#InstaKL : Walking around, taking pictures

Sometime during the last webcamp I got this notion in my head that I’d like to walk around Kuala Lumpur snapping pictures and exploring the parts of KL that I usually just drive by and dont give a second look. So I asked around and it looks like I managed to get 15 people to sign up and walk-around with me, armed with their mobile devices we shall explore, snap and document our exploration.

Its free to get involved and everyone is welcomed to join. Just drop your details below to join in.

Our planning document : http://bit.ly/IvSJQU (Feel free to poke around and share thoughts)

Details #InstaKL #1

Date: May 5th 2012
Location: Meeting point KLCentral – then we take a train from there
Time: 6am (call time at KLCentral)
Duration: Exploration will take 90 minutes, then breakfast, should be done by 9am
What to bring: Fully charged mobile device, a bottle of water

Join in

—-Update (4th May 2012)—-

Where to meet : KL Central in front of McDonalds

In case you are lost or cant find the group, you can contact me
Hakim : 0122608466/ 0192618466 Hakimism

More stuff to bring and not bring

  • Try and wear something comfy, meaning shoes that you like to walk with, shorts instead of slacks and a comfy cap (it shouldn’t be too hot this early in the morning but im sure it cant hurt)
  • A knapsack if you have stuff
  • Your Touch and Go card, since we are taking public transportation. Alternatively some small change will do too.
  • A hand towel – in case you sweat, these usually come in handy.
  • An open mind – cause its all a big experiment, so as ubuntu users say – expect very little and you will usually be pleasantly surprised.
  • Don’t bring all your electronic devices, one mobile device will be sufficient
  • Don’t carry too much cash on you. The streets I’m sure are very safe however you might accidentally drop your stuff.

The plan

Some have been asking about which route we will be taking while on this exploration. So here is what I came up with.

  1. We start in KL Central then we will take the LRT down to Masjid Jamek (6:00am)
  2. Once at Masjid Jamek,(6:15am) we walk 2 KM to Dang Wangi, its supposed to be a slow walk so we have time to take pictures (7:00am).
  3. Once we reach Dang Wangi there is this super awesome breakfast shop Yut Kee
  4. Then we hop on the monorail back to Brickfields, walk over to KL Central and continue with our day (9:00am)

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Change your underwear


Picture via Cotton Incorporated

There’s an old sea story about a ship’s Captain who inspected his sailors, and afterward told the first mate that his men smelled bad..
The Captain suggested perhaps it would help if the sailors
Would change underwear occasionally. The first mate responded, “Aye, aye sir, I’ll see to it immediately!”

The first mate went straight to the sailors berth deck and announced, “The Captain thinks you guys smell bad and wants you to change your underwear.” He continued, “Pittman, you change with Jones, McCarthy, you change with Witkowski, and Brown, you change with Schultz.”

THE MORAL OF THE STORY: Someone may come along and promise “Change”,

But don’t count on things smelling any better.

Evolving 3D objects through crowd sourcing

Really amazing experiment that gets people to help evolve shapes using a biological algorithm. I wonder how many people it would take evolve the shape into a person.

Their long-term goal is to create robots that can evolve like biological creatures, so EndlessForms is designed to explore what kind of biological body shapes the model can produce. Forget designing your own objects – what about 3D-printed pets?

Trend hunting in 2011.

Im definitely going to have to subscribe to this channel now. I’ve been following trendhunter for quite a while now but never really noticed that they made videos. Its short, full of cool trends and looks pretty well made. A must subscribe at trendhunter.com/tv

A #finetwtup in Penang

Last week a client of ours Carrefour mentioned that they would be launching a news store in Penang. However this store would be a little different from any of their other hypermarkets that we have come to be quite accustom with. I mean all of the good stuff of course such as well lit, high ceilings with a welcoming atmosphere. But this store would be slightly more awesome, I was told to expect a more posh and upscale sort of space. A space chock-a-block with the best wines and cheese money can buy, fine foods that one is accustom to find in small specialty grocers.

This was exciting to me for a couple of reasons. Firstly if they were going to try this out there is absolutely no better place than Penang i thought – i mean c’mon fine foods in Penang, a match made in heaven if i ever heard of one. Secondly my clients also mentioned that they were going to try out some very exciting new ways of rewarding their customers (only in this store at the moment). This rewards would be gained by exploring the new store and finding clues hidden all over the place. I shan’t spoil the surprise for you, but all i have to say is you definitely want to come check it out if you are in Penang’s 1st Avenue. The final and i suppose most important reason I’m excited about this launch they asked me to throw a little party to herald the new opening of this fun space.

“Lets have a tweetup they said,” lets invite all the cool kids and fun communities to join in (if you werent invited its not cause you aint cool, its i probably havent met you yet, solution tweet me or just come by) . It would be a great opportunity to get the community to mingle and get to know one another. We shall invite musicians and poets to entertain them. We shall pop out the good bottles of wine, and get lots of tasty treats to get the energy up then we shall have a treasure hunt through the store and reward people with Ipads and other cool stuff. This was shaping up to be quite a fun party i thought to myself.

So I set off tweeting all the twitterati (as it were) in Penang to get all their followers and friends to join us for an evening filled with music, poetry, good food and wine. A couple of communities really began to get into it. Shout out to both SMCPG.org (Social media club Penang) and Penangyouth.com for getting the word out so fast and with such efficiency. In a day we had close to 100 people signed up to come for the tweetup. So we decide to up the ante. After a brief chat with my client we decided it would be cool to reward the communities that are super active, so we put out a challenge – the community that invites that is most represented at this up coming tweetup would win something special. To find out who wins this and what they won follow the conversations on twitter.

The response so far to this tweetup has been pretty amazing, the excitement even reached our friends over at TGVcinemas and since they are also conveniently located in the same building 1st avenue, so we asked them if they would be interested in giving out some movie passes (naturally) and they said sure why not. heheh see what i mean this is going to be a super fun party! So for all of you guys out there that cant make it to our awesome tweetup, you can still check out the new and improved tgv.com.my to buy tickets to some of the up coming summer blockbusters. Im looking forward to checking out their bean bag movie hall

So if you havent already, its time you registered yourself for the finetwtup.eventbrite.com, did i mention its free? Cya there

Obedient Wives Club #owc

Wow this is super entertaining, this Obedient Wives Club lady is convicted to the madness! The scary thing is she sounds so sane… Dont succumb to the madness – just roll with the laughs and buy a t-shirt.

When will the craziness end!

Every time Dr Azila opens her mouth I laugh (and get somewhat worried), I wonder how her views came to be, where did she pick up this very extreme perspective about women and men? Perhaps as a kid she read too much into the teachings that I tuned out to in kelas agama, or maybe hanging out with people with the same view kinda strengthens your resolve to go on radio and say crazy stuff, i dunno.

This just flashed through my mind for some reason : give her a shotgun and we have our very own Sarah Palin here is KL. If I spend some time listening to this podcast – id probably find at least 10 quotable quotes that would make the wackiest t-shirts you have ever seen.

But on point for a second, and pardon the frankness. If the problem at hand is a husband that strays, shouldn’t the solution be helping people set the right expectation as to what the hell you 2 numbskulls are getting into before you freaking get married. Make it really difficult to get married – love and good feelings aint all you need, trust me although im not married I can unequivocally attest to love not being all you need to make a marriage work

If by some miracle the 2 pass the test, and the husband thinks he is going to stray. Shouldn’t the solution then to get him to join the Obedient Husbands Club? Any ladies reading this think that The OWC makes sense?

If you want to get a detailed blow-by-blow it can be found at http://www.thenatstory.com

Mario VS Mr Miyagi the battle for entrepreneurship

A couple of days ago i decide to join a T-shirt design competition that Warisan Global put out. The theme was entrepreneurship, and for the life of me i dont recall what was the prize for winning. But since it sounded like fun and happen to have been doing a number of T-shirts already i decided to join.

In total i submitted 4 designs. I kind of really like 2 of the 4. I need to choose between the both to see which i should print a test batch, tell me if you like either and if you would buy one.

Mario entrepreneurship

Miyagi entrepreneurship

I’m wondering which of the 2 do you like? Tell me by dropping a comment. Coolest comment by friday 8th July 2011 gets a free obedient husbands club tshirt

Oh and i wont stop you if you decided to help vote up one of my designs on the GEW facebook group

Yummy short skirts

HOW SHORT CAN YOU GO? Dine-in with your mini skirt and enjoy big savings with RM16.90+ per pax.

What do you think of this promotion by a restaurant at Lot 10? I wonder if men turning up in mini skirts will enjoy the same deal.

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