City Guide

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: The Athletes Village

As the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics is finally around the corner after postponed for a year, the organisers revealed the newly built Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Village in Harumi waterfront district of Tokyo. The athlete’s village is surrounded by seas with the views of Tokyo Bay and it will start hosting both Olympians and Paralympians 10 days before the opening ceremony.

The village is divided into different areas: the Residential Zone is where athletes will reside during the Games and includes the main dining hall; the Operational Zone is where the main functions required for the operations of the village is; and the Village Plaza is a facility that supports the daily needs of the athletes including a cafe, store, media centre and more.

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The Athletes Village
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Residential Buildings

There are 21 buildings in the residential zone, each with 14 to 18 floors and consists around 3,800 units, 18,000 beds for the Olympic athletes and 8,000 beds for the Paralympic athletes.

The bedrooms are equipped with windows or doors to enable sufficient ventilation to keep the air fresh. To encourage sustainability, bed frames in their rooms are made of cardboard and are 100 per cent recycle, and there will be blackout curtains as well, allowing athletes to sleep and rest at any time.

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The residential buildings
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Single bedroom
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Twin bedroom
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Main Dining Hall

With the main dining hall opened 24 hours, they are able to serve about 45,000 meals daily for the athletes. The hall has about 2,100 seats for the Olympians and 1,700 seats for the Paralympians.

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Main dining hall
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The organisers prepared 700 food options, offering a wide selection of meals depending on the athletes’ eating habits, cultures, and religions from different backgrounds. Nutritional components will also be displayed for each of the food serving to enable the athletes to plan their dietary intake. If they are not clear of the details of the meals, the athletes can always refer the nutritional help desk which they will be assisted by certified dieticians.

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700 food options for the athletes
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Multifunction Complex

The multifunction complex is a space where the athletes can relax after a tiring day as there will be medical care, casual dining, recreation and fitness services.

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Multifunction complex
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While the athletes may have to adhere to a strict protocol regarding leaving the Games’ area, the organisers assigned a casual dining area where the athletes can try different Japanese cuisines from traditional to contemporary foods.

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Medical clinic
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For the first time in Olympic history, a dedicated treatment programme that provides comprehensive medical care for female athletes is available at the clinic complex. The physical therapy department will also provide services in conjunction with the conditioning area in the fitness centre. Other services includes emergency care, internal medicine, dentistry, orthopaedics, ophthalmology and clinical examinations.

Village Plaza

The Village Plaza is where the athletes can relax and take a stroll when they’re not in competition. It is constructed from timber given from local municipalities throughout the country as an expression of diversity and harmony. There will be various services available to support the daily needs of athletes including a hair salon, dry cleaner, courier counter, bank, photo studio and many more.

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Village Plaza
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Once the Olympic and Paralympic Games is over, the buildings will be renovated for use as general residential apartments. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has been working on compiling “the model plan of the post-games-use of the Olympic and Paralympic Village”, and aims to establish a new community where a diverse range of people can interact and live comfortably at the site.

Are you ready to cheer for your national team in the Games?

City Guide

Iconic Skyscrapers and Buildings in Shanghai, China

Shanghai is one of the most populous urban area in China and perhaps among the world cities too. A global center for finance, research, technology, manufacturing, and transportation; the port of Shanghai is the world’s busiest container port. With the development of the city, the Chinese government has built multiple iconic skyscrapers and buildings in Shanghai.

Here’s the list of some of our favourite architectures in Shanghai, China.

Shanghai Tower
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A 128 storey skyscraper at 632 meters, Shanghai Tower is the tallest building across the city. It is not only tall, it also has the world’s second-fastest elevators at a top speed of 20.5 meters per second (74km/h).

The Shanghai Tower incorporates numerous green architecture elements and received certifications from the China Green Building Committee and the U.S. Green Building Council for the building’s sustainable design.

The building is designed to capture rainwater for internal use, and to recycle a portion of its wastewater. The rain and waste water are recycled to flush toilets and irrigate the tower’s green spaces.

The double-layered insulating glass façade was designed to reduce the need for indoor air conditioning, and is composed of an advanced reinforced glass with a high tolerance for temperature variations. In addition, the building’s heating and cooling systems use geothermal energy sources.

Shanghai World Financial Center
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Located inn Pudong district of Shanghai, the 101-storey tower was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, one of the largest architecture firms in New York City.

Park Hyatt Shanghai is the Shanghai World Financial Tower’s hotel component and it is one of the highest hotel in the world.

The skyscraper is occupied by many international financial companies, including those involved in banking, insurance, securities and fund management, such as Ernst & Young, Morgan Stanley, BNP Paribas, Commerzbank, Bank of Yokohama, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Korea Development Bank.

Jin Mao Tower
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Jin Mao Tower, also in Pudong district, means ‘Golden Prosperity’ building in Chinese. The tower contains shopping mall, offices and the anchor tenant, Grand Hyatt Shanghai hotel which starts from the 53rd floor onwards.

The building made news several times due to controversial happenings including the unauthorised climb of the building by French urban climber Alain Robert. He was arrested, jailed for 5 days and expelled from China.

Shimao International Plaza
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Shimao International Plaza is a 333.3 m tall skyscraper of 60 floors in Shanghai’s Huangpu District. It was completed in 2006 under the design of Ingenhoven, Overdiek und Partner, East China Architecture and Design Institute.

The tower has two spires on its top, which make its total construction height to 333.3 metres. Most of the building (the upper 48 floors) houses the Le Royal Méridien Shanghai hotel with 770 rooms. The building also includes a 9 floor shopping mall and 3 floors of exclusive clubs.

White Magnolia Plaza
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The White Magnolia Plaza, also known as Sinar Mas Center, is a tower whose construction was earlier suspended, but resumed construction in 2013, and was completed on January 4, 2017. It is located north of the Bund, the river-front district of Shanghai, adjacent to the international cruise terminal. The original proposal called for a 388-meter tower, but it was later scaled down to 260 meters, and then the third and final design was changed to 319.5 meters.

Shanghai Wheelock Square
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Shanghai Wheelock Square is a skyscraper located in Puxi, Shanghai. The building has 58 floors, and just over 100,000 m2 of prime office space. It is located across the street from the Jing’an Temple Station on Shanghai Metro Lines 2 and 7.

Plaza 66
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An office building and integrated commercial complex, Plaza 66 is the space for many luxury brands including Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Cartier, Chanel, Dior, Celine, Escada, Bvlgari, Fendi, Loewe, Prada, Versace and Lanvin.

They were also the spot for a famous Shanghai nightclub, M2 until the year 2010 where they moved to another location.

Tomorrow Square
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Tomorrow Square is a building located near to the People’s Square in Huangpu, Puxi. This multi-purpose building contains a 342-room JW Marriott hotel, and 255 executive apartment units.

Starting from a square base, the all-concrete Tomorrow Square tower transforms itself into a diagonal square as it rises to a peak. Engineers of the exterior vertical support system were faced with a unique challenge as a result of this unusual shape.

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K11 is an office building and shopping mall, located near Huaihai Park ,Xintiandi area , in the former Luwan District of Shanghai. It is 278 meters high and was designed by Bregman and Hamann Architects. It overlooks the People’s Square across the Yan’an Elevated Road.

Formerly called the Hong Kong New World Tower, the building was reopened on May 28, 2013 as K11. Planned by Hong Kong billionaire Adrian Cheng, renovations aimed to create a union between retail and art.

One Lujiazui
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One Lujiazui, previously known as Development Tower, is a skyscraper in Shanghai.

Completed in 2008, the tower stands at 269 metres tall. The glass highrise’s primary use is as an office building, though it also offers over 6,000 square metres of residential space. One Lujiazui is located near the Lujiazui Central Park, by the Huangpu River.


What is slow living and what is the concept all about?

If you have heard about slow living before, it has become a lifestyle and gained significant attention to some community. But what is the concept all about?

Essentially, living slowly means allowing yourself the time to enjoy all the little things and do everything as well as possible rather than as fast as possible.

If you’re looking for a way to take a step back from the daily hustle and hectic life, this lifestyle approach might be suitable for you.

As technology and development accelerates, so does the speed of our life. Imagine a business execution might take a couple of days during the last generation, but with the current technology, every action seems so instant. This has cultivated a culture of daily hustle, grind and need to keep up with the speed of others. Everyone wants to be faster than the other person. This ‘hustle culture’ could have contributed to burnouts and stress.

Hence, the concept of slow living lifestyle is introduced – to slow down our life and appreciates the details.

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“It’s quality over quantity. It’s doing things with presence, being in the moment. Ultimately, it’s about doing everything as well as possible instead of as fast as possible,” says Carl Honoré, author of In Praise of Slowness: How A Worldwide Movement Is Challenging the Cult of Speed.

What is Slow Living?

Slow living is an approach to everyday life that goes from what you eat, how you work to how you plan your vacation. It’s a set of values that says faster isn’t always better, and there is a choice.

It can be difficult to sink into this reflective, purposeful lifestyle but doing so promises to prioritise wellbeing over achievement – all too often we focus on ticking off a list of tasks accomplished rather than enjoying the experience. 

Slow living is about doing things at the right speed. So, understanding that, sure, there are times to go fast and be busy—but there are other times when it pays to put the brakes on and slow down.


“I think in our fast-forward culture, where the taboo against slowness runs so deep, we just assume that the only way to slow down is for everything to become incredibly slow motion, which would be absurd,” says Honoré.

What is the important feature of slow living?

Slow living is about creating opportunities to disconnect, slow down, and be more present. “It’s knowing when to go on and use that incredible thrilling speed of technology—and then knowing when enough is enough and to stop scrolling through Instagram or stop surfing the net while watching Netflix or just simply stop being in front of a screen,” says Honoré.

The other feature of slow living is letting go the fear of missing out and instead of trying to do every single thing, focusing on the things that matter. It’s about learning how to politely say no, and spending your time doing what you’re passionate about.

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Why is slow living worth your time?

So many of us have experienced the consequences of a fast-paced, hustling lifestyles that we risk losing many important things. Have you heard of some of our friends that got ill or suffering from depression due to over-working? Or a person regretting for not spending enough time with their closed ones? Or how someone did not enjoy a quality life when they have the energy to do so?

“We are bumping up against the limits now of how much speed the human mind, body, and spirit can take, and I think we’re paying a price across our lives to this ‘go fast’ or ‘do everything at once’ attitude,” says Honoré.

The slow living movement allows us to actually living our lives instead of racing through it.

Similar to the German idea of gemütlichkeit and the Dutch gezelligheidhygge is all about wellbeing and embracing Danish culture is a simple step towards embracing slow living.

Arts & Culture City Guide Travel

Amazing free museums and galleries in London

London, being one of the largest cities in the world, is a popular spot for many people especially for those who are interested to visit museums and galleries.

The capital city of England and United Kingdom is definitely not short of such places for visitors. They provide wonderful information about histories and exhibition of arts and paintings. The best thing is that most of them are free and you do not have to pay for the entrance.

Of course, there are certain exclusive sections and exhibitions that you might have to pay a fee to visit.

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum of London exhibits a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history. The museum is home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 80 million items within five main collections: botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology and zoology. 

If you have the interests for dinosaur skeletons and other wonders of the natural world, this is the place to visit.

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Cromwell Road,
London SW7 5BD

National Gallery

The National Gallery, founded in 1824, houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900. It is located at Trafalgar Square in the City of Westminster.

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Trafalgar Square
London WC2N 5DN

Science Museum

The Science Museum’s mission is to create a society that celebrates science, technology and engineering. The museum has different sections that tells stories about the Industrial Revolution, space exploration, clockmakers, telecommunications, mathematics, flights, and many more intriguing science topics.


Exhibition Road, South Kensington,
London, SW7 2DD

National Maritime Museum

Part of the Royal Museums Greenwich, the National Maritime Museum comes with a vast collection that spans artworks, maps and charts, and thousands of other objects. 

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London SE10 9NF

British Museum

The British Museum is a public institution dedicated to human history, art and culture. Its permanent collection of some eight million works is among the largest which documents the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present. It was the first public national museum in the world.

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Great Russell Street,
London WC1B 3DG


Tate is an institution that houses, in a network of four art galleries, the United Kingdom’s national collection of British art, and international modern and contemporary art.

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London SW1P 4RG

Imperial War Museum

The museum was founded with the intention to record the civil and military war effort and sacrifice of Britain and its Empire during the First World War. Since then, it has since expanded to include all conflicts in which British or Commonwealth forces have been involved since 1914. As of now, the Imperial War Museum aims “to provide for, and to encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and ‘wartime experience’.


Lambeth Road
London SE1 6HZ

Royal Academy of Arts

Founded in 1768, the Royal Academy of Arts has a unique position as an independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artists and architects. Its purpose is to promote the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate.

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Burlington House, Piccadilly
London W1J 0BD

Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection is a museum and library that displays a mixture of medical artefacts and original artworks exploring “ideas about the connections between medicine, life and art”.

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183 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE

Horniman Museum and Gardens

The Horniman Museum and Gardens has displays of anthropology, natural history and musical instruments, and is known for its large collection of taxidermied animals. 


100 London Road
London SE23 3PQ


Where to go for the best views of Istanbul

Istanbul, which straddles the Bosphorus straits and lies in both Europe and Asia has mesmerising views across different points in the city.

The city in Turkey has a lot of different histories and cultures, considering being influenced by different empires of the past, namely the Romans, Byzantine and the Ottoman.

Despite the change of different rulers since centuries ago, many of the buildings and architectures are still being preserved, hence, it gives a wonderful view from different parts of the city.

Here’s some of the view that is worth exploring.

Galata Tower

The nine-storey Galata Tower’s vantage point is undisputed, seeing as it was built by the Genoese in 1348 and used as an observation tower to spot fires by the Ottomans. It is a high, cone-capped cylinder that dominates the skyline and offers a panoramic view of Istanbul’s historic peninsula.  For a breathtaking view of Istanbul’s skyline go at sunset but be prepared to stand in line as there’s often a queue of people waiting to enter.

Maiden’s Tower

Also known as the Leander’s Tower, visit this famous Istanbul landmark by boat from Uskudar on the Asian side. In existence since the medieval Byzantine period, legend has it that an emperor put his daughter in the tower to protect her from a prophecy that had predicted she would be killed by venomous snakes. You might have noticed this famous tower in blockbuster movies and TV shows as it is featured in two James Bond films, The World Is Not Enough and From Russia With Love as well as Hitman and The Amazing Race 7.

Otağtepe Park

Located by the Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge, along Kavacik, in the Beykoz district on the Asian side, the Fatih Grove Tema Vehbi Koç Nature Culture Center (formerly known as Otağtepe Park) offers spectacular views of Istanbul and so called as fake heaven. You can see the two bridges and the city’s best scenery with a bird’s eye view, and combined with the unique Bosphorus view. 

Ciragan Palace Kempinski

The palatial surroundings of the Ciragan Palace Kempinski counts as a must-see spot in Istanbul, which is a former Ottoman palace. Once known as the Kazancioglu Gardens, this historic 17th-century structure was home to seven sultans and hosted celebrities, nation leaders and VIPs. Walk out from the palace, and you’ll be able to have a good view of the strait and the other side of Istanbul.

Buyuk Camlica Tepesi / Camlica Hill

If you happen to find yourself on the Asian side of Istanbul, pay a visit to the Buyuk Camlica Tepesi that’s situated 268 m above sea level. It has a panoramic view of the southern part of Bosphorus and the mouth of Golden Horn. Easily reached by bus or taxi, there’s a number of cafes dotted about the park where a cup of Turkish coffee and a snack can be enjoyed along with the sunset.

House Cafe Ortakoy

Few cafes will offer as good a setting as the House Café in Ortakoy. Its patio seats look out directly on the Bosphorus Bridge and the sublime Ortakoy Mosque.

Sakip Sabanci Museum

Set in a 1920s mansion – known as Atli Kosk (or Horse Mansion) – that was once the residence of an Egyptian prince, it is now a private fine arts museum dedicated to calligraphic art, paintings, religious and state documents of the Ottoman era. Situated in the wealthy Emirgan neighbourhood, the mansion’s lush garden and terrace has a view looking towards the Anatolian side of Istanbul.

This museum has also gained attention when exhibited the works of Pablo Picasso and Auguste Rodin.

Buyuk Valide Han

Buyuk Valide Han which means ‘great inn of the Sultan’s mother’, is located close to Grand Bazaar in the Mahmutpasa ramp. It was founded in 1651 by Kösem Valide Sultan, the mother of the Ottoman sultans Murat IV and Ibrahim. The terrace of the Inn has become very popular in the recent year with the photo lovers. 

Mikla Restaurant

Istanbul has a number of restaurants and bars that boast a sky-high perch with the view of the amazing Bosphorus but Mikla Rooftop Bar has a distinct advantage. With a cool outdoor terrace, that’s heated in the winter months, you can enjoy a great view of the historical city.

Pierre Loti Cafe

The on-site café has existed since the 18th century – this is reason alone to visit. It overlooks the Golden Horn from an elevated vantage point and reachable via walking up a hill or riding a cable car just adds to the experience. Go for the view but linger on to explore the numerous historical buildings including a double epigraphy, wooden Kasgari Tekkesi (religious establishment belonging to Sufis) dating back to 1813.

City Guide Travel

The last journey of the Penang ferry

Every Penangites grew up fascinating about riding on the iconic Penang ferry to travel between the island and mainland. It is also one of the attraction for tourists that visit Penang. When the ferry services started about a century ago, it comes only in one type of colour and gradually it was repainted with beautiful colours.

I remember, when I was a kid, it was always exciting when my parents decided to ride on the ferry instead of using the Penang bridge. The slow ride across the channel gives us a nice view between both sides of Penang and we can enjoy a nice breeze of air with the smell of the seas.

Some Penangite travels on it almost in a daily basis, mostly for work purposes. The ferry has then been a culture, a unique feature of Penang.

However, as we bid farewell to 2020, the same goes to our Penang ferry. The Government decided to cease its operations on 1st January 2021 and change it to a faster, speedboat-type of ferry for passengers. The new ferry do not carry vehicles though, and only passengers.

The last week of 2020 was a busy one for the operators of the Penang ferry as many Penangites as well as Malaysians from other states rush over to witness and take their final ride of the iconic ferry.

In case you miss it or you have never experience the ferry, here’s some of the photos from social media.

The writer is a local Penang boy that enjoys the sea breeze during the ferry ride.

City Guide

25 Most Popular Photos of 2020 from @KualaLumpurCity Instagram

Throughout the years, we have wonderful contributors and collaborators whom we have featured their photos of Kuala Lumpur in one of our social media portfolio @KualaLumpurCity. While we love to feature so many amazing photos from 2020, but we just have to limit ourselves to select the 25 popular ones.

Let us begin with the alleys that made to the list. The alleys of Jalan Alor has proven that it is a popular site as two of our photos by Desy Wulandari and @kdkonah are among the popular ones in our feeds. These alleys at Jalan Alor used to be dark, gloomy and dangerous. You wouldn’t feel safe to walk pass through these lanes especially during the night time. But it has now changed since a couple of years ago. It has turned into a colourful, clean alleys with its colourful street arts on the buildings. The used to be lonely alleys has become an instagram-worthy spot with tourists and locals loves to spend time passing by. The good vibes that it generates brightens up the city. And if you’re feeling adventurous, walk further towards the Bukit Bintang area, and you’ll find more.

A beautiful overall view of the Federal Territory Mosque captured with a drone by Aereon Wong. The mosque, located near to the MATRADE Complex in the Segambut district was constructed between 1998 and 2000. The concept of the design is a blend of Ottoman and Malay architectural styles with 22 domes made from composite material of glass fibre fabric mixed with epoxy resin.

McDonald’s chain has come creative by localising the way we address the fast food restaurant in Malaysia, Mekdi (pronunciation for McD). It was done during the National day celebration, where we feel it is a sign that food unites everyone. This is the store front photo of the McDonald’s in Kuala Lumpur by

In conjunction with the National Day celebration, the Kuala Lumpur City Hall displayed the national flag, Jalur Gemilang on the digital screen throughout the whole building. Adib Pouzi and Patrick recorded the patriotic moments in photo for us to enjoy.

For those who are visiting Kuala Lumpur, the Petronas Twin Towers is always a must-see sight and it is also a must-post photo for many Instagrammers. Hence, the towers are one of the favourite photos for in our Instagram feeds.

This very spot at the centre of Kuala Lumpur city has been a favourite spot for photographers. A place where we can view the bustling vibes of the city with its traffic and pedestrians walking around. The ‘Kuala Lumpur 2017’ wordings on the the street marks the 2017 Southeast Asian Games that were hosted by Malaysia. Since then, there are significant number of Instagrammers showcasing the different scenes at the same spot. This specific one is captured by @ishakmaidin_nk

The city vibes and skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur makes an exciting elements for photos. Some of the more significant tall buildings and structures such as the PNB 118, Saloma pedestrian bridge, The Exchange 106, Merdeka Stadium and Kuala Lumpur Tower have made our most popular list. These few are snapped by Adam Eusoff, Fariz Baron, Lexie, Matthew Ee, Jia Le, Alif Hakeem, Syam Huzairie, Pasquale Di Pilato, @raxyziq, Abir Abhar

If you drive further towards Gombak, there is a famous spot not only to Hindu devotees but many tourists who comes to Malaysia. The Batu Caves temple indeed is a place where you just have to visit. The staircase which is painted with rainbow colours is an amazing background for your Instagram photos. Watch the view from the top that gives you an amazing overall outlook of the steps towards the caves which is captured by Adrian. There is also another favourite photo of Batu Caves featuring the inner part by Pit Efendy.

Central Market is not only attractive with its local handcrafted products. The huge ‘Wau’ or Malaysian traditional kite sculpture is a significant feature along the century-old market in the city. Used to be a wet market in its early beginnings, it has then subsequently converted into a building that sells Malaysian handcrafted items. @nas.hamzah’s photo of the Central Market features the beautiful Wau sculpture.

Retail stores does not only have to sell good products in this modern era, they need to have a good display and Instagram-worthy corners as well. We have a couple of amazing bookstores in the city including this photo by Timmy Lo.

We had the opportunity to feature some modern and colourful architecture such as the Spacerubix, a community centre located at Puchong. Jason Chew captured an overall outlook of the colourful building from outside.

It would be normal for us to snap and have amazing photos around the city, but there is one that not many would have the opportunity to experience. AcahStreet manage to let us witness the underground works of the MRT when it is still in progress.

That is one long list for us to curate to usher a great year ahead. We hope that more collaborators, Instagrammers and photographers will join our community to feature amazing photos of more different cities.


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ICYMI: Taiwan’s Eslite Spectrum To Debut in Southeast Asia at Starhill in 2022

Just in case if you miss the news, Taiwan’s famous bookstore that has turned into a lifestyle store, Eslite Spectrum will make its debut in Southeast Asia in year 2022. Eslite Group has signed a tenancy agreement with YTL Land & Development Berhad to be an anchor tenant in Bukit Bintang’s luxury shopping mall The Starhill.

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In a joint statement, Eslite group chairperson Mercy Wu said by establishing the new flagship branch in Kuala Lumpur, their first store in Southeast Asia, Eslite is committed to becoming an influential platform for the cultural and creative industry.

“Eslite Spectrum seeks to be a venue with a rich selection of Chinese, English and Malay language books, as well as music, design and handmade goods, performing arts, themed restaurants and coffee shops, lifestyle brands, and diverse cutting-edge cultural and creative brands.

“The focus will be on showcasing the dynamism and vibrant energy of cross-cultural and creative exchange between Malaysia and Taiwan,” she said.

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Named ‘Asia’s Best Bookstore’ by Time magazine and ‘The World’s Coolest Bookstore’ by CNN, Eslite Spectrum in Taiwan is a cultural icon and a must-see shopping destination for bookworms.

The partnership between Eslite Group and YTL Land & Development Berhad will see Eslite Spectrum taking up the entire Level 1 of the Starhill which is approximately 70,000 square feet.

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Mercy Wu, who is also the daughter of the Eslite Group founder said “We are excited about embarking on this journey in Kuala Lumpur, as Malaysians have been Taiwan’s top tourist segment from Southeast Asia for 10 consecutive years and are strong supporters of our stores in Taiwan.”

“My father once said, ‘Eslite’s ultimate concern is people, and the most beautiful scenery of a city is its people,” she adds.

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Can’t wait until 2022 for Eslite Spectrum to arrive in Southeast Asia? We are anxious too!

City Guide

Checkout the beautiful Christmas decor in malls around Malaysia

It is Christmas time again, and though we may not have the opportunity to travel, we may enjoy the good vibes locally at the shopping malls.

The malls around our city have begin decorating their premises and there is always this sense of excitement to experience the seasonal vibes with a good photo for our social media.

But always remember to keep ourselves safe and practice social distancing.

Here’s the beautiful decorations of some of the shopping malls around Malaysia that we have curated this year.

Sunway Pyramid
KL East Mall
Mid Valley Megamall
1 Utama
The Gardens Mall
Suria KLCC
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
Berjaya Times Square
Gurney Plaza, Penang
Queensbay Mall, Penang
Aman Sentral, Kedah

Which shopping mall decoration is your most favourite of all?