Published in The Peak, December 2012 (Click on images to read the article).
Published in The Peak, December 2012 (Click on images to read the article).
French Art & Film Festival 2012 kicks off 23 May – 23 June in Kuala Lumpur, 6-13 June in Penang. As Royal Patron of the French Art & Film Festival (FAFF) this year, I’m delighted to present to you great French film screenings at GSC Pavilion, Mid Valley, 1Utama as well as other musical and artistic performances. Here are the trailers of the French films showing (subtitled in English):
Les Intouchables (The Untouchables) :
Genre: Comedy. One of the greatest blockbusters in French film history with $240 million domestic gross and definitely a favourite of mine. Don’t miss this film as there are only 2 screenings in KL!
Synopsis: The wild cinematic success based on a true story of two men who should never have met –After a paragliding accident, Philippe, a rich aristocrat, hires Driss, a young guy from the projects recently released from prison to be his care-giver… In other words, the person least suited for the job. Together they will blend Vivaldi and Earth, Wind and Fire, elegant diction and street jive, suits and sweatpants…Two worlds are going to collide and come to terms with each other to give birth to a friendship as crazy, comical and strong as it is unexpected, a unique relationship that will create sparks and make them…Untouchable.
Les Femmes du 6ème étage (Service Entrance) :
Genre: comedy. I loved this heart-warming film.
Synopsis: In 1960s Paris, the life of a conservative couple are turned upside down by two Spanish maids. Jean Louis Joubert, a scrupulous foreign exchange broker and an uptight man discovers of a full band of Spanish maids living on the 6th floor of his wealthy residential building. Maria, the maid who’s working for him makes him discover a totally new and exuberant world fully different of his strict world. Stirred by those punchy women, he begins to give up his annoying life to experience for the first time, the happiness and joy from a simple life. But can we really change our life at 45?
Les émotifs Anonymes (Romantics Anonymous) :
Genre: Comedy/ Romance. Looking forward to this one.
Synopsis: What happens when a man and a woman share a common passion? What occurs when a highly emotional man meets a highly emotional woman? They fall in love. And this is what happens to Jean-René, the boss of a small chocolate factory, and Angélique, a gifted chocolate maker he has just hired. Both share the same passion and handicap but being pathologically timid does not make things easy for them. So whether they will manage to get together, join their solitudes and live happily ever after is a guessing matter.
Une Vie De Chat (A Cat in Paris) :
Genre: animated feature film.
Synopsis: Dino is a cat that leads a double life. By day, he lives with Zoé, a little girl whose mother, Jeanne, is a police officer. By night, he works with Nico, a burglar with a big heart. Zoé has plunged herself into silence following her father’s murder at the hands of gangster Costa. One day, Dino the cat brings Zoé a very valuable bracelet. Lucas, Jeanne’s second-in-command, notices that the bracelet is part of a jewelry collection that has been stolen. One night, Zoé decides to follow Dino. On the way, she overhears some gangsters and discovers that her nanny is part of the gangsters’ team
Liberté (Korkoro) :
Synopsis: A Gypsy family travels the French roads during the Second World War, followed by Little Claude, a young boy seeking a new family after his parents “left and never returned”. Upon reaching a town where they traditionally stop for a few months and work in vineyards, they learn that a new law forbids them from being nomadic. Theodore, the town’s mayor, and Miss Lundi, the schoolteacher, protect and help the Gypsies. Despite this, they are arrested and placed in an internment camp. Theodore manages to rescue them and gives them a piece of property where they must settle. But the Gypsies’ deep thirst for freedom makes this sedentary lifestyle difficult to bear. After Theodore and Miss Lundi were arrested for resistance, the Gypsies decide they must get back on the move in order to remain free.
Le Père de Mes Enfants (Father of my Children) :
Synopsis: At one side, Grégoire, a movie producer of great charm, owner of Moon Films, struggles to feed his family: two young daughters, and wife while keeping his studio going when one project hemorrhages money.. In aide of her husband, Sylvia, his Italian wife, tries to hold the family together as she looks fully into Moon Films’ troubles. She meets with a banker, a temperamental Swede, Russian TV magnates, a film lab exec, and Moon’s lawyer. At the same time, Clémence, their oldest daughter, goes on her own search. How does a family pick up the pieces when debt crushes them?
To know more on cinema screening times please visit FAFF website: FAFF Cinema Schedule
Other exciting activities for FAFF include: music, circus, theatre, book launch, French market and more… Visit FAFF . Organized by Alliance Française de Kuala Lumpur (AFKL) Alliance Francaise de Kuala Lumpur.
We recently had a wonderful weekend getaway to YTL’s Pangkor Laut Resort located on the West Coast of Malaysia. With a seriously impressive list of awards and accolades to its name such as Best Spa Resort (Winner) CNNGo! 2011; Best Luxury Destination Spa World Luxury Hotel Awards, 2011; Best Hotel voted by SLH Club Members Small Luxury Hotels of The World, 2009 - it’s no surprise to you that we often recommend this hotel to our friends overseas.
Pangkor Laut Resort is located on the privately owned island of Pangkor Laut off the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, it is a tropical isle with rocky outcrops and white sandy beaches fringed by a beautiful rain forest. We recommend the Spa Villa with your private water chalet and balcony. We spotted all sorts of wildlife from giant monitor lizards to hornbills on the resort. Great dining facilities and our faves were Fisherman’s Cove and Uncle Lim’s Kitchen for dinner and lunch at Royal bay Beach Club. Of course we also visited the Spa Village which is world renowned doing their signature Bath House ritual. See why we loved it so much! It’s the ideal romantic retreat.
Published in The Star (Metro): Saturday 3 December 2011
ORIGINALO has just launched five new gifts categories in time for Christmas — Adrenalin, Delicious Dining, Luxury Dining, For Her and For Him.
Originalo gifts offer an easy solution to getting the ideal gift for family and friends that will have them screaming with delight.
Do not know what to get this holiday season?
Originalo has the perfect answer with its new additions: For Her (RM200) a gift-box set for women with style; For Him (RM200) a gift box set for men with attitude.
These multi-thematic gift box sets allow your recipient to choose from 12 amazing lifestyle experiences ranging from spa treatments, dining and action. How perfect is that?
Know a thrill-seeker?
Then offer Adrenalin (RM200), which entitles one, two or more people to a choice of 12 exciting action-packed experiences on water, in the air or on the ground – from shark cage diving, hip hop dancing, martial arts, paintball, flying in a Cessna plane to indoor golf. the choice is yours!
Know a foodie?
Then offer Delicious Dining (RM199), which entitles two people to a choice of 12 delicious restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, or Luxury Dining (RM299), which entitles two people to a choice of 12 fine-dining restaurants in Kuala Lumpur.
Know of someone in need of a little pampering?
Then offer Spa Beauty (RM180), which entitles one person to a fabulous choice of 25 amazing spa treatments; Spa Massage (RM250), which entitles one person to a choice of 23 spa massages; or Luxury Spa (RM350), which entitles one person to a choice of 31 high-end luxury spas.
For a jetsetter, offer Ultimate Escape (RM550), which entitles two people to a fabulous weekend escape across Malaysia to destinations such as Kuala Lumpur, Cherating, Cameron Highlands, Penang, Malacca, Ipoh, Tioman, and Port Dickson.
The concept is simple to use: inside each Originalo gift box is a booklet and a voucher. All you have to do is select one of the experiences from the booklet.Then book directly with the experience provider and present the voucher at the venue.
“The beauty of this gift is that whatever gift you choose, they are guaranteed to make your Christmas brighter and more special because we have carefully selected only the best for our customers,” said Tengku Datin Paduka Setia Zatashah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, the driving force behind the company.
Her husband Aubry Rahim Mennesson added: “It is really targeted at those who appreciate the fine things in life and this is a more elegant way to say you care.”
Originalo positions itself as a “provider of next-generation lifestyle gifts” with prices starting from RM180.
The gifts are available from the website www.originalo.com.my and at selected Borders bookstores (The Gardens Mall, Bangsar Village II, and The Curve).
To discover more about Originalo gifts, go to www.originalo.com.my
What a weekend! For the 2011 F1 Grand Prix, the heat was sweltering over Kuala Lumpur, with almost no rain (locals would say that the Bomohs did a good job).
The race was incredible on the Sepang circuit with in the end the second victory for Sebastien Vettel this season. Behind him drivers kept swapping places regularly.
The surprise podium finisher this weekend was Nick Heidfeld in the Lotus-Renault (well done Malaysia!). PZ and I finished this great Sunday with Bruno Mars, who was a recent winner of the Grammy Award for ‘Best Male Pop Performance. For his first ever performance in Malaysia, we were treated with hits like ‘Just the Way You Are’, ‘Grenade’ and ‘Billionaire’… One of the best performance we’ve seen so far.
We were recently invited to attend the press conference with Mike Horn and his Young Explorers at Aquaria KLCC to launch Mike Horn’s Pangaea Borneo ACT Project.
Mission: The YEPS will set sail on Pangaea to islands in Sabah like Langkayan and Billian islands. With two coral reef specialists onboard, they will go and look for hotspots where the Pangaea ACT Project can ACT, primarially concentrating on coastal clean-ups and the protection of the corals and marine life in the region. The team have their work cut out for them as they go round the islands cleaning it up, turtle conservation, spotting damaged coral reefs etc . Malaysia is the perfect place for the Pangaea ACT Project as here we can show the contrasts of Nature in its real and natural beauty, against Nature that has been harmed by human habitation.
Meet the heros:Rebecca Berker (Germany. Aged 16) Akira Biondo Shimada (Japan. Aged 19) Leonard Chuan Jun Yi (Singapore. Aged 17) Saraya D’Ath (Australia. Aged 15) Zofia Drapella (Poland. Aged 19) Matthew Graesslin (Swtizerland. Aged 15) Lauren Morrell (USA. Aged 16) Stefan Oosthuizen (South Africa. Aged 21) Jen Ho (Malaysia. Aged 16) Ariane Elle (Malaysia. Aged 16)
As I listened and chatted with these Young Explorers I was amazed by their passion, energy and commitment to these expeditions. Akira for example had gone on Pangaea Mongolia Expedition, Zofia had done New Zealand Expedition, Saraya had done Kamchatka Selection camp, Leonard for the Himalaya Selection Camp… And they’re in their teens! As youth ambassadors they:
As I spoke at the Press Conf, I only hoped that the actions of the YEPs will spread amongst our Malaysian youth to be inspired and say “hey I want to do that!” At the end of the day, youths have the power for change. As for me, I’m so inspired by them that I’m in the midst of brainstorming a project for Malaysian youths inspired by Mike Horn’s Pangaea Borneo Act Project. I know that Malaysian youths are just as committed and eager to work on environmental projects for our community, as I’d witnessed together with 40 Malaysian Red Crescent Youths planting 1000 mangrove trees (see link: Planting 1000 mangrove trees )
If you’re interested to know what the YEPs are getting up to in Borneo, check out Mike Horn’s website http://www.mikehorn.com
Bravo YEPs! Keep up the great work