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

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

Merdeka Special: The untold stories of 5 historical Malaysian structures

A country’s buildings, structures and architecture, can go a long way in defining its history and cultural identity. Think about some of the iconic cities throughout the world, like New York City, London and Sydney. These cities are held in high esteem because they all have a unique identity and character, part of which has been shaped by their rich architectural history, respectively. After all, landmark buildings and structures often bear witness to key historical events or hold a special purp

7 resilient Malaysian bands that are still at it

Given the relatively small size of the Malaysian music scene and industry, getting noticed as an artiste here is perhaps not that difficult, if you’re good enough. But the realities of life can wear you down after a while. After all, not many independent bands out there can attest to being able to earn a living through making music. To be able to go through the cycle of constant practice sessions,, performing at show-after-show while writing and putting out music year-after-year, requires a cert

Lunadira - "Stuck With You"

There’s almost a punk rock spirit in the way Lunadira approaches her music. It seems ridiculous when you consider just how far her music is from the messy and inconsiderate cacophony of The Sex Pistols. But the spirit feels similar. And it’s not because she casually drops an F-bomb in a song that doesn’t sound like it should have one. Mostly it’s because like the forefathers of anarchic music, she seems to have an infectious lack of self-consciousness in her songwriting and how it’s portrayed

6 nations Malaysians are supporting at Russia this summer

There was a time when Brazil was the spiritual gatekeepers of football. They played football the way football was meant to be played - bright, positive and entertaining. So they won a lot of fans in these parts. But over the years, Brazil have lost some of their way, reverting to robust European type in the 90s and in recent times, severely underachieving at the world stage (who will ever be able to forget that 7-1 home ground mauling by Germany in the last tournament?). But new coach Tite has r

The Messi-anic Problem: What happens when you ignore the many for the one.

At the final whistle on the night of 22 June, the spotlight shone brightly on one person near the center circle at the conclusion of the Group D game between Argentina and Croatia. Croatia had battered and bossed one of the tournament’s favorites and emerged well-deserved 3-0 winners and in the process, nullified one of the supposed stars of the tournament. Lionel Messi, so often Argentina’s saviour-elect, the golden child of his country’s footballing prospects and the person regarded by most people as probably one of the greatest footballers to walk God’s earth, stood dejected on the field, washed with a feeling he probably rarely feels in a FC Barcelona shirt. He managed only a paltry 20 touches in the first half, created little and almost never threatened.

3 mega projects Tun Mahathir said yes to

As part of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s efforts to trim the national debt, he’s instituted the cancellation of a few mega projects, namely the High-Speed Rail (HSR) line to Singapore and the MRT 3 Line with a host of others under ‘review’. This has led some to label him as having an agenda against mega projects. But what most people may have forgotten is that under his initial spell as Prime Minister, Tun Mahathir launched and instituted many mega projects, a few which still stands today as beacon

6 Asian players who could light up Russia

His nickname may sound a little haughty but it may not be so far from the truth this season. Regular viewers of the English Premier League would not be surprised that Son has made the top of this list. He’s just completed a remarkable season with Tottenham Hotspur, where they have finished third, above the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal. Son was one of the team’s stars, clocking in 27 starts for the team and scoring an impressive 12 goals. He’s gone from the fringes of the squad just tw

4 World Cup 2018 Lessons To Build Successful Teams | Leaderonomics

What are some stand-out lessons we can learn after the dust has settled on the Group Stages? But what has been the recipe of those that were successful? Or the folly of those that have not been so far? Is it just a matter of having players of more superior pedigree? If so, how would you explain the result Mexico got against Germany? Given it’s a team sport (Cristiano Ronaldo may wink to that), we thought it would be timely to look back at the group stages to see what lessons we can take from

The Impatient Sisters - "Hanyut"

The Impatient Sisters have thankfully returned, not with a bang, but a sigh. “Hanyut” is the latest song from the Kuantan-born sisters. Soraya, Nazeera and Irena Taib have built a strong local following on the back of effortless melodies and flawless harmonies. No gimmicks, just bread and butter songwriting. From the evidence of this latest track, it would seem nothing’s changed but yet it feels like everything has as well. Built around a hypnotic, creaking guitar line, the song stays somber
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