Linkin Park Concert tickets selling fast!

18 days & counting down to the Linkin Park ‘Living Things’ World Tour Live In Malaysia 2013 Concert…

AND the RM95 (M3) and RM550 (The Pit) tickets are ALREADY SOLD OUT!

The band will play at Stadium Nasional, Bukit Jalil on August 19 at 8pm & is expected to attract 5,000 regional fans to flock to Kuala Lumpur. Linkin Park is set to impress domestic and overseas crowds with this being the summer holidays for most nations so they can stay to enjoy the many attractions offered in Malaysia. The nearly a decade much-awaiting concert will surprise fans with Linkin Park vowing to give its best through its stage performance and rock with fans! This is a huge attraction both domestically and regionally as the band is exclusively touring Malaysia in this part of the SEA region.

Linkin Park Picture

The tickets that are still available are: free seating – RM195 (M2) & RM295 (M1); and free standing – RM350 (Playground Zone), RM450 (Rock Zone) and RM680 (VIP). Tickets can be purchased by visiting http://www.ticketcharge.com.my or by calling (+60) 3 9222 8811. For more concert information visit http://www.linkinparkmalaysia.com.my or http://www.facebook.com/thewonderlandplus

Seating Layout

The concert is organized by The WonderLand+, supported by Malaysia Major Events, a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) an agency under the Ministry of Culture & Tourism Malaysia; sponsored by Ford Fiesta and Etiqa Insurance Berhad, Co-Ordinating Partner Impresario Music, Music Label Warner Music Malaysia, Official Radio Station hitz.fm, Supporting Radio Station ERA fm, Official TV Stations TV3, ntv7, 8TV, TV9, Official Cable TV FOX International Channels, Official Hotel Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral, Promo Partners KKBOX, Speedy, Rock Corner, Club 99, Lifestyle Mobile Platform LINE and a joint-effort with AirAsia in promoting the concert.

AIrAsia Special Promotion For Linkin Park Fans!

Are you flying or booking your flights to Kuala Lumpur between now until 18 August 2013? If you are then you’re in for a special treat!

Check it out!

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AIrAsia Special Promotion For Linkin Park Fans To Catch The Concert In Malaysia

Linkin Park is exclusively touring Malaysia in this part of the SEA region as Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam are not included in the tour AND AirAsia travelers flying in to Kuala Lumpur from Singapore, Jakarta, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City can enjoy 10% discount of concert ticket(s) during the promotion and booking period from 19 July 2013 until 18 August 2013!

Linkin Park ‘Living Things’ World Tour Live In Malaysia 2013 is organized by The WonderLand+ will take place at Stadium Nasional, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur on August 19 at 8pm. Ticket prices are categorized into free seating – RM95, RM195, RM295; and free standing – RM350 (Playground Zone), RM450 (Rock Zone), RM550 (The Pit) and RM680 (VIP).

Check out the previous post for more details on the Concert.

2012 in review

Happy New Year 2013!!! :D

8 as is a good date as any to write my first post for 2013, but as usual before things can start, others must end…

Thus here are the milestones of my 2012 (both in the blogging world & off)

At the beginning of 2012, I said I would live in the moment & trust God more and I think 2012 was just that:

I came to a more concrete realisation of my dreams of being a writer (quite unplanned)

By February, my blog was chosen as Blog of the Month and an article of mine appeared in a local (Sarawak) paper. And though not because of my writing (but it was print media so it denotes an honorable mention :P) I also made an appearance in a Brunei local paper.

In April, I applied for a travel writing scholarship and though I did not get that, I did get 2 awesome opportunities (major highlights of my year!) – I had the opportunity to actually cover 2 big-scale events on a media pass!

See me in the press pit? ;) STILL one of my fave photos of the year!

They were the Borneo Jazz Festival in Miri in May & the Rainforest World Music Festival in Kuching in July – these 2 events encompassed all that I love: music, travel & writing. It was awesome!

Through a series of events, I also sat for a journalist exam with a local paper. If it is to be, I will be called for an interview next. Trust God. :)

Living in the moment meant I was up to whatever life presented…which led me to some very interesting things..

In April, I joined a Run & ran 5km – with less than 1 week of training at that! ;) If future me had told me in January 2012 that I’d be running in 3 months I wouldn’t have believed myself.

On a whim (bought the tixs the night before I flew), I finally went to Kota Kinabalu (prior to this it had always been just passing through) in August & in September, for the first time, I stepped foot in Penang. While the former can be checked off as “done”, Penang requires another more proper visit. :D And since I’m on the subject of travelling, Labuan was “done” in April 2012 and Bintulu in February.

With those, I guess 2012 was a “Cuti-Cuti Malaysia” year for me…plus the multiple trips to Miri & at least 3 trips to Kuching.

Life & work caught up with me towards the end of the year (thus my blog was on halt from Sept-Dec) but if I could summarise those months into a blog title it would be: “3 Weddings & a Conference” – 1 of those weddings was that of a very dear friend of mine. :’) Congrats to all 3 couples!

And so ends my review of 2012 (in general).

It had been a great year filled with memories & experiences money can’t buy…no matter where I went or what I did, it was those who were with me (be it physically or in spirit) that made them special.

Thank you for journeying with me in 2012 & I look forward to more adventures together in 2013. ;)

Leaving you now with a review of Perfect Imperfections for 2012 from the guys at WordPress.com:

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 11,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 18 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

I want to be a Travel Writer!

Earlier this month, my brother sent me an intriguing text.

It was about this Travel Writing Scholarship to Southeast Asia organized by WorldNomads.com.

Here’s the gist of the scholarship:

First off – Singapore, to go on assignment for five days under the mentorship of Rough Guides writer Richard Lim to review and update ‘The Rough Guide to Singapore’.

Next- Bali, meet up with Stuart McDonald, founder of Travelfish, the online travel guide to Southeast Asia, before heading off on six days of cultural insight and adventure in Indonesia.

Lastly – Malaysia, for a food odyssey through Kuala Lumpur and Penang with former local and cookbook author of award winning hsa*ba Burmese cookbook, Tin Cho Chaw, to explore how cuisine shapes the lives of Malaysians.

If you know me at all, you’ll know that I love Travelling and Writing, as such travel writing is the perfect career, my dream job! The opportunity to be mentored and be on assignment like a real travel writer is just something too precious to miss out on. So, what did I need to do to apply?

1. Write. Craft a 2000 character or less (this includes spaces) travel focused essay based on a personal experience around one of the following themes;

a. ‘Understanding a Culture through Food’

b. ‘A Local Encounter that Changed my Life’

c. ‘Seeing the World through Others Eyes’

d. ‘Giving Back on the Road’

2. Complete an entry form which includes contact details and a maximum 800 character essay on why you should be chosen and what the opportunity will mean for you.

So I did!

Click here to read my entry for this scholarship.

One person was only allowed one entry so may the best writer win!

I know competition is stiff,  but to be a travel writer is my destiny. The winner will be announced on May 17th – to win this would make a really really awesome birthday present!

The Madness that is March

We’re near the very end of March and boy has it been one mad (read: so-busy-it’s-just-crazy) month!

For 3 main reasons:

1) I started another blog

No, I am not closing down this blog, if that’s what you’re wondering. ;) Perfect IMPerfections is my default blog and will stay on for a foreseeable number of years into the future. That said however, I felt it time to start another blog to specifically address a major interest of mine, ie. Travelling.

At the moment, I am slowly recalling back my travels for the past couple of years but I will get to writing my newer travel tales as soon as I can cough up some time on my hands. In the meantime, please feel free to browse: A Road Once Taken. (You can also find the link on the sidebar on your left.)

2) I was playing Hostess

My bro and his family were in town a couple of weeks ago and it being their first time in Brunei in a long time (and a first for my niece), I was on hostess cum tourguide mode. They were here for the 1 week school holidays and I must say, within that 1 week, we covered quite a lot of ground! I’ll do a mini travel guide on Brunei on A Road Once Taken later. :)

More importantly though was the fact that the family was able to get together and having my niece over was just super nice!

I absolutely love her! Almost 4-yrs old, she’s simply adorable!

But firstly though, I had to earn her friendship…

You see, she’s the type that takes a while to warm up to people (including those she knows but seldom sees, like me) – in fact, I was in Kuching for a week last month and she didn’t even give me the time of day! (But that may also be due to the fact I was mostly out meeting up with old friends and she went to the nursery.) So I was more than thrilled to have her on my turf this time, secretly hoping she’d be not so tough a cookie to crack.

And I was right! Also, UNO was a great icebreaker, that much I can say. ;)

3) Famine

Apart from the 40acts challenge which I am doing throughout Lent, the 30-Hour Famine was a major event during this season of fasting, prayer and almsgiving.

Last week, we had 200+ youths in our Vicariate (and about 50 of us who made up the committee/service team & helpers) who fasted for, as the name suggests, 30 hours, eating nothing at all and only drinking water. There were, of course, more to the event than this, but basically, as part of the committee/service team, this 3D2N “camp” really had me tied down. (If you’re interested to know more, please note I will blog about it on this other blog of mine.)

So yeah, now with 3 active blogs to keep updated, my career, family, social, spiritual & personal life to juggle and not to mention travels in May & July (and maybe April & August too?), looks like I got a lot to look forward to for the rest of the year!

In the meantime, I have got to squeeze in at least one proper training for the Run happening next weekend. Ai yai yai…

Fireworks

For the past few years I’ve had this love-hate relationship with fireworks

What’s to love about fireworks?

Everything! The lights and sounds just appeals to your whole senses! It just captivates you & time just seems to stand still. All your problems are forgotten, albeit for a brief moment, when you stare into the brightly lit night sky…

What’s to hate about fireworks?

When they’re exploding all around you to the proximity you feel your eardrums are gonna burst and in the ungodly hours of the wee morning when you’re sleeping, or trying to and again when you’re woken up from barely a few hours of sleep early the following morning and you wake up with your heartbeat racing!

Well, it’s a little past 1am on Chinese New Year in Brunei – and it’s quiet outside. Something I have not experienced for the past 2 years as I’ve been celebrating it in Sibu. This year was a welcome change and it brought about an interesting whatsapp-versation between me and a friend:

Me: Oh hey..there goes the fireworks

Friend: Darn..here I can hear em but cannot see em

Me: Here I can see a few hehe.. I think I can appreciate fireworks better when I am not smack in the middle of it.

Friend: Or you are the one lighting it. Hehe..it has been a while since I played fireworks.

Me: Yeah, I think I would appreciate it if I were the one lighting it hehehe..maybe I wanna do fireworks on the 4th of July in the States? Hehe

Friend: Ooo now that is exciting! =) Or CNY in Beijing? Hehe

Me: CNY in Beijing?! *lightbulb* Cannot imagine how that would be like! Imagine watching fireworks from the Great Wall =) I have always wanted to go China too

Friend: One of the places I wanna visit too. Lots of food & breathtaking countryside! =) and fireworks is cheap and legal. Hehe. ;) Ding! ‘lightbulb’ moment too! =)

…and soon after another friend whatsapp me that she was in China…and she verified that China is indeed awesome during CNY, especially the atmosphere.

But yeah, regardless where you are in the world right now, HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR (CNY)!!! I hope you have a great start to the Year of the Water Dragon! =D

2011 Recap

2 more days left before we greet 2012.

What did you think of 2011? What do you hope for 2012?

For me, 2011 has been an unimaginable year (in a good way, mostly =p)

HIGHLIGHTS

In 2011, I finally lived a dream – to TRAVEL THE WORLD! (well, maybe not the whole world but quite a significant part of it I think hehe)

Went to Bali, Indonesia (free airtixs & hotel accomdation!)

& a stopover in KL (free accomodation in Genting! =p)

Went to Singapore (free airtixs & hotel accomodation & Universal Studios Singapore tixs!) for the Company Trip

Went to EUROPE!!! – a dream of mine for 20 odd years! *tears of joy & unbelief*

I was in :-

1. Spain – Barcelona, Madrid & lovely Segovia!

2. France

It has always been my dream to be at the Eiffel Tower!

And The Louvre!

3. England

Southampton

Manchester

London!!!

Now as I’m writing this, I remember how blessed I was in 2011 =)))

In 2011, I made new friends (hahaha, sounds more like something a small child would list of as an accomplishment but..) I am listing this as a highlight because it’s in 2011 that I made the most friends ever! Best thing is, while I was also very glad to have made many many friends in Brunei especially big guns (with humble hearts! =D) , I now have friends from other parts of the world whose culture & even languages are so different that mine – now my FB timeline is littered with status updates in Spanish, Portuguese and even Chichewa – the language my Malawi friends use. =))

And I joined an Amazing Race!!! Maybe not the one in TV, but close hehe and in Brunei LOL!

My teammates came all the way from Malaysia too! ;)

And to top that of, MORE friends came and visited too!!! =))))

Which reminds me, I also went back to Malaysia earlier this year for a Reunion as well!

Yeah…I guess 2011 has been a good year afterall (inspite of many heartaches & setbacks along the way…)

 So what do I hope for 2012?

Good friends at work maybe?

My 2 close friends at work – now my ex-colleagues =(

And while making new friends, not to lose too many existing ones?

In summary…

I hope & pray that it will be as blessed as 2011 was… =D

(a lil late but…) BLESSED CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!

& HAPPY 2012 TO YOU!!!!!