Continuing its trend of bookstores that double as lifestyle destinations, Book Xcess’ newest flagship store in the heart of Kuala Lumpur is set to become the city’s hottest hub for arts and culture. Tucked on the second floor of Rex KL, the store opened in November 2021 and is home to thousands of books. But… Read More Book Xcess @ Rex KL
From the prestigious Balai Seni Visual Negara to smaller, independent spaces like The Refinery Sentul, there is no shortage of art spaces to explore in Kuala Lumpur. The art scene here is an interesting reflection of the city’s diversity — so while you do have higher-end galleries that are by appointment only, there are plenty of… Read More Ilham Gallery, Kuala Lumpur: A Public Art Gallery for the People
Buddhism is a major religion in Malaysia, with around 20% of the population subscribing to the belief. As most devotees here are of Malaysian Chinese descent, many Buddhist temples in the country incorporate Chinese elements in their design and architecture, and tend to also include Taoism, Confucianism, and Chinese folklore influences. Thai-Buddhist temples are much… Read More Wat Chetawan – A Beautiful Thai-Buddhist Temple in Petaling Jaya, Selangor
“Come straight home from college after class. Don’t loiter around until late at night.” “Don’t stare and point at people by the road.” “Wash your feet properly after coming home.” Back when I was younger, these were just some of the things my mother used to caution me about whenever the Hungry Ghost Festival approached.… Read More Hungry Ghost Festival: When The Gates of Hell Open
Based on the critically-acclaimed comics by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo, Trese is an original Netflix animated series that follows the story of Alexandra Trese, an occult investigator with magical powers. She is also the resident lakan/babaylan, aka warrior/healer; one who upholds the balance between the mortal and the spiritual world. While the concept may… Read More Why You Should Watch Netflix’s New Filipino-Themed Anime, Trese
Up until this week, I had never heard of David Hockney. “Preposterous,” I hear you huffing. “How can you not know one of the most influential British artists of modern times?” Well, pardon me for being an uncultured swine, but while I like and appreciate art, it’s not exactly necessary knowledge for me to pay… Read More Who Is David Hockney and Why Is His Latest Work Getting Dragged by Londoners?
Chinese New Year, also called the Lunar New Year, is set to fall on 12 February this year. It marks the beginning of a new year according to the traditional lunar calendar, and heralds the arrival of spring. Here in Malaysia, Chinese New Year is a pretty big thing, since people of Chinese descent make… Read More Celebrating Chinese New Year In The Middle Of A Pandemic
The Mid-Autumn Festival is an important festival in Chinese culture. Also called the Mooncake Festival or the Lantern Festival, it is also celebrated in a few other East Asian countries, where it is known as Chuseok in Korea and Tsukimi in Japan. The festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th month according to… Read More Hilton Kuala Lumpur Celebrates The Mid-Autumn Festival with Royal Midnight Mooncake Series