Sunday, October 20, 2019

Simon and Garfunkel at the Central Park 1981

For an easy listening Sunday this week, let's go to a concert, a 1981 Central Park, New York, concert - a Simon and Garfunkel concert of 20 of their songs.

According to NYdailynews:

The Great Lawn of Central Park turned into a giant Scarborough Fair last night as an estimated 500,000 grown-up flower children and their children cheered two graduates of Forest Hills High School named Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, reunited in musical harmony after more than a decade apart.

Sunlight broke through gray skies and drizzle just before the words of "Mrs. Robinson" filled the center of the city at 6:45 p.m. The two were introduced by Mayor Koch with words, "Ladies and gentlemen, Simon and Garfunkel."

1981.. some of us were not even born yet but no matter, music transcends age. Yes?

Let's start with Mrs Robinson.. Enjoy!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Air Asia does it again!

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Home-grown Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia has taken home top honours at the World Travel Awards Asia and Oceania 2019 for the seventh year in a row.

AirAsia emerged ahead of regional counterparts such as Scoot, Jetstar, SpiceJet, Nok Air and Firefly to win Asia's Leading Low-Cost Airline and Asia's Leading Low-Cost Airline Cabin Crew.

AriAsia Malaysia CEO Riad Asmat was at the awards ceremony in Phu Quoc, Vietnam to receive the award.

"It is an honour to receive these awards," he said in a statement Sunday (Oct 13).

"Being recognised by guests and industry colleagues as Asia's best is a testament to our ongoing efforts to develop new and innovative guest-obsessed products and services," he added.

Riad also thanked the award-winning cabin crew "for their hard work and commitment to delivering and providing the best experience for our guests."

World Travel Awards founder Graham E Cooke said AirAsia continues to set the benchmark for low-cost aviation in Asia.

"Its dedication to improving its services remains unrivalled and I am delighted that it has been acknowledged by both the travel trade and the public having been voted 'Asia's Leading Low-Cost Airline 2019' and 'Asia's Leading Low-Cost Airline Cabin Crew 2019'."

According to AirAsia, the World Travel Awards are one of the most prestigious awards programmes in the global and tourism industry.

Established in 1993, they acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across key sectors of travel, tourism and hospitality.

The World Travel Awards brand is globally recognised as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence.

Source: MSN: AirAsia wins Asia's best low-cost carrier at World Travel Awards Asia

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Sunday Easy Listening

Malacca-born Malaysian singer Lyia Meta won the Artist Of The Year (multi-genre) award at the 2019 Josie Music Awards last month.

Held in Tennessee, United States, the Josie Music Awards honours independent artistes from around the world.

This is her second win at the award ceremony. Last year she took home the World Music Artist Of The Year award.


While we are on Country & Western, here's another.. Enkh Erdene, everybody.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

POPULAR's 'Everything Must Go' Sale

If you are a book-lover or looking to buy some stationery at a vastly-discounted price, this is for you, POPULAR's 'Everything Must Go' Sale.

This is POPULAR’s annual clearance and is available at selected 65 outlets nationwide, till Oct 6, which is tomorrow.

So check out the following Popular stores for great deals on books, CDs, DVDs, stationery, gadgets and IT items:

Aeon Anggun Rawang, Aeon Mall Bukit Tinggi, Aeon Mall Cheras Selatan, Aeon Mall Taman Equine Shopping Centre, Ampang Point Shopping Centre, Bukit Raja Shopping Centre, Central I-City, Empire Shopping Gallery, IOI Mall, Puchong, IPC Shopping Centre, Selayang Mall, Sunway Pyramid, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Cheras Leisure Mall, Mid Valley Megamall, Pearl Point Shopping Centre, Setapak Central Mall, Sunway Velocity Mall, Tesco Kepong, Wangsa Walk Mall

Aman Central, Central Square, Village Mall, Kompleks Star Parade, Aeon Mall Bukit Mertajam, Gurney Plaza, Komtar, Megamall Penang, Queensbay Mall, Sunway Carnival Mall, Tesco Penang

Aeon Ipoh Midtown Shopping Centre, Aeon Klebang, Aeon Seri Manjung, Ipoh Parade, Kinta City Shopping Centre, Wisma Palaniappa Taiping

South and East
Aeon Mall Bukit Indah, Aeon Mall KulaiJaya, Batu Pahat Mall, Harris @ Aeon Tebrau City, Johor Bahru City Square, KSL City Mall, Kluang Mall, Paradigm Mall Johor Baru, Sutera Mall, Wetex Parade, Aeon Melaka Ayer Keroh, Mahkota Parade, Plaza Melaka, Aeon Mall Seremban 2,9 Avenue Nilai, Aeon Mall Kota Baru, KB Mall Kota Baru, Berjaya Megamall

City Mall (Kota Kinabalu), Harbour Mall (Sandakan), Imago Shopping Mall (Kota Kinabalu), Mile 4, Jalan Lapas (Tawau), Suria Sabah Shopping Mall (Kota Kinabalu)

Aeon Mall (Kuching Central), Boulevard Shopping Mall (Kuching), Delta Mall (Sibu), The Spring (Bintulu), Tun Jugah Shopping Centre (Kuching)

For more details, go to or Facebook.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Kuala Lumpur is 2nd Friendliest City in the World

Hey, no haze today, not here on the peninsula and cleaner air too over at East Malaysia on the island of Borneo. Check our the map below..

Back to Kuala Lumpur, did you know that KL has been voted the 2nd Friendliest City in the World? This is according to

Says here on the website: "Malaysians are naturally friendly and nice to strangers, and Kuala Lumpur is the best example of this. The easy-going temperament of locals and their friendliness towards visitors means that it’s easy to make friends here. KL is a top spot for both tourists and expats."

There you have it. By the way 2020 is Visit Malaysia Year! So starting planning your trip now!

If you must know, Vancouver takes the top spot. "Vancouver takes top spot, thanks to its extraordinarily friendly residents. The city has an amazing multicultural community who band together to make visitors feel welcome and safe at all times. Locals are quick to offer assistance to tourists and the community vibe makes socialising in Vancouver simple."

Other cities making up the Top 10 are Bruges, Belgium (coming in at 3rd place), Taipei, Taiwan (4th), Hamburg, Germany (5th), Dublin, Ireland (6th), and Christchurch, New Zealand (7th), 8th is Nashville, Tennessee, USA, 9th is São Paulo, Brazil and at 10th is Glasgow, Scotland.

Other South-East Asian cities that make it to the Top 50 list are Chiang Mai, Thailand (11th), Siem Reap, Cambodia (20th), Singapore (24th), and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (46th).

Sunday, September 22, 2019

The Haze in the Sky

We are still hazed here in Kuala Lumpur and most parts of Malaysia, East and West but at least the sun is able to shine through albeit looking like a salted egg yolk in the sky.

However, The Star reported that Number of areas with unhealthy API readings rises to 38.

In Kuala Lumpur, the API readings in Cheras and Batu Muda's API readings remained in the unhealthy category at 153 and 173 respectively, while Putrajaya recorded API reading of (138) followed by Minden (140) and Balik Pulau (151) in Penang.

Other areas with unhealthy API readings were Tangkak, Johor (106); Johan Setia Klang (193), Kuala Selangor (152), Petaling Jaya (148), Shah Alam (143), Klang (131), dan Banting (116) in Selangor and Nilai (140) and Seremban (124) in Negeri Sembilan.

An API between zero and 50 indicates good air quality; 51 and 100, moderate; 101 and 200, unhealthy; 201 and 300, very unhealthy and 301 and above, hazardous.

A look at the API reading in and around Kuala Lumpur..


A bit of good news: DOE: Cloud seeding successfully brought down Sri Aman API from 400 to 125

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Still hazy here in Kuala Lumpur and this part of the world

Woke up this morning to the smell of summer barbeques. Mmm.. Buffalo wings, burgers, sausages, potatoes, sweeet potatoes, grilled vegetables, racks of lamb, you name it. I wish!

No, the haze situation is much worse today vis-a-vis the days before. To give you an idea, check out the map below..


How bad is the haze? According to MSN/FMT..

A total of 168 schools in the peninsula will be closed on Wednesday due to the haze shrouding the country.

Fifty-three schools in Nilai and Mantin have been ordered to close by the Negeri Sembilan education department after the air pollutant index (API) levels had passed 200 as of 9pm, although teachers and staff are still required to be present.

One hundred and fifteen schools in Sepang, Hulu Langat, Kuala Langat, Klang and Sabak Bernam in Selangor under the Johan Setia, Nilai and Seri Manjung API stations will also be closed, while schools in Sepang, Hulu Langat and Petaling Perdana under the Putrajaya API station will be opened.

All schools in Putrajaya and Port Dickson will be reopened on Wednesday as readings remained below 200 and is expected to decrease.

As of 11pm on Tuesday, Sri Aman in Sarawak remained the only area with a hazardous API reading of 377, while very unhealthy readings were recorded in Seri Manjung, Perak (219), Nilai, Negeri Sembilan (208), Kuching, Sarawak (210) and Johan Setia, Selangor (232) at 10pm.

An API reading of 0-50 shows good air quality, 51-100 moderate, 101-200 unhealthy; 201-300, very unhealthy, and over 300 hazardous.

Putrajaya, PJ at very unhealthy levels as haze continues

More areas recorded very unhealthy air pollutant index (API) levels of above 200 this morning, including Balik Pulau in Penang, Putrajaya, Petaling Jaya, Klang and Shah Alam as the haze that has shrouded many parts of the country for weeks continues.

Kuching declared ‘world’s most air-polluted city’, KL is 3rd

KL is the THIRD most air polluted city in the world! - according to US-based website World’s Air Pollution: Real-time Air Quality Index that monitors air pollution across the globe.

Each city’s air quality is rated based on the Air Quality Index (AQI) readings where:

0 – 50 is “good”
51 – 100 is “moderate”
101 – 200 is “unhealthy”
201 – 300 is “very unhealthy”
Above 300 is “hazardous”

On the World AQI Ranking today (17th September), Kuching holds the world’s most air-polluted crown with a detrimental API of 220, while “lucky” number 3 is KL with an unhealthy API of 157.

On the bright side, Indonesia, Malaysia in close contact over haze
Plus, the impending monsoon in a month or so would see some good rain to clear the air.