Here Are 7 Fascinating Museums To Visit In Malaysia To Learn About Our Nation’s History

Here Are 7 Fascinating Museums To Visit In Malaysia To Learn About Our Nation’s History

Though I love to read Greek mythology and the British’s War Of Roses, I sometimes do wish to know about my own culture, and where I ‘came from’. Not literally, but you get what I mean. Malaysia is a country filled with stories and artefacts, so influenced by the various cultures that have passed through, settled down, or resulted from the true natives. It’s time to get cultured about our own culture with these unique museums:

1. Rainforest Discovery Centre

This discovery centre is a living museum of Borneo’s rain forest and is the perfect place to witness specimens in their natural habitats. It also acts as a reserve of sorts for much of Borneo’s unique wildlife with minor replanting and controlled climates, educating those who visit on the wide array of deep rain forest plants that usually take hours and expert eyes to spot in the wild. It is also a neighbour to the Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, whom they collaborate with in hopes to keep the remaining relevant tourist attracts well-looked after and funded.

2. Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia 

Ever fascinated with Islamic Arts? This place houses the largest growing collection of Islamic art and artefacts from all around the world and is the best place to explore the Islamic culture within Southeast Asia, focusing mainly on China, India, and the Malay regions. It also has an extensive showcase of Islamic motifs throughout time and culture, from the religion’s roots in Persia and the Middle East to its status as modern Malaysia’s national religion.

3. Sarawak Natural History Museum

This museum started out as a passion project by a British naturalist, Alfred Wallace, to collect new wildlife specimens of the strange and yet largely unexplored island of Borneo. It then turned into Sarawak’s oldest museum, growing in showcases of the indigenous inhabitants from different tribes. This place is also one of the few businesses to endure extreme looting and damage during the Japanese occupation in WWII. But today, this museum remains one of the most beautiful examples of the 19th-century Victorian architecture in the state and hosts locally sources exhibits.

4. Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum

The Baba and Nyonya culture in Malaysia always fascinated me. This place details the history of the Chinese-Malay Uninion that formed the rich and unique Peranakan culture. It also works hard to preserve much of the 19th century Malay during which the Peranakan heritage thrived. What’s cooler? This museum is located in a pre-WWII clan house and stands out as one of the best-kept remnants of the old Malaya, delving into the lives of these interracial descendants.

5. Pinang Peranakan Mansion

This place details the diverse and distinct Penang communities in a refurbished mansion that once belonged to one of Penang’s richest Chinese clan. It found a new life as a home for the prevailing multiracial society in Malaya. The museum’s restored richness will give those who visit awareness into the impact of Chinese culture on the surrounding local population.

6. Petrosains

As a child, I loved Petrosains. It played a (small) part in the nerd that I am today. This Discovery Centre is the pride of PETRONAS and is a modern style museum dedicated to educating future generations on the science and industries of oil, gas and water works. This uniquely curated centre is full of interactive displays and is situated within one of KL’s best malls; The PETRONAS Twin Towers. So if you ever want to go there and nerd out, the rest of your family can just drop you off there whilst they shop, drink and drink extravagantly.

7. National Museum of Malaysia

Last but not least, is this famous museum which offers special regional collections with relics and archaeological finds dating back to the prehistoric eras. Discover Malaysian pre-culture witness the rise and decline of ancient maritime and agricultural kingdoms. It also features a collection of aboriginal produce in a separate building nearby, mainly from the rural regions of Peninsular Malaysia.

Here Are 7 Fascinating Museums To Visit In Malaysia To Learn About Our Nation’s History was last modified: May 12th, 2018 by Shareen Ho

8 Of The Most Inspirational Sculptures In The World

8 Of The Most Inspirational Sculptures In The World

From Renaissance classics that started the ideal beauty standards to modern-day artworks that break boundaries of material and media, these are 8 of the most gorgeous sculptures from all around the world:

1. David


Perhaps one of the most iconic sculpture in history is Michelangelo’s David. It is truly a powerful sight to behold, standing at 14 feet fall, and depicts the Biblical hero David before his infamous battle with the Goliath. It was commissioned for the Florence Cathedral and was made by a block of marble that was discarded by previous sculptors for being imperfect, but Michelangelo, being an artistic genius and only 26 at the time, transformed it into a paradigm of beauty that has lasted for over 5 centuries.

2. Expansion


The Expansion was created from bronze and electricity by Paige Bradley who conceived the piece when she first moved to Manhattan. She found it particularly difficult to bring her works into galleries, so she revised her practice with her work of art. Using refined wax of a woman meditating, she shattered it and transformed it into the Expansion which appears to be bursting apart with its inner light shining through the cracks.

3. Metalmorphosis


Metalmorphosis is a unique work of art that explores the limits of media and was created by the internationally famous sculptor, David Cerny of the Czech Republic. Well-known for his monumental sculptures, Cerny’s Metalmorphosis is truly a fete of engineering, using nearly 40 pieces of steel grouped into 7 segments and able to rotate, spew water, until the segment aligns to form a giant head.


4. The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa


This artwork can be argued as one of Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s best and most impressive sculptures. The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa is located in the Cornaro Chapel in Santa maria della Vittoria is Rome and depicts the Saint Teresa of Ávila during the moment where she feels she is pierced through the heart by an arrow. The famous Bernini converts his white marble into what looks like a lifelike sculpture of the saint which affects anyone emotionally when they see it.

5. Christ the Redeemer


Immediately recognisable to many, this artwork overlooks the city of Rio de Janeiro and is located atop Corcovado, 700 metres above the city. It was unveiled in 1931, created from reinforced concrete and sandstone, and was voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2017. It was created in the Art Deco style and is the largest of its kind on the world, standing at 38 metres tall and with an arm span of 20 metres across.

6. The Monument of an Anonymous Passer-by


Unveiled in December 2005, this sculpture is located at a busy crossroads in the centre of Wroclaw and symbolises the enslavement of people by communism. Created by Jerzy Kalina for the 24th anniversary of martial law in Poland, it is there to remind how underground organisations like Fighting Solidarity and Orange Alternative protested against the law and communism. It features 14 people rising from the ground and will definitely evoke emotions from all who observes it.

7. Moai


This sculpture is probably one of the oldest in the world and located on Easter Island as massive megaliths that attracts hordes of visitors to the island every year. It was also created between 1400 and 1650 A.D. by island natives, mainly carved by hand from the volcano Rano Raraku. There are about 1000 statues on the island made to honour chieftains and other important people, and nearby half of them are found at Rano Raraku, the main quarry. You can find the rest doted all around the island.

8. Maman


This sculpture turned Louise Bourgeois into a household name as it is one of the largest sculptures in the world and depicts a 30-foot spider made from bronze, stainless steel, and marble. Titled “Mother” in French, it reflects maternal themes and was dedicated to Bourgeois’ mother. It was made in 1999 for the Unilever Series in the Turbine Hall in the Tate Modern and was the inaugural commission for the space.

8 Of The Most Inspirational Sculptures In The World was last modified: April 20th, 2018 by Shareen Ho

5 Cafés From Around The World That Coffeeholics Should Include In Their Caffeine Bucket List

5 Cafés From Around The World That Coffeeholics Should Include In Their Caffeine Bucket List

Coffee forms an essential part of most people’s life and diet. There are people who even considered coffee as the staple of their existence. If you’re one of those who live for the smell and taste of coffee, and constantly on the lookout for good coffee even when you’re on vacation, the cafes on this list boast strong coffee cultures that are not to be missed.

1) Coffee Collective, Copenhagan

Stroll in for a freshly brewed cup of coffee while you chat up the barista, who is also the World Barista Champion. The café is well-known for its classic set, which includes a shot of espresso served with a traditional-style cappuccino. Café Collective is so Instagram-worthy that you will feel like you’ve just walked into someone’s Instagram feed.



2) Heart Coffee Roasters, Portland, Oregon

Heart roasts its coffee out of the Portland shop, so not only will the smell of fresh roasting fill you with extreme joy, but the baristas will be happy to discuss the different coffee offerings from all over the world with you. Their popular affogato will melt in your mouth with the perfect combination of expresso dolloped over homemade coconut ice cream.



3) Kaffeine, London

Kaffeine’s coffee flight will take you on a mouth trip that is out of this world. Don’t drink any coffee before visiting because the flight includes a single shot of espresso, a single shot of cappuccino, and a cold-brew cascara refresher. Kaffeine’s baristas must have at least three years of training before brewing behind the shop’s bar, and it shows in the way they perfectly craft latte art.



4) Workshop Coffee, London

Workshop is known as one of the best coffee roasters in the world. It goes to great lengths to bring the best coffee to London, and this shows not only in the café’s delish coffees but in their presentation too. The art is so cute that you won’t even want to ruin your coffee by drinking it.



5) 3FE, Dublin

The vibes in 3FE are so peaceful and calm that you’ll lose track of time just watching the baristas working their magic behind the bar. You can try many coffees at one setting by ordering their coffee trio or filter tasting. For their coffee trio, you can try its beans which were made in three different ways: espresso, espresso with milk, and filtered. The filter tasting, on the other hand, includes two filter coffees served side by side.



Let us know if there’s any other international cafes which you’ve tried that are noteworthy!

5 Cafés From Around The World That Coffeeholics Should Include In Their Caffeine Bucket List was last modified: April 4th, 2018 by Friends Of Sevenpie

If Poetry Is Your Thing, These Are 8 Modern Poets You Should Know By Now

If Poetry Is Your Thing, These Are 8 Modern Poets You Should Know By Now

So, let’s put aside those old poets with only black and white pictures of them and find out some new talents of our generation!

1. Morgan Parker

If you think Beyoncé is inspirational, try Morgan Parker who draws on her feelings through Yoncé’s voice. In fact, she has an entire book of poems called ‘There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé’, on top of her prize-winning collection, ‘Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night.

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2. Amber Tamblyn

Yes, Amber from the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, who also happens to be a legit poet. Her third poetry book, Dark Sparkler, was released in 2015 and discussed about actresses whose lives were lost in their prime, including Marilyn Monroe and Sharon Tate.

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3. Tracy K. Smith

Life On Mars, Smith’s third poetry book consist of the mishmash of science fiction and reality, and also the universe and the universal ideas. Smith won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012.

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4. Richard Blanco

Does this name sounds familiar? Well that’s because he was the first immigrant, the first Latino, the first openly gay person, and also the youngest person to read at President’s Obama’s second inauguration. But he’s also an amazing poet that everyone needs to check out.

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5. Patricia Lockwood

Lockwood is a fan-favorite jokester on Twitter, so she’s pretty famous. She’s also the author of 2 poetry books. Her writing are rather sexual and silly, familiar and subversive; it will never fail to captivate.

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6. Sherman Alexie

Love Stephen Colbert? Well, this is the guy who can out-funny Colbert. Alexie uses his strong sense of humour to take on topics such as the challenges faced in the country today by Native Americans who grow up on reservations to technology and so many more. He’s also the author of the Blasphemy stories and Face, whilst also a winner of the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award, 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the 2001 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, and a Special Citation for the 1994 PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Fiction. Alexie also wrote and co-produced Smoke Signals which won both the Audience Award and the Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.

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7. Tina Chang

This #girlboss was also the first woman to be named poet laureate of Brooklyn and held that position since 2010. On top of teaching poetry at the Sarah Lawrence College, Chang also helps develop public interests through crafting murals and educational outreach programs.

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8. Meghan O’Rourke

If you study creative writing, you know you have questions about your career options all the time. O’Rourke is the perfect person to answer all those questions like an expert. She started off as one of the youngest editors at The New Yorker and went on to become a poetry editor for The Paris Review. Today, she’s a culture critic for the Slate.

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Do you prefer contemporary poetry over classic poetry?

If Poetry Is Your Thing, These Are 8 Modern Poets You Should Know By Now was last modified: April 3rd, 2018 by Shareen Ho

10 Epic Broadway Musicals Every Musical-Nerd Needs To Watch IRL

10 Epic Broadway Musicals Every Musical-Nerd Needs To Watch IRL

We’ve covered Movie Musicals. Now let’s cover the real deal; Broadway musicals! From racial tensions in the ‘60s to… cats…? Let’s list down the best broadway everyone needs to watch!

1. The Phantom of the Opera


This musical has been the longest-running show in the history of Broadway, running continuously since 1988 (21 years). It has been a consistent sell-out and favourite for many of those visiting New York. The show tells the dramatic story of a disfigured man who haunts the Paris Opera House and falls in love with Christine Daae, training her to sing ‘like an angel’. But then a majestic man called Raoul comes along and Daae ends up falling for Raoul. The disfigured man loses it.

2. The Lion King


This musical might be more recent than the last but it maintains at the top spot of many list for the ‘winners of many viewers’ choice awards. The story is mostly along the same lines of the animated Disney movie where a lion king dies, and his cub runs away from his birth-right to be king because he can live with no worries… for the rest of his day. It’s a problem-free… philosophy… And it’s also heavily inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

3. Cats

This was the longest running show when it left the stage around 2003. The show has been translated into more than 20 languages and has been shown around the world. It’s about Jellicle Cats’ and their life stories… and memories… all alone in the moonlight…

4. Les Miserables / Les Mis / Les Miz

Based on the 1862 novel of the same title by Victor Hugo, this is the longest running play in London. It is set in the period of social unrest during the French Revolution where a poor man stole bread, was incarcerated by Russell Crowe and was freed. A bunch of stuff happened and the bread-thief ends up looking after the daughter of one of his past factory worker who ended up a dying sex worker. Jumping another couple of years later, the bread-thief becomes a philanthropist and a very nice politician who cared for others died, leading to a revolution happening against the monarchy. A member of the revolution then ends up falling for the bread-thief’s step-daughter and vice versa. There’s also like another girl who likes the rebel but whatever. A bunch of other stuff happen and well… a lot of people died. Like a lot. *cue ugly crying*

5. Wicked

Though not as long-standing as some of these other productions, this musical has the audience seeing green. Hah.

It was selected by viewers as the best musical of 2007. The musical has broken box-office records worldwide and it was also named by Time magazine as the “Best Musical of the Year”. It tells the story of what Oz was like, long before Dorothy got there, starting with a green-skinned girl who was bullied who became friends with a popular blonde (this is starting to sound like Mean Girls). Well, they were friends until people started calling one of them ‘good’ and the other ‘wicked’. And then… enters a man.

Pretty much.

The blonde finds herself seduced by the need to be liked by everyone, whilst the green one is desperate to remain true to herself and others, plus a man in the mix, leads them to different paths in life and fulfil their destinies as we see in the original story.

6. Hairspray

This musical has taken home the Tony Award’s top six awards, only one of three musicals that have ever done so. The performance tells the story of the racial tensions in the 1960s where a chubby girl with an agoraphobic mom campaigns for racial integration for a tv show.

7. Rent


This rock musical, along with winning a Tony Award for Best Musical has also won a Pulitzer Prize. It tells the story of poor young struggling artists in New York City’s East Village, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

8. Hamilton: An American Musical


This is a sung- and rapped-through musical that achieved both critical acclaim and box office success. It’s about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, notably incorporating hip-hop rhythm and blues, pop music, soul music, traditional-style show tunes and colour-conscious casting of non-white actors as the Founding Fathers and other historical figures.

9. West Side Story

With music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, it’s hard to leave his musical out of the list. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, the story is set in New York in the mid ‘50s. So there’s 2 gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, of different ethnic backgrounds (White vs Puerto Rican respectively) with the Sharks being bullied often by the Jets (expected). A former member of the Jets, and best friend of its leader, Riff, falls in love with Maria, the sister of the leader of the Sharks. And… well… yknow how Romeo & Juliet ends.

10. Miss Saigon

This musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr, is based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera, Madame Butterfly. It premièred at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, on September 20th 1989, closing after 4,092 performances on October 30th 1999, opening on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre on April 11th 1991. Before the opening of the 2013 London revival, it was claimed that Miss Saigon had set a world record for opening day ticket sales with sales in excess of £4 million. It’s also Schönberg and Boublil’s second major success, following Les Mis. As of April 2017, it remains Broadway’s 13th longest-running show.

The musical tells a tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an South Vietnamese bargirl abandoned by her American lover, a US GI, in 1970s Saigon during the Vietnam War. And no, you may not imagine that one scene from Full Metal Jacket.

Aaaand that’s all folks! However, I’m curious. If you could have any movie turned into a musical, which would it be?

10 Epic Broadway Musicals Every Musical-Nerd Needs To Watch IRL was last modified: March 23rd, 2018 by Shareen Ho