The Giants of Ubud

More Image credit: Abdul Qayyum Jumadi Malaysian writer Abdul Qayyum Jumadi was recently selected by Fixi Novo to experience the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2016 at Bali, Indonesia from October 26 to October 30, 2016. The author of Deathwritten, a short story part of Fixi’s KL Noir: Yellow shares with Eksentrika his experience at the literary festival.  If Bali is the Island of the Gods, then Ubud Writers and Readers Festival is where the titans meet. On my third day here, my supir (chaffeur) told me something that ties the spirit of this island: “In Bali, we take care of three...

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Architect creates his own Pokemon evolution, includes Najib

More With the next instalment in the well received Pokemon franchise is set to hit game stores on November 18, this year, it appears the Poke-virus has already infected some fans. The Pokemon series is famous for its cute and at times pretty cool creatures who undergo trans-formative evolution – typically in three stages. Following that spirit, Malaysian architect and artist Munif Abdul Malek, has been churning out his own Pokemon evolutions. Dora. Doraemon. Dorimau. If everyone’s fav cat robot was a Pokemon. 😆 #drawnosaur #draw #drawings #inktober #art #artoftheday #fanart #penart #artline #artist #artistmalaysia #artmalaysia #malaysia #japan #anime #manga #pokemon #doraemon...

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Meet the Malaysian a capella group that did the AR Rahman medley for Deepavali

More Image credit: Fauxtography by udjinn By now we’re pretty sure you guys have come across this video of a group of pretty a capella singers belting out tunes from AR Rahman’s famous hits from the 90’s. For those still living under a coconut shell, give the video below a listen (and make sure to share it because it is THAT good!) These ladies are not your calang-calang musicians kay! It took The Vochale Project only two rehearsals to record and release this video in time for this year’s Deepavali. The group’s music director, Ann Salina Peter says that the risk...

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Scare yourself silly with these creepy Halloween artworks!

More Unable to head out Trick of Treating tonight? No fret, here are some spooky artworks to put you right in the Halloween mood. Created by Malaysian artists, these artworks were made using various art forms including, pencil, ink and digitally. Since it is October and that means it’s the month of Inktober, several of these artworks were created to celebrate Inktober. Pssssst! Here are some of the amazing Inktober artists to follow. And check out these Deepavali artworks too! Good luck sleeping tonight. Save By the way, there are tons more creepy artworks in the form of comics published by...

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Ubud’s PechaKucha presentation format – engaging or tricky?

More Malaysian poet Melizarani T. Selva kicks off Ubud’s PechaKucha event. Image credit: Abdul Qayyum Jumadi Malaysian writer Abdul Qayyum Jumadi was recently selected by Fixi Novo to experience the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2016 at Bali, Indonesia from October 26 to October 30, 2016. The author of Deathwritten, a short story part of Fixi’s KL Noir: Yellow shares with Eksentrika his thoughts on the Pecha Kucha presentation format.  I arrived at about 12:30am in Ngurah Rai Airport, Denpasar. Thinking that Bali would still be alive in these hours, I made the mistake of booking a night flight (This is...

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Celebrate Deepavali by enjoying these artworks created by Malaysians

More Deepavali or Diwali is a Hindu festival symbolising the triumph of good over evil. Of light over darkness. Of wisdom over ignorance and in some cases, colors over achromatism. Here are a bunch of talented local artists from Doodle Malaysia who came up with Deepavali artworks of their own to usher in the festival in true Malaysian fashion! Owh! Eksentrika would love to take the opportunity to wish our readers a Happy Deepavali! Save Save Save Save Save Save Think we’ve missed out an artist? Drop us a comment below and we’ll add the artist in! Have a Deepavali inspired artwork...

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MEGHA DUTA – BAHAGIAN 4 OLEH: UTHAYA SANKAR SB

More Baca bahagian-bahagian sebelumnya di sini.  Sloka 3 – Apabila yaksa terpandang gumpalan awam berkenaan, dia menjadi amat sayu. Dia cuba mengawal air mata yang mahu gugur. Kalidasa mencatatkan dalam Megha Duta betapa orang yang sedang berasa gembira juga akan berasa sedikit terkesan apabila memandang awan yang berarak di langit. Menurut penyair, emosi seorang individu yang bersendirian pasti lebih terganggu kerana dia akan teringat akan kekasih atau isteri yang tiada di sisi. Demikianlah juga keadaan yaksa yang sudah lapan bulan tinggal sendirian di Bukit Ramagiri. Hatinya begitu rindu untuk menyentuh, memegang, memeluk dan berkasih dengan yaksi. Sloka 4 –...

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POETRY | By Kevin Lau

More Live for Today by artist Keat * For all that is was or will ever be now is all that you will ever see * For ever is in the now and now is in for-ever   Save Kevin Lau is a pseudo poet who delves into the art of what he calls ‘pseudo poetry’, almost-there-but-not-quite-there-yet poetry. Save Keat is a digital artist and designer who have been exploring computer graphics since 2005. Keat believes in the positive effects yoga and meditation can have towards oneself. Everything he does, from an idea, to action to creation, is just a reflection...

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The Morality Questionnaire

More Image credit: The Spectator [A sociology student posted me these questions as a reaction to attempts by quasi-religious agencies like JAWI, the Federal Territory Religious Department, to enforce public morality by brute force.] 1. What are your views on the current morality of our Malaysian citizens and why do you think this is the case? Morality comes from the word “more” meaning “social custom.” As such, each society will have its own culturally specific, and ethno-specific, preferences and traditions. None of these traditional social customs is immutable, that is, social mores change with changing economic, educational, and technological...

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rendezvouz | A contemporary circus show

More Work, home, sleep, repeat. If you seek to escape from this life mantra, perhaps it’s time to dispel the illusion with a rendezvous with Psycusix. Psycusix is a troupe of performers introducing nouveau cirque or contemporary circus in Malaysia. That means they have done away with the garish tent, clowns and inhumane animal show for a more sophisticated spectacle of acrobatics, theatre and illusion. Their upcoming show on November 12, titled “Rendezvous” invites you to look deeper at the pieces and people that make up the mechanical monotony of daily life. Might they reveal a more profound story...

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OPINION | Art Battle- Why it is good to splash it all out by Stan C.H. Lee

More Stan C.H Lee is a veteran illustrator, who took part in the first Art Battle Malaysia recently. But the experience was not a first for Stan, who has prior been in two art battles in Canada. Despite being known as  “sifu” (master) by many practising artists in the industry, Stan didn’t shy away from measuring up against young cikus. He shares with Eksentrika his personal take on duelling with paintbrushes… Art Battle is over. I got knocked out first round. This is not the first time I lost at Art Battle. The dust has hardly settled when a good friend...

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Haris Rashid: Art Battle Malaysia’s first champion

More Image credit: Allie Hill Malaysia’s first Art Battle was a colourful affair which saw 23-year-old Kedahan Haris Rashid emerging as champion. Although the artist has had experience in live painting, it was the first time he was competing live with other artists. Calling the entire experience unique and refreshing, Haris said the 20-minutes of painting was such an adrenaline rush that it felt more like 20-seconds instead. “When you’re painting, you’re forced to concentrate on what you’re doing and do the best you can. “So I basically zoned out to what was happening around me and just focused on the artwork,” Haris...

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