KL Underground @ Paradiso, Kuala Lumpur

Well, something for the Hip Hop lovers. An event organised by wookookoo, his first ever event.

    It’s finally f*cking here. The first ever KL Undercover is coming to you for its inaugural event in town on 22nd February 2008 (Friday). It will be held at Studio @ Paradiso (ex-Aero Bar), opposite Istana Hotel and Wisma Genting. It’s the building behind Paradiso. Map can be found under Photos.
    We’re pimpin that space up for you to enjoy some real hip hop and R&B that needs to be heard and schooled. You’re about to witness something you’ve never witness before in Kuala Lumpur and we’re doing it big.
    KL Undercover’s first event will be featuring Cza from Stylustiks and Ahli Fiqir. He’ll be treating you to the good ol’ 9th Wonders, J Dillas and all the underground stuff that we know you all love. It’s time to bring back good hip hop to the masses.
    It’s free! You like that don’t you? ‘Attending’ guests will be automatically be placed under the guest list so you can enter for free before 12midnight. Otherwise, RM20 will be charged at the door after midnight….
    Start Time: Friday, February 22, 2008 at 10:00pm
    End Time: Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 3:00am
    Location Studio @ Paradiso
    Address: Jalan Tengah, Off Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Valentine’s Day 2008

Once again, the throat cutting day. I’m sure many couples had a blast on Valentine’s Day. To the single guys who didn’t have a date on Valentine’s Day, I dedicate this song to you. Last year, www.xes.cx held an Valentine’s Day song dedication. Unfortunately, this year I was so busy until I totally forgot about it.
Recently, the Star Newspaper reported that an Ad exec stuns girlfriend with RM54,000 marriage proposal in Malaysia. Here’s the report.

    Friday February 15, 2008
    Ad exec stuns girlfriend with RM54,000 marriage proposal
    PETALING JAYA: For this Valentine’s Day, businesswoman Kelly Tan E Li got an unexpected marriage proposal.
    It was “wrapped” in a RM14,000 diamond ring and a huge billboard advertisement in which her boyfriend publicly declared his intentions.

    Billboard proposal: Ad man David Tan came up with a unique marriage proposal. He spent RM40,000 on a billboard and RM14,000 on a diamond ring to pop the question to his girlfriend Kelly Tan on Valentine’s Day. – KAMARUL ARIFFIN / The Star
    “This is the biggest surprise of my life. And, the whole thing started as a very normal Wednesday. We went out for dinner and my boyfriend David Tan insisted on sending me home.
    “The date ended very late, close to midnight. We got talking in the car and as we drove along the LDP in Kelana Jaya, he got excited and asked me to look at an “interesting” billboard by the side of the road,” said Kelly, 24.
    As David was working in an advertising firm, Kelly assumed he wanted to show her some fancy new advertisements.
    “I looked and was stunned. David’s picture was on the board! And beside his picture, were the magic words ‘Kelly Tan E Li, will you marry me?’
    “I was so shocked and could not speak for about 10 minutes. He finally smiled when I told him ‘yes’,” said Kelly.
    And the RM40,000 billboard was not the only surprise.
    Immediately after Kelly said yes, David pulled out a box and inside, was a sparkling diamond ring.
    “I cannot ask for a more memorable Valentine’s Day. I really want to thank David for this unique proposal,” said Kelly, a nail salon owner in Bangsar.
    David, 26, said he had planned this surprise for some time. He only wanted the best for Kelly.
    The accounts executive said he deliberately proposed on Valentine’s Day so that they could remember this day with fondness in the future.
    “I work in an advertising company and am always thinking out of the box to come up with new concepts and ideas. I wanted my marriage proposal to be unique,” said David.
    He added that luck was definitely on his side for him to be able to book one of the billboards along the LDP, which were highly in demand.
    “The fact that I managed to book one especially on Valentine’s Day is so lucky. Hopefully, our marriage will be equally amazing,” said David.
    The couple met at a friend’s house during Chinese New Year three years ago and started dating six months later.
    David has already started planning for the wedding.
    “It should be held sometime at the end of this year or early next year.
    “I cannot wait to marry Kelly. She is an amazing woman and she deserves all the attention I shower on her,” he said.

This fellow’s father print money one ah? I read one comment from a forum stating that the fellow should have just spent RM54, 000 on a orphanage and get all the kids to scream “Will you marry me??”.
Thanks David, you made us feel like cheapskates now. LOL
On another related matter, while I was driving around Jalan Kuchai Lama on Valentine’s Day. I saw a few buckets with roses placed by the road side. It’s for sale and it’s like a drive-in buy-your-flowers-here. People actually queue up to buy it! It’s RM18 per piece.

Yet another Malaysia boleh moment.

Back from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Back from Kota Kinabalu!
Congrats to Justin and Joey on their wedding. It was beautiful .The garden reception by the beach with a small cabana puts the icing on this wedding. I can’t wait to see the wedding pictures by Anna-Rina.
Anyway, the trip was excellent. We ate and ate non stop. I managed to try many of the famous local dishes within 4 days. Unfortunately, due to the Chinese New Year break, many shops were not open. I didn’t manage to try the famous Roti Kahwin as the well known shop was closed for Chinese New Year.
Kota Kinabalu (KK), the capital of Sabah, is a city with half a million people. The lifestyle is slow and calm – makes you want to retire now and stay there forever. However, the place is heavily commercialised. You can see famous retail chains such as Starbucks and Coffee Bean in every corner. There’s also couple of Big Apple Donuts around.
Shopping centres are springing like mushrooms over KK. There are probably more than 10 malls and they are also building one huge shopping centre by the name 1 Borneo. In the Klang Valley, we have a huge shopping centre by the name 1 Utama. Not sure whether or not they are related.
Here are some pictures of KK city.

I saw this soft drink machine at one shopping centre in KK city. It’s a Gardenia soft drink machine!
Gardenia is well known for its pre-packaged bread products. When I told my Kuala Lumpur friends that Gardenia sells soft drinks, they didn’t believe me until I showed them the above picture. I didn’t manage to try any of them. I wonder how does it taste like..hmmm..like bread flavoured soft drink???
I briefly browsed through their website at http://www.gardenia.com.my/products.html and I don’t see any soft drinks listed in their products section. By looking at the above picture, I could see that they have cola, sohai bean, orange, winter melon, grass jelly, root beer, green tea and ice cream soda.
Has anyone tried this before??

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

I’ll be off to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah to attend a wedding. This will be my first time stepping in to Kota Kinabalu. Other than the wedding, I’m looking forward to the food – roti kahwin @ Fook Yuen Kedai Kopi and Tuaran Mee @ Tuaran!

Related Links:
Precious Pea – KK Day 1 (Part 1) – Hotel + Afternoon Tea
Malaysia Most Wanted Food – Fook Yuen Kedai Kopi @ Luyang, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Above & Beyond in ZOUK, KL

I met these guys when they came over to Kuala Lumpur to spin @ one countdown event in 2005 @ KLCC. This time they are back for another round of wicked dance music.

Acclaimed as one of the finest UK dance outfits of the past few years, Above & Beyond’s meteoric rise to the top of the global dance music scene continues unabated. As artists they’re constantly pushing at the boundaries of uplifting electronic music and reaping the rewards (and awards) in equal measure. They have steadily risen through the ranks of the world’s best DJ’s and now hold a ranking of 6th in the DJ Magazine Top 100 DJ’s poll.
Cover Charge:
RM45 Ladies / RM50 Men (inc 1 drink)
Door Policy:
Members are not allow to sign-in guest.
Table Reservation:
Please call 03-2171 1997 or email rsvn@zoukclub.com.my

Welcome to the year of the Rat

www.xes.cx wishes all Chinese readers Happy Chinese New Year!!
With the year of the rat, many countries have issued stamps commemorating this auspicious year.













Kyrgyzstan .. euww
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Hong Kong Post – “Gold and Silver Stamp Sheetlet on Lunar New Year Animals – Pig/Rat”
Australia Post Stamp Shop | STAMPS | CI Lunar New year – Year of the Rat
Vietnam latest news – Thanh Nien Daily
Singapore – Zodiac Series – Rat – Complete Set of Stamps

Banner for Shop

AhBeng: Ah Kao, our workshop is almost complete. Now all we need is a signboard for our shop.
AhKao: Ya lo, but wooden and plastic signboard so expensive hor, banner is cheaper. let’s get my friend Ah Ming to make one for us la. We put pictures of some cars and then hor, tell people what we do on our banner.
AhBeng: Ya! If people require anything hor, they can contact us.
AhBeng: eh AhKao, your friend AhMing England good one ah?
AhKao: Ok la, better than me. Let me call Ah Ming now…
*Toot tooot*
AhKao: Hallo Ahming ah, my shop needs a banner aa, can help me do ah, very easy only, put 2 pictures of nice cars and then say we specialise in this and that la. Then at the bottom there put something like if they require anything ah, please contact me @ XXXX.
AhMing: ok boss!
Few days later…


House of Beauty @ Bangsar

Among the posh retail outlets in Bangsar lies one humble beauty parlour. Unlike its neighbours, the main entrance of the shop is nothing impressive.

However, when I stepped in, I was surprised. They have a beauty parlour and a small saloon!

Since A had to get her eyebrows trimmed, I tagged along to see this interesting business. The beauty parlour and the small saloon are separated into 2 units, each mannered by different people. When I was there, there were ladies sitting on the sofa waiting for their turn.
Since A is number 4 on the list, I sat at the sofa observing the trade. I notice that many ladies were there to get their eyebrows threaded. The interesting bit here is the threading process. The beautician would hold a piece of cotton string with its hand and mouth forming a sharp piece of string. She would then use the string and rub it on the targeted areas.
Customers are then required to lie on a bed with their knees bended like they were giving birth. I don’t know why but maybe because the bed is too short.

The bed
Other than threading, one can have any parts of their body waxed.
A lady suddenly dashed into the room urging for immediate attention. She closed the curtains and the lady attended to her. It left some of us wondering why she cut our queue. Does waxing or threading her bulus (hair) more important than basic courtesy?
We later found out that she had to dash to the airport and had to ensure that her pubes are in order before going overseas.
I entered the room with A when it came to her turn. One of the staff came up to me..
Staff: Are you waiting for your turn??
A: nono, he’s with me.
Staff: oooh I thought you wanted to trim your eyebrows. Many guys come here to get their eyebrows trimmed. Anyway, if you’re not here for anything, please leave, many women here.
Me: O_o