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Limkokwing at J Spring Fashion Show

// March 28th, 2012 // Comments Off on Limkokwing at J Spring Fashion Show // Journal

The Skybridge of stunning Petronas Twin Towers took the flashlight hosting a remarkable fashion runway at Level 42 on the 19th March 2012.

The J Spring Fashion Show is a part of a chronicle of four high end fashion shows at the world’s most outstanding venues in 2012 hosted by none other than J Model Management.

Held more than 170 meters above sea level, the most anticipated show stopper was the couture dress designed entirely using sugar by a local cake house.

Model cum global fashion show organizer Jessica Minh Anh attracted attentions during the J Autumn Fashion Show on England’s Towers Bridge last year said, “We are very excited as we’ve found an unconventional design that reflects the artistic yet realistic lifestyle of the new generation”.

The show was choreographed by K.Knight, famous for his work with MTV and well known singer Beyonce Knowles.

The show featured designers from 10 different countries including, United States, Australia, Netherlands, Germany and Brazil. This includes top designers, Paul Costelloe from Britain, Addy Krommenacker from the Netherlands, Susana Bettencourt from Portugal, Gottex and Gideon Oberson from New York, Chula from Spain, Katelyn Aslett from Australia and Smriti Gupta from India.

One of British fashion leader said, “I feel honored to be a part this history on the landmark bridge and bring my garments to Asia’.

The show also included a special slot by Limkokwing University of Creative Technology to showcase its high end collections which combines the best of both East and West.

“We’re excited to be the first to showcase at such a prestigious landmark for Malaysia to the world,” says Dato’ Tiffanee Marie Lim, Associate Vice President for Talent Development of Limkokwing. “This is the first time a university has been given the chance to be part of a fashion show like this. There is also a huge sense of national pride to be representing Malaysia and claiming our presence in the fashion industry.”

The collection of 15 glamorous pieces aims to showcase a blend of ethnically influenced fashion from Asia and Africa, by the University’s talented young designers. The eclectic mix of cultural references in the collection is also mirrored by the student designers themselves all hailing from different corners of the globe.

Limkokwing was also the first Malaysian university chosen to showcase at London Fashion Week just last month.

Limkokwing is Malaysia’s leading university for creativity and innovation, and now hosts 30,000 students across its campuses in 8 countries, in 3 continents, including a landmark base in London’s Piccadilly. Its students are from 165 countries, and the university’s website received close to a billion visitors from 222 countries and territories in 2011.

For more information please visit www.limkokwing.net

the last battle

// November 25th, 2011 // Comments Off on the last battle // Journal

“and you’re still open right?” he asked again for the umpteen times with a strong british accent. my reply in return was always a short one “yeah…” 

it all started months back when the phone rang with KC saying “welcome onboard, i’ll see you once back from Australia. meanwhile get to know the team while you’re here.”

a sense of gratitude is what i’ve felt, a favor that i promised to return.

they weren’t the best team i’ve dreamed of but i can never deny the fact of two exceptional talent in this team.

KC has always been the man behind the show. never failed to greet everyone with a genuine smile on his face. of the leaders i’ve followed in workforce, it never crossed my mind that KC will be the game-changer for my career life.

back in 2008, the reigning days of the Titans has always been a talk among the peers. back in 2008, the Titans dealt blows and was considered as one of the big boys. back in 2008, I was part of the Titans where I’m proud of it. reality wise, loyalty meant nothing for the corporate. one is strip apart for no valid reason other than a man’s greed.

sometimes, you keep the faith by holding onto something that you once had or belonged to. even when things hit rock bottom, you will only be on your knees.

KC has always been low profile with great personalities, a guy that walk the talk. at times, we see his childishness that reflects his tender-heart. we were being greeted and taught like his own child. most times, KC maintained his calm personality on the outward but the zeal for imparting knowledge and empowerment remained unchanged.

“give me a word that best describes work attitude?” said KC. “talent?” “efficiency?” as i replied in an uncertain manner. he smiled and replied saying “well that’s not wrong of you my friend. but the exact word that i’m looking for is Passion.”

“passion is love. if you have passion for your work, what challenges could bind you down? then, your work will no longer be just another task.” the word that he referred to changed my perspective.

and soon after i was being taught on the workflow and learn to get things moving. subsequent meetings were part of my task as the involvement of my duties expanded further. with KC around, it was always a well fought battle and fatigue never existed.

“where do we go for lunch? any good suggestion?” as he drives us around. in response to his lunch questions, we’ll always answer “let’s go to Cafe A or even Restaurant B. they serve good food.”

hilariously, he answers everytime  “that’s a little too far off kiddo. let’s go somewhere nearby for lunch.” in which we ended up somewhere further than the place we recommended and steamed fish is always part of our meal. i dislike fish due to the phobia i had during my childhood days, its odor and small bones that choke me everytime.

not only i accommodated the meal but started enjoying it. i evolved from depending on Starbucks for lunch to a person that takes proper meal.

1030 was the time he walks into the building. coffee and cigarettes are the norm of our lives. an ardent fan of Starbucks i am and he sips a cup of americano, compliment from me when i dine alone. “honestly, i prefer white coffee, asian brew.” was the confession he made during a time of lunch. we smiled and smoke just like any buddies would do making jokes of the confession.

aged 50, men in the industry i am would look like an obese but that’s not the case for KC. responses from him are swift and he looks youthful. maybe it was due to his favorite sport, badminton.

as a generous person with no qualms, he shares his experiences and beliefs like there is no tomorrow. six years in the workforce, it’s the only time i’ve learnt more than what i could asked. “i’ll see you for five minutes” was the famous tagline and it’s two hours later when the meeting concluded. those were the times when i learnt.

soon after gaining his trust, he started sharing more. in everything, it was never about him. it was about us. family, loyalty and teamwork is what he emphasized. i doubted that initially, but looking at the sacrifices and effort he laid down, genuine it is. unlike many of the leaders that emphasizes on these, it’s always been the case of every man for himself.

“i’ve proposed the idea to them. keep the pace up kiddo. it’s time you shoulder heavier responsibility.” a proposition by KC to the management in acknowledging me. not only is KC a generous and sincere man, but a defensive person be it for family or colleagues. everyone is treated equally.

no leaders are able to raise their sword against us without going through KC. a liberty from him in assuring that this team stays unruffled.

“it’s alright to be a fool for a day. you’ll gain wisdom each day.” KC cited each time while we acquire his knowledge and experiences. Patience is a Virtue, and KC completely demonstrated that.

“let’s get this done and over with. no IFs and no BUTs.”  said KC. that’s how we execute our tasks and duties, relatively a straightforward approach mirrored after his character.

door knocking, then came KC smiling “i’ll need to see you for a while.” it was a sunny mid afternoon when i walked into his office. “what is up? by the way, we should…” and was halted before i could finish my sentence. it was an unforeseen circumstance when he uttered “i’ve thrown in my resignation letter.”

seated next to him, i stared blankly at the ceiling. speechless for a moment, exhaling and forming thick layers of smoke from the cigarette lit earlier. “so that’s it?” i asked and KC replied, “since i was the one that brought you in. thus, i’m giving you some options to consider for responsibility is mine.”

before the time comes, we continue to fight the remaining battles consistently. battling side by side with KC my mentor, adds honorary value to my life. a brand new day signifies the near departure of KC, a significant loss to me and the team.

our last battle together, dated on the early week of November. KC as himself, calm as always with sharp intuition. his execution remains accurate and firm. in someway, i wasn’t able to maintain my stand as what i used to be. a couple of time, KC brought me back in focusing on the last battle. my execution was blunt and imprecise compared to KC’s. “focus kiddo, the strongest wave is now. you need to be on track even after my departure. i’m sure you’ll do just fine. i’m always available, you know that? just a phone call away.” KC advised as i catch a glimpse of his last warm smile.

“we ought to give our best shot, while we’re still standing.” as KC reminds me again on being professional in the workforce. with his encouragement, we did what we’re tasked. it was a lengthy one nevertheless with his presence around, it seemed short. perseverance brings fruit as it led to a victorious battle.

in the last battle, honor is mine to be leaded by him. a battle that was fought better than the days of Titans. never have i experience such great satisfaction during these years. given a chance, i’ll wish for this last battle to last with no end. “all good things must come to an end” i heard KC said. vaguely familiar line as i thought to myself, a citation by a Titan.

a good handshake followed by a hug may be ideal for the ending. “you do know that this isn’t the end right?” looking at me in wait for a response. i replied “yeah…” with a genuine warm smile that he deserves.

there lies bleakness and despair gone are the days,
through the passage wings of shelter you offered,
of chances for gold and authority i pursue not,
being heir of wisdom is what i seek,
round of battles we fought by side,
mentor to me you remain always,
steadfastness to you i pledge.

The Script – For The First Time

// July 18th, 2011 // Comments Off on The Script – For The First Time // Journal

The Script – Founded by guitarist Marc Sheehan and vocalist Danny O’Donoghue in 2001. The two musicians had previously performed together in Mytown, an Irish-based boy band that enjoyed moderate success at home but failed to generate international acclaim. After the group disbanded, Sheehan and O’Donoghue spent several years in Los Angeles, where they worked as producers alongside the likes of Teddy Riley, the Neptunes, and Rodney Jerkins. They later relocated to Dublin and recruited Glen Power as their drummer, trading promising careers in production for a blend of contemporary R&B and polished, anthemic pop/rock.

Forging a unique sound based on a diverse list of influences (including U2, the Neptunes, Timbaland, and Van Morrison), the Script saw their debut single, “We Cry,” receive heavy airplay in both Ireland and Britain, as well as a nod from the influential BBC Radio DJ Jo Whiley. After signing with Phonogenic Records, the group relocated to London and scheduled both a debut album and an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival for summer 2008. The album proved to be a meteoric success, topping the charts in multiple countries and establishing the Script as 2008’s most popular newcomer. The buzz carried through to 2009, when Paul McCartney and U2 both enlisted the band to open several sold-out shows. The Script‘s sophomore effort, Science and Faith, followed in September of 2010.

She’s all laid up in bed with a broken heart
While I’m drinking Jack all alone in my local bar
And we don’t know how we got into this mad situation
Only doing things out of frustration

Trying to make it work but man these times are hard
She needs me now but I can’t seem to find a time
I’ve got a new job now in the unemployment line
And we don’t know how we got into this mess it’s a gods test
Someone help us cause we’re doing our best

Trying to make it work but man these times are hard
But we’re gonna start by drinking old cheap bottles of wine
Sit talking up all night
Saying things we haven’t for a while, a while yeah
We’re smiling but we’re close to tears
Even after all these years
We just now got the feeling that we’re meeting
For the first time

She’s in line at the door with her head held high
While I just lost my job but didn’t lose my pride
But we both know how we’re gonna make it work when it hurts
When you pick yourself up you get kicked in the dirt

Trying to make it work but man these times are hard
But we’re gonna start by drinking old cheap bottles of wine
Sit talking up all night
Saying things we haven’t for a while, a while yeah
We’re smiling but we’re close to tears
Even after all these years
We just now got the feeling that we’re meeting
For the first time

Drinking old cheap bottles of wine
Saying things we haven’t for a while, a while yeah
We’re smiling but we’re close to tears
Even after all these years
We just now got the feeling that we’re meeting
For the first time
For the first time
Oh, for the first time
Yeah, for the first time

Oh these times are hard
Yeah they’re making us crazy
Don’t give up on me baby

Oh these times are hard
Yeah they’re making us crazy
Don’t give up on me baby

Oh these times are hard
Yeah they’re making us crazy
Don’t give up on me baby

Oh these times are hard
Yeah they’re making us crazy
Don’t give up on me baby