Month: October 2017

What does it take to be Art Battle Malaysia’s champion?

First timer Eidlan Lakhawlez is Art Battle Malaysia #3 winner! All images credit Raj Photography The winner for Art Battle Malaysia #3 is Eidlan Lakhawlez, a first time participant who took on the big guns and won! He faced stiff competition from fellow artists such as Arif Rafhan Othman, Ellie Yong, FayFay XIao Ting, Jerome Liew Chai, Karthine Maniam, Komeil Zarin, Mariyam Shany, Riharu Harun, Shaq Koyok, Elly Nor Suria and Gerald Ong. What was his secret? Is it beginners luck or full on strategy savvy to win the recently held Art Battle Malaysia? Afterall, Eidlan’s win marks the second time a first timer has championed Art Battle Malaysia, since...

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What happens when art and science beautifully intertwine?

Black Waves, a moving art exhibit at Future World. All images credit Leong Qi Tyng What happens when science meets the arts? Enter The Future World exhibit, currently ongoing at the ArtScience Museum, Singapore. Created in collaboration with teamLab, the exhibition features interactive projects and art installations for both young children and adults to enjoy. Organised in four themes; Nature, Town, Park, and Space, the intention of the exhibit is to explore how art, science and technology meet and what happens when they do. Upon entering the museum, I was lucky enough to be the first in line to catch...

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Tunku Halim and 20 years of writing Malaysian horror fiction

The Stephen King of Malaysia, Tunku Halim. Image credit Remang.  “Don’t you know a bomoh when you see one?” That’s what author Tunku Halim, touted the Stephen King of Malaysia, said jokingly, upon being asked to describe himself during the MYWritersFest 2017, where he launched the 20th Anniversary Edition of his first published novel, Dark Demon Rising. It is a feat not many other writers can claim to achieve. Tunku Halim originally intended for it to be a short story, but after having so many rich ideas within it, he decided to put it aside and focus on other...

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Should you watch Sudirman’s One Thousand Million Smiles?

All images courtesy of The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre So, the good folks over at The Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat has decided to re-stage last year’s sold out Sudirman’s musical tribute, One Thousand Million Smiles this week. You must be scratching your head wondering why are they re-staging a show that was performed some eleven months ago. Here’s why! Sudirman’s songs are universal Just do a Google search on the internet and you’ll discover so many documentaries, videos and articles on the late Sudirman. For those who are in the dark, Sudirman Arshad was the same singer who...

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SHORT STORY | Mutiny in Kampung Merokok by Menelik Lahakim

Artwork sourced It should have been a peaceful day in Kampung Merokok. At least that was what I pictured when I set about writing what was to be a simple and straightforward story featuring an amiable cast of nicotine-fuelled characters that would unquestioningly comply with my puppeteering. But one by one as they appeared it became clear they were drawn from defective stock. Rebellious and recalcitrant they resisted my deific whims with a strength of conviction that in other circumstances might be considered admirable, unanimously refusing to adhere to the plotlines I had so carefully devised. Nor would they...

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september, 2018

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