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  • 1. Teachers KKDN No.: PP16195/12/2010 Speak Up on Y! August 2010 Erin Malek is Happy-Go-Lucky Celebrating Hari Raya From School to osses vie College Ma p vie Innovation at MMU mo ive o be lus e t e xc a nd handis c mer ! / Dining at Café de One tp:/ o n n t o h t n l i n e. w o eo Lo g g a z i n . c o m ! a ress tails ym dp r wo o n te s t de c fo r
  • 2. Editor’s Note M y sisters and I live in different cities. I’ve called Kuala Lumpur home for the last 10 years, Elaine is making Liverpool home, while Daphne and Serene live down south, in Singapore. Jointly organized by KBU International College & Y! Magazine Sure, we grew up together, and then I went off to college. But by the time we were all at The one marathon that university, we were already miles apart. And now that we’re young working adults, it seems that we call our respective cities home. you need not run to win! We’d meet up several times during the year, especially the ones in Singapore and I. And during Chinese New Year and Christmas, we’d all gather back at home with our parents. Distance and cost doesn’t always make it feasible for Elaine to come home as often as she’d like, but thank god for technology bridging the miles. Sometimes I wake up on Sunday morning thinking, “how nice if I can ring up my sisters and we’d all go 3 Happenin’ Coming to you this December 2010! somewhere cosy for coffee and brunch”, or after a long day’s work, “how nice if I gather them all for dinner and ice cream”. 4 WHASSUP I do miss them you know… But oh well, I guess such are the choices we make. 6 Cover Story Be recognized as the TOP IQ TALENT in the country and win a September sees Muslims all over the world celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri. And we know that there are those who will be celebrating Raya away from home, away from their families. In our special Raya feature Hari Raya Away 10 Edu Zone FULL SCHOLARSHIP* for a UK DEGREE PROGRAMME and other attractive prizes! From Home (pg 24) we speak to Nur Afiqah in Scotland and Dayana who lives in the United States of America. 16 College Oomph 18 Edu Aid In this issue, we feature local teenage actress, Erin Malek (pg 6) who has been making waves for herself in the local entertainment industry. This petite and demure 16 year-old is down-to-earth, bubbly and talkative, and we love her so! Read on as Erin shares with us about her family, school, acting career as well as her plans for the upcoming Hari Raya. 20 Youth Asia Edu Zone is once again filled with information on courses and career pathways; the affordable way towards an American degree via Nilai UC (pg 11), how the Business School at KBU is forging ahead (pg 12), and what it 24 Hari Raya Special means to be innovative at MMU (pg 14). 26 Music Review Beginning this issue, we celebrate our partnership with, a Rewards Platform for Youths. Do check out their piece as they pose questions to Malaysian youths (pg 20). 27 Website Review The months of September and October present a movie galore! If you don’t want to miss any of the upcoming blockbusters, be sure to check out our blog to win exclusive movie passes and merchandise! 28 Food Review Till the next issue, have a great school holiday, Selamat Hari Raya and Maaf Zahir Batin from all of us Y! Magazine! 30 Movie Reviews The inaugural IQ Marathon: The Battle for Scholarship held in December 2009 was a raving success for organizers, sponsors and participants. Providing Cheers, a good platform for students to test their wits in a challenging and fun envi- Doreen ronment that would stimulate their creative and critical thinking skills, the Marathon enabled all SPM students to participate in a rewarding and fun ac- tivity after the examinations. 342 students from 132 schools nationwide participated in the event, and stu- dents came from institutions that included fully residential schools, interna- tional schools, MARA Junior Colleges, etc. The competition secretariat had also recorded participants coming from all 13 states in the country! To be held for the second year running, IQ Marathon 2010 will be back again in December whilst maintaining the tagline “The one marathon that you need not run to win”. For advertising & sponsorship opportunities, Please call Y! Magazine at 03-7726 0453 or email us at 1 *The full scholarship is for a franchised UK degree programme conducted at KBU International College. Terms and conditions apply.
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  • 4. whassup whassup OCTOBER 2010 3-14 Support the Malaysian teams at the 19th Commonwealth Games kicking off in Delhi. 21 You Again opens in cinemas nationwide! Visit for event listings. 25 Katy Perry turns 26 today! 3-5 4-12 11 12 8-10 to Malaysian Motorcycle Sepang 29-31 Photography enthusiasts should Prix comes Kuala Lumpur at the Grand International Circuit. Visit http://www. check out the Kuala Lumpur Photography for information. . Festival 2010 at the Midvalley Exhibition Centre. Visit for more information. 11 Hawaiian golfer Michelle Wie celebrates her 21st birthday. 31 Go spook someone this Halloween! 15-17 Nature lovers should check out the Borneo Bird Festival 2010 at the Rainforest Discovery Centre at Sepilok Sandakan, Sabah. For 16 16-19 22 22 info, visit 25 24-26 SEPTEMBER 2010 3-14 8-10 3-5 Fair back at PWTC! travel deals with the lanternsIndulge in mooncakes and hang pretty MATTA Time to get cheap 22 this Mid-Autumn Festival. 4-12 School Holidays rock! 22year featuring musical, dance and theatre third Short + Sweet Malaysia returns for the performances at KLPAC, all the way until 31 11 Selamat Hari Raya to all Muslims and fellow Malaysians! October. Visit http://shortandsweetmalaysia. 12 NBA star Yao Ming welcomes the big 24-26 Catch the Formula1 Singapore GP three-oh. night race. 11 15-17 21 16 The nation celebrates Malaysia Day. 25 Watch your favourite tennis stars battle it out at the ATP World Tour Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2010 happening in Stadium Putra 16-19 The T4YP William Shakespeare’s Bukit Jalil. http://www.malaysianopentennis. People) at KLPAC presents (Theatre For Young com/2010/ Twelfth Night. Visit for ticketing and show times. 25 29-31 31 4 5
  • 5. Cover Story Cover Story ERIN MALEK H a ppy- G o-L u ck y Malek Tell us a little bit about yourself – your birthplace, where you grew up, where you’re attending school right now. I’m your typical teenager, but the only difference is I’m also pursuing my career as an actress. I do all the normal stuff teenagers do – go to school, hang out with friends. I was born and bred in Kuala Lumpur, and I’m currently studying at SMK Pandan Mewah, which is close by to where my family and I live. What sort of a student are you in school? and because of this and the fact that all of us are in the entertainment industry; I watch what I say and do in public. I am always reminded that whatever I do, it comes back to my family and I and manage your schedule and workload? As I’m still a secondary school student, Alhamdulillah, up till now, there have been no problems with school. The teachers understand my work schedule as well, and they only make it a point that if the exams are on, I am not allowed to miss school. My friends are also supportive and help me out a lot. If I have to miss school on certain days, they will update me with what’s happening at school, and the homework to be done. And if I don’t go to school for a number of days, I end up missing all my classmates. I am quite a happy-go –lucky student amongst My mom also understands that because I’m in my friends and teachers. Although there are school, that there will be offers which I cannot some of my school mates that don’t like the fact take up. that I’m an actress. But instead of letting them get me down, I just ignore all these negative never want them to be ashamed of me, but be vibes. proud that I am a good sister to my siblings and a good daughter to my parents. You’re currently in Form 4. What are your plans after you finish your SPM? Do your younger siblings get to see much After I finish my SPM next year, I may either of their elder sister because of your busy In between her school hours continue and further my studies, or take some schedule? and hectic filming schedule, time off and fully concentrate on my acting I see my younger sister everyday but my second career before going back to university. However, sister stays with my grandmother because we actress Erin Malek told I have not planned so far ahead yet. Work and both have busy schedules that my parents have Doreen Loo & Sharmini H. school is keeping me busy enough, and I plan to to work around. But she comes back home every stories about her school, give my all for the SPM examinations, and maybe weekend then all three of us spend our whole even cut down on work. weekends hanging out and doing girly things. family and her career as a TV actress. Bubbly, talkative and If you’re planning on going to college/ When and how did you get started in the university, what course do you plan to study entertainment industry? down-to-earth, Erin Malek and why? Back then, my dad didn’t want me to be an is what we would call a cili Acting is my main passion. So when I do go to actress. But my mother knew that I was really university, I will definitely take up a course within keen and was willing to work hard, and so she padi! this same field or along the lines of performing took me to my first audition. Although I was arts or film production. excited, but the moment I got to the set, I was nervous because there were more experienced What is a typical day in the life of Erin Malek? Tell us about your family. actresses vying for the same role! The next 2 Usually it’s school, and after school, I sometimes At home, there’s my mom and dad, and I have weeks were the longest because I was waiting have to rush off to set for filming works. If I’m 2 sisters. Both my sisters are also actresses, but for the call back, and eventually the producers not working and not in school, then I’m home they are not so into it like I am. Maybe they have did, and I was offered the role. Seeing my with my family. During the weekends, my sisters other plans when they grow up. At home, we enthusiasm, my dad gave me his blessings and and I love shopping, karaoke and sometimes we all make a lot of noise, and being sisters, yes – the rest is now history. just stay home and just hang out and update we do fight! My parents are very supportive of each other about everything that happened my career and they understand that this is what It must be difficult juggling school and your throughout the week in our own lives. I love doing. We are a very close-knitted family career as an actress. How do you prioritize 6 7
  • 6. Cover Story How do your friends and teachers treat you at school seeing that you’re a popular local actress? Even though a lot of people now recognize me as Erin Malek, the actress, I am still the same Erin. Mom and dad taught us to never let fame get into our heads. At school, I am just a regular student. I go for classes, do my homework, take examinations. My teachers and friends don’t treat me any different at school either. But yes, there’s bound to be some who do not like me that much, but I guess I’m happy with my life and as long as I have friends and family who love me, I can ignore all those negative vibes. I’m still young, and I still have a long way to go and will need the support and love from my friends and Either living or dead, who is your favourite family. local actor/actress? Why? My favourite actress is Erra Fazira because I’ve seen all her movies, and she is amazing! And she’s also a wife and mother, and yet still so successful in what she does. I adore Erra also because she looks great, and whenever you see her, she’s always charming and elegant. I have never acted with her before, although I’ve met her once. I hope to work alongside her in future. C everything and anything I see during Raya. My M favourite foods are kuah kacang with nasi impit. Y What do you love most about Hari Raya? CM When I was younger, the best thing about Hari Raya was the duit raya. But of course, as you MY grow older, you get lesser, haha! The best part CY What accomplishment are you most proud of about Raya is getting together with the family. in your life so far? I get to meet all my cousins from everywhere – CMY I would have to say my acting career. Despite Mantin, Shah Alam, Kinrara… and when we all get together, we talk, laugh, eat and have a great K being only sixteen, I am very passionate and believe in what I do. I love challenging myself time. On the first day of Hari Raya, we will all be at because when it comes to acting, we have to grandma’s place until late into the night. become other people and it’s not always easy. We have to project a lot of emotions and assume various roles. Sometimes I have to project anger, What do you like to do for fun? and sometimes I have to cry. I’ve even played My family is number one in my life, and then my roles where I was possessed by spirits! For me, if friends. So fun is spending time and doing things I can accomplish and play those roles well, that with them. When I’m stressed or tired with school means I’ve given my best. or work, I prefer to be alone and have music keep me company. What is the best part about being a TV and movie actress? Who or what inspires you the most? I would have to say the challenge of the industry. Maybe I’m still young, but at the moment I do not I am always learning something new every time have one single thing or person which inspires I’m on the set and that keeps me excited. Also, I me. Can I say I inspire myself? I love acting get to meet the other actors and actresses and so much, and cannot imagine myself doing even veterans in the industry. They are all like anything else. So it is my passion that makes me Any words of advice for students wanting to mentors and advise and share their experiences push myself to excel. And I’m lucky because my pursue careers in the entertainment industry with me. family is behind me every step of the way. like yourself? Being an actress, we are always in the public eye And the worst? Where and how will you be celebrating Hari and therefore have to keep a good reputation It’s not all glamorous and easy on the set. When Raya this year? and name for ourselves. To be a successful actress, we do outdoor shoots, we have to endure the Every year without fail, my family and I celebrate one must always stay grounded despite the weather – it can be pouring cats and dogs, and Hari Raya at my grandmother’s house, in the fame and never forget our roots. It’s important it can be extremely hot! And on set, the lights Kampung Pandan area. So this year is going to be to have your family supporting you as well. The make the whole place so hot, and I don’t really no different. We all gather there, with my family, entertainment industry is not easy at all – so you like using a lot of make-up, but in front of the uncles, aunts, cousins, and we all love eating. Hari have to be prepared to work really hard and not camera, it has to be done. Raya is not a time for anyone to go on a diet. I eat complain only. 8
  • 7. Edu Zone Nilai Edu Zone UC Flexible and Affordable An overseas education is an expensive undertaking but American Degree via Nilai UC’s American Degree Transfer Programme aims to reduce cost but not the Nilai UC quality and the merits of a US degree. Ask any parent serious about their children’s years. At Nilai UC, a student only has to fork education and they will tell you that an overseas out RM400 per credit and all the credits earned education is the preferred choice. Quality of the can be transferred to an American or Canadian Nilai UC American Degree institutions aside, one cannot deny that many university of their choice. Transfer Programme is ideal for employers still prefer overseas graduates. This students who are undecided is simply because a child gets to expand their “Although a student misses out on two years on their field of study.via Nilai horizons and to experience life beyond these abroad, their savings are substantial. Besides, I UC’s ADP. borders. It is perceived that the experience will feel that it is better to send children over later instill in the graduate, a wider worldview and a rather than sooner as they will be that much 10 tougher and more independent character after more mature having been in a tertiary education Nilai UC American Degree Transfer Programme allows having survived in a foreign environment for a institution for the first two years. They will students to become number of years. However, the prohibitive cost have acclimatised themselves to the workload comfortable with an English Edu Zone of an overseas education is a stumbling block for many parents. and crucially, adapted to an English medium curriculum,” emphasised Shariffah. medium curriculum before going overseas. 16 Nilai University College (Nilai UC) offers a solution with its American Degree Transfer Programme Quality and Prestige The quality of the teaching and learning Nilai UC Dean of the School of Humanities and Social College Oomph (ADP). Shariffah Bahyah Syed Ahmad, Nilai UC environment in North American universities are Sciences, Shariffah Bahyah Bte Syed Ahmad, believes that Dean of the School of Humanities and Social famed for producing some of the best minds overseas education can now 18 Sciences, explains how parents can still give their in fields as diverse as science, engineering, be an affordable option via children the benefit of an overseas education computing and architecture to name but a few. Nilai UC’s ADP. without the backbreaking, mortgage-like Edu Aid expenses, and highlight the other benefits of this programme. “Nilai UC’s ADP is the gateway into this rarefied academic world and students will also receive 20 personalized attention from Nilai UC’s dedicated If a student is talented and likes to express himself Flexibility teaching staff who will ensure students are creatively, a career in the arts may be the best. The ADP allows students to change their major well-prepared for future scholastic challenges,” Through ADP you can chose from animation, Youth Asia without losing credits earned. This means assures Shariffah. acting, audio technology, broadcasting, fashion, students can change the direction of their film arts, graphic design, music, painting, or academic and career path without having to “Many of the North American universities photography. start from scratch. were founded decades ago and in many cases Edu Zone: Your Complete are centuries old. This imparts great prestige Adventure “Parents should note that this is quite a common and graduates are seen as being part of a “Studying abroad is an adventure of a lifetime Education Guide scenario as many teenagers have no clear idea of long tradition of those institutions. There’s no and the experience is something which gives what they want to do and the initial choice may doubting it, employers are still impressed when graduates that something extra. Employers be ill-suited. There are many instances where an interviewee is a graduate from a famous still see overseas graduates as being more a student is unhappy and has to drop out of a university abroad,” says Shariffah. independent and having a broader perspective programme and start all over again. This can be due to their exposure to a foreign culture and avoided with the ADP,” says Shariffah. Choices @ Nilai UC learning environment,” says Shariffah. Nilai UC’s ADP offer a wide choice of different “In the ADP it doesn’t matter what stream a majors. No other institution can give you more. “With that in mind, parents and students should student has been placed into during high For example in the field of biology students consider investing in their child’s future. After all, school. He or she can enter any field they like and can choose bacteriology, biochemistry, with Nilai UC’s ADP programme, the prohibitive have the freedom to choose and to change their bioengineering, biomedical science, element in terms of costs is minimized, making it minds about what’s best for their future.” biophysics or biotechnology. If a student is a more affordable experience.” interested in engineering Nilai UC can help Affordability him get into aerospace, automotive, chemical, For more information on Nilai UC and Parents are looking at a massive 70% reduction civil, construction technology, electrical, programmes, please go to in cost by enrolling their child in Nilai UC’s environmental, fire protection, industrial, my or call 06-8502338 / 03-79603089 / 07- ADP as compared to studying abroad for four mechanical, mining, or oil. 3332336. 10 11
  • 8. Edu Zone KBU KBU’s Business School Heads to a New Paradigm G eneration Y and Z students (generally educational field visits, interacting with industry classified as those born after 1978 and 1990 professionals and encouraging participation in respectively) who are well exposed and inter-college/public competitions. into fast results and technology, are a discerning and demanding group. Higher education KBU also provides students who wish to experience institutions which ignored these modern student a stint in the partner universities in UK an C demographics and have not kept pace with their opportunity to participate in the student exchange M ever increasing expectations have past fallen by the programmes with no additional cost at (the tuition wayside. fees remain the same as in KBU). Y KBU International College, recognised as a beacon Low Hong Keng, Head of the School of Business, CM of educational excellence for teaching, learning and Hospitality & Tourism Management who is a MY employability is celebrating its 20th anniversary recent addition to the elite team of heads in this year. Its success story is a testimony to its KBU commends the School’s practice in placing CY strong commitment, will and ability to continue importance on job placements. Backed with 35 to meet the challenges of Gen Y and Z. Amongst years of experience in various industries, he strongly CMY the contributory success factors are its first-rate advocates experiential learning. For the educated lecturers, teaching facilities and a conducive Generation Y and Z, he thinks that educational K learning environment where the college is nestled institutions should be more student-centric and in a premier and respectable residential community. shifts their paradigm from expert teacher to student learner whereby it promotes active learning through KBU has a range of business courses that suit involvement, participation, self-reflection, critical individual student’s academic capacity and thinking and lifelong education. Still fresh with his inclination. It offers 3+0 UK degree programmes corporate zeal and dynamism, he is gearing up the of Anglia Ruskin University, namely BA (Hons) school to scale higher; plans are afoot to offer a Marketing, BA (Hons) Business Management, BA postgraduate MBA and a BSc degree in tourism and (Hons) Accounting and Finance and BA (Hons) hospitality management early next year, and other Accounting of Sheffield Hallam University. For activities such as public lectures by professors from the two accounting pathways, ACCA and CIMA partner universities. grant exemptions and thus, accelerate graduates’ aspiration to become professional accountants. Students may also wish to find out about KBU other programmes in engineering, computing, art Students with varying SPM results can opt to join & design, hospitality and tourism management, at the Foundation, Certificate or Diploma in Business certificate, foundation, diploma and degree levels. Administration. These fully accredited qualifications Pre-university programmes such as A-Levels and awarded by the college provide a good array of business rudimentary and prepare them to be the Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT) are also available. Low Hong Keng industry-ready and even venture into business. Head of the School of Graduates of Foundation and Diploma studies may For further details, please contact KBU Business, Hospitality & choose to progress to degree pathways, in which International College, Bandar Utama, at tel: case they are eligible for entry into year 1 and year 03-77273200 or email: . Tourism Management, 2 respectively. Alternatively, you can visit our website at www. Low assures that KBU’s or join us at KBU School of Business, Hospitality & Tourism kbuinternational . business programmes Management enjoys excellent reputation with are able to nurture graduate employers and placement sponsors. This future business leaders. is achieved through nurturing and developing the students beyond the classroom, and helping them to realize their full potential. It involves inculcating ethical values, arranging internships, organizing 12
  • 9. Edu Zone MMU The 1st step to creativity: A Take On Innovation A s described in the New Economic Model for the opportunity to own that new toy. Thus, (NEM), if Malaysia country is to achieve the Japanese manufacturers need not worry that they status of Developed Nation by 2020, a major will not recoup their investments, and so they work area of focus under NEM is the development of an to satisfy their fellow countrymen. innovative economy. Of course, innovation doesn’t just happen by itself. Professor Dr. Zaharin Yusoff is the President Innovation needs a conducive ecosystem to thrive of Multimedia University, which was recently in, and an important element of that ecosystem is recognized as an Excellent University in the 2009 the tertiary institution. To illustrate the functions of Setara rankings. He shares his thoughts on how to such institutions, let’s look at MMU. develop an innovative economy in Malaysia. Rather than just educating students, MMU supplies To develop such an economy, a few elements must to the industries high quality human capital who be present. First of all is innovation itself. It should will drive innovation. We view innovation as having not happen just once a month by a company two parts: the one in which physical, tangible with a paid-up capital of x amount, officiated by improvements occur, and the part where the this minister or that. Innovation must occur at the intangible innovations take place. grassroots level itself. Everyday Malaysians must make a contribution in whatever areas they can. Physical innovations occur in the realm of The key is to improve on whatever concept, idea, engineering and IT. Intangible innovations involve product or method that is already in place, and try the development and refinement of content and to make it just a little bit better. If you wash dishes ideas, and these happen in creative spheres as well in a restaurant, and you have an idea how it could as IT. culture imbued in Malaysian manufacturers and 2010e consumers, together with a conducive ecosystem? Unfortunately, no. Strategic partnerships are necessary because intak scarcity of resources in this day and age is more the y / June norm than the exception. To create a better robot, Januar ober for instance, you need not only robotics, but better Oc t materials and better designs. MMU might be able to develop robotics and designs, but materials are not our forté. So do we wait until we have a strong Faculty of Materials? Of course not. We partner with organizations that are strong in that field. MMU have At Multimedia University (MMU) you’ll be guaran- been signing Memorandum of Understandings teed the nest academic education and professional with other institutions and companies in order to guidance to achieve outstanding success. Come and help one another attain our respective objectives. begin your career with us. Marketing is, of course, self-explanatory. If you have the world’s greatest product and no one knows about it, it really makes no difference. CREATIVE MULTIMEDIA • INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY • COMPUTER SCIENCE be made better, and you can somehow build the Another serious problem is the brain drain. It is a FINANCE • ACCOUNTING • BUSINESS • LAW • LIFE SCIENCES machine, by all means go ahead and do it. MMU has got all these fields covered. The most distressing problem, yet its solutions are rather engineering faculties have been winning Robocon simple. First, pay our talent more. Secondly, provide ELECTRICAL • ELECTRONICS • MECHANICAL • TELECOMMUNICATIONS Secondly, Malaysians must be supportive of for a few years running, among many other them with a suitable environment with suitable Malaysian-made innovations. The world is in awe achievements. One poll among Malaysian students infrastructures. 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  • 10. College Oomph College Oomph College Life From School To Jarrel What were the major changes you underwent Do you miss your secondary school days? What is it like in college? 18 years old during your transition from secondary school YES! I miss my schoolmates and my school life. to college/university? Everything was easier back then. What do I wear? What will Currently: Circle of friends. High school friends and college Sunway University College my friends be like? These College friends are very different. College friends come Any words of advice to current Form 5 Course: are all common questions Foundation in Arts from different places so it becomes more students? Cherish the moments while you still can. When running through the minds Previously: SMK Damansara Jaya interesting, as for high school friends, we grew you are in school, life is less complex compared up together so there weren’t any sparks other of students before they than lame arguments. My lifestyle has changed to college life. So wake up from your college finish secondary school. as well. I tend to do a lot of shopping because dream and start making use of the time left! Dawson Chong speaks to When you were in Form 5, what were the I’m always worried about what to wear to some college students to things you looked forward to most by college and etc. I guess I’ve been spending a lot Mark becoming a college student? of money since coming to college. Not only for 18 years old find out about their transition Currently: I can wear whatever I want to college, and style shopping, but my meals outside, parking fees, from school into tertiary my hair any way I wish. college needs are all taken into account. INTI College Subang Jaya I education. remembered when I was still in my secondary school uniform a few years ago - Course: American Degree Transfer What were the major changes you underwent Do you think the changes are for the better? literally, every second possible, I would try imagining myself in my desired college Program attire and hairstyle. Okay, do these alleged fashionable college attire really exist? during your transition from secondary school I don’t think it is a bad change. As we grow older, Previously: to college/university? we become wiser. I don’t mind making changes SMK Bandar Utama Believe me; every soon-to-be college student goes through this process – The Pre I knew that my life and future career path for the better. Damansara 3 College Syndrome (PCS). The syndrome, of course not an official medical condition depended more on my academic performance, which exists in any journals, but it is indeed an official disorder that lies inside us , so I really had to take two steps up to improve my Do you miss your secondary school days? When you were in Form 5, what were the so much that we fail to realize or even admit it! I thought after several years, such grades in college. I started studying more and Frankly speaking, I don’t really miss high school. I things you looked forward to most by mentality among students would have disappeared, but again, I was proven wrong. even doing my homework! One thing for sure miss wearing uniforms though. becoming a college student? This PCS is a disease with no cure and only self-experience serves best to answer the was my eating habits! From eating nasi lemak To get rid of the unfashionable school uniform syndrome. Any words of advice to current Form 5 everyday at the school cafeteria, I now have so students? and of course get the hairstyle that I have been Read on what current college students have to say about leaving the comforts of many choices from our college cafeteria... I think SPM is not easy but it is also not as tough as you dreaming of! their secondary school. my belly is spoilt for choices! think. Study and score, it does make a difference! What were the major changes you underwent Do you think the changes are for the better? during your transition from secondary school Yes. By having better results, I feel more confident and healthier in college. In college, everyone JC to college/university? I was trying very hard to fit into a whole new 18 years old is given an opportunity to perform and many learning environment which was very different Currently: group projects boost my teamwork spirit and Taylor’s University College from school. Such changes made me think about skills. Course: how efficient our current education system is to Diploma in Tourism equip us for tertiary education and our careers. Do you miss your secondary school days? Management Yes of course. During high school, I had more time Previously: Do you think the changes are for the better? to go about chatting with friends. Now that I’m in SMK Bandar Utama Definitely. It changes the way I see things. I Damansara 4 college, the lifestyle is fast with assignments and now look at things from various perspectives. tests every week. The only advantage in college When you were in Form Meeting new people with different backgrounds is that we can drive anywhere and anytime we 5, what were the things you looked forward has been an eye opener. Lecturers are cool – want which saves me a lot of time! to most by becoming a college student? they don’t really give you pressure to do this and Casual wear to classes, no more naggy teachers, that. We are supposed to be responsible and Any words of advice to current Form 5 better food, less stress and better timetables disciplined. No one will be spoon-feeding me students? without having to wake up so early for classes! the way our school teachers did. Enjoy your year! College will be more serious as you will really need to put in hard work. Study What were the major changes you underwent Do you miss your secondary school days? hard! during your transition from secondary school Yes, I miss it a lot! Especially my classmates. I still to college/university? remember moments of laughter and tears with Jane I think is my eating habits and sleeping hours my friends. When we had school performances, 18 years old underwent major changes. While we are in it was fun rehearsing together. And also things Currently: school, the only break time was our recess time. like playing basketball with friends. Gosh! I am IACT College Now, we get to have many different break hours still proud to be a Dedikasian! Course: and the hours are always different. My sleeping Diploma in Mass hours has changed with my eating habits. It must Any words of advice to current Form 5 Communication students? Previously: be those assignments. Many of my friends got SMK Bandar Utama into a relationship once leaving high school but Make sure you guys get the best experience as Damansara 3 I am still enjoying my single life! Oh yeah, finally a fifth former no matter with who or where or I get to have friends from different countries. It is what. Trust me, you will regret for not being part of it. And of course good luck for your upcoming When you were in Form 5, what were the seriously an awesome experience! SPM! things you looked forward to most by becoming a college student? Do you think the changes are for the better? Eating and sleeping disorder? No. I will grow fat It seems inevitable that most students undergo FREEDOM! I won’t want to be tied down by the soon! Haha. Changes in circle of friends especially Pre-College Syndrome. So, the next time if timetable like we had in school because they meeting friends from different cultures and someone comes to you and accuse you of were terrible. Few subjects in one day and not countries really opened my eyes. Such changes having such a syndrome, don’t deny, just admit forgetting, tuition classes right after school. And I in my network should be a good training before it! After all, we are all in the process of growing knew that when I go to college, academic results are not based on only examinations but equally I head into the industry. Plus, cross cultural and moving on. divided between projects, assignments and learning is always fun! 16 17 exams.
  • 11. Edu Aid Edu Aid Brain device called an EEG (electroencephalograph) to The brain can be manipulated to affect our What is going on in our brain tell how the brain is working. thinking! For example, if I were to put a metal when we think? Can we still probe charged with a bit of electricity on a think when we no longer Most information enters the middle of the brain person’s temporal lobe, he might hear music, from the spinal cord and branches out like a words or even voice of somebody he recognize. have a brain? Maybe after tree to the surface of the brain. The surface of Certain illness such as tumor in the brain, we pass away or suffer the brain is gray in color and is called the gray and brain injury can also cause the brain to serious brain damage? matter. The axons have a white coating and are malfunction and form images or voices, etc. There Dr. See Hoon Peow digs into called white matter. The brain is divided into the are many types of drugs that can affect the brain the core for answers. left and right hemispheres. The right hemisphere chemicals to create various effects. Theoretically, deals with visual activities like organizing things. one day we should be able to invent drug that What is Going On The left hemisphere tends to be more analytical can enhance our mental abilities (in that way, you and associate information collected by the right would not have to learn thinking skill anymore). with other things. Therefore, the left hemisphere However, how the brain chemicals work is far deals more with language and helps to analyze too complex for neuroscientists to completely in the Brain When information given to the brain. understand them, at least for now. The brain can also be divided into forebrain, Some scientists also believe that one day we will midbrain and hindbrain. The forebrain consists be able to understand certain parts of our brain of the cerebrum, thalamus, and hypothalamus to be able to link them to electronic devices We think? (part of the limbic system). The midbrain consists to enhance their abilities. For example, music of the tectum and tegmentum. The hindbrain is appreciation only involves a small part of the made of the cerebellum, pons and medulla. Often brain. Once we understand that part well enough, the midbrain, pons, and medulla are referred we may be able to invent electronic devices to to together as the brainstem. The brainstem enhance the speed of signal transmission in the is responsible for basic vital life functions such brain for example, to enhance our musical ability. Is thinking a physical mechanism that is as breathing, heartbeat, and blood pressure. dependant on the functioning of the brain? Or When the brainstem is dead (this is called However, the above are still theoretical at this is it like what some philosophers believe that brain dead), the body will no longer be able to point of time. It is also very unlikely to happen there is something called the “mind”, which is sustain itself. Some animals’ entire brains, such as in my life time. Fortunately, we can improve the separated from the brain. And the mind can reptiles, resemble our brainstem; therefore they other side of the coin instantly, i.e. the mind, by survive the brain and continue to exist in the can never have higher brain functions such as applying appropriate thinking skills. form of ghost, spirit, soul or others. thought and action. This is the biggest different between human and animals. Even if we do not believe in a separate mind, i.e. the mind being closely related to the brain and The largest part of the human brain is the is dependant on the physical brain to function; cerebrum or cortex. It is associated with higher we still notice some qualitatively distinct abilities brain function such as thought and action. The of the human mind, e.g. linguistic ability, self and cerebral cortex is divided into four “lobes”: the social consciousness that do not exist in the most frontal lobe, parietal lobe, occipital lobe, and intelligent of animals. I have some beliefs, but I temporal lobe that have different function: do not have definite answer to all this questions. Nobody does. • Frontal Lobe: reasoning, planning, parts of Whatever is our belief, it is still good to speech,movement, understand a thing or two about how our brains emotions, and problem function, in order to be a better thinker. solving • Parietal Lobe: movement, orientation, The human brain weighs about 1.5 kg and it is recognition, perception of estimated to have about 100 billion cells that stimuli are called neurons. The neuron has a little part • Occipital Lobe: visual processing that secretes chemicals through a gap called • Temporal Lobe: perception and recognition synapse, and triggers another neuron to send a of auditory stimuli, memory, message through an axon (think of it like a wire and speech system). Different neurons use different types of chemicals called “transmitters” and they are given names like epinephrine, norepinephrine, or dopamine. Each of these billions of axons is generating a small amount of electrical charge. Doctors have learned that this electrical activity can be measured using a 18 19
  • 12. Youth Says Youth Says YouthSays Is your education preparing you for the new economy? Will you add your parents onto your “friends” list on “I am in serious doubt that I can learn anything here after I graduate, and I doubt that it will make any difference here. For instance, till today I am finding “It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there. The strongest will survive. Education nowadays has turned into a commercial “Only when I started my tertiary education did I see the path to the future workforce. Primary and secondary education system is too bounded by Facebook? Why? it hard to find companies product; easy to graduate, but public exams and there’s no room for students which concentrates on what I harder to afford. How many to develop their own ideas.” - Yvonne Chik, 19, “No. It feels like I’m being “Nope. Our social life is not the am doing.” – Sutesh Kumar, 23, Seremban graduates out there who are Kuala Lumpur watched by them. Last week I same like our relationship with really prepared for the real went to KL and posted some our family. In a way, you can “I completed my education world? The end result, the rich will be richer pictures of the food I ate. My say that we have two different a few years back. Just and the poor will always be poorer.” – Nicholas “My education is only dad called, “Don’t eat too lives (split persona in a positive counting on your bachelor’s Leong, 30, Ipoh educating me in my much!” because my sister way) according. Anyway, my degree is not enough. We chosen field of studies told him from the photos I father didn’t want to add me must keep up with current “Having a proper education and is not giving me a uploaded from my mobile device”– Ah Kian, 25, on Facebook either, so why news, continuous lifelong and a piece of paper to holistic preparation for the Miri bother?” - Mohd Faiz Nazim, learning, re-training and prove it does not make upcoming economy.” – 16, Petaling Jaya increase our skills to put the world a better place. Zahran, 19, Ipoh “No, I came clean and ourselves in a better position In the end, translating told them I don’t feel “Yes I will because I have towards the new economy.– classroom theories to real comfortable with them nothing to hide from them. Zuraidi Zainol, 27, Kuala Lumpur world application is what “Yes. Teachers nowadays being in my friends list. And I really think it’s cool to matters, how well you are opened up what I like to call a The fact that they could be have my mom on Facebook. “The real value of my education able to do that depends ‘door to the real world’ to us, the reading everything about It’s easier for her to catch up was evident at university, on the individual. I’d like to believe I have been students. They will relate their me, and then use it against with my routine and vice not when I was in secondary prepared for the new economy.” – Sabina Wong, teaching to the issues around me. That’s not cool.” - Alicia versa, since we are not living school because our education 22, Petaling Jaya the globe and somehow make Tan, 18, Subang Jaya under the same roof.” - Fatin system in school is seriously us aware of what is happening Syafira, 20, Bandar Baru outdated and language is the “Yes because once you know on the outside world. This “Yes and I have already done that. I have no Bangi main problem. I think business what you want and jump in actually helps us to prepare ourselves to face the reason from denying them subjects such as accounting the right path towards it I new economy.” – Iqbal Ismail, 18, Sungai Buloh as my Facebook friends. It’s a “No. My parents do not have should be in English too, just think it will work fine. Just a good way to keep in touch Facebook. Even if they have, like Math and Science. When we’re in college combination of interest and when I am away from home. I may not add them. They’re or university, everything is in English. When we dedication in the things you The best part is we can share probably not open about come out to work, everything is going to be in do.” - Muhammad Nurudin, pictures of any events. Having a lot of things. To be safe, English. I think it’s tough for our graduates to 20, Ampang my parents as Facebook friends better not. Then they worry boost the new economy.” - Raphael Liew, 22, make me aware of things that I less as well.” - Aiman, 21, Subang Jaya post on my wall, especially my Jakarta “Actually I think we’re studying choice of words.” - Amirah Afiqah, 22, Kuantan “When I was in high school, now is merely knowledge from “Yes, my mom’s already on NO! I wished education the books, it doesn’t really “If my parents knew how to Facebook! Why not? They know was not so book-based. I prepare us for the new economy, use internet, I don’t see why what I’m up to most of the time.” want to apply what I learn it just teaches us how the world not. I live and work far from - Marcia Anne Gandhi, 21, home. If they were on my Subang Jaya Views compiled from Malaysians aged 15-35, in the real world during work scientifically and what to courtesy of Rewards Platform for school years itself, and not do in our jobs.” - Pei Shan, 19, “friends” list, we can be in touch constantly.” - Kenny “I don’t see the harm in it because Youths. Have a say? Go to malaysia.youthsays. after I graduate. Current Petaling Jaya com education, well... I guess Chua, 25, Seri Kembangan Facebook is just a reflection of it’s all about garnering your life and your parents already know more knowledge from different sources (not only than others do. What we share on Facebook relying on lectures, school books, etc). Read the “I would if they had Facebook is what we’re comfortable accounts. Since we are not sharing and it shouldn’t be A YO U T H A S I A C O M M U N I T Y world news!” – Sasha Leong, 22, Subang Jaya staying together, they can exclusive to the ones who know what am I up to from my did not raise you.” - Sabrina status updates!” - Jean Yong, Aziz-Bahaman, 20, Shah 23, Kuala Lumpur Alam 20 21
  • 13. What Teachers Say About Y! Lifestyle Workshop About Y! Resident writer Sharmini H. asked teachers what they thought about the Y! Glam GlamWorkshops workshop series, which was held in secondary schools to provide students with tips and advice on self- confidence and grooming. “SMK Kepoong’s students really like to read Y! Magazine and they we’re also happy to see their school featured in the magazine in conjunction with the Y! Glam Workshop. The Workshop is definitely a good exposure to the students in regards to cleanliness and hygiene.” ~ Pn Tam, SMK Kepong “The Y! Glam Workshop was very informative and motivating to the students in terms of self-confidence and grooming. There was also positive participation as the students enjoyed trying the products which were given freely to them.” ~ Pn Jagir Kaur, SMK Bukit Bandaraya Lifestyle “Teenagers are at a rather awkward age where they are just learning about how to present themselves to the world. The programme arranged by Y! Mag was truly interesting and informative for the students. They learnt about dressing in style and how to carry themselves. The icing on the cake was the programme being graced by the famous Erin Malek who caught the students’ attention. She carried out games and gave out gifts. The students could not have asked for more. But Y!Mag provided more. The students even obtained 24 her autograph on her poster and had a photography session with her. SMK Kiaramas is truly grateful for the wonderful time and knowledge obtained by our students through both the programme as well as Y!Magazine itself. They provide information on education, beauty and wellness, business, food, how to be street smart, music and movie reviews and so much more.” ~ Pn Yogini Selvan, SMK Kiaramas Hari Raya Special “ The Y! Glam Workshop is beneficial to the young teens. Seeing that we have students from lower income homes, they 26 may not have the chance to shop frequently and thus this is an opportunity for them to learn about grooming and to Music Review know whats good and affordable for them. The workshop was also very enjoyable for the students as they were able to test each product for themselves.” ~ Pn Belinda Ng, SMK Taman Medan 27 Webste Review 28 Food Review 30 Movie Review 22 23
  • 14. Hari Raya Special Hari Raya Special SEP-OCT 2010 gatherings to meet up with fellow Malaysians. By What does Hari Raya mean for you being the afternoon, my mom has to attend her classes away from home? Hari Raya Away at the university and my father has to go to work! Hari Raya has always been the perfect time of No long Eid holiday here in Scotland. the year to spend with my family and relatives. Hence, being far away from home, especially What do you miss most about Hari Raya in during Hari Raya, makes me appreciate them From Home Malaysia? more. However, celebrating Hari Raya abroad There are two things that I miss most: celebrating with friends who are in the same boat is always Ramadhan in Malaysia and celebrating Eid with fun and exciting! my grandparents and my relatives. Not forgetting Nur Afiqah Aznan all the ‘duit raya’ that I can get, haha! Well, overall, 13 years old I miss ‘balik kampung’ and the huge celebration Student Glasgow, Scotland that we used to have in Malaysia. 2 years abroad Where is your kampung? Favourite Hari Raya food? This is a bit tricky. I was born in Sungai Petani My favourite Raya food is ketupat, lemang, kuah but raised in different places namely Selangor, kacang, sate and rendang. Other than that, I also M uslims all over the world will be the last day of Ramadhan. The actual sighting is Cameron Highlands, Australia and finally, Sintok, like to eat lodeh or lontong which my mom used celebrating Eid (known locally as Hari conducted by state appointed religious officials Raya Aidilfitri) this September. It is a at various vantage points (usually at hilltops) Kedah. So I would say that my kampung is to cook every Eid occasion. Even though we are joyous occasion for Muslims, as it signifies a throughout the country. If the crescent is sighted, Sungai Petani because most of my father’s family far away from Malaysia, we do prepare these for personal triumph, a victory of self-restraint the following day is then declared the first day of live there. Eid in the comfort of our home. and abstinence, symbolising purification and Aidilfitri, which is also the beginning of the 10th renewal. month of the Muslim calendar Syawal. What does Hari Raya mean for you being What’s the best part about celebrating Hari How do you celebrate Hari Raya in the States? The celebration of Hari Raya Aidilfitri marks the Urbanites make their annual pilgrimage to their away from home? Raya abroad? We perform the usual Eid prayer in the morning, end of Ramadhan, the Islamic holy month of hometowns (this is popularly referred to as balik Eid is the day where Muslims all over the world The best part of celebrating Eid in Scotland is we go for classes (yes, we even have exams or quizzes fasting. kampung), to be with parents, relatives and old celebrate their victory after one month of fasting. celebrate it together with our foreign friends of on Raya day!) and invite friends to our house. We friends. Eid is about forgiving and strengthening family Fasting during the month of Ramadhan is other races such as Pakistani, Scottish, English usually have potlucks during the weekend where compulsory, whereby Muslims are required to But what about those who are living abroad and ties and relationships. So, be it in Scotland or and many others. They will come over to our everyone would bring their own specialty Raya abstain from satisfying their most basic needs not able to balik kampung during this festive Malaysia, celebrating Eid is a must. However, house and celebrate Eid with us and enjoy dish. This is also the time to introduce awesome and urges, daily, between sunriase and sunset. It season? celebrating Eid away from home is totally a is one of the five tenets of Islam; as is the paying Malaysian delicacies. Malaysian dishes to our American friends! different experience. In Malaysia, Eid is more of zakat (alms tax for the poor), which must be Y! Magazine caught up with 13 year-old Nur tithed by the end of Ramadhan. Afiqah who is currently in Scotland, and also 23 meaningful and lively because it is one of the And the worst? What do you miss most about Hari Raya in year-old Dayana residing in the United States of main celebrations in Malaysia. Nevertheless, Being away from home, from Malaysia. Malaysia? In Malaysia, the period of fasting ends when America. this is my second Eid in the UK. Even though I the new moon is sighted on the evening of Spending time with my family, going to open am far away from Malaysia, I still celebrate Eid the My Hari Raya wish for this year is… houses, eating Raya food, and of course – getting Malaysian way. I would like to wish Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfiri and ‘duit raya’! Maaf Zahir dan Batin to all my family members especially my grandparents who are currently Favourite Hari Raya food? living in Johore and Sungai Petani, my uncles My mom’s kuah lodeh, ketupat, rendang ayam and aunts, relatives and not forgetting all my and sambal goreng. friends wherever they are. Do enjoy your Eid and please do not forget to say prayer for us. Hope to What’s the best part about celebrating Hari meet up with all of you soon. Raya abroad? We get to send our Raya photo to be featured in the ‘Salam Perantauan’ section in major newspapers in Malaysia. And the worst? Studying for exams and quizzes on Raya eve! How do you celebrate Hari Raya in Scotland? Few days before Eid, I will help my mother to My Hari Raya wish for this year is… bake some cookies and the night before Eid, we To have a happy and blessed Raya celebration will prepare special dishes. The ‘Takbir Team’ will abroad, and hopefully I won’t have any exams also come to our house to recite ‘takbir’. On Eid scheduled on this year’s Raya! Selamat Hari Raya morning, my family and I will go to the mosque Nur Dayana Abdul Aidilfitri to everyone back home! for prayers, celebrate with family and visiting Rahman friends and enjoying Malaysian delicacies. The 23 years old Master’s Student Malaysian community in Scotland arranges for Kentucky, United States of America a small Eid assembly for all Malaysians living in 4.5 years abroad Scotland. During this gathering, all Malaysians Where is your kampung? who live around Scotland will come and spend Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 24 25 time together. My family and I attend these
  • 15. Music Reviews Website Review Music Favourite websites Can’t Be Tamed by Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus is back with her fifth and latest album – Can’t Be Tamed – promising to present an edgier and more grown up version of Miley/Hannah, showing a well-aged Disney product on the verge of womanhood, and all of the love, heartache, controversy and constant headlines, and maybe – a belief that we are more grown up than we actually are. Miley teamed with Grammy Award-winning producer John Shanks (Sheryl Crow, Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson, Bon Jovi) and long-time Miley Cyrus collaborators Tim James & Antonina Armato (‘Seven Things’ and ‘See You Again’). Tim & Antonina produced and co- wrote ‘Can’t Be Tamed’ with Miley, and the video was directed by MTV Award-winning Websites to Check Out This School Holidays Robert Hales (Justin Timberlake, Gnarls Barkley, Kings of Leon.) The album was recorded with the help of Miley’s producer for the song The Last Climb. 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The album features 15-all new songs from the movie, including three bonus songs (Different Summers, Walkin’ In My Shoes and It’s Not Too Late). The physical CD also features exciting After the tremendous special bonuses, including the full-length It’s On music video, exclusive interviews with Demi success of the original Lovato and Jonas Brothers, and a movie photo gallery accessible through computer ROM Camp Rock, comes drives. Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. Nick Jonas commented, “In the first movie, music was part of it. This one—music tells the story.” Demi Lovato added, “In this movie there are several different kinds of music - and music is what drives Camp Rock 2.” Of Designs & Inspirations Tech & Internet Geeks Photo Editor Online Another one of those random sites we love Everything you need to know about Got some photos or images to edit – Toxel houses a cool collection of images technology and the internet can be but don’t want the hassle of installing which showcase creative and interesting found here! Whether it’s a YouTube Photoshop? Well lookie here – a free designs – be it a painting, a sofa, a house, update, or quirky news about modern online editor which doesn’t require any cooking utensils or just a display item! technology, or the fact that they are log-in or downloads. Works exactly like Makes you wonder how people come up coming up with a mobile phone which Photoshop, and you can save your edited with such ingenious ideas! will be as loud as a vuvuzela… read all image directly. Genius! about it here! 26 27
  • 16. Food Review Food Review Food A lunch invitation at a college baffled Doreen Loo at first. It turns out, that tucked away in a cosy corner of KBU International College is a small yet warm and functional restaurant. Great Food, Unbeatable Price O perated by the Diploma in Hospitality restaurant offers ample and comfortable seating. I chuckled and thanked her for the advice, but was soon served. Hesitant at first, we tackled bit. But still yummy enough for me to clean off Still, the dessert, served with piping hot coffee and Tourism Management students told her that I was so thirsty and the weather the mysterious green soup and found it to be every single morsel on my plate! was a perfect climax to a sumptuous meal. of the college, Café de One operates Upon taking our seats, we were promptly beckoned something cold. She smiled and soon creamy, savoury and oh-so-good! The poached only during two blocks in a year, from January presented with the menu of the day, a 4-course brought me a glass. egg floating about seemed quite funny at first By the time we finished our main course, By now you’re probably wondering why I haven’t to March, and again from May to August. During lunch set. There were two choices for the main – but oddly enough, went down real with the everyone was excitedly looking forward to the written anything about how much it costs. Well those months, it opens twice a week for lunch course – baked dory fish or baked chicken breast. Lunch was served in no time! First of the course, soup. Needless to say – we licked our bowls dessert which was to be Tiramisu with sponge the good news is that a four-course meal at Café – Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 12:30pm to I chose the former. the appetizer, Classic Caesar Salad which was clean! finger, berry fruit and chocolate sauce. Served de One is priced at only RM15 nett! Delicious 2:30pm. served with semi-fried cherry tomatos, crispy in a delicate martini glass, and garnished with food, good ambience and great service – we Fresh orange juice was soon served, and the bread and chicken breast fillets. Fresh, cold and The Baked Dory Fish was next, and it came chocolate shards, cocoa powder and a sprig of reckon that this is an unbeatable offer! The interior of the restaurant was warmly lit waitress also asked me if I wanted a glass of delectable, the greens were crunchy and lightly with breaded chunky potatos and buttered mint leaves – I swear I heard the tiramisu calling by yellow lights. On the feature wall facing the water. “Cold please,” I requested. What ensued tossed in a tangy dressing. vegetables, served with a tangy tomato-based out for me! The bitter from the chocolate and For reservations and enquiries on the menu, entrance, was a unique collage of artwork by after that, I found quite amusing. sauce. Crispy on the outside, the fish was cooked cocoa powder complimented the sweetness do call En. Muhammad Shukri, Lecturer of the students from the School of Design. With a Once we were done with the salad, the service just right as it maintained the moist and freshness of the tiramisu, and the sponge fingers nestled Hospitality & Tourism at 03-7727 3200. bar area on one side, including a window which “You know, you should drink warm water, it’s crew came round with hot rolls and butter, and of the fish on the inside. I’d prefer if the sauce was in between provided a different texture to this offers a glimpse into the pastry kitchen, the better for your health,” said the polite waitress. the Cream of Broccoli Soup with Poached Egg less over-powering, as it masked the fish quite a dessert. Oddly, we didn’t quite taste any berries. 28 29
  • 17. Movie Reviews Movie Going the Distance Erin’s (Drew Barrymore) wry wit and unfiltered frankness charm newly single Garrett (Justin Long) over beer, bar trivia and breakfast the next morning. Their chemistry sparks a full-fledged summer fling, but neither expects it to last once Erin heads home to San Francisco and Garrett stays behind for his job in New York City. But when six weeks of romping through the city inadvertently become meaningful, neither is sure they want it to end. And while Garrett’s friends, Box (Jason Sudeikis) and Dan (Charlie Day) joke about his pre- flight calorie-cutting and his full-time relationship with his cell phone, they don’t like losing their best drinking buddy to yet IN C another rocky romance. At the same time, INEM IN CINEMAS SEPTEMBER 2 AS 2 Erin’s high-strung, overprotective married SEP w w w. Ca t s n D o g s 2 - a s i a . co m sister, Corrine (Christina Applegate), wants TEM BER to keep Erin from heading down an all- Cats & Dogs too-familiar road. The Revenge of Kitty Galore Release Date: 2 September 2010 In the age-old battle between cats and dogs, one crazed feline has taken things a paw too far. Kitty Galore, formerly an agent for cat spy organization MEOWS, has gone rogue and hatched a diabolical plan to not Resident Evil: Afterlife The fourth installment of the hugely successful only bring her canine enemies to heel, but RESIDENT EVIL franchise, RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE is take down her former kitty comrades and again based on the wildly popular video game series, make the world her scratching post. Faced and will this time be presented in 3-D. with this unprecedented threat, cats and dogs will be forced to join forces for the first In a world ravaged by a virus infection, turning its time in history in an unlikely alliance to save victims into the Undead, ALICE (Milla Jovovich), themselves—and their humans—in “Cats & continues on her journey to find survivors and lead Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore,” a comedy them to safety. Her deadly battle with the Umbrella in 3D that blends live action with state-of- Corporation reaches new heights, but Alice gets some the-art puppetry and computer animation. unexpected help from an old friend. A new lead that It’s time for the fur to fly. promises a safe haven from the Undead takes them to Los Angeles, but when they arrive the city is overrun This comedy stars Christina Applegate, by thousands of Undead - and Alice and her comrades Michael Clarke Duncan, Neil Patrick Harris, are about to step into a deadly trap. Sean Hayes, James Marsden, Bette Midler, Nick Nolte, Joe Pantoliano, Katt Williams, Release Date: 10 September 2010 Chris O’Donnell, Jack McBrayer, Fred Armisen and Paul Rodriguez. Release Date: 2 September 2010 Legend of the Guardians Acclaimed filmmaker Zack Snyder makes his animation debut with the fantasy family adventure “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” based on the beloved Guardians of Ga’Hoole books by Kathryn Lasky. The film follows Soren, a young owl enthralled by his father’s epic stories of the Guardians of Ga’ Hoole, a mythic band of winged warriors who had fought a great battle to save all of owlkind from the evil Pure Ones. While Soren dreams of someday joining his heroes, his older brother, Kludd, scoffs at the notion, and yearns to hunt, fly and steal his father’s favor from his younger sibling. But Kludd’s jealousy has terrible consequences— causing both owlets to fall from their treetop home and right into the talons of the Pure Ones. Now it is up to Soren to make a daring escape with the help of other brave young owls. Together they soar across the sea and SEPTEMBER 23 through the mist to find the Great Tree, home of the legendary Guardians—Soren’s only hop 30 Release Date: 23 September 2010
  • 18. Movie Reviews Movie The Other Guys NYPD Detectives Christopher Danson and P.K. Highsmith (Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson) are the baddest and most beloved cops in New York City. They Takers takes you into the world of a notorious group of criminals (Idris Elba, This action flick don’t get tattoos – other men get tattoos of them. Two desks over and one back, sit Detectives Allen Gamble ( Will Ferrell) and Paul Walker, T.I., Chris Brown, Hayden Christensen and Michael Ealy) who continue to Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg). You’ve seen baffle police by pulling off perfectly executed bank robberies. They are in and out like them in the background of photos of clockwork, leaving no evidence behind and laying low between heists. But when they Danson and Highsmith, out of focus and attempt to pull off one last job with more money at stake than ever before, the crew eyes closed. They’re not heroes – they’re may find their plans interrupted by a hardened detective (Matt Dillon) who is hell-bent “the Other Guys.” on solving the case. But every cop has his or her day and Release Date: 28 October 2010 soon Gamble and Hoitz stumble into a seemingly innocuous case no other detective wants to touch that could You Again turn into New York City’s biggest crime. It’s the opportunity of their lives, but do No matter how old you are, you never get over high these guys have the right stuff? school. Columbia Pictures’ ensemble action YOU AGAIN is an outrageous comedy featuring an comedy The Other Guys stars Will Ferrell, all-star female cast, including KRISTEN BELL, JAMIE Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Michael LEE CURTIS, SIGOURNEY WEAVER, ODETTE YUSTMAN, Keaton, Steve Coogan, Ray Stevenson, KRISTIN CHENOWETH and BETTY WHITE. Bell stars with Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne as Marni, a successful PR pro who discovers that her Johnson. Directed by Adam McKay and brother is marrying her high school arch nemesis—and, written by Adam McKay & Chris Henchy, to make matters worse, Marni’s mom recognizes the the producers are Will Ferrell, Adam bride’s highfalutin aunt as her own high school rival. McKay, Jimmy Miller, and Patrick Crowley. Release Date: 21 October 2010 Release Date: 14 October 2010 Wall Street: Money Never osses vie Sleeps Directed by Oliver Stone, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, stars Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Carey Mulligan, Eli Ma Wallach, with Susan Sarandon and Frank Langella, in an intense drama. Michael Douglas is back in his Oscar®-winning role as one of the p lus mo ive o be e xc i s e t vie screen’s most notorious villains, Gordon Gekko. Emerging from a and chand lengthy prison stint, Gekko finds himself on the outside of a world mer ! tp:/ / he once dominated. Looking to repair his damaged relationship with o n n t o h t n l i n e. w o his daughter Winnie, Gekko forms an alliance with her fiancé Jacob eo (Shia LaBeouf ). But can Jacob and Winnie really trust the ex-financial Lo g g a z i n . c o m ! a ress tails ym dp t de titan, whose relentless efforts to redefine himself in a different era have unexpected consequences. r wo o n te s c 32 fo r 33 Release Date: 23 September 2010