Author: Charles Chiam

The rise of maid cafés in Malaysia and why it’s actually kinda cool

All images credit KING ANGEL Fancy being served by waiters and waitresses dressed in cute glittery anime-esque maid costumes and butler uniforms for a change? Turns out, maid cafés are a type of cosplay restaurants where its staff play the role of servants who treat customers as their masters (and mistresses) rather than as café patrons. This literally takes the phrase ‘customer is king’ to a whole different level! Originating in Japan, this subculture has spread throughout the world and is gradually gaining popularity amongst the Malaysian ACG (Anime, Comic, Games) community. “I think it’s because of the services....

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Meet the lass behind Malaysia’s J-Rock band, The CrestFall Band

All images credit Jasmine Minori Meet 27-year-old Ng Swee Yin, aka Jasmine Minori of Malaysian J-rock band, The CrestFall Band. This KL-born financial analyst has been doing music since the age of 6, and is wowing her audiences with her talents in Japanese, Chinese and English vocals through multiple musical instruments. Starting off with the piano, and then the Chinese harp (23 strings zither) when she was 10, she eventually expanded her skill set to include the electric guitar, keyboard and ukulele. “I started performing music on stage by accepting various jobs in Japanese related events, corporate gigs and...

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This 19-year-old cosplayer not only arts but has written a 450 paged novel!

All images by Ning Yasmin For many video games serve as a respite from their mundane lives. Others compete in video game competitions. But not Ning Yasmin Abdul Rahim aka Lucidity. The 19-year-old lass got into drawing fanart thanks to a now defunct online game called Club Penguin. For those who don’t know, Club Penguin was an online game where players can interact with other players, doing activities like hold parties, play mini games, dress up and decorate. “I faintly remember drawing a mall of anthropomorphic dogs where windows were on the floor. I even had a whole comic...

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Why do some people love reading and writing horror fiction?

All images credit Remang: An Anthology of Ghostly Tales  “Reading a scary story is like playing a little trick on your mind,” writer Heidi Shamsuddin says. Heidi, who authored a short story, “The Twins of Rumahku” in the recently released Remang: An Anthology of Ghostly Tales adds that horror stories can actually elicit a chemical response in our brain. “We can literally feel our hearts beating faster. It’s a bit like riding on a roller-coaster and many people find this exciting.” Since last month was Halloween, I managed find some time to read a copy of the anthology edited by Daphne Lee...

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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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february, 2018

9jan - 11febjan 99:00 amfeb 11International Conference of Performing and Visual Arts 2018

1feb - 38:30 pmfeb 3- 8:30 pmMak Yong Titis Sakti

1feb - 48:30 pmfeb 4- 3:00 pmThe Bee by Hideki Noda and Colin Teevan

4feb3:00 pm- 5:30 pmMak Yong Titis Sakti

7feb - 11feb 78:30 pmfeb 11The Bee by Hideki Noda and Colin Teevan

10feb3:00 pm- 4:30 pmJumpa Dalam Reban: On The Malaysian Vinyl Trail