8 things foreigners should know about Malaysia

Your go-to guide before visiting the tropical paradise we call Malaysia. Like most countries, Malaysia has its idiosyncrasies. They are not always ideal and can sometimes be a pain but those of us who call this mudball home, we have come to embrace and love them. That said, it’s probably useful for you to be made aware of some of these fun facts which makes Malaysia unique. Here are the top 8 things you should know: 1. You will never be lonely as KL never sleeps If Kuala Lumpur were a person

What is a container home?

Well, it is exactly what it sounds like, a home made from a shipping container. Yes, the same containers you see on the back of trucks and loaded on to ships. These containers are prefabricated into various living spaces and configured into a complete home-based on your design. No, we’re not asking you to just live in an existing shipping container without any modifications. That would be a nightmare. The concept is of course not novel. We do see cafes, hotels, and restaurants around that are m

The charm of this white marble island in Greece

Selecting a Greek island to travel to can be like picking a nice-looking needle from a stack of nice-looking needles. Any which one you choose is likely to be beautiful, charming and loaded with lovely beach touchpoints overlooking the gorgeous Aegean Sea. There are about 6,000 Greek islands recorded and while many of them might be too small to be worth a visit, there are still a significant number of islands that you can check out. Most people would usually select the popular Santorini or Myko

8 simple home security tips and tricks to defeat burglars

Securing your home doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are some simple ways to do it. For those owning a home, security will always be a huge concern when considering where to stay and how to design your home. Security is one of the key reasons (besides affordability) driving more people to live in condominiums. Most newly developed high-rise units offer a host of built-in security features and protocols to deter burglars. But what about those who live in landed properties or older high-rise

4 home designing tips we picked up from playing Sims

It’s amazing what you can learn from playing a computer game Ever heard of the computer game Sims? There’s probably a good chance you have given the game a try since it reportedly sold 200 million copies worldwide since the series was first launched back in 2000. That’s a staggering number, made even more staggering when you consider the premise of the game – it neither involves you being a part of a global marine unit shooting down aliens nor you running around town chasing down cute magical

Fancy living by the beach? Here's 6 sea view properties you can consider

Living next to the sea is no longer just a dream. A beach is a common symbol in a lot of our getaways. We may slog at our daily jobs and routines in a concrete jungle, but in between all that hustle and bustle, we’d retreat to one of nature’s most enriching wonders to wind down and relax. Most of us would have watched TV shows with characters who live on beachfront properties or home improvement TV shows which features houses with a beach/sea view – something we never considered as a possibili

5 Annoying things Taman Desa residents have to deal with

Taman Desa is just one of those suburbs that a lot of people seem to know consequentially. Whether it’s because of its food or because you took a wrong turn on Jalan Klang Lama, Taman Desa has become a suburb that is really loved by people who live there over the years. But that doesn’t mean that its residents don’t have to stomach some annoying things as well… #1 Bugged by friends from North, South, East, West and probably outer space I think people in Pajam have it easier. For one thing, you

Here's why you should live in a green building today

It is time to embrace green buildings as a must, not a nice-to-have. The green building movement is developing steam in our country and we should be glad. We have not, as a society, always considered the impact our carbon footprint has on the environment and on our health as well. In line with growing concerns about climate change and the need for sustainable building designs in Malaysia, the Green Building Index (GBI) tool was created in 2008. An initiative developed by Pertubuhan Akitek Mala

Best of 2018 — Malaysia — beehype

There is an uninhibited form of joy that springs forth when one can sink into a rip-rollicking punk number like this. Far too long has the genre had to endure defacing from the rubbish acts MTV used to endorse. Purists need not fear, there is enough attitude and discordant riffs here to banish that saccharine aftertaste from watered down pretenders. So rock an air guitar, bop your head and pogo around your house if you wish, this is a track that’s meant to be enjoyed with a little less self-cont

5 essential tips when setting a personal goal for the year

I've started a habit of setting personal goals for myself since 2017. They usually aren't universe-defining things, just small things that may mean nothing to someone else, but the world to me. I started by setting myself a goal of reading 10 books back in 2017. Did not achieve that until last year. We all know the old adage about new year resolutions, in that we always start strong but lose our way at some point in the year. So much so that a lot of us have abandoned the idea of setting any fo

4 things many organisations get wrong about Engagement and 1 thing they can do to get it back on track

The concept of Engagement and its growing influence on the workplace has grown tremendously in the last decade. Increasingly, organisations are starting to realise that it’s no longer something that’s optional for them to measure and tackle, it’s absolutely crucial in the modern working environment. Especially when you consider some crucial numbers coming out of research-based global performance management firm Gallup, which states that companies with highly engaged workforces outperform their p

Zamaera and 6 other female hip-hop artistes you need to check out

The hip-hop genre may be dominated by male figureheads worldwide. Mogul such as Jay-Z, Kanye West, Dr. Dre and younger upstarts such as Drake, Future and Kendrick Lamar have ruled the roost but that is slowly changing, even in this part of the world. A new breed of sassy, rapid-rhyming female hip-hop artistes have been slowly making their mark in the local scene, as well as beyond. They are adding a touch of girl power to proceedings, bringing balance by offering perspectives from the fairer sex into the world of hip-hop. Which is why we thought it would be a great idea to draw up a list of Malaysian female hip-hop artistes that have been making big splashes in recent times, that you should check out today.

Malaysia: LUST - "Tekesima"

When it comes to LUST, it has always been about contrasts. Like how this saccharine-tinged indie pop ditty jars against the surprising and rather unsettling end to its accompanying music video. A lot happens within the confines of this track’s relatively laconic runtime. From the angular guitar lick that kicks it into motion, the colorings and recoloring of chords and riffs throughout the song and right down to the gorgeously constructed vocal harmonies peppered across it, you may possibly f

Do you think you're ready to buy your first home?

Here are three questions to ask yourself before you decide to take the plunge and purchase a residential property. Buying a house is no small matter. It wouldn’t be ridiculous to say that it may be one of the biggest decisions you will ever make in your life. Society is riddled with tales of people who made a bad decision of buying a home when they were not actually prepared to and then regretting their decision rather quickly. There are many things to consider when purchasing your home – the

Azran Osman-Rani: 6 Entrepreneurship tips young Malaysians need to know

Leading up to he former CEO of AirAsia X and iflix will be speaking, we had the chance to catch up with Azran to glean some tidbits for aspiring entrepreneurs. Azran Osman-Rani is no stranger to success. His colourful career has seen him scale from the dynamic work of consultancies such as McKinsey and Booz Allen & Hamilton to the dizzy heights of the corporate ladder as the CEO of well-known brands such as AirAsia X and iflix. He is currently focusing on Naluri Hidup, a local health-tech start

Let us 'myth-bust' 4 things about Subang Jaya

Subang Jaya has had its fair share of flak over the years – where the two main grouses are “It’s so far from everything else” and “Omg, the traffic jam!”. But are these even relevant anymore? Let’s find out. Once touted for being remote and hard to access, Subang Jaya has come a long way in the last couple of decades. The township actually started off with a cluster of houses built in between Federal Highway and Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS) in the late 1970s. Meanwhile, the official development

5 reasons why Malaysians are obsessed with Cheras

There is a reason why Cheras is known as the land of many “tamans” – Millions of homebuyers who visit iProperty.com.my have viewed a Cheras property! Let’s find out what is so special about this neighbourhood. Cheras has become one of those places where many people seem to have an opinion on but a lot of it are based on just assumptions. Like how some of you think it’s really far from most areas, or that it’s not a very developed place. However should you actually visit the neighbourhood, you

alextbh - "Still Mine"

Between slow-jams and trippy nu-soul of his previous singles, alextbh’s new video “Still Mine” delves into the sense of desolation. The video for alextbh’s new single “Still Mine” sees him in a variety of situations, from a dilapidated warehouse, to a stage and a muddy pond in a swamp but one thing remains constant among all the various sets – he’s depicted alone. There’s no one else in the video but him, and you can’t help but wonder if that’s a metaphor for how he really feels. There’s a p

5 cool facts about Seremban you never knew

Despite being one of the more recognizable towns in Malaysia, Seremban remains relatively low key. Weekend travellers looking for a short getaway would often throng the usual destinations but skip Seremban. Yet, like most of its more ‘popular’ counterparts, Seremban offers excellent culinary delights, outdoor activities and rich history to sink your teeth into. The fact that it is only about an hour’s drive or less from most places in the Klang Valley should offer it some advantage but yet, Ser

8 shocking things residents of Putrajaya have to deal with

We all know Putrajaya. It’s the current administrative centre of  Malaysia, where the Prime Minister’s office is located and everyone thinks it’s really far away – from everything that matters anyway. But do you know what it’s like to live there? Unlike many other parts of Klang Valley and Malaysia, there are some challenges that you could say are unique to the residents of Putrajaya. Here are 8 shocking things that they have to endure on a daily basis: You will be riding solo, most days. Dri
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