Saturday, December 31, 2016

My Favourite Stuff Of 2016

Just realised there was no list last year. Too much holidaying, I guess. : ) 2016 was quite a weird one. Icons died, politicians continued to lie and the Internet wouldn't stop making stupid people famous. But here's my list anyway...

Event
"Showdown: The Movie" Gala Premiere

It had been three years in the making, and when it finally premiered ("Showdown"'s the second feature film that I've written), having friends and family there made the occasion a whole lot sweeter!


Sporting Event
The F1 & MotoGP Garage Tour

Thanks to Red Bull, got to lepak at the paddock for both events. Not my first time, but it has been quite a while. Would have been awesomer if I had the guts to stop Kimi who shuffled swiftly past me for a photo!


Book (that I didn't write)
"Possessed: The Rise and Fall of Prince" by Alex Hahn

An old book that I've kept on the shelf for the longest time. Being a lifetime Prince fan of course I was devastated by his death. Started reading this book, and it further solidified his legendary status, at least for me.


Movie (that I didn't write)
Doctor Strange

It's hard to be impressed by CGI these days, but Doctor Strange completely blew me away. And Cumberbatch didn't disappoint either. 


Blu-Ray
Batman v Superman

Stop hating on the film, people! I dare ya to watch the blu-ray and NOT think that it's nothing less than awesome!


CD
Metallica's "Hardwired... To Self Destruct"

A return to form, and then some... This is the CD we've been waiting for the past two decades! 


Song
Closer, The Chainsmokers

Super catchy, super fun, super song!


Vacation
Hannover, Germany

It was my first time in Germany, and had a really fun and relaxing week in Hannover. And I feel an even deeper connection with Jurgen Klopp now. Hehe.


TV Show
The Voice

Still very much impressed by the production values of the show. And the singing and song selection have remained stellar as well. Not missing AI at all!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Yay! School Holidays 2016 Video


Join our school holiday workshops conducted by celebrities and professionals this November & December! Choose one of our guitar, vocal, public speaking or photography sessions and have a fun and meaningful time! Contact 012-3456055 or log on to www.yougotraining.com for details and registration

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Workshop Pengacaraan Bersama Nurul Syuhada



WORKSHOP PENGACARAAN DAN PENGUCAPAN AWAM
Bersama NURUL SYUHADA
(Personaliti TV)

Butiran program seperti berikut:

Tarikh: 12 November 2016
Waktu: 9pg – 5ptg (makan tengahari disediakan)
Tempat: Arte Academy, B-1-2, IOI Boulevard, Jalan Kenari 5
Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47170 Puchong, Selangor
(2min dari stesyen LRT IOI Puchong Jaya)

Tawaran “early bird” yang terhad!

Daftar sebelum 4 November 2016: RM299
Harga istimewa pelajar IPTA/IPTS: RM199
Harga biasa: RM350

Sijil turut disediakan.

Hubungi segera untuk mendapatkan tempat anda!

info@yougotraining.com
012-3456 055
03-86597534
www.yougotraining.com

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Yay! Cuti Sekolah!

Sertai pelbagai bengkel yang menarik dan menyeronokkan sempena cuti sekolah hujung tahun ini, anjuran YouGo Training! Bengkel-bengkel sehari ini bakal mengajar, memberi inspirasi dan menggalakkan kreativiti untuk pelajar-pelajar sekolah berusia antara 10-17 tahun

Daftar sekarang dan nikmati tawaran promosi kami!



WORKSHOP GITAR bersama AZ SAMAD
(Graduan Berklee College of Music graduate, pemuzik dan pendidik)

Tarikh: 19 November atau 11 Disember 2016

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WORKSHOP NYANYIAN bersama VINCE CHONG
(Pemenang Akademi Fantasia dan artis rakaman)

Tarikh: 28 November atau 10 Disember 2016

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WORKSHOP PENGUCAPAN AWAM bersama RINA OMAR
(Personaliti TV dan pengacara majlis profesional)

Dalam Bahasa Inggeris.

Tarikh: 26 November atau 17 Disember 2016

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WORKSHOP PENGUCAPAN AWAM bersama NURUL SYUHADA
(Personaliti TV)

Dalam Bahasa Malaysia.

Tarikh: 20 November atau 18 Disember 2016

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WORKSHOP FOTOGRAFI bersama ZUHRI ISKANDAR
(Jurufoto komersil, pemenang anugerah dan pengasas Redmedia)

Tarikh: 27 November atau 18 Disember 2016

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Butiran lain:

Masa: 10pg hingga 4ptg
Tempat: Arte Academy, B-1-2, IOI Boulevard, Jalan Kenari 5
Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47170 Puchong, Selangor

Tawaran “early bird” dan diskaun tambahan:
Daftar sebelum10 Nov 2016: RM299
Harga biasa: RM350
Daftar lebih daripada satu program cuti sekolah anjuran YouGo Training: RM250 untuk setiap program

Hubungi: 012-3456055 / 03-86597534
info@yougotraining.com


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Yay! School Holidays!

Join YouGo Training’s exciting creative skills and performing arts workshops this November and December! Together with well-known celebrities and industry professionals, our programs aim to teach, inspire and provide a creative outlet for school kids aged 10-17. It’s the perfect way to spend the school holidays in a fun and meaningful way!

Register now to enjoy special promotional rates!



GUITAR WORKSHOP with AZ SAMAD
(Berklee College of Music graduate, musician and educator)

Open to all school students aged 10-17. For this workshop, participants must already be able to play the guitar at a basic level. He/she must also bring his/her own acoustic guitar. Learning materials will be provided.

Date: 19 November or 11 December 2016
Time: 10am to 4pm (lunch provided)



VOCAL WORKSHOP with VINCE CHONG
(Recording artiste and vocal coach)

Open to all school students aged 10-17.

Date: 28 November or 10 December 2016
Time: 10am to 4pm (lunch provided)



PUBLIC SPEAKING WORKSHOP with RINA OMAR
(TV personality and professional emcee)

Conducted in English. Open to all school students aged 10-17.

Date: 26 November or 17 December 2016
Time: 10am to 4pm (lunch provided)



PUBLIC SPEAKING WORKSHOP with NURUL SYUHADA
(TV personality)

Conducted in BM. Open to all school students aged 10-17.

Date: 20 November or 18 December 2016
Time: 10am to 4pm [lunch provided]


PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP with ZUHRI ISKANDAR
(Award-winning commercial photographer and founder of Redmedia)

Open to all school students aged 10-17. For this workshop, participants must bring his/her own digital compact or DSLR camera. Learning materials will be provided.

Date: 27 November or 18 December
Time: 10am to 4pm [lunch provided]


Other details:

Venue: Arte Academy, B-1-2, IOI Boulevard, Jalan Kenari 5
Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47170 Puchong, Selangor

Early bird and multiple session discounts:
Register before 10 Nov 2016: RM299
Normal price: RM350
Sign up for more than one YouGo school holiday workshop: RM250 per workshop only

Contact: 012-3456055 / 03-86597534
info@yougotraining.com


Monday, September 26, 2016

YouGo Is A Go!: Workshop Pengacaraan Bersama Halim Othman

YouGo Training's first-ever program, Workshop Pengacaraan Bersama Halim Othman was successfully organised this past Saturday! (24/9) It was a historic day for us, and looking at all the positive feedback and comments on the evaluation forms, made the whole occasion even more memorable.

Thanks to everyone involved at YouGo Training and Arte Academy! 

Our next workshop with Halim Othman on 15th Oct is still open for registration. Contact 012-3456055 and see you then!












Thursday, July 28, 2016

The OAG Story In Kosmo!

This came out in Kosmo! yesterday. Yeah, pity about the typo tho : /


And here's the belated video on the launch back in May at the KL International Book Fair

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Jalan-Jalan Hannover

So yeah, not quite a top-of-mind destination, but the opportunity to visit Hannover came when my other half invited me along on her work trip this past March. Her company was an exhbitor at the world's biggest IT fair, CeBIT, so I happily said "JA" to this chance of visiting Germany for the first time ever :)

We took a KLM flight to Amsterdam, and continued our journey on the KLM Cityhopper to Hannover. The last time we were at Schipol Airport was in 2013, when we went to Amsterdam and London for our year-end family holiday. Think they've done a fair bit of renovation, and we encountered no problems whatsoever at the check point.

We went straight to the hotel upon arriving in Hannover, and managed to do a bit of sightseeing. The hotel was near the Hannover Hauptbanhof (the main train station), right in the heart of the city, so it was super convenient to catch public transportation, and there were tons of places to shop and halal eateries as well.




My wife had also arranged for a week-pass for all the trains and trams (available only during CeBIT), so moving about was really smooth. (Interesting to note that there are no ticket turnstiles for the tram system, so you are trusted to buy your own tickets before getting on. There are no ticket inspectors as well!)


On the first day itself, we went to the Herrenhausen Great Garden, a must-visit 17th century baroque garden and one of the best in Europe. Entry fee was EUR 6.

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It was a wonderful sight, although at the end of winter, the flowers were not in bloom and trees were still being groomed. It's the same all around the city. We could only imagine what it would really look like during the other seasons.



  



For the next five days, I had time to explore the city on my own (while my wife was hard at work, hehe), and I did manage to do quite a bit. So, here are some highlights...

There was one day when the weather was simply magnificent (although the temperature was still relatively low), so I went back to the Haurenhausen Garden, and also visited the adjacent attraction, the Grober Garden. Sealife was there too, but I chose to just lepak by the park and actually read my book : )



The other way of seeing the sights easily was of course on a hop-on, hop-off CityTour bus. But in winter, the service was only on certain days and not on a daily basis. I managed to catch one, and it took me to 8 different stops, costing EUR 15. Yeah, it was kind of a short loop, but I did manage to get a better bearing of where all the attractions were in the city, and they were more or less within walking distance.



So, having acquired the necessary knowledge of important locations, I did my own walkabout. One definite must-visit is the New Townhall. For EUR 3, you could go up to the top of the observation platform via the arched lift. It could be slightly daunting for people who are not keen on heights, I must say!

The views from on top though were simply magnificent.





You could also see models of the city throughout the different eras and centuries, on the ground floor. Hannover was basically destroyed during World War II, so they had to rebuild almost 90% of the city.


Outside the Townhall, even the gardens around the area were simply picture-perfect.





So of course I had to come back with wifey a couple of days later to enjoy the sights again with her.







Around the area too, I visited a couple of museums and galleries, and also made my way to the HDI Arena, home of Bundesliga side, Hannover 96.



The magnificent man-made lake of Maschee was also in the vicinity.



I must say that my days there were simply relaxing and calm, with pleasant cool weather always. I spent a lot of time at the shops too, buying some rare stuff for our princess.



I also checked-out the coffee places (which they had plenty of!), and sampled some of their famous pretzels! (Big and salty, but it was alright).



For our lunch and dinners, there were quite a number of Middle Eastern kebab shops to choose from. But yeah, after 4, 5 days, bosan jugak makan kebab je : /




The only other type of halal cuisine was an Indian restaurant where we had some roti and beriyani. But there were no Malaysian or Indonesian restaurants within our vicinity.

I also visited the exhibition grounds where CeBIT was held, and it was huge! It's a bit of a walk for people wanting to visit all the halls, I can assure you.

I must say though that Germans are friendly people. Everywhere you go, people would greet you with an enthusiastic "Hulllloooo". Hehe. And yeah, somehow I passed off as a German myself. It was pretty simple; Say "hullo" going into a shop, buy something, then say "Danke!". And you're done : )

Danke Hannover, for the memories! And danke dear wifey : )

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