Weekend by numbers 31.05.19 to 02.06.19

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on May 31, 2019.
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4 musical marvels

Treat yourself to Imaging Music, a monthly series of live improvisation between musicians and visual artists by RAW Art Space. This performance brings together an improvised collaboration between visual artists and musicians to create something very unique. Tonight’s presentation features visual artists Ong Chia Koon and Tey Beng Tze, saxphonist Yong Yandsen and vocalist Kok Siew-Wai. Imaging Music begins at 8.30pm and admission is by an RM20 donation. RAW Art Space is located at No 8, 4th floor, Jalan Panggong, Kuala Lumpur. For more information, visit rawartspacekl.wixsite.com


Head over to klpac for a musical evening named Strings Go Pop. Music director and resident conductor Norman Ong will have you swaying to the beat of chart-topping hits such as Don’t Stop Believin’, I Will Always Love You, Sweet Child O’ Mine, and even iconic songs by Lady Gaga. The klpac String Orchestra will have you entertained right to the very end. Soloists in the performance include Tang Fang Hau on the cello, Farhana and Reno Lee on vocals, and Izwary Johari on the electric guitar. The show kicks off at 8.30pm tonight, and tickets are RM50. If you can’t catch the show tonight, it will also be playing tomorrow at 8.30pm and on Sunday at 3pm at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan, off Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Kuala Lumpur. For more information, visit klpac.org


Give your ears a musical treat with Rozz’s jazzy vocals at Songs from the Soul at No Black Tie. With a reputation for effortless stage presence and dreamy songs, Rozz is certainly a performer who keeps you engaged and entertained. Performing with Rozz is Dennis Law, a popular artist who has collaborated with over 30 local and international artistes. Also on stage, giving you new variations of memorable classics is Oliver Chan on the bass and Wayne T on drums. The shows tomorrow and on Sunday will be held at 10pm and 9pm respectively. Tickets are RM64, or RM185.80 with dinner. No Black Tie is located at 17, Jalan Mesui, off Jalan Nagasari, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. To purchase tickets, visit noblacktie.com.my


Spend your evening serenaded by Malaysian singer, guitarist and YouTube sensation Talitha. After rising to fame with her single Okay, which had more that 225,000 plays online, she went on to open for The Summer State. Her soulful music is inspired by her favourite stars, such as as Kina Grannis, Tyler Ward and Tori Kelly. The show begins at 9.30pm tonight and tomorrow, and tickets are RM60, or RM45 for Bobo diners. Bobo KL is located at 65-1, Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. To book tickets, visit bobokl.com



1 International  stand-up show

For an evening of laughs, head to The Joke Factory tonight or tomorrow for Danny O’Brien. All the way from Dublin, Ireland, Danny has performed for audiences worldwide. He’s the resident host and owner of The Comedy Crunch in Dublin, one of the most popular comedy clubs in Ireland. Danny also was chosen to perform for the Best of The Edinburgh Fest show across Australia, touring Perth’s Fringe World, the Adelaide Fringe Festival and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2016 and 2018. Let his high-energy and anecdotal-style comedy make you giggle until your sides are sore. Kicking off at 9pm, tickets are RM50 online, or RM60 at the door. The Joke Factory is located at 27, Level G3, Block C5, Publika Shopping Gallery, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur. For more information, visit thejokefactory.com.my



1 fictional bestseller to dive into

Treat yourself to a cup of tea and curl up with Delia Owen’s novel, Where the Crawdads Sing. A heartbreaking coming-of-age story, this book includes murder and intrigue. Fitting for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Celeste Ng, Where the Crawdads Sing is set in the swamps of North Carolina and follows the tale of a young girl named Kya. It has currently spent 38 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list. This book is available on Kinokuniya for RM80.79 (paperback) or RM132.13 (hardback). To purchase, visit malaysia.kinokuniya.com



4 staycations in and near kl

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city at Taman Sari, a quick 45-minute drive away. With ample greenery and breathtaking views, you will find yourself recharged. Sampling local cuisine or exploring rivers and waterfalls, Taman Sari is all about relaxation. Guests have two options for accommodation — The Bothy, a hillside and private garden view perfect for two people, and The Cottage, a jungle view fit for up to four people. The rooms are RM350 and RM400 per night for two people. The best part of this getaway is the gorgeous garden with a lovely range of plants. There are even three ponds with natural running water, filled with koi, talapia and other small fish. To make bookings, visit tamansarimalaysia.wordpress.com


For a relaxed holiday with nature, drive to Sekeping Serendah, a private retreat that allows you to truly appreciate the surrounding nature. Made up of transparent and open sheds, glorified tents in other words, this place really lets you become one with the tropical rainforests. Consisting of 10 sheds, set within five acres (2.02ha) of the forest, there are endless activities such as swimming in the two pools, jungle-trekking, BBQ sessions, and a 30-minute walk to cascading waterfalls, nearby fishing lakes and much more. Prices begin from RM300 per night. For enquirers or to make bookings, visit sekeping.com


Just 66km north of Kuala Lumpur is Sarang by the Brook, a retreat like no other. Set amid a tropical jungle, in a small town called Kuala Kubu Baru, the shipping container hotel has en-suite rooms that include all the creature comforts of home, such as a queen-sized bed, air conditioning, multiple charging sockets and more. With the choice of jungle and pool views, there’s something for everyone. The rooms are RM180 per night from Sunday to Friday, and RM230 on Saturday, public holidays and school holidays. With endless activities provided by Primal Wilderness Experience, you definitely won’t be bored. For more information, visit sarangkkb.com


The perfect staycation right at our doorstep is Villa Samadhi Kuala Lumpur. Made up of 21 contemporary Asian-inspired cribs, this luxury resort promotes relaxation to the max. “Samadhi” is a Sanskrit word that refers to the highest stage in meditation, when you achieve a very particular state of mind. Fitted with all the creature comforts, this stay will rejuvenate you. Activities suggested include guided tours, food tours and a visit to the elephant sanctuary in Kuala Gandah. Great for a romantic tryst, Villa Samadhi has a variety of rooms to choose from, which range from RM771.55 to RM1,215.52 per night. For more information, visit villasamadhi.com.my