FUNdamental @ KLPAC *

Went to visit the FUNdamental Art Exhibition at KLPAC today with my son, two nephews and blogger buddy, Yoon See.

I haven’t been to KLPAC before and the usual happened; I got lost. I took the first U-turn and later took a first turn to the left but I ended up at a school near Jalan Kovil Ulu. I didn’t see any building that could be KLPAC so I made a turn back to Balai Polis Sentul, then made a U-turn and started again. This time I ended up at Jalan Cempedak. Knowing that that could not be it, I made another turn back to Balai Polis Sentul and again, made a U-turn to start over. This time I ended up at Sekolah Rendah kebangsaan Sentul Utama!  I nearly gave up and called Yoon See. With the help of Yoon See, a staff of KLPAC gave me the direction via handphone.

It was the 2nd U-turn actually.

I viewed the online map first hand before leaving home and I did not print it as I thought I could remember the map perfectly in my mind. Now I can’t really count on my 40 year-old memory, can I? Lol. I finally reached there safely after making three trips passing the Balai Polis Sentul; like the Malay saying, “Pusing pusing tang tu”*. (*Translation: Going round and round and getting nowhere)

I was amazed upon entering the beautiful park; reminds me of the  ‘Emma’ movie’s beautiful garden setting. Truly a breath of fresh air getting down from the car.

sentul park

The KLPAC main building is a simple but sophisticated glass building which has climbing plants to greet us.


Upon entering the building, we saw Yoon See waving at us and later went to inner side of the foyer to see the FUNdamental Exhibition.

The exhibition was what the title describes in the first three capital letters – FUN! It was truly fun to see whimsical children’s art by the artist, Numpueng. Most of her works are made up of fundamental shapes. The fun shapes aim to convey a mood of happiness and pleasure and it is evident when my son truly admires all her paintings.

This is Numpueng’s 3rd exhibition, the first was held back in 2006 while the 2nd was in 2008. The current exhibition features 31 acrylic on canvas works by her as well as two from her previous exhibitions, priced at between RM300 and RM1500 a piece. The exhibition runs until Dec 6 and may be viewed from 10am to 6.30pm daily.

Numpueng or her real name Umpaiwan Chevitanondra first began painting to decorate the walls of her now six-year-old son’s room. Numpueng is married to a local artist, Victor Chin.


My son (middle) admiring the paintings with his cousins.

yoon see busy snapping away pictures

Yoon See busy snapping away pictures

Now, if you are planning to go, don’t forget to print out the LOCATION MAP or else you’ll end up at Jalan Kovil Ulu or Jalan Chempedak like me. Or maybe not.

After the exhibition, we chatted and enjoyed the pretty view.

klpac exterior

My son loves the wire-mesh furniture

klpac view

Beautiful setting

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Art Expo Malaysia

Yoon See has been asking me whether I would like to visit the International Art Expo Malaysia, held in MECC Kuala Lumpur, since last week. I agreed to the idea but haven’t really confirmed the date. Yesterday she called me again saying that the expo’s last day would be on Monday 23rd November. Since it’s Sunday today, I thought it’s a great idea to feast my eyes with arts rather than facing the computer. Met her at the exhibition at 1.45pm. I did not bring Yassin as he rather stays at home playing computer games.

The expo which has been in its 3rd year already is featuring astonishing artworks from all over the world – Asia, Europe – Eastern and Western, the United States, Central America; a true United Nations of the Art People from all over the world. More than 2,000 artworks from 14 countries is displayed since November 19th, 2009. The five-day exhibition is co-organised by Art Expo Malaysia Sdn Bhd and the National Art Gallery.

Highlights of the expo are 1 Malaysia Canvas Mosaic, Have a Heart, Malaysian Art Idols, Special Tribute Pavilion, National Art Gallery Malaysia Open 2009, Digital Art China, 19 Dons from China, Suitcase of Stuff and Henry Butcher Art Auction.

Entering the expo from the 2nd carpark bay, I was greeted by beautiful paintings from Have a Heart booth. Have a Heart is about a group of artists with developmental disorder and other learning disabilities. The Heart group members namely Tan Seng Kit, Nurulakmal Ab Rahman, Leong Teng Seng, Andrew Chew and Damien Wong Sher Yng, have previously represented Malaysia in the 2007 and 2008 expo. Their works had been in personal collection of Malaysians as well as international institutions and individuals.

have a heart

Artist: Tan Seng Kit (1 Malaysia), Tan Seng Kit (Twin Towers), Nurulakmal Ab Rahman (Garden Series II) and Damien Wong Sher Yng (Beautiful Cranes)

Moving on to the next booth, the Prime Minister was there to greet me! Well, almost — the painting looks so real!

1 malaysia mosaic - prime minister

I know it’s quite big enough for you to read the message of 1Malaysia Canvas Mosaic but I am writing it down for search engine optimisation (SEO) purpose ^__^

1Malaysia Canvas Mosaic is an ongoing project where artists from all over Malaysia get to paint their impressions of the 1Malaysia concept envisaged by Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak, each on a 5″ x 5″ strip (or piece) of canvas. All the pieces will then be assembled into a Super 1Malaysia Mosaic Mural next year in a special ceremony.

I would like to contribute my piece but I do not have the faintest idea on how to join. Google-d, bing-ed, yahoo-ed… but to no avail. Let me know if you have the information!

297 mosaics

297 mosaics…and counting…

Next, Yoon See and I visited the Korea’s section featuring 40 artists, all represented by International Art Cooperative Organisation (IACO) South Korea.

These are my favourites from Korea:

art expo - chang, chi won

artex_korea cartoon

Next we visited the National Art Gallery Malaysia Open 2009 section. A particular painting caught my eyes…


…BEAUTIFUL!!! The painting entitled Cinta Flora & Fauna by Jainal Amambing is selling at RM8000. If only I have the money…

Next we visited Malaysian Art Idols, Digital Art China, 19 Dons from China, Suitcase of Stuff and Henry Butcher Art Auction and Special Tribute Pavilion. Here are some beautiful paintings by Yuan Ye, a painter from China.

artex_yuan ye

Next, we went to the Art of Engineering section; featuring 2 lotuses: Europa SE and Elise S.


Ok, that concludes my visit to the International Art Expo Malaysia 2009. The expo’s last day is tomorrow, visiting hours is from 10.30am until 5.00pm. Admission is free, parking is RM5.00. For location map, visit Art Expo Malaysia.

Be there or BE THERE. The next expo will only be here in Kuala Lumpur November 2010.

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Moleskine vs PaperLuxe

I went sketch-book shopping yesterday at Kinokuniya KLCC. I was planning to go straight up the stairs to Page One looking for my favourite Moleskine sketch book but then I got stuck browsing the stationery area looking for options. I found one good sketch book by PaperLuxe (Model: Etcetra).  It has cloth-bound cover with acid-free cream watercolor paper. What makes it more interesting is that the price is more than 50% cheaper than Moleskine! Moleskine sketch book ( 9 cm x 14cm) is selling at Rm89 while PaperLuxe (14.85cm x 21cm – A5) is RM43.80. I bought Paperluxe but felt guilty as if I betrayed Moleskine so I did went up to Page One looking for my favourite tempera sketch book as well as the watercolor journal but they are out of stock. Will go and find them at CZipLee, Bangsar.

paperluxe etcetra

Paperluxe Etcetra A5 Cloth Bound Cover with Perfect Bound Interior

I often have been asked where do I get my supply of sketch book in Kuala Lumpur and for those who are interested, below is the list:


  • The Borders, Berjaya Time Square, KL (or Damansara Branch)
  • The Tango Mango Gift Shop, 163 First Floor, The Curve Mutiara Damansara
  • CzipLee, 39 & 41 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
  • Page One @ Kinokuniya, Level 4, Suria KLCC

As for Paperluxe sketch books, you can get them from Kinokuniya, Level 4, Suria KLCC and if I’m not mistaken, all MPH outlets. Not sure about Popular Bookstore. Will call them and update about this.


My collection of sketch books: bottom two – sketchbooks by Grandluxe, middle two – Moleskine, top three – my own handmade A6 hand-bound sketch books. I have more of the top given to Yassin. Sold some during KL Book Fair back in 2007.

I will blog about quality watercolor/acrylic pads and where to get them some other times.

Oh, do you want to peek inside my Moleskine tempera sketch book completed in 2008?

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Let’s make our city a better place to live

On October 8, 2009, Water, Green Technology and Power Minister, Datuk iamaplasticPeter Chin Fa Kui has announced  in Putrajaya that a campaign to ban the use of plastic bags will be implemented to conserve the environment and promote green technology. For a start, the campaign would be implemented at the ministry level before being expanded to shopping centers and eventually nationwide.

The campaign, although still in the stage of being expanded to the shopping centers, stores and retail shops in Kuala Lumpur have already started promoting the ban of plastic bags. The ones I came across was Ikea and Body Shop, while shopping for Hari Raya. At Ikea, they charge 20 cent for one plastic bag to discourage customers from one-off use of carrier bags and help customers make an environmentally friendly choice. Ikea believes the move will cut total plastic bag use by 20 million next year. The last time I went, I carried a small handbag so I really had to buy a plastic bag but then later during another shopping session, I carry my own handmade tote bag.

As for Body Shop, the company has been Plastic Bag Free in all its stores since 1999. Their sales person will encourage us to bag the items we bought in our own bag. Should we really need a bag, we will be given a recycled paper bag which is made from chlorine free pulps, environmentally friendly inks and water based adhesives.

Why ban plastic bags?
Plastic bags have made our lives easier in many ways but unfortunately, they are often not disposed of properly and foul our public spaces not to mention putting pressure on our already scarce Taman Beringin landfill. Furthermore, when released into the earth, the bags emit poisonous chemicals and utterly dangerous to all living things and the environment.

What should we do?
Since the nationwide campaign has yet to kick off, maybe  we can make an early online effort ourselves to help support the campaign to ban the use of plastic bags. Penang has started its campaign by going green every Monday.

Right now, this minute or as at 2.28am as I am writing this post ^_^. Anytime is a good time. (Yes, I am a night owl.)

Ditch the plastic bags; use recycled bag (cloth or canvas) when shopping as well as blog about the campaign.

My effort?
I am doing my bit to support the campaign and am kicking it off personally by hosting a little giveaway, Emila’s Go Green Giveaway, to one lucky winner. But you need to do something really simple for me; leave a comment by discussing your idea on how are you going to support the campaign.

The person who comes up with the best idea will win Emila’s Go Green Giveaway (a combination of my handmade tote bag and my Illustrated 2010 Calendar).Date of closing: 30 November 2009, 8pm. Anybody can enter this giveaway contest; that means locally and internationally.

emila's go green giveaway


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Power Over Cervical Cancer

I have been procrastinating for a pap smear test and after reading an article in The Sun, It’s Possible To Wipe Out Cervical Cancer (Source: BERNAMA) I realised that I really have to go and have myself tested for cervical cancer. According to consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Datuk Dr Nor Ashikin Mokhtar, “It is entirely possible to wipe out cervical cancer, if there are concerted efforts in screening and vaccination.” She pointed out that cervical cancer is preventable and if diagnosed early, also curable, unlike breast cancer.

The article also pointed to National Cancer Society of Malaysia where we can take Risk Test online. I followed the link and landed on Power Over Cervical Cancer website. I took the test.

Todate 521 women (that would be including me) have taken the online test. My result:

You’ve answered more of Yes or Don’t know

This means you have a higher risk to develop cervical cancer

Talk to your doctor to get a better understanding about your risks for cervical cancer.

As part of it’s Power Over Cervical Cancer Campaign, the National Cancer Society of Malaysia has launched Pink Mobile to make scheduled stops at the most popular spots in Klang Valley including Kuala Lumpur until December 12, 2009.

Below is the current schedule:

Date: 18th November 2009
Venue 1: KL City Center Drive Around, 4.00pm
Venue 2: Ladies Nite @ Twenty One Kitchen & Bar, 7.00pm

Date: 19th November 2009
Venue 1: AMP Astro, Bukit Jalil, 10.00am – 2.00pm
Venue 2: Bukit Jalil LRT Station, 3.00pm – 6.00pm

Date: 20th November 2009
Venue 1: Jalan Ampang (Ampang Park, Menara Citibank), 12.00 noon
Venue 2: Menara UOA, Jalan Kia Peng, 5.00pm

Date: 21st November 2009
Venue: Bangsar Shopping Center, 12.00 noon – 8.00pm

Sunday – Breakfast with POCC Pink Mobile
Date: 22nd November 2009
Venue: Taman Tasik Perdana, Tapak B, 7.00am – 3.00pm

Please, if you are near the stopovers, do make an effort to drop by and get yourself tested for the Risk Test.

Here’s a quick-facts sheet about Cervical Cancer:

cervical cancer quick facts

Support the movement to beat cervical cancer. Use the Power Over Cervical Cancer logo or icons to tell your friends and all women about cervical cancer. Find out More About Cervical Cancer

And yes, I will go for a real Pap Smear test next week on Monday. I hope I am not too late.

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KL: A to Z on Fun Things To Do & Places To Visit With Kids {K}

atoz K

Typical fun entertainment for kids at shopping complexes. There are coin-operated rides as well as attendant-operated rides. For a RM1 (50 cent X 2) coin-operated ride, you (your kids) get 3 minutes ride. As for the attendant-operated it depends on the management, some cheap some expensive. Minimum is RM6 for 5 minutes!

Every time my son saw these rides, he will jump up and down asking for money. Luckily I only shop once a month, so it’s not that bad. Normally I spent Rm16; 10x coin-operated different types of rides (i.e. Bob The Builder, Thomas The Train, Batman car, etc) and 1x attendant-operated ride.

If you know places around Kuala Lumpur that provide kiddies rides, do let me know! Thanks heap!

So far:

  1. Suria KLCC
  2. Mid Valley, KL
  3. Jusco Taman Maluri, KL
  4. Carrefour Wangsa Maju, KL
  5. Carrefour Cheras, KL
  6. Tesco Ampang, Pandan Prima, KL
  7. Let me know!
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