bromance and Nice Guys. The crowd was on its feet, screaming out lyrics, dancing non-stop, and having a great time, while being entertained with fun-filled dance-offs, great prizes and even a few rounds of dazzling pyrotechnics. A birthday “invasion” like no other!

It seems that things are never well with the Kardashians. According to several celebrity news outlets, Kim Kardashian has decided to give younger sister Khloe an ultimatum – to leave husband Lamar Odom, or else. This is all due Lamar Odom’s womanising and drug addiction, which has dominated headlines around the world. As if the Kardashians don’t already have enough drama on their reality TV show to deal with! According to Radaronline, the showdown between Kim and Khloe occurred just before the former left for Paris with Kanye West. While Khloe has maintained that she isn’t ready to pull the plug on their marriage, Kim has repeatedly warned her that she doesn’t want to be associated with Lamar’s tacky behaviour. Meanwhile, Lamar, who is currently estranged from Khloe, is all busy complaining to his friends that Khloe acts like his mother and is still controlling his life almost to the point of suffocation even though the couple longer live under the same roof. Well, if the above rumours are true and with a husband like that, there’s no reason why it’s this hard for Khloe to make a decision. The last thing she needs is to hang on to a man with a severe drug problem and who refuses to go to rehab while her family turns on her, no?

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offtheshelf by jq lee

SELECTION OF NEW PRODUCTS

NOVEMBER 2013

Vans x Alien Workshop This new collection comes with the theme of ‘Limitless by Design’. It offers two tees, a classic two-tone raglan, a sweatshirt, and two styles of head wear. Check out the selection of Vans Pro Skate footwear including the Chukka Pro, the Stage 4 Mid featuring Vans’ WAFFLECUP technology and the staple Chukka Low. Prices range from RM69 to RM299.

EVERSOFT Organic Mulberry Facial Cleanser

The ROMANO Man Be it the suave man who is the epitome of versatility, the charismatic go-getter, the prestigious man who enjoys the finer things in life or the hotshot. ROMANO Eau De Toilette range is available in 100ml at RM36.90.

This creamy liquid facial cleanser is formulated in Japan and is 100% soap free. Its superb whitening properties comes from the 100% Organic Mulberry Extract and Hyaluronic Hydration gives a continuous softening moisturising effect. It’s convenient, comes in hygienic pump packaging and retails at RM16.90.

Sensodyne Complete Protection This toothpaste is specially designed for sensitive teeth with 7 benefits offered in one complete toothpaste. It protects users from the discomfort of sensitive teeth, strengthens tooth enamel, controls plaque, maintains healthy gums, freshens breath and naturally whitens teeth. It also comes in Extra Fresh variant, retailing at RM14.50 each.

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Loacker Gardena Fingers Full of pure cocoa and natural ingredient goodness, Loacker Gardena Fingers is a treat for those who crave a luxurious bite because it’s crispy on the outside and filled with layers of delicious milk chocolate cream inside. The individually wrapped fingers makes it perfect for sharing. Indulge in three exciting variants of Chocolate, Hazelnut, and Coconut at only RM12.50 per pack of 10 pieces.


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DISCOVER WHAT’S “BEAUTIFUL” IN SOUTH KOREA

NOVEMBER 2013


Keeping up with the K-Pop beauty standards shouldn’t be a way of life and here are many reasons why

KNOW THE IDOLS HyunA from 4Minute Park Bom from 2NE1 Lee Hyori Goo Hara from Kara Yoona from SNSD Girls’ Generation

THE K-POP BEAUTY TERMS V-line A slim and oval face narrowing towards the chin S-line Beautifully curved when viewed from the side X-line Long legs and arms connected by a narrow waist Honey Thighs Smooth skin over proportionate thighs U-line Exposed lower back in low cut clothing HARSH REALITY Maintenance Most K-Pop idols have professional trainers and nutritionist to ensure that the idols are in shape. Overexertion Idols usually spend at least 6 to 8 hours a day practising choreography on top of an exercise routine. Diet They are also expected to follow a strict diet that often sees them starving themselves, if they have to. Plastic, It’s not uncommon for K-Pop idols to go under the knife to achieve the K-Pop beauty standards.

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-line, s-line, x-line, ant waist, small face, honey thighs. These are some of the golden proportions that are in line with the Korean beauty standards, especially within the K-pop community. They are all based on a list of specific traits and proportions that put together to make the perfect face and body. Some of us are lucky enough to be born with fair skin, small head, small face, big eyes, slim with a high metabolism rate. The rest of us will have to gain those supposedly “beautiful” features through dieting, exercising or to the extreme of surgical procedures. All these require sacrifices and possibly to undergo intense and tortuous pain and discomfort just to fit into the ideal beauty set by the society. The K-pop idols live up to the idolised and polished image that has been set for them by their entertainment agencies. Professional trainers and nutritionists are hired to make sure the idols are in shape and present the best image to the crowd. They are required to spend at least 6 to 8 hours on their dance moves in the practice room almost every single day. They are also expected to follow the strict diet that often sees them starving themselves or eating only the food prepared by the nutritionists. One meal a day diet, banana diet, Denmark diet, lettuce and corn diet are some of the popular diets among the celebrities. It used to be just the K-pop fans that are deeply affected by these looks but the culture has spread vigorously as they have reinforced the beauty standards that are now highly regarded in the eyes of the world. Most of us are uncomfortable with our original look and want to look as good as the K-pop

“It used to be just the K-pop fans that are deeply affected by these looks but the culture has spread vigorously as they have reinforced the beauty standards that are now highly regarded in the eyes of the world.

idols, be it men or women. It affects us all, directly or indirectly. Other than the infamous diet plans and plastic surgery procedures that are heavily relied on to get the “Korean look”, bleaching for a pale white skin is an addition to complete the popularised beauty standards. Most K-pop idols will be asked to bleach their skin before debuting in the entertainment industry while the consumers hope to achieve whiter skin through whitening products. These idols are not the epitome of perfection. They are merely chosen because they have one or more of the listed traits that fit the beauty standards. The image that is presented to us is purely for visual appeal to attract crowds. We constantly find ways to change our appearances or to fix our looks because we are trapped in a disturbing stereotype believing that we are not good looking enough to fit into the society. So, we need a boost of confidence through alternative ways that may not be healthy or safe. Keeping up with the K-pop beauty standards should not be a way of life but it should just be a hint of inspiration to motivate us in exercising and eating healthy. We should be proud and celebrate our own unique traits because nobody is perfect. NOV 2013 | CAMPUS PLUS |

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beautyq&a

by jq lee

FOR YOUNG AND SENSITIVE SKIN

NOVEMBER 2013

<Website: www.yadahskincare.com> <Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YadahMalaysia>

Discover natural and authentic skincare and cosmetic with

Yadah is a range of botanical skincare products formulated with natural plant extracts like essential oils, floral water, barks and traditional herbs and etc.

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hese gentle yet effective formulas are 100% free from artificial colouring, preservatives, mineral oil, sulphate and animal extract of any kind, thus working in perfect harmony with the skin. Here’s what we’ve learn from a little chit-chat session with Elaine Tan, Brand Executive of Yadah. CAMPUS+: What is the key ingredient found in all Yadah products and briefly describe what it is? YADAH: The unique key ingredient found in all Yadah products is the native Opuntia Ficus extract, a unique cactus species organically grown and cultivated in South Korea. Opuntia Ficus is known for its strong antiinflammatory and high potent antioxidant properties which help neutralise free radicals harmful to the skin. Cactus is one of the few rare plants that can survive extreme weather conditions from the scorching hot barren sands to the freezing harsh winters in the deserts because of its unique ability to reduce water loss. It is for this very reason that it is able to prevent water evaporation from the epidermis and acts as a natural moisturiser to keep skin soft and hydrated both indoors and outdoors. CAMPUS+: What do you think are the popular skincare and makeup trends in South Korea right now? YADAH: Skin care As a result of worsening  environmental pollution and  rising  stress  level, more consumers are  looking for natural cosmetics to minimise irritation as well as relieve the easily troubled skin. Right now in South Korea, fall is coming, so the  temperature is gradually decreasing, leaving skin very dry. Most people are looking for deeply moisturising  cream for controlling dead skin cell and instantly replenishing dehydrated skin.  

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Make up 2013 Fall/Winter trend is showing transparent and lustrous makeup, lightweight in texture which covers blemishes naturally with a matt finish. For lips, chilly and arrogant colour like red and burgundy delivers a mysterious feeling. Play with rebel black, purple grey and silver “cat eyes” to emphasise the bad girl character but pair it with nude lips. CAMPUS+: What is the difference between BB & CC cream? How are they different from a liquid foundation? YADAH: The difference between BB and CC creams is subtle. CC (Colour Corrector) is meant to address issues like redness and to lightly even up skin tone. BB creams offers moisture, anti-ageing, whitening, sunblock efficacy while providing a slight tint to the skin. Liquid foundation only provides coverage for the face. CAMPUS+: Are they both oil-based or are they soluble in water? YADAH: It depends on the product itself. Some BB & CC creams are water-based while some are oil-based. Thus, it is important to research on the BB & CC creams before purchasing. CAMPUS+: Can a BB or CC cream act as a makeup base before applying foundation? YADAH: Yes, they are both suitable to be used as a makeup base but CC cream is said to be a better base than BB cream due to the whipped, fluffy and light coverage finishing. CAMPUS+: What are the Top 3 must-use current Yadah products? YADAH: Definitely Bubble Deep Cleanser at RM49, Lip Tint Balm at RM25 and Moisturising Cactus Mist at RM25! Every girl should have them and Sasa usually offers freebies with purchase!

ELAINE TAN, BRAND EXECUTIVE OF YADAH

‘Right now in South Korea, fall is coming, so the temperature is gradually decreasing, leaving skin very dry. Most people are looking for deeply moisturising cream for controlling dead skin cell and instantly replenishing dehydrated skin’


SELECTED RANGE OF BEAUTY PRODUCTS

NOVEMBER 2013

beautycase by jq lee

LUCIDO-L Designing Air Hair Spray <Super Hard> Give a quick spray for a quick set on your beautifully designed hairstyle to keep it firmly in place. It sets with a non-stiff finishing. This green floral scent contains panthenol which protects hair from damage.

RM18.90

Maybelline New York The Rocket Volum’ Express Get explosive and clump-free lashes in rocket time with The Rocket Volum’ Express mascara. It also delivers 8x more root-to-tip volume in no time all, thanks to the innovative breakthrough clump-killer brush and mascara’s new unique formula. Get them in rich black with a Money Back Guarantee stamp.

Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Scrub A purifying scrub that comes with pore-refining micro-particles to gently open the pores to help reduce blackheads and blemishes. The skin will be noticeably clearer with a refined appearance.

RM38.90

RM39.90

PIXY Radiant Finish Lightening Cream Complete Barrier It’s a 3in1 moisturiser with Active Veil Formula, Natural Shakuyaku Extract and SPF20 PA++. It also acts as a makeup base that helps moisten and brightens the skin. It works well with just powder on top, while lasting throughout the day.

RM16.90

Kiss me Sunkiller Clear Water SPF50+ PA+++ A reliable fresh-feeling sunscreen with a water-like texture that allows a clear spreading application. Its waterproof formula is resistant to perspiration, water and sebum, making it suitable for outdoor activities. It comes with a pleasant aqua scent. SEPT 2013 | CAMPUS PLUS | 27

RM29.90


fashiontrends

by jq lee model charlene chai

THIS SEASON’S CHOICE SELECTION

NOVEMBER 2013

K- P O P ped K - P O P C U LT U R E S E E M S T O B E T H E E P I T O M E O F H I G H FA S H I O N A M O N G A S I A N YO U T H T H E S E D AY S , S H O W I N G O F F B O L D , C A S UA L A N D S W E E T O U T F I T S . I T M AY B E H A R D T O K E E P U P W I T H K O R E A N FA S H I O N F O R I T ’ S F U R I O U S LY FA S T A N D F I C K L E . H E R E A R E S O M E O F T H E L AT E S T T R E N D S F O R Y O U R N O V E M B E R C L O S E T.

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HEADLINE SEOUL HALF CIRCLE HEM SKIRT - NAVY > RM149.00 HEADLINE SEOUL ICE CREAM TOP - NAVY BLUE YELLOW > RM139.00 HEADLINE SEOUL Y BAR STRIPE DRESS - PINK > RM139.00 HEADLINE SEOUL STAR KNIT TOP - GREY > RM149.00 HEADLINE SEOUL STARBURST DRESS - PINK > RM239.00 ZALORA.COM.MY KOREAN SELECTION PLAIN SOLID PUFFY DRESS > RM59.00 ZALORA.COM.MY KOREAN SELECTION LEATHER PATCH MOD DRESS > N/A ZALORA.COM.MY KOREAN SELECTION EMBELLISHED CHIFFON DRESS > RM72.00 ZALORA.COM.MY KOREAN SELECTION KNITTED PRINT DRESS > RM51.00 FOURSKIN SHADE > RM29.90 FOURSKIN RING > RM29.90 DEEPER & HARDER CLUTCH > RM89.90 DEEPER & HARDER HEADBAND CAT EARS (RED) > RM12.90 FOR 2 DEEPER & HARDER HEADBAND BOW (YELLOW) > RM6.90 FOR 2 TERRANOVA MAGLIA PULLOVER (BEIGE) > RM79.00 TERRANOVA PLUSH (NERO) > RM109.00 MISS SIXTY ORANGE PUMPS > RM299.90 PRINCESS ORANGE BOAT SHOES > RM99.99 PRINCESS FUSHIA WEDGES PUMPS > RM159.99

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SOUTH KOREAN STREET FASHION SAVVY

by jq lee

NOVEMBER 2013

Making Headlines With

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his fast-fashion label marries the hottest international trends with Seoul’s sizzling street style and attracts with a dynamic range of designs at fiercely friendly price points. Here’s what this head-turning high style company has to say about South Korean fashion.

C+: What is the inspiration behind Headline Seoul? How did it all start? HS: We draw our inspirations from the street styles of Seoul.  It’s very convenient for our designers to just take a stroll outside and observe the up-coming fashion as our office is in the Garasukil area, one of the trendiest and fashionable neighbourhoods of Seoul.  We are inspired not just by the runway fashion that Seoul designers present, but also some of our best-selling pieces are inspired by reallife women. C+: Why do you think S.Korean fashion is such a hit with the world? HS: It’s easy to wear, the tailored silhouettes are flattering, and the colours 30

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are easy on the eye. C+: What are the current trends in S.Korean fashion? HS: The cropped tops and sport-wear trends are very strong for Fall 2013. C+ Which Korean celebrities should we keep an eye on for fashion inspirations? There are many celebrities in Korea but for our brand we prefer to be inspired by reallife women in Seoul for flattering pieces that’s comfortable to wear! But if we had to pick, our favourites are as follows: WOMEN - Jun Ji-Hyun and CL of 2NE1 pop group MEN – T.O.P. and G-Dragon, both from Big Bang C+: For newbies in S.Korean fashion, what are the key fashion pieces to start the collection? For casual looks, star print is a current favourite in Korea… try the Star-Burst Cropped Top, the Frilly Star Princess Dress, and the Star Knit Top.  If you want to have something more structured to

wear to work, you should definitely get the Waffle Knit Top and Skirt. This combination can take you from office to cocktail with minimal accessorising… and customers love the textured fabric of the waffle knit -- super comfortable and flattering! For added glamour, get the Shine Cardigan – the metallic glitter fabric is subtle, giving the wearer a hint of sophistication without overpowering the frame. The piece is super light-weight so you can pack it into your bag for any occasion.  All pieces are available for the Malaysian market. Turn to the Fashion Trend page to find some of the clothing there or visit www. headlineseoul.com.my for more info.


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runwayreport by jq lee

THE LATEST LOOK IN HAUTE COUTURE

NOVEMBER 2013

The Korean Wave has swept the world with K-Pop and thousands of Tumblrs devoted to Korean fashion. It’s about time for the runways to be inspired by Korean Couture. For the designers in “Young Style” runway show, we see a strong play in colours and textures, leaving the outfits looking casual, comfortable and ohso-chic!

HALLYU CULTURE

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The men’s bag have become a necessary tool while baseball caps are timeless fashion accessories. They’re both masculine, attractive and ideal additions to any contemporary wardrobe. Here are some runway styles to be inspired from.

STYLE

ACCESSORIES

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guysstuff by jq lee

SELECTION OF BASEBALL CAPS PHOTOS BY KAMIL HAZIQ

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HOME

WHEEL LOVE SKATE GRIZZLY TIE DYE RM139.90

TERRANOVA BERRETTO RM39.00

MONARCHII “PEONY FLORAL” RM129.00

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THE SWAGGER SALON LANSI RM99.00


ERUn! NAUTICA RM99.00 RUBBER RUTTER RM60.00

FOURSKIN TRUCKER RM39.90

THE CAP CITY NEW ERA MAN OF STEEL RM179.90

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25 GREATEST CAPS IN BASEBALL HISTORY

y r o t s i H l l eba urite baseball s a B n i s Capgrow up with their favo t s e t a e r 25 G States, most boys by jq lee

NOVEMBER 2013

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n Malaysia, we wear caps because they look cool and protect us from the sun. These caps go way back since

10. Los Angeles Dodgers When the Dodgers moved to L.A., they’re to start a new with new logo and cap. It’s still a classic look but falls short of the Brooklyn Dodger’s cap.

1849 with the first baseball hat made out of straw. Now,

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the headgear is a necessity and plays an important role

in various major fashion styles. Let’s slide through the list of

12. Lake Elsinore Storm

greatest caps in baseball history.

1. New York Yankees

This cap serves as a form of intimidation with the idea of having a four-eyed pitcher staring you down.

From New York to Japan to Malaysia, it’s always possible

13. Montreal Expos

to find someone wearing a New York Yankees cap. The team’s logo is the most recognisable logo in the world.

14. Beloit Snappers

It’s no surprise they’re listed on top.

15. Kansas City Royals

2. Boston Red Sox 3. Milwaukee Brewers They had one of the best logos in major league baseball history and recently the team came back to this original logo as part of their throwback uniforms. The glove is made up of an “M” and a “B”.

4. Richmond Flying Squirrels

Regardless of how they play, the players look good when they wear their alternate caps. The powder blue works well with jerseys and makes for a great cap.

16. Detroit Tigers Another team that has gone with a simple design for their cap. Rather impressive looking, though.

17. Philadelphia Phillies The best cap among minor league teams because the flying squirrel on the cap looks like he could be a superhero.

18. Pittsburgh Crawfords

5. Montgomery Biscuits

19 St. Louis Cardinals

The name is certainly taken seriously by one of the best

20. San Francisco Giants

minor league team. Peeking out from behind the ‘M’ on the Biscuits cap is Monty, a butter milk biscuit who is the

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team’s mascot.

22. Toronto Blue Jays 6. New York Mets 23. Cedar Rapids Kernels 7. Chicago Cubs 24. Seattle Mariners 8. Vermont Lake Monsters The only team that went away from a certain design that

9. Brooklyn Dodgers

looked much nicer than their current cap.

The ‘B’ is an iconic logo that will never be forgotten even

25. Chicago White Sox

though there has not been MLB baseball in Brooklyn

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A fairly popular cap boasting simplicity and class but

Dodgers and their logo with their caps.

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THE 411 ON BEING AN AIR CREW

NOVEMBER 2013

feature by lainey

Do You Have What It Takes To Fly? Being an air crew. The idea alone is cool to many, even us.

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hether you’re seven or 17 or just finishing college, the appeal in earning lots of money while travelling the world for free sounds like a great idea. Sure, it’s one of the world’s most professional and adventurous industries but there might be more than meets the eye when it comes to serving the airlines. We get the dirt from Cass Tan, an air hostess for Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Khai, a co-pilot for Malaysian Airlines (MAS). Let’s just say that you’d be surprised. “There are many pros to working with the airlines. It’s true, it’s good because for me, being with Singapore Airlines means that I’m earning in Singapore dollars. In term of lifestyle, it’s superb too because everything is on time, on target, and I never have to take work home. Work literally ends when I land. Contrary to popular belief, it’s also easy for me to obtain off days as and when I need – for weddings or other important occasions. This is on top of the travelling that I get to do, of course. The downside of being over 30,000ft in the air, however, is the fact that all of it is really routine work. I find that, after a while, there are hardly any challenges and

to be honest, sometimes, flying with seniors can be quite stressful and tiring. A lot of our seniors don’t actually do any work but they get paid more!” said Cass Tan. But that’s through the eyes of the air hostess. What about the co-pilot, you ask? Well, according to Khai, “It’s a very respectable job and decent money, yes, but only later in your career. I have to admit that I’ve some great stories to tell while flying and making money all at the same time. Consider this though – you don’t actually start to earn a lot of money in the first few years. “Travelling is a given, of course, but being a co-pilot means you also have some form of authority whether you are within airport grounds or in the airplane. However, being a copilot or a pilot puts you in charge of hundreds of lives – and on every single flight. Some say that it’s fun, but it’s also really dangerous. So, I can’t afford to make mistakes or have any runins with the law. One mistake or a single medical problem and my career is over, no matter how much I love flying.” When asked what a fresh graduate should expect or prepare to face if aviation is indeed the choice of career, Cass said, “Be prepared to

enjoy good money at your level because you’d definitely be earning more than your peers who are new in the workforce but don’t get complacent just because you’re earning that much. Make sure you have an ultimate goal that you want to achieve and be prepared to eventually leave because although the pay seems like a lot in the beginning, it will be the same if you fly for a decade with no promotion. Remember that on average, it takes about six to seven years to get promoted. Also, when you first start out, you’d be tied to a bond for two years so you’re basically stuck with the airlines for two years whether you like it or not. If you want to opt out early (before the two years is up), you’ll need to pay a prorated sum of money.” Khai, on the other hand, added, “Be prepared to be away from home a lot. Be prepared to pull the long hours of travel while feeling like you’re always living on the edge or flirting with danger. This is a lifestyle choice, really, and it’s a big decision to make. Don’t forget that airlines need more women employees than men employees so generally, women earn more than men.” So, think you have what it takes to fly? Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

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coverstory by lainey

THE DARK SIDE OF K-POP

NOVEMBER 2013

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he year is coming to a close and it saw a plethora of activities and events. Dare we say that 2013 was truly a great year for music in terms of comebacks (Justin Timberlake, Backstreet Boys), festivals (FMFA, We Love Asia), and just about a million and one K-Pop concerts (GDA, BIGBANG, Kpop Dream Concert, TVXQ!)? So many that it has become impossible to ignore. Yes, it’s true, the neon-coloured K-Pop industry continues to boom and the Hallyu wave has achieved world domination status. But what lies beneath it all?

‘THE ADVENT OF K-POP

PHENOMENON HAS HELPED

SOUTH KOREA

IN LEAPS AND BOUNDS

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‘IN 2011 ALONE,

THE HALLYU WAVE IS SAID TO HAVE CONTRIBUTED MORE THAN

£2.3 BILLION (RM11.5BILLION)

TO THE SOUTH KOREAN ECONOMY

K-Pop. It’s catchy, it’s colourful, it’s highly produced, it’s perfectly choreographed, it’s cleverly marketed, and most importantly, it’s represented by flawless-looking boys and girls (read: idols). Everything’s so pristine and seamless that one is forced to wonder -- just what do these idols go through day in, day out when they’re not on stage? For starters, wannabe idols, from as young as 10 years, begin by going through a few initial stages of auditions before signing long-term contracts and enter a training programme that lasts for years. Trainees are tightly supervised during the entire time of their dance, voice, and language classes while attending school at the same time. More often than not, they’re also made to live in dormitories. In short, from a very young age, idols-intraining don’t have much of a life. The cost of training an idol isn’t cheap either – discovering and training one member from the K-Pop idol girl group SNSD Girls’ Generation amounted to US$2.6 million (about RM8 million).

In terms of tourism and the South Korean economy, the advent of K-Pop phenomenon has helped the country in leaps and bounds. In 2011 alone, the Hallyu wave is said to have contributed more than £2.3 billion (RM11.5 billion) to the South Korean economy. Impactful, but as K-Pop continues to lure more travellers to the South Korea (us, included, and we’ve got the details in our travel piece on pages 66 and 67); it’s quickly beginning to affect even the people outside the country. Closer to home, K-Pop fans in Malaysia are as passionate as the ones you’ll find anywhere else. They are so passionate that the love has become a culture, influencing how they behave -from speech to clothes (refer to our “K-Popped!” fashion piece on pages 28 and 29), and friends. Sometimes, the passion oozes down to even what they eat and how much they eat (more on that in our Beauty Feature on pages 24 and 25).

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THE DARK SIDE OF K-POP

NOVEMBER 2013

We spoke to Lin Wan, a 20-year-old student at KDU University College who’s a huge fan of K-Pop idol boy group BIGBANG as well as SM Entertainment’s rising stars, EXO. She spills the details on her extreme dedication and love for her favourite groups. “In the past year, I’ve attended about 10 K-Pop events. The most I’ve ever spent on a K-Pop concert was RM588 (for a ticket in the freestanding category) on BIGBANG’s Alive GALAXY Tour in Kuala Lumpur, which was held at Stadium Merdeka. And that wasn’t even from the most expensive ticketing category, but it was what I could afford. I’ve also purchased some albums and K-Pop merchandise. Some of the albums are really expensive because they’re fully imported. The most expensive album was EXO’s ‘XOXO 1st Repackage Album (Kiss & Hug version)’, which costs about RM166. That’s followed by BEAST’s ‘Fiction and Fact (Limited Edition)’ album, priced at RM125. I feel that BEAST’s album was really worth it because it came with some exclusive merchandise such as a T-shirt and some badges. “In total, I’ve spent RM1, 221 on K-Pop albums and merchandise. What do I do with the things I’ve bought? I keep them as a collection because I don’t know where or how to use them and I don’t want to ruin them,” said Lin Wan. The great lengths a K-Pop fan would go for their idols don’t stop at just spending a huge lump sum of money on concert tickets, albums, and merchandise. In a true story of “idolising gone too far”, K-Pop fans in Malaysia are also known to go out of their way to see their favourite South Korean stars when they’re in town, whether it’s crowding around the airport exit

or camping out at hotel lobbies. Yes, all that trouble just so that they can get a glimpse of their idols – also known as stalking, on some level. “I’ve only ever gone to the airport for EXO when the groups were in town recently for the MTV World Stage 2013. But that was because I didn’t get to see EXO’s sub unit, EXO-M at the 2012 Asia Super Showcase in Malaysia. I went to the airport with my sister and I waited for a few hours with other EXO fans, hoping to catch a glimpse but I failed,” confessed Lin Wan. We also asked a representative from DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur about the chaotic scene at their hotel lobby when K-Pop idol boy group BIGBANG arrived in Malaysia on 27th October 2013 as part of its ALIVE Galaxy Tour. She said, “BIGBANG stayed at our hotel and their fans found out. It was, as you would say, chaotic. Fans thronged our hotel lobby and waited for the idols to arrive. There were many teenagers and tweens. The really young kids were chaperoned by their parents or older guardians and mind you, not all of them were from Kuala Lumpur! Some came from as far as Penang or Johor Baru. We even had some Singaporeans who travelled the distance when the funny thing was that BIGBANG was also in Singapore a month before their Malaysian stop! You can imagine how much we needed to tighten the security in our hotel – some measures had to be taken.” And if you think that’s going too far, wait till you hear about what’s coming up next.


Ticket launches for K-Pop events are equally “celebrated” occasions for fans. During the launch of BIGBANG’s Alive GALAXY Tour concert tickets in Singapore, all tickets were sold out shortly after they went on sale and a second show was immediately announced to cope with the huge ticket demand. In Malaysia, BIGBANG’s Alive GALAXY Tour concert tickets launch, which was held at Fahrenheit88 in Bukit Bintang, attracted more than 3,500 fans who queued up at the box office from the night before. The same madness ensued for the launch of TVXQ!’s“Catch Me” Live World Tour Concert in Malaysia. It came with a fullfledged roadshow, organised by JPM Music a week ahead of the highly anticipated concert. Aside from selling concert tickets alone, the roadshow also included singing and dancing contests, lucky draws, and album and merchandise sales. More recently, the ticket launch for Super Junior’s “SUPER SHOW 5 Super Junior World Tour in Kuala Lumpur” was held at Paradigm Mall in Kelana Jaya on 29th September 2013 (Sunday) between

11am to 7pm but word on the street is that “ELFs” (as Super Junior fans are lovingly called) were queuing up from as early as 7am. Of course, there’s no end to measuring a K-Pop fan’s passion! After spending money on albums, merchandise, and clearly overpriced concert tickets, comes the most difficult part of the “job” – standing in line for the preferably-as-close-to-thestage-as-possible-place to stand at the concert. According to BIGBANG’s Alive GALAXY Tour in Kuala Lumpur organiser Running Into The Sun (RITS), fans flocked to Stadium Merdeka, where the show was held, to queue up at the designated gates from as early as noon. Some were in queue from as early as two days before the concert, come rain or shine. To them, it was worth not showering, not having proper meals and risking illness. What can we say? All in a day, or two in the life of a hardcore K-Pop fan.

K-Pop. It’s catchy, it’s colourful, it’s highly produced, it’s perfectly choreographed, it’s cleverly marketed, and most importantly, it’s represented by flawless-looking boys and girls (read: idols). Everything’s so pristine and seamless that one is forced to wonder -- just what do these idols go through day in, day out when they ’re not on stage?

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STAGECOM MERVIN WONG

NOVEMBER 2013

THE SWEAT BEHIND A

SHOW

YOU THINK YOU’VE SEEN AND HEARD IT ALL AFTER ATTENDING SO MANY K-POP CONCERTS IN THE PAST YEAR. BUT DO YOU KNOW THE BLOOD, SWEAT, TEARS, EFFORT, AND MONEY THAT GO INTO THE PRODUCTION OF A K-POP CONCERT? LUCKILY FOR US AND YOU (YES, YOU!), WE’RE ABOUT TO FIND OUT. WE SPEAK TO MERVIN WONG OF STAGECOM, WHO WAS PART OF THE PRODUCTION TEAM FOR K-POP IDOL BOY GROUP TVXQ!’S “CATCH ME TOUR IN MALAYSIA”, WHICH WAS HELD IN MAY AT 42 | CAMPUS PLUS STADIUM MALAWATI IN SHAH ALAM.


Organising a K-Pop concert is not as easy as it seems! We get the dirt from Mervin Wong

MERVIN WONG

IT’S A BUSINESS, MARKETED GLOBALLY TO A GROUP WITH HIGH DISPOSABLE INCOME THE TEENS AND THOSE IN THEIR TWENTIES. PRETTY ARTISTES, AND CATCHY POP MUSIC BACKED BY INSANELY DETAILED PRODUCTION STANDARDS. WE CAN AND SHOULD LEARN FROM THEM. PRETTY SURE NOT ALL SEVEN BILLION PEOPLE UNDERSTAND KOREAN, BUT THEY ARE SELLING OUT CONCERTS AS FAR AWAY AS MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, PERU, BRAZIL, ETC

OPPOSITE PAGE | SETTING UP: AN EXCLUSIVE BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT A K-POP CONCERT SETUP

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AMPUS+: We heard that you were part of TVXQ!’s “Catch Me Tour in Malaysia” production. How much did that cost to produce? MERVIN WONG: JP Music organised and promoted the event, I will continue to refer to it as promoter, from here on. I was hired to be the Concert Production team. I am not at liberty to disclose the actual amount, but it was a seven-figure production. C+: What are some of the processes that come into play when preparing for a K-Pop concert? Take it from the top. MW: From securing the artiste with a signed contract and the venue booked, the promoters will be given a contract ‘rider’ which is a document, usually in 2 parts that “rides” on the original performance contract. One part is “Comfort Rider”, which details what the artiste and the crew need in order to perform, from things ranging from pre-wash towels to wipe their sweat on stage to catering requirements during their stay here. They do stay on venue for extended hours during preconcert, and they would need food as well. The other part which is the “Technical Rider”, is where I usually focus on. This will entail how the stage is being built, what sound system or lights to use, what special effects to be secured, etc. I will start a process called “Advancing” which I will determine what the local best solution is to fit their requirement, and work closely with the Korean Production Director to get all the bits right for the concert. Once we are in agreement, we then build the show closer to the event. Of course this process goes concurrently as promoting and selling the concert to the fans. C+: How is working on a K-Pop concert different from working on other events such as music festivals? What are some of the most important things to take into consideration when working on a K-Pop concert? MW: Language is a barrier. More often than not, the translators employed by the promoter don’t have technical know-how so heavy technical requirements are lost in translation. The budget must be watched. What could seemingly be a simply pyrotechnic request to the Koreans and promoter could cost the production team a big dent on the budget. So being realistic and logical is crucial. Promoter tip? Fly to Seoul to meet the Korean Production Manager. We flew down there and had not one but two proper translators with technical know-how, and watched the concert videos, looked at pre-production photographs to get an idea on how effects and props worked and had all our questions answered. We were treated to a real Korean dinner as well. This could never happen with email correspondence.

C+: Are the clients more demanding or have a specific way of working? Share with us some of your experiences from working with Koreans. MW: The Koreans are perfectionist, and a little rigid, if you ask me, so more often than not you have got five or six Koreans telling 20 different things to the twoman promoter team, causing them to panic. That’s “pressure” but hey, welcome to showbiz. C+: On show day, what should an organiser best prepare for i.e. what’s most likely to go wrong? Do you have certain contingency plans should anything go wrong? MW: We have contingency plans for everything. But to be really honest, concerts are such well-planned, rehearsed choreographed productions that every little detail is thought of way ahead of show day. However, promoters should always be wary of small hidden expenses that do add up. A table here, 3 blowers there, cleaning cost, security... C+: Lastly, what do you personally think of the K-Pop culture based on what you’ve witnessed from K-Pop events? MW: It’s a business, marketed globally to a group with high disposable income - the teens and those in their twenties. Pretty artistes, and catchy pop music backed by insanely detailed production standards. We can and should learn from them. Pretty sure not all seven billion people understand Korean, but they are selling out concerts as far away as Madison Square Garden, Peru, Brazil, to name a few exotic locations. It’s also very competitive. Sure there can only be one G-Dragon, but there are many young boys training to be the next star. I give the man all credit for what he’s becoming. He could possibly surpass Rain as the biggest superstar. But then again, like all things, it has a shelf life. The fans, on the other hand, they give true meaning to the word “fanatic” which is where the word “fan” is derived.

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SOCIAL NETWORK INVESTIGATIONS

NOVEMBER 2013


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ouths today are not brought up the same way as some of us. While some of us have grown up with repeated warnings about the virtual world e.g. identity theft, conmen, or date rape, youths these days have social media playing such a huge role in their lives. Social media has become an integral part of their lives and it’s changing how they interact with friends and family, how they use technology or gain information, and even dictating how they behave (read: social etiquette). According to statistics, every 60 seconds, over 600,000 Facebook statuses are updated and over 98,000 tweets are sent. This is on top of the 600-odd YouTube videos uploaded a minute. Evidently, social media has become a playground for the Gen Y. They spend so much time on it that it’s fast becoming an alternative to face-toface or voice chatting. The question is, are they doing it right? Social media has taken another dimension and is now breeding a “look at me” culture for the ultra-connected generation. This is apparent in the things that they say on their Facebook statuses or the tweets they post up every hour of the day. We call it, “online verbal diarrhoea”. By knowing that they have a voice and a right to some level of self-expression, they tend to ignore the consequences or responsibilities in their online behaviour. Let’s put this into perspective – almost everything a person does or says online is cached by Google and it’s not impossible to find. Future employers will judge you based on your actions online should they stumble upon some skeletons in the closet. True, with the advent of YouTube, our youth no longer have to scour for DVDs or wait for documentaries to air on TV. They also no longer have to hope for their chance to shine because they’ve all the room to be creative and express themselves more. The problem is, however, that the Gen Y has this misconception that they’re just one YouTube away from being famous. As famous as say, Ryan High or KevJumba,or our very own jinnyboytv. As

a result, YouTube is now cluttered with videos of youths trying too hard and for all the wrong reasons. And social media abuse doesn’t stop there. The freedom to freely express oneself online can also be linked to “trolling” or cyberbullying. There are forums online e.g. 4chan, ask.fm that are inhabited by trolls or cyberbullies. These forums allow users to anonymously discuss topics but they are also the same ones behind some of the Internet’s worst “trolling” or cyberbullying cases. In August, the body of 14-yearold Hannah Smith was found hanging in her home after ask.fm anonymous users tormented her with messages like “every 1 will be happy if u died”, “drink bleach”, and “go die”. After which, her Facebook memorial page was mercilessly attacked by 4chan members. Refer to www.dailydot. com/news/4chan-hannah-smith-suicidefacebook-trolls for more information. Last but not least, social media has

completely transformed how youths communicate with their peers, friends, and family. In most cases, whether it’s during class, an outing with friends, or a family gathering, their eyes almost never leave their smartphone or tablet screens. Small talk, usually out of courtesy such as “How are you?” or “How’s the food?” has ceased to exist and they’re no longer interested in bonding. But that doesn’t mean that they want to intentionally display bad manners – there’s just so much going on, so much to read and videos to watch in the virtual world! Our advice? While it’s great that with the social media phenomenon, information is now literally at your fingertips and has innovated the way you communicate, use with caution. Don’t let it make decisions for you or change you. Learn to detach sometimes. Let it be your friend, and not your foe.

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DANCE EFFECT CONCERT 2013

NOVEMBER 2013

Girls Effect

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It was an evening of glitz and glamour as members of the Malaysian royal family, celebrities, philanthropists, corporations, and individuals walked down the red carpet at The Black Box MAPS, Publika to support a charity dance concert organised by teen sisters, 17-year-old Apshy Vimal and 16-year-old Aishy Vimal.


Visit Friends to Mankind’s website at: www.friendstomankind.org

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APSHY & AISHY VIMAL

SISTERS APSHY AND AISHY DANCED THEIR WAY TO RAISING RM101,000 FOR CHARITY AT THE DANCE EFFECT CONCERT 2013

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he evening was made more special by Hollywood celebrity-actress-model, Serinda Swan, who shined her spotlight on the two teen sisters and Dance Effect Concert 2013. Serinda arrived in Malaysia a week before the show, and spent the days speaking to the media and public to garner support for the charity concert. As the lights went out, Apshy and Aishy took centre stage to present their speeches jointly. Many hearts were awakened by the simple message from the girls. that money raised will make a difference in the lives of countless children and adolescents worldwide through the four beneficiary charities: Girl Effect Foundation, Children’s Wish Society, Fugee School and IQ70Plus. Apshy and Aishy were thrilled to announce that they had reached their RM100,000 goal which they set out to achieve. In fact, they had exceeded it by raising RM101,000. After sharing a little on how the whole initiative started with flash mobs, Apshy said, “Dance Effect really is our next step from the flash mob and at the beginning we set out to raise RM100,000 which we ourselves were unsure about but we are thrilled to announce that we have reached our goal!” Aishy added, “Besides the actual fundraising, we hope that with the awareness created by this entire Dance Effect campaign, there will be more attention given to the untapped possibility of adolescent girls living in poverty. We chose to champion Girl Effect because we truly believe that this is a solution and we have chosen to be the voice of these girls too.” They expressed gratitude to those who has helped contribute to their event such as Friends to Mankind, Dancesteps Studio, the lovely dancers waiting backstage, the media for their immense publicity, the people who

“Dance Effect really is our next step from the flash mob and at the beginning we set out to raise RM100,000 which we ourselves were unsure about but we are thrilled to announce that we have reached our goal!” donated, Serinda for her amazing support, and their beautiful parents. They also said, “We hope that after this event, teenagers and other people can see that two girls from Malaysia have the power to raise RM100,000, and you can too. Just like the ‘sifu’ in Mulan said: A single grain of rice can tip the scale. One man may be the difference between victory and defeat.”

OPPOSITE PAGE | GRACEFUL: BALLET – JUST ONE OF THE MANY MODERN DANCES THAT WAS PERFORMED AT THE CONCERT; THIS PAGE | (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT): SISTERS JOIN FORCES FOR THE LOVE OF DANCE AND IN THE NAME OF CHARITY; (FAR RIGHT) THE DANCE EFFECT CONCERT 2013 WAS ALSO SUPPORTED BY HOLLYWOOD CELEBRITY-ACTRESS-MODEL SERINDA SWAN

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RAISING THE BAR WITH JIN HACKMAN

NOVEMBER 2013

THE FIRST (AND PERHAPS THE ONLY) OF ITS KIND,

“RAISING THE BAR” IS A SERIES OF LIVE HIP HOP EVENTS IN KUALA

LUMPUR, MALAYSIA THAT FEATURES DJ SETS, LIVE

PERFORMANCES, STREETWEAR BAZAARS, AND OTHER “DOPE ISH”. BUT WE TAKE IT BACK TO THE BASICS WITH THE MAN WHO STARTED IT ALL,

TANG EU-JIN AKA JIN HACKMAN.

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ot only is he a hip-hop performer himself, “Raising The Bar” is quite literally, his baby. In our exclusive one-on-one interview with Jin, he spills the deets about the inspiration behind organising the poppin’ “Raising The Bar” and shares with us his honest thoughts on the hip hop scene in Malaysia.

JIN HACKMAN

C+: Tell us a little bit more about yourself from a non “Raising The bar” organiser front. Where did you grow up and what’s the average day-to-day like for you? J: I was born and bred in Subang Jaya... memang ada gaya (sorry can’t help it, shout out to Joe!). When I’m not organising “Raising The Bar”, I make rap music and perform at shows under the moniker, Jin Hackman. I’ve been rather quiet though, musically. Been focusing a lot of my energy into RTB. However, I plan to hit the studio again really soon.

WE’RE SOME OF THE NICEST AND MOST DOWN-TO-EARTH PEOPLE IF YOU GET TO KNOW US. DON’T LET THE MUSIC/LYRICS FOOL YOU. I WISH I COULD CHANGE THE PUBLIC’S PERCEPTION OF HIP-HOP

C+: What inspired you to organise the first ever “Raising The Bar” event and at what stage in your life did you know that you wanted to do this? J: It all started when a good musician friend of mine, the late Alda Evan Tan called me up one day to ask me if I was interested in organising a hip-hop gig at this venue - because he was organising gigs all around town at that time. I was a bit hesitant at first as I had no prior experience running a show, but after giving it some thought, I was like, why not? Let’s give it a shot. We had our first “Raising The Bar” in December 2011. And the rest is history! C+: What was the turnout like for the inaugural “Raising The Bar” event and what kind of activities/performances were there? J: There were more or less 150 people at the inaugural event. And that was pretty good already considering the size of our first venue. It was just a small bar in Tropicana City Mall. We managed to pack up the place. C+: How many “Raising The Bar” events have there been to date? What are some of the major changes that you’ve seen so far over the many instalments of “Raising The Bar”? J: That’s a good question. We kinda lost count after the first year. Probably close to 40 shows? Since we’ve been around for nearly three years and factoring in our one-off collaborations as well. We’ve changed venues a couple of times but other than that, no drastic changes. Just subtle ones. Like we’ve been trying to incorporate a different theme every month and we’re practising more quality control so not just anyone can perform at “Raising The Bar”. We do have our open mic slots though for the up-and-comers.

OPPOSITE PAGE | GUERRILA ART: THE BRAINS BEHIND “RAISING THE BAR”

C+: Now, let’s talk about the future of hip-hop in Malaysia. How different is the scene from way back when and now? Has it progressed or regressed? J: The scene’s more diverse now. You see different rap cats pushing different sounds/sub-genres of hip-hop. There’s the

conscious rap, the party rap, the braggadocio/punchline rap, the cloud rap, etc. Best part is, despite the contrasting styles and choice of topics, all of us get along fine and we tend to support each other. At the end of the day, good hip hop is good hip hop. We’ve definitely progressed a hell lot. There’s still room for improvement though. If not musically, maybe the way artistes market their music. I think some artistes (even established ones) struggle getting their music out there. In my opinion, a little bit more time and effort could be spent in this department. C+: Do you remember your first encounter with the genre? Share with us what made you love hip-hop. J: Yeah, it was Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP. That album was bananas. Still one of my favourite hip hop albums of all time. I used to blast the CD in the car with my mom and dad. Come to think about it, all the foul language and nasty skits must have made my parents feel really uncomfortable. Props to them for putting up with it. But on the real, MMLP opened up my eyes (cue Chinese joke) to rap music. The rhymes, the storytelling, the song concepts, everything about that album was on point. The album proved that rap is more than merely saying a bunch of words over a beat. It’s a lot more complicated than that. C+: What do you think are the common misconceptions of hip-hop as a genre and as a culture? And how has its artistes tried to change these misconceptions? More importantly, what do you wish you could change? J: That we’re all angry and violent people. Not really. We’re some of the nicest and most down-to-earth people if you get to know us. Don’t let the music/lyrics fool you. I wish I could change the public’s perception of hip-hop. To the masses, hiphop equals Pitbull, Florida, Black Eyed Peas. If you actually bothered to do some research and dig deeper, there’s loads of hip hop music with substance. You just can’t find it on the radio, unfortunately. YouTube would be a good place to start. C+: Who are some of the local hip-hop artistes that you would highly recommend to say... friends from outstation or overseas? J: I’m just gonna pick two acts who are releasing their albums soon. SonaOne and Ntahsape2ntah. I’ll let their music speak for them. C+: Last but not least, what can we expect from “Raising The Bar” in the near future? Are there any exciting projects currently in the pipeline? J: We just launched our website. So ch-ch-check it out at www.rtb.my. And then you have the monthly events. Come check us out at The Bee, Publika sometime. Every third Sunday of the month. We’re currently working on our first nationwide “Raising The Bar Tour” and of course our second “Raising The Bar Fest”, scheduled for April 2014. You heard it here first!

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HIP-HOP DANCER MC PHOTOS BY KAMIL HAZIQ

Boogie like MC of Originalution Dance Studio with these dance steps thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll surely make you a hot tamale on the dance floor!

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STRIPE UP YOUR LIFE WITH STABILO

NOVEMBER 2013

rom June till July 2013, Stabilo ran a worldwide campaign, “Stripe Up Your Life” which consisted of a roadshow held at various colleges and universities statewide. Students from KBU International College, UCSI Uni, Uni Tunku Abdul Rahman, NILAI Uni, Taylor’s Uni Lakeside Campus, Multimedia Uni Cyberjaya, Sunway Uni, Tunku Abdul Rahman Uni College, City Uni College of Science & Technology, and SEGi Uni were treated to a whole load of fun on campus. There was a photo booth where students were able to get their pictures taken with props, uploaded, and printed out on the spot. The most creative pictures will then be picked as the weekly or monthly winner. On top of that, there were also other activities such as a flash mob and workshops (capoeira, hocker, and skateboard).

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SMILE WITH XYLITOL CAMPUS ROADSHOW

NOVEMBER 2013

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Roadshow 2013

n July and August 2013, Xylitol held a series of on-campus events in conjunction with their “Smile With XYLITOL” campaign. The roadshow, which was held across several colleges and universities such as City Uni College of Science & Technology, NILAI Uni, Tunku Abdul Rahman Uni College, UCSI, Taylor’s College, Lakeside Campus, UTAR Petaling Jaya, MMU Cyberjaya, KDU UC, DJ, Asia Metropolitan Uni, UTAR Sungai Long Campus, Sime Darby Nursing & Health Science College, and SEGi University, Kota Damansara included free sampling as well as interactive games with prizes to be won. Students simply had to have their pictures taken and uploaded on the spot to the Xylitol Malaysia Photo Contest Page. The pictures with the most likes will then stand a chance to win amazing prizes e.g. iPad Mini 3G, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, cash prizes, and product hampers.

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YOUR VIEW ON CURRENT ISSUES

NOVEMBER 2013

campustalk

Grappling with that first date

A first date can be a daunting task. From start to finish, everything is meticulously thought out by both parties. One of those things is whether the guy should pay for the first date, or should they go dutch? Campus Plus asked some students from Sunway University and this is what they said:

“I think going dutch would be my option. I’d feel bad for the guy having to pay for me, on top of having to pick me up and drive to the date.”

“Go dutch. Because on a first date we don’t even know each other that well. Best not to give high expectations.”

CHEONG JIA ERN (AGE 18)

KONG ZHENG WEI (AGE 22)

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DEGREE IN IT

“I like it when the guy pays on the first date. It gives the good impression that he can provide and be relied on.”

“I think the guy should pay for the first date. It gives a good impression and the girl would more likely be attracted to that. Thus, you’ll have a better chance.”

CHUA SING YU (AGE 22)

MYOAUNG WIN (AGE 17)

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OUT & ABOUT TOWN

NOVEMBER 2013

SAT / NOV 16 PELANGI UNTUKMU KONSERT NING BAIZURA A mega vocal powerhouse, a stellar performer and now a beautiful mother to the most adorable baby boy, Ning Baizura is considered one of the most successful female pop, soul & R&B artiste in the country. Not only by her majestic talent, her vibrant persona and admirable kindness have won over the hearts of many. With over 40,000 fans all over the country, Ning has become a true Malaysian icon. After much anticipation, Ning will be on stage again for an exclusive 90-minute concert. The Pelangi Untukmu concert mainly focuses on Ning’s recent personal experiences. For one night, Ning will take her audience through the most important stages of her life thus far, which is becoming a mother. TIME : 8:30pm onwards VENUE : TM Convention Center TICKETING : RM78 (Green Zone), RM53 (Red Zone) via www.ticketcharge.com.my

from around the world and right from our doorstep, a fantastic festival set-up, and their newly introduced Urbanscapes Satellite Shows featuring some of the most eagerly anticipated acts. Their promise as always, to deliver your biggest weekend of the year! TIME : TBC VENUE : Malaysia Agro Exposition Park, Serdang (MAEPS) TICKETING : Visit urbanscapes. com.my or www.ticketpro.com.my for more information

SAT / NOV 2 NINETOLOGY ALL STAR BASKETBALL MALAYSIA 2013 The well-known Ninetology All Star exhibition game will provide basketball fans a platform to witness worldrenowned professional basketball players up close, in Malaysia. Six legend NBA players will be playing in the carnival’s Ninetology All Star exhibition game, as well as sharing their experiences with local basketball players and fans. Under the US Pro Basketball Alumni team (PBAA), the group of six former NBA players and four renowned international basketball freestyle players will compete with a specially selected MJ Life Asia Basketball All-Star team. TIME : 7:30pm VENUE : Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur TICKETING : Visit www.ticketcharge.com.my for more information

MON / NOV 4 RICHARD CLAYDERMAN LIVE IN MALAYSIA Known all around the world as the Prince of Romance (dubbed by Nancy Reagan), Richard Clayderman will once again charm us with his magical fingers through his distinctive re-interpretations of classical and popular tunes from his newest album, perfectly titled Romantique. The 60-year-old, blond, blue-eyed superstar does not only swoon, but has a reputation to reduce his audiences to tears with the way he flawlessly glides his fingers through the keys of his instrument, the piano. TIME : 8:30pm onwards VENUE : Plenary Hall, KL Convention Centre TICKETING : RM888 (Platinum), RM498 (Gold), RM298 (Silver), RM198 (Bronze), RM138 (Student) via www.ticketcharge.com.my 56

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SAT / NOV 23 WICKED FESTIVAL 2013 Heeding the calls of thousands who long to witness this prodigy for the first time ever in East Asia, Wicked Entertainment proudly unveils Zedd as the first Star of the Wicked Festival 2013. Two super EDM artistes leading a horde of mind blowing talents, Wicked Festival 2013 is all about the journey and the experience TIME : TBC VENUE : Sepang International Circuit TICKETING : Visit www.ticketpro.com.my for more information

SAT & SUN / DEC 23 & 24 URBANSCAPES 2013 Urbanscapes 2013 will be held over a weekend within the beautiful environs of our new home in MAEPS in Serdang, Selangor. This year, like all previous years, promises an unforgettable experience-filled weekend for all. They’ve got loads planned for our 11th year. An ever expanding line-up of the best creative talents

WED / NOV 27 ALICIA KEYS SET THE WORLD ON FIRE TOUR Hot on the heels of her sold-out North American and European leg of the tour, Alicia Keys will be giving a 90-minute live performance in Kuala Lumpur. She will be accompanied by a full band, including backing vocals and dancers. The performance will feature songs from Keys’ latest album, Girl On Fire, as well as many of her well-known works. The Set The World On Fire concert is globally presented by BlackBerry, co-presented by Celcom First and supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia and Malaysia Major Events (MME), a division of Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MYCEB). TIME : TBC VENUE : Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur TICKETING : RM595 (Zone On Fire), RM495 (Platinum), RM395 (Gold), RM295 (Category 1), RM195 (Category 2), RM155 (Category 3) via ticketpro.com.my


SINGER, PAINTER, PERFORMER ASHLEY CHAN PHOTOS BY KAMIL HAZIQ

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shley Chan, 19, has a broad talent in music and art. She dances, sings, and even paints. She took up ballet at the age of four and that’s where her interest for musical theatre came from. (Also note that her mother is a fantastic singer.) So music definitely runs in her veins. In 2011, Ashley took her first professional step into musical theatre when she got a role in Dama Orchestra’s In Perfect Harmony as a member of the singing ensemble. Earlier this year, she scored a role in Mel Brook’s smash hit musical, The Producers, as part of the vocal ensemble as well. Much of Ashley’s musical influences come from funk, jazz and disco, which were what her parents listened to.

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She admits to having quite traditional musical interests but that doesn’t stop her from taking part in contemporary gigs such as Raising The Bar and Urbanscapes which she performed with her band, Atticus And Something Else. As a musical theatre enthusiast, Ashley dreams to be a part of Broadway’s A Chorus Line, which centres on 17 Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line. She is also looking to try out theatre performances. Ashley is currently studying for a diploma in mass communication at IACT College and plans to further her studies in Public Relations or Journalism. Although still very young, she has been exposed to the world of musical theatre and band gigs for quite some time. “My personal advice to those who are considering performing arts as a career is to not get discouraged so easily. Times could get tough as competition in this industry is always stiff but as long as you love what you do and be professional, you shouldn’t have a problem,” she said.

‘TIMES COULD GET TOUGH AS COMPETITION IN THIS INDUSTRY IS ALWAYS STIFF BUT AS LONG AS YOU LOVE WHAT YOU DO AND BE PROFESSIONAL, YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE A PROBLEM’

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ALBUM RELEASES AND REVIEWS

NOVEMBER 2013

REVIEWS

TRUE AVICII

He emerged as one of the world’s youngest DJs producers and instantly rose to fame with the now world-famous Levels – a track

LOUD LIKE LOVE PLACEBO

English alternative rockers Placebo once said that its seventh album, Loud Like Love, almost didn’t come through. The fact that it happened is really quite a miracle and now that it

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that has been played and remixed just about a million times over. And we’re not even exaggerating. It was the track that put Swedish DJproducer Avicii on the electronic dance music (EDM) map and gained him tens of thousands of fans, as well as monumental success. However, with the release of his debut album, True, he has managed to surprise everyone! Wake Me Up, for instance, sounds nothing like Levels, It’s more country than EDM and very radio-friendly. His fans’ “taste test” is pushed further with Wake Me Up and Hey Brother, two tracks with vocals that follow the Wake Me Up vibe closely. Then, the entire album takes a break with Heart Upon My Sleeve, which sounds like true (no pun intended) and honest love. People say Avicii’s album is nothing to shout about but if you ask us, he deserves all the credit for being experimental and keeping it fresh with hybrid sounds.

has been released, we can practically hear the amount of effort that has been put into it. Loud Like Love, the positive-sounding title track, isn’t at all half-hearted, or unpolished. The teenage-angsty Placebo continued to surprise us with the equally upbeat Scene of the Crime, which made us believe that it was perhaps trying a new musical style. But that all comes to an abrupt halt with the awkward Too Many Friends, which came complete with a bizarre music video. Overall, Loud Like Love pushes a more mainstream sound (for the young ones, we reckon) without hiding the fact that Placebo, as a band, has aged albeit gracefully.

MADONNA: THE MDNA TOUR MADONNA

Age is not the limit, the sky is. This saying is especially true when it comes to 55-year-old “Queen of Pop”, Madonna. Even after selling more than

CLARITY (DELUXE EDITION) ZEDD

Prior to knowing that we’re about to review 24-year-old Russian DJproducer Zedd’s Clarity (Deluxe Edition), we already had about a hundred things to say about the EDM maestro. For starters, we’ve known about him since Spectrum (featuring

300 million records worldwide, it ain’t time for her to Take A Bow and leave the entertainment industry just yet. With Madonna: The MDNA Tour, we can see why. We absolutely marvelled at the way the veteran star performed strenuous choreography with such vigour alongside an entourage of young dancers. Madonna: The MDNA Tour is not just one long music video, but an epic two-hour documentary showcasing her undying love for being a performer and dare we say, oozing serious sex appeal. Yes, even at her age! We’re not big fans ourselves but even hardened non-fans like us can’t help but sing along to Vogue, Like A Virgin, and Papa Don’t Preach. She even attempted a mashup with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way – an attempt that was as dazzling as she appeared to be. Hey, they don’t call her the “Queen of Pop” for nothing.

Matthew Koma), which has gone on to spawn about 2,500 remixes – some of which were from a few of the world’s leading DJs-producers such as Armin van Buuren, Arty, Gregori Klosman & Tristan Garner, and Headhunterz. Then came Clarity which hit international charts, radio waves, music festivals, and took the world by storm. With the deluxe edition, Zedd has included Stay The Night, which features Paramore’s Hayley Williams. The track, coupled with a beautiful music video, has brought the idea of romance back into EDM. And true to Zedd’s nature, Stay The Night sounds like something he composed on the piano first before taking it to the machines to “electronicise” without compromising its radio appeal. Put this one on repeat – even if it means needing to break your CD player eventually (just kidding!). Also, don’t forget to catch Zedd in Kuala Lumpur on 23rd November 2013 at Sepang International Circuit!


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Get Wet

Krewella So, the trio named Krewella has finally released its first full-length album, Get Wet, following the huge success of the hit song, Alive

any speculated what the hybrid performers – Jahan, Yasmine, and Kris – would include in Get Wet and we admit that it’s hard to place them in a single genre. Get Wet has songs like the thought-provoking and amazingly melodic ballad, Human, which we feel will go on to win more hearts. Next comes Live For The Night – a song that is almost sharing the same fame as Alive. Then, Krewella takes it

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up a few notches with the hard-hitting We Are One and Ring of Fire, two tracks which are filled with snares and heavy bass and, yes, might just tear any dance floor. Production-wise, Get Wet is dynamic and it does prove that Krewella has successfully created a sound that’s entirely its own. How many new artistes can say that about their debut album? Exactly.

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REVIEWS

PARADISE (WHAT ABOUT US?) WITHIN TEMPTATION

Let’s face it. When it comes to gothic rock band, Within Temptation, its albums are far and few in between although it makes wonderfully

gothed-up pop music. While we’re still waiting patiently for its next album, we’ve got an EP to temporarily satiate our thirst for Within Temptation. Paradise (What About Us?) is the perfect single release to hype up our expectations as it tells of Within Temptation’s new venture. First of all, it has previously mysterious guest Tarja Turunen (Finnish singer-songwriter and composer with a vocal range of three octaves) on it. And singing alongside Tarja is Within Temptation’s lead, Sharon, which has made Paradise (What About Us?) a mighty force. Sharon brings in her commercial vocals while Tarja retains her orchestral, dramatic roots. It’s a song that will still sound good even after you pick it up to play again years later. Evergreen, we think, they call it? We can’t wait to hear the rest of the new album already!

M.O. NELLY

Wait, Nelly? You mean to say that he’s still at it? Apparently, yes, with

the release of his new album, “M.O.”. But will it go on to dominate music charts? Let’s see. Firstly, “M.O.” opens with a seemingly good song, “Get Like Me”, featuring Nicki Minaj and Pharrell Williams. Honestly? We like it because we like Pharrell’s production. The N*E*R*D sounding “Rick James”, which features T.I. also hits home for us in the same way that “IDGAF” did. Not surprising, since both Pharrell and T.I. are on that one. Nelly then loses the plot a little with “Heaven” and “Headphones” but quickly redeems himself with “Hey Porsche”. It’s generic but we love the almost dancepop catchy chorus. Not sure if this is going to stay on the music store shelves longer than it should because Nelly’s “M.O.” is not entirely bad (thanks to Pharrell) but it’s not entirely good either. Approach with caution!

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NOVEMBER 2013

Idols Online We spoke briefly about the flipside of the neon-coloured K-Pop culture on pages 36 to 39.

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ow, let’s take a look at some of the (K-Pop) world’s most stalked idols who are active on one or more social media platforms. And as most K-Pop fans might understand, these idols are constantly kept under tight “wraps”, so much so that social media is one of the only ways they can communicate and reach out to the world. Even so, most of these idols’ postings are monitored by their respective entertainment agencies/managers.presses of YG Entertainment...

Siwon of Super Junior Among the K-Pop idols in South Korea, Choi Siwon of Super Junior is still raking in the most followers. At time of writing, Siwon has 3.7 million followers. The K-Pop idol often shares quotes (his faith in Christianity is a strong one) and expect tonnes of pictures from both work and play. When we say play, we mean no holds barred, no makeup, and just being playful. He’s also known to be sometimes too mischievous for his own good as he once posted up a picture of a Ritz-Carlton hotel notepad while he was in Malaysia, telling

his fans to “find” him. A word of warning though - unless if you understand Hangul (the Korean alphabet) or Hiragana (the Japanese alphabet), you might have difficulty reading some of his tweets.

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G-Dragon of BIGBANG Real name Kwon Jiyong, G-Dragon (BIGBANG’s

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HARD TO LOVE, HOW TO LOVE

THANKS TO

BEAST

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BEAST, otherwise known as B2ST is back, bigger and better than ever! Hard To Love, How To Love was introduced to us with the pre-release singles, Will You Be Alright? and I’m Sorry. It was easy to love Will You Be Alright? which played off the emotional ballad formula while I’m Sorry showcased the boys’ vocal ranges. Officially, however, Shadow was the promoted single and it was a good choice! Shadow is laced with an aggressive electro-pop beat and an equally aggressive music video (featuring an eerie concept) accompanies it. The star songs of the album, however, have to be the mid-tempo ballad Hard To Love, which is beautiful in all aspects, followed by the slightly retro but fun Be Alright. Personally, we think that Hard To Love, How To Love is an interesting shift to the K-Pop idol boy group’s musical direction.

What better way to celebrate your anniversary than to release a spanking new mini album? Five-piece South Korean band F.T. Island can write, can sing, and sure as heck can win hearts with Thanks To. The mini album consists of four songs with sticks to F.T. Island’s pop-rock musical style. Ripping into Thanks To is Try Again, a song with a highly addictive anthem-like hook coupled with some powerful guitar work! Followed by the lacedwith-heartbreak Memory (written by F.T. Island vocals frontman Lee Hongki), which was served up so well that we could almost feel Hongki’s pain in his voice. Let’s not forget Falling Star and Always With You – two songs that prove that F.T. Island can definitely dish out radio-friendly pop songs without compromising the rock vibe. Ace!


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K-POP CHART leader) has fast become a household name to all who follow the South Korean music industry closely. Known for his eccentric sense of fashion (they call him a “fashionista”), G-Dragon aka GD keeps his fans updated about his current crazy styles, his work, upcoming projects, and other leisurely activities (such as selfies/selcas) via Instagram, where he has about 1.4 million followers. He can also be found on Twitter, where he actively shares his thoughts and retweets random quotes (in both Hangul and English) for his 2.07 million followers.

Instagram: xxxibgdrgn Twitter: IBGDRGN

Taeyeon of SNSD Girls’ Generation Out of nine girls, Girls’ Generation leader Kim Tae-yeon aka Taeyeon was perhaps one of the first of the K-Pop idol girl group to start up a social media account. To date, she has about 1.2 million followers and they call her “the queen of Instagram”. Taeyeon never fails to post up fun pictures of, well, herself, her pet, the things she eats, sneak peek shots of one or more members of SNSD Girls’ Generation, so on and so forth. From what we’ve seen, she also enjoys sharing selfies/ selcas and isn’t afraid of making silly faces! She’s also known to be not quite just an artiste but also artist. Go on and check out some of her cute drawings.

Instagram: taeyeon_ss

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BUSKER BUSKER 2ND ALBUM

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Folk rock band Busker Busker’s second studio album, aptly named Busker Busker 2nd Album, consists of nine songs which were all composed by the band’s vocalist, Jang Bum Joon. Busker Busker 2nd Album opens with the poetic title song, At First Love Is, followed by Love is Timing, which showcases Jang Bum Joon’s romantic vocals over gentle drum beats. The sentimental vibe then stretches on (not that we’re complaining) with the heart melting Should Have Been Good and Beautiful Age. There’s also the slightly more playful Your Lips, featuring sweet female vocalist Chae Ji Yeon. We couldn’t have found better vocals to match up to Jang Bum Joon’s voice, really!

Here’s one South Korean artiste that we’ve kept a close watch on since we first saw her on Superstar K. With the release of Her Voice, fans can expect quieter, more melancholy songs. The album opens with Urban Green, a song that can easily be mistaken for sweet despite the depressing lyrics. This sentiment is also true in Rain, which sees the emotional theme through. Lim Kim then breaks away from being “emo” with Voice, featuring guest rapper Swings. Then comes the slightly more fun song Drunken Shrimp - an excellent song with a speedy tempo (read: bossa nova) and a Spanish guitar to complement Lim Kim’s daydreamer-esque voice, before the album comes to a close with the English version of Urban Green. Will it leave fans begging for more? Highly likely, we say.

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THE LATEST CINEMA FLICKS

NOVEMBER 2013

PREVIEWS

BATTLE OF THE YEAR

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

STARRING: JOSH HOLLOWAY LAZ ALONSO JOSH PECK CHRIS BROWN CAITY LOTZ TERRENCE JENKINS

STARRING: JENNIFER LAWRENCE JOSH HUTCHERSON LIAM HEMSWORTH RELEASE: 21ST NOVEMBER 2013

RELEASE: 21ST NOVEMBER 2013

Inspired by B-Boy, a new new heights as Brazil and more

the award-winning generation of athletes dancers from Russia, vie for their position

documentary Planet push the envelope to France, Japan, Korea, atop the award stand.

FREE BIRDS

STARRING: WOODY HARRELSON OWEN WILSON DAN FOGLER

Citizens of Panem: Every quarter century, The Capitol honours the anniversary of its victory over the Districts with a special edition of the Games. This year, for the first time in history your favourite victors will return as tributes. As usual, all residents are required by Capitol law to watch the Games. Insubordination will not be tolerated.

FROZEN

STARRING: KRISTEN BELL IDINA MENZEL RELEASE: 28TH NOVEMBER 2013

RELEASE: 14TH NOVEMBER 2013

After being pardoned by the President of the United States, Reggie lives a comfortable life at Camp David, enjoying pizza and telenovelas. On the other hand, Jake is the president and the only member of Turkeys Liberation Front. After initial rivalry and Jake bag kidnapping Reggie, they team up and hijack a time machine in a government lab and travel back in time to the first Thanksgiving to prevent turkeys from becoming the traditional holiday meal.

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Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Snow Queen”, Disney’s 53rd animated feature features the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel in the coolest comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen! When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.


PREVIEWS

CARRIE

STARRING: CHLOË GRACE MORETZ JUDY GREER PORTIA DOUBLEDAY ALEX RUSSELL GABRIELLA WILDE ANSEL ELGORT JULIANNE MOORE

HOMEFRONT

STARRING: JASON STATHAM JAMES FRANCO WINONA RYDER

RELEASE: 7TH NOVEMBER 2013

RELEASE: 28TH NOVEMBER 2013

A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, Carrie is directed by Kimberly Peirce with a screenplay by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

Produced and written by Sylvester Stallone. A DEA Agent retires to a seemingly quiet town that is hiding an underbelly of violence and drug trafficking. When his family is threatened he is forced back into action to save his loved ones and the community. Body counts will pile up as Jason Statham will unleash his full martial arts skills and gun fire to defend his family and the entire town. A no-holds-barred action movie.

THAT GIRL IN PINAFORE

THE SECOND SIGHT

STARRING: JULIE TAN DAREN TAN SEAH JIAQING KENNY KHOO JAYLEY WOO HAYLEY WOO RELEASE: 21ST NOVEMBER 2013

Should you follow your heart or your head? That Girl in Pinafore is a coming-of-age tale set in 1993, Singapore, about dreams, friendships, and first loves. The story follows four teenagers’ efforts to bring business back to a struggling folk music pub, and the blossoming love between Jiaming and May, both fans of Singaporean folk music.

STARRING: NAWAT KULRATTANARAK YAYAYING RHATHA PHONGAM RELEASE: 7TH NOVEMBER 2013

Jet is a man who has a psychic ability since he was born. He loathes it, because it makes him a freak in the eyes of others. Every time he reports his vision to friends, they think he’s losing his mind. Jet decides to keep his ability a secret. But soon he begins to discover a new use of it: he enters the minds of others and steals their secrets, and from just initial curiosity, he starts to exploit such knowledge to his own advantage. When Jet falls in love with a woman, he breaks his own rule. He begins to use his paranormal ability to help his lover in a way that he shouldn’t. And the path of unpredictable future is leading him into a dark, unkind destiny.

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HEALTHY LIFESTYLE AND CANCER Here are some cancer prevention tips for you to consider : 1) Maintain a healthy weight

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In Malaysia, over 60% of its population is either overweight or obese. The prevalence of overweight and obesity among adolescents and young adults have increased from 9.5% in 1997 to 19.6% in 2007. There is a strong link between overweight and obesity in childhood and body weight in later life: 70% of those who are overweight in adolescence go on to become overweight adults. Many cancers are more common in people who are overweight and obese, including cancer of the breast, colon, endometrium, prostate and kidney. Excess weight causes the body to produce hormones that can stimulate cancer growth.You can check if you are overweight or obese by calculating your Body Mass Index or BMI. To reduce your cancer risk, keep your BMI between 18.5 - 24.9kg/m 2

2) Be physically active

Being physically active helps to control your weight and lower your risk of developing cancer. An adult needs to get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity each week, or an equivalent combination. This is over and above the usual daily activities like using the stairs or doing housework. Examples of moderate intensity activities include brisk walking, dancing and gardening.

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3) Eat a balance meal

Here is an easy way to help you serve up balanced meals without having to fuss and weigh foods. Let a 9-inch plate be your guide. Fill ¼ of the plate with starchy carbohydrates such as rice, potatoes, bread, pasta or beans. Fill ¼ of the plate with protein foods such as lean meats, fish, skinless poultry, eggs or legumes. Fill ½ of the plate with non-starchy vegetables from green leafy vegetables, broccoli and carrots to salad vegetables. If you are trying to control your weight, it would be helpful to use a smaller plate

4) Don’t use tobacco

Avoiding tobacco will be one of the wisest health decisions that you can make. Smoking is a significant risk factor for many cancers including cancer of the lung, bladder, cervix and kidney. Cigarette smoke contains 4,000 toxic or carcinogenic chemicals. Non-smokers who are exposed to second-hand smoke increase their risk of lung cancer by 20% to 30%. The concentrations of toxic and carcinogenic chemicals are higher in second-hand smoke than in the smoke inhaled by smokers.

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5) Limit your alcohol intake You may be surprised to know that drinking alcohol increases your risk of getting many types of cancers, including cancer of the breast, colon, rectum, liver, mouth and oesophagus. Women should limit to less than 1 drink a day while men should limit to less than 2 drinks a day. A drink is equivalent to a 350ml bottle of beer, one 145ml glass of wine or one 45ml shot of spirits.

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If you are interested in participating in any of our programmes or need further information about our services, kindly call us at 603- 2698 7300; email to contact@cancer.org.my or log on to our website at www.cancer.org.my.

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Finding Your Centre With

HOLISTIC HEALING SKY KOH

“Some people break down in tears during a class but that’s normal as it’s usually due to them becoming aware of their long-hidden feelings towards incidents in their past”

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here’s a huge misconception that holistic healing and alternative healing – as for example, meditation, crystals, and tarot card reading – is linked to faith healing. It’s easily forgotten that faith healing requires a person to have belief in a certain god or deity. Alternative healing involves methods that guide healing energy to improve a person’s body, mind, and spiritual health. It’s goal is to improve a person’s overall wellness and outlook, to help ensure the complete well-being of a person. More and more people are turning to alternative healing especially those recovering from sickness (read: cancer). The emphasis is on preventing sickness and disease. On a more average side of things, holistic centres in Malaysia are far and few in between – but it’s not entirely impossible to find. One such new age centre, called The Golden Space, is in Kota Damansara, Selangor. The ultimate vision of The Golden Space is to create a culture of oneness, with pure unconditional love and light and to lead a person towards self-discovery, and spiritual growth. By harnessing the power of alternative healing, The Golden Space’s practitioners and therapists dedicate themselves to helping people channel their energies. We met Sky Koh, an in-house practitioner at The Golden Space not too long ago for a one-on-one counselling session where we were introduced to alternative healing for the first time. We opted for the “Pure Intent” session (which costs about RM350 for 60 to 90 minutes) which involved

going back to the source of the negative energy (caused by a bad memory such as a break up, abuse, argument, etc.) lodged deep within a person and neutralising it. According to Sky, “What we do is assist a person in finding the root of the stubborn negative energy via counselling. As you can see, it requires communication between a practitioner and the said person. Some people break down in tears during a class but that’s normal as it’s usually due to them becoming aware of their long-hidden feelings towards incidents in their past. So, we help them manage it and help them find closure or neutralise it.” When asked if this applies across all the people he has ever conducted classes with, he said, “Well, not everyone’s healing process is the same and each are intensely personal. Some require just a few classes to recover while others might need more. It really depends on the person.” Sky Koh, a certified Reiki Master, also conducts and facilitates weekly group meditation practices for The Golden Space. He also offers alternative energy healing therapies such as Healing, Chakra Balancing, Chakra Clearing, and intuitive reading using Fairies Cards. Currently, there are about five in-house practitioners at The Golden Space, including Sky Koh. The Golden Space is open from 10am till 8pm daily and it’s located at 27-2, Jalan PJU 5/20, The Strand, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia. For more information, visit www. thegoldenspace.com.my.

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DISCOVER SEOUL ON A BUDGET

NOVEMBER 2013

Oh My Seoul! With a shoestring budget and pocketful of dreams, your slice of the South Korean fairytale can be a reality sooner than you think!

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hen the Korean “Hallyu Wave’ hit the world a few years ago, Seoul became one of the most popular destinations, with its craze for BB creams, kimchi, Gangnam-stylin’ and of course, the chance of an encounter with a superstar!

comfortable room with en-suite bathroom for two. Target those in popular tourist areas with close proximity to subway stations. Namsan Guesthouse is a 5-minute walk from the Myeongdong Station and is right across the street from the Myeongdong Market.

WHERE TO STAY?

GETTING AROUND

Ditch the posh hotels and opt for guesthouses. For 70,000 won (RM210) a night, you can get a

It’s easy to visit Seoul’s attractions via its subway’s extensive network. Taxi fares aren’t

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OPPOSITE PAGE | (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP) FLOWING THROUGH THE DOWNTOWN AREAS: CHEONGGYECHEON RIVER SEOUL; GREAT STREET FOOD AND HAPPENING STORES - THAT’S MYEONGDONG FOR YOU; HELLO KITTY LOVERS WILL LOVE THE CAFE NEAR HONGIK UNIVERSITY; GWANGHWAMUN SQUARE, WHERE YOU’LL SEE THE BIG STATUE OF KING SEJONG STANDING TALL; VISIT THE POPULAR CHEONGYECHEON STREAM AND DIP YOUR TIRED FEET IN THE COOL WATERS; (BOTTOM) MYEONGDONG SHOPPING STREET SEOUL; THIS PAGE | (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP) INTERACTING WITH THE PAINTINGS: AN OPTICAL ILLUSION AT THE SANTORINI MUSEUM IN HONGDAE; IN POPULAR SERIES BOYS OVER FLOWERS, GOO JUN-PYO WAITED FOR GEUM JAN DI AT THE N SEOUL TOWER; SPOT THE LITTLE GIRL IN HANBOK - A NORM ON SUNDAYS IN INSADONG; THE GRAND PALACE OF GYEONGBUKGONG - A MUST-VISIT WHEN YOU’RE IN SEOUL!; LOVELOCKS NAMSAM TOWER SEOUL

too bad, but never ever hop into a black taxi – these premium taxis could cost up to RM100! For first-time tourists, the Seoul City Tour Bus is highly recommended where you get 26 stops (think palaces, museums, cultural villages, DMZ, malls, etc.) with a 30-minute intervals for 10,000 won (RM30).Tickets can be bought at the Gwanghwamun Square. End your night at the N Seoul Tower to watch the sunset. SHOPPING What every tourist should check out is Seoul’s plethora of skincare and makeup brands. The Face Shop, Nature Republic, Etude House and many others can be found all over the city, with prices a fraction of that in Malaysia. TIME FOR KIMCHI & MORE! It’s always useful to learn several popular dish names in the language as many restaurants tend to serve the same basic dishes – ramyu (Korean instant noodles), and bibimbap (stone dish mixed rice) -- are the safest

options. Every meal comes with kimchi, and range from RM10 onwards. The popular Jajangmyeon (blackbean noodles) as seen in Korean shows can be found in Chinese eateries.

Visit Insadong Traditional Street on Sundays and you’ll find some locals dressed in traditional hanboks as you browse the souvenir shops and art galleries. Here, the shops’ signboards are in traditional Korean, and you’ll find the only Starbucks in the world without an English signboard.

COFFEE CULTURE COME FOR THE FESTIVITIES! Coffee reigns supreme in Seoul, where you’ll find a huge variety of coffee shops with their own quirky themes. So strong is the influence that there are even 24-hour cafes catered to the caffeine-high night owls. MARKETPLACES Namdaemun is an old traditional market where you’ll find bulk items sold cheap – cutleries, clothes, accessories and also souvenir items. Myeongdong is where the young and vibrant hang out as the sun sets. Dongdaemun is a fashion haven that’s open all night long (even at 4am). On weekends, head over to the streets of Hongdae where you’ll find unique fashion items.

Seoul is a great place to be during the Lunar New Year (Seollal), and the Hi Seoul Festival is the biggest street festival in the capital, filled with performances and concerts. Every spring (around April), the National Assembly at Yeouido (the Manhattan of Seoul) is filled with blossoming trees of pink and white. GETTING OUT Want a Winter Sonata moment? That’s a little trip out of Seoul to Nami Island. For those looking for some sea and sun, you can opt for idyllic Busan – a short train ride away. Jeju Island is simply beautiful, but the only way to get there is via a domestic flight (or an 11-hour ferry).

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DINING AT FREE MORI PHOTOS BY KAMIL HAZIQ

Free Mori’s Bread Culture Healthy gastranomical delights for the discerning meat enthusiast

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ealth. Fun. Fresh. These are the three key elements to Free Mori, the bakery with a sunny disposition. It prides itself with healthy pastries that contain less sugar by

using sweets from natural sources. By cutting down the calories, Free Mori’s customers can enjoy more without the risk of diabetes.

“To ensure customers get only the freshest breads, Free Mori does not store its products for more than 3 days”

But perhaps the most interesting aspect of this boutique bakery is its thematic approach to its products. To keep things interesting and fresh, Free Mori designs the pastries according to a certain concept or theme each year. This year, it’s come up with an ocean theme named Hi Blue. 68

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THIS PAGE | (TOP LEFT): HEALTHY WHOLEMEAL BREAD WITH ASSORTED NUTS AND BLACK SESAME; (BOTTOM LEFT) THIS TURTLE SHELL BUN IS FAR FROM HARD


Free Mori invited Campus Plus to its outlet in SS15, Subang Jaya to sample the delights. True to the theme this year, the pastries on display paid homage to the high seas and it was pirate season.

FREE MORI IS LOCATED AT: NO. 76, GROUND FLOOR, JALAN SS15/4D 46500, SUBANG JAYA, SELANGOR WWW.FREEMORI.COM/MY/

staff at Free Mori will package them for you to maintain good hygiene. All in all, Free Mori is a bakery that keeps things interesting every year. There’s never a dull moment

The ‘Black Angel’ is chocolate bread with chocolate

as they keep inventing new designs and recipes even

filling that looks like a smiling pirate wearing an

for annual festivities like Hari Raya, Chinese New Year,

eye patch. While pirates are generally considered

Valentine’s Day, and Christmas. There’s also a story

fearsome marauders of the seven seas, ‘Black Angel’

behind every theme and pastry made in Free Mori. But we

portrays a sweeter side to them.

will let you find out for yourself.

‘Passion Ring’ is made of dragon fruit blended with cranberries and is shaped like a life buoy. It may not be able to save you from drowning but it’ll surely satisfy your tastebuds with its natural sweetness. For cake lovers, Free Mori has you covered. For this year’s ocean theme, check out the ‘Bora Bora’ cake, in reference to the beautiful island in the Pacific Ocean. This vanilla chiffon cake is filled with a layer of pudding, and a layer of mixed fruit filling while decorated to look like

THIS PAGE | (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP): GOLDEN BRICK; SPECIAL DURIAN MOONCAKE; SCRUMPTIOUS BREAD WITH CHICKEN ROLL; ONE OF THEIR MANY CUSTOM CAKES; LAYER PASTRY CALLED ‘LOVE LETTERS’; LYCHEE CASHEW LOAF

lapping waves. To ensure customers get only the freshest breads, Free Mori does not store its products for more than 3 days. Also, unlike most bakeries where you have to retrieve the pastries and bread yourself, the friendly NOV 2013 | CAMPUS PLUS |

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READS AND RELEASES

NOVEMBER 2013

The Time Keeper AUTHOR: MITCH ALBOM

Have you ever tried to imagine life without timekeeping? Mitch Albom helps us envision that in his latest novel, The Time Keeper. The story follows the creator of time and also the main character of the novel, Dor, otherwise known as the “Time Keeper”. He’s the first human to develop a system of counting and measuring time, and he goes on to create a water clock that allows him to calculate the hours. However, his discovery led him to forsake everyone in his life and as a result, one of God’s helpers sentenced Dor to 6,000 years of solitary confinement in a cave as a punishment for measuring time. In this cave, Dor is ambushed by all of Earth’s pleas and anguished whispers of people pleading for more time. In the present day, Dor returns to the modern world as Father Time, where he’s given the task to teach people the importance of valuing time. He meets Victor, a wealthy man in his 80s who’s dying of cancer, and Sarah, a 17-year-old with too many issues who is contemplating suicide. Both Victor and Sarah share one thing in common – they are both guilty of not being grateful for the time they have. Dor has to find a way to intervene in their lives and save them.

The question is, will he succeed in doing so before they all run out of time? The Time Keeper is inspiring as it toys with idea of what people would change if they could control time. And in true Mitch Albom style, the novel is dotted with randomly highlighted sentences as well as his abbreviated writing style which puts you right smack in the thoughts of the welldeveloped characters. For those of you who often fish out the excuse, “I don’t have time”, this is one book you need to be picking up and making time for - pronto!

The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike) AUTHOR: ROBERT GALBRAITH

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case. Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost; the more he delves into the young model’s complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger. A gripping, elegant mystery steeped in the atmosphere of London - from the hushed streets of Mayfair to the backstreet pubs of the East End to the bustle of Soho - The Cuckoo’s Calling is a remarkable book. Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography AUTHOR: WALTER ISAACSON

This is the phenomenal bestseller from the author of the acclaimed biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein. Bestselling author Walter Isaacson has written the landmark biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs’ professional and personal

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life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has held with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs’ family members, key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, the book is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.


PREVIEW OF GTA 5

NOVEMBER 2013

games by shah

Living The (Criminal) Dream

Robbing a bank takes about as much planning as starting a business. There are intricacies that absolutely cannot be overlooked or the whole thing will go bust.

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he risk is higher of course, but the payoff after being in such a ‘career’ for a short time is enough to last a lifetime. This is one of many things you learn when playing Grand Theft Auto V. Welcome to sunny Los Santos, a Beverly Hills-type urban settlement where the rich live in bungalows on hills decorated with imported palm trees, and the poor in cramped, slummy quarters. You play as three different protagonists starting with Franklin, a skilled driver working as a vehicle repo man for a crooked car salesman. He’s trying to move up in life but that was a long shot until events led him to Michael, a former criminal dissatisfied with his current life of privilege and relaxation. Michael’s marriage is on the rocks and he struggles to connect with his shallow daughter and his lazy, entitled son. Since he finds it easier to connect to Franklin than his own bratty children, Michael takes Franklin under his wing and introduces him to the life of big crime. And then there’s Trevor, a former friend and business associate of Michael’s who is now a meth entrepreneur living in a desert town north of Los Santos. Trevor’s a truly horrible, psychotic, and terrifying human being – if he can be called human at all. But that is what makes him a

terrific character and addition to the team. He displays a chilling combination of intelligence and insanity, and he’s monstrously violent and frightening at times that he makes Michael and Franklin well-adjusted in comparison. Moving on to game play, expect the kind of chaos you would be able to perform in any Grand Theft Auto game. Steal a truck, park it in the middle of a road to block traffic, pick up a Gerry can and pour oil around the traffic, light it up, and watch the spectacular self-made fireworks. And then run from the cops. New mechanics added to this instalment is the ability to buy stocks (A violent video game that teaches you to invest?), and participate in heists. Conducting a heist is perhaps the most exciting aspect of the game. It comes in the form of multiple sequences, beginning with casing a joint – be it a bank or jewellery for example. This means you’ll have to enter the building and note surveillance cameras, vents, guards, possible escape routes and other advantages you may exploit later during the heist. Then, a crew needs to be put together which basically comprises a getaway driver, someone to control hostages, another person to gather loot, and a lookout. There is so much more to say about Grand Theft Auto V but we will let you discover the rest of this awesome game. CAMPUS PLUS |

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PLUG INTO THE FUTURE OF TECH

NOVEMBER 2013

. t n e c i f i n a g e M First there was the Samsung Galaxy Note. Then the Note 2 came along. There’s also the Note 3 now. But if you want something in between Samsung’s Note and S series, take a look at the Samsung Galaxy Mega.

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omething tells us this is what must have been said in the Samsung creative meeting: Hey guys, let’s take the Galaxy S4 and blow it up to gigantic proportions! Campus Plus has tested this giant mobile phone and here are our thoughts. Samsung says it’s the perfect device for students, which in other words means it’s affordable. Despite the lower price when comparing it to the S4 or Note 3, the Mega is widely satisfying, all 6.3 inches of it. Yes we’re talking about the surprisingly sharp and clear screen even though it’s not fully HD nor does it use Samsung’s super amoled technology. We expected low colour reproduction and a slightly jagged experience but instead we were impressed when it came to video and internet use. Size-wise, you may feel a little goofy when holding it up against your ear to make a call. But that’s what everyone said about the Note and Note 2. Look how that turned out. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 is one of the hottest selling mobile devices yet. To put it simply, don’t buy a gigantic device if you can’t handle it. Or, you may want to keep your hands-free device nearby (It looks much better to use a hands-free rather than look like you’re holding a Frisbee up to your head and talking to it). It was a surprise though, that the phone is not as heavy as it looks. It’s heavy enough to feel like a solid device, yet light enough that you won’t be complaining about it dragging your pants down when you carry it around in your pocket. As for battery life, the 3200mAh battery could keep the mega powered up all day, and then a little more the next day. As for software features, don’t expect anything new. There are all

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‘Size-wise, you may feel a little goofy when holding it up against your ear to make a call. But that’s what everyone said about the Note and Note 2. Look how that turned out’

the usual bells and whistles of a Samsung Galaxy phone. To be fair, the camera mode been upgraded to include a drama shot which lets you put loads of frames into one still. All in all, Samsung Galaxy Mega is a decent mobile phone with a fair price for its size. The specs come around the mid-range level but the display size compensates for that.

Tech Specs OS

Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

CPU

Dual-core 1.7Ghz

Display

6.3 inch SC-LCD capacitive touch screen

Storage

8/16GB internal, up to 64GB with micro SD card

Camera 8MP


SPOTLIGHT

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Camera Phone Boasting more megapixels than your standard DSLR camera, Nokia’s Lumia 1020 smartphone is worth the wait

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or some, notebook collecting is a hobby. There are notebooks that come in many shapes, sizes, and colours out there. It seems like Samsung is trying to encourage that by releasing the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 recently. It now comes with a wider (5.7 inch) full HD Super AMOLED display, yet slimmer and lighter hardware design and more powerful and longer lasting battery. The rear camera takes impressive 13 megapixel photos, allowing users to crisply capture the best moments of their lives. Like the previous two Galaxy Notes, it comes with a stylus and a nifty feature called Air Command. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 was launched with a companion, namely the Samsung Galaxy Gear. The Gear is basically a wrist watch that connects/syncs to your Samsung mobile device. It notifies and gives users quick previews of incoming texts and e-mails received. It also receives hands-free calls through a built-in speaker. Now you can look like characters from sci-fi movies who communicate via wrist radios.

‘Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 was launched with a companion, namely the Samsung Galaxy Gear. The Gear is basically a wrist watch that connects/syncs to your Samsung mobile device. It notifies and gives users quick previews of incoming texts and e-mails received. It also receives hands-free calls through a built-in speaker.’

BlackBerry Z30 BlackBerry (BB) recently introduced its biggest, fastest and most advanced smartphone, the BlackBerry Z30. Powered by the BB10 operating system (OS), the all-touch Z30 comes with a beautiful 5” display and the largest battery yet on a BB smartphone. It’s designed to keep you hyper connected, productive, and always in control. A hot feature of the Z30 is an all-new BB Natural Sound technology, exclusive to BlackBerry, and part of BB 10 OS version 10.2 that makes BBM voice and BBM Video chats sound more natural. BB 10 OS version 10.2 continues to refine the unique communication experience of the platform. You can now get a preview of any message as it arrives in whatever app you’re using, and immediately dismiss it or tap to read the full content and respond. If a BBM message arrives, you can instantly reply to the message without even leaving the app you’re in. If your phone is locked, you can also tap the various icons on the Lock Screen to see an instant preview of your most recent messages and notifications. The BlackBerry Z30 smartphone is available exclusively through Celcom on 5th October 2013 for the first 14 days and through authorised partners beginning from October 19.

NEX-5T Generation It’s the big sensor that means better pictures and this really is where size matters. Released in Malaysia recently is the new Sony NEX5T, packing pro-quality pictures and wireless freedom into a powerful, pocket-sized camera with limitless creativity of interchangeable lenses. It’s the perfect partner for passionate photographers who want DSLR-style images and generous control options with less to carry. WiFi lets you connect the NEX5T with your smartphone, PC, or TV and wirelessly transfer photos or videos. It’s also the first interchangeable lens E-mount camera from Sony with NFC, giving the extra convenience of One-touch wireless connection with Android smartphones and tablets for easy sharing and even remote control of the camera. Inside the NEX-5T is a generously sized APS-C sensor with 16.1 effective megapixels that grabs more light than the small sensor in ordinary compact cameras. You’ll be rewarded by richly detailed DSLR-quality stills and full HD video, with ultralow picture noise for crisper, twilight shots and atmospheric interiors. There’s also the nifty tilt-able LCD screen that flips up to 180 degrees for great selfies! The NEX-5T is available at authorised Sony re-sellers for a suggested retail price of RM2,299.

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EXTRAORDINARY AUTOMOBILES

NOVEMBER 2013

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he Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2013 (KLIMS13) is back after its three-year hiatus! This year, the largest motor show in the country is themed ‘Efficiency In Motion” and will be held

from 15th – 24th November 2013 at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC). There will be something for everyone at KLIMS13. Motoring enthusiasts can enjoy the spectacular display of exhilarating cars, bikes, as well as commercial vehicles and vehicle accessories. Satisfy your curiosity by having an up-close and personal first look at advanced powertrain technology, future models, concept cars, and performance cars. Existing and potential car owners as well as families can check out the possible options for their personal mobility. And look out for fun-filled fringe activities at KLIMS13. Some of you won’t be walking home emptyhanded because the event has three grand prizes to be won. The prizes include a Toyota Prius Luxury 18.L and a Honda CRZ! Maybank customers have a chance to win a Volkswagen Beetle 2.0L TSI. If that’s not enough to get you excited, AirAsia is sponsoring free air tickets as daily lucky draw prizes for visitors.

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For more information on KLIMS13, log on to: www.klims.com.my www.facebook.com/klims13 www.twitter.com/klims13 and www.pinterest.com/klims13

Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2013 information Exhibition Dates : 15 – 24 Nov 2013 Venue : Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur Opening Hours : 11:00am to 10:00pm on weekdays 10:00am to 10:00pm on weekend


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MARQUEE KL

clubscene words lainey pix marquee kl

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MARQ

FOR A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN

NOVEMBER 2013


QUEE KL 'By day, Marquee KL takes on the role of a restaurant that dishes out exquisite food and a pleasant, relaxing ambience BUT After 10pm, the lights go down and the music level goes up'

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ocated in the heart of the “Golden Triangle”, popularly known as Bukit Bintang, Marquee is the brainchild of two brothers who envisioned that the cosmopolitan city needed a wind of change in entertainment. By day, Marquee KL takes on the role of a restaurant that dishes out exquisite food and a pleasant, relaxing ambience that’s complemented by an extensive range of soothing cocktails for the palette as well as beers for the happy hour patrons. By night, however, it transforms into a nightlife hotspot that prides itself on entertaining its patrons and ensuring they leave satisfied on all aspects of their experience through its doors. After 10pm, the lights go down and the music level goes up. Only the crème de la crème is firmly rooted in the bar stocks of Marquee KL. Emphasis is on the quality of all things liquid, from taste to presentation, mixes to the after-effect,

which are among other innovative ideas those responsible have conjured up behind the bar. Its uniqueness is accentuated with bar games which we hear will be a daily occurrence, as well as the one-off drink specials. Let’s not forget about the mother of all entertainment sources – music. On top of getting the best quality in sound, Marquee KL has made sure that only the best music will go through the speakers. Deejays with a sterling reputation will be able to grace the decks of Marquee. Music genres range from Top 40s, electronic dance music, and trance to retro, with many more genres in the coming months! So, if you’re ever out and about in the city, keep a look out for Marquee KL, a club in tune with the heartbeat of the city. Marquee KL is located at: GL-10, BB Park (opposite Plaza Low Yat), 7 Jalan 1/77, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia For more information, visit its FB page at www.facebook.com/marqueeKL.

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