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Secret Garden Discovering a Secret Garden right here in Bandar Utama



outh East Asia’s largest rooftop garden houses over 500 species of rare tropical and temperate plants FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 25th April 2009 – As Malaysia forges ahead towards urbanisation, the seemingly endless array of buildings mushrooming all over the country have put pressure on natural resources and intensified land use. This has led to developers constructing skywards with high rise building facades and roofscapes. Realising the potential and importance of preserving the environment, 1 Utama director Dato’ Teo Chiang Kok called for the development of a rooftop garden to be integrated with the construction of 1 Utama’s new wing as far back as year 2000. The rooftop garden also coincided with another green initiative – an actual rainforest enclave cultivated within 1 Utama called the Rainforest. Both projects were led by distinguished botanist and researcher Dr Francis Ng, who recently was awarded

The interesting garden is an ideal trip to bring families


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the prestigious David Fairchild Medal 2009 (Plant Exploration) presented by the National Tropical Botanical Garden of the United States. Perched nine storey’s high, the rooftop garden occupies almost 30,000 sq ft. It is fondly nicknamed ‘The Secret Garden’, namely because its very existence was not revealed to the public or even shopping centre staff. Previously only accessible through one hidden lift, The Secret Garden will finally open its doors to receive visitors from 25th April 2009 onwards. Opening hours are 10:00am to 7.00pm every Saturday and Sunday. In order to maintain the serenity of The Secret Garden, the number of visitors at any one time have to be limited. To receive an entrance ticket, just drop by 1 Utama’s Customer Service Centre on Ground Floor Highstreet and take the lift to the Upper Roof level.



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Garden in the sky A welcome, visual respite from the norm of dreary concrete roofs, The Secret Garden is possibly the largest rooftop garden in South East Asia in terms of variety and number of plants. The garden’s experimental concept is a step forward for the industry as it has led to the planting of 500 species of rare tropical and temperate plants, some not even found in this part of the world. The Secret Garden uses high performance technologies such as chilled water irrigation sourced from 1 Utama’s air conditioning system to grow temperate plants and a rainwater harvesting system to recycle rainwater for general irrigation. Both novel technologies are integrated into the building, making it energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Developed for a sustainable design, the therapeutic green space is divided into seven themed sections. All sections are easily accessible by foot paths. Other facilities include a walking guide, pergolas, waterfall, plant nursery and ponds. The spontaneity of Mother Nature is found in a vast variety of flowering shrubs, herbs, temperate plants, vegetables, even a cactus bed and mini paddy field. The names of plants and their origins are provided on labels located at the base of the plants.

Plants details are Labeled

Reducing carbon footprint A completely self sustaining garden, the plants in The Secret Garden are now mature and can thrive naturally. Maintained daily by a group of dedicated gardeners, lush plants flourish in a soil mix based on granulated horticultural carbon, a breakthrough creation by Ng now adopted worldwide. This unique planting medium is made from sawdust that has been compacted and carbonised. The carbon soil mix also deters pests like worms and butterflies, so fewer pesticides are used.

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great teaching tool especially when we have achieved many technological and research breakthroughs through cultivating the garden. Having a green roof also insulates and blocks heat from the sun from the building roof thereby decreasing the air-conditioning load required to cool the building allowing 1 Utama to be environmentally responsible and to also conserve energy. Beyond increasing greenery, we have in a way contributed positively towards amelioration of climate change,” said Dato’ Teo Chiang Kok.

Interestingly, visitors are welcome to take home samples of passion fruit, longan, pepper, tea and coffee leaves that are harvested and placed at the registration counter.

The vast amount of carbon stored in The Secret Garden is sufficient to replace an entire rainforest of equivalent area and reduce 1 Utama’s carbon footprint. The plants also absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide through photosynthesis.

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Brightly colored flowers break the monotony of green

Green Roof A green roof provides a perfect blend of function, beauty and environmental sustainability. Benefits of installing the garden include increasing the lifespan of roofs, purifying the surrounding air and storm water management. The plants and the soil medium detains and slowly releases large volumes of rainwater flowing into otherwise overstressed drainage and river sewer systems and thereby avoiding incidence of flash floods.



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Theme II: Cacti, Succulents and Dry-Climate Plants A range of desert and dry-climate plants are grown here miraculously without shelter from excessive rain. Good drainage is key to growing cactuses exposed directly to rain. There is a ‘hill’ in the middle of the cactus circle with a big desert rose (Adenium obesum). These provide a range of habitats e.g. high ground, middle ground, low ground, shade, partial shade and full sun to suit plants requiring different growth environments. Theme III: Accent Plants The plants under this theme are used as ‘accent’ plants in landscaping because each one is architecturally distinctive. Some of the plants in this garden are rarely seen elsewhere in Malaysia.

These weeds are Rice plants

Theme IV: Climbers Climbers take the shape of their supporting structures. Designs to display different species are continuously being experimented.

Garden Themed Plants The plants in the garden fall under several themes. The names of the plants and their origins are provided on small black labels located at the base of the plants. Theme I: Temperate and Highland Plants About twenty temperate and highland plants are grown here. The loquat, lily magnolias, arabica coffee, tea and azaleas flower regularly. The apples, peaches and plums flower occasionally.

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Dr. Francis S. P. Ng (Secret Garden, Resident Botanist) Distinguished botanist and researcher Dr. Francis S. P. Ng the resident botanist of “Secret Garden� of 1 Utama is a 2009 recipient of the esteemed David Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration, the National Tropical Botanical Garden. As the recipient of the 11th annual Fairchild Medal, Dr. Ng is recognized for his contributions to tropical botany and conservation over four decades exploring the forests of Southeast Asia.

Gourds dangling from the canopy roof

Theme V: Herbs, Spices and Food Plants Herbs, spices and food plants are rarely seen by urban dwellers. Paddy rice is grown using horticultural carbon in plastic basins and rice is harvested every few months. Theme VI: Flowering Trees, Shrubs and Herbs The Secret Garden holds a collection of trees, shrubs and herbs selected for their beauty and especially for their ability to flower year-round. Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosasinensis) and canna (Canna generalis) are represented by many varieties in different parts of the garden. Other notable species include:

Dr Francis Ng (L) with Dato Teo Chiang Kok Director of 1 Utama at the opening of the Secret Garden

Theme VII: Foliage Plants Foliage plants are plants grown for their attractive foliage. A wide range of foliage plants are being tested here, some under shade and some under full sun. Numerous varieties of Chinese evergreens (Aglaonema species and hybrids), coleus (Plectranthus scutellarioides), dracaenas (Dracaena species), ferns and ming aralias (Polyscias spp.) may be seen in different parts of the garden. Chelsea Flower show 2011



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Fishing For Fun Fishing gets you out into the great outdoors where you borne with nature.

Mayaysia Tourism at Flower show 2011 Photo by Jamil Mat Isa


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alaysia has numerous rivers, lakes, mining lakes, canals and commercial fisheries that are accessible for the angler. There are the well known big waters like Lake Kenyir, Lake Temengor, The National Park at Kuala Tahan and the Endau-Rompin Park in Johor. On the other hand, some disused mining lakes in Perak and Selangor have produced some record fish. Longforgotten canals that criss-cross the paddy regions of North Perak, Kedah and Perlis can provide great sport with the haruan (Striated Snakehead). Meanwhile, there are many secluded small river mouths along the Terengganu and Kelantan coastline that are good for brackish water fish like the siakap (barramundi) and kakap merah (mangrove jack). Less exotic but none the less popular are the commercial fisheries that have mushroomed across the land. Don’t be surprised to find even saltwater ponds in the middle of Kuala Lumpur! If you are staying in PJ and is new to fishing and would like to try your skill, fishing in Petaling Jaya can be a good experience. There are private ponds and MBPJ (Petaling Jaya City Council) ponds that you can head to for fishing. Anglers in PJ are allowed to fish at five public parks. See the listing below for the parks.

Jaya is located near Amcorp Mall. • Taman Petaling Jaya Museum is located at the compound of this park. The fish caught should not be consumed. It is better to release the fish as the water here is not clean. The source of water come from the housing areas. Taman Aman is located at Section 22. The nearest LRT station is the Taman Paramount LRT Station. Taman Bandaran Kelana Jaya is located in Kelana Jaya. The nearest LRT station is Kelana Jaya LRT Station. Kelana Jaya Community Lake is also located in Kelana Jaya and the nearest LRT station is Kelana Jaya LRT Station. PJS 10/24 is located in Bandar Sunway.

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Locations around Selangor for the serious fishing enthusiast: - Kelang Gates Dam - Ulu Selangor (Upper Selangor River) - Semenyih Lake - Pangsoon Lake, Ulu Langat - Semenyih area: fisheries - Kundang area: fisheries - Ampang Pecah: Pelasari Lake - Batang Berjuntai: old tin mines - Bernam River: the Gedangsa region Permit You will need to apply for permit to fish at these ponds. The fees are RM5 on weekends, RM15 monthly and RM120 annually. You are only allowed to fish from 7am to 7pm during the weekends and public holidays. These fees will be increased soon as the price has not changed since 1999. You can apply for the permit at: Landscape Department Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya Jalan Yong Shook Lin 46675 Petaling Jaya Tel: +6 03 7804 8907 Enforcement officers will confiscate your fishing rod and fine you if you do not have the permit. Anglers are required to wear the pass while fishing. Type of Fishes Type of fishes you may get here include the tilapia, toman, haruan and patin.

Malaysia’s rivers and natural and man make lakes are home to over 300 species of freshwater fish of which around 40 species can be caught on rod and line. The prime freshwater sport fish include the ferocious Giant Snakehead, the fast running Malaysian Jungle Perch, the Giant Featherback, the massive fresh water Catfish and the elusive but powerful Malaysian Mahseer. The Giant Snakehead or “Toman” is a powerful fighter and can attain a weight of more than 20kg. However, common catches average around the 5 to 10kg mark. The Giant Featherback or “Belida” also attains a size of over 20kg while the Catfish or “Tapah” can reach more than 50kg. The Malaysian Mahseer, a sub species of the Indian Mahseer, is probably one of the most powerful of the freshwater fish. Although not as big as its Indian cousin, it nevertheless provides excellent sport. Arowana or “Kelisa” as known locally is a totally protected species. Now only caught in the more remote areas, this fish is a superb fighter, but must be released if caught. Freshwater fishing can be relatively easy with may pay ponds in close proximity to all west coast Peninsula Malaysia towns. Also there are few resort fisheries which offer a wide range of accommodation, a variety of activities and well-shocked fishing ponds. For the hardcore angler, jungle excursions which may involve trekking and camping can be arranged. A few excellent fishing centres are also be found on the fringes of Malaysia’s massive man made lakes.

List of Fishing Tackle shops: JT Fishing Bazaar No 1 Jalan Kem, Port Klang 42000, Selangor 03-3166 0913 Syarikat Kepong Jalan Kepong, Kuala Lumpur 03-6274 0460 Sportline Pro Fishing Shop No.12, Section 25/10, Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam, 03-5121 7633 Tacklebox Adventures SS14, Subang Jaya 03-5637 0268 TCE Tackles Sdn. Bhd. 35-1, Jalan Radin Anum 2, Bandar Baru Seri Petaling 03-90577826 Tightlines Sportfishing Bandar Sri Subang, Petaling Jaya 03-5637 0268

Ikan Toman (Snakehead) In Malaysia and Singapore, known locally as the Toman, while in Indonesia are called “Gabus” or “Haruan” (not to be confused with another species of smaller snakehead known as the common snakehead also called Haruan), are cultured in fish ponds and reservoirs as game fish because they put up a strong fight when hooked. The giant snakehead is also a good food fish, and is often served in Chinese restaurants. In Thailand this fish is prepared in a variety of ways, especially barbecued, being a common food item offered by street vendors. In various Asian cultures it is believed that eating this fish will help in healing of the body, for example, after an operation or severe cuts and scrapes.


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Antique Shopping in Malacca



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UNESCO World Heritage site, this legendary port kingdom of old is a treasure trove of cultural, historical delights and antiques. While Malacca has a claim to a prominent place in Malaysia’s history, it is in the city’s Jonker Street that one can actually buy a piece of history. This famous narrow street, which features some of the Malacca’s oldest dwellings, is an antique shopper’s paradise. Numerous artifacts and antique items, dating as far back as 300 years, are displayed at the more than 15 antique shops which line this busy street, also popularly known as the “street of antiques”. Given Malacca’s colourful history and its unique blend of races, artifacts from the different periods of colonial rule - Portuguese, Dutch and English - are found in these shops. Many of the antiques available bear Chinese origins, reflecting the influence of the Straits Chinese (Baba and Nyonyas) and the later Chinese immigrants to then Malaya. Jonker’s street has been around since 1641. Jonker stands for “Jonkheer” or ‘young fellow’, as opposed to the Dutch ‘lords’ or “Heeren” who were living in Heeren Houses at Heeren Street (Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock). The antique shops here feature artifacts from different periods of colonial rule Portuguese, Dutch, and British. Plan your trip for sufficient time to stroll through the street,



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you can easily hunt and bargain for the unique and valuable antique. Some of the best antique curios and furniture are traded here. On the main street which is called Jonker Walk, quite a number of antique galleries or art houses are found well spread throughout the area. Prices are well inflated, so bargaining or haggling is a common practice here. Malacca is certainly a Mecca for antique and souvenir collectors. You can find rare Chinese porcelain from the Sung, Ming or Ching dynasties, as well as 17th-century Dutch and 18th-century Japanese porcelain, Indian brassware, Chinese brass irons and intricately carved Chinese rosewood furniture inlaid with mother-of-pearl can also be found. The antique shops house anything and everything and are veritable treasure troves. Walking around these shops one can find all manner of things including

bed frames, cupboards, drawers, tables, chairs, chandeliers, Venetian mirrors, grandfather clocks, gramophones, radios, irons using charcoal, ceramic crockery and paraphernalia of the Nyonya sireh boxes, silver belts, brooches or keronsangs, beaded purses and the many other collectable items. Decorative antique tiles that were once used for the homes in Jalan Tun Cheng Lock that can be used as table top or display for your walls can be sourced along these shops in Jonker Street. There are numerous shops and plentiful of antique to choose from, but there are reports of false antiques. So be aware and careful of what you are purchasing It’s extremely busy during Friday and weekends, especially each evening when the night market opens. If you want to enjoy a hassle-free shopping and avoid the masses, then travel to Malacca on weekdays.

How to Buy Antique Furniture You can find antique furniture to fit any decor, from country to contemporary. Let the buyer beware: Reproductions abound in the furniture field. Do your homework to make sure you’re purchasing the real deal. • Study the names (there can be more than one) of the styles you like best. Sellers classify their furniture by style. • Check the antiques section of your local bookstore or library for reference guides. The Internet is another good source for information and photographs of different furniture styles. • Visit a local museum. Seeing antique furniture up close will help you identify it in the field. Ask the curator for the names of trustworthy local dealers. • Learn to spot features that could affect the value of a piece such as damaged finish or joints, or unauthentic hardware. Other important characteristics to look at for authenticity are: - The size of the boards on tabletops, bureaus and dressers. - Saw marks on the backs of chests and under tables. - Secondary wood inside drawers and on dresser backs. - Original paint finishes exposing some cracks and original material. - Antique glass on mirrors should be very thin. - Wormholes on the surface of any wood piece. • Look through antiquing newspapers and magazines for ads, or search the Internet for antique fairs specializing in furniture. • Curb your desire for perfection in a piece of furniture that might be more than 100 years old. It should show signs of wear in places where you’d expect it, like the bottoms of chair legs and underneath drawer runners.


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List of Antique shops: Syrakit Abdul 26, Jalan Hang Jebat, Malacca 06 – 282 3633 Riverside Antique 84, Lorong Hang Jebat, Malacca 06 – 281 6828 Malacca Antiques & Curios 25, Jalan Hang Jebat, Malacca 06 – 284 1860 Modern Antique Gallery 168, Jalan Laksamana Cheng Ho, Malacca 06 – 282 3618

Interesting places to eat while in Malacca The other thing that makes this city so attractive is the wide variety of food offered here. Melaka is well-known for it’s Nyonya food. Combining the best of Chinese cooking with Malay herbs and spices, Nyonya food which is quite spicy in nature will definitely tantalize your taste buds. You would certainly regret not trying it when you’re in Melaka. Geographer Café 83, Jalan Hang Jebat. Tel: (6 06) 2816813 Chung Wah Chicken Rice Ball 28-30 Jalan Hang Kasturi, Off Malacca City, 75200 Melaka. Tel: (606) 286 0121 Calanthe Art Café No 11 Jalan Hang Kasturi, 75200. Tel: (606) 2922 960 Café 1511 52 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock Tel: (606) 286 0150 Jonker Dessert 88 (Museum Cafe) 88, Jonker Walk, Jalan Hang Jebat Tel: 019-2517667 (Ms.Jenny)



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UNE S C O The Organization’s history


s early as 1942, in wartime, the governments of the European countries, which were confronting Nazi Germany and its allies, met in the United Kingdom for the Conference of Allied Ministers of Education (CAME). The Second World War was far from over, yet those countries were looking for ways and means to reconstruct their systems of education once peace was restored. Very quickly, the project gained momentum and soon took on a universal note. New governments, including that of the United States, decided to join in. Upon the proposal of CAME, a United Nations Conference for the establishment of an educational and cultural organization (ECO/CONF) was convened in London from 1 to 16 November 1945. Scarcely had the war ended when the conference opened. It gathered together the representatives of forty-four countries who decided to create an organization that would embody a genuine culture of peace. In their eyes, the new organization must establish the “intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind” and, in so doing, prevent the outbreak of another world war.

At the end of the conference, thirtyseven countries founded the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The Constitution of UNESCO, signed on 16 November 1945, came into force on 4 November 1946 after ratification by twenty countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Greece, India, Lebanon, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States. The first session of the General Conference of UNESCO was held in Paris from 19 November to 10 December 1946 with the participation of representatives from 30 governments entitled to vote. The political divisions of the Second World War marked the composition of the founding Member States of UNESCO. It was not until 1951 that Japan and the Federal

Republic of Germany became Members, and Spain was accepted in 1953. Other major historical factors, such as the Cold War, the decolonization process and the dissolution of the USSR, also left their trace on UNESCO. The USSR joined UNESCO in 1954 and was replaced by the Russian Federation in 1992 alongside 12 former Soviet republics. Nineteen African states became Members in the 1960s. As a consequence of its entry into the United Nations, the People’s Republic of China has been the only legitimate representative of China at UNESCO since 1971. The German Democratic Republic was a Member from 1972 to 1990, when it joined the Federal Republic of Germany. Some countries withdrew from the Organization for political reasons at various

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points in time, but they have today all rejoined UNESCO. South Africa was absent from 1957 to 1994, the United States of America between 1985 to 2003, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1986 to 1997 and Singapore from 1986 to 2007.



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Origins of UNESCO The main predecessors of UNESCO were: • The International Committee of Intellectual Co-operation (CICI), Geneva 1922-1946, and its executing agency, the International Institute of Intellectual Co-operation (IICI), Paris, 1925-1946; • The International Bureau of Education (IBE), Geneva, 1925-1968; since 1969 IBE has been part of the UNESCO Secretariat under its own statutes. Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO Ministry of Education Policy and International Relations Division, Level 7, Block E8, Complex E Federal Government Administrative Centre, 62604 PUTRAJAYA MALAYSIA. Telephone : (60.3) 88 84 61 09; (60.3) 88 84 61 12 Fax : (60.3) 88 89 54 73 (60.3) 88 84 61 16

World Heritage Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. Places as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa’s Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America make up our world’s heritage. What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage , adopted by UNESCO in 1972.

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UNESCO’s World Heritage mission is to: • encourage countries to sign the World Heritage Convention and to ensure the protection of their natural and cultural heritage; • encourage States Parties to the Convention to nominate sites within their national territory for inclusion on the World Heritage List; • encourage States Parties to establish management plans and set up reporting systems on the state of conservation of their World Heritage sites; • help States Parties safeguard World Heritage properties by providing technical assistance and professional training; • provide emergency assistance for World Heritage sites in immediate danger; • support States Parties’ public awarenessbuilding activities for World Heritage conservation; • encourage participation of the local population in the preservation of their cultural and natural heritage; • encourage international cooperation in the conservation of our world’s cultural and natural heritage.



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Rendang for Raya Tryout this easy traditional Rendang recipe.

Rendang, a traditional Malaysian Cuisine When we talk about beef rendang, we smell all the delicious aroma associated with Hari Raya.The making of beef rendang used to be a community activity, when a cow was slaughtered to feed the whole village, and the meat divided between the villagers. The men butchered and skinned the cow, the women peeled onions, prepared the spices for making rendang and took turns to mind the communal wok where the beef rendang was being cooked. This camaraderie spirit is now a very rare spectacle since most people nowadays are city folks and hardly have time to socialize.

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Ingredients (for 8 to 10 servings): 1 kg Topside Beef (or you might opt for a more tender cut like fillet), cleaned and cut into large bite size 2 Daun Kunyit (Tumeric leaves) 4 Heaped tablespoon *Chili boh (ground chili paste) 2 kg Santan (Coconut milk from about 8 grated coconuts) (All items below to be cleaned and julienned) 500g Shallots 2 Medium sized whole garlic bulbs 250g Mature Ginger 4 Stalks Serai (Lemongrass) 2 Tablespoon salt to taste Method: 1 Place all the ingredients into a large wok or pot and cook over medium heat for 2 hours or until the coconut milk thickens 2 Stir often as the dish cooks so nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan. This is important because as the rending thickens, stirring will prevent burning 3 Serve the Rendang with traditional popular Malay “Lemang”, “Nasi Empit” or “Nasi Lontong” 4 How to make you own Chili boh (Chilli Paste): Wash dried chilies 5 Cut into halves and boiled until soft 6 Drain off and grind in a food processor without adding any water 7 This Chilli Paste can be stored in the fridge for several weeks Recipe from Pauline’s Kitchen



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The Secret Dangers of Learn how to protect yourself when meeting people online


acebook boasts more than 500 million users, a staggering statistic considering that the social networking giant has come under serious scrutiny in recent years over privacy concerns. This scrutiny has resulted in Facebook undergoing several changes, including the establishment of a new Help Center to advise users on the best ways to stay safe and protect their privacy online. Still, one wonders if after all that, we’re still at risk. Below is a list of several hidden risks to using Facebook. 1. You are what you post. If you write about a night full of drinking, your online reputation could be tarnished. You could be labeled as a party animal, and employers are watching. According to a 2009 survey conducted by Microsoft, 79% of hiring managers and job recruiters in the United States review online information about perspective employees, and 70% of those surveyed said they’ve actually rejected applicants based on their findings. Similarly, negative posts about your current job, employer or coworkers could lead to you being fired.

2. You are what your friends post. If a friend talks about drinking and drugging 24/7 or posts inappropriate remarks on your wall, consider removing them from your friend list in order to avoid looking guilty by association. 3. Third parties may view your profile. Always keep personal information like your birthdate, social security number, address, phone number, marital status, etc. off your profile for this reason. 4. Facebook apps can put your privacy at risk. Be cautious when using Facebook applications because many insist that you give them access to your entire profile and wall postings. They could share your information with other third parties and put your privacy (and your friends’ privacy) at further risk. 5. Facebook ads could contain malware. Clicking on an advertisement may lead to a virus. Facebook does its best to screen all their advertisements, but dangerous ads sometimes get through, putting you at risk.


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6. Your profile is viewed by many people. Unless you’ve changed your privacy settings, a lot of people can view your profile. Check your settings on a monthly basis to ensure that your privacy is protected at all times. 7. Your photos identify you. Scammers can easily identify you from your photograph. Think twice when posting personal photos unless your privacy settings are secure and frequently managed. 8. Your username may put you at risk. Using your real name as your username can help scammers identify you or locate you offline. 9. Revealing your location may put you at risk. Divulging your whereabouts, even just within your status, could make you vulnerable for an in-person confrontation, a home robbery, or put you at risk for cyberstalking. Extracted from a Post by myID Team




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Fire & earth @ shalini ganendra fine art Most of us go through life with ceramics all around us. Little dolls, floor tiles, etc, etc, just out of mind. Well, the Fire & Earth exhibition aims to make you see ceramics in a new light- as a form of high art. In conjunction with the KL Design Week, the exhibition will showcase works by Malaysian artists that will show off the purpose of ceramics in design and art, and will feature special works by Japanese artist Masaaki Shibata. Date: Time: Location: Info:

19th to 4th September 2011 11am Shalini Ganendra Fine Art, Section 16, Petaling Jaya Visit for more info

Free to public

9th September

my dance festival 2011 From the elegant classical Malay dance presented by ASWARA Dance Company to the modern version of wushu/ dance initiated by Lee Wushu Dance Arts of Johor Bahru, the festival will chart the development of dance in Malaysia from its traditional roots to its contemporary cutting edge. The professionalism of established companies within the Malaysian dance environment, as demonstrated by the dramatic Dua Space Dance Theatre, and the promise of the rising stars of the new generation, represented by Suhaili Micheline, are only a few of the stunning works that make this glittering gala a must-watch preview of the delights of MyDance Festival 2011. Date : 9 Sept 2011 (Friday) Time : 8.30pm Venue: Pentas 1, Foyer KL Pac Tickets: RM35 (adults) / RM25 (students, sr. citizens, the disabled & MyDance Alliance members)

19th September

Silent cry photography exhibition Amir Dabaghian and klpac present Silent Cry Date: Location: Tel: Web:

15h to 24st September

19th September 2011 Pentas 2, Foyer KL Pac Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan (off Jalan Ipoh) 51100 Kuala Lumpur. 603 4047 9010

Just a dream- the green day SRT’s The Little Company in association with Adventure Theatre, Washington, D.C. presents The hottest play about keeping the Earth cool! it is ‘Just A Dream’. When it comes to the environment, young Walter is far from enlightened. He’s a litterbug who believes sorting trash is a big waste of time. But one night, Walter dreams about a very different future. Filled with humour and fantasy, Walter’s dream is a wake-up call for him – and all of us – about what we need to do to protect and preserve the future of our planet. Date: 15-24th September 2011 Location: The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre

18th September

paul loosley’s george & oscar on film For this year’s second series ‘On Film’, Paul Loosley examines the broad cinema canon of a couple of fiercely intelligent Irish playwrights; both Dublin-born, a little more than a year apart, who, while both having much to say about society, were using their remarkable writing skills to say quite dramatically different things in quite contrastingly different ways.. Date: 18 September 2011, Sunday Location: KLPac Admission: Free entry / free seeting

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Apollo 18/ The Resident Contest Win attractive Apollo 18 movie merchandise! Be among the first 4 to email the correct answer and you’ll be able win these amazing prizes!

When is Apollo 18 releasing in Cinemas? a) August 8th b) October 8th c) September 8th d) July 8th Email your entries: Subject : APOLLO 18 / BURA contest. Particulars (Name, NRIC, Address and Mobile No.) to

Synopsis Officially, Apollo 17, launched December 17th, 1972 was the last manned mission to the moon. But a year later, in December of 1973, two American astronauts were sent on a secret mission to the moon funded by the US Department of Defense. What you are about to see is the actual footage which the astronauts captured on that mission. While NASA denies its authenticity, others say it’s the real reason we’ve never gone back to the moon. Terms and Conditions 1. This Contest is open to all BURA members & BU Security except the employees of Nusantara Edaran Filem Sdn. Bhd. and its Advertising Agencies. 2. The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entertained. Proof of postage is not proof of receipt. Late entries will not be entertained. 3. Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash or with any other prizes. 4. Prizes are to be collected at the BURA office 5. Closing Date : 22/9/2011


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Mind Your ‘Slanguage’


Why you so like that!

iyaa... don’t play-play. Every time rain, sure jam. I think better gostan the car lah,” groans a frustrated Malaysian driver on the road. Does it take a genius to decipher the statement above? Not really. An average Malaysian would be able to understand exactly what is going on. The above statement is the product of a marriage between English and Malay language in Malaysia. It has been used in spoken form for generations and entwined into a slang that has become well accepted in our everyday language and generally understood by most Malaysians. Let us explore on the origins of our Malaysian ‘slang-language’ which we will term it here as the ‘slanguage’.

Most of us would be able to relate to the term ‘play-play’, which is the direct translation from Malay language, ‘main-main’ which means ‘fool around’. Somewhere along the way, its pronunciation has somehow been tweaked to /preI- preI/ where its usage had been reinforced by the funny curly haired man in yellow boots in its popular mini-series, ‘PCK’. My school teacher used to ask us whether it was strawberry jam or pineapple jam whenever we told her that the reason we were late for our classes was because of the ‘jam’. Why was it so wrong to use shortcuts in our spoken English? Of course we knew that the word ‘traffic’ had to be used before the word ‘jam’ in our examinations. Gostan is one of the classic examples which demonstrates the evolution of our Malaysian ‘slanguage’. It is so widely used by us Malaysians that growing up, I thought it was a legitimate word. I found it difficult to believe when I was not able to look-up the word in the Oxford Dictionary. How was it possible that this word could be used for generations and still be acceptable by the speakers of the language today? The word ‘gostan’ had in actual fact originated from a nautical term; go astern. As the back part of a ship is called the stern, crew members use this term to indicate the ship to go backwards. And of course the origination of the word ‘lah’ needs no further introduction. For us Malaysians, it is used as a decorative word adapted from the Malay language. It is used at the end of the sentence to exhibit our speech intonation. It could also be melodious where a pleasant and gentle intonation could be, “Your work is not bad lah,” whereas an aggressive intonation could be, “Get lost lah!” There had been disputes between linguists and various parties on how much ‘slanguage’ would affect or has in fact affected the children in spoken English. As we know, children are the most vulnerable group of learners and are susceptible in picking up words and actions quickly. How are they in their later life to communicate on the international level? It is therefore of utmost importance that children know the difference between the formal and informal usage of English, and the written and spoken forms of the


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language. They also need to understand that slangs do exist all over the world. It is therefore inevitable that they are exposed to various slangs whether it is through socialising, the media, reading or travelling. As such, they must be taught on how to assess the given moment when the situation presents itself and be able to apply the appropriate language forms. As a parent or guardian, one needs to use the language correctly when speaking to the child, and if possible, to create the situation for the child to use the language in order to accelerate his or her language development. As a multi-lingual nation, it is a challenge to ensure the proper development of a child’s language. This is especially so for those who are exposed to languages other than English, whether it is at home or at school. From my observation, even if the child had been taught with one or two languages at home, as the child attends school or day care, the language which the child has been most exposed to would eventually be his or her first language. It is therefore important to choose a suitable environment to help the child acquire, apply and retain his or her language skills. Written by Aileen Hoe Director of English Champ @ Literacy World



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A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee... You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again, whether you drink coffee or not. A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose. Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying A word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me what you see.” “Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied. Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma the daughter then asked, “What does it mean, Mother?” Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its insides became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water. “Which are you?” she asked her daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a

coffee bean? Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart? Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean? May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy. The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can’t go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches. When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying. You might want to share this message to those people who mean something to you (I JUST DID); to those who have touched your life in one way or another; to those who make you smile when you really need it; to those who make you see the brighter side of things when you are really down; to those whose friendship you appreciate; to those who are so meaningful in your life. May we all be COFFEE!!!!!!!! Article contributed by: Michael Teh (BU 10)


Welcome to the BURA Youth Club. It’s a place where people can be themselves, learn new skills, meet new people and have fun! The BURA Youth Club conveniently located at the BU3 Community center.

Our Community

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We are looking for Bandar Utama Youths to participate as Secretary, Treasurer, Event coordinator and sub committee. Do not worry if you do not know how to perform the task, we will guide you. All we require is your presence and commitment to help organize fun activities for the Bandar Utama Youths.

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Y Th ou thgo th u e Objectives: Ho Yothe us •To promote e culture, on sports, and other

healthy youth activities. To promote and activate the sense of social service among the residence of the Bandar Utama community. To promote friendship, fellowship and natural understanding among the members of youth club.

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How to be a part of the Club:

Membership is open to all youths of families residing in Bandar Utama and who are current BURA members & BU Security Member. Fee is RM10 per year, which includes insurance coverage and access to all BURA Youth Club Activities, either free or at nominal member’s rate.

talks and presentations by •Bimonthly professionals in their respective fields e.g. Photography, Scuba Diving, Artists, Hip Hop Dance Champions etc Library of books and magazines for reference and leisure Activities will include: 1. Art, 2. Music, 3. Photography, 4. Recycling, 5. Sports, 6. Hobbies Members movie premier screening

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Contact: If you are interested, email us at: or call Catherine 012 – 293 8715 for application forms


Warrior/The Resident Contest Win a pair of Warrior movie tickets!

Be the first 5 to email the correct answer and you’ll win movie tickets!

Name one of the actors from Warrior a) Tom Cruise b) Brad Pitt Synopsis An ex-Marine haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enlists his father, a recovered alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for a mixed martial arts tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport. As Tommy blazes a violent path towards the title prize, his brother, Brendan, a former MMA fighter unable to make ends meet as a public school teacher, returns to the amateur ring to provide for his family. Even though years have passed, recriminations and past betrayals keep Brendan bitterly estranged from both Tommy and his father. But when Brendan’s unlikely rise as an underdog sets him on a collision course with Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart, all the while waging the most intense, winnertakes-all battle of their lives.

c) Tom Hardy

d) Daniel Craig

Email your entries: Subject : Warrior / BURA contest. Particulars (Name, NRIC, Address and Mobile No.) to Terms and Conditions 1. This Contest is opened to all BURA members & BU Security except the employees of Nusantara Edaran Filem Sdn. Bhd. and its Advertising Agencies. 2. The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entertained. Proof of postage is not proof of receipt. Late entries will not be entertained. 3. Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash or with any other prizes. 4. Prizes are to be collected at the BURA office 5. Closing Date : 6/10/2011

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