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McDonald’s Hello Kitty Fairy Tales Available from Nov 7th

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McDonald’s Hello Kitty Fairy Tales will be accessible for squeeze form Nov 7th onwards compartment Dec 5th during RM9.95 any with any Mc Value Meal. There are accessible in 6 forms of Hello Kitty plush toys ; The Frog Prince, Wizard Of Oz, Little Red Riding Hood, The Ugly Duckling and The Singing Bone.

The Hello Kitty Fairy Tales array will be accessible as followed :

  • Ugly Duckling – 7th Nov 2013
  • Wizard of Oz – 21st Nov 2013
  • Lttle Red Riding Hood – 28th Nov 2013
  • Frog Prince – 14th Nov 2013
  • Singing bone – 5th December

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MALACCA STRIVES ON HER HISTORY

Originally published Monday, March 26, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Malaysia’s Malacca thrives with history
The hub of Malacca’s civic colonial sites is Dutch Square — also called Red Square because of the color of its buildings.

By NAOMI LINDT The New York Times

On the tranquil grounds of the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, Malaysia’s oldest Taoist house of worship, late afternoon visitors bowed and offered burning wands of incense to a gilded statue of the Goddess of Mercy, the deity for whom the temple was founded in the 1600s. Tourists quietly watched or focused cameras on the structure’s ornate, figurine-covered roof.

The placidity was interrupted by the muezzin’s call from the nearby Kampung Kling Mosque, an amalgam of Corinthian columns, Portuguese tiles and Hindu carvings, built by Indian Muslims in 1748. And down the street at the 230-year-old Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple, the country’s oldest Hindu temple, bare-chested and barefoot men in pastel-hued sarongs and garlands made of yellow blooms gathered to pray.

It was another seemingly sleepy afternoon in Malacca, Malaysia’s oldest city, just two hours south of Kuala Lumpur and about four hours northwest of Singapore. But underneath that sleepiness, its foundation of vibrant multiculturalism, which dates back centuries, is very much alive and increasingly accessible, as it welcomes a handful of hotels and millions of international visitors a year.

“I just love Malacca — its laid-back, slow pace of life and the history in the buildings, the people, the culture,” said a local resident, Colin Goh, 66, at Cheng Hoon, surrounded by a pair of red-and-gold sedan chairs and black-and-white photos that chronicled decades of the temple’s religious festivals. “Everything you touch that is not new is old.”

With his mix of Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese and “God only knows what else” heritage, Goh, a retired civil servant who now manages 8 Heeren Street, a restored 18th-century Dutch shophouse, embodies the city’s colonial past. Founded around 1400 by a Malay-Hindu prince, Malacca, within a century, became Southeast Asia’s most important trading port, luring an international cast of colonialists and merchants seeking a piece of the region’s lucrative spice trade.

The hub of Malacca’s civic colonial sites is Dutch Square — also called Red Square because of the color of its buildings — where tourists pose in front of the century-old Queen Victoria Fountain and trishaws festooned with plastic flowers gather. Nearby are the ruins of the A’Famosa fort, one of Asia’s oldest European-built structures, erected by the Portuguese 500 years ago, and the imposing Stadthuys, or town hall, built by the Dutch in 1650 and later painted salmon red by the British, Malacca’s last foreign rulers, whose reign lasted until 1957.

On the west side of the Malacca River, which flanks the square, along the old center’s narrow, atmospheric streets, are hundreds of lantern-hung shophouses, some distinctly Chinese in style, others bearing geometric Art Deco trademarks, and grand residences with ornately tiled stoops built by wealthy families of the past. For centuries, these streets served as the town’s commercial and residential center.

Malacca’s eclectic charm, with some help from a UNESCO World Heritage designation in 2008 and its reputation as one of Malaysia’s most exciting culinary destinations, has resulted in a steady growth in tourism. Last year 12 million visitors came, an increase of over 17 percent from 2010, according to a state tourism committee.

While some heritage buildings are still occupied by generations-old family businesses — silversmiths, watchmakers, dim sum purveyors — others have newer identities. At Temple Street, a shop run by a local artist, watercolors and hand-painted tiles depict idyllic street scenes. In another building, Nancy’s Kitchen, a no-frills restaurant known for its local Nyonya cuisine, sells addictive delicacies like buttery pineapple tarts and onde-onde, glutinous rice balls filled with Malacca’s famous palm sugar, known as gula Melaka, and covered in fresh coconut.

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The Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, in a grand, preserved residence on Heeren Street (officially known as Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock), pays tribute to Peranakans, a group of wealthy, sophisticated families that arose from the intermarrying of Babas, or Chinese traders, and Nyonyas, or local residents.

The Peranakans forged a distinct East-meets-West culture that represents much of what makes Malacca so fascinating: A racial and religious multiculturalism that’s been cultivated and honored for centuries.This rich cultural heritage is also being celebrated in new lodging options. In 2009, a 100-year-old residential property down the street was converted into the 14-room Courtyard (AT) Heeren hotel, which blends era-appropriate furnishings with modern amenities. At the Snail House nearby, a charming French-Malaccan couple, Serge and K.C. Jardin, rent rooms in their carefully restored century-old home, with an open courtyard, a grand spiral staircase and high ceilings, offering travelers the chance to appreciate the nuances of Peranakan architecture.

“When you’re inside, you feel as if you’re in the presence of a wealthy Baba,” Jardin said. “And though you’re in the city center, it’s so quiet you forget where you are.”

Josephine Chua, a self-described “busybody housewife,” history buff and proponent of Malacca’s historic preservation, agreed.

“This place has been built on harmony since the 15th century,” she said.

Chua, 55, traces her local roots back nine generations, to 1765, when one of her paternal ancestors migrated from Fujian, China.

“The religions have coexisted side by side for centuries — that’s what makes us so unique and the town so great to live in,” she said. This is a particularly telling statement in modern-day Malaysia, whose Muslim, Malay-majority government has been criticized for exploiting ethnic divisions for the sake of political gain. “We don’t ask each other about one’s race and religion, but what we do always ask each other is,’Have you eaten?”‘

Where one has dined is not a question to be taken lightly in a city of restaurants serving home-cooked dishes, many of which have been passed down through generations. At Aunty Lee, a grandmotherly spot with lace curtains and pastel walls just a short drive from the historic center, septuagenarian chefs cook mouthwatering renditions of classic Nyonya dishes — chicken stewed with earthy, smoky keluak nuts; a fluffy omelet flavored with dried shrimp and chili; and cendol, a shaved ice dessert topped with coconut milk and gula Melaka.

Though authentic culture is easy to find in the city, residents like Chua and Goh worry about its future. The old center is now home to a recently opened Hard Rock Cafe, and many historic buildings have fallen into disrepair or been transformed into conventional souvenir shops and hostels, with no government financing to protect them.

Perhaps the most glaring example is Jonker Street, officially called Jalan Hang Jebat. Once known for its antiques shops, the strip now draws tour groups trawling stores stocked with Birkenstock knockoffs, batik linens and cheeky T-shirts with sayings like, “If YouTube MySpace, I’ll Google Your Yahoo.” It’s particularly raucous on weekends, when a food and retail night market takes over.

Still, what captivated explorers and entrepreneurs centuries ago never seems far away, whether it’s during a contemplative moment in a crumbling church or a stroll along the old town’s back streets and its fragrant Chinese medicine shops. Or while you are sipping a steaming cup of tea during a downpour at Zheng He Tea House, a hidden spot two blocks from Jonker Street. “Once you step into Malacca, you can feel the positive energy,” said Pak Siew Yong, the teahouse’s friendly owner. “Foreigners, once they come here, they don’t want to go home.”

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Here Comes The Dragon


   Here Comes The Dragon!

Dragon Year
Enter the Dragon!

Legend has it that the Jade Emperor, the ruler of the heavens, had called for a meeting of the animals. He had ordained that the Zodiac be named after each animal according to the order of their arrival at the meeting.

It seems the dragon came in fifth. Being a fair and wise ruler, the Jade Emperor questioned the dragon as to why it did not come in first, having wings on its back and all. The latecomer explained that it was held back to help bring some rainfall to some farmers. He later saw a rabbit stranded on a log in a river and had aided the poor creature to the shore.

The Jade Emperor was so impressed with the Dragon’s helpfulness that His Majesty included it into the Zodiac, despite it being the only mythical animal among the lot.

What’s in Store for the Much-Anticipated Dragon Year?

Starting a new business? Embarking on a new career path? Planning to tie the knot or have a baby? If you’re a Chinese, you couldn’t be happier that the Year of the Dragon is just around the corner .

The Dragon Year has always been considered the most auspicious in the Chinese Zodiac and indeed, the 2012 Chinese New Year looks set to provide us a fair share of excitement, prosperity and meaningful events!

Joey Yap, founder of the Joey Yap Consulting Group, author of over 80 books on Feng Shui and face reading, calls 2012 as `a year of changes’. As 2012 is the Year of Water Dragon, it will bring much cleansing and clarification, as water refreshes and nourishes all negative elements.

He added that the Dragon Year also brings growth and renewal. Bickering people will tired of arguing and quarrelling – they would resort to finding solutions and answers to their problems.

Feng Shui expert, Lillian Too, along with her daughter, Jennifer Too, call 2012 a `transformative year’, a harbinger of good luck and prosperity.

 

 
Though the Chinese dragon looks intimidating it’s a symbol of generosity and compassion
(public domain image from Wikimedia Commons)
 

The Stuff Dragon People are Made Of

Westerners perceive the dragon as a fire-breathing, man-eating, evil beast and malicious ‘lizard’, with depictions of its viciousness in folklores and movies like “Dragonheart” and “Reign of Fire”. Even the Disney cartoon, “Sleeping Beauty”, portrays the creature as malevolent, with the nasty Queen turning herself into a dragon to kill the Prince!

So, do people born in the Dragon Year exhibit the so-called villainous character of the dragon? They don’t seem to.

The Chinese regard the dragon as a symbol of generosity, auspiciousness, prosperity, not to mention regal and imperial authority. So much so only Emperors were allowed to sport the dragon symbol in their regalia.

A wise guardian, protector of the weak and a symbol of happiness and joy, the mystical dragon is held in high esteem by the Chinese, and like the creature, the people born under this Chinese Zodiac Sign display a great amount of generosity, compassion and other exemplary qualities.

These extroverts enjoy outdoor activities and are essentially thrill-seekers. Being highly imaginative and rather dominant, they make good engineers, architects, philosophers and lawyers.

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Dragon child :1938 Nobel Prize Winner, Author Pearl S. Buck
(public domain image from Wikimedia Commons)

Dragon People, however, possess a short temper and are prone to emotional eruptions.

Famous Dragon People include Courtney Cox, Sandra Bullock, Reese Witherspoon, Isabella Rossellini, Shirley Temple, Ringo Starr, Pearl Buck, George Bernard Shaw and John Lennon, among others.

 

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Si Putih and a 7 Makciks

December 18, 2011 during 2:00 pm

Everyone knows a story of a pleasing immature lady with hair as black as ebony, lips as red as blood and skin as white as snow, who had a stepmother who grew hostile of her stepdaughter’s beauty. She summoned her hunter to kill a daughter and move behind her heart as proof. Faced with such innocence, a ensure could not move himself to do a immorality help and helped this satisfactory lass shun into a woods, where she stumbled on a lodge possess by 7 charming characters.

When a stepmother found out that this satisfactory lass was really most alive, she took it on herself to get a charge of murdering her done. Three attempts were done to take this girl’s life, and all though a third try unsuccessful to do so. Many a girls might have sighed and wished for their possess chronicle of Prince Charming when he showed adult only in time to save a satisfactory maiden, and vanquished a immorality stepmother.

The 7 ‘beautiful’ makciks

From currently until 23rd Dec 2011, The Actors Studio presents an instrumentation of one of a all time favourite angel story Snow White and a 7 Dwarves. Entitled Si Putih and a 7 Makciks, this humorous story is set in dual kampong kingdoms where an hostile Queen skeleton to kill her pleasing and satisfactory stepdaughter named Si Putih. Does Sergeant Sutera, a queen’s henchmen, kill Si Putih as systematic or will she be saved by a 7 Makciks, keepers of secrets from another kampong? Come and watch this mime with singing and dancing and an all masculine expel with a warn ending. Tickets are labelled during RM 40 and RM 50 for all night shows and normal matinee shows. The showtime is as follows:-

14th compartment 23rd Dec during 8.00 pm AND 17th 18th Dec during 3.00 pm.

For some-more information, greatfully call The Actors Studio @ Lot 10 during 03 2142 2009 / 2143 2009 OR klpac @ Sentul Park during 03 4047 9000 or record on to their website here.

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The Magical World of Aladdin

December 14, 2011 during 4:00 pm

Our story starts in a land distant distant divided called Askabah…

The immorality Jafar, who is also a Sultan’s Grand Vizier, is adult to no good again. Standing in front of a Cave of Wonders, Jafar sends in a internal burglar to collect a many absolute object that is stored within a cavern – a sorcery lamp. But his efforts to get a flare are squandered as a defender of a cavern informs him that usually one chairman can enter a cave, a child famous as ‘The Diamond in a Rough’.

Where a immature kid named Aladdin ramble a marketplace drift of Askabah, avoiding a stately guards of a Sultan.

Though it might be early in a morning, a marketplace is now bustling with people from all walks of life. Some of them were there to peddle their things while others were there to crop during what was offered. Suddenly, a hum of activity shaped during a fringes of a marketplace – Aladdin is on a run again from a Sultan’s guards. As he outwits and outruns a guards with his discerning mind and nimble feet, he held a glance of a dark-haired beauty from a corners of his eyes walking around a marketplace…

The marketplace of Askabah

Here comes Aladdin!

Uh oh.. demeanour out behind we Aladdin! The Royal Guards are shutting in!

As he was perplexing to shake a Sultan’s guards off his tail, he sees a pleasing lady walking around a marketplace…

Though Princess Jasmine knows that her father loves her really much, she was not too gratified when she found out that a Sultan is perplexing to find a father for her. The princess believes that one should usually marry for adore and zero else. Though she could not assistance though be soft when she met Aladdin, she realised that she could never marry a travel rat.

Princess Jasmine reveals her constant temperament during a possibility assembly with Aladdin in a marketplace. Alas… as a princess, she could never marry a travel rat

After realising that a dark-haired beauty was Princess Jasmine, Aladdin escapes a guards once some-more and heads to a Palace Garden.

Although she realises that marrying a travel rodent does not befit her standing as a princess, Princess Jasmine can't assistance though share her feelings for Aladdin with her palm maidens. Little did she know that Aladdin is nearby. And when a event came for Aladdin to exhibit himself to Princess Jasmine, he gladly took it with both of his hands.

The princess shares her feelings with her palm maidens about her brief confront with a large Aladdin

Aladdin holding his possibility to accommodate Princess Jasmine during a Palace Garden

Unbeknownst to Aladdin, a immorality Jafar has his eyes on a child and manages to constraint him during a Palace Garden…

Jafar is still looking for a child famous as ‘The Diamond in The Rough’ though unwell miserably. He afterwards hypnotises a Sultan in sequence to get his visionary blue solid ring, where The Slave of a Ring resides. Through this obtuse genie, Jafar finds out that usually Aladdin can enter a caves and collect a enchanting lamp. When he finds out that Aladdin was during a Palace Garden articulate to Princess Jasmine, he wastes no time and sets out to constraint a boy.

The immorality Jafar casts a spell on a Sultan in sequence to take a Sultan’s visionary blue solid ring

The Sultan confides in his Grand Vizier per his skeleton to find a father for Princess Jasmine. Unknown to a Sultan, Jafar wants to marry a princess himself so that he can turn a subsequent king!

As shortly as Princess Jasmine finds out that Aladdin has been captured, she pleaded with her father to let him go, though to no avail


Disguised as an aged man, Jafar enters a dungeons and promises to set Aladdin giveaway with usually one foster in lapse – that Aladdin follows him to a Cave of Wonders and retrieves one object of his behest from a cave.

Aladdin follows this puzzling aged male opposite a dried and to a Cave of Wonders. Acting on a aged man’s instructions, he goes into a cavern and manages to find a enchanting lamp. An desirous Jafar tries to enter a cavern in hopes of laying his hands on a enchanting flare faster, though a cavern closes in and traps Aladdin inside. Feeling despair, Aladdin pondered on his difficulty when a Slave of a Ring came to his help!

Poor Aladdin found himself thrown into a cavern by Jafar’s men

A puzzling aged male unexpected appears out of nowhere to save Aladdin from his predicament

In return, Aladdin contingency follow a aged male to a Cave of Wonders and collect a sorcery flare from within a cave

As usually Aladdin can enter a cave, Jafar’s impatience caused a cavern to tighten up… trapping a favourite inside!

With a small bit of assistance from a Slave of a Ring, Aladdin burnished a sorcery flare and …

Whoosh!! Out of nowhere, a genie seemed from that small lamp. In lapse for environment him giveaway from a lamp, a genie promises to extend Aladdin 3 wishes. Aladdin also finds out that in sequence to recover a genie from his prison, his master contingency wish for his freedom. Aladdin promises to use his final wish to recover a genie, though for now he asks a genie to make him a ‘Billionaire’ and both of them shun from a cavern with a genie’s help.

Oh no! How will Aladdin shun from a cave? Wait… did he not find a enchanting lamp?

Do we consider Aladdin should massage a sorcery lamp?

Whoosh! The Genie of a flare appears in front of Aladdin as shortly as he rubs a sorcery lamp

With your assistance Genie, let’s get out of a cavern and stone Askabah!

Out came a Genie of a lamp! Using dual of a 3 wishes granted…

There is a new king in city and no one knows where this hastily king comes from, not even Jafar. Prince Ali struts into a city of Askabar with his grand environment and his constant sidekick, a Genie. With his new found wealth, Prince Ali skeleton to woo Princess Jasmine and eventually ask for her palm in marriage. Though a king might seem to be charming, he is during his wits’ finish when it comes to a subject of courtship Princess Jasmine. So with Genie’s help, Prince Ali takes a pleasing Princess Jasmine on a enchanting runner float and together they learn ‘A Whole New World’.

There is a new king in town… And his name is Prince Ali!

As Prince Ali’s environment swept into a city of Askabah, everybody was mesmerized by a fire-eaters and a dancers

Everybody is wondering.. who is this puzzling prince?

Aladdin might be good during avoiding a Royal guards, though he really can use some of a genie’s assistance when it comes to capturing Princess Jasmine’s heart

Aladdin brings Princess Jasmine on a enchanting runner ride, opening her eyes to a whole new world

The travel rodent is now a rich prince. But alas, a immorality Jafar shortly finds out Prince Ali’s constant identity…

Jafar skeleton to pretence Princess Jasmine into giving him a flare by posing as a flare merchant. Thinking zero bad will ever come from trade an aged flare for new, Princess Jasmine hands over a enchanting flare to Jafar, creation him now Genie’s new master. Jafar captures a princess and a Sultan and thatch them adult in a dungeon.

Jafar disguises as a salesman trade new lamps for old, and manages to pretence Princess Jasmine into giving him a sorcery flare for a new one

Oh no! Now that a genie is underneath Jafar’s control, he has systematic a Sultan and Princess Jasmine to be sealed adult in a dungeons. Who will save them?

He tricks Princess Jasmine into handing over a flare and is now Genie’s new master. Jafar shortly skeleton to use his wishes to make himself a ruler of Askabah and a world!

When Prince Ali realises what has happened, he fast came to a princess and a Sultan’s rescue. He bravely fights off a house guards though Jafar turns a genie onto Prince Ali. Remembering his final wish, Prince Ali wishes for a genie’s leisure and … poof!! The genie is now a giveaway man. But what happened to a immorality Jafar?

Poor Princess Jasmine… who will come to her assist now?

With his final wish, Aladdin wishes for a genie’s freedom… imprisoning Jafar as a genie in a flare instead!

When Prince Ali detected Jafar’s immorality plans, he rushed to a dungeons and saved Princess Jasmine and a Sultan. Using his final wish, he wished that a genie will have his leisure and never to be a worker to a lamp.

By creation that final wish, Prince Ali liberated a genie and in return, a immorality Jafar took over a genie’s place. Now that Jafar has been captured, Askabah is once again ruled by a peaceful encourage Sultan. Prince Ali confesses to his constant temperament to Princess Jasmine, who is blissful to know that her dear king is a same travel rodent that she had depressed for previously. They applaud their marriage in good character and…

After admissing his constant temperament to Princess Jasmine, they both applaud their marriage in character and live happily ever after

Prince Ali saved a princess and a Sultan from Jafar’s immorality plans. Everyone is happy and they all lived happily ever after… including a genie!

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