The Coolest Influencer App in 2019

The Coolest Influencer App in 2019

It’s 2019 and everyone has been upping their social media game. Whether it’s a new Instagram feed theme, a trendier photo editing style, or a cooler Instagram Story video with a filter that isn’t available on Instagram itself. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. We have found some apps that are currently trending and can help you improve your social media game to kick start 2019, and the best part? They’re all free to download.

Note: This list is not in an order of personal preference; it’s a compilation of some trendy social media tools that may help guide you. You’re advised to choose as per your need.

1. Prequel: Story & Photo Editor

Prequel is perfect for those who favour a more eye-catching visual effect. With options ranging from VHS, Glitch, Spectra, Origami, and many more others to choose from, it would definitely make anything Insta-Story worthy! There are in-app purchases in Prequel for a wider range of filters and effects but in our opinion, the free version already have us spoilt for choices.
Download it here on the App store and give it a try!

2. Ulike – Define Trendy Selfie

Ulike is a beautycam app that not only helps enhance your pictures with a wide variety of filters and touch up features, it also comes with posing templates for those who want to find new inspiration in posing for photos. The pose templates are available for everyone and they’ve got you covered for all occasions such as selfies, daily, mirror, males, couples, friends, café, street, travel, and beach! Ulike is available for both Apple and Android devices and it’s services are completely free!

Download from the App Store and Google Play Store and start posing now!


VSCO may have been around for awhile, but this photo editing app is a community for creators, by creators. Whilst creating your own edits, there is also a whole community of creators on this platform sharing their experiences and preferred settings. This way, we can all be inspired by one another and hopefully inspire others with our passion along the way. If you search on Instagram, there are also several accounts that have shared several custom presets with theme ideas that can be achieved with VSCO. VSCO is free to download, but there are also in-app purchase options available if you are looking for a wider spread of filters.

Download from the App Store and Google Play Store and try it out!

4. Planoly: Planner for Instagram

Those who are trying to maintain a theme to their Instagram feed will understand the pain of having to think very far ahead before posting anything that might risk ‘breaking the feed’. Planoly is a visual planner app that helps users plan and schedule their posts ahead of time, you can move the pictures to check for placements that best matches your aesthetic. Not only that, Planoly also allows you to schedule your Insta-Stories! How amazing is that?.

Download from the App Store and Google Play Store now! 

5. Passionation

Passionation is the newest influencer marketing platform in Malaysia and it is a one stop platform that bridges brands and influencers together, providing convenience to both parties. With a variety of projects and campaigns by reliable brands, influencers are able to find campaigns that best suits them. On top of that, Passionation is also able to aid influencers by repurposing the content through programmatic methods. With that being said, this method will magnify the influencer’s content, bringing in more views and exposure to the influencers. The Passionation app is essentially a Progressive Web App (read about the benefits of PWA to your mobile!), therefore all you need to do is log onto Passionation on your mobile device and bookmark the webpage onto your homepage and voila! You’re set.



With that being said, Passionation will be having its grand launch at KL’s newly opened Kingsman inspired restaurant and bar, Brixton23 KL on 29th March 2019! On top of that, Passionation is also giving out some exclusive invites to the grand launch and all you need to do is click here to sign up and stand a chance to win the passes!

Image source: App Store 

SIBS 2019 opens its doors to the Global Business Community

SIBS 2019 opens its doors to the Global Business Community

Invest Selangor Berhad will host its 3 rd Selangor International Business Summit (SIBS) on 10-13 October 2019, at Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Bringing together global brands and congregating industry players from the world under the patronage of State Government of Selangor. The four-day summit comprises four main components as follow:

Selangor International Expo 2019, 5 th edition, 10-13 October 2019
Selangor-ASEAN Business Conference 2019, 3 rd Edition, 10-11 October 2019
Selangor Smart City and Digital Economy Convention, 4 th Edition, 11-13 October 2019
Selangor R&D and Innovation Expo, 10-13 October 2019

“The Selangor International Business Summit is an annual international summit that caters specifically in positioning the state as a prominent catalyst in the South East Asian region”, said Yang Berhormat Dato’ Teng Chang Khim, Selangor State Executive Councillor (Exco) for Investment, Industry & Commerce and Small & Medium Enterprise (SME), during the Press Conference of Selangor International Business Summit 2019 today. “In the current situation, Selangor continues to play its role as the most competitive Gateway to ASEAN and the Global Trading Hub – where local and international businesses can build and strengthen their presence in ASEAN. Furthermore, SIBS provide the avenue as not only the gateway into the Malaysian market but more importantly, continues to serve as a springboard to tap into the broader ASEAN market, home for over 600 million consumers and more than 200 of the world’s largest companies”, Dato’ Teng further adds.

SIBS tagged as the largest state-wide trade summit aims to provide a platform for Malaysian and International companies in the industry to forge trade relations and exchange knowledge in business and product innovation. With this encouraging support from local and international companies, it is evident more companies across the globe are recognising the value of investing in Selangor International Business Summit, and this supported by the fact a higher number of renowned companies are interested in collaborating with SIBS this year. SIBS 2019 is also set to offer a broader range of opportunities and exposure. Get ready to expect more than just a diverse glimpse into international products and services as SIBS 2019 will host more than 700 booths from over 40 countries and is expected to receive more than 30,000 trade visitors for the four days event endorsed by Malaysia External Development Corporation (MATRADE) and Malaysia Airlines Berhad as the official airline partner.

【Modern Home Exhibition】Mid Valley Exhibition Centre43rd Modern Home FairFriday – Sunday (March 8 – 10)

【Modern Home Exhibition】Mid Valley Exhibition Centre43rd Modern Home FairFriday – Sunday (March 8 – 10)

For those who are looking to refurbish your new home, we’ve got something for you! This coming Friday to Sunday (March 8 – 10) for three days in a row, Malaysia’s most well known home exhibition【Modern Home Exhibition】will be held in Mid Valley Exhibition Centre. There will be big brands attending this fair with loads of deals and promotions! Don’t miss out on this fair if you’d like to compare amongst brands and find the best deal for your new home, all in one site!

1. The 43rd Modern Home Exhibition will be held from 8 March to 10 March at Mid Valley Exhibition Centre.

2. There will be more than 350 exhibition booths and over 120 companies attending this fair to provide you with all kinds of furniture options for your new home. From furnitures with a modern look to those with leading edge technology, they’ve got it all at the Modern Home Exhibition, making it an even better reason for you to visit.

3. Visit the Modern Home Exhibition for over 35 different styles and various promotions on the best wardrobes and kitchen cabinets in town.

4. With over 20 mattress companies attending the exhibition and bringing you leading edge technology on their products, you’ll definitely find the right bed for your desired comfort level.

5. There will also be deals on CCTV and Automatic gates for you to choose from.

6. For those who are looking for household items that alleviates the trouble of cleaning and cooking, this is the best place to be as there will be deals on the most important household appliances. From cleaning products to fruit mixers and even kitchen appliances that simplifies the cooking process, you’ll be able to find them all at the Modern Home Exhibition.

7. Families wishing to upgrade or add new wardrobes to meet growing needs will find many of the latest designs with affordable prices at the exhibition.

8. Customers who spend more than RM1000 in the 43rd Modern Home Fair will receive RM1300 travel vouchers to major cities in China, Bali and Chieng Mai. This travel voucher entitles one to free hotel accommodation, free meals and free entry to various attractions for the entire trip.

Gold Rain and Hailstones kicks off ICT 30th anniversary

Gold Rain and Hailstones kicks off ICT 30th anniversary

The Instant Café Theatre Company turns 30 this year. To begin the year, ICT is in the process of restaging Gold Rain and Hailstones as the opening of a programme of Malaysian writers, voices and stories. Gold Rain and Hailstones by Jit Murad is a seminal work in Malaysian theatre history.

It was Jit Murad’s first play, originally staged in 1993 to huge public and critical acclaim. Jit and his plays inspired a generation of Malaysian writers in both film and theatre, and he counted such people as the late, great Yasmin Ahmad among his close friends. His plays also delighted a generation of theatre goers who loved his wit, his warmth, his ingenuity, his way with words and his very Malaysian humour.

There are a number of reasons for restaging this play now. One is because it is an important play that has particular resonance for us Malaysians today. Hujan emas di negeri orang, hujan batu di negeri sendiri, baik lagi negeri sendiri as the old saying goes. Whether that is true or not is the subject of the play. Another reason is to introduce Jit Murad and his work to a new generation of Malaysian theatre makers. We hope this restaging of Gold Rain can inspire another burst of creativity just as it did before. Originally directed by the then ‘up and coming’ young director Zahim Albakri, it was performed by Jit Murad himself and Lin Jafaar. Now the task of directing has been given to another ‘up and coming’ theatre and film director, Gavin Yap, whose second major feature film will be released in April. This play marks his return to theatre after a period honing his craft in cinema. Ultimately, he intends to turn the play into a feature film. The play features an impressive cast of strong, young actors: Sharifah Amani, Redza Minhat, Farah Rani and Ghafir Akbar.

Why are stories like Gold Rain and Hailstones important?

Because in this new and promising era, the people of Malaysia need to have their stories told and their voices heard. Hujan emas di negeri orang, hujan batu di negeri sendiri, baik laginegeri sendiri is the reality today.

But people want to speak, to know if they can speak without fear, to ask questions, form their own opinions, debate, make informed decisions more than before. Good theatre creates the environment for intellectual and creative liveliness. It sparks curiosity; feeds inventiveness; stimulates creative thinking and leads to creative solutions; it nourishes critical thinking and forms independently-minded people who are not easily led.

The purpose of theatre is to share stories, to provide a place where we can listen deeply to each other. Good theatre tells the diverse stories that we must hear if we are to have a better understanding of those outside our immediate communities. It generates empathy, develops kindness and cultivates generous, open-minded, tolerant individuals.

Theatre provides an outlet for the dispossessed, the disadvantaged, the voiceless and invisible, the youth from troubled backgrounds, the middle class liberal who feels under attack, the quiet conservative who feels she cannot express her opinion safely. As in the Malay tradition, good theatre can be a place of healing and emotional growth for the community, a soothing balm and an avenue to explore and come to terms with some of life’s harsh realities.

ICT has always been a ‘people’s theatre’, giving equal value to theatre and its audience. It believes in breaking through protocols and in making theatre for everyone. It hopes to make us all feel braver to say what is on our mind – singly and as a collective. There is no one opinion that is right or wrong.  It wants theatre viewers to see themselves as a diverse but homogenous lot – people seeking to express themselves or to see their experiences reflected. Through its political satire it has tried to speak Truth to Power; through its current New Malaysian Writing platforms – FIRSTWoRKS and ALMoST TRUE SToRIES –  it wants to help nurture new Malaysian writers who have written in Malay, English, Chinese and a mixture of all those languages, to tell much-needed new Malaysian stories. Through its workshops and education outreach it has sought to share knowledge; through its international collaborations, tours and workshops it has sought to bring Malaysia to the world and the world to Malaysia.

What inspired you to write Gold Rain and Hailstones? And why is the play timely for a restaging?

 I can’t recall the original ‘inspiration’, to be honest. It was a long time ago. Something about the guilt and defensiveness of my own ‘dislocation’ as ordained by my own society… and perhaps a subtler point that being ‘different’ was planted even BEFORE the overseas experience? Maybe in the current climate we feel more latitude to express individuality? Bear in mind, I rather hope it speaks to ‘mutts’ of ALL ilk and races. I am forced to acknowledge that this was a young man’s play. Ultimately we arrive at reconciliation with our society in our OWN ways.  


How do you hope the play will be received this time around? And would you have changed anything in the script?

I suppose I hope they’ll watch the play with the above sentiments. With nostalgia – and much kindness. To be frank, It was what I wrote at a certain point in my Life. It’s become a fossil in quartz, as it were – and special to me for that fact.  


What’s keeping you busy lately?

 Working on a new play. Ideas bristling like porcupine quills – but youth’s focus and bravado eludes me these days.  


Will you be watching the play?

 Damn right I’ll be watching the play! Every night, probably…I just hope I still have enough clout to get a fortnight of comps!

About the play

The Instant Café Theatre Company presents GOLD RAIN & HAILSTONES
by Jit Murad

Directed by: Gavin Yap

Featuring: Ghafir Akbar, Sharifah Amani, Redza Minhat, Farah Rani

Venue: DPAC Theatre

Performance Dates & Times 

March 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 @ 8.30PM 

March 2, 3, 9, 10 @ 3PM

Tickets: RM65, RM50

Golden Tickets: Be a Golden Ticket Buyer! Instant Café is dedicated to the idea of keeping ticket prices low! You can help us do that by buying a Golden Ticket for only RM150. A Golden Ticket gets you absolutely nothing but a warm special feeling that you have played some part in subsidizing theatre tickets and spreading the love of theatre in Malaysia. Yes, you have now become an Instant Patron of the Arts. Oh and you also get a choice of the best seats in the house. It doesn’t get any more Golden than that.

DPAC Box Office:; 03-4065 0001, 03-4065 0002

Golden Tickets available at dpac or by emailing us at: [email protected]

Instant Café Theatre Company Sdn Bhd Bank Details: RHB, 2140 3500 133 062  


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Gold Rain and Hailstones is a Malaysian classic by acclaimed playwright Jit Murad. It was first staged to critical acclaim in 1993, hailed as the best play of the year, moving audiences to laughter and tears. In conjunction with the production we will be holding writing workshops, talkback sessions and a Masterclass. This is the opening production to mark Instant Café’s 30th Anniversary. We are still in need of funding to stage this play. To find out more about how you can support Instant Café, this play and our work please contact us at [email protected]

Unstoppable fun and unforgettable memories at Superpark for whole family

Unstoppable fun and unforgettable memories at Superpark for whole family

Family bonding fun for all ages under one roof by SuperPark promises incredible adventures

Swing your arms, work your legs, move with joy! Imagine what it means literally. Better still, it fires up your team spirit, as a family. And spending quality time together makes every moment special and memorable. Rain or shine, for added convenience and peace of mind, the all-in-one indoor SuperPark makes fun seekers of all ages from all walks of life beg for more. The friendly fun-for-all family recreational sports park originated in Finland features 3 themed areas – Adventure Area Game Arena and Freestyle Hall with 20 activities catering for every taste.

The joy of jumping on a trampoline is beyond words. It’s not just for kids. Mums and dads will get contagious with plenty of laughter too. And for the icing on the cake, experience the one of its kind digitally enhanced rock climbing with augmented gamification challenge to double up the fun. Itching to show off your fluid skateboarding moves? The Skate and Scoot park is yours to conquer. Beyond the endless fun, participants will also gain health benefits such as improved muscle elasticity, acrobatic flexibility, anaerobic agility, physical fitness and motor skills. Oh yeah, for gymnastic buffs, you are welcome to play your tricks in Gymnastic Area of the Freestyle Hall.

The list of challenging-yet-fun activities goes on. Test your ascending skills with SuperClimb on a colourful climbing panel in a supervised environment. Meanwhile, the “man vs machine” RoboKeeper seems to be able to stop just any shot you try to score. Fancy a swing like a flying fox that zips through the air? Just hold on tight and slide off like a flying carpet. The exhilarating fun continues with mountain sliding and tube slide. Remember to scream out loud as you slide all the way from the top. It’s good for both your physical and mental health. From sliding to fast track, the shrieking laughter just keeps roaring. Race up the Pedal Car Track for your entire family. And you get to tone your legs and butts too.

Be prepared for an exhilarating experience when going through the Kids’ Adventure City! The combination of climbing equipment, towers, and tunnels builds children’s coordination and boosts their confidence. Parents are definitely welcome to join their kids for more “catch-me-if-you-can” moments.

SuperPark is no ordinary adventure playground. It is specifically designed to empower family members of all ages and sizes to have fun and foster bonding through play and movement in an inspiring and friendly environment. It’s a unique, purpose-built indoor activities park with Finnish ingenuity to delight families with young children including young teens, outdoor enthusiasts and active adults. At SuperPark, parents will find the spirit of being young-at-heart soaring like never before. Children learn new skills through different fun-filled challenges at the same time. And make new friends along the way.

SuperPark is designed with all-day-happiness and creativity in mind. Thinking of celebrating your birthday in style? Make it as boisterous and electrifying as you wish. There are six party rooms with different themes complete with exciting platters to suit your preferences. Looking for something more than that? SuperPark caters to school groups and sports clubs as well. You name it, SuperPark can make it happen!

Yup, the fun is unstoppable. The joy is in the journey. That’s the philosophy behind the joyful play at SuperPark that champions family participation as its DNA. Again, the human body is the engine for all SuperPark activities. No motorized rides. You play and exercise while foster bonding at the same time. That’s a win-win experience.

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The people’s victory

The people’s victory



About the Book

The People’s Victory is the first book published to tell the epic story of how Malaysians took responsibility for their country and struggled against the odds to change their government.

Throughly researched, it is an important document of a historic phenomenon.

The book’s narrative begins from the outcome of the 13th general election (GE13) in 2013 and then moves through five years of drama, surprises, ironies and twists to the climactic 14th general election of May 9, 2018.

It grows from despair to hope to euphoria. It covers the Black 505 rallies after GE13; the infamous Kajang Move; the Barisan Nasional (BN) regime’s unrelenting persecution of political opponents and activists with the use of draconian laws; the break-up of the original Opposition pact called Pakatan Rakyat; the exposure of the 1MDB scandal; and it builds up to the final showdown between the newly reconstituted Opposition coalition renamed Pakatan Harapan (PH) and the BN juggernaut.

More than just tell the story of the battle for Putrajaya, the book pays tribute to the hard work put in by ordinary Malaysians to help the PH battalion headed by Mahathir Mohamad, Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Guan Eng and Mohamad Sabu succeed.

It salutes the brave citizens who carried on defying the corrupt and oppressive BN regime despite facing severe persecution. People like cartoonist Zunar, Mejar Zaidi Ahmad, graphic designer Fahmi Reza, Malaysiakini’s Steven Gan and Premesh Chandran, activist Maria Chin Abdullah, etc.

The book states categorically that the outcome on May 9 “was not just Mahathir’s victory, or Anwar’s, or Kit Siang’s, or Mat Sabu’s, or Guan Eng’s. This was a victory of the people. A victory of the Malaysian people.”

The People’s Victory is a book of the people, for the people.

About the Author

Kee Thuan Chye is an actor, playwright, stage director, journalist, political commentator and author of bestselling books including No More Bullshit, Please, We’re All Malaysians; Ask for No Bullshit, Get Some More!; Can We Save Malaysia, Please!; March 8: The Day Malaysia Woke Up; Unbelievably Stupid!; and You Want This GOONvernment Ah?

Among the plays he has written, 1984 Here and Now is included in the international anthology Postcolonial Plays, published by Routledge UK.

We Could **** You, Mr Birch has been continuously studied in numerous Malaysian universities since the mid-1990s.

The Big Purge was featured in ‘Typhoon 4’, a playreading festival in London held in 2005. In 2018, it was translated into Greek and staged in Athens.

All the above three plays have been published by Marshall Cavendish.

Another play, Swordfish + Concubine, came out among the top 5 in the International Playwriting Festival 2006 organised by Warehouse Theatre in the UK. It was then called The Swordfish, Then the Concubine.

Kee has also written numerous radio plays many of which were broadcast on Radio Talivisyen Malaysia (RTM) in the 1970s.

He has directed about a dozen plays for the theatre, including Shakespeare’s Macbeth and We Could **** You, Mr Birch, which was invited to the Festival of Asian Performing Arts in Singapore in 1995.

His acting credits over the last 30 years include speaking roles in the Hollywood films Entrapment and Anna and the King. Other international productions he has acted in include the TV-movie Marco Polo and the History Channel docudrama Secrets of the Forbidden City.

He has also appeared extensively on Malaysian and Singapore TV.

On stage, he has acted in countless productions since 1977 but the one role he is proudest of is that of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (1989).

His poems have been published in numerous anthologies and journals at home and abroad. One of them, ‘A Figure Forgotten in Hours Not-of-Need’, was adopted for the English Literature subject for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).

A work of short fiction entitled ‘A Sense of Home’ is included in the anthology New Writing 10, published in the UK by Picador (2001). Another such work appeared in The Merlion and the Hibiscus, published by Penguin India (2002).

Kee has been a judge and regional chairperson of the prestigious Commonwealth Writers Prize. He was on the panel in 1997 and 1998 when the final judging was done in London and Jamaica respectively. He was recalled to be a judge for the Southeast Asia and South Pacific region in 2010.

He has been invited to writers’ festivals in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Hong Kong.

Responses to the Book

Wong Ming Yook in a review for Malaysiakini:

Kee’s carefully researched book traces the entire story of how things came to a head with the Pakatan Harapan victory that Malaysians hoped would reset the entire direction and narrative of Malaysia. Six months down the road, reading The People’s Victory evokes much of the earnestness and tension we experienced in the years leading up to May 9. It brings back memories of the intervening years between GE13 and GE14, and delivers a well-documented and informed narrative of all the key events that pushed Malaysians to vote as they did on that historic May 9.
… We put the book down with a happy sigh, gratified by the catharsis that The People’s Victory has provided. … Writing the book was a mammoth task, Kee acknowledges. But he dealt with large, complex political and social issues that galvanised Malaysians towards epic change in 2018, and did it in a way that was comprehensive, careful, yet engagingly conversational, personal and immediate. He told a story and he told it very well.

Bissme S. in the news daily theSun:

In my opinion, this is possibly the best book that Kee has written in his career. … The book reads like a film script, with the story laid out in three acts. … The best thing about it is the entertaining and uncomplicated manner in which he tells the story.

Blogger-activist Mariam Mokhtar on YouTube recommending The People’s Victory for a Christmas present:

The book is on the bestseller’s list. Great! Savour a piece of history which WE helped to create. Even Santa would be delighted to have this book.

Martin Vengadesan in The Star Online:

The People’s Victory … is a vibrant account of the days leading to Malaysia’s historic change of federal government.

Loshni Nair on Twitter:

The book … brings to light how the people rose against all odds, and it brings to light, Hope. … Countless voices were silenced, under ISA. Under the Sedition Act. Students were detained, people lost their jobs. Still, they fought. So will I. A quote by Dylan Thomas comes to mind, “Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” I will continue raging … and I will fight. … Thank you, Kee Thuan Chye. For returning my rage, and with that, my hope.

Why Kee Thuan Chye wrote the Book

May 9 was an important moment to record. It happened because of the spirit and determination of the Malaysian people. They deserve to be recognised for their struggle.

I wrote this book to make Malaysians feel proud of themselves. This book will always remind them of that happened on May 9, and what they did to make it happen.

In years to come, they can share the moment with their children and grandchildren. The book is a souvenir of that historic moment.

The generations that come later can read it and discover what Malaysians had to put up with under a corrupt and oppressive government and perhaps learn from it so that they can take measures to prevent such a government from arising again in this country.

I wrote the book to remind Malaysians that we the people have the power to remove a government that is not fit to rule. We must, however, be constantly vigilant and keep the government of the day on its toes and point out its wrongdoings.

I hope the book will inspire Malaysians to keep fighting. For it is only from continuing to fight the good fight that we can achieve a better Malaysia.