Thursday, 5 January 2017

The best bookstores in KL

E-books may be taking over the world, but brick-and-mortar bookstores will always be special because you can never replace the joy of a paperback in your backpack. Live vicariously through your favourite characters at these best bookstores in the city. 

Cite Book Garden

Cite (magazine publisher, champion of local and Singaporean writers, and the biggest Chinese online bookstore in the country) opened a physical bookstore in the form of Cite Book Garden, a small store designed for bibliophiles to relax and browse at length. The book garden features actual plants by way of hanging potted ferns by the window, a few chairs where readers can sit and read, a wall displaying the magazines they publish (ranging from fashion glossies like Vivi to the Chinese edition of National Geographic), a wide selection of titles from Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China, and even a small café (they once offered coffee workshops partnering with Exhibit Café from TTDI). The second floor houses an event space for readings, talks, activities for kids, and more.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Cara semakan nama peminjam blacklist CTOS dan CCRIS

Individu yang gagal membuat pinjaman daripada perbankan dan institusi kewangan lain dengan alasan nama disenaraihitamkan (blacklist) CTOS dan CCRIS dinasihatkan menggunakan saluran yang betul untuk membuat semakan status bagi mengetahui sama ada benar-benar terlibat dengan masalah berkenaan. 

Apa yang kami lihat di internet ramai individu menggunakan ruangan komen di blog tertentu yang memberi info semakan CTOS dan CCRIS dengan mendedahkan maklumat peribadi mereka seperti no kad pengenalan. 

Sebagai peringatan, tindakan itu adalah kurang bijak kerana pihak atau admin blog itu tidak dapat membantu anda bagi membuat semakan laporan kredit sama ada nama anda sebagai peminjam atau penjamin di senaraihitamkan melainkan anda sendiri yang berusaha untuk berhubung dengan pihak atau agensi terlibat melalui saluran yang betul. 

Sekiranya anda memberikan butiran penting identiti, contohnya seperti nama penuh, alamat, no telefon, atau no kad pengenalan di ruang komen tersebut, secara tidak langsung ia terdedah kepada umum dan akan membuka peluang pihak yang tidak bertanggungjawab menyalahgunakan butiran peribadi dengan mengambil kesempatan terhadap masalah yang dihadapi oleh anda. 

Terdapat beberapa kes, dimana ada pihak atau individu yang tidak bertanggungjawab akan tampil mengambil kesempatan kononnya bagi menolong menyelesaikan masalah dengan mengenakan bayaran tertentu malah ada yang akan menghantar SMS bertujuan untuk menakut-nakutkan mereka yang menghadapi masalah ini. 

Dari mana mereka mendapat butiran maklumat untuk menghubungi anda?, salah satunya adalah daripada sikap ambil mudah anda dengan mendedahkan maklumat tersebut seperti yang kami nyatakan sebelum ini. 

Sehubungan dengan itu, anda dinasihatkan berhati-hati dan menggunakan saluran yang betul untuk tujuan tersebut.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

10 Simple Steps to Make the Most of Every Day

“Success in life is founded upon attention to the small things rather than to the large things.” – Booker T. Washington

Our lives are a large collection of single days one right after the other. The sun rises, the sun sets, and it rises again. And in the end, the lives we chose to live will be determined by how we choose to spend each day.

Unfortunately, for most of my life, I embraced little intentionality in my days. I survived each new day, but made little effort to make the most of it. Instead, they simply just came and went… and many were wasted.

But over the past few years, my views have changed. I have begun to view each day as an important gift. I have sought to embrace each one individually and discover the potential that it holds. After all, some may get more days than others, but each of us have been given this one. And we ought to be making the most of it.

Monday, 2 January 2017

10 Little Stories About the True Power of Love

Sometimes, life produces the kinds of situations and events that no Hollywood scriptwriter could ever dream up. Comical, ambiguous, unpredictable, tragic — life is such a multifaceted thing. But whatever happens, there’s always space for love, kindness, happy occurrences, and simple wonder.

We at gathered together 10 powerful stories that will hit you right in the heart.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Review : Desolasi

Aiman is upset that the valet parking attendant stole his favourite 4U2C tape from the car. A scene from Desolasi.

Ironically, for a movie with a title that translates to “state of emptiness”, Desolasi is a full-on assault on the senses. It’s as if director Syafiq Yusof is afraid of desolation himself, to the point that his movie is filled with mind-boggling visual effects, neverending explosions and anguished cries.

The story revolves around Aiman (Syamsul Yusof), a visual artist with his own perception of reality. Growing up, he coloured his drawings differently from the other kids in school and that made his teacher upset. Aiman questioned why God allowed suffering in the world. He said God could make everyone happy by just giving them what they want.

Of course, this doesn’t sit well with his religious father (played by Datuk Jalaluddin Hassan), who constantly reminds Aiman to perform his prayers.

After losing his mother and experiencing a series of mishaps, Aiman can no longer bear his suffering. Underneath the pouring rain, he looks up to the sky and asks God to make his problems go away. What do you know, Aiman wakes up the next day and finds himself all alone in the world. Or at least, in his perception of reality.

While Aiman enjoys his solitude, his father files a missing person report and goes on a frantic search to find him. He even has his own Taken moment with a mysterious individual linked to Aiman’s disappearance.